Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Problem is, trends have a sneaky habit of creeping into your consciousness and I couldn't keep pairing some of my more voluminous tops with shorts all the time.... and with perfect timing Gap decided to do their take on jeggings and they are exactly what I needed!
Now while I'm sure you're tired of hearing about Gap from me, these jeggings need a little bit of explanation. These are decidedly not leggings printed or sewn to look like jeans. Quite the opposite in fact - they're jeans which are meant to fit like leggings. Basically Gap's introduced a high stretch, soper soft material and then just sewn it in skinny jeans style and I am loving the results. They are sooo comfortable to wear and the fit is amazing! I actually had to size down, which was a bit of a shock, but even then, there was no hint of muffin top. So if you're looking for a pair of well fitting skinny jeans and haven't had any luck elsewhere, this could be your answer.
In a word, amazing.
So much so, that I paid full price for them and didn't even wait for them to go on sale.
You can thank me later. :)
Thursday, August 26, 2010
And then came along this Bal.... a complete (well quite significant at least) departure from the house's modus operandi. At first I was seriously underwhelmed... I mean it's not really so very different in looks from a whole bunch of cheaper bags out there (for example, my Botkier), but then like Bagsnob noted, the bag kinda grows on you. I saw it in real life and the leather is just beautiful and soooo soft and smooshy (all the pics show the bag stuffed. I think if you take out the stuffing it'll look a lot less like a nesting hen). I could go to sleep on it! and strangely the chain strap which I wasn't super keen on is actually kinda cute and the colours add a little extra something. So now I'm wondering if maybe I should get this instead of the SC bag.... cos after all that, this is also cheaper. Tho on the other hand, the SC is more classic. Decisions decisions....
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Marni's always been a brand I've liked for their accessories and shoes, but this season they've really outdone themselves. Their bags are just spot on trend and compared to the prices other houses are charging, theses are seriously cheap (I know someone who'll be rolling his eyes at that last statement). Looking over their offerings I feel like an overweight kid in a candy stores - I really shouldn't but I want them all!
First option is this mesenger/top handle satchel.
Pros: it's got 2 carry options (I checked, the top handle will fit over my shoulder); I've always loved the casual cross body look; lovely leather that's going to wear well.
Cons: It's not on discount (I realise it's only the start of the season but a girl can dream); It's maybe a bit too casual for work(?); the vibe is a lot like a number of my other bags - this is a common problem I have.
Second option: square shoulder bag
Also strangely Marni seems to be a lot cheaper in Europe. All the European sites I've checked have had significantly lower prices than the US ones.... that makes for a change!
So what should I do? Embrace my inner lady or go with the tried and true? I want to tell myself to just get both but that sounds a little bag crazy even to me :(
Monday, August 23, 2010
I've posted about these before, and was thinking of maybe getting a second pair to have as a proper cropped version (seeing as these actually come to my ankles). Impressively, the Gap stores here seem to have completely sold out of these and they're backordered online! The main temptation stems from this 20% off coupon I found online though. With that, even including shipping, it would still cost S$20 less than the $99 the stores here are charging. Weird cos so many other things are similarly priced to online or cheaper! Again, have decided to be virtuous.
So here's the current tally: S$111.30 + 573 = S$684.30
still to come, what I actually bought *hangs head*. Trying to decide if this needs to be deleted off my tally....
Sunday, August 22, 2010
anyway, here's where I've got to so far (in no particular order):
I seriously love this dress. was this close to buying it...in fact I'd actually put it in my cart. But managed to drag myself away in the end. Barely.
I blame E. for this. If not for her sending that link to those Isabel Marant boots, I'd never have seen this dress. Actually that's a lie... I got the outnet email and saw Vanessa Bruno and Isabel Marant and clicked through immediately *hangs head*. This one though was my favourite.... the others were great, but perhaps a bit too basic for the price.
