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Highs and Lows

April 19, 2010

The idea of high/low dressing is definitely not new. It’s just funny how much the definition of “high” and “low” varies across the spectrum. For some it means mixing Valentino with Vince, for others it may mean pairing Tory Burch with Banana Republic, and for others it means rocking J.Crew with Target. Personally, I’m just happy that there are so many options available at every price point. And no matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, what really matters is that you love each and every piece you buy.

Balenciaga Dress — Ebay, (you can see a more detailed picture in my Flickr)
H&M Tank
Abate for Payless Sandals (Of all the heeled gladiator styles I saw last spring/summer, these were hands down my favorite, and the price point was phenomenal.)
Necklace purchased in Brazil — I bought it from this really great jewelry store in Rio, I think I stashed their card somewhere in my mountain of stuff.


It’s a Hit

April 15, 2010

When you’re into fashion and style, you get accustomed to living in a bubble.  Some people (well most people)  aren’t overly concerned with trends or designers, and don’t know the difference between Balmain and Bebe.  While this statement would leave the super fashiony set’s mouth agape. It doesn’t bother me.  Fashion isn’t for everyone. Just like some people like baseball, and I don’t — though I am anxiously awaiting NBA playoff season.

Consequently, I’ve gotten used to the fact that the most of the people I see everyday don’t care about what I’m wearing. But every now and then, like the day I wore this dress, they surprise me.

I adore Rick Owens. He makes the most amazing, amazing pieces, that are incredibly versatile, and never boring. If money were no object I would have a massive collection of his stuff, which would be the perfect counter balance to the Technicolor dreamcoat that is the rest of my closet. Alas money matters. His stuff is expensive (worth every penny), hard to find, and usually doesn’t go on sale. If it does go on sale his rabid fans buy it up at warp speed.

I was thrilled when I found this dress on super clearance at Century 21.  The thing is, even though I was overjoyed with my bargain hunting prowess, I didn’t expect any sort of reaction from my co-workers. Needless to say I was shocked at the number of compliments I got on this dress.  I even got complimented by a girl who never, ever speaks to me.

I guess a great piece is a great piece, and you don’t have to be obsessed with fashion to realize it.

Rick Owens Dress — Century 21
Kors by Michael Kors Heels — eBay? They’re sold old, I don’t quite remember

Trading Up

April 13, 2010

This blog is basically an extension of my other blog Musings from a Mall. I could go into a long dissertation, but the short version is I think you can find great things anywhere be it a high-end department store, a quirky boutique, or your local mall.

If I write about something, it’s because I actually love it, and wear it, and here is the proof.

Forever 21 Button Down
Olsenboye Sweats (JCPenney)
Necklace (JCPenney)
Kors Michael Kors Slingbacks (eBay)

A Shift in Proportion

April 12, 2010

First, there’s a new episode of Musings from a Mall TV here. Now on to what I’m wearing.

In its original incarnation (in my head) I was going to wear wide leg jeans.  For some reason, I felt like I needed a break from my skinnies.  Not that I don’t love them, but after the winter we’ve had, where I rocked skinnies everyday because they’re easy to tuck into boots, I felt like a change. (That was a long sentence.) 


Of course images in my head don’t always translate in reality, and I opted for these old bootcut Diesel jeans instead.  Then I remembered how much I love these jeans. Piled on tons of layers, as the weather is still very all over the place.

Armani Exchange Blazer
Diesel Jeans (old I think from eBay)
Forever 21 Silk Racerback Tank
Charlotte Ronson Cardigan
Cashmere Scarf (Century 21)
Converse All Stars (Marshall’s) — those are my commuting shoes
Nine West D’Orsay Heels

Jumping on the Olsen Bandwagon

April 8, 2010

Say what you want about their personal style, you can’t knock their business savvy. I’m particularly impressed by the way they have capitalized on their fashion cred to create distinct brands that cater to  different aspects of their fan base. More importantly, I’m really impressed with this skirt.

I’m having a bit of a love affair with leather right now, and simultaneously trying to work in as many of my recent sale scores, before the season changes for good.

Rodarte Go International Cardigan — Target (actually found it for 75% off)
Hollister White Tee — My guiltiest pleasure
Forever 21 Black Tank
The Row Leather Pencil Skirt — Barney’s Warehouse Sale
Chloe Oxfords — Barney’s Warehouse Sale (these are patent leather & this amazing oxblood color. will try to remember to take a detail shot)

Bringing Back the 90’s with a Little Help from Narciso

April 7, 2010

Ah, the 90’s…At some point on my other blog I’m going to dedicate a post to them. In the interim I’ll have to make do with wearing this  slip dress.

At some point in high school I was obssessed with slip dresses, and this purchase was most likely fueled by some latent nostalgia for that era.  I threw in some heavy chains inspired by images from an old Marc Jacobs collection (I think it was A/W 2006 but will try and find the images to confirm) to toughen up the look a bit and make it look less juvenile, and added some leopard heels which ended up breaking that day. I’m sad b/c i really loved these shoes and they were super comfy, but they served me well (4+ years) and now I have an excuse to buy new ones.

Narciso  Rodriguez Slip Dress (Barneys’ Warehouse Sale)
Forever 21 Tee Underneath
Shae Cardigan (Century 21)
BCBGirls Heels (Macy’s)

Vintage Dress

April 6, 2010

FYI, I did not wear this work, as every now and then I do remember the difference between work appropriate, and you’ll probably be sent home if you wear this in the office.

In my head, I don’t think that I own much vintage. That may not actually be true in reality. This was  a vintage that I hacked up a bit, shortening the hem, and altering the neckline. I think I may want to go back in and adjust the sleeves a bit. I wore it with paisley fishnet tights and Chloe boots, that were my first epic ebay score.

Vintage Dress — Vintage store near UCLA
Necklace — NYC Wholesale District
Tights — Payhalf (They have the best tights, and the price rarely goes above $3.99.)
Chloe Boots — Ebay