Givenchy Spring 2010 Ready To Wear Collection: How to Rock the Jumpsuit

April 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Off the Runway

Givenchy Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection

Givenchy Spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection

Jumpsuits made of light, flowy material are becoming a warm weather staple. If you’re dreading go out this summer in jeans because it’s simply too hot, meet your new best friend. A jumpsuit allows you to pull off the pants look in hot temperatures without having to combust.

A deep v-neck, as Givenchy shows, is just the thing to give a plain black jumpsuit that ‘wow’ factor that makes it an appropriate choice for a cocktail party or a soiree of dancing. If you’re hesitant about trying a jumpsuit because of the ‘puffing’ effect it may have on your midsection, just grab your favorite wide belt and use it to cinch the garment at the waist. Stick to a dark color palette, which is the route Forever21 took with the look-a-like jumpsuit pictured below, or go for a bright color that will pop–the choice is yours.

The final element–some super strappy black platforms to show off your bright summer pedicure.

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Belted Halter Jumpsuit ($23.84, Forever21) Nine West 'Ponti' ($68.95, Zappos)

Belted Halter Jumpsuit ($23.84, Forever21)

Nine West ‘Ponti’ ($68.95, Zappos)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

Tyra Banks: Red and Yellow DO Go Together!

April 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Celebrities

Tyra BanksWhen many women think of wearing red and yellow together, they automatically think of either clowns or frumpy, old lady outfits. But red and yellow is not always a fashion faux-pas. Far from it actually, as Tyra Banks recently showed. At the 2010 Kids’ Choice Awards she wore a beautiful cap-sleeved coral red dress with a yellow clutch and pointed-toe pumps.

The trick to making your inexpensive version of Tyra’s outfit pop like she does is to pick your yellow accessories in two different shades. Tyra’s pumps are a lighter, more neon yellow than her clutch, which is a richer mustard color. Keeping the colors too similar can kill the sophistication of the look and may make others wonder where your clown nose is. But balance out the intensity of the colors and you’re golden (well, actually you’re yellow–but you know what I mean!)

I really love all the pieces that make up our look-alike outfit. The Guess ‘Carrie’ pumps have that perfect heel that won’t kill your feet but is still tall enough to be sexy. And how gorgeous is that yellow crochet clutch from Bebe? And only $19, which pleasantly surprised me.

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Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe) Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21) Guess 'Carrie' Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

Romantic Pleated Satin Dress ($24.80, Forever21)

Crochet Metallic Clutch ($19, Bebe)

Guess ‘Carrie’ Pump ($89.95, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

Vanessa Hudgens: Transforming a Shirtdress from Drab to Fab

April 3, 2010 by  
Filed under Celebrities, Featured

Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Hudgens

Though at first glance they may look shapeless and bland, I love shirt dresses. I just bought one in seersucker pattern at H&M last weekend and wore it today with a wide belt, which is the key to making these sack-like garments flatter your shape. These dresses are so flowy and comfortable, perfect for the scorching temperatures that are heading our way.

Vanessa Hudgens recently wore a light blue shirtdress. I think this look suits her style so well; it’s a more sophisticated interpretation of the laid-back, boho styles that she often rocks.

You can easily make a plain, light-blue shirtdress pop with a brown leather belt and sandals, a black tote and a cream colored sunhat.

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)
Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias) Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)
Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21) Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

Fab Floppy Sun Hat ($6.50, Forever21)

Lianna Shirt Dress ($44.50, Delias)

Forever A Squared Handbag  ($50, Baghaus)

Leatherette Weave Sandals ($16.80, Forever21)

Real Leather Buckled Belt ($9.99, Papaya)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

“Best Of Inexpensive Style” List

April 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Stylish Savings

IMG_1069As promised in our 1st year anniversary post, check out my favorite places for scoring the best deals on clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as the particular items to look out for at each:

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Item 1

Forever 21: designer-inspired clothing, great heels, amazing jewelry for under $10

Item 2Overstock.com: fantastic deals on jewelry and shoes

Item 3Papaya Clothing: great for both casual and dressy clothes that have a ‘youthful,’ sassy feel

Item 4A’gaci: another top destination for designer-inspired items

Item 5H&M: great prices on basics such as t-shirts, tanks, tights and sweaters

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Item 6Charlotte Russe: beautiful dresses and other “going out wear”

Item 7Zara: beautiful, quality suits at reasonable prices and an awesome casual section, GORGEOUS shoes!

Item 8DSW: huge selection of shoes at discounted prices, check out also their handbag section

Item 9Zappos: shoes in every style and color you can imagine–not an exaggeration, also some fab deals on designer handbags from previous seasons

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Keep these in mind as you’re shopping or planning where you want to buy a certain outfit–chances are good that you’ll find yourself looking fabulous while spending less.

Happy Birthday to Us!

April 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Stylish Savings

Happy 1st Birthday, StealThisDress! I started StealThisDress in April of last year. The project was intended to be primarily a creative outlet during quite a stressful time when I was laid off from my job. It’s been a really crazy year. Fortunately, things are back on track for me now and I love what I’m doing.

What makes me equally as happy is logging on everyday to share with you my latest findings about the world of affordable fashion. The experience has been more rewarding than I could have imagined. In addition to giving opportunities I never thought I’d have, it’s put me in touch with so many amazing people whom I now consider colleagues and friends.

