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Ombre & Patent Leather – Two Trends that go well together

I’ve noticed for awhile that Ombre has become a trend this year. I really like this trend. I think I really became aware of it and how much I liked it when I saw Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress by John Galliano for Dior back in 2002.

Before I left for vacation I bookmarked several Ombre items I found that I liked but I’ll post some of those another time. This post is about some items I recently found that incorporate the Ombre trend with another popular trend I like Patent Leather.


Bloomingdales showed an Ombre and Patent Leather bag by Maxx in their recent catalog.

Maxx New York Women’s Degradé Ombre Large Tote Bag – $198
Comes in Purple as well.

Also at Bloomingdale’s was this bag by L.A.M.B (seems Gwen likes the Ombre trend in things other than Wedding Dresses)

L.A.M.B. Manchester Ombre Patent Leather Tote – $495

The above bags can be yours with a 20% discount by using the code FLOWER now thru May 21st at

But Bloomingdales is not the only place offering items combining these two trends. Some of my other favorite shopping sites have some cool Patent and Ombre items. Enjoy!


Elliott Lucca Ombré Patent Leather Tote – $298
Comes in black as well.

BCBGirls ‘Edith’ Pump – $97.95
Comes in Dove & Black as well

Stuart Weitzman ‘Degdais’ Pump – was: $255 Now: $169.90

Comes in Coal as well


RSVP Dinda Ombre Patent Leather Peep Toe Pumps – $65.00
Comes in Blue, Ivory & Pink as well.

Lodis Romano Ombre Primadonna Wallet – $176
Comes in Azure & Fuschia as well. There is also a smaller wallet with Gusset that come in the same colors for $129.


Mossimo Deann Ombre Patent Flats – $19.99
Comes in Purple and Gray as well.

Mossimo® Darby Ombre Peep-Toe Pumps – $24.99
Comes in Purple and Gray as well.


Patent Ombre T Bar Shoe – Was 55.00 Now: 35.00 pounds
Comes in Gray as well.

Update: For Fall 08 Ombre is combined with Purple for a unique twist on the trend. Read about it here: Purple & Ombre – Two more trends that go well together

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Statement Jewelry for Spring 08 – Rings & Bangles

You guys know how I love Nordstrom. Well they are doing the top 10 things to add a Glamorous, Global Twist to your Look – Spring 08 inspired trends right now on their website and 2 of the 10 things are 2 of my favorite things: Rings and Bangles. So I thought I would share some of the ones I found that I liked:

Exotic Rings

Ariella Collection Rectangle Tile Cat’s Eye Ring – $68

Ariella Collection Rectangle Tile Cat’s Eye Ring A glimmering tile pattern is created with blue cat’s-eye stones bordered by elegant cubic zirconia on a rhodium-plated ring. * Band width: 3/4″. * Brass/cubic zirconia/cat’s-eye/rhodium plating.

Ariella Collection Large Round Tile Ring – $78

Ariella Collection Large Round Tile Ring A glimmering tile pattern is created with blue cat’s-eye stones among elegant cubic zirconia crystals on a rhodium-plated ring. * Setting diameter: 1″. * Band width: 3/4″. * Brass/cubic zirconia/cat’s-eye/rhodium plating.

Mars & Valentine ‘Orion’ Ring – $275

Mars & Valentine ‘Orion’ Ring Intricate detail defines a bold ring with a flower and a starburst at the center surrounded by rows of wrapped-wire layers and dotted with crystals and pearls. * Approx. diameter: 1 1/4″. * Approx. band width: 1/2″ tapers to 1/4″. * Czech glass/iolite/white topaz/brass/sterling silver.

Alexis Bittar Oval Caviar Ring – $350

Alexis Bittar Oval Caviar Ring Sheer droplets of pink tourmaline and rose quartz lend beautiful delicate color to a handcrafted ring. * Setting dimensions: 1 1/8″W x 7/8″L. * Height: 3/8″. * 18k gold vermeil/pink tourmaline/rose quartz.

