Jumat, 27 Februari 2009

Juicy Colours

With the lovely weather and sunshine today, it feels like spring has arrived. Although it may not stay before we get more cold weather, it has definitely put me in a happy and spring like mood. Time to start thinking about my spring and summer clothes. This year bright juicy colours or neons are just about every where. These are the sorts of colours that cheer up your day and make you feel happy inside. Clothes in these colours make you feel warm inside and walk with a spring in your step. bright orange cowl neck top

pink cardigan

Create a really eye catching look by adding clashing bright accessories or for those who prefer a slightly quiter look try teaming neutral clothes with bright handmade jewellery accessories.

orange and green art glass choker

red leather hibiscus necklace

Kamis, 26 Februari 2009

Dress for Success - Work Wear

How you dress for work is really important. First impressions count and if you get it right, you will present a professional and business like image that will help your career prospects. How you dress very much depends on your job and the environment in which you work. Just because you work in an office, it doesn't mean that you have to wear boring old black and grey suits to show that you mean business.

wide legged jumpsuitThis wide legged jumpsuit is a great alternative to the trouser suit for trendy but tailored look.

This sleeveless ombre dress with itself striking cream and black colours is a great version of the classic office staple, the shift dress.

This Petite Long Sleeved Single Breasted Jacket will inject a bit of colour into the office. You are sure to get lots of compliments.

This striking floral print jacket is modern, stylish and flattering. It is a great way to brighten up a classic black pair of trousers and black vest top.

A classic handbag in a neutral colour is perfect for carrying your worldly possessions into work and some understated jewellery will finish the look perfectly.

Leather Handbag 'Ines' from Munique Fashions

Copper and Brass Sunset Earrings

The Best of London Fashion Week

London Fashion week has passed quickly by in a flurry of sartorial activity and much blog posting and commentary. London Fashion Week is loved by all in the industry for its nurturing of new up and coming talents and it's very quirky and very British collections. This London Fashion week has given us a huge amount look forward to for autumn and spring 08, from the structured silhouettes to the contrasting colours and variety of textures. Here are some of the highlights.

Peter Pilotto aw09

One of the most talked about labels of the moment Peter Pilotto is a combiantion of the pattern designing talent of Peter Pilotto and the amazing draping skills of Christopher De Vos. The pair have managed to create another outstanding collection of incredibly desirable clothes inspired by the big bang theory.

Erdem Moralioglu showed himself to be a master of colour with a collection filled with the most exquisite of prints and embroidery. His doll like dresses with bell shaped skirts were stunning but there were also some more grown up options in the form of long dresses and richley coloured marble effect trouser suits.

Charles Anastase presented a great collection with a hint of nostalgia teamed with Kurt Cobain grunge. The look was inspired by second hand clothes that were worn during his adolescence. Obviously he had an eye for a well cut and gorgeously put together outfit, even then. This was probably one of the most wearable looks of all for London Fashion Week.

Another of the high lights of London Fashion Week was the debut of Twenty 8 twelve, the label set up by the Miller sisters Savannah and Sienna. The label has become know for its trendy but classic wardrobe staples and chic separates.

Twenty8Twelve Pin Cropped Tuxedo Jacket

Twenty8Twelve Pin Cropped Tuxedo Jacket

twenty8twelve black monette a line silk dress

Twenty8twelve Black Monet Silk Dresstwenty8twelve pia butterfly print dress

Pia Butterfly Print Dress

Rabu, 25 Februari 2009

The story of my dog, Buttons

This is the story of Buttons ~ the scottish terrier our family had when I was 2. The memories I have of Buttons are probably based on images I have seen in my mom's photo albums, as I was a bit young to remember much from my second year. According to family legend, Buttons was quite a feisty little dog ~ he used to jump into my father's newspaper as he was reading the daily news and he also bit into the toaster cord and got a bad shock. Apparently, I was not Buttons' best friend ~ although I am told I enjoyed playing with him ~ I also used him to bring attention to myself. In my defense, I was competing with my newborn brother, so I guess I was desperate.

{cigarette card from my personal collection}

As the story goes, my mom was elsewhere in the house ~ perhaps cooking dinner or tending to the meddlesome newborn ~ my dad was watching me and Buttons in the living room while he relaxed and read the newspaper. I might add that my dad has amazing powers of concentration ~ he can block out just about anything if he so chooses! Apparently, I decided that Buttons would be a good footstool ~ Buttons was not agreeable to that idea so he let me know it. My mom heard all the commotion and came to find my dad still reading the paper ~ oblivious to the whole incident ~ and me sitting on the floor crying and bleeding from a bite to my head. Poor Buttons, I don't know where he was, but it really wasn't his fault!

After that incident, my parents decided they ought to find a safer home for Buttons ~ it must have been hard for them to give away their dog, but I think they wanted to do what was best for the dog. It was only a matter of time before my younger brother would be running around creating even more havoc than I. Buttons did end up in a home with two other scotties, so I hope he was happier there! I guess I should be glad my parents gave away the dog rather than me!

