Saturday, October 4, 2008

Edie Rose

Has everyone checked out Rachel Bilson's new line, Edie Rose?

She is adorbz as usual.

My Boyfriend.

So i've been away for wayyy too long. i know. And i have so many TV moments to catch up on (including GG of course!). Which pretty much sums up what i've been doing with my life lately...all my fall shows are back on and i'm in a total tizzy. lame, i know. but true. As to not pretend this is a TV blog (cause it's not!) here's a quick round-up, with notes of course:

Sundays are for Brothers & Sisters and Mad Men, of course! Thank God for DVR! I literally almost DIED at the end of last episode of Mad Men! SPOILER ALERT--what the HELL is my boyfriend Roger, the silver fox, doing? His heart belongs to JOAN!!

Mondays are for um, Gossip Girl, duh. Which, by the way, is getting crazy in EPIC porportions. Favorite moment for last episode? Hearing the words "Charlie Trout." I almost peepeed in my panties!!! hahaha. And umm, on that note. Can we just for one second talk about this:

um, O-face.

Tuesdays are for catching up on Californication, which I have to watch online, since I don't have Showtime. David Duchovony is a total sex freak..but i'm totally charmed by him in some sick twisted way. But my FAVE part of the show? This girl who plays his daughter on the show:

I can only WISH that I was as cool at her age.

Wednesdays are for Project Runway and Pushing Daisies. Two words: Kenley cracked.

Her last creation? Truuuuuuly heinous. I'm now pulling for Jerell. Although, in brighter news, I would like to elect Chuck from Pushing Daisies as the cuuuuuuuutest girl on the planet:

i mean, c'mon. you know you agree!

Thursdays are for Grey's Anatomy, which quite frankly has become a snoozefest. I fear for it, i really do. I'll keep watchin' though. Cause i'm that loyal.

Fridays and Saturdays are for going out. I'm not THAT lame guys. Ok, enough about TV.

Hooray for Boots!

It's fall guys..that means i've been wearing boots with a vengeance and loving every second of it. I'm really, really broke right now (i credit my lack of posting to my lack of buying), so i've been in shopping detention. sad face. but i did treat myself to these in brown:

can't WAIT till they arrive!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

GG from last night..

ok, for realz guys. what IS the uniform at this god-forsaken upper eastside school? does it consist of ANY white shirt, ANY black OR plaid skirt, and ANY tie or something resembling a tie around your neck in ANY fashion you prefer? i mean, just sayin.

and i stay true to my previous statement: blair consistently blows serena out of the water with her school (and otherwise) attire. i mean, can we all just observe this in all it's glory:

p.s. i was reading some shitty article in people about the wardrobe closet on set and i almost fell off my elyptical at the gym. serena has worn a pair of Ferragamo boots that were $65,000 on the show and at any given moment there are 200 headbands to top of blair's look! and that's just the tip of the extremely high-end fashion icerberg. at that, i am speechless.

look familiar?

remember this adorbz dress from the peter pan collar page i did in BUST? well, the AMAZING Bianca, the brilliant designer behind Dear Creatures let me keep it! And i've been waiting and waiting and waiting to wear it cause it's a little heavy and definitely a fall dress. But i just couldn't stand it anymore, i had to wear it IS fall now right? plus, white tights and oxford heels..yes, please.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Urban Outfitters is the devil.

that store owns my soul. scooped this up there (gold nautical buttons!!!) on my 3rd visit this week! it's getting out of hand.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Color me Marc.

i said i was gonna do it. and i did.

i opted for a slighly different silouette, a cap sleeve (more approps for fall), and obvs i used a mustard/white duotone rather than the red. again, more fall and more my color.

more pics tomorrow when i'm wearing it....

i couldn't wait to share!

i wore it today! here's a pic!

it had a tendency to bunch a bit. but that's the life of not so skinny person. what can i say? i'm not stick or mannequin-like.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

GG recap! Episode 3

Ok, wow. Of course my anticipation for last night's episode was EPIC. Some thoughts..

1. this whole story line..SNORE. when is this horrible woman getting kicked to the curb? i can't stand the whole thing. nate as a gigolobitch? me no think so.

2. Even a high Chuck is a sexy Chuck.

3. oh chuck, please do this to me over and over and over? Preferably wearing that headband! Blair how could you resist him??

4. Well, i guess you couldn't. But guys, Chuck's REAL British accent was spoken!! Instant panty remover if you ask me. How could you want anything else after this?? Douchebag Beaton ruined the moment. DAMN him! I thought i was gonna get to see Chuck naked.

Ok, i've reached unhealthy limits of insanity.


