Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jumpsuits: When will I give up?

The Questionable Purchase
I've stated more than once my skepticism of jumpsuits. Every season they seem to be on the "must-have" list, yet I can't imagine enduring the hassle of undressing every time nature calls.  But, I want to like them, I really do. Hence, in a moment of weakness, I bought a little green/black short number that I envisioned with black tights, boyfriend blazer and either black booties or my perfectly matched mult-colored Miu Miu's from a few seasons ago.

And, of course, the day I finally wear this outfit, what did I discover? It was a 10-minute adventure every time I had to visit the ladies room. And I drink a lot of coffee and water throughout the day, people! I promised myself after the second time I had to strip down that unless someone, ANYONE, told me how much they loved my outfit today, it was going in the giveaway pile.  Around lunchtime, I thought this was a done deal, until one person made a comment on the cuteness of the jumpsuit.  I don't know, it might still go in the pile. Hopefully this will be a valuable lesson learned!

- alison

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tribute to Man Repeller - Best and Worst

I absolutely love the concept of the Man Repeller blog.  If you haven't read it, do it now!  I'm inspired to list my Best and Worst Man Repeller of the Fall/Winter 2011 season.  It's up to you to decide what I actually mean by the Best and Worst. Here we go:

The Best Man Repelling Fashion of F/W11:  PRADA

I am obsessed with any animal inspired fashion, and these outfits make the models look like cute little monkeys. In my younger days, I would totally attempt to wear something like this.  I'm still considering the boots.

This is actually two pieces even though it does a really good job of looking like an Elvis jumpsuit. Maybe it is the pose and this looks better in person. I don't know. I don't think I could do it.

What are your favorite man repelling looks?

- alison

Monday, September 19, 2011

What Rachel Zoe has Taught Me

An all new season of the Rachel Zoe project has started and just like with other terrible shows, I'm sucked into watching.  I watch with the hope that I'm going to love Rachel Zoe as much as I love fashion, because she loves fashion so much. And once again, I have found that Rachel Zoe is really shallow and annoying. Does that mean I'm shallow and annoying?  Or do I also have to talk like a 14-year-old girl to be AS annoying as RZ?  Do I talk like a teenage girl and I just don't realize it? Like, clue me in, people! I'm just saying.  And what is up with the Assistant Stylist, Jeremiah, with no fashion experience and the worst hairdo I've ever seen on a man. Lastly, I have to draw the line when a Kardashian makes an appearance.

I officially give up.  If that means I have to focus my shopping only on Zara, Mango, H&M, etc. Then so be it!  I could never live with myself if loving fashion means loving Rachel Zoe!

- alison

Saturday, September 17, 2011

We're Back and We've Been Busy!

I know it's been way too long since the last post, maybe you thought I finally kicked the shopping habit. Au contraire! There's been far too much shopping, not enough time to write about it.  But the Missoni madness at Target has inspired me.  Not only did I completely forget when the collection released, I obviously did not make any purchases.  And you know how much I love special collections at Target.  If I could only fill my wardrobe with Target, retirement might not be such a pipe dream.

Did any of you lucky people score some Missoni for Target?  Were any of you as annoyed as I was when I saw a commercial for Missoni for Target on broadcast television a good two days after 99% of everything was sold out?  Target, what will I do with you?  I know I've said this before, yet they keep pulling me back in!!!!

Crazy boots, I love you!

At least that is all over, and I can go back to my current obsession:  Prada's python mary jane boots.  Do I love them so much only because of the multiple challenges in acquiring them? First, I have no idea when these exotic beauties will be hitting our shores, and secondly, I don't know exactly how I can get them securely into California.  And we'll just conveniently forge about the price.  Please dear readers, tell me if I'm crazy. 

So as of today, I make a valiant attempt to get back into the swing of sharing my embarrassing addiction to shopping, figuring out the world of the internets, and still keeping my day job (the only reason I can maintain my addiction).  As always, I seek a voice of reason to tell me that I'm out of control or look completely ridiculous.  There's plenty to come, before you know it, Fall/Winter Sale Season will be upon us!

- alison

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Zac Posen for Target: Not totally blech?

Even though I totally dissed the Zac Posen for Target collection a while ago, did that stop me from going to Target the weekend it debuted?  Important thing to note: The stores don't seem to care about their own street dates, and will put out these collections on the Friday or Saturday before they officially go on sale.  I truly believe this is why I did not find the Cynthia Vincent shoes I wanted on the Sunday they "debuted."  They had already been picked over for two whole days!

Regardless, I was in Target on a Friday for some manufactured reason, and walked through to see if anything was displayed yet, and of course, there it was! As suspected, most of the items were designed for juniors, and some of the items were as ugly as the pictures I had seen. But there were a few cute items, and typical me, I bought probably around 6 or 7 things.  In the end, I am left with 3 items. A long party dress which I will wear to the one fancy cocktail party I go to every year, a casual sun dress (the only one that was age-appropriate in length, definitely not as short as the picture below) and a black short tuxedo-like blazer.  I think I'm getting much better at self-control!
- alison

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

London - the happiest shopping place on earth!

Not even rain could diminish my excitement at the chance of shopping in London early in May.  I even took the train from France just so I could visit my beloved Selfridges for a couple of hours. Well, not totally true, I took the train to London because I haven't been there in too many years nor have I seen my lovely friend Jen in that many years, and France was as close as I was going to get on a business trip.  So it was definitely worth taking the train to see Jen and her gorgeous family, and making a quick detour on the way to shop!

I so wish that department stores in the US were more like London.  Just imagine if Barneys, Dean & Deluca, Design Within Reach, and at least 2 of your favorite restaurants were all in one building. That's my idea of an amusement park. Entertainment for hours and hours.

Even with the limited time, I managed to do enough damage considering the exchange rate.  I bought 2 pairs of shoes (making it challenging to repack my suitcase at the end of the trip), a dress and a cashmere tee.  The shoes were the phenomenal Jil Sander heels I mentioned previously, and a pair of super-high turquoise suede Miu Miu sandals. I have not seen the Miu Miu's in the stores here in the states, nor have I seen the Jil Sanders except for on the Jil Sander online store.  The dress is from Preen and is an abstract black and white print with neon yellow trim, kind of reminds of old-school Body Glove surfwear, very eighties. David Pava initially thought I looked like a clown, then decided he liked it. Not sure what that says.  And the red cashmere tee is from Zadig and Voltaire, which is also challenging to find in the states, though I think they are opening a boutique in NY this year.  Anyway, I bought it because it had these tiny, nonfunctional buttons at the collar that were the shape of skulls!

What I didn't manage to do is any shopping in Paris. I went to one department store, thought about buying some Tsumori Chisato stuff, but was kind of too tired to deal with the language barrier. Plus the French have this thing about not really caring about making money, which kind of annoys me. The stores all close really early, taxi drivers will refuse you to take you places, etc.

Yippee! What a great shopping expedition to tide me over until the Marni sale this summer!  If I can find some pics of the other items I bought I'll be sure to post.

- alison