Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Flowers From Fatima Creme Pearl Peony Hair Clip

I'm a bit lazy when it comes to doing my hair so I usually opt for the easiest style I can go for. I either blow dry it straight or let it air dry wavy. Sometimes I wish I had something to add a little extra fun to my hair and I think I have found the perfect solution. Flower hair clips! I think these would be perfect especially for hot summer days when the high humidity means blow drying hair is a waste of time. Clip one of these onto your ponytail or pull your hair away from your face securing it with a Flowers From Fatima hair clip and you are good to go.

What do you think?

You can buy it through Flowers From Fatima's Etsy Shop for $9.95

Photos: Flowers From Fatima

Monday, July 26, 2010

Girls of the Blogosphere: Margaret

First Name: Margaret
City: Sydney
Occupation: Student

Wearing an Agent99 dress

What is your fashion Philosophy?
To put it simply, Ill say: think ahead. So often I find myself deciding what is aesthetically and characteristically pleasing to me, then seeing it a year later on a New York runway, and suddenly a piece will change from "Hey, that really suits you," to "Oh my god those are so [such and such a designer]" - it's that kind of personal creativity that keeps things snap snap snapping.

Who is your fashion inspiration?
I like to take inspiration in bits from so many different people - so for example, Alexa Chung's legs always look amazing: so I look at her leg wear and shoes. Catherine Baba is another amazing source of inspiration and creativity triggers.

What is your favourite place to shop?
Anywhere, in all seriousness. Before I go looking for something, I always have an idea in my head of exactly what I'm looking for and how it will fit with the rest of my wardrobe...and sadly, I'm the kind of person who won't rest until I get exactly that. There's only been a few times where I've had to go and buy the fabric to make the piece - if you look hard enough, everything is there.

Wearing vintage Cropped and beaten denim Blazer, Lucky 13 One Shouldered Lace Cutout Dress

What is your current favourite fashion trend?
Too many, all of which are being confirmed by NYFW
- black platform leather ankle boots
- draped chiffon and jersey
- oversized clutches
- asymmetry
...to name a few

What is the current trend you dislike the most?
Pointing no fingers, but I do hope nobody starts running around in velvet.

Why did you start your blog?
This time last year, after the Jean Paul Gaultier FW10 show, I was raving about the two tone tights (which I still haven't managed to find - so if anyone knows where I can get some, please let me know) for days on end with nobody to appreciate what I was talking about. I guess that's where the blog stemmed from - sharing what I felt was worth sharing, and having people give me their opinions.

Wearing a vintage cropped top, flee market ring, Bardot tutu skirt

How would you describe your style?
I like to think I'm pretty eclectic with my style - maybe not condensed into each individual outfit, but from day to day I'll vary how I approach pieces without thinking about it too much.

What is one thing you are dying to buy this spring?
Well, here in Australia, we're slowly working into the Autumn/Winter time of year. So all my little inspirations for Winter will be on top of my list.

What is your favourite vacation destination?
A few years ago, I did the equivalent of backpacking around Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua), obviously at a much younger age - most amazing experience of my life. If you ever get the chance, GO!

Check out Margaret's blog Shine by Three

Originally published 02/15/2010

Photos: shinebythree.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Look of the Week: Summer Day

American Rag Tee
Current Elliot Boyfriend Low-Rise Denim Shorts $175 Net-A-Porter.com
Dollhouse Tunally Sandal $57 Endless.com
Ray-Ban Wayfarer $140 Blue&Cream
TopShop Burnished Leaf Trail Ring $20 TopShop.com
Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Crossbody $325 MuseTen

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Juicy Couture Racine Stud Ballet Flats

I'm always on the lookout for fun and interesting flats. These Juicy Couture flats are perfect for adding some edge to a look. It looks like the stud trend will never end. In the summer I don't usually wear close toed shoes. I am all about the sandals but, I think this would be a great shoe to transition to in late August and September. I would wear these with skinny jeans for a casual look.

What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $225

Photo: shopbop.com

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Noir Jewelry Multi Strand Beaded Necklace

This Noir necklace is AMAZING. If I had money to spend I would buy it in a second. A necklace like this is best worn with simple clothes. There is no need to draw attention away from it with over complicated clothes. I would wear this with jeans and a tee for a casual look and a simple dress for night.

