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Sometimes, an accident is happy.  After multiple tests of some $12 Goodwill denim, I played my hand at a Shibori dyeing technique with some high-wasisted BDGs.  They didn’t turn out exactly as I was expecting, but after some wearing in, they’ve won me over.  A hip girl child inspired me to do some distressing at the knees and the bdg x xs lab rorschach skinny was born.

Moustache Man remarked that I’ve been feeling very denimmy lately.  I agree.  I just can’t get enough of denim and the endless DIY possibilities.  For a step by step Shibori guide check out honestly wtf.  For some ideas, help or inspiration check out denim refinery.  They’re both finds that were another one of those happy accidents.

credits: enza costa racer tank, bdg x xs lab roarshach skinny, ld tuttle the clear pipe, candice vostrejs metal cuffs

The Bard of Belts

derek lam corset dress set

I was away for a wedding this past weekend and this Derek Lam corset dress was a close contender in making an appearance.  Even though it didn’t make the cut, I thought it deserved a post.  Once again I need your advice.  Please proceed.

derek lam corset dress

This dress per the Fall 2007 collection was originally styled with a belt . . .

no frills

but doesn’t it look sleek without any fanfare?  To belt or not to belt?  That is the question.

It’s good to be back.  Stay tuned for the winning wedding pick, a new haircut and special vintage find . . .

H&M Eyelet Dress

h&m eyelet dress set

For me doing an X-ways post is like going to the gym.  You drag your feet all the way there, but afterward you feel damn good.  I found this H&M eyelet dress years ago in college and it’s still a delight to wear.  (Note: I had to shorten it).  I’ve outfitted two different looks with a change of top, legwear and shoe.  Which style resonates with you?  Do tell.  And stay a while to check out X-ways: Nicholas K Tucker Sweat and Rose Chase Me Bolero Jacket.

take a bow

TAKE A BOW: This dainty darling dressed up for a spot of tea.  Credits: H&M dress, Opening Ceremony bow cardigan, Wolford Moulin Rouge tights and Miss Sixty boots.


IN-VESTED: This simple rocker chick is sensitive at heart.  Credits: H&M dress, Rose Chase Me Bolero vest, Wolford tights and Rachel Comey penpal boots.

Rose Chase Me Bolero Jacket

Neutral and black is one of my favorite color combinations for the fall.  The key is to use a smart black piece that is worth the contrast standout.  Stylist duo Britt Bardo and Jewels Steger use the namesake Rose to create signature vintage inspired wear, one being the Chase Me Bolero Jacket.  A two piece that can be worn as a savvy separate or the perfect pair, this jacket is worth showcasing as the star before a beige backdrop.  Available at

RIDING GIRL: Move aside Ichabod Crane.  This girl is ready to mount her horse and ride in search of adventure.  Bystanders won’t be able to overlook the cool double layered effect achieved by her jacket’s three-quarter sleeves.  Credits: Rose Chase Me Bolero Jacket, Hard Tail waffle turtleneck, On Course riding pants and Miss Sixty boots.

WEATHER GIRL: She predicts cloudy skies with a chance of drizzle.  While others pop open their umbrellas, this chic meteorologist would rather pop out her collar.  Credits: Rose Chase Me Bolero Jacket (vest), Burberry trench dress, tsesay gloves and Rachel Comey Penpal Leather Boots.

HOBBLE GIRL: What used to be the corset of our bottom half, the contemporary hobble skirt is no longer a restriction.  It seems fitting that it should be paired with the most liberating little black jacket.  Let loose some frills or ruffles and unbutton your vest.  Credits: Rose Chase Me Bolero Jacket, Twenty8Twelve tank, VPL Delineated Hobble Skirt and Hugo Boss booties.

Nicholas K Tucker Sweats

Sweat pants are for the home and the gym.  Furthermore, if there is a message sewn on the rear they should be left in the closet.  But these Nicholas K sweats are far from having a certain Juicy je nais sais quois.  Below are four-ways to wear them.  Available at in khaki.

MATADOR MAX: A chic uniform for fighting Aunty Entity, pairing the Nicholas K Tucker Sweats with its matching jacket creates a futuristic look.  The slim jodhpur shape pant and dramatic collar jacket juxtapose fitted and loose silhouettes perfect for insubordination.  Credits: Nicholas K Tucker Sweats and jacket, sofake wefail secretary shirt, and Hugo Boss booties.

WORKING GIRL: The key to success is the Nicholas K pant.  Paired with a feminine blouse, color happy heels and a basic belt, the perfect business casual outfit is complete.  Afterall, you should dress for the job you want, not the one you have.  Credits: Nicholas K Tucker Sweats, Marc by Marc Jacobs blouse, Anzevino & Florence vest, Hugo Boss belt, and Seychelles shoes.

URBAN MILITIA: When marching through the winter war zone, what better wear to keep you warm than Nicholas K Tucker Sweats?  Essentials for your pack are tall boots and a camo green vest.  Credits: Nicholas K Tucker Sweats, Emporio Armani vest and LD Tuttle The Shifter Dust boots.

YARINA: Take a voyage in search of booty.  With the Nicholas K pant and a slouchy top, you’ll fit right in with the crew.  The gentlemen on board might even say, “My she was yar.”  Credits: Nicholas K Tucker Sweats, Eksempel blouse and Materia Prima boots.