The Met Gala always sneaks up on me. I was chilling in my bathtub yesterday when BOOM my IG was inundated with Kendall Jenner’s tiny buttcheeks in a see through gown. Each year I write about the fashion and each year I show up to the party about three days late when the snark has all dried and we’ve moved on to more Kardashian butt photos. Side note, a friend of mine told me that you can put a Kardashian blocker on your web browser so that you never have to hear about them. How amazing is that??
The theme this year was Rei Kawakuba/Comme De Garcons which basically means get innovative but who cares because the celebrities pretty much just do whatever they want every year anyway. They generally try to top Rihanna which no one can ever do, this year being no exception.
Let us begin…
If you find yourself saying, huh, who the eff is this poor child in a crochet wetsuit, fear not, you’re not alone. Her mom was a real housewife and her dad is loaded so now she’s a model (after she got her nose and lips done….WHY DO I KNOW THIS???? WHY IS MY BRAIN NOT CAPABLE OF HOLDING ONTO ACTUAL USEFUL FACTS????) Bella is gorgeous and her ex-bf The Weeknd was showing up to this party with his new gf so of course she wanted to look stunning (again, I know I shouldn’t know this stuff as a 37 year old women). So whoever told her that a mohair catsuit was the look obviously is not #teambella.* *I gotta say, guys, sometimes when this shit flows out of my fingers I really question myself but then I just let it go.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
I could not care less how stunning these humans look or how I’m mildly obsessed with that dress. I just want to get beers with them. Or him. Mostly him. Not in a sexual way. I just want to play croquet or shuffle board and shoot the shit with Deadpool.
Apparently Cara shaved her head for a movie role and then got a bunch of flack from internet trolls for not being as pretty without hair….Um…what? Gorgeous alien. The outfit is giving me grown up Judy Jetson but she’s a stunning human with or without hair.
Remember Bella? This is her sister. Also a model, less plastic surgery, dating a former One Direction member who looks like a hot 15 year old…fitting since she looks like a hot 15 year old. Gigi is very much having and Angelina moment with her leg. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you might as well leave this blog now. It was a thing. Mostly I just keep thinking of the lamp from A Christmas Story and I’m pretty sure that’s not what Gigi was going for. But she’s too young to remember that movie anyway.
Oh Katy. Katy, Katy, Katy. Very La Isla Bonita Madonna in the Hunger Games. I may have watched the Part Of Me documentary and openly wept but I cannot with this look. Because Katy Perry, as hard as she tries, will never be avant garde. Not with a blonde buzz cut. Not with Orlando Bloom’s basking-in-the-sunshine weiner on a paddle board. Not eva. But you go girl. You do you.
If you installed the Kardashian blocker on your browser…does this picture show up?? Kidding. Who cares. What you’d be missing is some vapid, self absorbed butt cheeks in glitter netting and a decent bikini wax.
Fun fact: Kylie tried to trademark her name and Kylie Minogue (of Do The Locomotion fame) said, ah hell nah! And shut her down. That made me happy. I do not feel shitty about hating everything about this girl. I stopped blogging for a while because I don’t like contributing to the judgement and hatred of people who are famous. But this girl gets no sympathy from me. Her entire face has been redone which is fiiiiiiiiine by me but be honest. Don’t let 14 year old girls believe that buying your lip kit and contouring will turn them into you. Your children will have thin lips, tiny butts and big chins. Can’t hide DNA.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
The sexiest Carmen San Diego and the most constipated 14 year old to ever grace a red carpet. If they’re dating I will eat my shoe.
Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No one is cooler than these two. Pharrell looks like he’s recovering from getting stung in the face by bees and Helen looks like the kid in the snow suit from A Christmas Story (my god, I just uncovered the TRUE THEME!!!!) but they are still the absolute coolest. Ever. Just google pictures of them and bask in icy wave of barely try, try so hard hipster until your nipples freeze.
Okay so do you remember the trash pile lady in The Labyrinth? The movie with David Bowie’s epic man parts in stretch pants? No? You’re too young, go away. This is what the trash pile lady aspires to be. This is give no fucks, all eyes on me madness and I hate it but I love it because: Rihanna.
Did your mom ever get stuff gift wrapped at a department store and the person doing it hated their job so much that they used a whole roll of tape and a giant bow and called it a day? That is this look.
Remember how I said Pharrell and his wife were the coolest? Scratch that. Solange is the coolest. I want to lay on her sleeping bag coat and absorb her greatness while her album is on full blast and she barely tolerates my presence.
