" My Style Lounge: February 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

virginia johnson

...beautiful lightweight wool gauze silk-screened shawls by the talented Virginia Johnson. They are just perfect for spring.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

anonymity, hair, and disco

For the sake of some anonymity, I rarely show my face here. Now, two times in row and I take pictures that include my face. Don't expect it often.

My hair and I are starting to come to terms with each other. I started to use Bumble and Bumble shampoo and conditioner again. I never realized what a difference the right shampoo and conditioner cane make until I started to use Bumble and Bumble. Since finishing the last bottle and now, I have been trying to finish half bottles of other stuff I thought I loved and the Davines travel sizes I bought. Though I'm not as bad as my mom, she's instilled in me a hate for wasting. Anyways... to the point, this has been the first day that I've liked my hair to the end of the day. Maybe I will make it through my attempt to grow out my hair (some).

I love this dress so much, too. It can scream flashy and disco but worn the right way, it's not so obnoxious. I should really wear it more often.

LaRok dress, Original Penguin cardigan, American Apparel leggings, Club Monaco belt, Old Navy sandals, and I can't stop wearing the same necklace and bracelets

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

show me the way

In my attempt to wear more of my clothes, I'm wearing some things I haven't worn in awhile- dress and both cardigans. I have another one of the blue cardigan but in grey. I do that a lot and I need to stop because I've had the grey cardigan for a year and it still has the tag on it.

The scarf is new... a gift from my friend Amee (thanks, Amee).

It was mailed to me a couple weeks ago. I have a love/ hate relationship scarves. I LOVE them so much but can't figure out for shit how to wear them as gorgeously as others do because of my thick, short neck. It just looks like I have one of those neck casts but prettier. So... the range of wearing them is limited. Today, I decided to wear it as a belt. Later in the day, I took it off and just wore it hanging around my neck. I want to learn how to wear scarves likes those salesgirls at Madewell do so effortlessly.

And TLT... yes, that is an Urban Outfitters ikat scarf hanging on Scurvy.

lil dress, Splendid cardigan, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent cardigan, Deena & Ozzy scarf, Roberto del Carlo sandals, and same ol' jewelry

Monday, February 23, 2009

thanks, juls

When I was in Houston over Christmas, I stayed with my cousin and his family for a few days before trekking over to my brothers. It was good times, too. His wife was going through some stuff she had in boxes and she gave me this wrap cardigan. She had bought the cardigan on deep clearance but didn't know how to wear it so it became mine- new with tags. It's a bit large but I think I still make it work. Thanks, Juls.

While in Houston, I think I wore it almost everyday. It was easy to put over whatever I was wearing and it's so comfy. I have worn it once since then and after finally getting it cleaned, I decided to pull it out. There won't be many more days to wear it...

Vince top, Gap dress, a Common Thread wrap cardigan, Spanx tights, Naturalizer boots, Iosselliani necklace, and regular wrist wear

Sunday, February 22, 2009

dresses are nice for spring

It's been a long while since I've done a must have list. I used to do them all the time. Then, I hit a must have roadblock. But, I started to think about dresses again. Yes, I have a ton. But, my wardrobe needs an update.

Right now, I'm searching for sleeved dresses. I get sucked up by all the fabulous sleeveless dresses which I don't need at all. Yeah, I still want them but I tend to accompany them with a cardigan. With the upcoming hot Texas weather, it's self defeating. I want short sleeved dresses that work perfectly all on its own. Okay... so I added a few sleeveless dresses. I can't help it. And I also tried to make this list about the 10 dresses I HAVE to have. After lots editing, I think I got it right (with 12).

You might notice a theme among the dresses I have chosen. I'm looking for fluid shapes and clean lines with an open neck. The great thing about these kind of dresses is that they are easily updated with a belt. I also like solemn neutrals but I have a penchant for florals and polka dots, too.

American Apparel printed cotton spandex jersey pocket frock $42

Topshop vintage sundress $65

Humanoid 'Eamon' dress $110

James Perse scoop t-shirt dress $115

Complex Geometries split square dress $136

hailstones shirtdress $158

Steven Alan 'Perry' dress $226

Acne 'Babylon' dress $289

Juicy Couture strawberry print blouson dress $298

See by Chloe jardin v neck dress $540

Zero+Maria Conejo bomber manta dress $760

Y's by Yohji Yamamoto UN French dress $785

Thursday, February 19, 2009

wasting money/ wasting time

I got two pairs of lace tights from Urban Outfitters back in December/ January. The pair I wore today I have worn before. Well, today... I wanted to wear the other pair. When I put them on, I realized there is nothing S/M about them. They were SO LONG! I can only hope UO will let me exchange them. Wasting money pisses me off. If only the right pair was in the right packaging the first time...

