November 28, 2009

Links a la Mode: Beyond Fashion

links a la mode

Beyond Fashion

Edited by Retro Chick

This weeks Links à la Mode blows away any preconceived ideas of the narcissistic fashion blogger posting endless outfit photos and magazine shoots by covering a huge array of topics. Ranging from Dream Sequins whimsical birthday tea party to High Fashion Girls detailed examination of racism in fashion magazines, these posts demonstrate what we’re capable of and the communities we can build.

Of course, being fashion bloggers there are also some great outfits to be found and our bloggers this week have looked at: movies, from Bollywood to Sci fi; their pyjama drawers; and even their cleaning cupboard in their ceaseless search to bring you fashion inspiration.

As ever there’s many more exciting links on the original forum thread


Links à la Mode : November 26th

  • British Style Bloggers – Intrinsically Florrie on British Style Bloggers on how you can support the lovely Luella brand in it’s time of need
  • Dream Sequins – The stylish guests at a virtual birthday tea party (Part 2)!!
  • Fashion X K8 – The Fashion Blogging community being analoguous to “The Girls” in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof
  • FashionHippo – Best Organic Lip Balms: 6 Natural Picks to Nourish Your Pout
  • Fete a fete – Guerlain’s Imperial Holiday makeup collection review
  • High Fashion Girl – Racism & Fashion
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Idiosyncratic Style dares you to re-think the possibilities of Pajamas outside the house
  • In Life and In Fashion – How to dress with Bollywood Flair
  • Lillys Roses – The new charity tshirts by TV-Star C.F. for the eco label armeangels
  • M.I.S.S. – She’s Crafty: DIY First Place Ribbon Accessories
  • Mariels Castle – Are we trully free when it comes to our fashion choices?
  • Oranges and Apples – What are charity shops for? Thoughts sparked by Mary Portas’ new Save the Children shop
  • Prom Mafia – Happy Accident: How to bleach fun designs on your clothes
  • Quirky Fashion – Movies that Inspired Fashion
  • Retro Chick – Buy Audrey Hepburns Wardrobe
  • Shoe Daydreams – Why Knock-offs are Bad for the Soul
  • Style on a String – Confessions of an UGG Lover and Wearer (but only indoors!)
  • THE COVETED – Coach Holiday : Review & Giveaway!
  • The Demoiselles – Wing Tips: Finding a Tailor
  • Work Chic – Win a Sondra Roberts SR squared Shopper tote!

November 25, 2009

Rodarte for Target Sneak Peeks

Rodarte (designed by Laura and Kate Mulleavy) is coming out with a line for Target on Dec 20. I love Rodarte's ethereal, feminine pieces so am extremely excited they are doing this collaboration.

Luckymag released a sneak peek at their gorgeous slipdress. Priced at $39.99. My guess is unless this dress has sizing issues, it'll be sold out pretty quickly:

Other items which we know will be included:

Per Harper's Bazaar December Issue Page 104:
Cardigan $29.99- appears to be black, thin long sleeved cardigan
Dress $34.99 - appears to be a trompe l'oeil lace dress

Per Lucky Magazine:
Knee Highs $9.99
Leopard Print Jacket $79.99 (this will be interesting to see)

Per Elizabeth Monson at Stylecaster:
Dress $49.99 - white skeletal image on black (this is a bit too goth/Halloween for my tastes)
Top $16.99 - appears to be a simple striped bateau shirt
Vest $49.99 - furry vest (maybe faux sheepskin?)
Skirt $29.99 - looks to be tulle over a pleated navy skirt with a bit of black trompe l'oeil? lace

There will be 55 pieces in all so it's going to be an exiting launch!

November 21, 2009

AnthroSays Twitter Program

Having trouble pulling off the Anthro look? Anthropologie's twitter feed is currently responding to your fashionable questions of which one of mine was picked! All you have to do is tweet a question to #anthrosays and they will respond with a tweet and link to a facebook page with some outfitting options.

Here's some sample tweets and links from the AnthroSays topics:

1. What works with a sweater dress? Take a look: Have an Anthro outfitting question? We'll try to help—ask #anthrosays.

2. Dear @Jamicuddy, we found a few things to pair with your fancy tights—see what you think! 

3. Dear @sweetarchivia, we worked out a few layering options for your vests & short-sleeved sweaters... 

(btw my original question tweet was: #anthrosays What works best as a longer layer beneath short-sleeved sweater vest/cardi to transition to Fall/Winter? Blouse? Turtleneck? etc) 

Enjoy and happy tweeting!


Links a la Mode: Food for Thought

links a la mode

Food for Thought

Edited by Ashe Mischief

This is my first time editing since I wrote Good Cop/Bad Cop: Participating in Links a la Mode. Thank you all so much for making this my most pleasurable experience in editing yet!

