1.30.2010

Smitten Saturday

Minnie Me I have forever been enchanted by the designs of Minnie Mortimer for the sheer fact that she does not merely create clothes; rather she crafts an entire ambiance within her collection which transports one to another time and place. Her rustic aesthetics, sophisticated stylings, and use of militant colors feminized with the addition of pleats, ruffles, and Victorian influences almost instantly invoke thoughts of affluence; afternoons spent strolling through lush gardens hand-in-hand with a handsome beau; and costumes speckling the posh and poetic prose of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works. Fall 2009 had me in complete adoration of the vintage androgyny proffered by the Peter Blazer, the effortless sophistication of the Rachel Dress, and the trench coat inspired cut of the Betsy Dress; but it is the promise of the Spring/Summer 2010 collection which has me downright giddy!

Pastels mingle side-by-side with showstopping colors harboring the ability to turn heads in seconds; slinky silhouettes and mini dresses pal out with flouncy skirts embellishing khaki twills and slouchy shirt dresses that make one look magnificently mussed; and barely-there bloomers flirt alongside high-waisted sailor pants – a duo of designs which make one think of dreamy, endless summers spent frolicking by the shore during adolescence. I find myself coveting the Zoe Dress in Solid Red Jersey Knit, the Gardenia Bloomers, the Suzanne Long Sleeve Tee in Apple Cotton Knit, and the Betsy Military Dress in Navy Twill. Tell me darlings, which Minnie marvel mesmerizes you?

Lucy in the Sky with Sparkles I am truly beginning to think that I have been far too influenced by the glittering garb seen upon the Spring 2010 runways coupled with the brilliant words of Ralph Waldo Emerson proclaiming "To the dull mind nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light"; for no longer do I find myself seeking out lackluster offerings with the inability to make one gleam in terms of cosmetics – rather I am on the hunt for varnish with vivacity; sheens with shimmer; and glazes that glimmer!

Darlings I am an individual who can’t help but to believe that everything in life is more spectacular when accompanied by a tantalizing twinkle; hence the reason why my mattes have been cast to the wayside, only to be substituted with Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Sparked and Kaleidoscope, N.Y.C. New York Color’s Starry Silver Glitter, and OPI’s Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice – a collection of hues with just enough spirit to satiate my fervor for scintillation. And seeing as how we’re already on the subject of glitz, I see no harm in replacing my standard black liner with mark’s Metalliner Hook Up Eye Glam in Quick Silver, or passing up a pout dripping with panache via a petite tube of Pro Glimmer Hook Up Lip Powder. After all, a little sparkle is good for the soul! Ready to get sparkly my loves?

Star-Crossed Lovers Dolls how I managed to resist them for so long, I don’t think I’ll ever know; but now that I have been exposed to necklaces boasting oversized decorative crosses dripping from their petite chains I feel that there is no turning back. There is an element of gothic glamour effused from such pieces; an air of Victorian aristocracy with the ability to create curiosity in the eye of the beholder; whilst adding a touch of personality to your very person. The cream-colored link of faceted beads, so reminiscent of pearls, adds a touch of pretty to the powerful architecture of Forever 21’s Rosary Style Necklace; the incorporation of a polished feather and a haphazard miscellany of charms provide a touch of whimsy to the Layered Charms Necklace; and the differentiating lengths presented by the Rhinestone Cross Necklace contribute a dash of dimension to the dazzling draping. Are crosses calling your name kitty cats?

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It and Minnie Mortimer for the pictures.


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42 comments

Mila said...

Great blog!

Mila said...

Great blog!

Mila said...

Great blog!

Jacqueline said...

Erika,

I am glad I inspired you to make good use of your faux leather shorts =) This week I was smitten with my little doggies and gave everyone a bath. In the fashion department I was smitten with Pucci shoes. Happy Saturday =) xo

www.FashionSnag.com

meraldia said...

Also cannot resist cross necklaces. They are so classy!

Mimi said...

Have an absolutely fabulous weekend dear Erika! I love these pictures and designers you have on this post.

Senorita Fashionista said...

Fell in love with the zoe and Rachel dress, but they are both sold out. Will check back again! Thanks for sharing, this website/designer is new to me! xoxo Jolie

Zanah said...

