Wednesday, March 31, 2010

New Toy: Lavender BlackBerry Curve

Given my current obsession with all things lilac, it's no surprise that I fell in love with the delicious-looking lavender BlackBerry Curve 8520 while contemplating smart phones this past week. I wanted to upgrade my crappy Motorola cell but the iPhone vs. BlackBerry debate had me stumped — until I realized I couldn't stop thinking about the luscious pastel-hued BB. I'm such a sucker for colour. My new gadget was a hit at the office this morning: everyone passed it around, oohing and aahing, handling it with a reverence that can only be attributed to the phone's delicate beauty. The words "like a macaron!" may even have been uttered. And the pale purple shade just happens match my nail polish (OPI's Done Out In Deco) exactly. Clearly this was meant to be. 

Of course, when you acquire one new toy, it tends to open the door to a whole world of related accessories — at least it does when you're me. So now I find myself lusting after this fab little 3.1 Phillip Lim BlackBerry holder wallet, which has separate compartments for your money, credit cards, travel documents and, obviously, your BB: 

Oh yes, it will be mine. 

Are you on Team iPhone or Team BB? What are your favourite smart phone accessories? 

Photos via Rogers , California Cosmetics, Net-a-porter 

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wanted: Chanel Spring/Summer 2010 Floral Timeless Classic

I've never really lusted after a Chanel bag before — clearly I'm more of a Miu Miu/Marni/Dries girl — but when I laid eyes on this floral Timeless Classic, my heart may have skipped a few beats. Chanello! So gorgeous. Kate Bosworth showed off the same print in a sweet ruffle-trimmed dress at a Chanel Rouge Coco event last month, but for me, it's all about the quilted purse. Thankfully, I haven't yet seen any dubious B-list celebs carrying it around [I'm talking to you, Lauren Conrad], which is a good sign that I'll still like the bag by the time I can afford it in 2034. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's Only Wednesday? Really?!?

If only I could spend the afternoon napping in the sunshine, curled up on this beautiful wrought-iron bed with its sweet floral pillows and cozy matching quilt. On my lunch break today, I bought a bouquet of pale pink tulips for my desk and two bars of Green & Black's organic chocolate (I couldn't decide between the dark chocolate mint and the dark chocolate cherry, so naturally I got both). Call it self-medication — it's just one of those weeks. 

How is your Wednesday going? And how do you self-medicate? 

Photo via Junkgarden 

Monday, March 22, 2010

More Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2010 Shoe Madness

I know, I know. I've blogged about the Miu Miu SS10 shoes already (several times, in fact) but I can't help it. I'm completely obsessed. Why don't I own a pair of these already? The only retailer in the entire freaking country that actually carries them is Holt Renfrew, naturally, and they've timidly ordered just one style: the plain maryjane in either black satin or deep nude patent. I've tried on both versions — prancing around the Bloor Street store's shoe department at length, walking from mirror to mirror, posing and preening — and let me tell you, these babies are heavy as hell, very likely blister-inducing, and they make me a truly ridiculous 6'4". 

Of course, none of these minor flaws are the reason I have yet to drop over $700 on what will essentially become beautiful, unwearable little sculptures that live in my closet. No, I haven't bought the ones at Holts because I'm holding out for the really special shoes: the gloriously printed ones in black or pink or red or yellow, with cats or birds or flowers on them and maybe even some rhinestones for good measure. I'm having a tough time coming to terms with the fact that the Miu Mius of my dreams are nowhere to be found in Canada. More disappointingly, even my usual online haunts are coming up short. Et tu, Net-a-porter

The only reasonable solution to this problem, obviously, is for Mrs. Prada to open up a Miu Miu boutique in Toronto — preferably this week. I guarantee there are enough rabid Canadian Miu Miu fans here to make it worth her while. And let's be honest, if I get a second job and a sugar daddy, I can keep the store in business myself. What a plan. Do we have a deal, Miuccia? Hello? Are you listening? 

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Doggie Gaga Project

Ummm... YES. Click here for more info. 

Have a wonderful weekend! 

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Girl Crush: Joanna Hillman

I'm sure I'm not the only one who saw this picture today on Garance Doré's website and developed an instant girl crush on Joanna Hillman, senior fashion market editor at Harper's Bazaar. I spent a good long while drooling over her boots, her hooded army jacket layered under that amazing fur vest, her deep red mini and her Mulberry Alexa bag in Oak Shiny Leopard —what a cool, unexpected combination. And it seems she always looks this good:

 Love the white lace dress with the little motorcycle jacket.

Again, a great example of layering, and the bright yellow works so well with the murky, muted shades. 

She makes this outfit look so casual and effortless. The scalloped mini is adorable. 

What a fab white coat and printed dress — proof that winter wardrobes don't need to be all-black and boring. 

