Monthly Archives: September 2008

Fall Fashion: Part II

I’m slowly making my way through my Fall must-have’s and today’s purchase came in the form of an adorable, military style-gold buttons and all- black wool coat.  It was on sale for $149 (+ free shipping) on the Victoria’s Secret website and I couldn’t resist.  I’ve looked everywhere, including EBAY, for something comparable and all I seem to find are Marc Jacobs and Juicy Couture versions for $400+.  No coat is worth that much, unless its a over-the-top fur and trust me, I’m on the hunt!

Bring on the cold weather!!

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The Barnacle Chronicles

I was unpacking my purchases from my weekend at the King of all malls, King of Prussia, and I was listening to NPR hoping to hear some better news about the economy…well, no such luck.  But I did hear their guest refer to deal shoppers as “barnacles”, which is what retail analysts refer to us as.  He also said that stores hate “barnacles” and will do anything to keep us out of their stores, but is that really news to anyone??  I for one am going to embrace the title and make it sound like the new “it” phrase.  Moving on to more exciting things, this is what I picked up on my deal hunt:

It’s a great sunny yellow silk dress from Old Navy that I got for $15 and that will more importantly make me smile when I wear it on a dreary winter day in January…that’s priceless.  I’ll pair it with some textured tights and boots to keep my legs from freezing and layer a chunky knit cardigan over it with a great skinny belt so I don’t get lost in the mass.  I can also wear it to work with a shrunken blazer and some great patent pumps to make it look more polished.

I also picked up a great basic: a silk racerback tank/tunic in navy for $19.  I wish, wish, wish they had this in other colors because I would have picked it up in every one available.  It’s just the right length to wear over my new pLeather leggings but thin enough to tuck into some trouser jeans for a more casual look.

In times like these, knowing how to shop on a budget and looking like you didn’t just lose half your net worth is a must!

Links: Jeans, Shoes, Scarf

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Headband?

I’m clearly full of questions today, but here’s another one that I’m totally stumped on…and not stumped as in should I or shouldn’t I…it’s more like why, oh why?

Now I totally get this is perfectly in line with the boho-luxe trend we see every fall, but this takes it just to the precipice of costume-y.  I’m ok with it in the glossy editorials of my favorite fashion magazines, but I just can’t agree with it when it’s on the girl in front of me in the Starbucks line.  Sorry, Melis! =)

And…notice how LC has it on her hairline instead of in the center of her forehead???  It’s as if her good fashion instincts were screaming “NO!” but Lo insisted she wear it so she just kind of half-assed the look!

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Cheap or Chic?

When you think of a gold watch, do images of 65 year old men that just retired from the police/firehouse come to mind?  Yea, well me too which is why I have to ask…

is wearing a gold tone watch-that isn’t Cartier or Rolex- cheap or chic?  I really want one and I’ve been looking high and low for a great alternative to the fabulous and highly coveted Daytona and/or Roadster kinds.  After much deliberation and research, these are the best two I’ve come across.

Watches (L to R): Swatch “Full Blooded”, Michael Kors “Oversized Gold”

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Cheer-tastic

My ten year high school reunion is right around the corner and while I won’t be attending, I can’t help but feel a little nostalgic as I look at the invite.  One of my favorite memories from high school was cheerleading at Friday night football games and being the budding fashioista that I was, wearing those adorable uniforms or cheer outfits as I prefer to call them now.  I know, I know!  I couldn’t be more of a cliche…a blonde cheerleader from Texas…but in my defense, I was a brunette back in those days!  

My uniform was 100% polyester and I coudn’t help but love it oh-so much.  I started to think about fashion and cheerleading and how big name designers, like Vera Wang, have made their fashion stamp on the sport.  In 2003, she designed the new uniforms for the Eagles Cheerleaders and this was the sad result:

 

Was she serious with these “designs”?  Where’s the high-fashion, the details, the workmanship, the embellishments??  I suggest Vera stick to designing couture wedding gowns and low-budget lines for Kohl’s.  These girls looks like they went Dick’s Sporting Goods, found some white sports bras and just decided to grab some pom-poms on the way out.  And BTW, taking away the skirt is cheerleading blasphemy.   No one can get away with white short-shorts (that double as underwear) on the field except for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders.  Their uniform is vintage, timeless, and those white boots are killer!

And if you happen to have a pair of those white boots in your closet, here are some great ideas on how to wear them without looking like a cheerleader reject.

Stick to a dark neutral pallette of blacks and greys and keep the accessories simple…these boots are the lone star of your outfit!

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Pretty in Plaid

It took me a while to warm up to this but I found some pieces that are just too cute (and cheap) to pass up.  And with more feminine silhouettes, prettier colors and playful details you can’t go wrong with these Tartans.  Take a cue from LC and them pair with sky-high heels to help up the sex-appeal.  BTW, hers are YSL and way to pricey for my wallet, but you can get these for a fraction of the cost!


And if plaid still feels too lumberjack for you, don’t buck the trend…try a colorful accessory like this one instead!

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I die.

Every time I see Rachel Zoe wear her ridiculously gaudy yet utterly fantastic Cartier Panthere ring.  I’m obsessing about it each waking moment (when I’m not working of course) and am on the deal hunt for a suitable alternative since I don’t have an extra $10k lying around for this kind of purchase.

So far everything I’ve found online looks like it belongs to some South Philly Italian mobster’s wife, and not in the fabulous Sharon Stone/Casino way.  I think I might have to go vintage on this one.

This post is dedicated to my BFFE! 🙂

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