Saturday, July 25, 2009

Smitten Saturday

Make New Friends I did not spend a mere two months out of the year creating friendship bracelet after friendship bracelet during my summer camp days; no, I was of the kind who made them year-round. Yarn, string, sewing floss...I turned it all into bracelets that were itchy yet colorful, with the power to make childhood friendships appear a bit more solidified, almost like an updated version of “blood brothers.” As time passed, the handmade pieces were replaced with high-fashion purchases that were jingly, jangly, and oh so sophisticated, never to be thought of again. But I did the unthinkable...I found myself longing for the simplistic styles that I loved so much as a child after coming across Mix and Match It! You get to create the friendship bracelet of your dreams by choosing the colors, and design, then simply waiting for it to arrive at your front door. It’s a concept that brings back memories of carefree childhood days full of playing hopscotch, splashing through puddles, and sharing secrets about cute boys. I’ll take the double knot in pale pink and black, s’il vous plait!

Wing It! Obsessed is not the word. More like captivated. Engrossed. Infatuated. Oui, that is how I feel about winged eyeliner. It is such a gorgeous way to draw attention to your eyes while looking tres chic in a very sultry, feline sort of way. But, alas, I have yet to try it myself. Am I frightened of applying it incorrectly? Of looking like a precocious child who had a field day with her mother’s makeup? Of using the wrong product? I cannot say; I also cannot ignore the refined lure of the look. So perhaps I should take the plunge. Beauty Junkie in SF has a wonderful tutorial. As does Glamour. With how-tos like this, perhaps I will not end up looking like a loon. Perhaps I will have the look I desire. I’ve convinced myself…yes girls, I’m going to wing it!

Cute and Compact It’s sad really. Tragic, you might say. I have resorted to using my LG Shine cellie as a mirror to fix my make-up throughout the day; when, to be honest, I should have invested in a compact long ago. A lovely little looking glass that would accompany me here and there, and help with any adjustments that might plague the vain damsel lurking within. It’s not too late, of course. There is still time to purchase a pretty speculum for my purse, and I have already located top contenders for the job. L'un numéroter is the Elegant Silvertone Vanity Compact Mirror featuring a pouty, bow-lipped, wide-eyed flapper girl – a delicate duplicate of Fitzgerald’s darling Daisy Buchanan. Second is the bronze-toned Crystal and Rhinestone Vintage Compact Mirror which is a throwback to the elegance, sophistication, and glamour that accompanied Old New York. And last, but certainly not least, is the Moroccan Sunrise Compact Mirror, a gilded beauty with a world traveler flair. Selecting the winner is such a pain...can I simply have them all?

Skinny Minnie Rain or shine, hot or cold, in my mind, skinnies will never get old. Yes, darlings, if you must know, I will be true to skinny jeans until the day that I die. They manage to flatter every figure, and work so marvelously with heels, flats, boots, and any other shoe that may grace your tootsies. They are a way of life. My source of air. The staple of my wardrobe. And no, that will never change. Of course, of course, there are those favorites, to be sure. The Current/Elliott Skinny Jean with Studs; the Vintage1 Motostreet Skinny in Speed Wash; the Jet by John Eshaya New Wave Light Splatter Jean in Stone/Bleach. I suppose I should cease and desist now, as this list is sure to go on for miles; but you get the gist. Skinny Minnie...oui, that is I.

Travel Tales I thought about sulking at the mere thought of my lack of travel plans for the summer. But no, that would be ineffective. I have realized that a more proper way to see the world is vicariously through the words of others who have experienced exotic locales; which is why I have become a slave to travel tales. My days have been taken up with hours of flipping through Frances Mayes’ A Year in the World, Susan Jane Gilman’s Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven, and David Lebovitz’s The Sweet Life in Paris. To be truthful, I even tried my hand at a little travel writing of my own via a guest post about a dream destination for la mia vita aptly titled We’ll Always Have Paris, which you can read here. It’s true, it’s true, it’s true…you can travel the world right from your bedroom if armed with the proper reading material!

What were you smitten with this week?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to yetti & furby and Shopbop for the pictures.

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