Saturday, November 30, 2013

Hanneli - Fashion Week - Paris

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      Hanneli Mustaparta - Fashion Week - Paris

      En voyant ces photos d'Hanneli la magnifique, je me souviens de la Fashion Week et 
      de son ambiance si particulière. Je me souviens qu'elle déteste qu'on la prenne en 
      photo sans qu'on lui demande si elle est d'accord au préalable. Je me souviens 
      qu'elle a un tatouage au poignet droit que je n'arrive pas à déchiffrer et que
      j'aimerais bien savoir ce qu'il y est écrit ... Simple curiosité.

      Photos by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

Ulyana - École de Médecine - Paris

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      Ulyana - École de Médecine - Paris

     Who is able to wear braces with a so stylish result except Ulyana ?

      Photo by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris

Friday, November 29, 2013

November’s Books & A Link Up Reminder


I did a bit of traveling this month so I picked up some easier reads than in previous months.  And because I spent quite a bit of time in planes and cars, I was able to get through five of them. 

Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill


I have a confession to make; I like to read Stephen King.  I know he doesn’t tackle women’s issues like my beloved Margaret Atwood, but I like him.  I re-read the Dark Tower series every few years and remain a huge fan of It, The Talisman and The Stand.  Well, Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son and that’s how I ended up reading this book.  It is a horror story and it wasn’t bad, but I definitely prefer his father’s work.  That being said, if you like horror and think King is overwrought (he is NOT, btw), you might like Hill.


Bangkok 8, by John Burdett


This is a mystery novel set in Bangor, Maine.  Hahahaha, just kidding.  It’s a mystery novel set in Bangkok, Thailand and is a quick, easy read.  As long you don’t mind the narrator telling you all the things you don’t understand because you’re a spiritually unenlightened Westerner.


Bangkok Tattoo, by John Burdett


This book is the sequel to Bangkok 8 and is narrated by the same Thai police detective who thought Westerners were unenlightened jerks in the first book.  He still thinks Westerners are unenlightened jerks.


Boomsday, by Christopher Buckley


Wow.  Okay, the premise of this book is horrible, but given the current issues facing Social Security, you can see why the author came up with it.  It being a plan to incentivize baby boomers to euthanize themselves by a certain age to keep the Social Security Administration, and the Federal Government, from going bankrupt trying to pay social security to the millions of boomers set to retire all at once.  It was... interesting.  Buckley is, of course, the author of Thank You For Smoking, so it’s very much a satire, but it was still a disturbing one.


Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins

 
I'm guessing there is not a lot I can tell you about this book that you'd don't already know.  Unless, of course, you've been on an ice breaker in the North Pole for the past five or so years without any access to the internet or a library.  In which case, welcome back and read this book.  Start with The Hunger Games first though, okay?  As for me, I just re-read this book in preparation for watching the movie sometime over this long holiday weekend.

I'm not sure which of these book will be my inspiration for my Literary Stylings Link Party, but it is definitely still on for Tuesday and I hope you all can join in!  Want to learn more about it?  You can find the rules, such as they are, here.

Happy Friday, All!

Gracey

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, All!

 

And best of luck in your Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Race!

Gracey

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Andra - les Tuileries - Paris

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      Andra - les Tuileries - Paris

     Photos by Fred - Easy Fashion Paris
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Bottes et Cuissardes (1) - Paris Fashion Week

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     Ce n'est plus un secret, la Mode signe le grand retour des bottes, mais aussi des 
     cuissardes montantes. Dommage qu'il n'y ait pas le cheval qui va avec ... Ça aurait
     de la gueule pendant la Fashion Week ! Un cheval Chanel ! Vous imaginez !

     Photos by Farid - Easy Fashion Paris
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Pet Leopard Lady Tie


As most of you know, I love me a good lady tie.  I find them amusing and cheeky and fun to wear.  And my latest lady tie find is no exception:


Is that not the most fabulous lady tie ever?  The print is pet leopards on chains with what I’m assuming are diamond collars.  

Yes.

I thrifted the tie this summer and have been waiting for it to get cold enough that extra fabric around my neck would be welcome and not make me a hot, sweaty mess.  And today, My Friends, is the day:


For the lady tie’s inaugural outing, I paired it with a mustard sweater (thrifted, similar), black skinny jeans (a.n.a via JC Penney) and riding boots (Born Crown “Sosie,” similar).

But, really, a pet leopard lady tie goes with everything.

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, here!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tea Stained Lace Giveaway

Do you all know Dawn?  From Suitcase Vignettes?  Come on, you know Dawn.  Best head of hair on the interwebs?  Vintage lover?  Awesome person?  This Dawn:


Yes, well Dawn also has an Etsy shop, called Tea Stained Lace and because she is awesome she's offered the chance for one of my readers to win a $20.00 gift card to her shop!

Have you seen Dawn's shop?  It is a delight.  She has fun, wonderful items, but my favorite thing about Dawn's shop is the little vignettes she creates to display the items:





























Do I need a vintage noise maker?  No, of course not.  Do I want one based off this display?  Yes, very much.

Do you want one too?  Well, then make sure you enter to win!  And it's easy too.  All you have to do is favorite Dawn's shop, Tea Stained Lace and leave an comment below saying you've done so and providing a valid email address.

Yep, that's it.  That's all you have to do.  So, go "favorite" Dawn (you won't regret it) and leave your comment below.  I'll pick a winner in three days time (i.e. contest closes at 6 pm, Wednesday, November 27th).

Bon Chance, All!

Gracey

Friday, November 22, 2013

11 Things You Should Never Wear to Work



Who What Wear posted 11Things You Should Never Wear to Work and provided this handy infographic as a reminder:


The thing is, after looking at this, I can’t say that I agree with all of these choices.  Or maybe even any of them. 

