Thursday, March 31, 2011

Silvia Tcherassi for Payless

The next Payless designer collaboration has been announced! I'm actually not very familiar with Silvia Tcherassi, a Columbian designer who's been described as fiery and funky. This is a great move for her, as now her brand will be known to the masses! The collection will come out sometime in May.

Holster Festival Pack

Holster Festival PackLove this idea, perfect for summer festivals! Probably not dressy enough to go out dancing in, but hey who cares, wear what you want! Buy in khaki green or grey at Free People for $78.

Summer Jungle Flower Shorts

Summer Jungle Flower ShortsI want new shorts so bad! I also want it to be warm enough to wear shorts so bad! Love this print and they're only $45 at LOFT.

Jersey Palazzo Pants

Jersey Palazzo PantsI saw quite a few wide legged palazzo pants for fall, but with the pace of fashion constantly speeding up you might as well start buying now!! This pair comes in black and grey at Free People for $88 and looks so comfy!!

Medal of Honor in Sparrow

Medal of Honor in SparrowI've had my eye on this brooch for a good long while, but have yet to pull the trigger! So I'm posting it in the hopes that my fear it will sell out will motivate me! Buy at ModCloth for just $17.

Dot Pull Tab Booties

I've been trying to to expand my fashion boundaries lately. A year or two ago I would have puked at the idea of western-style fashion, but I've decided that it can be done well and look really cute! Especially when heavily sprinkled with a rock and roll vibe - these Rebecca Minkoff dalmatian print boots would be killer with some cut offs and a bad ass attitude. Buy at ShopBop for $375.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Style Challenge: Winter to Spring

As a Lucky Alpha Shopper, sometimes I get neato presents, like these wedge heels by Baby Phat! They're extremely cute, and perfect for a winter to spring transition outfit!I've been working on NOT relying on color lately. Now that I've finally up-ed my outfit game I find it's actually much harder to wear neutral pieces. Especially since there was so many tonal color palettes for spring, I wanted to create an outfit inspired by that. The heels themselves are tres cute, comfy enough for the office to happy hour. Besides how I styled them, you could easily wear them with jeans and a tee for a casual look or with a swingy sundress for a garden wedding during the day. And, to be honest, they're a much better quality than I expected! I probably would have guessed they were Nine West or the like - well done Baby Phat!

I'm wearing: Wedge heels courtesy of Baby Phat, Rodarte for Target lace print dress, chunky knit cardigan courtesy of Land's End Canvas, arrowhead necklace and ruched ankle sock from Urban Outfitters, Oliver People glasses, turquoise ring a present from a friend back in high school, bracelet made by Sarah, earrings and Eddie Bauer belt stolen from my mom!
Awww, Kyoko wanted to be in the photoshoot! Really she just wanted some attention - such a needy dog!

Halter Printed Maxi Dress

This BCBGMAXAZRIA maxi dress has a killer graphic print, but the black sides makes it super slenderizing as well!! It would be great for a weekend BBQ or a garden wedding this spring. Buy at Last Call NM, originally $278 but now $189.

Suede Safari Hat

I was just thinking about how I don't have many hats to wear during the warmer months when this safari one by Etro caught my eye! I am in total love, but there's no way I can ever afford the $440 price tag at Net-A-Porter... le sigh. The quest for something similar starts now!!!

Mixed Print Tee

This Marni sleeveless tee perfectly mixes prints for you! I think it would look amazing paired with some denim or perhaps a flowy white maxi skirt and platform sandals. Buy at Marni for $320.

A Mom-Approved Summer Wardrobe

I was recently speaking to a colleague about shopping and fashion. As a working mom of two (update: I'm not the working mom, my colleague is :P), I realized that it's quite easy for me to forget how different other people's fashion needs are. Some people need easy to wear clothing, sensible shoes and the ability to machine wash - all things I rarely consider when shopping, much less seek out! So what should the moms look for this summer?

Mom Approved
I recommend classic separates paired with super chic accessories! I tried to create three outfits here, with all the pieces somewhat interchangeable! And don't forget that even wardrobe base pieces can be in style - be on the look out for maxi skirts and dresses, chambray button downs, and full mid-length skirts. A pair of flared jeans is tres chic right now and super flattering! Worn with a striped tee and drapey cardigan, you look cute, comfy and casual, but not exactly stand out. So throw on a fab necklace, a roomy but super cute sling tote, some platform sandals with a walkable heel!

