Monthly Archives: September 2008

Travel Traumas

Yesterday was one of those incredibly frustrating travel days that you can’t even wish on your own worst enemy courtesy of  my favorite airline, US Airways.  This is the LAST time I ever travel with them…I don’t care how much more I have to pay for American (Tip: Use SideStep for the best travel deals)!

Anyway, since I spent about 7 hours of my day in the airport I noticed how horribly people dress when they travel.  They must think they become invisible once they cross the security checkpoint and that what their wearing gets a free fashion pass just because they’re en route to Milwaukee.  Sorry guys, no such luck here. Here’s a pictorial of some of my favorite airport offenses:

Head-to-Toe Juicy        Adult Crocs        Cute-sy Luggage      

After seeing repeat offender after repeat offender, I got to thinking about what would be a comfortable yet stylish outfit perfectly suited for travel and then I saw her…

wearing a comfortable white tee, long black blazer, dark skinny jeans, black snake skin flats, and carrying the perfect travel accessory…a gorgeous, roomy and elegant carry-on bag.  Try this outfit next time  you fly the friendly skies and leave the items above for children under the age of 12.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links: Blazer, Jeans, Handbag, Shoes

NOTE:  If you’re traveling 12+ hours then you do get a free pass and go ahead and wear an adult onesie for all I care!

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Mom…is that you???

I was asked to give some fashion and beauty tips on WE Women’s Entertainment as a part of an ongoing series on their network.  It was an incredible opportunity and I can’t wait for them to air!  For the shoot, I was dressed by their stylist to look more like their core demographic so that I would come across more “relatable” to the audience.  Well…this is the exact outfit they put me in:

To be fair, I totally get that not everyone is into fashion, but let’s give our Moms a little more credit, no??  My Mom is incredibly fashion saavy (with my help at times) and if she were to wear that, she’d spice it up a little and at least leave it unbuttoned!!  Here are some suggestions on how to de-Mom-ify your look:

1. Add bold jewelry: necklaces or bangles layered together and a fabulous cocktail ring will always make a statement.

2. Belt it:  a skinny belt worn at your natural waist in patent, animal print or an exotic skin will add some much needed glamour and help define your figure.

3. No khakis:  lets leave those to the Men and opt for some great wide-leg trousers in a dark grey or with a colorful pin stripe instead.

4. Prints, Prints, Prints:  if you must be conservative on both top and bottom, interject some visual interest by pairing your cardigan with a blouse in a fabulous print…it will break up the monotony of the whole look! 


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BOOTS:FALL ::

A. Britney : US Weekly

B. Obama : White House

C. Bikini : Summer

D. All of the Above

The correct answer is D!!!

Great boots are a must-have item for Fall and finding the perfect pair can sometimes be frustrating, which is why I have to share my EBAY gems with you today.  If you don’t yet have an EBAY account…what are you waiting for?  GET ONE! It is one of the best places on-line to find incredible deals on shoes, handbags, and even clothes.  Now if you think wearing someone else’s used stuff is gross then get over it.  Send it to the dry cleaners, get some new insoles, spray some anti-bacterial in/on it…problem solved!

$19.99                                 $21.95                            $22.99

I found these killer vintage boots in the last few weeks and I am complete in awe of them.  Where can you find leather boots like this for under $25???  They’re all one-of-a-kind, I don’t have to worry that everyone will also be wearing them, and-huge plus- they’re already broken in for me.  Do a search for “vintage boots (insert your size here)” and see what footwear wonderment awaits you!!

PS:  Always look for the orange “Free Shipping” icon and it will save you serious cash!!

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Ahead of the Game

One of my favorite ways to update any plain or boring outfit is with a great headband.  Blair Waldorf/Leighton Meister proves that these hair accessories aren’t for little girls anymore with her sophisticated and unique headgear showcased on this season’s Gossip Girl.  Unfortunately, for those of us without the Upper East Side trust funds, Blair’s headgear is uber-pricey and of the Jennifer Behr kind.

My suggestion is get some great inspiration from the Behr site and follow these super-easy DIY instructions:

For the headband, use a 17″(length) piece of ribbon in 2″ wide silk/satin (measure your head before you cut it, otherwise you take the risk of having a headband too tight or too loose).  Attach a 3″ piece of elastic to the two ends using a hot glue gun or Farbic-Tac.  Find a fabulous rhinestone applique at M&J Trims or a local fabric store and VOILA…Budget Blair Waldorf!

PS:  If you’re not the DIY kind, check out these fabulous Lace or Feather versions for under $5.

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Hot Wellies?

While that might sound like an oxymoron, I’ve found photographic evidence that proves otherwise.

I’ve been searching high and low for just the right rain boot to get me through the dreary Fall/Winter here in Philadelphia and when I saw this picture I was S-O-L-D.  I’ve been looking at Hunter boots for some time now but seeing this pic made me pull the triger, or in this case, click the “Add to Cart” button.

Regular price is $119 and WAY out of my budget, but if you wear a small size (Women’s 5-7), you’ve got a deal…

$59 +free shipping for the kids version at Zappos.  Get them in Eggplant, Navy or Black, pair them with dark skinny jeans or leggings on a dreary day and heat up the rest of your look.  Bring on the rain!

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OMFG.

So, a little birdie just told me that 2 fabulous Maxx New York bags will be featured prominently on tonight’s episode of Gossip Girl.  While they won’t be  on my 2 favorite upper-eastsiders, keep your eyes on Penelope and Izzy!!

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Fall Fashion: Blazer, Jeans and oh-so hot pLeather Leggings!

Sundays have inevitably become my day, since my DH is not only a HUGE Eagles fan, but also a season ticket holder.  So I spent the bulk of my day shopping up a deal storm all over town!  Here’s what I found:

Amazing Theory Blazer for $59 on Clearance at TJ Maxx.  And while this purchase did exceed my golden $50/item rule it was so worth it and see Grey Ankle Jeans below if you need more convincing.

Black Skinny Jeans with the most amazing fit for $16.50 at Old Navy.  I promised myself to full disclosure on this blog, so I will let you know that I am not above shopping in the kiddie section and that’s exactly where these babies came from!

Grey Ankle Zip Skinny Jeans for $24.50 at Old Navy also in the Kids section.  And,  this is VERY IMPORTANT, I always cross-check prices online (which you should always do) and found them there for $16 so I immediately went back and got my $8.50 back!

And the icing on the cake, my highly coveted pLeather Leggings for $42 at American Apparel.  Now, that’s a little pricey, as is everything at AA and I don’t promote ever buying basics here, but I have been obsessing about them for weeks so it qualifies for 2 reasons.

1. It was not an impulse buy

2. They will make me look like a rockstar and I have endless tops/tunics and Louboutin heels to pair them with so I don’t have to spend any more money to make an unforgettable outfit!

I’m also wearing one of the above mentioned unforgettable outfits on Tuesday night to a party so I will post the final look for your viewing pleasure.

Grand Total for 4 Must-Have Fall items:  $ 133.50

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