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Get Stoked With California Style! Surfer, Bohemian, Skater Girl Chic

Posted in Beauty & Health, Diane Von Furstenberg, Helmut Lang, Shu Uemura with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok, I am officially sick & tired of the cold weather & so glad the Spring has officially arrived & temperature has finally warms up! After organizing & put way all my cashmere sweaters into the storage, I change into my short sleeves Quiksilver Tees and hibiscus floral board shorts and headed to an outdoor café to enjoy the sun. To our readers who is not living in the sunny California but dreamed about soaking up the sun on the beach, enjoy the warm salty breeze & cruising with the top down going shopping while celebrities sighting on your next vacation to Southern California, here are some “California Looks” you can try it out at whatever city or country you are at now & looking Chic in “California Style” !

First, remember, California girls dress all different ways! From Bohemian Goddess to Surfer girl and the skater girl looks. Don’t assume we all look like the girls from the reality show “The Hills” or “Laguna Beach” on MTV! The most important thing to remember is being unique and show off your individuality! But typically the “California style” is a more laid-back and casual look. Here are some of the looks I think its super cute!

The Surfer Girl
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Waist Tricolor Pants
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Proenza Schouler – Tie-Skirt Tank Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Proenza Schouler – Sequined & Feathered Silk Mini Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Diane Von Furstenberg Paulita Ruffled Mini Skirt
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
Alexander McQueen V-Neck Ocean Wave Sweater Dress
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Alexander McQueen Biker Faithful Satchel
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi Charms Sandle
(Available @ Bergdorf Goodman.com)
Dont forget to add some of the “Sun-Kissed” look on your face, so your skin will have this healthy glow just like the surfer girl hang out at the beach!!
Chanel Make-up Les Impressions Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
The Bohemian Goddess
Helmut Lang Italian Linen Slouchy Sweater
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Diane Von Furstenberg Beach Tabalah Kaftan
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
Chloe Multi Strap Leather & Canvas Sandls
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
Prada Mistolino Swarovski Crystal Tote
(Available @ Bergdorf Goodman.com)
Don’t forget to add a touch of color on your cheeks and lips but keep it natural and light !
Clinique Juiced-Up Colour Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
The Skater Girl
Ann Demeulemeester Leather Vest & Zipper Wrap
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Burberry Knotted Epaulette Jacket & Loop-Knot Skirt
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)
Givenchy Melancholia Bag
(Available @ Barneys.com)
Alexander McQueen Knuckle Duster Ring
(Available @ SaksFifthAvenue.com)
Fendi Logo Leather Cuff Bracelete
(Available @ Net-A-Porter.com)
To finish off that “Edgy” & “Stree Tough” look skater girls has, go bold with your eyeliners! make it dark and smoky! Black color nail polish & natural color lips
Shu Uemura Egerie Make-Up Collection
(Available @ NeimanMarcus.com)

Ok! after all these fabulous ideas showing you how to achieve that “California Look”, now! go to your closet dig up some of your already own pieces & go out to shop for some new stuff to create your own unique style to let out your “Inner California Girl” this summer !

Until next time, be well and look fabulous!

XOXO

Alan + Mei-Mei the Pug

Gorgeous men are dime a dozen ….. But ! ! A perfect tote bag is one in a million !

Posted in Balenciaga, Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Burberry, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Neiman Marcus, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Tod's, YSL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Recently I’ve been in shopping for couple of new designer tote bags for the new season. There are seas of bags out there in the market, but to find the right look, material & price of the tote bag that’s perfect for you it’s not as easy. So let the fun begin! Here are some of the designer tote bags I have spotted and thinks it’s super fabulous!

Balenciaga Covered Weekender – $2245

super soft vintage crafted lambskin with leather covered metal hardware. I just love how big this bag is! perfect for both women or men to use! 21” x 9” x 15” made in Italy. Click on the photo below to see more details.

(Available at Balenciaga.com)

Here to show you the proportion of the bag. Photo courtesy from one of my favorite fashion accessories blog (http://www.luxuryobsessed.com/) it’s a must read blog if you are obsessed about designer bags!

Modern women & men nowdays all have very busy lifestyles and are always in a search of a bag in which they can bring along everything they need wherever they go. When your suitcase is too large or your purse is too small, a designer tote bag always makes the right choice.

