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The White House goes budget!

There was much speculation over the dress Michelle Obama was wearing when she stepped off the plane in Phoenix earlier this week:

Michelle Obama

Fashion blogs were buzzing:  “It’s chic!” “The ethnic print is perfect!” “The silhouette is so flattering!” “She looks like a million bucks!” 

Or $39.99 as it were.  This gorgeous frock came from none other than Target.  I will say that it appears to have been ironed to within an inch of its life (and possibly tailored as well) and that probably goes a long way toward making it look much more expensive than it is.  You know, lest anyone think they can just run out to Target, grab a dress off the rack, throw it on and look as amazing as our First Lady…  Let this be a lesson girls!  Heat up your irons…or just take everything to the drycleaner like I do.

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Piperlime sale!

This morning, I was snooping around on Piperlime looking for some shoe suggestions for a friend in need of advice and I saw that they had a ton of bags (and shoes) on sale.  Here’s my pick for best of the bunch:

Image courtesy of Piperlime

Image courtesy of Piperlime

While it may be difficult to tell from this photo, the Bender bag by Foley + Corinna (on sale for $259.99, down from $485) is actually a chocolate color.  The leather is glazed to give it a glossy look – which I love for fall and winter.  And at 15″ x 16″, it’s plenty big.  

In my professional (Disclaimer: I use the term “professional” very loosely.) opinion, this is a steal considering we’re headed into the colder months.  Kind of like finding the perfect pair of riding boots on sale in July

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Gilt = Guilt free

giltgroupeRegular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Gilt Groupe for designer item at steep discounts.  Well, the discounts are about to get even better.  Hold on to your hats Tom Ford sunglasses, ladies…for Gilt Fuse is set to launch this fall.  It’s a bit of a mystery at the moment but Gilt Groupe had this to say in their email to subscribers yesterday:

Just like Gilt, there’ll be a whole new lineup of fashion, just for women. And here’s the difference: the prices will be much lower and we’ll feature a wider range of styles to mix and match. 

Well, color me excited!

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Good morning, Upper East Siders

The Cut has a first look at Anna Sui’s “Gossip Girl inspired” collection for Target.  Sigh.  I’m…underwhelmed.  I feel like it all looks really cheap.  And unflattering.

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And before someone jumps in with the whole “Well, it’s Target.  It is cheap.” argument, I know these designer-discount collaborations can be done well (see: Thakoon for Target).  But if this stuff is flipping your switch, the collection hits stores on September 13.

P.S.  Sorry about yesterday’s glitch.  And special thanks to The Mister for taking time out of his work day to post my absentee message.

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A Fashionista’s Folly

I’ve sang the praises of Gilt Groupe before but today, it’s got me a little bummed.  You see, featured in the current Marc by Marc Jacobs sale is a top I bought just over a year ago when it was part of the current collection.  

Image courtesy of Gilt Groupe

Image courtesy of Gilt Groupe

See?  Here I am wearing it (con cardigan)  in Austria last May:

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{Please ignore my clever handmade “No Smoking” sign.  Those Austrians are quite the nicotine fiends.}

And I have to say, seeing it offered up for the bargain basement price of $68 is slightly disheartening.

But!  Let my loss can be your gain if you happen to like this particular top, have an extra $68 in your pocket and are the proud owner of a Gilt Groupe membership.

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Top it off

I can’t take credit for finding this summer top by T-Bags ($87.50 at Outnet.com) as I saw it featured on The Cut.  But I liked it so much and it was such a steal that I just had to show it here.

Image courtesy of The Outnet

Image courtesy of The Outnet

 

 

The breezy crepe, the tribal-ish color combinations and print and the chic chain detail come together to make the perfect summer camisole.  And really, ladies – how can you not love a top that comes pre-accessorized?!?

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Clutch player

 I love grey as an alternative neutral to black and this BCBG clutch (on sale at Saks for $91.98) is no exception.  Equally perfect with jeans and flats or a dress and heels, this bag would get a lot of use in anyone’s closet.

Image courtesy of Saks

Image courtesy of Saks

Image courtesy of Saks

Image courtesy of Saks

 

 

Larger than it looks online (14″ long by 7″ tall to be exact), it’s definitely big enough for all your evening out essentials.  The details make the bag and in this case it’s the chunky silvertone hardware and bold orange faille lining.  Stunning!

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