club monaco spring 2011

what a cute campaign!  photo booths are so much fun.  the campaign was shot by ryan mcginley for the club monaco spring 2011.

warehouse sale | rock & republic | 2.25.11 – 2.27.11

friday (2.25) & saturday (2.26): 9 am – 6 pm
sunday (2.27): 9 am – 4 pm

3525 eastham drive
culver city, ca 90232

up to 90% off retail prices!  i haven’t been to any personally but i’ve heard that the lines get pretty long…might be better this time because of the rain this weekend though.

so many good sample sales this weekend–bcbg, isabella fiore, james perse, and now rock & republic!

gucci fall 2011 strikes up my disco fever

i’m not a big fan of gucci, but oh man, the runway collection that was unveiled at milan fashion week is giving me goosebumps and shivers (no, i’m not even joking).  the 70’s are back in fashion and frida giannini is taking disco glam to the next level.  the 70’s motif is looking luxe and not at all cheesy or dated.  i love me some fur…and oh was there fur.  combined with rich jewel tones and a dash of skintight leather–i’m in love.

:: following photos from the sartorialist ::

:: following photos from fashionologie ::

i don’t think i’ve been this excited about a runway collection since christopher bailey’s spring 2010 collection for burberry prorsum.

just because it’s fall/winter doesn’t mean you can’t have some color.  gucci proved that with its well-received collection, saturated with color.  i love the tailored cuts,  flowing fabrics, and silhouettes.  i’ve been wanting some wide-leg trousers for a while…now i feel a sense of urgency.  well done, frida…well done indeed.

overstock sale | james perse | 2.25.11 – 2.28.11

friday (2.25): 10 am – 9 pm
saturday(2.26): 10 am – 7 pm
sunday (2.27): 10 am – 5 pm
monday (2.28): 10 am – 7 pm

3444 via lido (near newport blvd.)
newport beach, ca 92663

save up to 65% off retail for men, women, kids, and home.  i personally love james perse…pricey basics, but the fabric’s so soft and the fit is so good.  i noticed last week that my white v-neck is going to develop holes, so this is perfect!  i’ll probably swing by saturday since i’ll be in the area anyways, and maybe stop by during my lunch break tomorrow.  i’m always excited when there’s a good sample sale in the o.c. area.

and don’t forget about these other hot sample sales this weekend–bcbg and isabella fiore!

target relaunches go international designer dresses

i remember hearing that target would re-release some of the previous go international designer collections a while ago.  looks like the dust has settled–34 dresses from 17 go international designer collaborations all priced under $50 will be hitting stores and online march 13th.  they’ll be available through april 10th, or until the more likely scenario–they’ll sell out.  i like the idea of go international and i love target, but i have to admit that there haven’t been too many designer collections that have wowed me.  i think h&m’s collaborations usually look better, although some of them are pretty expensive (lanvin anyone?).  there were some that i missed out on the first time around that i may pick up this time though.

these are personal favorites that i’ll be mulling over:

rodarte for target slip dress in peach, $44.99

rodarte for target lace-print dress in black/tan, $39.99

zac posen for target wrap dress in pink, $44.99

i don’t remember what the price points were like for the collections previously…but the prices aren’t too bad this time around.  i remember the zac posen pieces i purchased were pretty expensive initially (the dresses were like $100, but i got them on sale/clearance for $40-$70).

i have only purchased from the zac posen collection.  most of the go international designs have failed to impress me and i had not heard of a lot of the designers.  i think target could benefit from better models, photography, and advertising/marketing for these though…they do deserve the attention.

to see all 34 pieces from luella bartley, tara jarmon, paul & joe, behnaz sarafpour, proenza schouler, libertine, alice temperley, erin fetherston, jovovich-hawk, rogan, richard chai, jonathan saunders, thakoon, tracy feith, rodarte, zac posen, and tucker, check out the coverage at racked.  it includes the price points too.

these are what i bought last time:

zac posen for target brocade tie dress

zac posen for target dress with removable tulle (i got navy/black)

the dress as seen on actress mena suvari

zac posen for target safety pin scarf


if you know me, you know i love daft punk.  the past year or 2 has been like daft punk mania because of kanye west’s “stronger”, dj hero, tron: legacy, etc.  there are all kinds of daft punk-related merchandise out there.  adding to all this, coca-cola (the beverage of choice for many) has collaborated with the french duo for limited edition coke bottles.  the set’s called “daft punk x coca-cola club coke” and will be sold at clubs in france and as a collector’s box at colette in paris.  they’ll be released march 2011, when the site goes live.

below is the teaser image.  as you can see, the bottles resemble the famous gold and silver helmets donned by guy-manuel de homem-christo and thomas bangalter to assume anonymity.  i like guy-manuel’s helmet more so it’s no surprise that i prefer the gold bottle.

i personally think the design is too simplistic and lacking.  it’s nice that they kept it refined and sophisticated but the design isn’t very special for a collaboration.  i do like the matte metallic finish though.  and being the sucker i am, i still want a set…so who’s going to france after march and wants to pick up a set for me..??

