Monday, August 22, 2011

Climate Change Chic

Tonight I am packing for a trip to the East Coast. A few days back I asked my family about the weather and was told that they have experienced everything from record highs to downpour (and flash floods) this summer. In an email today, Hurricane Irene was mentioned. My first thought: "A hurricane? Oh my! Whatever will I wear?"

My query: In this age of extreme weather what do you pack for a vacation? Of course, when I asked myself this question reality quickly faded to fantasy...

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to pack my entire closet.

xo - jocelyn

Images: 1,2,4,6: Diesel Ad Campaign - 'Global Warming Ready',  3,5: The fabulous David LaChapelle,  7: High Tide Heels by Paul Schietekat,

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Miu Miu - Fall 2011 Runway Collection

I feel like we've barely had a summer in the Bay Area this year so it's hard to face the fact that fall is right around the corner. Of course, fashion marches bravely forward - magazines and department stores have already made the seasonal switch. When fall collections hit the runway during fashion week earlier this year they offered a lot of rehashed mediocrity: chic ponchos, graphic stripes, leather skirts and awkward silhouettes. The highlights for me were grungy plaids and ethnic prints, some fresh takes on menswear and some sweet 40s inspired pieces. 

I'll admit that I am a 50s girl at heart. I like a cinched waist and a full skirt but I love love love a slinky rayon and a sparse 40s print, too. This Miu Miu collection was love at first sight. It's classic, chic and refined. There are times when it veers in to '90s does 40s' territory with ridiculous shoulders and harsh triangular silhouettes and while I am not a fan of that look I do understand that it's still relevant. On the flip side several pieces are just flawless. The prints, the bags, the cateye sunnies, and the shoes are all pretty killer. Salmon suede on gold glitter? Oh my! With the 40s look popping up in the Vuitton fall line as well,  I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping to see stores offer an affordable homage to this runway look soon. 

xo - jocelyn

Images: Runway:, Shoes + Sunnies:

Friday, August 19, 2011

Yoü And I: Mother Monster, Yüyi, Jo Calderone

Lady Gaga started as a guilty indulgence but she quickly turned in to something more. She's a gem. An odd beauty. A fierce fashionista. Truly talented. A total weirdo. Sometimes she can be too much - Too Gaga and frankly too Madonna
Still, I respect that even when she is too much at least she isn't too little.

I've found this new batch of singles disappointing. Contrived, even (but I suppose that is the nature of pop). I don't love 'Born This Way'. I feel neutral towards 'Edge of Glory' and so far I actively dislike 'Judas'. Maybe one night after a few drinks and some serious dancing it will play and I will make my peace with it but until then thumbs down. Ultimately, I had already sort of checked out until today...

'Yoü And I' pulled me back in. It is solid. Totally unlike the others. I love the country twang. Like 'Speechless', it's more classic rock ballad than club hit. It is a welcome reminder that she is an interesting and versatile artist. Like Madonna, Gaga is destined to spend her career trying on new looks and new sounds and though I won't always like what I hear, often I will. The video is strange and beautiful. I'll admit that I'm a sucker for an alter-ego but I am fascinated by Yüyi the Mermaid.

If I'm being real - the song is good and the video is inspired but it's Jo that I can't get enough of. I am smitten. He was shockingly handsome in his Vogue Hommes Japan debut last year (below) but in this video he is more masculine, more gritty and more authentic. Stupid hot.

 And that kiss? Wow.  

xo - jocelyn

Images: 1 Tweeted by Gaga 2,3,6: Popdust 4,5: Showstudio

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dear Diary,

I haven't forgotten about you. I promise.

I'm back from an epic camping trip in Lassen. Perfect, amazing. Unfortunately, I came home to a broken laptop. I'm waiting for a replacement part to come in the mail. It will probably arrive while I'm away (camping, again) next week.

So, if you're checking for updates and you're disappointed know that it's only temporary. My next real post, pics and all should be next Wednesday or Thursday.

xo - jocelyn

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ebay Update - Big Haul This Week!

maeve skirt - anthropologie, cami & cardi - free people, jewel embeliished blouse  - j crew

Right now my house is covered in clothing. There are clothes hanging from the shower rod, in the doorways and draped over the ottoman. I will be traveling a lot this month so I am prepping as many auctions as I can while I have the free time. The next few days will be nonstop photo taking, measuring and description writing.  I will be posting a big bunch of stuff in my ebay store this Thursday.

I am thrilled with this round of offerings. Highlights include a little black dress by Nanette Lepore, A retro shelf-bust party dress by BCBG, a handful of trendy silk blouses, some great vintage finds and several pieces from Anthropologie.

Stay tuned!

xo - jocelyn