Sunday, October 5, 2008

Gossip Girl By The Numbers

Did You Know?....

8 average number of costume changes per character per show.

75 average number of alterations performed each day

$20 000 the price of a pair of Ferragamo boots worn by Blake Lively

$650 000 the price of a Van Kleef & Arpels Brooch worn by Kelly Rutherford (the piece was the most expensive single item featured on the show)

10 000 number of garments in the closet at any given time

1200 pairs of shoes

500 bags

200 headbands

300 necklaces.

Heaven-is a minor word to describe it.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Good Girls Rarely Make History

She was gorgeous, smart, a fashion-icon and made history. I read the most fascinating article about the secrets of her Glam-life in Vanity Fair today. I promise to make a post about that soon (L).

Taking Manhattan by Storm

Manhattan is one of my most favourite places in the world. It's probably partially because Gossip Girl takes place there (both the movies and the book) and also because it's home to classical ballet, elegance, luxury and sophistication. Many of which cannot be found where I live. So I decided to compile a post of all the best, luxuriest, and most gorgeous things that Manhattan has to offer.

Checking In (The Best of Boutique Hotels)

1. The Mercer (147 Mercer St.) 212-966-6060
-It's in the heart of Soho
-The loft-like rooms are flooded with light
-The Mercer Kitchen, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, has great American cuisine and sexy lighting.
-Bath products stocked by FACE STOCKHOLM
-Lowest Room Rate: $595

2. The Lowell (28 East 63rd Street) 212-838-1400
-The Post House is next door
-Some rooms have terraces and most have fully equipped kitchens
-It's a romantic hideaway, and almost every suite has a working fireplace
-Bath products stocked by BULGARI
-Lowest Room Rate: $665

3. Gramercy Park (2 Lexington Avenue) 212-920-3300
-It's across the street from lovely Gramercy Park
-The hotel's Aerospa offers in-room treatments
-It's nearly impossible to get into the hotel's Rose Bar-unless you're a VIP or hotel guest
-Bath products by MARIO BADESCU and HAMADI
-Lowest room rate $695

4. Thompson L.E.S (190 Allen Street) 212-460-5300
-The Lower East Side is so much cooler than uptown
-The rooms are super stylized but very plush
-You never have to go out at night, because the thumping music and potent cocktails from the terrace bar make you feel like you're at a club
-Bath products by KIEHL'S
-Lowest room rate $495

5. The Greenwich (377 Greenwich Street) 212-941-8900
-No two rooms are the same
-There is a huge, decadent, Japanese-insipired spa. And the hotel's paintings are by co-owner Rober De Niro's father
-Bath products by RED FLOWER
-Lowest room rate $625

Where To Get Pampered

Hair and Grooming

1. Blow (843 Lexington Avenue) 212-452-0246

2. Bumble and Bumble (146 East 56th Street)

3. Frederic Fekkai (712 5th Avenue) 212-753-9500

4.Paul Mole (1031 Lexington Avenue) 212-535-8461

5.Eva Scrivo (407 West 13th Street) 212-677-7315

Massages, Facials and Speciality Spas

1. Angel Feet (77 Perry Street) 212-924-3576

2. Cornelia Day Resort (663 5th Avenue) 212-871-3050

3. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hotel (88 Columbus Circle) 212-805-8880

4. Russian and Turkish Baths (268 East 10th Street) 212-473-8806

5. Tracie Martyn (59 5th Avenue) 212-206-9333

For Mani-Pedis

Rescue Beauty Lounge (8 Centre Market Place) 212-431-0449

The Best of Restaurants

1. Strip House- Steak (13 East 12th Street) 212-328-0000

2. The Spotted Pig- Gastropub (314 West 11th Street) 212-620-0393

3. Sasabune- Sushi (401 East 73rd Street) 212-249-8583

4. Lupa-Italian (170 Thompson Street) 212- 982-5089

5. Golden Bridge Restaurant -Chinese (50 Bowery Street) 212-227-8831

6. P. J. Clarke's- Burgers (915 3rd Avenue) 212-317-1616

7. Balthazar - Brunch ( 80 Spring Street) 212-965-1414

8. Lil' Frankie's- Pizza (19 1st Avenue) 212-420-4900

9. Barney Greengrass-Delis ( 541 Amsterdam Avenue) 212-724-4707

10. Los Dados- Mexican ( 73 Gansevoort Street) 646-810-7290

To be continued (L)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lets satisfy our cravings

I know I've been gone, for forever, but I've been busy, and sick really. Now that I can actually get out of bed, without falling over, and now that I don't have a fever, I can actually get down to blogging. I have an hour or so, before my piles of homework await me, so let's make the best of it.

