Current Obsession: Alexander McQueen Leather Biker Satchel


Alexander McQueen Leather Biker Tote

Oh man, I love these bags.  Normally Alexander McQueen is not my designer of choice.  His stuff is a little too racy & dramatic for my taste~ but he truly hit it out of the ballpark with these two bags!  I love the complexity and texture that the zippers & pockets add to these simple shaped bags.  Plus the choice of black and electric blue leather complete the entire design.  Satchels are a big hit this season, so the edgy design of McQueen’s latest design will truly blow all consumers out of the water.

Great job.  I would personally pick the electric blue bags in both, but to each their own =)  I realize not everyone loves bright colors the way i do!

You can find these bags at Saks Fifth Ave

1. Satchel $1,450 2. Tote $1595

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Hyori Lee for Guess Jeans in Korea

Known for her figure and sex appeal~ this singer is turning heads with her new Guess Ads in Korea.

Back in Junior High, I was obsessed with her group Fin.K.L (Fine Killing Liberty).  Remember them??  Yes the group’s name was lame, but the girls were cute.  They each had their own roles, the same way the spice girls each assumed one persona.  The “sexy” one was Hyori and she’s by far the most famous of the group when they split in  2002.  Her jean ads are below…

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Gilt Groupe: Thread Social Sample Sale

oh man…I have resigned myself today that I will buy NOTHING and I will only window shop.  Here’s a sale I loved but am being strong about JUST LOOKING.  Gilt was having a lovely sale and I kept reminding myself that I the economy was going through a devastating recession and my company had implemented a furlough until this summer.  No shopping Esther.  No shopping.  NO SHOPPING!

Unfortunately, after clicking through the site and seeing all the beautiful cuts, designs and items available to “add” to my lonely cart…I had to distract myself.  THEREFORE, I am tell you (the world) what I would have LOVED to buy, but was strong enough not too.  LOL  Am I strong?  HELL YEA.  Am I smart to save money?  DAMN EFFING STRAIGHT.  Will I crack tomorrow?  most likely… =T

Here are my top picks from the Thread Social Sample Sale…

I’m going through a strange mustard yellow phase and love the ruffles since it makes my bust look…uh…”enhanced” without trying =P  Sorry boys…it’s all a fashion illusion!

I especially loved the second dress.  The front was soft and feminine with a delicate shoulder ruffle, while the back had a surprisingly sexy cut.
Ruffles = bust illusion  + bringing sexy back + sexy dark color = skinny illusion… must I go on ladies?
The color screamed Crisp Winter outing with the ladies!  Paired with a hot pair of liquid leggings, booties and a few cocktail rings =P
Be proud of me people!  I’m learning to budget and be a recessionistA!
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Early Bird Special: French Connection

I get to work at the ungodly hour of 7am.  Quite torturous actually.  But my company is generous enough to let me take classes and accommodate to a flexible schedule so that I may pursue my innermost dreams and passions.  The real kicker?  The government isn’t so supportive.  California raised it’s public school fees by over 30%!!  Can you believe that?  So the thousand students fighting their way into 1 or 2 30 student classes is more difficult than trying to get hit by lightning in a thunderstorm covered in wire hangers and foil.

ANYWAYYY, back to fashion…  so as I ate my leftover subway sandwich for breakfast, I decided to take a mini-break and check out for their morning 8am sample sales.  What do I find?  French Connection is having a giant blow out sale!  Now normally I would not be so easily tempted but I saw these two dresses that were GORGEOUS!  Fun, flirty, girlie… PLUS if you know anything about me~ you know I am obsessed with short tube dresses paired with sky-high heels and chunky jewelry!

I quickly dropped my sandwhich and tried to purchase the navy blue dress on the left, but the 4s and 6s were sold out.  BLAST! So i even vied for a size 8. SOLD! size 10? SOLD!  Everytime I clicked on the available size, the cart would say EMPTY =(  SO FRUSTRATING!

