Archive for November 2007

Vuitton for Bang and Olufsen


Vuitton has collaborated with Bang and Olufsen to dress up quite a few of the company's products. Utilizing LV's buttery Nomade leather as second-skin, these already ultra-chic gadgets are further taken into the realms of luxury! Featured above are the cases for the Serene Mobile and the Beosound; and below is the Seranata's . I am so technologically challenged that I will direct you to the website where you can find more info about them. (Bang-Olufsen.com)

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Fun Cropped Jackets

For something more trendy and fun this season (even though they will be dated after a season and will probably not quite as versatile), here are a few suggestions: Bold Colors: Adds instant oomph! This electric blue (right) is especially hot this season! (Both: Anthropologie) Plaid: Yes, plaid is still hot. Plus, it fits right into the Christmas mood! Here we have the more classic cut crop by J Crew (left) and a more edgy crop by LAMB (right). I especially like the wide plaid on the J Crew jacket. More Plaid: For something a little bit more subtle, versatile and less festive I am loving these two plaid crops from Vince (left) and Marc by Marc Jacobs (right). Patent: Well they are everywhere for shoes, so why not for cropped jackets? Yes, it may look like a raincoat, but styled by this way by Robert Rodriguez (left), its a very chic raincoat. And I just thought I'd throw in this crop by Ella Moss (right) even though its not patent just because I think the design looks so smart, simple and CUTE! Metallic: The perfect cover over your party outfit! I LOVE these two by Walter (left) and Express (right). The color and print is subtle and versatile, but the material gives it an extra shine that lends it a more night-time feel.

Image Sources: J Crew, Shopbop, Anthropologie, Express and Saks Fifth

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Celebrities on a Pole - Dancing



Kim Kardashian - Pole Dancing

Kim Kardashian - Up a Pole






Even celebrities are taking to the pole, pole dancing that is.


Although many may consider pole dancing a relatively new phenomena, it's actually been around for some time according to Vertical Dance.


Vertical Dance traces pole dancing to the American depression era, when a traveling fair would set up sides' shows in small tents surrounding the main tent.


One of the tents was set up for the erotic Hoochi Coochi dancers.


The Hoochi Coochi dancers performed hip moments similar to the belly dancers and the bump and grind movements of burlesque dancers.






Tori Spelling - Pole Dancing

Tori Spelling - Pole Moves



Due to the small size of the tent and the large crowds of onlookers, the Hochi Coochi dancers would approach the tent pole and begin to dance with it.


Eventually, tent poles evolved into dance poles.


In the US, UK and Australia, pole dancing is a popular exercise, as well as a form of entertainment, and its popularity is spreading to many parts of the world.


Pole dancing is evolving into a fun fitness workout routine, since it seems to be more fun than going through a vigorous workout schedule.


Many personal trainers know that pole dancing really helps strengthen the leg and thigh muscles and flatten and tighten your abs.


No wonders that celebrities from coast to coast have been limbering up to the pole for a spin or two.


Kim Kardashian, Tori Spelling, Paris Hilton, Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson have been seen gliding around on a pole.





Model on a Dance Pole Modeling wearing Leg Wear and Corset
Models take to the Pole to Display Leg Wear



Whether for a movie shot or just for fun and exercise.


In fact, Kim Kardashian, as well as many other celebrities, has a dance pole in her home.


Modeling fashions on a pole has even caught on with the early morning television shows.


On a recent UK - GMTV early morning television show focusing on leg wear, a leg wear model took to the pole instead of the runway to display the latest in leg wear and tights for the winter.






The models, wearing corsets and black mini skirts took to the pole, striking poses with both legs up in the air and spinning provocatively.


A GMTV spokeswoman said: "Pole-dancing is the latest keep fit craze and is great for upper body strength and toning so we thought it would be a fun way to illustrate these tights."


To see the wonders of pole dancing up close, take a look at Miss Pole Dance UK 2006 - Winner - Tracey Simmonds



For more video glimpses into the world of pole dancing watch The Art of Pole Dancing DVD review and the Pole Dancing for Fitness.




