PBS is into theremins and so am I.
Red Wedding Dresses? We’ve seen episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” where a bride may choose to wear a Red wedding dress because of her cultural heritage, but the red Wedding Dress is going main-stream. Vera Wang’s new collection for 2013 features red bridal gowns galore, and with “American Culture” becoming such a gray area why wouldn’t we accept her red wedding gowns with open arms? If the Hip Hop industry can accept Frank Ocean for being openly gay then I don’t know why the wedding industry can’t accept this radical change in their tradition. After all, it is an Eastern tradition.
Red is associated with passion and romance. In Asian countries, it is the color of fortune and happiness. It resembles the union of two people who are in love with each other. Some brides showed their support for the American Revolution by wearing red dresses on their wedding day. It wasn’t considered too scandalous for the late 1700s, which is ironic if you think about it. People had different expectations of women back then and, depending on who you are, the modern day American’s expectation of a woman has also radically changed. Modern society doesn’t blink if a woman decides to move in with her boyfriend, but if she wears anything other than white on her wedding day it’s the end of the world. Would you consider wearing a red dress on your wedding day?
*Both gowns part of Vera Wang’s 2013 Bridal Collection. Other red options? see: Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2013 line and Romona Keveza’s Spring 2013 line.
Feeling a little lack-luster as of late with your wardrobe? In the fall I tend to frequent the plaid, denim, and sweater combo a little too much so here’s some floral inspiration for you to add some color in there. Florals are almost always acceptable, it just depends if the print itself is unique or over-done. Famous Artists throughout history have painted beautiful women in fashionable lights, and Gustav Klimt is a great example of that artistry. One of my personal favorites is Mäda Primavesi, a beautiful piece rendering a young girl with a flowery dress standing in a heroic pose amongst a waterfall of brightly colored flowers.
The inspiration I’ve curated to highlight parts of this piece, below, are items I could only dream of affording (for the most part). It is fun to dream though, am I right?
● Embellished Hair Pin, Nicole Miller, $275 ● Black & White Mary Janes, Marni, $331 ● Crystal Flower Skull Bracelet, Alexander McQueen, $895 ● Cream Blouse w/ Embellished Collar, Miss Selfridges, $65 ● Monica Belluci Embroidered Lace Dress, Dolce & Gabbana, $8,213 ● Flower Skull Box Clutch, Alexander McQueen, $2,795 ● Devi Dress, Isabel Marant, $1,090 ● Flower Cocktail Ring, Kenneth Jay Lane, $211
Believers are a young, up and coming band out of Columbia, MO with some toe tapping, hip-shaking tunes that will surely make you smile. Their songs are rhythmically driven, and as a band with two drummers they’ve got a leg up on their competition. However, they aren’t just sticking two drummers together and saying, “Guys, go at it” – their drummers were so in sync that the time changes and rhythm manipulations looked easy, from where I was standing. The drummers were obviously my favorite part about the group, however their harmonies definitely piqued my interest. Not every one of their songs was a 10 for 10 in my book, but this band is definitely on my radar. Songs like “Sleeves” and “Forward Forward Back” reminded me of early Vampire Weekend and a cup of Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jams or Feels albums. On a couple tracks the lead singer gives off that Beirut feel, as well. Unfortunately if you’re here on the East Coast you missed their tour, but it looks like they’re headed over to the mid-west by way of Ohio. Also, I think the lead singer’s two references to the game of golf won me over, half because I grew up hitting the lynx with my grandparents and part because he was trying really hard to ” talk to the audience ” between songs. A for effort, dude.
With Seapony’s new album on Spotify I can now get my work done without having to flip through duds on Pitchfork album reviews. I know their stuff is simple and frankly I don’t care. Seapony makes me feel like I’m listening to hipsters translating old surfer tunes and I like it. Too bad this sun is only going to last the day here in New England, then it’s back to mopey, rainy-day tunes while I watch the rain pull the best foliage October has to offer, off the branches. womp womp.
As a cult classic Twin Peaks lives on through the youth culture of today and the fact that you can stream the entirety of the show on Netflix. I’ve been making a Christmas list and the Secret Diary of Laura Palmer is definitely on that list. It’s rare that I can watch a show or a movie more than once, especially if it isn’t comedy, and Twin Peaks is the exception. Settle back with a glass of malt liquor on the rocks this weekend and have a Twin Peaks marathon while the clouds drizzle all over our well awaited Saturday/Sunday. After all, nobody can cheer you up like Log Lady can.