You don't need to wear a leopard print skirt and polka dot blouse paired with stilettos to look stylish - in fact you may look a little silly trying to chase a toddler around the playground in that. It's amazing how the little things can help take your outfit to a put together look that's subtle yet fashionable. So subscribe to the Vyque plan of putting one accessory ON before leaving the house! And none of this pearl studs and a thin gold chain - you need statement pieces in order to make a statement! Once all the other moms start asking you where you got your earrings, you'll find you won't be able to stop!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Links à la Mode Tech: It's Time for a Fashion & Tech Evolution Revolution!

It's Time for a Fashion & Tech Evolution Revolution!
Edited by Vyque of Fasshonaburu

Technology has become a part of every day life. By the end of 2011, they expect more people to own a smart phone than an average cell. Augmented reality is becoming... well, reality. And even your parents got on Facebook, finally motivating everyone to learn how to customize their privacy settings!

I can't say fashion has been on the forefront of these advances. In fact, until Jennine brought together IFB I didn't have any friends who could edit HTML and discuss whether Pre-Fall was better than Resort. But now we have a group of like-minded women (and men) who can not only do just that, but actually help the evolution of the fashion and technology relationship and bring it to the masses! So rise up with me and let's start a revolution!


Tan Lace Skirt

Tan Lace SkirtThis skirt reminds me of all the leather laser cut cut skirts I've been coveting (yes, more than one) but for a fraction of the cost! Buy at Pixie Market for just $95 - totally worth it!

My Style Challenge: I Wear Red Pants Too

Since everyone has been rocking red pants of late, I decided to bust out my pair and put together a look as well! Really I just wanted to be added to Wendy B's round up of bloggers in red pants! I've also been wanting to pair red and a salmon pink, so it all turned out perfectly!I was being a bit wussy, so I paired the top and pants with black shoes and a blazer. I don't think it looks bad, but if I had mad personal style blogger skillz I probably would have rocked a turquoise sweater or my leopard print cardigan. At least I attempted to turn one of my scarfs into a turban headband, though it was obviously too small to truly pull off the look. Note to self: Buy slightly larger scarves!!
I'm wearing: Red pants I think by BCBG, I had them taken in and there's no more tag, salmon pink tank by Rachel Rachel Roy, black Lux blazer from Urban Outfitters, boots by Robert Clergerie, Tom Ford sunglasses, vintage Gucci watch, pearls from my aunts in the Philippines, vintage scarf.
Let's fist pump it!!

Bandage Bikini

Bandage BikiniBandage dresses and even skirts are kinda done in my mind, but a bandage bikini feels pretty fresh! Buy this one at Victoria's Secret the top is $66 and the bottom $64.

Animal Hooded Wrap

Animal Hooded WrapI think this is supposed to be a bunny, but it looks more like a kangeroo to me! Either way, I can totally see myself wrapping up in this while lounging around! Buy at Singer 22 for $275.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cowl Giraffe Print Top

I love this giraffe burnout print, particularly the blush pink color!! I bet it would look killer paired with some skinny white pants and flatform sandals! Buy at Theory for $120.

Safari Vest

Safari VestI enjoy safari style for spring soooo much! There's something ruggedly sexy about it, don't you think? Buy this vest at Madewell for $85 in olive or black.

Distressed Blue Grey Leather Jacket

I've been a little stuck on buying myself a new leather jacket lately, as mine are just a little too big and I am a little wary on finding a place to take them in. S I've been browsing around and this MICHAEL Michael Kors one in an amazing blue steel color caught my eye immediately! Originally retailing for $500, it's $298 at Bluefly, alas, still too much for me!

Top-stitched Denim Button Down

With Western style coming into fashion for fall, this Dolce & Gabbana top is a sure-fire way to look chic! Even better if you pair it with some gaucho pants or more denim! Buy at, originally a whopping $909, but now a more reasonable (in comparison) $318.

Southwestern Woven Purse

Southwestern Woven PurseLooking for an affordable way to upgrade your wardrobe for spring / summer? Definitely check out this roomy bag with a chic Southwestern print woven all over. Best of all, it's only $38 at Fred Flare!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shop Like on The Find

Have you ever been browsing for clothes and accessories online and wished the search would just read your mind and know you would never in a million years wear an argyle sweater set!Well, I just discovered Shop Like, a feature of The Find that shows you items based on your liking preferences on Facebook! The Find has been around for a bit, but I didn't really pay it much attention until I noticed it sponsoring the IFB Evolving Influence Conference! At the recent one they even showed me the upcoming visual search option, something I'm excitedly anticipating!

