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holy shit, these shoes are so fantastic:

am also wild about this silhouette for the summer, from ysl resort 2011:

it’s like the grown-up version of low rise pants + belly shirt (i’m not the only one who wore some variation of that outfit throughout highschool, right?), a way to show summer skin without being summer trashy, and also is much more flattering than previous incarnations of midriff-baring ensembles.

a final thought, is that i recently started volunteering at a arts program for adults with developmental disabilities, and it’s really really wonderful, and has also gotten me back into making art regularly, which i haven’t been doing in a while. the emphasis at the program is about process and mindfulness, not a finished product, and while it’s easy to remember that it’s the making and not the thing that’s important when painting with low-functioning individuals (most of their work isn’t even a little bit figurative, it’s mostly swaths of muddy color and no one really bothers to take any pieces home), the rest of us tend to be really hard on ourselves. it’s bad elementary school art teachers’ faults, really, for conditioning us to create with an end result in mind instead of making art for the feeling and the experience. so, friends, i encourage you to paint with your eyes closed, to collage with color instead of form, to sculpt with your feet, and to embrace your inner pollack. it will come out ugly but it won’t matter, the best art experience is like meditation anyway. do it do it

[ stefanie ]

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Hi friends.  I know I’ve been gone, but I’m baaack! due to (other than guilt and genuine interest in rekindling my blogging fire) my bro-friend David threatening to un-RSS feed me/festo, which seemed a fate too scary to face.

But really, to be honest, I’ve been kind of writer blocked.  Nothing in my life seemed worthy of festo.  Sad, I know.  Please accept my next few posts as small, humble, inane &/or materialistic offerings to the blogging gods as I get back into the groove… boy you gotta prove…

Dum dee dum, onto my comeback post.  My boss always jokes about her husband’s “uniform”: jeans and a black turtleneck, which he wore every day for the 6+ months he was on leave from a “real” job.  Now, all in all, not a bad idea- this so-called DIY uniform: go-to basics that can be accessorized any which way, are completely comfortable yet not sloppy, and can be worn to work (ha- not if you’re in financial services, suckas!).  This uniform concept is much easier in winter- jeans and/or leggings + sweater= not rocket science. However, in the summer, for us femmes, it becomes more challenging.  Look, dresses are cute and top contenders for uniform status: 1 piece and you’re out of the house!  But let’s face it, getting in, riding, & out of subway (up/down stairs) in a dress without flashing somebody, somewhere… is f*cking impossible.  I can’t be worrying about that every day! No no.  So, thank goodness shorts are “in” or whatever this season.

Without further ado… behold my summer uniform:

HAHA gotcha! These are the nineties-licious uniforms 17 year-old Sue Ellen made & showed off her in her absent mother’s backyard at a total rager-cum-fashion show which ended up saving the company she got a job at when the babysitter keeled over unexpectedly…

She’s right on top of that, Rose!

All jokes aside:

American Apparel Viscose Dolman Sleeve T, in white or slate

+

American Apparel Pique Bloomer Shorts, in black

Yup, you too can have your very own summer uniform, seeing as how its requisite pieces are sold at the reprehensible-yet-ubiquitous American Apparel!   The shorts are amazing, and only barely beat out these equally awesome black silk ones, thanks to their ELASTIC LEG OPENINGS.  That’s right- sometimes you think you’re safe, wearing shorts.  Sit however you want! Au contraire, mon petit cabbage.  With these on, you can actually sit however the hell you want on the subway without some perv/innocent bystander staring up them.  They don’t ride up either! Awesome!  The top is ever so slightly less awesome– it gets a little wrinkly (damn you viscose!) and is potentially hot for the true baking summer sun (BSS), but it goes day to night… to day (Ke$ha & autotune friendly suggest brushing your teeth with a bottle of Jack, FYI).  Plus the draping is a couple notches above your go-to t, so it’s office friendly.  Dave- are you bored yet? (Anyone ever notice how much I love parentheses!?)

May I recommend accessorizing with:

Steel Couture Mixed Media Necklace in Deco

or…

Might be McQueen, don’t know, but I bought my white skull silk scarf (peter piper…) at PinkyOtto

Got a better summer uniform? Let me know.

[mairin]

aaah felt good

update: noticed dear stef also posted on her summer basics: cut-out dress, boyfriend blazer (i hate the term too ugh), ugly shoes (they’re ugly), boater hat… hurray! now we’re just missing Diane’s summer uniform… and yours!

