Friday, July 31, 2009

hot hot heat

we're hitting record-breaking temperatures here. frankly the heat is not my cup of tea, but i wasn't going to get me down yesterday. i got dressed and went to go check out the new sephora that opened up here, but was disappointed by the brands. the only one they had that i was looking for was korres, a greek brand focused on natural ingredients.

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(sorry for the crappy picture- too lazy to set up the tripod and clear away a blank wall)

in tokyo i bought a CA4LA straw hat that came in handy for blocking the sun. they had such a wide selection of headwear. i had fun trying on hats for a while at the shibuya location, until some of the other shops opened. when i bought it i also got a hat box, which is something i have always wanted. i think there's something kind of glamorous about a hat box.

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i won the acne guide dress i'm wearing on ebay. i have the top version from last spring, but i really wanted the dress, so i'm glad i finally found it!

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i wish my nails were a different colour- like mac's seasonal peach, which i just got in the mail.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

spidey

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i realized i forgot to share some of the things i brought home with me on our last trip to tokyo. this brooch from ann demeulemeester was one of the first things i bought. the department store isetan has a wonderful little corner that i wouldn't mind not leaving. in this dark little corner held rick owens, haider ackermann, ann demeulemeester, undercover, margiela and others. they had a decent selection of ann, including jewelry. i got the brooch, but these earrings are seriously amazing in person. one of the sales girls was wearing them and i'm still jealous.

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

making a list...

jon was getting some alterations to his suit the other day and i was watching, while flipping through june's us vogue that they had at the tailors. i found a couple of great outfits that i'd love to reproduce. scans from tfs.

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i like this look. reminds me i need to get some french terry and start making sweatpants! this alexander wang pair is cute with the ribbed hem and exposed placket. paired with that amazing sleeveless white blazer, velvet belt and pumps (proenza pumps i should say!) elevates them from lounging on the sofa!

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ahh the white jean look that haunts me every summer! i just love it. i really like the sigerson morrison sandals and balmain lace top. i think some yardage of lace is in my future ;)

also, i started reading a book on my work trip, and it's really got my brain working again :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

travel essentials

(i wrote this last week, but only getting around to posting it now)

well, this post is certainly timely. i am writing this seated in the portland airport because i missed my connecting flight to orange county! swell! luckily there is wifi that actually works, so i'm saved. while traveling certainly isn't as glamorous as it is once was, or how we like to think it might be in our heads (hello private jet and face mist) i am striving to make my air travel at least a little more palatable by outfitting my bag with some familiar products and handy pint-sized tools. i'm very bored, so i made these collages.

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Travel Essentials

clockwise: shu uemura brush set $55, frederic fekkai travel brush $55, t3 bespoke labs overnight dryer $130, korres pomegranate cleansing and makeup removing wipes $12, shiseido skincare 1-2-3 $48.50, t3 mini flat iron $119

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Travel Essentials

clockwise: prada eye mask, ipod touch $229, shu uemura deep sea water face mist - fragrance free $24, sunshine and shadows windowpane scarf $112, paris vogue, industrial strength earplugs, organic un-salted trail mix.

travel essentials $: in your bag
Travel Essentials

clockwise: remington t studio mini flat iron $19.99, sephora pocket brush set $10, bliss sinkside travel kit $25, sephora makeup removing wipes $8, sephora pop-up brush $4, vidal sassoon ionic travel dryer $19.99

travel essentials $: in your purse
Travel Essentials

ipod nano $149, caudalie grape water to go $8, vogue paris, organic unsalted trail mix, old navy giraffe print scarf $9.99, industrial strength ear plugs, satin eye mask

Travel Essentials: Globe Trotter

i would love to own a set of globe trotter luggage- aren't they beautiful?! maybe one day (when i win the lottery). they are also available from j.crew

here are some of my personal travel tips:

- get an aisle seat. yes, it's nice to have a view, and a wall to lean your head against, but i would rather have easier access to the washroom, especially on a long flight (ie. not having to climb over a stranger, especially whey they're sleeping), and be able to get my bag out of the overhead bin faster

- always have a stash of earplugs or noise-canceling headphones. it will be just your luck that a screaming infant will be seated behind/beside/in front/on your plane. take the necessary precautions. shooting evil glares won't make the kid shut up (i've tried)

- bring a scarf. it can get cold at high altitudes, and you can use it to mask foul odors.

