Thursday, October 30, 2008

I will, you will

"IQ is much less important than I will."
You will and you can -- and if you don't, someone else will.

So get out of bed an hour earlier than usual, wear your best outfit to work or school, say no to that second helping of french fries at lunch, smile at the people who put you down, blow kisses at the people you love, and seize all of the opportunities that you've been missing out on! It's almost November -- which means it's almost the end of 2008. Has it been a year well spent?

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Miss Couturable

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Paris for President

There are certain celebrities that others love to hate, but I just absolutely adore: Paris Hilton, Britney Spears (she's back and hot again!), Miley Cyrus, and Hilary Duff.

And sure, my intellectual brethren at school love to make fun of Paris Hilton's "stupidity" and "useless", but I think this lady is quite genius. Definitely not President of the United States material, but she rivals Obama Girl at least.

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Miss Couturable

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Sunday Six: October 26th, 2008

My favorite aspect of three-day weekends is catching up on sleep. I just got up and it's already 8:30am -- which is very late for me. Usually I'm up around 4:30am, doing whatever partial-insomniacs do and trying to conceal the dark shadows under my eyes with bareMinerals foundation by 7:00am.
  1. Teresa created two hilarious blogs called My Mom is a Fob and My Dad is a Fob. For those of you (like me) with Asian-immigrant parents, it's a quite a joy to discover that our adorable parents have peers. And that their children are willing to share this with the world whether they like it or not.
  2. I really don't like to wear t-shirts, but JUST BE sent me two organic cotton t-shirts and I'm determined to buy more organic cotton shirts because it's like wearing woven powder.
  3. But I would wear this t-shirt. Team Blair! Going on the Christmas/Birthday wish list, perhaps?
  4. Read these hilarious Halloween costume stories on Daddy Likely and vote for your favorite one! My parents used to buy me costumes two sizes too big so that I'd "grow into" them, assuming I was supposed to wear them three years in a row
  5. I actually don't watch Youtube very often, but I must say that my favorite Youtube channel is Kevjumba. Girls are like M&M's...
  6. I turned in my first college application last night! There are quite a few more to go, but I was so relieved to have one of them done. Guess which one? Hint: East coast.
Time to catch up on Elle -- oh, and the Hermès mens catalog my mumsies sent me. How did she know that I want to pull off menswear?

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Miss Couturable

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Prim and warm

I don't know why I've been so attracted to the color yellow lately. Maybe it's because my white coats and dresses have lost their pearly sheen over time -- no matter how many times I send them to the dry cleaners. Maybe it's because the dreary mornings call for a bright piece of clothing to lighten the day. Maybe it's because I don't have anything yellow in my closet yet.

In any case, I'd really like to celebrate these dreary wintry mornings with this French serge day coat in bright saffron from J. Crew. Perhaps I'll finally have a reason not to hit the snooze button.

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Miss Couturable

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sunshine chic

(Photo Credit -- The Phun)
One of my favorite models is Australian Miranda Kerr -- oh, she's cute and pretty and she knows it.

When I interned with a local fashion designer last year, she was getting elaborate hats made for her trip to Venice. I remember eating vegan food at the milliner's house and petting the cats -- but I also remember my stunned expression when I saw the giant hats with feathers, flowers, and patterns that I had only seen in costume books before.

Kerr's giant headpiece, paired with a bright flouncy yellow dress and clean white pumps, is proof that sophistication can also be playful.

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Miss Couturable

P.S. Fellow American citizens who are eligible for voting, I sincerely hope you have registered to do so as your duty to your country.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Sunday Six: October 19th, 2008

The weather is finally cooling down (at least for me), homecoming week is over (my dress gave me an unreasonable amount of Victorian era cleavage), and I really want another fashion week month.
  1. At first I really liked Beyonce's If I Were A Boy -- until I heard BC Jean's version, which was recorded as a demo for Beyonce. BC Jean wrote the song and does an excellent job with her version. Check out both of them and tell me what you think!
  2. I don't know what I'd do without Sandy -- the personal email assistant. Some of my friends have Blackberry Smartphones, some of my friends use their planners religious, some of my friends update their computer calendaers -- well, I just have Sandy. And Google Calendar.
  3. By the way, this is the Nanette Lepore dress I wore to the homecoming dance last night. With Valentino Polka Dot & Crystal Straw Ballerina Flats because I injured my ankle and wouldn't dare to cause more damage for the sake of nicer-looking calves.
  4. The Teen Vogue interns are super cute. I met super-intern Elana this summer and she is even more beautiful and just as stylish in real life.
  5. All the mavericks in the house put yo' hands up! Please watch the Palin Rap on SNL right now.
  6. I want to be Karl Lagerfeld for Halloween. Maybe a friend can be Anna Wintour, hmm?
Now get rest, cutefaces -- October is not a merciful month.

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Miss Couturable

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Fond of fishnets

'Tis a shame that the Marc by Marc Jacobs Party Girl Bow Bag is sold out at shopbop.com -- it's the perfect holiday purse for the girl who can't decide between dainty glamour or flashy funk at the parties. Like me.

This just might be the first time I've wanted to wear fishnets.