Body-Con
I understand the inclusion of body-con on this list because the idea is not too look too sexy at work.  But, are we talking my idea of body-con or somebody else’s idea of body-con?  Because my idea of body con is a sweater dress:

Old Navy Snakeprint Sweater Dress

And sure, it’s a bit risqué, but I'd totes wear this to work.

However, somebody else’s idea of body-con might be a latex catsuit:

Darque "Rubber Look" Cat Suit via amazon.com

This, this is probably NOT okay for work.  I won’t say definitely because I don’t know your life, but probably.


Fishnets
Like latex body stockings, fishnet body stockings are probably not okay, unless your work involves you starring in a Lady Gaga video.  But, as Jess from Animated Cardigan said on Pinterest, there is a classy way to do fishnets so I wouldn’t give up on them.



Cut-Offs

Is this you?

Are you Daisy Duke?  No?  Then leave the cut-offs at home.   

What’s that?  You work in the Florida swamp as a gator-wrangler and cut-offs are not only accepted, but encouraged?  Well, then, by all means, please proceed.


Panty Lines
Here’s the thing about the office.  They want you to wear proper underpinnings (see # 11) but they don’t want to knowyou’re wearing proper underpinnings.  Your underthings should be like rebar in a bridge; it’s there keeping things in place, but no one sees it.



Flip Flops
Tim Gunn says no one looks sexy in flip flops.  And he’s right.  But we’re not supposed to try to look sexy at work (see # 1) so I say wear flip flops.  It’s better than having your boobs out!


Wet Hair
What?!!  This is bull$#&+!!  I go to work with wet hair all the time because I don’t use, or even own, a blow dryer.  Clearly this “rule” is meant only for people with an interest in using modern technology. 


Hats
But, if I don’t wear hats I could catch cold from riding my bike with wet hair!


Hot Pants
I personally don’t see anything wrong with Hot Pants:


I mean, I understand that inflatable clothes aren’t the most professional, but they do help to slenderize those problem areas!


Sheer
This makes me laugh because sheer was a pretty big trend last year and all of the fashion magazines were full of advice on how to make sheer work for the office.  Apparently those halcyon days have passed so put it away, kids!


Sneakers
Oh, Isabel Marant is going to be so sad about this one.  She “invented” these:

Image via net-a-porter.com

 (Please note that if I spend $700 on sneakers, I’m wearing them everywhere so I don’t look like the ass who spent $700 on shoes that are appropriate only for the weekend).


Strapless Bra
What if I like strapless bras?  What if I like the thrill of knowing one or both of the girls could just pop out at any time, without warning?  What if I like having to hike my bra up every 10 seconds?  What then, huh?  


As you can see, I don't exactly agree with everything on this list, and there are actually a couple of items I think they left off.  One is bare midriffs and two is overalls.  These two items are never okay in the office.  Well, they're not okay unless, of course you wear them together because you miss the 90s.  That pairing is obviously okay and completely work appropriate.

How about you, Reader Friends?  Do you agree with these “rules”? Anything you'd like to add to the list? 

Happy Friday, All!

Gracey

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MarketPlace: Handwork of India

The other day I was contacted by a company called MarketPlace: Handwork of India with the offer to review one of their products.  I had never heard of this company so I did a little research and they’re pretty amazing.  They are a nonprofit Alternative Trade and Development Organization that works with 480 women artisans around Mumbai, India, to produce clothing and home décor items showcasing authentic techniques such as hand batik, ikat and hand embroidery.

The women work in supportive, non-exploitative work environments in the form of 14 cooperatives around Mumbai, which the women organize and manage.  And, addition to the much needed employment, MarketPlace works in conjunction with another nonprofit organization in Mumbai, SHARE, to provide social programs to the artisans.  And the women in turn use their own social program, Social Action, to get involved in their communities, tackling everything from garbage collection to domestic abuse.  

So, yeah, pretty amazing.

And so are the items they produce.  Like the Majuli Tunic:



Here is a close-up of the hand printed pattern and the hand embroidery at the yoke:



I don’t wear a lot of purple, but I love the dusty plum of the tunic.  And I love that the embroidery inspired me to pair the tunic with a mustard scarf:



Really, what's not to love about a company that empowers women and inspires the wearing of mustard?!  That's right, nothing.

To share in the love and learn more about MarketPlace: Handwork of India, please visit them here.

And have a Happy Wednesday, All!

Gracey

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Kiss, Kiss

After Friday's all black challenge, I felt a return to color was in order:



I'm not saying this is better than head-to-toe black, but it's definitely more me.  I'm, somehow, more comfortable in an indigo dress and bright red, kiss print scarf than I am in black on black on black.

That's probably due to the kiss print scarf.  Kiss print scarves make everything better:

Tasha "Hot Kiss" Scarf via Nordstrom

Or, at the very least, they make me smile.

And it's not as if I'm banishing black from my wardrobe all together.  No, I just prefer it in smaller doses, like tights and a belt with an otherwise colorful look:

Dress: thrifted  Belt: Nine West, similar  Scarf: Tasha via Nordstrom  Booties: Nine West, similar

What about you, Reader Friends?  Are you more comfortable in color or in neutrals?

Happy Tuesday, All!

Gracey

Houndstooth coat ...

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                                                                                                shoes: mango,
                                                                                                pants: pull and bear,
                                                                                                sweater: h&m,
                                                                                                coat: thanks to sheinside / here,
                                                                                                bag: mona,
                                                                                                watch: michael kors,
                                                                                                bracelet: morellato,
                                                                                                ph. Masa



This classic textile pattern is one of my favorites when autumn arrives. It reminds me of my mom's old blazers and skirts. Because of its retro vibe, I decided to pair it with faux leather pants to achieve more modern look.
Do you like it?