Friday, October 26, 2007
PS. I have nothing against Olive Garden but if you can have great Italian food at Il Cielo or I Cugini (or my favorite hole-in-the-wall, Alejo's), I don't think Olive Garden is even an option. On a side note, I'm really not a fan of chain restaurants except maybe The Cheesecake Factory.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I haven't been to Cabazon in a long time and my how it's changed. They have a lot of new stores that got me excited, namely the True Religion store. Much to my dismay, the styles they carried we too old (mostly from 2006). I was also excited about the Theory store but nothing really caught my eye. Well, there was one dress that looked really cute but it was still too expensive for an outlet store. BCBG had a bunch of cute stuff. I was really excited about Miss Sixty and found a cute blazer which JJ didn't like so I ended up not buying it. Overall, I was satisfied with the trip because I finally got my silver shoes!
For my loot, see below.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
I was flipping through my November issue of Lucky magazine and I noticed a few pieces by crispin & basilio. I thought, "the designer MUST be Filipino" since Crispin and Basilio are two very famous fictional characters in Philippine literature. So, in my downtime, I looked it up and lo and behold, the designer is Filipino.
Donny Barrios studied fashion at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. He used to design menswear prior to the launch of crispin & basilio. His collection of fun and flirty women's wear is pretty small but its enough to garner this newbie some attention. The up and coming designer has already been recognized in the fashion industry as a rising talent. Congratulations Mr. Barrios and may you bestow us with more of your designs in the years to come!
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Anyway, as much as I don't see the point in purchasing expensive bags, sometimes I see a bag that sort of "speaks" to me. In this case, it's the L.A.M.B. Love Lucca Medium Bowler. When L.A.M.B.'s spring handbag collection came out, a version of this bag was in the market - the Love Capri. I searched everywhere and they were sold out. I also liked the Love Capri Satchel, but like the bowler, it was sold out everywhere. When the Fall collection hit the shelves, this baby caught my eye again. This time available it's in only 2 colors, Anthracite (shown here) and Silver. I actually saw the Satchel in Silver at Intermix when I went with JJ last month. I immediately fell in love with it until I saw the Bowler version in Anthracite. The gray color is so trendy for this Fall season but since it's a neutral, it should be able to transcend the season. If you work in a corporate environment like me, this bag is still sophisticated enough to bring to work but it's definitely not boring or stuffy. The orange juxtaposed with the gray gives the bag a little bit of flavor. I'm not a big fan of the inside of the bag since it's lined with the signature L.A.M.B. stripe, but then again I'm the only one that can see the inside!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
These days, thigh high boots are available in luxe and luscious materials such as suede, lambskin and even wool. But I have to emphasize that these boots are only for the bold. These are pretty tough to pull of without looking cheesy or tacky. A great example would be Serena van der Woodsen from last week's episode of Gossip Girl. She wore a pair of flat-soled suede thigh high boots with her school uniform. The boots certainly add a certain flavor to her uniform and instantly boosts her sex appeal. She definitely rocked these boots, but then again, she's 5'10.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Jason Statham. Great body, sexy smile. Plus he does most of his own stunts. Total bad ass.
David Beckham. Sexy...but his voice totally ruins it for me. I was totally excited when they moved to LA but I am bummed about his injuries. It’s ok, he’s still a great soccer player.
The only American on my list, Milo Ventimiglia. I don’t need to expound, he already has and entry dedicated to his hotness.
As I said earlier, this list constantly changes. I think Matthew McConaughey got bumped off for Milo Ventimiglia. I'm spotting a trend as well. It seems that I’m attracted to dark-haired bad boys (or at least those who are badasses on screen).
So tell me, who's on your 5?
Monday, October 08, 2007
So much rests on the venue. The ambience, parking, food, music... This year I want somewhere that's a little more "chill". Not too Hollywood and not too pretentious. But I also want a fun place with music and dancing. After much thought, I narrowed it down to two places.
Cons: no dancing, no dancing, no dancing... did I mention there's no dancing
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
The items were reasonably priced. Seychelles boots were $45 ad all the other Seychelles shoes were $30. Seychelles shoes occupied a majority of the space with the quarter of the space devoted to BC Footwear ($20 each) and Smashbox Cosmetics (from $1). After whittling down my choices to 2 pairs, I headed to the cosmetics section. With Christmas nearing, I thought that makeup would make great stocking stuffers. It took me about 20 minutes to go through all the makeup. I think I spent a total of about an hour at the sale before calling it a day. To see my bargain buys, see below:
I know I said I found 2 pairs of shoes. I ended up only buying a pair since both shoes were nude and I decided to go with the dressy pair. The bottom picture of Smashbox cosmetics was all contained in one bag for $25. They offered 3 grab bags for $10, $25, and $100. I went for the $25 one not knowing what was inside (they were all sealed!) and I was pretty pleased with what I got. All in all, I would say that it was a good warehouse sale.
By the way, I should probably mention that I picked this sale over the Mike & Chris and LaROK sales. I'm still not sure if I made the right decision but I'm definitely happy with my purchases.
