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Spring fashion: Be bold in neon or dainty in lace

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:30:32 UTC

2012-03-02T05:36:29Z

Don't think 80s. Don't think old-fashioned. Both of these hot trends can be used to accent your own personal style. shopbop.comLace skirt by Club Monaco, unfortunately out of stock.Phil might've hinted that winter isn't over yet, but his friend on Staten Island predicted an early spring, so why not start getting in the mood? Two trends I'm going to think about working into my wardrobe, although not likely on the same day, are neon and lace. Don't think 80s. Don't think old-fashioned. Both of these can accent your own personal style. I really want to get my hands on a lace miniskirt. At first glance, I thought I'd never wear something like this (I can think of many reasons, really.). But the more I've seen it in action (thank you, fashion boards of Pinterest!) the more it has shown itself to be a versatile must-have piece for spring. You could wear it with a blouse of contrasting shape, fabric and color. I also like the idea of pairing it with different shades of tan/nude colors. If you're into Western boots, I could see those working here, too. If the thought of putting things together is too much to handle (I hear ya... who has time to find matching pieces?), there are tons of great lace dresses out there right now: Classic, Bohemian, girl next door... Colors, too! I promise no one will ask you if you're headed to the chapel.Images from shopbop.com and target.comDig in: Neon maxi skirt by Blue Life, a simple black scoop neck tank from Target and black Tory Burch thong sandals. Maxi dresses have been a big hit, and women everywhere are likely breathing a sigh of relief that the Herve Leger bandage dress isn't the only game in town. I love trotting around the house or running errands in a simple maxi dress. Staring at a closet full of uncomfortable shoes, I can proudly say maxi dresses are absolutely one of the most comfortable things I own. This year, we're being blessed with maxi skirts. Will they be a hit? A little harder to wear and style in my opinion, but definitely a good call if you're looking to accent that waste that was hiding under your maxi dress last year. Make sure it's got a nice, defining waistband and maybe try a simple scoop neck tank top to start. Here, black is an obvious choice. But you don't have to go with a neutral shade. Pair solid with solid -- Red and pink, blue and orange -- whatever your favorite color combination is. Maxi skirt too much neon for you to handle? How about color-block heels with a neon accent, or an accessory like a belt or purse? (IDEAS.) Grab your shades; embrace neon! [...]


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All that glitters might be gold this season

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 11:00:16 UTC

2010-09-30T19:03:41Z

One of the first things we saw in the NFL this year was 25-year-old pop star Colbie Caillat sing an interesting rendition of our national anthem. I couldn't really bother myself to take the time to figure out whether I loved it or hated it because I was too busy admiring her sparkly top. Ronald Martinez, Getty ImagesColbie Caillat sings the national anthem at the Superdome. In a game sports fans had been anticipating for months, the National Football League opened the 2010 season last week in New Orleans, as the Vikings came to town for a rematch against the Saints.One of the first things we saw was 25-year-old pop star Colbie Caillat sing an interesting rendition of our national anthem. I couldn't really bother myself to take the time to figure out whether I loved it or hated it because I was too busy admiring her sparkly top. The singer kept it simple on the bottom with some skin-tight dark gray slacks. If Drew Brees isn't your ideal companion for a Thursday night, maybe you caught the premiere of "Gossip Girl" Monday. While I don't fully adhere to the comparison myself, "Gossip Girl" is considered to be the next generation of "Sex and the City" -- in terms of introducing new fashion trends to the world. To kick off the season, Blake Lively's character, Serena, added a little extra sparkle as she went from a bedazzled Georges Chakra Couture dress to an Emilio Pucci metallic blazer. One thing sports fans and tweens alike should agree on is no one is blinding the audience with head-to-toe bling. Sparkles can be dangerous, so choose carefully and be subtle. Taking a cue from both of these shining young starlets, grays and neutrals should be something we continue to embrace this season, along with layering. I love when fashion makes sense. Neutral pieces for layering are a lot easier to stock up on without worrying that you are wasting your money on something you might not want to wear again next season.neimanmarcus.com; anntaylor.comAt left, Magaschoni Wool Sheath Dress in fushia - on sale at neimanmarcus.com, $166. At right, Ann Taylor Wool Crepe Sheath Dress in iron gray, $168. So with that in mind, go ahead and pass on the "jeggings." The fall look - metallic or otherwise - should be more elegant, especially since the other thing people can't seem get enough of is "Mad Men." The look is classic; it's tailored. It's all about the details and the accessories. Where to get it? Try picking up a wool sheath dress this winter from one of the preppier retailers like J. Crew, Ann Taylor or Banana Republic -- or maybe even a consignment shop. This one piece can serve as your "Mad Men" basic this fall. You can add a blazer, colored tights or all the chunky accessories and faux pearls you can find to change the look every time you wear it. [...]


