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Fall Vibes

School started in August and it’s not TECHNICALLY fall yet but it was Rookie’s one year anniversary yesterday so who’s counting?

outfit inspo: a night out

Sleigh Bells, Joseph Szabo, Emma Watson photographed by Alasdair McLellan for the T Magazine, Michael Kors Fall 2012, Lula Fall/Winter 2011/12, High schoolers reenacting their sorority’s initiation ceremony, photographed by Nina Leen, 1944, Bedrooms and Broomsticks by Ellen von Unwerth for Lula, CHRISTIAN LACROIX FW 2007, Girl-Guts Polyvore, Florence Welch, Ashish Fall Winter 2011/12, Lindsey Wixson from___.


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Polymore (shitty titles 2k12)

I’ve been writing a lot about different shows/films/etc. in which I make a Polyvore set having to do with a certain character and decided to do a post dedicated to my favorite Polyvores–some people are so talented at making them. It really is an art in some ways, finding exactly the right shirt to go with the right pants to go with the right shoes, and not to mention other things Polyvore has, like perfume, hair dye, scarves, and jewelry. It’s all really overwhelming but I’ve seen some people who seem to get the hang of it. To be honest, I think that Polyvore is great because it’s very simple but everyone can do it and it’s actually quite entertaining.

1. I’ve talked about Tess a lot, but she did this great Witch set which I really enjoyed.

convent school witch

AX Paris black dress
$16 –


Dr. Martens velvet shoes

Black jewelry

Rosary cross necklace
$16 –

Kat Von D lip stick

She really emulates the fall witch vibes which I think that we all put on our blogs, whether we like it or not. Also, those Doc Martens are amazing and I think I would completely wear this outfit given the chance.

2. Autumn is another one of my favorite Polyvore-makers. She has made so many sets and they’re all elegant in some way or another. It was hard picking just one. She also uses lyrics from the best songs just to make them even better. See Arctic Monkeys reference down here:

you used to get it in your fishnets

Repetto bow flat

Carven Anastasie flip-up round-frame acetate sunglasses
$370 –

She always makes the most classy sets, things that could easily be set in a French film. I want to wear all of the clothes she posts as well (wait, what else is new?)

3. She is one of my favorite Polyvore users. I think she is really good at making different sets that have a lot of things but they all adhere to one certain aesthetic. It was so hard picking one of the sets, but I settled on this one for its glitter (Halloween is just around the corner, kind of.) And the title, of course (who doesn’t love a good Bikini Kill reference once and a while?)

Alien She



Silver eye makeup


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4. Abigail has a great blog that I mentioned before, and she also has a great Polyvore too. I really like the sets that she makes because they’re more like collages than clothes floating about the way I make them.

midnight blue on a sunny afternoon

Blue pants

Black pencil skirt
$31 –

Platform shoes

Vintage handbag

Stila eyeshadow

George Washington Administration Newspapers

I actually have no idea how to make collages, which is quite a shame as they’re really fun to look at and probably create as well. This definitely reminds me of the beginning of the spring, where it’s still “appropriate” to wear black (not like you should let other people dictate what you wear based on old antiquated standards.)

5. And then there are the people advertised on the front page of the website. While I really think that a lot of people on Polyvore make dumb sets (just Tumblr search it) and that can be seen a little too often on the front page (white shorts and a blue top with a skinny white girl in the background as the collage inspiration, how original) I do think that some are well deserved, like this one:


TIBI skinny pants

Repetto small heels

Proenza Schouler genuine leather handbag
$1,815 –

Marni resin necklace
$265 –

Gee Beauty lip makeup
$135 –

NARS Cosmetics nail polish


Palácio da Pena

Palácio da Pena

Palácio da Pena

Palácio da Pena

Palácio da Pena

Palácio da Pena

Palácio da Pena

This one was nice because it has a personal aspect to it since it was her clothing, and also I liked the layout, which really seems to be the main decider of the featured sets since the clothes are so bland to me. Some people are really talented at designing where the clothes are at what words go where, and there’s something to be said for that, but to me the clothes are more important. As I said, I do like this set and I think its being featured was justified.


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Polyvore Previews

So I figured that since some people might have already seen my Polyvore for Audrey Horne…

Audrey Horne

MTWTFSS Weekday red shirt / Jones New York plaid skirt / Fogal nylon socks, $14 / Oxford shoes / American Apparel vintage watch

Basically I look at what the character seems to be wearing the most and go off of that. Since everyone on the show wears a lot of dark greens and reds, I know those would be the colors for her. She also wears simplistic watches and obviously her famous saddle shoes. I think these ones look a little too school girl-ish but what can you do? Polyvore still has a great selection though and it’s so fun to make outfits on it. This particular set was based off of these two outfits:

Plus her shoes:

Honestly, Audrey is probably one of my favorite characters of all time. She’s really interesting in comparison to all of her other classmates. I wish I could be best friends with her (if she, you know, existed.)

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And I think to myself, Oh I hate Polyvore (shitty titles 2k12)

Middle Schooler Goes to Funeral

Marni lace overlay dress
$1,715 –

Chain jewelry

Pieces Fenella Bow Hair Clip
$6.29 –

All right, I feel I need to do some explaining–somehow all of my Polyvore posts got synced up with my blog and now my Twin Peaks post preparations have been revealed, so uh, fuck Polyvore? Or maybe fuck me, I’m not quite sure who’s to blame at this point, though the latter is usually the case. But blaming Polyvore is more fun.

