Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Binge Beauty Buy: Ways To Cash In Your Sephora Gift Cards: Philosophy Celebrate! Set

($30, Philosophy, Sephora)
Kicked your coke habit this year? Or just switched to crack (it's cheaper!) Got a big promotion because your boss died? Didn't get pregnant or arrested? Only got a little pregnant? CELEBRATE with Philosophy's Celebrate set -- three deeeeeeerisheshry scented bottles of Lavender, Pink Bubbly, and Pomegranate 3-in-1 washes. They do a body good!

Happy new year, everyone, from all (two) of us at FashionBinge to all (three to four!) of you out there!

And stay tuned for some SUPER suhweeeeeeet giveaways comin' up this monf!

More Sephora gift card suggestions:
+ Hourglass Concealer
+ Smashbox's Rapture Gloss Set!

Trousers sandwiched by the seasons

My current favourite in-between look

Through a combination of the somewhat confused and unpredictable weather over the last few weeks and the influx of Spring/Summer 09 editorials and look books (with a few sale purchases thrown in to spice things up a little bit), there seems to be a confrontation between what I should wear and indeed what I want to wear (which at times becomes more than a mere scuffle in my mind and wardrobe)...The bedroom is often transformed in to a well fingered H&M display, much to the annoyance of Susie...

Today it was the turn of my Unconditional Wrap trousers to take the sartorial punches and accessorising hair pulling...

In the winter corner we have a pile of knits, including a bargain of a Uniqlo jumper, the recently acquired huge cowl by Yokoo, shiny Lanvin boots and black M&S leather gloves which were of course a Christmas present...

In the Spring corner we have white sheer shirt by Handmade in England, navy blue cardigan jacket from COS (a sale buy) and white Chukka Boots by Vans.

Am I suffering these somewhat schizophrenic attire choices alone or are you feeling as confused as I am?

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Binge Beauty Buy: Ways To Cash In Your Sephora Gift Cards: Hourglass Concealer

($32, Hourglass, Sephora)
Hands -- and brushes -- down, this is one of the best concealers I've used in decades of hiding my shiners. Seriously, you could have a cat stuck to on one side of your face and a pepperoni pizza on the other side and after a few strokes of Hourglass, NO ONE except you would ever know. That's how good this shiz iz. I'd recommend applying with a brush since it's a thick concealer. That way you won't be tugging your precious, tender little undereyes down to your chin. No one looks good like that. Anyway, $32 ain't cheap, but you know what IS cheap? Looking like you haven't slept in a week. Get it, girls.

More Sephora suggestions: Smashbox's Rapture Gloss Set!

A Peacock Walks Into A Store...

(Image via Ian Peacock/

FOR REAL, A REAL PEACOCK walked into a STORE... called PEACOCKS! In Scotland, where apparently peacocks come equipped with the mental capacity of rocket scientists. THIS IS THE GREATEST SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE! I'M GONNA LIVE FOREVER! THIS IS THE BEST, MOST AMAZING THING EVER!

And speaking of amazing, apparently so is Ian Peacock, who not only has written for a billion great publications but LOVES Persian cats (my first kitty was a glorious Persian named Romeo, hallowed be his name. He lived to be 19 and was an angel amongst kitties, even when he graced us on this very earth, for which he was always too good) AND is actually named "Peacock." I think I'm in love.

+ More of my peacock obsession as it relates to fashion and accessories here.

Also, these peacock Keds are cute if not a little too literal. But okay for you maybe? I didn't mean that in a bitchy way. We're still cool, right?
($63.55, Keds,

Looking back with the help of Penthouse

First things first, we hope you all had a very Merry Festive Break! Secondly, as we prepare to bid farewell to 2008 our thoughts are often preoccupied by the promise of a New Year (I was reliably informed by Charlie Brooker that they will call this new year be honest with you I'm a little disappointed, my fingers were crossed for it to be named Steve...the Year of Steve has a much better ring to it) but lets be different. We often look forward at this stage in the year but one of my Christmas presents has helped me challenge this usual festive occurrence and I've decided to swivel my neck owl like and look back...way back. The presents in question were two old issues of Penthouse - The Magazine for Men (from 1968 and 1969 respectively). and unfortunately, it is safe to say that they don't make them like that anymore. The content is wonderfully diverse, for example articles include; an interview with Steve Abrams who champions the campaign to legalise cannabis, The Promiscuity Myth which discusses how homosapiens have always 'gone in for' marriage, The Do-It-Yourself Capitalist, an interview with Otto Von Habsburg who was once heir to the Austro-Hungrarian empire and became a political author and lecturer. I would love to unearth a magazine which covered such an eclectic mix of issues today (with the odd shot of a natural breast or two thrown in as well) but for now I will just have to settle for Monocle but will write to Tyler Brûlé in the New Year requesting a few bare breasts. As well as great articles there are a couple of interesting editorials, not to mention a few classic advertisements which will provide inspiration for the coming year.