IT'S TIME. it's time guys! TIGHTS!!!

i felt the fall breezes this morning and decided i could wait no longer. i had to break out the tights for the first time. and i didn't regret it. it was the BEST fall day today in ny. and it did my heart so much good.

is it weird that it's cool enough to wear tights but warm enough to wear a tank top? I DON'T CARE. i did it.

AAAAAAND. it afforded me the chance to break these out as well:

gray shoe booties from AEROSOLES! yeah, they totes stepped it up with their fall collection. and of course, they are SO comfortable. i bought them about 2 weeks ago and have been waiting and waiting to wear them. they kind of remind me of the Chloe ones Alix wears but 4958094358 times cheaper i'm sure.

Monday, September 15, 2008

mamma mia!

ok. not the best movie i've ever seen in my life. pierce brosnan needs to stick to 007. for realz.


i fell. in. love. with the interiors and greek architecture and textiles and oh the views. the most ridiculously beautiful views. most that very theatre for which i watched said movie...began my love affair with that BEDSPREAD. it's been weighing on my mind like an old boyfriend. i want. i NEED to have it.

all it is really is redwork on muslin. does anyone live in greece and see these type of tapestries and textiles in the markets? i would imagine these type of textiles would turn up in middle eastern countries or mexico or somewhere so much cooler than damn america.

as if i didn't want to go to greece badly enough as it is...i feel summoned to go forth and find this bedspread....wherever it lives.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Stick Figure.

Feeling very accomplished guys..
I have ALWAYS wanted a dress form for forevs and Project Runway just gets in my head and stays there, making the urges that much stronger. But they are SO expensive! Even antique and vintage ones are way more than I want to spend. BUT I found this tutorial from Etsy labs. And was insta-inspired. So this weekend I set out to make my own. Observe Fig. 1 below:

Not a vision of perfection. But i'm pretty damn happy with it. Annnnd it's exactly my measurements, so no more guess work and figuring out the math when i'm drafting patterns!

The body form is cast in duct tape just as described in the tutorial. And used a recycled coffee can to give some structure to the neck.

I bought a 1" dowel rod from a hardware store to use as the stand, but you could use the wood shaft of a broom or mop too.

The wheely stand bottom I constructed out of the wood planks from some cheap wall hook fixtures that i bought at the dollar store for 1 buck. I removed the hooks and use the holes that were pre-driven to screw together the pieces and form a cross. i also magically found 4 wheels with appropriate hardware to screw into the bottom of the stand at the same dollar store, also for $1. I used a 1" drill bit and electric drill to make a hole in the center of the cross stand and filled the hole with wood glue. Fit the dowel into the hole and secured it with some L braces I had around the apartment. i probably did the whole thing for around $40. Score!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

GG recap! Episode 2

Umm, yeah. It will be my life's work to recreate this dress:

i was literally speechless over it's magnificence for the entirety of the remaining minutes of the show.

p.s. blair totes gets the better shiz to wear on that show than serena..sorry S, your clothes have been kind lame lately.

...and the whole duchess beaton as nate's hookup ho. Barf! she sucks. but how perfectly timed up was the santo gold song playing while B catches them? ahh, video editing bliss. josh're my hero.

i found the very dress!! and shooooocker is marc by marc jacobs! available at Neiman Marcus, on sale for $150 marked down from $450. i still think i will make my own for wayy less.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Antique Flea Markets.

NYC is good for many many things...though among them, is not antique stores. Ya know, the huge antique flea market type deals they have all over the south and in weird suburbs, tucked away in corners, filled to the brim with relics of the past? We just don't have those here. And i'm totally in hot pursuit of an antique, wrought-iron bed such as this one! It makes me beyond sad that one of these amazing pieces from yesteryear is tucked away in one of those huge antique shops, marked with some ridiculously low price tag, just out of my reach. So i ask you (those living in the reasonably close by northeast)...if while perusing your favorite huge antique store and you see one....can ya just let me know? It may just warrant a road trip!


Ok, so I'm reaching out to all my lovely readers because you all have such impeccable taste and..
a) because i know we are all the same and scour the internet for the most desirable things to own on a daily basis
b) because i know i've seen plenty 'o' awesome things on all your blogs that i would l-o-v-e to have myself, so i trust that we all drool over the same adorable things

i need your help! i'm working on pulling together my staff picks for the dec/jan gift guide in Bust and want your opinions. what are you totally lusting over for this holiday season? Post links to the most amazing things you're obsessing over in the comments. Clothes, shoes, household items, accessories, gifty little items, anything you can think of....thanks lovelies!!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Mad Men!!

Ok, so part of the reason I have been very much absent from my blogging is not my fault. Mad Med has totally and completely claimed my life! I can't get enoooooough! It's like..cocaine. I've spent the last 2 weeks literally catching up on season 1 via and now i am totes caught up. Is it sad that I won't stop..? I mean, I haven't watched all the episodes from season 2. Eeeek! It's like a sickness. I am weak. But for realz..the clothes are siiiiiick. I mean, come on!

