Sunday, 20 November 2011

Have yourself a spiritual little Christmas...

Well, I can deny it no longer: the holidays are here. Christmas, in particular, is fast approaching, and bringing with it the sensation of impending doom and the Nightmare Before Christmas: credit card hell. “With a look at bank statements and a sense of great alarm, I have seen grown men give out a shriek. With a wave of my hand and a feather, understandably, I have swept the very bravest off their feet.”

While it is extremely difficult to divorce ourselves from this mindset at this time of year, I think it is particularly important to in our day and age. Times are hard enough, in my mind, without poisoning what has the potential to be a truly beautiful time of the year. It is now that we should be forgetting, or at least trying to see beyond, our earthly troubles, focusing instead on the enduring qualities of friendship, love and family.

So, in the true spirit of the holidays, I am putting together a slightly more ‘spiritual’ post than usual. I proudly present to you my Christmas wishlist. Here’s to friendship, love and family. I’ll raise a glass of eggnog to that!

Francesca de Grandis is…a mystic. A comedienne. An enlightened soul. A non-dogmatic, non-evangelical, all-loving, most-everything-knowing, down-to-earth, hilarious spiritualist. Her writings are never dogmatic, do not talk down to the reader or dare to presume to, gasp, tell you what to do. Instead, they encourage, uplift, spark curiosity, inspire, and just make downright sense. Her newest book, Share My Insanity, is perhaps the most approachable, especially for those who do not identify with any one religion, or the concept of religion, per say. The words within the pages do not speak so much to faith or belief, let alone declare-your-allegiance-or-become-subject-to-Dante’s-inferno. Instead, they focus on, true to the book’s subtitle, knowing your beauty, being free, and fulfilling your fantasies. Talk about a holiday trio! Buy the book on Amazon.

VK Lillie is a design duo made up of mother and daughter Vanessa and Kira Lillie. Vanessa, the inspiration, has been making medicine bags since Kira can remember. Now Kira has taken the concept to a whole new level, producing the bags in vintage glove leather, fringing them with crystals and stringing them on gold or silver chains, creating exquisite and unique necklaces. But here’s the kicker: the necklaces aren’t just pretty, they’re spiritually practical as well: each medicine bag, which is hand-crafted and utterly unique, comes equipped with seven semi-precious crystals designed to remedy the ills of everyday life. I’ll take them all, please. Check out the collection at

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Winner winner chicken dinner

Yes, I know, I have dropped off the face of the planet recently - sorry about that. But, I am happy to announce that the giveaway has officially closed and a winner has been selected... Congratulations to Carolynne S!!! I will be emailing you pronto to get your new bag to you ASAP. Thank you so much to everyone who took part - and don't worry if you didn't win this time. We have an equally glamorous new giveaway lined up soon, so watch this space...

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

LV giveaway - UPDATE

Well, because Mother Teresa has nothing on me, the giveaway is officially EXTENDED! Like a family involving uncles with tendencies towards pedophilia. Without the desire to wear overly baggy loungewear at Thanksgiving. And all you have to do now is follow me via Google Friend Connect and Bloglovin! Now that, that is just like marshmallow sweet potatoes. (The best part of the whole thing, if you were wondering.)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Giveaway - *THE* monogram

Ich habe crazy. It's a disease. Really - but don't worry, I'm self-medicating. It doesn't appear to be working, though - another martini, dear sir! Hence, my ADHD use of dashes and this giveaway. But anyway, I'm giving in and going along with it, luckily for you. I promise - no 12 Steps for Crazies or Givers Anonymous (at least until someone wins the Louis Vuitton). Hey look - brackets! Oh. Shit.

Here are my demands (mwahaha):

1.) Go HERE and like the photo (yep, that's my 'happy-maniacal' face). It's my competition entry for Bloggers' Wardrobe, a blogger-brand community, so you'll have to like their page first to like the photo. You have until SEPTEMBER 16TH to like my photo. Or the hostages die.

2.) Follow me on Bloglovin and via Blogger/Google Friend Connect (see sidebar for both).

That's it y'all! Time for some poetry: who's it gonna be? Who's it gonna be? Who's it gonna be who wins the Louis V?

