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Topshop Creates Givenchy Runway Jewelry Lookalike

After a four months’ wait, Topshop has come out with a lookalike multi strand chain necklace (with trademark charms of course) to give with Givenchy’s fans with less of a budget than $2k something to claw for.  This piece isn’t gold (the metal isn’t even identified; we’re only given “metal fiber”), but at savings of $1,915 I suppose we shouldn’t complain too loudly.

Topshop Creates Givenchy Runway Jewelry Lookalike



Affordable Children’s Clothes… At Superstore?

Yea, I was kind of shocked as well, but Joe Fresh has proven me wrong yet again. As I was perusing through the women’s section for myself, I realized I have another cousin just birthed that I need to gift so I migrated over to the terrifying world of children’s clothing. I was mildly shocked that most of the items for youngins and super youngins were decently designed and appropriately priced.

I found one a blush colored long sleeved shirt with a flappy thing at the bottom (apparently they’re supposed to have that) for $5 that has “milk lover” (or something close to that effect) written over it in French for $5. They had a decent assortment of these things, and matching bottoms ran for $8 each.

Some other girly items of note were bubble skirts (printed and solid) for $14, jeans for $14 and tights for $5. I hear tell kids wear out their things mighty fast (I know I did), so I daresay prices like these would be reasonable to child manners.

As for the boys, I found a Kurt Cobain type red and black button up plaid shirt for $10; a super steal. The shirt was soft, and was thick enough to be worn without an undershirt…I was impressed!

The boy’s pricing for denim and shirts were within the same ranges as girls’; $10-14 per piece. The stuff seemed pretty trendy as well; I know I have a hard time finding buffalo check shirts so having them in pint sizes is pretty awesome. I’m still no lover of the young, but at least this way one can afford to keep them looking presentable.

Affordable Children's Clothes... At Superstore?



Christian Siriano To Design Shoe Collection For Payless
December 1, 2008, 9:17 am
Filed under: 2008, Stores | Tags: , , , ,

Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano is putting together a shoe collection for Payless.  Since Alice + Olivia are taking up the SS09 retail spot, I’m thinking Siriano’s line will be for Fall 2009.  Promo photos and collection details have not been released just yet, but I’ll include them as soon as they are.



Affordable Footwear For The Holiday Season

This was compiled with the Christmas shopper in mind; you have to cover a lot of ground in a limited amount of time and you want to keep your heels from splitting in the process.  Splendid holiday flats (flat being 1 inch or less of a heel in my book) and a gel insole will take care of this shopping hurdle. 

We must be well shoe’d for entering the retail combat zone; or risk getting ultra angry at the littlest of things.  When heinous Christmas music is already threatening to overtake your ipod’s headphones (somehow it always does), you’re lugging 14 bags and are about to collapse from hunger; at least your shoes won’t be hurting you!

FOR WOMEN:

Affordable Holiday Flats For The Holiday Season

From left to right: Marigold lace up($55; Topshop), Patent lace up($260; eLuxury), Dolce Vita Women’s prissy flat ($83; Endless Shoes), Kate Spade Isla flats ($105; eLuxury), Kisco lace up brogue($90; Topshop)

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FOR MEN:

For the boys it’s definitely about comfort first, extras after.  This is why throughout the patent and metallic visual candy there is always a solid casual design to start with. Bally and Common Projects both take an average sneaker design and ramp it up with color and metallics; the design is non threatening and wearable at the same time.

http://www.barneys.com/High%20Top%20Sneaker/10431.7482,default,pd.html

From left to right: Brando shoe($129; Fluevog’s), Bally Free-M-P Lace-Up Sneaker ($325; Endless), Opening Ceremony padded boot ($400; eLuxury), Fly London oxford ($249; Endless), Common Projects high top sneaker ($375; Barneys)



Fall 2008’s Best Affordable Little Black Dresses

We all know that the Little Black Dress (LBD) is not limited to the holiday season, though it is during this time that they can be of the most use.  LBDs are a deadly weapon in your closet; they can be built upon with tights, leggings, jewelry and belts (the list is endless) while still remaining chic and up to the moment.

It is up to you if you choose to remain with a layered black look (such as the lace tiered dress below), or with one layer of fabric; but whatever your choice is, you will look well put together.  Another pro to the LBD is the low risk factor; you can afford to experiment with accessories without messing with your base or looking too overdone.

UNDER $150

Fall 2008's Best Affordable Little Black Dresses

From left to right: Lace Tiered dress (£60; River Island), Pintuck dress($145; Topshop), Lotta Stensson ‘Love’ mini dress($99; Bluefly), Sweetheart Bustier dress ($65; Fred Flare), Fiona dress ($60; Delia’s)

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UNDER $300

Fall 2008's Best Affordable Little Black Dresses

From left to right: Hitched hem dress($160; Topshop), Mint Jodi Arnold lamé mini dress ($209; Net-A-Porter), Betsey Johnson black bubble dress($237; Bluefly), Day Birger et Mikkelsen pleated dress ($285; Net-A-Porter), Milly metallic striped dress ($252; Net-A-Porter)

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PICK OF THE LBD’s

Fall 2008's Best Affordable Little Black Dresses

This black prom dress from Dorothy Perkins kills it with its simplistic drape skirt and strapless tube design.  Though you will be wearing polyester, though at £60 you certainly can’t complain about being raked over the cash coals. This is one hot [and affordable] little number!

Also: check out the back detailing…do you love it, or do you love it?



Get Your Joe Fresh On This Fall
August 26, 2008, 11:21 pm
Filed under: 2008, Women's Fashion | Tags: , , , , ,

Superstore’s Joe Fresh line for Fall 2008 is freaking awesome, and I am very impressed. I would like to see the price points dropped slightly (winter coats are going for $89, and slacks/jeans are $39), but overall the design and price combination is good enough to still make it worth buying.

I particularly liked the high waisted bow skirt ($29) and the all-important Fall bow-tie blouse ($19). The classic shirt was also an extremely well priced buy at $12; and button up oxford shirts are something that nearly everyone should have multiples of in their collection. It’s nice to know you won’t be blowing a Fall budget on basics for layering.

The photo below shows a few examples of what the Fall 2008 Joe Fresh line has to offer. Just think of how awesome the sales will be…