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September, 2009

  1. harumph!

    September 30, 2009 by thelillinator

    heritage1981 versatile faux leather jacketwell, 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 shades of greige plaid sherling car coatdifferent 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.

    bowery john varvatos black python hi top chuck taylorsi 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 penguin tan earnie perforatedsomething 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.

    nightlight a parodyAnd 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.

  2. how seren-doo-dah-dipity-ous!

    September 29, 2009 by thelillinator

    luichiny duchess sandalhrmmm…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!

    tracy reese, size 6

    tracy reese, size 6

    tracy reese, size 6

    tracy reese, size 6

    adam, size 4

    adam, size 4

    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 thredup logosleeveless 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…

  3. wall o’fugly

    September 29, 2009 by thelillinator

    la rok sequined leggings

  4. angel/devil

    September 28, 2009 by thelillinator

    elizabeth and james button up and back shirt

    on my day off i was a good girl. i vacuumed, folded laundry, and went for a run.

    on my day off i was a bad girl. i went to neiman marcus to spend my $50 gift card and instead of being sensible and buying some cosmetics for about $50, i spent a couple hundred (after the gift card…i know…doh!) and bought an awesome elizabeth and james plaid button up (similar to the picture, but with long sleeves). the buttons that run up and down the back let you completely customize the fit of the shirt. ingenious! i did balk a bit at the price, but considering how much i can fiddle with the fit of it, i figure it will last me throughout the years. i mean, what fall has come and gone that plaid hasn’t figured into? i also fell in love with this la rok blazer; it’s called the gothic princess. i must have it! the ruching on the three quarter sleeves is a nice touch (and i think a longer lasting alternative to the cuffed boyfriend blazer) and there’s some elastane in the fabrication so it’s a bit stretchy, which can be nice in a blazer, since they can often be a bit stiff and not allow a ton of movement (or maybe that’s just on me). unfortunately, the tulle is not detachable so my longevity rationalization is kind of thrown out the window on this piece.

    larok gothic princess jacketby the way, did you know neiman marcus brick and mortars don’t take visa or mastercard? apparently visa’s not everywhere i want to be and something mastercard priceless something. supposedly this policy is in place for customers’ security. i think it’s because they want to make my life difficult. cash, check, neiman marcus card, or american express. is it odd that i have to thank costco for having an american express card? neiman marcus further failed me by still not having the marc by marc petal to the metal sasha bag! thankfully nordstrom did! i went and tried it on. omg, i almost died. (you know, i kind of don’t care of that there’s the concept that neiman marcus is higher end, and therefore better, than nordstrom. nordy’s hasn’t failed me yet.) i hadn’t thought to bring my laptop case with me though so i’m not sure if the laptop will fit in there or not. i’m horrible at estimating measurements of space so while i think it looks like it’s big enough for my laptop, i’m probably quite wrong.

    hmmmm…with payday just around the corner, what should i get first? the blazer? the plenty by tracy reese coat from anthropologie? the bag? the frye matilda boots? oh, the choices!

  5. i love taking a day off

    September 28, 2009 by thelillinator

    i feel like it’s been a fairly eventful monday in terms of things that pique my interest. :) h&m posted that they next designer collaboration is with sonia rykiel. the good news is that we don’t have to wait until spring for this to see the pairing come to fruition. sonia rykiel is actually going to start with a lingerie (first ever in h&m history) collection this winter. on december 5th, 1,500 stores will debut the collection. i wish each collaboration was available in 1,500 stores. (i’m still on pins and needles about the jimmy choo collection and if it’s going to be available in seattle at all.) interestingly, this lingerie collection will not be exclusive to h&m. another first for the store is the collection will be made available in the select sonia rykiel boutiques as well as h&m locations. kinda crazy!

    anthropologie also has some cool stuff going on in the near future. apparently anthropologie teamed up with the sundance channel to do a series following keith johnson, anthropologie’s world buyer, called man shops globe. i’m pretty sure it was sundance that did a behind the scenes show on the house of chanel gearing up for a fashion show and that was pretty awesome. instead of it being all about karl karl karl, they concentrated a lot of the focus on the couture seamstresses and even did an episode about some of the sourcing of materials. i’ve got high hopes for man shops globe and am superexcited about the launch party anthropologie is hosting at their downtown seattle location next thursday (the 8th) from 7p-9p. i plan on going. if you’re interested as well, you can rsvp at hope to see you there!

    sit stay love eventfurther reinforcing my high opinion of anthropologie is the fact that they are not only a dog friendly company/office, but they are hosting events throughout the month of october in 70 of their stores called sit, stay, love. during the sit, stay, love events there will be pet adoptions, food drives and yappy hour parties. seattle’s is at the downtown seattle location on october 22nd from 5p-8p. i plan on taking ruffus and pj. anthropologie has also created a line of canine inspired clothing to coincide with the sit, stay, love events but i don’t plan on touching that one with a ten foot pole. i love my dogs, i dress my dogs, but i will not be wearing dogs anytime in the near future.

