darla prepares for a night out

(images found at Source:TFS via Fashionology)


don't shop till you top shop

Or at least something like that.

Had an appointment in the city today. And while there, I had to run in and check out the rest of TopShop. The first time in, I only made it to the first 2 floors. I didn't find anything I liked (that I tried on) the first time, except that awesome scarf! So I was hoping for better results this time around.

Either I'm just picking out the wrong things, but I found only a handful of things I thought would look cool, but on, they just looked dumpy or to silly. Just when I was about to give up, I spotted their sandals. And boy was I in for a surprise. They have great shoes! And what do you know! They fit!!

And the amazing Tiki modeling my scarf:

Ok, besides that.. I'm pretty disappointed in TopShop. Too expensive, and too much 80's day glow going on.


It's all about you and me!

I snagged this idea from Diamonds in Champagne, who was tagged by My Idea of Fashion. Since I'm generating it, without being tagged myself, I'm going to change it up, and then tag a few of my followers (who have not previously been tagged)! When you find some time, post your Q&A on a post! And then tag some other bloggers!

Part of the reason I'm doing this, has to do with the 31 Day Challenge I'm doing. Some challenges suggest to link out to your fellow bloggers, create dialogue, do interviews, etc... So this kind of covers a few of them. For no other reason, Enjoy!

The Questions:

What is your current obsession?
Double Ice Espressos, reading my Vampire Hunter series, blogging....

Who was the last person you hugged?
Jenn-i-fer! She makes me laugh!

What’s your favorite dinner?
oh gosh. Have so many. Food, that's my favorite dinner!

What was the last movie you saw in the Theatre?

What was the last thing you bought? (to wear)
a lovely fringe scarf from Topshop.

What are you listening to right now?
Jimmy Hendrix (on the radio!)

What is your favorite weather?
Warm, with gentle cool breezes.

Say something to the person/s who tagged you.
LOL. I LOVE YOU! HA HA. Ok.. get back to work!!!

Tea or Coffee?
coffee (espresso!)

What did you want to become as a child?
a dancer/singer/actor in a Fred Astaire/ginger rogers/gene kelley/donnald o'conner  movie

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
the Amalfi Coast

Who do you want to meet in person?
Alice Neel, Deborah Harry, mircea

What is your most challenging goal right now?
getting through May (loads of work, kids activities, relatives visiting)

What is your weirdest obsession?
those darn vampire/monster hunter books I'm reading

Why did you start a blog?
I love to write. And wanted to write about something for some time.. and then I read Tavi's blog, and was inspired by a 12 year old. It brought back memories of my love of fashion, and sharing ideas with friends. I love to take pictures, read magazines,

What is your blog about (give me the 2-3 sentance elevator pitch)
Mommy Drinks Style is a personal presentation of style icons, famous or familiar, past and present, both sexy and iconic. Covering music and literary inspirations, she shares a range of inspiring designers, stylists, photographers, models and unique boutique owners.. and of course... a piece of herself along the way.

Which blogs are you obsessed with at the moment?
Diamonds in champagne
She Breathes
Le blog de la méchante
Tyle Rookie, always
The Stylish Wanderer
Where The Lovely Things Are
(I could go on... )

What is your dream job? (realistic or unrealistic)
Hmmm.. A movie critic! Or Food critic!! What a great excuse to eat out and see movies!!!

If you could change professions or careers, what would you like to try? (realistically speaking)
I'm good at listening.. and giving advice... so maybe a therapist.

Who is your favorite designer at the moment?
Trossman for sure! (see post)
And Anazara swimsuites! Talk about cool looking. (see suits)

What's your favorite brand of jeans?
I'm in the middle of a transition here... so far nothing is appealing to me. Maybe I'm not into jeans at the moment. But I do still love my old 7 for all mankind.

One thing that you would snitch out of someone’s closet, with no regrets?
Tor's Grannies old vintage 30's lame coat with black fur trim.

What designer piece of clothing would you most like to own (new or vintage)?
fall season of burberry

I tag: my structured chaos, blondie-lox, white rabbit england,
what the pros do, falling and bruising


who are these young fashionable people?

they are young, and cute, and fashionable. Where do they come from? Paris, Montreal, Australia... all around the world.
And what is this lookbook. I'm still new to this.. believe it or not. Can you tell me something about this? I'm so curious! I wish I had these tools and ways of expressing myself back between the ages of 12 and 18. I used to spend hours dressing up in my moms funky clothing, making it unique, and mine.

Have a look, at LOOKBOOK.

Now meet:

Samantha M

Pinky V

Larissa E


Faye C

Visit them, and the COLLECTIVE FASHION CONSCIOUSNESS LookBook... soon.


TopShop, Zara & Sephora... Oh My!

Last Friday was good friend Tor's birthday. Her really awesome sister, Char, wired money to me from England to present to her in "gift certificate" format. So I came up with this little "gift certificate"... a MommyDrinks Style Personal Shopper. I had to hold the purse strings, because the ever frugal Tor would have used the money on Groceries! Heaven forbid!

