Hot Shoes for Spring

Monday, March 31, 2008

Bootie? Sandal? Pump?
Whatever you want to call them, they are in for spring. Try pairing them with a flippy skirt, printed tee, and a blazer. Perfect!

Gladiator Sandals
Whether heels or flats, gladiator sandals are a MUST for spring!

A Flair for the Unique
Let your shoes do the talking this spring by pairing a unique pair of shoes with a simplistic outfit.

Alice + Olivia Branch Out for Spring

Friday, March 21, 2008

I was reading in my April InStyle yesterday that basic sequined dresses are out and ones with fun details of patterns are in. That seems like a perfect excuse to post a picture of this fab Alice + Oliva (who else for sequins?) dress.

I would have put it in with the ombre trend but I already had a blue to white dress of theirs that I couldn't bear to take out. I'm a little over the whole sequins thing, showgirls can only be in for so long, but this dress is unique and uses ombre which catches my eye.

As I looked through Alice + Oliva's page on Shopbop, they seem to be weaning off the sequins (just ignore the sequined, striped polo) I love the white hooded coat (also in black) that comes with/in a matching tote bag. Cute, but I wouldn't wear them together. There are some adorable little dress that need some flat gladiator sandals and they're good to go. My favorite is the Floral Blouson Sleeve dress for $330. It looks so fresh and adds to of springs key elements, flowers and brights!


Designer Inspired, Not Imitated

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

As we all know, there is a huge problem in the fashion industry with designer knockoffs. As much as I like the idea of getting my favorite designer's look for a lot less, there is a reason they are my favorite designer; they designed it. So, on that note, I present to you items that have borrowed colors or ideas (isn't that what fashion is?) but are in they're own unique styles.

As you may have seen on my spring wishlist, I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs top. The red and cream are a killer combo and Marc has carried it on to a fab dress. You can buy the top at Nordstrom for $168 and the dress at for $428.

Forever21 has this great dropwaist dress for a mere $24.80. The similar colors, enameled buttons, and red on bottom are the only things that have been carried over from Marc's design. The sailor look, drop waist, and pleats are all major structual differences.

I wouldn't call this a knockoff and I wouldn't call it imitation. To me, this is what fashion is all about, constantly taking ideas of other and molding them into your own. Shoot me or hug me for these thoughts, but at least be nice about it.

Spring Wishlist

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My spring desires with a widget courtesy of If you've never been to this site, it's a must go!

Hat Infatuation

I love hats. It might be because people say I have a face for them (what does that really mean?) or because Coco Chanel started out as a milliner, but to me, they are the perfect way to top off an outfit. With spring here and summer approaching, hats are more important than ever. We all know that the sun is terrible for our skin and hats are a great solution to keeping it off our delicate faces. Maybe hats and sunscreen are the fountain of youth?

I just discovered the coolest hats I've ever seen. They are from French milliner Lola and are tres chic, indeed! Here are some of my favorite styles:

Small raffia hat $271,

Small raffia and leather hat $251,

Straw hat with raffia stiching $231,

Coral linen hat $291,

I love them! Too bad they're a bit out of my price range.

To find out all of the places you can buy Lola, check out

Spring Trend: Brights!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

My favorite of all the trends this spring is bright colors. It translates across all parts of fashion. As you can see, there is an abundance of bright clothing, bags, and shoes online. Instead of pairing these with black or white, try neutrals for a fresh look.

Tops & Dresses

Paul & Joe Chatel kimono blouse $540
Calypso victoria dress $250,
Alice + Olivia pleated dress $330, neiman marcus
Butter BY NADIA dress $175,
Chris Benz jenna top $695,
Rebecca Taylor cami $250, pink mascara


3.1 Phillip Lim skirt $320,
Rich and Skinny cropped jeans $170, shopbop
Brooklyn bright mini $34.50, delias
Vanessa Bruno skirt $338,
Marc by Marc Jacobs shorts $178, shopbop
Sailor mini skirt $15.80, forever21
Miu Miu mini skirt $915,
See by Chloe shorts $230, shopbop
Alice + Olivia cropped pants $242, shopbop


Jimmy Choo love sandals $585,
Stuart Weitzman pumps $298, saks fifth avenue
Tory Burch patent flats $195,
Robert Clergerie sandals $440, barneys
Louboutin cutout pumps $795, saks fifth avenue
Chloe pinstripe flats $595, barneys
Bruno Frisoni pumps $795, saks fifth avenue
Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti heels $660,
Miu Miu crisscross flats $380,


Marc by Marc Jacobs airliner clutch $328, barneys
Lanvin hurrah satchel $1,950, barneys
Coin Purse $18, anthropologie
L.A.M.B. love asti bag $725, eluxury
Fendi borderline clutch $1,040,
Marc Jacobs mary tote $1,095, eluxury
Bebe bali woven clutch $139, bebe
Chloe saskia tote $2,160,
Zac Posen satchel $1,595, intermix online
Marc Jacobs key pouch $165, eluxury

Spring Trend: Ombre

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Another one of my favorite spring trends is ombre. I love the fading color idea and these pieces showcase this seasons best at all prices!

