Thursday, January 29, 2009

Who Styled It Better?

During the course of this blog (and for quite a while before), I have spent a great deal of time browsing various online stores for the best prices on great clothing. One thing that strikes me every time I visit these stores is the styling of the clothing - whether it is on the home page or the individual item pages.

Topshop home page.

I usually prefer when items are shown on a model and attractively styled rather than flat against a white background. It helps me to get a better idea of how the item would look if I were to purchase it and see the possibilities of how it could be worn.

Despite not being able to afford most of the items on designer websites, I still enjoy browsing through them to ogle the gorgeous clothes for sale.

Usually if an item is offered on more than one site, the price will be practically the same wherever it's sold. Therefore each store needs to make their item seem more appealing to potential customers and this is achieved through interesting styling.

Items from eLUXURY's Spring 2009 page.

Online store styling may not always be the most creative or groundbreaking but it is important that it focusses on highlighting the best aspects of the garment whether it be fabric, colour, construction or special details, while also paying attention to other things such as accessories, hair and makeup (the last two apply if it is shown on a model rather than a mannequin).

I have picked out a few items from different stores below for comparison. Which of these items would you choose based on the styling alone?


(L), (R) DJPremium



(L) Bergdorf Goodman, (M), (R) Cusp




(L), (R)


(L) Krista K Boutique, (R) eLUXURY


(L), (M) Urban Outfitters, (L)


None of these do it for you? Tell me how you would have styled them in the comments!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ten Things (and more)

It's about time I actually do at least one of the tags I've been given (my apologies for the ones I've had to skip). This one was given to me by Tamia of The Style Sample.

So, in no particular order, here are:



Bargain hunting

The thrill of a new romantic interest (I haven't had one of these in quite a while...hmm...I miss it)

Being in the company of people who have a great sense of humour.

Creativity in any form

God, my family, friends

Cute, funny and slightly awkward guys (e.g. Michael Cera)

When inspiration strikes at the most unexpected times.

F.R.I.E.N.D.S (Even though I've watched all ten seasons, I can always rely on this show to make me laugh until my sides split.

People who are genuine and aren't afraid to do their own thing.


Seeing people spit...ugh, so gross....

Having to catch two buses to school in the merciless midday sun - a journey which also includes a fair amount of walking from one bus station to the next. Luckily I don't have to do this anymore :)

Arrogance as well as self-pity.

When guys say words like "nipple" or "giggle". It makes me cringe for some reason.

When applications 'quit unexpectedly' before I have the chance to save any work.

Mushy, affectionate nicknames that some couples use like 'baby', 'boo' or...*gasp*...'pumpkin'. I especially hate it when guys attempt to call me nicknames that so obviously do not suit me. I am 5' 10" and a guy once referred to me as 'shorty'. Cue exasperated sigh and dramatic eye roll.

Seeing women being trashy and throwing away their dignity just for a man's attention.

Cigarette smoke.


Slugs, frogs, roaches and any other creature you'd have to call the Orkin Man for.


Once, when I was about five years old, I thought it would be a good idea to see what Toilet Bowl Cleaner felt like on my skin. Bad idea.

I love a good chick-lit read. The last one I read was Lip Kisses by Stella Chaplin. Hilarious.

I have a small collection of money from different countries in the world that I got from by father when he used to go on business trips. I have only actually been to two of these countries in my life (Trinidad and England) but I hope to change this in the future.

I have a fear of elevators that stems from watching some show when I was very young where an elevator cord snapped and plummeted its occupants several stories to their deaths. Apparently I never got over it.

I do not own a cell phone or a watch at this point in time.

I cannot stand the smell or taste of peanuts. Another childhood trauma that involves a bad jar of oily, chunky peanut butter and the regurgitation of the contents of aforementioned jar. Man, I have a lot of unresolved issues.

Below are the latest fashion blogger illustrations: Tavi of Style Rookie (top) and Karla of Karla's Closet (bottom).

This is not a tag but I thought I'd share a few of the many beautiful songs I can never get enough of:

Worry about you by Ivy

Sunday by Sia

Sophia by Nerina Pallot

Songs that we sing by Charlotte Gainsbourg

Come here boy by Imogen Heap

P.S a reminder to U.S residents to check out the Piperlime contest below for the chance to "Win a day in Rachel Zoe's shoes". You have until 11:59 p.m ET, January 25, 2009.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Would you like to 'Win a Day in Rachel Zoe's Shoes'?

For the fans of hyper-stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe, boy do I have the opportunity of a lifetime for you. Piperlime is offering you fashionistas a chance to 'Win a day in Rachel Zoe's shoes'.

