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Express Mint Ballet Flats Review

I recently acquired a Rebecca Minkoff wristlet in “baby blue” (it’s really more of a mint color as you can see in the picture) and decided that I needed some matching ballet flats for Spring.  After scouring the net, I found this pair at Express that seemed to match and were also super affordable – only $34.90 here.  The color is really close to that of the wristlet, and they are very comfortable.  The pointy toe is a bit witch like, but it also makes them more interesting than most round-toed flats I own.  Pics below.

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

Express Pointed Toe Ballet Flats

 

Rebecca Minkoff Wristlett and Express Mint Ballet Flats

Rebecca Minkoff Wristlett and Express Mint Ballet Flats

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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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Steve Madden Women’s Abonita Ankle Boot Review

Just got home from work to a wonderful surprise: My Steve Madden Abonita boots just arrived 🙂  They really do look a lot like the Rag & Bone Newbury boots.  The heel is a great height for walking around in, while still giving you a bit of height.  They also have a nice, small ankle opening, which I find hard to find in ankle boots.  Most of the ones I try on have a huge opening that moves around when you walk and looks weird with skinny jeans or shorts.  They are on sale on Amazon for $99 right now.  I highly recommend as a wardrobe staple this year!

Steve Madden Women's Abonita Ankle Boot

Steve Madden Women’s Abonita Ankle Boot

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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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Black, White and Gold

Black, White and Gold

 

Jacket
lonnys.com

Jimmy choo shoes
net-a-porter.com

Lauren merkin
saksfifthavenue.com

Kanupriya cz earrings
maxandchloe.com

Forever 21
forever21.com

White House Black Market thin belt
whitehouseblackmarket.com

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Kensie Open Cardigans

An absolute must have item for the transition from Winter into Spring is the open cardigan. I decided to go with two neutral and wearable colors: Black & Oatmeal.  I purchased these two cardigans last week from Kensie.com (with an extra 20% off discount that ended on Feb 1).

I was very impressed with the ordering process through the Kensie.com site.  They processed the order quickly & kept me notified about when my shipment would arrive.  It is actually surprising to me how many online retailers keep you in the dark about where your orders is.  Anyway, I ordered a small (which is what I normally wear) and it fits perfectly.  The material is very good quality and the sweater is nice and thick.  It has light ribbing on the inner arms and pockets which are super convenient.  The rolled hem and draped fit make it stylish but simple.  This sweater is also available in “neutral” which looks like a light cream color in the pictures.  I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a basic cardigan to transition their wardrobe from winter into spring.

Kensie SOFT COTTON LONG CARDIGAN - $19.99

Kensie SOFT COTTON LONG CARDIGAN - $19.99

The second cardigan I got from Kensie was this soft cotton blend one in a size Large.  They were out of all the other sizes so I decided to give the large a try.  After trying it on, I realized that it fits just like the small.  Good for me, but I worry about anyone who normally wears a large.  There is literally no difference between the way the small black one fits and the way this oatmeal colored large one fits.  The draping on this one is a bit different than the black one.  It has more of a waterfall effect in the front and the ribbing on the sleeves goes from the cuff to the mid forearm.  This one does not have pockets, but fits very nicely and is extremely comfortable.  It is only available in “oatmeal” but it is a very neutral color that fits nicely into the nude color themes for Spring.

Kensie SOFT COTTON BLEND CARDIGAN - $19.99

Kensie SOFT COTTON BLEND CARDIGAN - $19.99

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