Tuesday, September 30, 2008

We Are Overcome

Posts may be coming a little slow around here because we have become a wee bit distracted.

And this is the reason why....



Oh yes, I've discovered TrueBlood on HBO and am now obsessively watching the show on demand over and over.

It's disturbingly right up my alley. Yum!




So, if I'm slow with the writing then you will now exactly where to find me... plopped down in front of the TV, remote control in hand, ready to pause and rewatch the good stuff!

If you like a good romantic, mysterious, paranormal, flirty sexy show, then you might want to check it out. I'm resisting reading the books so I can draw the enjoyment out as long as possible.

Le Sigh!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Utterly Ridiculous

I haven't ever been a huge fan of Tory Burch but this is truly ridiculous.

Looks like a regular old duck boot to me, right?

No, it's a Tory Burch duck boot... for $195!



A $195 for a duck boot that doesn't look any different than a traditional one. Plus, how can you even wear that out in the rain for that price? I used to wear this type of shoe to my riding stable to wear when I wasn't riding. When I was doing things like washing the horse or cleaning a stall.

I like nice shoes but almost $200 for a "work" shoe? That's just stupid.

Just get a nice L.L. Bean one for $60...



I'm sure you can even find generic cheaper ones. And I'm sure they would all work and feel exactly the same.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Ensemble du Jour

The Outfit

Sorry this took a while for me to get up. I actually wore this outfit on Tuesday, but didn't get a chance to take pics of the Corso Comos until now.

The outfit is a new argyle sweater from Target (I usually get a few new ones each year. I'm glad they did v-necks this time), the flippy black skirt from Old Navy and black back seam stockings.



For shoes I wore my new Corso Como Dodies. They're so comfortable. And seeming to be finding fans all over - from Nubby to AsheMischief. Plus, their chunkiness tones down any kind of tights or stockings you wear.






I love the chunky ribbon ankle ties. I think they really make your ankles look even more delicate, since they're big and satin-y.



The Focal Point

It was all about my new "Poochie" nameplate from Paraphernalia. I just adore it! I wish I had ordered it sooner.



Miss Vanda did a great job on all of my pieces. I've worn three of them already. I can't wait to wear the rest!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ensemble du Jour

The Outfit

I'm doing the transitional thing again. Trying to work in some of the clothes from summer that I haven't had a chance to wear as well as putting together color combinations that I like the look of.

On Wednesday, I decided to wear this bright pink patterned silky wrap dress from JCrew with the much more substantial dark brown corduroy blazer from Target. One of my favorite elements of the dress (and the reason I bought the same style in three fabrics - on sale!) is the ruffle collar. What's fun with it, is when you wear the dress under a blazer, the ruffle gets pushed up and creates this sort of ornate neckline that really frames your face.

The two colors are very strong and contrast each other well. I walked in the door to work and got all sorts of compliments which I directly contribute to the colors working off of each other.



In keeping with the simple/ornate look I wore one of my new Paraphernalia pieces - a "P for Poochie" Petit Nom Initial Necklace. If you have not found a Paraphernalia piece that you like, you just can't be looking. I think I have about ten pieces and I love them all - from girly to a bit goth.

You're going to be seeing a lot more pieces of hers because I just received a bunch and I'm so excited I'm wearing them almost every day.



For shoes, I wore these Casadei dark brown suede mary janes. I love the shape of these when they're on and the color and material are an equal weight to the blazer - they help to ground the dress.



Plus they have giant pom-poms!



The Focal Point

It was all about the dress and the great color and pattern. I am a sucker for a great saturated pink. I really cannot resist, even when I should.



I think this weekend might be the right time to do the seasonal switch for the closets and pulling out the sweaters. But I'm going to have to keep this transitional idea in mind and not bury anything too deeply that I might want to layer with.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Both Ends of the Spectrum

Wellllll.... the other day I came home and there were two packages waiting for me. And upon opening them, they pretty much showcased my two opposite ends of the style spectrum.

On one hand we have these delicious blue Manolo Blahniks. I know. More blue. But how could I resist? You recognize them, right?

No?

Want a small clue?



Does this help give a hint?



Okay, here's the big reveal. Ooops! Spoiler!



So. Those are delicate, rarified, decadent.

The other box contained these...



These are some kick-a** Ann Demeulemeester boots. I adore the triple lacing. It's hard to appreciate how completely over the top these are unless you are in person. I tried them on when they arrived and the hubby was a bit taken aback I think.

To fully appreciate these you have to take a peek over at Sea of Shoes. Jane and her mom have 2 pairs each! Obvioulsy well-funded ladies to be sure.

But they both do a great job of styling their high-heeled pairs in a variety of ways, from causual to Victoriana to almost equestrian. I don't have nearly the closet options they do but I think I would wear these with dresses, jeans, pencil skirts and more.