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All you have to do is register on Piperlime's contest page by January 25, 2009 (7 days!) and you'll be automatically entered into the sweepstakes, no purchase necessary.

As for those of you who aren't too keen on the Zoe, there's still something in it for you. Piperlime will award the winner a fabulous $10,000 grand prize package consisting of:

- A three day stay at the glamourous Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for you and a friend.
- Roundtrip airfare to Los Angeles for two.
- Transportation to and from the airport, to meet Rachel,
- $2,000 each towards a shopping spree at Rachel's favourite hot spots.
- $500 each towards Piperlime shoes.

That prize is just....bananas! Even without Rachel Zoe in the picture that package is a sweet deal.

Unfortunately the contest is only open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry, but I'll definitely be looking out for international contests in the future.

To all of you who can enter, get over there now and get your entry in before time runs out!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Curve Huggers, Vogue China Ed and New Illustration

If you've got it, and you wanna flaunt it, then go all out in a figure-hugging freakum dress.

Form-fitting dresses were first popularized on the runway by 'The King of Cling' Azzedine Alaia who introduced his Lycra creations during the late 1980s and later by Herve Leger whose signature 'bandage' dresses are highly sought after to this day.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford was one of the first celebrities to don one of Herve Leger's provocative bandage dresses, as seen in the photo below.

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Many Spring 2009 collections from designers such as Narciso Rodriguez, Alexander Wang, Balmain as well as Herve Leger featured body con dresses in styles ranging from elegant to sexy to edgy.

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90210 stars Annalynne McCord and Jessica Stroup worked the 2009 People's Choice Awards red carpet in sexy Guess by Marciano and Herve Leger dresses, respectively.

Kate Winslet looked incredible in a Balmain Spring 2009 dress at the L.A premiere of Revolutionary Road.

While not necessarily the most appropriate choice for an event like the Critic's Choice Awards, there's no denying that Amanda Bynes looked fantastic in her hot pink Herve Leger dress.

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Care to pour yourself in a fabulous, curve-hugging dress? Check out these affordable options below.

X Factor Dress
Price: US$49.99

Leopard Fitted Dress
Price: US$54.90

Mafia Girl Zip Tube Dress
Price: US$48.00

ASOS Mesh Strap Body Con Dress
Price: UK£14 (US$28.00)

Rivet Halter Dress
Price: US$49.99

Spring is quickly approaching and with it comes many beautiful Spring-inspired magazine photo spreads. I gotta say, my heart skipped a few beats when I came across this stunning editorial from the February 2009 issue of Vogue China. The clothes, the hair, the makeup, the model...fresh and gorgeous. Just the way a Spring editorial should be!

Spring Rhapsody
Photographer: Daniel Jackson
Model: Liu Wei

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Also, here is the newest addition to the Inspirational Fashion Blogger series - Marian from The House of Style.


Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Bloggers: Illustrated

Hey all! I realized that I totally forgot to wish everyone a happy new year in my last post - so sorry! I hope you've all had a great start to the new year and I wish you all a wonderful 2009!

Today, I thought I'd share some illustrations I did between yesterday and today. They're all hand drawn, scanned and then coloured freehand in Photoshop.

This series of illustrations based on fashion bloggers whose personal style I find inspiring. First on the list are Rumi from Fashion Toast, Jane from Sea of Shoes and Susie B. from Style Bubble.

Note: Click on the blogger's name to see the original photo and click on blog name to go to the blog home page.

Susie B. (Style Bubble)

What do you guys think? Who else would make an interesting subject?

Monday, January 5, 2009

Get It For Way Less - Sunner Park Jumpsuit

A chic and modern alternative to the classic LBD is the LBJ - Long Black Jumpsuit.

The jumpsuit is usually a tricky item of clothing that conjures up horrific images of the dreaded camel-toe. However, when done correctly, the LBJ can be sleek, sophisticated and effortlessly sexy.

Check out these fantastic tips from StyleBites on how to find the right jumpsuit to suit your body type.

The Spring 2009 collections of Dries Van Noten, Collette Dinnigan, Stella McCartney and Sonia Rykiel all featured LBJs in a variety of styles.

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This fab silk-charmeuse LBJ from Sunner features a high collared halter neckline, 4-snap closure at front, elasticated waist and wide pant legs.

Sunner Park Jumpsuit
Price: US$436.00

For my more budget-conscious friends out there, I found an incredibly affordable alternative at Asos. While they are both very similar in design, the matte black jersey fabric of the Asos version seems to be more flattering and forgiving.

ASOS Wide Leg Halter Jumpsuit
Price: UK
£39.15 (US$58.73)