September 06, 2011

It's been so long...

Dear Blog,

I've not written on you in far too long. I've not stopped coveting, wanting or...er...gimme-ing. It's just I've been really focused on schooling. Not long now before I can back to being vapid and vain. I'm already back on track. I'm in love with a pair of shoes. Would you believe it - they're pink! And yet I rather love them. Just look at them:


Eric Michael Shoe - Kamielle
RRP $130


They're also rather lovely in blue, my favourite colour, but the fuschia is just so vibrant! I'm sure it'd bleed if it got wet, but ah well. I have these on a Wishlist at ModCloth, but haven't bought as I'm both broke and as ModCloth now only do international sales through PayPal (grumble).

Maybe when Summer finally hits Australia, these shoes will find their way into stores, and I will be able to have a Cinderella moment with them. For now, I will leave their image with you, blog, so you have a momento of me to hold onto whilst I go insane finishing up my final year of study.

Much love to you.
Miss you,
K

June 29, 2011

Oh! Marimekko

Ah, End of Financial Year sales! When every damn store puts things on sale, and there's a mad rush to try and nab some bargains just in case July starts, and everything becomes incredibly expensive again. You buy things you don't necessarily want, just because it's on sale, and you think it's a bargain. You end up spending more money than you would've if you were in a rational frame of mind...

Every time one of my favourite shops - MAKE - has a sale, I froth at the mouth, and try to avert my eyes. So many wonderful products that I don't need get reduced by maybe $20, and I think "BARGAIN! Must have! It's so much cheaper than it was! Now it's only $300!". Thankfully MAKE is a nice shop, and they tend to restock their items instead of going through stock madly to follow trends; this means that for the past 3 years, every sale they've had, they've discounted the same products. This is great for me when stocking up on Queen Bee candles, but it means every time they have a sale, I um and ahh as to whether I should spend a small fortune and buy myself this:


Marimekko Olkalaukku bag
Image from MAKE Designed Objects


I know it will be there for at least the next year, and probably go on sale again later this year. What stops me buying it is that I have no need for it, real or IT'S A BARGAIN I'M IN THE HEAT OF THE SALE MOMENT real. I want it though. I have another Marimekko bag, much larger, and it's good stuff. I've mistreated it muchly, and it looks the same as it did the day I bought it; it can carry really heavy loads with less hesitation than myself. I know if I bought this smaller bag, that it would last me a lifetime. I know I'd use it. But I don't need it. I have bags enough. And it's not a fashion bag, as such, and I do like frocking up...

The conundrum is, I won't know how much I would use this bag until I owned it. But even on sale, it's over $150, and I'm...stingy.

What to do? What to do? If only someone would buy it for me! That would solve all my problems. Anyone? Anyone? No? Damn. It was worth a shot.

In the meanwhile, I'm trying to buy myself a pair of knee-high, flat boots. I have been looking for a perfect pair for nearly 3 years now, and whilst the price goes up, the fashions go weird, and I never find what I want. Or if I do, it has no tread on the sole, and what is the point of a shoe with no tread? Really!

So, yes, End of Financial Year sales. You bastards.

April 11, 2011

Kate Spade

Why have I never heard of Kate Spade before today? I'm almost certain someone was hiding her from me, because she makes me go squee! I'm coveting her dresses truly, madly, deeply...





All Images from Kate Spade



I think I've seen her designs before - or seen rip-offs of her designs - but I've never known the name 'Kate Spade'. Now I do, though. It's a good thing. Shush, wallet, it is a good thing! I will deal with you later...

March 13, 2011

Awkward romance



I'm up for a bit of Mr Darcy romantic action right now. Unfortunately for me, I'm only going to get it watching this clip a few half dozen times. It'll have to do.

Thank the gods for Colin Firth.

March 01, 2011

Kinki Gerlinki Makes My Day

Inside my curvy, plump, 5ft 7 (and a half!) frame, there is a petite ballerina, with strawberry blonde hair, struggling to get out. She longs to wear delicate, semi-transparent silks, crocheted netting, and light, airy dresses which float about her in an ethereal manner. I will be out and about, then see a beautiful dress that she aches to try on, so I humour her and give it a go. It almost always ends with both of us disappointed; my hips plump the skirt out too much, too tautly, or my bust threatens to rip the princess seams; my heaving, poor-postured ribcage pushes out the fabric in a bumpy mess, whilst my wide shoulders are given no room to move; my legs look like wooden stumps, and my ankles appear sturdier than Miss Piggy's. Sizing up produces similar, comical effect, creating the illusion that I have no waist, and am a curved-corner rectangle with gigantic bosoms.

