Can we talk about…

Vests?

Not the gross, oversized, muddy-brown corduroy vests that should have died when the ’70s did.

I’m also not talking about wearing those men’s suit vests made for women like you work at a catering company.

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I’m talking about the beautifully constructed vests that act as the missing piece you didn’t know your outfit was missing.

Embroidered. Sequined. Studded. Chained.

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Lay(er) it on me.

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They’re great. Oversized vests that drape to your mid-thigh can even elongate your torso if you’re short-waisted. They’re easy to throw on over a basic Tee and jeans, making it seem like you put some effort into your outfit when you actually just overslept and threw on the first thing you grabbed out of your overstuffed closet.

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Basically, vests can solve all of your problems.

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And, fuck it, why not wear the vest on it’s own?

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#werk

Spring 2009 runway was all about ‘dem vests.

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The trend was recycled recently in the Spring 2013  Fashion Weeks.

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Now I’m not really one to follow trends…but is it too early to bring them back?

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What do you think? Are you a vest fan?

Post a picture of yourself sporting your favorite vest and caption #revivalmaterial to be featured on our blog!

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Can we talk about…

Ponchos.

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One of our readers challenged us to do a post about ponchos.

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Piece of cake, Dawn. We got you, girl.

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but all I’m saying is…

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thank you based god that Free People exists.

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Ponchos aren’t bad.

Not all of them are translucent bundles of plastic you wear when it rains or shittily stitched fake tribal patterns sold at your local Forever 21 in a variety of obnoxious, vibrant colors.

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The poncho thing spiked around 2011. Suddenly they were draped upon the shoulders of every celebrity and walking down every runway literally everywhere.

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Everywhere.

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 Some are super cool. You have your typical Free People-esque flowy and bohemian pieces. Then there are the more structured ponchos with asymmetrical lines and geometric patterns. I’m really digging how versatile they are. They have patterns that draw the eye and you can use them throughout every season depending on the thickness of material.

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If it’s a huge “statement” poncho, wear it alone. Transfer from a day look (worn with gladiator sandals) to a night look (change into big, bold heels). Be daring. #werkthatfringe

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They’re easy to throw over jeans or silk pants with booties, too.

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How would you wear a poncho?

Can we talk about…

Finger tattoos?

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I’m not talking about those big and bad biker “R E B E L” letter-on-every-finger tattoos.

Not that those aren’t cool. I love my tatted biker friends that write anarchy on their fingers.

But I’m talking about those dainty, super cool ones that act as almost another accessory to your bare hands.

Maybe it’s because of my obsession with henna…

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Maybe it’s because Kate Foley is my spirit animal and she has some…

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Either way, they rock.

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You seem them on men a little, but they’re usually on women. Like I said, they’re the more dainty kind. The ones that wouldn’t keep you from getting a job in a professional office. Something you could cover with a band-aid if you need to.

(I had a teacher in high school that had to cover up her ankle tattoo every day with a band-aid. It was the most obvious thing ever.)

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I also feel like because they’re so small, it wouldn’t be as painful of a process to get it done. And they’re probably much cheaper than getting Marilyn Monroe’s face on your thigh.

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But, you know, if that’s what you want…go for it!

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Got a commitment problem? Check out Tattly if you want to try out different tat designs and decide on the best for you. You can even create custom ones!

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Can We Talk About…Henry Busby?

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Meet the handsome Henry Busby, a 21 year old photographer and filmmaker based out of Alabama.

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His portraits are my favorite. He seems to be a master of light and color; they are simply stunning. The detailing makes them look almost painted. And for someone so young? Holy shit. He is so talented.

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Is it too soon/pretentious to say he’s the Andy Warhol of photographers?

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Look at that color, though!

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Maybe I’m just not educated in art enough. But I think so.

Anyways, he takes some damn good pictures of cake, too.

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Yum.

It’s interesting to look at photographers work. Everyone can say they are a photographer now because of the fantastic capability on our phone’s camera and a couple of half-assed app filters. But it’s a real art. You have to have an eye.

Theres a lot of different types of jobs that you need a certain eye for, but we can talk about that some other time.

Busby has that eye, though. And I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for his career.

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Check him out:

TWITTER: www.twitter.com/henrybusby

INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/henrybusby

Can We Talk About…

“Can we talk about” is a phrase I’m constantly saying whenever I become obsessed with a certain object or person and want to point out how fantastic it/they are. I will probably post multiple “This is what I’m obsessing over this week” posts, so I’ve decided to make it a series.

Enjoy.

Can we talk about Mark McNairy for one second?

I am a huge fan of menswear. I’ve always loved it. I’ve always been drawn to androgynous things in general. So when I found this guy, one of the essences of cool, I just about died.

His line is called McNasty. MCNASTY. It’s like NastyGal for men.

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McNairy is loud and proud. Shameless, brash, and bold. He is mostly known for his shoes. He’s killer at making beautiful boots, loafers, and bucks and has an obvious adoration of camouflage everything.

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His craft really shows in his detailing. I love the little elements of surprise that he puts in all of his creations.

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So classy.

He recently had a show at NYFW where he pushed the limits, mustered up all the #swag he could, and used camo…again. But I’m not judging.

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Urban Safari? Desert City?

So many theme ideas running through my head…

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He also opened with this dude…if that tells you anything about his personal life choices.

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Don’t those shoes bring you back to fifth grade? God damn, I wish I had those back in the day. With that turquoise sole, I would have been voted Best Dressed in the yearbook even though we had a uniform. That’s how great those are.

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This is his daughter, Daisy. He loves using daisy prints in his hats and clothing, so she must feel super special. She models in some of his shows and helps out with his line. She’s super chill and has a constant bitch face. I’ve followed her on Instagram for a while even though she has no idea who I am. #awkward

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She runs a blog with her best friend Estelle called Left and Right Co. It’s a personal blog for their friendship and mutual things that they like, but the things that they like are cool enough to click the link and check out.

Anyways, I recommend going over to his website and checking out some of his shoes. They would make a great present for a fashionable boyfriend or super cool father. And if you are a male and do not presently own a pair of McNasties…

get on that shit.

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