Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dressed with Thought

In the basement of my university, Portland State, lives a special creature named Food for Thought, and I love the shit out of it. I discovered Food for Thought a few weeks into my freshman year, and I am so fucking glad I did. If I hadn’t, I’d most likely drown in my sorrows directly above it in the dirty stupid hell-hole that is known as the “university café”… or something like that, I don’t even care. The friendliest, best looking people in the whole wide world run Food for Thought, and they sell food and coffee that matches their attitude and appearance. Oh you’re vegan and only have a few bucks? Go to Food for Thought. Oh you can’t eat gluten and also only have a few bucks? Go to Food for Thought. Oh you only have a dollar (you spent the rest of the few bucks on some delicious food) and really need a cup of coffee? Go to Food for thought. All of this isn’t even the best part. It’s as if there is a magnet that pulls on everyone who is dressed nice and they all find themselves sitting at a table in this perfect café, it’s like magic. I god damn mother fucking love the shit out of it!
And now, wonderful reader, please get an eyeful of some of the beautiful people who flock, like me, to this wonderful place. 
All pictures taken by the great Kim Guttinger, read more about her at the read of the article.

This is Kyle, he was kind of reluctant to have his picture taken, he claimed he looked bad....uh... sure Kyle, you look awful. Not.

What is your favorite thing about your outfit?
My belt, I got it for free, everything I'm wearing is free, except my boots. 

Very thrifty Kyle, you'll be a great economist someday, and a great husband... my husband? Just kidding that's creepy... unless you don't think it is... Annyywayyysss....

This is Maddy, ain't she cute! She kept complaining about how she thought she was going to look awkward.... psh, maybe if awkward meant cute.

What is your favorite thing about your outfit?
My scarf, I made it myself.
Aw, makes me want to learn how to knit... but to be honest with myself I'm not cute enough to knit... let me just type the word cute again, it's starting to sound like it's not a word. cute.

This is Molly, she had us crop out her face because she felt like she looked tired. It's dead week right now Molly, we all look tired. Not me though (let me take another swig of my gallon of coffee).

What is your favorite thing about your outfit?
My dress, it's really comfortable. Also this is my mom's sweater.

Oh yes, a fellow mom's clothes stealer, where the only form of punishment is a "God damnit Leah, where the hell is my [insert any kind of clothing item, I've stole them all, heehee]!??!!?"

This is Samantha, she was sitting at a table studying (as are most people here), and she is still there, that's some dedication girl.

What is your favorite thing about your outfit?
My shirt.

Like your sweater?
No, my shirt (lifts sweater a little), I like it because I slept in it. 

Convenient, fast, comfortable. Just as long as you don't ever wear graphic pajama pants in public, wearing what you slept in an absolutely acceptable choice.

This is Megan (without an h), she was sitting with Maddy. After approaching Maddy I couldn't help but to notice what I thought was her bag, but it turned out to be Megan's. Maddy's fear of awkwardness rubbed off on Megan, jeez, let me tell you ladies, you need to look up what awkward means because you guys are far from it.

What is your favorite thing about your outfit?
I like the kale on my bag, and I like button ups under sweaters. (she was wearing a button up under a sweater)

Agreed Megan, a collar peaking from anything looks great to me.

And lastly this is Michael. He was sitting behind Samantha eating something delicious looking.

What's your favorite thing about your outfit?
My hat, my friends tell me it looks hand drawn.

I then continued the conversation by mentioning an artist that takes pictures of people painted like.. well people in a painting to create a surreal look, I forgot the artist's name though. Here Michael: Alexa Meade.

And there you have it a little snippet of Food for Thought fashion.

Yours forever,

P.S. Kim Guttinger is a Chemistry major at PSU and a good friend of mine. She just got a tattoo of Switzerland because that's where she's from. She enjoys large cups of hot chocolate, and corgis. She's pretty damn cool.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Conqueror of the retail store

So let's say that you aren't extremely stylish, or that fashion isn't really your thing, or you just don't feel like you really know what will be in style in the coming year... these things probably don't describe you, but let's just talk hypothetical here. Hypothetically, you probably don't go shopping because if you aren't fashionable and you never have been you never will be right? So why try. So why try?! Because clothes are more than what you cover your naughty bits with, they're a layer of your culture. Your god damn culture. They're pieces of fabric that communicate with strangers to give a little glimpse into who you are, clothes are important, having a personal style is important, and it's never ever too late to develop one.You aren't unstylish because you really could give less of a shit (you're on a fashion blog), so most likely you've tried and failed at a shopping trip (hypothetically)... you bought the same lame stuff that doesn't really look good, or the super trendy spendy item that you knew deep down you would never wear, well don't worry.... you are never ever going to make a mistake again, and you can bet my life on it (hypothetically).

Ok step one, the destination. There are about a bazillion and five clothing stores out there, how the hell are you supposed to choose?! Simple, let your wallet choose. In a successful shopping trip you should aim to buy two shirts, a bottom, and then something else, be it another shirt or bottom, an accessory: shoes, glasses, whatever... keep it limited, not every shopping trip is a spree. Choose a destination where two shirts, a bottom, and a wild card item aren't going to break the bank. And don't just go to one store. Pick a destination where there are at least three good stores near each other. And I pray to Coco Chanel that you don't pick the mall.

