Friday, November 27, 2009

The best of bows

All my life, I've been a real girly girl (duh- have you read my blog?) and naturally, I'm OBSESSED with bows.
I'm not sure what it is about them but no matter which genre of fashion or where they adorn the body- they always add such a cute and feminine touch.

I can't count how many headbands, shoes (oh, the shoes), dresses etc etc etc I own that have bows on them and I will not leave the house without having at least one bow somewhere on my body.
I thought I would compile a little list of some of my bow-picks from stores around the interwebz. From nicely priced and home made to European fashion houses with a few more zeros this list will have something for every little girl's (at heart) budget.

Cheap

For those on a budget, it's actually a really good time to be a bow-lover. Stores like Diva, Sportsgirl and Forever new always have heaps of pretty, bow-embellished pieces to satisfy your fatal attraction to cuteness.
Then there's Etsy. For those of you who aren't familiar with Etsy, it's kind of a hybrid of the markets and Ebay. Full of homemade craft goodies and alot of them are centred around bows, hearts, cupcakes and other pink, fluffy things that tend to catch my (and no doubt, your) eye. There's this shop (icecreamcandy) on etsy selling delightful little treasures. Namely the cupcake ring posted below. The only thing sweeter than a bow is a bow on top of a cupcake. squee!!

Cupcake ring US$7.95

Also from etsy, (mousseauchocolat) these gorgeous little bow scarves:

blueberry vanilla petit bow scarf US$18.00

Steep

This is the section I feel you will make the best choice on a cost per wear basis. For some of you, $128 for a pair of shoes might be way too much- for others, you might not dare wear chain store heels. But either way, the 3 pieces in this section are items you will keep and wear season after season and even if it is a bit of a financial stretch for you- you will soon forget once you realise how much use you get out of them.
I love these Mollini heels because of the use of two different fabrics, and velvet happens to be one of my favourite. The slight platform makes for a comfy base while the heel is thick enough for support and all those Christmas parties coming up where you know you will be standing for hours.


Mollini 'Opening' black satin and velvet heels (sizes 36-41) AU$128


For those of you wondering where I got the fabulous bow I'm wearing in the picture with Jennifer Hawkins, I got it in Harajuku, Tokyo. BUT I have found a similar one at
American Apparel for your enjoyment:


American Apparel vintage velvet bow AUD$42.00

If you're not really into headware you cannot look past the Ava Gardner earrings from Lydia Jewels.
These are the prettiest earrings I have come across in a while. They're so dainty but you could also wear them in a sexy diva/rock chic way a la Rihanna with slicked back hair and a quiff.

Lydia Jewels Ava Gardner earrings $126

Weep

siiiiiigh this is the section where, for most of us, we have to either save up, be naughty and charge our credit cards or merely dream of beautiful things such as those posted below.
To ease in, this Marc Jacobs bow watch/necklace from
net-a-porter is the perfect addition to your wardrobe, particularly if you have trouble remembering to wear a watch (like I so often do) or you don't want anything too cutesy.

Marc Jacobs Bow watch approx. AUD$197.00

If you want my undying love and attention- I suggest you take notice of the next item. This jacket is TO DIE FOR. Moschino cut their coats so beautifully, with just the right amount of puff sleeve and they remain so flattering no matter how many layers you stack underneath.

This one takes the cake with the perfect bows on the shoulder. The beauty of this is that despite the obvious bows- it isn't that girly and you could easily toughen it up with some frye motorbike boots and an Alexander Wang bag. Obviously I know we are coming into summer in Australia, but if you had this piece of art- you'd never need to look for a jacket or coat again.

Moschino Bow shoulder jacket approx. AUD$2,771.00

And for the ultimate in bow luxury- you can't look past Australia's sexiest label, Wheels and dollbaby for this show-stopping and highly coveted swarovski embellished dress.

Wheels and Dollbaby Swarovski encrusted scallop dress (sizes 1-4) $1000
So that completes my list of top bows of the mo, however I will encourage you to nip over to one of my favourite blogs- Sassisam and check out this phenomenal dress that has been worn by Kim Catrall. Trust me- you will be amazed (and more than slightly envious!)

