Celebrity Copycat: Gwen Stefani’s Look for Less!

February 25, 2014 by  
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It’s just another day and another flawless outfit on a very pregnant Gwen Stefani.  Yes, I know it’s another black on black outfit (my favorite lately) but it does have a few major components that kick it into Gwen Stefani’s level; like the gorgeous coat, chic scarf and sexy heels.  I love that she went with a classic neutral coat – it really pops against the edgy outfit. See below how to get her look for less.

Gwen Stefani Look for Less

Open Front Coat – $119 at Yesstyle.com | Leather Leggings – $18 at Target.com | Tunic – $18 at HM.com | Animal Print Lace Up Booties – $59 at AliExpress.com | Scarf – $16 at Amazon.com | Sunglasses – $9.99 at ShopZeroUv.com | MAC Viva Glam Rihanna – $16 at Macys.com

Update: Etsy Spotlight + Giveaway: Win A Custom Horse Bit Bracelet

February 24, 2014 by  
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The winner of the horse bit bracelet is – Neiddy with the comment The Silver and Red Womens Leather Cuff Bracelet, Snakeskin on Cow Leather is my favorite one.  Congratulations!

If you know me then you know I’m a accessory addict (especially bracelets) who love’s a a great look for less! Among the tons and tons of jewelry that I own, the one’s that get the most wear are usually the one’s that have a bold edgy feel. During my pregnancy I haven’t really been adding to my accessories  so I was super excited when Meg from Margaret Vera offered  to giveaway a gorgeous eco-friendly horse bit leather bracelet– I love love love it!

Gucci Inspired Horse Bit Bracelet


Leather Horse Bit Bracelet

Margaret Vera is made up of two creative souls Meg and her brother.  They design and create accessories for the bohemian soul (like me) and all of their designs have the perfect mix of tough yet chic, rustic, and delicate – it’s a beautiful madness of rugged and soft.  Their best selling horse bit bracelet is made from recycled leather and comes in gold or silver with either a brown or belt leather band it looks like it cost 3 times more than the $36 price tag. Perfect classic piece to wear with a chunky watch or dainty bangles.  I also loved how beautifully it fit.   As recommended I measure my wrist and the bracelet fits perfectly!  It will instantly become a favorite!!

Meg has even offered to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win a custom bracelet for themselves!  Simply visit Margaret Vera pick a favorite, return back to fashiongrail and tell us which is your favorite and what you’d wear it with (make sure you provide url in the comment).  For extra entries tweet about the giveaway or like fashiongrail on Facebook (make sure that you mention that you did in a seperate comment below).  One winner will be chosen on March 3 2014.

In addition to giving a bracelet away Meg is offering Fashiongrail readers 25% off any items in their shop using code FASHIONGRAIL.  Check Margaret Vera and all of their amazing free spirited pieces here – Margaret Vera

Black Diamond Engagement Rings for the Unique Bride-to-Be

February 24, 2014 by  
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Diamonds may still be a girl’s best friend but diamond sellers are increasingly aware that the women in question are not all looking for the same diamonds. In response retailers across the globe have gotten into the business of fancy colored diamond rings, offering a selection of diamonds in blue, red, brown, and the most popular option black. These diamonds are every bit as valuable as traditional diamonds. They also offer ring makers an opportunity to create something wholly new and unique.

Black diamond rings in particular have taken off with couples considering marriage. In the past retailers reported that clear diamonds took up nearly one hundred percent of their business. Since 2010 however colored and black diamond rings have exploded taking over between 10 and 20% of sales at some retailers. Many folks credit this explosion in popularity to the use of a black diamond ring in the poorly received but  still widely viewed movie Sex and the City 2. In the film Sarah Jessica Parker’s Carrie Bradshaw is given a black diamond ring by her husband, Chris Noth as “Mr. Big.” Mr. Big offers the unique choice of jewelry because “she’s not like anyone else in the world.”

