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Tory Burch’s Reva Clutches

April 30th, 2013


One of the few brands whose logo I think looks nifty cool is Tory Burch. There’s something oriental and ancient about the way their logo looks, so that it not only voices out the brand name but also evokes a certain feeling—whether intentional or not. Tory Burch is certainly not Asian or  has certain Asian roots, nor do I think she has an affinity for Asian culture. Either way, I think Tory Burch’s Reva Clutches look fabulous! They come in silver, black (my favorite), and gold. You can buy genuine Tory Burch clutches on Moda in Pelle’s website who’s  currently taking part in a competition to win a wedding and are donating a pair of designer shoes to the lucky winner!


Sadly, part of what diminishes the aura of a logo is counterfeits. Counterfeits don’t affect the actual value of the brand name, but they leave me having a certain distaste in my mouth at least, like when I see someone carrying a bag plastered with logos of that brand. It’s in fact safer to buy non-high end brands in terms of knowing its authenticity, because non-popular names don’t get counterfeited. Sadly, Tory Burch has gotten big enough to be counterfeited. I don’t ever see Proenza Schouler or Vera Bradley replicas, but I do see Tory Burch’s. Why?


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T-Shirt: Love Life Swagger

Bag: Vintage (ebay)

Just let me roam around laughing at Big City Blues,

With An Old Straw Hat

a suit of overalls and a worn out pair of shoes.

- Shirley Temple

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“Time Machine” is Vivienne Westwood’s elegant collection of watches, and the fiery haired woman has caught my attention once again with her Rococo watches. The black, royal blue, and dirty white pictured above are my favorites, each of which accented by ruby red. One of these watches would’ve been perfect to wear with my Rococo outfit in one of my older posts! I like that the strap resembles a ribbon and the timepiece is framed in gold, which reminds me of cameo chokers typical of that time period (also Victorian). I just love combining elements from that age with today’s modern styles, don’t you?

Some of Westwood’s watches can be found here.


Shabby Apple is a nice place to get vintage-style, elegant, modest cut dresses that fit and flatter any body type. Although the clothes are mostly colorful and sweet, they can be worn by any age group. One classy woman will receive a $50 gift card from them as a result of landing on this page (and entering, of course)!

This giveaway is based on random drawing. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning. Good luck! Open to all (US and international) and will end on Sunday, May 5 at 12 am EST.

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Winner is… JOANNE HALE!

Came a-Cross Stripes

April 16th, 2013

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Top: Swanque

Collar: DIY

Maxi dress: Swanque

Shoulder bag: Liz Claiborne (mine on eBay)

Shoes: Sam Edelman

I like bold and obscure patterns, and I haven’t been able to really enjoy trendy common prints like damask, polka dots, paisley, and houndstooth.  Stripes for some reason have been in the safe zone. However, I have found myself collecting only black and white when the stripes are large and blue and red when the stripes are small. Odd. I think it’s because I like it when they look nautical or vintage.

Today’s outfit however had two pieces I wouldn’t have ever thought to put together, because it goes against my own stripe habit.

I like how this outfit, without much thought, ended up with the colors “RGB.” It also didn’t turn out as bad as I thought it would. I knew that I wanted to wear a cropped top over the maxi dress. The top is sheer, so it was perfect for the warm day. I don’t think I really own an actual crop top, so I knotted the shirt on the side to make it look cropped.

To bring in the structured look to a very casual outfit, I put on this false collar. I own three of these, and I’ve been wearing these almost every other day since I had them. From what I learned from my mom, false collars used to be worn a lot by men back in the day. The trend has since disappeared at least for men, but it’s very convenient to have these around now!


Links à la Mode

April 9th, 2013

Ah, after a long hiatus from Links a la Mode, I am finally back on their weekly blogroll :) Yay. Congrats on the rest who made it this week as well! Please check out these lovely fellas.


The Style Economy

Wow, this was a tough week. There were enough great posts in the submissions to make TWO roundups… but alas, there is only room for 20. So making a mix of informative, introspective, and fun posts I really got to pick some fun posts from the community! It seemed like we had our mind on our money and our money on our mind this week as there were some great posts linking lipstick and shoes to the economy, how to set your wardrobe budget, a wonderful example of restyling items in our wardrobe and a great tips on finding Spring accessories on the cheap. So click on, you’ll be delighted by the things you’ll learn (I particularly liked the informative post about fragrance) and the new habits you just might pick up.

Links à la Mode: April 4, 2013

SPONSOR: Shopbop: Tocca, VPL Shoes, Massimo Giorgetti, Liebeskind, Golden Lane, Moyna, Thierry Mugler, Christopher Kon, Versace, Joie bags, Rochas Bags

French Maid Slacker

April 4th, 2013

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Bag: Vintage,  “Miss America” by Smartaire

Shoes: Oasap

What it would’ve been. The top I am wearing is actually a dress made by Lauren Gabrielson, a couturier from New York. I decided that I was going to dress it down a little and wear it daringly casual. About a year ago, my then very feminine self would’ve probably paired this dress with some yellow tights, black oxfords, and a beret. As I was thinking about how to style it, I thought well that’s how everyone else would wear this dress. It would’ve been straightforward, expected, and proper.

What I did with it. Without going over the edge, I tucked in the front part of the dress to show off the buttons of my high-waist jeans, while covering the unflattering parts “mom jeans” tend to exaggerate (namely, hips and butt).  I’ve seen a girl wear a big white tee this way, and it looked pretty cool. Wearing the dress this way also made me somewhat look like I had slender legs! To match the dainty “blouse,” I chose an equally feminine and truly vintage purse whose design looked like oxfords. So the irony of this outfit put together like this gave birth to the French maid slacker!

What you’re getting. Lauren Gabrielson not only sent me this gift but also chose to give away another Frenchie Dress in black and white to you all! Take a look at what it looks like as is in the photo below or on their website. Yes, another giveaway back to back, but hey it’s a lot of fun :)

laurengabrielsonfrenchiedress The results of this giveaway are based on random drawing. Remember, the more entries you have, the more chances of winning. Good luck! Open to all (US and international) and will end on Sunday, April 21st at 12 am EST.

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The winner is…. HEIDI ERICKSON!

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