April 30, 2010

Leifsdottir Now has Sale Section!

I was much surprised when I realized that the newly launched Leifsdottir site now has a sale section. Hooray!

I haven't seen these items in person, but I like the look of these:

$329 orig $478

Love the colour and the hourglass shape. Could be really good on girls with smaller shoulders..

$169, orig $248

I love black and pink as a combination - the trimming is really unique on this cardigan.

Links a la Mode: When Fashion Gets Ethical

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When Fashion Gets Ethical

Edited by Retrochick

The ethics of Fashion can be a blurry area. With so much to think about when we buy, from construction to provenance, how can we pick our way through such a minefield of issues and emerge with our ethics intact?

We all have a duty as consumers to be as informed as possible about the purchases we make, and this weeks Links à la Mode can help. Amongst this weeks picks Fashion in My Eyes talks about locally made fashion, Style Eyes discusses Organic Cotton, Hello Beauty buys some recycled sneakers, Oranges and Apples sorts the wheat from the chaff in second hand clothing and Shrimp Salad Circus brings you natural make up.

Once your done being educated we also have a good smattering of fashion frivolity to be getting on with too, and there’s even more on the original forum thread!

Links à la Mode : April 29

  • Avant Garb – Dedicated Follower Fashion grills Sandra Mendoza-Daly of Debutante Clothing
  • Betsey J – Why do we feel it’s necessary to financially compete with our fellow bloggers? Is it really worth it?
  • Dramatis Personae – Interview with Indie Designer Ureshii– fabulous made-to-fit clothes for the modern gal!
  • fashion in my eyes – Made in… Buying for the label
  • Glossary – Fashion 101: Back to Basics
  • hello beauty! – my new eco-sneakers, which are basically a jumble of hemp, recycled plastic bottles and car tires…
  • House in Tillford – Fur isn’t fashion! My rantings about fur
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Swoon-worthy Spring runway trends
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – How to Contribute Articles to a Blog or Magazine
  • La Moda Dubai – Photoshop isn’t the only to manipulate a photo
  • Le Quaintrelle – Outfits inspired by Michael Kors Resort 2010 collection with pieces out of my own closet.
  • Mystery Creature – Look great for a sleek and sophisticated summer wedding with these 1930’s inspired wedding dresses
  • Oranges and Apples – Taste and secondhand clothing: sorting the wheat from the chaff
  • Out Of Order – Interview with Marisa of New Dress a Day
  • Retro Chick – The Lost Art of Dressing Up
  • Return to Sender – Little black dresses for the FATshionista.
  • Ship-shape and Bristol Fashion – These days knock-off trends are common place but is cheap fashion still a taboo?
  • Shoe A Day – How does fashion fit into Earth Day?
  • Shrimp Salad Circus – Get high-fashion makeup looks for less with all-natural, afforadable handmade mineral versions!
  • Style Eyes Fashion Blog – Organic clothing – should I bother?
  • Style Symmetry – 5 Days of Symmetry Challenge ~ Wear a 100% Vintage Outfit
  • The Coveted – Why Say Never? Chambray Jumpsuit & Clogs

April 29, 2010

Mizrahi 24.13 - Ubi Sub Ubi

This is the 13th in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.

Describing Your Style
, Question #13: What was the last time you were professionally measured and fitted for a bra?

I would say about a few years ago at Nordstrom's - very friendly salespeople by the way. Isaac of course is referring to the importance of underwear -- having good foundation garments changes the way the rest of your clothes look. (Though in the book he suggests getting fitted every year or whenever your weight changes by 7-10 lbs -- which probably is a good idea, since 80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra.)

I have to admit it was a bit nerve-racking to get fitted - but the process was actually simpler than I thought. I probably never would've gotten fitted had I not met a girl who worked at Nordstrom lingerie who knew her stuff and told me I must've been wearing the wrong size if I had problems with the elastic digging into me (doh!). She had suggested I go get fitted for a Wacoal Petites - which are sized better for petite girls who have narrow shoulders. I had measured myself at home to know roughly what band size to get. Then I headed to Nordstrom's and asked for the fitter to come check me. The fitter, a very nice lady, checked the band from the back to make sure it wasn't too large for me, asked me some simple questions, and then sent me on my merry way.

There's also an excellent video on WikiHow that shows you examples of what happens with poor fitting bras versus correctly fitted bras. You'll note that the bulgy look often shown in ads from Victoria Secret and other companies is actually completely wrong, even for push up bras, and is highly misleading as to what you should look like. They simply put too small bras on the models for the photoshoot -- but that doesn't mean you should suffer because of an unscrupulous ad campaign.