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Expanding waistline + shrinking closet = on the hunt for maternity fashion

Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:00:15 UTC

2010-09-15T19:52:28Z

I can't decide if it is easier or harder to figure out what to wear these days, since there is a lot less to choose from.

So here I am, six months pregnant.

I can't decide if it is easier or harder to figure out what to wear these days, since there is a lot less to choose from.

The good thing is that it's still summer. Skirts - especially dresses - fit over "the bump" a lot easier than pants. I haven't really had to buy anything special yet.

That said, my friend did drag me into the Motherhood store in King of Prussia to embrace maternity clothes. I bought a pair of black slacks that come equipped with the "secret fit belly" (...) since I had a meeting coming up where I might need to dress a little nicer than usual.

So, I wore these pants from 7:15 a.m. when I left my house until 10:30 p.m. when I finally returned home from the Amtrak station in Harrisburg.

I understand this is a long time to wear anything, but I despised these pants.

(image) Demi Moore in 1991... I'm starting to see why she chose to wear nothing.

Motherhood's clothes are sized "pre-pregnancy," which basically means if you are a size medium normally, your maternity items will also be size medium. But even though I bought what seems to be the correct size, throughout the day I felt that they stretched out big time. They were also incredibly hot and just uncomfortable altogether. Besides that, the girl working in the store was pushy, which further tarnished the maternity clothes experience.

At this point, I have decided that "over the belly" pants are not for me. I'm hoping to make it through the next few months with dresses/tunics and leggings.

Speaking of, I did buy a pair of new black leggings at GAP Maternity while on my business trip in Manhattan, while wearing my uncomfortable pants, that I am in love with.  I've seen some maternity leggings that cover the belly and some that I suppose are "low-rise" designed to fit under. These are the low-rise variety. Super comfortable and definitely still wearable when the belly disappears. Forever 21's new maternity line seems to be going in this direction with its leggings, too. 

I will say that the regular leggings from Forever 21 aren't the best. I like the fabric better than the similarly priced leggings I have from Target, but the waistband refuses to stay flat and keeps on rolling and bunching. Aside from that pair, I am generally of the opinion that regular leggings should work just as well moving forward.

Shopping, which naturally I found to be fairly therapeutic in the past, has just become a nightmare. I think a person gets used to his/her body and what looks good on it. These days, I head to the fitting room with my arms full and come out empty handed almost every time. If I do find something, I question whether or not it is worth the money for such a short time. Will it be wearable next year?  Yeah, probably not.




Friday fashion fun lends a helping hand

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 15:01:11 UTC

2010-02-12T15:55:53Z

These items up for sale will make anyone a fan of "controversial" skinny jeans, spandex and/or printed tights.

(image) Crop Harem Pants by Helmut Lang

I've got some hot fashion finds to share with you today. When you get through this entry, I can guarantee you'll be happy to see someone trot down the street in bright purple tights or skinny jeans or [insert your least favorite 80's fashion trend here].

For less that $200 (that's 30% off folks!) you could own these stylish heather gray leggings at left equipped with room for you to stash... pretty much anything right there in your pants!

A poor excuse at long johns - you can't possibly wear anything over this saggy crotch mess - why not pair it with some trendy booties like this model? (P.S. not going to help.)

