My Pick of the Week: Dolce & Gabbana does Leather (and Succeeds!)


Okay, so maybe this is my first “pick of the week” in like, a month, but sadly there is a time to work and a time to blog, but nowadays the work part of my day seems to consume everything else.

Regardless, my pick this week are Dolce & Gabbana’s Leather Lace-Up Wedges. I’ve been eyeing these for months…and I probably will be eyeing them for months to come! They are bold, black, and brutally expensive at $845.00…..ouch.

Wedges never looked so good! from saks website

But I think Carrie Bradshaw (from “Sex and the City”) would be very proud of my taste, don’t you?

Vainity is Nothing New….Just Ask the Romans!


You think that modern society is superficial? Wait until you get a glimpse of life in Pompeii.

Yesterday, I visited the “A Day in Pompeii” exhibit at the Museum of Science in the beautiful city of Boston (which is my favorite place in the world, by the way). This exhibit features artifacts from ancient Roman life circa 79 AD in Pompeii – amazingly, the volcanic eruption that year preserved a plethora of frescoes, furniture, and other items from daily ancient life.

Some of the artifacts on display are what may be considered beauty items of the ancient world. For example, these mirrors, perfume/oil jars, combs, and jewelry show us that being obsessed with one’s outer appearance in not a new concept!

Some (very worn) mirrors from Pompeii

Perfume and Oil Jars

 

An itty bitty comb, probably the size of my pinky finger!

My favorites - snake armbands! They were found on the skeletons of some young women (Okay, so that's a tad creepy)

Conclusion? Blame the Romans for vanity! (Oh, and they did something else that was really important too….what was it? Oh yeah, the republic. That too :-)
 

What a Steal! Comparing Prices in the Missoni Line for Target


I just happened to read a fellow blogger’s post about how Anthropologie.com was offering some pieces from Missoni. Filled with curiosity, I visited the site to see what they had. Only two types of scarves remained in their line, and one of them was shockingly similar to one I had bought in Target…..except it cost $140.00 more!

You can see the last two scarves for Missoni on Anthropolgie.com here  – http://search.anthropologie.com/controller?N=0&Ntk=primary&Nu=p_group_id&Np=2&Ntt=missoni

Can you say “Bargain”?

Missoni for Target: Gone in a Flash…..


Anyone who has ever sacrificed a Saturday evening or perfect summer day to go to work knows how precious money can be. And while fancier, more expensive labels are always tempting to buy, buying real designers labels seems not only impractical, but impossible.

That’s why the entire fashion world completely lost it when Missoni released a line for Target.  The Italian line that has been famous for its signature zigzag pattern (think the line on Charlie Brown’s shirt on steroids) since 1953 released the line September 13, 2011 and sold out almost immediately in most stores. In fact, when I tried to visit the website the day of the debut, I could only get through one in four times- only to find that all of my favorite items were already out of stock.

Despite the news that the  line had sold out, I still made a fashion pilgrimage to the mall that Saturday – four days after the debut. To say that the line was unbelievably picked over would be an understatement. Of the many varieties if dresses, sweaters, skirts, and jackets, only limited amounts of accessories, sleepwear, and children’s clothing remained. While the hysteria over a clothing line may seem foolish, consider this: the Target line sold for much less than it would originally – thousands of dollars less.  A casual dress by Missoni for Target would sell for no more than $75.00, while at Saks Fifth Avenue, a similar Missoni dress fetches a hefty $1475.00. fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a pair of timeless scarves and burette, but I would have died for a sweater or dress.

For anyone who missed the debut of the line, fear not! If you search “Missoni” on eBay, it gives you startling 698 pages of results to look at, most of which are pieces from the Target line – all at an increased price, of course. Oh, the trials and tribulations of cheap chic!

Battle of the Sweaters! Who Will be this Fall’s Champion?


Now that I have successfully stripped my entire wardrobe of white (it is after Labor Day after all), I have plenty of filler space for fall sweaters. Cuddly, cozy fall sweaters that make me want to rake leaves, eat toasty clam chowder and read Edgar Allen Poe (can you tell that I missed the fall?)

My search for autumn clothes heeded the undoubted result that Burberry has the best fall sweaters this season. My personal favorite was a wine red Tweed Knit Cardigan by Burberry Prorsum. With a chic little collar and ruffles at the bottom of the sweater, this is my favorite piece by far…..but it costs $1495.00. Yeah, right!

Burberry at it's best - for way to much money! From Saks website

So, a had to move my focus to my other favorite….a dark chocolate brown button up sweater by Lafayette 148 New York. What the sweater lacks in vibrant color, it makes up for with its subtle ruffles and side buttons. Oh yeah, and its costs much less than the first pick ($1,197.00 less to be exact). Alright, so I can’t afford that one either.

A little more affordable.... From Saks website

What a cute sweater that won’t suffocate you wallet? Buy a gray and red striped sweater from Target (that’s Tar-zhey the queen of cheap chic) for $35.  Designer? No. Cozy and affordable? YES!!

Target wins for $35! From Target website

Now Trending :Revenge of the “whatsherface” and Brass Instruments


When most people think of Ke$ha, many messed-up things come to mind: out of control parties, endless drinking, masses of glitter, some unicorns maybe…. But certainly nobody refers to her as that backup singer in Flo Rida’s old hit “Right Round” (which, yes, is a re-make of the similar song “You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record)” by the 80s’ band Dead or Alive because there really are no original ideas anymore).  She took a phenomenal jump to “superstar” from “that random girl.” And, if it could work for someone like Ke$ha, it can work for anyone, right?

That’s why Dev is breaking into the music industry. While the name Dev may mean nothing to you, perhaps the phrase “Like a G6″ rings a bell. Yeah, that’s right, she’s “that chic” in singing the refrain for Far East Movement’s first hit.  I guess that anybody can break into the industry now with a few lines in a song and a pretty (though unknown) face. Anyway, Dev’s new song  “In the Dark” brings me to my next music trend – including brass instruments in songs.

Surely you’ve already heard the saxophone gods play in Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” and Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night”, but could you hear all the brass in the background of Beyoncé newest hit “Love on Top” that she played at the VMAs? Dev’ song follows suit with a type of “saxophone-like-substitute” that probably came from a synthesizer.

 What do you know? Maybe real music will catch on again!

Because Everyone Really Does Need Something to Put Their Credit Cards in……


……and it’s called a wallet. But everyone owns a wallet (really, do you know anyone who doesn’t?). And this establishment frowns upon what is commonplace and usual!

I was at the mall the other day, pouring myself over lots of fancy clothes that I can’t afford, when I spotted the cutest little credit card holder at Brighton.  Credit card holders are a fad that evolved from cigarette holders (think the 50s’ and 60s’ – anyone who watches the TV show Mad Men knows that people back then smoked to the extent that it’s a wonder everyone from that generation hasn’t died from lung cancer yet). But, when smoking suddenly became less popular due to health reasons, cigarette cases went on a diet and became credit card cases. And while the case is a bit of a throwback from 50 years ago, it manages to add some Victorian-era flair to the accessory with the elegant pattern on its cover.

Credit Card Case – $24 at Brighton

For $24.00, it’s not a steal, but it’s not a rip-off either. I guess that’s the price of being different!

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