wishful thinking

some of my personal favorite holiday gift ideas.  these will go over well if the recipient is anything like me, or specifically–me.

coach poppy ostrich feather clutch, $398

kicking myself for not snatching this up when i had the chance (with a $100 off coupon no less!).  how was i supposed to know they’re limited edition??

 

marc by marc jacobs velvet sleeping mouse slippers, $195

these are so cute!  one of my favorite shoes and probably my favorite flats are the famous mbmj mouse flats…mine are spotted calf-hair.  these little guys are sleeping…cuties.

 

maria sharapova by cole haan air bacara ballet flat, $178

already on my wish list!

 

olympus pen e-p3, $900

this one’s been sitting in my wish list forever…some day, some day…

 

fuji instax 210, $92

i’m not picky, any instax will do for instant fun!

 

cambridge satchel for bloomingdale's, $155

cambridge satchels are hot, hot, hot…they’re everywhere now, and with imitators to boot!  this electric blue version is a bloomingdale’s exclusive.  i’ll be getting mine in yellow from my special someone this season.

 

j. crew darby glitter loafer, on sale: $175

because you can’t have too many sparkly shoes for the holidays and i’m obsessed with smoking slippers these days (they’re the new ballet flats!).  not only are the glitter ones on sale down from $215, j. crew’s also offering 30% off with code “JINGLE”.

 

christian louboutin coffee table book, $150

wow, sold out??  also been sitting in my wish list for a while…because the ladies love louboutin (at least this one does).

i think i have a problem

in the past 7 days, i’ve spent $360.51.  orange shows what was spent on clothing, and green was on fast food.

i’ve never had such few categories, nor one so dominant, for my weekly spending.

friends + family codes

bloomingdales’ friends + family was this past weekend…sorry, i didn’t post up the code.  but we have a couple other active ones.

one of my favorite sites, the outnet, is having an additional 20% off for friends and family until monday at midnight est with code SHARELOVE20.

and tory burch is offering 25% off for hers with code FRIENDS2011 though 10/10.

the missoni for target nightmare

so after much anticipation, the missoni for target collection is finally here.  i’ve been eagerly looking forward to and posting about this for some time now and have been at the ready to pounce for today’s launch.  the target style social media team previously said it would go live online to shop at midnight but at the last minute changed it to searchable by 4 am est and shoppable by 8 am est (whatever that means).  i had planned to hit up the brick & mortar store when it opened but when i found out that online would have the most selection and what was being carried at the stories would vary, i quickly changed my strategy.  as of 11 pm pst 9/12 i had been checking in repeatedly and it was discovered you could buy about 11 items though the target mobile site.  nothing i had wanted and with some mob mentality i waited it out until 2 am after a reassuring tweet it would take hours i thought it’d be safe to sleep–or nap rather.  i woke up at 4:30 am only to find that the entire collection was not only already up, but some of my most coveted items, like the loop toss pillow, were already sold out.  i browsed like mad and added anything that remotely interested me into my cart.  unfortunately, it was now about 5 am, or 8 am est, when everyone was expecting the site to go live and the servers crashed.  with 23 items in my cart and not having seen everything, i was locked out.  my friend had been smart and checked out a few times but she had also started earlier.  in my 2 measly hours of sleep, i had missed out.

i waited and waited, watching the facebook and twitter pages like a hawk and constantly refreshed my cart waiting for the site to come back up.  over 3 hours later and still nothing.  finally when the site came back, i made 2 massive orders but it was still a waste of time.  i could’ve slept a full night, gone to work and bought everything i did today without any of the sacrifice i had done.  the items that i wanted that were sold out, had sold out when i had napped, and weren’t back in stock.  and i don’t think anything in my cart had sold out.  i’m sure i’ll be returning a lot later (well, i better be…i spent over $1,000), but i’m happy i got most of the things i had blogged about before, like the martini glasses and tumblers, scarves, and framed art prints.  there was way more online than what was shown in their supposedly complete look book and now as i blog, i realize i didn’t check out the stationery items at all.  i didn’t see a category for it.

anyways, onto the gains and losses.  not shown in the look book, but my very favorite purchase so far (i hope saying that doesn’t jinx me and get it canceled):

isn't it gorgeous?! ::swoon::

i bought this quickly as i didn’t want the site to crash again and thought it was pretty cute.  after i finished checking out, i was able to look at the detail photo and i’m blown away but how nice it looks.  i really hope it comes with everything pictured and is as nice as it looks in the photo.

this is the best photo i could find since target crashed again.  i’ll update it later. ETA: UPDATED!

and here are the shaker and pillows i wanted but failed to get:

martini shaker.

toss pillow in colore loop. i want you so bad!

multi pillow set in red medallion. online only.

ok, seeing as how i only got 2 hrs of sleep and am pretty pathetic, i’m going to bed now.

i’m depressed

…over the new california sales tax law.  under the new law, online retailers with warehouses, officers, workers, or some other connection to the state will have charge sales tax.  i do 90% of my shopping online…and i shop a lot so this is very upsetting to me.  amazon will be the most affected by this law, but other big online retailers and affiliates will have the same problem.

endless is one of my favorite online retailers.  i shop at drugstore and amazon.  i ALWAYS use referral affiliates.  this is affecting my entire online shopping process…no me gusta.

this change will be cushioned by the 1% sales tax drop also taking place at the same time.

