Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Look Book: Fall Central Park Rider

The pieces featured above come from Charlotterusse's new Proper English collection. The Proper English collection features and edgier take on traditional English and American styles. I am calling the look above "Fall Central Park Rider". Any one who lives in New York City or has visited NYC in the Fall will understand why.

The fun part about creating a "Look Book" post inspired by Charlotte Russe is affordability. Layer up with this $34.99 Ribbed Leather Jacket featuring matte faux leather, and heavy wide ribbed knit trim. The stylish fold over collar with buttoned tab, zipper front closure, two front slash pockets, pleat details, and an interior lining round out the styling ques.

My single favorite thing about the Proper English collection is just how aspirational the look is. Go for an equestrian prep look with these Skinny Riding Pants. These pants feature comfortable twill fabric, skinny leg, velvet panel details, and an elastic waistband. Sizes range from Small to Medium. The Inseam in size medium is 29". The rise is 8". This pant is also machine washable. The price is an inspiring $26.99

The most interchangeable piece of this look is the top. However I prefer to layer up with the same Cable Knit Top pictured above. It's styling is traditional featuring cable and ribbed knits, fold over cowl neck, and cap sleeves. The color to the right is Oatmeal but offers a few other colors including: Ink (Blue), Brown and Turqoise. Sizes range from Small to Medium. The medium has a shoulder-to-bottom hem length of 28". This top is machine washable and is sold at a cost friendly $24.99.

Although the picture above cuts off at the knees you can't do this look without a fierce pair of Riding or Lace-Up boots. I'd recommend that you tuck your bottoms into these Fur Lace-Up Boots, featuring crinkle faux leather, faux fur cuff, lace-up detail, side zipper closure, almond toe, 3 1/2" stacked faux wood heel, and a lightly padded insole. This boot boasts a 15" shaft height. The faux leather upper and rubber sole blend well into this boot. 218 Cognac is the only other color availible. Sizes range from Size 6 to Size 9. Pricing is a CR like $44.99

"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration" but I know not everyone reading this will actually take up horse back riding. So if you're just a common city girl you'll need something to hold all of your essentials. Go for this Crinkle Stitched Satchel. It's perfect for lugging around your cell phone, makeup PDAs and all of your other must haves. Styling quies nclude: interior zipper and cell phone pockets. The dimensions are an ample 18"W x 10"H. Pricing is of course affordable; has it listed for only $19.99.


Top off this look; literally in this case with this one size fits most Wool Cabbie Hat. You'll look the part and feel the part for only $10.99. has a bunch of these hats so find the style that's right for you.

Now all you'll need to finish off this look are a few choice accessories. Glam up this look with some under stated jewelry, fall makeup, a scarf and a big watch. Try not to over do it however. You should aim to inspire not to shock with this look.

"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration"
Willie D

Beauty Solutions: Artemis Woman Shea Butter Paraffin Spa

If you ever took the time to do a paraffin hand or foot session at your manicurist, you surely know what I’m talking about when I say that it can be an outter body experience. Paraffin treatments remove dry, chapped skin and leave your skin feeling like silk. If you suffer from dryness on your hands, this is the best treatment I have ever seen. The downside to this kind of treatment is the fact that most of us can only access to it at our local beauty salons, For some of us that can mean long waits even if we have an appointment, and let’s face it, time is a luxury that we aren't always blessed with.

That's not a worry anymore, now Ulta has introduced the Shea Butter Paraffin Spa by Artemis Woman. This way, you can have your own treatment at home. This kit comes will all you need and then some. For $39.99 you’ll get the special electric pan (that will warm the paraffin at the exact temperature) and lavender scented special shea butter wax. The lavender scent will help you relax and then, all you have to do, is dip your hands onto the warm wax, take them out and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. The next step is to peel the wax and apply a good hand moisturizer. You can choose your favorite, but this kit comes with a 3.75 Oz. Gem Therapy Hand and Body Cream and a 1 Oz. Topaz Foot Butter.

"Fashion is Foremost Inspiration"


How To Dress If You're a Short Woman

Get a leg up on the competition with these wardrobe tips.

