Monday, May 31, 2010

Lace and Bows

Jillian. Interior Designer.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Polka Dots and Collars

Glenera. Freebird.

Sex and the City 2 Review

I meant to do this sooner but was hoping to have photos of what I wore to post along with it.  I ended up wearing the Saks 5th shoes that I posted a week and a half ago, a black satin jumpsuit (racerback) that cinched just below the knee, my two sparkly bird friends (owl necklace and parrot ring) and a new D&G jacket for the cold/rainy/nasty California weather that shouldn't have been real.  

So before I review the movie, let me review the experience.  We went to a schnazzy bar beforehand and got a couple of cosmos.  BUT they didn't serve it in the standard martini glass.  I know purists think there is only one drink to serve in that glass, but most bars don't act like purists.  I WANTED THE GLASS!  

Then, we get to the movie about 45 minutes early to line up (as recommended).  I intended on taking photos of all of the different groups that dressed up and making an epically fabulous blog post out of it.  So when we get there to find no line, I'm thoroughly disappointed (has that statement ever been made?).  We go to get our seats in the theater and not only is no one dressed up, but most of the people were dressed like complete slobs!  This is opening night at 6:45 people!  This should have been prime time for happy-hour and cute outfits!  In fact, almost anytime should be prime time for a cute outfit, but I looked around to see a sea of sweats and greasy popcorn and dreamt of being in NYC (under the potentially false hope that they actually dressed the part out there).

So then the movie starts and I am SO excited (even after a number of epic fails).  And I definitely enjoyed the movie for the fun fashion and the one-liners, but the story line was rather weak and the actresses looked surprisingly old.  Miranda looked the best throughout (which wasn't necessarily the case in the series), and the little story lines came and went rather quickly.  I laughed most of the movie, but I would recommend waiting until it comes to your local Redbox if you're not totally into the series.  And if you are totally into the series, see it simply because you can't wait, but don't expect it to have the same pizazz as the series you know.  I would give it a 3/5...and that's probably being generous on the critic scale.

So long,
LuLu

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Strands of Pearls

Janay. Dental Office Manager.

Fashion Apps

As an iPhone user, I have been happy that the fashion industry has really gotten into sharing more about itself through apps.  In fact, many of the apps on my phone are related to fashion.  Because of this, I would like to share a few of my favorites:


Fashion Network: 
    This one is absolutely fabulous and you can get lost in it for hours.  It allows you to watch full versions of the latest fashion shows from MANY designers and is updated as the seasons change.  A great (and educational) distraction!




Gilt:
    Stemming from the site gilt.com, this app allows Gilt members to access the latest sales right when they become available.  Because Gilt sales are basically first come, first serve, this app is crucial if you're out on the town and want to make sure you check out a certain featured sale for the day (especially if you're on the east coast and the sale hits at noon!).  Or, if you don't intend to buy, it's fun to just see what the latest out there is and what is selling fast or not.  Great way (yet again) to simply study fashion.

Shoe of the Day (Bergdorf Goodman):
    This app is FANTASTIC.  It is so much fun.  Every day, I check to see what the Bergdorf Goodman "Shoe of the Day" is.  The app allows users 24 hours to purchase the shoe.  I always wonder who's buying too because the average price range for the daily shoe is between $600-$2000 (generally closer to the high end).  But it is so much fun to just see each shoe everyday!  I even occasionally "send" the shoes to myself so I can save pictures in my phone and dream :)

Ralph Lauren:
    I really love Ralph Lauren, so I decided to check out their app.  I didn't really expect much (because I didn't know what to expect) and now, really enjoy it.  It not only updates to show the latest lines from the  Ralph Lauren Collection, but it includes backstage images, videos about the collection, and videos about the design house in general.  You enter into the Ralph Lauren world and get swept away.  It's branding at its best!

Twitterrific:
     This isn't technically a "fashion" app, but that's what I use it for.  I created a Twitter account after making this blog and follow almost solely fashion related accounts.  With the touch of a button, I can see the latest news circulating in the fashion industry and even click their links to read more if I am inclined.  






If you have any others you would like to share, please do!  I have checked out some other fashion apps, but these are the only that I consistently use.

Enjoy,
LuLu

Friday, May 28, 2010

Man Paisley

John. Contractor.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Philip Treacy


Thanks to my aunt Katherine, I have recently been made aware of a fabulous hat designer, Philip Treacy.  My aunt sent his link my way because our Irish family takes pride in other Irishmen's (and women's) successes!  But when I looked at his website, I was completely engrossed and fascinated.  His hats are MAGNIFICENT!  I would love to own one!
Treacy is based in London and has had huge success and has found many celebrity fans in less than 20 years since graduating from a fashion program.

Today is a great time to introduce him to you, because he designed Sarah Jessica Parker's hat not only for the London premiere of Sex and the City 1, but for the London premiere of Sex and the City 2!  Fabulous! 

 






















Second image is thanks to NY Mag.

Toodooloo,
LuLu

Step Brother Vest

Tom. VP.

Opinion: Signature Scent

For many years now I have been wearing one scent: Dior J'adore.  I originally chose it while in the pursuit of a "signature scent."

As many of you likely know, scent is the strongest thing tied to memory.  For the years prior to my signature scent hunt, I had dabbled here and there in other scents (such as scents from Lucky and Tommy Hilfiger), and, like many young girls, in various Bath and Body Works scents.

