D is for…Designer Collaboration


When I was flipping through my secret guilty pleasure US Weekly the other day, I turned to the infamous “Who Wore it Better?” section and I was excited to see two of my fave stars wearing one of my not-so-secret guilty pleasures: leopard print!

Both Nicky Hilton and Jaime King were pictured sporting an oogle-worthy, sequined leopard print dress at a party in Hollywood when the two (gasp!) showed up in the same dress!

I commend them both for two things: 1) laughing it off and posing together on the red carpet for a fun double-duo pic and 2) for sporting a fashion-forward dress with a retail price of (gasp again!) less than $1oo bucks! ($99 to be exact.)

The party was to celebrate the launch of UK Style — a collaboration between French Connection and (surprise surprise)…Sears! The collection features some fabulous fashion-forward items for the babe on a budget including a playful romper, an edgy-cool utility vest, and a wonderfully work-chic shirt dress. Shop these fab items below and other savvy styles from the collection at Sears.




G is for…Gloves

Diane von Furstenberg "Victoria" Long Gloves, $200; bloomingdales.com

J.Crew Convertible Cuff Gloves, $98; jcrew.com













Winter makes way for the chance to accessorize with tights, scarves, hats, and oh, yea…GLOVES. No longer just for Michael Jackson or Audrey Hepburn, gloves are back this season in a big, big way. My favorites are the new convertible cuff gloves. The new style is fashion meets function as they are the ultimate layering item for fall. Grab yours before they’re gone!

F is for… Fringe Boots

Fringe is in. It’s on vests, purses, dresses, tops, and my personal favorite, boots. But no one one does fringe boots better than Gucci. Celebs like Rihanna and Elle Macpherson have been seen traipsing around town in Gucci’s over-the-knee “Devendra” tassel fringe boots with a price tag of $1,995. I’m just praying someone will produce a knock-off pair so I can don the look, too. I haven’t been this ga-ga over a pair of boots, since, well, last season’s Gucci fringe boots.

MW - F is for Fringe Rihanna

Image via Wardrobewire.com

E is for… Eighties-Inspired Fashion

80’s-inspired pieces are everywhere right now and I’m loving it! But really, what’s not to love? From layers of lace, leggings and leather, it can add major attitude to any outfit. If you know how to mix it up, the trend can be equal parts girly and punk-rock. Think Madonna circa Material Girl in a studded bustier and a frilly tulle skirt. Rock out to the 80’s with a few of my fave pieces below.

D is for… Deals and Steals

We’ve all seen those gorgeous celebs, designer-clad from head to toe, surrounded by people yelling, “Who are you wearing?” and “You look fabulous!” This could be you. Ok, maybe you won’t attract the paparazzi, but thanks to the recently launched website, Wear Today Gone Tomorrow, you can now RENT those designer duds for less!

Wear Today Gone Tomorrow allows shoppers to rent designer dresses (the majority of their collection) as well asa  more limited selection of tops, jackets and skirts. All you have to do is sign up to be a “member” (for free!) and start shopping – or rather, renting. The rental fee is 90% off the retail price per week, plus $9.95 for shipping and $10 for dry cleaning. You can rent for as low as $20/week and the designers range from Rebecca Taylor to Diane von Furstenberg to Phillip Lim and even Zac Posen.

It’s very similar to the website Bag, Borrow, or Steal. You may remember the scene in the Sex and the City movie when Jennifer Hudson admits her Louis Vuitton Bowling Bag is rented from Bag, Borrow, or Steal, saying “It’s like Netflix for purses!”

Both websites add up to the perfect solution for fashionistas on a budget. What will they think of next?

C is for: Cutouts

As a girl who shamelessly falls for anything backless, it goes without saying that I am loving the new cutout trend. Plus, it’s a great way to show some skin without looking, well you know…

Cutouts are showing up in every which way from booties to leggings to dresses and have been spotted everywhere from the runway to the red carpet.

Below are some of my favorite options:

from left to right:

Boutique 9 by Nine West “Joely” cutout booties –> Shop these

Rag & Bone “Moto” leggings –> Shop these

Loeffler Randall “Strap back” dress–> Shop this

B is for(what else?)…Boots

Found: Recessionista-worthy boots. These can be worn over-the-knee, slouchy OR un-zip ’em and they’re ankle booties. That’s 3 in 1! Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret just made the impossible, possible. Click here to buy.

A is for…Acid-Wash Jeans

Yesterday’s shoot was for the upcoming fall fashion spread, Stylist’s Choice, showcasing 6 hot items our stylists are loving for fall. One of our picks was a pair of vintage turquoise acid-wash jeans. Pairing them with a men’s over-sized tuxedo shirt and funky sneaks, all of the stylists (including myself) just went ga-ga over this throwback 80’s trend. What do you think? Should this look be restricted to Saved by the Bell re-runs, or should they make a comeback for fall ’09?

A sneak peek from the shoot

A sneak peek from the shoot

Maria Ward: The Girl Behind the Blog

The girl behind the blog:

I LOVE fashion. Surprise, surprise, right? : )

I believe fashion can take you anywhere. Slip on a LBD and you’re Audrey Hebpurn. Step in to some sky-high heels and you’re Marilyn Monroe. Or, button up in a chic blazer and slacks and you’re Marlene Dietrich. The possibilities are endless. Fashion can lend you an air of confidence and sophistication. It can make you feel glamorous and sexy.

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Why hello there. Maria here. I’m Stylist Director for UNC’s ONE AND ONLY fashion mag, Kaleidoscope, as well as your new go-to for Fashion: A to Z. Each day I will give you your daily dose of the infinite world of fashion–covering trends, fab finds, fashion news and even some tips and tricks along the way. Every day will be a little different. I love fashion because it is never boring. It’s always changing, always shifting–just as my blog will. So put me on your radar and keep checkin’ in, that is, if you can keep up…