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Those New Yorkers are so Lucky…

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on September 11, 2008

Of course, they have fashion week, but with that also comes things that are more accessible to the more average consumer. Fabsugar was able to get to one of the limited-time-only Target temporary stores in Manhattan, and they were able to get their hands on some of the upcoming designer for Target collections. The rest of us won’t be seeing these things until early and mid October.

I’m not too excited about the Jonathan Saunders Go International collection – it’s nice and colorful, but not my style – but the Anya Hindmarch for Target and Siegerson Morrison for Target shoes look to be some of the best designer for Target stuff yet! Once again, Fabsugar has a pretty complete preview of what those lines will include. I don’t know how those shoes will be on practicality or comfort. One of my friends owns a pair of the Hollywould for Target heels and they end up being very painful. Still, the bags are a pretty safe bet for an affordable and pretty classy design.

On the Lookout: The Perfect Slouchy Boots.

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on September 3, 2008

I’m really wishing for the perfect pair of flat, slouchy, suede boots in gray or black. Alas, I’ve had absolutely no luck when it comes to buying any sort of boot. I own a pair of decent Urban Outfitters “suede” boots with a very slight heel that are alright, but they’re a sort of gray with a hint of green, which is better than it sounds, but simply doesn’t match very much. Anyway, this is the best example I’ve been able to find online, though it’s always hard to tell without trying it on in person. From Endless.com.

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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!

I Love: Flowers and Bows.

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on August 21, 2008

Top and skirt on sale from Anthropologie. Necklace from Dylan Harris for Target. Flats from Old Navy.

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Killing my Feet Regularly.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on August 1, 2008

I don’t know what it is about this summer, but every time I go out for a day in Boston – something that always requires a lot of walking and standing as I commute in and out, not to mention getting around once I get there – and wear anything other than flip flops, my feet start to hurt before the end of the day. During the school year I wear flats all the time, but they just end up being a lot less comfortable when it is hot and humid. Then there was the day of the Augustana mini-concert when I had the bright idea of wearing the heels into Boston, and they absolutely killed my feet. I had horrid blisters on my ankles and it was days before I was able to wear shoes with backs again.

A quick google-search shows that feet tend to swell a little more after a day’s walking in the summer than they do in the winter, so I guess that’s probably what’s been happening.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away.

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on July 23, 2008

Now that the daily thunderstorms we had earlier this summer in Boston have started up again, I’m reminded of the way most of the school year here in New England involves a great deal of rain. Bad for me and other when we’re caught in the middle of it without an umbrella, but good if you’re like me in considering coats, boots, and the other accoutrements of cold and wet weather amongst your favorite types of clothes and shoes. In that spirit, I’ve looked for some relatively affordable and relatively rain-appropriate shoes and coats.

The printed rainboots are especially cute. I owned a pair of black and white houndstooth rainboots for most of the year, and ended up donating them out because the print wasn’t really me. These boots, however, are a sedate, but still very cute print that I would love to wear anyday that rain seems a possibility – which is most days here in the greater Boston area. Suede and like materials don’t usually do well in rainy weather, but the suede-like material Urban Outfitters uses in its boots actually withstands the rain fairly well. I know this from a pair I bought on ebay last semester and wearing them in the rain.

If similar coats that my friends here have are any indication, these wool coats from the Nordstroms junior section should be fairly thin and fit for earlier autumn and later spring. If you like them, grab them soon before the Anniversary Sale ends!

Printed Rainboots from Urban Outfitters. Suede Boots also from Urban Outfitters.

Cream Wool Coat from Nordstroms. Plaid Coat also from Nordstroms.

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One Wise Splurge: Workaday Heels.

Posted in shopping advice by bluewellesleyblue on June 30, 2008

As an impoverished college student, I’ve become a very quick study in what I can and what I can’t get on the cheap when it comes to clothes, shoes, and accessories. Anyone who has walked a day – or even an hour – in cheap heels quickly discovers that when it comes to wise splurges, a good and solid pair of working or interview heels is a must. Now, cost does not always correlate with a longer wear-time before one’s feet start crying bloody murder, but in general, going for a higher-quality pair will save you a great deal in terms of pain and blisters in the future.

A splurge in heeled shoes need not involve more than a hundred dollars. These are the BCBGirls “Betsy,” and though it’s a lower heel than most of my friends would be interested in wearing, it’s a solid shoe that let me walk in Boston for a good two or three hours before my feet seriously think of complaining. Sticker price was $90 though I didn’t pay quite that much.

Friendship with lady luck could yield an even better steal of a deal. I am duly jealous of the friend with the sixty dollar Marc by Marc Jacobs heels from a Houston DSW.

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