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Susie
Brooklyn
PhD student in Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews
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I really like these Kat Maconie sandals. Don't they look as if they would be super comfortable too? They'd look just as good with skinny jeans as they would with skirts and dresses. I should probably branch out to other colors (I just counted and 1/2 of my shoe collection is composed of black shoes, especially of the ankle boot variety.) For those of you who may not be familiar, Kat Maconie is a London-based designer and she launched her label in July, 2009. I really like the understated chic vibe of a lot of her pieces and they are... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Hey guys! Just a quick little update here from me. I'm out in the Scottish Highlands right now and loving it. The workshop program is intensive, so I have not had too much free time, but I managed to duck out today, wander around and explore. It's been a really great experience (and a lot of fun too), but I am looking forward to returning home tomorrow. I miss little Bogart and I've got so much work to do. Hope that everyone is having a great week! Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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My friend Adam snapped this photograph of me during the last London Fashion Week. He took it before I recognized him, so it's as candid as they come. I'm wearing the Jofama coat that I picked up at Wild Swans earlier in the year. It's faux fur with great leather detailing. It came with a leather belt, as well but I removed that because, as you know, I really dislike belting things. In Scotland, this is a great four season coat - It's been absolutely freezing here lately! I'm heading off to the Highlands tomorrow and I think I'll bring... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Ah, the make-up brushes in old Diptyque jars... It's a bit of a fashion cliché by now, but I don't care. At least we're all recycling. I think that it looks pretty classy too. I tried to take some proper photographs while I was out and about today, but it was one of those days. First, I forgot my memory card at home. Following this, the rain decided to start - and continue - for the duration of the day. It's hard to feel super photogenic with horizontal rain in your face. Having lived here for almost six years now,... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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For anyone who thinks dry shampoo for dogs might be a little silly: Clearly, you're not a dog owner. Fresh Dog sent over some products for Bogart and I to review about a week ago. They couldn't have arrived at a better time because the little bug (as I like to call him) decided to roll around in dog poop that day. Good times. I was out of dog shampoo and Bogart hates having baths, so I tried the Fresh Dog Waterless Bath Foam. It worked like a charm. It's easy to use and much less of headache for me... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 , 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 I'm feeling a little homesick for the States these days and for New York City, especially. That city is magic. I have so many great memories from time spent there. I've also been listening to the Avett Brothers album on repeat. It's not new or anything - it came out in 2009 - but, man, it is good. PS - I should mention that Cakeshop (pictured above) is one of my favorite NY bakeries.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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I really love this ethically-made baroque pearl necklace by Frogpearl, which was waiting for me when I returned home from London yesterday. I'm sure that it will be making an appearance in many forthcoming posts, but I didn't want to take those kind of photographs today, mainly because I am feeling a little sick, and still in my pajamas. Pearls and pajamas? Why not? I try to take a working trip to London every couple of months or so to recharge. (When you live in the country, it is incredible how relaxing a trip to the city can be! After... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Cut Copy - Need You Now (Architecture in Helsinki Version) Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Just a couple of quick legit snaps (taken by Daniela) of the Mawi ring that I picked up at the sample sale today. I've actually never been to a sample sale before. Sample sales are a great way get good bargains on designer things, but they are a little cutthroat too. Mawi statement bracelets and necklaces and pretty incredible, but I was drawn to this ring, which is a little more classic, even for a somewhat blinged out cocktail ring. What can I say? I'm still a classic girl at heart! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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These Instagram pictures from Daniela's iPhone are the closest that you'll get to an Instagram post from me, since I'm still one of those old school BlackBerry users. I could definitely go for an upgrade though, especially since my BlackBerry now freezes every time I try to use Twitter and Four Square... I spent the better half of today with my blonde partner-in-crime. We had a brunch at Albion, hit up the Mawi sample sale, and did a little cafe hopping around Mayfair. Moroccan mint tea and nutella banana cake - you can't get much better than that. The sun... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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I'm really loving these Missoni leather and cloth handbags. Aren't they great? I can't even decide which one that I like the best. They'd look so cute with a lot of my summer staples. I normally live in skinny jeans and slouchy tees during the summer, with a cool pair of sunglasses. Don't get me wrong, I love dresses too, but I'm still a jeans girl at heart. I always feel really comfortable in them, most "myself". (The best jeans buying tip by the way: buy the pair a size smaller than you normally wear. After a wash or two,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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After a couple of days running around in heels, today was definitely a day for more sensible shoes. I'm so glad that I packed my Superga! These navy ones are my favorites, although I really want a grey pair too. They're really comfortable and I think they're a really great classic shoe. I much prefer them to Converse. This morning we went for a lazy brunch at Sable d'Or, which is a delightful patisserie and one of my favorite places to go for all-day breakfast in Crouch End. The croissants are really good and I love the detox juice too.