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The Golden Rules

Drew Barrymore in Richard Chai sequin top and high-waisted satin pants. She looks lovely, non?

 There will be a lot of Gold happening this Fall and Winter.  I’m not complaining.  I have a partiality to the shimmery, glittery opulence of 24k.  Looks great with a tan.  While I do love the look, it can easily slip into overkill territory (aka tacky).  Some rules to apply when amping up the wattage:

1.  Cocktails After Dark – A gold lame dress to the office is a major no-no, unless you work at Studio 54 and it’s the late 1970’s.  But helloooo, it’s not.  Refrain from looking like a high-class escort by storing that outfit in the ‘evening looks’ section of your wardrobe. 

2.  Subtle Bling –  Daytime gold jewellery can be very dainty and pretty while dramatic statement pieces are well suited for evening.  Try taking a simple chain and adding a few charms or layering various length necklaces to create dimension.  It’s a classic look by also incorporating a few pearls in an iridescent white.  I have seen the best gold bangles and cuffs which are also another alternative to reaping high ROC’s.  That would be low hanging fruit.

Rooarrr! Loving the stackable ABS Animal Print Bangles

Is it just me, or are you mesmorized by the turquoise in this Alexis Bittar Crystal Gold-plated Cuff?

3.  Non-Competition Clause – Gold has a tendency to stand out so your best bet is to choose 1-2 elements maximum in this hue.  Matchy-matchy has a way of looking too conventional and TRY.  For instance, if you are wearing a gold sequined dress and gold stud earrings, you can tone down the flash by wearing a classic black blazer and accessorizing with a bright coloured clutch.  Of course, you can always discard your jacket as you heat up while dancing, maneuvering a packed bar, etc, etc. *This rule can be applied to any fashion scenario.

Gold Done Right: 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Lame Party Dress paired with black tights and patent stilettos.


September 2, 2010   3 Comments

The LC Shows You Love: Rosetta Stone Necklace Giveaway

In my spare time, I love making jewellery.  The kind that is bright, fanciful and makes a statement.  I actually taught myself how by watching tutorials on YouTube.  I mean, how did we ever exist before the Internet?  I also managed to hone my skills by attending an earring bee, supervised by supportive expert beaders. 

As The Love Collage approaches her first anniversary, I thought it would be a nice thank you to my loyal readers and a lovely welcome gesture to new ones to do a giveaway.  Up for grabs is a charming textile and bead piece from my line Rosetta Stone

Photo courtesy of Pixel Pills

La Vie En Rose: Oversize faux pearls wrapped in pink chiffon ribbon on an 18k gold-plated link chain with crystal accents (Retail value $100).  Hand-made with love, of course.

To enter, subscribe to my blog by entering your email on the left sidebar OR leave a comment on this post.  The winner will be selected in a random draw and notified via email.  Rules: One entry per person.  Contest closes Friday, August 20th, 2010.  Good luck!


August 10, 2010   7 Comments

Loveable Thursdays

I was born on a Wednesday but Thursday will always have my heart as a favourite day of the week.  There’s something about this day so charming and delightful; perhaps it’s because it marks the beginning of the weekend, the only evening worth going out to party and for some strange reason, frequently a day where people skip out on work to sit on a grassy nole enjoying the sunshine and getting their tan on (a la Clueless).

In celebration of such a loveable Thursday, random loves du jour:

Alexis Bittar Montauk Coral Bubble Ring: I have always been in love with pave but this one stands out with its cocktail size, sparkle and coral stones. Well, I love you on so many levels.

Girlcrush Alert: Emma Stone awesome in House Bunny and kick-butt in Zombieland. She really deserves her own post.

You know some days you want to eat your feelings. Nothing does the trick like an Ice cream sandwich or a scoop of Greg's ice cream in 'Roasted Marshmallow.' Enjoy in moderation.


