[caption id="attachment_280" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sunny Portland is just a step outside my studio...What would YOU do? Sunny Portland is just a step outside my studio...What would YOU do?[/caption] I keep looking for excuses to leave the studio and run outside into the buoyant beam of light blanketing Portland today.  It's been weeks since it's actually shone its face and I've really missed it. In honor of the sweet sunshine, I wore a HOT outfit today--inspired by the Japanese FRUiTS street fashion. Okay Okay Okay, maybe I haven't gone THIS far, but isn't there something lovely about how carefree they look?   It reminds me of getting ready for "tacky day" in elementary school.  And I mean this in the best way.  I LOVED getting ready for tacky day.  It was so colorful, so unabashed, so free.  It was the one day when you could wear whatever you dreamed up and you wouldn't get heat for it---rather the contrary, you would get PRAISED because of it and stares you WANTED.  I think this fashion is a celebration of fun and tacky and freedom in style. And they're both eating lollipops!  Who doesn't want a lollipop!?!! Today I channeled the FRUiTS girls for a sunny yellow reflection of beautiful Portland and colorful ME.  Enjoy: [caption id="attachment_281" align="aligncenter" width="410"]I can play too!!!! I can play too!!!![/caption] Check out the earrings, too---I just can't get enough of this bright blue righteous record fun; I've been wearing them everyday for the past week.  They make me happy (and they're only $20...HELLO)! [caption id="attachment_282" align="aligncenter" width="200"]This is the top: yellow, gray scarf with hot pink roses, bright blue earrings, navy blue undershirt, second-day hair for perfect texture and straightened bangs for added sexy. This is the top: yellow 80s getup, gray scarf with hot pink roses, bright blue earrings, navy blue undershirt, second-day hair for perfect texture and straightened bangs for added sexy.[/caption] Yellow 80s dress comes from the awesome vintage store just a few blocks from my studio (dangerous):  Fringe Vintage.  The sweet scarf comes from a new gem of a store (for me):  Sloan Boutique on 23rd.  The sweet earrings come from ME.  I've gotten many a sweet pair of tights and socks here: Naked City on Hawthorne.  And hair is always always done by the artist's hands of Jen LaMastra at Transform Salon (right next door to me, so you can shop while you get your hair done and THEN you can walk to Fringe Vintage and shop 'til you drop!)  While I'm at it, I might as well mention Folly, one of my other favorite stores near me.  The clothes are awesome, the store is local, and Sarah is a gem.  (She saved me when I had to go see my things go down the runway at Portland Fashion Week and had absolutely nothing to wear.  Seriously, I saw just 1.5 hours before go time and she walked me back to her shop and so kindly opened it just for me, so I wouldn't look like a fashion fool.  A.mazing.)  Please please please support your local businesses, it's SO important, now more than ever. And for the bottom half: [caption id="attachment_283" align="aligncenter" width="300"]for the bottom:  neutral brown and wildly textured tights with the perfect boots...Frye, of course! for the bottom: neutral brown and wildly textured tights with the perfect boots...Frye, of course![/caption] Now I must get back to this: [caption id="attachment_284" align="aligncenter" width="300"]work work work work work work[/caption] My studio looks so much better with the new Canon Rebel!  I'm so excited.  Also--I sold a pair of earrings to a fine woman in  Budapest, Hungary yesterday!!!!  I really really like getting international orders.  It just feels...special, somehow. Here I go!  I'm sending bright yellow hotness, sunshine, and joy your way today. ***Song of the Moment: Sun Giant, by the Fleet Foxes***

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