Wednesday, September 19, 2012


I do not know what the heck is going on in these rooms. . . Crazy furniture arrangements, spazzy prints, clashing colors, bizarre art . . . 

So. Much. Rule. Breaking. And yet. . . ME LIKEY.  Feast on these: 

I just don't understand the layout of this room. . .or the concept. . . or the art. . .or the mantel. But,  somehow, SO COOL. 

Olive and. . . Peach? And someone can walk behind my head whilst I sleep? Eek. Excuse me, your mirror is touching the ceiling.  Okay, maybe for one night. 
 So the guy in the tiger chair sits BEHIND the guy in the flowered chair? While facing the guy in the  hand chair? The lady on the floor cushions is the only one who can reach her cocktail. . . Painting mounted to mirror makes me really uncomfortable. What if it falls on tiger chair guy? The teams will be uneven.

Not sure what the function of this room is.. There's an awful lot going on to only have one real sitting piece. Table behind chair?? Brown walls? Mauve ceiling? What's with the ragtime hat? Really, one print wasn't enough for this chaise? 

And yet, I kind of want to hang out in there and read my book, although it would take me about five years to read it with all the stuff to look at. I freaking WORSHIP this wallpaper though. This will be in my powder room someday with a killer black vanity and insane mirror. And maybe a ragtime hat...not. 


I'm actually loving this but they lost me at the bucket montage. 

Bold, very bold. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


All images Tory Burch Blog

As I was devouring juicy images on Pinterest last week I came across the Spring 2013 Tory Burch fashion show.  As far as I'm concerned, she NAILED IT. Her aesthetic is pretty much the epitome of FABULOUS to me...bold colors, retro prints, classic silhouettes with a little bit of old-money-traditionalism, paired with super, giant, colorful, in-your-face statement jewels.  

Sound like anyone you know?? hmmm???  (Although I shy away from the more "logo-ey" stuff--not me) I will pretty much be waiting by the phone for the rest of my life for Tory to call and say, "Rachel, I've seen your work and I think you should be working for me."  
Her Spring 2013 collection (Fashion is so twisted...its SEPTEMBER!) showcased the same great clothing as always, but her JEWELS!! Not to flatter myself but they look like they jumped straight out of my One Man's Trash playbook: oversize swishy tassels, colorful pom poms, long, gaudy necklaces with giant fiber and raffia baubles; all blurring the line between jewelry and clothing.  

HELLS yeah.


I'm certain, like all trends, that tassel-mania will eventually run its course, and I'll have to move on with my life, but in the meantime I am inspired to take my current obsession with giant, colorful, borderline-tacky, textile jewelry and make it BIGGER, TASSELIER (It's a word), and borderline TACKIER. 

Thanks, Tory. For just being you and letting me be more me. uh..yeah. 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Ever since I was a teenager I have had a passion for all things vintage. My girlfriends and I would scour thrift stores, antique malls, garage sales and the like searching for that special piece that NO ONE ELSE WOULD HAVE. While everyone else was trying to look alike, we were desperately trying to look different.  
We drudged around in a grunge-fueled haze (see yesterday's post!) of printed and pastel polyester shirts, vintage tweed jackets, that were so stiff from age, they could stand on their own, and went on a never-ending quest for the "widest-leg pants."  Finding your size was like a gift from God, and the endless Minnesota weather and short days provided the perfect sullen backdrop for all of our fashion rebellion and Cobain-style, old man sweaters. Before Juno was a glint in eye...there we were.
Vintage is on trend at the moment and there are tons of beautifully curated outlets like Etsy, Modcloth, and Room Service (here in Austin), to find and purchase vintage goods. I think a response to vintage aesthetic is more than just timeless design, it an emotional response to colors, shapes and textures that evoke a sense of history. 
There is a mysterious dreamy element when you look at a typewriter that you know someone, long dead, sat at for hours and pecking away. Who were they? What did they write?  People seem to be seeking vintage lately and I think it says something about today's youth (for all of their other faults) that they see a value in something OLD. Everything in their world has a shelf life of 5 minutes (until the next app comes out) but there is something really special about an item that has depth and history. 

To really pull off vintage eclectic style, without looking like you are auditioning for Mad Men (Don Draper, I heart you) you have to have be a skilled curator and a fierce editor, both in decor and fashion. Sometimes things work together unexpectedly, sometimes they don't. Its trial and error. 

I will just use any pathetic excuse to look at Don Draper. 

