My boyfriend put a cowboy style hat on me today and the only thing I could think to say was, “Howdy… howdy, howdy, howdy… how-dee” On repetition, like a broken record. Erm, a really bad broken record. Like a record that already sucked before it became damaged.
Man, I don’t know how I found the time to blog so often last year, I seriously don’t. I hate how little I blog these days, like I actually hate it. I always have so many thoughts about so many things that I want to write/type about but I just can’t seem to find time anymore, but I’m going to keep trying harder. Plus, I’m dying to type about my dislike of celebrity culture right now, so hopefully there won’t be a massive 2 month + delay after this.
So, to catch whoever may be interested up on what I have been wearing lately – seeing as the visual side of this blog mainly focuses on my outfits, I decided to put a collection of instagram images together. You can follow my instagram here btw. On my instagram you will find my slightly depressing various changes of hair this year. My pink hair did not last very long because I was asked to change it for my placement at a school
I won’t get into a long ranty post right now – mostly because I just don’t have the time, so I’ll leave you with an ‘achievement’ of mine… lol. Oh god, does anyone else even use lol anymore? Whatever. I’ve been trying to gently encourage my boyfriend to experiment more with what he wears. Before I entered his life, ALL HIS SOCKS SUCKED, and let me tell you people, SOCKS FOR MEN ARE SO UNDER RATED!!! Oh my god, the socks section at David Jones is seriously so much cooler than the sock section for women! Finally my boyfriend’s sock collection is awesome, mainly thanks to me. Maybe one day I’ll take a photo of them.
In the meantime, allow me to show you how well dressed I would be if I was a deeeewd. Pretty damn well, if I do say so myself.
I think if I was a guy I would mainly stick to black skinny jeans or black pants/trousers. I’m really into nice pants for guys these days. I found this site that has loads of nice pants for men actually, I should show my bf when he finishes work for later, hmmm.
Well, I better go now, need to exercise -_- eeeeeh…
A few months ago I wanted to start a zine, and I got a little bit of interest but most people never ended up sending me anything, so that never happened. It’s alright though, I have a few other plans to get to anyway. I did have the chance to interview two lovely ladies, and I don’t want to waste their well thought out answers, so I decided to publish them on the blog. The first one I’m sharing is by the charming Meagan. I’ve been following Meagan’s blog for a while now. I adore her mature, almost enchanting style, with clothes and words. I really admire the way Meagan writes on her blog, all the words fit together so well, always complimenting the mood of her outfits perfectly. I could tell Meagan was a special one from reading her blog, but after reading the answers to the questions I asked, I gained a whole new level of respect for her. This woman is amazing. I’m sure you will all agree.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT BLOGGING?
The wonderful people that i’ve been privileged enough to meet. Nothing about blogging is as enjoyable as making with other like-minded, creative, strong feminist women.
DO YOU EVER FEEL PRESSURED, IN ANY WAY, BY THE FASHION ‘BLOGGING WORLD’?
Of course! You’d have to have the steeliest backbone ever to not feel at least some pressure, and who has that? Most the pressure I feel comes from the fact that I’m older, and most bloggers are very young. Also I’m not super skinny or tall, and while I passionately believe in body politics that accepts all body types as part of the human experience, I can’t help but feel a tiny bit pressued by the slithe little creatures that populate the blogosphere. It’s something I struggle to reconcile with myself, and I’ve gotten better about it, but it’s there.
YOU HONESTLY HAVE INCREDIBLE STYLE, I’VE NOTICED THAT RECENTLY, YOU SEEM TO HAVE THIS DESIRE TO LOOK ETHEREAL. DO YOU HAVE ANY MAJOR FASHION OR STYLE INFLUENCES, WHETHER THEY BE INDIVIDUALS OR OBJECTS, OR ANYTHING ELSE?
I do? thanks! I personally don’t think my style is anything major, but it makes me happy and that’s what matters! I’m very inspired by music; I enjoy capturing the moods of music I’m listening to. shoegaze and dreampop are my primary source of inspiration. that style of music is heavily distorted and otherworldy with whispery vocals and transcendential moods. It’s music that is meant to envelop and cradle you, and create worlds that are not like this one, where your mind can can lose itself in a wall of sound. I try to express that with hazy prints and interesting textures. I’m slowly getting away from wearing all black and am excited to see my style evolving.
