Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Have I mentioned how much I love Marni?

It's been at least a week since I've blathered on about how much I love Marni. Maybe it is because of the boxy, roomy dresses that hide my ever-expanding thighs (I finally did try to work out today even though I promised myself I would exercise all week). Or maybe it is that whole crazy cat-lady look. Or the permission to wear mismatched patterns and really chunky plastic jewelry. Or maybe it is because of the lovely sales people in South Coast Plaza.  How much do you think they make? I might seriously need to consider getting a retail sales job soon. It will be a full 360 for me, my very first job was at Suzy Deal's Fashions, back when nothing was priced over $9.99. Ah, those were the days.

Anyway, back to my love of Marni. I dropped in on Christmas Eve since the sale had progressed to 50% off and I was waiting for that to consider purchasing a bag. I had a very specific one in mind. Unfortunately, Lisa, my helpful sales clerk was not in, but alerted her coworkers that I would be coming in.  Alas, my bag was gone. I was slightly disappointed that Lisa had not held it for me, but managed to walk out with a coat and a dress, knowing that there was a similar bag on the Marni website for slightly cheaper that I could purchase. And I did. 

Amazingly, today, I was about to take my dog out to tinkle, she will only go in the front yard when it rains, instead of the back yard, which is a very strange behavior. I open the door, and there's the UPS guy. I thought, I just tracked my Marni online purchase and it shouldn't be here yet. He hands me a box, and it says it is from Marni. I thought, this is too small to be purse, maybe they just sent the belt I ordered. I look again at the box and it says it is from South Coast Plaza. Hmm, this is interesting.  There is a box with a card inside. It is a thank you gift from Lisa for all my support (I nice way of saying "purchases" or "cha-ching") and inside the box is a lovely necklace! How awesome is that? For being such a shlub, I feel quite special. If I find a picture of the necklace online, I'll post it.  Yippee! I should get my other Marni delivery tomorrow, so this is a good week for me!
- alison

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Checking In

Ahhhh, the holidays are (thank God) O-V-E-R. I’ve been on holiday since December 18th and have not turned off the world like this since I was a 180-pound post-baby whale on morphine. Man, is it nice. Get this, I actually discovered Birkenstocks….they are so fucking comfortable. Wearing them is like getting a massage for your feet as you walk. I got so tired of hobbling around in my 4” Louboutins at all of the children’s theme parks and petting zoos I now frequent,  (don’t even ask how ridiculous I looked), that I said “fuck it, I’m wearing comfortable shoes today”, and the only pair of flat shoes I own aside from my really old Ugg boots are a pair of Birkenstocks that Alex bought me like, ten years ago. They have never been worn. I wore them with skinny William Rast jeans, my red Balenciaga, layered t-shirts and a faux leather motorcycle jacket that fits better than the $3,000 one from Balenciaga that I bought at Crush for $58.00. I think it’s made out of some type of plastic. Anyway, I did my best to look good. My rad hair extensions that I only have to wash once a week looked pretty cool, if not a little ragged, I’m not sure they are going to last a whole year like the lady said they would…..I have to pony up and get photos up.


I feel guilty for not being a more regular blog post participant….I’m slightly excited because a few things I bought for Alex didn’t work out and I have to return them so I think I will pocket what I get to refund. I have not purchased the Balenciaga bag yet….do forgive me, but I went to my plastic surgeon doctor for a little “consultation” and after stripping naked (post-baby body) and getting a 100-degree consultation, I have a $30,000 surgery tab to consider. Don’t worry, I’ll never do it all, at least not before I’m 50, but I am considering whether I want to remove a bag from under my eye, or buy a new one…..and I do agree with Alison that the red is the favored color, the others are a little too 80’s for me. I’m leaning toward the bag removal…..a bag under the eye is really quite horrendous. The only way I can avoid it poking out like an unwanted boner is if I eat nothing but lettuce and boiled chicken the day before, along with drinking one gallon of water. I’m afraid I can rarely, if ever, stick to that regimen, unless I have drugs to accompany me, but sadly, those days are over too.


BTW – I did manage to get a couple of things by Rodarte at Target in between picking up wipes and diapers…..I purchased the lamb vest, and a t-shirt with a little bow, very cute. I wanted the ribcage dress, but they only had a large, ditto with the leopard sequin dress.


I look forward to the Zac collection in April.


Cheers friends


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rodarte: What I bought (and maybe shouldn't have)

Although I reported buying 17 items in the last entry, now that I've scoured the internet for pics, I think I only bought 13 things. If I discover anything else in my closet I've already forgotten, I'll be sure to update you.

First, the keepers: A white knit cardigan with detachable scarf; The rib-cage sequin dress (worn as tunic for me); Nude lace cardigan and lace print dress; Leopard-print lace dress with bows on the back (also a tunic for me); and a 70s inspired print tee.

Then there are the items on the bubble, I probably should return them, but they are kind of growing on me: A wooly cropped jacket; a basic nude cami; a navy sheer tie-neck blouse which I imagine would look lovely under a tight fitting vest or strapless dress, very Mad Men.

And the items I definitely will return:  Gray cardigan (same as the white); floral embroidered wrap dress (not a great color on my pale skin); light raincoat in same 70s print as top; and blue sheer lace top:

But there were some items that were MIA, that I probably would have bought, and maybe I will after I make my returns.  Such as this leopard jacket, or the knee socks you see above, or the black lace tights or the belts.  For my sake, and my dog's sake (see post below), let's hope I don't buy anything else. Especially since I just ordered a bunch of stuff from the Barney's 60% off sale, Gilt Groupe and I'm heading to Marni tomorrow for the 50% off sale! I will definitely cut up my credit cards next year, maybe.
- alison

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Rodarte for Target: The Results

Sorry in advance that this is just a tease, but unfortunately work is really cramping my style and I don't have the time I need to put together a comprehensive post with pics.

The short-ish story:  Target decided to put the collection out on the floor on Friday, to my surprise, so when I arrange bright and early on Sunday, the good stuff was picked over. And forget about the website, not much left there either. 

I still managed to buy approximately 17 items, which I think is half of the entire collection.  And if I want to be able to take my dog to the vet for her medication and annual checkup, I will need to return at least 8 of those items.  As expected, the dresses were VERY short, though some are quite functional with leggings.  There was LOTS of tulle, which means you need to be very girly to wear this stuff.

Hopefully will get you a full report of what I will keep and what I will return before the holiday.  As a bonus, I will include the funny story of my conversation in the store with a woman who didn't what she was looking at even though she had quite the Newport Beach vibe and ought to know better.
- alison

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Target Reminder & News: Rodarte this Sunday, Zac Posen in 2010!

Don't forget everyone! The Rodarte line for Target goes on sale this SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20th! You know I will be there bright and early, first my local Long Beach store, then Seal Beach, just for good measure, and finish up online. And as usual, I will report on my purchases first thing Monday morning.

If you are lucky enough to be in SF, DC or NY, you can get access to the line at the Target pop-up To-Go stores.

And in other Target news, about a week ago, they announced a new capsule collection with Zac Posen from April 25 to May 30! Very exciting if you are dress-wearing type. Hopefully they won't be junior-length, as most of the Target stuff tends to be. My age requires knee-length in order to not look ridiculous!  He already did a line for Target Australia, about half of it looked cute, the other half looked a little dumpy. Will post pics of the US offerings as soon as I find some.
- alison

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Shopping: The Aftermath

'm having some severe palpitations as a result of all my personal shopping.  I've decided that I will return one of the two sweaters that I bought at NM during pre-sale. I will definitely return it on my trip to pick up my pre-sale shoes. And speaking of those shoes, you know that nagging feeling I had when I was trying on the Prada heels.  I realized the next day, that I just bought a pair of heels in the same color from Marni when I went crazy at their pre-sale. Since I haven't worn them yet, I completely forgot about these shoes. How moronic is that? I can't return the Marni shoes, so the Prada CANNOT come home with me. You know you have a shopping problem with things like this happen. Though I can't promise I will behave when the boots finally go on sale at NM.  Barneys and Saks all have their boots on sale, but all my points are with Neiman! I may have to try Barneys when they go a little lower on pricing. We'll see what happens.

