Thursday, August 11, 2011


 I must say that although life has been a bit 'crazy' for most-if not all-of us lately, I've decided to try to turn that 'crazy' from a negative to a positive and instead of allowing my 'crazy' life to  'live' me, I am going to 'live' it! 
In another crazy move, I would like to pretend for a moment that the Dow isn't dropping it like it's hot, the U.S. hasn't  lost its triple-A credit rating, and the entire world is not  in a major crisis in some form or another  so that I can report some  momentary 'fluff' to you....
Crazy, right? Here it goes....

Starting off with not so 'fluffy news', H&M is joining the fight against Breast Cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by launching their new "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" collection which will be sold in all H&M stores starting October 6th.  The cost of the lingerie collection will range from $4.95 to $19.95 with 25% of all proceeds benefiting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts.  BRAVO H&M!
In  celeb fashion news,  we all know that Jay-Z and Kanye's album "Watch The Throne" is being released in brick and mortar stores today but what you probably didn't know is that the album artwork was designed by Givenchy's creative director Riccardo Tisci!  Take a look at the 'royal' CD cover's muy 'fancy'!

Speaking of Jay-Z, last week, Jay-Z's fashion label Rocawear obtained licensing rights to Pharrell Williams' Billionaire Boys Club brand.  Williams will continue to work on the brand's creative direction while Mr. Carter will head the business functions.  Work it out boys!

Talking about Pharrell Williams brings up memories of Mz. TT during "the good ole days"! Speaking of Mz. TT, she recently introduced me to a new line of sandals  called Bali Soles (     The shoes, which are priced from $140-$170, are made with sustainable rattan from Indonesia.  The first collection, which is a collaboration between Curated Designs and Michelle Roy, feature three lines: Glam Rock, Resort, and Couture.  Take a look at my favs (which are so fabulously 'tribal'....grrrrrr!):

After quoting Ricky Martin earlier, I have to make my first collabo story about another Puerto Rican icon: Mz. Jennifer Lopez!  J-Lo is featured in the September issue if O magazine which hit newsstands this week.   'Jenny From The Block' is joined by various 'real life women' who are all wearing pieces from her upcoming Kohl's collection.  Here she is in  her creations...the outfit is  kinds cute! 

In other celebrity collabo news, designer Rachel Roy seems to have found her perfect mate in Amare Stoudemire 'mate' that is!  Apparently Roy and Stoudemire have joined forces to create a women's clothing collection for Roy's Rachel Rachel Roy secondary line.   Roy said the collection was inspired by the energy and the fans of Madison Square Garden which has spawn a wide range of athletic-inspired pieces consisting of sweat pant, t-shirts, jackets, and dresses based in a heather gray color palette with orange accents  ( in honor of the NY Knicks).  I'll definitely be on the lookout for photo previews of the line to share with you!

Next in hi/lo collaborations, I am VERY pleasantly surprised at the press images from the Karl Lagerfeld for  Macy’s collection!  Take a look at these photos of the collection (which launches on August 31st with price-tags ranging from $50-$170) and I dare you to tell me that these pieces are NOT signature Karl!  While you all know I am not a huge Macy's fan, I WILL be front and center to pick up a few pieces from the Chanel designer! This is even better than his H&M collabo!!!

Last but not least in hi/lo collaboration news, preview images for the Missoni for Target line, which I previously reported will launch on September 13th,  are finally here!  I must say that I think I'm impressed! Mz. MLH, please restrain yourself from buying up the store! LOL

In beauty news, Salma Hayek finally launched her skincare/cosmetic line for CVS drug stores this week.  Nuance by Salma Hayek is an exclusive collection of over 100 products inspired by Hayek's grandmother.    As I previously reported, Nuance combines her grandmother's homemade beauty recipes with today's technology.   Visit a CVS near you or go to to view/purchase the line priced from $2.99 to $19.00. 

Adding to her ever evolving brand, our girl Rachel Zoe is now a lipstick queen!  Lipstick brand Exude has now tapped Zoe to be their brand ambassador.  The $29 lipstick tube was even designed by Zoe.        
Lastly in the world of cosmetic collaborations introduced this week, Dolce & Gabbana and celebrity make-up artist Pat McGrath recently announced the debut of their Secret Eyes Lengthening Mascara. Secret Eyes features a brush designed to ensure a perfectly defined lash in one swipe and is smudge-proof.  The sexy gold case is worth the $29 price tag alone! 

