I am notorious for slacking on "personal style" photos for this blog- forgive me, I don't have a camera phone!- but lately a number of friends sent me these photos of myself out and about at various events:
Another wedding- it's unseasonably cold out (this photo was taken in the summer, but I just got it), so I had to bundle up in my giant coat! Standing with me is my hubby and the internationally known author/herbalist Kathi Keville.
St. Patrick's Day, toasting my ancestors with the help of a little whiskey and my pal Bluebird
Whenever I used to go down to Midtown Sacramento, I loved to spend an hour looking at magazines at the magazine shop/candy shop off of J Street. Last time I was there, it was gone- I wonder if it's folks like me who made the place go under, getting our grubby fingers all over the cool international fashion magazines that we could never afford to buy...?
Enter Pinterest. I heard about Pinterest a long time ago but never joined (for fear of having "one more thing" to do online), but I have to tell you, I am finally on board and I love it. I love organizing my "boards", but I also love how easy it is to search for things that I am interested in. (If you need an invite, just leave a comment below and I can send one to your e-mail address- your e-mail address is hidden from the public, but is visible to me). It has come to act as a virtual "magazine shop" for me, and it's really inspiring me to learn about photographers and designers that I like. I have been part of the worlds of fashion blogging, Flickr, Tumblr, etc. for several years now, but this is the best way I've ever found to connect with my visual interests online!
Lately, I've been discovering, via Pinterest, this whole world of Korean fashion that I didn't even know existed. Here are some of the amazing images I've come across lately (sources noted if available)
Hyun Yi Lee for Vogue Korea
Vogue Girl Korea
"Faceless Flowers" Vogue Korea
Paolo Roversi / Vogue Korea June 2007
"Spring Breeze": Han Hye-Jin Wears White by Lee Gun-Ho for Vogue Korea
Vogue Girl Korea
Love love love the colors, the textures, the patterns, and the sense of play here!
Today my International Correspondent/Eyes On The Street, Joanne, brings us this triple threat of WTFs from Europe:
Danish WTF?! It means "final run", or in this context "end of sale".. no idea about the "me too"- personally I prefer to get drunk and shop online.. ;)
In order to fit on a supermarket price tag, "assorted" gets unfortunately abbreviated, with alarming implications for Welsh Ladies everywhere...
Aye! I'm TOTALLY ready! For some "camp" with "chicory," which I enjoy on a folding chair outside my military pup tent, with my trusty Sikh valet, who stirs the glutinous substance into cupfuls of boiling water and heated milk for me (as is his wont) and dresses me daily in my kilt, sporran and socks while I sit brokeback mountain style and wonder whether my hat and socks are more traditional than effete, and how much whiskey is exactly in this stuff.
*Thanks Joanne for Keeping It Weird!*
My friend Temple recently purchased this black velvet dress from my shop, and this song-poem accompanied her order (sung to the tune of "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Gurfunkel):
hello darkness my old friend, i've come to shop for you again...with a velvet softly feeling and a dress that is a-peeling.... and the orange garments, that i did not pick over you, they sing boohoo, and you'll live in my closet! with garments deathrock in the back, they hang silent on the rack. i love them with their goth mystery from a time from my own history when a club was the only life i knew, and i was blue- but we can visit then, now, because of you.
(Temple, you are a poet, hope you know it!)
I'd like to do a little visual accompaniment to the goth riff here, with some of my favorite "dark" photos that I have found lately:
Serge Lutens, Despointes (Unknown Lady in a Hat), 1972.
Theda Bara, actress, considered by some to be the prototype of the "goth" look
...and of course we need some music. First, that Simon and Gurfunkel tune:
...and this fabulous PJ Harvey song, "Dear Darkness", from her very gothic album White Chalk (remember, sometimes all white can be as goth as all black!):
Oh my goth.
I have had an extraordinary amount of stress in my life this past six months (non-bloggable issues, relating to the serious health issues of several close family members), and I have become "that woman " who hangs out in the Health and Beauty aisle of the natural food store for 45 minutes at a stretch, looking at each and every "stress relief" item and spraying myself with the expensive rose hydrosol Testers. Falling and remaining asleep is the biggest challenge (for me and probably most people) when stress is at a max, and so I have been experimenting with all the nervine tinctures out there. Some work a little, some not at all, and then there is the Holy Grail, pictured here, which I bought at our local Briar Patch Co-op.
For whatever reason, the alcohol free one (made with glycerine) works for me and for Chris, while the alcohol based one doesn't seem to do much.
This is the store brand, probably made by a large herbal company (not by the Co-op itself). The ingredient list is as follows:
Valerian root, hops, kava kava root, passionflower, chamomile, lobelia, pulsatilla (in glycerine)
If you are not local, you might be able to find this at a Whole Foods (I got one in Sacramento but couldn't find it in the Bay Area):
I liked this as much as the Relax tincture. It is made by Gaia, and here are the ingredients:
American skullcap, bladderwrack, chamomile, dulse, hawthorne berry, leaf, and flower, hops, kava kava, kelp, mugwort, passionflower, peppermint leaf and e.o., syrup of apricot fruits, wild oats (in alcohol)
Remember that everyone's body, and everyone's nerves, are different- what works for me might not work for you. And, in my experience, any herbs that have a strong effect end up being less effective if you do them all the time.
*there are some warnings on the bottle about use of kava kava- it's not for people with certain medical conditions, and in my opinion, any herb that is so strong should not be used continually. Please read the cautions when purchasing it, and remember that herbs are drugs, too!*
Here's to chilling out!
Astral Boutique's eyes and ears abroad, Joanne, is back for another installment of "International WTF?"!
WTF?! you may say, but hey, it’s an English tradition.
There being a square-foot-related dearth of dishwashers in England we all preserve our hands by wearing rubber washing-up gloves while we slop our dirty dishes in the sudsy water.. and said gloves of course cum in handy for all sorts of other purposes too.
Here you have the medium size pink Cumfie... patterned for grip (in case you should slip on the foamy kitchen floor, one imagines), with a rolled cuff simply for the panache of it, and flock lined so your hands will stay as warm and clammy as a seagull’s webbed foot in the steaming kitchen.. we wouldn’t want to dry out now, would we?
(What the heck- how about some outfit posts?)
Going out record/thrift shopping:
Top: 1970s, thrifted
Jeans: my fave old beat up Juicy brand jeans
Shoes: 1970s, thrifted, on their last legs but soooo beloved
Hat: 1970s, stolen from my husband
(Sometimes I have to put on jeans just to prove to myself that I CAN dress casually)
Going out to run errands on a cold day:
Belt: pilfered from my own Etsy shop- you snooze you lose!
Belt: my mom's, from the 80s
Boots: new, from a Naked Lady clothing swap party
Hair: a huge thanks to my best ever hairdresser, Susan at Trend Cuts in Grass Valley, for whippnig my hair into shape last week, for not scolding me for letting it go for waaaaaay too long, and for giving me these awesome feathery side pieces so my updo looks fancy:
Happy Dressing Up! xoxo
My dear friend Tammy just purchased this collection of ties from Astral Boutique- here she is in one of her new ties, looking extremely dapper, dashing, and dandy:
Yes, that is a wind-up ladybug.
Some of you might remember Tammy as the creator/writer/producer/director/star of the Astral Boutique "commercial".
Tammy is also one of my favorite musicians in the known universe- her band Excuses For Skipping is playing some big shows in San Francisco this Spring, so catch them if you are in town. This music video was made by Tammy and even features a little bit of yours truly, rolling up a flight of stairs and hiding behind trees:
I love you, Tammy!!!!