To Buy or Not to Buy...That is the Question..

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Leather Crumb-Catcher Pump

I spotted these absolutely adorable black booties on The Cusp last week. I added them to my cart immediately, but decided to wait a few days before buying, just to be sure... Black peep-toe booties are on my wish list, it's a steal to find these for less than $100, and I love the detail--the crumb catcher is unique. They're still in my cart...but I can't bring myself to purchase and I'm not sure why. What do you guys think: should I snag them or wait for something more fabulous to come along?



Colloquial Chic: For Beauty, Be Genuine

Have a fashionable weekend, Dolls!
xo



Cool Kid Wish List - Vans

My (not so little) guy has a birthday coming up, and has started pointing out his desired gift items. We checked out the Vans store last Friday and these were a few of his favorite items.

Kid is a big fan of the royal blue present in a lot of their clothing and shoes for this season. He also inspected a really cool black leather wallet with “VANS” embossed subtly in black. I’ve only seen it in store though so I’ll have to try and grab one before they’re sold out.

I can’t believe this guy is turning 12 this year, sporting a mustache and carrying a wallet. Where does the time go?!


4. Transistor (Charcoal/black/royal)

5. Sk8-Hi (navy)

Style Crush: Kim Kardashian


I have a style crush on Kim Kardashian. She gets a lot of flack on formal red carpets for always having looks that are very similar: curve hugging, cleavage baring and sexy. I would agree that while her formal looks are always gorgeous, they are often very reminiscent of each other. In my opinion, it’s on informal carpets, and in her street style where Kim really takes risks.

Kim always appears in paparazzi photographs looking like a starlet: on trend and in the hottest pieces of the season…

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She favors blazers (particularly those with strong shoulders) and structured jackets, leggings or skinny jeans and statement necklaces….


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Her shoe collection is enviable!


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And her hair and makeup are always flawless.


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Kim Kardashian knows what works for her body and she capitalizes on it. I think that’s what I most admire about her style. What celeb's style are you crushing on?



Posh Product Review: Zoya Nail Polish


A few weeks ago a friend forwarded me a special discount code for Zoya nail polish. I’d never heard of the brand before, but for 3 free polishes, decided it was worth checking out. A search of the brand led me to discover that the company’s claim to fame is that their product is actually a bit more natural than other polishes; meaning it does not contain the harmful toxins--like formaldehyde and toluene--that are present in many others. I am a huge proponent of “natural” and “chemical free” so I was almost sold, but curious about the wearability in comparison to other polishes. Reviews were mixed, as length of wear depended on the lifestyle of the user, but a consistent theme was that the color lasted longer when used in conjunction with Zoya’s base and top coats.

After checking out the official Zoya site as well, I decided to go ahead and place an order. I added Nina, Pinta and Kelly (Were you expecting Santa Maria too :) ?) to my cart as my 3 free polishes, and paid for both the top and base coat.

My order was placed on January 8th, and shipped on January 19th –almost 2 weeks later. I could understand the delay if a great deal of orders were placed using the special code, but was a bit perturbed by the fact that there was no communication about my order during this time—including the fact that one of the colors was on back order. Attempts to chat live with a customer service rep, and to get a response from the Zoya twitter account were fruitless. I finally received 2 of my colors, as well as the base and top coats on January 24th. I have yet to receive the 3rd.

So to the polishes I did receive:



I tried out Pinta first. A grape-ish purple, the color was vibrant and true to how it looked in the bottle. I absolutely loved it on my nails.


I applied it on Saturday evening before going out, and didn’t begin to experience any chipping until Wednesday afternoon. This was great because as a single mom, my hands are constantly immersed in water between cooking, washing dishes, laundry and cleaning. I removed the polish on Thursday evening after a total of 5 days of wear—not bad at all, in my opinion.


My final assessment of the polishes themselves: they’re thick, they apply smoothly to the nail and they are long-lasting.

My final assessment of the company as a whole: they have poor customer service, long ship times (I have yet to receive my third polish) and there is a lack of customer communication. I have yet to decide whether or not I’ll be ordering again through the site; I would buy Zoya products again, but preferably at an in-store retailer as opposed to online.

UPDATE: I have since ordered polishes from the Zoya website without any shipping or problems with communication, so it seems this was indeed a one-time issue--which is awesome because I adore their colors!

 

In My Closet: Sam Edelman Peep-toe Pumps


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that a nude pump had been on my wish list for a while and I ordered one from Shoe Dazzle (shown here). It looked fantastic in the photo, but I was sadly disappointed upon its arrival. The material on the upper portion of the shoe was already cracking, there was visible glue around the seams of the platform, and the heel appeared to be cracked in the back. Those puppies were barely out of the box before they were shipped back to the warehouse, and “purchase” was clicked on these lovers….



I have several pair of shoes from Shoe Dazzle and have not encountered an issue with quality before, so it is my hope that this was a fluke. Nevertheless I will take it as a sign that my relationship with this shoe is kismet, and that we will live happily ever after.



