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.