this could either be really sweet like, “hey, cupid has a new love weapon” or hardcore like, “i will kill you”. take your pick. want want want.
January 10, 2010 by thelillinator
this could either be really sweet like, “hey, cupid has a new love weapon” or hardcore like, “i will kill you”. take your pick. want want want.
November 16, 2009 by thelillinator
canada, day two was spent exploring the boutique side of vancouver. a friend of a friend owns u- the life accessory store on west 4th in kitsalano (cute part of vancouver; highly recommend checking it out if you’ve never been), which is quite possibly the cutest home and accessory store ever. on the last couple of visits i acquired my skull and crossbones joya candle (so sad there weren’t anymore in the store!) and some pussy willow lights that currently adorn my foyer. on this trip i convinced The Boyfriend to get me a red swarovski crystal flower ring and a gold cameo/greco-roman coin necklace. both are quite cute in a prim and ladylike manner. however, i think due to the influence of the traveling buddy (who favors nine inch nails and steampunk/distopic future styles) what i was really feeling in the store was a set of solid gold skull stud earrings and a huge six cz stone ring. if my credit card were on me rather than waiting for me in burlington, the ring would be sitting on my finger as i type this. alas, it continues to wait for me, an entire country away.
the next stop was ray rickburn, the boy version of aritzia, a popular canadian chain (which has an outpost in bellevue square. the feel of the store remains the same on both sides of the border, but the offerings are pretty varied. aritzia in canada is kind of like a nordstrom tbd or fred segal; there are some house labels but they sit alongside popular contemporary labels. aritzia in the u.s. is primarily house labels, which are quite appealing in their own right, with a brand name laden denim bar to draw in the customer. i have a theory on this difference but i’ll save that for another time). there were some fun handcuff cufflinks that i wished i could turn into earrings but other than that i mostly sat back and watched The Boyfriend browse, chat up the staff, and otherwise stimulate the canadian economy.
the last stop before lunch was an insane pet boutique on cambie street called the pet shop boys. i swear, not only did everything have a story, everything had a freaking european fairytale. from the ornate, antique inspired french dog beds to the spanish audrey hepburn rain jacket, everything was posh posh posh there. i love my dogs, but apparently i have a line and the pet shop boys were just on the other side of it.
loved the decor completely. for me.
lots of white, lots of curlicue details on all the displays. think it’s a bit much for a dog shop. pj is too much of a bitch to be wearing fuzzy fuchsia angora sweaters and ruffus, well, let’s just say i fattened him up good in the six months since he came home with us from the pound and i’m afraid that store might give him a complex. i don’t want my dogs to turn into yappers. i don’t want them to prance around on the regular (on occasion to amuse me is permissible). i want them to be the biggest lil dogs that will lick you to death or plot to poop in your shoe when your back is turned if you piss them off. they’re still dogs so they can be spoiled, but they cannot be frou frou.
moving on, we left directly after a fantastic lunch in richmond at top shanghai. i haven’t had soup dumplings in a couple of years and i had nearly forgotten how good they are. yum. and now i want them again.
the last stop on our 48 hour shopathon was the burlington outlet mall because 1) i heard there was a good lululemon outlet and 2) i needed shorts for my pole dancing class (yikes!). it’s workout clothes so nothing too exciting to speak of there, but deals were good so it’s worth the trip if you are a lululemon fan. or, if you’re looking for something more for day to day use, a couple doors down is a christian outlet where salvation is 25% off.
November 13, 2009 by thelillinator
every now and again Th Boyfriend speaks of making his wardrobe more grown up. first he ventured away from brightly colored sneakers to add in some (slightly) more mature styles like boat shoes or *gasp* neutral toned sneakers. then he started buying many a button up shirt. granted, they’re not dress shirts, but they do have collars and it’s a step up from the tshirt and jeans uniform.
he still teases me with ties though. some days he says he wants them, others he says that he will not be held to “the man’s” corporate standards. this duncan quinn tie is still more me than him (skull and all) but here’s to hoping it’s a good compromise on the dressing up front since, really, how formal can you say you’re dressed when you’re wearing a skull and dagger?
October 22, 2009 by thelillinator
urban outfitters exclusives that caught my eye…the outcast men’s tees (i like skulls)…
and in what i can only hope and dream might happen to me, sea of shoes blogger, jane aldridge’s line, was topped off by this wedge boot. to me, it’s the best of the menswear trend. the silhouette and laces say victorian but the two tone leather and wingtip detailing make it totally modern. bravo, jane.
