Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jacket Racket

Shame on me!

I'm currently wearing the outfit I wore on Sunday, meaning I've doubled an ensemble within three days.

Does that make me a horrible fashion-head??

It's beautiful out, and though I realized just how chilly the wind was the moment my foot stepped out of my apartment building, I realized I still really wanted to rock my jean jacket anyway.

Here's a photo of my outfit today: Just USA skinny denim, loose and pocketed long tank from Urban Outfitters, B2 boots, knit vest with silk striped back from UO as well, Zara Trafaluc jean jacket (from six or seven years ago at least), H&M men's scarf and Tru Value Vintage necklace.

So many layers and colors! Love it!!

I'm Lovin' it: GAP media preview tomorrow to take a look at the new CFDA/Vogue collaboration collection. Fingers crossed Alexander Wang is part of this joint effort.

I'm Over it: This wind not only does a number on my hair, it also makes it about 10 degrees colder than it really is.

Track of the Day: "A Bright Light" by The Appleseed Cast. From Kansas. Indie rock. Lots of guitars.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Everything Happens For A Reason...

...but sometimes the happening part feels so goddamn crappy.

A peppermint green tea, chocolate croissant, Seneca Rising slouchy suspender miniskirt, and a big hug would be really nice right now.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lazy Sunday...

...in the city!

I'm talking walks along the water, gourmet pizza, patios, Caesars and friends.

I broke out my old jean jacket today. Thank god I kept it around. It was the perfect cover up for the in-between weather straddling winter coats and cotton jackets.

Off to the some record labels soirees and the Fashion Week closing gala party!

Will try to take photos.

Haute Hippie

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Friday, March 27, 2009

New Kooples!

Paris-based The Kooples has some new cool, creative couples photographed in their boutique's clothes.

Check it!

PS. Love those gray zipper sandals on Manon and Marieke.

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Haute Hippie...Interviewed!!

Thank you thank you thank you to the adorably adorable Sunny Shum for interviewing me on PartlySunny!!!!

Click through to read the interview here!

Sorry for the lack of posting since Tuesday...hectic 'round these parts of late...

Lots of things going on this weekend that I'll be sure to report back on next week!

Happy Friday!!!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: I sent the link to my PartlySunny interview to my family -- who are all currently enjoying the warm SoCal sun, them being Angelenos and all -- and one of my uncles sent back the cutest reply: "That's so Cool and Happenin'! The little girl reading with the little booklight in the middle of the night refusing to go to sleep - has come a long long way. Keep it up hipster! (excuse my old school jargon - he he he)". AWWWWWWWW!

I'm Over it: Arrrrrgh! Had a writing idea earlier this morning and DIDN'T JOT IT DOWN. Curses. And now the idea is either gone into the nether regions of my mind or it's going to come to me at some really random time.

Track of the Day: Oh no, brain blip happening right now. Did I already shout out "1901" by Phoenix? Their It's Never Been Like That album is one of my all-time favorites.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Breathe and Stop

Currently having myself one of the busiest weeks of 2009 yet.

Need to breathe and stop (...for real, and give it what you got...that was for all you Q-Tip fans out there).

Our local fashion week kicks off tomorrow, the Junos mayhem starts Thursday and the Wine Fest is this weekend (1,600 wines for me to get through over three nights), in addition to work-related meetings in between.

So yes, I might be pretty harried right now, but not enough to not post this LaROK fringed vest, as seen in that outlaw editorial styled by the indomitable Kate Lanphear for the February issue of Elle.

Getting ready to run out the door for a meeting to do a Starbucks java tasting session with a coffee master. Thank to Lisa B. at Karyo Edelman for setting it up!

Haute Hippie

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Deconstruction Zone

Yesterday was the perfect Sunday.


Let me count the ways:

1. An 11 am sleep-in time.

2. Brunch with my girl Saritz at Crave on Main.

3. A jaunty walk in the sunshine down Main Street and up again in the sunshine and in my sunnies.

4. A new deconstructed mini dress in black! It was from a random store I'd never heard of.

Despite the rain weather, I'm sporting it today with my blue-grey tights while working at the library. No, really I am...see evidence below (the guy in front of me is oblivious to my sly picture-taking).

Anyway, I'll post a picture of my mini dress shortly!

Haute Hippie

Glove Love

There are two types of sartorial styles I prefer (or waffle between): the loosely chic haute bohemian (minus too many hippie prints) and the rock 'n' roll sexpot (this I'd like to do more often).

For the latter, I should probably invest in this very Karl Lagerfeld-like half glove, which doesn't have the price tag of Chanel or Fendi in the least.

I believe it's $65, courtesy of House of Field in New York.

Look at all that studded hardware! It's so Karl-approved.

Makes my heart pitter-patter just a little bit.

