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the inner five year old.

28 July 2009

I like to think that I act maturely for my age. Pretentious of me, perhaps, but if nearly every person I’ve encountered in my mere seventeen years of existence has had preconceptions that I was at least two years senior my actual age (since I was little, for better or for worse), I do think I am somewhat entitled to assume so.

Since I was four, my mother would chuckle at my attempts to mimic the likes of successful, career-driven women (giving presentations on what color crayon was best, how-to’s, etc. to an invisible audience) in the midst more age-appropriate antics and my obsession with creating ensembles and modeling for my mother down the wooden hallway I called my makeshift catwalk. She often called me a twenty-year old woman trapped in a child’s body, inhibited only by my actual age and size.

But on occasion the five year old girl within makes cameo appearances. And those who are lucky – or unlucky – enough to witness an event as rare as catching a glimpse of a shooting star can vouch that it is quite the interesting experience. If you do wish to participate in a viewing of such revealing of my inner child, mark your calendars! It happens on two occasions, and two occasions only, mes chéris: (1) during the holiday season, from the month of December to New Year’s, particularly around Christmastime, and (2) when I get packages/mail/letters via the trusty postal service we all know and love.

Now let us examine the second phenomenon, in which it is subdivided into two categories. Case one would be classified as a situation in which I had previous knowledge of the package(s) and its expected arrival date. A.k.a. I had swiped darling daddy’s credit card and bought a little something for myself. In this situation, I would obsessively track the package for its safe delivery (thank God for the UPS tracking technology). Case no. 2 is far more exciting; these are the packages/letters that catch me by surprise, making my day far more exciting!

So imagine my childish antics in opening coming home from a long day of interning and bland court-related jibberish to find not one, but three packages awaiting my eager fingers to tear open. Three lovely packages! Where the first was an example of case one, and the latter two were classified under case two. Do excuse the quality of the pictures, my camera is quite shabby.

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It amuses me that these three items should be black. Suitable, I think!

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This, my pretties, is my petit cadeau from the talented and oh-so-incroyable La Flore et La Faune for winning the Summer Love Contest! I simply cannot express how much I adore what Sylvain calls a “petite cadeau” – I love little books (French ones, in particular) chock full of pictorial goodness and quotes! Merci; je t’aime! This truly is an incredible prize to win!

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Again, kindly ignore the awkward lighting (apparently wooden hangers leave yellow-ish reflections on the wall?). But I present to you my American Apparel bodysuit! As of late I’ve been coveting the edgier, if not saucier, looks nearly ubiquitous in the blogosphere. And I’ve been in dire need of a one-piece bather (for the beach only), as I sometimes am not in the mood to flaunt and prance about in an teensy ruffled bikini after a good meal. The versatility is quite amazing – a great leotard for dance, for regular wear, for the beach – which makes the price tag quite amazing!

I confess. This leotard is my first purchase from American Apparel, one that has me officially in love with AA. Of course I coveted the bodycon skirts and notoriously sexy u-back dresses, but my shopping ban has restricted me from actually buying them. I have heard of the amazing quality and fit of their pieces that I now can vouch for. I must say I was very much impressed with the quick shipping, for one. And the quality of the piece is ah-ma-zing. It truly fits like a charm, a godsend I must say! Most body conscious pieces don’t fit as body conscious as I would like; they either fit the bust and hips well but loose at the waist, or vice versa. I have this love-hate relationship with my hourglass shape. Well, mostly love, I must admit, only a bit of hatin’ when it comes to finding the right pieces that fit.

Oh, and this piece is sexxxx-ayy. Sexy enough for multiple “x‘s”.

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This, my darlings, would be my new  f a v o r i t e  piece, sent to me courtesy of the Canadian designer, Anastasia Lomonova, whom I wrote about for Dujour a while back. She is unbelievably sweet – so thank you Anastasia! Sadly my photography skills (I blame the camera) do the sweater dress no justice whatsoever. It is a stunning scoopneck, batwing sleeved dress – a lovely brick pattern with gold speckles that is a bit sheer: a combination of my favorite characteristics in apparel. I simply cannot wait for the colder weather so I can prance about in its loveliness and take a proper photo of it then for you to ooh and ahh at; another sexy piece to behold, one I love wearing it off the shoulder with a pair of platform heels.

I swoon, I die. (I had to, sorry. Okay not really.)


La C.

49 Comments leave one →
  1. thebaglady permalink
    28 July 2009 8:59 pm

    Hahahahahahaha I love how you approach thins. Makes packages much more fun than they are!! You’re quite the witty girl, darling!

