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because we all love sequins.

19 December 2008

Nothing screams glamorous for the holidays more than sequins. Truly the epitome of all things of stardom potential and attention-grabbers, sequin-fied dresses, tops, skirts, and what have you are essentials for the holiday seasons. At first glance upon the store rack, sequined apparel is daunting. With millions of questions flashing across your mind like What do I wear with it? I’ll look like a disco ball! When can I wear it? etc., in sync with the little bits of shimmer catching the light, sequins do require, no doubt, a bit of courage and confidence. But the good thing is that they are actually quite simple to wear and easily integrated into any wardrobe from day to night.

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the novellas continue.

heart5 Starry Nights

starry-nightsAbigail, Abigail, Abigail, her mother would sigh lovingly as she stroked the soft curls. Why must you be such a dreamer? The much-said lines ran through her head as she pulled out the diamond encrusted earrings out of the precious blue box. Abby traced the familiar star shape, re-reading the little note scribbled in the lid of the box: “To my precious Abigail, the dreamer who wishes upon shooting stars”. They felt warm as the earrings slipped in their position in her ear, dangling daintily, as if floating like actual stars in the sky, only in the sea of brown curls. Tonight, her wish was granted by the little angels on these shooting stars; after an entire year and a half, her pride and joy, her masterpiece, would have its first press release and book signing. And to celebrate the event, she would, of course, wear her favorite outfit. That included the navy sequined skirt that reminded her of the night sky; after all, she was the center of attention for tonight. The rest of the her outfit was kept simple; black opaque tights, leather ankle booties, a black blazer over a fitted white tank, and her new studded, patent leather clutch. Abigail accented the ensemble with bits of silver sparkle here and there; silver shadow on her lids, and a chunky D&G bracelet and the beloved earrings to serve as bits of stars against the dark blue sky. 

heart5 Strictly Business

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It took a lot of persuasion – begging, more like it – to convince Stella to part with her Mac Book for a night for a girl’s night out at the swankiest club in the city. And it took even more pleading to dissuade her from wearing her usual uniform of a blazer, button down, dress pants, and stilettos. But alas, when the taxicab honked impatiently, Stella and her friends were able to reach a compromise: she would be allowed to wear the blazer and pumps, so long as she dressed up a bit. Her clubbing outfit didn’t differ too much from her work ensemble, except the extra sparkle she added. She decided it was the perfect time to wear her new Calvin Klein tuxedo blazer with satin lapels; the smooth shine contrasted with the more ostentatious Donna Karan silver sequin tank. Dress pants were out of the question, so Stella opted for her skinny black jeans. She finished the outfit off with, of course, patent, pointed toe pumps and a YSL patent envelope clutch. In it she only brought the necessities – her beloved Blackberry in case an important email arrived, classic red lipstick, mascara, and a few business cards (just in case). For once, Stella let her hair down instead of the usual updo she pinned it in. As she stood in front of the mirror rolling the sleeves of the blazer up a bit, she was a bit shocked at how she looked when she wasn’t in her standard work uniform. Her friends felt the same, squealing and gushing in excitement as they pulled her into the cab. Stella simply smiled, putting on a quick coat of red lipstick.

heart5 Blue Satin

satin-blue-nightsNatalie sat on her bed, admiring her newly, self-manicured nails coated with Chanel Blue Satin. She rarely used that prized bottle of lacquer, only whipping it out for special occasions. Tonight was one such exception: she had a VIP Backstage pass to Chris Brown’s sold out concert, so of course she had to look her best. Nat had taken the entire day to make sure everything went as planned; an hour and a half was laid out to straighten her long locks, another for her makeup routine, and thirty minutes to paint her nails. With an hour to spare before her friend came to pick her up, she analyzed every inch of her outfit in hopes of making it perfect. Nat wore her trusted J Brand skinnies that made her already mile long legs look even longer, especially when paired with patent ankle booties in a deep navy that matched perfectly with her sequined vest. She needed to stand out today, amongst other die hard Chris Brown fans – and she knew those sequins would do exactly that under the blazing stage lights. Today, she couldn’t be shy or just stand in the back of the crowd just glimpsing at her idol crush from afar. Nat was determined to take more than a few pictures and get an autograph from the singer as she double checked the battery life of her camera.

heart5 Royal Nights

royal-nightsLena. The artsy, sexy girl that caught the eye of every young man she passed on the street. Unlike most girls, however, she was highly unaware of how attractive she was; she knew she was pretty, but didn’t know of her abilities turn heads when she entered a room. Tonight was her first ever to go to clubbing; her friends insisted that she needed to go, as celebration that finals were, well, finally over and done with before the next semester. Lena agreed a bit hesitantly only because she could not think of a single item to wear. That was, until she found the lovely, deep purple slip dress bedecked with sequins. The amount of skin it revealed alarmed the girl; immediately, she reached for her J. Crew cardigan that covered just enough; the long length also hit right at the hemline of the dress – it was perfect. Lena added the finishing touches: a Tiffany & Co. necklace with a bow pendant from her grandmother, a dainty silver ring from her mother, and sky-high heels. She almost laughed at herself when she finally saw her potential to be alluring. But something was missing; Lena scratched her head in thought. Her cashmere beanie, of course! She wore it everywhere – that, a spritz of Flowerbomb, and her favorite Chanel bag in leather. She left the dorms, only to catch eyes with a few boys staring agape in disbelief. Lena only chuckled.

xoxo,

La C.