However, I realized that I didn’t explain the ideas behind this post whereas I have with all my other sets. Basically, I made this thinking about what I wore to my grandfather’s funeral in eighth grade (happy times) and it wasn’t half this cool. I wore a grey dress at a store called Un Deux Trois. If you live in LA and are between the ages of 10 and 13, this is where you get your stuff. Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, funerals, you name it. I also wore black boots that I got from a consignment store, neither of which are in this set because I wanted to make something that I would have worn though never would touch now. I would not be surprised if I’d picked a fucking pi necklace (though maybe that was more sixth grade than eighth, but it’s all a blur of retainers and acne and sports bras now, so what’s the difference) even though I’m terrible at math, a bow, and some doc martens (okay, not going to lie, I would totally wear those now.)

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Modern Suburbia

Okay I just reread the post I did last night about Patti Smith and let’s say that I’m not too proud of it because of that thing where it, oh, I don’t know, doesn’t make shit sense. However, I’m still keeping it up just because all of it is true (even though it doesn’t make sense.)

So obviously Tavi Gevinson has been in like a zillion editorials but I really like this recent one she did with Petra Collins for Oyster Magazine. I think that it sort of captures a lot of ~vibes.~  I’m not one to repost an entire editorial (because that’s really pointless) but hopefully I’ll have some commentary that’ll make it sound cohesive.

These are a few of the images from the editorial. My favorite is the last one because I think it really captures the overall idea of the shoot with the suburban houses in the background and the aesthetic parts of patriotism (the red, white, and blue pants and the American flag in the background.) If you read Tavi Gevinson’s Tumblr or her regular blog, then you know that she obviously has a fascination with suburbia that keeps coming up, especially in a lot of films/books/etc that she likes to reference, like Freaks and Geeks and The Virgin Suicides. The photos in this shoot were taken in the suburb of Chicago that she lives in, which I guess adds a level of personal ideas into it. Please note that I am a stalker.

I really like the title too–“My United States of Whatever.” Obviously there’s that element of patriotism that I mentioned and the “whatever” part kind of embodies the nonchalant ~teenage spirit~ because it’s a very teenager-ish title, or at least in my opinion. I think I overanalyze too much though. I have a feeling that they just came up with it because they couldn’t think of anything else besides really cliche titles. Or the fact that it’s a song by Liam Lynch.

I feel like these embody a lot of seventies vibes specifically because of the clothes and the records and everything (event though people still obviously listen to records.) And the old Midwestern houses—I especially like how the pink trim of the one she’s standing in front of matches the scarf she’s carrying.

As an extra add on–I always was aware of Petra Collins and her work but these pictures are so amazing and I think it really demonstrates how her photography is so versatile from things that are more personal to things that are “fashion oriented” or whatever you want to call it. I like her work a lot, you guys should check more of it out (if you haven’t already) at her website (previously linked) and The Ardorous

Photo creds:  Oyster and Style Rookie.

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Oops, Elie Saab did it again (Fall 2012)*

Greetings from planet brain mush. I basically took an unscheduled break because some of my relatives living in San Diego got carbon monoxide poisoning (my grandmother is slightly delirious and decided that leaving the oven on after their fourth of July cookout was good and it wasn’t so we had to visit them there to aid in their emotional well being because the doctors did the physical part.) But that’s beside the point, although now you know why I say such smart things all the time (which I don’t, if you got the hint.)

I feel like Elie Saab’s collections are hard to talk about in complex terms because a lot of times all you say are things like “pretty….sparkly…..pretty” and it just doesn’t tend to sound that coherent. BUT THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE and I almost have no shame in saying so. On an even more nihilistic note, Jacquelyn Jablonski is always so stunning. I hate to be one of the assholes on Tumblr whose blog is nothing but a collage of emaciated models (MINE IS ONLY PART THAT) and who has “favorites” but I guess she is one of my favorites. Also her last name isn’t WASPy. Score.

sljfslfjkdf I guess raise your hand if you think the embroidery is beautiful. I like this collection just as much as the one that everyone freaked out over, which was spring 2011….

And while the collection, as you can see, is obviously justified in its good reception by everyone on the internet, it’s also kind of boring to me because if we’re just going to narrow everything down to those two collections, spring 2011 is more colorless.

This is also from Fall 2012. Enough said. Unless you have something against mermaids, in which case, please leave.

This is also from the same collection. I think it’s great that there’s definitely a combination of different types of clothing and it’s not just one theme incorporated into every dress. I don’t know guys. Fall 201 ftw. What do you think? If you go to style’s runway slides, you can see more pictures (although I find that I like Elle’s more because they’re larger.)

*Sometimes when I write these things I have no idea what the hell I am talking about and just want to stare at pretty clothes that will never fit me so just please be aware.

First five images, the next two, and the last.

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Summer Vibes

Jacquelyn Jablonski by Philip Gay for Muse Magazine, Popsicles on Etsy, Tara Niami for Rookie, Petra and Tavi for Rookie, Lula, Eleanor Hardwick for Rookie, Olivia Bolles (Sasquatch ’12), Codie Young for Lula F/W 2011, Constance Jablonski by Henrique Gendre for Vogue Brazil, Palm Trees, Summer in Ireland II by Mercedes Helnwein, Lindsey Wixson shot by Venetia Scott, styled by Marie-Amélie Sauvé.

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