Isabel Marant Etoile dress (GBP 74.89 / S$173)
Saturday, August 21, 2010
p.p.s. I just wanted to say how pleased I am with the local Gap franchise for keeping pricing close to what the US is charging. So many international stores here have traditionally tried to scalp you on the pricing that it's refreshing to be able to actually find things are cheaper here than online! Having said that, the prices they're charging for the slim cropped pants are like 30% more than the online price (and that's without the 20% off coupon code!). Guess you can't have everything.
Friday, August 20, 2010
A bit of background might be required here - I have been looking for ages for a pair of skinny black pants that (1) aren't skin tight (2) are smart enough for work (3) actually fit me and (4) are reasonably flattering, and it's been remarkably difficult to find a pair that meet all 4 criteria. Enter the Gap slim cropped pants! these fit absolutely perfectly (on me they're not actually crops tho!) and actually filled a gap in my wardrobe (no pun intended), and the latter, if you know me at all, is in itself a minor miracle. Not only that, I picked them up on a last minute trip to the store just before I left NY and for reasons I still don't understand, I got 25% off (I love shopping in the US!).
Unfortunately the stellar price I got is now making me hard to swallow the price that's being charged in Singapore (S$99 vs. US$37). Which is a shame cos I would seriously have considered getting a second pair if they were cheaper. I guess I'll have to wait for the sale...or better still, now that gap.com will ship to Singapore, I can order them online if they go on sale there! I am geekily super excited about them shipping to Singapore... sad I know.
In the meantime, here's what's on my wishlist (besides the cropped pants):
Or that earlier band jacket but in tweed....
Friday, August 13, 2010
So when I was in NYC in July I figured I had to check it out, and ended up leaving with a pile of their pieces. Seriously, you have to try them on to really appreciate them. And I will also say that not all their designs are amazing. Some are actually quite heinous. But the good pieces are just fantastic! For example - I'm not a shorts person. I don't like my legs all that much and frankly most running shorts aren't cut for people with hips like mine so they're usually not very flattering. In contrast the lulu ones cover everything you want them to cover and fit like a dream! Seriously, these are the most flattering running shorts I've ever tried. In fact they might be the most flattering shorts of any kind come to think of it....
I thought I would try bolstering my resolve doing a review of the pics that got me obsessed in the first place... strangely, I didn't really get that keen on this bag till quite a while after it'd been launched. I suspect it had something to do with needing to actually see it on someone.... anyway, this pic of garance dore carrying it just blew me away:
and then again when jak and jil snapped her with the bag
there've been a bunch of other photos since then but my lack of bookmarking organisation has meant that I have no idea where I saw them now. But here's a couple of pics from around the time of the launch.... not sure how sofia is managing to carry it like that cos the strap seems too short, but perhaps that was just the prototype. If I could carry it messenger style like that, it would literally be the perfect bag.
strangely, it's kinda nice to be really obsessed about something again. Maybe what the recent NYT article is true - that you're happier when you buy something you've been wanting for a really long time.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Anyway, new collection from Nervous System - they've traditionally worked in stainles steel or with gold plating but now you can get some of the pieces coated in black chromium. Pretty cool, especially if you like a very stark graphic look. My heart still belongs to their Orchid necklaces though... now if only I could justify that price for plastic. Guess I'll have to wait til sale time :)
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
my favourite by far, though I suspect mostly because this incredibly helpful SA in Saks was wearing something similar and I just LOVED it on her.
And this one just makes me think of being curled up in a leather armchair, in front of a real fire and sipping cocoa.
