Dressing the Tree

I'm watching Ab Fab, eating Betty Crocker icing from the jar and wondering what the hell went wrong. Lest you think I'm experiencing a premature midlife crisus; I'm actually decorating the Christmas tree. A lot more challenging than dressing models I can assure you. The waxy fronds on Chez I Blog's kitchen palm tree are not made of the same mettle as a sturdy pine. Hence, after 20 minutes of struggling with sliding fairy lights, I relented and covered the f@ck*r in candy canes. Ho ho flipping ho.

{inspiration: ruffles}

{michelle williams via mary ruffle}

Steal her Look: Jennifer Lopez

Here's where you can steal Jennifer Lopez's look for less:

Where to Buy:
Prive Cowlneck Cashmere Sweater, Dillard's, $69
Boyfriend Jeans, Forever 21, $29.80
Nine West Jolting Ankle Bootie, Endless, $80.90
Newsboy Cap, Etsy, $15 (Click here for another option)

Cyber Monday Deals and Sales

For those of you that didn't wake up early for Black Friday sales...I don't blame you, neither did I, but luckily you can still enjoy some deals and sales from the comfort of your own home (or work) without enduring long lines. Here are some Cyber Monday deals and sales:

eDressMe.com: 30% site-wides and free shipping. Promo Code: cyber30

Macys.com: Free shipping Monday on orders over $75. Promo Code: cyber

Delias.com: Outwear up to 20% off; Boots 15% off; Get 15% off entire purchase with promo code DISC15D

Kohls.com: Get $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent; Take an extra 15% off any order or Spend $75 and take an extra 15% offf + free shipping. Promo Code: CYBER15

Beyond the Rack.com: 90% selected items. Promo Code: BTRACCESS

TheLimited.com: 40% off site-wide + free shipping

Shopbop.com: 30%-70% off select items

nyandcompany.com: 50% off entire merchandise

Tillys.com: $5 off Sweaters. Promo Code: CYBER09

CharlotteRusse.com: 25% off site-wide. Free Shipping on orders of $60 0r more. Promo Code: Monday25

OldNavy.com: Get 20% off, Plus get Free Shipping. Promo Code: MONDAY

BananaRepublic.com: Get 20% off, Plus get Free Shipping. Promo Code: MONDAY

Gap.com: Get 20% off, Plus get Free Shipping. Promo Code: MONDAY

Piperlime.com: Get 20% off, Plus get Free Shipping. Promo Code: MONDAY

SteveMadden.com: Get 25% off Plus Free Shipping. Promo Code: MADDEN25

ToryBurch.com: Shopper will receive a free limited edition cheetah tote on all orders over $100. On all orders over $300 shoppers can enter promo code: TURKEY30 and Tory Burch will take 30% off your order.

FreePeople.com: Free Shipping Monday

MyJewelryBox.com: Get 25% off entire site (through December 3rd). Promo Code: Black25

UrbanOutfitters.com: Free Shipping on orders over $75. Expires at midnight 11/30

WetSeal.com: Free Shipping orders over $15. Ends 12/18


'Tis the Season

...to fret over festive frocks. Oh yes indeedy. And it all seems to start this week. Drinks in the Westbury on Tuesday, the Fashion Bloggers' Xmas Bash @ miniZine on Thursday; and let's not even talk about next week. It's beginning to feel like Formula One fashion - dress up, strip off, redress. So far I've got Armand Basi, Complex Geometries and some vintage finds lined up with my RSI-inducing 40 mm pearl cocktail ring to jazz things up a bit. I did learn a thing or three however about 'owning the room' from an expert. Want to find out? Check out The Sunday Times Style magazine on Sunday, December 6th. Armed with my top tips, I've no excuses. Party time here we come! x

Faux Fur Bohemian Chic

What is on your Christmas list this year? Here is one thing that you should add. The quality of faux fur has come a long way and there are some great pieces out there. Add some bohemian chic with this vest by Graham & Spencer $328 or try this cropped style Venus In Faux Furs Jacket $198. Both available at Free People.
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Guilt-Free Shopping

I'm such a good Catholic sometimes. Ain't no way in hell (excuse the pun) I'll ever shift my guilt complex - however lapsed I may become. Case in point - I've been lusting over this Armand Basi asymmetric sweater dress for a while now. Given my size zero bank balance, I've been loathe to splurge lest I incur the wrath of my bank manager. Being the clever clogs that I am, I've been flogging my clobber on eBay - most of it only worn once or twice - and vowing to rethink my shopping habits. Having the added liquidity to facilitate bigger buys means I don't have to addle my brain with complex swag math (1 dress = 4 nights out; or 4 month Butler's coffee habit). That my friends is the true definition of a 'win win' situation.



