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May 21, 2010

G-L-A-M-O-R-O-U-S


Sooo, in the weekend I went to the opera and it was oh so much fun! My darling Bella took me as her date and neither of us had been to an opera before so it was quite exciting! The performance was spectacular and somewhat funny (who knew operas could also be comedies?), the costumes were stunning, we were schmoozing with the city’s elite and boy oh boy, do the elite know how to dress! Never before had I seen so many dapper men and glamorous women all in one place. I saw numerous tuxes, strapless dresses, sequinned gowns and shimmering jewels. Sublime.

So below is a collection of fancy pants clothing, accessories and beauty items. Why? Because, as Ludacris said, you deserve nothing but all the finer things. I have quite a few favourites in this selection, one of which is the gorgeous Stella McCartney Printed Satin Ruffle Dress. Everything about this dress screams cocktail party – the colours, the frou frou shoulder and the length of the dress itself. I generally find that cocktail dresses sit above the knee and are quite funky, while black tie gowns are generally longer and more elegant. My most favourite item of this collection is the Christian Louboutin Lady Claude 120 Pumps. These detailed silver beauties are just divine. If I owned these darlings, I’d incorporate them into every outfit. And do you know what? I reckon they’d work with all of my clothes too. Sigh, such a crush. You couldn’t wear the Stella McCartney number & the Louboutins without the Maison Martin Margiela Hammered Brass Round Ring. No way josé! These three items would be my ultimate cocktail party outfit. So stunning. I’d work the ring into everyday wear too...may as well!

For more of a black tie event, I’d wear the Kate Sylvester Theodora Long Gown, the Emilio Pucci Asymmetric Jersey Dress or the Marchesa Embellished Silk-Chiffon Gown. These three dresses all symbolise elegance in my mind, with their lengths, fabric and muted tones. Not too showy, not too hoochie and not too same same.

Image Source (clockwise left to right): Abbey Dress – http://www.moochi.co.nz/, Thanks So Muchness! – http://www.opi.com/, Marchesa Embellished Silk-Chiffon Gown & Jimmy Choo Dalia Metal-Mesh Clutch – http://www.net-a-porter.com/, Black Mesh Body Con Dress – http://www.missselfridge.com/, As I Fall Dress – http://www.sassandbide.com/, Nude Skins Sandinista – http://www.ultrashoes.co.nz/, Emilio Pucci Asymmetric Jersey Dress, Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120 Patent Pumps & Stella McCartney Printed Satin Ruffle Dress – http://www.net-a-porter.com/, NARS Night Rider Eyeshadow – http://www.meccacosmetica.com.au/, DS Coronation – http://www.opi.com/, NARS Jungle Red Lipstick – http://www.meccacosmetica.com.au/, Theodora Long Gown – http://www.katesylvester.com/, Lanvin Silk-Blend Bustier Dress – http://www.net-a-porter.com/, Gossip Girl Jenny Lace Prom Dress & Petites Black 1 Shoulder Dress – http://www.missselfridge.com/, Finders Keep Lilac Alice Dress – http://www.pixiemarket.com/, Christian Louboutin Lady Claude 120 Pumps & Maison Martin Margiela Hammered Brass Round Ring – http://www.net-a-porter.com/.

Notice how Miss Selfridge has a collection of Gossip Girl-inspired outfits too – you can choose whether you want to be Blair, Serena, Vanessa, Jenny etc. Fun! I really feel like going to another fancy event now, dressing up is just so much fun!

And remember, if you ain’t got no money, take your broke ass home.

xxx L

Bridget, this song is for you x

May 14, 2010

Hand Me That Bag Honey!

Today, a good friend of mine, Little J, asked me for some advice on handbags and I thought that I may as well share my thoughts with you all. Gone are the days of the super large handbags, you know the ones, the bags that you can pretty much fit your kitchen sink into. These bags are a killer! So sore for your poor shoulder and so unnecessarily large. I find that the more space you have, the more you pack into it - it's like when you are packing for a trip away. One of my friends has the most chronic case of overpacking, once we went away for an overnight trip (literally only one night away) and she packed full a MASSIVE suitcase which almost didn't fit into our teeny car. Yes, I'm talking to you Miss R.

Gone are the days where your bag is covered with more adornings than you are. No bag needs that many studs, buckles, chains or hanging bits in general. It's TOO much! A couple of studs here and there are ok, but jesus lady, your heavily-studded bag could poke my eye out! As they say, all in moderation.

I'm really loving the neutral tones at the moment - peach, ivory, stone, dove grey, fawn; they tie in really well with the current clothing colour trends this season. Clearly, you also can't go past a classic black bag and I'm loving mustard bags at the moment...don't ask me why!

This first bag is a beauty from Witchery and I feel like my friend CJ owns this in the mocca colour. It's gorgeous and as soft as anything. It's called the Miranda Hobo Bag, although I doubt very much that Miranda would look like a hobo with this baby on her arm!

Image Source: Miranda Hobo Bag (Floral) - www.witchery.com.au

The next bag is so shiny and patent, sultry even! This too has a great name, it's called the Cutsie Satchel! HOW ADORABLE IS THAT?!!! I want it just for the name, I'm not going to lie to you all.

