i am currently blogging away on a mac but i really am a pc. it honestly drives me crazy that there’s no right click on macs. if my mac weren’t my recreation machine i’d go crazy. i work with spreadsheets, not the various artsy fartsy programs adobe puts out that somehow work better on macs…even though they still have no right click option. a few coworkers switched to macs for no more than a few weeks before begging to get their pcs back because you just cannot work on a mac. anyways, that’s not to say i don’t like my mac and i certainly know quite a few people who absolutely love their macs and would do anything to keep their macs pristine. it is for people like them that palmer and sons exists. they make quite the sturdy macbook leather sleeve with with a rugged carabiner closure. if they threw a crossbody strap on it, i know The Boyfriend would be all over it (if his macbook pro were still alive). since each piece by palmer and sons is made by hand, i may just ask if they can incorporate that strap if The Boyfriend makes good on his idle musings on getting a new macbook.
November 14, 2009 by thelillinator
October 30, 2009 by thelillinator
so yes, i freaked out when i thought that my oh so cute plenty by tracy reese birling coat had no pockets. yes, i especially enjoy dresses with pockets. it seems i have a thing for pockets. so this just tickled my fancy. better than just a knit scarf with pockets that have a loose structure, the julian scarf by wintercheck factory is a flannel scarf with zippered pockets! score! wintercheck factory’s goods seem to be centered around filling a need that the owners have, which is cool, because you know they’re not the only ones with that need. so check it out, they may have something else that you’ll find superuseful too.
October 27, 2009 by thelillinator
this is the second time i’ve seen a completely adorable outfit in the crewcuts section of your catalog. this is not just because they are tiny sized clothing nor do i have any children of my own or any in my life that make me squee over getting them said darling outfit. i want these clothes. for myself. it seems that you’ve done well in keeping your kids and adults size scales very separate so even those who aren’t necessarily drawn by the designs but thought to try to save a few dollars by buying a kids version are denied too.
i am not trying to wear something inappropriate for my age. i do not want to wear cartoon characters on a tshirt or a romper (although there are plenty of rompers available in the general women’s fashion space, which is a rant for another time). i do want to wear a so-cute-it-hurts-me ruffle skirt dress with a belted cardigan over it and striped knee high socks peeking out of my flat brown suede boots. is that so much to ask? can you please make this outfit adult sized? pleeeaaase? with a cherry on top?
October 26, 2009 by thelillinator
an ex-boyfriend’s mom taught me how to knit many moons ago and ever since then i try not to buy hats or scarves that i could make. sometimes this is to the detriment of my wardrobe as, yes, i have the means, but i often don’t take the time to actually make anything. this yarnz hat though is something i could not hope to make in a million years. if that lace print were actually a knitted pattern i think i’d want to shoot myself just thinking about making it by hand. (and by the way, it’s cashmere. lace+cashmere= <3)
October 23, 2009 by thelillinator
how awesome would this be instead of a patch on a blazer to have this pin?
October 20, 2009 by thelillinator
October 20, 2009 by thelillinator
i’ve danced in some form or another for most of my life (taking a break for college and then the real world (not the show)). i’m dabbling my twinkle toes back in with pole dancing (for seriously), and salsa classes that i start next week (and this time around it’ll be better because i have a partner from the get go, not the random old men who take salsa classes with naive college girls *shudder*). it’s no wonder then that dance detailed accessories are catching my eye.
these stirrup legwarmers would be great for pole dancing. since i’m in the 101 series, we’re still barefoot and the floor can be a bit chilly. the instructors wear legwarmers, but i like these because the heel is exposed for that extra bit of traction (and trust me, i need it) so there’s no slipping during, say, the stripper stand up.
i don’t need to commit to a pair of strictly ballrom (tee hee) shoes quite yet, but i happened to stumble across capezio dance shoes on endless and found the sofia, a pair of decent looking heels. for now i’ll probably wear a pair of leather soled ted baker shoes i got in vegas a few months ago. let’s be honest, i’d probably wear the stirrup legwarmers with these too.
last but not least, i think these “gloves” are really hot. clearly, not to be worn while spinning on the pole, but could be useful during salsa if hands begin to get too sweaty. ideally though, i see these being worn with a beater for a bit of a dirty glam look in a hip hop class that i hope to rejoin soon. well, i guess these’d probably only be worn through the warm up. at some point, you got to just concentrate on the moves and let go of the pretense! (hm, preachy?)
