Posted on | March 8, 2012
As a child I had the same long legs as I do now but they were a bit more stick skinny and thus even harder to fit properly. Back then there wasn’t the option to get Gap long length jeans or discount designer lines at Target so most of the time my jeans were either too short or too big, The sheer torture of trying jeans on back then haunts me to this day. I attempt to avoid trying jeans on at any cost, I typically make a specific trip of “searching for jeans” only when I have rested, eaten and am in a good frame of mind.
Last month I went into Buffalo Exchange for my semi-annual wardrobe trade-in/new wardrobe treasure hunt. As I waited for more than three hours for them to complete my trade, a pair skinny jeans with a great wash beckoned my from a nearby rack. I don’t typically have good luck trying on jeans and I certainly wasn’t well-rested or fed so the ONLY reason I was inspired to try these jeans on is they were a measly $11. How could I pass that up? I added the jeans to my other 40 or so pieces to try on and headed to the dreaded dressing room.
The jeans were one of the first pieces I tried on and they not only fit but they fit great and were comfortable beyond belief. In fact, I was so wary I wore them as I tried on all the rest of my items, even dresses. By the end I had cut some pieces out of the buy pile but the jeans were going home with me. After a few times of wearing them I thought I should see if they were something I could buy more of. When I was up at New York Fashion Week I asked my friend to look at the tag and see where they were from. H&M.
This was a REALLY good sign. H&M was so well priced I thought if they still had this cut the price was sure to be great. I thought since there was an H&M on every other block I’d be able to pick some up. Little did I know I was about to come down with strep throat and be quarantined to my hotel room. Thankfully H&M came to Dallas last year so I consoled myself with the thought of being able to pick some up at home. Nearly a month later I finally made it to H&M and was thrilled to find they did still carry the jeans and they were priced at $39.95. Not as good as an $11 trade price at Buffalo Exchange but not bad all the same.
If you love stretchy, skinny jeans but don’t like how they can start stretching thru the day and become low-rise by lunch time try the H&M Regular, Slim Fit style. While it certainly isn’t a pair of mom-jeans they waist comes in more than the hips and fits that girlish figure many of us moms have developed.
Posted on | March 6, 2012
Want a chance to see the designs of Ashard Richley, winner of Lifetime’s 24 Hour Catwalk, in person. And maybe pick up a fabulous new clutch for Spring? Pop into Krimson & Klover Wednesday between 6:30-8:30PM and be the first to get your hands on one.
Posted on | February 27, 2012
Who couldn’t use from fresh tees, tanks and capri leggings for spring? Target is running a sale on their Mossimo basic tees, long & lean tanks (great if you are tall, like me) and capri leggings for just $5 this week. You can save an additional 15% by visiting the Target website and downloading a coupon for 15% off Mossimo apparel. Don’t miss this great sale!!! I am adding it to my to-do list today!!!
Posted on | February 22, 2012
A few months ago I was in my local DSW shopping for a client when I spotted a pair of greyish-beige oxfords that I fell in love with. What are oxfords you ask? Some may call them brogues, spectators, jazz shoes or just dress shoes but the name oxford encompasses the feeling of youth I love so it is the one I prefer. The shoe style is evocative of a menswear lace-up and the style can vary from the look of men’s traditional “dress shoes” to a very slim-lined jazz dancers style. This particular pair was somewhere in between.
Being a size 10.5+ it is difficult to find any shoes in my size much less something I am specifically looking for. Sadly the LEVITY oxford didn’t come in my size but I filed away the idea of it and have kept my eye out for something similar ever since.
When I am out at events you’ll typically catch me in a pair of sky high heels, often my favorite black satin pair by Fendi. For everyday, stilettos are out of the question. The truth to being a stylist is that a lot of schlepping is involved and whether it’s working with a client, redoing a closet or shopping, spending all day on your feet [whilst carrying heavy things]requires comfortable flats. Being a stylist requires they be comfortable “stylish” flats.
Have you ever tried to find stylish flats in a size 11? I have and it’s virtually impossible. It’s like the shoemaker’s union got together and decided anyone who wears above a nine must like chunky, ugly shoes. Hello, what size do they think all the runway models wear? So in my pursuit of stylish flats, I’ve found some lightweight penny loafers, quilted ballet flats, pointy toed slip-ons and delicate flip-flops. And now, oxfords.