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I Dream of a Lifestyle Involving Many Cocktail Dresses I: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Since the SS06 season, I haven't really been loving Marc's collections. The colours were sort of murky and unflattering, and some of the pieces looked more fit for a country bumpkin than a chic city girl. But this FW and Resort season, the Marc dresses seem to have really hit all the right notes.

This tiered hemline dress was the first dress that caught my eye this season. I love the hemline layers. The design combines 60's style (mini dress) with a hint of 20's style (the details concentrated at the bottom). It's cute and very modern -perfect for events like dresses-up house parties.
These two dresses are so cute and classy. Imagine yourself going out to a fancy dinner in winter, wearing stockings with platform heels. Fabulous scene huh?

While these two dresses won't flatter short people at all, I like how the designs are good to go from day to night.

For day, you can layer a long-sleeve t-shirt/ sweater and leggings underneath the dress. And for night, wear the dress by itself (in a hopefully warm venue.)

For office parties, this long-sleeve silk dress can take you from the office to the party without looking inappropriate but still chic.

Contrast these two dresses -the black dress is another office party dress choice, while the vibrant pink dress is great for any holiday/ beachy parties if you're spending your holidays at some beach resort.

For something very party-perfect, this black sequined dress and silver dress is sparkly and oh-so-trendy.

If you want a dramatic flair to your dresses, these two dresses are 'omg, so cute!' (As overheard by two girls exclaiming at Neiman Marcus in LA last August.) I'm not sure how practical they are though. They look like dresses that can only be worn to events once or twice.

The Nix Check Halter dress looks versatile enought for many occasions, (think from bars and clubs to restaurants and house parties), and can be worn many times. I'm definitely keeping my eye out for this dress.

These dresses are the other two I'm looking out for. I love how chic, classy and cute the sleeveless dress (left) looks. And the red dress has a nice flattering A-line silhouette with the purple silk tie high up the waist. Plus it's nice to be in a colourful dress that doesn't look like it's from the 80's.

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Pit Stop


On our way to Rehoboth Beach, Rowena and I decided to make a quick visit and have cup of coffee with my good friend Angel. Luckily she was carrying her LV bucket so here's a snapshot of us enjoying our lattes.

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Traveling in Style


Despite the cold front, my company is off to its semi-annual retreat in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It's a time for bonding with the co-workers and to charter our course for the future. I'm really not looking forward to this trip and I am glad that my Louis are coming with me. I have never used this Eole and Excursion combo and just realized that they resemble each other closely. Vuitton after all is built on travel so I decided to go in style. Gosh, I sound so pretentious!

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Classic Cropped Jackets

One of the investments I am looking to do this season is in a classic cropped jacket that I can wear all the time this fall/winter. As my mom loves to point out, jackets are the best investment because they are the first thing people see you in on the streets and you will probably wear it more than whatever you are wearing inside. So I figured that a smart classic cropped jacket would be a good choice- they are versatile and very chic.
The volume and shape of it goes perfectly with this season's silhouettes as witness here on the Alice Ritter(left) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (right) runway.
Some of the more classic choices out there are these two from Rachel Pally (left) and Sunner (right). The v-neck blazer-like neckline keeps it classic and the cropped style gives it an extra oomph. Another option are these two jackets with the more enclosed neckline thats more coatlike from Ella Moss (left) and Milly (right). The play on the buttons are so cute!

Grey is also a great color this season that is easy to wear but not too black. These two cropped jackets from FCUK are so adorable. I especially like the high neckline and the bell sleeve of the jacket on the left, which gives it more shape.Something a little more edgy, we have this very stylishly tailored cropped jacket by Helmut Lang (who else?, left) and this printed jacket by Milly (right). I LOVE this jacket. This is my favourite cropped jacket of all because the bold print is still versatile being black and white and the feminine cut of the neckline brings edgy and girly together. It makes a statement and is still very wearable. I can totally see myself living and breathing this cropped jacket this season!

