Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Season's Best: Statement Clutches

This season's clutches are bolder than ever!  Whether you want to incorporate vibrant colors into your fall wardrobe or add a bit of edge to your look with studs and skulls, we've rounded up the best hard clutches of the season. 

               1. Alexander McQueen, $1,450
               2. Anya Hindmarch, $1,595
               3. Kotur, $237
               4. Bottega Veneta, $1,650
               5. Diane von Furstenberg, $365

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Designer vs. Deal: Leopard Loafers

One of our favorite trends this fall is animal prints. In fact we are currently working on a post dedicated exclusively to animal prints, but in the meantime we couldn't resist sharing these amazing leopard print loafers with you.  We love this pair by Prada (bottom) and found a more affordable option that may be easier on your budget (top).  Either one you choose is sure to add just the right amount of attitude to any outfit.
Top: Vanelli Ranka, $130
Bottom: Prada Classic Leopard Loafer, $790   

Monday, August 29, 2011

Keep Calm And Carry On

Whether you're beginning a new school year or starting a new work week, now is a good time to get organized.  This inspirational notebook will keep your schedule in order and remind you to take one task at a time.  So when things get hectic, just remember to "Keep Calm and Carry On."  

"Keep Calm And Carry On" Notebook, $11.95

Friday, August 26, 2011

Spotlight On: Rachel Zoe's First Collection

Yesterday Ken Downing, the Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus, hosted a special presentation of Rachel Zoe's first collection featuring none other than Rachel Zoe herself and some of her favorite looks.  After seeing the first few looks, we were completely impressed by the stylist's first designer collection.  Everything from the smart design to the rich materials and attention to detail makes each piece luxurious and ultra-chic.  One of the most outstanding pieces is the Sequined Dolman Top in Ivory, a Neiman's exclusive!  We also love the Tan military-inspired suit, which was clearly designed for a confident woman.  And let's not forget about the accessories!  Her shoes are to die for: the perfect Platform Ankle Boots and super-sexy Ankle-strap Pump Sandals.  Our favorite bags are the Sophie shoulder bag in gold animal-print lambskin and the Melissa Satchel!  View the Rachel Zoe Collection available at Neiman Marcus here.   


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Accessories Trend: Tassels

Gone are the days when tassels were confined to loafers and home decor.  This season tassels are being featured on everything from handbags and heels to jewelry.  They add edge to a simple black clutch, sophistication to a carry-all tote, and allure to a pair of very sexy lace-up Louboutins.  Tassels are even standing alone (or in pairs rather) as statement earrings that are both fun and glamorous. Whether you want to be bold or play it safe, don't be afraid to have fun with this trend!          

ANYA HINDMARCH Huxley Leather Clutch, $795
CITRINE by The Stones Pom Pom Earrings, $250
SABINE Tassel Pendant Necklace, $24
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Tasseled Platform Pump, $1,995
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black Suede Sandals, $876 (Originally $1,095)
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG Drew Suede Bucket Tote, $525

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Taylor's "Editorial Shot of the Month"

For my "Editorial Shot of the Month" I chose this image from "The Season's Riches" spread in Harper's Bazaar.  I love how the vibrant blue color of the gown reflects the depth and beauty of the blue-hued ocean yet still commands the attention of the viewer.

Harper's Bazaar, September 2011 
Photographed by: Camilla Akrans
Fashion Editor: Brana Wolf
Dress: $1,800
Fur scarf: $2,600
Belt: $630
Shoes: $795, all Gucci

Amanda's "Editorial Shot of the Month"

We are excited to start our new post series: "Editorial Shot of the Month."  Each month after spending hours pouring over fashion magazines, we will each select our favorite editorial image. This stunning shot from Harper's Bazaar tops my list for the month of September!

Harper's Bazaar, September 2011 
Photographed by: Paola Kudacki
Fashion Editor: Natasha Royt
Dress: Dolce & Gabbana, $4,795
Pumps: Christian Louboutin, $995 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Large Building Necklace, $2,975
(silver hardware, crystal, strass)

Lanvin's Fall 2011 collection was the perfect balance of femininity and modern edge due in large part to the bold jewelry accompanying these minimal yet romantic looks.  This architectural design is one of our favorites from the Fall 2011 collection.  It will set you back $2,975, but it's worth every penny!    

View Lanvin's full jewelry collection here!