Last but not least, something I could actually use (especially after mising out on that truly fab Helmut Lang jacket in the last NAP sale - but that's a whole other story). I don't know what the model is so pissed off about, but maybe the whole bolero over jacket is weirder than it looks in this pic.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
one of the reasons I bought the recent Elle UK was for their Isabel Marant article. I just LOVE her clothes (and shoes, and accessories...) which is why it was weird that I found the merch in her NY store so underwhelming. Maybe it was that it was mostly warmer stuff so not really right for our weather, or maybe it was just symptomatic of the whole of my trip which was largely disappointing on the shopping front. But when I saw this pic, I just fell in love all over again. Sadly I don't have the legs to pull off the pants she's showing this season, but I love the top she has on in the pic. The thing with her clothes is that most of the pieces aren't standouts per se, they're just amazing basics with a small twist (a bit like my other love Alexander Wang, but more understated) and I think they're the kind of clothes that look okay on the rack, but really transform when you put them on. Now really kicking myself for not trying anything on when I was at the store! As the Elle article said, "It’s a uniform that is just polished enough for the office but never looks contrived". Exactly the look I'm always trying to achieve.
anyway, a few hours later and a bit poorer, here's my loot:
I've been wanting to get some layered chains for ages but couldn't find anything at a price i was willing to pay, so when i saw these at 50% off, I just couldn't resist. One lovely little crystal pendant to layer with the filagree amber piece. Now all I need to do is to top it off with my Dogeared bee and I'm all set!
That was going to be all I bought (plus a lovely green dress that's being altered, so no pics - sorry)... and frankly there's no real excuse for this, but all I can say is A. talked me into it! I was actually willing to walk away from this.. honest! Still... I have been looking for a small bag that'll fit my wallet, phone etc and this was absolutely perfect.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
But sometimes the shopping gods give you a pass... like these Ann D. booties I'd been stalking. I'd been seriously obsessed with the Ann D. lace up booties which had been all over the blogsphere last year, but couldn't bring myself to pay almost US$1k for a pair of shoes. Of course, 6 months later, I'm kicking myself for not biting the bullet.
Then of course the shopping gods step in with a mixed blessing - first I see the absolutely stunning buckled iteration from S/S10. I mean how can you see the picture above and not start googling immediately?! But again they were way too expensive.... then they went on sale... and still I held off. And they went on futher discount, and shockingly, they still had my size and were a massive 65% off. And of course at that point, I asked A. if I should buy them and he proceeded to talk me out of it.
3 days later, riddled with regret, I check the site and my size has sold! I am now seriously bummed and kicking myself black and blue for missing a pair of Ann Ds yet again. Not to mention that ebay had them for $100 more than the sale price. Then comes the final piece of shopping god largess - an ebay voucher for $100 off any fashion purchase. So of course I buy them (cos I'm an idiot, but not a complete idiot) and seriously, they are the BEST! the leather is soooo soft and the shoes are seriously comfortable, not to mention they look absolutely kick ass! :)
modeling pics to come, I promise.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
First, let me get this out of the way - I LOVE clogs! not just like them... more like a serious obsession. Must be some kind of nostalgia thing (I think the first pair of shoes I chose for myself looked a bit like these), but I really love how they look. So because I could never bring myself to pay for the (admittedly beautiful) Chanel ones, I went on a bit of a Jeffery Campbell spree.... surprisingly, his shoes are actually really comfortable. In fact, I liked them so much, I ended up buying them in 2 colours plus another pair of wedges (don't ask - I'm just going to quietly put the pictures here)
Exhibit A: Jeffery Campbell Charli clogs (now on sale, if you wear a sz 9 or 10)
In my defence, even E. bought a pair of the Snicks (as did 2 of my colleagues and my mum) so I feel at least like I can tell myself they were probably a good buy.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
A.P.C green gingham Tunic on sale at $89.99 plus another 40% off
And yet another A.P.C. calling my name.... I just keep reminding myself what a pain it is to wear playsuits. Not to be indelicate, but the hassle of going to the bathroom in one of these makes you not want to drink anything all day.
D rk Sh d w by Rick Owens jacket - on sale currently at 50% off
Best part about this? it can be worn about 4 ways so you can tell yourself it's only a quarter of the price really.