- Vintage 1980s Diane von Furstenberg purple silk wrap blouse (thrifted)
- Vintage 1980s Escada pleated gray slacks (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg camel hidden platform loafers
- Vintage 1980s gray leather envelope clutch (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg blue sheath dress
- Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa wedge sandals
- Rebecca Minkoff handbag
- Wood bangle
- Diane von Furstenberg chevron/herringbone print shift dress (thrifted)
- Kenneth Cole black patent leather pumps
- Vintage 1960s tin/acrylic handbag (thrifted)
- H&M metallic bib necklace
- Metallic wire-wrapped agate cuff bracelet
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Embargowatch: Lace it up!
Lace is out there, and will always be. More so for formal occasions, but we’ve been seeing it worn more casually, like back in the 1980s. Here’s another way to get more use of that formal lace dress: Wear sneakers with it.
- 90’s Gap denim jacket
- 90’s lace dress by Ronnie & Irit Studio
- Cynthia Rowley large bag
- Converse Jack Purcell silver sneakers
My son discovered Dubspot, a DJ/Production school about a year ago. He wanted to go to one of their orientation workshops, so we turned it into a family weekend trip. He was the youngest there, putting into practice what he has learned so far on his own. I wasn’t in the workshop with him, but I know he did extremely well. Dub me proud.
Inspired by the purpose of our visit, I decided to kick it sneaker style. And by kick it, I mean walk. A lot. I’ve been previously warned against “sensible shoes” by a particular stylist brother of mine, so sneakers were the compromise. Which is fine with me, because I enjoy the look of sneakers with dresses.
- Elie Tahari dress
- Vintage 1980s Carlos Falchi clutch
- Vintage 1980s polka dot earrings and plastic necklace; assorted plastic bangles
- Nike Air Jordan sneakers
Sinspiration: Josh McKinley’s Project Runway Finale Maxi-Dress
This posting was meant to be a regular “stroll” post, but it just occurred to us that this dress we thrifted reminded us of a couple of dresses from Josh McKinley’s Project Runway Season 9 finale collection. Let the record show we thrifted the nightgown and intended to use it a maxi-dress way before the episode aired!
Dresses by Josh McKinley (the Sinspiration):
(photographs from tvguide.com; mylifetime.com)
The unintended interpretation:
- Vintage 1980s nightgown (worn as maxi dress)
- Vintage 1960s Lucite hangbag
- MaxStudio Iliad heels
- Goldtone cuff; vintage necklace, 14K gold stud earrings
A Mod, Mod Stroll
A serendipitous moment of inspiration when we found this English telephone booth AFTER we styled this mod-to-boho look. Good show!
- Tibi paisley print maxi-dress
- Vintage 1960s Lucite handbag
- Assorted plastic bangles; agate & goldtone cuff; Forever21 earrings
- Max Studio Iliad heels
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It’s no secret, and practically goes without saying, that Cyndi Lauper is my favorite singer and musician of all time. My first album (or at that time, cassette) was She’s So Unusual. Before that, when I heard Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on the radio, I would stop in my tracks to listen to the song, wherever I was. When we got MTV, I studied her videos when they were on. During the GJWHF video, I imagined myself in the impromptu conga line Cyndi leads right back to her apartment, where there’s a big party in her room, despite her protesting parents. In a bathrobe, I mimicked her dance moves, skirt shimmying and all. At that moment we had a baby sitter and she didn’t understand what I was doing, so as soon as my mother got home from grocery shopping she decided to tell her what I was doing (as if I was doing something wrong!!). I cut her off at the pass and talked over her. Not sure my mother even understood what was going on, but I don’t remember getting punished or anything.
I didn’t appreciate the concert experience until later in my life, so I was 29 when I first saw Cyndi Lauper in concert. At the time it didn’t occur to me to go alone, so I invited Mira and my good friend TC. (More on my past concert experiences in a future post).
Cyndi Lauper concert, November 2005. Photo by Leticia Tarilonte.
These Prabal Gurung for Target shoes I picked up for Mira instantly reminded of Cyndi Lauper’s earlier looks. In the 80s, she was wearing thrifted looks from the fifties. Sinspired, I decided to style her in an updated version of an early Cyndi Lauper look and recreate the album cover. It would be too hard for an exact replica. Besides, I prefer capture the spirit of a look when we style our “Sinspirations”. I did try to get her to imitate the dance moves (including doing the move myself). It was difficult, but she indulged me. And most importantly, we had fun.
