Archive for the ‘Fashion’ Category

Gossip Girl Purses – Season 5 – Mulberry – Get the Look for Less

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

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Gossip Girl season 5 “Beauty and the Feast” showcases lots of high fashion. And an especially great Mulberry Satchel. But its hefty price makes it out of range for most of us – even though we’re not peasants! So, what can we do? We find something similar. The color is the best part about the bag! Right? So, just search for that color. I did. And I found something pretty sweet…

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The actual Purse: Mulberry Taylor Oversized Satchel $1,500 worn by Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively)

The Look for Less: Fossil Glazed Shirred Flap $55.00 from Zappos, here

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Copy Cassie Blake Style from The Secret Circle!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Want to know how to dress like Cassie Blake from The Secret Circle? Let’s go into one of her featured outfits of the pilot!

Her dress is unbuttoned and layered over a white t-shirt. Look for something like a floral chiffon dress. Mod Cloth has lots of dresses around the $50 mark that might work.  And yes, a floral dress may look sweet on its own, but when put together with other elements it toughens up. This particular dress has a built in brown vegan belt, ruffled neckline, and wooden button closed keyhole. I like the way Cassie’s dress is loose but she adds definition with the belt.

For more Cassie Blake style, you’ll want a nice leather jacket. GROAN – I know. They’re expensive! But you can shop around for a sale. This is an investment piece, and if you buy one that’s too cheap it’s likely going to look exactly that – cheap. You might have to save up for this piece. But it’ll be worth it and you’ll keep it literally forever.

Now. her boots almost look like rain boots. I opted for suede, rather than leather. And these have a slight green tone. Boots will be big for 2011, and boots in general are just great. Especially when they’re comfortable.

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What is a Midi Skirt? And how to Shop 2011 Styles

Monday, September 5th, 2011

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Now that it’s a trend, lots of people seem to be asking “okay, what is a midi skirt?” Well, I want you to think about Mad Men. No, not just because it’s an amazing show, but because women in the 60’s wore midi skirts. A Midi skirt is a calf-length that is either flared or more tapered in a pencil cut style. It shows just enough skin that it can be perfect for almost any season. As long as it comes to your knee and stays above your ankles, it’s a midi skirt.

Stylish Daniel J Robson told Telegraph.Co.Uk that, “With this length it is all about whether you’re a Betty or a Joan,Are you wholesome, feminine and full-skirted, or knowing, alluring and wiggling in a fitted pencil shape?”For Midi Skirt inspiration check out pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

If we listen to ASOS (and why not!) they say: “Take your midi skirt into the new season with a pair of winter sandals. Full A-line shapes worn with a chunky tan wedge retain a nod to the ‘70s, while a hip-skimming, midi-length pencil skirt looks fresh teamed with ankle socks and platform sandals.”

Midi Skirts 2011 on Sale:

Reformed by The Reformation for Urban Renewal Maiden Skirt $5 ... Read More

Mullet Dresses for Sale: From Chic Casual to Fancy Formal

Friday, August 26th, 2011

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The mullet dress is a 2011 trend that you might also hear referred to as a “hi lo dress” or a “long and short dress.” Personally, I think calling it a mullet dress is too fun to pass up for any reason.

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Mullet Dresses from L-R

Open Back Hi Low Dress from Need Supply Co, HERE

Odylyne Black Barbet Mullet Dress from Boutique it to You, HERE

Rachel Rachel Roy Pleated Aladdin Belt It! Dress from Rachel Roy, ... Read More

Long Capes for Women: Become a Stylish Superhero

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

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Looks like capes are on the horizon! Now, just like jackets, these pieces can be pretty pricey. The four I am spotlighting are especially on the pricey end because they are high end, long capes for women. By long capes I don’t mean something that a wizard would wear (although Harry Potter was more than decent) but something that’s dramatic and warmer for the winter months. I know, I’m totally ahead of myself and it’s not even fall yet – but it never hurts to get inspiration ahead of time!

Capes for Women

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Stella Mccartney Geometric Knit Cape $1,275 From kirnazabete.com, HERE

Chloe Tweed Cape $1,795.00 From Saks Fifth Avenue, HERE

DSQUARED – WOOL FELT CAPE COAT $1,285 From luisaviaroma.com, ... Read More

Gossip Girl Fashion for Less: Copy Serena’s Cheeky Sailor Style

Friday, July 8th, 2011

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As Serena van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl, Blake Lively wears sexy, bohemian and luxurious clothing. For summer, channel her style with nautical inspired pieces that are casual and sensual. Look for sleeveless tops with low scoop necks to show cleavage, or belly baring shirts that skim a few inches over your belly button.

