Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

my account is dismal this month, so a typical Goodwill adventure is the best cure for a needed shopping fix. We had some glorious luck, a $4 Tara Jarmon for Target skirt, and a $14 Diane Von Furstenberg. As seen from the picture, Tanya literally died, like literally Rachel Zoe died.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wicked Wednesday


It is that time again the "Wicked Wednesday" has finally arrived. Surprise! I actually picked an ad that I love. Granted, the ad is vintage and not really about fashion. Lately, I have been having a lot of car trouble it makes sense that I should pick an ad for a car. This week I pick a 1955 Cadillac ad, that has a beautiful car and model.  The layout is very simple keeping it clean an clutter free. The colors work well off of one another the gold goes great with the nice jade green of the car and the model's dress. The focus of the ad however isn't the car but the model; showing what type of lifestyle the owner of a new Cadillac will have.  The model is in a semi-seductive pose with a classic dress; with the green and black place for detailing. Accessories are what make the outfit complete from the huge earring to the white gloves. I could point out everything I find wrong in this ad, but this week I will just keep it simple and happy.

Courtney: Soon to come

The Killer in Campbell

Naomi Campbell graces the cover of the October Issue of Interview Magazine.  Her photo spread however is very disturbing and makes me question what some fashion editors are thinking.  Naomi is depicted torturing a male model and leaving him dead. This is going a little over board, it seems that the riskier and controversial the better the pictorial, remember that Vogue Italia's Water & Oil spread. There is no question that these spread are getting more coverage in the media, but you have to draw the line somewhere.

Photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday!


Vince Camuto's Mim
Cost: $120 to $36
Available at here

Today in the mail I got one of the best care packages from my mom ever! Not only did it have all my favorite foods, but it had this fierce shoes in the package.  The heel on them are insane, my motto is "the higher the better." I also just like high heels because they make me taller. Which ever inch counts when I am standing next to my littler sister (8 years younger) who towers over me a good 5 inches. I love that my mom has good taste in shoes, she is the best. I will also like to add that my mom found these shoes on sale for $36 at Dillard's, if you hunt for bargin you will find them. 

Courtney: Soon to come

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cases of the Mondays


Proenza Schouler Mochila PS1 Large Bag
Cost: $2,2500
Available at La Garconne

In sticking with the theme of handmade and woven looking bags this week I picked this Proenza. Mochilas are traditional woven bags that take the Wayuu tribe of Colombia/Venezuela up to a month to weave. I love the size of the bag and the bright color; it is also comes in a deep red. Again canvas bags are my friend; the can stand up to anything that I put them through. Tonight I am going to pray to the Purse Gods in hopes that I will find this for a cheaper price.

Courtney: Soon to come

20 Something & Posh in Elle

For their 25th anniversary issue ELLE some of the fiercest 20 something year olds in Hollywood to celebrate with them.  Here are a few of our favorite photo from their birthday spread.  Althought, I would have loved it more if they didn't lighten Gabby's skin. I am also having a hard time find her cover in the stores!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Killing Us Softly

I thought this would be fitting to go along with "Wicked Wednesday."  This is part two of the video "Killing Us Softly" by Jean Kilbourne the author of "Can't Buy Me Love."

My favorite part of the video comes close to the 1:40 mark. This video explains the way media has come to show women in advertising and in the media.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wicked Wednesday


It is "Wicked Wednesday" again, I had hoped that this week I would be able post an ad that I actually liked, but unfortunately that is not the case. Last week I had planned to write about  another ad; after seeing Bebe Fall 2010 campaign I changed my mind rather quickly. 

In original campaign photo the model is sitting on a haystack with her leg spread open only wearing a faux fur coat, boots and some accessories. The ad does not show of the cut of the coat; to me the ad itself has no purpose when it comes to the clothing. I cannot force myself to look at it for more then a few seconds at a time. It is sad to see the model in pigtails giving her a youthful look in a setting that most children would love to play in.  Making her look younger and very sexual at the same time sends the message that these are the two thing women must aspire to be. Time and time again Bebe disappoints me with their campaigns, I pray that they get new creatives and go in a new direction for the next session.


Courtney: Soon to come

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Shoesday!

Hunter 'Original Tall' Rain Boot
Cost: $125 can be found at most department stores

Lately, I have been missing home; where it has been raining non-stop for the past few days. Unlike, here in Sunny California were it teases you in the morning with the prospect of rain. I picked my green rain boots because I haven't been able to wear them in months. Not only do they keep your socks and pants dry they come in  a variety of colors from yellow to silver.  They may seem a little pricey, I was able to find my on sale at Macy's like department store for $25 so keep a look out for those great deals. 

Courtney: Soon to come

Delayed Cases of the Monday

It is a little delayed but it is finally here!

 Pinzon an authentic Mexican handmade bag 
Cost: $5.00

On my last trip to the mother land I found this bag and just had to get it. It is colorful and sturdy, but most importantly it is cheap. It is able to hold all of my junk and heavy books that I tend to carry around with me. 

Courtney: Soon to come

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Miss Mulligan

Yesterday we got the new issue of Vogue with Carey Mulligan on the cover. Flipping through Miss Mulligan's spread you cannot miss her trademark smirk that screams adorable! The photographs were simply beautiful, using soft lighting and simple set design and backdrops allowing the focus to be on Carey's natural beauty and the bold outfits.

 The photo that stood out the most was one of Carey in a vintage hat and a vermillion (a mix of red and orange or red that is what us simpletons call it) frills Dior jacket and bold lips. You have to love that she was barefoot for all of the shoot! 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Eye Candy of the Week

Each week we will be posting a male model that we think should get some recognition.

Many view the fashion industry as very much a woman's world, but men, both as models and designers, are obviously just as important. Let's steer away from the wafer thin girls for a second and allow someone with a Y chromosome to take the spotlight.

