Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Denim Collection

Since I am going to the Warehouse Sale in Santa Monica today to browse for jeans for my elder brother, I thought it would be a good time to fulfill my promise to my friends that I would upload pictures of my jeans collections. I got most of them online, on sale and cheap. As you all know, it is difficult to find the right denim fit when buying online, especially since different brands have different cutting (and different jeans within the brand also differ in fit!). I agree that it is hard to buy jeans online and always better to buy in-store, but if you just want everyday jeans (i.e., normal ones) from premium brands, you can still buy online at great discounts. In fact, most of these jeans I bought are at least double the price I paid and more than $100+ at retail! I'd say I got myself some good deals. Well, here goes...

My Adriano Goldschmeid (AG) Jeans (~$41USD)

I bought this pair on and they feel really sturdy just like chibi's pair of AG. As you can see, the back pocket logo is one of the most recognizable and unchanging denim logo around. Also, their name is really hard to say or spell in its entirety.

My Paige Denim (I forgot if it was $60+ or $80+)

These ones weren't as cheap as the others only because it wasn't as deeply discounted. I bought it months ago at eLuxury and it's made of a soft material that has a nice weight to it. I might be due to the fact that it is a wide-leg jeans. I haven't worn these yet because chibi hasn't gotten around to shortening the hem for me. As you can see, the back logo is very plain. But the insides of the jeans is a printed patterned lining that makes me happy everytime I see it =P. This is definitely high on comfort because of how soft + sturdy it is!

My Paper Denim (~$27 USD)

Paper denim was probably one of the first premium denim brands to become highly popular, but since I lived in Canada at that time, it was impossible to buy them up at upwards of $200. I also tried one pair on once a long time ago at Aritzia and got highly discouraged by how my fat was unnaturally squeezed and bent out of shape in them. Fortunately, the one I got on was dirt cheap AND they are so comfortable I could keep wearing them forever. Sure people don't talk much about Paper denims anymore, but they do have a special texture to them that can be endearing (if you manage to find the right size and fit, I guess). Back pocket is plain too, but I like the round shape inside the more angular shape pattern. Ah, I'm just biased because I love touching these jeans...

My DVB denim (~$40USD)

DVB is Victoria Beckham's denim brand and even if she owns more than 150 Hermes Birkins that I would love to kidnap, and her recent collection of dresses costing over $2,000+ was sold out in hours because Roland Mouret was her design mentor, I still do not have any high expectations for anything associated with the robot-like woman.

But I'll be really fair and say that these are extremely soft and stretchy. Unfortunately, that means I should have gotten them in a size smaller from to get a better fit. The stretchy material starts to drop from my hips if I wear it without a belt. I will confess though, I love the grey, and I love how soft this is, and the pocket is just the right size to make my butt look good. Good job, Posh Spice (even if she didn't design this herself, as is the case in most celebrity brands)! I am actually starting to think that it would be fun to go shopping with that girl.

My Moussy (~$110USD)

This is my second pair of Moussy Jeans, the staple of denimwear in Japan. I got my first pair at the Breeze Mall in Taiwan at a slightly elevated price (I didn't know they go on sale sometimes, as BeautyTamaki informed me sometime after chibi and I broke her into her first pair). This pair, I bought in Japan at full price too. This is also a skinny style and it's stretchier than my first pair of Moussy. Both of them make me look thinner!!! How? Somehow, the cutting of the jeans and the material holds in my thighs with a lifting and focusing effect, which doesn't cut off my circulation. Moussy Jeans are the best in the world especially for young Asian women!!!

Also, I would like to mention my Chip and Pepper boyfriend jeans ($58), which isn't posted here because my mom did a major Nip-and-Tuck operation to it since it came too big. First of all, I would like to complain that Chip and Pepper has inconsistent sizing. I bought one from Gilt Groupe in size 27 and my butt and thighs was too big for it so I had to give it away to a mother of one who is 4 inches taller and 2 kg lighter than I. Those wide-leg denim fits chibi's sister-in-law so perfectly and she didn't even have to shorten the hem since her legs are so long.

