Fashion Fades; Style is Eternal

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Impressed much, Judy Garland?

Cacharel.

A moment ago, a picture of Mila Kunis popped up on my computer from some silly link that I clicked on...while desperately trying to get inspiration for a write-up to post today.


Three things immediately ran through my mind:

1. Where is she going to have dressed like this during the day? Shouldn't it be night?

2. Not sure if I'm totally loving the double ankle straps of her ivory pumps...hm wait, or is it actually the double straps that elongate her legs instead of stub them down like a cigar?

3. WHO IS THE CREATIVE GENIUS BEHIND THAT FABULOUS DRESS???

Needless to say, after viewing this picture above, inspiration had come FLOODING in...and it all belongs to one word: Cacharel.

Cacharel is a French brand, which eventually evolved into an International hit. Starting back in 1958, Jean Bousquet came to Paris to launch a small, hand-crafted business, specializing in woman's pants. Today, Cacharel is sold in a worldwide network of large department stores including Barneys, Saks, Harvey Nicols, and Le Printemps.

"Coolness, romanticism, freedom, and avant-gardism are the key words of Cacharel, which keeps creating the silhouette of a self-confident woman, who loves to play with fashion, without being subjected to its diktats."

It wasn't until the inspiring picture of Mila Kunis in Cacharel appeared that I even knew what this name meant. I'm not saying that Cacharel is the new Chanel of RTW, because the Pre-collection Fall Winter 2011-2012 seriously looks like it was based off of the KKK...


...but, I was certainly impressed with the Resort 2011 collection and picked out a few of my favorites to show you and get your mind off that scary look shown above.





Cannot stress enough on how much I just love the playfulness that Cacharel brings to this collection. I would wear any of these pieces any day of the week. The clothes have so much utter confidence built into them, they seriously makes any woman draped in them appear to be rocking the ground she walks on.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New Del Mar Wine Destination.


Sip, an intimate urban-style wine bar, at Flavor Del Mar is my newest favorite spot to sip wine. It's always exciting when fun new places open up in Del Mar, especially those that really hit a good note! And by good notes, we're talking over a selection of more than 40 wines by the glass to try...





I'm really obsessed with this chic, yet cozy, corner tucked away in the Del Mar Plaza. It was the perfect place to stop by after a great date night dinner down at my favorite Chinese place in town, Del Mar Rendezvous. Although, I wish I hadn't eaten quite as many Konnyaku Noodles because Sip has an extraordinary selection of cheese plates to try!

P.S. Sip is also open earlier on in the day, so if gorgeous sunsets are of interest to you, you have to be sure to fit in a little wine during the beautiful one in view every day from this hot location!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Louis Vuitton Architecture and Interiors.



The Louis Vuitton boutiques to me, are just as exquisite as the merchandise on display within the beautiful L.V. doors. I thought this video captured the amazing creativity that went into the architectural design of the Louis Vuitton stores, and I found the broad range of variety throughout the stores to be fascinating.

Which beautiful Louis Vuitton stores have you traveled to?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

White Jeans.

Topic of discussion...white jeans. Someone could literally base an entire blog off of white jeans alone! Trending currently, this denim staple is a definite hit or miss in my database - and I have always had mixed feelings about the white wash. Not necessarily other people pulling it off (because I think it's a great look) but myself personally.

Coming from a wardrobe of black skinnies galore, I bought my first pair of white denim about a week ago. I don't know if it was the crazy sale going on at Bloomingdales of Fashion Island, the multiple mimosas my mom and I had over brunch earlier, or just the slave I am to J Brand jeans...but I did it.

I know. I am SO late on this trend. At least I caught on a week before Labor Day. Although, I am a firm advocate of keeping out your whites, at least for those of us who live in Southern California. We have at LEAST two months of summer left, as sad as it makes me putting off my Fall wardrobe for that long.

You're probably expecting me to go off about the "Rules to Wearing White Jeans" now, but I'm not going to (as fun as that may be). It's pretty simple, use your head, you don't need me to dictate how to wear jeans...especially noting that I was a white jean virgin up until a couple days ago.

I am however, going to share with you a few of my favorite picks currently at Bloomingdales. I'm a Neimans girl at heart, but when it comes to the jeans department, Bloomingdales is killing it hands down...

J Brand Mae Slim Bootcut Jeans in White

Elie Tahari "Deidre" Power Stretch Skinny Jeans

Vince Crop Skinny Ankle Jean

rag & bone/JEAN Skinny Corduroy Jeans in Winter White

Paige Premium Denim Lou Lou Slim Flare Leg Jeans in Optic White

P.S. These are all about to go on sale for the Fall, if not already on sale. So, now is a GREAT time to stock up!

The only pointer I'm going to give you, is whatever you do please stay away from white True Religions. I say no, but they keep givin'? They definitely are not giving you anything except a white pocket butt that is unflattering on even the skinniest, one cracker a day, wafers out there.