October 13, 2009 by thelillinator
in a nice twist of mass mailing list buying, i randomly got a catalog for cambria cove. never heard of them before but i like what i see so far. they call themselves “the exceptional gift experience” to give you an idea of what they sell. it’s everything from jewelry to home fragrance, stationary to tableware. pieces i found of particular note (aka my birthday is just a lil over a month away):
antigua crystal earrings in gold by virgins, saints, and angels (um, awesome name!) the ornate 24k gold shield over the swarovski crystal gives some edge to feminine drop earrings
archangel cuff, also by virgins, saints, and angels. i must be having a gold moment. and a bracelet moment even though i don’t wear them. maybe if someone buys it for me, i will! again, it’s the contrast between the big bad cuff and the delicate, intricate scrollwork that sweeps me away into the fairytale land that i like to pretend life should be.
last but not least the in the jewelry department is the antigua horizontal pendant, once again, by virgins, saints, and angels. it’s not as ornate as the other offerings i’ve mentioned, but maybe it’s that simplicity that’s appealing. the clarity of the single large crystal is the focal point and it suggests that vsa is no one trick pony. i’m going to need to do some research on these folks because i like them. i really really like them.
when i wandered over to the travel and home section i found the clever lil ipouch wallet by knomo. right now in my big herkin bag, i carry a small evening size skull and crossbone embroidered bag to slip out of the carryall with the essentials for the quick jaunt for either lunch, coffee, or errand. however, i have to carry my iphone separately since it’s more trouble than it’s worth to try to make it fit into my purse. even so, this is far better than what i see my coworkers do; carrying clutches (which i find so unfunctional to carry around) or a myriad of different tidbits separately that they need for a short trip to the food court, i.e. wallet, phone, and badge. the ipouch nearly solves for all of that. it fits an iphone or blackberry, has slots for your essential cards/ids/badges, and even has a coin compartment, which since barely anyone uses cash anymore, you can stick a small chapstick/lipstick/lip gloss into, i’m sure. the best part is the fact that this all-in-0ner also has a bracelet lanyard attachment so you can sling it around your wrist whilst you juggle your coffee and pastry with both hands.
October 7, 2009 by thelillinator
the neiman marcus christmas book came out yesterday. per the usual there were some outlandish offerings like his and hers aircraft and, um, cupcake cars. they even went as pedestrian as a tin of popcorn (seriously, explain that one to me). here is my christmas list are my highlights.
a couple of things that are actually feasible are the metallic embossed ankle high uggs (i don’t need another pair…but they’re metallic…and i don’t have a natural colored pair…). i think it’s because i’m still searching for the perfect pair. i’ve got 2 pairs of knee high uggs, one that i wear schlepping outside in the mornings with the pups, and one that are a bit more snow bunny and i like to wear with skirts/dresses or skinny jeans/leggings. i’ve also got a pair of short uggs that i had hoped would free me of any tightness around my calves, but surprisingly they are of no help in that arena. these uggs with the button look more flexible. oh, and i’ve got a pair of the cardys that i haven’t worn yet. maybe i’ll break them out tomorrow. i should do that before the weather turns too soggy to wear them outside. must now ponder outfit possibilities…
more than the uggs though, i want a gucci scarf! i’ve paid around $200+ for my burberry cashmere scarf, so i’m okay with the price point, but i do take some exception to the fact that this gucci scarf isn’t even cashmere! boo hiss. but i guess the black on grey logo makes up for it.
