Thursday, January 31, 2008

Baby The Stars Shine Bright

Sure, turbans have officially been 'out' for a few months now. But how can any sane individual look at this and deny it's beauty?

Call it fierce, call it glamourous, call it what you will; I'm going to call it fate. It's only $12.80 at Forever 21!!! Get it while it's still hot, because last time there was a turban type headband on the website it sold out in literally a millisecond.

Tonight is the best night ever. I watched Kamikaze Girls (and took caps so I can hopefully do a post!), American History X is on(so that might put a slight damper on my euphoria, since I always cry at the end), and I may finally get a turban. Now if only it would really start to snow or ice and I could get off of school tomorrow...otherwise I have to do weight lifting in gym class. You can practically feel my excitement, I'm sure.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

To Fur With Love

Excuse the horrible pun in the title. Taking this opportunity to further procrastinate on making revisions to my English paper on Romanticism vs. Realism, I've decided to write about a new clothing obsession! Since in the past, I've made decisions to neglect this blog thinking that I'll write about my new style favorites and two weeks later I start seeing it everywhere; there was feathers, tamer versions of an Amy Winehouse beehive, and countless other instances. This time, cruel world, you will not triumph!!!

Was that weird?

Ah, it's really is nice to be back.

This may spark some negative feedback, but damn I just have to get this off my chest; I love fur. I love the look of real fur, but I just can't get over the fact that it was once a living breathing little creature with feet (tiny little feet!) and eyes. The only fur thing I own is my grandmother's mink wrap, and since it's vintage I feel as if it would kind of be a waste not to wear it. Over the top, floor length furs are definitely not what I'm talking about when I say I like fur. J-Lo is definitely not the look I'm going for. What I'm really looking to buy next is a nice faux leopard print coat or something equally simple. Oh fur, why must you be so tempting?

Fur has popped up in many different designer's Pre-Fall collections in all different forms (my favorite being the embellishment), which I'm sure is going to have PETA all up in arms. So I will most definitely be poking around my local Goodwill and the like for some vintage furs or some nice fakes. Now if only I could find a fake of that blue Nina Ricci number...

As I was lurking Etsy trying to figure out the newest way to spend money, I stumbled across Cherry Pick Vintage, a shop that is offering two gorgeous faux-fur coats (and many other lovely items) that are woe, too small for yours truly.

This coat...this coat is my dream. Versatile, neutral colored, and faux. I think I actually did have a dream about it last night. Along with a scary denim jumpsuit that in a state of severe grogginess when my mom came to wake me I thought was standing by itself in the doorway next to her.

Anywinehouse, I don't have enough to buy it and even if I did, it's sized all wrong for me at an XS-S. Curse my need to eat! My skinny sisters, snatch it up before I have to force myself to go on a diet consisting solely of baby food and crack. Does crack even make you lose weight? I haven't exactly been keeping up on the side effects of the narcotics du jour.

Obviously the more formal of the two, I would find a way to rock this all day, everyday. Can you believe that I just quoted Cha Cha Diva? Oh of course you can. It reminds me somehow of the one my gran gifted me, so I won't be buying such a close match anytime soon. You can find it here for $53.

And before anyone decides to spam my comments with links to PETA videos of live animals being skinned, let me just inform you that I've seen those videos and I think they're appalling(as any normal human being would). Doesn't mean I'm not allowed to covet the fakes and be inspired by the real thing!

PS: What do you think about me changing my url? I want to change it to, but I'm not sure. It will be the same blog, same Dilemma, just a different home.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Take Me To the Riot

So far, this Haute Couture season has been underwhelming. But do you know who didn't disappoint?

Galliano for Christian Dior, clearly.

Someone on the runway models livejournal community I frequent mentioned that it looked very Gustav Klimt inspired and I'd most definitely have to agree with that assessment. Some of the geometric prints (emphasis on triangles) are almost identical to those on the coats and gowns.

Rehashed? Yes, these may closely resemble designs of past seasons (personally I do not see any likeness nor do I really care), but:






The last dress is probably the most incredible thing I have ever seen in my life. It's even better in motion.

The way it sparkles and billows (well to be fair, a silver lame tube dress would probably billow on Vlada R), the colors and the detail you know it must have. Considering the fact that I have no soul, I figure that if someone was willing to give me that dress in exchange for human blood, well let's just say I would be hard pressed to turn down that offer. And besides, I was just saying to my mom the other day how awesome it would be to be a hit man like Denzel in Man on Fire! Didn't care much for the movie itself, but how much do you love those action sequences!? Denzel sticking a bomb up a guy's rectum? GENIUS!

Besides, even if this collection is repetitive, it's got to be a whole lot better than the stumpy legged madness that was Chanel.

Like, I think said rectal bomb from Man on Fire was more inspiring/flattering than this collection. I may never wear flats again.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Secret World of Haute Couture

All your questions about Haute Couture answered in the form of the BBC Documentary "The Secret World of Haute Couture."

Highly informative and highly entertaining if you're like me and daydreaming about all the Galliano gowns you could purchase if you find the right billionaire to marry is your idea of a fun time. Special guest appearances are made by Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano. Glee! Oh Karl, you're a bean.

More seriously though, that kind of lifestyle absolutely intrigues and amazes me (aka I would die if I ever got the chance to live like that). I think the main reason people don't understand haute couture or fashion in general is that they don't understand that particular fascination; why spend so much time, man power, and money on a piece of clothing? There are so many people in our own respective countries and countries worldwide who are dying, starving, and diseased; they wonder how anyone could find this outrageously lavish lifestyle justifiable.