I’m really excited for what’s in store for StealThisDress. In the coming months, you’ll see more fabulous giveaways, an opportunity to be a model (stay tuned for more on that!), and much more.

Working on StealThisDress week after week has pushed me to constantly be on the lookout for the latest trends and new places to find the best deals on clothing, shoes and accessories. For our first anniversary I thought I’d throw together a list of the my top stores and sites that I constantly use when writing my posts and, of course, where I often shop myself.

And so, without further ado, check out our “Best Of Inexpensive Style” List.

Hair Extensions for Volume

March 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Beauty Products

So, today’s post is not a product review; rather it’s a Hair Loss Treatments Review, it’s me asking for your opinion and advice. Here’s the situation:

I’m dying to get hair extensions. I don’t want extensions for lengthening my hair, which already reaches pretty much down to my lower back, my hair before the nutrafol products was very short but not it is extremely long. Instead, I’m looking for something that will give me volume at the top so that I can have that huge “va va voom” hair. Products like the BumpIt are great, but I’m looking for something a little more permanent that requires less styling each time I’m leaving the house. By the way, I clean tiles with lithofin now, and I’m so happy since and tea tree oil has been used to fight hair loss forever.

Here is the type of look that I’m going for:

Jessica Simpson Beyonce

My options seems to be: clip-in extensions, which are less expensive, and the weave-in extensions (probably from the company Great Lengths), which cost around $500 from what I understand.

What I’d like to know is whether you’ve tried either of these solutions, what your experience has been and which you think would be a better investment? Looking forward to your feedback!

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Style

March 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Celebrities

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

I can’t believe it’s taken us so long to discuss Sarah Jessica Parker’s style. I have to admit, I often think more of Carrie Bradshaw’s style when I think of SJP. Pink tutus, hundreds of pairs of Manolos, and anything avant garde comes to mind.

I think SJP in real life wears outfits that are slightly more toned down in terms of their ‘creativity’ but still manages to look like a million bucks. Although every once in a while she does break out something outrageous, like a neon pink handbag, as recently featured on People Style Watch.

I’m loving the color combination she chose in this photo. A brilliant blue paired with a dark jacket and perfectly balanced by a pair of gold shoes and a statement necklace. Not too much and too little, which is hard to get right.

Speaking of Sex and the City, each of the four characters has her own unique style. Whose is your favorite? I think mine is a combination of Miranda’s classy look with Samantha’s, which is always sharp and sexy.

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Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21) MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy's)
Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21) Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

Ponte Capsleeve Dress ($11.50, Forever21)

MM Couture Jacket, Single Breasted Tuxedo ($88, Macy’s)

Filigree Locket Necklace ($7.80, Forever21)

Gabriella Rocha Mylie Pump ($59, Zappos)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

Psssst Instant Spray Shampoo

March 26, 2010 by  
Filed under Beauty Products

Pssst Instant Spray Shampoo ($5.99, www.drugstore.com)

Pssst Instant Spray Shampoo ($5.99, www.drugstore.com)

The latest hair product that I can’t stop raving about is Psssst Instant Spray Shampoo.

What is it? An instant solution for 2-day old hair that needs some freshening up but could go without a full out shampooing. You spray it onto your roots, leave it on for a few minutes and then brush it out. (If you have dark hair like me, make sure you brush it out really well or you’ll have whitish residue showing.)

The other things I love about Psssst–it has this awesome scent that, to me, seems to combine coconut with a fresh powder smell.  And it’s only $6. These days, quality hair products are rarely that affordable.

Psssst Instant Shampoo is my new go-to product. As I’m getting ready for work, it cuts down my hair maintenance time to just a few minutes. You know what that means–more sleeping time!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

Jewelry Spotlight: Cocktail Rings

March 24, 2010 by  
Filed under Stylish Savings

I was recently on HSN.com and saw some fabulous cocktail rings. Big, bright, bold–and absolutely perfect for spring. I really love wearing a ring like this on my index finger. In the April issue of InStyle, Rachel Zoe gave her stamp of approval for wearing large rings on “your talking finger.”

Technibond® Wood-Like Resin and CZ Swirl Ring ($49.99, HSN)Glow by Sheila Fajl Textured Dome Statement Ring ($29.95, HSN)Glow by Sheila Fajl Chrysanthemum Oval Stone Ring ($37.50, HSN)IMAN Global Chic IMAN Global Chic Shimmer & Shine Colorful Crystals Leaf Ring ($39.95, HSN)

David Yurman Designer Jewelry: Splurge vs. Steal

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Stylish Savings

When it comes to designer jewelry, David Yurman is always a name I keep coming back to. His designs are just exquisite. One of my favorite parts of his collection are his colored-stone pendants. They are available in almost every color you can think of but my personal favorite is the minty green.

Well, as it turns out, you don’t need to break the bank in order to enjoy the beautiful look of a David Yurman-esque colored stone surrounded by diamonds. Take a guess at how much the pendant from Overstock–which includes diamonds–costs. Big difference! If you really want to get the David Yurman look down to a t, put the look-a-like pendant onto a box chain.

David Yurman 20x15mm Prasiolite Wheaton Enhancer ($1650, Neiman Marcus) 10k Gold Green Amethyst and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Necklace ($153.99, www.overstock.com)

David Yurman 20x15mm Prasiolite Wheaton Enhancer ($1650, Neiman Marcus)

10K Gold Green Amethyst and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Necklace ($153.99, www.overstock.com)

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