So tell me, what are your favourite bow clothing and accessories?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes reveals her Crillon Ball Chanel couture gown


Once a darling of the fashion blogger world, Jane Aldridge from Sea of shoes, seems to be losing fans by the second.

First it was her OTT fashion choices, then the fact she didn't wear her own designs, the facebook debacle involving her bad-mouthing quirky label Luella and now her choice in gown for the 2009 Crillon Ball.

Well, I would just like to say that I adore Jane Aldridge. For a 17 year old girl, she really knows her fashion direction and sticks to it and presents herself (and her blog) beautifully.

As far as not liking Luella- well, we all have our favourite and not so favourite fashion brands and I don't think Jane should be berated for publicly announcing hers.

On to the dress.

Some say it isn't flattering...but what is more flattering than the curvy silhouette that the sequinned panel down the front creates?

She looks like an octopus, others say....but if you've been an avid reader of Sea of Shoes you will notice a strong Octo-theme, so perhaps (and most probably) this is on purpose?

I would also like to point out that Jane is posing for this photo without hair and makeup.

Give her a break. Chances are this isn't even the final dress- It's unlikely it would be revealed before the event anyway.

This is such an exciting time for the little dear, and to be dressed in Chanel couture while making your debut is beyond a dream come true.

Good luck to you, Jane. Make the most of this magical night! xx

Monday, November 23, 2009

Lash Boutique- 20% off lashes!

From now until Tuesday 15th December 2009 you can get 20% the glorious lashes from http://www.lashboutique.com.au/ just enter the code MISSY at the checkout.

These stunning must have make-up accessories are already well priced; so now is the perfect time to stock up before the party season.
Ranging from a natural look to dramatic and glamorous feather and diamante adorned, there is no better way to get everyone's eyes on... well, your eyes.

If you don't like the spotlight then don't take advantage of this offer because you are sure to stand out and shine when your beautiful eyes are made bigger and lashes plumped fuller with the help of lash boutique lashes.

If you have blue or grey eyes you HAVE to buy these. They will amplify the colour of your eyes x 1,000,000. That's a lot.

Creative blue lash $15.00

But if you just want a little perking up- opt for the Elegant full mink ($20.00) or Natural amplified ($12.00) pictured below for an addition to a sexy, smokey eye.




Whatever your style; whether you're a demure, single lash kinda girl or a drama queen who loves sparkles and effect- head over to the lash boutique now to order your essential lashes.

Spend over $50 (should be easy!) and you receive free shipping within Australia. Awesome. If you only feel like you need one pair, grab some for your girlfriends- wear them all on a night out together and watch how much attention you get. I DARE YOU.

ALSO- when you buy two sets of lashes you receive a FREE pair of travel tweezers housed in a tiny leather pouch. Perfect for the handbag.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

L.A.M.B and Harajuku Lovers for Apple

You all know I love me some Gwen Stefani and I love her clothing labels even more.

Now, Gwen has teamed up with Apple to produce a range of accessories for Apple laptops and iPhones.

Starting from US$29.95 for a Harajuku lovers iPhone case to US$199.95 for a leather L.A.M.B laptop case the range echoes their respective collections while being, in true Gwen Stefani style, fashionable and fun.

This isn't the first time Gwen has used her creative side to collaborate with another brand. She has previously lent her talents to lesportsac and Royal elastics for bag and sneaker ranges.Check out the L.A.M.B and Harajuku lovers for Apple here or if you're in the US (lucky you!), the range will be available at Macy's and Bloomingdale's in the coming weeks.

I'm loving these
L.A.M.B 13" signature canvas coated sleeve US$99.95
L.A.M.B 15" ultraviolet leather sleeve- (also comes in Absinthe) US$199.95





Harajuku Lovers 13" sleeve with handles- Super hot heroes print US$49.95

Friday, November 20, 2009

GQ Men of the year awards 2009

Last night was the GQ men of the year awards, which was ultimately taken out by the talented, funny and rugged Sam Worthington. Or something. Who really cares when there's women's fashion to judge, right?
The award for 'girl with a killer bod who decides to celebrate it by being as painfully boring as possible' is split 3 ways between Louise Van de Vorst, Teresa Palmer and Gracie Otto.