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

I dream in garlic butter

The most incredible gourmet garlic fries to ever grace your tastebuds, at Wayfarer, Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Burak Uyan

Do you think there's a way I can legalize my shoe addiction? Maybe I should just call it a day and go to rehab. I hear the clinics are pretty swanky these days. Bipolar withdrawal tendencies make the cleansing distinctly unfun though - last time consisted of broken tableware that was definitely not Greek and bouts of bunny boiler behaviour. Anyway, this shit is INSANE. My dreams of sculpture, serpents, and fluro stars bursting across my vision are so vivid I know I must be hallucinating. Best hit EVER. Ride the high.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Edit: gin, jewels, and gems of a different sort

Another incredible concoction born of the talented hands of my favourite Czech bartender: a Squirreltini. Basically a chocolate martini, I'm not even sure if it has any gin in it - it just sounded good in the title! Seriously though, this cocktail is liquid heaven.

The DANNIJO Court necklace: my must-have fall accessory.

Kelly Wearstler's SICK jewellery collection.

The Bar Method, Pure Barre, Cardio Barre...I'm obsessed with all of them! Change your body? More like transform your body! Love love love.

The Chocolate Cafe at Cannon Beach, Oregon, and the most DIVINE chocolate shake you will ever taste. Seriously. I'm making a return trip just for this shake. It's that good.

Images (from top):,, Net-a-Porter,

Saturday, 20 August 2011

It's all about the Miu Miu

The most impressive shoe of the season... seen in the Harper's Bazaar September issue...

...and the Vogue September issue...

...and the Marie Claire September issue...

...and the Elle September issue. So, basically, either editors really like these shoes, or they've gotten a lot of freebie mail recently.

Images (from top): Net-a-Porter and Refinery29

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Wrist wars

After spotting this story on the best-braceleted wrists on Refinery29 (Rachel Strugatz, pictured here, totally wins BTW), I remembered how much I adore bracelets, cuffs, and general wrist-and-hand adornments. Here are some of my favourite picks:

The EPIC Dinosaur Bones cuff from nOir, worn by Strugatz above.

A couple more picks from nOir. Find them here.

Kenneth Jay Lane Sculpted Branch Cuff

Pamela Love 7 Crystal Cuff

Made Her Think Mini Metal Thorn Cuff

Images, as attributed.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Romantic gothicism

Unlike, well, pretty much everyone else on the northern hemisphere, I am already dreaming of shorter evenings and a windchill factor. Fall! Ah, the beauty of autumn. Think about it: there's velvet, lace, and fierce shoe boots, not to mention the social acceptability of sequins and the reappearance of the hallowed Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.

As you can tell, what really gets my blood running about fall is the rebirth of certain trends, predominantly that of romantic gothicism. Luckily for me, this trend was a major presence on the fall 2011 catwalks (hallelujah!). Look out for my article on how to make romantic gothicism work in real life in the September (and the first!) issue of JENESEQUA iPad magazine (I just recently signed on as fashion editor, and I can tell you, I'm so excited for everything that is to come! I'll let you all know when it's available), but for now, some inspiration:

Inspiration on the Alexander Wang and Antonio Berardi Fall 2011 catwalks

Rue du Mail Top at Forward by revolve

The Lake & Stars Bra at Net-a-Porter

Young, Fabulous & Broke Jennifer Skirt at Revolve Clothing

Alexander Wang Devere Bag at Net-a-Porter

Low Luv X Erin Wasson Bone Armour Ring at Revolve Clothing

CC Skye Mad Max Pendant Necklace at Ideeli

Pelle Moda Famous Open Toe Booties at Shopbop

To see more, check out my Romantic Gothicism Pinterest Board.

Images: all copyright belongs to the respective sites, links above.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

The Edit: Bloody Aztecs and ballet and bargains, oh my!

As a bit of a globetrotter, it’s fair to say that I am exposed to a fair amount of culture simply by stepping outside. Today, I’ve decided to showcase some of my favourite global finds. Enjoy!

1.) They say it all begins and ends with a drink. Well, I do anyway. I’m most open to being plied with Don Julio tequila. I always try to get my Brave Bulls and Bloody Aztecs made with this, mostly unsuccessfully.

