Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat

One of the few drawbacks of living in a city is you don't get many trick or treaters.  So sad.  I've always loved passing out candy to little ghouls and goblins, princesses and pirates and such.  They look so cute and excited.  I did get a glimpse of an adorable little ladybug walking down my street, heart shaped wings and all.  Halloween is such a great holiday.  I love the history behind it and the fact that it's the one day you can be anyone you want to be.  Rodarte's spring collection is perfect for Halloween.  Dark, shredded and textured, almost like Freddy Krueger got a hold of it.  
Happy Halloween everyone!
Photos: Marcio Madeira via

Black, Black, Black Friday

Yes, this is a Friday post technically posted on Saturday.  But if the sun isn't up does it count?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bustlin' out

I am a total caffeine addict.  So much so that I don't think it actually affects me anymore (until I miss my morning coffee and end up with a terrible headache).  I usually go to Starbucks for my coffee fix.  Starbucks makes it easy. They're everywhere and their barista/os are well-oiled machines.  I do have to admit, however, that I love going to Caribou more.  Their employees are always a little sassier and they have daily trivia (which the geek in me always enjoys).  Today's trivia is what inspired this post.  The question was, "What Victorian fashion purposely gave women a larger derriere?"  Smiling, I correctly answered the question, "A bustle."  I received my 10 cents off my latté and immediately thought of this little number.  I remember loving Dior's fall couture show and this bustled dress in particular.  If I had this dress I wouldn't have to wonder if my tush looks fat.  Of course it doesn't.  It isn't my butt, just my bustle sticking out. ;)
Photo: Monica Feudi for

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Backstage: McQueen Accessories

What I wouldn't give for one of those clutches!!!!  So lust-worthy!  I love McQueen's ability to make his shows a theatrical experience.  He really transports you to a different reality but those insane toe-heels take it to another level!
Photos: Dorothea Gundtoft for

Red is the color of the sun with my eyes closed...

I've been doing a lot of black and white posts lately so I thought it was time for some color.  There is something so undeniably sensual about the color red and the women who wear it.  You have to have a certain confidence to pull off such a bold hue.  For me, wearing red evokes a certain movie siren attitude. Not to say I become a b*tch when I wear it, but I do sometimes flirt with that line. ;) 
From top: Dior, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Chanel, Elie Saab, Lanvin

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dream on, Dream until your dream come true...

I love Aerosmith!  I have since I saw my first Aerosmith concert my freshman year in high school.  I fell in love with Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.  To me, they define what it is to be true rock stars.  (I mean, Joe plays the guitar with his shirt at the end of every concert! Total rock star move!)  9 concerts later, I think it is safe to say I am totally enraptured in everything Aerosmith.  So when I saw Balmain's S/S 2010 runway show I immediately thought of Steven and Joe.  Tight leather pants, ripped tops, messy hair, bad ass jackets, it all screams rock star!  So needless to say, I totally loved it! 

Street Style Icon: Sarah Rutson

Monday, October 26, 2009

Coffee Black and Egg White

So... my mom came up to visit me this weekend.  I love it when she visits because all we do is shop, drink coffee, and go out to restaurants. So much fun!  Anyway, during our shopping excursions I noticed that I was being drawn to everything black, white and grey.  I mean, everything I touched seemed to be void of any color. Dresses in black, skirts in grey, tops in white... I was beginning to think that my style had turned bland until I saw this spread in the November issue of Vogue Paris.  A sigh of relief came when I noticed, besides the brightly colored background (LOVE the MJ mural), all the pieces where in black, white, and silver.  Beautiful pieces too!  So it's not just me... so relieved! :)

Photo: Vogue Paris via cartoonstyles

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sweet Little Booties

Ok... so I'm on a mission.  A Mission: Impossible it seems.  I'm constantly searching for the perfect little booties.  I've tried on so many but something always seems to be missing.  They need to have a good heel (the higher the better), a bit of a platform is always welcome, and beyond that they need a certain... je ne sais quoi.  The booties above are perfect, though sadly out of my price range.... sigh... Where are those little shoe elves when you need them? 

1. Alexander McQueen  2. Balmain  3. Proenza Schouler  4. Donna Karan 
 5. Balmain  6. Salvatore Ferragamo  7. Brian Atwood  8. Tod's


Wow! Chanel's J12 Intense Black watch with baguette-cut ceramic inlays.... Insane.

Lovely Lily and Jessica

This photo is amazing! Jessica and Lily look absolutely stunning in their McQueen dresses, red lips, and dripping in the most extraordinary gold pieces.  Looking at this gives me the urge to grab some peroxide and lipstick and head out on the town... don't worry, I'll still be a brunette tomorrow. ;)

Photo: Lily Donaldson and Jessica Stam by Sebastian Faena via fashiongonerogue

Adding to the Chicago Fashion Stereotype

I'm not a negative person by nature, and I HATE doing any sort of critical entry but things need to be said.  Stereotypes aside... Chicago has some remarkable designers.  And believe it or not, there are people who know how to wear them. But any stereotype is there for a reason.  Tonight, I saw it first hand. Depressing to say the least.  I went to the Horacio Nieto S/S runway show which, to much dismay, also included the unveiling of his men's line.  I really, really wanted it to be brilliant.  More than anything. Unfortunately, aside from a few dresses and a classic trench in the woman's line, I was so disappointed.  I wanted more.  I felt I deserved more, just for purely showing up.  

Alexander the Great

Alexander Wang, along with 30 other designers, was welcomed into CFDA club this week.  I was so thrilled because I think he is a total genius.  His collections are always beautiful, unique, and very refreshing.   I mean who else can combine futurism with a touch of snowbunny and a dash of 80's fitness?  Incredible.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Too pretty to cover up.

I don't normally remember my dreams, which is unfortunate I think.  I do, however, remember having the common dream (nightmare) of being in my high school cafeteria in nothing but my underwear with everyone pointing and laughing.  I woke up suddenly, in a panic, sweating and had to convince myself it was just a dream.  When looking at the photos for the spring collections, I noticed Dior, Fendi, and Just Cavalli sending their models down the runway in the most beautiful lacy, silky, lingerie inspired clothing.  I can't imagine anyone pointing and laughing at these beautiful pieces... even the football team. ;)

Photos: Monica Feudi / and Marcio Madeira via