Saturday, November 29, 2008

Wiley ft Daniel Merriweather - C$sh in my Pocket

1. Watch this video and laugh because work would be great if it were actually like this.

2. Enter the contest and make your own video (deadline December 8, 2008).

3. Buy this Comme Des Garcons tartan wallet and get ready to stuff all your cash in it.

Biological - Air

Yesterday I took James shopping for some badly needed work trousers at J. Crew . I love when I can walk into a store that has a lot of nice apparel and yet I feel so comfortable in my own skin/clothing that I leave empty handed and I'm actually okay with that. It is one of the best feelings in the world. I do believe it's one of those things that comes with age and being happy with yourself both physically and mentally. I also think it helps if you wear nice pieces, which you love while shopping. When you realize you have such great pieces in your wardrobe the sudden urge to splurge is gone. But you know what I really love? Everything I'm wearing here is so CHEAP. This is when I realize I am so my mother's child.

Trench Coat - Salvation Army ($14)
Collared Shirt - Salvation Army ($3)
Jeans - H&M ($20 on the sale rack)
Boots - Target ($35)

I was completely mesmerized by all the little birdies in the tree. It was like a bird social hour.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Banquet - Joni Mitchell

The dining room table is quite the place to sit and daydream (at least I think so). I was sitting at Matthew's grand kitchen table the other day (I will miss those table thoughts), daydreaming of owning a jumpsuit made out of a down duvet. Similar to a baby's snow suit. . .but better (and still hideous). Maison Martin Margiela has beat me to the idea with this beautiful duvet coat rendition.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Stay warm.

(Photos: Dazed Digital )

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Keep On - The Brady Bunch

Bored-at-work friend strikes again. This time she's involved her boyfriend in the madness.

I've Seen That Face Before - Grace Jones

I adore my new hooded Complex Geometries dress and have worn it non stop since it arrived last week (that is. . . once I figured out how to put it on, which proved itself to be quite the trial at first). I wore it to ballet yesterday because it's breezy, floaty and easy to wear. One of my fellow dance acquaintances always demands to know, how much I pay for my clothing. I know it's complimentary but I do think it's a very gauche question (unless it's being asked by someone under the age of 18). I generally tell people, because I don't want to come across as snotty but then it backfires because they think I'm snotty for spending that amount of money on apparel. Which I think is totally judgemental. I don't judge them for the amount of times they eat out or go drinking (which adds up, just like clothing). I don't know a witty way to avoid it. I mean if I want to know what someone pays for something, I simply get the brand name and look it up online. Why can't she do that?

I rather enjoy my hooded frocks and tops. I know someone else who does too. What would the glamourous Grace Jones do in this situation?

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Casanova 70 - Air

My father arrived at Stanford University during the height of the swinging sixties. Just ask him and he'll animately talk of parties on the beach, seeing Jefferson Airplane perform in a high school gym, going to protests and living in a milk truck outside the girl's dorm. Of course, clothing was an epic part of the scene. My father talks fondly of visiting San Francisco's infamous Polk Street to purchase clothes. He left with the brightest bell bottoms he could find and a matching paisley top, which made his basketball coach shake his head in utter disappointment.

Well, when I stepped in the house yesterday with my brand new J. Crew cords, my father smiled and said "that was the colour of my pants". And I knew from the many times I've heard that story, exactly what he was talking about. The apple doesn't fall so far from the tree. Get thee to J. Crew for crazy sales (like every other store). I paid $25 for these which were once $79. And no, they're not marked that cheaply on the site.

I have to say, I'm really not a fan of J. Crew's new "black, black no trade backs" policy on sale items. I hope they'll discontinue this policy once the economy is back to normal.

(Photos: J. Crew )

Friday, November 21, 2008

Push It - Salt N'Pepper

I love, LOVE, LOVE this dress. I love it because it walks that very fine line between hot 80's prom dress mess and just plain old hot.

Or maybe I love it because it reminds me of something Patrice MacDowell would sport (and you know she'd have some dangley matching earrings). You know Patrice. . . the slightly bratty but way more awesome than Lisa, younger sister in Coming to America. Patrice had flare, attitude and the hots for men with money. And in her infamously bratty way, declares "Why does SHE always get the good ones!"

The 80's were great times.

