Thursday, September 30, 2010

Love High...But Buy Low

I know the warm weather is quickly coming to a close, but I wouldn't resist today's love high, but buy low feature.  This strappy heel is another great transition shoe from Summer to Fall.  They can be worn with tights as the temperature starts to drop.  The Michael Kors version, which does have a few more bells and whistles, retails for $1295.00.  I found a very similar version at Zara for a mere $49.99, there is also a black option which I like a little more.  The only drawback is that you can't shop the Zara site, so you have to have a store in your town if you want to own these beauties.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happiness for me...

Is finding a purse you have been looking for that you foolishly put back on the shelf the first time you saw it but couldn't get off your mind.  Only to return and it was gone the next couple times you checked for it.  Well the shopping gods were on my side with this one.  Check out my newest purse purchase, isn't she a beauty?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The First Signs of Fall....

Living in Dallas I don't really have the pleasure of enjoying a normal fall like most of the other parts of the country.  Its either really hot or really cold and there usually isn't too much inbetween.  This past weekend started out pretty yucky with rain all night Friday to Saturday until about noon, then the clouds parted and it became one of the most beautiful weekends.  The wind was blowing, the sun was shining, and it was the perfect opportunity to dust off my boots and bring them out for their first go around of the season.

Wearing:  Forever 21 tee, Gap Denim Jacket, Abercrombie shorts, J Crew Socks, Frye Boots, H&M Ring, Forever 21 Necklace, Michele Watch

Monday, September 27, 2010


                           I think these shoes speak for themselves, but if they aren't speaking to you.....
Who could ask for a more perfect shoe? 
Red sole, check!
The perfect shade of grey, check!
Made with flannel and so unique, check and check!
And oh so so so chic!!!!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Are you a Haute Hippie?

I received one of those mass email today from Shopbop that had a link the latest looks from Haute Hippie. I blogged about this brand before, here, and couldn't wait to see what the new Fall season had in store.  I promptly clicked in the email to take me to the look book and below is what I found.  Isn't it wonderful?  I hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Not Your Regular Mechanic

I saw this jumpsuit at Madewell and it totally reminded me of a mechanic's uniform, but cuter.  It was one of those items that I got on sale and for some reason got pushed to the back of my closet and forgotten about.  I came across it this past weekend as I was diligently looking for something else and was excited to finally wear it.  I shopped my closet for the perfect accessories and this is what I came up with.  Not only is it the perfect transition piece from Summer to Fall, I was also able to try the belt twist with it too.

Wearing:  Madewell jumpsuit, Fossil Belt, Vintage and Nordstrom Bracelets, MK Watch, Stuart Weitzman shoes, Michele Purse

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bows and Smiles

There is something about seeing a bow that makes me smile.  I don't know if its the fact that it instantly reminds me of being a little girl but the idea of a bow is so feminine and girly.  When I saw these cute bags from Chloe not only did they all have bows *smile* but they are also some of the cutest clutches I have seen in awhile.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Twisted Belt...

I don't know if this is technically a trend or just a new twist on an classic staple, but I'm seeing it all over.  The belt has gone from extra wide, back down to medium, and skinny but with a twist.  This look has popped up in all avenues from the print adds of J Crew to the outfits that all the fashionistas wear daily.  I tried the twist here, and loved it!  I will definitely be trying to incorporate this look more for the Fall.  Guess that means I need a few more belts, and a little inspiration.  :)

images from: here, herehere, and here  

Monday, September 20, 2010

Black and White...

It was date night last Friday and the boif wanted to take me to try a new restaurant.  I jumped at the chance to wear one of my favorite skirts!  I love any reason to get dressed up and go out on the town.  I ended up ordering short ribs which didn't quite go with the outfit but all in all it was a great night.  What did you do this weekend?

Banana Republic top, Anthro skirt and necklace, Forever 21 Wedges

Friday, September 17, 2010

Love High...But Buy Low

As I browse all the trend reports I am loving the leopard print faux fur coat.  I actually don't think that I own even one animal printed item, crazy right?  As vintage looks become more and more mainstream there are a few more options available for this trend.  I love that it instantly brings a wow factor to a plain jeans and tee look.  I have seen the below coat from Rebecca Taylor which retails for $995, so out of the budget, and was able to find another version just like it from Asos for just $160.  I love a good deal!  I hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend!



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ultra Feminine....

I love all things that make me feel girly and feminine, so when I saw this blouse on Net-A-Porter I just knew that I wanted to share my find.  It's so simple and understated yet so ultra feminine at the same time.   I just love the soft color combo and that you can dress it up for work, or pair it with your favorite skinny jeans and wear it out on the weekend.  What do you think?