See for yourself how terrible this shoe faux pas is:

Did I mention I received a check last month from Decades? They sold 3 of my 10 items, including the Balenciaga top that started the whole thing because it was too small, I didn't try it on, and I couldn't return it. I'm crossing my fingers I get another check next week, then I'm gonna bring another batch of stuff to consign. That kind of helps to offset the madness. At least it does in my mind.

- alison

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #5: NM Online scavenger hunt

On one of my daily emails from Neiman, I discover that they are having a promotion where you need to find various colored butterflies on the website and depending on the color, you get a gift card.  The catch is that you have to spend a minimum of $200 to get the lowest gift card.  I decide I'm going to figure out which of the four colors offers the biggest gift card.  After maybe 30 minutes or so, I find that the purple butterfly will get me a $50 gift card with a $200 purchase. Now I just have to figure out what to purchase. Strangely enough, I decide I'm only going to purchase gifts.  I buy something for my niece, my nephew, and my sister/brother-in-low, and get to just over $200. I hope that my gift card ships with the items.  Sadly it doesn't. But it does light a fire under my ass that I should have redeemed my NM points weeks ago for gift cards so I wouldn't be spending my hard-earned cash on all these purchases. I go ahead and redeem in the hope that i will get these gift cards in time to finish my holiday shopping. Please, please, please, let me get these cards soon! My intentions are good, right?

- alison

To Kym: First of All...

How can I even chastise you for your Balenciaga addiction after your very insightful blog entry, and especially after my long list of purchases since Thanksgiving. I do think you need help, but I am definitely in no position to help you.

So, I'll enable you instead. I suggest you go with the red Balenciaga weekender, because it seems slightly more neutral than the other colors, and you might get more use out of it.

PS - I love that your friendly Balenciaga sales associate is "Steve"

- alison

FW: Balenciaga - 2010 colors - Steve

What do you think of these colors Alison? I am going to get a Giant Weekender…which is quite large…but can be used as my 2nd carry-on for travel – with my personal belongs as well as work crap.

Did you see my blog entry?


From: []
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 11:16 AM
To: Kym Nelson
Subject: Balenciaga - 2010 colors - Steve


Kim -

It was nice meeting you over the phone. Here are the first colors of the new 2010 spring season. I hope you enjoy.

Again, most of the colors will appear a little brighter in person. Regarding the sang color, that will also appear a bit more red than orange but you can definitely see the orange undertone in it.

If you decide on any of these colors or are waiting for others, just let me know what size, hardware, and color you are looking for so I can keep an eye out for you.


South Coast Plaza


I love Alison. I received her fabulous holiday letter this weekend and I had an imaginative experience for each entry. It made me realize I too should make note of the poignant times throughout my life (do I hear New Year’s Resolution 2010?). My favorite of all however, (I bet you can guess) is her shameless confession about her passion for shopping. Truthfully, this blog has made me feel a bit embarrassed about my love for clothes and shopping. My critical inside voice says “when are you going to grow up? You have a child. Smart, successful women don’t spend so much money on something as shallow as clothing, you are BAD for wanting that new Balenciaga!” on and on….why on earth would I want to confess to all of you what I am endlessly shaming myself for? Alison’s blatant, unapologetic confession somehow gave me permission to not really give a shit what other people think (one of my utmost flaws). Who cares? We only live once right? And you know what? I have one of the most addictive personalities out of any single person I have ever met…..and I’ve had many addictions, certainly not all of them, but plenty….drinking excessively, smoking like a chimney (I am smoke free almost 2 years), over-exercising, there is a term for that now with the word “bulimic” in it, and yes, shopping. Which one would YOU keep if you had to choose? Trust me, the elliptical machine isn’t all that great…even being a size 2 isn’t all that amazing…certainly not worth the utter deprivation it requires. We all have something….maybe we succeed at hiding it only from others (semi-dangerous), maybe we succeed at hiding it from ourselves (more dangerous in my opinion), maybe only from our loved ones (destructive and harmful), or maybe we just accept it and let it all hang out…..the least destructive of all if you ask me. I am giving myself permission to purchase that new Spring Balenciaga, I have not decided on the color yet, but it will solve 2 problems….it will be my day bag AND the bag that holds my laptop for work so I can finally board a plane with only 2 carry-on’s.


Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #4: Neiman Marcus Fashion Island: Part 3

It's December 5th. The NM sale is officially on, and anything that was pre-sold can now be picked up.  Also, I have another one of those handy little postcards that tell me that on Dec 5th only, I can get 1 item in the Epicurean department up to $50 for free. No purchase required.  I have to take advantage of that, right? It's another gift that I can give to a loved one.

I stop first at the shoe department, which is a mad house but really picked over. While waiting for my helpful sales associate, I check out what's there, see if anything new has popped up.  I try on a pair of brown Prada heels, flag down Paula, she brings me my Miu Mius and the mate to the Prada. I like th Prada, but have a nagging feeling about them. Whatever, I say I'll take them.  Paula suggests she waits until Wednesday to ring them up since I get triple points on Wednesday.  I say okay, but that means another trip to NM. This really is getting crazy, right?

Off to the upstairs, I pick up my sweaters and move on to check out the selection of epicurean delights. Since I can only buy one item, I try to find something where I really get bang for the buck, and can potentially split them up into multiple gifts.  I settle on the 3 cans of chocolate covered potato chips, priced at $48, but free for me.  I feel like I'm getting somewhere with this whole holiday shopping thing.

Here's a pick of the Miu Miu (though mine are a blue/violet), and the Prada shoes.
- alison

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #4: Neiman Marcus Fashion Island: Part 2

It's the day after I discovered Pre-Sale was about to start at Neiman, and I have a couple items on hold. I have promised to return to finalize my purchase.  My dilemma is that I am supposed to play tennis, followed by a hike in Laguna Beach that same day.  I can't remember when NM opens, but I figure it is the holiday, they should open earlier than their normal noon on Sunday time.  I stop at NM on my way to tennis, around 10a, and I am shocked they aren't open until noon. That means, I'm going to NM in my grubby workout clothes full of stink and sweat.  Classy as always.

After tennis and a 4 mile hike, I'm looking really disgusting, but manage to change into a clean t-shirt before going into NM.  But now they have all the sales racks up in the shoe department.  Crap!  I see my helpful sales associate, Paula, who is happy to assist me. I inquire about some of the items not on the sale rack, but are definitely from the fall season, she says they will probably go on sale after Christmas.  I ask for a nylon in order to be somewhat hygenic since my feet are stinky from the hike and proceed to try on a bunch of shoes. Remember, I only here because I'm finalizing my pre-sale in the clothing department! As is somewhat typical this year, I strike out on most accounts, not a lot of selection in my size. But one pair of Miu Mius is working for me, so those go on pre-sale hold for me. Just for kicks, I ask to try on a Gucci bootie and a Marni peep-toe bootie not on sale.  Marni isn't in stock in my size, the Gucci is, but I'm on the fence because it is black and gray, and I really feel bad about buying another black shoe. The Marni on the other hand is dark blue and there is one in my size located somewhere in NM land.  My helpful sales associate says that if I want to get them, I can see her after they go on sale, and she'll adjust my purchase price for me.  I go for it, and the shoes are ordered and ship to my house.

