The Limited Edition 2.55

    The luxury retail market is always coming up with gimmicks and limited edition goods to lure customers into buying more and more.
    Chanel's latest Limited Edition product, is this 2.55 in honor of the Chanel Mobile Art Exhibit. Now this may look like any old 2.55, but for once in fashion, the beauty lies on the inside.
    Inside the flap to be specific. Inside the flap, is this signature by the legend of fashion himself, KARL LAGERFELD, commemorating the Mobile Art Exhibit in Hong Kong. Logic tells me that Chanel is trying to rip people off, because the scribbling of a few words inside the flap is certainly NOT worth the premium they are charging for it over the standard 2.55's. A mere signature does NOT bring one closer at any level to the author of the signature. The red/orangey color isn't even that complimentary!

    But the fashionista side of me is in AWE that I have been able to get so close to and even trace Karl Lagerfeld's signature. I admit, I might have even let out a tiny squeal of delight. A little like what Victory Ford felt when she found Coco Chanel's dress form in Lipstick Jungle (though of course, this is not QUITE as cool nor meaningful, since I know nothing about designing and making clothes). I know this reaction is probably completely illogical and against my better judgment since it is obviously a marketing ploy to make more money for Chanel, but oh, I just can't help it! :)

    And I can't wait to go see the exhibit! Its fully booked this weekend, but I'm definitely going next week! Report back!
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Man Fashion Review:Sunglasses

    Finding just the right pair of sunglasses is not easy. There are thousands of brands, styles and colors to choose from online or in your local sunglasses retail store. Moreover, the price ranging from as low as $20 to as high as $300. So how much and what brands are you looking for is very much depend on your affordability and of course your preference. So here are some reviews that in my opinion is value for money. (Click on pictures to find out more)

    Heat Hand made, imported, Italian Acetate Material with high quality, scratch resistant American Polarized Lenses for maximum UV and sun glare protection. This sunglass frame can be converted into a pair of prescription sunglasses and includes a durable, designer hard case and microfiber cleaning cloth.

    Heat Sunglasses H24 - Black/Gray Lens

    Heat Sunglasses H24 - Mocha/Smoke Lens

    Size is 54-15-125 and will fit both adults and teens. Available Colors: Black/Gray Lens, Mocha/Smoke Lens. Heat Sunglasses H23 - Black/Gray Lens

    Heat Sunglasses H23 - Black/Gray Lens

    Size is 55-14-125 and will fit both adults and teens. Available Colors: Black/Gray Lens, Tortoise/Smoke Lens.

    Coyote With 5 layers that protect from glare, impact, scratches, and water, the Sidecar's polycarbonate polarized lens are the emblem of quality and durability. Features a 58 mm lens. Their double hard coating makes them highly impact resistant and unbreakable. Not only is the Sidecar's frame fashionable and uniquely shaped, it is made from Grilamid nylon for durability, light weight, and flexibility. Perfect for any and all outdoor activities, these sunglasses are the epitome of quality sport lenses! Coyote Eyewear Sidecar - Black/Rose Flash

    Coyote Eyewear Sidecar - Black/Rose Flash 

    Available Colors: Tortoise/Gray Flash, Black/Rose Flash.

    Coyote Eyewear PZS 52 X-Large - Brown/Copper  

    Coyote Eyewear PZS 52 X-Large - Brown/Copper

    Available Colors: Gunmetal/Gray, Brown/Copper. 

    Rockstar Eyewear Ziplan (Men's) - Brown

    Rockstar Eyewear Ziplan (Men's) - Brown  

    Basic square wrap frame with a comfortable fit. Metal frame. Available Colors: Gunmetal, Black, Brown, Silver. 

    Rockstar Eyewear Ice - White

    Rockstar Eyewear Ice - White  

    Square aviator style sunglasses with leather temple. Classic look with a modern touch. Metal frame. Available Colors: Pink, Brown, White, Gun.

