February, 2010

Fine Wine for the Frugalista

26 Feb

Having champagne taste on a beer budget isn’t always the easiest thing. Clearly I love designer clothes and nice wine is no different. But when you drink as much as I do, bottles upwards of $15 are reserved for restaurants and special occasions. Until now…

I just found out about WinesTilSoldOut.com (or WTSO as I like to call it). This is a new site where wine is available at 30-70% off retail value. These clever folks feature one wine at a time from midnight until they run out of stock, at which point it’s replaced by a new type of wine. 

Today’s deal is Chappellett Limited Release Napa Valley Red Wine – Originally priced at $59.99, marked down to $32.99. WTSO describes the wine as “a deeply delicious bordeaux style red with a gorgeous multi-layered dark red-fruit profile”. I’ll take it!

Best part? Shipping is free! Sip away, fancy frugalista.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2010 RTW: Fresh From London Fashion Week

24 Feb

For obvious reasons…

There’s nothing about this collection I don’t love. Oversized collars, fur, and thigh-high leather and snakeskin boots – AMAZING!

*images via WWD

Singin’ In The Rain

23 Feb

During the rainy season, getting out of bed is trouble enough without having to worry about putting together a cute outfit. I often find myself daydreaming about wrapping up in warm, furry blankets, and enjoying a cup of Irish Coffee by the fireplace. However, unfortunately reality does not allow for this most of the time. And since it has been raining what seems like daily for the past two months, I figured I’d better start finding ways to stay warm and dry, without completely sacrificing my style.

I snagged this long-sleeved t-shirt dress and the leopard tights from the LF sale a couple weeks ago. It’s difficult to go wrong with a 60% discount!

Splashing around in my favorite Hunter boots has a way of making even the gloomiest of days a little brighter!

The trench is Eryn Brinié, one of my favorite new designers. I stopped by her SOHO shop while I was visiting New York last week and picked up a few adorable items — to be revealed in posts to come!

Christian Cota – Designer Spotlight

22 Feb

Attending Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York was a non-stop swirl of excitement and inspiration… not to mention discovery! Christain Cota was not a designer I was super familiar with before attending his presentation last week, however I was completely blown away by the designs I viewed.

Christian Cota’s Fall 2010 collection is an assortment of cocktail dresses, flirty skirts, mildly embellished tights, and light coats – all spotlighting shimmery fabrics. I found the presentation flawless with gorgeous models flaunting the designs in ombre wigs across the board.

Two of my favorite looks included this skirt and top combo with a sequined sweater coat, and a sparkly wrap ensemble worn over black and gold-speckled leggings.

The presentation, which was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, introduced me to a designer that I will follow, and likely adore, for years to come.  Can’t wait to see what this young and talented up-and-comer has yet to unfold!

“At Alexander Wang” – by Garance Dore

19 Feb

The following video was created by one of my favorite bloggers, Garance Doré. I find it beautiful and couldn’t resist sharing:

Friday Night Funky Fresh Lemon Drop Martini

19 Feb

Lately I’m finding myself stuck in a wine rut. Today, however, I was feeling zesty and figured I’d shake up a martini or 2 (or 4). Rather than going super traditional I wanted to sip on a lemon drop, and thought why not add a hint of mint to enhance the fresh taste?

I am no expert but I don’t believe in portions. I go based on taste. I combined vodka, a splash of Triple Sec, lemon juice, a hint of lime juice, sugar and mint leaves. 

Just add ice, shake, pour, and repeat.

Y-3 Fall/Winter 2010 – Sporty Designs, Red Roses, and a Brawl!

18 Feb

On Sunday I attended the Y-3 Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show, and boy does designer Yohji Yamamoto know how to entertain a crowd! Rather than showing in the tents at Braynt Park, the collection was presented in the enormous Park Avenue Armory, where Simon & Garfunkel tunes blasted to a full on laser show, as the models strutted their stuff down the runway. Here are a few of my favorite looks from his Fall/Winter line:

I was immediately smitten with the high, quaffed ponytails and teal eyeshadow the female models were rocking. And unique detailing on menswear, including one-shoulder suspenders, added a very special touch to the casual, sporty designs. In true Yohji fashion the looks were loose fitted and athletic, but with an added military feel.

The finale included the distribution of red roses to select front-row attendees in honor of Valentine’s Day, followed by a mock fight between Yohji and two of the models (of course the girl won!). The crowd was charmed and it was a fun, lighthearted finish to an impressive show.

*images via WWD