OBSESSED: Dr Marten Chelsea Boots

Beautiful!!

TOTALLY OBSESSED with these Dr. Marten Cherry Red Arcadia Chelsea Boots. The Cherry Red Arcadia are my faves but I also love them in the Smooth Black and Gaucho Crazy Horse (rugged work boot brown) colors. I don’t hate them in the classic Dr Marten Cherry Red Smooth Color but they just don’t do anything for me and I really don’t like them in the Navy Arcadia at all because it’s patent. The Cherry Red Arcadia are beautiful and classic and I think they’ll age really well and I can wear them all year round really. I am getting a pair of these, in this exact color, very soon courtesy of my mom LOL (love her!)

Picture of The Day: Victoria Beckham – Yummy Mummy Edition

I want to be this fashionable after four kids!!! (I once wanted four kids, though recently I’ve reevaluated that number to two with the possibility of three LOL) This pic is of her and middle son Romeo Beckham out and about in Paris, Victoria is there for a photo shoot with ELLE Magazine (that involved the Chanel store and Chanel Haute Couture, can’t wait for pics). I also love this pic because it shows that although little girls are great *cough* we rule boys drool, LOL, you can also have a little boy(s) and be able to shop for them and have them look amazing. There is no one who can say the Beckham boys don’t look amazing in whatever they wear. And of course that you can look fabulous after four kids and fashionable. (And sorry no I don’t subscribe to the set of thinking that you need millions of dollars and nannies and the like to look nice on a daily basis.)

Give me that closet, Check out that closet, I … want .. that … closet.

*said in the voice of that commercial for the Bod male fragrance spray* (If you still don’t know then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-G0vfELSRg&feature=related)

You may not be in love with her style, but I’ve yet to see anyone’s closet top hers. It’s all so gorgeous, professional, and boutique-y. There’s a room just for shoes, just for clothes, and just for lingerie, and I’m going to include the salon in this too; you need make up and hair to go a long with your great outfits and cute accessories. The rest of her apartment is fabulous too, she may not be a style icon but she’s got great taste when it comes to interior design, a killer shoe collection, and great accessories (love her jewelry).

The top pic is of her closet, it’s a shot of the other end of the closet depicted above.

The Secret World of Haute Couture

Loved this documentary. The Haute Couture side of fashion, is something we the public rarely, okay never get to see. Unless of course, we’re looking at the pictures of it on Vogue Italia. The only thing I want to say is that someone on the first part of the YouTube videos made the comment that the documentary was trying to make Fashion Week out to be snobby or something. I think this person missed the big idea that the journalist is exploring the world of Haute Couture not the world of Ready-to-Wear! Haute Couture was built on exclusivity and to tell you the truth, I think it would be rather silly to say that it wasn’t built on some snobbishness also. In France, the birth country of Haute Couture, if you wore Haute Couture you were most likely an aristocrat or royalty because those were truly the people who could afford the astronomical prices that the frocks of time past cost. It continues to this day, you may not have to be an aristocrat but you have to be filthy rich. No average Jane which is walking around in six figure frocks, they’re reserved for a select few. We do have to digress a bit, these days there are a lot of wealthy people who don’t want to be known, some who are richer than those who grace the pages of Forbes. When you get to the prices of these dresses it only makes sense that the world of Haute Couture would be a private one, seeing as the people who buy these dresses are private people. Besides Daphne Guiness I don’t know who buys Haute Couture, though I can tell you who makes it. Can you name anyone (not documented in the documentary)?

Style Icons

This is post is dedicated to all of my style icons, celebrity or not, that inspire me. I don’t know how to explain their styles exactly, nor am I going to try to. I just know that I love what I love when it comes to fashion, and I know who inspires me. These girls inspire me when it comes to fashion and I love their style, not one or two outfits but their whole style.

