December 31, 2010

The Last Post of 2010


There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

- William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar




December 30, 2010

A Cautious Men's Hairstyle Trend



caesar


Pet Shop Boys


There was one particular men's hairstyle trend circa late 1980s, early 1990s that drove me nuts - but not in a good way. We called it the Caesar cut. I see it's back. If you're as smooth as Antonio Banderas go ahead, otherwise be careful you might come across as Lloyd Christmas

for more search early 90s Prada and Oasis.

Quote of the Week - Marilyn Monroe

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.

December 29, 2010

My Favourite Things




Fellow blogger, Liberty and In Dependence, inspired me to write a 'Favourite Things' list - which is much different than my 'Strictly Materialistic' list. Sorry Oprah, it wasn't you.

So, here you go:
  1. strawberry rhubarb pie - preferably for breakfast
  2. body pillows
  3. the first cup of coffee in the morning - made extra strong in my perculator.
  4. very very long walks
  5. mid-century West Coast architecture
  6. my new neighbourhood
  7. driving my car like it's a sauna on wheels
  8. robin songs at sunset
  9. fond memories of things that once were
  10. my Danskos and Birks
  11. the smell of the Pacific Northwest forest after the rain

December 27, 2010

10 Tips for the Party Host

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When your hosting skills are brought to the test, don't fail.
  1. Take your guest's coat. Do not put them on the bed.* Hang them up. Small, unrealistic closet? Rent a sales man's rack or invest in one (I have two).
  2. Your guest's shoes are part of their outfit - allow them to keep them on. I bring fancy house slippers with me just in case the dreaded pile of shoes is at the door.
  3. Offer your guest a drink after you've taken their coat and before they're more than five steps in the door. Tip: have non-alcoholic drinks (soda, tonic and juice), red wine, white wine, bubbles, beer, vodka, rum, rye, scotch, tequila, gin, sweet and dry vermouth and cognac. Don't forget fresh ice, cocktail napkins, lemons, limes, olives and cocktail straws.
  4. Never introduce your guest's boyfriend, girlfriend, fiance, spouse or whatever, as such. They have an identity of their own.
  5. You are responsible for your guest's safety. Read my post, How to Deal with Drunk Guests.
  6. Keep the lights and the music low.
  7. If you're a couple, work tag team. Lay out each of your defined 'duties' before hand and cover each others backs with refilling drinks, conversation starters, toilet paper and hand towel checks, lit candles, cleared plates and stocked ice.
  8. Never let them see you sweat. As far as your guest is concerned you're already the monarch of the mingler - they don't need to see the dirty dishes. Get some of those big plastic crates with tops and hide your dirty dishes in there until the guests leave. Throw a table cloth over it and they'll never know. I used to hide stuff in the bath tub of my ensuite.
  9. Accept that you'll have a guest that snoops in the medicine cabinet of your bathroom. You know what to do with that stuff.
  10. To prevent guests from over staying, lay out a start and end time in your invite. If there are still stragglers start unloading those crates with the dirty dishes in them.
* Back in the old days laying coats on the bed was considered faux pas due to bed bug infestations.

December 23, 2010

Here's to...

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sharp suits, wrinkle free dresses, and Cheezies. Have a fashionable, safe and love filled holiday weekend.

December 21, 2010

Quote of the Week - Orson Welles



If you want a happy ending you need to know when to end the story.

December 20, 2010

4 Tips for the Best Business Wardrobe

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I was recently contacted by a gentleman who is changing careers. He's confident in his decision but not his current wardrobe. He asked for some suggestions on where to start.

The answer to this question cannot be communicated in one post so let's start here:

  1. Know what you like and what you don't like. What suits you and your style of living. This particular individual didn't want a baggy suit. He liked the mod suits from the 60s but not the super skinny trousers. He told me he liked Diplo's suits, Booth's suits from Bones and Terrence Stamp's suits (see my post on his classic look here).
  2. Know your clothing's priorities and each day's sartorial demands. Meetings, luncheons, golf (an unfortunate part of business, my apologies to golfers), and the cursed casual Friday. You want to be sharp and dressed appropriately for each. What are the corner offices wearing? Take cues from them and notch it up by one.
  3. Versatility. Maintain a flexible wardrobe. Back in my retail days we were taught the foundation of the fashion equation, 2+2+2+5, (Men = two trousers, two ties, two jackets, five shirts. Women = two skirts, two trousers, two jackets, five tops).
  4. You want to be known for your unique ideas - that being said, limit it to one unique idea per outfit.

