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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

$150 Challenge: Americana

Sunday is the 4th of July, Independence Day for all of us Americans. This means BBQs, picnics, ice cream and fireworks. It always seems a bit obvious to wear red, white and blue for the 4th, but there aren't many days such literal Patriotism is allowed. I plan on skipping the flag t-shirt and going for classics like a relaxed white button down, denim and a red tank to keep things casual and comfy. Low wedge sandals are required to keeping it cool and comfy outside (heels will sink into the grass). Add sunglasses for daytime and an over sized hoodie (steal your boyfriend's) to stay warm for bonfires and fireworks at night. This look costs $113.13, which leaves plenty of money for fireworks and a bomb pop.

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Long Red Tank, Target $8
White Button Tunic, Anthropologie $39.95
Denim Bermuda Shorts, Old Navy $24.50
Woven Wedge Sandals, Target $9.98
Aviator Sunglasses, Forever 21 $5.80
Plaid Hoodie, Forever 21Men $24.90

Breezy Print Blouses

I'm in love with this heart print blouse by ADAM. The cut is like any standard men's shirt, but the print and sheerness make it completely girly. The looseness would be excellent for the heat, and the light sleeves are helpful for protecting your skin from the sun. I want to pair it with shorts, sandals and aviators for a casual fight against the summer.

Unfortunately, $245 is out of my range for a casual button down. Here are a few lovely, work and weekend ready options under $100.
Top: blouson floral top, Blue Fly $60 (Want!)
sparse floral sheer top, Urban Outfitters $58
lace trim chiffon tunic, Nordstrom $78
Bottom: bow blouse, Pin-Up Girl Clothing $49
long floral tunic, Macy's $26.99
charm print bow blouse, Newport News $39

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Linen Pants 4 Ways

I was lacking in summer bottoms and lacking in money this year so I had a make a very careful choice for some sort of wear-everywhere summer pant or shirt. I decided on grey linen pants. They're low maintenance, easy to wash, quick to hang dry, comfy and versatile. Also they only cost $20 at Target (less if you catch a sale). They can go from a weekend brunch to the office to the beach to a night out (all with the comfort of a drawstring waist)!

Weekend Brunch
Office AttireBeach-y Keen
Buying Note: Linen pants get baggy fast. They have twice the bag factor of jeans in half the time. If they're a little snug in the store, just sit for five to ten minutes in the dressing room (call a friend) and you'll get a more accurate fit.

These pants are also available in white, khaki, brown online and black and a medium denim color that aren't listed online.

Love or Loathe: Too Much?

becca and I noticed a display of loud bags at Marshall's. We couldn't decided if they had too many do-dads and shinys. The bags, by Nicole Lee, are coated in every bit of fringe, stud, grommet, chain, skin, ruffle and metal mesh imaginable. becca liked the grey version of the bag in question but thought the pink treaded into tacky. I didn't like either, but I like some of the designer's other offerings. Their chaos seems more organized, or maybe I'm picking out the best of a bad lot. What do you think of Nicole Lee's bag designs?
The pictured bags are all available at The Buckle.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pick of the Week: Nude Heels

Maybe it's the trend of embellishments, strong silhouettes and bold prints, but shoes are toning down. Nude heels have been making a comeback. It's no surprise they're popular. They lengthen the leg and don't demand attention.Since we come in so many colors, I found three different nude tones on Endless for this week's pick.
pale peeptoe pump, Rosegold "Judy" $148 (I know it's nearly white, but I'm that pale!)
mid-tone patent pump, Steve Madden "Ulltra" $69
deep peeptoe pump, Martinez "Valero" $154.95

Apologies if you feel I didn't get you in this post. It's hard to judge the tone of the shoe when it's not on a foot.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

This Week on Fashion Me Fabulous


Questions: What kinds of fashion gifts do you like to give? How does this overdone horror make you feel? Do you have any advice for a chronic overpacker?

Picks: We've picked PetalMix as our Etsy shop this week and Olay Total Effects as our Pick of the Week. We've also rounded up basic capris and great deals on work wear.

Pretties: See our round up of the 2011 Resort collections and some quirky bone jewelry.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Project Design: Bones

Project Design is our own friendly competition where we put together collection of independent designers for you to rate on your very own imaginary runway.

Jael Paris has these awesome earrings made of snake vertebrae (she got them through Etsy). They look really cool. She suggested a round up some bone pieces for Project Design. Which of these bones would have you playing fetch?

Serpent Bone Earrings by Lovecraftian
Bone Bracelet by ChrissyGemmillJewels
Thoracic by UntamedMenagerie
Owl & Bone Earrings by PetitCercle
Coyote Knuckle Bone Necklace by spacepearls Single Strand Vertebrae Necklace by KUZU

Resort 2011

More and more houses are putting on these between season shows. You'd think this would be good, leading to clothes on the racks faster and a spark of interest for the fashion set, but I hate it. Some of these shows are just as large as a Spring or Fall runway event. Were they all small shows, it would be one thing, but the push to be bigger and faster is stretching some designers thin. Were they to scale back, I think we'd have more pow and art and fewer pairs of $500 sweat pants.