But when I decided that I needed a signature scent, so that people would think of me everytime they smelled it, I went to Macy's and hunted the perfume aisles for one that would span a lifetime.

I love Dior J'adore, but should a person be limited to just one scent?  

Please weigh in with your opinion...

XOXO,
LuLu

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Red, White, and Blue

Ali. Personal Trainer.

Fashion Films: Dior

The latest trend in fashion has nothing to do with skirt length and everything to do with technology.  Fashion films have become one of the best (and most interesting) ways for fashion houses to share their fashion on the web.  It is not only interesting to watch, but a rather smart marketing technique! 

The following, "Lady Blue Shanghai," was made for Christian Dior.  Featuring Marion Cotillard and made by David Lynch, this is more than just fashion, it's a movie!  The main Dior pieces featured are the handbags.

This is the first chapter of the "saga" that you can either check out through YouTube or www.ladydior.com


Enjoy,
LuLu

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

West Coast Class

Max. Communications Student.

Blingin' Animals


Recently I have become completely obsessed with jewelry that looks like animals and is made of little rhinestones!  I picked up the parrot ring above at a boutique in CA called S.W.A.K.  I was debating between the parrot and a beautiful peacock that spread out along multiple fingers.  The parrot fit perfectly and was so colorful and fun that it was hard to pass up!


I received multiple compliments from strangers within the two hours immediately following the purchase.  It completely makes an outfit.  It's fun and can be dressed up or down!

These were both featured on my blog before construction and have become two of my favorite pieces of jewelery.  The snake bracelet adds pizazz and looks great with blue jeans, and the owl necklace is long enough to define a plain dress or shirt!  I picked both up at the new Charming Charlie location in the National Harbor (DC area).


Anybody else have a fondness for blingin' animal jewelry?  I'd love to see what you've found!

Enjoy the day,
LuLu

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pop Art

Johnette. Engineering Student.

Carried Away

Today I (finally) purchased my tickets for Sex and the City 2 and I am SO EXCITED!  Why?  Because I can't wait to see everything that the cast is wearing in the movie!  Yes the lines and story can be entertaining, but not as entertaining as the clothing and accessories!  

To stay true to the mood, I've pulled some of the many fabulous looks of Carrie Bradshaw:

And in case you haven't seen the trailer yet (or just want to watch the fabulousness again), please check it out!

Excited,
LuLu

PS If you intend on pulling a Sex and the City look anytime soon, please email it to me!  I'd love to see what all of you come up with!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

French Manicure

Breanna. HS Student.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Teensy Purse

BANG

Photo from one of my favorite blogs: The Cut from NY Mag.

For those of you who follow fashion closely, you have likely heard a bit of the hubbub around this ad.  Marc Jacobs himself has decided to be the model for his new fragrance "BANG."  And what better way to advertise it than naked?!  Supposedly, people commented that he was in great shape and should do something like this.  But perhaps it is a tad too suggestive with the name of the fragrance?  Marc Jacobs is the man, but I do so love to see him in his classy suits more so than this.  I think this job should be left to anonymous models.

However, it sure has gotten quite a bang response from bloggers...perhaps that was exactly what he was hoping for.

Boots and all,
LuLu

Friday, May 21, 2010

Shoe Obsession

The above photo features my lovely shoes all in a pile thanks to a weak shoe rack.  I love to display them as if they're art, because they are!  But my sad little friends are in this state!  The disgrace!

And it clearly emphasizes my shoe obsession.  Tons of colors and shapes piled into a mountain...and the mountain just grew with these b-e-a-utiful heels from Saks 5th!...guilty :/



Thursday, May 20, 2010

Perched

 Sophie. Pre-Student.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Modesty


“Clothes that are supposed to be the triumph of modesty are often the most seductive” – Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel



I have become increasingly obsessed with Coco Chanel and her whole approach to not only fashion but life in general.  Recently I completed her biography CHANEL A Woman of Her Own by Axel Madsen and couldn’t help but record multiple quotes as I went.  The one above brings up an interesting idea that I often wonder 1. whether it’s true and 2. whether it can ever be embraced again in society.

Today, post women’s liberation and other such defining events, skin is certainly no longer hidden as it once was just 100 years ago.  Chanel was certainly one woman who made a HUGE difference in women’s fashion liberation by throwing old standards out the window.  But even though the Chanel woman was indeed more “liberated” than most, there was a certain sense of modesty and charm to her clothing that has been lost on generation Y.  Perhaps we are all still waiting to define ourselves to define our fashion, but what we are wearing today will always be apart of our definition.

In a course I took on the history of fashion, it was even joked that Victorian fashion (picture collars up to your chin and corsets) was the exact opposite of modesty (though it claimed to be just that) because it hugged the woman’s form so tightly that nothing was hidden.  Chanel’s clothes, however, often had a loose and comfortable fit that not only were not very revealing, but were somewhat masculine.  However, they were definitely seductive and classy.

A theme I will often return to in posts is re-defining one’s fashion.  Perhaps this has sparked some thoughts to encourage discussion?  I don’t know where I stand on it myself.

All you need is confidence,
LuLu

PS  Something that is curious, however, is Karl Lagerfeld's recent Chanel Cruise line including completely see-through garments...has he lost the real Chanel?

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