Fashion Fades; Style is Eternal

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Eye-Opening Monday.

Christian Louboutin


My favorite part about Monday mornings is catching up on the daily fashion news in my inbox that I was just too busy wearing over the weekend than actually reading. Just a half an hour or so of browsing through missed Who What Wear digest, my favorite Fashion bloggers, and Bergdorf & Barneys email features and I am completely inspired for the rest of the week! This morning was particularly eyeopening.

Here are a few things that made me bright-eyed this Monday morning...

1. The RealReal

The RealReal

"Luxury Designer Resale: Stylist-Selected, Amazingly Priced"


This site is an amazing treasure chest full of designer pieces (new and loved) that are absolute wardrobe gold. My friend and blogger (blog: TheWineTasticWeekend) sent me out an invite over the weekend and I became instantly obsessed! I knew it was going to be good coming from her - Michelle has amazing style and is always in the know when it comes to quality designer pieces - but this good? I had no idea! Be sure to check out The RealReal for yourself, you don't want to miss out. I currently have a fabulous pair of Hermès wedges (new) being shipped straight to my door for $125.00 and am on the look out for the Louis Vuitton boutique opening tomorrow!

2. The Chanel Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture Show




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Spring-Summer 2012 Haute Couture Show


Absolutely dying over this glamorous take off into the world of Haute Couture. Chanel nails this collection with the beautiful blues and mile high sense of utterly chic and effortless class. I probably watched this show about fourteen times...and then went on to browsing images and reviews. Breathtaking!

3. Lanvin Icon Faces Set

Lanvin
Icon Faces Set

$115.00


So I was writing a few notes out to dear readers and collaborators this morning, and just as I had stamped my last one, an email from Barneys buzzed on my phone featuring this fabulous boxed set of Lanvin stationary! This set includes ten printed envelopes featuring Lanvin girl illustrations at back and lined front for address, five colored pencils for decorating, and roll of tape featuring fun sayings and illustrations. Talk about bad timing for this week's notes...but by next I will be practicing my penmanship on Lanvin!

Happy Monday Darling!


Xo,
LMP

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How to Fake an Engagement.

This game is really quite simple darling, and it never gets old!

Attraction, by Harry Winston


1. Location, location, location. Anywhere that comps a bottle of Dom P. is a good choice, and dim lighting is optimal. [L'auberge, Market, NINE-TEN] Also, don't be too obviously showy by sitting at a center table for two. This is cliché and well, awkward.

2. Outfit choice - give it a thought or few. Business casual is a no, no. This is a "surprise" celebration after all! Wear a fun short dress and shave your damn legs. Be sure to wear your hair down, no girl wants to be slipped a diamond around her finger with an elastic in her hair. Oh, and wear fabulous shoes...you will be stared at.

3. As for props, a real diamond is key and is what makes this game really, really fun. You can try on a fake diamond at The Rack (if this sick sort of humor pleases you), but getting fake proposed to with a real Harry Winston is like Christmas morning.

4. You'll need a partner for this game. Preferably a tall, dark, and handsome man. He cannot be your significant other (this game is pretend!) and he cannot be someone your significant other could get jealous over (technically speaking). In my preference, the gayer the better - they also come best dressed!

5. Timing is key. Be sure to at least have a few sips (or cocktails) in your system before playing the winning move. Don't eat dinner yet and stay away from the bread basket, you don't want to draw attention to yourself with a food baby, everyone watching will think you're getting married due to a real bun in the oven - not so adorable.

6. Act surprised, shocked, and well...beautifully and flawlessly in love. This will be the most attractive engagement of your life because you're well informed of it coming. No tears, no nerves, no commitment, and come to think of it...no actual thought process what so ever behind the word "yes"!

7. Enjoy the attention, glance down at the beautiful diamond, get tipsy off the endless champagne, and feel satisfied and fancy-free that by morning this was only just a dream!

Dedicated to my dearest, and never to be fiancé, Andy.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My Sister's Closet.

I absolutely love browsing through My Sister's Closet. No, not my sister Laura's closet...although she has more expensive "pants" than I do (two pairs generally total the cost of a Chanel bag), they're for horse back riding - not a night out on the town. And no, not my sister Lindsay's closet...she's super into this whole Bohemian Hippie meets Urban Chic look; which, as fashionable of a look it is, I'm far too Downtown Couture to pull it off.

I'm talking about my other sister; My Sister's Closet is a place offering "recycled designer apparel" aka a fabulous consignment boutique with tons of hidden Couture treasures.

