Monday, January 25, 2016

Inspired By: 1970s

I've been revamping my closet a little bit lately, and I've noticed that over the years, I've collected and kept a lot of items that are from the 70s-90s or are made to look as though they are. Fringe, velvet, leather, fur, denim.. these are my staples. I try to get rid of stuff I don't wear after it sitting for about a month, but there's certain pieces that stay no matter what, and I don't think that's going to change any time soon.

Even though I wasn't alive in the 70s, it was clearly an era that dominated style. It rebelled against the "pop" feel of the 1960s, and defied gender roles (ex. Donny and Marie Osmond). Neck lines were cut low and t-shirts were cropped up. Women began wearing jeans! What a concept! Men and women alike could wear sheer button up shirts with extra flared bellbottoms and no one was called a derogatory term. What a time to be alive - I wish I was.

Some of the biggest trend setters at the time, are my biggest influences now. Musicians like David Bowie, Elton John, Cher and Debbie Harry.. And I could never forget the love of my life: Freddie Mercury. All of these folks changed the way the fashion game was operating, and they did it with ease.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing some of my favorite pieces from my closet, and a little history about them.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"If I Win The Lottery" - A Brief Article by Deanna Pellerin

So. I bought a Powerball ticket today. The internet tells me that I have a 1/242 million chance. So, odds are looking pretty good.

I was thinking about what I would do if I did win the lottery, and I decided to write it down incase I actually do win, and then I can reflect because my mind will be so boggled that I won't remember what I wanted to do.

So, here's a list of things I would do if I won the lottery.

1. I would buy my parents a house in Napa and set them up so that they could retire and drink wine for the rest of their lives.
2. I would buy a dog, name him "Elton Dog" and design him a Yellow Brick Bone toy. I would probably trademark that as well, and sell it. Because why not?
3. I would pay off all of my bills. This is number three, because I feel like #1 and 2 are very important in comparison.
4. I would buy a house. I'm not sure where, though. The desert? Placerville?
5. I would buy a camper van AND a motorcycle.
6. I would start my t-shirt company.
7. I would open a bar called "The Porch", in which it would be constructed out of stoops and porches so that everyone could have porch hangs.
8. I would keep my job, probably. I get bored at home by myself and I really like my job and the people I work with. So I would still do that.
9. I would donate a lot to an AIDS or Cancer charity. Freddie and Bowie are gone now, because of diseases they couldn't control. We can't lose another hero.

I tried to think of ten things, but I can't.
I like to think I'd still be humble about it, and still do meaningful things with my life. I don't think I'd blow it all instantly and become a loser because of it. I'd like to think that my friends and family wouldn't treat me any differently, however, I think that's inevitable and that's what worries me the most. Greed is a crazy concept.

10. If I win, I'll let ya'll know.

Monday, January 11, 2016

The Man Who Sold The World.

Yesterday was January 10th, 2016. The day that David Bowie left the Earth. I have not cried over a musician passing away since I was seven years old and I found out Freddie Mercury passed five years earlier.. 2016 has taken some of the greatest in only 11 days. First Lemmy, now Bowie.. ugh, I don't even want to think about who's going to be taken next. At least Bowie got to see that Nasa potentially found life on Mars, right? RIP magic man.

In honor of Bowie, today was my ultra creative day. I did a lot of things that made me happy, and gave me a chance to explore my creative outlets. I made a few shirts, and I started up my Etsy again, where you can buy my handmade shirts for fairly cheap. Eventually they will be screen printed, but for now you can buy hand made goods. I'll probably do some drawings tomorrow that will be posted, and I'm definitely going to post some vintage goods tomorrow.

Here's some photos of what I've done today. Be sure to check out the ETSY SHOP and hey, spread the word to Father John Misty. Make him hire me to design his t-shirts.

Friday, January 8, 2016

When The Levee Breaks

Jumpsuit - Goodwill, Denim Jacket - Express via Mom, Patches - all over California, Shoes - H&M, Bra - Target

My mom gave me this jacket because she didn't wear it anymore, and I quickly started turning into a patch/pin dream. The back of it has a cut out from a vintage Harley Davidson shirt that I owned. I got the jumpsuit for free at my work with this thing called ~BONUS BUCKS~. It's basically like a Christmas present from work. I'm okay with it.

