Thursday, November 09, 2006

Lest We Forget

I need to begin this post by noting how seriously I take Remembrance Day. I have the utmost respect and admiration for people who are willing to sacrifice their lives for our country. I felt this needed to be said so that no one would misconstrue this post as intentionally mocking or insulting the brave people willing to go to war for our country. My sincerest apologies to those who are offended, it was certainly not intentional.

That being said, what better way to commemorate our war veterans and current troops serving around the world than with rhinestone-buckled, satin camouflage, 4.5" stiletto heels?

Monday, September 25, 2006

it is done

As I have mentioned a couple of times on the kerfluffle I paid off my Student Loans at the beginning of August and decided to give myself a little present in celebration. And boy did I. It took 2 months worth of student loan payments and some scrimping but Saturday I went to my favourite store.

It really is the nicest place. You are surrounded by beautiful things and the salespeople are very nice (especially when you're buying something).

Holly Golightly had Tiffany's. I have Chanel.

(it's difficult to get a good picture, but trust me, in my humble opinion, it's the perfect bag)

Friday, August 11, 2006

friday afternoon handbag day dreams

So what do you do when it's a Friday afternoon and you don't feel like working? Why you post pictures of pretty handbags of course! I think this one is just darling! Something about the clasp just "speaks to me." I know Indamanda is not exactly a "fan" of autumn, but it's my favourite season, something about the crisp air and the idea of starting a new school year (even if I haven't been a student in years). This handbag just makes me think of the fall, leaves changing, and roaring fires.

Monday, June 19, 2006

the long lost gladiator sandal post...

I have been meaning to post about my quest for a pair of gladiator sandals for a long time. However, I still haven't found what I'm looking for. The seed was sown when I saw these at Chanel

Though beautiful and dramatic they are not something I could ever wear as a) I am not 6 feet tall b) I rarely wear skirts and c) I cannot wear a shoe with a strap between the toes.

Then I discovered these:

And while more subtle but just as dramatic (and lacking the dreaded toe thong), it's a lot of money to spend on silver shoes that are quite trendy and not suitable for day wear.

I have tried on a number of less expensive versions of the various incarnations of the gladiator but this late in the season they are all either brown, which I do not enjoy, and/or have rivets and other such details that make them too casual/flower child/hippie for my purposes. The shoes I finally decided upon (as they were the last ones in my size and desparation is a great motivator) are more casual than I was hoping for but still indulge my desire to have ankle ties and flats and, in my opinion, look relatively chic with a pair of neutral capris or long shorts.

*update* I think I have been cured of my need for a gladiator sandal. While normally, I enjoy most things Marc Jacobs puts out into the world (LV monogram bags being the exception, but that's another post). He has managed to turn something enjoyable into something ridiculous. There is no wit, no sass, no point in this, the JELLY gladiator.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Can a $400 umbrella cure Seasonal Affective Disorder?

The short answer - probably not. But here's the long answer . . .

If you live any where in Ontario right now, you are probably experiencing rainfall in biblical proportions. It seems like we have had a month straight of rain, and I don't even remember what the sun looks like. Endless days of dreary grayness has made me incredibly cranky and ill-tempered, so to cheer myself up, I thought I would do a little virtual window shopping for some new ark-wear (it's like cruise-wear, only for the rainy season).

While surfing the Neiman Marcus website, I came across this darling Burberry trench coat. So cute! I am particularly fond of the grosgrain belt. The belted trench is a great look on most people, and gives the illusion of a very tiny waist (for the most part, there are, of course, exceptions).

So what do you get to go with the super cute trench coat? A sassy umbrella of course! Enter the Pucci umbrella! For only $405 (US!) this saucy number can be yours!

Here's where the cure for SAD comes in - when I read the price I almost keeled over laughing! I don't think I've read anything that amusing in awhile! Take a moment and think about all the umbrellas you've gone through over the course of your life. I bet many of you hit numbers in the double digits. Now think if you had spent $405 (US!) on each of those umbrellas. Crazy! $405 or not, I bet this umbrella snaps in the wind just like any other. It is very sassy though, and should I find myself boarding an ark in the near future, I will think about it.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Fakes vs. Knock-offs vs. The Genuine Article

So I have had this post bouncing around in my head for weeks now, but I never got around to writing it. I was re-inspired, however, during a recent shoe shopping expedition. While looking for casual sandals, I came face to face with an entire shelf of Christian Louboutin knock-offs at my local Aldo store. There is really no debate here, they are clearly knock-offs. Exhibit A:

For those of our fine readers who can't tell just by the pictures, the shoe on the left is the genuine article, whereas the shoe on the right is the knock-off that retails for about 1/7 the price. Incidentally, I kind of like the peep-toe detail of the knock-off.

What this post is really about though, is the difference between a knock-off and a fake. A fake tries to pass itself off as something that it is not. For example, about 90% of the Louis Vuitton handbags that you see are fakes. From a distance they might look like the genuine article, but up close, it's quite apparent that they are not. There is no other way to put it - fakes are gauche. Much like people, you should always avoid items that pretend to be something they are not.

Knock-offs, on the other hand, don't try and pass themselves off as the real deal per se, but rather "borrow" the design elements that made the genuine article the latest "it" item. Like the stacked wood platform sole, for example. In the restaurant industry the magic number is three. If you change three ingredients, you're allowed to claim a recipe as your own. Anything less than three and you're stealing. I don't know what the magic number is in the fashion industry, but I imagine there is one. So while you might dismiss the designs you see on the runways during fashion week as purely ridiculous, the details that made those clothes special will eventually filter down to your local mall in a more palatable, or wearable, version. Yup, chances are everything that you're wearing at this moment is a knock-off of something else. Sad but true.

Occasionally, the proliferation of knock-offs will get the original designer's knickers in a knot. In 2003, Hermès went so far as to file lawsuits against distributors of the "Jelly Kelly," a rubber version of the Kelly handbag that took New York by storm that summer. I've already blogged about the pure perfection that is the real Kelly handbag, but seriously, how could you possibly think this is the same thing?
It makes me laugh when I think that Hermès felt this warranted legal action. The company claimed the Jelly Kelly diluted the cachet of its own brand image. Ironically, in 1996, Hermès sold its own plastic version of the Kelly as part of a promotional campaign. Clearly Hermès felt its dominance in the plastic bag field was being challenged.

So what does this all boil down to? The genuine article is almost always the best. It reflects the originality and creativity of the designer and is the trend-setter as opposed to the trend-follower. It is also almost always unattainable. Especially for those of us on a budget, which sadly, does not include $20,000 handbags and $1,000 shoes. So what's a girl on a budget to do? Opt for a well designed knock-off that merely evokes the thought of the original without pretending to be the original. And avoid fakes, they're just tacky.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

How much is too much?

I came to the realization the other day that I might be becoming a little too luxury obsessed when I actually began to think that it was perfectly all right to spend the equivalent of about one month's salary on a hand bag. Now this is not just any handbag, but a Chanel, quilted lambskin flap bag from the Spring-Summer 2006 Collection. Obviously there was some re-thinking of this proposed purchase once I left the store. Fortunately it was not something I could buy on the spur of the moment, but wouldn't it be delightful?