September 30, 2009 by thelillinator
well, pay day came. i forgot that with money comes responsibility to pay the bills. boo hiss. since i am going to be fiscally conservative for at least the next week, i had to do my nightly browsing for stuff i’m not nearly tempted as much to buy, namely guy’s stuff.
i often forget that forever 21 not only has several different lines, heritage1981 and twelve by twelve, but their heritage1981 line includes men’s apparel. i thought the overall selection was somewhat hit and miss, but it’s nice to have an alternative to h&m. one piece i really did dig was this faux leather jacket with a built in hoodie so that extra bulkiness of actually doubling up a full hoodie and a leather jacket is eliminated. i also saw a shades of greige red plaid car coat that looks nice and cozy for the cooler weather we’ve been experiencing this past week. it should be pretty self evident as to why i like this coat if you’ve seen my reaction to the red plaid coat i want from anthropologie.
i mentioned john varvatos yesterday but i didn’t really look through the site. today though i saw some chuck taylors that i would totally rock myself if they came in a men’s size 5 and if they weren’t $300. omg, python hi tops! and can you see the detail of the menswear lining? awesome. i’d love to be friends with anyone who buys these. other guy shoes i liked were on by penguin on urban outfitters. yes, they’re a bit summery but something about the brick red strap on the neutral shoe really appeals to me.
i think what finally brightened up my outlook on the evening was finding a parody of twilight called nightlight by the harvard lampoon that comes out on november 3rd. the product description on amazon cracked me up. i think i may need to preorder this!
About three things I was absolutely certain. First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe. Second, there was a vampire part of him–which I assumed was wildly out of his control–that wanted me dead. And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.
And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in the Harvard Lampoon’s hilarious send-up of Twilight.
Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?
Complete with romance, danger, insufficient parental guardianship, creepy stalker-like behavior, and a vampire prom, Nightlight is the uproarious tale of a vampire-obsessed girl, looking for love in all the wrong places.
September 29, 2009 by thelillinator
hrmmm…i have to take all my package arrivals as a whole and consider my success rate that way. it’s the only way i could possibly feel better (until one of the puppies comes and curls in my lap, that is). a pair of hot pink heels i forgot i ordered from endless arrived today (win!), as did the cut out booties i had on backorder from anthropologie (double win!), and my many purchases from the rue la la fashion vol. 2 final sale. i joked all afternoon that i was going to be screwed if anything from rue la la didn’t fit. well poop! now i’m screwed. out of the 7 pieces i ordered, 4 didn’t fit! luckily one of The Boyfriend’s coworkers was over and she’s tiny so the ella moss tank i got went to her. what’s frustrating is i got an ella moss tank and an ella moss dress, both in size small, and the tank didn’t fit but the dress did. wtf?! i understand that sizes between labels aren’t standard. it sucks but i’ve made peace with it. however, a label should be consistent across sizing! so now i have 3 dresses that i can’t do anything with. before i go into the (somewhat) saving grace of the evening, if anyone wants the below dresses, for say, $50 please hit me up!
okay, so tonight’s redemption comes courtesy of urban daddy, a primarily guy-centric email magazine that i usually find highly entertaining. i was a couple of days behind on my urban daddy emails so not only did i find out that john varvatos finally opened an online store (yay! i know a couple of fellas who will be happy to see this), there’s such thing as a coat with not only a built in heater but a built in charger for my iphone (or various other usb connected devices!), but i may have a solution to my new problem! thredup is a new serivce that allows you to essentially trade clothes with other members of the thredup pool. so my 3 dresses that don’t fit? they’re now up on thredup (granted, for whatever reason, the only categories currently available to trade are men’s or women’s shirts (which are further subcategorized by sleeve length- so the dresses are up under women’s sleeveless shirts) but apparently things like dresses, sweaters, and skirts are currently pending review (yeah, wtf does that mean?) for availability in the near future). there’s a kind of push it forward mentality to the whole thing. you post short descriptions (these are predetermined selections that you check so yay because it’s standardized, boo because it’s currently not very comprehensive) of what is in your virtual closet, then you fill in your preferences of what to receive, and lastly you purchase the thredup envelopes through the site (with paypal. suck!). there’s the golden (thredup) rule. send only what you would want to receive in quality. there’s an ebay like rating system as well so those who are ruining everyone else’s fun can be segregated away to be pointed at and whispered about. so when you receive the envelopes you can put your no longer wanted items in them and ship them off. since they’re still building out the site, at this point there isn’t the option to choose exactly what you want to receive in return, but if you’re not happy with what you currently have, what’s it hurt to get something new (to you) that may or may not work for you? i’d certainly rather have the option of 3 articles of clothing that may or may not work than 3 dresses that i know don’t fit and are just taking up space in my closet. so if you end up liking what you get in your “grab envelope” then you can keep it. if you don’t, keep passing it forward. please join so that i have more options to choose from.
