under the influence

i had never felt a gaping hole inside me that needed to be filled with a shining white blazer until all of these damned good looking chictopians persuaded me otherwise. plus it was only $40 at h&m, so i had to, yknow? i hardly ever purchase anything white, one because i am usually one for black and two because i will inevitably spill something on it. which i did, by the way, on my first day of wearing it. luckily my oxy bleach stick took care of it. :)

see, how could i possibly resist:

clockwise from top left: fashionispoison, lulu, missinterpret, karlascloset

resort favorites, part II

helmut lang: more of what you can expect from lang; simple, fresh, and clean design. this is my kind of color palette. :D and i know the grey jumpsuit thing is pretty ridiculous and cocoon like but i couldn't stop looking at it, so it had to be included, right? it's like a onesie for adults haha.

doo.ri: lovely collection, a tad futurisic looking in the prettiest way.love the colors and the lightness of it. perfect for spring, and super wearable. if only it were super affordable too... :/

derek lam: awesome, awesome, awesome collection. very lam. kinda preppy, kinda retro, but super fresh. very "american" looking, in the best way. :)


donations welcome

how come my deep rooted desires are always caused by clothes, and never men?

i would like to make sweet love to this dress. this wonderous, $120 dollar plus shipping dress.

ack kill me.

resort favorites, part I

costume national: really awesome collection, liked the colors, loved the shoes.

balenciaga: duh. the height of cool. could probably wear when humans live on the moon and you would still look fresh.

abaete: well, there's really no way that i wasn't going to like this collection. give me clean design, menswear touches, and a black and white palette and i can't say no.

ADAM: i loved this collection for summer, however, it is all very simple. i don't believe that fashion always has to be avant garde or even forward thinking. if someone can perfect basics and make a person look pretty, that too is a skill, and a necessary one at that. simplicity can be an art. plus, i thought that "cable knit" sweater idea was pretty clever, but i'm a sucker for that kind of stuff. :)


so sue me!

but really, don't.

i did end up buying that old navy vena cava knockoff.

and of course i wore it for the SECOND TIME tonight and already it has some wine or salad dressing or something on it. god i rule.

watcha think, does it need a necklace?


lulu chang - not so ugly

she's cool, funny, well dressed, totally edumacated, has an awesome job and is the marketing force behind one of my absolute favorite fashion sites on the net. its true, i'm a total fangirl for lulu chang. take notes kids, and if you have yet to check out the browser's wet dream that is chictopia, do it now right after you read this interview!

1. what exactly is it that you do?! [career-wise, besides chictopia]
I am a freelance contemporary arts writer/ editor for a really awesome indie mag. But right now, Chictopia is my baby. Previous to this, I worked in fashion pr/ production in New York for various young labels.

2. when did you first become interested in fashion?
Tiffany's self-titled album when I was 5 years old. It made me want to dress like an 80s pop star. I've since decided to retire this look - but I do occasionally enjoy a nice body-con mini dress.

3. did you ever consider any non-fashion careers?
Technically, what I do now is not fashion - and I love it. I still help out my friends who work in fashion on and off because I just enjoy it. To be honest, I think I'm far too California-nized to ever do the NYC fashion thing again.

4. your style is so personal and unique, yet chictopia is basically a place to go to get inspired by others - do you think your style comes more from your natural aesthetic eye or from outside inspiration?
Mmm... a little of both? The great thing about Chictopia is that everyone is so damn chic. My outside inspiration are usually really pretty boys - Adam Ant and such.

5. where did you go to college and what for?
I went to UC Berkeley, I was an English and Political Science double major.

6. top three fav. items of clothing, besides your beloved jewelry? :D
Any of my Alexander Wang knits - buffalo plaid or oversized cashmere cardigan, Topshop bandage mini, and my beat up and worn to death Comme des Garcons combat boots.

7. top three fav. cities?
San Francisco, London, New York

8. top three bands or albums right now?
I've kind of fell out of following current bands. I went back to listening to what I listened to in college: Adam Ant, Kate Bush, Sugababes (god I love pop music... )

9. $1,000 bucks to blow on one item right now - what is it?
This Christopher Kane dress: http://www.style.com/slideshows/fashionshows/S2008RTW/CKANE/RUNWAY/00220m.jpg. All the zips and ruffles really turn me on. And I have these vintage Justin Roper boots that are similar to the ones on the runway minus the metal toe.

10. what are your biggest fashion pet peeves?
People who don't dress for their size - things that are too tight or don't button. And I really hate those striped shirts from Express that every man thinks is sexy time for ladies at the club.

11. is it weird being an internet superstar? [hah seriously!] do you get recognized on the street?
Am I? I'm kind of always used to homeless bums cursing at me on the street. So when people say they've seen me around it doesn't really phase me. Someone at Opening Ceremony, one of the most bad-ass stores in the Lower East Side recognized me. That was cool.

12. what advice would you give to fashion industry hopefuls for breaking in and being successful?
I started interning when I was 19 for a pretty large fashion/ design/ architecture mag that is now based in New York. Since then, it's been a series of friends/ colleagues in the industry and a mutual respect for the business that has lead me up 'til this point. Be observant, hard-working, and smart. Also, don't expect to make any money.

13. and finally, do you have any goals/new projects in mind for the future or are you content with just being the coolest girl on the internet? :D
Again, am I? My team at Chictopia and I are working really hard on the site. We want to take over the world - it's gross.



i know, major slacking over here. but i promise good stuff soon. :)
i looove these sandals, if you couldn't tell.


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