So be savvy girls and get yourselves fitted!

April 27, 2010

Wanted: Impressionist Silk Dresses from JCrew

J Crew has recently released a fantastic selection of dresses that look like they've been painted by the Impressionists:

I really like the one-shoulder look...

The colours will definitely get you noticed!

Reminds me of Monet's waterlilies...

What's your favorite of the three?

April 26, 2010

Video Review: Nostalgic Lace Skirt

Style # 020034
$49.95, orig $98

I thought that this would be the most fantastic skirt on me due to the romantic lace look. However, I thought the S didn't actually look that great on me because the waist tended to gap a bit even with my shirt tucked in. Also this skirt is more on the sheer side.

It is still available in stores but no longer online.

Verdict:  I would want this as a crinoline, but not sure if I would wear it alone. Better on the hangar than when I tried it on (see video below)

April 25, 2010

Inspiration: Modcloth Swim Noir Lookbook

Modcloth has a fantastic black and white retro swimsuit lookbook titled "Swim Noir." The looks are simply divine -- below are some of my favorite shots:

I love those polka dots and the little spectacle necklace!

Yes, I too would now like to wear a diamond necklace while swimming...

April 24, 2010

Links a la Mode: Fashion Has Brains

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Fashion has Brains

Edited by Ashe

Every week I am always surprised by the selection of posts we receive here at IFB. I think back to before I started my blog, the discrimination I felt working in retail and adoring fashion, because it was shallow and it wasn’t academic. Now I look at the community I am a part of and think– how could anyone accuse fashion enthusiasts of being shallow? Or fashion designers, lovers of style? Indeed, like any frowned upon medium or niche, fashion has brains; it has ingenuity, it has controversy, it has creativity, and it has depth.

This week I want to celebrate those putting fashion and intellect together, to show that there’s more than meets that glittering eye…

Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do this summer… IFB is looking for interns!

Links à la Mode : April 22

  • Agent Lover: – On The Search For The Perfect Retro Bathing Suit!
  • Alice in Stilettos: – Interview with Edgy, Up-and-Coming Designer Chelsea Sutrisno
  • Bay Area Style File: – Interview with Model turned Eco Friendly Beauty Brand owner Josie Maran.
  • Bobbins and Bombshells: – Fashionable History: Lilly Dache – A True Fashion Success Story.
  • Denim Debutante: – Meet US-Made NAEM Denim and Win Your Own Pair
  • dramatis personae: – Back to the Future
  • Fashion Pulse Daily: – Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Spring 2010
  • For Those About to Shop: – Crystal Renn’s inspiring story of transformation may make you think twice about modelling industry:
  • krameymartin: – Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion sense. Check out this post to learn how to jazz up simple maternity pieces.
  • La Chanelphile: – “The Allure of Chanel” by Paul Morand with Illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld
  • M.I.S.S.: – The Rag Trade: The Sale Mentality. This week’s article looks at how we will get consumers to break the sale mentality and pay full price again.
  • Night Watch: – DIY Tutorial: Burberry Prorsum F/W 2010-11 Inspired Blazer
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!: – ASOS Curve Models – Plus, or not plus enough?
  • Oranges and Apples: – Some thoughts on weight, fat activism and health
  • Poetic & Chic: – Hamish Bowles, European Editor at Large for Vogue, visits the de Young in San Francisco to announce a new Balenciaga retrospective slated for spring 2011.
  • Retro Chick: – Made To Measure – Dresses for those who aren’t a standard size
  • shrimp salad circus: – DIY Spring Flowers Headband/Belt for Under
  • The Coveted – Craving Miu Miu Clogs?
  • the fashionate traveller: – Discovers the emerging Japanese fashion trend Dolly Kei, as seen through a visit to Grimoire, Shibuya’s premier vintage store.
  • The Fashionista Lab: – I gave up shopping and gained a new perspective on using and building my wardrobe (hint: shoes are important)
  • True Queen: – Warning: Men In Skirts – Examining a taboo trend that attempts to go mainstream

Wanted: Vintage Style Hand Blown Vases

The vintage patterns on these vases are just fantastically intricate and wonderful! My favorite is the Poppy and Bird vase...

April 22, 2010

Review: Papaver Herald Bag

style #040086

I was totally digging this bag when I saw it come out online, with it's oh so pretty colours and functional design. However, meeting it in person was another thing. 

Pros: The purse is very lightweight and the leather is very soft. It's also quite large and did seem a bit large on a petite person like me, though I'm used to large purses.

