Celebrity Copycat: Rachel Zoe’s Look for Less!

July 11, 2013 by  
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Maxi dresses are a vital part of any woman’s  stylish wardrobe, especially during the summer.  The options are endless, but I have a weakness for a flowing white evening maxi dress (it has this boho goddess feel that just works!).  Check out my favorite celeb looks and the dress for less.

I couldn’t just pick one celeb favorite but I did find one dress that was just gorgeous!  The elaborate details on the evening dress make it look worth WAY more that just $120.  What I particularly like about the dress is the detachable train that looks like something a modern day Stevie Nicks would wear on a red carpet.

Maxi Evening Dress- $120.99 at JJsHouse.com

There you have it two inspirations and one beautiful boho maxi dress now all you need is a pair of funky platforms, a clutch and you’re good to go!

Platforms – $89.99 at Heels.com | Metallic Clutch – $20 at Zara.com | Super Betsey Clutch – $88 at BetseyJohnson.com

 

 

Celebrity Copycat: Taylor Swift’s Look for Less!

November 27, 2012 by  
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You really cant wrong with sequins – whether it’s for a prom or just a fun night out – they instantly give off a magical, princess-like vibe that dominated the Spring 2013 runways and will never go out of style.  One of my favorite stars that’s the perfect example off how magical sequins can make you look and feel is Taylor Swift. With her trademark ruby red lips, she’s rocked the sequins on many red carpets and always looks flawless!  Tip:  For a little more glamour and edge, add metallic heels (another huge trend) and a black clutch… and keep the jewelry simple! The dress will do all the work.  Get Taylor’s look for less with pieces from David’s Bridal, Heels.com and many more!

Sequin Dress – at Davidsbridal.com | Crystal Spike Studs – $15 at Missselfridge.com | Rhinestone Cuff – $28 at Whitehouseblackmarket.com | Studded Clutch – $39 at Dorothyperkins.com | Metallic Heels – $50 at Heels.com | M.A.C Lipstick in Swatch – $15 at Nordstrom.com |

Bridesmaid Looks You’ll WANT to Wear Again

August 29, 2012 by  
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Weddings are expensive and detailed events that often ignite financial controversy among family and friends. As with any major life decision, everyone has an opinion, and most will vocally share the opinion without prompting. Many argue that weddings are one-in-a-lifetime celebrations that beg for extravagance while reasonable opponents counter that the wedding is merely the first day in a lifelong marriage. If you find yourself this season as part of a wedding party, you are probably hoping for an inexpensive and practical dress choice, no matter where you fall on this wedding continuum.

Whether you are the bride or the bridesmaid, be honest with yourself about practicality. You are not shopping for a favorite pair of jeans and a t-shirt. There is a limited amount of use you can get from a semi-formal or formal dress, but if you are searching for a bridesmaid dress that you might choose to wear again, consider fabric and cut carefully.

Material Matters

Nothing says bridesmaid louder than shiny satin or taffeta, so consider softer fabrics such as a matte crepe, tulle, organza, or even a light jersey. The White by Vera Wang line at David’s Bridal has 3 new bridesmaid dresses with very different cuts all in a rainbow of matte crepe.  These styles would like stunning walking down the aisle or into a formal dinner.

Beyond a Sweetheart Neckline

Choosing the right dress for a group of bridesmaids is the ultimate challenge since women come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and personal image issues. Look for shorter dresses for afternoon events with deep V necklines to draw attention to beautiful legs or a curvy figure. A quick trip to the local tailor can ensure that hemlines accentuate the best features for each bridesmaid. Ruched busts, empire waists, or an asymmetrical element also flatter most body types. For example, this V Neck Chiffon Column Dress draws attention to any woman’s curves and drapes her form gracefully in light chiffon. This full-length dress is an elegant option beyond the wedding day.

In addition to fabric and cut, pragmatic shoppers should consider color. For any dress to make a fashion statement, it must be rich and beautiful. Be careful of trendy or popular colors, and choose what will look best on this group of special women who have come together to honor the bride.


