Monday, October 20, 2014

What I wore: 10-19-14






We had a really great weekend. Saturday was a 'hang out at home' type of day where we had a nice dinner and watched Frozen for the first time.. I know, CRAZY, right?  Sunday we took our daughter to an Equine rescue center where they were having a bake sale and a tag sale with some great antiques and of course horses. It was her first time seeing horses up front and personal and although she liked it, a part of her was too scared to get close enough to touch them. 








I'm wearing a men's Zara light blue cotton button up shirt under a black v-neck cashmere sweater Similar Here. The vest is a faux shearling collar type from a few years back but sold on poshmark Here, (it also comes in a jacket style)
Skinny jeans and Charlotte Russe booties are both old. 






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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Inspirations



      Some people get naturally inspired by the fall weather and all the new colors and new smells. While some people get depressed that the summer and warm weather is leaving. Autumn happens to be my favorite season, so you can guess which category I fall under. Mostly though it is this part we are in right now where there are still leaves on the trees and it is still not too cold! There are so many fun things to do that change quite a bit when the seasons change. Just going for a hike is so beautiful and different because of the leaves changing colors. You can go sailing with friends or your significant other and bring blankets and wine or hot chocolate. You can go apple picking or pumpkin picking.

 Check out this photo I took about a week ago from my hike with the family.


Just thought I would create some looks to inspire those of you who are feeling sad about the warm weather leaving us.  Here is a great look for some outdoor fun:





Also, just because it's a little chilly outside that does not mean you should start wearing hoodies and Uggs every time you go out with your boo. Have fun with your date nights!


Hope I could help get you a little bit more inspired if you were lacking, if not, just enjoy the pretty pictures.




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Sunday, October 5, 2014

What I wore: Friday 8-3-14



      Friday we went out for a friends birthday for dinner, drinks, and dancing. It was still relatively warm so I decided to wear my new dress from this last post.

boho dress


The dress is band of Gypsies, they sell the brand at Nordstrom, Asos and Urban Outfitters, however I found this one at TJ Maxx.  
Buy this dress HERE for $24.99
Other styles from the brand I love:
I would have preferred a thigh high suede boot with this but, sadly,  I still have not acquired a pair. 

The makeup look:

I really love this Matte Lipstick  from H&M, not bad quality for $6.



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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Style Evolution and TJmaxx.com




              Every stylish girl and woman knows that her personal style is always evolving and ever changing to its best potential. Every year we are more knowledgeable  than we were the previous year (hopefully) and we learn and grow from our fashion mistakes as well as from our personal life mistakes. Part of it is new trends, but most of it is personal growth. It's because of this reason that I like to experiment with different styles. If it were up to me my closet would contain numerous personalities, alas, my budget doesn't allow this. However, if you are one with more funds than me, I urge you to try something out of your comfort zone, clothing wise, because you may love it!

            My husband has been trying to get me into a cute flowery flowy long dress for quite a while. Sadly, I haven't been able to get into that whole thing because it is way outside of my comfort zone. I was strolling around at TJ Maxx the other day and much to my surprise I was really drawn to all these bohemian flowy type things! I tried on a few styles, and decided to finally appease my husband. Although, I did go with a short style rather than long because I thought it would look great with ANY boots.

Here it is:



           Here is the other thing. I don't know how long this has been going on and how long I have been out of the loop, but TJMaxx now sells online!! Here are a few other styles I saw,loved, or tried on:

This one  would look so cute with black booties and a belt.



image of Juniors Cinch Waist Peasant Dress

















             This one I like with brown.





Some more wonderfully affordable finds:

In addition to the stuff we are used to at TJ Maxx with great prices, on their website they also have luxury designer goods heavily discounted like Valentino, Gucci, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and many more. This is so great because I don't know about you guys, but I never see these types of designer goods in the actual brick and mortar stores! Yay TJ Maxx it's about time!! 


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Sunday, September 21, 2014

How to Spot Designer Replica Purses.



        Within the past few years designer replicas have become more realistic and aggressive in their sales pitch. I see them advertising their goods on instagram and selling only through email contact without websites, so as to not get caught. Selling designer knock offs is illegal. What most people don't know is that buying them is as well, whether you know they are knock-offs or not. I have come into contact with a few people who have been victim to this.

