Archive for the 'Metallic' Category

18
May
08

Friends, Romans, Countrywomen & Sex and The City lovers lend me your Ears

Gladiator sandals are everywhere these days. On Celebrities, in the Fashion Mags and even in Blogs 😉 To be honest I really haven’t liked this type of shoe. I thought it cut a woman’s leg off, disturbing the line from her shin to her foot. For those of us 5’4″ and under, that could make us look even shorter. I also didn’t like all the straps over the foot. I thought it looked too busy and distracting. Take for example Sarah Jessica Parker’s feet in the promo picture from the Wedding scene in the “Sex and the City” movie coming out at the end of May 2008.

I just hate those shoes with the Wedding Dress!! I like funky and unusual. And as some of you might know, I have a deep love and respect for Particia Fields (If you don’t know, you can read about it here). But these shoes with this dress DO NOT work for me :-& .

Having said all those negative things about Gladiator shoes, I came upon a few yesterday on Piperlime.com that I really like. They aren’t too strappy across the top of the foot and I think they cut the disturbance of your leg line to a minimum.

Bettye Muller Baccarat regular price $420.00 sale price $335.50

DV by Dolce Vita Carnival-30 $65.00

Nine West Rossinis $79.00

Via Spiga Undo $165.00

I’m seriously considering getting one of these pair of Gladiator sandals. Since sandals are all I wear these days, I at least like to get ones that are fashionable.

PS If you plan on visiting my eBay store, take note that I will be posting a bunch of new Shoes by Friday May 23. Stay tuned 🙂

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13
Mar
08

Patent Leather & Metallic items on sale for Spring 08 – Belts, Bags & some Watches

I had to return something to Bloomingdale’s yesterday and I looked on their site to see if there was something I could exchange it for. I found these items on sale that were Patent leather and/or Metallic. You should check them out:

Belts

Avignon Skinny Patent Belt – Org: $78 Now: $45.99

Avignon Skinny Patent Belt Genuine Italian patent leather belt with self covered buckle. 1/2″W. * Catalog Item Number: 81063 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Black (09), Dark Chocolate (20), Cherry (60), Violet (56) or Dove Grey (04) * Sizes S (30-1/2), M (32-1/2), L (34-1/2), XL (36-1/2) * Imported

WCM Skinny Metallic Belt – Org: $80 Now: $39.99

WCM Skinny Metallic Belt Metallic leather belt with rectangular covered buckle. To be worn on the hips. * Catalog Item Number: 72759 * Gold (75) and Pewter (03) * 3/4″W * Sizes’ S (28-1/2), M (31), L (33-1/2), XL (36)

Double Buckle Waist Belt BLACK SZ MED ONLY- Org: $160 Now: $47.99

Double Buckle Waist Belt Leather belt with double buckle detail. To be worn on waist. * Catalog Item Number: 76859 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Mirrored Silver (07) or Black (09) * 4″W * Sizes S (29), M (31-1/2), L (34), XL (36-1/2)

Avignon Patent Belt – Org: $128 Now: $88.99

Avignon Patent Belt Genuine Italian patent leather belt with covered buckle.2W. Black (09).Sizes S (30-1/2), M (32-1/2), L (34-1/2), XL (36-1/2).Imported. * Catalog Item Number: 77695 * Black (09), Cherry Red (60), Denim Blue (40), or Chocolate (20) * 2″W * Sizes S (30-1/2), M (32-1/2), L (34-1/2), XL (36-1/2)

Bags

Kate Spade Long Wallet, Wallet and Coin Purse:
Long Wallet – Org: $195 Now: $116.99
Wallet – Org: $175 Now: $104.99
Coin Purse – Org: $85 Now: $50.99

Kate Spade Long Wallet, Wallet and Coin Purse * Please note, not all colors may be available * Long envelope wallet with back exterior pocket, flap closure. Six credit card slots, zip compartment and additional pockets. Silver (07) or Gold (75). 7-1/2″W x 4″H. Imported * French purse wallet with front flap pocket. Five credit card slots and bill holder. Silver (07) or Gold (75). 4-1/2W x 4″H. Imported. * Top zip close and key fob coin purse. Silver (07) or Gold (75). 5″W x 3″H. Imported.

