Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Zipper Jeans

Zipper JeansWhen I saw these, I was like, I didn't know Rad Hourani had a (slightly) more affordable line, Rad by Rad Hourani! But now that I think about it, maybe I did know... either way you can buy these edgy tough jeans at Acrimony for $335.

Inspiration Board: Socks

New type of post!! When I was explaining this whole socks with sandals trend to one of my friends I pretty much had to run around and find pictures to show her that it wasn't as horrid as it sounded. And I don't know about you but there are times when I really just need to see a trend or style in a few variations in order to understand how to put my own spin on it! So I'm going to start creating little inspiration boards to help all of us try new looks... or perhaps see that something just isn't for us!

I threw in socks of all different lengths, some patterns vs brights vs neutrals and various shoes, from sandals to boots! I contrasting the shoe and the socks is key, otherwise what's the point? I also prefer a heel but I have seen socks with ballet flats and, of course, oxfords!

Have you tried the look out yet? Are totally over it? Wish I had full outfits instead of just legs? Let me know!

Cable Knit Shorts

Cable Knit ShortsI saw these in black and totally wanted, but alas they were sold out. So I went on a quest to find, and here they are in olive and wow they look different with the shirt tucked in! Hmm, do I still want? Buy at Amélie Boutique for £100 or about $150.

Netted Pink Hat

I so wish I was allowed to wear hats to work - they are probably one of my favorite accessories! This vintage-inspired one is supper sassy and $85 at ModCloth.

Vintage Floral One Piece

OOo, a real vintage bathing suit, it looks so chic, I love the covered boyshort bottoms! But I just realized Buy Definition labels the size as "vintage" - um, that's not exactly helpful guys! I suppose if you really wanted you could call them up and make them measure it for you, it is only $52!

UPDATE: Good news! In case you don't read the comments, they let us know that "The detailed sizing (waist, hip, length, etc.) for our vintage items are listed under the tab "Size and Fit"" Hooray, now you can buy without fear

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Suspender Tank

This unisex white tank has attached suspenders! If this amuses you as much as it amuses me, check it out on I Don't Like Mondays for $98. I think I know what my fiance is getting for his next present! But seriously, anyone just get a strange sensation that suspenders are the next hideous thing to become chic? Call me the Yoda of fashion :P

Blessing Brand Giveaway Extension (and Winner)

We have one winner for the Blessing Brand Bracelet Giveaway (Congrats Lynda!), however we had two bracelets to give away and Lynda was the only one who left a contact e-mail! As a result I'm extending the contest until Wed. July 7 at 12PM Eastern Time, to give away the second bracelet. So if you missed out, or forgot to leave a contact e-mail, here's your second chance. Leave a comment below, but remember, you can't win if we can't contact you! (U.S residents Only)

The bracelets are designed by LA Musician Scott Fairbrother. "Scott explains that he “wanted something that represented the classic Californian trinity of peace, love and harmony, but still had an edgy rock’n'roll vibe.” To this end, each leather wrap is decorated with positive messages or mantras (“carpe diem” and “practice compassion”) embossed in silver lettering and are fastened with a heart or peace clasp." They come in 8 different sizes and two different lengths, and retail for $24.00 or $34.00.

I love the combination of the inspiration messages with the tougher look of the leather wrap, and they are super comfy too! Remember, you can get your Blessing Brand bracelet now with our exclusive 15% discount. Just enter the code FASSHON at checkout!

My Style Challenge: A Redneck Wedding

Over the weekend I went to a wedding reception almost exclusively filled with people proud to call themselves rednecks. Super nice people, but I felt like I had fallen down a rabbit hole, like Vyqué In Redneckland. The dress code was casual, which of course I took to mean a a cotton sundress! I'm rocking one my mom made back in the 70s - she used to be such a talented seamstress, I'm thinking maybe I should hire her to make all my clothes!Well casual in my world means something completely different in Redneckland! I saw lots of jean shorts, wifebeaters, even a vest with the sleeves torn off and the phrase "Get a Real Bike You Fucking Pussy!" on the back. Man I wish I got a good shot of that, I still have trouble believing it.The cake was tattoo-themed, very Ed Hardy!
I had a good time, and I think I looked cute so who cares if I was overdressed!