Personally, I blame 'fit models', or rather, I blame those who choose who will be their clothing line's 'fit models'. A 'fit model' is basically a model on whom the designer bases all their designs (and sizes) around; their measurements become crucial when the designer sizes up or down, as all they do is add an extra few inches of material to the 'standard' bust-waist-hip ratio set by the fit model.

Of course, this isn't the model's fault, nor am I trying to make a case for 'skinny vs curvy' or anything silly like that. Having met quite a few fit models, though, I do question why they get chosen in the first place. You'd think a designer would choose a more common body shape wouldn't you? Often women considered to have more 'ideal' body shapes are chosen - and when I say 'ideal', I mean fashion industry ideal, supermodel ideal, 5% of the population ideal. When I've compared my measurements to a fit model's, I can automatically see why there really are some brands whose pants never suit me, and why in some brands I'm an AUS size 8, and others an AUS size 14. There is no true standardisation anymore (for more information, look up 'standardised clothing'...it's an interesting subject), and this makes things frustrating for the modern, western woman and the current ways in which we shop. It explains why online and vintage shopping is very popular too, as bust-waist-hip measurements are more likely to be given with online garments, whilst vintage garments tend to offer a more curvaceous shape (though often petite) that offer more tailored looks.

Aaaaaaaaanyway, my issue is that I often can't squeeze my larger frame into a lot of modern-day fashion, and that the more delicate, sweet, ethereal kinds of fashion always seem to be tailored for those who are already quite small in stature. Look at Anthropologie. I love those garments greatly, but know that, on me, they just wouldn't follow the same silhouette. And so my little, inner ballerina dies a little.

I have a similar problem with Kinki Gerlinki clothes. I love the shop, the premise, and can certainly fit into the funky, retro accessories they tend to stock. But I want to fit into their more delicate ranges, and I often can't. Many a Kinki-Gerlinki skirt I've tried on has looked great, but I've been too scared to sit down in it.

Thankfully, Kinki-Gerlinki is great at getting feedback from customers. They do try their best to make quirky designs that will suit all shapes and sizes. And that is how I've come across this dress:

50s Wattle Print Frock
Image from Kinki Gerlinki


My inner petite girl goes squee, and yet my heaving bosom thinks "I could wear that print easily!". There is something so wonderfully daggy about the print too - very Dame Edna - very Australiana, but in a joking kind of way. I think it's a fabulous dress! And I'm sure I can fit into it better than other floral print dresses from Anthropologie.

To be honest, I am still to try the dress on. I know that, once I do, I will not want to take it off, and I just really have no sartorial need more dresses. I just love this for all it is. I've gone beyond just loving dresses purely for how they make me look....

This could get expensive.

February 24, 2011

Retro for the Modern

Okay, I'm pretty sure I've established my love of a good gimmick on here, but have I told you of my man's love of gadgets? Let me connect the two...

My man loves gadgets. He's a sucker for the latest technology, albeit the most commercial and highly advertised technology. He loves electronics and fiddly, little gadgets, so saves up his hard earned pennies to buy these things (by skimping on essentials like underwear, but that's another story) before they become horribly outdated. Only problem is, he's really not technologically minded, and he has rather large hands - this results in lots of expensive, broken toys/gadgets. The poor sod doesn't quite realise that he ill-treats some of his gadgets, and is always so crestfallen when he finds yet another cracked screen/overheated chip/water-damaged plug, that I haven't the heart to chide him for being so careless.

Even though my man loves his gadgets, he is actually quite retro in his tastes. He loves the 1960s vibe, with vibrant pop art colours and plump shapes, but - thankfully - also 'digs' the indulgence of the Art Deco scene. I like to encourage these Art Deco sensibilities to get myself more Art Deco stuff...