I'm Lovin' it: Rene Russo is the face (or is it foot?) of Brian Atwood's fetish-esque ad campaign for his new shoe collection. It's ridiculous that the woman is fifty-five -- she looks no older than thirty-five and has the body of someone my age. Or younger (which ain't saying much these day, I suppose). Anyway, Russo is the product of either some fountain of youth, good family genes, or Dr. 90210. Clearly.

I'm Over it: Pushing the pile back and forth into a pile-pushing vortex of nothingness, as my good buddy G. Davis put it oh-so-well two Sundays ago, in reference to a current situation.

Track of the Day: Here's a big shout out to L'il Wayne, whose track "Comfortable" from his Tha Carter III album I can't seem to stop playing today. It kind of takes me back to the early 2000s, with its beats and 112-like chorus.

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Yet Another Reason...

...that fashion will be the death of me!

Here's a shot of style blogger Gala Gonzalez from Spain.

There's a time to be a creator, and other times to be an emulator.

This is an emulation moment.

Now to find me a pair of short short denim cutoffs, 'cause I know I already got them booties and gold chains...

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

This Is...

...the reason I love fashion.

People with such innate, effortless sense of style inspire me every single day.

Bravo, Lady in Black and Blue, bravo.

Until tomorrow, dear friends.

Haute Hippie

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Friday!


I'm sitting at my perch at Waves Coffee and it is NOT nice out.

Remember the last time I took a picture from this spot?

It was gorgeously sunny, and I was quite admiring a vintage bike cruiser sitting just outside my window.

Looks like this Friday night is going to be a bit of an "in" one for me. Just going to hang out with the gals -- maybe with a bottle of white, perhaps a pinot grigio?

Here's a song to take you into the weekend: "Papel Volando" by Kinky.

You might not be able to understand it unless you speak espanol -- Kinky is electro-rock from Mexico -- and the quality of this video is super bad, but it's a great song.

Be sure to click through to hear other tracks.

Happy Friday!

Haute Hippie

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ring A Ding

I heart massive rings almost as much as I heart a night of Gossip Girl with a side of Dairy Queen blizzard (cookie dough and peanut butter cup, please).


But then I came across these very large, very chunky, very angular-cut rings from Kara Ross while flipping through a Harper's Bazaar -- and decided it might be time to shut off the television and put down the ice cream.

The New York-based designer also does handbags and a boutique jewelry line, the much more affordable sister collection to her primary one.

Ring around this Ross-y!

I'm Lovin' it: I can't quite tell if this large, spaced-out gold chain is part of the deep green, sparkly dress or if it's a huge necklace. But whatever it is, bravo, Elise Overland for Fall '09.

I'm Over it: The other day, I saw an unkempt, rather rotund fellow rocking a dirty black tee, dirty black shorts and lime green Crocs. Nooooooo! Bad, bad, bad all around. The bright side is that Crocs apparently may be going out of business, so I might never have to see this atrocity again.

Track of the Day: "Raquel" by Neon Neon. Seriously, how can you resist a group that has band members with the names Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip?? Rhys is formerly of late '90s-early 2000s band, Super Furry Animals. I'm pretty sure they're still kicking around, come to think of it.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Oh, Carine!

I'm currently watching the CNN special on Carine Roitfeld, my idol, who seems so kind, humble and layered, not in a clothing way, but rather in personality.

Who else also makes an appearance in the special, most on-camera, praising La Roitfeld?

Oh, just Patrick Demarchelier, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Hedi Slimane, Karl Lagerfeld, Riccardo Tisci, Antoine Arnault, Francois-Henri Pinault, Emmanuelle Alt (a fellow French Voguette), Anna Wintour and her gorgeous spawn, Julia and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld.

Ah, it all makes me wish I had been born Parisian.

PS. I do think the brief encounter CNN captured between La Roitfeld and La Wintour seemed a little awkward. Just an observation.

In A Clutch

London-based designer Matthew Williamson does lots of brights.

He's also doing a line for H&M with those brights, and though I'm not exactly camping outside the retailer's doors, I'll be hotfooting it there as soon as the collection drops so I can get this clutch in my, er, clutches.

My obsession with blue has obviously taken over my life.

I'm Lovin' it: My east coast gals at the Sweetspot are covering LG Fashion Week via Twitter!

I'm Over it: Itchy eye. Think it's my contact lens.

Track of the Day: "Strictly Game" by Harlem Shakes. Brooklyn band.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Buddha Love

I had a meeting this morning with the adorable owner, Alisa, of an adorable new boutique called Wish.List on the west side, where I happened to finally find the wallet that will be mine.

Meet Big Buddha's Starlet Snake, a hybrid between a wallet and a bag that crosses over the body. It comes with extra chain straps exactly for the latter purpose.

