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10 March 2009


red lipgloss (Covergirl Wetslicks works so well for that instant glamour sans the over-the-top nature of lipstick; constant application, however, is necessary) // red nail lacquer (Barcelona Red, by Chanel) // an ostentatious cocktail ring // black sweater // patent peep-toe pumps



I love Christina Aguilera; listening to her album, Back to Basics, always puts me in a good mood. Somehow, whether it be through her lyrics or that powerful voice unfound in any other female artist, Back to Basics makes me feel as if unstoppable, glamorous, and fierce. Like I’m at the top of the world.

The aesthetics of the album are incredibly amazing as well. I adore Christina’s look; platinum blonde curls, red lips and nails, a bit of beige shadow and lots of mascara. All paired with form-fitting dresses. She truly is a beauty – a definite style icon for me. Black, silver, and reds are seriously the sexiest and most powerful colors.

How I wish I lived during that time period.



Arguably trashy, but seductive and provocative are the words. These Wolford Medaillon Tights, £37.00, are a must-have it my closet. Call it a pair of fetish-ish tights, but imagine it worn under little LBD numbers. Ridiculously provocative. Words do not and cannot express the full extent of the necessity of owning them. Not want, darlings, need.


Chanel Aqualumiere Lip Gloss in Party Red. Everything about that color is perfection at its finest. And the gloss’ tube is quite the aesthetic pleaser itself; red and black are indeed classics.



… this Paul & Joe Sister Mathilde Fringe dress from Net-a-Porter. It is undoubtedly the perfect, mini LBD with a 1920’s twist. Imagining it with a tuxedo blazer of some sort, sleeves pushed up (perhaps my satin trimmed ones!); ankle booties; stacked but thin silver bangles; red lips; red nails; the whole Christina Aguilera shebang.



This photo of her is absolutely breathtaking.

…I told you music influences and inspires what I wear.


La C.

52 Comments leave one →
  1. thebaglady permalink
    10 March 2009 10:47 pm

    Haha, I always check your blog before bed (or during work….)

    Love this post. Not many see Christina Aguilera as a style inspiration! I love how different you are from the “typical” blogger (erin wasson, ripped tights, denim cutoffs kinda gal, not that there’s anything wrong with that lol!).

    Would love to see outfit posts!! Ik everyone else wants to, too!!!

  2. 10 March 2009 11:34 pm

    I don’t imagine anyone could NOT be inspired after listening to her sing. She was the first concert I ever went to, she really motivated me to be a strong woman. xx

  3. 10 March 2009 11:51 pm

    What a voice! I love her style, too; such a glamour girl.

  4. Dana permalink
    11 March 2009 12:39 am

    I don’t usually like her but she looks great. I love red lipstick!



  5. 11 March 2009 3:27 am

    Hey La C,

    I neeeeeeeed those Medallon tights from Wolford! LOL!

    xoxo: Janet♥

  6. 11 March 2009 4:09 am

    She is so beautiful and pulls of the platinum blonde hair with such elegance.

    The medaillon tights are to die for!!
    I think I will being making quite a few purchases from that website today!

    beautiful post as always, you are such an inspiration

  7. 11 March 2009 4:56 am

    I’m in agreement with you on those tights! They’re lovely!

  8. 11 March 2009 5:14 am

    The little fringe hem of the dress is such an amazingly small detail but it makes it completely covetable.

  9. 11 March 2009 7:08 am

    hello 😉 totally agree on christina’s ability to inspire. i find beyonce has the same effect on some people including me. when i see how modest and spontaneous she is in real life, i’m totally inspired to be better than i am. wish you best 😉 like your work

  10. 11 March 2009 8:57 am

    I’ve never thought of Christina as a fashion icon but now that you post these gorgeous pictures of her I want to browse for more;) She looks so beautiful on those pictures, classic with those red nails and blond hair:)

    That Chanel lipgloss has been on my wishlist for ages, I wonder if I could afford it? It’s so expensive xD

  11. 11 March 2009 9:04 am

    Oh yes, I love the essence of glamour that always exists when red lip stick is worn! I always feel like I look a bit clownish in bright red lipstick though…maybe I should try a slightly darker shade of red. 😉


  12. 11 March 2009 9:17 am

    Hey La C. Great post. I’m a big fan of Christina. She’s got an incredible and powerful voice for one thing. I love her music. She can bring out all sorts of emotions in her music. Then she’s very beautiful and sexy. She’s got great style. You put all of those things together and you’ve got something magical.

