The Room

Apologies for being a horrible blogger- I came down with the flu, so there wasn't much to blog about this past weekend. Anyway, a lot of people have asked about my room and I finally got around to snapping a few photos of it...
My favorite perfumes- Balenciaga, Serge Lutens Daim Blond, and Byredo Rose Noir.
 Some sparkly and gold jewelry..
Some of my closet... I know, it's so messy!
Hope you enjoyed the post!

down by the bay

vintage silk top, vintage Jordache skirt, Rachel Comey boots, random tote bag

Final shop update went up yesterday! A big thanks to everyone who has purchased something from my blog so far. I really appreciate your support! Sometimes I wonder if I should open an actual online vintage store but even my dinky little shop required more time than I thought so it would have to be a full time gig... wishful thinking, wishful thinking! Anyway, I wore this the other day when Brent and I went to In-N-Out. Usually we would just stay in for most of the day on our computers but the weather in San Francisco has been so nice lately that we actually stepped outside of his apartment for more than an hour.

Oh, and because someone said that I look down too much in my photos:


LOL. In addition to In-N-Out we also went to The Buena Vista Cafe for drinks. Oh damn those Irish Coffees were strong.

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buena vista

this is a post about in-n-out

in love

No words, just pictures.

Twirling in Blue

Yesterday I wore a new dress from one of my favorite vintage shops in Burbank. I can't get enough of girly, full skirt dresses! They're perfect for the warm weather we've been having here lately. 
Worn with a Banana Republic skinny belt, Chloe bag, and LAMB heels.
Gotta run, I have a lot to do today! Take care guys!

Comme des Garcons, Again

Wearing my Comme des Garcons skirt for the 1,276th time this month. It can be worn with almost everything in my closet! Don't you love 'holy grail' pieces like that?
Worn with a sweater and belt from the thrift store, Anthropologie scarf, Karla's Closet for Coach clutch, and Jimmy Choo sandals.
Happy Friday :)

last minute

Gap men's parka, H&M tank, vintage maxi skirt, Rachel Comey boots

I'm currently on my way to San Francisco for my friend's birthday celebration. Megan and I are bringing a bangin' blood orange chocolate torte from Masse's, oh man. I was wearing this earlier when we were waiting for the post office line to let up. Speaking of which, I updated my blog shop late last night. I've been posting stuff in increments because the emails and shipping can get overwhelming. I still have 35 (!!!) more pictures uploaded that I need to publish and they're mostly tops and sweaters but I still need to write up descriptions. I'm aiming for having everything posted by tomorrow night or Sunday! I'm moving in a week, ahhhh. I can't believe this is actually happening.


Just Another Day

Went out to run a few errands yesterday and decided to take photos of what I wore. Wearing a vintage jacket from Screaming Mimi's, Madewell trousers, vintage jewelry, and Lanvin platform sandals.
I've been collecting vintage lucite bangles for the past couple months... I love the shape of this burnt orange bracelet, so mod!

things are looking up

vintage Pendleton shirt, old Donkey Kong tee, Gap jeggings, Rachel Comey boots, Fjallraven backpack

Hi guys, my closet purge is still kicking my ass and I'm super behind on answering emails and photographing things for my shop blog. I *should* be posting around 20+ skirts by tonight if Tumblr stops being stupid about letting me upload images. I've also been busy sorting out my living situation but it looks like I'll be moving to San Francisco at the end of the month after all! I'll be living with some friends in Lower Haight and I'm super excited since I'll be able to see my friend Michelle every day and cook really awesome meals together.

By the way, do you guys like my boots? Sometimes I think it's eerie how lucky I get with clothes that I'd been wanting but I found these Rachel Comey boots at Buffalo Exchange in pristine condition for a fraction of the price (before my shopping ban of course). The best part is that I just happened to end up there because a friend had a gift card and would never have gone in otherwise (although I've been living a few blocks away for the past few years, hmph). To whomever dropped them off: thank you. You saved me over $200 on something I would have eventually bought otherwise! I was having a rough day/week but this made everything so much better.

I mean, I don't want to sound like I'm putting too much of an emphasis on acquiring material possessions but I think I was more affected by how much of a coincidence it was and how ~magical~ it is that these random little things can happen in your life. I remember looking at the shoes thinking from afar, "ohh, those look like those Rachel Comey boots I'd been wanting" and then feeling this strange giddy feeling when I picked them up and saw who made them. I'm not going to get too into explaining myself but for the past month I've felt a little numb about my life and everything around me. Maybe it's just because I feel weird about not being in school anymore but that little "jolt" I felt when I found the shoes reminded me that there's more to life than what you're used to and always expect to happen. It's really hard to explain.


this is a post about mike


There you go, Mike. Happy? Earlier today we went to Tartine for some sandwiches and coffee. After a failed attempt to get soft serve ice cream at Bi-Rite, we took the J downtown so Mike could buy a pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses at Barney's. I'm on a shopping ban until I finish cleaning out my closet so I forced myself to stay away from the 60% off shoe section... hardest thing ever. Around this time I usually save up enough money for a special shoe purchase (a couple months ago it was that pair of Miu Miu clogs) but I can't really do that at the moment since I'm in the process of starting a new part of my life after graduating. After Barney's we ended up at Bastille where I watched Brent buy a Flippa K shirt and oversized red sweater. If you're in the city and haven't been there yet you should check it out, they have a pretty good selection of Fjallraven backpacks. I almost bought a mini kanken in my favorite shade of bright green but ughhhhhhhhh. Maybe I'll go back later.

