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Posts from — June 2011

Candy Stripes

From Prada to Miu Miu, stripes are popping up for summer.

The Outfit Deets
Top: TopShop.com
Jeans: J Crew High Heel Flare (You can still get them on ebay.)
Necklace: Henri Bendel in NYC
Bracelets: Pink/gold, Henri Bendel; gold bangles, H&M
Belt: Banana Republic, old
Sandals: Chie Mihara leather and denim sandals (last year)

June 27, 2011   Comments Off on Candy Stripes

Flirty Lil’ Dress

Had a wonderful time at my friend Jen’s 40th birthday party! She chose a local German restaurant and we had a blast! I wanted something that was comfy but not too dressy as the place is casual. I bought this cute dress on ebay recently and just got it back from the tailor (it was too big in the hips.)

The Outfit Deets

Dress: Diane Von Furstenberg via ebay
Bangles:
Dillards
Earrings:
Banana Republic
Yes, I do wear earrings–sometimes. I have to admit, I never feel like I get earrings right. They are either too big and clash with my other jewelry, so I go with faux diamond studs. But, these just felt right.
Shoes:
Wedge Espadrilles Banana Republic

I thought I might be cold, so I grabbed this black J Crew suit blazer. Looking at the picture, I realize that I really needed to button that top button, or wear a belt over it to nip in my waist. I didn’t end up wearing it though as the restaurant was so hot! But, this is also a perfect example of mixing and matching all of your clothing. This blazer has been hanging in my closet for years and I barely ever wear it because it’s part of a pant suit. But, really it’s perfect over a flirty dress or with jeans.

June 26, 2011   Comments Off on Flirty Lil’ Dress

How I Search on Ebay

My eBay skills are legendary–at least in my own mind! 🙂 But, several of you have asked how I find such great bargains on ebay (like a recent brand new, tags attached DVF dress for $40). I got the dress so cheap because it was listed new with defects. The defects? A missing belt (no biggie I’d replace it anyway) and a one inch tear on the shoulder seam, shown clearly in photographs and very fixable.)

Here are some search tips I’ve picked up along the way:

1. Do your research. Generally, when I’m searching on ebay, I have a general idea about what I want. For example, I may see a brand I like, want a brooch with red stones or want a pair of leather shorts. The first step is to enter that into your search. Examples: “Tory Burch“, “leather shorts“, “vintage brooch.” If you notice, you can be more general in your initial searches, then narrow it down from there.

2. Break it down. Once you do your first search, then break it down. Perhaps you want a Tory Burch dress, then go to the dresses and break it down even further to your size. You’ll have a lot fewer items to scroll through. It’s helpful if you know, for example, that the style of designer dress you want is called “Della” or “Julian” (both names of DVF dress styles.) You can use that information in one of your searches to narrow down results.

3. Check the spelling. Think outside the box people! Spelling errors are very common when it comes to designer names! There is a great website called TYPOBAY. Enter the name of the designer or item you want and it will show you all the listings where the name was spelled wrong. It’s great because you’ll see quite a few items that don’t pop up on searches of the correct spelling. I’ve found some awesome deals this way, including a pair of new with tags Tory Burch leather shorts (spelled Tory Birch believe it or not!) for $30. They retailed for over $300!

4. Search multiple ways. In addition to searching through Typobay, think of different search combinations. For example, if I’m looking for a pair of flare jeans, search by brand name, size and different variations on the theme. For example:  “Citizens of Humanity” “Citizens jeans” , “Citizens humanity flare jeans”, “Citizens flare jeans 28” and “Citizens Humanity flare denim.”

5. Save your searches. Sometimes I don’t find what you want the first time around and I know I won’t have time to search daily for that item. That’s when I’ll set up multiple searches for the item. If I want a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress in leopard print, I’ll save the following searches: “DVF wrap dress”, “Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress”, “Furstenberg leopard”, “Furstenberg Julian leopard”, “Furstenberg wrap dress 6”, “Diane Von Furstenberg leopard wrap dress 6.” Then, I’ll get an email daily with the listings that meet my search criteria.  Eventually, the item will show up! Once I find it and buy it, I will delete the searches so I don’t keep flooding my inbox.

Next up in my ebay series: Sniping!!!

June 25, 2011   Comments Off on How I Search on Ebay

Girly Eyelet

I haven’t been posting as frequently as I’d like, mostly because I’m not wearing anything that’s worth photographing. My life is a home office, driving to football workouts and camps and sitting at summer baseball games in 97 degree scorching heat. Not much incentive to dress up when it’s so hot outside. But, I did manage to pull this together to wear (sans the necklace) to a baseball game. Had to take the necklace off as it was just too HOT!

The Outfit Deets
Tee shirt: Target V-Neck Boyfriend Tee
Shorts: Navy eyelet from Ann Taylor Loft (2010)
Sandals: Miss Trish of Capri for Target (2010)
Necklace: Target (2010)

June 25, 2011   1 Comment

Lovin’ Eyelet

I took Friday off work in order to get my hair cut, run errands, attend the show on the last day of vacation bible school, go to lunch with my kids, then hit an afternoon birthday party ending the day with a dinner date with hubby! Whew, busy day. So, I wanted something that was casual, cool and a little more dressed up than shorts and a tee shirt.

