Friday, January 28, 2011

    Mass Elitism: Starting with the Birkin

    Who knew Karl Largerfeld's idea of Mass Elitism would come true so soon? Bringing luxury to the masses. I used to think only Karl had the ability to do that, but it doesn't seem to be the case. There's a huge Hermes Birkin bag fettish all over the world right now and when I looked farther into it, there's actually quite a few sources. The basic idea is to print the Hermes Birkin bag on a canvas bag, thus everyone can get Birkin bags at cheap and affordable price(plus the environmental damage caused by dying leather bags would also be lowered and canvas bags can be made of organic materials). So there you have it, low prices, environmentally friendly and very classy and stylish. Here are three sources I've found so far.

    Banana Taipei
    in French Honey Camel
    From Taiwan, this bag reaching the hands of fans all over East Asia. I would know because I just helped my aunt get one. We put in an order for a Supper Champagne Grey one late December and it finally reached us earlier this week. I had actually seen it on the streets earlier but decided not to buy one after finding it in nearby boutiques. The good thing about it is that the size is similar to the original Hermes Birkin, great for school, books and A4 files, the handle is also printed on, theres a magnetic button inside, and there are ten colors to choose from. But on the minus side, you have to be really careful about keeping it clean if you buy a light colored one. The price is around 400RMB to 590HKD including shipping in the East Asia area(I'm not sure about the price in Taipei).
    Picture from: Facebook Banana Taipei
    Official Site:

    TATA Baby Birkin
    From Japan, this is the one that's REALLY hard to get a hold of. I can't even find an official site. I know it's from Japan for sure and available for purchase at a boutique called Liger in Hong Kong. There's quite a few pro's about the TATA Baby Birkin: the material is waterproof, the printing is very detailed, there are various sizes and colors, and there's an extra cross shoulder strap! But on the other hard, the TATA Baby Birkin is the most expensive of the three options. I've flipped around and found that auction sites are selling them at 3400HKD and my aunt gave me a heads up saying it around 3000HKD
    Picture from: Savvy Mode

    Thursday Friday Together Bag
    in Blue
    From the US, this is a much more simple version compared to the Banana Taipei and TATA. Nonetheless, it conveys a similar message. Three colors: red, blue, and camel. Available online for 35USD and ships everywhere (which is REALLY convenient for people in the US, Canada, or Europe because the other two do not ship that far yet). It's similar to the large original Hermes Birkin size. The longer straps are easier to through over your shoulder.
    Picture from the Official Site: ThuFri website

    So, what would you say?
    Yes or no to a new canvas look-a-like Hermes Birkin?
    As awesome as it is, I think I'll keep looking first.

    All for now!

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    the versatile white tshirt

    Oh I am not happy. I typed up a whole post here and POOF after uploading the pictures, the text was gone. Unhappiness is one good way to describe the past week: unpleasant grades, delivery getting caught up in customs, academic material not making ANY SENSE whatsoever. I'm officially pretty lost and ready for vacation all over again. However, a few positive have turned my frown upside down: I got my white Peter Pan collar black dress and it fits perfectly, my aunt is satisfied with the Banana Taipei bag I helped her buy (a creation by a Taiwanese company, printing the actual size Hermes Birkin on a canvas bag) and Chanel's exhibition in the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art. Hopefully, it'll be open over the Chinese New Year holiday and I'll be right in time to see it when I'm there next week (Jeisaaa: How I wish you would be there!).


    The White Flap Tee

    Yes. It may look like your ordinary layered white tshirt but it can actually be worn in three different ways. Perfect for those days when you want to wear the same shirt but at the same time, you realize you've already worn this shirt in the past week.

    Numero Uno: the Original

    Numero Dos: One Side Tucked in

    Numero Tres: Tied in a Knot

    My favorite? The Original look would be my choice but I wouldn't mind trying the others :)
    This will go on my wish list of multifunctional/versatile pieces, next to the American Apparel circle scarf!

    Photo Credits and Where to Buy: Oak NYC

    All for now,

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    we are GOLDEN!

    Yes, we know. It's a been a long long time since Jeisa and Delilah have a had chance to come together and write up a post together. School exams, school holidays, and the busy holiday season really was quite time consuming. Now I (Delilah) have just started second semester and I feel extremely UN-eager to start my studying (plus, it can wait!). So here we are, making our picks of our favorite dresses from the recent 2011 Golden Globe awards!

    Favorites from the Two of Us

    Olivia Wilde in Marchesa

    D: Pretty, pretty, pretty! Olivia Wilde in this shimmery fitted bodice and poofy-at-the-bottom dress by Marchesa. The simple hair and makeup paired with a pair of very funky heels looks amazing put together. I love how the glitter fades out towards the bottom of the dress.

    A peek at Olivia Wilde's shoes: Christian Louboutin

    Emma Stone in Calvin Klein
    D: My favorite! I hope it's not a post-watching Easy A bias. I generally dislike orange. In fact, when I found out my ex-university dorm's color was orange and our dorm t-shirt would be bright orange, I honestly considering applying to another dorm. Orange is just a hard color to make work! And I have to say, the color fits Emma Stone's new hair color and skin tone perfectly. The fit of this backless Calvin Klein dress on her is also amazing. Such a simply, not over the top, classy statement. New found LOVE.

    Leighton Meester in Burberry
    D: Leighton Meester tries a large variety of fashion statements and I love her for being daring and experimental, but sometimes, some outfits just don't work so well on her. However, this Burberry dress worked so well! It's a light chiffon princess-y look without too much extravagance and so pretty without revealing any skin. I'd wear it too, if I could get my hands on one. XD

    Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive
    D: Shiny and Gold, that's a difficult combination to pull off, especially when it a floor length gown! Nonetheless, this also backless gown and it looks so good on Anne Hathaway! It's another shimmery, floor length gold gown (like the Balmain one on the cover of Elle) that Anne Hathaway can pull off oh so well. Thumbs up!

    Jeisa's Personal Favorites 

    Mila Kunis in Vera Wang

    Delilah's Personal Favorites

    Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta
    I'm actually not the biggest fan of how Lea Michele has worn this dress, but nonetheless, the dress itself is gorgeous. This dress by Oscar de la Renta is a piece that I personally like a lot; the soft pink, the ruffles, and the long train on the gown. I WANT THIS. I've heard repeatedly that this dress brings a image of hard cold Barbie, but when I took a look at the runway photo, it didn't seem like that to me. I think Lea Michele might have to work on that hairdo, make it more neat, then she might be able to bring out the poise and elegance in the dress. Nonetheless, this dress is my one of personal favorites.

    Photo Credits: Omg Yahoo Awards
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