But until that comes out I will amuse myself with Shop Like. At first I was a little unimpressed with the idea, but honestly it's nice to have a place where your favorite stores and brands are saved and you can browse them all at once! I can't tell you how many times I've looked for something on ShopStyle and ran through unchecking stores so I could only search at a handful of places.

Another cool feature is that you can also shop according to the brands and stores your Facebook friends like! I would take a screengrab of this, but it shows every's first and last names and I'm way to lazy to blur that!But I can show you what skirts miss Midtown Girl would possibly want to wear! Now I can steal her style, mwahahaha.Finally, it's very interesting to see that they have a few featured shoppers! Now you can search through stores and brands preferred by Chictopia, Moxsie and Bag Snob! And it looks like they're searching for others - think they accept nominations?

And sure, I'm definitely getting some flashbacks, a site I haven't even looked at since I reviewed it. The search results are kinda meh and uninnovative. But the fact that you can log in using your Facebook account is nice, aren't you sick of creating hundreds of accounts all over? And it also uses "likes" you already created, so you're already good to go!

Have you tried Shop Like? What did you think?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Red Cropped Skinny Jeans

Everyone is rocking red pants, I'm even wearing mine today! I should definitely take a style shot at some point, maybe Wendy Brandes will give her approval! Buy this pair at Free People for the sale price of $120, also available in white.

Gold Nugget Cocktail Ring

A unique statement ring is an easy way to add a little punch to an outfit! This one is nice and blingy but very affordable too! Buy at Envious Boutique for $25.

Bill Cunningham New York

Bill Cunningham may be one of the most influential voice in fashion. A photographer for the NY Times, he's known for his party candids and street style pics. In fact, I feel like he really pioneered the street style world! His shots define style, even Anna Wintour has said, "We all dress for Bill Cunningham."

I first became aware of his existence when I began attending NY Fashion Week. First I was all, "Who is this tiny old man in the blue cardigan?" He was always smiling and had a ginormous, old camera bigger than his head! He even took a picture of me at a Tuleh show, when I was rocking a seriously fab vintage hat I should definitely wear again! Now I think he's my favorite fashion celeb siting, even more exciting than Kate Lanphear or Julia Frakes!

He's a living legend who's been documenting NY fashion for decades, so I'm not surprised that someone finally made a documentary film about him! Best of all, it's coming to DC!! I haven't been to many films (as opposed to movies :P ) since I graduated collage, but there's no way I can miss this!

Bill Cunningham New York is opening in Washington D.C. today at the E Street Cinema!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bear Rain Hood

Bear Rain HoodIf there was any way at all I could justify the $270 price tag of this Maison Michel rain hood with bear ears, you know I would already own it!! It's just so adorable, and when you add that cuteness factor in with the hilariousness of the unfashionable rain hood, well, it's hard to resist! Buy at Kirna Zabete!

Carine Roitfeld Going to Barney's

I saw at Carine Roitfeld was heading to Barney's this morning on Twitter, but it didn't occur to me that I should post about it! When was the last time I wrote up some fashion news, seriously?? Oh, I guess it wasn't that long ago, but most of my news posts revolve around collections or collaborations launching. So here's some of the minute fashion industry news!

So Carine Roitfeld, ex-editrix of French Vogue, will be a guest editor, muse & stylist for Barney's Fall 2011 campaign. OK, let me be honest and saw when I saw the news on Twitter I didn't actually read the article so I though this was a much bigger deal than it is. Not that her duties of styling and editing Barney’s Fall 2011 catalogue, campaign window displays isn't awesome, but I thought she had been named as new creative director or something. And for those extrememely in the know, yes I know they just named former W creative director Dennis Freedman in that role, but it's the only position I can think of that would suit her.

So yeah, be on the lookout for Barney's fabulous campaign!

South Moon Under Swim Sale

Get 20% off all swimsuits and accessories at South Moon Under until 3/27 with the code "SWIM20" at checkout!