Summer-weight Cardigans

I know, I know, it's counter-intuitive to think about cardigans in the summer, but you must layer with cardigans at work if your workplace is at all like mine. Lightweight ones are great because they are easy to layer and transition well throughout the year. These are on sale at Barneys, and free ground shipping on all orders!

Label to Watch: Suzanna Dai

Suzanna Dai has some amazing pieces of jewelry!! Designed by Suzie Gallehugh, she received a degree in Fashion Design from New York City’s renowned Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating, Gallehugh went on to work for Jones Apparel Group, where she honed her skills in beading and embellishments. Her expertise in exquisite detailing naturally led her to launch the Suzanna Dai jewelry collection in May 2009.
Before making the leap, Gallehugh traveled to India to source her materials and manufacture the pieces. “I create an exact swatch of the precise beading technique to use for a particular style and then sketch out the image of the fully finished piece,” explains Gallehugh. “These are sent to India, where the materials are sourced. Everything is hand-beaded on fabric, as you would for a garment, with the raw edges finished on the outside edge of the beading with a tight whipstitch. The beaded shape is then cut out and backed with leather or suede.”
In its inaugural collection, Suzanna Dai was immediately picked up by luxury retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman and Takashimaya. I am totally in love with so many of the necklaces, talk about making a statement! Alas, her line retails for about $105 to $430 and the necklaces are near the top of that range - sniff! You can buy pieces online from Stars + Infinite Darkness or Boticca.

Woven Bubble Skirt

Woven Bubble SkirtThe Matthew Williamson sale is now going on! Most of the pieces are still out of my price range, but so pretty! Check out this great multi-textured skirt, originally $650 but now $390.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ruffle Neck Jersey Jumpsuit

Ruffle Neck Jersey JumpsuitThe Net-A-Porter sale is just full of temptations, like this chic jumpsuit! Originally $215, it's now just $65 and would look great with some metallic sandals and a a bright clutch!

Drop Sleeve Menswear Shirt

Drop Sleeve Menswear ShirtThis blouse has interesting sleeves that make me think of kimonos! Buy at ADAM for the sale price of $99 in white or blue.

Lace Bottom Maxi Dress

Lace Bottom Maxi DressEver since an Olsen twin rocked a maxi dress that was sheer from mid thigh down, I've been looking for something similar. This Haute Hippie dress is super close to what I want, but even on sale it's a pricey $487 at ShopBop - yikes!

A Fashion Education: Jeremy Scott

Jeremy ScottAmerican designer Jeremy Scott's eponymous label began in 1997 and is infamous for conceptual pieces inspired by pop culture icons, including Mickey Mouse, fast food and The Flintstones. He dressed Britney Spears as a stewardess in her Toxis video and Karl Lagerfeld once said in an interview with "Le Monde" that Scott was the only designer who could take over after he leaves Chanel. Other fans include Madonna, Agnyess Deyn, Beth Ditto, Rhianna, Cory Kenndy, Lady Gaga - a veritable who's who of style icons!Jeremy ScottHis Fall 2010 RTW collection was titled "Hanger Appeal," a sign that he'll continue to bring more and more wearable pieces to the plate? I could definitely see items the average woman would wear scattered throughout the collection, blended into with outrageous pieces that stayed true to his nature. With the economy in the toilet and his Fred Flintstone dresses on clearence at Opening Ceremony, it's probably a smart move to design a collection with hanger appeal ;)
Jeremy Scott
Images from NY Mag

Colorblock One Piece

Colorblock One PieceI've never actually worn Spanx, much less any of their swimwear pieces, but many of my friends have sing its praises! Not only will this suit give support and smooth out any bulges, but its colorblocking will whittle your waist even more! Buy for the sale price of $119.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Slouchy Cargo Pants

Slouchy Cargo PantsWhile you will probably never get me out of my skinny pants, these slouchy cargo ones by Siwy are so cute I am a little tempted! But if I ever did try slouchy it probably would be for cheaper than $228 :O Pre-order at Boutique to You.

