Friday, April 30, 2010

Tribal Print Jersey Skirt

American Apparel is already quite affordable, so this piece on Bluefly is just a downright steal! Buy for the sale price of $21 in red or black.

My Style Challenge: Almost White Shoes

I've owned these shoes for awhile, but they had been forgotten at the bottom of my closet for almost a year! I first put them on with a cute brown wrap dress and went "YEEECH!" They were giving me serious wedding shoe vibes and I decided then and there I would have to get rid of them. And then...
Well how do you like that, with a different outfit they have a completely different feel! Who'd thunk it? by pairing with my lack J Brand jeans they give almost an 80's vibe, much better!
To tie the outfit together I threw on my white headband and tah dah! What do you think?
Here a close up of my shoes, I really like the low sides. And now they've been saved from the donation bin!
And the neckline of my Tsumori Chisato top, which is just frigging beautiful.

Inventory Issues

Ok, I'm getting really sick and tired of online boutiques not knowing their own inventory. Most recently I tried to buy some cute alice + olivia for Payless clogs and guess what I found out today?

"Due to an inventory discrepancy, your order was accepted even though inventory was not available. Your order cannot be fulfilled."

This makes me SO ANGRY! What's even worse is that their store still says my size is in stock! Online boutique should never ever do this to their customers - it's one thing to show people all the great items they can't have, but to pretty much trick people into thinking they can buy something when they really can't is probably one of the most negative customer service experiences I can think of. Some of you may remember when this happened to me with Hautelook about a year ago. I don't believe I've purchased from them since, I was so angry at how they handled the situation. Will I ever attempt to buy something from Payless again? Most certainly not, I don't trust them to not disappoint me!

I mean, they could have at least provided info on what nearby stores have the shoes in stock, grumble, grumble, grumble. Will someone please buy them for me at the alice + olivia boutique in Bryant Park and ship to me, I'm a 6.5.

Bright Flat Bead Necklace

Bright Flat Bead NecklaceThere's nothing like a brightly colored necklace to punch up an otherwise kinda boring outfit! Buy this one in red or blue at The Limited for the sale price of $19.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Deconstructed Knit Sweater

I've been into deconstructed, loose knit sweaters since Rodarte rocked them. Since then Alexander Wang and, more recently, Frank Tell showed amazing iterations! Alas, those are still out of my price range, but this one at TopShop sure isn't! Buy for $65.

Cutout Waistcoat

Cutout WaistcoatWANNNNNT this Comme des Garçons jacket SOOOO badly! It's just so me, especially the back! I'm totally buying a cheap Forever 21 Blazer and hacking it up into something similar, just you wait! It'll go in line with all the other DIY projects I've yet to do! Buy at Far Fetch for $391.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Caplet Tie Jacket

Caplet Tie JacketThis caplet style jacket is so pretty! It's totally giving me fairy tale vibes, but in a fresh modern way. It's neat how it kinda ties forward in the front, though I wonder if that would add too much volume for the busty women out there. It's definitely cute though, and can be yours for $255 at Revolve Clothing!

Piperlime Now Has Swimwear

Remember when they just sold shoes??? Well now, in addition to shoes, accessories and clothing, Piperlime now has lots of cute swimwear to tempt you with! Lots of great brands including Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shoshanna, and Ella Moss. Now if you'll excuse me I have to go panic over being out of shape!

Butterfly Back Tank

I could totally see wearing this Manoush linen tank with a blazer for work, and then alone for happy hour to show off the pretty, embroidered back! Originally $290, it's now just $102 at

Blouse and Denim Jumpsuit

Blouse and Denim JumpsuitIs there a point to a jumpsuit that looks like separates? I'm honestly not sure, but either way it's cute! And there's a petite version, so important in one pieces. Buy at Anthropologie for $148.

Denim Button Down

I like the lack of embellishment or even pockets on this denim button down! Extra bonus, it's on sale for $72 at She Boutique.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Canvas Slingback Clog

Canvas Slingback ClogOh wow, I actually really like this alice + olivia for Payless clog! The tan canvas top is almost a linen color, which I prefer over the middle range browns. And the base is either a super dark brown or black, again something I prefer. This may actually be the summer clog for me to try out, since its only $40, what do you guys think? Buy or no buy?

UPDATE: They're out of stock, even though their website claims they're not, so don't even bother :P

Suspender Print Tights

People always go gaga over my Henry Holland faux garter tights, but they're pretty much sold out everywhere. So unless you want to spend $50 for them on eBay, you were out of luck... until now! I found this pair at an Etsy shop Clutch 22 pointed out to me - not exactly the same but an affordable $15!

