Saturday, October 29, 2011


Laura and I did some volunteering at our elementary school's haunted house fundraiser. I actually really liked the dresses and makeup we wore, so I thought I would do a quick post to share them with you. I played an insane girl who accidentally murdered her father and was haunted by his ghost. Pretty gruesome for elementary school kids, right? I think it's pretty sweet that they let us do that. Dressing up and smearing fake blood all over my hands made me extra excited for halloween!

In other news, it was my friend Zoe's birthday on Thursday! I made her some cupcakes to celebrate. I was really happy to have an excuse to bake. I love to make and decorate cupcakes, and I don't get to do it too often. I based them off the "eat me" cakes in Alice in wonderland.
 Unfortunately the photo quality isn't the best. The frosting was more lavender in real life. I baked a chocolate into the middle of some of them, which is something I always wanted to do!

I hope you're all having a great weekend and looking forward to a fun halloween! What are you all dressing up as?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The flameless ashes and the soulless urn

Here I am, sporting my pagan t-shirt and a fantastic derp face. I had to get dressed in a hurry yesterday morning, but luckily even my half-asleep brain could figure out that baby pink and navy blue are a good combination. I like that this outfit is sweet but somehow a little spooky. Which, by the way, is totally my jam right now. I'm itching to get to a halloween store to stock up on plastic skulls, bats, and spiders to make into bows and brooches and wonderful stuff.

Speaking of halloween, I got a large amount of black lace to make into a costume, and I got the urge to take some pictures with it. They're a bit silly, but I must admit I kind of like how they turned out.

 Here are two I took yesterday that have a similar creepy vibe.

 I am so pumped for halloween, it's insane! I just want to eat candy and look at pictures of teen witches for the rest of the month.

On an unrelated note, this is Laura's guinea pig, Lola. Isn't she a cutie?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Owls and polka-dots

Forever 21 owl top, thrifted fringey thing, thrifted diy shorts, target tights and socks, Dr. Martens boots, old necklaces, homemade earrings

This is probably one of the last days this year that will be warm enough to wear shorts. This outfit was probably pushing it as it is. Oh, how I envy all the L.A. bloggers in their daisy dukes, complaining about the heat! Oh well, at least this means I can start doing some more interesting layering.

I unfortunately didn't spend my long weekend blogging as I had hoped, but I did get a little crafty in my free time! I made these earrings which are kind of hard to see in the picture, but I'm pretty happy with them. I also did a bunch more crafts which I'll show you in a later post! Hooray!

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Thrifted diy top, old Wet Seal pleather jacket, H&M jeans, thrifted creepers

I've been dreaming of a red checked top that I could rip the sleeves off of for some time now, so imagine my delight when I found this beaut at Savers! The flower embroidery down the front was the icing on the cake, and I bought it even though two of me could easily fit inside.  I took it home, removed the sleeves, and used my trusty sewing machine to take it from large and shapeless to small and shapeless. Just the way I like it! I wore it with a leather jacket, creepers, and octopus hair for a sort of rockabilly/greaser kind of look. I'm quite happy with it!

I'm on a five-day weekend right now! Plenty of time for blogging! And homework, I suppose...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lace and velvet

Target hat, thrifted necklace and shirt, random old velvet leotard, vintage pants, thrifted shoes

I told my sister recently that I really wanted some lace bell bottoms. Like, really bad. She mentioned it to her friend, and it turned out that she just so happened to have a pair laying around. When she came to see my sister the other day, she brought these babies along and let me borrow them!!! It was so sweet of her to remember and to trust her precious pantaloons in my clumsy, destructive hands. I got a chance to wear them with the most '70s-licious things I own, including this sun hat and these groovy shoes (borrowed from Laura). And this leotard! I used to wear this thing during my brief stint in gymnastics as a tween. Fortunately, I had my big growth spurt fairly early in life and can still fit into it, which means that you will be seeing plenty more of this bad boy.

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Thrifted blouse and brooch, target pants and tights, thrifted boots.

I wore this to my school's harvest festival today. I had a great time! I performed a few songs for everyone, and I came home with tons of food that  was grown and made by the 9th and 10th graders at our school, including maple syrup and habanero jelly. Habanero jelly. It is an ingenious and delicious idea, I tell you.

This outfit has some serious fall vibes. It seemed appropriate to wear a pumpkin-colored shirt to a fall festival, but unfortunately I have approximately zero things in my wardrobe that match it. Or so I thought, until I remembered this amazing brooch! I think it adds the perfect finishing touch to the outfit. I'm also digging the gold eyeshadow (actually worn on my eyes, for once) with the plum lips. Yay rich fall colors!

Stay tuned next week for some less sporadic posting (hopefully)!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A long, rambly post about some Minnesota music (and my clothes)

Target Belt and socks, everything else thrifted from Savers.

I'm really proud of my ability to wear an outfit entirely composed of thrift store clothes and not look too much like a hobo. Not that looking like a hobo is necessarily a bad thing, I suppose.

This fringy-jackety-thing might be the most beautiful piece of clothing I own. I think I have magical fringe-locating powers, because I left the store the other day with not one, but two fringey articles of clothing. I'm not even exaggerating when I say I stared hyperventilating when I saw this on the rack. It was fake hyperventilating, but still! I think it adds a lot to the crazy combination of textures in this outfit.

