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Shop Til You Bop January 9, 2010

ShopBop.com is basically my designer wish list. Its easy to want everything when “everything” consists of Marc Jacobs, Theory, Juicy Couture, and Rebecca Minkoff. Here are my picks, the latest and greatest of ShopBop.com.

A girl can never have too many party dresses. I’m into short and sweet styles, with feminine ruffles and bows. Party dresses are meant to be unapologetically girly.

Chris Benz Cyrinda Tank Dress

Chris Benz Cyrinda Tank Dress

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Katia Dress

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Katia Dress

Thread Social Asymmetrical Dress

Thread Social Asymmetrical Dress

Ports 1961 Sheath Dress

Ports 1961 Sheath Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Ward off the winter chill with these adorable jackets.  Bring out your inner ski bunny or take charge with a military inspired blazer.

Juicy Couture Long Sleeve Ruffle Puffa Jacket

Juicy Couture Long Sleeve Ruffle Puffa Jacket

Juicy Couture Belted Cardigan

Juicy Couture Belted Cardigan

Thayer Double Breasted Blazer

Thayer Double Breasted Blazer

Theory Acelia Poncho

Theory Acelia Poncho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The selection of shoes can take you right through winter, into a rainy spring, and back into summer.

Joie Coachella Suede Above the Knee Boots

Joie Coachella Suede Above the Knee Boots

Pour La Victoire Rus Croc Rain Boots

Pour La Victoire Rus Croc Rain Boots

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tab Slouch Boots

Marc by Marc Jacobs Tab Slouch Boots

Frye Emma Flats

Frye Emma Flats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Skinny jeans are still all I want to wear, since they’re perfect for tucking into boots.  And what girl doesn’t love a great bag in a bold color?

Citizens of Humanity Invader Skinny Jeans

Citizens of Humanity Invader Skinny Jeans

Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Lil Riz Hobo

Marc by Marc Jacobs New Q Lil Riz Hobo

Matt & Nat Hendrix Mini Bag

Matt & Nat Hendrix Mini Bag

Rebecca Minkoff BF Cross Body Pouch

Rebecca Minkoff BF Cross Body Pouch

 

Tight End

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Urban Outfitters Over Plaid Diamond Tights

Urban Outfitters Over Plaid Diamond Tights

Winter fashion is so much fun.  I love wearing my coats, boots, scarves, hats, and mittens.  Another one of my favorite winter accessories is tights.  I love to wear dresses, even in the winter.  Tights are actually warmer than some of my dress pants for work.

 

Basic black can be a little boring, but printed tights can be scary.  I’ve been on the hunt for something in between, a little more interesting than just black, but still polished and appropriate.

 

My rule of thumb is to think more along the lines of pattern than print (although there are some floral prints below for the more daring).  Patterned tights usually stick to one color, which is much more elegant than bright colors.  Usually, you can only see the pattern up close, which makes them more attractive than attention-grabbing.

 

My favorite patterns are a pointelle or a chevron stripe.  They don’t look to childish or too inappropriate.  Patterned tights can run the gamut from little girl (think white or pink or brightly colored floral prints) to adult entertainment (large fishnets, mesh, etc).  Go for patterns on more opaque tights (as opposed to very sheer hosiery) to stay classy, not trashy.

 

A few of my favorites, from left:  Pointelle Tights, Forever 21; X Pattern Hosiery, StockinGirl.com; Vintage Roses, Stockingirl.com; Celeste Stein for Dillards; Cable Knit Tights, StockinGirl.com; Argyle Tights, Betsey Johnson.

Patterned Tights

 

Victoria Had a BFF Too

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When I was little, my best friend and I LOVED to make friendship bracelets.  We would braid for hours on end.  We even had books on how to create fancy designs.  We thought this was a cool, new trend, but in reality, the concept of friendship jewelry is very old.

In the Victorian days, friends (and even lovers) expressed their feelings through jewelry.  The Regard ring was very popular.  The ring contains a Ruby, Emerald, Garnet, Amethyst, Ruby, and Diamond, in that order.  The initials of the names of the stones spell out “regard”.

Regard Ring

Another popular ring featured a Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, and Topaz to spell out “dearest”.  These rings were even used as engagement rings in Victorian England.  Many modern jewelry designers have fashioned their own take on the Regard Engagement ring.  Places like The London Victorian Ring Co will help you create your own design, spelling out a name or other message with the various stones they have available.

The London Victorian Ring Co describes them as “Original Designs from a Stylish Era”.  These would make great gifts for your friend who obsessed with Jane Austen novels.

 

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

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Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

Tis the season for resolutions, recreations, and renovations.  The easiest way to a new you?  Bangs.  They are easier and less commitment than an entirely new haircut.  What if you get them and hate them?  Worst case scenario, skip the Bump-Its and bobby pin your bangs into a pouf to give your style a lift.

Plasticines

Plasticines

My favorite look?  Long, blunt bangs just like Rachel Bilson’s.  These are perfect for fine, straight, or wavy hair.  They actually make my fine hair look a lot fuller.  I got my bangs cut just like this over the summer (I get bored with my hair a lot) and I thought I’d get tired of them right away too and grow them out immediately.

To my surprise, I love them and I’ve kept them for 7 months now.  My hairdresser says she’s had people ask for my bangs when they see me in the salon and she wants to get her own cut like this.

