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Prepare to Launch…

May 22, 2009

Wednesday night was an exciting night for fashion- I attended collection previews for 3 up and coming designers, and all were an occasion to celebrate!

Farrah Delaunay Launch Party
Model-turned-designer, Farrah Delaunay, showcased her newest collection at the Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery. With bright colors, fine leathers and unique West African fabrics, the bags in her Bambou collection have an exotic appeal. In an array of shapes and sizes, the smaller bags are perfect for days out on the town and the larger bags are travel-ready. Champagne and sushi were served as the crowd mingled about the gallery, taking guesses as to which NYC buyers and boutiques would be the first to snatch up Farrah’s bags. I loved the zipper detailing and interesting shape of the Dakar bags, and the convenient size of the head-turning Lagos bags. One of my other favorite bags was the gift bag! The cotton, beach-style Farrah bag included a customized scented lotion “Bambou Blend” from Bath Junkie; Vita Coco Cocunut Water; Wake Up Women A book for women by women about being happy, healthy and wealthy; Tea Tree cleansing conditioner by Wen, certificates for At Home Pampering Services, Ancient Miracle in a Bottle, and a Tru Nutrition Chocolate sample.

Here are some pics from the event:

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

Farrah Delaunay Bambou Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paige Gamble & Kara Ackerman Exclusive Sale 

Handbag designer Paige Gamble and jewelry designer Kara Ackerman teamed up for an exclusive sale and preview of their spring/summer collections at the Pucci Building. A high style crowd was gathered to view the young designer’s newest creations.

Paige Gamble’s handbags are made of the finest leathers with luxurious accents such as peacock feathers, crystals, gemstones, and hand-carved jade. I had the opportunity to meet the designer, and she explained to me how her extensive design team comes together from all over the world to create her one of a kind bags- some accent pieces are hand picked in Asia, a tattoo artist in the West who custom-details the leathers, someone hand enamels certain accents, and overall she complimented her great design team and attributed them to her success. Paige Gamble bags are truly statement pieces- if I had the money, I would buy any one of them in a heart beat! Until then, I can stare at these pics from Wednesday night’s event:

 

Paige Gamble

Paige Gamble Patent Leather Flower Accents

 

Paige Gamble

Paige Gamble "Lunchbox" and Clutch

 

Paige Gamble Peacock Accented Clutch

Paige Gamble Peacock Accented Clutch

 

Paige Gamble Ostrich with Crystals

Paige Gamble Ostrich with Crystals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Ackerman also creates standout pieces with a unique touch. She has three lines- GemGirls, KSA designs for Men, and Kara Ackerman. Each line is distinct- GemGirls seemingly for a younger target audience, KSA- self explanatorily for men, and Kara Ackerman having a more refined look. I enjoyed seeing all of the lines, but was most intrigued be the KSA line with various cuff links and accessories for men, and the pearls and gemstones in the Kara Ackerman line. These are my favorite pieces from the event, but you can see more of her designs onkaracreations.com:

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman Pearl Necklaces

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman

Kara Ackerman Gem Girls

Kara Ackerman Gem Girls

 
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Not Another Manicure for Mother’s Day

April 29, 2009

You could get your mom another lotion set or manicure gift certificate, but why would you when you can get her something that makes her say “wow!”(and really mean it)?

Guilt-less Gifts on Gilt.com
The Gilt Groupe set up a sample sale of great accessories specifically for Mother’s day shopping- “Fabulous Gifts for Mom”! Enjoy up to 70% off retail prices by joining Gilt via this invitation link and shop today!

Photo Gifts
Mom always loves pics of her little darlings- whether its you or the dog! Check out Shutterfly.com for photo gifts of everything from calendars to puzzles and the timeless coffee mug. Get free shipping on orders over $50 by entering the code SHIP50 at checkout (expires 4/29).

Bags
Remember all those great bagged lunches mom used to make for you? Give her a bag she’ll love.

