Thursday, January 31, 2008
This is Diane von Furstenberg's "Lesley Liquid Jersey" drapey dress. It is gorgeous and on sale at Saks in both silver and black. At the moment it is available in lots of sizes. So go get yourself some liquid metal...
I love this short sleeve jacket for Spring. In person it feels well made, and it's only $24.99. The colors are lovely and it fits well. I'm looking forward to wearing it with jeans and a long sleeved top when it's chilly, a tank under it when it's warm.
They also have this adorable white shirt for only $17.99:
I love the empire waist detail.
Recent photo shoots in fashion magazines have alternately tweaked and reinforced the corseted sensibility of the early ’60s. The current Vogue highlights a pair of sheath dresses Slim Keith might have worn to lunch at La Caravelle. One, a brush-stroke floral print by Mr. Kors, is accessorized with black-and-white polka dot opera gloves. No less recherché is the accompanying copy, which extols the chic of a sheath and the “smart suit.”
I LOVE sheath dresses, pencil skirts and slim suits, and I am certainly not mourning the loss of the shapeless sack dress, as I've said many times here. Some people are complaining that it isn't creative, blah blah, I think it all depends what one does with these shapes, and a classic look like these can certainly be made modern - but it takes talent like Alber Elbaz at Lanvin. Michael Kors comes through at the end of the piece with the point that :
“So many young women relish the idea of looking turned out,” Mr. Kors said. “It is the opposite of trying so hard to look undone” — an attitude that, as he argued, women in their 20s are beginning to find stale.
Revisiting the classics is also a way of dispelling the notion that fashion is disposable. Times are changing, Mr. Kors said. “These days it is a badge of honor to wear an outfit more than once.”
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This is only $19.50 and comes in a bunch of colors, although I like the pattern to liven up any outfit, including just a denim pencil skirt, tank top and flat sandals - add this bag and a great pair of earrings and you are ready to go.
I wouldn't want to pay a lot for a summer clutch anyway because it gets dirty, or goes out of style - this way after a full season of wear you won't feel bad if you don't use it anymore or if the fabric is stained. This is one of the ways I think its totally OK to go cheap(and still chic)!
On Premiere Props we could purchase the outfit, probably in a wee little size (it doesn't say but the actress looks tiny) for a paltry $1499.99, I might go looking for the awesome Philip Lim top elsewhere though.
But this Temperley dress:
it's gorgeous, and on Premiere Props it's priced at $899, which is probably significantly less than it would cost new. That might be a great deal if you are the right size.
It looks like such a fun site!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
These ankle boots are so hot! I love them, and the heel is only 2.5 inches. Yay!
This is big news for several reasons, the first being that high fashion generally takes months to go from runway to shop. This delay is what makes it so easy now for cheaper lines to knock off the styles and get them into stores before the real versions get there.
Read all about it in WWD.
Monday, January 28, 2008
And they come in metallic leather as well:
I have been watching these shoes get marked down and marked down again, from a whopping $495 all the way down to $148. The only reason I haven't ordered both pairs is the 4 inch heel, I know I won't wear them. But if any of you can give them a loving home - please do!
There are several ways to wear them, I would love to see them with dark skinny jeans and a luxurious sweater or jacket with a belt at the waist, or straight leg black pants or fun dress.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Suits like this have become more common lately as Forever 21 and other chains become even more adept at copying designer clothes. They manage to produce the copies and get them in the stores before the high-end items make it off the runway at the fashion shows.
Personally, I hate wearing things that are obvious knockoffs, thoughts?
Friday, January 25, 2008
Sadly, apparently they don't often ask for help:
Oddly enough, several communications consultants told me it's mostly male executives who hire them for advice on grooming and attire. Women, by contrast, "don't understand that the things that shouldn't matter count as much as they do," says Dee Soder, a psychologist and founder of the executive-coaching firm CEO Perspective Group in New York.