now i just need to track down where that martin + osa dress i had to track down on the east coast is…
September 25, 2009 by thelillinator
literally. i think the only thing i like more about this men’s hoodie with a bow tie drawstring is that the label’s named, la merde, literally translates from french to “the shit.” awesome.
September 22, 2009 by thelillinator
i assume that posting these pics is fine since the h&m facebook page actually pointed to other blogs that these pics were up on. i think we’re like a month and a half away until jimmy choo for h&m launches in 200 h&m stores worldwide. i’m hoping at least 1 of the 3 stores in the seattle area is one of them! there are some really hot pieces that i want and damn you h&m for not doing any e-commerce!
let’s just get the men’s collection out of the way because it’s pretty boring (i’m saving the best for last). considering jimmy choo doesn’t have much (any?) presence in the men’s marketplace as is right now, i suppose we shouldn’t be that surprised. they’re all pretty basic (ooh, jeans. ahh, v neck sweaters. omg, a plain heathered t shirt!) and may give guys who care a lil thrill that they got in on this collection. there was one stand out pair of shoes…but not in a good way…(faux?) snakeskin and studs? oy. stay tuned, i’ll post it in a few days on the wall o’fugly. mayhaps it was a piece the designer threw in during a fit of “inspiration”.
luckily the ladies stuff is a lot more consistent on the gotta-have-it scale. a term that was coined in the office and that i just can’t get out of my head is “bitchy moto.” you know, the agressive leather, chains, and studs or tough luxe look that is quite prevalent this fall. i love how it sounds! it reminds me of those tamagotchi keychain pets and the generic nokia ringtone, “hello moto.” so yeah, even though in my head bitchy moto sounds pretty electronic, i picture dirty. grrrr. anyways! on to the goodness!
September 14, 2009 by thelillinator
wow. i can’t decide if this is sad or awesome. there is a new iphone app out there call girlfriend keeper (i hear boyfriend keeper is in the works). apparently guys can feed in details about their girl(s) and contact info for said girl(s) and the girlfriend keeper sends lil love notes via email or text about the aforementioned details that were fed into the app. example- “diana, you have the prettiest green eyes i could ever imagine, i can’t believe we have been dating for 1 year and 53 days. -evan”
ladies, consider yourselves warned. fellas, it’s only $0.99.
September 12, 2009 by thelillinator
the bravern in bellevue is finally open and i had planned to spend a fun friday night checking out the new neiman marcus before going to a “tweet up” (i am not on twitter) at moksha on the ave. unfortunately, i did not leave the day job until after 6pm and then by the time i had gone home, attended to the dogs, and went to go pick up The Boyfriend from his office, it was already 7.30pm and neiman marcus closes at 8pm. highlight of the night ended up being a cute new oversized filigree ring i got at moksha (sorry, no picture; it came out blurry. if only i had an iphone 3gs with the new auto-focus feature!). there was a big let down having to do with being promised a spot on a list at a club where a friend was dj’ing. too bad she didn’t show up until like 5 minutes before she was supposed to go on…which was also about an hour after the list closed. needless to say, after leaving puppies 1 and 2 at home alone practically all day and night, i was a much happier camper just going home and chillin with them.