Gracie in particular pisses me off. I've seen her out numerous times in the cross/city/etc and I KNOW for a fact she has stunning pieces of clothing and she usually puts them together really well. Ain't nothing cute about this dress, and matching it with a turquoise ring and black pumps is just a bizarre choice.

I do however love that each of these girls has embraced their pale skin. I'm tanorexic myself, but if I was skinny and had even, alabaster skin like these girls I wouldn't spend a second in the sun. Lovely.

OOPS! Tasma Walton accidentally dressed for her year 10 formal. Circa 1994. How awkward for her.

I've never been a fan of Stephanie Rice's 'fashion' choices and once again, I'm disappointed in her. Maybe with the money she will save on not having a manager* she can hire a stylist? Someone who sits her down and tells her she is an athlete and therefore has an athlete's body. Stephanie, babe, you're NOT curvy. There are alot of outfits you cannot pull off. This is one of them.

ps- What's with the fake tan on arms and legs and not anywhere else? Rookie mistake. Try harder next time, please.

Although Daniel Merriweather isn't a girl, he gets a special mention because his suit is just. so. damn. hideous.

I luuuurve velvet jackets on a man. But not this crushed velvet crap that Hugh Hefner might have a robe made out of. Props for the patent leather shoes, though.

This outfit worn by Sam Worthington's missus, Natalie Mark got it oh so right simply by daring to be different. I love love love the colour of the dress on her skin tone and just the right amount of embellishment on the shoulder dresses it up without being OTT.

Her makeup is natural and pretty and she looks fab on the arm of Mr Worthington.

Camille Keenan and Dustin Clare from one of my faaaaaavourite shows- Satisfaction (Season 3 starts December 1 on Showcase!!!) look understated and stylish. I adore Camille's dress for it's simplicity and glamour. Nice match on the nude satin shoes, too. Thumbs UP.

It was a close tie for Best Dressed in my eyes between Camille and who I eventually decided was the winner...

Sarah Wilson takes it out in the end because she just looks so beautiful. the Grecian inspired column dress is extremely flattering on her, (looking very Angelina Jolie, donchathink?) and while I probably would have worn bronze shoes and bag- I'm willing to overlook it because she is so ravishing.

People who look healthy are the most attractive kind of people in my opinion and I think it's something most Australians can pride themselves upon. Sarah is always glowing and never overdoes it with the makeup, leaving her looking natural and elegant.

What are your views on last night's fashion? Who is your best and worst dressed?

*What's up with international Quarterback? Only weeks ago Lara Bingle and Michael Clark cut ties with them, and now Stephanie Rice? hmmm

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gossip girl for Big W- launches tomorrow 19th November


xoxo, ladies- the 19th of November marks the day Gossip girl fans will flock to Big W to go gaga over the GG fashion line.
Designed by Kai Aiyub, the range will feature dresses, skirts, shoes, playsuits, bags and jewellery inspired by your favourite girls from the scandalous series- Gossip girl.




With cute summery dresses under $50 and jewellery from less than $10, this line is sure to be a huge hit with girls young and...well, not so old as they try to channel their most fashionable upper east side icon.

My picks?
  • The gorgeous blinged out bow bangle for a teensy $17.62
  • The oh-so-cute ballet flats in a myriad of colours for a ridiculously good $24.83
  • The extremely on trend coral body con mini dress for just $44.83 (that's like, 50 cents on a cost per wear basis!)
I hope it's succesful, maybe they will extend the range to include menswear? I'd love to see some sharp dressing boys like chuck strutting around Sydney!
Will you be rushing instore tomorrow to check it out? And will you be doing your best Serena or Blair impersonation?

xoxo

Angel Champagne- Welcome to the world of Hip hop


After 12 years in the making, Angel Champagne has finally made a splash. This induglent and luxurious Champagne is more than just an alcoholic beverage- it is an experience.

Angel is the mastermind of Stefano Zagni who claims Champagne making is his passion. This passion lead to the decadent product being created in secret, cellared vaults in Reim, France- where every step of the process is to meet standards of perfection so that 'those fortunate enough to enjoy it know they are enjoying the very best.'

