Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
in photo: Wendy Mullin (left) and her muse, Joanna Newsome, who will be the musical guest at her show
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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Monday, January 28, 2008
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Ok, so I finally gave in & bought myself a pair of flats after much coercion from my friend Jenny. They are terribly cute, especially the adorable functional pockets on the front (a place for parking meter change?), and oh so comfortable. Hopefully I will look like "a lovely little tree branch" (encouragement from Susan) in these precious Seychelles flats instead of a tree stump. This is purely a trial, with only 1 pair of jeans hemmed short enough for flats, my heels will have little rest. Sorry feet.
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Although I loath Debra Messing (not sure where these feeling stem from), I must admit that I absolutely LOVED her gold Oscar de la Renta number. It was so sleek & the bejeweled neckline was superb.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008
However, in sticking with her power-suit theme, she has managed to show some signs of girlishness.
She steps outside of the black, grey, brown pallet pretty often, as seen here:
Clinton recently snubbed Vogue by declining their invitation to be featured in the fashion bible (and photographed by Annie Leibovitz no less). Anna Wintour lashed back at Hillary in February's letter from the editor:
"Imagine my amazement, then, when I learned that Hillary Clinton, our only female presidential hopeful, had decided to steer clear of our pages at this point in her campaign for fear of looking too feminine. The notion that a contemporary woman must look mannish in order to be taken seriously as a seeker of power is frankly dismaying. How has our culture come to this?"
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
Given to me the day it was released by Pipo, Lauryn Hill's Miseducation album (1998) continues to be my favorite album of all time. The soundtrack during my college years, it continues to resonate my days & never gets old. Take me away, Lauryn (crazy or not).
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"Fashion is not simply a matter of clothes. Fashion is in the air, born upon the wind. One intuits it. It is in the sky and on the road." - Coco Chanel
Lead by the fashion influences of French couturier, Coco Chanel, Parisian women are the embodiment of impeccable style and sophisticated beauty & elegance. With a smart approach to fashion, they focus on classic pieces such as the trench, pencil skirt, a good coat, jeans, boots, and don't forget the scarves.
Feeling a bit gloomy during this transition period between seasons, I've turned my thoughts to the ever-inspiring French women to keep the January blues at bay. It's too cold outside to break-out our spring pieces, but too late in the season to still be excited about winter. Ready to move on, but stuck in the cold, the classic pieces inspired by the ever-fabulous Parisians & classic look of Chanel are brilliant all year round.
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Friday, January 25, 2008
Oh SJP, how you disappoint. As a part of the print ads for the SATC movie, SJP (Carrie Bradshaw) is seen here in a fox coat by Burberry. How many foxes do you think were killed for this one coat? My guess would be at least 40. Not to mention the others that will be sold (at $9,000 a pop) as a result of this ad campaign & her endorsement of fur. I am a die-hard SATC fan and love, love, love Carrie's fabulous fashions, courtesy of Pat Field. But, never witnessed Carrie flaunting fur through the whole SATC series, so why start now with the movie? I could be wrong, but I've seen every episode at least 54 times & fur catches my eye the instant it is on the screen (the repulsed physical reaction soon follows along with an extreme feeling of loathing towards the person wearing it). I admit that I love this ad sans the murderous coat made of innocent, cute & fuzzy foxes. Doesn't she know that fur is dead?
To learn more about one of the many plights of the fox species go here.
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A few favorite passages from March by Geraldine Brooks, which I am currently in the middle of:
"What does a man really need, after all, in a material way? Bread, shelter, a little raiment. The latter we had, even to being able to sell some excess cottons, silks, and woolens. What man can wear two coats, after all? I was glad to give up the garments on the peg rail that spoke to me of slave labor, worm slaughter, and sheep theft - for is not fleece the rightful property of the sheep? And why should the humble silkworm be sentenced to death for our finery?"
"I had come in stages to a different belief about how one should be in this life. I now felt convinced that the greater part of a man's duty consists in abstaining from much that he is in the habit of consuming. If I prolong my dark hours by the consumption of costly oil, then I waste both the life of the beast slaughtered for the purpose, and the clarity of mind which comes from timely sleep. If I indulge in coffee then I pay to pollute myself, when instead I could have a cleansing draught of water at no charge at all. None in our household ate meat, but now we learned to do without milk and cheese also, for why should the calf be deprived of its mother's milk?"
This interesting piece of historical fiction is told from the perspective of Mr. March, the absent father from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, who is off fighting on the side of the Union during the Civil War. A surprisingly complex character, Mr. March reveals himself as a devoted father & husband, committed abolitionist, devout vegetarian (borderline vegan), and a righteous & honorable man. A lovely read.
