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Rain Boot Alternative: Sigerson Morrison Rubber Flat

May 12, 2006 at 10:24 am by Designer Ella

It is so gloomy here; forget Spring showers, this is like England weather (not even New England). I haven’t seen the sun in a week. Today is my first day of Summer vacation, and what do I have? I’m setting aside today for lots of blog work (although I need to go to the mall quite soon, oh yes), but you’d think I could get a little shine in the sky. Please? I’m having trouble getting going, after such a hopeful effort in waking.

And all the boots I’ve tried for rainy days are uncomfortable. Boo. All this has brought my mind back to the Sigerson Morrison Rubber Flats. They do look uncomfortable, but they have a fabric-lined footbed and a complete 5-star Zappos rating! These designer beauties are also on a terrific sale, with the kelly green color being the lowest at $73.95.

Perhaps if I bought these, they’d give me a little lift, and the whimsical style might brighten such days as these. (And they look just odd enough without going too far; they’re for the quirky style.)

And hey, at least in the rain, the greens on the ground and trees gleam with deeper color. And nature does need this.

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Why I Hate Fashion

May 11, 2006 at 11:00 am by Designer Ella

I love fashion, like many girls women, I’m addicted to it. But fashion–as a business, in practice, and when merged with society–is evil. Billionaires make expensive marketing campaigns to get us to buy more. The trend cycle is created to lure us into an ever-purchasing loop. Clothes are made for models; models are here to make us feel bad; and models were not created normal (and magazine images don’t even depict human bodies, it’s all airbrushed)–yet they get free clothes, and what do we get? We’re stuck addicted to shopping that makes us feel fat and often we wear clothes that still don’t fit right. It’s considered a feat when a company recognizes different body types. We have the big and tall, just barely, and some things are still not seen–such as wide and small.

Money Money Money

From there, things get really evil. Entry continued, read more »

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Carnivale de Fashion Confessions!

April 10, 2006 at 9:00 am by Designer Ella

My round of the Carnivale was such a success. I love you all!! And a carnival it is, with this freak show of fashions. The topic was

What is your fashion confession, either a long ago faux pas, or today’s guilty pleasure?

  • Shoelover owns Duck Boots that are too embarrassing to be placed in her own clear shoe boxes. There’s something to be said of at least that. She also is seduced by the comfort of un-sexy flannel nighties. But I’m sure she sleeps easy in them.
  • It’s neon socks that haunt Maria Palma. Haunt, I tell you, to her soul—like flashbacks from a glittering 80s rave. As well they should, as you’ll only truly understand when you read her tale of the outfit with which they mis-matched. —– Maria, forgive yourself, this Fashion Snob commands; it was the 80s, after all, and you were very young—In the 80s.
  • Rebecca, from The Space Between My Peers, confesses that she is not with the “in-crowd” of couture. But doesn’t that make us love her more? Ella can tell that Rebecca cares, and that makes all the difference. (P.S. Sex and the City has many great elements, besides the raunch and the glamour. Don’t feel like you need to be a certain person to watch—you don’t! And if you decide you don’t like it, so what? There’s more out there.)
  • Dr. Martens - 1460 Series (Cherry Red Smooth) - Women'sDanielle, from Final Fashion, *still* loves Doc Martens, and the ensembles and even lifestyles that go with them. Respect must be given to someone who has seen this blog, with such a post as this, and boldly claims this defiance. But as the fashion designer that she is, I hope she creates pieces more tailor-cut (you can see her illustrations, done the right way, from her blog). (And by the way, I don’t exactly need stilettos, myself.)
  • Mallory, from Pursed Lips, is horrified to admit that—while she was a tiny tot, mind you—she owned a purse … shaped … like a tennis shoe!! Mal, doll, you’ve grown up to sophisticated taste. As a collector and fashion fan, I once eyed those handbags shaped like corsets … But I won’t tell you when. :-x
  • Rondi, from Begin Each Day as if it Were on Purpose, proudly declares she loves ponchos. But she also swears the ones she selects are beautiful, not the Martha Stewart or others we’ve seen over the past year. And I, Ella, do not mind. I do not terribly mind a poncho. I like ponchos, as long as they have no Mexican flair or fringes–yick. While admittedly not slimming, they do conceal. They aren’t usually too warm, and they make purse-carrying more difficult, yes yes. But they can be right, if designed right. What I suggest for most who think like we do, is to think of the capelet. I have turned to capelets, and they are indeed chic! Rondi, you could add these little items to your poncho collection!
  • Samida, from Coutured Stains, gave an amusing depiction of rainbowed brights in her youth that could nearly give a seizure by reading. Oh, my eyes.
  • Quel shock! The Bargain Queen confesses to splurging on expensive items! But the worth-it ones. Darling, I wish I had your will. Three Longchamps at $200? You don’t want to hear my therapist-worthy confession! (And I never want my therapist to.) P.S. Can I see pics of your beloved bags? 0:-) I love their new Vintage collection. There’s a Longchamp store in my town. Oh, no–here we go!