Now, for my favorite part, FASHION!
Here are some of my picks for the week.  You'll see that for whatever reason, I've been feeling beautifully soft blouses/detailed jackets, flowy dresses, 'statement' shoes/accessories, and animal texture/prints these days....go figure! Check it out...
Blouses/Detailed jackets first:

Asos Sheer lace blouse for $51.72.  The lace/the romantically sexy!

Very funky Funktional Blouse @ shopbop for $130

The color pops on this Vera Moda Side Button Blouse @ Asos for $60.

I also love the color and construction of this bow top from Asos for $32.80

Asos is winning again with this ultra-feminine Frill Neck Blouse for $54.

The asymmetrical bow tie on the neck of this fitted blouse is hot on this $43 top from Asos!

This TopShop Drape Blouse for $70  is equally as funky as it is classy!

Forever21 puts a casual spin on this drapey top for $19.80.

This H&M poncho for $24.95 is a steal and is definitely on-trend for this fall!

This $118 TopShop tuxedo jacket is a MUST! Google "Diane Kruger/Jason Wu" to find out why!

Now on to dresses:

I love the fit/length /price of this Forever21 dress for $24.80!

This Rachel For Rachel Roy Alladin Dress for $149 is FIERCE!

This zebra cut-out dress from TopShop for $100 is SEXY!

There is something very architectural about this Asos Folded Sleeve Dress for $60.59

This Asos Pussy Bow dress is a great dress to carry into fall for $49.

I love the hue and style of this Asos waist bow dress for $86.50. Very classic with a sexy, modern spin!

Speaking of sexy, Asos does it again with this Pencil Dress for $68.96. Check out the shoulders!

H&M will not be outdone in the 'sexy' department with this $49.95 Bustier Dress. HOT!

Zara is adding a futuristic tone  with this metallic mini dress for $189

Close out this summer with this easy, breezy one-shoulder dress from Forever21 for $24.80.

And OK, this is not a a dress but damn, this Zara Open Back Jumpsuit is HAUTE-esp. for $79.90!!!!

 Now for the statement shoes/accessories:

TopShop's suede and ponyhair booties for $156 are THE BIZNESS!

Don't sleep on these TopShop Burgundy Ponyhair Pumps for $160.

Another addition to the TopShop Ponyhair shoe arsenal are these $190 booties. A MUST  in your closet this fall!

These metallic butterfly/suede open toe booties from Zara for $169 will make your Fall as hot as the Summer!

Another Open-toe bootie from Zara for $159 in metallic leather

This Zara Beaded Collar for $79.90 looks like a museum piece!

Zara is winning again with this chain-mail scarf. $49.90

And what a way to close out this segment- this leopard print fascinator from Zara for $35.90 is TRES CHIC!

 While I did have a few hi/lo comps to share with you all, this post is getting kinda long and my fingers are getting a bit worn out from typing so I'll have to save it for later.   Until then, take care of yourselves and may your vida be muy loca (in a good way ;-)) .


Monday, August 1, 2011


As the summer slowly comes to a close (can you believe it's AUGUST already???), I can't help but lament about how much time I've wasted not taking full advantage of the summer days that have passed thus far.  I am, however, hoping to 'get it in' between now and Labor Day so as to mitigate the potential regrets altogether.  With several trips on the horizon (ranging from local day trips to exotic  long weekends to week-long excursions with the family), I'm determined to catch this summer by the tail!  So, utilizing that same enthusiasm, let's talk shop! 

First in fashion tidbits from 'the weeks that were'.....

It looks like the revival of the iconic Halston brand has been a 'bust'!   In the wake of the departure of Sarah Jessica Parker, Harvey Weinstein, Tamara Mellon, and Creative Director Marios Schwab, brand owner Hilco Consumer Capital Halis is frantically trying to regroup.  
It seems as though former BCBG Max Azria president Ben Malka is being named head of Halston Heritage and may be joined by Marie Mazelis who is currently the creative director for the Herve Leger and Max Azria lines.    Not sure if the lack of 'star power' previously fueled by Parker/Weinstein/Mellon will hurt the brand's chances of reclaiming its position in the fashion world but I'm sure the next collection will be telling....

