Inspired by…Khloe Kardashian

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Studded Knit Top ($22.80, Forever21) Plaid Jacket ($29.99, Charlotte Russe) Strapless Sweater Dress ($19.80, Forever21)
Jessica Simpson Runway Small Frame Satchel ($69, Dillards) Suedette Buckle Boot ($34.80, Forever21)

Studded Knit Top ($22.80, Forever21)

Plaid Jacket ($29.99, Charlotte Russe)

Strapless Sweater Dress ($19.80, Forever21)

Jessica Simpson Runway Small Frame Satchel ($69, Dillards)

Suedette Buckle Boot ($34.80, Forever21)

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Distressed Leather Boots

Distressed Cowboy Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe) Distressed Wedge Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe) Distressed Buckle Boots ($39.99, Charlotte Russe)

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Hungry for Hermes

Hermes Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection

Hermes Fall 2009 Ready to Wear Collection

For the last couple of years, I’ve found myself anxiously waiting for the Hermes fall collection. Filled with fabulous pieces that appeal to one’s fantasy, it never disappoints. While I usually find myself drawn to the rich color palette often used by Hermes, I’ve chosen something far more reserved–yet equally stunning–for this week’s look from the runway.

This fall, look to sleek, off the shoulder and one sleeved designs. There is something deliciously mysterious in keeping one arm completely hidden while fully revealing the other. The experts at Hermes cinch the dress at the waist with a black belt, whose tough texture stands out against the delicate fabric of the dress.

Hermes makes it known that ankle booties are sticking around this year, pairing it with sheer black pantyhose. While it is still warm enough, you can skip the hose and show off those legs. The ankle boots with skirts and bare legs look has been frequently spotted around Hollywood lately.

Put together, these three pieces make for a sharp, ‘stop ’em dead in their tracks’ look. Just what we’d expect from Hermes.

Young Fabulous & Broke One Shoulder Dress ($106, www.shopbop.com) Lace Ruffle Belt ($8.99, Charlotte Russe) Type Z Edie Black Kid Suede Boots ($59.85, www.overstock.com)

Young Fabulous & Broke One Shoulder Dress ($106, www.shopbop.com)

Lace Ruffle Belt ($8.99, Charlotte Russe)

Type Z Edie Black Kid Suede Boots ($59.85, www.overstock.com)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

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Beating the Autumn Blues

This year, navy has been dubbed one of the hot makeup and nail polish colors for fall. I, for one, am also looking to navy for clothes and accessories. Pair dark shades of blue with neutrals such as white, cream and tan during the day. At night,  pile on gold and other metallics to bring the moody color to life.

Below are a few things in this hue that are currently inspiring me and bringing about all sorts of musings over fall outfits. Some are total steals, others are splurges (the Denim Cluster Earrings are gorgeous!) I’m enjoying navy so much right now that I think my next must-have item will be a navy leather motorcycle jacket, similar to the linen one I’ve included below.

H81 Ruched Tunic w/ Tie Belt ($12.90, Forever21)

Rachel Leigh Millies Vintage Denim Cluster Earrings ($128, www.shopbop.com)

Pleated Button Tab Skirt ($19.80, Forever21)

Linen Motorcycle Jacket ($29.99, Charlotte Russe)

Lucky Brand Jeans Pleats of Love Leather Tote ($169, Macy's)

'Trinitie' Shoe ($99.95, Steve Madden)

H81 Ruched Tunic w/ Tie Belt ($12.90, Forever21)

Rachel Leigh Millie Vintage Denim Cluster Earrings ($128, www.shopbop.com)

Pleated Button Tab Skirt ($19.80, Forever21)

Linen Motorcycle Jacket ($29.99, Charlotte Russe)

Lucky Brand Jeans Pleats of Love Leather Tote ($169, Macy’s)

‘Trinitie’ Shoe ($99.95, Steve Madden)

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How to Be a Bargain Balmain Beauty This Fall

Balmain Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection

Balmain Fall 2009 Ready-to-wear Collection

A lot of the past week for me was spent glued to photos of the various fall collections coming out. Just heavenly.

The outfit I’ve chosen today from Balmain’s ready-to-wear collection drew me in because of its chic simplicity. If you do not yet own cropped black pants, go out and get a pair! This classic style is on-trend year after year, it seems, and is one of those pieces in the “mega-versatile” category. Balmain matches the trousers with a loose, zebra-esque print top–a design I’m seeing a lot lately. Charlotte Russe presents its interpretation of the look in a muddy grey, which also works equally well with black bottoms.