Image Source: Elle, Shopbop and FCUK

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The Very Thin Line

When I shop, I usually like to shop with a partner, (and preferably exactly one partner, who has some sense of style and could give helpful opinions.) This is because with clothes, there is sometimes a very thin line between good style and bad style, and it's nice to have an extra input. And sure, an outfit looks really cool when it's worn by a model in an editorial, but most of the time, those artistic background, makeup and lighting just don't echo real life. Take these two as examples:

When I first saw this Kate Moss Top Shop dress I thought, 'Oooh, I really, really like it.' I liked how only the top had sequins (instead of the whole dress,) and that the dress had a bit of an A-line shape to it instead of a huge T-shirt shape (which a lot of sequined dresses seemed have.) It was a glamorous with an edge, but without being too sparkly. I like the chiffon skirt bit because it meant it will swirl around with you when you walk and dance. And so I thought the dress had a good balance of style and trend. But the more I stare at the design, the more I thought of one thing: showgirls. For some reason, the dress really reminded me of dresses that showgirls in cheesy movies would wear in bars, dancing around poles and entertaining sleezy guys.


This is another dress that I was thinking of awhile back (from Top Shop). It's a 50's style dress and it has a slit-like hole at the back. I've never tried or owned such vintage-looking dress before, and was thinking that I lacked stylish, unique dresses. The dress fit well, and the length was just right. But one thing I was debating about was whether the dress was unique in an old-fashioned way, or in a fashion-foward way.

You will notice that the shoulders of the Top Shop dress is really wide and the waist part fits well. Doesn't it just remind you of the Balenciaga SS08 shape? I mean, obviously it's not as structured as Balenciaga's, but it looks like a more casual design of Balenciaga's, doesn't it? But I was also concerned with the print. It's not the most modern print around and could easily be seen as a print that's too 'old' and 'grandmother-y'. On the other hand, if you can carry it off and accessorise well, then you can pull a really fashion-foward outfit together. Thus, the line between fashion-backward and fashion-foward is really really thin.

At the end of the day, I always think the most important thing is what you think of the item yourself. But in my typical shopping mindset, I just can't help thinking of the pros and cons. So anyways, what do you think of the two Top Shop dresses?

Image credits: http://www.topshop.com/, http://www.style.com/

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Windy in DC


It was a tad bit too windy for my taste when I walked Piolo this morning so I came to the realization that I am ill equipped for the upcoming winter months. Searching the www.louisvuitton.com. portal, I found this wonderful mink hat and instantly fell in LVoe. It will suit me perfectly! Now all I have to do is convince Santa to get it for me. $1710.

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Midnight Madness

This Thanksgiving I had the quintessential crazy Black Friday experience. In the last few years, I always thought it was a bit of a hoax to get people into the shopping spirit, because having been to Saks and Macy's etc during Black Friday previously, I did not find anything on crazy sale. Turns out I just wasn't shopping at the right place.
This year after Thanksgiving dinner, we went online to check the hours of the nearby outlet in San Diego, Carlsbad Premium Outlets, so we can go the next day- only to find that it was already opened in at Midnight Madness sale that went from 12am-10am! Excited, we quickly hopped onto the car and made our way there at 2am. Once there, we were delighted to find that the place was packed with happy holiday shoppers. It really put us in the holiday spirit!
And the beauty was that things were actually cheap! Things were on sales on top of sales- I bought a Puma cap for only $6! But anyway, some of the highlights of the night: The BCBG store: The sale was crazy. There were dresses for $39! I've never even heard of that. But alas, I didn't find any my size. Two that I was especially interested was these two dresses (above). I thought the plaid one would be a fun dress to wear for Christmas. It was only about $120. But alas, I decided I didn't really have an occasion to wear it anyway and it was a bit too long and poofy for casual wear. I almost bought the lacey one for $200. It fit perfectly and it felt really Blair from Gossip Girl like. I was actually standing in line to buy it (a huge line at that), until I decided that $200 was still kind of expensive and that the dress was a very thin line between being old fashion and Blair-like.
Turns out, it was a good thing I didn't spend that $200, because the money was better spent elsewhere. To be more specific, on a suit from Theory. Yes, you read right. This gorgeous black suit with white stripes above was only $200!!! Since a normal suit from Theory usually costs over $600, I was (still am actually) thrilled over this bargain. It fits really well too! My best buy all day! I wish I had more time at Theory.... everything was an additional 30% off!! In additional, I also got a really cute pajama set from Ralph Lauren, sportswear from Adidas and some presents for family. Overall it was a very productive trip! And yes, as you can see from the pictures, we shopped from 2am to sunrise.

