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
This Sunday, Anna Sui will be launching limited-time collection with Target. Bad news is that it is inspired by Gossip Girl, so most likely the dresses will all be on the inappropriately short side for me. But never fear, it is my duty to buy a smattering of these items and report back to you all on Monday so you know if it is worth looking into. I'm hopeful that there will be tops, jackets, skirts, and maybe a dress or two that I can pull off.
Jimmy Choo has announced a collection for H&M, launching November 14 (thanks for the reminder Lisa H.). Collection will be available in 200 stores, so I'm guessing for the locals, that means the West Hollywood store, and will include shoes for women and men, bags and some eveningwear. Mark your calendars!
For those of you with tots, Stella McCartney has announced a one-off collection for GapKids and BabyGap debuting sometime this year. She claims she believes that kids clothes should be accessibly priced. I which she felt the same about adult clothes.
Anyone heading to NY or London, be sure to check out Christopher Kane for Topshop. His collection launches next week on Sept 18th! Let me know if you are going because I really want some of the items BAD! Clothes, shoes, bags. Lots of grommets, and even a seriously crazy crocodile t-shirt similar to his gorilla/ape high-end pieces. Seriously, let me know if you are near a TopShop, I need at least 6 of the pieces. Check out the lookbook here:
Of course, we are all anxiously awaiting the release of the Pierre Hardy for Gap suede boots, launching sometime in September. Kym has it on good authority that they will only be available in select stores (again, WeHo), and possibly online. I will keep a vigilant eye out for this.
And last, but certainly not least, I look forward to the next Target collaboration with Rodarte! This one isn't appearing until December, but it could be the end all/be all of one-off lines. Though I did have high hopes for the McQ collection, which was not that great.
To recap, busy Sunday morning for me, hitting one or two Targets to get a diverse selection of the Anna Sui line. I love the two Anna Sui dresses and the one skirt that I have, so, let's hope it doesn't disappoint.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Where are the villains? Where are the super-talented? Where are the crazies? What about kooky names? Using a "Q" for a hard K sound, or inserting an apostrophe doesn't count. At least the recovering meth addict should be a little more erratic, don't you think?
Should I blame it all on the move to Lifetime? Is relocating it to Los Angeles the problem? Or did I get tainted by the 90% crazy people cast in "The Fashion Show," which I include Izaac in the crazy list.
Maybe it will get better as there are fewer designers in the mix. It feels like 16 is too many, I don't remember them ever having that many to begin with. As for Mitchell being eliminated? Honestly, did the guy ever finish one outfit on any of the episodes? No. I really don't think it was going to get any better. Maybe if he had managed to still win a challenge with an unfinished design, then things would be interesting. It would piss off all the other designers, Mitchell would act even more moronic and delusional, and catfights would ensue. But, that's not the case, and as with everything else so far this season, Mitchell falls short of true reality-show greatness.
Now, most importantly, was I the ONLY person to think that crazy Ari Fish, eliminated in episode one looked a little TOO much like Samantha Ronson? And was I the ONLY person to find it incredibly awkward that Lindsay Lohan was the guest judge, and she eliminated her girlfriend's lookalike?
And lastly, MODELS OF THE RUNWAY. I watched about 5 minutes of this show and thought it was REALLY boring. I can understand that maybe they want to class it up a bit and not have it be as redonkulous as Top Model, but, it didn't improve my opinion of models being more than just decent clothes hangers. Should I give it another chance? Let me know in the poll!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
So, this leads to many questions: Was Kym wrong? (probably not) Are designers lazy? (maybe) Or do consumers have a mental block that limits them to supporting that which is familiar? Maybe this answers the question as to why Kym's closet is filled with multiple similar items (*cough* two leopard print coats). It also reminds me of the time I was shopping with my sister and picked up a skirt and she told me that I had too many skirts in that same style.
So much for thinking I'm unique.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
A terrible bout of the blues, some self-loathing, and weather that is too hot to wear any of my favorite things has convinced me that I need a bright orange, green or purple “Work” sized Balenciaga bag…I have not purchased one in a couple of years, and I can wear it regardless of the weather. Shame on me I know…but I am blogging first and open to suggestions (and reason).
Monday, September 7, 2009
I need advice, my closet seems to be a wardrobe for the “ornament” in the Doors movie….except I don’t travel with The Doors, and no longer drop acid on a regular basis. This is a dilemma because I need to get dressed and I am finding I either have the outfit suited to travel with Aerosmith or go do laundry. Today in an attempt to be hip, I threw on the latest 80’s style sweats by LivGreen, a white tank, Rocket Dog flip-flops (I think they’re over) and my trusted Balenciaga (more on that later). Why did I look as frumpy as could be? What am I missing here? Alison? Can you help? I know I can’t wear my OTK boots with a jean mini (not only because I am too old, but because it was 93-degrees today), but isn’t there something in-between that is suitable? Suggestions welcome!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Well, our addiction has caught up with us, so the purpose of this site is to channel our shopping energy into writing about shopping. We plan to update this site with features like:
- Very Important News: the latest collaboration with Target, upcoming sales, etc.
- What are they thinking: occasional rants about some new trend
- I must have it NOW: my latest obsession, which hopefully you will all convince me I'm a moron for thinking such things
- Rachel Zoe: Force for Good or Evil?: Kym and I will debate Rachel Zoe's merits or lack of
- How do I look today?: rate my outfit and even provide useful commentary like "you look like a (insert character like nurse, crazy cat lady, old lady, teenager)"
- What should I wear tomorrow?: I might have one key piece I want to wear but not sure what to wear with it
- Kym's Closet: She says she needs a bigger closet, I say she needs less stuff. Exactly how many pairs of jeans does she own? Guess and you might win a prize!
- Alison's Closet: you've always wanted to see what 80 pairs of shoes looks like, I know you do. Eventually I hope to post a catalog of my closet and maybe you can help me create new outfits.
So please, no comment is too harsh. I need some tough love if I am ever to start actually saving money again. Of course, I reserve the right to delete your comments if you hurt my feelings :( We promise to post something at least a couple times a week, but remember, we have do have day jobs to take care of.