This post is full of way too many references about 80’s movies but I’m highly caffeinated and in a rush. It’s date night and I have a subpar Tom Hanks movie to go watch to appease my husband. But at least it’s a beer theater. Blame him for the fact that Maddona, J. Lo, Kim K and Selena Gomez were left out of this post. Peace!
What could possibly be better than a beautiful redheaded woman hand making lingerie in her Scottish hometown while her adorable dogs lounge near her? Paint me a more enjoyable picture. You cannot. Unless you add whiskey.
Julie K Lingerie is hand sewn by one lady and one lady only. So in the midst of all this where can I find ethical clothing hullabaloo, she is the perfect person to spotlight. Not only can you have affordable, gorgeous lingerie, you can buy it safely cocooned in the knowledge that no one has suffered for the lacy pretty things that now cover your bits.
I’ve been following Julie for years on social media. It’s been amazing to watch her talent and her business grow. It certainly doesn’t hurt that both her and the friends she uses as models are stunning women with a refreshing variety of body types. I highly recommend following her on Instagram where she re-grams photos of her real customers wearing her creations.
It’s been two months now (that is a total guesstamation) since I’ve bought any clothing from Forever21 or H&M. Or at least it’s been long enough that I genuinely can’t remember the last time I spent an hour cruising through the multi floored Clackamas Town Center Forever21, loading my arms up with $19 Stevie Nicksy velvet dresses and $4 tank tops. I think the addiction has officially been killed.
Also, come on now….
I’m impressed with myself because I work pretty much only on a system of instant gratification. But once I put it on the damn blog, I usually have to follow through.
Sidenote: my winter coat is from Forever21. A big beast of a tan parka lined with faux fur. I got it at Buffalo Exchange during last year’s HUGE snow storm (sarcasm font, where is my sarcasm font??) and ladies fall all over themselves over that jacket. But dammit, it was second hand so I feel less bad about it.
So where have I been shopping instead?
The honest answer is I have no idea where to shop currently.
I was all excited about Nasty Gal since I can buy clothing made in good ol’ Los Angeles. A higher price point and a made in the USA tag made me feel like I was doing something better than giving to the fast fashion empire of Forever21.
But then you read articles like this detailing how the Nasty Gal founder is a bad boss who fires pregnant women to avoid paying maternity leave and if that wasn’t enough finding things like this about sweatshops in L.A..
Granted, running a million dollar brand isn’t done by just one person. It’s not like Sophia Amoruso is calling every single shot. But still. It makes me feel a bit icky supporting that.
So I’m back on the hunt for affordably priced clothing that isn’t made in sweatshops and don’t have terrible people running the business.
Deep sigh here, kids.
Alta Gracia is a living wage company and that’s awesome. I sure do wish their clothing was…fashionable….
Reformation makes legit, beautiful clothes that I can’t find any reason to not buy. Other than paying over $100 for one dress is hard to swallow.
Though I know all the work that can go into sewing one dress. Paying $100 shouldn’t be that big of a deal. It means having less pieces in your closet but having better quality ones. Dresses that maybe you won’t fling on the floor and let your dog sleep on….
Good Guide can hep you figure out everything from if your shampoo is green to the social impact of the clothing you buy. Sounds useful and depressing!
These are big changes to make. Green shampoo, cruelty free make-up, ethical clothing. Not to mention what you eat, the trash you produce and OHMYGODMYHEADISGOINGTOEXPLODE!!!!!!!!
Take it in baby steps. Do a little research. Pick one thing and focus on it. I’ll be here at my desk, slugging down ethically grown coffee and organic nacho cheese shots and trying to find more ethical fashion for you to throw money at.
Hello, my name is Monroe and I’m a fast fashionaholic. It’s been 1 month since I’ve purchased a $4.80 tank top from Forever 21 and 3 weeks since buying a sweater for $14.99 from H&M.
As we go into winter months and my closet is still brimming with flimsy tanks meant for 90 degree river trips, it’s hard to not steer my car towards the nearest mall. Plus I love a good mall pretzel in cold weather. Or any weather. Basically just cover me in nacho cheese and call it a day.
I, like most women, avoided watching The True Cost. It sat there on Netflix, totally free and ready to be streamed. It waited patiently next to Blackfish. Things I cared about, wanted to know about but also knew would be upsetting to watch and thus started a marathon of The Great British Baking Show instead.
