Yumi Sakugawa Gets It

by Kim on Monday, November 12, 2012

Just found the most amazing illustrated essay: Claudia Kishi: My Asian-American Female Role Model Of The '90s. Yumi Sakugawa is my favorite person right now. Go read the whole thing immediately, adult Dawn Schafer is portrayed as a tanorexic wearing a pot leaf necklace. Can't even handle the greatness of that image.

The Most Claudia-Ass Shit on Urban Outfitters Right Now

by Kim on Monday, November 05, 2012

The most Claudia-ass shit on Urban Outfitters right now.

Dr. Martens boots
I saw these on Miley Cyrus because I have the internet surfing habits of a 15 year old.

Dr. Martens buckle boots
As part of her exploration into buckles as self-expression. New garage art show theme!

Jansport backpack
Let's be real though, Claudia doesn't mess around with tie-dye. She does that shit herself.

Ecote handbag
This is a fannypack and you know it, Urban Outfitters. A VELVET fannypack, no less.

Cooperative mini bag
As part of her Miss Frizzle underwater motif outfit.

Post earrings
They're, like, a statement on materialism, you know? Stacey doesn't get it.

Chain jewelry
Claudia Lynn Kishi and earcuffs: like peanut butter and dyslexic jelly.

She Colors Way Outside the Lines bangle
Tribute to Mimi's impassioned defense of her butterfly self-portrait.

Cooperative knit glove
Paired with her dangly jointed skeleton earrings.

Spitfire vintage style eyeglass
Stolen from Janine. Gave her a headache.

Cooperative Animal Beanie - Urban Outfitters
Sheep are out, pandas are in.

Highline Round Sunglasses - Urban Outfitters
To hide her eyerolls while co-sitting with Mallory Pike.

Updating the outfit: Claudia Kishi, Live From WSTO!

by Kim on Monday, October 22, 2012

"Anyway, I wore the coolest tuxedo I'd recently bought in a thrift shop, including a silky, piped shirt and a bright red velvet cummerbund. I removed the shoulder pads from the jacket, which made it really slouchy (I love that look). Then I bought a pair of white socks with silver glitter. I decided to wear a pair of red sneakers to match the cummerbund. I swept my hair up and fastened it with a rhinestone barrette in the shape of a musical note."
Love it.  Seriously, she's fabulous, and Ashley Wyeth better recognize.  2012 Claudia (also Trust Fund Claudia -- I recognize that her Helmut Lang pants and Marc by Marc Jacobs duds aren't likely to be obtained on a babysitter's salary) would rock a clear musical score umbrella with her version.  Even if it wasn't raining.  That's just the kind of free spirit she is.     
Claudia Kishi, live from wsto

Marc by Marc Jacobs black shirt / Paul Smith tux jacket / Helmut Lang wool pants / Converse pointy shoes / Swatch red jewelry / Tatty Devine teardrop earrings / Brooch / Felix Rey see through umbrella / Ring

Also a red wraparound Swatch she probably borrowed from Stacey and forgot to give back, and red Converse that she stayed up all night studding.  She'll explain her technique on the radio show, don't worry.

Read the original book entry.

#123: Claudia's Big Party

by Kim on Monday, October 15, 2012

I think the most important takeaway from this book is that Claudia has a seventh grade boyfriend who gets nervous about going out to dinner with members of the Babysitters Club.  Think about it.  Imagine being nervous about dinner with Mary Anne Spier.

"I'd worked hard on my outfit - a long black skirt, a white shirt with full sleeves, and a short vest that I'd covered with bright-colored buttons and bows.  My hair was braided with strands of ribbons that matched the decorations on the vest."

Once you de-Seinfeld the "white shirt with full sleeves" aspect of the outfit, this actually sounds pretty bomb.  Get it gurl.

Claudia's big party

That time I got a new job and forgot about the blog again

by Kim on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Okay, I zoned out a little bit, like Claudia after a serious Hershey's Kisses sesh. It's not my fault. I started a new job in September and I'm like really busy you guys. I got babysitting jobs for days if you know what I mean (you don't, and neither do I. I'm in marketing. The only babysitting I'm doing is of our Google Analytics account -- my personal Jenny Prezzioso.). 

 But! As penance, I have lined up three weeks of outfit updates for you, and until those start going live please feel free to nod thoughtfully at all of the things I would've purchased for this job if I didn't have to do things like 'pay rent' and 'buy food'.


