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Get Dressed to This: Calm After the Storm

3 Nov

For anyone with CNN, access to the internet, or a friend of a friend of a friend, news of Super Storm Sandy that wrecked most of the northeast won’t come as a surprise. What might, however, is the fact that this force of nature was able to make New Yorkers stay still, quite literally, for several days. We all got to know our neighborhoods very well, as we were restricted to them for several days before we could get around in cars or even consider mass transit. I was one of the lucky ones, as I had power, cable, internet, water, and phone service the entire time, but many folks in the region were not. Now that the storm has passed, it’s left lots of damage, but also lots of hope. Most importantly, it has reminded us all that we need to slow down, appreciate what is around us, and take a moment to remember what is most important in our lives. The daily hustle and bustle to and from work or some social function or this and that event doesn’t have to be at the top of our priorities list.

In putting together this week’s Get Dressed to This (after quite the hiatus!), I wanted to use a mix that starts off slow and warms up as it goes along, expanding- spiraling, in fact – into a serious display of house perfection. Though minimal throughout, this mix by Dee Bufato for the great music series Without A Name shows us that build-ups need not be drastic nor predictable. Considering most of the going out this weekend will be on the mellow side, Bufato’s mix is perfect for having a little drink and getting pumped to brave the newly arrived chill outside in style.

1. Peplum Dress by A Wear, available at ASOS for $61.57 USD (view/buy)

 

2. Lydia platform pump  by Matiko, available at Solestruck for $284.95 USD (view/buy)

 

 

3. Vintage Royal Purple Earrings available on Copious for $3 USD (view/buy)

 

 

4. Asymmetrical wool-blend melange coat by Rick Owens, available at The Outnet for $957.25 USD (view/buy)

 

– Retail DJ

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Get Dressed to This: Ghetto Princess

6 Feb

Snooki: Certified Princess

When I announced a few days ago that I’d be featuring a mix by The Twelves for this week’s “Get Dressed to This” post, I found myself thinking in reverse. Typically, I plan the outfit, then pick the music that goes with it. This time, I knew what music I wanted to use, but needed a theme and an outfit to match.

But first, I should share my own story. I have a weird body, at least when it comes to clothing fitting me the right way. I often have to get things altered because I am short, belt/suspender/safety pin/constantly pull up pants because I have no hips, and do a lot of praying (and squats whenever I have the time) because I have no butt. One of things that I really advocate is finding clothes that fit your body well, but already understanding your body enough to know which clothes don’t. It’s one of the reasons why I try to offer a variety of clothing styles and cuts to address the physical assets and shortcomings of my readers who may be inspired by the wares I feature here. Not everyone is a tall, hyperthin model, and I acknowledge that.

In terms of clothing fitting your body type, I always thought this way about skinny jeans. If you weren’t skinny (or at least hyper proportionate), they were not meant for you, I’d say, chastising myself for even finding them on cute, and recognizing that I should leave them to the folks they were slated to look best on, at least if we are going by name alone: skinny people. Yet in a strange turn of events, at the end of a set of errands, a stop at Old Navy ended with my going home with 2 pairs of skinny jeans, one of which was a pair of denim stretch jeans – a trend I had vowed never to touch – teaching me to never say never.

And in all this, I found my theme for the night. Much like my fairytale counterpart Cinderella, I had found a fairy godmother at the most unlikely of places, and at the strangest of times. As Old Navy closed their store for the night, I left with my first pair of properly fitting skinny jeans, my fashion fate spinning its magic before the clock struck twelve and everything went from sheer luck to pumpkins.

In recognizing the hour 12 and my jean Cinderella story, I thought I’d revive a princess we haven’t seen in fashion for a little bit. Yes, the ghetto princess. The nameplate necklaces and gelled curls framing the face of  2003’s magazine layouts aside, the fashion industry has always worked to bring popularity and heart-stopping pricetags to the styles that already exist. Much like the companies that re-sell us natural water for an inflated price or add $2 to everything organic, in a frighteningly ironic twist, fashion too likes to remind us of the arbitrary nature of value, even if it’s put on something we already have.

With that said, I’m adding my take on the (faux) Ghetto Princess look (lite), with a mix from The Twelves to help you turn your pumpkin into a carriage as you head out this weekend. Have fun as you get dressed to this and don’t forget to rock with your favorite short, fur-lined hood, puffer coat:

The Twelves – The Twelfth Hour (dl)

tracklist can be found below (and in the music archive)

1. Myra Multi-Color Cutout Wedge, $159 USD, Bebe

2. Women’s Perfect Khaki Shorts in Ink Blue, $20 USD, Old Navy

3. Lee Angel Multi Bangle Set in Gold, $23 USD, theOutnet

4, Solid Scoop Top, $6 USD, Forever 21

5. New York Hoops, $3 USD, Forever 21

6. Cotton Spandex Jersey Legging in Raspberry, $26 USD, American Apparel

The Twelves – Twelfth Hour

tracklist:

Methusalem – Robotism. Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix). Glass Candy – Miss Broadway. Daft Punk – Da Funk. DJ Agent 86 – Wavestate. Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control. Gaz Nevada – I-C Love Affair. Phoenix – Lisztomania. Arpadys – Mystery Rock (Vlad Maywad edit). The Do – On My Shoulders. Zoot Woman – Information First. The Jacksons – Shake your Body. Mr Oizo – Two Takes It. Bushy – Sqezy Soul. Zeigeist – Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix). Snoop Doggy Dogg – Sensual Seduction. Juan Maclean – No Time. DJ Agent 86 – Magic. K.I.D. – Hupendi Musiki. Franz Ferdinand – Ulysses. Siriusmo – Discoding. Dan Hartman – Vertigo / Relight my Fire. Air – Sexy Boy. Fever Ray – Seven (The Twelves Remix). Pacific – Hot Lips (The Twelves Remix). Patrick Alavi – Power. Dynasty – I Dont Wanna be a Freak. Metronomy – Radio Ladio. Siriusmo – Last Dear. Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream. Elitechnique – Spectral Escape. The Virgins – Rich Girls. Black Kids – …Dance With You (The Twelves Remake). The Juan Maclean – Happy House. M.I.A. – Boyz. Cut Copy – So Haunted. Space – Magic Fly. PNAU – With You Forever. Eddie Tour – Up The Glitter. Mr. Oizo – Hun. Cerrone – Give Me Love. Mr. Oizo – Steroids (ft. Uffie). Tiga – Shoes. Kano – It’s a War. Daft Punk – Revolution 909. Radiohead – Scatterbrain (The Twelves Remix). Terry Poison – Comme Ci Comme «a (The Twelves Remix). Sebastien Tellier – Sexual Sportswear. Chemical Brothers – It Doesn’t Matter. Database vs. French Horn Rebellion – Beaches and Friends (The Twelves Remix)

– Retail DJ

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