"Look at this floor lamp! Isn't it gorgeous? It would look great in the lounge room, don't you think?"
"Hmmm, it's nearly $100. We don't need a floor lamp, really"
"True, but it has that cool, Art Deco feel to it, see? You could use it as a reading lamp with your armchair"
"Hmmm...possibly, possibly"
"It'd make our flat look like Bertie Wooster's, but I suppose if we don't need..."
"Bertie Wooster? Really? No, you're right, we should buy it!"

...etcetera, etcetera. Therefore, when I come across something that's all-at-once gimmicky, retro and Art Deco-ish, I can't help but want it. There is often no need for it, but the fact that I know I like it, and that I won't really have to convince my man that he likes it, makes me that much more keen to get the damn thing, whatever it is, as there is something so satisfying about having things in your house which you both like.

So what am I looking at which is all-at-once gimmicky, retro and Art Deco-ish? Two things:

iRetrofone
in Deluxe Silver
by freelandstudios at Etsy


and


USB Typewriter



That is, an iPhone charger, which also works like a traditional telephone handset for when talking on said iPhone, and a typewriter for your iPad. Cool, huh? What's doubly cool is that the big, retro keys and sturdy plastic/metal means my man is less likely to ruin the gadget, but the stylish design means I'm happy to have to thing on display/as an object d'art! Win-win! Yay!

Time to save those pennies, I guess.

February 18, 2011

Green with Envy!

How gorgeous is this jacket?

1940s Green Corduroy Buckle Jacket
$145
From Hemlock Vintage


It looks as if the waist would just fit me, which would be fine if this were a dress, not a jacket. Ah well, it's not meant to be, but goodness! It's so beautiful! I love the design!

February 14, 2011

L'Occitane

I am a complete sucker for bath/body/shower products. If I had a proper job, no doubt much of my salary would go on creams, lotions and potions to smother myself in (the rest would go on rent and booze), despite the fact that I know I don't necessarily need 101 products just to moisturise my skin. Pouring olive oil out of an easy-pour box in the kitchen to use as moisturiser may do the trick just as well as any cream, but it doesn't give one that sense of luxury and decadence that inferior products manage through marketing alone.

Of course, I don't like just any old product. I like the good stuff. I'm not a fan of mineral oil, sodium laureth sulfate or products that are mainly petroleum-based with a whallop of fragrance. However, I am completely sucked in to 'natural' products that are probably more like a homeopathic placebo than actually containing any substantial or beneficial amount of 'essence of blah' or 'super duper seed oil'.

I grew up thinking The Body Shop was the ultimate for good body products, but even though they have some cool stuff, the majority of it really is just pap (have you looked at the ingredient list for their Milk Bath? Buy some damn bi-carb soda, and you've practically got the same product [NB: bi-carb soda baths are actually really nice. You should try them!]). Now that I'm getting close to 30, I'm actually interested in finding a really good body moisturiser, and The Body Shop just doesn't quite cut it. I need something that doesn't just smell cute - I need something that might actually do what it says it's going to do.

My brand love of the moment is for L'Occitane. I have tried quite a few of their products, and I've not yet been disappointed. Their Shea Butter is like Nutrimetics' famous oil in that you end up keeping it in the first aid kit for things like cracked heels, wounds, scars and the like. My favourite product from L'Occitane would have to be one of their body oils....

Almond Supple Skin Oil
RRP AUS$64.95
From L'Occitane


...it is heavenly.

To be honest, I really didn't care if this moisturised/toned my skin or not; the fragrance was so delicious that I felt tantalisingly edible with it on me. Plus the sultry sensation of the oil gliding over and melting into the skin was such a divine experience, I found myself finding excuses to strip off and use the oil...not necessarily on myself, either. Bet you wanted to that, huh? Oh, and did I mention the packaging helped with the overall experience? The pump action on the glass bottle was smooth, and the oil seeped out in a gorgeous, steady, warm pool of golden nectar, almost like the mesmerising beauty seen when pouring honey from a jar.

My only problem with the oil was that, whereas other L'Occitane products have lasted me a good few months, this oil lasted me only 3 weeks, as I used it lavishly every day. It's supposedly great for pregnant women trying not to get belly stretch marks, but I could see that being an expensive habit over a 9-month period, though probably with intended results. All I know is that I haven't bought myself a second bottle of the stuff, because I know I could easily become addicted. I just loved the way it made me smell and feel.