What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $145

Photos: shopbop.com

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

House of Harlow 1960 Horseshoe Bangle

I'm a huge fan of bangles and I love to wear them high up on my arm. This House of Harlow bangle is super fun. I love the quirky horseshoe shape because it is simple but still a big different than most of the bangles I own. I think this would look great with denim and plain tee for a casual look.

What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $48

Photo: shopbop.com

Monday, July 19, 2010

Girl of the Blogosphere: Amanda (A. Co Est. 1984)

Name: Amanda aka. A. Co Est. 1984
City: Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Executive Assistant

Who is your fashion inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everywhere. Life in general. Other bloggers, celebrities, friends, etc. I think the blogger community, though, is a great place to draw from because there is always someone, spoting something, you would have never thought to put together.

What is your favourite place to shop?
I love shopping online and buy almost all of my shoes there - I love coming home to a package from the UPS man. However, I could never give up shopping in stores in favour of online. My favourite places to shop at H&M and Forever 21. The stores offfer such great variety and styles, at even better price points. Sadly, we don't have either of those stores here (yet - I hope?) so when I don't travel to shop there, I really love Costa Blanca, Urban Behaviour, Dynamite, Sirens, Le Chateau, Suzy Shier, Winners, Adène (to name a few) - I'll shop anywhere, I don't discriminate and I enjoy taking time to browse through all the racks to find a great deal.

What is your current favourite fashion trend?
Lace. I love the femininity of it and it pairs well with more edgy pieces like leather jackets, studs, denim, etc. If it's done right, it will never look elderly.

What is the current trend you dislike the most?
I'm pretty open to all trends, but if I had to choose one, it'd be clogs. I know a lot of women are feeling them, including several of my blogger friends, but it is not for me. First, I hate the word, 'Clog', it makes me shudder (ha!) and the idea of rocking them just doesn't appeal to me. That said, when I see them on others, I'm indifferent. I can appreciate others' taste and taking risks in fashion.

Why did you start your blog?
One of my best friends, Kayla, had started a food blog and I was so inspired by it, I thought about starting my own blog. The only problem? I was unsure of what to blog about. I turned to my new blogging friend for advice, and she said it was a no-brainer: fashion, of course! She really encouraged me to start it, and within a week, I was up and running. Thanks to her, I've found a new, super-enjoyable hobby and have met tons of great girls in the blogosphere.

How would you describe your style?
My style is girly-chic with a bit of an edge. I tend to prefer skirts to pants (especially for work) and I love dressing up. However, I never want to look too perfect, and like to throw something in the mix to spice things up: a studded jacket, fierce peep-toe ankle booties, a man's watch, chunky jewellery, etc. Never too matchy-matchy.

What is one thing you are dying to buy this summer?
I don't think there is one thing in particular that I want to buy this summer, but in general, I'm dying for a pair of Louboutins. I've been coveting them for years, any pair will do, really (hehe). I am especially partial to the Very Privé in nude patent leather.

What is the most expensive thing you have bought?
This is a tough question as I tend to purchase more inexpensive items, however, the one label I refuse to 'go cheap on', so to speak, are Uggs. I cannot get enough, and winter in Ontario is rough (-30 degress Celcius or worse). Last year I bought the Bailey Button in grey and they got tons of play. Uggs may not seem uber expensive to some, but to get them in Canada, you are looking at at least $300. Add that with the fact that you are wearing them in snow and sleet (basically running the risk of ruining them with the first wear) doesn't help. However, the cusion, the warmth, and the durability of Uggs, makes it all worth it. I'm already debating which pair I'll purchase this fall.

What is the least expensive thing you have bought?
I recently bought a pair of barely-worn Aldo cork wedges from the thrift store for $5. The kicker? They are still selling these shoes in the store for $80. Major score.

What is one thing that you regret buying?
I don't regret buying anything. If I buy it and regret it, I return it, no questions. If I am unsure about something in the store, I'll leave it for a day. If I have to have it the next day, I go back and get it. If it's still there, it's meant to be.

If you could meet one person from the fashion industry / a fashion icon who would it be?
I've thought about this question for a while, and I guess I would have to say Monica Rose (http://monicarosestylist.blogspot.com/). Monica is a stylist to the stars, namely the Kardashians. I love the looks she puts together for those girls and can really relate to that style. She's got a fantastic blog, where she posts various shots of her clients and outlines what they are wearing, various inspiration, sales, looks she's lusting after, etc. There are a few pictures of her, but they are few and far in between, but in general, she just seems like such a cool girl with a fantastic eye for style.

