30 November 2011

2011 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

Last night Victoria's Secret sent its holiday collection down the runway in an hour-long special on CBS. I recognize that it's merely an hour-long commercial for the brand, but the designs are so out there and fantastic that the designer in me can't get enough and I look forward to it every year. Here are this year's highlights:
Model Doutzen Kroes in the Angels portion of the show
Miranda Kerr Bloom in a gorgeous regal red number. Husband Orlando, front and center, stood and cheered every time.
The superhero section - downright inspired! Model Erin Heatherton.

Incredible Adriana Lima
Alessandra Ambrosio in the most detailed wings of the night. Indian-inspired.
Miranda Kerr on the half shell, wearing the Million Dollar Bra. $2.5 mil to be exact.
Miranda Kerr in the New Orleans fantasy garb with the most adorable jacket ever.

Model Toni Garrn, also in New Orleans antebellum lingerie
Neon light up wings for the Pink collection. With Nicki Minaj.
Kanye, as the happiest man alive.
Adam Levine, also as the happiest man alive. With model girlfriend Anne Vyalitsina.

29 November 2011

Picture Perfect

Via Pinterest
So beautiful, romantic and downright stunning. Who says rain ruins a special occasion? Such gorgeous lighting.

USB Bracelet

Via Etsy
Hellz yeah - You'll never lose that pesky little thing again! Black, brown or beige leather and a silver or gold plated 2GB USB drive. I smell Christmas presents.

28 November 2011

Striped Accents

Looking for a way to spice up your neutrals? Give B&W stripes a whirl. It's a bold way to accessorize for both men and women and it provides some graphic interest to an otherwise run-of-the-mill outfit. Look for scarves, belts, ties, cardigans or anything you can layer against a minimal color palette.

Notice that the guys' shirts have patterns as well, but they are small and similar enough in color that they function as relatively neutral, plain backdrops for the graphic stripe. Also, the other colors tend to be darker. You have to balance the weight of the black and white stripe against something strong enough to handle it. An all-pastels look would be overwhelmed.

'Stache Style

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For your perusal, a visual history of famous mustaches. Fun!

27 November 2011

Burberry Store Window

Via ClassyInTheCity
Digging the plaid window art at the Burberry store. Londontown. Window displays are my fave.

26 November 2011

Pow Headband

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Comic book glam!

Hard Day's Night

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Swept Away in Vogue

November's issue of Vogue featured a gorgeous spread by Patrick Demarchelier, capturing the majesty of the seaside from days of yore. Beautiful colors and delicate clothes perfectly mimic the call of the ocean.
Caroline Trentini in Rodarte coat, Ilkram dress, Chanel boater.

Jacket and skirt by Alexander McQueen

25 November 2011

The Color Bug

We talked at some length a while back about adding temporary color to your hair (click here to revisit that discussion). At the time, your best bet for temporary color was sidewalk chalk. Well, someone has heard our cries! The Color Bug, courtesy of Kevin Murphy, is a temporary, swipe on, wash off hit of bold color for your hair.

 The product is available in pink, purple and orange and runs the US equivalent of 12.95 pounds. Allegedly available at www.kevinmurphy.com.au. 
The product description refers to it as a hair powder, so it may not be such a grand leap from the good ole sidewalk chalk but give it a whirl! Let us know!

23 November 2011

A Sight For Sore Eyes

Via ClassyInTheCity
A beacon in the travel mania. Sometimes that mermaid is enough to turn your day around. On this, the busiest travel day of the year, everyone have a safe trip and don't forget to caffeinate!

Parisian Architecture

Via ChiVaPiano
I don't include lots of architecture around here, but this was too beautiful to pass up. That wrought iron railing is so completely stunning I can't stand it. Paris.

22 November 2011

Fresh Flowers

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How charming! What ever happened to men wearing fresh flowers in their lapels? It wouldn't hurt a thing every now and then, gentlemen.

Patterned Dress

Via ArdenB
Gorgeous! This fabulous patterned sun dress from Arden B. is great on its own. Paired with a black sweater, black boots, black head band ans black eyeliner and it is to die for. And lucky you, it's only $65.

Nothing Mellow About This Yellow

Via MonicaRose

21 November 2011

Floss Hair Comb DIY

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Brilliant. Love the look! Depending on the size of the comb you're using, you likely want something a little thicker than thread and a little finer (and less raggedy) than yarn so try needlepoint floss. Metallics would be fun.

Abbey Lee Kershaw for Vogue Russia

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VS Fashion Show Preview

Via PreppieBettie
Just to whet your whistle, here's a quick behind-the-senes shot of the upcoming Victoria's Secret Holiday Fashion Show, set to air Tuesday November 29th on CBS. Cannot wait to see that petal-shaped skirt with the of rows of crystals in action!

20 November 2011

Front Step Fashion

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Beaded Heels

Via PreppieBettie
How absolutely delicious are these shoes?! Such gorgeous beaded pearl embellishing. The volume and texture they have is incredible.

19 November 2011

Happy Wrapping

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Great gift wrapping idea. Tartan plaid fabric squares, topped with bow ties. Use worn out shirts or make a quick trip to the local fabric store for material. A very preppy Christmas. Or a very hipster Christmas, if that's your bend.

Tiny Sailor

Via PreppieBettie
Adorable! Those rain boots are just lovely, the sweater is cozy, the hat is cute and the lobster, well, who doesn't need a crocheted lobster?

Beach Boozin'

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17 November 2011

Lauren-Bush Wedding

That's right folks. Two of the country's most iconic families joined in holy matrimony this past Labor day as model Lauren Bush (Grand daughter of President GHW Bush) and David Lauren (son of fashion designer Ralph) married on a ranch in Colorado. As you might expect, RL designed the wedding gown for his new daughter-in-law. The result was a Victorian-inspired gown with high lace collar and sheer long sleeves. Tulle, silk, crystals and pearls. Delicious!

P.S. Is her name now Lauren Lauren?
Via Vogue

16 November 2011

Sleek and Chic

Via BourbonandPearls
This looks like a glammed up, modern version of a Hitchcock heroine. Boxy jacket and pencil skirt with a leather twist, icy blonde up do, pumps and a sleek silhouette.  Hitchcock would approve!

Pocket Ponies

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08 November 2011

Jennifer Lopez: Woman of the Year

Damn girl! That dress is on fire! Jennifer Lopez received the Glamour Woman of the Year award last night in NYC in this Atelier Versace number and Jimmy Choos.

Beach Gold

Via PreppieBettie
What can I say? I love bright, flowy dresses.

Bikini Tropicale

Via PreppieBettie
Tropical fashion at its finest, which is to say simplest. A hat and a bikini is all you need when you're surrounded by nothing but giant lily pads.

Green Eyes

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07 November 2011

Accessorize: Starbucks

  Is your daily Starbucks fix a part of your outift; your best fashion accessory? Who accessorizes with their SBUX ?! (Polyvore people do, that's for sure)