Wednesday, September 17, 2008

BCBG Max Azria: 70 percent off

I love BCBG Max Azria, but it's often a little more than I can afford unless I can find it at consignment or thrift...but now, that's made a little bit easier. BCBG is having a 70 percent off sale online where you can find goodies from suit jackets to cocktail dresses to jelly gladiator shoes.

For instance, you can get this white silk chiffon dress for $190.00, down from $380.00. Or perhaps you'd prefer to pick up this Canvas and Leather Shoulder Bag, down to $99.00 from $198.00.

Still a little pricey, yes, but for quality items that'll last a goodly time with a little care, it might just be worth it.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The Look for Less: Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad of The Hills fame was seen sporting this casual-cool outfit at LAX recently. Co-opt her style for less with this outfit:

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Green plaid chiffon shirt, at Forever21 for $22.80 (I own this shirt, and while I can do without the sash, I love the color and fit, and it's not too sheer that you have to wear a camisole underneath it.)
Levi's dark wash 545 skinny jeans, at Kohl's for $44.00
Blue and gold bangles, at Old Navy for $7.50
Gold plated pendant, at Forever21 for
Gold Havianas flip flops, at Kitson for $18.00
Maxx black patent chain handbag, at Dillard's for $148.00
Black wayfarer sunglasses, at Forever21 for $5.80

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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Look for Less: Rachel Bilson

While I actually haven't seen much of her work, I love Rachel Bilson's style. She's consistently chic and polished, carrying off everyday streetwear style effortlessly. Also, as someone who is also 5'3" like herself, she's great at showing how to wear the right proportions on a petite frame without being overwhelmed by her clothes.

Top: Bloomer Silk Tunic, $27.80 at Forever21.
Shoes: Madden Girl "Frankyy" at
Sunglasses: Aviator Sunglasses, $19.50 at American Eagle Outfitters
Necklace: Sterling Silver pendant, $24.99 at Target
Purse: BC Catalina Clutch, $48.00 at

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Friday, July 11, 2008

Maxi Dresses

I recently found a green Lux maxi dress at Goodwill and have been in love (and on the hunt) for maxi dresses ever since. It's great for when you just don't want to shave your legs but want to wear a dress anyway. Maxi dresses are great for the weekend or the beach with flip flops, thong sandals, or gladiator sandals, and if your workplace is casual enough, you can also wear them to the office (though maybe with a cardigan on if it has spaghetti straps, for instance).

Keep certain things in mind before purchasing a maxi dress:

  • Get the right cut: This is kind of "duh," right, but what exactly is the right cut for each person? If you are amply endowed in the chest you're not going to want to be spilling out all over the place. You might want to want to go with something that has thicker straps (so you can wear a supportive bra and not worry about the straps showing), a halter, or a dress with the cinchy elastic top where that will give you a little extra support in addition to the strapless you should probably wear underneath it.
  • Get the right length: Maxi dresses, ideally, should hit you just below the ankle so that the dress covers up your legs but isn't so long that you end up tripping over the hem or dragging it in the mud. They should also work if they are slightly shorter, but only if they hit you at a thinner part of your leg, such as right below the thickest part of your calf. These dresses are probably best suited for the gladiator sandal look.
  • Get the right fit: Maxi dresses should skim your body, not squeeze it like a tube dress or swallow you up in swaths of fabric (maybe Mary Kate Olson can do it, but somehow people also let them get away with wearing headbands and muumuus. Go figure.) You want the freedom of the flowly dress without being curtained in extra fabric that's going to make you look bigger than you are, restrict your movement, and make you warmer with more cloth than necessary.

This Ann Taylor Loft dress is only $89.00 and is light and breezy and summery: perfect for a nice lunch out or for running errands. Here are some other maxi dress options for under $100.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

Flip Flop Day

On Saturday, June 28th, plain flip flops are on sale for only $1 each! One day only.

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Dress of the Day

Isaac Mizrahi for Target Silver and White "Bollywood" dress, $44.99 (only available online)

I've seen a version of this dress in pink and gold in the stores, but was really taken by the silver and white combo when I saw this online. You could say it goes along the lines of the "ethnic" prints that are in vogue right now without being too obvious and trendy in a this-dress-will-age-badly kind of way. (Also, can I just say, I hate how so much is lumped into the term "ethic" it's kind of gross to me in a sociological kind of way, but I digress. I mean, what is non-ethic?)

It's also available in black and gold, and while it looks as though the pink and gold one is no longer available online, I've seen it floating around various stores.

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

A little bit of fun...

Eighties soap star, Brenda Dickson, shows you how NOT to be stylish (even if you went into a time warp and found yourself in 1984):