Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category

Spotted: Burberry Bag

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping on January 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Lindsay Lohan, we’re routing for you. Even when I never really cared about you, I still knew you had that fashion sparkle in your eye. And it looks like the fashion world has your back. You’re iconic, much like grunge queen Courtney Love. Your torrid soul, your collagen injected lips, and that amazing Burberry Winter Storms bag. You rock that. I want it. But it’s out-of-stock! What am I to do in the mean time?

I would rock it just like you did, except I would absolutely kill it with these Miharayasuhiro for Puma kicks.


Grab bag

In Accessory, Good Look, Shopping on December 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

I’m a clingy girlfriend – there, I said. But I’m also a loyal one, just ask my bags. I’ve got bags with straps falling off the seams, filled with century stale crumbs and holes leading to wonderland. But that could be because I’m an easy shopper: I see it, I want it, that’s it. Which could be the reason I’m so loyal to my limited bag collection in the first place. I don’t really like shopping for bags, and I’m pretty confident in the type of bag that suits my body type and personality. You’re tall, thin, go with something that slouches around the body. Long straps are sleek. Flexibility is key. Marc by Marc Jacobs is a personal favourite. Chanel, well, I admire that one from a far, and Hermès, well, forget about it. But I digress.

There’s people that collect bags for the sake of it, but this isn’t about that. Nor does it have anything to do with price. Sometimes, you just need a bag you throw over your shoulder and go your way, you know what I mean? Well, okay, you might want to throw a bit of hotness in-the-mix.

I’m a fan of the acclaimed french brand Balenciaga. And even bigger fan of the bags it produces. However, they’ve got an older aesthetic. May not be suitable for someone under 25, unless you’ve got the physique and personality to pull it it off.

This is exactly why I’m a fan of Marc by Marc Jacobs. It’s funky, modern, and extremely affordable. Loving the colour of this one.

I’ve never really had the chance to get into Paul Smith, until now. It’s a timeless brand, that swirl? Sexy. As is this bag. It’s got that quirky graphic in the classy style.

Python is hot. Always has been. And the colour? Stunning. Jerome Dreyfuss is relatively new to me, but by the looks of this one, I could get into it.

Burberry. The brand I could never afford. But it’s a staple if you can actually get your hands on one. This check is more versatile compared to the other ones, along with the colourway.

I’ve always wanted a Mulberry bag. I’ve just never had the opportunity to get one. This Mulberry purse is stunning, kind of young, but fun. And flirty.

Trend spotting: Printed pants

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, Trend, Trend Report on December 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

While Marc Jacobs and Missoni trail blazed African prints for 2010, the harem pant, though a staple for comfort was a death wish to fashion editors everywhere. Put the two together, and well, let’s just say it was not a must-have item if you (supposedly) knew anything about style. But the two trends were, and it was a trend reserved for the über cool niche market.

The printed harem pant hasn’t really had a proper moment, until now. Designers Basso & Brooke highlighted the trend for Spring/Summer 2011, and retails don’t seem to be ready to give up those loose-fitting trousers. And neither are those of us who learned how to play with it’s comfort and flexibility.

Considering my plaid pants of choice are fairly minimal, I would off-set it with a bright top. I fell in love with this Ann Yee blouse, the length and colour draw emphasis to the look.

Ah, here we go. The print trouser. Sass & Bide have a way with print, but if you are to steer in this direction, it`s best to look for a piece that doesn`t have too much going on.

The shoes. Of course, I picked Givenchy because you won`t always find a high-fashion designer for under $500. And here, I actually did, and, of course, suede black booties complete the look.

Trend spotting: Colour blocking

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, Trend, Trend Report on December 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

In contrast to the sea of black that flooded the runways last year, spring 2011 (supposedly) represents bursts of colour. Allure. Not your average pastel hues however, you must be brave. Mix and match solid, poignant splashes of burnt sienna, blue, lime green and sunshine yellow.

Very `90s. Colour blocking must, I repeat must be off-set with a minimalist silhouette. Try to avoid ‘skin-tight,’ and if you can, refrain from prints unless they’re architectural. Raf Simons for Jil Sander led the pack with his use of solid colour. Sure, there was a plethora of others: Louis Vuitton, Prada. But when it comes to this concept, it’s either whimsical and playful, or sleek, with an air of self-consciousness.

In terms of my colour-blocking preference, I’d go with this Ann Demulemeester blazer. It’s bright, and reflective of my Gothic-style, but with slight minimal effect.

This Tory Burch top is a perfect example of what colour blocking with prints. This one can work, as opposed to floral or digital prints, because your look, essentially, should be a work of art.

Another important thing to consider with colour-blocking is adding a bit of black for contrast. It tames the look, makes it aesthetically digestible. Imagine: you’re walking down the street with bright yellow pants and an orange shirt. Now, replay the scenario with a black blazer. In this case, I’m all for these soft-pleated trousers by Band of Outsiders. It’s vibrant, but the colours complement each other.

