Sunday, November 28, 2010

Guest Post: Christian Louboutin Fall 2010

I was thrilled when Lena Hsu contacted me about guest blogging for CFON as an assignment in her Fashion Writing class at VCAD, taught by Rebecca Tay, Western editor at FASHION Magazine. Why? Because it appears that we share the same taste in shoes as the topic was on Christian Louboutin. Here's Lena's write-up on those famous red soled shoes we both adore, just in time for the holidays. 

The Red-Soled Shoes – Christian Louboutin’s Fall 2010 Collection
By: Lena Hsu

As the holidays are just around the corner, every girl needs a pair of stunning stilettos for parties. I’m in love with Christian Louboutin’s FW 2010 collection. Louboutin once said, “In every woman, there’s a Cinderella in need of her glass slipper or... her Louboutin crystal-encrusted leather stiletto! “ Worn with a BCBG cutout dress, these transparent ankle boots create a feminine yet glamorous look for the holidays. The futuristic design and, of course, his signature red soles means the attention will be on you all night.

These black lace heels are elegant, and the satin and lace classic. These shoes will match with everything in your closet. With a red dress, you’re sure to make a statement; with other, casual staples like skinny jeans and a simple V-neck, your shoes will surely be the highlight of your outfit.

Investing in a pair Louboutin shoes is my dream. Although the price is a bit high for a student like me, the craftsmanship and details are worth it. The man creates shoes for goddesses. Fingers crossed that one day, this girl’s dream will come true!

Photos from, quote from Christian Louboutin’s Profile

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Winter Maxi

Zara jacket, F21 maxi dress and ring, Sam Edelman booties, Little Burgundy snood

Vancouver is famed for its mild tempurature (compared to our neighbors in the east), but the wind chill in the past few days caught everyone off guard and had us frantically looking for those winter accessories. It looks like I'll be sticking to indoor outfit posts for awhile.  This way, I get to show you some Christmas decorations I'm about to put up and share with you some favourite things in my home this holiday season.

I'm trying out the dark lip look this winter with Chanel's Rouge Coco in 28 Byzantin.  It takes getting used to a deep plum shade that's slightly "vampy", but I'm loving it so far as it goes well with the neutrals I've been sporting lately. I found these Sam Edelman "Nicholason" suede lace-up booties on sale at Little Burgendy a few weeks ago and bought them in a heartbeat. I love a high wedge that's comfortable and practical.  The slip-proof rubber soles are proving to be a huge bonus these days on the icy pavements.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Red Hot Tomato

MBMJ Ozzie square bag, H&M blazer, dress and cuff, Zara wedges, FineFinds necklace, YSL arty ring,

Joining the bag family is my newly purchased Marc by Marc Jacobs Ozzie Square Smith Flap Satchel in Tomato. What a mouthful! I cannot express how much I adore this structured (yet feminine) crossbody bag that's functional for both work and play. Made of textured leather, this bag resembles ostrich without the astronomical price tag and it's roomy with a ton of compartments to help me stay organized (As Lisa puts it, it's an OCD person's dream!). The bold tomato red with a hint of coral is just the pop of color I'm looking for this fall/winter, and you can bet I'll be wearing it all though spring/summer too.

To let the ozzie bag get the spotlight, I wore it against nothing but nude tones with small gold accents. The fringe dress, a summer favourite, was worn with my beloved cream blazer (also seen in outfits here and here). How adorable is the birdcage necklace from FineFinds? The best part of boutique shopping is stumbling on unique pieces like this. Where else would you find a necklace where the door actually opens to a birdie swinging on a triangle? Certainly not at H&M!


Monday, November 1, 2010

Masquerade: A Night in Disguise

Asos cage dress, F21 jacket

Masquerade themed parties have been around for centuries and are loved for their mystery, intrigue, and fun. When a friend wanted to celebrate her birthday with a masquerade themed bash on Halloween weekend, I was filled with excitement and knew just the dress to wear for the occasion. Besides, I would never turn down an opportunity to don a fancy mask!

ASOS first launched its capsule ASOS Black collection sometime last year. I was impressed by the range of quality creations, but one fabulous little organza cage dress really caught my eye. This glamorous burgundy/magenta number is anything but typical. A strapless corset with a structured sheer crini skirt over the bodycon dress, it screams oh-la-la french chic! Although there was no French chateau, or romantic reveal of his disguise, there were cupcakes, dancing, and delicious sparkling beverages. J and I enjoyed our night. I hope you too had a great Halloween weekend!

The Makeup bag
My fellow Vancouver blogger The Savvy Frugalista made a great suggestion that I should share some beauty tips.  While I need to find time to do a proper tutorial video, here's a snapshot of some everyday favorites in my makeup routine.

- Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
- Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder
- Chanel Tissages Tweed Blush Duo

I used to be a MAC junkie when it came to foundation, and it was because I didn't know there were better options.  As soon as I tried Make Up For Ever's HD liquid foundation, I was hooked. It's oil-free and has medium to full coverage. Combined with the microfinish power, it creates a matte and even complexion.  The Chanel blush gives you a natural, healthy glow without being too harsh and is by far my favorite blush (can you tell?).

- Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in 440 Sunset Café
- Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Mascara
- Bobby Brown Long-wear Gel Eyeliner
- Sephora Brow Tint in Medium

Growing up, I didn't find western magazines too helpful when it came to makeup how-to's because asian features are so different that I couldn't do the typical smokey-eye meant for people with deep-set eyes.  Learning by trial and error, I typically did a light version of a smokey eye using a range of neutral colors (Dior shadow in 440 is a good one).  As for eyelashes, I've been raving about how the Lancôme Hypnôse Drama mascara darkens and lengthens. The Sephora brow tint is my cure to sparse eyebrows.  It's not heavy or cakey, and just glides on perfectly to fill in the spaces.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Window by CFON

Fashion bloggers love local boutiques and they're showing us some love back! A few Vancouver bloggers including myself were invited to take part in styling the windows at the oh-so-lovely store Barefoot Contessa. The store proudly supports local designers and has an abundance of feminine jackets, pretty frocks, and vintage-inspired jewelry. If you're a girly-girl like me, you'll find it difficult to walk out empty handed.

Following the fabulous styling work by Kelsey (The Anthology), Nicole (Le Mode du Jour), and Melissa (Miss Melissa), my beautiful fellow blogger Anya (I'm the It Girl) and I had the pleasure of showcasing our personal style at the Main Street location this week.

The theme I went with was Tea-party for a real lady. From tweed jackets to laced mini's, she is elegant for every occasion. Not only is she a classy lady who dresses the part, but a fun fem who's not afraid to wear mini-top hats and flowers in her hair. My window is on display until Wednesday, Oct 27th. I'd love for you to check it out in person if you're in the area. Don't forget to give a shout out to Anya when you spot the adorable it-girl buttons on her outfits!

Barefoot Contessa
3715 Main Street, Vancouver BC
(2nd location: 1928 Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC)


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Halloween for Fashionistas

Halloween is less than 2 weeks away, do YOU have a costume yet? I adore this holiday so much that an idea is usually formed by August, costume pieces collected by September and everything is ready to go by October. I'm running a little late this year so this weekend is dedicated to finding something better than the Lady Gaga and other past costumes.

Witches, devils, and ghosts - Halloween was once about dressing "scary". Although we should see more vampires thanks to the popularity of Twilight, Vampire Diaries, and True blood, Halloween has sadly transformed into an excuse for people to dress provocatively as french maids, nurses, schoolgirls, cops, etc. May I suggest you stand out from the typical cliché costumes and consider a fashionable look this year? Here are some costume ideas that are neither scary or scandalous, just stylish!

My guess is that there will be plenty of girls dressed as Katy Perry this year. Why? Her look is highly recognizable and more importantly FUN! For those of you with talent for a little DIY, cupcake bra from California Gurls video is a must. Otherwise, keep vintage and pin-up girly in mind when finding an ensemble. Oh, don't forget the cherry chapstick!

The Essentials:
- Puprle or blue wig
- Polka dot dress
- Bright sunglasses
- Cutesy accessories (Bows, cupcake rings)

Anna Wintour is arguably the most influential woman in fashion, safeguarding the American VOGUE. Highlighted, bolded, and underscored, having a copy of VOGUE is an absolute must for this costume. Anna is known to have impeccable taste, so impersonators better not disappoint!

The Essentials:
- Short wig with straight bangs
- Shift dress
- Black sunglasses
- Beaded necklace
- The latest issue of Vogue!

The key to looking "bananas" like Rachel Zoe is "more is more". Large round frame sunglasses paired with a fur coat best depict her look. Don't be afraid to add statement cocktail rings and layer some serious neck bling too!

The Essentials:
- Furry coat
- Bumble Bee sunglasses
- Boho top
- Starbucks Cup (Venti!)
- Wide leg jeans
- Assistant (Brad Goreski lookalike would be a bonus!)

You know you've always wondered how the "Posh bob" aka "Pob" would look on you, so go posh this year and dress as Mrs. Beckham! Don't forget to do the trademark pout. May I suggest practicing the silent "prune" in front of the mirror?

