Sep 24, 2009

cupcakes and chanel

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so here's a really awesome story:
girl has friend, friend goes to newyork, friend goes to bakery, buys cupcakes, friend hand-carries cupcakes back home via frankfurt, friend gives girl cupcakes and takes photo of girl WITH said cupcake box. girl is very happy.
 
the famed and fabled magnolia bakery is home to the cupcake, made famous of COURSE by dearest carrie bradshaw, who i rememebr had one with miranda along bleeker to calm her nerves. i could have these whether or not i had nerves to calm. :) 
 
**side note: YES that is the newest addition to the family: 
the chanel 2.55 reissue (medium) in lambskin and gold hardware.
I HAVE TO DISCLAIM THAT THE 2.55 ONLY REFERS TO THE QUILTED BAG WITH THE METAL CHAIN & THE MADAM LOCK, AS DESIGNED BY COCO HERSELF. (lambskin only)
  
the perhaps more-famous and certainly more coveted bag with the leather-and-chain straps combined with the (horrendous??) double-c lock is designed NOT by coco but by karl lagerfeld, whose aesthetic i am inclined not to appreciate. only representing my personal opinion here, people, so please dont shoot me. that bag is NOT the 2.55 despite the misconceptions, and it is merely termed the CLASSIC FLAP BAG. 
 
to my knowledge, the 2.55 is far rarer (i waited a number of months for mine, which came in a shipment of only 3, which resultingly sold out via preorders including mine...they're hardly on the shelves!), and as a result does cost more than the classic flap bag. it also does NOT come in the cheaper caviar leather the classic flap bag can be incarnated as. 
 
i dont mean to appear ranty, but i am rather quite sick of people mixing up the 2 bags-- i appreciate the history behind this bag as well as its discreet luxury.
no logos for me, thats for sure. 
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red velvet, chocolate on chocolate, vanilla on chocolate, chocolate on vanilla. 
magnolia only does 2 standard types of cupcakes: chocolate and vanilla. you can mix and match those with either chocolate or vanilla buttercream icing. 
 
the beauty of these babies is how light and airy they are...i'm used to denser cupcakes and these were the instructional epitome of how being whipped could actually be a good thing!

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these are, for comparison's sake, from sprinkles in LA, another franchise that has captured the imagination of many. just like how magnolia's NYC sensibilities keep its options simple, the west coast psyche always dictates that the more there is, the merrier. 
 
so spinkles has tons of choices, and unlike the whipped buttercream used by magnolia, they have a thicker, creamier, denser and sweeter type of icing. 
 
the truth is, while i love the airiness of magnolia's and i have to say their vanilla-on-chocolate combo is SUBLIME, that spinkles still does the better version of the only cupcake we all know really matters: RED VELVET. 
ps: these are completely personal opinions i know people are very protective of their cupcake bakeries! i have yet to try crumbs, but i'm told they're only middling in comparison. 
 
 thoughts?
 

Sep 15, 2009

welcome to fall

before you scroll down to look for images, who wants some free marc by MJ goodies!?!??!
well, here's your chance:
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SO!
darling site SHOP IT TO ME has ingeniously come up with a head-to-head pairing of brands, which will "duel it out" as readers LIKE US vote and determine the winning brands!
if you're not familiar with the site (its been on my sidebar for months now...), you can read a quick summary of its main highlights HERE
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now just LOOKING at these head-to-heads, im excited to vote! only the winning brand in each match up will proceed, and it will carry on for 5 whole weeks before a final winner is declared! what's fun about this concept is that WE get to decide which brands we favor--quite a democratization of fashion, no?
 
its in this spirit of fun that SHOP IT TO ME constantly exists, and here's the best bit i mentioned earlier: as if you needed any extra incentive to take part in this fun fun fun exercise, they're giving away marc by MJ accessories (wristlets, umbrellas, key fobs) too!!!!
right now, its probable that you're thinking WHAT"S THE CATCH?
and the truth is, there's NONE. all you need to do is:
  1.  click on any of the SHOP IT TO ME links contained in this post, which will get you to the site. 
  2. sign up as a member, if you havent already. membership perks? read about them HERE.
  3. ONCE YOU'RE A MEMBER, click HERE to start voting for your favorite labels, and watch their competition crash out! haha evil...
  4. cross your fingers and hope you win some goodies. if not, keep playing! 5 weeks, dude.
either way, its a free, easy and FUN activity that combines fashion with good old competition-- i mean, doesnt everyone love a winner? ;)
 
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shot by daniel schroeder in south africa for MAXI magazine, these images remind me completely of the season we're about to enter into. the saturated colors, sunset hues and glow from the light cast on the model's face all synthesize to a lovely warm pinkness set in nature. 
it really was love at first sight for me...
and while i have no doubt the photos were enhanced, i would still love to see a park full of colored leaves.
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now i dont get a particularly fall-esque vibe from her clothes, which in fact are rather summery, but reds, blues, and girlish ruffles with the quintessential girl shoe, the Mary Jane, make this model quite the ingénue!
i especially like that this is juxtaposed with her edgy hair...reminds me of karla from karla's closet. i don't think i can pull such a hairstyle, but i can certainly try adopting this primary color palette!
 
HAPPY FALL EVERYONE.
to a good season and good things ahead. 

Sep 9, 2009

Brinksmanship

it's always been a dilemma each birthday-- i wonder if i should have a big shindig, or if i should just lay low and keep my expectations non-existent for fear of disappointment. this year, however, i decided to throw a nice dinner party! given the dearth of posts recently, i figured maybe something more personal might fill that void. 

for some reason the dress was really popular with people, and it was actually highstreet and not even designer! i was desperate and only found this the day before the party because i swamped with this intensive law module. more on that another time. 
dress: warehouse, shoes: louboutin (the camel pumps!), bag: fendi, friends: priceless.
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i've also been feeling quite... out of sorts to say the least. which, i suppose, is why i havent much to say. interestingly my parents are in SF right now, and ihope theyre having a great holiday! especialyl since they footed the bill for aforementioned party... HAHA.
the whole bunch of people studying in teh states have flown off too, and we've having a bunch of sendoffs for the people going to the UK. in teh spirit of new beginnings for everyone, i guess i'm just going to post this poem. i wish it applied to me as wholly as it does to some others, but either way i wont let anything get me down. 

peace and love. xx

Brinkmanship (or ‘On Beginnings’)

 

A wind-up monkey clashes its cymbals

(sounds like symbols—for what, repetition?

Anthropomorphism?) in anticipation.

Keys jangling in a pocket, silk-lined and

Shallow, waiting to escape their cloth lockup.

 

Hands held close, waiting for the millisecond of

Silence—

A pregnant

Pause—after which rapturous applause can emanate freely, endlessly.

 

I take your photo like there’s no tomorrow, because

(excuse the clichĂ©…)

There really might not be. Inbetween the clicks and snaps

I realize you are Most Beautiful when you almost-laugh;

 

When your lips lift themselves, cloud-like,

Into slight crescents, upon which

Celestial chimeras can prance

And never tumble off their soft pink confines.

 

I await, along with the primate-toy, the metal

Keys, the impatient hands, your Cupid’s bow—I

Await, along with them,

The next new thing that comes.