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The Plaid Shirt

Fall is here, and I have the perfect upcycled plaid shirt for you. Get your punk/grunge/hip hop on.

Handpainted and bleached plaid flannel shirt, $125 (image of SEB Market BK by Shoott Photo)

When I was a kid my mom would get on me about ripping my clothes and not doing more to look like everyone else. She never understood my love for thrifting, and my mohawk sporting punk phase was very much over the line. She would have hated this shirt. I found a fiery red plaid flannel one day and I helped to it until I could visualize it’s final form. This involved shooting it with bleach and then going back in for a dip dye bleach bath. I had a bunch of denim cloth and I loved the idea of a bleach treated, sky blue strip running down the front. The are studs and stars involved and one massive cobra snake patch on the back.

So basically it’s perfect.

The fun thing is that you could wear this everywhere with everything. It could be a dress, worn open as a shirt jacket, or sloppily tucked into a tailored trouser. The look below creates a grungy librarian vibe by pairing the awesome shirt with a fleece top, razor sharp pleated skirt and beat up black Supergas. It’s a 90s/00s kind of outfit. Finish with flower crown, just to be like that.

Pretty in plaid…

I love it.

See you next time!

Faith/SEB Market BK

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Upcycled plaid flannel shirt, men’s size S

Customized Mossimo plaid button down shirt hand treated with bleach. Unisex. Decorated with stars, studs, and bleach treated denim stripe, then bleached again. Denim panel is hand painted. Soft, 100% cotton and machine washable. Snake patch on the back. Measures 30 inches from shoulder to hem. 25 inches from armpit to armpit. 19 inches across back shoulders. Sleeves are 26.5 inches. *U.S. shipping included*

$125.00

Karl Is My Father sweatshirt, size S

Eleven Paris Karl Is My Father sweatshirt. Cotton poly grey marled, feels like a thick thermal top. Black, printed lettering. Brand new, never worn. Measures 24 inches from shoulder to hem. 20 inches from armpit to armpit. 23 inch long sleeves. *

$75.00

Selene knife pleated skirt, size 4

Silky polyester pleated skirt from Italian label Selene. Side zip and waistband button closure. Measures 22.5 inches from waist to hem. 13.5 inches across waist. *U.S. shipping included*

$55.00

Superga Cotu wedge sneakers, size 8

Black canvas Cotu wedge Superga sneakers. Some wear on soles, but uppers in near perfect condition. Superga tags on the side and rubber tags at the heel are in perfect condition. *Unisex. 6.5 men's, size 8 women's. Sole is 1 inch at the toe and 2 inches at the heel. 3.25 inches across at the widest part of the foot. *U.S. shipping included

$32.00

Flower crown

Red rose flower crown. Fabric roses, braided elasticated band. *U.S. shipping included.

$12.00

Accessories, Fashion, Glasses

In which I get new glasses from the exclusive Kensington Road collection from Glasses.com

Opening email is an adventure when you blog or regularly publish content online. Sometimes there’s nothing but twitter updates and tumblr announcements, and sometimes? There’s Christmas.  

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I got an email from someone who had seen my NY Fashion and Trends Examiner column. They asked me if I was interested in finding out more about the Kensington Road collection, Glasses.com’s first ever exclusive collection. My answer? Sure! Then they sent me a package with a big box of tea from Harrod’s, some chocolate covered digestive biscuits from McVitie’s and a coupon for a complete pair of glasses. The Kensington Road collection is designed to evoke the British influence of the 60s- a retro look that’s solid, dependable, and has a stiff upper lip.

 I’ve been wearing contacts for a few years, and I had recently started thinking about going back to glasses, so this came at exactly the right time.  

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 I looked through the Kensington Road frames and picked the Leighton style in black. I opted for the 15 day free trial just in case, since it was first experience with buying glasses online. The deal is that if you don’t like them, you can exchange them, no fuss. 

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 The actually looked really great, sort of Prada-ish. They reminded me of of my favorite Tom Ford frames. I loved the leather case, which looks like an old fashioned camera case with it’s caramel brown leather and flat top. A large, luxurious lens wiping cloth comes along with the glasses. Overall? Top marks for the presentation and packaging.  

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Unfortunately? I just wasn’t crazy about them, so back they went.  

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I ended up getting the Grafton frame in tortoiseshell in my new updated prescription. The minute they came out of the package I loved them. I love a restrained, British look with a little punk thrown in. Properly eccentric, properly crazed. These glasses suited the shape of my face, focus attention on my eyes,, and make me look serious. Geek chic? Yes, please! I was a nerd before it was cool, so you know…  

glassescom6Yeah, ok- the many moods of Sassy Ethnic Bohemian, but it works for me. I love my Kensington Road glasses from Glasses.com– I’d definitely order another pair to add to my eyewear wardrobe. My Graftons go with everything though, so it may be awhile.  

Pip, pip, cheerio, and all that!