Just for a Little

Leaving to Arizona today to celebrate New Years Eve with the best friend....

Be back in 2009 (aka Friday)!


Playing around with: Gold Sequins

Polyvore totally depresses me. Want to know why? Because it's makes me believe that I own all these absolutely fabulous pieces, when really it's all just an imaginary closet. So, completely swooned over the colored alligator clutches, Miu Miu dresses, beaded cuffs, and Nicholas Kirkwood platforms, I realized that if I just accept the fact that I'll never own any of the stuff in "My Items", then soon enough I'll be able to move on with life. 

Anyway, I decided to pick some sort of theme to play around with and came up with "shimmery gold sequins". When I think of gold sequins, I visualize a platinum blonde girl with acrylics, luscious curls (and not in a very enticing way), and orange skin. So given the fact that such embellishments can be considered awfully tacky, I decided to start messing around with gold sequined pieces, trying to make them look somewhat modern, and well, somewhat ME.

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Antik Batik Erin mini dress, Nicholas Kirkwood platforms, Penti Victoria patterned backseam tights, Linda Farrow vintage 1950's sunglasses, and Ralph Lauren emerald green crocodile clutch

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Miu Sequined peep toe platforms, Topshop black shearling coat, Miu Miu corset mini dress, Stella McCartney garter belt, Nordstrom sheer thigh high stockings, and Carlos Falchi alligator clutch

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Topshop gold sequins harlequin shorts, Hue opaque tights, La Garconne slouchy knit sweater, YSL tribute platforms, and OPI bright red nail color

Non-fashion related..

As I mentioned in an earlier "q & a" post, I was hoping to mark my body with three more tattoos before 2008 ended. Soooo as a Christmas gift, my mom scheduled an appointment and I got them done today! So excited, I really love them!

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It's the title of my all-time favorite book as well as two of my passions since forever. 

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My daddy's birthday (love you!)

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Please excuse the bandage markings...

Hope everyone had a good Christmas!

Waiting Patiently....

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For my Bruno Frisoni platforms!

Sunny Day

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Wearing H&M funnel neck jacket, AA disco pants, Jessica Simpson architectural heels, and MbyMJ bag

Leather Fingers

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When I picked up these gloves at Zara, I kind of mulled over the idea of pairing them with some sort of strapless dress but then I figured I might look like Cinderella or something so instead I decided a delicate, wooly cardigan would accompany the princess gloves more appropriately.

So my best friend gave me this book called Essential Foreign Chat-up Lines and I've been trying to learn the ones in French but I sound like a complete idiot.

Here's one:

Tu es tellement chaude que tu fais fondre l'elastique de mon calecon.

Which means... 

You're so hot you melt the elastic in my underwear

Wearing H&M pale pink cardigan, AA Uneck dress, and Zara leather gloves

AA shoot

I was approached by Shawn from American Apparel last week to do some sort of campaign which is basically an advertisement banner for Chictopia where I'd be wearing AA pieces as well as some of their vintage stuff for California Select. 
I was super excited when I arrived at the factory today and met Mae (who was wearing the new AA disco pants which totally made me want a pair). We headed up to a perfectly lit studio where I was presented with a cluttered rack of vintage- they seriously had everything from pale lace dresses to striped tweed trousers to beautifully structured coats... clearly I was in heaven. We started putting together looks, mixing metallic with color, body-con with volume, fishnets with bold tights, etc. I was even lucky enough to try on the various tie dye washed leggings and I must admit I felt a little bit special, yet a little bit sad because I couldn't take the samples home with me.
Anyway, before I keep baffling on about all the crazy fun I had, I thought I'd show you a few snapshots of some of the looks:
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My Grown-Up Xmas List

Please exuse me for neglecting the blog these past few days, like I mentioned in the last post, my finals have officially made me a crazy lady. I've had to create over forty sketches, design a frilly skirt (I might wear it soon- as soon as it has been given a grade of course), find the definition to words I had no idea existed, create a simple tee shirt (which by the way is now totally shredded because my frustrations caused me to jam the damn interlock machine), and sew a pair of trousers that look like they'd fit Lil Wayne or something. 

Anyway, a few readers have asked me to put together a Christmas list so here it is! (Mama please ask me about sizes- remember when you gave me those red cowboy boots the size of a chalupa?)

Charlotte Bjorlin D'Elia jewelry 

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Hand-carved sterling silver ring- I would wear it to death.
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Silver Cuff with antique BogOak ornament, hand-carved, with gold rope edge, and a decorative pearl.

YSL Tributes in Purple

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Sigma 24-70 mm Autofocus Lens

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Ralph Lauren robe

White bedding... actually, just a bedroom like this.

Bebe leather paneled skirt

Jacques Helleu & Chanel hardcover coffee table book

Oh and some new Ray-bans because my little brother (bless his soul) totally destroyed my old ones.

Ray Ban ORIGINAL WAYFARER 2140 - Select Color and Size

Monstrous Heels... Again

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I've been so caught up in studying for finals and/or working on final projects (like sewing together an unusually complicated skirt), but I'll be done next week so expect posting to become a bit more frequent.

