Bits And Bobs #55

Chambray Shirt by American Apparel, Secondhand Cardigan, Coat & Gloves by ASOS, Scarf by Acne, Trousers by Topman

Winter has totally arrived in Zurich. The temperature is below zero and the whole city is covered in snow. So it is time again to wear as many layers as possible. I always wear a t-shirt underneath my shirt, which gives me that extra layer, that keeps me warm no matter what. Just make sure it doesn't show through the shirt, especially if you are wearing thin white ones. I decided to leave the garment overview out from now on because it saves a lot of time for me which means more outfit entries in the future for you, sounds good?

Someday At Christmas

Someday At Christmas by Stevie Wonder

Merry merry christmas to all of you and I hope you spent some relaxing time with people you care most about. I took one week off myself from blogging as you have probably noticed but I am promising to pick up the pace again in the following days.

last christmas, i gave you my heart

Merry Christmas/Chrimbus or Happy Holidays/Festivus y'all!

crappy iPhone picture of what I wore on Christmas Eve (pre-booze):

pastrami at the hat

Acne Beryl cardigan (christmas present!), Acne top

Sup guys, I'm currently enjoying my time in LA until I have to go back up north to begin my job search. Thanks for all of the comments about my graduation! I posted an outfit shot from that day on my Tumblr in case anyone is interested in seeing what I wore. Still getting used to not feeling pressured to finish a paper or study for an exam, it feels so strange! Maybe that's why this trip home feels especially relaxing. Aside from obligatory trips to In-N-Out and pho with my dad, I almost always stop by The Hat for lunch. I've been eating the same thing there since I was a kid: a classic pastrami sandwich and fries (although sometimes, if we're feeling wild, we order chili fries lol). Anyone else from the San Gabriel Valley? No matter how many miles away I am, I'll always consider it home.

world famous pastrami
orange bang

low light

angora sweater & suede skirt, vintage; clear satchel, vintage hermes; velvet headband, aa;
Some photos taken this weekend, the rain is a nice change for us here in cali. I love this sweater, it is fuzzy perfection. Kind of reminds me of my bunny Newton.

Also, I have a sick obsession with all things clear. I found this hermes bag on ebay, must have been a give away bag at some fashion show back in the 90's. It's got writing on the front of it but I plan to remove it. I felt kind of silly once I realized that I was wearing a clear bag, clear shoes, and holding a clear umbrella. Not that it will stop me from doing the same again and again. Next, I am determined to find the perfect clear blazer/coat/cape thing.

this is fayez.

snowflakes on my sweeeeater

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Not an outfit shot but whatever. I'M DONE WITH SCHOOL!! FOREVER! We're getting ready for a pretty big storm here and it looks like it's going to rain when my family is up for my graduation. Wow, I'm graduating guys! Feels nice. After that I'll be in LA for a week or so. Is the weather really that awesome over there? I hear people complaining that it's supposed to be winter and all but I'd rather have that over dealing with my frozen fingers as I type this. IT'S COLD! My parka + (aweeeesome) wool sweater barely kept me warm today.

Also, check out my Q&A with Teen Vogue. Thanks Naomi!

Julia Saner

I already mentioned her in an entry about a year ago after she won the Elite Model Look International 2009 and after impressing me with that editorial shoot in Swiss fashion magazine Annabelle. Nowadays it seems that she is having a really busy schedule and is being booked for runway shows and fashion shoots everywhere. She appeared on the runway for every important designer in Milan and Paris last season including Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Givenchy, Céline and many more. Rumor has it Anna Wintour was the one who discovered and mentioned her to Lagerfeld and also that she is also going to be in a fashion spread shot by Mario Testino for the Februrary issue of Vogue US. She also currently appears in a lot of Pre-Fall 2011 lookbooks like in Thakoon's which is pictured below. I am so glad for her and we will certainly see a lot more of her in the future. Go Julia!

Thakoon Pre-Fall 2011 Lookbook


No matter what format or shape it is in, I am always attracted to glitter.It's almost a sickness. is enabling my addiction to glitter by making it so easy to find all the glitterified items that I simply need to have. I used their service to search for something sparkly, in my size, in a certain price point and voila! I found these sparkly pumps, and I'm so excited for their arrival! Big Thanks to the Stylefind team for the gift card.

study break

Gap mens parka, A.P.C. plaid shirt (BF's), Citizens of Humanity jeggings, A.P.C. loafers

OH MY THESE FINALS ARE DRIVING ME CRAZY. I already submitted a final 12 page paper a couple days ago but I still have a final paper and two more exams left. Come Wednesday at 11am I will be FREE FOREVER. This is what I wore to leave the apartment (and dismal Arsenal game, hmph) and walk around for some fresh air + coffee from Ritual. Man it's so nice to be able to walk anywhere.


Leave it to me to choose the two most unflattering photos of the bunch rofl. I have no idea why I was bending over, maybe I dropped something? I look like I need to poo! Sorry for sounding so vulgar, I'm a little out of it right now. I can't wait for these finals to be over. Oooh, you can kind of see my new ring in the next photo. Brent bought me that Mociun ring that I'd been wanting for my birthday. He even remembered that I wanted it in silver and not gold, hah.


