Ideal Summer Must: Designer Card Case

Designer Card Cases
Upon first reading the title I’m sure you thought,
“Card case? Why the f%*^ does this chick care so much about a card case?”
Well, b*@$# I’ll tell you why.

1. Super space-saver – Summer’s right around the corner, I will be carrying MUCH smaller handbags, won’t you? To avoid the bulk, I plan to trim down what I carry with me and minimalize my wallet down to one of these bad boys
2. Amazingly gorgeous (well, these are at least) – from exotic skins to funky irridescence, designer card cases add jusstttt enough pizzazz to be “my little secret”. Imagining some of these fabrics in an all-over handbag gives me a headache, but this small of an accessory is unique and an adorably petite way to show personality
3. At less than $250, yes, you can totally go for it…because the handbag versions of these are all $600+

photo 4photo 5 photo 3

As you can see (above) I’ve already scored the metallic 3.1 Phillip Lim version for my summer accessory arsenal, and in case you’re interested, these are the ones listed above starting from upper left corner:
- Brown Croc, Aspinal of London, $59
- Grey / White tonal, Giorgio Armani, $248
- Naked Lady pin-up, Paul Smith, $200
- Blue lizard, Coach, $298
- Metallic Fuschia, Saint Laurent, $275
- Grey + Blue Ostrich, Maison Takuya, $240
- Orange, Valextra, $240
- B&W, Alexander McQueen, $325
- Blue/Green, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $150
- Tiffany blue ostrich, Tiffany, $185
- Embossed Ribcage, Alexander McQueen, $165
- Blue Stars, Jimmy Choo, $245

How to Pronounce Designer Names 101

Just in time for the start of #NYFW, the staff at Harper’s Bazaar was kind enough to compile an introductory list of designer names that the average person may have a tough time pronouncing…whose show am I watching again??

Anna Sui: anna swee

Ann Demeulemeester: ann de-mule-eh-meester

Azzedine Alaia: azz-eh-deen ah-lie-ah

Badgley Mischka: badge-lee meesh-kah

Balenciaga: bah-len-see-ah-gah

Balmain: bahl-mahhhhn

Bottega Veneta: bow-tay-guh vah-netta

Christian Lacroix: christian luh-kwa

Christian Louboutin: christian loo-boo-tan

Comme des Garçons: comb dey gah-sown

Dolce & Gabbana: dol-chey and gab-ana

Dries Van Noten: drees van know-ten

Gareth Pugh: gareth pew

Giambattista Valli: gee-am-bah-tease-ta vah-lee

Gianfranco Ferre: gee-ahn-franco feh-ray

Givenchy: zjee-von-shee

Hermès: er-mez

Hervé Léger: air-vay lay-jah

Hussein Chalayan: hoo-sane sha-lion

Issey Miyake: iss-ee mee-yah-key

Jean Paul Gaultier: zhon paul go-tee-ay

Junya Watanabe: jun-yah wat-an-ah-bey

Kinder Aggugini: kinder ag-ooh-gee-nee

Lanvin: lahn-vahn

Loewe: loh-wev-eh

Louis Vuitton: loo-wee vwee-tahn

L’Wren Scott: la-ren scott

Maison Martin Margiela: may-sohn martin mar-jhell-ah

Marchesa: mar-kay-sah

Mary Katrantzou: mary cat-trant-zoo

Miu Miu: mew-mew

Monique Lhuillier: monique le-hu-lee-ay

Moschino: mos-key-no

Olivier Theyskens: oh-liv-ee-ay tay-skins

Proenza Schouler: pro-en-zuh skool-er

Rochas: row-shahs

Rodarte: row-dar-tay

Roksanda Ilincic: roksanda ill-in-chik

Salvatore Ferragamo: sal-vah-tor-re fer-ra-gah-moh

Sonia Rykiel: sewn-yah ree-key-el

Thakoon: tah-koon

Versace: vur-sah-chee

Yves Saint Laurent: eve san lau-ron

Yohji Yamamoto: yoh-jee yam-ah-mo-to

My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

It took me a bit longer this year to really pinpoint what I want to attempt to change over the course of the next 12 months… I toyed with a few initial ideas:

  • ∞  Stop, Breathe, Notice the Stressor: an attempt to de-stress my life a bit by pinpointing the triggers
  • ∞  Drink More Water—doesn’t everyone say this?
  • ∞  Think LESS: stop over-thinking, nit picking, over-analyzing, etc. ENJOY LIFE…yeah, I should probably keep this one, lol.

