11.18.2009

Intoxicating Accoutrements

I am not a drinker – socially or otherwise; nor am I a liquor connoiseur in any way, shape, or form. To be completely honest, I am most at home when snuggled up cozily with a mug of piping hot cocoa topped with marshmallows, or a mind-blowingly delicious cup of coffee. Even so, I have never been able to resist the rich, vibrant hues that seemingly mingle side by side with alcoholic beverages; the deep merlots and lavish cognacs; the sparkling champagnes and swank chardonnay’s and campari’s. Each hue seemingly reserves the power to add a dash of elegance and charm to one’s look, even if only present in small doses. Thus, put that drink down, darlings, and intoxicate your senses, and wardrobe with some well-heeled accoutrements!

Free People “Boxy and Batty Top in Champagne” Champagne as a drink always seems to be synonymous with tinkling laughter, swank sophistication, and saucy seductiveness. So why not channel all three in a top that dazzles from day to night like Free People’s Boxy and Batty Top in Champagne? Leave your baubles at home for once, dolls. The champagne colored lame construction is enough to make you beam, gleam, and glimmer from the moment you slip it over your head until the moment you take it off. Metallic lace side panels create a daring juxtaposition between Lolita-like innocence, and wild child crass; at the very same time that the flowy dolman sleeves and wide-neck work as one to present a slightly rumpled, effortlessly chic silhouette that can’t help but look amazing with skinny jeans. I’ll take two, s’il vous plait!

Love Quotes “Scarf in Merlot” Red may be the color of the season, and while I simply cannot get enough of its powerful, stop-them-in-their-tracks personality, in certain forms I find that it can be too overwhelming for the look one may be trying to convey. Perhaps that’s why I am incapable of resisting Love Quotes’ Scarf in Merlot. Inspired by the color red, the Merlot seems imbued with hints of black which provide a very vampy feel to the shade, and the style in its entirety; while a slight shimmery sheen on the surface provides a subtle hint of high-shine which truly makes the piece twinkle. Toss it over a black top for a daytime date with a cute boy, or wrap it around your throat on a brisk fall afternoon with shopping in mind – it’s a drop of wonderment for your wardrobe destined to make it come alive!

Mulberry “Daria Clutch in Cerise” As children we sang about spinning around and around a mulberry bush; as adults we simply want someone to bestow a magnificent piece from Mulberry upon us. But not any Mulberry style will do. We want something that will…spice up our lives, so to speak. An accessory with the power to make us feel just like the celebrities that we read about so often in tawdry checkout stand tabloids – the Daria Clutch in Cerise is that accent. Cast aside the plain purples you have accumulated over the years, kittens. Cerise mixes bits of black cherry, pink, purple, violet, red, fuchsia, and rose together to create a rapturous shade virtually seen nowhere else. It is the preemptive clutch to replace the stunning yet subdued noir hand-pieces which have been accompanying you around town for late-night escapades with your BFF; and an elementary way to shake up your style.

Pour La Victoire “Victorina Over the Knee Boot in Cognac” Who on earth said that over the knee boots were relegated to ebony hues for them to look marvelous when strapped about one’s foot? Since you’re already taking a chance with such towering height, why not go high-class with a boot in a rich cognac color, quite reminiscent of the shade of chestnuts as they roast upon an open fire come the chilly winter, in the form of Pour La Victoire’s Victorina. Neither black, brown, orange, or red; cognac is more of a gold/bronze shade that brings about the illusion of a posh, upper crust personality to your shoe collection, due to its ease of juxtaposing between a rugged, weatherbeaten Equestrian style, and that of simple sophistication. Based on sheer experience alone, I’m going to let you all in on a little secret…cognac boots will never let you – or your wardrobe – down.

Catherine Malandrino “Meatpacking Dress in Wine” Darlings, for far too long the lady in red has dominated the scheme of colors when it comes to fashion. She is regarded as a fiery, free spirit who is polished yet playful, all due to her complacency to don a frock the shade of embers with not a care or inhibition to speak of. Why not knock her off her high horse and rousing a room of admirers by wowing in wine – Catherine Malandrino’s Meatpacking Dress in Wine, to be exact. Plum, eggplant, purple, and ebony shades whirl and twirl alongside one another upon the ruched silk jersey fabrication to create a heady hue that is, quite simply, irresistible; while a buckled belt and cowl neck work as one to carve the perfect figuration by outlining your curves. The lady in wine, anyone?


Ready to intoxicate your wardrobes, kittens?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop, Luv Charlie, and Free People for the pictures.


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Chic Mommy, Cool Kid said...

I love your writing style! I am quite intoxicated by the cognac boots!

michelle_ said...

im drooling over that mulberry clutch very much . im such a sucker for anything in that kind of purple color . im a purple freak . LOL..

by the way do you have twitter ??

Rachel said...

I am loving all of these picks! The Love Quotes scarf looks so warm and cozy. Plus, the Merlot color is gorgeous. The Catherine Malandrino dress is very pretty!

And I'm actually craving some hot cocoa with tons of marshmallows now! :)

Keith said...

These are all beautiful. I really love them. I am a drinker myself, both socially and by myself. lol Heck, I'd love to have a cocktail this morning. Cheers!

Leah said...

I'm always in awe with the things you post. They are all well-researched and really interesting reads. Take the case of these alcohol-inspired post... simply amazing. I love that cognac boots and that merlot scarf... totally intoxicating!

Kristin said...

If I wear that scarf, so you think I can snare my little cub Zefron? ah ha ha

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I love Mulberry clutch...

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Couture Carrie said...

