Friday, July 31, 2009
While I was there, I got to preview the Spring 2010 collections, and I must say - there are a few shoes that I can't wait to see in person and on my feet! (thanks to the ab.fab. trainer Melanie for my preview!)
My favourite for women - an incredible flat sandal with a yachting inspired rope detail. Flirty, fun, and full of summer vitality.
And my first spring shoe purchase will definitely be the wing tips for men with a splattering of the most electric, acid blue colour around the toe seams. I always talk about the importance and impact a pop of colour has on an otherwise boring canvas - and this shoe brings that example to reality!
Thanks to everyone who came out last night. Not only do I appreciate your friendship and support, but your feet will thank you, too!
PS - in a totally unrelated subject - you have to watch this commercial for California Milk. It makes me laugh everytime I watch it.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Martin + Osa's Double-Breasted Trench Coat
-- vintage (both authentic vintage and vintage inspired) accessories - like broaches, tie clips/pins, money clips, hair accessories
-- bracelets (I know, it's been a love of mine for a while - but I can't help it!)
-- couture details - like backer buttons, knife pleats, special collars and sleeves, visible darting, special stitching like top stitching or luneville
-- the perfect denim - perfect fit, perfect fabric, perfect cut, perfect wash
-- vintage leather goods - old school motorcycle jackets, warn in leather tote bags and satchels, roughed up belts, and broken in wallets - vintage leather tells a story and adds character
-- tone on tone on tone - especially now - khaki on khaki on khaki, gray on gray on gray
-- pops of colour - like silver, gold, bronze, aqua, acid yellow, ruby red, and rich purples
-- animal prints in unexpected places - like a belt, a shoe, or a coat lining
-- unending scarves (for both men and women) - luxe layers
-- unexpected kindness - picking up the tab for friends' dinner or drinks without them knowing, picking up flowers for a friend just because...
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Here are some ingredients, how they work, and why I love them:
-- Titanium Dioxide - a key ingredient in sun protection, it's one of the only natural sun blocks, actually causing the sun's harmful rays to literally bounce off your skin. Because of this, it is a majour component of sun blocks and sun screens, because it deters the absorption of ultraviolet or UV rays. The concentration of titanium dioxide determines the product’s Sun Protection Factor, or SPF.
-- Glucosamine - The American Academy of Dermatology says that a recent study shows that glucosamine could prove to be an effective topical treatment to reverse the effects of skin cells damaged by UV exposure. Additionally, glucosamine acts as an agent in skincare that basically unlocks the glue that holds dead skin cells to the surface of our skin.
-- Soybean, licorice, and asiatica - three ingredients that soften your skin
-- Silver-tipped white tea, green tea - two powerful antioxidants that help stop the clock on aging. Prevent dehydration, deterioration, and oxidation of the skin, resulting in a younger, more radiant skin.
-- Vitamin C - another great powerful antioxidant, full of anti-aging properties
-- White China Clay, Kaolin Clay - both help absorb excess oils produced by the skin
-- Mimosa - a firming agent, helps restore skin's elasticity
-- salicylic acids - help control oils on the skin, and in higher concentrations, are amazing at taking away blemishes, black heads, and other unsightly skin impurities
-- shea butter - from the shea tree's nuts, this is an ingredient prized for it's hydration and anti-aging properties.
-- lavender - calms and purifies the skin.
-- natural sea salts - purify the skin
-- natural sugars - soften the skin
-- mica - reflects light and gives a "shimmer" effect
Origins, a great skincare company, has a guide to understanding your cosmetic labels:
Understanding Your Cosmetic Label
For centuries, cosmetic products have brought enjoyment and beauty to millions of people worldwide. Today, a wide range of make-up, skin care, hair care, and fragrance products are available to help you look and feel good. There are many products to choose from—each with a different purpose, benefit and range of ingredients that makes it unique, effective and pleasant to use.
We know that reading cosmetic labels can sometimes be confusing. That’s why we’ve created this Guide to help you understand the various symbols and statements that may appear on your favorite product.
1. PRODUCT IDENTITY: statement of what the product is.
2. NET CONTENTS: the amount of product in the package. The “” following the volume declaration is a guarantee that the product has been filled in accordance with the average system of measures used in the European Union (EU).