Helpful feedback rarely reaches female executives' ears, because people are loath to discuss work attire directly with the wearer. Dr. Soder says she is often hired just to deliver a fashion message for an executive who quails from the duty. She once was hired to tell a company president that he needed new shirts, preferably with French cuffs. Another time, she was hired to tell a female advertising executive to wear less perfume.
There. Phew. But I am not done. I have been to conferences in the humanities and social sciences and it never fails, some people dress really well but most look like they were never taught that appearance matters. In my extensive experience in academia I do think that some people think it's silly, frivolous or even makes them seem less intelligent to think about their appearance. I say that is one dumb idea.
We get one chance to make a first impression, and in any work environment, appearance matters. Of course the bar is set pretty low in the academic world, so much so that wearing clean pressed clothes that match more or less can make you the best dressed in the bunch, while in other fields that bar might be (a girl can hope) set much higher.
At the conference I attended briefly last week the major problem that was repeated by grad students, professors and some professionals over and over - is wearing running shoes and a backpack with nicer business-y clothes. I don't care how comfortable they are, come to grips with the fact that you are an adult and wear real shoes and buy a plain black computer bag, those will make ALL the difference.
For both men and women my simple conference advice is this:
bring a wheeled suitcase that can be carried on, pack one basic suit (that fits you well) and enough separates to mix and match with it and then all you need is 1 or 2 prs of shoes and that computer bag and you will always look great.
the separates should be:
for men - a clean and PRESSED button down shirt for each day of the meeting, a pair of chinos (for when you aren't giving a paper) plus a couple of ties and 2 sweaters or a sweater and a sweater vest. Does that sound hard? I didn't think so.
For women the separates can be more or less the same - just remember hotels are always cold so your suit jacket and sweater will come in handy! With your suit (for women 3 pieces, a jacket, pants AND a skirt) you can pack a sweater set, and wear it as a set one day, and wear the shell (the sleeveless bottom part) as a sweater vest over a button down shirt - I love this look. Then you can wear the cardigan over a different top another day - the permutations are endless. For your one casual bottom you can bring high (or mid-) waisted wide leg jeans, they look like dress pants if in dark denim. But again - NO SNEAKERS. Bring some comfortable flats, and 1 pair of heels if you are giving a paper, they will give you a confident swagger!
And voila, it is that easy to never look like a shlub again.
hear are some suggestions-
This Jcrew vest is adorable!
Also a good look is a button-down shirt, a tie and a v-neck sweater, like this Jcrew cashmere example:
And Don't forget your Kenneth Cole computer bag from eBags:
This Ann Taylor Loft shirt would look sharp under a suit (with a bold necklace) or under this cardigan:
or this adorable sweater from Target:
The colors are really pretty and if you get it a little loose, it looks fantastic over a white button down. Just make sure if you go this route you go easy on the accessories.
You can wear those combinations with any dark wide-legged jeans (check out my previous post on these) or with your suit pants or skirt.
Now do me a favor - go to your conferences and look so good that everyone else feels compelled to do the same.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
In D.C last week I went to the Edward Hopper exhibit at the National Gallery, and I have to say, while I am familiar with Hopper's paintings - everyone who has ever been to the Art Institute of Chicago know "Nighthawks" - I had never noticed the clothes in his paintings before.
This is "Chop Suey," the cloche, the style of hat they are wearing was popular again this past season - Marc Jacobs included them in his collection, among other designers.
This one, "Room in New York" features great clothes for both the man and woman. Many of his paintings have fantastic examples of this '30's and 40's style.
The AMC show "Mad Men" (which just won a couple golden globes, yay!) which is set in 1960 has women in gorgeous examples of this look, the head secretary always wears the sexy form-fitting pencil skirt and sweater combo - you can check them out on the show's website.