Before leaving for fashion week I took in my stack of DSW rewards certificates and went to work looking for some new shoes. Because the only thing better than getting new shoes is getting new shoes for FREE. I was specifically looking for flats on this trip because anyone who has been to New York City knows you will spend a lot of time walking and during the winter the combination of the ice on the ground and the stiletto is just a broken leg waiting to happen.
I had fairly good luck that day. Normally when I have a coupon and a gift card, there is nothing appealing in my size. I found a great pair of nude ballet flats, adorned with a golden crest. They are by Tahari, a line that runs fairly narrow and long which fits my foot well. Oh and the are appropriately named the “Valerie” flat. Just when I was about to thank my lucky stars and go home I spotted a pair of oxfords I thought just might fit the bill.
The key I believe to successfully pulling off any menswear trend is to take the most feminine version of it and make it your own. The pair I saw were fabricated with a product that looks like a vintage era football, very menswear. But the material was moldable, the sole lightweight and flexible, very feminine. The only bad part was the laces. They came with two sets. One pair of ribbons (a little young for me) and a pair of traditional menswear laces (a little too menswear for me.)
I tried them on and they fit perfectly. In fact the shoe ran long and I was able to get a 10 instead of an 11. Since virtually no one makes a 10.5 narrow. The laces were still bothering me though. I thought they would look better either without any [tried it but I stepped out of them] or with something very discreet, maybe a darker brown waxed style. As I pondered whether to spend $34.95 of my well-earned certificates on this pair of “close but not quite” shoes I had a flash in my mind of a necklace cord at home that would make the perfect laces. I am all about re-purposing so decision made, I bought them.
Of course, when I got home I remembered exactly where the necklaces were stored in my office before we moved six months ago. Unfortunately, I had no idea where they were now. The shoes didn’t make the trek to Fashion Week and didn’t make an appearance at all until today. Last night I was flipping thru the new Nordstrom catalog when this pair of oxfords jumped out at me and I decided I should put some thought into locating the waxed necklaces.
This morning suddenly I remembered where the necklaces might be; in a bag of gifts from events and giveaways. They weren’t in the bag I imagined but something made me open the box next to it and voila, there they were. The cool vintage key necklaces were left over from our Chanel trunk show with What Goes Around Comes Around back in 2010. I quickly re-purposed one of the keys as a decor piece for my office, cut the wax string in half and in just minutes my oxfords sported new laces and were ready to wear.
Posted on | February 19, 2012
I can not tell you how many times I have scoured Longchamp stores all over the world looking for the large Le Pliage foldable bag, in Navy with long handles. Last September, in Cannes, I discovered the reason there is never one in stock is because they aren’t made that way.
Well yesterday I was relaxing in bed on a rainy morning and @BagHag posted a picture of the new Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp bag. I initially thought it was hot air balloons and logged on to my computer to get a closer look, thinking it would be a great gift for my grandma. Upon further inspection it wasn’t hot air balloons but I was then drawn to a button that said “Custom Bags.”
Custom, I thought? Could it be that I can finally have the bag I’ve imagined? Yes I can. Somehow for a very reasonable price. The process was made for me…and anyone else who is a little particular about their bags.
My favorite color is navy and I love pairing it with brown accents and gold jewelry (or hardware.) Longchamp carries a bag like this (in fact I bought a set for my mom for Christmas) but I really wanted one with long handles to take with me shopping overseas or at the local flea market.
Well, it looks like my search has come to and end because in just four steps and less than five minutes I was able to create my bag,
STEP 1: Select your bag size
STEP 2: Select your handle length
STEP 3: Select your color. Here you can select the main color of the bag, the color of a contrasting center stripe (if you so desire) and the color of your hardware.
STEP 4: Select personalization, if you so desire (I opted for no personalization)
STEP 5: See a preview of your bag and place your order.
Now I just have to wait patiently for the next three weeks for the new bag to arrive. #TappingFingersOnTableNow
Posted on | February 17, 2012
We at Society Stylist have long been fans of Sorrelli, antique inspired heirloom jewelry and we loved wearing the pieces gifted to us all over New York Fashion Week. Our gift to you? An invitation to the Sorrelli sale on Hautelook, TODAY. Don’t miss it!!! Haven’t tried the line? Take this opportunity to pick up a few pieces on Hautelook, a fraction of the retail price. Or visit the Sorrelli website directly and find these amazing pieces for spring in the hot new tangerine shades.
