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Monday, November 19, 2012

Snow Days

Ruckus moved into a new cabin a few weeks ago. Being thrifty as she is, she's been scouring the dump for furniture, decor and housewares. We figured that we'd try and show some of them off. Yay or nay? Let us know what you think!

          New model Cassidy channels Steve Zizzou in a cute sailor-ly outfit. Check the sweet Jadeite Fireking mug, circa 1940-ish.

Vintage Fromm Dog  Food Ski hat; 100% Cotton Sailor Stripe tank; Calvin Klein Velvet trousers; Paisley tie used as a belt; Peruvian bamboo and chalk turquoise bracelet; Found horse clam shell necklace-model's own

Stoked to have James back modeling! He's the designer and builder of that fantastic gypsy chicken trailor! The sweet handmade mug is one of his finds! Behind him is one of our all-time favourite finds: a vintage linen print. ADORE them. 

Vintage Fromm Dog  Food Ski hat; Wrangler Cowboy shirt; Grey Stripe tie; Vintage Old-Lady Sunglasses

Another super-classic look is a big scarf and a blazer. It's adorable, and can be as feminine or masculine as you want it to be. Add a hat for a cute bum-professor look, or a bit of lace or a fancy earrings to make it lady-like. Check out that gorgeous old lady lamp in the background-- it's a Campy Attributes dump find! 

Linen GAP blazer; Sleeveless graphics tee; Velvet patch pocket LEI trousers; Rough-weave cotton scarf (which I strongly suspect is actually a table runner...)

Oh man. Everyone loves an adorable skater look. The beetle box in the background is actually an old wine box that's been decoupaged. Fun fact: Wine boxes are the perfect size for incense. Sweet!

OBEY brand skate tee; Vintage Wrangler cowboy snaps shirt

My favourite look from this shoot; the hat does it for me. The shirt looked ugly as until it was on- the soft smokey-coloured ruffles aren't overbearingly girly, and the peek-a-boo slip is grungy but cute. 

100% Wool Felt hat; Calvin Klein ruffle placket top; Cream slip; Calvin Klein Velvet trousers

                            James found this sweatshirt. It's amazing. What is it from? It was tagless!

                 Chunky wool beanie; Galactic babe sweatshirt; Calvin Klein Velvet trousers

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Last Child in the Woods

  I'm excited about not being the size of an affordable family car anymore. If you see me in public and I'm wearing stretch pants covered in cat hair, give me a break, and enjoy the glorious irony of me having a fashion blog.-Ruckus

   That said, it's winter again, and I'm thinking layers and mixed prints. There's a fine balance between layering and "I'm currently living out of my car, thus wearing everything I own at once". I often find myself toeing the line of the latter. And I know we've said it time and again, and life in general would be less exciting if we all could follow our own advice, but : sticking to similar colour families, or at least complimentary ones, and showing enough of your shape to confirm that no, you are not in possession of a bag of cats, will usually help you to look less like a street urchin, and more like you're sauntering the streets of some European city. That might be laying it on a bit thick. But you get the point.

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I feel like I did not nail the look I describe above in this outfit. AT ALL. But it fit me with minimal clawing and ripping. The pieces on their own are nice, but someone should have told me I looked a bit like a bag lady. ( I know this 'someone should have told me' was directed at me Ruckus, and you know what? you DON'T. There are times, and I tell you those times... this is not one of keep your judgmental snark down a notch, k?)

100% Lambswool Varsity cardigan; GAP Maternity sailor top; Ethnic print broomstick skirt; Vintage Leather and wood clogs

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Face nails it again. I love the pairing of boyish boots and plaid with short-shorts. SO cute. (Face here, I think Ruckus and I both agreed, we would like to be able to take every shot, at every photo shoot on a swing. The angle Flatters like no other! Swings, in all bars! PLEASE)

 Boys Vintage cotton plaid shirt; Levi's cuffed short-shorts; Poppy embroidered scarf; Sorel Caribou boots

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  Leather, sweater and corduroy. Perfect for fall and winter. Add thick tights and a hat if it gets really cold!

