Tag Archives: bcbg

New York Fashion Week Highlights

While most of us pounded the pavement in our dreary duds, this past week, the streets of New York City were hustling and bustling with vibrant designers, models and fashion’s elite. And if you think Lady Gaga’s outfits are over the top, then you should see what’s in store for Fall 2011 according to the Merecedes-Benz Fashion Week.

But along with the bold and bizarre were some pretty classic styles that might actually make their way into our closets. We’ve rounded up videos from some of the most stylish runway shows so you can get a taste of the Big Apple no matter what city you live in.

Donna Karan

Diane Von Furstenberg

BCBG Max Azaria

Charlotte Ronson

Tory Burch

DKNY

Christian Siriano

Videos: News2Know

Fab Finds: Long-Sleeve Dresses

With Thanksgiving approaching, it’s time to select an outfit you’ll be thankful for as you’re (gracefully) stuffing your face with turkey. Slip into one of these long sleeve dresses, and you’ll steal the spotlight from the giant bowl of mashed potatoes that everyone is bound to be grabbing for.

1. Essential Knit Long-Sleeve Dress – BCBGMaxAzria: $58

longsleevebcbg

2. JB by Julie Brown Slate Ponte ‘Maggie’ Sequin Trim Shift Dress – Bluefly: $119.20

longsleevebluefly

3. A.B.S by Allen Schwartz Dodger Blue Jersey Crewneck Three-Quarter Sleeve Dress – Bluefly: $87.20

longsleevebluefly2

4. Studio M Dress, Long Sleeve Tiered – Macy’s: $69.98

longsleevemacys

5. Veronica M Long Sleeve Mini Dress – National Jeans Company: $98

longsleevenationaljean

High Fashion, Low Maintenance: Summer Day-to-Night Fashions

Our style mantra: Fashion and beauty are for everyone, no matter how busy your schedule or how small your budget may be. We represent the fashionista who has places to go, people to see, or just likes to sleep in a few extra hours. There’s no reason to run to class in sweats and unblushed cheeks when glamour can be achieved with just a little extra effort. Check here as Chelsea unveils quick tricks and perfect products that can update your look in a hot second, without breaking your budget.

It always helps to have an outfit that can pull double duty, wearable both day and night. It can be quite easy to turn your summer day look into a night ensemble with just a few accessory switches.

day to night

Take one dress from the beach to the bar.

For an example of how to turn your look from day to night, I used this simple drawstring tank dress from American Apparel as the basis for both styles. Solid dresses are the easiest summer staple to transition with different accessories.

american apparel tank dress

During the day, try a pair of flat, strappy sandals, like this pair by Lily Pulitzer. I love the little details in this pair, but you can find similar sandals for less almost everywhere this summer.

lily pulitzer shoes

Take things up a notch at night with a pair of high-heeled wedges. This leather knotted pair from BCBG are adorable and very summer appropriate.

dsw shoe

A large, hobo bag is your best friend on a busy day. You can only pull off straw accessories like this Gap bag in the summer, so rock it while you can.

straw gap tote

At night you don’t need to carry much, so a clutch is easy and compact. Brown leather clutches, like this envelope clutch from Urban Outfitters, are a lighter, more summery version of the typical black.

brown envelope clutch UO

Embrace summer with beach-y jewelry. You can’t quite wear a seashell around your neck come December, so wear simple accessories like this Tiffany’s inspired starfish necklace while it’s still warm.

starfish necklace

Make a statement at night. Tiered necklaces, like this one from Lauren by Ralph Lauren, really stand out and easily dress up your look.

ralph lauren necklace

Practical and cute, a sun hat is sun protection and summer style all in one. This summer, the floppier the better, like this ribbon tied, terry cloth hat from Juicy Couture.

juicy couture hat

No need for a hat at night; instead pull your hair back and wear a pair of big, attention grabbing earrings. This pair from Kenneth Cole are gorgeous, but not gaudy.

kenneth cole earrings

Squashing the Shopping Bug: Week 3

Kristin finally admits her problem — she’s a true shopaholic. There’s absolutely nothing she needs (her two closets are overflowing as it is). She’s vowed to stop shopping until May 16th, and she invites you to join her each Monday during this trying time.

