September 25, 2011

fall vibes part 1

I've been putting together notes on my FALL VIBES, because for some reason it gives me a great deal of satisfaction for it all to be organized, and because I didn't realize til trying to explain it just now that I am just a huge huge nerd. These are the things that determine how I dress and take photos and maybe even act (which is probably not very healthy) according to the season. I don't know why it matters so much to me, I think because I get really nostalgic, and it's nice to have memories that feel like perfectly composed photographs. Like, it's really disorienting to think that I first watched Twin Peaks in the spring! Also when all the sounds and smells and looks of things fit together nicely it feels like synesthesia and I feel more alive and everything feels special.

Also, everything in all of these posts were very much on the brain when we were working on September for Rookie. DO YOU READ IT? BECAUSE YOU SHOULD! If you like reading my blog, then here are a few things I wrote for Rookie that you might also like reading: editor's letter, how to get over girl hate, a birthday tribute, bullying, and an interview with Aubrey Plaza. You should look at what everyone else wrote too, though! You will not be disappointed.

Today we start with the suburbs part.
Blue Velvet

Desperate Housewives

Stepford Wives

Girls by Valerie Phillips

Life is Life

Cruel

Twin Peaks
The most important one, along with River's Edge. I am reusing old screencaps I have of it because getting all the details that make it so perfect would require capping the entire series (minus half of season 2, sigh).

River's Edge
I hadn't seen it in a while when I wrote the notes for it, so screencapping it I was reminded of all the flannel and red cars and whatnot that I left out above. It's about a guy who kills his girlfriend, seemingly only because he suddenly finds himself with the power to, and shows off the body to his friends, whose reactions vary from indifferent to indifferent with a hint of guilt. It's really disturbing, rewatching it to screencap it kind of bummed me out and I ended up taking a really long nap. Wahh wahhhhh. Crispin Glover manages to both have the worst haircut in the world and be really cute, and Dennis Hopper plays the most Dennis Hopper-y of characters. It's like a more explicitly dark Twin Peaks, vibes-wise.

I don't have much to write about any of these, except River's Edge, because it's all in real live handwriting above! Maybe the future of blogging is WRITING THINGS ON PAPER?! Speaking of such a pressing topic, I was interviewed by Audie Cornish for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday about Rookie and other things and you can listen to it here.

September 12, 2011

advanced style x the ace

It should come as no surprise that I am a fan of Advanced Style, as both a blog and concept, so I'm really excited about a party Ari Seth Cohen of AS and I will be hosting at the Ace Hotel tomorrow night. I can't recommend reading his blog enough, there are inspiring outfits and photos, but the best part is when the women Ari photographs talk about aging on both a personal and cultural level. John Waters says the only way to dress rebelliously nowadays seems to be to combat the frantic anti-aging attitude prevalent in so many magazines and in celebrity culture, and I suggest looking to these women for inspiration:
I often think about how delightful a tea party of some sort would be to have with a bunch such as this, and now it's actually happening! I'm looking forward to the cabaret portion especially. And if you haven't already watched Illona Royce Smithkin's video on Stylelikeu, I highly recommend that, as well.
I hate for everything on here to be about upcoming Fashion Week events but thankfully I'm enthusiastic about this little shindig and also think more people in general ought to see the photos above.

September 6, 2011

miu meow mew

I'm really overwhelmed by the response to Rookie so far! When you work hard on something it's easy to suddenly wonder if you've been inside your own head for too long and second guess how it'll translate to people who don't live in your brain, so thanks to everyone who's been reading and thinking and talking and whatnot, seriously. This blog will go on too, and these are some photos I took in Miu Miu's Fall 2011 collection for an event I am hosting with them for Fashion's Night Out. I neglected to write about many collections this season (I will forever have a list of things to write that I will never finish) and now it feels too late, but these pictures probably best describe all the nostalgic vibes I felt for Miu Miu.

Critically I can tell you it was 1940's-y, but that's not what made it nostalgic for me. This kind of nostalgia is much more personal than a general vintage feel. Or maybe EVERYTHING seems like that because I'm a growing gal, as they say. Bleh. Whatever. Pictures.

This last one doesn't fit in with the others as well, just because I'm obsessed with the red sunglasses but thought they needed a girl gang-y back-to-school-vibes picture instead of a soft sigh-y one. One of these days I will work on making my face look less like it hates everything. Last week I was told at school that I look "eternally unimpressed." I swear I'm actually totally freaked out and confused and happy by most things around me. Except mayonnaise when it gets in the corner of people's mouths when they're eating, aguuuuughhhhghgh.
The patch on my jacket is for the band Girls, which has actually elicited the question, "Oh! Cause you're a feminist?" So I just want you all to know that this patch is a political statement because I'm...reminding people...that...girls exist.

Here's the FNO invite. There will be a fun contest as explained below. Isn't this photo great? That whole ad campaign!! Seriously. (Also on my list of stuff to write about: Yay, talented people of our generation/LOVE issue 6 covers!)
To celebrate the third edition of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, 2011, Miu Miu will be holding its “Miu Miu Muses Night”. This special competition will reflect the Miu Miu girl’s inner Muse by inviting her to channel her own interpretation of the 1940’s infused Autumn/Winter fashion show, and will be held simultaneously in both its Milan and New York stores.

The attendees of the night will be photographed d
uring the evening and the most inspiring one will be rewarded with an amazing surprise.

Hosts Shala Monroque and bloggers, Tavi Gevinson, Jane and Judy Aldridge and young socialites Harry and Peter Brant will welcome guests to the 57th Street store in New York.

In the occasion of Vogue Fashion’s Night Out, a preview of the new capsule collection will be presented and will be available exclusively in select Miu Miu boutiques in Milan, New York, Los Angeles and London.
So come stop by! It'll be a lot of fun. I will even make a special effort for my bone structure to lean on the "smiling" side.

September 5, 2011

LABOR DAY like BIRTH OF ROOKIE day! (ew gross sorry)

Rookie is up and I could not be more happy or tired. I held a private VIP party in honor of our launch, but since I am the only even moderately important person I know, it was just me! Peanut butter, apple sauce, and double spoons all to myself.
Webcams are dangerous.
What else is there to say?? Go have a look! RookieMag.com! Thanks to everyone who has expressed enthusiasm towards this project since the idea first came about. I really hope you like it. Now go off and explore! I am going to finish off these jars and fall asleep to a hearty viewing of Bye Bye Birdie. (I don't even know, you guys.)