Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekend Candy: Gucci 'Guccioli' Pups


I'm usually not a big Gucci girl (my luxury brand of choice is Hermès), but when I saw these adorable pup charms I actually made a SQUEE sound. I'm a dog fanatic and all over anything that even closely resembles my Bun. Of course my fiancé, being the best fiancé in the world, surprised me with Ulisse for our two-year engagement anniversary.




See more Gucciolis at Gucci.

Also available at Holt Renfrew ($175 CAD).

Beauty Fridays: Pretty Hair Ribbons

I loved pretty hair ribbons at Alexis Mabille's 2009 Fall Couture Show. What a clever way to add some decor to your hair. Short or long? It works both ways.

Easy enough to do and oh-so-perfect for the Holiday season.

Alexis Mabille Couture Fall 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bridal Love: Icing 101 Accessories

Oh so pretty!

Something Blue bridal comb ($32 US)

While wedding dress shopping is turning into a minor (still ten months to go) fashion crisis, there is no shortage of gorgeous accessories. In fact, some of them are so pretty that I could probably wear an oversize white T-shirt and still look adorable (no, I'm not going to test this theory). But I'm definitely beginning to think that wearing a simple dress adorned with stunning accessories is the way to go.

While browsing on Etsy, I discovered Icing 101's incredible bridal accessories. Oh my, what a find!

Wedded Bliss sash ($55 US)

Raven's wing black skinny sash belt ($45 US)

Wedded Bliss sash ($55 US)

Corsages ($20 US)

Swan Queen bridal bobby pins ($16 US)

Shop Icing 101 on Etsy.

Dear stylish future and past brides,

Any tips? I would love to hear from you. Please email me.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Gossip Girl: "How to Succeed in Bassness" Fashion Round-Up

First thing: I expect more fashion from our young gays! And no, Zac Effron hair doesn't count. C'mon Eric: bring some sass to your school uniform! I would love to style Eric... In fact, I would like to see Eric as the Queen B: a rich gay kid surrounded by a sea of girls... that was more like my high school. I want to see a full on war between Eric and Little J. Bring it on, writers! Who would win? My money is on Eric! He is a Van Der Woodsen after all. It's in his blood.

And what? No Vanessa? I was just getting to like her, all sassy and evil.

Serena's 'work' outfit is an improvement and less 'lady-of-the-evening' than her usual. And, thank God, she finally exhausted the entire Herve Leger fall 2009 collection.

3.1 Phillip Lim 'Nailhead' cardigan
Wayne X-Back blouse
Cushnie Et Ochs skirt
Made Her Think necklace
Sergio Rossi pumps

Serena's 'flapper' dress was gorgeous... Me. Want. Now. And yay for Jennifer Behr! I could spot her hair accessories a mile away. Oh I love the Judith Leiber Crystal Clutch so much. It's everything I could ask for from a clutch.

Dear clutch, can you be so small to fit perfectly into my little hand, shiny and gold like the sun, and soft enough to roll like a piece of paper?


Collette Dinnigan dress
Jennifer Behr hair clip
Christian Louboutin 'Galaxy' pumps
Judith Leiber crystal clutch

Blair and I both have a thing for Milly. It's pretty much all she wore this episode. I featured her Milly chain cardigan in black last week but white is nice too.

Milly 'Evelyn' begonia print blouse
Milly eyelet skirt

Milly chain-edged cardigan
Milly Silk sheath dress

Blair was an absolute dream at Chuck's speakeasy (doesn't he already have one of these?) opening. One can never go wrong with long black pearls and t-straps.

Alberta Ferretti fringe dress
Suzanna Dai necklace
T-straps (not sure but they kind of look like Chie Mihara 'Sando')

And finally, the Queen B herself. Not bad Little J.

Catherine Malandrino black leather jacket
Marc Jacobs blouse
Hammit 'Signature' bag in red
Falke fishnet tights
Alexandre Birman python booties
Alex Woo 'Little Luck Elephant' necklace

Next week: Eric VS Little J, Blair VS Serena! Please let it be good!


It Girl

P.S. Thanks to and InStyle Magazine for some of the info.

Shoe Wednesdays: J. Aldridge by Sea of Shoes Tall Wedge Lace Boot

When Jane Aldridge first announced that she was doing a collection for Urban Outfitters, I was a bit skeptical. What does a seventeen-year-old girl with a taste for very expensive shoes have to offer to the world? Apparently a lot! I must admit that I like about 75% of the collection! A promising start to what I believe will be a long career in fashion for Jane. This is a good example of a fashion muse testing the fashion waters in the right way (yes, I’m looking at you Lindsay for the wrong way); start low, aim high. Urban Outfitters was a perfect venue for Aldridge: hip fashions at the prices that most of her readers and fans can afford. She knows she has a lot to learn about design, and (although I don't personally know her) it seems she put a lot of herself into the collection. I genuinely hope we will see more in the future.

