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.