Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Haute Couture Kitten

So by now everyone who can identify Karl Lagerfeld (so so many people on this planet obviously cannot and he feels sorry for them) is also familiar with his feline princess Choupette.  I’m fairly certain everyone of us would trade places with Choupette in an instance.  I’m fairly certain my own little Princess Trilly would kill me in my sleep if she thought she had a chance at being Choupette.

Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images
Photo taken from skyliving.sky.com. Click here for source.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Choupette, she’s Lagerfeld’s cat.  Well, technically she was someone else’s kitten that he was just supposed to cat-sit and then he declared her his muse and refused to give her back.  I highly doubt anyone asks Lagerfeld to baby sit anything for them anymore.  Choupette has two maids whose primary purpose is to write down what she does every day while her Daddy is off working.  I have to assume that the maids are failed or wanna be super models because I can’t imagine Lagerfeld letting ugly people near his princess.

I would so love to write that diary (obviously I’m entirely too fat to be allowed in Lagerfeld’s apartment).  In my world the diary looks like this:

Was offered full fat food this morning.  Refused.  The maid is obviously trying to make me fat so Daddy will love me less. 

Daddy came home late from work.  Punished him by sitting with back to him for 5 whole minutes while he offered be a new diamond collar.  Forgave him when he produced matching tiara. 

Choupette does have a twitter account (https://twitter.com/ChoupettesDiary) but it could be so so so much funnier.  For one thing I think she ought to call Lagerfeld Pookie rather than Daddy.  Makes me laugh.

Anyway, my Princess Trilly loves bags.  She loves sleeping on bags and in bags.  She also loves cuddling my delicate lace top while I approach cautiously and gently to try to remove it before she activates claws.  Kitties have excellent taste.  That got me thinking that Choupette must have the most amazing collection of handbags (with matching collars? How soon until Chanel launches a line of specialty cat collars? Darn now I’ve spent 20 minutes online trying to find out if they already make them) and wondering what kind of purses she would have.

Looking at her I can’t imagine bold bright colours though they’d go well with her fur.  The answer has to be white.  Only white.  White with gold or platinum.  So how many white bags does Chanel make? I’m guessing Daddy needs to ensure they increase that ASAP.  Do you think she has a Chanel IPad cover? Stupid question, of course she does.


Leigh-Ellen Thomas lives, loves and shops on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, golden retriever and the cat who rules them all. For more fashion, travel and pet peeves visit her blog at http://littlewaterlily.blogspot.com/

NOTE FROM THE BLING GIRLS: Karl Lagerfeld has designed handbags for his Chanel 2013 collection called Choupette in honor of his pet. Let us know what you think of them!

Photo taken from fashionologie.com.  Click here for source.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

2012 Summer Olympic Fashion

An estimated 4 billion viewers watching the Olympics from July 27th to August 12 is reason enough for designers to want to put their name on the clothing worn by competitors for the world to see. Created by the Hudson’s Bay Company’s team of designers, the inspiration for the Canadian Olympic 2012 collection represents the great outdoors and summer in Canada.

Canadian backstroke, medley and freestyle swimmer Julia Wilkinson is shown below wearing one of The Bay's Collection.

The Bay’s 2012 Olympic Collection
Photo taken from Toronto Life . Click here for the source.

The apparel for Team U.S.A. has once again been designed by Ralph Lauren.

2012 U.S. Olympic Polo Ralph Lauren Collection
Photo taken from Sneaker Watch. Click here for the source.

Three time American Olympic gold medal tennis star Venus Williams (shown below) has designed a brand of tennis outfits labelled “Ele Ven”, combining her two loves: tennis and fashion.

Photo taken from Wikipedia . Click here for the source.

Shown here is Ele Ven’s line.

EleVen by Venus Williams collection
Photo taken from L.A. Times. Click here for the source.

Venus is hoping her line will fit in with Lululemon and Stella McCartney’s Adidas line. Stella (daughter of Paul McCartney) is a British designer who has had a joint venture with Adidas since 2004. She has designed the uniforms that will be worn by athletes in the British Olympic and Paralympic teams.

