THOM BROWNE WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO MY MIND

"Borrowing from the boys" was a phrase I heard countless times when I was working at Anthropologie. It always kind of irked me though...because I don't want to borrow anything from a random boy. I want that $hiT to be my own. it's 2016. With our nation's first woman presidential nominee standing proudly at the podium, she is constantly criticized (among plenty of other irrelevant topics) for her choice of dress (or literal lack thereof): a lapel-less, brightly colored pantsuit. Gif after gif, meme after meme, Clinton flaunts her matching pieces unapologetically, and rightfully so. She's got other issues to focus on, and I'm sure her wardrobe is something she prefers to be streamlined and minimal. It is one less decision she has to make that day. I commend not only her veracity to sport a uniform capsule wardrobe, but her 'no f*cks' given attitude about the entire topic in general. Menswear as womenswear is more vital now than ever before. Not only does it show equality between genders, but ownership, leadership and effortless class. 

Thom Browne took all of that to the next level with his SS17 womenswear debut at NYFW. Two striking lines were established, one flirting with the playful Trump i mean trompe l'oeil, and the other, deconstructed school girl uniforms that force me to recall middle school Spanish class. His use of color, lines and of course sequins make my head spin. He's doing it so so right, and with the simplest of silhouettes. Two for you Thom Browne, you go Thom Browne! 

Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of. (Technically FW16 but WHO CARES)

Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of. (Technically FW16 but WHO CARES)

Dog purses FTW

Dog purses FTW

FW16 deets

FW16 deets

And then there is this masterpiece. Everything is perfect and nothing hurt. Tavi Gevinson straight up murdering the day in this head to toe Thom ensemble. If I had the resources I would dress in this everyday. Every. Day.

And then there is this masterpiece. Everything is perfect and nothing hurt. Tavi Gevinson straight up murdering the day in this head to toe Thom ensemble. If I had the resources I would dress in this everyday. Every. Day.

Statue of Liberty meets Wall Street? I would get married in this masterpiece. Complete with sequined dog head veil.

Statue of Liberty meets Wall Street? I would get married in this masterpiece. Complete with sequined dog head veil.

  

It's just so perfect. Different shoes. I'm dead.

It's just so perfect. Different shoes. I'm dead.

What is real and what isnt?! Am I in the Upside Down!?

What is real and what isnt?! Am I in the Upside Down!?

Marge Simpson goes to a business meeting?

Marge Simpson goes to a business meeting?

I just can't stress how much this collection resonates with me on so many different levels. Growing up in Louisiana uniforms were required in public school all the way through high school. I always slightly resented clothing being forced upon me, but soon my 16yr old self reveled in the fact that I could wake up 20 mins later and throw on the exact same outfit I wore yesterday and no one would be the wiser. I rebelled by cutting my garish green pullover sweatshirt down the middle and creating a cardigan, an item of clothing I still have today. Thom just gets me. Suiting is all about the details, and he turns those traditional elements on their head, throws some sequins on there and somehow makes a wetsuit fashionable. We are not worthy. Thom Browne RULEZ.

xoxo

LizRlz 

Do you lilac it? Summer must-haves!

Hello friends! 

So I am going to be a blogging person now! Or I will die trying. Seems to almost be a requirement these days...but I'm looking forward to getting jazzy and putting my personal opinion out there if it will potentially help someone enhance their style or inspire some ideas! So lets get down to the nitty gritty...SAND! Summer must-haves...GO! 

Obvi, I've been on a lilac kick for about two years now. I don't see the light at the end of the tunnel and I think I'm okay with that. 

Since I've made the move to Cali (yes, it happened in case you didn't know!) I've been on the hunt for the perfect swim suit I can strut my stuff down the Santa Monica boardwalk in without feeling like an insecure glob of emotion. And by Jove I finally found it! At Urban Outfitters no less! Unfortunately I don't have my Anthro/URBN discount anymore, even though I still secretly calculate the price in my head every time I shop now. This Out From Under two piece was my saving grace. Now if you know me/my body type, you know what I am blessed with in the booty is sadly not reflected in my chest...aka I'm a proud member of the IBTC (Urban Dictionary it...). This front clasped beauty fits my frame perfectly, and has a simple t-bar backed silhouette, and of course it's in my fave color. The matching lilac bottoms were sold out in my size, so I opted for the geometric patterned bottoms to make things CrRAzY. And the bottoms were on sale, so I'm pretty much in love, end of story. The lavender top doesn't seem to be available on the site, but it is in store. The bottoms are here