Balenciaga Classic Square Tote/Messenger Bag – $1895

I am crazy about this bag! it could be both a tote or messenger bag. Tons of extra compartments to keep all of your “Junk” haha and totally unisex style makes it a perfect gift for a man or woman! or treat yourself! you deserve it! Click on the photo below to see more details.

(Available at Barneys.com)



FENDI “Peek-A-Boo” Zucca Tote – $2380

Dark brown/gold degrade leather, Goldtone and silvertone hardware. Removable shoulder strap. Zucca-print brown leather lining peeking through if you unlock the top of the bag and just let it drape like shown in the photo for that extra pop of color and design detail! so fabulous! Inside; one zip and one open pocket. Made in Italy. Click on the photo below to see more details.

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com)

Here is a photo to show you the porportion of this bag. Roomy yet still has that elegant “Kelly/Birkin Bag” feels to it.

Also available in other color combos! Click on the photo below to see more details of these FENDI bags. I got one of this all black one, it’s big enough for a man to carry and great for going to work in style! Click on the photo below to see more details.

FENDI “Peek-a-boo” Tote – Black
(Available from Nordstrom.com)

If you like the feel of suede, then this one is a must have for you! also the charm of this bag is if you un-hook the top, the red lining peeks out for that pop of color!! so fabulous! Click on the photo below to see more details.

FENDI “Peek-a-boo” Tote Brown Suede
(Available at NeimanMarcus.com)

For me, a fabulous tote bag can perfectly boosting your self-confidence (yes, I am a little shallow….. I will meditate on that tonight…OM..) and showing your style & taste in fashion! They are the perfect items to accessorize your looks from Uptown Luxe, Hamptons casual chic to urban downtown edgy looks or just wanna go over the top to impress & “offend” others to make you stand out in a crowd! haha.

Tod’s – Yacht Club Shopping Bag – $1265

If you are looking for a pure luxury subtle understated style bags, Tod’s is the brand for you! This bag is so “Old -Money Chic” it’s a must have for any man or woman as a basic tote bag! 16″H x 14″W x 7″D. Made in Italy. Click on photo below to see more details.

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com Men’s Dept)
Tods

We know a lot of our readers are very stylish men who seeks pure luxury items that goes with their busy daily lives, so continue with “Subtle Understate Chic” theme from the previous bag here is this totally fabulous

Yves Saint Laurent – Large Embossed Logo Tote – $995

Large YSL logo tote bag in soft leather features contrasting logo patch, interior pockets and nickel hardware. Can be hand carried or worn on the shoulder. 15H x 13W x 5D. Made in Italy. Click on the photo to see more details

(Available at YSL.com)
YSL Large logo tote

How can we talk about “Subtle Understate Chic” without mentioning Polo Ralph Lauren? I adore this bag! super soft leather, perfect size for everyday use or going to work and no screaming “Logo” says look at me I spend a lot of money on my bag! haha!

Polo Ralph Lauren – Deerfield Leather Tote Bag $1195

A timeworn vintage quality pervades our handsome leather tote bag, exquisitely crafted in Italy from soft, supple leather for a rugged finish. Two canvas handles at the top are accented with antiqued metal stud hardware and leather reinforcement panels. “Ralph Lauren”-embossed leather proprietor patch accents the front for vintage appeal. 17″ L x 6″ W x 16″ H. Click on photo to see more details.

(Available at RalphLauren.com)

Polo Ralph Lauren – Handle Portfolio Briefcase $350

Sturdy two-handle construction with reinforced bottom. Top-zip closure with pony-embossed side tabs and leather pull. Accompanied by a leather luggage tag with plastic front, adjustable leather strap and our tonal embossed Big Pony at the back. Cotton twill-lined interior with single zip pocket and our signature leather logo tab. Elegantly presented in our signature pouch.
15½” L x 2½” W x 11½” H. Click on photo to see more details

(Available at RalphLauren.com)

Ok we don’t want you to fall asleep from over-dose on “Subtle Chic” haha, now back to Logos and dramas for you Logo loving fashionistas!

FENDI – Zucca Chain-Handle Tote $1180

Iconic ZUCCA print canvas, Chain top handles with woven leather with Enameled Zucca clasp and the Inverted pleat details on center front. 11″H x 18″W x 5″D Made in Italy. Click on photo to see more details.