SPEAKING OF ETHEREAL, IT’S DEFINED IN THE DICTIONARY, AS BEING SOMETHING HIGHLY DELICATE, ALMOST TOO PERFECT FOR THIS WORLD. HOW DO YOU INTERPRET THIS MEANING, WHAT DOES DRESSING IN AN ETHEREAL WAY MEAN TO YOU?
Ohhh, interesting question! I like the idea of that space between sleep and wakefulness… maybe that place is a void of your innermost desires, or when you close your eyes and see swirling colors and project your thoughts onto those colors, maybe it’s a place that exists only a cocteau twins song (see: lazy calm on their album victorialand), but I like going to that place. I’m a very practical, hard-nosed person in my day-to-day life, so going to that place in my thoughts and outfits makes the most sense to me.
I’VE HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT OUR CONSUMERIST SOCIETY IN VIDEOS YOU’VE POSTED ON YOUR BLOG PREVIOUSLY, YOU ALSO OCCASIONALLY BRING IT UP IN YOUR POSTS. BEING SOMEONE WHO IS SO OBVIOUSLY INTERESTED IN SELF EXPRESSION THROUGH STYLE, DO YOU EVER FEEL BAD, OR A SENSE OF GUILT, WHEN PURCHASING CLOTHES?
No and yes.
I was forced out of my home when I was 17 and was completely financially indepedent at a very early age. My parents never help pay my rent or bills, never bought me groceries, never covered the cost of any practical expenditures. As a result, I spent my late teens and most of my twenties living in absolute poverty. It’s hard to be completely self-sufficient at the age of 17! I went hungry. I lived in squalid conditions simply because the rent was cheap. I stayed in an absusive relationship for way, way too long because my ex tended to my basic needs as a way to keep me from leaving him. Today, I have a great job that makes me very happy and pays me enough to buy things I need, and things I want every now and then. but It took a LONG time to get here, and it took many hungry nights and tearful days.
When I feel a twinge of guilt for spending my money on something expensive, I understand that it conflicts with my morals, but I also recognize that it’s a symbol of how far I’ve come. (Magnet’s note: I found this very inspirational, good on you Meagan!)
I REALLY LIKE SOME OF YOUR MUSICAL TASTES, DO YOU REMEMBER WHO THE FIRST ARTIST YOU FELL IN LOVE WITH WAS?
Sure do! Wilco, specifically the album yankee hotel foxtrot, when I was a senior in high school. I was obsessed with beck at the time, and a friend handed me the CD saying “oh it’s twerpy, kind of like beck. you’ll love it.” and I did. and I still do! and I credit that album with ingiting my love for music. (Haha, I had a phase of being obsessed with Beck too!)
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN EVER WORKING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY, OR WOULD YOU RATHER ENJOY IT AS AN ‘OUTSIDER’?
Probably not! though I’ve learned that life has a funny habit of throwing you curveballs when you lease expect it. For now I am very happy working in low-income housing and making a difference in my community. Realistically though, I don’t have a college degree, and if a fashion job with a good salary/benefits presented itself to me, I’d probably take the job, if for no other reason than for more financial security.
YOU LIVE IN CHICAGO, WHAT’S THE GENERAL STYLE SCENE LIKE OVER THERE? DO YOU THINK YOU’LL EVER RELOCATE IN THE FUTURE?
Boring. Chicago is still the midwest, so people here are more conservative and follow the stereotypical midwestern ethos of “not causing a fuss”. I get gawked at a lot in public. I’d like to move to NYC, not for fashion reasons, but because my two closest friends live there and i miss them dearly.
LASTLY, IF SOMEONE HANDED YOU A MILLION DOLLARS IN CASH, RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Move to NYC. Buy a tiny condo. Quit my job and go back to school to get my bachelor’s degree. Donate/invest in affordable housing for low-income families and organizations that combat homelessness.
Thank you so much for answering all my questions Meagan! Hopefully you all found her answers as enjoyable to read as I did. To finish this post off, I’ll add one image of an outfit I wore, seeing as this isn’t really about me. I don’t know how I feel about this dress, I really loved the idea of it, but on… I’m not sure about the hole thing at the top. What should I do? Sell it, or turn the bottom half into a skirt? Help me decide!
All the photos used for the gif and images of Meagan were taken from her blog
A few days ago, well, maybe a week ago now. I was looking at the outfits presented by those lucky enough to attend the Met Gala. They were blasted all over my facebook wall, so I couldn’t exactly avoid the images. Personally, I wasn’t too impressed by the way people decided to dress themselves. Most outfits looked boring, dull, unimaginative or just plain awkward to me. There were two looks that I remembered though.
