So it looks like this new year's eve is going to be one of mixed feelings, as I am in LA for a bit to take care of an important shoot, and my entire suitcase full of my favorite things plus my christmas presents has been lost in transit by Delta. Thanks a lot, a**holes!! So here's to drinking heavily tonight and feeling weird thanks to not having new underwear for the last few days, and forgetting about one's problems and looking at pictures of kittens with rainbows! But seriously, honestly.. 2012 is going to be very different! Here's to hopefully having a better economy, more budding fashionistas, and always living the dream!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Givenchy L'or Celeste (only at Sephora)
Karen Walker Tortoise Shell Sunglasses:
The Row Backpack (don't judge):
Chloe "Terry" Clutch:
Rwen Military Parka
Madewell Military Parka
Pixiemarket's One Teaspoon Dress
Can't a broke-ass boutique owner dream? I only post these because I know my boyfriend and I have completed our Christmas-on-a-budget shopping. I've been good and bad this year, sometimes I couldn't be asked, but 98% of the time I worked my ass off, spent sleepless nights scheming and planning, and have flopped on my bed and fell asleep before my head hit the pillow on most nights. My most major offense this year would have to be getting easily and overly frustrated. I have spent myself to utter exhaustion and back. I have lived the dream for a year and while it was physically, mentally and emotionally taxing, I've enjoyed every minute of it. I've watched my online boutique progress healthily during a grinding recession, and I'm so grateful. I've listened to many speakers and entrepreneurs with eagerness and an open heart. I have somehow utilized my boyfriend's skills and hidden talents to the 1000th degree, and along with friends and loved ones, have come to this point. I appreciate those who have helped me with their endless generosity, strength, and support so much that I could easily give them my life. When things get so hard that you want to give up, and someone comes and picks you up by your arms and runs with you to keep you going... that is when you see the true vision of love, with such clarity. Thank you, friends, supporters, and Austin, for making it such a good year for Violet Boutique! :*)
Anywho... there was an article all over facebook, I'm sure you've read it, about how a Christmas present's cost is not directly correlated to a person's enjoyment of it, it's really the thought. There was actually research dedicated to this notion of "memorableness". The most memorable gifts are the ones when you've spent the time really picking what you thought the other person would want; and it could be handmade, free, or cheap. They mentioned this article on NPR too, and asked a bunch of people what the most memorable present was to them. The best presents I've ever received , or the only ones I can really remember, were the gifts of travel. My father took us to Vegas back when we lived in West Virginia (which is just how you think it is) for Christmas, when I was 8. We stayed at the Excalibur, which is a random, cheap, hotel, my parents aren't gamblers so they instead played tennis at the hotel's court with me, and we ate at buffets. I remember eating a lot of corn and mashed potatoes (I'm picky). It was not an expensive trip, but it was a getaway from the snow and cold, it was relaxing, we had fun, and it is one of my most poignant memories of my dad. He was a young engineer at the time, only a few years older than I am now, and he taught me the importance of taking the time to get away with your loved ones and see new things when you are stuck living in a random ass place, even if you have a tight budget. Otherwise, very simply, you get depressed.
So, all I want for Christmas this year is to see my family and be with my boyfriend, which is happening anyway! Oh, and maybe I'll buy that gold dust atomizer for myself because it's so darn sleek. What was your all-time favorite Christmas present?
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The sexiest Violet Boutique employees ever.
We had another Violet Boutique booth at DNA's popup at Free Gold Watch on Sunday. Twas cold but very nice to meet some sharp vendors and artists, as well as ScoutMob, a local Groupon-esque discount site that does very well in SF. We may be collab-ing more with some of these guys for future pop-ups, so stay tuned! Thank you DNA and Free Gold Watch!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Men and women everywhere are obsessed with long, straight, shiny hair. I have bouts of bipolar hair disorder, where I manically wish for a puffy afro, or a bowl cut a la Karen O, or something extreme, and the rest of the time I want natural, healthy, down-to-my butt hair. Nicole Scherzinger of Pussycat Dolls/XFactor went to my performing arts high school, and was a few years ahead of me. I was at Sparks, which was the local disgustingly grungy place to go to for a gay club on the weekdays or for whatever indie band shows, Get Up Kids or VHS or Beta on the weekends, and for some reason, she had infiltrated the scene by coming with a friend, and she looked very out of place. Amongst the pale and pasty, tatted, pierced kids was Nicole, a tanned and thin goddess with the longest, fullest, shiniest brown mane of hair I'd ever seen. I stood there with my gauges, short cropped hair (bc we were all wanting to be like Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted at the time), signature black hoodie and vintage army bag covered in band or label patches as a purse, talking to a friend, and literally the hum and chatter stopped to take a good look at her hair. I believe she was also wearing white capri pants.. I mean, what? We were befuddled.
My boyfriend likes to pet my hair, or I ask him to run his fingers through my hair so I can sleep, is more like it. "Pet me please"-- like a dog. Sometimes I'll turn around and lay with my hair close to his reach for ease of petting. There was an episode of PeeWee's Playhouse when Peewee was daydreaming about Miss Yvonne. PeeWee had a very extreme and perverse hair fetish, and there was this moment where Miss Yvonne came very close to him, and they were sitting by a waterfall. PeeWee's hands trembled and his eyes grew wide with his gross desire to pet Miss Yvonne's hair. PeeWee and I could have made a good couple.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thank you, DNA (Designers and Artists) for hosting a great sale at Free Gold Watch! I got to meet some cool new people, catch some great streetstyle, and of course sold some cute stuff from Violet Boutique! I will be there again this coming Sunday, and they are doing DNA's storefront popup shop all this weekend and next weekend! Here's a glimpse of our weekend and some VB cuties for your viewing pleasure:
This is Punam, and her fashion blog is: Nothing Broken
this is the typical sf men's outfit: cuffed dark jeans, combat boots, grandpa cardigan
And everyone loves Sam, my assistant and now menswear buyer. He's been so on point with Noble!
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
You think that Proenza Schouler sweaters started the trend, but who do you think schooled them?
THE COSBY SHOW!!!
bringing us to Proenza:
and now, Stockholm Streetstyle!
We must never forget that the Cosbies started it first. Get your pick of Cosby sweaters at VioletBoutique this weekend at DNA Popup Shop: Free Gold Watch Studio: 1767 Waller St (xStanyan)! ;)