Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reese's Piece.

Love her or hate her—though most seem to love her—Reese Witherspoon still holds the title of reigning America's Sweetheart (though Anne Hathaway is shaping up to be the heir apparent, methinks).

I don't particularly love or hate Reese, but I certainly do respect (some of) her work—kudos to her Tracy Enid Flick and June Carter Cash characters—and do respect everything about the way she conducts her life.

And I do very particularly love this Burberry Prorsum dress she's wearing on the newest cover of Glamour.

If I were a holiday dress, this would be me: pop color, sweetheart neckline (how apropos for Reese) with choppy layers, edgy leather piping and shoulder straps, bada** chunky metal jewellery. Bravo, Christopher Bailey (and Glamour stylists).

Hmmmm, I take it all back.

Think I'm in totally in love with The Witherspoon.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Dapper Gent.

Here's veteran NBC Nightly News anchor, Tom Brokaw, looking like a very, very dapper gent.

Let's list the multiple trends he's done good pulling off:

Tone-on-tone (black, in this case).
Pocket square.

That's a worth reporting on.

Haute Hippie

I'm Lovin' it: Tumblr. Stay tuned for mine to launch in the coming weeks.

I'm Over it: The bike I loved so much in the summertime is now the bane of my existence, taking up precious room in my apartment. Time to lock it up for the winter!

Music of the Day: "Show Is Over" by The Game. Produced by Cookin' Soul. Takes me back to the chill, R&B hip hop of the '90s. If there was a "Like" button on this page, I'd click it.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

She's Come Undone.

Giovanna Battaglia is every style photo-blogger's dream shot of the day.

The model-turned-L'Uomo Vogue fashion editor rubbernecks heads with her patrician good looks, impeccable fashion sense and slick low bun with center part.

This is precisely why I love this particular shot, taken by The Sartorialist of her, with hair loose and slightly mussed. Not to mention soft-tough marriage of the airy colorblocked dress and hard boot heels. Even her shoelace hangs untied.

It's like she's come undone, but only in the chic manner that defines Giovanna.

PS. If I were to be laid to rest in any outfit, this ensemble would be in my top five.

I'm Lovin' it: Alexander Wang. Heels. Spring '11.

I'm Over it: Today, I received my first ever "hate mail" for the existence of my social and events column in the newspaper:

"I will be putting on a pair of shoes next week. I am relatively unknown but that seems to be the theme in your Out After Dark piece which features a whose who of people nobody knows doing things of which nobody cares."

Oh boy.

Music of the Day: Spike Jonze directed the music video for Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs". It's like his own 'burbs version of a beautiful dark twisted fantasy. Or, perhaps, reality.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's The Little Things.

For years, I've schlepped around a RBB (Really Big Bag).

There was no discrimination between shoulder-slung or body-slung style; the only requirement was that it was large enough to fit my wallet, my eyelash curler and the kitchen sink.

As time went on, the idea of blindly fishing around my RBB for housekeys (especially late at night) grew less and less appealing, as did the growing pain on my left shoulder from carrying around an unnecessary amount of weight.

So earlier this year, I downsized.

I downsized from an RBB to an RSB (Really Small Bag).

Now, I toggle between a more manageable brown leather purse and a forest green microsuede one (with a single tassel!), brought from Spain as a present from my girl Reebs.

What I'd really like to do, though, is toggle between the brown, the forest green and this tan, structured snakeskin number from Burak Uyan.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Color Me Happy.

The blue palette in this image from a new Rizzoli coffee table book on French brand Kenzo is calming to me for some reason.

Maybe it's because the color effect is mildly the same as the settings I have on my iPhone's Hipstamatic?

In any case, I find the languorous pose, blue on blue tones, strong prints and peek-a-boo foot tattoo altogether stunning.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Nick Bertke, also know as Pogo, once worked producing for Walt Disney Motion Pictures Studios.

During that time, he created a collection of songs by chopping up and putting back together sound bits and pieces of well-loved Disney cartoons.

His newest creation is 'Wishery', which samples Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1937.

It's a musical, trip-hop masterpiece, as is the accompanying video.


Monday, November 08, 2010

Fashion Maje(r).

I can't even begin to imagine how I'd handle the fashionable life of a Traina sister (that's Vanessa, Samantha and Victoria to all of you), if I had been born one of them.

I'm taking a work break to both blog and catch up on my sartorial sites, and although I'm doing this draped in my brown faux fur shoulder shrug (my apartment's chilly, I swear!), faux gold bijoux and my favorite new accessory -- my black and rose gold Plasteramic ToyWatch, that's probably about as Traina as I'm going to get right now.

Out of the three sisters, I leave the best Traina-ing to Vanessa, who is both besties with Alexander Wang and the current face of Maje, a Parisian label that's equal parts chic to equal parts cool.

In the famous words of another style icon, Victoria Beckham, this is major.

I'm Lovin' it: The nanaimo bars from Mon Petit Choux. Actually, I really just like saying "mon petit choux". In the same faux accent as Pepe Le Pew, bien sur.

I'm Over it: Oh, Parisian labels, how I love you but, oh, how I dislike the overuse of Flash on your websites.

Track of the Day: "Dream #7" by Axel & The Farmers. It's the soundtrack to the Maje website. Shoegaze rock, in the same vein as M83's "Graveyard Girl". Yes? No?? I'll let you decide.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Shoulder To Shoulder.

Sometimes an item of clothing has a detail, a drape, an embellishment that makes me catch my breath.

The beaded shoulder and low back on the navy dress in this shot from Tommy Ton did just that to me this morning. It could be the amazing je ne sais quoi its wearer has, too, but that shoulder is for sure the first thing I saw.

I'm going to go bedazzle all the shoulders on my sweaters now.

I'm Lovin' it: These bags by Nyla Noor. There are some amazing structured ones in the rest of this collection, too. Thanks, The Cut!

I'm Over it: Why, oh, why do they not sell my Tval olive oil serum in town?! My supply has dried out, and I'm in desperate need for more.

Music of the Day: The 'Here Nor There' album by LA-based illustrator Alisha Amirkhanian. My buddy Jeff from Booooooom.com posted some more of her work here.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

(Clare and) the Reasons D'Etre.

Brooklyn band Clare and the Reasons covers Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (in a folksy-ethereal way).

It's by and large one of my favorite '80s tracks, that was also incidentally covered by Nas, back in the '90s (with Amerie as the chorus' voice).

Yep. All these versions rule.