"Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening."

~Coco Chanel

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Artist Colony

It's funny how inspiration works. When I was younger, I'd always thought 'I don't need to be inspired! Inspiration is a lotta BS! You can't tell me to look at a painting and tell me to go write something that the painting 'inspires.' It doesn't work that way.' Until recently, I thought inspiration didn't make sense. People with their inspiration books of random pictures and quotes, and then they would 'use that' to write something, or draw something, or design and outfit. I'm a big blog reader, you know, and Tavi Gevinson (author of Style Rookie)has started posting pages from her inspiration journal that she has scanned into her computer.

And recently, I think I've begun to understand inspiration. I was flipping through an issue of Allure and found sort of a 'Naughty or Nice' spread with different makeup looks based on princess/villan. After studying these couple looks for a while, I got up and raided my mother's jewlrey box for all 'princess-y' peices I could find. For about a week after that, I was wearing a ton of soft colors and lacy patterns. After that, I sort of realized the point of inspiration.

But it's not just pictures that can inspire you, it's words too, right? And since I'm going to count music as words, I'll share some songs that I've really liked.

Thanks for reading. :)
<3 Amy

Sunday, August 29, 2010


When ever I think of wars, I always think of these songs that we had to learn from the movie Yankee Doodle Dandy for this American Salute show in 5th grade (funny how I keep tying school to fashion ain't it?). Since I'm sort of lacking in the visuals department today, I'll post some of the videos that I have found.

This first one is the trailer/add for the movie. It sort of has little sections of most of the songs in the movie.

There is a lot of good dancing in this movie, it is a musical, and this is a small snippet. I like that word. :-)

I just happened to come across this last one and found it pretty funny. It's bits of different movies with the same actor that played George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy put to 80's pop music... Interesting combo...

Anyhow, you may be wondering what this is all about. And yes, it does have something to do with fashion! Amazing! Well, today I was digging through some of my mom's old things and we found my grandfather's dog tags from when he was in the army. It was sort of weird to see because he's been dead for almost 8 years, but it was sort of awesome, too. And since my mom wasn't going to be doing anything with them, I asked her if I could have them, and she said yes! Score! So, since my wardrobe does not contain a military jacket or belt at the moment (or even combat boots), this will make up for the lack of military style stuff that seems to be trendy right now. Plus it's athentic. That gives me extra brownie points, right? Plus, she let me have my grandpa's letter that he awarded for pole vaulting (aka track). I am lacking a jacket, but hopefully I'll get one soon. Another thing about my grandfather that I find insane; he was Mr. Wisconsin! Who would have thunk?

Other things we found; a total of five rosaries (including one that may or may not contain the ashes of my great-great-aunt, who died at the age of twelve), a pocket watch (with intricate designs on the outside and dated August 24, 1900 on the inside), a locket with engravings of Jesus and Mary on the inside (that I believe belonged to my great-great-aunt because her initials are on it), a vintage beaded necklace with matching earrings, a leather war bond wallet (which could possibly make an excellent clutch), an embroidered coin purse, a 70 year old leather watch (belonging to my great-grandfather), some costume jewlrey, a pocket knife, and a solid gold cross necklace. Turns out my mom has some pretty cool stuff in her dresser after all!

All for today.
Amy <3

Friday, August 27, 2010

Cats eat dogs.

Oh, gosh. Oh, goodness. School is around the corner! September 1st shall mark the date. Last night was open house, where we get to meet our teachers and put our new junk in our lockers and get to see who grew five inches over the summer and who didn't and oogle at the girls who have become SO INSANELY GORGEOUS over the summer and seem perfect because they are rich, smart, and beautiful but are reeeeally snobby and popular and the world just seems so unfair because of everything. *gasp* Thank God I have my best friends, otherwise I doubt I would survive eighth grade. Being a teenager is hard. >.<

So after being horribly depressed that the most popular (and mean, and snobby, and rich) girl in our grade has become even more beautiful than she was last year (although I'm the one with the freshman boyfriend! So, ha!), I spent the majority of today browsing the internet and looking at the websites/eStores many major fashion labels such as; Prada, Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Burberry Prorseum, Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Gucci, Coach, Juicy Couture, Hermes (I can't do the accent!), DKNY, Vera Wang, Chanel, DSquared, Alexander McQueen, etc. Yes, I do have a lot of time on my hands. And through my browsing, I will post some of favorites, some of which I hope to buy before Christmas!