This Liz Claiborne tote is perfect for the beach or shopping in the city. Comes in 4 great summer color combinations! $59.98 at 6pm.com 

These London Fog bags are classic but “springy” because of the bright color options! Check out these ($236 $149) and other designer bags for less on Overstock.com

Bejeweled
Brooksone Ultrasonic Jewelry CleanerNo more smelly chemicals ruining your mom’s manicure: This Ultrasonic jewelry cleaner from Brookstone will help mom clean up all that expensive jewelry you’ve been getting her the last few Mother’s Days.
$39.99, Brookstone

This Coral and Cultured Pearl Necklace is a timeless and unique piece of jewelry. Get it at Ross-Simons at 60% off retail price.  $50, Ross-Simons

 

 

 Take a Chance
Enter your mom for a chance to win a $5,000 Valentino Shoe & Handbag Shopping Spree on Neiman Marcus.com! (I guess you could enter yourself too, while you’re at it!) Click here to enter 

Vera Wang Fall Preview 2009

March 6, 2009
On Thursday, February 26th, Vera Wang had a preview of her Fall line at her garment district show room. The collection was mostly made up of black and greys, with just a few bursts of green, blue, and gold. What made the line distinct was its use of texture and unique fabrics- including neoprene, otherwise known as scuba diving wet suit material. Lots of ruffles, crinkled fabrics, ribbons, and sequins made the ordinary pieces extraordinary pieces. Out of everything in the show room, I enjoyed the accessories the most; big costume gems on earrings and necklaces, fur stoles, sequined scarfs, and big bustier-like waist belts. These are pictures from the preview:

 

 

Vera Wang Fall Preview 2009

Vera Wang Fall Preview 2009

 

Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Ruffle Cocktail Dress

Vera Wang Gem Detailing Fall 2009

Vera Wang Gem Detailing Fall 2009

 

Crinkle Detailing

Crinkle Detailing

 


 

White, Blue and Black Gem Necklaces

White, Black and Blue Baubles

 

Ruffle Cocktail Dress with Squared Neckline

Ruffle Cocktail Dress with Squared Neckline

 

Vera Wang Neoprene Waist Belt

Vera Wang Neoprene Waist Belt

 

Detailed Gathering

Detailed Gathering

BCBG Max Azria- When Good Jewelry Goes Bad

February 13, 2009

I love BCBGMAXAZRIA- the clothing, shoes, and even the feather headbands they sold last fall. So when I received an e-mail from the brand this week stating: “Valentine’s Day Jewelry Has Arrived,” I was excited and clicked through (to this page).

What showed up?

“Friendship bracelets” engraved with the quote “A friend hears what you don’t say.”

An necklace enscribed with the quote “You are my inspiration and dream come true.”

A charm bracelet with a single charm with the mindless saying, “No matter where you go, there you are.”

How is this cute/trendy/or even stylish? It looks like BCBG got a jewelry loan from RedEnvelope

Red Envelope Diamond Rings Necklace

Red Envelope Diamond Rings Necklace

BCBG Friendships Ring Necklace

BCBG Friendships Ring Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This jewelry collection needs to go away ASAP, hopefully some misguided boyfriends will buy it all up! Let me know what you think.

He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

February 3, 2009

I am not getting jewelry for Valentine’s Day- I already received a beautiful ring for Christmas and my V-day gift is coming in March with a trip back to Chicago… BUT- many of your boy friends/ husbands/ etc. are probably still looking for jewelry/gifts for you girls– so why don’t you drop him a hint? There is nothing better than a unique piece- one that you won’t see 12 times a day when you walk down Fifth Avenue (cough cough… Tiffanys… cough cough)… so…

Go Euro… Astley Clarke is a great jewelry store from the UK that offers a wide range of gems, diamonds, and styles. Here are some great picks from their site:

 

Monica Vinader- Smokey Quartz Earrings

Monica Vinader- Smokey Quartz Earrings

Yummi Glass- Happy Heart Glass Pendant in Raspberry Pink

Yummi Glass- Happy Heart Glass Pendant in Raspberry Pink

 

 

 

Diamond flower ring with white, black and cognac diamonds in 18ct gold

Diamond flower ring with white, black and cognac diamonds in 18ct gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduated Swavorski Pearl Necklace

Graduated Swavorski Pearl Necklace

Eurostyle IILily Gardner is a designer I found in Covent Garden, London. I have a piece from her Teatro Lace collection that I absolutely adore and I recieve compliments almost every time I wear it. Try one of these beautiful pieces if you really want a show stopping accessory:

 

Swavorski Crystal Pearl Bow Necklace

Swavorski Crystal Pearl Bow Necklace

 

 

 

 

Lily Gardner Lace Heart on Beads

Lily Gardner Lace Heart on Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently discovered the F.N.U.E. (From Now Until Eternity) Jewelry Collection, which would make the perfect gift and a stunning accessory to an outfit for any occasion. The collection is entirely handcrafted and made with 14k gold, 18k gold vermeil, or sterling silver, and includes necklaces, chokers, pendants, bracelets, bangles, cuffs, rings, and earrings (several pieces also feature precious gemstones). The pieces range in price from $45 to $1500.

