Fashion from a highschooler's perspective. That is all.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Oh No Don't Go Changing

First off, accept my humble and sincere apologies, since this is going to be a short post. But it's exactly a week 'till I've gots to go back to school. I've been making mad dashes to my nearby Staples to by 'essentials' (I will need the twelve highlighters, mom, serious!) and am currently rooting around to find my backpack/pencilcase/luckypenny.

I haven't forgotten my beloved blog and its' readers though! I have a million things to tell you guys about (my glove collection! the 14-carat gold necklace I found!) so be excited. I've just been so caught up with the chaos that comes with September.

Meanwhile, get your bloggy bits from Style Bubble, who shows us how to wear cardigans backwards. Tres cool, if I must say. And also, I have a MyStyleDiary! There's nothing you haven't seen before, but I will be posting regularly, you have my word.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

The 80's are Alive, Yo

You know how everyone has a specific body part they like, and other parts they hate? Well for me, they're my shoulders. I adore my shoulders with all their shapely-ness. I like to show them off every chance I get, etc. etc.

The one big problem is, the body part I hate most? Yeah, they're my arms. I don't know why, but I experience deep and utter revulsion whenever I view them in the mirror. Perhaps it stems from the fact that my mother also hates her arms?

Now what's a girly girl to do when she's faced with such a dilemma? You'd either have to cover both and live with it, or go out and bare your arms in hopes that your shoulders will cover all.

I'll tell you what I'm gonna do. Off the shoulder tops! The loverly 80's throwback item solves my dilemma neatly and well. But do not fear! I still do have standards, you know. I'm not about to go and start wearing chunky raw-edged sweatshirts and leggings.

Wearing slouchy V-neck tunics and boatneck sweaters in an alluringly fall-off-the-shoulders kind of way was what I was thinking. Like the lovely dolman sleeved top at Gap, or the Lux Urban Outfitters black jersey top.

There, problem solved!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Back in Black, or Black in Back?

Hello my dear darling blog chums, I have returned! I had a wicked time. I certainly missed this blog and all you readers; I didn't know how wonderfuly therapeutic you guys were (cheese-factor starts here) until I was gone.

I hiked up a cliff one day and nearly died. It took over 7 hours, and for such a un-sporty gal a moi it was more like a day and a half. I now have terrifically toned thighs but can't go down stairs. Was it worth it? I'm still undecided.
The point of the random spiel being: the importance of good socks.

Not just when hiking either, socks/tights/leggings can make an outfit. A ho hum tee-and-skirt outfit can be jazzed up with a pair of argyle socks, dresses funkified by purple tights. And really, what feels better than knowing you have a pair of cute socks on under your Puma sneaks? Like these Hue poodle socks.

Now I must be off!

xo, missc

Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Ten Commandments

I have finally finished shoving, sitting-on, and eventually closed my two orange carry-alls. I still have my beauty products/toiletries to pack, but hopefully it wont give me too much trouble as I have decided what to bring.

Oh no. I just remembered I haven't packed shoes. Oh god in heaven, help me!

While I'm gone, you will keep your finger on the pulse of the fashion world, and duly tell me when I get back? Now just before I sign off this post, here's what you must do:

You shall:

- watch Wait Until Dark, which is an Audrey movie where she plays a blind woman fending off three thugs looking for a drug-stuffed doll. It is one of the scariest/thrilling/awe-striking movies of all time. I give my word; it's definitely worth a watch. Or two.

- scope the net for fabulous new fashion sites. And live fashionably too. Remember, my inner fashionista will be living vicariously through you all!

- watch Breakfast at Tiffany's. It helps if you memorize 'Moon River' like I did. Too many Audrey Hepburn movies? Grease, Pretty in Pink, and Love Story are all full game.

- keep an eye peeled for ankle boots, slouchy boots, or kick-ass dominatrix-y boots. And do not succumb to Uggs, Crocs, and other shoe monstrosities.

- go see the latest movies. John Tucker Must Die and Accepted are what I'm waiting for.

- convince your Uggs/Juicy wearing friends that jumper dresses are in, while Uggs/Juicy tracksuits are definitely, definitely not cool.