You can carry this look into evening, maybe replacing the flats with a slinky pair of heels and adding a cute clutch. The it-factor of the daytime version, meanwhile, is without a doubt the stylish comfort that the outfit provides.This is definitely the look to emulate if, like myself, you feel your best and most confident when you do not have to worry about moving in 5 inch heels or avoiding a possible wardrobe malfunction in a tiny dress.

Zebra Slouch Top ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Zebra Slouch Top ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Cropped Trousers ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Cropped Trousers ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

BCBGirls 'Sole' Flat ($78.95, Nordstrom)

BCBGirls 'Sole' Flat ($78.95, Nordstrom)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Fall Boots Have Arrived!!!

'Blondee' Boots ($99.95, Steve Madden)

'Blondee' Boots ($99.95, Steve Madden)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I always get a bit sad as summer comes to an end (ok, I sound a tad melodramatic–it’s only August 11th). But one of the best things about being close to the beginning of a new season is shopping for new stuff, of course!

Anyone for whom shoe shopping is a science or simply an addiction knows that the end of the summer is the best time to get boots for fall. With the new shipments of fall products starting to hit the stores now, this is the time to snag boots in your size and preferred color. Come September, the only things left are usually in Shaquille O’Neal’s size or bright yellow with polka dots.

So, I said to myself today, “Self, let’s give our readers a peek at what we have to look forward to this fall.” Have a look at what caught my eye so far and keep an eye out for more updates in the weeks to come. The cold is coming but not all hope is lost!

Gianni Bini Jackpot Boots ($79.99, Dillards)

Gianni Bini Jackpot Boots ($79.99, Dillards)

Women's Xhilaration Kameke Slouchy Buckle Boots - Black ($34.99, Target)

Women's Xhilaration Kameke Slouchy Buckle Boots - Black ($34.99, Target)

Sporto Erin Rainboot ($48, Macy's)

Sporto Erin Rainboot ($48, Macy's)

Suede Scrunch Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe)

Suede Scrunch Boots ($34.99, Charlotte Russe)

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The Look: Givenchy Resort 2010

Givenchy Resort 2010 Collection

Givenchy Resort 2010 Collection

There really is nothing better than a simple pair of black pants and a crisp white shirt. Givenchy included an interpretation of this timeless combination in the 2010 Resort collection.

Needless to say, you should always have a white shirt and black pants in your closet. You can wear them year-round, layering with with heavier pieces when its cold and with a ton of colorful accessories when its warm.

Givenchy pairs these classic pieces with black leather ankle strap sandals. With new additions such as the Studded Gladiator Flats, Charlotte Russe has been on fire lately with all kinds of super sexy shoes at really great prices–perfect way to top off your Givenchy-esque look. The studs on the shoes nicely balance out the ultra-feminine ruffles on the shirt.

Wear it to work, wear it on a date–if the word “versatile” could be described with an image, this would be it.

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Rampage Ruffled Woven Halter Top ($34, Dillards)

Rampage Ruffled Woven Halter Top ($34, Dillards)

Nygard Collection Stitch Detail Slim Ankle Pants ($46.80, Dillards)

Nygard Collection Stitch Detail Slim Ankle Pants ($46.80, Dillards)

Studded Gladiator Flats ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)

Studded Gladiator Flats ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Neon Sandals

Patent Flip Flops ($6.99, Charlotte Russe) Steve Madden 'Shicago' Sandals ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

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Blake Lively’s Style: “Gossip Girl” Gorgeous, Financially Friendly

Blake Lively

Blake Lively

I literally begin salivating every time I see the characters’ wardrobes on Gossip Girl. With designer labels abound, Serena, Blair and the rest of Manhattan’s young elite are dressed to the nines in every single scene. In fact, it is almost strange for me to see Blake Lively dressed casually in real life, as she is in this photo, but hey, the girl still looks amazing.  [Read more…]

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Rachel Bilson: Setting Trends, Covering Trends

Rachel Bilson

Rachel Bilson

It is no surprise that InStyle has asked The O.C. alum Rachel Bilson to author her own fashion column. With Rachel’s effortless boho-chic look, I think we could all benefit from the advice of this fashionista extraordinaire. [Read more…]

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