Saturday, November 15, 2014

OOTD: Vintage Fur & KiKi's Return

I'm sure you've noticed (it's been impossible to ignore, really) that it's been well over a year since I did a blog post.  Now, I could sit here and feed you a wealth of excuses about my post-graduate existential crisis, how bizarre it's been to adjust to a life working a full-time job, how I've wasted countless hours focusing on the aspects of my life I can't change and letting that feeling fester into a despondence that inhibits my ability to finish any project...but why should I? 

I started this endeavor as a way to express my sense of style, but somehow I turned it into this insurmountable obstacle for myself, letting myself believe that I wasn't interesting or financially stable or creative enough to blog, and yet I was still prattling on to friends and strangers about the things I wanted to accomplish but not taking any steps to actualize those ideas.  Isn't that really, really stupid?

I was talking with one of my best friends recently who is about to make a major life change, and we were discussing our respective plans for the future.  She said something to me that really resonated: she told me that for a long time she didn't really understand the Nike slogan ("Just Do It") or why people thought it was so compelling or why they needed some phrase to get them off their asses to get something done, especially something like exercise.  But once she was presented with this opportunity to pursue her dream, she had the revelation that she did just need to "do it," to stop holding herself back and take the steps to enhance her life.

Sometimes I do think we subconsciously hold ourselves back due to fear or judgement or even because we feel that we're supposed to, but these sometimes scary or life-altering opportunities often reap the greatest reward, even if there is a risk of failure.  

This blog might seem like a small step in that direction,  but at least it's a jumping-off point.  I'm reclaiming Cats in My Closet as my space where I can openly express my style and share my latest projects; I'm not claiming to be an expert or that my blog will change your life, I can't even guarantee that I'll post as regularly as I want to, but I will be taking steps to just "do" the things that interest me as a means of becoming the best version of myself possible.

Outfit Details:

Rabbit Fur Coat - Vintage
Floral Blouse - Forever 21
Bell Bottom High-Waisted Jeans - Nasty Gal
Clogs - Swedish Hasbeens

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Under Construction!

Hello my loyal readers! I know it's been a year between posts (yikes, has it REALLY been that long?!), and I promised myself that amidst a full time job I would get this blog up and running properly. The blog is currently under construction while I finalize designs and update my pages, but I should be up and posting again hopefully around June!

(I know, I know, you probably don't believe me, but trust that this blog hasn't left my mind since the day I've started it, and it's something I am passionate about. I'll elaborate more on that in the coming days, don't wanna sound too mopey on ya.)

Love, KiKi

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Style Icon: Andi (from Pretty in Pink)

Pretty in Pink is one of my favorite movies (aside from the Grease films, Hook, & other various Brat Pack flicks). Now, I'd be lying if I said that Duckie's dance scene to Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" didn't spark an obsession with this film, as he is my soulmate even if he is fiction, but the styles in this movie seal the deal. Oh, be still my heart! I wish John Hughes were still alive today just so that he could write the script for my life, complete with cheesy 80s soundtrack and Molly Ringwald-esque bitchface.

 Whenever I'm in a style rut, I'll watch this movie and cry silently to myself about how perfect Andi's outfits are--serious wardrobe envy. If you think about it, the most interesting characters--Duckie, Ioda, Jenna--have such a striking (albeit outlandish) aesthetic; I'm sure the director had that in mind as a way of segmenting those with and without money in the film.  

While on this point, I can really relate to Molly Ringwald's character's style choices in this movie.  Although it doesn't reflect as much in my personal style as it used to (can you say mismatched everything?), I really love the mid-80s because of the blatant style risks involved in the decade. Andi specifically resonates with me because her character does a lot of DIY fashion, which wasn't nearly as popular in the 80s as it is today--people really didn't make their own clothes as it wasn't on trend (unless you were a little kid like me and your mother made you every garment of clothing you owned before the age of 10, but more on that subject another day).  

Andi predominately shops secondhand and makes wardrobe necessities a reality using a dull, shotty sketch pencil, a piece of paper, and a sewing machine; I'd say that's pretty admirable.  Living through a similar financial situation, I've realized how much imagination it takes to harness personal style wants on a budget. DIY is definitely one of my favorite methods of achieving style success; I frequently look for vintage patterns at flea markets and scour thrift shops for goodies to tailor to my heart's content.
Lesson learned:  Don't be afraid of using your creative mind to get the look you really want from an outfit.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink by moderndaygoldilocks

Above, I've put together a spring-themed modern interpretation of Andi's style. I've included a lot of quirky accessories (notice the solitary earring of look three?) and vintage pieces, as she's a thrifty kind of gal. This bowler hat by Topshop  is a perfect lightweight headpiece staple for the spring/summer season.  I was also fawning about how much the pink dress from H&M resembles the one from the film; too bad it's sold out :(

Get ready for a slew of Pretty in Pink-themed posts this week, and, yes, that includes some love for the Duck-man. *Swoon*

Until next time, kittens!