Friday, April 30, 2010

Feelin' Purr-dy

Lola, Lola, Lola - On Sale, Sale, Sale!

Stacie May's Lola May Dresses are on sale now -- and if you enter code FBFAN at checkout you'll get another 20% off!

Teddy Bear Or Shoes?

Which would you choose?

Woman Unpacking a Sailor Bag

The photo is titled Woman Unpacking a Sailor Bag.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

You Wear That Wallpaper Print, Girl!

I know you might think that's a bad thing to say, but I honestly love the abstract floral pattern of Nine West Sleeveless Abstract Floral A-Line Dress. It's the kind of bold and feminine pattern a girl can live with!



It's the perfect dress to have in your closet for graduations, company summer parties, the unexpected summer wedding invite... You'll be beautifully prepared to attend!

And it's on sale -- sale found via Shop It To Me Sale Mail.

Good Luck Getting The Round Anime Eyes With The Tokidoki Makeup Collection

The new tokidoki makeup collection; artist Simone Legno is Italain, but his signature style was inspired by the Japanese Anime of his youth.

A Sephora exclusive; Limited Editions.

Invite Birds To Tea In Your Garden

Pretty china tea cup birdfeeder by Anne Fannie.



Here's an article on how to make a tea cup and saucer bird feeders.

For more ideas on recycling vintage china pieces: Vintage China Nightlights and Salvaging Mismatched Or Damaged China Pieces.

Miriam Hopkins Had A Bow

And did her beau think she was a lovely gift to unwrap?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Math Of Fashion Color Forecasts

Every year, fashion forecasters and designers get together and decide what the most popular colors will be for the upcoming season. And we buy it like robots.
Tyra Banks said that.

But I don't buy it.

Meaning, I know they forecast, but I literally don't buy whatever the fashion color forecast is.

I think this is due to a few interrelated factors... But most simply put, those of us who buy and wear vintage don't feel the pressure. It's one part marching to the beat of our own drum and one part oblivion. We know we'll be very lucky to find that perfect navy pencil skirt in our size -- and we've been so busy looking for it, we may not have been in a mall for ages, and so we've missed all the store fronts screaming the color du season.

Being a fashion & home decor blogger, however, it's rather difficult to miss the plethora of posts shouting from the digital rooftops (and the print magazine folks too) that turquoise is the colour for 2010. And "prints" is the word, the word that we've heard, that has the most groove, the most meaning.

Most of us know they do it, and we understand why; it sells advertiser's goods, which is the hand that feeds their publications.

Still, are we moved by it?

My friend and I decided to do a little sampling and run some numbers.

We, however unfairly, settled our mathematical sights on a group we figured were more highly susceptible to the manipulations of the fashion marketplace: teen age girls. Most specifically, high school girls. And with it being prom season, we knew exactly how to get our numbers.

So we sat at the local high school prom Grand March, and watched hundreds of young women literally parade past us; while they posed and smiled for the cameras, we counted dress colors and trends.

As mentioned, the color for spring is turquoise, so if the marketing mechanism is effective enough to program robot purchases, that should have been the number one color. But it wasn't. Not even when we included teal and any blues that one could confuse as turquoise. (The hue barely made 10%, even with our generous rounding.) In fact, none of the so-called "colors for Spring 2010" were very plentiful.

Prints were rather plentiful... But if one sticks to how prints are being described or extolled (i.e. not soft patterns or textures), it only accounted for 28% of the prom dresses seen (including the 2 girls who had the misfortune of wearing the same dress -- the horror! -- and animal prints, which are rather classic at this point). It sure didn't seem that the promotion of The "It" color(s) and styles were very effective on the young women at gown selection time.

Black, of course, was number one; 35% of dresses -- 47% if you counted the iridescent shades of blue, mauve and green which glowed black. Red and green, in all it's shades (from moss to emerald to lime), tied at 31% each.

(Yeah, the numbers don't exactly equal 100% -- it's tricky when you are counting patterns v. prints v. solids -- and factoring in for the metallics and iridescents too. But we were really trying to give the fashion color gestapo every chance.)