The hottest, the latest, and the soon will be gone- for those of you who reside in New York. Check out Frock's second pop-up store in Soho during a three-day event featuring designer vintage clothing and accessories from Alaia, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Lanvin, Thierry Mugler, and more. 129 Prince St., nr. Wooster St.; 11–8. September 26-September 28

The latest in jewellery finds, that I am absolutely in love with, that is totally cute and affordable. Juicy Couture's Pave Wing Wish Necklace. Winging it—a feathered amulet to make your wishes come true.14-karat gold plate. Pavé rhinestone wing pendant. Crown insets. Lobster clasp; adjustable length. And for the price of only $48 dollars (U.S.A) it totally won't make you regret buying it. Pick up your's at Neiman Marcus.

The sweetest for your little someone, come these adorable children's accessories for the girly girls in them all. Since I am only a highschool student, and I don't have kids (Thank god!) I'll stick to encouraging myself and my mom to buy these for my favourite little girl's ( my mom's friend's daughter's) next birthday. These are the Juicy Couture Crown Bank ($45), Cupcake Bank ($45), and Gumball Machine ($55). On second thought, I may consider the Cupcake Bank for all the spare change I have for myself. Get yours at Neiman Marcus.

I know this is turning into an Excruciatingly long Juicy Couture post, but for those of us, who are in school, and don't want to wear our boots around inside- come these adorable Juicy sneakers to kick back in. Titled the "Daphne Sneaker" and sold for the price of $85, they're probably the cheapest WOMEN's Size shoe this company sells. You can choose pink/ivory or offwhite/black for your shoe, and there are plenty of various sizes. Made of canvas, with a rubber sole, and lace up front. Pick up your pair at Neiman Marcus.

Marc by Marc Jacobs is definetely, a designer who has fun creations, cute ones, and they're actually really affordable once they're on sale. For those of you who reside in L.A. or New York, Barneys Online has a sale like always, with Marc Jacobs at the top of the list. The Marc by Marc Jacobs yellow polka dot Top ($59, marked down from $130) caught my eye the first. Who cares if summer is already over, and fall is here? You can wear this underwraps outside, and out of wraps, once you come inside.

The Marc by Marc Jacobs Dr. Q Delancy Tote, caught my eye second, in the colours of midnight and black ($489, marked down from $690). Perfect for toting around those extras, that come with the fall weather.
'Tis the season for dark colours, or at least Lauren Conrad from The Hills, has influenced many teenagers around me, to don the darkest of the dark shades. A quick stop at Sephora, proved that there are many scrumptious colours out there. Following the couture trend of course.

The first colour Dior Vernis- Mystic Violine ($19) is a shimmering, golden-bronze, nail colour.

The second colour NARS Midnight Express-Navy Blue ($16) is exactly, what it says- a navy blue colour.

Buy them, wear them, when the season is done, throw them out.

Halloween is only a month away, and with everyone talking about their costumes for the various parties and dances, I can't help but think about mine. I was contemplating going as a sexy version of Little Red Riding Hood, but after spotting Lauren Conrad's Sailor Girl Costume online, I may just reconsider.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Lauren Conrad: Closet full of gorgeous bags.

I am a true devoted watcher of The Hills. Sure I don't drop everything every monday night, to catch a new episode, but I do watch it before the new one airs. The Hills seems to be having the same old, same old, drama lately, but that doesn't stop me from keeping Lauren Conrad on the top of my list of favourite dressed celebrities. Who knew her bag selections were so delicious too?

My top favourite bag that's been seen toted around by Lauren Conrad is the Rebecca Minkoff Wine Nikki. The cost of this bag is $600 and can be purchased on the designer's website.
The next one is a black D&G bag with chunky hardware and a chain. For a cost of $990, this bag can be your's after one quick click to

The next bag of hers that I absolutely love is the CC Skye Lucy Bag. It's glamorous, large enough to fit in all your essentials, and just right as a carry on for all those adventures that surely await us in life. It's priced at $795 and can be found on

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fashion Week Gossip

Straight from the sidelines of fashion week's hottest and best designers, comes the listing of those who walked the most, and those who walked the least.

