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what’s in, what’s out {august}

29 August 2009

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Inspired by the Harper’s Bazaar “What’s In, What’s Out” feature at the end of the magazine, I’ve decided to snitch the idea – but with a twist of course. Surely you know me well enough by now that I would never dictate, in the fashion/trend- sense, what is supposedly “in” and “out”. Taste and style is unique – it is simply a matter of personal aesthetics and perspective. Should we all take to hear the “ins” and “outs” then the world would be one large mass of much-too-similar drones. And that, my dears, would be a sign of the apocalypse.

Instead I take a different approach: my personal “ins” (similar to my now-retired “Things I Love Thursday” feature), obsessions, etc. of the moment (the hour, the day, the week, the month, etc. – it all depends on my mood of course) and the “outs” (a mild form that allows me to vent! It’s healthy to do so on occasion, I assure you.)

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what’s {IN}

  • ELLE‘s September issue! One look at the cover and I know it is one of their best issues yet.
  • Blogging for POP Magazine makes me feel quite official; do check out my latest post, titled Unwritten!
  • Currently inspired by these holy grail blogs: Caroline’s Mode, Tarutuomi, Swank HeightsSea of Shoes, Blushing Ambition, Lollipop26 Writes, and Living Doll. I check them obsessively to the point of un-healthy obsessively (or is there even a difference?).
  • Olivia Palermo; I absolutely adore her style. I think I would fall to criminal methods to own her entire wardrobe. Imagine!
  • Watching makeup gurus’ tutorials and haul videos on Youtube! My favorites are Laura of Lollipop26 (I adore her style, her makeup, and her British accent!) and Richie Nickel of What Style is to Nickel!
  • Black eyeliner, smokey brown/forest green eyes, and MAC lipsticks with a mauve undertone. My favorite and signature makeup look on the occasion that I do wear makeup.
  • The Twilight series. I have (rather lately) succumbed to the entire world fanaticism with the saga. I must admit that I do find Robert Pattinson’s bad boy meets grunge look rather sexy, Taylor Lautner adorably sexy, and the rest of the Cullen boys damn attractive. Not a fan of the books (as they are hardly literary masterpieces), but the movie was quite fun. Am I looking forward to New Moon?  Y e s would be an understatement.
  • Zone Perfect Dark chocolate nutrition bars are the most delicious things  e v e r ! They are my [healthy] guilty pleasure of choice whether after dance or if I am simply too lazy to make lunch (it requires going up the stairs).
  • Leaving my hair in its natural state. A.k.a. and unpredictable mass of waves whose magnitude of kink-age depend upon the weather’s calling. I quite like the messy, bed-hair look, I must admit. And I happen to be too lazy in the summer to do anything to my hair.
  • [Virgin] Strawberry Dacquiri’s during the heat waves are the most perfect alternative to plain, boring old water. (The only illegal act I’ve ever committed was jaywalking.)
  • Hellooooo, s e n i o r  y e a r ! I’ve only been waiting for graduation my whole life, so by golly, I’d say it’s time.
  • Football season! It truly is the most exciting (and fun!) season for dance team, so hurrah for that!  B u t  I’m not too keen on having “On Wisconsin” run through my head endlessly without mercy.

what’s {OUT}

  • Still waiting for my two Chickdowntown prizes I won weeks ago (one from Le Flassh, the other from Style du Jour). I do hope they arrive soon so that I can stop my  c h i l d i s h  antics in checking my front steps for any packages at five p.m. everyday! (: (My dearest mum laughs at me every time she catches me peeking out the windows of our front door.)
  • I am rather frustrated when removing glitter nail polish – the task is nearly impossible! (Note to self: Avoid all glitter nail polish, regardless of how adorable a thin stripe of it looks on a French manicure.)
  • School starts in less than a week’s time. J-O-Y. Let the college applications and SAT stress and workload begin.

What are your “in’s” and “outs” for the month? Spill, darlings!


La C.

P.S.: It would have been MJ’s 51st birthday today; long live the king of pop and dance!


63 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 August 2009 1:06 am

    i love that sept. elle issue also!

  2. 29 August 2009 1:24 am

    Lovely and unique post! 🙂 I adore it La C… Janet loves La C… Haha!


  3. 29 August 2009 2:39 am

    :making money at work! And of course, tips!
    :applying to grad school! In San Fran! So exciting.
    :reading vogue’s sept. issue cover to cover.
    :definitely Mad Men. and the new Season of Project Runway. I finally have something to watch on TV.
    :not going “back to school” with the rest of the world. I’m still on summer vacation, whee!

