twist and dye

Being a female bummer #679: short season.

Why less denim, and no hem would cost more then a finished pair of pants, will NEVER be ok with me.

Thus making your own shorts, makes more sense. Sometimes it works out. Sometimes it doesn’t.

Today it did.

White oversized pants. Scissors. Rubber bands. And silly little dye kit from Michael’s, a well spent $8.99. (you will be overwhelmed by the tie dye aisle CHOICESGALORE). I chose the neon color set that came in squirt bottles, made by s.e.i. According to the box, it had one direction, squirt dye on clothing. SOLD!

I wet the shorts first and decided to rubber band off sections of my shorts to get concentrated color on certain spots, but that was my personal tie dye preference. You, of course, may or may not have differing tie dye preference. Cause Lord knows, we all just sit around and think what type of tie dying we prefer.

I let it dry for at least a day in the rubber bands. Then cut them off, and let the shorts dry flat for another 24 hours. Popped them in the dryer for 30 minutes, and presto. PARTY TIME.

And now you have a very good excuse to go to the craft store and cruise the tie dye and puff paint aisle. I know you were looking for one…

-Black


Couch Potatoes

Adam Arnold, Brady Lange, Nike, Alexander McQueen for Puma, Free People, Vintage, Forever-21

The TV is tired of watching you.

Adam Arnold, Brady Lange, Nike, Alexander McQueen for Puma, Free People, Vintage, Forever-21

Adam Arnold, Brady Lange, Nike, Alexander McQueen for Puma, Free People, Vintage, Forever-21

Adam Arnold, Brady Lange, Nike, Alexander McQueen for Puma, Free People, Vintage, Forever-21

On Brick:
sweatshirt: Adam Arnold
tank: Brady Lange
leggings: Nike
shoes: Alexander McQueen for Puma

On Black:
scarf: vintage
house coat: Free People
shirt: Forever-21
shorts: unknown
socks: uhhh, Target?


Happy Easter

Happy Easter from Brick and Black!

Brick and Black, Portland Fashion blog, Portland Style Blog, style blog, fashion blog, Easter Clothes, Lauren Black, Brady Lange

Brick and Black, Portland Fashion blog, Portland Style Blog, style blog, fashion blog, Easter Clothes, Lauren Black, Brady Lange

Brick and Black, Portland Fashion blog, Portland Style Blog, style blog, fashion blog, Easter Clothes, Lauren Black, Brady Lange

  happy feet

Brick and Black, Portland Fashion blog, Portland Style Blog, style blog, fashion blog, Easter Clothes, Lauren Black, Brady Lange

On Black:

dress: Free People
tube dress: Free People
sweater: HWR
socks: Free People
“heels: Kenneth Cole Reaction

On Brick:

bow tie: vintage
shirt: Adam Arnold
shorts: Adam Arnold
socks: Happy Feet
shoes: Too Boot New York


Harajuku love

Free People,forever-21,American Apparel,Victoria's Secret,Jeffrey Campbell,Dr. Martins,H&M,Standard Cloth, Harajuku, tokyo street style

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.

Free People,forever-21,American Apparel,Victoria's Secret,Jeffrey Campbell,Dr. Martins,H&M,Standard Cloth, Harajuku, tokyo street style

Free People,forever-21,American Apparel,Victoria's Secret,Jeffrey Campbell,Dr. Martins,H&M,Standard Cloth, Harajuku, tokyo street style

Here is a little Harajuku inspiration of your own:

Japanese Streets

Tokyo Street Style

Tokyo Fashion

On Brick:
shades: unknown
scarf: Brady Lange
sweatshirt: Disney
shirt: Standard Cloth
shorts: customized H&M
leggings: F21
boots: Dr. Martins

On Black:
jacket: Free People
shirt: Forever 21
skirt: American Apparel
tights: Victoria’s Secret (used and abused)
shoes: Jeffrey Campbell


baby’s got the blues

…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.

Why?

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!

-Black


A man and his shoes

Meet Mr. Stephen Foose and his shoes.

Every one of us has some sort of love that is manifested in a physical manner.

And sometimes that love can be collected, stored, and treasured.

Though this man is much more then what he so carefully represents from ankle down,

there is nothing wrong with wearing your love for all to see.

Thanks, Stephen.

-Lauren


Class act; Mr. Ostrom

Meet Christian Ostrom. He is a buddy of mine from California. Before I met him I had heard rumors of his closet…then we become roommates…then the rumors became a reality. This boy knows how to shop. But more importantly, he wears what he purchases-WELL!. I know plenty of people that may have good taste, may even purchase those token items, but they just sit in their closet, waiting for the ‘right’ time. What good does that do?

Christian was headed to a friends wedding and instead of opting for the safe black suit (oh-so-boring) he rocked this unexpected 3 piece ensemble. A little bit prep. A little bit of spring. And a whole-lotta class.

sunglasses: Ray Ban 4140

bow tie: Brooks Brothers

jacket: Polo Ralph Lauren

pants: Levi 511 Trousers

vest: Rocklin Sartorial

shirt: Brilliant Colours by Velour

shoes: Cole Haan

socks: Polo Ralph Lauren

belt: Polo Ralph Lauren

I hope that you follow Mr. Ostrom’s advice and dress like a champ for no good reason expect that you owe it to yourself!

As you will catch me saying over and over, you only have one life, you best live it dressed well.

 

-Lauren