I don’t know about you, but I totally want this one. (You know, in case your kids are anything like me, which for your sake, I hope they’re not…you know what I mean…)
The husband and I took a nice little roadtrip up to Portland last week and we stopped by the outlets on the way back. (I needed new work clothes and the lack of sales tax in Oregon was just so seductive.) Among other things, I got this little skirt at the Banana Republic outlet. I like wearing knee-length full skirts and picked up a cute camel cotton one. I really love it. It’s got a nice contoured waistband for a nice fit. It has short satin ribbon hanger loops so the skirt won’t get those ugly clamp marks from pincher hangers.
The skirt is in two layers. The top layer (a sheer batiste) is very full and fluffy. The bottom layer (poplin) is a narrower a-line skirt. The two layers are tacked together at the hem with inch-long thread chains at each side. The effect? The a-line is full enough to not restrict leg movement, but prevents the whole skirt from blowing up over one’s head in the wind. As San Francisco is pretty windy, I love how this skirt is constructed–so much so I also bought one in light blue.
I also picked up a couple of skirts at the Calvin Klein outlet. They reinforce the skirt waistlines with grosgrain ribbon to prevent stretching. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, next time you see a grosgrain ribbon, 1/4″ or 2″, at a trim shop or on some kid’s head, trying stretching it. Try harder. Try again. Yup. Unstretchable. Very handy in making corsets.
I am such a clothing geek, this kind of stuff puts a spring in my step.
These gorgeous silk jersey gowns are the work of my friend and colleague Jeanne, of The 615 Project. That red one is just *sick*, but I really covet the black one on top, since I never go sleeveless in public (women like me exist and we’re not all 65 years old!).
Photos are by new-to-the-Bay-Area photographer T. Shane Gilman and you can check out more of his work here.
As you kids know I hardly ever post about other labels, mainly because there are tons of blogs out there who do it better, for example, Clothes-Pin, one of my favorite blogs to read up on non-mainstream fashion. (I despise the word “indie”.) However, every once in a blue moon, I’ll come across someone so rad (yes, I said “rad”), that I have to let people know about it.
So via Clothes-Pin, I urge you to check out Baum und Pferdgarten. Immediately. They are two of the few, few people who do ruffles right. Are you still reading? Why? Go! And then come back and tell me you love them (BuP and Clothes-Pin) as much as I do. Okay, fine, tell me your own opinion. Whatever.
Why did I think of you immediately when I saw these?
How great is that bag??? Could you just die? I could. (Sorry–I’m having a Valley girl moment. Six years in L.A. will do that to you.)
I’m really digging golds and rusts and muted oranges and peaches and browns and camels and mahogony and coppers lately. Looks yummy as makeup, clothes, home decor. I was browsing the web for vintage kimonos, which I do almost daily, and I couldn’t help but notice that I was gravitating towards those colors, partly because they look good on me, and partly because I think they look so beautiful now with current trends and the winter season.
Speaking of which, I bought this lovely item today.
Okay, so I’m supposed to be watching the spending lately, but I just couldn’t resist! Lookit the purty colors! And it was a bargain–believe me, with my traditional Korean upbringing, I can spot a bargain when I see one. And it comes with an embroidered obi. Now I just have to figure out when to wear it…