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  • When Fast Fashion Brings You Down

    February 18, 2014 | 15 Comments »

    Smile by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    This is not a post about knocking fashion. I love fashion as a concept. From Day One, I’ve loved a good outfit. But sometimes it all just gets to be too much. Case in point: after work today, I found myself fantasizing about clothes and, like a gravitational pull, I walked myself into a chain store known for churning out the trends at breakneck speed and low low prices. I liked what I saw at first. And then, there I was, moments later, in the unflattering light of the fitting room trying on synthetic, horribly sewn crap to the droning beat of god-awful dance music and it all became too much. I put everything back on the hanger and walked out so quickly I almost felt like I was doing something wrong. No one noticed of course, because if there’s one thing cheap and trendy stores don’t carry, it’s customer service. On my walked home I got to thinking…
    About fashion and my tricky relationship with it. Getting dressed up has always been a blast to me, especially when I was younger and it didn’t matter when my clothes were hot glued together. As I get older, fashion seems less fun and more desperate. I find myself caring less about what I look like from moment to moment, until I catch myself in the mirror looking like some wild-haired be-spectacled matron and I think, “good lord. That couldn’t be right.” The media prays on women like me, women who want to stay young and fabulous forever. And that can’t be what fashion is about right? Shouldn’t it really be an art form of sorts, dressing your body the way you would a canvas?
    Sometimes I want to toss everything in my closet out and just wear a uniform, some sort of amazing linen smock dress made in Paris that I own in three colors and that’s it. Maybe I could focus on more if my closet were smaller.
    One of the things I want to think about the most in 2014 is slowing down. Fast fashion, fast food, fast walking, it’s just no good. I’ve learned that doing things quickly is far more easy than doing things with slow precision, with great intent and mindfulness. I often rush through life so quickly that, in a blink, I’ve missed everything, the good and the bad. It’s only in the slowness that we can see the little things, the bits that could have slipped through the cracks. Even in the things that hurt, the things I want to brush over, there’s so much to learn when you’re not in a rush.
    So what does this mean about my stubbornly overflowing closet? I’m getting there. I’m chipping away at what gets me shopping and what might get me to slow down.

    What do you think? Are you immune to fast fashion or does it also suck you into its’ vortex?

    Credits: photo of Nimue Smit and Kasia Struss at Valentino S/S 2012, words by Thich Nhat Hanh,  design by Kayte Terry (all unlikely bedfellows)





    Loving {Forever}: Twin Peaks

    December 1, 2013 | 5 Comments »

    In fashion, I think the decade in which you came of age is the one that solidifies your style. For me, that would be the ’90s, a decade of Grunge, plaid, Betsy Johnson dresses and Sassy magazine. I was a precocious weirdo living in the WASP-y suburbs of Connecticut when I discovered Sassy and it was like my adolescent bible. Another pivotal player in the world of teenage outcasts growing up in the ’90s was the show Twin Peaks and Sassy published an editorial that perfectly captured that twisted-schoolgirl-in-the-Northwest, Twin Peaks style. To this day, it’s one of my favorite spreads ever, and, thanks to the wonder of the internet (and the tumblr site Sassy Scans), I was able to see it again!
    Twin Peaks appealed to my teenage self because it was almost as dramatic as I was. I used to sit in the dark in my room, listening to the soundtrack: the eerie synth strains of Angelo Badalamenti made it easier to pretend my life was infinitely more interesting and dark thank I could ever be.
    This edition of Loving {Forever} is dedicated to Twin Peaks, where the pie is always cherry, everyone leads a double (or triple) life and the owls are not what they seem.