Very different choices indeed. But I love them both. They kind of represent what I feel are my two sides.

Now, the question is... do we keep them.

As always, a very difficult decision.

I'm thinking. I'm thinking.

Imitation = Flattery?

Not all that long ago, I wrote about these really classic and very well made brown oxfords that I had bought from Nine West. They're really well made and a classic pair of shoes that will be great forever but are totally on trend right now.



Little did I know how "on trend" the are. I am seeing vintage-y brown oxfords all over the place, especially coming from the designer offerings. I just saw these two pairs in the last few days and was surprised how similar all three looked.

This pair from Rupert Sanderson is on Net-a-Porter now. Very similar color and shape. A bit more added detail with the tassel ends to the laces and the wingtip detailing. The heal is a bit more delicate too. But not far off at all.

And at $950, about ten times more expensive.



These Dolce & Gabbanas are what caught my eye when I first got the latest Barney's catalog. They too are only slightly more detailed than the Nine West pair but are going for $795. I can't find these on the Barney's site, but they do have them at Neiman Marcus for the same price.



I think all three are gorgeous shoes. And I really like the extra detailing of the designer shoe... maybe not 10 times more but... I still like it.

Of course, I'm very happy with my pair and, now that the crisp weather is here, I'll be pairing these up will all sorts of cozy and bright tights as well as some great plaid and tweed skirts.

I love Fall!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Un, Deux, Trois... Moi

A very long time ago, Lady Coveted tagged me with a "1, 2, 3" request. Since then, I've been slack with my getting to it! Of course, right now I'm using my Kindle, so I don't really have page numbers. Although I did pull out the Simplify Your Christmas book for it's annual pre-seasonal review - but that would be awfully boring (I have issues with doing too much and getting stressed out during the holidays).

Instead I'll use the book that's been sitting on my nightstand for months waiting for me to finish it - Antonia Fraser's Marie Antoinette biography.



Sadly, I have the cover with Kirstin Dunst on it rather than the lovely portrait of Marie. I hate when they do that to books when a movie comes out. I'm not buying the book because of the movie - ick!

Anyhow, what I am supposed to do is this -

1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.


Okay -

1. Book has been lifted!

2. Page is open!

3. The pages starts out describing reports of Marie's beauty around the time of her coming to the throne following Louis XV death and how, even though folks could have been exaggerating since she was royalty, given the large number of reports, her beauty cannot be disputed.

4. The words:
The result was a plethora of comparisons to goddesses and nymphs - much as had been made on her wedding journey, the difference being that Marie Antoinette was now a visible woman, rather than an unknown girl. Madam Campan compared her to the classical statues in the royal gardens, for example, the Atalanta at Marly. There was the story of the twelve-year-old boy, educated in the classics, who flung himself at the Queen's feet at court, seeing in her the embodiment of "all my father's goddesses."

Poor pretty Marie. She tried very hard but was trapped by the circumstances of her family, her husband and her times. I think she tried to cope with a bad situation and wasn't as frivolous as she's been made out to be.

What I like best about the period is seeing how a culture, reaching it's pinnacle of excess, falls in to decay. Like the fading bloom from a rose. The materials and detailing and fabrics are amazing... and inspirational.

I'm bad about giving out tags, if you're interested, let me know.

Now, I should go finish this book so I can put it on the bookshelf!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ensemble du Jour

The Outfit

I was so excited when my new Barbie-pink Louboutins arrived that I had to wear them right away! And since it was cool out I got to finally break into a pair of my new Bebaroque tights. I was crazy and colorful all over!

I love grey and pink together. It such a great combination. Less harsh than pink and black. And this cable-knit sweater dress from Target is a perfect transitional item. It's short sleeved and shortish but warm, snuggly and very very soft. To pull in the pink, I added a bright pink wrap and pink.



These Betty tights from Bebaroque are also very soft and easy to wear. I can't wait to wear the other pairs to see if they are just as comfortable.



The Focal Point

The obvious focal point were my adorned legs... you couldn't get away from that! How great do the graphic tights look with those super shiny bright pink heels???



These heels are very comfortable too. I've never tried a pair of Louboutins in this shape before and I really like them. Plus... killer heel!



More tights action.



I adore red and pink together!



I have other pink shoes, I know, but these are just sooooo very PINK! Swoon! I Y them!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fashion Forward from Where???

During the Gala & Nubby Virgo Extravaganza, Miss Bianca Alexis was on hand to take some amazing portraits of the party guests. And as she was walking around we noticed her kickin' outfit. She wore these great cropped white skinny pants and a white cropped jacket. She also had some great pops of red from her accessories.

