Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Inspired by Tippi Hedren

Isn't this doll wonderfull? I wanna dress like her!!! so elegant, inspired by Tippi Hedren's character on Hitchcock's The Birds, it's a great x-mas present for any Barbie/Movie fan

Hitchcock The Birds Barbie @ Máriel's Castle

Tippi Hedren @ Máriel's Castle

Hitchcock The Birds Poster @ Máriel's Castle

Monday, December 21, 2009

YSL's New Vintage II

Good news on the GREEN side of fashion my darlings the masterminds behind YSL have decided to dig deep into the archives of unused fabrics to bring us a collection full of modern silhouettes, sharp cuts and artful sewing, the YSL New Vintage II –following the success of the first one, remember June?-, it should have been called the greatest hits collection from seasons past, as Pilati is recreating great pieces that are still current in fashion sensibilities around the globe, it’s a limited edition of 121 pieces which are priced lower than the regular ready to wear collection so we’re sure it’s gonna go fast…
yves saint laurent new vintage collection II @ Máriel's Castle

Taking inspiration from the Clements Ribeiro duo whom had done this already with couture fabrics a little while ago with their Half & Half Project launched in 2008 as a collab with Karen Nicol, the current ss2010 project can be found at CoutureLab and Matches.
The aesthetic is quite different from YSL’s to be sure as the H&H consists of limited edition one-style dresses in a simple V-neck and slim skirted shape that is compensated by the elaborate nature of the fabrics used (heavy brocade + sequins + weave). To complement the dresses they’ve added cashmere tanks and cardigans in fluorescent colours and jet embroidery.

clements ribeiro half & half project @ Máriel's Castle

This is a great initiative to be sure, you get the high of owning one of a kind without the someone-has-worn-this-dress-before-me factor plus it’s a way to eliminate waste.
This makes one wonder just how much couture worthy fabrics are lying around in dark storage rooms waiting to be loved again? Or lace or buttons or other applications…

Monday, December 14, 2009

Playing Barbie with Louboutin

Growing up I disliked baby type dolls –you know the ones that cry or went peepee when you gave them a bottle- in my little heart there was only room for stuffed animals –specially my Care Bears- and Barbie convention when I was 12 yrs old in LaLa Land were I got to see all the Bob Mackie one’s in crystal cases and the ones ordinary people created, any Barbie fan can go gaga in one of those…then I grew up and forgot about my favorite doll when this pics jumped at me onscreen and there’s still luv, most admit, how cute is these Louboutin created Barbie? There’s going to be 3 dolls the first being “Burglar Barbie” sooo adorable with the shoes she’s going to steal apparently or are those the shoes she wears to go steal other stuff? Dunno but they even come with care bags and shoe boxes, just lovely! You can buy BB here for $150

Christian Louboutin Barbie @ Máriel's Castle
Christian Louboutin Barbie @ Máriel's Castle

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

DIY Fendi

Sorry to comment on this so late but as you recall I was on blogging hiatus last week so yeah, many days have passed since the right now moment for this post but I could care less jajaja no really bear with me please. This Fendi Baguette Mezzo Punto that came to be as a way for Fendi to have a presence at Miami’s Art Basel -Silvia Venturini Fendi was present for the lectures- which is all well and good, I mean its great how brands are capitalizing on non fashion events and thinking out of the box when communicating themselves and since competition is fiercer than ever this is the best moment to do just that. But in my humble opinion as cute as the mentioned bag is, paying a hefty price so I can finish it myself would not be my idea of a great buy, all the bells and whistles better all be there, unless the price is really on the cheap side which dunno but most likely is not the case. The idea is great and could bring about an expansion in the ways brands allow to personalize your item which might be the next big trend on luxury products, but it would be so much better if you were to present the idea and they came up with the execution part or maybe I’m just lazy and this little DIY bag is every Fendi fan dream come true?
fendi baguette mezzo punto @ marielscastle.blogspot.com
fendi baguette mezzo punto @ marielscastle.blogspot.com
fendi baguette mezzo punto @ marielscastle.blogspot.com


