long live AMQ

cried in the bathroom of my office when i found out yesterday morning. never has the death of a celebrity ever affected me this way before.

i still feel gutted. no more wild dramatic mcqueen shows to look forward to each season, no mid-day daydreaming of all the pieces i wanted to stockpile in the future whenever my income caught up to him. thoughts of the mcqueen jacket i passed up at wasteland only months before. i ordered a purse in memoriam before everything evaporates into memory and legacy but it just isn’t enough. too soon, too soon. the loss of possibility is always the worst loss of all. there’s nothing left to say.

nothing left to say.

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complex geometries ss10

PERPETUAL LEISURE from JASON LAST on Vimeo.

Can’t wait. Everything looks soft, comfortable, slick simple chic. Sooner or later I need to get my hands on as many Complex Geometries pieces as possible.

love, wen

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over the rhine

As weather gets colder I tend to curl inward and spend most of my time indoors painting or reading. Fall’s been falling pretty gently here in Northern California and when rain comes down, I get pensive and moody and gravitate towards pensive and moody things. Lately I’ve discovered Ohio’s indie folk married duo Over the Rhine and they’ve fit the bill perfectly; gorgeous, tender, thinking music crafted around the white hot core of deeply felt emotion. Am especially taken by the undercurrent of heartbreak in “Suitcase” and “Spark”. Already have my tickets to see them live next month; can’t wait for what’s certain to be an amazing show.

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skull & crossbones

Did you know Saturday was National Talk Like a Pirate Day? Well, I certainly did. Celebrated by going to the local Renaissance Festival during their pirate weekend. I even made this ridiculous get-up just for the occasion.

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I’ve been wanting to do my own cut-out shirts for awhile now, so I did this one as practice and learned a lot about how I should be cutting the shapes, what drapes and how, etc. I sketched out the skull and crossbones on some scrap paper, then drew the design on with a wash away fabric marker (the pastelly kind). I cut away the design with fabric scissors, then applied no fray liquid to all the edges. Once it had dried, I cut more precise lines into the now stiffer fabric at the edges. After, I sewed a layer of thin mesh beneath the holes (use a sewing machine, otherwise it’ll take too long if you’re doing it by hand, because you have to think about where the holes of the mesh are). As you can see, (or hopefully can’t), I cut the bones of the crossbones too wide, and they gaped downwards even after I’d sewed in the mesh layer. I ended up just safety pinning so that they were more of a bone shape and hoping that people would just think I was going for the punk look. I’m planning on doing a couple more of these (one with a spine on back/ribs in front, some other ideas I’m keeping under wraps for now), but if anyone would like a more detailed tutorial with pics, just let me know so that I can document the process whenever I attempt a project like this again..!

love, wen

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OMGOSSIP

When I first heard Anna Sui was doing a Target collection inspired by Gossip Girl, believe you me, I couldn’t contain my delight. Anna Sui is pretty popular in Japan and I used to frequent her pretty little jewel box of a store in Harajuku. The clothes were outside of my budget though; all I could afford was her very prettily packaged makeup. Gossip Girl is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine; my sister just moved into Blake Lively’s building in Greenwich Village, so hopefully the next time I’m in New York I’ll have my own “Spotted: Serena Van der Woodsen” moment. So when the news of a GG inspired, affordable Anna Sui collection came around I was practically bouncing around in my skin.

Until the lookbook came out.

Sadly, I wasn’t that impressed; not too much stood out to me. It was alright, I guess. I’d probably crushed everything with the weight of my expectation. Nonetheless, last night, in dire need of some shopping stress relief, I tripped on over to the local Target. The collection has only been out for about 4 days at this point, but by god, was that rack picked dry. Still, I was able to pick up a couple things to try on. And what a disappointment. The material was, in general, coarse to the touch and cheap to the eye. Sweaters were scratchy and cheap, the fits of everything mysterious (the XS sizes engulfed, but the numbered sizes varied WILDLY- more on that in just a bit). I was only able to find 3 dresses in my size, and here they are, in shaky hasty iphone photo form:

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Anna Sui for Target Silk Patterned Dress

I’m not exactly sure why I picked this one up; it definitely isn’t my style. I think I just grabbed it because it was amongst the scant offerings of what was in my size and well, I was curious. I’m undecided about this. I think the waist is too high and there’s just a little something TOO circus girl from the 1950s about this. I think this was a “Jenny” dress. She’s into the big puffy skirts when she’s not doing her crazy drug-addict going through a stick of eyeliner a day look.

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Anna Sui for Target Metallic Jacquard Dress

Again, not really my style, but in my size, so I figured I’d try it on. Bad, shaky photo, but I think the polyester looked pretty terrible. And that fit, ugh! It looks like I’m trying to hide a secret pregnancy. Completely, horrifyingly unflattering, and also just WAY too big and loose, even for something that had to be cinched with a fabric belt. I think this was supposed to be a Serena dress? I suppose she wears a lot of shiny, huge, floaty things, but the material of this dress was simply too unforgiving to do anything for the shape.

blairAnna Sui for Target Houndstooth Jaquard

This was the only dress from the collection that interested me from the lookbook. Reader, I have a terrible confession to make. I totally fell in love with this dress. It flatters the figure, the cut is fantastic, it’s the classic Anna Sui colours, and the subtle metallic sheen to the fabric is so, so pretty. Only, it didn’t fit: it wouldn’t zip up all the way in the back. So, well, I still bought it. On the impulse that maybe, just maybe, this would be a dress that one could get on with assistance. Sadly, it was not the case. In any case, I’m either going to return it or sell it. This was a Blair piece, and not hard to see why: structured, classy, but with a little bit of bite.

