Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Aldo 'Choen' Wrap Ankle Flat

I love the idea of a sculptural ankle cuff. These canvas ballet flats from Aldo are a great affordable alternative for the "Safari Army" trend. I love the brown thick ankle strap holding it all together. Wear with skinnies or with bear legs and shorts.


Also available in black.

$55 CAD at Aldo.

Mad About Florals


Egle Tvirbutaite in Elle (March 2010)

I'm loving all the pretty florals this season. I love the idea of mixing them and wearing florals head-to-toe. Sounds a bit crazy but, when done well, it can look quite effortless. I love the way it looks on Egle Tvirbutaite in this month's Elle. I've selected some of my top pics for this season's florals from high-end to cheap-chic.


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DRESSES
1. Stella McCartney spring linen-blend dress ($1,195 US at Net-a-Porter)
2. Marc by Marc Jacobs ($500 US at Net-a-Porter, $595 CAD at Holt Renfrew)
3. See by Chloe floral silk-satin dress ($395 US at Net-a-Porter)
4. French Connection 'Totally Tropical' strapless dress ($115 CAD at French Connection)
5. Topshop drape floral dress by Rare ($118 US at Topshop)
6. H&M Garden Collection floral dress ($59.95 CAD at H&M)


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TOPS
1. Erdem 'Callie' printed silk blouse ($450 at Net-a-Porter)
2. Zimmermann laced floral chiffon top ($260 US at Net-a-Porter)
3. DKNY garden print sequinned tank ($230 CAD at DKNY)
4. Joie 'Izzy' bracelet sleeve silk blouse ($208 US at Piperlime)
5. French Connection safari floral beach tunic ($75 CAD at French Connection)
6. H&M Garden Collection floral bustier ($24.85 CAD at H&M)


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MINIS & SHORTS
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Blazing Star' bubble skirt ($370 US at Net-a-Porter)
2. H&M Garden Collection floral skirt ($34.95 CAD at H&M)
3. American Eagle 'Ditzy' floral skirt ($29.95 US at American Eagle)
4. Erdem shorts (€520 at Colette)
5. Rosa Cha printed cotton shorts ($215 US at Net-a-Porter)
6. Topshop faded floral saloon shorts ($60 US at Topshop)


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BAGS
1. Chanel 'Icons' classic flap bag (price by request at Chanel)
2. Marni small woven tweed bag ($1,130 US at Net-a-Porter)
3. Fendi floral signature pouch ($365 US at My Theresa)
4. Paul Smith floral canvas w/ leather trim tote ($335 CAD at Gravity Pope)
5. ASOS floral print canvas duffle bag (£25.00 at ASOS)
6. Topshop ruche vintage floral clutch ($50 US at Topshop)



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SHOES
1. Dries Van Noten ($800 US at Gimmie Shoes)
2. KENZO pumps with open toe ($230 US at Yoox)
3. Paul Smith 'Leela' print peep toe ($595 CAD at Gravity Pope)
4. Camper floral mary-jane ($200 CAD at Gravity Pope)
5. Deena & Ozzy oxford ($48 US at Urban Outfitters)
6. Kimchi blue floral skimmer ($28 US at Urban Outfitters)

Happy shopping!

Gossip Girl: "The Empire Strikes Jack" Fashion Round-Up


This week we learned that dirty uncle Jack has magical powers over women. So much so that they would betray their own children. I'm intrigued to know what these powers are: I suppose they are coming from inside his pants. We also learned that all models are evil and that they like to drug and take advantage of little virginal fashion designers. And also that everyone gets a second chance in fashion ('tis true, just ask Marc Jacobs).


And with that, Jenny finally gets something else to do other than being a drug mule. Even Rufus approves, so much so that he let his sixteen year-old daughter leave the house looking like an expensive Eastern European prostitute. We can't blame her. Girl's gotta work it to compete with Serena's magical boobs for Nate's attention.

Yigal Azrouƫl coat
Be&D 'Garbo' convertible bag
Magaschoni scarf
D&Y slouch beanie
DKNY tights


Blair's mom returned this week for Eleanor Waldorf Designs' (loved Eleanor's "Feed the masses, eat with the classes.") pop-up show for her junior line, enlisting Blair to handle the guest list. You'd think someone like Eleanor Waldorf would have a powerful PR person handling these things (perhaps the same person that invited Amy Astley from Teen Vogue)? So Blair returned to her awesome scheming this week by hiring high-end Valentino wearing escorts ("prostitutes are people too") to attend her mother's fashion show (I'm sure it has happened before in real life. Roberto Cavalli's clientele often looks very suspicious to me).

