Month: November 2008

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Serpico Boutique

The first ever Serpico boutique will be opening tomorrow. Adjacent to their design studio which is in-store behind a silk curtain, they will be featuring experimental and one-of-a-kind pieces along with the current SERPICO collection. I’ve been to the space already and I love how parking is easy where they are located at 1514 N. Ashland Avenue in Wicker Park.

Earlier this spring, I collaborated with Rachel from r.hanel photography and Krista Gobeli of to shoot a fashion calendar for 2008 featuring The Serpico FW08 Collection (click here to watch our behind the scenes video.).

The thing I like about Serpico is the uniqueness and quality of each piece. Melissa the creator/designer/business woman behind it all really puts thought into each design. Her pieces are flattering.

They can also create custom pieces so if you know what you want but can’t find it out there, try the Serpico Collection’s “made-to order” option.

The home page says, “Shop thousands of great deals from our New York City based thrift stores. Featuring our famous online auction displays with new stuff added every day! All proceeds help us save the lives of homeless people living with HIV and AIDS in New York City.”

“Nice!” I say… It’s always good to know that it is possible for fashion to give back to the community. I mean, how many times have you heard, “Thanks! Yeah I love this Balenciaga dress and Prada handbag. Who would think that these fashionable purchases result in helping to save the lives of homeless people living with HIV and AIDS in New York City!”

Right now the site features Buy it Now items ranging anywhere from under $100 for cute tops and cocktail dresses to a Mint condition Stella McCartney coat for under $500.

Some of my favorites from the recently SOLD items are pictured below:

1. Gucci Chain Boots (Buy it Now item sold for $195)
2. Fendi Handbag (Buy it Now item sold for $225)
3. Prada Handbag (Buy it Now item sold for $325)
4. Versace FW 08 Stilettos (Buy it Now item sold for $130)

Ask tristinstyling: How-to remove pilling and fuzz from sweaters using a fabric shaver


How do I remove pilling and fuzz from my old favorite sweater?


To answer this question, we put together a short how-to video (scroll down to view) on removing pills and fuzz from garments using a fabric shaver.

In the video, Christine uses the Evercare Fabric Shaver that she picked up at Target in the Sewing/Laundry Aisle for just $6.99.

The photo in the upper left is before and how the sweater looks after using the gadget while the image below shows you a few options for shavers:

1. Evercare Fabric Shaver ($11.95 on Amazon, $6.99 in-store at Target)
2. Brookstone Fabric Shaver ($20)
3. Oreck Electric Fabric Shaver (ONLINE ONLY $19.95)

Knock-off Report: Nanette Lepore Anchor Drop Jacket

Remember that (somewhere around $500) Nanette Lepore “Drop Anchor Jacket” that I was obsessing over last year after seeing it at the Nanette Lepore Vegas boutique? I didn’t get it because I couldn’t get myself to drop that much at the time.

Well life is good because all this time I’ve been looking everywhere from Crososroads to ebay… You name it, I’ve looked with no luck until now…

Forever 21 has a version called the Angie LS Jacket that satisfied my obsession for just under $50! Forever’s version has a very close silhouette with a notched, double breasted collar and beautiful silky lining:

New Prop H8 Shirt Available at for a Limited Time

Check out the new Prop H8 shirt at

They are printed on American Apparels shirts and are going for a super cheap price of $9.95.

Free button included while supplies last.

Click the links to order:
Men’s T, Women’s T.

Then while surfing the net this morning, I stumbled upon this entry by Jake and had to link it:

Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Proposition Hate
by Jake

Thomas (not his real name) came to live with us on October 13, 2007. Developmentally disabled since birth, Thomas had been essentially abandoned by his father years ago. He’d been living with his mother for the last 15 years in a personal hell he still doesn’t have the skills or even the understanding to describe. From what he’s been able to tell us, she was grotesquely abusive. Instead of merely beating him, she’d make him bring her whatever she was going to beat him with to prolong his terror and humiliation. When she beat him until he bled, she wouldn’t let him clean up the bloodstains on the walls and floor … so he couldn’t escape the reminders of his beatings anywhere he went in the house. When he didn’t make his bed the way she wanted, she made him sleep on the floor next to it. For five years. When a man she was having an affair with committed suicide, she told Thomas she wished he had been the one to kill himself. She clearly had never taken him to a dentist. Or even taught him how to brush his teeth. And while she was constantly dressed in sequins and hats, she dressed him like a retarded, homeless stereotype: pants that were too short, used underwear that was 12 sizes too big and cracked plastic shoes that made him walk with a limp. click here to continue reading (from paragraph 2 on Jakes blog)…

Ask tristinstyling: Where do I go to get a good deal on a mens pea coat?