Cons: The colours didn't pop as much in real life. Also, the online photos are misleading because when you zoom into the picture the edges are all finished very nicely tucked under and sewed up. However in person the edges were left open and raw - which made the purse look much less refined and casual. Also it's questionable how well the purse would wear under such circumstances.

Verdict: For $198 I expected finished edges and brighter colours. This flower just didn't quite bloom for me.

April 21, 2010

Anthropologie Sale - 2nd Cuts

Anthropologie just sent out it's latest sale email. Two items I noticed which have undergone 2nd cuts are:

Lil's Boundless Blazer - now $29.95 - I rebought at the lower price since due to the weather I hadn't even worn the original. Yay!

Elevenses Snapshot Jacket now $39.95 - Unfortunately I had already worn the original one I purchased but if you're lucky, snap one up at your local store!

April 19, 2010

What I love now! - April Beauty Edition

Lately I've come across some fantastic beauty products, which I've added to my personal arsenal.

1) Tokidoki Fantastico Lip Stain - This is a new joint line between Tokidoki (well known for it's accessories and purses) and Sephora (the mother of all beauty stores). Personally, I hate having to reapply glosses in order to maintain colour, since I love snacking throughout the day (heh, yum!)

This works like a watercolour marker on your lips - colour lasts much longer than with a gloss. I bought this is Peperincino which is a pretty berry shade that can be layered for deeper colour. I like to put on a bit of Vaseline for moisture and then this on top.

2) Nvey Eco Organic Cake Liner in Black - Gel liners like MAC Fluidline are great, but they tend to dry up. Since I don't wear eye liner that often a gel liner seems like a bit of waste. I took a chance on Nvey Eco, which makes organic makeup and was very pleasantly surprised at the colour payoff and lasting power. The "cake" is dry so you just wet your favorite eyeliner brush mix well with the cake itself and apply. This one is a bit more difficult to find -- I bought mine at Dermstore.

3) GHD Creation Spray - I've owned a GHD IV styler for quite some time and I have no idea why I never bought the creation spray earlier. This has been amazing (like holy grail amazing) in helping me keep my curls for several days after I've initially created them. For reference, I have rather coarse Asian hair that hasn't been permed/coloured. I bought mine as the last bottle at Sephora in store - I believe Folica.com carries the full line.

4) Shu Uemura Fresh Cleansing Oil in Fresh - The idea of cleaning your face with pink coloured oil seems really counter-intuitive. I would've never tried this product except for having gotten a sample from Nordstrom. However, it is an extremely gentle way of cleaning your skin without stripping moisture - no more dry tautness and irritation afterwards.

Btw, if you want any Shu Uemura products, I would suggest snapping them up quickly. Thanks to parent company L'Oreal (which is probably receiving hate mail now), Shu will no longer be carried in any retail stores in the US in a few months and will only be available online. Yes that even includes it's cult favorite eyelash curler.

April 17, 2010

Review: Blooming Lattice Cardigan

style #010071

Usually I try to stay away from the non-sale rack items because I know that it's too expensive for me to actually buy. However, this cardigan had been catching my eye for quite some time with it's vintage looks but modern fit. It's made of a very soft cotton cashmere blend. The leaf work is quite delicately done. I personally preferred the Navy to the Green version in person.

Sizing: I would say that for tall girls this cardigan may come off as a bit more on the cropped side. At 5 ft 1 though, it just covered the top of my pants. I tried on an xs and it was quite fitted, so if you prefer something looser I would recommend sizing up.

Verdict: Lovely lovely lovely...

April 16, 2010

Links a la Mode: Fashion is Booming

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Fashion is Booming

Edited by Fashion Pulse Daily

Style cares not about the economy, so we continue on, falling in love with a fabulous pairs of shoes, lbd, and the perfect little cardie. New boutiques, designers, ideas, and innovative, avant garde concepts continue to emerge, and we can't help but start a new love story with our latest DIY project, amazing vintage find, department store score, or simply a fabulous floral umbrella. And so, as the title suggests, fashion is booming, creativity is soaring, and we can take a big exhale and shove our worries aside - it's time to allow ourselves to get excited about wearing some new or all-time favorite spring-weather garments and accessories.

As expected, there was a fabulous round-up of links in the forum as well, all worthy of your eyeballs!

[Note from Jennine] Oh, and if you're looking for something to do this summer... IFB is looking for interns!

Links à la Mode : April 15th

April 15, 2010

Inspiration: Italian Vogue White Shoot

The White Story shoot from Vogue Italia is just so amazing - I had to repost my favorite pictures! The ballet studio inspiration with layers of white white is just so romantic, soft, and vulnerable.

