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More, More, More Fall Must-Haves

I can't say I was impressed by Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue September 2012, however, I do dig her giant fuschia feather hat and tiny Marie Antoinette mole.

The reason why the September issue is a bazillion pages is that designers go all out for Fall.  Forget weight training, just go to the newstand and pick up a few magazines.  Heavy!  This is the best time of year to purge your closet (donate or give your friends some duds) and make room for a few new pieces to jump-start your wardrobe. 

As promised, morex3 Fall Fashion Must-Haves:

  • The Scarf Print – A Baroque pattern inspired by 80’s Versace motifs is one of the standout prints of the season.  I particulary like it on a floaty chiffon blouse or on a silk scarf.  To channel your inner Jackie O. take a square scarf, folding it into a triangle and tie the points at the nape of your neck.  Allow the scarf to drape loosely creating a cowl.  This is my favourite look with a fitted blazer.  Super chic!

Inspiration for Glamazons: Versace Fall Couture 2012

The classic Hermes scarf also inspires many contemporary motifs gracing apparel this season.

  • Skinny Of The Future – This season there are many denim options – jewel tones, printed or coated.  Take your pick!  While colour denim was hottt for Spring/Summer, we are seeing denim in Fall hues such as burgundy, mustard, emerald, turquoise and magenta.  For edgier fashionistahs, there are styles in tie-dye, metallic and faux leather finishes. 

Run about town in your Ernest Sewn Skinny in Turquoise. Best paired with leather riding boots.

These Paige Skyline Leaf Print Skinnies remind me of a craft project. Conversational jeans. Me like.

  • Eye of the Tiger – The koala is my power animal when I am sleepy but when I am all riled up, it’s leopard, cheetah or tiger all the way.  Animal prints are easy pieces to add to your transitional wardrobe (especially paired with camel or burgundy), but there is a major emphasis on tigers for Fall/Winter.  These giant tiger heads are popping up on sweaters, dresses and tops. 

Meow! Purr! Hiss! Are you happy to see me or is that a giant tiger on your Moschino dress? Whimsical & nonsense-ical!

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September 10, 2012   No Comments

In Search of Inspiration…

A plethora of inspiration boards.

I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman.  Inspiration for me is everywhere but I do have an abundance of sources… 

On Fashion – Working in the industry, I am constantly surrounded by clothes and accessories.  Like a chocoholic in Serendipity.  I have many wonderful fashionistah friends who always have their own distinct personal style.  Brunch is never just brunch — it’s a lookbook.  Reading magazines (my faves are Harper’s Bazaar & Vogue) and fashion blogs will also keep you up to date on how to adapt a trend. 

Whoa gorgessity! Emma Stone covers July Vogue. As far as I'm concerned, it's the fashion bible.

On Beauty – The best resource for beauty is Allure.  I learned how to apply makeup from reading the tutorials, collecting books from Kevyn Aucoin and practicing on my friends.  I still beg them to let me before we go out; but they willingly oblige because I do a fierce smokey eye.  In my early 20’s I visited my first Sephora in Paris.  As you can imagine, the clouds parted, the rays of sunshine beamed down and angels sang ‘Alleluia.’  Then I entered, sprayed glitter in my friends’ hair, sampled eyeshadows and played with lipgloss for two hours.  A heavenly experience.

The glorious Sephora on Les Champs Elysees, Paris.

To Live Well – As a bohogi, it sounds cliche but I value every experience from having sangria with friends to afternoon walks in the park.  I love to travel and experience different cultures, so I constantly look at Conde Nast Traveller and dream of an exotic adventure.  I never know how or when I will get there, but I put it out there and make a plan to go.  The universe always delivers!   

Read more about finding inspiration on living well on BlogHer and don’t forget to enter the Life Well Lived Sweepstakes.

My absolutely favourite museum Caixa Forum in Madrid, Spain. They have installations, documentaries, live performances and an amazing gift shop.

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June 24, 2012   No Comments

Recruiting A Dance Army

Whoa-oh-oh! Beyonce recruits a dance army. Take no prisoners.