But I finally did watch it and the images can’t be unseen. I can’t buy a $3 tank top and know why it’s that cheap and how it got into my hands and be okay with that.
Duh. We all know that before we even watch it. But it’s very easy to avoid watching it. To fully be aware that what we’re doing is wrong but to keep doing it because it’s easy and convenient.
This chick. Oy. She does these videos all the time and she’s now “youtube famous”. Yes, I put quotes around it like a damn grandma because it’s not a real thing to me. I hate that it’s a thing. Oh and now she’s trying to be a singer. Barf. But hey, you go girl…
Pretty sure Bethany Mota doesn’t give two shits about where all her “hauls” come from or who made them. She’s even in The True Cost in a compilation clip of fashion vloggers holding up all their bags and bags of clothes. Even if you did sit her down and make her watch it, I can’t imagine she would care because now she’s in business with these companies, making perfumes and being free advertising for them.
Barf. Barf to you being irresponsible with your platform.
But hey, girl power…..
I’m trying, guys. I’m trying to be nice.
I’ve spent my entire adult life shopping at stores like Forever21 (and joking that there needs to be a Forever31) because I don’t want to grow up and pay $50 for a tank top. I didn’t want the inconvenience of having to find clothes made in the USA or by local designers. It’s a hell of a hard habit to break.
Using cruelty free products, not buying fast fashion, knowing where your food comes from, working out and eating things other than nacho cheese. These are all adult, responsible things we should be doing. They are hard. They take more time. They make us cranky.
Do it anyway.
Pick one. Start doing it.
I started with cosmetics, now I’m working on my closet. I only buy nice cheese from places I know because I don’t have the strength to not occasionally bathe in nacho cheese. Someday I’ll work out again. After December….
In honor of that, all month I’ll feature different designers/small businesses that you can give your money to in good conscience. I’ve been doing a lot of research. And by research I mean I may have spent too much while cyber Monday shopping…..
But by all means, please tell me some places to shop that are ethical, don’t look like cult clothes and won’t cost me $300 for a t-shirt.
I can’t stop with the polls now. Just because you guys love turtles so much.
Last night it seemed like a good idea to drink a bottle of white wine, eat half a pint of ice cream and watch Good Luck Chuck. I think it’s safe to say I’m feeling embarrassed about my life decisions. Mostly because I watched a Dane Cook movie of my own free will. So instead of unpacking things in my newly purchased house (!!!) like an actual adult, I’m laying in bed and looking at photos of celebrities who attended the American Music Awards last night. In order to further delay adulting, let’s focus on fashion instead of reading 18 more depressing news stories about Donald Trump on Facebook.
First off, there’s a severe lack of pants at this party. Also, I am currently not wearing pants in solidarity with Gwen Stefani.
The latest in goth swimwear. Doubles as a bug net and can be turned into a shelter in the forest. On the reals though, I would definitely kill a kitten to look like Gwen at age 46. I mean, GOOD GOD, PEOPLE. There is 100% a place that these older pop stars are going to bathe in the blood of virgins.
This lady is also 46. She also obviously is lounging in a pool of virgin blood with Gwen. Maybe they discuss their failed marriages while drinking kale and botox juice. Either way, WOW. That dress though, hard pass on the breast bondage.
Look, it’s a tiny, irritating ice skater wearing comically large Minnie Mouse high heels. You make my hangover more hangyovery.
If Blanche from Golden Girls was going out for a night on the town looking for some man action, she would wear this. Or if She-Ra was going to an awards show, she would love this dress. If you’re too young to get She-Ra jokes then you need to get off my blog.
The only reason that I know who this chick is, is that my best friend once tried to set me up with Keltie’s husband. Obviously, this was before he was married to Keltie. Apparently I was not his type. His type is Keltie. He bought Keltie a HUUUUUGE ring. I can’t stop typing Keltie because it sounds like a type of irish horse breed. No shade. (Lies) That dress looks like the inside of a leprechaun’s car.
When you find that you’ve become irrelevant due to the fact that you’ve single handedly ruined your career by becoming the poster child for the anti-vac movement, dressing like an extra from Austin Powers will not re-light your dying stardom. Also, Jenny is only 43 and looks it. She’s not allowed in the virgin blood hot tub with J Lo and Gwen.
WHY IS WINNIE COOPER AT THE AMAS? No, seriously, why?
As a waxer, I’m thrilled that fashion is taking a turn towards exposing your bikini area when in formal wear. This means I’ll continue to have a job and perhaps even a rush of business. Though this trend has not yet made it’s way to Portland, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time.
