Month: October 2011

Spring is in the air … sort of

I may not be quite as clothes-mad as in the past, but I have fallen head over heels for the Louis Vuitton spring 2012 collection – all pastels, lace collars, and accessories to die for. Just take a look!

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I. Want. It. All. Suit, bag, shoes, everything. OK, so this might not be the most appropriate attire to wear on a last-minute diaper run to Walmart, but in the fabulous alternate universe in which I would be wearing this particular ensemble, there would be no such occasions; a magical diaper genie (not of the “poop sausage” variety for any of you fellow parents out there, but a real, honest-to-goodness, I Dream of Jeanie-genie) would tend to Junior’s needs in those more, um, fragrant moments, leaving me free to sip my afternoon tea and plan our next outing to the Tuileries Garden. [Yes, in this alternate universe, we would be living in Paris. Naturally.]

In that same universe, this would be a Tuesday outfit. Because I’m usually miserable on Tuesdays, and this would go a long way towards remedying that. Check out those shoes!
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Right? Those shoes are the chocolate fudge sauce on this ice cream sundae of style – yum! And this jacket is pretty sweet too. So awesome, in fact, it doesn’t even require pants.

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To be fair, it wasn’t just Louis Vuitton who got my imagination all fired up. Over at Chanel, this little number had me thinking about a career as a flight attendant on the world’s most glamorous airline. International woman of mystery indeed.

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Meanwhile, over at Alexander McQueen, blush is the colour of the world’s most prim and proper dominatrix. Read into it what you will, but I love this silhouette so, so much. It’s an overload of mixed messages, and I’m really digging every last one of them.
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Talk about a total contrast; I also adore the austerity of this Valentino number. Severe, yet still utterly feminine. The beige colour fires up my style senses, though it would probably do no favours for my skin tone. Of course, in my fabulous alternate universe, anything is possible.

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And finally, the Jane Austen-phile in me couldn’t resist this particular outfit. If Miss Elizabeth Bennett was a Goth, she’d be rocking this so hard!

Manicure of the week: Graphite

This week’s manicure comes courtesy of Chanel’s fall collection, Illusions d’Ombres, which also included Peridot – my first ever Chanel nail polish, featured in a previous post. This time around, I’m giving Graphite a try. And, boy, am I ever glad that I went back (a few times) to get Graphite after initially passing on it. I’ve never been a huge fan of dark polishes, or glitters – until now. It might not looks like much in the bottle, but Graphite is amazing on nails.

My photographic skills cannot do justice to the dazzling brilliance of this polish in the sunlight. Notwithstanding its name, it makes me think of shimmering quicksilver. Here is my best shot:

Under flash, the micro-glitter really comes alive:
The application was a breeze, and the finish is shockingly smooth for such a sparkly polish. The formula requires two coats for good coverage and opacity, but a single coat could also work; though sheer, it’s still remarkably glittery. Removing the polish, on the other hand, takes a bit more work, especially if, like me, you end up adding an extra coat after a few days. The reason for that is the only downside I have experienced with Chanel polishes so far – tip wear. I have never had any chips, but with some colours, the tip of my nail begins to show through after a couple of days. Graphite was one of the bigger “offenders” in that category. There are a few ways to prevent this from happening, but frankly, I’m usually too lazy to invest the time; whenever the tip wear starts to bug me, I take it as a cue to change my polish – and with so many beautiful colours to choose from, I’m always happy with any excuses to do it.
With Graphite on my nails, I knew I would have to pull out my sequin tank from the back of my closet for my “inspired by” outfit. For a $20 top, it looks surprisingly nice and not tacky at all (a common pitfall, I find, with cheap sequins). 
  Jeans, American Eagle; tank, Winners; cardigan, Winners;
shoes, Stuart Weitzman; necklace, Tiffany
To balance out my distressed jeans, I also added a girly touch with my Tiffany bow necklace.

Happy Friday!!

Arts ‘n crafts

File this under things that I do ostensibly for my son, about which he does not give two hoots and a wet diaper. Along with stocking his nursery with a veritable menagerie of stuffed animals, I spent the last few weeks of my pregnancy working on this “bead painting”. Something in the vein of those namesake tchochkes you might find in airport gift shops, which seem like a cute idea at the time, and kind of pointless thereafter. In the end, it took me nearly three months to finish it, time not being in plentiful supply these days.
However, once I started I was curious to see how it would look finished, so I kept going. Plus, beading is an engrossing exercise that doesn’t require a great deal of thinking (once the pattern is set), similar but preferable to watching endless re-runs of Real Housewives. The plan now is to frame it somehow and then hang it … somewhere. Probably in the nursery. Now, while the kid is still too young to object to mom’s decor choices.

But hey, it could be worse. At least, the poor kid won’t have to suffer any painful sartorial moments thanks to hideous, itchy mom-made sweaters or scarves.