Lucky for me these styles from the 30's, 40's and 60's are back in, this week's Paris fashion shows included Elie Saab (made famous by Halle Berry when she accepted her Oscar in one of his gowns) The colors and fabric choices are modern but the shapes clearly influenced by times past. Here are some of my favorites:
These outfits are actually quite wearable and would translate well into the real world -
These gowns are dreamy:
Check out the rest on WWD.
To translate these looks for your life, check out high waisted pencil skirts like this one for spring:
Banana Republic has their own version of a dress that references these past periods:
You can find it here.
The defined waist is back and hopefully here to stay, Yippee!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Meanwhile Obama is on the cover of the latest Men's Vogue. He clearly has no problem selling himself as attractive and well-dressed.
WWD (Women's Wear Daily to those of you who don't read this kind of news regularly- heathens) has Wintour's seething recorded for you. Read it.
Monday, January 21, 2008
I wore a pretty silk one from Jcrew today to work. And when I go home to my parents' place I use my favorite headband from when I was around 5 to keep the hair out of my face when I wash my face. It's this adorable plastic rainbow headband, and when I say rainbow i mean it looks like a rainbow, with ROYGBIV running along it (yes, I pulled out the 6th grade science on this post, roygbiv, from the light and vision lesson - I'd prefer to remember that than dissecting a sheep's eye or whatever we did)
Anyway, back to the headbands. I think they are great. Especially when you are lazy like me and don't want to wash your hair in the morning (I have curly hair, so my only options are basically wash and style it, ponytail or headband) so i put my hair back with one and I look cute and styled when really i'm lazy - I should not be giving up this secret to everyone.
I found this adorable headband on Amici Accessories, a site I really like for all kinds of pretty and inexpensive accessories:
Plus, headbands make for a great retail therapy session because they are fun and inexpensive.
The lines, Robyn Rhodes and Viv&Ingrid, both make trendy wearable pieces (even more wearable with the discount) Robyn's jewelry leans towards sexy, particularly the necklaces while Viv&Ingrid's leans towards classic pieces. But you should check out the sites and judge for yourselves.
Robyn Rhodes promo code is 'LOVEME2008' for 15% off everything on the site. My faves of her pieces are the multi-layered necklaces. I also have a couple of pairs of earrings that I adore, they are big but incredibly versatile and I always get a lot of compliments when I wear them, like these 'Keira' earrings:
Viv&Ingrid's promo code is 'behappy20' for 20% off for everything on the site. I love the pailette earrings among other pieces. I have been eyeing their layered hoops for a while now:
Maybe the promo code is a good reason to get them now!
Both lines have pieces that make great bridesmaids gifts. The bridesmaids can wear them at the wedding and long after.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Even though the shirts are known basically as perfection,Thomas Pink is not a store I frequent because the shirts are around $180 full price but there was a huge selection of women's shirts for $49-$79. At the D.C store the men's shirts had been picked through although some did remain.
If you need this kind of shirt for work or have any kind of interview coming up I suggest you hurry over to your nearest store, or check out the website.
On my flight back to California I listened to an interview with Alber Elbaz(that's him to the left), the designer for French fashion house Lanvin. Lanvin is the oldest fashion house still working these days(started by Jeanne Lanvin in 1909), and after taking the helm in 2001 Elbaz has brought it back to the forefront of fashion. His designs are gorgeous, feminine and actually wearable (except for the pesky price tag). And, according to Wikipedia he was one of Time's most influential people of last year. cool. He is also Israeli (although born in Morocco) and I have noticed the past few years Israel is churning out fantastic designers.
Anyway, back to the interview; it was short (a New York Times series with or for Jet Blue I guess) but he said while he wants to make fashion relevant, it must always be beautiful, and one should never create a dress that will wear the woman. The woman should always be wearing the dress. That philosophy seems to me to separate him greatly from many of his peers.
This is from Lanvin's Spring '08 collection. The following is from the Resort '08 collection:
The bags and shoes have been getting alot of press lately as well. The ballet flats are divine, and Bagsnob loves the Lanvin tote bags.