3. PRODUCT INGREDIENTS: lists all ingredients used in the formula in descending order of concentration. This is especially important for those people who are seeking a specific ingredient or want to avoid one. In addition, our ingredient listing now includes the various components of a fragrance ingredient previously not listed and therefore may be longer. This is important information for that small percentage of the population who may be sensitive to certain components of fragrances.
4. DIRECTIONS FOR USE: informs you of how, when and where to use the product.
5. NAME/LOCATION OF MANUFACTURER OR DISTRIBUTOR: informs you who made the product and where the manufacturer or distributor is located. The London address and Post Code is underlined to indicate the main contact office in the EU. Product inquiries can be sent to this address.
6. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: the country that manufactures or produces the product.
7. tells you the recommended number of months within which the product should be used after you have first opened and used it, provided the product has been stored under normal conditions and not exposed to extreme temperatures. For example (24M) means that you should replace this product within (24 months) after first opening. The “Period After Opening” number will vary based upon the type of cosmetic product.
8. denotes that our Company contributes to European programs for the proper disposal and recycling of all packing components.Other symbols and statements you might see on our label:
9. WARNINGS/CAUTIONS: informs you what to do and not do with the product. :
10. tells you to look elsewhere in the packaging for additional information, for example in a leaflet, card or tag.
Some brands I love: Origins, Bliss, Murad, The Art of Shaving, and Patricia Wexler.
It's always a good idea to stay away from products that are full of chemicals, oils, and things you might not understand. There is increasingly convincing medical research that products with Parabens may be cancer causing or cancer supporting - apparently there were studies where cancerous tumours were cut open and the parabens inside the tumours were in the exact same form, without any decomposition, as they existed in skincare and cosmetics products. So yea, be wise. Read your labels. And know what you're putting on your skin and into your body!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here's what I mean. Imagine for a moment you're walking in to your favourite store - maybe the fabulous Dean & Deluca. With a seemingly unending inventory of savory spices, delicious delicacies, and tempting tasty treats, it is easy to see that one becomes seriously overwhelmed with all of the food options. But, imagine that, after spending a few moments shopping and browsing in the store, even after purchasing a few goodies, the associate walks over to the "e-commerce terminal" with you. She gives you a brief introduction, explaining to you that the store's entire inventory is available online. She helps you register as a user, even guiding you to the registration page, where you sit and type your contact information. Then, she points and clicks your way through the entire site - seeing the various online departments, the e-shopping cart, and explaining any shipping and returning policies and procedures.
I love this idea. Stores instantly seem more "technologically advanced" because they're showing their clients a beautiful computer terminal. Additional inventories and product options may be available online, which allows stores to expand their offerings virtually without having to invest in numerous model stock items, inventory, and physical space to hose these other products. And best of all, stores provide an additional service to their clients when they actually take a few moments to walk the client through their virtual stores! It allows for seamless reordering of the clients favourite products, and instantly creates unending hours of operation - clients can shop from the privacy of their own home, office, or even mobilephones on their own time, whenever, and where ever they desire.
Remember the old days of being in a department store or other chain boutique where they had the "catalogue phones" and a house copy of each catalogue? The "e-terminal" is the new "catalogue phone". For all of your shopping needs, just call, click, or stop by.
Monday, July 27, 2009
I like Beyonce - don't get me wrong - but it's so nice to see others make their own success as well.
I don't, however, like Venice Beach. Gross.
Have a great week!
Oh, on an unrelated topic, I saw the most amazing paper napkins at a store this weekend. They said:
If I keel over in Wal-mart
Drag my body to Neimans
Saturday, July 25, 2009
This is the Falcon in Jones wash.
`Back flap pockets
`Machine wash cold
`Five pocket detail
`Contrast twill tape detail
`Machine wash cold
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Quinn also gives some amazing tips to transform your eyes from day to night using the exact same products! Who doesn't love a tip from an Armani representative about how to be fashion forward AND be economical?!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
President Barack Obama found himself in just that situation in an interview that aired Tuesday on NBC.
Asked about criticism of the jeans he wore recently when he threw out the first pitch last week at the Major League Baseball All-Stars game, Obama didn't make any excuses.
