IAFA: the bizarre reality of two twenty somethings, refocusing the lens of fashion and beauty, and can't wait for things to get weird and wonderful.

tinsel time, in a post tinsel-town apartment.

introducing: flashlight, the rogue dinosaur, an amazing poster with a brown bear being sassy on it, and my newest uber mod piece of furniture: a wire hanger. and my home office is currently an upcycled wood dish rack, straight from the upper east side. 

the tinsel garland was beyond easy to make, a bag of tinsel from the party store, a few pieces of high contrast yarn, and some fishing line- poof. a centennial-esque piece of wall art, following in the footsteps of one biggie-smalls smoking a cigar the size of a small child/large burrito. wish i hadn’t had to leave mine in california.


Bringing us back to the good, the fierce, and the buggy, IAFA is proudly back in action, with the gracings of one Lizasaurous for it’s first NYC centric post. She serves as a gateway drug to the fur/leather boot/gypsy jewelry that will undoubtedly ensue shortly. Plus she’s freshly employed, so shout out to my ladies who making $$$. (or even just $)



You should probably start out this d.i.y. by heading here real quick to pick yourself up some Ne Yo tunage. These heels couldn’t be easier, and add some umph to the holiday ensemble. Pair with: red lips, beige blouses, skinny jeans, and a bottle of merlot. Any other color ideas? 

We’re giving you the benefit of the doubt here… You must already know who Tavi Gevinson is. You know, of ROOKIE, started as a a haute-couture 4 year old blogger on Style Rookie? And you likely are, rightfully so, glad to know of her. Because she’s the tops.

Hello Giggles just featured an in.credible interview with her, and I had to share some tidbits. I honestly don’t know how she does it, but she remains the master of R.B.F.’s, science, socks with sandals, and surviving kicking puberty’s ass. Plus, she gets all the hidden gold coins from Super Mario for being a guest curator at Etsy’s holiday store in Manhattan this year. Her, and Martha Stewart. I’m actually suprised the Mayan calendar didn’t just autocorrect to end right there, in a mushroom cloud of glitter and the feminine mystique. 

I was going to just choose a few. But I couldn’t. Some favorites are bolded. The last one is the money shot. 

Can you tell me about your backpack, how long have you had it? Who gave it to you? What’s your favorite memory with your backpack?

I got it in Norway when I was very little. I used it in preschool and then found it again when I started high school and realized how perfectly it went with everything I own and now it goes with me everywhere. My favorite memory would be wearing it (with the badges on) to see Moonrise Kingdom on this past summer’s Rookie staff road trip, because I was dressed as Sam and my friend was Suzy.

How do you define success?

Satisfaction with both process and product, satisfaction regardless of public attention, appreciating positive attention without depending on it, ignoring negative attention that can’t help you, understanding that you are not entitled to an audience and your audience is not entitled to you.

You had a bunch of pipe cleaners in your purse- gold ones, silver ones… What do you make with them?
I had them with me when you saw me because I was braiding them in my hair for a couple outfits I wore on that trip to LA. The gold ones blended in with my hair color and created a secret glimmer! I love to use them for making crowns, too.

You travel with an assortment of notebooks and sketchbooks, does each one serve a specific purpose? Or do they each contain a series of random sketches and thoughts?
I think it’s nice to have different kinds of paper with you. Traveling with just a Moleskine is stressful in a silly way because they make you feel like everything you put in them has to be GENIUS. So I like to bring a cheaper book as well, usually, and loose leaf paper.

My journaling system used to be that each journal I went through had a different aesthetic. For a month (or however long it took me to use up that journal) I would be very specific about what types of pens I used, what colors I used, what clippings I pasted, what doodles I drew, my handwriting, etc. And I would usually also dress to match that aesthetic, and listen to that kind of music, hang out in different parts of the school or neighborhood, all over the course of that month or whatever. I haven’t done this in a while because at some point I stopped feeling the need to curate my experiences so carefully and I just wanted to be able to write. Now my journals are more mixed up. But it’s nice to look back and see a whole kind of movie play out as I’m reading about what was happening and imagining it all fitting together in this synesthetic way.

Witches, Bitches and Hos oil- what does it smell like? What does it do?
It’s a vanilla elixir. Three drops under the tongue every day. A woman named Dori Midnight makes them and I got mine from Otherwild, one of my favorite stores in LA.

What do you admire about Jay-Z?
How thoughtfully he considers his role as both an artist and someone with influence. How he doesn’t leave it all up to intuition, he also puts a lot of work and thought into what he’s creating. (The pages in Decoded where he goes line by line and explains a song that way are really great.) And his taste in women, of course.

