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Monday, August 30, 2010

Who Pulled it Off

The Emmy's had some fabulous people. With fabulous people always comes fabulous clothes: some good and some bad.

January Jones Pulled a bright blue concoction off nicely, I think the sun said it best comparing to shimmering mermaids and peacocks. Who knew that was a stunning combo? This one was good.

Sofia Vergara looked nice. To put it plain and simple, someone who's always stunning looks just nice in a simple gown. Even though it's just nice for her it can still be bombshell for others. I say it was good, simply because it wasn't bad. (You know what I mean)

Claire Danes tried something similar to Vergara's but did not pull it off half a nicely. It looks like she's wearing a sequined towel that's too big. This does not flatter her shape. I say bad.

Christina Hendricks could have done better. Yes she looks radiant and the dress is very cute and suited to the times, but it does not help her. The structure of this dress does little to caress her curves and more to accentuate them and with the muted colour and pale skim everything is washed. I would say good try, but bad.

Julia Ormond did well with a classic strapless that's sleek with few details. Good.

Elisabeth Moss does not need a dress to be fabulous. She seemed so confident that the dress, gorgeous as it was did not even matter and no clothes seemed to be on the same level. On that note, I would have put her in something with colour. The dress itself made her look like a goddess but the colour made her appear to be the statue of a goddess. I say good, clothes or no clothes.

Ellie Kemper was very cute in a frilly prom-esque frock that was fun. Nothing overbearing or wrongly fitting, I say good.

Lea Michele looks almost uncomfortable in a dark strapless gown. The ruffles on the bottom seem to weigh her small frame down. I would give her A for effort but B for bad.

Michelle Forbes is a strong woman, and although she may frighten me a bit, she did well with an understated, shimmery, one-strapped gown. I say good.

Jane Lynch almost had it. The dress was working until you got to the hips where it changed design and went flat. The top is flattering the bottom is not. She was close but I say bad.

Archie Panjabi looks stunning in a black off-the-shoulder gown. For her body silhouette this was very flattering with lots of subtle detailing. I say Good.

Anna Paquin has a head injury. Bad.

Mariana Klaveno is very sweet in rose coloured number. Finally someone from True Blood has a look worth really looking at. This is a gorgeous dress. I say Good.

Kim Kardashian looks decent for once. Not a big fan of the Kardashians myself but this is vey well done. The dress is exquisite and another one fit for a goddess, she is radiant in this gown. Good.

Rose Byrne has me on the fence. Obviously the memo for the Emmy's was "think goddess/toga party". Some pull it off with not a problem others should have burned the memo. Byrne is a little in between. The back of the dress works well until we get the lower back where it droops more than drapes. Droopy is never good. I give her.. Go/Ba. (undecided)

Nina Dobrev is a luscious thing in this sleek gown. She is Good.

Jon Hamm looks dashing in a tuxedo. A little out of place though. Still good.

Anna Gunn appears to be wearing a prom dress. The dress looks out of place which in turn does her no favours. I'm going with bad.

Well that's all for that, some of my thoughts on what the Fabulous thought they should be wearing. Kim's is by far my fave and if you want to get a look: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/rv-emmy-fashions-2/article1690059/?cmpid=rss1

Kim Kardashian (Getty Images)

Peace
Chalsie

Thursday, August 26, 2010

I'm on it!

So the tickets are bought!
Going to New York baby!

In the planning process now of all I want to do and see! Definitely think I'll probably hit up Grand Central Station, seems like big things will be going on there.

Have no idea what I will be wearing, seeing as how half my clothes are in storage.

I will keep you posted though.

Just scoped these on Nine West.

I think they are quite a good look for this fall. the slant of the flower things on the front make it almost dainty. With a rock edge of course let's not be boring now. :)

Peace
Chalsie

Monday, August 23, 2010

Another Day, Another Dollar

Time is flying by right now. I can't believe August is almost over and it's just a few weeks before school.

Lots to do, like finding a place to live, and buying my ticket to NY, and possibly some laundry.

So be jealous, I will be in NY for Fashion Week no matter what strings I have to pull to get there. It will be fantasmic and for those of you to broke to go I may come home bearing gifts. Depends on how much you grovel. :) Just Kidding.

Another thing: I have new shoes. Very cute from H&M. I go into that store everytime I go shopping, usually I don't come out with anything, but on occasion I will find something very darling. This time I found shoes, they were calling my name. I will upload pictures soon for all to see.

One more order of business. Elif Shafak's "The Forty Rules of Love" is a must read. Downtime on planes and trains and whenever you have second should always be spent in the company of a good book. "The Bastard of Istanbul" was the first one I read by Shafak and will always be in my top twenty (which is pretty good). Very mystical settings that explore every boundary of religion and love and the interactions between people. I recommend any of her books to anyone, you cannot go wrong.
I will probably have a few more updates on good reads soon, I have about six books to get through right now before I will let myself buy more. That and I broke one bookshelf while moving (by I, I mean my brothers) so I'm low on storage too.

