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Best of Forever 21 December 26, 2009

Best of Forever 21,


Everyday Superhero

Cape Jackets


Statement Necklaces

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Express Charm NecklaceOne of my favorite new trends is the statement necklace.  I walked past Express and saw this fantastic necklace on a mannequin and immediately fell in love.  If I were a necklace, I would be this one.  Its got the perfect mix of ladylike pearls, tough chains, whimsical silk flowers, bright gems, and delicate gold charms.  It represents every facet of my personality and is appropriate for any mood I’m in.  Alas, the price tag didn’t quite fit into my budget.  I lusted after it even more after I saw it in a magazine and finally went back to the store to get it.  The last one in the store was on the mannequin, and didn’t have a price tag.  I asked about the price, crossing my fingers that it would be on sale.  I could have kissed the guy behind the counter when he fished a price tag out of the mannequin’s bag that was 60% off the original price.  I skipped out of the store ecstatic, clutching my treasure, and its been my favorite necklace ever since.  Anthropologie has a wonderful assortment of statement necklaces as well.  Some of my favorites are shown below.  They are the perfect way to make a white t-shirt look extra special.  I usually mine with a simple top or dress to show them off.

Statement Necklaces


Curvy Wooden Heels December 25, 2009

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Kenneth Cole ReactionIt may be my Dutch ancestry, but I’ve fallen head over high heels for the latest take on wooden heels.  They’re a more solid than stilettos, more architectural than wedges, and more glamourous than the clunky heels of the ’70s.  They can polish off a ladylike look with a skirt or dress, or jazz up skinny jeans and a ruffled top.  I asked for the Kenneth Cole Reaction version (left) for Christmas.  I love the gray and brown combo.  You don’t see that often, and its easy to pair with either color.  I also like Anthrolopologie’s Louisa Booties and For Beatrice Slingbacks (below). You don’t need a tulip garden to enjoy these fresh picks!Anthropologie For Beatrice SlingbacksAnthropologie Louisa Booties


Best of Anthropologie

Best of Anthroplogie


Get the London Look: The New Oxford December 18, 2009

Celebrity Oxfords

Oxfords are proper, ladylike, and now my latest obsession.  Pull off a sexy secretary look with heels and a pencil skirt, or try the new take on flats.  Oxfords are a comfortable way to dress up any look and give off the vibe that you’ve just been running around London and you haven’t been back long enough to change your shoes.  Ditch your flip flops and get a pulled together look like Olivia Palermo, Selma Blair, and Sienna Miller.  Even jeans and a t shirt look effortlessly chic with a pair of metallic or white oxfords.  This year you’ll see them in all shapes, colors, and patterns to fit any style.  Wear them with pants, skirts, tights, bare legs, or put your own spin on the look.  They look as polished with dress pants as they do with a sundress.  When preppy is infused with European cool, the rules don’t apply.  My prediction: oxfords are the new classic.

Oxfords A few of my favorites, top row from left: Steve Madden, Seychelles, Bruno Magli.  Bottom row from left: Dolce Vita, Deena and Ozzy, Jeffrey Campbell.


Draped Skirts December 16, 2009

Draped SkirtsI love the elegance and sophistication of a draped skirt.  It can be a throwback to the ladylike fashion of the Mad Men era, or a modern twist on a mini.  Try a longer skirt in a neutral color (I’m loving shades of gray, slate, and mushroom right now) to keep the look appropriate for work.  Try a shorter style in a brighter color to liven up your look for a night out.  Pair them with anything from platform heels to riding boots, but stick to a sleek cut with a few strategically placed folds in the front for a flattering shape.  Avoid a skirt with drapes on the sides over your hips, this will make you look wider.

A few of my favorites, clockwise from top left:  Elizabeth and James, Bolongaro Trevor, Elizabeth and James, Silence and Noise, Alexander Wang, Main Range, and Paul Smith.

Get your culture on:  Did you know there is an Institute for Draped Clothes?  It exists for “the research, study, preservation, and promotion of draped clothing such as saris, belted plaids, Roman togas, sarongs, and other unstitched costumes found all over the world and history.”  Who knew?


Wayfarer: A Traveler December 15, 2009

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Ray-Ban WayfarerWhich accessory is the single most effective way to tell the world you’re cool?  Sunglasses, baby.  Nothing says “I’m too cool to make eye contact with you” like a sweet pair of shades.  What I want now is a classic design with a modern twist:  The Ray-Ban Wayfarer in blue.  The wayfarer has been veiling the eyes of the cool and famous for over 50 years, but they’ve gotten an update in blue for the next generation of travelers.  No matter how hot it gets on the beach, I’ll be shaded in style!


Waxing Poetic

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Waxing Poetic Insignia RingDon’t you just love to see your name or your initials on something?  Especially a beautiful piece of jewelry?  I’ve got a collection of necklaces with “B” charms, so I instantly fell in love Waxing Poetic Insignia Trinket Boxwith Waxing Poetic, a romantic boutique that creates keepsakes and jewelry reminiscent of wax seals and medieval insignias.  These unique products include rings, bracelets, necklaces, amulets, good luck charms, and trinket boxes.  My favorite line is a set of necklaces shaped like fortune cookies, tortellini, ravioli, and pierogi.  Needless to say, I’m off to order myself some jewelry and make some tortellini… mmm!Waxing Poetic Comfort Jewelry


Tuxedo Blazer December 13, 2009

Blake Lively Tuxedo BlazerLove Blake Lively’s tuxeo blazer?  Me too!  I was thrilled when American Eagle came out with aAmerican Eagle Tuxedo Blazer much less expensive version.  This is a crisp, classic look that I would pair with skinny jeans and heels like Blake Lively did here, or a black pencil skirt for a retro suit look.  Throw it over a black, white, or silver sequin top with skinny black pants for a great New Years party look!