The full shoot is available for viewing on Refinery 29.

Photo credit: Vogue Italia April 2010
Shot by: Paolo Roversi
Fashion Editor: Jacob K.
Models: Sasha Pivovarova & Guinevere van Seenus

April 14, 2010

Mizrahi 24.12 - Are you fast?

This is the 12th in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.

Describing Your Style
, Question #12: How much time do you spend getting ready for work? For a night out?

Given that I have a bus to catch at 6:45AM in the morning, I spend about 5-10 minutes actually getting dressed for work. Sometimes I will lay out my clothes the night before. I then spend about 5-15 minutes brushing my teeth, going through my skincare routine, and maybe brushing my hair. Sometimes I'll curl my hair the night before or braid it after I get to work.

For weekends, I'll actually take a little more time picking out an outfit.

For a night out, or any "special event," I often spend 30 minutes to over an hour, particularly if I'm doing makeup, hair, or other such things on top of just getting dressed. Sometimes I'll run through a few different outfit combinations before I get to the final "look."

There it is!

April 12, 2010

Review: Whorled Roses Tank

Baraschi Whorled Roses Tank in Beige
$49.95 (orig. $88)
style #013048

This tank is so tempting if you look at the picture or the item hanging on the rack, yet it is so not right in my book on 2 fronts:

1) Despite the reference to the beautiful roses that mother nature has blessed us with... this tank is made of polyester, nylon, and other manmades... not the slightest bit of cotton or silk in sight. Sacrilege!

2) It's hideously long and huge on petites. I tried on the small, and it looked like a sack on me. It might as well have been longer and leaner to become a chic minidress.

Verdict: Run away from this polyester nightmare my pretties!

April 10, 2010

Video Review: New Academia Skirt

$19.95 (orig. $98)
style #923449

Not realizing it the first time around, but I had tried on the New Academia Skirt some time ago, which apparently has recently undergone 2nd markdowns online. I would say the skirt is a really nice pencil shape and is very flattering. It doesn't feel or look stodgy for a tweed skirt. However, at the time I chose not to buy since the tweed entirely consisted of manmade materials.

Verdict: If you're okay with the tweed not being made of a true wool blend, then you might want to try it on. You can see at 5 ft 1 it hits me just above the knee, so it would be shorter on a taller girl.

See video below of me wearing it with the Climbing Cowlneck in black.

April 08, 2010

Links a la Mode: Pretty, Pretty

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Pretty, Pretty

Edited by Jennine Jacob

It’s official, Spring is in full swing… we’ve all shed our winter fluff and there’s a certain buzz in the air… well, other than the pollen count. Like every week, we have a wonderful selection of links, but the recurring theme here was making ourselves pretty, whether it be donning floral prints, DIY embellishments, watercoloring, even bunny ears or refreshing the ol’ makeup pallette with the new season’s colors.

Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do this summer… IFB is looking for interns!

Links à la Mode : April 8

April 07, 2010

Earth Day events at Anthropologie

I just got an invite of fun Earth Day gardening workshop events at local Anthropologie stores.
See full list of event locations here.

I've copied down the San Francisco Bay Area Events below:

1. Burlingame Store
220 Primrose Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 685 - 6637


2. Blackhawk Plaza Store (my favorite Anthro store!)
3480 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, #118
Danville, CA 94506
(925) 648-4991


Are you planning on attending any of the Anthropologie Earth Day events? 

Mizrahi 24.11 - Style Challenge

This is the 11th in a series of questions from Isaac Mizrahi's fantastic book How to Have Style with my personal answers below.

How to Have StyleDescribing your Style, Question #11:
What's your biggest style challenge?
Shopping for clothes that fit my petite frame - not many retailers gear their stuff to fit girls who are 5 ft 1, so a lot of the time I have to spend more time looking for a smaller/shorter version of an item that is still reasonably affordable, is made of good materials (because I am very picky!) while being unique.
 While I would love a custom tailor, the reality is ready-to-wear is what everybody wears nowadays and somehow I still want to be unique even if like the rest of the masses, I only have access to roughly the same chains and department stores most others do.

Even so I would say that clothing gets expensive very quickly, when you love the stuff coming out of Anthropologie, Nordstrom and other higher-end retailers. Fortunately, I'm rather persistent and sporting when it comes to shopping and finding true value ;)

Well reader, what is your biggest style challenge?

April 06, 2010

Size 5 Anthropologie Shoes to Come?