Don’t we all want to be like no one else in the world?

black engagement rings

Black diamond engagement rings can now be found on the fingers of fiancés across the country. Diamond ring retailers across the country and on the Web have moved to fill the demand for these rings. For many retailers the selection of options in the black diamond engagement ring market remains surprisingly scant. Meanwhile other companies  now dedicate a huge section of their stock to unique black diamond engagement rings as well as other fancy colored diamond jewelry. Fashion designers have taken notice. During Fashion Week Liori Diamonds,  a New York based retailer of diamond rings, was asked to lend some of its best black diamond rings to a Heather Lawton fashion show.

While the traditional clear diamonds that have been all the rage for hundreds of years remain popular, folks looking to make a unique stylistic stance have taken to the world of black diamond rings. The end result is a market willing to serve all of the very unique needs of all of those Carrie Bradshaws out there, who are not like anyone else in the world.

This post was written by Tim Duffy on behalf of Liori Diamonds black 

Sweaty Betty’s Yoga Clothes

February 23, 2014 by  
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In the midst of a crushing, miserable winter, it’s hard to even consider summer as a theoretical possibility. Shut in behind frozen windows, staring out at an endless white wasteland, summer, the beach, skirts and shorts couldn’t seem further away. But the happy truth is that summer is coming. It hasn’t let us down yet, and it will be here sooner than you think.

New Yoga Clothes

Summer is right around the corner and gone will be the days of comfy sweatshirts, long pants, and layers. Soon it will be time for bare legs, uncovered arms, and gauzy fabrics. Crap, that means exercise, doesn’t it. Well, if it makes summer come quicker, it might be a fair trade-off.

Yoga is an excellent way to shake the dust off your winter muscles, and best of all, it can be done inside (maybe even in a hot, humid room) while you’re waiting for the thaw. Get in a little yoga during your winter-induced downtime, and by the time spring peeks it’s head out, you can already by flexible, warmed up, and ready for action.

If you’re in the market for some new yoga clothes, you need to consider the following: First, comfort. Yoga clothes, by their nature, must not be restrictive. They need to not just be as flexible as you are, they need to be as flexible as you are capable of becoming. Second, Yoga shirts, yoga shorts should be durable. Your joints are going to get a workout, and so are the seams on your gear. Lastly, they should be reasonably priced. Ideally, these are clothes that are going to be routinely used, they shouldn’t cost as much as a car payment.

You can’t do a better job than meeting these criteria than Sweaty Betty, where a wide variety of quality yoga shorts, jackets, leggings, and tanks await. Once you’ve gotten yourself dressed for yoga success, you’ll find it easier than ever to motivate yourself to work toward that stronger, more flexible you, that summer you, that isn’t stuck inside.

And if you just want to drink hot tea and watch TV in your yoga pants, they’re pretty comfy for that, too. 🙂

Disclosure: This guest post has been sponsored by Sweaty Betty

A Girl’s Guide to Jeans

February 21, 2014 by  
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Jeans! Pretty simple, right? Blue denim, always in style and look better the more you wear them. They are the forever symbol of casual style for your legs. So why is it so hard to find the perfect pair? It turns out that when there are more options, the choices they offer can become paralyzing. And if you’re not sure on what options you’re selecting between trying to find the right pair of jeans can be complicated. So let’s do some legwork on what styles of jeans are trending right now, and consider what styles look best on you.

 denim guideCut:

Skinny jeans are just what they sound like. They’re cut skinny, to fit snugly through the waist, hips and thighs, and ensure they hug your legs like a second skin. Curvy cut jeans are cut with a little more freedom in the hips and thighs, but still designed to hug the calves. Boot cut jeans are designed with a slightly flared leg, so you can wear boots with them (pretty simple stuff).


Rise refers to how high on the hips or waist the jeans ride. The most flattering is medium rise but lately we’ve also been seeing some trendy high waisted jeans and low-rise cuts. If you’re not sure what kind of rise you prefer, err toward medium rise.


