Designer Spotlight: Deena & Ozzy

December 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Stylish Savings

Love, love Deena & Ozzy! By far, my favorite designer available at Urban Outfitters. Check out some of their stuff,below. How fierce is that Faux Fur Hood? Talk about channeling Russian glamour. Keep it coming, D & O!

Deena and Ozzy Quilted Tote ($58, Urban Outfitters)Deena and Ozzy Colorblock Wedge ($88, Urban Outfitters)Deena & Ozzy Kisslock Clutch ($20, Urban Outfitters)Deena & Ozzy Faux Fur Hood ($39.99, Urban Outfitters)

Bringing Back Brooches: Using the Old to Make Things New

December 28, 2009 by  
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My black pea coat and my maroon slouchy beanie are two items that I’ve been wearing nonstop since it got cold. Eventually, I started noticing myself getting a little tired of them, so I decided I needed a way to update them. In this economy, “shopping your closet” is definitely a key skill. But how would I do this? I know zilch about sewing and altering things. My “light bulb” moment happened when I thought of the little box of my great-grandmother’s brooches that I’ve been keeping on my jewelry shelf.

Beret with zebra brooch Pea coat with gold and pearl flower brooch
I really don’t see many people my age wearing brooches these days, but I don’t think that necessarily means that they are outdated and obsolete. My take is that you have to wear them with sharp, young pieces that no one would expect to see a brooch on. I wouldn’t wear a brooch with a cardigan and button down shirt–now that’s a look that screams granny. Aiming for contrasting color combinations, I put a brooch made of silver and crystals on the maroon beret and a gold and pearl one on the pea coat.I love the result and can’t wait to see what other creations I can come up with using old jewelry.

Lancome BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

December 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Beauty Products

BI-FACIL - Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26, Lancome)

BI-FACIL - Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover ($26, Lancome)

If you wear eyeliner, shadow and especially mascara on a regular basis, then you know that a good eye makeup remover is key. If you don’t have one, expect to wake up every morning looking like a racoon.

Lancome’s BI-FACIL Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover is specifically designed for waterproof makeup. Even on days when I’m wearing several coats of the most durable waterproof mascara, one or two minutes of patting my eyes with a cotton pad dipped in this magic liquid and POOF–all that yucky black stuff is gone.

At $26, it’s definitely not the cheapest eye makeup remover you’ll find but it’s worth it.I use BI-FACIL very liberally and one bottle still manages to last me at least two months. I’ve been using BI-FACIL for years and swear by it.  Without it, I think I probably wouldn’t have any eyes left.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

Steal-icious Dresses for the Oceans

December 25, 2009 by  
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If you read my previous post about Wear Blue for Oceans day, you know that in the next couple of weeks I plan on featuring as many blue garments and accessories as I can. Showing your support for environmental issues can mean looking stunning in beautiful shades of blue! Because we are StealThisDress.com, it seems particularly appropriate to include dresses in ocean colors. Enjoy!

La La Love Dress in Navy ($33, Lulu's) Blue Beyou Dress

La La Love Dress in Navy ($33, Lulu’s)

Blue Beyou Dress ($59, Lulu’s)

Inspired by…Halle Berry

December 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Celebrities, Featured

Halle Berry is also at the top of my “Stylish Celebs” list. Everything she wears is simple and never over the top–and it looks fantastic. When is the last time you remember her being on any “Worst Dressed List”? Right? Just gorgeous.

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Shimmer & Sequins Tube Dress ($24.80, Forever21) Trista Leatherette Jacket ($49.80, Forever21) Madison Cara Satchel ($40.80, eBags)
 S396  Sunglasses ($34, Steve Madden) Ethnic Trim Scarf ($7.50, A'Gaci) Zigi Soho Patrice Beaded Sandal ($49.95, DSW)

Shimmer & Sequins Tube Dress ($24.80, Forever21)

Trista Leatherette Jacket ($49.80, Forever21)

Madison Cara Satchel ($40.80, eBags)

S396  Sunglasses ($34, Steve Madden)

Ethnic Trim Scarf ($7.50, A’Gaci)

Zigi Soho Patrice Beaded Sandal ($49.95, DSW)

Franchi ‘Carrie Crystal Cage’ Bag: For the Bling Addict in You

December 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Splurge Worthy

Franchi 'Carrie - Crystal Cage' Frame Bag ($238, Nordstrom)

Franchi 'Carrie - Crystal Cage' Frame Bag ($238, Nordstrom)

We often rely too much on our jewelry for sparkle. If you are of the opinion that other accessories can and should be used to dazzle, then the Franchi ‘Carrie – Crystal Cage’ Frame Bag is for you.

