Archive of ‘Fashion’ category

How To Wear 4 Scarves 16 Different Ways

spoiled pretty how to wear a scarf How To Wear 4 Scarves 16 Different WaysI love scarves and wear one almost every day. But I’m stuck in a rut because I only know two ways to wear them. Despite my best intentions, they end up looking haphazardly thrown on and I get a case of scarf envy every time I pass a girl on the street who obviously knows how style one. (more…)

Beauty (Book) Mark: StyleUnited.com

Style+United Beauty (Book) Mark: StyleUnited.com

I love fashion and beauty magazines.Mr. Spoiled Pretty, not so much. Probably because I subscribe to a gazillionand my magazine library takes up a ridiculous amount of real estate in ourhouse. Every month when my new issues are delivered, I pour over the pages –reading about the latest products and innovations and gleaning genius styletips. But as much as I love my magazines, I’m often frustrated by the broad-spectrumadvice. Like most women, I want advice and recommendations that address myunique beauty and style concerns. Which is why I am so excited to have recentlydiscovered a new website that offers a truly customized, interactiveexperience.

StyleUnited is the first personalizedwebsite that provides women with a one-stop destination for head-to-toe fashionand beauty consultations, recommendations, and news. The site features articles,slideshows, blog posts and how-to videos from P&G and industry expertsincluding: influential stylists, fellow bloggers and online editors.

Style+United+ +Style360 Beauty (Book) Mark: StyleUnited.com

StyleUnited provides customized recommendationsbased on responses to Style360, a one-of-a-kind diagnostic tool that gives youa fresh perspective on your total style. 

Four fun quizzes are designed to understandyour unique skincare, haircare, cosmetics and fashion needs:

Fashion Focus: Fashion goes beyond the season’s hottest trends.Whether you’re Boho Chic or Flirty Romantic, we help you find flatteringsilhouettes and the looks you love.

Mad For Makeup: Your makeup is as individual as you are. We evaluateyour features, coloring and goals to help you turn up your gorgeous.

Hair Affair: All hair is not created equal. From root to tip, weoffer you custom advice on making yours shine, and how to achieve the looks youwant.

Skin Deep: Every woman’s skin has unique characteristics andneeds. We help you create a custom regimen that gets yours glowing.

I had a ball playing around withStyle360 and was impressed by how spot-on the assessments were. For example, theFashion Focus quiz described my look as “edgy bold with a hint of casual cool.”It correctly guessed that I’m drawn to “sexy rock n’ roll pieces” (I am asucker for anything studded), but added that also like “a few soft cozy touches”(I have a closet full of open cardigans and I practically live in Uggs).

The product recommendations werealso dead-on. In fact, some of the items that Style360 suggested are already onheavy rotation in my beauty arsenal.

If you’re looking for an evenmore personalized experience, StyleUnited offers 1:1 eBeauty – a live webcamconsultation with professional beauty consultants. Don’t have a webcam? Noproblem. 1:1 can be done over the phone too. It’s like a department storebeauty counter experience (except you can do it in your pajamas and slipperswhich I’m pretty sure might get you kicked out of Nordstrom). And how much doesthis real time advice session cost? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. 

So if your New Year’s resolutionis to get gorge in 2012, you’d be wise to add StyleUnited.com to your bookmarks. Besides being a great style resource, it’sdownright addictive. But you don’t have to take my word for it…try it for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments. 

This post was sponsored by StyleUnited.com, but all opinions are my own.

If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris Flat

tory+burch+reva If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris FlatFor years, Tory Burch’s Reva flats (left) have been on my wardrobe wish-list. But every time I work up the nerve to exercise my Visa, something always rains on my fancy footwear parade.
In 2009, I was this close to adopting a pair of the iconic ballet flats – but then I got pregnant and decided to wait until after I gave birth and my feet stopped growing. Then after I had Westley, I put Reva back on my shopping list – only to find that the style runs too narrow for my fat, flat feet.
I was ready to give up the dream until this week, during a routine venture to my neighborhood DSW. I was actually shopping for my son, but after being informed that they don’t sell kids shoes in the stores (only online), I decided that it shouldn’t be a wasted trip so I took a quick survey of the womens’ section before heading on my way.
audrey+brooke+paris+flat If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris Flat

That’s when I saw it…the Audrey Brooke Paris Flat. I was immediately enamored with the Reva doppleganger and rendered positively giddy by the price tag – just $59.95! But would the shoe fit? As I hurriedly removed my Ugg boot and slipped my foot into the shoe, I said a little prayer and…it fit like a glove. Not to sound dramatic – okay, maybe just a little – it was a Cinderella moment.

Alas, I didn’t buy the shoe in the store because I figured I could save more if I purchased online. So as soon as I returned home, I got on the Internet and picked up a black pair for less than $30. As I explained in a recent review of the Audrey Brooke Leopard Satchel, the awesome thing about DSW.com is that you can combine coupon codes. By combining some promo codes I researched online and cashing in some coupons I received as a DSW Rewards member (sign up…it’s free!), I saved $30 and got free shipping.