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Roses Grow on You

August 27, 2012 by  
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The spring and summer of 2012 have seen a profusion of print dresses, with playful, brightly coloured and floral themes predominating.  Worn with severely tailored blazers in this season’s pretty as a picture pastel colours, they can bring sunshine into the greyest day.  Amongst the roses and the flamboyant tropical colours splashed across 1940s style midi dresses worn with wide patent leather belts, or the softer shades for evening, embellished with sequins and silver braid, the most popular prints are :

  • Floral, sometimes beautifully detailed, and sometimes exuberant and more abstract splashes of colour.  Next UK have an evening maxi dress which captures the look, with a background of a deep maroon, and sprays of moss roses in pale pinks, whites and the softest greens on the foreground.  Worn very simply, with a plain self-coloured or buff suede belt, the focus is on the print and the cut of the dress.  The versatility of this season’s maxi dresses makes them equally suitable for informal day wear strolling in the sunshine, or worn to an evening reception with a crystal necklace to add a touch of glamour.
  • Animal prints – designers have added a touch of humour to many of the animal prints seen on this season’s dresses and tops.  A favourite is a strapless snakeskin print dress with floating skirt, and hem dipping gracefully into a maxi length train behind.  Variations on the animal theme have seen zebras galloping across the veldt on a straight cut cotton mini dress; leopard-skin T-shirts, and a tunic decorated with a pink flamingo perched on its nest amid a flurry of pastel twigs.
  • Butterflies – of every colour and design, they flutter in small prints across elegant jersey dresses, spread their wings in bold splashes of contrasting colour on eye-catching sun dresses, and appear to be touched with gold as they fly across an exquisite white evening dress.  A favourite butterfly print dress is a semi-transparent ruffle hem mini in dark grey with a cream butterfly print worn over a jersey top and black leggings.
  • Prints extend to shoes and accessories, with a deliberate play on contrasting rather than matching designs.  Teaming a floral clutch bag with a vivid geometric print dress, or a delicate pastel print on ballerina shoes with an animal print tunic is what the 2012 look is all about. 

     

Motel Rocks

May 20, 2011 by  
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When I think of Motel Rocks, three words immediately come to mind: bright, bold and fun!   While the brand is most famous for its quirky dresses, there’s a wide selection of cool stuff  like tee’s, tops and leggings…..and everything is given the “Motel treatment” (think vintage inspired prints/thrift store vibe).  Celebrity fans include Lily Allen, Duffy, The Ting Tings and more.  Check out my faves below and be sure to check out their page: Motel Rocks.

Gina Dress – $42

Susan Trouser Night Sky – $38

Cat Eye Sunglasses – $18

Motel Tube Skirt – $22

Kacey Denim Playsuit – $52

Becky Dress – $38

Tara Dress – $48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Plus Size Evening Dresses

May 11, 2011 by  
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Looking for an affordable, sexy evening dress can sometimes be a daunting task no matter what size you are especially one that can be worn more than once!  Well, Bonmarche Plus Size Clothing has a ton that will make you feel as good as you look with an extensive selection of contemporary apparel and accessories for women ranging from sizes 12-24.  What really caught my eye was Bonmache’s selection of sexy, sleek and classic dresses for the plus size woman.  Not only were they surprisingly affordable (leaving you plenty to snatch up a fab pair of shoes or accessories) but they truly flatter the curvy shape.  Bonmarché is UK’s largest value retailer selling affordable quality womenswear in a wide range of sizes (12-24). Ranges include casual and formal separates, outerwear, swimwear, lingerie nightwear and accessories, all designed with the real feminine figure in mind. In 2007, it launched a collection designed in collaboration with David Emanuel, the designer famous for the co-design of Lady Diana Spencer’s wedding dress in 1981. This collection has a slightly higher price point than the main Bonmarché range but still represents very good value for money.  Check out some of my fave’s below:

Mesh Trim Dress


David Emanuel Panelled Satin Dress

Jersey Trouser Suit

David Emmanuel Mesh Dress

David Emmanuel Printed Jersey Dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

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