Shoes for him: Gift guide for me

In affordable, Fashion, Good Look, Men, Shopping, sneakers, Trend, Trend Report on December 8, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I’ve got style, which makes difficult buying something for a guy. You’d think it be easy, but not all guys dress like Kanye West. It’s one thing to see something and say “Oh my gosh, he should would love this.” But what he should do verses the reality can be apples and vodka shots. Ah, I digress. In the ideal world, “his” style is a reflection of mine. That said, I’m compiling this gift guide on the basis that he’d love most, if not all, the things I bequeath. Our closets would be one in the same. (considering the whole boyfriend trend going around, trust that this does happen).

I thought I’d start with shoes, because at least think I can confirm that shoes have held importance to most men I’ve attracted or been attracted to. And, quite possibly, I’ve always felt if you that if you can connect with your taste in shoes, you both may be on your way to a fruitful future.

Can’t really go wrong with Chucks, ever. Sure they have a strong `80s aesthetic, but they’re still understated. Just a second look until you’d realize there’s patent embellished on the ankles. I think they also came in all-black, but they’ve long sold out. Not bad in price either 65 GBP.

Cute. Masculine, hence why I prefer the wine hue, but chic. I notice that as some men get hold, there’s this desire to ‘shed’ the streetwear image they one coveted. Sneakers become something you’d rather wear to the laundry mat, rather an authentic fashion statement. But as for me, no matter how many heels, boots and shoes mount up in my closet, I will always be a lover of sneakers. But I can appreciate upgrade their street appeal, with shoes such as these.

Who is Thomas Erber and what is Le Cabinet de Curiosités? I had no idea until I came across these lovelies. I’ve always wanted a pair of shoes similar to these (available for 900 euros exclusively at Colette), and by the price of these, I suppose they’ll remain on my dream list of quite a while. And so it remains for him as well.

Oh yes, one of the sexiest shoes I’ve seen yet. I hold these Lanvin plaid sneakers close to my heart. And admittedly, if I had to choose, I’d go with me, and the boyfriend would get a box of coal. Christmas is a about giving, I know, but for 1517 euros, I’d have to be whipped.

These hunting boots remind me of Moccasins. Oh and wait, what do you know. As stated in the description “The true moccasin boots are finished with leather laces, cream leather gusset tongue, leather lining, cushioned leather insole, heel pulls and a sports crepe sole.” They certainly do have a feminine flair, but they look durable. Besides, one should never judge the outer appearance, as they say.

Stay tuned for part II, I think that one will be… the coat.

Steal: Evening dresses

In affordable, dress, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, steal, Trend, Trend Report, Wish List on December 7, 2010 at 7:10 pm

I may be young, but when it comes to clothes, I’m not delusional. Most of the time. As much as I can imagine myself in an over-the-top designer dress, I know how to find my favorite brands at reasonable prices too. And still set the trend, if I must add.

The thing about designer, is that minimalism isn’t an issue. You could be bare feet with a plastic bag, and you’ll still look dope. Reason being is because designer means quality – it’s not rocket science. So while we’d love to spend $1,000+ on that dazzling couture piece, we can still look on point in less than a fraction of the price. On top of that, adorned in clothes by some of the hottest designers in the fashion bible hot list.

OK, OK, wait a minute, here. A 100% silk dress by Swedish it-brand ACNE for under $250? And where can I get that? Coggles you say? Is that not a steal? And they have my size? If you – or me for that matter – don’t get on this, well have to resort to rags. This doesn’t happen very often… if ever.

Alexander Wang, in my opinion, is the Alfred Sung of his generation. This 26-year-old fashion prodigy has received accolades from Vogue, and is top-tier to celebrities around the world. That said, to own anything by Mr. Wang is a treat. And if it’s under $200, say no more. Even if it is his secondary line.

What more do you need in a TWENTY8TWELVE dress? It’s super-mini, and it’s pink. Nicki Minaj, eat your socks. And it’s roughly under $250 (CDN).

One thing you’ll have to realize: when it comes to cost-effective designer dresses, there’s less fabric to work with. But it’s okay, it’s worth it. You’ve got the body, the look and the attitude, and a little minus degree whether won’t kill you, right? Who wouldn’t wear this grey scale body-con dress by Jonathan Saunders. I thought grey was the new black. And apparently it’s 199.50 (USD), not even $200. Go for it.
Sportmax, a subsidiary of the MaxMara empire is constant in Vogue‘s pages. Does that mean anything, well yes, it does. it’s the originator in sport-motif chic. Minimal construction, and fine detail. And to top if off, for about $250 USD, you’re getting a 2-for-1 deal, a dress and bolero in a navy hue. OK. I meant three.