Rebecca Large Square Peridot Ring – $454

Rebecca Large Square Peridot Ring Deep peridot, faceted to enhance its color and shape, tops a hand-set ring. * Approx. dimensions: 1″W x 1″H. * Hydrothermal peridot/18k gold-plated bronze.

Rebecca Four Leaf Domed Ring – $510

Rebecca Four Leaf Domed Ring Four faceted stones meet at the center of a gorgeously detailed ring. * Approx. dimensions: 1/2″W x 1/2″H. * Iolite/18k gold-plated bronze.

Rebecca Round Ball Ring – $640

Rebecca Round Ball Ring Faceted hand-set stones peek out from inside an intricately cast dome-style ring. * Band width: 1/4″. * Approx. dimensions: 1 1/8″W x 3/4″H. * Hand finished. * Hydrothermal Amethyst/18k gold-plated bronze.

Mixed Stack of Bangles

Sequin Thin Animal Print Bangle – $28

Sequin Thin Animal Print Bangle Bold animal print spices up a thin bangle bracelet. * Inner circumference: 7 1/2″. * Width: 1″. * Resin.

Sequin Thick Animal Print Bangle – $38

Sequin Thick Animal Print Bangle Subdued animal print plays up a smooth bangle bracelet. * Inner circumference: 7 1/2″. * Width: 2″. * Resin.

Sequin Stretch Enamel Bracelet – $28

Sequin Stretch Enamel Bracelet Smoothly textured rectangular pieces are banded together to make a stylish stretch-to-fit bracelet. * Width: 1 3/4″. * Resin.

Tasha Square Bangle Bracelet – $38

Tasha Square Bangle Bracelet Smooth, square-shaped bangle is made from clear resin for a modern look. * Inner circumference: 7 3/4″. * Width: 1/2″. * Resin.

Tasha Banana Leaf Bangle – $48

Tasha Banana Leaf Bangle Genuine banana leaf is covered by a clear resin for a tropical-looking bangle that endures. * Circumference: 7 3/4″. * Width: 1/2″. * Banana leaf/resin/metal.

Tasha Faceted Bangle Bracelet – $48

Tasha Faceted Bangle Bracelet Small facets give angled dimension to a shiny, handmade bangle. * Circumference: 8″. * Width: 1 1/2″. * Resin.

Tasha Organic Metal Resin Bangle – $48

Tasha Organic Metal Resin Bangle Smooth metal morphs into clear resin for a modern take on the classic bangle bracelet. * Circumference: 8″. * Width: 7/8″. * Metal/resin.

Alexis Bittar Skinny Tapered Bangle – $55

Alexis Bittar Skinny Tapered Bangle Hand-sculpted and hand-painted bangle bracelet is formed from luminous Lucite®. * Approx. width: 1/8″ at narrowest point, 1/2″ at widest point. * Approx. inner circumference: 8″. * Lucite®.

Tasha ‘Cracked Glass’ Mosaic Bangle – $68

Tasha ‘Cracked Glass’ Mosaic Bangle Crushed shells look like cracked glass inside a cool bangle bracelet. * Width: 1 1/2″. * Circumference: 8 1/2″. * Shell/metal.

Tasha Wide Mosaic Bangle Bracelet – $98

Tasha Wide Mosaic Bangle Bracelet Individual mosaic-like squares enhance a bangle-style bracelet, accented with smooth silvertone metal. * Circumference: 8″. * Width: 2 1/4″. * Shell/metal.

Which ones are your favorites?


Splurge vs Steal: Dior vs Juicy…….Which do you prefer?

You know how I love statement jewelry…Ok the few of you who read this blog know;). Well Fabsugar had a post about a ring that I think is a statement piece for spring. It was a post on the line of splurge vs steal. I would take either one of these rings. What about you?

SPLURGE                                                                                     STEAL

Dior Diorette Yellow Gold Ring ($5,550)
          Juicy Couture Garden Party Ring ($88)


Although I might need a rich lover or a BIG Bonus for the 1st one ;).