The green was a bit surprising, but black and red seem like classic dress-up fare; in short, we saw no evidence that the fashion forecasters and designers had turned those young women whining for mommy and daddy wallets into robots.

Now, to (try) to be scientific, we don't have any observational data from last year's prom to compare to this year's. And, as we do live in the Midwest, some might argue that we aren't trendy enough -- but then we'd argue that those more sophisticated folks on the coasts should be savvy enough not to fall for the industry push. Or that teenage girls are teenage girls, with the same access to publications pushing the fashion message, to media showing celebs flaunting the latest trends.

Of course, we could also argue the state of the economy, debate the increase in cynical youth who won't be manipulated by the media-fashion message to the same extent at their parents, &/or many other issues.

But from where I sat in that high school, where I sit philosophically on my observations, we womenfolk are not as robotic as some folks think we are.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

Designers Are Obsessive

And I want leggings like that!

Designer Anne Fogarty arranges slippers, wearing own design, a taffeta dress with lacy pantalets


Designer Anne Fogarty arranges slippers, wearing own design, a taffeta dress with lacy pantalets, photo buy by Nina Leen; buy at AllPosters.com.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Is True Fashion Unwearable? Top New Indie Designers Dish

Here's a bit of my interview with fashion designer Stacie Taylor of the Stacie May Collection:
I really like that your clothing can be worn -- it's not impractical stuff you "covet and closet." While your shop offers what most of us would call the standard retail rack sizes, not "plus sizes," you do offer custom sizing. Do you design with the average woman in mind, both in terms of livable clothing and sizing, as opposed to art you hang on a hanger?

I do try to design with the average woman in mind, such as myself, while still achieving a unique and creative look. It's been somewhat challenging to do so in a bit more casual town such as San Diego having a design style that's a little on the dressier side. My next collection will incorporate many more separates and everyday pieces as well as elegant dresses so that SD and all women don't feel like they necessarily need a specific occasion to wear one of my pieces. I offer custom sizing because not all women have the exact proportions of standard sizes. There is nothing I love more than to make a piece that's custom to a specific woman's measurements.
Since I find this concept of "covet then closet" -- meaning fashion that people love, but no body can wear -- rather intriguing, I decided to see how other fashion designers in the Project Ethos event would respond. Here's what they had to say when I asked, "Do you design with the average woman in mind, both in terms of livable clothing and sizing, as opposed to art you hang on a hanger?"

Gordana Gehlhousen, GOGA by Gordana (Season six contestant on Project Runway): Yes. I design for ANY woman who wants to look beautiful, stylish and also feel comfortable at the same time. My clothing is totally wearable but also very unique, so you can still find it artistic but its never overly done or uncomfortable to wear out.



Jesus Estrada, Haus of Estrada (Season seven contestant on Project Runway): I design for the average woman who is into looking very edgy and youthful, but classy at the same time. Even though my aesthetic trends lean toward the dark and punky side of fashion, I like to make sure there is a touch of elegance and comfort with each design so it does appeal to the average woman.



Ian West, Eco-Panda: It is essential to design with the average woman's body type in mind. My job, in swimwear especially, is to create a garment or swimsuit that flatters and enhances the body's features. A swimsuit is an escape, an adventure or even a dare for the wearer. I feel that, by paying close attention to exceptional fit and detail of the suit and designing vibrant energetic prints, this will provide a young woman a confidence she is seeking. Our suits at Eco-Panda are made by using recycled nylon, proving that environmentally conscious fashion doesn't have to lack style or quality.



Tiffany Tassano, OrganicPlanet: My accessories are down-to-earth and comfortable. I make items that I would actually want to wear on a day to day basis. Every item I sell is designed and created by myself or my husband, and the nature of the materials we use makes every item unique. In that sense, my accessories may be considered practical art for the everyday woman.



Eleonore Santos, Garden Party: I definitely design for the average woman. I love the art of fashion more than anything but, in terms of my design aesthetic, fashion is something that should serve a purpose as well as be beautiful and interesting. I think all designers design for some fantastic version of themselves, attempting to marry the two competing concepts of art and practicability.