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while watching endless summer, i came up with a brief sartorial summer to-buy list. this is it:

 

1. baggy cuffed denim shorts

 

2. super ugly pair of wooden-soled shoes

 

 

3. straw boater hat

 

4. a “boyfriend” blazer (i hate that phrase, it’s almost as bad as a “wifebeater” tank top)

 

 

5. cut-out dress

 

 

am also very into all the beige/off-white/white so-called minimalism going on. it’s trendy, but also elegant and pretty and super for the summertime, as long as your popsicle doesn’t drip on your shorts and ruin everything.

 

 

 

(chloe; celine; mad men)

 

[ stefanie ]

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my father, an avid cyclist who’s been wearing spandex and shaving his legs since the early 70s, insists that adeline adeline (profiled in today’s nytimes) can’t possibly be a real bike store.

we beg to differ!

adeline adeline (147 reade street) was founded by a graphic designer who did not want a racing bicycle or a fixie and thus was forced to open her own store. the bicycles are super pretty — they’re inspired by the lovely vintage type bikes stylish ladies ride around amsterdam — and are meant to coordinate well with pretty dresses and shoes (bicycles can be accessories like any other) while also providing a comfy and enjoyable ride. (to prove it, customers are allowed to test-ride bikes around tribeca and in the nearby park before buying.) so the aesthetics of bike riding are fully embraced.

even better, for those of us whose concerned cyclist fathers are lurking in the background, there is a full service repair shop downstairs to prove that, although super stylish, adeline adeline is a real life bike store concerned with function as well as fashion.

BEST OF ALL the bicycles come in sizes, including sizes small enough for the shortest of ladies (eg under 5′ 3″, which hopefully includes those who are a mere 4′ 11 1/2″).

oh oh and, even better than best of all, the bicycles are really very affordable. the dutchie 1 (pictured below), for example, is only $399. hooray fashion!

[ stefanie ]

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are fashion and food.. and this blog.  Meet Carol Han:

you looks fabulous

Via my workplace Twitter feed I’ve stumbled upon Ms. Han, fashion stylist, & her recently launched blog Milk & Mode.  It’s my new The Sartorialist.  …and by that I mean that it’s an addicting, minimalist blog rife with fash-photog.  There are other goodies as well, including a log of her social goings-on* (voyeurism!) and rando recipes.  The real pull here is her insider status: she posts the newest and the best.  Her editorial eye is spot on for young fresh things.  I am particularly hearting the following knits from her recent trip to Hudson Jeans fall preview:

and…

When can I buy you?!

Another recommendation culled from her recent writings, this post on inspirational, funky NYC apartment interiors.  I like these two a lot:

that mirror is reminds me of the one in Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding painting

this room is a study in textures: chair, lime green cushion, zeba rug, couch, etc.

A+ for your mish mosh framed print collage, A++ for your clothing storage pieces

From blogger to blogger, kudos to Milk & Mode for the fabulous (dare I say poetic?) titling of some her posts.

Finally, check out her awesome pup:

*Ms. Han seems to roll with Rick Owens-loving Andrew from Kell on Earth

[mairin]

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What’s up with Urban Outfitters spring ’10 look book being all Lolita?  From fetish-ized shots of awkwardly bent little girl legs & their shoes (mimicking the iconic cover of the novel) to the photos of a very lithe young thing, dressed in culottes and frilly 1950s bikini tops, the inspiration is hit-you-over-the-head obvious.  In theory I’m in favor: I love the book and like the reinvention of its esthetic, but something feels odd about a store for young girls marketing to their audience with tween erotica.  Honestly, then, mission accomplished: the photographer has realized visually what Nabokov elaborated verbally- uncomfortable, voyeuristic beauty.*

Check out the looks here and judge for yourself.   (Oh, and P.S. towards the end, more too-young-for-comfort borderline porn with their night-out looks, but I loves it anyway, especially those vampy, pointy shoulders! Viva los 80s silhouettes! Even if they are tired and blah blah…)

[mairin]

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Via shopbop:

This trend is fully advocated by me.  Visit ShopBop’s Trend Forecast for more, or check out some 2010 ready-to-wear, such as Kenzo or Dries Van Noten.  My grade book reads: A  and A+, respectively.  As the weather warms, and even as it remains cold, I advocate you to Be Bold! And, as always, layer fearlessly.

[diane]

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