After becoming obsessed with the Harajuku street style, we got all dressed up and had our own “Harajuku moment”. This is our little dedication to those kids that inspire us when they wake up each Sunday and find their way to Harajuku Station in Tokyo.
Here is a little Harajuku inspiration of your own:
scarf: Brady Lange
shirt: Standard Cloth
shorts: customized H&M
boots: Dr. Martins
jacket: Free People
shirt: Forever 21
skirt: American Apparel
tights: Victoria’s Secret (used and abused)
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
A very special thank you to Kipp Knode and his ‘designer’ axes. I mean, who doesn’t wish they could carry this around with them through the foggy morning hillside.
Boots: Double H
Suspenders and Shirt: Adam Arnold
Gloves: English Laundry
Hat: Crown Cap
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Jeans: J Brand
Suspenders: American Apparel
Fur: (made by our own) Brady Lange
Beanie: gas station treasure
George, my original source of inspiration.
carry on you fashion animals, carry on.
…and sometimes there isn’t anything to do, but turn the music loud enough to pound out all thoughts and take your sweet time spoiling yourself by getting ready for no good reason.
Because we are worth it.
Every once in a while I can look to the ritual of getting dressed for the day, for the night, or just because as a mini-celebration of self. One of the first memories I have of self-awareness was the day my mom had finally given me permission to pick out my own outfits for the day. I remember thinking… are you kidding me? I could, I WOULD pick out anything I wanted? Out of this entire 3 drawer dresser and shared closet…it was all UP TO ME. Of course I was gonna pick out the neon puff paint shirt with the pink and purple biker shorts with matching scrunchie, that was a no-brainer. DUH, MOM.
And things haven’t changed much, besides the puff paint tendencies. I love the action of pawing through my teenie-tiny closet and building on a concept. The ability to create an attitude with your threads is a power, a gift, that I do not take lightly.
This day in particular I desperately needed to feel pretty with a purpose. So on goes the silk dress, the fur, the tights, the nonsensical socks and heels combo with layers of necklace and bronzed gloves.
taa-dah, look mom, all dressed and ready to go!
belt: Free People
tee: Free People
jewelry: vintage and Portland Leather Company
hat: random from the military surplus store
Scarf on hat: Gucci
Tank: American Apparel
Love, want, need…no…OBSESSED with Paxton Gate. One of the newer boutiques to the Mississippi strip of North Portland; they are selling the desires that I thought I had only dreamed of. All thats is beautiful and weird.
They feature decor made up of taxidermied mice dressed the part, jars of floating frogs and snakes suspended in formadlhyde, little preserved wonders from the sea; nautilus, sea stars, blow fish, and a whole corner of the store is dedicated to creating and maintaing your own plant life. The perfect little containers that will host a terrarium so quaint you wish you could live in it.
But let’s be honest, we all know the jewelry whores that Brick and Black really are. And Paxton Gate feeds our vice. With all kinds of pieces that show off the natural beauty I find aphxiating. You cannot NOT look…twice. You may find a palm-sized skull sits nicely around the neck, or maybe you wish to show off the symmetry of a python rib on a pair of earrings. I know I do. Ever wonder what it would feel like to have an octupus wrapped around your finger? The impressive castings make it possible.
So without further a-due, here is a look for yourself and all thats preserved and adored at Paxton Gate. A big thank you to Susan and Andy.
When we think of the color beige we tend to think of tired, stale staple pieces like some banal tan slacks or lifeless traditional trench coats. I mean, it’s barely even a color right? But who made that rule? Why can’t beige be exciting? Who ever said lack of color had to mean lack of spirit? Beige can be just as far out as any neon color if you ask me. Take note from these bad-ass khaki numbers and take the blah out of beige.
Christian Louboutin Lucifer Bow Pump
The name says it all.
Christian Louboutin Men’s Pik Spikes Loafer
These aren’t your grandpa’s loafers.
1967 Ford Mustang
Elegant, classic, and ready to kick some ass
Faye Dunaway screenshot from Bonnie and Clyde
Cool, collective and khaki clad, perfect for causing a mid day ruckus.
Anna Dello Russo during Paris Fashion Week in a Prada Scarf, Celine clothing and bitchin Emilio Pucci boots.
Those boots, those gloves, that stole, girl means some business.
Anna Dello Russo in a Balmain S/S 2011 jacket
Anna, two words: You rule.
It’s all in the styling, if you ask me. Keep your beige away from tucked in polo shirts and matching sweater sets and kick it up with a dose of attitude.
Refuse to be bland and spice up your blah.