Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ingenuity and TAGS!

Layering has officially become an art form, darlings! Trans-seasonal amalgams make for a year-round wardrobe! As we shift from winter to spring (and vice versa, in the Southern hemisphere!), the need for a malleable outfit is all the more pressing!
Try layering a short sleeve sweater over a sheer chiffon shirt, as at Abaeté, above left. Runway coverage via except where noted.
Wear 2 vests, as at ADAM.
CC adores the skirt-over-pants phenomenon:
A.F. Vandevorst
Junya Watanabe
Alexandre Herchcovitch
And the blazer-over-dress has become a classic! Just roll up your sleeves and you’re good to go!
CC loves this Stella McCartney boy-fit blazer, available at
Christian Lacroix, courtesy Fellow Fashionista Fashion Moment
Juan Carlos Obando - a gown with a leather jacket? Yes, indeedy!
Tracy Reese
Christian Lacroix pre-fall
Be bold by layering a bustier over another top, as at Diesel Black Gold, pictured via
Dress over shirt? Layering perfection!
Karen Walker
Nicole Miller pre-fall
Missoni pre-fall
Nicole Miller, via
More layering ingenuity:
Vera Wang
Paul Smith - CC adoooooores the scarf as belt!
Vera Wang Lavender Label
Rag & Bone, via
Layering accessories over gloves is de rigeur as well:
Dennis Basso; this and next via
Pamella Roland
A classic take on layering: cardi over skirt or dress, chicly belted! Printed frock and silk cardigan pictured at left avaialable at

In the comments, tell CC your favorite ingeniously layered look!

TAG 1: Tagged by Fellow Fashionista DB of Dooder City to complete the following fabulous and fun interview:

What is your current obsession?
There are a few… nude sandals [these Stella McCartneys are available at]; oatmeal with apple and cinnamon; balconet bras; painting. Crown fruit basket pictured below available at
What do you see outside your window?
Little buds on the trees and crocuses in the garden.
Do you nap a lot?
Who was the last person you hugged?
Mindy, my sister (at this luau themed party last Saturday night – in case you are wondering, CC is wearing a wetsuit-inspired AKA New York minidress over black JBrand skinnies)
Which animal would you be?
An orca.
What’s for dinner?
Grilled salmon, avocado salad and a zesty Sauvignon Blanc!
What was the last thing you bought?
These fishnet thigh highs from in sky blue.
What are you listening to right now?
The Shins, Death Cab, VHS Or Beta, & Coldplay
What is your favorite weather?
Cool and sunny.
What’s on your beside table?
My iPhone, a book of poetry by Frank O’Hara, my sketchbook & colored pencils, and an antique lamp.
Say something to the person/s who tagged you.
DB is an amazing woman and blogger. She always posts the best photos!
If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
The Upper West Side of Manhattan, preferably on one of the upper floors of El Dorado on Central Park West [where Alec Baldwin lives!].
Where are you typing from right now?
The study. (Was actually tagged by Fellow Fashionista Allison of La Dolce Vita to show CC’s workspace – TAG 2!)

What are you currently reading?
The March issue of I-D.
What would you like to have in your hands right now?
A banana with peanut butter.
What would you like to get rid of?
My cellulite and world hunger, not necessarily in that order.
If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Skiing in Aspen.
What did you want to become as a child?
A novelist.
What posters/pictures do you have on your bedroom wall?
Artwork by my brother, my mother, myself and Fellow Fashionista Sara Morante; an inspiration wall with pictures from all my favorite mags; 2 Japanese prints; and a large oval mirror over my bureau.
What is your plan for tomorrow?
A quick run in Elizabeth Park, errands, and prepping to teach my Pilates class.
What should everyone have?
True love.

TAG 3:
Tagged by Fellow Fashionista Little Bow Prep to Show CC’s Heart in:

One picture: W editorial by photographer Craig McDean, December 2007

One poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

One item of clothing: This bikini from Victoria’s Secret

One song: Mika, “Relax, Take It Easy”

One place: The Elberon Bathing Club on the Jersey shore

One Disney princess: Cinderella

One quote: Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.

TAG 4:
Tagged by the lovely Miss Yaya of I Will Be My Own Judge to state 10 Honest Things About CC:
1) I have four siblings but I am only close with two of them.
2) My favorite foods are bacon and avocados. Fortunately they go well together! (Throw them on a burger with cheese and CC is in heaven – photo via
3) I only own one piece of actual couture: a Richard Tyler Couture suit.
4) I am a total Gossip Girl addict.
5) I battle constantly to keep my weight down; otherwise it hurts too much to run… Ironic, isn’t it?
6) Since I have had several careers, it is always interesting to see how my acquaintances “label” me – lawyer, teacher, Pilates & Yoga instructor, writer, blogger, fashionista…
7) Watching reruns of Family Guy while flipping through the glossies is my preferred way to spend my leisure time!
8) I cannot have enough fabulous lingerie. At left, a Numero editorial from September 2008.
9) It is one of CC’s “bloggoals” to have 1000+ followers… Any tips on how to get more Fellow Fashionistas on board would be greatly appreciated!
10) CC adores spreading the Fellow Fashionista love, so starting in April, CC’s Giveaway will become a monthly event with contests on the first of each month! Tune in on April 1st for another luscious legwear contest, darlings!