Circle Boutique, located at 1736 14th St NW (between R and S). They have interesting pieces, in both men and women's clothes. You can check out a limited selection of their merchandise on their website. They carry L.A.M.B and Mike and Chris, as well as some designers I haven't seen much of here in the Bay Area. At the moment everything is on sale. The owner was there and incredibly helpful and sweet.
The area is interesting, there are some great places to check out including the French restaurant and bar Cafe Saint-Ex, they make a mean burger with sweet potato fries! The service is infuriating (making it even more French) but the food is good. My friend that took me there said it has a basement that turns into a nightclub, it seems redundant to say, but at night. duh. Otherwise it would be a dayclub or something.
Over in Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave there are a lot of shops including Proper Topper, which somehow manages to squeeze an incredibly large amount of things in a very small space. They have cute clothes and hats(hence the name proper topper), as well as great things for gifts - pretty notebooks and cards, baby clothes, the list could go on and on.
Georgetown though seems to have a higher concentration of cute shops. On Wisconsin Ave I went to Sugar(1633 Wisconsin Ave):
It's a cute boutique, with a nice selection of lines and styles. They have really gorgeous trendy jewelry that isn't all expensive (makes for good retail therapy), earrings by Viv and Ingrid among other lines. The woman who was working there when I went in wasn't exactly friendly, but the store smelled fantastic thanks to the yummy Grapefruit candle they were burning (they sell them too) and everything (except new resort pieces) was on sale here as well.
Just up the street are other cute shops Sassanova (shoes and other accessories) and Sherman Pickey (1647 Wisconsin Ave, NM) this shop is unbelievably preppy - think Tory Burch and the like, all of their winter clothes were half off, and then another 20% off I think. They had some beautiful coats and blazers on sale.
Across the street is Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave:
Everything except resort is on sale at 50% off. Pretty amazing party dresses on sale, and incredibly cute baby clothes too (C+C and Splendid).
Thursday, January 17, 2008
So after going out and walking and taking a couple of pictures we are now in our warm comfy refuge (Thanks Liz!) and I'm dreaming of a trip to somewhere tropical. This is what I might wear:
This Tibi dress is available at Shopbop. This silk dress from Nordstrom is even more fun with all the bright colors.
I'd wear it with these Tapeet sandals, and this gold clutch.
Of course for the beach i would need this fun Miss Marc tote that has totally grown on me.
I was wearing a pair of Joe's Jeans in the 'Rocker' cut (many brands now name their styles rather than using numbers, because it makes it much easier to know which one you like), which means they are pretty straight through the hips and legs, with a low rise. The low rise is not for everyone, and for a new mother I would generally recommend a mid-rise or regular rise jean for several reasons, the first being your body is not yet back to what it was - not necessarily fat, just different, and you don't want to flash your underwear at play-dates or mom-and-tot classes every time you sit down or bend over.
Anyway, back to the jeans - a brand like Joe's Jeans comes in sizes up to 32 which is equivalent to about a 12, and they do now have high rise styles which can allow women to breathe a little easier, as do the now-popular wide-leg styles. I think what my friend really liked about the jeans, and the reason I like the style so much, is that the straight-leg jean is universally flattering. It means that from the hip to the ankle, the leg stays pretty straight which is ideal particularly for women who prefer to camouflage their hips.
Nordstrom has other brands of jeans with similar styles that also go up to a size 14, take this pair for instance:
These Christopher Blue "Lloyd - Farrah" jeans look a lot like the joe's Rockers I was wearing and they are a little cheaper ($148) and go up to 14.
There is also the brand "Not Your Daughter's Jeans," which come in this great high-rise wide-leg style:
These are $108-$118 and come in sizes up to 18.