Oh and since the fall colors match with this post, I'll post this video that I made when I was procrastinating yesterday. It's not really eventful, just nice music (Shugo Tokumaru's Tracking Elevator, I highly recommend it) with little clips that I filmed when I was on a train from Portland to Seattle a couple months ago.

portland to seattle from Annabel Ly on Vimeo.

burger bar

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Went to Burger Bar last week. It was kind of overpriced but I still enjoyed it (plus I didn't have to pay, hah). Word of advice: don't get a milkshake AND burger for lunch. Actually, we all got booze in ours. Was it even noon yet? Jeez. I hope you guys don't think I'm trying to promote bad eating habits...

burger bar
burger bar
burger bar

And because he paid for me (and some of you seem to like him?), here's Mike. Thanks, Mike.

burger bar

Playground Love

Playground Love by Air
Picture by Elif Tanman

Sophie van der Perre

While I was looking for art schools in other countries because I might wanna do an exchange year or semester, I came across the photos of Sophie van der Perre and was captured immediately by the intimacy and atmosphere of her photographs. She is studying at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. She is only 22 and has had several exhibitions so far and did an internship with Ryan McGinley, one of my favourite photographers. Check out the photos on her website and Flickr (old account).

my 10 wardrobe essentials

01. White high-top sneakers. Always a classic. I've had my Chuck Taylors since high school and somehow they've lasted all through college. I prefer mine as used up and battered as possible but when they get too dirty it's easy to pop them in the washing machine.
02. Red nail polish. My shade of choice has always been Chanel's Dazzling from the 2007 Holiday collection. I love painting my nails pink, black, and blue but I always go back to red when I'm bored with everything else. There's an Essie shade I've been wanting to try as well (and for a fraction of the price!) called Silken Cord but I've been putting it off.
03. Breton shirt. Okay, okay. So I may have gone a little overboard with this striped obsession but I will continue to swear by Saint James tops when it comes to satisfying it. I've never tried the thicker Meridien knit but I think I may prefer the lighter Minquiers top more. I know $65 may seem like a lot for a top but when I finally caved I ended up wearing mine almost every week (and am currently wearing a white and black one right now!). It's cozy, slightly oversized since its unisex, and easy to pull off. BF also bought me the Naval top recently which is a different, more fitted cut with fabric similar to the Meridien top but I still find myself wearing it the same way I would any other breton top.
04. Oversized black sunglasses. I've had my vintage pair of sunglasses for years after finding them at a flea market for $3 but I'm seriously tempted to upgrade to a similar pair of these Karen Walker frames. For now I'm satisfied with my trusty sunnies since they've never failed me all this time. Actually, I really doubt I'll ever replace them. I'd rather save my money!
05. Red lipstick. This one is a little tricky. I don't usually wear lipstick (something my mom constantly criticizes me for) but when I want that extra kick I alternate between Opium Red from YSL (which is longer available unfortunately) and MAC's Russian Red. I save the YSL lipstick for special occasions since it's so bright but Russian Red is great for every day wear since it's matte and lasts all day.
06. Wool cardigan with pockets. Emphasis on the WITH POCKETS bit there. I wont be too specific about color with this one (although a gray cardigan is pictured) but I still prefer this slightly oversized shape and style to most. I found the perfect black wool cardigan by Acne at Barneys the other day for 50% off which I may go back and buy if the small is still around. My favorite thing about cardigans is that you never have to think twice about putting one on if the weather's not too bad. I'm a hands-in-pocket type of walker and it always feels strange to wear any sort of outerwear without pockets...
07. Dark blue skinny jeans. I seriously live in my pair from the Gap. If you feel self conscious about looking "exposed" when you wear jeggings try wearing longer tops or cardigans over them. I felt weird for a while but got used to it since they're really not as obscene as I thought they would be. They're more like jeans than leggings in my honest opinion but ho-ly crap they're comfy. Like, dangerously comfy. So comfy you think you can get away with eating Burger King and Taco Bell in the same day...
08. Fjallraven backpack. Maybe one day when I can afford to save up I'll actually get a nice purse (like a Mulberry Bayswater or Celine tote ugh) but for now these backpacks really hit the spot. Right now I have two (Classic Green and Black for those of you who were wondering) but I really want to get another in navy, warm yellow, or rust... ps, did you guys see Camille's ice blue one? So tempting!
09. Black ballet flats. Alright, I'm totally cheating by posting these Repetto flats since I've been telling myself for years that I'd buy them but I just keep putting it off, mostly because it's hard to find a 40.5 and when I do, I'm saving my money for something else and I feel guilty about not . But uhh, if anyone out there wants to buy them for me I'm totally down (*COUGH*MOM&DADIKNOWYOUREADTHIS*COUGH*). Right now I have a pair from Zara that I bought a year ago but they're not real leather and are falling apart :(
10. Comme des Garçons wallet. After years of using random wallets (ranging from Hello Kitty to a dinky little coin purse) I finally treated myself to this cute little Comme des Garçons wallet in red after working this summer. The best part about it is that I'll probably end up using it for years so saving up was totally worth it. Feels good man.

Not Many Kingdoms Left

Pogobooks is making several little art books and zines with different photographers from everywhere. I like the charm of zines because it somehow creates a very intimate feel when I look at them since it has got this self-made and personal touch. Of the few I ordered, Not Many Kingdoms Left by Jeff Luker is my favourite. I have yet to order the one by Tamara Lichtenstein though. I rather buy these kind of books or zines at the moment instead of big photo books and I also started doing my own little zines just for me and my friends. At least for now. It is so nice to have your photographs printed and the possibility to show them anyone anywhere without a computer.

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