Friday, October 30, 2009

happy halloween...

"Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it."

birthday week special finale...

Mask. Halloween. Get it?


SUILTSOY's top 5 Halloween jams...

1. Stevie Wonder - Superstition

2. Screamin Jay Hawks or CCR - I Put a Spell on You

3. Michael Jackson - Thriller

4. Bobby "Borris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash

5. Rockwell - Sombody's Watching Me

.... and here a few that are on some kind of creature/scary/weirdness/candy theme...therefore they work for me:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll

Shakira - She Wolf

Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy

The Eagles - Witchy Woman

Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (are made of this)

Royksopp ft. Robyn - The Girl and the Robot

Thursday, October 29, 2009

birthday week special continues...


i put a spell on you... and now you're mine...

"...Its been 300 years, right down to the day. Now the Witch is back - and there's hell to pay!"

Hocus Pocus is definitely my favorite Halloween movie, ever. You've gotta love Bette Midler and SJP spooking everyone out! This song is also a classic HP moment...

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

this one's for you...

Recently, in conversations with various friends in various situations and locations, I have heard them utter this phrase in response to any number of vexing/frustrating/maddening/embarrassing/basic/complicated life realizations.

And you know what? It's true.


birthday week special continues...

Oh la la.

Monday, October 26, 2009

DIY & vintage rescue...

A few months ago, my mom and I dissected her huge collection of vintage clothes and accessories, spanning from the '30s to the '90s, to weed out what we didn't want and create some free space in the closets. There was much debate, many fashion shows, and finally a sale.

Quite frankly, a lot of the gem pieces didn't sell. And as luck would have it, fashion trends for this winter have swayed in favor of many of the things still hanging on rolling racks in our basement. A giant handknit sweater dress here, a short sleeved cashmere t-shirt there, I found a bunch of things worth saving and breathing a little life into.

Like this green cardigan. When i pulled it off the rack, it had just one, sad, sorry fabric-covered button. But some rooting around in the sewing kit yeilded just the right buttons to bring it back to life.

Tada! Simple tank from Forver 21 and a few jazzy accessorries and this little cardi is right on the money, for no money at all.

Take this droopy, baggy, oversized oatmeal sweater. I mean, it's enormous. and it has little balls all over it.

This is a perfect example of why you really can discount something until you see it off the hanger and on your body.

I mean, right? It's cozy, easy and totally on-trend this fall. Once I put this on, I seriously couldn't take it off. I want to wear it around the house, to work, to bed, everywhere. The only problem is you can't really get a coat or jacket on over those bat sleeves. (A long sleeved shirt underneith will solve that problem on a dry day though.)

(Sweater: handknit vintage; pashmina: cashmere blend, Nordstrom; leggings: Frenchie; boots: Corso Como; sunglasses: Ray-Ban)

Next, a cashmere t-shirt by Forte from the late '90s or something. Not exactly 'vintage' per se, but it had come and gone in it's purpose in my mom's closet. To me, on the hanger it looks sort of boxy and the sleeves are a weird length. But I say if it's cashmere, it's worth a shot.

Apply the usual tricks, aka accessories and layers...

Once again, super comfortable and simple. This is something I can wear to work at Anthropologie, shopping or out to lunch with girlfriends. Throw a warm jacket on and I'm out the door. I like to try a little pop of a spring color in these cold months every now and then, just to keep things light. I tend to bury myself in black, grey and brown until about March.

(T-shirt: Forte from the'90s; tank: H & M; jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (i know, i know, but they have trouser pockets!); shoes: Steve Madden; pearls: 2 long necklaces from Nordstrom Rack; sunglasses: mystery.)

If you don't have racks and racks of vintage clothes hanging around your house, head to Good Will, Value Village or hit up some local estate sales. Vintage stores are always an option too, of course, but you already know their stuff is fab. I like a good challenge.



(I was a little nervy about putting this Sea of Shoes-esque personal style moment on SUILTSOY. I'd love a little feedback. Love it? Loathe it? Tell me straight up in the comments or via twitter!)

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For whatever reason, I just like these words. There's lots of fun things like this, and mostly just cool pictures on the blog, ...etc. Check it out, and check out the blog that lead me to it, HaileyJamar.

birthday week special

This week, SUILTSOY will be featuring a Terry Richardson a day. Because it's my birthday week, I love him, and I feel like it. Enjoy today's selection, an outtake of Leighton Meester and Blake Lively from the Gossip Girl cover story in Rolling Stone a few months back:

Keep your friends close and your frenemies closer, no?