July 29, 2010   2 Comments

Tribal Treasures

Lanvin never disappoints with unique statement necklaces. Couture meets 'Out of Africa'

We have a few weeks left to squeeze out of our summer wardrobes until the days begin to magically fast-forward into Fall.  You know that dreaded feeling that stirs inside when you begin to see leaves change colour and the newstands populate with September issues.  It all happens so quickly.  While your heart anticipates the excitement of Fall fashions (because who doesn’t love wearing tights and new trends?), a part of you will lament that summer had “…only just begun.” (Sing to tune of Carpenters song).  It’s bittersweet, non?  

This August heralds the release of the much-anticipated Eat Pray Love movie, starring Julia Roberts.  The autobiography follows author Elizabeth Gilbert on her quest of self-discovery through Italy, Bali and India.  I am certain its effect on pop culture will be of the travel variety (ashrams and authentic Bali huts overlooking rice paddy fields instantly overbooked, etc) but will also ripple into fashion.  I think one of the easiest way to add a touch of the exotic to your wardrobe is to wear a tribal statement necklace

Louis Vuitton L'Ame de Voyage necklace, inspired by the curiosities and treasures found along Marc Jacobs many adventures.

Give them something to talk about. Lanvin statement necklace is very Medusa meets Snake Charmer. Photos courtesy

How to pull it off – When wearing these dramatic and highly unique pieces, it’s best to go simple or monochromatic with your outfit.  Earrings are unnecessary but if you feel truly naked, then studs or tiny drops will do.  You don’t want to be fashion overkill, do you?

Authentically Abroad – Part of going on a great adventure is bringing back souvenirs that you will treasure forever & ever.  There are boundless resources in Asia:  pearls, gold and semi-precious stones and places that can help you to design pieces.  Bring a photograph ripped out of a magazine to help explain the style you are looking for.  Make sure they are certified and competitively shop prices to ensure you are not being taken advantage of.  Local markets are also great for costume jewellery and semi-precious stones.  My best find was in a Thai market, a five pendant turquoise, silver and wood bead necklace from Damnoen Saduak.


July 27, 2010   No Comments

Adornment Chola-Style

Gwen's nod to Chola's of SoCal (Southern Cali (fornia)): "Shhhh, or i'm gonna pop you bi-atch." Love the use of double short form/acronym/bracket.

The other day as I was getting my long overdue pedi, I came across some ridiculously fun samples of nail art.  While the girl in the adjacent massage chair had requested the embellishment of her big toes with a crazytown pattern, I had a momentary tinge of ‘should I?‘  An internal debate raged on in my head (felt like an eternity, lasted only 30 seconds);  I ended up deferring this time around.  My resolution being that next time I have a party/social, I would choose something wild for my finger nails as a ‘conversation piece.’ Plus, who the heck’s gonna look at my toes?  Maybe the one closet foot fetishist in the room.  Dramatization:  I point at random things and hold my champagne flute at eye-level.  “Oh my nails are inspired by Modgliani’s Reclining Nude and I decided to go tribal ikat with my pinky fingers.”

The song that best matches these fingers is Notorious B.I.G.'s Hypnotize.

There’s a quality about Nail Art that is kind of borderline tacky-gangstah.  I won’t lie.  I kind of love it.  It reminds me of Chola style and hip hop.  What is a Chola, you ask?  I kid you not, an excerpt from The Urban Dictionary:  “Hardcore latina gangbangers. They usually have thin, arched, angry looking tattooed-on or penciled-on eyebrows, brown or dark red lip liner, ‘Monroe’, eyebrow and nose piercings, tats, Converse or Nikes, flannel shirts, lots of gold jewlrey (with their name and crosses), crunchy gelled or moussed hair either down or gelled in a high perfect ponytail either straight back or gelled in a design, and they go out with cholos… It is much more common to just look like a chola, and not act like a chola.”  And while I don’t necessarily recommend leaving the house in head-to-toe Chola (unless you want to be the latest Crip or Blood recuit), there are some fun styling homages that I do suggest.