Wrist Purse

OOO, just like the Chanel wrist / ankle purse I could never afford, except totally in my price range! Only $20 at TopShop.... I think my ability to resist is fading fast!

Utility Jacket

Utility JacketI believe military style will translate well into fall, so why not get this great olive green utility jacket! Also comes in khaki, buy at Yoox for the sale price of $109.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Links à la Mode: Fashion History, Doing it Yourself, and Breaking Stereotypes

links a la mode

Edited by: Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista

My first week editing the Links a`la Mode and it was such a pleasure to peruse the latest jewels from the blogosphere! Imagine viewing the history of fashion through the lens of a exhibition or a syllabus of what you wish was taught. How about taking inspiration from the latest Jeffery Campbell shoe and tricking out your own for less? Better yet, let's talk about the "nude" trend and its color classification, and while we are at it, let's question the newest movement in advertising campaigns: Unretouched and real beauty - a breakthrough or a publicity stunt? From fashion tips, finds, and favorite things, this week's links a`la mode will satiate your hunger for full frontal fashion!

  • Bay Area Style File Shoptalk: Stript Wax Bar

  • Bonne Vie Is "nude" a problem? Or just a color palette?

  • Fashion Butter How to deal with the girls (dressing a larger chest)

  • Fasshonaburu looks back at the fashion rules she set for herself at the beginning of the year to see how's she's done following them

  • Fish Tank Fashion Are "unretouched" and "real beauty" advertising campaigns just a publicity stunt?

  • Grit and Glamour Photography for the Amateur, Stagefright-Afflicted Blogger

  • Hello Beauty have a new makeup lesson video with the Bobbi Brown Beach Collection and Treatment Lip Shines on hello beauty! The lesson is by Bobbi Brown education executive Katrina Rau.

  • Intrinsically Florrie From 50s swimwear to an 18th century duchess's wardrobe; a look at her college's fashion exhibition

  • Living Embellished Take a course in Fashion know, what you always wished your college offered!

  • Lovely & Lavish With the help of a stylish scarf you can transform an everyday getup into a chic outfit, Lovely & Lavish explores this season's best accessory!

  • Meowsk Dressing for the playground, reminiscent of recess.

  • Miss Jones and Me Shares a Few of her Favorite Things

  • Miss Vinyl Ahoy DIY Jeffrey Campbell Tick shoes for under $20!

  • Profresh Style Combining prints & textures

  • Retro Chick Frock love: Hot picks from the world of reproduction vintage

  • Simply Luxurious Summer items to add to your wardrobe

  • Stylish Thought Everyone Loves a Quirky Girl: Examining quirky style and women who dress the part

  • The Coveted Under the Sea, Closeup view of Cynthia Rowley's Resort 2011 Collection

  • The Curvy Fashionista The opening of Full Figured Fashion Week NYC 2010

  • Tog and Trappings Les flâneurie: How observation of life can inspire creativity

  • Wicked Whimsy How to build up a versatile & comfortable array of shoes

Striped Tee

Everyone needs a striped tee with a nautical feel for summer and this one is so affordable it's near impossible to resist! Sure you could pair with denim, but Lucky Mag recently showed a girl wearing one untucked over a floaty mini and I'm totally obsessed with the look now. Buy at Converse for $34.

Wood Wedge Sandals

Wood Wedge SandalsI really love the backs of these wedge sandals, I wish they came in more colors! They're a relatively affordable $104 at Lori's Shoes.

Chambray Skirt

Chambray, which is like a very lightweight denim, is so chic for summer! But you don't have to break the bank to rock this trend, this skirt is only $32 at Lulu*s!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pleated Overlay Jersey Vest

OMG, this would be perfect for helping me improve my layering options!!! Color too as it comes in teal or coral (and black). And it's only $30 at Tulle, how impossibly tempting!

