Designer shopping at discounted prices…isn’t that what we are all after these days? We try to avoid the faux designer bags, shoes, jewelry, but with the economy in the state of flux that it’s in, we have to do something to feed our fire without breaking the bank. Sites like http://gilt.com and http://ideeli.com have grown in popularity for this very reason, and the “invite only” requirement makes users feel like they’re part of a special club. I have a soft spot for Gilt myself, but I stumbled upon Rue La La this week and had to share it. They have special pricing on everything from Cole Haan to Da-Nang to Catherine Malandrino. If you invite more friends, you earn a $10 credit, which I plan on using on one of Free People’s cute boho dresses. Now, it’s your turn to shop and save.
Though I’m not on board with all of them yet, the black strappy heels, blush tones, and bright suedes appeal to my feminine side in a big way. The bright suedes are the most fun, but shouldn’t take over the bulk of my shoe budget. Nine West carries the Ample style that comes in several bright colors for around $89. My vote goes with the Dark Pink color, which is actually a pretty jewel tone purple.
Blush tone heels are wardrobe staples, so it isn’t a crime to spend a little more on them. Personally, I’m fond of wedges because it gives me the height I need and I can still walk in them all day long. InStyle features Walter Steiger blush wedges for $600, and these look as cute as they are comfy.
Last but not least, is the black strappy heel. I have a love/hate relationship with black heels because I love they can be worn with everything, but hate they can be worn with everything. I’ve worn my two favorite pairs so much in the past year that the heel completely broke off of one pair, and the others were destroyed by standing on a soaking wet red carpet during the Fox Really Awards last October. That being said, I now look for a super stylish pair that can withstand a lot of activity. Dolce & Gabbana is known for their eye-catching style and utilitarianism, so their black grosgrain strappy sandals (on Bluefly for $520,) are a no-brainer. For a more affordable version, the Charles by Charles David line has the Foxxy for $75, which leaves a little cash left over for your ticket to the Cattle Baron’s Ball.
There you have it….now go and feed your shoe fetish.
Last Saturday night, lovers of all things fashion congregated at Cirque on the pool deck for a red carpet fashion show benefiting The United Way and showcasing local design talent. Lindsey Weatherread and Rochelle Rodriguez presented their new collections on Campbell Wagner models as DJ SoulJah spun great tunes all night. Some of the highlights included Nothing Bundt Cakes giving out mini cupcakes and Aveda doling out chair massages. Talented event planner Lisa Johnson put together an amazing array of sponsors for guests to receive goodies and information from, which gave us time to mingle with a purpose. One interesting addition to the normal runway show routine? Lesli Marshall’s art showing in between the fashion collections by models dressed in native dress. (The bongo drum guys were a nice touch.) When it was all over, guests didn’t leave empty-handed. Goodie bags filled with freebies, copies of Swagg Magazine and coupons were given out upon departure. Events like this one are what I love about Dallas-we know how to party, but do it all in the name of a good cause.
Every Wednesday I am going to be bringing you my picks for Mid-Week Must Haves. This week, it’s a few beauty products that will take your fall makeup and pump it up a little. I came across this first product courtesy of the stylish and adorable Jeune Marie blog-the Urban Decay Naked collection. This palette has the absolute perfect neutral shades to go with all the muted fall colors. It’s so wildly popular that it’s out of stock at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled for it. (No pun intended.)
Next is the Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense lipsticks, which are richly pigmented and are supposed to last until the last sip of Perrier. I am a huge fan of Make Up Forever because their HD line of powders and blushes are what I use for on camera, and they stay on all day. (Barring any outrageous humidity like we’ve been experiencing.) I hear No. 37 is the color to try, so I’m heading to Sephora later today to scope it out.
Can anyone be considered more fashion-forward than Miss Carrie Bradshaw herself? Sarah Jessica Parker made her debut this week as Creative Director for Halston Heritage, the company’s secondary collection that sparkles with updated Halston pieces at updated prices. Though SJP tried her hand at an affordable line for Steve and Barry stores several years ago (which was promptly discontinued a year later,) she is once again taking the fashion bull by the horns. What does this mean for us devotees in Dallas? Well, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom all carry the line, which is good news for Dallasites who swooned over two of the Heritage collection pieces worn in the Sex and the City sequel this year.
As a non-mom, I don’t know much about fashion for babies except the super stylish stuff is expensive. Not anymore, says Smocked Auctions Facebook Page. Their mantra? “Small clothes for tiny prices.” Awwww. If you want to have the best dressed baby in town, check out their page to bid on dresses, rompers, jon jons and other fun accessories. Auctions take place every evening at 8:00 (at fixed prices,), and by the growing number of Facebook fans, I’d say you’d better hit the Like button before the festive holiday wear for babies is goo-goo-gone.
I have found my fall fashion obsession: a pair of thigh high Christian Louboutin black boots. They are buttery soft, high heeled deliciousness. These babies are a far cry from the Cole Haan penny loafers I begged my Mom for during junior high back to school shopping. Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth both have them (for a whopping $2395,) and I’m planning on checking out the new CL boutique in Highland Park Village during Fashion’s Night Out tomorrow evening to see the whole fall collection. My only question: are these leather lovelies more fantasy than reality? More Kat Von D than Sandra Dee? (Read: Will I look like I work a street corner with these on, or can they look classy?) Mom, I think I already know what your answer will be.
Wondering what to do this Saturday when the rain has stopped and the sun is out? How about spending the day at the Dallas Flea? Now, I’m going to be honest. I’ve never actually been. I’m behind the times…I just discovered Etsy this year. But I’ve been told by many a savvy shopper who loves Texas artisans that the Flea is THE place to find unique, cool, and reasonably priced clothing, jewelry, knick knacks, and gourmet goodies. It’s this Saturday from 9-4 at South Side on Lamar and only five bucks to get in. See you there!
After a fun Labor Day weekend in Flushing Meadows at the US Open, I came home with a new perspective on dressing stylishly for sporting events. Football season is upon us and hockey season starts soon after, but as we brave the crowds and cheer on our favorite teams we can still have signature style. Anna Wintour wouldn’t expect anything less.
One thing I noticed in New York is that it doesn’t matter if it’s hot, muggy, or just plain uncomfortable to be wearing something stylish-style MATTERS. When it comes to tennis and golf, it’s better to err on the side of conservative chic and stick to brands that fit the bill-Polo, Lacoste, and Sperry Topsiders for your manicured toes. (Incidentally, there is a new Sperry store at Northpark.) When it comes to football, baseball, and hockey, you may be a bit more creative with your style. The TCU Bookstore offers a variety of jewel encrusted dresses and halter tops for women sporting the Horned Frog logo, and the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop also sells cutting edge fashion pieces that promote your team (including faux Uggs with the famous star on them!) If you prefer not to rock the actual team name or logo, try to incorporate at least one of the team colors in your outfit, and don’t be afraid to destroy your blow-out with a baseball cap. The AAC might not be the catwalk, but it can definitely be another platform to show team loyalty and personal savoir-faire.