Jennifer Lopez again…
Another look that will require some waxing beforehand. Solid choice, J Lo! Though I’m confused as to how one sits in this dress. Perhaps the bathing in blood gives one the power to levitate as well and therefore she doesn’t need to sit.
The latest in hunting camo couture. Perfect for getting your man’s attention during duck hunting season.
I did a lot of dancing around my room to Cold Hearted Snake as a kid. Paula is 53 and not allowed in the virgin blood hot tub either. I’m pretty sure that gold collar is keeping her head propped up for her.
Let’s ignore the fact that she’s wearing stripper heels and a sexy school band uniform and focus on the fact that her debut single is an ode to masturbation. I LOVE IT.
“Take the fucking picture and don’t tell me to show you the sleeves again. FML, I would so much rather be in sweatpants watching re-runs of Drag Race and eating beef jerky dipped in frosting.”-This is what I think is going through her head because every time I read an interview with her she seems to just not give a shit about stardom and I dig that.
If you ever want to feel motivated to work out and eat less bread, just watch any Ciara video ever. Fair warning though, it may have the reverse effect and you might decide to go on a donut binge instead because we all know we’ll never in our wildest dreams be as hot as her.
This dress appears to have been made during Project Runway’s unconventional materials challenge. Or it’s from Rave. I really need to stop making Rave jokes since no one who isn’t from small town Northern California knows what it is. It’s worse than Wet Seal, people!! Also, who the F named a teen clothing store Wet Seal?
Irritating, tiny ice skater is back….
I hope she impales herself on that award. That’s another Project Runway dress. A losing one. AUF WIEDERSEHEN!!!!!
All jokes aside, for the love of god, get this girl some In n’ Out.
Kylie has 40 MILLION Instagram followers. That is terrifying and gives me no hope for the future. I hope she’s going to renfair after this to show off that dress.
My problem with Gigi is that she has an epically gorgeous body and then the face of a pretty 12 year old. Much like Selena Gomez. It’s very disconcerting. Also, this just in: I’M OLD.
Shockingly, my ass is starting to hurt from sitting in bed and blogging. This must be yet another sign that I’m old. I can’t even lounge in bed without it hurting. GREAT. How do I get into that virgin blood hot tub with Gwen and J Lo? I’ll bring the kale juice, guys! Invite meeeeeee!!!
Is it worth it to keep doing these fashion round ups?
To counterbalance my must-die trends of 2013, I’d like to give you my “please live another year” trends for 2014. Things that may be more tired than me after a TRX workout but that I love so desperately that I will not let them die.
1. Hipster Witch Chic
Gah, I die. I hate myself for quoting Rachel Zoe but lately I can’t stop saying “I die”. I know a lot of girls want to see this style leave the mainstream. They’re calling out American Horror Story: Coven (I die!!!!) for bringing witchy style into the spotlight where it doesn’t belong. I’m sorry, ladies, but I’m still so very in love with it. I feel like I should get a free pass since The Craft was my style guide for most of my youth.
This trend also includes my deep, deep obsession with purple and dark red lip color. My beautiful Anja just gifted me with this amazing color from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (vegan and cruelty free!) that I am loving so hard.
P.S. If you haven’t seen The Craft I cry for you a little. Fairuza 4 lyfe!
2. Cut off shorts
3. Ombre and dip dyed hair
I know this trend is the deadest of all the dead horses. But I still love it. When done properly by a professional it looks so beautiful. Just please, for the love of god, do not watch a youtube tutorial and try it at home. And um……oh sorry I got distracted by Jared Leto’s luscious man mane….
4. Above the knuckle rings/ Excessive ring wearing
I’ve never been a fan of subtle when it comes to jewelry. Coco Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” I’m gonna go ahead and disagree with that wholeheartedly. 2013 was the year of piling on necklaces and rings until you jangled like a prison guard. I’m loving Stella and Bow and VERAMEAT.
5. Pointed Nails
Call them what you will; stiletto, claws, “those pointy fake nails” or as my fiance says, “those really gross, horrifying things you had on your hands”. At first I was baffled and curious. Votes on the poll tipped just slightly in favor of claws being “fucking awesome”. As often happens with me (because I’m not in any way actually fashionable or ahead of the curve) the more I saw it, the more I liked it. The deciding factor in testing it out myself was a girl I always saw at my nail shop who got them. She was terribly hot, very tattooed and so vomit inducing cool that when I found myself seated next to her one day it was all I could do to mutter one word at a time as she attempted to make conversation with me. I actually had daydreams about running into her again and charming the holy hell out of her until we became best friends who occasionally got naked in front of each other while changing. Guh. Instead I just got my own claws. But that’s a story for another time.
