Category Archives: Fashion-related musings

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…

For the Love of Leggings…

I love leggings… I really do. Yes, I’m guilty of wearing them as pants… yes, yes. I know. It’s bad. But they are just so eaasssyyyy. Alas.

So, that being said, when spring and summer started to mosey their way into my life this year (slowly but surely, grumble, grumble), and black polyester started to lose some appeal (weather-related only, of course; how could I not love black polyester?), I started to look for my legging fix elsewhere… in a legging that is lighter, both in material and in color.

Then… I found it. The perfect spring/summer “pant”… the white legging. From the Express. Two, for $29.50. YESSS. Plus: they come in XS *and* XXS for all you petite gals like me, constantly waging war against pesky fabric bulges. You know what I’m saying here…

The 'Crop Sexy Stretch Legging'

Again: I know, I know. But just remember this: it’s all what you pair WITH the white legging. When I saw the Express ad above, I knew I was right. How chic is that look? Fresh, clean, and COMFY. What more do we need?

Nautical motifs are huuuuuge right now, and an oversized sailor shirt and/or tunic is to-die-for with a comfy white legging and a pair of brown gladiators (for day) or heels (for night)… love ‘em or hate ‘em, leggings make an outfit instantly, well, like I said: EASY.

I should’ve branched out earlier!

Might as Well Jump (?)

Ok, so I’m on the hunt. Every few months or so, I go into huntress mode. During this time, I can think of nothing but tracking down a certain special piece to locate and devour.

This time around, it’s a chic full-body jumpsuit (imagine it…). I want something comfortable and incredibly modern (no 1970s, no 1970s) for a très special occasion coming up, which I will expound upon at a later date… but I thought a jumpsuit (I’m thinking black or a neutral shade), with heels however, would be the perfect compromise between comfy and alluring.

Add in a smashing statement necklace, and I think the ensemble’s complete.

So, without fail, all the suits I’m bonkers over are over 200 dollars. WHY. Why? Is it too much to ask that I locate one sans elastic (I have an aversion to clothes with elastic; not that I don’t HAVE ANY, but hey…  I do).

Like this stunner strapless number by Milly. For ohhhhh, I don’t know… $237.00 DOLLARS. UGHHHH. I mean, this occasion is special… but special enough? That’s jumping into some deep and treacherous waters indeed…

Jury’s still out. Got a rec for me on this? I could use a few fellow huntswomen to help me sniff this sucker out.

In the meantime… the search continues…

All That Sparkles… Excites ♥

GLIMMER.

The newest crop of embellishedeverything (dresses, jewelry, footwear) is so… for a lack of a better word, titillating.

I think that deep down, every fashion-lover gets excited by all things that shimmer and sparkle.

Then this happens to be made manifest in the form of [this] expertly crafted Alice and Olivia silver sequined striped chiffon dress, well. Can you blame her?

Pondering a perfect pair of nude pumps to accompany this gem excites me all the more…

Oh the daydreaming in store for me today on this sunny sunday!

Gwyneth Paltrow: White-Hot in… Shorts? YUP.

GOD.

When I saw this shot of Gwyneth Paltrow looking amazing in Armani at the Iron Man 2 premiere in a… WAIT. In a shorts and blazer combo? YES. I almost lost it. Does the woman look amazing in everything? Ugh!

I mean, if there’s one ensemble where I’d have some trepidation about looking… well, YOU KNOW… it’s friggn’ short white shorts, a slightly boxy, shoulderific white blazer and black booties.

I would be so scared. But not Gwyneth. Oh no. She looks like a vision in white, she looks like an angel. Wahhh. Not fair.

This is an ideal look for spring and its palette of neutral shades; and the black booties add a hint of the unexpected rocker-chick-thing… perfect. I’ll tell you this, she could definitely kick Chris Martin’s ass.

BRAVO, Gwyneth, BRAVO.

I’m Shakespeare-style in luuuuv.