warehouse sale | joie, current/elliott, equipment | 5.13.11 – 5.14.11

friday (5.13): 10 am – 8 pm
saturday (5.14): 9 am – 2 pm

4599 district blvd
vernon, ca 90058

save up to 70% off retail at the joie, current/elliott, and equipment warehouse sale!  remember it’s cash and credit only and no bags are allowed inside.

burberry in beijing

i’m a huge fan of christopher bailey’s.  i think he’s doing amazing things to make burberry relevant again with fashion-forward designs that are still appealing to the mass market.  and now i love him even more.

burberry presented last night in beijing, china for their fall 2011 collection.  this is the fashion house’s first event in china in 10 years.  china’s going to be a huge market for luxury goods in the near future as the middle class continues to grow (along with their disposable income) and as they start to spend more (i remember reading somewhere that the the average chinese person saves about 80%, or some high number, of their paycheck as compared to the average american, who saves 0%/negative).

the show incorporated virtual image technologies: holograms, projections, and animations to give the illusion of models disappearing, changing outfits/looks, or transforming into snow clouds.

christopher bailey is a strong proponent of pushing the envelope with technology and said yesterday morning:

“I love the vehicle of technology. I love using it as a platform in which to communicate the ideas, the attitude, the spirit of the company. Sometimes as an industry, perhaps we think it is not a legitimate channel in which to speak to people. I just don’t really agree with it. Fashion is supposed to be about making things relevant. Yes, it is luxury. Yes, it is aspiration. Yes, it is supposed to be inspiring. But I think there is nothing more inspiring than talking digitally, because you can get attitude, you can get music, you can get sound, you can get video and movement. You can actually articulate so much of your brand using this medium.”

highlights from the show are in this video:

earth hour @ trés

several weeks ago, i won a contest on twitter for a candlelit dinner for 2 in the private black room inside trés by jose andrés at the sls hotel in beverly hills.  the contest was to celebrate earth hour, a global initiative organized by wwf standing against climate change by having participants all over the world turn off their lights for one hour at the same time.

so on saturday march 26th, boyfriend and i headed over to the sls for our reservation at 8:30 pm.  we had only been there once before to dine at the bazaar by jose andrés but it was pretty odd seeing the hotel all dark; we almost missed the entrance.  after walking past the other patrons dining and chatting by candle light, we were seated in the black room and given a sustainable dining menu in honor of earth hour.  it was pretty easy choosing since there were only 2 options per course; so we ended up ordering every item off the sustainable menu.  we were also given a complimentary cocktail/glass of wine each–boyfriend got a fancy ultimate gin & tonic and i had a bellini (with a “very cute japanese peach”).

tres after the lights came back on

the black room chandelier

it was pretty exciting eating inside the black room since it’s private–but it did feel a little bit more like a conference/function room than a dining area.  i don’t remember exactly what i ordered but i think i had:

  • [appetizer] sls mixed greens with a red wine-shallot dressing (unsure; i know i had a salad) – this was just ok, nothing really special.  i do remember that the leaves were uncut so they’re long and leafy.
  • [entree] rotisserie jidori chicken – this was quite tasty.  i like that the skin was crisp and the meat was very tender.  apparently they slow-roast the chicken for like a day, or something.  the mashed potatoes were good too.
  • [dessert] tres leches lime soup with coconut sorbet – this wasn’t really a soup like the name says; it was a dessert with i guess what you can call a juice.  this was quite good too and probably the most inventive dish of the meal.

boyfriend had:

  • [appetizer] grilled artichoke with tomato tapenade & st. maurie goat cheese – this was pretty good; much better choice than my salad.
  • [entree] seared wild salmon with cannellini beans, heirloom tomatoes, meyer lemon preserve, and a seabean herb salad – i don’t really like fish/seafood, but this was probably the best salmon i’ve had.  very tender and crisp on the outside–not at all fishy.
  • [dessert] hazelnut pear clafoutis with coffee ice cream – this was pretty good too i guess, i liked mine more so i didn’t try too much of it.  it tasted heavily of the coffee ice cream.

roasted jidori chicken with a bellini

the black room

the meal was pretty good and i was very happy to have won.  since we were ordering off the sustainable menu, most of the selections were more traditional–this is a little disappointing since my favorite part of jose andrés’ food is how inventive and fun it is.  i can’t complain though; it was an excellent experience.

the service was good and the sls hotel not only comped the meal and drinks, but also the tip/gratuity and valet parking.  i think it was about a $150 value!