- bring/buy a snack. nobody likes those super-salty bags of complimentary kibble, but i usually stash them in my purse in case i get desperate.

- fill out paperwork asap. if flying between countries fill out customs forms as soon as they pass them out so you're not scrambling at the end of the flight, or god forbid in the customs line.

- put all your liquids inside your checked baggage in a zip-lock. even though they look secure, something is bound to explode. and you don't want it exploding all over your clothes.

- this is a given, but something i forget to do all the time. wear shoes that are easy to take off! not all airports will make you take off your shoes, but best be prepared so you're not holding up the line.

a psa to all airports:

- please have departure/arrival screens within the vicinity of your gates, and make sure they work (i'm looking at YOU portland airport)

- can you please not garble your loud speaker announcements so we can hear them and not miss our flight. (looking at you again portland airport)

- give us free wifi. come on, it's 2009, get with it.

- please put plugs all over the place in departure gates.

- can we not have more than one person checking in a gigantic line of people?! some of us have flights to catch. airlines/airports, if you're going to cut-down on staff, at least give us robots or machines to replace them. i want a machine where i can check in, pick my seat if necessary, get a boarding pass, and bag tags. what is the point of having an automated machine if i have to stand in ANOTHER line to get tags for my bag.


got any more travel tips or airport rants?

vogue paris june/july 09

i finally got this issue. after waiting and waiting i finally emailed to inquire about where my issue was. i was surprised that i actually got a prompt response from vp, and "another" issue was sent out and received immediately. good customer service is so refreshing.

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i've got to say i was short of breath when i saw what was on her right wrist. that is... a black... WITH BLACK HARDWARE... herm├Ęs cdc... gaaahhhh..... i didn't even know this existed.....

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i also really loved the jewelery spread- especially the first page with this amazing tiffany's cuff. i'm usually not a tiffany's fan, but i really like the organic shape of this cuff. i also love the de grisogono ring on her right ring finger (the multi-band one). not to mention the shiny silver skull!

(scans from tfs)

Friday, July 17, 2009

spectacles

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checking out my new glasses in action. i have to remember to wear them now.

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i couldn't resist buying these sunglasses on ebay, but i think they look silly on me!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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say hello to my lomo pictures from japan (version october 2008) i finally got them developed.

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oc recommendations?

i'm heading to huntington beach next week for two days (work related)- anything to suggest? (restaurants? shopping?) i'll be staying right on the beach (pacific coast hwy at beach blvd. i think), so i'm hoping to at least enjoy some sunsets and walk along the sand. get ready to see the palest person you've ever seen, huntington beach! i'm packing my spf60 sunscreen! i've been there before, but about 9 years ago, fresh out of high-school on a road trip with some friends. the only thing i'm thinking of doing is taking a cab ride to costa mesa to south coast plaza, because there is a j.crew cardigan that i want. not sure if it will be worth it once cab fare is considered...

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the three lift stores- especially lift etage- are fantastic stores that we visited in tokyo. all three are located in daikanyama, with the first two at daikanyama address, a multi-use complex consisting of shops, residential towers and amenities. don't let that fool you though, i will let these pictures speak for themselves. simply amazing.

they have an excellent selection of rick owens, drkshdw, ann demeulemeester, carol christian poell, ma+, label under construction, martin margiela, the viridi anne, damir doma, guidi, haider ackermann and many more. website here.

it looks like scoute will be featuring them in their next issue, so hopefully they will have some new pictures that capture the mood in lift etage- it's really phenomenal.

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i purchased a drkshdw top here. true to japanese standards, it was wrapped beautifully in tissue, placed in a paper bag. the paper bag was then wrapped in a plastic bag, and given a 'dress'- a protective heavier nonwoven fabric with a drawstring top because it looked rainy outside. i felt a bit ridiculous carrying around this contraption, but i gather it is the norm as far as higher end retail packaging goes. i really wanted jon to take a picture of me holding my bag-skirt, but we forgot.

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lift etage is the kind of store you want to linger in all day... these pictures don't really do it justice.

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the smallest and most casual of the three stores.

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