    :waking up at 4:50 am
    :annoying graphic design clients
    :lazy coworkers

  4. 29 August 2009 4:41 am

    LOVE Twilight too, having only recently discovered the movie and subsequently, the books, great post! 🙂

  5. 29 August 2009 7:44 am

    – September issue of Elle (Love Lindsay Lohan, both the photos and the article was highly entertaining).
    – Having no classes at Fridays which means a long weekend
    – My new makeup
    – Leaving my hair naturally (the same as you! i’ve started doing it recently because I’m so tired of flattening it, no point in fighting those waves anyway xD)
    – New diet that actually works
    – Next week shopping
    – Coke Light, ice tea and coffee

    – Lots of work for uni
    – Waking up early
    – Wanting chocolate

  6. 29 August 2009 11:23 am

    “Zone Perfect Dark chocolate nutrition bars are the most delicious things e v e r ! They are my [healthy] guilty pleasure of choice whether after dance or if I am simply too lazy to make lunch (it requires going up the stairs).”

    These sound AMAZING
    why oh why do they not exist here?

    Fab post


    • 1 September 2009 3:19 pm

      daisychain: No worries love, you’re not going mad! (: Ahhh I should ship some over to you some time (;

  7. 29 August 2009 11:24 am

    Ok, I’m either going mad or lost my comment 😦

  8. 29 August 2009 11:26 am

    Great post- like this personal “ins” and “outs” idea!

    FYI, just got my Chickdowntown giveaway on Thursday, and I’ve been waiting almost a month!!! It’s worth the wait! What did you win? I won black Current/Elliot jean leggings. It’s an IN! for me. LOVE them and a cool day in Boston yesterday was perfect timing to wear them. I fear for my bank account though because I need them in blue now….$215….eeek!!!

  9. 29 August 2009 1:24 pm

    love this. make up videos on youtube are so addictive!
    i’m not even relly into make up and i can’t stop watching them. thanks for the intro to lollipop26 she’s great.

  10. 29 August 2009 4:56 pm

    The “in&out” is so interesting!

  11. 29 August 2009 5:36 pm

    Spending more time with family and less time blogging.
    Using Organic skin and hair care for a natural glow.
    Cutting coffee intake in the morning and drinking more water.

    Weeding the yard.
    Shopping the closet.
    Wearing any nail polish at all.

    Hugs, and good luck your first week as a senior. xo d

  12. 29 August 2009 6:10 pm

    -smiles in happiness because its my senior year too!- then -groans in despair because school {thus college applications and actual work} are going to start in less than 48 hours-
    And yay to football season!! Though I’m more excited for the NFL =) But this year I think I’m going to try and tap into my school spirit. I have been contemplating school mascot for the heck of it =)
    My ins & outs
    ins: swim season starting in sept again, fun times spent with school friends, my hopeful license!, getting an itouch once I get around to it, spending my birthday gift certificates, and finally getting back my “bookworm” tendencies! {i’m a nerd, its all good}
    outs: school starting, annoying snobs/two faced bitches i will have to deal with in school, ap chem & calc-even if my teachers are great, the end of summer =(, andd college applications. I do not like rejection, I fear it wholeheartedly.

  13. Kelsey permalink
    29 August 2009 6:50 pm

    Can I just tell you that New Moon was filmed at my mom’s school? True story. She came home from work one day saying “That Robert Pattinson. He’s really something.”

    That’s the beautiful and tough part of living in Vancouver — they’re filming the third installment right now and everyone’s got Pattinson sightings, and I’ll I’ve seen is Ashley Greene.

  14. 29 August 2009 6:56 pm

    The link turned out wonky in my comment above — that was me (from the Anthology) 😉

  15. 29 August 2009 8:21 pm

    natural hair is the best. i just say no to product =)

  16. 29 August 2009 9:08 pm

    Great post! ELLE’s September issue is fab!

  17. 29 August 2009 10:01 pm

    The September Issue is fab indeed!

    Olivia Palermo’s style is quite enviable.

    I can’t say I’m ready for senior year to start. I’m not nearly prepared for my classes and apps. But I am absolutely ready for the year to end.

  18. Clare permalink
    29 August 2009 10:03 pm

    Oh yes! How I love Elle! And Allure for my beauty tips, girl! I just must read it. Howelse would I perfect my smokey eyed look? Good luck on your senior year! Keep s posted on your college plans! What an exciting time for you! Hurray!

  19. madison permalink
    29 August 2009 11:28 pm

    why on wisconsin? i was exicited because i too am a fan of the badgers but i was suprised since you said you were from new jersey

  20. 30 August 2009 2:55 am

    I Luv YOUR INs and OUTs!
    IN for me is MAC’s Dry Martini Nail Lacquer and My OUT is Iced Coffee ( I only drink it in the SUMMER!)

  21. 30 August 2009 6:18 am

    congrats on POP lovely.
    I have always LOVED your blog.
    Did you get my email?

