Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Celeb Makeover

Whitney Houston leaving Bobby Brown has definitely been an improvement, she looks great. Here she is at the Carousel of Hope Ball where she was accompanied by her mentor, Clive Davis. Let's hope her recent troubles are behind her.

Vibe Vixen

Check out Kelis on the holiday cover of Vibe Vixen magazine. Great mag but I wish there was more pages, I want to feel as though I'm getting my money's worth per page!

Trend or Trash?

I went to a *ahem* job interview last week (wish me luck!) and one of the interviewers had on black nail polish. Black nail polish is once again making an appearance on celebs and in mags. The new black polishes are shinier than traditional black enamel and have purple, red or silver undertones.

People are going CRAZY for Chanel Black Satin polish after stars like Jessica Alba and Mischa Barton wore it this summer. There were waiting lists and people were even bidding on the polish on Ebay which regularly sells for $18. (wth?) But if you want to try a cheaper version to see how you like this trend, here are a couple of others:

It looks lighter in the bottle, but here's another pic. The description is "where midnight and meets purple"
If this is a trend you want to try here are some tips:
*Wear neutrals to offset the darkness of the nail, bright clothes or makeup makes the look too garish.
*Dark polish looks better on short square nails.

What do you think, would you wear it or does it remind you too much of the goth kids from high school?

Monday, October 30, 2006

Where did you get that? Le train bleu

I love this site! This online boutique is a mix of different designers with a totally French fashion feel. It is definitely for those who want to look individualistic and funky.

Alice dress (My fave! Very demure, but I would wear some colorful shoes to make it pop.)

Kathryn high waist pants (I also like these, shorter ladies may want to stay away from these but I am pretty tall.)

They are having a 30% off moving sale but you better hurry, it expires October 31st.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Side Deals

Ziji is an L.A. based unconventional clothing line that began in 2005. Their apparel is not for the faint of heart, definitely for style makers. I feel in love with this asymmetrical dress, I would definitely make a statement by wearing this and the hem and neck details are what makes this so interesting. And the jacket is a defnite departure from the "traditional" blazer with the buttons that curve up the front and it's cropped styling. Love 'em!

It inspired me to look for other great asymmetrical details on other sites:

Gem jacket and prestidigitation blouse both from Anthropologie.

I don't know who will be able to wear these pants successfully, but I do like the buttons going down the side. I would enjoy them more if they weren't plaid, I know I can't wear them!

Get the Look for Less

This Sashimi stretch canvas moto jacket and Coco & Chase Twill jacket are both under $50!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Have some cognac!

I love these boots! I have been looking for some knee-high cognac colored boots since last year and I found these by Stuart Weitzman. They are pretty pricey but I look at boots as an investment that you can wear for years to come.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


I am enjoying these coats from La Redoute, a French retailer that came to the U.S. in 1999. Of course it's all about the details with me and these are two great examples:

This double buckle wool coat also comes in grey and black but I am not sure if I would buckle the top, it kinda looks like a neck brace!

Of course this red belted wool broad collar coat is my fave, i adore the collar and it is trimmed with grosgrain. (The wide patent belt is sold separately for $20 bucks but this is just an example of adding pop to a coat you may already have.)

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

In the hood (part 2)

Ok, I found this hoodie at styleviolet.com and I had to add it to my hoodie post. I am going to order it today, I think that details set it apart from the typical hoodie and I love the belt!

Style Profile: Stacy Beverly

Stacy Beverly is the mastermind stylist behind the CW's show "Girlfriends." A former model who graduated from L.A.'s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Stacy was almost overlooked for the job of costume designer because she wasn't a part of Hollywood's major costume unions. Nevertheless, she wowed "Girlfriends" creater Mara Brock Akil with her artistic vision for each of the characters and was hired on the spot. Stacy combines vintage finds with couture to outfit the ladies with only a fraction of the budget of "Sex and the City" but still makes sure that our favorite Girlfriends are always up to par.

This is great style philosophy to meld high and low end items in order to create a fun and funky look. Which girlfriend are you, Lynn, Mya, Toni or Joan? (Even though Toni is no longer on the show, she still gets props.) I definitely look to Joan's style for chic cues.

In the hood

Hollister Ponto Beach full zip hoodie (very sporty, cute with tennis shoes.)

Bushel and a peck hoodie and Talini hoodie both by Anthropologie.

I have only recently embraced a casual style of dress, I would only wear jeans if it was raining outside and Fridays at work, and then it was always with stiletto boots. After discovering 7 for All Mankind jeans I was in love and wear jeans anytime I can. (It's the 2% stretch I tell ya.) So now I am on the search for cute hoodies that I can wear with my jeans now that it's getting too cold for tanks and t-shirts.
Mike & Chris: Ethan Kimono sleeve fleece hoodie
(This is my favorite, the scarf is sold separately but I love the look of them together!)

Monday, October 23, 2006

It's My Perogative

I guess I should have added this in the very beginning of my foray into blogdom but I didn't think of it at the time. The purpose of Fashion Nette-work is to give women tips on how to define and develop their OWN personal style, not necessarily to own the trendiest item out there but how to add pieces to enhance their wardrobe. I try to profile items that are available on websites and retailers that may be available to everyone. I want to profile styles from thrift to couture for petites to plus sizes, for hourglass to no a** (lol!) If you enjoy the blog, pass it on to your fellow fashionistas, if you want to see something special on the site let me know. Don't forget to sign up for email updates to get my latest posts and feel free to leave comments!

Bell curve

Metallic ballet neck dolman

Bell sleeves have been featured on many sweaters, dresses and jackets this season. This trend is particularly helpful to those who may be self-conscious about their arms but this is attractive on most women. Petite women should be careful that this style does not overpower them. Because of the shape of the sleeve make sure that the rest of the silhouette is slim fitting.

Edwardian tweed jacket


Friday, October 20, 2006

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Jovovich - Hawk

Jovovich - Hawk is the clothing line of model Milla Jovovich and her friend Carmen Hawk. Their aim is to create clothes that are comfortable and wearable and insist that their collection is for women of all ages and sizes. The line has only been up and running for three years but has gotten a lot of press as well as selling out at Fred Segal. Of course I love the detailing they use with piping, bows and the flowing lines. Their line is available at Fred Segal stores in L.A., Harold Nichols, and over 50 stores worldwide.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Fully Coated

This post is specifically for my friend Dee who is on the hunt for a winter coat. Because she is a fellow fashionista I wanted to give her some cute alternatives that won't break the bank!
Old Navy belted coat available in XS and XXL (on sale!)

Belted wool coat in garnet and belted herringbone twee coat both from Target (both on sale!)

Victoria's Secret tailored coat

Bill Blass Boucle coat

Newport News velvet riding coat (on sale!)

When buying a coat, make sure that you allow room for sweaters and check that the length of the sleeve is long enough.



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