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com)

I LOVE how tihs bag looks! mixing the uptown preppy plaid chic with downtown edgy look with the golden barbed wire chain. Admit it guys & gals, we all have a little “Duo-personality” once a while haha just kidding 😛

Burberry – Barbed Wire Check Tote $1695

Signature Burberry plaid in dark brown, Inverted pleat on center front. Inside, zip compartment with three open pockets & on top of the bag opening a decorative gold tone barbed wired chain. 17 1/8″H x 22″W x 5 7/8″D Made in Italy. Click on the photo to see more info.

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com)

For all your stylish multi-tasking ladies or moms out there, this multi compartment tote bag is a must have for you!

Prada – Vitello Daino Tote $1595

Black pebbled calf leather. Top handles. Removable shoulder strap. Side pockets. Luggage tag. Made in Italy. Click on photo below to see more details

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com)


I almost screamed ( yes a little miss drama haha) when I saw this men’s (well it’s pretty unisex) tote bag from Gucci! classic logo print coated canvas with the metail chain and leather braded strap drape down on one side with the key holder at the end to add that downtown edgy looks to this classic shaped tote. It’s a must have!! click on the photo below to see more info

GUCCI – GG Coated Fabric Tote – $1360

Medium tote with double handles, gucci crest trademark, push lock chain with key case and braided detail, studs, and inside zip, cell phone and PDA pockets. 17 1/2″L x 8 7/10″W x 19 3/10″H. Made in Italy.

(Available at GUCCI.com)

This bag is a perfect work bag for any men who is always on the run and need something that’s classy yet still has that designer touch to it.

Salvatore Ferragamo – Manhattan Briefcase $1900

Choose hickory or nero (black) calfskin. Silvertone hardware. Top handles with square rings. Zip top. Front zip pocket. “Manhattan 1” is imported. Click on the photo below to see more details.

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com Men’s Dept)

This bag screams “Sex and the city ” to me! classic shape with over the top beading on the front side of the tote. Don’t be shy to use this bag during the day,too! because we all needs sparkles in our lives day and night!

PRADA – Tessuto Ricamo Tote $3695
Black nylon with sequin and floral-embroidered detail. Goldtone hardware. Double handles with rings; detachable shoulder strap. Zip top. Inside zip pocket. 16 1/2″H x 15″W x 7″D. Made in Italy. Click on the photo below to see more details.

(Available at NeimanMarcus.com)

As you might agree with me, finding a perfect white color bag is hard! It needs to have the right details, hardware and shape so it won’t look cheap & tacky! With this fabulous off-white PRADA tote bag, you can never go wrong! I can just imagine myself carrying this bag vacationing at Côte d’Azur in the Riviera or going to some fabulous spas in Bali. Such a perfect summer bag but works perfect with your winter white outfits,too!

PRADA – Daino Large Tote $1220

Soft leather tote with magnetic snap closure, rolled leather handles and removable shoulder strap. Prada jacquard fabric lined interior with leather-trimmed zipper pocket. 14″ x 18″ x 5″. 6″ handle drop. Available in White. Made in Italy.

(Available at Barneys.com)

Of course how can we talking about tote bags without mentioning the ultimate luxury totes “HERMES“? The Birkin & Kelly bag from Hermes is the most sough after bags in the world! Most of the time there will be 2 years waiting list for each bag! since it’s all handmade in limited editions! So most of us can just dream about owning one of these trully fabulous Hermes bag. Here is the newest version of the Birkin bag, the size 50cm Haut à Courroies.

This lucky boy at Soho, NYC is sporting the smaller version of the Hermes 40cm Birkin

Here is a video to show you why the Hermes Birkin bag is so expensive and so hard to get (Even Oprah needs wait in line for it!)

hermes tv

We hope you had as much fun reading this fall 2009 designer tote bag review and inspired you to go out and find the perfect tote bag for yourself! remember…..

Gorgeous men are dime a dozen, But a perfect tote bag is one in a million ! haha

untill next time, be well and come back to visit us again to see what other fabulous items we’ve found!

xoxo

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Fabulous Dolly Parton – A Modern Day Fairy Tale

Posted in Christian Lacroix, Dior, Donna Karan, Fendi, Oscar de la Renta, Peter Som with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dolly Parton is one of those American dreams & fairy tales that came true. This is not the typical beautiful princess or a poor girl married into royal family & live happily ever after kinda fairy tale. In fact, it is totally opposite!