  Batik rough cotton scarf; Wool blend striped jumper; Old Navy cord pleat skirt; Vintage topstiched cowboy boots

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 Simple, with a pop of colour in a headband--cleverly made out of a strip of funky vintage fabric! (guys, I brought this skirt home and hemmed in REAL style, and now love it! I wore it HERE)

  Scoop-neck cotton top; Floral pocketed skirt; Vintage topstiched cowboy boots; Re-purposed headband

Monday, November 5, 2012

Bare Legs Chunky Shoes

Sitting in a coffee shop waiting with it being below zero outside, I edit and long for the days of this shoot. Bare legs. Chunky Sandals. Man, how come I never realize how glorious it may be outside until it is too late?  No, that is a lie, I definitely realize it at the time, it is just that it goes by so fast, I never get to do as much in the glorious weather as I hoped.

Winter is upon us now though, and that just means we get great tights, scarves, boots, and super chunky sweaters. It also means though that the transfer sites are a little more bare, and that the bin men are on top of it a little more, making it all the more sparse. We have at least one more shoot queued up for you, and hopefully it will give us enough time to scrap together some amazing winter looks.
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Navy pencil Skirt; Tan Leather Wedges; Embellished Heather Blue tank; Vintage floral Mustard Bed sheet (as scarf); Sheer cardigan; navy and floral vintage Belt

Yes, one again we are using bed sheets, or really any scraps of fabric we can get our grubby hands on, as scarves. I still don't understand why more people don't do this....(we get complimented on scraps a lot. and it always makes me smile to reveal its origins, because snotty people can take back their compliments...)

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American Apparel Cotton stripped mini dress; Chunky Knit Cardigan; Platform floral Mary-Janes

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Vintage Cuffed Dark wash Levi's; Platform Floral Mary-Janes; Stripped Cotton Long sleeve Tee; Southwest/tribal print Linen Scarf (or men's shirt...cut to pieces...)

I wanted these Mary-Janes more than I can put forth. I have huge feet, and it just didn't happen. I also wanted these shoes to belong to someone I loved, but apparently all of my friends have giant feet. Yay hormones!

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Yellow and white stripped Henley; Nipped waist hand tie-dyed silk Maxi Skirt; Miu Miu caramel leather wedges

Monday, October 29, 2012

Hot Tub Time Machine

Oh man, Alaska is showing us some AMAZING love, and we couldn't be more grateful! This Past weekend, not only did we get an amazing piece written up about us in the Alaska Dispatch, we also got the chance to be apart of Campus Couture, where we  were asked to style a runway show of all donated and dumpster clothing to be auctioned off by the Ever Lovely Collette Promiseland in support of the local Fairbanks Gay Straight Alliance (GSA). Everyone who helped support the show, and came out and had a good time... WE thank you all!

So, as a thank you, we decided to end our month hiatus (hiatus is lingo for being a slackass) and give you not only a post today, but also a post next week. And hopefully, not another month before our next one! Today's post was actually the shoot we were doing when the original Fairbanks Daily Newsminer article came out in September.


Tweed suitcoat; Cotton Oxford; Cuffed GAP Dungarees; GAP Messenger bag; Vintage Gumshoe Moccasins


   Ruckus here: I'm not going to pretend to be a bastion of maternity fashion (obvious oxymoron, to anyone who has ever been pregnant...) but a tight-as-shit striped anything seems to be a go. Number one, you look giant anyway, anyone telling you otherwise is a liar, maybe even a snipe, so you might as well own it. Spandex is incredible. The smoothing and lifting capabilities already well known to the mildly lumpy, this pregnant lady appreciated the body-hugging (and surprisingly supportive...) glory of  Spandex. And I would NEVER wear a hat like this unless I was playing croquet, FYI.That is all.

Red Point Flats; Black and white striped maxi 'Beyonce' dress; Black straw derby hat with grossgrain ribbon; Aviators

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Nude Ankle Boots, Patchwork circle skirt; sheer Fuchsia 3/4 sleeve top; Brown knit cardigan

Pearl button vintage men's button up; Narrow fit corduroys; Boat shoes


 I kept this shirt, and wear it frequently. LOVE IT. 

Mustard Cargo shorts; Olive and white stripped shirt; white Cardigan; Army Chaos pouch

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    Two cute looks: Pairing a similar print/colour tie with a button-up, and a tucked in plaid. Both are a nice play on a more fancy look. Extra points: if you're in Alaska, and you tuck your shirt in/wear a tie, everyone will wonder what you're up to, and the ladies will notice. No, really, we will.