Spring 08 – Trench Coats are coming – Part 2

Trends come and go but “Classics” stand the test of time. Trench Coats are one of those classics. An items of clothing that doesn’t go out of style. It does often get updated though to incorporate current trends of the moment. While surfing I found some Trench Coats that were updated with some of the current trends of the moment: patent leather, feminine details, metallics to name a few…. So if you don’t have a trench coat in your closet now is the time to get one. Here are some solid ones I found in my internet sufing (If you are more into pattern ones I posted a blog a few days ago about Pattern Trenches)

Solid Trenches

Soia & Kyo Asymmetrical Trench Coat – $265 @ Nordstrom

Huge saucer buttons funk up a contemporary-fit trench with contrast piping at the button-tab sleeves and belt. Large oval buckle gives emphasis to the nipped-in waist, while front and back inverted pleats give fullness to the skirt.
Back button-tab belt.
On-seam pockets.
Approx. length from shoulder: 38″.
Polyester lining.
Cotton/polyester; dry clean.
By Soia & Kyo; imported.


Laundry by Shelli Segal Single Breasted Trench – $168 @ Nordstrom

The classic trench at its most feminine, styled with soft front and back pleating at the sashed waist for a fit-and-flare silhouette. Sleeves fall to gathered and snapped cuffs.
Four-button front.
Inverted pleat at back shoulders.
On-seam pockets.
Brown contrast stitching throughout.
Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 44″.
Cotton/nylon; machine wash.
By Laundry by Shelli Segal; imported.


Laundry by Shelli Segal Long Fit & Flare Coat – $168 @ Nordstrom
Polka-dot print peeks out from the flared cuffs of a coat cut for a feminine, flouncy look.
Three-button closure.
On-seam pockets.
Belted cuffs.
Pleated back.
Approx. length from shoulder: 38″.
Polyester lining.
Cotton/spandex; machine wash.
By Laundry by Shelli Segal; imported.

Elie Tahari Laminated Trench Coat – $450 @ Nordstrom
Slim, fashion-forward cut with an open neckline and bracelet-length sleeves updates a classic double-breasted trench in a glossy, laminated linen blend.
Split lapel.
Silvertone buttons.
Turn-back cuffs.
Fabric belt.
Center-back pleat.
Approx. length from shoulder: 39″.
Linen/polyester/rayon; hand wash.
By Elie Tahari; imported.

Laundry by Shelli Segal Trench with Faux Patent Leather Trim – $138 @ Nordstrom
Faux patent leather trim is a high-shine update to a double-breasted trench, knotted at the waist with a square-buckle tie belt. Single front gunflap yoke and back yoke add detailing.
Front slant pockets.
Belt loops.
Approx. length from shoulder: 29″.
Lined with polyester backed by polyurethane/PVC.
Cotton/nylon; machine wash.
By Laundry by Shelli Segal; imported.

Jones New York Signature Twill Trench Coat – $159 @ Nordstrom
Black piping outlines a clean, classic trench coat cut from heavy cotton twill. Long sleeves are finished with buckled cuffs, and crisp epaulets detail the shoulders.
Front double-breasted button closure with hook-and-eye closure at neck.
Two side pockets.
Adjustable belt at waist.
Back storm flap; back vent.
Approx. length from shoulder: 34″.
Fully lined.
Cotton; dry clean.
By Jones New York Signature; imported.

TWILLTWENTYTWO ‘Grace’ Double Breasted Twill Jacket – $242 @ Nordstrom
A distinctly feminine take on the classic trench with shirring at the pockets, slight balloon sleeves and a softly rounded notched collar.
Button front.
Two front pockets.
Ties at waist.
Contrast stitch detail.
Approx. length from shoulder: 34″.
White floral lace lining.
Cotton; machine wash.

Hot Kiss® Ruffle Collar Trench Coat – $54 @ Nordstrom

Face-framing, double-ruffled collar adds charming femininity to a stylish double-breasted trench.
Front button closure.
Long sleeves with belted cuffs.
Two front pockets.
Fabric belt at waist.
Approx. length from shoulder: 33″.
Fully lined.
Cotton; machine wash.
By Hot Kiss®; imported.

