It's mid-December, which means too many people are stressing out about what gifts to buy their loved ones for the holidays. What annoys me almost as much as the vast materialism and selfishness that engulfs this time of year is when people buy checklist gifts. What's a checklist gift, you ask? It's what I call the kind of present that people buy just to check that recipient off their list, giving absolutely no thought to what might bring the person joy. NB, so we avoid dumb comments, that my preference would be for people to simply enjoy the company of loved ones and not revel in materialism. BUT. If our society is going to make Christmastime about giving presents, at least make them good presents! Did you really think I'd enjoy the DVDs of 'American Horror Story'? (I know it's a great show, but I can't watch anything remotely scary or dark. Even if just the lighting is dark. People who know me know that!) Or body wash that was tested on animals and smells like a French prostitute? Or, meanest of all, toe socks? (I have webbed toes...toe socks are like giving a toothless person an apple.) Even just writing "Hey you're nice" on a piece of paper is a better gift for me than those three things. But those things are perfect for other people. You just have to consider the recipient! They say 'it's the thought that counts' for a reason. If you are going to do presents, do them well or don't do them at all (and focus instead on what the holidays are really about - miracle babies).
As the first half of New York Fashion Week ends, we have some standout designs, some great moments, and more than a few misses.
Lela Rose will probably be lauded for actually including more than one black model in her runway show. I think I counted 6/39 looks worn by models of color. It's a big deal in this insanely racist industry. Too bad the clothes were generally unexciting. Not one item came down the runway where I thought “ooh I want that.” I did love this dress but not in this limey color. Blimey.
The annual Vaute Couture preorder sale is going on now! As the most beautiful cruelty-free fashion line celebrates New York Fashion Week, it is offering lucky customers the chance to preorder coats, dresses, skirts, even sweaters from the new collection, and order coats from last season, at up to 50% off, with the percentage decreasing each day for the next week.
Vaute Couture is changing the face of high fashion in favor of the animals. For those of you who can afford to support the amazing company, do it now while you get such a sick discount!
Click here for the Cold Weather Outerwear sale
Click here for the Vaute Collection Preorder
Below are my favorite picks available right now. Nothing beats the original Audrey coat (in white) in my book, but until that comes back, I'll enjoy looking at these pretty things with envy too. And if anyone feels like being my wealthy benefactor, I'd love any one of these as a present.
My obsessions with black & white and with stripes have persisted for quite a while now, and this dress combining both of them is not doing me any favors. It's perfection! I love that it's actually structured and not free-flowing and pixie-like as the majority of dresses have been lately, catering to the I-don't-want-to-grow-up-I'm-adorrrrable crowd. Someone please alert me when it goes on sale!
Let's enjoy fashion! What other way can a person so easily and clearly state to others and to herself who she is as a person (at least on that day!)? With that, this page will also track things I love, things I covet, items I am looking for and would love help finding, and whatever else might get categorized under 'shopping' or 'style'. I like pretty things. Is that a problem?