Monday, December 7, 2009

Gucci + Snowman in Africa = M's X-mas wish

This bag makes my current wish list at spot #1! Let me clarify that it’s not because it’s a Gucci –even if that helps a little with the covet factor- or because it’s a do good while you shop –as it benefits UNICEF with the help of the author/illustrator of Snowman in Africa Michael Roberts- NO, it has to do with the elephants scattered around, the little snowmen who seem to have been blasted into air and the little leaves moving wildly for a blast of color, I like it because its adorable and the Gucci monogram not so obvious, the rest of the collection is really cute too but not enough to make me this exited.
And it makes me sad that I’m currently back in my Gucci deprived country, please Santa if you are reading drop by the north pole’s Gucci store and get me one pretty please…yes because even the north pole most have a store…arghhh

Gucci Snowman in Africa for UNICEF @ Máriel's Castle

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blogcations and other leisurely activities

After my little blogcation this week –for some reason was not felling the whole posting thing, barely read any blogs actually- I’m back to show you my latest purchases yey!
Since I’m currently in El Armario land that’s were my compass directed me and there are 3 new pairs of vintage shoes to prove it, they need a little trip to the shoe man for some polish, luv and to replace the thingy at the end of the heels, there’s also a black leather briefcase suited for any Mad Men to carry around that belonged to a Peruvian diplomat in the 60’s but I’m having it repainted to fit me and my mad style, maybe bright coral or perhaps burned yellow dunno yet but as soon as it’s ready you’ll see before and after pics.

vintage shoes @ máriel's castle
Here’s my pretty baby inspecting the goods!

stuart weitzman vintage shoes @ máriel's castle

stuart weitzman vintage shoes @ máriel's castle
I was lucky to find these nude colored Stuart Weitzman for Mr. Seymour which was the company owned by his father for whom he started designing, he inherited the company then sold it and purchased it again some time after. I really like the bows and the crinkly leather; they are really comfortable I most say.

stuart weitzman vintage shoes @ máriel's castle


vintage shoes @ máriel's castle

vintage shoes @ máriel's castle
This hot pink pair fit my whimsical shoe bill quite well, they have a sort of ripple effect that comes out from just under the rosette you can see it a bit in the 2nd pic very 3d when your hand touches the shoes, plus they have a black heel which j’adore

vintage shoes @ máriel's castle

vintage shoes @ máriel's castle
This is my favorite pair luv the color, luv the shape, love the heels since they are sturdy and hiiigh oh and they are comfortable –comfortable high heels? Who knew- the shape is my favorite part just L.O.V.E. them




Saturday, November 28, 2009

Heaven is made of jewels

I love to shop whether it is actual buying or just its window counterpart, however when it comes to shopping online I’m not really big on buying expensive clothing mainly because I tend to be picky over how things fit me, but shoes, accessories, bags, books and all the rest are fair game. I’m aware of returning policies and what not, but it’s just too much hassle, its all about instant gratification when it comes to buying certain items. But I do cave sometimes when said item is completely unavailable in the regular shopping experience, so far so good but you never know as clothes are have a “mind” of their own and measurements aren’t everything to ensure something will be good on you, not even if you follow shop for your body type guides however I’ve found that there are some expensive things online that won’t get you all worked up over return policies if you happen to have a few $$$ weighing you down –to be fair there are a few items under $250- the jewel section at 1stdibs, they also have a vintage clothes & accessories section with awesomeness al around
($48,000 or so pale blue crocodile Birkin anyone?) at least the jewelry section has more budget friendly prices and you could consider it an investment if it’s a piece over a few thousands. At the moment I can only browse for the pieces that really call to me but it’s all so pretty it makes me happy to admire and many state pieces come with information on their previous owners so you really get a sense of “knowing” your piece. Oh btw if you love fine jewelry but can’t afford it you should visit your local pawn shop as they sell the items that were not retrieved by the owners at fractions of what they retail for. So if you can you should!

turquoise and diamond ring @ máriel's castle
amethyst and diamond bangle @ máriel's castle
18kt gold woven 1940's watch @ máriel's castle
18kt gold woven 1940's watch @ máriel's castle

Friday, November 27, 2009

Links à la Mode wuhuu!

