My weekend, in fashion-related highlights:
1. Purchasing a new black bag from Massimo Dutti, which is basically a higher quality Zara (like the Anthropologie to Zara's Urban Outfitters, if you will). The bag reminds me of an enormous version of a little vintage change purse. It also ends a years-long quest for a slouchy black leather bag that is big enough to be used for work, does not have an excess of hardware, and is slightly higher-end without breaking the bank. I think it will do nicely, but I don't know what fashion item to fixate on now that my black bag quest is over. The perfect navy shoes, maybe? They've eluded me for years.
2. Ordering the Paul & Joe Target kimono dress, in black. Despite the disappointing reviews, I bought it anyway. Fingers are crossed!
3. Trying on several pairs of skinny gray jeans and definitively concluding that skinny jeans are not for me (or, more specifically, for my thighs). Gray jeans, however – now they are something I can get behind. The hunt is on!
4. Satisfying new gray urges with a thick, short-sleeved sweater, also from Massimo Dutti. Possibly the most impractical thing I could have purchased, since I'm not going to be anywhere near coolish weather until at least October or November. But – as Mike helped justify – sweaters don't go bad. Right?
5. Loving the new trailer for Marie Anoinette. It looks like Kirsten Dunst got to eat several hundred decadent little cakes during the making of the movie, and that makes me jealous. The candy-colored shoes are pretty awesome too. I know it got booed at Cannes and all, but I'm still looking forward to the film, if only for the overwhelming extravagance of it all.
6. Speaking of Marie Antoinette, I am currently fixated on the arrival of the new September Vogue. [Taps foot impatiently.] I have made Mike solemnly swear to bring it home from his work (where our US mail is delivered) the second it arrives, no matter how large or cumbersome he may find it to be. In the meantime, I'm in search of September UK Vogue and Vanity Fair's new style issue. And possibly the new Marie Claire with Maggie Gyllenhaal on the cover. It looks great, and I'm very intrigued.
You've got to give U.S. Vogue some credit – at least their Pepto-pink cover stands out among all that black and white and gray on the newsstands now. I dig it.
7. Seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. Because while I had some problems with pesky little details like the plot, I did enjoy Keira Knightley's sea sprayed hair and bronze-y boat look and Johnny Depp's perfectly smoky eyes.
I also enjoyed Orlando Bloom in general, for reasons that probably don't need explaining.
8. Reading Elle.com's a to z list of the fashon trends of the season. Not bad, though it's clear by walking into my friendly neighborhood Zara that the biggest style is going to be the detailed vintage look: cropped jackets with big collars; full skirts (slightly bubble-y, but not too bubble-y); scooped necklines; bold patterns in muted colors; gray, gray, gray; peter pan collars; oversized, fabric-covered buttons; sixties-style mini-jumpers; stacked suede heels with interesting detailing. Really, it's very much my kind of fashion – that feminine vintage chic. Every time I walk into a Zara these days, I swoon. (And though I've been very good thus far, I'm pretty sure my credit card is quivering with fear.)
9. There was also a really delicious trip to a restaurant called Waffletown USA, which has no fashion significance but was quite tasty.