Sorry about the dress and gloves being on top, but Blogger is being weird today. Grawr.

Top; Alexander McQueen Dress, $2, 855, Middle; Coach cashmere lined gloves, $98 (I WILL BE BUYING THESE), and Louis Vuitton booties, $1, 080. I also had a Hermes twilly on here, but it refuses to show up, and the link isn't showing up either cuz it's so long, but it's a twilly. it's mostly black. And has charms. I plan on buying that scarf in the near future, as well, along with a new bag. I'm thinking Poppy by Coach?
<3 Amy

Friday, August 20, 2010

A long after continued post.

Well... I don't have much time, so I don't want to start something new (who new getting a new boyfriend would be so much dang work! *hint, hint* (-:) so I guess I'll elaborate on the John Galliano post that I published almost a week ago. Daaaaaaaamn I've been a bad girl. :) That reminds me of the Telephone music vid by Lady Gaga!

Beyonce; You've been a very bad girl. A very, very bad, bad girl, Gaga.

Another favorite line from that video is said by Miss Gaga herself; You know what they say, once you kill a cow, you gotta make a burger.

I guess it's sorta random, but it sorta makes sense, right? Once you've done half the job, you need to finish what you've started... Gosh, I'm off track today!!!

Anyhow, I sorta just dropped the ball last post. Cultural, the clothes move. Ooooh goodness. I was thinking a bunch more than that when I was watching the show.

As I said, it all looks very cultural. The embroidery and stiching detailing starting at the hemlines (like the 1st look) and working their way upwards (3rd look). The furs that sort of carried on throughout. And the accessories. If you watch the 3rd look, you'll see the zoom on the gorgeous belt that almost looks like leather and bones woven together. Love love love.

These aspects along with the warmer fabrics work nicely with the hair and makeup. I immediantly thought 'Asia!' and then 'Winter!' There was so much to process! I watched the video about six times in a row, and I still keep seeing new things! First time, I was just seeing if I could use it for a post. The next time I see the movement of the skirts.

Anyhow, most of this stuff isn't the most wearable, like the big skirts with the deep pockets, but most of the jackets, shoes, dresses, and acessories I would definitely like to own!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

John Galliano

Sorry to disappoint (if I am), but no photos of moi today. Another designer seem on the Fashion network! I did find the video of the show on Youtube (score!) and will post it below. It's best to watch the entire fashion show from start to finish.

Yay! It works!

My thoughts; Very cultural peices (no, duh), and I L-O-V-E how the bottoms of the dresses move. They make the models look they're dancing! So gorgeous!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Veronique Leroy

Alrighty, I know it's still August 10th, but after I was finished with my first blog post, I happened to be watching the Fashion Network (which you must look up if you haven't heard of it) and saw Veronique Leroy's recent Fall/Winter show. I very impressed with the collection. I have tried many times to embed the show in this post, but it won't work for me. :-( Just an excuse for you to go onto fashionnetwork.com!

In my opinion, the first few remind of the 6th grade Medieval Fair, when we got to do a bunch of projects about the middle ages and present a 'fair' to the rest of the school. Well, we also got to dress up (can you say 'fashion show?') and the outfits for the beggers/peasents were seriously potatoe sacks with holes for one's head and arms. That is what some of these things look like. After the first few walked the runway (and after that horrible stumble!) I began to enjoy some of the emsambles, including these.

