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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Who Knew?

Maybe I'm just a Western super-jerk, but I never really considered the shows outside NY, Paris, Milan etc.  When I came across these photos from the S/S '10 shows in India (Lakme and Wills fashion weeks) I was enamored.  What I found particularly striking was the diversity, not only in the clothes, but amongst the models themselves.  And the fact that the majority of the models wore flats!  I mean, walking the runway in heels is like at least an entire Top Model episode, what do they do on ANTM India??

I loved the abundance of both very traditional Indian styles, as well as more Western-inspired looks.  There were looks that would be entirely at home at one of the Paris shows, and others that fit the most stereotypical idea of Indian dress an American might have.  There were the very tall, thin models required by the runways we are used to, and also some very beautiful and very curvy models that would shock an NY audience.  From silk saris to teeny bikinis... make sure to check out all my faves after the jump.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sale Item(s) of the Day! More MXMJ

While I am in the process of creating the most awesome S/S Swim post ever (dominated by MXMJ I admit), here are a couple on sale:

both swimsuits $107 (from $178, 40% off), here: MXMJ Two-Piece Sets

Marc by Marc makes some of the cutest swim-wear I have seen. These are certainly only on sale to make way for the S/S '10 suits, not because they aren't awesome.

love you, mes poupées, xoxo Caitlin

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's a school day... Style Profile (I just like to get a rhyme in)

Saw this video - She & Him (Zooey Deschanel, songwriter, and M. Ward, producer), In the Sun,  and was immediatly obsessed/watched it multiple times in a row/downloaded all their albums/watched all their videos:

(discovered via Haute Whimsy)

I feel like I was made for a choreographed high school hallway dance scene... I probably tried to initiate a few when I was that age that did't quite catch on as I had hoped.  Remember this gem?
Aw Brit, it's emblematic of my Freshman Year experience (doesn't need capitalization, it's a choice.. I think), also, preformed by myself and my freshmen peers during homecoming week to mixed reviews...

Zooey Deschanel is one of those people who is so lovable you sort of don't want to love her. Like it's just so obvious. Anyway, this post may be terribly redundant but, I love her! and hate her a little! and she is so so stylish. On stage, on screen, wherever.  Her style is very retro quirky, lots of tights and flats and almost always a headband or bow in her hair.  Also maybe a bumpit in her hair?  nooo, just great hair... and some backcombing.

Images of She & Him via, cropped, edited, collaged by pourlamourdefashion 

She's pretty cute.  And dorky!  She's a winker, and plays the ukalele.  Here are my day and night interpretations inspired by her look:

yayyy fashion!  and adorable songs!  and choreographed high school hallway dance sequences!

xoxo mes amours, Caitlin

Lingerie Lundi!

a la Anthropologie:

Love you, mes Cocottes
have a lovely Monday/Lundi (whhhyyyy???)!
xoxo, C.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Inspirations du Weekend (brunette babe edition)






That's all, not Fashion so much, but Style, and lots of Hair.
Have an amazing weekend belles filles (et peut-être garçons, pourquoi pas?), xoxo.


I do maintain that if your hair is wrong, your entire life is wrong - Morrissey

Right, in a braid

I'm sorry I can't go out tonight... I'm washing my hair

happy fridayyy xoxo

Thursday, March 25, 2010

THE Pre-Weekend Party Post!/Reader Mail: Updating the LBD

Reader Mail:
I have a fashion question for you. I have some black dresses that need updating. How/what would be the best way to do this? ...thanks for your insight. - Corina T.

Yayyy people asking me for fashion advice!!!
So, In my expert opinion, if you're in the market for a new LBD, look for strapless, sweetheart necklines, tulip skirts, fringe and feathers.  To update an existing dress, accessories can make all the difference. For instance, this season, dresses are more structured than they have been in the past: strong shoulders, visible tailoring (as in the underwear as outwear trend), sharp lines etc. However, flow-y dresses can be easily reined in with a strong belt, or a fitted blazer or shrug, and prominent bib necklaces and statement shoes instantly refresh and older dress. Tailoring is also a great and underutilized tool to update a piece. Sometimes a different hemline is all you need, and that can usually be taken care of at any dry cleaners for around $10.