2.) I’ve mentioned this before, but I am TOTALLY OBSESSED with Mary Helen Bowers’ Ballet Beautiful fitness method. This ex-New York City Ballet dancer trained Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan, and has produced a fantastic method that I adore. It’s hard, but in a rewarding sort of way. I fit it into my routine four times a week, along with cardio (I prefer Tracy Anderson’s dance aerobics), pilates and yoga. I actually got stopped not so long ago in Starbucks by a guy who politely asked me if I do ballet. Result!

3.) This photo encompasses two of my new favourite places: Crossroads Trading Co. on Hawthorne in downtown Portland, where I snatched up this practically unworn (and yes, real!) Louis Vuitton bag for $25 (whoaaa, you say whaaaat? Uh huh), and Yolo Lounge on 4th, also in Portland. A swanky sushi lounge and martini bar, this place serves fantastic food (the spicy fries are TO DIE FOR) and the decor is sublime (think crystal chandeliers, red and black walls, and geishas rising out of 3D murals).

4.) The latest spoils of my online shopping habit: imported Italian leather handbag by Michael Rome, crystal bib necklace by Amrita Singh (love her; just ordered her Jitney necklace in green) and Invicta watch (originally $500, purchased for $50!).

5.) My favourite book, basically of all time. My copy is currently all marked up with squiggels and excessive underlining as I pick apart Murakami's lyrical prose for my own gain. It's an incredibly different process, reading a book for pleasure and reading a book from a writer's perspective. I'm currently engaging in the latter, as I struggle through the first draft of my own novel. But more on that later!

All images, my own, except for the photo of the crazy-beautiful, crazy-flexible Mary Helen Bowers of Ballet Beautiful.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Read this, bitches

Just kidding! (Kind of - you really do need to check this out.)

I was recently asked by the wonderful folks at Bloggers Wardrobe to audition for a spot in the BW network of top fashion bloggers (including some of my very favourites, Shini of Park & Cube and Anya of Pneumonia White). So, without further ado, here’s why I’d be a great addition to the BW team:

I’m not a famous blogger (yet!), but my readers are highly engaged (my Klout True Reach is 81), so if brands want customers, rather than just an audience, I’m your girl.

Keep your fingers crossed for me! I’m sure crossing mine (and my toes, arms, legs…eyes…). And make sure you head on over to to check out the deets and the fabulous bloggers already selected. Plus, if you're a blogger and you want a chance to be involved with Bloggers Wardrobe, you can contact them via their website - good luck!

Image: a collage constructed from screen shots, all copyright Bloggers Wardrobe.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

the Socialite

Today on the Socialite: postcard from New York!

Ah, New York. The real City of Lights, the city that never sleeps, my favourite place in the world. I'm sure you all know by now how much I love New York, so when I got an email from a potential paramour last week offering to fly me out for 5 days of the kind of fast-paced living that only New York can offer, I jumped at the chance. After the most blissful 9 hours I've ever spent inside a pressurized tin can (First Class = totally worth it) and a lovely limousine ride, I arrived at my final destination refreshed and relaxed (although I suspect the champagne in the limo may have had something to do with the latter quality), and ready to tear up the town.

My companion and I spent a marvellous 5 days in New York, enjoying late room service breakfasts in his suite at the Plaza hotel, indulgent brunches and treats at the Russian Tea Room, and rather unrestrained shopping at some of my favourites boutiques in the whole world (totally worth whichever one of Dante's circles I end up in. Whoever said money can't buy happiness just didn't spend enough).

Some of the highlights of my trip: daring each other to call up the butler at 2.30AM requesting 24-karat gold handcuffs and Dita Von Teese, the Dannijo Whitely necklace, Pierre Hardy shoes designed to mirror the Manhattan skyline (a perfect souvenir, no?), Hermès scarf and shoes, staying at the Plaza, and the treats at the Russian Tea Room. We ordered the same things everyday: pecan pancakes, cinnamon Russian toast, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and the Czar's gold and caviar parfait (nougat cream, toasted almonds, chocolate sauce and 24-karat edible gold).

Images, from top:,, Hermè, and