Stay tuned soon for my own fashion confession! It should be good, don’t you think? If you still want to send one in, I can do another round this upcoming Friday! Submit your URL in the comments, by Thursday, s’il vous plait? (And if you don’t have a blog, post your whole confession in these comments, if you’d like!)

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State of the Fashion Union

February 14, 2006 at 5:38 pm by Designer Ella

I’m finally actually straight writing on the topic of that recent carnival: the State of the Fashion Union. It’s too late to be included, and that’s just fine (because this is almost a bit anti-topic). I’m just thinking about it in finality terms from my own mind.

I don’t like talking politics, too much (nothing wrong with that) and I haaaaate business. (And hey, I own this blog network business, and I run it my own way.) So through these carnivals, I keep doing my own thing, and that is the right thing (for me) to do.

Now, finally, I’m struck with a thought. Don’t get too excited, it’s a small and vague thought. But there is no State of the Fashion Union. Well, there’s a state of something, but there’s no Fashion Union. Fashion is an art, it’s a flowing, living movement of speech. It’s been turned into a business, and a harsh one at that. But if we want to, we can ignore that and just enjoy the clothing, the style, and putting together our images. I regret, there is some form of Fashion Union, but in a way, it does not exist. That’s probably in the way that nothing exists, as say some scientists or wack-hack thinkers, but it is true (at least as much as it isn’t). Maybe I’m out of the circle with a loopy mind, like those conspiracy theorists and progressives. Hey, I’m the nerd chic! I’m really not one of them, and yet we’re all one of them; doing such a wonderful job of pushing fashion’s future and bringing out its best.

I wish we could let fashion exist on a lofty plane, and be free of impurities. But in reality that would lead to us all walking around in granny’s crocheted tracksuits, or something, and then there really would be no fashion. We have to live, love, and let be, I’m afraid. (I hate those people who simply argue, “that’s the way it is, so it has to be,” but there is truth in it.)

So, fashion’s state? Well, you know the answer. It’s the same as the state of modern civilization. It’s in dire danger, and yet will certainly outlive us all and our Earth.

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Ode to the Overworked

January 23, 2006 at 3:30 pm by Designer Ella

Ella says, there should be no such thing, in a luxury world, as more than one full time job. But in reality, so many fabulistas (and fabumen!) run around with multiple-duty schedules, stay fabulous, keep fresh, and run their lives in tip-top order!

I salute all of you, but I always urge us all to take a breather every day, with a decadent treat, and a soothing activity (or low-tivity).

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Stranded: My Fashion Necessities

January 22, 2006 at 2:20 pm by Designer Ella

ShangriLaw asks, “if you were stranded at a life-long party on the ‘Island of Superfantasticness,’ what would be the fashion items you simply cannot live without?”

