7.31.2011

Hope


Hope

Print shirt
$19 - tillys.com

Current/Elliott short shorts
$148 - barneys.com

Miu Miu kitten heels
$630 - miumiu.com

Logo tote bag
£575 - flannelsfashion.com

Turquoise earrings
$9.99 - mimiboutique.com

Juicy Couture bow ring
$42 - couture.zappos.com

7.30.2011

Shoes, shoes, and more shoes

Friday, July 22nd
Doré raffia "Exciting" sandal with gold leather trim by Stuart Weitzman in 2008.
Weekend of the 23rd
"Skating On Air" platform slingback with reptile appliqué by Jan Jansen in 2010.
Monday, July 25th
Super-high platform wedge sandal with silver patent upper by Giuseppe Zanotti Design in 2009.
Tuesday, July 26th
Gunmetal leather "Verity" strappy sandal by Jimmy Choo in 2009.
Wednesday, July 27th
Carved and painted wood platform sandals from England, between 1949 and 1950.
Thursday, July 28th
"Eamz" collar boot by United Nude in 2010.
Friday, July 29th
Architectural suede, leather and patent stiletto pump by Diego Dolcini in 2009. I like this one.
This weekend:
American Indian-inspired sandal with plastic sole by Sbicca in the 1970s.
These photos were taken with my webcam so you wouldn't need to imagine a week's worth of shoes. (Also, it's the cause for the could-be-better quality...)

XOXO,
Nina

The Sunshine Award

Hi everyone! Before I bombard you with details of my trip and a week's worth of shoes, some award giving and receiving is going to happen. I've never been given an award like this before, nor have I given one to somebody. Until now.
The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world. The Sunshine Award is given by bloggers to bloggers as a way to spread the bloggy love.


- Thank the person who gave you this award
- Write a post about it
- Answer to the questions below
- Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and send them a message to let them know.

Thank you to the awesome Louisa from Camera, Clothes, Etc for giving me this lovely award!

The questions:
  1. Favorite color: Purple.
  2. Favorite animal: Lions. They get to sleep all day and no one bothers them.
  3. Favorite number: 22.
  4. What perfume am I using right now? Always either HOT by Ralph Lauren or Coco Chanel. 
  5. Something you always wear with you and identifies you: My earrings are always glittery studs and I'm now attached to my huge pair of vintage Giorgio Armani sunglasses.
  6. What’s your passion? I love to write about anything on my mind.
  7. Getting or giving presents? Getting is pleasant but giving is more satisfying, so both.
  8. What was the last eyeshadow you used? Pale pink from Dior Minaudière.
     9.   Favorite day of the week: Saturday.
   10.   Are your nails painted right now? Yes, BCBG's "Sapphire" navy blue.
So here are the bloggers who I would love to pass it on to (in no particular order)...
2. Cecylia 
9. Oh My Dior (you must go see her Tumblr, I can spend hours on it)

Ten wasn't enough, I appreciate all my readers. Good night! (Or rather, good morning.)
I'll be back to regular posting soon enough!

XOXO,
Nina

7.21.2011

Colour blocking


Today's shoe is the silk brocade pump with Louis heel and offset silk rosette from France, between 1910 and 1920.
This is my last post until I come back from Florida! I have to be up really early tomorrow morning (I'm talking somewhere between 3-4am) to catch the direct flight to Orlando. I'll be sure to take plenty of pictures... talk to you all next week!

XOXO,
Nina

7.19.2011

Dragging my feet

Today we have the classic red leather spikes by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior, manufactured by Delman, in 1957.
I'm thinking maybe I need one of those fancy cameras with a billion megapixels as opposed to eight. Eventually. Speaking of cameras, you should go see Olivia's photography blog. She has a really good one.
To-do list for the day:
1. Above all: PACK.
2. Paint nails.
3. Exercise while watching Gossip Girl.
4. Eat fruit. 
5. Watch something with Robert Pattinson starring in it.
6. Sleep.

XOXO,

Nina

7.18.2011

Take some sun

Take some sun

T shirt
$36 - topshop.com

J Brand summer shorts
$155 - shopbird.com

Aldo shoes
$60 - aldoshoes.com

Chanel vintage handbag
$1,395 - fashionphile.com

American Apparel hair bow accessory
$14 - americanapparel.net

Snake print pants + a little bit of August

I desperately need to start packing because I leave on Friday. I only got as far as deciding which outfit and book to take with me in my carry-on for the flight, the rest is a blur. 
Last weekend's shoe is the embroidered denim mule with an open "Aladdin toe" by Andrea Pfister in 2001.
The shoe of the day is the "Leaves" leather shoe with laser-cut ankle laces that look like vines, by Renate Volleberg in 2006.
I'll be going to the closing night of MFDF with my older cousins. So much for Jean Paul Gaultier! Although he wasn't scheduled to be at the show himself, and I can get my fill by watching all his shows on style.com.
I don't have anywhere fancy to wear these BCBG pants at the moment (when has that ever stopped me before?) and I really like them because of how relaxed and effortless they look.
With lack of something else to do (except pack, I've been avoiding it) I finished reading the August issue of FASHION. It was a lot shorter than usual. Call me uneducated, but possibly because the September issue is always the biggest and most anticipated?
September is the January in fashion, after all. Now I feel like watching the film.