Stretch Cord Leggings

Stretch Cord LeggingsSick of the jegging? Well then, here are some cord leggings... should we call them coggings? Buy at Anthropologie for $88 - there are also petite and tall lengths!

Asymmetrical Tank Dress

You know I love necklines like this! This Mason dress has that great asymmetric minimal style that reminds me of Jil Saunder but for a much more affordable price. Better yet, it's on sale for $218 at TwentyThirtyForty.

Chiffon Scallop Shorts

Chiffon Scallop ShortsThese scallop hem shorts remind me of some See by Chloé ones I saw awhile back, but much more affordable! Buy at Urban Outfitters for just $48.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Style Challenge: Sick of Socks Yet?

I went to a Twitter conference last week and while some social media peeps debated the appropriate attire to speak in (cargo shorts are ok, jeans are not) I held myself to the fashion blogger standard :P Maybe I stood out, but I think I looked fubulush, so nah!

Continuing my obsession with socks, I paired a grey pair with some black cut out heels and immediately feel in love with how it looked! Of course black and grey is a rather boring color scheme for summer, so hellooo Rachel Rachel Roy tie dye dress! To make the top of my outfit match the bottom a little and to be all professional-like I threw on a black blazer. Then decided I needed just a little more color so I finally wore a blue beaded lariat necklace I bought at Urban Outfitters forever ago.

This is one of those "I love my outfit so much but it's so distinctive that I can't wear it as often as I'd like" looks, any suggestions on mixing up the pieces?

Jeweled Mesh Bib

I love me some jeweled bibs and some hardware - this piece combines both into one fabulous statement necklace! Buy at Luv Charlie for $78.

Lust for Less: Draped Leather Jackets

Fall is coming, that means jewel tones, pleated minis and of course leather! Hmm, I feel like maybe it's time for a new leather jacket and what catches my eye but...This Vince draped leather jacket looks so sumptuous and cozy! What a fab mix of edgy and comfortable, I would totally buy it if it weren't $1,085 at Neiman Marcus - yikes!
This suede leather jacket by Muu Baa has the same open, draped front and slouchy shapy, but is a considerably more affordable $339 at ASOS. But still too expensive for me!
Finally I found this cropped jacket, again with the front draping detail. The leather looks a little shiny in this picture, but it's the most affordable option I've seen so far! Buy at Bebe for $198.

Tie Dye Bikini

Tie dye is still hot hot hot for the summer, so why not rock this cute bikini? I really like that the bottoms have a decent amount of coverage but there's still a tie on the side for muffin top-avoiding adjustment! Buy at Bluefly for $90.

Destroyed Duster

Destroyed DusterI love this totally deconstructed cardigan duster that looks straight out of a "Resident Evil" movie! Though it may be cheaper to simply buy something and cut it up, because this piece costs $195 at Kitson! Anyone out there good at artfully creating tears and want to help? Or maybe I'll hang something up in a moth-infested attic ;)

Pink Croc Embossed Tote

There's something so impossibly ladylike and proper about this bag! Strangely, I very much like it even though it doesn't obviously fit into my style. But everyone needs a blush pink handbag, which is the perfect non-neutral neutral! Buy at Lord & Taylor for $295.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Ikat Dot Pencil Skirt

It's easy to forget that ikat is more than just tribal prints! It's actually a type of weaving using a dyeing process to make pretty, more organic looking patterns! This one comes in dots (and petite!) and is on sale for $98 at J. Crew!

Cut Out Elbow Tee

This LnA tee was made for me and my pointy elbows! Seriously, they wear out the elbows in all my favorite tops, so why not buy them already like that? Buy at Pink Mascara for $95.

Espadrille Platform Pumps

Espadrille Platform PumpsI've written about espadrille wedges, which are tres cute for summer, but maybe you want the look but with an unusual twist? How about these pink Madison Harding pumps, on sale for $138 at ShopBop!

Tie Dye Tank Top

Oo, love this tie dye print - looks almost like a lizard print at times! Yet the black & white colors give a spacey vibe to it as well. And I love the purple silk racerback! Buy at CUSP for the sale price of $67.