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    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Enviable... Net-A-Porter

    This blog is all about affordable style, but sometimes you just need some high-fashion eye candy. What place could be better to find those drool-inducing items you'd kill for than fashion's most-loved shopping website, Net-A-Porter?
    Christian Louboutin Galaxy Pass 100 Sandal - $1,195
    Stella McCartney Embroidered Mini Dress - $3,945
    Stella McCartney Embellished Tank Dress - $2,385 
    (in case you haven't started to notice, I love Stella McCartney)

    Proenza Schouler PS1 Large Crocodile Satchel - $14,500
    Jil Sander Cashmere Drape Cardigan - $1,345
    Stella McCartney Mesh Basket Sandals - $995
    Preen Power Bandage Dress - $1,020
    Tom Binns Dumont Diamante Necklace - $895
    3.1 Phillip Lim Sleeveless Sequined Tuxedo - $850
    Stella McCartney Fluid Silk Jersey Dress - $995
    Chloe "Sally" Shoulder Bag - $1,995

    Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Photo of the Week

    The bold shoulder is back! Thanks Balmain ;)
    Photo: Sasha Pivovarova 

    Monday, May 25, 2009

    Inspired... Summer Break!

    A lot of you readers who are in school, like myself, should be expecting summer break right around the corner (if you're not already on break). Almost as important as planning which days you're going to the beach, is asking yourself "what am I going to be wearing?" After all, how can you enjoy your vacation if you don't look nice?

    We have your summer break inspiration right here!

    Maxi dresses can often look too bohemian, but the geometric neckline and not-to-long length paired with casually swept-up hair make this Prada dress an A+ choice for summer wear.
    Work attire isn't just for the office - break out that pencil skirt and black pumps to wear with your casual tee and sunglasses for a look that says "I'm financially stable, but I'm not afraid to have fun!"
    Both of these outfits are gorgeous in different ways, but go nicely together as well. Both the outfits are simple in style and maintenance, but what really makes them stand out is the genius colouring. 
    Anja Rubik does the grunge-y model off duty look better than anyone, and her ensemble above makes for a great casually deconstructed look, and a brilliant contrast between the tattered white cut-offs and crisp blue blouse (plus the gold gladiators show off her tan)
    Innerwear becomes outerwear. 
    Julia Frakes is very eclectic and quirky when it comes to dressing, but that may not be for everyone. Everyone can take a clue from Julia, however, when it comes to colour and pattern coordination - this outfit above is a prime example of her brilliance!
    Another example of office summer dressing, all you need to embellish is a bold belt, or statement jewelry.
    Enlarged floral prints are often much more modern than small liberty prints, and non-fussy gladiators pair with that style very nicely. I also love the neckline on this dress - the embellishment, the square v-neck... glorious summer wear...
    Simple and lovely - a full bright skirt, flat ankle booties, and a simple white blouse just scream "Summer '09"
    Sometimes all you need to look great in the summer is a bold, bright, graphic dress and a whole lot of attitude ;)

    Happy dressing!

    Sunday, May 24, 2009

    Editorial of the Week

    Actress Kate Bosworth (with a little help from "21" co-star Jim Sturgess) gets into character for some of fashion's best young talent

    American Vogue - February 2008

    Friday, May 22, 2009

    Item of the Week

    Nothing's better in the summertime than a soft, silky tank-top. Try it tucked into lightweight pants, shorts, or a more form-fitting skirt for an interesting silhouette. Besides, the name just says it all :D

    Available colours: Black,
    Grey Taupe,
    White, and Robins Egg Blue (both not pictured)

    Unisex Viscose Sexuali-Tank - $24;

    also try:
    Unisex Viscose Sexuali-Tee - $34;

    Sunday, May 17, 2009

    Celeb Stalk

    Today's theme is HIGH-WAISTS!

    Yes, I know a lot of you may be cowering in fear or conjuring up images in your mind of "Mom Jeans" and F.U.P.A.'s, but that's not with this post is gonna be about! This is about finding a flattering way to wear this style through pants, skirts, and even shorts. If you know how to wear them without looking like you just gained 15 pounds in your midsection, high-waisted styles can elongate, flatter, and give you an new, interesting way to style your clothes. So hang on in there :)