That's about all I can say for tonight. I will keep you posted as often as I can, the past weekend was very hectic.

Love and Good Health to all, don't forget to give someone a hug (it keeps the blues away, like apples for doctors but better!)

Peace
Chalsie

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I WANNA GO!

FASHION'S NIGHT OUT >>> SEPTEMBER 10th, 2010

And Calgary is doing... Not a whole lot, I'm not sure if they're doing anything. If they are, they are not registered for it.
Lame.
So here's my thought on the matter: NEW YORK!

So far my itinerary would include :

A stop at Agent Provocateur - Fall Winter 2010 Campaign themed event from 6pm-10pm. Campaign video display Latest collection showcase Special guest DJ Jauretsi Saizarbitoria, Cocktails provided by Belvedere Gift bags - Because who doesn't like lingerie, and hell if I'm going to New York, why not?

Maybe some Aldo - Get the ‘it’ boot for the trend of the season, rock the latest limited edition must-have and do good with just one stop. Visit ALDO from 6-11pm with 50% of proceeds from the ALDO Combat Boot going to ALDO Fights AIDS in support of the NYC AIDS FUND. One good turn deserves another; receive the limited edition Tote of Honor free with your purchase. The Tote of Honor is also available for $20 with 100% of proceeds going to the cause. DJ and refreshments will be on hand for the ultimate shop for good experience and you never know who else will pop by…photo ops for sure.

Always some BCBGMAXAZRIA - Partnering with The Daily to for an exclusive Fashion’s Night Out celebration at its flagship boutique on Fifth Ave. at 40th from 8-10 pm. The first 50 guests in attendance will receive a Runway Survival Kit, featuring BCBGMAXAZRIA accessories and beauty essentials. Complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Attendees will also have the chance to meet Lubov and Max Azria, who will honor five women from the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. In addition, guests can enter for their chance to win a complete look from the Spring 2011 collection.

And possibly some Calypso St. Barth - Stop by Calypso St. Barth for a screening of the Fall 2010 short film titled "l'histoire d'amour" starring Alicia Rountree. Shoppers will enjoy shopping incentives as they sip champagne and dance to tunes by Scratch DJ's finest.

I'm not sure about the last one it doesn't really sound like my thing but hey, why not throw some random in there.
If I do go, which I am seriously considering, it will be fantastic. I can guarantee.

So this is what I leave you with tonight.

Plan your trip too on Fashion's Night Out (that is the name of the site).

Peace
Chalsie

Monday, August 16, 2010

Ow, Ow, Ow

So the new workshoes I ordered from the catalogue are no fun. They're cute mary janes, and they're from the non-slip shoes for crews so I thought I'd have the best of both worlds: cute and functional.
Well they sure are cute but I can't walk in them.
I need to remedy this and soon.
I really didn't have anything to say, kind of a long day, and no time.
This needed to be said though, because sore feet, no matter what the occasion make for a bad day.
Even though you should always have good looking shoes...

Always a tough call.

Night Pretty People!

Chalsie

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

I'm impressed. Apparently it doesn't take a lot to impress me. I haven't seen anything for fall yet that I don't like. Either I'm easy to please or these people are professionals!

Well Oscar's fall collection pretty much made me feel like I was in Russia. Correct me if I'm wrong though I've never been.

There was fur everywhere. And in every colour. Purple fur and orange fur, in hats, on hems and collars. Everywhere! It is a nice thing.

A very colourful line, purple, orange and red with a little blue. Of course some gold fantastically bedazzling everything. I am in love with one dress in particular, it looks like shes wearing orange water. The dress looks like it's on fire! I believe it's look 13 the pumpkin abstract floral silk. Bleepin' brilliant. If one can afford it, one should get it.

Other than that not much to say. I started to see that military style in the jackets that everyone is talking about. I like how it's done tastefully, and not full on "I'm marching off to war, hold my handbag?" type ridiculous. It looks good.

Another thing I would like to mention is the fur hats. I want one. So if anyone would be so kind, I believe it would make a good early Xmas gift, or even a b-day gift.

Have a good night my fashionable friends.

Peace
Chalsie

Friday, August 13, 2010

"It turned my whole world around.."

Well, to be truthful nothing has turned my whole world around lately, I just didn't have another title.

So I would update about the Burberry A/W 2010 collection but my internet is not my friend. So maybe tomorrow.

In the meantime, I will give you an update as to what I think will be cool this fall. Or things you should invest in.

Plaids, or floral prints. Darker prints as in colours, nothing summery, please. Plaids are everywhere, but they are also done simply. If you want to stand out, pick one colour and do it bold. Think red, or purple, the deeper the better.