At the same time, I also bought one in size 28 (both were ~$58), and it was WAYYY too big. Even if it was a boyfriend jeans style, it was still ridiculously baggy and unfeminine. I saw the potential in it though and had to make it wearable! Luckily, my mom is a genius seamstress and she got it to fit me perfectly. Now I think my Chip and Pepper are my go-to jeans for casual comfort. Chip and Pepper really does use very lightweight and soft materials to make their jeans. They are even more comfortable than the Paper denim above and in fact, they feel a little like pajamas to me, partly because there is wear-and-tear designed into those jeans =P.

Last words, I would realllllly like to try Citizen of Humanity jeans next. chibi's CoH are his best pair of jeans that we happened to chance upon ON SALE for $70+ at Saks Fifth right before Christmas. Yes, we contirbuted to the 4th quarter loss of ~$98 million that Saks Fifth suffered last year due to aggressive price cutting. But who cares about that when I can get $70+ CoH denim?!? I wish I got more of them, one for my dad, one each for my two brothers...After all, chibi's butt looks really good in his CoH. Stately, but sexy.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Exciting Nail Polish Collaborations

There are two nail polish collaborations you should know about this summer:

(1) OPI and Paige Premium Denim = Bright Pair

Six Shades:

Basically, all six colors of nail polish (below) comes out with matching denim from Paige, thus making the name of the collection, "Bright Pair", completely self-explanatory. Go to BellaSugar for more pictures.

(2) Essie and Judith Ripka (jewelry designer) = Hidden Gems

Three Shades:
Put A Ripka Ring On It (soft pink)
Heart My JR Jewels (deep burgundy)
Queen Of Hearts (true red)

Remember Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? Here's the nail polish version of getting golden tickets to a happy place (sort of). Essie nail polish teamed up with Judith Ripka to produce three shades of nail polish, which seem pretty normal until you learn that there are three bottles out there that contain a little something extra (i.e., a diamond, an emerald, and a sapphire). It's like a lottery, smart marketing gimmick, I would say...appeal to the gambling sense in everyone to differentiate from the crowd. I myself, wouldn't mind getting a Queens of Hearts (true red) nail polish...

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Friday, May 29, 2009

LOL, the Wearable Towel

I laughed for a good 30 seconds due to this commercial. Since research shows that 15 mins of laughter a day makes you a healthier person, I had to share it with everyone for the sake of promoting good health =P

NYMag has a writeup on it too (since they write up pretty much any and every thing). See how the normal blanket with slit holes at the edges can be worn as a shift dress or a togga.

Also see the Snuggie Blanket commercial parody while you are at it, that should extend your LOL time to 45 seconds...haaa... By the way, the Snuggie Blanket is sold at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for those interested...

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Jill Sander's Inverted Heel Sandals

Inverted Heel Sandals (Was: $575, Now: $168)

I've always admired Jill Sander's bags for their simplicity and functionality. A lot of her apparel and shoes also have the same element of no-fuss coolness to them. But I came across this Inverted Heel Sandals at Gilt Groupe's sale of Jill Sanders and I couldn't help wondering HOW this could be comfortable. As opposed to Birkenstock's solid arch support, this inverted heel sandal may only use a low heel, but look at the empty space where the arch is supposed to be!!! I am convinced this sandals wouldn't be comfortable, but alas, the dark blue version of this sandals is already sold out on Gilt Groupe. What's going on???

