Polyvore.com———– LOVE LOVE LOVE this site

I know I am slow when it comes to finding great fashion sites besides STYLE.com ( Fashion OnLine bible) but my friend Danielle ( Thank you) introduced me to this wonderful site called Polyvore.

This site is truly a wonderful site for fashion, interior design and art. When you first get there, you see these wonderful sets of fashion and art all pieced together.  What I learned is that users can make these wonderful sets of pieces that they love. I was in complete awe and amazement. After a few tries of actually making an account, I finally did and within the first 30 mins, made 3 sets. I was totally enamored with it.

I have already entered 2 contests and even if I may not win, truth is my inner stylist is having a great time.  I advise any budding stylist, fashionista or artist to go and check it out and while you are there check out my page and let me know what you think.



Fashion to a Fashion Show…….

Well I currently work at Express in Soho and today I was asked to dress a young lady for the Herve Leger Fashion Show… this afternoon. She came in at 12:23 to be at the show at 2:00pm. To say my nerves were on edge was an understatement. I wanted her to look fabulous. She really and truly loved the fashionable and sexy silhouettes of Express’ new suiting for the Fall. I will show the pieces I dressed her in. Please note : She was model Height and a size 0.

She wore: High waisted Color Block in Black and Brown,  Rouched 2 Button Jacket in Camel, Sequin Cami in Beige and Leopard Heels.

I do hope she got rave reviews cause the outfit looked amazing.

Summer Season ends the dreaded season of Muffin Top- THANK YOU :)

Every season in fashion, we see trends come and go. One trend however seems to be recurring….. the dreaded muffin top. Every late spring early summer, young women seem to want to show more flesh than is truly necessary.



Loves this Image because this is what I see everyday

So please explain to me why that is?!!?!?

Now while I know there are people who will say, I am proud of my body and its curves and imperfections.. OK I get that.

BUT…… BUT how is muffin top acceptable on someone who does not have fat really anywhere else but around the tummy area and WHY do you need to subject me to it?

I mean after all, no one would talk about muffin top if it was contained in the privacy of people’s homes.

Now there are so many ways to respect yourself and the rest of the world and take care of not showing your “Excess Baggage”.

Muffin top came in to existence because poeple do not want to accept they have gained weight.  The biggest culprit or indicator of weight gain is usually is the JEAN!!!

I dont care how much stretch they put in denim these days, they always show that commercial women laying on the bed to put them on.

Now those women in the commercials do not have muffin top so what makes you think you with your tummy should really want to wear something that doesn’t fit.

And if that isn’t bad enough , the TIGHT ASS , SPANDEX Crying cause your stretching out shirt has to be worn to exacerbate (big word I know, GOOGLE IT) the muffin top issue.

See what I mean!!!!!

Do me a favor, wear a top that flow or is loose fitting. One of fashion rules especially in outfitting, if you are wearing one tight piece, the other piece should be looser.

Play up your sex appeal not your NAST – A appeal.




My Love for a New York Designer – Ralph Lauren

Being a fashion merchandising student, we sometimes in our assignments need to do research on designers. I did a paper on one of my favorites Ralph Lauren. Ralph Lauren was born in the Bronx ( so of course I love him already being a New Yorker) but to learn he started out making ties completely fascinated me. This man’s designs are all american and so timeless and classic and to think it all started with designing ties. While I do not currently own any Ralph Lauren pieces, I am a huge fan. Since I am classic dresser, my favorite season designs from him are always the fall seasons.  Fall is my season because I love all the rich tones and colors the season bring and I have a serious love affair with layering.

From his Fall RTW 2007 these were my favs from his show

All the pieces above are absolutely amazing. Photos courtesy of Style.com and Marcio Maderia. All the fabrics are amazing and look they would feel amazing on the skin.

Fast Forward to fall RTW 2010 ( current season weather wise) here are two of my Favs

Photos courtesy of Style.com

As you see fantastic layering, beautiful florals and touches of lace and wool. Now this isn’t to say I don’t appreciate his spring or resort but I always loved fall probably because I was born in the fall.  Ralph Lauren is one of the few designers who I would tell people to buy. HIs clothing is simply stunning and makes a great addition to anyone’s closet. Every piece he makes canbe worn year after year without you feeling dated and there are not many designers who can do that.

