Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mad about Stripes

I have been mad about stripes since last Spring/Summer. I went on a search for the perfect striped tee all last Summer long and got lucky at Gap. But my obsession did not stop there. Last Winter, I indulged myself with two striped sweaters. I thought that would be it. However with shops displaying boat neck striped tee and dresses everywhere I look, it is hard not to resist. I already fell into the trap and got myself a boat neck striped long tee, striped shoes and scarf in red and white.

                                                                 Uniqlo striped long tee

                                                                         Zara flats

                                                                           H&M scarf

But I want more. And here are the few things I want:

                                                                   H&M striped dress

                                                    Merona Trench (so last year but still want it)

                                 Striped Jacket (this one is Zara but Shimamura has the same)

According to a study in UK, horizontal stripes makes curvy women look thinner, instead of fatter. Hoorah for me! Anyway, I did not need a study to tell me what I can and cannot wear. I already own so many horizontal stripes it makes me sick. And I still want more...
(side note: who has time to study whether or not horizontal stripes made women thinner or fatter????)

A few stripes from the designers:

Are you mad about stripes?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bangkok Style

I have been in Bangkok for a week now, eating, sleeping, lounging at the pool, eating (very important) and shopping (not enough for my taste though). I did go outside enough to check the style of Thai women. And I find it very interesting. I can seriously say that they have every style here, from preppy to bohemian, to trendy to slightly call girl, to extremely call girl.
But I saw two ladies and fell head over heels in love with their style. Too bad I was too shy to ask for their pictures. The first lady was a Muslim and here is what she wore:
Brown scarf, white shirt, tapered camel chino pants and camel shoulder bag. She looked so posh.
The other lady wore almost the same thing except she did not have a scarf and she wore extremely high sandals. Her pants were mustard. This is the style I want to steal but I need to loose 10 kilos and find chinos pants that do not make my bottom look big.

I got the courage to snatch a few pictures.(but not enough) Enjoy!

I took this picture at the park. This lady was showing her foreigners friends the town (I suppose) and this is what she wore (a Herve Ledger inspired dress and sky high heels) to the park!!! 

    This girl was waiting for her "boyfriend" who was on the phone. I have to say that she was among the mostly covered paid escort in Bangkok.

The week end market (Chatujak) and Pratunam market were such an inspiration. I particularly enjoy the part where I got to see how creative those Thai people were. They were hundred of stalls where people were selling clothes or accessories they designed themselves (or stole the design from fashion magazine or just bought wholesale somewhere). And you had everything for all the taste. Moreover, it was not very expensive. I loved the maxi dresses or skirt made out of batik or tie dye, the t-shirts with sexy messages, even the trendy clothes. I absorbed it all and wish I had enough time and money to get it all piece by piece.

                                                 Stall of Totes made with Thai material

I managed to score a few things:

a clutch bag for159 baht*
(*1 baht=¥3.27 or $0.03 as of today so do the maths)

a maxi dress (300 baht)

2 sandals and 2 flats for (100 baht each)

a flower printed shirt (150 baht)

a slouchy bag (100 baht)

t-shirts and jeans for my kids (700 baht)

some cute souvenirs for my friends (scented candles, wooden chopstick, coin purses, silver accessories)

My only regret is that I could not get a bag I coveted at the market. It was pink, almost coral, looked like a messenger bag but in a girly way and had skulls printed on the leather (or fake leather). It was so feminine yet edgy. And it was very affordable (299 baths). I decided to wait to see if I can find another one for a lower price somewhere else in the market. And as time went by and I saw other things and completely I forgot to return and get the bag. Even if I did remember about it, there was no way I would remember the exact location of the stall. It seems the market was organized and shops had numbers but most of the stalls I saw were just being set on the alleys of the market; they did not have numbers. Therefore it is hard for people to locate them. I went home knowing that I had lost that bag forever. In markets like this, you want something, get it the first time you see it or you may never get it at all. And I am kicking myself for forgetting about this important rule of week end market shopping. I guess I lost the habit after all this time spent at malls and official stores.

As a consolation, I got myself a Longchamp replica bag (yep a fake!Sue me!). It is different from all the ones I see out there (so I guess, it will be easily spotted as a fake) but it is pretty so I do not care.

What Thai girls wear

1- Casual (girly girl)
-high waisted skirt with sheer shirt
-tank top and short short (jeans)
-chino pants and shirt

2- Office lady
some kind of uniform made of polo shirt or buttoned shirt with black skirt or black pants (shoes could be pumps or sandals)

3- trendy ladies
designer outfit and designer accessories

4- call girls
clothes made out of spandex and very tight and short, and sky high heels

5- Lady boy (or she-male)
clothes made out of spandex and very tight and short, sky high heels and heavy make up

Too bad, I did not dare photograph any of these things I saw. But believe, Bangkok was so inspiring, colorful and hot, I will so go back...

                                                                  Sawadee Kha

Sunday, March 20, 2011

On my radar: Chloe Elsie replica shoulder bag and other bags

On my radar for this Spring are bags. Not just any bags, but these bags.

1- Eslie Chloe replica bag

I was looking for an oversized bag that I could use as a carry-on luggage before my trip to Thailand. But instead of finding what I was looking for, I was distracted by this bag in Shimamura. I was immediately attracted to it because of its color: tan or camel. It had this beautiful hardware detail on it. To open or close it, you had to slide this piece that looked like a clover. It is so cute and feminine while the rest of the bag is so masculine. Actually it looks like a messenger bag made for girls. I so wanted it right away. It cost nothing: barely 3000Y. But I reminded myself that the bag was not big enough to hold all the things I needed for my trip, so I put it back on the shelf, telling myself to wait for later to get it.