So now I have a pair of heels held for pre-sale, full-priced shoes being shipped to me, and I still need to go upstairs. When I get upstairs I peruse the racks that are now out and promoting the pre-sale, pick up a couple new things to try and find Rosemary to get my previous holds.  It is rather hectic up there, but she gets me into a dressing room.  I swap out the Jil Sander for a Fendi sweater, and I hold onto the Kaufman Franco sweater.  I know I had something else I was considering, but changed my mind on, so I tell Rosemary to go with the 2 sweaters. She is quite consumed with helping Stephanie Seymour (former model and Axl Rose punching bag), who sadly is trying on conservative boring stuff, but having trouble finding them in size 2 or something. I hang out in my disgusting attire for a bit, then finally I wrap things up for Rosemary, and plan for yet another trip to NM to pick up all my pre-sale items next weekend.

I know it is sort of gross that I tried on clothes after working out, but I think it makes me a "real" person, not these fantasy rich ladies that normally shop at Neiman.  Here is a pic of my new boots. Now for the pickup story, Part 3...
- alison

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #4: Neiman Marcus Fashion Island: Part 1

It should be obvious by now that I have spent entirely WAY TOO MUCH on myself  this holiday season, which leaves me fairly broke for holiday gifts.  But Neiman Marcus is very tricky. They send me these postcards with special deals, usually they are not interesting, but right now, there are a couple good ones. The first one I acted on was good only during Thanksgiving weekend.  They gave away a free D.L. & Co candle set with any full priced purchase.  That got me thinking, "What is the cheapest thing I can buy, that I might also be able to give as a gift?"  I settled on a pair of Tom's shoes for my boyfriend, and collected my candle, which I will use as a gift for someone else, to be determined.

It was on this same trip that I brought the previously mentioned Alexander McQueen blouse and skirt to return.  Customer Service handled my online purchase return, and my candle, but I would have to take the blouse to the clothing department.  While there, I saw my helpful sales associate, Rosemary.  I asked her, when is the big Neiman sale starting, to which she answered in a hushed tone "tomorrow! go grab anything you want me to hold for you!"  You don't need to tell me twice.  I grabbed a bunch of stuff to try on. Sadly, none of the Chanel stuff that I liked was in my size. This is probably a good thing since Chanel on sale is still expensive.  Again, this was actually the Pre-Sale before the sale was publicly announced on Dec 3. I had Rosemary hold a couple sweaters for me (Jil Sander and Kaufman Franco), nothing else really floated my boat. I promised to return the next day to finalize my selections since I was going to be in the area anyway.

To be continued in part 2...
- alison

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #3: Marni Pre-Sale

Some of you may remember that I had visited and shopped at Marni fairly recently during the Angelitos charity event (see post below).  Some of you may think it is wrong of me to have returned to Marni so soon. But I'm not crazy. I double-checked with my helpful sales associate, Lisa, to make sure they got some new inventory. She confirmed that was the case, so how could I not go check it out during the Pre-Sale.  What is "Pre-Sale," some of you might ask? Well, that is the week before the store publicly announces they are having a sale. If you are a good customer, they will inform of you this via your favorite method of communication.  If you just happen to walk into the store during pre-sale, they will also inform you.  The catch is that, technically, you are not allowed to take home your purchases until the sale starts.  They hold it for you, then charge you when the sale starts, then you can pick up your purchase.

But back to MY pre-sale experience. I went on the night before Thanksgiving, again driving all the way down to South Coast Plaza. The initial sale savings is 30%.  I grabbed about 20 things to try on, fell in love with several dresses, knocked some sense into myself regarding jackets/coats I absolutely don't need, made my final clothing selections, and then threw in a pair of shoes despite the fact that I told Lisa I wasn't actually crazy about the shoes from the Fall season. I'm sort of holding out for a purse for when it drops to 50%, we'll see what happens.

When all is said and done, I bought 3 dresses, one shirt, one sweater, and a pair of shoes. I think. I almost can't remember anymore.  Here's what that looks like.  The best part is that Lisa let me take my purchases home that night instead of waiting until Nov 30th, because I'm super special! Please note that not all the pictures are the actual colors/patterns that I bought, but you get the idea.
- alison


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #2: Barneys NY

On my first shopping trip at NM, I was looking for jeans.  I needed black jeans to replace a pair I have but don't really like, but I was also in need of a plain blue skinny pair, of which I don't currently own a pair. A woman who said she represented some of the jean lines said she could help me find a pair.  While she was unsuccessful in finding me something, I noted that the jeans she was wearing were cute. Unfortunately, she said that NM did not carry the line, which was MiH, but American Rag did.  I suddenly became obsessed with finding these jeans, but I did not want to drive to American Rag. I started searching online, which was challenging because I had already forgotten what brand they were, I only remembered the little gold bird embroidered on the back pocket.  After much research, I rediscovered the brand name and somehow found that Barneys carried the brand.  In hopes that they carried the style, I drove on over at lunch one day, hoping that these would also be part of the sale that was going on.

I arrive at Barneys, and of course my first stop is in shoes to see what is on sale. It was quite a pathetic assortment, clearly they were holding the good stuff for post-thanksgiving (which I can confirm by looking at their site, the good shoes are definitely on sale now).  Up in the Co-Op area, I dig through all the sale jeans, find nothing, but eventually find about 5 pairs to try on, including MiH.  Bad news is that they were not on sale AND the dressing room was about 80 degrees so I felt extremely disgusting which one really does not want to feel when trying on skinny jeans. Unless you are actually skinny, and I am not.

End of story, I bought the MiH jeans, finally wore them for the first time this week, and got to witness the joy of working retail during the holiday as one of the sales girls got chewed out my a more senior person, and as per usual, the Barney's co-op sales people were either hiding or unhelpful.  That's fine with me as long as the dressing rooms are unlocked and someone is ready at the register.

- alison

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Holiday Shopping Trip #1: Neiman Marcus pre-Thanksgiving

Remember when I alerted you to the special one-day only sale at Neiman? Of course, I went to Neiman, but only after I also reviewed what was on sale on their website.  Luckily, there were no shoes on sale, because I could have gone crazy without leaving the first floor.  On the second floor, I tried on an Alexander McQueen blouse and dress, and this amazing aquilano.rimondi blazer with little pointed shoulders.  The blazer was not on sale so it went bye-bye. The dress was too small, but the shirt was okay, and I have a terrible habit of not liking to leave empty-handed.  So I bought the shirt. It is a weird deconstructed short sleeve button down, and I convinced myself at the time that it looked good.

On to contemporary where I knew there were Diane von Furstenberg items I still wanted to buy. I was also looking for some black jeans.  I found a pair of those, and purchased a dvf turtleneck and cardigan. Tried on a couple other things but they did not make the cut.

Now, I can feel good about getting my parking validated and back to work to finish my shopping ONLINE!  Yes, this is how bad I am.  I went back to my desk, and ordered up a different Alexander McQueen dress, a Zac Posen dress, and an Alexander McQueen skirt, which were all on sale.

The end result:  when I received the skirt, it did not fit so I returned it. But since I really loved the 2 dresses, I decided that I should return the sort of okay blouse.  To return the blouse, I went to NM Fashion Island on the weekend, which I will detail in another post.

The DVF stuff is sort of basic, but I will regale you with images of my new dresses! I've worn the Zac Posen already and received several compliments, though it does sort of look homemade, so people ask if I've made it.
- alison

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Silence is Over

Sorry to everyone for being so absent from the site.  The good news is that I have been very busy shopping! My plan is to load up a bunch of posts on my shopping adventures so you have something new to read all week.  I only hope that I can remember them all! Check back later.

- alison

Monday, November 16, 2009

And Finally: Barneys Pre-Holiday Sale!

I am officially DVF'd out. I've got plenty of nice basics to update my ratty old basics, and few funky items to make me happy (like the knit hats with the giant pom poms all over them, btw, got 2 compliments on that hat this past weekend). I bought 3 things online from Saks, and returned 2 of them due to shortness and/or ugliness, but I'm waiting for a way overindulgent Neiman online splurge to get delivered.  Let's hope all my stress-headache related eating will result in nothing actually fitting. That being said, I would be lying if I said I was not very excited when I received a postcard on the last of the big 3 department store pre-sale sales. 

