handbags in the morning make me happy

for some reason, i have never once done a handbag post on this site. it’s not that i’m not totally horny for a them, but i suppose the thought of digging out all my 6 month old sushi receipts and eyeshadow coated burt’s bees chapsticks to transfer them into a different handbag for the day is beyond comprehension. so i usually just wear the same one day after day. here are a few that i could make exceptions for.

motorcycle bag
coffee motorcycle bag
Lovely Grace over there at Accessory Bug emailed me a 10% discount code (MSJ10) for all y’alls. so this one will only run ya round abouts $45.89. yum!

motorcycle bag
large weekender motorcycle bag $45 with discount
i loooove me a buttery, tough motorcycle bag. another wicked staple that will still be on your shoulder in a few years, collecting up all kinds of makeup detritus and gas receipts…

fendi spy bag teal
teal spy bag $45 with the discount
droooool! literally drooling. i’m absolutely loving luscious teal and turquoise accessories, they kinda go w/ almost any color. it’s weird.

convertible canvas bag urban outfitters
canvas and leather convertible bag $49.99
i love me some buckles. also has an adjustable-length handle

ruched teal hobo bag
wash canvas ruched bag $34.99
i’ve had my eye on this sexy bag for a long time now and it’s on SALE and i want it to be my lover.

sweater bag
sweater knit tote $14.99
this only comes in ivory now, but i imagine it’s just as cute. i’m a sucker for things made out of sweaters.

woven gold bucket bag
gold colorblock woven bucket bag $18
i love the contrast of woven canvas texture and bright metallic PVC. i think i might need this bag.

white crinkle hobo
gray crinkle hobo bag $4.74 also comes in cream and brown
and IT’S ONLY FIVE DOLLARS! FIVE DOLLARS!!!

black crescent hobo
black cresent hobo $4.99
lovely. so cute. really, how could you need to spend $40 grand on a freakin’ handbag. it’s just stupidly retarded. not to mention completely, self-righteously insane.

vagina bag
large crinkle hobo: $5.49
um, i wasn’t going to post this one at first because this ISN’T A PORN SITE. seriously though, yikes! am i crazy? or maybe i’m just a total perv. which is awesome.

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where were you in ‘92? – say hello again to the era we all thought was out of fashion forever

i’ve been noticing a disturbing trend in street fashion lately. at first an ironic lean toward Day-glo and splash-tack-ular prints, the early 90’s is now emerging in an explosion of earnest, gloriously clashing, epileptic chic.

japanese street wear

god help us, hell froze over and the early 90’s are making a comeback. it was my most hated era, not only because of hammer pants, hypercolor and Aquanet, but because i was a skinny, awkward small-towner who’d just moved to a big city, just beginning the hell some people like to call junior high. thank jeebus for a twin sister through those dark, flourescent-coloured times.

perhaps it’s time to face my preteen fears and embrace this era. maybe it won’t be so painful this time around. but only because M.I.A. (in case of epilepsy, do not click) says so. and M.I.A. will always have her say in my book.

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not so convinced? i dare you to watch this video and not want to dance your way to the nearest thrift store to buy yourself a pair of red zebra-striped overalls.

PS thanks for your patience last week. i’m finally home for a while and i’ve got a brand new macbook (thanks, Carlo! i love you!) to help me keep up with your wild demands for my mind-bullets of fashion insight.




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check us out: inspired by accessories

i’m in california still, i fly home tomorrow. we had a pretty good weekend in SoCal, considering we ended up catering my brother’s 150 person wedding reception w/ only 2 other people to help out at the last minute, but miraculously it all turned out ok. so today, poor Eve’s back to work and i’m just relaxing in the sun, de-stressing and making the most of it. nevertheless, we were feeling a bit uninspired on account of major, stress/heat/traffic/travel burnout, so eve and i played dress-up for her friend’s birthday party with a couple of great accessories that she hadn’t worn yet. a beautiful striped pageboy hat and an amazing stripey silk scarf. so we decided to combine my suitcase and her wardrobe and put them to use. it’s fun to find your inspiration via great accessories and see what you come up with.

