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Saturday Splurge vs. Steal

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Fall Boots/Booties

I don’t spend too much money on shoes because I wear them out fast and also I don’t like spending money on an item that I know for a fact will get dirty.  Season is changing which means time to buy new boots.  Here are some steal options for major splurge ones.

Riding boots:

Splurge:
Cole Haan 'Air Daelin' Boot

 

Steal:
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GoJane $32.70

 

Heeled tall boots:

 

Splurge
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Steal
ShoeDazzle $49.95 – still available but need to have a ShoeDazzle account

 

Western:

Splurge
Old Gringo 'Sora Orix' Boot
Old Gringo $549.95

 

Steal

 

Fringe:

 

Splurge
SACHET Ankle boots - Item 44415670

 

Steal
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Asos $36.22

 

Leather bootie:

 

Splurge:

 

Steal:
HAYDEN

 

Lace-up:

Splurge:

 

Steal:
 
Forever21 $29.80

 

Wedge:

Splurge
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Joie $295

 

Steal

 

Rocker:

 

Splurge
Valentino $1495

 

Steal

 

Cap Toe:

 

Splurge

 

Steal
Patent Cap Toe Bootie Arden B
Arden B. $59 -

 

Bows:

 

Splurge

 

Steal

 

Metal Heel:

 

Splurge

 

Steal

ShoeDazzle $39.95 – available now for ShoeDazzle account holders

What-To-Do Wednesday – What to expect this Fall

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The other day I heard someone complaining on how HOT it is in New York. I had to tell that person to shut up because in a month or two it’s going to get cold again and then he/she is going to wish and pray for this hot weather. When you are in NY, you have to treat every warm day as a luxury; enjoying while it’s here and pining for it when it’s gone. This weather convo got me thinking about how fall season will be coming soon and I need to go shopping!!! So, I have been scouring the web trying to find out what kinds of great fashion to expect this fall and thought I share with you lovelies about what I think most of us can easily take from the runways to our closets. I broke it down to three categories, Tough Chic, Textures, and Colors. Ready, set, let’s go SHOPPING!!!

 

toughchic

  • Military – fall runways have seen this trend from most of the designers – two of my absolute favs showed it: Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham. Think hunter green (or navy) coat with brass buttons like or a structured sheath. A great parka with leather details is also a great way to incorporate this trend in your wardrobe.
  • Menswear – runways were showing models wearing pantsuit in all sorts of prints, patterns and colors with crop pants. I think I m going to keep mine a little conservative; however, I might try a suit with crop pants (look at how Emilio Pucci did it). I like the crop pants idea!!

 

textures

  • Shakespearean – think royal glamour and opulence like you would see in Shakespeare’s plays (like this Dolce & Gabbana coat or Jessica Biel’s Instyle cover look), its plush fabric and great detailing with gold or colored stones.
  • Velvet – this is not hard to pull off, a nice velvet coat or a dress can be easily added to your closet. It’s a great way to add a little glamour to any outfit (Marc by Marc Jacobs’ blue velvet dress).
  • Leather – this one seems to never be out of style. If you read Monday’s post, then you know how leather is becoming popular this summer. Well, great news, now you can take your leather shorts, top, and skirt into fall. Just add some tights under the shorts and skirt and wool pants with the top and you are good to go (like above Michael Kors). Runways not only showed matte leather but also glossy leather in colors (though I think the glossy one is hard to pull off in real life).

 

colors

  • Burgundy/Berry – it’s so season appropriate and is actually flattering on most skin colors. Berry colored soft sweater (like Tibi shown above with glossy leather skirt) or even a nice shearling jacket.
  • White – yes, you can wear white after Labor Day!! Think thick white sweater like Derek Lam is showing here or chiffon white blouse to wear under your pantsuit (two trends in one).
  • Red – you will also see lots of red this fall, which is great!! Because either you already have something in your closet in this color or you can easily find something at any price point. I like how Donna Karen is showing the red in a form fitting dress, so sexy!!
  • Gray – its not just any gray, its pale gray that was shown on the runway. One of my favorite colors and I have tons of gray in my closet already. See how beautifully Zac Posen presented this color in a dress.

Monday Madness

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Monday madness will be all about things that I am currently obsessed with whether it’s a new fashion or exercise trend to a great book or exciting travel destination. So, starting off the “madness” with a fierce new fashion trend – LEATHER in the summer!!!

I never thought leather is even an option in the summertime, sweaty and sticky does not really scream fashionable. But as you can see from these fashionistas below you can work around the stickiness by wearing it as shorts, lose tops, or skirts. Wear the shorts casually like Jada Pinkett-Smith with a plain tee for daytime or dress it up with a statement necklace and killer heels for night out like Lauren Conrad. Emma Stone and Minka Kelly shows how to wear the lose top with summer’s statement pieces printed and white pants; can be worn casually with neutral flats for daytime or with colorful heels and clutch for night look. Lastly, we have Kerry Washington who wears the skirt in both pencil and pleated style: great options for work or business meeting; a far cry from boring old black suits. So, add a little leather to your summer wardrobe this year and turn up the heat but be advised that this sizzling hot look may raise some men’s body temperature, cause serious heart palpitation or even melt them.

Leather Shorts – Urban Outfitters & Asos
Leather Tops – PiperLime & Dillard’s
Skirts – Venus,  pleated & pencil

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