Frivolous Universe

Kelly and Nicole

Nicole: Forgive us for our post-Chicago Chicago reprise. But Kelly just developed the second roll of our Lomography four lens camera film and these are the photos that ensued…

K: On our last full day in the windy city, I discovered that I, having planned for NYC prices, had not nearly blown my budget for the trip. (HOW COULD THIS BE?!) So we went vintage shopping in the only clothes we had left that didn’t stink. Nicole got this tee at Shedd Aquarium. We lurved the Jellies.

N: The jellies were super fucking rad!

N:  Sometimes early(ish) mornings and a lack of clean(ish) clothes make for verrry interesting outfits. (Just like camping!)  Here I am wearing Kelly’s sweater vest and floral pants while she rocks out my vintage Lacoste menswear cardigan.

K: As it was our last day together, we decided to celebrate the most hallowed of holidays, our BOOiversary, with the frothy crunch of multicolored macarons. Then we donned evening-wear for a night at the theater.

K: Nicole acted in Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses at Boise State, so we had to see the production she directed for Lookingglass Theatre. We dressed ostentatiously to shock the overabundance of middle-aged people in the audience. (I hear they alone keep theater afloat in this country.)

N: Be it Chicago or Boise or even certain NYC theatres, the blue hairs always manage to get their paws on the creative goods.  Our only way to stand out is to deviate from the standard cocktail dress/suit jacket and tie dress code when we see such a show.  I’m gonna wear a gold lame pantsuit (masquerading as pants) with a purple polyester top.  Maybe you can see the top of the jumpsuit tucked into my stockings…so what?!

K: Oh, you know the bitch can work a muffin-top at the disco. E’rrbody wants a bite! I wore silver-toed booties (hand-painted by me), a silver collar, and a little a lot of exposed neon pink bandeau bra. Also, tuxedo jacket for warmth (not modesty).

N: Believe you me, when the boo is in such a ferocious outfit, getting dressed can be quite a challenge.  We like to compliment/justify each others extreme looks.  It took several tries to get this outfit working.  In the end it was alllllll worth it.

K: In one short week I will be in New York City, and we will have the challenge of dressing together for nine whole days, one of them being my 27th birthday. Woah, officially late twenties. Watch me go.

Next Week: NYC or BUST


Kelly: Dis ma new coat. It reminds me of Ms. Onassis. Rest assured, I will not wear it with nearly so much class and dignity. In fact, I might cut out dignity altogether. Jackie Oh no she did not get that for eight dollars!

Nicole: While Kelly sasses up her class, I’m gonna class up my trash.  I think it’s quite possible my newly thrifted leather bustier once belonged to a 90’s hooker.

K: I got this coat with Kim and Bethany in Mountain Home last week. We hit up St. Vincent’s something fierce, and I walked away with this union-made, mink-collared beauty. And yes, I was for real, only $7.99. Scores like this make the hand-cramps that come from carrying too many hangers at a thrift store all worthwhile.

N: Not to mention the gross gray hanger fingers…eww.

N: Friday was my 25th birthday (who-hoo! Quarter of a century!), so got myself a prezie! I picked up the bustier from Vice Versa on Bedford, because really, what screams “every day I wake up it feel like my fucking birfday” quite like white leather?

K: My birthday isn’t for another month, so it was a wonderful surprise when Bethany gave me this jangley Middle Eastern necklace last week. I marvel at Bethany’s unflinching generosity. She inspires me to be more willing to part with my treasures. I love how this necklace reads like elaborate costume jewelry and makes music whenever I move. I also love the contrast of skinny jeans, suede shirt, and bold antique silver next to such a soft, ladylike coat.

N: Kelly designed and made me this ah-mazing beaded fringe necklace for our 10 year boo-iversary.  I love how it modernized my ultra-90’s high-waisted pants and bustier combo. I also love how the blue really pops against the solid red bottom half and otherwise red and white palate.

K: Our day trip to Mountain Home was much-needed salve for my soul. The cold landscape, hot tea, gracious hosts, and pickled eggs gave me clarity and perspective in an otherwise trying time in my life.

N: I am jealous of your escapade and the awesome scores and photos that came with it.  Luckily for me my roommate and I are going upstate today to do a little thrifting.  The hurricane has really turned the flow of the city upside down in every way.  While I am  grateful to have made it through the storm with nothing but an inconvenient commute for a few days, it will still be nice to get away from this crazy town for an afternoon.  Pictures to come of what we find!

K: Just don’t blow your wad before I get there on December 1st, mmmmkay?

N: Not unless it’s buying something for your December 2nd birthday!

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Nicole: I see absolutely nothing wrong with wearing shiny leggings during daylight hours

K: Nor should you! I wore those leggings today with silver sneakers. Here are two vintage items we picked up in Chicago: your teal belt, which matches my bra and necklace perfecto, and this fakey fur vest. Do you realize how many muppets had to die?!

N: I’m sure not nearly as many as were sacrificed for Pandora and Mimi’s eleganza.

N: Leggings and a tunic are a pretty basic silhouette, but they make for a good vintage shopping outfit since you can try things on over them easily.  So if you’re gonna go basic, at least make it sparkly!

K: And how! My outfit would be tres predictable if I left it to a black tee and jeans, but my fuzzy vest, flat cap, and exposed bra take it to a higher plane… or to a sluttier plane, as the case may be… (Check out Kim’s exposed bra here.)

N: Always always take it to a sluttier plane if possible.  There’s not much slut to this outfit, but I really like the weird layering of the pink shiny sweater vest over your tunic.

K: Let’s see, what didn’t we tell about Chicago? Most everything. We went to a gay bar to watch the season premier of the new Rupaul’s Drag Race last Monday night. It was amazing, everyone was cheering for their favorite queens. Now I know what normal people must feel like watching their favorite football team in a sports bar.

N: We also saw three great shows.  44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Metamorphoses, and In Pigeon House.  Would definitely recommend all three to anyone in Chicago at the mo, but especially In Pigeon House, which features a fellow Boise State alum!

K: Yeah, Ira Amyx pretty much kicked ass from curtain to curtain. What else?  Oh yeah, we ate LOTS of food. Italian, Southwestern, Russian, Nepalese, Lebanese, and vegetarian.

N: All in all a pretty great trip.  And our hostel roof deck made a great hang out/photo shoot/late night chat spot.

K: And place for you to pose like an American Apparel model. You are wearing their leggings…

Kelly was definitely being the butch one in this photoshoot.