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  1. canadia

    November 15, 2009 by thelillinator

    i made a whirlwind trip to vancouver, bc this weekend with The Boyfriend, another friend, and the pups. my main objective was to get a shot at the jimmy choo for h&m collection. secondary objectives included meeting up with some canadian friends and browsing my favorite shops. oh, and to make canadians understand that “tim bits” is a branded term for donut holes (another story for another time).

    jimmy choo for hm necklacei think i got to the h&m in pacific centre around 1pm (after waking up late and dropping my credit card at a gas station in burlington on the drive up) and was immediately accosted by a visual overload from the crowd of people watching the line of people trying to shop the jimmy choo section. honestly, that crowd watching the jimmy choo shoppers was more intimidating than the line itself. i mean, at least the line was contained within the store. i was ill prepared for the cold so i was grateful that i didn’t have to wait in line outside like i heard the lines were in new york; i had only brought my cute floral raincoat (which earned me many a compliment north of the border) to fend off the rain. a lil less than an hour later i finally made it to the front of the line only to hear, “mumble mumble size 8 and 9!” from the staff. i couldn’t tell (or was hoping in vain) if they were saying that sizes 8 and 9 were out or the only sizes left. i think if we’d been pretty much anywhere else in north america, i could have relaxed because sizes 8 and 9 are the most commonly worn shoe sizes. but no, i was in vancouver, where there is a huge asian population. asian women with their tiny asian feet. damn them all for taking my size 7s! so yeah, the staff had been saying only sizes 8 and 9 were left. boo hiss. regardless, i went in when i had the chance in the hope that the shoes ran small and i could fit a size 8. however by the time i actually got into the shopping area (which had a purple blockade set up around it and every time they finished rushing about a dozen people through at a time, they would move the blockades in even further to reduce the jimmy choo area. because they actually had enough inventory snapped up with every round of people going through that they didn’t need to keep all the floor space cordoned off) even the 8s were gone! i ended up just getting the heavily crystaled and chained necklace and bracelet because i just couldn’t walk away empty handed! actually there being practically no shoes or clothes left was a blessing in disguise because i didn’t discover that my credit card was missing until i went to pay so i didn’t end up completely draining my bank account by putting my h&m purchase on my debit card.

    jeffrey campbell poshmy missing credit card situation was resolved about 45 minutes later thanks to the helpful people at nordstrom credit services and the nice people at shell so i returned to my optimistic disposition about the weekend. spent some time wandering down robson street (oh, how i missed thee) and since i had missed out on the aggressive jimmy choo heels, i started looking for other aggressive heels elsewhere. i can’t remember the name of the shoe store we went into (it’s one of three that are practically all in a row with a couple of american apparels breaking up the store fronts) but i saw these awesomely decked out jeffrey campbell for ibiza (i think) heels. i would have asked The Boyfriend to get them for me if i had been able to get the damn things buckled! it was just the last part of securing the strap flap down that i spent five minutes trying to do before i gave up. but oh so pretty…if anyone has suggestions on how to work around this problem, let me know, because i want these shoes.

    zara military coatlastly, i rushed over to zara before they closed and found a wonder brown leather jacket with (faux?) fur lining but i couldn’t find my size and the staff was less than helpful. i also wanted these dusky lavendar snakeskin print heels but again with the size issue. i did end up getting this waist-nipping military-inspired coat in black. very hot. oooh, right now i’m picturing the coat, (p)leather leggings, and those jeffrey campbell heels. oooh! if only i: 1) had those shoes and 2) were a lithe model type who could totally pull it off. if h&m is supposed to be launching their e-commerce store next fall, i wonder how far behind zara is?

    i feel that i should also mention that The Boyfriend bought 2 coats and 5 pairs of shoes on this trip. we are now tentatively planning on heading back for the boxing day sales.

  2. jimmy choo for h&m

    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”.

    hm mens casual lookshm mens black bootshm mens blue vneckhm mens grey tshirthm mens lighter jeanshm mens suit

    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!


  3. the bravern is open!

    September 12, 2009 by thelillinator

    cute lil decoration on the bravern grounds

    cute lil fox decoration on the bravern grounds

    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.

    anthropologie bellevue store front

    anthropologie's really cool bravern store front

    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 plaza cardigananthropologie 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.

    neiman marcus bib necklace

    *sigh* to die for

    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.

    civil society free range shirtThe 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.

    tory burch sweateranother 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 hadToryBurchLogo 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.

    dna-2050 logothe 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.

  4. my calendar of shopping events, or i like shoes and twilight. a lot.

    September 7, 2009 by thelillinator

    on my calendar of fashion events coming up in the next couple of months is:

    september 11th- neiman marcus at the bravern in bellevue opens. excitement level- pumped!

    september 13th- anna sui for target line debuts. excitement level- pumped!

    anthropologie ankle bootsseptember 15th- luna twilight cosmetic line debuts at nordstrom. excitement level- only because it’s twilight related

    september 29th- these really cute booties come in from being backordered on! excitement level- impatient (already purchased)

    october 1st- twilight saga: new moon nordstrom bp clothing lines available for preorder (available in stores on october 15th). excitement level- hopeful (from what is available to view online, i’m a lil disappointed thus far)

    jcrew_and_fryeoctober 15th- locations carrying jimmy choo for h&m will be announced. excitement level- pumped!

    november 23rd- j.crew charlie ruffled mary janes come in from being backordered! excitement level – happy/grateful (gives me a lil breathing room to purchase them)

    tbd- i want these!!! excitement level- can’t you tell?