Monday, October 19, 2009

A question of style

When Autumn first suggested that the blog feature her wearing these glasses, I said, "What? You'll be playing a librarian?" Shame on me for reinforcing librarian stereotypes.

But, what do you think of glasses? Do you think they are very librarian-like, or just smart? How do you like my sister in these? My inquiring mind would like to know...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

So that's the jazz

Should I be embarrassed to admit that during the last year of graduate school my fingernails were perpetually painted red, and not just any red—a particular shade of crimson? It only took about twenty minutes to repaint them each week, and this task was undertaken either by myself or by a manicurist from one of the many nail salons along Westwood Boulevard. The reason? I just liked the way that the nail color completed my outfits and added glamour to my everyday existence.

It was during one of these nail salon visits that I came across a very smart Teen Vogue photography spread. "My Funny Valentine" in the February 2008 issue was the catalyst for starting this “My Sky-Blue Portfolio.” When my polish had dried, I found that I could not leave the sweet photos behind—I wanted to show my sister—so I went back and asked the attendant if I could please take the magazine with me?

And before I could take the issue home, I kept bringing it out and showing the pictures to friends. “Doesn’t this look like my sister?” I said. “I should start a fashion blog with her—I read them all the time, anyway.”

So, here’s our photo shoot inspired by “My Funny Valentine.” Autumn wears a dress that’s very rouge, like my favorite nail polish, and stands by our favorite boy model, our trusty brother James. If you like, here’s some ambiance music.

By the way, we lately learned that “My Funny Valentine” is the work of photographer Arthur Elgort, who’s clearly a favorite of ours: He also photographed the spreads that inspired this blog post, as well as this one.

Monday, October 12, 2009


I'm asking, what's your favorite Motown song?

Friday, October 9, 2009


Darlings, please indulge our longtime love of Motown music. This fashion shoot is set to the tune of "Stop in the Name of Love" by The Supremes, and it's recommended that you watch this early 1960s television broadcast of the song's performance here.

Stop! In the name of love,
Before you break my heart!

Haven't I been good to you?
Haven't I been sweet to you?

I've known of your,
Your secluded nights,
I've even seen her
Maybe once or twice.

But is her sweet expression
Worth more than my love and affection?

But this time before you leave my arms,
And rush to her charms

Think it over!

Stop! In the name of love!
Before you break my heart!
Stop! In the name of love
Before you break my heart!

Baby, think it over.

Do you want more? That's good, because my sister Amber said she would "kill me" if I didn't add the video for Mel Carter's "Hold Me!" It's just great.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Autumn says

For this post, I decided to interview my sister about her life now: UCLA, ceramics, clothes, accessories, and what would be her perfect day at school.

What sorts of classes are you taking this quarter at UCLA?

Autumn: Each quarter I like to mix it up a little. For instance, I am taking a reading course about the author who inspired “Fiddler on the Roof,” and it’s very interesting. I’m taking Spanish, where I have to speak only Spanish all the time, or else I lose points—it’s true. I have chorale; this quarter we are mixed voices so that I have two altos on each of my sides. I’m a soprano, so as you can imagine it can be hard for me to catch my pitch.

Also, I am taking ceramics where we make things for four hours straight. There are some people in the class who are able to make a large object in about an hour, which is impressive and daunting to me. Lately, I made a Grecian-style perfume bottle, and it was small. But, the teacher liked it, which is good, because I don’t want to be the one who’s not up to speed in the class. Because the ceramics sessions are so long, I’m very hungry by the end, and I think that I am going to develop very good upper back muscles.

Throwing the clay’s exciting, and I move my hands up and down. Sometimes the clay forms a shape that I don’t expect and helps me to decide what to make. Maybe this is because of the way that I am handling the clay.

Any chance of your becoming a studio artist making ceramics?

Autumn: You mean like having ceramic objects for sale? I can see myself doing that—I know that I could do it. I would just need to have someplace where there are supplies and a kiln.

You know, my teacher owns a studio with a kiln, and there are shows and classes. He told us that at the end of the quarter we’re going to have a show there, and each student gets to choose an object to display. There will be a reception, too.

I like to make functional things, so I could end up making these things to sell.

How do you like to feel when you get dressed in the morning?

Autumn: I think that the transformation from pajamas to daytime clothing is interesting. At first I am not at all put-together. Then, I put on my clothes, accessories, and make-up, and it’s like making a piece of art. I become particular instead of just wearing clothes.

It’s like ceramics in that I can combine colors and shapes that I, or other people, might not think will work together. Like, a color such as rusty brown, that’s not actually my favorite color, looks really good with white and black. It’s not about “going together,” but more about being interesting.

Tell me about your accessories—why do you like them?

Autumn: Well, for the most part, I’m not a big fan of jewelry, so one reason that I like accessories is that they add to my outfit without being too fussy. I like bigger accessories than small and those that are plastic.

Do you mind if I talk about my sunglasses? I like them because they are versatile and functional. When I wear them on top of my head, they add color up there and keep my hair out of my face. And, when it’s time to head back after class, I can use my sunglasses to keep the glare out of my eyes. I don’t even need to bother digging in my bag for them. Watches are similarly versatile and functional to me, and I like having the face of the watch on the inside of my wrist, like a gadget. It’s like being Nancy Drew or Batman!

What would be your perfect day at school?

Autumn: Well, it would include Didde Reese cookies and ice cream—I know that! I like to be able to wake-up and get ready for school in thirty minutes flat. I would have class, of course, and the teacher would say something that captures my imagination. Then I would have lunch with friends and a little studying before another class. All the while I would be planning the evening’s activities.

I think I would then head down to Westwood to get a chocolate and peanut butter cookie and ice cream confection (eaten with a spoon of course!) before catching a Big Blue Bus to go to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica to meet friends. We would watch the street performers—the last time that I was there we saw a French mime who involved the audience in all sorts of skits and shenanigans! We would go into the gigantic stores to try on bunches of clothes and eat enchiladas and such at a Mexican restaurant that’s amazingly reasonable in price. Then, I would go back to school to play ultimate Frisbee until I am properly in need of a shower and my bed! That would be my perfect day.

Autumn would like to know: What would be your perfect day?