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Wild Wingbacks!

June 24, 2010

How AMAZING are these chairs from Anthropologie? Um, amazing enough for a dedicated post about them!!

I saw the top two styles when I was at the Chelsea Market location earlier today (see previous post) and they totally blew me away. I NEED one right now. They’re called Josef Wingback Chairs and are upholstered in the most amazing African inspired wax fabrics. The pictures from the site don’t do them justice – the colors are absolutely wonderful, vivid and exciting. I’m not sure if they would fit in my modern styled beige colored apartment, but maybe it is just the thing I need to spice things up (decoratively…)!

What do you think? Would you ever get a such a statement piece for your home?

Anthropologie Josef Wingback Chair $1,698


Anthropologie @ Chelsea Market

June 24, 2010

On my way through Chelsea Market today to get steaks for a BBQ, I was lured by the sale signs at the newly opened Anthropologie and went in to take a look. The store is huge, as most Anthros are, spanning the ground floor and basement, stocked with apparel, jewelry and a huge selection of homewares, which is terrible for me, since I am easily tempted by a pretty bowl or french country candle.

So, I headed straight down to the sale section for some ‘guilt-free’ shopping. They have a great selection of cotton tops, whimsical dresses and printed skirts, mostly for less than $100, with a lot of items under $60. I saw a lot of things that could be worn right now and also through the fall, some light cardigans, silk blouses and such. The size selection is good and they have some really cute bralettes and undie sets for $40.

One thing I love about Anthropologie stores is that they have great dressing rooms, and this one was no different. It felt a as if you were stepping into a country spa – spacious, clean and quiet, and the room had a wallpapered cubby where you could hang you selections, as if you were in your own apartment with an open closet. I thought that was a really nice touch.

In the end, I left with the blue printed top, which I think will really help brighten up my neutral filled wardrobe. Can’t wait to wear it this weekend in Montauk! Best part? It was only $30! Yay. All in all a successful trip, and a very pleasant one at that.

First & Second Images: Racked

Schouler on a Dime

June 23, 2010

Usually when luxury brands launch exclusive items, it’s a chance for them to add another zero onto already astronomical prices. Well, the boys at Proenza Schouler have just launched two exclusives on their site, and not only are they super cool and totally on trend with their surf inspired pieces from Spring ’10, but they come at some reasonable prices too.

Wallet, $125; Tote, $325

So while I’m saving my pennies for a PS1, if you’re in the market for a new clutch or a city tote, these might be the ones for you! What do you think of the pieces and the prices?

Image credits: Proenza Schouler

Beach bags for a cause

June 23, 2010

My mom recently came back from the Galapagos and brought me a fantastic woven straw bag. It’s the perfect bag for toting my sunscreen and Kindle to the beach this summer and has a great tribal feel that’s so chic this season.

But if you’re not heading to Ecuador anytime soon, I have another summer-worthy option for you: these amazing FEED Guatemala 3 bags, available exclusively at Lord and Taylor for $39 each. Not only will this bag make you feel like you’re walking through the most exotic bazaar, but it will help you make a difference in in the world. For each bag sold, FEED, together with Unicef and Lord & Taylor, will be donating $10.50 to the U.S. Fund for Unicef to feed hungry children in Guatemala.

So if you’re in the market for a new beach tote, what are you waiting for? Get yours here today!

Chelsea Flea Finds

June 22, 2010

Got to spend a Sunday alone this week while E is drumming up some business in SF. So I took the opportunity to do something I rarely do when E is around — hang out at the Chelsea Flea. For me, flea marketing is a solo activity which allows me to spend as much time as I want pawing through costume jewelry and old photographs.

Thankfully for my bank account, everything that I loved was priced under $10! Talk about a guilt-free afternoon. So to my purchases:

One of the stores I stopped by was run by a Chinese couple from Shanghai (upper garage level) and was stocked full of old Buddhist trinkets and antique jade pendants. I loved some of the Chinese calligraphy brushes with jeweled handles, but ultimately was drawn to two silver bangles. As you can see, they are perfectly antiqued (aka dirty) and go really well with my new watch (thanks mom!).

Even more special are the dragon heads on each bracelet — both E and my bro are born in the year of the Dragon, so the bracelets will remind me of my two favorite men every time I wear them.

My other brilliant purchase was two matching elephant pins from another jewelry vendor. I wore one today on the collar of my chambray shirt, and plan to wear the two together on a t-shirt, or even to jazz up a LBD. I mean, how cute is this little guy??

So all in all a good day at the Flea. Can’t wait to see what else I find the next time I get a free weekend to myself!


June 20, 2010

I can’t get this image out of my head. Am dying for E to rock the ankle bandannas too. Sexy!

Image credit: Jak and Jil

Menswear Spring ’11: Prada

June 20, 2010

There were mixed reviews of the Prada show. Imran from Business of Fashion thought the wide leg bermudas and boxy v-neck shirts looked like ill fitting surgical scrubs, while Scott at the Sartorialist said it was the one of the best Prada collections in years.

I wasn’t a fan of the bermudas either, but I liked the skinny three-button suits a lot, sleek and wearable, although not very innovative. Also, did anyone notice the reflector sunglasses around the boy’s necks? I’m having an Oakley flashback!

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