Eventually the Navy Blue beauties were all sold out so I made my way to the sunshine yellow dresses.  Same story.  size 4, SOLD.  size 6, SOLD.  Size 8? SOLD!  UGHH  eventually I ended up buying the size 10 for $49!!  Originally priced at $169 =)

I woke up this morning hating the world and wishing I was a super hero who had the power to freeze time. But now…at 8:12am I’m feeling refreshed and aliiiiive =P  I would also like to mention that these two dresses sold out within 10 minutes.  WHAT THE HELLL??  what are the women in the U.S. DOING right now??  shouldn’t they be working!?  LOL
*sigh *  in any case, I wanted to share with you guys the best buy of my life.  The adrenaline that was pumping through my veins is slowly fleeting and I must chug about 4 cups of coffee to feel normal~ BUT~ this has to be the best Hump Day in a LONG TIME.
Hm…Now to find matching shoes and delicate earrings to pair with this baby!
Oh right…the most IMPORTANT issue at hand…”but you’re not a size 10!”  TRUE.  I’m more like a 4-6.  HOWEVER, my mom is the most amazing tailor who can just LOOK at fabric and the pieces sew themselves, flawlessly.  Plus I have my own sewing machine now and can make the appropriate alterations to have the dress fit me like a G-L-O-V-E.  =)
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Current Obsession: Gold Leaf Cuff

Gold-plated leaf cuff by Kenneth Jay Lane

Kenneth Jay Lane

Gold-plated leaf cuff


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Sparkles & Glitter

Ok…so perhaps it’s the media and fashion industry shoving the whole sequin/glitter epidemic down my throat and into my closest…but I am currently OBSESSED with this new fad.  Yes, there’s a strong possibility that I could be THAT girl at the club who looks like a disco ball and lights up the room (er..reflects the light in the room).  HOWEVER, at the moment…i’m milking it for all it’s worth!  I’m sure this trend only comes once every 30 years and well…you just can’t pull off sequins the same way at 55.  *shrug * hard, stone cold truth right?

So here is my ode to all that glitters…






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SAG Awards: Best and Worst Dressed


Diane has such a regal look abotu her.  It’s gorgeous.  This was a brilliant color/dress choice for her.  Classic.

Diane Kruger
so much fun!  The dress looks couture, but the bright color intermixes a flirtiness about this dress that only Anna can pull off.
Anna Kendrick
Kyra Sedgwick
Absolutely gorgeous.  The color, cut, fabric, hair, make up…everything.  I also love the minimalist jewelry since she wanted the dress to shine.  The color compliments her hair and skin color PERFECTLY!  My one change would have been…MORE BANGLES!
Lea Michelle
NOT feeling this.  Had it been a plain print, I could have give her some fashion props..but this is TOO busy for the red carpet.  I did love her hair and makeup, however.
Anna Paqin
GOORRRGEOUS dress~ but Tina Fey is NOT owning it.  She looks like the dress is wearing HER.
Tina Fey
Need I really comment on this train wreck outfit?
Meryl Streep
I dunno what about this look I don’t like… but she looks really washed out.  My guess is the lipstick choice…but something is off.
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Hautelook Sale: Madison Marcus, Jamison and Gemma

Although a lot of the items have sold out, check out the remaining clothes!!  I was surprised to find myself loving this line…
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Current Obsession: Black Nina Ricci Purse

O.M.G.  i LOVE this bag!  I love the color, style, material and fact that this purse is versatile!


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Project Runway: Season 7

They’re Back in New York!!

I cannot even express just how much I adore Heidi Klum or this fabulous show.  Watching the creativity and ingenuity from the designers is inspiring and very jaw-dropping.  What’s even more fun is getting to see the designer’s line sky rocket into mainstream society after the show.  Last Year I saw three collections in boutiques and on the runway from past season designers.  It was awesome.  I randomly got invites to store opening, FIDM fashion shows that were over flowing with champagne and hors dourves.  Oh LA…I love the glamour.

Anyway, Can’t wait to see this new season and all the guest celebrity judges =P!



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Dream Closet


My DREAAAM closet!!!  oh man…any ideas on how to get rich quick?

