Halloween Themed: Charlotte Charles.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on October 27, 2008

Pushing Daisies is one of my favorite recently released shows, currently in its second season on ABC. It’s quirky, fun, and tinged with both colorful sweetness and a fair bit of dark humor. It’s very stylized, and I absolutely adore both of the romantic leads: the Piemaker played by Lee Pace and the girl named Chuck, played by Anna Friel. I couldn’t find any very good screenshots of Chuck’s many adorable outfits, but there is a certain irresistible, kind of 50s or 60s style to them. She wears a lot of floral dresses and bright, bright colors – in keeping with the art direction of this wonderful show – and one of my potential ideas for this or next Halloween is Chuck. After all, I have half the makings of this outfit already!

I’d start with my Stepford Wife floral dress, with the bright blue flowers. Unfortunately, I’ll probably never obtain that ridiculous ribbon flower belt in bright yellow from J Crew, but I can probably add a bright yellow ribbon of my own as a belt, and figure out how to tie a fancy, flouncy bow. With that done, I’d put on some bright jewel tone shoes, preferably with bows as well and add a skinny headband in a coordinating color. I’d have to do my hair for once, but all of the components are things I could easily reuse on the less costume-y days of the year.

Dress by Forever 21, Belt by J Crew, Shoes by Via Spiga, Headband also Forever 21.

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Just For Fun.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on September 5, 2008

These are from the October 2006 issue of Vogue Germany. Via mixologies, a livejournal friends-only community where users post full editorials from fashion magazines. I definitely did not scan or find these, I just found them to be especially stunning. (Click on images for full size version.)

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Whoa: Alexander McQueen Fall 2008 RTW.

Posted in inspirations, things i love by bluewellesleyblue on August 25, 2008

While Alexander McQueen’s ready-to-wear runway show for Fall 2008 doesn’t include very much that might translate well into day to day life, it is quite inspiring from a costume design perspective. It reminds me a little bit of some of the costumes in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, namely the ones worn by Padme or Natalie Portman’s character. Some of the white dresses with the shorter, very voluminous skirts also remind me of ballet costumes. This show must have been quite a sight to behold.

Photos via, where you can find the full size versions. The runway review mentions that McQueen was inspired by, among other things, a trip to India and British couture from the 1950s. I’m not at all familiar with the latter, but when I first saw the collection I thought that much of it reminded me of royalty. This show is definitely quite an artistic achievement.

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The Week in Review.

Posted in week in review by bluewellesleyblue on August 24, 2008

1. I discovered that Old Navy has oodles of absolutely adorable flats currently up for sale. I’m still a proponent of shoes generally being worth a slight splurge combined with judicious shopping in the sale section. However, when it comes to flats, I do have about as much luck with the pricier ones as with the more budget-friendly ones.

2. I was quite surprised to find that fashion blogging was so popular amongst the younger teenage set – to the point where I’m practically an old lady in comparison! – but then I figured out that it was because I hadn’t been exploring new fashion blogs enough. Silly me. Now I must be more conscientious about surfing around for new fashion blogs to read. There’s so much talent out there.

3. I am scheduled for wisdom teeth extraction next Tuesday. From what I’ve heard about the procedure and the fairly long recovery time it comes with, it is not a process I’m looking forward to at all. Of course, that goes without saying even when one is not as scared of dental procedures as I am.

4. Most people probably already know this, but Moleskine notebooks are awesome. I’ll never use another brand of notebook/planner/anything blank book again! I’ll be keeping track of my semester in London in my new London “city guide” Moleskine. The books are just so simple and elegant, with infinite potential for customization and ways to use them. Some of those can be seen through the Moleskinerie pool on Flickr. (Via Fops and Dandies, prior to her retirement from blogging).

5. Against the better judgment of people with better taste in movies than I, I watched The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. It was a terrible movie, with such badly-written dialog that it was painful to listen to at times. Its only redeeming quality was some of the Shanghai scenes where Jonathan now owns a nightclub. Once you get over what seems to be wild historical inaccuracy – fashion, setting, and all it looked more pre-WW2 Shanghai than late 1940s Shanghai notwithstanding the fact that this would have been months before the People’s Liberation Army completely took over China for the Communist Party and a little more chaotic – those Shanghai scenes were wonderfully colorful. They reminded me of my fondness for the 1920s and 1930s China of some of my mother’s and grandmother’s Chinese soap operas, when the fashion seems to have been a nice mix of Western and Chinese styles. Those probably aren’t historically accurate either, but it makes for nice eye candy.