Top 5: Nordstrom's Fall Designer Catalog

The Nordstrom Designer Fall catalog features some of the best this upcoming season has to offer. 
Here are our top 5 picks, clockwise from top middle:

Lanvin - Leather Loafer $807.00
Miu Miu - Glitter Platform Pump $630.00
Fendi - 'Chameleon' Calfskin Leather Top Zip Tote $2,340.00
Prada - 'Saffiano Bauletto' Top-Handle Tote $1,750.00 (In stores only)
Gucci - '1973' Shoulder Bag $2,230.00 (In stores only)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Fallon Obsession: Missoni Hits the Bulls-eye!

We are OBSESSED with Missoni's special collection for Target!  This is Target's most extensive collaboration ever.  The collection includes everything from apparel and accessories for men, women and children as well as shoes, beauty items, technology accessories, home decor, patio furniture and one very chic bicycle.  Prices range from $2.99 to $599.99.  Missoni for Target will be available in stores and online from September 13 - October 22.  After viewing the collection, we predict it will be flying off the rack!  This is one collaboration that's worth getting up early for or even camping out...if only they had a Missoni for Target sleeping bag ;)

Looks from the Missoni for Target Collection

Missoni for Target Accessories

Missoni for Target Home Decor and Furniture

Missoni for Target Bicycle

Photo Credit: Target     

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Island Escape: Honolulu, Hawaii

Ready for a summer getaway? Between the warm breeze and breathe-taking sunsets, Hawaii is the perfect vacation destination.  Below you'll find everything you need to know (and pack) in order to make your Hawaiian Island escape unforgettable.

STAYKahala Resort & Spa. Lounge in a hammock at the resort's secluded beach or swim with dolphins at the hotel's private lagoon.
EATAlan Wong's. Order the Ahi & Avocado Salsa Stack and Chocolate "Crunch Bars."
DRINKMai Tai Bar at the Royal Hawaiian. Enjoy a Mai Tai or sip Piña Coladas out of a fresh pineapple just steps from the beach.  (Perfect spot to watch the sunset.) 
SHOPInternational Marketplace.  Find unique jewelry and vintage Hawaiian prints. 
DO: Surf at Waikiki Beach & hike Diamond Head for the most spectacular views of Oahu.

Melissa Odabash Long Skirt, $205
BCBG Wide-Brim Straw Hat, $34.80 (On Sale!)
Vanessa Bruno One-Piece Suit, $168 (On Sale!)
Havaianas Sandals, $24
Essie Nail Polish in Beach Bum Blu, $8
Maui Babe Browning Lotion, $13.49
Stila 'Wonderful in Waikiki' Palette, $14

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Under the Sea: Home Décor

There's something so refreshing about incorporating sea-inspired decor into your home.  I love the simple beauty of each of these pieces.  Add a splash of color to your home with this vibrant green and blue vase and balance the room with neutral and silver accent items.      

1. Z Gallerie Faux Fossilized Shell, $99.95
2. Crate & Barrel Driftwood Mirror, $199
3. Z Gallerie Silver Starfish Bowl, $24.95
4. Z Gallerie Vargus Plate, $99.95
5. Crate & Barrel Tiki Vase, $29.95
6. Z Gallerie Faux Coral $24.95-59.95

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fashion's Night Out!

The countdown has officially begun...the third annual Fashion's Night Out is almost here!  The event's website, which launched yesterday, details all of the different ways fashion lovers can get involved, shop, and enjoy the festivities around the globe.  For a list of events in your city and online, click here.  Be sure to check out this year's FNO collection including shirts for men and women, hats, and totes.  Prices range from $15 to $50.  With each purchase, forty percent of the proceeds goes to the New York City AIDS Fund in the New York Community Trust.  Happy shopping!

Friday, August 12, 2011

StyleGuide: Outdoor Music Festival

With so many outdoor music festivals this month, we couldn't help but be inspired to create the perfect look for the occasion!  Here are our Outdoor Music Festival must-haves...

1. Willow Silk Tank, $225
2. Madewell Shuffle Stack Necklace, $65
3. MiH Denim Cut-off Shorts, $155
4. Chan Luu Beaded Leather Friendship Bracelet, $345
5. Metallic Lace Headwrap, $50
6. Zara Embellished Drawstring Bag, $99.90
7. Ray-Ban Sunglasses, $145
8. Hollywood Trading Co. Belt, $198
9. Topshop Suede Ankle Boots in Sand, $140

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Spotlight On: Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse at Macy's

Mark your calendars!!! Coming August 31st to Macy's, the special collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and Macy's is sure to be a hit.  Here are our top 4 picks!  We can't wait to get our hands on these!  The collection will be available online and in select Macy's stores nationwide.    