The Barneys one week only sale starts on Thursday, Nov 19th and you can up to 40% off on selected items. The most interesting thing about this sale is that it includes shoes, unlike Saks and Neiman.  I'll have to at least take a peek this week.

Hopefully I'll get all this "shopping as medication" out of me before all the real sales start after Thanksgiving.

- alison

Shopping Update

Hi friends,


I know I have been very quiet these days. I sort of figure if I don’t have some ridiculous story to share, my news isn’t too exciting. The most interesting thing lately in my life regarding shopping is after I purchased that Balenciaga leather motorcycle jacket, I clung to it for 3-weeks and then just could not bear to own it because it was close to $3,000.00. Yes, I know. That is horrific. I actually got in my car, drove to Barney’s on Wilshire, walked in, returned it, contemplated a new bag (I would have “saved” $1,500), decided against it, browsed the shoes ($760 for a pair of Marni flats?, nah), and left empty handed. That is the first time in my life I left Barney’s empty handed.


Am I a huge bore now? I had a note on my calendar to get up out of bed, go to South Coast Plaza this weekend and stand in line for the Jimmy Choo sale at H&M. I hit “snooze” too many times and instead took my son to the Discovery Museum in Santa Ana, and had more fun since, well, I can’t remember. I was, however, a very cool, hip and stylish “mum” at the museum. Or as I told Alison and Pava days ago at THQ “Dude, I was hot!” Hey, for a 40’ish “mum”…..I had on my ripped AG jeans, yes, this season, Marni boots, tank-top since my arms are getting back in fighting condition, super long, recently done hair (thank God for extensions), and I’m officially < 130 pounds. The best accessory of all was the pure joy Mason and I had in the Yellow Submarine.


I’m patiently waiting for a check from Que in Corona del Mar, and Decades……maybe 50% will go into college fund and the rest, on Rodarte items at Target on December 20th.





Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Rodarte for Target: Crazy Bad or Crazy Good?!?

I was checking out the images from a Teen Vogue photoshoot with 15-year-old Dakota Fanning, and just happened to notice the caption stating she was wearing a leopard print dress from the Rodarte for Target line. Holy crap! That actually looks cute in the picture. Completely age-inappropriate for me, but you better believe I will at least try it on.

Before we move on to the rest of the collection, I must say, Dakota actually looks good. Like she's going to age well like the Olsen twins who were really ugly little girls.  But, I must also say that I think 4"+ heels on 15-year-old girls is not age-appropriate. Correct me if you disagree.

So of course, with this little spark of information on the Rodarte line, I searched the web. I found a great link with a slide show from NY Magazine's fashion section, The Cut.  Check out the slide show!
 There is some weird, weird stuff in there, but I'm kind of diggin the cardigan/dress combos and the skeleton sequin dress.  As per usual, I'm sure I will buy 20 pieces and keep 3-5, giving away 2-4 within a year. Why do I bother? Regardless, I can't wait until December 20th when it goes on sale!!!!!!!!!
- alison

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sales Part 2: Neiman, Bloomingdales, Saks

We're getting close to that time! The stores are starting to do their 4-day sales prior to Black Friday. Here's what you need to know:

Bloomingdales:  save 20% on select items ONLINE ONLY.  Enter code SITM20 at checkout.  Offer ends 11/15.

Saks: up to 40% off select women's and 25% off men's apparel. Think this is in-store and online, not sure. Free shipping online with code NOVSHIP9.

Neiman Marcus:  Wednesday, 11/11 ONLY, up to 40% off all sorts of stuff (20% off cosmetics).  Both in-store and online. Free shipping online with code NMNOV.  Prices go back up on Thursday. Here's what this means, they are going to burn through some inventory before they start putting out the Resort collections and get ready for the First Call sale. Yippee!

And don't forget, Jimmy Choo for H&M goes on sale this Saturday, November 14th. 

Happy Shopping, don't forget to let us know what you bought!
- alison

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


If I could find a way to make that headline flash and honk, I would, because I really do love sales. And the sales are just starting to trickle in.  I'm sure you are all well aware of the Nordstrom half-yearly sale. Personally, I'm not a big fan of Nordstrom, but it really depends on which store you go to. Whenever I wander into a Nordstrom, I find myself buying a bunch of stuff I really have no business buying, feeling heaps of buyer's remorse soon after.  But it is my go-to place for socks and stockings!

The other sale starting online today (Nov 4), and starting in-stores on Nov 5th is Saks Fifth Avenue. 40% off! They claim prices go back up on November 9th, but I'm sure that is only until they drop prices again after Thanksgiving. Keep in mind, everyone seems to have bought less inventory this year, so if you find something you really love, you should probably try to get it now while they still have it.

Now, I'm just waiting for Barneys and Neiman to announce their sales.  The "Co-Op" version of Neiman, called The Cusp is having a sale now both online and in-store (only store in SoCal is in Century City Mall), with savings up to 40%.

Good times!  Have fun shopping, and don't forget to buy the occasional holiday gift for someone before you completely blow your budget.
- alison

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jumpsuits: Not Cool, Not Cool At All!

I learned a very important fashion lesson today about jumpsuits. They truly are an abomination designed by a man to torture women.  As part of my "crazy old cat lady" Halloween costume, I found a cat-patterned jersey jumpsuit. Sounded like a great idea until 10am this morning when my 20oz of coffee had served its purpose. It was then that I learned how annoying a jumpsuit is, particularly one that zips all the way up the back.

Jumpsuits are now officially added to my list of banned fashion items, along with over-the-knee boots. Please do not tell me how awesome they are. I refuse to believe you, this time, based on experience.
- alison

Ahh, that's better

Thanks, Diane von Furstenberg! I feel much better now that I've purchased a super cute sweater dress.
And thanks, Neiman Marcus, for discounting my sweater dress.
Now if would just hurry up and ship my over-the-top pom-pom hat so I can wear my new sweater dress appropriately, then life will be good again.
I anxiously await the big sales, there's still 3 or 4 more things I really want to get from Diane! I almost bought a dress from this morning because of the sale price, but after I saw they wanted to charge $16 for ground shipping I changed my mind. See, I do occasionally have some self-restraint.
- alison

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Shopping gods are against me!

Have I angered the shopping gods, or the financial future gods are actually looking out for me. Whichever way you look at it, I had a very disappointing shopping day on Tuesday. I was feeling down and really needed some kind of pick-me-up, preferably in the form of a new dress. And since I still had a couple of days to utilize my Angelitos 20% discount card at South Coast Plaza, I thought it was a sign that I'm supposed to go shopping. I drive all the way down there after work, and go straight to Intermix...nothing. Then Barneys Co-op, J. Crew, Gap, Mango. Ziltch.  I thought, okay, I know I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I drove all the way here, I can't walk out empty-handed, right?  So, off to Balenciaga and TSE. At Gucci, a couple pairs of shoes attracted my attention, but they didn't have my size. As a last resort, I started going into stores I've never even looked at before. What I got was a giant goose egg. I stayed away from Marni since I had already purchased a pair of pants, sweater and socks there last week.

I left the mall completely empty handed, but with the knowledge that the Miu Miu and Prada stores that were supposed to open last spring are supposedly opening in November. On the way home, I tried to order some Thai food from my favorite delivery place, only to find they are closed on Tuesdays.  What exactly does this all mean?

Fortunately, Neiman Marcus is always looking out for me. They sent me an email yesterday letting me know that I could get $100 off a purchase between Oct 29 and Nov 2. Of course, I have to spend $400 to get the discount.  But, to top it off, I also received in the mail yesterday a reminder of said sales event, with additional incentive to buy in the form of a $50 gift card. I already know exactly what I want to buy, but I have sneaky suspicion that the items will not exist anywhere in the NM inventory in my size. There is something really screwy going on with my shopping karma.

