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Wednesday

15

February 2012

Manolo Blahnik and J.Crew Collaboration for Fall 2012

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My enthusiasm about it is mild, really. I mean, on one hand it’s not entirely surprising since he’s done collaborations with lines like Zac Posen and Carolina Herrera, but now Manolo Blahnik is working with retail brand J.Crew to create a line for J.Crew’s Fall 2012 collection, and it kind of makes me feel…

Disappointed?

There’s something special about being able to buy a pair of designer shoes, with the understanding that not every other girl will style the same shoe. Could be the price tag, could be the exclusivity that comes with a designer name brand. That being said, The Manolo Blahnik and J.Crew collaboration line will range in price from $595 to $645, so chances are that not every girl will go out and splurge on the stylish single-sole pointy-toe pupms, but still.

Will you purchase new shoes from the Manolo Blahnik for J.Crew line?

Check out the WWD news article.

 

 

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Thursday

19

January 2012

Dare to Compare Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe

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So different, yet so similar.

Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe were two of the most memorable blonde bombshells.

Both women had iconic, timeless style.

And both will be forever remembered.

Who’s style resonates with you more strongly? Grace Kelly, or Marilyn Monroe?

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Monday

24

October 2011

Dare to Compare: J.Crew and Joe Fresh Wedge Boots

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Dare to Compare J.Crew and Joe Fresh Wedge Boots

Both available in earthy tones, and both featuring a modestly high wedge heel, these two pairs of wedge boots are both incredibly chic footwear options for Fall. Either pair would incorporate wonderfully into a cooler weather wardrobe.

While it’s obvious that the J.Crew MacAlister boots have a merit that’s unmatched by Joe Fresh, Joe Fresh’s version of the wedge boot is certainly a viable option for Fall (especially if these are boots you don’t plan on wearing for more than one or two seasons).

Both pairs of boots are crafted from suede (with laces dyed to match), and both are unlined. While J.Crew’s wedge boots do ring in at 151 dollars more expensive than Joe Fresh’s, the worth is in the finer details.

 

J.Crew MacAlister suede wedge boots, $238, J.Crew

Joe Fresh lace-up wedge booties, $79, Joe Fresh

 

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Wednesday

31

August 2011

Dare to Compare: Calf-Hair Belts by J.Crew and MICHAEL Michael Kors

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At least one piece of leopard print is a must in your closet. Always.

Spot-on style doesn’t have to be super expensive, as demonstrated by both J.Crew and MK’s lower priced MICHAEL Michael Kors accessory line.

So, which do you prefer? J.Crew’s calf hair leopard print belt, or MICHAEL Michael Kors?

Both belts are made from calf-hair.

Both belts are rich in camel and brown hues.

And, — let’s face it, — both belts would look amazing wrapped around your waist this Fall.

 

J.Crew calf hair belt, $91.50, J.Crew

MICHAEL Michael Kors brown leopard belt, $39.00, Bluefly

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Tuesday

9

November 2010

Dare to Compare Lanvin and Banana Republic

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Whilst I love the absolutely luxe feel of everything Lanvin, there’s something to be said about a Banana Republic bargain. For the Every Girl on a budget — and let’s be honest, isn’t that the majority? — looking good doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.

Lanvin’s mini pop leopard-print bag ($1555, Net-A-Porter) features a stylish tan and black calf-hair animal print, done in neutral tones. The bag has a fold-over flap with a twist-lock fastening on the front. My favourite part? The gold-tone chain strap that’s wrapped and intertwined with black satin ribbon — Lanvin’s chain-link bag signature. This Lanvin bag features one interior pouch pocket, which means you’ll be able stow little more than lip gloss and your plastic in this pint-sized piece of luxury.

Looking to save some change? Get the look for less with this Banana Republic mini chain bag (was $85 now $59.99, Banana Republic). Available in a camel-coloured cheetah print calf-hair or zebra print calf-hair, this BR mini bag features a fold-over front flap with a gold-tone twist closure. It also has a gold-tone chain (with much smaller links than the Lanvin version). This Banana Republic bag is bordered in black leather piping. It has one interior pocket to hide small evening necessities.

 

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Friday

22

October 2010

Dare to Compare: Nicky Hilton and Alex Curran

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Nicky Hilton stepped out on Saturday night for the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills premiere party styling a seriously stunning Ronny Kobo leopard-print dress.

Across the pond in Liverpool, Alex Curran stepped out on Tuesday in a similar number by Roberto Cavalli for the 2010 MOBO Awards.

Nicky glossed her lips in a coral colour and accessorized her dress with jewelry from her namesake jewelry collection, a black clutch, and classic black pumps; Alex painted her lips red and cinched her Cavalli dress with a metallic belt, wore strappy sandals, and carried a McQueen box clutch.

Whose look do you prefer?

 

 

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Thursday

7

October 2010

Dare to Compare: Christina Hendricks on the covers of FLARE and Harper’s Bazaar

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It’s refreshing to see a voluptuous beauty such as Christina Hendricks gaining popularity. We first fell in love with Hendricks in her role as Joan on Mad Men, but lately the red-haired beauty has been making waves with her classic fashion choices, and a starring role in an upcoming film with Canadian superstar Ryan Gosling.

Christina Hendricks can be seen on the October issue of Canada’s FLARE fashion magazine, and next month, you’ll be able to pick up Harper’s Bazaar with the stunning star on the cover.