What is your favourite vacation destination?
I haven't been to that many places, but am looking forward to my upcoming honeymoon (I'm getting married August 20th!). We haven't planned exactly where we will go, but it will be an all-inclusive down south somewhere. One place I really love though, is Coco Beach, Florida. About an hour outside of Orlando, the small beach town boasts beautiful beaches, a happenin' Pier, some great beach shops, a small mall, great mini golf and a plethora of restaurants. Travelling south in the winter is so fantastic because when you live in a place you get snow six months of the year, sitting on a beach in February is truly surreal.

To see more of Amanda's looks go to her blog A.CoEst.1984

Photos: acoest1984.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Look of the Week: Travel Day

Because I'm flying home this week :)
Rebecca Taylor Leopard Print Cashmere Cardigan $350 Net-A-Porter.com
Acne Flex Icon Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans $230 Net-A-Porter.com
Kain Silk & Modal Tank $85 Net-A-Porter.com
Jessica Simpson Nikina Sandal $79.99 Heels.com
Givenchy Maxi Nightingale Bag $1617 LindeStore.com
Bvlgari Sunglasses $329 Sunglasses-Shop.co.uk
Asos Angel Wing Ring $10.15 Asos.com

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Vacation & Wayuu Mochila Bags

I'm sure you guys have been wondering where I have disappeared to. Posts were still appearing everyday but I stopped commenting on blogs. Sorry, but I was on vacation! Most of you know that I am currently living in South America so I took a vacation to the coast, staying at my aunt's condo for a few days. The trip was fantastic. One of the highlights was a hike through the forest to the most gorgeous river you can imagine. We then rode the river currents down towards the ocean on tubes. There really are no words to describe how beautiful it was and the pictures don't do it justice. Along the river bank monkeys played in the trees and birds flew over us.

Palomino River

Of course there was also plenty of laying on the beach, $5 foot massages, mojito drinking and lobster eating.

View from the Condo

Sunset on the beach

And shopping...there were some indigenous women down the beach selling mochilas (bags). If you have been to Colombia bags made by indigenous people are a common sight and somewhat of a trend. I spotted a few that I loved and everything ended right there. I ended up walking away with a truck load of bags. Two for myself and the rest with the intention to sell. After I bought them I borrowed my aunts computer to do a bit of research and turns out the Wayuu mochilas are becoming somewhat of a trendy "it" item in North America. Even J. Crew was selling them but has already sold out. It's almost like I'm psychic. LOL.

The mochila that started it all (this ones not for sale)

Each bag is hand-made by a Wayuu woman. The particular bags I purchased were made by a group of 60 women working as a co-op. They all live together as a clan in what they call a rancheria. Each women has her own signature style and the bags all signify something special. For example certain design mean "the path of love", "wind", "rays of the sun", "coming of age" etc.

Extra Small Mochila

Extra Large Mochila

Extra Large Mochila

Large Mochila

Large Mochila

Extra Large Mochila

If you want more info, prices, photos etc. leave a comment here with your email address and I'll send you a PDF file with all the bags I have for sale.

I'm working on setting up a website to sell these mochilas and others not pictured. I thought I'd give my blog friends first dibs before the website is set up.

Rebecca Minkoff Studded Out Drawstring Mini Bag

One trend that is really growing on me is bucket bags. It has taken a while but I am falling for this trend. This Rebecca Minkoff studded version is calling out my name. I like that it is much smaller than most of the bags out there and the tiny studs are cute and edgy. This would be the perfect edgy bag for a night out when you don't really want to carry a clutch.

What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $350

Photo: shopbop.com

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Elizabeth & James Across the Hand Bar Ring

I am a big fan of interesting rings. This one is perfect in my opinion because it is big and interesting but still subtle at the same time. It can't be seen from across the room but sometimes that is a good thing. I love that the bar spans 3 fingers creating an edgy and fun look.

What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $85

Photos: shopbop.com

Monday, July 12, 2010

Girl of the Blogosphere: Emily

Name: Emily
City: Southern California
Occupation: Student
Blog: Emily Viveur

Who is your fashion inspiration?
Everything inspires me, from a song to a sunset. I love to look to other blogs for inspiration as well. Although if I had to pick one person, it would be my always stylish mom. She's the foundation to my love of fashion.