1. SO jells of these women that they get to wear these incredible vintage fashions every day!

2. what did they call a girl crush in the 60's? umm, joanie..please marry me?

p.s. why am i totally and completetely in love with this man:

i have always been oddly attracted to john slattery. and now that he's on this show, and i have to see him everyday (no joke, every day.) I am totally and completely enamored with why i am infatuated with him! he has white hair for god sakes! and he was born in 1962, which makes him, what, 46? he could be my effing be my father! but i am not ashamed to say i am IN LOVE with him. whyyyyyyyyyy?

johny: if you're reading this (which you're not), please let me have your babies.

New Stuff that's Old!

This rainy, rainy day finally allowed me to put up some of the 3293205932-5 lovely things I rescued from my grandma's attic in my store. I so wish that I had what it takes to wear all these fancy topper hats from the 40's. I did however, keep a couple for myself. But there are far too many gems to not share with the world. This stuff is in crazy good condition too...suuuuch a pity it took me until now to rescue them!

p.s. those fancy gloves i was talking about a while back are up in the store now too!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Are you there shoes? It's me, Tara.

i look a little sad and reflective here but i assure you that i am not.
maybe i am just looking downwards to the center of the universe, aka, my new Faryl Robins. So many heartz. Jealous huh???
Too bad that they are slowly, day by day, tearing ,my poor little feet to shreds. But i. will. not. abandon. them.

GG recap!

omgomgomg! i can't believe it's taken me till now to post about the season premiere of Gossip Girl!! seriously, that show makes me giddy like a school girl. i think i just love living vicariously through them. i guess that's kind of the point, right? but for realz..."i am a lord." i couldn't stop friggin sayin it allllll night ahahahahahaha. it looks like it's gonna get all crazy next episode with the duchess and all the that shiz, which will probs be ridiculous, but i don't care. nothing can keep me from that show! ok..some more thoughts from the evening...

1. of all that is good and holy...i don't think i live another day without this bathing suit!

2. so glad to see my girl blair rides her bike in dresses just like me! (even if it is with douche-bag beaton)

3. why i ask you did it take this long to get chuck in a fedora??? Lord help me..i can't take the hotness.

4. and this is where i die. at this, i am totally speechless. blair, please be my friend, pleeeease.

7 days of darkness.

whaaaaaaaat??? it's been 7 (or 8?) days since i've posted!! eeeek. i've been really naughty. but ya know what? i'm really sick of the constant apologizing, and promising to be better, and then never getting better and then starting over again. so for those who are actually still readin' this thing..thanks for stickin' around! and i assure you i'm not dead. i have a big ole long queue of posts to come...

annnd...what's been occupying me has been very very exciting, but not ready to be revealed yet...but soooooooon...

p.s. this is what i wore like 10 million days ago.

dress: vintage (stella dallas, brooklyn)
shoes: uo
purse: vintage (grandma's attic)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008


omgomgomgomg 5 dayyyyyyyyys!!!

no no miu miu

Yep, uh huh, i did it. i broke my shopping detention and bought these Faryl Robin shoes and they're nothing short of magical. somewhere between something dainty and feminine that Alix would wear and something Elizabeth would call bonkerstown. i love 'em. and i can't wait to wear them with crazy bright tights!

I <3 Frankie

guess what fiiiiinally arrived??? YES. my wish came true and my new super-awesome BFF Anastasia sent me a little package all the way from down under! GAH! I can hardly stand my excitement. Among it's contents was the magazine, of course, as well as this cute little wallet/clutch and a quirky and adorable pin with a fly on it. *gush*

and can i just say...i can totally and completely stand by my proclamation that Frankie IS the only magazine that i can totally devour (besides BUST of course), in all it's awesomeness. I seriously read...every...word.

even the editor's letter was nothing short of genius! a fashion story with the most adorable opener i've ever seen with stocking's taped to a wall called pippi longstocking (oh, nostalgic pangs of youth). and among it's pages was one woman's short rant about only appreciating other people's kids from afar and the feeling that becoming impregnated with child would be the worst kiss of death (which i totally and completely could relate to and could not have written better myself). dont get me wrong, no judgement for any woman who yearns to be a mother, motherhood is just not my cup of tea, and would never wish that upon myself...just a personal choice. and it was nice and refreshing to see that perspective written about. plus! across from it was this totally funny article about how people are judged by their bookshelves. it was brilliant. AND, they featured an artist (as they do in each issue), this time was Rob Ryan, who does these amazing pieces totally made of paper cuts and included was a super awesome art poster of his work, which i promptly hung on my wall with the others. ok, done gushing..

