Saturday, September 29, 2007
So now, I have to buy a new phone. This is an additional expense that I don't really need, but I'm changing plans, so maybe I'll get a decent free phone, or a nice upgraded one at a discount.
I was with AT&T/Cingular, but am thinking of changing to Verizon or T-Mobile. Of the phones available, the following looks good. Any thoughts out there?
I like the Verizon phones a lot more than the T-Mobile ones, but at the end of the day, the plans have to be good, too. What to do, what to do?
I must be in girly mood, 'cause I'm gravitating to all the feminine colors...lol...
Friday, September 28, 2007
The film, as Chanel prefers to call it instead of a commercial, is lush, fantasy-driven and immaculate. Unlike the Nicole Kidman ad for Chanel No. 5, which was based on Moulin Rouge and required her to talk at the end, Keira simpers and pouts through the clips, dabbing a bit of the Coco Mademoiselle on a male model, prancing through a soirée, and coming up all radiant smiles and bubbles at the end. She makes us believe that with the right perfume, everything is beautiful and perfect in the world.
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
New obsession, check. Bank account, not quite there. Insane asylum, soon to be a patient. :P*
Bottega Veneta Origami Knot Limited Edition Clutch - $3,680
But I digress. For years, the Louis Vuitton obsession took over me like a druggie. I bought into the Marc Jacobs fantasy like a born-again Christian, frenetic in my chase of the next limited collaboration. More often than not, I got really good at keeping track of the newest items that didn't even show up in their customer service's computer database yet. So I would call back, or ask to be added to some waiting list. By the way, one thing I've learned is that the waiting list is open to everyone. The idea of VIP depends on who you ask. A local SA may not know me from Joe Schmoe, so maybe I won't get my ass kissed as much, but I have in my collection enough of a variety of limited pieces that if I had any sense, I'd sell it all so I can easily buy a new car and maybe put down enough to almost pay it in full. A car, or a closet full of unused purses? Which one would you choose?
So even though I started this blog only about a week ago, I have to admit that I'm now experiencing shopper's fatigue. I buy fashion magazines by the truckload, and am almost a bit tired of the mimicry that shows up in all of these glossy pages. Everyone gushes over the same designers. If I could paint a clear metaphor of what a fashion magazine is, it's that it's the equivalent of the high school newspaper, and all the popular people made it into the pages.
And what is luxury, anyways? Is it the materials, the design, the length of time it takes to create the creation? I grew up making a lot of jewelry. I have had compliments paid to a bracelet I made while shopping at Saks. If I had been smarter, I would have sold them on it and tried to get a buyer to look at it, but I wasn't business-savvy enough. When LV tried to sell their canvas bag with their logo in beads, I loved it, but could not substantiate the price in my mind, no matter how high the LV myth was elevated in my mind. Something told me that if I spent enough weekends sitting with glass beads purchased from A.C. Moore, I could do the same with my own initials, and aren't custom items more of a luxury than a mass-produced item? How blurred are the lines between luxury and DIY?
The last two handbags I purchased were both limited pieces. While on a business trip in Las Vegas, I wandered into the LV store there, and besotted, I purchased the LV Monogram Dentelle Batignolles Horizontal, with the lace in silver. I lugged it through the airport in its box, not ready to use it just yet, and now that I'm back home, I've used it just ONCE. It's not because I don't think it's fabulous, and I definitely would not sell it, but I can't think of when to use it. I work in the boonies, so no one at work even cares or appreciates designer pieces. So it sits in my living room, untouched. I really should put it back in its drawstring bag, but if I don't keep it out, I might forget that I even own it.
The other bag I bought was also one of those "If I get it, great, if not, that's ok, too" purchases. I first saw this Montaigne purse in Bottega Veneta's spring 07 campaign. Loved it!!! I pre-ordered it on the website, and was told it may or may not be available, because it was SOooo limited. So months later, after I had even forgotten that I had pre-ordered it, I get an email from the SA that it was available. Did I still want it? Of course I said yes. It arrived in all it's girly pink glory, the leather so soft, the bag as romantic as the advertising promised. I pictured myself using it on bright sunny days, when I went shopping or brunch with the girls. But I never did. I have NEVER used it. The rainy spring and unpredictable weather of summer prevented me from wanting to leave the house with it. I didn't want it to be ruined; it was so pretty! So now it sits unused, in my bedroom waiting for that perfect moment when I can expose it to the (kind) elements. Will it ever be utilized?
