Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Alas the cardigan didn't happen either - i combed the Gap but since its now on sale I had to buy it online, so in 9 days it will be mine (if I even like it- otherwise i lose 47 in shipping).
I also was at a loss for what to wear today, i pulled out the cilla top as I hadn't worn it in a while and when I put it on with shorts, it just wasn't very me, but the print in Sylvestre works. I then tried my re-edition Pitsula, and it fit but was very tight across the chest (an area where I do not think one can really become much smaller - and I do not have a large chest). If it was an 8, it would have been perfect. But alas I think my pitusla is better suited for a 4 or even 2. ....
And I am hoping for the best with my ebay auctions ending tomorrow. I have no bids on the Aurelie, I am sad. I am not going to wear it, someone should....
I know I said I wasn't going to sell anymore of my Mayle, but this is one last piece that isnt working. I wore it 1x and its a 4 in MINT condition. I love the Madcap print, BUT I prefer it in my re-edition sylvestre dress for me. its a great piece, rare, in a hard to get size 4. Retail was $450+. Please send an offer (a REASONABLE offer) if you are interested.
I still haven't been able to squeeze into my re-edition petulia like I would like to - its a bit small and I think would best fit a 4 and I am currently a 6. I am contemplating selling it. I need my closet to be things that are wearable all the time, not something I dream about fitting into one day. If its something you are interested in, please make me an offer, but keep in mind I wont sell it for less than what I paid for it. Its 1 of 3, INCREDIBLY rare - it like a couture piece and Jane didn't even re cut it for SE. If I don't get an offer that I like then I will keep it.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I was just lamenting the other day how much I REGRET selling my sweater like this dress. This dress is GORGEOUS, the perfect fall dress with a chunky boot or some lola clogs. That said if any of you have the sweater let me know! We can work something out. The dress is available in a medium and a large and is 765-
SE also has this gem from spring 2008 left over in both the sky blue and the white.
Paired here with the original mayle leather leopard skirt (a combo i never would have imagined).
The sky is available in 2,4,6 and the white is available in size 8 for $285. I am also loving the billy douce travel bag!!!!
To make things easy for you, I have just gone back and re-edited my original post on each item.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Today we woke up early and went over to see Kate + Adam + Nolan's new house in South East and to help ring in Nolan's 3rd birthday. Its now 4:30, I am finishing some research and Jon is with Max at the playground. Its nice to have some quiet.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
As you all know I am a FREAK for lace Mayle pieces. Jane selected (or created) some of the best laces I have ever owned/admired from eyelets to zebra stripped to cabbage rose all in a multitude of colors. I have this amazing eyelet lace dress in black from Fall 2006. I have the 6, its pretty true to size, its a great piece (100% silk) to wear anytime. SE has the aubergine color which I think brings out the actual texture and excitement of the fabric.
Romina purple Eyelet dress (have one size 2 and one size 4 ): now $624
I own this dress in black. Its a cocktail party staple in my closet. Great hidden pockets, gorgeous lace crisscross in the back and lace insets in the front. If you can pull off white (I cant as I am too pale) you should snag this!
Rita dress in cream, ( one size 8 ) now 439.-
I own this top in aubergine and this skirt. The skirt is from spring 06 and the top is from fall 06. The skirt is pretty generous. I have it in a 2 and the top in a 4. Both amazing pieces that are timeless that you would wear forever. I have never thought about pairing them together! I am totally going to try this look myself!
Silvina camisole in Muscato ( have each one 4,6,8) : now 332-
Another one of my closet staples. Original Rio Plata print dress. Every time I wear this dress someone stops me on the street both when I lived in NYC and now in PDX. Great in summer with flats or in winter with tights and heels paired with a great cardi. Sold out in Fall 2006 - I have a 2 and its again pretty true to size if not a touch big. I bought it 6 months pregnant and was able to wear it then and now.
A personal favorite from SPRING 2006. I have this in blue and the even harder to get emerald green. Chic dress! I own a 4 (and it still fits!) there is a great hidden front pocket. You never see this dress on ebay, and its one that I would never part with as its TIMELESS!!! Snag it!
Today I am going to do some research while Jon takes Max out and then we will hit Fleur and JD's BBQ in the late afternoon. I am definitely looking forward to this weekend downtime!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The thing I LOVE about the dry cleaners in PDX is that they are ALL ORGANIC. The prices are a bit less than in NYC (about $9-12 to clean a dress) but I know that nothing harmful s going to destroy my clothes and even things that had weird stains (like my elvira dress) came out looking brand new.
I got my Barcelona back, it looked a tiny bit better, but the terrible lines are still there (and I noticed them in other places as well). This really makes me sad as it's the second dress from the pop up shop that I purchased that is flawed and there is nothing I can do about it at this point. Though Christina did give me a WHOPPING $30 credit when she eventually got back to me about the Micheala. I took some photos (not very good) but let me know what you think.