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44 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 December 2008 10:31 pm

    I absolutely love this–especially the second one. I wish I had more occasions to wear sequins!

  2. 19 December 2008 11:37 pm

    so inspiring stories of the night. Funny, I’m going to a concert tomorrow night and would love to dress up..but..its cold, icy, I hopefully won’t slip and slide my way there. And well, its a small venue with the regular slacker fare. Which means, guys drinking beer, a bad sound system, moshing…and it’ll be a sweat lodge…all for a hometown band call Faint, those boys who are the better half of Bright Eyes. Yeah, we love Conor but he has a thing for making out with just about anyone. So, time for me to get out those army boots, my leggins and my Bright Eyes T-shirt and good warm floppy beret.

    Oh, and thanks so much for the comment. Yeah, I do love TV, I’m afraid. And dramas are seriously in trouble with the ratings lately so I dream of my own.

    Thanks so much for reading.

  3. 19 December 2008 11:39 pm

    i just bought the v&r limited edition flower bomb perfume today it is the best thing ever!

  4. thebaglady permalink
    20 December 2008 12:00 am

    i seriously love these posts. they’re the best to read, & reread! not to mention, you always showcase the most fabulous of outfits!

  5. 20 December 2008 4:28 am

    How lovely combos! 🙂

    I saw Karen Milen turqouise skirt with glitter on second hand store. :))))) Maybe, I will buy. Hmmmmm?

    kisses: Janet

  6. 20 December 2008 4:34 am

    Hi there-sequins are such a fantastic trend and I love how they work from day to night wear!! thanks so much for the well wishes too!

  7. 20 December 2008 5:05 am

    I love, love, love sequins… and love each outfit, perfect use of a sequin piece in each…
    and i loved each of your stories for each outfit… very entertaining…

  8. 20 December 2008 5:16 am

    What an awesome post! I loved reading the little back stories with each outfit – it’s like breathing life into the clothes.

  9. 20 December 2008 5:58 am

    yeah, I love sequins, i have this perfect dress from asos wich i bought couple years ago, its really great for parties just among some elses.
    love those which u posted. and i still want chanel nail polish, gotta watch london airport is there any cheaper. dont know yet which airport we use..

  10. The Seeker permalink
    20 December 2008 7:08 am

    I’m in love with sequins but I have no piece in that 😦
    Your outfits creations are so awesome, makes me ant even more to have a sequin piece.

    Great post

    xoxo

  11. 20 December 2008 9:33 am

    I love sequins but I must admit that I’m a little too shy to wear them, but after your post, it seems less daunting! I’m going to a party tonight and even though I don’t have sequins I’m going for my very high heels, that I’m almost too afraid of using xD

    I love your stories, they are very inspiring!<333

  12. 20 December 2008 9:51 am

    You know, when I read these novellas, I scan through the outfits first before going back again and reading the characters. What really amazes me is that after picking out my fav outfit, I find that the character is also the one I can most identify with!

    Today’s pick is Lena. Unassuming but most definitely not clueless. I like that! And her dress is such a pretty colour. And the slouch of that Chanel… paired with a beanie! Perfection. I’d better grab this name before Hui does.. hahaha. It really is a pretty one ♥

    Gushing as always,
    ‘Lena’

  13. 20 December 2008 9:56 am

    We do. I know I do.

  14. 20 December 2008 10:01 am

    i simply adore these petite novellas! i’m a firm believer in the fact that there’s a story behind every piece and every outfit, so i love the fact that i’m not the only one. this time around, stella’s my favorite – probably because i’m all too familiar with adopting an unofficial uniform of black pants, black shoes, black accessories..

  15. 20 December 2008 10:28 am

    LOVE this post! It gives me great ideas in my own wardrobe to put together. Or maybe even ideas on what to buy to finish off a look. Thanks!!!

  16. 20 December 2008 11:42 am

    I love your selections, they are great for the holiday season!

  17. 20 December 2008 12:23 pm

    you’re so good at creating all these outfits! i seriously love them ALL! and i absolutely adore the sequin skirt in the first photo! happy holidaysss! and i linked you! 🙂 love your blog!

  18. 20 December 2008 12:27 pm

    Ooo I love the royal nights outfit!

