The Refined Ref

Just a regular outfit post, everyone. Picked out by my friend Megan (approved and accessorized by moi, of course).

I am wearing: H&M capris; thrifted blouse; Doc Marten shoes; found Shakespeare bag; DIY headband.

In other news: I am moving later this week!

In other other news: I got a Polaroid camera (IE, my dad got one for a party and never used it so I’ve been keeping it in my room and taking pictures of my dog sleeping)!

Balloon Silhouette

Looking at all the Fall 2012 shows, seeking inspiration for the coming Autumn, I noticed that oversized silhouettes and huge, long coats were a huge trend. These were some of my favorites.




But, by far, the whole Comme Des Garcons (as usual) was by far my favorite. It could have been an irreverent look at the flatness and shallowness of the digital age or just some creative essay on color and shape. The models looked like paper dolls with dresses cut out of construction paper by a thoughtless child.

Here are some samples from that show:

Why does Rei Kawakubo have to be so perfect?

(all images from

I Have Returned!

Dear blurg,
I’m home! I have returned!
Camp is the worst place for people who love clothes. All I wore were too-small shorts from last year and tee shirts from Target, with the occasional DIY crop top thrown in. Coming back to my closet was a joy and I wore an extra special outfit to celebrated my return to civilization. Here it is:

I am wearing a thrifted black velvet dress with shoulder pads and a sweetheart neckline; an old Banana Republic lace blouse, and a broach borrowed from Megan.
It’s so good to be back. Normal posting will commence soon.

GUEST POST: DIY Marble Shorts

NOTE: Yes, I am still at camp, and this is a scheduled *guest post* by Sarah Miller. I will continue normal posting when I get back from camp in late August.

I usually don’t like shorts. But I like shorts now. Mostly because I have an easy way to turn jeans into the best shorts. Here is how.

1. Sort through your stacks of jeans. If you are lucky a cute and tiny dog will give you support. Find a pair you are willing to destroy with love and magic.

2. Use a straight edge to draw the cutting line. This part is sort of important; this is where you want to cut them at an angle like I did in the picture. I promise it is just more flattering. Cut above the line.

3. You will use some bleach and a bucket for this part. Take all of your items outside.

Most likely your current pair of new cut off shorts will be a terribly dumb color. So you have a choice, dip the whole dang pair in the bucket, use a stick to splatter, or do a gradual dip like this:

The first dip is quick and you can immediately see the colors changing. Rinse them off and pour more bleach in the bucket.

4. Then just dip the tips of the shorts and leave them in the bleach for about 10 minutes. Don’t worry about the dips being perfect because the more messy the splashes, the prettier the shorts.

I love the marbled effect.

5. Rinse again, wash, and you are now a boss man or lady.

Some tips & things:
*if you skip the rinsing parts there will be more marble.
*dispose of the bleach in a nice way.
*tighter jeans don’t work quite as well.
*don’t let tiny dogs help during the bleach part. It could hurt them!
*remember to use gloves while handling bleach.
*you can’t mess this up.