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2013 wish listA few goodies that I’ve been coveting since the new year! 1. J. Crew Keeper chambray shirt, 2. Oak & Fort Manon hat, 3. Miriam Salat quilted resin cuff, 4. Lulu Frost Gold-tone crystal necklace, 5. Super Sunglasses Ciccio glasses, 6. Encyclopedia of Flowers: Flower Works by Makoto Azuma, 7. Marni grey fox fur tube scarf (obviously just a daydream) and 8. Rag & Bone Harrow boot. Sigh.

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A childhood friend agreed to be my guinea pig and commissioned a holiday fascinator, my first ever!  Janet gave me complete freedom in the colours, design, etc so I chose to use rich warm colours and textures that hopefully say Holiday without being too literal!

I used lavender and heather dried from my mom’s garden, dried red mini roses I snipped from my apartment rose, and dried white and pink dried roses from my mom’s garden in Robert’s Creek.  I accented with a bit of navy veiling and gold and mossy green velvet millinery leaves, all attached to a navy sinamay base!  It’s nearly complete and I think it turned out pretty well for my first try!

Later in September, Tracy visited Vancouver for a family trip so we met up at our favourite place, Thierry’s, for some macarons and port.  My parents visited and we went to the Museum of Vancouver for the Art Deco Chic and Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver exhibits.  We celebrated my father-in-law Rob’s 60th birthday with a surprise party and I toured one of the brand new buildings the company I work for has just finished building.  Myra Callan (of Twigs & Honeygorgeous book I preordered,”Adornments”, arrived in the mail and Rohe demolished his cat scratcher… and that was September for me!

Geek chic and print mixing? I’m in!  3.1 Phillip Lim’s Spring 2013 RTW collection is full of everything I love!  Leopard and leather and floral and and plaid and thick-rimmed glasses and tie-dye – fresh and fun!  The mixing of the plaid and tie-dye reminds me a bit of one of my favourite Rodarte collections from Spring 2010 RTW, but Phillip Lim does a more relaxed, casual look.  I would love to have every piece from this collection to mix and match for work or weekends!  All images from Vogue.com.

Every season of Rodarte is so unique and whimsical, I never know what the Mulleavy sisters will come up with next!  The Spring 2013 RTW collection has this cool Sci-Fi edge mixed with a soft romantic touch!  The short dresses and leather jackets remind me a bit of Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2012 RTW line – like a fashionable samurai – but the romantic detail and mix of shapes and patterns and layers makes it Rodarte!  I’ll take a pair of those bubbly spongy moon-heels in every colour!  My favourite look hands down is the divine flowing blue gown (1st image) with the structured gold metallic corset – hard and soft – my favourite mix!  All images from Vogue.com.

I’ve been wanting to see the gowns on display at the Museum of Vancouver’s Art Deco Chic exhibit since it opened in March, and on Sunday, my parents came into town and we finally went!  The gowns instantly transport you back in time!  With shows like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire bringing this era back to the forefront of popular culture, it was so great to see dresses worn by Vancouver women in the 1920s and 30s!  I loved the range from the intricately beaded flapper shifts from the early 1920s evening wear to the dreamy fluidity of the pink and cream draped gowns from the late 1930s evening wear.  The exhibit is open until September 23 at the Museum of Vancouver – try to go see these pieces from our fashion history before the exhibit closes!

Diane von Furstenburg is the Queen of Wrap-Dresses and mixing bold, colourful prints and this Spring collection was a beautiful showcase of her love for dressing women to make them feel feminine, fun but at the same time, empowered.  I think the 1st look is my favourite, followed closely by the ruffly lemon shirt worn by Mirte Maas.  All images from Vogue.com.