Monday, September 19, 2011

Girl Crush #1, OR; We Are Non-Practicing Lesbians

I think it's time we tell you... Kayla and I like chicks. If you haven't gathered. We have a fashion blog, so duh, we like chicks.
UNFORTUNATELY, as hard as we try, we still like like men. As a reconciliation between these two different (but equally strong) strains of like, we have decided to come out to you, our beloved and trustworthy readers, as the Non-Practicing Lesbians we are, and show you a few of our many lady loves.

For the first installment of Girl Crush, we have decided to feature one of our personal favorite femme d'accomplissement  (not just being pretentious, the French is a theme... you'll see.) HEATHER CLARK of  the rockin' blog Heather in a Candy Shop .


We found this bangin' biddie commenting all over one of the most legendary of fashion blogs, and one we may or may not read on a hourly basis, The Man Repeller , and fell in love. So when Heather was the lucky duck winner of the Galleries Lafayette  + Man Repeller contest to represent New York in the world's biggest fashion show located in Paris, France (if we didn't have a big ol' girl crush on her, we'd probably hate her), we were like HELL YEAH GIRLFRIEND.
'Cause, girlcrush aside, she totally deserved it. I mean, just check that winning outfit (up, up look up ^). That girl can rock a turband like no other (sorry Kayla), not mention royal blue with leopard print... no one has p'owned that combination so hard since Henry VIII (the original P.I.M.P.)

We caught up with Heather right before her glorious trip to gaie Paree and, in between wiping the drool off our chins, asked her a few fauning questions:

Hey Heather, wuss poppin chicaa????

Hey Girls!

So, first question (oh my god my palms are sweating); How did you get into blogging? 

A girlfriend introduced me to blogs a couple years ago and once I saw what you could do with them I wanted my own right away. I was also designing and selling jewelry at the time and thought it would be a great way to showcase how I would style my pieces. Nowadays I spend more time blogging than designing jewelry, but hopefully I'll be able to strike a balance again soon. 

What city do you blog from (can we visit you)? 

San Francisco!

Which blogs do you read regularly (besides As If, obviously) ? 

Cheetah is the New Black, This Time Tomorrow, Late Afternoon, Atlantic Pacific, Because I'm Addicted, Sea of Shoes...the list goes on I read tons.

As Ms. Man Repeller, how many men would you say you repel per week, on average?

My biggest repelling victory has actually been winning the Galeries Lafayette contest where I'm being flown to Paris to walk in the world's biggest fashion show next week!  I made it to the top ten most liked looks and then Leandra of ManRepeller picked me :) I hit many of the man repelling bases, a turband, color blocking, weapons as jewelry, and leopard. I'd actually say in general I'm a propeller/repeller hybrid.

Besides that one, what are your most successful repelling outfits? 

I have a silk periwinkle long jumpsuit with silver pyramid one is talking to me in that thing, especially when I pair it with my leopard jacket.  I also have a light, ultra high waisted pair of mom looking jeans I love. 

Let's say some of our readers don't want to go home alone on occasion (As if!) , do you have any man attracting outfits? 

Fitted mini skirts with high heels.

How do you feel about our girlcrush on you? 

I'm very flattered!

So that's a no on a date then...?

Who are your favorite designers / stores? 

I love Shopbop & Gilt for online and for in-store Bloomingdales, Neimans, Saks, H&M,  Zara, TopShop, and J.Crew. Alice + Olivia, DVF, and Tibi are some of my top designers although I love vintage too.

Describe your Desert Island Outfit (not the time to be practical): 

I'd be in sky high YSL heels, a jewel toned high waisted silky pants suit, a big statement necklace, and tons of cocktails rings.

How do you feel about jumpsuits?

 I feel great about them. So easy to throw on. I just hate that I have to get naked every time I  pee.

We knew we liked you. Are there any current trends you hate or wouldn't try?

I'm sorry I know you like them, but designer sneakers! Can't do it. 

Ooooh, that hurt. Who is your girlcrush (besides us, obviously) ?

I love Hanneli, she always looks so effortlessly chic, but still interesting.

Last chance, are you free for coffee next week? 

Let's talk about coffee after Paris. I have many an outfit to coordinate before then :)

yesssssssssssss. Thanks Heathz.

We would tell you about what happened to our lady in Paris, but that's kinda her job. So ask her!!

