Review: Wool, bling and a sweater

A week ago, I woke up at 4AM, begged for a ride to the closest Greyhound station, waited 30 minutes for a late Greyhound bus and ended up in NYC at 7AM, sixth in line (in freezing weather may I add) for the opening of the J.Crew sample sale.ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_1 ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_2 ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_4ebelandi_jcrew_sample_nyc_nov16_3

Five hours later, I came out of the store with cute finds, new “sample shopper friends” and a few dollars less in my purse.
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This trip, I found a cute jeweled sweater. Little did I know that the sweater has been offered in retail stores in a different color (see it on Jcrewismyfavstore). My review below:

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African Designer of week: Mimi Plange

The Brand: Mimi Plange.  Based in NYC. All pictures below courtesy of Google Image search.


The IT Factor: Feminine silhouettes with lots of funky lines.


The Designer Behind the Brand: Mimi Plange.  She has a great story and good advice for anyone trying to break into any field, really. Inspirational. See blog here. What I like about her is that she used her background in architecture design to fuel her passion for clothes. And her hoe collection for Manolo Blahnik is pretty awesome too.

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Country of origin: USA (she grew up in California) but her parents are originally from Ghana


WebsiteMimi Plange


Where to buy: Could only find her clothes on ebay…anyone knows where to purchase?


Sissi’s Notes: No use of Dutch wax material, but she uses very feminine silhouettes and is not afraid of color….my type of designers! 😉

Weekend: A trip to the MET Museum in NYC

Always good to learn about the past so that we make better decisions now and tomorrow…so made a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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This time around, I was surprised to learn that this miniature statue is the oldest work of art, close to the ca 3,000 B.C. This would be close to the times of Adam and Eve…how could we have come from monkeys if by then, humans were able to create such refined works of art? Anyway, the statue is entitled “A striding figure with ibex horns”…a mixture of human and some animal.

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The MET museum in NYC is always fun and informative (but why such an expensive lunch??). If you’re in NYC, please make a stop 😉

About my outfit, all old items: dress (I added some wax material for length 🙂 ) /scarf/coat/bag

Updated Jan 22nd 2015: I’d like to share a very good feedback I received from an anonymous reader.

Dear Ebelandi,
The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. The oldest life forms that we know of (algae) are 3.5 billion years old. The oldest humans that we know of are 200,000 years old, approximately. Thus, the Met’s statuette is (relatively) not that old! There are much older examples of art, like 40,000 year old paintings in caves.
I love your sense of color!

And my response to the comment:

Hi anonymous, thank you for your feedback, and thanks for the compliment! Yes I agree that the earth is billions of years old but archaeology and anthropology have not been able to prove without a doubt that humans are indeed 200,000 years old. In fact, I seem to recall recently (2002 or so) that some scientists were arguing that the apes fossils may be just that, fossils of apes, not humans looking like apes. Nobody has been able to find when the apes transformed into humans. In fact, Dr. Robin Derricourt from a university in Australia admitted not long ago (2007 or so) that there is no consensus when it comes to fossils and their classifications. Bottom line, until science can prove with no doubt that the apes evolved to become humans, I choose to rely on what the bible story has described with details and dates when it comes to when and how humans appeared on earth.

If the bible story is indeed correct, then humans were created about 6,000 years ago (or about 4,000 years BC) and the statue would consequently be a proof that upon being created, humans did not need to evolve into various phases to master artifacts…Science has come to validate the bible story on many other occasions (spherical shape of earth, the exodus and separation of the red sea, succession of kings, etc.) and the more I read about fossils and evolution, the less I believe any of us descended from monkeys.

All about your Natural Curves: Badgley Mischka

I recently came across Badgley Mischka’s video for their spring 2014 line at the Mercedes Benz NYC Fashion Week…feminine and elegant.  Loving a lot!

Check out the video below:

Some of my favorites:

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Images credit to and

Phillip Lim for Target – Fall Collection 2013


In my first post for SissiFashion, I did mention that I would be on the look for green and navy blue as my go-to color combination for fall.  Being a tennis fan, I saw a picture of Maria Sharapova (no, am not a fan of her tennis but I do like her fashion sense) with a cute colorblock long-sleeved shirt and blue skirt.  It had a J.Crew feeling and so I checked…..and discovered that it is part of the Phillip Lim for Target upcoming fall collection!

See for yourself a preview of the collection HERE.

I have had my share of hits and misses when it comes to big designers pairing with low-cost retailers for a collection line.  Some examples: Versace for H&M was a big disappointment for me, and I waited in line!! Jimmy Choo for Target did not work, too polyesterish.  On the other hand, Neiman Marcus for Target was AWESOME!

As a result, I am excited but cautious about all the LIM for Target collection, we will see how it turns out….if I get an opportunity to even find an item!

Some background on Phillip Lim: Wikipedia.

If you are a Maria Sharapova tennis fan, sorry we will agree to disagree on her personality as a tennis player, but definitely agree on her style sense 😉

What do you think of Phillip Lim for Target? Let me know!