(image) It's a belt, no it's a pair of gloves, it's...
Item No. 2 somehow makes me think - "Can't touch this." (Go ahead, get that stuck in your head for the rest of the day.)

For a more affordable option, try this glove skirt on sale at Forever21.com for $15.99. Who says fashion needs to be functional? The item features a "sash knit belt in the shape of helping hands."


Perfect for those days when you feel like you need an extra set of hands.

(image) Money can't buy you style

And finally we have Lado Leather Leggings - apparently worth $1,250 - that you can get as a complete steal for $375. Plus 2 points for leather, plus 10 points for see-through patches.

If you're interested in adding some fine leather goods to your collections, might I suggest instead a quality purse.

Honorable mention:

See-through jumpsuit, also final sale, if you're interested.

Saved by the fact that you could try to make it work as a beach cover-up.


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Zac Posen latest designer to offer style on the cheap

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 20:53:51 UTC

2010-02-12T15:01:56Z

Zac Posen is the latest designer to create a collection for you and me. One that we can actually buy here in Harrisburg.

(image) Love, love, love huge bows like this. Click here to view the full collection.
Zac Posen is the latest designer to create a collection for you and me. One that we can actually buy here in Harrisburg.

This is about 3 million times more exciting than Vera Wang for Kohl's, Max Azria for Walmart, Jimmy Choo for H&M or any of the other designer collections that Target has gotten into.

Why? While I might accidentally have a lapse in judgment and shell out over $500 for some to-die-for Choos, aside from winning the lottery, there is pretty much no way I'll ever show up in a Zac Posen dress, which can cost thousands. Even some of Vera Wangs collections are within reach whereas the Zac Posen sample sale items from Gilt Groupe tend to go for more than $1,000.

If you click through the slideshow you'll see there are some items (see extreme '80s fashion) that might end up on the clearance rack here in Central Pa., but other items showcase unique styles that may be worth the higher-than-usual Target prices (up to $90). Catching my eye immediately is the image at right and the long, printed maxi gown.

But - as is always the question with these collections - are Target shoppers prepared to spend more for Zac Posen? According to fashionista.com, we'll find out April 25th.

It's my opinion that out of all the other designer collections that have popped up - and I'm sure this won't be the last - this one stands out from the crowd at first look. I hope they knock it out of the park with fabric, craftsmanship and fit. But, a lot of commenters on fashionista.com seem to have their doubts. Will it be just another poorly executed knockoff desperately clinging to the high-end name?


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For a happy new year, find a special sale this holiday season

Fri, 11 Dec 2009 17:27:46 UTC

2009-12-11T17:58:10Z

Last week during my lunch break I went to return some leggings to Marshalls in Harrisburg. With a wedding coming up the following weekend, and with not being ecstatic with the way any of my "winter" shoes went with my chosen cocktail dress, I decided to do a quick run through the clearance shoes.

(image) These Cole Haan pumps were labeled a 7 1/2 but were actually a 7. That crossed the line into too-small territory.
Last week during my lunch break I went to return some leggings to Marshalls in Harrisburg. With a wedding coming up the following weekend, and not being ecstatic with the way any of my "winter" shoes went with my chosen cocktail dress, I decided to do a quick run through the clearance shoes on my way to the return register.

I was looking for high heels. Maybe something silver. Sometimes when you combine those two things though, you don't end up with anything classy. Maybe it was a lost cause, but moving on - I saw a pair of black patent peep toes that looked interesting. I picked them up off the shelf and saw that they were Cole Haan (hellooooo Nike Air Technology!!!).

From a price standpoint, they look like this, minus the sling back but plus a strap (Mary Jane style) across the front like this. It's safe to assume these shoes retail for well over $250. Marshalls has them in the reject section for $39.99.

Reason 357 why I love Marshalls. Some people won't bother sorting through the rack to find a hidden gem. I am not those people.

