Saturday, January 17, 2009

Introduction to MY Fashion 101

So I'll post another entry for "Stupid Things White People Like"... eventually.

Anyway, I'm back at school. I found out one of my school friends, Lily, has a cool, mostly fashion-related blog. It's called Strawberry Leather.

So I've decided this can also have fashion things, along with "Stupid Things White People Like," or anything else I want since it's MY blog. It's going to be a random, catch-all blog, I suppose.

Even though (at school, at least) I generally look like I just rolled out of bed and just decided to wear what's comfy, what I won't freeze to death in (winters in G-burg are even colder than winters in B-more) or what I wore yesterday or whatever, I do actually like fashion.

Some of my muses in fashion:

* Audrey Hepburn
(in any movie or any of her fashion eras, except if/when she wore fur and/or leather and/or other dead animal)

Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

* Gwen Stefani
(in any of her fashion eras, except if/when she wore/wears fur and/or leather and/or other dead animal)

Gwen Stefani during her Tragic Kingdom era (circa 1995, when No Doubt released their album Tragic Kingdom)

* Mary-Kate Olsen
(in any of her fashion eras, except when she wore/wears fur and/or leather and/or other dead animal)

Somewhat recent picture of Mary-Kate Olsen, but I'm not sure how recent (circa 2000s).

* Anything Japanese

I love Japanese fashion of all sorts. Whether it be traditional Japanese clothing such as kimono and yukata (a summer garment like a kimono), modern Japanese street fashion (such as the fashion found in the Japanese magazine FRUiTS, or Harajuku fashion, which was introduced to many Americans by Gwen Stefani), fashion from or inspired by Japanese manga (still comic/comic book) and/or anime (animation), Japanese Lolita fashion (for more information on that, go to Wikipedia's "Lolita fashion" entry, Avant Gauche, or, I love it.

This image is called "Tea Ceremony, 1960s-1970s" and it is by (or at least originally uploaded by) tinafish_03 @

This is an example of Japanese Lolita Fashion; it is a spread scanned by Avant Gauche and is originally from the Japanese magazine Gosu Loli.

This is a picture from one of my favorite manga, NANA, by Yazawa Ai (or Ai Yazawa in English, since family names go first in Japanese and last in the USA). Yazawa Ai has also done a manga called Paradise Kiss which is actually specifically about fashion.

* Alice in Wonderland
(or anything related to it, the original books, the Disney movie, other versions, etc.)

A movie poster of Disney's Alice in Wonderland

A cover of the two books in one volume, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Alice's Adventures Through the Looking-Glass (and What She Found There), both written by Lewis Carroll (and in this edition of the two books in one volume, and in most of the editions of the books, the illustrator is John Tenniel)

* The Wizard of Oz
(both the L. Frank Baum book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 live-action movie, but I only have a picture from the movie)

A DVD cover of the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz

* Peter Pan
(the book, the Disney movie, or the live-action stage production recorded for TV and released on video version starring Mary Martin)

* Period fashion, especially 1960s and 1970s hippie fashion and 1980s fashion, also retro pin-up fashion

* Cruelty-free fashion
(isn't animal fur, leather, skin, etc. - only fake for me [or second-hand/hand-me-downs not supporting the industry, if I have to, such as the leather boots Dad gave me that belonged to him and his father before him])

I'm a vegetarian mostly for the animals, and I figure my fashion should be the same.

* T-shirts
(especially ones with cool/funny slogans, cool pictures, bands that I like on them, etc.)

I'm a sucker for t-shirts. I know for a fact I have over 70 t-shirts (the last time my mom counted, it was around 75, and I know I've bought more since then).

* Ballet/dance/costume fashion

I took ballet for eight years at Peabody when I was younger. We performed a lot and in lots of different ballet costumes.


So occasionally, I suppose I'll post fashion stuff I like here, too, along with whatever other crap I feel like posting. Yay. :D

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Thank you for this post. I’ve enjoyed it a lot!
As much as I like to hear about new sites I like to recommend about them too, so today I visited this cool t-shirts site. It has a lot of urban and street wear!

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