Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cleaning Challenged

You'd think that someone who folds and orders her clothes by color is OCD clean, but nope.  I'm just plain dumb when it comes to putting stuff away and ESPECIALLY getting rid of what I "no longer" need.  I refer to things I've long forgotten but somehow unearth once I attempt to clean my room.  And of course I get carried away from looking at my findings for too long, coming up with new ways to put them to use.  This happens over and over during the duration of my "clean-up".  A few days ago, my mom (who happens to be OCD clean; I must've taken from my dad's side) gave me a motherly intervention and shoved boxes of stuff into my arms, implying that I had to get rid of anything I didn't need. magazines.  I have tons in my room, mostly issues of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar but also Nylon, Time, and Reader's Digest (I read it in middle school?)  I can't really distinguish rubbish Vogue issues from decent issues so I just put a good bulk of them away in the patio.  Yes, I haven't gotten rid of anything but at least they're out of my room!


At the moment, my favorite magazine issues, including the ones I bought at newsstands, and the international glossies that I requested from vacationing family and friends are stacked under my bed.  I'm still figuring out what to do with the rest of my issues.  Probably will give them away...  But as for the magazines I treasure, I'm not sure how to proudly display them.  I won't do it bookcase style, which will wear the magazines' edges and I won't stack them up high for risks of ripping and toppling some glossies while pulling out an issue from the bottom.  Are my standards too high?  I can't stand pages from a "new" issue that are anything but crisp and clean.  Any tips from fellow magazine lovers out there?  I'm not sure what to do with this back issues warehouse...

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vogue for Martha

Following in the footsteps of Nina Garcia, fashion figures are popping up in a variety of TV timeslots, not even including fashion-related shows like Project Runway and America's Next Top Model (have you SEEN next cycle's roster of guest judges??  WOW).  You'd be surprised by who appears on the tube -- Anna Wintour on Late Night with David Letterman, for example.  Kind of an awkward episode, that one.  And occasionally you'll be charmed by the chemistry between host and guest.  Imagine...Grace Coddington speaking to Martha Stewart.  Wait, you don't have to imagine, just watch the video above!  Brought together by their love for cats, Martha coos over Grace's Persian felines and kitty charm necklace while Grace talks about her TOO CUTE picture book.

It's not so surprising to find such a crafty woman inviting fashion people onto her show.  There was also the time the Rodarte sisters went on her show to discuss their Spring 2010 collection.  Truthfully, that segment was one big yawn but you know who is NEVER boring?  Andre Leon Talley!  He always manages to make us laugh or smile, so it's no surprise that he appeared on the Martha Stewart Show more than once.  In this segment, you immediately know he won't disappoint...check out that long leather apron.

Too bad you can't find a full uninterrupted (and embeddable) video of Andre and Martha chatting it up like old friends.  A short summary of Andre's cooking lesson is viewable in the video above but you can watch the whole thing (and you should) on Jezebel.  I love how Martha is so enthusiastic about a shirt and an apron but so nonchalant about Andre's messy deviled eggs.  Cut him some slack...not everyone can make deviled eggs à la Martha Stewart, let alone know what deviled eggs are (eggs can be deviled?).

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Links à la Mode

links a la mode

Fast Forward to Fall

Edited by: Florrie Clarke of Intrinsically Florrie.
The trends for the coming months were dictated back on the catwalks in February, but now as September draws closer it's time to get our teeth into them and have a good hard think about those all important autumn buys. Particularly seeing as while I type this the weather is strongly urging me towards a winter wardrobe.
This week's links both look to winter and bask in the remaining sun. We look at a fashion interpretation of the current oil spill disaster (intelligent or tasteless?), are inspired by gorgeous fashion illustrations and a chain bag DIY, debate the history of the 'prep' look and think about how all our choices determine our body shape.

Links à la Mode: August 16th

  • a la modest: High-waisted jeans (a.k.a. mom jeans) are back in vogue!
  • Beautifully Invisible: Steven Meisel's Water & Oil: Social Commentary or Tasteless Fashion?
  • Beyond Fabric: On men bags
  • Dramatis Personae: Gilda Su announce Revasseur & Pre-Fall 2011 Lookbook.
  • Embracing Style: How to make your own chain bag!
  • Fete a Fete: Review of Guerlain's new 68 Champs-Elysees fall 2010 makeup collection:
  • For Those About To Shop: Katharine Hamnett is the mother of eco-fashion and believes consumers have the power to change the world
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers: Can you Kickstart a New Career With Crowdfunding?
  • Intrinsically Florrie: Dream dress and dream shoes- the fairytale look
  • Kyoto Maiko: You Can't Buy "Prep," But You Can Own It...
  • Miss Jones & Me: Roll into the Wild Woolly West: A focus on Fall transition pieces because the temperature can't drop soon enough!
  • My Closet in Sketches: A hand drawn interpretation of the magic of white jeans (from the Gap men's department, to boot!).
  • Vogue Gone Rogue: tuscan vineyards and teal rompers. A lighthearted outfit post inspired by Tuscan countryside and wine.
  • Rags to Reverie: Sarah Mower's Fashion Illustrations for Vogue China and Vogue Nippon
  • Retro Chick: A very modern vintage manicure
  • Shoe Daydreams: Where do you draw the line with knocks-offs... what about when a blogger favorite retailer is doing it?
  • Shoeper Woman: Why does no one dress up any more?
  • Style Eyes: How to jump right out of a style rut - some ideas on how to look and feel great
  • Stylin' Girl: Kristen McMenamy. Collages & trivia about a timeless fashion icon!
  • The Demoiselles: What would you sacrifice for a more "fashion-friendly" body?
  • The Simply Luxorious Life: A dream of a shopping list for the fall fashions - staples that will enhance any woman's wardrobe.
Just want to mention how wonderful it is to be featured on Links à la Mode again!  I know I haven't been consistently blogging in the past few months and I sincerely apologize to my readers for the strange moodiness that came through in the few posts that I happened to put out.  But as you can tell, I'm back and feeling better for the first time in months!  I'd also like to extend my thanks to Florrie who accepted my last-minute link submission (via email, too!).  This is a great selection of links so check what these blogs have to offer!

