#nowplaying The Boss’s “I’m on Fire (Cousin Cole’s Bad Desire Mix)”
Note: I do not endorse the image set to this song, WTF?
My Miss Moss “fangirl status” grows every time I reed each amazing post and listen to one of her music mixes. I wish she didn’t live in gosh darn South Africa so we could be friends! I just know that we would get along famously.
This song is on the “There’s Something About Us” compilation and although it was created a year ago, I just had my first listen last week [you can rest easy tonight knowing that I now have all of them downloaded, praise Jebus]. The original version is one of my favorite “wish it were longer” songs [also see: this ink-inspiring tune] and now, guess what?! it has doubled in length and been set to a catchy beat thanks to some dude named Cousin Cole. Woot!
I also really like the version of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” be found on the same mix. I heart you, MM!
That’s all for now. Gotta go gaze at some #NYFW photos!
Happy New Year’s Eve!
My “Blogging Year in Review” just arrived in my inbox from WordPress. How timely!
A few of my bests from the past year:
Beauty Product: Medieval lip color by Lipstick Queen
I love this sheer, flattering color so much! It wears light like a stain, but is packaged more conveniently in my opinion [fits perfect in my lipstick mirror/case]. Apparently I’m not the only one who is wild about this product, as it is notoriously difficult to find in-stock. I was on a waiting list for it at Blush Beauty Bar for months! #worthit
Hair Product: Spray wax by Sachajuan
Spray what?! Yes, I know. I had no idea that this styling product – which, BTW, I cannot pronounce – would change my follicle life forever when my hair fairy at Gold + Arrow used it on my mane just a few months ago. It was way more than I usually spend on such an item, but the hold is truly unique and I had to have it. NO REGRETS! I definitely recommend this for thick, curly/wavy hair; use on the second or third day after shampooing for optimal styling ease. The hold is strong but not crunchy or sticky… and it creates great “JBF hair” during those dry spells.
Best New Portland Store: tie, abrahams&duffy and Eden
I couldn’t choose between these two! Grateful to be able to feature both in the Local Alternatives series on NN.
abrahams&duffy – Granted this NE Alberta boutique is more of a “look with your eyes” establishment for me, but I still love going in and perusing the racks and chatting with the owners. If I were to envision the perfect closet for myself, I’d stuff it full of items from a&d for both work and causal wear. My sister is also a huge fan after her visit in October and I got her two pairs of earrings from here for Christmas [after stalking her a&d “likes” on Facebook, tee hee!]; one is pictured below, along with the plaid dress she bought from local line Bridge & Burn and the festive decor in the shop during the holiday season.
Eden – The sister store to N. Mississippi’s dreamy Flutter, Eden opened in the Pearl over the summer. I love this place because it exists as an oasis to its surroundings; the Pearl can sometimes seem stuffy and hoity toity, but one step into Eden and all is forgotten. The colors are bold and the patterns anything but subtle. Seemingly every surface is covered with wares: candles, lotion, coffee table books, jewelry, and of course, a small but stellar selection of vintage dresses and scarves.
Best Music: Bon Iver, Bon Iver
I’m no music critic, but this is my “alBUM of the year” based purely on number of plays. I think most fans were a bit wary about a Bon Bon release in June, but this was our office stand-by at work and got us through a particularly gloomy spring just fine. View more of the ethereal album art by Gregory Euclide here and read a Q&A about his process for creating these images for Vernon & Co.
Best Website: Twitter
I can’t believe it took me so long to hop on the Twit wagon! Twitter has essentially become my main online news source and I’ve discovered so many awesome and inspiring links, blogs, and people from my feed. Tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, yeah!
For more opining [from the pros!] about Fashion & Style in 2011:
NYT’s Cathy Horyn “Recounts the Year in Fashion”
WWD’s very detailed, month-by-month breakdown “Fashion Moments in 2011”
I hope this past year was happy and healthy for you. Personally, I enjoyed so many great moments it’s difficult to wrap-up concisely, so I won’t try but rather list some words that represent my year: Neighborhood Notes, nails (nails, nails), magazines, old love/new love/deeper love(s), bigger apartment, new job, “professional wardrobe,” San Diego, Eugene, Indiana, Seattle x 2, writing, writing, writing. Thanks for sharing the ride.