Blair, in her new role as a fashion show pimp, showed up dressed to kill in a gorgeous Isabella Tonchi tribal print dress. That dress even helped her acquire some Columbia minions. And remember, when it comes to headbands, "the bow goes on the right."

Isabella Tonchi dress tribal-print
Stephen Dweck necklace
Amedeo cuff
cut-out ankle boots


Same cannot be said about her crazy-aunt-going-out-for-tea outfit earlier in the episode. I mean the pieces alone are all stunning but together they were a disaster! The hat is killing me.

Christine A. Moore hat
Proenza Schouler
coat
Oscar de la Renta blouse
Elie Tahari skirt
Hue tights
Chanel bag


Meanwhile on a totally different show, Serena gives Vanessa some crappy relationship advice. V takes it because, as we know, S is really successful in all her relationships. And Dan must be a really heavy chair napper because Vanessa somehow managed preparing a full-on lobster dinner and give herself a Grace Kelly makeover without him even noticing. Grace Kelly aside, Vanessa's other outfit was nothing short of amazing. That sweater, that Matthew Williamson (who I hear is a big fan of the show) silk watercolour blouse, those necklaces... I'm loving Vanessa this season.

On Serena:
Helmut Lang Chrysalis Top
Stephen Dweck Serpent Cuff
On Vanessa:
Cynthia Steffe sweater
Matthew Williamson blouse
David Aubrey green bead necklace
Gara Danielle turquoise necklace

earrings from the show's costume department



Next week Vanessa strikes with a killer all-black ensemble.



You know you love me.

xoxo,

It Girl

P.S. Thanks to InStyle Magazine and Karissa from Gossip Girl Fashion for the info.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Item of the Week: GAP Denim Motorcycle Jacket



For bargain shoppers, this adorable motorcycle jacket from the GAP is the best bet for the summer. At only $69.50 US, one can do no wrong here. With a slim shoulder, it is a slightly more feminine update to the classic motorcycle silhouette. It has been washed to vintage-like perfection.


A cute denim jacket is a must-have this season.

$69.99 US at the GAP.

Also, for those of us with cute little ones in our lives, the Stella McCartney for GAP spring collection will be available Monday, April 5th at the Vancouver Robson store. Sailor chic for girls, cowboy chic for boys. Kids these days dress way better than we did...


www.gap.com

Friday, March 26, 2010

Beauty Fridays: Cover Girl LashBlast Length Mascara + Giveaway!



When it comes to drugstore brand mascaras, Cover Girl is always a go-to brand, and rivals most high-end mascaras. Millions of make-up artists swear by it.

Lash Blast Length is the newest addition to the Cover Girl mascara family. A little bit more demure than its big sister (the original LashBlast), LashBlast Length aims on making your lashes longer, not thicker.


I tried it in 'Very Black' and I approve. It lasts all day without flaking or smudging due to the addition of the Elasta-Nylon™. It's definitely for women that prefer more natural looking lashes, adding length without looking overly done up. Less volume, more length. Great for a daytime look. I hate looking overly done up so it's perfect for me.

Cover Girl LashBlast Length in 'Very Black' ($9.99 CAD)

I like it so much that I'm giving one away! Comment below until April 4th for a chance to win. Winner will be selected through a random draw. Good luck!

www.covergirl.ca


Congrats to M1RACLE for winning the mascara!

Thank you all for entering!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Camilla Skovgaard Cut-Out Bootie






Good things comes to those who wait. I waited for years for Camilla Slovgaard shoes to arrive to Vancouver. They are here and they are beyond amazing. Her signature serrated rubber platform soles are just killer! Every shoe is an achievement in design - a beautifully sculpted piece of art.






Camilla Skovgaard holds a BA and an MA in footwear (why is this degree not available in Canada?). She began her career as a couturier, but eventually shifted her focus solely on shoe design. Her first collection, while still a graduate student, was purchased in its entirety by Saks Fifth Avenue. Some people are just born to do something special. She was born to design shoes.


Camilla Skovgaard

Welcome to my wishlist.