Wow... you are very good at writing! My writing skills are not the best. BTW I think my metabolism will slow down in the coming yrs :) Mon Mode Blog

Jamie Jenson said...

Love sparkles! Love 'em!

Tara Diane said...

I am smitten with the snow! I know that seems weird, as everyone who lives in snow dreads it, but this is the first time it has ever snowed where I live and I love it! Especially since I can hang out at home allll weekend, if I so choose. So yes, the snow :).

daisychain said...

Beautiful post sweetheart,
have a great weekend x

Leah said...

I'm so obsessed with crosses too... I got the F21 rosary necklace.

The Trendy Fashionista said...

Have a lovely Saturday!

-The Trendy Fashionista
http://thetrendyfashionista.blogspot.com

Monica Bedi said...

she creates SUCH a wonderful ambiance x.

nookie said...

a pair of biker boots from zara:)

Emily said...

love the forever 21 necklaces!

have a wonderful saturday :)

Jen said...

I love the gothic glamour look that comes with a huge, decorated cross. Paired with berry-red lips and raven black hair - just divine. And THAT'S what I'm smitten with this week! :)

Sherin said...

I adore necklaces with crosses on them. They look perfectly gothic. I love the layered one from forever 21.

Samantha said...

I'm loving that middle dress!

kpeach said...

I've been wanting her striped dress for ages xx

Meg said...

I love sparkly makeup too. Inshould get some super sparkly polish like I had in jr high!

Cheryl said...

Love that red jersey/sweater dress! :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I love sparkly nail polish!! I am definitely getting Mad as a Hatter by OPI and now I want to try that metallic eyeliner you mentioned. It looks fab! And I think it might cheer me up. Glittery sparkly things have a tendency to do that for me. ;)

nonsenseofthetruth said...

I love the first picture :) your style is really awesome, take care x

Hannah @ LONDON--ROSE ♥ said...

As you've probably noticed from my blog, I'm obsessed with cross necklaces! Love them to pieces!

Another wonderful post, and so beautifully written as usual :)

♥ Hannah

((LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM))

xx

Cafe Observer said...

I was smitten with celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day a couple of days ago! Eating it while looking at your wunderful top foto would have added xtra sweetness to it.

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I feel you on the cross jewelry! I love the look of a rosary!

Aury said...

I am smitten with EVERYTHING in this post, darling Erika! Sparkly make-up I see as a way to shine in the dull dreary days we've been seeing lately. Minnie's creations are simply otherwordly and those Victorian inspired crosses are so lovely I'd have them as decor as well as jewelry. Fabulous post!

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

YES! I'm so enthralled with anything sparkly. If it glistens, I basically automatically like it. Jewelry, clothes, rocks, snow. ANYTHING.

Your posts are always so whimsical and fun to read!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
quirkyexplosion.blogspot.com

Marz said...

I adore the mad as a hatter (I'm wearing it right now) and absolutely alice (going to wear it tomorrow!). Great post!
-Marz

Bonnibella said...

You know I'm definitely smitten with nail polish with glitter. I'm buying the Urban Decay - Alice in Wonderland; in addition of Opi's collection. I will be sparkle central!

Dustjacket Attic said...

Mmm I agree, sparkles, colors and yes .. love crosses too.
xxx

annoiii said...

Minnie Mortimer's designs are quite gorgeous! I love the photographs on the website too. Thanks for sharing!

Eden said...

lucy in the sky with sparkles?! thats such a cute name love! it seems like a really nice line. thanks for the feature!

<3
eden

fadetoblack said...

wow i never heard of these before... thanks for the tip! will def be checking them out more from now on :)

Nina said...

Your posts are always such great reads, Erika!

Sabine said...

Smitten with colourful balloons, rosé wine, becoming an ifb member and your blog, naturally...

COCAMIA said...

Thank you for sharing and posting another great post! So love cross necklaces!

Lexi Colby said...

you have such a fantastic blog!
i love these pictures!
xxxxx

Audrey Allure said...

i love sparkles too <3 anything that glitters! haha

J. said...

This weeki was smitten with some vintage dining chairs that used to belong to my grandparents. My sister finally gave them up and they look great in my kitchen!

Rachel said...

I have been dying to get my hands on OPI's Mad as a Hatter. It looks like the perfect glittery nail polish! :)

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