{first aid cigarette cards from here}

Just an extra note: I have absolutely no scar whatsoever and I hold no malice towards the scottie ~ I have two scotties! My parents also have a scottie now!

Branson IV: In Samsara, We Beg for the Mercy of Wormholes

Versace: welcome to Brantonia:

Pudgie: welcome to my brain

Versace: does the Branson/Branton connection surprise you?

Pudgie: no, they have to stay "under the radar"

Versace: there is only the radar
the world is the world outside our world

Pudgie: the world outside our world depends on our world
there is no world outside our world

Versace: maybe that's why they say world-1 and world-3
like youtube and 3Dyoutube

Pudgie: oh, by the way, I just became "."
that is how the french mathematicians used to refer to variables
like what we use "x" for

Versace: so "..." i.e. the ellipsis, is porno?

.: yes
i think that is exactly what he meant

Versace: you are now a variable character point in space

.: insanity may be the result of seeing through the fog

Versace: [-] [-]

.: if i tell you that a wormhole is opening and the structure of our world will change irrevocably in the next year...
i'm sort of insane..
now the money is disappearing..
certain structures aren't as powerful as people assumed..
i have to get my Debtors Revolution written out..
we are nearing the point when peep will be ready

Versace: we are the children of the corn we have been waiting for

.: yeah, no bs.. no masking the message
"yeah, so first scene, we find out all the grownups get killed"
"..by the kids"
wish there was a revival

Versace: make it a part of your revolution

.: well, it's complicated.. because.. what the wormhole does.. it partitions history
there's pre-wormhole
and post-wormhole
COTC is pre-wormhole..
i have to leave it behind

Versace: you may have to metaphysic that shit for me

.: well.. mainly.. the wormhole is opening now
and several years from now
people will discuss stuff like.. whether it was pre or post wormhole.. but
since they don't wan to sound crazy
they'll refer to it as before or after the financial crisis
or 2009 or whatever
and for me, I have to maintain this vague order of things...
so, COTC is pre-wormhole.. and it has led me to the wormhole..
but it is neither the wormhole.. nor can it be post-wormhole
you can still rent it and watch it
it just isn't post-wormhole..
not sure if i have the language to describe what i mean
oh, that plane landing on the Hudson
THAT'S fucking wormhole

Versace: why is that an important distinction?
re: COTC

.: i'm not sure why the distinction is important.. just seemed important.. let's see..
there are works of art and writings pre-wormhole.. and they all.. to some extent, lead someone to the wormhole.. but when the wormhole opens... it is a new world
and this new world needs to be sort of new.. maybe?
COTC is not new.. or post-wormhole..
but.. everything isn't literally new..
i'm not sure..
we have to create new things in the wormhole
new writings.. new ideas new structures.. i think.
so.. while wouldn't necessarily integrate COTC into the wormhole.. you could make a wormhole version of COTC
a wormhole analogue
this is just me guessing at what the wormhole is trying to tell me about itself.

Versace: like "lyric poetry is impossible after Auschwitz”??

.: the wormhole makes the wormhole special..
it's not that i should make new things
i will have to make new
the wormhole requires you to.. it makes you.
like with all the banks
they will keep trying the same old shit
giving them more and more money
if the wormhole is true, it will not work

if the wormhole is real, and i believe it is... the banks will not exist post-wormhole
there will be something else there
there will be no Bank of America or JP Morgan stocks.. etc
there will be no credit card company (like the pre-wormhole one) that you owe money to.. you'll just owe money to the Government
the wormhole will require it

Versace: so obama really IS a socialist?

.: wormhole doesn't care what obama is.
obama is in the wormhole

Versace: even if we dont use money, we will use some sort of illusion
Detroit will fall, but other shit will rise
people aren't going to stop illusifying

.: i don't know.. yeah, i figure we have to use currency.. and mainly, the government will become the bank

Versace: and then the whole world will be world-3

.: and all this illusion of private banks.. that will be gone
debt will have to reduce.. prices will be cheaper
and this structural change in how money and debt exist..
that is a prime component of the wormhole..
and that is part of how the wormhole makes new
Obama may not want to do all the things he will have to do.. but the wormhole will make him
i think it's a net positive

Versace: what makes the wormhole the wormhole though?
instead of just being radical seismic shifts. e.g. invention of printing press, electricity, internet, etc. there are also collapses in history, like plagues, war etc
what makes our moment different
or are those all wormholes??

.: i think the wormhole wants me to activate people so they get pissed
and make Obama be the wormhole.
yes, seismic change is wormhole.. or the threat of seismic change
sometimes.. the structure is stronger than the wormhole
and the existing structure survives..
or the status quo survives.. whatever that may be.
somehow, i know we are in the midst of a great time.. my only fear is that in 2 years, everything will be the same.. and the wormhole will have failed in its mission of restructuring
and the great time was a branson-illusion

Versace: i am surprised to hear that the wormhole is fallible

.: i have a responsibility to help the wormhole..