FIRST of all I sold the dress at a LOSS. I didn't want it, wasn't going to wear it and just wanted to get it out of my closet after several months of not wearing it.
Secondly, why on earth wouldn't this person take it to a TAILOR? If you like something, alter it. How many things have I had to alter? Everything mayle that I love and wear has been altered to some extent - from tracking down the afrikana fabric and having the tight sleeves opened on my pelle to having my Zeta top taken in 5 inches on each side. OR why would this person NOT put it BACK on ebay?
The person who bought the birds of paradise loves their pieces, left positive feedback. Now I am just waiting for the person who bought my reiko to email me and say they don't love how it fits and they want a refund too.
I think that the thing that irks me the most is that the reason that I sold these pieces was for money- whether it was to buy a new mayle piece I would wear more, or to pay a doctor bill, many times I have sold my things at a loss, not making money here off my wardrobe. Since I am not working its just become more and more frustrating. I think if i was working full time or if Jon was some wealthy investment banker who gave me a sick allowance I wouldn't really care, I probably wouldn't even be selling any of my Mayle stuff.
Its just annoying that people assume you will just pay them back for something they have decided "simply just doesn't work for them."
I am over it. Not selling anymore of my Mayle - whats on ebay is what I am prepared to part with and that is it. I am beginning to feel like Mercury is in retrograde with my finances.
Max has demanded a Backyardigans marathon but I am hoping that I can quickly shower and run him to whole foods so that I can get a salad (and he wants another bagel).
I am plum exhausted, its been nearly a week straight with Max (he was in daycare last Thursday) I need a facial, a pedicure, my eyebrows waxed, to go to Trader Joe's, pick up the shoes from being repaired, pick up my alterations, in addition to finish reading my book club book which I totally cannot get into and my volunteer duties. I feel wrecked. I would love an afternoon to myself to do some of these things (in addition to others)....but i just don't see it coming at least this week.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
We got up today at around 9, I had Jessica babysit him so that I could go to acupuncture and run a few errands (like buy infant Motrin, try to pick up some dry cleaning that sort of thing) while feeling run down, a bit sad and depressed myself. I still feel like everyone is looking at me like "your that mom that was in whole foods."
I actually got to acupuncture on time and talked to my doctor about my stress. This time beyond the multitude of needles I got in my face for my sinuses I got TWO in my chest for stress. It was beyond painful when they went in, but after awhile the pain went away, I felt more relaxed and I almost fell asleep. I think my doctor forgot that I was in there because she didn't come back until 11:15 to take the needles out and I think we started at 10:40.
I then went to try to pick up some gladiator sandals and an old pair of prada sandals that I dropped off two months ago - but OF COURSE the credit/debit machine wasn't working and I had only $7 on me so now I have to go back (again) and the place isn't easy to access, as the shoe repair shop is downstairs in a building by Nordstrom and there is no elevator. I will now have to wait until Friday or next week to pick them up.
Then I got home, had an email about the Aurelie that I sold that doesn't fit the person who bought it (its a 2). So I have listed it on ebay and here on the blog, so if you want it let me know. I am also selling the incredibly rare sea foam green Mikinto top (and have just sent it out to be cleaned) so let me know if your interested, I get it back Monday morning, so it could go out to you Monday afternoon and be fresh and clean on your body for Weds - otherwise I will have to beg my very loving and patient husband to let me use his ebay account.....
That said Max is feeling a bit better, he asked for hard boiled eggs, string cheese and milk and all he wants to do today is watch TV which compared to yesterday is a dream.
I have decided that I am never wearing the Minkinto top from summer 2004. If you are interested please let me know its a size 8 and is in EXCELLENT condition. I am also selling my Aurelie top from fall which has been worn 1x. Its not my style, and its a size 2. Please keep in mind that the Aurelie was $525 and the Minkino is very rare, I will not be entertaining low offers.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
So I carried Max and he was crying and when we got to the block of our apartment, I told him that he had to walk, he started throwing a tantrum, but against my better judgement I took him to Whole Foods anyway. Once inside he threw himself on the ground screaming and crying and suddenly a woman came up to me and launched into a tirade telling me that I am a terrible mother, mentally ill and abusive, and she was calling the police. Needless to say I told her to mind her own business and not tell me how to raise my child or discipline them, but as she just kept yelling at me (with her own 8 year old child in tow in front of 20 people who stopped to watch) it started making me feel bad, and ugly and sad and miserable and really very alone.
I was so embarrassed by being dressed down that I left whole foods out their side entrance, in tears with max now in further tears from this woman yelling at me and walked into our building in the side entrance. I have finally calmed down but I feel horrible.