Ok, here’s the part where I have to rant about not my disappointment, not the fabric, but the totally arbitrary and strange sizing. I’d heard this was under “juniors” sizing, but everything was wildly all over the place. XS pieces meant to drape didn’t drape, they were like blankets from an alien world engulfing me. And the number sizes were a white hot mess. Each of the dresses I tried above was a size 3, which works out because I wear a 2 or a 4 in America. The Jenny dress fit fine, the Serena dress was WAY too big, and I couldn’t zip up the Blair dress all the way. I also grabbed this lace number in a 5 on a whim. It was so small, I couldn’t even get it over my head! The clothes were clearly built for the small-busted; if you can’t tell from these pics, I am itty-bitty in the chest area- but I still felt like these were too constraining in that area, and if a flatty like me is having trouble, what the hell is the rest of America, who, well, actually have breasts, going to think?

Oh, Anna Sui. Well. I’ll forgive you if you send me one of your Houndstooth Jaquards in a zip-uppable 5.

love, wen

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ぐたらら~すだらら~

最近20世紀少年第2章と第3章の映画を見た。感動した!!!見るだけの価値があると思うよ。幼年時代 の記憶・・・友情・・・家族・・・恋・・・と音楽。やっぱり音楽だね。漫画も好き(複雑っすけどね・・・)。知ってるかな?素敵な「Bob Lennon」と言う曲は浦沢直樹先生を書いた!びっくりした、あたし。才能多いね。それに歌えるように!

浦沢直樹先生バージョン

うまいね!!!

そして第1章映画のバージョン

第3章映画がクライマックス「ぐたらら~すだらら~」バージョンどこ?感動したあのバージョン・・・

love, wen

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wedding bell reds

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wedding2 It took me quite some time to find a suitable dress to wear to both weddings I’m going to this year, but when this paprika silk chiffon Vera Wang Lavender Label dress popped up on Rue-La-La I knew I’d found my dress. Red is a lucky colour for weddings in my culture and the dress is staggeringly comfortable- soft and wearable, and the ribbon that cinches below the chest is elastic (I’m a bit obsessed with it, to tell the truth; going to be using it to cinch up all sorts of tunic-y things I have lying around in my wardrobe). I should have gotten some pictures of this dress in motion because that’s where the true beauty lies; the ruffly bits in front and back are separate and when you move or dance or the wind picks them up they move around sort of dreamily. I have no idea why I look so pissed in the first picture. Maybe because the wedding was an outdoor ceremony in 100 degree heat. Still though, a delightful wedding and reception.

love, wen

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memoirs at the end of the world

I’ve fallen for Florida’s luscious little indie pop band The Postmarks. Their newest album, Memoirs at the End of the World, is part Spaghetti Western, part spy intrigue film soundtrack, and all fun. Take a listen for yourself.

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in da garden avida

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flower4jacket | french connection
dress | vintage
sandals | vintage
hair clips | f21

I’ve loved this jacket ever since I slipped it onto my shoulders in the French Connection store at Santa Monica Beach. Sure it’s a bit marching band, a bit Micheal Jackson. But it nips nicely at the waist and echoes faintly of that infamous Balmain jacket without being one of its myriad copies. I also love the weird tulip way this $5 vintage dress falls between the knees in front; a small treasure divulged from digging in the messy pit of one of San Diego’s Goodwill stores. I tried putting that fallen flower back onto the bush afterwards, as if it’d never fallen in the first place. I was not successful.

love, wen

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stud it up

As an occasional faux rocker wannabe I’m pretty mad for studs. My sister pointed out at some point I could probably just stud things up myself rather than pay a premium for prestudded clothing; I’ve self-studded a couple things already, including a $10 pair of jeans from Taipei, a Blake jacket, and a couple tank tops. There are several ways you can go about it: the more delicate “iron-on” studs and real, MANLY studs. Ok, maybe I don’t mean MANLY, but it takes a butter knife, some effort, and usually a bruised finger or two to bend the spikes back on those things.

I’ve been wanting to stud up a small black leather purse for awhile and got my chance after finally finding a suitable one at Wasteland in Haight Ashbery last weekend!

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It took about two movies worth (The Truth about Cats and Dogs, Temple of Doom- don’t ask, I know they’re about as different from each other as 2 movies can be) to stud the whole thing. You need to cut slits for the two spikes on each stud; I used a smaller specialty Xacto blade. My studding skills are still a bit shaky, so the studding job is a bit uneven. I’m hoping it gives off a “quirky bohemian rock” vibe rather than an “amateurishly studded” vibe. I still need to sew or fabric glue a lining on the inside to protect the contents of whatever I may be carrying from the spikes I had trouble pushing down entirely, but I’m looking forward to using this whenever it’s ready to hit the streets!

love, wen

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