Pearl Overcoat – $178 @ Anthropologie
Too striking to remove indoors, this old-fashioned duster is made of lustrous champagne sateen. By Elevenses.
Removable self-belt
Hidden button placket
Silk, cotton; acetate lining
Dry clean

Belted Tulip Coat – £75.00 @ Topshop

Lightweight knee length coat with tulip skirt, hidden front fastens and double layered sleeves 100% Cotton. Dry Clean Only.

Asymmetric Military Trench – £80.00 @ Topshop

Above the knee length trench coat with asymmetric front, buckle belt and military style buttons 100% Cotton. Dry Clean Only.


Spring 08 – Trench Coats are coming

Spring is around the corner and Trench Coats are propular. While surfing I found some I liked.Dip Dye Trench CoatsHalf-Past-Six Coat from Anthropologie $198Early morning blushes upon Taikonhu’s double-breasted twill overcoatCinched with removable buckle belts at the waist and 3/4 sleeves.Front pocketsButton closureCotton; acetate lining35.5″LI also found this dip dye trench coat at Topshop but it wasn’t my favorite: or this color  Dip Dye Trench Coat from Topshop £65.00Above the knee length dip dye skirted trench coat with higher empire waist belt and cuff tab detail 100% Cotton. Dry Clean Only.Printed Trench CoatsCheck Mate Trench Coat from Anthropologie $368Large-scale houndstooth looks sharp, especially when strategically matched with double-breasted military buttons and a swingy shape. By Hayden-Harnett.Patch pocketsLinen, viscose; polyester liningDry clean34″LApril Showers Trench Coat from Anthropologie $228The graphic dahlias of Anna Sui’s sash-tied topper await splashes of color from your rainy day accompaniments: galoshes, an umbrella, perhaps a rain hat?3/4 sleevesCotton; acetate liningDry clean32.25″LNanette Lepore ‘Racy’ Croc Trench Coat from Nordstrom $525Graphically arresting croc print patterns a crisp trench in a shorter length. Wide, bell-shaped three-quarter-length sleeves and a curvy notched collar round out the chic silhouette.Double-breasted button closure.Two front slant pockets.Wide fabric tie at waist.Back flap.Approx. length from shoulder: 32″.Fully lined.Cotton/silk; dry clean.By Nanette Lepore; made in the USA of imported fabric.Ramosport Printed Trench Coat from Nordstrom $695All-weather trench with a punched-up print is fashioned with an asymmetrical front and pleated saddle shoulders that fall to wide, modern trumpet sleeves. A narrow belt cinches in the waist.Hidden snap closure.Approx. length from shoulder to hem: 39″.Unlined.Cotton; dry clean.By Ramosport; imported.  


Not thinking Swimwear season? You should cause it is sale time!

I know Fall is upon us and everyone is thinking sweaters and boots but you should be thinking swimwear! Why? Because you can get amazing deals now. Not only for summer next year but also in case someone decides to whisk you away for a winter getaway to the sun & sand.

I try to do it every season especially since my Dad moved to Florida so Holidays are spent by the pool ;). But unlike a few years ago I don’t look good in bikinis so I’ve been opting for tankinis which can hide a multitude of figure flaws (which maybe in my head but that is a whole nother blog…LOL).

So this year I decided to look into one pieces but not the frumpy kind your Mother use to wear. I’ve been on a retro kick of late so I was looking more for bathing suits your Grandmother might have worn in the 50s or 40s. I found a few I liked:

Juicy Couture Beach Halter One Piece
Was $155.00
Now: 92.90

Juicy Couture Beach Skirted Maillot
Was $164.00
Now $114.80

Carmen Marc Valvo Draped Tankini
Now: $99.99

Carmen Marc Valvo Draped Swimsuit

Was $150.00
Now $90.00

Carmen Marc Valvo Twisted Bandeau
Was 158.00
Now 94.80

I tried them all on and decided on the last one by Carmen Marc Valvo for $94.80. I look HOT if I do say so myself and reminiscent of a 40s/50s pin-up girl which was the look I was going for.


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