Sunday, July 31, 2011

Fleas All Around

1509 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of experiencing the wonders of the Eskell and Dovetail Backyard Flea Market. One of the best fleas in Wicker Park, it is literally out the back door of the adorable Eskell boutique. Apart from my good finds in Eskell, I was able to find something that has been on my shopping list for awhile: denim skirt overalls!!! Who knew?

In this little gravel space they have great treasures, from old records (Carly Simon's Hotcakes record was tempting) to vintage Ray-Bans and pendant necklaces. If I had a bigger place, the birdcage would have gone home with me... The market is humble in size and merchandise, with carefully selected pieces, aka not piles of old junk. Today is the last day it is open for this month! If you can make it to Wicker Park, I highly recommend it.

Other Chicago flea markets coming up:

Dose Market, August 14th
The River East Art Center
435 E. Illinois St.

The Vintage Bazaar, September 18th
Congress Theater
2135 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Kate Moss pulls a Carrie Bradshaw

Less than a month until the very best in fashion will hit the shelves: the September issues. Posing in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw, Kate Moss will be gracing the cover of American Vogue with a ten page spread of designer wedding gowns. It is an appropriate follow-up to her real-life nuptials and a perfect pick as fashion royalty for THE fashion issue of the year. The cover was shot by none other than Mario Testino, as was her wedding. Of the ten dresses she will wear, designers include Oscar de al Renta, Valentino, and Vera Wang. The most exciting part? Anna Wintour has had each design be custom-made for the supermodel. Keep a look out for a real life, fairy-tale issue.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Lake

(The Radio Department, "I Don't Like It Like This")

P.S. Sorry if you are:
1. Hungover
2. Prone to motion sickness
3. Are pregnant... have heart problems... migranes...
(just kidding, but I know it moves fast)
(Oh and) 4. If you thought this wasted your time

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Obsession #2

Right now, as I sit at home in America, the little treasures of Europe keep coming back to me. ALong with these is my number one obsession: Paris. I know it sounds so cliche and some people do not like Paris or the French, blah blah blah, but Paris is a place of dreams and complete allure. After seeing "Midnight in Paris," all I can think about is strolling along the Seine, exploring the streets, and sitting in the little straw chairs outside a cafe.

The movie was very Woody Allen, and not at the same time. The cast was quite a BIG mix that I would not have expected in a Woody Allen film, especially Owen Wilson. The music hit perfectly on Allen's style, but also how you look back at Paris thinking that music was playing. The costumes were fantastic and the reason I am writing this in the first place, my second obsession: 1920s fashion. Big surprise: I'm talking about clothes.

The era: 1920s/2010. The 2010 era: not so exciting in the costume department. The 20s was heaven. Well, my heaven. It has always been my favorite decade for fashion. Coco Chanel, willowy figures, slinky shift dresses, and the first time a woman's arms were shown in public. The hats, the sequins, the fringe were all there. I fell in love with the three dresses worn by the "lovely" Marion Cotillard. Her costumes grab your attention as much as her smoldering eyes. Well, maybe.

Outfit 1

(Full view)

Outfit 2

 Outfit 3

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Sharing creativity kindles creativity"

Given that I have a small obsession with Anthropologie, I cannot get enough of there new website: The Anthropologist. It is not necessarily the clothes and consumerism we all love, but there is no doubt that it stems from the beauty that the company constantly creates. The Anthropologist focuses on supporting and sharing all forms of inspiration from individual creativity.

Currently five artists are featured, varying from projects on the movement of a ballerina, to the construction of a fly fishing pole, to the simple beauty of a river. Take a look.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Another Kate Wedding

Today another British Kate married a rock star. Kate Moss that is, married The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince, in picturesque Costwolds, England. The small ceremony at St. Peter's Church had anything but a "small" bridal party. Her 15 little bridesmaids accompanied her in matching ivory dresses topped off with flower wreaths in their hair, including daughter Lila. Maid of honor and former casting agent, Jessica Hallet, wore a light blue Stella McCartney gown. As for the bridal gown, a controversial surprise.

Kate's dress was a custom-made, ivory vintage-style gown designed by John Galliano, accompanied by a 1920s antique, floor-length veil. Despite Galliano's recent discretions, he remains a close friend of the bride.