    Sunday, August 15, 2010

    Beauty Boarding Call

    From left to right: LAS - McCarran Intl. (scented!), ZRH - Zürich Kloten, DRS - Dresden, OSM - Mosul

    Stuck at home without auto insurance or any income to spend on a spontaneous trip away from home...  I now understand why so many of my college friends break out their bottles of nail lacquer during their free time.  Boredom!  As compared to, say, dying your hair (which I've never done), painting your nails is a good way to kill time and give yourself a little update without committing to an entirely new look.  Uslu Airlines nail polishes are perfect for use during your downtime.  Each color, with an airline code as its name, can figuratively provide a temporary escape from home (unless you already live somewhere exciting).  But as much as I would like to take an imaginary trip to Ibiza (IBZ), Hong Kong (HKG), or goodness forbid Vegas (LAS, my favorite creation for Colette), I STILL need to pay top dollar for a bottle!  Are you willing to pay 19 to 21 Euros for your favorite lacquer?  Apparently, I am, but with nothing to spend for now, I think I'm content with being at home with the nail colors I already own...

    From left to right: JAG - Jacobabad, CAB - Cabinda, BNI - Benin City, TDK - Taldy-Kurgan

    From left to right: LAS - McCarran Intl., ZRH - Zürich Kloten, DRS - Dresden, OSM - Mosul

    Smaller bottle, smaller price!  At 11 Euros each, these polishes are a little easier on the wallet.  Plus, for each bottle sold, 90 cents will be donated to Bread & Butter for Charity!

    ONE - Onepusu

    At first I was a bit confused by the WORLD LOVE MONEY text, but the one dollar actually symbolizes ONE World, ONE Love, ONE Money (as in one system of currency).  Read about the cause!

    Images: Uslu Airlines website

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    Sarah Mower - Fashion Writer and...Illustrator?

    That name rings a bell, doesn't it?  You know -- Sarah Mower, the one who writes all those reviews on  But did you know that she's quite the artist, too??  I too often notice the similarities between different magazines and while I was flipping through the glossies that my aunt brought back from her trip to China and Hong Kong, I found some illustrations in Vogue China that looked a LOT like those in Vogue Nippon.  At first I looked at the photo credits near the gutters of the respective magazines but couldn't find the name of the illustrator.  I glanced towards the byline of Vogue Nippon and there it was in plain English: "Text & Illustrations: Sarah Mower".

    Who knew that anyone who worked for the duller than dull American Vogue -- other than Grace Coddington -- was capable of creating such visual whimsy?  Look at the illustrations and sidenotes that accompanied Mower's "Sci-Fi Fantasy" article for Vogue China June 2010:

    Seeing her illustrations really makes me want to pull out that pen tablet I purchased a few months back.  Must I keep reminding myself that I have one?  The following are for Mower's Vogue Nippon June 2010 article on dressing up for special occasions:

    Images: My own captures of the aforementioned magazines

    Friday, August 6, 2010


    Dress, Gap.  Shoes, Dr. Martens.  Book, Miss O'Dell by Chris O'Dell.

    After about two or three years of wearing water damaged sneakers (damn those two weeks of heavy rain) with holes in the soles, I FINALLY got new shoes!  Well, almost new...these shoes were pre-owned but never worn.  Hooray for being cheap.  I'm now the proud owner of a pair of Doc Martens, which are currently filling my bedroom with a nauseating new car smell.  To wear a pair of Docs, I think, is to carry the weight of the concert-goer stereotype with you (in addition to that heavy leather).  Goodness forbid I start wearing my shoes with ripped jean shorts and floaty boho tops.  As much as I love the McCartneys and their veg ways, I mentioned before that leather is a guilty pleasure of mine.  NEVER on the seats of a car (who would want to sit on scorching hot leather??) but on shoes, skirts, shirts, etc.  I think the appeal lies within its sheen because I don't mind pleather at all.

    Just a day after I received my Docs in the mail, I was a bit dumbfounded when my blogroll revealed an anticipated pair of Dolce Vita for Target boots.  ...I liked them a lot.  Had I remembered that Dolce Vita collaborated with Target to create an impressively refined collection of shoes, I probably would've considered buying a pair of their boots rather than the Docs I got.  But at a retail price of $29.99, there's no doubt that the Dolce Vita boots' material is absolute crap.  Not that I mind (much).  So I guess in many respects I made a much better purchase with my Made in England Docs (cheaper than the Target boots, too).  With an almost inevitable concert-goer look that comes with wearing these shoes, I'll need to get really creative with my outfits.  It's a task I find difficult especially during this season of shorts and flip flops.  A lazy Californian, I am!

    Images: Meeeee, Target