Tuesday, May 29, 2007

It's Cute to Take Out the Trash!

Who said taking out your dirty garbage has to be done without style?! Thanks to the Home Chic Home Collection by Two's Company, now not only can you look great, but feel great walking out to your trash can's with stylish garbage bags! Below is the description and features of this fantastic new line of garbage bags that will turn a mundane task into a fashionable affair you're gonna want your neighbors to see!

"These fabulous tall Drawstring Kitchen Garbage Bags handle garbage with glamour or transform into stylish storage bags for your seasonal sweaters or bedding. Each decorative box includes 20- 13 Gallon trash bags with a lovely damask pattern and blue drawstring closure."

It Features:
  • Durable plastic bags
  • Drawstring closure
  • Damask pattern on outside only
  • Includes 20- 13 Gallon unscented bags
  • Color: Black and White pattern with Blue drawstring

  • This is a great gift for your fashionista friends and family members!!! You you can purchase these stylish garbags bags by Clicking HERE.

    Monday, May 28, 2007


    Just thought I'd share this video clip... It is fucking hilarious!!! Love the youtubing.. Enjoi!


    Sunday, May 27, 2007

    Chip & Pepper NOW OPEN at Fashion Island!!!

    Hey for those of you who don't already know. Chip & Pepper have finally open their new flagship store at the Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach, CA. The only one in all of California!!! It's a quaint chic-boutique that you must check out! Great summer fun styles for the men, ladies and even toddler's! Below is all their info!

    Newport Beach
    Fashion Island
    235 Newport Center Dr.
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (949) 644-2447

    *American Rag Fashion Island still carries TWO different washes in the women's denim bar that the Chip & Pepper store doesn't carry!*

    Saturday, May 26, 2007

    I'm Audi!

    Unfortunately, this will be my last post on here associating myself with American Rag Fashion Island as I have decided to quit for the summer. I will continue to post relevent fashion postings on here about new lines and new collections and all that good stuff, however this blog won't be focused solely on American Rag any longer. BUT!!! Before I leave, I would like to give you one last AR info on a ton of new women's apparel that we've received in the past couple weeks up until my final week which was on Saturday May 26, 2007.

    For the Men, actually a lot of things were transferred. The only noticebly new items we have received are these goucho-looking sweat-shorts in black by Corpus, more polo's and tees from Trovata, also more polo's and shirts from Fred Perry. OH! I forgot the name of this new brand, I will post on here as soon as I find out, but also for men, there is a new line of tees and sweaters that are made from Organic Cotton, so for all you environmentally-conscious fellas out there, this line will be a great addition to your wardrobe this season, as they do come in fun vibrant bright colors!!! And it's reasonably priced at $45-$90 (I believe)... And a couple new washes in Insight denim came in and if you didn't already know, Insight denim is very affordable mostly selling for under $90!

    The ladies on the other hand has had quite a bit of shipment:

    More A.P.C. Madras plaid dresses that come in Blue and in Red. They are only $99!!! My personal favorite, however, is the red plaid dress.

    Mike & Chris delivers a mini bubble jacket in Cream and I believe it's a little under $200 which very reasonable for this line and for the great style it brings. I have already seen a couple differnt celebrities sporting this cropped coat already in black! But I think the Cream is a great color for the summer!

    NEW Da-Nang shorts and wide-legged pants ranging from $150-$200.

    Silk Shorts and a cute knit boho-type tank both in black just in by Vanessa Bruno. Expect to hand over at least $190 for either of the two pieces, but I think it's worth it to look that cute and ZEXY! Especially the black knit tank.

    Lots more fun tanks and tank dresses from LA Made, which only runs about $40-$75. Plus great stiped Tee-s and tank dresses that are great to pull over yourself coming to and from the beach to cover up after you've laid out for a fabulous tan.

    Splendid has really impressed me with some of their new stuff. There's this new black buttoned sun tank dress that I am in love with and also a V-Neck Tunic-like dress also in black that's also pretty cute. I believe both dresses cost around $150. We also received more cute comfy tops and leggings and thermals that we all have come to expect from Splendid in Spring-appropriated colors and patterns.

    Another line that I have come to enjoy seeing in our store is Aude. It's a mix between Splendid and James Perse. It's a simple Basic's line for Women that I have come to adore. We started just carrying fitted Tees and tanks, but we just got in these two thin striped tank tops one is with dark grey and white, and the other is a golden mustard and white.

