DIY Hello Kitty Halloween Costume

by tatiana on November 2, 2010

This DIY costume is a little more Sandra Lee than Martha Stewart in that it’s semi-homemade. I’ve been a little obsessed with Hello Kitty lately… wait… LIES… I’ve been obsessed with Hello Kitty ever since the day my mom pushed my stroller into the Sanrio store at the Montebello Mall in the 1980s. Recently I’ve embraced my obsession, in what some would call a semi-obnoxious way. Halloween definitely gave me an excuse to exploit my love for this timeless icon. [click to continue…]


Regional Style: Locals vs. Tourists

by tatiana on September 3, 2010

A coworker of mine was telling me a story about his weekend. He was out in San Francisco riding one of our iconic cable cars with a friend of his who was visiting. My coworker pointed out to his friend that he could tell the difference between local San Franciscans and those who were visiting by their attire and accessories. One woman overheard him and said, “You’re right! How did you know I was a tourist?” He did the diplomatic thing and said that he “just knew.”

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Thursday Inspiration: Coco Before Chanel

by tatiana on August 26, 2010

Photo Credit: The New Yorker

Monday night, after waiting a few days in anticipation for my next Netflix movies to arrive, I finally received two fashion-related films that I’ve been anxious to see: Brüno (Larry Charles, 2009) and Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009). Needless to say, I watched not even 5 minutes of Brüno and decided that it needed to be sent back immediately, if not sooner. Alas,  it was quickly resealed in its red envelope and I then popped in Coco Becoming Chanel… within the first 30 seconds the movie was already vastly superior… ok, enough about how bad Brüno was and onto the good stuff! [click to continue…]


Wednesday Inspiration: New Dress A Day

by tatiana on August 18, 2010

Today, thanks to the fabulous Marissa, I bring you some inspiration for your dreary Wednesday (or, hopefully it’s not too dreary). It’s another cold, foggy summer day in San Francisco, and I woke up to a tweet linked to this gal’s blog: New Dress a Day: 365 Days. 365 New Outfits. 365 Dollars.

What I love about her blog is that she not only makes new dresses out of old ones… she makes tops, necklaces, vests… (sigh) amazing. Incredibly creative and my new hero.

This girl’s creations put my dropped-off-the-map Upcycle Sundays to shame! BUT, she has definitely inspired me to start upcycling again. You should see the pile in my room. It has been growing, while my sewing machine cover has not been removed since I altered Mar’s bridesmaid dress for Chandra’s wedding. Sad times. Anyway, enjoy her blog! I know I am. Must… stop… reading!


Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975), an Australian film about a group of girls on a Boarding School trip to Hanging Rock. Taking place in the Victorian era, not only is this movie unsettling and eerie, but it’s also delightfully beautiful – a combination that makes this movie a must-see. (And, who doesn’t love black tights with white dresses?) [click to continue…]


A few months ago on my little stroll to work from the bus I saw the Spring Issue of Paper Magazine laying on the ground. It was in perfect shape, and I’ve always been a fan, so it became MINE.

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Hot like Mexico, Rejoice

by tatiana on June 2, 2010

Much a-buzz this week on the interwebs, as you may or may not have noticed, is the anticipation of Lady Gaga’s new video to be released Monday, June 7th for her single “Alejandro” from Fame Monster. [click to continue…]


I Heart Yarn

by tatiana on April 21, 2010

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Oh my goodness. Hats, hats and more hats are being created from my overflowing basket of yarn these days than in past years. I have Ravelry to thank for that, as lately I’ve become inspired by the plethora of quality patterns available there for affordable prices. I really, really recommend that everyone support independent knit and crochet pattern makers by purchasing your patterns on Ravelry or Etsy instead of seeking out free patterns. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love free patterns, but it’s really important for the DIY movement (and the REVOLUTION) to support our community of crafters, artists and creative thinkers. OK! Having said that, I just wanted to share what I have been working on. Nothing too too crazy or exciting, just new. Here we go! [click to continue…]


Edited by Debutante Clothing

I’m always complaining about going out to fashion events by myself – I just don’t have many friends that are into fashion. While some people think fashion is frivolous and contributes nothing to the world, others are curating museum exhibits featuring 20th century clothing. This week’s links made me think about the love/hate camps in fashion. Starting with Grit and Glamour’s post on bloggers getting backlash from fashion insiders, Houndstooth + Tortoiseshell’s refreshingly funny admission of Tavi envy, or Fab Lab’s hate of people who hate. But there is some love in sight – British Style Bloggers reminds us to look in the mirror and love ourselves. Enjoy!

Links à la Mode: February 4th


Chelsea’s Room: A Case Study

by tatiana on December 24, 2009


Name: Chelsea
Age: 17 (in 3 days)
Inspirations: Lady Gaga, Makeup, Horror Films, Marc Jacobs, the Twilight saga [click to continue…]