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Summer Kindle: My Sister’s Keeper

Sob-sob-sob: Re-enactment of me muffling the sound of crying into a pillow

I like to temper my summer fluffy chic-lit with the heavy drama, the kind that has your heart strings pulled taught, weeping secretly into your beach blanket.  Aren’t we all just gluttons for punishment?  As a voracious reader, I have on loan from J’s basement bookshelf, the best-selling My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult.  Even from the well designed book cover, you know this one is going to be a major tearjerker.  MAJOR. TEARJERKER. Spoiler Alert

The story unfolds as Anna Fitzgerald, 13 year tween, is asked to become an organ donor to her ailing older sister Kate who suffers from leukemia.  Having been conceived by her parents, Brian and Sara, in order to become a biological match for her sister, Anna eventually undergoes a number of medical procedures to prolong her sibling’s survival.  After a lifetime of being a default donor, Anna reaches out to a local attorney, Campbell Alexander, for medical emancipation in order to assert her right to make her own decisions. 

The narrative switches from the point of view of Anna, to Kate, to her parents, her troubled brother Jesse, her attorney Campbell and guardian Julia; the various characters pose the ethical and moral dilemmas that ensue when parents’ obligation to children is superseded by their love and desire to keep their family unit together.  A moving tale about adolesence, family bonds, love and the heartache of loss, it is an emotional read which will likely make you ponder your ideals and how they might bend in times when your closest are in duress.

Sidenote:  I am glad I read this before watching the 2009 film adaptation of the book.  Cameron Diaz is not the Sara Fitzgerald I pictured in my mind.

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July 7, 2011   No Comments

Florals In Massive Bloom

All The Pretty Girls Wearing a Garden Variety: Stella McCartney SS 2011

While it’s no surprise that Floral has made a return this Summer as a print that adorns many a top, bottom or dress, it’s the way in which you interpret your flowers that makes the bold difference.  Through my travels, there appeared to be a “go big or go home” trend on the streets and in the magazines, with PYT’s (pretty young things) pairing various garden motifs in one ensemble.  Daring, yes.  Impossible, no! 

Let me impart some loving words of wisdom on the matter:

  • Clash of the Rhododendrons – In nature, it is common to see lillies growing alongside roses and daisies.  Actually, it is quite lovely when you observe the wildness of these disparate florals come together.  Very English garden.  Alas, I digress.  Why not try a chiffon top in miniscule pattern with a maxi skirt in an abstract?  To subtley reduce the visual tension of these prints, keep the fabrics in the same family (ie. silky or chiffon) or try colours that sit adjacent to each other on the colour wheel (ie. red-purple-blue).  Another trick to soften the look is to wear a few solid colours in between – a simple ribbed tank top, a camel coloured belt, a neutral wedge, etc.

Who's That Girl? Knock their socks off with this Aqua Floral Printed Gown

Count your blessings: If God giveth you twigs for legs, try these DKNY Floral Silk pants. Ruche them to your ankles and sport some sandal stilettos. Trust.

  • This Old Thing – Florals have a vintage-y sentiment attached to them.  If you feel ill prepared to have blossoms running wild all over your outfit,  try accessorizing with a gauzy scarf, a dainty cocktail ring or a cabbage rose sitting atop your very chic chignon.  Oh yes, I am campaigning very adamantly for a giant floral headdress revival.  Wait for it!

Forget your Buffalo Check for a Moment: Tie this Accessorize 50's Floral Silk Scarf in a bow and channel your inner Stewardess

Tell tall tales with this Accessorize Catwalk Flower: "I took a siesta in the garden and when I awoke this was sprouting from my head."

Painter Meets Muse: Loving the look of this Free People One Desert Floral Maxi. Dress it up. Dress it down.

Alhambra in Granada: The legend of the Generalife Rose Gardens is that princesses would have secret rendez vous with suitors among the many mazes of roses. (Dreamy) Le sigh!

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June 15, 2011   No Comments

Bikinis, Maillots & The Return of The Swimdress

Ooh la! La retour of the maillot and red lips. French Vogue starts the wave with Kate Moss.

The glorious sunshine and warmth of a sunny day has stirred up my love of bathing attire.  There are few activities more enjoyable than frolicking in the water and digging your toes into a sandy beach dressed in the most glamourous of bikinis.  Pina colada, por favor.