So I don't know if you recall my wanting to downsize the magazine reviews? Now you can get yourself a digital subscription! It's perfect for people who have limited access to the issues.
For the Celebrity part of the Culture section, Rani Sheen interviewed Jessica Morgan, one of the two bloggers from Go Fug Yourself (which is one of my favorites). They wrote a novel called Spoiled and I am dying to read it.
I liked the two photo shoots ("NY Times" and "Almost Famous"), Sarah Casselman's interview with Lady Gaga ("Mother Monster") and the Shops pages. Also, the fashion week coverage and presence of denim in The List.

**Blogger is being weird. To buy those pants, go to 
http://www.bcbg.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11651503&cp=4213681.4366394.2769021&view=all&parentPage=family.

XOXO,

Nina

7.15.2011

Boyfriend jeans


This look was inspired by a post on Oh My Dior's Tumblr:
I love the contrast between slouchy boyfriend denim shorts and a classier quilted bag (Chanel, in my case). After reading this love letter to them, I knew there had to be a follow-up post. 
Today's shoe is the lacquered leather pump with scalloped heel cuff and silk trim by Sophie Gittins in 2010.

Happy Friday!

XOXO,
Nina

P.S. If an item in the collage is sold out, you can sometimes sign up for a notification of when it is back in stock, if you really want it.

7.14.2011

A chic opportunity like this can't go to waste

The shoe of the day is the gold sandal with serpent detail and chunky heel by Yves Saint Laurent between 1999 and 2002.
We all know no one wants to grow up, but in certain cases, being an adult would benefit. The JPG show is on a week night, and there's absolutely no chances of my fifteen-year-old self being there if a parent/older person isn't with me. This is basically the apocalypse of my life. 
I have to go. I absolutely must go. I have to find a way, or a car door will be shut on my soul forever. 
I am in desperate need of a an eternally awesome older person, and right now not many come to mind because they're all employed.
My mom keeps saying to stop obsessing because "there are worse things than not seeing a fashion show" and I do realize that, but this is such a perfect opportunity!
Since when can you waltz onto a downtown street to see the collection of a well-respected, notorious and famous French fashion designer?
I passed up buying tickets to fashion week in February and meeting him at Holt Renfrew in June. I just really want this, and I'm sorry if I now sound like a horrible spoiled brat.
I didn't mean it that way.

XOXO,
Nina

7.13.2011

MFDF news

Today's shoe is the beaded suede and silk moccasin inspired by designs of Delaware tribes, from Caddo in 1909.
The August issue of FASHION arrived today! Now I have something other to read. I'm in dire need of a major trip to Chapters.
I don't think I have ever heard better news concerning a fashion show. Are you sitting down, Montrealers? I'm talking about the Montreal Fashion & Design Festival, happening on McGill College Ave from August 3 to 6.
On August 3rd at 10pm, Jean Paul Gaultier will be showcasing items from his prêt-à-porter collection.
This free outdoor event is obviously the highlight of the summer, which is turning out to be the best one yet. I can't wait!
For the complete program, click here.


XOXO,

Nina

7.12.2011

Your most beloved summer staple

The shoe of the day is the white reptile "Chalk" sandal with silver studs by Jimmy Choo in 2010.
I really recommend reading a short article about denim cutoffs written by Sarah Nicole Prickett. It clearly is a love letter, dedicated to your favorite and most-needed piece of summer clothing.

I can feel you slipping into daydream mode. Personally, my oldest denim short shorts were worn for the first time at an amusement park with my best friend, screaming like a lunatic yet having the best time on the most terrifying roller coaster around, and someone who I then thought was the cutest boy alive. It was a perfect day, but my cutoffs made it a concrete memory.

XOXO,
Nina

7.11.2011

Fashion over health, literally

Today's shoe is the satin "Peepers" slingback with rhinestone-adorned geometric heel by Stuart Weitzman in 2009.
Posting has been strange lately. I did blog yesterday, but as you can see it was posted very late, and as a chronic insomniac with a tad of the OCD gene, exhaustion is a lifestyle for me. It catches up sometimes. Getting six uncomfortable hours of sleep combined with the hot steam of a long shower is basically how to pass out. Or in my case, feel very dizzy and weak. (Just saying those words causes my parents to go into a frenzy I'll never live down.) "But Mommy, I was creating outfits!" Ha! A piece of advice: don't ever say that.

On to more pleasant subjects, I'm boarding the Florida-bound plane next Friday! This weekend we wrapped up buying most of our clothes for the Disney trip.

Shorts and tank tops for daytime, light dresses, skirts and sandals for dinner and evening parades. And of course, bright frilly bikinis for the lagoon-style pool...