You Will Need:
Petite and vintage clothes
Visually interesting tops
Small prints
Wide-leg pants
Empire or V-neck wrap dresses
Backless shoes and high heels

Step 1: Head to the petite department
Head to the petite department, where clothing is tailored for women 5-foot-4 and under, regardless of their weight. Or shop in vintage stores; clothing from the ’40s and ’50s was often tailor-made for shorter woman.

Step 2: Dress in one color
Dress all in one color; it will make you look taller.

Step 3: Wear V-neck tops
Wear tops that draw attention up and away from your legs: V-necks, halters, small shoulder pads, and necklines with beading or trim. Avoid tops that end at your hip bone; they can make legs look stubby. Never wear a pattern or print that is bigger than your fist.

Step 4: Choose the right pants
Wear wide-leg trousers to elongate your frame. Pair heels with them, with the pants hem reaching almost to the bottom of your shoe. Avoid cropped pants, which make short legs look even shorter.

Step 5: Wear certain dresses
Choose dresses over skirts to create an unbroken vertical line. Flattering styles include Empire dresses and V-neck wrap dresses with a high waist; both lengthen your bottom half. Dresses should end either slightly above the knee or be ankle-length; anything in between will cut your silhouette in half.

Step 6: Be a heel
Wear backless footwear with dresses; they create one long, unbroken leg line. Avoid shoes with ankle straps for the opposite reason; they’ll cut you off just where you need the illusion of length. And remember: Platform heels are your best friend.

Did You Know:

Fifty-four percent of American women are 5-foot-4 or under.

"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration"

Willie D

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shoe Of The Week- Kelsi Dagger: Pansy Bootie In Purple

Pansy Bootie - Purple

Be a trendsetting fashionista in these jazzy heels from Kelsi Dagger. Pansy features dark purple leather with a sparkle finish. This ankle boot brings you a layered leaf petal design, a sweet pointed toe pump and side zipper. A 4 inch heel finishes off this exquisite design. The Pansy Bootie sports a high end $209 price tag, but it's worth every penny. offers it in sizes ranging from size 6 to 9 1/2. All sizes are true to fit. offers a wider range; Size 5 to Size 11. also offers this shoe in Black. The pricepoint is slightly higher at going up to around $210.

"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration"
Willie D

Hand Bags- Juicy Couture: Baby Fluffy Bags

Women's shoes/bags: Juicy Couture Baby Fluffy - Black

This is the signature Baby fluffy bag from Juicy Couture. It's a venerable companion in all of its variants. It comes in the Standard Velour style pictured above in black, Studs (Grey below), Jewels(Dark Pink below), Velour (Light Pink Below), and Plaid.

Make the 'Baby Fluffy-Stud' shoulder bag a necessary piece in your wardrobe. Its a stylish shoulder bag made of fabric and leather. This fluffy easily holds your wallet, keys, sunglasses, lipstick and personal technology. ; Dual shoulder straps. The should drop is 8 1/4 length. Two side exterior flap pockets, Hardware details, Royal JC crown applique, Platform bottom, Lobster strap and magnetic snap closure, along with Interior lining with multifunctional pocket round out the features.

Baby yourself with beautiful baubles and dreams of desire carrying this Baby Fluffy-Jewels handbag! This handbag is made of cotton with leather trim. Juicy Couture crest embroidery graces the front while a tempting treasure of Juicy Couture jewelry and charms hang from the handle. Platform bottom, Inside magnetic snap closure, Interior lining with a back wall zip pocket and multifunctional slip pockets round out the features.

Guarantee a gorgeous day! Start your dreamy day off delightfully with the desirable style of this divine Baby Fluffy-Ongoing Velour bag. This velour satchel style handbag is made of soft cotton and polyester. Juicy Couture embroidered crest splashes prominently on the front featuring a crown, along with Scottie dogs, and fabulous flora. Heart patch on the back with an embroidered J and Juicy Couture charms hanging from the strap round out the styling. The Dimensions are generous enough to accommodate all of your essentials.

