Jason Wu for Target

It is official: Jason Wu’s collection for Target will hit stores on February 5. The collection features the tagline “mischief is in the details” and embodies Wu’s signature style—clean lines, smart details and bright colors. The best part about this designer collaboration? Each piece in the collection ranges from $19.99 to $59.99 for clothing and $19.99 to $49.99 for accessories. What a bargain!

Target has released a new teaser for the collection featuring none other than an adorable black cat named Milu. See the commercial below:

Also, check out the massive billboard in NYC’s TriBeCa with Milu as the star. It’s simple and cute; I love it!

After looking over the entire collection on Fashionista.com (found here http://fashionista.com/2012/01/finally-jason-wu-for-target-the-complete-collection/) I definitely give it an A+. I love the simple and classic lines of the dresses. These pieces will be staples in consumers’ closets for years to come. They are perfectly suited for the target customer—practical yet chic, and definitely affordable! Here are my favorites: Will I see you at Target on the opening day?

Our picks from the NET-A-PORTER sale!

Net-a-porter is in the middle of a gigantic sale, with huge savings on designer bags, shoes, clothing and more from brands like Stella McCartney, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Lanvin, Burberry and Alexander McQueen.

Browse all 84 scrumptious pages of the sale at Net-a-porter.com, or keep reading for some of our favorite picks!

The Shadow mesh and cotton dress from Splendid is delicate and classy, yet slightly edgy as well. This dress is the perfect way to show a little skin without going overboard. Pair it with delicate jewelry and heels for a flirty, girly look, or go bigger and bolder with your accessories to make more of a statement. Was $110, Now $77.

Already seen in our Spring Issue, this gorgeous Burberry Belts printed silk scarf would add a classy splash of color to any tailored look needing a dose of fun. While it’s still an investment piece, this scarf is to die for! Was $450, Now $224.

If you’re still searching for the perfect pair of summer shorts, these belted twill shorts from 7 For All Mankind may be for you. Since they’re slightly high-waisted, tuck in a loosely fitted tank to let the pretty bow take center stage! You could wear these shorts in the fall, too, by pairing them with a nautical striped top and cute cardigan. Was $155, Now $77.50. Hint: If you love this style but don’t want your wallet to take so much of a blow, I spotted very similar pairs in black and a darker tan at Target that were calling my name!

Want your phone to be as fashionable as you? If you have an iPhone, protect it in style with a Marc by Marc Jacobs silicone iPhone 3G case. In hot pink or black, the case is embossed with Marc’s signature jumbled letter motif. Was $30, Now $15. If you’re more of a Blackberry girl, the elegant Jet Set Blackberry case from MICHAEL Michael Kors comes in a gorgeous buttery tan leather. Was $50, Now $25.

Tired of your fashion jewelry? Frame your face with these bright turquoise earrings plated in 22-karat gold. FromKenneth Jay Lane, these earrings will keep any summer look fun and fresh. Was $100, Now $50.

These swan-print wedge sandals from Tory Burch are adorable and playful! The white and navy palette is nautical and screams summer, and the brown leather and rope details add to the summer vibe. Pair them with your sundresses or a long maxi to add a dose of charm to your ensemble. Was $175, Now $105.

 

 

cute swimsuits for this summer & 4.99 bikinis!

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the price for several basic bikinis on Forever 21’s web site: $4.99 each for tops and bottoms! They have halter tops and basic bottoms in royal blue, and string bikini tops and bottoms in royal blue, a light coral and basic black. While these aren’t the most detailed bikinis you could wear, they’re classic styles for a great price!

 

Forever 21’s Floral Paradise bikini is another cute option. It’s brightly patterned, and although it’s not as cheap as the bikinis above, it’s still a deal at $10.80 for the top and $9.80 for the bottom. The top is even reversible, in case you want to tone down the pattern a bit or de-emphasize a larger chest by wearing a solid pattern on top.

If you have a regular to small chest, a bandeau swimsuit is a cute option for your body. I absolutely love the Purple Multicolor Bandeau swimsuit from Victoria’s Secret! It’s bright, bold, patterned and perfect for the beach. The back closure is adjustable and it comes with a removable halter strap in case you want a little more support or security, since bandeau tops can sometimes slide. Top, $29; bottom, &20.

Another great bandeau option is Target’s Mossimo Polka Dot Twist Bandeau separates. The suit has a retro feel and is available in black, purple, brown and teal, all with cute white polka dots. The top has a removable halter strap, and the bottom has mock ties on the sides, so that you get the cute ties without the danger of the knots coming undone! Top, $17.99; bottom, $17.99.

First Look: Matthew Williamson for Macy’s

Macy’s was recently on the radar of fashionistas everywhere with the debut of Madonna and her daughter Lourdes’ clothing line Material Girl. Today, Macy’s unveiled a new collaboration, but with a renowned clothing designer rather than a celebrity. Matthew Williamson is a London-based high-fashion designer who’s had his own shows at London Fashion Week since the summer of 2006. His designs continue to gain popularity in the United States, sported by celebrities like Katy Perry, Leighton Meester, Blake Lively, and Oh Land.

