Saturday, October 31, 2009

I have a problem

And the problem is that I cannot own all of these adorable glittery Louboutins.

Sometimes the Resort collections are just the perfect mix of sparkle and color and I want them all.

Look at this color? What a gorgeous turquoise. How can you not be happy looking at that?

Personally, though, I prefer the pumps to the peep-toes. I wish they came in the turquoise too because then I couldn't resist. But I pink (aka "fuxia") glittery tall tall tall pumps? Yes, please!

The gold-nudes ones are pretty amazing too.

Must restrain myself!
All three available at Neiman Marcus:

Friday, October 30, 2009

Ensemble du Jour

I'm sure you can tell I'm a fan of JCrew. Their clothes appeal to the preppy classic eclectic in me like Anthropologie appeals the the more quirky classic.

I love the details and the layers because they pull together great color combinations and they mix up girly and streamlined.

I loved the looks in the latest Fall/Winter 2009 catalog and having just purchased a pair of matchstick cords, the FiFi ruffle cardigan and a sparkly necklace, I did my own JCrew-esque combination.

I'm not sure what it is about this but I find the white, black, sage, sparkly, pearls elements give a sort of deconstructed Chanel feel about it too. Maybe it's just me.

Ruffles! And rolled up cuffs, the better to see your shoes with, my dear!

Cardigan: FiFi from JCrew
Tee: Boyfriend tee from Target
Necklace - pearls: Gift
Necklace - sparkly: JCrew
Bracelet: Etsy by MediaSweetie
Cords: Matchstick cords in eucalyptus from JCrew
Peep-toes: Target

Ensemble du Jour

This past Tuesday the rain was pouring down all day so no even half-way decent outside outfit shots. But while I didn't get many pictures, I did stay cozy in my new favorite vintage jacket.

I love this. It has the most snuggly lining and the outside is this gorgeous coppery gold brocade asian fabric with white and pale blue flowers. When I tried this on in the store I just could not take it off. I knew it had to come home with me.

I paired it with a grey-blue sequin placket JCrew henley tee, in case I got too snuggly warm.

I actually wore this with jeans. It's rare that jeans make an appearance when I go to work but, eh!, I was chilly.

More detail shots:

For shoes I wanted something to pick up the same burnished metallic tones and pulled out my Hype Farfalla slingbacks.

The rhinestones are a great copper-orange and there is a really neat mesh fabric detail that wraps around the toe.

I bought another coat at the vintage store too but it has yet to make it's debut outing. It's a very faux fur 60s swing/chubby coat. I feel like a cross between Doris Day and the StayPuft Marshmallow man.
I may look that way too, we'll have to see.

Ensemble du Jour

This was the outfit I was going to wear last Saturday but it was too rainy to risk it with my new shoes.

I even debated wearing plaid tights (a much smaller plaid) but thought that might look a bit crazy... at least for my office.

It was still chilly out but not too bad.
Cardigan: Field of Flowers from Anthropologie
Cardi: Target
Skirt: JCrew
Tights: ???
Shoes: Chanel Fall 2008 via Ebay

I think I need to get a detail shot of this cardian because it has some great elements. Big carved buttons that are actually snaps and ribbon cut ends to the heathered grey trim. I've had this for about 5+ years now. That is one of the good things about the pieces from Anthropologie. They're so unique yet classic. Sadly they are typically pricey too unless you get them marked down on sale, which is what I usually wait for.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Buyer Beware: Vivienne Westwood Melissas

If you are considering buying a pair or Melissa's Lady Dragon Vivienne Westwood shoes, especially via eBay, you have to go over and read Michelle's post on Decline Designs.

She is currently in the middle of a mess with a pair of counterfeit Melissa's and gives a great breakdown and comparison of the real vs. the authentic.

I contributed some photos of my blue and red pair to show a side by side comparison.

Make sure you educate yourself on what you are buying on eBay before you jump in. Especially since eBay and PayPal are notorious (in my opinion) for making it difficult to dispute won auctions.

I put a bunch of detail shots of mine in my Flickr set, so you can get better views there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

What's happening Jimmy Choo?

Is it just me or has the design quality at Jimmy Choo gone way way down? I'm talking into the Victoria's Secret Colin Stuart craptastic design realm.

Choo used to be one of my top 3 favorite designers and now I barely look at it. And here are some reasons why:

A studded eagle boot? Really?

Doesn't the zebra stuff look JUST LIKE the H&M pieces? Why spend $700+?

I used to think of Choos as sexy yet classy. Now there seems to be a plethora of tacky.
Are greed and the excitement of their brand extensions going to their heads over there?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ensemble du Jour

It has been a busy busy week. Coming back from Vegas I had to plunge right back into work and my campaign! Yep, I'm running for town office so I have to be all political.

Don't believe me? Here I am getting grilled in "candidate forum". I hope you can pick me out.

To look all trustworthy and candidate-y I wore a black cami, pencil skirt and tights, my dependable Aerosoles buckle shoes, paired up with my favorite JCrew Astrid jacket in bright blue.


On Wedneday I finally got to wear my new vintage band jacket. I know I'm late to the band/military jackets trend but I'm picky and this was the first one that really met my criteria with fit, color, embellishments and cost. So, yeah, I love it.

The style of this jacket is open so I wore a cami underneath.

Worn with new toothpick jeans from JCrew (which I think I need a size down) and my Ann D. boots.

I will be wearing these boots forever. I just can't get over them.

Yesterday I had a client meeting so I was back to jacket and skirt

I've been wanting a velvet jacket (still looking for a green one!) and loved the soft grey color of this one from JCrew. It from this season if you like it and it comes in other pretty colors.

I'm all about pencil skirts now. I used to love a-lines and wore them all the time but the pencil shape is so flattering and versitile. This purple tweed one just came from Target.

The jacket was such a soft snuggly grey I knew my equally soft and delicate Head over Heels bird pumps.

It's been a busy week. Today I'm wearing brown and orange and looking 1970s... images soon!

What do you think? Liking the more outfit images? I'm trying to be better about taking pics.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Another Fall

I may not be always be lucky, but I am patient, especially when it comes to shoes I fall in love with. And, with enough time, I think the luck can be made to happen.

Last year I fell for these Chanel black and white spat boots cleverly photographed on Claudia in Central Park.

Nice legs, but look at those boots!

Had to have them... couldn't find them. But then, on one of my rare visits to eBay, there they were! My size (or close enough). Way priced off retail. And all for meeeeeee........!!!!

For their first foray out, I paired them with black tights and a chunky, comfy sweater dress.

Those are snaps going up the outside.

To continue the whimsy, I added my black and white and red Alice's White Rabbit necklace from Paraphernalia.

Needless to say, I need to avoid eBay now for another 6 months. It's just too tempting and dangerous for me. But Miss WendyB will be pleased to know that I did snipe!