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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Look for Less - 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Bag

The 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli bag is a longtime fashion industry favorite. You've likely spotted one on the arm of your favorite fashion blogger or celebrity. With its $695 to $1000+ price points, it's not an affordable option for everyone. If you missed out on the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection in the fall of 2013, no worries. Fortunately, there are a few spring 2015 Pashli look alike styles that evoke the same chic look for less.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Bag Look for less, Pashli look alike bags
Top row, from left to right: mint backpack, rose backpack, and black backpackeach $39.99

Middle row, from left to right: Pashli backpack in periwinkle, $975 and mini Pashli in feather, $695

Bottom row, from left to right: Merona turnlock tote satchel, (other colors available) $44.99, Merona mini satchel, (other colors available) $29.99, and Rebecca Minkoff "Jules" leather satchel, $375

Below, a look at how I wore my Phillip Lim for Target Pashli look alike bag in taupe and a mint Pashli look alike backpack earlier this month on my personal style blog The Key To Chic.

3.1 Phillip Lim for Target mini satchel in taupe, Phillip Lim Pashli look alike bag, Pashli look for less

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3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli backpack look alike, Pashli bag look for less

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Five Footwear Trends for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015

Fashion trends may come and go, but one thing remains the same - my love of footwear. Sure, I love handbags, jewelry, and apparel, but it's always been the shoes that get my heart racing. So it's with great enthusiasm that I visit FNPlatform at MAGIC Market Week twice per year to browse the endless array of shoes, talk trends with the sales reps, discover new brands, and scout emerging trends. For spring and fall 2015, five key footwear trends have emerged from the crowd to dominate the season. 

1. Greige Days - Neutrals are rarely big news when it comes to shoes, but this season, the grey-meets-beige color became a recurring theme at the booths I visited. What makes it feel fresh is the addition of embellishments such as studs, buckles, fringe, and animal textures. 

Clockwise, from top left: Schutz, Pour La VictoireKoolaburra, and Dumond.

beige and grey shoe trend for 2015

2. Simple finishes and stylish studs - Raw edges and flat studs made an understatement on ankle boots and pumps, giving footwear a modern edge and a decidedly more sophisticated vibe compared to the aggressive studs and spikes from recent seasons. 

Clockwise, from top left: Koolaburra, Michael Antonio, Stephanie Classic, and Michael Antonio.


3. On the Fringe - With the revival of 1970s inspiration, as well as Western influences, fringe is adorning just about everything this spring and fall. Look for fringe to carry over into 2016 as well. It adds tons of flair to suede ankle boots as well as heeled sandals. 

Clockwise, from top left: Schutz, Stephanie Classic, Lilly's Closet, and Koolaburra.

2015 fringe footwear trend

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4. Are You Kitten Me? - Somewhere between vertiginous heels and sensible flats lies the chic and demure kitten heel. A variety of slingbacks, strappy pumps, and rocker-worthy ankle boots got the kitten heel treatment in myriad finishes and textures. Styling note - they're perfect for pairing with dark skinny jeans and pencil skirts. 

Clockwise, from top left: Pour La Victoire, Lilly's Closet, Schutz, and Ukies.

2015 kitten heel footwear trend

5. Time to Shine - Metallic materials, glitter, and glossy finishes reigned supreme on everything from oxfords and pumps to killer ankle boots. 

Clockwise, from top left: Stephanie Classic, Ukies, Lilly's Closet, and Michael Antonio.

metallic shoe trend for 2015

For more trend info, retail reports, and fashion inspiration, head over to my Facebook page. For more photos and info, see my report on spring 2015 footwear trends.

Want even more shoe trend inspiration? Browse Aldo, Steve Madden, Topshop, Koolaburra, Michael Antonio, Schutz, and Boohoo for the latest and greatest.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

ELLE for Kohl's Review - Spring 2015

Kohl's must be on a roll because I've been popping in to inspect new merchandise this month, and quite a few things have caught my eye. I spent some time browsing the ELLE for Kohl's spring 2015 collection and tried on a few looks for this fitting room review. 

