Splurge-worthy Christmas Wishlist

A few things that we at StealThisDress! would be delighted to find under the tree this year:

Burberry Skinny Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Camel ($195, Neiman Marcus)Burberry Skinny Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Camel ($195, Neiman Marcus)

7 For All Mankind Houndstooth Seam Leggings ($159, www.shopbop.com)7 For All Mankind Houndstooth Seam Leggings ($159, www.shopbop.com)

kate spade new york Big Apple Neda Continental Wallet ($145, Bloomingdales)Kate Spade new york Big Apple Neda Continental Wallet ($145, Bloomingdales)

Badgley Mischka Halma Open Toe Pumps with Stone Detail ($215, Bloomingdales)Badgley Mischka Halma Open Toe Pumps with Stone Detail ($215, Bloomingdales)

MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Gold Watch 44MM ($250, Bloomingdales)MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Gold Watch 44MM ($250, Bloomingdales)

What splurge-worthy items are you lusting after this holiday season?

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Hilary Duff: Queen of Casual-Chic

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

This phenomenal Hilary Duff look is really easy to recreate with your favorite casual pieces and killer accessories like big earrings, a loosely draped square scarf and large tote.

Zip Front Jacket ($39.50, Wet Seal)
Scoop Pocket Tee ($4.99, Wet Seal)
Seamless Leggings ($12.50, Wet Seal) Unlisted by Kenneth Cole 'Butter Pecan' Knee-high Boots ($54.99, www.overstock.com)
Square Scarf ($19.50, Express) Riddled Disk Earrings ($4.80, Forever21) Deux Lux Prism Satchel  ($68, Urban Outfitters)

Zip Front Jacket ($39.50, Wet Seal)

Scoop Pocket Tee ($4.99, Wet Seal)

Seamless Leggings ($12.50, Wet Seal)

Kenneth Cole ‘Butter Pecan’ Knee-high Boots ($54.99, www.overstock.com)

Square Scarf ($19.50, Express)

Riddled Disk Earrings ($4.80, Forever21)

Deux Lux Prism Satchel  ($68, Urban Outfitters)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 3

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Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale

Was anyone surprised when Esquire magazine recently named Kate Beckinsale “Sexiest Woman Alive”? I wasn’t. Ms. Beckinsale is smokin’ hot. (An aside: she is also a fabulous actress. You absolutely must watch “Nothing But the Truth” if you haven’t yet–I haven’t seen such a powerful film in a while.)

What I love about Kate Beckinsale is that she is not one of those celebs whose picture is in the news every other day for not wearing underwear or making a fool out of herself in some other way. She doesn’t need to do those things to get attention; her work speaks for itself.  I think the same could be said of her style. Understated but incredibly sharp, her look is the epitomy of “less is more.”

I love the “actress off-duty” outfit she is wearing in this photo. I usually avoid wearing all black. While black is amazing, I like to break up an outfit with a splash of color via some bright accessories or a non-black garment. However, in Kate’s case, this combination is flawless. She looks stunning if this comfy casual outfit. Making casual outfits look killer is truly an art.

Before I sign off, I wanna tell you guys that I am the proud owner of the Chinese Laundry ‘Tripin’ boots pictured below. And let me tell you, this is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. Not only are these over-the-knee boots really cute, they are also incredibly comfortable (to me, this is key because I live in the city and walk all the time). It is definitely not the absolute best quality of suede I’ve ever seen, but that’s fine. Suede gets scuffed up quickly, especially given my active lifestyle. The fact that it’s not top notch makes me better about wearing them and not having to “save” them.

Dolman Sleeve Sweater ($21.50, Wet Seal) Seamless Leggings ($7.90, Wet Seal) 'Tripin' Boot, Black Suede ($99, Chinese Laundry)

Dolman Sleeve Sweater ($21.50, Wet Seal)

Seamless Leggings ($7.90, Wet Seal)

‘Tripin’ Boot, Black Suede ($99, Chinese Laundry)

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Alice + Olivia Velvet Leggings

Alice + Olivia Velvet Leggings ($128, www.shopbop.com)

Alice + Olivia Velvet Leggings ($128, www.shopbop.com)

One of my most favorite Seinfeld moments is when George declared, “I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.” Well, looks like the fashion world is beginning to embrace George’s style philosophy.

Leggings made of delicious, decadent velvet are one of the fall must-haves this year. Leggings are so comfy and versatile, but I sometimes find myself tired of the same stretchy cotton. There are times when I’m in the mood for something that is just as hassle-free but makes more of an impact.

I would wear them exactly as they are on the model–with some fabulous platform heels. These Alice + Olivia leggings are also available in black. I, personally, would go for the blue, though. I’d pair it with something white or beige on top and accessorize with some serious bling or gold.

You’re probably thinking to yourself right now that $128 is a little steep for leggings. That was my initial reaction as well. However, after giving it some thought I realized that you’ve got to spend the money if you really want to look good in velvet. If it quickly begins developing faded, worn spots, you’ll look vintage in a bad way. So, better to invest.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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Shiny Leggings–Bringin Back the ’90s

Black Glam Leggings ($12.80, Forever21) Blue Glam Leggings ($12.80, Forever21)

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Leggings and Tights Need Not Be Boring

Cotton Spandex Placket Crop Legging ($28, American Apparel)

Floral Lace Leggings ($12.80, Forever 21)

Look from London Hexagon Net Tight ($14.99, Urban Outfitters)

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Styles from the DSquared Fall 2009 Show Without the (Financial) Damage

DSquared Fall-Winter 2009

DSquared Fall-Winter 2009

I realize that for us mortals it may seem way too early to be thinking about fall and winter clothes. But when I saw this outfit from the DSquared Fall-Winter 2009 show, I couldn’t resist including it! This combination has the art of effortless layering down to a T. [Read more…]

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Steve Madden’s Fantacy Shoe is Fierce

Fantacy shoe ($149.95, Steven by Steve Madden)

Fantacy shoe ($149.95, Steven by Steve Madden)

When I saw this divine suede and snakeskin patent leather creation, my heart sank. Steve Madden has done it again, this time with his Fantacy shoe. [Read more…]

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8 Affordable Items to Get Your Wardrobe Ready for Summer

With summer fast approaching, you can hardly contain your excitement over the upcoming beach getaways, leisurely strolls through the city and outdoor parties. With that said, how much should you spend on clothes that will suit all these occasions and the hot temperatures that the season throws your way? The following eight tips will guide you in choosing affordable summer pieces that require minimal maintenance and effort. As a result, you will be able to spend your time enjoying every last second of fun in the sun–instead of agonizing over the state of your closet and wallet. [Read more…]

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