Archive for the ‘Apparel’ Category

Daily Luxury: Louis Vuitton

October 22, 2008

I am so good at finding various ways to spend hard-earned money. But at least I don’t waste it on stuff. Like things that won’t get used or appreciated. Everything I buy, I buy because I love it. I even passed on two whole racks of cashmere at Neiman Marcus that was on sale over the summer, because I knew I needed to wait until I found the perfect sweater, I mean sweaters. Don’t just buy to have. But luckily for me, there is a never-ending supply of gorgeous things that need to be appreciated. Like things from Louis Vuitton. Specifically, I am in love with the Monogram Vernis Brentwood in Amarante. Sleek, under the radar (for Louis Vuitton!), and beautiful, of course. You can purchase directly through Eluxury for $1,630.

Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Brentwood in Amarante

Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Brentwood in Amarante

And if you happen to be in for a penny, might as well be in for a pound! Add this lovely Mahina Stole in Rose for $645.

Louis Vuitton Mahina Stole in Rose

Louis Vuitton Mahina Stole in Rose

Marmot Women’s Super Hero Jacket

October 14, 2008

I have the older version of this jacket. Mine is four years old and still looks brand new. Oh and it’s wind proof and breathable. Marmot jackets look gooood. They are fitted so a woman doesn’t look like the Michelin Man. They are sleek and easy to care for, and like I said, it’s a purchase that will last you years! Also good for motorcycle riding, or in my case, riding on the back of a motorcycle. bummer. Marmot also added a nice tuck-away hood for those days when you just need something extra. You can purchase through Marmot for $275 and is also available in red, black, and green. I want a Super Hero jacket now. For those extra cold days where you need lots of warmth, check out their squishy 650 goose down-filled jacket that is sure to hit the spot. You can add the Women’s Ignition Jacket for $275 to your shopping cart as well. ❤ Marmot.

Coach Persian Lamb Coat

October 8, 2008

Luxury? Absolutely Divine? uh…I am speechless at Coach. I know that a few years ago that they dived into the Ready-to-Wear and much to my chagrin I have yet to own an article of clothing except their shoes. My apologies to all PETA supporters, but this coat is absolutely stunning. Persian lamb with Mink collar and trim, and silk lining. How could you not feel like a princess in this? I have never purchased a fur coat and I only own one that belonged to my mother. I love having vintage in my wardrobe, but I must say that this coat leaves me wanting to add to my closet. Luckily for me they are out of my size, it has to fit no matter how gorgeous it is. But they might have your size. You can buy at Coach’s website online for $3,998.

Hermès Fall 2008 Ready-to-Wear

October 8, 2008

I have no where near the budget for this (probably never), but I can’t help but appreciate the understated luxury that is Hermès. I love cold weather, because I get to wear my pretty coats and boots, but I wish I could pull this look off or even afford a piece of it. It makes me drool just seeing it in photos.

Oh well, I come off cloud 9 and apply the style to my own much meager clothing budget, starting with purchasing pieces that have staying power versus trends. It makes sense for me to spend more money on higher quality that I know will stay with me 5, 10, 15 years. That’s why I love cashmere. If you take care of it, it will last.

So with that said, here is their Fall 2008 RTW for your viewing pleasure. Oh and don’t forget the new bags they have come out with! The Jypsiere Messenger bag and the SO Kelly are absolutely drool-worthy. All photos from unless otherwise stated.

Divine Cashmere

October 8, 2008

At the thought of blistering, cold weather setting in, one of my absolute favorite ways to accessorize has always been cashmere, specifically pashminas. If I could afford it I would be covered head to toe in the stuff.

Alas I can’t afford it, but when in search recently for the perfect present for my Grandmother A.K.A. a present for me as well, I ran into Sunrise Pashmina on the internet. I am the type of girl that loves to see, touch, feel these types of purchases beforehand, but I also want to get the best bang for my buck. So, going out on a limb I purchased two ombre-dyed 70/30 pashminas. They arrived a little over a week after I ordered, incredibly fast since the package was sent from Nepal. Super-soft and absolutely gorgeous colors (they have any color you can think of, plus some colors you can’t) I was impressed with the quality and the price, less than 200 bucks for both including shipping. You would pay over 200 bucks alone for another name-brand pashmina that might not even be as high of quality.

Their website might not be the most easy-to-use, but just email them with what you are looking for and any questions you might have. They even have detailed description of sizes and fabric (100% pashmina or perhaps 70/30 cashmere/silk blend). I highly recommend custom-ordering instead of ordering what they might have in stock already in the States. The difference in price and shipping time really is negligible and that way you can pick exactly what color/style that you want! How often do customers get to custom-order without dropping an arm or a leg in the process?

If you want to get other cashmere pieces and a name-brand (ahem, with the price tag) I would go with White and Warren. They carry all that I love: Cashmere Wraps, Sweaters, and even Slippers! What could be more divine? They usually have a nice variety on sale as well, up to 50% off.

In luxurious ways to pamper your inner princess, Jennifer Sander’s title of one of my favorite books sums it up: Wear more Cashmere.