Friday, June 29, 2012

The Logo/Initials Game

Honestly, I am not a huge fan of branded logos, especially if they are flaunted on bags (oversize logo bags give me headache), shoes, wallets or attache. If I have to splurge on a name brand, I prefer to pick a product that has the company's stamp on it albeit a more subtle one, for instance, the hardware or the soft leather or unique shape that the brand is known for. Case in point, my new wallet below (it really was a steal, thanks to Memorial Day sale at Woodbury Commons :)). Can you guess which brand it is? If you do correctly, I will send you a nice "good job" gift....seriously, I will!



One company I adore for its set of goods is Bottega Veneta. They have absolutely no logo or initials on their products, and are known simply by their signature woven leather. Recently, umm, actually in April this year, they launched a fun quirky project called the BV Initials Project "Where Your Own Initials Are Enough" that allows customers in US, UK and Japan (for now) to add their own initials on BV's products. I think for a company that has stayed away from logos, while some brands have gone for the the overkill, this is a cute little endeavor to allow the customers to personalize their bags, wallets, etc in their own special way...where their initials are the brand's logo!










L-R: Fashion Bloggers Carries, Costas and Shini with their personalized BVs

What do you think?

If you have an urge to splurge, why not do it with your own initials instead!

Ejoy!

Love,
Shhivika

ps. I will let you know the brand of my wallet in the next post...until then, keep guessing!!


{photos courtesy of the creative Yatzer team}

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Oh my...2013 already

So, the Resort 2013 collection is already out, and it seems I still haven't even gotten my Summer 2012 right. Wah! What will I do? I will not beat myself about it, but instead I will try to get inspired in the most fashionable way I can. Maybe I can use the styling for my summer wardrobe. Win Win!

Here's a collection of my favorite Resort 2013 looks so far...its a variety bag, I tell ya!

A.L.C. Resort 2013 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2013
ALC                                                                                                     3.1 Phillip Lim
Helloo..Red leather shorts!                                                                        What an amazing print mix, and how!


Jill Stuart Resort 2013 Naeem Khan Resort 2013
Jill Stuart                                                                                      Naeem Khan
The flower blasted jumpsuit is so refreshing.                                                 Canary yellow with silver details...yum~


Preen Resort 2013 The Row Resort 2013
Preen                                                                                                  The Row
Print-solid blocking                                                                                                  Monochromatic elegance


Sachin + Babi Resort 2013 Chris Benz Resort 2013
Sachin + Babi                                                                                         Chris Benz
Loving the casual chicness                                                                                        And interesting black and grey combo


Roksanda Ilincic Resort 2013 Roksanda Ilincic Resort 2013
Roksanda Illincic                                                                                   Roksanda Illincic
Because I couldnt' just pick one...both these style are ode to the geometric mod and the spin is very refreshing. Love love em'

Donna Karan Resort 2013 Balenciaga Resort 2013
Donna Karan                                                                                        Balenciaga
Structured paired with flimsy                                                                                    Laser cut out details and the shoes!



Well, there's tons more out there, but I enjoyed these looks for now. Hope you did too!

Ciao my darlings!

Shhivika

{all images courtesy of the lovely team at Style.com}

           

Saturday, June 9, 2012

On my mind

This post will not be about fashion, but rather something that has been  on my mind. Oh, just in case you were wondering where the hell I have been...well, I am around, but super busy in my "motherly" life. I get tired and then I just keep postponing updating the blog. I know it is not fair, but my lethargic limbs and droopy eyes win every time.

Anyhow, shall I continue whats on my mind? Ok, so I recently came across an incident where the most common racial slur was used "Go back to your country" by an "American" man. So, where I live, its truly a global melting hub....its a community of office going couples/singles. Basically, its a corporate world working class hub, and therefore, there are tons of Indians, Chinese, Russian people. This Mr. American decides to rent in this community and then has the nerve to use the statement above. What's wrong with his brain? I say, everything.

Let me get right to the thing in my brain now. This country was founded by immigrants, and all through the years, people have been settling here from all parts of the world. Yes, Europeans came in more, with their light skin and were pretty much the first ones to settle down here. Followed by people from Japan, Korea, China, etc. Then the 60's saw the immigrants from South East Asia, ie, India, Pakistan, etc. If someone is born here but happens to not look "white" aka European, then he/she is asked to "go back to your country," their response should be (with the sweetest smile possible), "you too dear, you too."

Couple of things that bother me with Mr. American, who happens to live in my building. Firstly, he lives in the most culturally and ethnically diverse community possible. Secondly, he falsely believes he runs the economy. I am not asking that we, of color that is, should stoop to his level, but we should have the guts to put him back in his immigrant shoes as well.

You may or may not agree with my rant, but here it is anyways.

And, all this venting is now making me crave fashion, which by the way does not limit itself to skin color or country and can be embraced universally. Bring on some Preen, Marc Jacobs, Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung, et al.

Love,
Shhivika