    And THAT BOOKK LOOKS AMAZING! I would love to see those quotes!! and those photos!

    That AA leotard is the last thing I would expect to see on this blog, but you’re right, it’s HOT! I’m just curious, what are your measurements? Hehe. Please show an outfit post? I’d love to see how you work it!

    And that Lomonova sweatdress looks AMAZING like TO DIE FOR! And I’d also like to see “a proper photo” of you wearing it! 😉

  2. thebaglady permalink
    28 July 2009 8:59 pm


  3. 28 July 2009 9:10 pm

    Surprise packages from friends always make me cry. I get all emotional at the thought of anyone taking the time to actually send me anything at all, and so start the waterworks. Your packages are all lovely, and you are well loved as you should be.
    I think it’s really cool that you’ve been “driven” ever since you were little. You must have a naturally sharp mind.

  4. 28 July 2009 9:12 pm

    Lovely! The items and how you took three items and turned them into nine (yes, I admit I counted) paragraphs.
    I have to agree with thebaglady: you just made receiving mail a lot more fun.

    Next can we see you in the clothes? Please, pretty please?

  5. decadentluxe permalink
    28 July 2009 9:13 pm

    How fun! I love the top!

  6. 28 July 2009 9:20 pm

    what a great surprise, I love getting packages as well!! Such beautiful things!

  7. Clare permalink
    28 July 2009 9:41 pm

    Ahh La.C you continually make my day with your witty, wonderful writing! Hurray for mail, too! I actually got bottle of wine today from my parents to congratulate me on my new apt. in Manhattan. However, I feel I may end up using the wine to drown my rent sorrows more than anything else!

  8. 28 July 2009 9:52 pm

    Hehe that’s so cute! New things in the mail are always the best!! I looove your new bather~ Onepieces are the best! ;D Okay..I like my bikinis too…

    E> An

  9. 28 July 2009 10:27 pm

    this post makes me wanna buy me that leotard too!!! AAAAH! your influence!!


  10. 28 July 2009 10:48 pm

    Lovely post 🙂

    The AA bodysuit looks so versatile, great buy!


  11. 28 July 2009 11:03 pm

    I too am obsessed with little books. This one, in particular, is a petite treat that I would carry in my handbag at all times! 🙂

  12. 28 July 2009 11:21 pm

    Yay you broke your AA virginity lol! Isn’t it great? I LOVE that sweater dress, even given the blurry photo 😉 Can’t wait to see an outfit post on it!

  13. 28 July 2009 11:32 pm

    Wow! This post solely delivered a Fabulous package of deliciously charming and
    elegant finds !!!

  14. 29 July 2009 7:01 am

    I definitely act giddy when a package or letter arrives in the mail that I’ve been looking forward to as well. I tell myself that sometimes it’s the simple in things in life that make me most happy. 🙂 Great first purchase from AA! If that’s your first purchase, you’ll be buying more now that you understand the quality. That black dress you received is very pretty. It would look great with leggings and a pair of killer heels as well!

    xo, Becs

  15. 29 July 2009 7:41 am

    Aren’t these suprise packages just darling?! I would also love to see the qutoes and pictures inside the beautiful book! The leotard looks gorgeous.
    Many people also think I am older than I am, but once they get to know me I am a very playful free spirit!


  16. 29 July 2009 8:05 am

    Chère La C., quelle belle coïncidence que le livre soit arrivé en même temps que les deux autres plis, et aussi que les trois objets soient noirs. J’espère que tu pourras t’inspirer des préceptes de Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel pour porter le top AA et le joli sweater Anastasia Lomonova. Bises de Paris.

  17. 29 July 2009 8:08 am

    WOW!!!!I love your American Apparel bodysuit and that book!!!!!!!


  18. 29 July 2009 10:22 am

    So many lovely things! I love getting packages in the mail too, though most of them are ordered by me xD (Awaiting two packages at the moment). I really love american apparel too, taxes are so expensive though, so I will have to wait to a future holiday to the States:)

  19. 29 July 2009 10:43 am

    That sweater is beautiful!

  20. 29 July 2009 2:21 pm

    I love mail, too! Unlike you, however, I act like I’m 5 all the time. 😀

  21. 29 July 2009 2:51 pm

    Oh, mail is the best! And that bodysuit is also the best.

  22. 29 July 2009 3:02 pm

    everything is lovely, thank you so much for sharing and can’t wait for pics of the sweater dress!

