Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Winner

Drumroll please! The winner of the beautiful Twisted Silver necklace is...
Congrats Brandy for correctly identifying my favorite post in the time period as the Marc Jacob Mouse Flats. Thanks to everyone who participated and a special thanks to Twisted Silver, check their stuff out!
I'm off to give little kiddies tasty treat, everyone have a fun and safe Halloween!

Solitary Red Necklace

Solitary Red Necklace A solitary siam red Swarovski crystal bead surrounded by graduated black jade beads. Really beautiful and only $32 at Twinkle, though I could probably go to a local craft store and make something just like this for $10. Still, I think it would be a great, cheap present for the holidays!

Plus Sized Houndstooth Blazer

Lane Bryant really isn't a bad place for woman's sized fashion. I used to have a negative opinion of it, but they have cute and flattering clothes at affordable prices, like this houndstooth blazer for $60. Plus receive 20% off any online order by entering the code "000209250" at checkout.

This IS My Costume Tee

This IS My Costume TeeNeed a last minute Halloween costume that won't arrive in time? Then buy the "This IS my costume" tee from Etsy for $14.

Loose Cropped Pants

Loose Cropped PantsI can't tell if these pants are supposed to be jodhpur like or not, they seem loose on the hips and they appear to tighten around the knees but when I look at the gray version of the pants on the site they just look too big for the model. Buy them at Yoox for $87 and let me know!

Limited Edition Chanel Bike

Limited Edition Chanel BikeNext month Chanel is launching a limited edition, eight-gear bicycle complete with leather saddle and quilted panniers, adorned with the trademark interlinked Cs. But at £6,200, you probably want to buy a heavy duty bike lock.

Treat For You!

Happy Halloween! Bluefly is having a one day sale where everything is 10% off!

Metallic Tweed Baguette

Metallic Tweed BaguetteHere's another baguette for you ladies! This one could easily go from day to night in a flash and costs $81 at ShopBop. Though is you enter the code "ARMCANDY" you'll get 20% off this or any non sale bag!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mary Jane Slingbacks

Mary Jane SlingbacksI'm always looking for shoes with unusual strapping and here is a perfect example! I love the Mary Jane / slingback combo, I don't think I've ever seen that before. Buy these at Couture Candy for $116. They're also available in pine green.

PS Today is the last day you can enter my contest for a free Twisted Silver necklace!

Ruched Mesh Tank Dress

Ruched Mesh Tank DressSexy, but still modest enough to wear to your company holiday party (possibly with a shrug but still), this is an ultimate bargain buy for the holiday season! Originally $270 at Neiman Marcus, it's now been marked down to just $95!

Satin Top with Bell Sleeves

Satin Top with Bell SleevesI'm always amazed when I see designers so ahead of the trends that their stuff is on sale right when it gets big. Like this top, which is currently on sale for $48 at Stars + Infinite Darkness. Those shoulders are going to be hot for Spring '08, but it now and thank me later!

Chocolate Gold Jewelry

chocolate gold jewelryThere's a new craze slowly building out there for chocolate gold. And, no, it does not mean those gold coins kids will be eating tomorrow. Apparently there is a special process called PVD (for physical vaporization and deposition), during which rose gold is bombarded electronically, which makes the metal change color to a molten brown. At first I was like, ew brown isn't pretty, but seeing the pieces changed my mind and now I want! I especially like the contrast between the dark brown and the icy diamonds. of course the pieces above are from de Grisogono's "Browny Borwn Gold" collection, and cost a minimum of $10,000... so I went in search for cheaper alternatives. There's the Cocoa Collection by Licia Mattioli, where pieces range from $1,000 and up, but that's still (possibly) out of my price range.
Then I found Chocolate Gold at QVC. Most pieces are under $100 and, while not as extravagant, definitely cute! But the site says the pieces are "14K yellow gold with chocolate brown plating" is the brown plating gold or something else? Stop confusing me, QVC!

Frilled Hem Pencil Skirt

Frilled Hem Pencil SkirtThis skirt has a great frilled underlay peeking out from the bottom! It's a perfect mix of serious and sweet. Buy at Yes Style for $55.

Fashion is Easy Just Like You Tee

Fashion is Easy Just Like You TeeAhaha, this made me laugh and it'd be a great gift for the fashionista in your life! Buy at Intermix for $85.