Apologies for the poor image quality (I really need to invest in a scanner)...

Skin Game is my favourite editorial and sees a wonderful combination of monochrome, smoky /soft focus shots with sheepskin jackets and a pigskin suede trench coat. Accompanying the imagery was the following blurb which seems hell bent on ensuring the readers knows where the materials came from...Button out the cold this winter in sheepskin and suede. Bulk has been sheared away with body-shaping and closer-fitting cut. There are many exciting new colours this season, too. After all, once the original owner has died there is no reason why its and coat shouldn't be dyed, too - makes it more individual for the next owner. As for wear and warmth, that remains built-in. Lasts a lifetime-and it did for the previous owners.

I've never seen this many buckles in one shot...

Something Afoot
sees an organised pile of varied shoes used to breathe new life into the old adage that 'you can tell a gentlemen by his shoes' by suggesting that you can now (well since 1968) tell
that the gentlemen is in fashion. I adore this double page spread but rather than inspire me to put my best foot forward, I have to agree with the title that there is something afoot and it seems to be the penchant of double buckles and too much tanned leather...

There were just sooo many poses to choose from but here are two of my favourite looks

Get in the picture with ICI Fibres depicts Seth Cohen's style icon in an album of leisurewear made from a combination of relatively new fandangled fabrics ranging from bri-nylon, bri-nova and crimplene...but I love the poses more than anything else and will certainly try a few in my upcoming style posts...

So, rather than let your thoughts get distracted by the promises of tomorrow why not take some time out and have a look back at the past. You don't have to look at old porn magazines but I would certainly recommend it!

Heart Shirts And Blondette Sale!

Admiring on this Lauren Moshi heart tee at Blondette.

($85, Lauren Moshi, Blondette)
BTW, Blondette's giving you 25% off $150 or more with promo code afterchristmas08
through January 3. KNOW that.

(Apprx $43 USD, Illustrated People, Topshop)
Also LOVE this very '80s but not like OMG WOAH LQQK IT'S NEON Illustrated People top at Topshop. It reminds me of the crap Madonna spray paints in her "Borderline" video. Sadly it's only available in size Small on the British site and NOT AT ALL on the US site. INTERNATIONAL TRAGEDY!

Related videos to watch:

Best dressed in 2008 part. 2

Celebritatile care s-au imbracat cel mai bine in 2008, part. 2.
Jennifer Lopez, diva glamour, nu putea lipsi din lista "best dressed".
Jennifer cu poseta Versace din piele de crocodil

Rochie din satin Roberto Cavalli, diamante Neil Lane si poseta vintage Daniel Swarowski

J. Lo intr-o rochie Alberta Ferretti

Nicole Richie nu face parte din categoria celebritatilor care poarta un lucru o singura data. De exemplu, geanta neagra Balenciaga, pe care o are din 2005, pantofii Christian Louboutin "Miss Boxe" sau jacheta din piele Alexander Wang le-a purtat de nenumarate ori. Si anul acesta ramane in randul vedetelor bine imbracate.
Nicole in rochie Proenza Schouler si jacheta de piele Alexander Wang. Accesorii: geanta Chanel, colier Hermes, pantofi Balenciaga

Rochie si poseta Stella McCartney si jacheta Alexander Wang.