Including these really shiny, edgy peep-toe booties. We couldn't take our eyes off them and much discussion went on amongst our little group about where she chould have bought them. We debated if they were Chloe or Dries or what?

Eventually we got to ask here where they came from.



Yeah... They're from Payless.

Are you kidding me?!?

alice + olivia for Payless Rivington Ankle Boot - $48. Also available in black. And a funky closed-toe bootie too.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Crazy Fall Line Up

Here are just a few items making up my crazy mix of things to wear this Fall -

Y Feathered Capes
Y Chanel two-tones
Y Dimensional tights
Y Pink patent driving gloves
Y Giant candy-coloured bows
Y Dark wash jeans
Y Giant ruffled neckpieces
Y Pushed down black gloves
Y Skulls and Kisses

Now all I need is some plaid and I'll be good to go!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Eeeewwww!!!

I was browsing through the Net-a-Porter site, you know, just to see what was around when I literally stop short and said, "What the holy hell are those?!?"

Seriously, what are those?



And seeing them on the model isn't doing much to sell them to me.



They are some weird amalgamation of Fit Flops with "couture" elements. Why are Fit Flops trying to be all glam or something. They're not pretty, we're fine with that. Why add all that other crap on them to dress them up. Egads!




Oh, yes, and they are available in black too.

Why are Fit Flops on Net-a-Porter in the first place and who the heck do they think they are trying to kid with an $165 price tag.

Gag!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Imitation = Flattery?

Do you remember these Louboutin Bling Bling peep-toes from last Fall? They're gorgeous, right?



Well, apparently neither did the "designers" at JLo (shudder!). They think they can make a version to rival the Louboutin original.



Personally I find these tacky and clumsily done. They look as if they were made with cheap materials and have totally lost the soul of the original design. They may be one-tenth the price of the Louboutins but I don't think they are worth even their $120 price tag.

I was liking some of the new pieces in the Victoria's Secret winter look book, but when I saw these I just had to close the catalog and go lie down.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Fall Favorites: Luxe Layers

As you can tell from the previous Fall Favorites posts, I'm into excessive, embellished and decadent shoes from this season's offerings. We talked about:

- Rich Details

- A Focus on Heels

- Peek-a-boo Cut-outs

Of course, I think you can tell throughout that I like my shoes classically shaped but, how do we say... a bit over the top. This round is a bit different. More about the variety of materials. Still luxurious but in keeping with the clean silhouettes of the Fall/Winter season.

I know the silver pump version of these Balenciaga patent mirrored Escarpins bootie received more attention in the media but I like how the frosted material and the peach tone warms up the futuristic design.



Extreme platforms are not going anywhere this season (see Stella and Marni) and this Versace pump is right there. What I liked best about it is the color. I love how the lighter blue would play against black or brown. It's still dusky so it works but it's light enough to do a contrast. Plus you could wear it into the spring. I've become very fond of the mixing of the seasons for shoes with the use of tights. It's fun and practical.




These Alexandra Neel boots are just divine. I love love love the rich colors, the shape and the three button-y straps. Between these and the Chanel black and white booties, I don't know which I want more. These also have an almost steampunk vibe to them too.



Anna Sui has taken the oxford shape and created something ethereal. They seem heavily influenced by last season's Prada/Miu Miu collections but it's very fresh for this year. I think it's the unique mix of metallic leather and the oil slick patent. Such a contrast but both are so gorgeous. I would wear these with everything.



This is a complete understatement: I want these Manolo Blahnik booties. The color combination is amazing. Buttery leather and that heel shape... geez! I really need to get on the ball and try and track these down. They're very equestrian (almost jockey-influenced) but so urban too.



And, last but not least, my favorites - the two toned Chanel Carousel mary janes. And, oh yes, I got them. They're awaiting their debut and I am just ga-ga over them. They're luscious.



These are the kinds of shoes that totally speak to me. And they're the perfect investment-type shoes. The shapes are simple but the style is amazing. And sure to be noticed whenever you wear them... now or 10 years from now.

Ensemble du Jour

The Outfit

One of the trends I've been looking forward to playing around with is layering with a long boyfriend cardigan. Luckily there are a lot of inexpensive options and I've picked up a few from Old Navy, Target and a great rugby stripe one from delia's.

It's been cooling off outside and inside our office it is close to freezing, so I went casual with a grey Gap tee, a black long cardigan and my new Gap jeans. My necklace is this silly little Leo symbol piece that I put on for a bit of sparkle.



The Focal Point

Even though they were a bit hidden by my jeans, these Nine West heels still draw attention. I love the tough metal rings and continue to be amazed at how comfortable they are.



I actually brought these to New York with me because I was considering walking around town in them. I still think they might have been more comfortable than even the flats that I wore. The straps are very soft. Plus they look great with heels and skirts. Sexy and tough.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Imitation = Flattery?

