Search & Destroy

3 05 2010

I’ve been in a blogging funk lately.  It’s not that I don’t have anything TO blog…I just haven’t had the desire to actually do it.  Call it being in a rut, or being lazy, or whatever you want.  All I know is two weeks is too long to be in any kind of rut.  To knock myself out of it and get back into blogging, I did what I always do when I’m feeling creatively blocked.  I put on some music and see where it takes me. 

Last night I was listening to a cover of the Iggy Pop classic “Search & Destroy” and sifting through my massive inventory.  Lo and behold, a look started to emerge influenced directly by the music blaring in my ears.  It’s a bit glam, a bit punk, a bit rock and a lot fashionista. 

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I Ride the Subway at Night.

3 03 2009

Beulah Mills sent me a notecard awhile ago about a challenge to various fashion bloggers, and I was honored to be included.  The basic premise of this challenge is to take a piece of clothing from Ivalde and make it your own, so to speak. Having different people create different looks can really show the versatility of a design, and even an entire collection, such as the case here.  People tend to think Vintage when they think of Ivalde, but that doesn’t have to be the only word associated with it.  I am guilty of this, myself.  Before this challenge, I had been to Ivalde once or twice, but it wasn’t really my style.  I thought it was too Vintage for me.

For the challenge, I was asked to choose one outfit that the designer and woman behind Ivalde, Neferia Abels, would then send me for review.  I wandered around the store for a while and saw some very nice designs, but one dress caught my eye:  the Fiola dress.
 
First, I wanted to show you the dress just as it comes; it’s quite cute. 

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A little too short for my own personal taste, but it could easily be worn to a party or dance and even out on a date.  I can already think of one event I might even wear this to.  You can never have too many little black dresses in your inventory, really.

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The design of the top is what caught my eye.  It has a crocheted like quality to it.  I love the intricate, lacy look of it.  It lends such flair to the dress.  Imagine my surprise when I found that it was in the 1970’s section.  This dress may be the only thing I like about the 70s!
 
After shooting the dress the way it was designed, it was time to make it my own. I do love to mix-and-match.

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Dress Me Up Challenge: Arcadia by Gabby Panacek

27 12 2008

For my second challenge, Gabby gave me the following guidelines:

“Okay, Arcadia, let’s get you away from the goth for a little bit. I’d love to see you put together something Glam punk in style. Start at Maitreya and Emery…their recent collaboration will give you lots of pieces to work with. Then check out Gritty Kitty or Exile for some hair. Oh, and I’d love to see you try some brighter colors with this, too. Have fun!”

I must admit that I found this the most daunting of the challenges, not because I dislike Glam Punk or anything, but because of those two little words: bright colors. *shudders*

After hiding in a corner and listening to my inner Goth hissing in my head for a while, I decided to be brave and tp over to Maitreya to see what their collaboration with Emery produced.

The results were interesting. And while I can appreciate the aesthetic of the outfits, I wasn’t sure any of them were even remotely “me” enough to wear. But I did find myself drawn to the look in the promotional signs, so I thought I’d try to replicate that. It looked very Glam and still a bit “me”. I found the Emery Biker jacket and immediately wished it came in more than two colors. Fuscia (Hot Pink to me) and Yellow are not colors I would normally wear. But I kept hearing Gabby’s words in my head, so I snagged the Hot Pink jacket as it is the lesser of two evils. At least it’s derived from red, right?

Next, I grabbed the Emery Denim Burk pants and the Maitreya Frenzy shoes in the special Hot Lips edition. They’re black with hot pink on the bottoms, which totally matches the jacket.

And though Gabby directed me to other places for hair, I couldn’t pass up the Nico hair sitting next to the Frenzy shoes. The Maitreya Armwarmers in black were next (sorry, I have to have black in there somewhere Gabby), and I was starting to feel a little better about the outfit. Not entirely comfortable, mind you, but I thought it would at least be an interesting experiment. All that was left was a shirt. And while the model in the promotional sign had on just a plain grey shirt underneath her jacket, I decided to grab the Emery Call Me outfit (a freebie, btw) and use the Blondie shirt from that outfit with my new look. It works perfectly to tie in those black armwarmers. As for accessories, I tp’d over to ::69:: for some fun pink and black star earrings and decided to use my Exotic Zeenu necklace from Viva La Glam instead of hunting around for a new one. With all of the pieces gathered, I tp’d home and put the whole thing together.


And you know what?

I LOVE it.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this look! I’ve not stopped wearing it for an entire week. Can you believe it?

Gabby, you’ve corrupted me!

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