Hmm.... though come to think of it Black Friday is still probably a hoax. Since this is the first time I've been to this outlet, I don't know if the prices really are this cheap only for these few hours or if Black Friday just means the start of the sales season. Oh well. I'm happy with my bargains :)

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Heidi Klum - Sexy Fashions on the Edge


Heidi Klum Knockers
Heidi Klum Knockers





From Project Runway, which entered its fourth season on Wednesday November 14 on the Bravo network, to her new makeup collection for Victoria's Secret and the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, Heidi Klum has been popping up and out all over the place.


Not only is the 5 foot 9 inch model setting fashion trends; she is also pushing the envelope on the fashion scene.


From wearing a very revealing low cut gown to the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show which revealed Heidi's booty cleavage, to taping a spot for Victoria's Secret in which Heidi plays with her boobs knockers on camera, Heidi has managed to reveal a very sexy fashion sense.






Heidi Klum has managed to constantly push the envelope on fashion, whether its through her reality show Project Runway in which fashion designers compete for the opportunity to show their line at New York Fashion Week or as one of the elite supermodels for Victoria's Secret, Heidi has managed to make a sexy fashion statement in a very playful, yet sensuous manner.


Not only has Heidi Klum pushed the envelope on the world of fashion, but in doing so, she has earned a number 3 spot on Forbes list of the World's 15 Top Earning Supermodels in 2007, which estimated her earning of over $8 million dollars in the past 12 months.


So keep your eye on this sexy, trend setting supermodel.






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Holiday Vuitton Wallpaper

I found this LVoely comp wallpaper scanned from the current Holiday catalogue by DesigningStyle (tPFER) in the spirit of the season. Click image to enlarge and save as background. I LVoe it!!! For actual post click here.

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Denim XL


I was just browsing the Purse Forum on this lazy Sunday morning when I happened upon a thread discussing the Denim XL. I have always drooled over the Mahina version of this oversized bag but was hesistant to fork out so much for it. Well, the relatively new released denim is an excellent and tempting alternative. It comes in blue or black and modestly priced at $2150. LVoe it!!! Visit www.louisvuitton.com.

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FW07 Trend: Ethnic-Looking Scarves

A large comfortable scarf has always been a staple to one's winter outfits. In the past few years, the trend seemed to be of plain, mono-coloured scarves. But ever since Balanciaga's FW07 show, ethnic-looking scarves have become more and more popular. Walk in to any high street store, Zara in particular, and you would notice that they have been selling a lot of Balenciaga-inspired scarves. Think tie-dyed, or coin/ round metal pieces-embellished scarves. I actaully bought a tie-dyed silk scarf from Zara when I was in a runway-fashion haze, but I returned it later becuase I decided it just wasn't practical. Speaking of Balenciaga, if you haven't seen one of the Balenciaga scarves in real life, go see it and feel it! Your brain might just irrationally equate the quality to the huge price tag.
Anyways, I usually buy myself one to two scarves per FW season. This season, one of my scarves is this green printed scarf. (Excuse the crappy styling and photography.) It's half silk and half wool, so it's not the thickest, warmest scarf around, but it's good for those not-too-chilly days. I especially like the purple and green blocks of colour at the ends of the scarf.
Did you buy an ethnic-looking scarf in the spirit of the FW07 season?
Image credit: www.style.com

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Mia & Me


After a Thanksgiving of shopping and feasting, here we are eating again at Cosi. Take note that I decided to don my Vuitton mink since the temperature dropped rapidly over the weekend. There is nothing better than spending the holidays with a good friend. Thanks Mi for joining us. LVoed it!!!

