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1 January 2009

Here’s to the first post of the year of the glorious 2009! I’m truly excited for what this new year can bring; as cliche as it may sound, change can be felt in the air. Perhaps that was said with a bit of a dramatic air; nonetheless, a new year always bring some sort of change, for better or for worse. But do keep in mind that everything happens for a reason!

First things first. Establish a mantra, one that can be easily remembered and has the ability to motivate you. New Year resolutions are just as great, but sometimes we forget that long list as the year progresses (guilty as charged). So brainstorm a few encouraging phrases, type it up in some pretty font, and set it as your wallpaper on your computer/laptop! It serves not only as a daily reminder, but also doubles as a lovely background. Here’s mine; I have it printed on glossy paper, one taped on my closet door across from my leopard-print covered bed, and one on the inside cover of my new journal for 2009!

A new year doesn’t necessarily call for a new you, per say. Just you, perhaps a bit revamped or remixed. So while I write this I have this urge – need, rather – to go shopping immediately! I have a new set of inspiration, with styles I’ve been itching to try for a few months now. Guaranteed, the load of Christmas money from relatives will come in handy. 

On my current “Need” (not my want list!) are these items: 

black opaque tights  black lace tights & any sort of textured ones!  new jeans!  black leather boots, about 3 inches high? (EDIT: just bought a pair of franco sarto’s today!)  suede ankle booties, black (again)  something sequined!  leather jacket  vintage faux fur coat (oh so fabulous)  dresses

… I’m in dire need of a good shopping excursion.

Currently pining…


This gorgeous vintage sequined bandage dress, from Nasty Gal. I seriously want it, but the mother wouldn’t be too happy about the price tag. And being a student is of no help either. There’s only one in stock, and it’s in my size. Oh, cruel world, why must everything be so expensive? I can already imagine it integrating into my wardrobe… with black tights and pumps for a party, with boots for an outing… Oh the possibilities. Woe is me. The Jungle print dress, also from Nasty Gal, is so fabulous. The length, print, and cut is perfect. A cheaper price tag, yes, but I’m thinking that I’ll allot that money for the Miu Miu Vitello Lux/Chanel 2.55 fund.


I haven’t been able to find the perfect lace top or dress yet; the ones I’ve seen are either not approved by the mother or too granny-like. I absolutely love the look of them; classic, sophisticated, and a bit alluring. I absolutely love this little number paired with skinnies and boots; a perfect balance of sexy femininity meets masculine utility.  


Um, perfection in a shoe. I wish I knew the designer? But even if I did, that would require, once again, quite a lot of moolah. I shall  find one like it! I think I’d love to own a pair of Minnetonka ankle length moccasins – in black. 


I really need a black skirt with an exposed zipper, preferably. Perhaps not leather, since I have a bit of a behind (and that might make me look more hootchie than Lily-Donaldson-cool). American Apparel, anyone?


I’ve been searching for the perfect hairpiece/headband that channels Blair Waldorf. They’re either too obnoxious or just blah, the ones I’ve seen so far. I do love this particular piece by Lou Lou Loves You. It’s on the larger side and would probably not be practical for everyday wear, but nonetheless, would be quite satisfying to simply own! Time to DIY, darlings! On a side note, I do love this model’s makeup: the peachy lips, slightly glossed, and eyes au naturel (with the help of falsies, I think?) – so sweet and innocent!

And so I’ve reached the conclusion that I love black too much.

This post is complete proof of my obsession.

Happy 2009!

La C.

P.S.: I told you darlings – my personal style is like that of a chameleon! It changes based on my mood & the music I’ve been listening to. This week: the Veronicas (so fashionable, especially in their music video for “Untouched” – gothic Lolita is the vibe, with sequins, lots of black, matte pink lips, plastic Chanel cuffs, etc.). My inspiration:


48 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 January 2009 5:09 pm

    vintage faux fur coat = my number one fashion wish

    Happy New Year!