Woah – can’t believe I am on my last week of my first month of NO SHOPPING. It’s actually getting a lot easier now to not shop. I don’t have as many urges and I don’t “forget” as often that I can’t spend money. Granted, there are plenty of things that I would love to snatch up when I see them in stores, but I have come to terms with the fact that I just can’t. Then again, I’m sure that when it warms up a bit more, I’m going to tempted to get some brand new delightful spring purchases. It’s definitely helping that I am tired of winter clothes and don’t want to buy any more.

I will once again apologize for the photos I will subject you to in just a second. Especially on Friday/Saturday when I was getting ready to go out with my roomie. We were very excited to see how many free drinks we could mooch off of unsuspecting bar patrons.

Monday

Hangover moping/Being an awesome friend

Why am I awesome? Because at 10 pm I went out with my friend when all I wanted to do was sleep. This is the text I got from him. “I have to go to XXX’s. He wants me to have drinks with these ugly, weird girls. Will you come with me so they won’t try to hook up with me?”

I thought about saying no and making his life miserable for him/funnier for me, but I felt bad and caved.

monday 1

monday2

Pajamas/Jacket: Target
Jeans:
J.Crew
Cardigan/White Tank:
H&M
Pashmina:
Marshalls

mon 3

Flats: Target
Necklace:
Lia Sophia
Bangles:
Chinatown/Stolen from mom

Tuesday

Bumming around/Meeting/Eating Kisses & being cranky

tues 1

Cardigan Thing: Marshalls
Button Up:
Tommy Hilfiger
Jeans/Belt/Coat:
H&M
Silver Wellies of Heaven:
Hunter (@Nordstrom)
Scarf:
Street Vendor

tues 2

Bracelet: Lia Sophia
Ring:
Jewelry Gypsy

tues 3

Hat: The North Face

tues 4

Robe: Gap
Kisses:
CVS

Wednesday

Running to catch the T (subway) because I woke up too late/Internship/Lunch Lady Duty

weds 1

Blazer: BCBG
Pink Top:
Saks
Jeans:
Arden B
Boots:
Jessica Simpson (@Marshalls)

weds 2

Coat: Michael Kors (@Marshalls)
Purse:
Las Cholas
Bracelet:
Forever21
Ring:
Jewelry Gypsy

Thursday

Class/Hating my outfit/Lunch Lady Duty

thurs 1

Jeans/Coat/Scarf: H&M
Shoes/Cardigan:
Marshalls
Top:
Forever21
Purse:
Las Cholas

thurs 2

Button Up: Tommy Hilfiger
Pants:
H&M
Headband:
Target
Apron:
Work

Friday

Lunch Lady Duty/Perusing for free drink-givers at the bar

fri 1

Jeans/Black tank: H&M
Plaid Top:
Saks

fri 2

Scarf: Street Vendor
Jacket:
Target
Bracelet:
Forever21

fri 3

Flats: H&M

Saturday

Sephora with Anne/Taking advantage of bar patrons again

fri 4

Jacket: Gap
Red Top:
Robert Rodriquez (@Marshalls)
Jeans:
H&M
Shades:
Target

sat 2

Jeans: J.Crew
Striped Cardigan:
Marshalls
Pink Top:
Target

sat 3

Shoes: Nine West (@Marshalls)

Sunday

“Writing” a paper for class

sun 1

Jeans: Gap
Yellow Cardigan:
BCBG
Grey T:
Target
Bangles:
Chinatown/Stolen from mom

sun 2

Flats/Scarf: Target

This week’s “bloopers”

bloopers

bloopers 2

Photos: Kristin Bassett/BeautyXpose

Fab Finds: Cool Cognac

Ladies and gents — well most likely just ladies — I bought the most faboosh boots last night on sale at Aldo. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy anything new anytime soon, but I just couldn’t pass them up, they were just what I had been looking for for months. So in honor of the new loves of my life, I bring you all things fabulous and cognac, a color brought to us from the hue gods.

1. Hausteen – Aldo, $129.98

cognac aldo

2. Braided Front Stretch Belt – Arden B., $34

cognac arden b

3. Briana Leather Trench – UGG® Australia, $499.99

ugg cognac

4. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Serena’ Skirt – Bluefly.com, $112.99

cognac marc

5. BCBGMAXAZRIA Charmeuse Ruffle Detail Blouse – Bluefly.com, $49.99

cognac bcbg