So, instead of being able to afford to daily indulge in the supple-skin oil, I have to be kind to my purse and go the poor-man's option with Palmer's Shea Butter Formula, which is still nice, but not quite the luscious experience of the oil (btw, after the jump on that link, it says pure shea butter smells unpleasant, which I think is bollocks). That means, I have to covet and long for the day when I'll next get to oil myself...

*sigh*

February 09, 2011

Rango




Oh yeah. Gotta see this film.


Right now, I want to see 'Tangled'. I think I may have to be a sad-case and go see it on my own, as the only kid I know who wanted to see it has already seen it and would just keep telling me spoilers throughout if I made her watch it again.


February 08, 2011

Who the **** is Alice?

I've just been browsing some curious things, all to do with Alice in Wonderland (or Alice's Adventures In Wonderland).

Now, there are many 'styles' of Alice merchandise out there. For traditionalists, there's Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations from the original story; Disney offers its brightly hued cartoon merchandise to the mix along with Tim Burton's more Victorian flare; then there's American McGee's Alice, a video game which predates Tim Burton's film, and is of a much darker nature. There are other styles, of course, but most follow the styles of these listed (I'm not really a fan of the 'Slutty/Lolita Alice' stuff out there...it's just so wrong).

Personally, I like a the dark, gothic (well, emo) Alice of American McGee's style, but I really do love Sir John Tenniel's illustrations more. I have been wanting, for a while, to get a necklace with one of Tenniel's Alice illustrations on it, but haven't yet found the 'perfect' one. In the meanwhile, I've just been browsing some cute things...


T-shirts from Cafepress, by The Great Dickens Christmas Fair



Mad Hatter Pill Box from The White Rabbit



Alice 'Drink Me' charm from My Vintage Charms


...nothing really stands out, though. There are some teapots and teacups/saucers out there, but nothing I really covet. Lenny's Alice In Wonderland Shop is pretty cool, It even has a section for creating your own Mad Hatter Tea Party, with flamingos and such, which is brilliant, but there still isn't stuff out there that turns me into a covetous mess.

I'm surprised there's not more quality stuff out there in the Alice genre. Or perhaps there is, and I'm just not finding it. Maybe I'll just have to read the story again to inspire me to make something myself. Either that, or trip out on some LSD...

February 02, 2011

The Cambridge Satchel Company

Surely you have heard of these guys. I've mentioned them before, that's for sure.

They do the most wonderful, old-school satchels. The quality is top-notch leather, which, like a good pair of leather shoes, adjusts itself to the way you use the bag, stretching where necessary, but keeping it's strength and shape. You can choose from a variety of gorgeous colours too, depending on whether you want a retro, neo, or traditional look.

All images in this post from The Cambridge Satchel Company


Anyway! These guys have (thankfully!) been doing really well since I last posted, and appear to have been branching out into more old-school styled merchandise. Guess what they have now? Trunks! Not the elephant variety - the storage variety! And, would you look at that, I just happen to be in need of some storage! What a coincidence!



Oooh, it's so preeeeetty! And durable! And holloooooooow!! I could ram a bunch of my hoarded stuff into that and still retain some semblance of style and cleanliness around my home. Being a 'designer' (ha! I'm so pretentious), I have a lot of stationery crap which I keep, hideously disorganised to any eye but my own. There is a 'spare' room in my home, but it's shared, so space is limited. Compromises must be made....no! Territory must be won! I 'own' the space under the couch, and must keep it reasonably clean, otherwise I'll wake up one day to find it has been 'cleaned' for me (as happens to much of my territory when I sleep in on the weekend. It's an ongoing battle). Therefore, a lot of my 'crap' is 'stored' in wine boxes (nice ones), which look a bit neater than piles of paper.

Sooooo...how much cooler would it look to have the trunks instead? Okay, they probably wouldn't fit under the couch; they would have to sit in open territory. Thankfully, you can choose what kind of padlock you want on them, so they could still be mine, and only mine! Mwa ha ha! You can also choose whether or not to put caster wheels on them, which is pretty groovy. Oh! I love them. And want them. I'm so glad to see the company is doing well, and that they've been able to branch out a little more (even with school badges!) It really gives them a more full brand identity, but still shows that they're on the ball with what their customers want. I hope they get a classier website and logo up soon, but that's just me being pretentious.

Now...what colour and sized trunk do I want?

January 30, 2011

I have no need of this...

