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Fashionably Political

Flashback to January 2008.

I was a junior in high school, obsessed with the presidential primaries. I’ve been really interested in politics since I was a little kid. I remember pretending to be sick the day after the 2000 election so I could stay home from school and know exactly when the winner of the election was announced (that wouldn’t happen for a couple more weeks, but I didn’t know that). But January 2008 is when I knew that I wanted Barack Obama to beat Hillary Clinton for the nomination, and to go on to win the presidency. I ordered my Obama t-shirt from his website, and wore it proudly for the next 10 months. It wasn’t the cutest of t-shirts, navy blue, with the Obama 2008 logo, and it had a weird sleeve/shape to it.

But in 2012 we don’t have to sacrifice style for a political statement. has pieces from top designers (Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, Derek Lam, etc) that all support President Obama’s reelection campaign. They’re a little pricey, but super stylish.

Here are my favs:

Thakoon, $95

Derek Lam, $75

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez (of Proenza Schouler), $45

All photos from, everything’s available for pre-order now

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2012 It’s the future: resolutions and recommendations

New Year’s resolutions are for housewives and little girls. So I’m not going to make any. I have goals all year round that include getting into really, really good shape and getting awesome grades. So the same goals I always have then.

So on to recommendations then.

If someone could recommend a way to be happy with the clothes I have, and learn how to not constantly troll Forever21 for potential new clothes, it would be greatly appreciated. Here are some items I want:


So cute. Love the pattern, not sure about the tiers, I’d have to see it in person.

Love x a million. They seem super 90s to me, but I don’t have that much of a recollection of that decade (if you remember it you weren’t there, man).

I’ve never owned a halter dress before. That’s a lie I have a Rodarte for Target dress that I’ve worn like twice. But this is so perfect for the summer, going out or whatever. Someone invite me somewhere cool so I can wear this!

Also I recommend that any guy wear a denim shirt. It’s literally the best look ever. I’m obsessed with it (see previous post on denim shirts).

I’ve decided that I’m going to be more adventurous sartorially. Not to a personal style blog, I wear crazy shit that looks stupid because I’m so trendy level, but I’m going to wear things that I like and think look good without worrying about what other people think. I’m only in college for three semesters, so I only have a year and a half left of being able to wear pretty much anything on a daily basis. Here’s to expanding beyond my usual outfits. But that goal is also the reason why I want new clothes. Catch-22!

I recommend that anyone remotely interested in fashion watch The Rachel Zoe Project and It’s a Brad, Brad World. They are both hilarious and make me want to chuck all my career plans and try to work in fashion.

I die. RZ makes me want to wear a maxi dress, six inch heels, faux (or real, swhatevs) fur vest/coat, and tons of gold jewelry. It’s a lewk.
Love him.
P.S. best non-fashion related reality show not on Bravo (love me some Top Chef not Top Scallop)? My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. I could watch it all day, no joke.
2012 come at me, brah.
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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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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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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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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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Style Icon: Bob Dylan

Okay, so awkward that like half of my first posts are about Bobby D, but whatever I’m an obsessive fan. I know most people think of Dylan as the guy with the crazy jew fro back in the sixties, or the old man who looks like his face is melting today,but in my mind he’s a veritable style icon. I mean look at him, mixing prints like a pro. Polka dots and stripes together are not for the style challenged.

I love this photo. Plus it highlights that Bob knew how to work accessories into an ensemble. Houndstooth scarf+ killer sunglasses=a major look

Rolling Thunder era Bob is my favorite musically and sartorially. I loved the hats and the scarves (accessories!) and how well Bob layered all his clothing. Henley, vest, coats, hats, jewelry, his outfits weren’t at all simple, but they worked. I like that the addition of an amazing hat took the outfit from street style to stage (oh and some white face, obvi). I especially love the vest he’s wearing in this picture. I think vests are underutilized, and Bob demonstrates how they can be a structuring element for an otherwise loose outfit.


I had to include an example of modern Bob. The gentleman-cowboy, it totally fits his late period association with “the old, weird America”. Not a huge fan of the mustache, but this photo just emphasizes the absolute fact that Bobby can freakin’ rock a hat. Plus I’ve always liked the idea of a collared shirt underneath a collared shirt. Bobby loves layers.


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