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Paris Fashion Week F/W08 Wrapup I

    This is why Paris Fashion Week is THE fashion week I look foward to the most. I mean, if I'm not going to be able to afford anything on the runway, I might as well ogle at the most creative and gorgeous collections, starting with Balenciaga.
    Genius. Seriously genius. Once again, Nicholas Ghesquiere used Balenciaga's history and created a very modern collection. The clothes all look very structured yet still so sensual.
    The show started off with minimal, well-cut and structured evening dresses. Take note of the shoes: pointy shoes are back! Is the trend with round-toed shoes soon to be over?
    These are the more work-suit looks. I hope those tulip skirts become part of the mainstream trends, (and hopefully high street retailers will be 'inspired' to make affordable versions!)
    Metallic, shiny dresses are nothing new. But the shapes of these dresses are amazing.
    The velvet top with skinny pants/ skirt combo seemed to be a huge favourite. I love how pretty the colourful tops are. And the black & white velvet top look is just amazing with the black eye makeup! Seriously loves it!
    The show closed with printed coats and dresses. While I can appreciate how these artistic pieces form part of the collection, I have to say I'm not a huge fan of the coats. For example, the coat on the left makes the model look like she's got a muscular costume on.
    Can't wait for more Paris fashion! Did you love the Balenciaga show too?
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Men fashion accessories: Essential Guide for Backpack

    Do you have your favorite backpack where you bring along whenever you travel? Finding the right backpack is not easy, the price can range from US$30 to US$500 and above for a quality and branded one. So if you don't have one but intend to get one or you are consider to get renew your backpack, you may need to consider several factors before deciding on a particular backpack. Worthiness of a backpack depends on its performance during the particular use you intend it for. Selecting the wrong backpack can cause lot of inconvenience including a sore back and feet.

    Before deciding to buy a backpack, you should be able to clearly specify its use. Daypacks, assault packs, and full packs are the major categories in backpacks.

    Daypacks are intended for small trips, where the weight will be minimal. Assault packs are used mostly during weekend trips and for activities like mountain climbing. The weight-holding capacity of this type of backpack is greater. Full packs are used for longer trips, and their weight-holding capacities are greater than the other types.

    The use of a frame in the backpack distributes weight efficiently. The frame can either be external or internal. The most popular of the frames is the internal frame, as it allows the weight to be carried closer to the body, thus ensuring balance. External frames are ideal for carrying heavy weights. When you buy a backpack with a frame, make sure that it matches with the length of your torso. The torso length ranges between fourteen and twenty-one inches. Most full packs have frames but they may not be found in daypacks and assault packs. The selection of the backpack should also be based on your frame.

    If you are intending to buy a daypack or assault pack that is frameless, then it is better to go for one with wide shoulder straps. The straps that are wide at the shoulder and become narrower help to distribute the weight equally. This type of strap is popularly known as a "cobra cut." A waist belt keeps the bag intact and prevents it from beating on your back. Sternum straps found in some daypacks help to keep the shoulder straps intact. This strap is ideal for men, but women may find it uncomfortable.

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Swarovski Necklaces

    I've always had the impression that Swarovski jewelry were either not very interesting looking or so loud that it bordered on gaudy. However, recently I've had a change of mind. Suddenly these delicate, simple, elegant looking necklaces that I used to find "not very interesting looking," looks very attractive indeed. This has mostly been due to this recent TV show I watched, where this character in it pairs all her very chic work outfits with these very elegant and sleek looking necklaces, which I later found was sponsored by Swarovski. Intrigued, I looked up more of these necklaces and realized that while they are not super loud and ultra trendy, they are the perfect accessory for a smart work outfit. They are subtle and elegant, but are still very pretty and feminine- perfect for work.
    Trendy elements are also subtly added to their designs, such as above.
    This chained necklace is one of my favourites (left). The design is simple and elegant but still makes a statement. And this gorgeous purple crystal necklace (right) is just the thing to brighten up the usual dreary colors of work clothes in a quiet way. I can just imagine it looking fabulous, with a plain black suit and white shirt paired with simple diamond (or crystal!) earrings and subtle purple eye shadow!