Friday, October 23, 2009


On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon Byron

(Take that pic in, in all it's glory - this is one of the promo shots for Jimmy Choo for H&M, shot by Terry Richardson.)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

petite fashionistas 2: Stella McCartney for Gap Kids...

Behold, an ad for Stella McCartney's line for Gap Kids, shot by Ryan McGinley.

Read up on the collaboration on The Cut.

(And you can bet I'll be trying to fit myself into the largest size of that military it.)

sepia-toned lovin'

Shot in a sepia-toned color this video is dreamy, sexy but also romatic, and stylish. Before I saw it i loved this song. Now, i love love it. A serious gem, this one.

*I've now concluded that I have to hate Scar Jo. It's just not fair that she gets to look like she does, be married to Ryan Reynolds, serve as Woody Allen's muse, sing like a legitimately talented human and look as good as a brunette as she does as a blond. Ugh, hopefully she has a few hairy moles or something...

(Just to clarify, that's Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn in "Relator," from their really enjoyable, perfect-for-fall album, Breakup.)

an american in paris: Ray-Ban aviators

Once upon a time, a rather love-struck, naive, and starry-eyed 17-year-old girl prepared to return home from Paris. Sporting a deep tan from two weeks in Biarritz and a top from Petit Bateau, she wandered the kiosks at Charles-de-Gaule. Happily swinging the 75% off Chloe tote bag she scored at Bon Marche - full of used Metro tickets and postcards from the Centre Pompidou - she contemplated her options.

Being 17 and prone to self-indulgence, she hadn't purchased any gifts for her loved ones back home. And, there was still so much potential in the sprawling airport. Flush with a brief moment of homesickness, she decided it would be tres gentile to return from her month in France bearing bon-bons and other petites choses for everyone.

Then she saw a kiosk of sunglasses. "Just un moment," she thought, "To see." She ran her fingers over the glazed plastics of Dior, and Chanel. She peered at her glossy reflection in the shields of Fendi and Prada.

Then she found them: unassuming, simple, delicate. And unbenounst to her - classic. They were Ray-Ban aviators. "Je t'aime," she thought. "Oui," she said.

Long story short, this American girl spent her last Euros on a pair of American-made shades as a last-minute impulse buy before returning to the states. What can I say? I was young, and not yet reading Vogue so much as browsing the ads and spreads.

Anyway, those Ray-Ban aviators were worn to death throughout my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, and subsequently, they have seen better days. Recently, I came across pictures of myself from a fraternity date dash I went to, wearing my RB aviators on a schoolbus full of raving drunk college kids dressed like extras from a Saturday Night Fever-based porno [see right]. They survived thankfully, and went on to attend many an Arizona tailgate and Lake Washington boat ride.

Ugh, the abuse.

Stretched, bent, off-balance. Unsure of how to repair them, and busy snatching up new and updated shades, I've let my RBs collect dust in the depths of my accessories drawer.

But no longer! I've recently been craving everything that can be filed under, "whats-old-is-new-again." And I've decided that 2003 counts as old.

Lo Bosworth is wearing hers...

So is Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere...

...and MK Olsen too.

$129.00 by Ray-Ban at Lord & Taylor

I've resolved to get my RBs adjusted and take them out on the town once more. I think the classic gold metal frames and smoky lenses will pair perfectly with my cozy fall wardrobe. I can already see them looking spot-on with a big black pashmina around my neck, perhaps the new Sleeping On Snow sweater I'm craving, skinny jeans and ballet flats. I'll wear them to Cafe Presse for a croissant and cafe au lait. The irony, non?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

les petites fashionistas on the Sartorialist...

A few young Parisiens who already get it.

The Sartorialist

getting into the spooky spirit...

I spent Sunday evening carving creative pumpkins with my parents and aunts and uncles.  Mine is the one with the stars and UFO, and the last picture is my uncle Kelly with this self portrait en pumpkin...

12 days and counting...

mid-week music moment...

She's back, and just in time for the cozy, fireside-book-reading, tea-sipping, it's-so-gross-outside-I'm-not-coming-out-until-May months.