    • 11 March 2009 7:53 pm

      Keith: I completely agree. It’s the reason why I love her so!

      SC: A darker shade is lovely too! Give it a go! =]

      Anywhere I Lay My Head: It’s about $26 per lip gloss; a lot more than usual drugstore brands. But the Chanel is worth it!

      Maja: Thank you! =]

      Belle: You’re too sweet; thank you so much!

  13. 11 March 2009 9:36 am

    I definately agree: Christina Aguilera is a style icon. I loved her in the Lady Marmalade remake and every video from her Back to Basics alblum. Her vocals have always stood out among other artists. She has staying power in that everything she does has a classic spin on it.
    Thanks for the comment darling I shall keep you posted about La Biologie!

  14. 11 March 2009 10:35 am

    I think it’s cool how Christina Aguilera has developed her own retro/glam style and stuck with it. And I love red lipgloss as well, but you are so right about the constant reapplication.

  15. 11 March 2009 11:09 am

    i absolutely adore her! her voice is amazing, can’t wait for her next album!
    great outfit, i want it all too! 🙂

  16. rossovelvet permalink
    11 March 2009 1:37 pm

    Oh god i NEED these Wolford.
    Totally have to go to the factory, finally…

  17. 11 March 2009 1:56 pm

    Loooove the fringe dress, it’s so beautiful.
    I want ‘m too! And the blazer: love at first sight!

  18. 11 March 2009 2:00 pm

    Classy and classic–very nice indeed!

  19. 11 March 2009 2:14 pm

    Those Wolford tights are a must-buy!


  20. 11 March 2009 3:17 pm

    Xtina day, lovely:) I can already see that 1920s look with my inner eyes, it has been put very well together!
    I’m in the hunt for Chanel too…the Paris-Moscow collection, this time. It would be the perfect gift, but unfortunately they don’t ship anywhere near my country:( I should have moved to Paris already…

  21. 11 March 2009 3:22 pm

    gorgeous last photo, and i agree w/carrie, get the tights!

  22. 11 March 2009 3:39 pm

    Hi there-the Paul & Joe dress is utterly divine!!

  23. 11 March 2009 3:48 pm

    hello lovely,
    sorry i haven’t commented in a while!

    i love this album, i sneakily bought it for my mum for christmas so i could steal it onto my ipod.
    doting daughter, non?

    and those stockings are gorgeous, susie bubble has a similar pair i think…

    oh, i totally have a post for you!
    please can you do a mending heartbreak one?
    your so good with advice and i’d love to get some tips 🙂


  24. 11 March 2009 4:36 pm

    Christina has an amazing voice! And all of the pictures you posted of her are gorgeous. Definitely a style icon. Those stockings are beyond words. Perfect. I’m in love. And by the way, I bought the Party Red lip gloss about a week ago. It is fabulous! Worth every penny.

    Wonderful post as always =]

    – laur @ neonmango

    • 11 March 2009 7:50 pm

      Laur: You’re the sweetest! Christina Aguilera is one of my top style icons; I love that vixen, 1920s sexy-but-classy style she has!

      Molly: I’ve missed you, darling! It’s quite alright. You are a doting daughter ;]. Oh no, your heart has been broken? I will get on that post right away!!

      Fashion Herald & CC: I’m debating it, as of now. $40 something dollars + international shipping for a pair of tights… worth it? Or no? I’m leaning towards the former…

      Dexter: I need to move to Paris!!

  25. 11 March 2009 4:54 pm

    this is so unfair! Everywhere I turn, I see the most gorgeous tuxedo blazers and I want them ALL!! I love what you’re craving plus that hot-red lip gloss to top it off–perfection 🙂

  26. Girl permalink
    11 March 2009 5:57 pm

    Are they the most fanfabulous stockings EVER! Red lips… I like red lips.. so vixen like.

