Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cupcake dress

This week I started my PR internship with Holstee, a clothing company that has a nonprofit component. What is so great about Holstee is that they combine functional clothing (think tee with a holster position zipper pocket to stash your credit card, cash and breath mints) with doing good. 10% of revenue goes towards micro-finance lending through KIVA. My role is to help Holstee implement its PR strategy, meanwhile looking for a paid job. Otherwise, on my way home, I stopped by Shareen Vintage and scored this frothy pink frock for $40. It's something Barbie would wear. I look like a cupcake, but I kinda like it. I'm not sure what attracts me to this, but lately I've been attracted to sweetheart necklines and puffy bottoms. I've decided to just take photos of this one dress and changing the accessories to switch up the looks. Which is your favorite look? Feel free to comment!

A bit glam with the suede platforms, slightly edgy with the layered chain and pearl necklaces.

Dress - Shareen Vintage
Black suede platforms with white piping - Sergio Rossi
Talon ring - Made Her Think
Pearl and diamond ring - from my mom
bracelet - from my mom
Necklaces - layered necklaces from UO
Faux pearl necklace - unknown

Going for goth with a black choker and ribbon to define the waist.

Choker - Forever 21
Ribbon - came with purchase of the dress

Modern glam

Necklace - Banana Republic
Grey boots - Tashkent by Cheyenne

Going for the Madonna in the 80's look. All that is missing are the long gloves!

Belt - UO
Faux pearl necklace - same as above
Sneakers - Converse by John Varvatos

Same outfit as above adding a motorcycle jacket.

Motorcycle leather jacket - Blues Heroes

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Crochet lovin'

A lot of things happening this week! First, my favorite reality show, Project Runway premiered on Lifetime. I'm glad that the show looks and feels the same even though it's no longer on Bravo. Same old team, including mentor, Tim Gunn (Make it Work!), and judges, Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia. This week's choice of guest judge is a bit mind-numbing, Lindsey Lohan...not sure how her not-so-stylish leggings qualifies her as judge, but moving on...the premier was brilliant. The winning design of the first challenge is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to a whole new season. On top of that, it was also the premier of Models of the Runway, a reality show that follows the models that appear on Project Runway...catfight and gossip ensues. Finally, the Barneys Warehouse Sale began and it was a madhouse on Thursday. My shoe addiction has relasped...otherwise, pulling some crochet looks from my closet.

Racks and racks of idea of heaven.

More shoes!

Signs encouraging shoppers to buy more!

Crochet tunic - H&M
Grey slip dress - Velvet
Necklace - Urban Outfitters
Grey booties - Tashkent by Cheyenne

Dress - Jill Stuart
Beige slip dress - Only Hearts
Belt - Gap belt cast off from Hubby
Bangles - Amrita Singh, Forever 21
Sandals - Hollywould

Black crochet tunic - Barneys Co-op
Beige long tank - American Apparel
Grey jeans - Superfine
Shoes - Brian Atwood
Multi-layer gold necklace - BCBG
Cuff - can't remember

Gold Crochet dress/coat - Diane von Furstenberg
Black tube dress - purchased from Paris when I was a student there 10 years ago (yes, I know, I'm bad at throwing stuff away, but this is a classic)
Belt - Brooklyn Industries
Chain necklace - Alexis Bittar
Grey booties - same as above

Crochet necklace - Daydream Nation
T-shirt- Fashion's Night Out
Skirt - Elizabeth and James

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Vintage mania

Last Thursday I finally made my way to Shareen Vintage. It's been open for a couple months but not very widely publicized. The owner, Shareen, originally opened a store in LA and now has a shop in Chelsea. It's on the 2nd floor of a walkup with no distinct storefront signs. The only thing that identifies the shop is that it has a red fluffy prom dress hanging out from the window, on the 2nd floor fire escape.

I was doubtful that I would find anything since I got there around 8:00 p.m. and the shop opens from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. However, I found myself picking pieces after pieces of amazing vintage finds! I must've tried on at least ten pieces of clothing...and decided to indulge myself and got the following. I love every single piece below and they were all under $100 and in mint condition! I'm definitely going back for more. The only thing to remember is that there is no fitting room, but if you're used to braving the sample sales, like I am, then you'll be fine. I suggest wearing a strapless bra and presentable underwear.

Necklaces - Urban Outfitters (1st & 2nd photo), BCBG (3rd, 4th & 5th photo)
Bangles - Yochi
Talon ring - Made Her Think
Booties - Tashkent by Cheyenne

This dress is so fabulous I have no other word to describe it. It is floral in the prettiest pastels, with a sweetheart neckline, ruching in the midriff to cover any lumps! I love a dress with a bubble hemline. The elastic midriff also ensures minimal restriction when it comes to a night out with a big meal and dancing! At $42, I can't ask for a better deal!

Black slip dress - part of a Jill Stuart dress
Necklace - wedding gift
Ring - wedding ring and ring from my mom
Bag - Kooba
Clutch - Alexis Hudson
Lace-up booties - Bronx Shoes
Mary janes - Marc by Marc Jacobs
...and Bono, my dog, hanging in the background.

This lace tunic was what I have been looking for all these years! It's the perfect length and size, and a gorgeous drop-waist hemline. The buttons were missing on the back and there was a minor hole, but at $20, it's an unbeatable bargain. Shareen suggested I take the one button on the back, sew it to the top closure and leave the back open. I also patched the minor hole and there I have a perfect vinatge lace tunic!

Necklaces - wedding gift (1st photo), BCBG (2nd & 3rd)
Bracelet - from my mom
Clutch - Passionfruit NYC
Sandals - Pedro Garcia

This dress costs $52 but makes me feel like a million-dollar underwater princess. The seafoam green and wavy pleated layers of chiffon make me think of a green sea anemone. The tiers and lightness of the fabric create a flowy movement that is beyond ethereal....if only I knew how to do the foxtrot!

Bracelet - same as above
Clutch - same as above
Sandal - same as above

This pastel purple dress is the epitome of elegant Hollywood glam. I love everything about it: the neckline, the embellishment, the color, the plissé fabric. Most of all, it's the perfect length. It's so rare that I find an evening dress that is the perfect length and under $100. Love!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Wedding belles

I don't usually post mid-week, but I have discovered a wedding website with such beautiful photography and wedding dresses, that I can't wait to share. I was browsing through an Etsy shop, where my friend had ordered a custom-made tea party dress and by chance discovered that the designer also custom make bridesmaids dresses. The photos on this wedding website, is a must-browse! The photos below are just a few of my favorites. By the way, the gowns are amazing too.

Photography by Rachel Thurston

Photography by Rachel Thurston

Photography by Rachel Thurston

Photography by Bradley Patrick/SugarLove Weddings

Photography by Bradley Patrick/SugarLove Weddings

Photography by Bradley Patrick/SugarLove Weddings

Photography by Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie

Photography by Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie

Photography by Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie

Photography by Tec Petaja

Photography by Tec Petaja

Photography by Tec Petaja