AnnaLynne McCord: The Epitome of Flirty, Fun, Youthful Style

Anna Lynne McCord

Anna Lynne McCord

I really don’t know much about AnnaLynne McCord except: 1) she stars in the CW’s remake of 90210 and 2) she’s been linked to Kellan Lutz, who everyone seems to be obsessed with these days. Other than that, the one thing I keep coming back to each time I see her photo is that maybe blondes really do have more fun. Her style is super easy-going yet sexy and just screams ‘fun.’

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com) Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Plaid Tube Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Babinksi Boot ($99.98, Aldo)

Nylon Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

Smart Shoppers Unite: New Meeting Place for the Savings-Savvy

Who doesn't love to save? Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil, www.publicdomainpictures.net

Who doesn't love to save? Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil, www.publicdomainpictures.net

This week I joined SmartShoppersUnite.com, a social network for, as the name suggests, smart shoppers. The site features discussion boards, member profile pages that include photo albums and a blogging section, video games with the best warcraft mouse, a coupon section and more. I’d describe it as Facebook for people who love scoping out the best deals on fashion, home decor and other areas.

Today was my first day of posting and hanging out on Smart Shoppers Unite and it was so much fun. I’ve already “met” a bunch of great people and picked up some super useful tips like how to give your room a makeover for under $150. There is so much neat information on the site, with everyone sharing their favorite savings tips and latest bargains.

I’m going to be contributing to the site on a regular basis in the coming months.  I highly recommend that you guys sign up on SSU and join the conversation. If you like the type of stuff  we talk about here, I guarantee that you’ll like what you find on SSU.  It will be a great opportunity for us to talk; my profile name is StealThisDress. See you there!

Pink Pumps Make the World Go Round

This may be my favorite StealThisDress! post to date. Pink heels! What more could you ask for? If your style is similar to mine, nothing. The shows below, all of which I found on Zappos, to me all scream Carrie Bradshaw and it’s fabulous. Just imagine how amazing any of these pairs would look with a dark-colored dress or dark jeans and a fancy top.

My favorite pair is probably the second one from the top. That jewel-encrusted heel is to die for. Let’s see, only about three more months until it gets warm enough to wear shoes like these outside. Here’s to a summer of pink pumps coming soon!

rsvp 'Rain' Peeptoe Pump ($85, Zappos)

rsvp 'Lovely' ($109, Zappos)rsvp 'Jaceline' Peeptoe Pump ($88, Zappos)

Promiscuous 'Kalei' Pump ($89, Zappos)Jessica Simpson 'Astor' Peeptoe Pump ($78.95, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Rain’ Peeptoe Pump ($85, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Lovely’ Pump ($109, Zappos)

rsvp ‘Jaceline’ Peeptoe Pump ($88, Zappos)

Promiscuous ‘Kalei’ Pump ($89, Zappos)

Jessica Simpson ‘Astor’ Peeptoe Pump ($78.95, Zappos)

Jessica Simpson ‘Fancy Love’ Fragrance: New Must-Have Perfume

Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love' Fragrance ($49-$59)

Jessica Simpson 'Fancy Love' Fragrance ($49-$59)

If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that I’ve never done a perfume review before. I absolutely love perfume and don’t leave home without it under any circumstances. I shy away from covering fragrances because when it comes to eloquently describing a scent like so many beauty writers brilliantly do, I’m at a loss for words–no pun intended.

Jessica Simpson’s ‘Fancy Love’ smells so good that I had to tell you about it. Well, I’ll take a stab at trying to describe it: it’s musky with some subtle floral notes. There, that’s the most literary creativity you’ll get from me. But seriously, though, Fancy Love is irresistible. There a lot of perfumes that I love but have to be in the mood for. Fancy Love, on the other hand, I know I’ll wear whenever and whatever the weather.

As always, I really appreciate how reasonably priced Jessica Simpson’s products are. And how pretty is that bottle?!