And in conclusion:



-- Ema & Kayla

PS. As an homage to Heather's necklace, my next lone post will be a DIY with bullet shells. Look forward to it.... -Ema

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back to School, or; Ema posted about her outfit so now I want to

Well friends. It's that time again. That time to think about your first day of school outfit for a solid two hours only to have the painful realization that a) it's torrential downpour b) it's not elementary school and therefore your "back to school outfit" doesn't really apply and c) [on a personal note] nothing I wear is particularly blog-worthy. BUT I do have a lovely collection of grey sweaters you're sure to become acquainted with in the coming months.

I know I appear to have the life of a jet-setting celebrity, but true confession folks: I'm really a student.
so, let's start with the top:
sweater: helmut lang, necklace: pamela love

No, this glorious photo is not a myspace (RIP) style selfie; my arm is extended like that to show you that the sweater is two tones! Look at that! she sleeves are metallic knit where the body of the sweater is a nice wooly charcoal gray. You can't see any of these details because I am using photobooth to take these pictures (sorry, alone in my apartment with the impulse to blog and no one to force to photograph me, you know how it is)

Those of you that know me, which let's be honest, is probably 99 percent of people reading this post, will know that I am no stranger to the exposed bra with open knit sweater. Upon advisement, I've decided to throw on a black tanktop under my sweater because who wants to be NipplesGirl on the first day of class? I'll save that for the second. (Look out for my next post ;)

It's important to wear a spiky necklace that people confuse for spikes/bullets/something phallic/[insert your own observation here] so that both your professors and your fellow classmates will know not to mess with you. A few words on my facial expression: I can't not smile in pictures. Seriously. I was once photographed for nylon and made a face that can only be described as a smout, a lovely smile-pout hybrid. The picture is on the internet and I will absolutely not link it here.

Moving onto the bottom:
Jeans: levis, Boots: Rag & Bone

Remember in the early 2000's when wearing a dress over jeans was the thing? Well, if you're like me (ahem, under 5 foot 2) you can easily make that trend reappear. Bring it back, ladies. Just wear a sweater that's meant to have a slightly longer hem on full size people and you're ready to go. Extra points for uneven hem: If you happen to be really insecure about your right hip but your left is a thing of beauty, this sweater is for you. Not pictured: booties have small heel, a+

Raincoat: Joseph, Purse: Celine 

While Ema totes a nice backpack for practical purposes, I've been known to spit on the face of pragmatism. Exhibit A: leather (not waterproof) Celine purse that kind of resembles a briefcase. The necklace says "I can kick your ass" but the purse says "But I'll be damn well professional and organized while doing it." The hood says "Hey, I know it's raining." Extra points for walking into class with that facial expression and keeping it throughout the lecture. 

Alright friends and loyal fans, gotta walk around the library looking lost until somebody talks to me

- Kayla 

*Just in case you actually want to know that the purse looks like (No, I am not in in any way affiliated with 

Back To School Quickie, Or; I had an epiphany before my first class and needed to share it with my lovelies.

For this glorious first day of classes (the weather being ever-so conducive to studying and patent leather boots) I have assembled the PERFECT outfit. It is subtle, creative, classy, and completely original, compiling only this fall's most avante-guarde trends to create a super trend of newness. Please hold on to your hats, ladies, because this may shock your socks off (cliché confusion? I'm in a rush):

Combine the cutting edge Outfitteurs d'Urban red, patent leather heeled combat boots with a Scottish Warioress (that's a word right?) inspired kilt. Then take your summer cami and hit it with a new twist by unbuttonning all the buttons except the one right between your boobies and tying it in a little knot. Trust me, this'll get girls screaming "WHERE did you get that CRAZY top???" (Somebody recently asked me if I bought it at Rickies, does anyone know where that is? Is it Danish?). Layer that with a mismatched blazer (clashing is IN, ladies) and top it off with ever appropriate giant hoop earrings (La Claire's), a scruntchie (hidden in this photo) and a backpack (de Jansport) for practicality.

With this flawless and innovative ensemble, you will soon be recognized by your classmates as the true fashionista we know you are. Don't forget to thank As If!

Happy first my babies,

Gossip Girl (Sorry! It just came out!!)


