The last time I wore a one piece bathing suit, I was still calling it a swimming costume. I was 9 or 10 and also still had my English accent. Each summer, after my family relocated to Florida, my mum would take us all swimming costume shopping, and let us pick out not just 1, but 2 suits, that would last us throughout the summer heat, the chlorinated pools, the salty gulf and the neighbor’s slip and slide. I remember feeling very proud of one suit in particular… it was a bright little number decorated with different pieces of colorful fruit (grapes, oranges, etc). Even with my pale English skin, this suit managed to make me feel very tropical and… American! Lately, one piece swimsuits seem to be all over beach fashion and I’m willing to give it a go with something bright and colorful once again, after all these years. I love Insight’s ‘wonderland’ suit below. What about you? Will you be sporting the one piece this summer? Do you remember your favorite swimsuit as a kid?
I’ve been drooling over Tsumori Chisato for a little while now, feeling nothing but utter admiration and love for everything she creates. I honestly feel like I could be happy wearing only her designs and no one else’s for the rest of my life, so let’s make this official. Tsumori Chisato, will you marry me?
Shopping: Opening Ceremony
I’ve never been a huge fan of espadrilles. I bought a pair of red wedges at mini market in Brooklyn a few years back and only ended up wearing them once… which was on the day that I bought them. In a recent craze of getting rid of the unnecessaries, I threw them out. That’s okay. Perhaps I can replace them with Tsumori Chisato’s version of the espadrille. My friends, meet Tsumori Chisato’s purple flower espadrille sandals. I think they would match perfectly with my pale purple AA getup and these pretty little Rachel Comey hair pins.
Tote bag season is just around the corner. The canvas tote is the cheap and somewhat disposable carry-all answer for that heavy heat, and whether you’re city bound or riding around in an airconditionless crapper in the country suburbs, this washable friend will be your best summer pal. It will be true to the bulk of your sunhats, the grease of your sunblock, the fragility of your sunglasses and anything else with the word sun in it. I’ve already purchased my tote bag for the season but I thought it timely to toot the tote and rally up a totable team. (heh…) And if you’re not already a tote lover, maybe these will change your mind.
My pixie market pics from the new arrivals batch… I think I need this romper.
I went through a sewing phase last month and made a few summer pieces for myself. I still don’t have a new digi camera and only just used moseyman’s old camera phone so I apologize for the extremely crappy pics. The first getup is a romper I sewed together using way too many scraps of an old psychedelic thrift dress. This was definitely an experiment and I may try it again knowing what I know now. The next is my yellow “fin shirt.” I knew I wanted something light with an awesome exposed zipper so I found this cute, yellow, bargain bin fabric at the market and bought a contrasting peachy-pink zipper with brass teeth from an old, dusty notions vendor. I only decided to sew “fins” (vague ruffles) along the side seams after I had already sewn the thing together. Seam ripping was worth it though, it’s a fun one to wear. The green dress was actually the first one I made from this group. I was craving something new, bright and easy to throw on at the time. This was a quickie but I like it. The last top is a bit of a mess. It looked cool at first finish with the “epaulets” but it’s not surviving washes very well because I’m too lazy to finish the inside guts. Anyway, as a whole, I’m fairly pleased with my new mini collection for myself and will probably continue to experiment a little more with zippers and whatnot.
I’m enjoying the newer pieces from Silence & Noise lately. Their simple and tough-ish aesthetic is something that personally suits me well. I love the exposed front zippers, the flattering skirt shapes and the dark color palette…
All from urban outfitters
I’m not a white wearer. I never have been. I just never felt like it flattered my pale skin. This summer though, I’m gonna give it another shot. It’s gonna have to be something really good to convert me. So here’s just the beginning of my search. I thought these were white worth for their price worth…
All from urban outfitters.
I stare up at the dangling, barren light bulb on the ceiling of my bedroom, and while I enjoy it’s grungy, artistic, simplicity, I still yearn for any of the below… the first, colorfest crazoid being my favorite!
My new favorite online shop is Beyond the Valley. This started as a clothing brand by 3 London girls who later turned it all into a shop of morers (like horrors except more? ummm, sorry, I just swallowed some hard core headache meds…). I’ll stop here and post my faves. Then you need to skedaddle on over there!