Today she redeemed the gift certificate, with the help of her personal shopper! ME!

In a hit manhattan, spend thrift, mommies with style, shopping spree, for only $300.00 dollars. Now, $300.00 is a lot of money. But in Manhattan, $300.00 might, I say, might buy you one dress. Maybe. But thankfully, between the good graces of Zara, she was able to buy 4 dresses for (about) 2/3rds of that! That left over enough to score at Sephora, for some much needed beauty supplies. And a sandwich after.

We hit Urban Outfitters, and we were a bit disappointed. But Zara has all these great cottony tunics she loves. I'm hoping to go over tomorrow and take some pics! We did stop in the much ballyhooed TopShop, and were wondering who all the dayglow was for. But we did find some good steals there as well. But you have to be careful, because there are some pricey things laying about that will get you.. meaning... "I just got to have that $70.00 scarf!!" "Oh no you don't!" "Don't tell me what to do, I'm buying it!"

Ok that was me.

Moving on...

Here: The lovely lady, in SOHO, after her score:

stay tuned for her fashion show!

I do if you do...

the dø

the dø, has this song called "on my shoulders". Sweet. Lovely. Like it. I can't stop playing it. Over and over again. I really love the look of Olivia B. Merilahti & Dan Levey. They remind me of a friend of mine.. I'm downloading the whole album now.

Listen for yourself:

The Do On My Shoulders by thedoband

WILDLIFE! does a Remix.. that's also very lovely.
But danceable! Yeah! I'm loving it. They have a few others that are nice. too. Check them out on myspace!

Here's another lovely band I found off of myspace today...

Little Boots

Listen in...

never say x-wife is a bad word..

I kind of like this song, on the radio. But I'm not crazy about the yelling chorus. At first I liked it, but then after the umpteeth time they yelled "hear it now, on the street..." I started to get annoyed. What do you think? I'm gonna keep listening to their stuff... there is something kind of adorable about them... maybe.

on myspace

X-Wife - On the Radio [official] from Neutral Reporter on Vimeo.


music inspires fashion..

I don't see many commercials.. live. And rarely fashion/perfume commercials. So this morning I was inspired to see what was going on.. and then started filtering into the past. Music is so important in setting desire, and emotion. I find, I like the music better than the visuals, for the most part. Or the music destroys the visuals in some instances. But unfortunately for the most part, perfume commercials suck. They are so STRANGE and STIFF.

Damn Eva for being so beautiful! ok, if you can tell me what this song is.. would be greatful. Sounds so familiar... I do like this one.. but that's because I'm and Eva fan.

IMO, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs make this commercial strong.

hmmmm. Undecided. But the music made me feel like a cowboy disco movie was about to start.

and from Sophia Coppola... I'm now feeling, oh so french at this very moment...


10 posts to stimulate your senses.. and motivate your mind

1. Tavi speaks her mind and reminds me of the possibilities... This time around, cracking me up on the way, she drums ups some real icons for us to remember.

2. Don't get lost in the Networking Cycle of Hell! Alex gives advice on how to keep it cool... and slowly build up your online networking.

3. Holy Platforms!! What a great source of information! If your new to this, and unsure which blogging tool to use, Jennine spells it out to you, in very simple terms.

4. The Sartorialists lists

5. The question is... is pop luxury ”a thing of the past? All I know is things need to balance out better. We were hoping Top Shop would be the budget minded girls answer to luxury here in NYC... but the prices are higher than the one in London! How is that any help?

6. I might play tag when I'm done with my list post... if you do, send me your post link!

7. Pointing out the beautiful and talented

8. The stylish wander could be my younger sister!

9. Gorgeous lingerie, and gorgeous photography

10. This would make a great "Moment of Zen"; that clip they show at the End of
the Daily Show.

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(this is part of my Day 2 - 31DBBB challenge @ PROBLOGGER)


whiskey-soaked broken english

Somehow my last posting of Chan Marshall, brought to mind Marianne Faithful. I think she knew how to look cool with out trying too hard, where many of the other girls of that time, really went all out. I know, she had her share of feathers boas and fedora velvet hats... but she had a very sexy little girl look going on.

Like Chan, her early work in pop and rock music in the 1960s was overshadowed by her struggle with drug abuse in the 1970s... um then again in 80s... I have grown to really love listening to her sad powerful halting rasp, the "voice of a woman who's been to hell and back".

quote by Alanna Nash of "Stereo Review"


here kitty kitty kitty...

This one is for BlondieLox, a fan of Cat Power, like me!!

America’s little darling of the music indie scene, Chan Marshall, the voice of Cat Power, is a fashion and rock star icon. She knows how to look like a rock star with out trying to hard.

This month, Elizabeth Goodman's book about Cat Power is on the shelf! I can't wait to add it to my book collection. And it sounds very interesting. I was introduced to Cat Power a few years back, when I was first trying to learn guitar. I found her music somehow soothing, and fun to imitate. But I never looked into her further until more recently. I kind of leave my musicians in a mysterious light. I don't like to get to know them too well at first, I would rather let the music lead me, and learn more about them after I've decided if I like their music.

