Friday, February 29, 2008

Subversive for Target

Dominique Cohen’s jewelry collection is leaving Target and following in its footsteps will be a jewelry collection by Subversive. All jewelry for Subversive is designed by Justin Ginunta. The collection will be available from Target stores and from Target’s website from March 23 through July 20, 2008. Prices will range from $14.99 to

From Target’s Pressroom Release:
"The Subversive for Target collection plays on the idea that more is more, and each piece is designed with a concept behind it, so it is both visual and thoughtful. This collection includes an eclectic mix of charm bracelets, delicate drop earrings and bold multi-color block necklaces. Key pieces include the jeweled locket fringe necklace, the tri-strand faux pearl necklace and the red butterfly brooch cuff bracelet.

"Justin Giunta designs each unique piece of Subversive jewelry and has worked in different mediums over the past five years, ranging from painting, fashion, industrial design and jewelry, to create work that sits on the continuum of fine art and commercial design. Most recently, Giunta was honored as a CFDA/Vogue fashion fund finalist and was awarded the inaugural accessories prize from the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation."

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The Celebrity Look for Less

Back in November 2007 Jessica Alba (with Alicia Keyes on her left) wore this Dolce and Gabbana Steve McQueen men's t-shirt with a full gray skirt to MTV's TRL. I'm not sure about the skirt, but the t-shirt retails for $275! I know!

It's a cute outfit, though, half dressy, have casual, kind of cool (IMHO) and if you're looking to replicate it, there are more affordable ways. It's a fun outfit you can wear on a weekend or if going out to somewhere chill. The concept is good, too, because you can pair it with any graphic t-shirt and get a similar effect, and for the spring and summer, maybe pair it with some flip flops and head out for whatever.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Look for Less (and even less)

These Miu Miu multicolored patent brougues are decidedly high-end, and while they are on sale for $437.50 (down from $625.00) at Net-a-porter, for many, that's still pretty gosh darn steep.

Have no fear, though. There are even cheaper versions of this shoe available, such as the Pauletta round toe pump from Bakers for $29.99 (down from $69.95).

If that's still too steep, well, now the trickle down effect is in full-effect and this Miu Miu inspired pump has found its way to Forever21 in the form of the Neopolitan ice-cream color inspire "Mandy Pump" for $25.80.

For my money, though, I think I'd go for the Baker's version of the shoe, if only because it's (a) still reasonably affordable and (b) made of leather versus man made materials. For about $5.00 more, I think it's probably worth it.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Alice + Olivia for Payless

Designers Alice + Olivia are doing a collection of shoes for budget retailer, Payless. Recently, there was a party to release the designs for the upcoming collection.

Here are some of the shoes you can expect to see:

You can find more images of the party and of the shoes over at Nitrolicious.

So, what are your thoughts on this collection?

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Jovovich-Hawk for Target

The fuller preview for the Jovovich-Hawk line for Target’s GO International line is out, and after the earlier preview which I kind of liked, I now am in full like and possibly, love mode. The clothes from this collection look much more accessible than the last collection from Erin Fetherston, and they look comfortable, too! I like the flowy, bohemian inspired designs that don’t veer too much into a hippy-dippiness, and I like that they look like clothes you can wear everyday, if it’s out to a party or running errands. It's accessible without being boring. The line also includes a couple of swimwear pieces (and swimwear cover-ups). To see the full line up, visit Target’s pressroom website

Of course, it will come down to the quality of the pieces when you see them in person, but because a lot of these items seem to be cotton and meant to be cool and casual, I have higher hopes than I’ve had in the past. A few of the items that look really cute are linen, however, so those will especially be a test, but for now, what is your opinion on this line now that you can see the fuller preview?

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Filene's Winter Clearance

Filene's Basement is having their annual winter clearance. Items are marked down 50-75% already reduced prices. At the Filene's in my area, they also had clearance racks where items were generally marked down to $1, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100, so long as they were appropriately tagged. I got a pair of white Mac and Jack shorts for $5, and eyeballed a green khaki Prada skirt for $50 (on the 50-75% off racks I also some lovely See by Chloe items, and some other designer labels).

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Steve Madden Clearance has a bunch of shoes on clearance right now, including these blue suede caravan peep toes. The percentages vary, but some are more than 50% off. Styles vary from winter-appropriate boots to summer-appropriate pumps and sandals. One of the problems, though, is that because it is final clearance, you can't return or exchange. However, there is a way around that in some cases. has a 110% price guarantee where they will refund 110% of the difference between their price and the low price you find at another website or store, so long as they can verify that the price is correct. At, shipping and handling is free both ways, and because it is not final clearance at their website, if the shoe doesn't fit, you are able to return or exchange it, easy peasy. I got these Nexxus equestrian boots through that way, just in case they don't fit right. You just have to make surae that the vendor has the same color and size available in order to make this work. However, after doing a quick spot check, only some of these shoes are showing up, but worth a shot at least if you're worried about fit.

Now, back to Steve Madden...the website says "an additional 30% off already clearanced prices," but the is tricksy of them, because according to a sales rep, that 30% is already part of the reduced prices listed on the website unless I'm missing something, because when I got the boots through Zappos, their customer service rep called Steve Madden they were given this information, although when I talked to a customer service rep at Steve Madden through their chat, they told me otherwise. Still, some good deals abound, so take advantage if you will, or work that willpower, and send some my way if you got a little to spare.

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