Friday, March 14, 2014

Get It Together

For the last few years I have avoided local fashion events like the plague for two reasons- 1. They're usually lame as hell, 2.- they're usually lame as hell because the people running them have zilch idea about what is actually fashionable and are sharing completely invalid
information with the general public.

Now don't get me wrong, I credit people for getting out there and doing their thing.  My favorite trait in people is a strong drive to succeed, but, correctly label what you're doing.  Fashion, for instance, needs to be wearable.  If it's not something a drug free, has all their marbles person would wear in public, it's not fashion.  Maybe it's art, but it's not fashion.  There is a difference.

Don't call yourself a stylist unless you have at least a little bit of knowledge as to what it is a stylist actually does.  "Liking" clothes or having the ability to buy and return from the mall does not make you a stylist.  Being a stylist is actually a lot harder than that, has a lot to do with marketing and pr, and includes something called a "pull letter"- look it up.

Anyone can apply for a press pass and get into the low attendance shows at Fashion Week.  
Yes, anyone.

Don't call yourself an expert unless you are actually, in fact, an expert.

Now, here is my idea- rather than doing a lot of things badly, why can't we come together as a city and do a few things well?  Wait wait, I can answer my own question here: egos, that's why.  Rather than taking the time to learn their craft, so many fashion "professionals" ie: wannabes in this city got together and said "Screw it! Lets charge people $ and tell them THIS is fashion!" when in fact, it's not, and they're making the rest of us look, really, really bad. 

But really, at the end of the day, who cares?  There aren't enough people in our little city who actually give much of a damn.  It's basically like a circle jerk of bad taste and invalid information being passed from one unfashionable wannabe to the next.

Rant. Over.


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Back to the Regularly Scheduled Program

Ok ok, so I have been slacking MAJORLY over here at West of 5th.  If there is actually anyone reading this, then I apologize.  See the thing is I have been busy trying to take over the world. Er,  a piece of it at least.

A while back I made mention of Ohlsson Management, which I am so excited to say is going absolutely amazingly. If anyone had told me I could be so happy and fulfilled working 14+ hours a day I would have told them they were crazy.  Don't get me wrong- it can be a bit frazzling; there are times my fingers almost fuze themselves directly to my computer, I forget to eat or take bathroom breaks, and I now dream of my ringtone I hear it so much, but I wouldn't change any of it for the world.  I feel like the luckiest girl in all the land and it just keeps getting better and better.  Honest story- I have the BEST talent in all the Midwest.  That is the truth.

I have also been spending a bit of time getting paid to write other people's blogs.  Isn't that crazy?  Who knew that even happened?  No fears, I assure you this is actually me and not a paid freelance writer.  No one could be any snarkier than I already am.  I have a lot of opinions.

I invite you to stay tuned- there are some changes in the works here at West of 5th, some exciting changes just around the corner.  For real though, come back from time to time.  If you thought we were having fun before just wait for what we have in store. *does that rhyme? Am I a rapper?*

PS- No one ever bought my shoes. WTH.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cheap Stuff, Good Stuff

The other day, I shared my sob story, A Few Extra Inches.  Now that I am sure you are all feeling sufficiently sad for me, *cough cough* I bring you the AUCTION.  Do it.  Buy it. Love it.

There's more, but Ebay is the WORST (more on that later) so I wasn't able to post it all.  Like these size 39 Christian Louboutins for $300 OBO. I'll ship them- email if interested.


Met Gala- Those Who Tried Harder Than Others

With a theme like Punk, one would assume that last night's Met Gala in New York City would have been filled with the brim of amazing, edgy, haute couture looks.  Apparently, very few got the theme memo...

There were too many bad choices last night to go over, so here are a few of the very few, ok choices.