     Left: Poplin Polka dot Oxford and tie; Twill Bremudas  Right: Cotton Plaid button-down; braided leather belt


    I can't believe we got Face to get in this...Marble-look '70s hot tub. It had been raining....

  Black straw derby hat with grossgrain ribbon; Polka dot tank; Leather and brass belt; Wide-leg men's cut trousers; 9West patent booties

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Summer Lovin'

    A few weeks back we did an Arrogantly Shabby roadtrip to Manley. If you haven't been you MUST go; it's a terrific little spot for a quiet weekend. Especially during blueberry season!

     Okay, we just wanted to go for a soak, and happened to have some dump clothes with us. I swear. I don't think there is a time when I DON'T have dump clothes on me. Truth time.

    Here's a little mini-shoot for you!

Love classic American looks like embroidered denim + aviators. Score.
GAP Aviator sunglasses; Stonewash Denim vest; Vintage Geometric Tube top; Baby Pinstripe Cargo bremudas; Black Airwalk deck shoes

      Bags of jewelry are one our ultimate favourite finds. Whether costume, junk or silver, you can take pieces apart, put them together differently or even melt 'em down to cast something else if you're so inclined. But usually, earring hooks, pliers and a few jump rings will get you a few new pieces.

    Gold-tone Aztec Sundial earrings; Gold-tone Vintage Cocktail ring

This print is fantastic! We found it with about a half-dozen other mid-60's vintage wrap tops/tunics and dresses. One thing about most awesome 60's clothes, is that they often were home-made, so they are VERY  specifically sized. We like to pass them on to someone they'll fit!
Vintage Print Cotton Wrap dress; Brushed Wool miniskirt

We can't get enough of cute, comfy workboots. These are Redwing Brand boots. The lug sole is good for actual work, but they aren't too heavy for everyday wear. Go multi-purpose!

Chunky necklace with silver beads; Cotton Tibetan wrap top with Ikat detail; Geo Flounce skirt

We're back at the Transfer Site next time! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Oh Man, Can We Thank the Academy!?

This Past Sunday (for clarification, YESTERDAY) Fairbanks, Alaska's local paper, the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer featured us as the cover of their Sunday Section! We cannot express how appreciative we are to the Newsminer and Anne Kristoff, who interviewed us for the article!

Fairbanks Daily News Miner Arrogantly Shabby
(Picture links to Newsminer article on website)
Arrogantly Shabby mens Fashion
(Ms. Kristoff stepping in and taking a photo of one of our models for the paper!)

The Pictures in the article shall be in an upcoming post! I promise, it shall be up by the end of the week!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Grass Is Greener

Guys, GUYS...IT IS SEPTEMBER. Oh man, how did that happen?! I Mean, this means snow is only weeks away. WEEKS. I just don't know if I am ready... no, I KNOW I am not ready. And not in a 'mentally I am just not ready for the cold' way, but more like in a 'Oh Shit! I have no heating fuel, and still need to fix my bike from summer, and headlights on my car, and get an oil change, and...and...' Kind of way. No Good at all. 

So I shall post pictures taken a few weeks ago, so we can all remember the greener times. Yeah, this lush greeness was only a few weeks ago. Seasons, who knew?
Pinstripe button down; heather Gray Cardigan; Rolled Denim Pedal Pushers; White hightop Sneakers

Levi's Denim Shirt; Stripped scoop neck sailor shirt; Ashen skinny fit corduroys; Gray woven belt

Left: Purple and white Gingham shift dress; Ivory sweater vest; Brown Leatherette belt; Candy Apple Green Flats.
Middle: Sage Green Denim; Tribal Print Polo; Olive Corduroy Blazer
Right: Navy Kitten Heels with Cut outs; Floral Cap sleeved silk Waterfall Dress; Coral Silk tank; Lavender cloth belt

(Constant reminder from Kface and Ruckus: Modify your clothing! The dress on the right was a full floor length number, until I got a hold of it and chopped length away all around, and then continued to chop the front to make it an ever stylish 'mullet' dress like This, and This.)

Vintage Peter Pan Collared Poppy Dress; Brown Dansko's

Seal Gray Men's Summer Suit; Pale Pink Oxford