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New site: Stylenik.com

Thu, 09/23/2010 - 6:54AM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

 

Hey everyone, I've retired Fierst and started a new fashion site called Stylenik. Come visit!

 

 



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Shopping on Magazine Street in New Orleans' Garden District

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 11:13AM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

I had no idea what amazing shopping I was in for when I visited New Orleans for the first time this past weekend! The French Quarter was super fun, no doubt, but I'm so glad we ventured out to the Garden District for a day of wandering and browsing. Our bed & breakfast (The Green House Inn, which was lovely!) was conveniently located on Magazine St. near the amazing vintage, antique and custom shops of the Garden District. For fashion, my favorite stop was Branch Out, where they had a great selection of vintage and sustainable goods (see jewelry in image above and below). After being inside for five minutes, I turned around and as usual my husband was nowhere to be seen -- waiting outside I figured. But he was IN THE DRESSING ROOM. That was a first. He bought pants and a shirt, and I bought an amazing gold disco cross-body bag and a watercolor sheer top, both vintage and $20 each! Other favorites were Perch, a breathtakingly gorgeous home design boutique (which has been featured by Domino (RIP), Metropolitan Home and lots more), Retro Active, a jam-packed sensory extravaganza, and Hazelnut, with it's tempting and beautifully arranged vintage home products and jewelry. Check out my photos below. How I managed to only spend $40 remains a mystery.



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Playing With Polyvore; Already Addicted

Wed, 03/10/2010 - 2:41PM by kphilipk 0 Comments -



Apologies to ShopStyle -- I still love you! But I just started playing with Polyvore -- it seemed required after their big CEO news -- and its collage-making tool is pretty amazing. Look what I made! And holy crap I have work to do!



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My Three Favorites from the Oscars Red Carpet

Mon, 03/08/2010 - 12:42PM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

My top picks from last night's grandest of all red carpets are colorful, unconventional and veering towards the nutty -- as it should be. Why waste the Oscar red carpet on another boring, pale Cinderella frock (ahem JLO)? They are creative people, but they're most often seen being someone else. This is their chance to show off their own unique style and personality. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nicole Ritchie, and Zoe Saldana were true originals. Their looks received mixed reviews around the web, proving once again that fashion is often a subjective endeavor.

I loved this Dries Van Noten on Maggie Gyllenhaal the moment I laid eyes on it. It suits her to a T, and the dress on its own is a piece of art. Too bad about the creases, but I think we just have to accept that wrinkles happen. Even movie stars have to sit down.

 

I am just a sucker for a 70s silhouette like this one. The color, the big chevron pattern, the bell sleeves, the open back, the train -- the whole package just does it for me. And I love to see a shorty like Nicole Richie pull off a style like this. I was going to swear this was Missoni, but it's Reem Acra.

 

I could have done without the flap of fabric above the waist of the dress. I also don't love the shoes. There was already plenty of purple in the Givenchy dress, methinks. But there's something about the balance between the fluffiness in the skirt and the encrusted bodice that make me happy. The front slit looked awesome when she walked down the stairs on stage. I have also loved purple since sixth grade and I still recieve purple accourtrements (socks, scarves, hats, you name it) from my awesome grandmother. :)

 

 

 



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Fem Meets Rocker in Marquis & Camus Jewelry, at Billion Dollar Babes Today

Fri, 03/05/2010 - 8:47AM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

I love the Marquis & Camus by Sarah Kang jewelry line at Billion Dollar babes this morning. The pieces are a bit prim with a touch of rock an roll. Such a great combination. I'm particularly enamored of the plaid bowtie necklaces, with the little anchors and boat steering wheels (I just spent 10 minutes trying to find out if a boat steering wheel has a special name. Apparently it does not). The necklace above is actually from the 30 percent off section on her site (also see the sample sale section!). Below is my fave from BBB:

Her new work is even more gorgeous! This piece from her Red Carpet line is amazing:

Her work has multiple personalities: Victorian Romance, Red Carpet, Victorian Rebel, Lt. Camus, Modern Rebel and Joker. All are aptly named and swoon-worthy!



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The Fug Girls on Cowbell and Lipstick

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 5:05PM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

...just as the cure for almost anything is more cowbell, the cure for fake fashion frostbite is: more lipstick.

GoFugYourself: http://bit.ly/8YT6Uf



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Hats at Derek Lam Going Nowhere

Thu, 02/18/2010 - 12:32PM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

The models at Derek Lam didn't have to worry about losing their hats, regardless of how gusty the wind machines got. They were solidly tied down. Kind of wacky but I really like this one. Jaunty!



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Amazing Maison Martin Margiela Sale at 1st Dibs

Sat, 02/13/2010 - 4:56PM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

 

Private sale website 1st Dibs (it's like the Gilt of home products) launched a sale today featuring 300 vintage pieces from avant garde clothing design house Maison Martin Margiela. The site is collaborating with Resurrection boutique on the sale, which runs through the end of March (or March 13 depending on which site you look at). The unworn pieces are from Marcia Berger, a collector who no one seems to know much about, and who died in 2008. The items range from 1989 through 2001, and the sale commemorates Maison Margiela's 20th anniversary. It's maybe appropriate that it's also happening during fashion week, although I'm not sure people are paying so much attention to online sales when all the action is happening at the tents. Some key designs: the vintage kid glove top from 2001, the dress form dress from 1997, the vintage belt jacket from 2007 and the vintage military sock sweater from 1991. Too awesome.

Read more at the New York Times blog.

 



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BoingBoing Guest Post: Kate Nichols' Amazing Nano-Art

Fri, 02/12/2010 - 10:08AM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

Left: Hysteresis: luna, lunar caustic. Silver nanoparticles inside silver-mirrored glass tubing, wax. 17" x 4". 2009.

 

Right: Detail

Kate Nichols', who was already an amazing Renaissance-style artist using regular oil paint (actually oil paint that she makes herself) has a new medium: nanoparticles. In a quest to recreate the brilliant blue of the Morpho butterfly, the artist has also become a scientist. She discovered that the Morpho's color comes not from it's chemical make-up, like with paint, but from the shape and size of the nanostructures inside its wings. So she contacted nanotechnology scientist Paul Alivisatos who, unbeknownst to Nichols at the time, happens to be one of the most renowned scientists in the field. He's also the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, making it all the more impressive that Nichols became his first artist-in-residence. For about a year and a half, she's been synthesizing her own silver nanoparticles and using them to create amazing art. She was also recently awarded a prestigious TED fellowship, and is at the conference now, rubbing elbows with some of the smartest and most talented peeps on earth.

See the story on BoingBoing here, and Kate's website is here, and her TED page is here.



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ShopStyle Members Salute Alexander McQueen

Thu, 02/11/2010 - 3:27PM by kphilipk 0 Comments -

ShopStyle members are creating quite an impressive collection of styles to salute the late, great Alexander McQueen on this very sad day. See the rest of the ShopStyle tributes to this brilliant designer here.



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