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on Eve:

eve’s beautiful striped pageboy hat, a gift from a friend

eve’s black tissue t-shirt from Target, $10

my most beloved wool sailor shorts, $7

my 9 West bronze rope sandals from Winner’s $38

 

on Amber:

eve’s stripey silk scarf, $2 thrift store

eve’s blue tunic, $12, Nordstrom Rack

short shorts, $15 (i think i changed into eve’s white linen ones before we left)

my vintage leather filigree huarache oxfords, $7 Value Village

 

 

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The fossil watches are not as costly as tag heuer watches but still the latter sells more than the former and seiko watches combined and is the numero uno in mens watches.

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lovers of fashion: another beauteous photo blog

sorry about the lack of posts in the last couple days, and also in advance for the next few days, but yesterday i flew to california (well- car, greyhound to seattle, citybus, plane and car- shuddup, it was $225 cheaper than flying non-stop from vancouver) for my brother’s wedding in san diego. went straight from the airport to a backyard party/laughathon/twin hammock relaxation amidst the candlelight on a 70 degree evening. after a morning of homebrewing and sitting in the sun listening to Caribou with my favorite brother-in-law, i’m in an excellent mood. when i’m in a mood like this, i only want to look at happy things. like giddy, fashionable couples, squinting in the lovely warm sun.


have a fantasmic day.

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A New Depression Era Fashion Manifesto

The income gap is the widest it’s been since the Depression Era. Louis Vuitton’s hideous patchwork bag is worth just under the median U.S. family income ($46,960) and was recently pre-sold out. Talk about Depression. Our Hotelier / Oil Money Socialite Daughters and Dubai princesses are are rushing to pay $40,000 for this monstrosity, which obviously will not match with their new pink ankle boots, while that same money could have fed a family of Somalian refugees for 10 years. I have a number of expletives for you, nouveau riche scum. If I see you come near me with that $357,000 pearl necklace, I’ll have no other recourse than to calmly rip it from your neck and toss its pearls post-ghost-of-christmas-future-style into a crowd of G-8 protesters.

A few comparisons that will make you feel better about not being able to drop the the equivalent of the Congo’s gross national product on a handbag:

Louis Vuitton: $40,000

or


Urban Outfitters: $48.00

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli: $1,995

or

Susiemarie: $30.00

 

 

Mara Hoffman: $286

or

Forever 21: $17.80

After all, the connection between style and and extravagant wealth is imaginary, illusory, a sham. Just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it’s worthwhile. Quite the contrary. Thrifters, penny-pinchers, and handi-crafters of the world unite every day to create an underground economy of affordable fabulousness. Garments to clothe the nurses, hand made jewelry to make teachers beautiful, comfy cute shoes to help social workers, and hip headscarves to save the hair of the Rosie-the-riveters of today! We ARE the fashion revolution and we won’t sit back and let the upper echelon tell us that we need money to be beautiful. Blue is much prettier and unique than white anyway.

Case in point:

Hello Kitty: $1,995

or

Linda Plastaid: $29.00

 

So tell me everybody, which is hipper?

This:

or this:

 

 

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T-shirt Delerium

I found this website called www.uneetee.com. They take artist’s submissions and members vote on their favorites. The winners get their art made into a T-shirt (American Apparel) and get featured for 24 hours. All shirts are less than $20 ($4.99 S&H)! They are all short runs (except for a few that get picked by the Uneetee team) so you can probably calculate the probability that you will run into someone wearing the same shirt anywhere (Geeks: these are perfect replacements for your electric sheep shirts). Here are some of my favorites:

Artist: Tan Wei Hau

Artist: Budi Satria Kwan

Artist:Dina Prasetyawan

Vote for:

and

and

American Apparel shirts are so soft and comfy and they last forever. They are definitely part of my weekend uniform. I am a total sucker for unique tees because they are a way to look stylish when you feel uninspired or just lazy. And these days I feel like that a lot!

