Tyra Banks: Red and Yellow DO Go Together!

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

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Fossil Watches: A Timely Discovery

Warm weather is almost here, which means that it will soon be time to show off your tanned arms adorned with bangles and other accessories. I’ve never been much a watch wearer. I own a couple of watches but not wear them occasionally, i.e. when I feel they add something to my outfit.

Some of the new watches from Fossil, though, may make me reconsider. These ‘clocks’ are so stylish and sharp that I may start looking at my wrist again for the time instead of my cell phone.

Analog White Dial ($75, Fossil)

Lucy Black/Gold Analog ($95, Fossil)

S+ark - Bronze Crystal ($125, Fossil)

Stella Natural Glitz ($95, Fossil)

Analog White Dial ($75, Fossil)

Lucy Black/Gold Analog ($95, Fossil)

S+ark – Bronze Crystal ($125, Fossil)

Stella Natural Glitz ($95, Fossil)

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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

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Wear Blue, Make a Splash for the Oceans

“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)

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Hollywood Intuition For Target

More and more, upscale designers are teaming up with big box and discount chains to bring us the styles we love at affordable prices. Add to that list the collaboration between Hollywood boutique Intuition and Target. I only learned that the two were working together recently and have already fallen in love with the accessories that the team has produced. Check out some of the items from the collection below. These certainly don’t look like things that cost $10-30. Kudos to Intuition owner Jaye Hersh for making accessorizing like the stars an option that is available to all of us.

Hollywood Intuition Tote -  ($29.99, Target) Hollywood Intuition Sunglasses - Black ($14.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Bracelet Set - Multicolor ($9.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Tote – ($29.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Sunglasses – Black ($14.99, Target)

Hollywood Intuition Bracelet Set – Multicolor ($9.99, Target)

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Tie Bracelets

Natasha Accessories Silk Tie Bangle Bracelet ($11.40, Dillards)

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Accessorize Like a London Girl

Don’t you wish your imaginary private jet could take you abroad whenever you want so that you could shop at  stores that we don’t have in the US? I definitely do, now that I’m no longer living overseas and can’t  shop at Accessorize, the sister store of UK clothing chain Monsoon, whenever I want.

Reptile Look Metallic Snake Gladiator Sandals (£28.00, Accessorize)

Reptile Look Metallic Snake Gladiator Sandals (£28.00, Accessorize)

Decadent Fabric Plaited Cuff (£10.00, Accessorize)

Decadent Fabric Plaited Cuff (£10.00, Accessorize)

Regal Rope & Chain Silk Square Scarf (£15.00, Accessorize)

Regal Rope & Chain Silk Square Scarf (£15.00, Accessorize)

At Accessorize, you’ll find a ton of awesome–you guessed it–accessories. I like to think of it as Claire’s with a more grown-up, chic appeal. Unfortunately, Accessorize does not yet offer delivery to the US. However, the website says that the company plans on beginning to do so soon. If you find yourself in the UK in the meantime, definitely check it out–you won’t regret it.

Crumpet Lattice Bangle (£10.00, Accessorize)

Crumpet Lattice Bangle (£10.00, Accessorize)

Space Age Fan Necklace (£15.00, Accessorize)

Space Age Fan Necklace (£15.00, Accessorize)

Chain Link Patent Skinny Belt (£10.00, Accessorize)

Chain Link Patent Skinny Belt (£10.00, Accessorize)

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Giuseppe Zanotti Suede Criss Cross Studded Sandals

Suede Crisscross Studded Sandals ($650, Guiseppe Zanotti)

Suede Crisscross Studded Sandals ($650, Guiseppe Zanotti)

Today, I stopped by Intermix, which I think is the store that can make pretty much anyone look like a star. When I got home, I went on the Intermix website to have a second look at a couple of things that caught my attention, which is when I saw the Guiseppe Zanotti Suede Criss Cross Studded Sandals.

Wow. I thought that his Cage Sandals (the background of my Twitter page) could not be outdone. Ha! The man clearly does not run out of imagination.

This shoe has everything. The sexy criss-crossing straps, the stunning combination of black suede and gold hardware. I’m so happy to see that accessories with metallic accents seem to be here to stay. In fact, fall forecasters are saying hardware is one of the top trends for next season. Then, again, it’s hard to not be in style when you’re wearing Giuseppe Zanotti.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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The Brilliance of Betsey Johnson (Shoes)

Pink Glitter Polly Shoe ($220, Betsey Johnson)

Pink Glitter Polly Shoe ($220, Betsey Johnson)

Anybody who is familiar with Betsey Johnson’s collection knows that her clothing and accessories are not for the faint of heart. Exploding with color, her jewelry, dresses and everything in between has a playful, whimsical look.

Her Glitter Polly shoe has been one of my favorites for years. My black pair has taken me through countless nights of dancing and even trekking through mounds of snow in Montreal on one unfortunate night (don’t ask…) In any case, that should tell you something about how comfortable and sturdy they are!

Silver Glitter Polly Shoe ($220, Betsey Johnson)

Silver Glitter Polly Shoe ($220, Betsey Johnson)

The combination of metallic, leather and glittery textures on the Pollys makes them stand out from a lot of other shoes I’m seeing these days. Because these mules are ‘statement’ shoes, they are just the thing to use for accessorizing muted colors and simple designs. I love wearing them with a cute top and black leggings or skinny jeans.

Black Glitter Polly Shoe ($220, Betsey Johnson)

Black Glitter Polly Shoe ($220, Betsey Johnson)

The Glitter Polly is available in pink, black and silver. If such a bold look is not quite what you’re looking for, try the slightly tamer leather Polly.

Looking at my own trusty pair, I could not have spent that $220 in a better way when I bought these shoes four years ago.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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5 Instant Fashion/Beauty Pick-Me-Ups

All women go through a style rut at one time or another. Many think that they have nothing to wear as they stare at a closet full of clothes. Others feel bored of their beauty routine and overall look. Some feel like they have no person or occasion to look good for.

The good news? You don’t need to go under the knife or get a $500 haircut to revamp your look. There are many simple yet effective things that women can do in order to feel great about their appearance, none of which need to involve spending big bucks. [Read more…]

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