If there ever were a t-shirt I would spend over a hundred dollars on, this would hands down, without a doubt be it. Future Sentiments dress-like t-shirt made of shiny silver polyester (with soft cotton carpet print on the front) is eye-catching as it is versatile. Wear it alone as a dress, or pair it with leggings or slim-fitting pants. You’ll want to keep your silhouette streamlined and clean on your lower half since this shirt carries a good deal of volume. Petite-framed damsels, I recommend opting for the shorter version of this shirt to save yourself some styling grief. You can even share it with your boyfriend if he’s been good!
Every year, at about this time, fall catalogs start rolling through my mailbox as if I’ve won the lottery. Though I spend a significant portion of my time perusing the internet each and every day (like most), I secretly love flipping through a (paper) catalog and tearing out its most inspiring pages. Lo and behold, on just such an occasion, I came upon these gorgeous loafers from Antik Batik sold exclusively through Free People. The alluring shine of the shoe’s dazzling silver and copper discs gives the illusion of constellations set against a black sky, covering your feet…
And some more good news–if you haven’t had the pleasure of skimming through this month’s FP catalog, you can now view a digital version here… So start your perusing ladies! I’ll see you at the finish line.
This right here is the summer shoe of my dreams. The ‘Jade’ Wedge Heel by Dolce Vita is so comfy, so cozy, and so undeniably cool. Pair this versatile wedge with cuffed jeans for some casual flair or dress her up with a retro picnic dress and cat-eye sunglasses. No matter what you do, you simply can’t go wrong with ANY shade of these beauts!
Bargain hunter? Try your luck finding her cheaper here.
Allow me to introduce to you the DRESS OF MY DREAMS: Shakuhachi’s Heavy Metal Bell Sleeve Dress. Believe me when I say, I’ve been searching for a nude embellished piece for what seems like an eternity; summer after summer, it always seems to be the one key item missing from my closet. This is a dress that exceeds all of my wildest expectations, albeit a bit on the pricey side. But hey, if the $362 is within your budget, we say, snag it, you lucky lady! She’s a keeper.
Inspired by Japanese street style? Well then we’ve got your next investment purchase, right here: the Multi-Buckle Platform by Fleamadonna. Quirky? You betcha. But when teaming up these superhot flatforms with a pair of rolled-up jeans or a simple jersey maxi dress, you will exude just the right balance of crazy and cool to get the job done right.
–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD
Holy moly, now this is what I call one hot mutt of a shoe. Part oxford, part peep-toe, part sexy high heel cut-out (swoon), J.Crew’s amazing Keaton heel is, in my humble opinion, actually worth that $200 price tag, ladies. In fact, these have actually been marked down from $300—look at you, bargain shopper! But if you still find yourself feeling a bit guilty the morning after purchase, remember to take solace in the fact that you are indeed filling that void in your checking account by bringing new meaning to the words hot-to-trot. Damn.
Right now, I’m beyond obsessed with tiny cross-body bags. In the summer, especially at crowded concerts or in sweaty subway cars, I prefer to have that handsfree, ready-for-anything feeling. That being said, since I also have a long-standing romance with structured, wood frame purses, Armani Exchange’s Wood Frame Cross-body Bag ($88) seems to be just the ticket for those soon-to-be carefree–and newly handsfree–days of summer to come…
I’ll admit, I’ve been a little more shoe-obsessed than normal lately. Blame it on the warmer weather and my absolute burning desire to stock up on some excitingly new (open-toed!) spring kicks. Luckily for you, I’ve scouted some pretty rad ones for you to sport on the most sunshiny of spring and summer days to come, and I’m here to point ‘em right your way. Case-in-point, any of the shoes from 80%20’s Spring 2011 Collection. Each of the line’s flatforms, platforms, and flats are offered in an array of fun textiles from which to choose, including multi-toned denims and Mexican-striped canvas. And to top it all off, these shoes are super accessible, with price ranges living on the lower end of the spend spectrum. No argument here!