  23. 29 July 2009 3:57 pm

    Nice presents, I especially like the idea of that book, it must be something special and I’m sure later it will turn out to be vey inspiring!

  24. 29 July 2009 4:18 pm

    i love packages by post!

  25. 29 July 2009 5:38 pm

    What lovely things to receive in the mail! I love the American Apparel bodysuit! I hope your inner five year old will never go away because it’s never fun to act lik an adult all the time! xxoxoxoxo

  26. 29 July 2009 6:38 pm

    few things excite me more than recieving packages in the mail! how amazing when they are all fashion related goodies as well!

    American apparel is one of those stores I always oogle over but rarely buy from, i think its about time I step up! that body suit is aweeesome!

  27. 29 July 2009 7:14 pm

    yes….packages arriving stealth….brilliant 🙂 great finds!

  28. 29 July 2009 8:01 pm

    i too love receiving packages! it’s like christmas! 🙂

  29. 29 July 2009 8:09 pm

    Oh i adore surprises.

  30. 29 July 2009 10:37 pm

    Hello La C. Wow. These are awesome. I love them. I’m sure you were thrilled. I hope you enjoy them. Cheers!

  31. 29 July 2009 11:16 pm

    No worries, I’m attempting (attempting doesn’t mean accomplished…) to balance everything out. 😉

  32. 30 July 2009 12:00 am

    I totally understand about the voting thing. The cut-off suggestion was my idea of a joke, you know, because they’re not really pants so they would be a second prize, haha.

  33. 30 July 2009 2:52 am

    lame-like batwing-sleeved sweater! my all-time favourite vintage garment (ok, among a few other faves). if i lived in a temperate country, i’d buy so many from Etsy.

    i’m still an AA virgin, lol. i find them expensive. i worry i won’t look as nice as the many girls who look so nubile in their things.

  34. 30 July 2009 6:13 am

    I think the body is très cute! Ö I love all things with zippers actually…

  35. 30 July 2009 8:40 am

    those are precious pieces!
    i love surprises too and receiving surprise goodies
    from loved ones, brighten up my day!

    p.s. thanks for the bday wishes for mr. freddy. i appreciate it alot. i posted some pics on my blog taken from his bday.

  36. 30 July 2009 9:18 am

    I love that pullover!

  37. 30 July 2009 10:16 am

    I’ve always acted, or tried to act older than my age, although at times I find it a great release to let my inner child/true age shine.

    I’m so lusting after the AA body.

  38. 30 July 2009 11:52 am

    What a lovely thing to receive in the mail. I still get giddy over packages!

  39. 30 July 2009 12:17 pm

    La Couturier..

    Oh my, I thought you were older too. You do sound very mature. Lovely post.

  40. 30 July 2009 12:17 pm

    Stop by and enter my new giveaway!

  41. 30 July 2009 2:09 pm

    Fabulous prizes, congratulations! Cant belive its your first item from AA, youre going to be addicted now!

  42. 30 July 2009 3:17 pm

    lucky! i never get packages:(

    anywho, cant wait to see how youll rock that bodysuit:)

    xx raez

  43. 30 July 2009 5:16 pm

    Packages are quite the treat! I love the bodysuit, and American Apparel. I cannot believe this was your first purchase! I can guarantee you it will not be your last 😉 But that sweater, oh that sweater, I adore it! I love batwings tees, and in the form of the dress it is even more covetable in my eyes.

    Fabulous post! 😀

    – laur @ neonmango

  44. 30 July 2009 6:18 pm

    i love that shimmery sweater! beautiful!

  45. 30 July 2009 6:45 pm

    Packages in the mail are so fun, especially the unexpected ones! That sweater is absolutely gorgeous!

    P.S. I gave you an award on my blog today 🙂

  46. kristine permalink
    30 July 2009 9:21 pm

    you most definitely are mature for your age ! iknow we can all vouch for that!!

    please show us outfit photos, that dress by lomonova is fantastic & you’re right that AA bodysuit is hottt!

  47. 31 July 2009 4:50 am

    I agree with you on the pink, pink always look great! It just spells feminine!

  48. 6 August 2009 3:51 pm

    I understand you sooooo well dear ! Especially because I’m also seventeen and a lot like you in the ‘older’-part… but also in the childish one ( in my case it doesn’t only happen in two occasions, I think I have some Peter Pan complex even if in a twisted way… ).
    And your treasures are worth the excitment !!
    I’m waiting Tim Walker Pictures book & the Stephen Sprouse one…… I’m just DYING to hold them in my hands !!

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