If nothing else, I will wear my new Marni socks tomorrow to soften the potential disappointment.
- alison

Monday, October 26, 2009

Stella McCartney for Gap: Mini-Me!

I know what you are thinking, "the Gap, again? are you crying wolf?"  I can only hope that the Gap wouldn't be so irresponsible as to actually run print ads for the Stella McCartney collection for GapKids if they weren't going to ship it.  I never claimed to see actual ads for Pierre Hardy, so don't shoot the messenger.

As you can see in the print ad, some of the clothes actually mimic her Fall line, though hopefully not in price. I might even be tempted to buy the band jacket for my youngest nephew and the sweater for my youngest niece. Ad claims the product will be in select stores and online November 2nd. Please, Gap, don't fail me again!
- alison

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Zac Attack!

Yesterday was quite the day, I had the pleasure of scheduling a lunch and for some strange reason I thought the top floor at Neiman Marcus in Fashion Island would be lovely. Obviously a subconscious attempt to catch myself in a department store midday. As I was of course rushing in frantically to meet my friend, I saw "Zac Posen…Wednesday" on the window at Neiman's and thought to myself how cool it would be to meet him, but then quickly remembered the horrendous line I stood in to meet Christian Louboutin (I know), then immediately figured I had no time. As I'm rushing up the escalator, I bump into an adorable little man, OMG I realized it was Zac himself! I hardly knew what to say, I had a complete Zac Attack. Yes, he is more adorable in real life. I just about asked him to sign my coat but then I quickly realized I wasn't backstage at a Motley Crue concert (phew).


Moving on… Balenciaga leather motorcycle jacket has become a true obsession. In a flurry to afford it, I figured I need to sell, sell, sell stuff. This had to be "incremental" money and I had to feel the pain. I managed to come up with bags of stuff to bring to an OC consignment store. I'm too lazy to drive to Decades and figured rich, white OC people will have more money these days anyway. I brought some awesome pieces, a Zac Posen wool jacket, brand new Stella McCartney wool coat, Proenza Schouler leather motorcycle jacket (don't ask), the list goes on. NEVER bring your duds to an OC consignment store unless you actually were on the set of Dynasty (it's how they dress). I'm sorry but the bitches at that store were insulting, wanting to sell my Proenza coat for $498, and my Stella coat for $398 – you don't want to know what I paid for them. I will be polite and not name names, but it rhymes with "Hue".


After insisting they give me back my Proenza leather coat, I commented that their low price-points were far beneath what established consignment stores demand (Decades) and then realized with my outside voice that "fashionistas in Los Angeles are just much more willing to pay for what they love, and the difference between LA people and OC people is that OC people only care about their outsides, and only buy what is brand new, regardless of how tacky it is". I got more sneers and a "your style is so much more LA than OC anyway" snip, which at least left me exiting on a high note. I would rather be an "LA person" than an "OC person" any day.

Jimmy Choo for H&M: I'm already over it

We are still three weeks away from the Jimmy Choo launch for H&M, and I can already tell that it is going to be annoying. I watched the video on the H&M website, and while I was pleasantly surprised by the apparel and jewelry offerings, I wasn't terribly crazy about the shoes and handbags. I've never been a fan of Jimmy Choo shoes (nor Manolo Blahnik), they look like they are made for women who buy a new wardrobe of shoes every season, sort of hoochy/real housewives of Orange County-type styles. And this is coming from a woman who owns a lot of shoes.

The further I checked out the H&M site, I learned the really important information, which resulted in my cold shoulder:  there are only 2 stores in California that will carry the line:  South Coast Plaza and Beverly Center. AND, they had a whole section on the rules for getting access to the shop:

The first 160 people in line on November 14th will get a bracelet which will indicate what time you will be admitted to the store to access the shoes, handbags and accessories. Your bracelet does not guarantee that  you will get any items from the collection. Apparently the clothes which I thought decent will be available to all shoppers at any time.  If you are not one of the first 160, you are free to shop the Jimmy Choo clothes or the rest of the H&M store.  Two hours after the store opens, all customers will be allowed into the area where the shoes, handbags and accessories are located. Customers are limited to purchasing a maximum of one piece of each item (no buying multiple sizes to sell on ebay).

First of all, I'm way too old to be fighting off a crowd for a bracelet.  Secondly, I would rather wait and shop in a civilized manner for the the frontline Jimmy Choo (not that I would buy any Jimmy Choo) when all the department stores start having their sales in November, marking items down to the same price I would be paying for the H&M line.

Hey, but that's just me.  For the rest of you, I've included a link to the official Jimmy Choo page on H&M. I tried to add a countdown clock for when the line goes on sale, but I could not figure it out. Enjoy and good luck!
- alison

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Top 5 Marni Fall/Winter Wishlist

Originally this was going to be a Top 10 list, then as I was making my list, it turned into a Top 10 Accessories and Top 10 Apparel.  Then I realized how totally disgusting that was considering my current financials, so the final Top 5 is based on pure fantasy, as if I had won the lottery last weekend instead of losing $5. I've lumped several items into one wish, since this all fantasy, remember. Let's begin!

#1  Fancy Party Outfit: Neither of these colors really works on me, but I can't help but love the whole look. In my fantasy world, I will try on both and let my friendly sales girl tell me which color looks better. And of course I will need at least one if not more of the gigantic bib necklaces to complete the outfit
#2  Crazy Cat Lady Meets Jackie O: This is the epitome of Marni. Giant shapeless dresses in peculiar mismatched patterns with some totally nonfunctional accessories, and ginormous sunglasses. It almost makes me want to wear my contact lenses.

#3  Sorta party dress that I would probably wear to work anyway. This color much better suited for me, is slightly less shapeless. Add some unique accessories, and voila! I'm totally overdressed for the office, which is how I prefer to look.

#4  Nerdy Librarian:  Between the plaid skirt and the sweater/capelet combo, I'm in librarian heaven. It was always my secret dream to become librarian until research told me that I would have to get a college degree in Information Sciences and there were no local schools offering the program. Well, I can still pretend, can't I?

#5  The Rest of It:  Who can't use a cute new coat (again, nonfunctional with the short sleeves), striped capelet or a belt?  I know I could use it.
Now, if only this weekend's lottery numbers come through.  Cross your fingers for me!
 - alison

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ah Ah Ah CHOO!

Jimmy Choo at select H&M stores November 14th!!


Diary of a Junkie

I became obsessed with the Balenciaga leather jacket. Obsessed. I dreamt of it. Sick I know. The price is ridiculous, but an obsession is an obsession. I knew no matter what I could not buy this thing without feeling the pain. I forced myself to find enough stuff in my closet to sell and hopefully fund this new obsession….I was actually quite surprised at A) How much crap I already had to sell and B) how much stuff I own that I really don’t care about. That dress I saw in Paris that I HAD TO HAVE? Never worn. That fur collar that “completed” my closet? Never worn. That Stella McCartney black wool coat that was SO AWESOME? Never worn. Shame!! I brought a boatload of stuff to the consignment store today, tomorrow they will give me the tally. I will be accountable friends, so stay tuned. I promise to return the Balenciaga jacket if I cannot raise the funds by selling the contents of my closet. Just be warned, you may see me walking around with nothing on but my beloved leather jacket, oh an my bag of course.

Gap - Winner of lamest customer support response

Yesterday, I decided to cut to the chase regarding the missing Pierre Hardy boots (referenced in post below) by emailing Gap customer support.  I asked which Gap stores would have these shoes, assuming they even showed up this week, since once again, they were a no-show on Oct 19.  24 hours later, I received a reply saying:

Thank you for your email and interest in the Pierre Hardy Boots, item #708723.  We apologize for any trouble you encountered when looking for these fabulous Boots.  Many of our featured items are shown in magazines and other forms of media about 4-6 weeks before we actually have them available for sale.  We?re expecting the Boots to be online and in stores soon, so we hope you?ll check regularly and place an order once it?s available.