Of course if you have a very young baby and are still losing baby weight, you might not want to spend that much on jeans that you'll only wear for a couple of months (but might want to keep them for the next time you are pregnant) The Gap and even Old-navy have mid-rise, wide-leg styles.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
My boyfriend's parents "do science" with their grand-niece and nephews. I LOVE the term, so I like to say I have been "doing science" myself.
Make-up enthusiasts and various others talk about the Nars Multiple like it could change your life. I'm not really what one would call a make-up enthusiast. I used to buy the stuff and it would sit, for like years. Take, for example my Clinique almost lipsticks that I bought in the 8th grade. Even though I did use them through high school I probably never made it through half of the tube and finally threw them out when I realized I still had them (they smelled after 15 years, shocker) Good thing I cull through my closet much more frequently than my make-up stash.
So, fast forward to adulthood and I do actually use a few products each day: sunscreen (spf 30 in fall and winter, spf 58 in spring and summer), under-eye concealer, mascara and blush. Oh, and of course lip-gloss and lipstick (I re-purchased a Clinique almost lipstick when they came out with cool new colors last year). I find that these few products do wonders, particularly when I'm tired and my skin looks sallow or something.
But there was always this Nars Multiple. It's supposed to work on your cheeks, eyes and lips. So what is it? blush? eye shadow? It is creamy, and it comes in a fat stick (descriptive, no?) What does a normal gal who doesn't spend much time on her make-up do with this? I decided to "do science" and find out. I started with the most popular color of the Nars products, Orgasm. It's a pink color that is supposed to work on a variety of skin tones; I figured it would work on me because of the skin tone of models and actresses make-up artists use it on.
I went to Sephora and bought it, but then I stared at it awhile, I mean again, what does one do with a stick that is supposed to do everything?
Day 1: I rubbed the sucker right on my cheeks. Bad idea, I looked like I had rosacea. clearly the wrong use.
Day 2: I used my fingers to put it on my eyes, cheeks and lips. Turns out it's not great on my lips, and because I put it on my eyes the glitter in it (a slight sheen) went all over, a friend said I looked like I was sweating under my eyes. Not good.
Day 3: With my finger I put it only on my cheeks. It didn't do much.
Day 4: After applying my normal powder blush I used my finger to put the Nars product on over it. This seemed to be the winner. It added sheen to my normal blush, was subtle but gave a nice pinky glow. Aha!
So, since then I have used it over my blush, washing my hands immediately after application so that I don't accidentally get it around my eye. I like it, but I wouldn't rave over it or tell women that they MUST own it, not at all. I also have the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick which has similar uses, but is a powder. I'd say the stick stays on longer, being that it gets rubbed in as opposed to the powder, but it's up to the woman.
Monday, January 14, 2008
I love the color, It's great for what is left of winter against a dark coat, and it will still be a gorgeous wearable color for Spring and Summer. The bag is by L.A.M.B, a line I adore for clothes but in general I find the bags are a little too identifiable, however this one is subtle even though the color isn't.
Available at Nordstrom.
Also, if you aren't into yellow shoes but like the color, Coquette posted a selection of gorgeous yellow bags.
There are a couple of products that are designed to help the transition, they are basically a strip of pockets that goes into the bag to line the sides so that you can still put other things in the middle as you would normally. So you can put everything you need in the pockets, and just move the whole thing from bag to bag. Genius.
The Purseket comes in several sizes ranging from $18 to $22, and you can choose from a lot of fun fabrics.
The Joey Junior Purse Mate is very similar, and also comes in an array of fabrics. This one is priced $19.95 - $24.95.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Me Too has flats in a great bright yellow patent, they look really fun.
I don't think yellow is the only big color, I think we can stick with the jewel tones and just add lighter and brighter to the list of appropriate colors. Not pastels though, when I say bright, i mean bright.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Active Endeavors, a small Chicago area chain and very popular online store now has a lot of men's clothes on sale.
These are Loomstate's 100% organic cotton straight leg chinos, marked down from $180 to $90.