Images of Florence and Cate from the Alexander McQueen Facebook page
Florence Welch and Cate Blanchett. The dress that Florence is wearing is incredible. However, It doesn’t look like it would be easy to pull off. Florence has an amazing sense of style though and she can pull off a lot of crazy shit, I love the extravagance of the dress. If you’re not familiar with her, or her style, type her name into the Tumblr search bar, some of her ensembles are soo good! Cate also looks absolutely stunning. I love the fact that the dress is black (of course), I love the high neckline and the overall texture of the piece. Both of these ladies are dressed in Alexander McQueen. Although, I could never afford to buy anything from this spectacular label, at least not for now, I thought I’d participate in some harmless online browsing anyway.
Images of dresses from farfetch.com
These prints guys, they’re freaking amazing! wouldn’t you agree? Clothes like these give me this desire to get into textile design. If you have any spare change you can buy or just check out the designs of Alexander Mcqueen at farfetch.com. The online store also has a lot of other heavenly clothing that I sadly can’t afford. I was thinking about creating a few mock ups of clothing with my prints covering them. You know, just to see what it would look like. What do you think? Should I try that out?
I thought I’d randomly skip ahead in my queue of outfits to post and share what I wore yesterday. It was quite cold, and the only person who could take my outfit photo was my yiayia (grandmother) so I don’t have too many photos of this particular outfit. Only the two I’m sharing actually. You can’t see what is underneath the jacket, but don’t worry, it’s not great. I have to get that dress altered.
I’ve been waiting to wear these socks since about November last year. They’re quite thick so I had to wait until it was cold enough. I originally wore them with my creepers but I felt like that typical image of a witch way too much. You know, like the witch from the Wizard of Oz or something? Not necessarily a bad thing, but not me.
Eh, I like this jacket, but man, it’s covered in so much lint right now. Any advice on how to remove it?
Sorry I’ve been a little slack with posting lately. I’ve just had a lot of stuff on my plate. It’s a shame because I have quite a lot of ~controversial~ things I’d like to discuss, but no time to sit here and type I promise that the next post will be more interesting!
I’ve been waiting to publish this interview for a while now. I was hanging out for a moment that I’d have enough time to make siiiq imagery for this but alas, that time never found itself to me. So, as per usual, I quickly rushed everything and the images aren’t that amazing. Not a big deal, nothing is that amazing on Dark Vice. I’m sure a lot of you have already heard of The Fabulous Stains. It’s a pretty awesome website run by the famous Bebe Zeva, Jessi Jae Joplin, Chelsea Rea, Misha McKagan, Violetta Ell, Norelle Rheingold, and the newest members Laura Cherrygrove and Lucia Ribisi. Some of the girls kindly agreed to answer a few of my questions.
HOW HAVE YOUR STYLES DEVELOPED SINCE YOU FIRST BECAME INTERESTED IN FASHION?
I feel a lot more confident in expressing and creating my own personal style. I’ve been getting really in to DIY lately too.
I first expressed interest in fashion when I was 8 or 9 years old, so my style has progressed about as quickly as the trends have since 2002! In middle school, I desperately wanted to be popular, so I dressed in a style I assumed would get me noticed by the ‘cool crowd.’ Sadly, that entailed a lot of Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, and American Eagle. In high school, I went through a hundred and one rebellious phases, ranging from wannabe-mall-goth (think Avril Lavigne as a moody fourteen year old) to Woodstock hippie to Williamsburg hipster. To this day I can’t commit to a theme, that’s why each of my outfits represents something different: a decade, a movie character, an attitude, or a runway trend.
I’ve always loved experimenting with colors and shapes. Even when I was a child, I selected my own clothes and added buttons, patches, stickers, etc. to make them awesome. My parents were very liberal. They never prescribed me what to wear. Sometimes I mixed a ninja turtles blouse with a yellow-red dotted leggings and pastel pink ballerinas! I must admit that I looked a little ridiculous. But today I’m more stylistically confident! My style is now a mixture of Thrift store chic, Kitsch, Grunge, Pop-culture, Futurism ,Goth, Punk and DIY.
YOU ALL SEEM TO HAVE A LOT OF COOL ACCESSORIES, MAKE UP AND CLOTHES. HOW DO YOU AFFORD THEM ALL?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
Many of my accessories are DIY (I make my own headbands and bracelets, etc) and I also get a lot of my jewelry at Halloween costume shops (mostly the goth, punk and hippie sections LOL). I’m not really into spending loads of money on makeup, other than MAC cosmetics, so I get a lot of that stuff at drug stores, and actually wear face paint instead of eye shadow (it’s much brighter and stays on way better).
