Saturday, June 18, 2011

Style Icon: Buster Bluth

Buster Bluth's style is all about the bold colors and preppy patterns: stripes, argyles, and plaids. And he's not afraid to make a statement by layering them together. You shouldn't be either.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Musings: (North) Americana Apparel

Old Navy

It's that time of year again--time to plan what you'll be wearing on Fourth of July! I love holidays that lend themselves to specific outfits, and patriotic holidays are the best kind since they have a built-in color palate.  I just bought this ridiculous Old Navy t-shirt above. It's like patriotic Tourette's. The designers may have been being ironic in designing something this over the top, I'm just concerned that most of the wearers won't be. Either way, I had to have it. Here are a couple more of that same model. I like the Colbert Report-esque eagle. The peace sign one is great for those of us who feel that flag waving can sometimes feel uncomfortably jingoistic. 

Old Navy
Old Navy

If you don't want to go the Old  Navy graphic or $5 flag tee route, here are some some cute, hipper, alternatives, for both women and men.

Warm-Colored Warm-Weather Frocks

Forever 21+

Everyone loves a summer dress, especially me. While the occasional cool-colored dress has made it into my closet, summer is the time to wear a fun dress in warm shades.  Here are a few of my plus-size (a few standard size and maternity made it in there too!) suggestions to warm up your dress collection.

Corals & Pinks:

ASOS Curve: Sizes 16-22

Dorothy Perkins: UK Sizes 6-22
Forever 21+ Sizes XL-3X
Dorothy Perkins: UK Sizes 6-22

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Lightweight Scarf for Summer

I love bright colors in general, but especially during the summer. I got this Gap dress a couple of seasons ago, I wish I had bought it in every color. Forever 21 has a lot of cute and affordable lightweight scarfs this season that are perfect for adding a little flair to summer outfits and perfect for summer evenings when it cools down (to below 80).

Gap Dress
Forever 21 Scarf

Monday, June 13, 2011

Museum Musings: Ugly Baby Jesus

If you go to the Louvre, or any large traditional Western museum for that matter, you will notice that a large percentage of the art there is religious.  That's because it took about 1500 years after Christ's birth for artists to decide it was okay to paint other things besides Biblical Scenes. That doesn't make the art not interesting, or well executed, it just gets quite repetitive to look at. Upon one visit to the Louvre with my parents, I was quite tired and not really in an art appreciation mood. I noticed that several of the baby Jesus representations were quite funny looking. I proceed to spend the rest of my visit hunting out ugly or weird deceptions of the Baby Jesus with the Virgin Mary.  It seems that pre-Renaissance artists didn't know how to paint a baby. Perhaps they were all single men who had never seen one up close, or their wives were the only ones who spent quality time with the baby. Either way, enjoy my collection of ugly Jesuses. If you like my pictures, you'll love the tumblr Ugly Renaissance Babies.

That's an unfortunate hairline for a baby.