I reviewed Gregory Crosby’s chapbook for Luna Luna. It is a must read for 2014.

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Hey babies-on-a-budget, I hear you. I really do. It’s not easy looking good when you can’t just set aside lots of $$$$ to get the wardrobe of your dreams. 

I usually receive many compliments about sense of style from friends & strangers alike, and let me tell you, it’s not because I shop at the best stores or keep up with the latest trends. I make sure to buy versatile clothes that fit my body. This way, I can make various outfits with some basics, getting the most bang out of my buck. Plus, having less clutter makes your life less cluttered.

In these photos, I am wearing:

  • Dress: H&M
  • Headband: H&M
  • Necklace: Givenchy 
  • Pearl Earrings: Forever 21

With stores like H&M & Forever 21, it is about having the time to browse for decent quality & low price. Give yourself about two hours to go through the racks—rushing through a store is how buyer’s remorse is born. 

I am also an avid shopper of sales. You can go to more expensive department stores like Lord & Taylor’s or Bloomingdale’s, but only during their sale seasons when everything is 50% off. I’ve found great designer deals this way. While I don’t think buying designer clothes should matter, or means you are more successful, sometimes you do want to make that extra oomph in your outfit for an interview or date. Or maybe, you rather have fewer yet more expensive items in your wardrobe. Less can be more. 

Personally, I take a middle-of-the-road approach, in that I enjoy dressing up but also try to remain smart about budgeting. Everyday is another opportunity to meet people who could turn into your next boss, a writing connection, or a new friend, so why not look absolutely stunning all the time? Blow them out of the water, darling, & leave no prisoners.

Fashion Forward: Rocker Fairy

What I’m Wearing:
betsey johnson bomber jacket; calvin klein snake belt; dkny green fishnets; vintage moccasin boots; vintage bowler hat; forever 21 dress; chanel purse; marc jacobs dot perfume; J initial necklace from lord & taylor

Outfit Objective:
To intertwine naughty & nice with a touch of spring fever. 

My Taste in Men Started Young

I never saw my father cry

until our dog died. He hated
tobacco, drank only gin & tonics
at weddings. Notoriously heavy-foot’d
around the house—fingers riffed
dragons, sang guitar.

For him, I kept each toe in line,
evolution salting my arteries—
waiting for new ornaments to grow
on our Christmas tree. Every few
years he laughs and I am pulled out.

Heard him scream on the other side
of the house, the hummingbirds
are gone.

(Originally published in Miniature Magazine.)

(via jvpoet)