        Although, my budget does not allow me to purchase expensive beautiful designer bags, I like to think I am pretty well informed on them, and can easily spot a fake. There are online authenticator websites that can help you determine if you have the real thing, you should never buy any luxury goods on ebay if you are not 100% sure it is real, many times even the person selling it doesn't know for sure!


       My research on this started because I received a hand me down vintage Chanel purse and I didn't know if it was real. Afterwards. I was selling a vintage Dooney and Bourke and had to make sure it was real also so I went into more research. Most recently, I noticed on the Facebook Tag sale sites there was a girl who was selling a Luis Vuitton, or what she thought was a Luis Vuitton. It was a very good replica. Which brings me here. I thought I would write a little bit about what I know and spotting a real vs. fake and maybe this will help some people, if not, at least it is interesting!


How to Spot a Fake Luis Vuitton: 


  • Asking for serial codes is not enough. Fake bags can have a serial code as well and does not guarantee it is real. 
  • A pretty good give away is when you look inside. If it looks cheap or unfinished, finished with plastic or cheap tan or suede.  This photo below is an authentic interior:
  courtesy of www.bagbliss.com


  • On the LV monogram bags the dark brown is not shiny, thin, or plastic feeling. The leather used for the handles and straps is natural cowhide leather which changes color over time and should not look or feel like plastic or have a shiny hard look. 
  • The LV print on the monogram bags goes all the way around on many of the styles. If the print stops on the bottom and the LV on the other side is upright, it could be a fake. They should be upside down. 
  • The LV print should be all lined up and symmetrical and not cut off at the edges or seams. 
  • Brass or gold hardware should not appear to be painted gold or be plastic. 


   
How to Spot a Fake Chanel


  • The CC logo on a chanel should have the right C overlap the left C on top and vice versa on the bottom. 
  • If there is a pocket on your chanel, and the stitching or quilting is not even with the rest, it is most likely a fake. 
  • If the chain on the bag is plastic or light in weight, it's a fake. 
  • The hardware, if any, should not have Philips head screws. 
  • Check the zipper, Chanel has used a few different type of zippers, however, they are always a certain type and of good quality; Lampo, YKK, and DMC, EP. 
  • Real Chanel bags have a high stitch count. 

     

How to Spot a Fake Celine


  • Check and SMELL the inside of your bag. If you are looking at the phantom, which is the one most popularly replicated, it should be real suede. Or if your bag is suede, the interior should be a smooth leather. 
  • The hardware underneath the bag should be metal. But there are exception to this, there should be no stitch in the middle.
Not like this with the stitching:


  • The front pocket should have a long braided tassel. 



Of course, there are many other bags that are replicated, but these are the most popular. Do just make sure with an authenticator or in their stores before making the purchase if it's a purchase made outside of their shops.




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Saturday, September 20, 2014

What I Wore: 9/18/14


     
      So from time to time, very infrequently, I make an investment purchase. Something so ridiculously expensive it doesn't make sense to some people. In this case, it's my Alice + Olivia Raccoon fur collar sweater. This was an anniversary gift from my husband in 2011 and, in my opinion, very expensive at around $500. However, in the fall and winter time I wear it constantly over everything. The fur is detachable, so you can make it more or less dramatic. I wore this sweater on Thursday without the fur to go to a local play our friends were in.









Alice + Olivia sweater You can see it here (Similar)   /  White Blouse Old Navy    /   High Waist Jeans from H&M      /      Boots  Charlotte Russe are old but Similar here



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

18 Amazing Shoes Under $50 from Nelly.com


 
             As you guys know, I am a bit of a fan of the online store Nelly. I wandered over there today and saw something I almost didn't believe; the selection of shoes they have for the fall/winter under $50 is just bananas! If you are in the market for a new pair of boots, check these out before you head to the stores. Majority of the ones I picked to showcase are black, but they do come in other colors as well if black isn't your cup of tea.


































































1. $37.95     /      2. $44.95      /     3.$37.95     /      4.$27.95     /       5. $44.95      /      6.$37.95

                7. $37.95         /         8.$37.95         /        9. $44.95         /          10. $37.95           

11. $37.95       /       12.$44.95        /        13.$37.95      /       14. $44.95       /       15. $32.95

               16. $37.95          /         17. $37.95             /           18. $37.95 


                                                     
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