Finally this is the very necessary Studded Fluffy in Plaid. It's much like the grey studded Fluffy, but it comes in this sexy plaid pattern. Juicy Couture does plaid better than most. They manage to do make a pedestrian staple high end. Like all the other Fluffy Bags the plaid easily accommodates all of your essentials like, phones, PDAs and wallet. However this Studed plaid manages to do this while weighing in a full 5 ounces lighter than all of the others. The dimensions are also a trimmer: 13 1/2 wide x 7 deep x 7 high. ; 28.00 oz.

Juicy Couture - Baby Fluffy-Studs (Cozy/Dark Cozy) - Bags and LuggageJuicy Couture - Baby Fluffy-Jewels (Nook & Cranny/Dark Nook & Cranny) - Bags and LuggageJuicy Couture - Baby Fluffy-Studs (Plaid/Black) - Bags and LuggageJuicy Couture - Baby Fluffy-Ongoing Velour (Nardels/Depp) - Bags and Luggage
"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration"
Willie D

How To Make People Think You're More Attractive Than You Really Are

Researchers have found that there are simple things anyone can do to appear more appealing.

You Will Need:
Eye contact
Hand gestures
White teeth
Good posture
Name dropping
Red clothes (optional)

Step 1: Use some common scents
Harness the power of aromatherapy: To appear younger, wear a grapefruit scent. To appear thinner, wear a spiced floral scent. These olfactory tricks can make people perceive you as six years younger and 12 pounds slimmer.

Step 2: Smile!
When you see someone you find attractive, give them a big smile. It will make them find you appealing, too. Anthropologists believe it’s because we’re biologically primed to prefer people who seem to be interested in us.

Step 3: Make eye contact
Make eye contact. British researchers found that if someone looks us straight in the eye, we find them more attractive than people who avert their gaze.

Step 4: Use your hands
Use your hands when you talk. People who make a lot of gestures when they’re speaking are perceived as younger, more exciting, and more vibrant than less animated folks. If you’re a woman, wear red. Studies show men are subconsciously more attracted to a woman in red.

Step 5: Get your teeth whitened
Get your teeth whitened. People with pearly whites are perceived to be more attractive and more successful than people with dull or stained choppers.

Step 6: Stand straight
Stand up straight. Good posture instantly makes you look taller and thinner.

Step 7: Name drop
When you’re talking to someone, drop their name into the conversation occasionally. When people hear their name, the reward center of their brain lights up, and those good feelings are projected onto you. Just don’t do it too much, or it will come across as disingenuous.

Did You Know:
We tend to see people we’re in love with as more attractive than they are, thanks to the feel-good brain chemicals released when we fall in love.

"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration"
Willie D

Monday, September 28, 2009

Let The Trends Begin: Fall 2009

Geez Louise; it seems like just yesterday I was fanning myself off and now today I'm shopping for cardigans and booties. If you've been hidden under a rock for the past few days or so - don't worry. I'm here to fill you in with the fashion trends that you can expect this fall:

What a wonderful way to stand out this fall than with pale face accented by Rudy Red lips and code blue eyes. To achieve this look, try using Bourjoid' So Rouge Lipstick in Trendy Rouge 31 and Urban Decay's waterproof 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Electric.

Messy Ponytail (Hervé Léger Fall 2009)

1950's Inspired Tidal Wave Hair (Moschino Fall 2009)

Brace yourself for Lace: tops, purses, leggings, skirts, you name it!

Women's apparel: Free People Dorset Dolman Sweater - Washed blackWomen's apparel: MM Couture Draped Pocket Basic Short Sleeve Cardigan - GreyWomen: Women's Shawl-Collar Cardigans - Heather Dark Gray
Slouchy Sweaters

Women's shoes/bags: AG Adriano Goldschmied The Premiere Skinny Jeans - 18 year damageWomen's apparel: Work Custom Jeans Twiggy Skinny Jeans - Dark riviera

Skinny Destroyed Jeans

Kalen Pump - Red SuedeWomen's shoes/bags: Steve Madden Merriee - Black patent

Suede, Leather, Animal Print Peek-a-Boo Pumps

Women's apparel: Wrap Star Water Color Stroke Print Scarf - Mulberry and grey

Colorblock Ruffle ScarfTwo-Tone Crochet Scarf

Two Toned Light Weight Scarves

Patent leather hobos.

"Fashion Is Foremost Inspiration"

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