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Sewing Experiment: Curtains

Growing up, my mom was the most amazing seamstress/tailor.  She used to make a majority of my outfits and buy matching hair clips and shoes.  Later in life, when I bought designer jeans, dress pants for work…absolutely ANYTHING really…my mom tailored it to my body.  I LOVED IT.  Having a mom who could sew anything and everything made my life so much easier that I totally took her for granted.  After I moved out into my own apartment, finding time to sit with her and get my clothes altered were almost impossible.

The Solution?  My own sewing machine.  Although this Hello Kitty one is GORGEOUS, mine is a Singer.  It was my mom’s first sewing machine when she immigrated to America and now…it’s MY first sewing machine =)  Awesome!  I love the legacy that this machine holds and all the beautiful clothes it made for me as a child.

Now, I’m starting my own sewing story by starting off with curtains.  I have four curtains in my room and two on my wardrobe.  My first goal is to tailor the bottoms and get used to the vibrations and routes of the machine.  After warming up with that, my next goal is to sew some comfy black pajama sweats for Markel.  Eventually I would love to sew my own dresses and clothes for my four kids =P  Just like my mama did for us.

Wish me luck guys.  It’ll be quite a feat!


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Yves Saint Laurent Arty aventurine ring

This is my current OBSESSION!  I love love love this ring.   I think out of jewelry~ rings and earrings are my favorite.  They’re the two things that instantly attract my eye and pull an outfit together.

Yves Saint Laurent Arty aventurine ring Yves Saint Laurent Arty aventurine ring

Yves Saint Laurent Arty aventurine ring $495

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Girls Night Out

With the cold winter, I have been only thinking about what will keep me warm!  Recently, I’ve been favoring Leggings (liquid, sequin, lace, ribboned, zip, you name it!) and long tunics with cardigans on top, scarves and a pair of tall boots to complete the look.  My bag of choice?  a cross-body leather bag in turquoise.  ahh comfortable clothes are amazing~~

But with the sun creeping out in LA and the weather fairly warm…I’ve been thinking about Date Night outfits!  My Bs and I have been discussing a posh girls night out in hollywood and I’ve been getting excited about all the wonderful things i’ll be able to wear now!

In honor of the first GNO outing…and my first since the winter… I want something LOUD and fun.  Some of my thoughts…

Rachel Gilbert Silk beaded tank dressRachel Gilbert Silk beaded tank dress

Camilla and Marc Elodi silk tiered dressCamilla and Marc Elodi silk tiered dress

1. Rachel Gilbert $520

2. Camilla and Marc $550

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Confessions of a Shopaholic: Wardrobe Sale?


After watching Confessions of a Shopaholic, I wondered how realistic the massive clothing sale she had was.  She made a killing and was able to de-clutter her life from all the frivolous buys in her lifetime.  I did three loads of laundry last week and when it was time to put things away or hang things up…I realized I was short about 30 hangers.  It threw me into a world wind of shock and remorse.  Is THIS why I can’t pay my loans as fast???  Are these things the reason why I’m not getting a new car this year???  After much dismay and internal agony, I came to the realization that I must take a stand and be proactive about my things.  I thought a lot about which avenue would be the best way to purge my belongings to an appropriate owner while making some money back to repay my massive undergraduate and post-undergraduate loans.  Yesterday, I calculated that with interest, I have about $40K of loans that will take me 50 years to repay.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?  They were spread over so many companies that I didn’t think there was an issue.  But once I had to face my fears and look through my loan documents… things started to add up quickly.  *ugh *

So, my question is more to my readers… What is the best and most efficient way to sell my stuff WITHOUT getting $5 for a BCBG dress I paid $200 for and wore once OR $3 for a pair of shoes I paid $150 for?   I thought about EBAY, CRAIGSLIST, BUFFALO EXCHANGE, CROSSROADS, and a good old GARAGE SALE.  But…do these work?  And if they do, which is the most beneficial after a cost/time/benefit analysis?

