Lucy Getting Dressed

“I don’t have anything designer,” Lucy warned me. In the words of Cher Horowitz, as if! Labels don’t matter when you’ve got an eye like Lucy’s – she’s the merchandiser for Urban Outfitters here in Charlottesville. We’ve quickly bonded over our twin passions for clogs and keeping our hair up (joke). I invited myself over the other week to see what she had in her closet and she obliged me by playing dress up. The above outfit is what I styled her in…a short mod-ish number cinched with a belt to make a waist (the dress naturally falls like a trapeze dress) and, of course, chunky heels.

As you can see above, Lucy keeps some of her to-be-worn outfits on hooks on her wall so she can do some off-duty merchandising for herself!

When Lucy lived in London she shopped at chain Primark, which she says is known unofficially as “Primarni,” to make it sound more designer-y. “Like Marni?” I asked. “No,” she said, “like Armani.” I guess it really covers both bases!

At this point Lucy literally took a dive into her closet…which, as you might imagine, has a lot from UO and Anthropologie.
And then we ended up with this shot.
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Cowboy Bebop

Because a friend of mine commented on the inspiration for this post, “no one dresses like that in the Southwest,” I give you my outfit and declare it officially inspired by what I’ll label a fallible fashion fantasy. Blame Ralph Lauren! The bracelet and extraordinarily controversial fringed pouch (i.e. everyone thinks it is comically ugly, but I love it) are from Low. I tried a slightly more romantic feel for the photos in this post…I have to admit that being my own photographer is getting exhausting and definitely reaching the limits of its potential as a form of self-expression. Also, I’m pretty sure the people who work in the office above my courtyard think I have zero friends considering half the time they look down I’m sitting there laughing and smiling at nothing. It’s great!

Inspiration: Best Western

I love me a vaguely “cowboys & indians” themed anything, mostly because I’m such a big fan of wide-brim hats, denim and Madonna’s Music album.

Images via W Magazine,, A Continuous Lean,, Charlotte Minty, Oracle Fox, Garance Doré, Opening CeremonyTommy Ton and Fashion Toast…possibly others, oh no! I’ve forgotten.

Inspiration: The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge

I fell in love with this gorgeous coffee table tome at Anthropologie a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised to find it on sale when I stopped by the store for the last day of employee appreciation week – I got it for only $30! (Original price: $95.) For all non-URBN employees it’s still only $49.95 and it’s totally worth it, as you can see below…

The bathroom window is custom-made…and incidentally my favorite window ever.
Look! The bench at the foot of YSL’s bed, below, is quite similar to my own

This Haus is Not a Home. It’s a Bookstore.

This is a bookshop called Domus Haus. I spent a few hours there yesterday, poring over design books (my fave is Turning Pages: editorial design for print media. w00t fanboy luv.) I also found my new favorite magazine at Domus, Apartamento, a worthy successor to my dearly departed Domino. The interior editorials are down-to-earth, and the photos are more inviting/flavorful than the stand-offish pages of, say, Elle Decor (barf). Apartamento = Domino – girlishness + The Selby x hipsteryness. It looks and feels like something Gert Jonkers and Jop Van Bennekom would endorse. In the stacks I also found Self-Service (plus back issues) and Purple, although I can’t afford either right now {do I want to?}(someone can – Purple’s Lindsay Lohan covered-issue was there when I first stopped in, and this time it was gone! I wonder if she’s a selling point in Switzerland?)

Tomorrow morning at 8am I head off to Geneva. Then Saturday I’m in Lausanne and some other French speaking towns. Fun! but also DIE. 8am = too early – morning person x agony. No posts for at least three days! Ahh! And I won’t have my computer?? END OF THE WORLD. This sums up how I feel about that (be sure to read the caption at the bottom for the full effect).