The crystal net surrounding this gorgeous satin clutch is to die for. With New Year’s just around the corner, your purse deserves to be dripping in diamonds just as much as you do! Those who wish to channel an old Hollywood glamor look will also love the vintage-style kiss-lock closure on this clutch.

In addition to plum, the Crystal Cage bag is also available in black, whine and champagne. I want it in all four colors!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

Wear Blue, Make a Splash for the Oceans

December 19, 2009 by  
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“Wear Blue for Oceans” day is coming up on January 13th. Ocean conservation is a cause that I’m very passionate about. When is to comes to protecting the environment, I feel that many people tend to overlook the ocean. To get us thinking more about the importance of protecting our oceans, from now until Wear Blue for Oceans I’d like to regularly feature blue clothing and accessories that can help show your support for this cause AND make a major fashion statement. To get us started, I picked a few blue accessories which will add a brilliant dash of color to your outfit.

Two Lips Idol Jeweled Sandal ($59.95, DSW)

BP. Open Weave Scarf ($16, Nordstrom)

Poppie Jones Turnlock Wristlet ($16.95, DSW)

Two Lips Idol Jeweled Sandal ($59.95, DSW)

BP. Open Weave Scarf ($16, Nordstrom)

Poppie Jones Turnlock Wristlet ($16.95, DSW)

Herver Leger Bandage Dress Lookalikes: Take 2

December 16, 2009 by  
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You may remember my writing a few months ago about the gorgeous Herve Leger “Bandage” dresses. The cut is incredibly flattering and it comes in some many gorgeous colors! I pointed out that some brands have come out with their own Bandage dress imitations at prices much more favorable than those of Herve. Well, they are back! I was checking out the A’Gaci website a few minutes ago and look what I found! Simple and unembellished or sparkling with sequins–only $19.50 or $36.50. Too good to miss!

Sequins Back Banded Dress ($36.50, A'Gaci) Banded Fitted Dress ($19.50, A'Gaci)

Sequins Back Banded Dress ($36.50, A’Gaci)

Banded Fitted Dress ($19.50, A’Gaci)

Ankle Cuff Shoes

December 14, 2009 by  
Filed under 30 Second Fashion Statement

SM Luxe Fiona Suede Ankle Cuff Pump ($69.95, DSW) Isaac Suede Ankle Cuff Wedge ($24.50, A'Gaci)

Carolina Herrera Look: Rocking the Color of Royalty

December 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, Off the Runway

Carolina Herrera Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear collection

Carolina Herrera Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

I love purple. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it used to be considered the color of royalty in the old world.

Looking through pictures of Carolina Herrera’s fall 2009 ready-to-wear show, my favorite outfit was, hands down, the one pictured here. How gorgeous is that shade of purple? I think that this is a perfect outfit for a holiday party, maybe even with a sleeveless dress as pictured below.

Wear the dress with black footed tights and jeweled flats if you want to channel the look that went down the runway at the Carolina Herrera show. If you want to give it your own twist, try jeweled pumps, closed or peep toe.

For your handbag, choose a clutch or shoulder bag in a different shade of purple for that “different yet harmonious” look. Keep the jewelry to a minimum since this look already contains plenty of jewels.

Goddess Chiffon Dress ($29.80, Forever21) UO Opaque Tights ($12, Urban Outfitters)

Lulu Townsend Sequined Satin Clutch ($29.95, DSW)

Jessica Simpson Shoes Dereck Pumps ($89, Jessica Simpson) Zigi Soho Cinda Jeweled Suede Flat ($44.95, DSW)

Goddess Chiffon Dress ($29.80, Forever21)

UO Opaque Tights ($12, Urban Outfitters)

Lulu Townsend Sequined Satin Clutch ($29.95, DSW)

Jessica Simpson Shoes Dereck Pumps ($89, Jessica Simpson)

Zigi Soho Cinda Jeweled Suede Flat ($44.95, DSW)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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