This bra. Bra thing. It's a cotton bra with no support but it's hella cute and has this little lace trim and I had to have it. So, in order to keep myself propped up, I turn it into a criss-cross bra. This is a helpful tip for all you busty ladies who want freedom without lookin' like a hooligan. 

Today is my day off so I'm hanging out in my studio, blasting Zeppelin and drinking coffee. I need to go buy toilet paper. I also stepped in dog poo after taking these pictures. Thank you for your time.

Happy Friday everyone! It's the first sunny day all week! Have a fantastic weekend.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Take A Walk On the Wild Side.

If there's one thing I love more than my shoes, it's my cat. But this post isn't about my cat, it's about my shoes. To say I have too many shoes is an understatement. Last time I counted, I was at 49 pairs.. and that was about six months ago. My shoes are my favorite statement to any outfit and you will probably never see me barefoot (really).

Tonight I was thinking about all of the different places my shoes have taken me, and all of the places I've taken them. I bought a map, dotted all of the cities I've traveled to, and decided to talk about some of my favorite pairs of shoes and where I got them/where I've been with them.

1. Off-White Converse High Tops
I've been a Converse fan since I was in fifth grade. I bought my first pair of black high tops when traveling to Missouri, strictly because The All-American Rejects would wear them. At one point in my Elementary School years, I think I owned thirteen pairs of different converse. Always high tops. My dad made me throw my very first pair away because I had worn them to the point of suffocating people from their stench when I took them off. However, I cut out the logo and I still keep those in my first Converse shoe box in my closet. I bought these high tops in San Francisco when my friend Carmen and I went on a day trip to the city. I don't wear them as often, but they've been a reliable pair of shoes - as always. Chuck Taylor did a beautiful thing.

2. "Bowie Shoes"
I got these bad boys in the DSW clearance section for $13. They hold a special place in my heart, not only because of how glamorous they are, but because I've had some eventful moments in these. I drove to Arcata, CA by myself and watched The Growlers play at Humboldt State University in these shoes. That trip will forever be living in a memory. (Growlers puns, anyone?) I also wore them on my 23rd birthday, and they were featured in my Christmas card with Girlfriend the Cat. I'm hoping 2016 is full of new adventures in these shoes.

3. Red Snakeskins
I found these at a Goodwill in Fresno five or six years ago, and I fell in love instantly. They are some of the comfiest shoes I've ever purchased, and they go well with just about every outfit I have. These shoes and I haven't traveled too far together, mostly around town or to work, but I'm sure that will change soon.

4. Cowgirls
I got these at my Goodwill store during Halloween time. PSA: If you haven't been to a Goodwill during Halloween, you are missing out on some of the coolest stuff at the cheapest prices. So many things get saved for Halloween that people like myself would wear on a regular basis, so I end up buying majority of my wardrobe around September/October. I haven't worn these at all since I bought them.. I'm waiting for that special occasion to take these babies out on the town.

5. Topshop Snakeskin Booties
I bought these in Chicago in May 2015 at Topshop. There were so many good shoes there, and they had a pair like these that were ankle high; unfortunately those weren't my size. So I settled for these but they've easily become my go-to shoe. I wear these to work, I wear them to the grocery store, I wear them to go get Taco Bell in the drive-thru.. Fantastic pair of shoes that have been comfortable since the first time I put them on. People always ask me "How do you wear boots/heels to work all the time?" and tbh, I can't wear anything else or my feet will hurt. Boots for life, man.

6. Beaded BCBG Booties
Ok so these are actually like.. my favorite pair of shoes. I got them at a flea market sort of thing in Fresno, but it was donation based. So basically, you grab a bunch of shit that you like, and give whatever amount of money you want. I think I gave $5-$10, but got a TON of stuff, totaling these at maybe $1. They were brand new, in the box, BCBGs. The detail on these shoes is absolutely fantastic. The longer I've had these, the more I've grown to love them. I've worn these up and down California - from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Grass Valley to Yuba. They will always be in my suitcase.

Lastly, here's the fun map I bought today, documenting all of the different places I've been. Hoping to fill this baby up by the end of the year. Let's take a walk on the wild side.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tango In the Night

Next month I head up to Seattle, Washington for my recently-annual one week vacation. "Recently-annual" meaning this will be the second one in a row. I haven't been to Seattle in five or six years, and I'm definitely excited to revisit this place that I was quite familiar with in high school/early college years.