Franchi Metallic Flap Clutch – Org: $165 Now: $98.99

Franchi Metallic Flap Clutch Distressed metallic flap clutch with hidden magnetic snap closure. Detachable drop-in shoulder strap. Interior mirror. Inside zip, cell phone and additional pockets. Lined. * Catalog Item Number: 21826 * Gold (75) or Pewter (03) * 14-1/2″W x 5-1/2″H x 1″D

Donald J. Pliner Quilt Patent Tote – BLACK ONLY – Org: $335 Now: $233.99

Donald J. Pliner Quilt Patent Tote Quilted patent leather east-west tote with smooth leather double shoulder straps and base. Magnetic snap bridge closure and drawstring. Inside zip, cell phone and additional pockets. Lined. * Catalog Item Number: 68430 * Black (09) * 19″W x 12-1/2″H x 5-1/2″D * 10″ drop * Imported

MCM Patent Medium Tote – DARK PURPLE ONLY – Org: $1150 Now: $689.99

MCM Patent Medium Tote Patent leather double handle tote with double zip closure and two front exterior pockets. Inside zip, cell phone and additional pockets. Protective metal feet. Lined. * Catalog Item Number: 89366 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Purple (50), Silver (07) or Black (09) * 13 1/2″W x 8″H x 6″D; 5″ drop from shoulders * Imported from Italy

Watches

Patent Crystal Watch – ONLY PURPLE & GREEN – Org: $68 Now: $19.99

Patent Crystal Watch Patent leather strap watch with round stainless steel case. Silvertone dial. Swarovski crystal encrusted bezel. Japanese movement. * Catalog Item Number: 82476 * Black (09), Green (30), Red (60), Purple (50) or Blue (40)

Betsey Johnson Leather Watch – ONLY PINK – Org: $95 Now: $56.99

Betsey Johnson Leather Watch Patent leather strap watch with goldtone round case and white dial. * Catalog Item Number: 23024 * Please note, not all colors may be available * Pink (66) or Black (09)

I already have the Avignon Patent Belt in Cherry and the Patent Crystal Watch in Blue. I think I may go for the Double Buckle Waist Belt or the Franchi Metallic Flap Clutch in Pewter. What do you think? Anything strike your fancy?

25
Feb
08

Oscar 2008 – The Good, Bad and Ugly – Part 2 Color – The Bad & Ugly

The 80th Oscar awards have come and gone. I’m here to tell you the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In Part 1 I wrote about the dresses I liked. Color was big at this years Oscars. Red, black and Metallic. But some of the celebrities made some bad choices.

The Bad & Ugly

Red
There were aspects of Julie Christie look that I did like but the short red dress was not one of them. She designed this dress along with her stylist/costume designer Tanya Gill.

Black
There was nothing about Tilda Swinton look that I liked. She arrived on the red carpet in a black washed silk draped evening gown by Alber Elbaz for Lanvin that was just bland and unoriginal. It looked like a piece of fabric thrown over her. No sewing. Just thrown…..ugggghhhly

Another woman whose look I didn’t like was Daniel Day-Lewis’ wife Rebecca Miller. There was just too much going on with the lace skirt & sleeves was attached to a black velvet bodice held up by red fabric on the shoulders!…Just TOO much. I also thought the fit in the skirt was poor. It seemed to hug her midsection too much accentuating her tummy.

Sequins
The last faux pas were the ladies who wore sequins. In part 1, I wrote about the women who wore sequins whose look I loved. These women’s looks I did not like. Sequins are a hard thing to carry off. They should usually be used sparingly.Faye Dunaway in a gold sequin long sleeve scoopneck sheath gown by Pamela Roland was an example of using too many sequins.

Also not to my liking was Adrienne Frantz, best known as a Soap Opera Actress, gold sequin mermaid dress. While she may have looked like a female oscar, it was just TOO many sequins for me.

Nancy O’Dell’s dress while not as bad as the two ladies above still used a bland shade of silver with sequins on the front and on the high side slit. I just thought it looked tacky.

Just Bad

In the just bad category was Michael Moore’s date/wife/mother dress looked like a prom dress or a bad sorbet southern belle bridesmaid dress.

Thanks goodness Katherine Heigl didn’t have to wear this thing in the movie “27 Dresses.”

25
Feb
08

Oscar 2008 – The Good, Bad and Ugly – Part 1 Color – The Good

The 80th Oscar awards have come and gone. I’m here to tell you the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. First I’ll start with the Color Trends and what I liked.

Good

Red

Everyone this morning is talking about the abundance of Red on the red carpet. Katherine Heigl, Heidi Klume. Helen Mirren, Ruby Dee, Miley Ray Cyrus. It really is a beautiful color and so many people wore it well. Catwalkqueen made a compilation picture of some of the best:

Rami from Project Runway would have adored Anne Hathaway’s rosette-trimmed gown from Marchesa. Look at the detailing on the shoulder:

Katherine Heigl on the red carpet in a red silk Georgette Escada column gown with one-shoulder design and draped and pleated bodice.