What is your favourite place to shop?
Small boutiques in Hong Kong. I love how it's mash up of East and West and result is both trendy and unique. I also love small boutiques in LA. While I love H&M and Zara, I always have a hard time finding things that fit me, so I can't depend on them too much unfortunately.

What is your current favourite fashion trend?
I'm having a hard time pinning down specifics...I think I just like the concept current trends are presenting.

What is the current trend you dislike the most?
There isn't exactly one I dislike, but my least favorite is florals. I think it's because there just tends to be a lot of unattractive floral prints out there.

Why did you start your blog?
I really needed someplace to let out my love for fashion and photography. Normally, life for me is pretty strict and centered around academics...which is actually the reason why I didn't start a blog earlier, there wasn't enough time. But the second my workload lightened, I was on Blogger.

How would you describe your style?
It varies depending on what is inspiring me at the moment or my mood, but it's usually pretty minimalist.

What is one thing you are dying to buy this summer?
A lace minidress, preferably in white. But it keeps eluding me, unfortunately...I'm probably being too picky.

What is the most expensive thing you have bought?
I haven't bought anything notably expensive seeing as I just graduated high school and I don't have a job (and I'm also saving)...so I'll just say my Nikon DSLR, which was technically it was a birthday gift. I count it as my favorite and most useful accessory.

What is the least expensive thing you have bought?
Two lace-edged skirts from a market in Hong Kong. They're perfect for layering under things and cost about $5 each.

What is one thing that you regret buying?
There isn't a whole lot, but one that pops into my mind is a sweatshirt dress in a weird shade of blue that didn't match much.
If you could meet one person from the fashion industry/ a fashion icon who would it be?
If it were possible, Alexander McQueen.

What is your favourite vacation destination?
I love to travel! Hong Kong and Bora Bora definitely, and I'm always up for any place in Italy and France (especially Florence and Paris).

To see more of Emily's looks go to her blog Emily Viveur

Photos: emilyviveur.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Look of the Week: Beach

LNA Tee ShopBop.com
Almost Famous Womens Shorts $25 Tillys.com
Fisico Bandeau Bikini &186 FarFetch.com
Havaianas Slim Flip Flop $26 GravityPope.com
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses $237 Asos.com
Miss Selfridge Nude Linen Trilby Hat $26 MissSelfridge.com
Old Navy Faux Leather Trimmed Crescent Tote $9.99 OldNavy.Gap.com

Friday, July 9, 2010

Kenneth Jay Lane Coiled Snake Ring

This ring is a definite show stopper. I am sure I would get a million questions about where I got it if I was wearing this. There is something so fun about snake rings and bracelets. I am a big fan of this trend. I would wear this with something simple because with a statement piece like this you want the ring to be the focus.

What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $220

Photos: shopbop.com

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Rebecca Minkoff Matinee

I keep seeing this bag in magazines and on random websites and everytime I see it I want it. I want it bad. I especially love this colour because it is dark enough to be mistaken for black but it is in fact a dark green. I love the shape of this bag and it would be large enough to carry all the things I lug around on a daily basis. For now I'm going to have to keep dreaming about this bag...

What do you think?

Photo: rebeccaminkoff.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Free People Lacey Top

This tee would be a great addition to any closet. It is simple yet not boring thanks to the lace sleeves. Lace has become one of my favourite trends but it isn't always wearable. This is the perfect combination of lace and fabric for a wearable look. I would wear this with jeans or shorts for a comfortable yet put together look. I am not a fan of the same toned shorts that the model is wearing in this photo.
What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $68

Photos: shopbop.com

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

What's in My Bag

The lovely Sovina from Wedding on the Cards tagged me to do a What's in My Bag post. Here it goes!

Pietro Alessandro Convertible bag. It's huge!