Impromptu dance parties are de rigueur in our household.  I like to imitate my roomie’s trademark finger snapping, bootie half moon, where she swivels her hips in the shape of a crescent to the effect of “hey, hey, hey! check it!”  In return, she mimics my hands up for the party people and very 90’s supermodel-diva stomp sprinkled with a little Vogue action.  We are equal opportunity dance-off partners.  And we support the uninhibited, random dance of all our friends and visitors.

Late on the scene, I have acquired an obsession with the “Single Ladies” choreography.  When the song was all the rage, I told my cousin that she should totally request that her friends do the dance for her 18th birthday.  The girls arrived to party with cocktail dresses on but prepared an outfit change to black leotard dresses.  They performed a highly rehearsed Gaga/Beyonce remix.  Oh snap!  Teens are very good at picking up choreo.  So very impressive.

To get you in the mood, some of my picks for your random Friday dance pleasure:

Dance like you cannot dance. Stretch your hammies in this American Apparel spandex bodysuit.

Did you see that? Watch my back in these American Apparel Stirrup Tights

I Got Soul, but I'm Not a Soldier. Work it out in these metallic London Sole ballet flats.

Who's got flare? Get spirit finger-ed away in these Accessorize Nude Cut out Jazz Shoes.

In my estimation, a really good dance song or remix should encourage you off the couch or delay you from washing the dishes…  This beat waits for no one!

  • I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (Magician Remix)
  • Stop Me – Mark Ronson f. Daniel Merriweather
  • Til The World Ends – Britney Spears
  • Sister Wife – Alex Winston (Star Slinger Remix)
  • Somebody to Love Me – Mark Ronson & The Business Intl (ft. Boy George & Miike Snow)
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April 8, 2011   No Comments

Channelling 1930’s Fashion

Yesterday, I indulged my mother by watching Nanny McPhee Returns.  Although the G-rated audience was populated with petulant children wielding kiddie popcorn combo’s and their parents, I didn’t mind.  It’s wonderful to laugh in the presence of little kids.  It’s funny to hear them crack up at scenes they believe to be hilarious.

Besides loving the juvenile plot and Emma Thompson, my greatest takeaway was that I was riveted by Maggie Gyllenhaal’s costumes.  Riveted.  Set in the British countryside during World War 2, there were many terrific looks and styling tricks that I think would translate well for this upcoming Fall.  ‘Ladylike’ is going to be big after all.

Picnic Pretty: A white cotton dress with rainbow embroidery and flutter sleeves

Print overload that works: Mixing and matching two tiny florals with a Fair Isle vest. Very eclectic country.

The late 1920-30’s were known for their sleek silhouettes – long, slender and flowy.  Madeleine Vionnet, a French designer was reknown for originating the bias cut, cutting fabric on the diagonal to enhance the drapery and shape of a garment.  Think early Little Edie at her debutante ball before she went craaaaazy in the film adaptation of Grey Gardens

While many people were facing a recession, the upper class still subscribed to Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, wearing the latest fashions.  Despite the tumult of the war, there were many great designers that rose to fame during this time such as Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli.  With the beginning of the industrial age and advances in manufacturing began the foundations of today’s sportswear.

Shall you dare to wear a peplum perhaps? A short overskirt often attached to a blazer, blouse or dress.  Maybe a chiffon blouse with elaborate bow tie and bishop sleeves?  A dress bursting with florals and t-strap pumps?  Any which way you go, I support your fashion choice to channel the 1930’s.

These are typical examples of the 1930’s silhouette. Tailored, long and feminine.
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August 28, 2010   1 Comment

Dressing for Transitional

Curse the day that I begin to see the foliage change from emerald greens to harvest hues.  As the darkness approaches sooner and the summer days slightly cool, it’s only a short time before we declare it Fall.  It feels as though Summer began only yesterday.  Oh, the thought.  I could sob a million tears.  My only comfort is Fall Fashion, championed by the appearance of the September issues.

August is a wild-card month, at times too sweltering to think about warmer clothes when all we want to do is peel off and wear next to nothing.  But it’s on the tip of the season.  It begs the questions:  Should we shame spiral and buy everything on Sale?  Or save our pennies to invest in a few new pieces to rejuvenate our wardrobes? 

