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Where, oh where, were you,

Oh glorious gown so blue?

When down the aisle I walked;

Saying to my man, I do.

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I would so very happily get married again in any of these. To the same man, of course.  Wait, 2014 marks our 12th year.  I could always find a reason – renewal of vows, perhaps?

Which gown takes your breath away?

Love, Sheela

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you this curated line-up of Prada perfection.  When pre-loved is as pristine as it gets on The RealReal, it’s, well, perfect.

PRA33765_1_enlargedBrown Ombré Leather Coat, $675

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Mid Calf Spectator Boots, $295

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Silk Printed Bubble Hem Skirt, $145

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Python Drawstring Tote, $1095

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Silk V-Neck Dress, $245

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Moto Jacket, $295

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Satin & Lucite Wedges, $175

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Embellished Purple Tessuto Clutch, $375

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Red Bouclé Jacket, $225

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Burgundy Wool Tweed Pumps, $125

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Red Leather Belt, $125

Drool with me.

Love, Sheela

p/s I’m dying to get those Spectator Boots but the man is seated right beside me as I type this.  I fear for my life.

Hello weekend, I’ve missed you!!!

imageThat’s a picture I took of the three of us when we were at the Richmond Ave Farmer’s Market last weekend.  It was stellar.  And this weekend promises to be yet another epic affair because I’ll be at Macy’s Get Ahead Of The Curve event tomorrow afternoon, hosted by none other than Emme.  Who’s Emme?  Only the world’s very first plus size supermodel.  Hopefully, I’ll have photos as well as a few words with her to share come Sunday.

For now, I leave you with some awesome sauce nuggets from around the world wide web.

My admiration for Mr Obama grows.  The man has impeccable comic timing.

How we really feel at art museums.

Perhaps this will encourage my mum to get a Twitter account too.

Awwwwwwwww.

And I leave you with an adorable little girl called Willow who’ll charm you on Instagram all October long.

 

Enjoy your weekend.

Love, Sheela

“Every designer needs a story. Mine is all about glamour.” ~ Naeem Khan

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110607_michelle_merkel_ap_465The dress that made Khan the third most Googled person in the world that day.

If you’re as big a fan of his couture creations as I am, you need to be at Fashion Houston.  Now in its fifth year, Fashion Houston will be held at the Wortham Theater Center from 18th to 21st November 18th BUT you don’t need to wait that long to pore over and covet beautiful pieces. No, you don’t.  As I’ve mentioned before, if you love fashion and you’re in Houston, you have to be at the Kick-Off Party, Friday night.  All proceeds from the night shall be channelled towards Dress For Success Houston.  Say it with me, altruism is sexy.

Tickets on sell here.

 

Love, Sheela

Having moved to Houston a scant four years ago, let me be the first to confess I’m still navigating my way around the local fashion scene.  Trying to identify pockets of creative dressing in between the Lincolns and the dressed-from-head-to-toe-in-one-colour figures (if you live in the area, I know you know what I’m talking about).  Finding that refreshing spurt of spontaneous freestyling amidst the clones. And it’s been hard.  It’s been really hard.  At the risk of death by faux diamond pelting, the style environment here is vastly different from what I’d been used to (I lived in Singapore for over ten years, with frequent work travels to Hong Kong and Japan where, when it came to dressing, everyone was tolerant and experimentative and fearless).

3411a3dc-9436-4b09-8fe2-a64ef0d394eb_zpse2d46347That is, until I discovered the Houston Fashion Bloggers.  This wondrous community has opened my eyes to what’s really happening when it comes to fashion in the heart of Texas.  Reminded me to dig deeper and look where I wouldn’t normally.  I love that.  And it’s also thanks to them that I came to know of Fashion Houston, what it is and what it stands for.

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If, like me, the name rings no bells, you’re on the brink of being  (as) pleasantly surprised (as I was, am).

Imagine a single platform wherein fledgling and local designers share the limelight (and runway) with experienced, established names.  The showing of many varied aesthetics.  Each one striving to be heard above the din.  Imagine the adrenaline rush of watching models stride loud and proud down the runway, and you’re so close you could almost grab that pleated number off her back.  Into this talented mix, add stylemeisters, influencers, scribes, the ones that can make or break a collection.  That’s what Fashion Houston is all about.

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2014 marks its fifth installment and this year flaunts a sterling line-up of designers.  Just sterling.  There’s Chloe Dao (Project Runway Season 2 Winner), Naeem Khan (gloriously flamboyant garments, does anyone else remember him as a Guest Judge on PR?), Tibi (picture perfect pieces), Grungy Gentleman (there is more to life than plain tee and ripped jeans, seriously), Valentina Kova (sleek, stylish, edgy).  Other luminaries include Amir Taghi, Bibhu Mohapatra, David Peck, Fabrice Tardieu, Jio’Zey Reys, Jonathan Blake, Little Black Dress Designer, M.C.L. x Matthew Campbelle Laurenza, Rami Salamoun, Rebecca Minkoff (woohoo), Rene Ruiz, Rolando Santana, Rubin Singer and Sameera Faridi.

