Category Archives: culture

Peppy for Peplum

What’s peplum? Peplum originates from the Greek word for “tunic,” which gets my art historical brain a-twitchin’. A “peplos” was a long garment typically worn by women during the classical period of ancient Greece around 500 BC. The signature style was a piece of  tube-shaped fabric that was folded inside-out and pinned around the middle to make the tube ankle length. The style created the look for a second layer of clothing.

Confused? Bear with me. Check out Athena wearing a peplos from the 5th century:

Fast forward from the 5th century to our present 21st century. Peplum has made its comeback and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Though I think some versions of peplum can sway the line from classy to questionable, most versions make me completely peppy for peplum.

My original concern that was a curvy female myself, adding extra fabric in the hip area wouldn’t be ideal. However, I’ve discovered, it’s just the opposite. When done right, flaring fabric from the hip can hide some wanted muffin top or easily add some curves for you lucky girls sans hips.

Here are a few of my favorite peplum pictures followed by some inspirational (and affordable!) pieces:

lace and peplum? swoon!

stripes are scary, yes? but these angular stripes are slimming as they all go in differing directions
neutral elegance, my favorite
these colors are a little Halloween-ish to me, but I adore the look
 Finally, some individual pieces:
I assume those are all currently in your shopping cart, yes?
Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Excellent! I cried. Elementary, said he.

newest obsession: Sherlock Holmes.

have you read any of the books? this misty, rainy, foggy weather has been the perfect excuse for me to curl up under a blanket with a cup of tea and only emerge to grab another book in the set. i’ve ploughed through two so far, on to the third.

if you’re less keen on reading, or don’t have enough time, BBC put out a REALLY good, modernized miniseries based heavily on the books a couple years ago, and i believe the second season is coming out soon! the first season is on instant view on netflix if you need to catch up.

if anyone needs me in the next few days, you’re sure to find me here… i have a couple more mysteries to solve.

dance party?

agyness deyn for rebecca minkoff.

if anyone knows the name of this song, please share. it needs to be my spring anthem.

aha! a clue!

do you ever wonder where certain words came from? like why butterfly has the word butter in it? or how the english language evolved to be so damn wordy? i certainly do, and sometimes i feel like the questions eat away at my brain, mostly while i have more important things to get done.

this morning i came across this short film by Jessica Oreck, a documentary film maker, and it seems that in her worldly travels she has had many of the same linguistic questions. she created this clip, part of a future series, to discuss the origin of the word clue.

what do you think? i’m excited to see what she has planned for future episodes!

rory beca @ forever 21

i’ve always been a fan of Rory Beca, a brand that tailors to my love of silk, prints, and simple yet bold tops and dresses. Rory’s website says that she’s inspired by “fabrics, art, music and travel,” so clearly she deserves her places in the blog spotlight. so what’s the catch,  you ask? it’s the cha-ching. her luxurious silk clothes run from about $100-300 on major shopping sites like shopbop.

cue Forever 21 and their new collaborations with top-notch designers. Forever and Rory Beca have teamed up before, but i just ran across their new collection, and every budget conscious fashion lover needs to check it out ASAP (i.e. before they sell out!) i assumed you’ve already guessed that since these little gems are being sold at Forever 21 we are not talking about luxury and silk. as much as this disappoints me, you get what you pay for and the bargain version is selling for $20-40! you read that right, ladies (and gentlemen?). i wholeheartedly believe fabric is important in all clothing decisions, but for trendy and/or seasonal non-investment pieces, keeping it simple can sometimes work out well too. focus on the clean, feminine lines and movement of the pieces. i’m smitten — who doesn’t love a bargain! i’m not even going to put a question mark after that statement.

here are a few of my favorite pieces — what do you think?


happy love day!

whether spent on the town or in the tub with candles, i like to think that valentines day is as much about loving yourself as loving others, so i hope that you all took a chance to stop and appreciate yourselves and the amazing things that you have accomplished/created in your lives! (this paper chain of hearts perhaps? it will certainly be in my future list of accomplishments). each person is a gift, and the way they choose to pursue life is just the icing on the cake.


hope you all had a great night!


on the whole, i always enjoy watching award shows. if not only for the spectacle and glamour, but also due to the fact that the show gets me up to speed on the happenings of the past year. take for example last night’s Grammy awards…

don’t worry friends, i know who Adele and Bon Iver are, but one important thing i seemed to have (wisely) missed in the past year is Chris Brown’s comeback? since when is he back in the spotlight and getting positive affirmation? instead of ranting, i encourage you to read this article in its entirety (regardless of your opinion of the singer’s indiscretions):

UPDATE: prepare to be more shocked… looks like even Rihanna has forgiven him, they’re recording a new song together! what is going on?!?

local happenings

check out some of these cool looking events this weekend if you’re around the Bay Area — it’s time to get out and about!

Year of the Dragon Celebration
Sunday, February 5th, 11:00AM
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Golden Glass 2012
A Slow Food San Francisco Event
Saturday, February 4th, 1-5PM
Herbst Pavillion
Why Paint a Landscape? Current Views & Perspectives
All Weekend, 12-6PM
ArtZone 461 Gallery
San Francisco Childhood: Memories of a Great City Seen Through the Eyes of Its Children
Saturday, February 4th, 12-1:30PM
San Francisco Public Library: Koret Auditorium
Conservation Photography Workshop
Sunday, February 5th, 1-4PM
California Academy of Sciences
Rachel Bertsche: MWF Seeking BFF
Sunday, February 5th, 4:00PM
Books Inc. in Opera Books
Adriane Colburn’s “Of Darkness”
Friday, February 3rd, 6-9PM
Luggage Store Gallery
Masters of Venice:Renaissance Painters of Passion and Power from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Through Febuary 12, 2012
de Young Museum