(Photos: Chick Downtown , The Fashion Police and Mr. Skin )

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pearl - Bjork

Lulu just got a new Rick Owens jacket. It is pretty rad. I like Rick Owens too, but I prefer the softer lot from the Lilies collection. Don't you just swoon a little and feel instantly calm looking at these? No? Well I do!

(Photos: Net-A-Porter )

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Shapeshifter - Harmonic 33

Dear Comme Des Garcons,

As the world is going wild over your H&M collaboration, I can't even really think about it. To be honest, I was a mite bit annoyed with how few H&Ms in the US received the merchandise. I realize this adds to the exclusivity but have you seen how much of the merchandise has ended up on eBay? It means people who love the designs, don't have access to it and opportunists are making a quick buck . . . but that's beside my point.

I'm writing today because last month while visiting New York, I wandered over to your fantastic Chelsea store where I purchased yet another scent, which I love.

My younger sister Cornpuddin', even met me and she was in a good mood because she too, loves your store (and she's never in a good mood, after work). Cornpuddin' says shopping in NYC is depressing, but we love your designs.

I tried on several Junya Watanabe pieces, like the one above and they were all fabulous and the one I coveted most was completely out of my budget (typical). But what I really fell for, were these amazing wool tote bags which looked like soft pillows. When you picked up the handles of the bags, you could see the folds and gathers on all sides. The inside resembled a blossoming flower. They ranged from $200 - $350 and they came in red and blue. I don't know why I didn't act then, but I didn't for whatever reason. The next day, I came frantically running back. . . only to be told that another customer had phoned in and purchased both the bags! Gutted, I went home with my tail between my legs, but left my name with the shop in case they got in anymore. I then proceeded to try and find the bags online. I can usually find anything online. Not so much, this time. The bags are virtually impossible to find.

So if anyone's reading this. . . and you know where I could find one of the fabulous wool Comme Des Garcons tote bags A/W 08. . . please leave me a comment or let me know. It would be much appreciated!

Ice Cold Daydream - Shuggie Otis

Oh Gwyneth! The first time I was in the same room with you it was in 1999 at the White House for the VH1 Concert of the Millinneum. My father had allowed me to take off high school in order to work as a production assistant on the show (which worked out because I was a piss poor student anyway).

I really REALLY wanted to like you despite all the stuff the press printed about your shitty attitude and snotty ways. But right on cue, you came across as icy, aloof and miserable. I didn't even want to make eye contact with you. I was afraid you would sneer at me. Maybe you were just having a rough week. Or maybe your Miu Miu's (which looked pretty painful) were stabbing your feet? Who knows? But no denying. . . I still/will always love your style. Got Goop ?

(Photos: )

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sixtyten - Boards of Canada

I found something else to spend my hard earned money on! (I know you guys were really concerned about me not finding anything to buy). I first saw Complex Geometries hooded dresses on the Oak website. But when I went to the Oak store (in NYC) over the summer and inquired about "this cool hooded dress that I saw on their website", the salesgirl not only looked confused, but a little annoyed.

Recently Queen Marie reminded me that I love their designs and draping. So I took the plunge and purchased the dress and the shirt to the left.

But you know what I love about supporting good independent designers? (Besides not looking like a clone). The customer relations. I love the fact that you get emails from a person and not from an automated machine. And I love the fact that they really do care about your opinions and questions. Adam and Clayton have been super lovely to deal with. They kindly answered all my emails in a timely manner. I would highly recommend you check our their collection, I'm sure you'll find something you love. I really look forward to receiving my package.

(Photos: Complex Geometries )

On The Sly - Metric

One young assistant to a magazine editor was sporting this amazing cloak like jacket on her Facebook photo. (We met at a magazine in New York and bonded over dog walking responsibilities and stress). When I acquired as to who made it, she responded quickly and happily.


The jacket is from Catherine Holstein, she just had a sample sale and it was crazy marked down!"

Oh. This jacket.

It looks way cooler on my friend than it does on the pouty faced model, don't you agree? Times like this I miss New York. I absolutely never make it to any sample sales these days. But when I lived in New York, I never had any spare cash to play with for moderately priced fashion. Isn't that the pits? So, if I'm going to pay dearly, I would probably go with this Camilla and Marc jacket.

I love a red jacket.

