not 21 today

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m aware that it’s the 21st today, but I wont be posting a 12 from 21 today as I already trawled through a bunch of items just the other day! I will, however, treat you to a choice selection of some of the more, um, questionable items the store has to offer. (disclaimer: I do not mean to offend anyone, if you love any of these items and can honestly pull them off…I salute you)

Feather Trim Skirt – $28 – Funky holiday couture skirt made of shimmer twill fabric. Trims include exposed zipper, iridescent feathers, and faux leather belt.

Feather Collar – $22 – FINAL SALE -This gorgeous feather collar will add instant fashion forward styling to the most simple dress. It features a satin collar band lavishly embellished with strings of tiny seed glass beads woven between high shine and muted faux pearls. Scalloped beaded edging to base of band. Tiers of multi length draped feathers are stitched into band.

Cropped Feather Jacket – $32.80 – Pull on this feather covered jacket to create a truly avant garde look. Cropped fit. Hook-eye closure on the neckline. Cap sleeves. Lighwtight. Fully lined.

Maybe I’m just missing out on the feather fashion, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lame duck idea.


*tee hee hee*



November 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

I have been craving some new clothes lately.

I picked up a couple of cute things at the Built by Wendy sale a couple of weekends ago. I cruised by the Steven Alan sample sale yesterday and wasn’t impressed. I’ve got my eye on some items at the Brooklyn APC outlet (as always). But today, my cheap fix arrived!! A lovely bundle from Forever21. They have a bunch of nice 100% silk pieces at the moment that are sweet, fairly well made and exceptionally well priced. I have a few stacks of silk in my closet for some shirts I intend on making whenever Avery gives me an early night. Even the fabric alone for these shirts, cost more than one of the finished F21 pieces. I mean, the quality of silk is much lower, but still…I’m not complaining.

Minton is very kindly helping me model here. I bought this shirt as it’s pretty close to the pattern I drafted up the other day and I wanted to compare and nose a little bit. It was $22.80 and is 100% silk.

Ignoring the horrific creases in this shirt, I love it! I grabbed this one also to take a look at the pattern. I’m in the mood for loose shapeless silk tees and tanks and this one did the trick for me. I can no longer find it on the site, but the pattern IS really simple so you guys should just be able to whip one up! For the record, it was $24.80.

This dress has a distinctive Built by Wendy air to it. In fact, here’s the BBW dress I grabbed at her recent sale.

Of course, the BBW version feels far more luxurious and the shape fits better. The print is also much more unique and less cutesy. I know I’m no model or anything, and the thing needs to be steamed, or at least hung out for a bit, but I swear that F21 number looked way cuter on their site…

As a retoucher who gets paid to make things look better than they really do, I’m amazed every time I get surprised by this.

So there is it. Cute silk stuff for a steal. I’ll be posting pictures of the silk pieces I make when I finally get around to it. Also, as I was digging through the troves of…um…less appealing (?!) stuff on the F21 website to find these items, I came up with the idea of doing a round up of good buys to keep a wardrobe fresh and under budget. (I still need to find a way to afford that $1200 leather jacket I’ve been eying. (Hah!)) So, yes, starting this month I’ll have a 12 FROM 21 on the 21st of each month. I hope it’s useful!

Twentyone. Again.

May 10, 2008 § Leave a comment

I had never been a fan of this store. In fact, it would be fair to say that I mocked it. Repeatedly.

However, I recently put together an online order with a friend of mine. We had talked each other into buying things, mostly we were both dead poor and in need of some new clothes.

The box arrived and when Keiko and I opened it we were hit with a musty smell. Hrm. It wasn’t proving me wrong so far. But I pulled out (and aired) all the clothes and then started trying on. Everything we had selected had been cotton, simple and cute. And everything I tried on was great! Sure, the quality was lame, but the styles, fit and fabrics weren’t half bad. Fair to say, I was impressed.

Now I am attempting to not allow myself to be a regular Forever21 shopper. I know the old Kate would have laughed at me, curled up her nose at my denim jumper and flat out snarled at the cute little panties I ordered. But new Kate can’t stop making online shopping lists and then deleting them.


Here are some things I can’t seem to shake wanting:

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