$550 CAD at Holt Renfrew.

www.camillaskovgaard.com

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Gossip Girl: "The Sixteen Year Old Virgin" Fashion Round-Up



This week's plot still screamed "daytime television," but it's gotten a little bit better. Dirty uncle Jack is back looking dirtier than ever. I wonder what dirty uncle Blair sex was like: dirty (as is my mind)? Chuck's maybe mom is sketchy and in cahoots with dirty Jack (how did Chuck fall for this?). No one works or goes to school. Lily and Rufus are still boring. Dorota and Eric are still M.I.A. Jenny is still a virgin or at least a half virgin (remember that amazing Regina George line in Mean Girls: "I was half a virgin when I met him"?).

And she is still in all black. Mourning her sad life as a privileged Upper East Side teenage queen and trotting her drug-earned YSL 'Roady' around. To give her the benefit of the doubt, she has been pretty unlucky in love so far. We've all been there, Jenny: sixteen and delusional, watching Dirty Dancing on repeat. But really, no one mends a teenage girl's broken heart than a gay boyfriend or a gay step-brother (which she clearly has), but the writers have been ignoring for weeks now! You know what a gay boyfriend could also fix? An all black wardrobe.

angsty black stuff


Now that she is a grown-up, Vanessa is a DVF girl. Sexy, confident, and a little bohemian. That "no-friend" dress was killer. Still boggles my mind how she can afford all this stuff. I mean, she should be the one selling drugs and stealing Valentinos.

Diane von Furstenberg 'Lele' print dress
Oscar de la Renta clutch
Isharya cuff

YSL necklace

Wolford tights



What is Serena doing with her life anyways? I'm all for being a rich bitch/kept woman but c'mon: she has no interests in life, unless you count Adam Handler, Jake Hendrickson, Matt Price, the art teacher from Prague, Nate Archibald, Dan Humphrey, greasy Aaron Rose, that stupid guy she met in Spain, Carter Baizen aka Almost Chuck (he will be back this season!), and Tripp Vanderbilt. Am I forgetting someone?

But she sure looks good in Stella McCartney! Remember that Stella lace jumpsuit she wore to a family Thanksgiving dinner? Slutty. But it works for her (hence the above list of conquests).

Stella McCartney Fall 2009 dress
Siman Tu black drop earrings
Valentino clutch



Blair was almost her old self with the bright blue coat and blue skirt ensemble but it was just a little off. Maybe it was her blue tights? Too much blue? I much preferred her Dior rose cocktail dress at the New York Historical Society gala. Plus that line was killer: "Pathetic. Suburban moralists in mom jeans. I'd pity them if I wasn't scared they'd spill orange soda on my Christian Louboutins."

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2009 Dress
Christian Louboutin pumps (not pictured)


Best dressed award goes to Lily. I love when she wears chignons. Plus anything Dries make my heart go wild. I love that she paired her Dries with that amazing Judith Leiber chain clutch (do you see that double chain?). She is just perfection. Can't wait for Dr. Van der Woodsen (Billy Baldwin!) to shake things up.

Dries Van Noten dress
Judith Leiber chain-strap bag



Next week: Eleanor Waldorf returns for New York Fashion Week. Models, virgins, drugs...



You know you love me.

xoxo,

It Girl

P.S. Thanks to InStyle Magazine for the info.

PPS Jack Bass: "I never realized how many sex puns you can make out of 'Chuck Bass." I can think of at least three. You?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Item of the Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs Blazing Star Bubble Skirt

As I mentioned in my "Prints at Play" post, prints are a huge deal this spring season. The bigger, the better. Remember that old tired rule your mom always told you, that it's never good to mix prints? Get that out of your head because it's totally a thing to do. Mix florals with geometric prints (stripes, plaids, polka-dots), tops and bottoms... anything goes. There is only one loose rule: if one print is particularly large, keep the other one small. It worked for Marc Jacobs.


How adorable is this bubble skirt?

$370 US at Net-a-Porter.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Read: Karl Lagerfeld in Vice Magazine


Seriously one of the funniest interviews I have ever read. Interviewed by the infamous writer/filmmaker Bruce LaBruce for Vice Magazine, Karl opens up on everything from gay marriage, acting for Andy Warhol, porn, bourgeois, to why he wears his sunglasses in public. Seven pages of pure amazing-ness that is Karl Lagerfeld. Karl Poetry at its best.

His sunglasses are his "burka" but don't ask him to take them off during an interview.

I had an interview once with some German journalist—some horrible, ugly woman. It was in the early days after the communists—maybe a week after—and she wore a yellow sweater that was kind of see-through. She had huge tits and a huge black bra, and she said to me, “It’s impolite; remove your glasses.” I said, “Do I ask you to remove your bra?”