CC is tagging ALL of her Fellow Fashionistas who are so inclined to complete these delectable tags – pick one or two and enjoy!



Fashion Moment said...

I like Dennis Basso gloves and Abaeté look.
Second part of post is fantastic, dear, and you look great on that photo!
Have a great Sunday! :)


Keith said...

Hey Carrie. Great post as usual. I love that bikini. I hope you've been having a wonderful weekend. Check out my blog on Monday. I'll be posting again after taking my break. Take care. Cheers!

Anonymous said...

I love the interview! I love layering, it's how I survive in the winter months. lol. But, I still layer when it gets hot.

Anonymous said...

GG power ! ;D
Interesting tag and post... how fun playing with layers !

Anika said...

CC, thanks for sharing the luau pics *happy dance :D*

Also, love layering too, you can never have enough of it me thinks.

Thanks for the Diesel pic...I've recently re-discovered my love of all footwear Diesel-made. Yummo!

Have a lovely week gorgeous, and here's to more followers (and more giveaways! (helps ;))

Join the Gossip said...

I love layers for sure! And I loved reading all about you =)

coco said...

I love those Stella shoes too. Although I want them in black. They're so pretty.

Sasi said...

Mmm I love the looks at ADAM and A.F. Vandevorst!

dangerussupermarket said...

I'd like that I can wear blazers...I think the blazers are not made for me...

ivoreece said...

Paul Smith outfits are adorable! So much inspirations as always!

Amazing Style said...

hello again,
i have also rewarded you with the proximity award
here's the link:
in your turn, you must give this award to another eight of your favourite bloggers
see you soon!

WendyB said...

Making me feel guilty about all the tags I have piled up!

Allison said...

CC I loved learning more about you - so fun that you combined so many tags and still had so, so much fashion :)
I am dying over that Victoria's Secret bikini! I saw it on the website and was lusting over will be my goal for getting in bikini shape :)
I also think it's great you've had so many different types of careers - I feel like I still am too young to really know what I want to do in life, so who knows, I might change careers as well!
And I loved seeing the area where you do your blogging :)

Juliet said...

Now there's a few tags! You're popular!

juliet xxx

Meg said...

I love the Juan Carlos Obando look! And learning more about you.

Blair said...

Me ha gustado mucho el post.
qué guapas en la foto con los collares de fotos!
Mi mayor adicción Gossip girl.

Anonymous said...

I love layering flowy blouses with more constructed jackets--what a great post! Hope you're enjoying your Sunday, darling :-)

Kat said...

i looove oversized blazer!

(and i adore stewie griffin, he's a genius ;)

Dooder City said...

hey cc! Great Q and A. Yummy - bacon and avocado. About layering - two thumbs up! Have a great Sunday!

style crusader said...

I am also seriously obsessed with those Stella McCartney sandals. ugh why so expensivee :(

Couture Carrie said...

Thanks for humoring me on all these tags, darlings! And of course I adore all your thoughtful and insightful remarks, my Fellow Fashionistas!

With respect to the Victoria's Secret sailboat bikini (I swear I am not on the take!), if you have had your eye on it, you HAVE to get it before it sells out; also, VS is having an online deal that you get 40% additional off any clearance item.
A note about the sizing - I got a size Small bottom and it's rather big, more like a Medium. So I guess the bottoms are running large. The top is true to size.


janettaylor said...

U are so beautiful and Ur sister look cute too.

as always, I like Ur post. This is perfect.

xoxo: Janet

Marian said...

Darling you Are beautiful! Love the photo of you and your pretty sister. Also love the nude stella McCartney's too! they are so lust worthy.
Oh i love love love all these layered looks. Marni, Watanabe do it so well!
Thank you for all the truly lovely comments on blog.I truly appreciate the love & support.
big kiss,

La Couturier said...

It's always so interesting finding more about fabulous bloggers like yourself!

La C.

Anonymous said...

i love all the floral dresses

Samantha said...

Thank you! :D

I love your blog, btw. :)

Yuka said...

i need to work on my layering! thnx for the breakdown!

Swell Vintage - Frankie said...

CC, I am a big Family Guy fan too! Also, I would love to see your sketch book - will you post some one day? x

HEK said...

So fun to read a bit about you:)
And love your layering photos, especially Marni is a fave.
Btw, just started following, all though I've been following a long time already, now i'm a "registrated" follower. That's one step closer to 1000;)

Carlota said...