Get the best of a wedge, and of a suede platform, under your feet with this selection of earthy, sky-high wonders. These shoes are perfect to pair up casually with jeans, or, you can also go the midi dress route—no matter your fancy, these will definitely prove to be a versatile value. The other great news is that these hot steppers have arrived just in time for spring, but will also see you through straight into the fall. That’s about six months worth of unadulterated fabulousness for your feet! Don’t worry, you can thank us later…
Is there anything that really needs to be said for this necklace? Ornamental MTO’s Origami Modular Necklace had us at hello and boy were we happy to see it. At $361, this isn’t exactly a purchase to sneeze at, but as we all well know, the price paid for fabulousness isn’t always a small one. We recommend pairing this beaut up with a strapless, fair-toned Grecian maxi dress to really let this necklace shine. Next, slick your hair back à la Bill Blass S/S 2011 and top it all off with a punchy, spring coral lip.
Belle amie. Pretty friend. That’s what they’re gonna call you when they see you sporting the Bellamy necklace by Dannijo. This gorgeous cascade of turquoise and gold literally drips off one’s neck and is the perfect way to channel your inner Cleopatra. Summer wishlist? Yes, please.
Hey, ladies: Lookin’ for a money-saver than can double as a moneymaker Tuesday nights at the club? Well, look no further than Sanna’s of Brazil, makers and masterminds behind the bikini pant. Sure, one may think they’re a little steep at around $120 but hey, we’re talking about an investment piece here. Just think of all the cash you’ll be saving by ditching your monthly panty run to VS and going quasi-commando in these babies. And, let’s not even begin to think about all the compliments you’ll be getting as you show off that sweet tribal tramp stamp.
The bikini pant is available in classic blue denim, black, or white–making them super simple to incorporate into your current wardrobe. Or, give this spring’s 70’s trend a whirl by pairing with a crop-top and platforms (Extra credit: Go hippie vegan-friendly and opt for clear plastic heels!). BUY THIS NOW!
I’ll be honest. Unlike some of the other VG staffers, I haven’t summoned the strength to put on a maxi dress, walk out the door, and not laugh at myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love the look… on someone else. I’ve even bought different styles and still I look down and think: Something is missing.
That something is this something. At $135, the AllSaints Fitch Tailcoat completes the total maxi look. It also accents my curves (and lack thereof) in all the right places; there are no fussy buttons to deal with as with a regular cardigan, and the double placket drapes beautifully every time I slip it on. Available in acid bitter or chalk (or both), this piece is made of lovely linen and cotton–lightweight enough to wear all summer long.
Why? Because we could all use a little mint green swag in our lives, especially around this time of the year, as we’re busy prepping our closets full of spring-worthy-wear. This bag calls to mind for me the days of Hard Candy nail polish, Cadbury Mini Eggs, and other pastel yumminess that we ladies can’t help but intrinsically CRAVE during the days leading up to (and including!) spring. Bottom line: buy this crossbody now if you’ve got some splurging to do–I can’t think of a better way to go. (She’s flawless!)
Ain’t nothin’ better. We’d all agree. Orange! Yellow! Red! I’m LOVIN’ this season’s optimistic color palette, and this top has all the top billers. You will look like a lovely burst of spring sunshine sashaying through the door in this little number by ASOS. The mesh back keeps things interesting–and your back cool when those temps start to hit the 80’s. And at only $36 bucks…
I think you know what you’ve got to do.
One glorious day, I’ll have enough extra cash to blow on a sweet-ass coat like this one, by Spanish Moss. If you happen to be lucky enough to swing it now, I suggest you do so—immediately!
Handbags from Foley + Corinna’s spring line have finally made their debut, and let’s just say, there are definitely a few charmers among the bunch practically beckoning for us to whisk them away into the sweet refuge of our closets. But the voice that rung the loudest? That’d belong to F+C’s Woven Disco City Bag. A fresh, new spin on the lovable and classic Disco City, this enhanced adaptation KNOWS how to WORK. Vamp up any outfit by slinging this show-stopper over your shoulder and go. Loathe swapping your purse-ables daily? This bag has you written all over it. Fitting for day or for night, this diminutive (but magically spacious bag) is large enough to stow away your phone, wallet, keys, favorite lip gloss, and more—but just small enough to allow you to turn your BF away gracefully, as he inevitably (and irresponsibly) asks you to please hold onto his this or his that.