  2. 1 January 2009 5:25 pm

    happy new years! pretty pictures!

  3. 1 January 2009 5:55 pm

    thank you honey 🙂
    oh and just so I feel a little bit more confident thats all – and plus, I need to get rid of the extra calories that have been consumed over christmas!

    interesting post, I have a thing for black lately too!
    happy new year!!

  4. 1 January 2009 6:25 pm

    Oh, I adore faux fur coats – they’re absolutely fantastic. I’ve been on the hunt for one for ages, but haven’t found “the one.”

    I also love ankle boots – the ones you picked were fantastic!!

    And I too have been hunting high and low for fantastic headbands/head pieces a la Blair Waldorf/Kenley Collins from Project Runway, but am not quite sure what I can/cannot pull off yet!

    Happy New Year – and keep up with your lovely blog! xo

  5. 1 January 2009 6:27 pm

    Oh, don’t we all love black, dearie? But, I have to say…jaimewearsblack does the perfect photography of all, blogworld-wise.
    Hmmm, honey, I’m eyeing that Gucci handbag in black & white, as well. And by the way, I do hope that someday my daughter will say something that goes like this,

    “This is when I thank God for not giving me a sister. I’d rather not fight for the best piece or vintage Gucci bag. And while I’m expressing gratitude, thank you, mother, for not being selfish about your clothing and bags. ”

    Aren’t you the sweetest?
    Mwah! =)

  6. 1 January 2009 6:27 pm

    What a truly rock n’ roll NY wish list! I love a fab sequinned vest myself. xx

  7. 1 January 2009 6:33 pm

    Oh my, what a dress! Sequins are the future.
    Black, leather, and vintage are so 2009.

  8. 1 January 2009 7:27 pm

    I will make myself a mantra right after this! I’ll try to make it as fabolous as yours. There is so many amazing things in this post I don’t know where to start. The two dresses are gorgous! I’m a little afraid of leopard print though, even though it looks oh so very cool! The headband is wonder-wonderful! Very Blair indeed. I would love to have one, but as you said, perhaps a bit smaller so I could use it every day ^^

  9. 1 January 2009 7:43 pm

    Great pieces and resolutions. Ah, I have high hopes for 2009.

  10. 1 January 2009 8:36 pm

    Hi La C, dear,

    I love post! Great!

    xoxo: Janet

  11. 1 January 2009 8:44 pm

    mmm love the sequins dress!

  12. 1 January 2009 8:46 pm

    p.s. hope u get some chanel!

  13. 1 January 2009 9:12 pm

    WOW! Love the lace top! gorgeous!

  14. 1 January 2009 9:56 pm

    those sequin dresses are to die for. happy new year!

  15. 1 January 2009 10:13 pm

    i love that hairpiece! it’s so cute!!

  16. 1 January 2009 10:16 pm

    Your mantra printout is fabulous. Also, as the ecstatic owner of a Chanel 2.55, I have to say, it’s definitely worth it. 🙂

  17. 1 January 2009 10:47 pm

    I think change is in the air too and I love those boots!

  18. 1 January 2009 11:10 pm

    Whoa, what a great post to start the new year. 🙂 More power to your blog, dear! 😀

  19. 2 January 2009 12:10 am

    Happy New Year! Oh..need those black heels so bad..but I’d be the first to probably fall down in them.

  20. 2 January 2009 2:06 am

    One of the best things in life, is black. 🙂
    And I too am looking for a lacey top that does not border on either of the extremes you mentioned! Like those Prada lace dresses and skirts? *drools*

    Here’s to our friendship, this 2009! ♥

    SEAH :p

  21. 2 January 2009 2:22 am

    mmm, I’m loving the leopard print dress!! And I’m totally looking for a Waldorf-worthy headpeice as well, I think we have the same sartorial mind! Happy New Year girlie 🙂

  22. 2 January 2009 3:09 am

    Hi there-you have a wonderful wishlist, such a shame about the sequin dress my dear!! Focus on building up the Chanel 2.55 bag fund, you’ll love to own that most of all!