As much as I love having lunch at Fred Segal and shopping on Melrose, I always end up spending my money shopping at Fred Segal over the local shops. Not because you can't find anything (I once found a great Louis Vuitton clutch for $5 at SLOW - no lie), but because it takes so much damn effort shifting through the grungy mess of "vintage" and "Couture"!

My Sister's Closet has absolutely no "grungy mess" and is one of the cleanest and organized consignment stores I've ever been in. Having already five locations in Arizona, I was thrilled when they opened up a great shop in San Diego! Also, if you're not able to visit one of the stores, you can just go onto their website where there is a small preview of some of the great items in stock. You aren't able to order online, but next to each item, the location where the item is at is posted and you can call in and purchase on the spot! (Standard Domestic shipping is only a flat $15 fee.)

Check out a few items that are on the site currently...

Vintage Hermes Tweed Leather Satchel
$995

Gucci Tiger Design Dress
$495

Jimmy Choo Size 38 Pink Slingback
$100


An Hermés bag for under $1,000? Jimmy Choo's for $100? This is no joke.

P.S. My Sister's Closet is currently having a Winter Sale - all items on the website and in stores are 50% off the listed price (except for Coming Soon and Spring items). This is only until Wednesday, January 25th - tomorrow - so act fast and those Jimmy Choo's could be yours for $50! That's the price of a pair of Jessica Simpson's...on the last call discount rack. Gross, go with the Choos!


My Sister's Closet
8610 Genesee Ave., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92122


http://www.mysisterscloset.com/

Monday, January 23, 2012

Rainy Day Essentials.

Chanting "rain, rain, go away, come again another day" will unfortunately, only put you into further denial of the dreary weather situation at hand. Luckily, I have an in office job and am not subjected to the rain too much throughout the day (poor Mr. Postman)...however, when my lunch break comes and I have venture out into the rain to pick up my Americano and overpriced salad, I'm sure to be prepared!

Here are some essential items to get you through the rainy day...

Hunter Boot for Jimmy Choo


Although the above Hunter Boot for Jimmy Choo are ideal, I understand if you want to modify (downgrade) your indulgent purchase to a standard Hunter Boot from a Choo. In any event, Choo or not, Hunter makes the best. Your Ferragamo "rain boots" may be posh, but the metal logo will get damaged. Trust me, I'm talking from personal experience. If you want to take that risk for the sake of fashion, go for it, but my dear...rain boots of any sort are not fashion. Poo on you.

Moncler Jacket


A Moncler jacket is so necessary if you want to stay dry. Don't buy a fake because water will seep into your deserving jacket and ruin the rest of your clothes. Either that, or I will come and slash it. Oh, and while you're making your purchase...be sure to dress your boyfriend in Moncler too!

Chanel Umbrella


A chic little black and white Chanel umbrella is just divine. Impractical, I understand...your husband will kill you if you charge this to the card, as would my boyfriend. Settle for a chic little black or white or red umbrella from anywhere. I haven't seen a cute one in San Diego yet, and there's an understandable reason why no investment is going on seeing that it only rains a handful of times in a year that is actually umbrella-worthy. I won't hate on yours, promise.

Burberry Mega Check Silk Stole, Trench


Bust out your Burberry. The bigger the better. This Mega Check Silk Stole is only $350.00 - if you're familiar with Burberry, the scarves don't vary that much in price depending on the size...so, get the biggest. It's better. Always.

Leather Bow Gloves


These are kind of really necessary. No, not because they're gloves and you need gloves. You really don't need gloves at all...especially when you're driving 2 blocks down the street to get your Americano and overpriced salad. You need them because they're on sale. That's right, Prada on sale. From $370.00 to $166.00 on Neiman Marcus online. If you don't purchase, excuse my (non) French, you're an idiot.

P.S. Helpful rainy day hint...stash your first place compliment winning designer bag and whip out the Louis canvas. Your beautiful Birkin (or what have you) is not to be subjected to damage over one day in the rain. That's just cruel.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Manolo Marathon Winner.

Pain is Beauty, and yes...sometimes that means toughing it out in your fabulous (yet shin-kickingly painful) shoes for the sake of fashion.

However, it is just inhumane to subject yourself to this every single weekend!

That is why you need a good few pairs of "Marathon Shoes" to have on wardrobe standby for those evenings where you want to dance the night away, run from hot spot to hot spot, or simply just enjoy yourself without your beautiful shoes getting in the way from a fabulous time.

YSLs, Louboutins, and Fendis are NOT considered "Marathon Shoes" in my collection. As gorgeous and treasured as they are, by midnight I, (now, not so) secretly, feel like requesting a wheelchair.

