No Mami today. She did not feel up to playing. Too hot, too emotionally drained. Boo. Wanted nothing more than to hang out after we'd both had such a tough week.
Instead enjoy a meandering outdoor brunch with Mr. Diabolina. Then I was in the mood for a fashion fix...and some air conditioning. Hit the mall by myself and got this little $22 dress at Forever 21. Very Chanel sailor. Fits like a dream. Looks quite expensive on.
Reminds me of the ensemble I recently saw on that goregeous Ziyi Zhang. Except...well... my new dress isn't exquisite perfection. Sigh.
And then I did the unthinkable. Brace yourself.
I not only stepped into Express and bought something, I did the same at - wait for it - ANN TAYLOR. I know, I know: who am I? Two stores that aren't me at all.
And actually the articles of clothing I bought - a floral skirt and a pair of shorts - aren't me either. Remember I swore off shorts last summer when I turned 30? And as you may recall I have a bit of an aversion to overtly floral prints. Too Laura Ashley.
So let me explain. First the shorts. Soon after I started blogging, I spied Miss Jordypants getting a pair of graphic, retro shorts that made me swoon. I couldn't stop thinking how cute they'd be for summer. So preppy prep. Great with a flat sandal and Chanel accessories.
And then more recently TamPham has been wearing me down by pairing shorts with Phillip Lim. So chic, so yum, so 'why not me?'
Both girls unwittingly made me see that my "no shorts wearing" clause may be a bit silly since a) my legs haven't completely fallen apart (yet) and b) I live in Southern Cali.
Plus this pair was a good length, had a flattering flat front and was on sale for $30. Sold!
But lest you think I've gone completely batty, rest assured, I refused to take an Ann Taylor shopping bag. Just shoved their shorts in the Forever 21 bag. Did it for the planet and my reputation ;)
Now about that skirt. Must confess I've been thinking about florals non-stop lately. Have been getting over my perception of them as strictly Little House on the Prairie. Think the desensitization is a result of them being all over the magazines for months now.
And there's no sign of it letting up. Looks like they are still in for Fall 2008. Michael Kors. Thakoon. Giambattista Valli. They all showed "winter florals."
Adore the idea of hanging onto the blossomy spring prints into a time that is typically not about renewal. Like extending a trend's shelf life. Digging the idea of reinventing pretty flowery prints with darker, colder weather pieces. Very Miss Havisham.
This crazy stunner on Charlize from Valli's fall collection makes me want to wear a rose garden. Every day. Makes me want to BE a Rose Parade float! Love how over the top it looks. Very Japanese somehow.
Additionally, Jean Bean and I discussed seeing pretty Prada-like florals at Express months and months ago. Loved her Express skirt when I visited NYC. So when I saw the big bins marking the annual Express sale, I strolled in. Why not?
The skirt I ended up buying fit like a glove. Extremely flattering for a pleated, light colored skirt. Felt really 50s housewife - but modern. And again it was just $30.
Not sure exactly how I'll rock it but I intend to try - soon and in the fall. Which makes the cost per use at the very least $15. Yay!
After an arduous afternoon of out-of-character shopping, Mr. Diabolina took me to sushi and then we took a walk in the twilight (romance!) and rented some DVDs.
Great day - ALMOST successful at staving off the Monday Monsters.
Forever 21 dress
Forever 21 headband
Forever 21 bangle
Louis Vuitton earrings
Marc Jacobs Irina tote
Urban Outfitters sandals
Too hot to over think today's outfit. Plus I typically dress for my mom on Sundays. No point in dressing up for Mr. Diabolina ;)
That being said, he made a big to-do about the dress when he first saw it. His eyes got wide and started nodding his head and said, "OOOOOOOOO! Very 70s."
I just rolled my eyes. Know he could care less about the flower power print. Know he doesn't even know who Trina Turk is. And that it looks vaguely like one of her $200+ print dresses. Or that my version cost just $20.
He just liked all the cleavage :)
p.s. I tried on this little yellow shift at Forever 21 today. Very sweet. But nothing too special so decided to pass. Am loving yellow for summer. Can't get enough of it lately. And look how great it looks with the tomato colored flats. Delish.
Loving this Phillip Lim dress that Emmy Rossum wore to his store opening on Thursday. Jean Bean can't stand that Emmy Rossum shows up at all these fashion events. WHAT HAS SHE DONE EXACTLY???? Ugh. We think she is the new Bai Ling.