Whose wedding is it anyway?

September 13, 2010 Comments Off on Whose wedding is it anyway?

I recently attended my cousin’s wedding and it was just beautiful. Married or single, anytime there is a wedding one can’t help but think about planning their own. For example, who you want as your maid of honor, the venue, designing the cake, and of course the wedding dress. Some brides choose to spend loads of money on their dress but I can’t see spending tens of thousands of dollars on a dress you wear once.     

A few trendy brands have created their own line of affordable wedding attire. Brands like The Limited, J.Crew, and BCBGMAXAZRIA design dresses for under $500. Nordstrom recently created a wedding shop on their site featuring dresses and accessories under a $1000 and J.Crew opened its first stand alone bridal boutique this past June.    

Check out some of my favorite budget conscious weddings dresses below.     

   

The Limited Elegant Wedding Gown $2998

 

    

BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Appliqué Dress $398

 

J.Crew Silk tricotine Robin long dress $325

 

Fall into The GAP

August 13, 2010 § 1 Comment

I was doing some internet window browsing on my favorite webstores, when I saw the above pair of suede lace up booties sold by The GAP. Too cute! It was a reminder that fall is only a month and a half away. Seems like summer just began. This weekend is tax-free weekend, so I will be partaking in guilt free retail therapy thanks to all the students returning to school in a few weeks.

Happy Friday. Have a Great Weekend!

 

Here are my top favorite boot trends for the up coming Fall season.

Hammer Time

July 21, 2010 Comments Off on Hammer Time

Any one remember MC Hammer? I loved his songs You Can’t Touch This and Too Lagit to Quit . I had the cassette tape (whoa remember cassette tapes) and I even had an MC Hammer doll. Yes, I’m serious a doll….it was a birthday gift.

I love fashion, but this trend is a bit much for me.

See any resemblance?

Everytime I see a pair of Harem Pants I think of Mc Hammer and The 357 doing the type writer across the stage.

For some reason I thought these pants had quietly made their exit, but when I turned the page of my US Weekly there were not one, or two, but three celebrities shown strutting down the street in these pant….. Oh boy

Some one please find Mr. Hammer and give him his royalties for starting this trend.

 

For Fur or Foe Fur

June 18, 2010 Comments Off on For Fur or Foe Fur

 

If you are a fan of Bravo‘s Real Housewives series you may be familiar with Kelly Killoren Bensimon. During the season and last nights reunion show, Kelly stirred up a little controversy by making several contradictory statements referring to the organization PETA  and wearing fur. Kelly states “She does not support the abuse of animals, but who are they to stop her from wearing fur” 

Umm huh !?! Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t you have to kill and skin an animal to wear fur? Isn’t that a form of abuse?  

I work with similar raw materials on a daily basis, so as the saying goes “those living in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.” I have no issues with Ms. Bensimon, those who wear fur, or those who protest against it.   Ultimately you do what you feel is morally and ethically right for you, just do your research, know the facts, pick as side, and stick to it.

The “rather go naked than wear fur” campaign derailed people from wearing fur for years. I’m not sure what changed peoples minds but fur has made a huge comeback. Micheal Kors debuted fur coats and vest for fall 2010 at New York Fashion week earlier this year. Micheal Kors is such an influential designer, one would think he would shy away from such a controversial trend for fear of ridicule. I guess for some wearing fur is simply unnecessary and others it’s about affluence. 

What side of the trend fence are you on?

Who doesn’t like a sale

May 20, 2010 Comments Off on Who doesn’t like a sale

I receive an abundance of e-mails every day. Most of them are from some retailer. While cleaning up my inbox I realized I am a member of 3 (now 4, thanks to J.P.) sample sale websites.     

Some of these sites feature really great designers. For example, last year Ideeli featured Christian Louboutin for almost half off the regular price and Louboutin sales are rare.     

What is so great about these websites you ask? How about having access to the same sample sales that have been available to those darn lucky New Yorker’s for years and all without having to leave the sofa.     

Most of these sites are invitation only but you can always go directly to the website and request a membership. If you want to speed things up a bit the best thing to do is have a friend that’s already a member invite you.     

Okay down to business …..Tomorrow at 11am Rue La La will feature Hermes & Chanel, you don’t want to miss this. Here is a sneak peek into tomorrows sale. Good Luck and Happy Shopping!     

     

Here is a quick guide of a few sample sale websites and what they offer  

     

    

Who:  Swirl Gilt Ideeli RueLaLa
         
         
What they offer:  Up and coming and Known designers offering up to 80% off  Fashion and Luxury brands up to 70% off Fashion, Home, and Beauty Fashion and Home 
         
         
Membership: Open to all – Free Invitation only – Free Invitation only $6.99 a month for first dibs. Free for the leftovers  Invitation only – Free
         
         
Sales lasts for: 24-72 hours  36 hours  10 – 36 hours  48 hours 
         
         
Perks: Special deals for     Visa Signature card holders  $25 credit when    you refer a friend  and they make    their first purchase $25 credit when    you refer a friend  and they make    their first purchase $10 credit when you refer a friend and they make their first purchase

Rent The Runway

April 21, 2010 § 2 Comments

Have you ever read a Vogue or Elle magazine and day dreamed about wearing some of those gorgeous clothes featured from New York Fashion week.  Well now you can with Rent The Runway or as I refer to it the Netflix for couture or the Bag Borrow and Steal for designer dresses.

Here’s how it works:

1.Search through their list of über celebrity designers and find your perfect dress.

2. Schedule your date of delivery and your dress will be there on time for your event. If you live in NYC same day delivery is available.  This is the cleaver part – they will send you two different sizes of the dress to be on the safe side!

3. Return the dress by the scheduled date and yes shipping both ways is free. Just mail the dress back in the pre-paid packaging they provide.

Dresses are rented for as little as $50 to as much as $350. Need a little sparkle to go with your dress, they rent accessories too.

Some of their designers are Badgley Mischka, Catherine Malandrino, Diane von Furstenberg, and Giambattista Valli just to name a few.

Excited yet? Not so fast, to even view the dresses you have to request a membership. Once your memberships accepted  you’re invited to browse their website as you please. Until you become an official member I have included a sneak peek ….shhh don’t tell.

A twist on spring cleaning

April 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

I don’t really spring clean. I acquire so many things through out the year that I make a point to get rid of something old  every couple of months. Thus allowing my closet to become a revolving door for new things. But, this Spring I found a great way to clear out of some old formal clothes that until now I couldn’t bring myself to let go.

Becca’s Closet  is an organization that provides formal attire to needy high school students who otherwise couldn’t afford a prom or homecoming dress. Think about it ladies this is your chance to purge your closet of old bridesmaid dresses (you could smack your girlfriend for making you wear that dress) and of course help out a young women in need.  Becca’s closet, in 32 states also takes handbags and gently used shoes. My mother keeps everything and has all my homecoming and prom dresses. They are more than 10 years old but their still in style right? Vintage maybe…..

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