Photo taken from the Vancouver Sun. Click here for the source.

Prada designed the Italian national sailing team uniforms for the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Photo taken from Cosmone. Click here for the source.

Working with Puma, Cedella Marley (the late Bob Marley’s daughter) designed the colorful Jamaican uniform.

Photo taken from Mental Floss. Click here for the source.

Team Italy’s uniforms were created by Giorgio Armani.

Photo taken from Mental Floss. Click here for the source.

France called on Adidas to design their uniforms.

Photo taken from Mental Floss. Click here for the source.

Appearing in the closing ceremonies draped in some of Britain’s most famous labels (such as Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen) are some big names in modeling: Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (shown below).

Photo taken from Vogue. Click here for the source.

Billions will be not only be viewing and enjoying the Olympic sporting events, but also the Olympic fashions. Go, Canada, go!!

With love from,
The Bling Girls

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Test Driving a Handbag

I have a bag that I really love. It’s bright and fun and cute and I get compliments whenever I carry it (which is really the important bit). The thing is that it’s actually kind of awkward to get into. The top folds over and it can be a bit of a pain.
Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather Handbag ($1695). Photo taken from Barney’s. Click here for source.

We’ve all had a bag that just didn’t have enough pockets and zippers or perhaps had so many that you could never find anything in them. If not that then you’ve run into the purse that just would not stay on your shoulder or the clutch that just never seemed to feel right.


Photo taken from PerfectBags.com. Click here for source.

Photo taken from Chanellyn.blogspot.ca. Click here for source.

That got me thinking, we really should be able to take purses for a test shop. You know like you test drive cars? Actually we should probably also be able to take shoes for a test dance but that’s for another time. A good shopping trip will let you know if the bag is easy to hold while browsing clothing racks. You’ll be able to tell if it’s easy to get your phone/keys/wallet in and out. You find out if it gets uncomfortably heavy after awhile.

Photo taken from Chiropractorspecialist.com. Click here for source.

It was only once I started down this road that I realised that renting is a good way to give a bag a test drive. You get it for a week, a month, or a season and you find out how well it will function in your life. Though then you get attached and have to give it back (I miss you purple MK Hamilton). If you’ve had separation anxiety from one of your rental bags you’ll probably want to keep an eye out for the sale the lovely Bling Ladies have coming up to make room for Fall pretties.

Of course it really doesn’t matter how inconvenient a bag is… if it’s cute enough we’ll deal with it!
Lanvin Mini Pop Leather Shoulder Bag ($1150). Photo taken from net-a-porter.com. Click here for source.

What’s the weirdest quirk you’ve had to deal with in a handbag?

Note from The Bling Girls: Check out our Facebook page here to find our Summer Handbag Blowout Sale as mentioned by Leigh-Ellen.

Leigh-Ellen Thomas lives, loves and shops on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, golden retriever and the cat who rules them all. For more fashion, travel and pet peeves visit her blog at http://littlewaterlily.blogspot.com/

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Springbok Handbags are all the Rage

Trendsetter: Someone who popularizes a new fashion item.

We’d like to think we are trendsetters, since we featured a springbok handbag months ago on our website:

This beautiful handbag was handmade in South Africa, imported by Oliver’s Farm, and added to the Bling Borrowers‘ rental collection back in March.  Since then, many other Springbok handbags have been popping up.

Michael Kors Grumeti Messenger
Photo taken from MichaelKors.com  Click here for source.

Celine Springbok Handbag
Photo taken from Purseblog.com.  Click here for source.

Christian Louboutin Sybil Springbock Fur Tote
Photo taken from NeimanMarcus.com.  Click here for source.

Patricia Nash Berlino Bucket Flap Handbag
Photo taken from Macys.com.  Click here for source.

At $18/week we can guarantee our Springbok handbag is the easiest on your wallet.  Which will leave you enough money to invest in other fashion items in your quest to become a trendsetter.

Much love,
The Bling Girls