Moving on. Here's a brief rundown of what wasn't reprehensibly dull. Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent rode the bright train. Lanvin puts forth beautiful editorial shots for these shows, but the clothing is nearly impossible to make out.
Marc by Marc is resort wear for the insufferable cast of The Hills; no wonder I hate it. All is forgiven, however with Marc Jacobs' main line -- a sleek blend of cute quirk and 60s Chanel.Chanel was and unholy mix of resort wear (fancy that!), ridiculous 1960s pajamas, and a Native American fetish and Karl's longing for the 90s.Givenchy continued loving matador gone sheer. I like how the clothes play with exaggerated hips. Valentino had a beautiful show featuring several leather pieces. They weren't the only label to seem seasonally confused.
Dior, also playing with hip proportion, rehashed a rehashed of retro sexpot glam. Tired and predictable? Yes. Do I still wish I could afford it? Double yes.
General thoughts: Why so many ankle boots? Where do you wear a bathing suit and ankle boots (or knee boots, Karl)? Do they not have thermometers? The summer leather is as brilliant as the winter chiffon from a few years ago.

Image source: style.com.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

$150 Challenge: Wear To Work

It's so hot! Each time I go shopping, even just window shopping for the blog, all I can think of is how to stay cool at work. The crisp cotton top in this week's challenge is a good start. And with a savings of almost $200, you'll be able to get yourself a fan and some popsicles.



tie-neck top, $39 (marked down from $135!)
pink print pencil skirt, Target $24.99
low-heeled mary jane, Naturalizer $29.99 (marked down from $79!)
bead and ribbon necklace, Anthropologie $29.95 (marked down from $42!)
faux croc bucket bag, Urban Outfitters $19.99 (marked down from $58!)

Basic Capris

We've talked a lot lately about the horror of Capri pants that hit that dumpy place on the leg making the wearing look shorter and wider. However, the right Capri or cropped pant can be quite flattering. The length and cut must be perfect though. (If you're short, you may have to invest $10 in getting a good pair hemmed). Not all of these pants are perfect for everyone because everyone requires a slightly different cut and length. These are just some basic finds to start any Capri lovers on their way to finding perfect pants.

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Navy Stretch Capris, Dillards $41.40
White Tab Capris, White House Black Market $78
High Waisted Capri Trousers, ASOS $42.27

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Denim Cuffed Capris, YOOX $89
Stretch Sateen Capris, Dillards $39
Skinny Capri Jean, Victoria's Secret $24.99

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Poll: Gifted

My friends are pretty fashionable so if I'm doing any gift giving I'm usually giving something wearable. I usually give accessories so I don't have to worry about fit as much. (Even though I frequently see great clothing fitting each of my friends' personalities.) I love to give costume jewelry, hair accessories, scarves and the like. Do you give fashion-related gifts? What do you like to give? (select all that apply).

The Horror: Whoa!

Nary can I believe this bedazzled floral and denim skirt-beast has been marked down over 50%. Express must not have that many cheerleaders from 1994 frequent their store, but that would change if they sold big scrunchies and Joey Lawrence's rap album.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Confessions of a Chronic Overpacker

I recently went out of town for one night. There was a chance I'd be there for two nights, but the second day of clothing would have just been for driving four hours back home. I still managed to pack a full carry-on sized suitcase and a tote bag full of shoes. (Plus I had my computer, a short sleeved jacket and jean jacket that were just floating around in my car, and my pillow.)

I'm not a light packer. No, that's an understatement. I always pack way too much. After all, I'm a fashion blogger. I think about clothing a lot. I love to accessorize and add cute shoes to accent my outfits. How can I leave without those things?

I also worry about the weather. Growing up my dad would never let me leave the house without a jacket (even in July) so I'm usually ready for everything. Unfortunately, I'm usually carrying half of what I own with me.

There have been a few occasions when I tried to pack light. Every time I do that, I regret it. I wish I had brought my jeans or I end up needing a nicer dress or some clothes more appropriate for an adventure. I'll wish I had warmer pajamas or a lighter skirt. And there is no accounting for what kind of mood I'll be in on any given day. There doesn't seem to be a balance when it comes to my luggage.

Any tips from the people who know how to pack? Any other overpackers who understand my problem?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Etsy Shop of the Week: PetalMix

Shop: PetalMix

Why We Love It: These are simple, lovely flower accessories that let me have the beauty of flowers free of the sneezing from allergies.

Price Range: $17 - $40

More Info: Gift cards are available. Hardware can be changed on items (ex: clip to brooch). Custom orders are accepted.

