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.

Friday, September 5, 2008

They always do it right

I am one of those people, that still watches The Hills religiously every Monday night, even though I know that the rumours that they are actually "scripted" are probably true. That's why they make their acting skills look so bad...

Anyways, I watch Gossip Girl because I am absolutely captivated by the show, the gossip, the fashion and the drama. I watch The Hills, well not to see which "I am dieing for my 10 minutes of fame" guy LC is dating now, but rather to see what she and Whitney ( my second favourite) on the show are wearing. Last Monday's episode brought us some interesting fashion selections.

Here's what I love from episode 4X03 "Better of as friends"

The first thing I found online that I was absolutely in love with was the Marc by Marc Jacobs Totally Turnlock Mag Bag. Whitney carried a similar bag like this. You can buy it off It would be a perfect travel bag, because it seems like it would fit enough copies of VOGUE, ELLE, TEENVOGUE, FRENCHVOGUE and the latest chicklit novels.

The second item was the Red Bow Target headband. Of course, our very-well off Whitney didn't wear a TARGET ( I can just hear LC gasping) headband, but she did wear one similar to this one. The cute bow, the bright colour, I am already dieing over this perfect piece to compliment my sometimes "full black" wardrobe.

The third item from episode 4X02 is the Gucci Moonlight Evening Bag that you can purchase from Neiman Marcus. Lauren carried a similar Gucci Clutch. I am usually not a big fan of plastic, but the cute bow totally tips me off. Pick yours up at Neiman Marcus.

The fourth item from episode 4xo2 was the Primp New Strap Ocean Panther Tank that Lauren wore before getting ready for Stephanie's Birthday party. Cute, fun, and totally "throw on over your bikini" bound, it's making me confused about the $74 price tag. Pick yours up at

The fifth item from episode 4x01 were the Steve Madden Shicago Sandals that Lo wore. They are very summery, and making me regret ever fishing for fall. Would look perfectly cute and casual with a pair of jean shorts. Pick yours up at
Those were my few definite favourites for now, but I'll keep adding as the season goes on!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The highschool days, the sleepless nights

Highschool is supposed to be a journey to your direct path to success. It's supposed to be the most enjoyable four years of your life, with many memories (both good or bad) and "remember whens". They are the days when you made new friends, hopefully no enemies and reaches all your ultimate goals.. how come noone writes that highschool is full of homework?

I am one of the lucky 1400 students who attend a High School with a special program. We can finish work early, finish our courses early, get extra free days to catch up and most of all work at our own pace. We can also get more than 30 credits that Canada requires, and have a much better chance of getting into all the top Unis, with 34, 36, 38 credits.

The reason why I'm about to mention my hiatus for a few weeks.
I am one of the few select crazy, mentally unstable, insane people, who's pulling 38 credits, when really there is enough time blocks and years for 30. Which basically means? I should be doing my math homework right about now, while I'm typing this, because I have a test I am bound to fail.

I have to catch up on all the work, watch some Hills, and celebrate my best friend/"sister's" birthday.
And then I'll be back. Once I finish this math course, get into the next one and make myself exteremely proud :D!


Sunday, August 31, 2008

I have random guilty pleasures...

...and the one on the top of my list, is definetely browsing the online Kitson boutique. I always look forward to summer. After dressing myself in layers, and more layers as the temperature drops throughout the year, I desperately await the coming of May when I can finally brave myself outside in something like a tee. So by the time the middle of the summer comes, I suddenly want the cold and am sick of dressing lightly every day. Now that school is starting in less than 2 days...I want to do nothing else but purchase summery things. Sunglasses in fact. So here are some pics that I found on For the ones of you who still have a vacation to jet off to, or say live somewhere warm where the sun is always blazing, and jackets are a necessity-here's the yummiest of the yum in the eyewear department.

The ones that topped my list as soon as I saw them were the Balenciaga Green Edition Sunglasses. Made in Italy and priced at $345

My second selection came in the form of Emilio Pucci Black 135 Sunglasses. Made in Italy and priced at $365. I can completely picture myself in the back of a motorcycle, with these, a leather jacket and a bad-boy. Wait...I don't date bad boys.