Why should you care? Well, I didn't have the proper socks at the moment to try these shoes on, and let's be honest, I probably would have bought them if they were child-sized - just for the thrill, and I've determined that 40 dollars or not, I cannot fully benefit from the Nike Air comfort if the shoes aren't the right size. I am returning them on my lunch break today and will let someone else experience the joys of quite possibly the best sale item ever. 'Tis the season, right?

The day that I found these shoes turned out to be a great day all around. If you pick up a steal like these shoes this holiday season, I have to assume you will have a very happy new year.



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10 gift ideas under 5 dollars

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 16:17:18 UTC

2009-11-18T16:27:34Z

With a tough economy, offices may be changing the way they do holiday parties. Don't panic - here are 10 great ideas to try if your price limit is 5 dollars. The Associated PressSanta, what can we get for under 5 dollars? With a tough economy, offices may be changing the way they do holiday parties. In fact, you might find yourself doing a white elephant gift exchange or Secret Santa with a price tag under 5 dollars. These kinds of restraints can make any shopper panic. A lot of people take what I consider the easy way out with candles or lotions. Don't make your first and only destination Bath and Body Works; I think you can do better. I would also avoid anything you have to see a person wear because that could end up being awkward if he or she really doesn't like it. A gift card is OK - but try to think of a place where you can actually get something for 5 dollars. Starbucks is a good one. Maybe a book store. Or you could bake something - like a festive bread, pie or batch of cookies - but who has time for that? Here are 10 gift suggestions under 5 dollars that I've come up with. Please feel free to leave a comment and share more ideas! Mini umbrella with case - You might think this is a gift equivalent to socks - until that day when you find yourself needing to walk several blocks in the rain. It's easy to hide in the car until you need it as well as under your feet at a bar/restaurant. Candy - Sort of another easy way out, but even if the person doesn't like it, he or she can always put it out on the desk to share. Instant office popularity! Chapstick - Winter=chapped lips, male or female. Might want to bundle this with something else. Wine tote bag - In some places, you can manage to find a bottle of wine under 5 dollars, but if you know your Secret Santa enjoys a good glass of wine, try a wine tote like this one. It comes in handy with the many BYOB places around Central Pa. Photo album - Great for storing that random assortment of photos you occasionally print off your camera card at your local drugstore. Puzzle book - You might find this a little geeky, but Sodoku or Ken-Ken could work for your Secret Santa. There are plenty of people who enjoy a good puzzle while waiting at the airport or the doctor's office, myself included! Gourmet food gifts like a nice local apple butter or honey. NOTE: Do not assemble a reject assortment of canned food from your pantry. A movie out of the 5-dollar bin - Sure there's a chance they will already have it or won't like it, but I think it still works. Anything with a monogram - Places like Hallmark typically have really nice monogrammed stationary, picture frames, cards, koozies and more, and you should be able to find a few things under 5 dollars. I loooove monograms. Bouquet of flowers or a plant - Ok, probably not going to work for men (although this puts him in a perfect situation to re-gift to a lady friend), but fresh flowers can brighten up any home or office. I certainly wouldn't mind if my husband, who inspired this whole list, puts this on his list of gift suggestions for his Secret Santa! [...]


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Designer Uggs in works for charity auction

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 18:02:57 UTC

2009-11-10T18:49:04Z

I know, I know, you are so over Ugg Australia. You don't care what new color or new design they possibly have for this winter.

(image) Starting December 1, place your bid on your favorite pair of UGG Boots and help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the fight against childhood cancer.
I know, I know, you are so over Ugg Australia. You don't care what new color or new design they possibly have for this winter.

Even if there is nothing Uggs can do to win you over, there is something Uggs can do for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. And if Manolo Blahnik is involved, you know you're just slightly interested.

Via NBC New York:

Ugg Australia has recruited designers like Manolo Blahnik, Carlos Falchi, Rebecca Minkoff, Rafe (pictured), and more to design high-end versions of the brand's trademark boots for its seventh annual Art & Sole auction.

I have to assume these will be filed under unaffordable (which is good - more money for St. Jude!), but I'll still be going to the Ugg Australia Web site on December 1 to window shop and see what these designers have cooked up.