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 For the first four years I lived in the UK, I wore flats everywhere. More specifically, ballet flats and during the first year here, an an ocassional Ugg boot (don't judge....okay, fine, I just did a little bit too.) I don't know if I have mentioned this here before, but when I started my fieldwork, I owned only five pairs of shoes... and this includes trainers for the gym. A year later, my shoe count is close to thirty and most of them are heels. It's funny, when you get used to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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My friend Milana once suggested that I write a post about how I store my make-up. (See, I pay attention, Milana!) Funny thing is, there's no rhyme or reason to how I organize my make-up. I really don't organize it at all - I keep everything in this tambourine that I happen to have lying around. Why not, right? On a side note: I wasn't going to get into this, but since people have asked: yes, I've turned my comments off. I haven't had time to keep up with blog comments recently, and that's one of the reasons that I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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My sister has developed this wonderful habit of sending me her eBay rejects, which, naturally, I really like. Keep them coming, Liz! This time, I really lucked out because she accidentally ordered two of the same JewelMint necklaces and sent them along to me too. In all honesty, think that JewelMint pieces can be a little hit or miss - some of them can look a little cheap. However, my big sister has great taste and I really like this Femme Fortune necklace she picked, which can be worn as a 19" double chain or a 38" long chain. As... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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I came across new Swedish jewelry company, Frogpearl, a couple of weeks ago and really wanted to share it with you. The pieces are incredibly stunning. (The Baroque pearl necklaces are my favorites. I want lots of them, so that I can layer them!) However, what I like even more is the ethos behind the brand. Self-described "fashion activists", the Frogpearl team focuses on social responsibility throughout the each stage of the jewelry-making process: they visit their suppliers to ensure their products are ethically produced, use recycled paper for their boxes, and work to offset carbon emissions. What's more? They... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Posted Apr 22, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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My mom gave me one of her Brahmin wallets about six years ago. While I really love it (especially since it reminds me of her), it's been falling apart. I know that I am really in need of a new one... And here it is! I love my new Michael by Michael Kors Continental wallet, kindly provided by Zalando. I've featured items from Zalando on a couple of previous posts - they really have an extensive range of clothing, shoes and accessories. They just started their their own range, which is called Zalando Collection, too. It's a great wallet and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 I'm heading down to London next week for five days or so. I've got some fun things with friends planned and some great events to go to, but one of the things that I'm most excited about is my Percy & Reed appointment. I need some highlights and a haircut in a major way. (FYI, they recently came out with a hair care line and it is amazing. This plus Moroccan oil treatment are my secret weapons. Instant game changers, I swear!) Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Pictured: Day Tilly dress, Day Chloe dress, Day Martini dress, Day Peak dress I'm going to pretend for a moment that summer weather has finally reached St. Andrews and I'm not still trekking around in a faux fur coat half of the time. Or perhaps I don't have to pretend... I've learned that a pair of opaque tights and a good chunky knit sweater can transform any summer dress into something suitable for chillier days. Either way, I've been spending a good amount of time searching for some new summer party dresses to add to my wardrobe. ( Maybe even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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My favorite new Sunday night activity: Skype calls with my sister, brother-in-law, and newborn nephew. The calls consist mainly of me cooing over the baby, reminding him that I'm his favorite aunt, claiming he is doing things that he's probably not ("Look! he waved at me! I swear!") and occasionally chastising my usually fashionable sister for new mommy sartorial choices: "Liz, I love your bright blue skinny jeans! Those are super cute...wait, wait, wait...are you wearing....an Outward Bound t-shirt?" "No, no... I'm just wearing it as a smock." "Looks like you've got both sleeves in that to me!" "Baby formula... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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One of my dear friends gave me Clocky as a belated birthday present. I am in a completely love/hate relationship with it. Kidding, of course, I (mostly) love Clocky. The runaway alarm clock leaps off of my bedside table every morning and hides somewhere in my room making really loud R2D2 noises until I get out of bed to turn it off. His favorite spot to hide seems to be under a chest of drawers in the corner of my room. Nothing like crawling out of bed at 6:30 am and under a chest of drawers to fish out your... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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Sources: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 In my Dad's book, he briefly mentions the time that I asked him for my own office...at age eight. Apparently after a little negotiation, I told him that the bonnet top secretary "would be just fine." And so, at a very early age, my love affair with office spaces began. I'm a big believer in that quote "if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life." And if you love where you work, well, even better, right? Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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I have been looking for a good leather weekend bag for ages and finally came across this one by Danish brand Pieces. While the website describes it as "beige," I am going to say that I think it's a bit more "apricot" in person. (Plus, "apricot" is a much more interesting descriptor, don't you think?) Due to the whole "renewing the visa" thing, I've had to surrender my passport for a while so I won't be able to leave the country for the next few months. Fortunately, I'm still able to move around and about in UK whenever I feel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2012 at Take-out in Couture
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It's been super rainy over here in Scotland. It's perfect weather to cuddle up under a cozy blanket with a cup of hot chocolate and a favorite film, don't you think? Here are some of mine: Charade (1963) - I think that this is the perfect date movie: suspense/thriller meets chick flick. (trailer) Annie Hall (1977) - I've seen this film so many times, I could probably recite it from heart. Although I wouldn't do that, because that would be annoying. (trailer) Midnight in Paris (2011) - Hemingway was my favorite character in this film - he has some of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Take-out in Couture