Our guilty pleasure...


This young guy is not the typical model, and that's why he makes our hearts flutter. Covered in tattoos and piercings, it seems as if he should be making teenage girls weep at concerts instead of the gracing the cover of Vogue Hommes International. Well, our native Brit does both, breaking barriers by combining his rocker edge with high fashion. He's made his look work for Levi's, Paul & Joe and Hudson Jeans print ads and walking the runway at fashion week. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fashion Rewind Friday

Ever since the release of the documentary Grey Gardens, Little Edie Beale has become somewhat of a style icon for her individual ways of dressing herself, accessorizing, and walking the fine line between absurd and brilliant.

Everyone knows that fashion repeats itself, so as a great start to the weekend let's have a history lesson. Here's a look at Edie, young and old, and her signature styles that could easily be worn today.

Max Mara Hooded Dress

Edie Beale modeled in her twenties and had a sophisticated and sleek look that was a product of her Hamptons lifestyle. Like any society woman in the 1930's, she was gorgeous and poised. There's a reason why this dress was replicated for the film with Drew Barrymore - it's exquisite. I love the existence of hooded dresses - it mixes fierceness and comfort. Not too dressy, not too casual.

In the 70's, after years of living alone with her mother and cooped up in the family home, stress took its toll on Edie and her hair fell out overtime. Constantly insecure about it, she was never seen without something on her head, whether scarf, blouse, or towel. It was whatever worked and whatever she thought looked great. What, to her, was seen as a necessity became a signature look in itself. 

Rock it, Edie!

grandma's attic

grandma's attic
grandma's attic by bangbangfashion featuring vintage style jewelry

I love the invasion of black lace this season. It makes me want to go rummaging through my Grandmother's trunk and dig out what treasures I can find to compliment whatever divine dress I will no doubt definitely buy. 20's film star? Morticia Addams? Sexy geriatric? I love the possibilities! 


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

wicked wednesday

every wednesday we will be post some of our favorite or least favorite fashion ads that we have come across.


As a person with a degree in advertising I have a love and passion for ads. Part of the reason that I wanted to study advertising in college was because of the ads I saw in fashion magazines as a child. I would spend hours flipping through magazines comparing the ads I saw in teen, fashion and men magazines. My love for the fashion ads however has always been tainted with the objectification of women and the ridiculously sexual poses that most of the models were in.

Yesterday, I came across an ad that just shows how little progress the fashion world has made in showing models as empowering women. The ad was the new DSQUARED2 were two women  are display in glass cases like mannequins with and naked man plastered against the glass ogling them. The fact that the model is wearing red latex panties doesn’t help the matter much. This ad tells the story of a very drunk man stumbling along the dark streets of the city at 3 o’clock in the morning on the hunt for a willing woman.

He clearly fines two fiery temptresses, now if only he was smart enough to actually get in the cases instead of just stupidly starting at them.  Not that we want him to of course.



"A dame? I'd so much rather be a knight."

This quote sums up everything I love about Tilda Swinton. The "Eat Pray Love" Julia Roberts cover of Elle made me skeptical to pick the issue up, until flipping through caused me to land on this ad. Ever since I saw "Orlando" I've admired her dearly, and I feel like this ad is the best example to juxtapose with Tanya's as a positive example of women used in advertisements. She reigns like a queen of the forest people, fierce and androgynous, neither sexualized, weak, broken, or any other expected role a woman would typically be made to convey in such a high fashion photo. She's herself and it's divine. There really aren't words, except bow down to Tilda. I'd buy anything you're selling, you regal Scottish monarch!


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

the thinking cap

...everyone should have one

Urban Outfitters
$9 clearance

the Alexander Wang ponte criss cross bra

my favorite thing about this bra besides the gorgeous and sweet design is the fact that it doesn't try to create bigger breasts. us small-chested ladies can be sexy and confident in what we were given and be proud of it. 

I can picture Natalie Portman rocking this.


american graffiti

you'd be a fool not to buy a handbag from this woman.

clearly rummaging through my purse to find a $5 bill and own a piece of that wonderful Mexican handy work.

Tuesday Shoesday!

Every Tuesday we will update with our favorite pair of shoes of the week - new or old - just whatever we're obsessing over.

and the winners aaaare...


Mixx Rosa
$35 at 

The color makes this classic look pop even more. Literally, I'm imagining the feel of the fog in my face as I get off that train in 1940. Oh hey, Cary Grant. What's going on? Of course I'm free tonight.


Slingback Wedge Clogs by Chloe
$270 at Saks

There are so many reasons why I shouldn't own a pair of clogs. The horrible adolescent flashbacks of the  ugly-as-sin pair I had in 7th grade, the fact that they will make me look like a damn Amazonian woman when placed beneath my 5'9" stature, and the lesser known problem of that weird big toe I have that would probably get crammed in this like a family of sardines in a can. I DON'T CARE. I want these. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

flower power

Brunch at Porto's in Burbank inspired Tanya to wear part of her meal. see, you don't have to always listen to your mother. As you can see by the second picture, it made her one with nature.

Cases of the Mondays

what better way to start off the week than a good handbag? 


Alexander Wang: Torrence Quilted Flap Bag

Although I usually go for big, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink bags, I fell in love with this. Feminine but tough, anything with studs gets me, and thus, I love Alexander Wang.

Marc by Marc Jacobs: General Shoulder Bag
available at Barney's New York and Bloomingdales

Canvas and utilitarian, this bag is perfect for the fall. Most importantly, it's durability is meant for my clumsiness like a good marriage.

I found this on the Country Living website while searching for some good vintage bags. 

Truly jealous I didn't have these in my possession when I partied with Jay Gatsby that one summer. Lovely!