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Oscar's Fashion 2008

    To everyone-who-actually-enjoys-looking-at-glamorous-stars-in-gowns' relief, Oscar's wasn't cancelled. Stars went all out (in terms of the sizes of the gowns) this year as the Golden Globes ceremony was cancelled. This year, the main trend in the gowns were huge, black or red gowns, and empire dresses for the pregnant. The dresses were all pretty 'safe'. I'm going taking note of the dresses I liked here:
    My favourite dress of the night was probably Cameron Diaz's Dior dress. Yes, it's not a particularly exciting dress, but I'm a fan of the fabric folds. It's simple, well-designed and pretty. And while it's arguable whether her makeup is too simple for Oscar's, I really like how she sticks to her natural-beauty style.
    A trend seemed to be the long, simple dress + big necklace combo. Both Nicole Kidman (in Balenciaga) and Keri Russell (in Nina Ricci) looked very elegant. I thought Keri Russell's dress' colour looks really etheral on her, and the necklace is just a perfect match.
    Black was one of the two popular colour choices, and huge gowns were equally popular. I thought the best was Hilary Swank's Atelier Versace gown, with Penelope Cruz's Chanel Couture coming in second.
    The other popular colour choice was red. Katherine Heigl looked gorgeous as usual. However, I am getting a bit bored of her old Hollywood look, and her makeup seems a bit overloaded (-the blush).
    Heidi Klum's vampy dress was comparatively interesting and she was equally gorgeous (in a slightly different way.)
    The Marchesa girls: Anne Hathaway looked really pretty. I like how the dress is one-shouldered in an interesting way, especially the way the fabric looks like it falls and wraps around her arms so perfectly. As for Jessica Alba, she looked pretty (hard to imagine her not looking pretty), but she could probably have done better.
    The two people who actually chose interesting dresses were Cate Blanchett, who wore Dries Van Noten and Marion Cotillard, who wore Jean Paul Gaultier. I love how the JPG isn't only shaped like a mermaid, but it also has silver 'scales' on it, and the dress didn't look like a costume. Not surprisingly, Marion Cotillard's dress was many critics' favourite.
    If you've read my thoughts above, then you'll probably notice that I wasn't overly enthusastic about the dresses. They're weren't bad, but just not stunning or surprising. Whose dress was YOUR favourite?
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Celebrity Fashion: Matthew Fox

Man Fashion: 10 Deadly Fashion Crimes for Business Attire

    When was the aftermost time you take a good look at yourself in business attire?

    In the corporate world, the way your abrasion in the appointment and added chiefly your fashion sense is critical, this could be behind the eyes of your colleagues and foolishly endangering your career! I do received some comments from my friends that their superiors have very high standard on their business attire especially when your work need to deal with customers.

    But again what are the accepted mistakes (or some you could alleged this as crimes? Up to you) that best of the men faced in their appearance sense? I have summarized the most common fashion crimes along with tips on how to avoid them:

    * Backpacks. OK, maybe this is aloof a misdemeanor, but you're aggravating to ascend the corporate ladder, not backpack up a mountain. Carry a briefcase or agent bag -- and if you charge article for your gym clothes -- advance in a nice-looking gym bag.

    * Clashing or too abounding colors. A covering of abounding colors may accept formed for Joseph, but you, my friend, should absolute anniversary accouterments to aloof three colors or shades. Stick to complementary colors (those adverse from anniversary added on the blush wheel) or colors from the aforementioned pallet. Match anemic clothes with light-colored shoes and dark clothes with dark shoes.

    * Stained clothes. Don't be that guy who's accidentally walking about with red booze on his shirt. Make it part of your daily routine to inspect your clothes when you take them off and when they come out of the wash to make sure you don't miss a spot. Watch for yellow circles below the armpits, decrepit collars or cuffs. You may alike appetite to accumulate a stain stick in your board at work.

    * Ill-fitting pants. Alike if you're abiding of your size, consistently try on pants afore affairs them, because altered brands accept altered lengths. Jeans can be beat to the basal of your heel, but your khakis or dress pants should end at the top of the heel. Accomplish abiding they don't acknowledge any beat as you walk-- or added than a brace of inches of beat back you sit. Too bound or too billowing won't cut it either.

    * Ponytails. You're neither a astrologer nor a bedrock star. And alike if you were, accept it, doesn't Michael Bolton attending abundant bigger now that he's cut his hair? If you charge accumulate your bristles long, accomplish abiding it's accurate and apple-pie and doesn't abatement accomplished the abject of your neck.

    * Novelty ties. It's accept to accurate your individuality through blush or pattern. But stick with the archetypal amplitude of about three-and-one-quarter inches and accomplish abiding the colors and patterns accompaniment the shirt you are wearing. Not make people scratch their heads and say, huh? And one more thing: When it comes to how a tie hangs, it should reach the top of your belt buckle and have a dimple in the center of the knot.

    * Too much cologne. If you charge abrasion cologne, get a affection brand. And back the aforementioned cologne smells altered on anniversary person, accomplish abiding to analysis it out and get some opinions. Beware of bond too abounding smells at once. Remember, if you abrasion an anti-perspirant or aftershave, the scents can admix for an abhorrent effect. And don't be too advanced in your application. The safest bet is to abstain cutting cologne all calm and let the apple-pie aroma of soap do the talking

    * Funky facial hair. If you're activity to do facial hair, do it right. Accumulate any mustache or bristles trimmed. Don't wear a soul patch (that little rectangle of unshaven hair beneath your lower lip) or uni-brow (try waxing or laser hair removal). If you're prone to stray nose or ear hairs, please invest in a special trimmer.

