Posts tagged ‘fashion’

February 16, 2013

Skater Skirts are EVERYWHERE!

Everywhere I go, online or in-store, I see skater skirts. To be honest: I love it, too! They’re so cute and simple yet fabulous. They’re extremely flattering and can easily be dressed up or down. Pair them with a button down blouse for work or throw on a sweatshirt for the weekend. Heels, booties, or flats, they will work with everything.

Here’s a short collection that I’ve found that are to die for:

Topshop Skater Skirt @ Nordstrom – $70

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February 13, 2013

Saint Laurent Paris. It’s Weird, Right?

This past week I was browsing through some magazines and just a few pages in, I came across an ad that needless to say took me by surprise.

It happened to be this ad in particular:

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While we all knew that the new head of Yves Saint Laurent was going to be changing the brand to “Saint Laurent Paris” to go back to its original, it still didn’t seem quite real until you see the first ad. Without the “Yves” and the typical letter style logo, it’s different.

I realize that is the point.  Hedi Slimane, the new creative head, is hoping to go after the younger, more modern crowd, and that’s great, but was it really necessary? Did you find that the original Yves Saint Laurent line was too old for you? To me it wasn’t old, it was classic. I put it on the same shelf with Chanel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi etc. who have no age requirement.

What’s your thoughts on the new branding?

February 11, 2013

The Good and Bad of Prabal Gurung for Target

I, like most fashionistas, headed to their local Target to grab a few goodies from the Prabal Gurung “Love” collection before it got ripped off the shelves. I mentioned in my last post on it that I was interested to see if it would be more like the Missoni line or the Neiman Marcus collection and I found that it was right in the middle. Some items went very quickly off the shelves and online while others are still available and probably will be for some time.

I bought 4 items of the collection. And here’s where the good and the bad comes in. They had my favorite dress at my local target so I was able to get my hands on it; however, my target had about 4 pairs of shoes, 3 clutches and absolutely ZERO jewelry. I really wanted the multicolored lace-up heels but all they had was black and they looked a bit cheap. So, a bit defeated, I tried on the items I grabbed and walked out of Target a bit sadder than I went in.

Items were available online, but by the time I left Target and looked on Target’s website, the shoes I wanted were gone.

After a day of thinking about them, here is my reviews on the items I was able to buy:

1. Dress w/ Full Skirt in Floral Crush Print – $49.99. Here is where photoshopping, good lighting, and possibly a specially made dress for the lookbook magic comes in. This dress looks amazing in the lookbook. Truly amazing. When you see it up-close however, it is just a colorful print on stiff white fabric. It looks great with a leather jacket over it but it definitely cannot be worn by itself with the print.

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2. Shorts in Floral Crush Print – $26.99. These, I admit, were an impulse buy. They fit, and I figured I could wear them now with black tights or in the summer with a white shirt and maybe pink blazer? I don’t know yet but I honestly hadn’t even considered buying these until I saw the collection up close. This image makes them look sort of long on the leg, but they are in fact not long at all.

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3. Short-Sleeve Dress in First Date Print – $39.99. Out of the clothing that I purchased this is my favorite piece. It still doesn’t quite look expensive, nor extraordinary quality, but it is cute. and with heels and a belt, it’s really cute, a bit long for my taste, but I’m also only 5’2″ so I understand why. It’s silky and lightweight and fits really well.

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4. Lace-up Pump – Meet the Parents Print – $39.99. My absolute favorite item and I was so glad to see that my Target at least had these even if it didn’t have the multicolored strappy lace-up heels. These are honestly gorgeous and comfortable. They zip in the back so if you have narrow feet like I do, no lacing is required. The soles have rubber on them so you won’t slide. I really hope these hold up for a long time!

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The other items in the collection, the ones I didn’t buy were simply because they were extremely plain. The color-blocked cardigan and skirt, plain yellow sweater, and racerback tanks look like they could’ve come from anywhere. They could’ve easily been placed on a different rack in Target and no one would’ve noticed them.

Even though I’m not a jewelry hoarder, I wish my Target would have had at least one piece of jewelry to just look at. That’s the thing about living in Kansas: items might still be on the shelf tomorrow, but because of that, we don’t get the whole collection.

Summary: My honest opinion, the only thing really worth the price was the shoes. Everything else, especially the dress with the full skirt in floral crush print, was a letdown. But, I realize I can’t expect perfection. It’s a designer making clothes available for Target. I did just hope for a little bit more.

What are your thoughts on the collection now that you’ve had a chance to see it?

February 9, 2013

Prabal Gurung Tomorrow at Target

That’s right, the day has finally come for those who have waited. The anticipated Prabal Gurung “Love” collection is arriving at Target in just a matter of hours that will last through March 23, 2013, while supplies last.

Prices are: $19.99 to $199.99 for apparel and $12.99 to $39.99 for jewelry, handbags and shoes for the 80 piece collection.

Here’s just a few of the outfits from the lookbook. You can see how colorful the collection is.

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And last but not least, my absolute favorite that I can’t wait to see in person:
prabal gurungAll photos courtesy of Target.

I’m very curious to see if this collection is going to be a smash like the Missoni and Jason Wu or if it’s going to be more like the bust that was the Neiman Marcus collaboration. Missoni sold out in hours whereas the Neiman Marcus collection ended up on clearance for 75% off.

What piece are you most excited for?

January 21, 2013

Outfit Day: Shades of Brown

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Dress: H&M … Cardigan: The Limited … Necklace: Forever 21 … Leggings: Free People … Boots: BP Shoes

January 12, 2013

Lust Item: Chloe’s Marcie Small Calfskin Satchel

I saw this last time I was in Nordstrom and have been in love with it since. Every time I see it I just want to put it on a credit card and have it in my possession! It’s so gorgeous, all leather, and a decent size. The dimensions are: 14″W x 10 1/2″H x 4 1/2″D. Big enough for everything you need plus a book/tablet!! I love this color too. It’s called Nut, kinda funny :) The downside… it’s $1795. Maybe I’ll start saving up for it… It seems like a classy bag that could last you for a long time.

chloeWhat do you think?

January 9, 2013

Seeing Double: Longchamp and Nordstrom

I love coming across items that I do a double-take and wonder “haven’t I seen something like that before?!” The last time I did that was a pair of Alexander McQueen look-a-likes at Charlotte Russe.

I’ve found another look-a-like. This time it’s not as close as the McQueen-Russe connection, but it’s still pretty close! It’s a look-a-like of the infamous Longchamp Le Pliage tote made famous by its usefulness on a college campus. It’s lightweight and perfect for carrying a notebook, pens, and a book or two. Plus, it zips completely and because of its nylon exterior won’t be damaged by getting caught in the rain.

Anyway, compare the original Longchamp Le Pliage tote to the one I found in the sale section at Nordstrom…..

Longchamp – Le Pliage Large Shoulder Tote – $128

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The Nordstrom option…

Nordstrom – Getaway Tote – $33.98

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This one is almost the same exact dimensions, on sale for $33 (normally $58). The only real difference is this is canvas rather than nylon. Still if you want a cute similarity, for $100 less, head over to Nordstroms website and pick up one of these look-a-likes.

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