They also have a lot of cool looking t-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans and men's jewelry on sale.
Also, Bloomingdales has now marked down much of their sale inventory another 30-40%, these super sale prices are good online as well, through Sunday.
It's an interesting piece, my favorite part of course vaguely concerns criticism of Hillary's clothes:
Women bloggers aren’t sure if they want to vote for Hillary, but they absolutely don’t want anyone else to bash her. The sisterhood locks arms when nasty remarks are made about her v-neck sweaters or her black pantsuits. When New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, gender traitor that she is, makes barbed jokes about Hillary being the heroine of a Lifetime movie, then the sisterhood fires back, “There’s really not enough Shutting Up in the world to deal with that sputtered puddle of bile."
Lessons learned? If you really want women to vote for Hillary, pick on her clothes and her tears. Call her strident. Call her bitchy. But if you take gender out of the equation, then women are going to weigh her other qualities on the same scale as the guys. Hillary is like my little sister. Only I am allowed to beat her up.
Not sure it answers any questions, but it is worth a read.
People don't understand the messages that their clothes send," says Ms. Waldt, a recruiter with CTPartners. Women sometimes don't realize how often a tight shirt or a low neckline comes across as seductive. People who meet them are likely to assume the sexual innuendo is intentional. It's harder for men to goof, but they do -- for instance, by being sloppy with untucked or wrinkled shirts or wearing beeping sports watches to staid business events. Sagging socks, dangling earrings and obvious designer logos all send messages that register with the people on the other side of the table.
If those are the worst things she has seen this woman has not been to the bay area recently.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
The clothes were even better than last time. The red-head character -whose name escapes me but I keep wanting to call her Miranda both because of THE Miranda on SATC, and because I think the actress is named Miranda in real life, this is the danger of being in so many magazines - her outfits were spectacular. I can't decide which I liked better, the one shoulder number or the pink halter dress. If I find pictures I will post them later.
The product placements were out of control on this one, maybe I just missed them in the first episode, but the Gucci and James Perse placements were unavoidable. Lucy Liu's trophy bag -in lieu of her fiance who dumped her for getting ahead, or as reward for her new job?- that she opened with a big flourish was the Gucci, and annoying guy Grant or whatever kept saying he was going to a James Perse sample sale - James Perse is a luxury basics line (t-shirts, etc).
I stand by my previous statement that Zoe (for some reason hers is the only name I ever remember from the show) wears fantastic office appropriate clothes. The problem I thought, was that they were trying WAY too hard to hammer home the 'difference' between the business school graduates (could they have said business school more times? I might watch it again just to count) and the stay-at-home mom. I guess they have to play up that angle to emphasize the importance of work in these women's lives, the working mom versus the available mom kind of thing, but this just made me feel icky. The evil mom was played by a woman who seems to always play the evil soapy characters (am I revealing to much to say I think she was on Days of our Lives waaaaay back when I watched it? And I mean way back. I swear. By the way - just saw an ad for that show, Marlene and John Black are still doing seriously twisted story-lines. It's like the 15 years since I watched it last never really happened except that their makeup got way heavier)
Sorry, back to the show. To review, clothes great, story-lines, not so much.
Now is the time to get winter clothes. Probably not a surprise, but if you feel like your coat is not holding up - now is the time to replace it. Also if you are looking for cashmere sweaters, even wool skirts and pants, now is the time. And if you get good quality and timeless pieces, you will definitely be able to wear them next winter and beyond.
When looking for a coat, think about the color for how well it will stand up to the elements in your life and be easily worked into your wardrobe, as well as the silhouette to determine whether it is timeless or not. A friend of mine was trying to decide on a coat, choosing between cream or black. It was expensive and while the cream is beautiful and trendy right now, if cost is a concern I would generally advise people to go with a darker color. The color doesn't have to be black by any means, brown, charcoal, navy, burgundy - these are all just as elegant, chic and wearable. I also asked her how often she thought she would wear it, her answer told us exactly what she should do - she couldn't imagine wearing the cream coat very often because of the light color, and unless you have the extra cash and space then a piece you wear very infrequently isn't the best investment to be making right now.
