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  1. going nude

    March 14, 2010 by thelillinator

    i’m super excited about this spring’s nude shoe trend. i already have a couple of pairs that i’ve been wearing on and off for a few years (i think i’m going to spin them as “vintage”) but i’m really digging a couple of pairs i saw in the march 2010 neiman marcus book.

    maybe i’ve been spending too much time at pole, but i love the platforms on these! they’re in such direct opposition of the innocent ballerina that the nude tulle wrapped around the ankle invokes. granted, $1,200 is about $1,150 more than i would spend on a pair of shoes for pole, but if i could afford it, i totally would.

    these stuart weitzmans are a bit more within reach at $345, if only i could find somewhere to buy them! i just searched nearly a dozen different sites for a link, even stuart weitzman’s own and nothing! i hate that. regardless, these are still pretty with a hint of bondage/hardcore courtesy of the delicate chains (not to be confused with hardcore bondage. definitely don’t think these qualify) so let’s still all ooh and ahh over them and just hope it doesn’t take too long for someone to make these available.


  2. why is a giant tin of popcorn considered an adequate holiday gift?

    October 7, 2009 by thelillinator

    nm customized cupcake carthe 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.nm ugg embossed metallic ankle boot

    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…

    nm gucci wool scarvesmore 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. ;)

    nm nambe vasesa 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.

    nm iphone casethe 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!

    nm matthew campbell laurenza banglesso, 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!

    nm alexander mcqueen dress


  3. seriously?!

    October 7, 2009 by thelillinator

    please note the monkey on the couch. i want to know who on this photoshoot thought, “we need a monkey! that is the one thing that is missing from this picture. the monkey will completely set the stage to sell this $3,800 marchesa dress!” (i also want to know if it’s a real monkey or a stuff monkey, and if it’s a real monkey, how freaked out was the model?)

    nm monkey


  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. 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!).


  6. must. use. neiman marcus. gift card. now.

    September 24, 2009 by thelillinator

    Marc-by-Marc-Jacobs-Petal-to-the-Metal-Sasha-Shoulder-Bag

    for the neiman marcus opening in the bravern, the company was nice enough to send me a $50 gift card (i’m a lil afraid of how they found out how to target me). however, it expires at the end of the month and i’ve still not bought anything!!! i’m actually feeling a lil bit desperate. i’ve trolled through the site a bit and nothing’s really stood out to me other than that marc by marc jacobs petal to the metal sasha bag, which i didn’t see the last time i went to the actual store. i’m starting to lean towards just getting something in the cosmetics area so i can use the damn card. i definitely think that on the 30th (payday) i’ll be making a mad dash out to bellevue to see if maaaaaybe the bag is there and i can put the gift card towards something i actually want. (and you thought i was kidding when i said i had a problem…)


  7. trolling the interwebs and this is what i find

    September 17, 2009 by thelillinator

    bravern girlthe pictures from the bravern opening finally posted online today. it was poorly categorized. apparently “random pictures of shoppers”=”party” in team photogenic land. took me a durned long time to find myself, The Boyfriend, and the pups. pictures didn’t turn out half bad though. while i was searching for our photos, i came across this picture of possibly the most awesome little girl ever. how cute is she with her purse and all her neiman marcus shopping bags?!?! i bet she’s such a bitch. and i love it! :P

    imso StripeDressBlackmy other web wanderings are related to tonight’s activities. i’m going to the dlist golden ticket party at venom because my friend dj sharadawn is spinning. she advised it was going to be kind of fancy so i decided to wear a dress i got in london this past spring at a lil store in covent garden called imso. i love the internet because even though it seemed like such a tiny shop, i found them! yay! (not to be confused with the international mobile satellite organization- www.imso.org.)

    this just in! a lil birdie tells me shoefly is going out of business! alas, another one bites the dust. personally, if this is true, i would recommend hitting up the brick and mortar stores to check out the 90% sale because the selection in stores are much better than online.

    all saints double cable cushionback to my online ramblings…my reminiscences of london made me check out what’s new over at all saints. they’ve inspired me! i started with their homeware section and saw luxurious knit throw pillows. a couple of winters ago i bought about a dozen skeins of red and cream, thick cashmere yarn with the thought of making a blanket. alas, i didn’t have enough yarn to finish out the pattern i’d started so i just stopped. it’s actually still sitting, undone, in my craft box, but now i know what to do! i’m going to make me some cashmere throw pillow covers! mayhaps i will start frogging my blanket and beginning my pillow covers when the weather firmly turns towards dark and damp. how cozy of a picture is that? knitting on the couch during a drizzly dusk…nice…

    other great all saints finds (*swoon*):

    all saints bryce shrugall saints kitty shirt dressall saints deadwood altair dressall saints obia coatall saints deadwood altair topall saints porto boot


  8. 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.


  9. 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 anthropologie.com! 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?