Sparkle City

I still don’t have a prom dress, and I still won’t show it to you when I get it, but I said nothing about the shoes. Behold: The Prom Shoes.

Is your mind blown? If not, you have no taste in shoes. Sorry.

Guess what? They’re Jimmy Choos. And more importantly? They’re mine. You have no idea how happy it makes me just to look at them. You should look at them too.

A wise girl in one of the FIT class I took once told me that it’s not about the dress. It’s about the shoes. And right she was. Don’t get me wrong, I still plan on having the most incredible dress there, but honestly, it doesn’t matter what you wear when your feet are blessed with some sparkly Jimmy Choo.

So, remember when I said I wouldn’t get into the sale? Well I got into the sale. It was miraculous, really. I was in line for all of five minutes before I got in. I met this awesome woman in line who knew someone who worked in the sale and could get us in, jumping the hour-long line. She’s a jewelery designer, check out her website here. I owe her my life. Perhaps not my life, but at least my Prom Shoes.

These are my first pair of designer shoes, which is, like, a really big deal. What is a fashionista without designer shoes? When I have my own apartment in a chic neighborhood and my closet takes up half my bedroom, these shoes will have a special place on my shelves. And when Bluefly Closet Confessions interviews me, I’ll tell them about my first pair of designer shoes (1:44).

So, I know your all wondering: just how much of my soul did I sell for these babies? Surprisingly little.

The sparkle-less (read: inferior) version sold for a whopping $950. Guess how much I paid for mine? $75. The gods of sample sales really do love me. And I love them.


Reconsidering Weitzman

I know I said the cheapo ones were better, but Solange Knowles and Leandra Medine make the Stuart Weitzman’s look pretty damn stylish.

Leandra, (Ms. Man Repeller herself) (soon to be Mrs. which defeats the purpose of man repelling) (I still love you, don’t worry) wore them especially well. Her Mary Jane’s in Blush Aniline offer a nice contrast to her faded jeans, gray tee, and leather jacket. Fashion is all about contrast. That’s the designer in the middle there, if you didn’t get that. Do you like how she styled them?

Nails News

So today at the office there were some Essie polishes lying around, and my boss said I could keep them. I only recently got into nail polish, so this is very exciting for me. Meet the newest editions to my nail polish collection:

And these aren’t just new to my collection. These colors are so new, they’re not even on the Essie website. They’re from the summer 2012 collection, so I assume they’re not out yet, and my office got samples because we’re just awesome like that. And we write about that kind of stuff. From right: Cascade Cool, Fear or Desire, and All Tied Up. Obviously, I’ve already tried them all. The light pink is a cool-toned Barbie pink, the orange is so chic for spring, and the dusty rose color I’m wearing right now:

On my thumb, pointer, and pinky fingers I’m wearing All Tied Up, and on my middle and ring fingers I’m wearing something by Hard Candy. I don’t know the name of the Hard Candy polish, it doesn’t say on the bottle. I think the two colors complement each other nicely. The two-color trend is a great way for impatient girls like me to try multiple colors at once. Have you ever tried the two-color mani?

And now for some other fun stuff:

Hehe, Anna Wintour memes.

Happy Wednesday.

More on Knockoffs

As we established in this post, not all originals are superior to knockoffs. Just a thought to keep in mind.

That said, I have been seeing this bag all over the city in the past few months:

Even bloggers like Fashion Squad have one.

And my friend over at Girl Loves Color has recently joined the bandwagon.

They’re cute, right? I personally think the orange one is badass.

But something seems a teensy bit off about them to me. Maybe they’re the slightest bit too bright? I just don’t really see myself ever using it once the death of the neon trend comes.

Enter European H&M, which is superior to the U.S. H&M because they carry merchandise that the U.S. doesn’t, like this:

It captures the style of the Cambridge version, but maintains wearability and yet is still surprisingly on trend. I saw it in Bologna and I was in the market for a cute little cross-body bag that could actually close and it was calling my name. There’s a thought. What if bags could talk? I suppose all the Céline bags would stage an intervention and tell me that it makes them self-conscious when I stare at them longingly.

Back to the point, in a comparison between originals and knockoffs, there is always a price difference. The Cambridge Satchel goes for 105 euros, while the H&M version goes for just 15. But the H&M will definitely end up being more expensive once you add the price of the plane ticket. Which one do you like?

Remember These?

A little while ago I posted about the selection of wedges on Piperlime, including these wedges from Coconuts:

I saw these very shoes on Hautelook today, for $42. Out of curiosity I checked the Piperlime link to see if the price was still $69, as it had been then. Don’t tell Hautelook, but these wedges are now on sale fro $39.99 on Piperlime. I’m not sure if I can convince my parents to buy me any more pairs of heels, but it’s nice to know that these are on sale.