LAME. No date, and stupid excuse since they also claimed in the magazine features back in JULY that they would be available late September.  I'm starting to lose steam on this one, people. I think I shall focus my efforts on my beloved Marni instead. I've even been inspired enough by Fashionocracy fan, Pava, to create a Top 10 list. Later today, you will see the Top 10 items I would like to buy at Marni this week during the 20% off promotion.

- alison

Friday, October 16, 2009

Found!? Pierre Hardy Boots for Gap

I had nearly given up on the idea that the Pierre Hardy boots ever existed, but today I saw a post claiming that they would be in all Gap stores on October 19th. That would be this Monday. And trust me, people, I will certainly verify this story for you. My greatest fear is that when I do see these long-awaited shoes, they will be extremely fugly in person. But, until then, I will spend the weekend figuring out which Gap I shall go to and when I shall go.  Let me know if you have any suggestions on which Gap is the best Gap on the west side.

- alison

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lock up Your Wallet! Balenciaga Jacket and Marni Sale are here

After being out of the office for a couple days and not checking email, I nearly hit the floor when I went through my personal email account.  Not only did my oh-so-favorite sales person from the Marni South Coast Plaza send me an email, there was also an email from Balenciaga announcing their new jackets. Marni is my ultimate weakness, and Balenciaga is Kym's ultimate weakness.

The scoop on Marni:  At the South Coast Plaza store, they are participating in the annual Angelitos charity event which helps out the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County.  You buy a card for $60 and various shops in SCP (including Marni) will give you a 20% discount off your purchase during the event, Oct 22-28.  This includes handbags and accessories!  I remember last year, all the great designer boutiques in the mall participated. Some only made select merch available (no Balenciaga handbags, but clothes were discounted), but still, what a great way to jump start the sales season. And I LOVE Marni so much, it really is frightening me what I might do during this promotion. I just bought some Marni earrings to wear to Nite to Unite, and I would love to show them to you but I cannot find a picture of them anywhere online or in the Marni catalogs.

Now, Balenciaga.  The house known for the lovely handbags of which Kym owns many, now offers a motorcycle jacket in 3 colors: black, brown and beige. I'm sure the leather is absolutely amazing.  Maybe they will have it at the SCP store and it can be purchased for 20% discount.

Kym - do we need to schedule an important meeting in the near future?

- alison

Friday, October 9, 2009

This one's for Jamie

While I was channeling my 80s glory days in hot pink skinny cords, black tee with sequined shoulders (instead of shoulder pads), gray denim stone-washed jacket, black peep-toe pumps and some rhinestone & silver bracelets, Jamie looked like she was ripped from the pages of Anthropologie. Absolutely adorable and cozy considering the office has been 40 degrees all day long.

Jamie was also kind enough to complement me on my platform ankle boots I wore to the office (despite popular opinion of Lucky readers, see post down below), which reminded me that I saw a very good knockoff of these shoes online.  These are from Sam Edelman, probably available at Macy's and whatnot, though still not cheap. And it only took 2 years, but I still think they look great. Here's a pic of the knockoffs. Do you know who made the original?

- alison

Wardrobe Advice - Fancy Cocktail Party

Kym and I will be in San Francisco next week for a fancy cocktail party/charity dinner.  My current plan, assuming my 5-day detox is a success is to wear this Jil Sander dress from the Spring 09 collection:

Now, I can either wear them with Jil Sander black d'orsay heels from the same collection (not too dissimilar from what the model is wearing) or I was thinking of wearing my Balenciaga heels from the Fall 08 collection:
 Thoughts? I also need advice on accessories. I'd love to find something spiky or chunky in silver, but since I don't currently have anything, that means I have to go shopping. As for a purse, I have a vintage black clutch, but again, any suggestions are welcome.

Now is your chance to claim responsiblity for my fabulousness! You have until Monday night, so chop, chop!

- alison

Project Runway Video Game

Finally I can learn to walk like a model…using the Wii Balance Board?


New York Times
‘Project Runway’ Video Game Is Planned
In a news release, Atari said that the “Project Runway” game will allow players to tap into their inner fashion designers, create designs and choose hair, makeup and accessories for their models. Players can then become the model and strut their creations down the runway using the Wii Balance Board accessory.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

What a sad little world we work in

I was on the Lucky Magazine website, testing my luck (no pun intended) on their various sweepstakes. I figure if I've won once before, maybe I can win again, maybe this time I'll win something more exciting than hair care products that don't really work for my hair.

On the homepage, there was a poll regarding Platform Heels and whether they are appropriate in the workplace. I was shocked and dismayed by the results:
  • Only 11.78% felt that Platform Heels were their go-to shoe for work!
  • 29.03% said they would prefer to wear comfortable flats, the horror!
  • And an appalling 59.19% said Platform Heels might be okay if paired with the right outfit. What exactly are women who read Lucky wearing to work that isn't appropriate to pair with Platform Heels?

Do Kym and I live in some magical fantasy land since we believe every day is an appropriate day to wear the tallest shoes we can squeeze our feet into? Is it some secret that you all have been keeping us in order for us to entertain you? Surely, not.  Do you dare deny me the opportunity wear something as fabulous as this peep-toe python bootie?

I encourage you all to change this depressing view of the office world by submitting the correct answer to the Lucky poll here:

Together, we can change the world for the fashionably better!
- alison

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ho Hum

I’m a bit blue about shopping as well. Thank God for my husband who keeps most of my hard earned money under lock and key. I don’t know where it all went, but I’m in the red on my allowance. After watching Rachel Zoe (I know you hate her Alison) last night I was all ready to wear my fabulous Ostrich Fur coat today that I bought in Paris. Last night it seemed like such a fabulous idea, and this morning not so much…..what is a girl to do when in her heart she yearns to live on the runway, but real life is coming to work where game developers work in dark, computer-lit rooms? I’m headed to Decades with Alison this afternoon and I can already feel my heart beating faster at the prospect of finding something to absolutely die for. Unfortunately I’m poor this week and I even wonder if they will care about the designer bags I want to pawn……


I also have to work on getting my shit together and inspiring Corey Parks to start an affordable rocker-chic label with me. Maybe the 3 of us including Alison can pull it off……

Monday, October 5, 2009

Slow Shopping Week: I Must Be Broke

Last week was pretty uneventful for shopping. Especially since the Pierre Hardy boots never materialized, and I had to pay my mortgage and buy a wedding gift. Let's hope this week is more exciting. It's cool enough that I get to wear some fall clothes like cords and new socks and tights and boots. Sadly, this is what excites me these days, changing my wardrobe from summer to fall.

I did read this weekend that Carlos Falchi will be releasing a line of handbags for Target starting Nov 1 thru the end of the year. Lots of faux snakeskin. Now, before you poo-poo the faux snakeskin, please keep in mind that all the uber-expensive stuff from Stella McCartney is all faux leather, too.

And to end today's post, Kym and I have an exciting appointment at Decades in the hopes they will take some of our items for consignment. Sorry ladies, if these things don't sell, they are staying in my closet. Don't ask me why I'm okay with having them sit in my closet unused rather than giving them away to someone who will use them if Decades can't sell them.  That's just how I feel about these things right now.

- alison

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Have You Seen Me?: Pierre Hardy boots for The Gap

It is officially "late September" and I have not been able to uncover the elusive Pierre Hardy fall boots for the Gap that were announced in July.  My search has been exhaustive (at least online) and there is no peep that these shoes even exist. I may have been confused but there were some posts suggesting that they launched in Europe, and then they would ship the leftovers to the US. That would be a sad, sad story.

Beautiful suede boots, we hardly knew you. Rest in peace.

- alison

Friday, September 25, 2009

P-Run: WTF?!? Nina Garcia, we need you!