My third choice brought me back to my days lazily lounging on the beach, checking out the cute, shirtless, preppy boys just mere feet away from me. Ah, bliss. Miu Miu Smu60G Sunglasses are priced at $185

Daddy dearest, please put me on a first-class bound plane and send me back to where I was just a month ago (L)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Place your foot into fall with fashion and grace

After reading a fellow blogger's post on fall trends, I noticed that ankle boots were included. I forgot how much I had lusted for these just a few months ago, but was quickly reminded when I decided to make finding pairs of affordable, but stylish ankle boots my mission. After hours of searching, jotting down and comparing I have come up with the following fashion-forward, wallet-friendly finds!

My very first stop was Nine West. I have often frequented this store and their online-website for my own fix of pump-cravings. It was quite easy and I found these cute (ALL UNDER $150) pairs.

None of the pictures, would save- so I have provided you with direct links.

This first pair comes in the colours of black leather, medium grey leather and dark purple suede. Ruched front leather upper bootie on platform patent detailed front, with side zipper and patent 4" stiletto heel. The name for it is "Cedargrove" The price-$99,default,pd.html?cgid=1039

This second pair comes in the colours of black suede, medium brown suede and medium grey multireptile. Pleated front shoe bootie with side zip available in black suede and natural snake. 4" heel. The name for it is "Hilda Boutique 9" The price-$150,default,pd.html?cgid=1039

This third pair comes in the colours of black leather, dark grey leather, dark natural leather and dark red leather. Supple leather ankle bootie with buckle detail metal hardware and rubber bottom. 3 1/2" heel. This item is available for pre-order and ships no later than 9/29. The name for it is "ICEBLUE". The price-$109,default,pd.html?cgid=1039

The last pair comes in black patent leather. Fabric and patent combine to give you the look and feel you have been searching for. 4" heel. The name for it is "Gobella" The price-$99,default,pd.html?cgid=1039

After finishing with Nine West, I decided to move onto the fall selection of shoes at ALDO. Here are the items I managed to find.

The first pair comes in the colour of ice. The material is leather. Dare to be sexy in these stunning stiletto booties featuring a chic side bow embellished with antique-inspired metallic detail. The name for it is "RADFORDA". The price- $140. The same shoe, only in the colour of black is now on sale for only $99.98

The second pair comes in the colour of black leather. Spiky high heel, chic pointed toe and creative silhouette. What more could you ask for in a boot? The name for it is "TERUEL" Originally priced at $140, this pair has been reduced to $69.98

The third pair comes in the colours of ice, black, and medium silver leather. Its elegance is only exceeded by its beauty. It's the very trendy bootie featuring towering heel, pleated finish and pretty round toe. The name for it is "FALKIRK" Originally priced at $140 each, the ice version is now $89.98, the black version is $79.98 and the medium silver is $64.98

My third stop was the "famous" Macy's Shoe department. I am not a big fan of Macy's, but decided to brace myself and see what I can find. The selection was actually not too bad at all.

The first pair I found was the BCBGirls Sienna Bootie.
Leather upper
Round toe
Pump bootie with hidden gore inserts on both sides
1/4" platform
4-3/4" covered heel with metallic strip
Man made sole
Web ID: 331718
The price-$129

The second pair I found was the Report "Boston" bootie.
Tumbled leather upper
Softly pointed toe
Seaming details
Approximate shaft height: 3-3/4 inches; diameter: 4-3/4 inches
3-3/4 inch covered heel
Man-made sole
The price-$115

The third pair I found was BCBGirls "Cherie" Bootie.
Leather upper
Bootie measures 2-3/4 inches
3-3/4 inch covered heel
Man-made sole

Those pairs, were the ones I found after only searching three different websites. Expect more posts on ankle boots coming soon!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Headbands to crave (L)

Maybe it's the influence Gossip Girl has had on everyone, maybe it's the season for preppiness. I however, being a very hardcore prep myself have always loved the simplicity but yet glamour of cute headbands. With days before school starts, it's time to stock up on the oldest, yet newest fashion accessory trend.

Here are some options from

1. Marc by Marc Jacobs Faux Bow Solid Headband $ 78
Resin headband with bow detail and logo disc.Made in France.

Here are some options from Neiman Marcus

2. Juicy Couture Pave Charm Headband $55

Platinum-tone with rhinestone-studded logo accents. Imported.

3. Juicy Couture Pave Heart Headband $65
Black. Platinum-tone pavé heart embellishment with signature logo banner. Imported.4. Juicy Couture Metallic Headband $65
Choose goldtone or platinum-tone. Pavé "Juicy" rhinestone detail. Imported.
5. D&G Dolce & Gabbana Elsa Tiger-Print Headband $95

Yellow/black/burnt orange tiger print. Goldtone "D&G" logo on side. Made in Italy.