Kimono Inspired Cardigan

i just really like the way this cardigan looks, plus it's more than half off! Of course, even half off it costs $285 at Matches, but at least it's closer to affordable, right?

Cherry Blossom Pin

Cherry Blossom PinI love using brooches and pins to turn my cardigans into wraps! This one is beautiful, as a DC native I love all things cherry blossom and it's only $26 at PlasticLand.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Soled Boots

You're probably sick of all the red soled, Louboutin wanna be shoes I'm posting, but just one more pair! Knee high boots are always a good buy for the Winter anyway, and these are on sale for $28 at Ami Style.

Free Shipping J. Crew Code

Get free shipping at J. Crew with the code "NOVFS"

Lust for Less: Baguette Handbags

I'm having issues finding a good definition of the baguette purse. Basically it's a mini purse, narrow and rectangle in shape, with short shoulder straps to keep the purse snugly in your armpit. It was always Carrie Bradshaw's signature purse shape and with the movie coming out I get the feeling it's going to make a comeback! So here are two options for you!

The two labels that really specialize in baguettes are Fendi and Prada. Here's a chic Fendi baguette at Bluefly for the discounted price of $516.

Of course I don't know anyone willing to spend that much on a purse, she's here a more affordable version that also comes in beige and pink. Buy it at eBags for $135, and if you use the code "EMGIFT20" you'll get 20% off your pruchase!

Gap & Child Labor in India

Child workers, some as young as 10, have been found working in a textile factory in conditions close to slavery to produce clothes that appear destined for Gap Kids, one of the most successful arms of the high street giant.

Speaking to The Observer, the children described long hours of unwaged work, as well as threats and beatings.

Gap said it was unaware that clothing intended for the Christmas market had been improperly subcontracted to a sweatshop using child labour. It announced it had withdrawn the garments involved while it investigated breaches of the ethical code imposed by it three years ago.

Read the full article.

Hmm, it's hard to know what to think on this situation. On the one hand, I do believe the Gap would never intentionally employ child sweat shop labor. On the other hand, they were still negligent on their standards and that's no one's fault but their own. Do you think they need to be boycotted in case more of their clothes are made in sweatshops??

Shawl Collar Belted Jacket

Shawl Collar Belted JacketThis blazer by Tulle is such an amazing deal at $84 that I will be shocked, SHOCKED if you don't buy it immediately!

Pink Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Pink Ruffle Cocktail DressIf you're looking for a super cute and unique holiday party dress for under $100, let me show you the way! I really love the metallic gold floral pattern on this pink dress, it gives it an interesting edge. Plus, while originally $197 it's now only $89 at Label Spree, hooray!

Off Center Blouse

Off Center BlouseYou'd think I would own an off-center blouse since I write about them so much! I love them, but there is still a gaping hole in my wardrobe for one. Hmm, maybe this one can fill it? Buy at Tobi for $145.

High Waisted Bow Pants

I doubt I will ever own a pair of high waisted pants, but that doesn't mean my readers won't! This is a cute pair that's perfect for the upcoming cold. Buy at Anthropologie for $158.

Snowflake Noir Headband

Snowflake Noir HeadbandI love how "Roaring Twenties" this headband is, very chic right now. A great holiday present too, because it's only $49 at Bebe.

High Waisted Mini

High Waisted MiniThis skirt is perfect for showing off you new tights in! I love how gray looks good with just about any color or you could pair with some gray tights for an extra lean look. Buy at Milk for $161.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Plaid Blouse

Plaid BlouseMore lumberjack wear for you before the weekend! Urban Outfitters sale is still going on until Sun, so get your additional 15% off any sale item soon!
Everyone have a great Halloween (I'm assuming most people are going out tonight and tomorrow) and don't forget about my contest!

Last Minute NYC Sales!

Significant markdowns on designer Julie Chaiken's stylish and chic sportswear
Tuesday October 23rd through Friday October 26th. Tue, Thu 10am—7pm; Wed, Fri 10am—6pm.
261 W 36th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves, second floor (212-947-8748).