As for the silhouette or shape, the piece should fit you well and not look too trendy, otherwise next winter it will look dated already. I would advise most people to stay away from bubble coats and very skinny or very high waisted pants. Those shapes most likely won't hold up over the next few winters and can also be difficult to work into a wardrobe. While the very high waisted pant is something to avoid -some jeans and pants are called high waisted but it really means they sit at the natural waist, a good thing for several body types and anyone who doesn't want to flash their underwear every time they take a seat(important for moms who spend a lot of time on the floor). High waisted skirts are fantastic, they seem to work on many body types and create a gorgeous silhouette on a woman's body. Coats should fit well in the shoulders and have high armholes (that makes you look longer and leaner).
For sweaters I love 100% merino wool, they last much longer than many other kinds of sweaters. Cashmere is always fantastic of course. and please STAY AWAY from those terrible cocoon-like long cardigans with puffy sleeves, I've seen some women in very expensive versions of that style look homeless.
Now onto the actual sales:
Jcrew has made further reductions on their sale items, and they have a code for free shipping on orders over $175. The code is FREESHIP08, it's good until 11:59 ET on Sunday.
Banana Republic has a lot of things on sale including sweaters and wool pants.
Saks Fifth Avenue has been having a huge sale since Christmas and they still have a lot of gorgeous pieces, some are marked down 60-70%.
The gorgeous red Burberry dress to the left is marked down from $795 to $317. Saks has free shipping for orders over $150, and you can return items to the store. I know some people are scared of Saks, but their sales are incredible.
Nordstrom also has a wide variety of sale items on their website.
And last but certainly not least, Cole Haan and Piperlime have a lot of merchandise on sale. It's a great time to get a pair of boots!
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Flats in different colours to match different outfits, heels in different colours to match different outfits
Heels you can walk in, and heels you can't walk in
Ankle boots, knee length boots, sheepskin boots
Flat or low-heeled ankle boots to wear with jeans,
high heeled ankle boots to wear with more formal trousers
Knee length boots with high heels and knee length boots which are flat or have low heels
High heeled boots with heels you can walk in and high heeled boots you can't walk in
The list goes on including everything, even house shoes although apparently
Possession of Crocs voids the entire shoe collection.
Very funny. And true.
The reason I wanted to write about the list is that it includes the category ugly comfortable shoes. There are cute comfortable shoes and we should replace the ugly ones with the attractive ones. Take the brand Frye for example. Even their shoes with 2.5 inch heels are actually really comfortable, and I'm not one of those women that try to convince you that stilettos are comfortable or any other crazy talk. In fact the one time in recent memory that I clearly lost my mind and went to a wedding in a pair resembling stilettos I took them off before the ceremony was over. Thank god the bride and groom gave out one of the best exports of the groom's native Brazil - Havaiana flip flops. All of us women tore through the bin looking for our size like we were at that wedding dress sale in Friends (you know, when Monica practically knocks that woman out for a dress) not my best moment.
The Brigitte, available at shopbop for $495
There are also gorgeous smaller bags, some even on sale like the Valerie:
This bag in brown is on sale, the green is still full price ($395). There is also a silver one that I LOVE:
Photos from Shopbop
My sister and several of my friends are getting married in the next year or so and they have been asking about the shoes they should wear. Although this subject might not be of interest to everyone (I'm reminded of a great recent New Yorker cartoon with a man and woman walking hand in hand and she says to him "I am beginning to think you don't want to talk about baby carriages all the time" or something to that effect) but this is my blog and I can do what i want to!