Excellent glasses and non-overbearing use of orange. Well played, Joanna. Well played. 

Joanna's on the far left, back in her Teen Vogue days. 

Fresh, simple and gorgeous. 

I think what I love most about Joanna's style is how unique and distinct her many looks are from one other — she's not afraid to try something different. 

I'm definitely feeling inspired (and really, really wishing I had put my name down for a Mulberry bag; apparently the wait list is miles long). Who's inspiring you these days? 

Photos via Garance Doré and The Fashion Spot 

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

London House Envy, Part 57,682

I was flipping through the gorgeous, colourful March issue of Living Etc. over breakfast this morning [note to self: Stop doing this. It makes you late for work] and developed a serious case of house envy when I came across the Thirties Arts and Crafts home of Joy Isaacs, her husband and their three boys. Between the deep grey walls, antique framed Union Jack in the living room, chandelier in the kitchen, hits of hot pink in the bedroom, gorgeous "conversation sofa" in Joy's fabulous dressing room and the simple fact that it's in London, there's no way I couldn't fall in love with her home. Check it out: 

The glass coffee table in Joy's cozy living room turns stacks of magazines into a design feature. The fireplace, moody wall colour, deep red accents and lived-in vibe make it the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. 

Love, love, love the worn look of the framed Union Jack. 

This little hallway vignette feels sweet and charming. The painting keeps it from looking twee. 

I'm digging the mix of patterns here, and the antelope hooks are a witty touch.  


I hold a firm belief that chandeliers work well in every single room of the house. Case in point: Joy's kitchen. 

How pretty is this bathroom? The butterfly art adds a welcome pop of colour while the rest of the space is kept muted and serene. 

I really love the feminine vibe Joy has managed to inject throughout the house, in spite of the fact that she lives with four males. 

Proof that fuchsia and black can co-exist without bringing to mind Barbie and the Rockers. I adore this bedroom. 

The hint of lime green from the anglepoise lamp is lovely and unexpected. 

Can you believe this amazing sofa was an eBay find? Incredible. And again, the pink and lime green look fab together. I am in dire, dire need of my own dressing room. 

What do you think? Are you drooling over this house too? 

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Oscars: Best Dressed

Last night's Oscars ceremony was tedious as f*ck, with the exception of the John Hughes tribute (sweet), Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr's Actors vs. Writers bit (genuinely funny) and Kristen Stewart acting predictably awkward and ungraceful onstage (hilarious). Of course, many of us just watch the Oscars for the fashion, and while most actresses played it safe — no Bjork-style swan costumes this year, sadly — a few dresses really stood out. My top ten: 

10. Julianne Moore in Calvin Klein Collection
She's not taking any risks, but her pale shimmery column dress, paired with diamond cuff bracelets and an emerald ring, looks amazing against her porcelain skin and deep auburn hair. Classic and glamourous. 

9. Helen Mirren in Badgley Mischka
Impeccable taste, plus a body that's the envy of women half her age. How does she do it? I dream of looking this good in my sixties. Hell, I'd be happy to look this good in my forties. 

8. Anna Kendrick in Elie Saab Haute Couture
It's nice to see Kendrick in something age-appropriate — she's been known to wear fusty-looking old-lady dresses on the red carpet — and that blush colour is lovely on her. 

7. Sigourney Weaver in Lanvin
Smokin' hot. If I had my way, I'd do without the shoulder brooch, since it competes too much with the satin ribbon-belt,  but overall she looks freaking fantastic. 

6. Cameron Diaz in Oscar de la Renta
I've never been a big Cameron Diaz fan ("Look at me! I fart and burp during interviews and dance around in my underwear in every single movie I make! Aren't I cute?") but I can't deny that she looks gorgeous in this gold-sequinned gown. 

5. Jake Gyllenhaal in Burberry 
Hee hee hee hee Jake Gyllenhaal hee hee hee hee. Ahem. 

4. Diane Kruger in Chanel Haute Couture
Simply put, the woman's a fashion goddess. One question, though: Where was Pacey? He's always the perfect accessory and he goes with everything. His absence may well be the reason Kruger is only #4 on this extremely important, completely unbiased list.  

3. Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab Haute Couture
Beyond beautiful. McAdams looks fresh and sweet and elegant (and absolutely thrilled to be at the Oscars!). What a cutie. 

2. Maggie Gyllenhaal in Dries Van Noten
I've already mentioned that I worship at the altar of Mr. Van Noten , and Gyllenhaal gets DVN totally, totally right. Definitely one of her best-ever red carpet looks. 

1. Carey Mulligan in Prada 
I adore Mulligan's style. She's new on the scene but she's already made some really interesting, fashion-forward choices and has managed to find a balance between sexy and adorable. I can't wait to see how her look evolves. 

What was your favourite Oscars 2010 look? 

All photos via 
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