DISCLAIMER: Ema did not actually wear this out fit to all her any of her classes. She is saving it for grading season.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

How We Wear It #1: Jumpsuit Edition, or I can't pee in this outfit

Dear loyal fanbase,

Don't ever say we don't listen to your requests! After receiving absolutely no thousands of emails asking advice on how to possibly pull off The Jumpsuit we have decided to indulge your behests. And so we bring you the jumpsuit, As If style.

Dumroll please.... the ultimate jumpsuit ensemble:

Jizz-in-my-eye pose optional but highly recommended (Sorry, mom)

If you do not own or cannot pull off a turband, fur vest, 3 lb necklace, and fringed heels, please do not even consider purchasing a jumpsuit. If you already did, lucky for you they sell turbans at Urban Outfitters. Since a jumpsuit is such a subtle and modest sartorial selection, it is important to pile on as many accessories as possible. Go big or go home. Note: I am seated on the floor not only because it's an extremely flattering pose but also because I was suffering from heat exhaustion after strutting around my apartment wearing fur in August. The things I do... 

However, if your desire is not to look like Khloe Kardashian (the other other sister) or the wife of a modern maharaja currently residing in Beverly Hills, continue reading...  

Ema's Take:

Jumpsuit: Cheap Monday, Necklace: The Gmizzle (again), Shoes: once belonged to a stripper in the 80's (Buffalo Exchange), Blazer: woot H&M woot.

I may or may not have a 1990s fetish and so I present to you ZEEBRA PRINT JUMPSUIT accompanied by Fiona Apple inspired choker. This look is perfect for you if: a) Scary Spice was your favorite Spice Girl, b) You have always secretly dreamed in being an extra in a low-budget porno, or c) You want people to wonder if you're wearing your pajamas out. 

And yet the best accessory for a zebra print jumpsuit is a "hand-made" mask, not for those who need to hold onto things like drinks, purses or dignity. Also make sure to use at least half a tub of castor oil on your hair to really make it shine. See above for inspiration. 

(Note: Photo has best effect if seen while listening to the 1995 hit Snakeface by Throwing Muses)

-- Ema;   Embrace the beast within you.

Kayla's Take: 

If you are like Kayla, a reluctant jumpsuit-wearer, otherwise known as someone who wants to be able to tell people you're wearing a jumpsuit while also having to point out the fact that you are indeed wearing one, look no further:

Jumpsuit: ALC, Shoes: Theyskens Theory

This outfit is ideal for so many reasons! From afar, it appears you're simply wearing a black top and black pants while also showing off your FUPA. Up close though, WOW, It's ONE PIECE! This jumpsuit is nothing if not versatile. Wear it to your court-mandated community service and then go right to a funeral, no change necessary! 

Jumpsuits are especially handy when you just simply do not have time to shave your legs; we know our fans are all busy women. (Straight men: if by freak accident you are reading this blog, I'm being hypothetical. My legs are smooth and shiny, ALWAYS). 

Yes I offer modeling lessons. Email asifblog2014, Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Here I'm showing off my (soon to be patented) high fashion duck face 

So as you can see, As If endorses the jumpsuit. We acknowledge that it is a controversial piece and for those new to the world of jumpsuits, we have assembled some tips to help embark on your one piece journey:

  • Most jumpsuits have elastic waistbands! Perfect for holidays such as HalloweenThanksgiving EAT UP, LADIES. However, be mindful of liquid consumption (see title). 
  • If you don't want that creepy guy at the bar to hit on you, wear a jumpsuit. We promise, it works. 
  • If you are not at a Studio 54 themed party and/or do want male attention, save the jumpsuit for another night
  • Have a friend on call to help you out of the jumpsuit
  • We all have the desire to do a cartwheel in the middle of a nightclub. Indulging this urge made possible by jumpsuit. 
  • Prison chic, always in. 
  • Seriously, watch what you drink. 
And on a final note, JUMPSUITS ROCK!

*We are getting our blogger poses down; please be patient. 

