Retail therapy

So I had every intention of posting a “Friday Wrap-up” today but life, shall we say, intervened. I will see about making up for it next week, but in the meantime, I would like to introduce you to the newest member of my handbag family:

                                                                      Marc by Marc Jacobs Ukita embossed bag           

This was another one of those “love at first sight” moments, brought to you by Holt’s, and made possible by your blogger’s “crappy day” blues and the last remains of a Christmas gift.
Happy Friday!

Pledge drive

Can you believe it’s been a month already?

Yep, you (my faithful readers)and I have been going steady for a whole month now. I’m not going to over-analyze things but … you like me, I like you … I think we’ve got a good thing going on, right?

So, would it be wrong to ask you to introduce me to your friend(s)?

Here’s the deal: I am hoping to double my readership (as measured by the number of official “followers”) by the end of this month. It’s a totally arbitrary goal, but it will keep me motivated to, well, keep writing. You want me to keep writing, right? [Please say “yes”] So, what can you do to help? Funny you should ask. It’s pretty simple:

1. Make sure to sign up to “follow” the blog. It’s a relatively painless process, and it can be anonymous if you choose. Just follow the prompts … you know the drill. It will make this blogger happier than a bag full of monkeys on nitrous oxide.

2. Tell all your friends about it. Heck, feel free to tell perfect strangers about it. The more, the merrier.

3. Comment, comment, comment. Again, it’s really easy (and you can do it anonymously too). I’d love to hear what you have to say. No, really. Even when you’re totally wrong … and I’m totally right 😉


That’s about it. I will be eternally grateful.


Style essentials: the look book

I’m a pretty opinionated lady. [Duh! you say] That’s probably one of the main reasons why I never got into self-help books. Didacticism is not my style … unless I’m the one dishing it out. One exception, though, are fashion how-to books. I love browsing them (“reading” probably not being the appropriate word) even when I find that they have nothing new to tell me. I think I developed my girl crush on Victoria Beckham after reading her book, That Extra Half an Inch: Hair, Heels and Everything in Between. [As an aside, I really wanted to steal her title for my blog, because it’s brilliant. Fashion is all about “that extra half an inch”.] I also enjoyed Tim Gunn’s Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, and the Trinny and Susannah books (if only because their pictures are usually highly entertaining). Having said that, the most useful fashion book I’ve read was probably Isaac Misrahi’s How to Have Style.
In How to Have Style, Misrahi talks about the “inspiration board” – basically, a self-created collage of images that you love, which are meant to serve as your inspiration for the look and style you want to embody in your own life. For many people, it can be a way to crystallize their ideas and discover what their style actually is. Take me, for example. In the past, I would walk into a store and buy whatever item caught my eye, as long as it more or less fit. I didn’t really think about whether it complemented the other things in my wardrobe, or fit any particular style or even the image that I wanted to project. Heck, I didn’t even know what that image might be. Later, when I started to think more critically about style, I had trouble figuring out who I wanted to be, style-wise. The gamine? The sophisticate? The All American girl? In principle, I loved them all, which made it hard to commit to any one in particular. 
That’s where the idea of the “inspiration board” came in handy. Putting one (or something like it) together made it really easy to see which elements of each style I really liked – and which style was most frequently represented in the pieces/looks/ideas that I liked. From that, it was a much easier step to determine which of those elements also worked with my body type, lifestyle and so on (being a “California girl” in Edmonton poses some obvious difficulties, for example). And, voila, I had the beginnings of an idea of style … my style. Of course, it remains a work in progress.
So if you’re at a loose ends when it comes to your own style – go back to the (inspiration) board.