Embellished Jackets

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My new obsession is embellished jackets. They may sound expensive, and most are, but these more affordable British clothing companies, like TopShop (which has now taken over the US,) ASOS and River Island, are making it much easier to stay on trend and under budget. This ASOS jacket is amazing:


screen-shot-2013-01-28-at-4-06-22-pmThe white version runs petite while the black comes in regular sizes. For the price ($132) it’s a pretty gorgeous jacket. The best thing about it is that it can be dressed up or down. Throw it on top of jeans and a t-shirt and you’ll look effortlessly chic. Put it on top of a dress and you’ll be the trendiest girl at the party. Here’s one by River Island for $142:

River Island Embellished Jacket

It gives off more of a Park Avenue vibe, but still manages to maintain a bit of an edge. Of course, the neon drew me in (you know how I love neon,) but the embellishments are what make this jacket stand out. Here are two of my favorite designer embellished jackets:

Matthew Williamson and Elie Saab Embellished Jackets

The powder pink bomber is by Elie Saab and the black is by Matthew Williamson. I am absolutely in love with the Elie Saab. Not only is this color (blush) very hot for spring, but it looks amazing on all skin tones. It can also act as a neutral while allowing you to change up the black, white, brown routine.

If a whole jacket is too much embellishment for you, this Anna Sui vest is a beautiful alternative:

Anna Sui Embellished Vest

The colors of the jewels and the texture of the velvet work hand in hand to create a gorgeous, eastern inspired vest. The collar is very Asian and almost has a regal look to it. These next two jackets are stunning, a bit more ladylike and, again, can be dressed up or down:

Prada and Miu Miu Embellished Coats

The pink is by Prada and the black is by Miu Miu, and both need to get in my closet. If I had to choose, I think the Prada would be my favorite. I don’t know if I’m just in a pink mood today, but I think I would love this jacket in any color. The delicate details and clean lines are just gorgeous. Proof that you don’t need to be over the top to create something breathtaking (although sometimes a little over the top doesn’t hurt.)


Denim Shirts

Fashion, Luxury, Reality, Style

A good denim shirt can do wonders for your style. It can transform an outfit from uptight to urban within seconds (if worn correctly.) It can send the message that you just don’t give a f*ck and looks a lot cooler than a cardigan. But most importantly, it’s versatile.  A button down denim shirt can last you years if treated kindly.

Free People is selling a vintage Wrangler denim shirt that would be a great addition to any wardrobe:

Here’s an example of how a denim shirt can elevate a look:


WILDFOX tank / SEVEN jeans / BOY. BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS chambray shirt / REPOTTO shoes / PRADA bag / EDDIE BORGO ring / RAY-BAN sunglasses

Although the outfit can stand on its own, it’s nice to have a little something to throw on if you get cold.  A cardigan would not fit with the rest of the ensemble and a jacket would be too heavy.  The denim shirt is light enough for this outfit to transition into summer.

Here’s a different take on the denim shirt look:

SEE BY CHLOÈ top / J BRAND shorts / JEFFREY CAMPBELL booties / FRENCH CONNECTION clutch / REED KRAKOFF cuff / MULBERRY bracelet / THE ROW sunglasses / KATE SPADE earrings

Subtract some buttons, add some ruffles and you end up with a completely different look with just as much of an edge.  The ruffles add a girly touch while the black, brass and heavy booties maintain a grungy vibe.  The wooden bag is unexpected and adds some softness to an otherwise hard outfit.

This outfit has more of a girly feel:

RALPH LAUREN top / AUSTIQUE shorts / MOTO denim shirt / MODERN VINTAGE booties / MIU MIU clutch / VAN DER STRAETEN earrings / WILDFOX rings

The silk tie-dye shorts are on trend and add some feminine flair to the menswear inspired denim shirt and booties.  The simple white top keeps the outfit looking clean rather than overdone.

Here is a cheaper version of the denim look for fashionistas on a budget:

OBEY tank $75MONKI shorts $31JEFFREY CAMPBELL booties $350URBAN EXPRESSIONS clutch $30HOT TOPIC bracelet $13/ SIDNEY MICHAELS earrings $24PAYLESS ring $1080S PURPLE sunlgasses $12

I know…it’s just a different version of the same Jeffrey Campbell bootie…but I am a firm believer that one should invest in their shoes.  Cheap shoes are easy to spot and hurt your feet, so my advice would be to save up for a quality pair of shoes rather than a $200 pair of jeans.  And these shoes really do complete the look.  Thank you Jeffrey Campbell…we all love the Lita.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Studded Booties

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I really love this color combination of red and burgundy.  It almost clashes, but I think the two look fabulous together.  It’s a slight play on the monochromatic trend without being too literal.  The John Lennon-esque sunglasses may be too much for some, but I’m literally OBSESSED with them.  They’re the first item on my Chrismukkah list for sure.  They’re retro yet slightly modern and, obviously, fabulous.I love this look because it’s almost like grungy, downtown girl meets trendy uptown girl.  (Maybe I’ll call this look midtown girl?)  The boots, sunglasses and graphic t-shirt next to the Mulberry jacket and Miu Miu bag are somewhat in contrast with each other, but they come together to form a beautiful, bad-ass outfit.







Sunglasses RAY-BAN


Patterned Jeans Two Ways

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A patterned jean is a great item to add to your wardrobe.  (Here’s another, less expensive option.)  It’s a statement piece that can work with many types of outfits.  They also add unexpected depth to an outfit.  A lot of people wear patterned shirts, but not everyone wears patterned jeans.

Casual Fab

I love this look.  It’s casual glamourous (depending on where you are of course.)  In New York this is a great outfit to catch some eyes on the sidewalk.  Trust me, nobody will forget these pants!

Jeans TORY BURCH $285


Necklace 1980s VINTAGE: HOUSE OF LAVANDE $1,198


Bag MIU MIU $1,350


Gaga Fab

This outfit is a little more out there.  If you’re feeling Gaga-esque, I say go for it.  People may stare, but it’s just because you’re fabulous.

Blazer THIERRY MUGLER $3,100

Earrings CHANEL $90

Ring NOIR $225

Sunglasses ALEXANDER WANG $355



Steal That Look: Sarah Jessica Parker

Fashion, Style

I love this Prabal Gurung ensemble that SJP sported to the “Late Show with David Letterman.”  Here’s one way I would wear her amazing top:

I love the color blocking theme that she chose.  Pairing bold colors with classic shapes and accessories can make you look elegant yet funky and fresh.  I love bold colors!