I'm trying to catch up on the last 2 episodes of Project Runway, but I'm telling you, it has not been easy making the transition to Lifetime. That, combined with such a boring cast of characters, makes for low priority viewing. But, I did manage to watch the whole paper challenge episode and the first half of the film genre episode before I fell asleep. Woke up just in time to find out who was eliminated. Now we don't have to worry about any more designers with silly punctuation in their names.

The paper episode: my only comments are that any designer dresses as badly as Johnny probably should have been sent home earlier. Nicolas is now the new annoying person on the show, not to mention, he can barely put together a proper sentence in English. The show producers are really struggling to make the workroom come across as entertaining. Clearly it is not. Even Nicolas just wants to do his work in quiet. That does not make for good tv, though they are trying their best to pretend it makes for good tv. And if someone who looks like Booth from the LA Times can be a fashion critic, why can't I? Maybe it is a lack of journalism degree. Is that really necessary?

Film genre episode: Designers continue to be boring, Nicolas continues to be annoying. I missed the runway show part, but I looked at the photos online. Someone please explain to me how Nicolas wins and Ra'mon is out. Was Ra'mon's dress that bad in motion? Am I overly partial to the color green or something? I thought the saloon girl dress was awful, Althea's whatever genre it was looked plain and boring, Logan's jumpsuit was also boring, the white shawl/cape thing on the black dress was beyond hideous, and I can't recall but I'm sure that most of the remaining stuff was lame.  The only one that looked interesting in the pics was Epperson's western outfit.

Have the judges totally lost it? Is it being watered down for the Lifetime audience who prefers to watch movies with Kirstie Alley or other 80s female stars? Blech.

- alison

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shame Meter Now I Don't Feel So Bad

I have been hiding my dirty little secret in the crevice of my mind. I finally caved and bought some “real” OTK boots at Amaree’s in Newport Beach. I’m sorry, I know this is horrible because I already own OTK boots but these are just beautiful. The crappy, slut ones I bought at Bebe made me walk like a cheap hooker, and after taking them to my cobbler, there was nothing I could do to fix them (I deserve points for trying!).  Thanks Alison for your confession, I don’t feel so bad.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Shame Meter - Alison's Tally

The concept of the Shame Meter is simple, yet brilliant. Kym and I talk about things that we want to buy or we actually have bought, then hopefully feel so much shame and embarrassment based on your feedback that we either walk away empty handed or return our purchases.

I thought Kym's meter would be off the charts, but the sad, shameful truth is that my meter is wayyyyyy off the charts. In the past two weeks, I have gorged on Anna Sui at Target (though I should get credit for the fact that we are talking about Target prices), bought a couple pairs of pants and a bunch of tees at Gap, a shirt and jacket (for my Montreal trip) from Forever 21, purchased two items I definitely didn't need from Neiman Marcus in order to take advantage of a 10,000 bonus points offer, and bought the maximum 5 pieces from the Christopher Kane collection at Topshop.

Just writing about how much I bought has totally disgusted me. But even thinking about writing this made me go return some of the Anna Sui items. So if you refer to my previous post, I am now left with: sleeveless blouse, puffy coat, gray t-shirt, and tablecloth dress.  Only four items out of , not too bad, right? And with NM, I am returning the more expensive of the two items. So far, so good. Now, I just have to wait for the CK items and I'm sure some of it will be shipped back.

What I've learned from this experience is that even though I'm trying to shop at mostly discount places, I'm still going overboard. I promise to do much better next month, really!

- alison

Models of the Runway - Poll Results

As you can see, the final results of the "Should I watch Models of the Runway" survey were dead even. Some of you love it, some of you hate it, and some of you don't know what to make of it.

Well, I can honestly say that the only people that are correct are the ones that said it was terrible. Because it is terrible. The only good thing I can say about it is that it is 30 minutes and not 60 minutes long.

Now, I need to catch up on P-Run to see if it has finally become more entertaining.

- alison

Monday, September 21, 2009

Alison's Latest Obsessions

As you can probably tell by now, my fashion obsessions are pretty different from Kym's obsessions. Once we did share an obsession with the Chloe platform/doc martin-style boot. Kym was lucky enough to get a pair in classic black from the Chloe store in Paris, while I could only manage to get a bright orange pair, which I still love to wear regardless of the strange looks I get.

So here are my latest obsessions from the Fall collections. I hope to not purchase any of these things, at least until Sale time. Please, please, please still  be available when Sale time finally rolls around!

1. Prada shoe -- My #1 obsession and I would love it in any color it comees in, I can only hope I never see it in the store or else I am in big trouble (cha-ching!)
2.  Marni party dress -- oh Marni, I love you so much. I will dedicate an entire post to you in the near future.
3. Dolce & Gabbana Glove belt:  Shown here as a Glove scarf, but it is also available in belt form. You know I'm a sucker for overly clever fashion.
4. Marc Jacobs Shoe/Boots: Similar to the Lanvin shoes I posted about yesterday, but these come with the fun strap! Similar to the galosh-style boot from Prada with the suspender strap. Something about looking like an old man who still wears socks that require suspenders really appeals to me.
5. Bright bathrobe coat: Don't care which designer, I just love the bright colors and the style. The best part is that I can wear it maybe 2x a year in SoCal. Talk about functional!
Oh, I also want a crazy old lady leopard print coat, but I'm going to look either at vintage thrift stores or Mango for that! 

What do you think of my picks? Am I out of my mind? Don't answer, I already know.
- alison

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I Want It Now...though I'm slightly disturbed by it

I love shoes, and despite how many shoes I have, I could really use a pair of gray booties. No need to remind me that I have a pair of gray ankle boots and that should be sufficient. Those are really old.

And I really like these Lanvin boot/shoe things.  I also really like cats, but there is something disturbing about the way they combined these beautiful shoes with these cats. It's on the verge of making me not want these shoes. Who are they trying to appeal to in this ad? Any ideas? The more I look at it, the more afraid I become...

- alison

Saturday, September 19, 2009

I've been bad... Sorta

So I'm in Montreal, but the hotel business center has free internet. While my mom was taking a break from our day of sightseeing on Friday, I went to explore the local shops. The good new is that I did not buy anything from a store in Montreal. The bad news is that I did use the hotel internet to go to the Topshop website to order my beloved Christopher Kane. But more good news, customers are only allowed to order five pieces from the collection. But more bad news, I ordered 5 pieces including the crocodile dress (and a pair of shoes, two hooded things and leggings).

Of course I might return these things, but then again, I might not. Will keep you posted. I will wait until I return to tell you the nonsense with my neiman marcu purchase. I blame Polly for that!


When We Win the Lottery (also known as My Style Picks -- For Kym!)

Even though I try to pretend that the point of looking at fashion mags is to get inspired to find knockoffs or just get ideas on how to put outfits together, the reality is that I really look at them to make an internal list of what I need to go buy as soon as I win the lottery.

But the focus of today's feature is this: If Kym won the lottery and asked me to go shopping with her, what would I tell her to buy. If I had that power, our first stop would be to Gucci, because I can see her in these sleek rock looks. Then, I would force her to try on some of the bohemian prints from Etro because I think she can totally pull them off. Perhaps we would check out this grommet dress from Cavalli, and get this gorgeous cocktail dress (I don't even remember who makes it because I didn't rip that page out after seeing the $18k price tag). Finally, we would go to Maxfield or Barneys and blow a shitload on a jacket from Rodarte.

Ah, now that's a heavenly day.
- alison

First Stop: Gucci & Etro
 Next: Cavalli and amazing cocktail dress. BTW, if I had straight hair, I would totally wear it like this style in this first pic.

Finish with the piece de resistance: Rodarte! 

Friday, September 18, 2009

Topshop: Why Must You Be So Far Away?

