Thursday, March 31, 2011

Packing Up For Spring

{Michael Kors Mongolian Lamb vest, Target flannel, customized Social Collision jeans, Urban Outfitters belt}
I wore this outfit last week to a meeting. I hadn't gotten dressed in a while, so I was anxious to get out these jeans I had just dyed, and somewhat embrace spring. I don't really do color, so white/light grey was pretty spring-y for me. I think I am going to bleach the jeans one more time, I want the denim to really deteriorate. I think its time to put the vest away. It's had a good run, and I know that if I dont store it, I'll be wearing it in July. Target has the best plaid shirts. They're really durable and study, and so cheap! I don't usually wear this one, but I really liked it for the day. I think it washes me out a bit. This painting by my bathroom has really gotten it's shine on Fringing on Obscenity...
Wearing my customized Cole Haan shoes, and this studded bag. I bought it at Loehmanns, originally in black leather, and it is the only faux leather piece I enjoy wearing. I went and got this silver cotton one when it went on sale. It's Thursday...I'm going to skip the Rebecca Black reference.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Artexpo and Arepas

I am the worst blogger! I can't believe I haven't posted in eight days! After Paris, I was super sick, and by time I felt better, I was immersed in a full on sewing binge. I sewed for about eight days straight, and I didn't leave my house or get dressed for four days. As a celebration of my hard sewing and making-up-school-work-from-missing-my-week-in-Paris, I was off to New York. I went to NYC most importantly for AttExpo, an amazing day of art viewing and buying that was held at Pier 94, because the Javitt's was under construction. I went with my mom, our friend Claire, and my Friend Maddie. I also went down to City Hall to get my underage work papers re-instated for this summer when I go back to work at French Connection. I decided to reward my hard work and stay over. I hadn't seen my friends Maddie and Carly in a while, and it was great to catch up.
This statue was the center focal point of ArtExpo, which was enormous. It took hours to walk around, and we didn't even see everything!
I thought these paper-dressed mannequins were awesome, the larger one in back was so beyond. After hours of walking around, we hopped in a cab and went to Cafeteria, my favorite. I decided pictures were unnecessary, because I ordered the same mac and cheese and Brussels sprouts as last time. It was amazing! The we walked the eight feel to Loehmanns, and the shopping was so great. Loehmanns never disappoints. 
{French Connection blazer, DKNY turtleneck, Social Collision jeans}
I love wearing blazers. Besides being very slimming, I went into the office to drop off my papers, and never like to look like a teenager. When I first got the job, we got a packet on articles about how to dress for work, and the most poignant thing I read was to dress for the job you want, not the one you have. This mantra rings in my ears. I also am obsessed with turtlenecks mixed with blazers, and I wanted to get the look in before it gets too warm.
 How cute are these socks from Target? They're very Alexander McQueen, RIP
After ArtExpo, Maddie and I met up with our very good friend Carly. her mom is the ever fabulous Roni Berg who blessed me with my beloved Hermes Kelly. I was so excited to go to dinner at Caracas. It's one of my favorite dives, and it is one of the few places I will happily wait forty five minutes to get into. They have some of the best Venezuelan food in the city. We were in heels, so we went to McDonald's for pie. Not a bad appetizer, interesting fact, Maddie told me that they make their Apple pies with potatoes instead of apples because it's cheaper. Cool, no?
As always, my Arepa was beyond amazing. This one has roasted pork, plantains, white cheese, and beans. So amazing, and very affordable for NYC eats. 
I picked up this sweater at Loehmanns. Its by Oliver Perry, and I got a stellar deal. It was marked down from 140 to 15. I liked it in the store, but I LOVE it now. I am wearing it as I type this post. I like the sort of Aztec feel to it. I swapped my Aldo brogues for my Jeffery Campbell Lita boots. These are such good walking shoes. 
Maddie got this amazing Liefsdottier dress for like ninety percent off at Loehmanns. It looked so cute with the tee shirt under it. 
Forever 21 has great vegan footwear
We grabbed ice cream from Emack and Bolios before I left on the train. Happy Monday, I'm off for my first day of school in three weeks!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Is He Asleep in this Picture? Nope, It's a Food-Coma

