Thursday, August 27, 2009

trip to LA boutique!!!

im no longer a boutique virgin! LOL...
boy did i have fun yesterday. me and the BF were going down to LA to see THE DEAD WEATHER at the WILTERN (personally my favorite venue ever!). it was my b-day present from june, he got me tickets, so it was really nice to have something to look forward to. i just called yesterday my unofficial un-birthday. i had a flippin' blast!

so a 2 hour drive, with my new luver sweet punk siouxie sioux


thank god for air conditioner, because it was like 110 degrees in the valley and a good 90 in los angeles. at least it was a dry heat i guess...man, this bag is just hotness...just call me a LAMPEAHITE!!



look what's right on the corner of melrose....i just love these new ads



and then, after we managed to find parking in front of some house, un-metered....(SCORE!) I ran to the intersection on melrose to gaze at the boutique in all it's glory



gigantic lola ad....the perfume bottles are so cool. but i couldn't figure out how to open it, so i didn't get to test it.

and there was security too. i thought "damn! my only hope is to find this 'gabby' of legend...."



to be continued....

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

the best bag Mj has ever made...

okay, i might be biased, but shoot. do you know how long i have been after this bag?? years. literally years....


and it came the other day....and so what did i do? i wrote like the sappy bag addict that i am....



"The funny thing about rock today: it hardly exists....it's manufactured, it's something you can buy at a store devoted to replicating the rock and roll look. It's spotted on celebrities and it trickles it's way down from Kate Moss's ankles, to Barneys, to H&M and pleather and target. What happened to indiviuality? What happened to the alternative movement? What happend to the boy who got fired at Perry Ellis for sending grunge down the runway? You're punk rock if your damned, if you do, if you dont. And I cherish that thing that's a manufactured homage to the movement, to the people and to this rock star trend we have running full stride. And I thank you MARC JACOBS for bringing it mainstream, even if i hate the trendiness of it all and gag on rubber at the thought of a PVC punker jacket....

MJ: recent graduate of Parsons School of Design in NYC. he was given the golden thimble award the year I was born, 1984. Some sort of magic was in the air or just some sort of happening happened to occur the year I was born. Whatever it was, it is something I love now and look forward to with each fashionweek passing. Marc Jacobs tested the limits and prudence of the fashion world early on, taking sportswear and turning it underground mainstream, tapping into the vast untapped world that today floods out on myspace blogs, NYLON magazine and quirky no-named it-girl streetstyle around the globe. What is currently capitalized on was a F-U to the world of high fashion, class and money back when MJ made headway up the flights of stairs in the wide world of fashion. MARC JACOBS is decades beyond the times, and decades past in the past. he is never current and that is why his design is eternal.

Every time I sit down to write about this man and his designs I always start in one place with a conscise direction, and somehow when I'm done, it's never where it intended to be, and I somehow have an even deeper appreciation for the design house I openly praise. This time I was going to write a paralelism on how the brand marc jacobs and the whole punk movement share so many things, all in celebration of scoring a holy grail bag I have been chasing like a wild fox chases a white rabbit. And once again, I am diverted into another realm of relization of how extensive and smart this brand truely is. Or at least appears to those that love it.

I devoted a blog to it, i've owned it, sat on it, carryed it, drawn it, nearly everything but ingested it, although it's essence bleeds through me from the items to the soul and back again in a converstaion I have with these aspects of design I cherish in my closet. I went on a trip to italy, and my roomates prized ppossession was a MBMJ coat. I didn't understand it at the time, or the nakedness and insecurities she spoke of when mentioning how much she loved the brand, while otherwise retaining an air of snooty fashion-student demenure around everyone else. No. I did not know of it at the time....only that it was a lot of $$ and a name.

But when I got back, I learned and researched and fell in love with a Karen Elson Vogue Editorial shoot, a single picture of a redhead with a cat in the bag.....I was smitten, and stupid me, thought it was chanel at the time. A kisslock, and an order of fate later, I had in my hands the golden wrapped holy grail called the stam bag in my hands. I was terrified to use it, the thought of it made me feel like a child holding bone china or her mothers porcelain blue bird music box that I broke when I was 10. It was huge and heavy and all mine....and she's still mine, that precious stam. I've gone through the years after that, picking up bags here and bags there and swapping them out like marbles or trading cards with other fellow bag lovers and fetishitas....always having a few bags in mind that were always a bit out of reach.

