Tuesday, December 17, 2013

DIY fashion box - Collage/Decoupage.

So, I finally finished a DIY that I feel comfortable sharing with the Interwebz.

I made this box for my good friend for Christmas, and placed some goodies inside...it was an old wooden cigar box I found at an antique shop and decided to cover it over with some images from this past year in fashion.  I just tore up or cut up a bunch of old fashion magazines, and kept it black and white to keep things a little more visually striking.

top view of box lid
i used pages from Vogue and some antique book pages

I actually decopaged the whole box first, then used a utility knife to slit open the box around the edges, it made for a very clean design.  

I love collage because it's very "user friendly", non-toxic, and usually yields a stunning result, even if you don't have a lot of artistic aptitude...just a cool way to personalize a gift.  Decoupage is a pretty ancient technique with a fascinating history.  The surrealists liked to play around with this too...

To make something like this, you'll need :
1)  a wooden, cardboard, or paper box
2) Mod Podge (a kind of glue/sealer/sticky thing) and clear Acrylic sealing spray
3) old magazines, old papers, gift wrap, candy wrappers, old letters or whatever you want to use for decorating your box
4) a cheap paintbrush or one of those spongy paintbrushes for applying the glue/Mod Podge

-I coat both sides of the image before applying it to the box, with a thin layer of the Mod Podge ~ (then I use the paintbrush to coat the whole box with Mod Podge after I finish my design)
-I sometimes tear the pages/images instead of cutting with scissors for a more organic interesting texture 
-I use an old credit card/library card to gently smooth down the applied paper pieces, working from the center of the image out.
-After you're finished, let the box dry completely (it dries pretty fast tho I waited overnight), then spray apply the clear acrylic sealant to the entire box (I worked outside on a piece of newspaper with this, as it gets pretty smelly/sticky - also helps to hold the can of spray about 10-12 inches away from the box and let it fall over it like a "mist" using quick short bursts of spray)

Let me know what you think! And if you decide to do your own box, leave me a link in the comments, and as always, thank you for reading x

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hedi Slimane: Inspiration

A lot of people were upset when Hedi Slimane became the CD of YSL, and dropped the "Yves"... I wasn't sure what to expect at first but I have to say I think this is one of the most exciting pairings of new vision with a dyed-in-the-wool fashion house staple...I absolutely love what he's doing at Saint Laurent and also his photography...

Thursday, November 21, 2013

fab fashionistas.

I recently had the pleasure of viewing this documentary film on women with style (with an average age of 80!).  My dear friend sent me the link, and immediately, I was hooked.  Not only was it about style, but about life, and living in general.  I'm sharing it here because I found it to be one of the most meaningful pieces on personal style I've seen in a long time.


Some of my favorite women in fashion are older women...I hesitate to even say "older" women, because it's just a made-up category created by a very narrow view of what is culturally acceptable here in this youth obsessed country I live in. For most of my life, I've always felt "older" anyway...so maybe I identify more with these women on a spiritual and personal level.

I think it's very interesting in the video what the Vogue editor says about the magazine being a fantasy/dream world for its readers.  It's for this very reason that I find Vogue/fashion magazines in general EXTREMELY BORING.  I am so thankful for the vast and unique community of fashion bloggers of all shapes, styles, and ages that are out there on the 'Net today.  I hardly ever read magazines for style inspiration any more thanks to this community! I've always more inspired by personal expression, artistry, and street style and less by "Fashion"...it's far more interesting to ME to look at what people are wearing in real life, than at the glossy pages of something manufactured and unattainable.