In addition to black leather, the Paris Flat is available in a metalic leather and a leopard print haircalf. They leopard ones aren’t available online, but I spotted them in the store – just, sadly, not in my size. So I called some other local DSW stores and tracked down a pair in my size – and they’re on hold until I can go adopt them on Friday. I can’t wait!!!

 If The Shoe Fits: Audrey Brooke Paris Flat
Update: I scooped up the shoes a few days ago and I am so proud of my purchase. Too cute, right?

Maybe it’s a godsend that my feet are so fat…because, for less than the price of Reva, I can pick up all three pairs of Paris.

Rebecca Minkoff November Mini MAC Attack Contest!

 Rebecca Minkoff November Mini MAC Attack Contest!

Rebecca Minkoff is my absolute favorite handbag designer. I die for every single bag single bag she creates. Since discovering her line of chic arm candy a few years ago, it has been my mission to create a Rebecca Minkoff collection within my handbag arsenal. I currently own four – and I’m always on the hunt for more (bank account be damned). Even Mr. Spoiled Pretty, my fashion-oblivious fella, knows I love me some Minkoff.

rebecca+minkoff+mini+mac+clutch+blue Rebecca Minkoff November Mini MAC Attack Contest!

This month, my girl is giving you the opportunity to start (or add to) your own Rebecca Minkoff collection!!! 30 lucky Minkettes can win the latest addition to the Morning After family, the Mini MAC (retail $195).

Click here to enter. And for more chances to win, join Rebecca Minkoff’s newsletter and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway ends November 30th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be randomly selected and notified on December 4th. Must be a US Citizen and be 13 years of age or older to enter.

Good luck!

Audrey Brooke Leopard Satchel from DSW

audrey+brooke+leopard+satchel Audrey Brooke Leopard Satchel from DSW

I am so excited about my new handbag, Audrey Brooke’s Leopard Satchel, that I couldn’t keep this fabulous find to myself. The photo doesn’t do this bag justice, so I shot a video to highlight its prettiness.


Besides being extremely cute (doesn’t it look designer?), well made and roomy, it was also crazy affordable. I would value this bag at about $200-250, but I snagged it for less than $100. It’s on sale at DSW for $129.95, but if you buy it online, you can use coupon codes to get a great deal. The awesome thing about DSW.com is that you can combine codes. By combining some random codes I researched online and cashing in some coupons I received as a DSW Rewards member (sign up…it’s free!), I saved $30 and got free shipping. Here are some codes to get you started:

SHOPTIME: Spend $74 get $15 off, spend $149 get $30 off,spend $199 get $50 off [Expires 10/17]
SHIPR: Free standard shipping on purchases of $35+ [Exp.06/20/12 - Valid only for logged-in DSW Rewards members]
The Leopard Satchel is also available with camel leather. If this bag is a bit big for you, Audrey Brooke has a similar, smaller Leopard Cross Body Bag. And with all the cash you’re saving, you might want to snatch up a matching wallet.

Nine West Wowza Sandals

nine+west+wowza+sandal Nine West Wowza Sandals

So this weekend, I went shoe shopping at Macy’s and bought these super fun Wowza sandals (also available in gold) from Nine West. They look so good on my feet that the $79 price tag didn’t really faze me. But it sure stung later that day when I saw my new shoes on ninewest.com – for $32 cheaper!

Now, if it was only a $5, $10, or $15 difference, I might have just cursed my bad luck and got on with my life. But $32 is a different story. So I went back to Macy’s, returned the sandals and then bought them online when I returned home. I even managed to find a free shipping coupon code, so I made out like a bandit.

Only down side is that I have to wait about a week to wear my cute new kicks.

Rent The Runway Giveaway Winner

rent the runway Rent The Runway Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Alexandra Hurd, winner of the Rent The Runway giveaway. Alexandra will receive a $100 gift card to rent the gown of her dreams (and possibly some accessories too) from Rent The Runway!

Many thanks to Rent The Runway for sponsoring this giveaway and outfitting Alexandra for her upcoming trip to San Francisco. And thanks to everyone who entered.

Spoiled Pretty will be announcing a HOT new giveaway later today…so stay tuned for your next opportunity to win!

Rent The Runway Giveaway!

closet+woman Rent The Runway Giveaway!

How many times has this happened to you?

There’s a special occasion on the horizon and you’ve got nothing to wear. So you search and search (and search some more) for the perfect dress. Except you never find it, and you end up settling on a dress that’s event appropriate and looks halfway decent because you’ve run out of time and going naked isn’t an option. So once you’ve donned the so-so dress, it gets banished to the back of your closet – never to be worn again because, frankly, you were never truly in love with it to begin with.

Story of my life. Maybe my problem is that I’m a celebrity – in my own head – who hates to wear the same special outfit twice. Or perhaps it’s that getting all dolled up in a fresh frock is so damn fun.

