A literary take on fashion part 27

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

The past month for me has been one of devouring best sellers that I’ve had a hard time getting my hands on until recently! Both books had 200+ holds at the library, so patience is a virtue, even as a librarian.

Reading teen dystopian trilogies is my guilty pleasure. So finally indulging in Divergent by Veronica Roth has been the cherry on the top (I’m currently waiting for my copy of Allegiant to arrive). In a future where society has collapsed, people are divided by factions of societal values. All teens must then pass a virtual simulation initiation ritual that helps them decide if they stay in their faction or belong in another. Tris is unhappy in hers, but her simulation only uncovers that she is not like others. Things only begin to unravel from there.

Divergent

I’m also days off of just having finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not a big reader of mysteries, but wow, the twists and turns about this had me hooked! I’m totally ready to see the movie now. Amy, wife to Nick, has gone missing. The intertwining chapters are the story from both of their views. It more or less is about how people in relationships can know so little about their significant other and the depths they’ll go for revenge.

Gone Girl

How late am I to the party? Tell me you loved these books as much as I did!!

Spotlight On: Clover Canyon

You’ll be able to follow all of these spotlight posts here, but also keep up with my Made in the USA series here.

It is easy to think that Made in USA items tend to be basics and cotton items – that the more colorful things are made everywhere else, but Clover Canyon breaks that misconception. Their beautiful colors and avant garde designs make them one of the most unique brands out in the fashion world right now – plus, they are designing and fabricating in California, showing that this type of manufacturing can be done here!

Just see their about page:

Designed and produced in Los Angeles, each Clover Canyon collection reflects the eclectic, joyful spirit of California through vivid prints and streamlined silhouettes. The Clover Canyon atelier is unique: Working collaboratively, and drawing on their shared passion for travel and art, the team designs original prints, and hand-engineers them to frame and enhance the body. New technology meets old world craftsmanship as garments are designed, patterned, cut and sewn in-house.

 

Let’s see some of the beautiful designs!

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california

Clover Canyon, made in usa, clothing made in california
Photos from Clover Canyon lookbook

I for one am in absolute love with this particular long, rose print maxi dress they have! But oh so many more beautiful things to adore as well.

Romper time

When in Rome! I haven’t worn this romper in a hot minute (no pun intended). So I figured, if I can’t wear it in San Francisco, I’d have to wear it when I visited Palm Springs (posts are delayed because of Halloween posts, I promise this is the last time you see shorts here this season – but I have winterized this romper before, evident in this past post).

Item From Made in… Buy
Vintage romper thrifted USA -
Sam Edelman espadrilles Shopbop.com China HERE
Ray Ban wayfarer glasses vintage USA HERE

Thrift Eye, what to wear in palm springs, how to wear a romper, vintage romper

Thrift Eye, what to wear in palm springs, how to wear a romper, vintage romper

Thrift Eye, what to wear in palm springs, how to wear a romper, vintage romper

Thrift Eye, what to wear in palm springs, how to wear a romper, vintage romper

Hello Fall – I’ve gotten some coats and boots replaced recently, and can’t wait to introduce you to them!

Halloween costume ideas: Frida Kahlo

Last but not least, one of my favorite icons!

Follow all Halloween tagged posts here for inspiration!

I have done the Frida costume before – this time, I thought it would be fun to capture her as her own painting, where as most try to emulate her in the living. This set took longer to put together compared to others, just because my “partner” didn’t really want to cooperate :)  She’s lucky I couldn’t find a monkey!

Let’s take a moment to address Halloween and cultural appropriation – the national dress (or stereotype) of a culture is not a costume for people to manipulate for pleasure.

Frida Kahlo costume, halloween costume, easy halloween costume, disfraz de frida kahlo, Self Portrait with<br />
Necklace of Thorns frida kahlo costume

Frida Kahlo costume, halloween costume, easy halloween costume, disfraz de frida kahlo, Self Portrait with<br />
Necklace of Thorns frida kahlo costume

I hope you’ve enjoyed these costumes just as much as I did – funny enough, I had to scrap two sets that never really worked out in the end. Of which, from planning to photographing, did not turn out as I wanted (my Jon Snow costume turned out quite scary :( ) So doing this project has encouraged me to push the limits of my own photography skills! Thanks for following along. We’ll be back to regular programming soon!

fridakahlo

Halloween costume ideas: Ms. Frizzle

Let’s cruise on down Main Street next

Follow all Halloween tagged posts here for inspiration!

Let’s take a ride on the Magic School Bus. I guess I’m feeling particularly nostalgic this Halloween. Especially when I realized how easy it is to be Ms. Frizzle (I already feel like her on a bad hair day).

For this costume, I had to go thrift a blue dress that could fit the bill. I tried to find a wacky print, but decided to layer up and sticker-up instead. It did the job! Ms. Frizzle’s signature look is about wearing an outfit for where she’s taking the class exploring. So let’s pretend we’re going to outer space (you know how hard it is to find non-Disney stickers?!). I now see that I could have easily turned this into an I Love Lucy costume too!

Ms. Frizzle costume, Magic school bus costume, tv halloween costume, cartoon character halloween costume

Ms. Frizzle costume, Magic school bus costume, tv halloween costume, cartoon character halloween costume

I couldn’t get the cat to dress like an iguana, but you’ll be seeing her soon :)
msfrizzle