Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Season of the Witch

I've been on a bit of a Stevie Nicks bender lately. I saw Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square garden, went to her record signing at Barnes & Noble (OMG I touched her hand!) and on friday I plan attend the legendary Night of 1,000 Stevies for the first time. Oh, and my ringtone is "Gypsy". So it's about time that my Stevie Nicks obsession infiltrated Cat Party. Below I have posted a delightful assortment of links and photos of my favorite Stevie fashion moments. Girlfriend really knows how to work a top hat.

-Blonde on Blonde
Courtney Love's epic interview with Stevie from a '97 issue of Spin. MUST READ!
-Still Dressing for Stevie
A recent New York Times article about Stevie's fashion sense
-Johanna's Art inspired by Stevie Nicks
Amazing fan art from Johanna Pieterman. For $210 she will paint a portrait of you and Stevie on a tambourine. Sadly, she is not taking any new orders at the moment
-Enchanted Mirror
Your one stop source for crystal balls, platform boots, and ruched velvet legwarmers.
-Nick of Time
A juicy, recent Q&A with Stevie from WWD.
-Stevie Nicks Style Sweeps the Streets
Refinery 29's take on Stevie style.

There isn't a ton of Fleetwood Mac stuff on youtube anymore which sucks but I did find this amazing clip of Stevie recording "Angel" during the Tusk sessions. Her ballet dancing at the end is super cute.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pretty Talk: The Budget Edition

Now that most of us are penny-pinching a bit more than usual I thought I'd share a list of my favorite inexpensive beauty products. Everything that follows is under $10 and most are available at drugstores, leaving you with more cash to blow on important things like shoes and stuff.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

This has probably been recommended to everyone at some point in their lives, if you haven't already tried it pick some up asap - it really is the best.

Psssssst! Instant Spray Shampoo

Aside from being cute and charming, anything with a label that hasn't changed in 30+ years is bound to be awesome. Most hair doesn't like to be washed everyday so this stuff is great for those days of unwash (plus it gives your hair amazing volume and body). I made the mistake of buying the Bumble and Bumble dry shampoo for red hair once, I don't know why they think chicks want to look like Ronald McDonald. Psssssst can also give you unfortunate Marie Antoinette powdered wig head, just use sparingly and brush through. If you're really cheap you can use plain old cornstarch but it's just not as fun, plus it can be a little messy.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

This is the old standby, the minty green face masque that your mom used when she was a teenager and has been featured in every 80s movie that includes a sleepover. This stuff works wonders, tightens pores and leaves skin glowing and soft. Probably not the best for those with sensitive skin as it can be quite tingly and might sting - proceed with caution.

Trader Joe's Sea Salt Scrub

Summer is fast approaching and I'm sure most of us could use a good scrub. Exfoliation in moderation is one of the best things you can do for your skin. I recently found this scrub at Traders Joe's (I like the lavender one) and it's only $6 for a giant tub! I think that actually might be cheaper than making a scrub yourself. Plus it has a flip top lid instead of a screw top lid...oh TJ's you think of everything. Just be careful when getting out of the tub, this can make it really slippery and I don't want to be responsible for any beauty related injuries.

Manetti Roberts Acqua Distillate Alle Rose a.k.a. Rose Water

Rose water has been used by attractive ladies for like 294684568456 billion years as a skin tonic and refresher, shouldn't you be using it too? I love to use it as a toner before moisturizing and keep some in a spray bottle for mid-day freshening up. It smells amazing and looks lovely on the vanity.

Cat Fancy: Harper's Bazaar

Wow, Harper's Bazaar just went up a notch in my book for publishing this fun & feline-centric editorial shot by Anthony Ward (styled by Melanie). I'm not really up on my exotic cat breeds so if anyone knows what this adorable furball is called please let us know! Is it a panther?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Book Club: Harriet Love's Guide to Vintage Chic

A few years ago a client of mine introduced me to Harriet Love's Guide to Vintage Chic. It's a vintage shopping /personal style how-to book from the eighties in he same vein as Cheap Chic, which I blogged about last year. Like Cheap Chic, this book has a ton of photos of cool girls in incredibly inventive outfits. I am especially impressed with the girl who successfully paired a peasant blouse with jodhpurs and flats. In what universe does this look actually work? I guess if you look like a quirky downtown version of Hana Schygulla in Love is Colder Than Death then anything is possible. Other highlights of the book include a glossary of fashion terms and early pictures of Madonna and Geena Davis, who actually looked pretty great before she discovered collagen. I was also pleased/shocked to discover that one of the girls in the book is wearing a belt that I have! I really hope it's the same one.