Ultimately, though, I want to de-clutter my life. It started once I moved from DC to NYC. I gave away/sold/donated over 3 Hefty trash bags’ worth of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories. That put 2 things in clear perspective for me: 1. HOLY SH#* I waste a lot of money on clothes I don’t wear too often, and 2. HOLY F*$% I own way too much shit for someone my age. Moving into a studio apartment seemed like a death sentence when I was in D.C. Hell, even when we signed our lease here I was apprehensive because of the lack of closet space. Since last June I’ve come to realize that you just don’t need all that STUFF. Of course I’ve still shopped after we moved, but I’ve been smarter about it…because I had to. I’ve made an agreement with my boyfriend to tell him every purchase I make, otherwise he’ll just call me out on it and tickle me into submission. Yes, you read that right. Tickling is my weakness. I simply f*$%ing hate it.

In an effort to de-clutter my life ASIDE from my closet, I’ve also opted out of certain things. The biggest one? Twitter. Ah, yes, it feels SO great to no longer be a member of a social community that gives me more headaches than pleasure. Buh bye “Dolce & Gabana have tweets for you”. No…they don’t. Liar. PEACE OUT CUB SCOUT!
Twitter Deactivation Screenshot

Have a happy new year ladies and gents. What positive changes are you going to make in the new year?

My Christmas Wish List

My list this year is a bit shorter than years past. Maybe it’s a new-found maturity, maybe it’s the tiny NYC apartment that will need to house everything, who knows, but this year I’m not asking for nearly as much and I’m happy about that. HINT TO ALL RELATIVES: See below :)
2013 Christmas Wishlist

1. Sephora gift cards
With a very scant post-grad-internship income, gift cards are gold. Especially when it comes to pricey things like French cosmetics brands :)

2. Hot water bottle
This one in particular is über luxe with faux fur on one side and a cashmere merino blend on the other—from Club Monaco, of course. Why am I asking for this? If you’re asking this question you must have a penis, or you’re just seriously blessed when it comes to your monthly cramping. For that, I envy you. Otherwise, I’d like to indulge a bit and ease my intense monthly pains with something as soft as a bunny. Hell, if you can find one with real rabbit fur I’ll take it!

3. John Masters Organics Cacao and Cupuacu Body Butter
Try saying that three times fast! But seriously, this is by far one of the most nourishing body balms I’ve come across. With a decadent lingering smell of cocoa on your skin, there is no better way to banish dry patches and eczema this winter.

4. Heattech Basics from UNIQLO
The Japanese powerhouse, UNIQLO, not only has amazing price points, but also great products. I’ve been wanting to try one of their lines in particular because people across all industries have raved about it—HEATTECH. From the name you know it’s supposed to keep you warm, and with leggings at under $20? I’m SO game. I’d love to grab a few tanks, leggings, and socks…in black and grey of course. (Psst…I take an xs in tops in Uniqlo, small in bottoms/size 25, and I rock a size 9 shoe ;) )

5. Carine Roitfeld’s Irreverent
Always on the hunt for another fashion coffee table book to add to my collection, Irreverent provides great insights into the mind of Roitfeld. It’s no secret that her name is synonymous with cutting edge style, and it’s no surprise that I have her written inner workings as part of my reading list.

6. Frye Abigail Riding Boots
Though they may seem a bit simple, Abigail is one tough broad. Crafted in Spain, these babies are my ideal every day boots to wear to work. There are no unnecessary adornments or embellishments to detract from the beauty of the hide; in fact, the leather is vegetable tanned to keep the natural grain and markings of the skin.

7. A J.O.B.
Really, isn’t this just what everyone wants? A stable salary, health benefits, paid overtime (ha! I’m getting too greedy here), the feeling of FINANCIAL SECURITY. Yeah, that would be nice, but maybe this should be a New Year’s Resolution instead…