Valentine

stylepost132b-001

I never meant to go this long between blog posts, but here I am! Arthur and I had a great Valentine’s weekend. He made me dinner on the 14th, and then we went out for dinner at Picco (aka greatest restaurant in the world) on Monday. This was my Monday outfit, featuring three fair trade pieces: Greenola Style’s Paka Bracelet and Mata Traders’ Buck Stops Here Skirt and Trailblazer Necklace.

stylepost132a-001

I love stacking the Greenola Style bracelet with my stamped leather bracelet from France (also pictured). I bought it at a truck stop gas station somewhere in the Massif Central back when I was a little punk teenager. It was my first trip to Europe, and my first trip with Arthur, who I had been dating for less than five months at the time. Buying this little bracelet was my first introduction to Europe’s amazingly clean, awesome gas stations that have legitimately great gift shops and other things you’d never find at American gas stations. This particular gas station shop had a lot of wine and leather goods and wool, and they had little leather bracelets like this in all different colors, so I got myself this one in dark brown. It reminds me of that great trip we had together over 8 years ago, which makes me happy to know that we’ve been together for so long (almost 9 years!) and are so strong as a couple. I love him very much.

stylepost132c

stylepost132d

New Year

stylepost131a-001

stylepost131c-001

stylepost131d-001

stylepost131b-001

I realize I haven’t posted in over a month. December is always a busy time, and I just got caught up in all the craziness.

We’ve been having hard freezes recently, so I’ve been dressing for warmth and comfort. This old leather jacket from my punk days is perfect to wear in the cold, since it traps in the heat so well. And I love this new tee I got for Christmas, which Arthur refers to as “feminist ursine couture.” It’s a bear saying “don’t tell me to smile,” a gem I discovered from this feminist gift guide. Arthur and I call each other “bear,” so we have a lot of bear-themed things. Plus, we’re both passionate about gender equality, so this was pretty much the perfect gift for me. Scarves are also a staple for me this season, and this fair trade scarf from Marquet has kept me nice and toasty.

Fair Tuesday

stylepost130a-002

stylepost130d-001

stylepost130b-001

Black Friday isn’t my thing. This year all we did at von Nagel haus was get some Indian pizza with a friend and watch movies. No crowds, no insanity. It was great. However, if there’s one holiday sale day that I actually support, it’s Fair Tuesday, which just so happens to be today!

Fair Tuesday’s aim is to encourage conscious consumerism through the purchase of fair trade goods and to show how an everyday purchase can help toward breaking the cycle of poverty for people and communities worldwide. I’ve always been a big proponent of fair trade, so Fair Tuesday is a great shopping day for me, because I get to discover some great deals on ethically made gifts for the holidays. Today’s outfit features a couple of my favorite fair trade accessories for Fair Tuesday: a beautiful, soft Peruvian scarf from Indigenous and a colorful Oaxacan chaquira bracelet from Mitla Moda.

If you have no idea where to start in regards to Fair Tuesday, you can browse the list of companies on the Fair Tuesday website. And to begin, here’s a list of fair trade clothing and accessory companies I particularly like who are participating in Fair Tuesday:

Mata Traders (I’ve featured many of their dresses on this blog)
Mitla Moda (Mentioned above, but I had to include them again!)
Greenola Style
Global Mamas
Awava
Malia Designs

Oh, and did you notice the wet fence and concrete in the above photos? It’s been raining all weekend! We needed it. Keep it up, Californian winter!

Winter is Coming

stylepost129d-001

As Bay Area weather slowly begins to feel more wintery, I’m starting to think about what to wear to the holiday parties I will be attending this year. Luckily, I just so happened to add this perfect holiday party dress to my vintage collection this weekend! A friend of mine was downsizing her closet, and she thought I’d give this little white and gold dress a good home. I just couldn’t pass up her offer. It’s a Joseph Magnin minidress from the 60s, embellished with gold beads and sequins. I totally love it and I can’t wait to wear it out. Many thanks, Lily!

stylepost129b-001

stylepost129a-001

Give ‘Em the Boot

stylepost128a-001

Having been with Arthur for eight years, I’ve come to expect that it’s impossible for him to wait to give gifts on the day they’re supposed to be given, like Christmas or birthdays. Once he has the gift in his hands, all he wants to do is give it! This year, he gave me one of my Christmas presents very early: a pair of classic black Dr. Martens boots!

