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Black & White Color Blocking Trend

There is no way around it, black and white color blocking is a major trend for Spring 2013.  Almost every major designer has their version of the B&W dress, and why not?  It’s super chic and flattering on almost everyone!  Here is my favorite Runway version from the Carolina Herrera Spring 2013 RTW collection:  I just love the asymmetric panels and the little burst of color right in the center.

Carolina Herrera Black & White Color Block Gown

Carolina Herrera Black & White Color Block Gown

Now on to the more affordable (and wearable) versions.

If you want to go for designer quality, I would recommend:

Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress – $450 

You can get this dress HERE, HERE and HERE

Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress - $450

Rag & Bone Dupont Colorblock Dress – $450

Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress – $425

You can get this dress HERE, HERE and HERE

Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress - $425

Diane von Furstenberg Carmelle Sheath Dress – $425

Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress – $297

You can get this HERE, HEREHERE, and HERE

Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress - $297

Alice + Olivia Alberta Colorblock Dress – $297

Looking for more affordable versions of this trend? Here are some options:

White House Black Market Coloblock Sheath Dress – $79.99

You can get this HERE

White House Black Market Colorblock Dress - $79.99

White House Black Market Colorblock Dress – $79.99

Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress – $89.50

You can get this HERE

Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress - $89.50

Loft Colorblock Seamed Sheath Dress – $89.50

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French Connection Snake Print Pants Review

French Connection Snake Print Pants

French Connection Snake Print Pants

I have been hesitant to purchase any printed denim since the trend started for fear that I would instantly hate the print.  However, for some reason I have an affinity for snake prints (especially for handbags and shoes).  So, when I saw these French Connection pants on sale at Bloomies I decided to try them out.

Note: They are not denim, they are a stretchy legging – like fabric with a snake texture.  They also have an elastic waistband, which I thought was strange at first, but I don’t really mind it that much.  They only downside of the elastic waistband is that you can’t wear these pants with shorter shirts that end at the hip.

Fit wise, they are super comfortable and feel like you are wearing your PJs out in public.  The high contrast print makes them super flattering, especially at the thighs.  They are very versatile and can be paired with colorful pieces as well as neutrals.  Since they end right at the ankle, they can also be worn with flats, which is awesome for running around in the city.

You can still get them on sale at Bloomingdales for $83.16 

 

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Jimmy Choo Vero Colorblock Patent Leather Pump Look-Alikes

The Best:

Jimmy Choo Vero Colorblock Patent Leather Pump

Jimmy Choo
Vero Colorblock Patent Leather Pump

The ones I would buy:

Nine West Women's Goulding Pump

Nine West Women’s Goulding Pump

Best Value:

Anne Michelle Sensuous-21 Pointy Toe Pump

Anne Michelle Sensuous-21 Pointy Toe Pump

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Rag & Bone Newbury Look Alikes

Trend: Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

It’s pretty obvious why celebs like Sienna Miller, Rachel Bilson and Nikki Reed can’t get enough of these adorable booties.  They are so versatile and easy to wear with thier mid-sized heel and simple design.  Since I am not willing to drop $500 on shoes, I found a few “look alikes” listed below.  I put in links to the originals, the mid-grade look alike (Steve Madden’s that I actually purchased today) and the super-cheap versions that give you the look without the price.

Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Available at:

Shopbop

Nieman Marcus

Nordstrom

Sienna Miller in Rag & Bone Newberry Booties

Sienna Miller

Rachel Bilson in Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Rachel Bilson

Nikki Reed in Rag & Bone Newbury Booties

Nikki Reed

The ones I bought:

Steve Madden Partenon Ankle Boot

Steve Madden Partenon Ankle Boot

Best Value:

Go Jane Buckled Booties

Go Jane Buckled Booties

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Look for Less: Karina Grimaldi Natalie Tunic

The Look:

Karina Grimaldi Natalie Tunic - $160

Karina Grimaldi Natalie Tunic - $160

 

For Less:

Forever 21 Zig Zag Top - $17.80

Forever 21 Zig Zag Top - $17.80

 

 

 

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The Look for Less: Hale Bob Bohemian Sleeveless Silk Crepe Dress

Perfect for the Summer, this multi colored dress by Hale Bob has a handkerchief hem and empire waistline making it comfortable yet flirty.

Hale Bob Bohemian Sleeveless Silk Crepe Dress

Hale Bob Bohemian Sleeveless Silk Crepe Dress - $260

You can get a very similar dress at Victoria’s secret on sale now for only $45.

Victoria's Secret Smocked Strapless Dress - $45

Victoria's Secret Smocked Strapless Dress - $45

 

 

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The Look for Less: Alice + Olivia Avon Lace Collar Tunic

As seen on Kyle Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this sheer white lace trimmed tunic is a beautiful staple to any wardrobe this Spring.  It has that hint of 70s style that makes it on trend, yet it is classic enough to look great tucked into a pair of straight legged slacks.

Alice + Olivia Avon Lace Collar Tunic

Alice + Olivia Avon Lace Collar Tunic - $297

As much as I absolutely love this top, I can’t let myself spend $300 on it.  So, I have found an alternative:

Alicia Lace-Trim Tunic at Alloy.com - $36.90

Alicia Lace-Trim Tunic at Alloy.com - $36.90

I have actually ordered this top myself, but unfortunately, it will not be available until May 7th.  Check back to see my review of this top in early May.

 

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The Look for Less: IRO Eugenia leather mini dress

The Look:

IRO Eugenia leather mini dress - $805

IRO Eugenia leather mini dress - $805

For Less:

Roxie Faux Leather Zip back Shift Dress - $40.59

Roxie Faux Leather Zip back Shift Dress - $40.59

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The Look For Less: Charley 5.0 Denim Cold Shoulder Top

The Look:

Charley 5.0 Cold Shoulder Denim Shirt in Cool Blue - $128

Charley 5.0 Cold Shoulder Denim Shirt in Cool Blue - $128

For Less:

Urban Renewal Cold Shoulder Denim Shirt at Urban Outfitters - $48

Urban Renewal Cold Shoulder Denim Shirt at Urban Outfitters - $48

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The Look For Less: Vince High-Low Cardigan

The Look:

Vince Hi-Lo Cardigan at Lonnys - $285

Vince Hi-Lo Cardigan at Lonnys - $285

For Less:

Top Shop KNITTED SPECKLE CABLE CARDIGAN - $100

Top Shop KNITTED SPECKLE CABLE CARDIGAN - $100

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