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    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    Inspired... Purple

    Undeniably the colour of fall 2008, purple looks regal and elegant on everyone who wears it. You wouldn't know it, but it's one of the most flattering colours and it transcends age. But how to integrate it into your fall wardrobe without going overboard? I have some ideas :)

    Personally, I'd dive straight in with bold, dark purple-hued evening wear. But for everyday looks, you may just want to use purple as a 'pop' colour (like a purple bag or lavender scarf). 

    1.) Pair this with a simple black cocktail dress and a silver clutch and you're sure to make a bold statement. Justine Patent Pump (in Dark Purple/Silver) - $23;
    2.) A look from the Fall 2008 RTW Bill Blass runway
    3.) Even adding the tiniest amount of purple pumps up an outfit. ASOS Enamel And Square Stone Ring (in Gold) - $15;
    4.) Use this the next time you need a cute bag for a movie date or dinner party. Suzy Smith Bright Chain Shoulder Bag (in Grape) - $46.50;
    5.) Pair this with a white tank top tucked into a pair of dark was jeans, and you'll have an adorable and effortless outfit. Dream V-Neck Cardigan (in Dark Eggplant) - $69.50;
    6.) Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) carrying a bright purple Valentino bag on the set of "Gossip Girl"
    7.) Not exactly flattering on all body types, but for those who can pull it off, wear it with a billowy pewter grey blouse and long silver necklaces. Interlock Mini Skirt (in Eggplant) - $25;
    8.) A more flattering skirt option; ideal for the chillier days worn with knee high boots and opaque tights. Felted Wool Mini (in Royal Violet) - $98;
    9.) A look from the Fall 2008 RTW Alberta Ferretti runway
    10.) Easily used as an everyday bag. Bessie Quilted Oversized Clutch and Chain Bag (in Purple) - $56;
    11.) A change of pace from your regular, black opaque tights. Opaque Pantyhose (in Plum) - $14;
    12.) A look from the Fall 2008 RTW Versace runway
    13.) Combines both the fetish trend and the purple trend into one accessory. Best worn as a waist-cincher over a solid coloured flowy dress. ASOS Studded Patent Waist Belt (in Purple) - $22;

    Thursday, September 25, 2008

    Photo of the Week

    What we would do for a coat like that... its beyond beautiful.
    Photo: The Sartorialist

    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    Awards Special: The Emmy's

    The Emmy's were last Sunday, and we've been collecting our favourite looks since then! We're bringing them here to you with tips on how to achieve a similar style the next time you have a formal-wear or red carpet event :) For those of you who like to take fashion to its fullest, you could even integrate some of these styles into your daring, everyday look.

    1.) Heidi Klum in Armani Prive - The multiple layers and the asymmetry of this dress are flattering on so many body types, because it draws attention away from the usual problem areas of the body and the multiple tiers actually help elongate the body.

    2.) Nicolette Sheridan in Angel Sanchez - This dress reminds me of the gowns on last seasons Alberta Ferretti runway. Purple is definitely the colour of fall 2008 and the texture of the fabric makes a dress anything but boring, despite a simple silhouette. 

    3.) Evangeline Lilly in Elie Saab - Monochromatic colours are another big trend this fall as are metallics. The pattern of both on this column gown is flattering on all skin colours and reflects light away from the body, so as not to create awkward shadows that highlight the most unflattering areas.

    4.) Eva Longoria in Marchesa - Not sure about the overall 20's, flapper style look from head-to-toe, but a cocktail dress is always the easiest way to stand out. The large bow across the chest distracts from the lower half and the thigh-grazing hem line makes the most of your legs, even if you're as petite as Eva.

    5.) Olivia Wilde in Reem Acra - Champagne colouring and crystal embellishment on a dress may seem better suited for a wedding gown, but the cap sleeves and empire waist make it much more believable as a red carpet gown. The overall silhouette is extremely flattering for all body types, and accentuate the arms and chest without being over-the-top. The empire waist elongates and helps shorten a longer torso and makes legs seem longer (even though you can't see them!) This is definitely my pick for most wearable for ANYBODY!