Gold. We want to see those clothes shimmer. We can't have gold in our pockets these days so everyone is wearing it.

Fur is in. Not surprised. It's fall/winter. Fur should be. It's cozy. Haven't seen a lot of knits though. Nothing too heavy either. Not a lot of layering too. 'Tis not the season to hide behind your clothes.

Boots. We like boots. And we like them high. Have a nice pair of boots, preferably beige (or what the hell, let's get 'em plaid) have them with an easy all-day heel and up to about mid-calf. You will be good to go.
Also put on some nice leather gloves. Keep those hands pretty.

Trench coats go to knees or longer and I'm guessing will most likely be double-breasted.

Not a lot of shape in the clothes, but most silhouettes do have a slight hourglass shape. I still think everything is feminine. That is my word for the season and I'm going to over-use it. By that I do not mean girly. Be a woman.

There's a lot of draping in the shirts, nothing too provocative. If there's any shape it will be in the shoulder's but not much. Not the shoulder pads of the eighties either just a little extra room in the sleeve up top.

Oh and somethings that are in that I am unsure of. 'Jeggings': Jean+Leggings. I think they are just fine for tweens but they don't seem to fit in with the rest of the season. They are fine for lounging and probably comfier but I wouldn't add them as a staple. Nothing against them, but as all leggings wear them smartly.
Also ... Hotpants. Those little shorts that look like boyshorts that really should only be seen near pools or the beach. Apparently you wear them with a nice blazer and top and it's supposed to look like you forgot pants. I don't know about the rest of the world but where I live, this will not be appropriate. Come September when the temperature maybe hits 14 degrees celsius, you don't want to do that. But if you feel the need to bare it all, as long as you do it tastefully and don't complain about the frostbite then all the power to ya.

So that's all I can think about right now. Maybe more later. I'm not even going to check this for spelling and grammar right now. Pretty tired.

Good Night and Sweetdreams.

Peace
Chalsie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Infatuation

I'm just going to go out and say it.
Lady Gaga makes my heart pound.
When she first started hitting the main waves all I heard were these pop beats that I tuned out just like the rest. Eventually they started seeping into my life, then one morning I woke up singing Bad Romance.
Ever since I have been on a Gaga kick. I may be one of millions intrigued by the outright ridiculousness of this new star. Wondering how long she's going to be staying in the spotlight.
I'm not ashamed to say, that she makes me dream of wondrous new outfits, of having the balls to wear something just a teensy bit as provocative as some of her outfits out to the street. Not even provocative as in look at all that skin but just to make the heads turn.
The only thing I have is a bright orange straw hat. One of those floppy beach ones. It's cute. :)
Oh well.
I hope she lasts. If she continues her life this way, I wouldn't be afraid to state that she is comparable to Madonna.
These would be fun to troll around in. I call the purple one!



Peace
Chalsie

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jimmy Choo, How I love you.

Oh life would be terribly drab without pretty shoes, and pretty handbags.
Enter Jimmy Choo. Loved by millions.
I took a gander at his AW 2010 collection. It was amazing.
Amelia- Simple yet I want it. It looks so, sensual. Can handbags be sensual?
I believe there is something for everyone, and I am this close to spending my next 2 paycheques on a pair of shoes I may never have any place to wear, but I would be happy just to be in their presence.
Fleur -Fishnet and Snakeskin. It was designed to flatter and I believe it.




Anyway I am done here today, I am tired. Give it a look through when you have time, or when you need a pick me. I promise you will be dreaming after looking at all the pretty things Jimmy has to offer.
Remember, it's not always the shoes that have to match the outfit, sometimes the outfit should revolve around the shoes, especially when they are this good.

Peace
Chalsie

Monday, August 9, 2010

Pepper & Pistol 2010 AW

It's been while since I've checked out this duo. They're collection for AW2010 is really quite beautiful. In the pictures the models wear it tough, but with the draped tops, and touches of velvet it is quite girly. In a tomboy sort of way. The dark lips and lack of colour off-set the pretty making it very wearable for just about anyone.

I'm totally in love with their loonnnggg gloves. (!) They are so classy. So elegant. I do want some.

Sheer fabrics are the thing to have right now, skirts you can just see through (but please wear something underneath). The pants were striking, kinda like balloon pants or MC hammer pants without all the droop and cut short at the ankle. Other than that, it was skinny.

The clothes speak for themselves, these are things you can wear anywhere anytime. Very versatile with a bit of hardglamour.

And just as a side note I would like to say that bold lips are in. The trick is only accenting one feature so keep the rest light, or fairly pale. Mmm, it is gorgeous.
http://www.pepperandpistol.com/collection.html#


Peace
Chalsie

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2010

Well after watching the Chanel show yesterday and then the Dolce & Gabbana one today, I believe I'm starting to see a trend. Femininity. The lines were the same. Very sleek, nothing too shapely but a definite waist.