    * Too much jewelry. A simple watch is all you need outside of a wedding band or class ring, if appropriate. Save the gold close chains, bracelets, pinky rings and facial piercings for afterwards hours.

    And the best abhorrent abomination of all:

    * Comb-overs. Draping or contrarily "arranging" those nine hairs on top of your arch into an busy comb-over doesn't absolutely assignment for Donald Trump. He alone gets abroad with it because he's the boss. If you are follicly-challenged, embrace it. Keep your hair cropped short, or shave it all a la Michael Jordan, Andre Agassi or Howie Mandel.

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How Often Do You Wash Your Hair?

    NYT's Thursday Style Section has a rather erm, weird article called, Of Course I Washed My Hair Last Year (I'm Almost Certain). It basically describes a beauty phenomenon in which people don't wash their hair anymore, or at least more infrequently. The article has interview quotes from various people and the reason for not washing their hair include things like, it's more convenient and fun to get it washed and styled professionally once a week (obviously a girl,) or that oily hair has more shine and texture, and finally, shampoo is evil and is a part of the evil consumption plan. The writer also explains that 'textured locks and full hair' are now in vogue again (compared to straigtened hair,) and that dry shampoo sales are up.

    The main reason why I called the article weird is because it is very one-sided. The whole article had two short paragraphs about scientists being sceptical about this. (I'm not a good writer myself, but I'm clearly a product of an education system that has brain-washed me into writing pros and cons for everything.) Anyways I want to say, first of all, the people who get their hair washed once a week must not have super oily hair because I know girls who wash their hair in the morning, and by night it already looks oily. By the next day, said girls would look like they've got 80's-era type of hairgel combed in. Secondly, isn't part of the reason we shampoo is to get rid of the dead skin cells that are already littered around in our hair, ie. dandruff? Unless you have white hair, dandruff is probably visible to anyone who is near you. And doesn't dandruff fall onto your black coats?

    And there are other things that I don't get. For example, in the middle of the article, there is an interviewee who washes her hair every seven days. In between the days, she uses dry shampoo, blots and combs. And to her advantage, she can now get ready in 30 minutes instead of 2 hours of shampooing, drying and styling. Talk about extreme. I'm sorry but if you really thought taking 2 hours to get yourself ready is too long, couldn't you just shorten it?

    Clearly, that interviewee has been out of universtiy life for too long. On the days that I do wash my hair, it takes me 30-40 mins to get ready (-This includes brushing my teeth, taking a shower (includes hairwash and facewash), applying body cream, throwing on jeans and tee, applying skincare products, styling my hair and putting on makeup.) And even I don't think I'm fast enough. Now don't get me wrong, I try not to wash my hair everyday because I really do think it prevents my hair from going dull. I have always been an every-other-day type of gal, (although I do sometimes wash the front/fringe bit everyday.) And on the days I don't leave home, I can go through a couple of days with dirty hair. Usually by the 3rd day, my mum tells me my hair smells and I should wash it, of which I ignore her until I have to actually go out. So hey, most people who know me well think I'm lazy about my hair-washing too, but even I think completely abadoning shampoo is not the way to go. I'm all for people washing their hair as frequently or infrequently as long as they don't smell.

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Man Fashion: 5 Fashion Tips for Bulky Men

    Although Thomas Jefferson mentioned that "all men are created equal" but when it comes to body type, clothing and fashion sense, then this statement basically is not applicable.

    Knowing how to dress for yourself especially to suit your body type with style is the key success to our personal fashion style. Here I will highlight some of the key points that will help you to figure out how to choose the right dress for bulky body type.

    • People always said this cloth is not suitable for you, not because of color, but just the fitting. So remember, if an expensive jacket just isn't right for your body, it's going to look bad no matter what the price tag. Price is not the determination factor even thought we always perceive price equal to style and quality.
    • Many gentlemen here might have the perception that tight clothing will smother imperfections and flatten out pudgy shapes. But, hold on. Tight clothing will only draw attention to your flabby bits. Similarly, other plus-size men believe baggy clothing will hide bulges. Not quite right. Overly large clothes will only make you look even bigger. The secret to looking slimmer is to choose clothes that are neither tight nor baggy. So do remember that starting from now onward, you should look for clothes that just skim your body without hugging it too closely.
    • Always stay away from horizontal stripes as well as diagonal stripes. Both draw attention to the span of your chest, and what you should look for is the vertical stripes instead.
    • I always not in favor of turtleneck clothing. So if you are bulky, avoid turtleneck and similar kind of clothing. This type of clothing will only shorten or hide your neck.
    • Wear a belt and if possible, go monochromatic. Both will create a slimmer impression visually.

