Maria La Rosa Handbags (A Bag for All Seasons)

March 25th, 2009 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

I was really looking for Alaia Azzedine Shoes and somehow Maria La Rosa‘s handbags popped up on my search. It’s kind of like, “where have you been all my life?” Wow, such cute bags! Reminds me of when I first fell in love with Serpui Marie because they are both not what I consider couture house mainstream designers. They are independent designers; some kind of wonderful! I just thought- I really need to post something by La Rosa so here it is. BTW, I really want the Printed Summer Tote; it’s so me!–>

*All textiles by Maria La Rosa are created with antique looms and all weavings are done by hand in Italy. The collection includes bags, hats, socks, clothing, and home accessories.

I hope that she will bring more of her collection to the States.

*Photocredit: & Mona Moore, Montreal Canada

Update: Arnold’s Drive-In, Mohegan Lake NY Closes (2004 to February, 2009)

March 23rd, 2009 Posted in Eateries | No Comments »

DH and I were trying to figure out what happened to this restaurant over the past few weeks. This was the start of it… one night we took a chance and drove to Mohegan Lake even though they didn’t answer their phone (DH thought it was uncharacteristic of them). When we arrived the door was locked and the lights were off and thought it odd that they had maybe closed early for the day? I tried to call a couple of times after that night but still met with no answer =(. Eventually their phone was disconnected within two weeks time. Arnold’s had suddenly closed without any notice. I did web searches to try to find any posts related to this. Tonight was a sad night since DH had accidentally found our beloved burger place being advertised on eBay–> I’m posting this blog for anyone who was also wondering what had happened? Apparently the owner is selling the store due to health issues. It’s always sad when a fave store closes. I’m really devastated. DH and I have been eating there on weekends for the past two years, possibly longer. I almost always ordered my calamari salad with balsamic vinigrette, chili, and root beer float with soft vanilla ice cream. The food was always so fresh. We even brought friends and family there since we loved Arnold’s so much. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the new owners will maintain Arnold’s the way it always has been, with a perfect old-fashioned twist to an all American-type menu.

*Photocredit: Arnold’s Drive-In (a 1950’s drive-in style restaurant built from scratch which first opened in 2004), Eric & Rob

Douglas Little & Co Candles

March 23rd, 2009 Posted in candles, curiosities, Decor | No Comments »

DL & Co’s candles are so fragrant and the packaging is beautiful. These candles add a special touch to any table. I have a Pink Pepper on my desk. The scent is very strong so I tend to leave it burning for an hour or two. They were featured on HauteLook several weeks ago. The words decadent and gothic come to mind.

*Photocredit: HauteLook

Bare Minerals

March 17th, 2009 Posted in Cosmetics, Toiletries | No Comments »

I received their starter kit (purchased from last week and absolutely love it. It’s easy to apply, goes on evenly with sweeps of the application brush, and leaves the skin feeling silky soft. No caking, no oiliness, no acne. Of course, the brushes have to be cleansed and kept clean, as with all brushes. I also have their sample-sized nighttime kit too but haven’t tried it yet. Maybe tonight? I’m not sure whether or not I will enroll in their mail order program since I haven’t figured out how soon I will need refills. For me, it’s probably best to buy as I need. This is their website just in case you’re interested–> They have a few videos on their homepage. I viewed those before I bought their products. I’m a little lazy and totally dislike a time-consuming beauty regimen. Men are so lucky that they can roll out of bed without need of a tedious regimen. Bare Minerals combined with my Tarte 4 Day Stay Mascara has saved so much time for me. Putting on makeup is so much less of a chore now.

*Photocredit: Sephora

L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani

March 17th, 2009 Posted in Fashion, Handbags, shoes | No Comments »

I’m only slightly familiar with this brand and haven’t followed their seasons regularly. I remember when LAMB first came out. I loved the knit tops but never ended up buying any. Recently I spotted a pretty pair of LAMB shoes- sort of a retro punky style and just loved them. I also discovered I liked the bags and accessories with signature print, in particular the pattern with “L” and the lamb (animal) logo (these are the older bags though). Although I normally don’t care for striped linings, I think LAMB’s cute. LAMB seems a little pricey to me. It never hurts to wait for a sale unless you are absolutely dying for something. Okay, so here are examples of what I love about LAMB (shoes were featured in a previous post)–>

*Photocredit: eLuxury & Nordstrom

Marc Jacobs, Old & New & Louis Vuitton Shimmer Halo

March 13th, 2009 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

Just found these pretty bags via ShopStyle. Beautiful but crazy expensive- priced like an inexpensive or pre-loved Chanel. The costs of creating designer bags from an industry point-of-view may be rising but the prices are becoming out-of-control. I’m mad at MJ for his continued price hikes. Some of his bags in the Spring 2009 Collection should be at least a few hundred dollars lower than they actually are. I’ve also included bags from other seasons and of course, his Stella, the one that started my love for this brand. I know I’m a little behind with LV but I love love love the Shimmer Halo from 2008 =), TDF!!!

*Photocredit: Various Sources

Other Shoes I’ve Been Recently Admiring

March 13th, 2009 Posted in Handbags, shoes | No Comments »

The title of this post speaks for itself =).

*Photocredit: Various Sources

Oscar De La Renta
Pour La Victoire
Te Casen
Pedro Garcia
Ellie Tahari
Stuart Weitzman
Nanette Lepore
BC Footwear
LAMB by Gwen Stefani
Mary Norton

Via Spiga

March 13th, 2009 Posted in Handbags, shoes | No Comments »

I first saw Via Spiga at Bloomingdales 59th. Street flagship store. Their shoes are amazingly comfortable. I fell in love with a bronze latticed leather flat. Surprise, surprise, I’m enamored with yet another flat (the black with red floral embellishment as seen below). Of course the high heeled floral strappies are also TDF.

*Photocredit: Ruelala

Marc Jacobs, Spring 2008 Line

March 13th, 2009 Posted in Fashion, Handbags | No Comments »

Gilt just had a sale yesterday featuring MJ’s Spring 2008 Handbag Collection. It brings back good memories of his 2003 and 2004 handbags with the new rendering of his Venetia. My top picks are his Large MultiPocket satchel and his “frog” bags.

*Photocredit: Gilt

Herve Leger

March 13th, 2009 Posted in Fashion | No Comments »

I’m not too familiar with this designer or brand. I think one should be tall and have an hourglass figure to look especially polished in HL’s designs. Unfortunately both these attributes are not me. I love the knit dress in prune.

*Photocredit: HauteLook