I think that Serena’s worn a lot of strips on GG, and when you’re going for a Sailor look, it’s hard to pass them up. But I also can picture Serena rocking some super short Sailor style denim shorts with some platform wedges that will show off her long expanse of tanned legs.

Be inspired by the colors of navy blue, rich reds and golds. Details like anchor jewelry of clusters of buttons and striped patterns also read right into this theme. Juxtapose hard metals (in gold or brass, not silver) with earthy and natural materials like wood and rope. I think a cool braided rope bracelet (or belt) would be an awesome addition.

For makeup, Serena would go for bronzed skin, and light lips. Focus on your eyes with some simple black eyeliner and mascara to give a little polish to the look.

Gossip Girl Fashion for Less

RVCA SAIL ON SAILOR CROPPED SHIRT $34.00 RVCA, ... Read More

Gossip Girl Fashion for Less: Go for Nautical Fashion like Blair

Monday, July 4th, 2011

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Let’s get nautical! No one on TV wears cheeky theme clothing quite like the impeccable Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl. She takes fashion very seriously, after all. And when she wears a sailor dress, she’s serious about it. And it’s not a bad commitment, as long as the dress looks more fashion than costume (I can almost hear Tim Gunn explaining that in a voiceover, I miss Project Runway.)

Summer is the perfect time to put this sailor look to the test. There is an actual episode of GG where Blair wears a sailor dress, and that’s part of my inspiration. But these are much more affordable options (minus one dress that is pretty pricey, but I couldn’t resist sharing.) I’ll let you decide on how matchy-matchy and thematic you’re willing to go, but these are my suggestions, which are all Blair-like in style. Coming up later this week I’ll have a complimentary post that will be centered on Serena van der Woodesen’s particular style affinity. (Why am I using such a big word? Not that “affinity” is SUCH a big word…)

Gossip Girl Fashion for Less:

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Sparkly Dresses For Women Under $100!

Monday, June 20th, 2011

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You don’t have to be Taylor Swift to see the appeal of sparkly dresses. They’re just plain fun to wear. I’ve used my vast resources (my resources = good taste and the internet) to find six sparkly dresses for you guys to check out here. And I’ve made sure they’re all dresses under $100.00. (Mostly because I don’t want any of you going broke. A good friend does not tease with dresses worth thousands of dollars. And I think we’re good friends.)

Beauty tip: Don’t wear sparkly eyeshadow with a sparkly dress. If you want to play up your eyes, go for metallic colors with a matte look. Otherwise, I hate to say it, but you’ll look like a festive party pinata .(For more about how to achieve metallic eyes, go to my guide here. Making a fun cat eye with metallic Urban Decay eyeliner would be a great look for most of these dresses.)

Style tip: Don’t be nervous to shine and sparkle in the spotlight. You deserve it. The trick to making sure you look great? A confident attitude. And that’s free of charge.

Sparkly Dresses

  • Aryn K. Sequin Sparkly Dress – $29.97 – from Piperlime, ... Read More
  • Pleated Skirts for Summer 2011 – Short and Long Lengths

    Friday, May 20th, 2011

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    Running around with a skirt that flounces against your legs is a fun way to spend the summer. For summer 2011, there are plenty of options when it comes to beautiful pleated skirts.

    The first category is: short skirt, pleated

  • Elie Tahari Francesca Skirt from Zappos, HERE
  • Catherine Malandrino Short Skirt Pleated from Zappos, HERE
  • Lucky Brand John Robshaw Flirty Skirt from Zappos, HERE
  • IMITATION PLEATED LEATHER SKIRT from Zara, HERE
  • Juicy Couture Metallic Print Gauze French Terry Shirred Skirt from Zappos, HERE
  • Kimchi Blue Pleated Chiffon Mini Skirt from Urban Outfitters, ... Read More
  • Nina Dobrev Fashion and Style for Less

    Friday, April 29th, 2011

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    Nina Dobrev fashion for less? You can attain it. We’ve found three key items (dress, platforms, blazer) that are similar to the pricey items that Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries) recently wore to the Tribeca Film Festival.

    The dress was hard to find. Here, you find the same tone and it’s affordable. You could opt for another dress in any color, but with stripes for a young and fresh look. Just keep true to your own style, and look into your closet for what you already have.

    Urban Outfitters Stripe Trim Blazer $29.80: H ... Read More