Step dos, getting stuff. You have entered the store, what the hell do you do now... well just wait around five seconds because someone is going to ask you if they can help you. Oh yes, you forgot that those sort of people existed because you usually ignore them. Stop ignoring them! They were hired for a reason, and that reason is that they know what they're doing, they know the clothes they're selling, and believe it or not, in one look they know what you need. So say yes, and you know what, maybe you have before but then they hit you with a hard one: "What are you looking for?". And this is where things fell apart, but if you hit them back with this your shopping trip will go from an embarrassing fall on your face, to an elegant vacation: "What should I be looking for?". But keep in mind, you are the one who will be wearing the clothes not the shop keeper. You know who you are, make sure to voice that.

Step tres, trying stuff on. If you don't try stuff on, it's almost a guarantee that you will buy stuff that you thought you loved and end up hating it. If you didn't bring a friend to help you decide you will also buy something you thought you looked awesome in and then end up looking like a fool. Sometimes we just don't make the right choices and a voice of reason is always useful to have.

And there you go, in three simple steps your clothing will start to reflect someone your proud to show off. You'll look awesome, but more than that, you will FEEL awesome.

Happy shopping,
Yours forever,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Talk with your eyes, speak with your lips

I'm tired of getting frustrated about my eyeliner wings not matching, my mascara never washing off right, and feeling like I look the same every day because I'm afraid to try new eye shadow. But the thing is, this frustration can be completely avoided, I don't need to put anything on my eyes, they'll still show me the world in 20-30 vision, and there is no rule that says: wake up early enough in order to rub shit on your eyelids. Yet I follow that rule as if it was tattooed on me... So I'm going to propose a new trend to get out of this funk: bare eyes and to balance this, bold unusual (aka give red a break) lips. Not all colors look good on all skin types, so lemme break it down for yeww. And the coolest part about unusual lip colors is that you can make the colors yourself, with some chapstick/lipgloss and all your eyeshadow that you're tired of.

1. Dark, deep skin (purple undertones)
Lucky you, ugh, literally almost all bright colors are going to look good on you. The only thing you have to worry about is your teeth looking kind of yellow. So try these colors out:

  • pale silvery pink: Go for something more on the metallic side, and think the color of sunlight when wearing rose colored glasses whilst mixing.
  • bright orange: Try to stay matte (use eyeshadow with no sparkle or shimmer and mix with the kind of chapstick that comes in a pot), and experiment with the amount of coverage from sheer to thick (warning this might make teeth look yellow)
  • robin egg blue: It seems outlandish but with a dusting of confidence and a simple outfit you'll look like a googleplex of 10 dollar bills (thats more money than most can imagine). 
2. Café con leche skin (caramel undertones)
When you blush your skin glows like brand new light brite on Christmas circa 1997. Reds and pinks look perfect on you. Your fortune in colors:
  • pastel pink: no neons, just a very very soft pink
  • Almost black marron: a very deep red, just mix red lipstick with a tiny bit of black shadow
3. Olive skin (yellow undertones)
Like café con leche skin you look awesome with pinks. But unlike café con leche skin, soft colors are not you, go bright, bright, bright. 
  • neon pink: pair this with muted colors, or you will look like barbie.
  • light purple: keep this matte, with shimmer your teeth will appear yellowy. 
4. Pale (red undertones)
If you have a fake tan, or use bronzer, or look in the mirror and wish you were more tan, stop. Stop right now, embrace what you were given (that statement goes for everyone), because you look like a pearl. A pearl! What contrasts with light? Dark.
  • black: don't be scared to do this, especially if you have blonde hair, matte and lipgloss shiny both look great
  • deep blue: shimmer, shimmer, shimmer, this will also look great if you have blonde hair, but will look the best if you have dark eyebrows (too), dark hair of course will always look perfect... (I'm a brunette). 
  • purple: blueish purple and reddish purple will both work perfectly.

Happy experimenting bebez

~~Yours Forevur,

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Winter is coming

Cold seasons are the best seasons for fashion. Any given day you can wear about three outfits, and you don't have to go home to change in order to rock them, you just wear them in shells, simple as that. However not all of us realize this. Which is a shame. The coat, which is an essential part of every wardrobe, sometimes loses it's sparkle as a fashion statement. Whether you realize it or not, the moment you put your coat on, you are donning a new outfit, an outer outfit if you will. I think that more often than not, a coat is thought of something that you will just shed to reveal your actual outfit, but that is such a boring way to look at a coat. It's main function is to keep you warm, but so is a blanket's, and hopefully none of you sport those on the daily (although if you're eccentric enough, it could really work). If you've fallen into the endlessly boring abyss of wearing a coat that doesn't make you feel like a million bucks, listen up, because you need to buy/trade/find something pronto. Here are my humble opinions as to what makes a good coat this season:

1. Furry Friend
You've got to feel like a diva in order to pull this off, enough said.

2. Classic Jean
This kind of jacket will never go out of style. But not every jean jacket is classic. Be wary of variations, there have been too many jean jackets that end up in spunky 57 year old women's closet, wait until you're 57 to buy a jean jacket like that.

3. Leather
As soon as the leather jacket made it's debut it stole the hearts of all of us. Like the jean jacket, the leather jacket also has it's variations, be just as wary.

4. Not-black peacoat
Everyone and their mother has a black peacoat. Peacoats are so popular because they are cut to make you look awesome. But spice things up god damnit, and make a statement with a bright color that is not black...

5. Carhartt
Who says that carhartts can only be wore by men who like to fish. They look adorable on women, especially over a girly dress.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Welcome Bebe

Allow me to formally introduce myself. I am Leah. I am a largely unknown, quiet, shy, and witty (or so I'd like to believe) person. I've had blogs in the past, and I assume I'll have blogs in the future, this lil' thang right here though, is my present, so welcome to my newest obsession.
This blog is dedicated to my idea of fashion.