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One of the first rules of fashion merchandising and visual display is that in the 3-5 seconds that stores have to capture your attention, color is the first thing you pay attention to.  So, when you find yourself staring down an overflowing closet with “nothing to wear”, perhaps what you’re really feeling is the need for new color.  Unless you’re a time traveler or one of the few octogenarians in the online DIY community, you probably don’t remember the era of dyed-to-match fashion, but fear not!  There are plenty of ways to infuse your tired wardrobe with new color, whether you’re a vintage queen looking for the perfect slip and gloves to match your collection of 40’s chic day dresses, or a modern hipster, making offerings of tribal-inspired discharge dyed prints at the altar of American Apparel.

Armed with an array of sweet dyes (courtesy of Rit), I’ll be hosting an Upcycling Extravaganza chez moi on Sunday, June 27th (with the help of the Hootenanny craft circle, organized by my friend Renée).  If you’re in the Bay Area and would like to participate, shoot me an email and I’ll send you the address.  If you’re not local, but would like to participate, host your own dye-a-thon, and send in your photos!  I’ll throw ’em up here, and some may even end up on Rit’s Designer Profiles page.  In an effort to keep everything sustainable, I’m also taking donations of fabric, from once-loved t-shirts to yardage and sheets — let me know if you’ve got something to donate!

In the mean time, I’ll keep you posted with details as well as a sampling of dye methods and how to recreate each look at home.


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A Day Off

In which Melissa experiences her first day free from work or school in nearly two weeks, and uses the time to do everything short of pen a meaningful blog post.

(Writing the way Ira Glass speaks is more fun than it looks)

Anyway, this blog was started specifically for a class which has since ended, and now needs a makeover (the blog, not the class).  While I love fashion dearly, I can’t see myself maintaining a purely fashion-oriented blog for any significant period of time.  At least not one that would be interesting to read.  It will remain within the realm of popular culture, namely by way of two categories: shit I like, and shit that baffles me (and thus need to share with the internet).  For my more regular contributions to the internets, keep an eye out on The Rumpus, where my weekly Notable SF posts will help you stay hip to shit in San Francisco.

In closing, I leave you with this little gem to add to your hipster PDA:

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Unfortunately, pesky NDAs have made it legally impossible to share my experience at Harper’s Bazaar with you, internets.  I know you are all deeply saddened by this turn of events.

On the bright side, the impending festivities tied to everyone’s favorite street-food-vendor-slash-surrogate-mother-figure’s birthday have inspired me to write an open love letter to my sometime smelly, but always lovable neighborhood.  This will take the place of your regularly scheduled programming.  You can tell me how much you loved it at Zeitgeist next Monday.

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