diary, fashion, style, vanity

a week of outfits.

here are seven outfits from this month, most of them worn under a thick wool coat and shoes swapped for rubber rain boots. the end.

 

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cooking

grain free blueberry muffins.

i’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with grain free baking lately, and it’s not so easy friends. there is always the issue of texture, consistency and the inevitable flavor of flours made by flavorful things like coconut and almonds. almond flour mixed with coconut flour gives things a sort of hazelnut-y flavor, which is rad in my book. my advice with this recipe is to do your best to fill the muffin tins or paper cups up to the brim, because grain free flour doesn’t rise very much. these turned out a little more cookie-ish than full on muffins, but they did turn out delicious.

ingredients:

  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 3/4 cups coconut flour
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 6 eggs
  5. 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  7. 1/2 cup blueberries
  8. 1 tablespoon water

directions:

  1. pre-heat oven to 350
  2. in a large bowl combine the coconut & almond flours with the salt & mix together
  3. in a separate bowl whisk the eggs, vanilla & maple syrup together
  4. add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix
  5. add in the blueberries & the water (batter will be thick)
  6. spoon batter into greased/paper lined muffin tin
  7. bake at 350 for 40 minutes

the end.

 

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fashion, shopping cart

the perfect raincoat (an ode to raf simons).

the perfect raincoat (an ode to raf simons).
fashion month is rolling along, friends. new york came and went, with terrible weather and a general sort of lackluster. even the street style was less inspired. it’s tough to dress up in sub zero temperatures and rain sleet & snow, and by the end of the week people seemed tired of facing the elements. this was all sort of a metaphor for the mood of the nation. we’re exhausted. we’re uninspired. we’re beaten. we’re tired of our winter coats. enter raf simons, infusing his first collection with american label calvin klien with his belgian understated grace. there is a smart aestheticĀ to raf simons that goes beyond minimalism and reads more like elegance (which by definition is: the quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner; style. the quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness.) the collection was wonderful, and a standout moment came when he sent coats covered in clear plastic down the runway. it felt like the most simple yet brilliant solution to the winter coat debacle.

there were three coats shown in this manner: 2 long blazer jackets and a gorgeous sunshine yellow faux fur coat. i have combed the nether regions of the interwebs to find a few options to recreate these looks if this never ending rain has you down.

  1. here are a few long blazer coats: a vintage gray one from etsy ($30), a cool gray check topshop blazer with neat sleeves ($35), Ā a plaid gray vintage one from etsy ($42), a long wool plaid one from h&m ($65).
  2. yellow faux fur coats are tough to come by, but here is one from ebay ($68), and another one here ($70)Ā and one more here ($180).
  3. for the plastic raincoat, here is a perfect vintage clear one with no piping or hood ($35)Ā and another perfect vintage one here ($44).
  4. the belt on the yellow fur coat was a rad thick silver cord belt (which was actually rhinestones). here is a cool silver cord belt ($5), and here is a vintage japanese rope belt ($20).

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fashion, shopping cart, style

from the street: early returns.

from the street: early returns.
it’s that time again: a new fashion season hath begun. over the past couple of years street style has become almost as important as the collections themselves. the fashion elite descend on a city and dictate what trends are to come as much as the designers do. early returns are in on street style, and it’s a little hilarious. while paris couture boasted cold temperatures, day one of new york fashion week occurred in the midst of a blizzard. while it’s tough to look fashionable in frigid temperatures, i am already seeing themes to the street style.

 

here are some vintage or alternative takes on the soon to be trends above.

  1. statement t-shirts. Ā it seems dior’s we should all beĀ feminists t-shirtsĀ trumped (too soon?) the gucci logo t-shirts that all fashion girls have been wearing this winter, because it’s the dior shirt that is literally everywhere, while the gucci shirts are few. there are plenty of bootlegs out there. this “immigrant” t is at brown’s fashion for $84, while there are tons of we should all be feminists shirts on etsy for a song. you can get the gucci logo t for a cool $420, or buy a bootlegger on ebay for $29.
  2. track pants. everybody still seems to be drinking the demna gvasalia kool-aid, because track pants including the vetements juicy kind are abound. here is a pair of vintage juicy track pants for $19. i personally feel like these vintage embroidered “pain and suffering” ones are the jam. here is a vintage red juicy track suit for $49.
  3. stirrup pants. they’re showing up in all shades, but gilda ambrosio’sĀ purple ones look amazing to my eyes. these vintage purple ones are pretty bang on ($36).
  4. vetements style denim is still around, but the next wave of deconstructed denim is “demi denim”Ā or layered denim. these vintage layered jeans are so rad it hurts.
  5. puffer coats like the red balenciaga, giant marques almeida ones and the new vetements camo ones are showing up everywhere, worn off the shoulder or open like “i don’t care.” i love this vintage 70’s red orange one ($38) and this amazing oversized red one ($85). oh and here is a vintage camo puffer jacket ($87).
  6. shearling. holy crap, shearling is EVERYWHERE. everybody in new york is wearing a shearling coat! blame marques almeida. here is a pretty pink one ($131), a short suede number ($66), and this shaggy denim trim one is my personal fave ($51).
  7. as far as bags go, the jw anderson piece bag is abound, but i’m also seeing some backpacks. i love this vintage black leather backpack with ring clasp ($45), and here is a vintage pierced bag ($32). the balenciaga bazar bag is still everywhere, and i know we’re avoiding fast fashion, but style nanda did this ($46). here is a vintage mini crossbody bag ($13) because that is what everybody is doing apparently.
  8. last is the nearest and dearest to my heart:Ā the dior ribbon kitten heels that everyone is freaking the eff out over. myself included. while they’ve just been shown, somehow they were spotted touching parisian streets. if you, like me, cannot wait for these to hit the population and if you, like me, do not have $813 of shoe money laying around might i suggest a couple of alternatives? firstly are these vintage dior houndstooth mules with dior logo ribbon ($75). second are these cute open toe strappy sandals with dior logo ribbon ($70). lastly might i suggest a little diy: taking a pair of black kitten heels ($40) and some dior logo ribbon ($6.99) and creating your own version.
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