Sunday, August 28, 2011


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Ema and Kayla

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

What We Would Wear #1: Irene Edition (OR; outfits that will blow your mind. Weak pun, I know.)

by Ema

Sooo unless you live under a giant soundproof rock with no TV, WiFi, cell phone service or radio (otherwise known as where I am currently residing in Hudson Valley, NY) you have heard about this big ol angry bitch comin' our way. Make wayyyy for Miss Irene, The embodiment of America's obesity problem (in case you're wondering how that makes any sense at all, in my head I imagine Irene as a giant, massively fat woman dressed in pink spandex huffing and puffing as she galumphs across the country, shaking the earth and raining down monsoons of sweat with every laborious step).
Anyways, as the hurricane parties are beginning to be planned (I personally am going to one tonight at the abode of a friendly local farmer who has a bird’s nest chilling in the bald spot above his ponytail and a large hot tub which I have been enthusiastically invited to use, regardless of the fact that I did not pack a bathing suit.) In order to help all y’all plan what outfits you are going to wear to your hurricane parties, I have decided to lay out a series of outfits perfect for welcoming our dear, gusty friend to the Big Apple.

Look 1

umbrella hat; xmas present from the G-Ma, Earrings: Claire’s, Necklaces; present from the G-mizzle (vintage, 1920’s), Shirt; $1 rack outside of a drycleaner’s, Cardigan; Top Shop (in the 80’s), Bangles: H&M

I like to call this look hurricane chic. It all together cost me a very costly dollar a few Xmases back, and is ever appropriate. The elastic band of the umbrella hat  gives you a nice flapper look which, when accompanied by a mess of classy chains and some pearls becomes endlessly high class vintage, and keeps your hair and shoulders dry! This look paired with some Versace rain-proof heels and a couture bedazzled rain poncho will make you completely impermeable. Let it rain baby, let it rain.

Look 2

I like to call this look The Minimalist Daredevil. Let’s face it, storms are sexy. All those dripping wet, wind-swept, hunks running around saving women from falling trees and stripping their shirts off to jump into a flooded ravine to save a drowning kitten. So sometimes you just need a look that says let’s go to the evacuated parts of Brooklyn and do it like they do on the Discovery Channel. Underpants and blurred out nipple optional.

Look 3

Take this Christopher Kane blue gingham dress and pair it with some ruby heels and a dog in a basket, cause you never know where this hurricane might take you. (Tin Man not included.)

Look 4

I know this is what I’ll be wearing. Where’s my mediocre looking lovebug to hold me in his mildly muscular arms?


-- Ema

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fly Kicks; or the time I bought sneakers; OR aren't you glad I didn't name this post Pumped Up Kicks

by Kayla

                                                   I don't know why these look so orange here

Let me introduce to you the newest addition to the
RidiculousthingIbuyandprobablywIllnotwearveryoften family: Velcro Sneakers brought to you by Isabel Marant.  To those of you that scoff at the thought of overpriced (seriously. shamefully so.) Velcro burgundy sneakers, I say fuck you I have a blog.  I wear what I want.

Lemme tell ya, these shoes are fucking fresh. So what if I’ve worn sneakers five times in the past three years, four of which involved sitting on my couch in workout clothes pretending I’m going to go to the gym…. Didn’t stop me from buying these bad boys. Let’s take a look:

 First of all, they box says they’re bordeaux which is a lot classier than burgundy. So they’re fancy French overpriced Velcro burgundy sneakers. I know what you’re thinking: GHET-TO. Know what I’m thinking? Hell yea! Cheers to ghetto fabulous shoes I can refer to as phat kicks and be completely serious.

To all the doubters and the haters out there that think I can’t pull off ghetto fabulous… you’re probably right. Still not stopping me. I will rep the shit out of this velcro. A little background: as a little girl lacking any control over my sartorial fate, I was banned from wearing Velcro sneakers. My mom didn’t think they were sophisticated enough. Don’t even get me started on the really sick ones with the soles that lit up when you walked. Those were out of the question. You might ask well, what five year old is meant to look sophisticated? And I say, I now know why I showed up for the first day of kindergarten in a black turtleneck and leather miniskirt. True story. So now that I’m a spoiled mature and independent woman, I can fuckin wear Velcro if I want to.

Best part? HIDDEN PLATFORM. These might look like your average burgundy bordeoux fly ass kicks, but you are mistaken, my friend. There is so much more. 2 inches more to be exact. So not only do I look awesome in these, I’m also spitting on the gods of genetics. In these babies, I can soar to the towering heights of 5’3 inches mothafuckaaaa. Y’all look so small from up here.

I’m off to walk around the house in my new shoes do a lot of things because I’m really busy!