At the end of every month I have decided to feature a few of
my favorite blogger
looks from the month. This is an idea that came to me after
I saw Helena from Bell's Fashion sport this pink duster outfit and couldn’t stop
gawking over it.
In the course of three days it has gone from ninety degrees
outside to a measly forty.
Talk about a shock to the system. I am sitting under
a blanket with a heater pointed at me, wrapped in three different sweaters and
a thick pair of socks.
Mother Nature is a remorseless being. Although I am keen to
rain and dreariness, a few weeks of mild weather would be lovely
after the scorching summer we just endured in Salt Lake City. At least it
helped create the perfect scene for my outfit shoot at the graveyard across the
street from my home.
Despite the severe cold, I enjoy the changing seasons and have
found myself craving pies and spices traditionally associated with colder
I surround myself with live music as much as I can (afford).
In the presence of leather-clad musicians rupturing instruments with vibration
and spitting out conscience, I can find remnants of universal
For those few minutes I am drowning in a sea of lights,
colors and sounds; I have lost myself, have found myself; have found my link to
existence. It is captivating to discover what connects to your ethnologic core
It is becoming a rarity for music to make me feel this way. In
an age where music is more of a money game and popular song topics are partying
and wearing booty shorts (transient art and commercial banality), bands like The
Brian Jonestown Massacre, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Black Angels, Van
Morrison and Tame Impala are a few that continue to capture something
rudimentary to human need.
This is primarily why psychedelic rock has been heavily
inspiring me over the past couple years. That, and it kicks ass.
After scouring local papers and event calendars I happily
discovered Burger Records was touring through Salt Lake with a handful of their
bands. All the bands were obviously amazing (it’s Burger Records), but only one
made me drown: the Cosmonauts.
Their sound is upbeat and ancient and it was something I had
been yearning for. Just a few twenty-something-year-olds from Southern
California, forging malcontent drone-pop melodies, delivered with clangy
laser-fuzz backbone that offers a glimpse into drug-addled garage-trance.
People crave and benefit from the sort of originality bands
the Cosmonauts present; they soak it up like a sponge and hopefully do
something constructive with it. I know the past few days have been more
creative for me because of listening to their songs on repeat.
Below I have posted a link to their website and Facebook page,
and a few of their videos (because I obviously couldn’t pick just one). I also linked the Burger Records site. Take the
time to support deserving people that are making a difference in the creative
Being a newcomer in the blogging world, I am overwhelmed and
excited by the abundance of blogs out there. I could spend all day, and in fact
frequently do, reading post after post of stylish creations plucked from imagination. I find it extremely exhilarating to be part of
such a visionary and receptive community that encourages each other’s style and
While creating my blogroll, I was left
with a gigantic list of fantastic blogs that I helplessly tried cutting down to a readable size. I
decided featuring blogs would be a great way to bring attention to the blogs I enjoy and the originative individuals behind them.
waltz in black
Brittany of Waltz In Black is a rock n’ roll biker chick
that appears to be straight out
of the 70s. Not only do her outfits kick ass
but her photos tell a story of a small, desert town idyllic that make you want
to live in a turquoise trailer and drink Coke out of a bottle. I love her
amazing collection of leather, boots and Harley Davidson tees.
Sara of Waiste (she also owns a label under the same name) has effortlessly
exquisite style. She’s one of those gals who can throw anything on and
rock it. I love her unique taste and ability to mix a lot of different elements
into one outfit (especially fur accents and she really knows how to pull off a kimono).
***All photos were taken directly from the Waltz In Black and Waiste sites***
Lately I have been infatuated with greenery. I bought a book
on houseplants and have been determined to mask my apartment with geometric
compositions of succulents and cacti, decorative rosettes, and lengthy
climbings of toothed, fleshy leaves. Basically, I want to live in a jungle.
There is also something magnificent and cathartic about taking care of things
that breathe so much beauty into your environment.
Whilst hunting down a palm, I discovered an impressive local tropical plant store near my home (paradise palm) and realized it was the
perfect location to shoot this tropical-inspired skirt from Wasteland.