outside of trés

outdoor seating

i hope to be back soon for the afternoon tea–chocolate pop rocks!  thank you again, sls!  i love you!

a current affair

i bought tickets to a current affair off gilt city for $5/person (it’s normally $10).  a current affair is a pop-up vintage marketplace; it describes itself as a unique shopping event featuring the best vintage dealers from la and beyond.  it took place april 2-3 in the cooper design space building in downtown la.

i also went to the melrose trading post the following day.  the melrose trading post is a weekly flea market that’s held on sundays at fairfax high school.  admission is $2 but they offer a $1 admission coupon on their website.

yes, the melrose trading post is much cheaper but i felt the offerings at a current affair were much better.  i was less wary about whether the designer items being sold were authentic or not and it was a nice atmosphere with free drinks sponsored by izze, smartwater, and pama.  with only 25 vendors, it didn’t take me too long to browse through just about every shop, sip on a drink, and buy some items.  even though i negotiated the prices, i still spent quite a pretty penny.  fortunately for my wallet, i didn’t buy anything at the melrose trading post.  all in all, i’m quite pleased with my purchases.  even though they were pricey, they’re clean, in good condition, and unique.

i went home prepared for spring and summer: a rainbow raffia purse, seafoam green enamel and gold bracelet, and vintage christian dior silk scarf.  it’s hard for me to find bracelets that fit my wrist so i’m glad this one fits.  the scarf needs to be steamed but is in otherwise perfect condition (may i, jamy?).

the woven rafia purse

seaside fun! seafoam green enamel and gold bracelet

silk vintage christian dior scarf

the shoes appreciation society

a visual guide to shoes of all styles:

design by niege borges


private sale | black halo

did you miss out on black halo’s warehouse sale friday and saturday?  fear not!  they also have a private sale online, which also started this past friday, but ends on monday (4/11) at 5 pm pst.  save up to 70% off, but note that it’s a private sale and you have to access it through the link below:

shop the black halo private sale here!

savage beauty

i’m pretty bummed that i’ll be missing the alexander mcqueen retrospective “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” at the metropolitan museum of art in nyc by days.  i’m leaving on april 30th and the opening launch at the costume institute benefit gala (met ball) is on may 2nd; it will be open to the public from may 4th to july 31st.  so if you live there, or are visiting during that time, please visit so i can live vicariously through you.

mcqueen has become one of my favorite designers…unfortunately i wasn’t exposed to his genius until after his sad passing.  long live mcqueen, rip.

alexander mcqueen a/w 2009

excerpted from telegraph:

The exhibition will examine more than two decades of McQueen’s work as a designer and couturier, from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, through his years as the creative director of the house of Givenchy, and the radical designs for his own label, up to his final collection, which was shown posthumously in Paris, just under a month after his death by suicide, at his home in London.

Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, radical and provocative designers of his generation. He saw beyond clothing’s physical constraints to its ideaological and conceptual possibilities, addressing questions related to race, class, gender, sexuality, history, and the future of Planet Earth.

His catwalk presentations were as lavish as they were technologically challenging, offering the audience a fleeting glimpse of fashion as performance art or the theatre of the macabre.

During his career McQueen was awarded the British Designer of the Year trophy four times, and also received the CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for the International Designer of the Year, in 2003.

coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, the fashion house will be releasing this limited edition silk skull scarf:

it will be available in stores may for $495.  this will be a real collector’s piece so i’d love to have it.  i can only afford his pieces when they’re on second-cut sale–and even then, barely.  i’m fairly certain this will sell out so the chances of me owning it are pretty unlikely.

other lust-worthy mcqueen scarves:


broderie anglais silk scarf, $380

black inverted bar skull ribbon silk/satin scarf, $235

dressed in black lace

reese witherspoon in marchesa at the cma's

alexander mcqueen lace-covered organza dress

valentino one-shoulder lace dress

extra 40% off sale at 7 for all mankind

7 for all mankind is currently offering an additional 40% off already reduced items–pretty good!

the 7 for all mankind skinny in camel is only $65 after the code, normally retails for $189

use code EXTRA50411 for the 40% off discount off women’s, men’s , footwear, handbags, and kids.  shipping starts at $8.95 and is free with orders over $150.

warehouse sale | black halo | 4.08.11 – 4.09.11

friday (4.08): 12 pm – 5 pm
saturday (4.09): 9 am – 3 pm

648 south mateo street
los angeles, ca 90021

well…it’s been a while since i’ve seen a sample/warehouse sale i want to go to!  looks like whoever made the flyer didn’t have it reviewed…