Somehow, I took over an hour to get ready this morning, too. I didn't even take on, take off, take on clothes as I do on many day (okay, maybe I did a little). I do look at my closet though and see nothing. I need a wardrobe revamp.

Vince funnelneck, Theory skirt, Jonathan Saunders for Target sweater/ cardigan, UO belt and tights, Mike and Chris heels

love yourself

The goodies have arrived. I got a whole lotta stuff from Barneys during their Love Yourself beauty event. I'm going to be having a lot of fun pampering myself. Barneys knows how to host a beauty event. It makes Neiman Marcus' gifts look like scraps and leftovers. (Of course, Barneys makes you spend the dough but it's oh so worth it.)

I ran into this blog post by Love is Battle Droid about her 8 best purchases of 2008. I was immediately intrigued by the Sponge Avocado Oil. With a little research, I found out that Barneys carried the line. I couldn't be happier as I had something to kickstart my beauty purchase. Putting oil on your face can sound a bit daunting but this is no regular oil. Luckily, I was given some samples before my purchase and I completely understood what Leila was talking about. It's pure heaven on your face. A few drops spread all over my face is quickly absorbed and left my skin baby butt soft. Because I wanted to buy something from Sponge, I also got a full size bottle of lavender aromatherapy mist and a sample of the body milk. SCORE! I was contemplating purchasing the lavender mist and didn't have to. By the way, it's just what I imagined... a refreshing spritz of lavender water.

It's sad when you come up with imaginative ways to get what you have left out of your mascara tube. I've painfully needed a new tube within the last few weeks. Somehow, I was able to make it before this tube arrived. I have never loved a mascara as much as I do this one. (I thought I was in love with Diorshow when I received a sample but when I bought a tube, there was nothing remotely similar.) As for the lip gloss, I played with this color the last time I was at Neimans but saved it for this purchase. I bought the very similar myriade a couple weeks ago but this one has less color (for the days, I just want glossy, shimmery lips).

I had a sudden need for a Chanel make-up palette. Since I was ordering my stuff from a Barneys out of state and had nothing really good to help me decide which palette was best (and the fact that this was the only one they had), I got Lumière Tendresse. Without actually seeing it in person, I'm very happy. Lumière Romantique would have been too neutral. My make-up usually goes two ways: dramatic or lightening/ brightening. This palette will be nice for weekend trips, my handbag, or for those days I want to brighten up my face.

I have the OPI knock-offs of these colors but there's nothing like the real thing.

And... here is my goody bag. Every inch of space was used for some kind of sample. There was some full size products in it, too. I like receiving samples more than I use them (I tend to give them away). The bag is so pretty though. I will be happy to use it.

Why did I get so much Chanel? Who knows... I'm on a Chanel kick. I can kick the person I ordered this from. If I just bought one more item, I could have gotten the Chanel gift. That's what I get for ordering from the guy at the By Terry counter.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

blues, purples, and pinks

I wish you could see the dark blue/ light blue stripes on my leggings but they just look black from the picture. They went well with my plaid dress.

Built by Wendy dress, Original Penguin cardigan, Gap leggings, All Black flats, Iosselliani necklace, and regular arm wear

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ka Pow Wow

I had all intentions to post something cheesy for Valentine's but I didn't have it in me. I do want to say Happy Valentine's! I also want to say I appreciate the readers of my little ol' blog. If there is something you want to see more of, have suggestions, etc... I'm completely open.

And now... to today's post. I was looking for red things to post today but there wasn't really anything interesting until I saw the scarves by Ka Pow Wow. Inspired by Jacobian ruffles and natural structures, Ka Pow Wow has put out some unique scarves. I can only imagine the questions, the looks, and the conversations they will evoke. Wearing only a very simple outfit, the scarves will give your whole look a total upgrade. I need one (or two) NOW.

source: kapowwowobjects.com

I first saw these scarves at Pixie Market. They have three of the variations but most of them are sold out. After a quick search, I noticed that they are also carried by Buy Definition. If only, I had the red one to wear today. Now, I just need to decide which one to start with.

grey braid scarf $99

spaghetti jersey scarf $115

red jersey ruffle scarf $115

grey and white ruffle scarf $135

Friday, February 13, 2009

ready to spring forward

source: style.com

I have a thing for Rachel Comey... a huge thing. She epitomizes everything I believe fashion should be- effortless, cheeky, fun, and charming. I'm in love with all the contrasting, colorful prints. Her spring 2009 collection makes me look forward to the upcoming season. I'm wanting bright clothes in fluid shapes.

And then... I was checking out Oak and I became completely enamored by Rachel Comey's popcorn dresses. If I could, I would get both because I can't decide which one looks better.