Size 12+ Prom Dresses

Can you believe prom season is coming up? Yeah... it's been more than 10 years since my prom, and I'm sure it's past many of you as well. But if you are checking my blog when you should be studying for biology, you're probably thinking "I need to find the perfect dress!" So I started compiling a set of chic prom dresses for all 2 of you! Then I decided anyone could get a set of prom dresses together, let's make this a challenge! So I present to you, prom dresses under $250, all of which are available in a size 12 or above! AND, while there are some navy and grey, there's not a single black dress! Yay color!

Printed Maxi Skirt

Printed Maxi SkirtI find this skirt's print really interesting, when you look up close it looks like slightly smeared leopard print. I want more maxi skirts!!! Buy at National Jean Co for $78.

Sequin Pocket Baseball Tee

Sequin Pocket Baseball TeeI'm a big fan of Son of John's sequined pocket tees! I especially like this baseball tee silhouette and the sheer sleeves! Buy at Harmony Lane for $119.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Style Challenge: Lela Rose for Payless

As I've mentioned before, Payless has been kind enough to send me some shoes from their spring collections! Yesterday I rocked a pair of wedges with an amazing woven heel - the Bolivar Wedge by Lela Rose for Payless! Tons of style for just $50, don't you think?I decided it would be fun to pair the shoes with a printed summery dress - kind of a subtle way to mix prints, don't you think? I topped off my outfit with a sheer cardigan, bright scarf and my birthday present from the Mr - a super cute purple satchel that just screams spring to me!
I'm wearing: Lela Rose for Payless wedges courtesy of Payless, H&M dress courtesy the Lucky Magazine Alpha Shopper program, sheerish cardigan from Yes Style, BP scarf from Nordstrom, purse from the Cambridge Satchel Company, belt by Marc Jacobs.
Can you believe every item in this outfit is less than $125? In fact, I think only the purse costs more than $75 - proof that you can be chic in every price range! Well, I guess the belt would probably cost more, it came with a pricy dress so it's hard to guess its value.

Just to let you all know, I know places like ModCloth and Urban Outfitters sell Cambridge Satchels, but the Mr got mine straight from their site so we could get the smaller 11" size. I think it's perfect for an every day purse!
Here's a close up of the amazing print woven into the wedge heel. These shoes are so cute and I got loads of compliments!

Graffiti Print Jeans

I could have sworn I had posted those pants before, but looking back the only graffiti print jeans I'd written about were DvF.... so sorry if this is a repeat and I missed it! Either way, these Proenza Schoulder jeans are totally covetable and on sale for $235 at My Theresa - that's almost in a reasonable range, especially if you consider they were originally $589!

Chunky Knit Vest

It's definitely warming up outside, but mornings and nights are still pretty chilly! Never forget the power of layers, like this great chunky knit vest by Deisel. Buy at 80s Purple for the sale price of $85.

Cropped Denim Jacket

Denim jackets are perfect for spring, especially this year! I love how they look layered over floral sundresses, but this one would also look great with a basic tank and some jeans (that's right, denim on denim isn't dead!). Buy at TopShop for a not-too-pricy $80.

Flatform Shoes

Flatform ShoesNow these are true flatforms! You can pre-order these Won Hundred shoes from Need Supply for $270, unfortunatley black only has size 10 left but the brown has sizes 7 to 10 still available!

Gold Sequin Tank

Gold Sequin TankThere's something eye-catching about this semi-sheer tank, it has a vintage, flapper-esque feel to it. Buy at Pixie Market for $124.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blush Smoking Jacket

I've mentioned before that tuxedo dressing will be chic for fall, but the blush color of this smoking jacket makes it great for spring as well! And the slant of the pockets really gives the illusion of an hourglass figure. Buy at ASOS for $135.

French Fries Swimsuit

Oh Jeremy Scott, you always crack me up! Rock this suit while swimming laps at 5 AM as a reminder as to why you're torturing yourself! Buy at Adidas for $80.

Ethnic Silk Button Down

I really adore the prints that come from Tucket - a clothing line I simply must write a feature post on at some point! Buy this ethic boho looking blouse at at Otte for $238.

Chain & Rhinestone Earrings

Chain & Rhinestone EarringsI really love the antique gold and grey rhinestones together - gives off a very vintage vibe, don't you think? Buy the Fallon earrings at Ssense for $150 and tell everyone they were your great grandmother's!