...but, oh by golly, I so, so covet it!


Stage costume for Marlene Dietrich c.1965
$4900
From The Frock


I'm slightly grateful I can neither afford this dress, nor have a possible occasion to wear it, otherwise, I know I would buy it. The waist would fit me! The bust would be a little tight, perhaps, but how cool is it to think I could fit into a Marlene Dietrich dress?! Who cares how old she was when she wore it - it's a little bit of glamour I'm imagining myself in here, so let me dream. And covet. And drool.

Fashion Hurts

Move over LOLcats and LOLvogue: I Hurt I Am In Fashion is now on the scene.

From I Hurt I Am In Fashion


Cynical, harsh, funny, and sometimes really too close to the bone (ha! I made a model joke. I will burn in hell), I must admit, I like this site. It makes me feel better about being such a slacktivist.

I wonder whether we'll see this as a recurring comic strip in 'Vogue'?

January 28, 2011

Nice Knockers!

You know the game of 'Pool', right? And you know about 'bowling'...right? Ever thought what it would be like if you combined the two? Sam Sparks did. Guess what he came up with?


Photo from Gizmodo

That's right. Knokkers.

Without getting into the slightly sexist advertising (including a really awful photo montage that shows more the assets of attractive young women in skirts, bending over to play the game, than the actual game itself), this looks pretty cool. Akin to the giant chessboard or even a giant keyboard, the full-body interaction with Knokkers is probably the biggest drawcard with this, the second depending on what kind of person you are. For me, that's being curious, but I'm guessing for lots of people, it would be being allowed to unleash their inner violent-and-destructive person out for a play.

The founder of the company is still getting Knokkers up-and-running, so I doubt I'll get to play the game with the official, custom-made Knokker balls and table unless I visit America. I want to though! Hopefully it gets up and running all over the world, just so I can have a game and see what all the fuss is about. Thus far, the website needs work, but you can find out more information with a quick google (NB: Make sure you spell it with the 'kk', not 'ck'...).

January 25, 2011

Just because...

I rather enjoy the styleboard function over at Kaboodle. There's something therapeutic about making a collage, especially when there's a chance of you being able to make that collage come to life somewhat.

I enjoy dressing for an occasion, and am incredibly dorky about it. Most people don't realise that I'm wearing particular things because they're symbolic for me, but that's fine. So long as I can feel silly and fun, that's all that matters.


Ranunculus
Kaboodle
Ranunculus by groovykj

The Bees Nees (and ankles, and feet)

Putting away some of my clothes yesterday, I realised that I own quite a lot of brightly hued things. There once was a time when my wardrobe was nothing but black and blue, with one or two streaks of red. Now, however, I'm happy to wear loud greens, sunshine yellows and saturated purples. Even pinks, would you believe?

This branching out into colour has made me want to be more adventurous in my choice of footwear. Most of my shoes are black are brown. I wanted my latest pair of heels to be green, but my size was only available in black. What I've been looking at a lot are yellow shoes, actually, or honey-toned shoes. Like so:

Just Like Honey Shoe
From Modcloth


From Seychelles



Not to mention the the Jeffrey Campbell Pencil Shoes that I'm wanting, of course. I've found myself really drawn to the colour yellow, more and more. Maybe it shows a brighter perspective of looking at things now? Ah, let's face it, I'm probably just craving these:


Honey Joys! Made by me!


Whatever the case, I certainly have honey on my mind...

Tootsies &...
Kaboodle
Tootsies &... by groovykj

January 09, 2011

Champagne Bukkake...

...is now even more possible!


Champagne Extinguisher
by 'diddo'

January 02, 2011

Wishlist Revisited

Let's just go through that wishlist I posted before Christmas...


ModCloth items?
Nil


Hannah Shoe?
One, black, on sale for $99




Peter Alexander?
No. Bugger.


Seychelles Footwear?
Nil


Books?
Two!
"The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf, and a 'Feminist & Visual Culture' Reader. Still on the list? A biography of The Queen Mother.


Storage/Piano Stool?
No, not yet, at least



Love Etc Pafum?
Yes! Plus some body butter with the fragrance, and another body lotion that smells of roses.
.


Swimsuit and goggles?
Nup. Not yet


...all-in-all, I got absolutely spoilt rotten!! Whe-heh-hey! Consumerism wins again.