Miss out on the debut of McQueen‘s Faithful bootie and its imposters last summer? Well, alterna-brand, T.U.K. has so kindly graced us with their version of this biker-jacket-to-boot transformation–and, I have to admit, I (gasp) may even like it better. For one, I never fully understood the concept of the open-toed boot. Don’t you wanna keep your tootsies nice and toasty when you opt to don a pair of boots (as they’re usually worn in cooler temps)? Therefore, I simply love the fact that these are good ole closed-toe shoes. Also, the heel on this appears to be a bit shorter and sturdier, making it much easier to traverse the city’s treacherous winter streets–which, in Philadelphia, can sometimes be confused for luge tracks. So, I suggest pouncing on these babies quick, as the rest of the competition I was able to conjure up has, for the most part, all dried up.
Masculine military meets feminine flow-y with this must-have wardrobe mainstay by J.Crew. The Silk Blythe Blouse is both timeless and season-less, as are the five colors in which it comes (my faves are Fresh Apricot and Olive Moss). I’m seeing you wearing this untucked with skinnies + bangles + ankle boots or tucked into your new wide-leg trousers for a dressier, office-friendly look. No matter how you sport it, Blythe is a star player you’re gonna want on your team.
As you all may or may not know, I (or any girl, for that matter) can never have enough studs, and the collection of coats offered up by Burberry Prorsum as of late literally has me salivating. But, if you’re like most of us, you aren’t looking to plunk down 4.5 g’s on a new trench, so the key is to start small and below the belt.
These spiked boot straps from long-time NYC punk outpost, Trash and Vaudeville will add instant edge to virtually any pair of boots already in your closet—and for nineteen bucks! Bonus (as if you need one at a price like this): Not only will you look kick-ass, you totally could kick–and prick–any unwanted purveyor’s ass with these, that’s for sure. Something dear old Dads everywhere can certainly appreciate…
Honestly, I can think of no other reason to buy this now aside from the fact that this dress is just plain gorgeous. The Full Circle Dyed Bustier Silk Drape Dress ($206.88) via Asos will look amazing with black pumps or nude, in winter or in spring. An eye-catcher if I ever saw one–I think I’m in love.
Nude pumps truly go with everything from every season; they graciously elongate your legs, add a dash of subtle elegance to any outfit, and are an essential asset to every woman’s shoe wardrobe. And perhaps most importantly, no matter what kind of budget you’re working with, the perfect pair is most likely lurking right under your nose. Here are the most wanted suspects in our search for the perfect nude pump, in descending price order. We suggest you pick your perp and get to gettin’.
Donna Karan knows functional fashion like no other. Allow me to introduce to you a piece that is as comfortable as it is practical, chic as it is trendy: the boat-neck (aka “bateau” neck) batwing tunic. In black. Channel your inner New Yorker and say yes to the dress, girls. Because this you can wear anywhere, anytime. Really. All you’ll need is a pair of black tights and a bootie. Donna’s very NYC price clocks in at a cool $795, but our pick, it goes for a Philadelphia-friendly $43.
Call it a dress, call it a tunic, call it whatever you want: just buy it. This gorgeous multi-colored piece by French Connection can be worn over black tights and/or your jeggings du jour in the winter, or alone with nude sandals in the spring, for a show stopping yet comfortable look that’s perfect for 2011 with its heavy dose of vibrant orange (THE ‘it’ color of the New Year). And: it’s on sale for over half off. Take my word for it and consider this a wise investment, ladies.