I love the pairing of her polka dot cardigan and a rhinestone-studded bow tie. Where can I get a rhinestone-studded bow tie???

This is totally the perfect hybrid of Sissy Spacek in Badlands and Sissy Spacek in The Coal Miner's Daughter. With a dash of Cybill Shepherd.

Doesn't it suck that Madonna turned out to be such an annoying, uninteresting person? I would totally want to be friends with this girl.

This girl is so adorable that I can't even deal with it. She makes that monkey fur chubby look as chill and casual as a hoodie.

Seriously, how is this outfit working? WTF.

This is one of my favorite belts ever, it reminds me of YSL's gypsy stuff. I wish that I could wear it over a fur coat like the girl in the book but that sounds like a fashion victim moment waiting to happen. Kind of like this whole sheer t-shirt thing....

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Give Me A (tax) Break!

This sale is music to my ears! Today only enjoy 30% off everything (including Spring already reduced by 40%) with the code "taxman" at Le Train Bleu. I'd love to get my paws on a thing or two:

Edie Romper $165 $69

West Shorts $154 $35

North Dakota Blouse $275 $115

Friday, April 3, 2009

Book Club: Marlene Dietrich's ABC

Stop secretly reading Gwyneth Paltrow's dumb website and pick up a copy of Marlene Dietrich's ABC instead. I'd much rather get life advice from the fierce vamp who played Lola-Lola than a Grace Kelly clone who married some guy from Coldplay. I mean, how can you trust anyone who would intentionally bring that much Coldplay into their life? Word to the wise: YOU CAN'T! Marlene is a far more suitible lifestyle guru and her book is chocked full of good advice and bitchy observations on topics ranging from Frank Sinatra to sandwiches. Also, note the caption on the photo of Marlene below. So hilarious!

Here are some gems from her book:

Astaire, Fred: Elegant! Elegant! Elegant!
Fashion: Don't follow it blindly into every dark alley. Always remember that you are not a model or a mannequin for which the fashion is created.
Gender: At the best of times gender is difficult to determine.
Ivy: Good outside the house, bad inside.
Men's Clothes: Black, midnight blue, dark blue, grey-for suits. Pale blue, pink, white-for shirts. Black, dark blue-for ties. Black for shoes. Only Englishmen can wear brown rough suits and brown heavy-soled shoes and look elegant. Nobody else should try it.
Nail Polish: Dark nail polish is vulgar.
Nakedness: Easy for the beautiful, difficult for the ugly.
Necking: A dirty pastime.
Potatoes: I love them. I eat them.
Pouting: I hate it, but men fall for it, so go on and pout.
Roses: I like them best freshly cut from the garden. The blonde one with the tender, drooping stems small as a rose should smell.
Sandwich: A wonderful invention for all people like myself who like to eat on the run.
Shoes: Shoes are more important that suits and dresses. Good shoes give elegance to your entire appearance. Buy one pair of good shoes instead of three pairs of bad quality.
Sinatra: One of the most gentle of all men I know.
Teasing: Teach your teen-age daughters not to tease boys into physical desire. You might save their lives.
Unmade Bed: A man would rather come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
Vodka: It is one of the more healthy drinks in the alcohol field.
White Bread: I cringe every time I see a child eating a sandwich made out of American white bread. Give them whole wheat or rye if you love them.

Sale at Creatures of Comfort

Now through April 5th get 15% off at Creatures of Comfort by entering code "Springing" upon checkout! If you're one of those cool people that does there taxes early maybe your return is burning a hole in your pocket? Check out this crazy-awesome Bernhard Willhelm cat dress:

if that's too much look howsabout ze APC trench classique?

or this peachy scalloped delight from Emma Cook?

better throw in an Unearthen ruby necklace to aid in making wiser financial choices in the future - HA!

Project Runway is Not Dead

Looks like that messy Project Runway lawsuit has finally been settled. The show is set to air on Lifetime, the channel that brought us cinematic greats such as Fifteen and Pregnant. I know a lot of Project Runway fans are really miffed about the change but I think the last few seasons have been a little lackluster - though I'm still thrilled that Leanne Marshall was able to show the world that Portland has more to offer than polar fleece! I'm not too worried about the switch to Lifetime, reality television is reality television after all. Anyways, did any of you watch Blush: The Search For The Next Great Makeup Artist on Lifetime? I thought it was pretty well done and surprisingly not too cheesy...if you missed it you can watch the whole season here.

On a related note, I'm sure most of you heard the Season 5 contestant Kenley Collins was arrested in March after throwing random objects at her ex-fiance, including a cat. Of course she denies the severity of the claims but we all know she be crazy. Here's what Tim Gunn had to say about her demeanor: