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!

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!

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.

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...

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

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

Thursday, April 18, 2013

d.i.y. shredded-t, NO KNITTING REQUIRED!

i've been wanting to do a shredded t-DIY for a while now. i found there was something REALLY satisfying about shredding this top.  it's highly addictive and fun to un-ravel something that's already been machine-knit.  i did most of the shredding on the train/bus.  kinda like knitting, only UN-KNITTING. ;)

i found this excellent tutorial from childhood flames. she even includes a video !! so helpful.  i found a silver knit top at the salvation army for $1...unfortunately, i don't have a before pic, but it was a form-fitting, long sleeve metallic vintage knit, probably from the 1980s.  this is what i transformed it into.  wanted to used a metallic knit for a little more texture/visual interest. below i did just a basic style so you can see how it looks on....

love the sleeves! the great thing about this is it gets bigger as you shred it so you can chop off excess fabric if you want once it's unraveled.  i did this sleeve thing just before i took these shots.  i may cut the sleeves even more and wear it more like a tank dress.  let me know what you think! have you ever done this DIY?

Sunday, March 31, 2013

effortless spring/summer style: where to shop

i'm really into uniforms.  winter: it's a long black coat, or a faux fur one, jeans, a grey or black sweatshirt, and moto boots.  now that it's getting to be spring, i'm looking into transforming the look into spring... i felt like drawing today so here's my "fun-with-windows-paint" inspiration (i did this with my finger on the laptop's mouse pad ha ha)...and some ideas on where to get the look x

to make the winter uniform work for spring, i basically turn the long black coat into a summer dress...i'm working on studding the collar of a vintage blazer i found at the thrift store.  denim jackets or boyfriend blazers are pretty easy to find at the thrift shop, and they are perfect for the cooler days. i bought some studded belts at the thrift shop, and took the studs off of them, and now i'm putting them on the blazer's collar....

try looking for a maxi dress here:
or here:

and check out these great flats (comfy!):

clockwise from top left: asos, zara, asos, H&M.

for the pendant and/or cuff, and bag, i'd head to etsy or ebay.  look at these gorgeous finds!

i'm totally digging that southwestern bag...what a cool piece.  love etsy for the amazing vintage, it's always great when you get an idea of something you'd like to have but can't find in your local thrift/vintage shop.

there are also have amazing sunglasses on etsy.

but check these out too...they are all amazing.  i'm lucky to have my 70s vintage pair, but if i were going to make a "wardrobe investment" this spring/summer, it would have to be on one of these amazing pairs of sunglasses.  it's an instant statement piece you can wear with anything! (and you'll have it for years to come--this look never goes out of style, imho).

look for a floppy hat in a garden or outdoor store...also there are a ton of hats in department or discount stores..so shop around until you find one that suits you! happy spring, and thanks for reading 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

cool new stuff: spring cleaning, weekend shopping.

i don't usually do this but wanted to share some great finds from this past week/weekend!  i'm trying to get my room spruced up for spring, so a trip to the mother ship of all home furnishings was in order: IKEA. i've been writing a lot more lately so i decided to get a desk...which was a great deal and it's made of real wood! ($129 for, pine, not particle board, and it was made in Poland) (spent almost 2.5 hours with my bf putting this bad boy together...so i'm showing it off on my blog ha ha!)

an awesome, under $5 red plastic lamp! it has a mod, goth-y glow, especially at night, and looks really striking against the grey walls!

the baby sheepskin...this was REALLY small. a lot smaller than it looked online.  but i bought it anyway.  i'm hoping to get a bigger one to cover more of the floor, but it's so nice to put your feet on in the morning.  apparently IKEA used to sell larger ones but they don't anymore :( very reasonable for the price ($30).

and, in the personal style section:

OCC cosmetics lip tar and nail varnish! check out their new sci fi lullabies collection for spring 2013 here. they have really great names and great colors!

i played it safe and bought kava kava (nail polish) and pris (lip tar from sci fi lullabies collection.) all of their products are amazing, but after sampling a lot of the colors i was lusting after online, they just looked terrible on me in person.  i feel everything they make would ROCK on tan-to-darker skinned gals...so...yeah......i am just a pale white chick and i will now be even paler with my almond glitter nails and lips (zombie chic!??!) my friend talked me out of getting the red eyeshadow, but i may eventually go back for it he he he.

the artwork and packaging is super cool too, and all their products are vegan and cruelty-free!

and finally, not one but two new pairs of earrings!! dogeared makes these and they are available at bloomingdales...so cool!! (the skulls were gift ;) yes i have an awesome bf)

wow! so there are my style finds from this past week/weekend...what have you found lately? leave me a comment and let me know, and thanks for reading xo