Yes, seven pages of this kind of amazing-ness.

Read the complete interview online at www.viceland.com.

Beauty Fridays: Copper Nails


Jason Wu S/S 2010 RTW


Copper tones were all over the spring 2010 runways, most prominently at Jason Wu's collection. I love the nail polish that adorned the various models' nails. While I'm usually not a huge fan of gold and silver of metallic nails, copper makes for a richer, creamier shade that is actually quite pretty.

Jason Wu's make-up artists used CND's 'Copper Chrome,' which looks gorgeous. Unfortunately it's hard to come by as it's not readily available and currently sold only to make-up professionals.


CND 'Copper Chrome' #549 ($9 US at CND)


I've selected few other notable shades that could achieve a similar look.

Sephora Collection 'Reggaeton' ($7 CAD at Sephora)

O.P.I 'Cosmo-Not Tonight Honey!' ($12 CAD at Pure Nail Bar)

Spa Ritul 'Gold Digger' (more of a copper tone, $18 CAD at BeautyMark)

Butter 'The Old Bill' burnished copper ($17 CAD at BeautyMark)


I love the idea of rich sun-kissed nails coupled with a little bit of summer tan. It gives it that coveted 'summer goddess' look.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

She Is Love: Q&A With Nicole Bridger

Last week I got a rare opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at local designer Nicole Bridger’s Fall 2010 lookbook shoot.

model Nicole Tusznio ready to strike a pose

Bridger focuses on designing unique casual clothing using eco-friendly and socially conscious fabrics. Following her successful collaboration on Oqoqo with Lululemon Athletica, Bridger’s own namesake label has made a mark on the Vancouver fashion scene.


photographer Candace Meyer and model Nicole Tusznio

I sat down for a quick Q&A with Bridger while a very talented team (including Vancouver photographer Candace Meyer, art director Mark James, and Mode Models’ Nicole Tusznio) prepared for the shoot.


Have you always wanted to be a fashion designer?

When I was young, I thought that I was supposed to go into the sciences like my parents [and become] a dentist or a veterinarian, but I always sewed my own clothes. My first love was the son of John Fluevog. We were together for four years, and his dad became like my dad, and I was like “Oh, you are doing what you love and you are making a career of it!” Ever since then I’ve been dedicated to becoming a clothing designer and having my own line.

What’s your design philosophy?

I really love fabric and the draping of fabric. I really got to learn more about that when I was working for Vivienne Westwood and she does that sort of sculpture fabric. I like to take the fabric and put it on the dress form, play with it and see what it does, but in a wearable way, and not as exaggerated as Vivianne Westwood. Eco-philosophy really dictates what kind of fabrics I use. I’m also about the functionality of clothes. It needs to work: I need to be able to throw something on and run out the door.

How does your Vivienne Westwood experience affect your design sense? What else did you learn from her?

She taught me that I can be who I am and still be in this business. I’m really not a fashionista. I’m really not into the shallow end of the business, so I wondered if I needed to be that person in order to be successful. She is totally herself, riding around London on her little bicycle and stays totally who she is. She showed me that you can use what you love and your talent as a vehicle for something meaningful, like she did with the whole punk anarchist movement.

What inspires you and do you have a muse or a style icon?

I look at what’s going on in my personal life and lessons I’m learning. I’m really into personal growth and spiritual development. So: whatever is happening in my life while I’m designing. You can’t deny that clothes have feelings; when you see shapes, they portray a feeling. I take these feelings and make them visual.


S/S 2010 Nicole Bridger lookbook
(photography by Candace Meyer, art direction by Mark James)



Do you listen to music while you work and, if so, what are you listening to at the moment?

Sometimes when I’m working, more when I’m working out. Right now I listen to DJ Gorje Hewek, [who is a] deep house DJ. I used to rave back in the day and when I’m working out I still like to move since I never go dancing anymore. But when I’m in the studio, there is quite a variety of things I listen to, like Postal Service. I like older stuff like Al Green. It’s all over the map.

What can we expect for Fall 2010?

I had a baby last January and unfortunately I had to leave my husband at the end of November. I’m always drawing from my personal life: it’s not something that I want to shout out, but it’s just what’s happening. So, I call this collection “Healing Heart.”

