barely here.

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2000 miles away, there’s your faint gaze. I rub my eyes, I swear you were only an arm’s length away a minute ago. That distant kind of love. That woozy kind of love. Empty and safe – a haven without a roof.

I make my way around the room. I look back. I beg to meet your eyes. I always did hope you’d notice, even the things you didn’t want to see. But your eyes, always milky and calm, oblivious to it all.

Your cold breath mutters a string of broken words that continue to shatter, over and over again, until a few disconnected pieces make it to my ear. Your bloodless skin, pale and cold. I never felt so small. Neither threatening nor threatened, like a white wall, you’re barely here.

You say I love you, I smile, and the sky seems to close on us both.


Vintage clothing & accessories,
styling & photos by Justin Markin

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our flames.

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the bedford chicagomoira noree vintagethe bedford chicagothe bedford chicagoworn out blog - shookawith my head melted on your chest, i like listening to your heart beat because it reminds me that you too are waiting for an interruption. we rebel against consistency because we know it’s just the devil’s trick to keep our flames low. but we prefer the heat. ideas rubbing against one another. a spark.


JUMPSUIT by Mustard Seed
BLAZER thrifted
LION NECKLACE by Moira Noree Vintage
LEOPARD COAT by Motel Rocks

Photos by Rachel Lynch

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Clashing prints and rocking head pieces before it was cool, M.I.A. has style for days.


Mono and dual-color 2 pieces have made a huge impact on fashion this year. Along with the use of lamé fabrics, dressing down with sneakers, and oversized gold jewelry. But let’s take it one step further and accessorize with an Indian royal hand fan. And there you have it, M.I.A at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival.


miaWith M.I.A.’s recent trip to India to gain inspiration to write and record her 4th studio album, we can tell that South Asian culture has not only inspired her music, but her future fashion moments as well. Holding an Indian hand fan, historically used to cool off royalty in the Mughal era, you can see why we refer to her as Queen of the underground. I’m never surprised to see that M.I.A. has put herself together in an effortless and ingenious way, and based on her collaborations with Marc Jacobs, Donatella Versace, and now Kenzo, neither are the fashion industry’s leading designers.

Maya has a history of using color in a way that separates herself from other risk-taking fashion idols. She combines sensory overloading fashion ensembles with politically influenced music from her British-Sri Lankan roots to create the ultimate creative expression. No wonder she exudes so much power. I started listening to M.I.A. back in 2008–stimulated by her music and her style–and I never looked back. Not only does she hit the stage looking fresh to death but her back up singers and dancers do as well, assembled in bold red and green 2 pieces with cool arm spinning, feet stomping moves and vocals to match.


When I look at Maya, I see an important message: Let go, live free and don’t give a fuck. Look for inspiration everywhere, take it in and let it out. Push your style forward, and never stop pushing.

Now, while we all want to be M.I.A. when we grow up, It’s not necessarily in the cards. I can’t promise a lucrative career as a recording artist but I can help enhance your look and get you dressing like her.

Get M.I.A.’s Pitchfork look >>>


1. Superga X The Row Faille Low Top Sneaker $250.00

2. Faith Connexion Cotton Lamé T-Shirt $200.00

3. ASOS Fringe Shorts $37.33

4. Chilli Beans Round Wood Sunglasses $58.00

5. Robyn Rhodes Rose Gold and Jade Nima Ring $138.00

6. Indian Hand Fan $125.00


more items

1. Oscar De La Renta Equipage Foulard Scarf Print Blouse $38.20

2. Oversized Blue Suede Fringed Jacket $45.00

3. Vintage Chanel Oversized Bangle $1750.00

Ballin’ on a budget? Thrift M.I.A.’s style >>>



Grab oranges, reds, greens, fuchsias, dollar bill prints, parrot prints, oversized suede jackets, ruffed up sneakers, metallics,and some gold chains to hit your chest when you’re banging on the radio.

Combine your look with a bold lip color and some funky nail art and you’re set.

Bold lip colors >>>


1. Shiseido Perfect Rouge Lipstick, Shade: Fuchsia $25.00

2. Portland Lipstick Company, Shade: Chlorosis $10.00

Other M.I.A.-esque items >>>


1. Kenzo Cotton Blend Tiger Print Jacket $935.00

2. Marc Jacobs Round Sunglasses $310.00

3. Chanel Nail Polish, Shade: Mimosa Le Vernis $29.99


1. I Am Vibes LTD Gold Head-chain $38.20

2. Moira Noree Vintage Evil Eye Necklace $200.00


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