Cropped Studded Detail Blazer: Forever XXI.  T-Shirt: my boyfriend’s closet.  Leggings: Forever XXI.  Shoes: Jessica Simpson.  Necklace: ??


I’m mesmerized by my pretty shoes. . . . 


I love it when I get to dress a little more spicy.  I often keep sweet, sexy, and feminine elements in my everyday wear â€" but only so often can I be fiery.  Since it’s a long weekend and no work on the calendar for me â€" I can be spicy even just going out to a movie or running errands!


I admit, these shoes and leggings make me feel a bit like Spiderman.  I wonder if I can climb buildings in these heels? 


Where'd She Get It: Audrina Patridge's Silver Dress

Audrina wore this Rachel Roy 24 Hour dress in silver while attending an event in L.A. You can snatch it up at a pretty affordable price....just $89 at Macy's. She finished her look with a pair of YSL pumps, Kotur Miller Klutch and Chanel Metal Letter belt. Here's where you can get her dress:

Where to Buy:

Rachel Roy 24 Hour Dress, Macy's, $89

Black Friday Sales New York

If you are hitting the streets the Friday after Thanksgiving for some shopping steals here are some sales to check out....

Intermix - Online and In-Store Additional 25% Off Sale Merchandise

New York and Company - From 11/25 to 11/30 receive 50% off absolutely everything including sale items.

Shopbop - Deals to be had Friday 11/27 to 11/30 Spend $300+, Save $50, Spend $500+, Save $100, Spend $700+, Save $150, Spend $1,000+, Save $225.

Charlotte Russe - 25% off all clothing and accessories in stores and online 11/27.
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Pink Days

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For whatever unplanned reason â€" I was all about the pink the last couple days!

Argyle Sweater: Izod.  Gray Skirt: New York & Co.  Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang.  T-Strap Pumps: Angiolini.  Ring: Walmart.

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I was so ticked off with my hosiery this morning (do you ever get mad at an inanimate object?)!  I first tried to pair this outfit with my black dot hose â€" but they have a rip at the foot.  I’ve only worn them once!!!  Then I tried plain opaque black hose â€" and they ripped up the thigh as I tried to put them on!!!  ARG!  Finally, I gave up and switched to tights.  Thank the Lord, no rips.


Striped Button Up: George.  Zip-up: Danskin.  Brown Cords: Express.  Shoes: Two Lips.

This was my day-before-Thanksgiving day outfit for work.  Hardly anyone was in the office, so I figured a little more casual was fine.  I was uber-comfy  :)


Fair Isle Sweaters: Under $100

Cozy up this winter with a traditional fair isle sweater. Diane Krugar looks stylish in hers. (It's from Urban Outfitters). Here are some fair isle sweaters you might want to consider for under $100.


Michael Kors and Lucky Magazine

The December issue of Lucky Magazine debuted this metallic totebag. The totebag is a designer collaboration between Michael Kors and Lucky. The Hamilton Chain Tote, has a classic shape and it's large enough to carry all that you will need to transition from the office to the holiday parties. $298 at the Lucky Store
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Purple Surprise


Blouse: Express

Pants: JC Pennys

Belt: Alfani (Macy’s)

Shoes: H&M



A new H&M opened up in the Kenwood Mall near where I live.  Thus far, I’ve been avoiding it like the plague since I typically do not enjoy being mauled by a rampage of teenage shopping divas (no offense girls).

Last time I went to H&M was on my trip to NYC earlier this year.  When I was there, I purchased this pair of purple suede pumps for a very good deal.  Hmmm…  Maybe I’ll have the nerve to visit the Kenwood store after the holiday shopping craze.


{editorial: the best of milan}



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