bulldogs and shields

this weekend my mom came into town for some much needed lady time and retail/cocktail/foodie therapy. on saturday, we stopped into my favorite local boutique, hazel, to check out some new rings by the love of my life, jan michaels. her site doesn't do her jewelry justice, and the way it's merchandized in the catalogue is lame, because her pieces are insane and perfect and everything i ever want in jewelry.

the first ring of hers i bought had this gorgeous glad and black swirl print. i love the way the center is fixed onto the ring.

and then i found this bulldog ring and everything changed.

i mean. that's a bulldog ring.

and who doesn't love shields?

basically, anyone who makes a bulldog ring has my heart. i'm hoping she creates a whole menagerie of animal-themed rings that i can add to my collection. i don't even like animals (except for orca whales), but you can't really pass up a bulldog ring.


jessica stam: w korea

jessica stam, looking gorgeous in platinum.

image via the life files


lanvin ad campaign: ss/11

not only do i love seasonal ad campaigns, but a multi-shot one that reads like an editorial — like this one, courtesy of lanvin — is even better. lanvin reminds me of tilda swinton, and these belligerent, chic dames, flouncing about their home's wares, set the perfect tone for an amazing spring season. so much garment! so much feistiness.



marco zanini is slaying me with this depression-era chic for rochas' pre-fall. i feel like each look is traversing through time with those slouchy socks, flat, wide-soled shoes, and hanging, shapeless silhouettes. all they need now is a battered set of vintage luggage.

images via style.com

karla spetic ss/11

i am obsessed with weird, kitschy prints, and when i saw the australian-landscape inspired prints by karla spetic, i fell in love. her vivid colors and unique application of imagery make this a stand-out collection — who doesn't have a need for a windmill-emblazoned tunic? or that oversized (calfskin?) clutch?

purchase online at karla spetic. and feel free to send my way.

images via trendland


louis vuitton pre-fall 2011

louis vuitton pre-fall 2011: tarty twenties temptresses.

images via style.com

elliott ward-fear

behold, the ss/11 collection from 21yr old australian designer elliott ward-fear, "spirit of clothing." nothing like scalloped chaps and heart-shaped ass-less lavender skinny pants to add a bit of whimsicality to one's day.

check out this great interview with the designer on dazed digital.

images via dazed digital

alexander mcqueen 2011

lindsey wixson for alexander mcqueen 2011.


62 rules for living in a forest

my friend alana recently sent me a link to a page about japanese mori girls and the rules for becoming one, or: "62 rules for living in a forest." quite possibly one of the most whimsical, enchanting descriptions of livery i've ever seen. we both agreed that "#36: puff sleeves make you feel emotional" are some of the truest words ever spoken.

to be a mori girl, you must follow these 62 rules:

  1. You like loose fitting dresses
  2. You always wear dresses and skirts
  3. You prefer slightly quirky clothes over simple ones
    (but you don’t like loud and flashy clothes)
  4. You look natural, but with your own style
  5. You are particular about fabrics
  6. You like ethnic clothes, too
  7. You wear A-line clothes
  8. You like wearing dresses that little girls would wear, too
  9. You like smock-like dresses and blouses
  10. You don’t like super sweet fashion
  11. You like deep colors like Burgundy, Fukamidori (dark green, #00552e),Koniro (navy blue, #223a70) and Chairo (dark brown, #965042)
  12. Warm colors look good on you
  13. Short nails feel more comfortable
  14. You like fluffy hats made of knitwear or fur
  15. You like ear muffs
  16. You like ponchos and boleros
  17. You want to have leather bags
  18. You use pochettes for everything
  19. You prefer gold accessories over silver
  20. You feel attracted to old things
  21. You like pocket watches
  22. You like necklaces with magnifying glasses or large designs
  23. You like designs featuring animals
  24. You like designs featuring sweets
  25. You like plaid and polka dots
  26. You like old-fashioned flower patterns
  27. You like lace
  28. You like tights and leggings
  29. Your shoes are basic and flat soled
  30. You like round toe shoes
  31. If you wear sneakers you wear them like loosely fitting cute slip-ons
  32. Instead of regular buttons you like hand-made buttons
  33. You want to wrap your stole or muffler around yourself
  34. In winter, a turtleneck design is your basis
  35. You like layering garments
  36. Puff sleeves make you feel emotional
  37. You love fairy tales
  38. Fair-skinned
  39. Your hair is loosely permed
  40. Bob cut x straight bangs
  41. Straight bangs x long loose perm
  42. Girly
  43. You like FELISSIMO
  44. Of FELISSIMO, you especially like the brands Syrup and &sloe
  45. You like the feel of Q-pot “sweets”
  46. You enjoy chilling out at caf├ęs
  47. You like walking with a camera in your hand
  48. You unconsciously end up at variety stores
  49. You can’t help starting collections of things you like, you are a collector
  50. Finding cute books at the book store makes you happy
  51. You get excited when you visit a furniture store
  52. You like making things by hand
  53. Autumn and winter are your favorite seasons
  54. You’d like to visit Scandinavia one day
  55. You like to have round cheeks
  56. If you use perfume, you prefer faint flower scents best
  57. (You long to be) a girl that exudes a soft mood
  58. (You long to be) an uncomplicated girl
  59. You have been told you come across as laid-back
  60. You consider Hagumi Hanamoto of Honey and Clover to be a Mori Girl
  61. Shizuru Satonaka from Tada, Kimi wo Aishiteru is also a Mori Girl
  62. You have been told by a friend that it looks like you are in a forest

image/rules via japanese streets

celine pre-fall

phoebe philo is a master of texture and color. mixing denim, knits, leather and satin in a surprisingly cohesive palate ranging from tweeds to double denim to a bevy of electric hues — this collection embraces a whole lifetime of chic.

images via style.com