Christmas GOTD #2: Scarves

Posted in Christmas, Fashion, Gift ideas, Shopping, Women by Jae on December 4, 2008

One thing I love about winter is the opportunity to bust out the scarves. Over the years I have amassed quite a few…. metallic, gingham, Burberry, houndstooth, paisley, you name I probably have it. But there remains ONE scarf that I have not coveted yet. Several seasons ago, Balenciaga unveiled what I refer to as my favourite, dare I say… holy grail, Balenciaga collection: RTW Fall 2007. If you’ve forgotten (how could you!), lemme remind you all of this epic collection:




My favourite of the collection

My favourite of the collection

It was ethnic, pretty and schoolboy chic. LOVE LOVE LOVE this collection. This Balenciaga collection is the reason for all the contrast piped blazers that have since been seen in stores everywhere. The real blazer retailed for a price of £1300 (uh… $2660.71USD) and I’ve only ever seen one being worn on Gossip Girl. (Blair wore the second blazer above.) One of the reasons I loved the last outfit the most was the kaffiya scarf… this charmed baby retailed for roughly $6000USD. Yea that extra zero, yea, it’s supposed to be there. Ladies, I feared that all was lost… UNTIL… I stumbled upon Sir Alistair Rai.

Sir Alistair Rai is a brand started by Kiran Rai and is mostly known for its star clientele including Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie. Their focus is, of course, ethnic scarves.

Raja Navy Dupatta Love Scarf

Raja Navy Dupatta Love Scarf

Raja Winter White Karma Scarf/Wrap

Raja Winter White Karma Scarf/Wrap on Jessica Alba

Black/Pink Red Summer Love Dupatta Scarf on Rachel Bilson

Black/Pink Red Summer Love Dupatta Scarf on Rachel Bilson

Even though I generally lump scarves under the same lame category as socks for gifts, I think this would be a great gift for your fashionista friends and family. So yea go ahead and buy this for that special Asian, four-eyed, 5′ 3 crazy broke female friend you’ve been thinking about. Especially if you’re a boy, because I think any girl would be pretty impressed with any man who knew Alistair Rai. =)

BTW, if you were wondering, these scarves retail from $100 – $150 USD.

P.S. The new Louis Vuitton Cruise 2009 Collection is out… so maybe a post in the near future about what kind of things I would do for a $600 keyfob. -___-”  God, new Azur items….

P.P.S. I tried really hard to think of a GOTD for men… but it is really hard lol… maybe Krishna can do like a male counterpart to these posts or something… lol

Image sources: Balenciaga, Sir Alistair Rai, unusual threads, blueheavenboutique, singer 22


GOTD #1: One for you…….. annnnd one for me

Posted in Christmas, Fashion, Makeup, Men, Shopping by Jae on December 3, 2008

No, that is not the sound of me Christmas shopping. I think it’s really hard to decide on gifts for the opposite sex so I’ve decided to do posts where I post a gift idea for a girl and then one for a boy and see whether the sexes agree with my selection. I’m pretty sure my girl ideas will be a dead ringer but I’m curious about the male selections.

Gift of the Day – Ladies:

Bobbi Brown Shimmering Nudes Palette LE:


I dont think this really needs an explanation. I don’t know anyone who would say ‘no’ to this. I would not give this as a gift to girls if you’re a guy… giving makeup to a girl is suggestive… in a bad way. Just throwing it out there.

Gift of the day – Gentlemen:

Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl

Chuck Bass on Gossip Girl

J. Press Silk/Wool Patchwork Scarf

J. Press Silk/Wool Patchwork Scarf

No, the gift is not Chuck Bass. It’s the infamous Chuck Bass scarf. The authentic version is made by J. Press and the scarf retails for $175 while all the other models are selling for much less. I can already see what the team over at J. Press did: Realizing the opportunity and money to-be-had, they mass produced a previously poor-selling scarf,  who could blame anyone, it was and still is made from leftover scraps of ties and jacked up the price. It’s pretty shameless, but that’s exactly what Chuck Bass is so go figure.  Anyway it is currently sold out. But fear not, if you’re really thinking about getting this for your S.O. it should be in stock on Dec. 10. Keep your fingers crossed.

Just for the girls, close the door…