Where should I go to get a good deal on pea coat?
– Adam C.


As much as I love this Versace Collection Wool Peacoat (pictured left) with its handsome double-breast and notched collar, the $1,250 price tag is more than most want to shell out for a fall/winter coat so I made a list of my top 5 picks (below) for mens pea coats 2008. It is possible to get a good coat for a great deal.

Click the links to purchase and/or view online and HURRY because some are on sale or available online only and may run out of stock quick!

For even better deals, I suggest second hand stores like Crossroads Trading Company, Buffalo Exchange or discount stores like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack.

1. Banana Republic Heritage marine-inspired peacoat ($350)
2. Spiewak ‘Dugan’ Wool Peacoat ($165)
3. AE Wool Peacoat (ONLINE ONLY $99.50)
4. Merona Ebony Plaid Wool Peacoat ($49.99-$54.99)
5. Old Navy Men’s Wool-Blend Peacoat (limited sizes on sale
for $39.75)

Designer How-to Pronounce Guide

Ever find yourself tongue tied with how to pronounce a designer label such as Cartier or Bvlgari? Look no further because I’ve got the ultimate designer pronunciation how-to for your bookmarking pleasure thanks to the chic spy! I added some designers and made a few corrections but in case I missed any, feel free to comment below and I will make corrections.

Below is an alphabetical how-to pronounce guide, on today’s hottest designers. Don’t see the pronunciation for a designer here? submit it in the comment box below and we will update it into the list! Enjoy!

Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
Alejandro Ingelmo: Ah-lee-handro Een-gel-mo
Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen (rhymes with “ten”)
Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa
Badgley Mischka: Bag-lee Mish-ka
Balmain: Bal-mah
Bettye Muller: Beh-tee Meu-ler
Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some
Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
Cartier: kär-ˈtyā, ˈkär-tē-ˌā
Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
Chaiken: Chay-ken
Christian Lacroix: La-Kwa
Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin
Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten
Emilio Pucci: Eh-mi-li-oh Poo-ch-ee
Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
Etienne Aigner: Eh-tee-yen On-yay
Furla: Fer-luh
Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
Gianfranco Ferre: Gee-an-fran-co Fr-aire
Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
Givenchy: Jee-von-shee
Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
Hermès: Air-mez
Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
Issey Miyake: Ee-seh Mi-yah-key
Jean Paul Gaultier: John Paul Gal-tee-aye
James Perse: James “purse”
Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock
Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay
Lambertson Truex: Lam-bert-son Tru-ex
Lanvin: Lon-vin
Loewe: Low-ev-ay
Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
Madame Gres: Madame Gray
Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
Moschino: Mo-ski-no
Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay
Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez
Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air
Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins
Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er
Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo
Rodarte: Ro-dar-tay
6267: Six-two-six-seven (not Sixty-two-sixty-seven)
Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel
Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee
Tapeet by Vicini: Ti-peet by vi-ch-ee-knee
Thakoon: Ta-koon
Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
Tocca: Toe-ka
Versace: Ver-sah-chee
Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay
Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to
Yves Saint Laurent: Eve San Lor-ron
Zac Posen: Poe-zen

First Daughters: Fashion Trendsetters

Michelle Obama’s Narciso Rodriguez Spring 2009 dress received a lot of negative feedback from fans and fashion critics online while 10-year-old Malia Obama’s bubble hemmed dress (pictured left) set blips of sales for high-end children’s clothing label, Biscotti Inc.

Sasha on the other hand, was wearing a $72 piece by Gerson & Gerson Inc. under the Iris & Ivy children’s label that sells at retailers like Nordstrom and Dillard’s. Barbara Zeins, president of Gerson & Gerson, will be bringing the style back in a different fabrication to be sold in the spring under the style name, Sasha.

Lately, I think the fashion world has had a way with luring young girls into clothing choices that are too mature for their age and personally, I feel refreshed to see a young girl set a more conservative and traditional example with her wardrobe.

Click here to read the article on Malia’s dress in The Wall Street Journal Blogs.
Click here to read the article on Sasha’s dress in The Wall Street Journal Blogs