Much love as you greet 2012!
#nowplaying “Six Months in a Leaky Boat” mix via Miss Moss
I’ve written before about my love for the blog Miss Moss; little did I know then that in addition to posting dreamy artwork and lovely garments, MM also shares personally assembled playlists with her blog reeders. Most feature songs and artists I’m already familiar with, but she arranges them in a most audibly delicious way.. AND she has also introduced me to a lot of new/new-to-me tunes [like this haunting Gotye tune]. This particular mix includes Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, and Fleetwood Mac- hope you enjoy as much as I do!
****oh and even more awesome, all past mixes are available for download here****
‘Tis the season for getting & giving gifts. Seemingly every website, blog, and/or magazine has compiled their own version of a “gift guide” to help the clueless navigate the big bad world of retail. I rarely find such advice helpful, mostly because the suggestions are often way out of my price range. The best gifts are spontaneously found, thoughtfully considered, and as unique as the recipient.
I was out shopping this past weekend with my friend Lauren and we popped into Magpie, a mutual favorite downtown vintage shop, on the hunt for something sparkly for our respective workplace holiday parties. Of course, our focus quickly diverted and I found this great winter dress from the 1960s. It can be difficult to find dresses warm enough to wear in the cold months without piling cardigans and scarves on top. A cozy, long-sleeved dress is a score, and a vintage one that fits (!) is gold.
The quality of this photo sucks balls – sorry, iPoseCity – but it’s the best I can do until I net enough profit to hire a live-in servant to take my blog photos for me. The top is argyle with the sweetest asymetrical collar in the same cream color of the cuffs. The black skirt is A-line and has POCKETS. Black tights, yellow heels, gold locket: time to scoot to Sterling Cooper Draper Price….er……work.
Lauren found a saucy Fendi sweater from the 80s and we waltzed triumphantly to the counter with our finds. As I dug for my wallet, she grabbed my dress and proceeded to buy it for me as a Christmas present. I resisted at first, but she won and I relented in shock and joy. Not that she wouldn’t be the type to do such a thing – don’t get me wrong – it was just such perfect timing and totally spontaneous. The perfect gift. I am grateful.
I guess what I’m trying to convey is that gift giving doesn’t need to be a big hubabuloo with last-minute panic and crinkled gift guides torn from whatever magazine. Seek out and seize the opportunities that arise everyday to treat the ones you love with a spur-of-the-moment treat. If you’re anything like me it’ll mean more than any pre-packaged, Oprah endorsed tchotchke. Plus, wrapping paper is a waste of time/environmental resources anyway.
Happy Holiday Shopping!
#nowplaying Shocking Blue “Love Buzz”
This YouTube vid was tweeted by Krist Novoselic and I love that it features clips of Louise Brooks dancing! Plus, I don’t think I ever heard the original before tonight. Enjoy!
Some links to share:
– Latest blog obsession: Miss Moss. My friend Laura wrote this site down for me last month, but I just started to follow. Pretty pictures; that’s all you really need to know.
– The Olsens now have a Tumblr for the t-shirt branch of their empire called StyleMint
Watch this festive video quiz featuring the twins in Halloween garb:
Yes, the coffee cups-turned-lightsabers made my day, too!
– A gem via the Twit: Herself Magazine
I follow the voice behind I Want to be a Roitfeld on Twitter @iwtbar who shared a link to her friend’s new ambitious project: a fully illustrated fashion magazine. From the images below, courtesy of the magazine’s website, it looks like I might have to splurge on this biannual publication.
– Vogue.com shares some stylish ideas on how to store all that random shiz that accumulates on every surface in your dwelling BUT where it belongs. I especially love the tip that suggests candle sticks double as bangle holders. Genius!
Hope you all are off to a great week; I definitely am, although I am missing my sister who departed this morning. I’m feeling so grateful for a wonderful visit where I got to share my life with her. We made the most of our time together and I don’t think we stopped moving for more than 10 minutes at a time. Success!