In more news, Mz. JS will be thrilled at the fact that TopShop will  be opening in Chicago  later this fall  and Mz. KPN will be happy to hear that H&M is opening a couple of locations in Dallas starting August 18th and later this winter.   There is also buzz that H&M will be opening an outpost in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.    I feel like Oprah: "YOU GET A TOPSHOP! AND YOU GET AN H&M! AND YOU GET AN H&M!!!". LOL!  In similar expansion news, U.S.-based Forever 21 opened its first London store last week on  famed Oxford Street!  

On the subject of international stylin', our resident 'fashion therapist' Mz. PS is bringing the beauty of India directly to us with the launch of  her Beloved Star resort line last week in NYC.  The luxury brand's debut collection features an array of beautifully handcrafted beach cover-ups, caftans, and tunics which will be available exclusively at later this month.

Another lady on the move is super-celeb stylist June Ambrose.  Ambrose recently announced the August launch of her new website "Juniverse" where she will document her day-to-day life as a celebrity fashion stylist.  I spotted the fashionista at the Super Saturday charity shopping extravaganza this past weekend as she looked so fly chatting with Starr Jones. I look forward to checking out Ambrose's world with her new website!

I always say "better late than never"....I know most of you think I use the adage to excuse my constant tardiness but there is something to be said about actually 'showing up' at all.   With that said, for all of you latecomers to the Met's Alexander McQueen "Savage Beauty" exhibit, here is your final opportunity to 'show up'!  This upcoming weekend, the final weekend of the exhibit, the Museum will be open until midnight!  I strongly suggest that you take advantage of the extended hours because this exhibit is NOT to be missed....  Mr. McQueen is nothing less than GENIUS! 

While true artistry on McQueen's level is rarely accessible the general masses, here is something fun, easy, and inexpensive that could very easily be included in McQueen's "Cabinet of Curiosities"!  Paperself's fantabulous paper false eyelashes are unique eye accessories based on the ancient art of Chinese paper cutting.  These reusable false eyelashes are easy to cut to fit/style/fix with standard eyelash glue and come in the following styles: Butterfly & Deer, Peacock, and Under the Sea.   Purchase for approximately $20 at    Check it out here:

In more U.K.-based beauty news, Nail Inc.'s new Magnetic Attraction nail polish will be giving the 'shattered nail' trend a run for its money!  The U.K.-based company has created nail technology utilizing magnetic fields.   Just apply any one of the three metallic shades containing iron powder and and wave the nail polish cap (which contains an embedded magnet) over the fresh polish to create the 'magnetized ripple' effect.  
In nail news state-side, airport nail salon XpressSpa will begin offering manicures at select Sephora locations (NYC's Times Square and 34th St. outposts are the first Sephora locations to offer this service beginning tomorrow) which will allow customers to select nail art options, buy the base polish of your choice, and then chose a nail technician to produce the style chosen.  Prices range from $22-$75 depending on the number and complexity of the design. 

Now, to get to the 'meat' of the matter....

As I discussed in my most recent post, Balmain is debuting its lower-priced secondary line for both women and men this December.    Although the pieces from the 'Pierre Balmain' collection will retail for a fraction of the cost of the main line, the prices are still on the 'steeper' side, ranging from $172 to $1,291.   Check out some of the recent images from the collection:

Also as previously discussed, Brian Atwood's secondary line 'B Brian Atwood'  is actually becoming a reality and recently enjoyed an exclusive pre-sale debut this past week on  Check out the details and ultra lux feel of these B Brian Atwood picks below:


Another new addition to the world of lower-priced, secondary  lines is designer Matthew Williamson.  MW by Matthew Williamson is Williamson's new diffusion line that is meant to appeal to a broader range of clients at lower price-points.  Again, I'm still so in love with my Matthew Williamson for H&M pieces that these new MW pieces would totally have to 'wow' me to convince me to indulge because I was not impressed by his Macy's collabo!  Will try to spy some photos soon.

Not sure Rachel Zoe is as concerned about 'accessibility' as Balmain, Brian Atwood, Matthew Williamson, etc. BUT she is quite concerned about the lack fashion options for her new baby boy Skyler.   Naturally, Zoe is taking matters in to her own hands and has announced that she's creating a high-end childrens clothing line where boys clothes will be her obvious focus. 

