Wednesday, December 17, 2008

OOTD backlog!

Shorts: Zara
Jacket: Second hand
Blouse: Express
Tights: Fashion district
Shoes: F21

Dress: F21
Jeans: Uniqlo
Hat: 300 yen accesory store grab bag
Boots: Nice Claup (Japanese brand)

Dress, socks: Metamorphose
Jacket: F21

Friday, December 5, 2008

Fantastic Fête: Rococo Rendezvous, produced by Zippercut

Last night, Zippercut produced their very first event, titled "Rococo Rendezvous," over at the Royal/T maid cafe in Culver City.

Well over 100 people were in attendance, snacking on hors d'oeuvres and watching the fun lineup of 3 bands play in the back room. What really strikes me about Royal/T is it's copious amounts of space in an area where I've become accustomed to tiny venues. Culver City has never truly been a mecca of large galleries, so Royal/T is definitely a venue to keep your eye on for future innovative events. Zippercut was wise in its choice of the yet-unexploited Royal/T venue to host their event at.

Zippercut did a great job with the guest list as well, with attendees such as Hannabeth (of indie scene fame), Onch (from the recently wrapped "Paris' New BFF"), myself and Jenna Winterberg (editors of Gothic & Lolita Bible), staff from LA Weekly as well as Soapbox films, to name a few!

It was really refreshing seeing people of all ages dressing up in elegant styles. Gorgeous evening wear, Lolita fashion, rococo wardrobe, and other period garments were well-represented at this event. I had a blast being as costumey as possible in my self-styled Snow Queen getup.

Here are just a few pics from the event. (All photos (c) of William Bradley)

Left to Right, Yume, Onch, and myself.

Mandy Ma, one of the organizers of, posing with Hannabeth.

Plenty of Epic Garb to round out the night!

Click here to view the rest of the fabulous photos!

OOTD: a backlog

Some coordinates from the past week or so. The change in weather has got me very inspired and tights-crazy!

I was feeling impish and Christmas crazy on Black Friday, and wore these duds out to help out at JapanLA.

Dress: Vintage
shoes: Secretshop/Angelic Pretty
socks: Swimmer
Necklace: 6%dokidoki
belt: Forever21
Sweater: H&M

Bleached my hair out and got in the mood for plaids this past week!
Jacket: Peace Now
Tank: eHyphen
Boots: Fluevog
Belt: Vivienne Westwood
heart tie pin: Superlovers
Socks: Target
shorts: H&M
necklace: secondhand

Feelin the British Beat.

Shirt, studded watch: Superlovers
Tights: Mashalls
Shorts: f21
Shoes: Sme weird store in Japan
Belt: Vivienne Westwood
Scarf: Goodwill bin

A very Blue day to You, Sir!

Dress: H&M
shoes: Double Decker
belt: eHyphen
Tights: Target!! On sale, baby.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Fantastic Fête: Vivienne Westwood's Anglomania spring 2009 preview

Oh, the world of Vivienne Westwood.

First introduced to her via the Sex Pistols, my love for her fun fashions, ridiculous shoes, and glorious orb logo on her bags and wallets have left me a Westwood fan for all time. After living in the Vivienne-obsessed land of Japan for almost 3 years, I've been able to hone my Westwood-ese pretty well over the past decade.

Last night, I attended the Anglomania 2009 preview, held at Em & Co by 3rd and Fairfax. After some correspondence with the affable store owner, Evaline, I was excited to see what the store had to offer, as I had never been.

Dressed up a bit for the event in some of my VW gear, as well! OOTD ahead:

Scarf, skirt: Vivienne Westwood (skirt is Red Label)
necklace: World Wide Love
Shirt: second hand shop

The staff and guests were a pleasure to meet. I met a lot of ladies excited about the Gothic & Lolita Bible, and even some people who tell me they swore by it when they were in their teens, which is always good to hear.

On the walls hung huge canvases by Biagio Black, with the 2009 Anglomania pieces sectioned into two small racks along the wall.