Now, I gots to go and download some summer road trip songs. Don't miss me too much!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Boundin' Boundin' Reboundin'

I stayed up all night watching The Incredibles and the little extra Boundin' movie that comes with it, so bear with me if I suddenly start to go off on a superhero tangent. But anyways.

When I'm bored of my clothes and bored of everything and everyone, I go on a digging expedition in my mom's closet. Now to get this straight: my dear mutti was quite the avant-garde trendsetter in her days. Not to be too bragging or anything, but she was featured twice in a Street Style mag.
She has this special knack of collecting pieces that will come back to fashion in an awesome kind of way.

Once you get past the crap-tastic pictures, you will see that there is a perfect Twiggy sixties-mod dress. The body is an A-line tweed-wool, and the sleeves and buttons are a gorgeous brown corduroy. I can invision Twiggy wearing this. I can hardly wait for winter to come so I can don this and subtly suggest that all my peers are wearing truly naff outfits.

It may look like a frumpy black coat to you, but I swear it's just the camera. It's black lace, again A-line. But it hints at the Oriental-trend with the mandarin collar and the buttons. Guess who's going to have the most fabulous coat in town?

Okay, so I didn't find these in my mom's closet. She has smaller feet than me so it wouldn't work anyways. These are tweed flats with a metallic gold trim. They nod at the metallics-trend without me becoming a trend whore with all those ugly sequined bags. Anyways, 15$ at Winners! I am a winner!

Friday, August 18, 2006

And Some Inspiration

A couple posts ago, I was moaning and groaning about packing and all its' troubles. Well, it seems like my troubles are over; I received a lovely email newsletter from She She Me entitled, 'Vacation Wardrobe'. I saw it, and squealed. Then I read it, and went into veritable palpitations.

If I knew how to copy and paste an email into here, I would be doing so. Sadly, I am HTML-challenged and can't even edit my template. That said, you'd be good to join the She She Me newsletter or wait until it comes up on the site.

Now, what did it say in the oh-so-fabulous email? A list of essentials, of course. Guess who's got what-if packing banished from her brain?

"- A girly sundress, an absolute must. Probably best to pack two; one for an afternoon of strolling through the shops, and one for a night on the town.
- A short denim or tweed skirt
- Walking shorts, funky tanks, and camis. Great all around resort wear. The camis are especially great because they're lightweight and versatile."

Yippee! Maybe I should go and actually start packing, not just chatchatchat-ing about it.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Severe Regret, And Holly's Coat

Remember I bought this belt a while ago? Well, now I'm starting to have some serious regrets about buying it. I haven't worn it once and now I'm starting to run out of outfits I can wear it with. And I spent 20$ !
Perhaps it would be more useful in red? I can certainly think of a lot more outfits and occasion I can wear a red belt. Or maybe metallic grey. Ah, I can't decide. What would you do if you were the proud owner of a teal leather belt and was regretting the purchase?

In other news, I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's today for the third time. And what really struck me this time was Holly's (Audrey's, I suppose) coat in the scene where she and Fred go and do "things we've never done before".

These were the best pictures I could find, but The Coat is a Jackie O. style number, double breasted and slightly A-line. And as you can see, beautifully orange. The other thing; Holly's wearing a delicious fur helmet hat - a la Balenciaga circa now - and pulls it off with panache.

Now I'm not going to go all moony on you and become a cheesy "I love Audrey Hepburn!" declaring girl, but I really, truly love Breakfast at Tiffany's. And if you haven't seen it yet, go now. Until then, listen and watch these clips.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Newest Trend, Or Not

Fanny packs, in vogue? "No way, young grasshopper" was the first thought popping into my head. But this post on Style Bubble saying a certain nouveau-hip bag qualified for the "bum-bag" trend, started me off on a search. A search if fanny packs were indeed going to be back in style, that is.
What's more, it yielded results (proved by articles here, and here) !

Call me a trend-whore, but I'm not one to miss out on a trend, especially one noone's tapped before. I unearthed a motorycle-esque leather bumbag from the back of my closet (surprising what one finds in there) and set out to see if I could make an outfit out of it.