Moving on to hi/lo brand collaborations:

David Beckham recently announced the debut of his new 'lifestyle brand' initially featuring a bodywear and fragrance line.   Beckham has partnered with H&M to carry his new bodywear line beginning in February 2011.  I am PRAYING that he will convince his wife to follow suit, as my  'dream' collabos for  H&M actually include Victoria Beckham and Tom Ford!

New developments have been made in the Karl Lagerfeld/Macy's collection.  The one-off limited edition line priced between $50 and $170 will be sold in 235 Macy's stores across the country and on starting on August 31st. 

While we're all still in shock over the Jennifer Lopez/Marc Anthony split, J Lo and Marc are attempting to 'work it out' - in the fashion biz that is....
Apparently "the show will go on" with regard to the couple's Kohl's collaboration due to launch this September -although the lines will now be advertised as two separate collections. 

"Holla Back Girl" Gwen Stefani- is partnering with Target with 'Harajuku Mini" - a line targeting babies, children, and 'tweens.   I will definitely keep my eyes/ears open on the development of that collection!


Sadly, the final collection of the +J collaboration between Jil Sander and Uniqlo is debuting this fall.  Here are a few photos from the final ad campaign. 

On the subject of Uniqlo collaborations, this one is pretty interesting! 
The Highline in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood has joined Uniqlo in the creation of a new 8,000 square foot outdoor roller-skating rink located at W. 30th and 10th Avenue that will be open now until September 26th of this year.    The greatest thing about the collaboration is that you can skate AND shop (at the Uniqlo brand 'Cube' which will offer jackets, t-shirts, and accessories for sale) at the same time!  "Rooooock, Skate, Roooooolllll, Bounce!"

Lastly, America's favorite mascara: Maybelline's Great Lash is celebrating its 40th birthday with a bang!  Great Lash is partnering with designers Tracy Reese, Vivienne Tam, and Max Azria in order to create a limited edition tube design collection available for $6.99 exclusively at Target in September.

Now that we've gotten all of the latest fashion news out of the way, let's look at my most recent 'haute hunting' finds'!

Forever 21 Side Neck-tie Blouse $22.80 (color and style screams Valentino ;-))

Asos Chiffon Jumpsuit $112.  Sexy and Angelic at the same time!

Asos Color-Blocked Jumpsuit $112.  Nail multiple trends in one with this piece!

Asos Aqua Deep V-Neck/Open Back Dress $151. HAUTENESS PERSONIFIED!

Asos Twisted One Shoulder Dress $77.58.  I love the detail and color of this sexy number!

Mason By Michelle Mason One-Shoulder Gown $341 at Shopbop.  Tres' Chic!

Floral Dress from H&M's upcoming Fall "Conscious Collection".  Very 'Mad Men'

TopShop Contrast Sleeve Leather Biker Jacket $300. Great Fall Piece!

Asos Leather Leopard Pony-hair Biker Jacket $275.  A Funky Approach to a Fashion Staple!

Forever 21's Faux Fur Animal Print Fedora is a steal for $8.80 and a great addition to any fall wardrobe.

This Asos Leather Envelop Clutch for $90 IS THE BUSINESS! ENOUGH SAID!

Love these Marc Jacob Over-sized Aviators in White at Shopbop for $98.  KILLIN' EM!

Lastly, I'm not a sneaker girl BUT I have to give props when I see a great pair of 'sassy' kicks! These $50 TopShop Leopard/Patent Leather High Tops are adorable!

Here are some 'break the bank' items that recently caught my eye....

Cushnie Et Ochs Falling Drape Dress at ShopBop. So simple yet funky-with an equally as funky price tag of $1995.

Theyskens Theory Patent Leather Suede Ombre Wedge for $495 at Netaporter. Ok, can we talk about the graduation from patent leather to suede here? The 'technique' of this shoe is equally as fly as the look of it!

Christian Louboutin's Ziggy Heel for $1395 is a show-stopper!

Lastly, I've died and gone to heaven with these Charlotte Olympia Origami Pump for $1,195 on preview at Moda Operandi

Well folks, all good things must come to an end.  'Marinate' on these findings and I'll be back soon to put some more temptation in your path!

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