Monthly Archives: November 2011

New Year’s Dresses

I’m hoping to be in NYC over New Year’s, so I’ve been looking online for some options. Obviously Forever21 is the limit of my budget.

I like this dress in theory, but I’m not sure of where the top layer would hit on me. Potentially at my widest point aka not cute.

Semi-cute. But like the majority of items on F21, there’s just something a little off. In this case, the sequins. I wish it was all-over instead of the weird squiggly pattern that reminds me of germs under the microscope. Science! (and it’s $32 which is a little more than I’m willing to spend at Forevs for cheaply made clothing)

My favorite part of this dress is that it’s $11.50. Sorry child workers! Plus, I think I could accessorize it to make it more over-the-top new years-y.

This dress combines my two favorite things in the world: leopard print and velvet.

Of course, this would be my coat for the night.

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Song of the Day

I know it’s not cutting edge or anything to be into this song, but I can’t help it. The beat is sick. #onrepeat

N***** in Paris, Kanye West and Jay-Z, from Watch the Throne

What’s that jacket, Margiela?

I love Jay’s dance in this video.

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Random Bob Dylan Picture of the Day

Found these on the Dylan fansite expectingrain. I’ve been digging 1966 era Bob recently. 

Look at The HAIR! The striped pants! Even Bobby can’t help checking himself out.

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Pendleton

I was just in Arizona (my first time out west outside of a couple visits to California and one time in Denver) and the harsh beauty of the desert really took me by surprise. I’m so used to seeing the green, tall trees of the midwest, and the changing colors of this time of year, but the dusty reds and pinks of the mountains around Phoenix, and the rarity of the green cacti was so unlike what I’m used to. That landscape brought to mind what it must have been like for the first settlers out there, how everything felt like it was on a much larger scale.

The colors and history of the west reminded me of how much I love the native american patterns that Pendleton uses. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pieces.

Classic wool blanket.

I wish this came in women’s sizes. I love the American-ness (if that’s a word) of the denim jacket combined with the Chief Joseph print.

The silver dollar buttons are my favorite part of this jacket. I just wish it was a little more fitted, then it would be perfect for fall.

Perfect. This is the duster length coat of this print. You would have to feel like a trailblazer in this coat. It’s a go anywhere and do anything kind of piece.

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Song of the Day

Ahh…The Name is Bootsy, Baby by Bootsy Collins

Heading home soon…this song always reminds me of the ‘nati.

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Song of the Day

The quintessential performance of this song. Also, how adorable is Rick Danko?

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Band, from The Last Waltz (which if you haven’t seen you need to literally go watch it this very minute).

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Denim Shirts

I’ve been really wanting another denim/chambray shirt recently. I think there’s something so American about them. I want to dress like the 99%. I have a short sleeved one I got from the Gap a couple of summers ago, but I want a long-sleeved one that I can wear during the winter.

Madewell has several options that I love (I’ll have to check them out when I’m home over T-giving, they’re opening up a Madewell at the mall near my house!). The one above is so classic.

I like the light wash better, gotta fake that worn in look.

This might be my favorite. Perfect for winter layering, over/under a cardigan.

My inspiration.

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Song of the Day

I wanted to mix it up a little bit, all my recent posts have been about folk, singer-songwriter-y music, and I just got out of my American history class, so I thought this song was fitting.

Titus Andronicus’ “A More Perfect Union” from their 2010 album The Monitor.

And a video of a shortened version of the song that I just realized existed.

for once i’d much rather be me

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine, 2011

Background: I don’t know if this album goes against the spirit of one of the recurring themes of this blog of listening to all the music that was once new that I never listened to. This isn’t old new music, because I downloaded it on Saturday, after going through recent episodes of All Songs Considered (love Bob Boilen and all of the Tiny Desk Concerts), they mentioned this album as one of the best albums of 2011 thus far.

Impression: I might overuse the word amazing, but this album is amazing. I know I said I was a lyrics first person in my post about Langhorne Slim, but I can’t really understand King Creosote’s Scottish accent that well, and it doesn’t even matter! The musical quality of his accent adds to the stark quality of the music. But the simplicity and sparseness of the music and lyrics doesn’t mean that this album lacks depth, the songs create another world. They’re haunting in the best sense of the word. Atmospheric. “John Taylor’s Month Away” sounds like a modern sea shanty.

Favorite Songs: It’s only 7 songs long, listen to them all. Watch the link to see how King Creosote and Jon Hopkins wrote “John Taylor’s Month Away”.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2011/aug/25/king-creosote-john-hopkins-john-taylor

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Song of the Day

Jack White “You Know That I Know” The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams, 2011

My favorite from the Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams album.

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