PS A number of Project Ethos participants, artists and fashion designers, also gave some eco-friendly tips in the spirit of Earth Day -- being everyday.

How Kinky Giraffes Neck



I found the artist, Tim Tomkinson, via The Ungulate.


Dress Your Dog? There's A Long History Of Fashionable Lapdogs...

The incredible pair of Louis XV Giltwood Dog Kennels Forming Tabourets, circa 1765, are up for auction at Sotheby's who says, "During the 18th century lapdogs were extremely popular with fashionable ladies of high society and were kept not only for companionship but were considered accessories."



These beauties are expected to sell for $25,000 - 35,000. I know if I spent that kind of money, I'd be in the dog house... And while these are lovely, I don't think I'd fit.






Creative Eco-Friendly Tips From Project Ethos Artists & Fashion Designers

If you read my lingerie blog, you know I've gone ga-ga for Project Ethos events (which is rather pun-ny as Lady Gaga's personal DJ, Space Cowboy, will be at Thursday's event *giggle*). Since tomorrow's Project Ethos event in San Diego is on Earth Day, some of the artists and fashion designers participating in the event are sharing some of their eco-friendly tips.

Photographer Meghan Horsburgh: I always reuse packaging supplies when possible. When I receive photos from my printer, I save the packaging and reuse it when I mail print orders to customers. I do the same thing if I buy someone else's art - I save the packaging and reuse it to ship my own. If I don't have anything on hand that I can reuse, I like to buy shipping envelopes made from recycled.

ARKA designer: We use non-toxic eco-friendly inks for all our prints so we don't harm the environment.

Artist Yeara: I like to cook so instead of throwing leftovers out, I'll mix it into a new batch of food so the flavors from the leftovers will be mixed into the new dish.

Mixed media artist Matt Harward: I recycle with my kids at home and we try not to use plastic. We also take nature walks so they can see the importance of nature. With students, we recycle excess paper, bottles and cans, as well as wood to paint on. I also use paint from the dump for artwork. Most importantly, we turn off lights when not using them.

Eco-Panda designer Ian West: We are driven to preserve our natural environment and we strive to achieve this by using recycled nylon for all of our swimsuits. This recycling process from discarded commercial fish nets to beautiful swim suits uses 27% less natural petroleum resources and emits 28% less greenhouse gasses during the manufacturing process. Personally, in addition to recycling as much of my daily trash as possible, my goal is to help plant new trees in the vast burn areas that were devastated by Fires in Southern California last fall.

Illustrator Kelli Murray: In addition to being an artist, I design for a clothing company called Jedidiah and many of the T-shirts we use to print on are made from organic cotton or recycled polyester. Every time you shop, make sure to check the labels for fabric content to see if the t-shirt you are buying is supporting an earth-friendly environment. Also, make sure to always put your PC/MAC computer on "sleep" mode!

Stacie Taylor - Stacie May designer: Instead of tossing all my fabric scraps, I donate them to a charity that makes dolls that police officers provide children when they have to take them from their homes. I've also been recycling since before there were any official programs put in place. My mom used to make us sort all of our cans, paper and glass and she would haul it quite a distance to the recycling plant. It's so ingrained in me that I cringe at the thought of anything recyclable going to the landfill!

Artist Christy Pepper Dawson: I obsessively save paper scraps. I never know when I'll need them for packaging, test strips, or my next sketch.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Vagaries Of Fashion


Via Flickr.

Today's Scoop

Actually, I've got three tasty scoops for you this afternoon:

1.) Baskin-Robbins is hosting its fourth annual 31 Cent Scoop Night on April 28 from 5–10 p.m. at stores nationwide. Part of the event includes a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen fire heroes and assisting their families and coworkers; so get your licks in! (Via Motherhood Metamorphosis.)

2.) PostPals: Send a card to a sick kid and cheer them up a bit. (It will probably be good for what ails you too.)

3.) You know I love aprons. You too? Then enjoy 40% off at Flirty Aprons!

Fabulous image from this Flickr set!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cover Dujour (A Contest Alert!)