While it is easy to continually accumulate a destination wardrobe, I suggest you pick up a new swimsuit and retire an old one.  Don’t fret.  She has had the time of her life – her colours are faded from sun-soaked days and her strings have lost their elasticity from dips in the salty ocean.  Her life flashes before her similar to a montage sequence a la From Here to Eternity.  If you love her, let her go.

To ease the pain of your loss, I have compiled the best of Swimwear.  There are a plethora of new styling options and the return of the very retro Swimdress.  More modest than a string bikini, many designers are showing a modern take on swim with plunging sweetheart necklines and hipster bottoms.  Very G-L-A-M-O-U-R-O-U-S! (Canadian spelling)

Ruched in all the right places: Coral Carmen Marc Valvo Swimdress would be lovely paired with gold and turquoise chandelier earrings. Do it!

Stun the beach-goers with patterns and textures: Juicy Couture Rope Bikini

Hipster Ruffles make you wanna Samba in this Vix Liberty Ruffle

Bandeau a go-go. Trina Turk Peacock Bikini. Bandeau styles are great for snorkelling. Look ma! No tan lines!

It's only okay to stay in your swimsuit if you are ordering from the poolbar. Stay stylish and classy with this Nanette Lepore Tunic.

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April 27, 2011   No Comments

This Bohogi Is Dreaming Of…

Sunshine.  A Beach.  Getting her hair tousled.
Even though I have a mad case of zombie-arm (too much typing and sewing, not enough relaxing), I thought it was time to break out some LC fashion favourites.  The weather might be schizophrenic (freezing rain in April?) but I am certain you are going to be picking up, what I put down.  Especially if you, like me, are of the bohogi variety.
Inspired by the fashions of the Coachella outdoor music festival (California meets fashion blogger meets indie rock), here are some lovely images to inspire you to update your wardrobe.  A Guide to Buy Now, Wear Later, stare at lovingly, longingly for the temperature to climb above 20 degrees celsius.  Then wishing, waiting, anticipating like a Jack Johnson ballad to finally have your well-manicured toes exposed to the world.    

A family of gypsets. I am going to support The Caftan Party in the next election.

Hippie dippy for this Forever 21 Tie-Dye Top. Tie-die reminds me of surfers and Maui. Word association.

I know. I know. It's kind of predictable west of Bathurst. Lovin' the shape of this Forever 21 Folded Brim Cloche.

My spring fabric statement: Eyelet. Forever 21 Endless Eyelet in my favourite summer colour, coral.

Match that Aqua Ruffle Romper to your nails. Yes please.

Call me a Band-Aid: Taking the fringe to the next level. I mean...Sam Edelman does it again with the Dazey Sandal.

Lengthen the legs by wearing these Dolce Vita Eliza Flats in a lighter shade of camel. Remember to slap on some faux glow. Your legs haven't seen the light of day since last September. Jeez!

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April 19, 2011   No Comments

Warm Up With Summer Sandals And Espadrilles

‘Tis a depressing day outside.  But alas, as a cup half full optimist, I foresee the rain giving bloom to a brilliant spring garden.  Even though it’s frigid outside, I still make the effort to keep up a bright pedicure.  The lady at the salon commented on my frequent visits:  “Are you going away?  Do you have a party?”  The answer to which is no and no but if I ever need to remove my socks to try on shoes, you will be enamoured with my China Glaze Ruby Red Slipper toes.  She said most women only come in the warm weather.  Um, Lame-town!  (recently developped cousin of Crazytown

Well, my dearies, I am about to change all that with my Summer preview –  The LC’s Guide to the BEST sandals and espadrilles.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison. Mmm, I've always loved braided things and gilded gladiator too.

Stop Traffic Red: Have women want to murder you for your Dolce Vita Jade Wedges much? An orangey-fire engine red hottt against your tanned stems.

Kick it to the curb: I mean, Sam Edelman Caged Wedge Bootie. Ba-na-nas!

A daring modern take on espadrille: Bettye Muller Caprice wedge, colourful prints on scarves that wrap around your ankles. Magic!

Obviously, you will be wearing Texas OPI on your toesies. I already love 'Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em' & 'Big Hair, Big Nails.' Gingers are cute. I really x 3 like this picture.

Rachel Zoe loves a good laser-cut wedge. Digging her cream boho pregnancy style. Image courtesy Coco Perez

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March 5, 2011   1 Comment

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 Style.com

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.

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July 27, 2010   No Comments