Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
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.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
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.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
See for yourself how terrible this shoe faux pas is:
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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"
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?
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.
Monday, December 14, 2009
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.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
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...
Saturday, December 12, 2009
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...
Friday, December 11, 2009
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.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
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.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
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.
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
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
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!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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.
Friday, October 30, 2009
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.
And thanks, Neiman Marcus, for discounting my sweater dress.
Now if dvf.com 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 bloomingdales.com 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.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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.
Monday, October 26, 2009
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!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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…..my 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.
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:
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!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
#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
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
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.
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.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
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?
Friday, October 9, 2009
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?
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
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: http://www.luckymag.com/
Together, we can change the world for the fashionably better!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
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
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.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Beautiful suede boots, we hardly knew you. Rest in peace.
Friday, September 25, 2009
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.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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
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!
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.
Monday, September 21, 2009
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!)
What do you think of my picks? Am I out of my mind? Don't answer, I already know.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
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...
Saturday, September 19, 2009
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!
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.
First Stop: Gucci & Etro
Friday, September 18, 2009
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!?!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
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I nominate Kym! Anyone want to schedule an informal photo shoot?
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?)
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.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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):
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
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
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.
Friday, September 11, 2009
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!
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