White House Black Market

 By: Emerald Lavender

O strapless dress, how I love thee. Let me count the ways! If you talk to anyone who knows me well, they would tell you I love polka dots and strapless dresses. I was looking through Cosmo and saw an ad for White House Black Market. I went to their retail site and was highly pleased with the chic design of their clothing and accessories. I noticed that most of the clothing was either white or black. (Hence the name…light bulb moment)  Other colors are used such as gray or burgundy. However, if you are looking for pink, purple, lime green or yellow get-ups, look elsewhere. As a whole I perceived the line as elegant, simple, and bold. I like their strapless dresses and I will be purchasing one very soon. Visit White House Black Market online!

CASH & CAVIAR

By: Emerald Lavender

Cash and Caviar was founded by the young and fashion savvy, Blair Blanco in June of 2008. She is known for her “off the beaten path,” fashion sense as well as her artful style.

I met Miss Blanco in college and she struck me as different. Her whole clique of friends was composed of fashion forward and free-spirited young women. It was no surprise to me to learn that she had created a website that was geared towards the urban, trendsetting crowd.

Cash and Caviar has an eclectic assortment of music, fashion, and photography. Additionally, the site is interactive and visitors are encouraged to voice their opinions on the articles written by the Cash and Caviar blogging team. This site is wildly creative, innovative, and different. I feel that is an extension of Miss Blanco’s personality. Be sure to visit Cash and Caviar for what’s hot in photography, fashion, and music.

Soooo High School, Pt. 1

Do you remember high school? Passing notes in class, all the homework you didn’t do, the questionable crushes and even more questionable fashion choices? If you’re anything like me you’re still trying to block it out, but if you can bear with me on this one, I’m taking all of those (supposed) fashion mistakes and bringing them back for your consideration. In case you’ve been living under a rock, the 80’s and 90’s are back with a vengeance. I’ve taken all of your favorite looks from adolescence and made them wearable for today and labeled them for each high school clique and stereotype just like in the old days. So put down your comb, stop teasing your hair and turn off Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, because these looks are fresh and updated using looks ripped from the runway. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a costume.

We’re going to start today with a clique that is completely foreign to me: The Jocks. As someone who was in serious danger of failing class, I’m using trends from today as a reference. Loose-fitting crop tops, leggings, embellished sweat shirts and killer sneakers (Jeremy Scott for Adidas fits the bill) may recall those sweaty PhysEd days, so to keep these looks wearable and modern, try to keep the colors more ladylike and instead of skintight silhouettes ready for the court, try balancing out a loose top with a tighter fitting bottom, and vice versa. Ditch the Nike sweatband and towel and top your look off with a cuter duffel bag and ironic knee-or-thigh-high socks for an extra pop of color. Ta da! This look is more likely to take you to drinks with your ladies than to your Pilates class (and I wouldn’t have it any other way!)

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Join us next time when we explore another hidden high school style icon!

Kitty Cat

In honor of my dear friend and cat lover to all furry felines, Miss Alex Lamm (who by the way, is Portland’s most wicked street photographer – think the West coast version of Ricky Powell), I thought I’d sprinkle some post love her way for all the sickeningly cute kitty cat related emails she periodically sends me.

She sent me the link to this little ditty yesterday from Karmaloop (who we love)

Thinking this is my favorite. I’m a dog person all the way but this real photograph of cat eyes made into a necklace is pretty nifty.

I’m all about personalized name plates. I had my nickname (Moski) and my New York and Portland hometown zip codes made into necklaces so if forced to wear any of the pussy cat gems I found online this morning, I would totes rock this, with something crafty put in place of my name like, ohh I dunno, “#1 Feline”.

Happy Friday!

XO | S.

V Magazine Cover Collage

Yay! I found a nifty little program online to create custom collages.

I thought it appropriate to start off with my absolute favorite fashion magazine in theeeeeeee world. V Magazine still maintains its oversized, fully glossed size and pages and has, for the price tag, the best editorial spreads to be found anywhere. I wish I could say that I had begun collecting from the premier issue on. But I can’t. Now, I grab them hot off the shelf at Portland’s beloved Rich’s Cigar Store, with locations on NW 23rd Avenue and on SW Alder downtown.