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Miss Couturable

Monday, October 13, 2008

Schoolgirl in schoolboy clothes

The economy is in the kaputz, which is why I've been searching for bargain essentials -- real bargains, such as the schoolboy blazer I bought on sale from the boys department at Nordstrom last Saturday. It looks exactly like this crewcuts schoolboy blazer (including the two front buttons and the three buttons at the cuffs). It's been on my list of fall must-haves for over two months.

Except I only paid $40 for my blazer (on sale!), instead of $150 for the one from crewcuts.

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Miss Couturable

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Sunday Six: October 12th, 2008

The Sunday Six is back! Hopefully this week treats you well (it's homecoming week for me!).
  1. If you haven't noticed, Miss Couturable is now located at http://www.misscouturable.com! But you can still reach it through http://misscouturable.blogspot.com, if you so desire.
  2. Foxy Huntress?! Maybe Governor Palin should become the spokesperson for this "designer" hunting wear brand.
  3. Speaking of Governor Palin, the "Real Women Hunt Moose" tote bag makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever. I just watched a news story about the increase in young girls who are participating in hunting -- personally, I think there are better rites of passage to womanhood. Like a pair of Louboutins.
  4. Sassybella covers the strapped skirt, worn frequently by Jenny on Gossip Girl -- including a decent-looking one for only $14.99!
  5. Britney's back -- and she's hot. And she can dance again. I'm totally Team Britney.
  6. I'm getting so political lately (but then again, who isn't?) -- but I'm fascinated with McCain Blogette by Meghan McCain. It really is fascinating to see the behind the scenes workings of a political campaign.
The homecoming dance is in less than a week, and I still haven't even tried on the Nanette Lepore dress I'm wearing. Let's hope all goes well.

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, October 11, 2008

No more googling "Miss Couturable"

Or "Miss Courturable". Or "Miss Coturable." Or "Miss Coutourable." You get the gist -- I've found interesting variations of Miss Couturable in both speech and writing. My journalism advisor, for example, calls it "Miss Courtable." Not quite.

After Teresa bought byteresawu.com for her blog, I've decided that it's about time that I plunk down $10 for a domain.

So, say bonjour to http://www.misscouturable.com (the link should be working for everyone within three days)! Feel free to update your links and send love letters and/or witty suggestions to me at noel at misscouturable dot com.

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Miss Couturable

A fond farewell to CosmoGIRL!

To me, CosmoGIRL! was the magazine that your cool babysitter read while you were watching Sesame Street on PBS. The articles are well-written, the fashion editorials are much quirkier than those of Seventeen (which makes sense, because the two magazines have different concepts), and even if you're ashamed to admit it, those 'first kiss' tips really helped.

I could not believe my eyes when I read on WWD that CosmoGIRL! is folding. I'm somewhat frightened for the state of the economy and its effect on the media -- and I'm desperately hoping that Teen Vogue and Seventeen remain standing far beyond my teenage years so that I can pass down my teen magazine subscriptions to my little sister. Reading Elle, Vogue, and i-D as a 13 years old is an admirable enterprise (my obsession with fashion magazines began long before that age anyways) but the in-between years of adolescence guarantees a special need for relatable magazines.

When I visited the CosmoGIRL! offices last spring, I could never have fathomed that the print magazine would be gone at the end of the year. Count your blessings.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cheesy but necessary

Dear readers of Miss Couturable (again),

Today, a representative from Harvard University came to visit my school. I entered the meeting, half-amused at myself because I could not fathom how I, not a National Merit Semifinalist or a member of Cum Laude Society, should even have hopes of attending such a wonderful university like Harvard.

Well, one thing from the meeting with the fabulous representative resonated with me the most: There is no harm in applying.

After school, I watched one of my best friends stride by in frustration at the "competition" and "pressure" of applying to the same colleges as our peers. I won't deny it -- it is frustrating to always do your best and still never feel good enough, it is discouraging to study hard but not do as well as someone else who studied less.

But please, my lovelies -- whether you're in high school or beyond -- please do not compare yourself to other girls, no matter how lovely they may seem.
♡ Shove that resume back into your drawer. Put your college applications back into their folders. Stop worrying about your SAT scores. You are not your diploma, your extracurricular activities, your grades, or your list of references. You are what makes you tick at 3:00am in the morning, where your mind wanders to in a stream of consciousness as you walk to your next class, and why you'd rather eat a hot fudge sundae instead of Caesar salad (or not). And that makes you irreplaceable.

♡ You've changed someone else's life whether you realize it or not (so realize it, now!). Today, you made someone smile -- and if you make someone smile, you will be remembered. Just remember to smile back. And that makes you unforgettable.

♡ Every time you envy another girl for her Lanvin flats, someone else is envying you for your crinkling laugh. And that makes you admirable.

♡ You're not perfect. You might burp too loud, have two left feet, forget names easily, or sing off-tune. And that makes you lovable.

♡ Because you're irreplaceable, unforgettable, admirable, and lovable -- you don't need someone else to remind you that you're beautiful. Really, there is no better validation of beauty than from yourself.
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Miss Couturable

XOXO?