The Sweet Punk bags from 2006 were one of them. Ever since I saw stock photo's of these, I was smitten, love-bitten....I wanted one so very badly. I'd been sniped out, outbid, everything you can imagine in pursuit of one of these bags...and by some terrible luck, just last week....the ultimate attainability in MJ was given to me....

In all the irony of materializing PUNK ROCK and bringing it mainstream in these bags, MJ has done another one of those magic tricks of his and pulled it off. It's taken years for the mainstream fashion world to catch on, and now there's pyramid studs, cigarette pants and black rock, punk galore down the runways. I like to think of MJ as the innovator of a lot of this recent movement....and for his sake, it was done out of the love of the music and the people who made it: paying homage to them in the best way he knew how, handbags.


Monday, August 24, 2009

something wicked this way comes....

think 1980's....
eyeliner, arabian nights....
siouxie...yes siouxie...
punk, goth, those studs.....
sweet sweet punk...
the holiest of holy grails, and one of the bags i have been stalking is on it's way...
to the girl who loves MJ!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

imitation is the sincerest form....but prada??!


i know MJ loves to borrow the old and interpret it on his own. heck, he's even blatantly ripped off now and again....from vintage finds. heck he even had a lawsuit over a scarf design not too long ago... but now prada seems to be moving in on his iconic pushlock. seems like a low blow, cause this prada looks like a cheap-arse juicy bag to me....what do you all think?? flattery or flat out house-design snaffoo?

i generally like a lot of prada, find her stuff modern and innovative and artsy...but this makes me wanna open a can of whoop-a$$. the pushlock is really just PUSHING it!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

MJ lately...MJ daily....

so i've been really scrutinizing MJ purchases lately, partially because since i moved i have less $$ to spend, and so when i do, it's got to be REALLY well thought out. A friend of mine got me a giftcard for my b-day and I found some really cute MBMJ sunglasses at NM last call. model # 069. they were $90 at the last call, and so i came home and fleabayed them...low and behold, a mere $37.

Amazon, the place i got the GC to, $67...so i sat it out. i was actually surprised Amazons prices are so much higher than *bay. I was looking for an american girl doll for my nieces bday and it was like almost double retail. WTF!

anyways, by some way of shopping luck, the sunglasses suddenly got discounted on A.com, down to $47....just under $50 and good enough. So I bought them. and I really like tehm. I have a pair of aviators (mock raybans aviators done by REACTION by Kenneth Cole) that cost me a whopping $9.99 at ROSS....i figure if im not gonna try to pull off the angelina jolie/megan fox look very often, no use in buying the raybans...maybe one day down the road...who knows...

I did pay mucho $$ for the wayfarer II's i have....and i have worn tose puppies into the dust. SO i got the 'hipster/beatnick/bob dylan brooding' glasses, the fun '50's art girl/i could work at MJ or an art gallery' studded ones, and then the rarely used 'i feel like a sexy adventurer-dont f**k with me' aviators.

And then there's the tale of the watch. I have been in love with the MJ snakeskin molly watch since I first laid eyes on it.

it's sleek, yet chunky. sexy but punky. LOVE. pure fricken love. but the prices, however discounted on *bay were always out of my budget. The lowest I had ever seen it was like around $180....but another score, I found on *bay....$29. flat. bam.i think it retailed for $300...so what is that, 90% off? that's some serious recession/depression deal. i put a snipe in and somehow fate reared it's semiautomatic arsenal and shot down anyone who dared bid against me. so I got that sweet sweet bling. the pyramid studs tell me what time it is. how effing punk rock is that!?!?! GAH!

next up...the small leather goodies...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

electric violet problems

mn, i hate to have to write this, but sadly i do. it's come to my attention through various forum posts that aapreantly the indigo color and electric violet color done in the hillier hobo's from MJ have some 'wear' issues...

i dunno if these issues have to do with the adhesion between the color dye and the leather, or if it is a cheaper method of coloring leather or if the whole economic thing has caused my favorite brand to cut a few corners here and there...but sadly my hillier has shown signs of wear (as well as several of my MJ obsessed friends online) and so im parting ways with her.

im really saddened by this because electric violet is the worlds most perfect shade of violet...

oh how i wish i could just view the world in rose colored goggles...