I have legit gone through two bottles of this OPI 'Do You Lilac It?' dream of a nail polish. TWO BOTTLES. I have never finished one whole bottle of nail polish in my entire life, so this is v impressive. Always get compliments when I'm wearing this shade, and looking down at my hand makes me so weirdly happy. Hooray manicures that make you feel things! Can be purchased at Ulta here

My bestie Kaitlin D turned me on to this life changing conditioner by Aussie. 3 Minute Miracle Color is just that... miraculous results in 3 mins or less. It is frighteningly cheap, but don't be scared by the price. I use it sparingly, only when my ends are starting to feel damaged or I used a lot of product that weekend. (Hehe it was just my bday!) It gives my hair that 'I just came from the salon feeling' without the whopping price tag. Scoop it at your local Walgreens or Walmart. Or any store with a 'Wal' in front of it! 

Since I have a theme of everything in my life being lilac/lavender/violet...why not add eyeliner to the list? This eye pencil from Sephora in 'No Shrinking Violet' is currently out of stock, but will fasho be brought back because it's killer. Waterproof, vibrant and made in Korea. What more could a person ask for? NOTHING. 

Do I really have to explain why I love this poof? IT IS A POOF. IN LAVENDER. It feels like my cat and was legit $6, compared to the dept stores' $40 poofs. Can only get it at this weird Q Fashion store in LA, so sorry friends. But if I like you enough I MIGHT score you one. 

Yoga is my (mostly only, trying to be a better Californian :\ ) source of exercise. The second we got an apartment with a sunny balcony, I couldn't wait to do some cat/cow on that shiiiiii. This mat was one of my first purchases after the move, and it couldn't have been a better decision. And hey guys guess what? LILAC STRIKES AGAIN. Pick it up at your Target while she's still on sale and get to down doggin! 

And that brings this violent I meant violet post to an end. Hope you all enjoyed! Comment with your summer faves and I'll tell you if you're wrong or not! lol jk bye

xoxo

Children's Hospital of Richmond!

Can't say enough good things about the CHoR and what they do for our little ones. Had a blast costume designing and styling wardrobe for these sweet babes who were real patients of the hospital. Thank goodness for artistic boyfriends who helped me build the robot army....shoutout to Georgiy K! 

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S T . V A L E N T I N E

It should be, by this point in my life, no surprise that Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. Don't get me wrong, Arbor Day is pretty cool too, but lerd help me if I don't love pink and red and chocolate and champagne and hearts and friends and lovers and pink and fluffies and tulle and pearls and candy flowers and fake flowers and fondue and...you get the idea. I adore the idea of spreading love and happiness and showing appreciation for those you care for, significant other present or not. 

This V-day, Georgiy and I are escaping to DC--one of my favorite places--to check out the Renwick gallery I've been dying to see. In preparation for my fave fake holiday, I needed to get my outfit details in check. BUT OH WAIT. I CAN'T WEAR ANYTHING ADORABLE AND SKIMPY AT ALL BECAUSE IT WILL BE A WHOPPING 7 DEGREES IN DC. COOL MOTHER NATURE. REAL COOL. LITERALLY. 

So thank goodness I styled this Valentine's date look with the lovely Jenny Wolf of Janpim Wolf Photography. If I can't wear it in real life (yet!) then it might as well be in pretend blog land, right? Right. This look is perfect for date night with the SO, drinks with the Galentines, gallery hoppin, or champagne drankin by yourself with your cat while you watch 30 Rock. Here she blows:

Don't be afraid to mix hues that are close in color...People always shy away from hues that are similar or one shade off, but I think it looks smart and makes you look like you know what you're doing. And yes, I do mix black and navy. These pinks and purples are just close enough to work together seamlessly.