  27. kristine permalink
    11 March 2009 7:22 pm

    i’ve never seen her as a fashion icon, but now that you mention it, she really has this unique 1920s vibe goin on! lurrrrrve it!

    it’s so cool knowing what’s goin on in your mind right now LC!

  28. kristine permalink
    11 March 2009 7:36 pm

    p.s.: i think you should go ahead & buy those stockings. but man, they are expensive!!

  29. 11 March 2009 11:54 pm

    the paul and joe dress is so fantastic 🙂
    after all this time chiristina aguilera still look chic classic and i’m glad her fashion taste is gettingn better from time to time

  30. 12 March 2009 12:45 am

    Cool dress! I like the fringe.

  31. 12 March 2009 2:18 am

    Hi lovely! I have given you an award! 🙂

    Hope you love it. You so deserved it!


  32. 12 March 2009 2:58 am

    I love Christina Aguilera… I’ve been a fan of hers since her Genie in a Bottle days. The girl has great style and is absolutely beautiful!

  33. 12 March 2009 3:56 am

    You’ve inspired me to break out the red lipstick tomorrow! x

  34. 12 March 2009 6:09 am

    she’s def got a great voice and style!

  35. 12 March 2009 11:41 am

    i loove this kind of look, so old school glamour, i wish i could be that put together every day

  36. 12 March 2009 3:42 pm

    I especially love that first picture of Christina – it’s one of my favorite shots of her. I wish I lived during that time, as well. It just seems like a time of elegance, beauty, sophistication, and lots of crimson – crimson lips, crimson nails. Everything about this post is just perfect. I think I may now be in the market for some red lip gloss – love!

    • 12 March 2009 5:56 pm

      Cafe Fashionista: Thank you =]. Christina really epitomizes old school, classic glamour and sexiness. I adore it. You must get some red lip gloss! It’s a necessity!

      La C.

  37. 12 March 2009 4:44 pm

    those tights look so good! i love.

  38. 12 March 2009 5:18 pm

    I also love Christina Aguilera’s look! 🙂

  39. 12 March 2009 6:13 pm

    oh i want the tights!

  40. 12 March 2009 7:16 pm

    Christina is a style icon, a role model, and a talented singer. I’ve always been a fan of
    hers since the beggining(which is more
    than I can say about a lot of singers that
    I used to like).

  41. 12 March 2009 9:27 pm

    god those tights are gorgeous.

    luckily not all the music I listen to influences my style – otherwise I’d be dressing like gangsta boo or la chat * * *

  42. 12 March 2009 11:03 pm

    wow, i am so drooling over the wolfords. they’re siiiick!

  43. Nonsense Of The Truth permalink
    13 March 2009 6:32 pm

    I really like your style! 😀

  44. 14 March 2009 8:43 pm

    Oh my, I was such a Aguilera fangirl when I was young, I swear I had every picture of her in my computer 😛 sorta embarassing…I grew out, but I still think I’d follow her around tour now 😛 I like songs from Stripped better though, its more personal… Back to Basics is fabulous in a more stylized way methinks, such great vocals. Don’t really like that she’s trying to do softer songs and poppier image now… Have you heard of her version of ‘Song for You’ with Herbie Hancock? so moody and great.
    I think I need those Wolford tights as well, too bad the price is a bit meh.

  45. 14 March 2009 11:56 pm

    Constant reapplication of lip color would drive me crazy!

    I love that fringe dress.

  46. 15 March 2009 10:43 am

    Those tights are BANANASSS, they are definately an essential in my opinion 🙂 Hope you’re doing well girl!

  47. 15 March 2009 2:53 pm

    btw. i am so crushin over that chanel lipgloss – maybe i will buy it for my self after my exams as a treat. lol.

  48. 16 March 2009 2:26 pm

    oh my I NEED that chanel lipgloss too! I already have the rouge allure lipstick in audace, which is a very bright red, but sometimes you need a gloss. Or I could even wear them together…oh the possibilities.

  49. 25 March 2009 5:14 pm

    love those tights as well… keep considering them but know it’ll just be wasted cash i’ll rip them so quickly!

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