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

Celine Pre Fall 2010: Not for the Color Shy

Celine, Pre Fall 2010; Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Celine, Pre Fall 2010; Photo: Courtesy of Celine

Looking at this stunning outfit from Celine’s Pre Fall 2010 showing, I would never guess that this fashion house started in 1945 as a made-to-measure shoe business for children. I absolutely adore Celine and am issuing a disclaimer that our next Off the Runway segment may also focus on Celine because I saw about a dozen other looks in this collection that I would love to feature.

Replicating this solid-colored ensemble is a piece of cake; just throw on a long-sleeved black mini-dress, red footed tights and red Mary Jane’s.  But don’t be fooled by this seemingly simple combination; red and black make a bold duo that immediately pops. Picking out the right combination of shades is key. Opt for dark crimson red tights; when choosing shoes, stick with a lighter shade of red that has more orange undertones to it.

(Tangent: Doesn’t this look totally remind you of Kate Spade? I’m not sure if it was a seasonal thing or more of a branding effort, but this fall one of the Kate Spade ads featured red tights AND all of the staff members were wearing them when I went to the Kate Spade store during the holidays.)

Given the intensity of the colors, stick with a simple hairstyle. Try a ponytail with a side part, flat ironed tresses parted straight down the middle or some soft waves. When it comes to makeup, once again–less is more. Emphasize just one feature by pairing a strong red lip with just a bit of liner and mascara. Or you can do a smoky eye with a nude or sheer lip.

Black Knit Dress Refined ($24.80, Forever21)

Red Tights .

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rsvp Lauren

Black Knit Dress Refined ($24.80, Forever21)

Red Nylon/Lycra MicroFiber Solid Color Tights ($12.50, www.welovecolors.com)

rsvp ‘Lauren’ Ruffled Mary Janes ($56.05, Zappos)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 5

Yves Saint Laurent Zip-Top Easy Tote

Zip-Top Easy Tote, Medium ($995, Neiman Marcus)

Zip-Top Easy Tote, Medium ($995, Neiman Marcus)

Dayuuum. That’s all I have to say about the YSL Zip-Top Easy  Tote. No, seriously though, this may be the most fantastic bag I’ve ever seen.

That color! The website calls it red, but to me, it’s clearly pink. I realize that this color may limit the mass appeal of the bag. As someone who has phone, camera, laptop, iPod and wallet are all pink, I sometimes overlook this aspect. I think this is what makes this a gutsy, “I stand out” bag, but that’s just one website’s opinion, and we know there are many websites online with different opinions, content and services from fashion products to adult services like https://www.zoomescorts.co.uk/.

What else is perfect about the YSL Zip-Top Easy Tote? The size. 11″ x 16″ x 8″ means it will fit papers, a couple of folders, a little makeup bag and other stuff you need for the day. So that means you can take it to work! Isn’t that always the ultimate justification for a fashion purchase, whether you can use it for work or not?

I realize I may sound way too excited right now, but there must be something to pink bags if Sarah Jessica Parker wore one, right?

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

To a Fashion-Forward New Year!

Jump Apparel Women's Short Bubble Dress ($67.99, www.overstock.com)Happy New Year, fellow fashion addicts! I wasn’t sure what my first post for 2010 would be until I saw these Jump Apparel ‘Short Bubble’ dresses on Overstock a few minutes ago. Gorgeous, right? I want one in each color! Because this is StealThisDress, what better item for us to kick off a new year of fashion with?

StealThisDress! is almost a year old now. Thank you to everyone who tunes in regularly to read my latest ideas on how to look like a million bucks while paying a lot less. If this is your first time visiting StealThisDress, I hope that you find tan through clothing and swimwear by Kiniki. Whether you’re a regular or a “one-off” visitor, I’m very interested in what you like and dislike about the site, as well as what type of content you’d like to see more of. So, please make use of our Contact form and give me your feedback!

Here’s to another year of “stealing” and splurging on stunning stuff!

Inspired by…Halle Berry

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

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

Carolina Herrera Look: Rocking the Color of Royalty

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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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