I spoke with a very kind salesgirl about the lack of size 5 to 5.5 shoes at Anthropologie. She too had tiny feet and mentioned to me Anthropologie already announced to its employees that it has plans to carry a much fuller line of sizes for its shoes.

Smaller sizes 5 to 5.5 would be more available, definitely on the website and maybe in certain stores.

Anyways I was elated at the news and thought I'd share. Can't wait!

Speaking of a shoe which I wish were in a 5, the gorgeous red Mirasol Wingtips:

style #940180

April 05, 2010

Review: Tabitha Short and Sweet Jacket

$59.95, orig. $128
style #913442

I've been coveting this ruffled jacket for quite some time and was so excited to see that it went on sale this week! I bought it in a size 2, which I thought fit very well on my 5 ft 1 petite frame. The fabric is a 55% rayon 45% wool blend.

While I think it would be even softer/warmer if there were more wool content, it is still a pretty warm jacket -- good enough for Spring weather, though probably not thick enough for true Winter weather. Also the closure is 1 hook and eye near your waist, so some of your upper chest and lower abdomen will be exposed to the elements.

Colours: I also saw it in Black and Brown - but frankly I think the gold is a prettiest!

Verdict: Try it if you're petite. May come off as a bit too cropped for tall girls.

Also I grabbed another pair of AG Stevie Corduroys (Style #923235). They've sold out online, but in stores they have undergone 2nd markdowns to $19.95! This time I bought a 26R in a dark mustard gold colour for wearing during the spring without a base layer. See my original review here for the 28R in Green. Petite gals will need to hem, although, I've been cheating by wearing heels until I get around to the hemming.

April 02, 2010

Links a la Mode: Thinking Fashion

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Thinking Fashion

Edited by Retro Chick

It never ceases to amaze me the quality and variety of links that get submitted to IFB each week and how hard it is to pick just 20. Fashion & Style Bloggers are intelligent, thoughtful and insightful people who really understand their subject. Whether it’s Second Hand Shopper questioning the distinction between fashion and style, Shrimp Salad Circus discussing how much of ourselves we should put into our blogs or a whole plethora of posts on the subject of body image.

Of course, we also love a bargain and this week we have a DIY Pillbox Hat, tips on thrift shopping the Spring trends and a gorgeous giveaway.

I really would urge you to take the time to check out the links that didn’t make it in the forums. I don’t think there’s a bad post among them….

Links à la Mode : April 1

  • Alyson Is Neat – Revealing secrets on how to go into a store and not purchase clothing.
  • Awakened Aesthetic – How to live green, without giving up the “unethical” stuff you already have.
  • blackdog finds – How to Thrift Shop for Spring 2010 Fashion Trends:
  • British Style Bloggers – A preview of the finalé of British Style Bloggers’ Body Image Season, including a random and rambling tour of BSB’s head office (aka my house).
  • DailyDivaDish – Spanx for Men: Is shapewear for men really going mainstream? Why I think it’s a bad idea.
  • Despising Life is So Passe – Pillbox Hat DIY
  • Eternal Masquerade – Monroe Monday: A Look At What the Wardrobe Should Mean to Every Woman
  • Grit and Glamour – A signature fragrance is your invisible identity—it becomes part of your brand
  • High Fashion Girl – I write about Lady Gaga like you’ve NEVER read about her before.
  • Idiosyncratic Style – A Peek at the life and style of illustrator Rachelle Scarfo
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – How to make your blog mobile friendly
  • Oh, the Places You'll Go! – Fatsionable Art and Inspiration from Eva Hannah.
  • Retro Chick – How every girl can be a Princess
  • Second Hand Shopper – Second hand shopper pits the escapism of fashion against the expressionism of style
  • Shoulderache & The Closet – The most expensive wool in the world!
  • Shrimp Salad Circus – How much of yourself should you put ‘out there?’
  • The Demoiselles – Graceful Empowerment Comes in All Forms (including that of eating the other guy’s tacos).
  • The Greyest Ghost – Behind the scenes of the Chanel f/w 2010 ad campaign in NYC with Abbey Lee Kershaw, Freja Beha Erichsen, and Karl Lagerfeld.
  • The New Wave – Going once, going twice, SOLD! A visit to the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection auction.
  • The Well-Appointed Catwalk – Highlights and my impressions of “Health Matters: Weight and Wellness in the World of Fashion,” a panel discussion I attended featuring Anna Wintour, Michael Kors and Natalia Vodianova.
  • True Queen – Examining the use of fur by designers on the runways of the Fall 2010 fashion shows.
  • Unfunded – Unfunded teams up with the U.K. retailer NEXT for an awesome giveaway!
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