Best Dressed: The Top Rule Breakers of 2009

Best Dressed: The Top Rule Breakers of 2009

Of the many variations of best dressed models listed in Modelinia; I loved the Rule Breakers. This group closely depicts my personal style and keeps it rockin'. Thanks Modelinia for such a well edited tribute to this past years style makers. A great way to end 2009.


And they call this fat

She's called fat on a regular basis.
Lara Stone is a size 4/6 u.s.
I will be the first to admit, I love gamine look. But then I've also always loved the look of Stephanie Seymour. It's not so much about the size but how the woman wears it. To think that there is one particular code of beauty, especially as our world grows more globally connected is ridiculous. That's the beauty of beauty; it evolves, and our eye is constantly readjusting to a new form.


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An Homage

Net a Porter has created a terrific little homage film to the LBD......counting down the 10 most iconic LBD looks of all time. I thoroughly enjoyed it; beautifully curated. It's a great way to spend a few minutes. It makes you want to get dressed. Although I have had a few LBD moments, I don't think I've had 'the night with the dress' so until that time.....


History of Models: Supermodels Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, & Kate Moss

History of Models: Supermodels Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, & Kate Moss

A great short video on the sup's. Their rise and fall follwed by the take over of Kate.

Coco Rocha Video

Coco Rocha

Loved this video featuring Coco. Oh, to live in her shoes.......

Model Kate Moss' Seven Days of Style

Model Kate Moss' Seven Days of Style

If you somehow missed the slide show of Kate Moss at the top of my blog.... I am saying it now.... Kate is a favorite. Yes, she is generally regarded as a style icon and in liking her I am not alone. I often use her as a reference; I like how she pushes the envelope and shows us whats new or next, first. We are similar in our love for adding a bit of edge to any look and in our ability to mix high/low. I also feel her need to add a bit of dishabille to every look I inhabit - I am never comfortable carrying off the look of everything-in-its-place-perfection.
Besides the seven days of style link, I would urge you to check out the link below. It has a great Kate-thru-the years slideshow.


Shanghai'd and loving it.....

I am so in love with the Shanghai collection Karl did for Chanel. I die! Seriously, I die! The eastern nuances, the rock vibe, the sheerness and embroidery all so expertly crafted. The sumptuousness of layered cuffs and the leather appliqued pants. And the colors; dark and exotic. I want every piece. I know everyone was head-over-heels for his spring collection, but this collection, for me, is perfection.



Model Maker Meisel

My heart's twitterpated....
Meisel - LOVE
Mag Cover - Models ONLY - LOVE.......
Steven Meisel the modern day godfather of major models created an amazing cover for Italian Vogue.

******Article information below taken from Modelinia******

Though some magazines from the New Year have already made their way to model fans around the world, we have one last December issue to flip through, and the cover is kind of epic.

Vogue Italia brought together a few major names for their last magazine of 2009. Steven Meisel directed Lara Stone, Gisele Bündchen, Natalia Vodianova, Christy Turlington, and Kasia Struss to snap images for the cover. Meisel, no stranger to bridging high fashion with widespread trends, seems inspired by the Twitter-obsessed world. The cover’s TwitPic happy, encapsulating the generation’s fiendish consumption of social media. It’s also Kasia’s first cover of Vogue Italia!



.....My selection for best December magazine cover.
The dress has the perfect edgy Cinderella quality. The lighting is superb. And Lara as our Cinderella.......

British Vogue

Lara Stone wears white tulle corset dress, Dior Haute Couture. Corsages, around waist, from a selection, Basia Zarzycka. All make-up by Dior. Hair: Sam McKnight. Make-up: Val Garland. Fashion editor: Lucinda Chamber. Mario Testino; photography.


My Ulitmate Shopping Companion - Coco Chanel

Most of Portland knows her.
She considers Nordstrom and Mario's her second home.
Featured in the Nordstrom employee slideshow during the new Chanel boutique launch.
So popular; people often say hello to her before they acknowledge me.
Rarely without her, especially while shopping. Coco, my French Bulldog, is the consummate shopper. Now 4 years old, Coco has been shopping with me since she was 10 weeks old. Seen sitting on the tweed chairs in Chanel, browsing the designer shoe look books, or riding the escalator to the Second level Collections department in Nordstrom, Coco has it down.

Das Boot

Ode to the Ankle Boot
Oh, how I love thee.
Worn in a multitude of ways, with a mini dress, leggings, or skinny jeans. These multi-purpose boots can transform a look, elevating it from ordinary to POW! One of my go to looks is leggings, a draping top and ankle boots. The boots above are some of my favorite offerings for the season. Most are available at Barneys.com; the looks above run the gamut from high to low - Dior to Dolce Vita. Ladylike from Dior, punk from Dolce Vita and Pirate King from Givenchy. I love how the Givenchy boots rock a certain Peter Pan flair. This post goes out to all girls who, like me, dream of being Peter Pan and NOT Wendy
~with love


happy to report, I was wrong....

In my last blog I had mentioned Alessandra wouldn't be in this years Victoria's Secret fashion show due to pregnancy. However, I am happy to have learned this is not true, not only will she be in it, but she's opening it! I always enjoy watching her, as it is obvious she is 100% loving what she is doing.


Superbowl Time!!

The annual Victoria's Secret fashion show is something I wait all year for. I often refer to it as my Super Bowl. It's has long been my dream to stomp down that runway with the rest of them. With only weeks until the 2009 show, I am anticipating another great show. It has been reported that neither Heidi Klum or Alessandra Ambrosio will be walking in this years show. Both out with impending pregnancies. Supposedly Heidi will be hosting the show. I will miss each of them; their unique energy and beauty. It will be exciting to see the new girls this year, including the national model search winner. Watch last years show in it's entirety on YouTube.