Fanny packs (bum bags, if you rather) have been long associated with gormless, style-challenged tourists, but I made it my task to prove wrong. Taking cues from Teen Vogue ("fingerless gloves when layering"), I created this multi-belted ensemble.

But will I wear this in public? Answer is a reluctant no. When the 90s fashion become in vogue, then will I venture out in this. 'Till then, count yourselve in the know!

Monday, August 14, 2006

A Capsule Closet Is An Impossible Thing

You know how in magazines (and blogs too!) they say to bring a 'capsule closet' when going away on trips? Well, it's not as easy as it look. In fact, it's pretty darn impossible to pack all the "essentials" in a tiny carryall.

Normally I am a fairly adept packer, but this time I am having major issues. For one, I usually pack for outdoor hiking and skiing trips, and this time it's a road trip with friends. I'm no good at packing basics that I can wear numerous times in different outfits. Heck, I have troubles with that even at home. The motto "Pack light, look good" definitely does not apply to what-if packers a la moi.

What I'll need:

- practical shoes that I can walk a lot in
- four different comfortable, but stylish outfits, since I'll be sitting a lot
- one pretty outfit which I can dance in
- warm outerwear

And that's just the very basic essentials! How am I to fit all of that - and more! - into a small backpack? Okay, so I'm only going for 5 days, and most of it's going to be spent in a car listening to the Postal Service, but a girl's gotta keep up appearances. Even if it's only going to be for her inner fashionista's sake.

Teen People Shuttered

It seems that Ellegirl started quite a trend when they decided to fold.

Now Teen People has folded too, their September issue being their last. They also, like Ellegirl, are now focusing on their website.

The reason for this sudden departure? Circulation losses. And to no surprise, really. They were up against Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Cosmogirl, and previously, Ellegirl. While Teen People is a good read, it is a bit too tween-y. And the downfall in popularity shows up in their declining ad pages, while Teen Vogue's were upped by a considerable amount.

While many are saying this was influenced by Ellegirl and the magazine's decision to fold, the reps are saying the contrary.

My opinion? I never did read Teen People, so I can't say I'm too sad about the loss. But for those of you who are religious readers, my sympathies. One thing though, I hope Teen Vogue never folds. That would send me into tears and fits of madness.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Chrysalids

First off, let me apologize for not posting, even though I promised a quick reply. That said, I'd just like to tell you about a startling revelation that occured to me yesterday in Gap. Now, brace yourselves.
I really, really despise clothes shopping. Now don't go and start landing accusations of hypocrite!, because I do have quite a few legit reasons.
  • Finding something you really like takes a lot of devoted time. And even if you do you're bound to get disappointed 70% of the time.
  • Fit! Trying clothes on is my biggest fear. Clothes never look as good on person as on the rack.
  • If you do find a rack of things you like, there's the ol' 'will these be worth the money?' question. And the 'what will I wear these with?' question too.
  • After about an hour of devoted scavengering, the clothes start to blur in. There's only so much clothes that I can take.

See? I really hope I'm not the only one. I know if I was reading this an year ago, I'd have scoffed and turned me into the nearest mental health clinic. Is it possible, that I'm, gulp!, getting tired of clothes?

Not that I hate shopping in its' entirety. I absolutely adore shoes. And bags. Belts, scarves, jewellery, hats are all fair game. They're easy to try on, you don't have to worry about mirrors, most of the time, and, they're cheaper than most clothes.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Shopping List: Updated!

In the recent past, I wrote a petit list on what I need to buy soon. Since then, it has been updated. More items were written down, more were crossed out, etc. etc.

Red pumps
Slouchy ankle boots
Red headband
Slouchy grey vest
Suede heels, hopefully Tara Subkoff for Easy Spirit lookalikes
Pearl earrings
Moccasin-esque flats
Trousers, slacks, whatever you call formal pants
Purple eyeliner
Chain necklace
Tweed ballet flats

Watch this space, pictures of my conquests and details coming soon!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Some Giveaway Questions

Hey everyone! I've just got back from a family reunion/berry picking bonanza. Apart from my soaked wet feet and the numerous bugs, I am perfectly fine.