Great options to stick with: J Brand, Hudsons, Paige, and Vince!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

French Goal in Mind.


Today was my first day in Advanced French. Mind you, I haven't taken french for a good few years and living in California, rarely do I get the time to keep my skill up to par. Ok, who am I kidding...never do I have the chance to practice the French language - except of course on Christmas Eve when I go into our local french bakery to pick up almond croissants for Christmas morning and try to impress the much younger boy working at the front counter. It's a joke how extensive my vocabulary reaches in this situation.

This image above however, visually sets a definite goal in mind to get through the semester...

-LMP

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brooklyn Designs.

So, the other day I was boredly scrolling through my twitter timeline (behind an adorable, yet incredibly slow couple in line at Pinkberry), and I came across a picture of a bracelet tweeted by @brklyndesigns. It took about half a second for me to become completely obsessed with this jewelry line...

Chalcedony & Vermeil Bracelet


I instantly responded to @brklyndesigns's tweet saying how much I loved the bracelet and shortly after, we got to talking via email about her new line coming out this Fall of 2011. To summarize, I fell IN LOVE with all of it. Before I share some of my favorite pieces by Brooklyn Designs, let me tell you a little bit about the company...

Brooklyn Designs was launched in 2003 by Brooke Mosher, a very talented designer who originally started her design career as a wedding cake designer. Brooke Mosher offers high quality craftmanship in her designs, which are heavily influenced by the natural landscapes of the South Coast of British Columbia, the West Coast rain and modest glamour.

"Sparkling crystals and vintage filigrees are great for dressing up, while our organic brushed hoops are the perfect complement to wear every day.

Now, it's time to share with you some of my very favorite pieces from the Fall 2011 collection by Brooklyn Designs...it was not easy picking these out!

Swarovski Teardrop Hoop Earrings
$59.00

Vermeil Turquoise Brushed Chain Bracelet
$145.00

Cosmic Swarovski Gold-filled Wire Wrapped Ring
$69.00

Swarovski & Black Spinnel Tassel Hoop Earrings
$65.00

Bezelled Onyx & Swarovski Gold-filled Necklace
$95.00

My very favorite...
Purple Quartz & Black Spinnel Gold-filled Bracelet
$119.00


It turns out that I found Brooklyn Designs just in time! Through talking with Brooke, it looks like this Fall is going to be a huge upcoming season for Brooklyn Designs. I found out that her jewelry is going to be worn on the new Rachel Bilson show, Hart of Dixie, which is airing this Fall on the CW network.

"They have quite a few pieces especially bracelets from the collection and I can't wait to see what they end up using on air," says Brooke on her jewelry being featured on the Hart of Dixie.

I then got a chance to speak with Brooke about the release of her Fall 2011 collection which I, personally, am so excited about.

"I am in love with it. It has a higher end look than what I normally create, but it still has the same clean lines and modern aesthetic which my clients have grown to love about Brooklyn Designs," says Brooke on her Fall 2011 collection.

Click here for a list of locations,
Or, shop online at:
http://www.brooklyndesigns.ca

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Boy Who Matches Your Shoes.



In the Spring/Summer 2010 Salvatore Ferragamo campaign, shot by Mario Testino in Monaco, Claudia Schiffer is transformed into the elegant Grace Kelly. This ad campaign features Schiffer in Ferragamo's outfits, bags, and shoes, representing a life of leisure and luxury in a breathtaking location.


At the end of the day, it really is all just about finding a pretty boy who matches your shoes...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Herve Leger Bandage Dress Crimes.

Lets talk about the iconic Herve Leger Bandage Dress for a moment here...


I'm not one to knock down the signature bandage dress. Perfect fall-back dress to keep in the closet, no one will criticize you for wearing it (except for me, and I'll tell you why in a moment), and it's a great dress to throw on when you want to stick with a solid color wardrobe to show off a killer pair of shoes or piece of statement jewelry.

There was one Vegas trip we went on for my boyfriend's birthday last year where the only dresses I brought to go out in were an assortment of H.L. bandage dresses. This decision was primarily due to the fact that they fold perfectly (and don't wrinkle) in a L.V. duffel bag that I was forced to CARRY ON the airplane. Worked out great under the circumstances that I'm no longer allowed to go on group trips with checked bags...but I'll save that story for another time.

Now, that moment has come, and I will discuss with you when and why I will criticize you when you're wearing an Herve Leger Bandage Dress...

1. The Herve Leger Bandage Dress is the Rich Girl's American Apparel Spandex Jersey Dress. I know it sounds harsh, but it's true. No creativity went into the design of the dress what so ever from either lines. (Clarification: This is obviously a different case if we're talking about some of the more intricately woven bandage dresses...but I'm referring to the PLAIN SOLID COLOR bandage dress.) Please make it your own! Throw on a cropped leather bomber jacket, grab a bright snakeskin clutch, wrap a bunch of chunky necklaces around your neck, anything!


