3.20.2010

Smitten Saturday

For the Love of Lace Here’s to hoping that my utter adoration for lace in terms of fashion doesn’t come as a surprise to any of you, kitty cats; after all, it’s a fabrication that will forever be on the tip of my tongue. Lace is the quintessential way to channel one’s femininity; an ethereal, romantic construction which invokes images of Jane Austen’s spirited heroines; afternoons spent sipping tea in posh parlors while accoutered in layers of petticoats; and the ravishing beauties of Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe traipsing up and down Fifth Avenue, majestic parasols held high over their perfectly-coiffed heads. But don’t be fooled dolls; lace is a multifaceted material which harbors the ability to juxtapose between refined and rebellious – as visible via American Apparel’s Lace Tee.

Lovers I have forever been…smitten by the versatility of American Apparel’s designs. Their seemingly simple ability to meld into any given situation, and rise to the occasion at all times has forever left me flabbergasted; thus the reason I was so thrilled when AA sent the Lace Tee in Black Leaf Flower my way. Delicate in its crafting, the Lace Tee is the epitome of decadent architecture that will see you through winter, spring, summer, and fall, serving as a loose-fitting layering tee for blissful afternoons spent frolicking on the beach, or a seductive style to top a sinewy pencil skirt come nightfall. Ready to lace it up, kitty cats?

Mix It Up There are very few things that I heart in life as much as a good old-fashioned mix tape. While cute boys are often hesitant to put pen to paper and write the girl of their dreams (or girl of the moment) a sentimental love letter, many are more than willing to spend hours upon hours searching for songs that make them think of the one they’re currently devoted to – something which, in my mind, may be even better than a petite note which divulges oft-times fleeting moments and romances. Thus the reason why I’m currently plagued by an obsession with Cassette From My Ex.

Crowded with sixty tales of love, loss, heartache, and crushes, Cassette From My Ex is a charming compilation full of witty stories and soundtracks penned by the heaviest hitters in music and journalism – from Rolling Stone’s Jancee Dunn to The New Yoker’s Ben Greenman, and The Magnetic Fields’ Claudia Gonson. It’s a trip down memory lane that makes you sentimental for the eight tracks which have since been replaced by compact discs and digital media. And honestly…who can really resist nostalgia like that?

Smoke and Mirrors I’ve flirted with the idea of red lips; but I find it impossible to forsake my beloved blackest black mascara and dark as night liquid eyeliner for a punchy pout. I would much rather stay true to my love for smoky eyes and a nude lip; if only I could figure out a way to perfect said smoky eye. Don’t get me wrong, kittens, I have the mascara and eyeliner down pat, it is the eye shadow that has me in a tizzy. I truly have no knowledge of such a cosmetic. It has never been a part of my daily makeup regimen; therefore, it is completely foreign to me. Yet I must mingle as one with such a product in order to achieve the look I’m, at present time, coveting with every fiber of my being. So I suppose I should let the hunt begin. The question is…where to start?

Should I get down with a single shade, such as Tarina Tarantino’s Eye Dream Hypershadow in Chain or Butterfly Black, or mark’s I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Corset; or should I indulge in an entire smoky kit, like Dior’s 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette – Smoky Design, or Two Faced’s Smoky Eye Palette? Darlings, I simply must admit…selecting the optimal eye shadow may just be as difficult as choosing the perfect boy!

What were you smitten with this week?


Thanks to M Loves M and American Apparel for the pictures.


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65 comments

Eva said...

First time I saw your blog was today and it´s SO lovely and girly and cute:D...

CC said...

"I’ve flirted with the idea of red lips; but I find it impossible to forsake my beloved blackest black mascara and dark as night liquid eyeliner for a punchy pout." You said it, sister. ;)
Lace ftw. I NEED to get myself a new pair of lace leggings asap.
Fab post as always, Erika!
Xx

Charlie ♥ said...

LOVE lace, definitely one of my fav trends this year





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The Style Revolution said...

I love LACE and I love a classic mix tape!! Happy Weekend! xoxo Tracy

Leah said...

I won't trade smokey eyes with a red lips too. I prefer to work on the eyes and keep the lips simple and nude.

Happy weekend Erika! xoxo

Senorita Fashionista said...

I always enjoy reading your Smitten Saturdays! I think you should go for a single shadow, perhaps a cream shadow and then stick to your eyeliner and lots of mascara; this is the perfect look for red lips! Try a sheer red if you need to slowly delve into the bright lip color! Happy Weekend!

R. said...

I like the Too Face palette best! xo

mom & son said...

I love the lace top and guess what? I got another lace shirt but this time it's black. I can't wait to do an outfit post about it.

Today is my day off and planning to do outfit photo shoot but I think Mr.Freddy's will be up soon from his a.m nap, huh!