Well I guess this wasn't really about Mike but hey, isn't that picture enough? We like to go to Taco Bell together and when he's playing World of Warcraft he'll buy me a burrito from Papalote if I go pick it up for us. Sometimes we get into fights about who gets to spend time with Brent but in the end we always make up...

Feature: Manchester

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GGotW: What is the story behind your name, Manchester?
Manchester: Manchester is from a song in the movie "Hair", it's a musical and the song is called "Manchester, England". That song in particular is reprised at another major point in the movie.

GGotW: What came first Make-up or modeling?

Manchester: Ever since I was little I was obsessed with the aesthetics of goth, punk, rockstars and other alternative looks. I call it catholic schoolgirl opression, never being able to express any individuality led to lots of (now terribly embarassing) experimentation with different looks and makeup once I started public high school.

GGotW: When you got out of Catholic School, what style took you first?
Manchester: Towards the end of my Catholic grade-school experience I got really into wearing excessive amounts of bracelets, black eyeliner and big 69 pants and kikwear with little sparkly cat collars. I was pretty much your typical Hot Topic mall goth.

GGotW: Who got you to model first?
Manchester: Triplesix and I had a mutual friend named Jason who'd shot photos of her. He was a medical student but also an artist, he took photos and manipulated them extensively in photoshop to create interesting looking scenes. I'm sure some embarrassingly outdated and awkward shots of me that he took still exist somewhere on the internet. He went under "Misery Loves" photography. I don't think he's done any shooting in recent years, but although our experiences together are always brief and sparratic, he was also the first person who told me about Burning Man and encouraged me to go the first time, great guy!

GGotW: How many times have you been to Burning Man?
Manchester: I've been to Burning Man twice now, in 09 and 2010.

GGotW: Can you describe Burning Man to those that have never experienced it or heard of it?
Manchester: Burning Man is like walking inside a giant Salvador Dali painting for a week. There's something for everyone, you truly can't describe it and have to experience it yourself, it's a total stimulus overload.

GGotW: You've had a few magazine appearances, what has that been like?
Manchester: The bulk of my magazine appearances so far have been smut-related, because Hustler's Taboo is smut. Lots of toys and dildos lol. As much as I love erotic my print work is slowly getting a bit more "reputable", I had the Halloween cover of Giuseppina and the launch cover of Dstripped, and a feature in an upcoming Imposter Magazine, which are online publications. As far as actual prints go, I recently had some shots in Retro Lovely, and will be in an upcoming Gothic Beauty, and an upcoming Bambi Magazine (an online fashion magazine who's first print publication will feature a photoset of mine)

GGotW: What has been you favorite magazine shoot to-date?
Manchester: The Giuseppina cover was pretty cool because I got to wear wardrobe from Eirick Asawang, an amazing designer, and my boyfriend came along to because he's an FX artist - I was a bride of frankenstein, and he had sculpted and molded the stitch appliances to make the wounds as authentic looking as possible, even sticking real stitches out of the appliance. It was his first print credit so it was more personal to me to give him that opportunity, and it was generally a fun day.

GGotW: When you've done magazine work, who hires you?
Manchester: Every magazine is different. Sometimes you shoot trade for submission, other times the magazine pays you and the photographer both for submitting. Other times photos you shoot with a photographer wind up in submission, even if that was not the original intention. I was recently in Retro Lovely's Taboo edition - the magazine had contacted Chas Ray Krider for an 8 page spread, and he just sent them some of his favorite recent work he had "laying around", which happened to include one of my shots from a trade shoot we did several months before.

GGotW: Is there a magazine out there that you'd like to appear in that you haven't?
Manchester: Harlow and Alt would be great :) If I made it into those I could die happy ;)

GGotW: You have a long list of photographers that you've worked with, is there one or two you keep going back to?
Manchester: Overall I shoot the most often with Marcie Coabbert in St.Louis, my hometown, and Chris Gooden in Pittsburgh where I currently live. There's a few I've shot with only briefly that I'm dying to make it back to, Dastardly Dave in New Hampshire and Chip Willis in Columbus to name a few.

GGotW: What occupies you when your not shooting images?
Manchester: Modeling and Make-up are my full time jobs. Although I enjoy time with my doggy and time with my boyfriend. I'm working on a vintage resale etsy store, and of course starting to build my own websites both for modeling, and for my makeup art. I've been shooting a lot of photography myself lately and I'm starting to submit to art galleries. I always have something up my sleeve.

GGotW: How do you describe your personal style?
Manchester: Admittedly I've been rocking the sweatpants and hoodie look when I'm at home because I'm usually just lazing around the house and catching up on work when I'm not out modeling or doing Make-up :) Generally though I don't think I have style, I'm definitely not anywhere near "gothic" although much of my modeling appeals to that genre. I guess most of what I wear when I dress myself is inspired by travelers, bohemians, hippies, hipsters, lingerie and fetish wear, vintage clothing and DIY. I'm nothing in particular.

** December 2011 Update

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