This will not be a new comparison for some, especially since it's Nine West back in the hot seat.

These Nine West Lecia peep-toe slingbacks are very simple with classic shape and a pinkish-nude tone on a slight platform. It's definitely not new to me... I actually have these.



But they are very close to Louboutin's platform peep-toes. The Louboutin slingback strap is a bit more elegant and the color is more of a true nude but the inspiration is obviously there.



The shape of both is a very classic one and Nine West hasn't gone as far as putting on a red sole, so I guess that is good. I have to admit I haven't worn my Lecia pair all that often. I'm pretty pale and I sometimes get a bit weirded out by how much the shoe actually blends into my leg.

I know there is a trend for that "invisible" look but I'm not sure I'm a fan of that. I bought my pair because I liked the light pink tone but it can be a bit challenging to work with. I need to give them another review to see how I can get some more wear out of them.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Ensemble du Jour

The Outfit

I'm trying to mix some summer and fall-ish items to bridge the transitional time we're finally getting into.

The appliqued skirt is a very light skirt which is good for the warmer weather but paired with tights and a dark top and heels it feels appropriate for September. The tights are a light but have a textured stripe and formal up the skirt a bit.



The Focal Point

I'm testing out my Chanel mary jane stand ins - the Fa├žade patent mary janes. They are actual quite comfortable and I really like the shape. I think I'm going to be very happy with these.




When I was in New York, I saw the Chanel pair in person at Barneys. I was surprised to see they were a charcoal wool and black leather. I thought they were black leather and black patent. I'm glad I went for the tan and black pair and got these for the solid black option.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Covering the 3 C's of New York

On Wednesday of last week I found an amazing rate to New York and I quickly convinced Miss_C to join me on an impulsive trip northward.

We got up very very early on Saturday and in just over an hour we touched down at the airport.



One of the main reasons for going to help celebrate the Gala and Nubby Virgo Birthday Extravaganza at the Strawberry Fields area in Central Park.

I just have to say that it was a very very warm day and had rained the day before. After walking around all morning (Lacroix store, Barney for shopping and lunch at Fred's) I was very happy to get to the Park and sit down and celebrate with a cupcake!

There was a HUGE group of people who showed up for the fun so you will find tons of coverage and photos of the event. Check out the following:

- Gala's post

- Nubby's Post

- Gala's Photo Set

- Nubby's Photo Set

I also got to meet several of my favorite bloggers in person, including Gilda and Marie, as well as meeting a few new gorgeous ladies like Doe Deere (who was totally adorable - you have to look at her pictures of her outfit!)

There are a ton of shots out there, including mine, Gilda's and Marie's, as everyone was taking pictures, including some great portraits done by Bianca (see Gala's post for a sample).

I can never show up at a party empty-handed, so I had to bring the girls a birthday gift... what better than a pair of "wedding rings". Gala's is a pinkish orange and Nubby's is clear.

Of course there had to be a ceremony!


And cupcakes ("C" #1) from Sugar Sweet Sunshine. They were delicious and I don't say that lightly!




Okay - not my greatest picture ever, and I had to change out my cute Corso Comos for flip flops at this point, but here I am with Marie. I was a big, literally, hot mess! I wore my JCrew stripe skirt, a white v-neck, my Paraphernalia chicken foot necklace and the aforementioned Corso Comos (which Nubby was also wearing!). And crazy giant vintage pink sunglasses.



Miss C was hanging out on the blankets we swiped from the airplane.



We even had cute pups there with us too.





Later that night we ate at Rare, which was the restaurant in our hotel. After eating veggie burgers, cole slaw and fried Oreos (not me!) we went up to the room and passed out for the night.

The next day we trekked down to the LES and had blueberry pancakes at 7A. We were going to go shopping around that area but it was even hotter and more humid so we scrapped that idea and went to the Museum of Natural History. Ahhh, several lovely hours of air conditioned museum.

After that we went to the Boathouse in the Park for Champagne and cheese (the other 2 important "Cs") and once we had our fill there we moved on to Flute for more appetizers, Champagne and cheese.



The next day was very leisurely until we went to the airport to head home.

I didn't do a whole lot of shopping - we spent most of our money on food and drinks - but I did get two things... macarons and Louboutins!

I got these delectable Barbie-pink Simple Pumps. I can't wait until they arrive so I can wear them. Compared to the Manolo store, I felt the Louboutin store was a bit simpler but the associates were very nice and helpful.



And more macarons from Maison du Chocolat. Gah! They're soooo good. Luckily the hubby doesn't like them so I get to keep them all for myself.



That's it. A quick trip but a good one. But next time, I'm going when it is not so dang hot!