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I'm excited to announce  a new look coming to my blog very soon! Looking forward to new content and a new face for the blog - stay tuned!

RIP Alexander McQueen

I was very saddened today to learn of the passing of Alexander McQueen. He has long been a favorite designer of mine, and I was really happy to see the full-on commitment to the insect motif during the S/S 2010 RTW show. I also loved the bright colors, the hyper-feminine shape of the hips, and the organic shapes and artistic nipple exposure at the end of the show. Below are some of my favorite looks to commemorate the loss of an excellent designer.

Happy February!

I totally fell of the wagon when it came to updating in January. I got really busy with a number of freelance writing projects, and I'm TA'ing a class in chemistry and environmental policy - I actually have a stack of legal briefs to grade for Friday! My grandma has also been having some pretty serious health problems, so that has been stressful.

I had two exceptional vintage finds in the past couple of weeks. The first is this great Versace jacket. I couldn't believe I found a jacket with such great metal detailing - the structure and the metallic details are my more wearable, significantly less expensive homages to Balmain. I think it will look cute over flirty tops and skinny jeans for spring.

The other find (which is actually on its way here from Australia) is a fantastic Lanvin skirt. I love the high waist and bright color - perfect for spring - and the dot pattern reminds me of the leopard print Lanvin did in 2009.

I'm sick of the formatting on this blog - I need to find a new layout.


I am totally devastated by the Haiti situation and have been glued to Twitter and CNN since Tuesday evening. I highly encourage people to donate. The information that follows will take you to a page where you can donate to a matching program through Partners in Health. Partners in Health is a wonderful, reputable organization that is very worthy of your donation - I have already given $50 ($100 when matched)! Please consider donating to PIH or any organization that is near and dear to your heart.

Cliff Landis is matching donations to PIH up to $10,000 through his personal donation page. Information about his matching program is available on his blog, and you can access his personal donation page on the PIH website here. He currently has about $3000 to go!

What are you wearing today?

Ray Ban, Banana Republic coat, LA Made wool dress, Vintage Christian LaCroix belt, sweater tights, Mini Market jodhpur boots

I am still in the process of figuring out my new camera (Nikon D60), but hopefully that means more pictures of actual outfits. I really hate where I'm living right now; finding an opportunity to wear all of the clothes that I really want to wear is really hard. There is just nowhere to go, and sometimes my look is a little "dressy" by campus standards, even when I tone it down and keep the really cool stuff in the closet.

When I photographed today's outfit it didn't really capture my accessories, and I totally forgot to grab my bag.

This LaCroix belt was a great find. I love the heavy look of it and the chain detail. It also has a signature star charm.

I have always worn rings on a daily basis, and these are the rings that I'm currently wearing daily on my left hand. The diamond ring is a gift from my boyfriend/best friend. The middle ring is from Tiffany - the ends of the ring are actually little hearts. A gift from my parents. The behemoth on the right is a labradorite heart ring from my favorite Etsy seller, BeijoFlor. Ironically, it's Brazilian-inspired jewelry. I just love the oversized organic shapes and the weight of all the pieces. This ring is super heavy and is entirely stone. I just picked up another great piece - I'll post it soon.

I've been carrying this bag a lot lately - the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Speedy 30. This was a Christmas gift from my parents. I really like this bag a lot - more understated than the classic monogram, no vachetta that I have to worry about ruining from rain, snow and exposure, and it's a nice alternative to the standard black bag for winter.

I'm a winner

I was thrilled today to learn that I had won a pair of Kill City jeans courtesy of Rachel over at That's Chic! I've never really won anything like this before, so I am super excited to have won. Each entrant was supposed to submit a description of how they'd style the particular pair up for grabs - this was my winning "look:"

I'd wear these with either my Fiorentini + Baker Eternity boots or my Mini Market Jodhpur wedge boots. On top I'd wear a basic black James Perse tank with a vintage Kenzo swing coat over the top, belted at the waist with a vintage Lacroix belt. I would accessorize with ridiculous, chunky, bright jewelry from one of my favorite Etsy sellers, BeijoFlor.

I was thrilled to have been picked out of the many readers that entered. It certainly makes me feel like I know what I'm talking about when it comes to clothes and styling. :) I hope this is a sign of good things to come for 2010! I am staying downtown at The Drake with Loli to ring in the New Year (the Chicago Chanel boutique is on the first floor ohgodohgod), so I am really looking forward to that!

P.S. Seriously, check out BeijoFlor on Etsy. I am totally addicted to these bright, organic pieces. They're going to make me go broke!

Black rats

Selling a pair of the highly coveted Sass & Bide Black Rats here.