Two-Finger Rings – Of late, there has been a huge influx of two or three finger rings.  I don’t think they are very comfortable but fashion has never been about comfort, has it?  The sensation feels like your fingers are crazy-glued together at the base.  I think the look is reminiscent of knuckle rings, used to pack a powerful punch and kick the crap out of someone in a fight.  These days you can find them emblazoned with your name (a la Carrie Bradshaw nameplate necklace)  or with dainty birds or flowers. 

LC's gold nameplate ring. Don't mess.

Mega-bling Gold – Chunky gold necklaces are pretty major.  I can’t get over the look which has been going strong for a few seasons now.  The necklace can be very street flashy when the gold link has a bit of toughness to it and is oversized almost to the point of parody.  When you wear one, you can refer to yourself as your street cred name.  ie. “Holla!  Miss X-tina in da house, papy cholo.”   

Editor’s Note:  I just read this post again and to answer the question lingering in your mind: “Yes, I am a lil’ bit loco (English translation – crazy) funny.  And I do talk a lot of smack (crazy-talk) in real life.”

Intense! Kenneth Jay Lane gold chunky link necklace.


July 8, 2010   No Comments

The Summer Survival Guide

Yes we are only 8 days into summer, but the temperatures are rising and people are flooding the streets to enjoy a dose of sunshine and the outdoors.  I truly believe people in California are happier because they get to wake up to warm weather and palm trees, an undeniably ‘upper’ combination.  Now that the heat is here, I won’t complain.  If anything, I will soak it up like a sponge and try to take advantage without getting sunburn or tanlines.  I live for the summer. 

A Coral Necklace – Nothing says summer like a coral necklace.  Like clockwork, every season, new accessories and clothing in this colour emerge.  Why?  It looks so scrumptious and fresh against tanned skin.  I have a few varieties from chains with ombre beads to the Wilma Flintstone rounds in red and orange.  Very high ROC.  I might be shaking up the status quo here, but I do declare coral the new turquoise. 

Organic-ly coral: This one is Kenneth Jay Lane. Surely pedestrian stopping 'OMG, where did you get that?' worthy

Girls In White Anything – My absolute preference is for white eyelet, particularly in a dress.  Two words:  Garden Party.  And for a white ruffle mini, another three words:  Dancing Al Fresco.  We only have so many days before we have to tuck away our white linens and ultra-soft cottons.  Yes, it is acceptable to wear white after Labour Day but only Winter Whites people.

Paired with a lingerie inspired tank, this Free People White Tiered Mini is oh so pretty.

Artsy Nails – I am of the female persuasion, therefore, I have a Sephora obsession.  This week, I checked out the store, where they have recently installed a Nail Bar.  What’s on tap?  Only tiger, lace, skull and pop art Nail Art for starters.  I once met a fashionistah adventuress who treated her nails like mini canvases – tiny lightning bolts, polka dots and stripes meticulously painted in different colours without stencils.  When I asked, “Did someone do that for you?”  She responded, “I did them.  I went to Art school.”  Crazytown, non?  If you don’t have the courage to try something Guggenheim worthy, why not go for a splashy colour from the Havana Nights collection from OPI.  My absolute favourite is the limited edition Havana Dreams, a pale blue which looks like Hard Candy circa 1994.

Nice try Havana Nights. Sorry, I only have eyes for Havana Dreams (far right)

Whit-Whit sporting her light blue nails.

Songs In The Key of Summer Lovin’ – Sunshine, a ghettoblaster and dance songs = such an unbeatable mix.  Here are some rump-shakers to keep you grooving until the break of dawn.  

  • She Wolf (Shakira Cover) – Hot Chip
  • Hard – Rihanna f. Young Jeezy
  • Carryout – Timbaland f. Justin Timberlake
  • Loonies to Blow – Drake (A-Trak Remix)
  • Airplanes – B.O.B. f. Paramore

June 8, 2010   No Comments