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”?


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

My Pick of the Week: Haute Red Valentino Couture (and Dior and Yves Saint Laurent too!)

Okay, personally, I think that if yu are going to name your clothing line “Red Valentino”, then all the clothes, should be , um, I don’t know….red? Otherwise, it’s a tad on the misleading side. But I digress….

My picks this week both come from the Red Valentino line, and include two of my favorite things about clothes: ruffles and lace. The first dress, the Virgin Wool and Lace Knit Dress, is a shade of dark navy blue (that is on the verge of black if you look at it in the right lighting) and has long sleeves that are perfect for the impending fall weather. Complete with ruffles on the shoulders and lace on the front, it’s a gift from girly-heaven for $595.00.

A personal favorite! From Saks' website

The other dress is the Ruched Lace Trimmed Dress for $695.00.  What this gray colored dress lacks in bright color, it makes up for in lace. With short, puffy sleeves and a sleek V-neck, this dress takes casual to a whole new level.

Lace galore by Red Valentino! From Saks' website.

Match either dress with Dior’s Lace Peep Toe Platform Pumps for $770.  Want something less girly?  High-heel loafers are in right now – snag a pair from Yves Saint Laurent patent leather wedges for (Gasp!) $1095….. or just borrow a pair from your signifigant other!

Duck and Cover! Bomber Jackets are this Fall’s Must-Have Piece

Mimicking the military style jackets of last fall, the new trend of this fall seems to be aviator and bomber jackets. It appears that many of the hottest labels have put out some similar kinds of the brown or black colored jackets that look ready for air combat.

Alexander McQueen's Bomber jacket

McQ Aviator Bomber Jacket. From Saks Fifth Avenue website

Seriously, it’s as if all the big designers sat down in a room and decided that they would all do their own spin on aviator and bomber  jackets. We’re talking Burberry, McQ byAlexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Armani Colleczioni by Georgio Armani, and Acne. Need I say more?

Sadly, all the jackets also share the same hefty price tag. Ranging from $ 1230.00 (Acne) to $2,995.00 (Burberry), all the jackets are not for the faint of credit-card swiping. The solution? You can find similar jackets in your local mall for much, much less. For example, you can snag one at Delia’s for around $80.00.

Bombs away!


My Pick of the Week: Marc Jacobs Fever

Hurry up! Labor day is officially one month away….so cram in all the white clothes that you can! My pick this week is a white Marc Jacobs dress that is perfect for the last lazy days of summer. The Amelie flower dress has ruffled sleeves, an empire waist  with a pleated skirt and is, for once….almost affordable. At $277.99 you can put even your most stylish designers to shame…for 1/10 the price. 

Then, after Labor Day, put on Marc Jacobs again for a dazzling dress perfect for fall. The sleeveless Cecily Long Jersey Dress is a beautiful subtle shade of red, just like the foliage in autumn. Steal it for $298.00 and you just might never need to set eyes on a $1000 outfit again…until next season.

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Dior plus, s’il vous plait (More Dior Please)!

As July comes to a close, August begins and thoughts of cooler fall weather and its classy couture dance in our heads. Longer dresses, light sweaters and jackets have to come out again, and the sandals are put away, if not replaced next year’s styles (oh, how short the life of a shoe can be!) Alas, let there be content throughout the land! The latest fall styles of Dior are fabulous – and reusable. This fall, Dior’s collections are not only retro phenomenal, but also neutral for many winter outfits.

Feathers, furs, and lace dominate the looks of the many pieces of Dior’s new collections, along with the various indescribable headpieces (including what I can best describe as a “fluffy white thing” on many of the models’ heads ). Dior’s new handbags are also a sensational accessory that polish outfits without taking attention away from the rest of your clothes.  The jackets and sweaters of the new collection have a certain air of the 1960s, yet still manage to have the ambiguity to be used in either season (or perhaps even early spring). So let your wardrobe (and your wallet) rejoice!  You are now free to show off your Dior couture throughout the seasons.

Don’t take my word for it, check it out at http://www.diorcouture.com/us/dior_us.html. Click on “Ready-to-Wear” and then “Fall 2011 Collection.”