Well, it's Friday, the day that the Christopher Kane collection for Topshop launches. I should be absolutely elated, but I'm not. "Why?" you ask. Because the closest Topshop is in NYC, nowhere near my wallet. How can I get my hands on the crocodile tee? I actually am in Montreal today on vacation. Do you think my mother would mind if we skipped the tourist stuff and just drove to New York for the day? How long would that take?

Someone, snap me out of it! Remind me that I don't need the Christopher Kane collection for Topshop because I already own a Christopher Kane ape dress (see image below), and really, one giant screen-printed animal image on clothing is enough. Right? Not to mention the slightly obnoxious location of the croc's mouth in relation to the lady-parts. Is that some kind of subliminal message? Anyone? The eyelet stuff is worth the drive, and the boots, and the bag. Help!?!

- alison

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Do We Dare? Fabulous at Every Age Contest

Harper's Bazaar announced they are conducting a nationwide search for fabulous women of all ages. I personally enjoy  their regular "Fabulous At Every Age" monthly column (don't always agree with it, nor do I think the designers they select want to think their clothes are for 60-year-olds).  Winners will be featured in the magazine and receive $5k. Only one winner per decade, starting with 20s up to 60+.

Got a particularly flattering picture of yourself? Know someone you want to nominate? Click on the headline of this post to get more info.

I nominate Kym! Anyone want to schedule an informal photo shoot?

- alison

Shame Meter

Another day of hundreds of unanswered e-mails, thousands of task reminders swimming around in my head, an Outlook calendar that could spawn a heart-attack in an Olympic athlete, a BlackBerry that gives me an electric shock every time it buzzes, and no sign of it getting any easier….what is any normal girl to do? It’s a perfect day to “pop into” Barney’s of course! Hey, I didn’t take a lunch today I swear……I’m still obsessed with adding another Balenciaga to my collection and I somehow justified it in my head (my mortgage lender called and told me he could lower our payment…). After contemplating several choices, I walked out of Barney’s on Wilshire in Beverly Hills with nothing but a Diet Coke and a double cappuccino (lunch). Not sure yet if I am getting saner (how boring), or if I’m in need of a new obsession (anyone know who has a decent selection of Thomas Wylde bags?)



OTK Boots - Now I Understand

I finally read something that made me realize why I just can't buy into the idea of over-the-knee boots. It was in the September issue of InStyle, a page about boots. In the "Trend Alert" section, they highlighted OTK boots. But what they said about them will ensure that I will never, ever attempt to wear that trend:

"Last seen circa Pretty Woman..."

Of course they went on to say that proper people can wear them now, but I can't get this image out of my head.
- alison 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Shoe Heaven!

Ooh, the shoes featured on Net-A-Porter are just delightful. Check it out:

So many beautiful shoes. Why are we cursed with only two feet! it's so not fair.

- alison

Report Card: Anna Sui at Target - not bad

Took me a little longer than expected to check out the Anna Sui collection for Target,  but as of last night I feel I have a pretty good overview of what it offers.  As suspected, the dresses are generally on the short side. I did manage to buy this little black number with the low buckle which will look good with opaque tights. And I bought the "tablecloth" dress because it is a typical Anna Sui baby doll dress. But I also thought that the multi-colored sparkly one was cute, as was the gray tweed with black ribbon triim. There were quite a few cute blouses, mostly on the sheer side, skirts that were extreme minis, a loose gray/white striped cardigan (I bought), some menswear fabric inspired pants with vest, a puffy vest, a puffy black coat, and a leather jacket I did not see in any of the Targets I went to. On the down side, a few of the items that used an ethnic print similar to some of her expensive pieces didn't look very special in the Target version.

Important Note: It's not cheap. Dresses were $50 - $60 which I don't typically associate with Target prices.
My recommendation: Definitely check it out, try some stuff on, wait until it goes on sale. If the item is still available, it was meant to be. 

Here's what I bought (though I will probably return few items after they have had a chance to sink in):

Top Row: Silk Tunic, Black sleeveless dress (shown with leather jacket I did not buy), Striped hooded sweater.
Bottom Row: Lace dress, Black puffer jacket with detachable hood, Ruffled blouse (shown with skirt I did not buy)
Not Shown But Purchased: Gray v-neck shirt, Black shirt with lace short sleeves

Monday, September 14, 2009

You Get What You Pay For

OK – I tried, I really, really tried. I was so incredibly happy that I found this seasons OTK suede platform boots for less than a small mortgage payment….I am wearing my great looking boots today with an adorable little dress, but I am walking like a cheap hooker. I’m sorry, but they suck. The arch in the boot is horrendous. Now I know why Louboutin’s are so expensive. I think I’m going to give these boots away. Drats.


Saturday, September 12, 2009

Verbal Beating of the Day & Shame Meter!

Kym, really? Another pair of jeans? I really am going to figure out how we can measure our savings and our waste with the Shopping Shame Meter. In the meantime, I may need to add a poll on how many pairs of jeans you have.

Also, the fact that you stopped at the mall, I'm assuming South Coast Plaza, on your way home from the airport, to buy jeans, RATHER than have dinner with your friends who were ALSO at South Coast Plaza, is definitely a sign of addiction. And may I remind you, a week ago you told me you had just purchase TWO pairs of jeans at Barneys.
RETURN THOSE JEANS IMMEDIATELY.  Alex can keep his pair, assuming he likes them.

I think it is also high time that you expand your wardrobe from this giant pile of jeans you own. I have some recommendations which I will put together on Monday.

- alison

Friday, September 11, 2009

Confession of the Day

I know, you’re all probably thinking I’m nuts by now for sure. Oh well, there’s no hiding it. Look, I don’t drink (anymore), don’t smoke (used to be a pack-a-day) and unfortunately not much else either (post baby), so vanity is my weakness. I did open a 529 plan for Mason today and scheduled automatic deposits! My confession this week, however, is immediately after landing in OC from my SFO day-trip, I headed to my favorite local denim store and bought 2 pairs of the latest AG jeans. I know, I’m lame. But I cannot resist anything that makes me look even remotely thinner. Oh, the 2nd pair, was a pair for Alex (aren’t I thoughtful?). But after some consideration, I’m returning the $265.00 jeans (the ones for Alex) – I swear I will not exchange them, I will return them!


Balancing Act

In a moment of sheer insanity, I called the Gucci store at SCP a few weeks ago and put my name on a waiting list for the latest open-toe, platform, spiked heel ankle boots that are everywhere right now. They had my name written all over them and they shouted cool. I experienced the flittering stomach and the rush of excitement at the thought of wearing them, followed by a tinge of guilt for not allocating that money to Mason’s college fund instead. Thank God for waiting lists……I saw a pair of metallic pumps in more than one magazine by Bebe. I had no idea this franchise designed shoes, let alone cool ones. I called the store, put them on hold and went to buy them on a warm Sunday morning. I walked into Bebe at Fashion Island and saw a wall of shoes that resembled the pages of all the recent issues of every fashion magazine published. My heart was pounding as I was trying on OTK boots, platform booties, YSL look-alikes, and more. I stocked up and felt gleeful that I freed myself of the guilt at the thought of shelling out a middle-American mortgage payment for the Gucci stripper-shoes. Today I was running through the airport on my 5” booties that just an hour earlier had me convinced I represented the latest in hot, sexy, cool fashion. Suddenly I was laughing at myself as I was on the verge of toppling over andf falling on my face trying to balance my 10-pound laptop with my overstuffed Balenciaga, an iced-coffee and a venti red-eye in hand. Unfortunately I still have not managed to successfully combine my inner rocker chick with my outer mommy/wife/corporate worker-bee in a manner that suits me. I hope I don’t have to sacrifice one for the other, but the combination of the three is a challenge that I unfortunately have yet to figure out. The 5” booties will have to wait for a more appropriate outing (if only there was one)…..and hopefully with all of your help I can get my balancing act right before I turn 50