2011 style stalking

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There is something so sweet about scoring that perfect deal on that perfect item, but sometimes the process can be a pain. There are some websites that make style stalking more exhilarating, and much less frustrating. Here are 2 such websites that will aid you in your fashionable bargain hunting in the new year.

Polyvore

Explore, Shop or Create. These are among the many potential activities to engage in on Polyvore. This unique site allows users to generate the content. Members “clip” information (including photos, prices and where-to-purchase) about their favorite items or things on their wish list into the Polyvore site, where the information becomes available to other users. From there you can:

- explore other users’ “sets” (or the looks they have created) to see what they are crushing on, or what is currently hot in fashion

- shop the items in these sets

- generate a custom search that will pull items from every user on the site (i.e. black dress), and shop from the search page

- create your own set using items that other users have clipped or by pulling in your own pieces from various websites

- share sets on social media sites

Polyvore is effective for style stalking because it gives you the ability to search for specific items, compare prices/styles and purchase--all from the same site. And even if you choose not to create, you can still shop.

Limitation: Because most of the content is user generated, there will be items from varying types of retailers, including international ones. While having options is great, be sure to research retailers you are not familiar with prior to purchasing.

ShopStyle 

Searching the ShopStyle site is simple and the search results are always vast and accurate to your search parameters. Find Men’s, Women’s and kids’ clothing, accessories, handbags, home items and more all from one site. Scroll through pages of photos with brand, store and pricing info included and then click through to the actual retail site of any item you choose, without ever leaving ShopStyle. You can refine your search by item type, color, store, price and even size! Additionally you can join groups on ShopStyle to exchange information, create wish lists and create looks of your own by saving items to your favorites.

ShopStyle is effective for style stalking because it is organized in a way that makes shopping for your necessary items both easy and fast. It’s fantastic when you need to find an item, but have limited time. It is also ideal for passive bargain hunting as you can also sign up for sale alerts and be sent an email when your favorite brands have items on sale.

Limitation: ShopStyle seems to only pull from certain stores so your favorite retailer may not make the cut.

What are some of your favorite sites for custom searches that result in great finds and deals?

Favorite Fashion Ads of 2010


Refinery 29 published their list of 2010's Top Fashion Ads. Included in their 10 are 3 of my most favorite ads of 2010--the ones that made me pause every time they appeared in Vogue, to examine every minuscule detail of the clothing, styling and set. They're just simply amazing in every way possible.

Tommy Hilfiger Fall/Winter 2010 shot by Craig McDean


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 The most intricately, casually layered group of tailgaters I have ever seen. My inner prep adores this shot as well as all the accompanying ones.

Marc Jacobs Bang Spring/Summer 2010, March Jacobs shot by Juergen Teller


Marc Jacobs is one of my most favorite designers to see in pictures--this is most certainly a departure from his black tee shirt, kilt and combat boot wearing days....but I'll take it ;-)

Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2010—Christy Turlington, Karen Elson, and Natalia Vodianova shot by Steven Meisel

Quite possibly my most favorite ad campaign ever for I am infinitely obsessed with 50s/60s fashion and the demure ladylike, yet sexy affection of the dresses with their tight bodices and full skirts. And elbow length gloves? Yes, please--any day of the week.

And my honorable mention, not on the Refinery 29 list, goes to:

Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2010 shot by Mario Testino


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 This unaffected autumn stroll for coffee, while impeccably dressed, is a portrait of how I picture coupledom--though I'm not sure how my much future man will enjoy being decked out in his infinity scarf and hard leather shoes for such an activity. We'll have to work on that.

What were some of your favorite ads from the past year?


Coats and Cocktails

On Monday, December 27th, Bmore Fab! and Divas, MPH will be hosting “Coats and Cocktails”, a party with a purpose, at Milan as a part of the Milan Mondays happy hour.

The purpose of this event will be to benefit homeless men, women and children in the Maryland, DC and Virginia areas by providing them with outerwear for the winter. The hosts of the event will be collecting all gently used coats and outerwear, as well as new outwear if any are inclined to purchase items to aid in the collection.

Milan is located at 1000 Eastern Avenue in Little Italy. The coat drive will be from 6:30 – 9:30pm with an open bar for ladies from 5:00 – 7:00pm. So grab your donation and head out to mix and mingle for a great cause.



Colloquial Chic: Sage Advice


A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.
~ Coco Chanel


“Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.”
~Christian Dior



Style Icon: Diana Ross

Diana Ross
Singer. Actress. Icon. 


This picture just speaks to me...I too, wish to sit around the house in silken dresses, pearls and lashes for days. Something to work towards....

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