Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Pas De Deux

I was at the Ballet last night. It was amazing as always but reminded me I am a long way from the Joyce Theater. (I’ve been taking ballet classes again). So not only was the performance a real kicker in the reality department, it also prompted a reflection upon the ballet flat. I have to say this foot fetish has never really received a standing ovation from me; primarily because Tory Burch more than put the nail in its coffin four years ago. I think the onslaught of TB-clad toes scarred me so badly that I have never fully recovered to a place of acceptance. That said, I do appreciate the concept of the ballet flat. They definitely have their leading role in certain looks -- skinny jeans, a short, flirty dress or a Spring mini. But it’s important you add a little pas de deux to your selection – some color, a print, even a little embellishment. Just no more TB’s, please. (Richard Avedon)

LC Shop-It Reco: Here are some of my bravo worthy picks – JCrew, Miu Miu and Christian Louboutin.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Mini Melt Down

I mentioned in my post yesterday a “full skirt”. Not to have been misinterpreted for that recommended look as a full-length skirt. That would have been ridic’. Rather, what was meant was Spring’s mini trend where skirts lacking in length, are complete with volume. I’ve been holding off on this purchase in anticipation of warmer weather and tanner legs. But last night I had a mini melt down over this pink bubble and broke back. I don’t think there was a site I didn’t search for every full, flared and flouncy skirt that hits above the knee and high at the waste. That’s the look my ladies, short and simple. And it’s getting near leg baring time so start looking for your perfect mini -- that’s of course assuming I left any to be had. (Italian Vogue 06)

LC Shop-It Reco: One of my shop attack purchases from last night is this A-line flared Adam Lippes mini. If full isn’t right for your body shape, you can always try straight, tulip, lantern, or any just-right fit for you.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Don't Rush The Fuss

Red makes me happy. It has a bite. It’s electric. And this photo’s colorful and eccentric incorporation of red is just the inspiration I need to start a new week. The other key however is finding that transitional Monday piece. My two cents -- don’t rush the fuss if you can get away with it. When I’m not feeling fussy, my go to is any soft, easy cotton tee. Aka, comfort food of fashion. You can still feel weekend-comfortable while going either cas’ with some skinny jeans, a scarf for dimension, or dressed up with a full skirt for personality. Either way, in your favorite tee (red stripes for me), you’re sure to ease into Monday in comfortable and colorful style. (British Vogue 07)

LC Shop-It Reco: Try a yummy Spendid henley available in multiple, fun colors.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Happy Sexy Weekend

I have a beef with a couple of end of week incidents. First, how did I get on the mailing list for Lands End, L.L. Bean, Garnet Hill, and PB Kids? All four of these catalogs were stuffed into my mailbox last night; clearly, someone else is missing their mail right now. Second, under all that madness lay my March W. Yay. But there she was, starting up at me, “Jen”. Ms. Paper Cut herself. Boo. Along with co-star Gerald Butler, who does nothing for me. But I gave this cover duo a chance and flipped to their “Turn Up the Heat” seven page spread. Cold. Only someone like Jennifer Aniston could make sexy so bland, uncomfortable, and unnatural. Snooze. And then there’s my girl Kate -- a for sure natural at turning up the heat. I love her recent Roberto Cavalli ad. The energy, the beauty, the kind of sexy that makes me want to dress up in my own mini moment, killer heels, and turn up some Akon. Na Na Na Na. So ladies, put your W’s down and have a happy sexy weekend! (Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 10)

LC Shop-It Reco: Akon’s Right Now and Beautiful

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Babar and Queen Celeste

One of my 2010 goals is to plan a Safari trip to Africa. While there I fully intend to feed a baby elephant and bring back a picture just like this. I love that little Babar is totally channeling André Leon Tally with his Louis Vuitton cape. And love even more that Queen Celeste, Kiera Knightley, paints an unexpected take on Safari. Another Spring trend, but not one I am sure I can embrace -- never been much for straw hats, camo and binoculars. Practical or not, I’d probably go for more of an earthy, femme bohemian meets wildlife kind of wardrobe. Well, at least for my picture. (Vogue 07)

LC Shop-It Reco: Nicole Richie’s Camelia dress from her Winter Kate collection. Perfect color, flow, and all around vibe.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Ba Da Bling

From boots to ba da bling! Oh mon dieu, could you die? Check out these vintage bracelets from Decades. Dramatic, unique, perfectly current while not. If you collect jewelry, these are sure to impress. And if you collect fashion, Decades is sure to make you fall out on the floor. Flat out, heart racing, take all my money, on the floor. Actually, they won’t have to take your money -- you’ll be throwing it at them as you grab up every gorgeous goodness this LA vintage couture boutique has to offer. If there is such thing as dying and going to fashion heaven, it’s Decades.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Off With Your Heads

