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spotted: alessandra torresani

14 December 2008

Before I get started on my usual rantings and what not, I received an award from the lovely Cheyenne of Stilettoed Praline. Thank you so much, darling!! It made my day :-).


Spotted: Alessandra Torresani. Actress, Dancer, & Diva.

At: her lovely home, in Hollywood.


image source: the selby

I’m completely in love with that corset. The most feminine piece, whose construction bears the story of decades – even centuries – of history: history of the woman, the clothing, the culture, and the life of years past. The piece that, over the course of time, started as an undergarment and became a top suitable for outerwear. It is the representation of the woman’s past and present, and a symbol of sex. The leather lace-ups become icons of the goth or of dominatrixes; the lighter, girlier versions such as the one above, is a more playful than the first. 

I adore this outfit: pin-ups girls gone innocent, I say. The floral corset is playful yet a bit sophisticated; an oxymoron in itself: it’s shape is, of course, quite revealing, yet its print is prim and proper. When paired with these high waisted, white denim pants, it gives the corset a casual feel. And those sunglasses; the pink is such a fun twist to the ordinary black, brown, or white frame. It’s Lolita grownup, upgrading from the eccentric heart shaped rims to wayfarers. This outfit can be worn for day or night with a change of shoes: a pair of white sandals for day, and a pair of white, pointed-toe pumps for the evening. Cover up with a long cardigan to offset the short hemlines of the top, roll up the sleeves just a bit, throw your hair into a messy chignon, & grab a pink clutch. Just the mere girlishness of the outfit makes me squeal with delight – it’s time to go shopping!

black, white, & pink.


Black & white, of course, is the most sophisticated & classic color combination of all time; no doubt making it one of my favourites. And when paired together to make a cutsey but a bit naughty outfit like the one above, I am all for it! I love the simplicity of the tank & skirt ensemble: it’s a basic & easy base to work off of. The next step, of course, is to personalize the look! Adding a long statement necklace can instantly make the outfit more versatile: a gaudy piece is more glamorous, a simple one keeps the overall statement classic. Shoes are also an important part of defining the look: platform mary janes over thigh high socks are reminiscent of Gossip Girl with a touch of demure sexiness. 


I don’t even think I can express how happy this bubblegum pink Hello Kitty gumball machine makes me. Okay, so perhaps my obsession with Hello Kitty brings out the ten year old girl within me, but I can justify my love for the adorable character – what’s not to love about her? She’s kitschy, she’s cute, & pink. And so every time I browse through Tarina Tarantino’s Pink Head collection, I pine, I lust, and wallow in self-pity (… well, perhaps not so much the last).

I think I would love to wear that Betsey Johnson-esque dress on my birthday. Just merely for the sake of sentimentality and feeling ridiculously girly and like a cupcake, all simultaneously. The hairpiece does remind me of Zac Posen 2007 (this is just a guesstimation), only instead of black pom-poms with red detailing, these Minnie Mouse’s ears have innocent with white fluffs and pink bows. The dress itself is quite delectable with layers of icing-like white & pink ruffles and a pouf of a tutu that would make any ballerina jealous. Accented with hot pink bows here and there, I dare say that this dress epitomizes girly-ness at its best. 



La C.

P.S.: I think I may add this to my wishlist – I absolutely love Tarina’s Gothic Lolita Pink Head Multi-bead Necklace! A bit out of my budget, yes, so I’ll just look at it, from the comfort of my home. Buy it here for yours truly ;].

37 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 December 2008 9:04 pm

    that hello kitty gum ball machine is too cool. i want one too.

  2. 14 December 2008 9:19 pm

    oh my gosh, so much adorable girliness. i would die for that last pink dress. oh dear. and i love your suggestions for wearing the first outfit. you make it all the more delicious. so sweet!

  3. 14 December 2008 9:43 pm

    mmm i love the top she’s wearing in the first picture. it’s adorable.

  4. 14 December 2008 10:09 pm

    i have no idea who she is but that hello kitty gumball is crazy. they seriously have hello kitty everything.

  5. 14 December 2008 10:19 pm

    I love clothes that resemble sweets… but pale pink makes me look like a corpse, so I tend to pick the brighter pinks :p I don’t wear pink a lot, but the black&white outfit is definitely inspiring! Now, WHY did I leave my black, high-waisted skirt at my flat, where I won’t see it for… a month. Oh, cruel world!

  6. 14 December 2008 10:21 pm

    I love Hello Kitty too! And I’m a huge fan of black and white together.

  7. 14 December 2008 10:50 pm

    Voguette. ohh I like the sound of that, completely flattered by your comment, thank you heaps and heaps!! 🙂

    I love the girl above’s style and home. Fun fresh and chic!


  8. 14 December 2008 10:52 pm

    I’m not usually a colour person and stick a lot to monochrome comfort, with lots of gray in between.