Maybe I am a bad mother. Abusive. Maybe the woman should have called the police who knows. All I know is I am exhausted and depressed. Of course in the end Max was tired, he grabbed his binky and crawled into bed and is napping.
Its 9 AM. I am exhausted (Max awoke at the crack of dawn). We have playgroup at 10:30-11:30 then lunch then I have acupuncture and have to look at apartments so I get a break for 3 hours courtesy of my babysitter).
Long day ahead.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Its Monday and its going to be a long week with Jon gone til Weds night on an off-site. Luckily Max slept late today (almost til 9!) which means he wont nap, and will hopefully go to bed early so I can continue to do my "free work" for PFW and the museum.
I would love a job that pays me money right now. To have freedom, flexibility, a reason to spring out of bed every day and get dressed in something I love. Money to buy the Rachel Comey dress without a second thought, money to save for the future.
Only time will tell what happens next.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
For months I have been reading articles about how much Madonna loves this little girl, how she was desperate to adopt her - doing anything she could to "save" her. Went to court, spent millions. Then I read today that Madonna sent a nanny, a nurse and an assistant to pick her up while she waited for the new addition in London in her palatial townhouse.
You would think that she would go to Malawi herself to be reunited with this child, a child that is essentially being ripped from the only place she has ever known by strangers to go on an airplane (totally scary for a small child) and be taken to a place where no one looks like her, talks like her or understands her. You would think that her new MOTHER would be there to greet her, tell her about the wild journey that she is about to embark on and make her feel safe and loved.
I think its noble of Madonna to adopt this little girl, give her a new life, a chance that so many other kids would not receive, but at the same time its almost like she is treating her like a new handbag. Sending an assistant off to the shops to pick up something and deliver it to her.
Infuriating. I know the kid will have a great life - but I cannot wait to read Mercy + David's tell -all book when they are older.
I used to own this dress (and the one with the 3/4 sleeves). From the Spring 2006 season. I rarely wore either so I recycled them for NEW Mayle pieces. I actually bought the spaghetti strap one in a 4 but needed a 6 so the fit was always off for me (its cut small). I recently saw this dress pop up on ebay in a 2 and it reminded me of how much I want it in my life again. If you ever see it in black or green in a 6 (same with the 3/4 sleeve version) buy it for me and will pay you immediately!
That said if any of you area 2, you should snag this, its an amazing piece!!!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
I am still on the fence about the Sakura dress in the Green. The pattern just isn't speaking to me. I don't know what it is - its just not working (plus for less than the price I am getting another Vanya in blue Dalmatian + the Lana dress from Kelly). I am sad. I just want the original. If you have a Sakura in an 8 or 10 and are not wearing it, do what I do, find it a good home, preferably with me. I know I would wear it at least 3x a month.....
And here is a picture of Anne Hathaway wearing the dress at a premiere back in spring 2005.
Friday, June 19, 2009
So Kelly just came over with her Lana (worn 1x). I tried it on and I was AMAZED that it fit me perfectly. It was something that I put on (with my lola clogs) and INSTANTLY felt really good about myself. I will have to shorten it about 2 inches as it hits the ground. And she offered it at a good price, so I couldn't say no. Well worth the Reiko and other pieces that don't fit me so well that I sold on ebay. She told me of someone she knows that has my FAVORITE Mayle coat ever (that I bought from Steven Alan for $275, then later sold because I never wore it - The Kadijah, its an open piece, similar to Otto from holiday 2005, Jane styled it with an Obi belt. I told Kelly that I am happy to offer up my services of either closet re-arrangement (which would include disposing of unwanted items) or doing some free marketing work. Hopefully her friend (who I know) will go for me writing 5 proposals/big ideas for free in exchange for the coat (a much better value in my opinion). I know its going to be a bit big and will need alteration, but its an amazing piece and located literally two blocks from my house!
The pieces they have are below, sadly none of them are on my "must" list but may be something you would like. The prices are pretty good, plus they deduct the 7.6% VAT (they still charge $55 CHF for shipping, so if you are going to buy, spend a lot)
Amalia dress (that Jane wore at the time to the CFDA awards) in the Muscato color, which is an aubergine color. We have a size 4, and it is now Swiss Francs 731.- We also have it in cream in a size 4.
Shijo dress in lilac in size 6, and in tobacco in 8, the price is now Swiss Francs 312.-
· Istanbul (dark pink dress) is available in size 4, the measurement across the hips is 20 inches and it is now Swiss Francs 537.- . It is pretty roomy.