I am trying to picture what I would do to make these high end... Real Italian leather? A pearl brooch? Other expensive ingredients and sparkles? Maybe the differences won't be that extreme, but I hope each designer puts his personal touch on the shoe. I'm certain at the very least you'll be able to pick out which Uggs came from Betsey Johnson (pink soles, please!).

The event is likely to inspire as many interesting Ugg knockoffs as there are regular Ugg knockoffs, so it is possible we'll see something like this around town next year. It's not only a great event for charity but probably also a good move to keep Uggs alive and relevant... especially with the number of people who'd like to see them disappear for good!

I will of course keep wearing my Uggs because A) I have them and B) they are warm, but if your kid asks Santa for Where the Wild Things Are Uggs... I feel for ya.


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Jimmy Choo for H&M meets celebrities

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 19:35:20 UTC

2009-11-05T19:52:22Z

The Jimmy Choo collection for H&M will launch in stores Saturday, Nov. 14.

(image) Hayden Panettiere arrives at the Jimmy Choo for H&M launch event in West Hollywood.
The Jimmy Choo collection for H&M will launch in stores Saturday, Nov. 14.

But just because the prices are small town, doesn't mean the launch party is. Check out the photo gallery of stars modeling clothes, bags and shoes - nothing over $300.

Everything modeled was black and flashy - perfect for upcoming holiday parties, including the sparkle holiday (New Year's Eve!).

You know you need to get a jump on that holiday shopping anyway, so if you're interested, hurry to an H&M next weekend because this stuff will probably sell out fast.


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Do-it-yourself-ers beware: Meet Regretsy

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 16:36:05 UTC

2009-10-22T18:12:16Z

Just like YouTube - I really wish I would have come up with this site.

Just like YouTube - I really wish I would have come up with this idea.

Etsy is a great place online where amateur-anyones can set up their own boutiques for handmade goods. For example, I have a friend, costume designer by trade, who sells her own handbags. They're great. I'm not su

(image) You won't see me walking down the street in this skirt... but it is possible that you could see it on one lucky buyer.
re if anyone has gone from Etsy to Barneys or anything, but there are still plenty of nice things available at good prices.

There are also plenty of not-nice things, some at not-nice prices. That's where Regretsy comes in.

Handmade? It looks like you made it with your feet.

From artwork to brooches to sweaters, it's the I-can't-believe-you-thought-someone-would-buy-that-crap warehouse. Some people may say it's mean, but I love their attitude. ("...don’t argue with us, go and buy it.")

And hey, some people do buy it.

I tend to make my own Halloween costumes. And I used to do a great job with sorority mixer themes. But I'm not off trying to sell some acid-washed jeans for $99,000 USD.

Anyway, it's a great site to waste some time on... enjoy!


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Winter fashion: Talking tights

Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:29:16 UTC

2009-10-16T20:11:53Z

I've been thinking a lot about tights, and whether their foray back into women's fashion last winter would actually be here to stay. So did what any puzzled person would do; I Googled it. I found myself reading the transcript from this week's Talking Fashion Live over on washingtonpost.com. Why? I've been thinking a lot about tights (Have you noticed the weather the past few days?), and whether their foray back into women's fashion last winter would actually be here to stay. barenecessities.comDKNY lace tights, $20. The product description says they're "sexy tights;" I won't argue with that, but they're definitely one of the more interesting pairs I've ever seen.So did what any puzzled person would do; I Googled it. This Q&A popped up, and what do you know... out of approx. 25 questions, a good handful of them were about tights! I think it's because the topic is a bit frightening to women over the age of 20; no, make it 10. With the goal always remaining to look slender and tall, your legs aren't traditionally the best place for wild colors and patterns. There a couple of key things the fashion-forward woman should look for when it comes to tights.Quality, sturdy tights. Tights are accident-prone. If you buy a cheap pair, you might end up throwing them away during the lunch hour of the first day you ever wear them. Obviously, you shouldn't pay more for tights (an accessory) than skirts or pants, but you generally get what you pay for. Immediately you should think of one of those brand names for less slogans, but according to the participants in the Washington Post Q&A, places like Filene's or TJ Maxx can prove to be the ultimate jackpot or the ultimate wipe out. I'll tell you that I'm still a fan - until the day comes when they do me wrong. A friend also got some cute Betsey Johnson patterned tights from TJ Maxx. Tights that your mom wouldn't wear. (But - tights that you can wear with more than one outfit, to more than one place.) Sure, taking a chance with some out-there tights is great, but particularly if they cost more than $20, make sure you have some good boots and skirts that can stand alongside 'em. Color is fun, but harder to pull off than a good gray/black/brown pattern. I've yet to find the perfect outfit for my bright yellow (yes, really) tights. I'd also stay away from anything that too closely resembles fishnets... unless you are going to a place where actual fishnets would be appropriate.Where to start?Bare necessities (Thanks, Holly!) looks like a great place to browse for ideas, even if you're not willing to spend the money on some of the brands. On sample sale websites like Rue La La, I see sales for Spanx (many a girl's best friend) all the time. I now look forward to checking out their line Assets, which the article says they carry at Target - although it doesn't look like they have anything too "fun," just your basics. I'll also be checking out the selection in our local GAP and Banana Republic outlets as soon as I can (also recommended by a reader). I journeyed outside of the world of solids for one pair last year: a patterned chocolate brown pair from Target (approx. $6). These are still alive and kickin', and Target has a huge variety to choose from this year. They won't last forever, but I think if they make it through one work day, you should be set for a while. When they get holes the first time you wear them - and who hasn't been there - that's when you really feel like you wasted your money.  [...]


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Orange and gray play nicely together

Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:39:51 UTC

2009-10-16T20:09:36Z

After writing this blog for quite some time, I finally got a reader question!

After writing this blog for quite some time, I finally got a reader question!

Can you wear gray and orange? - Janet

(image) Orange goes great with all your basics.

Well, we know I'm a fan of orange this year.

How big of a fan?

Here's a hint. I'm getting married in a few weeks. The bridesmaid dresses are orange. The flowers are orange. The ribbon on the cake is orange. For a ceremony celebrating commitment, let's just say I've made a very big commitment to orange.

I like orange with all your basics - brown, tan, black and yes, gray. I even considered having the groomsmen wear gray suits before settling on a traditional black tux (with orange tie and vest). (You can see a cool orange and gray theme displayed here.)

Gray also plays nicely with bright colors. From lighter grays to slate and charcoal, I think they all stand up next to your oranges and yellows.

(image) Summer, winter, fall or spring. Orange and gray can mix in anything!

After months of staring at ribbons, card stock, orchids, and who knows what else, my love affair with orange may be coming to an end this month. But for the rest of you, what's really great is that orange and gray are both still very trendy right now. Survey says, go for it!




Jimmy Choo collection coming to H&M

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:53:17 UTC

2009-06-18T19:30:51Z

Excitement and horror and wonder fill the fashion world. Nevertheless, hundreds of average Janes are certainly excited to finally afford their own piece of Jimmy Choo. A line of 12 Jimmy Choo shoes will debut at H&M stores in time for the holiday, along with men's shoes, clothing and accessories too. Unlike Sarah Jessica Parker's clothing line (not sure...

(image) Jimmy Choos, seen here as the tasty, high-end accessory to Michelle Obama's inauguration outfit, will soon be available at H&M stores for a fraction of the price.

Excitement and horror and wonder fill the fashion world. Nevertheless, hundreds of average Janes are certainly excited to finally afford their own piece of Jimmy Choo.

A line of 12 Jimmy Choo shoes will debut at H&M stores in time for the holiday, along with men's shoes, clothing and accessories too.

Unlike Sarah Jessica Parker's clothing line (not sure if that even still exists at Steve and Barry?) you won't be getting your Jimmy Choos for 20 bucks or anything, but compared to the thousands of dollars it could be costing you at Bergdorf's, it's just as much a steal.