I’m not sure if it’s because American Thanksgiving is a week away, or because the blogosphere is ablaze with Kate Mosses’ unforgettable quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” but either way, I’ve got food on my mind. This week, you brought me the best kind of food–rich, decadent, and 100% calorie-free! That’s right–you delivered highly thoughtful posts on fashion, fashion blogging & communities, and more.

On a personal note, ferOHHHsh has asked that we share her post about her close friend’s near-fatal accident. I believe that the fashion community is one of surprising strength, dignity, caring and compassion, and that it was worth sharing. We’re sending your friend speedy thoughts for a wonderful recovery!

Links à la Mode : November 19th

  • Awakened Aesthetic: – Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers (Part I)
  • Crisis in Denim: – Crisis in Denim: I make gentle fun of a Banana Republic ‘rewards’ card I received in the mail, that seems designed to make me think I accomplished something by shopping at BR and earning ‘rewards’ points, by riffing on the president’s Yes We Can slogan.
  • dramatis personae: – the Hat’s Out of the Bag! by Michelle at Wicked Whimsy
  • Fashion X K8: – The importance of Fashion Ad Campaigns and analyzing the collective subconcious of fashion consumers. I beg the question, what makes a great Fashion Ad.
  • Further Ado: – With many of their paper equivalents going bust, Further Ado finds 5 great online fashion magazines to keep you satisfied.
  • Grit and Glamour: – yesterday The Psychology of Lace Lace, in spite of its implied fragility, holds very special power in the sartorial world.
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Infatuation List: Five Fall Fashion Favorites
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Fashion Blogging : The Road Ahead
  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS: – Interview with Lauren Jones of mydearthing
  • Mystery Creature: – I love vintage, I love handmade… but I don’t love Etsy, as much as I want to.
  • Oranges and Apples: – What drives fashion bloggers? Oranges and Apples in the Scotsman
  • Random Fashion Coolness: – Musings on the power-partnerships in the Blogosphere
  • Shoe Daydreams: – Collaborations and “inspiration”
  • slsvgg fashion: – An interview with Gossip Girl actress LEIGHTON MEESTER, on her style
  • Somewhere over the Skyline…: – rugality? Sustainability? The Recession! – Thoughts & Recommendations on Sustainable/Vintage Lifestyles
  • Super Kawaii Mama: – Meet the Dr. of Dames and her new book Our Girl’s – Aussie Pin Up’s of the 40’s & 50’s
  • THE COVETED: – Benefits of Chilly Days… Coats!
  • The Curvy Fashionista – Got the Plus Size Bridal Dress woes? Enter in Cc.Elaine- A studio dedicated to the Curvy.Confident.Chic. Plus Size Bride
  • The New Wave: – Underwear as Outerwear: How to wear this spring’s runway trend using vintage pieces.
  • The Pixelated Blonde – Fashion: it’s an individual thing – a look at how to be stylish whilst maintaining one’s individuality.
  • White Rabbit: – vs. Flickr’s Wardrobe Remix – the battle of “What I wore today” sites
  • Wicked Whimsy: – Rene Geneva Designs – featuring a local, woman run eco-friendly design house that makes gorgeous clothes to boot!

November 16, 2009

Inspiration: ShopRuche Fall/Winter Lookbooks

I love clothing that has a vintage feel combined with modern wearability (hence the Anthropologie obsession). In any case I came upon ShopRuche, which definitely has a similar vibe, at a somewhat lower price point as it uses more manmade materials in its items.

The photographs are also very pretty as can be expected.

I wonder if the same photographer shoots for both companies as the theme usually seems to be a cycle through various bits of romanticized scenes that manage to be within plausibility for the viewer. Furthermore, both companies seem to enjoy using 1 model throughout any given Lookbook (guess it draws attention to the clothes and is cheaper than hiring several models):

1) Woman in amazing outfit gazing somewhere off camera
2) Woman in amazing outfit with man in background - basically if you're a model: man = prop

Don't you just love her skirt and red belt?
3) Closeup of accessories in romanticized, broken down farm/nature background - would you really leave your new leather shoes on some decaying piece of wood outside? I think not, but it looks really pretty.

Like Anthropologie, size 5 shoes are not available. Petite feet be damned! (Very unhappy about this as you can tell.)

4) Woman standing somewhere in a field - this is highly unrealistic because nobody wants to stand bare legged in a field.. you end up with bug bites and all sorts of grass stuck in your shoes. But with a sunrise in the background lighting you like this who cares?

But I still want that shawl and dress anyways, ok?

In any case, have you ordered any items from ShopRuche? Do you feel the quality of the items is up to par? Do spill in the comments!