    6.) Sandra Oh in Oscar de la Renta - This is definitely a risk, but at least it's a trendy risk! Lace is certainly "in" this season, and what better way to start off the year with a bang than with a full-on, floor length lace gown? The best way to wear this look is by keeping everything very monochromatic (preferably keeping everything the same colour, with only a "pop" colour if absolutely necessary), choosing a simple silhouette (I would prefer an even shorter, cocktail-length dress), and minimizing the makeup, hair, and accessories. The dress is a bold statement on it's own - there's no need to clutter up the look with bright pink platforms and a bold lime-green clutch. Stick to simple studs or small drops earrings, a small silver bracelet, and a black satin clutch. 

    7.) Cynthia Nixon in Calvin Klein Collection - Now THIS is how you wear colour on the red carpet! The mustard coloured bag would usually be out of place against the seafoam green gown, but Cynthia makes it work (thanks Tim Gunn). The simple detail on the bust is all the detailing you need on such a beautiful dress. The one cuff and earrings is a popular look in jewelry, and saves the neckline from being cluttered with necklaces (think Rachel Weisz at the 2007 Academy Awards - how perfect would it have been if she had left that necklace at home?!!?) Remember: when pairing jewelry with your formal outfit, veer on the simple side. Less is always more when it comes to evening wear, except in certain circumstances (if you have a plain, black dress, feel free to try a bold, chunky necklaces or a large ring). 

    8.) Christina Applegate in Reem Acra - Again, combining metallics with a more neutral base colour is very flattering. While we may not suggest a large bow and/or train, feel free to play around with the silhouette. Another tip this ensembles inspires is to not forget to complete the look head-to-toe. We've talked about the hair, the jewelry and the gowns of course, but DO NOT forget the manicure and pedicure! Nothing ruins beautiful shoes like unkempt feet. Nothing ruins a beautiful ring like unkempt hands. Christina's choice of dark reddish/purplish nail polish are what really completed the look. The metallics and light blue with the dark polish? I'm already planning on a similar combo for my next event :)

    Friday, September 19, 2008

    Get it now...J.Crew sale

    Having trouble deciding what to wear during this awkward summer to fall transition? I think that this in-between season is the perfect time to start your layering, but with lighter pieces rather than heavier ones. I love to layer adorable dresses under long cardigans with a pair of flats, and when the weather gets colder I just add a pair of sheer tights and a lightweight scarf. If the weather gets warmer, just peel off the layers! I found a few great options at J.Crew's sale, and I'm bringing them here for all of you to pick and choose from. Here are my best finds:

    All available at

    1.) This dress is a throwback to the classy dresses in the 50's and 60's. The style is slightly more formal, while the material is very casual. Cotton Cady Claudine Tank Dress (in Classic Navy or Bright Berry) - $100
    2.) If you have the budget, I suggest splurging on this fantastic silver sequined cardigan. It's so versatile, it can dress up everything from jeans and a tee to a cocktail dress! Stardust Sequin Cardigan (in Light Pewter) - $140
    3.) Costume-like jewelry will be in full swing come fall, so this necklace is an easy way to start the transition ahead of the pack. Scattered Gold-Rimmed Bauble Necklace (in Yacht Green) - $50
    4.) Again, another splurging piece, but would fit so well into any woman's wardrobe. It looks great on all body types, and floral print is eternal. Giverny-Print Sydney Dress (in Rose Garden) - $180
    5.) What do you wear when it's pouring and you don't want to kill your lovely outfit with a heavy pair of Wellies (just let it be known, I have nothing against Wellies)? These are the answer: affordable and practical! Jelly Ballet Flats (in Black, or for a pop of colour, Bright Red) - $30
    6.) Just tuck in a brown tank tee and some long gold chains and you have a perfectly chic weekend outfit. Metallic Jacquard Skirt (in Hibiscus) - $80
    7.) & 8.) The ever-changing weather is just the excuse you need to get more in exercise time! Instead of dying out in the heat, why not join a pilates class? Remember: just cause you're exercising doesn't mean you have to look sloppy. Seamless Yoga Cami (in Black, or any other colour!) - $15; Luxe Knit Pant (in Spiced Wine) - $30
    9.) Forget sexy librarian style! Wearing the library is the new look. Library-Print Doll Dress (in Mahogany) - $80
    10.) The more muted the fall colours get, the more accessories you need! Hand-Painted Bold Zebra Bangle (in Black/Ivory or Slate) - $50
    11.) Ditch the plain white tee and wear this fall-friendly blouse instead. Whisper Lame Tank (in Dark Gold) - $30
    12.) Brown shoes are quickly becoming wardrobe staples along with black flats and simple heels. This are a classic but still creatively detailed option. Abbey Suede Ballet Flats (in Chocolate) - $90
    13.) The other flower-print dress to pricey? Here's an equally cute alternative. Brushstroke-Print Sydney Dress (in Royal Violet) - $90