Elle for Kohl's spring 2015 collection and blog review

The Elle spring collection features preppy, chic prints, lace, florals, and French-inspired motifs. The general vibe for their spring line is feminine, fun, and whimsical.

Elle for Kohl's blogger review

Sleeveless blouses in bold graphic prints (like this jeweled top pictured above) and oversized silhouettes are positioned front and center in the store I visited.

Elle for Kohl's spring 2015 collection blouses

This trompe l'oeil Peter Pan collar sweater might've come home with me. It also comes in mint/black.

Elle for Kohls Trompe L'oeil Sweater

Now for the looks I styled in the fitting room. For reference, I tried on XS and 2 in everything.  Sizing is true to Kohl's Women's sizes, so if you usually shop in the Juniors department, I advise sizing down.

I paired the ELLE super soft striped bow tee (which runs true to size) with ELLE Bermuda shorts for a casual look. On the right, I added the polka dot cardigan (also soft and true to size) for layered, more colorful effect. In the middle, I've got on the graphic print tee, which is slightly sheer and loose. It comes in other artsy prints

Elle for Kohls Bow Stripe Top

The Eiffel Tower shift dress (which runs big) looked interesting enough on the hanger to get my attention, but not so flattering on me. The shapeless silhouette just wasn't for me, although the pink and red color combo is different from anything I've seen in stores lately. 

Elle for Kohls Pink Eiffel Tower Shift Dress

I liked the floral scuba fit and flare dress much better since it defines the waist and dark florals are more my style. The polyester fabric felt hefty, the length was demure, and the back zipper was easy to manage. Two thumbs up! It's a favorite. See more dresses from the ELLE collection.

Elle for Kohls Floral Scuba Fit Flare Dress

The pleated jacquard midi skirt had a feminine and fun feel. My main issue was the flimsy back zipper, which was far too thin for the bulk and weight of the fabric. On the bright side, I adore the textural detail and full silhouette, which make it look more expensive than it is.

Elle for Kohls Pleated Jacquard Skirt

I styled the skirt with the graphic tee and floral moto jacket (also from the ELLE collection) to show its versatility.

Elle for Kohls Jacquard Skirt Looks

Watch this space for more fitting room reviews and photo updates as I document spring and summer arrivals during my shopping adventures. For retail reports, coupon codes, trend forecasting info, and sneak peeks of my personal style, catch up with me on Facebook

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Monday, February 9, 2015

The Look for Less - Valentino Rockstud Shoes

The Valentino Rockstud heels are longtime celebrity and blogger favorites, and with good reason. They come in many colors and styles, and with their gleaming studs and patent leather finish, they strike the right balance between edgy and feminine. Furthermore, they work just as well with casual denim (as shown on Blair of Atlantic-Pacific) and shorts (as seen on Olivia Palermo) as they do with chic, flirty skirts (as demonstrated by Emma Stone).

Valentino RockStud celebrity blogger street style

Get more styling ideas by seeing how I wore my studded kitten heels as seen below with a sweater and two-tone pants on my personal style blog The Key To Chic. 

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If you fancy the studded heel look but don't want to splurge on the $1000+ designer price tag, there are many more budget-friendly options to choose from that are well under $100. Choose from a multitude of print and color options (neon yellow, leopard, hot pink, red, etc), as well as high heeled versions, more demure kitten heels, and ballet flats

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1. Wenseny kitten heels (other colors available), $56.99 - $63.99
2. Littleboutique studded heels (other colors available), $49.95
3. GoJane T-strap heels (also in hot pink and solid leopard), $29.90
4. Valentino Rockstud heels, $995
5. Sole Society 'Anneke' studded pumps (also in black), $59.95
6. GoJane studded heels (also in red and black), $33.30
7. Wild Diva studded T-strap flats (many colors available), $15.99 - $29.95
8. GoJane studded heels (also in yellow), $33.30

*Update - I spotted these leather studded flats in four colorways recently. 

Valentino Rockstud T-strap studded flats look alikes for less

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