{Sovereign Code shirt. Hawkins McGill vest, Levi's jeans, Eileen Fisher cowl, Vintage bag and Fox tail, Lucky brand shoes, Michael Kors tote}
I think that was the longest Fringing On Obscenity outfit credit list to date. I wore this outfit to go out to dinner with Simona, very excited about spending two days together! We went for all-you-can-eat-Sushi. It was so good, and I believe we ordered upwards of $75 of food, but its only eighteen dollars a person, except if you're really cool like me and have a coupon, then its thirteen. I was going to take food pictures, but remembered that everything posted on the Internet is permanent, and we shouldn't be proud of how much food was consumed. I got this tote as a Bar Mitzvah present from my parents, and I remember walking around like I was the SHIT. It was so cool, an I took it on our 8th grade class trip to DC and I pranced along like I was SJP  with a Gucci bag. Also in that time period, I wore leggings as pants. I got away with it until my mom sat me down and explained why boys can't do that, apparently I was partially flashing everyone in Washington. Awkward, but I have to say I loved it while it lasted. This is my favorite shirt from my Sovereign code collection.  I really should wear these shoes more often, They are more comfortable than sneakers, and thanks to their six inch heel, I am 6'3. Not too shabby. Also, I don't walk around with two purses, this bag has become my sewing bag. I had a fitting, and besides holding clothing, it fits my sewing machine perfectly. Happy Sunday, I'm off to return to my sewing machine.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Supermarket Sweep

So yesterday, after what seemed like endless hours of sewing, I went out to meet my friend Simona for coffee, McDonalds, Marshalls, TJMaxx, Gap, and Stop and Shop. It seems like every time we get together, we end up in the Hamden Plaza for like four hours. O, and we went to Old Navy too.
Simona spent like twenty minutes in front of the ice cream door, because apparently, her mother Miriam hasn't ever let go into a grocery store, and the choices were too much for her. Afterwards, I distracted her with snack packs. 
After Paris, mom and I drink like a whole one everyday
My buys of the day, Simona forced the Cheesecake cookies. I wouldn't recommend them.
{Michael Kors mongolian Lamb vest, Custo Barcelona top, Christian Siriano shoes, Vintage bag}
It was way too hot today for fur, but no one told me, so it was a little late to change by the time I was in front of Starbucks. I got a ton of compliments on the parrot purse, especially a two year old boy who sat next to me whilst I waited for Simona in the fitting room in Old Navy. Its such a cute bag, but my wallet doesn't fit, so I have to rubber band my ID and credit cards to a pack of Orbit gum. Sorry for the quick post, I have to get back to sewing, I feel like I'm drowning in organza.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Very Scientific Day at Fringing on Obscenity

Yesterday I woke up, and for the first time in four days, I was feeling better. I decided to take it easy, but with copious amounts of sewing to do, I knew I needed to be productive in some way. I draped for a few hours, cut a pattern, and then realized that I needed thread. I spend much time scolding people for dressing like slobs. I cant stand when I see people wearing sweatpants of pajama bottoms in real-life situations. I decided that I should conduct a scientific experiment. I was planning on getting dressed up to go to my brother's concert, so I had spent the day lounging in pajama bottoms and a tee shirt. I wanted to see what would happen if I drove to the fabric store in Ralph Lauren orange flannel pajama pants, a lime green puffy vest....and...UGG BOOTS, what would happen? I took no pictures, because I know that everything stays on the Internet forever, and those would definitely haunt me. It was so weird, I was hoping someone would throw something at me or made a snide comment...I WASN'T DRESSED. This experiment has shown me that our society is screwed. It should be illegal to wear what I wore, and nothing happened to me. I am getting progressively angrier as I type this. Anywho, I got dressed up to go to my brothers concert, it was his first time playing the main stage of the Webster with his band Bushwhack.
{French Connection top, Target blazer}
I want to get as much wear out of this jacket before it gets too warm. I was rather overdressed for the Webster. It was so sad!!! I found a little hole in my favorite ever French Connection top!! 
I haven't carried this Brahmin bag, aka Jacqueline, in forever. I really enjoyed her yesterday. We had a nice chat on the way to the concert. Have a happy Wednesday, I have to go sew!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thoughts For Spring