I am fortunate to have so many incredible sponsors… most of my clothing is gifted to me from brands who believe my style parallels their vision and want to give me an opportunity to intrepret their garments. I rarely shop, and when I do, I try not to spend more than $15 on a vintage item. Not having a steady source of income means that I’m more price-conscious than the average consumer! I don’t take a good sale for granted.
I always look for sweet deals and sales. I only splurge on things I REALLY love. And I get the majority of my clothing from thrift shops, which tend to have 50% off sales every couple of months.
When I go shopping, I always look at the price and quality!
WHERE ARE YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO SHOP?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
Other than flea markets and thrift shops, I pretty much do all my shopping online, eBay, NastyGal and the sales at Urban Outfitters.
I imagine all five of the Stains will tell you that we LOVE secondhand (we do have an online vintage shop, after all!) Even though it’s a chain, I’m a huge sucker for Buffalo Exchange. It’s not the kitchiest thrift store in the world, but our Vegas location has some amazing options – especially in the shoe department.
Thrift stores, Forever 21 (great for basics and cheap accessories) and Cherry Bomb.
My favorite places to shop are vintage boutiques, second hand shops, flea markets and thrift stores. The fact is you can find outstanding, unique stuff at very low prices, and each piece has its own history.
I love second hand stores and flea markets. You can always find something original to buy there.
YOU ALL SEEM TO HAVE A VERY UNIQUE WAY OF DRESSING YOURSELVES. I NOTICE A LOT OF STARES AND EVIL GLARES FROM PEOPLE WHEN I’M OUT, DO ANY OF YOU EXPERIENCE THIS? IF SO, HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH IT?
Smile, duh! It makes people immediately feel guilty for having such a rudely visceral reaction to something as innocent as self-expression. Having a fearless sense of style doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you a CONFIDENT person. I guess people get confused when they see someone as comfortable in their own skin as we are, insecurity is all too common!
Luckily I get more compliments than rude comments. When I catch someone glaring I just glare back or stick out my tongue, it usually scares them away.
If someone provokes me, I stay cool. Because I’m self-confident and I know I look good. I think people who harass others are stupid and intolerant!
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE BLOGS? WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BLOGGING?
Oh god, so many favorites but I’ll keep it short and recommend only these two: jean greige and VintageVirgin
The best part about blogging is literally having somewhere to put your creativity. I’d put so much effort into my outfits during high school, but they could only be appreciated for the 12 or less hours they were on my body. Style blogging gives me the opportunity to immortalize my art (my outfits) and also to inspire anybody seeking ideas. That’s what’s so great about the Fabulous Stains; our only goal is to share our influences with the rest of the world so that they can feel as giddy and excited about fashion and movies and music as we do. Spread the love.
My favourite blogger of all time is NYané. I love everything about this girl. When I look at her I feel I’m in the 80s or early 90s and I love it!! The best thing about blogging is the opportunity to meet a lots of amazing and inspirational people.
ARE YOU ALL ASPIRING TO WORK IN CREATIVE FIELDS?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
Yes, I think that’s what draws us all together. I am equally passionate in fashion and music so I plan on bridging that gap in my future endeavors.
I can’t even imagine there being an alternative… I’d love a career in coolhunting since I’m so observant and obsessed with trends. Trend-spotting is essentially what we do on the Fabulous Stains blog, so it comes naturally!
Fashion is my passion and I’m dreaming of becoming an immortal fashion designer.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR INSPIRATIONS WHEN IT COMES TO THE WAY YOU DRESS?
JESSI JAE JOPLIN
I get most of my inspiration from films, such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains (obviously), Modern Girls and Smithereens. I also draw a lot of inspiration from sub cultures of the past – punks, club kids, hippies, bohemians and grunge, although it was not a culture as such, rather a fan base for alternative rock.
Faded photos of friends getting drunk in the desert, someone I don’t know’s Road Trip 2009 facebook album, headshots in high school yearbooks from 1999, youtube videos of parties recorded on fuzzy camera phones, flash photos of a backyard in Hollywood Hills at night time, candid picture of two people snorting cocaine in a posh nightclub, a girl sitting on the curb at sunset, eating a cheeseburger with her sunglasses on.