Friday, October 05, 2007
It's that time again, the dreaded visit to the dentist. If you're like me (and 90% of the population), you know that sense of foreboding a visit to the dentist's office evokes. I have to mentally prepare myself hours before the visit. Most of the pain is probably psychological, just in my head. I remember an incident when I was younger and I needed to get a molar extracted. I was crying the whole time I was in the chair, internally cringing and awaiting the 'torture' to follow. I had my eyes shut the whole time, sobbing in the chair. After a few minutes the dentist asked why I was still crying, if I was feeling any pain. I opened my eyes, bewildered and confused. Why was he asking me these questions? Ah, it turns out that he had already pulled the tooth. In my hysteria, I didn't realize that the procedure was done. I didn't even feel it! I felt like an idiot sitting there and crying. Well, 15 years later, I still hate going to the dentist.
I got into a conversation with my dental hygienist about the fear of dentists. She told me that there's a whole psychology behind it. They even offer it as a class to dental students! Most of it has to do with the pain (whether actual or imagined doesn't make a difference) and other times it has to do with the sound of the grinding and the drilling. Interestingly, some people fear the dentist because of the 'invasion of their space'. This was a weird concept for me to grasp. I understand space intrusion but not in the context of medicine (or dentistry in this case). I mean, I have to go to a gynecologist every year...talk about space intrusion. But in any case, some people feel that their personal space is violated when the dentist is prodding and poking around in their mouth. Well, I guess to each his own. I personally don't like the instruments. They're intimidating! If you don't believe me, see below....
Thursday, October 04, 2007
L-R Giuseppe Zanotti $520, Miu Miu $395, Dior $1,390 - All available at Saks)
(L-R Pedro Garcia $600, Loefler Randall $685, Modern Vintage $395 - all available from Shopbop.com)
(L-R Pedro Garcia $600, Loefler Randall $685, Modern Vintage $395 - all available from Shopbop.com)
(L-R Scorah Pattullo $578, Frye $248, Marc by Marc Jacobs $625 - all available at Shopbop.com)
(L-R Metallic Leather Sandal $785, Knotted Open-Toe Sandal $785, Burma Very Prive Pump $810 - available at Neiman Marcus.)
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
In today's economic climate of high inflation rates and job insecurities, a fashion-lover/shopaholic like me turns to sample sales. We all know that keeping up with fashion can drain one's bank account. One might ask, "why not just go to discount stores like Marshall's or Ross?" Well, that's because the merchandise from Marshall's or Ross are usually the overstock of big department stores like Macy's or Nordstrom. Sample sales usually offer indie designer labels that are only offered in boutiques like Mike & Chris or LaRok. Sample sale stock is usually only a season behind so if you go to a trunk show in the fall, you might find summer or spring wares.
Last weekend, my friend JJ and I braved a T-Bags Billion Dollar Babe sale at the W Hotel in Westwood. They offered a lot of their summer collection at this sale. The great thing about T-bags is that most of their clothes can be worn year-round. The only difference in seasons is the patterns that are offered. So, they might have a top in their summer collection that will be offered again in the Fall but in a different pattern.
The T-bags sale started at 8 am for Platinum members, 9 am for us Gold members and 10 am for the rest of the public. Arriving early is key in sample sales. Early arrival ensures that you get first pick of the lot. At the Barney's warehouse sale, JJ arrived before they even opened but was in the middle of the line. By the time she got in, all the 'good' bags were gone! If circumstances don't permit you to arrive early, at least make sure you have your running shoes on. I went to a bag sale with my mom about a year ago and as soon as the doors opened, these girls just rushed in. It was my first sale and my mom and I were astounded to why these girls were running. As soon as I got to the sale site, I realized why they were running...to get to the 'good' bags before anyone else. These girls had an armful of bags and they go to one corner to pick through their loot. If you even dared to look at them while they were going through their stuff, I swear they'd claw out your eyes!
Another advantage these girls had was that they travel to sales in packs. I guess this is to ensure that their loot is protected. Man, fashion makes girls vicious! Hahaha. I haven't resorted to such tactics because I don't want to ruin the experience for those of us who want to shop in peace.
So, to sum up, sample sales are great because you save money of designer duds but make sure you arrive early and bring some of your girlfriends or significant other (even if they're just there to help you carry your stuff)!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
I've been a Milo fan since his days as brooding bad boy, Jess, on Gilmore Girls. I thought he was a much better choice for Rory than Dean (gag!). He was great at playing Jess - rebellious but secretly intellectual. He was so good at his role that The WB offered him a contract even after his character was written off the show.
PS. I'm not digging this new look. I like his hair longer!
Monday, October 01, 2007
This cute, short-sleeved lambswool cardigan has all the features that I'm looking for in a cardigan! It can go from day to evening, casual to chic. This cardigan has cream-colored crochet trim that peeks out from each sleeve. A great way to stay warm and cute in LA!
With gray being the "it" neutral for fall, this cardigan is sure to look good with dresses, jeans, and even office wear! If you're bold enough, you can even pull it off as a dress with some opaque tights and exford pumps. That's major! Lol.