Long cut jeans are most flattering on taller figures (as well as with higher heeled shoes).  Boot cut jeans are also usually cut long for this reason. Cropped jeans (a summer favorite) stop mid-calf and look good with sandals or more casual shoes.


Jeans are traditionally made of cotton (denim), but frequently incorporate polyester to increase durability.  Skinnier cuts of jeans incorporate spandex in order to allow for the sleekest possible profile, while still allowing for flexibility.


The “wash” of a pair of jeans represents how the jeans have been treated with dyes. Generally, the darker the wash, the darker the jeans. Jeans are also frequently “distressed” by sandblasting to create a lived-in or bohemian look. Dark denim is universally flattering and also dressier while the distressed is a laid back favorite.

By carefully considering your options, you can be sure to find what style of jeans are best for your personality, style and body type. Best of all, with stores like rue21 currently offering buy one, get one 50% off on most of their jeans, you can afford to experiment a little.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by rue21, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of rue21

Update: Engagement Excitement + $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway! #TargetWedding

February 17, 2014 by  
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The winner is  Lisa with the following comment: I’d love Kitchenaid Mixer – I am a big baker  http://www.target.com/p/kitchenaid-classic-4-5-qt-stand-mixer/-/A-14537847#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=kitchenaid+mixer

Congratulations and a big thank you to all who participated! 

This post is brought to you by Target, but all opinions and content are my own. Keep up with all the latest – #TargetWedding

Getting engaged is definitely one of the most memorable and exciting moments for any couple.  It’s a cherished time to plan for the future and get to know each other before the big day. While many couples prefer to hire a wedding planner, some plan it together and some grooms-to-be are perfectly content by just being kept in the loop.

I’ve never personally planned my own wedding but I’ve had a hand in participating in others and it can be stressful. But the one part of the  post engagement excitement that every one love’s hands down is the wedding registry.  It really gets the couple thinking about the kind of life they will be living (traveling, cooking together, having kids right away and how all of that can fit into wedding gifts).  Most of the couples weddings  that I had the pleasure to be a part of almost always mentioned Target Wedding Registry.  How could they not? It’s a no brainer!  It’s affordable and they have a massive selection of products that will help get ANY married couples life started off together in any way they’ve dreamt of.

Among some of my favorites at Target are:

Wine Glasses

Target Wedding Regsitry

Dinnerware Set

TArget Wedding registry

Keurig Vue 500

Target Wedding Registry


Giveaway Details: 

All must have items for any couples new life together at affordable prices!  My personal favorites are the Riedel Drinking Glasses, The Threshold Dinner Setting and the Keurig Vue 500.  What are some of your favorite Target Wedding registry items?  Check them out here on Targets Wedding Registry page and tell me which is your favorite in a comment below (make sure to include URL) for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Target.  For extra entries like Fashiongrail on Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway (please state that you did so in a separate comment below).


Giveaway will run from 2/17 until 2/24 and one winner will randomly be selected.  US Residents only.

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target.

5 Spring Picks

February 16, 2014 by  
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Living down here in Florida doesn’t exactly let you enjoy fall and winter fashion to the fullest but it does let you enjoy spring and summer trends a lot earlier than most.  So while I do envy the layering, boots and all the cozy accessories most of you get to wear I also appreciate that I can probably rock some pastel colored pieces and maybe even shorts on just about any day of the week.  So with that said check out some of my favorite spring trends, some of which you can probably wear now if you layer and/or accessorize properly.

Last year I was loving pastel skinnies and not much has changed for this year.  Pastel is a spring must have.

Pastel Jeans

Candy Crop Jeans – $68 at Nastygal.com | Mint Skinny Jeans – $98 at Superdry.com

I’m loving white blazers this year.  I do have one that I wore quite frequently last year BUT it wasn’t a crisp white tuxedo blazer like this one from Express.  Add some gold like one of my favorite bloggers Love Maegan and you’re good to go.

