covet, fall fashion, fashion

velveteen.

velveteen.
this week i have decided to officially throw my hands up and surrender to fall. because summer just kinda never happened, and i’m tired of hearing myself complain. the good news is that i sense that this fall will be as¬†cloaked in velvet as the front row at a stevie nicks concert. having come of age in the 90’s, velvet holds a special place in my heart. 90’s nostalgia has been ruling the runway for several seasons now, but there’s something wonderful about seeing velvet everything, slip dresses (over t-shirts), chokers and winona ryder on the cover of magazines¬†that makes it feel more radical, perhaps because these things are now being made by big fashion houses and big fashion magazines instead of the teen beats. it’s the 90’s for grown ups. and so, in anticipation of¬†the barrage of velvet that is about to hit your face i thought i would hit first with some of my faves.
  1. let’s start with the most over the top fabulous of all over the top fabulous velvet items, shall we? it’s these over the knee velvet boots by aquazzura. fab-u-liss.
  2. if $900 is a little out of your price range, might i suggest these truly sick vintage velvet sock boots that only cost $28, are direct from the 90’s, and also happen to be oh so vetements.
  3. next up is the object of my obsession: dries van noten cap toe velvet ankle boots, a pair of boots so gorgeous that they make me actually want to wear the color purple, a phenomenon that has not occurred since i was a quirky 12 year old.
  4. the dries boots are so amazing that they have inspired about a million rip offs. the steve madden version will run you about $130, as will the topshop version.
  5. a velvet handbag is pretty crucial in my book. i’m fairly crazy about this little vintage number over on etsy, but if you’re looking to go big i say go ysl or go yee home.
  6. about that slip dress: this hillier bartley stunner feels like the one, but i have to admit that the zara version is crazy good too.
  7. next we have velvet chokers, which make the goth teenager in me oh so happy. ¬†not only is there is the $14 urban outfitters version, there is also the gorgeous $600 version, one of several velvet chokers ranging from $300-$3000 up for grabs on moda operandi right now. if you’re fancy.
  8. this high neck rouched velvet isabel marant top is killing me.
  9. vetements did a purple velvet suit, and the trousers are the jam. or the grape jammy jam toast, if you will.
  10. while we’re on the subject of jammy velvet pants: isa arfen gave us these paper bag waisted guys, once again proving her supreme jammyness.
  11. next up is a little velvet bralette, to be worn over t-shirts or on its own.
  12. and the perfect t-shirt to wear under said bralette or slip dress is surely a free winona t-shirt.
  13. how about some crushed velvet socks?
  14. crushed velvet socks to be worn under vintage 90’s blue velvet strappy heels, of course.
  15. this amazing shopper by hayward might be worth the $650 price tag.
  16. last but not least are these adorable sweet lovely little ruby red velvet mary janes from mr. marc jacobs.

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i feel like kind of a jerk, and evidenced¬†by the pallet of items above, i already have my mind on fall. it feels like we skipped over summer entirely in the bay area, and i’m already finding myself eyeing velvet boots and craving pumpkin coffee. what in the actual world because it is only the middle of august! my current uniform seems to be full skirts and t-shirts, it feels like the perfect outfit: just the right mix of casual and dressy.¬†so here are a few suggestions if you are looking to jump on my train.

  1. in the world of cult t-shirts, supreme reigns supreme. this black basquiat t-shirt is real cool.
  2. when i saw that r13 had put out a black flag t-shirt for $245 my inner punk rock teenager let out a giant “ugh”. so it’s cotton and cashmere, and it’s got some weird zippers on the side, okay. the thing is that an actual vintage black flag t-shirt, if you can find one, will run you at least that much¬†money. the non cashmere blend version will only run you about $13. your call.
  3. here is a fully rad vintage cramps shirt.
  4. i’m still wanting a rodarte “radarte” t-shirt like whoa. here is a used one for $95. i also love this madre t-shirt that is a ringer for the radarte shirt. for all the mamas.
  5. last is this amazing surf t-shirt from dries van noten.
  6. this vintage floral skirt is so pretty, and on point because the velvet is coming kids. big-ly. trust me.
  7. the beautiful maryam nassir zadeh carlita skirt is on sale over at garmentory.
  8. a stella jean skirt is at the top of my list, this mixed print one is the bomb.
  9. dries van noten, you’ve done it again. this skirt is everything all of the time.
  10. last is a pretty vintage indian cotton wrap skirt.

happy pre-fall!(?)