However, here are a few hot picks that I can recommend to you from personal experience as being shoes I can literally run a marathon (night) in...

1. Manolo Blahniks in absolutely any style except the classic design shown last (Sedaraby). Although I love this last design and plan on wearing the 'Something Blue' Manolos on my wedding day(s), they really aren't all that comfortable like the others.

Netochka


Pepe


Sedaraby
(No, no)


2. Lanvin wedges. These are the most comfortable shoes for day - i.e. miles and miles tracked walking around South Coast Plaza - but the Puzzle Wedge Pump is a perfect choice to dress up for night!

Puzzle Wedge Pump


3. Sergio Rossi's height to length ratio of the shoe is perfection for comfort. As long as you stay away for the patent styles (which do not stretch out to fit your feet as any shoe sales person will tell you - liars!) you'll be in great shape.

Platform Round Toe Pump


4. Tabitha Simmons makes dressing up your feet for a night out like a spa day. You won't get any more glitz and fun patterns for as much comfort. I hate to say this, but these are the less painful way to wear Jimmy Choos.

Evita


5. Alexander Wang makes fabulous pumps in great colors and skins that can be mixed and matched into any outfit no matter what color/skin combo you choose. Pair these blue textured Wangs with an all black wardrobe, a tan Herve Leger bandage dress, or a funky color block mod-styled skirt. Anything goes and anything works.



Rundown:
1. YSLs, Louboutins, Fendis = Foot Amputation.
2. Manolos YES YES YES, but get the right size, these generally run small.
3. Skip out on patent, generally speaking.
4. Heel height to shoe length ratio is key when assessing comfort.
5. Marni looks comfortable because they're ugly shoes, but they suck.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Lay Your Head Down, Little Supermodel...

These fabulous pillows by Jonathan Adler are the perfect addition to your nook. Your finest hours of beauty sleep are guaranteed to be awaiting...

$10,000 A Day
$165.00


Sparkle
$98.00


Nothing Tastes As Good
$116.00


Sleep soundly, gorgeous! Zzz.

Friday, January 20, 2012

RIP Etta James

"This is a man's, a man's world
But it wouldn't' be nothing
Nothing without a woman, a woman or a girl"

Legendary Etta James
1938-2012



Etta James, the unforgettable blues singer and one of the first women inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, passed away and ended her battle with chronic leukemia on Friday, January 20, 2012 at her home in Riverside, California.

May she rest in peace, at last.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gay Men Don't Get Fat.

Simon Doonan
Gay Men Don't Get Fat
$24.95


"Forget everything you've learned from French women - the secrets to looking and feeling fabulous are here, in this wickedly funny book by bestselling author, style icon, and Barneys New York Creative Ambassador Simon Doonan."
- Barneys New York


Gay Men Don't Get Fat is a fabulous book that I recently read. Just the title alone is so true - all of the dear gay men in my life are skinny to perfection and most make me jealous on the regular by wearing the same size pants as me when we go out. This is a must read. Xo.

Simon Doonan is a marvelous author who originally worked on Savile Row prior to becoming the creative director for Barneys New York. Here, Doonan designed window displays way beyond extraordinary for more than two decades. Simon Doonan is currently a contributor to Slate.com and has been busy with guest appearances on shows including Gossip Girl, Iron Chef America, and America's Next Top Model. Simon Doonan is fabulously residing in New York at the moment with his dear husband, Jonathan Adler.

"Simon Doonan is one funny gay nugget."
- Chelsea Handler


http://www.barneys.com/


P.S. Visit Simon Doonan at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills from 1:00-3:00PM (FL 2) to celebrate the launch of his new book!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

#fashionicons

One of my dear fashion forward readers recently tweeted me:

@LPriceSOright Keep em' coming! You entertain me girl. You're a true fashion addict. Who is your favorite fashionista? #fashion

My reply was:

@SimoneWasserman Love MK Olsen, circa bohemian chanel not homeless student, Kate Moss, Rachel Zoe, and SJP all the way. #fashionicons

This tweet definitely got me thinking - my very favorite fashionista? It was impossible to just pick one (and in 140 characters or less, for that matter)!

My favorite fashionistas inspire me, they motivate me, and most of all they influence my wardrobe.

Just take a glimpse into my picks...

Mary-Kate Olsen:

Mary-Kate Olsen Solo on the Red Carpet


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen


With or without her sister, Mary-Kate Olsen nails accessorizing. Bohemian Couture never looked so well done...and effortless.

