Worn & Torn

November 11, 2014 § Leave a comment



When I lived in Baltimore I did a lot of walking and wandering. As a young, poor student I also was very money savvy. My friends and I frequented the thrift stores that bordered our college. The best shops were often in the seediest parts of town. There was usually a security guard waiting at the front door. I guess it was a necessary job to deter someone from stealing a $3 pair of jeans.

One of my favorite places was Value Village on North Avenue. They had daily deals and a constant influx of new old stuff. (Mutually agreed as a favorite thrift spot.) I often had to go there for odd supplies for art projects. Metal things for constructing a cake stand, fabric bits for making a teepee and occasionally, okay always, I would look around for hidden gems to adorn myself.


Shoes, one of my biggest weaknesses and cravings, were always a section I had to go poke around. Plus, as a Floridian living up north, I was always on the lookout for warm and cosy items.

I spotted these moccasins and there was just something about them. Yes, they were a little dingy. Yes, they were falling apart a bit at the seams. No matter, I had to have them and they were merely $2. I actually liked the way someone had tried to repair them. At the time, they were fixed with a little red thread. I was majoring in fiber, after all, sewing and stitching is a love of mine.

I bought these shoes and still have them all these years later. I have since added some new, green thread in an attempt to keep them alive longer. They are wearing away more and more each day, but they continue to be reliable, cosy, dirty and completely, nostalgically lovable.


GRUB & GARB dossier / Julie

October 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

Julie has a magical, raspy sound that comes out when she talks and sings. I heard about her before I knew her. I saw her on low fidelity internet videos before I saw her in the flesh. When I finally did get the introduction, I thought she was even better than I had hoped.

My mind’s best memory of her is when she is sporting giant, gold-hooped earrings and her perfectly shredded tee. Wonderfully delightful, she has got a magnificent laugh.

So learn about this guitar-playing, swell-singing, weeknight deejaying, weekend bar-tending, higher education-seeking lady.

NAME – Julie  AGE – 32 OCCUPATION – Grad student



From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? An everything bagel with olive tofu cream cheese, big salad with lots of fruit, watermelon chunks, some kind of non-dairy ice cream and lots of iced coffee.

Favorite cities for food? Washington DC for limitless vegan options and Ethiopian food.
New York City for the bagels. 

Favorite splurge? If, in regards to food, I splurge on vegan baked goods. The carrot cookie creme sandwich thing from Karma Cream is ridiculously good. If we aren’t talking food, and just talking life, I like to splurge on trips out of town.

What catches your eye on a menu?  Savory tofu and/or cashew dishes.

What’s always in your fridge? A block of tofu and Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue Sauce.


Describe your personal style. A hot mess.

Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? Big earrings and a pair of Hush Puppies I bought for $3, that are rapidly disintegrating.

What is your most recent purchase? A couple silk blouses from a thrift store in Richmond, Va. that I will probably never wear.

Style icon(s)? It is my goal to dress something like 1990s Lauryn Hill and Kim Gordon, with a little Souixie Souix. However, I’m pretty sure I usually looking like Kurt Cobain in his frumpy grandpa phase

5 things you can’t live without

  • The aforementioned big earrings.
  • Hush Puppy booties.
  • My disgusting gray t shirt that is also rapidly falling apart.
  • Black jeans.
  • Silkie blousies.



September 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

- Bette Midler

– Bette Midler

- Orson Welles

– Orson Welles

GRUB & GARB dossier

September 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

name – Zoë Sessums age – 24 occupation – student/server


From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day? I would wake up to the smell of coffee brewing (i.e. I would not have to do a thing). My latest love is a few ounces of Café Bustelo (Cuban-style espresso), a spoonful of brown sugar, a tall class of ice and the rest of the cup filled with creamy, cold unsweetened vanilla almond milk. IMG_0596 With a little coffee in my system I would move on to breakfast. Eggs. Fresh avocado. Perfectly ripe tomatoes. Maybe some wilted, garlicky greens. I would love to balance all that out with a perfect Belgian waffle or a pancake with too many things in it like bananas, semisweet chocolate chips and blueberries. Honey on top, please.

For lunch I would have a nice giant salad with a mountain of fresh vegetables. A tahini ginger dressing or some other tart and savory creation. Some blackened salmon or fresh seared Ahi tuna. I warm wedge of crusty sourdough on the side.

If the day was ideal I guess I would eat a chocolate chip cookie the size of my face. Crisp edges and gooey, chocolate-filled center. Some flakes of sea salt on top truly punches it up a notch.

I would drink so much perfectly cold water. Water is my superpower.

Dinner, oh dinner. I could dream up so many different routes for dinner. I do not live near any Ethiopian places currently, but that is one of my great loves. An Ethiopian vegetarian platter. I love the injera on the bottom of the plate, when it has soaked up all the flavors of the different spices and sauces.

Of course there will be more dessert. Ice cream. Anything with hunks or chucks or swirls of chocolate will be perfect.

Favorite cities for food? San Francisco blew my culinary mind. Every corner held a new cuisine that excelled in preparation and presentation. Plus the desserts equal heaven. image Favorite splurges? The restaurant I work at has the best cakes ever. Consistently and constantly. Ever too often I bring home a slice after work and eat some as I unwind or eat some for breakfast, or eat a bite throughout the day. Vegan chocolate cake, carrot cranberry cake, peanut butter pie, pumpkin cheesecake… everything is made to perfection.

What catches your eye on a menu? As a lover of greens, I always see if the place has some new and interesting way to serve a vegetable. In Baltimore, I had a kale salad with buttermilk dressing and savory granola. The newness really got me excited and it tasted incredible.

What’s always in your fridge? I always have lettuce, eggs, ice cream and avocados.


Describe your personal style. Eclectic. I go through phases of favorite outfits. I tend to keep a heavy rotation of comfortable and classic pieces: jean shorts, a chambray shirt, a plaid shift dress. Though I love to pull out vibrant pieces every so often. My red ankle boots with gold studs are show-stoppers, they are equally “me.” image Are there any key pieces you find yourself wearing constantly? In the summer I live in cut-off shorts and dainty gold chain necklaces. In the winter I love big slouchy sweaters that feel like a warm hug and my rotation of thick, wool socks.

What is your most recent purchase? I recently bought a turquoise, purple and blue plaid dress. I bought it from Flashbacks, a consignment store. The dress is very boxy and very short and feels like I can wear it for anything and with anything.

Style icon(s)? I love the wild clothing combinations that Leandra Medine, of Manrepeller, creates. I love those classic iconic women like Jane Birkin and Twiggy. I love young groundbreakers like Tavi Gevinson. Socialite Olivia Palermo always looks polished. The Olsen twins are always pushing the envelope yet looking so cozy.

5 things you can’t live without. 

  • My loves (family & friends & animals)
  • Sweet treats
  • Running
  • Greens
  • Internet


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