Delicious post, darling! I love all the pieces you chose, especially that slinky purple dress!!

xoxox,
CC

Jacqueline said...

wow, I am in love with the color of that clutch. It is pretty weird because I have had my eye on a clutch of that same color for the past few days. I also am adoring the merlot scarf. ahhhh. xoxo

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Jaime said...

Love the meatpacking dress- the color and silhouette is fabulous!

daisychain said...

these are great! I'm not a drinker either.

Taylor Sterling said...

what a clever post! I am not a big drinker either. I love wine every now and again! The chocies here are all lovely!

Women’s dresses said...

Really loving your blog! I think those brown boots are absolutely gorgeous. Really loving that purple bag aswell.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love that clutch. The color is so beautiful. And those over-the-knee boots. Sooo utterly fabulous and delicious. ;)

The Haute-Shopper said...

Gorgeous hues... I adore that last dress! I love rich colors as well, especially during the colder months. Even though I like rich browns, I rarely wear them and tend to go for maroons and purples. That scarf has such a beautiful shade as well!

Niks La Mode. said...

Girl in love with the plum dress...I LOVE the whole family of purple lol..., love the clutch n the merlot scarf!!! :) I love red as well lol.... fab post! n thx fr stoppn by my blog!

kpeach said...

gorgeous selections-love your take on the booze hues xo

Bella said...

It is a pleasure reading you!!! I love your post, you are sophisticated, intelligent, ironic! It is just great!!!
xx

jeannie said...

oooo, great picks.

Sherin said...

I'm loving all the colours here. The scarf is such a strong colour: I love it.

nookie said...

I would intoxicate my wardrobe any time with one of this items:)

Tights Lover said...

Great post. I love cognac...and I love the cognac boots too!!

English Rose said...

I need that Mulberry clutch and I couldn't agree more about the gorgeous, autumnal colours they are the perfect accessory to any drink

Great post as always =]

Thanks for your lovely comment - the hat was incredibly Daisy Buchanan (still haven't forgiven her for what she did to Gatsby even though I saw it coming)

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Closet Cravings said...

Cute post - as always. Funny, I was just looking at the Free People “Boxy and Batty Top in Champagne” the other day. =)

lancelonie said...

Clutch and shoes. Clutch and shoes. I'm getting crazy with the style! :)

All Women Stalker said...

Hmmm wine names. I don't drink either but there is something quite luxurious about these items. :)

-meream

Anonymous said...

It was certainly interesting for me to read that post. Thanx for it. I like such themes and anything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more soon.

Rina said...

I love Love Quotes “Scarf in Merlot”!!!

Olive said...

Such a creative way to tie these pieces together! I don't drink either, but I would be happy to over indulge in the clutch, scarf or boots.

Toothfairy said...

I'm going to get the mulberry clutch soon! having my eye on it ever since I saw it on shopbop, just love it...

loves

Stephanie said...

What a great post, doll. I love all of these the dress was phenomenal and those boots. Omg, they were beyond fabulous. :)

Emily said...

I love so much about this post! The boots - to die for, the scarf - rich and vibrant, and the clutch - absolutely adorable.

:)

The Blonde Duck said...

Love the boots!!

Come over, darlin. I'll get you some meatballs...and pie...and bbq...

Nicole Marie said...

those boots are amazing!

Emmy said...

the first piece kind of strikes me as similar to the balmain s/s '10 collection

alexkeller said...

the boots! the boots!

Porcelain Blonde said...

Ohhh thos eover the knee boots are heaven - I so badly want a pair!

And I agree with all you wrote about how to style champagne metallics - simply! ;)

I'm off to link you hon <3 xxx

nicole said...

All great picks Erika! I'd buy one of each if I could. The champagne top is perfect for the holidays and even afterwards, I love the boxy shape. The merlot scarf is so rich in colour, great for the winter cuz it's chic and keeps you warm! I love the gold plate embossed with a mulberry bush, great contrast with the bright purple. I'm a big fan of PLV shoes so those boots are right up my alley, esp in that beautiful cognac colour. I love the way the Catherine Malandrino dress drapes, v. chic.

It's funny you should mention the cobalt blue boxes of the H&M x Jimmy Choo because I thought the exact same thing!! hahaha

Dina's Days said...

Perfect post! How creative. The scarf is the most beautiful shade.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I love you Erika!!! SRSLY.

Ok I'm getting that scarf. It matches the pinot I'm guzzling I mean drinking right now. :)

Inspiration in Italy said...

Ok wow. I love how you compared beverages to these sultry shades and you seemed to describe the thought of champagne perfectly. I adore that merlot scarf and the mulberry colour clutch! xx

miriam said...

oh yummy, that meatpacking dress is just fabulous!

Jamie Jenson said...

LOVE that scarf!

Couture Cookie said...

You are just like me... I will have a glass of wine now and then, but I'm just as happy sipping water. Coffee and hot cocoa are like drugs to me, on the other hand! And now I just got a new item to obsess over: that little perfect Mulberry clutch! :)

Grace said...

i'm officially smitten with that meatpacking dress. the color is gorgeous, but i'd take purple in any shade. and if i carried a clutch, i'd look for one exactly like the one you've shown here. :)

Style, via TIa said...

I am in love with those cognac boots the color is so rich!!

lamodedejuline said...

great ppost.

kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

love that scarf! the boots, too, although i don't think i'd be able to pull those off...

kelly

D. Marie said...

Did you watch Project Runway? Those top pants/jeans remind me of the ones in the big fashion show...I think the winning girl had them in hers? I knew she was going to win, but I thought it would have been between her and Carrol Hannah!

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