Photoshop is so commonplace in fashion these days.  Every blemish and flaw can be "fixed" now with post-production. In all honesty, it isn't even really showing actual models...just digital illustrations.  In fact I feel like the whole cosmetic surgery and botox movement is a reaction to try to become one of these digital illustrations in real life.  I'm always surprised by how many people have boob jobs, lipo, botox, and fillers, it's so commonplace these days, just like buying a new blouse or a pair of jeans!

fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, image from swotti.com
style icon Iris Apfel, from 40plusstyle.com
artist and writer Beatrix Ost. image, thisfruitblogs.com

For more on Beatrix Ost, check out Advanced Style's profile http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/2013/04/beatrix-ost-in.html (This is a great blog to follow for style inspiration and life inspiration in general :)

I know there are already a lot of blogs that deal with this topic, but I just had to write my own take on it.  I was so inspired by how intelligent, vivacious, and active these women are.  In fact they are more fearless and with it than many young people I know personally!

from http://www.xojane.co.uk
It's so refreshing to see women who are putting themselves out there to battle ageism, sexism, and culturally accepted norms...and doing it with grace, style, uniqueness, and class.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments and as always, thanks for reading xxx

Friday, November 8, 2013

meet the artist: paintings: Vincent Ciniglio

Vincent Ciniglio is a painter based in New York.  He works mainly in oil on canvas, and his work is often multi-layered, both physically and psychologically.

His work is often surreal, with a focus on the human figure. I find the colors, compositions, textures both soothing and unsettling... Check out his website: www.vincentciniglio.com for more.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

outfit + style inspiration.

the beatles (i look like george)

 ( saint laurent fall runway show 2013 )

wearing: old moto boots (can't even remember where i bought them, maybe from Naturalizer??), coat & hat are vintage, found ribbon (i think it was a dress belt), and vintage tuxedo shirt.  coated "leather" jeans are from adriano goldschmied.

Friday, October 18, 2013


I have a confession to make.  I strongly dislike the word "STYLIST." It kind of surprises me that people need to pay someone to have "taste" for them, or to tell them what labels to wear or what looks good on them.  I'm of the camp "if it makes you happy and you feel good in it, wear it."

I love fashion, current styles and trends, but alternately I feel like true style has to come from somewhere within your heart, it's not about buying something just because someone told you it's hot, or wearing head-to-toe designer labels, in fact, this is really boring and safe.  Yep, I too would love to splurge on some designer pieces from Saint Laruent, or Givenchy this season, but I realize that solely wearing designer stuff isn't going to give me style...

I come from a background of the visual and performing arts, and I've always approached my personal style more like this: 
"how do these shapes/colors/textures work together?" 
"can i get away with wearing this to the post office and the grocery store?" ("if not, who cares!")
"does this make me look scary/crazy/off/wild/original?" ("if so, GREAT!!!") 
"can I wear this dog collar as a necklace/bracelet/boot harness?"
"this is so bad, it's good!"

I look to the past for my own style inspiration.  I often find it on vintage vinyl album covers, like this Sonny&Cher I found recently while thrift shopping:

I mean, look at them! Those jeans! That dress! and I love how casual and un-forced the photographs look, like their style just arrived naturally out of their surroundings and what they were doing at the time.  It isn't forced, it isn't practiced...it's just kind of who they were.  

I feel like this individuality and fearlessness with style is sort of missing from a lot of our popular culture. 
So, here are my general style tips to everyone:
a)  mess up
b) look ridiculous
c) have a sense of humor
d) laugh at yourself



#4 BE ADVENTUROUS (shop in the thrift store, as well as the mall, cut up your clothes, try to make some clothes or alter stuff you already have!)

#5 STOP LOOKING AT STYLE / BEAUTY BLOGS AND COMPARING YOURSELF TO HOW SKINNY, PRETTY, HAPPY, WHATEVER the other people on the blogs may appear...it's all a facade anyway. ;)


#5 SUSPEND JUDGEMENT (of yourself and OTHERS!)

If you can do that, I think that's the basis of developing your own personal style! (and generally having an easier time getting dressed in the morning).