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flirty Florals

I love the bright floral trend.  So when I blogged about the below top here, I thought about getting it but the price didn't fit with my budget.  The thought of actually owning it became a distant memory until one day several weeks ago now, I found it on a clearance rack, it was the very last one, and in my size.  That NEVER happens, so I knew that it was meant to be.  I love the all the cute details, the bright pink stitching, the cute pockets, and the shirt tail hem all combine to make this the perfect flirty floral top. 

Gap Denim, Rebecca Taylor Top, Stuart Weitzman heels, Michele Watch

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lets Get Married...

The wedding I attended this past Sunday was wonderful.  It took place at an old movie theater now art Gallery in the Heights area of Houston.  It was a pretty non traditional wedding, but it totally fit the personality of the bride and groom.  I took tons of pics and wanted to share a few.

I love the cat on the rim of the milk cup...

Mango flavored was delightful!

Lovely hair piece

A moment with father and daughter.....that Ascot was so chic....

Monday, September 13, 2010

My What Large Pockets You Have

On a recent trip to Forever 21 I found this skirt.  The over sized pockets had me at hello.  I loved the style so much that I knew I had to take it home.  It reminded me of a version of a much higher end skirt that I had seen before, which made it all the more enticing.  Happy Monday everyone!

Wearing: Gap Denim Jacket, Forever 21 Skirt ,Tee ,and Shoes, Michele Watch

Saturday, September 11, 2010

True Love....

This week has been a whirl wind. Its amazing what cutting 2 work days out of the 5 day week can do.  I am now off again for a wedding.  I LOVE weddings, the idea of 2 people coming together to share their love for one another always makes me warm and fuzzy on the inside.  This time I was fortunate enough to already have a dress in my closet ready to go so I didn't have to go through the last minute shopping ordeal.  We all know when you do you either don't find something that you love or spend way more money than you should on something that you do.  I hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

DIY: Bow Shoes

I loved this DIY that was in Who What Wear this week.  It's a great way to take a not so cool pair of basic heels, right into one of the latest trends for shoes.  I haven't tried it yet but it seems pretty easy and only requires 5 items plus your shoes to create this fresh update.  There are 2 versions of the bow, so you can pick which one suits your personality best, the below is my favorite.

1. Cut two pieces of leather into strips: the first one should be approximately 7" x 1.5", the second one should be approximately 4" x 1.5". (You can go bigger or smaller depending on how large you want the bow to be.)

2. The longer piece will serve as the base of the bow. Place this piece in front of you, horizontally, with the colorful side of the leather facing down.

3. Starting at the outside edge, fold the leather strip into thirds, gluing each side down with your hot glue gun. The final bow should be approximately 4 inches long, but again, you can make it bigger or smaller to your taste.

4. Next, you will create the bow's knot! To do this, take the smaller piece of leather and fold it around the center of the bow. When you've positioned it correctly (make sure the seam is in the back!), use your hot glue gun to secure it to the bow.

5. While the glue on the bow is drying, cut two small pieces of Velcro, measuring 2" x 1" each.

6. Using the hot glue gun, attach one small piece of Velcro to the back of the bow, in the center. Then glue the opposite side of the piece of Velcro to the center/top of your shoe, where you want the bow to be placed.

7. Repeat steps 1-6 for the second bow.

8. Finally, stick your new bows to your shoes and voila! Flat, ladylike bow heels à la Louis Vuitton!

Finished Product:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Native American Chic, an Oldie but Goodie

I am back from my much needed vacation in NYC.  I did, however, miss this great world of blogging.  As I browsed through the stack of magazines I took with me on my trip I came across the most amazing jacket.  The pattern was Native American inspired and the mix with the bright colors made it the perfect statement piece.   After reading a bit more it was a marriage between Pendleton and Opening Ceremony, yes please.  I am still in search of the exact jacket that I saw in the magazine but was able to find their line from last season which looks equally as great.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Fall Cravings

Anything with shearling...This soft woolly fiber is the ultimate in winter coat linings for this season.  From high to low there are many options for anyone who wants to stay a little warmer this season.  Some I will only dream about, others with the shearling "look" may end up in my closet before the winter months are over.  I hope you all had a great week and an even better LONG weekend. 

Coats available from top: here, herehere, and here

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A New York State of Mind

After a 3 hour delay I finally arrived in NYC last night.  I am so excited to be in the city again, and all that it has to offer for this long Labor Day weekend.  Posts for the rest of the week will be a little sporadic since I will be busy burning a hole through my pockets.  Just wanted to leave you with a few images, that are so New York.

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