I love everything about this boot: the two-tone colour, the laces, the wedge heel. I want.

$128.00 at Urban Outfitters.

Sea of Shoes

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bridal Love: Jean Yu

Finding a modern and chic wedding dress (that I can afford) appears harder than I thought. In my search I discovered Jean Yu, an up-and-coming New York-based designer that has been a fashion insiders' (including Rei Kawakubo and Gwen Stefani) favourite since the opening of her store in 2001. Now I see what all the fuss is about!

So pretty and elegant.

Monday, October 26, 2009

See: Coco Before Chanel

I must have read about five or six different books depicting the life of the great Coco Chanel. The problem is that they all feature contradicting information about her early life. Nobody really knew young Coco. This is because Mademoiselle Chanel had a penchant for lying. Some would even say that she was a pathological liar. That's fine, of course, as it just makes her more interesting. The problem with the film is that the character of Coco is a bit of a caricature of the many Coco myths but played by Audrey Tautou with the charm of Amélie. The real Coco was a gritty gal, even at a young age. Don't forget, as elegant as she was, she did sleep her way to the top (even though Coco would have called it feminism). And in all honesty, while I was not in love with the film, it is certainly worth seeing for the beautiful scenery and magnificent costumes. I could watch Coco cut men's clothing with a cigarette dangling from the corner of her mouth for hours alone. But did I learn more about Coco? No.

illustration by Adrian Tomine (The New Yorker)

For once, Anthony Lane and I agree:

"The problem for Audrey Tautou is that she is doomed to trail clouds of “Amélie” wherever she goes. Those inky round eyes and that pixie mug insure that hers are the features, poor thing, that social anthropologists will eternally reach for when asked to illustrate the term gamine. Or mignonne. She does her best to capture the sullen grit of the young Coco, and the sour distaste she felt for those off whom she sponged; but it’s hard to jut your jaw when you don’t have much of a jaw, just a perfectly rounded chin, and the adamantine hardness of Chanel—not just in her bone structure and bearing but in the elimination of all fuss from her couture and all wasteful palaver from her soul—is probably beyond an actress as winsome as Tautou. The ideal would have been Kristin Scott Thomas, twenty years ago. Maybe she could take over, should Fontaine decide to tell the rest of the tale." - Anthony Lane (The New Yorker)

I can't wait for Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky. I have a good feeling about this one!

Bridal Love: Jennifer Behr Hair Accessories

I have already featured Jennifer Behr last month, but this time it's all about the bridal collection. For the bride, everything has to be impeccable - especially the hair since it will be photographed more than the dress. Waist up is what really counts! I'm beginning to think splurging on one of these is an investment as so many can be worn in non-wedding situations.

petite vined crystal headwrap ($250 US)

voilette headband ($165 US)

single pleated flower on hairpin ($198 US)

encrusted crystals on silk chiffon ($595 US)

petite victoriana with stitched pearls and crystals ($225 US)

double poppy on headband with veiling ($675 US)

Good news Vancouver: Jennifer Behr accessories will be carried by Lynn Steven Boutique opening sometime on late November. I can't wait.

P.S. I should really start dress shopping but I hate traditional wedding gowns. Suggestions?

Item(s) of the Week: Diane von Furstenberg Pom Pom Hats

Well, it's officially hat season. Add a bit of oomph to your favourite winter outfit by adding one of these adorable hats by DVF.
Gallinet Pom Pom Hat in Black or Red ($200 US)

Jasmina Pom Pom Hat in Black/Sepia ($150 US)

backstage at DVF Fall 2009 Ready-to-Wear

Are these not the cutest?

Available at

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Candy: Assad Mounser Jewelry

I love discovering new designers and developing new fashion obsessions. Meet my new one: Assad Mounser.

Cotton Candy Necklace Multi ($350 US)

Candy Bracelet Multi ($195 US)

Amanda Assad Mounser is a NY-based jewelry designer and, in my opinion, a very promising newcomer to the fashion world. Her premiere Fall 2009 collection has already been featured in the pages of Vogue.

All Assad Mounser pieces are handmade. The two primary themes behind every piece of jewelry in the line are layering and creating with a contrast. All pieces have a look that is both lady like and edgy.

Regal Necklace Gunmetal ($395 US)

Regal Necklace Multi ($395 US)

Vogue UK (September 2009)

Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes

I want.

For more go to

Beauty Fridays: Statement Nails

Forget nude shades and French manicures, this fall season is all about statement nails. It's time to have a little fun with colour.

Tao Okamoto in Vogue Japan (November issue)

Rodarte Fall 2009 (Lippmann Collection nail polish in Marquee Moon)

Chanel Fall 2009 (Chanel Jade)

The trick is to keep the nails fairly short to be able to pull off these looks. I prefer deep greens and blues for the Fall. Here are some stand-outs form OPI.

Have fun!