A Fashion Education: Nina Ricci

Continuing my quest to teach DC about high end designers and labels who's names aren't tossed around "Sex and the City" I am going to write about the amazing design house Nina Ricci.

Nina Ricci with Olivier Theyskens piecesSome Nina Ricci Pieces from the Olivier Theysken head collections

Founded by Maria “Nina” Ricci and her son Robert in Paris in 1932, it was well-known for a floaty, feminine aesthetic. In 2006, Olivier Theyskens joined as creative director, to much acclaim. He managed to combine the original, romantic feel with a Parisienne-punk twist and fashionistas all over swooned. But inexplicably, he was let go after the fall 2009 season, and former Louis Vuitton designer Peter Copping now heads the house. Nina Ricci Spring 2010
Spring 2010

Luckily for us I think the collections are still quite beautiful. They are definitely less edgy, which is a shame, but the ethereal vibe remains intact.
Fall 2010

You can buy Nina Ricci at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, and their bags at Barney's, but watch out for the crazy expensive prices! A tulle dress could easily run you $3,000! If I had to come up with a more affordable label that was similar, I would probably say Rebecca Taylor and maybe Tracy Reese?

I previously educated you on Thakoon and Rodarte, what's up with me fixating on floaty feminine designers? Next up will be Henry Holland or Jeremy Scott ;)

Pictures from NY Mag

Safari Inspired Romper

Safari Inspired RomperThis safari-inspired romper has a graphic brush print that I like. Rompers are definitely still chic for summer when you're looking for a casual cute look, and this one is only $58 at Urban Outfitters!

Asymmetric Mesh Dress

I identified asymmetrical straps as one of my favorite trends for spring, and this Mason by Michelle Mason dress definitely fits the bill! I wish it didn't have that odd mesh insert under the bust, seems to be a touch too much. I also wish it wasn't a pricey $380 at Barney's :P

Monday, April 26, 2010

Kushy Foot To the Rescue!

I have an amazingly cute pair of KORS Micheal Kors moccasins that's I've probably owned for about a year and never wore. So last week I decided I obviously needed to break them in, and I realized how much of a pain stretchy back flats can be!OwwyI almost immediately had to break out my emergency band aids and slap them on the back of my heels... but they were pretty obvious and keep falling off as I walk - yuck.
Then I remembered I had gotten some free super low foot covers by Kushy Foot and they were in my desk! The have foot pads on the ball and heel of the footie sock.
Hooray! it was so much better! They did peek out a little bit along the edges of my shoes, but they saved me from limping around and are definitely going into my bag for emergencies! Get three sets of two (one nude, one black) for $21 and thank me later!

Multi Chain Disc Necklece

I recently bought this LOFT necklace and it officially has become my summer go to piece! It's a touch on the statement side but not, and is deliciously ethnic - perfect to pair with a sundress and sandals, or how about some torn up jeans and a military shirt? Buy for just $35.

Backpack Trend A'Brewing?

A couple a designer backpacks have been spotted about for Spring, including an $800 one by Lanvin and a studded Givenchy one. And Alexander Wang, king of trend starting, has a super cute version now available. And more than a few fashion forward celebrities have been spotted rocking the trend, including Rhianna (with a Gucci version), Katie Holmes, Mary-Kate Olsen (with a leather & fabric Pendleton one) Daisy Lowe and even Whitney Port (with a Prada nylon one). But the biggest fan seems to be Ashley Olsen, who's been spotted with at least three different backpacks! The above shot shows her rocking a Alexandra Cassaniti one, isn't it surprisingly cute??

I do think this trend could really take off, some I've complied an assortment of cute options for you! I'm super tempted by the J. Crew version myself!

Army Vest

Army VestCan you tell I'm definitely feeling the military trend for summer? I like the faded, tough feel... ok I like anything that's not boho for summer, you got me! Buy this cute army-style vest at Singer 22 for $92.

Mesh Sleeve Cardigan

Mesh Sleeve CardiganTime for a post about an interesting, I want to share this piece that none of us would be able to afford! Brought to you by Pringle of Scotland (I can never think about that label with thinking, mmmmm Pringles!) this silk cardigan has multiple cutouts along the sleeves, giving it a mesh-like appearance. But it's a super $1,795 at Bergdorf Goodman - I would be more than happy to cut holes in your sweaters for half the cost, just let me know ;)

Pink Trench

Pink TrenchIt's all thunderstormy out, but that doesn't mean you can't look cheerfully chic! This Rachel Rachel Roy trench is super cute, love that lining, and a super affordable $139.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Beaded Tribal Skirt

Beaded Tribal SkirtOoo, glitzy tribal, that's not something you see every day! This Gryphon skirt is so about to sell out on Bluefly, so snatch it up for $242 now!