Mary-Kate Olsen in Vogue Italia June 2007


Kate Moss:

Kate Moss with Designer Marc Jacobs at the Met Gala


Kate Moss Street Style


Kate Moss is a legendary fashion icon for inventing what we call "street style" today - but for her it's considered luxe on the pavement.

Supermodel, Kate Moss


Rachel Zoe:

Rachel Zoe Accessorizes


Rachel Zoe in Leopard and Fur


For the love of glam, Rachel Zoe is the queen of style. Taking style to the next level, I die.

Rachel Zoe in Closet Attire


Sarah Jessica Parker:

Sarah Jessica Parker in Marchesa


Carrie Bradshaw in Fur


On the red carpet, or as Carrie Bradshaw, SJP is always one step in a bold fashion statement direction. Most in thanks given to this closet...

Carrie's Closet in Sex and the City

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fit back into your Couture with Lauryn Evarts.

The new year is here and an entire new year of Couture will be coming down the runways. So so exciting, I know! Unfortunately, some of us still have our old year pounds clinging onto our bodies from the destructive holiday season.

Sadly all the eating and drinking ourselves festively out of our high fashion zippers and into our not even close to Haute Couture sweats set us back a few strides on the catwalk. You want to be able to fit back into your Couture, don't you?

Lauryn Evarts from The Skinny Confidential is here to help...

Lauryn Evarts

"Fitness instructor, skinnista, blogger, baker!"


The Skinny Confidential is a fabulous blog created by Lauryn to keep you in check and at your absolute best. She promotes a healthy (and skinny) lifestyle by sharing with you healthy eating habits, low-cal recipes, and amazing workouts to keep you thin and toned - aka all of your skinny sources in one spot!

Lauryn Evarts

"Skinny is a mindset and a lifestyle. Live it!"


Ever since Lauryn's blog, The Skinny Confidential, came out a few months ago, I have been completely obsessed! Every entry is a pathway to maintaining your skinny, which is a very important thing to maintain if you want to show off this season's runway statements in a way that the designers would be proud of!

I got a chance to interview Lauryn and get the skinny on shedding those gingerbread house decorating (eating) afternoons and champagne nights of feasting! Remember the memories, forget the bulge.

Here's what our fabulous skinnista had to say...

- What foods do you recommend up-ing and minimizing to get back into shape after the holidays?

I would recommend lots of veggies, fruits, proteins (eggs and tofu are my favorites) and water. I try to drink my body weight in ounces with water. It helps immensely in regards to weight loss. I am also trying to cut back on alcohol. I drink it sparingly. I feel like it's fine to go crazy during the holidays, as long as you know you're going to pay afterwards. I modify my diet post-New Year's Eve. Lately, everyday I have two ounces of wheat grass, a large veggie juice & a salad with protein for dinner. Breakfast is usually oatmeal with pumpkin spice, blueberries, bee pollen and ground flaxseed.

- What's your go-to food to keep you on track when you're craving the past holiday sweets?

Veggie juice. I stop by my local juicer and it's quick, easy and effective. It helps to keep me full too.

- Do you recommend following any cleanses to detox after this time of year?

Definitely. I feel like a detox is super effective after all the holiday eating and drink. I completed a cleanse last week found here: http://theskinnyconfidential.com/2012/01/04/juice-detox-day-1/. It was easy, besides the fact I craved a glass of red wine at night!

- What is your work-out schedule like on a weekly basis after the holidays to trim any excess "holiday cheer" that may have clung on?

I believe in breaking a sweat everyday. I try and live by this motto each and everyday. Working out to me is similar to brushing my teeth. I am so used to doing it, it's not a chore. I usually do cardio once or twice a week, Pilates three to four times week, Pure Barre twice a week and workout with my training group once a week. Lately I have been incorporating yoga in to my workout- it's amazing for stretching the muscles. I love working out it- it's therapeutic and allows me to clear my head.

- Is there a total all-body move that you find leans you out almost instantly?

Reformer Pilates allows me lengthen my muscles while toning them. It's also quick (forty minutes, check it out here: http://theskinnyconfidential.com/2011/11/17/sculpt-pilates-plus-spx/). My boyfriend is impressed too with how much its changed my figure. I hate bulky muscles. Light weight keeps your metabolism going for thirty-two hours after a workout, as opposed to cardio which keeps it going for only two hours. I prefer light weights to cardio any day!

- Now that all the leftovers are gone from the kitchen, what are you cooking?