I love the poem and the quote, it was very nice to learn more about you!!


oniomania said...

two hot blonds... so jealous.

might try some layering today. its a tad chilli out.

xs said...

i love layering. i need to get myself a bustier top. i can't wait for the rag & bone collection to come out.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you didn't throw in Miuccia's wool shorts over a cardigan at Prada! Quite unpractical, but layering nonetheless. I think Marni ALWAYS does a fabulous job for fall: eccentric and beautifully layered textures.

P.S. There is nothing wrong with wanting to subscribe to Details or GQ! More women need to get on the Mens magazines :)


Ruta said...

The blazer over dress looks is amazing. I can't believe I haven't tried it out yet, but I plan to soon. Love this post. Especially the floor length floral dress. OMG!! love gossip girl.

shopinchic said...

I love reading tags! Great post.

Anonymous said...

Love the Paul outfit. Especially the scarf as a belt. The post is amazing. Great as usual.

Becca Jane said...

As always some great picks. I'm liking the looks from ADAM and Karen Walker a lot.

thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

I love the picture of the burger. LOL!

yiqin; said...

I love the Christian lacroix collection! He will be showing in Singapore but we have to pay up till 600 bucks to see it!

proudly says, said...

Hi CC.
i missed some of your posts here. i've been busy taking care of mr. freddy.

i love these collections...
...and i'm having fun playing around my outfit on "art of layering".

hayy, i hope i could win in the April contest.

MizzJ said...

I LOVE the Christian Lacroix look! I'm already dreaming of how to incorporate a blazer, dress, and heels with ankle socks into my spring looks :)

It's so cool to see how you're a lawyer by day and this total fashionista blogger in your spare time, that's totally how I'd love to be too!

Amelia said...

I love the ADAM vests. Layering is wonderful.

Charlotte said...

I am also craving for the Stella McCartneys sandals!! I love watching Family Guy! soooooo funy!

gybe ♥ said...

i'm a totally gossip girl addict too!!!!

:) :)

Tiana Couture's Addict said...

Beautiful photos! as well, the watanabe skirts! just waouhh!O_Olove it! those vests! love love love them!
xoxo biouty

Eeli said...

YES!!!! I really enjoyed this post! The theme (LAYERING! :O) AND of course the factoid seshion. Family Guy has fantastic comedic moments. the Big Bang Theory is hilarious too! You should check it out if you ever bor of FG :)

Vintage Me New You said...

this post totally rocks:)so fun to read!
hope you had a great end of the week and everything is going fine!
enjoy the week, all the best!


Fell4fashion said...

I loved reading more about you! So fun! :)

Vivien of Holloway said...

love the blog!

Diego R. Wyatt said...

Layering is probably my favorite thing to do and see, because you can get so creative with it and-as you mentioned-it is practical! I think the Juan Carlos Obando gown and jacket combo is brilliant...I love the color, proportions and mix of texture. I also love the Lacroix look and the Tracy reese look is amazing. The idea of layering accessories is sensational. The Dennis Basso gloves are so stunning!

essence said...

Tus posts siempre son magníficos e inspiradores!
Y qué guapas!!!!!!!


Pau said...

So nice.
Love this post.
XXX :)

Sara Morante said...

Carrieeeee!!! Qué honor que me hayas colgado de la pared!!! :) Qué bien, guapa!
And, by the way, vvvery interesting interview..
Nice pics, also.

ZombieLace said...

This was interesting! It's fun to learn some little facts about CC... I, too, wanted to be a novelist... still wouldn't turn it down if the chance came along! :~) ALSO, my favorite look is the tube dress over a long sleeved shirt, I never thought about layering in that way but it's a perfect way to get to wear some of my fancier dresses that I love but to be warm and even make them a bit more casual and out-and-about looking. I also like the double-vest though I wonder if it would look as fantastic in real life on someone such as myself as it does in fashion fantasy-land on that model...

Hanako66 said...

thanks so much for sharing!

I adore these looks...just fabulous!

Journeys Through Fashion said...

I love layering, and this gave me a lot of ideas for spring! Lately I've been layering cardigans over each other and cardigans over vests, both with amazing results!

The Seeker said...

Love layering and these are great inspiration!! Thanks CC

And nice games


Fashion Garden said...

Always so interesting your post !! :)

wrennybird said...

I love layering because it allows me to wear things that I couldn't otherwise (say, putting a shirt under a strapless dress). Great collection of inspirational outfits!

Bella said...

I can't help it, I'm dying over Nicole Miller pre-fall. And this is an amazing/insightful/delicious tag my dear!

Favorite part: What should everyone have? True love.

Too true indeed!


Ediot said...

need that bikini- its really perfect

HoneyBunny said...

Fabulous post! I love the whole layering bit<3 and I love GG as well:D

Bella Doll said...


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