November 13, 2009

Links a la Mode: Finding what works...

links a la mode

Finding what works…

Edited by Jennine

Man, editing the links this week was painful, only because there were so many fantastic posts, so be sure to check them all out in the IFB forums! This week we have loads of great interviews, a few wonderful lookbooks from our members, and had a recurring theme of personalizing style, from the DIY projects from M.I.S.S.,, Quirky Fashion, to customizing trends on Clutch 22, dramatis personae and The Art of Accessories we’re finding what works!

Links à la Mode : November 12th

November 09, 2009

Inspiration: The Anthropologist

Anthropologie has recently launched "The Anthropologist" concept site which features inspirational works from various artists.

My favorite work so far is from Jane Campion who explores Love. Look at the gorgeous Love notes in the site. Below is a pretty folded Valentine :

November 08, 2009

Asian Beauty Resources

Let's face it, Asian beauty resources are rather difficult to find. Just try Googling "Asian beauty" and you'll see a rather drab results list, some of which seem to be more of a showcase of pretty Asian girls rather than DIY tutorials, advice, tips and the like.

Every girl has her own beauty challenges. Below are some resources and items I have found helpful.

Makeup Resources

Asian Faces: The Essential Beauty and Makeup Guide for Asian Women

Bought this book after seeing the reviews on Amazon. Great resource with both models and everyday women and a wide variety of Asian faces and looks.

I would also recommend any of the Kevyn Aucoin books (may he rest in peace). They feature variety of models from all sorts of ethnicities and serve as a great introduction to makeup application.

Michelle Phan
Great Asian makeup tutorials via her Youtube channel:
There are many other girls on Youtube who do makeup geared to Asian girls. Just search for someone who has the most similar face to your own! Youtube is just a great resource to find real girls showing you how they do their own makeup.

Skincare is such a personal thing that there really is no perfect blanket recommendation. Some general tips to help you find your HG (holy grail):

1) Just because the skincare line might advertise towards you doesn't necessarily mean it will work with your skin. I was once an ex-devotee of Shiseido and of Boscia, but found that the moisturizers weren't hydrating enough and just sitting on top of my skin rather than being absorbed.
2) Instead, look for products which are geared towards the issues you have: i.e. sensitivity, combination skin, etc.
3) Don't be afraid to switch brands when your favorites stop working for you. Your skincare routine sometimes needs to change when you change environments, lifestyle, and age.
4) Use online reviews and forums (both Sephora and MakeupAlley have pretty extensive reviews) to help guide you to great products
5) Always buy from a store with a really great return policy, whenever you are trying something new. Sephora and most department store counters will take back product if you have allergic reactions or the product just doesn't work for you.

Currently I am using the Fresh skincare line and love it. Specifically I use the Soy Face Cleanser, Soy Face Cream, and Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream.


What I've generally found is spending a whole bunch of money on shampoo isn't really worth it. It's really the conditioner that makes the most difference for me. With coarse Asian hair alot of conditioners tend to weigh my hair down. I've found Terax Crema to be a really effective conditioner without alot of weight.

To further help make hair more manageable, I like using the Living Proof creams for medium to thick hair. I apply either the straight or wave making creams before blow drying, depending on if I plan to curl my hair or not.

Toolwise, I have to say I love my GHD IV styler since it can get hot enough to deal with coarse hair and can do curly, wavy or straight styles really quickly. Basic how-to's are available both on Sephora's website as well as plenty on the GHD Youtube channel.

And just for laughs: Natalie Tran of Community Channel fame is always hilarious and has great personality in her videos. She definitely has that natural Asian beauty thing going on.

November 06, 2009

Links a la Mode: Go Fashion Bloggers, Go!

links a la mode

Go Fashion Bloggers, Go!

Edited by Debutante Clothing

As more and more print magazines fold, bloggers seem to be growing in professionalism and media legitimacy. When bloggers such as Previously Owned and kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS can get the scoop on international designers, you know the fashion playing field is being leveled. If bloggers can host great giveaways like Retro Chick’s, I wonder why the FTC needs to play big brother. Fashion Pulse Daily wants to know if you even care. It seems we are becoming the pretty, little websites that could. Yay bloggers!

Links à la Mode : November 5th

November 02, 2009

Wanted: For Fall/Winter 2009

The cold chill of winter has begun to set in and while the sale racks fill with light summer items, I've begun to turn an eye towards key pieces I'm looking to acquire for fall/winter:

The Essentials: Items I definitely want to put into my winter closet

1. Tailored jacket in velvet or wool: besides being snug and warm, velvet jackets have a lovely richness to their colour that really appeals to me. This winter, I'm shopping for something very tailored with a fitted waist and classic shape I can wear forever and wear with a ruffle-y blouse.

