24 August 2007

What time is it? Survey time!

I got this from the lovely Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal, and since I'm being lazy and not taking pictures of my fabulous new shoes, this will do. Plus, it'll be fun to take it again later and see what changes.

How many browser windows do you have open at the moment for online window shopping?
Zero. Although I do have an Etsy.com find in mind.

What music are you listening to right now?
At the moment, nothing. But I'm big into Nickel Creek, Patrick Wolf, Queen and The Strokes lately.

What was the last article of clothing or accessory you purchased?
Aerosoles "Romance" T-strap heels. They're lovely.

Where was your most recent HAUL and what was the damage?
Lol, I have no money.

What piece do you wish most to add to your closet at the moment?
Elbow-length black gloves for winter.

What current trend are you loving the most?
Plaid, for some weird reason. The return to chic. Oxford booties. Bright colors.

What current trend do you hate the most?
60s prints. Trapeze anything.

What is your fave style or fashion-centric television programs?
Project Runway, What Not to Wear.

Who is your favorite designer at the moment?

Favorite fashion house of all time?
Alexander McQueen.

What is your favorite footwear line?
I don't pay that much attention to footwear I can't afford.

Three fave materials?
Leather. Hmm...this is hard. Silk, definitely. Really fine cotton.

Three words to describe your overall sense of style?
Sexy, confused librarian.

What will your look be this summer?
I don't do summer fashion well, so a lot of bermuda shorts and tee shirts, with a few sundresses thrown in.

What trend do you see becoming the biggest this summer?
Summer is nearly over...?

What's your pick for the "it" tech gadget of the moment?

Whose your personal style "it" girl right now?
Zooey Deschanel, MK&A Olsen.

If someone handed you $10,000 where would you blow it?
Hmm. McQueen. I'm a spaz.

Favorite shopping destination?

17 August 2007

so good or no good: the strokes

Their music is amazing, as is their style.

Definitely so good.

10 August 2007

One of these things is not like the other

Perhaps one of the most amusing fashion phenomena at the moment is the designer ripoff. While it comes in handy for people like me (read: poor college student) when we want to have a wardrobe that is stylish in a way we cannot afford, ripoffs are generally obvious to spot, and consequently make the wearer look ridiculous (to me, at least). I have friends at school with "Prada" bags...and I can't for the life of me figure out where any of them could find the money. It may be that the label copying is more irksome than an actual "designer inspired" piece with no label.

Take these shoes, from Chloe. They're gorgeous, kind of a cross between the ballet flat and the gladiator sandal--chic without sacrificing comfort or some measure of practicality. Had I skinny, beautiful ankles, I would covet these in a second.

Thaks to Hipster Musings for the photo.

These are not the kind of shoes that I would think would inspire copying. They're very distinctive (unlike the peep-toe Louboutins that were copied so quickly you couldn't tell as much) and they don't seem like they would appeal to the general public like flashy heels would. But here is a coply, nearly identical except for the positioning of the straps, from Anthropologie.

They're the "Jigs and Reels" ballerinas, only $88. Excellent, no?

08 August 2007

Dress for Fall

Through a variety of sources, including the August "Lucky" and this post at Our Wishful Wardrobe, I have been toying with the idea of a purple dress for fall. I love the styling on the Lucky cover--the purple and gray is just the right balance of luxe and casual. The biggest thing with a purple dress, I think, is getting the color right--it can't be too light (looks pink) or too dark (looks blue).

Of all the purple dresses I've dug up (there aren't many), these are some of my favorites. The first two are from Forever21, so are well within my price range. The first is a cute style, good to wear for everyday, but the color is just a little bit dull. The second is a little odd style-wise, but the color is absolutely gorgeous.

These second two are from Net-A-Porter and are consequently way out of my price range, but are fun to drool over anyway. I love the sparkly detailing on the one on the right.

And then there's this awesome French Connection dress from Nordstrom.com, which is just expensive enough to be out of my range, but cheap enough to tempt. It's bright and shiny and everything you could want from a purple dress (except maybe some pin-tucks).

So, perhaps this fall if I am feeling blue, I will turn myself purple and go find a brilliant purple dress.

01 August 2007

Is it can be autumn nao?

Since I had the great idea to start planning my fall wardrobe the other day, all I can think about is how I want the weather to start turning colder, so I can go back to school (that is, have an excuse to wear nicer clothes) and wear fall clothes. Summer has never been my strong point in fashion. When I was little, all I would wear all summer were bicycle shorts and a baggy tee shirt. Now, it's better, but not by much. I have some cute A-line skirts and some bermuda shorts, but basically I look very un-put-together. I thought perhaps this spring that I could totally switch to a California surf bum look, with vans and ripped shorts and faded tees. But then again, I'm too "classy" for that.

Autumn completely revitalizes my look at life and fashion. I love the cooler weather, the waning of summer, the crunchy leaves. I love being able to wear jeans without sweating. I love breaking sweaters and boots out of hiding and feeling in the air the tantalizing prospect of a heavy jacket. There's a feeling of renewal as the summer fades, a feeling that I can start fresh again, that I can shed failed styles and grow new ones. It's always nice coming back to my wardrobe after a summer away.

Gah, is it September yet?