Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Images From the Bust Holiday Craftacular NYC

Grace and I had a blast at the Bust Holiday Craftacular last Sunday! My Christmas shopping is now complete and I even scored a new necklace for my self from Angel Court. I also found some great designers that I will be reporting on soon. In the meantime, here are some pics from the show.

Friday, December 12, 2008

eBay Playlist: Searches and Scores

New Year's Eve is almost here. Wouldn't this vintage 1920's pink ostrich feather cape would be fabulous! OUTRAGEOUS 1920's *PINK* OSTRICH FEATHER EVENING CAPE

Thursday, December 11, 2008

What Made Me Happy Today: Leaving Reality Behind

Take a look at this spread inspired by cloning yourself, from an old issue of The Face magazine.

And the amazing work of German English photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten. Her Teenage Stories project is based on childhood memories of she and her sisters growing up in Pennsylvania and rural Germany, and their child-like ability to get lost in dreams and fantasies. I was drawn to her darker imagery but there are some sweet ones too. Though all have a dreamlike other-worldliness to them.

Girl Under Motorway

Floating in Harbour Bike Accident

Thanks Wicked Halo, for taking me out of my zone today and into an ethereal dreamworld for awhile!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Etsy Playlist: Hunting for Handmade

I am absolutely in love with these made to order spats from Ashes and Empires. Not only are they killer in the style department but they also can vary your shoe wardrobe instantly! These shoe accessories are styled with leather and menswear fabrics such as herringbone but have a feminine touch with ruffles. Each pair is one size with adjustable lacing in the back.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

DIY Book We Love: Born-Again Vintage

Unsung alum B. Artise has published her first book, and it's something that can benefit all of us. It's called Born-Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe, and basically teaches you how to transform your vintage/thrift finds (or old clothes you're sick to death of) into a fashion-forward statement piece.

Inside, Bridgett Artise provides easy recipes for creating a whole new wardrobe: She takes period-dated, era-related pieces and reworks them into items that have up-to-the-minute style and flair. Potentially fabulous clothing that normally falls into disuse (and gathers dust in the back of a closet) is deconstructed and pieced back together in a whole new way.

Complete with loads of handy tips and ideas for affordably reinventing disused cast-offs (“Avoid trendy vintage boutiques,” “Don’t underestimate the estate sale”) as well as a comprehensive 50-state vintage shopping guide, this is a perfect holiday gift for your DIY girl.

25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe
by Bridgett Artise and Jen Karetnick
Release date: December 9, 2008
Available for pre-order at Potter Craft
$24.95 Hardcover

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Unsung Designers Always a Step Ahead of Trends: Gina Michele

Just saw this adorable green tiger print dress (left) from Diane von Furstenberg's Pre-Fall '09 collection... and thought of this panther print dress (right) from Gina Michele's Spring '08 collection.

The color scheme of this DvF skirt (left) also reminds me of this Gina Michele dress (right), from the same collections.

Friday, December 05, 2008

December 8-10, 2008
Sample Sales: Edite Showroom

We love Edite Showroom in NYC's garment district. They rep some of the hottest up-and-coming designers, their style instinct is killer, and the women who founded the company are just really cool, wonderful people (somewhat rare in this industry).

They'll have pieces from Vassilisa, LiaLia, Lovenia, Caroline Hedaya, Charles & Victoria, Verrieres et Sako, Anjali Kumar, Pamp Lesmosses, Your Slip is Showing, Gretchen, Brynn Hudson, and Tagua. Never heard of these designers? Get out of your rut and trust Edite's judgement. Their designers are high-end and you know you'll love showing off your new emerging designer threads. You don't want to look the same as everyone else. You live in NYC!

Get ready because next week you can get your hands on some of their amazing finds. Lines sold at Bendels, Saks & Fred Segal for $200-$1200 will be on sale at the showroom for $50-$500!

When: December 8-10 (Mon-Wed), 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Where: Edite Showroom, 134 W. 29th St. b/t 6th & 7th, Studio 709, NYC

In addition to the Edite sale, Daily Candy lists a literal slew of other sample sales around the city starting this weekend, including Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood, and Proenza Schouler.

eBay Playlist: Searches and Scores

I love capes and I really really love this cape from Bustown Modern. This is truly a great eBay score! Listing ends: Dec-11-08 20:16:34 PST

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Hail That Cab!

Growing up my mother used to knit winter mittens and hats for me and my sisters. One pair of mittens that I loved were black with "stop" on one hand and "go" on the other in white. When I came across these Kate Spade yellow taxi mittens in the Shop-o-matic New York Magazine Gift Guide I got all excited. A grown up version for the city dweller! And a great way to stay warm while hailing that cab.

The Daily Obsession Interviews Delirius

A good feature by The Daily Obsession of one of our favorite labels: Delirius, whose collection is "distinct and architectural, yet surprisingly still very comfortable and wearable." Read the full interview then come shop the collection at Unsung.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Etsy Playlist: Hunting for Handmade

On this week's Etsy Playlist is Crystalyn Kae. Her Etsy shop is filled with gorgeous and functional handbags made from vegan friendly glazed microfiber, vintage fabrics, and tweed. I love her new limited edition tweed bags with leather or glazed fabric accents like the Gray Tweed Hobo and the Red and Tan Tweed Troubadour Tote pictured above. To make it even sweeter she also includes free shipping to US destinations!

Monday, December 01, 2008

December 6th & 14th, 2008
BUST Craftacular: LA, London & NYC

This year, the BUST Holiday Craftacular is going to be 3 times the fun,
with events in NYC, LA, & London!
Craftacular is a fantastic place to pick up your holiday gifts. Last year Amy Sedaris (left) was selling her home-made tchotchkes and she'll sign them for you too. She inscribed several copies of her hilarious hospitality book, I Like You, for my unenlightened friends who didn't yet own a copy. I then bought a bunch of cool baby hoodies by Saltlick for the small army of kids my friends were popping out, and some ironic needlepoint sets for my crafty friends, knit hats and scarves for everyone else. There are plenty of items for everyone on your list, and you're unlikely to find these things anywhere else. Everything's made with love and a sense of humor.

Photos from last year (courtesy of BUST):



11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles


St. Aloysius Social Club
20 Phoenix Road, London


10:00 AM – 7:30 PM
Metropolitan Pavillion
125 West 18th Street, NYC