Here are some options from Barneys

6. Jennifer Ouellette Extrawide Turban Headband $70

Extra wide solid grosgrain headband. 2.5" width. Available in Black, White, Ivory, Dark Brown and Navy.,default,sp.html?cgid=HAIR02&start=2&sz=1

7. Jennifer Ouellette Side Bow Headband $55

Wide grosgrain ribbon headband with narrow side bow. 2" width. Available in Black, Fuschia and Goldenrod.,default,sp.html?cgid=HAIR02&start=16&sz=1

Here is an option from Saks Fifth Avenue

8. Jennifer Behr Satin Headwrap w/Crystal $68

The art deco inspired crystal jewel tops delicate satin for a sparkling touch.
Swarovski crystal
Finished with elastic

Here are some options from Nordstrom
9. MARC BY MARC JACOBS 'Marcer' Headband $68
Contrast stripes and logo accent a stylishly sleek headband.
Approx. width: 1".
10. Tasha Animal Patent Headband $38
Animal print patterns a two-strand headband in glossy patent leather.
By Tasha; imported.

My apologies for the lack of pictures for the Barneys' Headbands, but the online website wouldn't let me save the pictures!

Our back to school books definetely need a home...

So why not keep our books in a stylish tote for back-to-school? It'll definetely make dreading the amounts of homework in there, much more easier. And once everyone gives you compliments and asks where you got such a wonderful bag-you'll feel 100 percent better! Promise..
-MARC by Marc Jacobs Metallic Miss Marc Tote $148
• Metallic gold with multicolor Miss Marc cartoon print.• Shoulder straps.• Interior zip pocket.• 16 1/4"H x 13 1/2"L x 4 1/2"D.• Imported.
-MARC by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Tate Tote $188
• Choose pink or black nylon with enamel coating.• Allover tonal logo topstitching.• Shoulder straps with bow detail.• Side pouch pockets.• Cotton lining with interior patch and zippered pockets.• 21 3/4"H x 17 1/2"W x 5 1/2"D. • Imported.

-Marc by Marc Jacobs Double Knit Word Shopper $88
Marc brings a certain Parisian chic to the essential tote.Striped jersey tote with logo patch and 'Ca Roule' lettering at front. Double handles. Lined interior features 7" zipper pocket.16"H x 14"L.7" strap drop.Imported.
-Marc by Marc Jacobs Miss Marc Tote $148
A little fun never hurt anyone.Faux-patent tote with Miss Marc graphic at front. Double handles. Zipper main compartment closure. Lined interior features zipper pocket.19"H x 16"L.8" strap drop.Imported.

-Marc by Marc JacobsSo Real Groovee Bag $98
Marc has perfected the art of offbeat cool.Print laminated tote with double handles. Lined interior features patch pocket.17"H x 15"L.9" strap drop.Imported.
-Marc by Marc Jacobs So Real Fraser Tote $98
One of those iconic Marc bags we'll love for years.Print laminated tote with double handles. Lined interior features patch pocket.17"H x 15"L.9" strap drop.Imported.

It's time to fall in love...

...with the newest fall shoe collections at Neiman Marcus

1. Kate Spade Sassy Bow Ballerina $198
Choose old gold/black or pewter/black leather. Bow detail across vamp. Driver detail at toe. Round toe. Rubber sole. Flat heel. Made in Brazil

2. MARC by Marc Jacobs Metallic Lame Pump $330

Anthracite leather. Bow detail on vamp. Pointed toe. 4" covered heel. Made in Italy.

3.Stuart Weitzman Peep-Toe Platform Pump $355
Black calfskin with red trim. Pieced detail on vamp. 3 1/4" covered heel. Made in Spain.

4. Miu Miu Jeweled Silk Ballerina $650
Copper/anthracite silk. Jeweled vamp. Ruched trim. Made in Italy.
5. Christian Louboutin Very Croise Platform Pump $790
Choose black or nude patent leather. Crisscross detail over vamp. Silver insole. Open toe. Slingback. Signature red sole. 5 1/2" covered heel. Made in Italy.