The fortunate mentioned, after some ever increasing product placement, include those in the music world- namely Hip hop and RnB.
After Cristal made a major boo boo by alluding to the fact it did not want rap artists buying, drinking, and essentially, giving free and plentiful advertising to it's product, celebs have turned away in droves and have taken drastic measures to get their bubbly hit elsewhere. Jay-Z helped out a virtually unknown brand- Armand de Brignac by making it his champagne of choice and subsequently helping them to sell out their entire production line of 60,000 bottles in one year.

But now, thanks to the likes of Mariah Carey and her posse of well heeled, cashed up mates there's a new kid on the block.

With appearances in film clips by Fabolous and an advertisement in Mariah's album sleeve 'Mariah Carey for Elle magazine' it appears that Angel has firmly planted itself as the new don of the Champagne world.

Unfortunately for us in Australia, it seems getting our hands on Angel will remain a fantasy- at least for now.
With prices starting from US$980.00 for a 750mL bottle and reaching the heavenly heights of US$250,000.00 for 24 very special, customised, platinum-finished bottles; Angel's online store isn't even up and running yet.

I can't wait until this one hits Aus, I'm dying to try it.
What are your thoughts? Would you splurge on this?

A snowman in Africa- Gucci campaign to benefit UNICEF



From November 16 to December 31, 2009 the new line from Gucci for UNICEF will be on sale worldwide.

Featuring a children's picture book 'Snowman in Africa' for the 5th anniversary of the project, as well as a series of accessories, Gucci will contribute 100% of the proceeds of the book and 25% of the proceeds of the accessories to UNICEF.

Last year's campaign featured the beautiful, but sometimes idiotic*, Rihanna modelling a tattoo themed range of accessories.

This year, the African theme follows through with elephant and snake printed bags and small items such as coin purses, and key chains, ranging in price from $50- $5000 (prices are in US dollars).

For those of you who feel guilty dropping a few grand on a handbag- you shouldn't anyway, but this is the perfect time to treat yourself. Not only will you be the proud owner of one of these gorgeous pieces, but you also would have been doing your bit for children of the world in need of our help for a better future.
To all the boys looking for Chrissy presents for your missus- even if she says she doesn't like designer or monogram, you simply have no choice but to buy the elephant print now do you? Yeah, that's what I thought.
For more info go to UNICEF and Gucci

*I don't want people thinking I'm insensitive to women who are victims of violence. I just feel in her very public situtation where she has access to support and the financial means to leave her attacker she had almost a moral obligation to do so immediately. Way to send out a message to your young fans, Rihanna. And that's all on that subject.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sanrio Puroland- A review



Although it has been something like 3 months since I went to Sanrio Puroland, the delightful, fluffy and colourful memories are still clear in my mind.


They say Disneyland is the happiest place on earth- it don't have shit on this dreamland.


Located about 50 minutes from Tokyo station (or 40 from Shinjuku station) you can find Sanrio Puroland in Tama Centre which can be accessed by catching the Keio line from Shinjuku station.


Before I went, I read/heard that it was difficult to find- but if you have a 6th sense for cute (or, you know, half a brain) you will work out how to get there in mere minutes...or seconds if you run towards it like an excited child.



Prices are cheap when you compare them to other theme parks around the world- especially since once you are in Sanrio Puroland you do not have to pay to see the shows, go in any of the interactive areas (such as Hello Kitty's house) or take the boat ride. This is only if you purchase a 'passport' which will only set you back another 1000yen compared to the regular entry ticket and gains you access to so much more.

The order of which you do things is up to you (duh!), but I chose to get in the line for the boat ride as soon as I got inside as it tends to get a little busy. On this ride you will be taken through a world of all the Sanrio characters as they attempt to get ready for Hello Kitty's birthday party. Don't forget to pose for the camera at the end as you can purchase a photo of yourself on the ride. The instructions are in Japanese however and my first time around I completely missed it. My photo at the booth was a picture of me with my back turned...taking a photo of something next to me. Brilliant. So naturally I just had to go back around um a couple of times.

I was happy though to get a photo with a Japanese family- with mum and the kids all doing the obligatory 'peace' sign with their fingers!


Aside from the boat ride (which lasts around 10 minutes and is completely tame, by the way) you will find four levels of Hello Kitty bliss with Arcade games, skill testers, numerous shops and eateries and other activities and games to partake in.