Image Source: Cutsie Satchel - www.ninewest.com

The next three bags are from a great store that I found at the DFO in Melbourne when I was last there - Kate Hill. The first is the Kelsie Cross Body Bag, which has the most beautiful colour and shell-like detailing. This would go with almost every outfit which is a major plus!


 I just adore the colour of this next bag! So mustard-y and yummy, mmm would look so good at a sausage sizzle! The Leather Bethany Shoulder Bag has great pockets & compartments, and the fabric looks like it'd be really comfortable.


The final bag is the Anya Tote. A classic style with some modern tie detailing, plus the colour is so superb. This was Little J's favourite bag out of the lot, so hopefully it'll at Kate Hill in Melbourne when she's there! Good luck hooch! I may give you an order for me while you're there, hehe!
Image Source: Kelsie Cross Body Bag, Leather Bethany Shoulder Bag & Anya Tote - www.katehill.com.au

Ahhh you can never have too many bags. Or too many shoes. Or too many diamonds....It's fun to be a girl!

I hope you have a fun weekend planned!

xxx L

May 13, 2010

Kedtastic!

Ohhh look at these pretty numbers that I just found (thanks to a wee Nylon email)! Keds make stellar shoes that are loved by many - the most popular style is the white canvas shoes (which are oh-so-comfy)! Mischa Barton was the face of Keds for a while (and may still be?) which makes me like this brand even more, as I may have a girl-crush on Miss Barton.

But now, Keds are even better! They've partnered up with Alice & Olivia to create the best shoes in the world - FACT! See below for this amazing creation...










Image Source: www.nylonmag.com


I especially love the nude and black versions. Get me a pair of these STAT!

I hope your Friday Eve is going well!

xxx L

May 5, 2010

Trelise, You Tease!

On Sunday I was lucky enough to be one of the few Wellingtonians who got to attend a talk by renowned fashion designer Trelise Cooper. Not knowing what to expect, I was blown away by her experience, history, advice and overall personality. Trelise sure knows her stuff. She talked to us about how she started in the industry, right up to how she became one of the top fashion powerhouses in New Zealand. The undertone of her talk was about how you can achieve anything that you put your mind to (this lady has DEFINITELY read The Secret)! So motivating for those of us who’d love to work in this industry. Thanks for the words of wisdom TC.

Looking over her 2010 collections, I realised why she is such a staple in NZ fashion. Look at these shapes, materials and designs, so unique and amazing! Here are some of my faves from her three different brands.

This lot is from the Trelise Winter ’10 Collection. I love the mixture of bright colours and patterns, with black pieces. Famous for her use of colour, Trelise did point out that she’d used more black than normal in her 2010 collections. I especially love the headpiece detailing (where can I pick myself up one of these?), the Philadelphia 'Boot Slicker' Pant and the Plymouth 'Metal As Anything' Dress. I’d like those delivered to my wardrobe please!

Silverspoon Jacket, Philadelphia 'Rosalind' Top & Philadelphia 'Boot Slicker' Pant

Rennes 'Scarlet Fever' Jacket

Oregon 'Chocolate Box' Jacket & Rotterdam 'Twisty Time' Dress

Plymouth 'Metal as Anything' Dress

This next lot is from the Cooper Winter Collection ’10, which to me seems to be the younger and edgier range. This is probably why I liked this collection more – as I’m so young and edgy haha hoho hehe. My favourite elements here include the bow detailing, the vibrant yellow, the white tights and I adore everything about the last outfit. For those of you who may be interested, Trelise was wearing the Grandoise 'Velvet Revolve Her' Dress with some hot knee-length black leather heeled boots on Sunday.

Rosi 'Hide & Seek' Jacket, Anarchy 'Shimmy Hendrix' Vest, Spandau 'Sleevie Hollows' Top & Disco Ball 'Sequin is Believin' Skirt

Grandoise 'Velvet Revolve Her' Dress

Forget Me Knot 'Bows and Whistles' Top & Botanical 'Salt Shake Her' Skirt

Forget Me Knot 'Bows and Whistles' Top & Botanical 'Salt Shake Her' Skirt

The next lot of pictures are purely for the cuteness factor, as they’re from the Trelise Cooper Kids Collection ’10. SO ADORABLE! Why don’t adults wear more colours, patterns, bows, headbands, sweet tights and poofy skirts? The world would be a much prettier place if they did. If you haven’t been to the flagship Trelise Cooper Kids store in Auckland, you should go. Located in Newmarket, it’s the best place to go to escape the real world and step into fairytale land. You don’t even need a kid on your arm as an excuse – trust me, it’s worth it.

Model on Left: Pony Club 'Button Chops' Jacket & Handstand 'Mocking Bird' Skirt
Model in Middle: Tee Time 'Cupie Doll' Top & Pirouette 'Swiry Sue' Skirt
Model on Right: Princess 'Diddle Diddle Dumpling' Dress & Angelica 'Guardian Angel' Jacket
 
Model on Left: Cocoture 'Frilly Molly Mandy' Jacket
Model on Right: Rosebud 'Majory Daw' Dress

Model on Left: Chicken Little 'Henny Penny' Top & Barley Sugar 'Cookie Time' Dress
Model on Right: Debutante 'Frock Star' Dress

Image Source for all Images: www.trelisecooper.com

Have you noticed how talented Trelise is with her witty garment names? It’s like OPI names for fashion, amazing! She has a real gift.

Happy Australian Fashion Week everyone!

xxx L