Dujour, America’s first independent, internationally distributed, print-on-demand indie fashion and lifestyle publication dedicated exclusively to emerging designers and artists, has started their third cover contest.
Instructions are easy. You have a frothy and delightful helping of cover options below, all numbered at the top. You can comment here or on any of the blogs running our contest. Simply leave the number of the cover and any of your usual love/hate comments. Votes will be tallied after one week and winners will be announced days before the new and breathtaking new ____ Issue hits stands! And yes, we are leaving the title blank because…………drum roll please….commenters selected at random who guess the correct theme of this new issue will be sent a Dujour snail mail goody bag!
This is my vote for the cover, which looks like a Teen issue to me. (Or maybe I'm just getting too long in the tooth and it's an Innocence cover.)


See the other cover image options and vote here at Dujour's blog.

If you're not familiar with Dujour, check out past issues and subscribe here -- subscribing to digital issues is greener and cheaper too (but I'm a paper-loving page-flipping nut myself).

Blondes Make More Money

Because this is a blog about color (in theory, anyway), I thought you might like to see this UK study that says blondes are paid more than other women (via Chloe Jo's Girlie Girl Army Newsletter). Will brunnettes and brownettes approach this with logic, while the redheads get angry? Will Loreal change their slogan to "Because you want to be worth it"?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Real Harlequin Romance

Is Your Little Girl Smitten With Kittens?

Check out this dreamy little girl's vintage nylon nightgown by Her Majesty. Pretty pink nylon with lace trim and an embroidered kitty-cat that squeaks! A fabulous find, still in the original gift box (but how horrible to think a little girl never ever got to wear this charming nightie!)


Kitten Milk Bath Of Death

Greedily Hungry Kitten Almost Drowning in a Pot of Milk after Climbing over the Side to Drink




Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Love Fashion? Get Sale Mail!

You know I love my Shop It To Me Sail Mail, so I'm betting my UK readers will be trilled to find out that there's a new ShopItToMe.co.uk! Heck, now any Shop It To Me member can select designers loved by the Brits -- like Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Burberry, Stella McCartney, and more -- and find out when the goodies are on sale.

Even better, you select not only the brands you are interested in, but the sizes too!

So no more fake-outs; find the best deals on the lingerie and fashions which fit you and your family with Sail Mail from Shop It To Me. Join here!

If you already have a Shop It To Me account you can upgrade to the new UK service simply by emailing support@shopittome.co.uk. And please let them know that A Slip of a Girl sent ya!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Happy Easter!

I hope you have some-bunny to share the love with today! (Get the Sweet Bunny print here.)

Friday, April 02, 2010

Big Shoes To Fill

I love this art print -- it's charming because it's a true moment lived in homes everywhere.

Sofa Strumpet Dorothy Kelly

How does one choose between the lingerie (and that bod!), the shoes, or the zebra print sofa?!

Lingerie Ladies Who Lounge: Joey Heatherton

I'm finding a lot of these images... They confuse me as I don't know whether I love the lingerie they lounge in or the furnishings they lounge upon more appealing -- and thus aren't sure which blog to post them at. I've decided, right or wrong, to post them here, at A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe, and not the lingerie blog. Sue me if you disagree. :p

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Whimsical Art For Your Feet!

OMG, thanks to Klaudia's Shoe Fits for showing me/us/we these fabulous hand-painted shoes by ScholarlyArticles! I love the whimsical designs -- like the flappers, the circus theme, and the adorably morbid -- the most.



This Bride's Made To Order, Not Mail Order - But It's Still Creepy

A made to order costume based on Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride. The gown features a bodice features a tear which exposes latex ribs. The veil, made of a layer of tulle and hand painted with black Burton swirls, is attached to a headpiece of dried vines and silk flowers. The headpiece has a comb to keep it securely attached to the blue-black wig, styled to be a wavy and a bit gnarled like Emily's hair. Other options available.


A-Hoy, Cake-y!

Please don't eat the Pirate Cupcake Black Cameo Necklace.

Feeling Sheepish In The Shower?

You will when you discover there's no lanolin in the Barney the sheep soap. *wink*