Designer Halley Barney’s sophisticated collection is divided into five distinct series; the “He Loves Me” Series, the “He Loves Me II” Series, “The Garden”  Series, the “Heart to Heart” Series, and the “Pieces of the Heart” Series.” Each series has its own distinct flair while still embodying the theme of the collection, “Jewelry from the heart, for the heart.” These are a few of my favorite pieces:

Garden Series- Sterling Silver Flower Ring

Garden Series- Sterling Silver Flower Ring

 

“Cross my Heart” Duo Small Hearts Necklace

“Cross my Heart” Duo Small Hearts Necklace

“Cross my Heart” 18 K Gold Pendant

“Cross my Heart” 18 K Gold Pendant

“Pieces of the Heart” Sterling Silver Pendants

“Pieces of the Heart” Sterling Silver Pendants

"He Loves Me II" Daisy Stack Ring

"He Loves Me II" Daisy Stack Ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness- Make A Difference, Fashionably

October 20, 2008

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and many companies and designers have created products that raise funds to support Breast Cancer research. Even though the month is halfway over, it is never too late to make a difference! Check out these philanthropic finds:

 

Balmshell 1-in-8 Lipgloss

Balmshell 1-in-8 Lipgloss

 

Balmshell 1-in-8 Lipgloss

This sheer pink gloss is non-sticky and sparkly. $1 from every 1 In 8 lip gloss sold will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

$22 @ Sephora- And while you are at it, check out all of Sephora’s products that support Breast Cancer Research HERE.

 

 

 

10K White Gold and Diamond Ribbon Earrings

 

10K White Gold and Diamon Ribbon Earrings
$115.99 @ Target.com

 

 

 

 

 

Dogeared Breast Cancer Necklace

Dogeared Breast Cancer Necklace 

This unique wishbone charm necklace comes in gold or silver on a pink thread with the idea that you can make a wish come true. A portion of proceeds go to recognized Breast Cancer research organizations.

$27 at ShopIntuition.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Susan G. Komen Nintendo DS- Lite

Susan G. Komen Nintendo DS- Lite

 

Susan G. Komen Nintendo DS- Lite

For all you gamers out there- Nintendo DS-Lite features built-in Wi-Fi and you can enjoy a massive library of Nintendo games on this sleek, stylish, and ultraportable gaming system. Nintendo will donate $5.00 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure for each product sold, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000

$129.00 @ Target  – Target has hundreds of Breast Cancer support products… find them online, HERE.

 

 

 

Jaime King Breast Cancer Awareness Tee

Jaime King Breast Cancer Awareness Tee

 

 

Jaime King Breast Cancer Awareness Shirt

Celebrity Jaime King designed this sheer tee with flower details and a ribbon designed over the heart. 50% of the proceeds for this shirt and these other celebrity-designed tops will benefit the Breast Cancer Network of Strength.

$88 @ ShopBop.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coach Breast Cancer Scarf

Coach Breast Cancer Scarf

 

 

 

Coach Breast Cancer Scarf

This scarf can be tied around any of your purses to show support all year round- and will be especially fitting for Valentines Day this spring! 20% of the proceeds for this scarf and these Coach items will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

$78 @ Coach

 

 

 

 

 

Susan G. Komen Silk Grid Tie

Susan G. Komen Silk Grid Tie

 

Susan G. Komen Silk Grid Tie

For the men in your life who may not be ready to go all-out pink to show their support- this silk tie and the other Susan G. Komen Ties on Macys.com have a small pink ribbon (and some do come in pink)! MMG Corporation is proud to donate $1.00 from each item purchased September 15, 2008 through November 15, 2008 with a minimum guaranteed donation of $100,000 to Susan G.Komen for the Cure®.