I'm also excited because this means I have an excuse to get rid of a bunch of clothes I don't wear, in order to get new ones "for my trip". See, going on vacation is equivalent to the first day of school. Your fit gotta be lit.

I've been drawing inspiration from a handful of places, but I'm sharing three of my favorites tonight. I am also listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, channeling my inner Stevie Nicks, which is highly appropriate based on the following looks.

1. Free People
Okay, can we just all agree how dreamy/perfect/moody these pieces are? Shirts that have depth and variance like the blue lace up top. Textures that your eye is drawn to like the red leather mini skirt. Versatile tunics with soft fabrics like the one featured in the third photo.. Ugh. I'm in love. Free People is really running with the 60s/70s vibes and I'm all for it.

2. For Love & Lemons
I just.. I have no words. Every single piece that this brand creates is STUNNING. It all just seems like it's always floating, and I love that. The dress in the middle (yellow) is my absolute favorite. I still have no words. I'm just drooling.

3. Daft Bird

Daft Bird is a designer I heard about via Instagram from stylist Ashley Glorioso (aka @pursenboots, also in the far right photo). There's something so appealing about a casual low cut t-shirt, making everything you pair with it look just casual enough, but also just edgy enough.

So. Time to revamp my closet and find some pieces like these. I'll most likely go thrift around for majority of the new clothes I wear, but I'll be sure to share once I go.

All images courtesy of their respectful websites: Free People, For Love & Lemons, Daft Bird.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

2015 vs. 2016

I know it's been a while since I've written anything on here, but as part of my 2016 goals, I want to start blogging again.
Not strictly about my outfits or fashion either. I want this to become the public journal that it was when I started blogging in the early 2000s.

2015 was a semi-uneventful year for me. Nothing really made it an exceptional year, or one that I would cherish and tell someone about later in my life. I didn't get married, I didn't get pregnant, I didn't buy my first house or move to a different state.
However, I did accomplish some minor goals and overcome some struggles. I got my license back after getting a DUI in October 2014, and I was able to drive my car to Davis for work, rather than taking the train and riding my bike all winter. I became extremely close with one of my best friends, Alexis, and I couldn't ask for a better friend in my life. I got transferred to a new store in Rancho Cordova and no longer had to make the tiring commute to Davis - a city I loathed. I finished my DUI classes and got my breathalyzer removed from my car. One of my best friends and room mates moved away, and I had an entirely different living situation in the house we shared. I moved to Placerville and lived alone for the first time in my entire life. I found out that a store would be built in Placerville, and that I am likely going to be the store manager. I went to Chicago, IL for the first time and made a few good friends who shared the same love for Glocca Morra and Into It, Over It as me. I turned 23. I traveled to a few different cities and met some neat people. I went to my first rodeo (pun intended). I helped set up a new store for a week, and I did four overnight inventories for the company. I took my first out of state road trip alone. I watched one of my friends get married. I grew my bangs out for the first time in my life, and now they're down to my shoulders. I bought an organ, and I upgraded from a twin bed to a full size futon.
A lot of times, I would sit on my porch and feel extremely alone. I felt like I didn't have any friends, or any people around me to relate to and feel comfortable around. I dated people that weren't healthy for me. I felt a lot of damn feels.

But for some reason, 2016 feels like a breath of fresh air - despite it being simply a new day.
I'm about to pay off my DUI state fees, which only took about 11 months. I am feeling very grateful for being adamant about paying more than the minimum at this point. I'm going to Seattle in a month, to spend time with my family and get away from California for a little bit. I'm saving up money for either a camper van or a motorcycle. I've made a budget for myself and set financial goals to pay off whatever debts I have. I've realized what is important in the long run versus what is important at the moment, and I'm getting better at deciphering between the two. I plan on getting my own apartment at the end of this year. I plan on traveling more, and taking more solo road trips. I plan on giving more to others when it is appropriate, but definitely not losing focus on taking care of myself. I want to cook more rather than eat out. I want to feel healthy again - mentally and physically. I want to meet new people. I want to meet genuine people.

I have a lot of faith in myself to make this year what I want it. And I'm feeling pretty damn good about it.

Here's to you, 2016. Cheers.