Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

ShoeDazzle's Bold Colors

If you haven't heard of ShoeDazzle it is time to crawl out from under the rock and join the wonderful new world of online stylists. The concept is becoming very popular. Basically you create a profile, answer a quiz to identify your favorite styles, and each month new selections are put in your "showroom". You can share all this with your friends by linking up on Facebook. There is no monthly fee, and all styles are $39.95, plus they are offering specials and deals regularly.

Check out these new bold colors:

Plush micro-fiber T-strap platform heel with faux-leather piping and adjustable ankle strap
2" platform
HEEL HEIGHT: Outer: 6.5"; inner: 4.75"; feels like: 4.5"
COLOR: Fuchsia

Colorful faux-suede wedge sandal with cutout design, cork accent and adjustable ankle strap with polished metal buckle
1.75” platform
HEEL HEIGHT: 5.75"; feels like: 4"
COLOR: Green

Colorblocked, micro-fiber peep-toe wedge with two faux-leather adjustable ankle straps
1.25" platform
HEEL HEIGHT: 5.5"; feels like: 4.25"
COLOR: Purple

Western-inspired, faux-suede boot with faux-wood heel
HEEL HEIGHT: Outside: 1.5"; inside: 0.5"
COLOR: Cobalt Blue

Style Your Way To Skinny

It's a little late for me to start the summer diet, so instead of sweating it out I think I'll read this great post from Refinery 29 on how to use styling tips to look slimmer. Enjoy!

5 Genius Ways To Look Slimmer This Summer
By Gina Marinelli

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need a wand (or even a gym) to work some hot-for-summer magic. Whether you're a size two or a size 22, you've probably had the experience of test driving a look that's just all wrong — the effect is lumpy, your proportions look distorted, and all in all, it's doing nothing for your killer shape. But, before you rummage through every item in your closet, hear us out: We sourced a bit of help from a few in-the-know stylists to help you streamline your look to perfection.
Can these professionals really turn your look around? Just ask their clients — that is, if you happen to be in touch with Kate Bosworth, Rachel Bilson, or Katy Perry. These top-notch fashion insiders not only have the magic touch, but they're also dishing on the biggest secrets for looking slimmer in your clothes. Use their words of wisdom to create a sleeker finish ... without ever breaking a sweat.

Stylist: Nicole Chavez

Her client roster: Rachel Bilson, Scarlett Johansson, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Her Secret: "Monochromatic head-to-toe is a chic and timeless way to lengthen any body type. When wearing one shade, there is nothing to draw your eye to. Instead, your eye sees one shape, creating a lean silhouette. It doesn't break up the body."

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew

Stylist: Cher Coulter 

Her client roster: Kate Bosworth, Elizabeth Olsen, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Her Secret: "Tight, small prints sometimes can help! Your eye goes to look at the pattern in the print before the overall body." 

Presley Skye 'May' Print Silk Dress, $148, available at Nordstrom.

Stylist: June Ambrose

Her client roster: Zoe Saldana, Garcelle Beauvais, Kim Cattrall, Alicia Keys, and she's also the star of the VH1 reality show Styled By June.

Her Secret: "If you're square shape — I’m very square shape in the waist; I don’t have that curve, that hourglass, Beyoncé-kind-of cinching waist — the peplum is probably the best antidote for that. You want something that’s going to create the illusion of small and wide. The way the peplum is cut is that it kicks out at the hip, giving you just what you need to make the waist look smaller ... then it creates this illusion of [a] smaller waist and hips."

Peter Jensen Screen Print Cotton Dress With Peplum, $322, available at Opening Ceremony.

Stylist: Johnny Wujek

His client roster: Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj.

His Secret: "Spanx. It's no secret!" 

SPANX Full Slip - Slimplicity Open Bust, $88, available at Bloomingdales.

Stylist: Shirley Kurata

Her client roster: Zooey Deschanel, Miranda July, as well as styling the Rodarte runway presentations.

Her Secret: "I always find that anything that accentuates the waist (like a '50s-cut dress that is fitted in the bust and waist, but full at the hips) tends to be more flattering on fuller figures .... And, skirt lengths shouldn't go past the knees." 

ASOS CURVE Exclusive Dress In Pretty Floral, $37.28, available at ASOS.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Target to Stock CFDA Designers for Christmas

Halelujah! Any gal who is thrifty yet fashionable spends a little bit of time in Target. Ever since they started partnering with designers to make a line for Target I have been an avid Target shopper. Genius marketing. And check out what's coming up for the holidays....

Target + Neiman Marcus + 24 CFDA Designers = The Ultimate Christmas List
By Sheri Hickey

We all dream of being decked out in the latest and greatest up-and-coming designers, but often times our wallets keep us on somewhat of a sartorial diet. Well, not anymore. Thanks to a new collaboration between Neiman Marcus and Target, we may finally be the proud owners of those luxe labels we’ve all dreamed of sporting.