Zandi fruit des bois in size 2, the measurement across the hips is 19 inches and the price is now Swiss Francs 511.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I did however break out my black Mirabelle dress and wore it with my new favorite black shrunken Mayle cardigan and tomato red wedges. Three seasons of Mayle that all look great together.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This is a new, barely worn Pitsula. It's a size 4. I love it, but it doesn't quite fit me right, and it's been sitting in my closet since the day I got it. I've worn it once. You can see more pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/
- Toilet paper
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Dry cleaning
- Food (like at the super market, not at a restaurant)
- The Dr
After acupuncture I took my lotus print/rio plata/black Micheala (exactly like Liv Kate's), my videma camisole and the zeta top from holiday to get altered. It amazing with alteration places and the pricing. Last time when I got my black Michaela altered it cost $35, this time its $45. I am getting the EXACT same thing done (taking up the top seam). The Viedma is an 8 (always too big for me) and I am having the strap shortened, and taken in under the arms ($22 + 29 respectively) and then the incredibly voluminous Zeta. Taking in the sides another $45. In the end its worth it, I will have three pieces that I can wear, that fit well, that wont just be languishing in my closet.
Because today has been so weird weather wise, mood wise, I actually splurged (calorie wise) and got a Peet's Madagascar Vanilla Freddo. Its delicious (and I bought the smallest size) - its a delicious lighter frap. I have lost 4 pounds and have been feeling better. I just hope this doesn't set me back.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Today was our usual Tuesday. Hang out at the house til 10:20, then walk over to Cafe Umbria, get an iced latter, go to Isobel's to play, then back home for lunch then a swim at Fleur's. Pretty much a fun + perfect day. I always love to hang out with Fleur and Nathan. I am exhausted however, holding a 35 pound child in a pool (and hot tub/spa) is a work out. I also walked to and from Fleur's which is about 1.3 miles each way/2.6 round trip pushing a 20 pound stroller and 35 pound child. I should have the arms of Madonna, but sadly i think they are more like Tori Spelling's with the extra "flap."
I wore my Neives dress with my tomato red and faux python wedges and a black cardigan from gap. Comfortable and easy. I wish Jane had made more of these dresses in different color ways, I would have scooped them up.
Tomorrow I have Max in daycare, so I have time to myself, go to acupuncture, maybe poke my head into some shops and send out some packages of things I sold on and off ebay. Sushi lunch, read a book outside at a cafe. All those things I love to do.
I recently dug out my Viedma camisole from fall 2006. I didn't realize it was an 8 and a bit big on me. I am trying to decide if its something that I want to try to alter or maybe re-sell. I am also taking my Zeta blouse to be taken in on the sides a bit (I bought a 2 and wished I got a 0 - its THAT big).
And I am waiting to hear from Mayle, as I have a dress on hold that I am buying my sister-in-law for her grad school graduation. I know Jane was in Europe for the SE event, and I am hoping that she is back soon as I am excited to possibly receive one last package in the mail, from Mayle.
The Cliveden in:
The Giant floral in all the sizes
The Inferno Bird in all sizes
The Liberty chiffon in all sizes
The long chiffon Clivedens that arrived are truly incredible.There is the very pretty red white blue Britannica floral, the giant vivid pink floral , an ivory with little gold dots, and a black with little white flowers.
Needless to say these dresses all sound gorgeous. Personally I am interested to see if the Inferno bird has the orange silk detail that the Micheala that I desperately wanted (and sold to Claire Danes) has. If so, I have to say that a Clivden would PROBABLY be better than a Sakura.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
My friend Kelly is contemplating selling her Lana dress from Holiday 2005. Of course I told her that I have first dibs. I never really have many occasions to wear long gowns, so I am thinking is this something I could shorten? What do you think? It's black.... I still need to try it on, if it doesnt fit me I will let you guys know.
On my usual tour of "must find Mayle" I came across these shorts from spring 2006. They are new with tags (from odessa) original retail was $425, they are being sold for $250. Let me know if you want me to pick them up. If they were my size they would be in my closet now.
The Portland Art Museum just acquired a new piece by Sanford Biggers that is showing through this summer before being moved to the Brooklyn Museum of Art (so you New Yorker's should check it out in September).
In the Mark building that hosts the contemporary art collection curated by Bruce Gunther, the new piece is on the 5th floor - its a beautiful blossoming tree growing through a player piano playing a continuous loop of Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." The tree is surrounded by dirt taken from one of the wards in New Orleans. Across from the piece is a video installation that shows African American men of all ages/professions climbing a similar type tree. The major theme is about how in the 1800's-1900's African American men were lynched on trees similar to this, and now look at how high these men - doctors, pilots, businessmen can climb.
Its a very inspiring piece. I highly suggest checking it out. On a quiet Thursday the sounds of "Strange Fruit" played throughout the galleries almost like the soundtrack to my life.