Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Look for Less: Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag

I did a double take when I saw this black vegan leather studded bucket bag from Pixiemart today. It looks so much like the Alexandra Wang Diego bucket bag BUT it doesn't cost a small fortune and an animal didn't have to get skinned in the process (double yeah). In fact for the price of one Alexander Wang bag I can buy 16 pixiemart bucket bags OR I can do something realistic and use the spare money to buy groceries for the next three months...ah priorities....


Alexander Wang Diego bag $825 @ Barney's
Alexander Wang studs 

Pixiemart studded Vegan leather bag  only $51

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Looks for Less: Ribbon Statement Necklace

I recently accompanied my friend Julia on a mini shopping trip. One thing on her "list" was a few statement necklaces. My definition of a statement necklace is a piece that is bold, vibrant, eye-catching, bigger than your usual string necklace, and of course a necklace that will grant you multiple compliments when you grace it around your neck.  Below is the ribbon statement necklace that will instantly dress up a plain white tee or a glamorous silk black dress. 

Amrita Singh "Aztec" Silk Ribbon Necklace $250 @ Endless

Madiya Blue Ribbon Necklace $50



Bali Collar Necklace $17.50

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

New Obsession: Stylish Bitchy Girls in NYC




Now that Truebood Season 5 is over I'm taking a break from vampires (until Vampire Diaries return of course) and getting hooked on watching stylish bitchy girls in NYC. Bravo's Gallery Girls makes me regret canceling our cable but paying $2 an episode still beats paying $50 a month for cable. I love the "I don't care what you f$*king think of me attitude" that all these girls exude. I also love their clothes and accessories -well except for that hideous neutral wool jacket that Long Island Kerri always wears (insert evil bitchy laugh here).



Another great new show about a stylish skinny bitchy girl torturing her midwest roommate is aptly named "Don't Trust the B--- in Apt. 23". This show is less drama and more comedy than Gallery Girls but it has that "OMG I can't believe that b*tch did that" effect. This show is on ABC = no cable necessary. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Designer Profile: Pixie Market

Next time I'm in New York City I am adding Pixie Mart to my "must see" list right next to Todd English's Olive's Restaurant. I can't believe I missed my golden opportunity to surround myself with some edgy but affordable fashions. Thankfully they have an online store: pixiemart.com. Below are some notable stylish finds each under $100. I can only purchase one...maybe the Pony Lucite flats or Cobalt Lace top? I do also love that oh-so  impractical Snake ring....
Picnic Dress $59
Navy Shift dress $38

Jesse Dress $51

Snake ring $23

Clutch $44
Pony Lucite flats $89
Cobalt Lace top $36

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Look for Less: Leather Peplum


 Wow- Gwen Stefani is almost 43 years old and still rocking it. Here she is at a recent performance wearing a leather peplum top with her signature platinum blonde hair and matte red lips. A peplum anything (top, jacket, dress, etc.) is a must for fall. Pair the leather peplum with a pair of black skinny jeans or a pencil skirt  and you'll guarantee to feel like a vixen.

Vegan Leather Peplum Top $98

CÖ Vegan Leather Peplum Tank $89


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Look Like a Domestic Goddess for $6

                                             

I stumbled upon this cupcake injector at Word Market Cost Plus a few months ago for only $5.99. This simple kitchen tool has transformed me into the person that volunteers to bring homemade cupcakes to gatherings. Even though the cupcakes were made from a cake mix I still had to bake them so they are technically "home made". The cupcake injector is super easy to use and almost makes you "look" like a semi-professional cupcake decorator. Works well with deviled eggs too.


Red velvet cupcakes I made for my friend's engagement party.

Vanilla cupcakes I made for a gender neutral baby shower.

I didn't cake a cupcake container so I used bamboo steamer. -it actually worked really well.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What I Wore: The $15 Dress

At first glance this Chloe K. dress from Nordstrom Rack seemed uninspiring but I really loved the bright magenta color, the airy comfortable fabric, and the fact is was only $15 (um score). The dress ended up being a staple in my summer closet because it effortlessly went from day to night with a few key accessories.  Its a great dress to wear to a backyard barbecue and then to an evening out for dinner and dancing. 


Chloe K. dress from Nordstrom Rack $15

DAY: Bead Necklace from Bali Indonesia $2,  Gap denim jean jacket,  BCBG sandals $22

Night: Zara cropped faux leather jacket $65, House of Harlow necklace $25, and Boutique 9 booties $44.
*Makeup: Julia Makeup and Hair 
*Photos by: Susan Fan

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Super Easy Chipotle Deviled Eggs

Chipote Deviled Eggs
Imagine waking up from a peaceful four hour nap to realize it you need to be a dinner party in 30 minutes and you told the host  a week ago you were going to bring deviled eggs. This scenario wouldn't be that stressful except for the fact that you didn't have ANY eggs in your refrigerator and the host of the dinner party is a professional chef!!! Aahhhhh...thankfully my husband saw my eyeballs start to pop and he offered to go to the store to pick up eggs while I took a shower. Other recipes for Chipotle deviled eggs use canned chipote chiles but we actually simplified it even further and just used Chipotle mustard.  The recipe was a success and the deviled eggs were made in under 30 minutes for under $5.

Recipe below:

INGREDIENTS
*1 dozen boiled eggs
* 2 teaspoons of chipotle mustard
* 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
* 1/3 cup mayo
* salt & petter
* Garnish with paprika & thyme leaves

METHOD

1.) Simply cut the boiled eggs in half and carefully spoon out the york with a spoon.
2.) Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add ingredients
3.) I used a cupcake injector to fill the egg whites
4.) Sprinkle with paprika and add a thyme leaf on top

Can you spot our appetizer?



Saturday, September 1, 2012

Look for Less: Alexander McQueen Knuckle-Clasp Clutch



                  Alexander Wang $2,190                            Alexander Wang $2,210

I drool over the Alexander McQueen brass-knuckle clutch but there is no way I would consciously shell out over $2,000 to purchase one. Thankfully I spotted some "look for less" alternatives because until I become part of the 1 percent the only knuckle-clasp clutches I own will cost under $100.

Look for Less:


Windsor Spike Knuckle Clutch $35

Knucklehead Clutch $62
Callie Spiked Clutch $60

Nasty Gal Spiked Clutch $55
Crafted Knuckle Duster $40

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