A lifelong party on a beautiful island, with my fellow fashion bloggers, and all the power and amenities of luxury, I assume?

This actually has an important, basic question of life, in there. If I were limited, in a limited situation, what apparel items would I need? I would mix the basic with the luxe, to create a wardrobe I could live with.

This can get “blah, blah,” but read on, it has tips and insight into my *devilish* shopping mind, as well as picking up for something special at the end!

Island Necessities

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Fashion Feel 2006

January 13, 2006 at 10:05 pm by Designer Ella

Like any fashionista or fashion writer, I get a sense of trends, what I feel is the flattering or “the look,” passion in fashion upcoming or of-the-moment. I also somehow find myself wearing or being drawn to trends somewhat before they “hit” (sometimes after, of course). No matter how I really just want to have my own style, I flow with the go, as well.

Here is my petite liste for the first months of 2006:

  1. We’ll continue to see sweat suits on celebrities. They wear them out of the house. (They must dress up so often, you see, they have a psychological compulsion to dress down while erranding.) Well, we are worn out—with our busyness and from seeing this so much. We just want to cuddle up in comfort with these duds–but remember to wear them around the house, instead of pajamas. Let this be the year of taking things one step up. We can be seen in these getting the mail, then put on khakis and a denim jacket or cotton blazer to grab a carton of juice, coffee, or DVD. But if you partake in wearing this if going out, try mismatching different pieces and ONLY, ALWAYS make sure they fit a bit snug.
  2. Long, super-straight hair will be most in, but slight, loose waves are even prettier. This year, we’ll go darker. I also have visions of long, high pony-tails atop pretty bang-adorned heads.
  3. Nine West - Edsela3 (Black Croco) - Women'sCroc is in and even more chic than last year. In the upcoming seasons, we will mix croc embossed leather with metallics, to refresh both trends. But for luxury, we must have snake skin and python. If you find an inexpensive snake embossed, consider yourself lucky, and consider buying.
  4. Big bags are still big! Don’t listen to any mentions of bags getting smaller. Take a look at fashion magazines, the ads with the biggest bags catch your eye the best, right? I’m seeing a big picture. After all, they fit so much!
  5. As hot and as gorgeous as last Fall’s peep-toes, is this Spring’s platform and chunkier heel combos. This must and will be done in serious moderation, although you will see drastic platform wedges. Stay away! To do a wedge, take a hint from last Autumn and pick something more sophisticated than a platform or the espadrille. In the spirit of ever-changing, espadrille’s will be back and bigger with flats. Oh, yes.
  6. High-waisted pants will be paired with cropped tops for the ultra retro glam appeal. But lay-stylistas be careful when applying this look, it is usually for the slimmer-thighed.
  7. Maggy London Baby-Doll Embroidered DressRed and navy blue, in bags, in anything.
  8. Colors will be more modest than Springs of past. We’ll have light fabrics, but less bright colors; instead, there will be muted deep-naturals and creams. Think mature.
  9. Cuts will take a hint, and we’ll see a lot of sophisticated vintage touched pieces. Like ruffles on blouses, Victorian tops, and pleated pencil skirts. As we can already buy in a few stores, they will come out of our closets in full force when the weather turns warmer.
  10. Good-bye Boho! Think sleeker, chicer, and more refined. Thank goodness.

    But we can still wear those empire-waisted tops, it’s oddly turning trendier, so much in fact that “babydoll” dresses are in. Anything loose, goddess-like and floating is already raging from runways and magazines. But take this slowly; remember that you can’t be a goddess without a womanly, curving shape.

    Unfortunately, the slightly more flattering (when done right) tunics are OUT, so say the experts (especially the fashionista-friendly, embellished ones). Poo poo, I say, why this fine line of no crossing? Perhaps, the chic, more fashionista-fabulous–less hippie ones are still in the clear. In fact, I’m saying it! wear those modern tunic-style blouses. But keep a discerning eye on that fashion line.

