Thursday, January 31, 2008
On top of all that, I still have to do my work. I hope they don't ask me to come in this weekend. I've had the sniffles for a while and my boss practically shoved Airborne down my throat so I wouldn't get sick. I'm not "allowed" to call in sick in the next few weeks until the accounting department is up and running. Isn't life great? I hope they remember all this when bonus time comes around.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Spring 2006 was his first collection to be shown since going solo. Although his first collection was mixed reviews, he won the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award in 2006. This award is the equivalent of Best New Artist for the Grammy's. Past recipients for this award includes Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen.
The dresses below are part of Reyes' 2007 Spring collection. I love the details that make each of these dresses special. The Ruffle Wrap Dress (left) is quirky and sexy. The semi-sheer silk dress gives the dress a flirty appeal and the ruffles give it a hint of romance. The Strapless Wrap Dress (right), with its tight bodice and a slightly voluminous skirt, is sophisticated and utterly feminine. The details on the back of the dress (not shown here) gives the dress a little bit of edge that I almost mistook it for a L.A.M.B. dress.
(Both dresses are 50% off at Shopbop. L-R $1,017.50, $1,532.50)
Photo of Brian Reyes courtesy of Olympus Fashion Week website.
Photo of dresses courtesy of Shopbop.com.
Oh, and I am SOOO happy that Victorya's finally gone. Her designs were always poor-fitting and crappy-looking. I know Ricky just won a challenge but I hope he'll be the next to go. The crying is too annoying to bear.
Photos courtesy of Bravo TV.
I might be slightly biased in saying so since these are the daughters of my two best friends, but I think these two are the cutest babies! Maddy is almost 7 months and growing so fast. Mya is only over a week old and I know she's already thinking of catching up to her Ate Maddy. Awww...aren't they just the cutest?
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
designers, is your dependable navy but with more
animation and sophistication. Look for this cobalt-like
shade in many patterns and prints for spring."
Oh, if you're not familiar with Pantone, it is a think-tank based in New Jersey and it is the world-renowned authority on color. For fashion designers, they have a tool called Pantone View Colour Planner which is a "biannual trend forecasting tool that offers seasonal color direction and inspiration 24 months in advance." Pretty cool, huh?
You can visit Pantone's website for more information on their services.
Monday, January 21, 2008
My cookies arrive in February. I'll be counting the days 'til then. Yum yum.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Although I am no expert in bags (and diaper bags for that matter), I knew I can always turn to the those who are...the Bag Snobs, of course! So, I searched their site for their diaper bag suggestions. They actually had a few, since they are both moms.
Uh...no....just kidding. This bag is incredibly huge that you can fit your baby's necessities and your baby in it. Plus, it's heavy enough with nothing in it. Imagine how heavy it'll be with all everything else you'll need to put in it. Although the Bag Snobs sometimes use their birkins as diaper bags, this one is just too much. And by the way, this bag isn't one they suggested.
I am not a fan of Tory Burch. I find her logo to be annoying and some of her designs to be a little too predictable. All that withstanding, I think this tote is cute and big enough to lug all of baby's things. This is not an actual diaper bag so it doesn't come with all the pockets that a traditional diaper bag has. However, a purse organizer from The Container Store can solve that problem.
Mia Bossi 'Audrey' in Sand
This looks like a purse but it's an actual diaper bag! It even comes with a changing pad, a diaper holder, baby wipe holder and many more! This diaper bag is the answer to the fashionable mom that doesn't want to carry a cutesy floral diaper bag (i.e., click here).
Mia Bossi "Rex" in Trooper
A diaper bag for the fashionable dad. This messenger-style diaper bag has all the bells and whistles of a diaper bag but is designed with dad in mind.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
This photo was stolen from KRMN's blog...heehee.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Kindle is basically a portable reading device that allows readers to wirelessly download books, magazines, and newspapers. Although it's not the first of it's kind, it's the first one to utilize wireless technology. Since you have wireless access, you don't need to connect to a computer to download books. Magazine and newspaper subscriptions are automatically delivered and books can be downloaded in a touch of a button. For those who are worried about their eyesight, fear not because the font is adjustable!
They've thought about everything when they developed this product. It has a built-in dictionary and wireless access to Wikipedia. The memory is expandable to accommodate your growing library. And for those of you who like to make notes on their books, Kindle supports that too. The keyboard allows you to makes notes just like you would on a real book! You won't even need a bookmark since Kindle opens the book to the last page you read. My, my.