Let’s talk about your Bass shoes by Rachel Antonoff, they’re brilliant. Rachel is a pretty neat person. What do you like about her designs?

Rachel said she started designing because she wanted to make the clothes she imagined herself wearing whenever she daydreamed about one of her crushes. I love that. I just really appreciate anything that is cute and makes you feel like a children’s book character and that comes from a pure desire to make lovely things.

Where is the most interesting place these shoes have been?

Inside a drugstore coin-operated rocket ship.

Rookie Yearbook One” is quite an achievement on so many levels. How would you describe it?
Thank you so much! That’s very kind of you. I guess it’s sort of a yearbook, sort of a scrapbook, sort of…a recent article about it said it was like “inhaling a sleepover,” so I might just say that. With credit to the writer, Eva Wiseman.

Words to live by?

Lately I’ve found that I’ve been saying “This is how this is supposed to feel” to myself a lot. So I guess keep your expectations low and know that this was never meant to be easy and the world is huge and people are many and now is such a small moment in time so learn about science and let it put everything in perspective instead of making you feel insignificant. But also, be okay with feeling insignificant. And also, consider what every situation is truly about, even if it’s unpleasant. This requires a lot of energy, so sleep often and don’t waste time on dumb websites or with bad friends who make you feel lousy. Most importantly, don’t listen to me.

Cheese cards for the win. In an attempt to reintegrate written words into daily life, I’m on a snail mail mission. I’ll be taking requests involving your favorite malodorous slice of heaven, and sending a card your way. Because likely, I like you, and want to anyways.

 Just shoot me an email with a cheese genre, and an address for delivery. 

p.s. i love you.

p.p.s but you know i’m no gouda. 

We know, we know. We’re the worst. But post DC left us in a blizzard of making exit/future plans as we make our exodus from San Diego. So don’t lose faith, IAFA-ers. There are plenty of sequins and zebra pattern vests and smoking jackets to come this season. In the meantime, here’s a d.i.y. gift wrapping idea that is the opposite of original, and the kryptonite of all things Burgdorf’s and shmancy.

This year for present-wrapping I’m using: a typewritten math workbook, tied with a festive bow. It’s like the present’s wearing my dream outfit actually. Boyfriend jeans, with something sparkly. Contradictions make the best ensembles. You can quote me. 

A fan favorite from across the pond, ladies and gents, Hannah Jones. 

Layers and studded loafers, effortlessly warm in a city of pea coats and darkness. Hannah was (of course) out for MOVE:DC, and we couldn’t help but love how painlessly she incorporated fashion and function, even after a party that went into the early morning, about to jet set. 

One more pre-DC fashion shoot, but this time, post-DC… Confused? Good. I remain smitten with patterns on patterns on patterns on pink hari, and this outfit is 2 million percent inspired by Gorman designs, out of Australia. I’m pretty sure they’re the ones who first legitimized socks with high heels, and for that, I’m forever indebted. 

On Katy: Sweater and skirt: a million percent off at f21, mules: urban, necklace: vintage from a consignment store in SLO, watch:  merona. 

There’s too much to contain in a few words or pictures, but here’s a first attempt, and a sampling of DC fashion. Truth be told, it was more of a rude awakening to the challenge transitioning a delightfully breezy California wardrobe to a harsh winter tundra presents then anything else. Common denominators for winter wear:

  • fur vests (faux, of course. our sole diversion from the Olsen playbook.)
  • puffy vests (because you want to look about as sexual as a sea sponge. which is funny, because sponges are asexual.)
  • circle scarves that actually do nothing to keep you warm. 
  • adorable socks with boots
  • polka dot pants to distract yourself from the pain of your face falling off. 
  • beanies (because you’re a hustler.)
  • being extremely pale because it’s a place where sunlight goes to hibernate. 

We missed you California, and IAFA-ers. Jude turned 21 while in DC, so if you’re feeling particularly warm and cozy, I’m sure she’ll accept your donations of shoes, shorts, and all things grandpa-sweaters before she makes her big move to PORTLAND in the next few months. 

Jude’s confused, temperature wise. We’re packing our bags for the capital city (MOVE:DC anyone?) and simply don’t know how many sweaters to pack. So we’re packing them all. All two. Stay tuned later this week for some up and coming how-to-surive/thrive-in-the-frigid-cold fashion posts. 

Sweater: bdg, skirt: forever21, boots: aldo, shirt: no idea but we’ve taken a million photos of it, necklace: gifted


Italian L’Officiel 

Photography by Marco Falcetta

the embroidery. the sequins. the french. 

(via left-my-heart-in-paris)