I'm eyeing the 2 below in particular:

Quilted Velvet Jacket - Mise en Scene by Ruffian

Normally, I would associate any quilted jacket with the Granny set, but this one by Ruffian for Anthropologie is definitely young and modern.

J. Crew Velvet Eden Jacket

J. Crew did it the first time around last year with their Ecole jacket, and now they've added a little pleating to make their Eden jacket this year.

Props to J. Crew for the amazing colours they always come out with for their velvet jackets.

2. Corduroy pants: for some reason corduroy is one of those materials that you end up having an emotional attachment to... not only is it soft, snug, warm, heck it wears really well. Also it's a nice way to create visual length without wearing something as formal as pinstripes.

A.G. Stevie Corduroys

I tried these on in the store and though these are definitely a true skinny fit, they manage to hug your waist rather than gap out as with many skinny/low rise pants. Plus the corduroy is super plush...

The skinny wales make it modern and sophisticated.

I can't justify spending 100+ on corduroys, but I'm definitely snapping these up once they hit the sale racks/I can find a good alternative.

3. Cashmere/Merino Wool sweater

J. Crew Cashmere Crewneck Cardigan

J. Crew always excels in the sweater department and I love their amazing colours. No wallflowers here!

I'm favoring an aquamarine cardigan this year. I'm sure at some point the trend of cardigans will diminish, but I will probably wear cardigans forever as they are just such a versatile piece.

The Fun: Items which are not necessary but I would like to have

1. Cape with pockets. Okay so capes are not just for fairytale characters and they can be very chic when rendered properly.

Vintage 60s cape from oldage

Vintage is always a fun option, though it's rather difficult to find the right sizing and clothing in immaculate condition. Nevertheless, I love browsing etsy for inspiration.

I hardly thought this was a 60s cape as it manages to look so modern and very wearable.

2. Half Crinoline/Petticoat: a bit of a surprised item, but even Nina Garcia recommends these in her book: The Style Strategy: A Less-Is-More Approach to Staying Chic and Shopping Smart. Besides providing nice volume for your skirts, it's also a nice way to dress them up if you will.

Crinoline Slip

This one is in a gorgeous mustard yellow that I can see being a nice contrast colour peeking out of any dark coloured skirts for winter.

Note that since the frills start halfway down, the volumizing effect is probably a bit more subdued from this slip.

 Layered Tulle Petticoat

I was pleasantly surprised that Sock Dreams also has a variety of inexpensive petticoats.

1) If you haven't checked out Sock Dreams, you must do so because it has every kind of sock, tights, leggings under the sun. If you haven't thought of socks as fashion items, you will after browsing the site. Thank you to my dear friend Jessie for recommending the site to me!

2) Checkout the fun selection of sassy petticoats they have.

November 01, 2009

Upcoming: Deals and Events

The upcoming holidays can be a shopper's dream (massive discounts, special limited edition items) or your worst nightmare (fighting crowds, insane 6 AM store opening hours). Hopefully the items below will help you out:

Internet Deals
Friends and Family Sale 2009. 20% off any order. Starts 11/4 thru 11/6. If you haven't gotten an email invite like the one below, try using this link (offers cannot be combined)

Free STANDARD Shipping offer on orders of $25+. Coupon code: 37202 is valid through 11/7/09.

20% Off 1-Item (excludes prestige brands). Promotion code: 27249 is valid through 11/7/09 on all regular price, sale and clearance merchandise.
If you missed my tweet, Sephora 20% off Friends and Family deal is still going on thru 11/2. Use code FF2009.

California Events

Girls Night Out at Blackhawk Plaza - For SF East Bay folks, this is an evening shopping event with food and music on 11/6. Not sure if the Anthropologie on the plaza will have any specials as it wasn't listed in the list of offers. Here's some of note:

Dabble Cosmetics:
Enjoy Dabble-tinis and receive your complimentary makeover from our trained aestheticians.

Dollhouse Lingerie:
Come out and play at Dollhouse Lingerie! Enjoy sparkling champagne, mini cupcakes and an
 exclusive storewide discount. Receive 10% off your entire purchase of $99 or less
or 20% off your entire purchase of $100 or more. (Not to be combined with other offers.)

g bop:
Enjoy lady like desserts and get expert advice from our stylists.
 Receive 20% off your purchase of $75 or more.

Geoffrey I Scott:
Enjoy champagne and receive 25% off your total purchase!

See Jane Run:
Receive 20% off on all full priced items and receive a free bra fitting from our staff experts.

Look for the Pink Balloons at each store...

Project Angel Food's Divine Design 2009 - For the LA  folks, this is a charity shopping/dining event in Beverly Hills. Dec 3-7. Details and tickets are available here: For C Magazine subscribers, the ad on page 72 will get you $10 off of general admission. I haven't personally attended one of these, but it looks fabulous! If you do attend, please do tell in the comments!
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