I admire Dolly Parton for many reasons. Her flameboyant fashions, great sense of humor and cheerful personality, She sing, act and even has her own theme park ( Dollywood )but most impressively, she single handedly formed and funded the Imagination Library program which provides free monthly books to all Tennessee children ages 5 and under. Also I love and admire her marketing genius when it comes to personal branding.

Dolly 1-1
It may appear that Dolly’s life is all rhinestones and glitter, she often jokes that ” It costs a lot of money to look this cheap! ” LOL!
Dolly Parton was born and raised dirt poor in a one room shack right outside of the Great Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, Tennessee. Music was large part of her childhood. Performing as a child on local radio stations and at the Grade Ole Opry, Dolly incorporated traditional elements of East Tennessee Folklore into her popular music. At age 63, she is worth 400 million dollars. How did she get that rich? Talent baby!! and always believing in herself! (Of course her huge boobs helps also haha)
Well we all know God blessed her with some extra ordinary bosoms!! and her flameboyant clothes, super big hair, long press-on nails and heavy caked-on makeup all adds a special charm to her over the top persona.
Dolly Parton’s hit song, “I Will Always Love You” & “Nine to Five” the song and movie is high on my list also.
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Click on the media player below to hear her famous song ” 9 to 5 “, sing-along, don’t be shy LOL!
9-to-5-video
In the 1960’s, Dolly used her fame to bring tourist attraction to her hometown of Sevierville through what is now known as Dollywood. I’ve so many friends whom visited Dollywood & all rave about how much fun it was! click on the photo below to visit Dollywood official website
But with all of her successes, she has never forgot give back to her hometown & children all over the world by single handedly formed and funded the Imagination Library program which provides free monthly books to all Tennessee children ages 5 and under.
(Click on photo below to see more details)
How’s this made her a class act? If you are aged zero to five, Dolly Parton will mail you a book each and every month! The awesome literacy program, which Dolly spearheaded in her own community in 1996, has spread to more than 500 cities across North America. The first book each child receives is The Little Engine that Could, and then kids can eagerly await their monthly treasures, carefully selected by Dolly and a team of experts, and provided by Penguin Books.
Dolly funds the project herself, through proceeds from her cookbook, theme park, and donors, and through fundraising work for literacy. Head to http://www.imaginationlibrary.com to make a donation, or to get involved. Or, consider using Dolly’s inspiration and commit to some kind of book club for your niece, godchild, or an underprivileged neighbors! With a very little effort, we can all help a child to unlock the magic of imaginations from reading.
She is also currently active in raising money for a $90 million dollars for hospitals and cancer centers in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee. Dolly is a perfect illustration of a girl building herself up from rags to riches, and her selfless success is part of the foundation of modern Sevierville.
The sum of all this is: Dolly Parton made all those millions due to talent, a drive to succeed in the music world, and her never ending belief in herself. To me this is a modern day fairy tale!. where the “Princess” is not the typical “classic beauty” but her own unique beauties shines through her sense of humour, bold & driven ambition and outshadowed ALL the disney princess with her heart of gold ! We love you Dolly!
So, now I am all about Dolly now, I decided to shop the stores and find some fabulous items that reminds me of “Dolly Chic” !
Christian Lacroix – motorcycle cowboy boots is so over the top, it just screams “Dolly Parton” ! $2200
Christian Lacroix Motorcycle-Style Boots
Every stylish cowgirl all needs a leather jacket! so why not rock it with
Oscar de la Renta – Motorcycle Jacket: $3490
Black leather with metallic embroidery. Spread collar with silvertone stud detail; asymmetric front zip. Long sleeves with silvertone studded cuffs. Available at Bergdorf Goodman
(Click on photo to see more detail)
Oscar de la Renta Jacket
We all know how much Dolly loves the color of PINK! so why not pick up this super chicFENDI – Colorblock Patent Platform

Nero (black)/Ciclamino (hot pink) patent leather. Light goldtone hardware. Crisscross instep with self buckle closure. Platform sole. Open toe. 4 3/4″ covered heel. Made in Italy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman(Click on photo to see more detail)
Fendi Colorblock patent platform