Believe it or not, these are the first Docs I’ve ever owned. You’d think I’d already have multiple pairs, being the grumpy old punk that I am, but these are my first and I love them to bits! For today’s outfit, I decided to go with a look inspired by my punk past. Many of my old punk shirts are long gone by now, so I grabbed this cut-up Rome shirt, moto jacket, and some black jeans, and this edgy, all-black look was ready to go!

Right now, I can really only wear my Docs with jeans and thick socks since they’re not totally broken in yet. But after the material has softened, I can wear them with whatever I want, including dresses and skirts!

What are your favorite ways to wear these classic combat boots? Punk-inspired? Edgy and feminine? Urban and modern?

To close out this punk-inspired post, here’s a track from one of my favorite punk bands, Dark Times, from Oslo, Norway. I usually associate Norway with black metal, but it turns out the have some heavy punk bands out there too!

Elk

photo 1-002

Arthur and I had a nice day at Cavallo Point in Fort Baker this weekend. I got him a gift card to their spa for his birthday a few months ago, and he finally got to use it on a nice hot stone massage. Afterward, we had lunch at their lovely little restaurant, Murray Circle. We love going there every so often. Their Victorian buildings are great for photos too. This sunlit glassed-in porch let in just the right kind of light.

I adore this skirt from Mata Traders. The elk print is wonderful, the fabric is so lovely (and great for all seasons), and it goes with just about everything. I like pairing it with crop tops right now, since our droughty weather hasn’t totally cooled down yet. This will look great with my fall sweaters and fair trade scarves once it gets cold enough to justify wearing them! The mornings and evenings have been chilly at least. I’ll often throw on a scarf in the morning because it’s usually cold, but it will be pretty much useless by 9 or 10 AM.

Happy Halloween!

rosie2-001

Today is Halloween, but since a lot of people don’t come into work on Friday (especially with the insanity of the Giants parade happening today), my office had its Halloween party yesterday. I dressed up as Rosie the Riveter, cultural icon and representative of all those women in the 1940s who found a form of economic freedom and empowerment in a culture with otherwise regressive ideas of gender.

My outfit is inspired by “We Can Do It!”, Norman Rockwell’s “Rosie the Riveter,” and photos of real-life female factory workers during that period. Now, technically, the “We Can Do It!” poster most often associated with Rosies wasn’t supposed to depict a female factory worker at all. But the meaning has changed over time. Rosie (and related) imagery is complicated after all.

And crazily enough, I won my office’s costume contest with this!

rosie1-001

rosie3-001

rosie4-001

Happy Halloween, all!

Autumn, Album Reviews, Rome

Northern spy apples

I was sick all weekend, so no outfits or adventures to report. Just ate a lot of spicy food and took a ton of naps, all between massive Netflix marathons.

The weather is finally cooling down a little bit and starting to feel slightly more like fall. So here’s a little fall photographic inspiration from the depths of public domain. Northern Spy apples (delicious heirloom variety) photographed around 1910, and a gorgeous color photo from 1939.

In other news: Some months ago, I got to write a review for Rome’s new album, A Passage to Rhodesia, for Acoustic Guitar magazine. It recently went to print in the magazine and online. You can read it here! This album is, far and away, my favorite of the year. I highly recommend it. Here’s a little preview in case you’re not familiar with this lovely record:

Burning the autumn leaves in Norwich, Connecticut  (LOC)

Dry Creek

stylepost127d-001

This weekend Arthur and I went on a little drive to Healdsburg for some wine tasting at Dry Creek. It was warm, as the wine country often is in October (especially during this drought), and I thought this red cotton dress from Mata Traders would be perfect for an 80-degree afternoon of wine tasting. October is Fair Trade Month after all, so I’ve been wearing a lot of fair trade clothing and accessories to show my support.

And while the weather was nice, it’s definitely unsettling how warm it is right now. Let’s hope it rains soon, and that it rains for a long while.

stylepost127a-001

stylepost127e-001

stylepost127c-001

stylepost127f-001

winegrapes-001

Ferry Comics

Men of the Larkspur Ferry

As some of you may know, I like drawing silly comics like sometimes. I never studied drawing and I have zero technical know-how (that much is clear), but I just like drawing stuff for fun. Always have!

This week I thought I’d draw some of the faces I see on my daily commute to work. There are some people who just stand out to me for whatever reason. Whether they look like somebody famous, have a really distinctive look, or are doing something just slightly out of the ordinary, it’s just really fun to observe my fellow commuters.

There may be a Part 2 to this comic sometime in the future. We’ll see!

PS, The text got cut off a bit on my scanner, so the Viking guy has seen “many a battle.” Not “man, a battle.”