"Michelle – she looks fabulous," the president said of his wife who has increasingly become a global fashion super star since Election Day.
"I'm a little frumpy," Obama said of himself by comparison.
The president also offered some insights into his self-admitted lack of sartorial expertise.
"Up until a few years ago, I only had four suits," the commander-in-chief said.
"I hate to shop. Those jeans are comfortable. And for those of you who want your president to look great in his tight jeans, I'm sorry. I'm not the guy," Obama added.
Obama's jeans choice for his all-start game appearance were widely panned by fashion critics and even dubbed "mom jeans."
Monday, July 20, 2009
Passion Fruit Caipirinha
Ingredients (makes one cocktail)
1/2 medium passion fruit
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ounces cachaca
Sugar cane stick, for garnish
Scoop out flesh and seeds of passion fruit and transfer to a mixing glass or cocktail shaker along with sugar, and cachaca. Shake over ice and pour into an 8-ounce glass. Garnish with sugar cane stick.
Ingredients (makes about 2 quarts)
5 ounces peach brandy
1 bottle (750 mL) chilled Prosecco, (Italian sparkling wine)
1 cup peach nectar
Superfine sugar (optional)
In a pitcher, combine peach, nectarine, and apricots, all pitted and cut into wedges. Stir in peach brandy; let sit at least 1 hour. Stir in Prosecco and peach nectar. Add superfine sugar, if desired. Serve chilled.
Now, for a spin on the Prosecco Sangria, I had an amazing drink at an Italian eatery a while back, and remember that it was sort of like the following:
In a glass carafe type pitcher, the bartender put about two to three cups of diced fruits (strawberries, peaches, mango, etc), along with a handful of fresh basil leaves, a few tablespoons of superfine sugar, and 3/4 cup or so of good vodka. Then, he mashed and muddled the entire contents of the pitcher. Next, he poured an entire bottle of chilled Italian Prosecco on top. And I may or may not have devoured the entire contents. Simply amazing.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I'd like to thank all of my favourite designers - of course there're the big Europeans - Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Goyard, Chanel, Ted Baker, John Galliano, Gucci, Prada, Helmut Lang, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Energie, Diesel, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, and Roberto Cavalli; my favourite Americans Kenneth Cole, Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Sandy Dalal, John Varvatos; and of course my favorite Asians Anna Sui, Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, and Phillip Lim; and shoe greats Manolo Blahnik, John Lobb, and Christian Louboutin.
Most importantly, I'd like to thank all of my readers. Without you, writing wouldn't be nearly as pleasing and satisfying. I hope you continue to read, get inspiration, and fine tune your own style.
If there are topics or questions you'd like me to highlight throughout the coming year, feel free to post a comment on any entry, or find Thirsty.Threads on Facebook.
"Fashions fade; style is eternal" -- Yves St. Laurent
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
(in no particular order)
Mister Freedom off-duty workshirt
From Martin + Osa
Vintage Slim Fit Jean
A slim that fits every body. This refined version has a more narrow leg and a slightly slimmer overall shape.
• Sits low on waist
• Narrow through hip + thigh
• 16" slim leg opening
• Button fly
• Five-pocket style
• 100% cotton, 13 oz.
• Dark rinse wash
• Logo button, rivets, embroidery, patch
• Machine wash
I love these jeans. Not too tight, not too loose. Soft, yet durable fabric wears perfectly from the first time you try them on. Paired with your favourite tshirt, this denim serves as the perfect canvas for any day.
D&G Dolce & Gabbana
Plisse-Skirt Silk Dress
from Neiman Marcus
Black/ivory. Bateau neckline; sleeveless. Ruffled detail at waist. Accordion-pleated skirt with plisse overlay. Pure silk tulle. Imported.
love, love, love this dress. I love the flirty, feminine shape, the elegant details, and the brilliant design. I love the peep toe shoe featured in the photograph, but I'd opt for a brighter shoe and bangle for the perfect pop of colour, like a coral, red, or aqua.
I'm loving all of the amazing white shirts for women at Anne Fontaine. Her designs, her draping, and her ability to glamourize a typically boring white garment are absolutely fabulous.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I love language. With a little knowledge, and a little word dissection, you can gain insight and understanding to more than just the meaning of the words. Here's a wonderful example: "counter burger".