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this week i’m feeling that familiar mix of excitement and bummer about all of the fall collections hitting shops. summer can’t possibly be over, right? right! but i am feeling stoked about new outfits on the horizon. over at moda operandi the amazing stella jean fall collection is up for pre-order. i have all the heart eyes over this ruffle shift dress, which is v v similar to thee beyonce dress¬†of yore. while $575 is a steep hill for my mind to climb for one dress, there are oh so many ways to wear it on the regular. allow me to demonstrate:
  1. with a little frida kahlo rose crown a la beyonce. if roses aren’t your jam, here is a really cool headband with lemons in it.
  2. i love a short dress with over the knee socks. these ones from a detacher would look amazing.
  3. these celine red suede boots would be perfection because they pretty much are perfection.
  4. this little woven embroidered raffia bag would look swell.
  5. i heart these chloe sunglasses.
  6. i feel like the stella jean dress would look amazing over some flare jeans. these high rise seafarer jeans are amazing. some vintage seafarers over here. or these dark wash flared jeans from rosetta getty.
  7. these beautiful jewel encrusted satin ysl heels would look lovely.
  8. some lila rice crescent hoops would be v v beyonce.
  9. i think the dress would look gorgeous worn over this jacquemus asymetric ruffle skirt.
  10. with these incredible dries van noten gold leather and translucent heels.
  11. with these pretty marble terra earrings.
  12. this amazing lemon shaped straw bag would really go.
  13. these two tone pink casanter wedge espadrilles would look gorgeous.
  14. as would these crimson satin street shoes from ballet beautiful.

i think i may have talked myself into it.

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august covet.

august covet.
august! for the past couple of weeks i keep seeing things like, “summer is almost over” written and i feel confused and, obviously, saddened by these words. mostly because it doesn’t even really feel like summer yet in the bay area. but i’m holding out hope for august and everything after (please tell me that wasn’t a counting crows reference. ick!). here is my august list:
  1. first and foremost, i would like to imbibe at least one bottle of my favorite sparkling wine: coppola’s gia frizzante this summer. not that i don’t love sofia, but i have to say that gia wins the wine game for me.
  2. i’m going through a jacquemus obsession these days. the moment i laid eyes on his clothes i thought, this is serious and boy does it feel serious. i’m particularly crazy about this little striped dress, currently on ebay for $255.
  3. i want all the maryam nassir zadeh shoes. especially the lemon ones that are on sale! saley sale sale for $294.
  4. speaking of sale the epic moda operandi sale is winding down and this white flamenco cotton ruffle jumpsuit by tibi is on my mind. marked down to $244 and boy is she a beauty.
  5. also at the moda sale is this highly super crazy adorable high waist bikini by lisa marie fernandez. buttons and bows and seams oh my! $119.
  6. lookit these cute little floral gucci sunglasses on sale for $218.
  7. this dolce & gabbana striped bag with lemon print is effing fabulous. holy cow. it’s also on sale for $1700. no sweat, right?
  8. since there are no trips to the mojave in my near future, i’d like to drown my sorrows in this mojave ghost perfume from byredo. $230.
  9. i saw these fancy headphones in some fashion spread and i felt like they would be just the thing to deliver beyonce to my sweaty ears during ballet cardio. $199.
  10. my tired eyes are in desperate need of a new eye cream. i am wishing i could justify the $225 for ysl or rouge  because it is magic. but i feel like this shiseido creme is more my speed ($55).
  11. lastly is this marc jacobs glow stick glistening illuminator because i want to be glowy, glistening and illuminated please ($42).