Judging from my extensive collection of black clothing, I'm not much of a Spring/Summer kind of guy. I much prefer Fall and Winter, but this year I've decided to try a few new things. I have always had a love for wingtip oxfords, and I have wanted a pair in this color for a while, but I just haven't gotten around to buying them. I think they're magnificently beautiful, and I would wear this with everything. I think this is such a great color, because it also goes with black. 
I've never been too into Dr. Martins, but I loved these patent leather ones on Jessie J., and I think they're pretty amazing. These might take some time to warm up to though.
I am still as obsessed as ever with the BCBG Mendel booties. I am so sad that they're not on Ebay, If anyone sees them please tell me!  I want theses so badly! I love anything in ponyskin. 
I only wear jeans, and they are ALL from HotTopic. I usually stick to dark denim and black, but Ive never experimented with light denim. I tried them on a month ago in the store, but I wasn't completely sold. I might have to re-visit them. 
I cannot tell you how long a leather blazer has been on my wishlist. This one is by Theory, I think I would want one where the buttons start maybe an inch lower, but this one is beautiful nonetheless. I think leather is so great, and I really want to keep expanding my blazer collection. I think they are the best basics, and lets be honest, they make anyone look skinny. When I wore my black Theory one shopping on Friday, the shopping assistant at Celio in Paris thought I was three sizes smaller than I am...good jacket no?
{Photo Credit-Nordstroms, Hottopic, Zappos, Church's, Coolspotters}
This bag has been haunting my dreams. All I can think about now is the Chanel 2.55. It is perfection. Alot of readers have asked me what I bought in Paris, and besides fifteen dollar orange juice at Starbucks and a Fan for my mom at the Musee D'Orsay, I didn't bring anything home. There were two problems. First, I brought my absolute favorite and nicest clothing to Paris, so the clothing in my price range was nice, but nothing was as nice as what I was already wearing. Secondly, no matter where we started, we always ended up in the ritzy neighborhoods filled with designer boutiques, AKA, things I cannot afford. It was fun to go into Hermes with my Kelly bag. There was a woman in the store who was about to buy the same bag I have in putty, and decided against it when she saw 17-year old me carrying one. Anyhoo, besides a Birkin, the only thing I wanted in Paris was this bag. Because of my pre-conceived wishes, nothing else was good enough. I guess thats for the best, I aim high, and I WILL OWN THIS BAG. I don't know when, I don't know how Ill pay for it, but I will own it. A friend on mine has a fake one and wears it a lot, but I would never. Waiting and dreaming will make it so much better once it makes it's way into my closet. Today marks the first day of my sewing binge, I have so much work to do! I would also like to make a shout out to frequent reader Carolyn Wineland, thank you for reading and making my blog your favorite!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Last Day In Paris

I wanted to do a post to sum up the rest of Patricia and my trip. I've been getting over a nasty cold, and this is the first time I've sat at a computer long enough to write in like two days. We visited the Musee D'orsay, which doesn't allow photos, and then finally, we made our way over to the Rodin statue museum.

The Rodin Museum was magnificent. I loved the classical art, I'm not really someone who "gets" modern art. This was definitely more my style than the Pompidou center.
There were so many mirrors! I couldn't help myself...

Each sculpture was more amazing than the nest. I still can't wrap my head around the concept of making these out of a block of stone...crazy
Besides myself, I took the most pictures of light fixtures. I'm obsessed with chandeliers.

This statue reminded me of being in Pompeii.

There was a great view of the gardens from the window of the museum.
Patricia in front of "The Thinker"

The entire trip, mom and I had been looking for Mussels and Frites. It was amazing luck to stumble upon this restaurant which specialized in about eight varieties of Mussels. I am officially obsessed with smoked Salmon, this was so good.
The waiter took five pictures...this was the least bad one. I thought it necessary to commemorate our last meal in Paris.
We stumbled upon the sculpture in a little shopping mall on the Champs Elysees. I can't imagine how it was constructed, or how it stands.

L'arc de triomphe. We actually didn't know if it was until I just googles it, because there are so many arcs in Paris. It was much bigger than I thought it would be.

We had to see the Tour Eiffel one more time.
I saved my most "French" looking outfit for the last day. I packed for this trip with blazers in minds, and it was a really great concept. I loved getting dressed up everyday. This trip was amazing, being home is bittersweet, and I can't wait to go back to France. I have to say that the way French people dress is so much better than Americans, especially with shoes. I say almost no one wear sneakers, I happen to think that Americans are too casual, and wearing real shoes does wonders for the way that people look. Lastly, the public transit is amazing, and we really didn't see overweight people, most likely because we had to walk upwards of a couple hundred stairs everyday in the Metro. Paris was incredible, I'm in love!