Inspiration: Golden Girls

All credit goes to Linde and Chris for making this observation: It seems like nowadays, hipster girls are channeling the original chick clique- The Golden Girls for fashion inspiration. From full coverage polyester and lace dresses that are borrowed from grandmother’s closet to sequin drenched tunics, the influence of the Golden Girls can be spotted both on the streets and the runway (super saturated blazers and early 90s florals are gonna be major for spring).

Golden Girls Intro:

This trend, like any other, is only flattering when in moderation. I was blessed with fashionable grandparents but that certainly doesn’t mean that I want to look like I AM a grandparent. Ya dig? I mean, channeling the past is one thing but I’m not ready to move into a Florida retirement community. Just think about the fact that in the fashion world when you’re being compared to Dorothy, Sophia, Blanche or Rose it’s because you’ve had a “what was she thinking” moment. I don’t think it’s fair to give those lady such a bad rap though – so if you’re gonna use them as inspiration, keep it fresh.

P.S. – How awesome is this photo of Bea Arthur with Angela Lansbury?

Photos courtesy of Polyvore and Lifetime

I Want These: Olsen Haus Vegan Boots

Groove, Olsen Haus, $215

No need to feel guilty — Olsen Haus shoes are 100% vegan deliciousness.

Reminder: Register to Vote!

Excuse me while I (rightfully) get dramatic:

For many states, the deadline for registering to vote in the 11/4/08 election, to determine the next president, is rapidly approaching. Registering to vote only takes a few minutes and it is a decision that you will not regret. If past elections have taught us anything, every vote counts- or at least it should. If you care about this country (or the world) and the direction that we’re headed in, you need to register.¬† FAILING TO REGISTER and/or NOT VOTING¬† is a decision that may have epic consequences. So do your part and try to make your voice heard. Have a say in the fate of the world.

Sites like Just Vote and Rock The Vote are nonpartisan websites that will give you all the information that you need. If you have questions about absentee ballots, voting overseas, or you just aren’t sure if you’re registered- FIND OUT THE ANSWERS, NOW!

Time is running out in many states!

Saturday, October 4th Registration Deadlines:

Alaska, Nevada, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Washington.

Monday, October 6th Registration Deadlines:

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia.

Click here to find the deadline for your state.

Ok, I’m done being dramatic.

Image courtesy of College OTR

Five Favorite Finds

It’s been a pretty good week and I had lots of ideas for my favorite finds but have managed to narrow them down into this list of five. There is no particular theme for this week although I do think that each of these items is very telling of my personality and the things that I love.

(1.)

In Style

Source: In Style

House of Harlow 1960

Over at Sophista-Funk, Tala and I have often discussed the atrocities that have been produced when celebrities turn into fashion designers. Let’s all take a moment and reflect upon the monstrosities that Aubrey O’Day brought into the world. But, every once and a while, there is a true gem. Some celeb who really understands design… or at least lends their name to those who do. Nicole Richie seems to be one of them. My favorite fashionista has done well with her new line, House of Harlow 1960 – already being featured in a slew of magazines as a “Must Have” before the first collection is even available for purchase.

Expect oversized cocktail rings, bangles galore, and lots of head pieces – said to be priced between $60-150. House of Harlow 1960 will debut at the new Kitson location in Melrose when it opens in November. It will also be available at their online store, ShopKitson.com

(2.)

Junya Watanabe photos courtesy of Style.com

Runway photos courtesy of Style.com

Junya Watanabe Spring ’09

Junya Watanabe’s Spring collection, inspired by African drapery and more specifically, West African textiles, was thrilling for me to look at. Not only did I love the colors and the mixing of the patterns but I also thought that the craftsmanship was really brilliant. If you don’t know much about Junya Watanabe, I wrote a post about him earlier this week at Sophista-Funk so be sure to check that out.

Just as last week, Fendi’s hair and make-up drove me wild, I was absolutely in love with the head pieces from Watanabe. I think if I could walk around wearing dried flowers piled on top of my head, I absolutely would!

(3.)

Balmain Sandals

Although this trend has been around for a while now, no one has made me swoon over a studded footwear. Until right now!

These Balmain sandals are killer.

The ankle strap? So hot!

They would be perfect with skinny jeans or dress.

I pine for them!

Maybe if I start saving now, I’ll have enough for them by Spring…

Okay, very unlikely but I will start looking for a suitable knockoff.

(4).

Handmade Nation: A Documentary About the Rise of DIY Art, Craft & Design.

“Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that recognize a marriage between historical techniques, punk and DIY (do it yourself) ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, Handmade Nation explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.”

Source: HandMadeNation

This documentary by Faythe Levine seems like it covered some really amazing people and projects. As a crafter/diy lover by nature, I can’t wait to see this film when it debuts in ’09. There is also a book that will be available, written by Levine and co-author Cortney Heimerl, in November on Princeton Architectural Press. For more information, visit the HandMadeNation blog.

(5.)

Photo of the Week:

One of my dearest lady-loves, Promiti (remember, my friend who is lucky enough to work for Chanel?), has just started a blog! While I’ve always been a supporter of this lady getting one and have bugged her about it for a while now, she has finally seen the light. Judith Light! Get it?

No, no, no. I didn’t choose this grainy photo of Who’s The Boss Angela just so that I could make a terrible pun. Promiti actually encountered the incredible JL on the streets of Manhattan recently- thus solidifying her destiny as a blogger of all things nostalgic.

In Promiti’s own words, The Blog is Mine Redux, will make you “care about stuff you didn’t know mattered when it was actually happening”.

I love it already.

Sale: RavinStyle.com

Favorite Finds:

S. Sung Charlotte Cardigan

S. Sung Charlotte Cardigan, $129

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S. Sung Blue Antigua Ring Necklace

S. Sung Blue Antigua Ring Necklace, $75

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Tastemaker: Camilla Belle

Name: Camilla Belle (Routh)

Age: 22 (today is her birthday, incidentally)

Where You’ve Seen Her: Best Dressed Lists, Films: When a Stranger Calls, 10,000 B.C., Rip Girls

Why You Noticed Her: Her signature full dark eyebrows, shiny blunt bangs.

Best Looks:

Photos courtesy of Camilla-Belle.net and Wire Image

Heartbreaker: Kathryn Amberliegh Pumps

These suede pumps from Kathryn Amberliegh went as low as $29.00 (read: totally within reach!) at OAK before selling out. Sadly, I was not one of the luckies who snatched them up in time. Huge sigh. They should at least have the decency to take the picture off the website so that I will stop starring at it and drooling over what could have been a beautiful love story.