I've been noticing a lot of smaller, body-slung bags popping up at my favorite sartorial shops all over town. Are people downsizing their bags in the same way they're downsizing their expenses??

Following fashion trends means following economic trends, apparently.

What really got me about Big Buddha were the prices -- this clutch hovers around $70, considerably less than the Cole Haan tassel one I was eyeing at Holt Renfrew (for the past four months, at that).

Alisa's looking into ordering the wallet for me -- I'm having a hard time deciding between the blue python or orange python.

All I know if I'm way into the Starlet's gold hardware, but that shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone anymore.

I'm Lovin' it: This get-up from The Row is exactly how one should mix the masculine with the feminine.

I'm Over it: It's official. I have a cold.

Track of the Day: "Me and Giuliani Down By The Schoolyard" by !!! (Chk Chk Chk). Dance-punk! This song has a lot of great horns and house beats to keep you shakin' for, oh, a little over nine minutes.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Buh-Bye, Paris!

Paris Fashion Week for Fall '09 is over. Tear.

So here's a little ode -- via Sofia Coppola -- to the City of Lights.

Coppola, whom I quite admire as a creative mind and muse, directed her first commercial recently -- and, of course, it had to be for Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance.

Watch Maryna Linchuk traipse through Paris with Brigitte Bardot warbling in the background.

J'adore Dior!

I'm Lovin' it: Wow, oh wow. The Twelves show last night was everything I hoped it would be. Which was basically hours of straight dancing for me (and Guy D). Such a good move wearing my comfy vintage boots!

I'm Over it: Think I overdid it this weekend. Now I'm fighting off a sore throat and sniffles that no amount of mental battle will stave off, I'm afraid.

Music of the Day: I can't get enough of The Lonely Island's Incredibad album. It cracks me up every time. If you haven't heard Natalie's Rap yet, please please have a listen. Natalie Portman going from Rodarte at the Oscars to hoodies and swearing? She's hilarious. Love it. By the way, don't watch this clip at work. Explicit lyrics, much?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Happy Friday!


Simian Mobile Disco was a bit of let down last night, and I'm sad to say that me and my girls Ovitch and Steph A. left before the set was even over.

The crowd skewed a little young (I'm an "old" hag these days), and the bigger venue made the show seem more like a rave. I preferred the first SMD show I saw a couple summers ago, which was at a much more intimate location.

Anyway, it may have been a disappointment but the hot dog I ate after wasn't. Until this morning.

On a lighter note, I can't get enough of Louis Vuitton's Fall '09 collection. (Or that Fashion Toast's Rumi Neely was a muse for Escada this season -- you rock, Rumi!)

Those LV headpieces made the models look like haute version of Minnie Mouse. Or a wacky version of Alice in Wonderland black headbands. Adorable.

And burgundy wine colors with metallic silver? C'est chic!

Here's a bit of Louis Vuitton from me to you (there's been a lot of peplum and more than some midriff-baring this season, non?).

Happy Friday!!!

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: Chillin' like a villain tonight at Ovitch's for the hockey game and homebaked cookies. Mainly because Fo'sho Shawna's birthday tomorrow night requires me to get a full eight hours rest.

I'm Over it: Rain is coming. I feel it in the air. Noooooooooooooooo. And the fact every time I try to download Common's Like Water For Chocolate album from 2000, it never works!

Track of the Day: "The 6th Sense" by Common.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Today's Color Combination

White mini zip-up dress, blue-grey tights and tan boots.

It's a color combination I haven't tried before, but there's no time like the present to give it a whirl.

Here's the view from my work perch at Waves Coffee on Main Street today. Sunny! Gorgeous! Vintage bike cruiser! Makes me happy! All of it!

The three things I need to do today:

1. Buy toothpaste.
2. Buy new mascara (crusty = not good)
3. Get ready for Simian Mobile Disco!!!!!!

Haute Hippie

PS. It smells like samosas in here. I'm not sure whether I like it or not.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Say No To Small Fryes

When it comes to boots, Frye -- like Hogan (or is it father?) -- knows best.

When it comes to price tag, Frye is often on the high side of things -- think of a range between $200 - $500.

Everyone is cutting out where they can, but that doesn't mean you still can't get the boots you want.

After going to the Mac store yesterday to see if my cracked laptop could be aesthetically fixed (it could and the guy who helped me was adorably the stereotypical computer geek), I wandered into Browns and found Frye-worthy, above-ankle, below-calf boots in tan (with faded spots) for $137.

Oh yes, I did.

They're great quality, too, and come with cute Paul Smith-esque stripes on the inside lining.

I've already pictured these boots in springtime with my coral cotton Zara dress layered with my loose vest, old Trafaluc jean jacket, fringe bag and bare legs (tanned, hopefully). I'll post a pic soon, but this weather has got to warm up first.

Et voila!

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