Splurge: Evening dresses

In Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shopping, splurge, style, Trend, Trend Report, Wish List on December 7, 2010 at 4:42 pm

So, it’s Christmas. You know what that means: New Year’s Eve is around the corner. You need that killer dress. That bada boom. And no, you won’t – as long as you read this – be wearing another black lace dress. So let’s do this; get it right. Try a trend you’ve never considered before. This is your last chance.

This Versace Patent-leather strapless dress is equivalent to about 3 mortgage payments ($6,667.50 USD), but it’s worth it. The colour, cut and look is what dreams are made of. An electric aquamarine dream. Available, exclusively, at Net-A-Porter.
Doesn’t this dress remind you of a certain Bajan singer? This one-shoulder number by Georgian-born, UK-based designer David Koma is the business. Yes, this dress (sold at Browns) is steep (2,205 GBP), but hey, this is about splurging right? And who doesn’t want to have at least one of those in their closets at least once?
White is the perfect statement colour. It represents purity, which can also mean a clean slate as you enter the new year. This dress by Preen gives the illusion of innocent, but your dramatic accessories (black booties being one), will show the real you. It’s not as hefty as the other two ($1,593.55 USD at Matches), and it’s also very minimal, which means you’ll probably throw on some tights and a cardigan for multi-usage.
Are you a Victorian Goth Queen? Well, so was the late Sir Alexander McQueen, and this dress, well, gold, was jacquard, is like a religion. Powerful, sombre yet majestic. This piece is a work of art (5,259 Euros at Farfetch), and is an item that will go down in history.

This dress by Balmain happens to be a personal favourite (it’s also on my distant wish list:13,475 Euros at Colette) , which is funny because I’ve never really been a Balmain type-of-girl. But despite the fringe and metal detail, there’s an understatement about it. As cliche as this sounds, an air of mystery. And not just because it’s black. But possibly the brocade and full neckline are what does it. You don’t particularly have to be brave to wear this dress. But then again, I like tight and short. The cost: one year of college education. The feeling when you where the dress:priceless.

Get My Look: Laced-up Goth

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, In the Know, Shopping on June 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Denis Gagnon Structured Leather Jacket available at Reborn

Paul & Joe Annelise Lace Blouse available at my-theresa

Forever 21 Lace Tank available at, of course Forever 21

Current/Elliott Black Leggings available at my-wardrobe

House of Harlow Lace Ankle Boots available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Valentino Laceland Tote available at Browns (Hold tight – it’s sold out!)

Trend Report: Black Patent

In colour, designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Heels, Shoes, Shopping, style, Trend, Trend Report, why don't you on April 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

You can be a flirtatious lolita, or a sultry vixen. But why be one when there’s room for both? Since blossoming into an unofficial Givenchy princess, I’ve become a something of – a black maven. Forget colour, I know what’s best. Many people  consider black to be safe, but it’s not. It’s gothic, absorbs heat, and it’s distant. Most of all, you have to find ways to make it interesting; a hard feat when your eyes are as black as a bat’s cave.

When wearing black, the shoes have to match. And I realize material is extremely important. Suede can be risky – it’s afraid of water and impossible to clean properly. Leather is good, but it can feel as heavy as it looks. I do however, like the idea of black lace shoes. Better yet, black lace with patent trimming. Or patent wedges – pay attention to those. That’s the ringer for me – patent. Oh yes, I love the idea of patent  shoes matched with all black ready-to-wear attire.

So it’s a deal. When wearing black, keep it breezy. Free flowing wraps (oversized is best), leggings (no spandex – no shine), very light-weight denim,  and loose fitting t-shirts. Dresses are good, especially if short. Long is good too. Actually, I’m thinking jersey. Jersey fabric is key. Try to find a catsuit if you can, throw a wrap over it, and add some black patent shoes. There you go, you’ve got it. I’ll even give you a head start if you need it.

Dr. Martens patent boots.

Kurt Geiger’s Carvela Sleaze Patent Lace-up Ankel Boot available at ASOS

Givenchy lace sandal with patent leather trim

Fendi Patent Logo boot

Report Signature ankle boot

Mini Market patent leather wedges

Get My Look: Demigoddess

In designer, Fashion, Fashion Heat, Good Look, Shoes, Shopping on April 2, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Rick Owens fine-knit cashmere wrap cardigan $1,050. Available at Net-A-Porter.

Bassike organic cotton circle top $130. Available at Net-A-Porter.

Givenchy 3D triangles leather cuff bracelet 457.34. Available at Luisaviaroma.

Givenchy black jersey legging style skinny trousers 385. Available at FarFetch.

Givenchy Print Jersey Wedges 1458.34. Available at Luisaviaroma.

Givenchy medium nylon nightingale top handle 907.66. Available at Luisaviaroma.