Monthly Archives: July 2009

Back to reality

After yesterday’s expensive Miu Miu masterpiece, I bring you an equally lovely dress by Porridge ($148) that’s much more attainable.

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

 

 

Mixing patterns can be a challenge for even the most seasoned fashionista, but this is a perfect example of how to do it.  A small, repeating one on top and a larger, more abstract one on the bottom – broken up by a solid sash.  Gorgeous!

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I need it: Miu Miu dress

Indulge me if you will and step back into fantasy-land for a moment.  

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Image courtesy of Net-A-Porter

 

 

Everything about this Miu Miu dress ($2,075) is perfection.  The silhouette is basic, yet timeless and elegant.  The mosaic pattern is innovative and edgy.  The colors are bold but understated so as not to compete with the print.  

Perfection.

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Buy now, wear later

If you’re looking to get a jump start on your fall shopping, you’d better get yourself over to Nordstrom for their Anniversary Sale.  They’ve got boots (and a host of other items) temporarily on sale. 

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

 

These Sam Edelman boots are regularly $300 but you can get them now for $200.

I know, I know.  I’m also finding it a bit difficult to think about boots when temps are still in the mid-90’s every day.  But I assure you, come October, your wallet will be thanking you!

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Where am I again?

Well, I’m back.  Sort of.  My body is here but I left my heart and mind in Northern California.

If anyone is curious, I did manage to fit all my belongings into a carry-on.  And I was able to include my Mike and Chris heels and the most perfect matching Michael Kors clutch.  I even had room for a pair of Juicys and Tory Burch flip flops (all the better to lounge in, my dear).  Now that’s some smart packing.  

Hopefully I can get back into proper writing mode by tomorrow.  Till then, I’ll be California dreaming for another day…

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Vacay melee

Here I am on the eve of our week-long trip to Northern California – San Francisco and Napa/Sonoma to be exact.  All week, I’ve been pulling pieces from my closet that I want to take and putting them all together in one spot in the middle of the rack.  

I’ve amassed quite a collection.

You guys want to hear the real bombshell?  I’m attempting to take only a 22″ carry on bag.  So now it’s time to edit.  You may ask yourself why I would attempt such a feat.  Here’s why:  if I take a large suitcase on a trip, I always – without fail – overpack.  By a lot.  No.  I mean really a lot.  

Now, I learned a thing or two about packing a carry on in my three years of weekend continent-hopping.  I had a tiny little wheelie bag and I could pack for a four day weekend, easy peasy.  So I got to thinking…  If I could pack my really small bag for four days, why couldn’t I pack a slightly larger one for seven days?  Why, that’s only three more days!  And thus, a challenge was born.

So tonight, I’ll be meticulously putting each outfit together.  I’ll be giving priority to pieces that can do double duty.  I’m even going to try and get my Mike and Chris heels and the most perfect matching Michael Kors clutch to fit.  It’s a fairly aggressive goal but I’m up for the challenge.  

I’ll see you guys in about a week!

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Decisions, decisions…

Another contender for the summer wedding dress…  Evidently, I’m digging on purple lately.  

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

Image courtesy of Nordstrom

This Adrianna Papell silk halter-ish dress ($168) would definitely work to my figure’s advantage, playing up my best bits.  As I’ve said a hundred times, I have an excellent collar bone and shoulder area and a halter definitely accentuates that.  I also have a fairly small waist and any dress that has a band-type construction makes it look even smaller.  

Plus, the ruching over the bust will add some much-needed…um…well…size to that area.  I am not what one would call “blessed” in this regard.

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Fashion’s Night Out

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 WWD is reporting that Vogue editor Anna Wintour has taken our suffering economy under her fur-clad wing and is organizing Fashion’s Night Out.  On September 10, stores around the world will stay open late and attempt to lure shoppers with fizzy cocktails, in-store events and appearances, live music and freebies.  Of course, the epicenter of this event will be NYC, with both Rachel Roy and Alexander Wang showing up at Macy’s and Barneys, respectively.

 

Anna says the idea behind the event is to remind everyone “just how wonderful shopping can be”.

I’ll let you guys marinate on that for a second…

Oh, La Wintour.  So optimistic for someone who hasn’t had to purchase a scrap of clothing for at least 15 years, yet is draped in Oscar de la Renta 7 days a week.  So hopeful for a lady who shops from the racks upon racks of clothing sent by designers directly to her office and home.

Don’t get me wrong.  This event sounds like a lot of fun.  I used to frequently go to things like this at Harvey Nicks and Harrod’s when I lived in London. And they were fun!  Who doesn’t love to stroll around a store with a glass of champers in hand and leave with a little goodie bag?  Did it make me actually buy stuff?  Well, that depends.  If the event was for Chloe or Dior – not likely.  Those purchases are still few and far between for me.  If it was for something like Whistles (not cheap by any means, but attainable) – maybe so.

Karen Katz, president and ceo of Neiman Marcus Stores said “The idea is to make people not feel guilty about shopping”.  Right.  That’s all well and good…until your rent is overdue.  I hope you can fashion a dwelling out of that Balmain jacket you bought without a second thought that night!

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