(not so) random links

-i have long been a fan of the novel and the new when it comes to fashion. meaning: if it hasn't been seen before, is a clever twist on what exists, or feels innovative, i love looking at it (even if i don't actually wear it). show me something i haven't seen, you know? in the words of mike skinner, let's push things forward...! so on that note...chances are, you've heard of style bubble. in case you haven't (hello, have you been living under a rock??), i'm letting you know now, susie's the go-to girl for the deliciously cool, the envelope-pushing, the novel...when it comes to fashion. and she seeks it all out, test drives and mixes it up on herself, and writes about it all in a personal, personable way that transcends the usual fashion blogging fare (as you might guess, i am ALL ABOUT that which transcends the usual fashion blogging fare!). i openly applaud her for being herself in a sea of sameness.


-via craft, a link to teen vogue's fashion DIY archives (an online repository of the DIY features in their monthly mag), on the teen vogue website.


my favorites? the mulberry carry-all bag DIY, and the henry holland tee DIY (b/c i've always had a little bit of a thing for the tacky). the latter would be an interesting embellishment on a simple frock, if used singularly...like, one giant letter spelt out in rhinestones, methinks.


-a recent article from the telegraph entitled 'people must stop buying and buying' features vivienne westwood's opinions on the current over-consumptive, outrageously fast-trendmill-of-fashion-world we now live in, and it REALLY hit home with me. i love a woman with strong opinions...and really, i couldn't agree more, viv. trends aren't the be-all, end-all. some quotes from the aforementioned:

"Dame Vivienne Westwood thinks we should all stop shopping for clothes. "If you ask me what I think people should be getting next season," she says in that softly bossy northern accent of hers. 'I'll tell you what I'd like them to buy – nothing. I'd like people to stop buying and buying and buying.'"

"Granted, we are now greater consumers of fashion than ever, thanks to the fast turnover of trends on the high street. But, with endless style guides and television makeover programmes at our disposal, as well as accessible designer fashion, aren't we much more style savvy?"

"'There's something really awful about the way people dress now," she says, her eyes rolling skywards. "Everyone looks the same. Everyone wants to look neutral.'

Knitting her brows with genuine concern, she explains that, with so much fast fashion available to us, we are not giving ourselves the opportunity to develop good taste.

'There's this idea that somehow you've got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they'd get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked.'"