6. Valentino Suede Bow Slingback $695

Choose black or raspberry suede. Peep toe. High vamp with bow detail. Elasticized slingback. 3 3/4" covered heel. Made in Italy.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Marc Jacobs Special Things

After browsing the Marc Jacobs website, looking for a cute bag to add to my birthday wishlist, I stumbled upon the wonderful selection of Marc Jacobs Special Things. I think I won't be adding that bag to my wishlist anymore- instead I'll add these cute and affordable treats.

-Shiny Quilted Bowler in Red Quilted PU- $66

-Faux Fur Leopard Clutch-$39

-Jacobs Basket Weave Tote in Yellow Polyester/PVC-$19

-Marc Jacobs Heart Compact in Plastic Gold -$5

-Quilted Satin Evening Bag in Black Satin and Coated PU- $35

Why, why, why, why, can't we have a Marc Jacobs boutique in Canada!?

Do a good deed, lose a few pounds, buy a new treat (L)

Reward yourself for doing a good deed

-Melinda Maria "I am Change" Whaleman necklace. $500 on, 25 % of all proceeds go to the Whaleman foundation.

-OmniPeace Coin purse. $28 on, 25 % of proceeds go to the Whaleman Foundation.

-"Whatever it Takes" tote bag designed by Gwen Stefani. $45 on $2 from each sale go to 21st century leaders.

-Emporio Armani (PRODUCT) RED Julia Roberts T-shirt made in Africa. $125 on 40 % of profits go to the global fund.

Workouts to shed those summer pounds we all gained

Thank you Vogue magazine! Here's the new wave of workouts that can be found at various gyms around U.S.A.

1. KRANKING- Equinox, various locations
Kind of like spinning for the upper body, Johny G's latest creation uses a cycle for the arms to sculpt shoulders, build biceps, and burn fat fast.

2. BODYBRASIL-Sports Club/L.A at Rockefeller Center
This total-body toning class, helps you get the body of a model by using capoeira-inspired, core-strengthening drills with weighted resistance.

Helps you find and tone your center by mixing yoga, weight training and meditation.

Jeans to Love Now

1. The new label Degaine jeans. This french label designed by Gregory Abbou, launched in October 2007. You can purchase these on Jennifer Aniston is a big fan.

2. The new label Divine Rights of Denim jeans. This L.A. brand sells skinny jeans and cut-of shorts-all for under the price of $100. You can purchase these on Fans include Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge from The Hills.

3. The new label PRVCY jeans. Everyone loves this brand, due to the fact that it donates 10 % of its sales to breast cancer research. You can purchase these on Fans include Jessica Alba and Eva Longoria Parker.

4. The new label PRPS jeans. One reason for being so hot? They sell some pretty cool distressed boyfriend jeans. You can purcahse these at your local Barneys.

We're not done travelling yet...

Continuing of on my previous post below about last-minute glam vacations, comes this post.

-Stay at the fun and colourful St. Tropez hotel Byblos and feel like a star. Reported vacationers include Kate Moss, Diddy, and the place where Brigitte Bardot used to stay at. It's not exactly known as a place of peace and quiet, but you can get that at home alone.

-You could book yourself a suite at the Hyatt or you could pay $101 a ngiht and stay in a "vision machine". The vision depends on which room you check into at the PROPELLER ISLAND CITY LODGE ( in Berlin. And, no, breakfast is not included. The morbidly inclined would love "Gruft", which features coffin beds-singles of course. Those who have seen The Silence of the Lambs once too often will naturally be attracted to the "Two Lions" suite, furnished with beds in two ornate cages elevated 1.5 meters off the carpeted floor. The borderline psychopath will love the green leather upholstery of "Padded Cell", while the certifiable unstable might be biased toward "Flying Bed", with its sharply slanted floor. Designed and built by artist and musician Lars Stroschen, makes your night stay feel like "living in a work of art".

-What does it feel like to go to sleep with the Eiffel Tower sparkling through your windows? Or wake up in a glowing, all-orange room? Hotels like the Everland ( -a groovy 60's vibe crash pad currently bolted onto the roof of the Palais de Tokyo contemporary arts center will give you all those thrills!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Comforts of the South

With less than two weeks, left before school, college, or university, everyone deserves a last-minute, much needed vacation.

The three top hot-spots to visit are: South of France, South of the Border, and South America

Nothing will make you feel better than an escape to the South of France. Bring your smallest bikini, your biggest sunglasses and enjoy tanning on the beach while you sip away to delicious cocktails. Make sure to not leave your home without these carry-one essentials: a pair of slip-on shoes for transition through security, a dark eye mask to help you sleep through the flight, and a big, warm, scarf that could also work as a blanket.

