Wednesday, March 20, 2013

All of the Lights

I visited Los Angeles to attend LA Fashion Weekend a few days ago and had some time to explore the gorgeous Grove. Balconies reminiscent of a European provincial town, festive lights strung high in the sky, and glowing neon signs make this a must-stop-shopping experience for every visiting fashionista. The Grove is also the newest home to the only Topshop in California (and one of only 4 locations in the US; the others being Las Vegas, Chicago, & New York). I had the chance to (finally) visit Madewell and see for myself what all the fuss has been about. It is like the love child of J.Crew x Gap with fun, preppy basics, but not quite as girly as C. Wonder. Their style gives off a "girl next door" feel, embracing tomboyish yet feminine silhouettes. Hmm...comfort & style= bonus!

my bestie's outfit details: 
Captoe ankle booties- Aldo "Ima"// Polka dot cold shoulder top- Mix Nouveau// 
Blazer- thrifted from the Hanger-Working Wardrobes
Clothing: White blazer- Forever 21, Galaxy cross tank- Papaya or similar here, Crimson peplum skirt- INC from Macy's
Accessories: Ceramic watch- Michael Kors (MK5387), Metallic satchel- COACH Flagship 70th Anniversary Caroline
Shoes: Architectural wedge- Qupid Luke, I purchased from ZooShoo, $33

 Special thanks to my bestie for taking all these photos + for being so patient with me. You're amazing!

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Battle of the Brands: the Basic Sandal

Zara "Basic Sandal" circa 2012, SOLD OUT! $49.90
Heel ht: 4.33 in

Did you miss out on the original Zara Basic Sandal? I sure did, and had absolutely no luck finding them last year. Well it has been about a year later and I have already given up on ever finding them, unless I can go on eBay and pay a few times its original retail value. No thanks, but who says I've got to give up and move on, right ladies?

So... here are some of the closest dupes I could find.

Jessica Simpson "Sawana" $89.99
Heel ht: 4 in
Jessica Simpson "Sawana" $89.99
Heel ht: 4 in

Jessica Simpson "Sawana" $89
Heel ht: 4 in

Nine West "Acre" $89
Heel ht: 4 in

Heel ht: 4 in.

Chinese Laundry "Lucky Charm" $69
Heel ht: 4 in

JustFab "Carilo" $49.99
Heel ht: 4 in

Delicious "Stick" $26
Heel ht: 4.25 in
Are there a pair of shoes you passed up on and still regret not buying when you had the chance?? Share them with me in the comments below!
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