Friday, May 30, 2014

Fashion Friday - Lurex (Part 2)

If you follow me on here or on Instagram you know all too well that I am absolutely obsessed with Lurex. This is the second time I have featured Lurex on Fashion Friday (here is the first installment Lurex Part 1).

Blue Lurex catsuit... needs to be just a bit tighter. 

My dark green Lurex dress with fox fur cuffs. The first Lurex item I purchased.


The dress that truly started my obsession was from Xtabay Vintage. An unbelievable raspberry Emma Domb dress. I found it after it had already sold for $348.00, which I suppose is fortunate for my bank account because it was my exact measurements. It is, however, devastating for my wardrobe. 

See more photos here: Source


Finding good Lurex is a bit of a challenge. Finding good Lurex in a great color, shape, and price is another story entirely. 





I'm lucky that a close girlfriend, Lola Devlin, kept me in mind when she decided to sell this gorgeous number this week. She's mine and on her way to me.



So thank you Ms. Devlin!!!




Now on to what you have been waiting for...

The first item is a 1960's blue Lurex dress. The shade of blue is fantastic. It's a steal at $82.67.

You can look at me here.


The second item is 1950's gold Lurex dress with raised green velvet leaves. It's unique and another steal at $84.00.


You can look at me here.

The third item is on my personal wish list, so don't you dare go buy it! It's a baby blue 1950's Alix of Miami chromspun Lurex swimsuit. It is $350.00.... see you don't want to buy it anyway!

You can look here but you better not touch.

The fourth item is a dress that would be mine in a heart beat if it wasn't too big. It's a mid-century Fredrick's of Hollywood Lurex and fringe dress.  It is an investment at $375.00 but remember you are getting your fringe dress and Lurex dress all wrapped into one.

You can look at me here.

The last item is, not surprisingly, a dress. It's a 1960's purple Lurex eyelash (or tinsel) dress. This gorgeous number is going for $89.99. I promise you that had this dress been my size I would be wearing it and not just featuring it on Fashion Friday.

You can look at me here.




Do you own any Lurex? Are you Lurex obsessed like me?


Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Apologies

What else should one title a post when they've been absent without notification for the duration I have been gone? I have a multitude of reasons for my absence. To be brief about it though:


  • I was notified about a month before Viva Las Vegas 17 that my test came back positive for cancer again. I had to go back in for minor surgery and multiple checkups / tests. The news, frankly, was devastating to my morale and positive attitude. I went into a bit of a depression and had to find new ways to cope. VLV 17 was wonderful fun but with the burden of pending bad news, was a bit harder to enjoy. My doctor gave me the all clear approximately three weeks ago. I'm trying not to get my hopes up until my next checkup is clear.
  • During the winter and spring, probably in part to the news of the cancer coming back, I got sick three times. One of these times I was actually quarantined; four days by doctor's orders.


    • Someone very close to me had some medical issues that I do not care to discuss or disclose. The news rocked my world for a couple of months. I've never been so afraid of losing someone. That issue has also resolved itself.
    • My laptop crashed. It's hard to blog, chat with commenters, or Skype without a computer.

    I suppose my absence comes down to a bad set of temporary circumstances. I'm sorry for my absence. I'm sorry to those that I have not returned your emails or comments. During my absence, I forgot my HRF email password. I'm working on getting it reset through Google. In the meantime, just post here if you are trying to get a hold of me and I'll email you from my private email account.

    I'd also like to say hello to all the new followers on BlogLovin' and via Blogger. Hello!

    I'm hoping to get back to my previous regular posting schedule in the next few days. 


    Friday, December 06, 2013

    Fashion Friday - Princess Coats

    It has been absolutely frigid in Denver since the evening of December 3rd. The afternoon high on Tuesday was 57°F (13.9°C) and quickly dropped to -9°F (-22.8°C). It has been snowing on and off and the temperature has not risen above 7°F (-13.9°C) since Tuesday. You can imagine that I am dressing less for style at the moment and more for practicality and warmth.

    I ask you, what is warmer than a coat and more stylish than a princess coat! I mean just look at these stylish women.



    With fur, mohair, Balenciaga, and fabulous plaid! (clockwise L-R)

    I love this coat on Ulyana Sergeenko. What a dream (sigh).


    Or these gorgeous coats designed by such big names a Dior and Balenciaga.

    Charles James 1946-1952 

    House of Balenciaga Fall/Winter 1948–49

    House of Dior 1947 & 1954

    Norman Norell 1955

    Mainbocher 1946 & 1948

    Shannon Rodgers



    Every single coat above blows my mind --- I couldn't even pick a favorite if I had to do so. Regardless, they are also all completely and utterly unavailable and/or out of my price range.

    What is my affordable dream princess coat? Affordable being completely subjective to the premise of Fashion Friday. So let's set an imaginary FF price of $1,000.00 maximum. Oh to have that amount in real life to spend on one clothing item (sad eyes and sighs).

    I do love these two coats, both of which are now sold. I am particularly keen to the coat on the right.




    My current dream princess coat is this 1930's red wool princess coat with sheared fur revers collar, double button waist, flap pockets, and red stain lining for $625.00.

    You can see me here.


    A first runner up would have to be this 1960's Italian wool silver princess coat with fox fur, besom pockets, and satin lining for $545.00.

    You can see me here.



    Second runner up goes to this 1940's Ellen Dee olive green wool gabardine princess coat with fur trim and silk crepe lining for $195.00.


    You can see me here.



    In fourth place, a 1940's black boucle wool princess coat with oversize mink Peter Pan collar, mink cuffs, and silk satin lining for $350.00.


    You can see me here.



    The final item in my dream collection is this 1950's wool gray princess coat with mink fur collar, double breasted button front, mother of pearl buttons, and, of course, satin lining. It is for auction on EBay and is currently only at $20.50. I might have to snatch it up if the price doesn't go too high.


    You can see me here.



    Do you own a princess coat? How long did it take you to find your dream princess coat?



    If you are at the 1940's Christmas Ball tomorrow in Denver, I hope I see you there!