 

 

Plasticines

Plasticines

The perfect length hits between your eyebrows and your eyelids, the elusive area known as your brow bone.  Since your bangs will only be this perfect length for about 3 days, I’ve found a lot of great shortcuts.

 

If my bangs are a little on the short side, I skip the round brush and use a straightener to avoid excessive puffiness.  Once they get too long, I sweep them off to the side to avoid the shaggy dog look.
Bangs are the best way to make your haircut more versatile.  You can pin them to the side, straight back, in a twist, or in a pouf.

 
If you still need a little inspiration, check out the Plasticines’ video for Barcelona.  In addition to discovering your new favorite song, you will want bangs and a set of Bump-Its immediately.

 

The New Vintage

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J Crew

J Crew

 

 

 Thanks to Mad Men, the ’50s and ’60s are back.  Now you can get that vintage look without scouring vintage shops for finds still in decent shape.  One of my favorite pieces is this nubby wool tweed chain link evening bag.  This vintage look makes you look and feel like a lady, while still keeping up with modern trends like the chain strap bag.

 

You can recreate the whole look with a pencil skirt, a cardigan, and some pumps, or reach for this bag in your leather jacket and jeans.  You can never go wrong with an elegant accessory.

 

These Boots are Made for Loving

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Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

 

 Luckily for boot lovers everywhere, the stores are full of every shape, size, and color this winter.  But once in a while, you come across a pair that was made for you.

 

I am in love with this pair by Marc by Marc Jacobs.  They are about as close to perfection as a pair of boots can come.  I love the rounded toe, architectural heel, rich chocolate color, and tortoise and gold hardware.  They remind me a little of riding boots and a little of motorcycle boots, but they’re still easy to dress up.  Sophisticated, yet funky, and a nice change from the standard brown boot.

 

Shopping bonus:  They’re on sale at Zappos.com.

 

Music bonus:  Check out the newest anthem for boot lovers everywhere:  Boots and Boys by Ke$ha, off her new album, Animal.

 

Style Magicians

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When I say J Crew, you think beautiful basics for work, and casual pieces that are perfect for a weekend in the Hamptons, or a photoshoot on a yacht, right?  I think J Crew’s treasure is really its stylists.  I would love to meet the amazing team of stylists who put together the catalog looks.  They can turn the most simple pair of khaki trousers into a gorgeous, unique look.

I think the secret is layering.  Piling on the pieces lets you mix and match colors, textures, and silhouettes to achieve something out of the ordinary.  My mom and I were discussing how practical their creations are for real life.  I decided you’d have to live in a cold climate to achieve the kind of layering done in the catalogs.  However, I would gladly strut around town looking like I just stepped out of a catalog any day.  The J Crew stylists are style magicians.

J Crew

 

Best of Piperlime

Piperlime is a wonderland of shoes, bags, jewelry, and now clothes that I could get lost in for days. Its like my Narnia. Coming up with my absolute favorites was difficult, but obviously necessary. My favorite labels this season turned out to be Trina Turk and Marc by Marc Jacobs.  I found great sequin tops that will keep sparkling long after New Years Eve, coats in interesting cuts to keep away the winter blues, ruffled dresses, enough booties and platforms to keep you kicking, and some great accessories.  My favorites are the electric blue platforms by Rock and Republic, and House of Harlow’s Gladiator Cuff.  This is how a lady shows off her punk rock side without looking gothic.

Best of Piperlime

 

Resolution Schmesolution January 3, 2010

Maxx New York Barrymore Magazine ToteThis year I resolved to stop shopping so much (I know, what was I thinking?), a resolution I promptly broke on New Years Day for this lovely thing of beauty.   My first fantastic buy of the year was the Maxx New York Barrymore Magazine Tote.  True to its name, its big enough to fit magazines, folders and books, plus the rest of my life that I tote around with me on a regular basis.  The structured style and winter white make it very polished and appropriate for work, but the studs give it a fun edge.

Before you laugh at me and my resolution that lasted about 4 hours, I don’t think I completely failed.  I snagged my new favorite bag for at TJ Maxx for only $39!  (original price tag:  $225).  I would like to point out that this is a whopping 83% off the original price.  If I wasn’t a TJ Maxx convert before, I definitely am now.  They’re carrying a lot more expensive bags at fantastic prices.  I also have my eye on a purple Michael Kors bag that wants to come home with me.

There are two morals to my New Years Day story:

  1. Shopping less was a silly resolution; I am convinced it cannot be done.
  2. You can’t really feel guilty for any purchases you make at 83% off the original price.

Happy New Year and Happy Shopping!

 

I’m Like A Bird December 27, 2009

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Fossil Bird Necklace

Fossil

My new favorite accessory is this bird necklace by Fossil.  (I found it at Dillards, they have amazing jewelry sales!)  I’m really into rose gold right now because it looks a little vintage-y and its a nice change from plain gold or silver.

I absolutely love Fossil jewelry.  It’s always sparkly, fresh, and the kind of pieces I picture myself wearing when I’m on a ranch in Arizona with the wind whipping my perfectly tousled curls while I pose with my perfectly bronzed skin and a white button down shirt, designer jeans, and cowboy boots.  (Way to go Fossil marketing!)

They’re the best “oh, I just threw this on, but it looks great, because I only own fashionable things” accessories.  And since I’m not going to be starring in any Abercrombie commericals anytime soon, I’m going to keep wearing my bird necklace.  It makes me feel free and beautiful and that’s exactly how a piece of jewelry should alwas make you feel.