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Beauty Icons of the Century: A painfully beauteous photoblog


Style.com
has this amazing feature called Beauty Icons, a monthly look at the faces that have made history. the most stylish, inspiring and unforgettable beauties of our time. that page is probably my most frequented part of the whole site. the chosen women are undoubtedly icons, and are in no way conventional. many have had a palpable effect on how we now perceive beauty and personal style. here are my absolute favorite photos of the entire series. click on the photos for their stories.


Amelia Earhardt
Amelia Earhardt

“Indeed, her slight frame and boyish crop of tousled hair led to comparisons with Charles Lindbergh—her generation’s other great pilot. But behind those goggles “Lady Lindy” was a true beauty, with silver-dollar eyes, a slender neck, and freckles scattered across a button nose.”
Bjork
Björk

“Björk’s striking appearance is as singular as her sound. While her East-Asian features and face-framing jet-black hair led to taunts of “China Girl” as a child, her atypical looks are now part of her impish appeal—as is her eccentric taste in clothes. She’s famous for collaborating with fashion rule-breakers like Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott, and we seem to remember an incident involving the Oscars and a swan. Like we said, things haven’t been half as fun without her.”
Charlotte Casiraghi
Charlotte Casiraghi

“‘She makes me think of Brigitte Bardot,’ Karl Lagerfeld is reported to have said of Charlotte Casiraghi, the only daughter of his close friend, Princess Caroline of Monaco—and that was when Casiraghi was just eight.”
Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave

“There is a quality about Vanessa that makes me feel as if she resides in a netherworld of mystery that eludes the rest of us mortals.” -Jane Fonda
Maria Felix
Maria Felix

“She is reported to have stalked into the Paris boutique with a baby crocodile in tow and asked the stunned jewelers to replicate the reptile in gems, stipulating, no less, that the piece be done to scale… King Farouk allegedly promised her Nefertiti’s crown for one night together.”
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Iekeliene Stange

“With cheekbones that could slice a seamless backdrop, a sharp exclamation point of a nose, and a strong cleft chin, there’s no ignoring Dutch newcomer Iekeliene Stange… Removing her Lucite-heeled shoes mid-catwalk at Marc didn’t hurt her recognition factor, but Stange is as striking off-runway as she is on. She regularly arrives at castings in frilly vintage frocks, lens-less glasses, and ropes of beads that pay homage to her personal style icon, Snow White.”
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Louise Brooks

“‘There is no Garbo, there is no Dietrich, there is only Louise Brooks,’ Henri Langlois once said.”
Sophia Copolla
Sophia Coppola

“‘She is young and sweet and beautiful,’ Marc Jacobs has said. ‘The epitome of this girl I fantasize of.'”
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe

“Marilyn… was featured on the cover of Hugh Hefner’s very first issue of Playboy (The magazine potentate has since secured the crypt next to hers).”
Jean Seberg
Jean Seberg
Jean Seberg

“Kirsten Dunst has said she’d like to star in a Seberg biopic, but perhaps casting agents should consider aspiring actress and model Mariacarla Boscono, who sparked a runway trend of her own with her peroxide-blonde pixie cut at the Fall collections.”
Chloe Sevigny
Chloë Sevigny

“‘I’m just this girl from Connecticut, very plain looking,’ indie darling and Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny has demurred. Many would beg to differ, including those who put together Vogue’s Best-Dressed List: The oval-faced actress with the endless legs has earned a spot two years running.”
anna piaggi
Anna Piaggi

“Her fans range from Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana to Another Magazine’s Jefferson Hack to her pal Manolo Blahnik, who calls her ‘modern beyond belief.'”
Marella Agnelli
Marella Agnelli

“In 1953, Richard Avedon shot and hand-altered a famous portrait of the half-American, half-Neopolitan princess to emphasize the extraordinary length of what renowned fashion illustrator Joe Eula called ‘the most gorgeous neck in the world.'”
Grace Jones
Grace Jones