While I would say Chanel was more on the conservative side, D&G was not. I'm pretty sure they took a ballerina and burlesque dancer and made the wardrobe into one.

During the show the first thing you'll notice is: where's the pants? I read in ElleCanada that hotpants (spanky's) were in and D&G could not have hit this more on the head. The look is too make it seem like you're a serious business woman going to work in a nice suit and... you forgot the bottoms. I don't think anyone can pull that off better than they did.

A couple prints to keep in mind are polka-dots (classic black with white dots) and leopard. Think sheer fabrics that settle nicely on the body. Or lace-over-gold is another elegant choice. It almost looked as if the models were strutting around in negligee's and bedroom wear, although nothing was distasteful.

If you want a better idea of what kind of bedroom wear it might be think fifties swimsuits. Thick straps, bottom covered, no boobs hanging out. This seemed to be the basis of most outfits. If you want more cover than that don't be afraid to complete the look with an eighties off-the-shoulder sweater either.

Not a lot of colour was used, black and gold seemed to be the safe bets but there was an occasional splash of red. As elegant as everything comes across, a very subtle detail may be the raw edges on a considerable number of necklines (dresses and jackets).

I wouldn't be caught dead showing off that much leg in winter (I don't even show that much when it's summer!), but props to anyone daring enough to give it the go. If you're like me and want some more coverage the hemlines for dresses seemed to fall just above the knee, and longer flowy skirts are also a thing to keep in mind.

The feeling though to follow is feminine, not girly, but classy and elegant.

Peace
Chalsie

Saturday, August 7, 2010

My thoughts on Chanel (Fall/Winter 2010)

After a look at this years Chanel Fall/Winter 2010 couture line I would have to say I am refreshed. Keep in mind that over the past year or so I have fallen out of love with Chanel, I'm not sure why. Maybe it was the same old classic suits, the same old Chanel, it seemed all too predictable to me. Now it's all in the past, and I've dove headfirst back into infatuation with Chanel. LOVE IT!

One of the main things I noticed over and over again is the waistline. The waistline is up in the ribcage and defined by a cutoff overcoat/overshirt. I think that helped in making this line what it is, the raise of the waist offering a very feminine figure, that's defined without being shapely. Not a lot of shape was seen in any of the outfits except for here and there in a long, low, puffed sleeve, or random accent of the bust or bottom.

I liked how it stayed so refined, without to much bulge or frill. It gave off a womanly, slight silhouette without effort. It was classy and well-groomed yet seemed low-maintenance.

At first colours were also very subtle same with little pattern and embellishment. Then the addition of a touch of fur and some glitz entered. While keeping the same silhouette for the rest of the show the clothing seemed to blossom. There were ornamental suns, then flowers and some leaves scattered over the outfits in a mature (think fall, mature season of the year!) matter. No daisies, nothing bright, but beautiful and refined beauty. The colours themselves were also in keeping with the theme, nothing unnatural.

Sleeve's were kept at 3/4 length for the majority of the show. Going with the general lightness of the fabrics where nothing seemed overly bulky or layered, it gives a slight airiness to the ensemble. Hem lengths were kept appropriate staying sleek and straight to the knee and no shorter. Longer hems were flowy and most had a sheer overlay in the same colour, once again adding the light feeling.

Necklines were kept fairly conservative, only dipping into a wide slight V a few times.

Boots were mainly midcalf and dressed just as the rest of the outfit to match. The only major accessory was the bracelets. The only part about the outfit that could be considered weighty or heavy. Since the rest of the ensemble was never overwhelming it fit quite nicely, noticeable but not attention drawing.

Overrall I am extremely impressed with this collection, I believe if I wore any piece I would feel like royalty, and who doesn't want to be a princess? Or better yet, Queen of the world?
Well done.

Peace
Chalsie

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Advertising That Shouldn't Work

Ad for Diesel in NYLON magazine.
Diesel (the clothing brand) has this brand new little catch phrase "be stupid".

I took offense to this the second I saw it. Not personally so to say, but as a the consumer they are targeting. I don't like the fact that they're telling me AND the rest of the world that it is okay to be stupid. It is never okay to be stupid.

So if that isn't reason enough to rant about bad marketing schemes, if you read in the little red box below Diesel's name, it reads their original slogan "for successful living".

Apparently these days you should be stupid to live successfully. I've ran this by a few people and I have received the same reactions from each one; slight confusion and agreement that those together do not make sense.

I understand that advertising is a ways and means to get noticed. I've heard the saying that all publicity is good publicity, but I don't agree with this. I think that this will reflect quite negatively on the brand.

Hopefully I'm not the only one out there who has a problem with this Ad. I'm worried about what the more impressionable consumers will think, but with any luck, they will just keep flippin' and not give a second thought to "being stupid".

Peace
Chalsie