*Crop tops. Just cuz I can’t wear them doesn’t mean I’m mad at them.
* Jeffery Campbell boots. I don’t care. I love them.
* Striped pants. Robin Thicke’s Beetlejuicin’ ass can’t stop me from digging these on the right chick.
*Braids. Intricate, beautiful braids that youtube insists that I can learn to do but that my monkey paws will never master. Does it count that I finally learned how to do a fishtail braid though?
Everyone is doing their year end list of trends that they’d like to see shoved into a coffin and buried six feet under. I’ve seen everything from high/low hems to crop tops being spat upon. There were things being denounced that I didn’t even realize were trends in 2013. Jackets worn as capes? That was happening? Skinny jeans on guys? Pretty sure that’s been happening for the last seven years at least.
I’d like to present my own top five “must die” trends of 2013 but I’m going to follow it with my “please live on” trends for 2014. This all goes along with my less snarky, more positive game plan for the new year. With that said, I have five things to complain about.
1. Knuckle tattoos on people with no arm tattoos
I’m not trying to be a tattoo elitist. I have some dumb tattoos. But to me knuckles come after sleeves. Or at least a whole lot of other tattoos. Knuckle tattoos on someone with no other visible tattoos says that you picked the most noticeable place because you want people to know you’re tattooed and to be interested in you because of it. Most of my heavily tattooed friends would really rather not talk to strangers about their artwork. It’s an unavoidable side effect of getting tattooed but it’s not the main objective. Also, you picked a place that will (whether you choose to believe it or not) limit your career options. Don’t see a ton of lawyers or second grade teachers with knuckle tattoos, do you?
These bumbling Quasimodo booties kill me. The bubble toe, the fake suede. It’s all so horse hoofy. Stop it. Just no.
3. Bone jewelry
Now before you get all angry let me preface this by saying that I loved this when I first started seeing it a few years back. Then 2013 became the year of every god damn Etsy shop selling raccoon dickbone earrings and muskrat skull tiaras. I started following Lady Locks Creations on instgram a while back. She’s an oregon based designer who creates some beautiful pieces. I got my girl, Olivia, a coyote tooth necklace from her to celebrate her marriage to her cosmic twin.
Nowadays Etsy is chock-a-block with bone accessories and I’m not just saying that because I wanted to say “chock-a-block”. People are jumping on the bandwagon but they’re barely even trying. The quality and creativity has gone way down hill. It used to be people with a genuine interest in animal bones, preserving and taxidermy. I say kudos to those people. And pooh on the people glue gunning a bat skull to a brooch and hawking them for $80.
4. Paying attention to Miley Cyrus
2013 was the year of the internet getting it’s panties in a bunch about something new every god damn day. From “rapey” pop songs (still not a word, still not about rape) to calling out everything that might-maybe-could possibly be racist to obsessively watching/judging/finger wagging Miley Cyrus.
Just stop. She’s 21. In fact just relax about pretty much everything. I’m speaking to myself as well.
5. Cut outs in weird places
If there’s any trend that makes men go, “HUH?!” It’s gotta be this one. I just confirmed this by showing those photos to several drunk men who were all so thoroughly baffled that all they could do was look disgusted.
Perhaps it’s from growing up in a small town with a lot of white trash girls but the shoulder cut out always screams “I shop at RAVE!”. Apparently that joke is pointless because RAVE doesn’t exist anymore. Just know it was the slutty, cheaper cousin of Wet Seal.
* Crushed velvet baby doll dress, especially in cranberry. Though my eighth grade self would claw my eyes out for this.
* Shaving one side of your head. It’s not that I don’t think a lot of girls pulled it off. It’s that I saw an 11 year old in a polo shirt skulking along the road rocking it. I think it’s a good rule that when a trend trickles down to pre-teens, it’s time to move on. Let’s switch it up. Try shaving the middle and leaving the sides!
*Black Milk leggings. I’m sorry. I’m sorry, ladies. But most of us shouldn’t wear leggings as pants. Especially leggings with human muscle anatomy printed on them.
And now I take off my crown on snark and replace it with my tiara of glee to report on trends that I refuse to stop loving!