My two favorite Red Dresses:

Helen Mirren’s custom-made Georges Chakra garnet duchess satin gown accented with Swarovski crystal drop sleeves and back was especially designed for the event. It may have been my favorite dress of the evening.

Although Heidi Klum red silk taffeta bustier gown with drape detail by John Galliano Haute Couture was an AMAZING dress that probably only a supermodel could pull off. Look at the open back with the high neck. It was Fierce as Christian from Project Runway would say.

Black

Also represented in abundance was Black. Jennifer Gardner, Nicole Kidman and Hillary Swank all wore Black gowns. Catwalkqueen made a compilation picture of some of the best:

** NOTE: Penelope Cruz’s dress was very dark navy that read black in many pictures.Nicole Kidman had a beautiful glow and a tiny baby bump to go with her Balenciaga dress accented with L’Wren Scott necklace.Jennifer Garner looked beautiful in Oscar de la Renta.

My favorite Black Dress:

I was a HUGE fan of Hillary Swank’s black Versace gown. She made a slight alteration to the Atelier Versace gown – making it a one-shouldered version.

Metallic

The one trend I noticed that no one talked about was Metallic. Either in the color of the dress or some sequins added.

Metallic Color

Renée Zellweger was lovely in a Caroline Herrera silver hand-embroidered lace gown with Cartier jewels.

My 3rd favorite metallic dress was worn by Keri Russell. It was a stunning a strapless champagne organza bustier evening dress by Nina Ricci.

And an unindentified woman on the red carpet with Wolfgang Puck was in a beautiful silver dress.

My Two favorite Metallic Dress:

Best Actress winner Marion Cotillard wore a Jean Paul Gaultier mermaid-inspired gown with Chopard jewelry, including a champagne necklace layered with brown diamond bead necklaces. It was really striking looking.

Keisha Whitaker was my 2nd favorite. I loved her dress and her hair and her makeup. The woman just knows how to look put together.

Sequins

Sequins also made a strong appearance last nite. Jennifer Hudson, Adrienne Frantz, Nancy O’Dell, Keisha Whitaker and Cate Blanchett all had sequins adorning their dresses. Some a little; some a LOT. Some I liked a lot. Some I liked a little (very little). So little you might equate it with serious dislike (look to part 2 for that review 😉 )Cate Blanchett Dries Van Noten dress on the red carpet was an example of a dress that used sequins to complement the dress.
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But a better example of sequins and also my winner for most improved form last year was Jennifer Hudson. Her white Roberto Cavalli dress was sooo much better than her Oscar debacle from last year. You remember that Oscar de la Renta dress. Here are her 2008 and 2007 dresses side by side:
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That 2007 dress just proves that even Andre Leon Tally, Vogue and fashion stylists can be wrong wrong wrong….Ouch

Here is a closer look at the details of her 2008 Roberto Cavalli dress:
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Special Note

Of special note should be Cody Diablo in leopard print and sequins. Just the description sounds like it could have been a mess; But her Dior by John Galliano leopard print silk chiffon gown with jeweled detail wasn’t as bad as the description makes it out to be. Not one of my top picks but I gotta give the girl kudos for an awesome script, original style and great spirit.

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23
Feb
08

Metallics – Bags, Boots & Shoes

Metallics are also hot this Spring ’08 season. I’ve bought a Metallic bag and some flats to help update my wardrobe. In my search for some great items I found some Bags, Boots & shoes I thought were cute.

Bags

MICHAEL Michael Kors Astor Large Satchel Metallic (Gold) – MICHAEL Michael Kors Handbags Was – $301.95 Now – $213.25

You’ll surely take a shine to this gorgeous handbag in metallic leather.
Holds your wallet, sunglasses, personal technology and a bottle of water.
Dimensions: 16″ wide x 6″ deep x 10 1/2″ high.
Dual handles. Handle drop: 4” length.
Studded accents.
Top zip closure.
Interior lining with a back wall zip pocket and multifunctional slip pockets.