XO | S.

Andy Lifschutz Jewelry

Andy Lifschutz has been a close friend of the family since my younger brother was in middle school. Several years ago he got a hankering to teach himself the art of metal jewelry making and has been crafting highly detailed baubles ever since. His entire line is creative but it’s the rings that stand out – oversized, chunky hunks of silver that often need a second look to catch the intricate personality he pours into them. He made a personalized wedding ring for a co-worker using a diamond from one of her grandmother’s rings. While his finger fancies may be more suited for handsome manly hands, his dangly earrings, necklaces and brooches are soft and feminine. Each piece is one of a kind and made out of Andy’s apartment in Portland and while the sawing noise and smell of saudered metal may annoy his neighbors, I appreciate the gems that come out it.

In Portland, you can find Andy’s jewels at Local 35, 3556 SE Hawthorne.

XO – S.

Spotlight on San Francisco Style: Indie Mart

I am moving to Portland in September and have been saving up money for almost a year. I’m sure I don’t have to explain to you that this has meant very little shopping for me. But we found a house, paid our move-in fees and I finally have a little extra cash burning a hole in my pocket. My friend Yazi texted me the other day and asked me if I wanted to go to Indie Mart. I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about, and was more than a little skeptical to go to something with the word “indie“ in the name, but once I checked out the website and realized that this would be a shopping trip, it was game on. I couldn’t wait to go. As someone who is not only a first-class people watcher but a lover of street style, I thought this would be a perfect time to spotlight some well-dressed lads and lassies from my neck of the woods and steal their ideas. I spent the day shopping local designers, enjoying the sun and bugging the locals. I asked them, “How would you describe your personal style?” I assumed such fashionable individuals would be able to explain their ensemble choices to me, but I seemed to catch a lot of people off guard, hence all the question marks.

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L: Danielle, 19
“I hurt my toe the other day, so anything that goes with these sandals!”
R: Jenny, 19
“Stylishly sinister.”
It speaks volumes about your style when you’re wearing head-to-toe black on a hot day and I don’t think you’re completely nuts.

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Katrina, 20
“Anything vintage.”
Love your outfit, love your attitude, thinking about being you for Halloween!

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L: Mikey, 27
“I don’t know… lazy?”
R: Ben, 18
“Totes 90’s!”
Huaraches? Make it work!

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Heather, 29
“Modern. Vintage. Classic.”
This is the perfect outfit for a hot day at the market, especially the margarita.

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Ashley, 25
“Sunday… yeah.”
Sometimes your hair is your greatest accessory.

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These fabulous ladies were from Australia. Sweet as pie and out “spending way too much money.” I even gave Bec the number of my tattoo artist (on her arm.)

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R: Bec, 24
“I wouldn’t say grunge… Skatey?”
L: Lauren, 24
“I like vintage and I like alternative.”
(Did you read both of those in Australian accents? You should.)
I saw a lot of single keys on a chain, a la latchkey kid. Consider that idea STOLEN.

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Brette Howard, CC Rider SF
As someone who has been growing out her hair for a year now and it’s still not long enough for your cute style, I must say GIMME!

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L to R:
Krista, 26
“Casual and simple. I like dresses.”
Tiffany, 25
“I like things with buttons on them.”
Cari, 26
“I just wear whatever’s comfortable.”
Juliana, 26
“I thought it was going to be cold, so I wore a long-sleeved shirt in case I needed to roll them up. I own about 9,000 button-down shirts.”
I like all of those things, let’s be friends!

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Lisette, 29, Extensionist, Goddess Extensions
“It’s like Latin explosion meets wood nymph?”
This chick stopped in the middle to talk to her friend in Spanish. She’s got in goin’ on.

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R: Heather, 25
“Vintage gypsy.”
L: Sarah, 26
“Grunge?”
Not a true story: The real reason I approached these girls was to mug them for their shoes and hat, but they were too nice. So I ended up drooling on their shoes instead.