Heading down to the South of the Border is the perfect way to make everyone in your family unite and come together. Play in the sun during the day and shop your way through all the hidden-treasure stores you can't find back home. Don't leave home without your beach necesseties: an insulated water bottle to keep hydrated, gossipy magazines and a zip-lock bag for wet items.

It doesn't matter if your hiking of backpacking your way through South America, or staying in gorgeous hotels. Don't leave home without your money-pouch necessities: copies of all documents and passports (send a virtual copy to your email account, too), film or digital cards, and earplugs ( if you're staying in hostels).

Fun and safe travelling to all!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Advance Planning- A guilty pleasure.

For someone who loves to dress up, shop for cute party dresses, go to dances and parties, I've never really celebrated my birthday. The last huge bash I can remember was when I was 8 years old, and my mom decided everyone should wear princessy dresses and threw me a 30 plus people party. I mean really- 30 plus people for an 8 year old? What was she thinking? Obviously a lot since that day, because ever since then she's put a large X on huge parties. Must have been all that squealing...and the mess she had to clean up afterwards.
When I say I don't celebrate don't get me wrong - I do SOMETHING. I mean I get presents just like the next girl, and was even fashioned with a gorgeous diamond ring for this year's birthday in March. However, other than my mom, dad, grandma and my best friend (who's like a sister) noone else was present at that dinner table in the restaurant. And for some reason- that was the best birthday of my life, because I was with the people that matter most to me :). Okay, before I start tearing up, lets move on. My next birthday is a good 6 months away, but somehow I can't help but sneaking pictures at cute birthday party dresses and lavish cakes. I mean 6 months do go by fast........
Unfortunately, I was born In March- which basically means its disgusting, snowy and cold. Summery party dresses? Big NO for that situation. Although If my birthday was in the summer, I wouldn't mind this cute...
Bella Dress from Guess.Bow-topping with floral lattice work at the bottom makes this a fun, feminine frock. In chic black and white, this dress has adjustable straps, with elastic under and at bust. Empire waist. Strapless.

And I've decided that after years of CAKES, this upcoming birthday, I want none other than a CUPCAKE Cake just as cute and girly as Maria Sharapova's.

Mommy dearest I hope you're reading- because this is the cake my little heart desires (L).

Intuition is my new found love (L)

I just found the greatest thing on earth. Click on it, go to it, fly to it, anything- if you haven't seen the website or the store itself yet. Considering I don't live in L.A, or anywhere EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE to it- I'm going to have to satisfy myself with their online catalog.

After a good hour of browsing, drooling and " OH I WISH I COULD GO THERE AND BUY THIS" I decided the following two items made my crave-worthy and good-steal priced list!

1. Spare Soles Flats in Silver (on sale for $ 25.00)Shoes are skid resistant & H2O proof, and each pair comes with a 4.5 inchx4.5 inch (handbag ready) pouch with a wrist strap. And the best part of all, they are cute, comfy-looking and oh-so-glamorous. Hmm, I wonder if i could talk my dance teacher into letting me substitute these for my Bloch Ballet Shoes.
2. Ettika Single Circle Bracelete in Red ($ 35). A hammered gold bead is anchored by leather knots on this funky piece. I think the bright colour attracted me to this adorable bracelet, but it would definetely give a punch to any outfit all year round.

Mental note to self: Book trip to L.A. as soon as possible.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

On my mind today...

So, today was a fairly boring day. No really, it was. The summer is slowly ( actually more like quickly) coming to an end, and with less than two weeks to go till school starts I am both annoyed, scared and excited. I'm annoyed, because I definetely didn't get to accomplish everything I planned this summer. Sure I visited a gorgeous island, spend time with my best friend, friends, tanned (obviously not enough-or it just faded away quickly), shopped and had fun. But nothing TOO EXCITING or dramatic happened. And isn't that what summer is all about? I am scared because our admissions offices at school has once again messed up my schedule, and given me the completely wrong courses, I'm hoping with classes with at least some of my friends, and I am not looking forward to the homework load. Lastly, I am excited beyond belief to see the friends I didn't have a chance to write into my busy summer or simply due to the fact that both our schedules didn't meet. I am also excited for the premiere of Gossip Girl, and for another preppy year in my life. I am NOT excited to see how many incoming freshmen decide to incorporate the "Hi, I am a Blair Waldorf wannabe" look. Oh well, they'll learn their own fashion sense eventually." I am also very excited to be starting dance again, after quitting on a whim in late May. I quit- because I couldn't take the pressure anymore, or maybe I just got tired of doing nothing but school, dance, school, dance. Who knows, but either way I am going back. The perk to this, is not only am I going to be going back to dance outside of school; but I am also taking a dance course IN SCHOOL. Fantastic, right? All these thoughts about dance, have caused me to buy new jazz shoes and new ballet shoes, even though my old ones were in perfect condition. Oh well, one can never have too many.....