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Penelope Cruz, the stunner, at Cannes

Paying attention to the Cannes Film festival, anyone? Penelope Cruz was seen at the Cannes festival in a figure-hugging biege Dolce & Gabbana dress in the daytime, and a lilac chiffon Marchesa dress from Fall'09 collection. Some people took issue with the poor fitting of the Marchesa dress on Penelope, but I'm biased towards Marchesa, so I loved it to death...I even have some gown ideas for Penelope in the future...More Marchesa, of course (see below)...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Eko-Lab Beautiful Back Fashion

I'm just so impressed with the apparel designed at Eko-Lab, a sustainable design collaboration between six environmentally-minded artists in New York. The fronts of their dresses, tops, and jackets are all extremely interesting and top-notch in their structural designs. But I've decided to show pictures of the backs of their dresses from their Spring 2008 collection. Hope they convince you to take a look see at Eko-Lab's website where you can view their full collections. You can also read more about them at EcoStiletto.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Birkenstock for only $19.95!! More than 70% off!

I am totally amazed that there is a Birkenstock sale right now at (also a favorites among my Singaporean friends) and everything is jsut $19.95!!! If you don't know about Birkenstock, they are a brand of sandals made in Germany that will conform to the shape of your feet after wearing and provide you tons of arch support. Phil has one that he loves (and it was expensive) and he wears it for everything. Maybe it is time to buy another one. To be honest, I find Birkenstock sandals too tough-looking for my aesthetic preferences, but the health and happiness of my feet is a different story. They would probably welcome the solid support from a Birkenstock.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Erik Hart Strapless Dress at 50% off!!

I saw this Erik Hart strapless dress on Vanessa Hudgens the other day and couldn't get it out of my mind. Cute, isn't it? Especially with the awesome necklace and thigh-high socks she's wearing. Honestly, I would have preferred if it were thigh-high boots, but I guess it's the same idea. The black-on-grey emsemble is yet another example of how to look great in neutrals. You can see for yourself how dark and tailored most of Erik Hart's line is. Yet, paired with Hudgens decidedly flirty frocks, and well put-together accessories, the strapless dress oozes strong feminine appeal. 50% off sure is a tempting price for such a versatile dress.

Anyway, the strapless dress on Vanessa Hudgens is the only Erik Hart item available on Singer22. The only other place to get Erik Hart online is at RevolveClothing. The reason for that, no doubt, is because Erik Hart's eponymous clothing line (2008) is a very new sprout from his previous streetwear line, Morphine Generation (2003), which is available on Fashion Chateau,, and Despite its short run so far, Erik Hart already has illustrious devotees such as Scarlett Johansson, Lindsay Lohan and Brad Pitt. I would say it's off to a great start!

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

White Gowns...I like...

Weddings, anyone? Guess which one is my favorite? Answer after the jump.

My favorite is Marc Bouwer's Chiffon Draped Gown!!! A departure from my usual devotion to Marchesa. But definitely the winner of the bunch because of the feminine flow and romanticism running through each thread of the Marc Bouwer Gown...

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Saturday, May 23, 2009

My Maxi Dress Story

Gypsy 05 Ombre Gold Leaf Print Maxi Dress Was $196, Now $137

So the story is, after falling in love with Rachel Pally's Maxi dresses, I have been dying to try on a maxi dress. My opportunity came when chibi's friends went shopping on 3rd St., Santa Monica! I tried on a royal blue maxi dress at Forever21 and it looked beautiful and felt as comfortable as my pajamas. However, due to the unfortunate deep-V design, my less-than-modest chest proved too pathetic-looking as flat meadows lay far and wide where deep valleys should be. I thought all hopes were lost and I could never wear a beautiful deep-V maxi dress and have it look the way it should.

Well, then I saw these pictures of Paris Hilton in Gypsy 05 Ombre Maxi Dress. Paris is very thin, of course. Surprisingly, the deep-V maxi actually looks good on her!! My theory is, the ombre shading helped take the focus away from the size of the chest such that it doesn't look quite as one-dimensional/flat. This is also a very beautiful color combination of blue, olive, and gold. Naturally, it is about 5 times more expensive than the Forever21 Jersey Maxi. Worth it, right?

Gypsy 05, established in 2005, is very popular among celebrities. Check out the brand's specialty, print and tie-dye, which is used in everything from dresses, tops, to accessories.

Gypsy 05 Blue & Grey Circle Scarf
at Pink Mascara

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