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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.

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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.

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

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…