Right now, the Kindle Store has over 90,000 books plus magazines and newpapers you can browse and buy. An important tidbit that they fail to mention is the downloading time but according to customer review a full book can download in just seconds! Yay to no waiting! The only thing I would probably miss if I bought Kindle is actually seeing the books on my shelf. But then again, Kindle is sold out so I'd have to wait anyway (boo).
Photos courtesy of Amazon.com customers.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
I'm usually not a fan of loafers. They have a tendency to look dowdy. For some reason, the tract Loafer Heel looks absolutely sexy! I think it's the sexy heel. I'm not too pleased about the chrome insert at the bottom of the shoe but it's a little bit inconspicuous and negligible so it doesn't bother me TOO much.
What I love about this shoe, other than the subtle sexiness it lends to the wearer, is that it's perfectly versatile. I can wear it to the office to punch up a basic black outfit and I can wear it out at night to complement a cute party dress. How perfectly awesome would that have been?
And now I can't! It's gone! No more available in my size! The cream coloured version of this shoe is still available in my size at Revolve Clothing but it's not the one I really want. Decisions, decisions.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
I'm usually not a fan of frame bags because they have a tendency to look stuffy and stodgy. Not the case with the Majorelle. The frame top makes gives this bag a "no-nonsense" feel but the slouchy bottom give it a youthful touch. I also think that the frame top is the perfect touch to remove the trendiness of the bottom slouch. A beautiful combination of feminine elegance and youthful exuberance.
If I had to buy a bag this spring, this would be it.
Available at Saks.
Since I am no authority on the subject, I searched other fashion blogs and here are their picks:
Little Black Book of Style
Written by Nina Garcia, fashion director of Elle Magazine and a judge on Project Runway, Coquette says of this book:
Nina Garcia, Fashion Director at Elle Magazine and of Project Runway fame has one of the best eyes for style in fashion biz. In her new book,
The Little Black Book of Style (browse inside the book here), she dishes style tips and fashion sense in a book that not only gives you style inspiration, but also a glimpse into Nina Garcia herself. I loved reading the personal story Garcia paints on growing up in Columbia, how her fashion sense developed, and her fashion culture shock of the "preppies" when she arrived at an all girls boarding school in Wellesley, MA while in her teens. I also loved the Q&A interviews with fashion designers, stylists and models, including a great Q&A with Heidi Klum on how to dress for pregnancy. The illustrations by Ruben Toledo and the graphic design style of the book just make it all the more lovely to read. Nina Garcia, who spots amazing new fashion talent all the time, tells us that it's all about personal individual style, not about being perfect. Here, here!
Stylist:The Interpreters of Fashion
Of this book, Fabsugar says:
In the past couple of years, celebrity stylists like Rachel Zoe have really been thrust into the limelight. But the position has been around since the '30s, and the job description typically covers much more than making sure an actress looks Fab on the red carpet.
Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion, $48, by Sarah Mower, examines the role of stylists in fashion — from overseeing a magazine's photo shoot to organizing a designer's runway show.
It spotlights 16 stylists, including Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld and Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, but omits celebrity stylists like Zoe and L'Wren Scott, who works with Nicole Kidman. Each featured stylist has their own chapter, filled with their iconic work as well as personal looks at their own lives and tastes.
Deluxe - How Luxury Lost Its Luster
The original review for this book can be found on the Bag Snob's website. The reviewer, Linda Grant, now has her own blog and has condensed her original review as follows:
There are few fashion books as interesting, informative and rigorous as this one. Thomas is the Paris fashion and culture correspondent for Newsweek, I met her when she was in London in September and found her a mine of information about how high end fashion works and when it is and when it is not worth shelling out for it. I subsequently recommended the book to the PR for a major British retail chain who was as riveted by it as I was. It's shocking to discover that a Marc Jacobs bag is being produced in the same factory, on the same machines and made by the same person as a department store on brand.
Apart from these, there are tons of books on fashion out there that are available. There are historical books on fashion houses, art books featuring works of fashion photographers, how-to books from fashion gurus. A plethora of books are available on the subject of fashion that I've never thought to read about before. Silly me. I think I'll start from the bottom of my list since it's the one I find most intriguing. Happy reading!
PS. I don't know how I got from researching Gerry's Grill to her blog. Lol.