What-to-Wear: Movie Date


Any date is an occasion to put your best foot forward, so the natural inclination is to get completely gussied up. There are, however, some instances where ‘tis quite better to scale back to a more casual level of glam. One such instance is the movie date--a date that consists solely of partaking of a cinematic feature, and is non-inclusive of dinner or other more sophisticated activity. “Smart” jeans are absolutely permissible for this occasion, and one can feel free to substitute a wedge or chunky heel for a stiletto (I would not recommend wearing flats on a date, but I would not recommend flats for very many occasions at all, so feel free to make the judgment call on which pedi-attire best suits your mood/personality/existing wardrobe).

The idea here is to pair a looser jean with more body conscious pieces on top. Add the heel for proportion and balance against the boyfriend jean and you are officially gorgeous—yet comfy enough to cozy up next to your crush in the romantic dim of the theater.



1. Uniqlo light cotton long sleeved round neck tee
2. Uniqlo silk v-neck long sleeved cardigan
3. Matt Bernson Ripcord Boot
4. James Jeans Boyfriend mid-rise jeans
5. Infinity Shimmer Scarf
6. Halogen Leather Satchel

And on a totally unrelated note, I went ahead and ordered the Sam Edelman peep toe pumps I wanted (mentioned here), and they arrived today in all their blush patent glory. Pics to come later!


Fav Looks: 2011 Grammy Awards


The nature of the Grammy Awards allows for attendees to be a little more playful with their looks than at some of the other shows, but 4 of my 5 favorite looks were from ladies who kept it a bit more traditional:


Kelly Osbourne


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The purple, the feathers, the sash and the cocktail length make this dress girly and adorable. I love that it’s paired with the sparkly shoe and straight hair. Kelly’s edge keeps this from being too frilly. And I would SO wear this.


Selena Gomez


Gold was definitely a trend on the carpet last night and Selena wore it well. Though she’s young, she managed to look sophisticated, without aging herself. I love the simple glamour of this gown.

Nicole Kidman

The mermaid silhouette of this dress hugs her curves perfectly and the gradient of the color is beautiful. This dress has “romance” written all over it.


Rihanna


This is the type of dress that only someone like Rihanna could pull off, which is fitting as Jean Paul Gaultier designed it especially for her. It’s gorgeous and stylish and she looks radiant. I’m also a huge fan of her flowy red bob.

Lea Michele


Ms. Lea Michele really can’t do any wrong on the red carpet in my eyes, so it stands to reason that she should appear on my list in this fantastic black Pucci gown, with a super sexy high split.

What were some of your favorite looks from the carpet?

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Drool Worthy: Pink Studded Pump



I think I kind of love this shoe. With the pink and the studs, it's a little bit sweet and a little bit rock n' roll. I have a slight fear of lucite, but the hint of it in the Brian Atwood Loca studded pump made it a little bit more acceptable for me. This knockoff version does not disappoint either.


Inspiration: Marc Jacobs Spring RTW Collection

I continue to be inspired by the spring collections, and the Marc Jacobs Spring Ready-to-Wear Collection at Bergdorf is no exception.

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Though undecided about whether or not I would actually wear a large flower belt at my waist, I find the whimsy of it endearing. Wide-legged trousers, tailored shorts and interesting outerwear round out a collection that is both pretty and polished.




I'm already formulating interesting pairings in my head for my spring wardrobe...What's inspiring you this week?

In My Closet: Nude Pumps


I have had "nude pumps" on my closet wish list pretty much all season and I've finally gone ahead and made the purchase. This simple sexy nude platform pump was in my Shoe Dazzle show room this month...



It's a bit of a darker shade than I wanted but I am happy with the patent gloss and the platform, so I'm excited for them to arrive.

Yet, I still kind of want this Sam Edelman Novato peep toe...

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It's the exact shade I've been desirous of (and it's actually called "blush", not "nude"--po-tay-to/po-tah-to), but I am hesitant about the sling back. What do you think, Lovers--should I snag them anyway since they're a different style, or is one pair of fabulous nude pumps enough?



Fav Looks: 2011 SAG Awards


There were numerous beautiful looks at this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards, so it was difficult to choose favorites; but I've narrowed it down to seven:

Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen 

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I'm not crazy about the deep red, but I love the ethereal look and the draping of this dress.

Claire Danes in Louis Vuitton
This is such a sweet look, but it manages to be grown up at the same time. The belt is a fantastic touch.

Sofia Vergara in Roberto Cavalli
 This is such a bold color and she looks radiant in it!

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta
 Lea Michele is quickly becoming one of my favorite people to watch on the red carpet. The dress and the tousled waves in her hair are perfection.

Julie Bowen in Catherine Malandrino 
While I don't know that I love a pants jumpsuit for the SAG Awards, I am a fan of this look in general. It's very simple and classic.

Rosario Dawson in J. Mendel
 The details on this georgette gown are subtle enough that the color really becomes the highlight of the dress.

Hailee Steinfeld in Prada
 This dress is just so much fun! It's bright and youthful.

What were some of your favorite looks from the carpet?



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