The Essentials:
- POB wig
- Bright Shift dress
- Square sunglasses
- Sky high heels
- Boxy bag that resembles a Birkin

Coco Chanel's greatest gift to us is the 2.55. The little black dress + suit comes a close second. Channeling her means you have to incorporate these black & whites. Have fun, mademoiselle!

The Essentials:
- Short black wig
- Peals
- Little black dress
- Tweed jacket
- Cap toe flats

The key to a good costume is choosing a recognizable look. No one wins a costume contest without people knowing who they are! Go with the first look you picture when you think of someone and have fun with it! Want more ideas? Take your cues from America's Next Top Model! Vivian Westwood, Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, or even John Galliano? Take your pick at being a celebrated fashion designer. Now, it's your turn to share costume ideas. I'm dying to hear what everyone has in mind!


Friday, October 8, 2010

Love at First Fit

BCBG sweater, BDG tee, Seven jean shorts, Brian Atwood pumps, MBMJ clutch

I had read about Atwood's "Cinderella Factor" - what he describes as the instantaneous transformation that occurs when a woman slides her foot into the magical shoe. After much thought and deliberation on how I'd ever wear light colored suede shoes in rainy Vancouver, I decided to take the risk and tried on these Brian Atwood lilac suede "Loca" pumps at Lane Crawford in Hong Kong. The transparent panels reminded me of glass slippers. When these whimsical pumps perfectly hugged my size 38 feet, I knew I had to get them. After all, I was in duty-free shopping heaven and it was love at first fit.

Three months later, I finally took these lavender pumps out for some fresh air on what was probably the last warm day left in Vancouver. With gold-tone studs, almond-shaped toe, 5.5 inches plus another inch of concealed platform, and transparent plexi panels, these pumps definitely make a statement. They can make you feel sexy and confident even in the simplest ensemble - tee, shorts, and a cozy knit.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fall 2010 Essentials

1. Cable Knit Sweater Dress, $290, McQ - Alexander McQueen Buy
2. Military Cape in Camel, $190, Top Shop Buy
3. Classic Leopard Belt,$495, YSL Buy
4. Pleated leather skirt, $395, Alice + Olivia Buy
5. Stormy Wellington Boots, $125, Kors Michael Kors Buy
6. Holland Satchel $465, Tory Burch Buy

As much as I hate to let go of the summer, fall fashion is in full swing. I had the pleasure of attending Holt Renfrew's Fall 2010 fashion preview presented by Barbara Atkin, VP of Fashion Direction, over the summer. No one knows what's in fashion better than Barbara and she covered all of the key trends for this fall. The return of classics set the overall tone for this season. As you all know, I'm a fan of lady-like dressing, so I'm most excited for the camel coats, crimson shift dresses, and the 50's feminine silhouettes. However, with military, leather, and knit all in the mix, it seems like this season has a little something for everyone.

Style Notes:
Knit wear: Think Chunky and oversized.
Camel is the color of the season and can be easily incorporated into any wardrobe. Try pairing Camel with heather grey for an updated look.
Animal Print in all forms. Leopard accents in a belt, a clutch, or pumps.
Leather: Give that biker jacket a break and opt for leather separates: skirts, shorts, and tops.
Structured Satchel bags are back with a vengeance. Look for one with a convertable strap (Tory Burch Holland Satchel seen above).
Army Green is a perfect way to add a touch of Military. Sport in your choice of footwear or jacket.

Holt Renfrew teams up with Marc by Marc Jacobs for a great cause this fall. MBMJ tote for $48 is not only a fab find, but a portion of the proceeds goes to VisionSpring. Although the online reservation is now closed, you can still purchase the tote at Holt Renfrew from September 30, 2010 for $48. First come, first serve!


Friday, September 17, 2010

In Transition

UO shorts and scarf, Bebe vest, Hermes belt, Chanel flats, Balenciaga city bag

There's a chill in the air that says fall is on its way, but I'm not packing my summer clothes just yet. We've had a few beautifully sunny days in Vancouver and it would be a shame to put these shorts away considering how great they go with my beloved H-belt! Layering is a perfect way to get through these breezy transition days and allows you to wear those summer loves a little longer in-between seasons. Although the excitement at New York Fashion Week has everyone thinking about Spring 2011 already, next week I'll be all about Fall fashion - the best season of the year for fashion-lovers!

On another note, my admiration and appreciation for bloggers has grown immensely as it has become more difficult for me to to find time between work and life to post frequently. I think many of you would agree that having a "fashion blog" isn't as easy as it looks and that while anyone can create a blog (it's free afterall), not everyone can keep up with one. Whether it's about fashion, beauty, or travel, it's truly wonderful to see blogs with longevity continue to create, share, and inspire.