Have a great Saturday, my dear!

mom & son said...

I love the lace top and guess what? I got another lace shirt but this time it's black. I can't wait to do an outfit post about it.

Today is my day off and planning to do outfit photo shoot but I think Mr.Freddy's will be up soon from his a.m nap, huh!

Have a great Saturday, my dear!

gleenn said...

i love to look at laced apparels. However, the only reason why I don't have any of them is the heat that is too much to bear in my part of the world. Even for a freezing season in the West, we are battling a good 38degreesC. Otherwise, I would love to mi it up to :)

S.Elisabeth said...

I say indulge!
And I love your smitten list this week. I am such a sucker for lace.
Hmm I'm smitten with my new Clinique tinted moisturizer, Vera Wang flats, and bows!

Joanne said...

What I like about lace is that even just a peek of it works as well as a full blouse, etc. Very versatile. And I love the idea of Cassette from My Ex. Music is so far reaching in our lives, I'll have to check it out. Have a great weekend, Happy Spring to you!

101smiles said...

hi erika
how are u
whats plans for this week end
this is very nice post looks like layer top black is soo good

Andie said...

oh i absolutely love lace! its so girly and dreamy :) i cant describe

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FASHION SNAG said...

I love lace and mascara. I wish I could help you on the eye shadow front, but I never even attempt that =) xo

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Luana said...

I adore lace! I've been looking for a nice lace evening mini dress forever, but I'm so picky that there's always something I don't like. This lace tee, however, looks promising! I love Smitten Saturdays :3

Jen said...

oh! i'm so in love with that american apparel lace tee! the design of the lace is just gorgeous. :)

J. said...

As a former makeup artist, I say go for the Two Faced palette. The neutral shades will actually be more flattering than pink and you can change up the smokey color with the navy and green...FUN! Plus, this would be great for travel.

I've been smitten with my house lately...spring cleaning makes me love it again!

Jen said...

Love the lace top from AA. I can imagine it being so very versatile! There's an AA shop opening in my city so will go on the hunt as soon as I can. :)

Lady said...

Lace is a thing I really considerate fabulous but in me it don’t mach. Lace remind a lot of romantic and past and when I dress I always put some metal in my cloths and metal and lace is not fine…

About the makeup stuff one advise…
When you want a strong eyes whit dark shadows and vibrant colours never put a red lipstick you will seem a clown.
But if you wanna your red lips you would choose peach shadow in all eye, a thin line of black delene, black mask only on up eyelashes and a bit of beige shadow on down part of the eye.
Now you can enjoy the red lipstick…

xoxo
lady

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Lace!!! This is why we're friends. I actually had a dream lace for my wedding (French alencon lace) but it was so pricey. Dreams came true and I got it on eBay of all places at the last minute.
The American Apparel tee is adorable - another one for the wishlist!

daisychain said...

have a fabulous weekend x

Leia said...

I definitely share your love for lace! <3

Maria said...

Girl, you should definitely try out a red lip!! You can still do your smokey eye but just choose more natural colors like a taupe! I think it would look lovely on you :) My smokey eye is very basic: I use a lighter brown on my lid, and then using an angled brush apply a darker brown in the crease. Slightly wing it out at the ends, and you're set!

Loving the lace right now as well!

xoxo Maria at www.BachmansSparrow.com

Dancing Branflake said...

I am loving pastels right now so much. I wish I had a lacy, pastel dress to wear for my walk along the river.

I love lace also. My favorite camisole is a ribbed gray tank with a lace trim. From Old Navy. They don't sell them anymore. Sigh. But I love the contrast of the flirty lace and the sporty ribbing.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I have heard great things about Cassette from my Ex on other blogs as well, so now I am TOTALLY getting this book!!

And remember that mark lip gloss you wrote about a short while ago?? I totally ordered it online! Hehe! Just wanted you to know how much your blog influences me. :P I will let you know what I think of it. I'm pretty excited. I have been running out of lip gloss and wanted to try something new!

I hope your weekend is fabulous so far! xoxoxo

Amber said...

I a smitten with lace as well. I can't ever get enough.

Aury said...

I completely understand your eyeshadow dilenma! There are just so many colours and textures and to choose from. There are so many different ways to combine and mix them to create a certain look, how in the world does one choose?! Its much like a painter's decision of what tones and shades to use on her painting I guess the best advice is to follow your heart and your gut :)

FASHION PROJECT said...

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love FASHIONPROJECT. x

Sherin said...

I'm very smitten with lace. I'm not usually an American Apparel fan, but their lace tops are so cute.

Rick said...

Oh. My. Gosh. You went there, Erika. I.e., Lace!

