Sarah Jessica Parker’s Style

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

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Designer Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Christian Louboutin is the first name most women now associate with luxury footwear. With the brand becoming a household name, Jennifer Lopez even wrote a song about her Louboutins. I love Louboutin’s classic Platform Pump, which is incredibly simple and chic.

However, if you’re not ready for that type of splurge quite yet, check out the Go Max Justice pump from the Runway by Kmart collection. It mimics the signature red heel of Louboutin and features a beautiful checkerboard-like texture. Love!

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus) Go Max Justice - Black ($27.99, Kmart)

Christian Louboutin Platform Pump ($695, Neiman Marcus)

Go Max Justice – Black ($27.99, Kmart)

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Sandals with Stones and Jewels

As more and more stores begin displaying their spring and summer shoe inventory, I’m seeing an increasing number of earth-tone sandals that are adorned with stones, jewels, medallions and beads. I guess this is 2010’s answer to last  year’s hardware trend. I’m loving it–it’s like jewelry for your feet!

Blowfish Life Gladiator Sandal ($39.95, DSW) Steve Madden 'Spaced' Sandal ($79, www.piperlime.com) REPORT 'Calla' Sandal ($59.95, Nordstrom)

Blowfish Life Gladiator Sandal ($39.95, DSW)

Steve Madden ‘Spaced’ Sandal ($79, www.piperlime.com)

REPORT ‘Calla’ Sandal ($59.95, Nordstrom)

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Gotta Get Gap Shoes for Spring 2010

As things get busier and busier at work, I find myself with less and less time to go shopping. I’ve started buying more things online. If I do end up going to the mall, I usually don’t have time to go to one store for a dress, another for shoes, another for jewelry, etc.

As a result, I’m always on the lookout for stores where I can get everything I need in one stop. Gap has become one of my new favorites for this exact reason; I get get an outfit and shoes in one place. It’s not always easy to find a brand that does both equally well. I’m really loving the flats and sandals at Gap this season, check them out below:

Perforated Patent Ballet Flat ($39.50, Gap) Perforated Leather Ballet Flat ($39.50, Gap)
Crinkle Flower T-strap Sandals ($34.50, Gap) Crinkle Flower T-strap Sandals ($34.50, Gap)

Perforated Patent Ballet Flat ($39.50, Gap)

Perforated Leather Ballet Flat ($39.50, Gap)

Crinkle Flower T-strap Sandals, Purple Martin ($34.50, Gap)

Crinkle Flower T-strap Sandals, Killer Tomato($34.50, Gap)

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Spring 2010 Trend: Turquoise

Right now, I’m in total “research spring trends” mode. I’ve had enough of winter–can you tell?! In addition to nude/tan shoes and sailor/nautical motifs, turquoise is going to be big for Spring 2010.

Turquoise is a gorgeous color that makes a major impact. Below are a few turquoise things that caught my eye.

Large Stone Drop Earrings ($34.50, Express)

Studded Ruched Top ($12.49, Charlotte Russe)Women's Faux-Leather Thong Sandals, Turquoise ($9.50, Old Navy)

Kate Landry Croco Patch Hardframe Clutch ($26.60, Dillards)

Large Stone Drop Earrings ($34.50, Express)

Studded Ruched Top ($12.49, Charlotte Russe)

Women’s Faux-Leather Thong Sandals, Turquoise ($9.50, Old Navy)

Kate Landry Croco Patch Hardframe Clutch ($26.60, Dillards)

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Nude Pumps: Splurge vs. Steal

Nude and tan-colored shoes are another big trend for Spring 2010. Since they go with every other color, they’ll quickly become one of your most dependable staples. You might as well say that nude is the new black. As an added bonus, nude pumps have an incredible leg-lengthening effect, making your them look a mile long!

Women's Mossimo Virginia Pumps - Taupe ($29.99, Target) Charles by Charles David 'Pompadour' Pump ($124, Zappos)

Women’s Mossimo Virginia Pumps – Taupe ($29.99, Target)

Charles by Charles David ‘Pompadour’ Pump ($124, Zappos)

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Stealing Brooklyn Decker’s Style

Brooklyn Decker

Brooklyn Decker

Ah, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model. If this title doesn’t make you a goddess, nothing will. Brooklyn Decker is exactly that. Tall, never-ending legs, flowing blond hair–the girl’s got it all. And she doesn’t seem to lack style savvy either.

I really loved one of her recent outfits. A simple black mini-dress, grey peep-toe booties and an unembellished gray handbag make for a put-together look that does not scream “this outfit required hours of maintenance.” What’s even better news for us is that you can easily find all of these staples for a fraction of the cost.

If you are shy about showing off your legs, you can still totally pull off this Brooklyn Decker-inspired look by opting for a dress that ends more towards the knees. Just be sure to choose one that is fitted. An a-line dress that flares out at the bottom is not the best garment to pair with an ankle boot. If you do go with a looser cut, wear it with boots that reach the calf or higher.

Keep in mind that this little number may just get you on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com) Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21) Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

Tops Handbag Studded Hobo-style Bag ($38.99, www.overstock.com)

Knit Bubble Hem Dress ($13.50, Forever21)

Glaze by Adi Slouchy Vamp Peep-toe Booties ($29.99, www.overstock.com)

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Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear

Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Donna Karan Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear Collection, Photo: Marcio Madeira

It’s been a while since I’ve felt as inspired as I did when I was looking at pictures of Donna Karan’s Sporing 2010 ready-to-wear collection. These garments may not be there as “out there” and unconventional as some couture pieces, but to me they are art.

Granted, this collection will not appeal to everyone’s style. Its overall look  is very feminine and romantic. The color palette consists of a lot of pastels and neutrals, while the fabrics feature tons of draping and ruching.

I love the idea of pairing a peach-colored top with a simple grey skirt. It’s a reserved color combination but it definitely makes an impact. For shoes, choose a grey or silver peep toe pump–one with an ankle strap if you really want to mirror the Donna Karan look. (I would KILL to have the shoes the model is wearing on the runaway, they are amazing.)

Can’t wait to see what Donna Karan will do next!

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Girly Girl Top ($14.80, Forever21)
Robert Rodriguez Twist Knot Pencil Skirt ($159, Nordstrom)

Plump Pumps ($24.80, Forever21)
Girly Girl Top ($14.80, Forever21)

Robert Rodriguez Twist Knot Pencil Skirt ($159, Nordstrom)

Plump Pumps ($24.80, Forever21)

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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)

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Elizabeth and James Reina Suede Button Pumps

Elizabeth and James Reina Suede Button Pumps ($325, www.shopbop.com)

Elizabeth and James Reina Suede Button Pumps ($325, www.shopbop.com)

Say what you want about the Olsen twins, but they have earned every last bit of their fame and success. They are only 23 and have already built a huge empire, including the genius Elizabeth and James clothing line. They have some really fabulous stuff; one of my recent favorites is the Reina Suede Button shoe.

Suede shoes are unbeatable, in my opinion. Feminine and elegant, they have a more refined look than do leather pumps. The Reina shoe uses a super simple concept–little dots–to create a stunning design. I’d wear it to work with a cute dress or on day off with jeans and a sweater.

And isn’t it always the simple designs that are best? Yes, especially in these times.  They are versatile, allowing you to pair them with almost anything in your wardrobe. The Reina Suede Button shoe is no exception.

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

StealThisDress! Rating: 5

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