Bright color is an essential for Dolly’s closet, why not wear your favorite torned vintage denim jacket over this super fabulousPeter Som – Pixel-Print Dress ($1295) & Smoke Ring Fur ($290)

Available at Bergdorf Goodman
(Click on photo to see more detail)
peter-som
I just love the studs and design on making a traditional boots but have an open toe and cut-out openings!Prada – Cutout Studded Bootie – $990
Gray shiny crackled leather. Silvertone stud detail at black trim. Cutout detail. Peep toe. 4 1/2″ covered heel. Leather sole. Made in Italy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman

(Click on photo to see more detail)

Prada Cutout studded bottie
Dolly know to show off her best “assets” ! haha. and most of women all have beautiful shoulders no matter if you are a little heavier at the bottom or not having the perfect small waist, but by showing off your beautiful shoulders, takes the eyes directly to your beautiful face and away from your “problem area” so to speak. so I just love thisDonna Karan – Belted Cold-Shoulder Dress – $1995

Available at Saks Fifth Avenue

(Click on photo to see more detail)

Donna karan Belted cold-shoulder dress
When you look at Dolly’s outfits, it’s never just a simple dress! instead, it’s filled with details and “All that jazz” haha, so this beautiful suede shoes reminds me of all the ruffles, glittery gold & crystals jewels dolly does it best but this could be the “tone down” version of “Dolly Chic”DIOR – Drape Bootie – $1090
Black calf suede with tonal snake-embossed leather trim. Available at Bergdorf Goodman
(Click on photo to see more detail)
Dior Drape Bootie
Ok, boys & girls, thanks for reading this super long blog! and we hope you enjoy it! clock on the video player below to see a TV special about Dolly Parton! …. and remember…. Larger than life is just the right size !!
untill next time, go shopping! and find your “Inner Dolly” !

xoxo

Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Dolly-video

Designer Guns & Chainsaw For Gaudy Campy Tramps

Posted in Art & Music, Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Prada, Versace with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok ok! We all have weakness for those fabulous goodies from our favorite designer brands and love treating ourselves with something pretty from their collections. But normal fashionistas like the most of us usually get a latest ” it ” bag, cashmere sweaters, shoes or sunglasses from our favorite designers, but if those items no longer tickle your fancies, then why not pick up these “Gaudy-Fab” items from the artist Peter Gronquist for his art exhibit “The Revolution will be Fabulous” in Los Angeles! So you can be shooting caribou in style! haha…. each weapon looks god-awful. That said, I’m sure they’ll sell like hot cakes. Oh wait, they have.

I think my favorite Gaudy Weapon will be the CHANEL bazooka! haha
xoxo
Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Christian Louboutin’s Shoes are so hot, it cause collisions!!

Posted in Barneys New York, Christian Louboutin with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 13, 2010 by Alan + Mei-Mei the pug

Ok girls, we all love those super high heels( 4″ or taller is better! ) & bright red sole shoes by Christian Louboutin! and have you seen these uber fabulous new collection? They are so hot, they cause collisions!

” Barneys Trash – Silver $995 “

PVC coated couture trash peep toe pump with metallic leather double platform and elastic sling back. 140mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Silver. Made in Italy. Each shoe is a one-of-a-kind design, using a unique selection of Barneys’ materials, and is Exclusively @ Barneys New York!

And if you are into 80’s chic like lady gaga or whenever you feel like 80’s fab, wanna dress up in gold and put the show “Dynasty” to shame, then this is a must have for you! It’s so “Subtle”, it’s perfect to wear for everyday occation or go to church 😛

” Very Galaxy – Fuchsia or Gold $1295 “

Mirror metallic leather platform peep toe pump. 120mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Fuchsia. Made in Italy.

I just love this uptown chic downtown sporty ” Dillian ” Shoe! fall & winter is just around the corner, what would be more chic than dressing up your winter coats with this fabulous shoe!

” Dillian – Available in Color: Blush, Brown & Red $1850 “,/B>


Nappa leather snub toe covered platform maryjane with ruffled instep and four adjustable buckle straps. 120mm thin covered heel. Signature red leather sole. Available in Blush. Made in Italy.

Now go get your AMEX black card ready and rush to Barneys and buy buy buy !

xoxo

Alan + mei-mei the pug