Since my BV purchase, I have not bought another designer purse. I've been buying cotton shoppers, which are lighter to carry, and I've been drifting back to my classic LVs, and not the ones covered with cartoons or other limited accoutrements, which was such a draw for me in the first place. The last few things I've purchased were 2 Proenza Schouler for Target suede clutches, a Devi Kroell for Target faux-python clutch, and 2 faux-leather Simply Vera (Vera Wang for Kohl's) bags. Yes, I'm going cheapskate here, but still getting the designer touch.
I would really like a black BV; I find that might be more useful for everyday use, where if the leather is scuffed, at least I can't see it, and there's something very confident in myself to not carry a bag that has logos and instant recognizability all over it. But I don't feel compelled to go out and buy one right now. I got the Gucci catalog in the mail the other day. I only own one Gucci purse, and I got a lot of use out of that bag (and a lot of compliments), but the new Gucci designs seemed redundant, desperate, and not very mind-blowing. Plexiglass on leather? I obviously DON'T need another purse when I have new ones that I have never used. And plenty uses out of the cheaper bags.
So you may see more posts from me pining for the latest fashions. But will I be buying anything? Maybe I just need a break from all of this retail therapy.
Louis Vuitton That's Love Canvas Tote - $1,720
Louis Vuitton Monogram Dentelle Speedy - $1,420 (a cheaper alternative to the $1,720 for the Batignolles Horizontal)
Bottega Veneta Montaigne - $1,980 (brown for fall, but inquire for other colors)
Target (for the latest GO deals)
Kohl's (for the latest Simply Vera deals)
Nydia Lozano Official Website
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Doesn't the male model look like Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5? :P
This is my favorite photo! The models look like they are almost ready to head out, and have some last minute primping to do. This photo looks like a painting!
Capture the mood at Bottega Veneta.
Friday, September 21, 2007
There weren't that many things that I wanted to try on, but I did try on these four items.
The first was this ivory cropped jacket. Online, it looked fun and whimsical. But in person? The fitting felt off. It was short, and puffy. I felt like a misshapen mushroom. Also, the material didn't feel like wool. It felt like a very soft felt or fleece material. Wasn't very awe-inspiring. So unfortunate.
What I really wanted was to try on the blue version. Maybe that would've looked better.
The next item I tried on was this dress. It was cute in concept, but I'm more of a busty girl, and the ruffles were far from flattering. Also, the cotton material felt like it could wrinkle easily, so I didn't think it would work if you run around a lot. Especially for someone like myself, who commutes for over an hour each way to work every day, by the time I get to the office, there would be wrinkles all over my ass.
This dress was cute, but not very special. I guess this is considered one of the few pieces that have that pop of color, but the print itself wasn't especially stylish. Especially since this season is all about the geometrics, the floral pattern felt off, neither classic nor trendy. Also, why would I pay $40 that looks like something I can get for $10-$15 bucks at like a Tello's or something? :P The one redeeming thing is that the fabric is nice, much better than the dress above.
This shirt was by far my favorite. The version I tried on was gray, and it was a very nice, muted piece. The shirt I tried on was the last one left, and it was smaller than I'd like, so I didn't buy it, but the fabric was nice and flowy, the ruffles actually work really well on this piece, and I could see it matched with jeans and heels for a night out. I couldn't even find the gray one online, so maybe I'll be able to catch it in another Target.
Anyhow, I would say that altogether, the collection is a mixed bag. I would say that most of the collection was uninspired. Not a very successful GO collection from Target this time around. But check it out for yourself.
Alice Temperley Melton Wool Cropped Jacket - Ivory - $44.99
Alice Temperley Melton Wool Cropped Jacket - Athens Blue - $44.99
Alice Temperley Long-Sleeve Cotton Voile Dress - Cloak Gray - $29.99
Alice Temperley Short-Sleeve Floral Crepe Dress - Pink - $39.99
Alice Temperley Victorian Ruffle-Front Blouse - Antique White (but get it in Gray!) - $29.99
I was lucky enough to visit the local Kohl's early on and bagged several items, which aren't even on the website anymore. I bought the signature piece from the collection, the pleated navy blue dress with exquisite beading details. Love it!!! It fit me perfectly...I bought the last one that ran in the smaller size. I plan to wear it to a friend's wedding in Nov...I think it will look very cute and pretty!
This coat looks really nice in person. The black version was a tad dull, but the camel fabric shines in the light. You can also see the texture of the fabric much better in the lighter color. A perfect light jacket for fall.
I love these two purses. The monochromatic clasps really work for me. I don't like the hobo in the black, but I'm contemplating getting the clutch in black. Can be both dressy and casual, and black is always versatile.
I already wore my camel jacket once, and it's great. However, just because I found some pieces that I like doesn't mean that the entire collection was perfect. More about the not-so-great pieces in the next post.