$29.98 @ Macy’s

 

 

 

Zazzle.com Friend Postcard

Zazzle.com Friend Postcard

 

Zazzle.com

Zazzle.com has an entire Pink Ribbon Shop that sells t-shirts, postage stamps, coffee mugs, postcards and more. With beautiful designs and messages like the one to the right, you can even customize Zazzle products! I personally love this design- and would buy the postcards (or the t-shirt) that features it to show my support or let someone know about an upcoming Cancer Awareness walk!20% of the net sale of all the products in this gallery goes to support breast cancer awareness causes.

 

Pink Ribbon Ladies Bouquet

Pink Ribbon Ladies Bouquet

 

 

 

Flowers for a Cause

This arrangement of Tulips, Lillies, and Eucalyptus would make anyone’s day and 10% of the proceeds are donated to Komen for the Cure. Pick from a selection of Breast Cancer research-supporting bouquets and gifts at ProFlowers.com.

$79.99 @ ProFlowers

 

 

 

 

 

The Little Pink Giftcard- Bloomingdale's

The Little Pink Giftcard- Bloomingdale

Can’t Decide?

Bloomingdale’s paired up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to offer a double-effective donation opportunity. When you buy a Little Pink Giftcard at Bloomingdale’s before December 21st, ten percent of the gift card value, plus an additional ten percent of any amount spent that exceeds the card’s value when the gift card is redeemed, is donated to BCRF.

$10 – 1,000  @ Bloomingdale’s

Shop Bloomingdale’s Little Pink Boutique

 

 

 

Other Breast Cancer Awareness Shops:

The Breast Cancer Site– Every purchase funds mammograms for women in need

Linea Pelle Breast Cancer Awareness Handbags-  25% of the purchase price will be donated to Susan G. Komen with a minimum guaranteed donation of $25,000.

Melissa Joy Manning Jewelry– 25% of purchase is donated to the Young Survival Coalition

The Pink Ribbon Store-  A portion of every purchase made from this Pink Ribbon Store goes to the charity of your choice.

The Susan G. Komen Promise Shop  Purchases support Susan G. Komen’s mission to save lives and end breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Shop Shop online for items that suppor BCRF

 

 

It’s Fashion Week… Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

February 5, 2008

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC started on Friday morning and dozens of the best designers in the world have already sent their Fall 2008 collections down the runway. While many news outlets have been plugging the Heart Truth’s Red Dress Collection which was modeled by A-List celebrities to support and promote women’s heart health, there have been countless other newsworthy shows and designs. Here are a few…

5Saturday Morning Abaete got classy with a midnight blue strapless cocktail dress anda beautiful sweetheart neckline. The rest of the collection featured other dark blues, blacks and whites with many skirts (hitting just above the knees) and some three quarter sleeved jackets

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Diane Von Furstenberg showcased this beautiful feather dress beneath a more casual blazer, mixing browns and blaks. Both feathers and tailored jackets have made multiple appearances in fall collections this week.

     
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On Friday, Nicole Miller let us know that we’re in for yet another fall/winter season of tights, patent leather, and ankle boots in 2008. Many designers layered up with jackets and different sleeve lengths.
And finally, my favorite so far this week has been Herve Leger by Max Azria. The collection of  dresses was virtually flawless and 100% wearable. Feathers
 reappeared (with even some of the models bangs set to look like feathers) along with horizontal stripes in a visibly constructed style and some very subtle florals. 10
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Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen & many more to come during this excitingfashion week!


Spring Fashion 2008: Taste the Rainbow

January 20, 2008

Oscar De La Renta Spring 2008If you didn’t jump onto the trend of bright yellows towards the end of this summer, you have another chance coming up. Spring fashions have hit the ground running and just about the only color that wasn’t used repeatedly was black. Reds, oranges, every shade of green, bright blues, and even greys were spotted repeatedly flashing down spring preview runways.  

The spring 2008 ready-to-wear pictures were part of a style.com lookbook

Zac Posen Spring 2008 Ready-To-Wear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The red dress is a Zac Posen design and the white blouse with sky blue skirt is by Oscar De La Renta. Both are from spring 2008 ready-to-wear collections. Note the silver shoes and simple slicked back hair styles on both models. Silver sandals and other silver accessories will be especially functional with the colorful season ahead. Simplicity and toned down beauty were also prominent on the runway, allowing the clothes to make the colorful statements this spring.