Long high-waist skirts are without doubt the most
comfortable clothing item I own. They are so easy to throw on (and to make!)
with any top or jacket and although great for summer, they are an easy
transition piece into autumn.
I also adore mixing patterns, and love how this American
Apparel headband complements the radical print of the skirt.
This is my third outfit post and although I am still getting
the hang of having a camera in my face more often than I’d like, I am having an
excellent time with this blog and really appreciate anyone and everyone who has
taken the time to check it out!
I have always been impressed with those bold enough to
create the things they dream about, no matter how silly it may seem to some.
Jeremy Scott is a person and designer that
continually surprises me and inspires me to express myself creatively. I love the abstract and obvious where inspiration is derived and that he always creates looks that are completely different from other designers.
His newest collection, Teenagers From Mars, is nothing short of his previous.
The women’s cuts are unique and feminine, and of course the prints are vibrant and quirky with
great pops of color.
According to an article in the LA Times, this collection “combines the rebellious spirit of
'50s-era youth with a future-past Space Age aesthetic to create a range of
pieces perfect for the planet-hopping retro-rebel set.”
If you haven’t noticed, I am a bit obsessed with animal print.
found these amazing leather-accented shorts for $10 (they were originally $60!) Nothing beats end of season sales, especially if you are someone who likes
to layer, like I do. I love finding ways to incorporate summer
pieces into my fall/winter wardrobe.
Instead of writing one post dedicated to the many things
that inspire me,
I would like to delve into them one at a time.
I grew up on the cloudy waterfront of the Willamette River,
just outside of Portland, Oregon. I never gave much thought to the affect this
had on my style until I moved to Utah, where a majority of people follow a fairly
I miss walking down the streets of Portland seeing all
tie-dye getups, people with purple lipstick, crazy hair, chains and clunky
boots with multi-colored laces. I miss seeing people who don’t give a damn, who
wear the clothes they do simply because they like them.
Fashion is about art and self-expression, not about trends. I
came by a quote by author Gore Vidal the other day stating, “Style is knowing
who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn,” and I couldn’t agree
Oregon is a perfect place for the creative individual. There
is a lot to be inspired by, and if you’re like me, the clouds and rain help. It
is a place where grunge and the 90’s have never truly died.
(all photos were taken from portland based tumblr accounts)
check out a few of portland's bloggers/style contributors:
The closing of summer typically means getting into a better
sleep schedule, less reason to regularly eat ice cream (I’m sure I can still
justify it somehow), and the air growing steadily cooler every day. It also
means refashioning our favorite summer items for fall-appropriate weather.
I purchased this crop top at Salt Lake’s Craft Lake City this
August, a growing event featuring artisans and craft from the Salt Lake area.
Since then I have been finding literally every excuse to wear it and am proud to support local business and entrepreneurs.
I would typically pair this crop top with a high waist
cut-off short, but as it starts to get cooler
I would throw it on with a pair
of patterned leggings (as I have photographed), and chunky sweater.
crop top-nicole morris design/omitted youth
leopard wedges-DIVIDED by h&m
jewelry-thrift & alexander mcqueen (skull bracelet)
To see more designs by Nicole Morris check out her website:
Outside there is an air of change, a transition is
occurring. A time associated with crisp, cool air, warm drinks and nights that
penetrate you with darkness, in a way that you can’t help but feel the
mysteriousness of them.
I look forward to wrapping up in soft, loose layers, dark
colors and sliding into my leather jacket that has been hanging, lonesome, in
the back of my closet.
This September wish list is compromised of the colors,
textures and spirit I associate with the onset of autumn.
It is hard for me to define my style because it changes day
depending on a variety of factors. I suppose it’s what I tend to throw
on without second thought, which usually includes a great deal of black, studs,
a high waist, and mixture of (usually contrasting) patterns.
This is an outfit I put together to showcase a pair of
shorts I constructed.
I love one-of-a-kind clothing, which is the main reason I
learned to sew and put unordinary outfits together at a fairly young age.