I couldn’t find any screenshots of those scenes, but here are some from major movies that hit on time periods that involved similar styles. Left is a screenshot from The Painted Veil and right is one from Lust, Caution.

Until next week, stay stylish!

Actually, That’s a Belt…

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on August 18, 2008

I went shopping with my younger sister today and we had a lot of fun. I wasn’t really looking to buy anything, and didn’t end up taking anything home but some body butter from Anthropologie in a scent I really like, which also happened to be on sale. I tried on and saw a bunch of things that were adorable, though there was nothing I could bring myself to buy.

I saw a couple dresses I liked at Forever 21, though they weren’t suited to my figure at all. In truth, I do still have better luck there than I do at a lot of pricier retailers even if their materials are a bit cheap. This is, however, taking into account that there are few dresses that work well on my figure at all, and most need a little bit of adjusting or tailoring. I grabbed this headband on an earlier trip for a touch of that flapper look I’m so fond of.

There were some lovely headbands at Nordstroms, which is usually the case. Unfortunately, all of them were priced within the fifty to eighty dollar range making them a bit far outside my budget. One of the “I Am Fashion” bloggers posted a picture of my favorite one. I personally like red headbands to go with black hair, though navy blue ones work well for a more understated look that might better hold up to appliques, bows, and other decorative flourishes without being “too much.”

When I saw the collection of brightly colored silk flower things on the J Crew sale accessories table I immediately zeroed in on them as a Blair Waldorf-esque headband. Then, as I was holding the different colored ones to my head to show my sister, one of the sales associates asked if I liked that belt. Alas, what I had taken to be a ribbon headband was, indeed, a decorative belt. Of course, that wouldn’t stop me from wearing it on my head, most likely after cutting the ribbons short. I did feel a little silly for prancing around the store looking for a mirror so I could see what it looked like, but not enough to stop.

Picture from Ebay because the item is not in their online store. Everyone should, however, take note that it’s not actually sold out and at the Westfield Valley Fair J Crew in Santa Clara, they have plenty of the yellow, pink, and navy blue (which means they’ll gladly ship it to any other J Crew store if you ask nicely). They were on sale for 29.99 with an additional forty percent off, bringing it closer to the point where it’s worth buying as a statement piece type accessory that only goes with one or two outfits. I’d totally wear it with my Stepford Wife dress as either a belt or a headband, though this is only in theory and I might actually not be able to pull it off in real life. Lately, I find myself grabbing a lot of hair accessories to try solely because they remind me of Gossip Girl and well, Blair. The fact is, however, that Gossip Girl styling does not translate well to your average college classroom.

Inspiration: Uniforms Loosely Constructed.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on August 11, 2008

Another hypothetical outfit, this time entirely drawing from a price point I would readily shop at. By now, it’s probably clear that “Gossip Girl” is the influence from which you cannot escape when it comes to young women’s fashion, and even if the show is too melodramatic for me, the characters are remarkably attractive and well-dressed. I could never translate some of the things the queen bees of Gossip Girl wear into real life – the bright pumps and lacy white bobby socks, for example – but I can rock the argyle, the plaid, the headbands, and the bows with the best of them.

Argyle cardigan and bow skirt by Forever 21, tie-front blouse by Express, red pumps by Kenneth Cole Unlisted from Macys (on sale).

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Inspiration: Circus Animals.

Posted in inspirations by bluewellesleyblue on August 3, 2008

Those pink and white frosted circus animals are one of my favorite cookies. Everyone has one of those highly processed snacks from childhood that they can’t help but love, unhealthy trans and saturated fats or no. Here’s a hypothetical outfit vaguely inspired by cookies: the bright pink, the white and confetti-like patterned top, and the elephant necklace are all reminiscent of cookies.

Cardigan from J.Crew. Top and Shorts from Old Navy. Necklace from Forever 21.

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