Anyway, now that I'm older wiser, and slightly less sullen, I am still obsessed with vintage. I have always been attracted to that special aesthetic fusion of vintage items and more modern pieces, a'la Anthropologie or Restoration Hardware. And I love having that beautiful, unique piece that no one has. 

modern shapes with vintage images...Anthropologie
I have a pretty respectable collection of vintage clothing pieces, jewelry, purses, and home decor (More on THAT later!)and I love to incorporate vintage elements into my jewelry designs. Some pieces I buy, and end up wearing as they are. Others I disassemble and modernize with colorful elements and embellishments. And of course there is the added bonus, being the utter cheap-ass that I am, of finding them at thrift stores. A few examples of vintage pieces I have reworked and sold: 
vintage key necklace

leaves from a vintage brooch

Vintage Metal piece with "now" colors

Assemblage Vintage Necklace with Fiber baubles

One of my all-time faves

vintage beaded clutch "One Man's Trash'd"

metal filigree from a vintage junk necklace

A few favorites from my own collection (all under $10): 

Art Deco earrings picked up at thrift stores
Black sequins, black patent leather, gold lame', beaded silver, and needlepoint. Oh my. 

Vintage 80s

my faaaave necklace that I wear all the time! 

a pile of metal chunkies

For channeling Jackie O...Flea market find $2. 

Two pieces I picked up for my wedding in '09. I wore the one on the right...

Look at that pale Minnesota skin! ha! 
A few vintage elements I plan to work into upcoming One Man's Trash pieces (Stay tuned!!):

Here's to all objects that get better with age, outlive trends and make life more beautiful. I love you, vintage. 



Monday, September 10, 2012


Lately I've been feeling nostalgic for the 90's.  It must be fall and back to school. It reminds me of going back to school and crisp afternoons in Minnesota with a coffee and my back-to-school pair of clunky, grunge-girl boots.. Have you ever noticed that some people get stuck in the decade that they went to high school? (that means you, poofy bangs) Glory Days fashion??  Although, I remember being pretty depressed through most of high school, so glory is a bad word for it. I graduated in 1996, so depressed was kind of in--maybe I was just being trendy.

 Remember the days when your hair looked like this: 
The Rachel
Or this: 
And you wanted your boyfriend to look like this:
Shannon Hoon
Or this:
Jordan Catalano
Or this: (Okay maybe still this...)
And for Halloween you had to be this
Mia Wallace
I get warm fuzzies when I think about the 90s so I'm having a 90s revival this fall. I am thankfully seeing a trend toward my "Glory" decade in stores. Wide-leg jeans are actually on racks and neon seems to be slightly less dominant. (I'm 35, people..rubber jelly bracelets aren't really working for me). So for a big welcome to fall, I will be rocking a pseudo-nineties look, but, like all recycled decades, you have to take out the 'rad' parts and leave the 'heinous.' 

I will be ditching the skinny jeans.  I am soooo over you.  
The butt magnifying, bow-legged-featuring, EXCUSE-FOR-PANTS looks just as bad as it did in the 80's, minus the acid washed denim bow at the ankle.  Unless you have a super model giraffe body (because so many fast-food-nation Americans do, right?), you may agree this trend must end. 
Instead I'm sporting my 90s wide leg jeans like these that I just bought at Old Navy
Old Navy Wide Legs

And I will be clunking around in them with these
Harley Davidson boots
Which look almost exactly like the ones I wore in high school except my mom paid for them. I miss that.

but I'm definitely leaving the cutoffs behind
Oh no..not ironic and cool...just bad
I'll be rockin the slouchy hat from one of my favorite Etsy shops Love and Knit

And I wouldn't put it past me to revive this old flannel
cozy flannel
But instead of the choker
Naomi and Kate (like I even need to say it)
I'll be wearing a big chunky necklace of my own creation
One Man's Trash Necklace

I will be leaving the scary eyeliner
The Craft
But keeping the dark goth lipstick. My girlfriends and I passed Revlon "Blackberry" around like crack in high school. And if you lost your "blackberry," your BF had hers in her purse.

I'll be watching this:
And this
My so-called Life...  "It like...hurt"

Listening to this 
Fade into You
And this...
Pearl Jam
Ever since she was born the Bug likes to hum every time Eddie Vedder comes on the radio. I think I listened to it so many times in my teens that it passed into her amniotic fluid. 

And of course I'll be walking around with my coffee..because some things never change. I'll be doing less brooding. It's so 90's.

Cheers and Happy Fall!