i have to agree with this comment from stereogum–“I preferred Daft Punk when they made awesome albums instead of sodas, toys, and movie appearances.”

i did somewhat recently acquire these medicom be@rbrick figures:

these are the tron: legacy edition…they also have kubrick (non-bear) and other editions (non-tron).  i was lucky enough to score guy-manuel (left) out of 2 blind boxes.  these are in the artist 21 series; boyfriend scored batman out of his 2 so we got very lucky.  i had to purchase thomas (right) off ebay.  they’re now sitting comfortably on my monitors at work.

other daft punk references in the work space: the tron: legacy soundtrack flier i picked up at the tron night special screening and both dj’s in papercraft form, crafted and gifted by the awesome boyfriend.

book worm

i was in anthropologie at lunch today and found so many interesting looking books.  i definitely want some of these.

these cloth-bound penguin classic books are very appealing.  they’re beautiful…too bad i’m not especially fond of any of these.  i really like the designs for the children’s classics:

these titles are available at anthropologie for $16.99 each: anne of green gables, the secret garden, the adventures of robin hood, peter pan, the adventures of huckleberry finn, and the wind in the willows.  maybe i should get the secret garden…i think i enjoyed that when i was young; i actually already have a copy but this one’s so much nicer.  actually, screw that, i just looked these up on amazon.  as expected, they’re cheaper and have more titles.  i love the fairy tales from hans christian andersen…even if they have sad endings.

there’s also a series with classic literature for the older audience.

anthropologie has sense & sensibility, little women, the sonnets & a lover’s complaint, wuthering heights, and pride & prejudice.  and of course i’m off to see what else is available as none of these titles thrill me either.

my first new york: early adventures in the big city looked interesting too:

it’s a collection of tales recounted by notable figures (actors, artists, etc.) of their experiences in the big apple.

another one that got added to the wish list is a personal style book by amanda brook with a foreword by diane von furstenberg called i love your style: how to define and refine your personal style.

i didn’t actually see these in store but they looked promising:

and since we’re on-topic, i finally got my own collection of the harry potter series.  harry potter is one of my favorite books and i have never had any copies of my own.  i started reading it in early high school and borrowed them from friends.  since i started reading when the series was still new, i had to wait each year for the next sequel and often forgot the details of previous books.  so it’s been a longtime personal goal to reread the series back to back, which i did this past christmas holiday.  and i purchased this box set but haven’t actually read any yet:

these are the british press version so it has the original spelling and text.  this is a special edition that comes with the original illustrations and an embossed signature from j.k. rowling.  it’s interesting to note the subtle differences between the bloombury and scholastic editions.  for example, did you know the original title for the first book is actually harry potter and the philosopher’s stone?  they changed it to the harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone in the us.  apparently they thought that kids wouldn’t be interested in something with philosophy in the title.

stackable giraffe family

i just saw these pots in the new anthropologie catalog and i love them.  they’re so adorable!  i like giraffes and when they’re stacked, they remind me of my “piggy back” art print from artist rachel deacon.  i actually do need a pot for my mini gerbera daisy plant at work but i wouldn’t want to orphan the baby and i wouldn’t know what to do with the others.  i need my own place already!  i have already added it to my amazon future home wish list but i wish i could have instant gratification.

anthropologie giraffe stack pots, taupe

"piggy back" by rachel deacon

the set of 3 stackable giraffe pots is being sold at anthropologie for $128 and is available in taupe (pictured in this post) and rainbow.  there’s also an elephant version.

from runway to mass market

did you like the new collections that are being unveiled at new york fashion week?  if you’re like me, broke that is, your best bet is to wait for things to trickle down to the mass market retailers.

and with runway shows being broadcasted in real time, you can expect to scoop up the hot designs faster than ever.  for spring/summer (s/s) and fall/winter (a/w), you should check stores in march and september respectively.

sure, we all know the mass retailers copy–i mean, have their own “inspired” pieces.  but learnvest noticed that certain retailers favor specific designers.  here’s the chart:

mass market retailers and the designers they love to knock-off

and the some of the most useful advice to take away from the article is:

“A final note: be discerning. Even though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, try to replicate, not duplicate the runway looks. There are good knock-offs and then there are the bad. The bad attempt to be complete copies of the original but the good take the most important elements of the design and reinterpret it. So opt for elements of what drew you in to begin with. Was it the asymmetrical straps and ruffles of the Lanvin gown or the cut out detail on that Alexander Wang dress? Use that as a starting point of what you want to look for on the market.”

here are some examples of the inspired looks and their sources:

left: club monaco, right: chloe


left: topshop, right: balmain

left: forever 21, right: rag & bone

left: zara, right: prada

feeling nautical

:: photo by fabio bartelt via sangsouvanh ::

and if you’re feeling nautical, 6pm is having a 30-75% off sale on sperry top-sider. i’ve always found these to be quite cute:

sperry top-sider shoreham in sailboat