I am also in love with the candy coloured dance Body suits that are sold at H&M. They are organic, and for the lovely price of around $30, won't make me guilty for buying two. Mental note to self- add to shopping list.
Follow the link above, if you want to check out the lovely bodysuit yourself :).

I am also loving the look of "above the knee, high waist" black skirts for fall. Add some tights, a cute pair of mary-janes ( the only pair of shoes that are non-heel that I can force myself to wear) OR a pair of heels, and you've got the ultimate preppy, and keep yourself cozy look. However, I am strongly doubting anyone would understand what I was wearing -in a school where TNA sweatpants and LULU yoga pants are all the rage. Well, I shouldn't be lying to you- I wear my occassional ( okay not so occasional ) pair of lulu pants myself. What's a girl gotta do, when she has tons of homework, is deprived of sleep and that cozy spot against the wall on the floor amongst her best friends is looking very great, but skirt un-friendly? I should definetely be getting bonus points for braving it up in heels though. Yes, bonus points for moi!

Aldoshoes has a new fall collection, that is simple but cute, and would fit into just about anyone's wardrobe. Feel free to check out online or visit one of their retail shops.

I can see the sun setting....and it's very disappointing. Why must summer only be 2 months long!?

Tina of eau de couture

Monday, August 18, 2008

Let the leaves fall (L)

After spending a whole day rotating between various doctors for checkups and tests, I managed to pour over every September issue of every fall magazine in the waiting rooms. I was also very happy to see that the upcoming season's trends would be very prep-school chic. Here's what's in store for us this fall:
-print dresses
-tailored jackets
-ruffled blouses
-fuller skirts
-chunky knits

I think the print dress is a great trend for fall, because you can take your summer staple straight to your september wardrobe with some one-tone tights, a cute blazer or a cozy cardigan. Pair it with heels and you've got a great going-out look for evening. Unless you're like me and quite often click your way in heels to class...
This look can be seen on the runway for Christian Dior, Gucci and Chloe.

The next trend-tailored jackets make us feel like we stole something from the men's department. These jackets easily flatter skirts and trousers, give you the Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf look and urbanize any dress. This look can be seen on the runway for Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Diane Von Furstenberg.

The third trend-ruffled blouses, will definetely channel the girly side of every girl. It's very showgirlie and can work well pants, jeans, and skirts. This look can be seen on the runway for Yigal Azrouel, Givenchy and Marni.

The fourth trend-fuller skirts, make you look more glamorous every step of the way. The flattering cut to mid-knee can work very well for both day and evening; and is much more comfortable than the skin-tight, summery minis we have gotten used to. This trend can be seen on the runway for Blumarine, Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio Armani.

The final trend- chunky knits, is definetely going to evoke many, lazy "sweater and leggings" days. It's better to wear a light layer underneath in case it gets too hot, or cozy up in a turtleneck number for those chilly, fall nights.

Visual pictures from various affordable collections coming end of August!

If I were a boat...

..I'd be Alberta Ferretti's renovated Icebreaker. This ship will stop every year in May, in Cannes, for the film festival. This year's theme was the jungle, but the ship has been set to look like a carnival, a pirate ship and a bordello. An invitation to Alberta's yacht is one of the most coveted in Cannes. The interior of the yacht is truly breathtaking. Instead of plush carpeting or parquet floors-planked wood was used everywhere. The walls are covered with complementary fabrics such as raw linen, raffia and rough silk. There are a total of six guest rooms, and the designer decorates with pieces she's attributed from her travels to Bali, China, Croatia, France, Greece, Mexico, Spain and Italy.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Barney's Legendary Warehouse Sale!

Oh, how this makes me wish I lived in NYC, or LA. Anyways, to the ones of you that do, don't forget to visit the sale and pick up some goodies!

Tina of Eau de Couture