    Monday, September 15, 2008

    Under $100/Inspired

    This is actually a half "Inspired", half "Under $100", but I've been so in love with the "Photo of the Week" that I combined them both just this once to get you a similar look. Who knows - the Sartorialist might just see double :) (o.k., so maybe we're not THAT good, but you get the idea!)

    1.) Mossimo Black No-Button Drape Cardigan (in Ebony) - $18;
    2.) Women's Cinch-Waist Sun Dress (in Natural Floral) - $29.50;
    3.) ASOS Ankle Strap Sandal (in Gold) - $46.50;

    Grand Total = $94 
    Grand Total of the actual Chloe dress (not including the costs of the Miu Miu sandals and black cardigan) = approx. $2,520

    Saturday, September 13, 2008

    Photo of the Week

    I am now officially instituting "Photo of the Week", which is on my sister site, but this one isn't limited to models. It's whatever fashionable moment catches my eye! I'd love to start this off with a bang, so here is one of the best photos I've seen in quite a while, credits to Scott Schuman a.k.a. The Sartorialist, one of the greatest if not the greatest street photographer of this century. This photo has also bumped up that Chloe dress to the top of our wish list! 

    Runway-to-Freeway...3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2009 RTW

    I've loved Phillip Lim since the beginning and this season did not disappoint - everything was wearable and completely New York chic and I adored it. I'd wear every piece (maybe even some of the mens!) This look was one of my favourites from the show and I wanted to recreate it here for all of you so you can go out into the world looking fantastic :)

    Note: I couldn't decide which was more important - the colour or the shape of the blazer. So I'll let you decide between both of these equally cute jackets. If only they'd combine the colour and shape, then we'd have a perfect jacket...

    1.) Silence & Noise Seamed Blazer (in Washed Blue) - $68;
    2.) Lux Little Brother Blazer (in Navy) - $68;
    3.) I couldn't find a cute polka-dot bag, but this definitely has the same feel. It also integrates the trendy Ikat print I posted about before! Color Swatch Canvas Handbag (in Brown/Black) - $24;
    4.) The idea I had for the dress was that by wearing this one over (#4) over the slip (#5) it would create a similar silhouette to the runway look. Silence & Noise Lace Detail Tank Dress (in Cream) - $35;
    5.) Sparkle & Fade Parfait Slip (in Ivory) - $32;
    6.) Ronda Peeptoe Pump (in Tan/Black) - $26;

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    Enviable...Kate Hudson

    Lately our envy has been turning towards an unexpected source: Kate Hudson. With her long blonde waves, girl next-door charm, and killer fashion sense, what's not to envy? 

    Here are our favourite looks of Kate's ranging from very casual to beyond high-fashion: 

    1.) Who says blondes can't wear gold? Kate looks positively golden in this molten gown.
    2.) Even Kate's super casual look is put together. I love the combination of colours and the proportion of the dress and scarf together.
    3.) Balmain's show last season was fantastic, and apparently Kate thinks so too! This black cocktail dress is far from dull.
    4.) This may be my favourite look of Kate's. Like in my last "Enviable" post, the words used to describe our favourite look of Rihanna's can be also be used here: daring, ethereal, and absolutely stunning.
    5.) While this black cocktail number is nowhere near as flashy as the Balmain creation, Kate keeps things interesting with a tan shawl/cardigan.
    6.) Even in the most blustery of situations, Kate comes off unscathed! She's endearing even when weathering this particularly windy night at the premiere of "Fool's Gold". I'll forgive that black coat because she's wearing the loveliest cerulean blue Lanvin dress underneath :)
    7.) This casual combo of sweater coat and jeans may have been haphazardly thrown together, but we love it! In fact, I'm trying to find a similar sweater right now so I can imitate this look on the next lazy sunday (providing the weather permits such an ensemble :p)

    Congratulations Kate - we officially envy you :)