Rock ‘n’ roll, sequins, pizza, polka dots, 50’s/60’s, John Waters movies, Edie Sedgwick, stripes, punks and Halloween.
My inspiration mostly comes from movies and music videos from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. I also get a lot of inspiration from art, photographs, series, comics and japanese street fashion. I have a fondness for clothes with bright colors and dark elements!
I’ve always found a lot of inspiration in my favourite movies. I grew up watching olsen twins movies. I consider Ashley Olsen as my first ‘role model’.
Well, I hope you all enjoyed that interview All the photos I used were found on each individual’s own website and are credited to their respectful owners. I take no credit for the photos I used. If there is anyone in particular you think I should interview, please do tell.
It wouldn’t be a proper dark vice post without some sort of indication of what I’ve been wearing now, would it? I’ve been at work for the last few days and practicing driving in the free time I had, so I’ve basically been wearing the same boring outfit for the last three days straight.
This is literally it. Purple galaxy leggings with the pictured t-shirt, my work shoes look almost exactly like that, except there is no heel at all. They’re completely flat, I wear them when I drive because I can’t drive in heels, it feels weird and dangerous. I’m hoping to announce the winner of the giveaway tomorrow or the next day.
For anyone who possibly missed my regular posting, I apologise for the slight delay. I volunteered to help out at the L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, so I woke up really early on thursday and friday. Fuck, I felt so exhausted by the end of friday. I had to get up at 6am yesterday, go all the way to Docklands work for about two hours, go all the way back home, get dressed for work, go to work, work (I wanted to collapse), go to my grandparents house, get changed for the runway show I attended and then go to the runway show, which was a long fucking adventure on public transport. Last night was supposed to be the first time I’d seen a runway event. Just my luck, the train was delayed by over TWENTY FUCKING MINUTES! #firstworldproblems, By the time we reached the city, we had missed the connecting train. After finally boarding another connecting train service, we then had to wait about half an hour for a tram. We were over half an hour late and by the time my boyfriend and I arrived, the show was almost over. I felt like crying, I was on edge and tired as hell.
We missed everything except for the DI$COUNT show. Unfortunately, most people were just standing around the runway and seeing as we obviously arrived last, I couldn’t really see anything. My vertically challenged self was struggling to get a glimpse of anything. The parts I did see looked amazing though. It’s just a shame that we went through all that, for almost nothing. Seeing the way everyone was dressed was definitely a highlight. I always feel so unstylish at events like these. I also feel extremely shy and rather timid. There were so many outfits I wanted to photograph but I was way too nervous to ask anyone, I asked a few people eventually, but felt like a complete dork afterwards. I’m not chill, or cool, or confident like the Melbourne fashion crowd. I’m over alert, socially awkward and just… not cool. Everyone also seemed to be wondering around, socialising with loads of people afterwards, most people seemed to know a lot of other people there. My boyfriend and I didn’t know anybody. I did bump into a friend I haven’t seen for over a year, but that was it. I basically just stood around for ten minutes to absorb all the amazing looks.
I have to say, I’m quite envious of the people who live in Melbourne’s east, well, the areas like Brunswick, Fitzroy etc. I live in, quite plausibly the most unstylish part of this place. I live in the western suburbs of Melbourne, so I can’t even attempt to dress how I would really like to. Even though I wear outfits ten times more ‘normal’ than what I saw last night, I still manage to receive stares of disgust here. I get harassed and yelled at and made fun of. I honestly feel endangered because of the way I dress sometimes. When I tell my family about it, my dad doesn’t have any sympathy. He just always responds with, “well, what do you expect?”. So, I’m forced to dull my outfit creativity down on a daily basis, which kind of sucks the fun out of getting dressed. When I go to events like these, I always feel so tame and lame, in comparison. Oh well, at least seeing the mega stylish people of this city, inspires me to fuck the haters.
Enough of my insecure ramblings, my boyfriend managed to get a few shots of the show.
What I would do for that pink studded jacket, it’s beyond incredible. In the words of Rachel Zoe, I die.
Damn this girl is lucky!
The hair of the girl on the left, looks so amazing. Reminds me that I need to get my hair cut.
I guess the girl on the right had the glitter on glitter idea too, and I love the bag held by the girl on the left. So awesome! So jealous!
Outfit by yours truly, I almost feel embarrassed displaying this, after you’ve seen such fantastic looks. Maybe I should just give up and start dressing in leggings and singlet tops?
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