so The Boyfriend, the dogs, and i didn’t actually end up going to neiman marcus until today, which was almost better anyways, since the rest of the bravern didn’t actually open until today. stores of particular interest to me beyond neiman marcus were the new anthropologie (which now means whenever i trek over to the eastside i’ll be able to basically get all my stores banged out in one go. score!), tory burch, jimmy choo, and dna 2050. there was also a louis vuitton store and a masins store, but like most of the rest of the shopping center, they both seemed smaller than they should have been and the selection much more limited than expected. for those who don’t know, masins is a furniture store. i swear the entire store was about the size of an 1100 square foot condo’s living room (i.e. the size of my living room). how do you justify renting a retail space where you can only display 1/50 (i’m guessing) of your inventory and where your staff just defers all interest to one of your larger locations? i hope to god these people are not paid on commission. or lucky for masins because they found them some suckers.
anthropologie was the only store that i was actually impressed with. the decor, as always, was amazing. so much so that The Boyfriend tried to buy a mini chess set that, while tagged for $2.99, was actually just part of the merchandising. i found the floor space was actually satisfactory considering. unfortunately, that plenty by tracy reese coat i want wasn’t in stock yet. i did end up getting this nice ruffley red cardigan.
the main draw, neiman marcus, was somewhat of a letdown. i mean, it’s absolutely great that we finally have a neiman marcus and i totally know where i’m going to go the next time i need to buy a cocktail dress (because that happens SO often). but compared to the neimans i’ve been to in vegas, nyc, and cali it was teeny tiny. it wasn’t merchandised that well as in nothing jumped out at me and screamed, “you must own me!” i was also disappointed with the contemporary selection. i had hoped it would be bigger. granted, it’s neiman marcus and it’s all very high end designer, but let’s be honest, i’m not buying that stuff. i’m buying the contemporary labels. or at least, i wanted to.
The Boyfriend had better luck than me. he was getting lots of attention from cooing bellevue ladies for carrying pj around. by the end of the trip though, i had to admit that it wasn’t that pj was cuter than ruffus, it was The Boyfriend. when he carried ruffus around for a few minutes, mr. fuss actually got more attention than pj. sucks to have armed him with cute dogs to attract every other female in the world. anyways, he came away from neiman marcus with two civil society shirts. one was a burgundy plaid short sleeved woven shirt with a matching tie and the other is pictured here. the turquoise really brought out the blue of his eyes.
another bust for me was the jimmy choo store. i was surprised that they displayed mostly handbags rather than shoes. needless to say, i moved on quite quickly. on my search for the anthropologie, i stopped at tory burch. i hadn’t thought i’d find much of interest there. i haven’t gotten into her much lauded flats and when i visited the tory burch boutique in vegas i was just, “eh.” happily, i found the pictured sweater in grey. unhappily, it took freaking forever to actually purchase the damn thing. first, they only had smalls on the floor so they had to go to the “off site” storeroom to find my size, which was on the second floor (not exactly what i consider off site). then apparently they couldn’t find it so they were going to order it in from another store for me. i had already been walking around the bravern for about 3 hours at this point and i was thirsty. jimmy choo had been serving beverages, but we didn’t stay long enough to partake so i straight asked the tory burch staff if they had anything to quench my thirst while i waited. i ended up with a diet coke, which was more than i was hoping for, but i have the sneaking suspicion i took a staffer’s break time beverage. i would have felt bad except my salesperson who had my credit card to ring up my shipment disappeared for at least 10 minutes! eventually i asked a salesman (whom i’ve seen rotate through several other higher end stores in the past) to check on my salesperson to make sure she hadn’t fallen and was injured in the backroom. i’m serious. i couldn’t understand what was taking so long i was convinced she had to be immobilized and no one else was in the back to help her. turns out the top was in the store somewhere and she was tracking it down. i just wish she had told me because The Boyfriend was starting to get annoyed, waiting on me.
the last place i want to touch on is dna 2050. it’s a pretty cool shop with a rather stark black and grey palette and i recommend it for at least a browse. apparently there are a few other locations scattered across the country but no good online presence or i would include a link. it was very hip and now. lots of boyfriend jeans for girls and jeans for boyfriends. the slant of the store was a bit too modern for me, but The Boyfriend was quite pleased with his denim options. he ended up getting a new pair of evisu’s which you don’t find too often in seattle.
overall? go. at least check it out once. it won’t be my new spot but if i’ve been to uvillage too recently and it’s a nice day it’ll be nice for window shopping in the open air. be forewarned though that the self parking entrance is off of 8th. yes, you will feel like you are going to end up on the 405 south on ramp, but the drive is there. it will look like you’re pulling into a valet area because you are, but if you turn directly to your right you’ll head towards the parking garage.