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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lust worthy knitts

Knitted garments are at times associated with structural impact pieces or just your simple heavy and puffy not silky, soft and full of movement. For me the word also brings to mind the time in freshman year of junior high when my home economics teacher wanted us to crochet knit a tablecloth which I found the most boring task EVER so I ended up renting a finished one from a girl at another classroom to avoid failing the class (I mean she even called my mother to her she was going to fail me over the stupid thing) and since my parents refused to give me money to pay someone to knit it for me like a friend of mine who paid her neighbor, I had to get crafty and how the woman never realized my task morphed from lilac to mustard I’ll never know, lucky me. However there are off course heavy weight brands that have taken simple jersey knits and elevated its possibilities into reputations for excellence like Chanel with her use of underwear jersey and Missoni, and here come other two great designers to feed us lust for knitted pieces in our wardrobe. The first is Bulgarian Marina Nikolaeva Popska with a collection inspired by light, nature and the human spirit, she recently graduated from The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and was among those selected to present their collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Her collection is made up of flowy and light looking pieces in very well executed color combinations. You can catch an interview on her views for the collection at Dazed Digital.
marina nikolaeva popska ss2010 @ máriel's castle
marina nikolaeva popska ss2010 @ máriel's castle
marina nikolaeva popska ss2010 @ máriel's castle
marina nikolaeva popska ss2010 @ máriel's castle
marina nikolaeva popska ss2010 @ máriel's castle

The second one is Colombian designer Pepa Pombo who brings us a collection based on geometrical figures –Lupus- mainly the circle which according to the designer represents the beginning and end of things. She presented her ss2010 line out of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Mexico, probably due to the fact that she recently opened a store at Masaryk Avenue which is the Federal Districts equivalent of 5th Avenue in New York.
Pepa’s proposition bets strongly on texture and need to be watched in detail to fully appreciate the complexities of her designs.



Monday, November 23, 2009

Current Shoe Luv

christian louboutin shoes @ máriel's castle

Jun Takahashi for The Corner

To celebrate the arrival of Japanese cult brand UnderCover to their already impressive list of offerings online retailer The Corner brings us an interview with the designer Jun Takahashi. I’m always a fan of these sorts of insight views from designers and since Takahashi is of the reclusive sort them this is all the more special.


Friday, November 20, 2009

Do we really have fashion freedom of choice?

Yesterday I was trying to decide which book to purchase since I’m in the mood for something entertaining, historic, epic, rich and by all means light since my last novel was The Strangled Queen from The Accursed Kings Series and after that I got this book about couture sewing techniques that I mentioned before, which is amazing btw if you like design or sewing, I try to alternate between design related and fiction or non fashion related topics to avoid getting bored about my reading, was contemplating In the Company of the Courtesan when I got to a contact of mine on Facebook and there was the most amazing macaroon
macaroon casa nikki panama @ máriel's castle

which he made for the restaurant he works at –so going there a.s.a.p.— it got me thinking of the Laduree colorful and amazingly tasty mouth watering macaroons

laduree macaroons @ máriel's castle

and for some reason decided to read something about France which after a few minutes of Amazon browsing got me to Queen of Fashion: What Marie A. wore to the Revolution

queen of fashio book @ máriel's castle

and after reading the comments I was sold, this is a book that analyzes the choices the queen made on her appearance not out of vanity but as a way to deal with the impotence of her position were she was no more than a decorative breeding machine.
I find it interesting and so current as I recently found this article and then this video of a riot at a private university in Brazil, appalled that after all this it was the victimized girl who got expelled.


Which made me very sad that in this day and age this sort of thing happens; sure the outfit was inappropriate for uni but was all this commotion necessary?
We use our fashion choices to express ourselves; we transmit information and attitude to others without uttering a word, sometimes what we transmit is accurate of who we are and other times not so much. So even if we not fully understand what we communicate we should be aware of how powerful it is. Bloggers tend to expose themselves to others thru “what I wore today” type of posts, sometimes the response is nice and encouraging other times not so much. But it’s one thing to comment negatively at someone’s pictures (even though it’s better not to say anything when we don’t like it instead of insulting someone) and another thing to actually hurt them for them not wearing what we would like them to, seriously how many times do we cross paths with people wearing ill fitting, muffin top inducing jeans, panty lines or whatever, we stare or make a face but it’s a personal reaction without invading the horror inducing person’s privacy.
So are we really free in our fashion choices? Because being appropriate for our everyday activities is a big part of the decision making when it comes to our fashion choices. Are we afraid of wearing certain pieces out of fear of being ostracized? Do we fear being labeled? Can we really label someone as a night-walker-type-of-woman because of what is plainly the love of trashy clothes? Do we even have a right to be offended by someone else’s outfits? After all this dark pondering on freedom of wear and double standards I remembered my new book choice and decided to be inspired by cascades of pastels and lace, googled Versailles and along came this five men dressed like members of Louis XIV on acid, a wonderful cure for fashion blues.
Sorry for the long post hope the images make you dream of a perfect world were one can walk the streets in brassieres, sequined pants, military boots, feathered hat and gloves carrying a plastic bag as handbag and be admired for our boldness! Happy dreams my darlings.
versailles phillarmonic quintet @ máriel's castle
versailles phillarmonic quintet @ máriel's castle

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The McQueen Shoes

I love different looking shoes mainly coz they give any look a certain something, just to illustrate at one point there were a pair of white leather geta inspired shoes in my closet, so when I saw the McQueen show a while ago I though they were interesting however not likely to wear on real life for obvious reasons and were fit only for editorials and musical videos like the Lady Gaga example below

but then at a closer inspection these darlings caught my eye
alexander mcqueen ss2010 shoes @ mariels castle
alexander mcqueen ss2010 shoes @ mariels castle

Good neutral color, platforms for added height and an otherworldly heel---I just luv!
Wearing them with something simple would make these babies shine and they are not scary to wear like the other shoes from the show.
For example with a drapey coral jersey sweater dress and nude net or lace tights or skinny pants and a tank top or this vintage dress I got at El Armario worn the other day for drinks –sorry for the lack of a standing picture- which I paired with chunky Michael Kors pumps in a slightly metallic/brown/green color otherwise known as running dog.



So there you go no need to be a fashion daredevil to rock this shoes…now if only one could discipline oneself to start saving now for them so when spring shows up there will be plenty proof of how wearable they truly are!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mario Pantalena Flanders Collection

Mario Pantalena came up with his current Flanders Collection on a trip to Europe more specifically on the impact the great masters of the Golden age had on the region, full of volumes the jewels have an influence from the outfits of the era. I must admit not all the pieces are my style but the ones I do like seem to be grandiose, the sort of piece you wear alone because it is that much of a show stopper. Somehow like drawings in their whimsical shapes especially the black circle with gold and pearls and the blue and gold one from the images below ¿maybe the designer snatched the doodle a little girl left behind at one of the museums he visited while in Belgium?





mario pantalena jewelry @ mariel's castle
mario pantalena jewelry @ mariel's castle
mario pantalena jewelry @ mariel's castle
mario pantalena jewelry @ mariel's castle
mario pantalena jewelry @ mariel's castle







Monday, November 16, 2009

Sonia Rykiel for H&M

Ok so the images have landed, Sonia Rykiel's take on an H&M collection, cute enough, very pinupy I guess...we'll see how that goes come december 5 when it hits the stores...


sonia rykiel for H&M @ mariel's castle
sonia rykiel for H&M @ mariel's castle

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