  19. 20 December 2008 12:36 pm

    I go for the royal nights, as well! 😛

  20. 20 December 2008 1:12 pm

    i love the Starry Nights-outfit!!!

  21. 20 December 2008 1:58 pm

    Fabulously festive post, La C! Loving both of those sequined skirts SOOOO much!

    xoxox,
    CC

  22. 20 December 2008 2:00 pm

    I do love me sequins! very nice outfits!

  23. 20 December 2008 2:46 pm

    Wow! love this post! So many amazing looks and pieces!

  24. 20 December 2008 3:09 pm

    am in love with sequins, the outfit post of the jeans, tank, and sequin, is just excatly what am wearing today minus the shoes–i painted nails the same blue since last week!! 😉 great post dear!!!
    xoxo

  25. 20 December 2008 4:06 pm

    another amazing issue of novellas! i loved this! i don’t know if i can pick a favorite because i loved all of the characters, but i could definitely see myself in stella’s outfit most of all. i don’t usually show a lot of skin and i love blazers, so that outfit is screaming my name.

  26. 20 December 2008 5:03 pm

    The first sequin skirt is INCREADIBLE!! Complete perfection, and so wonderfully festive. I love anything sparkly… glitter and sequins are so much fun!

    I love this post, you have created some stunning outifts, each and every one of which i would adore to wear. Beautiful.

    Have a happy sunday xx

  27. 20 December 2008 5:51 pm

    This is oh so lovely… and rather impossible to decide a favorite. So, with that… I’m just lusting after all of it.

    Amazing post!

  28. 20 December 2008 5:59 pm

    Cool post, you know we love posts like this! Nice outfits, ofc.

  29. 20 December 2008 7:13 pm

    love the sequin vest! wonderful combinations again la c. 🙂

  30. 20 December 2008 7:32 pm

    The first outfit stole my heart; that blue sequined skirt is gorgeous! I too love sequins, but actually a co-worker of mine dissed them saying that they look like cheap pieces of glued on plastic up close. I was so shocked! Like yeah they are plastic, but they are not just glued on! And it looks fantastic close up as well as faraway I thought.

  31. 20 December 2008 7:45 pm

    i love this post just like i heart all of ur other posts.
    im in love with the blue satin outfit and the royal nights outfit. i want to be lena tonight. lol

  32. 20 December 2008 7:48 pm

    I heart your petite novellas!
    I love sequins too, i ‘m just waiting for the right time to break out my sequined dress. Maybe a Christmas Party> who knows…

  33. 20 December 2008 8:45 pm

    Sequins and diamonds are two of my favourite things. The weird thing is that I only own one sequinned item (something as boring as a belt), even though I desperately want a 20’s style dress decorated with sequins. Perhaps I’ll just have to make one. Real diamonds are simply a fantasy, being a student and all, but I must say that these posts of yours are an excellent substitute! And I’d love to read that magazine, by the way – drop a word when it’s available for us mortals? Have a lovely day, darling!

  34. Michelle permalink
    20 December 2008 10:25 pm

    swankiest.

    i love the first outfit. absolutely adore it.
    for the second…if i had the legs to pull it off, i’d probably opt for a dress that was the same style as the top and go with the blazer, no bottoms. though underwear, yes, because i’d probably just find going completely commando uncomfortable. i can tell stella’s not that kind of lady though, willing to show off, but not show all!

    i thought i’d like to throw in that i’m wearing a beautiful jewel encrusted cocktail right now as i type this.

  35. 20 December 2008 11:49 pm

    keep these coming, absolutely fabulous

  36. 21 December 2008 1:14 am

    i love these posts!
    they’re such a joy to read
    and i love sequins<3

  37. 21 December 2008 8:54 am

    i love sequins at day and night it’s so glam 🙂 !

  38. 21 December 2008 9:02 am

    oh my goodness, i absolutely love those sequins! it’s perfect 🙂

  39. 21 December 2008 9:43 am

    love sequins! I specially love the sequin tank!!

    i hope you have an amazing christmas and new year honey! Thank you for your kind words and always being so lovely!!
    xx

  40. 21 December 2008 9:53 am

    Wow! i love the way you managade the sequins. love the first outfit with the skirt! love your blog its perfect! keep up the great work! hope you have a great christmas and new year and enjoy the hollidays!

    xoxo

  41. Alize Morand permalink
    21 December 2008 10:02 am

    Oh, j’adore, j’adore, j’adore!

    I want Abigail’s outfit so badly! 🙂

    Alize xx

  42. 21 December 2008 8:41 pm

    LC,

    I adore this post.
    Sequins are my favorite!!

    Great polyvore sets, and photos, you always have it on point!

    xx

  43. 22 December 2008 8:10 am

    Amazing post!
    So much to take in.
    Love Sequins.
    xx.

  44. 22 December 2008 8:16 pm

    I’m loving your novellas!! The blue sequin skirt is amazing!!

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