Ideeli & Gilt-free Pleasures

If your aren’t in on two of the best-kept online shopping secrets, you’re definitely going to want to read this post!

Gilt Group is an invitation-only site that gives Bellisima cuff giltmembers the opportunity to save  up to 70% off designer merchandise including: clothing, accessories and shoes for men women and children.  In addition, Gilt group offers discounts on gifts such as this cute Bellissima Knot Cuff along with items for your home such as glassware, and more.

AM at Gilt The discounts only last for 36 hours, so you want to act fast.  Gilt currently is featuring Alexander McQueen and this dress is already sold out.

Another discount designer site is Ideeli which offers up to 80% off retail prices.  Like Gilt Group, this is an invitation-only site and sales last only 36 hours.  Also, when you become a member, Ideeli will alert you to their surprise giveaways that you can enter. 

If you like to be the first in line, you can upgrade to the “1st row” for either $6.99 or $7.99/mo (depending on your billing cycle).  As a 1st Row member, you have access to the sales one hour earlier than the free-membership, 2nd Row.  There are also 1st Row Ideelionly sales.  If you miss out on too many great deals, you may want to consider the upgrade.

When comparing the two, I’ve found that Gilt Group offers more of the higher-end designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs and Ideeli’s presents more affordable designers. 

Both are well worth the free membership to gain access to products that are typically unaffordable.

Now you didn’t think I would get you all excited about these sites and not invite you, did you?

For your Gilt Group invitation, click here: Gilt Group.  And for Ideeli click here: Ideeli.

Enjoy and let me know if you get any great deals!!

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Fashion Sensei Says…

I’m Not Dead…

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Hi Guys, sorry it has been so long since I last posted.  Life has sort of gotten in the way of regular updates.  I’ve been doing some wardrobe styling (my feature in Birmingham Magazine will be out soon) and personal shopping.

I also learned that my husband’s company is relocating to South Carolina.  Which sent me into a frenzy looking at everything that I could find on the area.  So those of you from S.C. leave me comment as to why we may want to move there.  I certainly wouldn’t mind a warm winter.  😉

Again, I apologize for the lack of communication.  My plan is to get together some posts this week.  If there is anything that you interested in, feel free to leave me a comment.

I’ll talk to you soon!

Tanya

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Cankle-Concealers, Cool, or Just Plain Crazy?

A pair of Wolford tights have been causing a stir in the blog-o-sphere.

neiman marcusThese $425—yes your eyes do not deceive you, that is the price—tights can be found on NeimanMarcus.com

My question to you dear readers, is do these tights inspire happy feet or is this just one misguided attempt at fashion?  Let’s discuss…

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5 Wedding Trends for 2010

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, love is in the air and proposals  may only be days away.  Recently, I was asked by Stacie Donaldson from the East Wichita News for a few wedding trends for the newly betrothed.  Here are my top 5:

1.  Be Bold– With your jewelry that is.  Taking from the spring runway, a bold necklace will both draw attention up to your face and make a fashion-forward statement.

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2. Toss the Veil– Unless you have a traditional attachment to wearing a veil, there are many alternatives to choose from including: Hair jewelry such as a crystal headband or beaded hair pins.   A large flower worn like a little hat, is another big trend on the bridal runways.

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3.  Go Consignment or Vintage-  If you are a bride-on-a-budget,  you may be surprised to discover just how many dresses are available for purchase at your local consignment shop; including several that have never been worn. 

Another option is to raid grandma’s hope-chest. The gown that she has been storing for decades may take your breath away.  If the fit isn’t exact, or you want to update it a little, an experienced dressmaker or tailor can customize it for a look all your own.

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Once Again Bridal and After-Five Resale Shop

 

4.  Tie Him Up in a Bowtie– Don’t forget your dashing groom.  While you may not look like the traditional bride, the traditional bowtie is the number one fashion trend in men’s formal wear.

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5.  Individualize your Bridesmaids– With so many choices for bridesmaids, it think it’s unconscionable to have your attendants wear the same style dress.  Each woman has a different figure and you want them to look and feel beautiful on your big day.  You can do this by choosing a color that compliments each bridesmaid by allowing her to select a dress style that fits her figure as illustrated below.

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Likewise, you can allow the bridesmaid to choose from a color family (under your direction) and then incorporate those colors into the bridal bouquet.

Thanks again to Stacie for the mention in her column. Be sure to read her full article for more trends, along with tips on finding the perfect dress for your figure.  East Wichita News p.10

Good Luck!

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Caption These: Grammy Style

From time-to-time, I find a collection of photos that I think you may find interesting. The Grammy’s last night had a few notable looks last night that I thought warranted a little game I like to play called: Caption these.  To play along, leave a comment below for each photo.

Unless otherwise noted, each photo is from People.com.  To see the full collection of photos, click here.

Ooh-la-la…

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Boobies Done Right….

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Boobies Done Wrong…

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Tinkerbell in Couture…

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See-through Done Right…

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See-through that no one wants to see…

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Babe-a-licious!!

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Is it just me, or does Russell Brand resemble Brett McKenzie from Flight of the Conchordes?

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And a bonus non-Grammy caption, minotaur-Kellis…

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Getty Images via thecut.com

Be sure to write your own captions by leaving a comment below!

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Holy Hot Deals!

Get Some of Your Favorite Hearst Magazines for Only $5!

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My friends over at Shop It To Methe go-to site for personalized sales—just sent me a Friends and Family link to get some fantastic magazines like Marie Claire, O Magazine and the Food Network Magazine for only $5!

Click on this link to get your great deal. 

*Please note that after you make your order you will be given the opportunity to choose from other titles like Elle.

Enjoy!

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Support the Local Economy and Give the Gift that Gives Back

In 2000, Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, MI began raising money to support a village school in the impoverished village—Namtenga—in Burkina Faso, Africa; providing  school supplies, uniforms, a water well with pump and more. 

In 2005, the program expanded to providing more than 30 women with a trade in creating woven products such as scarves, blankets and wraps to help support their families.Namtenga 027

With the holidays upon us, instead of buying that wrap from a major department store, why not give your loved-one one of these handmade scarves?  The products range from $45 – $200, and all the proceeds go to the Namtenga Project.

You can pick them up at Optik which specializes in vintage and contemporary eyewear and accessories, located in Birmingham at 245 West Maple

But I’ll warn you in jewelryadvance, it will be very difficult to leave without finding something else there that you can’t live without.  Optik has some of the most incredible and unique pieces in the area, like this set by recent NY transplant, Joann Goldberg; who currently resides in Royal Oak.  

So there’s no need to harbor any shopper’s guilt—not only are you purchasing a beautiful gift—but you’re a benefactor to worthy cause and you can support the local economy.  How can you go wrong?  Happy Shopping!

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