Sunday, December 16

Dussen Dussen

I love these prints since I'm a print fanatic.
They're just right for everyday wear.

Sunday, December 9

Re: Neiman Marcus + Target Collaboration

#fail?  I think not.  I'm so pleased to see that everything is still online and i can shop using my brain at full capacity, rather than buying things because of supply v. demand.  I am liking some of these things but i just wanted to point out these two things because quite frankly, one is très cool and the other is ridiculous but in an important way.

I think the Band of Outsiders cookie cutter set is *dare I say it* a mass marketed work of art.  It's sheds comical light on the entire collaboration and exploits the idea of infusing "designer"-ness into holiday-specific kitchen items.  In all honesty, the hyped-up entire *epic* Neiman Marcus + Target collaboration has, in my opinion, exposed the illusory appeal of getting designer duds at affordable prices.  It forces us to ask ourselves: what creative roles do designers have in the cultural and economic market, and why we pay more money for what they create?

At the end of the day, this collaboration has been underwhelming in sales because it reflects the over-saturation of the religious allure of the "name-brand" for the status-concerned consumer out there.  While many of the items are unique and wouldn't normally be found at Target, it also seems that the price increase for such items might not justify their value, making even the most aesthetically-inclined customer think twice about a X for Target product.  The existence of these objects, marketed, produced, and deliciously packaged as they are, force consumers to choose between the needs and wants of their everyday lives-- and more, to distinguish between what's timeless and what's trendy.

Perhaps not consciously, it seems to me that people have started to see that craftsmanship actually plays a role in the value of objects.  In fact, this collections points out how mass market consumers interpret the significance of the design process for private versus public objects.  It also raises questions about the integrity, vision, and creative choices that fashion-industry leaders make even in regards to such quotidian objects.  Ultimately, I think the irony of $29.99 Band of Outsiders' cookie cutters say it all-- they probably knew that they would still make a profit even if these little cutters ended up sale bins on the end caps of kitchen aisles in Targets across America.

Saturday, December 8

Breathe Design Madewell Picks

Today as in the last few weeks, Madewell has offered 25% off their entire site + free shipping.  CODE: CHEERS.  Since I've been focusing on my wedding stuff, I haven't had much of a chance to shop there but if I could, I would.  Here is my wish list:

Elizabeth and James Parka:  Love the detailing of this relaxed parka. (She's so pretty!)
Rachel Antonoff Dress:  Talk about a perfectly stunning holiday party dress
Leather Rucksack: On top of my most wanted lists for a long time.
Les Prairies Ankle Boots:  On sale with an extra 25% off -- been on my most wanted lists for a long time
The Zipcode Boot: I tried these on and they are extremely flattering because of where they cut off on your ankle.  On top of that, the heel is just perfect so your feet stay comfortable all day.
Mohair Mix Sweater: Love the subtle detailing around the necklace and so cozy!

Color Track Cardigan: I've seen this on a few girls in New York and it really looks so cute styled with practically anything.  The print is adorable and gives a pop to your good ole' winter cardi.
Striped Duet Dress: I've had my eye on this bugger for some time now.  It's not too pricey either.
Artdot Novelist Dress: I own this dress and it gets more wear from my closet than any other piece of clothing.  It's also on sale with an extra 25% off.  I wish I waited but then again, I wouldn't have been able to wear it all those times.  No regrets.

Monday, December 3

Iro Blue Leather Anabela Jacket

Why did you go on sale?
How did everyone find out?
You are amazeballz.
A sad day for my wantworthy list.

Thursday, November 29

Marc by Marc Jacobs Cream Tinka Print Dress

i am probably going to buy this next time i have too many feelings.
ssense notes that this was made in south not north korea.
just in case we might have guessed otherwise...

Wednesday, November 28

Michaele Vollbracht

Michaele Vollbracht
Love his logo.

Tuesday, November 27

Holiday Gift Ideas for Under $75

I have to make a confession here:  I enjoy shopping for gifts for other people more than I do myself.  Maybe it's some unhealthy desire to please people but if I had a dollar for every time I wanted to just buy something for someone because it was so *them* I would really have a lot of money to buy them those things.  As the holidays approach, here are some of my favorite ideas for gifts under $75 this season!  This is part of a series of gifts that I'll post for the upcoming weeks!

Alyson Fox for West Elm Chevron Pillow Covers $29:  Alyson Fox has been an amazing force in graphic prints for fashion for awhile now and her collaboration with West Elm stays true to her aesthetic, while making her art for lifestyle items affordable.

Coco Chanel Rogue Allure Lipstick $44: No girl will turn down a tube of Chanel lipstick in a classic red.  Even if she declares that she will just never wears such a *bold* color, it feels special and classic, and there will be an occasion that just calls for a red lipstick in every woman's life.

Handmade Growing Bracelet $75: You may not know what kind of necklace or earrings to get but in a world of arm parties, getting an incredibly original yet simple bracelet is a way of giving a handmade heartfelt and versatile gift.