I Love Chyou

Choo+you= chyou

Choo is honor of today’s Jimmy Choo sample sale, and you in honor of who ever is reading this, because if you’re reading this, you have good taste.

Last night I went on the Jimmy Choo website in case I somehow end up getting into the sale, and saw these:

And for some reason that I can’t remember, I was also on Zara‘s website last night, and saw these:

Ah, the sartorial intellectual property infringement that is Zara. But wait, there’s more. I also saw these:

And then I remembered seeing these:

on The Man Repeller‘s take on pastel shoes for spring.

You know what the crazy thing is? I actually prefer the Zara knockoffs to the real Stuart Weitzman‘s. They look really uncomfortable, but they’re cuter. The Jimmy Choo’s on the other hand, I prefer to Zara’s version. What do you think? Which one’s do you like better? Would you buy any of them? Are you going to the Jimmy Choo sample sale? How much do you want to bet that I will spend at least two hours in line and not actually make it in? I’m sure that’s what will happen. But, if by any chance I do get in there, I will let you know what I see.

Roman Holiday

I think I said “thanks, I got it in Rome” at least three times today. Can you blame me? It’s an awesome dress. And it’s not just an awesome dress. It’s an awesome new dress. And guess what? It’s an awesome new dress from Rome. So that increases said awesomeness. Do you follow me? It doesn’t matter, just look at the pictures. And then click “follow”. It’s that little button thing in the lower right corner.

The belt serves to cinch the waist and give some shape to the dress. I chose to pair it with my black boots rather than with nude wedges to make it a little less summery and airy. If I were headed to the beach (I wish) I would totally wear this (minus the belt) with wedges, or better yet, flip flops. But since it’s not June yet, and I don’t want to look like I’m going to the beach for my internship, the black boots make the dress more city appropriate.

Do you like my dress?

dress: somewhere in Rome, belt: BCBG, boots: somewhere in Italy


I don’t have a dress. I know, I know, it’s coming up and I should really have a dress by now I get it. But I doubt it’s gonna happen in April with all the college decisions (don’t even get me started) so I’ll have to leave my freaking out for May when I’ll get the dress, shoes, jewelry, and plan the hair and makeup so that come that first week of June, I can enjoy that little thing called being done with high school. And trust me, when I get the dress, you’ll be the first to know. I may not show you the dress since half my readers will be at my prom and the jaw-dropping effect that I’m going for might be ruined if the dress isn’t a surprise. But mark my words, by Saturday June 9th, you will have pictures galore.

In the meantime, I’ll treat you to pictures of the dresses I didn’t buy. This one was at a vintage store in Milan:

This one is Céline and it’s perfect and beautiful and I would actually have dreams about this dress. It’s not a prom dress, but I’m sure I could find an excuse to wear it. Like, every day. But, being Céline, it was on sale for 1,000 euros, so…:

Any suggestions for where I should look for a prom dress?

Loving the Crew

J. Crew, that is. Why, what did you think I was talking about? That bad Drake song? No, silly, this is a fashion blog.

I got these shorts on sale at J. Crew two years ago. Aren’t they great? Isn’t the pattern perfect for spring?

shirt: J. Crew (similar version here), shorts: J. Crew, denim shirt: Madewell (J. Crew’s sister brand), green bracelet: J. Crew, brown bracelet: somewhere in Mexico, ring: Marc Jacobs, necklace: free people, boots: somewhere in Italy

Italia <3’s McQueen

Real version

Knockoff at a street market in Florence

Either that or the vast majority of  people don’t know who Alexander McQueen or Sarah Burton are and couldn’t care less about what goes down the runway and buy at Urban Outfitters whatever they think is cute, which may or may not happen to be a skull scarf. But I choose to believe the former. Because guess what? Urban Outfitters got the idea from Alexander McQueen.

Actually, I have no idea if Urban carries skull scarves, they just seem like the type of place that would. My point is, in Italy I saw a lot of skull scarves. At a cafe in Rome, I saw a woman wearing one (I think it was the McQueen one, but I don’t remember) folded up and worn like a forehead headband. I have no idea how she managed to not look like pirate, but trust me, it was very chic. I didn’t take a picture because I didn’t particularly feel like being a creeper, but I was creeper enough to stare at her awesome pirate-chic-minus-the-pirate forehead accessory.
The rest of the people that I saw rocking the trend wore their scarves un-creatively except for one woman who tied the McQueen around the handle of her Balenciaga bag. That was hot too.

So, will you try the trend?