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Fashion Watch #1: We Love Houndstooth - Walking on the Edge
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Fashion Watch #1: We Love Houndstooth
So last month, The Possessionista, which I found via The Fug Girls on Go Fug Yourself (my favorite fashion site EVAR), did a contest called "31 Days of Giveaways." And I, being the eternal optimist, entered every single day, even though I (being also a realist) figured I wouldn't win.

But guess what? I DID WIN. And I won something awesome. These Koolaburra Victoria boots, in black. (Which are apparently the brand being worn by Celebrities Everywhere, although I promise when I put them on I will NOT turn into Lindsay Lohan.)

They just arrived in the mail, and I have only gotten to try them on thus far (SOOOO wearing them out next time I leave the apartment) but they are absolutely fab as far as I can tell, and it occurred to me that I should really take a photo of them to post here when I wear them out for the first time. (Hey, I am glad to give the company a bit of free advertising when the product really is great!) So I shall do that. But in the meantime, it also occurred to me that maybe it would be fun to share some other fashion thoughts and finds I have found in recent months and totally love.

Let's start simple. In the last month, I've noticed a fair amount of large print houndstooth showing up in the city, which I think is great, because the big print version of it in particular can be really striking. (The small print version is okay, too, though it's not as pleasing to me, depending on how it's used. For some reason if it hits some middle ground in size sometimes I think it looks ugly.) And I don't know if I'm just tuned in to it recently for some reason, or if it really is becoming a new trend (maybe it's been here for months and I'm just noticing, who knows?), but if it is a new thing apparently I got ahead of the curve on this one, because I bought this awesome shawl in October. And I love it.

(Fringed houndstooth shawl, $15, Soho street shop, NYC)

Even though I bought it in October, it's actually the perfect weight for upcoming breezy-but-warmer spring weather. And the pattern is really what makes it pop. So, whether I'm getting in with the trend, way behind, or just forging ahead on my own opinion, I say large print houndstooth should be The Thing (or one of the Things) this Spring.

And although this one's a little more of a cold-weather thing, here's a great example of a striking wardrobe piece made with this pattern.

Oh, how I covet that coat.


Poll #1707328 And then there was a poll!

Do you like posts about my fashion thoughts and finds?

Don't care
I'd like posts about specific items.
I'd prefer posts about trends.
I like posts combining specific items AND trends.

What do you think of houndstooth?

It's fantastic!
It's ugly. :(
It's okay.
I like the big pattern but not the tiny one.
I like the tiny pattern but not the big one.
It's going to be big!
It's so last year.
I will tell you my inspired fashion thoughts in the comments.

I play around with costuming, too. Do you want to see thoughts on that, too?

Yes, I'd like to read about specific items found for costuming.
No, I don't caaaaaare go away.
I'd like to see items AND full costumes.
I'd be interested in reading about a full ensemble.

What is your favorite fashion blog or site?

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kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: February 20th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC) (current file)
I'm not sure what I think about houndstooth in general, but that shawl looks great on you.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 20th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC) (current file)
Aw, thanks! :)

I actually think my problem with the smaller print is that it *doesn't* always look great no matter who wears it; but when the print gets to a certain size, I think it becomes more striking and flattering for everyone.
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 20th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC) (current file)
Ah! See, like I said, it may have been around for some time and I'm just noticing it now. (Or it's trickling down to the Ordinary People more now, heh.) I do enjoy fashion but for some reason watching a whole show on it is too much for me usually. I think because I like to go at my own pace, so reading and viewing is quicker for me, heh. :)

I'm getting a lot more into costuming these days, with the next NADWCon coming up in the summer. I'm going to try to do some posts about that soon. :)
trialia From: trialia Date: February 20th, 2011 05:22 pm (UTC) (current file)
Sorry to harsh your squee, but I still think houndstooth print is hideous, though the cut of the shawl itself is nice. I'd like to see your costuming items though :)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 21st, 2011 02:43 am (UTC) (current file)
Well hey, not everything is liked by everyone; it's cool. :) And I used to dislike it too, when what I was seeing was mostly the tiny-print kind. For some reason I like the big better though. :)

Costuming, woo! That will come along a bit down the line perhaps, as I am still putting together Discworld Con ones right now.
editornia From: editornia Date: February 21st, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC) (current file)

Icon Love!

Ooh, can I steal your icon, please? Did you make it? Can I has? Pretty Please? *hopeful smile*
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foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 21st, 2011 02:43 am (UTC) (current file)
The boots are fantastic! And I also have a weakness for black and white. Heh.
ashcomp From: ashcomp Date: February 20th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC) (current file)
I always like posts which include pictures of Emily. 'Least that way, I can remember what you look like :)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 21st, 2011 02:44 am (UTC) (current file)
Ha ha. :P PS I'm toooootally going to come to a meeting soon! I SWEEEEAAARRR. (oops.)
editornia From: editornia Date: February 21st, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC) (current file)
No ideas about the houndstooth, but this thought popped into my mind when I saw your cool new boots: "Ooh! Those boots would look really good at a Medieval fair!"

I go to a Medieval Fair every year (in May; I was just thinking about it today, actually), and the boots would really rock a Medieval outfit! :D
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 22nd, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (current file)
Haha, ooh. They definitely could do that, eh?
snapdragon76 From: snapdragon76 Date: February 22nd, 2011 12:57 am (UTC) (current file)
LOL, I love how you're working your Blue Steel look. Or is it Magnum?
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 22nd, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (current file)
Heeee. I don't...know? It's me, trying to do a decent self-photo? :P
snapdragon76 From: snapdragon76 Date: February 22nd, 2011 02:48 am (UTC) (current file)
Well, anything is better than the duck face!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: February 22nd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC) (current file)
The duck face cracks me UP.
snapdragon76 From: snapdragon76 Date: February 22nd, 2011 02:58 am (UTC) (current file)
*quack* me so sexay. *quack*
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: February 25th, 2011 08:43 am (UTC) (current file)
the shawl looks fantastic on you!

I like little or big houndstooth, as long as it looks alright for the cut/design/model/etc.

Are you on Polyvore? I'm chrryblssmninja there too.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 13th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC) (current file)
Hey, thanks!

And I've visited the Polyvore site. But...I'm not...on it? Not sure what that means. Is there a place to post things or something? I've just read articles/posts on occasion I think. :)
chrryblssmninja From: chrryblssmninja Date: March 13th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC) (current file)
Oh, sorry, I didn't explain. I have an account just to save clothes and other items I like (sort of like window shopping with internet memory). I put some of them into outfits, and enter some of those "sets" into the occasional contest. Here's a set I recently made.

I warn you, it's very addictive. Sometimes it leads to "TOO MANY TABS!" situations.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: March 13th, 2011 05:59 am (UTC) (current file)
Ah! I think I did see a couple of contests to make sets, and thought that would be fun to try. I'll check it out. :)

And cuuuuute set!
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