    Sweetees is another line we carried in the Fall that sold rather well also. Mainly dresses, but this time around, the dresses are shorter and a little bit more on the casual side. Again, it's great to throw on and off for a day at the beach or just to go run some errands but you still want to look somewhat presentable and cute! These cotton tank dresses come in blue and in white and will run you about $90.

    From Sweetees, we also have Zoe Tees, which we now have in a blue-grey and cement striped tunic tee-shirt dress, and that same print is also on the swimsuit set that they sent us. It also come in black stripes as well! The tunic tee dress will run about $110. And the swimsuit is about $85.

    Pulcini is yet another Basic's line for Women. The tees and tanks also come in solids and striped prints. The color schemes seems to be more of a pastel look like baby blue and light pink, etc... at least that's what it seems with what our buyer bought. There is a red tee-shirt in the line as well though. These soft and sensual feeling tops will cost you around $50-$75.

    A LOT more bathing suits/swimsuits by Insight are now available, as well halter tunic dresses... all of there stuff are great bold and bright crazy, fun prints... I personally like the brashness of the prints, it for sure seems like something Nicole Richie would be sporting! And a lot of them are pretty reasonable costing only about $70-$90 for the set.

    A long thin red and cream striped cardigan and a new blouse in by Lisa Gorman which I think is quite darling, although I'm always a sucker for cardigans! I believe the cream blouse is about $145, and the cardigan is about $150.

    New denim washes and fits for 18th Amendment, Raven Denim and Paige are now in! Plus we got in two new denim lines: Small Town and Anlo! Both are in skinny fits only and are about $200.

    FINALLY!!! More Trovata for Women. love, Love, LOVE! the new Trovata denim shorts, it also comes in denim overall shorts. A cute multi-colored hoodie sweatshirt and a khaki canvas-like bolero rounds out the new apparel we got in from Trovata. I am hoping, and am pretty sure, more will be sent in from this line very soon.

    Keep checking back on this post as I will try to keep updating it with pics and more exact price info. Sorry there aren't any pictures attached to these labels.

    Friday, May 25, 2007

    Happy Memorial Day!!!

    I hope everyone has a safe and fantabulous
    holiday on this Memorial Day weekend!!!


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    Monday, May 21, 2007

    NEW IPod Listening Decks!!!

    Ever walk into our store and like a song that's playing? And after we show you what CD is playing, don't you want to sample the rest of the CD as well? Well now you can! In our CD/DVD section, customers of American Rag Fashion Island can actually pick out songs and albums they want to listen to, to make sure that they like most of the other songs before deciding to purchase the whole CD. There are three new listening stations for your enjoyment! So now you can come in and hear our assorted eclectic music selections at your convenience...

    Sunday, May 20, 2007

    Amazing How Trends Spread...

    Here is Teri Hatcher of Desperate Housewives fame in a pair of Rich & Skinny Jeans in the Leggy Gogo Grey wash at the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End premier last Saturday.

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    Saturday, May 19, 2007

    She's Rich and Skinny...

    Lindsay Lohan is rich and skinny... and she wants you to know it! Here is Lindsay wearing a great pair of Rich & Skinny Sleak Denim in Grey, which I actually have and am in love with. This is a great pair of stretch denim that conforms to your body beautifully... Rich & Skinny jeans aren't your typical pair of Seven's or Citizen's so they won't shrink the way most denim would, for a more true-to-size fit. Not only are the fits amazing, but this denim line has one of the best colored denim collection that is hot this season. However, American Rag Fashion Island does not carry this line since I believe Neiman Marcus has a deal with them or something... BUT! The American Rag in Los Angeles does have a few different washes in stock, so please check out our La Brea location to see what they have. San Francisco AmRag may have it as well. This line also carries skirts, shorts, capris, boot cuts, straight legs, and flares... so no... they don't just have skinny's!!! Rich & Skinny jeans costs around $190-$225.

    *A couple of my favorite color denim washes from their collection*

    Pink Grapefruit

    Motley Blue


    Silver Star

    Unbuttered Toast

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    Life With Bird.