I wear it this way when I have less to carry

Umbrella (because it rains ALL THE TIME), Fendi sunglasses, TNA make-up bag (I put random stuff like tampons, lip gloss, and Tylenol in here), Hello Kitty metal pencil case, Mesace pencil bag, Marc by Marc Jacobs Wallet, Purse Hook, iPod Touch, very OLD cell phone, red leather coin purse & key chain

I'm Tagging:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Girl of the Blogosphere: Kaite

Name: Katie
City: UK
Occupation: Fashion merchandiser/ Buyer at Harley Davidson

Who is your fashion inspiration?
Style on the streets covered so beautifully by Tommy Ton, Scott Schuman and many others. Chloe Sevigny, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Miroslava Duma, Brigitte Bardot and Olivia Palermo. I must add Anna Dello Russo always looks out of this world!

What is your favourite place to shop?
I always love Zara, TopShop and H&M for picking out understated pieces at affordable prices. I also enjoy All Saints for the effortless feel, Reiss for chic pieces, and Selfridges for treats- Alexander Wang, see By Chloe and Chanel are some of my favourites there.

What is your current favourite fashion trend?
With so many trends about it is hard to narrow it down to a particular trend. I find myself drawn to the neutral and pastel palettes in delicate fabrics.

What is the current trend you dislike the most?
I may have said denim on denim- however I have tried this out a few times, and seen it worn so well on others. (Hi-5 to double denim wearers!)

Why did you start your blog?
I have been obsessed with Fashion from the earliest years of my life, and decided to try to make time to share my love with others. I fell critically ill in October after a week in Paris- while still on the road to recovery it has provided a little sanctuary for me and some focus. I hope when I am 100% better my blog will be packed full with more everything!! I would also like to think of it as an opportunity to meet like minded people.

How would you describe your style?
Ever evolving. I always consider proportion, silhouette and elegance...as Coco Chanel once said: "Fashion is architecture. It is a matter of proportions." Summer months see me take a more laid back vibe.

What is one thing you are dying to buy this summer?
A certain pair of black satin Miu Miu's with a chunky heel and closed toe. It was love at first sight.

What is the most expensive thing you have bought?
Probably the Alexander Wang Diego bag. Heaven in the form of a bag. (It's certainly one of the heaviest items I've purchased!!)

What is the least expensive thing you have bought?
When I was 16 I picked up a pair of Gina shoes, and a pair of Russell and Bromley shoes for just £2.50 a pair in a charity shop almost good as new. (It was a wooooohoooooo moment!)

What is one thing that you regret buying?
I have a green suede boxy jacket that I purchased early this year in an H&M in Barcelona. I have a complete love/hate relationship with it due to the boxy cut. (I can't decide it it makes me look chunky?! Eeek!!)

If you could meet one person from the fashion industry/ a fashion icon who would it be?
With so many incredible people involved in fashion it is hard to choose. (Okay- I'll be greedy) Karl Lagerfield, Grace Coddington and Viktor and Rolf.

What is your favourite vacation destination?
This totally depends on what I'm looking for. For city breaks and shopping, I adore Barcelona, Paris, and Palma. For pure relaxation, certain parts of Mallorca (the parts not populated by many tourists!) and Italian Lakes.

To see more of Katie's looks go to her blog Fashion Clocked

Photos: fashionclocked.blogspot.com

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Look of the Week: BBQ

Madison Marcus Cropped Button Tank $210 FarFetch.com
Tibi Cockatoo Printed Cotton Shorts $200 Net-A-Porter.com
Burberry Prorsum Knotted Leather Sandals $332 Net-A-Porter.com
Ray-Ban Waferer Folding Ray-Ban.com
Rebecca Minkoff MAC Clutch $330 RebeccaMinkoff.com
Reuven Kassai Colored Diamond Stackable Ring $383 MaxandChloe.com

Friday, July 2, 2010

Aldo Caudle Wedge

Wedges are a great way to dress up your look without being too dressy and still being comfortable. I love wedges because they are so easy to walk in and sometimes comfort is key. These Aldo wedges are a great purchase. The price is right (in my opinion) and they would look great with shorts, skirts and dresses.

What do you think?

You can buy it through AldoShoes.com for $90

Photo: aldoshoes.com

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Rebecca Minkoff Heavy Metal Flame Tote

It looks like the stud trend will never end and right now that is ok with me. This studded bag is super cool. I love the way the light hits the studs making it look extra shiny. The shape of the bag is rather simple which is fine by me because with all the studding simplicity is best. I would wear this with jeans and a tee for a casual look.
What do you think?

You can buy it through ShopBop.com for $495

Photo: shopbop.com
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