a couple other things “within reach” but are pretty low on my priority list are these nambe vases (i like the round one the best) since i rarely keep any fresh flowers around. when The Boyfriend and i were selling our place in queen anne, i kept a bouquet of fresh flowers around, and while i recognize it was a really nice touch…fresh flowers are expensive (and messy) to keep up! whatevs, are these vases considered modern? if they are, that’s how i like modern; in small doses.
the other trinket i liked was a very chic lil iphone case that instantly made me go, “oooh!” it completely encloses your iphone, disguising any fashionista’s inner technophile so that it looks like she’s just carrying around another wallet/clutch. so yeah, thinking about it that way makes this case seem completely awesome and must-have. however, after getting past the initial “oooh!” reaction, i realized this is completely impractical. how annoying would it be to have to open up the case every time you get a phone call to check the caller id? further, the photo doesn’t give you any sort of inkling of whether or not the case’s hinge allows the front cover to be folded back while actually speaking on the phone. or perhaps the assumption is that you would already have your bluetooth earpiece enabled? and if that is true, wtf? walking around with an earpiece completely negates any chic points earned by this case. fashion+function, designers!
so, i am not a bracelet person but this turquoise on black color scheme on these matthew campbell enamel bangles is really appealing. i’m especially fond of the second from the bottom with the big wave on it. not more-than-a-grand fond, but more like admire-from-afar-as-pretty-art fond. oy.
my absolute winner for this year’s christmas book? this red and black houndstooth alexander mcqueen sweater dress (that is somehow only a few hundred dollars more than one of those darned bracelets!). and how nice is it that the houndstooth pattern contours the waist and bustline to flatter one’s silhouette in (what i find to be) the notoriously uncomplimentary fit of knits. but if anyone feels like spending $1,600 on this dress for me, i’ll work my booty off to make sure i look good in it!
October 3, 2009 by thelillinator
i took my first pole dancing class today! i like the pace of the class; it’s slow enough that i learned to do my first spin but not so slow i was bored. one of my fellow pole dancers was nice enough (i think) to say that i looked like a natural doing the spin. between seeing fame last night and the pole dancing class this morning, i really want to get back into dance. up until college i took several different types of dance classes for most of my life. i wish i hadn’t gotten out of the habit. it’ll probably be hard during q4, but i hope to make time to take some classes.
anyways, after pole dancing, i had a nice brunch at dilettante’s (beef goulash crepe=so good!) and then did a lil shopping while cruising broadway. my martin + osa dress was ready for pick up at the ups store (i still don’t understand why i picked up my fedex package at the ups store rather than fedex kinko’s), so i went there first then dipped into urban outfitters after looking at all the halloween costumes in various store windows and discovering a cheap generically named nail place on broadway to replace my cheap generically named nail place i used to go to when i still live in queen anne.
i wasn’t looking for anything in particular at urban and yet somehow found a pair of really cool snake “hoop” earrings and what i think is supposed to be a cigarette holder, but i am going to repurpose as a business card case. i especially like that you can store cards (or cigarettes) on both sides. on one side i’m going to keep my own business cards and on the other, i’m going to store cards i get. win!
after urban, i went to qfc, which is wholly uninteresting, so i’m going to skip to the stop at hot topic. hot topic also has new moon merchandise available so i had to check it all out. too bad it was all basically taking the movie posters and printing them on tshirts, lunchboxes, etc. lame! the only thing that wasn’t exactly a wearable movie poster was a replica of the dress that bella wears on her birthday at the beginning of the movie done in cheap taffeta. boo hiss. however, they also had some true blood merchandise, which was much better. there were a couple of true blood tshirts but more importantly, there were fangtasia and merlotte’s tshirts! specifically, these are the tshirts that can be seen on the show and are described in the books. i am now ready to fill the latest waitress opening at merlotte’s. you know, for when i move to louisiana and stumble into a vampires-are-real storyline.