    For those of you who have shopped at our store last season, Life With Bird was a devilishly flirty women's line that we carried that sold quite successfully and again, it is an Australian brand. I was sad when I didn't see any of their Spring apparel in our store because I when I was on their website checking out their latest collection, I thought that American Rag Fashion Island customers would really like it! So while I was working on Sunday, Bridget McCall (ie: Bird from Life With Bird) came in and shopped around and I mean I didn't know it was her until we started talking to each other and she confirmed that Ruthie, our women's buyer, had PLACED AN ORDER FOR THEIR SPRING COLLECTION! (I believe it's Spring, perhaps she ordered the Fall collection) So I will keep you updated as I find out more about what exactly we might be receiving! But do check out their stuff, it's fantastic!

    Friday, May 11, 2007

    Hello, Madras!

    I couldn't talk about this season's trends without mentioning the "MADRAS" craze that's is making its rounds to a variety of retailers from J Crew and American Eagle Outfitters to Barney's Co-Op and of course, American Rag Fashion Island. We have an assortment of brands that cater to your Madras needs...

    For the Women, we have a great simple classic line called Tailor Vintage. This New York based company has been shipping their contemporary sportswear to all the high-end upscale businesses like ARFI! Their shorts will run you from about $98-$120.

    Below is a color swatch of the different patterns their Madras come in. We only carry the Key West Tea Dip and the Sand Bleach.

    Madras is so big this season, reknown fashion lable, A.P.C. launched their own Madras line, which is even more price friendly than their already reasonably priced apparel. Below are some of the great new things we received in from their Madras line. This sun-dress below is my personal favorite from the Madras collection by A.P.C. It retails about $129. There's also a match handkerchief that would match this dress for about $30-$40 sold separately. Overall, this collections ranges from about $50-$220.

    **There is a matching tote bag to match the top above
    and/or the jacket below for about $60 sold separately**

    *The floral blouse above is not from their Madras line, but new to our store*

    And for the Men, we actually just received our Tailor Vintage (Men) shorts for men this past week. Again, we have the Key West Tea Dip, the Sand Bleach and (I believe) the Flamingo Acid. The men's shorts will run about $108-$125.

    Also for the Men, we carry some great shirts and shorts by Engineered Garments. Now I must say that I personally like this line a lot. It's a sexy, yet stylishly classic brand. Below are some of the great stuff we have in from them this season. Prices range from $150-$200

    Hey fellas, pair the Madras shirts with some fine quality premium denim also by Engineered Garments (see below). We only have a few sizes left in the wash below. I believe it is a Raw rinse. Engineered Garments' denim retails at about $230.

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    New Denim Alert!!!

    Let's start with the Men...

    HEY! Guess what? J Brand for Men is NOW AVAILABLE at American Rag Fashion Island in three different washes. Starting at $180.

    New washes in Ksubi just in, including the rare Van Winkle Pipeleg Stretch Skinny w/ Button Fly, in a Washed White Steel Blue that looks mucho bueno! It is priced about $265. (see below)

    Now for the Women...

    Deener is BACK! We carried a generous collection of Deener's in the Fall of '06 but transferred them all during our winter sale. But we are fully stocked again with three brand new washes including a skinny leg with flap button back pockets! And if you've never tried on a pair of Deener's before, YOU SHOULD! They are incredibly soft made from the finest Italian and Japanese denim and you can feel good wearing them because they run a little bigger. So if you normally wear a 28 waist, I would recommend you try on a 27, or a 26 even! Now doesn't that sound good?! Deener is your NEW default denim! Deener's will run you around $173-$200, but in my opinion, it's well worth the comfort!

    More Paige Premium Denim are finally in. We can't seem to keep Ms. Paige on our shelves lately. But a few more darker denim in a more straight to boot cut fits to please all you ladies out there who aren't quite ready to venture into the trendy Flares and Bell Bottoms that are in this season. And I agree, if not worn properly by the right person, this look can be tragic! So stay safe with the straight/boot cuts! And Ms. Paige has got 'em! Prices vary between washes from about $170-$220.

    What else have we got?? Oh, that's right, more 18th Amendment denim. A Mischa Barton favorite. This is denim line that is an ode to the classic American roaring 1920's. Simple and sophisticated. It's a vintage look and feel without being used... (see below)

    Just received some Ksubi in the Low Rise Skinny Pins Mikey Blue's priced at $275. Also available in a High-Waist fit.

    Saturday, May 5, 2007

    Australian Fashion Week!

    If you hadn't noticed, our women's buyer is quite fond of designers from down under. Lover, Ksubi, Marnie Skillings, Cohen et Sabine, Kirrily Johnston, Gorman, Shakuhachi, Anna & Boy, Something Else, Mimco, Deborah Sweeney, Alice McCall, etc, etc... With the Australian Fashion Week just ending yesterday and our buyer currently on a buying trip there, you can be expecting a lot more apparel from these desingers, among others. For more details about this event, please click below.