Oh and I was totally flattered today when a stripper asked me where I got my shoes. Grandmas and strippers always love my shoes, it's kind of funny.

Wearing H&M cargo jacket, Pleaser boots, Express leggings, vintage faux fur scarf, and Melie Bianco clutch

Slicked Hair

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As I arose this morning and looked outside my window, the beautiful season of winter was officially confirmed. I've never been happier to see foggy skies (some of you may remember me ranting about how much I was over the hot summer weather), but I bet you tomorrow will be a sunny and bright day. California is so unpredictable. Maybe I should do a rain dance so that it can rain all next week and then I'll have an exuse to wear my forest green suede rain coat!

Oh and notice the slicked back hair- a result of a bad hair day. Who knew super short hair could be so stupid. I was running late this morning, so I decided to use Rene Furterer hair paste to slick it down. I was actually pleased with the results because I kind of felt a little like Edie. Yay Edie!!

Ps. I'll try to answer the rest of the questions soon, pinky promise!

Wearing a TwelvebyTwelve chiffon-flowered dress, Forever21 midnight blue lace leggings over American Apparel lame leggings (because it's kind of cold at 8am), black structured Zara wool blazer, MJ boots, and vintage Chanel bag.


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I'm so into the Christmas spirit that I think I'm starting to annoy my family.

Wearing vintage knitted gray sweater, black ribbed tights from Target, and Pleaser stripper boots (yay!)

New Shoes

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Although they are very scandalous, I am determined to make them work. I'm thinking of pairing my stripper boots with pretty feminine dresses and cigarette jeans.

Puff the Magic Dragon

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Clearly I have begun to embrace some pretty bold hoop-ish earrings. I think I might have to begin a mildly arduous search for a pair of vintage jeweled chandeliers. 

Also, so excited about this new beige puffed sleeve blazer- can't believe it's from H&M. Paired it with my sequins leggings, which by the way are surprisingly comfortable considering they're made out of partially jutting sequins. 

Wearing a sheer white pocket tee, black Express sequins leggings, H&M puffed sleeved blazer, and Bebe platforms. 


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Thought I'd post these photos before I head out to dinner. Oh and I've answered comments!

Wearing a vintage white blazer with black and brown lapels, black sheer Express pocket tee, Kill City denim tie dyed jeans (so comfortable), and black Bebe platforms

Lace Trousers

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Purchased these trousers when I picked up those fringed pants, but I've never wore them because to be honest, they sort of intimidate me with their decorative black lace panels, exaggerated flared hem, and high waist. I'm wearing them today though, because I always wear cheeky pieces on holidays. Last Thanksgiving it was a vintage gray silk floor length dress paired with a cropped wool blazer. Yes I felt overdressed, but quite frankly I didn't really care.

Wearing vintage lace trousers, black American Apparel leotard, Chanel handbag, and Forever21 gold and black earrings

Valentino Variations

I promise I'll quit with all these coffee table books... just this last one and I'll try to keep my absurd fascination to a minimum. 

I checked out Valentino today at the library and as soon as I started skimming through the pretty pages, I instantly fell in love. I hadn't really ever acknowledged Valentino's work, mostly because I'm so overly obsessed with Yves Saint Laurent (my all-time favorite designer), so I never really bothered to research the other designers that have been around for just as long. 

As I was blithely admiring the nearly magical designs in this book, I realized Valentino had a thing for creating themes and variations... line, surface detail, and volume. All of his collections seem to represent a single chapter with unique emotions, ideas, and motifs. The looks change every chapter, but somehow, this glamourous woman behind all these extravagantly designed pieces, remains the same. A story with the same inspiration throughout...

Variation- Line:
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Fall/Winter 1992- Black velvet evening gown with white satin ribbons that pipe and stripe the black tulle train.

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Fall/Winter 1992- Black voile top with crossed-over black satin ribbons in front and around the waist and a flounced tulle skirt. ( I would pretty much urinate all over myself if I ever owned this... so beautiful!)

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Fall/Winter 2005- Strapless black satin gown with white satin ribbons and two bows. Train made of shirred pleats and embroidered with beads and sequins for a feathery effect.

Variation- Surface Detail:

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Spring/Summer 1993- Evening gown entirely appliqued in beige silk crepe braids in decorative motifs on the bodice and sleeves, in vertical bands on the hips, and in fringes with pearls on the cream-colored chiffon peeping out on the bottom.

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Fall/Winter 2007- Empire dress with draped bodice, sheath with ribbed darts and triangular train made of pink silk crepe. Cape entirely composed of pink organdy petals. ( Imagine this gorgeous cape in a shade of gray or a bright yellow... now that would be perfect to say the least).

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Fall/Winter 1960- Dress with train and bolero of black silk velvet with pleated black tulle ruffles

Variation- Volume:

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Fall/Winter 2002- Red taffeta strapless evening gown, embroidered with velvet roses
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Spring/Summer 1982- Strapless black taffeta cocktail dress with balloon skirt in black and white checkered taffeta fabric.

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Spring/Summer 1960- Cocktail dress of black faille with bouffant skirt, embossed with white silk roses.

Some more favorites: (sorry for the photo overload, just inspired)

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And finally, the PERFECT skirt...

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