What you need to “Get the Twin Peaks look”:
1. Best Fucking Friends Necklace, Revolve Clothing
2. Red Diary with lock, Barnes & Noble
3. Pentax K-1000, Thrifting or your local camera store
4. Cherry Pie, yum Cooper’s favorite.
5. The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, Amazon
6. Classic Diner Mug, Svpply Online
7. Plaid Mini Skirt, LL Bean
8. Black & White Maryjane Brogues, Polyvore
While breezing through Zara this afternoon I became infatuated with their Spring 2012 collection. They took the chiffon/silk trend and added gold, silver, and sparkly appliques to their pieces. Their little additions go a long way. They included a peach dress with studded buttons and there is also a blouse with tiny little gold skulls and studs that comes in white and pink. Fancy pieces like chiffon blouses and dresses as well as ballerina slippers are enhanced with studs and tiny little skulls. Zara has the right idea and this is the classy way to enhance your style with appliques and studs.
I’ve already ordered some studs and pyramid studs through FikaShop on Etsy. It’s pretty cheap, and for a couple of dollars you can get 50 studs to add to thrifted chiffon blouses at home! I’ve already got a collared lace shirt in mind.
OR if you have the cash to blow here are some of my favorite pieces from the Zara 2012 collection:
- Peach Button-Up Chiffon Dress, Zara, $89.90
- White Long-Sleeved Chiffon Button-Up w/ Gold Skull Buttons, Zara, $89.90 (Also Available in Pink)
- Black Skull Studded Ballet Flats, Zara, $79.90
British band, Animal Kingdom, is up and coming in these parts recently. They’re coming to Boston July 26th and it should be quite the good time. Here’s ‘Strange Attractor’ and you can decide for yourself. Pretty catchy tune if you ask me – it has grown on me in the past few months.
After Netflix added Dawson’s Creek to their roster of Watch Now shows many are left wondering – Saved By the Bell or Dawson’s Creek? Being a kid who grew up watching Saved By the Bell of TBS in the morning before school I didn’t fall into the Dawson’s Creek trap until around high school. Dawson’s so endearing sometimes it makes you want to puke, Joey speaks out of the side of her mouth, Pacey’s mildly tolerable, and I always had a soft spot for Jen especially after she got over her harlot phase in the earlier seasons. Now that summer is here everyone’s embracing the basics and I put together some pieces that mirror the 90′s of Dawson’s Creek but are also Newbury St. worthy.
- Button Down Denim Shirt, A.P.C., $260
- Red Circle Skirt, MiuMiu, $1,195
- Creme Cashmere Tee, J.Crew, $140
- Tortoise Shell Hair Clip, J.Crew, $12
- Giraffe Bracelet, J.Crew, $98
In these past several months I had the pleasure of working at WFNX Radio, one of the first (and last) real alternative stations in America. With Pandora, Spotify, and others on the rise our generation has been turning to the internet to stream their favorite new artists as well as find great new bands. WFNX was already doing this back when they first came on the airwaves in 1983. They broke ground-breaking bands such as R.E.M., Nirvana, and the Foo Fighters, just to name a few. It’s literally heart-wrenching that a station so rooted in the Boston music scene is now going to be taken off life support, but it is definitely a sign of the times. Even though I’m 23 I grew up listening to the radio, and a lot of stations I grew up with in Maine have also become obsolete. Fast forward to 2012 where a station like WFNX, in a market like Boston, has no choice but to fall at the feet of the conglomerate Clear Channel – what does this say about the shift in the local music scenes all over America?
Aside from this major shift in the industry hitting too close to home, I can say that being at WFNX was a once in a lifetime experience. At a time where CDs are considered ancient and radio is a thing of the recent past – WFNX did things for the Boston music scene that no other radio stations did. Being a part of that family, only for several months, was an amazing experience that few others can also say they contributed to. The DJ’s were overzealous and passionate about the station that they called home. Henry and Julie to name a few made it their home for the past several decades, and I don’t know how many DJ’s who work for Clear Channel could say they feel the same way about their station. As one of the people present at the station when the news broke I could feel a grim and overwhelming sense of sadness throughout the room. Thanks again for taking me in as part of your family, WFNX.