cart unity

On March 19, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

I enjoy the process of shopping, whether physically or virtually adding items to the cart (and removing items from the cart, this also key), and find it especially satisfying when there is some harmony or narrative to the cart, as when, in the grocery store, purchasing ingredients that complement one another, seem conspicuously to belong with one another,* reveal precisely what you intend to make with them.

*Conversely, also deeply satisfying when they seem conspicuously not to belong with one another, when the cart contents are markedly odd and unexpected as a unit.

Not every vendor carries a sufficiently broad range of categories to make interesting juxtapositions, though, too, I’ve been pleased with certain combinations of just shoes or just paint brushes – it needn’t be a precisely logical harmony. It’s not that the items would necessarily be used together, though perhaps that might be the case, or it might be fun to imagine it as the case (say, a skirt and a pair of sunglasses), but more that they are aesthetically compelling together according to whatever quirky beauty-logic is currently reigning in my head at the time.

Here’s a recent J. Crew cart I found pleasing, somehow more appealing to purchase these items together than it would have been to get any given element singly.


Here we have: two neutral silk camisoles, Garance Doré stationary, notebooks, notecard, Troi Ollivierre lipstick in Parker.

See what I mean? Love this largely cream palette with gold accents and that single pop of berry pink. I like the range of textures, too, metallics and silk, paper and cream. What would also have been fitting in this cart is these great cream and gold New Balance 620’s (really like their various brand collaborations, for the record, some great color combinations). Really similar to a pair I was jonesing for last year but couldn’t find from a vendor that would ship to the U.S.



Only of course they are sold out of my size.

Hm. I’ll try to show some other examples later (do you like seeing what people buy? I’m often interested to know this kind of mundane data, and it’s not a bad way to learn about new products). Definitely doing some spring shopping at the moment.



On February 14, 2015 by theseventhsphinx


H&M lips scarf, Tony Moly Bbo Bbo lip balms, Garance Doré notebook, Woodblock Chocolate, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Lafco Duchess Peony soap

Totally have this day covered.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


reading: favorite style blogs

On May 28, 2014 by theseventhsphinx

Here are some of my favorite fashion and style blogs to follow (I like to use feedly), some of which are relatively new to me, and some of which I’ve been reading for many years.


 feedly, so useful

1. Karla’s Closet


Jewelry designer Karla Deras has a distinctive style I fully appreciate. I admire a lot of the svelte silhouettes she favors and, while her taste isn’t always aligned with mine, I love her style, especially her use of color (which often manages to be somehow both bold and restrained) and preference for clean lines. I also like her incorporation of recipes and moodboards, and the aesthetic of her site was one of my primary inspirations when I was designing mine.

2. Garance Doré


A wonderful fashion blog by the French illustrator Garance Doré, which it is very likely you know about already. The other dominant influence of my design/layout, this blog has really exploded in popularity in the last few years (in tandem with the fashion industry itself), and understandably so with its beautifully photographed blend of frippery and reflection. She draws from all areas of her life to create content, one of the main things I find to admire in her site, and the one I most hope to emulate.

3. because i’m addicted


A tremendous source of cool photos, mostly but not all fashion-centric. Technically I don’t read this blog so much as just look through it.

4. Shine By Three


This is a style blog I’ve only recently begun to follow but it’s quickly become a favorite. Margaret Zhang is gorgeous, for one, and does stunning editorial shoots that are, basically, exactly the kind of thing I want to be doing. One of the kinds of things. She kind of rambles, too, which I like.

5. Dulceida


A style blogger from Barcelona who often does music and video collaborations, and blogs in both Spanish and English. I’m not a faithful reader exactly, and I’m not necessarily really into her looks…but she’s so charming to me. I like how she does things, her enthusiasm (she starts most posts with ¡Hola preciosos!), and once in a while she’ll do a look that I find pitch perfect.

6. The Sartorialist


Well, obviously. One of the first and now one of the most widely followed street style blogs, with shots from all over the world by photographer Scott Schuman, boyfriend of Garance Doré above. There’s always something of interest in the clothes (I especially like that he features men and women of all ages, and often on bicycles), and once in a while there is a photo that makes a deep impression on me…I keep checking in on this site so as not to miss those.

7. Nadia Aboulhosn


GeekOutsider recently directed me to this blog, featured on buzzfeed a bit ago, and it was an instant winner. She’s doing some amazing editorial stuff as well as wonderfully bold, often edgy street stuff. I like that her style is (like mine) all over the place. It’s one of those style blogs that inspires you to do what you want, and makes you realize that if you were wearing what you really wanted to wear, things would be much, much, weirder, and much, much better.

There are others I like, of course, but these are the ones I follow with regularity at the moment. I’ll have to list favorite beauty blogs another time. Any favorites of your own you’d recommend?

images are from (and link to) relevant sites

the floral print

On April 21, 2014 by theseventhsphinx


This look has a polished up top/party downstairs contrast that I like. The multiple anchors of solid white bring it all together for me.


These shoes are quite fake. Les knockoffs.* I wanted to try out the studded look and find that I like it, but it’s not love. They are uncomfortable, too. I have too many other shoes I prefer to keep them but they have convinced me that I want to find a pair of white pumps. I’m totally on board with the trend of white pumps.

*I don’t generally have much interest in knockoffs—I don’t generally have much interest in their originals—but once in a while they are convenient for playing. I don’t feel a moral quandary about it when the original is something I would never consider purchasing anyway. Louboutin is not losing a potential sale here. Still, they are unsatisfying unless made well in their own right, and desired in their own right (there is a bag I want, of which I’m considering getting a (still pretty expensive, but comparably cheap) replica, because I find the silhouette so appealing and can find no wantable substitute) which they usually are not. I often later think my money could have been better spent…this is undeniably the case. It always serves as a lesson, however, and from such lessons one emerges an increasingly superior shopper.**

**Interesting thoughts on this in Garance Dore’s recent post about style bloggers being, in a way, people who are just really good at shopping for themselves. There is a lot of truth to this, I’d say.


This is the Givenchy Fushcia Irresistable lipstick, the Japonesque blush, and a bit of playing around with the Kat Von D Monarch palette.


Floral leggings (thrifted), Banana Republic trench (thrifted), Loslandifen pumps (eBay), Lands End turtleneck (thrifted), Mulberry Roxanne bag (thrifted), Pearls of Joy 10mm studs. On the nails: Essie polish in Naughty Nautical.



weekend distraction: upcycled neckties

On February 24, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

I got the idea for this weekend inspiration series from Garance Doré’s site, the layout and content of which I really admire. It’s basically an excuse to post anything I think beautiful or interesting.

[Which I am supposed to be doing on tumblr, but I only just started it, so I keep forgetting it exists.]

Check out these upcycled necktie accents by buffalo blue designs.







How neat? These strike me as wonderfully versatile in that way statement pieces can sometimes be. They can be as voluminous and colorful as your tie supply allows.

I am absolutely inspired to try to make one of these, and have been collecting ties.