Top row (l-r):
Arden B. top $68 (arden b.), Lux fade to black dress $58 (urban outfitters), Alice + Olivia rosette dress $300 (

Bottom row (l-r):
Maison Martin Margiela Plexi Wedge $645 ( Juicy Couture Ombre Hat $75 (, Guerlain Ombre Éclat Shadow Palette $57 (

Spring Trend: Floral Dresses

Friday, March 14, 2008

Florals are a major trend this spring and this year's way to wear it is bold or nothing! Here are some of my picks for great flower prints.


Carolina Herrera flora dress $4,290, neiman marcus
Balenciaga layer dress $3,329,
See by Chloé Print Dress $520, saks fifth avenue
Christian Dior full dress $6,080,
3.1 Phillip Lim dress $595, neiman marcus
Etro chiffon dress $1,583,


Little Joe by Gail Elliott "Nadia" dress $315,
Tibi silk jersey dress $350,
MICHAEL Michael Kors silk dress $159, nordstrom
MaxStudio floral dress $158,
Cynthia Steffe dress $198,
Milly graphic dress $385,


Jaclyn maxi dress $49.50, delias
Cutesy jersey dress $90,
T-Bags mini dress $120,
Cumberbund dress $128, free people
DKNY smocked dress $79, macy's
Printed skirt dress $36,

Looking Classy for St. Patrick's Day

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

St. Patrick, the patron saint of all things Irish, has a quite unholy bash every year. Growing up, it was a must to wear green or you would be pinched all day on the playground. In college, it's an excuse to dress like a hooker in anything that's green. Some people like to wear green on the day and some do not. It's all about personal preference.

Now, there isn't an official color of green that goes with the holiday but you know seafoam just wouldn't work. It's got to be loud, bold, and well, a kelly green. How Irish! There are ways to look classy in green on this day of beer but you have to know how to do it right. Here are three looks at three price ranges that show how to look cute but not like a leprechaun.

The rules of keeping green in line:
*Pair with dark denim. This instantly makes the look a little dressier.
*Keep your palette simple. Think spring with accents of yellow and white. This look can carry you into summer!
*Stay with sophisticated silhouette. Nobody wants to see you in a green cami and or a hoodie. Sorry.


Top: Paul & Joe $540,
Jeans: See by Chloe $325,
Heels: Courtney Crawford $495, revolve clothing
Clutch: Oscar de la Renta $1,295,
Earrings: Juicy Couture "Daisy Butterfly" $58, nordstrom
Ring: Juicy Couture "Garden Party" $88, nordstrom


Dress: Fashionista $90,
Heels: Kenneth Cole New York $117,
Clutch: Nordstrom $168, nordstrom
Earrings: Juicy Couture "Daisy" Studs $48, nordstrom
Necklace: Juicy Couture $48, nordstrom


Top: Old Navy $16.50, old navy
Jeans: Bailey Jeans $39.50, delias
Heels: Xhilaration $15, target
Clutch: Isaac Mizrahi $20, target
Earrings: Old Navy $7.50, old navy
Ring: Forever21 $4.80, forever21

Need a Bigger Beauty Fix?

Monday, March 3, 2008

If there isn't enough beauty for you in Chic to the Core, I suggest checking out Beauty Booty.

Not only are there reviews of makeup, fragrances, and hair products, but yours truly is one of the authors. Who else shares content? The fabulous Dana of Fashion Under $100, the adorable Tonya of Atomic Kitchen, and the spicy mamacita Rox who is whiz a Bare Escentuals.

Right up your alley, fashion lover! Go check out our blog and I promise, you won't be disappointed.


March Must Haves!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

This Corey Lynn Calter Hippie Dot Top is perfect for moving into spring. It's 3/4 sleeves will keep your arms warm but it has a light springy feel.

I wore Daisy Marc Jacobs all day yesterday and I loved it on me! This is a major must-have.

Since spring is around the corner, a fresh makeup palette is something you have to have in your arsenal. The Sephora Piiink So Belle Palette is only $20 and has great shades for spring!

I have been wanting these Cabachon Hoop Earrings from Banana Republic ever since I laid my eyes on them. They just seem to glow from within! Too bad they only come in yellow. I'd like them in every color!

I don't know about you, but I am loving Prada's bags for this season. This Napa Stripes Small Hobo is sure to stand out in a sea of one colored handbags.

I'm into brow wax as opposed to a clear mascara. They just look better in my opinion. I just stumbled upon Givenchy's Mister Eyebrow Fixing Pencil. It's not a wax and it's not a mascara. It's more of a glide-on brow pencil. Fantastic!

A Great Dress and A Bra Dilemma

I've been on a search for a dress that I could wear for Easter (yes, I treat myself to Easter dresses) and my husband's graduation in May. I found a great dress and after much deliberation, I bought it! About a week ago, I ordered this fabulous Corey Lynn Calter dress on sale from Neiman Marcus.

When I got the dress, it fit perfectly. The only problem is my bra majorly shows. I immediately thought of the bras made for deep necklines. I've found one for $28 which is ok for my budget. That would be perfect for the graduation. Since I want to wear this dress to church for easter, I was planning on wearing a brown cami underneath to help with the cleavage.

Now I have to find cheap shoes, clutch, and some fab jewelry!