Promotional image for the collaboration, courtesy of macys.com

Williamson’s Impulse line at Macy’s is available in the United States, so you can get the London style your favorite singers and actresses are wearing at an affordable price. Almost all of the items in the collection are under $100 (the prices range from $59 to $299), so in this case, it’s okay to splurge! The choices range from flirty, floral dresses to oversized sweaters to chic leather jackets, so there’s definitely something for girls of every style.

Our favorite item? The Grecian Sleeveless One-Shoulder Jeweled Dress, a lavender cocktail dress that can be dressed up or dressed down. Unfortunately it’s one of the pricier items at $119, but that’s still a fraction of what you would pay for a high-fashion dress, even on Gilt Groupe. We also love the Long-Sleeve Leather Motorcycle Jacket, which is the collection’s most expensive item, banking in at $299. But how many orange, genuine-leather jackets does one come across? It’s an investment, really. And the asymmetrical zipper gives it the perfect finishing touch.

Intrigued? Want to see all 33 pieces of the collection? Check out the Macy’s site here!

A Mile in Their Shoes

We’re all familiar with Gilt Groupe‘s amazing deals, but sometimes we’re still left wanting the exact items our favorite fashion icons wear. Gilt Groupe did boast Lily Allen’s amazing Marc Jacobs Nylon magazine cover dress, but that was a rarity. Often, discount fashion sites and sales are collections of products that weren’t able to sell at the full retail price.

Chanel Black and Gold Camellia Clutch, $1100, http://www.decadestwo1.com

Designers and retailers want to get rid of them, so they lower the cost and have third parties do the selling.

But at DecadesTwo1.com, this isn’t the case. Rather than offering reduced prices on new merchandise, the site takes a new approach: it’s a consignment shop. DecadesTwo1 offers clothing and accessories that celebrities and fashion figures (Charlize Theron and Rachel Zoe, for example) have already owned, but no longer wear. It takes the guesswork out of fashion decisions – you already know that a style authority has deemed the item worthy of purchasing and wearing!

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Target Designers Revisited

Have you ever rushed to Target the weekend a new designer collection opens, only to find the piece you really wanted is already sold out? And when you go back to look for it, they never have your size? Or how about the designers whose collections you don’t hear about until they’ve already passed, or you just forget to go while they’re there?

Rodarte for Target, courtesy of target.com. Will this be one of the featured dresses??

Many a fashionista has experienced this feeling: the loss of an affordable, chic piece by one of the Target designers. The retailer has boasted incredible collaborations, including Isaac Mizrahi, Anna Sui, Rodarte, and many more.

Lucky for you (and the rest of us who wish we had more of the renowned designer pieces), Target stores are offering a second chance for customers to own clothing from the Go! International Designer Collective lines. Beginning on Sunday, March 13th, Target locations nationwide will be selling dresses from 17 past designers they’ve featured collections from. According to their magazine advertisements, these designers will include Paul & Joe, Tucker, Libertine, Erin Fetherston, and other big names in the fashion world.

The best part? The dress prices start at $24.95, and the most expensive ones are just $44.99. At a steal like that, you don’t have to worry about breaking your bank account. And you don’t have to feel guilty about buying two…or three…

Want a sneak preview of the dresses they’ll be offering? Check out their site for some great images! The sale will run through April 10, but we’re betting they’ll go fast, so don’t wait!

Changes at Roulette Vintage…but not before a pretty party and lovely sale

Carrboro’s very own Roulette Vintage will be closing it’s storefront Sunday February 13 to focus on its Etsy store, but that doesn’t mean the fun is over.

 

Inside Roulette Vintage, photo credit Kara LaFleur

The oh-so-cute store, which sells vintage duds and local designer pieces, will hold its annual Valentines Day Party this Friday at its store from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will feature the designs of local brand Riverbasin Outfitters which makes repurposed clothing and accessories using recycled materials.

 

Star Hoodie Dress, on sale for $14, photo credit Riverbasin Outfitters

It’s also the Art Walk (held the first Friday of each month), so after you sip love punch while browsing at Roulette, you can check out the art scene in Carrboro.

Saturday and Sunday will be the store’s HUGE vintage sale. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all vintage will be 30% off. On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. all vintage will be 50% off. If you’ve been to Roulette before, you know they have good prices anyway, so don’t miss out on this shopping opportunity! It’s your chance to find a one-of-a-kind cocktail dress for a steal. The owners will be taking out vintage from the back as well, so you’re sure to find something you love.

 

Roulette models in vintage clothing, photo credit Kara LaFleur

Perfect Holiday Gift Guide

Tight on cash this season?  We’ve found the perfects gifts for the fashionistas on your list- all items $35 or less!

