To give you an idea of the effusive excitement and joy I felt when Starr asked me to guest blog--let's just say I felt as radiant as I did on my eighth birthday (my birthday falls on Christmas Day,) when my family and friends gave me three laundry baskets worth of gifts, and my dad cooked all of my favorite foods (three giant pots of hot and sour soup,) and all of my friends skipped their own Christmas celebrations to celebrate my birthday with me, and I got to stay up until one in the morning and everyone danced in the living room to the Go Go Girls.
It's not just that Starr comes up with the best outfits, and knows exactly how to style all her amazing vintage finds, whether it's the perfect bowler hat, or the most adorable 60's mini, or the sweetest floral romper, and it's not only that Starr takes amazing photographs and looks amazing in them, but I kind of not so secretly think Starr is the next Leith Clark, and it's only a matter of time before her photographs and styling appear in the likes of Lula, Frankie, and Russh magazine, and labels like Miu Miu, Lover, and Orla Kiely ask her to direct fashion videos starring sartorial nymphettes (e.g. Zooey, Kirsten, Tennessee, Alexa.)
Like the guest bloggers before me, I decided to take a few pages from Starr's book and liberally plagiarize them here (am I mixing up metaphors?) In no particular order, I've compiled a list: "How to take dreamy photos and look insanely cute, Starr edition."
1) Round your photo corners! I do it in Picnik, Flickr's free photo editing software. It's under Create > Frames > Rounded Edges. I only learned how to do this today, and I plan on doing it a lot more often now that I've figured it out.
(PS: the playsuit is from Mandate of Heaven, the sandals are old and from F-Troupe, and my canvas backpack is from Baggu and I totally snagged the same one Starr has!)
2) Find an awesome location--I'm talking the kind of place where dreams come to meet sunsets and open fields and abandoned houses with Henry Darger like drawings on the walls. While my own abilities to scout said location are nowhere near fierce enough, I was able to visit Pine Creek Grist Mill in Muscatine, Iowa. They used to grind wheat flour in this mill, and now it's just a tourist attraction, and a place for boys and girls to carve their lover's initials in a proclamation of eternal (or ephemeral!) love.
3) Wear a hat, it can be a classic black (or fiery red!) bowler, a ladylike pillbox, a boater with a grosgrain ribbon, or a mini-top hat so cute that it breaks my heart twice in one second! Before trying one on for this post, I've never worn a hat for more than three minutes in my entire life (and it was my dad's baseball cap, and I only wore it because it was a hundred and five degrees atop the Great Wall of China and I thought I was going to faint from sun and heat exhaustion.) So it took a lot for me to try this little green Trilby hat I found at Target from the Eugenia Kim collection.
4) Be amazing at thrifting. I'm not the most patient or keen thrifter myself (and I'm horribly allergic to dust which rules out a lot of fun places,) but I'm constantly amazed by Starr's discerning eye--I don't know how she manages to unearth so much vintage beauty.
5) Be amazing at wearing separates, especially vintage blouses and skirts and trousers (see #4,) and especially if they involve chambray and stripes. Here's my take (ahem, blatant rip-off) with a hemmed 70's chambray skirt and a 50's pin-up style stripe halter.
6) Add a bow to sweeten up your outfit! I love how often Starr will wear a simple dress and add a lace bow or use a little bit of ribbon to pretty up a shirt. I've fastened a black, velvet bow to my 1950's sheer nylon button-down (with a peter pan collar obscured by my pesky hair,) and paired it with a shortened Liberty print floral skirt from the 70s.
And lastly, one of my own harebrained tips:
♥♥♥♥♥ If all else fails, put a heart sticker on your cheek and call it a day! ♥♥♥♥♥
(Photos by MTT & me)