“Her unique persona—overtly sexual yet deliberately androgynous—inspired both Andy Warhol, who painted her portrait, and Keith Haring, who painted her body for a 1985 performance at Paradise Garage.”
Lee Miller
Lee Miller

“While Miller was in Paris, Jean Cocteau cast her as an armless statue in his movie Le Sang d’un Poète, Pablo Picasso painted her several times (she, in turn, took several photographs of him), and a glass manufacturer cast a champagne goblet from her breast.”
Greta Garbo
Greta Garbo

“Her first non-silent film, Anna Christie, was promoted with the ad tag ‘Garbo talks.’ Later, the poster for Ninotchka proclaimed: ‘Garbo laughs!’ And in 1954, 13 years after her last movie, Guinness World Records named the elusive Swedish star ‘the most beautiful woman who ever lived.'”
Doris Duke
Doris Duke

“One of the best-loved stories about this avid traveler and collector of Islamic art involves a Middle Eastern businessman and a jet plane. (She wouldn’t agree to his price until he sweetened the deal with two camels; Duke named them Princess and Baby and ordered custom-made trailers for their transport.) She was just as lavish when it came to couture: Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, and Madame Grès were among her favorites.”
Renee Perle
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Renee Perle

“In the ‘shadowless heaven’ of [Jacques Henri] Lartigue’s photographs, glamorous women… abound, but Perle’s lacquered hair, slender silhouette, modern T-shirts, armfuls of bangles, and talonlike nails shone the brightest. ‘Around her,’ Lartigue wrote, ‘I see a halo of magic.'”
Peggy Lipton
Peggy Lipton

“With her long, straw-colored, center-parted hair; wide-set, nut-brown eyes; bell-bottoms; and love beads, Lipton’s fragile yet streetwise Julie Barnes [in Aaron Spellng's The Mod Squad] epitomized the era’s free-love look. Lipton won four best actress Golden Globe nominations—and one statuette—for the part.”
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Francine Du Plessix Gray

“As a teenager, she found solace in books, earned a Spence scholarship, and studied philosophy and religion at Bryn Mawr and Barnard, where her ‘antiparental cycle’ included strip poker, motorcycle jackets, and a punky haircut.”
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Anjelica Huston

“She couldn’t have been more different than the all-American blondes who were landing magazine covers and ad campaigns in the late sixties. But all it took was one meeting with Vogue’s Diana Vreeland, and Anjelica Huston, daughter of Hollywood legend John Huston, was off to Ireland for a Richard Avedon shoot.”
Elsa Peretti
Elsa Peretti

“[Jewelry designer] Peretti was inspired by nature, and with a 5-foot-9-inch frame, striking khaki eyes, and signature cropped locks (she claimed she used Champagne to keep them shiny), she was her own best advertisement. Nights out at Studio 54, she accessorized her pal Halston’s dresses with her horse-bit belt or with a rope of her Diamonds by the Yard flung around her neck.”
Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling

“Woody Allen, who directed her in Stardust Memories, once said that his ideal dinner companions would be Charlotte Rampling and Franz Kafka. Not as unlikely a combination as you might think, given the duality of Rampling’s appeal: a thoroughbred European beauty who projects more than a hint of inner darkness.”
Betty Catroux
Betty Catroux

“If she had a calling card, it would read ‘muse.’ Tom Ford dedicated his debut collection at YSL Rive Gauche to this lanky, equine beauty with the iconic curtain of blond hair.”
Gemma Ward
Gemma Ward

“With her wide-set sober gaze, ivory brow, and bee-stung pout, Gemma Ward could be a Regency beauty—although she’s actually a teenager from Perth, Australia (yes, that porcelain skin comes from a nation of devoted sun worshippers).”
clara bow
Clara Bow

“Bow’s fans couldn’t get enough of her undeniable sex appeal, crystallized in the 1927 film It and in her enduring, much-pilfered nickname—’The It girl.'”
francoise hardy
Françoise Hardy