Customized Baggu Tote Bag Collection $45-52:  These tote bags allow you to add a letter in 4 different font styles on them to customize them for your friends.  The Baggu duck bag is one of my favorite tote bags of all time because it's extremely durable, chic, and practical.  You can snap it up 3 ways-- wear it on your shoulder, around your body or as a tote.   Think of how cute it would be to have your friend's first initial on it!

Cashmere Infinity Scarf $79: Who doesn't love cashmere and who doesn't love infinity scarfs?  This scarf in so many colors would make for a luxurious gift for a loved one over the holidays.  Right now, this scarf is on sale for $79 from $99.  For any woman in your life, this is a safe no-brainer for that person who you just can't figure out what they like.

Stay tuned for more holiday gift ideas!

Sunday, September 16

Chanel Watch & Place Vendôme

Aerial view of the Place Vendôme.
Close-up on the octagonal dial of the PREMIÈRE watch, evoking the Place Vendôme.
Photo from © CHANEL

Friday, September 14

Fall Transition Outerwear from Zara


These badass jackets are from Zara.  They are killing it this season. 
I desperately want the first jacket - it's sort of perfect.
I tried on the third and can vouch for it.  You should buy it as soon as possible.
It's $129, and comfortable with real leather sleeves and the gold hardware looks goooood.
I would have bought it except I pooled all my resources together and
bought the etoile isabel marant kady leather jacket. (pics to come)
These are my picks, go get them or not.  You can find them here.

Monday, September 3

Shopbop $100 Giveaway!

The generous folks over at Shopbop offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win $100 to spend at their incredibly expansive site.  They're launching a new site so it'll be nice to browse with more ease.  Shopbop is great because they always offer free shipping!  To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave you name, email address, and let me know what YOU like best about my blog or wish I did more (so I can offer more of it!)   Rules: International readers can apply.  Giveaway winner will be announced on 10/1.  (PA residents do not qualify.)

Here are some of my favorite picks from their new arrivals:

Also, don't forget to follow Shopbop's Pinterest here!  Talk about a huge archive of fashion inspiration!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway, all you have to do is leave you name, email address, and let me know what YOU like best about my blog or wish I included more of.  Giveaway winner will be announced on 10/1! 

THE WINNER IS JESSALYN F!  Thanks to everyone for your comments-- I'll definitely keep them in mind.

Sunday, September 2

Deceptively Inexpensive Forever 21 Dresses

So I just recently solicited some feedback about what readers would like to see from the blog and one of them is:  affordability.  breathe design is a space where I curate the things I love and for the most part, want, but don't have.  However, in my real life, I've become a notorious money saver and take a lot of pride in finding clothes that look "expensive" but in actuality, are completely not.  I think it takes a lot of research, a keen eye, and most important, a shopping addiction to sharpen these completely useless skills.   Right now, Forever 21 is kind of my spot and amidst the disgusting array of terrible materials and club body-con dresses, there are amazing knock off pieces that are the cheapest you can find... even cheaper than Target.  Know that!  I like to invest in key pieces but when it comes to trends, I'm hasty and impulsive and I'm okay with that.  Below are the reasons why.

Prada Fall 2012
Rag & Bone Spring 2012 
 Proenza Schouler Spring 2012
No point of reference.  I just like it because it's fun!  Style it with a black tights, a leather jacket and now we're talking.
Faux DVF anyone?  Print is dynamic but also great for work.  Apparently it looks better on.

Forever 21 Picks:

I'm probably going to buy all the above.  Since most people say that they hate the store because it's overwhelming and makes you feel like exploited, ashamed, dirty, and deaf, here are some key tips for navigating Forever 21 as quickly and thoroughly as possible. (For other pieces, there's plenty more where this came from.  Stay tuned.)

(1) Know what cuts and shapes work for you.  They repeat a lot of styles in different prints so if you have one piece that you really love in a certain color/print/etc. -- look out for that immediately.
(2) Stay away from that rough polyester material.  Don't convince yourself it's okay because it's not.  You'll wear it once and probably get a rash.  Don'
(3) When it comes to print, it should be an immediate yes/no.  If you are not sure about a print, it's probably not good and you just think it is in relation to the crap around you.  (seriously, it becomes a time warp.)  Also, don't let prints/shapes from afar trick you into thinking it's good when you get up close.  It happens A LOT.
(4) Check out the jewelry.  There are so many good finds and for some reason they are all either $4.80 or $7.80.  It's ridiculous.  Who cares if it looks cheap, no one can tell.  No one is ever that close to you and you know what, looking cheap isn't always a bad thing.
(5) That extra embellishment that should NOT be on that piece of clothing is NOT okay.  You shouldn't have to live with the extra zipper/bow/sequin/patch/pleather/etc.  Skip it.  They know how to ruin a good thing and you shouldn't put up with it.
(6) Buy cheap basics.  They are good there.  I'm talking bras, tank tops, leggings, whatever.  If you are weeping over $2.80 for a tank top, you probably should not read this blog.  It probably offends you to no end.

For those of you who complimented my clean blog, sorry, this list wasn't clean but then again, is Forever 21 ever clean?  Can you ever feel organized there?   No.  They disorient you, that's how it works, but you're a warrior.