Miss Richie in jeansi vintage Levi's, pantofi Christian Louboutin "Miss Boxe" si cu geanta Balenciaga

Lauren Conrad si-a imbunatatit stilul in 2008 si a devenit o adevarata fashion icon. Nu este chiar o trendsetteritza, dar are potential.
Lauren poarta jeansi skinny J Brand, pantofi Miu Miu, esarfa si geanta Chanel

Rochia "Jasmine" este din colectia ei Lauren Conrad Collection

LC in rochie Stella McCartney, colier si geanta Chanel

In 2008 stilul Angelinei Jolie poate fi descris in trei cuvinte: monocromatic, simplu, elegant.
Angelina poarta o little black dress Versace custom made, pantofi peep toe Sergio Rossi si cercei cu perle Mikimoto

In rochie Versace si bijuterii Ralph Lauren Vintage Collection

Angelina poarta o rochie cu nasturi la spate semnata L'Wren Scott si pantofi Stuart Weizman

Monday, December 29, 2008

Kenneth Jay Lane Coral Cabochon Earrings: Lust!

($165, Kenneth Jay Lane,
Witness my raging, unbridled lust. Sin from my lips? Trespass sweetly urge!

And OMG these too:
($230, Dori Csengeri,
I don't know where to look first... I just know I can't stop staring...

Binge Beauty Buy: Ways To Cash In Your Sephora Gift Cards: Smashbox Lip Gloss Collection!

If you're a lucky lady, you got a Sephora gift card or two this ho-ho-holiday. I didn't get one, but BOY OH BOYEEEEE could I rack up some goods... or, um, suggest ways for YOU to spend your hard-earned gift bucks. So, consider me your personal shopper! Like one of those annoying pop-up thingies that pop up in your shit when you're browsing stuff online. Except not as annoying!

Anyway, I HIGHLY, INSANELY, EXTREMELY recommend Smashbox's Rapture Lip Gloss set:
($29, Smashbox, Sephora)
Unlike some gloss sets, these aren't too-too mini -- none of that annoying two-uses-and-they're-gone business -- I've been milking mine for weeks upon weeks -- the formula is excellent, and there's zero gross gooiness! THREE WINS! My favorites are Ravishing (second from left), which doesn't end up looking quite as dark on, and Candid (third from left), which leaves a nice berry glow.

And, stay tuned for more FashionBinge Beauty Buys, featuring WAYS TO SPEND your Sephora gift cards!

Best dressed in 2008 part. 1

Mai sunt doar doua zile din 2008 si, ca orice bloggerita de moda care se respecta si isi respecta cititorii, trebuia sa vin cu o lista de "best dressed". Dupa cercetari si studii indelungate am adunat celebritatile care s-au imbracat cel mai bine anul acesta.
Lista mea, mai mult sau mai putin obiectiva, are mai multe parti, pe care le voi posta zilele urmatoare.
Incep cu Posh, Gwyneth, Kylie si Kate.
In 2008 Victoria Beckham si-a consolidat pozitia in lumea modei odata cu lansarea colectiei de rochii.
A purtat multe tinute Marc Jacobs, a carui imagine a fost, dar si piese din colectia ei de denim si ochelari, dVb, si The dress collection by Victoria Beckham, o linie de rochii timeless, lucrate manual in UK.
Ar mai fi de mentionat ca a renuntat la bob pentru o tunsoare "Pixie", care l-a inceput a incantat-o , dar acum nu ii mai place si a lansat un nou duo de parfumuri - "Signature" for him & her.
Posh poarta o rochie "Evol" din colectia proprie, pantofi Yves Saint Laurent si geanta Chanel "Kelly"

Shopping la Kitson, magazin cunoscut ca home of celebrity shopping, pe Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles, unde se vinde si dVb, in jeansi dVb si geanta Chanel vintage

Alaturi de Marc Jacobs in rochie si sandale Marc Jacobs (cum altfel?)

In 2008 actrita Gwyneth Paltrow si-a schimbat look-ul, renuntand la parul foarte lung, pe care nu l-a mai taiat de la moartea tatalui ei, si optand pentru o tunsoare mai scurta si mai sic. Combinatia ei preferata pentru covorul rosu a fost rochie+sacou.
Gwinnie poarta o rochie Lanvin, bijuterii Chopard si sandale Giuseppe Zanotti pentru Balmain

LBD Balmain si pantofi Alexander McQueen

Gwyneth in rochie Stella McCartney

Kylie "the impossible princess" a ramas si anul acesta in lista celor mai bine imbracate celebritati.
Kylie in Australia la lansarea celui mai nou parfum al ei, "Sexy darling", intr-o rochie Yves Saint Laurent.