The Anglomania collection itself was an array of muted colors, with the exception of two canary yellow pieces, and a small collection entirely in white. A few models made the rounds wearing the new Anglomania pieces, which were available for pre-order at the event.

Unfortuantely, I didn't feel like any of the pieces for 2009 were different than what I've seen in the past 2 years from Anglomania. I liked them 2 years ago, and I still find myself liking them more, but I was hoping for at least some louder fabric choices or slightly different draping. Check out these two items for spring 2009, a vest and suit jacket pattern, that're strikingly similar to 2007/8's collection...

Barring Dame Westwood's Anglomania line's lack of boldness, the event was still very enjoyable. Overall, the event was well-attended, the people great, and the 15-minuite-late ice shipment for beverages inconsequential. I hope to be back at Em&Co. again soon for some more of their fun fashion events.

Fantastic Fête: Reebok 2009 stylist preview

As a woman of many talents (?), I found myself helping out at this event on November 18 which introduced famous stylists to Reebok's 2009 spring line in the stunning setting of the celebrity-laden STK restaraunt on La Cienega. Joining the celeb stylists were talents such as embers of the cast of teen-movie Twilight and the spunky kids from 90210.

The setup was grand, the food impeccable, and the shoes super cute. Reebok's customizable shoes were definitely all the rage at the party, and you can jump on the bandwagon as well! Check out and click on "Customize" to enter the glorious world of shoes you can design! At a price range between $70 and $90, this is quite the deal.

Check out a sneak peek of some of the new styles below! Oh 2009, you can't get here soon enough!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Snoop Dog says, "HAPPY THANKS GIVIN, YO"

While not entirely relevant to this blog, I think it is my duty as a citizen to make sure as many people view this footage of Snoop on Martha Stewart's show being awesome.

When two titans collide, making mashed potatoes can become a world of wonder and surprise. Seriously. WATCH IT.

Monday, November 17, 2008

OOTD: Pianos and Polka Dots.

Dressin up for work. Feeling frisky and retro today.

Dress: Innocent World
Shoes: Alice and the Pirates
Socks: Candy Stripper
Bolero: Offbrand
Feather hair clip thing: Le Chance

Event Recap: Princess Picnic, November 14, 2008

As much as Los Angeles is a city of nighttime soirees and star-studded events strewn with liquid libations, I still find that the afternoon activities in this town are as original and fun as the Angelenos that inhabit this patch of desert.

This past Friday, Ms. Joellen of Firefly Path ( hosted a "Princess Picnic." Girls showed up in a myriad of poofy dresses in all colors of the rainbow, ranging from Disney princess garments to elven inspirations. Joellen also kindly invited out some photographers to capture her guests at their most royal.

Check out my queenly duds here:

Set at the visualy stuning Balboa Park in Van Nuys, the heat didn't seem to bother the princess and princes at the park!

Check out photos snapped by myself and yume_ninja of the delightful event!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fantastic Fête: Signature Magazine Launch Party

Last night, I was kindly invited to the Signature magazine launch soiree, and invited Mandy of Zippercut ( along as my fellow partner in crime.

We ponied up to the venue, searching for the "free valet" they had touted on their invite, found nothing, rounded the block a few times, and found one lonely valet man in an alleyway across the street from the venue waving a flashlight. SIGNS, people. Let's use SIGNS to tell us where to park, please!

After that bit of confusion, it was on to the party, cleverly hosted inside Interior Illusions (8448 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood)... a furniture store! The decor was great, and with lots of plush beds to lay about, the crowd warmed up to the idea of sprawling on them as the the night got longer and the drinks got stronger. I love a party where one can playfully muss up a bedspread with their pals and have it be entirely non-sexual.