So a few weeks ago as I planned a blog business trip to NYC, I was literally trippin’ about my lack of wardrobe options. After an exhaustive search for the perfect ensemble, I was almost ready to settle on this sad sundress hanging in my closet…until I remembered Rent The Runway, a website were you can rent designer dresses and accessories.

rent the runway Rent The Runway Giveaway!
Here’s how it works: Search the dresses and accessories you love from over 100 of the top designers in the world. Schedule a delivery date. Select a FREE backup dress size for the perfect fit. The dresses and accessories are yours for 4 or 8 days! When you’re done looking cute, put your order in the pre-paid package and drop it in the nearest USPS mailbox. They take care of the dry cleaning.
dress tibi india paisley Rent The Runway Giveaway!dress yumi kim by the lily pond 0 Rent The Runway Giveaway!
Since I’m petite with an hourglass figure, finding a dress that fits is the proverbial needle in a haystack. So as I perused Rent The Runway’s selection, I opted for the India Paisley Dress from Tibi (left)- thanks to the short length and adjustable straps. The dress also has hidden boy shorts underneath, which was an added bonus. And if you rent a second dress, it’s only $25. So I also chose this By The Lily Pond Dress by Yumi Kim (right) – just in case the Tibi dress was a bust. If you’re particularly concerned about fit, there are great user reviews – or you can chat with a “fit specialist.”
To complete my outfit, I rented these gorge Kendra Scott Danielle earrings in Turquoise. It pained me so much to return them that, this weekend, I broke down and bought them at the designer’s website (and scored 20% off with promo code PSW20 – expires 7/5).
kendra+scott+danielle+earrings Rent The Runway Giveaway!
Oh…and I forgot to mention that Rent The Runway just announced that they have Lancôme products available for purchase!
 Rent The Runway Giveaway!
The Tibi dress (in the smaller size) ended up fitting great – and, as you can see, I paired it (and my Kendra Scott earrings) with a Talbots cardigan, Aldo sandals and Banana Republic fedora.
I had such a great rental experience that I want to give Spoiled Pretty readers the opportunity to try it too. So I’m partnering with Rent The Runway on a fash-tastic giveaway, and one lucky lady will win a $100 gift card!!!
To enter, visit Rent The Runway and sign up for membership (it’s free!). Browse the dress selection, pick your favorite and tell me (in the comments) what you picked and where/how you’d rock it. Be sure to post your email, Twitter handle (make sure you’re following @spoiledpretty so I can DM you) or some other way for me to get in touch if you win. To be eligible, you must reside in the Continental U.S.

Contest ends on Friday at 5pm ET. I’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!

*A gift card was provided for review and this giveaway is sponsored by Rent The Runway.

OMG I Just Bought…

OMG+I+Just+Bought OMG I Just Bought...

I don’t know about you, but when I go shopping and find something really awesome, I can’t wait to tell everyone I know because a) I want others to be as impressed with my shopping prowess as I am and b) I want my friends to purchase that item too – so they can share in my retail euphoria. When someone compliments something I’m wearing, even though I know “Thank you” would suffice, I launch into a soliloquy – rattling off the designer, where I bought it, how much I paid and the coupon I used (I’m a coupon crazy nut).

If you’re like me and love to spill the deets on your shopping feats, here’s a website to add to your Favorites list…

At OMG I just bought… you confess your most recent purchases for a chance to win weekly prizes from your favorite stores. How fun is that?

I just posted about my recent fedora purchase at Banana Republic and about the super cute flats I scored this past weekend at DSW. Go me!

To submit your shopping story, visit omgijustbought.com.

40% Off at Banana Republic

banana+republic+fedora 40% Off at Banana Republic

For a few weeks, I was eyeing up a fedora at Banana Republic. While Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I were shopping there one day and I was waiting for him to pay for his khaki shorts, I perused the racks and tried on some hats. I always thought fedoras were a little pretentious in an “I’m trying hard to look effortlessly hip” kind of way – so I was shocked by how hard I fell for this hat. But I wasn’t crushing on its $45 price tag (I’m cheap).

So I left the hat in the store – and that bastard haunted my dreams for weeks – until I returned to the store and adopted it. In fact, I bought two different styles (the ones pictured) because I was equally smitten and couldn’t make a decision to save my life (I’m a Libra, so this happens quite often). Lucky for me, my co-worker had given me a coupon for 30% off – so my purchase wasn’t such a big blow to my wallet. But to be honest, I wear these fedoras so often that even if I had paid full price, it would have been worth it. They up the cool factor of almost any outfit – and I get at least one compliment (from friends and strangers on the street) every time I wear them.

banana+republic+navy+and+white+fedora 40% Off at Banana Republic

The reason why I’m telling you all this is because Banana Republic is having a “Power Lunch” sale today. For three hours, you can get 40% off your full-priced purchase – in stores and online (enter promo code BRPOWER at checkout). So if you’ve been eyeing up anything at Banana, now’s your time to pounce.

banana+republic+power+lunch 40% Off at Banana Republic

You’re welcome…and happy shopping!

1 2 3 4 5 6 19