I have a friend who is on the prowl for the perfect dress to celebrate her birthday in mid-August and I have found some options. Knowing her the way that I do, I think that she will gravitate towards something girly, flirty and doesn't cost a lot of money. (A woman after my own heart, I tell you!)
I am not normally a fan of Victoria Beckham's, I think that her look is normally too severe, too many angles. Yet I am enamored with this look that I saw earlier in the week of her at the London airport. Her white high waist wide leg pants paired with the dove grey and black polka dot blouse is uber-chic and best of all, fluid. See what happens when you soften things up, Vicki?
Loewe Warm White Canvas Sailor pants and Powder Silk Shirt With Black Dot (both from Spring 2009 RTW Collection)
I adore the styling from these looks at J. Crew's Fall line. The unexpected layering of textures and colors combined with the ladylike vintage feel is exciting to me. I can't wait to receive my catalog for more style ideas!
My favorite look. The femininity of the jacquard skirt and the casualness of the chambray shirt makes me swoon. I have been finding great skinny belts similar to these at thrift stores for cheap so I am ready to "cinch it" for Fall.
Although stores are stocking up for Fall, I am still all about Summer. (Especially in this 100+ degree weather here in Texas!) Here are some fun shorter length summer dresses to keep you cool for under $50.
Blurred geo print square sleeve dress $47.88 @ asos
Want to buy gift cards to your favorite store at a discount? Well, I have the hook-up for you! (No, not the illegal kind, I'm shocked and appalled that you would even think of that.) Go to Gift Card Rescue where you can sell or exchange gift cards or purchase cards at a discounted amount.
Did your Great Aunt Ethel buy you a gift card to The Children's Place but you are 25 and have no children? Exchange it at GiftCardRescue.com for a card from Urban Outfitters and make sure to send your Great Aunt Ethel a thank you card for all the cool stuff you were able to get! You can also purchase a gift card at a discounted price with free (I said FREE) shipping and handling. What's not to love?
I first saw this on The View a few months ago and meant to blog about it then but of course I forgot, there's no telling what was rattling around in my head then. But I saw this on Target.com and knew that I had to alert the masses! It's called The Invisibelt and it is basically a belt without the bulky belt buckle. (Try saying that three times fast!) This is THE perfect figure fixer for women who have pants and jeans that are too big in the waist and are tired of spending time and money at the tailor. With the exception of my PZI and 7 For All Mankind jeans, I have never been able to find waist-perfect fitting jeans without getting them altered so this could save me SO much money.
Available in Original (0-14) and Plus (up to 4X) sizes, the invisibelt lets you look long and lean without that bulky buckle bulge when wearing fitted tops and sweaters AND it lets you sail through airport security undetected!
In addition to Target.com, Invisibelt is also available at Invisibelt.com, and Amazon for about $20 but the best deal is at QVC where you can get two belts for $25.46 + 5.22 shipping and handling. I'm sold, what about you?
The Sartorialist book! Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist has a coffee table book debuting in September 2009. (I read in Marie Claire that it is actually August but his site said September and he should know!) Penguin books is also releasing a special paperback edition at the request of Shuman so that all readers can afford a copy. Compassionate, cute and talented, wow. But of course I want the hard cover to salivate over 500 pages of sartorial glory.