     I did not take any pictures of the Shimamura replica bag but it was much more prettier than the Chloe
                                                           (It had a beaten up leather look that I adore)

Imagine my surprise when- a week later-while walking in the week end market in Bangkok, I saw a lady with the same bag but in fuschia and the same hardware detail. The only difference between her bag and the one I want was that hers had "Chloe" branded on top. That is how I knew that the bag I coveted was in fact a Chloe.

Hardware detail clasp I love

I went online to check the price of this baby. Well, I found out that it would set me back to $1000 depending on where I shop. Never will I spend that much on a bag even if I could afford it. Therefore my options are these:
1- try to get a bag resembling the Chloe one in Bangkok (where they have knock offs for literally nothing-but I am not big on knock offs specially the one that has the same name as the real brand).
2- wait until I go back home and grab the Shimamura replica

No matter what, I so want this bag. I can see myself using it for so many things. And I absolutely adore the messenger straps. Shoulder bag are so in right now. (at least in my book)

2- Longchamps le Pliage bag

I have a love hate relationship with this bag. When I see it on anybody else, I absolutely love it. And I so want it for myself. Actually I always thought that it was the perfect traveling bag ever since I spotted it at the JFK airport the 1st time I moved to the US some 5 years ago. However, whenever I enter the Longchamps shop in Motomachi to purchase it, I cannot push myself to do it. I look at the bag, touch it, try it. But at the last moment, I am put off by the nylon. The bag looks so cheap. I know that it is sturdy. I read several bloggers' ode to how great the bag is really. Yet, I just cannot put that much money (10.000Y) on a nylon bag.
Yesterday, I was in the week end market in Bangkok and was close to buying a knock off Longchamps Le Pliage bag for 1350Y. It was cute but I could see that it was a knock off. My motto is that if I buy a knock off, I want to buy one that at least is very similar to the real one. I want to buy one that will not be spotted as a knock off at first sight, if you know what I mean.  That is why after bargaining, I found a reason not to buy the bag altogether....I am still looking for that one knock off bag that would make me happy. And if I do not find it in the stalls of Sukhumvit, I may try online in Japan. I know one place that is having (real) Longchamp bag for sale for 4000Y.
                                                             Longchamps Le Pliage bag for 4000Y at

3- Men's messenger bag

If there is one item of men's clothing I so long for right now is the messenger bag. Do not ask me why but I always liked messenger bags. I owned several one back in university: one Lancel given by my dad before I left home for Japan (that I wanted to give away to Goodwill because I was never using it, and my husband spotted before I threw it away and is now using as his commuting bag), a Pierre Cardin one (I bought from a lost and found in train auction at the Nagoya train station- if something is lost in the train and not claimed for one year, the Japanese railway system can sell it to get money), and a green one I got from my aunt in Italy.
Right now, I do not have any and my lifestyle does not permit me to have one (try wearing a messenger bag with a baby on your back almost every time you are out). But I do not despair. Someday, I will be free to purchase and wear any bag I want. And then the messenger bag is top on my list.

                                                              Manhattan Portage Europa bag

What bags are you craving for this Spring?

Ps: Just for pleasure:

                                                                                 La Furla Candy Bag

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Outfit planner- Thailand

It seems like Summer is coming early. Actually I am going to get some heat during this winter. The hubby is going to Thailand for business and he is nice enough to take us with him for a long week end at the beach.
The first (and only time) I was in Thailand was in 1992. I was 11. My father was offered a trip to any destination he wanted as a thank you for working 20 years at the same travel agency. So he choose Bangkok. We spent a good week sightseeing (Buddha and floating market), eating burgers at Macdonald (because we were scared to try the Thai food), and shopping in Sukumvit street. I loved it....Come to think of it, it was the last time we all went somewhere as a family.
Anyway, the purpose of this post is not to go down memory lane but to help plan what things I need or want to take there. I barely have 5 days, and most of the time will be spend in the city or the pool hopefully. So what is a girl to take with her (considering that my hubby is allowing me to take only one luggage for me and the kids. Since he will be going there before us, I will travel alone with the kids. He does not want me to get ostructed with too many luggages. I am allowed a carry on bag and one luggage.)

For the trip:
- Skinny jeans (Ross)
- Tommy Hilfigher Long sleeves tee (unseen- bought in Sexy miser discount store years ago )
- White tunic (from Indonesia, present from my friend S.)
- Animal print scarf (H&M)
- Faux leather jacket (Shimamura)
- Jeweled flats (Shimamura)
- Bag (birthday gift from my friend M.)

                                  Love this bag. (M, I am finally using it even if its not for what it was meant to)

For days in Bangkok
- African print dress (from my Mother)
- White tee (Hanes)
- Black skirt (H&M)
- Beaded top (Ross)
- Flower printed Kaftan (tailor made from home)
- Zeebra t-shirt (Fam's Market)
- Grey sweater (Ross)
- Swim suit (Walmart)
- Dollhouse Lomo sandals (Ross)
- Sandals (bought in Malaysia)
- Oversized bag (Daiso)

                                                                Outfit 1: White tee + African dress

                                                           Outfit 2: Kaftan+ skinny jeans

Outfit 3: Beaded top + black maxi skirt

                                                    Outfit 4: Grey sweater + Zeebra tee + skinny jeans

 Oversized bag (only problem is that there is no zipper that closed it completely)

                                                       The shoes: the jeweled flats are for the trip

- Beaded bangles (Sandaga Market)
- Gold jewelry
- Turkey charm bracelet (not pictured)
- Silver bracelet (present from my husband)
- Leaf earrings (Shasa)
- Gold bangle (Shimamura)
- Long Beaded necklace (Shimamura)
- Beaded hair band (Daiso)
- Black hair band ( Ross)

Is it too much for 5 days, you tell me?


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