There are theatres with different shows (similar to cirque du soleil) and two very interactive games including one which seemed slightly out of place- a virtual rollercoaster with moving chairs hmm and an on theme race against time to rescue HK and her boyfriend, Daniel.
Among these four flours you will also find opportunities for getting your silhouette done, a Japanese 'cartoon' style portrait of yourself and a photo plant where you can have a souvenir photo of you dressed as your favourite Sanrio star!

One of the most incredible features of Sanrio Puroland is the food available. There are a few cafes located on the top level of the complex, but for Hello Kitty style (and very, very cheap) food, you should opt for the food court.
Here, I purchased HK bento- which luckily for me (as I am allergic to seafood) I was able to find very Western food



This only set me back around AU$8 and had chicken, rice, a hash brown (what the?) and some other stuff, plus a drink. That's pretty good- considering they could charge $15 and you wouldn't have much choice except to answer the call of your rumbling tummy.

I also got the HK shaped cheesecake pictured here nom nom nom.

Aside from the food court and the cafes- there are tonnes of other little food outlets around, selling equally cute and cheap snack food. Check out these Hello Kitty shaped cakey type things, filled with cream cheese, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and heaps of other flavours I forget.


My other favourite edible memories are these Jean Paul Gaultier inspired water bottles (which I bought home as momentos)


and this ice cream which is really cool (ha!). It is formed in little balls, and stays that way in your mouth, until it melts- obviously. It tastes similar to Cold rock's 'double choc' flavour, but I was totally obsessed with this and may have gone back a number of times for more. Oops.


Oh, and yes my nails are adorable, aren't they? I got those done in the Shin-Marunouchi building at the nail bar on the top floor. The clever girl made the HK faces from scratch!
Once you've satisfied your hunger check out Hello Kitty's house. You will be amazed. EVERYTHING is in the shape of HK's famous little head. Including her intercom, letter box and the chairs inside.
Don't forget to get a photo taken inside her car which is parked out the front. I couldn't even fit in it, being 5'10" so my picture is a little Alice in Wonderland-esque with arms and legs all over the place.
Don't be afraid to look at everything, and don't be afraid to look like a total loser by getting your photo taken in HK's bath- shaped like her head, of course.


At the end of the self-lead tour of her house, you will get to meet Hello Kitty in person! If you are very emotional like me, you may tear up upon meeting her. I think I was seconds away from being asked to let go as I embraced her like a long lost friend. What of it?

My advice to anyone making the trip out to Sanrio Puroland is to just take everything in, and enjoy the extreme attention to detail that has gone into making this place happen. Even the toilets are enchanted:


It's hard not to enjoy yourself when there are adorable things like this running around:



And opportunities to have a photo of yourself (or your kids) taken like this:

If you're on a budget- don't worry. You can still go and have an awesome day. With adult entry price being the most expensive thing at around AU$50, you could easily do this theme park in AU$100.

The other $50 could be divided up with

$20 food/drinks (over the whole day- if that)
$12 photo as your fave character (you HAVE to do this, it's hilarious/cute/funny)

$10 transport to/from the centre of Tokyo

and then still have enough left over for a souvenir (they're very cheaply prices) and/or one of the 500yen lucky dip games which offer stunning prizes worth well over the price of the game. I got a soup mug and a cool pack in the shape of HK's head (which was perfect given it was the height of summer while I was there) but some of the other prizes include air humidifier (no- seriously) towels, skipping ropes, makeup bags, clothing, mobile phone accessories- basically anything that you can think of with HK's face printed on it.

Of course, you can also buy a load of stuff like me- keep in mind this was really restrained because I was at the start of my trip:



Other handy hints:

-no prams are allowed, so if you're taking kids make sure they can walk or you are comfortable carrying them

-there isn't much seating just generally around, so be prepared for that and wear very comfy shoes.

-Everything is in Japanese (obviously) but unlike most places in Tokyo there is no English translation on signs so just keep your wits about you

-If you are a young, tall, Australian girl on your own you WILL get gawked at. But don't be afraid to ask people to take your picture. And don't forget to take a million photos of everything as noone will truly understand the magnitude of the cute unless they see it for themselves.

For more info- head to http://puroland.co.jp/english/

Happy days!