If I had a million dollars…

AllyG: So, it’s fair to say I have some time on my hands. I’m off on vacation pending the arrival of BabyG. I could be heard a couple weeks ago eagerly exclaiming to my colleagues that I was going to have “so much fun!” just “reading” and “lounging on the deck”. This is sadly not the case. How do I not know myself by now? I am the most impatient person to ever exist on this planet. I stare at the clock waiting for BabyG to show some sign that he/she is going to make an appearance. It’s worse than waiting for the phone call after a first date. Y’all know what I’m talking about. Mmmhmm. Anyways, It’s not good. My husband came home from work yesterday to find me sitting on the bed, refolding baby clothes, while hurling accusations at the people on TLC’s Baby Story (i.e., “WHY DID THEY GET THEIR BABY?!) with tears running down my face.  Needless to say, I am now banned from watching this channel and have been encouraged to find “activities” and “tasks” for each day.

So, today I am finding ways to spend ridiculous amounts of imaginary money on ridiculously awesome clothes. Where to start? Balmain of course! Balmain is all over my September issues and I’ve completely fallen in love. Let me show you why!

Christophe Decarninis brilliant. He has a way of combining rock/chick attitude with Upper East Side glamour. To me, this is a perfect fusion. I hate using the word “edgy”, but it’s exactly this edge that has all the other fashion houses scrambling to do like Balmain does.

Fall Casual

From Balmain’s Fall 09 RTW a more subdued look. As much as I’d like to ignore the constant “BIG SHOULDERS ARE BACK” diatribe coming at me from all angles, I would be comfortable with rocking this jacket. The shoulders are just slightly overstated without making you look like you are a complete idiot and trying far too hard.


I spoke too soon…I think Beyonce is wearing Balmain above…eek.

Balmain shoulders

Ok. Whatever. It’s still not Dallas or Dynasty league shoulder pads. Interestingly enough, a colleague of mine tells me that I remind him of Sue Ellen from Dallas. He showed me this youtube video as a reference…

I took that as a compliment.


Carrie would totally wear this. Which is why I love it. It also reminds me of my prom dress. I had my dress made by an extremely talented tailor in HRM. Hit me up if you need a tailor and I’ll give you her digits. Anythehoo, I picked out the most FABULOUS blue sequined fabric and had her make a dress that was admittedly a little mature for me. It’s still hanging in my closet. Probably won’t add “Trying on my Prom Dress” as one of my “activities” for today since I am 2,000 pounds.

Also, that’s model Erin Wasson above. Did you know she has her own fashion line (Erin Wasson x RVCA)  that will be showing at NY Fashion Week this fall? True story. Alexander Wang’s bestie has been getting some good press coverage as well, perhaps we’ll have to do a post on this. Here’s a look at her Spring/Summer line:


Are you losing it? You should be losing it. Never mind the pairing of the dress with the boots. That’s for obnoxious twentysomethings. Us OVER 30s, need to class it up with Louboutins. Still, the dress is exquisite. It almost makes me as teary as Baby Story. I should wear this for BabyG’s baptism. They deserve to have Mommy wear something special -like.

I know and love L-A, so I know she is going to call out Balmain’s obsession with trends (beyond the big shoulders which I think walks the fine line), particularly the harem pants.


And I would agree with her. These pants are a huge fail. You should never, ever wear these pants. If you are wearing these pants. I do not like you.

Lastly, Balmain for the office!


So, so good. The perfect non-suit outfit.

I’m late starting this post, so we’ll put it up for you and have L-A come weigh in later on. That’s like TWO posts in one day.



P.S. We’re totally excited because Betsey Johnson linked to our blog on her Twitter. It’s like Christmas. I may have to name the baby Betsey.

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