Now a question for you all. This week's giveaway (powered by Coutorture, again!) is from a choice of three. There is a choice of:

A Jawbreaker clutch from Stylesse.

A nail kit from Essie Cosmetics, complete with top coat, cuticle oil, cuticle pen, and six shades of polish.

A pair of Pierce jeans.

Now I already put the Pierce jeans up, but I was wondering which one you guys would prefer. Or if you would like all three.

And also, in the future, what would you like best, beauty products, accessories, or apparel? Help me out, yo! You guys rock!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Back to School Versatility

It's B.C. day today! I'm not entirely sure what it means, but it has something to do with congregation, no, convention? Ah, feck it. It doesn't matter.

Going back to the whole back-to-school topic, for me and all of you's in the Great Big North, school is still far, far away. But school starts very soon in the States, non? No matter, because I'm all obssessed with fall clothes and school supplies. And what better way than to blog?

The thing is, we students don't have money around to throw, buying clothes right and left. So what to wear?

White Shirt
- A nice blouse-y shirt goes a long way. Wear by itself, with layered gold necklaces and your comfiest jeans.
- Any wide, eye-catching belt on the waist.
- Layer under your basic hoodie.
- Wear your favourite concert tee underneath. Or wear a funky lightweight thermal under.

Funky Skirt
- Wear with leggings. You'll be way more chic than the denim minis and leggings floating aroud.

- Go for black head to toe except for the skirt. Accessories included.

- Pair a pretty polo and pop the collar up. Perfectly Hamptons-chic.

Basic Hoodie

- Give it a twist by adding a skinny belt on top. Or two, while you're at it.

- Layer a patterned oxford shirt under, and add necklaces.

- Add a simple girly top under, and tie a silk scarf around your neck.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Retail Therapy Top Five

Here I go again, making lists. But judging by the amount of comments I got from the last list, you guys (er, girls) seem to like my list. I certain hope so. But really, I'm suffering from a little emotional anguish right now, and can't think of anything except for retail therapy.
So here goes:

5. A silk scarf. Preferably Pucci-esque. I found the most darling one in Hills of Kerrisdale, can't seem to find one online.
4. Wrap dress. Two words, usually followed by Diane. Diane von Furstenberg, that is.
3. The Perfect Polo. Ralph Lauren is the king, closely followed by Hilfiger.
2. A school-worthy, yet city-chic bag. This one's from Payless, and meets the bill.
1. Arm Candy!

What are your must have, must shop for pieces? Tell, tell!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Why Not Me?

For the past week or so, I've been bemoaning the fact that I never get to go on vacations. Oh, of course all my friends get to go to Europe and Carribbean cruises. Just not me. Heck, I haven't even been to Disneyland.

So instead of lounging on a foreign beach someplace, I've been holed up reading Meg Cabot books and watching Audrey Hepburn movies. Oh yes, it's fun, really. But I'd really like to wear my new bikini more than once this summer, you know?

Then a spur of the moment idea. Why not go to the beach by myself? I hardly need six friends accompanying me to go and sleep on the beach. It's not as lame as going to the movies by myself. So now I'm figuring out what I need to bring...

The latest Seventeen of course. Although I wouldn't mind getting my hands on one of these 1951 Seventeens. And while I'm at it, better pick up Lucky, Glamour, Allure, and Vogue.

A large plush towel. Don't want any sand getting under the old suit. Maybe more than one. Roll up your sunglasses in them so they don't accidently get jostled and break on the trip there. Because that would suck.

No burning feet for me! And to tell the truth, I don't get all the hype about Havaianas. They're not that special... if there's something vitally crucial about them that I've missed, feel free to tell. But 'till then, chicken flip flops are what I'm going to be wearing.

Ah, hardly a day goes without me posting something from Gap. And this doesn't actually look that cute, but believe me, it is seriously versatile and preppy-chic once you see it up close.