    However, there is something about pink – crazy magenta to the sweetest bubblegum – that is so addictive and so alluring. Anything in pink, I somehow feel compelled to have. I won’t even know how to wear it or use it, but I know I need to have it. I think I have pink in my black blood & pink valves in my black heart…lol.

    That floral corset is to-die-for by the way. Due to my um, incredibly boyish body, lovely stuff like corsets are things I can’t really wear. :/ But looking at them is delish enough as it is. That print, that perfect short length with itsybitsy midriff exposure and the curves that match with the arc of her pose – sexy, sweet, super and so-needs-to-be-in-my-closet (even if I can’t wear it)!

    Great post, as per usual ♥
    Sylvia Eloise Hui qui est fan de La C…
    *is a little crazy today, sorry babe :p*

  9. 14 December 2008 11:28 pm

    PS: that award has got to be the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time! (except for that hello kitty gumball machine, of course 😉

  10. 14 December 2008 11:42 pm

    thank you so much for commenting me! your blog is amazing. i love the outfit with the floral corset and high waisted pants, she really makes it her own. and i love her hair!

  11. 15 December 2008 12:30 am

    I love the girliness, yet toughness present in her outfits. So gorgeous! The Hello Kitty gumball machine is hilarious- every kitchen most definatly need one.

    Oooh her corset is perfect! It makes me want to go hunting for one right now 🙂 xx

  12. 15 December 2008 1:18 am

    The girliness is so adorable! I love the floral corset too, and the Hello Kitty gumball machine is too cute. 🙂

  13. 15 December 2008 2:02 am

    Wow, very Hello Kitty-ish. 🙂 Lovely!

  14. 15 December 2008 3:11 am

    I love Tarina T’s necklaces they are so cute but I never seem to wear mine out (they hate me so). Ah, that dress is bloody brilliant! I expected no less from a girl with your taste haha. I hope you do get it for you’re birthday it is too perfect for the occasion! Also, yes to the gum ball machine and YES to hello kitty isn’t she the epitome of cute femininity?!

    ♥, China L.

  15. 15 December 2008 4:24 am


    What a cool look with hello kitty. That’s adorable.

    Could you believe it I created that image for I love your blog tag (with the rose).. It’s strange seeing that in new places!

  16. 15 December 2008 5:57 am

    That floral corset.. the whole outfit actually. I just love it when girls aren’t afraid to be all-out feminine. 🙂

  17. 15 December 2008 7:04 am


  18. 15 December 2008 11:52 am

    awwwww so girly and flirty!

  19. 15 December 2008 12:09 pm

    oh wow. this is so cute and inspiring too !
    new post on my blog check it out

  20. 15 December 2008 12:13 pm

    Ooo I love her gumball machine lol!

  21. 15 December 2008 12:34 pm

    Wow, I have been looking for a corset too! That looks amazing on her!

  22. 15 December 2008 3:44 pm

    thank you! =)
    i do have a bit of a weakness for corsets

  23. 15 December 2008 5:09 pm

    What a cute award 😉

    That first corset is really great.


  24. 15 December 2008 6:59 pm

    All of the outfits shown are super gorgeous!

    And I’m usually not a fan of pink, but Hello Kitty is definitely an exception (: That gumball machine is adorable! I have some Hello Kitty ice packs for my lunchbox, haha.

    I really like your blog!

  25. 15 December 2008 8:37 pm

    I loved the first two looks. ❤

  26. 15 December 2008 8:54 pm

    congrats on the award hun bun!totally deserved,love Betsy J’s fun designs. That corset is darling!

  27. 15 December 2008 9:01 pm

    i positively need that corset…it would go so well with a new pair of deconstructed boots i just purchased. oh and i’ve added you to my blogroll, love!

  28. 16 December 2008 2:45 am

    As I scrolled down I kept thinking..oh I love that look, and then I saw the next and loved that one, I can’t choose!?

  29. 16 December 2008 6:08 am

    Congrats on the award!

  30. 16 December 2008 7:00 am

    The floral corset is really pretty.

  31. 16 December 2008 8:12 am

    love love love the 2nd outfit! Is so simple but cute and stylish!


  32. 16 December 2008 10:19 am

    Thanks 🙂
    I just have tried the chocolate muffin in starbucks… but I’ll remember your advice for the next time I go 🙂
    Nice pics, loe that black&white outfit (gorgeous!! :P) and the pink dress is sooo cute! ^^

  33. 16 December 2008 11:52 am

    sorry, finally getting around to commenting back- thanks! No, fewer boys should try to look nice so then I have less competition haha

  34. 16 December 2008 12:53 pm

    its no problem honey!
    and cute corset ❤

  35. 16 December 2008 4:13 pm

    “pin-ups girls gone innocent”… I love it!

  36. 16 December 2008 4:56 pm

    thanks so much for reading. I really appreciate it.

    you can’t go wrong with thigh high black socks all year around. Sexy, but practical.

  37. 17 December 2008 11:40 am

    She looks so much like Chloe Sevigny in these pictures.

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