I haven't been to Disney (or on  plane, for that matter) since I was five, which was ten years ago, so the memories are very vague. All I remember was walking towards Cinderella's castle, not being able to take in all the excitement and happiness.
Happy Monday! I hope yours was as ice cream-filled as mine was.

XOXO,
Nina

7.10.2011

Vintage inspiration

The shoe of this weekend is a pink silk mule with ribbon trim from Wales in the 1730s.
So I tried taking advantage of the monstrous semi-annual sale going on at La Senza but sadly my size was basically already gone, except for one green and pink bra off which I cut off the plaid bow because it didn't look right.
Then I bought two camisoles at Garage (white and navy blue) with the back completely made of lace.

I was aiming for a timeless, elegant look here, but the bright satchel gives it a modern twist. It may not look like it belongs but I know it could work, it just depends on your style. With the red necklace I wanted to create a pop of colour other than the bag that could contrast nicely with the off white blouse (which would be neatly tucked into the pencil skirt). Chanel earrings and pearls add a gentle sophistication to the outfit. A gold watch and black pumps are simple, yet they help enhance the idea.

XOXO,
Nina

7.08.2011

Excuse me while I play dress up

Today's shoe is the ecofriendly "Norah" thong sandal with printed organic-cotton upper by Charmoné in 2008.
This afternoon was spent spending money. And it was delightful.
First I went to H&M and grabbed whatever I found the slightest bit pretty. I only ended up buying two skirts and a mini dress, but there's more shopping to do tomorrow.

$13
$7
$20. AND IT HAS POCKETS.
Next destination: Spring. (Which is being revamped to "Call It Spring.") The first sandal to catch my eye was this one:
$40
They're very new, the salesgirl explained. They arrived yesterday, hence why the 30% off sale didn't apply to them. It was worth it though, because I need them. I don't own any flat sandals for summer. (Until now!)
I'm ultimately satisfied with these new additions to my wardrobe, it was a great day. How was yours?


XOXO,
Nina

7.07.2011

Laugh until we think we'll die, barefoot on a summer night

People ask me why I make fashion such a big part of my life. Why I dive into photos of editorials, magazine covers, model size debates and basically all of it. They don't understand.
Because can't you see?
Fashion will never end, or lose interest in me or leave one day and never come back. So I write. I write and write and write about the beautiful people who have a whole industry of their own, even though lots of them are ugly on the inside. I can be very ugly on the inside sometimes.
I write because I don't want to think of the mess I created of myself because of one stupid boy I barely even see anymore. I'm so pathetic that when I see him I run away like a terrified little puppy, yet we used to actually know each other.
Not that I don't enjoy the fashion, of course I do. But it means more to me than some people realize. It's there for me; a welcome distraction and I'd be nowhere without it. It's not a waste of time, a fantasy world. It's very real, just sometimes out of reach.
But me? I'm not going to spend my life on the outside, trying to get into high-profile shows, pleading that yes, my name is on the list. I have the ambition. Everyone will know my name one day.
I am not fit to be a doctor. A lawyer. A scientist. Never. I tried taking all that science, it's meant for other people. Not me.
"Do what you love." Well. Here I am and I'm not going anywhere. 

XOXO,
Nina

Honey B

FASHION: Summer 2011

The shoe of the day is the silk and suede "Medusa" sandal with metallic leather piping by Jerome C. Rousseau in 2009.
The August issue will show up soon, so I want to finish reviewing the summer one. (Featuring Katy Perry in Dolce & Gabbana.)
I think I'm going to downsize the magazine reviews, like I tried last winter because it was very convenient and easy and encompassed the entire concept of last season. I already have the summer one planned out, so I'll start with August.
Writer Sarah Nicole Prickett is rocking the neutral trend.
Swimwear designer Lisa Marie Fernandez emphasizes the emotion which comes with buying a swimsuit. Hers are made of neoprene, a fabric that hides flaws and boosts assets.
Jean Paul Gaultier celebrates 35 years in fashion. I can't wait to see his exhibition at MMFA
Reading "Open Season" made me realize I wasn't the only one who tended to dress not according to the season we happen to be in.
I'm all for funky nail colours. They enhance summer and brighten dull and cold winter months. I don't think you can really put a season on pretty nails! The lighter colour shown above is Dior Vernis in "Psychedelic Orange." ($24 at department stores.)
This summer's editorial was called "Turkish Delight." The finished product was completely stunning, however putting together this intriguing group of photos demanded a lot of hard work. It took 6 people, 13 suitcases (including a crazy Tom Ford dress), 38 pairs of shoes, 52 pieces of jewelry, 18 pairs of sunglasses, 3 blonde wigs, 12 hats and 2 sets of fingernails to travel to the Mediterranean city of Antalya.
I really do love reading the Shops section, even though it's all the way at the end. But with snippets from Patricia Gajo, Sarah Casselman, Karen Ashbee and Joy Pecknold, how could I resist? Basically: what's going on in Canada's fashion world, short and to the point.
One again, another fabulous issue and like I would ever think otherwise? (I should start subscribing to something else eventually, but FASHION will always be my foundation.)

XOXO,
Nina

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