I bought this eyelet dress from Zou Zou Boutique planning to use it as a bathing suit coverup but I love it so much I don’t want to mess it up with sunscreen.

The Outfit Deets
Dress: For Love and Liberty via Zou Zou Boutique (worn with a spandex full slip)
Shoes: Stuart Wietzman (old)
Necklace: Etsy
Bracelet: My Grandmother’s
Watch: Toy Watch

June 25, 2011   Comments Off on Lovin’ Eyelet

Purple Python

This crazy Michael Kors dress was on the clearance rack at my TJ Maxx. It is so comfy it feels like PJs! I tried on a million necklaces with this—short and long—but just wasn’t feeling any of them. So, I chose to go with a bold leather bracelet. I think this would look awesome with some super high black booties as well. In fact, I think my heels need to be higher in order to kill the frump factor of this sack dress. By the way, the front is all clear sequins, ooh la la!

The Outfit Deets
Dress: Michael Kors via TJ Maxx
Bracelet: Henri Bendel in NYC
Caged Heels: Black Patent from Banana Republic

June 24, 2011   Comments Off on Purple Python

Bright Blue

I’m loving the bright colors of the current collections. This dress feels very 70s to me, not sure why. But, I love it. I feel very va-va-voom in it. 🙂 What I really like is that it can be dressed up like below or dressed down for a casual night but putting on some wedges or espadrille wedges and simpler jewelry. And, in the fall, I would so put some knee high boots with this! Wowsa!

The Outfit Deets
Dress: DVF Agaton Dress
Necklaces: Vintage tassel and chain in bright gold
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman Airforce Snake Heels
Bracelets: Vintage rhinestone, Tuleste Market Rosette Bracelet, H&M bangles

June 23, 2011   Comments Off on Bright Blue

Ladies Who Lunch

My sisters in law and I had a small luncheon to celebrate my mother in law’s birthday. I love the flowy easiness of this sundress and the color is to die for.

The Outfit Deets
Dress: Amanda Uprichard (a couple years ago)
Necklaces, bracelet & Butterfly gold Belt: Target
Shoes: Kate Spade via eBay

June 16, 2011   1 Comment

Suits Me

Evolution of an Outfit: Going through my closet, I found this fuschia dress from Target. I hadn’t worn it yet, so decided to break it out for church. In the back of my mind, I’ve been trying to find ways to wear these awesome sandals more often as well. While the shoes and the dress matched perfectly, it was all too matchy-matchy for me. Plus, it gets drafty in church. I just bought this Theory jacket off eBay, but it was still boring. I tried on several belts, a pink one, a turquoise one, a brown one…then I spotted this citron satin one from JCrew and was happy with the way it added a little interest to the outfit. Some silver bracelets and citron bangles and done… My husband said I looked like a teacher—in a good way. 🙂

The Outfit Deets
Dress: Target
Jacket: Theory via eBay
Belt: J Crew via eBay (a few years ago)
Shoes: Lanvin via Net a Porter, admittedly a splurge!
Bracelets: Brighton (ball bracelet and lucite bracelet), H&M (yellow bangles), Swiss Army watch (with my sorority logo on it, I got it in college!) and heirloom vintage silver bangle.

June 13, 2011   1 Comment

Weekly Ebay Deals: Snakeskin

Animal prints, particularly snakeskin and leopard, are so in right now. Honestly, I think they are true classics. Here are some super deals from eBay.

1. Jimmy Choo Snakeskin Heels. Starting at $99, size 37.5 or 7.5. I love these and if you can pick them up for $100, it’s a deal! Check the shipping though, it’s $10 so keep that in mind when bidding.

2. Miu Miu T Strap Heels. Starting at $49.99, size 37.5 or 7.5. These are so unique, love the vintage feel.

3. Issac Mizrahi Snakeskin Slingbacks. Starting at $30, buy it now for $50, size 8.5. Seller doesn’t have much feedback. Shipping is a little high at $14.95. But, geez, they are the perfect timeless slingback.

4. GENUINE SNAKE SKIN HANDBAG – SIMPLY GORGEOUS! VINTAGE?. Starting at $50. Another timeless style, very ladylike.

5. COACH Limited Edition Poppy Snake Skin Clutch Purse. Starting at $100, buy it now for $250.Wow, two trends in one, leopard print and snakeskin!

6. CHICOS summer SNAKESKIN SPORT POCKET SKIRT 2 XL 14 16 N. Starting at $4.95

7. DIANE VON FURSTENBER​G TWEED SNAKESKIN PRINT SKIRT SZ 6. Starting at $18.89, what a deal on a my favorite designer!

8. VINTAGE 80’S CACHE SNAKE SKIN BROWN MINI DRESS 6 or S. Starting at $19.99, another classic style.

What will you buy? Do you like the snakeskin trend?

June 11, 2011   1 Comment