Kohl's Simply Vera Collection
Yesterday was my mom's birthday, so my gift to her? A Swarovski crystal flower, from their Flowers of Paradise collection. I have to say, out of Swarovski's entire collection of animals and figurines, these are one of their finer pieces. Colorful, vibrant, and eye-catching, I don't think they're kitschy at all. If anything, they're rather elegant. Personally, I'd rather wear something from Swarovski than have it on display, but if you're looking for a gift idea, and the recipient loves flowers, these will make a great present. My mom certainly loved it!
Swarovski Damboa - Blue Violet - $200
Thursday, September 20, 2007
One piece that caught my eye was Serena's gold sequined top for her date with Dan. She dressed it down with a jacket and long scarf over it, so it was more boho-chic and not disco diva. Remove everything and only wear it with a gorgeous tan, and I think it's a dress for all seasons. I scoured the web to find out more about it, and only came upon this article. They mentioned that items from the show were going to be featured on their website and will be for sale, but the CW site doesn't seem to have this feature up and running yet.
Anyhow, I'll probably keep watching because the storyline is interesting thus far (I know that this is shallow drivel...this is why it's called "guilty pleasure" and no different from The Hills, imho), but looking forward to seeing all the fun fashions they're going to put on screen. At least, until the REAL Sex and the City opens up in the theatres.
P.S. Loved Serena's mom's purse...it looked like an ostrich Hermès Birkin
Tory Burch Sequin Tunic Dress - $450
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I almost waltzed by this one display when my honey pointed out this gorgeous clutch to me. With all the purses I own, I only have one Prada purse, and one wallet, both of which I only bought because it was impulsive and on sale. Well, this has got to be one of the first Prada pieces that I ever thought seriously about buying at retail, only because as a fall bag, it might sell out, and anyhow, I can see this being a very classic piece that will never look dated. Isn't the ombre gorgeous?
The clutch comes in three colors: gray to black, beige/brown to black, and gray to red to black. I LOVE the red. I want it soooooo badly, but I have been spending a lot lately, and I can't justify purchasing this clutch, as much as I love it. So I'm going to sit on this for about a week. If after a week, I still want it, and it's still available, then I think I will get it. Argh...temptation! This will be the longest wait ever!!!
Prada Vernice Sfumata Clutch - $850
Guest Art Director Marc Jacobs teamed up with photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott on the newest installment of the coveted fashion quarterly, Visionaire, which comes housed this time in a limited-edition Louis Vuitton case designed by Jacobs. Alas and Piggott photographed a series of intimate portraits of today's most inspiring contemporary icons, traveling to New York, London and Paris in search of their personal muses. Subjects include actors Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson and Selma Blair; singers Jennifer Lopez and Lil' Kim; models Gisele Bündchen, Stephanie Seymour and Christy Turlington; New York City Ballet principle dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied; and fashion designers Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney, to name a few.
Then came this. I surfed onto the Visionaire site and they were accepting pre-orders. Except, the case is now not a portfolio, but a regular, probably-made-out-of-cardboard case!!! WTF?!? Is this sneaky advertising? Or did they decide that production-wise, it wasn't viable to make an actual portfolio?
Anyhow, I decided to subscribe to get an issue anyways, because I can't say no to Lou-ee, even if I know I'm being ripped off. This is the more affordable Louis that will go up in price over the years. And with a subscription, I get 3 other wonderful editions of Visionaire. I'll let you know what I end up getting in the mail. Crossing my fingers here. :P
Anyhow, I digress. While in London, I bought some random magazine for a cotton bag. I don't even remember what the mag is called, but I remember thinking that the bag was cute, so I bought it. It's by Dorothy Perkins, whom I've never heard of, but a quick check on Google tells me that this is a very well-known fashion chain in the UK. I love my bag! Because it's cotton, and not even lined, after several months' use, it will probably wear away to nothing, but for now, the charming print makes me think of summer (how quickly the cold north wind hangs down in Boston), and I will use it for as long as I can.
I just checked the Dorothy Perkins website, and they are selling cotton shoppers to raise money for the Woodland Trust. This is my kinda company! Be in style, and save the environment while you're at it. Can't argue with that. Sadly, the one bag I have my eyes on is sold out (the lime green one below)...but there are two more styles for sale. So, get them while you can so that you can say your bag is helping the planet. I much prefer this than the overhyped Anya Hindmarch "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" any day, since it's so much cuter, and do I daresay, will have a more direct impact on the cause.
Dorothy Perkins Woodland Trust Shoppers - £10.00