January 31, 2011

I was reminded of the Levi's mermaid commercial from the 90's when the song from the ad popped into my head today.  

Stills via BUF

Incidentally, the ad was directed by the luminary Michel Gondry.  The song from the ad was Underwater Love by Smoke City.

January 30, 2011

I was in Israel last October for a wedding, and we took in the country on some great road trips. 

I'd always been utterly fascinated by the Dead Sea and indeed, it didn't fail to disappoint one bit.  The scenery was otherworldly and it was simply zen-like to float in its hyper-salinated waters.

These moonscape-esque photos are just begging to be played around with...

January 28, 2011

Often times, the more subtle the music, the more I'm drawn to its varying layers and compositions... 

Dimlite is such an artist I've been a fan of for quite some time - his often delicate melodies strike a perfect balance with his offbeat drums and experimental samples. Most importantly, it never tires. Perhaps his upbringing in rural Switzerland offered him plenty insight into organic music-making?

He is signed to the luminous Sonar Kollektiv label and has released three immaculate LPs - Runbox Weathers (my personal fave), This Is Embracing and Prismic Tops.

Images via Souled On, Sonar Kollektiv and Stones Throw

January 27, 2011

Ok, so I’ve been a not-so-secret Gossip Girl fangirl for what seems like a lifetime now.  Yes, I admit, GG has jumped the shark... I still love it nevertheless and will keep watching for its fashion, characters and witty banter – and most definitely for the brilliant New York Magazine recaps, posted the day after each episode airs.  If you’re a GG fan and haven’t been enlightened to this blog – well, you’re missing out, girlfriend!

In this week’s episode I mused over how much Serena looked like Lily when she impersonated her mother to access her safety deposit box.  The hair, makeup, and statement necklace...well done, crew!

Images via The CW and my own terrible screen shot

January 25, 2011

Can't wait to check out these two exhibitions when I return to Shanghai...

Culture Chanel Exhibition at MoCA
Featuring over 400 items, the exhibition illustrates the life of Chanel and her relationship with artistic movements including painting, music, dance and writing.  

“The story of Chanel is really a story of emotions, of images and words. It is not just a history of fashion. It is more a history of feminine behavior. It is a social history by itself.”
-- Jean-Louis Froment, Curator of Culture Chanel

Images via WWD and La Chanelphile

Karl Lagerfeld: Photography at 18Gallery

Karl began shooting photographs in 1987. Shooting mainly portraits, his subjects included models Adnan Taletovich, Linda Evangelista, Helena Christensen and Patricia Velasquez. His photographic style stays true to his love of monochromatic black & white.

All images via ARTLINKART

Hmmm, life certainly seems rather Chanel-centric right now~

January 24, 2011

My friend Zara from New Zealand is not only the creative brains behind the hip Stolen Girlfriends Club label, she's also fashion editor at the uber-cool NO Magazine.

One of my fave editorials of hers, even if some volumes old, is one featuring the beautiful Zippora Seven and shot by the multi-talented Karen Inderbitzen-Waller.

Images via Zara's blog

January 21, 2011

Had my phone pick-pocketed at the Zara sale last weekend (grrrr...) The silver lining comes in the form of the HTC Desire in white + Android. 

I'm obsessed.

January 20, 2011

Total sweater weather right now.

Found these authentic vintage sweaters on Taobao - gimme big, comfy and cozy, please!

All sweaters from 金宝宝外贸服饰 and 亲爱的佳佳

January 18, 2011

Reflections are stolen moments.

January 17, 2011

Those that have been to Tokyo and taken the subway will be familiar with the campaign posters used to promote good manners on the metro.

However, it was back in the 70's and 80's when these campaign posters really packed a punch.  

The messages in these posters include: respecting other people's space; not running for the train when the bell chimes; remembering your umbrellas; and specifying designated hours when smoking is prohibited. 

Images via Pink Tentacle

January 16, 2011

Full Bars

Forget investing in gold bars when you can invest in this (far more usable) gold bar in the form of Chanel's vintage minaudiere.

Rare and expensive, of course. 

A far more affordable alternative (and a damn good one at that) is Matt Bernson's gold bar clutch, made with gold patent leather and a cinch at $98.

Whilst we're on the subject of Chanel's whimsical and highly covetable handbags...

I remember exactly when the cassette/vinyl accessories came out because I was stalking them through my young, penniless eyes. I actually ended up scrounging up enough money to buy the cassette earrings, and I was sure I was the happiest girl in the world.

All images via The Purse Blog, Designer Chanel Blog, Urban Outfitters, Matt Bernson, Luxirare E-shop, Love Love Love, On Que Style, Style, and Trend Hunter.

Now, don't even get me started on Chanel shoes...

January 14, 2011

MANIAMANIA is a jewellery label hailing from Australia and although still fledgling, their strong collections have already garnered fans from far and wide.

Their current campaign is stunningly shot and features the gorgeous Australian model-of-the-moment Bambi Northwood-Blyth.  The collection was inspired by ancient Egypt and David Bowie, which definitely resonates quite nicely with me.

And here's a sneak peek at their new collection, featuring - yep you guessed it - Abbey Lee Kershaw.
(Btw, her new blonde do is smokin'...)

January 13, 2011


Chinese avant-garde, to the MAX.

Such an incredible voice and equally amazing facials. It all comes down to her outfit, though - Chinese McQueen gone mad, love it!

Oh, and this video has already had 4.7 million hits on the Chinese YouTube (Youku) since its posting less than two weeks ago. Go figure.

January 12, 2011


My lil sis Viv and her bestie Grace realized their vintage wonderland dream by recently launching the stylin’ Black Rice Market.  They’re based in NYC, and Grace sources most of her badass items from Vancouver.


Some hot gems I <3 ...

Oh, and don't forget to check out their blog!

January 11, 2011

Please put this in my hand right now...thanks!

Image via Foodbeast

January 10, 2011


Moschino's aesthetic has always been innovative and whimsical, though the 90s were undeniably the brand's golden era. Moschino's ad campaigns at the time were ground-breaking in that not only did they poke fun at fashion, they conveyed socially and environmentally conscious messages.

Images via The Advertising Archives, Model Retro and Bwgreyscale

There are simply too many amazing Moschino designs to post here, but if you're a fan, be sure to check out Hapsical's Moschino tribute - easily one of the most comprehensive Moschino archives I've ever come across. Guaranteed to make you laugh (if your jaw hasn't already dropped!)

Franco Moschino rebelled against fashion through irony and sarcasm. His boundless imagination and quirky sense of humour resonates through fashion today.

R.I.P. Franco~

Image via Fashion Lifestyle Magazine