Favorite Items: Black Coffee Barrette $33 (pictured); Sakura Blossoms Hair Clip $23; Rambling Rose Headband $32; Pumpkin Spice Brooch $27; Modern Romance Headband $32

Pick Of The Week: Olay Total Effects

My mom is pushing 60 and has great skin, so I've decided, with genetics on my side, to use her skin care product of choice -- Oil of Olay. I used the night cream all through high school and college. A few years ago, I bought the daily moisturizer with SPF15. Last time I was at the store, I thought I'd save a few pennies by buying generic. It smelled and felt greasy, but I thought aside from pleasantries, it couldn't be too different from the real thing. Except in a few weeks time, my skin had turned sallow. My pores were huge, and I was breaking out like a teen before class pictures. My new moisturizer made my skin look my feel horrible! I've since switched back, this time to Olay Total Effects with SPF 15. It may be nearly $20, by my skin feels so soft and smooth and looks so amazing that I've once again decided to forgo foundation.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This Week On Fashion Me Fabulous

I'm exhausted from a friend's wedding. So here's a picture of Dita von Tess in weddingy Christian LaCroix to get you through the weekend.

Get Comfortable: Find low heeled shoes for work. Vote for your favorite comfy summer dress. Stock up on cute and comfy summer pajamas.

Deals & Delights: Get this anniversary look for under $150. Find fresh style with Freshy Fig on Etsy. Pick up an everyday pastel purse. And get a dose of fashion history with the documentary, Valentino: The Last Emperor.

Fashion Fumbles: We're horrified by pants that make us look dumpy, which makes us wonder what kinds of summer pants you wear? Also, can big feet wear bold shoes or is that clown territory?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Project Design: Dress for Comfort

Project Design is our own friendly competition where we put together collection of independent designers for you to rate on your very own imaginary runway.

When looking for inspiration for this week's Project Design, I just started picking out random clothing items from "Clothing" section on Etsy. Somehow, I picked out only loose-fitting, comfy dresses. These are the kinds of dresses I could live in forever during an eternal summer. Which dress would provide you comfort for all time?

Never Again Smock Dress by thesimpson
Greek Jersey Dress by flowersun
Less Is More Dress by idea2lifestyle
Helen Drawstring Maxi by cocoricooo
7 Ways Dress by Lirola
Hippie Summer Dress by xiaolizi

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Film: Valentino: The Last Emperor (2009)

To be perfectly honest, I've never been a fan of Valentino. As he said in this documentary covering his last last three haute couture shows -- Spring 06 through his 45th anniversary retrospective of Fall 07 -- he knows what women want. "Women want to be beautiful." Since I'm one of the rare women who doesn't dress with the goal of beauty, I'm not his market. That said, I respect his work.
Valentino made his first splash on the international fashion scene in 1962. That height of couture with names like Chanel, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent dominating the magazines will most likely never be captured again. It was a golden time to birth fashion. Each pleat, length of ribbon and rhinestone belt speaks to the era of his origin and his deep love of silver screen glamour (no wonder he's a red carpet favorite).
Each of these dresses contain a surprising amount of hand stitched detail.

Glamour and romance were all Valentino would talk about. The Last Emperor was portrayed as a demanding, vain and passionate dreamer who would not be able to function, let along steer a fashion empire, without the aid of his business partner and boyfriend, Giancarlo Giammetti.
The movie was an interesting glimpse into the life of a man who has long dictated what we consider beautiful. It also provided some details on the inner workings of a fashion house and what it could be like to put on a fashion show. Both of which look far more hectic than beautiful.

Favorite tidbits: Valentino travels with an entourage of five pugs in harnesses that allow them to be picked up like purses.

The designer, 75 at the time of filming, loves to ski.

He and his partner of 45 years, while both Italian, speak to each other in French.

A news blurb from one of the affiliates in my area, South Bend, Indiana, was featured in the movie. That was a completely random surprise.

No other designer has designed for his/her own line for 45 years.

Giancarlo thinks Valentino is too tan. Priceless.

Head seamstress has to be a stressful, thankless job.

I could never be a model. Not only are my ribs (thankfully) not visable, I couldn't stand in a room wearing nothing but a g-string while a crowd around me draped my frame in cloth and poked me like I wasn't really there.

When Valentino throws a party, Gwenyth Paltrow, Elton John, Joan Collins, Liz Hurley, and Michael Cain show up. So just like my parties then.

Not struggling for cash, Valentino has at least two mansions, a private jet, a yacht and ... a minivan?

The clothes move beautifully.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Summer Pajama Sets

I've been sick a lot lately. I'm allergic to nature so spring and early summer are always terrible for my allergies. This year has been the worst. Because of that, I've spent a lot of time sleeping and a lot of non-sleeping time cuddled up in my pajamas. Of course, being sick doesn't mean I can't at least feel cute in my jammies.
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Lace Trim Cami/Short Set, JCPenny $22.99
Midnight Polka Dot Set, Kohls $30.80
Dot Tank & Boxer Set, Dillards $19.98
Geometric Print Short & Tee, Kohls $23.80
Horse Print PJ Set, Topshop $36
Pink Ruffle PJ Set, Kohls $34.40

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Orange Floral Crop Pant Set, Target $19.99
Black & White Jersey Print Set, Bluefly $27
Liberty Of London Smocked Tank Set, Target $19.99
Eyelet Cami PJ Set, Victoria's Secret $28