Monday, November 23, 2009

Alexandra Grecco Trunk Show

Alexandra Grecco Trunk show

A couple weeks ago I was thrilled to attend the trunk show for my friend Alexandra at a new Williamsburg boutique Charlie and Sam (my new favorite store). It was a great setting for the launch of Alex's new vintage-inspired line, composed of rompers, dresses, shorts and tops in velvet, jersey, silk, and even sequins.

Alexandra Grecco Trunk show

Alexandra Grecco Trunk show

This is my favorite piece although it wasn't on display in the trunk show.

Alexandra Grecco Trunk show

Alexandra Grecco Trunk show

I loved all the scalloped details.

Alexandra Grecco Trunk show

Alex is doing a whole spring line which will be available in stores come 2010. Keep an eye on this one ladies and gentlemen! You can buy her fall line now in her etsy shop.

and for some further reading, here is this week's
Links à la Mode:

Links à la Mode : November 19th

  • Awakened Aesthetic: – Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers (Part I)

  • Crisis in Denim: – Crisis in Denim: I make gentle fun of a Banana Republic ‘rewards’ card I received in the mail, that seems designed to make me think I accomplished something by shopping at BR and earning ‘rewards’ points, by riffing on the president’s Yes We Can slogan.

  • dramatis personae: – the Hat’s Out of the Bag! by Michelle at Wicked Whimsy

  • Fashion X K8: – The importance of Fashion Ad Campaigns and analyzing the collective subconcious of fashion consumers. I beg the question, what makes a great Fashion Ad.

  • Further Ado: – With many of their paper equivalents going bust, Further Ado finds 5 great online fashion magazines to keep you satisfied.

  • Grit and Glamour: – yesterday The Psychology of Lace Lace, in spite of its implied fragility, holds very special power in the sartorial world.

  • Idiosyncratic Style – Infatuation List: Five Fall Fashion Favorites

  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – Fashion Blogging : The Road Ahead

  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS: – Interview with Lauren Jones of mydearthing

  • Mystery Creature: – I love vintage, I love handmade… but I don’t love Etsy, as much as I want to.

  • Oranges and Apples: – What drives fashion bloggers? Oranges and Apples in the Scotsman

  • Random Fashion Coolness: – Musings on the power-partnerships in the Blogosphere

  • Shoe Daydreams: – Collaborations and “inspiration”

  • slsvgg fashion: – An interview with Gossip Girl actress LEIGHTON MEESTER, on her style

  • Somewhere over the Skyline…: – rugality? Sustainability? The Recession! – Thoughts & Recommendations on Sustainable/Vintage Lifestyles

  • Super Kawaii Mama: – Meet the Dr. of Dames and her new book Our Girl’s – Aussie Pin Up’s of the 40’s & 50’s

  • THE COVETED: – Benefits of Chilly Days… Coats!

  • The Curvy Fashionista – Got the Plus Size Bridal Dress woes? Enter in Cc.Elaine- A studio dedicated to the Curvy.Confident.Chic. Plus Size Bride

  • The New Wave: – Underwear as Outerwear: How to wear this spring’s runway trend using vintage pieces.

  • The Pixelated Blonde – Fashion: it’s an individual thing – a look at how to be stylish whilst maintaining one’s individuality.

  • White Rabbit: – vs. Flickr’s Wardrobe Remix – the battle of “What I wore today” sites

  • Wicked Whimsy: – Rene Geneva Designs – featuring a local, woman run eco-friendly design house that makes gorgeous clothes to boot!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

File under "Things I Don't Need"

Oh really, I need more 50's party dresses, ebay? Ok, fine.

Hiiiiiiii Lorrie Debb silk faille dress! Now someone better invite me to a friggin' holiday party or its gonna be a one person party with me and my dress in my apartment this winter, mmm-kay?

From the mokoko vintage store on ebay.

Monday, November 16, 2009

A weekend in the Catskills

Birch trees

I just got back from a near-perfect weekend in the Catskills for my 29th birthday. I invited 10 friends, some of whom had never met, up to a cabin that I rented in Prattsville, NY, for an overnight stay. It was gorgeous. It rained Saturday night but by Sunday it had cleared up and it was nearly t-shirt weather. I have started seeing a new guy who just happens to be an avid outdoorsman and he brought all kinds of guns for us to play with. Not surprisingly I was a really bad shot. Oh well, I tried.

We saw all kinds of animals (country mice, wood peckers, deer, horses, etc.), drank cider with brandy, toasted marshmallows, told ghost stories, played Scrabble, ate meatballs, sat by the fire, and sang karaoke. Everyone helped out and everyone got along. We also went up to the tallest waterfall in NY State, Kaaterskill Falls. Alex fell in the water and lost his glasses.

I barely ever get to leave the city, I really need to do this more often.

Attempting a shotgun.


Caterpillar friend!


kaaterskill falls

nov 14

shootin' cans

Raef going postal on a tree stump

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Underwear as outerwear

Its no secret that I love lingerie, I've done plenty of posts about it and and even developed some vintage tap pants (new website coming soon, it is looking bad ass!). Needless to say, I am very excited about some of the new lingerie-inspired styles coming out for spring. The detailing on some of these pieces is so gorgeous, looking through the spring Paris shows my mind was basically exploding all over the wall. Forget spring, I want to wear this now. Let's take a look at some of the highlights shall we?

Can we start with Dior? OMG, want this whole collection, but check it out! Hello, John you stole my vintage 40's tap pants idea! I love these paired with the delicate boustier blouse, I totally need to get the balls to wear my tap pants as outerwear.

You can get great vintage styles like these from a number of places:

My next favorite look from the Dior show was the following:

Now this look is a little risqué for every day but without the sheerness you could totally wear this. Perhaps in a silk crepe... Lyell does a cute one for Urban Outfitters in a similar style:

Fletcher by Lyell for Urban Outfitters Silk Jumper

The other show where lingerie inspiration featured prominently was the Dolce and Gabbana show. There was a mix of really masculine pieces with the really feminine lingerie-inspired pieces that I think worked well.

I think the trick to this look is layering of various lingerie pieces so that its not too sheer. Layer several slips over each other with varying lengths so that you create tiers. Mix lace and satin materials so that you can see the satin through the lace, etc. Ideas of some layering pieces:

As long as it doesn't get too cold this winter I am going to try to incorporate some of my vintage lingerie pieces into my regular wardrobe somehow. Otherwise no one will ever get to see them but me!

All runway images courtesy of

Monday, November 2, 2009

Who wore it best?

Weirdly enough, Heidi Klum and Seal stole my costume idea! She must read my blog. Who wore it best?

my costume

heidi klum and seal

Thanks to Gemma for sending the photo.