black lace and high tea

The damp and dreary weather we have been having combined with the dark lingerie-inspired looks I have been seeing in the fashion world lately had me dreaming of this:

and thus, I was inspired…

This drop-waist flared-skirt printed slip dress I’m wearing is from the Karl Lagerfeld for H&M collection from the winter of 2004.  I got it at the H&M on the Champ Elysees in Paris along with a couple of other pieces (all of which I still have and hold dear). I was totally obsessed with H&M on that trip to Europe with my family and visited one (sometimes 2)  in every single city in every single country we went to. Let’s remember this was when there was only one U.S. H&M in NYC and Forever 21 and Target hadn’t hit their stride. H&M was pretty much the Holy Grail of accessible, cool fashion.

Practically every time I hang out with my family they like to bring up the afternoon on that trip that I got “lost” in Salzburg, Austria.  They searched everywhere to find me, my mother practically in tears, when I was finally discovered in H&M (why it took them so long to figure this out, I do not know). They will probably never let me live it down. Hey- all in the name of fashion, right?

The tulle petticoat skirt is vintage – a find on ebay.

The black ceramic tea set is by Rosanna and was a gift for my 22nd birthday. I love it dearly. It is not new to the blog world, as it was featured here  <3

credits: styling by Tara R. McNulty, photography by Chade S. Severin


a color story

I am a little tired today because I stayed late at work last night playing with these:

I am feeling for this color story right now: mint greens, pale blues, and canary yellows grounded in shades of olive and grey.

I can’t get enough of my mint green suede J Crew shoes these days….


spreading the gospel of pink

One of my most infamous moments at work (there are many, they think I’m hysterical there) was the day I turned my nose up at pink.

The story goes that we were all sitting around a table talking about colors of the season, looking through color palettes. Pink came up and I was the first to speak up (loudly): “ew, I so do not wear pink.” A face was made.

A couple seconds of silence goes by and then all of a sudden everyone breaks into laughter. Coworker:  “are you kidding me? you are the queen of pink.”  Me: another face and a head shake and then… “oh yeah, I guess there’s that bright pink dress I wear, and my pink flower headband, and that garment dyed deep vee tee shirt….”  

Yep, I was busted. My comment was totally a lie- I actually wear a lot of pink. Shocking pink. Around my neck, on my nails, on my lips, in my hair, on my body.

So to make up for snubbing you, Pink, here I am preaching your gospel and publicly declaring my love.

credits: styling by Tara R. McNulty, photography by Chade S. Severin


spotlight on: rogues gallery

Today’s post is dedicated to what I consider to be one of the coolest lines of clothing out there for men: Rogues Gallery. Started by Alex Carleton, a former senior designer for L.L. Bean, the clothing line is inspired by New England maritime culture.  We’re not talking standard-fare yaughting prepster wear, this line has hipster edge that goes far beyond the boat shoe. 

During its early seasons, Rogues Gallery became the purveyor of what was cool, innovative and fresh in the mens graphic tee world. It has since explanded to become an entire line of clothing including pants and outerwear. Carleton runs the entire clothing line out of his headquarters in Portland- they even hand screen print all of the tees there. Most pieces have a distressed vintage, worn-in feel and seriously cool labels. Carleton pays attention to the details and makes the details important.

On the origin of his business:

“Winters are long here—and dark—and I definitely had a lot more free time on my hands. I started getting back into making stuff, and using my interest in history and collecting junk, and put that together with some apparel design concepts, and that pretty much was the origin of Rogues Gallery.”

Carleton on his graphic tees:

“Every season I ask myself and the small team here, ‘What is new about the T-shirt?’ We start by developing a color palette that relates to whatever story we’re interested in talking about, whether it’s a huntsman or a whaling story. And then we’ll start incorporating new ways of labeling or marking the T-shirts, and then of course the graphics.”

Carleton on inspiration:

“I’m a huge collector, and I’m trucking around the NE all the time. Rummaging, going to flea markets—I’m totally into old shit. So I’ll collect something, especially old textiles, and we’ll say ‘Ok, we’re gonna do a limited-edition of, like, 200 vintage Americana blanket bags.’ I’m interested in the origins of clothing, whether it’s a Jersey sweater, an Aran Isles sweater, but then how do we make that modern, how do we make that cool, how does it become Rogues Gallery?”


Look from the Spring/Summer 2010 look book

The Portland, ME showroom