  6. went to the fair and look what i found

    September 26, 2009 by thelillinator

    zee candletoday was the second to the last day of the puyallup fair and i’ve been dying to go to EAT! i won’t go into the details of my binge, but it was impressive. because i’m me and i can’t not shop, i insisted on walking the showplex/craft area. you know that place, the tv infomercial brought to life and multiplied by however many booths there are. i mean, beyond the food, there wasn’t as much appeal in the fair for me as there was back in high school. i got a few minutes of amusement watching the middle aged guy with a long ponytail and wearing an affliction t shirt, hocking his wares. then, i visited the much beloved zee candle booth. apparently the woman who makes the candles has had the same booth at the fair for the past 30 years! i remember watching her dipping her candles and carving them as a kid. i finally bought one of my own this year. since it’s nearly october, i got the pink breast cancer awareness candle. i’m super excited to burn it and watch the flame flicker through the thin candle walls.

    parker court designs ashley apron

    later, i came across parker court designs, a booth that had the cutest aprons. ever. they’re all super feminine, most of them are reversible, and are mostly meant for the hostess with mostest to look chic while entertaining and cooking. with the holidays and thus entertaining coming up, the ashley is in my near future.

  7. wall o’fugly

    September 26, 2009 by thelillinator

    wtf, this is jewelry?

    wtf, this is jewelry?

  8. simply beautiful

    September 25, 2009 by thelillinator

    i don’t have much to say about this donna karan dress. i saw it on gilt today (i promise, they’re not paying me…yet…) and totally fell in love. in kind of the antithesis of the wall o’fugly, i just wanted to post up this pretty pretty dress and wish that it wasn’t on sale for $798. the  sharp contrast in color and cut of the black straps against the soft pink satin draped fabric…le sigh. enjoy.

    donna karan contrast draped dress

  9. this is the shit

    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. la merde cape cod

  10. pop up sales

    September 25, 2009 by thelillinator

    if you hadn’t noticed, there’s been a real explosion on pop up sale sites recently. i’ve shopped rue la la and gilt (actually currently considering making purchases on both…holding out until the last second before they close) and are pretty impressed. for someone who’s as impatient as me, it’s good because the selection is usually wear now rather than wore last season and it’s organized! my big problem with places like nordstrom rack is that you have to be a digger to find your treasure. i do not want to spend that sort of time. imagine how many other things i could be buying if i didn’t have to sit around and poke through tons of junk.

    anyways, i guess the reason i find this significant is the expansion of gilt to gilt fuse, the younger, more contemporary sister of gilt groupe, and more recently jetsetter (really, that domain was available?), a pop up sale for luxury hotel/spa/ranch/other accommodations around the world. revolve, which just this year launched a more couture site, forward, has also gotten into the pop up sale business with reverse (which was initially named rewind. i’m curious as to why they had to re-brand. copyright/trademark issues? a crazy person in charge who suddenly changed his or her mind?). i even get daily updates from neiman marcus about the two hour sale they have in the middle of the day for like an extra x% off of sale goods. i haven’t bothered to look at any of the selection for those sales because they happen late morning/lunchtime and i’m usually in the middle of something around that time.

    with the recession i get why this model of creating demand around a limited time offer for (hopefully just) out of season goods is appealing, but at the end of the day i’m curious with what these businesses do with the left over inventory. i can’t imagine the brands are willing to take back these seasonal goods that they have little chance of selling elsewhere. in fact, i would think that these pop up sale sites are the places that the brands turn to when the brick and mortars are returning unsold goods.

    rue la la recently posted up a few different final sale boutiques, which is the first time i’ve seen the excess inventory problem addressed. i’m going to be pretty screwed if all the dresses i bought don’t fit, but other than the final sale, both rue la la and gilt have pretty lenient return policies (you may not get a refund, but at least you get credit with the site towards a future purchase, which better than being stuck with something you hate/doesn’t fit like most other liquidation sales). do they all really just save up enough stuff to do a final sale blow out? i usually don’t like to think too deeply about financials or business models, but this one has me intrigued. well, at least intrigued enough until i find a new shiny object to drool over. overall, i hope it sticks around like outlet malls have but in case it doesn’t, go! find something cool on one of these sites while it lasts (rue la la has a free people boutique from the 26th-28th!).