2. You have no style if you are wearing your Herve Leger Bandage Dress, boring Christian Louboutin pumps, and Jumbo Sized Chanel Reissue 2.55...and you're at a cocktail/celebratory event. The only thing this ensemble you've chosen proves is that you have expensive stuff. Don't bring your 2.55 to a festive function - this is a casual daytime bag, I don't care how much you spent on it. AND don't wear your classic Louboutin pumps - this is just boring. If you're wearing a Herve Leger Bandage Dress, we already know you own at least one pair of red soled pumps. So the same applies here from my first point, if you're going to wear your bandage dress as a cocktail dress make it FUN. Play it up with your accessories.


3. Don't cycle around your Herve Leger bandage dresses with your friends, family, or close acquaintances. It looks ridiculous when you all buy 2 seasonal colors and then switch them out on a rotational basis. Showing up the next weekend in your girlfriend's teal that she wore the previous weekend (and is now at the same event wearing your coral you swapped out for) just looks silly. We're onto you. We know what you've done. Your dress is not a chameleon and now might as well be on Rent the Runway.


Please don't commit these Herve Leger Bandage Dress crimes because you will be ridiculed by me. They are great dresses on certain levels - you're able to re-wear time and time again, they flatter most figures because they eventually gravitate to your personal curves or lack there of, and they are prime for packing. DON'T ABUSE THEM by making stupid mistakes!!!

If you do make one of these mistakes this weekend, I will not call you out on it, I may even compliment you on your choice of wardrobe, but I will be laughing at you on the inside and I will probably share this with the people that I'm with once you leave.

-LMP

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cathy Waterman.

Remember when I said to spend wisely when it came to costume jewelry? And to "save your money for the serious stuff?"

Well, I have found the serious stuff.

Actually, more than the serious stuff, I have found actual treasure. Emailed to me today from Barney's was a feature on Cathy Waterman. This designer is FABULOUS. And this statement is not based off of one typical "me" styled, black and gold feature pieces that become my new must-have of the second, it is based off of 70 items from Cathy Waterman that came up in a search on barneys.com. What a talented, talented jewelry designer.

Before I go on, let me share with you a couple pieces that I would die to be wearing right now...

Sapphire Pear Earrings
$29,950.00

Diamond Thorn Leaf Band
$6,680.00

Pink Tourmaline & Diamond Ring
$11,180.00

Rustic Diamond Acorn Earrings
$19,500.00

Oval Swirl Ring
$25,120.00


What I just love about all of these rings is the stackable factor. Now, you aren't going to go around stacking the Oval Swirl Ring with the Pink Tourmaline & Diamond Ring, but all of the bands (like the Diamond Thorn Leaf Band) can be stacked to look really incredible. Talk about a loaded finger...watch where you point that one.

Another thing that I really love about Cathy Waterman's styles is how great they look on all flesh. Depending on your skin tone, you may typically have to go with more blue tones (in platinum or silver settings) or more rose tones (in rose gold or yellow gold settings). This isn't even a thing you have to consider worrying about in Waterman's designs. With the way that the metals are mixed in Waterman's designs either by themselves or with additional gems, they literally look good on all skin shades.

With that being said, they are also really great to mix with any of your other jewelry - you don't have to follow the "rule" by wearing all gold or all silver pieces. Any Cathy Waterman piece you pick can be intermixed with your favorite gold snake bangle and your huge jeweled Yurman no problem.

I seriously am dying over these pieces and I hope you love them just as much as I do. It's so fun to find great designers without going mainstream. I know the price point is a little up there but I'm sure you have enough of your typical stuff by now...go start having fun with unique pieces that you don't see on 5 other girls sitting with you in the same trendy restaurant. You want your date to tell the difference between your hand and the next.

Find your own dream piece or pieces at:
www.barneys.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

JUST IN! Refurbished Lucila Iotti Shop!

After contacting Lucila Iotti to introduce myself and snag a pair of fabulous heels for my own, Alberto Mammi, business partners with Lucila Iotti, sent me great shots of the newly refurbished Lucila Iotti shop!

Thought I'd share them with you so you can get an inside look at the Lucila Iotti boutique! The store is just so chic, I want to take a trip to Argentina right now just for this. But until that day comes, here is a little peek...







Lucila Iotti.

"The use of patent leather, suede, satin and vynil mixed with original accessories work together in an elegant and bold way with eclectic combinations and colours"



Introducing Lucila Iotti, a fabulous shoe line created by Argentinian shoe designer, Lucila Iotti. Inspired by her mother's high heels and red lips, elegance, and Haute Couture, this shoe line projects a sense of boldness and provocative glamour that widely captivates and stuns.






Only available at the Lucila Iotti boutique in Argentina.
Malabia 2212, 1425 Palermo, Argentina


However, if you email info@lucilaiotti.com with the style name, they can be mailed to your door via FedEx.


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