The occasion for this gypsy/hipster-esque ensemble was a concert yesterday by Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles and Jeremy Messersmith. Both are musicians from the Twin Cities, and both are absolutely incredible! Lucy Michelle is pretty much your average five-piece band: guitar, drums, ukulele, cello, and accordion/glockenspiel. Awesome, right? They are all amazing musicians who make really original and fantastic music. Also, they all happen to be really attractive and have great style. Behold:

They are all so cute! The two girls make me want to go out and buy vintage dresses and an accordion. And they are so nice! My friends and I got to talk to some of them after the show, and they all rule! You can listen to a few of their songs on their facebook page. I highly recommend it. They are honestly one of my favorite bands ever.

I mainly went to the concert to see Lucy and the Lapelles, but I had heard some good things about Jeremy Messersmith as well. Apparently he's pretty well known in the Minnesota music scene. It turns out that he is an amazing songwriter, singer, guitar player, and bass player. Seriously, he was completely shreddin' on his bass. He was backed up by drums, a guitar, a keyboard, and a frickin' string quartet. His voice is really sweet and soft, which makes it all the better when you realize he's singing about some pretty morbid subjects.

 I wish I could have gotten a better picture, but my camera died at the worst possible moment. This one doesn't capture how massively adorable this guy is. He has huge glasses and a little pompadour and a bowtie and is just really, really cute! He seems so nice, too. I just want to put him in my pocket so I can look at him and listen to him sing about death whenever I want. You can listen to/download all of his music here. One of my favorite songs was one he hasn't recorded yet about being in love with a merch girl for another band. Adorbz!

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot to mention that the whole thing took place IN A GRAVEYARD! The whole affair was probably the hippest event of my life. Aside from the concert, I got some (probably) authentic Mexican food with my BFF and watched Buffy with my family, so I'm still basking in the glow of a pretty much perfect day.

Much love to all you guys! I hope your weekends are all going as fantastically as mine!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Boot love

Thrifted jacket, forever 21 top, levi's jeans, thrifted boots, homemade fish necklace.

I went on a thrifting spree at Savers in maplewood the other day and got these rad boots and jacket. That store is incredible! Basically all my favorite pieces of clothing have come from there. These boots are the best! I'll wear them with everything! I'm also totally in love with this denim jacket. As soon as I put it on I felt about 20% cooler. I'm thinking maybe I'll experiment with bleaching it and sewing some stuff to it, but for now I'll just enjoy it as is.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Slutwalk MPLS

Last Saturday was the Minneapolis version of Slutwalk. I was super pumped and put together a vaguely vampy outfit to go protest sexual violence.

Pretty much like my regular style, but slightly more lingerie-esque. 

Anyway, we had a whole group of people ready to go and walk, but our ride fell through at the last minute and we had to bus which took forever. We ended up getting there right as the walk was finishing, and the little feminist in my soul wept bitterly. Luckily, we still got to see all the amazing people who showed up and even talk to a few of them. There was a huge range of people there, from college students with rainbow hair and fishnets to middle-aged men with signs that said "my dick has manners" to a woman with "PUTA" scrawled across her chest with red marker. There were weirdos and hippies aplenty, but there were also people who looked like they could have just wandered in off the street if it weren't for their signs declaring "A DRESS IS NOT A YES!" It warmed the cockles of my heart to see so many people of all types and all genders gathered in one place to fight against senseless rape and to make sure that the rapists are the ones being punished, not their victims.

This is my beautiful friend Callie holding a sign we found on a picnic table. I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment.
This is what was on the other side of the sign. I figure we're doing pretty well if feminism is trickling down to the frat boy types. There was also a guy with a popped collar holding a sign that said "Rape is not chill!" It completely made my day!
On an unrelated note, I found some flowers later in the day that were very relevant to my interests. My favorite flower (daisies) in my favorite color (purple). They are so perfect!

Anyway, I know this post is really late and that I've been a little slow with posting, but after I get through my current tsunami of homework I should be a little more quick on the draw. Cheers!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Goth moment

Hello lovely readers! I'm sorry to say I've been on a brief blogging hiatus lately. Homework and laziness and life have taken a chunk out of my precious internet time. Slutwalk Minneapolis was last Saturday and I'm working on a post about it, but being the lazy blogger that I am, it'll probably be a bit delayed. In the meantime, I have a short outfit post for you!

Thrifted sweater, Mikkat Market top, forever 21 pants, thrifted shoes (Laura's), forever 21 claw necklace, random voodoo doll necklace

I got a lot of comments on how dark this outfit is. I usually wear more color, but I think it feels really special when I wear all black. I wouldn't want to do it every day, but it's fun to play with layers and textures all within a limited palette. I told people at school that I was having a goth moment, but really it's not so much goth as it is just dark. I like how I got my style to show a little bit in something that isn't as characteristic for me.

Laura bought these shoes for her homecoming dance and I think they are beautiful. They're a little beat up, but I think that adds to the appeal. The shape of the heel is so perfectly curvacious, and the flowery embroidery on the sides is purdy. Me gusta.

P.S. I've been really digging Fever Ray lately. Their music is super good, and their videos are deliciously creepy. I think they go quite well with this look.