(Photos: friends facebook page, Saks Fifth Avenue and Net-A-Porter )

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rabbit Fur Coat - Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins

"Assumption is the mother of all f*ck-ups" - Anonymous

I heard the motor of the UPS truck cut off abruptly in our parking lot. Followed by my mother's usual assumptions that the UPS man was headed to our house. Followed by her assumptions that I had bought something. She assumed right. "What on earth have you bought this time?" she bellowed up to me.

Before the UPS man could touch the doorbell, I ran down the stairs like a spoiled child on Christmas morning, barely managing to contain myself and fighting the urge to shout "Mine, mine! Gimme! Gimme!" My Calvin Klein coat had arrived and beautiful, it was. At first I didn't like the fit, with the snaps, but I realized if I just pulled it tight, and tied it without bothering with the snaps, it fit exactly the way I wanted it. And it was warm and soft. A little too soft. Angora rabbit?!?!? (They didn't state this on the website). Oh dear.

Those of you who know me, know that I'm not big on fur. To each their own, but it's not for me. I secretly think if you wear it, in the next life, you'll come back a mink. And you'll wonder, what it was, specifically, that you did to piss god off, as you're being skinned alive. My mother thought this situation was pretty funny, because I clearly loved the coat, but couldn't stand the idea of wearing something which took ten bunnies to make. She waited about five or ten minutes just to see how far I would compromise my values. But when she realized I was going to send the coat back, she suggested, I look up Angora rabbits before I act hastily.

The coat is mine. Everybody wins.

(Photos: Calvin Klein and Wikipedia )

Monday, November 10, 2008

Art School Girls - Ninjasonik

Maybe you were told, you were strange or different and teased relentlessly for your strange taste. And now, the boys eat that shit up with a spoon. Let us revel in our glory.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

100 Percent Trevira - Yonderboi

So now that all that election craziness is over, it's time to get back to the important things. What to buy with my paycheck. I don't want to jinx myself but I feel I've been fairly fortunate during this time of financial crisis, as far as workload goes. And as I have been working, like a madwoman, I do feel like I deserve a reward. However, the selection in the shops seem to be lacking these days and I usually leave empty handed.
My last couple of trips to New York, have been peppered with visits to Opening Ceremony where I have repeatedly tried on this brilliant dress by Anzevino and Florence . The one lone dress at Opening Ceremony is a size small and I seem to believe that one day it will miraculously fit and I will skip out of the store, shopping bag in hand. When I stopped being delusional, I got on my game and found their website. Fresh, new, inspiring and surprisingly moderately priced. Why the dress isn't available for sale is beyond me. It's made of this amazing fabric which, you can scrunch it up and it will stay bunched around your legs. Every time I come out of the fitting room, and the dress is poofed out around me, I think of Alice in Wonderland when she falls down the rabbit hole.

Plus it reminds me of something Helena Bonham Carter would sport around London.

And you have to admit, this little jacket is pretty nifty. Right side up? Or upside down? Which way is which? It's up to you!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

America - Simon and Garfunkel

The Polish news reporter with the bright pink lipstick asked me if I would so kind to check for an election update. I opened the page and blinked twice. Turning to her with a grand smile, but saying nothing, because she knew. (And she was on air very shortly). By the time, she had finished her broadcast, I could hear rounds of cheers coming from every street corner in Washington DC. Before I knew it, the crowds had covered the area in front of the White House, chanting and celebrating. I went to the very edge of the roof of the Chamber of Commerce (my little home away from home) and sat there with my i-Pod, listening to Fiona Apple's version of Across the Universe, weeping very openly. I think I found the America I want to be a part of. And I'm so very proud.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Changes - Seu Jorge (David Bowie)

As I get ready to embark on the busiest week of my calendar year of work, I bid you goodbye momentarily. When I next see you, America will have a new president. And if the winds of change blow in a beautiful, positive way, that president will be Barack Obama.

I want nothing more, than to see a president who looks a little like me, in this lifetime. I want someone who might understand my situation. I want someone who wants peace, happiness, goodwill to man and a more even playing field for all of us (not just those of us who already have piles of money). I want to tell my children how America stepped up to the plate and changed for the better. I want to tell their children. I want this country to win back the love and appreciation of the other inhabitants of this earth. Please vote (for Obama). xo

Changes - Seu Jorge

(Postcard: Post Secret )