Hendricks talks a lot in both glossies about her role on Mad Men, and she also speaks up about what it’s really like to be a spokeswoman for curvy women everywhere.

While her Harper’s Bazaar cover is certainly red hot, I’m more partial to her siren red lipstick and black-and-white stripes on the current cover of FLARE.

Which Christina Hendricks cover do you prefer?

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Friday

10

September 2010

Dare to Compare: ELLE Magazine 25th Anniversary Edition Covers

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October 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of ELLE magazine, and in true super style, the US version of our favourite glossy is issuing four anniversary editions; Lauren Conrad, Megan Fox, Gabourey Sidibe, and Amanda Seyfried all strike a pretty pose for the covers. ELLE is featuring a main story on 25 year old stars and what it means to each individual woman to reach that age — the big ‘quarter-of-a-century’ milestone.

I’m curious to know which blonde’s cover you prefer: Lauren Conrad or Amanda Seyfried? Lauren Conrad looks pretty in a playful bustier, knickers-style shorts, and super tanned skin, while Amanda keeps things classic with a plunging neckline, fifties-style skirt, and alabaster complexion.

My preference is Amanda Seyfried’s cover, but then again, I’m more a fan of natural beauty.

In complete contrast is Kate Hudson’s cover for the UK version of ELLE magazine. The ELLE UK 25th anniversary edition is a definite departure from its American counterpart. The UK version certainly has a more mature and sophisticated look; Kate Hudson looks absolutely glamourous on the cover!

So, which ELLE 25th anniversary do you love most?

 

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Tuesday

31

August 2010

Dare to Compare: Vionnet and J.Crew Cropped Pants

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Made famous first by classic beauties Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O., this Fall 2010 season cropped wool pants are again attracting all kinds of attention and strutting straight back into style. Sure we haven’t always looked at cropped pants as a chic clothing choice, but like their juxtaposed cousin the wide-leg pant, everything old is new again. Take the trend and pair these pants with a silk camisole and boyish blazer for office-friendly attire, or style the suiting pant with ankle socks and heels (ala J.Crew); no matter how you wear them, the results will be remarkable and spot-on for Fall 2010.

Though often perceived as a pant style that will hinder height or disrupt lines and make your legs look short, take it from me that cropped pants can work to enhance your height and figure. The key is wearing the pants with a fantastic pair of heels or boots. This will add height and ensure your line of sight goes straight down to the ground rather than stopping short at your ankles.

Check these Vionnet cropped wool-blend pants. Positively preppy, the dark grey wool (designer colour: Smog) makes the menswear look ladylike. The side pockets are hidden, and the welt pockets at the back work to flatter your tush. These pants have a zip fly and hook-eye closure. The pleats at front run down the leg, and the back of Vionnet’s cropped wool pants feature a vent on the hem. They’ve got belt loops, so you can switch things up when you feel like further accessorizing. They’re lined in silk, meaning these Vionnet pants are as comfortable as they are über-chic.

Not prepared to spend almost 900 dollars on designer pants? Fear not, frugal friends! I’m loving the J.Crew Fabien pant. Like the Vionnet variety, J.Crew’s cropped pants are made from comfy wool flannel. (The flannel negates the itchy effect wool can have, hence why J.Crew’s version is unlined). These pants feature side pockets and one back welt pocket. These pants have a cinched paper-bag style waist, which is elastic. The grosgrain tie is removable, so you can alternate with your own leather belt or another fabric tie. There are subtle pleats on the front of J.Crew’s Fabien pant.

So which do prefer? Sure Vionnet’s wool cropped pants are backed by the famous French brand, but J.Crew is providing a similar style for substantially less.

 

Vionnet cropped wool-blend pants, $89, Net-A-Porter

Wool flannel Fabien pant, $128, J.Crew

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Friday

6

August 2010

Dare to Compare: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen September Issue Magazine Covers

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It’s that time of year again, when the dawn of autumn is slowly ascending over the horizon, and naturally any fashion-minded individual — or the every girl, really — is eagerly anticipating the arrival of her favourite fashion glossy(ies). It doesn’t matter which issue you pick up, September is the month that glossies put their best Christian Louboutin-clad publishing foot forward.

So, in the spirit of sartorial splendidness, let’s have a peak at Canada’s own FASHION Magazine cover featuring one-half of the world’s most popular — and easily the most stylish — set of twins, Ashley Olsen. The Olsen with probably the most ‘traditional’ taste, Ashley’s unmistakable doe eyes are highlighted with heavy charcoal liner. She styles some chunky bracelets, an over-the-shoulder chain necklace, and statement ring.

On the other costume-jeweled hand, we’ve got Mary-Kate Olsen posing pretty on three unique Marie Claire covers. The star of Marie Claire’s ‘Fall Fashion Issue’, MK looks luxe posing in a military-inspired, brass-button army green jacket, a vintage chic turquoise and gold sequined dress (and matching rings), and a feathery Mongolian lambs-wool jacket (Alexander Wang or The Row, perhaps?) and lace. While her makeup’s not near as dramatic or dark as sister Ashley’s, Mary-Kate looks glamourous in each shot.

Which cover girl do you prefer? Ashley Olsen on the cover of FASHION Magazine, or Mary-Kate Olsen on the cover of Marie Claire styling three different looks?

 

 

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