Silk Army Pants

These slouchy silk pants by Alexander Wang are an awesome combination of luxe and military! I keep saying I'm going to boycott posting his way overpriced pieces because I remember when he was at least a little more affordable, but he really keeps putting out such great, unique items I can't stop myself! Buy these at Saks for $425. Sigh, remember when his stuff was around $275 to $350? I miss those days.

Links à la Mode: Fashion has Brains

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Edited by Ashe

Every week I am always surprised by the selection of posts we receive here at IFB. I think back to before I started my blog, the discrimination I felt working in retail and adoring fashion, because it was shallow and it wasn’t academic. Now I look at the community I am a part of and think– how could anyone accuse fashion enthusiasts of being shallow? Or fashion designers, lovers of style? Indeed, like any frowned upon medium or niche, fashion has brains; it has ingenuity, it has controversy, it has creativity, and it has depth.

This week I want to celebrate those putting fashion and intellect together, to show that there’s more than meets that glittering eye…

Oh, and if you’re looking for something to do this summer… IFB is looking for interns!

  • Agent Lover: – On The Search For The Perfect Retro Bathing Suit!

  • Alice in Stilettos: – Interview with Edgy, Up-and-Coming Designer Chelsea Sutrisno

  • Bay Area Style File: – Interview with Model turned Eco Friendly Beauty Brand owner Josie Maran.

  • Bobbins and Bombshells: – Fashionable History: Lilly Dache – A True Fashion Success Story.

  • Denim Debutante: – Meet US-Made NAEM Denim and Win Your Own Pair

  • dramatis personae: – Back to the Future

  • Fashion Pulse Daily: – Cynthia Rowley for Roxy Spring 2010

  • For Those About to Shop: – Crystal Renn’s inspiring story of transformation may make you think twice about modelling industry:

  • krameymartin: – Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fashion sense. Check out this post to learn how to jazz up simple maternity pieces.

  • La Chanelphile: – “The Allure of Chanel” by Paul Morand with Illustrations by Karl Lagerfeld

  • M.I.S.S.: – The Rag Trade: The Sale Mentality. This week’s article looks at how we will get consumers to break the sale mentality and pay full price again.

  • Night Watch: – DIY Tutorial: Burberry Prorsum F/W 2010-11 Inspired Blazer

  • Oh, the Places You'll Go!: – ASOS Curve Models – Plus, or not plus enough?

  • Oranges and Apples: – Some thoughts on weight, fat activism and health

  • Poetic & Chic: – Hamish Bowles, European Editor at Large for Vogue, visits the de Young in San Francisco to announce a new Balenciaga retrospective slated for spring 2011.

  • Retro Chick: – Made To Measure – Dresses for those who aren’t a standard size

  • shrimp salad circus: – DIY Spring Flowers Headband/Belt for Under

  • The Coveted – Craving Miu Miu Clogs?

  • the fashionate traveller: – Discovers the emerging Japanese fashion trend Dolly Kei, as seen through a visit to Grimoire, Shibuya’s premier vintage store.

  • The Fashionista Lab: – I gave up shopping and gained a new perspective on using and building my wardrobe (hint: shoes are important)

  • True Queen: – Warning: Men In Skirts – Examining a taboo trend that attempts to go mainstream

Silk Chiffon Lace Print Blouse

Silk Chiffon Lace Print BlouseI still have massive allergies today, but I will attempt to work through it so I can find cute items to tempt you with! Like this Diane von Furstenburg blouse on sale for $156! I really like the black & white lace print, though the graphic print pink is tres cute too!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Eco-Friendly Fashion

It's Earth Day! To me, that apparently means the plants a trying to kill me with their pollen, so I appear to be getting nothing, including blogging, done! So here's a huge amount of eco-friendly fashion for you to peruse and hopefully entertain you for a bit.

Laced Zip Flat Boot

Laced Zip Flat Boot Alexander does some of my favorite overpriced footwear, and right now I'm salivating over this double layer combat boots! They would look so cool with army pants or just a pair of cut offs, but they're a pricey $595 at La Garconne. Le sigh.

Grey Chained Sleeveless Top

Grey Chained Sleeveless TopI really like the mesh chain racerback of this LaRok tank, but I'm not completely sold on the chain inserts on the bottom sides. What do you think? Buy at StyleBop for the sale price of $165.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Small Frame Tooled Bag

Small Frame Tooled BagI'm not usually a fan of big, fringy hobos whengoing for the boho look, but I do love the combination of a ladylike frame bag with some leather tooling! It gives a similar feel but in a totally different and much more my style way. Buy this one at TopShop for $70.