I have not been able to shake the image of these gorgeous beaded moccasins by House of Harlow from my head. In fact, their power is so overwhelmingly gripping that I couldn’t even recall where it (or I) was when I’d first spotted them; I wasn’t even in the market for an insanely cute pair of new shoes that fateful day–I was looking for a coat. Now, all I can think about are the possibilities of these shoes–pairing them with my favorite skinnies, a long and loose-fitted tee, bat-winged cardigan, and maybe this bronze cypress necklace by Woodland Belle. Or maybe even with this Built by Wendy Herringbone One-Piece. How do you wear your moccasins?
Photo provided courtesy of Bloomingdale’s
We don’t know if you know, but gradients? They’re just about our most favorite thing ever. If you’ve done your share of clicking around the site, you know we’re a pretty gradient-friendly, bordering on obsessed, sort of bunch. So to all of our fellow gradient-loving, Pegasus-chasing, glitter-inhaling ladies out there, we have some welcomed news for you: they’re not just for jpegs, pngs, or gifs anymore.
This slammin’ gradient ear cuff from Lady Grey is the ultimate wardrobe-enhancing statement piece, and much to our delight, can be worn with a regular earring post on the lower ear or on the upper part using the earring’s clip-on cuff. And if you’re as crazy about this piece as we are, you may find yourself needing to marry it ASAP with its equally sleek match: the staggered double ring. Slip these babies on together and we promise you won’t ever want to take them off.
Leave it to Sass and Bide to always miraculously know what a girl wants. We know you’re all tiring of the cliché holiday look books and formulas being churned out on the net and that you’re ready to shake things up. Well, we’ve found a starting point for you right here, a true statement piece so good, it hurts. S&B’s Clear Spike Harness Top is unlike any that we’ve seen; sure it’s pricey, but we both know you’re flirting with the idea of having one. Oh, and we’ve even found you an on-the-money crystal cocktail ring to match.
I’ve spent the past ten minutes trying to conceive of an outfit this Camel Trim Cape from Topshop would clash with. Still thinking…
This Matryoshka Russian doll-inspired ring by nOir is too adorable for words (not to mention superbly crafted!) and a definite no-fail gift for any fashion-forward gal on your holiday list. The best thing about this piece? It’s ‘authenticity’–and by that I mean you can even open the thing up to find another smaller doll inside!
Bleu de Chanel ($59-$79) is a new, delightfully woody, aromatic fragrance for the special kind of man who defies convention; the kind of man who resists the ordinary and scoffs at the everyday scent. Bleu de Chanel, created by Chanel’s in-house perfumer Jacques Polge contains hints of citrus, ‘deep blue sea’ accord, peppermint, pink pepper, nutmeg, ginger, jasmine, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, labdanum and frankincense. And as you might imagine, it’s the kind of fragrance that will persevere with you throughout the entire day but won’t leave your company pinching their noses in distaste. For every sophisticated man or woman knows the importance of finding a signature scent–so take my word for it: this is the one you’ve been seeking. It’s got that certain something guaranteed to please the senses of anyone lucky enough to get a little close.
Oh LORD help me, I want this dress so bad. Marked down by almost 150 bucks and capable of taking you from winter well into spring (it’s just a question of black opaque tights and a black cardigan, my friends), this amazing Marc by Marc Jacobs Fatigue Stretch Twill Strapless Dress… is seriously making me weak in the knees.
Topshop’s Attitude Black Block Wooden Platform Heeled Ankle Boots (try saying that five times fast) will surely give any ensemble you own, well, an attitude. If ever there were a pair of shoes worthy of its name, this is it. Buy these badass babies now and make ’em work with anything in your closet; no doubt about it, they will add a sizable statement to pretty much anything you own.
These past few seasons, we were all introduced (some, against our will) to the insanely high-heeled platform. Before you could say “broken ankle,” I found myself putting all of my flats back into the “see you later” closet. Now, even though I don’t wear flats as much as I did before, they are always hot in my fashion world, which is why I got so excited witnessing their “comeback” this past summer, as evident in runway shows put forth from the likes of Hannah MacGibbon for Chloé, among others.