Friday, September 13, 2013

nyfw faves and and amazing resource...

proenza schouler, photo from nytimes.com
i didn't make it fashion week this year.  i was sick in bed all week with a REALLY bad cold, sneezing chills and whatnot.  the timing couldn't have been shittier.  very un-attractive.

however, i didn't feel so bad about it after my amazing friend forwarded me this link

it's an incredible resource, where you can see all of the spring 2014 Ready-To-Wear collections at a glance.  i was following on twitter and instagram, so i saw a lot of the front row looks as they were coming down the runway in real time.  i liked so many of the new collections, for many different reasons.

from a design and structure standpoint, Altuzarra and Yigal Azourel were amazing. i loved the textures and fabrics at Proenza Schouler...Thom Browne and Rodarte both stood out to me just as pure visual enjoyment...and Band of Outsiders and Y-3 are always perennial favorites of mine.

what designers are your favorites? let me know and as always thanks for reading x

thom browne, nytimes.com

Sunday, September 8, 2013

long overdue post | apologies | key pieces & something i'm really excited about...

it seems every time i make one of these posts, i'm apologizing for not updating this blog as often as i should. of course i have a lot of excuses.  i've been busy, things are hectic, i've been sick, etc etc etc.  i also have a ton of DIYs in my queue and i haven't been able to get to them for ^....... (see above)......^

this season, there are so many designer pieces i'd love to get my undeserving sticky little fingers on.  starting with this:

#1 Swedish clothing company, Acne Studios, has this amazing bomber jacket, which goes straight to the top of my a/w '13 wish list.  i'm in love with the over-sized pieces trend, it's one of my favorites for its utilitarian, androgynous work-wear influenced styling and color, you guys know how much i LOOOOVE uniforms.  i think i would wear this until it literally fell off me in threads.  i just love it.  i like styling these with more clingy, feminine body-con pieces like a pencil skirt and a snug-fitting tank or knit. this is around $500.

#2 a pair of leather sweatpants.  these are from msgm, another of my fave designers.  there are quite a few cheaper versions of this on the market right now, but if i could have my way, i'd invest in these.  unfortunately (but fortunately for my credit card hee hee) they are out of stock in my size.

#3 The cut-out ankle shoe / boot.  ok, so basically everyone has a version of these right now.  (jeffrey campbell, steve madden, aldo, topshop, etc) but these are my favorite (balenciaga).  they remind me so much of the 90s, and i love how everyone is wearing them with those babydoll dresses and florals as well as flannels and jeans.  these are quite pricey (over $1K). and of course they're my faves, so i may have to find a cheaper alternative if i want to eat for the next 7 months...;l

#4 if you're like me, nail polish has kind of become a wardrobe staple all its own.  this is my top pick for the fall - textured polish - and DL does it right in this "Punk Rock" collection (l -r : 'pretty vacant', 'i fought the law' and 'i wanna be sedated' ummm, i kind of want to buy these for the names alone, pretty smart, ms. lippmann....)  these are around $17 and you can get them online, and in blue mercury.
#5 i've never been a fan of "bags" in general, and i've never really paid a lot of attention to "it bags" and whatnot, in fact i think the whole concept is pretty insane...however i am usually looking for something cool to put all my crap in, so i'm kind of thrilled that we're jumping on the 90s train again with the ever-useful and utilitarian backpack.  this is kind of a must for any urban dweller.  and this one, is an eastpack collab with NYC retailer-extraordinaire, opening ceremony, in preeeetty, shiny silver.  ooooh.  (i mean, i see girls in the subway with 5 inch platforms and cute bags - MORE POWER TO THEM, i JUST CAN'T DO IT, believe me, i have tried ;)

#6 a big, chunky sweater in an unusual shape. (like this 'cocoon' one from jil sander). gorgeous! this is a wool and cashmere blend, and you could wear it with your msgm leather sweatpants you spent almost a week's salary on, or with skinny disco-shiny leggings, or with a tailored pencil skirt.  i would probably wear this without jewelry, but a statement bangle, collar, or chunky necklace would also work really well....you could also do a grandpa cardigan, big over sized, slouchy turtleneck, or a boyfriend coat...

#7 anything flannel.  it can be you dad's or your bf's old shirt, or this one, from j.crew, or flannel pants, or a flannel nightgown that you wear with a leather biker jacket and those balenciaga boots you spent your monthly rent on...tie this shirt around your waist, wear it over your shoulders, put it on over a printed t, with a leather jacket and ripped black skinnies....

