Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rick Owens Fall 2011

RICK OWENS FALL 2011

Just having some fun in Photoshop (my "skillz" are limited) and thought I would share some of my favourite pieces from Rick Owens' new collection. I really like the outerwear (as usual!)

1> One of my favourite looks from the runway. I really love these mixed-material cropped jackets- especially this one with the structured shoulders and navy wool.
2> Padded coat in black
3> High wedge boots with shallow scale front
4> Sculpted sweater in black
5> Wool and leather cropped jacket in black
6> Long cashmere coat in dark dust
7> Graphic cut cropped jacket in mixed materials

Friday, July 29, 2011

Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion

Unravel: Knitwear in Fashion

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MoMu Antwerp

I saw this exhibit back in April, but it's on until August 14th! It's a great exhibit if you have the chance to check it out. I am always impressed by the exhibits at Momu- they're always large, in depth and well-executed.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fall 2010 Boots

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Along with my new Fall coat, I also bought these pair of boots from the Fall 2010 Demeulemeester collection. They are the suede version with tonal stitching around the toe. There were so many versions of these boots. My absolute favourites were the back-lace version that Mona Moore had, but I waited too long to buy them and they sold out at an amazing sale price. I picked these up from Yoox, using a discount code.

Speaking of discount codes, you can get an extra 10% off sale items at Antonioli using JUL10 (until July 31)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Cocoon

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The new fall coat from Ann Demeulemeester

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Chanel Makeup Fall 2011

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I'm kind of a nail polish addict (from a young age!), so when I saw these new colours from Chanel, particularly Graphite, I knew I had to add them to my collection. I was too impatient to wait until they got released here, so I ordered them from Saks. They are pretty unique colours when you see them on the nail. Graphite and Peridot are my favourite, but even Quartz is a bit different from other polishes of the same shade- it has very very fine duo-chrome glitter/shimmer.

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I also ordered the Prelude palette- a quad of neutrals with a very very fine and subtle shimmer. Neutrals are pretty much all I wear unless I feel particularly motivated and inspired to wear something a bit bolder. I have another Chanel neutral quad (Quatuor Boutons De Chanel) that runs warmer, while Prelude runs more cool/neutral. These neutral quads are perfect for traveling- everything you need in a glossy black compact little cube.

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If you want to see reviews and swatches, here are some good links:

Café Makeup- Chanel Prelude Eyeshadow Palette: Review and Swatches

Temptalia- Chanel Prelude Eyeshadow Quad Review, Photos, Swatches

The Beauty Look Book- Chanel Le Vernis For Fall: Quartz, Graphite and Peridot

Check out the entire Chanel Fall 2011 collection here:

Café Makeup- Chanel Fall 2011 Final Recommendations and Overview

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mini Ann D

Sorry I'm posting a lot of Demeulemeester-centric things. I can't help it!

Today I had forgotten where I stashed my beetle pin, and when I found it I also found the box for my feather necklace and a little envelope with this miniature book inside, a token from the Tokyo Ann Demeulemeester store when I bought a tunic shirt.

I loved the service I received at the Tokyo store. They were more than happy to dress me up and show me how each garment was runway-styled. That is a helpful thing, especially when you are faced with a long strip of fabric with holes and straps all over the place and don't quite know what to do with it. You kind of receive a "Marie Antoinette" moment- you just have to stand there with your arms slightly outstretched while they tie and gather and fold the garments on your body. I can't wait to go back!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Fall 2011 Demeulemeester

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Pretty much heaven. Just a bit of eye candy, really. A deadly amount of things I would love to add to my wardrobe, with a few front-runners in terms of "needs" rather than "wants" ...ahem, another pair of wedge boots... but look at that back-lacing!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Girl, Interrupted

I always forget about this movie. Lucky for me it was on tv the other night and I caught it as it was starting. I also completely forgot Jared Leto was in it, dressed up like my dad in the 70s.

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

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Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Poll!

I just wanted to bring to everyone's attention a little poll I have in my sidebar! I am curious to know what interests you when you visit my blog.

Also, if you have any suggestions for my blog or things you want to see, please let me know.

Thanks!

Globe-Trotter & Smythson: Travelling in Style

I am well due for a new piece of luggage. My trusty roller bag has a broken wheel (it still rolls, but I have to kick it back in every once and a while!), and pieces keep falling off of it with every trip I go on. I would love to own a piece of Globe-Trotter luggage- a nice carry-on sized trolley bag from their "Centenary" collection.

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Of course, the whole range of luggage is beautiful, from the larger suitcases right down to the vanity case, shown above with limited Erdem patterned lining. Though, if I ever purchase one of these pieces of luggage, I will just have to live in my own little world. I will have to pretend that I am not sitting squished into economy class, but instead writing letters on personalized stationary with a Mont Blanc pen and rose-scented burgundy ink in 1st class, like Dita Von Teese. I will also have to block out of my memory the stampede-like line-up to board the plane and the fight for over-head baggage space. I will need to be blissfully unaware of the person inches behind me kicking my seat and clinging to it when they get up to shuffle to the toilet.

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I'm also a fan of Smythson for travel-related pouches and cases. How luxurious to have a monogrammed leather passport cover or a special "something" to store a little bit of makeup in, rather than a ziplock bag which I sometimes find myself using when I'm in a pinch.

