Ahoy! Breton stripes are pulling into port! Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 

The classic sailor stripes so famously worn by Coco Chanel are hotter than ever for Spring/Summer 2010.  Don’t sweat it!  Just because celebs are wearing it doesn’t mean you can’t afford it, too!  (After all, they’re JUST STRIPES.)

Saint James striped boat-neck tee shirt

Saint James striped boat-neck tee shirt

This lightweight jersey tee is perfect for summer evenings spent sniffing sea spray on your yacht.  But something smells funny about paying $115 for a cotton tee shirt.  Similar designer styles are even hundreds more.  For less than half the price of the Saint James shirt, you could have both of the below pieces.  I especially like the Gap Boat Neck Top with shoulder detail and mix-stripe pattern. That fun take on the classic is so right.  I prefer to stick to thin stripes, and a larger stretch of cream or white at the collar is even more chic.

Urban Outfitters stripe tee

Urban Outfitters 3/4 length Nautical tee, $28

Gap Mixed Stripe Boat Neck Top

Gap Mixed Stripe Boat Neck Top, $24.52


How about a rhinestone bag to go with those shoes? Friday, Nov 13 2009 

Yes, for things that glitter, there will be a sequel. You’ve seen cool cuffs and shoes that shine, so let’s take a look at the bag and crowning jewels to top it all off.
Antik Batik clutch Crystal Clutch
If I could spend $272 on a clutch, I would probably spend it on this one by Antik Batik. But I can’t.  So I’m taking a second look at this “Sparkle-licious” eye candy from etsy.com.  This piece by Angee and Vincci is only $90 but still includes special touches like a big, crystal brooch and a bright pop of pink liner on the inside!
instyle rhinestone page cropped silver crystal necklace
This regal Marni piece is made of wool, metal, and Swarovski crystals.  Of course, you have to be royalty to afford a $1,242 piece of bling. This beauty is called Tangled Royalty, with light pink crystals and delicate charms in one big, sexy bunch!

And here’s one more, just for the heck of it.

rhinestone rose earrings

This pair of Opulant Edwardian Rose earrings is by mythunderstood on Etsy.  They’re only $27, and they are absolutely elegant. These would  immediately turn your LBD into a breathtaking, feminine ensemble.

So, there’s your second dose of shine and rhinestones of the antique variety.  Happy hunting!

‘Tis the Season to be Shiny Wednesday, Nov 11 2009 

It’s about that time to make the rounds of holiday parties and don your best (and most slimming) apparel to impress the in-laws and other relatives. Not to mention sequins and rhinestones are just hot right now. (How convenient!) I love InStyle magazine for its inspiring look-book pages, but sometimes a girl just can’t drop $2K on a fancy pair of shoes, no matter how hot they make her calves look. Let’s look at some alternatives, yes?
dannijo cuffs silver cuffrhinestone leather bracelet
Now, these Dannijo cuffs are gorgeous, but at $268 and $245, you wonder if you might be able to buy an entire outfit! It’s amazing what you can find at etsy.com. Support small businesses and artists by purchasing these equally gorgeous and truly unique pieces. The simple leather cuff with the flower is made from a recycled leather belt. You can order this cuff by CowgirlsAreForever for only $27.50. The leather and rhinestone cuff is by Heather Jean Skalwold (KickshawCurio) and is only $45. Wow! I can buy something with ruffles and it doesn’t cost $100 extra.
ferragamo shoe chandelier shoesRSVP shoescrystal betsey johnson shoes
This Farragamo shoe would cost you a whopping $1,890. Enough said. OR you could buy all 3 pairs of these…7 times. The Monet-15 Sexy High Heel Shoes by Pleaser have a glamourous chandelier effect going on for only $77.45. The RSVP pumps are $72.14 and come with free shipping. And if you really do need a well-known designer label, these darling Betsey Johnson peep-toes are only $119.70.

More on this later.  I haven’t even shown you the purse and the other jewelry I found!
(Certain photos courtesy of InStyle Magazine.)

Safari Chic Sunday, Aug 9 2009 

Whether you’re looking for that fallen pacifier or just a perfect new pair of shoes, you’ll be prepared for the hunt in these breezy safari dresses.
Michael Kors Drawstring Waist Dress Cabela's Safari Dress in SagebrushJ. Peterman Linen Safari Dress


Lulu's Tomboy Dress in NavyJessica London Shirt Dress

You could pay $150 for this silk Michael Kors dress, or you could spend less and worry less about these cotton and linen choices. You could get all four of these safari-style dresses for the price of one magazine-featured look.  Cotton dress in sagebrush from Cabela’s, $16.95; linen blend dress from The J. Peterman Company, $54; Tom Boy dress in navy from Lulu’s, $44; linen blend shirt dress in plus sizes from Jessica London, $34.99 – $39.99.

Not Your Grandma’s Crochet Sunday, Aug 9 2009 

A girl can only wear so many spaghetti strap tank tops. Add a little sizzle and style to your sleeveless with crochet details.
Converse Crochet Tank JCPenney Crochet TankNordstrom-crochet-top
This Converse by John Varvatos crochet tank is a lovely, lightweight item for a trip to the beach, but you’ll drop $145 for it. Pinch a few pennies by shopping JCPenney online, and you can pick up this Decree crochet back tank for just $11.99.  Or be a lass with class in this front-to-back open knit Great Plains top from Nordstrom for only $31.90.

The Animal-Print Dress…For Less! Friday, Aug 7 2009 

A sexy staple of the summer, the animal-print dress brings the patterns of mother nature from the beach house to the bar. But paying hundreds of dollars for it just seems…unnatural!
rebeccatayloranimalprint ny&co animal print dress


This Rebecca Taylor maxi dress sold out online for $225. Sacrifice the designer name and you could find yourself in this airy sarong from New York & Company for just $18.71. Or you could get a trendy, one-shoulder “Jane” look with a belt for only $33.99 at DHStyles.