*p.s. thankyouthankyouthankyou to all of the other lovely gals who offered to send me the mag! you are all so very sweet!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I kind of got dressed today...

bleh! i'm so sick of my clothes! this morning was one of those days where a big heap of clothing ended up piled on my bed, all discarded options that i put on and then decided i hated and took off and threw on the bed. i hate those mornings! and i think they're happening more and more because i have put myself in shopping detention and haven't bought anything new in wayyyy too long. i'm surprised i'm not in a deep depression to be honest with you. but at least i made an attempt at putting on something halfway decent today!

and the vintage photo effect makes it look 3948394 times purdier.

i'm gonna go on a mega shopping spree reeeeeeal soon. i feel it coming...lord help me.

Monday, August 18, 2008


i credit my blogging hiatus to a total sense of blah. all the summer-lovers can hate if they want to..i'm so totally sick of summer!! And i know i'm not the only one. it seems like a lot of other fellow bloggers are saying the same thing. i just hate sweating..a lot! layering is totally out in the scarfs or cardigans or knit tights! so i've just been throwing on a lot of nothing lately (like above). Nothing special huh? Yeah, i don't think so either. Jeez, i can't even motivate myself to take decent outfit photos. *siiiiigh.

curent hair status: curly

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Girl Crush!

My favoritest girl crush on Project Runway is most definitely this one. I mean, come on, have you ever seen more perfection in rockabilly hair? puuuuleaaaase.

why oh why?

why oh why are there only 1 pair of these beautiful shoes left on the earth (of which are not my size)?????? I....NEED......THEM!!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

doctor, doctor!

one of the many perks of working in magazines, is the free stuff. and since doc martens is sponsoring our big 15 year anniversary party next tuesday (which if you live in the nyc area, stop what you're doing and go buy a ticket now!), we're getting hooked up with some new kicks. while perusing their site today to pick out my pair i came across these:

i've seen other chicks rock these flowered doc martens (well, i mind you) and i often have envy pangs for those who can pull them off. i wish i had enough bad-assery to wear them confidently, but sadly i just don't. so instead, i settled on these:

not your typical idea of a doc marten, but a little bit more my style. is it fall yettttttt???


grandmas's are good for so many things..among them..hand-me-downs! i beg my grandma every time i visit her house to let me go up in the attic and dig through all the wonderful things i know i'll find up there. knowing my love for vintage findings, last time i saw her, she had put together a little package of all her old, vintage belongings that she thought i would enjoy. SHE HAD 349239052035923 PAIRS OF GLOVES! she must have loved gloves. they are all so beautiful and each with it's own delicate embellishment or detail (i especially love the ruffled ones!). oh how i wish it was the 40s and 50s again, so we could all wear pretty gloves again. i don't know what i would do with all these gloves though, i may keep a couple pairs for myself (maybe even hang 'em on my friggin wall!) but i will most likely sell the rest. so keep posted, they'll most likely go up in the store within the next week or so!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

plea to my australian readers!!!

Dear lovely Aussie friends,
I have been o-b-s-e-s-s-e-d with this magazine ever since a little, Australian intern brought it to my attention last year. She is long-gone and US news stands do not carry it. This makes me oh-so-sad. I will be forever yours if I could do some sort of exchange with someone so that i could receive it in my mailbox.
Yours truly,

credit, where credit is due...

i CAN-NOT believe that this post has never been made on it is long overdue. but i'm a believer in shining light where light should be shone, and this chickedy needs mentioning! miss brilliantlyfunnysnarkmasta extroidinaire, elizabeth, the brains behind my most favoritest blog of all time, white lightning is beyond fabulous and i just can't stand it anymore. there are only a few blogs that i have the time (and energy) to visit on a daily basis, but for the 20 minutes or so that i allow myself, upon first sitting down at my desk in the morning, to dedicate to reading blogs over chai lattes, her's is a mainstay. not only does she foolishly obsess over project runway and chuck from gossip girl as much as i do, she is by far the funniest and wittiest (without trying) chick i have ever come across. every post is laced with the most hilarious self-made abbreviations of words not normally abbreviated, and their orchestrated in such a way that i just can't help myself from secretly wishing i was as effortlessly cool as her. "ooopsydoops" has even (oh-so-innocently) made it into some recent posts, which i kind of feel terrible about, because i noticed recently that she put a little note up on her blog about stealing her intellectual property (is the use of oopsydoops stealing intellectual property? 'cause it only made it into made it into my vocabulary in the most innocent way possible like when you start hanging out with the new Australian kid at school and start talking with a strange aussie accent for no reason at all). bottom line, my infatuation with her quirkiness is out of control and needed to be let out into the blogosphere for everyone and anyone. elizabeth, if you're reading..i bow to you.

picture stolen from white lightning!