Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Beach House Chic

Wouldn't it be fabulous to have a beach house? 

Mediterranean mediterranean bedroom
mediterranean bedroom design by little rock interior designer Tobi Fairley

I love that this is a more understated beach theme.  It still has the beachy vibe but very chic.

Hawaii Residence - Porch tropical porch
tropical porch design by san francisco architect Sutton Suzuki Architects

If I had this house I would live on this beautiful porch with this view!

Kauai Residence - Hawaii tropical dining room
tropical dining room design by san francisco architect Sutton Suzuki Architects

Again, it is a more understated beach theme.  I love the light, the pillows, the chairs, the windows, the view...

Seagrove, FL contemporary porch
contemporary porch design by atlanta architect Summerour Architects

I love that the door is the entire wall!  It gives the space such open look and you feel as if you were living outside.  Love!

Water and Fire tropical pool
tropical pool design by new york architect Ike Kligerman Barkley

Seriously, this is just AH-MA-ZING.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Frugal Option: Steve Madden Bethanyy Sandal

I am dreaming of spring and summer while looking at all of the sandals coming into stores now.  Or maybe a warm spring break vacation! 

I couldn't help but notice the similarity between these flat sandals.  I think the silver heel on the Mossimo version is a cute detail.

Steve Madden Bethanyy  $60 – Piperlime

Women's Mossimo® Pearl Flat Sandal w/ Silver Heel
$24.99 online price

Monday, February 27, 2012

Wish List: YOOX Online Sale

Once and a while I like to peruse to see if they have any huge mark downs on designer merchandise.  I have only made one purchase from them, a pair of JBrand boyfriend jeans for $40.  I don't know much else about this site other than they have a huge selection and my order arrived correctly and completely.  I would hope that their items are 100% authentic, but honestly with the deals they sometimes have, I have questioned it.  Anyone else know anything about this site?

The current sale is a good one. Sizes are very limited though; if you are interested, you have to act quickly!  Here are my favorites.  All under $55.00!

WAS $ 195.00 NOW $ 39.00
Short dresses

WAS $ 139.00 NOW $ 39.00

DIESEL - Blazer
WAS $ 128.00 NOW $ 39.00

WAS $ 225.00 NOW $ 55.00
Mini skirts

My Oscar Favorites

I thought the Oscar fashion last night was fabulous. So many timeless dresses!  Here are just a few of my favorites:

Michelle Williams
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Octavia Spencer

Milla Jovovich

Friday, February 24, 2012

Picks under $50: Pastel Colors of The Sea

Pastels are big for spring and I love the colors of the sea, like a minty seafoam green and a beautiful light shade of aqua. Of course my absolute favorite color is Turquoise and there are some waters that are that color, but we aren't talking about that here. As far as pastels go, these are my favorites.  Although I did see a pair of "dusty rose" jeans at Kohls the other day that caught my eye...but I digress.

Here are some of my current favorite items in minty green and aqua under $50:

1. Banded Hem Short Sleeve Tee  $19.50 – LOFT
2. Finespun tank WAS $29.50 NOW $9.99 – J.Crew
3. Forever 21 Sleeveless Polka Dot Dress $22.80 – Forever 21
4. Women's Cross-Smocked Maxi Dresses $29.94 – Old Navy
5. Women's Embroidered Gauze Tanks $26.94 – Old Navy
6. Heritage 1981 Pleated Blouson Dress $24.90 – Forever 21
7. Marisa Casual Cotton Cropped Pants $49.50 – LOFT

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Frugal Option: Tom Ford Motorcyle Bag Part 2

The most popular post on my blog is where I discuss my love for the Tom Ford Motorcycle bag that Jennifer Aniston carries and try to find some similar styles for less.  You can read that post here.  This was last summer and I still look for similar styles to this bag.

Here is the Tom Ford bag:

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While browsing the new items online at forever 21, I came across this bag:

Pleated Shoulder Bag

It doesn't have the bottom zipper like the Tom Ford but it does have the flap over with the zipper.  What do you think?  Is this a reasonable alternative?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Frugal Option: Torchon Embossed Ponte Dress

I love Deletta's Torchon Embossed Ponte Dress from Anthropologie.  You can see a great review here at Behind the Dressing Room Door.