Up to 70% off eyeglasses and shades from brands like Dita and Ray Ban
Thursday October 25th through Sunday October 28th. Thu—Fri 11am—7pm; Sat 11am—6pm; Sun noon—5pm.
117 W Broadway between Duane and Reade Sts (212-608-8892); 82 Christopher St between Bleecker St and Seventh Ave South (212-741-9550).

Anbar Shoes
The store's usually low prices are discounted further during this sale, where you'll find pairs from $30.
Through Saturday, October 27th. Wed—Fri 9am—6pm; Sat 11am—5:45pm.
60 Reade St between Broadway and Church Sts (212-751-6051).

75 to 90% off covetable dresses and separates from the designer house
Thursday October 25th, Friday October 26th. Daily 10am—6pm.
450 Park Ave at 57th St (212-717-8220).

Faux Fur Jacket

Faux Fur JacketFaux fur is the hotness right now! This jacket has a great empire waist and metal wolf clasps, very ice queen of Narnia if you ask me! Buy in black or white at Built By Wendy for $293.

ShopBop Handbag Sale

ShopBop Handbag Sale

EXP: 10/31/07 Get 20% Off All Non Sale Handbags at ShopBop with code ARMCANDY

Sequin & Rhinestone Cardigan

Sequin & Rhinestone CardiganThis is a fun and very now cardigan to throw on over a holiday cocktail frock! Buy at Bluefly, currently for the clearance price of $83.

Navy & Black

Sounds like navy and black are going to be the next hot color combo,and certainly no longer a fashion faux pas.

Quilted Tall Boots

Quilted Tall BootsNow that the threat of Winter is eminent, now is a good time to invest in a new pair of tall boots to help keep you warm. I love the quilting detail on these and they're currently on sale at Piperlime for $143.

Aviator Wool Hat

Aviator Wool HatCheck out how cool this aviator hat is, in soft merino wool! You can buy it in red, purple, black, brown, blue, gray and ivory at zero + maria cornejo for $122.

DVF Anka Dress

DVF Anka DressThis was one of my favorite pieces from DVF's recent collection, so I'm really surprised that it didn't sell out! Not only did it not sell out, but now it's on sale at Queen Bee! Originally $345, it's now 50% off at $173. Will I be able resist buying this next month (my October credit card bill is officially at scary levels)? Only time will tell!

Clutch Bag

Clutch BagI like how this clutch not only has a handle, but also a detachable strap! It's only available in blueish black, but they don't have a picture. I hate when sites don't have pictures of all the colors, it's very unhelpful! Buy at French Connection for $68.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Karl Lagerfeld Print Tank

Karl Lagerfeld Print TankAnother great present for the fashionista in your life, because any decent clothes horse should recognize Karl Lagerfeld! From his own K KARL LAGERFELD line (egotistic much???), they call it a vest top but it looks like a basic tank to me! Buy at Net-a-porter for $130.

Bejeweled Headband

Bejeweled HeadbandThis is a great way to incorporate a festive fashion trend into an outfit! I'm totally wearing this to all my holiday parties. Buy it for $49 at Wink.

Pencil Skirt w/ Buttons

Pencil Skirt w/ ButtonsLonger, more fitted skirts are back, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a bundle to update your look! This is a great piece, with a nice wide waistband to cover a tummy and a sexy, stretchy fit otherwise. Best of all, it's only $42 at Fan Clothing, hooray!

Camel Knit Sweater Babydoll

Camel Knit Sweater BabydollEven though I not a huge fan of babydoll dresses, I do still like the silhouette when it comes to tops. And I think it makes this sweater fun and unique looking, whoever thought you could make a pleated knit?? Buy at Frock Boutique for $185.

Stretch Leather Pants

Stretch Leather PantsLeather pants have always been on my "Buy Someday" list, yet I've never wanted to spend the cash on something I couldn't wear to work. But now I may have to change my mind because these are some of the cheapest leather pants I've seen! Buy them at Spiegel for the totally affordable $129.

Interview with Luciana Tiktin of YOSOY FASHION

It's been awhile since I've really interviewed someone, huh??? So here's one with Luciana Tiktin, creator of YOSOY FASHION. If the name is familiar, that's because she showed at DC Fashion Week recently! The label has been compared to D&G, Miss Sixty and Diesel and I really love the pieces in the new collection!

How did you get into fashion design?

I started in the fashion industry as a fashion stylist, and then I went into fashion design.