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Hemorrhoid Cream for Dark Circles?

    No matter how long I sleep, I seem to have permanent eye bags and puffiness. So a while ago, my mom suddenly very excitedly called me and told me that I should go buy myself some hemorrhoid cream for my eye bags. And I was like, WHAT? She swore that she saw it on a beauty TV show, hosted by quite a reputable dermatologist, and that everyone used it. Disbelieving, I told her if it truly worked so well, they'd have made that into a proper eye cream by now. Then the other day, I was re-watching Miss Congeniality (one of my favourite movies!) and I've never noticed before, but in the scene where she was preparing for the swimsuit competition, Victor (her pageant consultant) hands her a tube of hemorrhoid cream, and she says,

    "Hemorrhoid cream? Do you really think they'll be looking that closely?"

    And he replies, "Its for your eyes bags."

    This made me think, maybe hemorrhoid cream for the eye bags is not such an obscure, random and completely ridiculous concept after all! Intrigued, I googled it up.

    Turns out that I am quite behind in the game, and indeed hemorrhoid cream has been a model industry (not so secret anymore) secret for quite some time! More scientifically, it contains shark oil and live yeast cell derivatives, which are believed to be the ingredients that shrinks the eye bags. However, these ingredients are said to have been removed from the American version of Preparation H (the most common brand containing these ingredients), but can still be found in the Canadian and European versions.

    From online reviews, there seems to be a lot of conflict regarding this issue. Some swear by it, while others claim that it stings. Personally, I am still hesitant to try anything that wasn't specifically designed for the eyes. Has anyone used this method to treat their dark circles and puffy eyes before? What has been the results?

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Milan Fashion Week F/W08 Wrapup II

    As always when we're in the midst of Fashion Weeks, all the clothes shown just look like a bunch of clothes with no direction to me. (It's why magazines like Vogue and Elle exist, and why they publish runway guides at the beginning of every season.)
    THE show of Milan. I'm always half in awe and half in annoyance that Miuccia Prada shows collections with completely different themes every season. Half in annoyance because it hurts to spend the money to update our wardrobe so much, (although it's not like I buy any Prada clothes anyway,); Half in awe because Prada's shows are always so... thought-provoking. I've read many online reviews on the Prada shows and the key words seem to be: perverse, erotic/ seudctive/ fetish, Switzerland and lace. The interesting thing is that while most reviewers seemed to love the creative aspect of the collection, (no one dared to not like the collection,) everyone managed to come up with their own interpretation of the clothes. The clothes were impractical as always, but I think we're all so used to seeing artsy, unwearable clothes from Prada shows now that it's not mentioning.
    The show started off with nun-looking dresses, then the clothes moved onto lacy, see-through skirts.
    Lots of lacy dresses. It's very hard to decide whether the dresses are prim or erotic isn't it?
    Collars and turtlenecks were there throughout the show. The collars seem reminiscence of Miu Miu S/S08.
    Out of the collection, I think the LBD in the middle is my favourite. Hey, at least it's a bit more wearable than the lacy trouser (on the left).
    And since we're looking at Prada, we must take a look at the shoes. The shoes sort of remind me of Miu Miu, and something Japanese anime girls would wear after they transform into their ever-impractical outfits to fight against evil.
    Miuccia explained that females wear lace in all ages, from babies to marriage to widowed. Maybe it's the I grew up in a non-lacy period of time, but I really don't see lace featuring as a big part of a young, contemporary wardrobe. (I may just be brainwashed by the pictures from ShopBop, Barneys and Neiman Marcus.)
    Jil Sander
    While Jil Sander has always been all about minimalism and simply cut clothes, it's always bordered on being boring. But I can honestly say I like this collection.
    I LOVE the coats. The coat Vlada is wearing -I can't stop staring at it! I love those artistic folds and the fabric wrapped around her shoulders. SO stylish and modern.
    And the jackets look way cool too. Though as mentioned, the suits looked a bit crinkly.
    And the simple, work-women-type of looking dresses in all shades of grey.
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