Grabbed a copy of Signature magazine and was pleased with the contents- focuses on the "high end" Los Angeles scene, so there was lots of coverage of LA fashion week, a feature on Kobe Bryant, a posh editorial spread by photographer Matthew Mitchell, and interviews with a slew of philanthropical Angelenos, which was my fave part of the magazine. Too often does the world of glamour forget about our duty to volunteer and work for a real cause... not just your OWN cause...! Kudos to Signature.

You can snap up Signature on stands asap! Or, order a year long subscription for just $10! (whaaat?)

Great party with fabulously dressed people, and some peeps from The OC that I didn't recognize. Drat! Must get on that "popular TV" wagon sometime this year...!

We met some fabulously unique people this night, so hello there to wicked fantastically dressed Grady Cooley, the feathery and beautiful Ms. Drew Bird, the blonde bombshell herself Katt Lee, and the photogs at (check out their site in a few for photos from the night!)! Hope to see you all again soon!

Mandy of Zippercut looking bashful

Outfit of the Day (OOTD, for those not in the know).

My new obsession will surely become yours.

Well, let me rephrase that. I've always been into dressing up as fun as can be for both work and play, but only recently have I relize I should document these things before... time erases all memory, I suppose.

So here you have my outfits from the past two weeks. Read 'em and weep, fellas.

Shirt: Modeling Camilla D'Errico Tee for Japan LA (
Bloomers: Bodyline
Boots: mystery?

Working at Japan LA
Socks: Candy Stripper (
Dress: Innocent World (

Dressing up for PMX (
Dress: Beth by Victorian Maiden (
Tights: Anna Sui
Pearl Choker: Vintage

Cute as a button for the Angelic Pretty event at the Kyoto Imperial Hotel in Little Tokyo (
Dress, boots: Angelic Pretty (
Purse: Forever 21

Dolled up for a Halloween Party hosted by Royal/T and Japan LA. (Photos from LA Times here)
My Queen of hearts "costume"

What it looks like, toned down, sans veil + train

Purse: H&M

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

On the 2nd day of fashion week, Smashbox gave to me....

Only now have I found the time to actually GO THROUGH the huge goodie bag that Smashbox handed out to members of the press at this past spring/summer '09 fashion week in Los Angeles. Dear God, there was a lot of weird crap in that bag:

A useless mug from Panera Bread, another frat-boy-friendly pint glass from Peroni (repeat from last season's giveaways) and some other strange items that I couldn't figure out how to use.

However, I was very pleased upon opening up a shiny silver package marked "eye and cheek palette: Endless" by smashbox. A very good basics pallette for all skin types, the pigment was rich, and a bit shimmery which, because today it's freaking 85 degrees, will help me keep my summer glow for a bit longer. I really adore the pink tones in the cheek palette (second photo).

Also in the press goodie bag were these smartly packaged ruffians: The "Glowelle 7 day Fit" for healthier, glowing skin.

Now, let me just say that the website and packaging are very nice and very convincing. In fact, I am sure it really does help detox your skin and gives you a glow. However... it TASTES LIKE ROTTEN GRAPES. The "natrual pomegranate lychee flavor" promised by the packaging turned out to be a sooty, strange drink experience. You're supposed to pour one of these little packets into a glass of water and drink one a day. I couldn't even finish one glass because I kept gagging. It tasted like.. drinking crushed up Flinstone's vitamins. The grape kind. Along with a tablespoon of vinegar.

So kudos to you, Glowelle, for helping make women's skin more glowy. I will stick to the smashbox shimmering powder bronzer THANKYOUVERYMUCH.

Big Belt Lovers Unite

I know, I know, this has already been a trend for a while.. but I was in Japan for 3 years, so sue me! Recently got a hold of two stretchy glorious belts from our cheap yet sketchy pals at Forever 21.

I'm loving me some jewel toned blue this season in case you couldn't tell.

Also, thigh high boots. Did everyone get the memo?

No longer simply the footwear of pole dancers and hookers, the thigh high boots is in like Flynt this fall, as long as it's coordinated tastefully. Vinyl bras need not apply.