Jul 30, 2010

Lookbook: Zip Back Blazer

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I rave about many blazers but this one is THE blazer of all blazers.  LOVE it.  If you are in the market for a new blazer, I can't recommend a better one.  It's perfect in every way and even has a cool zipper detail on the back which allows you to make it more or less fitted.
What I'm Wearing:
Top: Forever 21
Jeans: Uniqlo
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bracelets: Vintage & J. Crew


I got a question from Emily who asks:
"When you are checking a blazer for fit, do you have to button it and make sure it sits right? Or is it okay for girls to wear blazers unbuttoned and just make sure that the shoulders and arm length fits right? I can find blazers that fit my shoulders, arms, and torso okay but when I button it, it looks totally awkward because it doesn't sit right. You seem to be a blazer expert so I figured I'd ask. Thanks!! :)"

Hi Emily!  In my preference, it is fine for girls to buy blazers based on the fit when it is unbuttoned.  I wear most of my blazers unbuttoned most of the time and so I check that the fit is perfect as I would wear it normally.  I totally hear ya about it getting awkward when it buttons.  To me, it doesn't matter, as long as it looks good unbuttoned and that's how I plan on wearing it that way then I just want the shoulders and arm length to fit right.  Most of the time the arm length never fits so I just roll up the sleeves to make it work.

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Christian Louboutin Simple Patent Pump

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    Jul 28, 2010

    Lookbook: Flares

    You know how online shopping is and when you are buying one thing, you kinda want to find something else to add to your cart so that you can at least get a few things in that order?  I am so guilty of that.  When I ordered the Hello Sunday blazer, I just had to find something else to add to my order and thought this little tunic (which was also on sale) was perfect for the summer.

    What I'm Wearing
    Top: Anthropologie
    Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
    Shoes: Dior
    I very rarely wear flare jeans, I own so many pairs of skinny jeans that when I put these on it was a bit of "Woh.  These look weird."  I do like white jeans though, especially during the summer so went with them.  It was actually quite a dreary day but sometimes you just gotta brighten up the day with your outfit!

    In recent news, I got back from New York and found out that I was selected to be one of the 31 bloggers in The Society Stylist's "Little Black Dress Experiment" which is quite exciting!  I'm looking forward to getting the LBD and see how everyone styles it differently.

    I also came home to many packages waiting for me.  One of which were the OTK boots from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale that I mentioned in this post.  A lot of you wanted to know how they fit so I'm here to report that if you are a shorty like me with short legs, these boots are not made for us!  I don't have a lot of luck with OTK boots but thought maybe, just maybe I could make these work.  They are super over the knee on me, more like upper thigh high boots!  And you can't even scrunch them down to make them look somewhat normal.  So, it is a no for me, they are going back.  :(  I'll keep a lookout for any other OTK boots that may fit us short legged girls and let you know what I find!

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    Anthropologie has so many cute tops for sale right now.  Go check it out!

    Jul 27, 2010

    The Style-ish Home: Easy DIY

    I'm not a huge DIY-er.  I like to look at projects online and say "ooh I want to do that!" but I hardly ever do, mainly because I just don't have the time.  I'm usually more of a I'd rather pay than to make it on my own.  But there are some things that I'm cheap about and pillows is one of those.  Why are pretty pillows so dang expensive?  I usually just keep a lookout for pretty fabrics and make my own.  I mean, sewing a pillow case takes absolutely no skill so I'm pretty comfortable taking that task on.  Hubs and I have been wanting new pillows for the couch so we found this pretty blue fabric at Ikea and thought that I'd just turn them into regular pillows.  But then, one night I stumbled onto this fabulous pillow DIY and the instructions looked easy enough so decided I had to try it.  I got the felt from Jo-Ann's (the one from the bolt, not the crafty kind) and also bought a dark blue cotton to use for the back of the pillow. 

    And voila!  My version of the DIY and I'm pretty happy about it.  I did it all in one night and it took me a few hours to make the both the pilowcases (and to be honest, I drank a glass or two of wine while I did it and it still came out fine. LOL)

    I love the petals! The sewing of the petals takes the longest but once you get the hang of it, it goes pretty fast.

    And to make it a bit more fancy, I made the back panel a navy blue, I like the contrast of the pattern with the solid.  The only thing that I changed from the instructions was that I just closed up the pillow with a hand sewn stitch as we aren't leaving these out for the dogs to get dirty so we don't need to worry about removing these to wash.

    Seriously, so easy!  If I can do it, anyone can do it!  The instructions are here from V and Co.

    Jul 23, 2010

    Lookbook: Dog Walker

    I am one of those people that dresses her dog up but my dog, unlike most, actually likes it!  I don't do it much in the summer since I like to keep her cool but I love this little sailor dress I got her.  For my own outfit, I've been defaulting to rompers when the weather gets hot and we're out walking the dogs.  Such an easy outfit that keeps me cute and cool at the same time.