Nine West Heech These silver gladiator style wedges would look great with jeans or capris…

Nine West Heech Sandal

$92.95 on Zappos

  

Colorful accessories can compliment the colors you are already wearing or become the colorful accents to a simpler outfit.

Alexis Bittar Pyramid Stud Hinge BraceletAlexis Bittar Pyramid Stud Hinge Bracelets

$165.00 each at Nordstrom

Even just one of these in a brighter color could liven up an outfit, but the blue and green ones are particularly appealing.

Francesco Biasia 'Ruth' Soft Satchel

 

 

 

 

This yellow purse is gorgeous and I would be perfect with any spring day outfit!

Francesco Biasia ‘Ruth’ Soft Satchel

$478.00 at Nordstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, I found a fire orange clutch from Nine West for nights out on the town. I don’t usually like orange, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices for fashion, and I do like this bright hue.  

Nine West Foldover Clutch

 $59.00 and get it while it’s hot because these don’t ship until April 30th!

Fold Over Clutch, ships 4/30

Luxury Lust List is Never Ending!

December 7, 2007

So I thought of a few other things for Santa to bring to fashion hungry girls… besides the Christian Louboutin “Jaws” pumps featured on my “About” page.

Wish for… New Jeans

Luxury Lust: Seven for All Mankind Cross Stitch Crystal A-Pocket Stretch Jeans7 For All Mankind® Cross Stitch Crystal A-Pocket Stretch Jeans (Caribbean with Blue)

Price Tag: $227

Why They are Lust-Worthy: Simply put, the A-Pocket looks good whether or not you have a butt. While I would prefer that the material was not stretch (as I have unfortunately learned to equate “stretch” with becoming stretched out no matter how much you are paying) the A-Pocket was my first pair of designer denim and it has remained my favorite. I just wish the price of this style was the same that I paid back then!

Wish for….Jewels & BaublesLori Bonn Double Shank Rectangular Cocktail Ring

Luxury Lust:Lori Bonn Double Shank Rectanglular Cocktail Ring

Price Tag: $178

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: This semi-precious platinum quartz ring could compliment virtually any winter color combination that you choose to wear with it, besides brown. The modern design and double band make it an eye-catcher that doesn’t look like some of the cheaper imitation cocktail rings that have been around lately.

Purple

Reality Wish: Kenneth Jay Lane  Flower Pearl Ring

Price Tag: $98.00

Reasoning: This ring is different and combines gold metal trim, purple enamel and finishes with a pearl center in case it didn’t already catch your attention. Downside- the ring is adjustable… and I think $98 is too much to pay for an adjustable ring. 

Betsey Johnson Metals Collection Three Strand Bracelet

 Luxury Lust: Betsey Johnson Metals Collection Three Strand Bracelet

Price Tag: $200

 Why it’s Lust-Worthy: I was recently in Nordstrom and this bracelet caught my eye all the way over from the shoe section. Someone finally got smart and decided to compete with the eclectic jewelery fashions that Juicy Couture has been banking on for the last two years. Betsey Johnson’s new line of jewelry can be too loud for some, but this bracelet can make an outfit with it’s crystal and glass discs accented in gold.

 

Reality Wish: Alexis Bittar Faceted BangleAlexis Bittar Faceted Bangle

Price Tag: $85.00/each, sold in Gold, Silver and Gunmetal

Reasoning: While it would be nice to stack a few of these delicate bangles, the price of buying three would have to qualify as a “Luxury Lust.” Luckily, they are beautiful and faceted so they will catch the light and would be just as memorable if worn alone.

stress & online shopping

December 7, 2007

As finals are fast approaching, I have become increasingly stressed along with the rest of the university population nationwide. I do tend to be a bit of a stress case, what with hopes of graduating in May and getting a “real” job, but I know how to forget about all of the stress of school, grades, and the job market predictions for 2008. The best gifttherapy of all requires no movement besides my clicker thumb and a long favorites list of “shopping” websites. That’s right, it’s online shopping, and it’s time to make a Christmas wish list.