Trend Colors – Citrus Yellows & Lime Greens

Lets Talk about colors.. The colors for spring are citrus fruits  Yellows , Greens and Oranges.  So ladies, let brighten up our wardrobes.

One of my co-workers introduced me to a new site called  greatglam.com.  I will warn ya. It is definitely for you lovelies who wanna keep it extra sexy.  I have found a few pieces that work with the color trend while keeping you looking like hot MAMAS

First up YELLOW ” announcement dress”  $26.80. Told ya..Hot mama dress but I think it is very cute. I would recommend it for those who have a great hourglass figure and no muffin top. Please ladies.  To quote my girl Nafessa ” Thats disrespectful”

Next up Beautiful green Tunic called Dream Role $ 21.80

Another top Clearing secret in a lovely orange $21.80

Here is the lucky mint Dress $29.80. Love the v in the front with just the right amount of cleavage to be seen. Wicked grin

There are also some shoes that also look like they cool be great fun to wear priced $28.80, $29.80 and $30.80 respectively. Enjoy the looks ladies 🙂

Work and Rest – Two Looks from Oxford and Regent (Brand Carried by JCPenney)

 My Job is a visual specialist at JC Penney so you may see me reference the brands there a lot.  The main reason is I get to touch the clothes and put outfits together on mannequins to sell the garments. It has definitely helped my experience as a budding a stylist. It almost like having access to the biggest closet in the world 🙂 

 Yesterday, I had to create a boutique look for one of the brand Oxford & Regent.  Oxford & Regent new spring has such a free feeling in the tank tops, scoop neck tops and free form jacket.  They also have a great Boyfriend Jacket with a great stripe lining with 2 Button down shirts, one in blue and one in pink. After creating  the shop,  I dressed 2 female mannequins with clothes from Oxford & Regent with a lil help from I heart Ronson and She Said.  This was only due to not having any bottoms in Oxford & Regent in the new spring assortment.  Photo courtesy of Draco Photography ( which is me also) 🙂

Now the reason why I titled this Work and Rest is that the two outfits basically show a lady at work and at rest

The Mannequin on the left is wearing the Oxford & Regent Button down Henley in both white and purple. Price for each $19.99.  She is also wearing the Oxford & Regent Black zip jacket priced for $ 29.99. The pants are from I heart ronson which are the harem pants priced for $29.99.

The whole look is comfort.

Now as for her best friend, She is all work.  She has on the Oxford & Regent boyfriend jacket priced at $49.99 with the pink striped button down shirt priced at $29.99 and the button henley in white price $19.99. The pants are from She Said white extreme flare pant (they have a great texture and cool detailing on the pockets) priced at $29.99.  The necklace is from MIX it. ( Sorry loves don’t have the sale price for you now).

As you can tell, dressing for any situation of you life doesn’t have to cost you so much.   My job has inspired me to write this blog and I do hope you all are enjoying the Price Conscious fashionista journey 😉

Fashion Love – Forever 21 Online

If you notice , I put Forever 21 Online as the fashion love.  The reason why is most of us have been in a Forever 21 and it is always crowded and being in NYC, looks like a damn tornado done hit the place. To be honest, when I go in a Forever 21, I only go for accessories. This is because they are the easiest to pick up and buy.  I do my shopping at forever 21 online and I have to tell the difference is like night and day. Forever 21 Online has such a clean layout and the shopping experience is amazing.  My fav part about shopping online there is the amount of Brands they have such as Heritage 1981,  Twelve by Twelve, Love 21, Faith 21 and HTG 1981 for kids.  For you budding fashionistas out there, I highly suggest you visit Twelve by Twelve. They have amazing pieces that are almost like you are shopping in a boutique. I can’t tell you how many compliments I received from the Twelve by Twelve pieces I own. My most recent acquisition is the Military Sweater Dress.  Now this lovely number on me is a serious mini dress  but I love it.  This is huge first step in my girly transformation.   This Dress is $34.00 

Now we all know Forever 21 is great on prices and while the Twelve by Twelve line may seem a lil more from Forever 21 regular prices, remember you are getting great pieces that honestly wont break you bank. So Shop Forever 21 online till you drop and find your inner price conscious fashionista.