The retailer announced this week that prices will range from $59.95 for ballet flats to $299 for a pair of leather boots, with most of your must-have stilettos falling between $99 and $129.

If you're going to put the Jimmy Choo name on a pair of pumps, I assume the quality will still be very high. Does it cheapen the overall brand? I don't know. But it is a nice move given the current economy where the pennies in the piggy bank will likely never add up to designer strappy heels under the Christmas tree.

I'm not rushing out to get them just because they are Jimmy Choo. I'm assuming I will treat them like I do any other pair of $100 shoes... oh wait, I do usually rush out for that.

Read more from the press release quoted in the NY Daily News:

"Jimmy Choo will bring to H&M a sophisticated, fashion forward, accessible and glamorous collection - the perfect party pieces to buy now and then wear out that night!" Tamara Mellon, the founder and president of Jimmy Choo, said in a press release.

Jimmy Choo is the latest high fashion brand allowing access to affordable luxury at H&M. Past collaborations between the retailer and designers include collections by Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and Karl Lagerfeld.

For the record, my instinct made me vote in the poll: "Choo on the cheap? No, thanks. It's not the same as the real thing," but it looks like majority of NY Daily News readers say they can't wait to get their Jimmy Choos!




Lilly Pulitzer: The Monday morning after

Mon, 08 Jun 2009 12:50:37 UTC

2009-06-08T13:24:44Z

I woke up Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. unable to sleep a minute longer, filled to the brim with anticipation for my first trip to the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale in King of Prussia. My partner-in-crime and I arrived at the Valley Forge Convention Center by 7:15 a.m. to a line that already wrapped around the room twice, but overall...

I woke up Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. unable to sleep a minute longer, filled to the brim with anticipation for my first trip to the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale in King of Prussia. My partner-in-crime and I arrived at the Valley Forge Convention Center by 7:15 a.m. to a line that already wrapped around the room twice, but overall we claimed a good spot.

(image) Lovers of Lilly Pulitzer from near and far wait in line for the sale of the year.

When they opened the doors at 8 a.m. to allow the first group in, we were about 10 people from the front when they paused the flow of shoppers flooding into the room. Heartbreak! It was like waiting in line for the best ride at the amusement park and being stopped just before boarding.

But don't worry, only a few seconds passed before they counted a few more people in, so we still made it in the first wave of shoppers.

I had planned to bee line for the dresses, but with ladies' swimwear being BOGO, the crowd went in that direction, so I decided that popularity was the best option. I was only able to grab one bikini, but my friend grabbed every single suit they had in our size, so we ended up with plenty to try on.

After that, I ran over to the men's ties and boxers (all BOGO) and just starting shoving colorful prints by the handfuls into my giant pink shopping bag. I decided I would just worry about which ones to actually buy later -- no reason to miss out on anything.

Finally I make it over to the women's dresses, which I have to say were disappointing overall. There were few traditional Lilly prints and cuts to choose from. There were very few skirts as well. The menswear was the real highlight of the event.

This probably ended up being a good thing because it kept the credit card damage from becoming obscene.

(image) A shopper models the provided pink mesh shopping bag in endless sea of Lilly prints. There were plenty of bags so full that you knocked 10 people over on your way to the fitting room.

As I was thinking over the morning on my way home, my general conclusion is that it was incredibly well-organized. When we dumped out our giant pink shopping bags on a table after running around the warehouse to separate the 'yes' from the 'no', there were always plenty of helpers stopping by to ask what we no longer wanted so they could replace items on the racks by size. This made it easy for people to find the items and sizes they needed, even if previously they had appeared sold out.

Also on the way home I also thought -- these ties would make the perfect groomsman gifts. So yes, we went home, had a snack and took my fiance back to the sale for Round 2 around 11 a.m. (Six ties purchased for less than the retail price of one = unreal!)

So bottom line -- I'm addicted. I don't want to miss another sale for as long as I'm a Pennsylvania resident.