Yeah, you know how it goes

Frye / Frye / Balenciaga / Sterling silver jewelry / LowLuv gothic jewelry / Elizabeth and James / LowLuv necklace / Tech accessory / Wildfox Couture / Tokyo Milk perfume / Frye Regina Studded Ballet / By Boe Open Studs


Also, if you want to know what I'm up to during daytime (and, yeah, sometimes nighttime too) hours, you can follow Prosperity Candle on twitter, facebook, and pinterest. In fact, I encourage you to. There's less swearing but more doing good things for the world and stuff. Also, we sell candles. I'll let you know when I figure out how to successfully pitch a BSC tribute candle.

So Claudia Right Now: Jessa Johansson

by Kim on Tuesday, October 09, 2012

It's not just the kimonos.  Okay, maybe it's mostly the kimonos.  And the hats.  And the billowy printed pants.  Whatever, she's just fabulous.  And hiding joints instead of candy.  In Shosanna's bedroom, because it makes sense that an adult Claudia would be a total couch crasher, you know?  She'd show up with an easel and a guilty smile and offer to braid your hair every night and when she finally left there'd be glitter and candy wrappers everywhere.  It'd takes months to recover, and then she'd show up again, offering an only-slightly-melted Milky Way bar and drinks-on-her . . . when she gets back on her feet, of course.     

"Oh, Claudia," the Kishis would murmur to themselves in despair, "why can't you be more like your sister?"
That is, until Janine's inevitable nervous breakdown.

        So Claudia right now: kimonos

Glamorous floral blouse, $40 / Athena Procopiou kimono top / Glamorous floral top, $56 / Dorothy Perkins chiffon top / Floral Print Kimono / DV by Dolce Vita bootie boots / House of Harlow 1960 ring / House of Harlow 1960 bracelet / ASOS oversized cateye sunglasses / Essie nail polish, $22


(This post is dedicated to Lauren McAllister, who has been pestering me for weeks to update this thing. She waits until I've had a couple beers and then pounces with ideas like "what if we watched the entire Canadian tv series RIGHT NOW?" and "so, what do you think would be the theme song for each babysitter? Just asking. Update your damn blog.")

"Wow, it's the Babysitters Club dolls!"

by Kim on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Dude, remember these?

"I want to be like Dawn!  She's so natural, right down to her jean jacket!" Yeah, okay kid. . . . wait, what about a jean jacket is natural?

According to Madewell and Claudia Kishi, sheep are totes in for fall

by Kim on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Sheep are in, apparently

You guys.  I'm innocently browsing the Madewell fall catalog when suddenly I find myself staring at perhaps the most Claudia-approved sweaters of all time.  I had to drop everything for this one.

Read about the infamous sheep fight in Kristy's Great Idea.

Updating the outfit: Jessi and the Dance School Phantom

by Kim on Monday, September 03, 2012

A while back -- you know, when I was actively updating -- some of you suggested I use polyvore.  Some of you also suggested I re-create Claudia's outfits myself.  I assume that subset had been dipping into Sharon Schafer's special brownie stash or something.  I mean, what were you thinking? I can't pull off a high side pony!  But I CAN try to create less offensive versions of Hodges Soileau's attempts at fashion through the magic of online collage sites.  So: updating the outfit begins with book #42, Jessi and the Dance School Phantom.

What a cover.  Jessi looks more stankface than scared, and then there's Dawn.  With that hair.  That hair*.  It's so bad that the first update I made to her outfit was a VO5 hot oil treatment, because there's no excuse for that situation on top of her head.  Her Texas Tuxedo would be slightly more acceptable if she was wearing grey jeans, and when I think California Casual I think Swedish Hasbeens.  Mostly because the early books kept mentioning Dawn's affinity for clogs and it just stuck.  And orange slice earrings because California.  Obvi.
Jessi and the dance school phantom

* little Lucille Bluth nod for you there.

Claudia re-emerges; got lost in closet in pursuit of Chunky bar

by Kim on Monday, August 27, 2012

It's been a while, huh?

So, what's new with you?  Things are cool over here.  I live practically across the street from an Urban Outfitters now, which is kind of troubling for my wallet.  Also I haven't bought any new Fryes in a really long time but that doesn't mean I haven't made all sorts of other terrible purchasing decisions.  But you're probably not here to read about me, even though the fact that I'm a blogger means I'm inherently kind of narcissistic and you're gonna end up reading about me anyway.  We both know who you're really here for.  And she's back.  At least for a little while.  I've got some entries queued up and some strange outfit descriptions for us to ponder together and I just vacuumed the floor of my bedroom so BSC meetings are gonna be a little less dusty.

Also the adverb abuse will continue.  That I can absolutely promise you.