I’ve given a Luxury Lust Wish and a Reality Wish for each of the following categories: Handbag, Watch, Dress, & Shoes.

 Wish for… a New Handbag

Luxury Lust: Dooney & Burke’s Limited Edition Hayden BagThe Hayden Bag

Price Tag: $500

Why It’s Lust-Worthy: I usually do not like Dooney & Burke bags or their weak advertising attempts (Lindsey Lohan’s line of heart covered bags in childish colors circa 2005, followed by Mischa Barton & Emma Roberts taking her place as the face of young hollywood) Whenever I see a D&B bag with the colored D&B all over the bag I cringe a little bit because I feel that someone has paid too much for a cheap looking bag. Alas! The Hayden bag has changed my mind. Even though they are still using a young hollywood actress (Heroes star, Hayden Penetierre) to promote the bag, I think this bag could fare just as well without her. The design is modern and classic. A long enough strap to wear around the shoulder and yet the bag is not oversized. The Hayden bag is available in black, brown, red, and white patent leather. All colors but white are currently sold out on dooney.com, but I would recommend the white patent leather as it could last through the summer!

 Reality Wish: Elliott Lucca Genevieve Tote

Price Tag: $268 

Reasoning: Elliott Lucca is an under rated brand. They only use high quality leather and their designs are either classic or trendy. This bag is large enough to use for class or work, and it also comes in black and deep plum. The patent leather will allow you to carry the purse into spring until you find a new purse to love! 

Wish 2… a New Watch

Luxury Lust: Michele “Diamond Deco” Watch with Alligator Band Michele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator WatchMichele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator WatchMichele 'Deco Diamond' Alligator Watch

Price Tag: $1,425

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: Michele is a new luxury watch brand owned by Fossil. They are trying to push selling not only their watches, but their watch bands. They offer a wide selection of colors and materials, from Alligator leather (pictured) to patent leather. They offer many different styles for men & women. I think this watch would definitely be an eye catcher at work or at play. 

Reality Wish: Michael Kors Leather Cuff WatchMICHAEL Michael Kors Leather Cuff Watch

Price Tag: $130

Reasoning: This watch is reasonably priced, and it looks even better in person. The gold detail contrasting with the white band adds a high quality feel, and it can be dressed up or dressed down.

 Wish for…. A New Dress

Luxury Lust: Kay Unger Strapless Dress with Beaded Waist

Kay Unger New York Strapless Dress With Beaded WaistPrice Tag: $450

Why it’s Lust-Worthy: Little black dresses are overdone year round. This red dress is a color that will compliment both fair skinned and dark skinned women and it also falls at a good length for most body types. The dress accentuates the bust with a sweet heart neckline and minimizes the waist with black beaded detail. This would be a stand out at holiday parties or any cocktail occasion throughout the year.

Reality Wish: Max & Cleo Bubble-Sleeve Cocktail Dress

M&C DressPrice Tag: $148

Reasoning: Purple couldn’t be hotter right now and it is another color that compliments most people. Max & Cleo is a division of the BCBG Max Azria Group, hence the beautiful design cut in all the right places and rhinestone detailing across the neckline. This dress may be too hot for a crowded party, but it should suit well otherwise.

Wish for…. A New Pair of Shoes

BCBG Max Azria Marsha

Luxury Lust: BCBG Max Azria Marsha Pump

Price Tag: $215

Why They are Lust-Worthy: Every girl I know (including myself) has way too many black pumps. Finding brown shoes that are as cute as my black shoes is always difficult, but these peep toe pumps with a delicate velvet bow would be great dressed up for work or matched with the right skirt. The foot base is padded, and as an owner of another pair of BCBG pumps with leather padding, they are nicely padded if you do decide to wear them the entire work day.

CARLOS  BY CARLOS SANTANA Women's PounceReality Wish: Carlos by Carlos Santana Pounce pump in Bronze Snake Print

Price Tag: on sale! $79.99

Reasoning: Carlos’ shoes are always eccentric and noteworthy. The bronze color is neutral enough to wear with blacks or browns. The python print plays down the metallic shock and will also make scuffs less noticeable. These shoes will cause double takes in any outfit, even just a nice pair of jeans.