Thank you to my grandmother for the gift.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
"I do not make dresses because it is the season to make dresses. I make dresses because a dress fits the new picture of a very modern way to dress - you can wear a dress with a jacket, coat, or a sweater over it. You can wear a fine sweater under a dress. I don't think there is anything quite so nice. The dress is far more useful than just another wool suit." - Valentino Garavani
Alessandra Fancchinetti, ex-Gucci designer, will succeed Valentino at the Valentino fashion house in Rome.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Why must you torture me so? I go to tae bo to simply workout so I can continue to eat chocolate and not get fat. I'm not the girl in the front exaggerating every move & providing an annoying soundtrack for the class with occasional yelps & woo's. I arrive early so I can get a spot in the back row & quietly sweat the hour away & go home. That is until you showed up. Now I am on edge every week just waiting to see if you will walk through the door. If you do, you will insist on standing two inches away from me even when the rest of the back row is wide open. Have you no mercy? I try to avoid you by changing my spot, but you still find me. My Wednesdays were so much easier before you appeared & ruined my life. If my roundhouse kicks two inches from your side don't dissuade you (my legs are too short to reach your head), I don't know what will. I even nudged you with my shoulder while putting away my mat one time (because you were standing on top of me), but you still came back. Why don't you forget your New Year's resolution & go back to sitting on your couch & stuffing your face with cheetos? I hear it does wonders for your figure.
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Pardon the foul language, we are talking about plastic bags here (gasp). The damage that these babies do to our cities, environment, animals, and planet is obscene. Litter on our streets, pollution in our oceans & streams, user of resources, & killer of animals, these bags have got to go. It doesn't take much to discontinue the use of these ugly bags in our everyday life, just a change of habit. Reusable & bio-degradable bags are the answer to our eco-prayers. Most grocery store chains now carry their own versions of reusable bags for approx. $1 ea. And, if you don't want to carry around a bag that screams the name of your grocery store while you're shopping at the mall or strolling down Rodeo, try these stylish totes:
1. Bazura Bags - made of recycled juice containers, each bag is unique in it's design & supports a women's co-op in the Philippines
2. Envirosax - Great designs & colors & they will easily fit in your over-sized shoulder bag, which will still be "in" for spring.
3. B. Happy Bags - Cute totes with more colorful designs to replace or carry with your regular bag while shopping.
4. Chico Bag - This one is my favorite because it is so easy to have with you at all times since it folds up to a little pouch & fits right in your bag. My step mom gave me my first chico bag & I love it. So cute & sturdy too.
And, for those of us with animal friends at home, try Biobags for cleaning up after your perfect pet. The dog waste bags are great for taking on your walks & the food waste bags are an ideal size for scooping the liter box. Also, try the food waste bags for produce shopping and the kitchen bags at home.
Saving the planet one bag at a time!
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Natalie Portman designs a line of cruelty-free vegan shoes for Te Casan with 100% of the proceeds going to The Nature Conservancy. A standing ovation to Natalie for supporting a great cause & offering a designer line of shoes to vegans everywhere (and other socially conscious consumers), joining the likes of Stella McCartney. I adore the mary janes, but have to admit that I'm not sold on the design of the other offerings in the line, which seem to be a bit dated and boring. But, I can't complain as this cause is close to my heart & well worth supporting. Natalie succeeds in bringing us closer to having a broad selection of designer vegan shoes to choose from, which is something I hope to see more of in the near future. Check-out the full line of limited edition, hand-crafted vegan shoes at http://www.tecasan.com/.
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Stefano Pilati for YSL has outdone himself with his Y-Mail Clutch. It is tres bien & oh so yummy. To carry this delicious clutch through the streets of Paris with a vintage couture frock & a pair of Christain Louboutin prive heels would be a dream come true. With the address of YSL's headquarters in Paris detail along with the charming postmark, this is sure to be a classic piece for your collection. Three cheers for Stefano! Available at select YSL boutiques.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008
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I adore this stool, made of sustainable monkey pod wood (no monkeys were harmed) & carved from a single piece. Eco-friendly furniture with style & great lines, imagine that. The look is fabulous & perfect for displaying your favorite accessories or books (to impress your friends). Great as an end table, and I've also seen these displayed on either side of a fireplace, which looks lovely. This table/stool is found at http://www.vivaterra.com/ ($349/set of 2).
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Monday, January 21, 2008
I'm new to the world of blogging, so we'll see how this goes. I started this blog, as I imagine most people do, as a place to post my thoughts. Mainly, I have decided to focus on style obsessions, coveted items, green info and ideas, creative expressions, and lots of random judgments about people and funny life events. I buy things for a living and as a hobby, so I will also post my critiques & recommendations of products with lots of attention to quality vs. price. Not sure anyone really cares to read what I have to say (except for hopefully my family & friends), so I won't worry about whether or not it will be read. It's more of an outlet for all of the things that I think & obsess about on a daily basis. I hope at least one person will get a good laugh, read about a new idea, share in a fashion craving, or be able to relate in some way. Thanks to whoever is reading this & please check back often.