Sunday, October 26, 2008

Second Hand Shopping Spree

Lately, I've been doing a lot of decluttering, a LOT. What is left over is mostly basics, with black predominating. At 16, I was a subtle Goth - you can't really go wrong when swathing yourself completely in noir. In the meantime, however, much silliness (leopard print coats, tapestry shoes, buckled sweaters) has found its way into my cupboard, burdening me with heaps of rags to recycle time and time again. Put all together, I have probably filled a whole charity shop!

Maybe it is necessary to try out different styles in order to (re-)find what truly suits you, and more importantly, what doesn't. Some people get it right away (like the many lovely young style bloggers out there - envy!), and some, like me, alas, take forever. To hopefully put an end to looking ridiculous and wasting money, I herewith declare that experiments with colors or styles that are not me are over! 

This new resolution was taken privately two days ago, after which I went on a bit of a spending spree and came up with the following items, all pretty neutral and all preloved:


Dolce & Gabbana

Diesel

Top: Marc O'Polo

Silk jumper: Paul and Joe
Dress: Illegible brand

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Confessions



Yesterday, I broke down for the first time in months and bought something new: this scarf. I love it to death already. It's huge and warm and goes with everything. I sat around all evening wrapped in it, realizing that a strict diet of thrifting makes me want to binge like crazy once tasting a bit of newness. Because I loathe trotting around town on a mission (nothing ever gets found that way anyway), I logged onto ebay for the first time and also made my first bid. Yikes! Regrets began as soon as I confirmed (typical). It's a steal though and I made a resolution to only look as things under a certain price in order to avoid temptation, and in future, not bid the same day.

As I suspect some of you are seasoned ebuyers, what is your experience with online shopping? Do you usually get what you expected, and how much do you purchase this way compared to going into stores?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Fog


Photo: joancase.com

This week, a mysterious fog descended on the city of Vienna, obscuring all sight and causing all sorts of mayhem, such as my combining two items of clothing I had been despairing about since quite some time. The one is rather tight-fitting and the other too loose, and thus, neither got worn much. In the weirdness evoked by this mist, I put the two together, et voila - a new outfit!


Turtle neck: Patrizia Pepe
Top with black tube: Esteve
Trousers: gifted
Shoes: Humanic

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Lonely, or Just Alone?


Photo: tate.org.uk

Edward Hopper is currently being shown in an exhibition called "Western Motel" at the Kunsthalle in Vienna. Several of his paintings and many drawings/sketches are on display, along with works by various contemporary artists influenced by his work. I was really looking forward to going but ended up disappointed by much of the newer material, of which there was more than by Hopper himself. I liked the videos but was appalled by the installations recreating Hopper's painting settings. At the risk of sounding like a philistine: they were so badly executed, at least visitors should have been allowed to sit in the life-size one and be photographed! Alas, I couldn't find any postcards in the museum shop either.

Has anyone else seen this show yet? What did you think?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Recycling Both Ways



Blouse: thrifted
Vest: Mango
Jeans: James
Shoes: thrifted

Yesterday, I came home with three thrifted items of clothing (including this blouse which has stylized roosters on it!) and even outdid my wardrobe resolution of divesting it of as many things as I newly acquire, by getting rid of seven things. Very catharthic! Some of them were things I had recently thrifted, however, which made me realize I am sadly not yet mistress of my sartorial self. Of course, recycling something that only cost a few euros is not as painful as giving away more expensive things, but I would like even this not to happen anymore.

Andrea from A Cat of Impossible Color has synchronistically put a great list together for managing one's wardrobe. I especially like the rule about only investing in something if one can think of at least three ways to wear it and avoiding buying things that require an additional purchase before it works...

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Black Friday


Scarf: on loan from Foulard Addict
Blazer: thrifted
Top: Armani Exchange
Trousers: gifted
Shoes: Pura Lopez

It's been about a month since my last outfit post - the guilt is killing me, so here is a reconstruction of what I wore to work on Friday. I bought this 70s/80s? blazer about a year ago and was tempted to give it away several times because the cut seemed so outmoded and I couldn't find anything to combine it with. What prevented me was the great shape it is in coupled with the hope that one day, inspiration would hit. Today, I am so grateful I kept it!

Grape Harvest





Oh, what fun to labor hard outdoors in the morning, and celebrate a friend's exhibit opening in the evening. I think lazing about the day after, ie. today, is quite in order!



Fall Foliage



This is about as good as it gets in Austria  - nothing compared to what leaves get up to in the States - but pretty enough. Last weekend, a friend and I took a walk through a favorite park...



T├╝rkenschanzpark, Vienna

...and found this lovely place to sit and meditate by the water.