    And remember, the beautiful lines of your body should stand out. It’s great that this is turning out to look like the year of femininity, and skin-tight sexy is so passé, it’s actually getting through to even celebrities, but there really can be fitted and forgiving in one garment. Dressing your best takes a little bit of work, but looking gorgeous is worth a little restraint and control–no matter what the trend-o-meter pings at!

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Without Packages, Boxes or Bags

December 14, 2005 at 9:13 pm by Designer Ella

I now interrupt our regular fashion & shopping schedule to bring you an important message about spirit and life. I interrupt my abundant gifting, my over-COACHing, my over eBaying, my silly gifts-for-me disguised as my pet’s. I even interrupt my horrid Finals project & essay. (And I honestly interrupt my time-wasting web browsing.)

Yes, instead of a shopping-carol, I bring you the wisdom of Dr. Seuss, PhD:

Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small, was singing—without any presents at all. He hadn’t stopped Christmas from coming, it came! Somehow or other, it came just the same! And the Grinch, with his Grinch feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. He puzzled and puzzed ’til his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before: “maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” … And what happened next? Well in Whoville they say that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two.

Christmas day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp. Christmas day will always be, just so long as we have we. Welcome Christmas, while we stand, heart-to-heart, and hand-in-hand.

And now I continue on a little break, while I work on school. We do have our 1 year birthday coming up! I will do my best to put a little something together. Meanwhile, maybe we can all take a little break and focus on the true spirit of the holidays.

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Boots: Why High? The Lowdown

October 8, 2005 at 12:13 pm by Designer Ella

Diesel Tuolomne BootWhy we like flats, but need our boots high:

Aside from many women’s preference for a height boost, it’s about visual interest. Usually boots are plain around the actual foot area; the heel adds some contrast. This is also why we loooove wedge boots (in a contrasting heel color)! Boots risk looking chunky without heels, also, because there is just so much material on a boot.

Report RingletFlats are super smart-chic and retro-mod, yet of course, practical. They’re definitely good looking footwear, partly because they can be detailed–or in some rockin’ hot color. They’re best when dainty—strike that, they’re only appropriate when dainty.

Be a Fabulista and only get high on footwear, choose the right shoes and come down soft and satisfied.

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Shoppers Be Wary

October 5, 2005 at 3:19 pm by Designer Ella

Shop for Shoes at Zappos.comSome would suggest not to shop for clothing or shoes online. That is an impossibility in our times, though. Our world circles around technology and the Internet turns unknown into broadcast news, and geek into chic. We simply must shop on the Internet!

But one should know what she is getting into before that oh-so-easy, often even impulse buy. There is such a great selection on the web, but we must still be choosy from which stores we purchase from. It mostly comes down to returns and exchanges. Check out every site’s policy. Make sure you are completely comfortable with it; that you wouldn’t lazy away from making the effort to send back something, say if it is required to go back UPS (with free labels, you still must work out a pick-up). You probably don’t want to have to pay extra for exchange shipping, too, when we simply cannot know our sizes, now we cannot! (Also, often the color is depicted differently on our monitors and photographs can sometimes be worth a couple of syllables.)

It’s fantastic to find a site that offers free shipping & returns, like Zappos.com. Zappos is the most consumer friendly website out there, topping even Amazon.com (no shoes there, anyway). Mentioning that brilliant company brings up other important factors — try to flock to stores that offer reviews and in-depth product descriptions. Zappos does this.

Now, my babies, even though we are living in this on-the-run, gimme-now day and age, and we do shop online without having tried on that top or coat, when you are in a physical store ALWAYS, Always, Always try on your articles of clothing. There’s no excuse, and you don’t want to look bad with ill-fitting apparel.

You see? Looking good can show intelligence and that you care. True fashionistas are thoughtful and deep, victims of nothing, and slaves to no one—aside from a huge, genuine-designer discount, maybe, or our own personal IT bag of the season.

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