Because I was in survival mode, I didn’t have huge amounts of energy or time to invest. I was already in this process of paring down the line, really looking at what our best pieces have been, and they were all the pieces that I’ve draped. People are really resonating with those: I guess it’s become our look. I took seven pieces that I feel are our best and revamped them. I’ve made it easy for myself but it’s very true Nicole Bridger.

Are you looking to branch out into accessories and shoes?

My big picture, absolutely, eventually. I have this vision for this company that really stands for high style, but sustainable. What I would love to do is a baby and kids line, and a men’s line, and shoes, bags, even skin care. But that’s not anytime soon. Right now I’m focusing on streamlining. I’m making the line smaller and better, so instead of branching out, I’m doing the exact opposite.

Describe Nicole Bridger in three words:

Laughter, harmony, and love. Love definitely has to be in there because I put “I am love” labels on everything. In our true selves we are all “love energy,” so it’s kind of a reminder to come back to what we really are underneath it all.




The shoot took place in a gorgeous old apartment in Vancouver’s picturesque Kitsilano. Photographer Candace Meyer used all natural light to capture Bridger’s easygoing but edgy style. And if S/S 2010 is something to gauge by, I’m expecting gorgeous ethereal images coupled with some sass. I can’t wait to see the finished product.

For more information on Nicole Bridger, visit www.nicolebridger.com.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Shoe Wednesdays: Kors by Michael Kors Two Strap Sandal

I love this gorgeous sandal by Michael Kors. The thick straps coupled with a little asymmetry and a sky high heel is sure to get my heart going. It's a perfect go-to sandal for glamorous summer nights.


$295 CAD at Gravity Pope.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Gossip Girl: "The Lady Vanished" Fashion Round-Up



The plot has been suffering from a Days of Our Lives type of cheese. Am I the only one that wants to see these characters in their college struggles? I wonder how Blair's grades are. Or does she no longer care now that her Yale dreams have been crushed? Someone should tell her that there is a thing called 'grad school.' Somewhere in New Haven, Nelly Yuki is winning scholarships and coveted awards and, no-doubtingly, laughing her ass off at the thought of Blair at NYU. Some shows fall apart in their college years (Beverly Hills 90210) and some thrive (Gilmore Girls).

(Should we even care about the voice of Gossip Girl? I mean, she hasn't contributed to the plot in like a million years!)

My darling Chuck is suffering from Dylan McKay syndrome: bad-boy loses dad and begins a boring soap opera road of never-ending self-searching. Long lost uncle, long lost dead but not dead mother... What's next Chuck? Long lost illegitimate child? Chuck deserves better.

To make things worse, there were no outfit changes this week making this perhaps the drabbest episode of all time.

No pants Vanessa was underwhelming but I did like her bikini. And, I may be the only one that likes her and Dan together.

Malia Mills bikini
Monique Leshman tunic
Tellulah earrings
Lenora Dame necklace


Serena basically wore the same outfit from last week. Really, Serena, a grey and brown outfit with a 'fun' legging is all you can come up these days? Maybe all the Nate 9 1/2 Weeks kitchen sex is keeping her too busy for outfit planning.

ADAM double breasted coat
Theory sweater
Victoria Beckham denim leggings
Chloe studded boots
Magaschoni scarf
Bulgari alligator bag
Sermoneta two-tone gloves


Blair looked lovely but, dare I say, a little on the boring side. Since her and Chuck are going through hard times, she should be bringing out 'Anna' more because desperate scheming Blair is the best Blair fashion-wise.

D&G dress
Hue black tights

Sorrelli bracelet

Ranjana Khan necklace
Casadei Two-Tone Pumps (not pictured)


Remember when Blair's outfits were through the roof amazing? I especially liked her all American prep ensembles during the Constance years. The old Blair could accessorize like no one's business. Lately it's just been pencil skirts and blouses. I mean, she is 18, not 38! And if she is at NYU, there is no reason to abandon the preppy look. I wonder what she would wear if she went to Yale? She would for sure wear those two-tone brogues.



I also miss the Mean Girls and their ever-so-colourful outfits.



And of course, I miss the old Jenny. The new Jenny has her moments but the old Jenny was somewhat of a fashion prodigy. Back then, her eyes could actually see colour.



And finally, remember when Chuck wore separates? I realize that he now heads Bass Industries, but doesn't he get casual Fridays or a day off perhaps?



Next week: Serena is back to her old self.



You know you love me.

xoxo,

It Girl

P.S. Thanks to InStyle Magazine for the info.