Rachel Comey popcorn dress $548

Today, I've come to a huge realization. I need a haircut BAD! That's all I can think about (oh, and crème brulee).

Calypso dress, Madewell cardigan, Gap cardigan, DKNY tights, Henry Cuir Mary janes, Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

black, stripes, and animal prints

I bought this dress years ago from a store that no longer exists yet I've only worn it twice (yesterday and a couple months ago). I'm thinking it needs to be shortened because the length bugs me. That's probably why it's been sitting in my closet.

These shoes have gone on somewhat of a crazy ride. I went to some trouble to get them. Then, I found its canvas twin for a fraction of the original price. You may have noticed that I enjoy wearing the canvas pair more. Then, I had a reader ask to buy the brown leather lovelies. After a couple months of trying to decide if I was willing to let them go, I said okay but suddenly, there is no word from the interested buyer. So... I decided to wear them today. Maybe the shoes and I were meant to stay together!

Vince tee, Porridge dress, Pierre Hardy for Gap sandals, FCUK necklace, Tiffany bracelet and ring

Today, I was in the mood to mix prints. I think animal print and stripes look good together. I don't know what compelled me to wear pink and then I realized... Valentine's Day is in a couple days. Maybe my subconsciousness was trying to influence my outfit choice. As of yet, I have no plans but it might be nice to cook dinner at home. I'm thinking lemon chicken stuffed with garlic and mashed potatoes. My other blog would be happy to have a post. Do you have any dessert suggestions? I'm thinking creme brulee topped with fresh berries.

Club Monaco top, Original Penguin sweater, Marc by Marc Jacobs skirt, Joie skirt, Steve Madden flats, F21 cuff

Monday, February 9, 2009

new makeup

A couple months ago, I received a gift card from Neiman Marcus for $25 and then I completely forgot about it. I had even purchased a Marc by Marc Jacobs cardigan that would have appreciated the use of the gift card. One thing I didn't notice about the gift card was that it has an expiration date and it had expired. I called NM and asked if they could make it still work. Luckily, they gave me a couple more weeks to use the gift card. My husband and I stopped by the mall so I could use it on some Chanel makeup. I don't know why but I'm on a Chanel makeup craze right now. I picked up a glossimer lip gloss in myriade and nail polish in vendetta. The lady didn't seem to be too happy when my total was only $20something.

I'll be getting some more makeup and beauty products this week, too. Barneys will be having their Love Yourself gift with purchase. I can't wait and I'll post more pictures when I get the stuff.

what is your destiny?

I love many styles of homes from tudor to craftsman to cape cod to mid-century modern. I dream of the day when I will have one of these kinds of homes for my own and my family. Shoot me if I end up with a traditional home.

Yesterday, my husband and I went to see a house in the mid-century modern style (among some shopping and eating). We picked the perfect day to visit it since there was an open house. I no longer had to see this home just from the exterior (as its listing only shows). It was quite an experience.

The visit was almost a historical field trip. The realtor gave us the history of the home. It was designed by architect Harold Prinz for him and his wife. They lived there until Mr. Prinz's death. Mrs. Prinz lived there for several months after but chose to put the house on the market and live closer to her grown children.

The original home was very small... a little over 1,000 sq. ft. It is also built off of a cliff. There was a carport in the front but the laws in 1948 didn't allow for attached garages or carports so he quickly converted the carport into an entry and changed the side entry to all windows. The house also had only 2 bedrooms. When him and his wife had a boy and a girl, they extended one of the bedrooms to have two mini-rooms. When the kids grew up, one of those rooms became his office and the other room became his wife's sewing/ crafts room. When you go out into the backyard, you are hit with luxurious landscaping. Cement steps lead you down to the backyard which leads to a small creek. Very little updates/ changes have occurred since the house was built.

During our visit, the realtor gave us two articles that featured the home- one was in Better Homes and Gardens in 1952 and one was in the Dallas Morning News on May 2008. I found the article online that features the glory this house once was.

source: dallasnews.com

The pictures above are hugely different than the pictures I took while there. You can see some amazing details, the design is great, and you can't help but be blown away by its story. Unfortunately, as beautiful as this house once was, it doesn't look quite the same. There is so much work to be done to this home. There is definite foundation issues (whatever holds the house on top of the cliff needs to be replaced), needs updates in the kitchen and bathrooms, windows need to be replaced, needs new ceilings (much of the house has the type of ceilings you see in your college classrooms), electrical rewiring, new central air conditioning, etc. Here is what we saw:

If I had the money and time, I would want to buy this house and make it what it once was. I can't even imagine how much it would be to restore it. With its awkward design flaws, it would be a challenge to make those spaces more livable. And with a small kitchen, how could I continue with one person's attempt to cook? I still want this house. It would suck if someone tore it down and built something ugly. What is its destiny?