Here are my thoughts on successfully transitionning from one season to the next…

How delicious is this Velvet jersey t-shirt from Anthropologie? I love its oatmeal muted tones and major ruffles.

Layer Me Softly – It is completely acceptable to invest in many basic layering pieces.  Brightly hued tank tops, sweet jersey t-shirts, floral chiffon blouses, Henleys, thinly knit cardigans or cardiwraps.  You will wear these to death.  As the climate dips, you can easily layer these various textures and patterns.  The key to layering is to avoid looking sloppy.  Create shape by belting or as a general rule of thumb, if you are going to go flowy on top, go fitted on the bottom (and vice versa). 

Every girl needs a versatile jacket. This Aqua 3/4 sleeve blazer would look great with jeans, dress pants, a skirt, a dress, etc, etc...

Blazer Fetish – When you start to love blazers, you just can’t help yourself.  It can be addiction forming.  An outift that was just right in the summer, can be even better by simply adding the right jacket.  My favourites are fitted, nipped at the waist with a princess sleeve and 3/4 sleeve.  Variations such as Coco Chanel-esque tweeds are fun to dress up jeans.  Elizabeth & James are showing some blazers with strong shoulders (think Dynasty, less sequins).  Try on as many blazers as humanly possible to find the styles and shapes that suit you best. 

The Right Tight – With a number of lovely skirt silhouettes this season, from the layered tulles, to the body-con and full circles, it would be a downright pity to leave them unloved until next summer.  Paired with opaque tights in a basic black or a bright and some boots, makes the look seasonally appropriate.  For the skinny-legged fashionistah adventuress, there are bold florals, geometrics and woven laces.  No regrets!

Grey is the new black. Looks great on your nails too. Give it a whirl!

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August 22, 2010   1 Comment

The Love Collage’s 1st Birthday

Happy Birthday, LC!!  Like any proud mommy, this first birthday is a cause for celebration.  On this day, let’s reminisce about the good times and the events that led us thus far.  Please sit down (if you aren’t already) somewhere cozy.  I am going to share a story.

About a year ago at this time, I had been marinating for a while on beginning to write again.  I felt compelled to do it but I was pretty scared to start.  Looking back, I was totally having a Julie Powell  moment – anxious with self-doubt, worried about the criticism.  I had a few glasses of wine with my friend M about beginning a blog; she had already began her own successful site on Art Deco Style and it was faring quite well.  She gave me the nudge of encouragement that I needed.

A few days following our encounter, I was driving into work listening to the rush hour radio show.  It was uncommon for me to be listening to the radio as I detested the sound of people squabbling first thing in the morning.  I preferred an uninterrupted playlist to which I could bellow the lyrics at the top of my lungs and bop my head. 

The DJ came on and said, “We have so-and-so (can’t recall the name) here today who has a very successful blog.”   He warmly thanked her for coming to the show and recounted details of the site.  It seemed the purpose of the site was to amass recipes of strange foods and photograph some of the gross or nonsensical examples: meatloaf in the shape of Stonehenge, twinkies wrapped in bacon, so on and so forth.  The DJ then questionned her on a rumour, “We hear that you have a book on the way.  Is this true?”  She paused briefly and answered, “The details are still being finalized, but yes next year we are releasing a book.”  I gasped.  How was this possible? Okay, great for her that she was successful and people were responding, but she didn’t even write and she had a book deal?!?  That was it.  That was my defining moment.  Within the week, The Love Collage was born.

To all my lovely friends and followers, thank you for keeping up with the LC.  I enjoy reading all your comments and feedback.  I try to write about what I know on a variety of topics.  I hope that each post warms your day, makes you smile or laugh, gives you a new idea and encourages you to pursue those things that you love most.

The Love Collage is inspired by…

Carrie Bradshaw, the patron saint of the LC. She blesses all the singletons & friends with fashion miracles.

September Vogues: Why do people love fashion so much? Darling, it's the beauty, escapism and fantasy.

Rachel Bilson, because everyone adores her. Now that she's dumped that Hayden, maybe we're due to turn on the time machine to 2005 and Seth & Summer can reunite. Heck, I'm just reading the collective consciousness. Do you feel me?

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August 20, 2010   7 Comments