I am cooking constantly. I love quinoa pasta, fresh tomato sauces, fresh berry pies, whole wheat thin-crusted flatbreads, salads with light champagne dressings, veggie stir-frys, stuffed peppers and black bean and jalapeño tacos. I am not a big meat fan. I always say I am a "practicing vegan." I try to eat vegan 50% of the time. If I consume meat or fish it's usually turkey, tuna, chicken and/or turkey bacon.


Here is one of my skinny recipes: http://theskinnyconfidential.com/2011/11/11/rolled-oatmeal-protein-pancakes/ - I love these pancakes for a Sunday morning!


So with all of that being said, there is no reason why you shouldn't be back into runway shape for all of your favorite Spring collections.

Follow The Skinny Confidential and fit back into your Couture in no time!

http://theskinnyconfidential.com/

Monday, January 16, 2012

Ballerina Dreams.


If you were like me when you were young, you dreamed of being a ballerina. There was nothing that I wanted more than to twirl around in blushing pink on the tips of my toes, wear an elegant bun on top of my head, and be lifted gracefully up in the air by a strong T.D.H. (tall, dark, and handsome) prince...naturally.

Like most little girls, I took endless ballet classes until I reached the magical level of wearing pointe shoes...and then I quit.

Luckily, given up on becoming a famous ballerina or not, we're able to incorporate the beautiful style of ballet into our fashion and create a delicate, breathless image.

Rodarte S/S 2008


Chloe Spring 2011


Dior Spring 2009


Fendi Tulle Embellished Platforms


Christian Louboutin Ballet Stilletos


Without going straight for the runway version, which even I have to admit would be a bit extreme for day to day wear, here are a few ways to ballerina-ize yourself and not just by not eating (although in all honesty, that gives off a pretty great willowy effect):

Don a pulled back bun, tuck a flowy top into a tutu (or chiffon) inspired skirt, ditch the nude stockings and opt for a pale pink pair or perhaps ones with decorative seams running up the back, amplify your stride with lace up platform sandals (such as the Fendi pair shown above) in a pale pastel color.

Reverence!

Become Unfashionable.


So darling, make it your own. Do please remember where it starts, when it is on...you better make sure it is damn fashionable. Let the becoming happen in the closet archive.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Fashion Faux Pas on the Airport Runway.

Fact: Airports are a landing strip for fashion disasters.


Unfortunately, jetsetting is no longer a glamorous activity...and I don't care who you are or how you fly, but it just isn't. Even if you are dressed in your perfectly structured tweed Chanel suit and matching pumps on your way to first class, you still have all the garbage surrounding you - obese security, sticky kids, teenagers in pajamas, celebrities often being confused for a member of the homeless community, and not to mention all souvenir shops and food court lights as your backdrop.

Now, as much as I would love to be an activist for dressing your best for the take off, I'm so not.

The last thing I want to wear for sitting on a plane for an hour, god forbid fourteen, are my pointy-toed Manolos (security: hold up), a structured McQueen blazer (in flight: panic attack) and a pair of my Mason 00 silk trousers (arrival: wrinkle city!) - so not pleasurable traveling.

This doesn't mean I'm going to look like a downright ensemble criminal and get stopped and strip searched by the Fashion Police, only to "accidentally destroy" the clothes I was wearing and be forced to buy something out of the gift shop, which is then to be considered an improvement.

What needs to be done, dare I say it, is dressing with modesty. Choose an outfit that is of comfort, can be handled and messed around in, and please please please, look somewhat put together.

Traveling is not a time to dress like a Diva (or act like one) and it is certainly not a time to dress like a terrorist of style. You simply want to be incognito.

May I recommend a few picks to get you through your traveling unnoticed better than hiding behind a pair of Tom Fords...

1. Lululemon Athletica - Anything as long as you didn't wear it to your Pilates class an hour before you got through security. Gross.

2. Ponchos - Not to wear on Rodeo Drive, as I very clearly stated in my post Pretty Woman, but very acceptable when done tastefully at an airport.

3. Escada-esque Caftgan - A more covered up version of a basic maxi dress, may be of thin fabric so be sure to bring a shall or slouchy cardigan along to layer.

4. JBrand Skinnies - Any style, try a "jeggings" pair for extra comfort.

5. Hermes scarf, fur, shawl, etc. - Don't be cold, you'll have snot dripping down your nose at baggage claim.

P.S. I don't care what shoes you wear, just make sure you can take them off before security in a timely and appropriate fashion.



And don't worry, you'll be able to change as soon as you check into your hotel. Who wanders around all day in airport clothes? Now that, my dear, is a fashion disaster...

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