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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
• 11:50 AM •

Mad Men Flashback- Welcome to the 60s!

Mad Men Flashback- Welcome to the 60s!

After an unbearably long 17 month hiatus, Mad Men is finally back to bring an end to our grief stricken television and computer screens. In addition to anticipating Don Draper’s much missed dry humour (if one can call it that), our nostalgia for 60s fashion can once again be pandered to every week for approximately 47 minute… but who’s counting?! The year on the show is now 1966. The Vietnam war reaches it’s halfway point, John Lenon claims the Beatles are bigger than Jesus, and the miniskirt introduced by Mary Quant (or André Courreges depending on the source) in 1964 is now worn by every teenage girl with a pair of legs.

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Montreal’s own Jessica Paré performs the 1960s Gillian Hills hit ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’ in a black mini dress with pleated silk chiffon sleeves and rhinestone embellishments at the neck. Paré’s fashion forward character gives viewers a glance at the soon to be hippie style of the end of the decade.

 

Mad Men Season 5 cast donned in plaid, flowered, and checkered prints

Mad Men Season 5

The show has me considering the entire decade though, which started off in pastel coloured boxy suits and ended with paisley prints and bellbottoms. Fashion icons included First Lady Jackie Kennedy who popularized the pillbox hat, and Twiggy who popularized malnourishment.

Jackie Kennedy wearing pillbox hat

Jackie Kennedy arrives in Paris 1961

Twiggy Babydoll dress

60s Fashion icon Jane Birkin, Vogue 1965

There are numerous versions of the story of how the Birkin bag came into existence, but the one detail that remains undebatable is that 1960s fashion icon Jane Birkin was the muse. The version i’ve decided is the right one says this- In 1981 Jean-Louis Dumas (Hermes chairman 1978-2006) sits next to Jane on a flight from Paris to London. After all the contents of Jane’s straw bag fall to the ground she complains to Dumas that she was unable to find a suitable weekend leather bag she liked. In 1984 he creates the Bikin bag. Perhaps I enjoy this version because it suggests that if I complain enough I will have something named after me.

Birkin Bag

CONTINUE READING

Saturday, April 7, 2012
• 12:45 PM •

Item Spotlight: Tom Ford Cat Eye Frames (FT5189)

Item Spotlight: Tom Ford Cat Eye Frames (FT5189)

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When you buy something designer, which shouldn’t happen very often if you’re a normal girl like me, you receive the item in a surprisingly cute package.  You’re not used to such treatment – It comes in a box, in another box in a paper bag.  A little shiny card in the case thanks you for purchasing this genuine item.  But does all this packaging add to the value of the item itself? Helllll ya.  If fashion isn’t about the packaging, then i don’t know what is.Tom Ford_Cateye Frames_FT5189
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I’m sitting there in my apartment wearing spectacles (pretentious, much?), completely content with my new purchase, and then this commercial by L’Oreal Paris featuring supermodel Doutzen Kroes comes on.  She owns it in those Tom Ford’s Nikita frames!

I should have seriously tried those on…oh well.

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Refraction is cool.
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Final exams are soon and it’s about time I get to studying! Thanks for taking an interest in my unnecessary expenditures.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
• 2:10 AM •

Oversized Hats & Miniature Bunnies – My Spring 2012 Style

Oversized Hats & Miniature Bunnies – My Spring 2012 Style

Spring is officially here and the weather in Montreal has been shockingly great lately. While some of us are taking full advantage of this good fortune by dusting off our razors and letting our legs see some sunlight, it’s obvious many are still hesitant to fully trust mother nature’s good spirits. With sweaters and gloves tucked deep inside our oversized totes we’ve been programmed to hope for the best but expect the worst. Being in Montreal, you never know when a heat wave will turn into a full fledged blizzard despite the weather network’s contrary predictions. Regardless of the fact that it can all go away in one split second, I can’t help but get really excited at the infinite possibilities brought on by a spring wardrobe. I’ve decided that my personal theme this year will be floppy hats, scarves, brogues, and dresses with pretty, but usually very random, prints. Bring on the sunshine!

Brogues.

If I could spend over 500$ on shoes without needing to file for personal bankruptcy, these are one of the pairs i’d be willing to purchase. These Robert Clergerie tan leather brogues have that perfect masculine and feminine balance I look for in a style like this. They are also the perfect spring colour and can be paired with a spring or summery dress, or light jeans, a t-shirt and a cardigan.

Robert Clergerie Tan lace up brogues

These G.H. Bass & Co oxfords are gorgeous, chic, and remind me of my childhood when my mother would dress me up in puffy sleeved frilly dresses (the ones with the itchy taffeta underskirt) and shiny black leather shoes. While I could have done without the over the top dresses, I remember being particularly fond of my shoes. #toddlerswag.

G.H Bass & Co. Washington brogues

Scarves.

If you don’t like scarves, we can’t be friends. Scarves are one of the most versatile accessories out there. They have the ability to dress up a casual outfit, add a creative flare to a boring one, and obviously, serve as a protective shield against raging winds. Whether worn at the waist, neck, or on your head, a pretty scarf can make a pretty difference!

Banana Republic Floral Print Coral scarf

Emilio Pucci Star Shaped cotton scarf

Diane Von Furstenberg Garden Brown Whisper silk scarf

Floppy hats. 

I’ve never been one to wear hats. Mostly because I have a massive head. However, after watching numerous episodes of Kourtney and Kim take New York (don’t judge me, boredom can make us do crazy things), i’ve decided I shouldn’t let the circumference of my cranium get in the way of great style.

Forever 21 Scalloped floppy hat

Forever 21 Fringe Bow floppy hat

Print Dresses. 

Floral prints, tribal prints, turtle prints, whatever the print may be, if it’s done right I would probably wear it.

Jovonnista Mini Bunny Print dress

Alice + Olivia Floral Print dress

Miss Me Printed Babydoll dress

Prophecy Bird Print dress

Here’s hoping Montreal’s weather permits me to indulge in these looks for the next few months to come!