Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

  I'd like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you all have an enjoyable and blessed day. 

by George Deputee,

Monday, December 19, 2011

Classy Canadian Male Actors

Canadians know more about Americans than the Americans know about Canadians.  That could be a small part  of the reason many actors from Canada have moved on south. I myself was surprised to find there's a lot of Canadian actors working in the US that I didn't know were Canadian. 

I'm very pleased there's so much valued and fashionable Canadian talent.  As well, there are a lot of classy Canadian actors still on Canadian soil.  Here are a few of them (this is the male edition).  Go Canucks!

Adrian Holmes,

Ryan Reynolds,
Eric Schweig,
Keanu Reeves,

Till next blog!

Friday, December 9, 2011

I Was Style Scouting...

I was on the bus Tuesday, and people watching as usual.  Tell me, do you notice the majority of people resort to black coats as soon as cold weather strikes?  My campaign to get more people to wear colored coats is floundering (LOL).  So, of course, the people wearing color got my attention.  Whether it was a coat or an accessory, anything in color  was refreshing.

I saw a lady come on the bus with a grey padded nylon winter coat with faux fur trimmed hood.  Lovely!

Another young lady came on the same bus.  She had a dark colored coat but what made it pop was the zebra print bag she had over her shoulder.  I suddenly loved the print.

On my way home, I was waiting at a bus terminal and letting my gaze pass over everyone there.  I spotted another young lady wearing grey harem pants with calf length boots and a military style coat.  If I had a camera with me...

Suede harem pants by Roberto Cavalli,
 Till next blog!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Navajo Inspired Designs

 I found out, while watching a Canadian program two weeks ago, that Navajo prints are again popular for fall 2011.  How could it ever be out of style?  The prints are just beautiful and such a part of the Native American culture.

Canyon de Chelly,

The Navajo nation mainly live in the Southwestern United States where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet.  This area is called the Four Corners.  Navajo textiles were made as blankets to be used for cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and other items by this nation.  It was at the end of the 19th century that the Navajo made rugs using their designs to sell to tourists and also to export.  We're still reaping the visual rewards of their art.

90s Navajo Design Carpet Backpack by Rokit,

Sweater by Anna Kastle,

by Proenza Schouler,, model - Hanna Gabie Odile,

Rendleton Navajo Jackets,

Till next blog!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Details, Details, Please!

When a new fashion season comes around, I'm looking for a new look, something that stands out, something that I haven't seen before.  It doesn't have to be a complete overhaul of a garment or accessory, it could be just one different detail on a traditional piece of clothing or a shoe.  What is fashion without a bit of a surprise, and a pleasing one at that?
I am soooo happy with the unusual details on the pictures below.  It made my day to discover them. 

Wesley Snipes,
Notice the change in the shirt collar, the squaring of the ends instead of points?  Isn't that fantastic?
The crisscross lace detail on this blouse is absolutely lovely!

Pleated dress by Georgia Hardinge,
 This dress is unique and refreshing.  Pleats on dresses are in for fall/winter 2011.

Bag by Alexander Wang,

Shoes by Giles,

The belt theme for both the bag by Alexander Wang and the shoes by Giles is very innovative. I'd like to know how one opens the bag without too much trouble though.

Till next blog!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Styling and Entertaining Men

My plan last week was to focus this week on men who's style of clothes was bohemian.  Didn't work out.  Still working on it.  But I did find men with great style. Men from the entertainment industry.  Men with various tastes in clothes.  Women, how do your men dress?  How would you want your men to dress? 

Chris Tucker,

Tim McGraw,
LL Cool J,
Justin Timberlake,
Till next blog!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Stars Wear Boho Chic

Many stars wear the boho chic look.  Boho chic of my favorite looks, started in the early 1990's.  Bohemian style clothes are hippie inspired clothing according to  The 1970's was a time of freedom, a time of change, a time of great music.  The clothes reflected this, and there were some unusual color and print combinations used for the same outfits, but I believe dressing in that decade was especially fun.  What I love, according to Savannah Miller (the actress Sienna Miller's sister), is that a bohemian chic woman or man is "...a profound romantic..." and lives outside of the box. 

Quick history lesson time!  The original Bohemians were travelers from Central Europe (the French translates Bohemian as Gypsy or Roma people).  Many elements of bohemian chic clothes date back as far as the pre-Raphaelite time (mid to late 19th century)!  I have to investigate that one.

Holly Robinson-Peete, 

Sandra Bullock,

Jill Scott,

Nicole Richie,
Garcell, Beauvais-Nilon,
Till next blog!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Knitted Fashion is Coming Back

Are knitted clothing making a come-back?  You be the judge.  Knitting is not just for hats and mittens anymore, which it was traditionally used for from the 1980's.  You can find pants, leggings, dresses, blouses, and fashionable bags (yes, bags, well the one posted is part fabric and part knit, but it's lovely!).

According to an article called "A History of Knitting" by Amber Allen,, knitting is the art of knotting.  Research shows that knitting may have been developed in the Middle East, moved to the Mediterranean and from there to Europe.  Hand knitting for profit was replaced by machine knitting (made the clothes and items more affordable) in the late 18th century during the Industrial Revolution.  Knitted clothes lost their luster between the late 1970's and 1980's, probably thought of as too crafty.  Well, the clothes you see here made between 2009 - 2011 do not look crafty at all!

Aztec Tapestry Knit Sheathdress,

Knit and crochet pants,
For the crafter in you, Amber has a website where she teaches knitting.

Till next blog!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Love These Lovely Looks!

My style is very acceptable and current, even though I love to see fashion forward silhouettes and looks on other people.  I've got to change that and wear one unusual piece when I go out.  For someone who loves to see the brave fashionistas wearing combinations of designs and colors that would make everyone's day more joyful, (well,  I think half would think "go girl!", and the other half would think "she's extra!") I sure play it safe.  I have to make a conscious decision to change that.

Here are a collection of current and fashion forward pieces that I just love!  The first three looks  have a demure but strong presence because of the soft sillhouettes and lovely color combinations.  The orange print knit legging pants, on the other hand, would probably have some people staring in horror.  I would definately wear them though; I find the pants very refreshing.  It's time for print pants and leggings to come into fashion.  Pants have been solid colors for too long!

by Anna Sui,

by Ralph Lauren, Fall 2010,

by Jonathan Saunders,
Till next blog!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Milan Fashion Week 2007

September is the month for fashion designers to present their clothing creations for the spring and summer season for the following year.  Leave it to me to be also looking at photos of fall and winter clothing for 2007 from Milan Fashion Week.  I have to say, all the clothing posted today can be worn this year, and probably the next year and the next.  The pieces are very current still.

Have you ever been interested in attending a fashion week?  Here's what I found out.  For the Milan Fashion Week, for example, about 100 fashion shows are presented.  The audience are made up mostly of vip's and people in the fashion industry who've been invited.  It's rare to be able to purchase tickets, but if you can, they cost between $450 - $1300.  If you're desperately want to attend, there's one more way you can if you can't afford tickets.  Dress in your best outfit, wait outside where the shows are being held, and maybe, just maybe one of the few fashion editors with complimentary tickets to be given to fashion fans will choose you to attend.

Antonio Marras, Milan Fashion Week 2007,

Haute, Milan Fashion Week 2007,

Missoni, Milan Fashion Week 2007,

Unknown designer, Milan Fashon Week 2007,

Brioni, Milan Fashion Week 2007,
I love the color combinations, the draping, and the layering of fabrics.  Till next blog!