Posted on | June 29, 2011
Temperatures today, all week, in the triple digits. I think I will once again be wearing my summer uniform. No, not a bikini. Apparently that isn’t considered appropriate business attire, even when you own your own company. In the Fall, Winter and Spring I think my favorite piece of clothing is likely a blazer- as it will completely change the look of an outfit. In the summer however, the sundress reigns supreme. I literally live in sundresses if for no other reason than the be able to bear the Dallas heat.
Dress: Aaron Ash $250
Where to Buy: Mine (4423 Lovers Lane, Dallas)
Model: Brittany Rollings
Posted on | December 13, 2010
Forget books on tape, when you can have books on fashion. Because really, don’t we all just love a great picture book? We can invent our own stories to go with the images, read the stories written alongside or recall the times we have seen the pieces in life. Though each year there are endless books on fashion being produced by designers around the world, my recommended collection is published by ASSOULINE.
Posted on | December 6, 2010
We are happy to introduce Robert Verdi’s Holiday Gift Guide to give you some additional ideas on what to buy for everyone on your list. You’ll love his entertaining style and fun suggestions!!!
Posted on | December 2, 2010
In the spirit of all things holiday let’s not forget one of my number one loves “shoes.” Well more in line with today’s gift suggestion, FABULOUS SHOES. What fashionista doesn’t LOVE flipping the pages of Vogue or strolling thru the shoe department at Neiman Marcus if only to take in the beauty of the new season’s shoes? My favorite shoe season is “holiday” as that’s when designers take out all the stops and present the jeweled, beaded, glittered, velvet, satin, bowed concoctions that I find utterly fascinating. The ultimate example? This glittered Christian Louboutin, in my favorite style: peep toe-slingback.
Every fashionista has shoes in their closet- likely a lot of them. But most won’t buy that “really fabulous” pair because “they just aren’t practical.” This is your chance to spoil your loved one or spoil yourself and bring home a fabulous pair of [possibly impractical] shoes, just because they are downright amazing. Okay so I know I am typically the one who advocates for practical purchases and buying pieces that go with everything but even I believe in indulging in some unique, something spectacular, something YOU!!!!
MY CHRISTMAS WISH: Fabulous Shoes [In MY size!!!!]
LOVE these insane, jeweled Roger Vivier Balmoral Stilettos, if only they were slingback!!!!
And since we are committed to finding you the best deals, we have some of these amazing designer shoes available for you at drastically discounted prices. Just in time for the holidays we have received a consignment of dozens pairs of AUTHENTIC Christian Louboutins, Manolo Blahniks, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Badgley Mishka and more. Assorted sizes 37-39. We have just one in each style. Most priced at just $300.
What fashionista wouldn’t LOVE this pair luxurious deep red and cream satin Christian Louboutin Anemone stilettos with the luscious bow adorning the heel? If only I was Cinderella and they were my size. If you are a size 37 we have the pair for you. They are BRAND NEW and even more fabulous in real life than in the picture. Retail Price $925. OUR PRICE, just $500.
Looking for an even more frugal way to bring home a fabulous pair of shoes? Check out this pair of MARTINEZ VALERO Candy Red Satin Evening Stilettos. Just $50.
Not into holiday red? Well check out the dozens of pairs we have available and email your picks to eBay@SocietyStylist.com. Live in the Dallas area? Set up an appointment to come by and pick some up for yourself. All shoes are first come, first serve and we will try to update the post as often as possible but they are going fast so if you see a pair you love, BUY THEM NOW!!!!
NOTE: All shoes are authentic and are in new or very gently used condition. Please ask any questions in advance as all items are FINAL SALE. Each pair of Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel shoes will come with it’s original storage bag. All others will come with a designer shoe pouch to protect them while traveling.
SHIPPING: $9.95 (United States) $24.95 (International) FREE (Local pick-up in Dallas)
|1||NEW CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black Calf Slingback Snakeskin Heel-38.5||$500|
|2||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Stappy Black Patent Stiletto Sandals -38||$300|
|3||NEW CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black Knotted Satin Slingbacks-38.5||$500|
|4||NEW CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Rainbow Glitter Slingbacks Gold Heel||SOLD|
|5||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black-Gold-Silver Patent Peep Toe Slingbacksl-38.5||$400|
|6||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black Patent Closed Toe Slingback-39||$300|
|7||NEW CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black Tassel Heel Peep Toe Slingback-38.5||$500|
|8||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Navy Startched Denim/Snake Skin Buckle Stacked Heel Peep Toe-38||$300|
|9||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Cork Wood Naturale Slingback Heel-38.5||SOLD|
|10||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Red Woven Rope Slingback Peep Toe Heel-38.5||SOLD|
|11||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Red Satin Ankle Lace-up Clear Lucite Heel-38.5||$300|
|12||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Brown Suede Cork Slingback Peep Toe Heel-38.5||SOLD|
|13||NEW CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Lucious Deep Red Satin Bow-Adorned Anemone Evening Heel-37||$500|
|14||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Leopard Print Pony Hair Closed Toed Slingback Heel-39||$450|
|15||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Caramel Brown Leather Round Toe Stacked-Wood Heel-38.5||$300|
|16||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Brown/Multi Colored Python Peep Toe Heel-38||SOLD|
|17||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Cream/Gold Wooven Peep Toe Slingback-38.5||$250|
|18||MANOLO BLAHNIK Classic Simple Black Pointed Toe Heel-38||$300|
|19||MANOLO BLAHNIK Black/White Snake Skin Pointed Toe Heel-37.5||$300|
|20||MANOLO BLAHNIK Black Suede Tassels Pointed Toe Heel-38.5||$300|
|21||MANOLO BLAHNIK Rose Gold Rhinestone Open Toe Sandal Heel-38.5||$400|
|22||LOUIS VUITTON Black Wedge Sandal Butterfly Heel-39||SOLD|
|23||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Black/Gold/Silver Open Toe Wedge Sandal-38.5||SOLD|
|24||DOLCE & GABBANA Gold Lame Heels||SOLD|
|25||DOLCE & GABBANA Metallic Gold Pink-Blue Jeweled Rhinestone Sandals-38||$500|
|26||MANOLO BLAHNIK Black Jeweled Satin Evening Sandal-38.5||$400|
|27||MANOLO BLAHNIK Black Suede Flower Open Toe Evening Sandal-38||$300|
|28||MANOLO BLAHNIK Black Jeweled Pyramid Satin Evening Sandal-38.5||$400|
|29||MANOLO BLAHNIK Light Pink Red Flowers Pointed Toe Heel-38.5||$300|
|30||NEW JIMMY CHOO Red Satin Snake Skin Classic Pump Heel-38.5||$400|
|31||JIMMY CHOO Charcoal Grey Wool Flroal Adorned Pointed-Toe Slingback-38||$300|
|32||MANOLO BLAHNIK Metallic Silver Jeweled Toe Heeled Evening Sandal-38||$300|
|33||MANOLO BLAHNIK Orange Flower Petal Sandal Pump Heel-38||$300|
|34||MANOLO BLAHNIK Silver/Pink/Orange/Green/Blue Stone Evening Sandal Heel-38.5||$300|
|35||CHANEL Navy Blue-White-Orange Flat Slide Sandal-39||$150|
|36||NEW CHANEL Lime Gold Glitter Flower Flip Flop Thong Sandal-39||$150|
|37||NEW MANOLO BLAHNIK Silver/Gold Woven Peep Toe Pump-38||SOLD|
|38||MANOLO BLAHNIK Turquoise Suede Flower/Accent Stone Ankle-Wrap Peep-Toe-38.5||$300|
|39||MANOLO BLAHNIK Metallic Silver Rhinstone Jeweled Peep-Toe 37.5||$400|
|40||GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI DESIGN Green Croc Embossed Leather/Velvet Peep Toe-37||$250|
|41||VALENTINO GARAVANI Black/Tan Leather Ankle Wrap Stiletto-38||$300|
|42||BADGLEY MISCHKA Black Leather-Red Jeweled Strappy Evening Sandal -38||$200|
|43||NEW BURBERRY Blue Pink Nova Check Plaid Rubber Rainboots-38||$100|
|44||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Dark Brown TortoiseOTK Patent Pointed Toe Boots-38.5||SOLD|
|45||CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Tan Embossed Leather Stiletto Heel Ankle Boot/Bootie-38.5||$400|
|46||Alexander McQueen Black White Skull Pointed-Toe Flats||SOLD|
|47||BRAND NEW Martinez Valero Red Satin Bow Adorned Strappy Sandals-38||$50|
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