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Tiffany, 32 and Elvis, 3
“A little bit of granny vintage, but keeping up with the trends.”
How cute is little Elvis? Consider yourself dog napped, buddy! (And bring your mom’s shoes with you so I can have them, k?)

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Melissa, 23
“Scrambling, messy… JBF?”
I cannot print what JBF stands for on this here website. You probably shouldn’t google it, either…

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R: Becky, 23
“Casual, comfortable, I try to shop vintage or local.”
L: April, 20
“Yeah, what she said!”
For ladies with such uniquely fabulous outfits, they sure had trouble coming up with a description for their personal style, but I totally ambushed them.

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Annie, 25
“Part rocker… braless rocker?”
Annie is visiting from Portland, REPRESENT! We exchanged numbers after I told her I am moving there in a few weeks. Her tattoo is of her grandmother’s antique sewing scissors.

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Sally, 24 (that’s me)
“Today, this outfit just had to go with the shoes! They’re Jeffrey Campbell and I just got them! I shouldn’t have worn jeans, I thought it would be a lot colder…”

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Yazi, 22 (my stylish shopping buddy)
“I am inspired by every decade and try to pull timeless pieces and add a little splash of new styles. I like yummyness.”

All in all, I had a great day and I made out like a bandit! I got a cute little tote bag and a screen-printed t-shirt, both from local Bay Area designers, saw some great personal style in action, and caught a great performance by Red, White and Drunk at Thee Parkside (and sang along to their cover of Lisa Loeb’s Stay… you had to be there, I guess.)

What did we learn today, kids? I learned that I should probably dress for hot weather and bring a sweater in case it’s cold (summer style rule #1, duh), wear more sunscreen, and that a good friend or a cutie boy are the perfect accessory for a day on the town. You probably learned that my obsession with shoes makes you uncomfortable.

So what about you, dear readers? What do you think about Bay Area style? How would you describe your personal style? And, most importantly, what do you think of my new shoes?!

Sally Mulligan

Armored Jeans? I think not

Yes, they’re a terrible idea.  These remind me of horrible flash-in-the-pan fads that overtake all of Italy for about three seconds in the summer, then no one ever wants to see them again. In fact, I bet someone in Perugia is sporting these right now and looking “cool” only because no one else dares to do it. I’m sorry, but it’s an uncomfortable combination of metal, jeans, and sheer awkwardness. Or, in other words, HELLLLL NOOOOOO.

Though the Micheal Jackson look is coming in, especially with his new (or yet to be made but was in the works) clothing line. I’d like for The King to be remembered via fashion worn this year, via Versace (suo preferito), but if this is it, it isn’t.

Miss Paige

Thank you Bloomacious/ Denim Hunter

Hi There!

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My name is Sally and I am Monster Vintage’s newest blogger! I thought I ahould take a minute and drag myself away from NOT packing to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, CA and spent the last 25 years there. But on Spetember 1st I am moving up to Portland, OR and I couldn’t be more excited about all my new adventures, the brand-newest of which is to keep all you fashionable readers updated about style, fashion, vintage and pretty much everything else. I have been interested in fashion ever since I was little, and I always wanted to be a designer or a stylist, and right now I’m working on a little etsy shop to call my own. I think my personal style is pretty eclectic, most days very feminine and vintage- I’m very into 40’s and 70’s styles, but nothing over-the-top, but I’m also very inspired by androgynous and masculine styles. My best friend Kara describes my style as “Closet goody two-shoes with a dirty mouth,” which is a perfect fit. Also, sometimes I wish I was a hippie, or a rock star, or a banjo player, or a supermodel (I can walk like one!) or Zooey Deschanel’s best friend, or at least her shopping buddy, but I am none of those things. Aside from my deep love of fashion, I love spending time with my little mutt Ella, taking pictures with my Diana f+, going to concerts and flea markets and drinking too much coffee for my own good. I look forward to posting here and hearing from all of you along the way!

-Sally