Endless.com: Donald J Pliner Zelda Foldover Clutch: Categories Was $410 Now $328

Featured
in lovely, crocodile-embossed leather, this stylish Donald J Pliner
design has a ladylike appeal. The Zelda foldover bag, though, also has
versatile verve: Carry it as a clutch or unfold the flap, slip your
fingers into the cut-out handles, and swing it sassily down the street.
* Leather * Satiny ribbed lining * Magnetic closure * 8 inches high *
15 inches wide * 2.5 inches deep * Made in Italy

Endless.com: KALE Weyman Clutch: Categories Price $395.00

Stand
back: This bag is hot! The Weyman clutch from Kale is a straight-up
charmer. Its so-of-the-moment leather, in a choice of patent or
metallic, and antiqued brass studs give a bit of a retro feel to an
all-modern bag. The best is yet to come: Inside is an indulgently soft
fuchsia suede lining. * Leather * Suede lining * Magnetic closure * 6
inches high * 13 inches wide * 1 inch deep * Dust bag included * Made
in United States


Boots

Tod’s Jodie Boot – Premier Designer – Neiman Marcus Was – $795 Now – $398

• Pewter grainy leather.
• Rubber bottom.
• 3 1/3″ stacked heel.
• Made in Italy.

Endless.com: Isabella Fiore Women’s Clover Mid Calf Boot: Categories Was – $849.95 Now – $424.98

Make a statement with Isabella Fiore’s beautiful Clover Mid Calf Boot. Constructed with sleek suede uppers, rounded toe, tall stiletto heel, and inconspicuous side zipper for the perfect, snug fit. These stylish boots hug your calf like a velvety second skin, making them the perfect choice for chilly fall and winter evenings out. * Leather and suede upper
* Leather sole
* Shaft height measures approximately 13 inches from arch
* Boot opening measures approximately 12 inches around
* Heel measures approximately 3 1/4 inches
* Made in Italy
* Item # B000WG7XY8

Shoes

Endless.com: Hollywould Women’s Audrey Ballet Flat: Gold Was $215 Now $150.47
Endless.com: Hollywould Women’s Whitney Ballet Flat: Green Was $295 Now $142.48

Your little sister’s ballerina flat just got a makeover with a little added glam! This adorable Audrey flat from Hollywould has a smooth metallic leather upper with a complementary grosgrain trimmed collar and removable ankle wrap, a pretty and dainty little round toe, and an ultra-low chunky heel. It also features soft leather linings, a fully cushioned insole, and a knobby textured outsole for a confident and graceful step. Add some sass to your favorite cropped jeans with the Audrey! * Soft Italian leather upper * Leather sole * Removable matching grosgrain ankle-tie and reinforced heel * Made in Italy

Endless.com: L.A.M.B. Women’s Daly II Platform Pump: Categories Price $319.95

Rock a fresh, ladylike look in this platformed pump from L.A.M.B. The Daly II features a gorgeous pearlized leather upper in a basketweave design resting on a sexy, stacked stiletto heel and hidden platform that’ll pair prettily with retro styles. * Leather upper * Leather sole * Heel measures approximately 4 inches * Platform measures approximately 3/4 inches * Made in Brazil

Endless.com: Giuseppe Zanotti Women’s E80055 Peep Toe Platform: Categories $694.95

Your elegance is about to shine! Everything about this fine leather pump is absolutely impeccable–even right down to its vamp’s intricately jeweled embellishment. The metallic spiked heel and platform add attitude and sass. A logo-embroidered satin dustbag is included. * Leather upper * Leather sole * Heel measures approximately 4 inches * Platform measures approximately 3/4 inches * Made in Italy


Endless.com: Isabella Fiore Women’s Loreen Wedge Pump: Categories Was $449.95 Now $382.46

The patent leather Loreen Wedge Pump by Isabella Fiore is a stunning open-toe platform shoe that is as comfortable as it is striking. Constructed with patent leather uppers, an adjustable back ankle strap with an aged brass buckle, a leather sole and insole, and a decorative leather bow at the vamp, this well-designed wedge heel turns even your drabbest jeans and T-shirt into a fun and flirty ensemble. * Patent and suede upper * Leather sole * Heel measures approximately 3 1/2 inches * Platform measures approximately 1 1/2 inches * Made in Italy

Endless.com: Cynthia Vincent Women’s Anna Platform Pump: Categories Price $354.95

Featured in snake-embossed leather with a completely on-trend, metallic, ombre-effect coloration, or crackle textured patent leather with a clear acrylic heel, the Anna platform pump from Cynthia Vincent has a luxurious and refined, but eye-catching look. Its high-style design is rounded out by a kicky, cone-shaped heel. Dust bag included. * Leather upper
* Leather sole
* Heel measures approximately 3 1/2 inches
* Platform measures approximately 1/2 inches
* Made in Italy




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