Do you have any formal training? Previous experience?

I did 1 year of design at International Fine Arts College, in Miami, FL. And I dropped, I was more interested about opening my own line, since at that time I was working at Jormar, clothing wholesaler, I had some experience, so just jumped.

What other designers inspire you?

Stella Mc Cartney, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Valentino & Oscar De La Renta.

Describe your typical customer.

Cool girl, 20/30 something, with some sense of style, looking for something unique.

What celebrity's style is the embodiment of your line/if you could dress any celeb in your clothes, who would it be?

Victoria Beckham is the embodiment of the line, trashy euro look, with class & sense of fashion. I'll love to dress Gwen Stephanie, eventough we'll have a conflict of interests. In other case, Scarlett Joahnson or Mischa Barton.

What's in the future for YOSOY FASHION?

YOSOY Fashion is planning to open a Showroom/ Retail store, joining forces with other DC local designers, like L- Shandi, CG originals, Anne Lewis, Holland Cox, Samira Atash, and more.

Congrats on showing at DC Fashion Week! I noticed you had jodhpurs in your collection. How would you recommend creating an outfit with that as a center piece?

I usually wear them with boots and a top. Depends where I'm going I'll style it more, or I'll choose a sleeky top of my collection.

What are some of the other upcoming trends you're seeing for Spring 2008?

Jumpsuits, tie dye, dresses still with a Star Wars flavor.

What's your favorite piece of clothing in your own closet?

You'll laugh, but at this moment I have to say are Jadhpurs. I'm with them day and night...I have them in 3 different fabrics!

Lace Belt Trench Coat

Lace Belt Trench CoatIf you're a size 6 then I doubt you'll be able to resist this deal! A super cute trench coat with lace details on the belt, originally $605. But it's now on sale for just $182 at Basic Boutique, what a steal! Plus the wrinkled texture is totally fun.

Fashion Fights Poverty Fashion Show

Fashion Fights Poverty Fashion Show
Get a peek at collections from ecoconscious designers while benefiting Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit assisting craftspeople in vulnerable global markets.
Oct 26, 6-10 pm
Carnegie Library
801 K St. NW, b/t 7th & 8th Sts.
Washington DC

Mini Dress With Metallic Yoke

Mini Dress With Metallic YokeIn fashion a "yoke" is defined as: A piece of a garment that is closely fitted, either around the neck and shoulders or at the hips, and from which an unfitted or gathered part of the garment is hung. The more you know! Buy this cute, perfect for Winter dress at Lisa Kline for $235.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Two Tone Drape Neck Top

Two Tone Drape Neck TopColor blocking is hot, but I really like how this one is diagonal - it's a slightly unique perspective. Buy at Couture Candy for only $75.

Silver and Rhinestone Shoe Necklace

Silver and Rhinestone Shoe NecklaceThe perfect holiday present for the shoe aficionado in your life! Because you know KNOW it's a Louboutin! Buy at Patricia Field for $126.

Lust For Less: Criss Cross Vamp Pump

I'm beginning to feel a little sorry for Louboutin, whose designs keep getting stolen! But not sorry enough to not post this:

Buy these classy shoes at Barney's for $620, not exactly an impulse buy.

OR buy these exact copies (minus the red soles) for $100 at Steve Madden. I have to say, I think this goes way past just being inspired by other designers.

Doggy Carrier

Doggy CarrierAwww, so cute (I'm already imagining a adorable puppy head sticking out!) Buy at 2 Modern for $95.

Houndstooth Bomber Hat

Houndstooth Bomber HatI love this style of hat, maybe because it's taking something unfeminine and kinda ugly and turning it into something chic! Buy this hat at Target for the totally reasonable price of $13!

Rain Gear

It's raining again here in DC (sorry Atlanta!!) so here are some fun rain gear options for you!

Shell Kimono Tee

Shell Kimono TeeThis tee looks soooo comfy and I bet it would look great with some super skinny knit pants and some knee high boots! Buy at Urban Outfitters for $28.
Don't forget about my contest with Twisted Silver! I'll give you guys a hint, my most favoritest post in the time frame is a pair of shoes!

Online Intuition Sale

Get 20% off your purchase at Intuition when you enter"CELEBSTYLE" at the checkout! The code will work until Oct 31.