Sparkling Bellini Tank

Torchon Embossed Ponte Dress
Style# 24247090
Price: $

I found this similar style at Kohl's.  I wouldn't have thought it to be an option for the Torchon dress based on the online picture but in person it seems similar.  It has the same box pleats on the skirt and sleeveless fitted top.  However, the waist is a little higher, it isn't embossed and it has a scalloped bottom (but you really don't notice it when you have it on). I really liked it when I tried it on.  I liked it even more because I had a 30% coupon which took the total down to $31.36.

ELLE Scalloped Ponte Dress

ELLE™ Scalloped Ponte Dress
original $64.00
sale $44.80

Here are some poor quality fitting room pics:

I'm really trying hard not to make impulse purchases and to only buy quality items that I know I will wear a million times.  I really liked this dress but where the heck would I wear it?  So I am having buyer's remorse and think it will be returned...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

You like me, you really like me!

I am so honored to have been awarded the Liebster award from Tara at Penniless Socialite.  I love reading Tara's blog.  I get great outfit ideas and sale tips from her blog plus her comments and stories always make me laugh.

My blogging motivation has been lagging a bit lately and I think this award was just what I needed to spark my creativity once again.  Thanks Tara!

Here are the 5 blogs I am honoring with this award (in no particular order):

1. Check out my friend Carol's blog the Crazy Thyroid Lady.  She is an advocate for those with Thyroid diseases like herself.  It's amazing how little is known about these diseases.

2. My friend Lara showcases her fabulous art on her blog, Laralina.

3. I love Mandee's posts on running and food at You Say It Best.

4. I recently started reading Snapshots of My Closet.  I love her outfits, the fact that she is about the same height as I am and that she mixes more expensive, investment pieces in with items from less expensive stores like forever 21. That is what I'm striving for!

5. I just came across The Judicious Shopaholic.  It is a newer blog and I love what she has done so far.  The review posts are great.  Plus I completely identify with the title! 

If you have been awarded the coveted Liebster award, here’s what’s next:
* choose five up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award
*show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.  If you not already a follower of their blog, that might be a great way to show appreciation for the award.  ;)
*Post the award on your blog.  Be sure to link back to the 5 blogs you awarded so that others can visit them.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Frugal Option: Erdem Connelly Floral Pants

Floral pants are a big trend right now. 

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I really like this look from Erdem (same pants Jessica Alba is wearing above):

Erdem Connelly Floral Trousers  $990 – Bergdorf Goodman

Here are some similar pants for a bit less:

Petite MOTO Chintz Leigh Jeans  $90 – Topshop

ASOS Cropped Pants In Floral Print  $71.62 – Asos

or if you'd prefer a smaller floral print:

Forever 21 Floral Cigarette Pants  $19.80 – Forever 21

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wish List: J.Crew -- Extra 30% Sale

J.Crew is offering an extra 30% off their final sale items (and free shipping with an order over $100) with the code SHOPNOW. 

Here are some of my favorite sale items:

Blythe blouse in silk
Blythe blouse in silk
was $98.00
now $69.99 Plus an Additional 30% off!
Embroidered souk top
Embroidered souk top
was $48.00
now $19.99 Plus an Additional 30% off!
Flannel pajama pant in polka dot
Flannel pajama pant in polka dot
was $45.00
now $19.99 Plus an Additional 30% off!
Café capri
Café capri
was $89.50
now $59.99 Plus an Additional 30% off!
Chainlink cable sweater
Chainlink cable sweater
was $98.00
now $44.99 Plus an Additional 30% off!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Trend: Metal Accessories

Metal belts and other accessories are hot right now.  They were all over the at The Grammy Awards this past Sunday.  The first three pictures are from the Grammys.

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Clive Owen & Thandie Newton
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Mindy Kaling Actress Mindy Kaling arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Frugal Option: See by Chloe Leather Sandals

I must have spring on my mind because I have been obsessed with looking at sandals lately.  I can't stop thinking about how last summer I wanted a pair of tan flat sandals that weren't too strappy.  This pair is perfect; very minimilistic. 

See by Chloé Leather sandals  $250 – Net-A-Porter

Or this pair from top shop for a little less... 

HOUPLA Leather Strap Sandals  $36 – Topshop

the ankle strap is a little different but a good inspired by version.

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