La London Brit Awards, unde a luat premiul "Best international female solo artist", in rochie vintage Vicky Tiel

Kylie arata ca o zeita greaca in rochia drapata J'Anton si bijuterii Tous

Stilul lui Kate Moss, un mix intre masculin, sexy, boho si rock'n'roll este intruchiparea sicului facil si are o multime de adepte. Este considerata cool chiar si atunci cand poarta cizme uzate sau tricouri gaurite. Tinutele all black sunt printre preferintele ei.
Kate la petrecerea de lansare a noului ei parfum "Velvet hour" in rochie Marc Jacobs si sandale T-bar Christian Louboutin

Rochia cu gheare de leopard este din colectia ei pentru Topshop. 100 de astfel de rochii au fost vandute in doar 15 minute.

Kate intr-o little black dress (LBD) Poltock and Walsh

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Another Cute Zimmermann Suit!

I am sitting here, unshowered, festering in my not-so-festive, not-so-sexy post-holiday slump, like a carby blob of primordial ooze. WHICH MEANS THERE'S NEVER BEEN A TIME TO CHECK OUT CUTE BATHING SUITS, like this one by FashionBinge favorite, Zimmermann!

The polka dots are so "I'm a little girl in the late '70s." AND it's on sale! AND I ate like a TUB of cookies and a half of tub of Sugar Sweet Sunshine's banana cream pudding. WIN!

($121, Zimmermann,

Tendinte manichiura primavara 2009 de la Chanel

Pentru mine Chanel si OPI sunt cei mai importanti trendsetteri in manichiura.
Pentru primavara lui 2009 Chanel propune doua nuante: 485 Django - bej roze si 483 Vendetta - un violet inchis.

Colectia se numeste "Bohemian fantasy" si a fost inspirata de stilul boho si rochiile gipsy. Aceasta are 22 de produse in tonuri de pamant, neutre, dar si roz si rosu pentru buze sau violetul indraznet pentru unghii.
Deci, in 2009 purple is the new blue, pentru ca in 2008 culoarea vedeta a fost albastrul.

DONCHA FARGET: Hayden-Harnett For TARGET Is On Sale NOW!

NOW NOW NOW! Get your Hayden-Harnett for Target bags NOW!

It looks like many of them won't ship for another several weeks, so consider this a test of patience.

I haven't seen them in person, so I can't speak to the quality (they're made of PVC, so you can probably bank on them cracking), but I'm pleased they didn't skimp on the design details -- the fun studs and hardware and excellent fabric lining.

My faves:

($39, Hayden-Harnett, Target)

($19.99, Hayden-Harnett, Target)
Peek inside for a peep at the great fabric lining!

($44.99, Hayden-Harnett, Target)
Cheyyyyyck out the fun pyramid studs on the bottom of this chain bag. Yay!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Advent - Day Twenty Five

We loved the above so much we just had to make it our Christmas Card to you. Merry Christmas and enjoy the Holidays. We hope Santa brings you everything on your list and more whilst you enjoy some quality time with all of your family! We will post before the New Year and have lots of interesting pieces up our sleeves for 2009!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Self-Present Numbah Two!

Look, I've been resisting the oh-so-tempting bargains of Hayden-Harnett's Secret Santa sale for days now. But this morning I waited a good three hours, and this was still available:

Hayden-Harnett Tamasin tote, $90 (regular price $495).

Now all I need to do is find space in my closet....

Happy holidays, friends!

Advent - Day Twenty Four

I have only recently fallen head over heels with the Visvim brand but the more I see the deeper my love gets...the Virgil boot and FBT Shaman in this brown kangaroo leather are the best yet. If I had any Christmas shopping to do either of these would be my footwear of choice...I would just have to go out and buy them first...Happy Christmas Eve to one and all.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Yoox Vintage Earrings I've Been Sweating For A Fortnight

Actually, more like three fortnights... Anyway, Yoox has had a selection of vintage jewelry for a while now, and I've been lurvin' all up on these blue '80s earrings more than I should probably admit. Like, slobbering and shit. They're clip-on (one strike against them), and $70, (strike two), therefore I'll continue to covet from afar.

($70, Yoox)

Also, Yoox is having a one-day-only 25% Christmas Day sale where they're taking 25% off (like I says!) on all of their Fall/ Winter merch. But again, it's ONE DAY ONLY! Use promo code YOOXMAS on December 25.

You COULD walk away with/ in these SERIOUS Lanvin heels -- currently $312, $234 with promo code discount!