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Kai All-Natural Candle Collection

Skylight Candle, $48; Nightlight Candle, $26; Twilight Candles, $44

Kai is one of the lightest, freshest scents that I just can't seem to get enough of.  For years, I have loved Kai Body Glow ($34), and I've recently re-discovered their all-natural slow-burning candles. Their unique blend of soy, palm and coconut wax allows up to 40 hours of burn time for the Skylight Candle, the largest size in the collection.  These candles are great gift items, and we especially love the set of 4 Twilight candles.  

All Kai products are made in the USA and packaged in recyclable materials.  Visit Kai's website to explore their full product line.            

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Get the Look: Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen's Resort 2012 Collection is absolutely amazing!  (You can view the full collection at  I love the use of romantic white lace contrasted with utilitarian pieces such as thick leather belts and oversized structured clutches.  This is one of my favorite looks from the collection, so we've recreated it keeping our budget in mind.        

Modcloth Lacy Sunday Blouse, $64.95
J.Crew Cropped Pants, $95
Topshop Leopard Belt, $32
Rachel Zoe Platform Pumps, $295
Zara Messenger Bag, $35.90

Monday, August 8, 2011

Stylemint: The Perfect T

From left to right: Prince, a full sentence, Michigan, Abbot Kinney
($29.99 each)

Stylemint, launched in July, is a members-only online shopping experience centered around the perfect tee.  Each month you get a super-soft tee with a great fit that suits your personal style.  Designed by Mark-Kate and Ashley Olsen, all T-shirts cost only $29.99!  Learn more about how you can get your perfect tee each month at and visit their Facebook page to get a behind-the-scenes look!     

Friday, August 5, 2011

1 Look, 4 Ways

One of my favorite outfits is a printed blouse worn with a great pair of silk shorts.  This look is so versatile we've created 4 very different interpretations of this ensemble.  Whether you want a sophisticated look for the office, a casual chic look for lunch with friends or a sexy look for cocktails with the girls, we've got you covered!  Depending on your personal style and/or mood for the day, this outfit can be preppy, classic, eclectic or edgy.  For our preppy style, we suggest pairing it with a simple pair of nude ballet flats.  Our classic black-and-white ensemble looks best with a classic pair of Mary-Jane pumps or add a splash of color by wearing bright red pumps.  Channel your inner creative spirit by adding suede ankle boots to our eclectic look.  Last but not least, we love a fabulous pair of black lace-up booties to add even more edge to our sexier look, perfect for a night out!  

PREPPY: See by Chloe Floral Print Blouse, $370; Topshop Camel Pleat Front Shorts, $30
CLASSIC: Moschino Cheap and Chic Blouse, $525; 3.1 Phillip Lim Knot-front Shorts, $295
ECLECTIC: Erdem Elodie Printed Blouse, $750; Tibi Silk Shorts, $265
EDGY: A.L.C. Geometric Print Blouse, $360; Topshop Black Silk Runner Shorts, $70        

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BOBBI BROWN Limited Edition Eye Palette

BOBBI BROWN Limited Edition Tortoise Shell Eye Palette in Bronze $60

Bobbi Brown's Fall Collection, featuring new classics, is now available in stores and online! Offered in two eyeshadow palettes: Sand and Bronze (featured), each includes 8 shades creating endless color combinations.  Both range from neutral colors for every day to deeper colors for evening and special occasions.  Sand is best for lighter skin tones, while Bronze is better suited for medium to darker skin tones.  We love the versatility of the packaging - it is so compact and easy to take anywhere.  To explore the Tortoise Shell Collection, click here!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pump It Up for Fall

Left: Zara Platform Peep-Toe, $89.90
Right: Charlotte Olympia Platform Velvet Pump $895

Last week we gushed over one of Fall's biggest trends: Color Blocking, and we're not done yet!  These platform pumps are a more subtle way to incorporate color blocking into your look.  Simple and elegant, these shoes will become a staple in your closet.  If you're looking to invest in a new pair of stylish pumps for Fall, Charlotte Olympia's rich velvet pumps will surely live up to its price tag! Looking for more of a bargain? Zara's peep-toe pumps have all the glamour at a fraction of the price.