December 19, 2010

Murder of Crows


I've been wanting to record these guys for over a decade. They've been getting together like this in an area in Burnaby every day for as long as I can remember. Last week I got my camera ready and waited. You really have to see it in person to experience the true wonder of it.

December 18, 2010

Design Lover - the animal on my plate



Magda Boreysza paints on vintage mismatched china. Why not try emailing her to see if she'll do custom work on all that old stuff your Mom's given you? You never know...

December 16, 2010

Tip of the Week - Beauty

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Rejuvenate your dry tired skin with olive oil. Seriously, I tried it (remember, I was wanting to try a new moisturizer). I must admit I was worried I'd break out, because that's what my skin does with everything, but no! My skin is now as soft as a baby's bottom. I was so impressed I went out and bought John Masters Organics Pomegranate Facial Nourishing Oil (not an affiliate). The scent reminds me of this works: deep calm. The only downfall, I don't want to just use it on my face and at $42 for 2 fl oz my personal care budget is going to have to increase - that's ok, I'm worth it.

December 15, 2010

a fuzzy little sweater



The mohair cardigan. Made infamous in the grunge era as Kurt's cardi of choice. These were impossible enough to find in the 90s let alone the 2010s so don't be surprised if vintage ones are worth a pretty penny.

Taiki Matsumura - from Japan
Kurt Cobain - no further explanation
me - vintage mohair cardigan and Isabel Marant dress
Coutney Love - I love the blue.


I picked him up this mohair pullover a few weeks back but he thinks it makes him look rotund so I wear it with my black leather pencil skirt.

December 14, 2010

Quote of the Week - Sophia Loren


Sex appeal is fifty percent what you've got and fifty percent what people think you've got.

December 13, 2010

Womens Vintage Boots

Nancy Sinatra and I prefer the same boots (and sparkly body suits). Needless to say, not many of today's women's boots tickle my fancy. Here are some of my oldies but goodies.



© Stacy Reynaud
vintage 1960s
old Fluevog's
vintage Dr. Marten's
vintage Frank Foti lizard

Some men's boots from the 2011 collections I'd like for myself - truthfully, I don't think any of my guy friends would wear the Rick Owens.





his for pre-order 2011
Rick Owens

Officine Creative

Rick Owens

Balmain



Hit it Nancy


December 12, 2010

Style Icon - Freddy Krueger




The rather ironically named DEAD MEAT available here for $770.
I think the sweater would look better with the sleeve bottoms cut off, don't you?

December 11, 2010

Saturday Night Special

TV Doggy


He's so cute he's on TV.

December 7, 2010

Design Lover - inaeent


I stumbled upon Alaskan Etsy seller inaeent, aka Laura C. Hewitt, over the weekend. Her Lovecraftian stoneware and porcelain tableware was an immediate favourite. Visit her personal site as well.

December 6, 2010

My eBay rebirth...maybe



Way back in 1999, before I started exhibiting my vintage collections here and here, I sold on eBay. It was awesome, I had close to 1500 positive feedback, was a Power Seller and had a loyal following of buyers. Then the scammers caught on to eBay. In around 2004, I was ripped off by Amy in Kansas City. She bought a vintage Burberry trench coat off me for about $800.* Once she received it she charged back her credit card and told me that's the way her and her Mom do business on eBay. She then cancelled her eBay account. I frustratingly navigated my way through eBay Help, Paypal Help, VISA, numerous Better Business Bureaus, and the Kansas City police department. Somewhere I came across a Paypal class action lawsuit. A settlement was reached and I received a little of my money back through the 'long claim form' but I was so disgusted by the experience I boycotted eBay and Paypal for five years.

Last weekend I took a chance and listed some items - just to see how things had changed. The first item I listed was a vintage Burberry jacket with a Buy it Now option. It sold in a few hours. The buyer has paid and the item has been shipped, however, the transaction is not complete as I don't consider it complete until the buyer has received the product and feedback has been left.

How ironic is it that the last thing I sold on eBay was a vintage Burberry coat and the first thing I sell in five years is a Burberry jacket? I'm hoping it won't turn out to be extremely ironic by having the same thing happen to me that happened in 2004. If all turns out well I look forward to stocking up on vintage to sell on eBay again!

* I had been ripped off by others but that was the biggest loss. In total, I lost over $1200 to online dirt bags - most, if not all of it, was in 2004.

What I Wore


1985

shirt - my Dad's
concho belt
black leggings
patent ballet flats
and a lopsided bob, of course

December 3, 2010

Quote of the Week - Albert Camus

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Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous amounts of energy to be normal.

December 2, 2010

Tip of the Week - Sticky Zippers

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Vintage piece with a sticky zipper? Rub a candle over it.

December 1, 2010

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