Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
And if you wanted to do that petition the old fashioned, stop-me-in-front-of-Zabar's way, then what better dress could you wear to make your point that summer is here and demands official acknowledgement? Look at this beauty for $22.80 from Forever 21! Look at its adorable belt!It's cotton with a hint of spandex - it could accomodate a true brunch, one that comprises both breakfast foods and lunch foods, eaten outdoors in a warm summer breeze.
Monday, May 19, 2008
It didn't hurt that I began to see this as something Rhoda Morgenstern would have purchased at her job at Hempel's. Like Amanda, she could shop while she works. If it's good enough for Rhoda, it's good enough for me. I mean, look at her?
Plus, can't you just see these dress with these awesome sunglasses, at only $7.50. I mean, picture these glasses with the dress in a size 00, stick a Good Charlotte member on your arm, and we're talking Nicole Ritchie.
Why the $20 cap, you ask? The answer is simple. Let's consider the reason you are purchasing these sunglasses.
Now, if your reason for a new pair is that you are an environmental researcher who just got back from a 10-year-post in Antarctica studying the effects of global warming on the polar ice caps, and, having not seen the sun in a decade, have had no use for this important accessory until now, please feel free to disregard my rule and purchase whatever pair of sunglasses will make you happy. Welcome back to civilization and sunshine, and thank you for all you do for our Earth.
But if you're just the average shopper in the market for a new pair of sunglasses, your reason is probably one of the following:
- You lost your old pair.
- You broke your old pair.
- Your old pair went out of style.
And let's be realistic -- without a doubt, before long, one (or more) of those three options is going to happen again. It's pretty much a fact of life. So rather than putting yourself in a position to mourn the loss (either literally or stylistically) of an expensive pair of sunglasses, follow my rule and move seamlessly on to sunnier days.
No, I'm talking about a different kind of flexibility. About keeping an open mind, and not getting so caught up in preconceived ideas that you can't consider other options.
For instance, say you've spent the past few months searching for the perfect pair of gold summer sandals to replace the ones you happily wore into the ground the past two years. You've looked everywhere, going so far as to purchase a few pairs, but ultimately ended up returning them because they really weren't quite right. And then, lo and behold, after what seems like endless searching, you find that pair! And as you sit in the shoe store congratulating yourself on not settling, the saleswoman returns with dreadful news: They're out of the gold in your size. How about silver?
What do you do? Do you leave the store sadly, and vow continue on your quest, knowing it may be months again before you come across such a find? Or do you boldly reevaluate your wardrobe needs and think, The perfect silver summer sandal! What I really needed all along!
Expand your fashion horizons, dear reader. Consider other options. Is one metallic really so different from another? You can make the silver work. Think how cute it will look with all your little summer dresses. Gold is so summer of '07, anyway! (Disclaimer: I have no idea if this last part is actually true. But you can embrace it and make it true!)
And, while you're in the store, if you should unexpectedly happen to find that elusive perfect pair of oversized, rhinestone-studded-but-not-tacky, Lindsay-Lohan-with-a-hangover sunglasses, do you think, I was really only in the market for shoes today . . .? Nay, my friend! March straight to the register, sunglasses in hand. After all, you're flexible.
Friday, May 16, 2008
But, I think I've done pretty well here. This $15 bracelet is perfect for summer. With some peasant-y, flowy top, or a flowy dress. It has a nice chunky, bohemian feel, but I think you could even wear it to work. And with a big bracelet, which I think we call a 'piece', you can take it easy on the rest of your accessories. I think - but that could be the illness talking.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
You know, we mention Urban Outfitters a lot on here. It's because we like them, not because they're giving us free stuff or anything. But if they wanted to, we would totally accept it. Just so you know, Urban.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Anyway, NYC living does not leave much space for a wheelbarrow. What might be the urban equivalent? Maybe those big old lady shopping carts - like the one I threw out yesterday because I didn't have room for even that? Maybe rolling luggage? Acutally threw that out last week. I guess we're saying it's like a purse - got me some of them!