    Australian Fashion Week

    What is She Wearing?

    First off I have to say that I love Courtney Cox-Arquette. She is flawless and I really think her style is stunningly and playfully elegant, I don't know if that makes sense... Some may say boring, but I'm not too adventurous myself in my fashion statements considering my color schemes tend to be grey, black, navy, and white with greens and reds mixed in here and there for some color. Below the former Friends star is wearing what I believe to be an A.P.C cardigan. Want the entire look? Pair it with some black slacks by Raven which we also have in stock with one of the assorted vintage white blouses we carry in our vintage collection . If I'm not mistaken, the A.P.C cardigan runs about $227, the slacks by Raven are about $220, and a vintage white blouse can run anywhere from $19.95-39.95. I'll get all the exact details in asap.

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    Wednesday, May 2, 2007

    Upcoming Events

    Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza
    Meet Ella Moss Designer
    Pamella Protzel
    May 5th, 2007 from 1pm–4pm

    "Did we hear right? Oh yes, we did! It’s a chance to meet Pamella Protzel, the designer behind the Ella Moss — a true OC girl’s go-to line for perfect weekend pieces. Shop to the sounds of our DJ, enjoy some light refreshments and pick up a special gift with your Ella Moss purchase." (714) 824-4600

    American Rag Fashion Island customers seem to love Ella Moss' line of fun, frilly, casual-chic wear... hopefully we'll be receiving more of her stuff in soon. Haven't been to our store lately? Then you must have missed the sexy green-striped bikini set that's been selling like crazy. Only a few left ladies, so please stop by and make sure you have one of your own to splash around in this summer!

    Tuesday, May 1, 2007

    Hey, it's Tuesday!

    And there's some good shtuff coming out on CD and DVD today!!! Michael Buble, for example, releases his highly-anticipated album, Call Me Irresponsible including one of my "IT" songs of the moment, "Everything." Also includes classics like, "The Best Is Yet To Come," and "Me and Mrs. Jones." Click below on his devilishly handsome CD cover to purchase your copy today! Plus it's only $11.99 on Amazon!!! That my friends, is a fantabulous deal... And No Surprise it's also #1 right now on Amazon.com! Congrats to Mr. Buble!

    And also out today is Season 6 of Will & Grace. One of my favorite comfort TV shows! I can watch it anytime, just leave it playing in the background while I'm doing something else, fall asleep to it, etc... Friends is another comfort TV show of mine. Anywho, I don't think I need to tell you anything about Will & Grace because I'm sure you all know about the show already... so just go out and get it! Pop it in your DVD player whenever you have those Lifetime Original Movie days filled with Drama and you just need to have a hoot and a holler about the lives of quirky gay men and their hags! So Click Below!!

    Unfortunately American Rag does not carry any of these titles, BUT we do have a HUGE CD/DVD collection! And the music and movies are eclectic and are rare finds, so definitely come by our store and check out all of our titles in stock.

    More denim shorts...

    Hey all, I recently posted a blog about denim shorts and how I liked the whole, "pockets sticking out of the shorts" like what Mischa Barton was wearing... Well, here we have La Lohan lounging with her pal DJ Samantha Ronson, with the same concept, except she's wearing grey denim shorts which I haven't seen too, too much of lately, and variety is a good thing...for the most part. But I love, Love, LOVE the grey wash on these shorts Lindsay's wearing. They look like a pair of Ksubi's that she cut up into shorts. If you didn't already know, Ksubi is a master at perfecting the grey wash on their denim! I think everyone should own a pair... well, everyone slim, since Ksubi's denim line tends to run on the slimmer side. Even for the men's it can be pretty snugged! Although the Dee Dee's for men and the Scooter's for women are a bit more of a comfortable fit. American Rag Fashion Island is proud to be one of the only few retailers in California with a HUGE stock of Ksubi denim. More than twenty styles and washes to be exact!

    ** Thanks to a tip on Superfutre, the shorts Lindsay's wearing are by Ksubi and they're called the
    Albercurque in Worn Grey and it retails for about $220. Although we don't carry it in Worn Grey we do have the Albercurque in Black in stock for only $150, but the Worn Grey's may be sold on ebay, so you guys could try there. Either ebay or ebay Australia. Thanks Louce!**

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