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this week is a little funny, because i am finding myself thinking about jewelry, which has not happened since i became pregnant and swollen over 3 years ago and kind of gave up. once upon a time i was a bit of a costume/cocktail ring hoarder, but all of the diaper changing and tiny hand holding has kept me from wearing rings. most of my rings went on up to gaudy ring heaven in a konmari-esque¬†cleaning binge and now i find myself eyeing new ones. i also seem to be in the midst of an a detacher obsession, where i spend hours “searching the hashtag” (barf. please shoot me in the face if i ever utter that phrase again) and adding various items to my shopping cart only to chicken out at the last minute. i’m doing more looking than shopping lately, and that’s ok. so friends, my list o’ the week is below.
  1. the last year that i lived in san francisco i went through a pretty hot and heavy ysl affair that was centered around stefano pilati’s¬†resort and spring 2011 collections. during this time i discovered ysl jewelry, and went a little cray for their “arty” rings. i talked myself out of buying one, thinking that it was too edgy looking and i may one day regret it. i do regret it, because they are still the coolest thing my eyes have seen. there are a few out there for sale now: my personal fave is this gorgeous white one ($176), tied with this one¬†over here for $250, this multi-turquoise one ($196), ¬†this blue & black beauty ($189), this gorgy blue one ($169), its turquoise sister ($145), and this rad turquoise one ($172).
  2. rings aside, this ysl gold necklace is effing amazing ($240).
  3. not to mention this ysl gold cuff bracelet ($360).
  4. i’m also pretty crazy about pamela love‘s jewelry, this six eye ring is on ebay for a song ($39).
  5. and now for the a detacher. the bags and clutches are driving me crazy, particularly this cheetah pony hair clutch ($875) and this black leather bag ($885).
  6. the main obsession in my life right now is a detacher’s pink darling dress¬†($366).¬†there appears to only be two left on the planet, and i’m cursing myself for not jumping on it as soon as sale season began. i can’t get enough of her sleeves, they are like little plucked wings that sprouted into flower petals. this dress reminds me of¬†baz luhrmann’s version of romeo & juliet. sort of like shakespere on acid. or, like a victorian disco.
  7. this little straw hat is nifty ($34) and would look wonderful with the darling dress.
  8. as would these crazy fabulous fantastic snakeskin raffia prada wedges ($197) which are also in my size.
  9. lastly i’m still searching, in vain, for the perfect used isabel marant top. the maddening thing is that there are so many and yet, it seems that there are none for a girl like me. this¬†is entirely depressing and thus has me listening to way too much nina simone.

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this week’s post is just about as bright as last week’s. as it should be, because it is summer! right? here in the bay area it is cool and windy and foggy and really un-summer-ish, except for the occasional freakishly hot day (which only adds to the confusion). additionally i have a cold. so i’d say that this week i’m more trying to will summer into being by way of brightly colored outfits. so here we go!

  1. it’s sale season, kids, and this uh-mazing tome jacquard wrap top with ruffle is marked down to a cool $133. it’s the only non-brightly colored item on this list, because the ruffle itself is kinda like wearing a rainbow as a sash.
  2. i believe the above ruffle top would look radical with a pair of high waisted BERMUDA shorts, like these neat-o tomato red vintage ones ($18).
  3. i heart this little raffia bag with pom poms and cool stripey handles ($55).
  4. this pool girls clutch by lizzie fortunato is so insanely cute ($398).
  5. while i say go for the real maryam nassir zadeh suede block heel, i do appreciate this mustard color from jeffrey campbell ($120).
  6. linda rodin is one of my ultimate ever style icons, and i so want to try her new lipsticks, especially this one called tough tomato ($38).
  7. vintage 1970’s betsey johnson yellow knit short and halter top set depicting an aztec couple. i just died in your arms tonight. ($450).
  8. love this high crown straw hat from lack of color ($59).
  9. bright turquoise, yellow crystal encrusted prada sunglasses make me HAPPY ($422).
  10. new gucci yellow leather shoulder bag, oh how i lust after thee. seeing as how i will never, ever afford you i’ll just report here that the price is one thousand two hundred and fifty pounds which might actually become affordable in the coming months. thanks brexit!
  11. isa arfen obsessed. this color block off the shoulder dress is killing me dead. ($546).
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