Monday, October 31, 2011

Behind the Scenes in a Bathtub

How sweet is Katya's room?

"Rub a dub dub" 3 bloggers in a tub!

Photos by Sebastian Marin

Clothes- All from LPM Vintage (except for polka dot top which is Carlis') Shoes- Jeffrey Campbell

When Carlis and Katya of Spicy Candy DC approached me several weeks ago with the idea of putting together a La Petite Marmoset lookbook, to say I was excited is an understatement.  These girls have natural style (and make me want to have a blogging partner)--- I've gotten to know them through events in DC over the past couple of months and always felt like we were on similar wavelengths.  We drove out to Katya's house (that used to be a church!) in rural Northern Virgina--- spent the day playing dress up and romping around in a secluded historic Civil War battlefield! As the Confederates and Yankees didn't really leave behind any dressing rooms, we ended up doing adventurous outfit changes out in the open (Several old men spent a little too much time reading nearby placards... i'm sure they were just history buffs). Thanks to Kim for recording, Sebastian for behind the scenes photos, and Spicy Candy for the photography, editing, lookbook and video! Had so much fun with you guys and you did a great job bringing it all together :)

Here are some of the first lookbook photos the girls took below---More on their blog HERE!

Also check out the video they made below!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Acid Rain

I forgot to put money in the parking meter... oops!

Photos by Sebastian Marin

Coat, blouse and rings- Vintage, Pleather Skirt- Rainbow stores, Socks- Target, Shoes- Enzo Angolini, Cuff- Forever21, Faux fur purse- Icing (an impulse buy from 4 years ago that I haven't worn until now)

Rain Shmain! I decided to thumb my nose at the weather yesterday by wearing this obnoxiously bright matchy-matchy ensemble.  You are what you wear-- I felt instantly more cheery!  Although I don't recommend wearing blue suede stilettos when it's wet out...

Also, please explain to me this mural:

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Girl-of-the-Week: Denisio Truitt

Outfit 1: Blouse and suede skirt- Vintage, Shoes- Steve Madden
Outfit 2: Pailette Sweater- Vintage, Shorts- Her own reconstruction from Georgetown leather pants, thigh highs- Nordstrom, Shoes- Nine west
Outfit 3: Top- Thelma's Vanity Vintage reconstruction (, Pheasant feather and Mongolian lamb wool skirt- Designed and created by Denisio with vintage fabric, Shoes- Asos

If you haven't gathered from the photos and outfit descriptions above, Denisio is one hell of a reconstructor.  I met her over the summer at a fashion networking happy hour where she was helping her friend Michaela (owner of Thelma's Vanity Vintage) sell her wears.  The first thing I noticed about Denisio (aside from being absolutely gorgeous) was her stand out vintage-inspired style--- she effortlessly pulls off bold prints and accessories.  When I found out about her masterful sewing, painting skills, and blog, I was girl-smitten.   

A look inside Denisio's home studio

Name: Denisio Truitt
Age: 28 (and proud of it!)
Hometown: Rockville, Maryland
Occupation/Hobbies: Creative Being (Painting, Writing, Photography, Cooking,
 Vintage Reconstruction)

How would you describe your style and where do you get your inspiration from?

I am a vintage and thrift addict to the core. My mother raised me prowling through Goodwills and local thrift shops, partly out of necessity but mainly for the thrill. I'm a very eclectic being but the base of my style is  a mashup of 70's  ethnocentric prints, colorblocking and bias cut/body conscious silhouettes of the 30’s and 40’s. I have a soft spot for the whimsical.  I love looking and feeling sexy, while still being a lady. I may be overcompensating now for being a bit of a tomboy earlier in my life.  The Leo in me longs to stand out in a crowd and I think I succeed quite a bit with my eccentricities :-) 

Inspirations include Jen Kao, Issey Miyake, Mary Katrantzou’s digital print dresses, Mara Hoffman, Costume designers (I STAN for Colleen Atwood) , Frida Kahlo paintings, Octavia Butler Butler novels, Period films and TV shows....EVERYTHING!!!

