Oh Chanel, You Know How to Keep Us Interested…

Not positive when these babies hit the beauty scene exactly, but they’re fairly new

Somehow, I made my way onto the Chanel beauty e-mail list (I can’t imagine HOW, oh no, ahem), and they are also fairly… tempting.

My vote is for gardenia. MMMM.

Among the other options in this “virtuoso collection of twelve rare fragrances” created by the brand’s master perfumers? “Beige,” (oooh, intriguing!) “Sycomore,” and the mysterious “No. 22”… hmm!

Don’t think I’m familiar. Don’t think you are either. Better buy one then.

Listen Up: Ear Cuffs Have Arrived

Ralph and Duchess Ear Cuff; $120.00

For some reason, I never thought about the possibility of ear… adornment (err?) aside from actual earrings. Call me old fashioned.

But these “ear cuffs” from jewelry line Ralph and Duchess are… pretty awesome, I must say. The brand’s brain is that of Rochelle Goldberg (and its muses, Ralph and Duchess, the names of her pet rabbits. Aw! ) and from what I can tell, this gal knows her stuff.

I like how the cuff incorporates just enough of an edge to intrigue, sans the whole trashy-biker-chick twinge (are you picturing the ear cuffs with the chains? Yeah…). Love. Goldberg gets it right by incorporating feminine flowers into her design, rendering her pieces more Midsummer Night’s Dream than motorcycle. I’d certainly wear one of these!

It looks like the official site for the brand may be experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment (it won’t load for me), but I’ve linked these to another online store where you can purchase (in bronze, not silver, however). But I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before it’s back up and running. I am also sure that there are cheaper versions of the same thing floating around out there (these go for around $120.00)… ETSY anyone?

I could see this trend sticking around for a while… !

SATC2: Off to a Sunny Start

Va-va-va-VOOM in Valentino

It’s commminnnnnnggggggg. Oh wait, it’s here. Already! I can’t believe it’s about that time for another Sex and the City movie. It feels like just yesterday, that delicious black, chunky studded belt whipped into our lives, and now…

Ok, full disclosure here…  

Sigh. Am I the only ardent SATC fan out there who secretly wants to hate this movie? Why are the trailers so annoying, and when did the gals’ one-liners get so… lame?

I read somewhere that the tone of this film is completely different than that of the first, and that it’s supposed to be a “romp”… with a sort of… a tongue-in-chic feel. Obviously, L.E.Défilé is down with that, but we’ll see if it comes off as clever or cuckoo for coco puffs.

Well, if Sarah Jessica Parker’s gorgeeeeouuusss Valentino gown at its premiere is any indication of things to come, I have hope.

My God, this woman looks good. SJP is tan enough to offset the fluorescent yellow just right (well done) and the fit, the cut, the color, all of it, is so perfect and so on-trend it kills me. She couldn’t look better.

Grey pumps (go buy some, they’re taking over!), minimal accessories and classic Bradshaw hair (everyone’s favorite!) complete a truly smashing look… it’s the carefree cutting edge Carrie we all know and love… she hasn’t really changed, even after all these years.

Movie or no movie, we must admit: SJP still has it.

Un Peu de Punk

Han Cholo 3 Row Spiked Ring; $52.00

You know what? It’s about time I gushed about something I (and probably you) can actually… afford. Imagine that.

I’m thinking this Han Cholo “spiked” ring courtesy of Revolve Clothing is just the thing.

I’ve been looking for an accessory with a bit of a bite, you know, a hard-edge that’s intriguing (oh wait, there is that statement necklace I got for like 15 bucks at Shock Boutique… err, in addition to that then ) but that’s also affordable and… understated enough so that I don’t look like a punk poser, and I think this piece is perfect.

I am seeing this ring complementing many-a-jeans-and-t-shirt for day, but also paired up with a cocktail dress or LBD for night. I feel like when kept to a healthy minimum, pieces with un peu de punk can complement any outfit.

Because let’s face it: every fashionista can use a dash of rebel yell from time to time.

RAWWWWWR. ♥♥

Dear Max Azria… WOW.

Max Azria; Fall 2010 RTW

This past weekend I was in NYC on the hunt, as you all are well aware, for the perfect black jump suit. Well. I found it!

Thank you Max Azria, you are truly a life-saver.

Sadly, I can’t find a shot of the exact model I bought to give you a taste, but expect at least a pic or two in the near future…

ANYWAY, my point is that when I was scouring the internet looking for it, I found myself knee-deep in Azria’s Fall 2010 collection… and let me just say. I was IM.PRESSED.

How beautiful and… rather unexpectedly so, is this look? I would killlll for it.

Given how much good ol’ Max’s jumpsuit put me back, that would probably be the only viable option for me at this point. Ah. But really, who would think to pair white tights, of all things, with this gorgeous dress? But… it really works! It really does. What a breath of fresh air.

Looks like long layers are here to stay through fall (YES!), as are opaque tights, and both trends never looked so, well, fresh!

Dear Max Azria,

You are underrated.

Love,

me

Enamel Envy

Red enamel wave small bracelet; $414.00

My God, Bluefly is KILLING me this week!

Enough with the evil temptress emails, okay?

Oh wait, I can’t really afford 80 percent of their content, so hey, there’s the silver lining… ?

The newest crop of Hermès accessories has landed and the selection of gorgeous enamel bracelets is… tempting to say the least.

I know… I know. RIGHT. Like I could drop 400 bucks on a bracelet… or could I? Muha. No, not really, but it’s a step up in feasibility from yesterday!

The thought of stacking two or three of these babies (more, more!) is even more appealing and subsequently, even more ridiculous (according to my wallet); but I suppose the fantasy of it all will keep me satisfied for now.

Light grey enamel diamond small bangle; $414.00

I’ve been spotting a lot of enamel pieces out there lately, which is great because (ahem, this case aside) enamel is a material that tends to be a little more on the affordable side, but still manages looks really polished.

I scooped up a white statement necklace from Express not too long ago which, to me, basically looks like a huge hunk of lace around my neck (in the best of possible ways); people haven’t stopped asking me where I got it. You should see their reaction when I tell them.

HermèsExpress. Same diff, right?

Balenciaga, My Boo

Gorgeous. And only costs 1 million dollars!

Helloooooooo, lover! I can’t buy you, but I can covet you… oh yes. Oh yes I can.

Balenciaga’s newest bags have hit the online scene… is it any wonder that this lovely turquoise leather ‘Boxwood’ messenger bag sold out in a matter of mere days? Mmm, mmmm. Just look at her.

She’s a cross-body (trendyyyyyy), made of brushed grain leather, and she’s decked out in primary colors. It’s prima donna patriotic chic. How can you not love that?

I’ll gladly stand beside Her.

Whomever the lucky (rich) ladies who managed to swipe this one up are… they are lucky indeed. Everyone knows my feelings for Balenciaga’s tour de force, Nicolas Ghesquière. Love that man. I could only dream of holding this glorious piece of his handiwork (and that of his mignons).

 For $1,116.00, it could’ve been mine. Hélas.

 For now, I’ll admire her from afar…