“Even if she weren’t strikingly beautiful, Françoise Hardy would be an icon for groundbreakers.In the mid 1960s, Hardy perfectly bridged two worlds with her boho sex appeal (straight hair, eyebrow-dusting bangs, acoustic guitar) and pared-down mod aesthetic (chiseled cheekbones, an intense gaze, a Courrèges wardrobe).”
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda

“With her patrician looks and Hollywood pedigree, it would have been easy for Jane Fonda to coast through life. Instead, she cast herself against type, using her classic beauty and detached sexiness in deliberately off-kilter roles like the future-worldly sex-kitten Barbarella and the cynical—if extremely well-coiffed—prostitute Bree Daniels in Klute.”
Mary Quant
Mary Quant

“Even without her wildly popular, provocative designs, Mary Quant would have set London swinging. As much as any of the women who lined up outside the Kings Road shop for her boyish, body-skimming shifts and clingy knits, Quant embodied the era’s exuberant out-with-the-old feeling.”
Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot

“The seductively messy mass of buttery curls framing an impish, good-natured grin, all set atop abundant curves and legs as long as the Eiffel Tower, added up to a delightfully headspinning bombshell à la française.”
Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo

“Conventions didn’t stand a chance with Frida Kahlo. From her nakedly honest self-portraits to her open bisexuality to her radical politics, the Mexican artist wrote her own rules. The same held true for her personal style. Let other women be demure and dainty, pale and powdered; Kahlo dressed in rugged men’s suits or color-soaked Mexican traditional blouses and skirts. She played up her famously dramatic features—the heavy brow, brooding eyes, and ink-black hair, center parted and slicked into a bun—and made them her signature.”

all photos and captions courtesy of Style.com.

Like this post? Find of the rest of the iconic ladies here: Beauty Icons of the Century pt. deux

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itsy bitsy? teeny weeny? tan or creamy?

although i got a gorgeous green Michael Kors one-piece for my birthday, i’m always on the lookout for loverly bikinis. preferably ones without gigantic florescent hibiscus flowers and/or camouflage. this is often more difficult than it sounds, especially since i have a mental block against paying more than $40 for a tiny piece of fabric that i’ll only wear a few times a year if i’m lucky…
ok, i promise i won’t complain about the weather again in this post, but complaining about the weather is a favorite canadian past-time so really i’d just be showing my patriotism. that’s pretty patriotic for an ex-patriot.
seriously though, it’s actually a really good time to look at swimwear (among many other things, but that’s another post) because there’s a wicked summer SALE (up to 70% off) at YesStyle! who knew they had such cute, cheap swimwear??


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hello! this is so deliciously “Boogie Nights” and only $28.80! i wantee! although it’s probably all wrong for me since i be sportin’ some C cups and have boyhips. this style is much better for small chested girls with wider hips. there’s also a similar style in different colors for only $31.50.

blue floral bikini
this purdy lil’ 3 piece for only $37.80 includes a tiny wee sarong which is handy if you haven’t had a wax in over a fortnight. but mostly i just love the description on this: “The two layers of frilly bkinni brief expose your appeal when you twist your body.” most of my “appeal” is in my crotchal area.

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usually i hate fussy things like “beads” on a bikini, but the Missoni style print on this $37 bikini is pretty irresistible. again, the caption just says it all: “The beading on the center front and the end of the nect tie with the zic zac print enhance your hippymode on the beach.” Hippymode! is now a permanent part of my vocabulary.

two tone bikini
yikes, the YesStyle models are a little to, eh, vapidly gorgeous for my taste. it’s kinda like, why do i even bother? they should really go for only mildly hot models. anyway, this is so sweet for only $25!. i love the style of the top (is it bandeau or string? i’ve got my top scientists on it but we may never know for sure) and is that a purple link on the bottoms? adorable.

ruffled tankini
this is so cute and only $40.50! if i had this i could go to the beach on my worst water weight day after a night of binge-drinking nothing but Guinness! i’m not totally convinced about the print, but i love this style. this would also be so great for maternity swimwear, but who am i kidding, i’m preggers with a beer baby every day.

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