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A Random Black Friday Post

OK, so I don't celebrate Thanksgiving at all, but how I wish the UK did. I am extremely jealous of all the sales the Americans are enjoying over there, although I certainly don't envy the crowds and lines of crazy shoppers that I've read about in the news. Friday's a tiring day for me so this post is going to be a bunch of my completely random observations:

  • In accounting class last week, I looked around. Three out of seven girls had earrings on. And out of those three, two pairs were Chanel costume jewelry. One pair's design was the big Chanel logo in silver with crystals, (which I thought the girl carried them on nicely); the other pair's design was a pink 'quilted' square that had a black logo on it, (which I thought was bulky and way too toy-like.)
  • In an attempt to warm myself up and keep me awake during my two-hour Finance lecture, I stopped by Starbucks first. While attempting to walk to my lecture, the bubbles from the coffee kept coming oozing out from the little hole on top and the coffee kept threatening to spill out. I had to walk snail-pace and channel my inner princess (much like Anne Hathaway did in Princess Diaries). I never thought much about it before, but how does anyone walk around with a paper cup full of coffee in their hands?
  • Apart from the fabulous sales, I am so jealous of the short trips people are on this Thanksgiving weekend. My sister is visiting relatives in San Francisco (mostly for good food I'm sure,) and Barneys Girl has left the windy city to visit friends in San Diego. As for me, I'll be hiding inside my flat from the low temperatures this weekend, maybe except for tomorrow, when I'll brave the cold for a Belgian-style dinner.

  • If you're bored this long weekend (or you simply want to procrastinate from work), and you loved Sex & the City as much as I did, go read the original column, which is being republished each week over at the Observer. Remember the phrase, 'Welcome to the Age of Un-Innocence'?

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Beat Black Friday Blues



TAO 1.5 inch Digital Photo Keychain


TAO 1.5 inch Digital Photo Keychain





It's Black Friday.


For those who are unfamiliar with the term, Black Friday is the supposed to be the biggest shopping day of the year.


But if you are like us, you would rather spend your time partying or with friends, rather than enduring those mauling malls, endless checkout counters lines and shops that are out of the items you seek.


So to ease your pain, and to help you enjoy the holiday season, here are some tips on letting your fingers do most of the work while you enjoy your valuable time.


We will also be bring you reviews of many unique gift ideas, remember it is better to give a gift (which shows your appreciation of those special persons on your list) rather than just giving a gift certificate (I didn't put any time or planning into your gift - da).


Get Organized - Create a bookmark for Gifts in your favorite web browser, with subfolders for each person on your gift list.


This is the season for information over kill, so be sure to bookmark any gift ideas you find on line so you can easily find the information again.


Check Delivery Information - Make sure that items are available for same day or next day shipment.


You don't want to disappoint someone with an item that may not be delivered before the holidays.


Order Early - Popular items tend to sell out quickly and may not be back in stock before the holidays, so order early.


Unique Gifts under $50


Want to always be remembered?


Make sure that (s)he never forgets you with this innovative
digital photo key ring
.


This very unique products lets your store up to 31 photos and displays them on a clear, bright 1.5 inch OLED screen.


You can transfer pictures from your PC or Mac through a mini-USB port for quick and easy photo downloads.


The images can be displayed individually or as a slide show.


The Digital photo key ring comes with AC adapter which recharges the unit in about 30 minutes, which provides about one and a half hours of display time before recharging.


This truely unique digital key ring is a great conversation piece, so thanks for the memories.


Blockbuster Color Palette







TAO 1.5 inch Digital Photo Keychain


Blockbuster Color Palette


If you really want the ultimate in mix and match beauty accessories for your eyes, face and lips, than this Blockbuster Palette is a great gift for yourself or for those glamorous people on your gift list.


The palette is loaded with 64 eye shadows, 32 lip colors, seven cheek colors, one translucent shimmer powder, four double-ended shadow applicators, two blush brushes, two lip brushes, and a mirror, in a sleek case.


This triple tiered palette case is all you will need to create endless different looks or to match your colors with any outfit.


The Sephora Blockbuster Palette was featured in the December 2007 issue of Family Circle in gifts under $50 as "Goodies to give( and get)".





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