So my advice? Go head on to the beach yourself. Bag, sunglasses, swimsuit, magazines, towel. Don't spend your days staring a computer like I do.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Very Cool Vests

I was perusing my grandmother's knitting books, when a knitting magazine cover caught my eye.
It had lots of alliterations(?) such as, snazzy sweaters! toasty throws! snug shawls! and... very cool vests.

How sad is that? I can do better than Very Cool Vests. But the point of the matter is, that vests are usually very uncool things. They remind people of their grandfathers and also, potbellies. But then I realized, vests are also very cool things.

Like this one from Gap, for example. Vests are a key layering piece, look effortlessly chic, and you're guaranteed that noone else is going to look the same as you. As they will still obviously be lost in vests-are-grandfatherly, while you are in heights of fashion.

This is more of a tank top than a vest, but still. It's vest-like. And zebra print? Can do no wrong. Ellen Tracy at Saks Fifth Avenue, if you like pricey clothes. But I doubt you do.

Guess what? Nordstrom even has an online section just for vests! I'm beyond proud. But isn't this at the height of gorgeous? If I had something like that, I'd wear it with my new belt. Just like the model is. Ha, creative aren't I?

Bebe has the coolest clothes. They always look fabulous and they make you look fabulous by default too. And this vest is no exception. Long live stripes! And vests!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Oversize Appeal

I'm sure you all have realized before, but I've only just realized this blog is becoming more and more like a personal diary. So I'm sure you're all tired of hearing what I've bought, or I'm wearing, etc. etc. I thought I'd better blog about something that wasn't centered around me.


Have I mentioned that anything oversize appeals to me (there I go, talking about me, honestly I think I have a chronic illness or something)? Especially something as awesome and, uh, bubble-like as the dress above. It's very yummy.

Now this is the kind of look I'd like to wear. Huuge slouchy vest, with an equally slouchy coat. And it helps that the model has that Carine Roitfield thing going on.

And of course, oversized bags. Handbags are all nice and all, but oversized leather bags are the way to go. You can fit all your stuff for the weekends, and even binders/books for school. What's there too lose? And this one's from my favourite haunt, the Gap.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Battle of the Clothes

I know it's a bit outrageous to think about fall clothes; thick wool sweaters and the like in this hot weather. But sometimes a girl gets so bored that she wants to fiddle around making fall outfits right?

So here's the whole dilemma. I can't decide what to wear the first day back. It's crucial to give off a 'I have a kickass summer, better than yours' vibe while also giving off a 'I'm laid back and too cool for school' vibe. It also helps if you look 'I'm gonna look this good all year so ya better get used to it'.
My friends aren't helping at ALL; they don't understand why I would even go inside a thrift store. They're all like 'Eww, secondhand!' Therefore they're not that much help fashionwise.

So back to the problem, do I go for laid-back and slightly bohemian...

Or girly preppy?

So sorry if it's blurry (yet again!) and the black thingy around my waist is in fact a polka-dotted belt in a bow, not a fanny pack lookalike.

Please, please help me decide! School's only in... erm, 5 weeks!

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The Promised Post

Ah, so after shopping yesterday, I got coaxed out to watch breakfast films (Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Breakfast Club) and never got around the posting my catches.

So here it is:

I apologize for the fuzzy camera pics beforehand! Anyways, first thing I noticed when I walked into the mall was a watch-selling mall vendor. I had the hardest time deciding whether to get a red faux croc-skin watch or this orange leather one. Finally I decided on this because the red one had slightly tacky rhinestones.

After that came a series of disappointments, Payless still didn't have the red pumps I wanted, nor did they have a nice, school-worthy tote.

And at Gap I couldn't find the lovely slouchy vest, or the fair isle wrap I saw on the site. I did end up snagging a lovely soft grey henley from GapKids, so all was not lost.

Where was this lovely waist belt from you say? From Aldo, my dear friends. I agonized over gunmetal grey, red, or this dark blue. I might have to go back and get the other two colours!

The cherry on top of the shopping sundae was this lovely headband. When I put it on, I was suddenly more chic and actually, kind of cute looking!

Technically I didn't get any of the items I wrote on my list beforehand. But I cross the slouchy grey vest off. And I have been dying for a red headband and a waist belt forever, so the purchases were justified.