So I really like this wheelbarrow dress for $24.50! It is definitely Greek-inspired. Does that mean you would look adorable if you paired the dress with the gladiator sandals we posted about earlier? Or does that mean you would be a worthy competitor in the Texas-wide Latin contest I seem unable to purge my mind of (and, truthfully, until that post, had not thought of once)? And would that be a bad thing?
Perhaps a pair of flats in, say 'spade' or 'trowel' (really, 'hoe' would have been too easy).
Monday, May 12, 2008
So one of my more current 'collections' (what's the difference between a collection and just a bunch of the same thing?) is thermals. And they are not boring or rut-y. Look how they are a single crazy color! Look how they have that wild waffle texture! More importantly look how they can extend usage, via the magic of layering, to a tank, a hoody, a dress, and, yes, I dare to say it, another thermal. Shirts are so much luckier when they do that, aren't they? And let's say you had an embarrassingly sizable colletion of Lucky Brand belts, in all their seventies' glory, you could pair a thermal with some jeans, wrap on a heavy belt, and go forth proudly.
You might think that thermals in all their coziness, are a winter-only item. But commitment to a look means making it work across all the seasons. American Apparel is being supportive by offering this $14 baby here with really a very flattering sleeve. And they sell it in a whole host of non-colors, my favorite kind of color. I have collected Melange Olive. So far.
Friday, May 9, 2008
At these prices, don't deny yourself a pair or two. I know for a fact that Misa is going hogwild. Hurry up before the pendulum is pushed back in the direction of Manolo stilettos.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Do you ever watch What Not To Wear? Well, not on Friday night, no, since that might imply that you are not out living large, but are instead home, possibly doing your weekly 10 loads of launtry. But on your DVR, sometime during the week, after your excruciatingly exciting weekend has come sadly to a close. This is exactly the sort of piece the WNTW dyanamic duo is always trying to get the unsuspecting victim to top off her new wardrobe with - and rightly so. Wouldn't it be nice head out to work wearing a smart-looking coat that stands out a bit on the crowded subway, isn't the same old gray or black everyone else has on? It so would.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
First, before going any further, I must tell you about a story I saw on Dr. Phil. Wait - don't click away! I imagine it sounds a bit off topic, but let me explain, my stream of consiousness. First thought: the title, a bit from The Donnie and Marie Show. Next thought: Donnie Osmond always wore those purple socks - his completely artificially constructed trademark. And that leads us to the episode of Dr. Phil I just saw, featuring a woman so in love with the raven haired, cap-toothed Donnie, that even after the D&M Show was canceled (proving there is a god) and she fell in love with and married another man, she named her daughter Violet in honor of those very same purple socks. And, oddly, this daughter has grown up a little concerned about the overall state of her mother's mental health.
And, back to the shirt. The shirt is feminine, and yet still rocks - as summed up in the above-mentioned title. As a (way) less than girly girl, it is very hard for me to don any item of clothing with ruffles. But this shirt manages to combine ruffles with a muscle tee shape and a gunmetal gray color. And did I mention that it's Bitten, for only $8.98! $8.98! Thank you, SJP - I do love you, even though, as already stated by Amanda, there is not a chance in hell I will pay one hot red cent to see your upcoming movie.
Wear this top with the Vera Wang gladiators and how awesome are you? You are so awesome.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
And also, because they are just adorable, wicked cheap at $35.99, and Vera Wang. Be kind to me and don't make me use the 'word' 'masstige' since I have already had to use the term 'gladiator sandals'. Can't you just see these shoes walking at a brisk clip to work, on their way to Tasti-D-Lite (Pinkberry if that works better for you), looking smart with a pair of jeans? You so can. And when the trend looks outdated, just put them away for your next statewide Latin contest.
Update - turns out I really did need them. I managed to get them for $28.79, no shipping, using the promotion codes JUST4YOU & SPECIAL20.