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Monday, August 27, 2007

Ready, Set, Shop

This past weekend was nothing short of shopping heaven for me. I updated my wardrobe for fall without spending loads of money. I shop everywhere from boutiques to flea markets to mass market chains and discounters. I feel that great fashion can be found anywhere, and great accessories can really change the look of an outfit. For example, a vintage handbag can add creativity to a designer blouse. It's all about blending to create your own look. Here are some of my mass market finds (Target, Macy's, F21, Old Navy & Cost Plus World Market):

I scored this striped cardigan sweater for $13.99 on sale at Old Navy. I had previously admired it and was ecstatic when I saw that it was marked down. I think it will give an edgy, artsy look when I layer T-shirts or tanks underneath it and pair with some colored skinnies.

Here is my take on the much-hyped-about Balenciaga trend of ethnic scarves paired with blazers this season. (Jodphurs not included, sorry.) I found this beautiful scarf at Cost Plus World Market for $4.99.

Right now I feel like Target's biggest fan. They are partnering with the hottest designers to create lines for their stores. The Dominique Cohen jewelry line is no exception. I love the cameo necklaces and the faux pearl necklace wrapped in black lace. The piece that I really fell for, however, was this "beau coeur" copper colored ring. It's inscribed with the French words for "beautiful heart" and has a cutout of a heart turned sideways in the middle. Rustic and romantic!

I couldn't help but add another sequin top to my collection. (I bought a few from F21 already.) This one from F21 is two trends in one - shine and purple. I'd like to wear it with lavender skinnies like the ones I saw a few months ago at Urban Outfitters.

At F21 I noticed an abundance of sweater dresses and sweater babydoll tunics. I love the bib detail and the fabric buttons on this one. It works well as a dress or when it gets cooler, as a top.

At Macy's, I bought this jewel tone blue satin top by American Rag ($39). Note the puffy sleeves and the adorable tie detail.

Ah, the wonders of print ads. I saw this shiny wet-look top in a Macy's ad and was very interested. In the ad, it was layered underneath something else and paired with plaid shorts. I also saw it modeled by Petra Nemcova (worn with a belt) in another ad. I'll wear it out at night with black skinnies and my favorite belt to define my waist.