I probably own about 20 pairs of designer jeans, 50 pairs of designer shoes (mainly heels), 150 designer dresses, 150 designer tops, 100 designer handbags, and a BUTT LOAD of baubles, accessories and fine jewelry.  Does one girl NEED so much?  Before major events, vacations or even dates, my friends flock to my closet and ask to borrow things.  It’s like the mecca of closets!  Color coordinated, organized by event and season… My armoire, under-the-bed tubs, linen closet,  two actual closets,  and three dressers are packed with items carefully folded and tucked away safely by category.  I feel like I need a dewey-decimal system to find a pair of socks sometimes… because are they dressy socks or exercise socks?  are they for boots or heels?  see my point?

I realized that I need to begin 2010 with a wardrobe cleansing and purge my life of such clutter.  Yes I love all the things I own and will most likely fill the empty spaces back up some day~ but for now… I need to tackle my mountain of student loans!

So for those of you reading this…any suggestions on how?  I”m not sure if in this tech savvy world, it’s better for me to photograph every item and post them on a website where people can purchase as they wish OR if it’s better to dump garbage bags  at Buffalo Exchange and see what measly pennies they give me OR have a huge clothing sale at my apartment.  My biggest hope is that each gorgeous piece finds a nice, new owner who will appreciate it’s value and construction.  I want someone to buy my things and realize what treasures they are, rather than a store clerk carelessly throwing them into a “$5” pile.

Recessionistas and Fashionistas… HELP!

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Megan Fox: Classy or Trashy?

When we were first introduced to Megan Fox, I will admit…I almost turned lesbian.  She had that intense, edgy beauty that only Angelina Jolie could command.  The unfortunate part?  She was not as diplomatic with her words or her thoughts.  Angelina definitely DID weird, crazy things… however she didn’t say such ignorant, unintelligent things that the media would have on record for the rest of her life.  She made very bold statements placing her beauty and status ABOVE Angelina’s, she told the media how highly she thought of herself, how she didn’t believe in marriage or monogamy, how certain life choices (morals for many) were too binding and restrictive for her carefree lifestyle.

Megan Fox even went as far as biting the hand that fed her and criticizing the writers, producers and director of the very movie that made her famous: transformers.  Um…to me (and most of the world)…she is so blinded by her ego and narcissism, that she doesn’t realize how idiotic her statements are.  You can’t TELL the world you’re better than them and have them revere you more.  You can’t MAKE blanket statements of your beauty.  The media began by comparing Fox and proclaiming her the new Angelina.  But when Megan because offended by that statement (stupid!) she experienced a huge backlash of criticism from the very people who loved her.

After a few years of media exposure, I no longer think she’s classy.  I no longer think she’s beautiful.  Ms. Fox, you need to take  a good look in the mirror and realize that the world does not revolve around you.  You are making enemies faster than a contagious STD.  You need to scale back and humble yourself because the media has the unlimited force and power to make you as infamous and trashy as they did to Tara Reid.


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Rachel Zoe anorexic?

If you ever watch Rachel Zoe’s show on BRAVO, you will know that she abhors being referred to as anorexic.  YET… her body looks completely emaciated!!!  Rachel Zoe is all about fashion and lives for it… I get that.  But she also needs to realize that the media has a REASON to crucify her the way it does about her eating habits.  On the show, we NEVER see her eat.  People all around her will be eating and she’ll be drinking a venti coffee.  Zoey…that is NOT a meal.  Rachel is married to her (very gay) husband…but he doesn’t seem to encourage her to eat more.  Sorry Zoey, but you look like a 12 year old boy with saggy boobs.  *shrug *
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Emma Watson for Burberry Spring 2010

I have a soft spot for Hermione.  Yes, I realize this is not her name, but I don’t care!  LOL  Hermione has grown up in front of the world’s eyes over the past 6 years and is continuing to become ever so lovely.  Here are a few pictures from her new Spring 2010 ads.  The biggest and most interesting fact?  This guy below holding the two purses is her real life brother!!  Alex Watson~  craaazyy!

Emma Watson Spring 2010 Buberry Campaign

Emma Watson Spring 2010 Buberry Campaign

Emma Watson Spring 2010 Buberry Campaign


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Fashion Do or Don’t: Demin Couture Dress

Although this dress is beautifully put together, I still can’t get passed the demin part.  So…is this a fashion “do” or “don’t”?

LANVIN $1515

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