I'm sort of a jacket (namely blazers, trenches, and peacoats) person, so I absolutely love the jackets from the bottom two. The middle one if a big... baggy (for lack of a better word) for my taste, but I still am completely in love with it. I like the large black buttons against the grey fabric. The collar is also very chic. The second jacket I also love (obviously). It's great that it's paired with such a silk-like skirt (it seems almost like liquid in it's movements, therefore it reminds me of silk) because it's so structured. Nice balance! The somewhat severe shoulders I also enjoy. I just like the print of the first dress. Almost reminds me of the classiness of the collections seen in the movie Coco Chanel, a movie about the fashion icon Gabriella 'Coco' Chanel. It was an excellent movie, I do recommend it, by the way.

I also loved the textured scarf seen in almost all of the looks. It looks so darn soft! Adds a nice pop to some of the plainer pieces. I also love the repitition of the white pumps, although the models did look very wobbly-limbed despite the fact that the heels really don't look that high! But hey, I'm not wearing them, so I guess I can't really critique.

That's all for now! Hope you enjoyed my more fashion-orientated post! Maybe next time we'll see me in some outfits of my own? :o We'll see...

<3 Amy

How is it when I slip through my magazines, I seem to only like the most expensive articles of clothing in there? The 2k sheer navy dress by Vera Wang? The (unpriced) silk chiffon ballgown by Louis Vuitton? The world is sooo unfair. I'm not even sure where I'd WEAR stuff like that (I'm only in eighth grade, so prom is out of the question), but everything is so beautiful that tugs at ones heart not to own it. Or is it just me?

Another thing that drives me mad; MOVIES. I hate how you see movies, and there is something that you just love but it cannot be yours, because unlike a fashion magazine, they will not tell you the designer or the price. :( The piece that I'm lusting after (in a movie, no less), is the red trimmed navy coat that 'Alison' (Zooey Deschanel) wears in Yes Man, which I can sadly not find ANY PICTURES OF. But, I still love Miss Deschanel. Something about those lovely eyes, or maybe it's the fact that her nose reminds me of my own (which I still think is too large for my face), or maybe it's just the sound of her voice.

Look at those eyes!

She reminds me soo much of Katy Perry (whom I also adore because of her music and her I-don't-give-a-crap attitude)! I mean, look how alike their faces are!

Or is it just me?

Anyhow, they both are gorgeous girls with talent that I will definitely be keeping my eye on!

That's it for today! Next time I might actually talk more (???) about fashion!

<3 Amy <3

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Enter Amy

Enter Amy. I guess I'm new on the fashion scene. Well, not completely new. I'm the type who is obsessed with spending their time stalking famous blogs (Sea of Shoes, Style Rookie, Fashion Toast, etc.), reading your average cookie cutter teen fashion mags (Seventeen, Teen Vogue, Elle Girl, etc.), and trying to find a way to dress like I want to without getting too many stares, like Tavi probably does. You see, at my school there is one acceptable style and one style only. And that is looking like an Abercombie mannequin. The more expensive the better, and your range of stores is Hollister, Abercombie & Fitch, and PINK only (Aeropostle just became a borderline unacceptable this past year). Miss Me jeans and anything Coach are also must haves. Come winter, you wear Uggs (the UGG-liest/comfiest shoe on the planet) or you die. Bearpaws not allowed. But, then again, maybe that's middle school? Or maybe not? Is it time to change my style to look more blog-worthy, or more like... whatever the people at my school wear? What to do, what to do?

But I'm here, which I suppose is important. Starting is the first step. I'll try to put more interesting outfits on here (vintage white gloves, anyone?) and post often (once a week at least) to (hopefully) keep you guys interested. If there is anyone reading this. That's a scary thought. Posting every all the time on a blog and having no one read it? If that's the case for most people, why are these blogs here? Why not just make them public-online-diaries? But, then agian, that would probably just be a Leafless Diary, wouldn't it?

Real post later.
Luv ya all.
Amy :)