Monthly Archives: September 2012

DIY- Studded Jacket

The first of many DIYs!!  I found this jacket for $12 in the garment district when I visited California this summer. I’m pretty sure it’s just a Forever 21 jacket, but i’m not sure… the tag was cut off… it seemed kind of shady. But it was only $12!  So I’m ignoring any unethical possibilities.  While I love neutral pieces that go with anything, I couldn’t help but embellish a little!  And it was SUPER easy to do.  Try it on an old favorite or a new thrift store find for a fresh new Spin!

What you need:

*Old Jacket

*Studs in different colors and sizes (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)

*Flat head Screwdriver

*Takes about 20-30 minutes

Step 1: After you’ve gathered your supplies, pick your ideal spot to place the studs.  I wanted mine on the shoulders, but it would look equally rad on the lapels, on the back, or on the sleeves- it’s up to you!

Step 2: Begin studding!  Most studs have 2 or 4 prongs that easily fit through the fibers of the fabric, and then you need to securely push them down.  I use a screwdriver for this part, because otherwise you will kill your fingers!!

Step 3: Be sure to use a variety of studs, and be consciously random with how you place the studs. You want to be sure that the larger studs are spread out evenly.

Step 4:  Keep studding until you’re happy with the look.   And then get ready for the bazillion compliments that will ensue <3

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A little crazy never hurt anyone

I seem to know a lot of people who have lost their minds.  Their ability to reason is diminished.  They begin to lash out.  To take desperate measures.  They’re grasping at straws.  The strangest thing is that they don’t seem to recognize the crazy that has overtaken them.  It’s like watching a train wreck while the passengers obliviously laugh.

I suppose we all go crazy at some point.  Some of us recover, but we never fully return.  The crazy is a part of you forever.  A thing you have to deal with forever.   And then there are some that never make it back at all.

You can’t escape your own head.  There are some things that twirl and dance and mock inside my head day in and out.  The trick is to either rid yourself of the disease, or learn to live with it.  I believe that some of the world’s greatest creations have come from incessant, tortured minds that are plagued by this unceasing barrage of thoughts.  Perhaps it is an inherent characteristic of creators.  That it is a necessary part of the process of creating.

I’d rather be crazy than dull.

And speaking of crazy and tortured….. Egon Schiele:

Self Portrait With Hands On Chest - Egon Schiele -

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This is a song I can never get enough of.  Gavin Castleton’s album “Home” is the story of his breakup with a longtime girlfriend told through a zombie apocalypse.  It’s honestly incredible.  And I think he only directly says the word “zombie” twice on the entire album, which saves it from getting cheesy and overdone.  You can listen to the whole album on his site, which more artists should do! More music should be free!  Anyways, you can also listen to the commentary, which is worth doing. He gives so much depth on the construction of each song, and the changes he made, as well as takes you through how each song correlates to the rise and fall of his relationship.

This song in particular is great. The album is a little weird at first listen, but this song got me hooked, and now it’s one of my favorite records. The song’s got a bit of a retro vibe, which I love, and both voices work amazingly together. Enjoy!

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Cry For No One

My dad introduced me to the song “For No One” by the Beatles a while back, and it has since become one of my favorite songs. There is so much insight and sadness in the lyrics, like the poignant last line “A love that should have lasted years.”  It reminds me of another song by The Beatles, “I’m looking through you,” which also perfectly describes how quickly relationships can change.  As they so eloquently say, “Love has a nasty habit of disappearing overnight.”  Kind of a bummer topic. But there is also a freedom in the lyrics, an escape from something that wasn’t right. “You were above me, But not today.”

detail of “Umbra Crinis Concha”
Courtney Larsen

Aaaaaaand with that, here are my top ten songs for the week.  A mix of melancholy and freedom and being better off.

1. “For No One”- The Beatles

2. “Day Old Blues”- Kings of Leon

3. “Suck It and See”- Arctic Monkeys

4. “Shivers”- Divine Fits

5. “Sloop John B”- The Beach Boys

6. “First Love”- Adele

7. “Bless This Mess”- David Bazan

8. “The Moon Asked the Crow”- CocoRosie

9. “VCR”- The XX

10. “Styrofoam Boots/It’s All Nice On Ice, Alright”- Modest Mouse

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Thrift Store Valentinos

A few months ago, my mom came home from California with these whimsical red shoes she found in one of our favorite San Clemente thrift stores- The Packrat.  I immediately dreamed of all the outfits I could wear them with!

And then yesterday, while browsing the section of Nordstrom’s I will never be able to afford, I stumbled upon some Valentino pumps that looked identical to my new red ones!  They had nude, black, and yes- even red.

Not to brag, but I have pretty good luck with thrifting.  I get it from my mother dearest.  And while searching for these beautiful shoes, I found this beautiful blog, and a lovely image of some killer shoes.

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In-progress work- update

Here’s an update on a drawing I’m working on.  I’ve started adding in the background finally. It will eventually be a pretty chaotic piece I think.  I’m debating color, but I haven’t decided one way or the other. We’ll see once I get closer to finishing I guess!

Also, this is the artist that got me really thinking about hand-type in the first place. Incredible.  Daniel James Diggle.  Look him up.  And this is the work I saw of his specifically.

Anyways, more of mine below. Enjoy!





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