Christian Roth 6558 =s ultimate grunge sunnies

VintagEye, * Kurt Cobain wearing this model. Brand:….

These are arguably the most recognizable grunge era accessory.  Kurt Cobain notoriously donned this model for more than one photo shoot.  You can still find them vintage from time to time on sites such as Ebay and Etsy.  Or you can score them new, if you can find them in stock.

A few years ago the 6558 was reissued by Silver Lining Vintage for Opening Ceremony.  Make no mistake, unlike most things associated with grunge these were always designer sunglasses.  However, they were probably cheaper in the 1990s than what Opening Ceremony sells the reissue for, around $450.

If you hope to get a hold of these truly iconic shades, keep your eyes on the auctions.  They’re cooler vintage, and sometimes possible to purchase at under $100.

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Oh No! Not Grunge!

I’m happy that grunge is back on the runways. It never belonged there in the first place, but at least it inspired many of the fashion conscious to go vintage. There’s nothing wrong with recycling. Especially when it comes to the clothing industry, notorious for violating human and animal rights. I also love plaid. And mohair. And I love pissing off the posh type who seem to take visceral offense to grunge.

Grunge, like punk of course, takes its cues from music. I wonder if we will see a resurgence of Breeders or Gits gracing publicized playlists (what used to be radio when grunge had its first run). It would be strange to see fashion conjure the music, instead of the reverse. Nirvana will always be around, no matter what Marc Jacobs is doing.

Although grunge round 2 is cleaned up a bit (see Stella McCartney’s clean lines+mohair+plaid), and those stupid beenies are everywhere (they rarely strayed far from Jacobs/Ellis the first time), it’s still possible to create runway looks from a thrift store. Brands like free people have picked up on this and are selling some well-worn pieces for around $200-$500, prices that would more than astound any musician associated with grunge round 1. But you can still find most of this stuff by searching through your local vintage/thrift store. That’s what free people buyers do.

I have to admit that some of the most coveted pieces from grunge round 2 are really tempting.

See below, bag, sweater, and coat by Stella McCartney and mohair cardigan by YSL. You won’t find the Falabella bag at any thrift store, but the rest can be approximated. Plus, DIY has always been an important part of grunge.

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Note: if you are like me, too busy to do your thrift shopping in person, sites like Rusty Zipper and Etsy have some decent finds.

Chanel Diwali

Today I wore Chanel’s Diwali, which recently became available on their website. Like all Chanel’s metallics, Diwali was more vibrant on my nails than in the bottle.

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I also have Delight, which is close but more of a brown gold. I will add some pictures shortly, for comparison. Delight also has larger particles in the formula, giving almost a glitter effect. They are definitely not duplicates!

Overall Diwali is a keeper. I love how golds are neutral enough to wear with almost anything.

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Rock Candy No.18

Rock Candy No.18

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The pics and paint job could be better, but here she is!  This polish turned out to be much more complex than I had anticipated!  It was supposed to be a white glitter heavy sheer white, but I ended up going a little nuts with the multi-colored glitters.  The result really is breathtaking!  Also, this is one of my smoothest formulas.  I always use a fast drying topcoat, but with this polish it really wasn’t necessary.  Let me know what you all think!

Bon Nuit, Bonjour, Bon Matin!

Some of you may know that I operate an indy nail polish boutique on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/cerephine.  Although I have had this site for a while, the nail polish boutique is relatively new.  So far we are carrying a variety of mini polishes.  They change frequently and some formulas are already in their second iteration!

This blog will be a place to post new ideas, coupon codes, and to review and showcase some of my personal favorite polishes (by many talented indy and mainstream designers).  This is also a place to contact me and request colors, restocks, and in the future to participate in polls and giveaways!

Aside from the polish obsession, I lead a very busy life.  I am a mother, a young professional, and an athlete who competes on the National level in roller figure skating (US National Championships are right around the corner)!

Because of my busy schedule, quantities and production are limited.  But I do plan to keep the Etsy shop running, and stocked, on a regular basis.  If you have any requests for sold out colors, message me and I will see what I can do.

Thank you for checking out my new page!  For a limited time, enjoy 10% off of the entire Etsy shop with coupon code: BONJOUR.

Best Regards!

-C