1. Extra Petite

2. Chriselle

3. MindyMinh

4. Nini

5. Hanh Merriam

6. Victoria Beckham.

7. Olivia Palermo

A Little Post on the Birkin

Unless you’re living under a rock , you know that the Hermes Birkin (followed by the Hermes Kelly) is the hottest accessory (over all and in the bag category) to have on your arm, in the past few years. I love Birkins and Kellys, not because they’re the hottest this or that, because I’ve seen a few things in recent years that are supposed to be a hot accessory that everyone needs to have in their closet, that I’ve thought was just horrible. I love the craftsmanship and and the materials. (Note: I’m only 18, so of course I don’t own any (though of course I know of a few young people who have access to them because they have very wealthy and generous mothers. I’m thinking of ways to find one, and be adopted by her. I’m eighteen but most people put me at 13, great in some ways, sad in others, but overall I’m not complaining) Anyway, I’ve still a few years under my belt to finish college, get a job, and save money lol. But what I really want to talk about is something that I’ve noticed about the very elusive Birkins and Kellys that I’ve never been able to put into words but that Hanushka of Luxury Marionette (one of my fave blogs) wrote in 2011:

Hermes Birkin = Giant Ponzi Scheme. A Lesson In Supply and Demand

The Hermes Birkin, possibly the most coveted bag in the world.  Our lust only heightened
by its scarceness and prohibitive expense (although many of its fans will be ashamed to admit this latter assertion).
As this bag has been created and tacitly marketed as a status symbol, its price tag of £5500 for a bottom range 35cm Togo leads to ostentatious women dismissively waving their hand in the air and boldly alleging that it’s worth the investment.I do not put myself on a pedestal in making this assertion, for I too, on occasion, have been amongst these women- although conscious of my own delusions.So, for those who justify their statements by reference to the bags scarcity, let me explain why they are deeply mistaken. Provided that their facts were right, their logic would be flawless and they would indeed be correct. However, the problem is that the demand for this bag is artificial.This is because the demand is fuelled by three main things- illusion, delusion and resellers.The brand gives the illusion that the bags are a rarity by keeping them in their store rooms and only selling to regular customers or those who bribe the shop assistants. I know this from loose lipped shop assistants and from personal experience.People are happy to buy into this myth because somewhere inside even the most  modest amongst us feel sufficiently special to deserve something similarly unique. ! A bag thats Special- just like me!

Because people buy into this myth they are willing to pay a premium to own a Birkin and they retail for £7900 with most resellers. This makes it lucrative for individuals that are connected to the brand to slyly buy the bags and sell them on.

Once the market becomes saturated and customers realise that their assumptions are castles built on sand, demand will eventually crack. This is because all markets will eventually reach their efficient equilibrium (even luxury markets) no matter how much third parties try to distort their basic forces.**Reblog over

So like I said I love Hermes Birkins and Kellys, but after reading so many posts from women who truly thinks that these bag are elusive because they really are in short supply, I had to do this post because they were truly annoying me. One thing that has been stated by a few people on places like TPF (The Purse Forum) and other blogs is that Hermes doesn’t need celebrity endorsements (though it’s certainly helped spread the word of the brand), illusion is something that all brands, from soda to fashion, use and need to make sell their product/merchandise. The illusion that you’ll be cool, the illusion that you’ll be special, the illusion that you’re nothing without it, the illusion that it’s one of a kind, the illusion that you’ll be a loser if you don’t have this that or whatever. Hermes is no different in this aspect. They’re just a luxury brand so they give off the illusion that they’re so exclusive, so rare, so this and so that. I happen to think that they’re gorgeous bags, but they’re not any of those other two things. Some also say it’s because they’re hand made, but Chanel bags are also handmade, and they’ve not slowed down in production at all. (Chanel bags are handmade??? you ask. LOL, yes they are in fact hand made though a lot of people don’t know that.) The bags especially the ones made out of any material besides Togo, are just in the back, being held for people who can actually afford to buy them. (Especially seeing as the cost has not risen but shotgunned slash exploded in the past few years). I can also still see some logic. Hermes bags are on a different price level than a bag like Chanel, so why keep a bag that can cost anywhere from seven thousand dollars and upwards out on a shelf for people to drool on or have SAs in the position of going back and forth bringing out bags for people to drool on, but not buy. Just thinking about it, makes me want to tell someone I get my exercise from an elliptical, I don’t need any extra help from you. Resellers (some) are just taking advantage of the ignorance (can’t say that I wouldn’t, apologies lol)
So in conclusion, remember this acronym: IDR: Illusion Delusion and Reseller. Brands create an illusion, customers delusionally buy into those illusions, and resellers just take advantage of those delusions. Love what you love, go after what you want, but don’t be fooled. 🙂 xoxo