Lilly Pulitzer sale, sale, sale!

Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:51:09 UTC

2009-06-01T17:09:37Z

Starting June 3 at 5 a.m., the doors will open for the Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2009 Warehouse Sale in King of Prussia, Pa. That means women from all over the country will be lined up outside ready to rumble in order to stock up on preppy pinks and yellows for the summer at up to 70% off retail.

(image) Collections on display at the Lilly Pulitzer Web site.

Starting June 3 at 5 a.m., the doors will open for the Lilly Pulitzer Spring 2009 Warehouse Sale in King of Prussia, Pa. That means women from all over the country will be lined up outside ready to rumble in order to stock up on preppy pinks and yellows for the summer at up to 70% off retail.

From what I hear -- it's complete madness. But if you get there early enough, you can score samples for cheap - I'm talking 10 dollars.

And by early, I mean the night before. These Lilly-loving princesses will make the men who sleep in tents outside of Best Buy waiting for a video game release look like amateurs.

Clothes, shoes and bags will be flying, and the middle of the warehouse might as well be labeled "fitting room." (I don't see the need for it though, don't the other fanatics know what size they wear?)

I've lived here for almost three years, yet this will be my first time making the trip to King of Prussia for the twice-yearly, 4-day shopping extravaganza.

As much as I want to take a few vacation days to spend the night in line, unfortunately I have to hold on to them for a fall wedding (although, I'm starting to wonder if getting married is as important as the Lilly Pulizer sale... just kidding, honey!) I hope to hit the warehouse at least on Saturday to see what is left. Between men's, women's, kids, shoes and accessories - I'd like to stock up on gifts for everyone on my list.

Hopefully I won't have any horror stories to post next week, but if someone stands between me and my Lilly... I can't make any promises!




Orange you glad it's spring?

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 18:07:19 UTC

2009-04-10T17:53:39Z

I am happy to see Easter Sunday finally arrive. It's the true mark that the time has come for all of us to get up to speed on hot colors and trends for summer. I know it snowed last week in Central Pennsylvania, but I've been wearing sandals for a few weeks now. As I continue to dig out...

(image) Juicy Couture brings orange and gold together in these patent flat heels.

I am happy to see Easter Sunday finally arrive. It's the true mark that the time has come for all of us to get up to speed on hot colors and trends for summer.

I know it snowed last week in Central Pennsylvania, but I've been wearing sandals for a few weeks now. As I continue to dig out my full sandal portfolio, I immediately see there is room for some new additions.

At this time I'm prepared to do a few things that are a bit out of character for me: 1) say goodbye to a few pairs of shoes, 2) jump on the gladiator trend, and 3) buy comfortable, flat sandals for once.

How many times have I hesitated to part ways with a pair of shoes. Maybe I can glue that sole back on... maybe these will come back in style... maybe I'll dress up for Halloween as X and need to wear these shoes from 2001... enough is enough. I'm pleased to announce I did some spring cleaning, tossing four pairs of worn out shoes in the trash and donating two to the Goodwill!

Sure, I've wanted some dominating, gladiator heels ever since the photos of Sarah Jessica Parker leaked out from the set of Sex and the City: The Movie, but the feeling slowly passed. Still, there is something special about strappy sandals that I don't think every goes out of style, which is why I'm willing to hop on board.

I've been a yellow person the last few summers, but I'm officially on team orange for 2009 (which is great, since it is on the heels out of an orange and purple winter). Plus, I discovered a beautiful orange Kate Spade bag last fall in Philadelphia that would enjoy getting together with some matching flats on a regular basis.

Juicy's Carmella sandals have already caught my eye this spring. I think orange and gold have wonderful chemistry. I can see the sun catching a gold ring or the patent strap, which is a nice vision among the recent rainy and cloudy days we've had. Plus, they have "Smells Like Couture" imprinted on the bottom of the sandal -- how cute is that?

Unless these shoes end up 50% off, they will probably remain a dream. However, take a peek at all the orange available online and in your mall, and I'm sure you and I can both find our prefect summer fling.