Today, luxury chain Neiman Marcus and affordable mega-store Target announced their collaboration on a winter holiday collection featuring 24 CFDA designers. According to WWD, on December 1, shoppers will be able to browse the 50-piece collection at 1,736 Target stores and 42 Neiman Marcus stores, as well as on both companies' respective websites.

The CFDA spread will offer products ranging from $7.99 to $499.99, with most products costing less than $60. Each designer will create between one and three pieces, ranging from men’s, women’s, and children’s apparel to sporting goods, home décor, and pet and electronic accessories. (WWD)

Warning: Reading this list may cause fashion fatigue or instantaneous salivating for any and all sartorial stockers. 

Alice + Olivia 
Band of Outsiders 
Brian Atwood 
Carolina Herrera 
Derek Lam 
Diane von Furstenberg 
Eddie Borgo 
Jason Wu 
Judith Leiber 
Lela Rose 
Marc Jacobs 
Oscar de la Renta 
Philip Crangi 
Prabal Gurung 
Proenza Schouler 
Rag & Bone 
Robert Rodriguez 
Skaist Taylor 
Thom Browne 
Tory Burch 
Tracy Reese
If you’re already e-mailing your boss to take work off, we completely understand.

Bridal on a Budget

I recently got married and was not willing to pay very much for a dress. Plus I wasn't really looking for something too bridally. My suggestion for brides to be is to search for evening gowns at places like Nordstrom, Saks, or Cache and find them in a white, cream or ivory color. They will be fabulous gowns and probably under $500. 

Here is a link to the one I chose. You can find it on eBay, Nordstrom, and other places, just google it! I am actually selling mine which is in excellent condition, $75! Email me at if you are interested.

Also, VERY IMPORTANT, if you find a dress you love but it's out of your range, try Recycled Bride which has gently used dresses and you can easily search for the exact style you want.

I also found a few recommendations from Refinery 29:

There are a lot of great dresses on J. Crew, wonderful silhouettes and great fabrics. $495


I love this style, it's unique, a little retro, and great length to show off some stunner shoes! $405

This could be your dress for a beach or more casual wedding, or it could be the fun reception dress. The price makes it easy to afford a costume change! $475

This is good for someone who may be a little more conservative, or going for a retro feel. You could really jazz this one up with a belt in an accent color. Love this silhouette. $368

Tea length is very popular now. And this dress has a great retro vibe. A simple alteration could turn this into a sleeveless dress if long sleeves isn't what you are looking for. $249.99

This is one of my favorites. It is simple enough for a casual wedding or costume change, but it can completely stand on its own. This is a stunner! A great hair piece and fab shoes... Oh my! $450

Monday, July 9, 2012

Skinny Jeans

Found this slideshow from Refinery 29, love the Zara jeans!! A great wash, slightly distressed and a cool zipper pocket detail. They are only $29.99!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Celeb-Inspired Styles

I love that People Magazine sends celeb-inspired styles to my inbox now! I rooted through the many options and found a few gems....

Brixton Pack Bowler Hat
from Urban Outfitters

Journee Collection Pippa Platform Wedge Sandals

Open toe 
Buckle closure 
Manmade upper & lining
Lightly padded footbed
Manmade outsole
4-in. heel
1 1/2-in. platform

Polka Dot Mini Dress
by Tinley Road

100% polyester
Hand wash or dry clean
Polka dot print dress with fold over collar and button down placket
Three-quarter sleeves with button cuffs
Elastic at waist

David & Young 'Neo Noir' Fedora

Approx. circumference; 22 1/2"
Approx. brim: 2 1/2"

Thursday, July 5, 2012


Love these color block clutches:

Round Turnlock Clutch In Teal

Features a wristlet strap
Flap with turnlock closure
Approximate Measurements: 12"W x 7"H x 1"D
Color: Teal
Composition: Polyurethane
Origin: China

Round Turnlock Clutch In Beige

Features a wristlet strap
Flap with turnlock closure
Approximate Measurements: 12"W x 7"H x 1"D
Color: Beige
Composition: Polyurethane
Origin: China

Turn Lock Perforated Clutch In Mustard

Perforated flap with turnlock
Approximate Measurements: 10.5"W x 6.5"H x 1.5"D
Color: Mustard
Composition: Polyurethane
Origin: China

Turn Lock Perforated Clutch In Red

Perforated flap with turnlock
Approximate Measurements: 10.5"W x 6.5"H x 1.5"D
Color: Red
Composition: Polyurethane
Origin: China

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Perfect Shorts for the Hourglass

I have trouble finding shorts for my figure. I feel like most shorts make my waist look bigger. These shorts are perfect for the hourglass shape because they sit at the smallest part of your waist and you can wear a fitted top tucked in and either flats or wedges for a cute summer outfit. I found these on Beyond the Rack for a great price!

Hi Waisted Tencel Short W/Zip in Black
Featuring a wide, elasticized waistband with ruching detail
Fold over cuff legs
Exposed side zipper
Front pockets

Hi Waisted Tencel Short W/Zip in Bleach
Featuring a wide, elasticized waistband with ruching detail
Fold over cuff legs
Exposed side zipper
Front pockets