Below are some examples of accessories to help update existing pieces, and little black dresses to use as inspiration whether you are in the market for a new one or just wanting to refine what you already have:

Leather jacket by Robert Roderiguez, shrug and blazer by Alice+Oliva

Elegantly Waisted, Motif 56, and Elegantly Waisted

Jenni Kayne, Sergio Rossi, Jill Stuart

Rachel Leigh, Adia Kibur, Kenneth Jay Lane
(above all via Shopbob)

Ay, those Jill Stuarts kind of make you want to shed a tear, right? and that necklace in the center? Stunning...

Anyway, if you're like me and covet but can't afford a single item at Shopbop, here's an outfit inspired by the looks above, but compiled solely using Forever 21, all for about $100 dollars.. alright, $111  

(Until very recently I thought that F21 was a store solely for high school girls to buy slooty school dance outfits, and so I hadn't visited one since high school... not that I ever wore a slooty outfit to a school dance.. On Monday, desperate to shop but with only pennies to my name I ventured to the ginormous 3-story location in downtown SF and bought three skirts, 5 undies, a bra and a beautiful top, all of which I love, and all for under $100, well, $199).

Dress, $27.80
Blazer, $29.80
Belt, $7.80
Necklace $19.80

The moral of the story is that fashion doesn't have to discriminate, and you don't need a huge budget to find the styles you want.  Obviously I love fashion, and covet beautiful but tres cher pieces, that someone like me, a full-time student with a very part-time income, a maxed out credit card (remember how Carrie would spend her rent money on shoes but things always seemed to work out for her? not true in real life), and renting in one of the most expensive areas in the country, definitely cannot afford.  All of these factors do not mean that the financially challenged can't look amazing.  It also doesn't mean that there is no point in looking at more expensive designer pieces; they can provide great inspiration, and serve as a guide when trying to navigate stores like F21, H+M, Target, etc. for stand-out pieces that will make you feel totally glam (totally glam? I'm such a nerd!).

Thus concludes the Pre-Party Post, and my entirely inspiring sermon
(right, right?).
Have a great weekend babies, xoxo.

I don't do fashion, I am fashion  - Coco Chanel

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I got my prom tux at Target...

When I heard Zac Posen was to be the latest addition to the Target Go International collection I was incredibly excited.  In my opinion the Gaultier collection was an utter bomb, and while Liberty of London did serve me well (I got a swimsuit and a wallet I completely love), it was somewhat hit or miss, as these things often are.  The previews of the Zac Posen collection are promising, but nothing can be determined until you actually feel and try to wear these things, as often when attempting to make a designer look at a Target price the quality of fabric and fit are the first to go.

But, what is really cool, and totally Posen about the collection (totally Posen?  Sorry, who says that???) is it's strong statement of individuality. Not only does the collection boast Target's first ever floor length gown, it also showcases a mini-dress with removable ruffle, and a tux in the style of YSL.  Right on time, Posen's collection features numerous prom styles - for everyone: 

“Lesbian proms have been such a big thing in the news lately," Posen told Teen Vogue,  "Rather than create a fake subculture, I wanted to address things that are actually happening... It’s a kick-ass girl who can wear a tuxedo to prom! Don’t be afraid of drama... Prom is one of the few opportunities in life when you can fulfill any romantic desires you have. And, there’s no prenup attached to it.”

The Posen collection for Go International hits Target stores on April 25th, you can find all the looks here, at Fasionista.

Love you madly, all my (ex) Prom Queens
xoxo, votre blogger préféré(?!) du mode

Images and info: Teen Vogue via Yahoo Shine, and Fashionista.

Sale Item(s) of the Day!

Anyone who knows me knows I loveeee Marc...
and, MXMJ is on sale at Bluefly!

