Friday, May 27, 2011

Fringe is IN - Affordable BAGS

From my last post, lets keep with fringe and look at bags. Again, I think fringe is tons of fun, but should be kept to accessories!

Here is a hot bag with lots and lots of fringe. ^_^ Could be so happy with this purse...

$473.00. OUCH. Available at JJ Winters.
I'd like to show you my picks for fringe bags at much more palatable prices. The last one (in black) is my fav and would go great with the Ami Club Wear fringe shoes from my last post.

$39.50 Available at PACSUN. This Volcom bag is a cutie with a feminine chain strap.

$34.99 Available at PACSUN. I really like this one - not too much fringe and very roomy!

$59.00 Available at Urban Outfitters. This one is a bit more money, but the fringe detail is different. I'm really liking the tied leather straps acting as the fringe here. :)

$39.94 Available at DSW. This one is perfect in my opinion! It can be a tote or a shoulder bag, plenty of fringe with some really cool metal detailing, and big enough to carry lots of goodies. ^_^

I really feel like these bags can work with ANY outfit. Which one do you like best?

Fringe is IN - Affordable SHOES

Fringe is hot right now! I love to see this look in bags and shoes. Very fun and playful looking! Fringe can easily be paired with the tribal/ethnic trend by matching it up with statement turquoise jewelry, feather accessories, and flow-y tunics. Now, fur leg warmers and fox tails were hot last season and have left the scene. Fringe is probably just a S/S trend. That being established, I don't think you or I should shell out, for example, $825.00 for these fabulous Vivienne Westwood heeled boots.

$825.00 Available at Zappos here. So sexy! SO out of my price range.

Here are my picks for some adorable fringe shoes. The ones from Ami Club Wear are the most affordable at $27 and the wildest (and my fav) are from Sears (of all places) for $80. :)

$43.99 Available at Jacco Fashion. So pretty in pink suede. I can see these particular boots moving to Fall possibly.

$40.95 Available at Amazon. These would look great with an ethnic/hippy coordinate. ^_^

$26.99 Available at Ami Club Wear. Very chiq and such a great price. Very in love with the platform and peep toe!

$79.20 Available at Sears. These are my favorite! Lots of fringe and really cool buckle details with small peep toe for Summer.

I like the trend, but be careful! Too much fringe and you will look like a weird trip to the early 90's, lol. Keep this trend to accessories like shoes, bags, and earrings, and avoid wearing fringe tops with fringe everything else!

Jeffrey Campbell boots - for much less ^_~

I've always lusted over Jeffrey Campbell shoes. However at $100 - $200 a pair, I haven't been brave enough to spend that much on a pair of boots.

But here we might have a solution!! Check these out:

These are only $35 at Make Me Chic. :) In my opinion, this would be an excellent opportunity to try this style without shelling out lots of cash and killing your budget. They look like a combination of these two Jeffrey Campbell shoes below:

This is the Mary Roks by Jeffrey Campbell priced at $124.95 at SoleStruck.

This is the 99 Tie Glitter by Jeffrey Campbell priced at 139.95 at SoleStruck.

I purchased these since it was such a reasonable price! I will review and post pics as soon as I get them in. Of course, I've only heard and never experienced how a Jeffrey Campbell shoe fits and feels. I will try to convey a good review with as much information as possible though!

What's your verdict? Are these a suitable substitution or can nothing compare to Jeffrey Campbell shoes?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Are you for real? Fashion Friday

Hello Guys and Gals! I’m starting a new “segment” here called – Are you for real? Fashion Fridays.

Every other Friday or so, I will bring to your attention some questionable fashion items. Maybe those crazy high waist-ed pants or extravagant shoes for example… I’m trying a fun spin on a fashion police kind of deal.Would you wear or is it off the wall?

So let’s see what’s up first! Check out these sunglasses from Collette. Pretty crazy, yeah? But kind of really awesome in weird way… I could never pull these off, but the model seems to have no problem.

What do you think? Fashion forward or really dumb?

And of course you can purchase these lovelies here:

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

TREND ALERT - Flare/Bell Bottom

Shorts and skirts will always be a staple for summer, but what about pants this season? ^_^ I'm happy to see lots of inspiration in flare leg and bell bottom style jeans!

Go with a tight hip and loose legs and pair this with a chiffon top (I'm thinking polka dots) for a sweet retro girly look. Or go ethnic or hippy with a bright or print flow-y top, big turquoise jewelry, and boots.

Here are several pictures for inspiration! 2nd pic is my fav from EGG magazine, a really cool dark denim.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE flare leg or bell bottom pants for shorts gals - it elongates and slims. Even though light wash is in right now, a darker wash will increase the effect for your figure. Be careful if you're going to "high waist-ed" route, as this can make you look poochy in the lower tummy region.

What I'm seeing is going away from the damaged denim look and is leaning towards a crisp and clean denim. Hahaha... almost makes me want to iron my jeans (totally kidding, I swear)!

What do you think about about this trend in jeans? Will we be brave enough to wear and risk suffering the heat of pants in the summer-time? I will.