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Keeping It In Clutch Mode: A Giveaway

Once upon a time, clutches and I, we did not get along. There was no connection. No bond. No love. I found them cumbersome and restrictive. They found me far too straitlaced to do them justice and that was perfectly fine by me. I was used to have little shoulder bags that allowed me freedom and range of motion. Call it a byproduct of parenting, if you will. Then my man bought me my very first clutch and I fell head over heels in love. He couldn’t have picked a better first than this glorious piece from Zara (please forgive me for the poor quality of this picture, at the time I was still learning how to use my iPhone as a camera). It spoke to me on every possible level from colour to size to message, and remains a firm fave to this day 🙂 since then, I’ve amassed a few. Rebecca Minkoff (it’s autographed too, beneath the flap, I’m such a groupie) Leather, Sequins & Tassel (from ellebee206) Boohoo.com (this website is full …

The Culotte Conundrum

Are you as afraid of culottes as I am? No matter that these calf grazing pants are one of the hottest silhouette trends around. Neither pants, neither shorts, but a seemingly odd marriage of the two with an awkward hemline. Supporters rally around the touted fact that this particular cut flatters a wider demographic of body types. Personally, I’ve never been attracted to the half-pants-half-skirt look. Ever. Being short (read: very short at 5’1″), my mindset has always settled around the idea that culottes were meant for the lankier ones. And yet the fad has evolved into, yup, a staple piece (shudder). Yes, what was long thought of as dowdy and unflattering has become many a designer’s darling. That’s when I knew it was time to revisit the shape. To see what all the hype was and maybe, just maybe, reconcile with the (remotest) possibility that I might perhaps don a pair myself. Maybe. I’ll admit, a substantial part of their appeal lies in immense versatility, deftly going from office lunch to black tie. And …

I’m Bringing Bootie Back

Guess what? It’s SO cold today!!  So absolutely, wondrously, fantabulously cold here in Houston and I couldn’t be happier 🙂 it’s certainly the time to whisk out those jackets and coats, a few sweaters, and multitudes of undershirts.  AND for some bootie shopping. Acne Studios Pony Printed Ankle Bootie, $750 Illiana Suede Wedge Booties, $77 BCBGMaxAzria Metild Pointy Toe Bootie, $167 Dollhouse Criss Cross Ankle Booties, $35 Zara Ankle Booties with Track Soles, $139 Luxury Rebel Shayla Sheepskin Leather Booties, $129 Why oh why do I only have two feet??? Love, Sheela

Coats To Covet

We interrupt our regular broadcast to tell you that TEMPERATURES ARE FINALLY LOWER here in Houston!!  Epic happy face!!!  Maybe, just maybe, one of these will be hanging in my closet, soon. Hooded Cape, Soia & Kyo $298 Cashmere Blend Cape, St John $995   Faux Leather Trim Walker Coat, Via Spiga $200 Mink-Fur-Trimmed Persian Lamb Coat, Fur Vault $6650 Convex Car Coat, The Laden Showroom $91 Cape Coat, Warehouse $180 Hooded Faux Leather Trim Belted Coat, Betsey Johnson $120 Shawl Collar Colour-Blocked Cape, Calvin Klein $200 Plaid Coat with Removable Knit Sleeves,Yigal Azrouël $2195 Take a wild guess which two colours I’m eyeing for Fall. What about  you? Love, Sheela

Saying I Do In Blue

Where, oh where, were you, Oh glorious gown so blue? When down the aisle I walked; Saying to my man, I do. Temperley Elie Saab Theia 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

Picture Perfect Prada

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. Brown Ombré Leather Coat, $675 Mid Calf Spectator Boots, $295 Silk Printed Bubble Hem Skirt, $145 Python Drawstring Tote, $1095 Silk V-Neck Dress, $245 Moto Jacket, $295 Satin & Lucite Wedges, $175 Embellished Purple Tessuto Clutch, $375 Red Bouclé Jacket, $225 Burgundy Wool Tweed Pumps, $125 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.

Front Row Seats

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). That 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 …

Sweater Weather, Part Deux

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. Red Cropped Sweater, H&M $50 Crew-Neck Sweater, Old Navy $28 Dutch Floral Cropped Sweatshirt, J.Crew $75 Wool Intarsia-Knit Wolf Sweater, Christopher Fischer $295 Sweater With Faux Leather Sleeves, Zara $40 Striped Polar Bear Sweater, Forever 21 $19.80 Cashmere 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

Sorority Of Scarves

Be 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. From a contemporary perspective, these ladies and gents cut quite the stylish profile with their individual, ahem, twists. (L to R) Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb, …

Ring Around The Rosy

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you this spectacular showcase for the fingers. The Conquer Ring in Black $20 Matte Silver Birthstone Ring $140 Opposites Attract Wooden Ring Set $280 Octopus Tentacle Ring $37 Rose Gold Fox Ring $9 Stacking Gold Rings $223 Gap Ring $69 Organic Gold & Silver Ring $114 I rarely wear jewellery but when I do, it’s the more the merrier for my fingers, and these fit the bill, perfectly. All puns intended. Happy Columbus Day!! Love, Sheela