It's hot out, and that means sundress season, these are my faves:

Both dresses $197 (from $328, 40% off), here: MXMJ day dresses

I hope everyone's enjoying the weather while it lasts! 
love you, mes poupées, xoxo

Dream Home du Jour/A little hoarding is A-Ok

ohhh, sitting here in my trashed apartment, where one must wade through piles of clothes ankle-deep just to cross the room/ in near darkness, no less, stubbing toes on the clunky shoes strewn everywhere, because my overhead light, too high up to tend to myself, is dead and I could never let my landlord, or anyone, see this disaster/ starving, because my kitchen is useless without a single clean dish (dinner was a lime popsicle)/ I wish for self-discipline, follow through (clean the apt has been on the to-do list for a week), a housekeeper, a simpler, cleaner, less colorful, cluttered, and hoarder-esque decorating sensibility (bff calls it "organized chaos", not sure where she is getting the organized), and (obv!), Niecy Nash (Linsay Lohan - secret celebrity hoarder??  checkitout)...

However, instead of cleaning, I find myself collecting inspiring images of my super clean, airy, not-cluttered, someday house, images I'll share here to give some relevance to my procrastination:

Elle Decoration Magazine December 2002 via moodboard

Elle Decoration Magazine December 2002 via dress design decor

homes and gardens magazine via dress, design and decor

above via sterling style


I mean, I don't want to become a celebrity hoarder like Lindsay, but it is really hard for me to get rid of things, and many times I end up grateful for that.  For instance, I just came across a pair of shoes buried in some box of shoes in my parents garage.  They are these awesome vintage, brown, 70's looking, wood-soled platform sandals.  And I love them now!  and have worn them twice in the past month.  Also, when going through my closet trying to get rid of things, I found this long-sleeved, black, off the shoulder, leotard-type top I bought from Forever 21 my senior year of high school.  I pretty much had only been keeping it in case I took a ballet class or something and wanted to be style-y (hey, I might take a ballet class, one never knows), but when deciding whether or not to keep it, I tried it on with a high-waisted skirt and a long necklace and now I am pretty much in love with it, after eight years (ahhh I'm old...).  Anyway, I'm not sure what the moral of that story is; a little hoarding is okay?  

I just want to get organized mostly, and actually figure out what I have.  Right now I have the biggest closet of my life and it still doesn't nearly fit everything all my clothes and shoes.  Still, when I do start to go through it all, as I have been these past couple days, I come across these great clothes that I've forgotten about and I actually feel guilty - like I've neglected all these perfectly good things while crying about having nothing to wear.  Anyway, I've said it before and probably will say it again, but I am going to get as clean and as organized as possible, then commit myself to keeping it up as best as I can (at least until I have a housekeeper... or Niecy Nash).

Sweet Dreams, Beauty Queens

Monday, March 22, 2010

Lingerie Lundi!

My most recent attempt at a weekly feature: Lingerie Lundi (Monday), debuting with looks from the oh-so-Parisian Princesse Tam Tam

all images via Princesse Tam Tam

I think that the things we wear closest to our bodies should be quality, and make us feel the most beautiful even if no one else is looking.

xoxo mes petites princesses

Friday, March 19, 2010

Let me serenade the streets of L.A.

From Oakland to Sactown
The Bay Area and back down
Cali is where they put they mack down

'Pac was a poet.. no, really, we read one of his poems in my 12th grade shakespeare/poetry class

This afternoon I'm going to hop a flight due South to reunite with three of my true bffs.  I just realized that I've know them, and been close friends with them, for 18, 14, and 12 years respectively.  I feel so lucky to have friends I have known so long and who know me so well.  I haven't seen any of these girls in over a year, but thanks to e-mail, facebook, g-chat, and the phones that sync them, we talk all the time, and I know everytime we are together we'll pick up just where we left off.

Hellooooo!  It's 2pm please come and fetch me!

Ahhh, gotta love a red velvet upholstered carriage, but all this luggage back here is kinda crampin my style... I've never been too good at packing light.

This driver's a perv!  I'm taking my things and leaving!

Wait!  I was kidding!  now I'm stranded on the highway and me and my little dog have to fend for ourselves.

Finally at the airport, but with blisters.  Those shoes were not made for walking... anyone know where a girl can get a vodka tonic on this tarmac?

I've arrived!
Throw it up y'all, throw it up, Throw it up
Let's show these fools how we do this on that west side
Cause you and I know it's tha best side

yeah, That's riight
west coast, west coast
uh, California Love
California Love

Bon Week-end!

beeeaautiful photos by corrie bond, beautiful lyrics by Tupac.
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