That being said, YSL is currently offering up a comfortable collection of amazing colorful flats. Initially, I was a bit surprised; when I think YSL footwear, I immediately think sky-high pumps. However, YSL really got my attention with these adorable shoes. Now, careful: they might look plastic, but these are, in fact, patent leather. Beautiful, high-quality patent leather in a rainbow variety of colors, to be precise. I also love how these have a square toe that makes them look like a true ballerina flat. Maybe Stefano Pilati was inspired by Natalie Portman‘s Black Swan opening this week (can’t wait!), or perhaps he just wanted to do something special for the holidays. Hmm. Regardless, I’m yearning for these babies—big time. So if you want to feel like a truly fashionable ballerina, this is the shoe for you. All you’ll need is about 500 dollars…
I’ve always belonged to the school of thought that if I’m going to pay a little extra for something, it darn well better feel like butter on my body (the exception being REALLY fabulous shoes). This winter, whether you plan on fighting holiday crowds at the mall, dodging bums in the city, or just mentally waltzing the web, you may as well do it in style… right?
J.Crew‘s Skinny Ultra Lounge Pants ($59.50), honestly, don’t even look like lounge pants–so it comes as no surprise that they’re not only a favorite of the J.Crew design team, but are also highly coveted by the staff over at Lucky as well. For immediate incorporation into your wardrobe, simply replace the usual leggings with these babies layered ‘neath your favorite tunic, add in some cutebooties, and shazam! Comfort chic. Plus, you’ll gain some always useful–and bum-flattering– back pockets in the process.
There is nothing more beautiful than a well-structured, defined cape that hangs from your body just so–one that moves in all the right ways when you do. This from what I can tell, is exactly that cape: with its perfect drape, gorgeous khaki green coloring, minimal embellishment (What is a cape if it’s not simple?), and extremely reasonable cost (though it seems to vary between $86-112 depending on what day you happen to visit the site). In any case, if you’ve done the math, at $86 or $112, this cape + you = a match made in guilt-free, highly fashionable heaven. And with all that cash you so deftly saved by nabbing this on sale, you’ll have plenty to spare on those shearling booties you’ve been obsessing over all season long.
It’s officially more affordable than ever to get in on this pleasurably practical footwear trend and with minimal effort, online. Sweeter-shoe-trend-related words have never been uttered…
Detmar Blow’s controversial new work, Blow by Blow: The Story of Isabella Blow, about his late wife and international style icon Isabella Blow, is a guaranteed page turner. In his book, Detmar paints his own intimate portrait of this eccentric woman, shedding light upon her lengthy bouts with depression, troubled family dealings, the genius of her life’s work, and the tragedy that became her end in 2007.
Isabella was most known for discovering the late and the great Alexander McQueen, milliner Philip Treacy, and British model Sophie Dahl, among many others. Blow by Blow is set for release today in the United States.
Hey, you know what you need? A winter legging. Yeah, I see you over there, trying to pretend like you’re warm in your nylon/spandex mix come December… but we all know the truth. Howsabout trying on a fortified legging that’s prepared to take you below 50 degrees? Like this one by the aptly-titled brand Plush, lined in fleece. Nice, right? Now look at you… all enviably svelte ‘n toasty.
As if Topsiders could get any cuter…
During a recent shopping spree at Bloomingdales, this adorable pair by Sperry caught my eye from literally across the room. I had just finished ravaging Gucci, where I made a painful handbag purchase that I will probably be paying off for the next four years, when I saw them. Sperry has ingeniously transformed the everyday summer boat shoe into the perfect little fall boot (!!) that comes in four earth tone colors, bearing a beautifully simple lace that traces the outside. These are only $80.00 and worth every penny. Also, FYI: Sperry offers a limited edition line as well, in collaboration with Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders, that is truly to die for!