Enjoy Norah Jones' first song from her aptly titled album, The Fall, called "Chasing Pirates."


the costume question...

Oh, Halloween. If you had told me when I was seven years old (dressed as a pink genie) that October 31st got better than running willy-nilly around my neighborhood ringing doorbells with my girlfriends, OD-ing on candy while our dads trailed behind us smoking cigars, I would NOT have believed you.

Looking back though, at the pure joy and innocent fun of those early years, some may argue that it indeed does not get better than that. I would argue though, that starting in college, when Halloween became a three or four night extravaganza fueled by booze numerous fraternity parties - it became way more fun. The costumes became more ironic, acceptably scandalous, and sometimes incredibly elaborate.

Despite the lack of 3-day costume extravaganzas these days, I still love the fun of Halloween night. Anyway, I believe I already addressed this in my post about the glorious-ness of October, but I am struggling to come up with a good costume for this year. All I know is I want it to be at least sort of creative, not out of a bag or made of polyester, and involving intense eye make-up. Here are my best ideas so far:


Walk like an egyptian?

Flap this.

The Kaiser.

What do you think? I need help! Any other ideas would also be appriciated....


  • Rachel Zoe (4 votes)
  • Cleopatra (6 votes)
  • A flapper (0 votes)
  • Karl Lagerfeld (15 votes)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

coat check...

Working in retail is hard. Not in the way that it is a difficult job, but it is difficult to spend hours on end in a sea of great clothes. Such is the case at Anthropologie, but also add in lamps and dishes and drawer pulls that I've begun to see as vital to my life.

Drawer pulls and doorknobs aside, there is one thing that has been grabbing my attention more than anything else: coats.

There are a few things that make a great fall/winter coat, no matter the style or color: quality fabric that keeps you warm, details that make it worth the price, a fit that just won't quit, and pockets.

I want to build an exquisite wardrobe of coats and jackets for every occasion. Blair Waldorf has one, shouldn't I?

I think so.

$348.00 at Anthropologie - "Little Red Riding Hood, you sure are lookin' good, you're everything, a big bad wolf could want..." That's what this coat by Madchen makes me think of: a grown up, glammed up storybook character. They call it the Firehouse Jacket though, and that works too. It's bold, it's bright, and I love it.

$128.00 by Silence & Noise at Urban Outfitters - I know I'm totally late on the bandwagon, but I still don't have a moto jacket. Now that I'm part of the Urban, Inc. family, I think I'm going to enjoy the benefits of that relationship, and choose this one. Perfect over a little dress for a night out, or with a t-shirt and jeans, for anytime. I think this jacket tops my 'must-have' list.


$348.00, Mise en Scene by Ruffian, at Anthropologie - Fancy, simple, swingy, black. This is the coat you wear to a fabulous party, over your very favorite little party dress, with tights and killer shoes. Maybe throw on a great cashmere scarf as well.

$168.00 by Silence & Noise at Urban Outfitters - I love this faux fur coat. Is this look hard to pull off in Seattle? Perhaps. Do I care? Not particularly. I want this one to wear just like the UO model, over a little frock, out on a saucy date or to a holiday party.

$249.00 by The North Face at Nordstrom - Tailgates. Long walks. Errands. Skiing. Shopping. Going to the movies. Ice skating. Those are just a few of the places I would (and do) wear a high quality, super-warm down jacket. The hood is an all-weather bonus, and I prefer the no-nonsense classic shape of this puffer. The North Face was a status brand in high school (remember, this is Seattle), but I still love it now because their jackets, vests and fleeces really do keep me warm and dry when I need them to.

$690.00 by Gryphon at - Uhm, I don't have to justify everything in my fantasy exquisite wardrobe of jackets...

$198.00 at GUESS - This practical black wool coat is definitely a jacket wardrobe essential. It's casual enough to wear everyday, and the toggles and exaggerated collar give it added interest and character. Warm, black, classic, and not super-expensive; a win all around.

$268.00 at J.Crew - I love ruffles and I love dark grey. J. Crew manages to combine a classic silhouette with feminine and fresh details that make this coat both practical and whimsical.

Oh, and also these...

Marc by Marc, American Eagle, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Juicy Couture, Alice + Olivia, LaROK, Paul & Joe, Leifsdottir and Issabella Oliver.