White Tuxedo Blazer for Spring

White Tuxedo Blazer – $70 at Express.com

Booties will still be around in full force and I’m thinking these metallic sheen booties will go perfect with spring dresses or with a pair of boyfriend jeans and a tee – love them!

Spring Booties

Belle By Sigerson Morissison Yoko Booties – $88.50 at Shopbop.com

Warmer weather calls for dainty jewelry.  Pile on thin shimmer bangles like these from Gorjana.

Gorjana Bangles

Shimmer Bangles – $95 at Gorjana.com
Bucket bags will be a big trend.  Try them out in neutral colors to compliment your spring palette.

Spring Bucket Bags

Bucket Bag – $238 at Joie.com

Celebrity Copycat: Olivia Palermo’s Look for Less!

February 15, 2014 by  
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Words cannot even express how much I love Olivia Palermo’s style!  It’s always so hard for me to even pick one outfit to replicate. For this Copycat I chose her in over knee boots and a fab coat!  Two must have items in any fashionitas closet.  Both pieces can be found for less but if you choose to splurge go right ahead because neither of these items are overlty trendy and they will never go out of style just like most of Olivias outfits classic, sexy and stylish.

Olivia Palermo's Look for Less

Coat – $210 at JohnLewis.com | Over The Knee Boots – $210 at NastyGal.com | Striped Sunglasses – $22 at Nordstrom.com | Quilted Chain Bag – $29 at Windstore.com

Celebrity Copycat: Rita Ora’s Look for Less!

February 15, 2014 by  
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I’m totally back into black this year.  Here’s another head to toe black look from Rita Ora. Her outfit is how I wished I looked on a day to day basis but living in Florida doesn’t allow this too often.  It’s got the jeans and tee shirt feel but the leather and head to toe black make it edgy.  I love how she could have easily gone with your traditional flats but instead went with sneaks.  Great outfit for a stylish mama on the go.

Rita Ora's Look for Less

Crew Tee – $20 at Tillys.com | Faux Leather Pants – $12.99 at Necessaryclothing.com | Womens Nike’s – $69.99 at FamousFootwear.com | Lucky Brand Elephant Necklace – $45 at Amazon.com | Lucky Brand Guitar Pick Necklace – $39 at Macys.com | Lucky Brand Love Necklace – $35 at Amazon.com | Retro Sunglasses – $7.99 at Amazon.com

Sponsored Post: Zac Posen’s Collection at David’s Bridal

February 14, 2014 by  
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Zac Posen, a well known designer to stars like Eva Longoria and Rhianna just to name a few, will be taking his designing skills down a different path – he is designing wedding dresses for every brides favorite store – David’s Bridal.  The collection is affordable but certainly does not lack any  designer details like the tulle ball gown, soft chantilly dress and my favorite detail the corset fit. To me, corsets take the dress to another level by giving it that empowering, sexy feel.   Most dresses are  in your traditional white, off-white bridal hues but the collection also has a few choices in black, taupe and even navy giving them both a edgy sexy feel.

In addition to the designer for less dresses, Zac’s collection will also have equally stunning accessories (my favorite part of any outfit). Each piece is less than $150 but look like family heirlooms.  I especially love the retro looking Crystal Leaf headband and the romantic Russian Tulle Blusher of which both would look perfect with any of the dresses. The accessories can easily be worn for other special occasions giving you even more bang for your buck.  When you combine the fabulous accessories with any of the dresses from Zac’s collection you get a glamorous luxurious look for your special day at realistic prices – you can’t beat that!

I truly do love seeing all these amazing designer collections that David Bridals continues to bring at amazing prices!  They make every brides fairy tale wedding that more possible.  Makes me wish I was planning a wedding for myself.  Check out the video of his collection below and check out some my personal favorites as well.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by David’s Bridal, but the opinion expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of David’s Bridal

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