the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Category: politcal fashionista

the thing


“since the thing perhaps is
to eat flowers and not to be afraid”

~ e.e. cummings

image : Nadezhda Tolokonnikova


more hair peace, please


found this gem by way of moldy doily and am resisting the purchase of the tina turner tee with all my might.

because tina turner in a leather mini and jean jacket rekindles the days of living on 13th street and walking down the train tracks with the best friend and his feral dog.


big hair forever

10 horses and a UFO

the other woman keeps playing in my headphones.

which led to this post from the famous other, may pang.

an astonishing discovery: john wore women’s jeans.

snippets as the result of blog surfing

found apart by lowry’s at bored and beautiful

found here. digging tucked in tops.


and i just couldn’t resist.

hunting season has begun

Fashion Week

and this is on the list.

 (Danish graphic artist Anne Strandfelt’s “I Love Yoko” T-shirt)

And we will be so happy in my ape man world

I think I’m so educated and I’m so civilized
cos I’m a strict vegetarian
But with the overpopulation and inflation and starvation
And the crazy politicians
I don’t feel safe in this world no more
I don’t want to die in a nuclear war

(more lyrics here)

never return into my arms cause you were gone gone

I ran into an old friend this morning. Nearly ten years had passed since we last met in the poetry section of the changing hands bookstore. At the time, she was a mother, poet, and musician in hiding; and I was a student at the university studying poetry. My inexperienced hands were no match to the living she had done and the stories she shared. I was a novice mesmerized by her large wings and long pauses, emulating her style — the disheveled clothes, the hair that covered her eyes and those tired old walking boots.  During this time, she introduced me to many of her colorful friends, and occasionally we met to recite passages by Baudelaire. 

The Irreparable
Can we suppress the old Remorse
Who bends our heart beneath his stroke,
Who feeds, as worms feed on the corpse,
Or as the acorn on the oak?
Can we suppress the old Remorse?

(entire poem here)

For nearly a year, she influenced my pen to the dismay of my professors who had discredited her as a poet.

They assigned poems by traditional women poets, their scathing criticism abolished the idea that a musician can be a poet, and a class on John Milton’s Paradise Lost sent me back to the text books and away from her writings.


(patti smith) 


My dear old friend,

It’s a pleasure to see your black wings again.  What a curious world we live in to be separated all this time only to find our trails reunited at this river, feeling and living according to similar sentiments

At times it feels quite barren here. 

It’s nice seeing you in this place.


(if you live in LA, go here this thursday. it’s free.)

underneath this screen lay a potentially lethal femininity

Women's Lewdness Will Be Doubly Punished

and tell the believing women to lower their gaze and be modest, and to display of their adornment only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils over their bosoms, and not to reveal their adornment save to their own husbands or fathers or husbands’ fathers, or their sons or their husbands’ sons, or their brothers or their brothers’ sons or sisters’ sons, or their women, or their slaves, or male attendants who lack vigour, or children who know naught of women’s nakedness. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And turn unto Allah together, O believers, in order that ye may succeed. (Quran, 24:31)


flypaper lead us to this great read: the urbane uniform and ghetto hijab.

the keffiyeh


political statement, haute couture or another one of those myspace-follow-the-leader fashion moments? you decide.

a couple of links to get your mind racing on the topic: 

  • above photo and village voice article on the keffiyeh here.
  • treehouse and the cave has tracked the street fashion trend for quite some time.
  • side note: urban outfitter sells the scarf originally called the anti-war scarf.
  • additional commentary on the scarf here. (really, trent reznor?)
  • the terrorist chic ensemble. LA times
  •  new york times style section takes on the trend here.
  • and finally, balenciaga’s version (autumn/winter 2007/08)