Imagine all that.

Shining bright, yes, like a diamond in the night sky.

Fashion Houston is from 18th to 21st November 18th at the Wortham Theater Centre.  As I’ve said, if you love fashion and you’re in Houston, it would be quite the crime if you’re not there on Friday night, for the Kick-Off Party.  Especially as all proceeds therefrom will go towards Dress For Success Houston.  Altruism is sexy.

Tickets on sell here.  Go on, you know you want one. Or three.

 

Love, Sheela

p/s  In the days leading up to Friday, I’ll be showcasing several designers throughout the day.  Sort of a teaser.  Join me?

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In response to Refraction, a weekly photo challenge found here.

 

Shutterbug Sheela

Breaking news. You don’t get to wear thick, heavy garments in Houston because the big chill simply doesn’t make an appearance in this part of the world. So, for the most part, the closest we come to wearing sweaters are those of the Cotton, Jersey or Silk variety. Given a choice (and ample wallet), here are the ones I’d very happily sport to stay toasty.

hmprodRed Cropped Sweater, H&M $50

Old NavyCrew-Neck Sweater, Old Navy $28

JcrewDutch Floral Cropped Sweatshirt, J.Crew $75

CFischerWool Intarsia-Knit Wolf Sweater, Christopher Fischer $295

zaraSweater With Faux Leather Sleeves, Zara $40

forever21-striped-polar-bear-sweater--large-msg-135284738362Striped Polar Bear Sweater, Forever 21 $19.80

2235183_fpxCashmere Raglan Sweater, Charter Club $120

That red cropped number is calling me like a siren song. And I have such a thing for animal prints. Oh oh oh that piece with the faux leather sleeves? SO Sheela!!! Which is your fave?

 

Love, Sheela

This isn’t a timed writing piece born out of the need to complete a challenge. This is actually self-imposed. As I’d mentioned before, I’m rather enjoying writing within the confinements of a timeframe. I never know what will come out of my brain and into my hands as they type.

One thing that’s dominant in my mind at this very moment is waterfalls. I don’t know why though.

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Not the sound of water gushing forth. Nor the imagery of beautiful blue water. Just the word waterfalls, imprinted on my mind and, I suppose, viewed through my mind’s eye. Isn’t that odd. Waterfall in graphic Black and White. And that’s another unusual thing because I always visualise and dream things in glorious technicolour. It’s something rare; I’ve been told. I’m glad. I can’t imagine not always seeing things in colour. It would be so sad.

Now, I’m suddenly thinking birds.

shutterstock_2672665Hitchcock’s birds and how, for the longest time ever, the mere sight of a bird would have me scuttling for cover. Have you read the book? I didn’t, but I was forced to watch the movie. My mother and brother are horrid movie buffs. There’s a special place in sparkling purple unicorn hell for them; I swear.

Is it normal to have momentary gaps in one’s thought process even if it’s free, unbridled writing?

Speaking of unbridled writing, I recall posting that that would be something I would dearly love to do on a regular basis. It would appear that I’ve been somewhat tardy in that department of late. Would it be alright for me to place all blame on the knee surgery and being doped up until recently?

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Speaking of doped up. I’m very uncomfortable with the recent appearances of garments with the word DOPE. I fully realise the word can mean Cool or Fly or Very Good, but it still makes me feel iffy. And I know it’s due to the original meaning of the word. Wow. I felt incredibly archaic just typing that. Archaic and straitlaced but that’s how I feel. It bothers me to see the word DOPE accepted so easily and freely. Does that make me a puritan? Old-fashioned? Or simply that I do not subscribe to the ease with which society has amalgamated the word into everyday life, into fashion. Why? Because fashion is an immensely powerful influence. Don’t get me started on EASY. Oy.

Is anyone else concerned with the entire Ebola situation? I am but not so much about the virus spreading as I am with how the CDC is (not) handling it. The head of CDC comes across as incredibly spineless and inept, and that scares me. Does it scare you? That the state of our national health and its current absence of emergency crisis plans lie in the hands of someone who was unable to respond at all during a rapid fire Q&A session?

And that, my friends, is the end of today’s somewhat disjointed piece, all 15 minutes of it :)

 

Muack!! Sheela

p/s All imagery and links were added post the timer going off, naturally.

presite-castWe know now, of course, that it’s Amanda Valentine filling up that mysterious spot!!

Throughout its history, I’ve not once blogged about Project Runway. Not because I don’t adore the show, I’ve watched each episode of every season religiously for the past 12 years (wow, it’s been that long). I simply feel there are already so many bloggers covering the show (and doing it brilliantly, might I add) that I don’t fancy being a teeny, nondescript drop in the ocean. However, the recent fiasco surrounding Korina Emmerich’s departure from Season 13 has kicked the rock under which I’d been happily living and prompted me into hitching a ride on the bandwagon.