What item(s) are in heavy rotation in your closet right now?
Midi skirts and high-waisted silk pajama pants.  I have a green pair of the latter that I've run into the ground!!! Also vintage Etienne Aigner loafers, which, if anyone reading this knows were I can get a brown pair with basket weave and tassles you will become my new bff!

Clockwise from left: 1960's reconstructed dress with gold trim, 40's black crepe reconstructed dress with gold, 1980's reconstructed faux suede dress with African trim

How did you get into reconstructing vintage clothing?

I've been reconstructing clothes since I was allowed to mess with my mothers pinking shears. I came to that realization recently! I was always getting into trouble for "cutting up my clothes". I'd take in the waist of shirts, dresses, everything. My earliest memory of a successful reconstruct was taking up the hem and removing the sleeves of a thrifted dress for my 7th grade dance. 
I guess I love the idea of transformation.  I like being challenged, taking something and changing it to suit my own aesthetic. It's the same high I get from painting, just a different medium. 

Favorite shops/brands?
I loved ASOS (before it got a US site)!!!  They had a salon line that was vintage inspired, handmade pieces. Beautiful stuff. I have a beaded dress from them with yellow and white paillette flowers all over it.
Modcloth once in a while,, La Petite Marmoset :-) Mara Hoffman, Missoni, and of course Ye Olde local Thrift Store.  You can find me prowling in Value Village or Unique Thrift on any given day. 

Favorite DC spots?
Roosevelt Island (best kept not-so-secret), Sax (I tried to convince them to let me live the that restaurant, they weren't having it) , Kushi, P.O.V. at the W hotel. Half of those places are restaurants....clearly that's where my head is at, lol.

If you meant clothing stores, I can't afford vintage in DC!!! 

She stores her paint brushes in a silverware box!

On a typical day, your outfit consists of...
A nipped (or bare if I'm feel frisky) waist, gold jewelry, and heels.  

Most excited to wear this fall:
My vintage fuchsia suede coat with gold hardware.  Seriously, who gave that up??? 

Denisio reconstructing a vintage leather skirt with strip of gold sequin fabric

In five years, in your ideal situation, you are Owning my own vintage reconstruction line,  traveling constantly, and eating fabulously.

What else should we know about you?

I'm crazy, but in like a cool way.  I think.

Anything else you can find on my blog I guess: 

All photos by Denisio Truitt

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Feeling Lucky?

Host Lacey stood out in an all red ensemble
Met Lauren of Haute off the Press-- I might have awkwardly petted her vest
Big fan of this cape+skinnies sillohuette!

Photos by La Petite Marmoset

All clothes from Anne Taylor Loft (except Baker's boots)

The DC blogosphere was abuzz this past Saturday when Lucky magazine partnered with Loft and A Lacey Perspective (Triple L baby!) for an afternoon of styling, champagne and Georgetown cupcakes. I'll be perfectly honest, I had never set foot in a Loft/Anne Taylor store before this event.  After having a chance to style head-to-toe Loft outfits, I realized I've been missing out! (Definitely walked away with that faux fur trim knit cape--45% discounts can't be denied!).  To nail the lid on my weekend budget coffin, Loft is strategically located next to a Nine West... let's just say I welcomed some new members into the shoe family.

Monday, October 24, 2011

ReadySetDC's Fashion District

Looks from ArtAya and Sika--- That's Victoria from Curious Chase in the middle!
Jewelry Designer Jennifer Jeremias
Angie + BF, Birds, Gwynne of Ear Candie
Loving the bondage back

All Photos by La Petite Marmoset

Got the chance to go backstage at Fashion District to snap images of models and designers-- the event has only gotten better since last time I attended. I was especially impressed by local designers ArtAya and Epsion--- the quality of construction was top notch and combined with great styling! Ginger Roots also had some amazing reworked pieces that I would love to get my hands on.  Thanks again to ReadySetDC for letting me run around behind the scenes!
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