Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Vena Cava

Hey, sorry for the delay in posting. Anyway, I'm back with another brand that I want to focus on: Vena cava. The clothes by Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai are quite lovely. As well, the name appeals to the science-nerd part of me (I am, after all, a science major), in that it's named after the largest pair of veins in your body. Science aside, I like the adorable dresses from this line, especially the white one I've shown. I'd highly recommend checking out their website, since they have lots more there. (photos from )

PS: I discovered the wealth of fashion knowledge at my university library today, so we'll see when I resurface from two of my greatest loves: reading and fashion.

Friday, July 25, 2008


I thought it had been a while since I did a feature on a brand I like, so here we are. Today I'm featuring numph. I like thier clothes a lot. They are bright and colourful, but not is a cheap way. I love the tights. If you're going to wear tights, why not put in a touch of fun? Let me know what you think. (photos from

PS: You maybe remember a feature I did a while back on Carole Tanenbaum's vintage jewelry. I just wanted to let everyone know that they are totally nice and even sent me a thank you email for doing the feature when they stubbled across my blog. So I hope one of you has bought that bunny ring because it's much too adorable to not be worn!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

... A night at the opera

You'll have to excuse my last (excited) post. Minutes after I posted it, I realized the gorgeous reference I had set up for myself. As the titles of the Queen albums go: Day at the Races, Night and the Opera. So, here we are.
Dressing up has always been a big part of going to the opera, though now I've heard it's not nearly as important, unless it's opening night. Having never actually been to the opera (my family has always prefered regular theatre) has not stopped me from planning what I will wear when I finally get the chance. Something on the dressier side and absolutely gorgeous of course! (photos from net-a-porter,, NY Met)

Lovely old-fashioned art of what fashionable women wore to the opera in days gone by.
Opening night at the NY Metropolitan Opera.
A selection of the sort of dress I would wear to the opera. I think that the light Burberry one would look very fresh and polished. The silvery grey Alberta Ferretti is my favourite of the group. I absolutely adore it. While wearing black to the opera can feel a bit safe, I think the details on these black dresses (Zac Posen and Temperly London) keep them from being anything but boring.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A bit of a different angle

I know I usually don't talk about anything personal, but today I can't quite help myself. I'm that excited. I had a run of good shoe shopping (and bought nothing else except a necklace that I was going to wear especially for an event but then decided on my silver jewelry instead). Anyway, within 2 days (Thursday and Friday) I bought 3 pairs of shoes (all on sale to boot and one over 75% off).
The first pair I bought were from a small boutique called Pink Sugar that's less than a block from where I work. I love this purple leather flats and they were more that 75% off because they're old stock (last fall). I love them to pieces (even the way they smell) but unfortunately in my excitement I failed to realize that's they're about a size too small (I swear they felt fine in the store). I've been wearing them anyway and trying to stretch out the leather a bit, so we'll see.
The second pair I bought were a bit of a surprise. They're from "Feet First", a mall shoe store that I've always thought of as a bit of an 'old lady store'. So imagine my surprise when I fell in love with these! I even ended up wearing them to my cousin's outdoor wedding on Saturday (since the shoes I was planning to wear ended up looking silly with my dress).

The last pair I bought are a pair I've been admiring at Browns all spring. Everytime I go in, I look at them so when they were over 50% off and in my size, I had to buy them.

Overall, it was a good couple days, though the fact that the purple ones don't fit that well is a bummer. I think the black sandals are my favourites, even though I've been keeping my eye on the pink ones all season. Let me know what you think!

Friday, July 18, 2008

A Day at the Races...

I find that a lot of the time, people (myself included) may love something a bit on the outrageous side, yet feel a bit silly or embarrassed wearing it. Not the case at the Kentucky Derby.

I have been to horse races since I was probably seven, but i definately don't remember any of the ladies being as fashionable as Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady. However, this tradition of lady's hats at horse races hasn't disappeared.

For Derby hats check out I'd love to include some photos, but the copyright of her site won't let me. Also check of or (photos from the above sites and

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Model Profile: Giedre Dukauskaite

I decided that rather than focus a model profile on an already established model that we know has got what it takes, that I would pick one of my favorite models that is less well known. Giedre Dukauskaite was born in Lithuania and signed with New York Model Management. She has walked for Marc Jacobs and Chanel and done a few editorials. Anyway, here are some photos. Let me know what you think. I like her a lot.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Favourites round-up

First of all, I'd like to apolegize for not posting regularily, I've been very busy. Today's post is just a collection of things I've seen this week in fashion that I love. I love the dresses by 3.1 Phillip Lim and Herve Leger. I also think the minidress by Rachel Pally is cute (although I would personally wear something under it). I still love oversized sunglasses like these Ray Ban one and I adore the contrast in the Tom Binns bracelet. (photos: net-a-porter and shopbop)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Gorgeous Vintage Jewlery

I love old-fashioned jewelry, so I figured why not go right to the source: vintage. I found a lovely collection of vintage at Carole Tanenbaum ( While the prices are quite steep, there are a number of absolutely wonderful pieces and a great selection. Here are a few of my faves, ranging from circa 1940 to circa 1960 (photos from

Monday, July 7, 2008

Couture Shapes

I've always been a huge fan of couture. I love the sense of fantasy it brings and the playfulness that is sometimes missing from other collections. One of the things that designers like to play with is shape. From the extreme shapes seen at Valentino and the up-side-down skirt at Chanel to the much more subtle pointed shoulders at Armani Prive and everywhere in between, plays on shapes filled the Fall 08 couture runways. I, for one, adore the couture shows and playson shape make them all the more interesting (photos from

Sunday, July 6, 2008


I've always been fond of interesting details in clothes, it keeps them from getting boring. One of my favourite places for these interesting details to show up is in collars. These details can range in size (from the slightly oversized collar of the Oscar de la Renta jacket to the rather large, amazing collar of the Christian Dior Courture dress) and style (like the runched collar of the pink Matthew Williamson). On the whole, I think it's a great way to liven up an outfit and keep it from being boring. It doesn't have to be huge, but I think it can add a lot of interest. (phots from net-a-porter and