I'm really determined to start doing more outfit posts again. I've been feeling so uninspired and unmotivated lately in every aspect of my life, and I need to just snap out of it. Does anyone remember when Kendi from Kendi Everyday used to do 30 for 30 remix challenges? You pick out 30 pieces to wear for the whole month, and every day you remix those pieces into a different outfit. I never got around to participating back then, but I'm thinking about going for it this June. It seems like a good way to jolt my creativity back to life.
If you're feeling uninspired too maybe join along! I'm going to pick out my 30 pieces this weekend and I'll share them here before I start wearing them on June 1st.
By the way, how amazing are the sleeves on this dress? I'm such a sucker for bell sleeves. And the light blue/cream lace combination is one of my favorites... I think I have 3 dresses in this colorway and they just seem so lovely & vintagey to me. This particular one is my tentative birthday dress (6 months away, but whatever) and it's actually 30% off now. I bought it full price... but it was worth it so I'm not bitter about it, I swear.
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I've had a pile of shop-my-closet clothes just begging to be photographed + listed, sitting around in my room since NOVEMBER. Me and my brother started taking pictures last month but they didn't come out very good (why I'm obsessing over the photo quality when I'm selling most of my clothes for like 20% of what I paid for them, I have no idea) so I'm retaking the photos tomorrow with the intention of listing them on my instagram next Saturday (that's May 28.) I have A LOT of stuff, I'm going to break it up into a few sales, with the first one being all dresses. They're pretty much all a size medium or US8 (and then a few small, large, US6 or US10 because standardized sizing is a myth) and I will be shipping internationally.
If you're interested just follow my closet account on instagram at @scathinglybrilliantcloset.
And now here's a small preview of some of the items that I'll be selling next week! All of the dresses pictured here will be available, and the coat below will be part of the next sale, consisting of ALL COATS.
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Last night I went to see City Lights (a silent film by Charlie Chaplin) with live accompaniment from the New York Philharmonic. City Lights is on my 30-before-30 movie list and I really can't think of a better way to experience it for the first time than on a big screen with Chaplin's score being performed by what is arguably one of the best orchestras in the world.
The movie itself was as wonderful as I was expecting it to be. It's widely considered one of the best movies ever made, and the final scene is so iconic that even if you're not a film buff you've probably seen it anyway, somewhere, somehow. I'd seen it in movie montages and Chaplin documentaries but to see it in the context of the entirety of the film just makes it all the more lovely, poignant and absolutely beautiful.
The only disappointment yesterday was the actual venue (David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center) I don't know how I got the impression that it was going to be a classy, elegant establishment but honestly it just reminded me of the buildings at our local community college. There was an exposed extension cord running down the floor outside the theater, the bathroom was the single worst one I think I've ever been in in New York City (and that's saying a lot!) and it just felt sort of... dingy?
So I was clearly over-dressed, but c'est la vie! I didn't go there yesterday to soak up the atmosphere of the hallways and bathrooms -- I was there for a movie and music, and that part was beyond phenomenal.
As I've mentioned a couple times recently (well, not too recently since my posting has been kind of sparse and erratic lately) I'm still in a major style rut. I was incredibly happy with what I wore yesterday, but it felt like a fluke that I put together something presentable. Part of my hang-up is that I don't feel like anything I want to wear fits my normal aesthetic, and that's just kind of jarring and strange. I feel much more influenced right now by 60's black and white photography, cliche wannabe-French stuff like stripes and berets, and late 70's/early 80's punk style, which is a huge departure from the pastel, frilly sort of look I've had for years.
Like.. I feel weird about posting any of these photos on my instagram because they don't fit in. And that's crazy. I guess when it comes down to it, you need to be true to yourself, even if who you are right now is different than who you were last year. It's a tough thing to come to grips with, though, to give in and accept that being yourself sometimes means being someone new.
Over the last few years I've gotten in the habit of making photo albums -- you know, the old fashioned kind where you print out pictures and put them in binders. I make one per year and then I also make little 4" x 4" albums for vacations or themed photos (I have one album called "OMG!" with photos from really exciting things that have happened in my life, like when I met Steve Carell)
And this is my TCM Film Festival album. I wanted to share this one in particular because I thought it might be helpful for other festival attendees. It's a great way to preserve your memories and it also solves the "where the heck do I put this now?!" problem that presents itself when you come home with a ton of ribbons, buttons and a festival pass :)
I made a cover page for my album that features my "2nd festival" button. I printed one of my festival photos (this one is a close-up of the montage that was playing on the movie screens before the films started) on glossy label paper, and adhered it to a piece of thin chipboard. Then I punched holes in the side (I lined it up with a photo sleeve to make sure I was punching the holes in the right place) so I could put it in my album.
