Monday, October 8, 2007

The Perfect Fall Outfit...$$$

The Perfectly Chic Fall Outfit: Part 2 (otherwise known as the "I spend at least $10,000 a month just on clothes outfit")

The combo below may not be cheap, but it's certainly sexy, modern, and utterly wearable:

(1) Nina Ricci ribbon-wrap jeans for $890.00 at; (2) Lidi Celine sweater for $170.00 at; (3) Christian Louboutin Miss Boxe wedges for $675.00 at; and (4) Magashoni cashmere scarf in dusty rose for $80.00 at

Sunday, October 7, 2007

The perfect (and perfectly chic) fall outfit

One of the lovely things about fall (when it actually gets cool enough to really be fall) is layering - you really get to play with clothes and how they mix together. And unless you've packed on another 20 pounds just by getting dressed, it's a trend that's hard to mess up.

Below is the perfect layered outfit for - and you might want to sit down for this - under $150!! Shoes included!

(1) Poly-blend dress for $40.00, (2) Slate gray leggings for $26.00, and (3) leg warmers for $14.00, all from American Apparel. (4) Super soft Basket-weave scarf for $20.00 from World Market. (5) Love bangle (have at least 3 on at a time) for $5.50 from Forever21. And (6) Silver ankle-strap flats for $19.50 from Old Navy.

And that's a grand total of $136.00.

The best thing about these pieces is that they can all be used with other pieces; the dress can be worn with metallic pumps for a night out, or over jeans and with a slouchy sweater cardigan for coffee. And so on. And so on.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Accessory to Have

Every season, there's a slew of new "must have" accessories. All of the goodies that come out are fabulous - I'm still thinking about those Proenza Schouler gladiator platforms - but unless you have a supermodel bank account, you just can't have everything.

So what about an accessory that's trendy, designer, and has lasting appeal? The portfolio. A classic portfolio - ala vintage Gucci or Louis Vuitton - has recognition, looks super chic, and is practical. Both of the cases below can hold papers (perfect for job hunting), a couple of magazines for travel, or they even work as laptop cases!

The vintage Gucci can be found every now and then on eBay (or in designer resale shops) and you can find the Vuitton Portfolio on for $425.00.