    Lots of Frassy LOVE

  22. 30 August 2009 6:19 am

    congrats on POP lovely.
    have always loved your blog!
    Did you get my email?

    lots of frassy love

  23. 30 August 2009 6:24 am

    I love hair with no products, its simply great.
    and smokey eyes are adorable.
    Thanks for your lovely comment


  24. 30 August 2009 8:37 am

    Be happy school starts in less than a week (means you’ve still vacation), mine already started. And no senior years here – still two years to go.
    By the way, that picture of MJ really makes me think of Jim Carrey in the Mask, haha.

  25. 30 August 2009 8:42 am

    Outstanding posts !!

    -Your blog !!
    -having my tanning revamped
    -receiving the Sartorialist’s book
    -Vogue Italy september
    -shopping finds
    -Be in a Sprousian world.
    -Having with me my 2 new pairs of boots I had to let in Italy last week, and Tim Walker’s book

    -being back from Italy
    -second week of school
    -… not so many things actually !


  26. 30 August 2009 10:04 am

    Hi, La C!
    Missed you so!
    Fabulous post!
    I may have some advice for you on the Chickdowntown debacle ~ email me at


  27. 30 August 2009 10:47 am

    Doutzen in that wonderful D&G lampskirt is so adorable. Almost like a school girl.

    RIP MJ.

  28. 30 August 2009 11:21 am

    Sometimes I forget that this blog is authored by a young lady because of the depth of your insight when it comes to fashion as well as other subjects.. so when I read your lists and the way you wrote them I couldnt help but giggle a little.. Needless to say, you’re such and adorable girl-woman..



  29. 30 August 2009 11:57 am

    Heeeey! thanks for visiting!
    OMFG! I loved your blog! it’s amaziiing!
    I’ll be always visiting!

    • 30 August 2009 11:58 am

      Valentine: Aww – V this is seriously the sweetest thing I’ve yet been told. Thank you thank you thank you! Haha – I let loose a bit writing these. Well. Rambling, rather. (:

      brunela: Thanks love! (:

  30. 30 August 2009 12:57 pm

    Black eyeliner is like a basic requirement eh? 😀

  31. 30 August 2009 2:39 pm

    Good read!

    Happy Sunday to you!

  32. 30 August 2009 4:21 pm

    i really like the picture in this post. ah. and youre making such fun posts. wish you a fabolous next week sweet.

  33. 30 August 2009 4:44 pm

    I’ve imagined you peeking out the windows, that could be so cute 🙂 I hope you get your presents any day now!
    For me? In: University (spending the next few months in London), new seasons of certain TV series and Sart’s book, yes. Out: bad weather.

    • 30 August 2009 4:45 pm

      Dexter: Haha (: My mum finds me to be quite childish doing so! I need to get my hands on a copy of The Sart maintenant!

      Carolyn: Thank you! (:

  34. 30 August 2009 4:54 pm

    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    I loved reading the things what are in and out for you. You have a lovely blog.
    I am with you there ~ loving J D.

    Have a fabulous week

  35. anonymous, please permalink
    30 August 2009 5:03 pm

    this is super fun! i like this even better than your tilt lists!!

    – your blog, duh!
    – the september issue!!
    – madewell jeans ❤
    – my new louis steven sprouse scarf. i looooove it!
    – beach days!

    – uni =(
    – heartbreak
    – the changing weather!

    • 30 August 2009 5:04 pm

      anonymous, please: I’m glad you do! I find these more fun than my TiLT lists too (but I’m not quite sure why…) I’m sooo excited about The September Issue too, only I need someone to see it with (though I would gladly go by myself!). I’ve never tried Madewell jeans yet; and you lucky girl! I adore the Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse collections – they are so graphic and such a statement piece! And darling, your heart will heal in time – if you ever need anyone to talk to, email me whenever you need! (:

  36. thebaglady permalink
    30 August 2009 5:07 pm

    Oh you are too creative!! I love this new feature as well!! Very chic & super fun! And you’re adorable!

    My ins:
    – Catching up on favorite blogs (yours is at the top!)
    – Shopping with the husband for a new fall handbag!
    – Getting manicures with the girlfriends
    – Fall is soon so I can wear my new boots!

    My outs:
    – Work is such a drag!
    – Chipped pedicure (note to self: must get that re-done!)
    – Must plan a wedding but I’m just so un-inspired right now!

    • 30 August 2009 5:08 pm

      thebaglady: Thanks (: Aww! I do wish I can find a boyf/husband one day who would willingly shop with me for the perfect handbag – he sounds like such a sweetheart! xx

  37. 30 August 2009 5:15 pm

    “Zone Perfect Dark chocolate nutrition bars are the most delicious things e v e r !” THANKS for the tip!