To attach the button, I just pressed the button onto the board so that the pin on the back left two little marks. I punched holes in those spots and was able to pin the button right onto the board! Then I just added some glittery stickers that said "2016 TCMFF"
My next page is a collage of movie posters from the films I saw at the festival! I made mine in photoshop and then followed the same steps listed above (I printed it on glossy label paper, adhered it to thin chipboard and then punched holes in the side... including an unfortunately placed one on Gary Cooper's eye. OUCH!)
If you don't have photoshop you could easily print these out individually and do an old-fashioned collage! :)
I also punched holes in the ribbons I got at the festival (I obviously wasn't too good at collecting them, but I'm proud of the two I did get!) and then filled the rest of the album with a combination of 4" x 4" photos and pages with four little 2" x 2" photos.
Finally at the end of the book I included my festival pass!
I'm also planning on adding some text pages to the back with memories and stories, and maybe even a little itinerary so I can remember what I did each day. The key, I think, is to do these tiny albums as soon as you can before you start to forget all of the little details from your trip (or before life gets so busy that you don't even have time to order the pictures to begin with! I still haven't assembled my album from the TCM cruise last year..)
Materials I use for these books: 4" x 4" albums / glossy label paper / thin chipboard / glitter stickers are from Michaels / long-reach hole punch
I'm currently in sunny California (on spotty wi-fi) for the TCM Film Festival! I'll be trying to do some posts while I'm here, but for now if you want to see some peeks at my trip I've been posting on both of my instagram accounts, @kategabrielle and @kategabrielle_nofilter
ALSO! If I'm on vacation that can only mean one thing -- time for a postcard promotion! While I'm away, you can take 15% off any order of $10+ *and* receive a hand-written postcard from me, postmarked from Hollywood! Just use coupon code SILVERSCREEN at checkout. More details at my store, shopkategabrielle.com.
My GOD this month has been insane! I can't believe I only managed to get in one other post so far. And things are not slowing down anytime soon. On Tuesday I'm off to Hollywood for my second TCM Film Festival! I'm doing a lot of flying this year so I decided to get my ducks in a row right now and come up with a foolproof airline outfit. And then I thought I'd share my tips with you, too!
- Jersey jumpsuits are your friend. There are so many great jumpsuits available right now, it's just a matter of finding one that's flattering and comfy at the same time. Mine is from Modcloth, and it has a tapered leg, fitted waist and wrapped bodice design that gives the appearance of a tailored outfit with the comfort of a freaking ONESIE.
There are two things that make jumpsuits my #1 choice for flying -- if it's fitted, the chances of getting a pat-down are reduced considerably. Every time I've flown the difference between an unwelcome crotch grab and walking away scot-free rests solely on whether or not I've worn a dress/skirt/long sweater or fitted pants. This might not bother everyone but I have personal space issues and pat-downs are kind of traumatic for me.
Secondly, when you're sitting in one seat for hours upon hours you want to be really comfy. If you want to wear pj's, go for it! More power to you. I'm not a pajamas-in-public person, though, so this is the closest I can get. With a jumpsuit there's no pulling your pants up and pulling your shirt down to reposition. And if you get a jersey one without any unnecessary buttons and zippers, going to the bathroom is easy peasy. (haha, easy pee-sy. I'm so sorry.) Just make sure you take the outfit on a test run before you fly. Be positive that it's super comfy and easily bathroom accessible!
- Slip-on shoes that cover your whole foot. Again, this might just be a *me* thing but I hate the idea of walking barefoot through security. You will have to remove your shoes, so be prepared for that ahead of time. Lace-up shoes are harder to slip on and off quickly. Flats can't really be worn with socks so you'll either be barefoot or stocking-footed (?) I prefer to have socks on, so my favorite shoes for travel are zip-on ankle boots. They cover your whole foot so you can wear socks, they're comfy for walking around the airport, and they still look stylish.