This lilac NastyGal romper screamed my name in our last trip to Santa Monica. I'm a sucker for anything in this shade of purple, with a flutter sleeve, and a sweetheart neckline that makes my left boob look real good. ;) It was a perfect storm, really. And combine that with a gangster tulle skirt from Net-A-Porter, you get a tsunami of cute.

I picked up this ridiculous pearl studded dress coat at my fave Buffalo Exchange on Magazine in NOLA. I tried it on one day, then decided against it. Then went back the next, and it was still there in all its pearl studded glory, and I decided yea, I need that. I'm so sorry I ever doubted you, crazy pearl coat with a fluffy skirt thing attached to it. I call it my, "I Don't Get Carded While Wearing It" coat. Mostly because I think it makes me look like a well to-do Spanish Editor from Barcelona. Ole!  

Hope all you kittens had a wonderful day. Only 363 days left till next year!! <3<3<3

Thanks to Janpim Wolf Photography for the lovely pics. 

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Freelancey Clancy?

So I quit my job. It was a long time coming. Countless nights of tears and fears that I wouldn't be able to support myself, and the question "what the heck am I doing?" racing through my head every day all day. I've been trying out a range of odd jobs lately: makeup here, hair there, costuming and babysitting to pass the time. Taking any damn job I can get my hands on. But it's hard. So hard. It's hard not knowing what you'll be doing this week or next, it's hard to promote yourself, to whore yourself out on social media (HEY CHECK OUT MY TUMBLR, INSTA AND WEBSITE WHILE YOU'RE AT IT) and most of all, hard to not know when you're getting paid. This whole process had made me realize a lot about myself, my life, my relationships and what I want out of all of them. So let's start with my reasons WHY?

I initially wanted to quit so I could say 'screw everything, I'm moving to Guam!' ...but there's a lot that goes into that sentence...like where exactly IS Guam? What language do they speak there again? And dang, I should have paid more attention to Mrs. Dyer's geography lessons. The fact of the matter is I wanted to run. Run away from responsibility, structure, predictability, and life, as I knew it, really. I wanted to live a little. A lot. Hard (Lampo, J).  

Next I wanted to quit so I could be a full-time freelance Stylist. Currently, that phrase is becoming more redundant than a reality, but I'm working on it. (Cue Iggy Azalea's 'Work' on repeat.) Trying to figure out my strengths and my weaknesses is a little unnerving, and like this entire process, hard as hell...but I'm slowly discovering my truest self. And I don't know if there's anything scarier and more comforting than that. 

Most recently however, I wanted to quit so I could finally do the one thing I know I'm good at: dig through countless racks of unwanted, orphaned apparel for shiny vintage gems and sell them online. Yea I know, everybody's doing it. You're basically not a Stylist in Richmond if you don't have your own Etsy...well, HERE I AM WORLD: FANCY CLANCY VINTAGE AT YOUR SERVICE. I had the epiphany when I was thrifting with my Mom, something I haven't done in ages. I was so inspired by the amazing vintage dresses I was finding, one after the other, I felt it was nothing short of my duty to share them with the world. I literally haven't felt that way about clothing since high school when dress code restrictions forced me to create ways to make my uniform unique. (I turned my grody uniform pullover sweatshirt into an embroidered cardigan and it's probably one of my finer accomplishments.) At that moment though, my inner saleswoman flame started burning and I fought the primal urge to run up to shoppers and burst, "Excuse me ma'am, DO YOU SEE THIS SHIT? THIS DRESS IS BANGIN IT WOULD LOOK SO GOOD ON YOU!!!" Since I can't (or shouldn't, rather) harass strangers on the street, I decided finally to open my own online shop. Possibly the one (and only) thing I miss about retail is the customer connection. There is nothing more satisfying then picking out the perfect dress for a woman who didn't know she could look so hot, and making her cry tears of joy and self acceptance. Accomplishing this goal will most likely prove difficult over the Internet, but I hope to achieve this effect by curating a balanced and well-edited collection of apparel and accessories--never selling anything I wouldn't feel comfortable purchasing myself. Honesty is the best form of salesmanship y'all. 

So that's my newest adventure. We'll see how it goes. I'm not expecting fireworks at first, if there's one lesson I've from this freelance experiment so far, it's that these things take time. And I'm okay with that for now, cause God knows I got all the time in the world.