Done right, there is nothing sexier than lace. I have actually been meaning to post my thoughts on this subject for quite some time. Hence my big smile when I saw your wonderful blog today! Hope you are having a great Saturday!!

Josie said...

I love lace for spring; I think it lends such a fresh vibe to any outfit... And I also cannot forgo my smoky eyes for a sexy pout -- just can't quite do it!
xxoo Josie
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Sara Lynn said...

I am having such a blah morning, I am so glad that you posted today. Now I am really wanting to go buy some lace...and there is an American apparel literally three streets from me. :)

Caramell said...

lace makes me think of being so fragile- recently I ever feel so OO

Kristin said...

I was like a kid in a candy store in AA in NYC!!

sarah said...

I think you should try Too Faced! and let us know how you like whichever one you get! love your blog!


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Theresa said...

I completely agree with your love for lace. It seems like the greatest compliment to every outfit, or simply makes an outfit all on its own. I am now on the search for the perfect lace dress to add to my lacking closet. :]

Francy said...

I need some more lace. For some reason, 'tis the season to be more...romantic. Let us know which make-up you choose!

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ellie said...

Totally, awesome lace. Definitely a great pic for spring..etc. Hope you're having a fun weekend.

Mimi said...

Love a sultry smokey eye and nude lips pairing. That lace top is so pretty! Hope you're having a great weekend!

Margaux. said...

I'd suggest getting an eyeshadow quad for the smoky eye. If you want to start with just a single shadow though, MAC's knight divine is good!

Ladyulia said...

sometimes red lips
can be an effective mood booster,,,,
;D

Meg said...

I love lace too and I prefer to highlight my eyes over my lips. I think all girls like to think they have nice eyes.

Fashion Court said...

i was completely smitten with the liberty of london line at tarjay! i'm obsessed! who can resist a good floral?!

knk said...

hi erika

nice post beautiful outfits

Bonnibella said...

I love how lace can soften any look right up!

The Trendy Fashionista said...

I love lace. I hope you'll have a fantastic weekend

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

hewnly said...

the first photo is perfect!! wow!

Hope said...

I love lace! And good luck eyeshadow hunting!

thetragicallychic said...

i love love love the lace stuff right now :)

Anna Jane said...

I have to admit I'm also partial to a bit of lace, but I'm one of those people who prefer it kept to a bare minimum as I have seen far too many girls clad head to toe in the stuff on nights out with contrasting underwear showing very obviously underneath - not a good look!

I'm the same as you with eyeshadow - I don't mind a little bit used as eyeliner, but the smoky eyeshadow thing gets me in a right old rut!

- Anna Jane x
(PixelatedBlonde.com)

Emily said...

i adore lace! and that top is absolutely darling!!!

Cindy Whitehead said...

That lace top looks great - similar to the LNA one but at a much better price! Have a wonderful Sunday (-:

kumar said...

mmmm lovely post looks nice stuff

Dessinatrice said...

I've been hunting for the perfect way to introduce lace into my wardrobe... it will be just perfect for this summer as a light and sexy accent to everything I own! I'm so glad you mentioned the Luxe series, I totally love it, I'm reading Envy right now!

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Lima said...

I'm def loving the lace look... I just bought a top that the back is lace and it continues to just the top of the strap... I've been seeing this top or versions of it... EVERYWHERE.

monica said...

we must be soulmates.

im going through an intense lace love affair...altho unfortunately have not found that perfect lace dress or top yet

nicole said...

I love lace. And I love that you did a post on pretty lace things. I wrote one for TheStyleSpy.com last week - great minds think alike ;)

I, too, love the versatility of American Apparel designs. They're great basics in a variety of colours, so you really can't go wrong.

Thanks for your super sweet comments on my most recent blog post! And a movie star I am not hahaha but thanks for the vote of confidence darling! Your comments always make me smile :)

xoxo

bananas. said...

i've been loving the lace too! ahhh! it's so pretty and dainty yet can be made edgy which i love.

Spicy Candy said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE LACE! u should check out our new post! Im wearing my fav cream lace leggings! AA has some amazing leotards all made of lace!great post as always my love!

xxx
-Carlis

Emma said...

YAY FOR LACE!
And as for the eye shadow, I'd go for one sumptuous shade! I always end up buying compacts and not using them nearly enough..but maybe that's just me!
xx

Maddy said...

I, too, share your love for lace! If I could do my wedding all over again, I would surely sport a Spanish lace gown this time around!

Hope you had a great weekend, love!

Andhari said...

I love lace in almost everything. As a touch for a cute top, dresses, even lingeries. Love it!

girlnextdoorfashion said...

oh my, I love lace.
like you say, it is so effortless and girly and wearable.
I love the romantic feel of S/S10!!

xxx

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