    The greatest high-waisted styles can be found in your favourite movies - in this case, Atonement. Keira Knightley is perfection in this high-waisted style, as it juxtaposes the thick fabric of the skirt (for built-in structure) with the soft, airy-ness of the blouse. Also notice that the two items are similar, pale colours.
    Full skirts, like the bright-blue one seen above on Rachel Bilson, are the most flattering high-waisted items because they cinch in at the smallest part and then flow out at what is usually the most unflattering part, to create the illusion of a smaller size without the constriction of a fitted skirt. This is best for warm spring and summer months, cause you can just throw it on and be done with it!
    Again, Keira and her high-waisted clothing. A reference to nautical wear, her navy sailor pants paired with the classic yachting striped shirt is refined and easy. Because the pants are baggy, they need to be paired with a fitted top for an appropriate contrast. For extra length, try simple black pumps in place of the black patent flats.
    Kate Lanphear is an expert in tailored menswear mixed with loose women's wear. The grey blazer, besides being extraordinary on its own, is a complement to the black, thick-p/l/e/a/t/e/d, high-waisted pants and soft white t-shirt. The genius accessorizing is also worth noting.
    Church-going style just got turned up a notch - Taylor Swift wore her crisp, white, collared shirt with an equally crisp, floral, p/l/e/a/t/e/d skirt. I'm not very religious myself, but if someone bribed me to go to their sunday services, this is a great way to show style without upsetting the stodgy parishioners. 
    New to this style? Stick with the basics - white, black, flats, t-shirt - and you'll be loving it in no time. Sometimes simple is better...
    Ahhh Keira... again, you've captured the high-waisted style to a tee. Miss Knightley, the same height and body type as myself (the sometimes unfortunate long torso, shorter legs combo), creates the illusion of mile long legs with this fitted, black pencil skirt. Again, not wanting an all-over tight outfit, she pairs it with a looser top, tucked-in at the smallest part of the waist, for a completely thin, long, statuesque outfit. Hey, Sienna's not looking too bad either!
    Again, Kate Lanphear knows what she's doing when she gets dressed in the morning - but makes it look effortless. The high-waisted black pants are not particularly form fitting, but more business suit-like, and contrasts perfectly with the basic grey tee and black Wayfarers. Also, note the shoes - heels will greatly assist in that elongation when you're first trying out this style, so you're not too wary of experimenting. 
    Lauren Santo-Domingo (right) wearing a crisp, off-white pencil skirt with a sheer top in a matching colour, draws attention to the outfit by leaving the HEAVY jewelry at home, and opting instead for a minimal beige clutch. Because the outfit in monotone, it extends the line and doesn't break up the pieces, which is often the reason for high-waisted clothes looking iLl-fittIng. 
    High-waisted shorts done right! Zooey Deschanel, besides being absolutely adorable, is also a style star in her own right. Denim shorts don't always look good on everyone, but they especially don't when they're yanked up to who-knows-where. Zooey keeps this look dressy but casual by wearing her not-so-incredibly-high black shorts with lengthening opaque black tights, black heels, and a lovely ruffled, cream-coloured blouse. This black and white outfit is anything but basic. 
    ... and if this high-waisted styles are good enough for the queen of fashion, editor-in-chief of French Vogue Carine Roitfeld, than why shouldn't you try them out?

    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    Photo of the Week

    Anna Wintour's first Vogue cover - the start of a legacy, with jeans and a $10,000 Christian Lacroix top! 

    Model: Michaela Bercu

    Monday, May 11, 2009

    Get it now...Urban Outfitters Sale

    All available at
    Mixed chain is a big trend, and you can get it for a low price with these earrings! 
    DLC by Dirty Librarian Multi Chain Earrings - $20
    An all-purpose, perfectly-sized everyday purse.
    Sabina Leather Satchel - $170
    You can't really see it in this picture, but the back panel is sheer, giving a, unexpected, slightly sexy twist to this regular cardigan.
    Silence & Noise Woven Back Open Cardigan - $15
    Semi Precious Flecked Ring - $20
    It's hard to find killer Frye boots for a relatively affordable price, so snatch these up on sale.
    Frye Belted Harness Boot - $200
    Dainty and delicate but with a bit of an attitude.
    UO Mesh Lace Necklace - $60
    I'm not really a fan of high-waisted jeans on most people, but I love the studs and zippers.
    Cheap Monday Bondage V Fit Jean - $30
    Just an adorable, everyday shirt that can be worn with jeans, shorts, skirts, leggings - anything!
    Printed Exaggerated Hi/Low Hem Tank - $20
    An interesting detail, especially when poking out of a peacoat in the winter.
    Two-Tone Ruffle Scarf - $25
    Can't afford those great two-tone Chanel tights? Here you go :)
    Either Or Tights - $10
    Not your average clutch - great for a cocktail party or dinner date.
    Kimchi Blue Tie Dye Clutch - $30
    Unusual colours and perfect for pairing with airy springtime dresses.
    Shoes for Lovely People Camilla - $70
    A throwback to nautical style, but still very modern and simple. 
    Silence & Noise Captain Dress - $40