Essie Mini Polish Set
$17; essieshop.com


Essie’s winter 2010 collection creates an aura of mystique with a vision of wintery beauty that is darkly decadent and supremely elegant.

This 4 piece mini collection includes these fun hues:  masquerade ball, silken cord, hot coco, going incognito.

Sephora’s Black Studded Makeup Bag Collection
$24; sephora.com

A limited-edition ensemble of fiercely stylish cosmetic bags.  This range of chic makeup bags fuses attitude with function, to hold every aspect of your beauty arsenal. Four sizes and shapes, all featuring black faux leather and edgy studs, will get you organized and accessorized at the same time.

Ruffled Echo Touch Glove
$35; echodesign.com

Echo has combined two of their best selling styles from last year to give you the new and improved ruffled Echo Touch glove.  Keep your hands warm while you keep in touch!  Echo Touch gloves are engineered specifically with the new wave of technology in mind.  Adhered to the index finger and thumb of each glove, our eLink fabric interacts with touch screen devices, making them compatible with the iPod, iPhone, iPad and other touch sensitive digital devices.  Made of wool blend.

bareMinerals Keychain Kisses
$15; ulta.com


These mini shades contain a healthy infusion of 100% pure bareMinerals and a blend of exotic oils, botanical extracts and protective antioxidants for long-lasting hydration, superior shine and shimmering color – all without any stickiness. Plus, they’re keychain-ready, so you’ll always have your lucky lipgloss at your fingertips.

Studded Scarf Ring
$32; echodesign.com

Are you seeking studs? Echo’s studded scarf ring is trend appropriate and also looks great with any casual outfit.

 

ASOS.com – the Latest Site Worth Checking Out

Featured in fashion magazines like Nylon and Teen Vogue, ASOS.com has been off to a great start in America since they’ve started shipping to locations in the U.S. The site offers clothes and accessories from over 850 brands, including many upscale designers, like French Connection and Juicy Couture, as well as a few lines they’ve created themselves. Many of the designers featured on ASOS also have items in the “Outlet” section, which offers great markdowns comparable to what you would find in any outlet mall. And did we mention that they always have FREE shipping both ways to the U.S. (and for the holiday season, the whole world)? If you order something that doesn’t fit, or isn’t what you expected, you can just use the return label, which includes postage, and send your order back for a refund without breaking a sweat.

Items that are hot right now are pieces from the popular Alexander McQueen for Puma line, and their collaboration with Nylon Magazine. They’re also having a sale that boasts a 20 percent discount on select items, so you really have no excuse not to at least give ASOS a look! And if you subscribe to their newsletter, without even buying anything, they’ll automatically enter you to win a $1000 E-gift card to buy holiday presents for your family and friends, and something for yourself too!

Did we mention ASOS also has their own fashion magazine? It’s exclusively online and features models wearing products available on their site, but the magazine also offers feature articles and is consistently covered by It Girls of our time. Example: Jessica Szohr of Gossip Girl is the current cover girl, and other recent cover girls include Olivia Palermo, Emma Stone, and Bonnie Wright (of Harry Potter).

With so many things to offer, our only question to you is – which ASOS feature will you check out first?

ASOS AUTOGRAPH Faux Fur Cuff Lace-Up Boots, taken from the As Seen in Nylon section, $94.82 at ASOS.com

Black Friday: Who’s Ready?!


Black Friday is notorious for being chaotic. If you plan on participating in Black Friday, come prepared.

Photo Credit: http://csinvestor.com

Bring a large purse and stock it up: Throughout the day, you will likely end up needing water or snacks. Pack these in a large purse to avoid waiting in line in the food court or dealing with crowds in restaurants. Bringing a large purse will also give you a place to store your jacket. It will be like a furnace inside. But waiting in line outside in the freezing weather is miserable without a jacket.

Make a list… and check it twice: Before entering a store, know exactly what you’re looking for. If you have coupons or sale papers for the store, have those easily accessible. Trying to remember what all you were supposed to get at Target at 5 a.m. in a chaotic crowd of people is nearly impossible… trust me, I’ve tried and failed.

Mentally prepare yourself: I get really stressed out when stuck in a crowd of people, so Black Friday takes a little mental preparation. Allowing myself to freak out about the crowds puts a damper on my whole day. Tell yourself, “There are going to be crowds of people, it’s going to be utter chaos in some places, but I cannot control this and that’s OK.” I know this definitely helps me.

Have fun: Yeah, so maybe crowds of people and an early wake-up time aren’t preferable, but it’s an experience. By accepting all that comes with Black Friday shopping, you can relax and allow yourself to enjoy the day. It really is exciting to hunt for the perfect gift or an item featured in the sale papers while chugging a latte and enjoying Christmas music. Black Friday can really help you get excited for Christmas, and with sales THAT good, how can you not have fun?