Hollywood Makeup Artists Reveal the Hottest Holiday Beauty Trends on ELLE.com

Hollywood Makeup Artists Reveal the Hottest Holiday Beauty Trends on ELLE.com

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I really enjoyed this article. It was fun and really gets you in the mood for Holiday occasions. The selected Celeb photo's do a great job of depicting the various looks.


Olivier Theyskens

Why the owners of Nina Ricci ever let Olivier go is beyond me. Theyskens brought back a struggling Parisian brand creating both editorial and commercial looks - this balance considered the required recipe for a successful design house. Who can forget his first golden look followed by other noteworthy collaborations with Reese Witherspoon? It has yet to be announced which direction Theyskens will take; a personal collection? A new design house? Whichever, until he returns the runways will be mourning his departure.

Be sure and click on the link above to check out Style.com's review and comments on Theyskens last collection at Nina Ricci.

Hurry back soon Olivier, we all miss you!!

Calling all Anna's

Be your own editor.
One of my favorite options on Style.com is the ability to create personal look-books from each season's runway collections. I love creating my own personal list of looks that I can use to shop from, garner inspiration and share with others. The look above is from Roberto Cavalli's resort 2010 collection. Get started today, go to Style.com and start your own book. Once you've created your book send me an email with your finished collection. I'd love to share and compare notes.
Please check out my book at:
Be sure and rate my look-book.


marcher la tête haute!!

A timeless look for a OTK boot. With a pointed cap toe, lace detailing and sculptural wedge heel, this particular pair sets themselves apart. With the intent to purchase items for their quality and lasting design this version by Givenchy does just that. Available on luisaviaroma.
Walk Tall, Girls!


The Women of Nine
[From Left]: Judi Dench, Marion Cotillard, Kate Hudson, Fergie, Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz, and Sophia Loren, at London's Shepperton Studios.
Some of my favorite movies are muscials; including Moulin Rouge and The Sound of Music. That's why I am so excited to see the upcoming film, Nine. The cast is phenomenal with some of the best actresses of our time. The fashion alone makes one head spin, the movie required vast array of costumes from the 20's to the 60's.
Releasing in December, I am greedily anticipating the moment I get to immerse myself in this magical world.

Make sure and visit the link above to go behind the scenes with Nine stars Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, and Marion Cotillard as they shoot the November cover of Vogue with Annie Leibovitz on the beach in California.


Paint it Black

For a fashion house known most recognizably for one hue and a certain aesthetic, the new design duo at Valentino is really starting to shake things up. The team, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli started coming into their own last season with their Fall Couture 2009 collection; I loved the nude adorned stiletto and lace masks.

Their Spring 2010 collection was a study in sheer on sheer, and once again I loved the shoes. I am very excited to see where these two continue to take Valentino; I for one am a new fan.


Hands Off! Their Mine.....

I think Christian was in my dreams last night and stole these.....

Christian Louboutin
Bridget - Black
Lace platform peep toe bootie with leopard pony heel cap, side zip and double adjustable ankle straps. 130mm pony hair heel. Signature red leather sole.

Also be sure and YouTube his new movie, made especially for the opening of his new L.A. store. I really enjoyed it...

The Must Save Site

You MUST visit this site for everything fashion:
It pulls designer products from all over the web and condenses them into one easy page. By look, by designer; create your own look. I was running a Givenchy search and the product pull was incredible. Pages of clothing, accessories, shoes, bags and cosmetics, all by Givenchy. It's almost too easy. Try it yourself, visit their site now.


Jack Frost

Cold weather is NOT my favorite. But this new jacket by the North Face just might be. Complete with sleek shine and belted waist this coat will not only keep you toasty, but you'll look fab while wearing it. It comes in a couple of different colors but in my opinion black's the only option. Another plus is the reasonable price, $299!

David Bowie, here I come!

Lately I have really been feeling this look:
Gucci: silver sequins all over embroidered georgette v-neck long sleeve mini dress paired with an opaque black stocking and worn with black leather and patent thigh high boot.
Topped off with the necklace in 18kt ruthenium plated silver, white gold and black diamonds.
You could pair the tunic dress with a belt in alligator or throw on a little fur jacket. If I had a day uniform, this would be it.
I know Frida has been criticized as being a bit too commercial; that as a designer she doesn't push the envelope enough; however she consistently turns out looks I want to wear. And I love her for that.


For my Mom

From my parents I learned many things, but one trait in particular comes to mind. It is my love for the very best. Its in everything you do; this striving for and towards excellence. I was taught to always do everything to very best of my ability; my parents have always bought the very best quality they could afford; the workmanship that only a true craftsman can produce. My Mom is one of the most Elegant women I know. She has the innate ability to make anything look dressed up ~ classy. She is constantly trying to down play this due to her shy personality. Her look draws attention, and it doesn't hurt that she is so beautiful and thin. It is my hope that one day, potentially for my wedding, that I can take her shopping at Oscar de la Renta. She has always loved his designs. She has not worn a single dress since I was born, always pant suits, and almost consistently only black or white (trust me, growing up I thought this was crazy, but as I've gotten older I love this about her). But with the organza, sequin and pearl dress from the Oscar de la Renta Resort Collection I just might be able to sway her. She LOVES her some sparkle...

Rock Bunny

The Monogram Coquette Pochette by Louis Vuitton.

I love, love, love the hard/soft combination of this pochette. Everything about it makes me smile. It's fun, irreverant and girly/rock'n'roll; if there could be such a thing. Even the color name, 'Bunny Pink'. I think you had grow up and live in the Grunge era, like Marc did, to really get it.

The Fall collection at Louis Vuitton was one of my absolute favorites, I would wear almost every piece in the collection (sampling enclosed).