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

designers help with japan’s disaster aid

i’ve always felt a personal connection to japan and the japanese culture as i’ve long been interested in it, studied there when i was in college, and visited around this time last year.

with the powerful 8.9 earthquake (and many more aftershocks), ensuing tsunami, and nuclear meltdown worries i can’t imagine the hardship the japanese are facing right now.

the tragedy hits a little close to home as ibaraki prefecture, where i studied, was one of the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  i still have friends who live there–one of them in tochigi and went for over 12 hours without electricity, but is thankfully fine otherwise.  one of the girls i studied abroad with flew into sendai airport the day of the earthquake and tsunami and became one of the missing americans.  her story’s pretty amazing, and even more so for me since i know her.  she has been teaching english in japan for the past several years and recently came home permanently but she flew back that fateful day to see her students graduate in march.  you can imagine the anguish her family experienced after what happened, only knowing that their daughter was “staying with friends”.  her sister tweeted to nbc’s “the today show’s” ann curry for help and boy, did she respond!  ann curry flew out to japan and successfully located her.  i can’t figure out how to embed the video in my post, but for those who are curious to hear the touching story play out, please see the clip on msnbc.

there has been an outpouring of care and aid and i’ve noticed that there has been an increasing trend of designers who want to utilize their talents to help the relief organizations.  i think this is awesome and can be great for those who wouldn’t donate otherwise, or even for those who would like a physical token to remind them of the devastation that happened (and is still happening).  not only does it help these good causes, but it also supports design talent.

i’ve included a lot of the ones i thought were well-designed, but there are many more.  if you’re interested in purchasing or just learning more, click the image to be redirected:

 

bape/baby milo's charity tee, proceeds going to the disaster relief effort

mike shinoda of linkin park's t-shirts (another design available), all profits benefit survivors of the quake & tsunami

adapt's t-shirt (black/white), 100% of proceeds going to the american red cross

jesse ledoux's art print, $25 from each print sold going to the international red cross

ajdimarucot's art print, all proceeds going to red cross

w+k studio's thank you poster for at least a $25 donation to red cross

etsy's thelivingconspiracy's print; 100% proceeds going to red cross

rojo foto's print for a $15 donation to team

james white's print, all profits donated to japanese disaster relief

zac neulieb's poster, all proceeds going to american red cross

rob dobi's print, all proceed benefiting disaster relief

carrrrrlos' print, all proceeds going to global living

daniel freytag's print, 100% of proceeds going to the british red cross

linda yuki nakanishi's art print, 100% of the proceeds going to canadian red cross

lady gaga's $5 bracelet + optional donation to relief efforts

 

roberu's leather wristbands, all proceeds to benefit red cross

corter's leather bracelet, all proceeds going to red cross

ken+dana design's sterling silver necklace, $30 from each sold going to red cross

joan hornig's sterling silver necklace, 100% proceeds benefiting a charity of your choice

scout books' 3-pack of notebooks, all proceeds going to mercy corps

there's even street art for japan!

so as you can see, there are a lot of options out there.  for even more, check out design for japan.

and for those of you near l.a., takami sushi & robata is currently donation 100% of their profits to japan earthquake and tsunami victims.  the restaurant hasn’t set a specific end date so you may want to inquire when you book reservations or while you’re there.  there seems to be a yelp group organizing a dinner event there on march 31st.  i recommend the chilean sea bass.

these are the ones that i’m personally considering: a paperback zine with contributors such as peter taville, alexa chung, and tavi; a 100% cotton oversized t-shirt; and a vintage lucite necklace.

afterzine donates $5 from the sale of each $10 paperback zine to red cross

multeepurpose's oversized tee for women, more designs available, with all proceeds going to red cross

shamila's ivory & gold carved necklace, all proceeds going to japan red cross

as i’ve been scouring the web, i came across one designer who was flamed for the art print he created.  he was accused of trying to gain recognition and profiting off of the disaster.  while the consumer may not know if any of the money used to purchase these goods are actually going towards the causes the merchants claims they are, i think we should give them the benefit of the doubt.  and i think it’s too much to expect that 100% of the sales price go toward the relief organizations (it’s usually just 100% of the profit/proceeds).  most of these are small shops/artists who can’t afford to spend so much time to create these products at a cost to themselves.

i want to shop

i’ve been wanting to buy some wide leg trousers for so long now.  why is it so hard for me to find the perfect thing?  with the 70’s in style, i would think it’d be relatively easy for me to find a good pair.

this is my first time playing with the shopstyle look.  it’s not exactly the perfect outfit i have in mind for my wide leg trousers (whenever i get them), but pretty close.

 

i’ve never understood why it didn’t list every piece…but in case anyone’s wondering: tom ford sunglasses, j. crew cuff, alexander mcqueen knuckle duster, and mcq wide leg pants.

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

warehouse sale | bcbg | 02.26.11

bcbg is having a warehouse sale next saturday february 26th from 9 am until 3 pm.

where:
2761 fruitland avenue
vernon, ca 90058

save 50-80% off retail on tops, bottoms, dresses, and more! i haven’t been to one personally but i have heard that the bcbg sales can get pretty crazy and the items are heavily discounted, so get there early!

tip: check out the bcbg site to see what might be at the sale.

warning: rumor also has it that you can’t try on items and kids under 12 won’t be allowed admission.