#8 a cool hat.  cool hats are always in style, but it seems like there is more of an emphasis on them this fall.  this black fedora is by karl lagerfeld (wool felt) and you can get it on net-a-porter.com.  (rag&bone also has a really nice one).  you don't have to get a fedora either, i've seen those little boaters everywhere from h&m to ASOS, and they're all really cute.

#9 the boyfriend coat.  this one is from chloe.  i love coats.  if you life in a place where it gets cold, you know what i'm talking about.  i kind of hate winter, so i have to make sure i have a lot of warm coats to keep me comfortable and that i won't get sick of wearing after having to put them on and take them off for the 99,999 time over the winter...love how you can just throw them on over anything and they instantly make you look pulled together.  they're not to hard to find: ASOS and topshop both have them, and if you have a good eye, you can certainly find them in your local thrift store, which is where i bought mine last year.  just make sure you get the sleeves, hems and darts tailored to your proportions, if needed, so you don't look like you're a homeless person. (like me).

#10 a piece of jewelry that will become your 'statement' piece.  make sure it's comfortable and easy to wear.  i love this "ID style" one from Maison Martin Margiela.

and, speaking of MMM; there is this little collaboration that i am really super excited about!!!!

converse, and maison margiela??? i really like converse to begin with and MMM is a designer that i've learned about recently, and really like, so i'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

so those are some of my top picks for this season, and i am so sorry to see summer go.  i actually have no idea where it went.  what's on your wish list? let me know and thanks as always for reading xxx <3333

Monday, July 8, 2013


junya wantanabe - spring 2013 rtw. look at these amazing head pieces...they remind me of vintage 1960s bathing caps, porcupines, and something out of a science fiction novel. again, amazing.

yohji yamamoto - spring 2013 runway. i love how the necklace becomes more than a necklace - also, how drapey the fabric is yet still flatters curves and a woman's body

acne - resort - 2014 - the gold suit! how james bond - 70s/80s club glam - effortless statements -- loving the metallic/lame/high-shine fabric sleeves mixed into streetwear / sportswear.

just some designers i've been inspired by recently -- what do you think ?? x let me know in the comments below and thanks for following xo

Thursday, July 4, 2013

confessions of a style blogger

CONFESSION: i hate photographing myself.  i hate posting photos of my outfits.  i don't have someone following me around w/ a camera, so my shots are usually taken in my bedroom, where i can balance my tiny point-and-shoot digital camera on the edge of some books stacked on my desk.  the lighting is bad.  my poses are terrible.  it takes me a long time to get even a halfway decent shot, and usually then i just end up posting the bad ones because i'm sick of trying to get it right.

I AM NOT A MODEL. (i'm a BLOGGER. i do this, all by myself, in my tiny bedroom. it is not glamorous.  i don't get invited to fashion shows.  i buy my clothes in thrift stores.  i'm a big fan of wearing the same thing every day.)

kind of difficult when you have a "style blog". i haven't been blogging recently because i'm not sure at all what direction i want my blog to take.  i tried to do the "i look cute and amazing in my outfit" shots, and that's just not me. at all.  please, don't get me wrong...i love a lot of the other fashion blogs with outfit posts, their amazing photography...i just don't feel like that's something i'm comfortable with yet.

i've been kind of frustrated with the fashion blogging thing lately, if it wasn't obvious.

i've been more into my nail polish blog, which you can find here.  i started posting nail stuff here as drafts, and then it took on a life of its own, so i gave it its own blog. let me know what you think, and please follow, if you're into that sort of thing :)

i will go back to posting content on SharpLilTeeth, when i at least have a clearer idea of what i'm doing.  a friend and i were talking not too long ago and she challenged me to do one post a week, at least, even if i didn't feel like it.  i'm thinking of taking her up on that, and trying to get over my creative block.

thanks for sticking with me...i promise i will come out of hiding.  xo

maison martin margiela jeweled face mask, from the fall /12 couture collection.