It might be Alaia that you think of when laser cut detail comes to mind but many other designers are now embracing the trend. I’m currently obsessing with laser cuts of all varieties. It’s perfect for elevating even the simplest of looks.
Thanksgiving is not a holiday I grew up with but I welcome the idea of pausing to give thanks for the preceding year. With the pace of life now a days we rarely get the opportunity to just chill and appreciate life. This past year has been an emotionally charged roller coaster for me, many parts of which I hope to never relive again. But I’m so very thankful for everything I have learned and the person those experiences have helped me become; the support and patience of my family and friends; my adorable little puppies whoes cuteness never fails to put a smile on my face; my law firm for creating one of the most amazing work environments in the Silicon Valley; this blog for giving me a creative outlet; for all of the turbulence in my personal life finally coming to an end having made me stronger, more independent, and oh-so much wiser; the freedom to do whatever and be whoever I want; the travel; the beauty; the love and laughter; the peace. Thank you life!
Vanilla lace is luscious And chocolate lace divine But navy lace Makes my heart race Every single time – The Masked Pimpernel of Hello Poetry
I’m a strong believer that if a question can be put at all it can also be answered and if your curiosity stretches wide enough the universe will eventually arrange your circumstances in such a fashion so as to make you understand. But when it comes to some subjects I’m almost afraid to probe for fear of what it might reveal about humanity. The recent tragedies in Paris, Beirut, and Garissa, Kenya are mind-boggling. Travesties occurring all over the world and inflicted in the name of political or religious ideologies are simply unfathomable. I understand that the people behind all this pain have their own worldview, history, and struggle, but I will never understand how there could be so much darkness in human beings. Anne Carson once said, “Why does tragedy exist? Because you are full of rage. Why are you full of rage? Because you are full of grief”. So maybe grief is causing the rage, which in turn is causing the tragedies. And those tragedies are further perpetuating the cycle by having more grief manifest into rage and so on. Of course it would be possible to come up with thousands of alternative and probably more pessimistic theories but I’ll stop here. At the end of the day they are nothing but theories. Lives are still being lost. #prayforhumanity
I wore this fitted gold / bronze look to last night’s performance of Lucia di Lammermoor at the San Francisco Opera. The Mark Jacobs dress had been hanging in my closet for over a year – going completely neglected – until I was able to find the perfect belt pairing. I think bodycon dresses of mid-calf length look best with a belt that sits on the smallest part of the waist. The visual line created by the belt adds some contrast and detail.
I’m not entirely sure where the creative director for Celine, Phoebe Philo, gets her genius but this woman is remarkable when it comes to accessories. Their sunglasses are borderline magical. If you don’t feel a jolt of swagger the moment they land on your face you must be immune to Phoebe’s superpowers. Celine bags have made an even greater dent in the fashion world by pretty much dominating the cool-girl market. I almost wish Celine as a brand would slow down a little in its popularity for fear of it becoming too mainstream. Because we all know the sad truth. Nothing kills a good brand faster than the loss of the illusion of exclusivity. Slow down Celine. Slow down!
I’m starting to run into storage issues so as hard as this may be for me I must let go of some of my beloved dresses. With that said, welcome to my first annual blog-wardrobe sale! I have now listed over 100 items on ebay here. Most of the pieces (1) appeared on the blog at one point or another, (2) have only been worn once or twice, and (3) are size XS, 0-2, 38-40. Please excuse the awkward cropping. There are lots of weirdos on ebay so necessity compelled me chop off my head. Here is a small sample of what’s available for sale.
I don’t find myself wearing gowns very often but whenever the opportunity presents itself I run into the same issue. What do you wear over it on the way to and from the event? In deciding what to wear for the performance of Luisa Miller at the San Francisco Opera last night the following was my thought pattern:
The new opera season just started at the War Memorial Opera House and I’m definitely ready – season tickets for eight shows and most of my looks already planned. First up was a performance of Sweeney Todd. I’ve probably seen the Tim Burton film version at least five times so I was curious to experience it on stage. The singing aside, it’s pretty difficult to compete with the charisma of Jonny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter but the overall show did not disappoint. Last night’s performance was a beautifully staged lavish spectacle.
I’m back from yet another hiatus from blogging. Admittedly, saying “I’m back” this often almost defeats the purpose. At this point I should probably just acknowledge a pattern of unpredicted absence for indefinite periods of time and just resume whenever time permits. But honestly, my life has been equally as unpredictable for the past while. I moved back to Toronto, went on a vacation to Cuba, returned to Toronto from my vacation on a Friday with an offer to start a new job in California on a Monday, accepted, re-packed, and started the new job in California two days later. That’s just a glimpse into the pace of my life since the last post. Not to mention the weekend-girl-trips to Miami and LA, which lead to zero downtime but tons of memories. On an aesthetic front I’ve been obsessing over Celine accessories (related post coming soon).
The beautiful girl you see by my side is my good friend and dear sister-in-law, Gabby. Photographed by my mom (as always), the two of us had a blast frolicking in matching, fringe, Temperley London dresses. I think we might make a tradition out of these shoots whenever the family comes together again in the same part of the globe.
“I’ll stop wearing black when they invent a darker color”. – Wednesday Addams
You know that feeling of being inspired by something beautifully done. The feeling of wanting to perfect the same craft. Every time I watch a talented pianist perform it makes me want to play the piano again, a master yogini doing the perfect handstand scorpion motivates my yoga practice, and seeing intricate crochet makes me want to learn to knit. Come to think of it, I’ve been a lot more interested in cats lately too. Cats and knitting ha? Maybe I’ve just been single for far too long, haha.
I’ve always been a fan of high waistlines. They are so reminiscent of the 1950s that every high-waisted look exudes a touch of vintageness no matter how modern the interpretation. Sky-high shorts in particular remind me of 50s pin-ups. They are the perfect summer staple.
“Summer, Hair gets lighter, Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better”. – Anonymous
Is there anything hotter than lace this season? And when I say “lace” I don’t mean the coquettish babydoll dresses we used to associate with this delicate fabric but the lace-paneled, sensual, body-conscious pieces reminiscent of lingerie. In this look I played with opposites by pairing a feminine slip dress with a moto leather jacket and a royal necklace. The Rupert Sanderson lace heels with leather trim and the simple Bottega Veneta flap bag played up the lace + leather motif.
I love discovering new designers whose work somehow resinates with me. A lot of the time they are not ‘new’ per se in that they’ve been growing their brand for years but as long as they are new to me the experience is always exciting. Brood, designed by Serkan Sarier, is one of my latest finds. He describes his collections as being for “the urban young women who appreciate quality and design”. And I have to say, the moment I put on one of his dresses it becomes really difficult not to be appreciative. You can literally feel the quality of the craftsmanship when the dress is on. It makes you feel feminine yet trendy, chic yet comfortable.
I didn’t realize how uncomfortable long dresses could be until I put on a mermaid dress. The close fit through the bodice and the extreme tightness right before the flare makes it impossible to sit, bend, or walk. Stoically remaining in an upright position and thinking positive thoughts is pretty much the only option left. Thank you mermaid dresses for making me appreciate the comfort of the rest of my clothes.
When it comes to jewelry this season the pendulum seems to have swung in favor of “more is more” again. Just as I was getting comfortable with dainty and understated accents it’s time to go big. As is often the case with fashion this change was sudden. But I’ve never been one to say no to some oversized neck candy so I think I can live with that. Bring on the excess!