Sunday, April 3, 2011

The Conductress' Jacket

Yesterday, there was a post entitled: Lodekka.  Lodekka is a local vintage wear dress shop (ok, with some men's wear too) in NE Portland, Oregon.  A great find was this wonderful vintage red wool blazer made by Pendleton and the leather pouch. 

Today, an idea came to mind on how to wear the blazer and hence the look above.  The jacket is just so fitting to be a conductress on the cool Lodekka double decker bus. 

Be sure to visit her shop!  I guarantee you will see something there.  Whether it be an old photograph, a handbag, belt, or dress.  There are all sorts of treasures that you will find at Lodekka. 

About the outfit:
Vintage Pendleton red blazer
Urban Outfitters T-shirt
HM gray leggings
Vintage leather pouch
Ivanka Trump kitty heels




About these looks, from top:

Lucia is wearing Checked Shirt and Trousers with Turn-Up Hem
Mode Junkie Offenburg is wearing Zip Top and Sheath Skirt
Reyes is wearing Zip Top and Studio Culottes

Zara is holding for their new web content titled: PEOPLE.  They seek to collaborate with people who are interested in fashion.  You just need to submit your look, containing two pieces from their SS2011 collection.

To learn more about the program and how to submit your looks, visit:

La Tour Eiffel

Viewing the Eiffel Tower is a must when visiting Paris.

Constructed by Gustave Eiffel as an entry arch to the 1889 World's Fair, Gustave designed, built, and used his own money and resources to built this great monument.  He even stayed under the budget given to him!

When visiting, get there early.  Best thing to do is buy timed tickets ahead of time, on their official website:  When you are ready to go, get there at least 30 minutes before.  A view from the summit is a must but the best time to go is at dusk, before the sun sets.  However, ride up when it is dark to view Paris at night, in the illuminations of the lighted tower.

The outfit during the day hike:
Bella Sisters blazer (
Green rabit's fur scarf from Nordstrom
American Apparel lace body suit
Vintage Levi's 501 cut-offs
Fossil belt
Wolford's tights
Born boots

Christo + Jeanne Claude: From The Gates to Over the River

(c) WSJ Magazine, April 2011
(c) WSJ Magazine, April 2011

Top: The artists at Little Bay in Sydney, 2007; a 1963 wrapped portrait of Jeanne Claude.
(c) WSJ Magazine, April 2011

Top: "The Gates" in New York City's Central Park (1979-2005); Bottom: "Wrapped Coast, One Million Square Feet" (1968-69), Little Bay, Australia.
(c) WSJ Magazine, April 2011
Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The Gates, Central Park,
New York City, 1979-2005

Photo: Wolfgang Volz
©2005 Christo and Jeanne-Claude


Add caChristo and Jeanne-Claude
The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris 1975-85

Photo: Wolfgang Volz
©1985 Christo

Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties,
California 1972-76

Photo: Jeanne-Claude
©1976 Christo

Their life is like a love story, Christo + Jeanne Claude.  She didn't like him at first, was mean to him but intrigued by him.  He was a poor Bulgarian painter living in Paris, speaking little French.  To get by, Christo would make his living as a portraiture.

They met at the age of 23 when Christo was commissioned to create a portrait of Jeanne Claude's mother.  Jeanne Claude was a headstrong and outspoken whose father was an influential general.  Claude became infatuated with Jeanne Claude's liveliness and how she loved to laugh.  Their first date, he bought tickets to an avant-garde theatre playing Ionesco.  During the show, she laughed so hard and loud that the actors stopped playing their parts and started laughing with her.  And that became the starting point for the rest of their lives.  Working together, side-by-side in New York on Christo's massive scale once in a life time masterpieces.

Jeanne Claude's unfortunate passing came in 2009.  Before the the final decision of their long time project called "Over the River."  It is one of their most ambitious plan to cover about 6 miles of the Arkansas River in Colorado.  After they wrapped Paris' Pont-Neuf in 1985 and was fascinated by the illuminating fabric over the Seine, the two began to conceive an idea to cover a river.  It has been a long battle to get an approval from the Bureau of Land Management and the project so far has cost the artist $8 million in just preparation.  This month, the Record Decision of the project will be issued.

You can read the full article in the Wall Street Journal Magazine April 2011 edition. 
To learn more about the artist including "Over the River," visit