Thoughts? Opinions? Would you ever spend thousands and thousands of dollars on haute couture?

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Another One Bites the Dust

Are you seeing what I'm seeing?


And after Karl paid homage to her signature beehive hairdo and winged eyeliner?

What is this world coming to????

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

An Ode to Lucky Magazine

Let's get this out of the way right now; hi, my name is Dilemma, and I am a magazine-aholic. I have literally piles, shelves, and BOXES of all sorts of magazines that I am unable to throw away(I get attached to things very easy). My favorite activity on a quiet day is sitting by the TV with a good zombie movie or one of my Golden Girls DVDS and flipping through old style magazines. Of course, there is one magazine that single handedly steals my heart time and time again.

Was the Hello Kitty tiara too much?

If you don't read or subscribe to Lucky magazine, what are you waiting for? I've been reading Lucky for about 4 and a half years now and it's the only magazine where I can ogle Marc by Marc Jacobs dresses and Missoni shoes but still find amazingly priced goods/websites that are equally appealing(more on that in a post to come). The content is straight to the point clothes, shoes, and beauty products; no diet tips or tired Thin Debate article that reiterates the same crap as all the other magazines are pushing. I love the sections where they "shop with the pros" for beauty products, and the Shopping Report that tells all about stylish boutiques around the country. And the Shoes of the Month Section? Don't even get me started. And you know what? I actually read the things that celebrities say because gasp! shock! surprise! This fashion magazine actually has the celebrities comment about all things style related! No talk about their new crappy movie (or if you want to use show biz lingo and call it a 'project') or how they "try not to get wrapped up" in the "Hollywood party scene" because that's just "not the kind of people they associate themselves with". Reading that stuff is BORING. Maybe some of us WANT to associate with pretentious LA scenester garbage, stop being such a killjoy!

Celebrities aside, my favorite thing about Lucky is the fact that it serves as a starting point for people who are just getting into fashion/and or just starting to experiment with their look. The magazine showcases many different looks for all kinds of personalities, and shows you how to pair basics together to create their own look without, you know, looking like you stepped out of a magazine.

Ah, old reliable. How I love you so.

So mon amis(I CAN HAS FRENCH CLASS?), what's your favorite magazine?

A/N: Eugh, I just visited Isabel's (Hipster Musings) blog and realized that I accidentally copied the title on this post from a recent post she did on an ode Sassy and Ellegirl. This is why I rarely write anything in this blog, because when I do SOMETHING ALWAYS GOES WRONG. DAMMIT. SOMEONE BRING ME WIRE HANGERS SO I CAN HIT MYSELF IN THE HEAD FOR MY STUPIDITY. I know, I really need to stop writing these posts when I'm groggy.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The Neverending Hiatus

To be honest, I don't really know where I was going with the title. Since I'm posting the hiatus obviously is ending. Rejoice! Rejoice! I'm probably the only one rejoicing, but that's alright.

I kind of wanted to start things off with a hit or miss list, but then I was like, "You ALWAYS start with a hit or miss list after a hiatus, you bore." So instead, I've opted to (as usual) draw on my past and my love for nostalgia to write about my new jewelry obsession.

Do you remember that movie, that AWESOME, GROUNDBREAKING, EARTH SHATTERING movie The Neverending Story? Of course you do, and in remembering that, you remember the very basis of the plotline?

That's right. AURYN It was the magical key into the land of Fantasia. But do you know what I see it as? An inspiring fashion accessory! Yes, I've been obsessed with snake jewelry since some time last year when I saw a ridiculously overpriced AURYN-like necklace at Aldo, but didn't have enough money to fit the bill. My hunt for the perfect snake accessory kind of fizzled out after I moved on to bigger and better fashion issues, but this Christmas my obsession has been renewed!

I ordered this GirlProps snake ring and have been wearing it nonstop ever since it arrived in the mail. I think I could literally reorganize my entire wardrobe around this little piece of heaven.

So as I'm rocking my lovely snake ring one day, my Favorite Store Ever was having a big sale. They're jewelry selection is always major, and I knew I was bound to find something good. Little did I know that I would find the snake necklace that would satisfy my urge for all things snake, reduced from $25 to only $10! Sometimes life is too good to me.

C'est génial, non? Wow, I can't believe I actually remembered that. Maybe it's because we're actually learning things in French now instead of just sitting around doing wordsearches on the first 20 vocab words we learned at the beginning of the year. Anyway, I was looking around for more snake merchandise on Etsy and one of the only things worth mentioning was this necklace. This could be the first gold addition to the snake fest that is currently taking over my wardrobe. ragtrader $18.00

Annnd we're back to GirlProps. I seriously cannot get enough of their website and more importantly, their slogan. "Inexpensive...we never say cheap!" Even though I love the word cheap. If "cheap" had a smackdown versus the ever popular "classy", cheap would kick classy's stingy ass. Metophorically speaking. Whoa, I seriously need to go to sleep.

I recently bought the Rachel Zoe "Style from A to Zoe" book (YES I KNOW SHE'LL ALWAYS BE LEATHERFACE BUT IT'S A FUN BOOK OK) and she mentions and pictures bracelets like this only about 100 times throughout. They look divine and, dare I say it, chic on the toothpicked armed starlets she dresses, so I would try to work this to the best of my ability completely disregarding the fact that I ate almost an entire tin of Royal Dansk (Cholesterol Free, mind you) sugar cookies today. Sigh. GirlProps $6.99.

We'll end in true Dilemma Knows, with a pair of earrings that appear to depict snakes throwing up diamonds.

Now that's just plain vulgarity.

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