  23. 2 January 2009 3:50 am

    Okay, so you just gave me even more cravings for new things 🙂

  24. 2 January 2009 9:00 am

    Love the idea with the selfmade laptop backgriound. I defenetly will do that and show you! Ohh I’m sure you will find everything you NEED! 🙂 I need so much things as well like some boots or a new Jeans. And top’s or Tshirts are something you always need! They need to needed!

    Wish you a awsome 2009 And hope you will blog more great post like in 2008!

    wish you only the best&kisses to you

  25. 2 January 2009 9:36 am

    i want practically everything on your wish list!!!
    oh and happy new year! i hope you have a fantastic 2009!

    hope you can update our link! we moved to

  26. 2 January 2009 9:38 am

    What a lovely post to read! There are so many things you want, that I want aswell! And I love black too much to!
    I wish you all the best for 2009!

  27. 2 January 2009 11:37 am

    happy new year!!

  28. 2 January 2009 1:05 pm

    happy 2009! i am drooling over the patent botties.

  29. 2 January 2009 1:31 pm

    Nasty Gal seems to have so many fabulous clothes!

  30. 2 January 2009 1:57 pm

    LOVE this 2009 post of yours! Your shopping list is amazing! And so are your fahsion influences!

    I can’t wait to see if you’d post out any outfit pictures! It would be awesome!

  31. 2 January 2009 3:02 pm

    check etsy for a headpiece like that…I found one on there I adore.

  32. 2 January 2009 3:18 pm

    you should check out the vintage dealers on the prices are much better

  33. 2 January 2009 5:03 pm

    thank you for visiting dear 🙂 what a cute blog you have here. i totally agree with your new year mantra idea…it’s not about what you do but who you are. xo

  34. 2 January 2009 5:12 pm

    I love your new year advice. I like the idea of putting up an inspirational saying than making a bunch of resolutions.
    Thanks for the picture ❤

  35. 2 January 2009 6:08 pm

    I like the whole mantra idea! I’ll have to do that, too!

  36. 2 January 2009 6:52 pm

    fabulous photos! i love grey too much, i don’t know why though…=)
    lovely photos! happ new year!

  37. 2 January 2009 7:33 pm

    those two dresses are super gorgeous!
    Too bad it’s too expensive 😦
    Hope ure having a Happy New Year!

  38. 2 January 2009 7:44 pm

    darling great first post of the new year. love the seizing the day resolution.That bandage dress from Nasty gal vintage is perfect.also loving that headpiece my dear.

  39. 2 January 2009 10:10 pm

    I am so very optimistic for the new year.

    I love that headpiece, so 40’s and classy. And I know what you mean about the ‘having a backside’ problem… bane of my existence. Sorta.

  40. 2 January 2009 11:38 pm

    I just bought a black mini with a zipper like that on each side, and I can’t wait for it to get here!

  41. 3 January 2009 12:19 am

    I’m a style chameleon as well, so I understand! Your list made me smile, because it is practically all of the same things I have pining over. I got the lace tights and some new jeans for X-mas, Yay! I found a vintage leather jacket and a sequin sweater not too long ago…but I’m still on the search for some perfect black ankle boots! I hope you get all you want and more in the new year!

  42. 3 January 2009 12:35 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & a happy new year to you as well!
    I recently saw (what seemed to be) a good lace dress on the Forever21 website, you should check it out and see if it will work for you!

  43. 3 January 2009 3:08 am

    You have said such sweet things on my blog! Thank you so much! Your blog is super AWESOME! I hope we can exchange links!

  44. 4 January 2009 1:17 pm

    such a good post!
    im finally back
    check out my new post



  45. Jess permalink
    8 April 2009 3:25 pm


    Just want to let you know that the perfect patent leather zip front bootie is from ALDO (


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