- Vintage 1980s floral skirt
- 1990s Moschino Jeans sequin black T-shirt
- Prabal Gurung for Target Nolita pumps
- Vintage 1980s pink leather clutch
- Vintage 1980s plastic black beaded necklace, plastic purple bangles; animal bangles by The Sin Embargo; silvertone bamboo earrings
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Summer Stroll: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose…
- Vintage 1980s strapless dress (thrifted)
- Dolce & Gabbana rose print baguette
- Vince Camuto ankle strap platform heels
- Sterling silver bangles, silvertone cuff, bamboo earrings, and necklaces
Summer Stroll: Portland, ME
- Vintage 1970s hooded palazzo pant jumpsuit (thrifted)
- Vintage 1980s Salvatore Ferragamo bag (online purchase)
- H&M earrings; assorted plastic and beaded bangles
- Arden B. wedge shoes
Putting The Finger Down
We considered him our stepfather, although technically they were never married. He taught us how to fish out of a river, using fishing line tied to cans. He gave us each a weekly allowance of $1. He drove us to our junior high school prom in a baby blue 1979 Chevy Malibu station wagon. We learned how to drive and got our learner’s permits in said station wagon. He took us on drives through the suburbs to “see how rich people lived”, where we could find remote yard sales, and what eventually became our favorite Marshall’s and TJMaxx stores. With him we learned to appreciate the art of the recreational drive through the suburbs.
He was a landscaper, so everywhere we lived we had flowers in the front (if possible), and a vegetable garden in the back (no matter how small the yard). In general he was very humble person, but was very proud of the kind of work he did. At one point wanted to have his own landscape company, but that never came to fruition.
He was also a pathological liar, and made up the most absurd stories that would give Sophia Petrillo on Golden Girls a run for her money. His English was terrible; he ended his sentences with that’s it even if the conversation didn’t call for it, and instead of saying but he would still say pero. Sometimes he’d say I’m putting the finger down. We’re not sure what he meant, other than possibly this was a declaration of a parental ruling; his version of I’m putting my fist down.
He always wore a plaid button-down shirt (flannel in the winter), polyester pants, and earlier on, trucker caps. Sometimes velcro sneakers, sometimes construction boots. All quite unfashionable at the time. But eventually, we learned to appreciate his look once 70s retro came into style. Unbeknownst to him, he became fashionable without trying.
Here’s to an unconventional inspiration.
- Vintage 1980s plaid dress (thrifted)
- Vintage 1980’s braided belt (thrifted)
- Emilio Pucci canvas printed bag
- MaxStudio hidden platform gladiator heels
- Vintage 1980s Christian Dior plaid shirt with epaulettes
- Lucky Brand loose fit jeans
- Cole Haan Duke oxfords
- The Brothers Bray for Urban Outfitters bag
- Zara blazer (thrifted)
- BDG for Urban Outfitters printed jeans
- Forever21 V-neck T-shirt
- Vintage 1980s Carlos Falchi leather clutch (thrifted)
- Converse Jack Purcell sneakers
- Silvertone cuff, bamboo earrings, and necklaces
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Shane is one of those people that I’ve known for years, but know very little about him. Through Facebook, I’ve been able to keep in touch with him and learn things about him, such as his taste in music, his appreciation for a good Halloween costume, and his T-shirt venture, Burlyshirts.
By happenstance we were going to be in Chicago at the same time for the annual leather community man-pageant, International Mr. Leather. He as a vendor at the leather market, and me as people-watcher and curiosity quencher. He needed some help setting up and breaking down his Burlyshirts booth at the market. Always down for anything fashion/clothing related, I heeded the call.
(photo by Shane Ruff)
It probably goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoyed helping out. As I walked by the booth during my people-watching excursions, I couldn’t help but notice dozens of manly men poured into the booth in search for graphically strong and thoughtfully designed T-shirts for bears, fetishists, and every gay in between. It was non-stop, and it was fascinating, fun, and furry.
I’m incredibly happy for Shane and wish him all the success in the world. I look forward to seeing his goods at other events this summer. And his T-shirts!
- Burlyshirts “Prancing Pig” T-shirt
- Banana Republic long sleeve shirt
- H&M shorts
- Jeremy Scott for Adidas high-top sneakers
- Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas Y-3 messenger bag
- Marc Jacobs “Veritas Inlustrat” leather bracelet
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Spring Stroll: York Beach, ME
- Vertigo dress coat (TJMaxx)
- Vintage 1980s sweater dress (thrifted)
- Red leather Longchamp bag (thrifted)
- Goldtone cuff, plastic and brass bangles, 14K gold Necklace, earrings (gifted)
- Nine West floral print ankle-strap heels from the 1990s
Spring Stroll: Hey, Tulip!
- Gap vest
- Ecko Unltd White tank
- Vintage 1980s Tulip Skirt (thrifted)
- Prabal Gurgung for Target “Nolita” heels
- Emilio Pucci handbag
- Forever21 braided necklace, goldtone cuff, 14K hoops
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