  38. Hannah permalink
    30 August 2009 5:50 pm

    My own ins and outs of August 2009:

    Ins: my new iPod Touch, all things ballerina-inspired, Citizens of Humanity jeans, Leighton Meester’s upcoming album, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, school supply shopping (so many blank notebook pages!), and Kate Spade’s debut clothing line

    Outs: my AP US History essay (still not finished – school starts in three days!), straightening my hair every morning, waking up at 1 PM and missing half the day 😦

    • 30 August 2009 5:52 pm

      Hannah: I’m soo excited about Leighton Meester’s album too! (: And ughhh, I’m still writing my AP English essay – I’m the w o r s t procrastinator!

  39. 30 August 2009 6:31 pm

    Michelle and I are looking at your header and we veryyy much like it. Michelle says it’s very coquette-ish. Also, not gonna lie. I was pretty thrilled to see a comment from you, haha.

  40. 30 August 2009 8:11 pm

    Love this post! Loveeeeeee your new banner…it’s totally “in” as far as I’m concerned!

  41. 30 August 2009 8:31 pm

    Ur blog is definitely an addiction of mine, luckily I would not have to quit it.
    Btw, I updated, and I think u’ll like it…:)

  42. 30 August 2009 8:40 pm

    I loved reading your ins and outs. I hope you had a nice weekend. Take care. Cheers!

  43. kristine permalink
    30 August 2009 9:23 pm

    i hope you keep doing these! these are super fun to read; i love it feels like i get to know you better beyond the super smart, crazy amazing writer you are!

    I N S :
    – this new feature of yours
    – the CURRENT/ELLIOT jeans you sent me!! and I LOOOOOOOOVE the chanel nail polishes – they’re my favorites now!! i’ve never owned anything so amazing thank youthank youthankyouuu
    – my cousins are visiting! woohoo
    – spending time with my bf before school starts

    O U T S :
    – school’s starting
    – my dog’s sick =(
    – i have this zit that won’t go away!!

    • 30 August 2009 9:24 pm

      kristine: Aw, you’re so sweet! I’m so glad you like this new feature; writing my in’s & out’s was quite fun, I must admit! And I am so, so glad that you love the goodies!! (: They’re my favorite varnishes too (:

      I hope your dog gets better – I am so sorry to hear that darling! ):

  44. 30 August 2009 10:54 pm

    I have the same problem with glitter nail polish! It gets so frustrating, doesn’t it?! Haha 🙂

    My INS:
    catching up with blogging
    bensimon slip on shoes (from paris)
    starting rehearsals for the school musical (oliver)
    hunter wellies (in the mail!)
    my giant plastic red rose earrings

    My OUTS:
    the IB diploma programme
    waiting to find out what part I got
    early mornings

    Your blog looks beautiful as always!

    • 30 August 2009 10:55 pm

      Emma: Thank you darling! I looved your list – I really do need a pair of black Wellies for the wetter/colder seasons!

  45. 31 August 2009 1:03 am

    great post! i must say i don’t know anything about twilight even though the series has been filmed in my city (vancouver) for months and months now and there’s been star sightings everywhere! i also saw Ashley green (I was with Kelsey) but I had no idea who she was!

    My ins:
    fall clothes!
    biking everywhere
    eating the last of late summer fresh harvest, like tomatoes, berries
    thinking about a surfing holiday in december!
    anything 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 90’s

    complaining about hot weather
    80’s: i’m so over this!

    • 31 August 2009 1:04 am

      Liv: How interesting! I must admit; if any of the cast, besides Taylor Lautner, Peter F, Kristen Stewart, & Robert Pattinson, I would not recognize the rest of the cast!

      And I’m soo over the eighties too – bring on the nineties, baby!

  46. 31 August 2009 3:42 am

    what’s in : your new parisian header.

    • 31 August 2009 4:44 am

      la flore et la faune: Merci ! What’s out: waiting for you to update your blog with your latest illustrations for a giggle or two (:

      PinkBow: I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  47. 31 August 2009 4:43 am

    oh how i adore glitter nail varnish but the removal is labour intensive!

  48. 31 August 2009 2:23 pm

    GAAHHH i watch what style is to nickel too he is def a cult favorite ❤

    • 31 August 2009 2:24 pm

      Amber: Isn’t he amazing?! I adore Richie’s room & makeup collection – so, so jealous!

  49. 31 August 2009 4:03 pm

    Have you received your chickdowntown giveaway?? It’s been almost three months and I am still waiting.
    I don’t know if there is something I am supposed to do…

  50. 1 September 2009 3:12 am

    I’m kind of obsessed with forest green eyes, lips, shoes, bags.


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