Wow soo happy to be included in this week's Links à la Mode do check out all the links!

links a la mode

Beyond Fashion


Edited by Retro Chick

This weeks Links à la Mode blows away any preconceived ideas of the narcissistic fashion blogger posting endless outfit photos and magazine shoots by covering a huge array of topics. Ranging from Dream Sequins whimsical birthday tea party to High Fashion Girls detailed examination of racism in fashion magazines, these posts demonstrate what we’re capable of and the communities we can build.

Of course, being fashion bloggers there are also some great outfits to be found and our bloggers this week have looked at: movies, from Bollywood to Sci fi; their pyjama drawers; and even their cleaning cupboard in their ceaseless search to bring you fashion inspiration.

As ever there’s many more exciting links on the original forum thread

Enjoy!

Links à la Mode : November 26th



  • British Style Bloggers – Intrinsically Florrie on British Style Bloggers on how you can support the lovely Luella brand in it’s time of need

  • Dream Sequins – The stylish guests at a virtual birthday tea party (Part 2)!!

  • Fashion X K8 – The Fashion Blogging community being analoguous to “The Girls” in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof

  • FashionHippo – Best Organic Lip Balms: 6 Natural Picks to Nourish Your Pout

  • Fete a fete – Guerlain’s Imperial Holiday makeup collection review

  • High Fashion Girl – Racism & Fashion

  • Idiosyncratic Style – Idiosyncratic Style dares you to re-think the possibilities of Pajamas outside the house

  • In Life and In Fashion – How to dress with Bollywood Flair

  • Lillys Roses – The new charity tshirts by TV-Star C.F. for the eco label armeangels

  • M.I.S.S. – She’s Crafty: DIY First Place Ribbon Accessories

  • Mariels Castle – Are we trully free when it comes to our fashion choices?

  • Oranges and Apples – What are charity shops for? Thoughts sparked by Mary Portas’ new Save the Children shop

  • Prom Mafia – Happy Accident: How to bleach fun designs on your clothes

  • Quirky Fashion – Movies that Inspired Fashion

  • Retro Chick – Buy Audrey Hepburns Wardrobe

  • Shoe Daydreams – Why Knock-offs are Bad for the Soul

  • Style on a String – Confessions of an UGG Lover and Wearer (but only indoors!)

  • THE COVETED – Coach Holiday : Review & Giveaway!

  • The Demoiselles – Wing Tips: Finding a Tailor

  • Work Chic – Win a Sondra Roberts SR squared Shopper tote!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Off to see the Wizard we go!

We’re going to see the Wizard the wonderful Wizard of Oz or something like that goes the song Dorothy & co. sing at some point in the famous movie only this time the tin man is represented by gold sequins and the fabulous ruby slippers are now incarnated as accessories, transparencies are mixed with shiny applications all with a healthy dose of bright colors and Maria Bonita Extra's breezy attitude. Hope the wizard likes what we’re wearing when we get to see him!

maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle
Oh by the by as a funny note this outfit's styling sooo reminds me of the type of getup Susie Bubble creates for herself…but I think she would add some pants under that see thru skirt jeje

maria bonita extra @ máriel's castle

Prabal Gurung The Second Act

In my daily blog browsing yesterday I saw this great picture of the spring/summer collection of Prabal Gurung at fashion is spinach, I was intrigued so an investigation was unleashed and let me tell you what was found is simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g with just 3 colors –well 4 but in my book those few red dresses are plain fillers, cute but not fabulous like the rest - white, blue and black in solid colors on their own, as color blocks or as prints the result is strong, sharp and flattering, pieces that go the distance as he took advantage of draping in just the right places to create volume without bulk.
This is Gurung’s second collection but he seems like quite the seasoned designer. And if you are lucky to be able to buy one of these pieces you won’t have to do much investing in the rest of the styling since the pieces can stand on their own with great force.


prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle
prabal gurung spring summer 2010 @ máriel's castle

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