shoot of the week(ornate expectations)

Although pretty far from wearable, the baroque trends of late truly ooze opulence, drip of decadence and reek of the economic divisions of days gone by. Perhaps a satirical jab at today's rather bleak economic situation? Considering the photo source, I rather doubt it.
Either way, it's nice to be so boldly reminded, from time to time, how truly cyclical the world of fashion is.

PHOTO SOURCE:
howtospendit.com

christian dior fall 2012 couture(flower woman reborn)

It's couture week in Paris and the Dior Fall 2012 Couture show marked a new era for the fashion house, one with Raf Simons (previously of Jil Sander) at the helm.
Although I appreciate the fact that Simons has obviously found a way to keep his typically minimal point of view vibrant while still acknowledging the integrity of one of fashion's most notorious fashion houses, I'd be lying if I said that I didn't miss the drama that a Galliano show always promised.

THE GOOD: 'the new look' redux, swoon worthy prints courtesy of
Sterling Ruby, cigarette pants & metal belts
THE BAD: 'the new look' redux & knowing that I'm going to have to hear all about peplums for another season
THE UGLY: having to pick something, I would go with the hair & makeup. Overdone & worn out.

flappers + philosophers : Etro S/S 2012 & reclaiming the finger wave

I know that I don't have to explain to you, dear reader, how widespread decididly deco looks were on the runways for S/S 2012. Dropped waists. Cloche hats. Short hems, fringe galore, so on and so predictably forth...designers of all strains were definatley paying homage to the ever-iconic flapper. The above looks are part of my personal favorite interpretation cortesy of Veronica Etro.

I have to say, I feel quite past tense speaking on this subject. Not just a few runway shows past tense (we're up to Resort 2013 now) but more like 90 years past tense.
So why the sudden inspiration? Quite honestly, it's due to a combination of my lifelong love of all things jazz age related & my recent school experience with traditional wet styling. We're talking roller sets, pin curls and, but of course, the allmighty finger wave.
Typically reserved for costume parties and hollywood starlets, I think that the modernization & reclaimation of the finger wave is way overdue. It's time to bring it back to the common woman. What do you think? Is this something DIY worthy or not? Check out my first attempt at this iconic style via Instagrid :
RUNWAY PHOTO SOURCE: style.com

progress & perception: a life update

Earlier this year, when I decided to make some changes regarding my direction in life, I knew that I would have significantly less time for this little hobby known as blogging. Going nonstop for approximately 16 hours a day leaves little downtime for even the most forced of updates.

I hate the posts that you see around apologizing for prolonged absence. Although I too have been guilty of them in the past, this is not the time for apologies. For the first time in recent memory, I am quite content with my position in life. Keeping busy always brings out the best in me. Sure, I'm usually tired and generally pressed for time but the emotional benefit is incomparable. There's no time to sit around worrying about this or that. There's no time for feelings of restlessness or loathing. And to top it off, not only am I busy, I'm working towards something that I have a genuine interest and potentially promising future in!
As far as school goes, today marks the beginning of my second part of "Phase I". I feel like I have come a long way since my first day back in April. Everything is coming to me pretty easily and it's a great thing to actually see yourself improving, learning and growing in some respect.

Despite being quite absent from the blogging world, I've managed to remain fairly active on both Pinterest and Instagram...so feel free to follow me on there.

diy(denim cutoff shorts)

Get a head start on summer with a pair of seriously "on trend" cutoff shorts. I'm all about DIY projects that allow for beautiful imperfections & these shorts could not be anymore in line with that theory. Here's a rundown on how I made these denim cutoff shorts and additionally, how I bleached them:
ON CHOOSING YOUR JEANS:
I highly recommend using a pair of spandex free jeans. To find my perfect pair, I headed out to one of my favorite local thrift stores and picked up a pair of Calvin Klein, high waisted and kind of "mom-ish" jeans for $1.99. I wanted the fit to be good at the waist and hip but also a little loose through the thigh.

CUT AND DECONSTRUCTION: 
1. I used a pair of shorts (that are a little on the longer side) as a trimming reference. Turning the jeans inside out and laying them out flat on the ground, I put the existing shorts on top and marked the length with a piece of tailor's chalk. With a pair of very sharp shears, I proceeded to cut off each of the legs. Ideally, you want there to be a slight angle on your cutting line. The measurement should be a bit longer at the crotch than at the hip. Also, make sure to not cut through the pockets.
2. After cutting off each of the legs, I tried on the newly shortened jeans to check for length. Remember, these are going to be frayed and therefore will be a bit shorter than how you originally cut them. You can always trim them up a bit more so make sure your first cut isn't too extreme...unless, of course, that's the look you're going for.
3. As these jeans were "pre-loved", I didn't have to do much in the ways of breaking them in. If your's a little more on the stiff side, try giving them a once over with some sandpaper. For my shorts, I used a razor blade to make a few slits slightly above the edge of the new hems. I made a total of approximately 8 cuts (front + back) of varied lengths and heights. Make sure not to make cuts too far up on the back side (for obvious reasons).
4. At this point, if you're happy with the existing color of your shorts, toss 'em in the washing machine on the "heavy duty" cycle. Check for results and possibly wash once more. Dry on low heat. Wear and enjoy.
If you are not happy with the color of your shorts, or if you just get overzealous (as I was), look below to see how I bleached my denim.

ON BLEACHING:
This was actually my first attempt at bleaching anything that wasn't hair or white linens. I am actually pretty proud of the results. I wasn't going for a splattered or whiskered look...I just simply wanted an allover lighter color.
To do this, I filled my bathtub with enough hot water to submerge the shorts (approximately 1.5"-2" full). While filling the tub, I mixed in some bleach. The more bleach, the faster and more extreme results. Lay the shorts flatly in the tub avoiding the existence of any folds, creases, etc. With gloved hands (or some sort of tool), submerge the shorts making sure that everything is evenly soaked. Check on your shorts periodically, occasionally turning them over and agitating the fabric until you are satisfied with the color. Mine ended up being in the tub for a little over an hour. Remember, wet fabric (like hair) is going to appear darker than dry fabric. Once your ideal color has been achieved, drain the tub and rinse the shorts a few times with cold water. Wash in the washing machine as instructed above. I ended up running mine through the washing machine twice (once on heavy duty and once on regular) to help get rid of the bleach smell. Dry the shorts on low. Wear and enjoy.