Barney's Trunk-a-Palooza

WAH, I want to go to this!!! It just started right now at the Barney's on Madison Avenue: Alexander Wang, A.L.C., Richard Chai – LOVE, Wayne, Vena Cava, VPL, Helmut Lang, Shipley & Halmos, Rag & Bone and 3.1 Phillip Lim will all hold trunk shows simultaneously.... I die.

Sequin Waistcoat

Maybe I'm crazy, but wouldn't this look amazing over the linen dress I just posted for a totally boho rocker look? This is a super tempting to buy piece, especially since it's on super sale for just $72 at Bunny Hug.

Linen Tank Dress

If had this IRO linen tank dress in my size I would snatch it up in a heartbeat!!!! It looks so soft and cozy, has a great color and would be sexy by itself or amazing layered over a tank or even a bathing suit! And it's going for the 65% off price of $49!

Military Style Belt

Interested in rocking a more subtle version of the military trend? How about a belt?!? It would look great paired with jeans or how about over a girly sundress? Buy this one at Kitson for $98.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Mule or Clog??

I've been researching clogs for the past few months and this has been driving me batty. What exactly is the difference between a mule and a clog, and, while we're on the matter, are both considered a slide? Let's turn to the internet to help!

"The typical clog may be thought of as a closed toed wooden (or other) bottom shoe with a heel no more than a couple of inches high. These shoes are backless, unless they are clog boots, which may be mid-thigh length, and have wooden soles." I personally would like to add in that the most I've seen have round, bulbous toes. A close example of a "real" clog is this one I found at Free People:

On the other hand, mules tend to be dressier and have much higher heels. Their backs are also open, but their toes can vary more in shape, from bulbous to maybe square or even more pointed. They also don't need the wood base often seen in actual clogs. I currently wish this pair from ASOS came in black because I would buy them in a heartbeat!
Neither clogs nor mules are supposed to have open toes; that would make them slides!

Obviously stores and designers don't really pay attention to these definitions much and pretty much call their shoes whatever they'd like! But hopefully this will help you narrow your search and find a perfect pair for you. Here are some options to get you started!

Loungey Silk Jacket is definitely the best piece in Nicole Richie's new line, Winter Kate! Sooo super pretty and selling out quite quickly, I found it's still in stock at Tobi... for now. Buy for $216 quick!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Paper Bag Skirt

Paper Bag SkirtI'm slowly beginning to accept tucking in a top as a cute way to polish up an outfit! This paper bag skirt would be a great way to rock that look. And at just $25 at ModCloth, can you really afford to NOT own it??

Super Skinny Acid Washed Jeans

Super Skinny Acid Washed JeansSlowly but surely acid washed denim has grown on me! I used to hate pale denim, but as long as it has a gray bleachy look I'm good with it! This pair by Alice + Olivia is super duper skinny and will run you $275.

Sparkly Octopus Earrings

Sparkly Octopus EarringsSomething is definitely wrong with me because I think these are so adorable, but at the same time totally want to pop them in my mouth! Sweet, delicious cuteness! Buy at Anthropologie for $80.

Floral Print Shoes

I get so many compliments on my red heels that I went looking for another pair of brightly colored pumps so I could switch them out on occasion! And the I got totally distracted by all sorts of pretty floral print pumps ;) They're such a great way unexpectedly inject not only color, but fun prints into a look! I found all sorts of great options to share with you:

Shecky's Girls' Night Out DC

I went to the recent Shecky's Girl's Night Out event in DC last week and had a great time! The events feature tasty cocktails, fun music and of course SHOPPING! I saw some impressive discounts, like Fendi sunglasses marked down from $360 to just $150!
I wandered around for a bit, checking out the different vendors. As usual there were tons of jewelry, purses and sunglasses. Definitely lots of cute options in many different price points and everything with a special Shecky's discount! I did see more clothing this year, but most of it felt like something you could pick up at your local Wet Seal. There were also beauty products, lots of makeup and even a booth featuring hair extensions! Now if you could have gotten extensions then and there it would have been neat, but I'm sure that was too much of a time requirement, so it was pretty much just informational.

I was particularly amused by one booth selling various sex toys, corsets and the like? Why so amused? Well, just two stalls down were the "Jesus Groupies" girls selling tees and a variety of religious things... whoopsie!

There was also a huge section for HP and "Sex & the City 2." It mostly featured fun tech, and you could get your picture taken, put into a "Sex & the City" template and printed out then and there! I would have gotten one myself if the line wasn't so long.

Overall, Shecky's continues to be a super fun night out with girlfriends, and I definitely recommend checking out the next one in your area! See all my pictures here: