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03/23/2008
6:16 pm

How…subtle..

23/03/2008, shopping

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It seems Bebe has increased their trendwatcher’s budget and they seem to have taken inspiration from numerous unexpected sources this season. I can’t say I’m against them trying to bring a little Givenchy into the average Betty’s life but still. My favorite part is the twists they give each shoe, sometimes radically altering the entire look, most notably the executive decision to make the Givenchy peep-toe lace-ups into a slide. Which can’t have been done because they didn’t think their rhinestone and satin-bedecked customer wasn’t ready for the peep-toe boot since those too have made an appearance. I have to see this one for myself and will be scheduling an unexpected visit to my nearest Bebe sometime this week. If I return with the Schouler k/os in hand you can’t say you didn’t see it coming.

Sources: bebe, shopbop, barney’s, yoox,

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02/27/2008
7:31 am

The eelskin clutch hath arrived

27/02/2008, shopping, vintage

A few of you asked about the more glamorous sister of the cadet blue/grayish vintage eelskin clutch I debuted this weekend, well it has arrived in my store. This thing is beyond amazing in real life, sumptuously soft to the point of insanity, in mint condition, and quite expensive-looking also I might say (even lined in suede!).

Categories: shopping, vintage
02/25/2008
6:44 am

My Forever21 haul

25/02/2008, shopping

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I caved. I was starting to feel like I was wearing the same thing all the time. However disconnected that thought might be from reality, the urge for newness conquered me and I painstakingly put together quite a varied order from Forever21. In it are included a men’s stripey French-reminiscent pullover, a dropwaist feathery concoction that could prove to be disastrous upon receipt (my first Twelve by Twelve exploration!), weird meshy oxford heels, and a jeweled collar/cuff combo that I have no idea what to do with but promptly decided I needed to own. Will be reporting back upon receipt in 5-10 days.

PS – They are now shipping abroad! How wondrous. It seems that their shipping and handling is sort of more outrageous than Topshop’s, but at least the clothes are cheaper I suppose..

All pics, Forever21.

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02/18/2008
7:52 pm

Fun photos

18/02/2008, inspiration, shopping

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Admittedly, I am rarely inspired by modeling’s new faces enough to post, but after catching a first glimpse of the Argentinian Flo Gennaro in Teen Vogue’s Love Story editorial this month, I was fascinated enough to scrounge around on thefashionspot for more photos…the girl is amazing, with the sharp catlike eyes I’ve always been jealous of and a sort of raw energy that translates through in every shot.

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What is it about Lula that makes me want to be blonde and 4 years old?

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In a literally ancient issue of Teen Vogue, I tore out this picture and folded it up between the pages of one of my many inspiration journals. I later scanned it, regretting the foolish decision to mar it so. Folds and all, Carine’s beauty is mesmerizing, I wish there were more photos floating about on the internet of her in those days.

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I look forward to Vogue Paris’ En Vogue feature every month. The items are always relatable yet inspiring, and the fringey boho accessories, denim shorts, and spring-appropriate boots are no exception. The spread also reminds me how badly I need an oversized brown leather bag…

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Marios Schwab for Topshop.
Lust. Once again, immediately sold out.

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I’m always weirdly gleeful when new Keira candids surface. She always looks comfortably cozy and masterfully layered while still almost managing to convince me she didn’t agonize over what colored beanie and which fabulous bag she should wear. I’m loving the medieval peasant-ish footwear too.

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Lily Donaldson would have perfect taste in little black dresses.

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And lastly, I just wanted to declare how much I miss Susan Eldridge. This photo sums it all up.

Teen Vogue Carine pic, scanned by me. Other pics, thefashionspot and keirapictures.com, Paris Vogue scans by member Diorette.

Categories: inspiration, shopping
02/14/2008
5:14 am

The ol’ Topshop wishlist

14/02/2008, inspiration, shopping

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I have a semi-bitter love/hate relationship with Topshop’s website…so many necessary items, but everything is always sold out when I’m ready to click through an order. I recognize that there are worse problems to be had, but still. I’m feeling relatively anguished over the fact that I apparently missed my chance to order the Maggie button-down skirt. How can such a simple item elude me so! And yes I tried on the Urban Outfitters version, and the extra small sat low on my hips, which it was probably supposed to, but methinks the entirety of the allure of this item is based on the fact that it be high waisted.

And the shoes! So many amazing(-ly weird) boots to be had! Just not sure if they’re worth like over $200. But talk about taking hybrid shoes to the level after the next. Quite sassy. Oh, and that’s the back of the dress (top right)…it was more interesting than the front.

Lastly, hmm it seems I am not the only awkwardly pigeon toed poser. I seriously don’t know why I do this, to the surprisingly large amount of people that have inquired. I mean I don’t walk like that or anything but I think it helps me to stabilize when standing still for a photo? Especially in heels? Maybe? At this point it’s so ingrained that it’s almost difficult not to. I tried.

All pics, topshop.com. Obv.

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