Losing graciously.

Does the spirit of sportsmanship truly exist? Or is it simply an act put on for show by those who fail to win the coveted top prize? Saying the right words, outwardly demonstrating politically correct expressions while boiling on the inside? Throwing tantrums and mentally yelling, “It’s not fair! It’s not fair! IT’S NOT FAIR!!”

 

{  Win With Class, Lose With Dignity  }

 

Let’s talk a little about sportsmanship. What it entails. Theoretically, it is the demonstration of fairness, self-control, courage and persistence. Treating others with respect and professional courtesy. A good winner does not gloat; a sporting loser concedes defeat graciously. Conversely, a bad winner openly rubs his victory in his opponent’s face whereas a sore loser does not take defeat with class, and (generally) acts out in some fashion to express disappointment.

Was it fair to crucify Korina for expressing what most of us would more than likely feel and think were we in the same boat? Was it truly because of what she said or simply because (‘fess up) Korina has made it a little difficult for us to like her? Let’s face it, she’s bitchy and has been trash talking the other contestants from day one, but that’s hardly virgin territory for the reality show, now well into its 13th instalment. And while we’re being honest, I do feel that Mean-a Nina Garcia had it in for Korina from the very beginning because she wasn’t afraid to defend her designs, to speak her mind.

Given the premise upon which the competition was taped – minimal sleep, maximum stress, living and working arrangements that weren’t conducive – given all that, I feel certain even Mother Teresa would’ve turned into quite the shrew.

From a purely creative standpoint, I concur that Ms Glover is nowhere near Korina’s calibre although she was decidedly nicer which made it all that much easier for most of us to be in Camp Char. That said, being Miss Congeniality should have nothing to do with one’s longevity in a competition like Project Runway wherein talent (supposedly) rules. And while I adore Tim Gunn and live for the day when he becomes my Fairy Godmother, I’m shocked to see the level of preferential treatment extended towards Char – not only did he use the coveted Tim Gunn Save on her (a total waste, it should’ve gone to Emily Payne), he saved her again when it came to the Find Your Street Muse Challenge. Do the words, “Let’s give Char ten extra minutes” ring any bells? That would make us seethe too if we were in a competition with her.

korina(L to R – Char, Korina) Placed side by side, it’s clear who the more talented of the two is.

At this point, I feel compelled to put something on record about designers who are bestowed the Tim Gunn Save. Remember Justin LeBlanc of the Foaming Vagina Dress fame?

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Justin and his losing look

Does anyone else detect a pattern here? That the producers wished to avoid, at all costs, eliminating and sending home a designer who’d been given the Tim Gunn Save? That they would do whatever was necessary to help the designer make it to Fashion Week? The very same thing happened with Justin LeBlanc. When it came to Korina, post show editing ensured that we, the viewers, weren’t privy to everything that was said (I’m confident there were some words exchanged, or implied, to the effect of openly questioning the judges’ integrity). That left us with footage showcasing Korina in the harshest light possible, verbally assaulting Char, and being an all around bitch. In reality, she was struggling to come to terms with the fact that Project Runway wasn’t really all about talent. And that must have been a very bitter pill to swallow.

As it is for me, an aficionado, who used to believe in the integrity of the show and its judging process.

I’d love to know your thoughts on the entire debacle.

 

Love, Sheela

How-to-Fashion-a-Scarf-for-Many-Occasions-848x300Be it for academic purposes or to create a fashion statement (think Whovian), or to visibly pledge one’s allegiance to a specific school or club. Or perhaps it’s coverage in the name of modesty, a religious requirement maybe. No matter the agenda, there’s little doubt that scarves have, for better or for worse, left indelible marks on our wardrobes. Growing up, I loved sporting a jaunty little Pan Am Scarf Knot. When the desire for something flamboyant arose, a Double Wrap Neck Knot. And when it was a wee bit nippy, the Muffler. Of course, that was way back when I hadn’t yet developed a violent aversion to anything touching my neck, like I do today.

No matter, I continue to adore scarves from afar. Relishing how, when executed correctly, they exude that effortless Grace Kelly vibe, channeling the Audrey Hepburn look with panache. So classic. So elegant.

gracekellyaudreyhepburnFrom a contemporary perspective, these ladies and gents cut quite the stylish profile with their individual, ahem, twists.

Montage2(L to R) Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb, Keiko Lynn and Jane of Sea Of Shoes

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Montage3(L to R) Killy of Moon Magik, Ellie of Strut In Her Style and Diana of Zhours

On a sidenote, is it not FANTABULOUS how many male bloggers there are now? I’m a huge fan of showing there’s more to sartorial life than the same ole plain tee + distressed denims.

Back to scarf speak, are you part of the sorority?

 

Love, (scarfless) Sheela

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