Marie Claire Fashion Director and former Elle Editor-at-Large Nina Garcia knows a thing or two about fashion. On this week’s episode of Barnes & Noble Tagged!, host Molly Pesce sits down with the multi-tasking fashion maven and New York Times bestselling author to discuss the release of her third “fashion bible,” The Style Strategy.
Watch Nina talk about how her style has been forced to evolve due to raising a toddler, and how her new book will help readers shop smart, stay chic, and make their style last in these tough economic times. Stay tuned for Nina’s favorite frugal shopping tip from the book, and to hear about the intense emotions on the set of her hit show, Project Runway.
Just Cavalli Jewelry Sale
Starts Thursday, August 20
Prices starts at $29 (up to 63% off)
Coach Giveaway Giveaway
Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.
With the muggy August heat, now is the perfect time to stock up on the ultimate hot weather staple that can also be worn under cozy layers this fall. You can never have too many rib-knit tanks!
So, this Saturday, August 15th, get your favorite tanks for only $2 each at Old Navy.
Available in a variety of color choices including solid, stripe and print…they won’t last long!
*This promotion is only available in stores, with a limit of 5 per customer on select styles only – while supplies last.
Today on my lunch break, I popped into Banana Republic for some “window shopping.” But my intentions of looking but not buying flew out of window when I spotted this Cotton Essential Skirt. The gathered, elastic waistband is so adorable, it pretty much dictates that you tuck in the top you pair it with; it’s such a fantastic detail, it almost serves as a belt. The inverted pleat in front is another nice touch. And the pockets…well, they pretty much sold me on this skirt. I love anything with pockets.
What I love most about this piece is its verastility. Wear it with a silk blouse, kitten heels and pearls for an office-appropriate ensemble. Or top it off with a simple tank and slip on some gladiator sandals for an urban chic look.
Though it pained me to pay full price for this skirt (I have a magnetic attraction to sale racks and keep coupons on my person at all times), I couldn’t bring myself to loosen my kung fu grip and return it to the display table. So now it’s hanging in my closet…at least until tomorrow. I can’t wait any longer to wear it. And after I get paid, I might return to the scene of the crime and pick up another one – in Mountain Blue.
This photo really doesn’t do it justice. Let’s just say that when I brought the skirt back to the office and showed off my new find, two of my co-workers were talking about making a beeline for Banana Republic.
Congrats to Casie Starr, winner of the Venus Razor Giveaway. Casie has won:
* Venus Embrace and Embrace replacement blades
* Gillette Satin Care Lavender Kiss Shave Gel
* Olay Touch of Sun Quench Plus
* Fedora hat with changeable black ribbon around the brim
* Colorful oversized beach towel
* Mara Hoffman bikini
Big thanks to Gillette for sponsoring this giveaway. Casie is one lucky gal.
All of you ladies who were hoping to read your name in this post, don’t get discouraged. Check out the other contests that are currently running.
Have a great weekend, y’all!
A few weeks ago when I was packing for a 4-day trip to New York for the Daily Makeover Beauty Bloggerati conference, I did the usual. I loaded a 30″ suitcase (which happens to be bigger than many NYC studio apartments) with 10-days worth of wardrobe options. But of all the clothes that I crammed into my luggage, the piece that I was most excited to wear was a dress by Philadelphia designer, Zahra Saeed.
Late last month, I stopped by Saeed’s Rittenhouse boutique – looking for something special to take on my trip. Upon entering the shop, I was immediately smitten with the romantic silhouettes, bold prints and intricate details of the designer’s spring/summer 2009 collection.
After perusing the racks, I took several dresses into the fitting room. Zahra Saeed’s line doesn’t offer petite sizes, so I kept my excitement in check until I tried everything on. But to my surprise, most of the dresses fit amazingly well. It was almost as if Zahra Saeed had crafted patterns based on my exact proportions.
Though all of the dresses that I tried on were beautiful, I didn’t have a difficult time choosing which one to take home; actually, it chose me. The second I slipped on this high collared, tea dyed dress – with its ruffled sleeves and delicate embroidery – I knew it was meant to be. I adored it so much that I wanted to wear it out of the store that day.
And when I was in New York, I kept waiting for the right occassion to wear it. I didn’t want to waste such a gorgeous dress – the perfect summer dress, to be fair – on just any ole shindig. So I saved the best for last.
For my final night in NYC, I wore my Zahra Saeed dress to dinner at Kingswood (the see and be seen hotspot in the West Village), then drinks and dancing at bOb Bar (best hip hip on the Lower East Side).
Joining me were my blogging besties (Amber, Erika and Julia), Heather (from MAC) and Andrea (from Essence Magazine).
Here are some of the highlights:
Erika and me
Julia and Amber
Erika and Heather
Andrea and Julia
Don’t drink and tweet
Andrea and Heather
I wonder what our drinks say about us
If you’re in Philly, check out the Zahra Saeed flagship store at 1905 Walnut Street. Nowhere near Philadelphia? Don’t fret…shop online at zahrasaeed.com.
If you’re petite like me, you know the pain of returning from a day-long shopping excursion empty-handed because everything in your size is hideous. I can’t, for the life of me, understand why designers seem to think we shorties ought to dress like we’re six or sixty. Elastic-waisted jeans and tops fashioned out of doilies? No thank you.
Which is why I’m currently obsessed with Maggy London. I’m going through a phase where all I want to do is wear dresses, and Maggy London has some of the prettiest, petite-friendly styles around.
At Nordstrom two weeks ago, I tried on four Maggy London dresses and they all fit perfectly. I only had room in my budget for one, so I decided on this blue floral wrap dress because Mr. Spoiled Pretty said I looked “gorgeous” in it. Plus, it was on sale. Score!
So if any of my vertically challenged sisters are in the market for fashion-forward frocks made perfectly for your proportions, I highly suggest that you try Maggy London on for size.
Check me out in my Maggy London dress, tweeting it up at L’Occitane in NYC