Saturday, January 31, 2009


I know there's still snow on the ground, but I'm already looking forward to spring 2009 because of the amazing comeback of rompers! I support a new addition to the one-piece concept (I have been stuck on dresses for too many seasons) that allows you to focus on just picking shoes and jewelry to match. Many stores are still unloading fall/winter items, so I will continue searching for the perfect romper for the next few search so far has resulted in far less options than I had hoped for. There are many different styles, but I prefer the casual version with shorts and a halter, deep V or a short-sleeved button-up on top. The designer pieces are gorgeous, but I don't see this trend staying around for too long so I'm not willing to splurge.

Here are my picks...

most casual...American Apparel Tri-Blend Halter Romper $28.00

denim-inspired...Guess Pacific Romper $89.00

bikini cover-up...Silence & Noise Odyssey One-Piece $68.00

super splurge...Alice + Olivia Halter Shorts One Piece Romper $297.00

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Friday, January 30, 2009

crumb catcher

french connection mini $129.99 (orig. $218)

I found this beautiful crumb catcher mini dress in a merlot color at french connection today. Holiday party season is over, but maybe it could be a valentine's day dress...or any other occasion that requires a flirty party dress.

I love the crumb catcher style. First of all, it's called a crumb ca
tcher, which summons imagery of an elegant young woman making a mess of herself while eating crumbly cookies and muffins in a fancy party dress. Second of all, the well-placed pleats at the top solve the "spillage" issues that oftentimes occur at the top area of a strapless dress, which creates a beautiful neckline instead of an embarrassing bulge. This "spillage" is the reason why I think most women openly state "I dont do strapless." Well perhaps you thought you don't, but with the crumb catcher maybe you do.

The crumb catcher style was extremely popular i
n wedding gowns in 2008.

Platinum for Priscilla of Boston
Carolina Herrerathe always lovely Vera
(images from New York Magazine and InStyle )

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

farewell to fay

The bad news is that my absolute favorite shoe store, te casan, has hit hard times and closed its doors permanently. The website links to a sad message and the formerly glowing jewel of a store, where I was served hot tea and treated like royalty whenever I stopped by, has been emptied. I was always inspired by the idea that the young unkown shoe designers were discovered by te casan and were given a great chance to produce the shoes from their own personal sketchbooks. I hope this concept is picked up somewhere else so I can continue my dream to one day learn to design shoes...ooh that would be amazing...

The good news is that the leftover limited edition shoes have been extremely discounted and are now being sold at Amazon and bluefly.

Here are some of my picks...I will miss Fay Baldock...she was always my favorite...

Gaetano Perrone Satin Diana Pump $128.69 (orig. $395.95)
These were worn by Blake Lively on Regis & Kelly! Supposedly she has them in many different colors...
Gianluca Soldi Snake Glenda Stiletto $150.38 (orig. $375.95). I tried these on once...they are super sexy.
Fay Baldock Faith 2 $93.40 (orig. $325.95)...I think I need to get these...

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I have been searching for the perfect cloche as a stylish hat this winter...and I finally found one. It seems that the modern ones are slightly more structured than the original designs worn by the flappers in the 1920's.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009


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