Versace: i thought the wormhole would be a little more ineffable
than socialized money

.: it all goes back to the earthquakes in Illinois
i was reading news reports last year 2008.. about the big ass earthquakes in Illinois
and then.. one of the news stories mentioned how the last big ones like that were in 1968
and i thought.. that's interesting
William F Buckley died
Jesse Helms died

shortly after the late 60s
Nixon became president
the hippie movement died
several assassinations
and a birthing of "intellectual" rightwing ideology began
(well, it started in 60s with Buckley)
this led the 40 year cycle..
the late 60s were the last wormhole cycle
the late 20s were the last cycle before that

"The largest historical earthquake in the region (magnitude 5.4) damaged southern Illinois in 1968. "

the wormhole was trying to open then
but it didn't.. and JFK and MLK and RFK were assassinated
and other forces reclaimed control..
i used to describe the 40 year cycle as.. the wormhole coming and opening
1928, 1968, 2008
(it's not literally those years.. it opens in '29,'69,2009)
but.. now i'm starting to see that..
in '29 and '69
the wormhole had been attempting to open
and it failed

i think that the wormhole is opening now
or it is as powerful as it has ever been.. and if it can't open now..
then it's a pussy.


a) a weakling

b) a vagina

c) a cat

.: maybe it's a douche

Versace: i guess you're saying is the wormhole isn't just a passive moniker to describe a series of events, the wormhole creates those events
is that right?
insert Mark Mobius conversations here


.: yes, like a black hole.. or a hurricane
(like the drink.. you drink a hurricane... and shit starts happening)

Versace: i can get down with the wormhole

.: a black hole changes the course of the galaxy.. it may even suck the galaxy in
then the galaxy goes somewhere else
where does it go? where does our wormhole go?
will it suck us in?
just found my first wormhole chat.. hehe


Prudence05: crazy

Pudgie: the last 5.2 mag quake there was in 1968! we are reliving a rhyme of history and maybe we will take a different path this time.. like the reverse of donnie darko in 1968 kennedy and martin luther king were assassinated.. and hope was lost.. and know the earthquake (like the airplane engine) will replay out the scenario in a reverse manner

Prudence05: you high?

Pudgie: nope. i just like patterns. it makes reality more exciting the wormhole in the sky is opening up!.. we will relive the past in the way it should have been! you will be reborn into the new era!.. you get to live out you life in a different way.. like you want to all of the signs point to the anti-recurrence.. william f buckley died.. it's a literal 40 year time span the democratic realignment ended in 1968 with Nixon winning.. (that what wikipedia told me).. and now it is time for the republican realignment to end

Versace:is there one mega wormhole or millions of independent agent W-holes? uh oh

its all connected dude
you're seeing!

Ikram boutique and Michelle Obama

If you were wondering where Michelle Obama gets her fashion advise -well Ikram Goldman has been touted as the First Lady's main style advisor. Ikram is the owner of Ikram boutique in Chicago where she carries high-end American, European and Japanese labels as well as some vintage pieces.

It is such an interesting story looking at the rise of unknown fashion designers on the endorsement of Michelle Obama that we have decided to feature some of these designers in our upcoming blogs. Designers worn by Michelle Obama include Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, Thakoon Panichgul, Maria Pinto, Tracy Feith, Donna Ricco and Isabel Toledo.

Part of Michelle Obama's signature look includes the large and unique brooches she uses to accessorize her outfits. Have fun accessorizing your own outfits with these handcrafted unique brooches from Munique Fashions.

Orchid Brooch - This handcrafted leather brooch is carefully cut and handpainted in the vibrant colours of this actual species of orchid. This very life like brooch attaches with a pin at the back.

Amaryllis Brooch - This Handcrafted leather brooch is carefully cut and handpainted in the vibrant colours of this actual amaryllis flower. This brooch is available in gold, orange or brown.

Senin, 23 Februari 2009

Build five key looks with five key pieces

Choosing what to wear for work on a daily basis can become a chore. That said, it is always a good idea to plan what you are going to wear if you want to get it right and always be camera ready. Click here to see how you can build five new looks from five key pieces and sort yourself for the week.

And if vibrant spring and summer colours are more your style then here are a few pieces you can swap and exchange or mix and match to get the spring summer look.

This Per Una 3/4 Sleeve V-Neck Top with Necklace or Per Una Lightweight Knitted Stretch Top & Scarf will add some colour to your look this spring/summer 09.

Always a classic is this Autograph Weekend Argyle Jumper with Cashmere - an all year round wardrobe essential.

Tone it down a bit with this pale yellow sophiscated Autograph Santa Monica Long Sleeve Pussy Bow Top part of Autograph's Santa Monica Collection - a sophisticated and versatile range with an emphasis on luxury.

Finally this Autograph Santa Monica Sailor Style Trousers in 100% linen will go with any of these tops. Four tops, one linen trousers and that's your week almost sorted.