Ok girls, I think it’s time to give it up for Nicole Richie and her newest collection from House of Harlow 1960. I am totally coveting these simple Art Deco/Tribal inspired enamel pendants, earrings, and stackable rings–aren’t you? And I think you’ll be happy to know that in addition to being really great looking statement pieces (that you won’t bore of quite so quickly), they’re also very graciously priced.
Here’s where you’ll be able to find my favorite HOH yum-yums for some preemptive holiday wish listing, because as we all know, you can never get started too soon.
You simply can’t go wrong with this one. Cape: check. Army green (and slightly camel-colored at that?): check. Max Studio quality on mega-sale: CHECK! Come onnn, it’s marked down by friggin’ 200 dollars! Really! You simply must buy this now…
Stuff my muff. That’s the captivating caption that hangs around my neck courtesy of In God We Trust‘s endearingly sweet “sweet nothings” pendants. These cute accoutrements come in a variety of metals: brass, sterling silver, or my personal favorite, 14K gold, and are hand-engraved with a variety of irresistible inscriptions such as, “finger bang”, “f*ck my face”, and “eat a d*ck” … then dropped on an 18″ chain.
These are too cool for school. Not literally, but you get the idea. The Miramar Straps Platform by Jeffrey Campbell, available in black or brown, is sure to inspire trends around town. These will look sweet with almost everything you own too! Available at Free People.
Ruffles, ruffles everywhere! For a season that is generally associated with dull and sometimes shapeless items, I am particularly pleased with the resurgence of femininity for fall. Anthropologie‘s Alice in Autumn Sweatercoat is super cute, cozy, and comfy, making it a great transition piece for brisk fall days. Not to mention, it’ll go with just about anything.
Not quite sure if you’re ready to jump on the fab train to girlie-ville? Well, then, opt for a simple quick trip with the Small Doses Heel. Made of lush blue suede with well-placed rows of grey ruffles and a wooden stacked heel, these little sweets would be easy as pie to incorporate into your current wardrobe. There’s always room for dessert, ladies.
And in this case, that price is exactly $587 (plus shipping, sales tax, overdraft fees… well, hopefully not that last part).
I know what you’re thinking… you’re thinking, all the world’s miseries would come to an abrupt halt if only you owned this incredible Ancient Tongue Necklace made of powder coated brass and love. How do I know what you’re thinking? Well, let’s call it an “educated guess.”
Ladies, get your benefactors and get them quick because I’m dropping a link on you that’s going to fill you with want x 1,000. Are you ready?
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The older I get, the more reasonable (read: comfortable) my shoe purchases have become. This past summer was full of wedges—not only do they give my 5’2” frame a nice little ego boost, but they’re also running-away-from-random-weirdos-worthy. Needless to say, this winter isn’t going to be any different. Dolce Vita’s Mariner Wedge boot combines both fashion and function into one pretty sweet package. Not only is this shoe tremendously comfortable, but as one of my guy friends put it, “SUPER HOT.” Seriously. You need this shoe.
Just in time for cooler weather, these fashion forward pieces by Indus+ry will truly leave you speechless. Check out the brand’s futuristic leather bombers and superbly draped fall coats at 138 N. 3rd St in Philadelphia or online at Indus+ry.
It’s time to buy a leather skirt. Yes, you heard me. Leather is back, and I love this look paired up with black opaque tights and a chic black bootie for fall. Make sure it’s tight, on the high-waisted side, and hits well above the knee; then, you can rock a more feminine, flow-y top (I also love this teamed up with a cable-knit sweater!) to complete the contrast. BTW: it doesn’t have to be real leather, ladies. Forever 21 and Target have some fab affordable options…
Vrooooom, you’re going to look fierce.
If there is one accessory you need for fall, it’s Gucci aviators…
As if the aviator needs another way of maintaining its high ranking cool-factor, now, they are making them in tortoise… oh, and um they’re Gucci!
This pair is classic and a perfect addition to your (growing, admit it) collection. There is no better fall look than a light sweater, khakis, Ralph Lauren belt, and these amazing glasses. They are sex on a stick, I swear. Oh, and they can be yours for a mere $220.00…