As most of you know, with trends that go en masse, I stay the nonconformist path. So when JCrew started selling Hunter boots this past Fall, I ran the other direction. And thanks to such mass production and consumption, my feet were drenched yesterday in a preview of what is sure to be the coming of April monsoons. Well I've decided I won't be a victim; my feet need shelter too. But under some very strict conditions: 1. I am buying Hunters, to be called and spoken of by no other name. Not wellies, barnboots rainboots or any other brand name butchery. And, 2. I am buying my Hunters in either green or navy. Not purple, pink, yellow or god save the queen, prints. That one really kills me. This is a boot that was worn and popularized by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington of the 19th Century. British aristocracy people! Cheetah print "wellies" does not emulate the fashion of royalty. Off with your heads. (Marie Claire 07)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sir, Yes Sir

There’s no doubt Monday’s are a total drag. But not if you know how to show em’ who’s in charge. What better way to do so than in Spring’s military inspired look. If you’ve been paying attention to the pages of March pubs, you’ve found yourself surrounded by this trend’s full on artillery front. And just this weekend on a history outing to one of Virginia’s Civil War battlegrounds, I found myself literally on the front lines of this current influence on fashion. The staple to this uniform is definitely the tailored jacket. Whether long or short, green or khaki, dressed up or down, this piece will definitely make your Monday stand at attention. Speaking of attention, this undeniably amazing trench by Burberry Prorsum has got mine. Sir, yes sir! Suddenly I find myself very interested in U.S. Military spending. (Serge Leblon 10)

LC Shop-It-Reco: If you’re not in the trenches with a Burberry purchase, you can easily infuse this look into your Spring wardrobe with simple accessories. Check out a webbing eyelet belt from BeltMe or a soilder cap from Zappos or Nordstroms.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tweet Tweet, Time To Fly

I've taken flight at Follow my fashion subconscious, but beware -- it's open season every day. Tweet. (Anna Rosa Krau April 08)

On a separate housekeeping note, many of you have asked how to follow me here. Scroll down the right hand column to the new Followers feature. Using your existing google, twitter, yahoo or AIM accounts, you can sign up. And seeing as it's the weekend, you have no excuse for not having the time to do so. See you Monday!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Do Not Disturb

One of my biggest weaknesses is sunglasses. I think I own about 12 pairs. Just the other week I added some yummies from Guc' to my ever ridiculous and growing collection. Gucci is definitely one of my go to’s along with Oliver Peoples and Dior. These are Prada’s Butterflies from last Spring’s collection -- they were major. And this picture majorly captures the exact essence of my sunwear love affair. Total attitude. Uber mystery. And as RZoe puts it best, the ultimate do not disturb sign. (Chictopia, March 09)

LC Shop-It-Reco: For Spring 10, it’s still all about the retro influence. Classic frame styles, bright colors and multi flash lenses. I’m a big fan of Solstice. They always have an amazing and current selection.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

She's Musetastic

Muses come and go. My current muse is not only the source of recent LC inspiration, she’s also one of my very best friends. Since birth, we’ve shared life’s laughs, tears, special occasions, valleys and accomplishments. And right now I could not be more proud of Catherine Fitzsimmons’ accomplishments -- she’s musetastic. Affectionately “Chatty”, this business lassie launched her own company two years ago and has seen it take off since. Rikshaw Design has gone from a small collection of authentic Indian hand-blocked printed cribbing to multiple collections and accompanying accessories; such as the signature Elephant pillow and too cute to spill on bibs. And most recently, Rikshaw has launched Boho Bliss – a collection of toddler essentials. My personal favorites are the sunhats and bloomers. A++dorable. And all of these treasures once only available online are now showing up in window displays of high end LA and NYC baby boutiques, available to the likes of Harlow Madden! Whether you have tots or not, you can’t help but fall head over heels in love with Rikshaw and its charming bohemian chic vibe. Not to mention Chatty’s wonderfully carefree spirit, sunny, funny disposition and contagious bigger than life smile. I'm so lucky to know and adore her! Speaking of adore, check out Chatty’s must have tunic blouse above. Channel her unique style and make it your own with this Tucker look-a-like available on Piperlime. For a year round look, jeans are perfect. For warmer days, belt it with a Spring mini or blouse it with some oh-so-cropped summer shorts.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

LizzieColeman 2.0, The Re-Launch

Welcome back readers! After a disappearance act that only David Blaine could trump, LizzieColeman is back. And is bigger, better and more fully-fashion loaded than ever. Thanks to all of your wonderful feedback and support, not only will the re-launch include more frequent posts, but you’ll also get to enjoy some other new, fun LC features. Real life runway reviews, homages to all my favs of fashion bygones, a twitter account for streaming "hold please" moments, and tributes to that and those of influence and inspiration to me. And that’s where we’ll re-begin. A tribute to a very special and deserving someone for her unbelievably accomplished and inspiring self that has touched and motivated me to come back to the world I love so much. One of an absolute adoration for and unconditional dedication to all things fun and fashion. Here’s to LizzieColeman 2.0, the Re-Launch. Be sure to sign up today and start following! X, LC.
(Gucci Fall/Winter 09/10)