1. Karlie Kloss Kloss clomped down 30 runways this week, including 3.1 phillip lim, Vera Wang, and Narciso Rodriguez. While Tyra Banks may be mocking her walk, designers are loving it. She closed Marc by Marc Jacobs, opened Carolina Herrera, and scored both spots at Doo.Ri.
2. Jourdan Dunn won the conspicuous honor of being one of the few diverse models in an otherwise very white season. The London-born model walked twenty shows, including Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, and Proenza Schouler. Though she didn’t open or close any catwalks, Dunn did buck an unsettling trend of paler and paler models. Let’s hope more designers catch on.
3. Ali Stephens Yes, we know Stephens appeared in only one show, but that was her good call. For her first New York Fashion Week booking, she declined over 30 offers to instead open Calvin Klein. Avoiding overexposure, this chocolate-cake-eating, MTV-watching eleventh-grader has us eager for more of her long-legged walk in London.
4. Irina Kulikova Last year’s button-nosed winner couldn’t hold her No. 1 spot this time around. But it’s not for lack of trying — she walked in 22 shows. The pale Russian’s highlights this week were opening Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan and closing Peter Som and Proenza Schouler.
5. Abbey Lee Walking in 29 shows would be a triumph for any girl. However, Lee turned even more heads debuting in New York with a pierced nose and nipple and a Lauren Hutton–esque gap tooth. The 20-year-old Australian racked up spots at Oscar de la Renta, Halston, and in her week’s shining moment, closed Rodarte. Model fanatics may just have found their irreverent beauty icon in the otherwise rather timid, tepid, and teenage-catwalker climate.
6. Olga Sherer While her flame-colored hair caught attention all week long, Sherer’s boldest move was closing Ralph Lauren. As Lauren usually saves that spot for campaign girls, we have to wonder if an advertising contract is on the way. If not, she’ll surely be seeing some action from one of the other 25 designers she walked for.
7. Suvi Koponen Koponen received a little model-to-model blessing early in the week, scoring the last spot at Alexander Wang, a show styled by Erin Wasson. She went on the walk in 23 more, including opening Carolina Herrera, closing DKNY, and doing both honors at Hervé Léger.
8. Heidi Mount In a week when most of America was only focused on one blonde Heidi (Klum and her Project Runway finale), the sleepy-eyed Mount managed to make us notice another. Of the 24 runways she sashayed down, she opened three (Rodarte, Nicole Miller, Ohne Titel) and closed one (Costello Tagliapietra). Mount’s our second Salt Lake City native (after Ali Stephens) on the list, and we’re starting to be thankful we didn’t spend our awkward high-school years in Utah.
9. Anabela Belikova Opening Marc by Marc Jacobs nearly secured her a spot on the list by itself, but closing Preen and Richard Chai cemented her placement. After a grueling twenty-show week, we were shocked to see the Russian still smiling into the weekend.
10. Magdalena Frackowiak Frackowiak was on our Models to Watch list this year, and, after hitting seventeen shows (including Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs), we expect to keep seeing her. This Polish model opened Thakoon and Tommy Hilfiger and closed Malo and J. Mendel, boosting her momentum as she heads to European castings.

New York Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham?

Since when does Victoria Beckham design clothes? Clearly I've been behind the fashion news, because Mrs. Beckham launched her first fashion collection at New York Fashion week which she based on her own personal style. There's only 10 styles in the whole collection, and prices range from 600 euros to a hefty 1900 euros. Personally, I wouldn't be caught dead with anything that has the label "Victoria Beckham" on it, but after seeing her lovely designs- I might reconsider.

Made in luxury fabrics such as silk organza, silk crepe, gazar, taffeta, wool stretch and fine cottons, in a subdued colour palette of black, navy, cream, cobalt and flesh-tone, each dress is cut, seamed and contoured to within an inch of its hourglass life and features a long pink-gilt zip snaking straight down the centre-back seam . She wanted to ensure that every woman that wears this dress has great posture and looks great from every angle.
The dresses come in sizes 6-14 and are suitable for all ages. Her look is very prim, with things mainly ending at the knee, but at the same time they are very girly and sophisticated.

The collection is being made in London with a small atelier staff of less than five people.Only 400 examples of the entire collection will be sold worldwide and will be available from February. It will be called the Spring/ Summer collection. Victoria Beckham says that she based her designs on 40's and 50's inspirations.