Cat Power: A Good Woman
by Elizabeth Goodman.

Review from: Publishers Weekly
The tumultuous life and career of Chan Marshall, the voice behind indie rock band Cat Power, is explored in Goodman's solid biography. Despite, or perhaps because of, Marshall's refusal to be interviewed for the book, Goodman, the editor-at-large at Blender, is able to peel back the layers of the singer's life, mixing original interviews with Marshall's friends and family and published quotes from Marshall herself. Born in 1972, Marshall grew up all over the South, the daughter of a schizophrenic mother and a wannabe rocker father, finding solace in music early on. From her first tentative forays into writing songs while living in Cabbagetown, Atlanta's bohemian enclave, to her shoot to indie-and mainstream-fame after moving to New York in the 1990s and signing with Matador Records, Marshall seemed certain of a bright future. Crippling self-doubt, coupled with a penchant for alcohol, led to Marshall's much-publicized breakdown. But Marshall endured, releasing the latest Cat Power record, Dark End of the Street, in 2008. Goodman's respect for Marshall's music is evident, but it's her objectivity when faced with reporting some of the singer's less than admirable traits that make this a thoroughly enjoyable read. (Apr.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

anook of the yellow scarf wistfully wishes for spring

I am an artist at heart. My main media has been painting. But I have issues. And so I don't always paint. I find other ways of expressing myself. And with those distractions I don't usually miss the painting... until I stumble upon someone inspiring.

This illustrator, L Filipe dos Santos aka Corcoise, from Portugal, did just that. He draws, sketches, paints, and creates such gorgeous portraits.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Corcoise gives me so much to enjoy

you can peruse his blog:

you can visit his website:

you can shop his art:


the adventures of darla and olena

I love it when I stumble upon something fresh, that brings up emotions, nostalgic and optimistic. Lilly + Jae did that for me. Yes the clothes are sweet and fresh. But it was the photography shoot for the spring/summer collection that brought on a wave of excitement. It just makes me want to gather up my girlfriends and rent an old vintage airstream and head out west.

all photos from lilyandjae.

To see more of Jude Fellers line, Lily + Jae visit her site. If your Media or wholesale buyers, you can view the Autumn 2009 collection as well.

Now I want to go play dress up.

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Ten Followers!!!


Ok... so it's still just a small number. But I'm only 3 months old! LOL.

But I want to thank those of you who do follow this blog! Some follow through readers, feedburner or bloglovin', or some other mysterious way... But I love it when someone follows my blog with Google Friend Connect, and their little icon shows up in my right hand column!

So this morning when I checked my blog and I saw I have now reached number 10 (well it was 11, but one was myself so I deleted it) was so excited! I want to thank each and everyone one of my Followers!

Thank you!!

What a great title! What a cool banner! There is so much to see her, and so much to explore! I can't wait to learn and read more. Thank you so much for being my 10th follower!

#10 Blondie_lux
How fantastic! What a great name! What a fabulous banner! I can't wait to go through all of her work, and links. Thank you for being my 10th Follower!

#9 What the Pros Do
What The Pros Do is a lovely mix of useful tips, advice and reviews by Alex. I Love this site! She's been very helpful to me unknowingly and now in the know with my own little blog.

#8 Rikke's Dog Blog
Now this is a sexy mommy with style who is an amazing dog trainer! If you are looking for someone in the New York area who can help you train your dog Rikke is the lady you are looking for! BTW, she's one of my dearest and best friends!

#7 A seed Grows in Brooklyn
Another one of my dearest and best friends, is Bess. Another sexy mommy who works hard, and plays with blogs! LOL. She just couldn't help herself!

#6 ~o!*PeNgUiN sWeEtNeSs*!o~
Terry Rocks! I love her little penguins!

#5 White Rabbit England
Ok, what can I say! More lovely best friends who blog!!! Victoria is a Mummy of 2 from London living in Brooklyn. Her and her sister Charlotte make beautiful and original ceramic nightlights for our children.

#4 Structured Chaos
Hail Patty! I remember when she only had 20 followers! Now up to 52! Fantastico! And always there to leave me a comment when I think no one is reading!!

#3 Mommy's Boudoir
She seems to have me listed, but her blog is still unrealized. Let's wish her good luck and getting that going!

#2 Holistica Naturopathic
Dr. Sherman is in the house! With a few blogs going, this is her, more business side blog. I have known leah since college, and we both rediscovered each other, first on myspace, then facebook, and now through blogs!

#1 Little Bird Brooklyn
Another mysterious follower. Can't wait to see more!

Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments!!

something for Tor...

I really love this union jack print "union jack love print red" by Accesori.

go visit her on etsy, now!.. or her blog.


Easter Hell Ride

Have a lovely Easter weekend!

I'm on the road... again. Be back late Monday. Just a little, you know.. family time. Crazy time. Patience, patience... breathe... home soon.
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