"When I heard that you had a fashion blog, the first thing that came to mind was that it'd be like, "Oh my gawt, look at this fugly hat -- who would wear this? XOXO you know you love me." -- Charming friend in English class
Well, I guess she's not that far off.

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Miss Couturable

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Queen Serena

Usually, I'm more enamored with the costume for Leighton Meester/Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl -- but this is the first ensemble for Blake Lively/Serena van der Woodsen that has caught my eye. Usually the attempts at effortlessly chic à la Kate Moss don't look so effortless.

The gentle curvature of the white jacket is not quite tuxedo, not quite mandarin collar -- contrasting sculpturally with the simple skinny jeans and the pointy heels of the ankle boots.

I'm starting to dispute my Team Blair standing.

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Miss Couturable

Monday, October 6, 2008

Galliano-fy my face, please

I'm returning to blogging (including The Sunday Six!) on a regular basis for Miss Couturable. Really, it won't be easy (oh my goodness, I spent five hours on Saturday morning addressing envelopes for my college application teacher recommendations) -- but we can make this work, yes? I write, you comment.

As much as I love John Galliano's eccentric design ingenuity, I'm even more breathless from the make-up for his Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection. Literally. I'm afraid of disturbing the tranquil porcelain doll faces from my computer screen.

Someone please, teach me the art of blending and glossing -- of making blush on my forehead look good. Perhaps a fake eyelash application lesson would come in handy too. If I can't have these shoes, I want to at least have the face.

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Miss Couturable

Saturday, October 4, 2008

3 "B"s

Dear readers of Miss Couturable,

You might have heard the saying, "So you've got beauty and brains, but have you got brawn?"

It has occurred to me that you are all incredibly beautiful and brilliant (and no, the "C" you might have received on your calculus pop quiz has nothing to do with how smart you truly are), but maybe, just maybe you're lacking in courage. And courage, my dears, is quite possibly the most admirable quality of the three "B"s -- because you can be born without it and still have it.

I'm saying this on behalf of all the adolescent girls in the world (including myself). I can tell from the emails you send me -- how worried you are about college, how you really don't know what to wear to the school dance, how you don't know how to communicate with your friends or family, how you're not sure whether to make the first move or not -- and trust me, I feel the same way.

So I don't really know how to help you. Honestly.

I recently read the following article in The New York Times: Girl Power at School, but Not at the Office. I definitely recommend you read it when you have two spare minutes; it talks about women generally not doing as well as men in the workplace because they expect the "real world" to give them what they deserve just as their college professor gave them the grade they deserved on their midterm.

Unfortunately, the "real world" is not fair. Oftentimes, we do not get what we rightfully deserve, no matter how much brains or beauty we've got, unless we fight for it.

And so, my lovelies, whether we're the Blair Waldorfs or Jenny Humphreys of the world, please stand up for yourself. Please fight for your beliefs, your family, and your friends. Please don't let your bulwark of potential greatness be torn down by the indifferent glance of a boy or a smirk at your outfit. Please be your charming selves no matter how despicable the opposition may be to you. Please be tolerant. Please be patient, but please let go before you're hurt. Please wear what you want, do what you want, say what you want -- as long as you don't hurt others.

And contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be Blair Waldorf or a bitch to be someone irreplaceable -- those are two "B"s you can disregard.

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Miss Couturable

P.S. Gala knows how wonderful you are: 1 and 2.

I take back my words again

(Photo Credit -- Seventeen, October 2008)
Earlier this year, I sacrificed a potential ballerina flat purchase for my first pair of sandals. Once upon a time (as in, eight months ago), I was revolted by the idea of wearing shoes that revealed my toes.

So I probably shouldn't be surprised at myself for craving a pair of black sequined hi-top Converse Chucks after flipping through this month's issue of Seventeen -- even though less than 24 hours ago, I was mentioning to my friends how I would never wear a pair of Converse. I really couldn't imagine trading in a sparkly ballet flat for a Chuck Taylor.

However, I'm loving the idea of wearing the sequined Chucks with skinny jeans or flouncy jumpers and minidresses. Perhaps the minidresses could be paired with lacy tights or lacy socks (as Seventeen does it) for a "I'm still proper, but a lot more comfortable" look.

Never say never.

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Miss Couturable

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Please rock the vote

Whether you support Obama-Biden, McCain-Palin, or neither -- you really can't dispute Obama's appeal to the youth of America. Especially to the Teen Vogue audience.For example, designers such as Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang for Obama are revamping the traditional concepts of campaign paraphrenalia: would you rather have a plastic pin or a Zac Posen tank top for $45.00? I'm trusting you to make the right choice.

Or how about how Gossip Girl supports Obama -- apparently, Obama is a Blair. Really, you can't argue with Gossip Girl.

That said, my dear American lovelies, please do your part on November 4th, 2008. Vote for the candidate that you think is best for our country -- please don't cast your vote based off of Gossip Girl or creative campaigns or heaven forbid, who your friends are voting for. Be informed, read the news, learn the consequences of public policy -- be educated and educate others.

Alas, I was born one month too late to be eligible for voting -- but trust me, I'm watching the Biden vs. Palin debate tonight.

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Miss Couturable