One of the great exhibits I went to in Paris was a Louis Vuitton Luggage exhibition. It was really fascinating to see the early trunks, luggage and custom made pieces and how much care and workmanship went into each. It's too bad traveling isn't a luxury for most people anymore- except for Dita Von Teese... or Karl Lagerfeld for that matter. Check out all that Goyard luggage...

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Monday, July 4, 2011

seasonless list- update

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Now that some time has past I thought I'd share how I'm doing with my "seasonless list".

1. Balenciaga leather jacket.
Status: unchanged

I'm hoping to buy one second-hand or the next time I go to Paris, but I will have to start a savings fund for it! I am still daydreaming about the feeling of sliding one over my shoulders.

2. K. Jacques sandals.
Status: unchanged

I wanted to buy these before leaving Paris in April, but they were out of stock and I would have had to order them 2 weeks prior to get them in time. For the time being I have two pairs of flat sandals I can rely on (old K. Jacques which have seen better days, and a pair of Ann Demeulemeester flat sandals) and I will wait until next summer to pick these up.

3. Long wool coat (Ann Demeulemeester?)
Status: purchased

I recently ordered this from Yoox with a coupon, though it was still really expensive! I figured I could use the summer to pay it down. It just arrived today and I was a bit concerned that it was too big (even for a 38!) but with a sweater on I think it's just right. I have to remember that one problem I have with most of my fall/winter coats is that the body or sleeves are often so fitted that it becomes difficult to wear a sweater underneath. I really needed something like a traditional "overcoat" with sleeves wide enough to accommodate a chunky sweater and shoulders and body roomy enough for whatever layers lay beneath. It has a belt for cinching and the buttons alongside the left of the coat allow the collar to be buttoned all the way up to cover half my face, which is good when it is cold and windy!

4. Off-shoulder Ann Demeulemeester tunic
Status: purchased

I ended up buying the black printed version of this top at the Ann Demeulemeester store in Antwerp. I've worn it with skinny jeans as a top and also with a leather skirt peeking out below as more of a mini-dress on warmer days. The only draw-back is that because of the way the neck is, I always forget which hole to put my head through!

5. Rick Owens leggings/jeggings
Status: purchased

I ended up finding a second-hand pair on ebay for a FRACTION (a very small fraction) of the retail price. They need a little repair (the topstitching is pulled in a few spots) but otherwise are in great condition. The only other thing I need to do is hem them a bit- they are super long!

6. where's number six? Let's say the Norma Kamali sunglasses
Status: purchased

As mentioned before, I bought these second-hand in Antwerp and I love wearing them!

7. Simple everyday necklace
Status: unchanged

I've put this on hold for now. It seems like all the beautiful, understated, simple jewelry is always so expensive! I do really love this Saskia Diez necklace though.

8. Over-the-knee boots
Status: unchanged

I still love these LD Tuttle otk boots, but I'm also obsessed with the Damir Doma otk boots from Fall 2011. I don't think these will be a priority for me this fall, though. Both are expensive and not really a necessity.

9. Bright clutch
Status: unchanged

I actually bought a bright clutch, but it was more of a last-minute solution to complete a wedding outfit for my friend's ceremony and reception. I just grabbed a cheap zip clutch from Zara for $25. It's hot pink and I'm not too sure how much use I'm going to get out of it in the future, as hot pink isn't really a colour I gravitate towards.

10. Ankle boots
Status: updated target

I am still after a good pair of ankle boots but I'm thinking to replace the Balenciaga/ Alexander Wang beatle-style boots with Guidi's ankle-height back zip boots or ma+ back-lace boots. I think something a bit more rugged will be more versatile in my wardrobe. While I think these are probably one of the more worthy purchases for fall, my new options are quite expensive, and will require some saving.


New Additions:

- leather leggings. While my H&M find last fall was much more wallet-friendly, I'm still craving a long, skinny, elastic-waisted leather legging. The big problem, as anyone who has ever searched for the same thing, is that the perfect leather leggings always cost an arm and a leg! Eventually I will have to save up for a pair, because I find them indisposable on their own as well as layered under dresses and skirts during the fall and winter. Plus, an elastic waist? So comfy. The zipper and tab closure on my H&M version strangle my midsection.

- new black handbag.

- black cashmere Faliero Sarti scarf.

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I've also purchased some things that aren't on this list, but that my wardrobe really needed, such as a lightweight cardigan, a summer-weight dress, and a spring/summer jacket. Sometimes I find it difficult to buy the "boring" things that my wardrobe really needs (like the spring/summer jacket or a roomy fall/winter coat), when I really want to buy something more exciting. Nevertheless, I know it will really pay off in the end, because inevitably those are the garments that get used the most!

Now that I've purchased the last few items for spring/summer and even have a head-start on fall, I'm putting myself on a shopping ban for at least a month and a half- 2 months if I can make it- until September when I can start to think about adding a few fall items to my wardrobe.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Closet Clean-out Saga

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Just a quick note to say that I've moved all my closet clean-out items to its own blog/url... you can find everything HERE: http://greythesale.tumblr.com !!!!!

I still have more items to add, including dresses, bottoms and accessories! Plus, reduced prices!