The thing is, every bride has different requirements for her shoes - some want gorgeous heels and others want flats or even sneakers that they can dance the night away in. I have known many brides to change from heels to sneakers for the reception because they want the height of heels for pictures and the ceremony and comfort of flats for dancing. However you want to do it there are some great shoes for it:
This is the Touch Up Gemini, available at Zappos, It does have a 3 inch heel, but it's just so pretty! I also like that it's white satin without feeling like the dyeable shoes i might have worn for my bat mitzvah or even as a bridesmaid(yes I have had to wear dyeables as a bridesmaid). They also come in silver and gold Satin, in case you want to spice things up, or for any other occasion.
Another one I like:
This is the Moda Spana Katri, and yes it's true it is not white. Many wedding dresses have metallic beading on it, so there is no reason you can't do metallic shoes. I'm also a sucker for a peep-toe.
For women interested in comfort there is also this cute flat by Me Too (I had them in gold and wore them to death):
If you aren't looking for bridal shoes and want a nice and VERY comfortable flat they are available in an obscene number of colors and fabrics at Zappos . This is one of the brands that I recommend to mothers of young children who want to wear cute shoes to run around the playground as well.
And there is always the white sneaker option if you must:
sigh. at least it will be hidden by the dress.
I forgot to mention they are all under $100.
Photos from Zappos.com and Piperlime.com
Monday, January 7, 2008
Clorox wants the acquisition to start them on a 'greening' trend, that sounds good but I still won't use Burt's Bees lip balm. What can I say, I never liked the taste; although I do think its cool that apparently one can eat the shampoo they make.
The point of today's designer handbags isn't creating classics but pushing seasonal novelties to convince women who wear them that they're on the cutting edge of fashion. While millions of fashionistas continue to buy into the hype -- and spend thousands of dollars on handbags every year -- some savvy dressers are sobering up. A $1,500 bag festooned with logos and showy geegaws -- especially if it gets knocked off to the point of ubiquity -- will look dated soon.
If you desire a truly classic handbag that will span the seasons, let your individual style guide you toward bags that are beautiful, functional and a bit more anonymous. I prefer bags with no logos, minimal hardware (such as metal rings and buckles), and snappy-looking top handles that are long enough to fit over my shoulder. I also like rich shades, such as purple, dark green and burgundy. Exotic skins such as python and crocodile are luxurious. But shun those oversized styles, which can be clunky and inhibit your stride.
The bag may not shout the designer's name, but it's far more chic to dress with a sense of mystery
Good advice to follow.
The other article was about all of the chronic health problems caused by carrying huge purses. According to the article, bags are getting even bigger this year, which is definitely a problem because we all tend to fill up the bags we carry. Not surprisingly it's better for your health to stick to smaller bags.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Saturday, January 5, 2008
There is definitely at least one splurge-worthy accessory I would love:
The Cartier Tank watch is available at Neiman Marcus.
Photo from Neiman Marcus
Can a fat man not get elected? I mean, male public figures are not always svelte i.e men like John Goodman, John Travolta and even Denzel Washington when promoting American Gangster, etc. One thing that is great about this is that the men's bodies are popular subjects, while the women seem to finally be off the hook, at least a little bit. The articles says:
Read the whole thing.
Friday, January 4, 2008
anyway, just a quick note. Thoughts?
Addendum: Insta-pundit mentioned Obama's suit!
So here are my suggestions for beating the weather:
These are Kors by Michael Kors version of the wellie, and they are also available in orange - both are pretty great! you can find them on sale at my favorite online boutique Shopbop.
For a raincoat I love this Kenneth Cole Reaction jacket :
This jacket is great for several reasons, the first is the tie at the waist, it's actually a buckle and with the strong squared shoulder makes the waist look tiny, just what every woman wants in a coat. This is available on my favorite discount designer website Bluefly.
If you are in the parts of the country dealing with snow and much colder temps look for boots by La Canadienne, they look fantastic and they are weatherproof, they even keep your toes warm and toasty.