- Bring a giant cozy sweater and wear your coat. Even if I'm not chilly at the airport, when I'm boarding my plane I put on my coat and a big cozy sweater. That way you don't have to take up valuable real estate in your luggage with bulky outerwear. I'm going to sunny CA for this trip so I'll just be bringing a light jean jacket and a sweater for the plane, but when I'm going someplace colder I'll honestly wear my giant winter coat AND a sweater. If I can save space in my luggage I don't care how I look walking down the aisle of the plane ;D
- Bring a giant purse. I normally do carry-on luggage only so I'll usually tuck my normal purse into a giant purse and then fill it up with anything else I'd need at my disposal on the plane -- a travel blanket, my laptop, my kindle, books, chargers, snacks (favorites for travel include fruit leather and salted almonds), dvds, camera, headphones, etc. Most airlines let you have one carry-on piece of luggage and one additional bag, so this way I'm not trying to figure out how to get a laptop bag, camera bag, purse and carry-on onto the plane. I put my camera & laptop in silicon cases inside of my larger purse rather than carrying them in their own separate bags.
- Possibly TMI but I'm going for it. Wear a sleep bra and comfortable panties. I'm serious. Boob shape is not the top priority when you're crammed into a tiny seat for six hours, TRUST ME. This one is my favorite. You get support, but it feels like you're wearing nothing. I'm a 32DDD and I got the size medium & it fits great. And seriously, unless you're planning on joining the mile high club there is no reason not to put on a pair of granny panties for the flight. Nobody can see them (except I guess the TSA agent that's watching the monitor when you go through the full-body scanner. But we don't want to give them a good show anyway, right?) and you can always change as soon as you get to your hotel.
And that's about it! I hope this helps somebody -- I haven't flown *too* much so far, only about sixteen times I think, but it took me all that time to finally figure out what works. SO much trial and error (and pat-downs, ughhhhh)
I'm going to try to blog every night while I'm at the festival next week, and I'm also going to do a decent amount of updates on my no-filter instagram. See you from Hollywood! :)
If you're a very observant person you might have noticed that all of the records on my bookshelf magically disappeared about a month or so ago. I didn't get rid of them, I just decided to make a much more intuitive record storage unit. And it's located right next to my record player, which means I actually listen to and switch records way more often than I did when my records were all jam-packed into my bookcase.
I hesitate to even call this a DIY because honestly all I did was stack two pieces of furniture on top of each other. The bottom shelf is an old Expedit from IKEA with some table legs from Lowes attached to the bottom. The top piece is a modular storage piece from Amazon. After I painted the edges (I taped off a 2" border on the modular storage to match the width of the Expedit frame, and I used the color Poppy Petal from Valspar.) I added this self-adhesive towel bar on the front to create a little display spot for whichever record I'm currently listening to. (Or in this case, the cover that I think is really pretty and put on display whenever I'm not actually playing anything.)
I also bought LP dividers so I could sort my records by genre or person (although the only person whose presence in my collection is so enormous that they warrant their own divider is Frank Sinatra.) On the bottom shelf I have the records that I don't listen to as often, and then on top are my most-played albums.
Think about it -- when you go to a record store, the albums are always displayed in a way that makes it easy to browse. They're facing forward so you can thumb through them, not crammed into bookcases where their little tiny spines make it almost impossible to figure out which record is which. Especially when you collect older records where the spine has seen better days, finding an album based on the side text is virtually impossible.
I've been listening to my records so much more often since I switched over to this way of storing them. It's so easy to flip through and find what you're looking for, or browse until something just strikes your fancy. And the little ledge in the front means I don't have to worry about where to keep my cover while the record is playing. I have a few collectible albums that my dad handed down to me and I've always felt so anxious just laying the cover on a table or resting it on the floor while I'm playing the LP! EEEK! Now I don't have to worry about that anymore :)
I know IKEA doesn't make Expedit anymore (and I'm not sure if its replacement, Kallax, has the same outside dimensions? Or does it even have a 2 cubby option?) but if you could find a similar base this really is a fantastic (and super easy!!) project. As long as the base unit is slightly deeper than the one on top it should work. Or if the ledge isn't that important to you, you can just stack two modular units on top of each other.
Happy listening! :)
I feel like such a scrooge admitting this, but I haven't really been enjoying holidays much the last few years. I love my family (and food) but I've felt this subtle shift and I can't help it. I knew something was definitely off when I didn't look forward to putting up my Christmas decorations last year, and then a couple weeks ago I got out my Easter decorations and gave up after putting out a wreath and a basket of fake eggs :p
That being said, I'm still dressing for holidays as if my life depended on it. I think this is my favorite Easter outfit of all time. I went back and looked at some of my previous Easter posts and it's absolutely my favorite of the bunch. It's also a pretty good indicator of how my style has evolved over the past year or so. (You can view all of my old Easter outfits here.)