    What I'm Wearing
    Romper: Ebay
    Sandals: Cynthia Vincent for Target
    Sunnies: Marc by Marc Jacobs

    What Savvy's Wearing
    Juicy Couture dress and collar

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    Polka dot Jumpsuit Playsuit
    I had been on the hunt for a one shoulder romper and couldn't find one anywhere and then landed one this ebay store and bought this one in black and then couldn't resist this cutie polka dot one.  The fabric of the one shoulder one is more of a jersey so it's a bit nicer as this one is a stiff cotton.  But for $14.99, I can't complain.

    Cynthia Vincent For Target White Studded Sandal

    I'm completely impressed with the quality of Target shoes as these are great!  I've worn them a ton this summer already and they are comfortable to wear all day.

    Marc by Marc Jacobs Vintage Aviator Sunglasses

    I have so many pairs of Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses.  I used to obsessed with Chanel sunnies and have a ton but then I stopped wearing them because I kept on worrying about scratching them or leaving them at a restaurant!  Now I'm all about brands like MbMJ glasses that are still great quality but aren't too expensive so if I scratch them in my bag, I don't feel too bad about replacing them.

    Jul 22, 2010

    Bought it!

    As usual, I've been doing some shopping so, here's a peek at what you may be seeing in future lookbooks!

    I get a lot of emails asking if I can share some tips about shopping at Forever 21.  I don't have any specific tips as it's more of just what catches my eye and the fit.  I've even been asked if I could start buying two of everything of what I buy and sell the item on my blog since when I wear it on my lookbooks it's usually sold out online or impossible to find at the store.  Interesting concept but not sure I'm ready for that!  However, I'll try to do these kinds of updates, while the stuff is still available so you hopefully you can snatch it up before it disappears!

    I've found that Forever 21's "Love 21" line is a bit better quality and much more my style so I often go to that section first when shopping online.  This striped cardigan seems perfect for the fall and the blouse will be perfect for a casual day paired with skinny jeans, lots of bracelets and my YSL Arty ring.

    Love21 Silk Layered Striped Cardigan

    I didn't have too much success at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year but it's mainly because I bought too many pretty shoes at the designer shoe sale so I tried to hold back from buying too much at this sale.

    Elizabeth and James has climbed up my list of brands that I love as it just fits me so well.  This top will be great for both work and for dressing up for dinner.  I bought the Phillip Lim top thinking that it would be cute with shorts, I have yet to wear it but am bringing it to NY with me this weekend since it's a super lightweight cotton and I hear it's sweltering over there right now

    I've been wanting another pair of over the knee boots so bought these online and am waiting for them to arrive.  I hope they fit!

    Etsy is such a great place to shop for jewelry.  I bought this adorable bunny necklace and just got it yesterday.  Mine is the regular size bunny which she still has available in silver or you can get the baby lone hopper necklace.  So cute!
    Etsy Seller Anitrak

    Also ordered some fun colored earrings and can't wait to get them!

    Etsy Seller SSSJ

    I'm kind of glad that I can do all my fall shopping now as my summer style is much more boring.  Fall clothes are just so much more fun to shop for!

    Jul 21, 2010

    The Same But Different!

    It's been awhile since I've done my Same but Different posts but since you guys liked them so much, I decided to round up another group of some fab looks for less!

    I've been eyeing these red Prada pumps, but really how cute are these platforms pumps? And they're only $45!

    Still one of the most coveted shoes, these YSL platforms are still on trend but at $795 the price is not so nice.  However, Bebe has come out with a great look alike for $149!

    The Miu Miu cutouts have been on my list of wants since I laid eyes on them but when I found these studded ones I had to share them with you guys.  Wouldn't they make a great fall shoe?  And $49.99, totally affordable compared to the $650 Miu Mius!
    Miu Miu Suede Cutout Ankle Boots vs. Bumper Foxy 01 Platform Sandal

    I love a classic Mary Jane and love the shape of the Miu Mius but for a mid-price range aren't the studded KORS shoes gorgeous? Or go for the really affordable option at $29.95!

    Miu Miu vs. KORS Michael Kors vs. Funtasma By Pleaser

    You know me, Louboutin always wins in my book and although the Shoebox pumps aren't exactly cheap, the price is much nicer and I really love that blush color.
    Christian Louboutin Bow-Topped Slingback vs. Shoebox Bow Slingback Pump

    Adore these butterfly pumps and the Pour La Victoire versions is such a pretty color and you'll save over $700!
    Christian Louboutin Madame Butterfly Pump vs.
    Pour La Victoire Stella Pump vs.

    But check out this super affordable option for $59.95!  A great bridal shoe too, don't you think?
    Audrey Brooke Valentine Pump 

    I've done a previous look for less on these Jimmy Choo sandals but I found these ones that are super similar!  I wonder if you can take that bow off... it would look so cute without it.

    And just one bag look for less: I covet the Mulberry Alexa bag, it's such a gorgeous bag but check out the ASOS version, it's so similar and I'm loving the blue!

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