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    photo from Sassy Magazine Oct. 1990 via Sassy Scans

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    photo of Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks via 

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    photo by: Chris Hunt for Nylon Mexico via Fashion Gone Rogue
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    photos on left and right: “Young Americans” by Silja Magg via Fashion Copious
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    photo from Sassy Magazine Oct. 1990 via Sassy Scans
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    photo by Leda and St. Jacques for Elle Canada via Visual Optimism
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    photos, on left: Mayflower Supply Company lookbook on right: Tegan Dearing & Maria Dvirnik by Josh Cornell for Flare CA via Dusty Burrito





    Gift Guide: For My Best Friend Lucy, the Life of the Party

    November 22, 2013 | No Comments »

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    Another Gift Guide for an imaginary friend! The entire guide lives on the Pinterest board here, but here are a few of my favorite gifts for my best friend Lucy!
    Photo credits:
    Lucy is: Raymond Meier for Vogue UK
    Products clockwise from top left: shoes by Miu Miu, Marisa necklace by Shourouk, Champange bottle coin purse by Kate Spade, vintage Christian Dior sunglasses at 1st dibs, F. Scott Fitzgerald book collection,





    Gift Guide: For my little sister Clementine, the free spirit

    November 21, 2013 | 1 Comment »

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    clockwise, from left to right: bottle openers by Fort Standard, magic hour candle in Fire by Summerland, Takara Kali bracelet from Mille, clutch by Kinda Khalida, kimono by Upstate

    This year, I got inspired to try something a little different: Gift Guides! I don’t usually do Gift Guides but I thought it might be fun to create some to form a narrative around a fictional character I make up. The full gift guides live here, on my Pinterest page, but I’ll introduce each person to you on my blog. So get to know Clementine, my ultra-cool (and totally made up) little sister! I’ll be posting more of these as inspiration strikes!

    Photo credit, at top: Michael williams for flare june 2013





    MSGM

    October 2, 2013 | No Comments »

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    I’ve always admired the Italian brand MSGM for their devil-may-care approach to print mixing. When it’s so wrong sometimes it can be so right. Right?
    There were such great color combinations with their Spring ’14 collection, I started playing with watercolors and, boom! these happened.
    All images from Style.com. Layouts by yours truly.





    Obsessed / Edition 2.0

    September 26, 2013 | No Comments »



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    Another week, a new batch of things to stimulate my braingrapes. Here's what I'm crushing hard for right now:
    1. Designer Tia Cibani sent her models down the runway with beautiful be-ribboned braids piled on top of their heads. I have been wearing my hair like this ever since!
    2. It's just barely fall but I'm deep in the Spring '14 collections right now. Odd but cool color combinations are everywhere for Spring and I'm particularly taken with the shades at Jonathan Saunders.
    3. Oh my, this ring. I would like it on my finger right now.
    4. As you might imagine, desk decor at Anthropologie headquarters is a bit competitive. I've had the same look going for a while so this Fall, I am finally going to indulge in my toile obsession and re-cover my walls in vintage toile wallpaper. I can't afford Manuel Canovas but I sure love this color combo.
    5. My very Eastsider LA friend Cathy introduced me to Beatrice Valenzuela shoes. I bought my first pair this summer and I lived in them! They are so cool and comfortable, they mold to your feet, they are handmade and the soles are recycled tires! A perfect perfect summer shoe.





    Object Lessons / Totokaelo

    January 28, 2013 | No Comments »




    Peta Kruger / Jewelry

    December 4, 2012 | No Comments »


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    Do you ever have one of those Pinterest moments when you see an image that just takes your breath away? Peta Kruger's jewelry did just that. It made me gasp with glee.
    For many more images, head over to Peta's website.





    Brooke Marks-Swanson / Jewelry

    November 13, 2012 | 4 Comments »

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    Each piece of jewelry by Brooke Marks-Swanson is a beautiful piece of art. Lots more to see here.





    Specks & Keepings

    November 8, 2012 | 1 Comment »

    How are you doing with your Holiday shopping? Done, sorta done, not even started? I'm in the sorta done category this year. I'm trying to do a combo of handmade gifts and those bought from small businesses this year so it's key to be a little more prepared!
    If you are still looking for some beautiful gifts, everything in Specks & Keepings, a gorgeously curated webshop, would be sure to make someone on your list very very happy.

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    Braided Spiral Pins by Anschtecka

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    Stick macrame by Debra Weiss
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    Cave Claw Necklace by Natalie Ebaugh
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    Braided Necklace by Anschtecka
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    Edith Ann Dress by Rebe
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    Horse mobile by Hillery Sproatt
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    Car in Half sculpture by Drabby Nook