11.30.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Stella McCartney Puff-Shouldered Lace Jacket for Pennies

Kitty cats, to the left take a gander at Stella McCartney’s pretty Puff-Shouldered Lace Jacket – the very same one seen worn by Victoria Beckham, Rachel McAdams, and Anouck Lepere (in the pages of Vogue); to the right feast your eyes on Shock Boutique’s Lace & Bead Jacket.

Though the Shock Boutique piece features a faux-silk nude background, as opposed to the off-white true silk underlay of the stellar Stella; for just $84.00, in comparison to the $3,365.00 price tag of the McCartney marvel, it is just as capable of casting a ladylike glow upon your wardrobe – at a price that no frugal fashionista could ignore!

Which role have you decided to undertake on this terrific Tuesday, kittens? Tightwad or spendthrift?


Thanks to Net-A-Porter and Shock Boutique for the pictures.


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11.29.2010

Play It Again, Sam

My Only Wish (This Year) - Britney Spears
Come Home - OneRepublic
Dead Man’s Party - Lights On
Mama Do - Pixie Lott
She’s Long Gone - The Black Keys
Winter Wonderland - Jason Mraz
Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna
Greatest Time of Year - Aly & AJ
Sleep Alone - Bat for Lashes
Silver Bells - Jim Reeves

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


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11.28.2010

Sunday Steals: Steve Madden Linderr for Less

Dolls, to your left allow your eyes to take in the loveliness that is Steve Madden’s luscious Linderr; on the right take a peek at Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Rugby Boot from JCPenney’s Olsenboye Collection.

Though the Olsenboye pair lacks the true leather construction of the Madden marvels, instead finding itself made of synthetic materials; for a mere $54.99, in comparison to the $149.95 required to make the Madden’s your very own, they are an ideal way of adding a touch of ruggedness to your shoe collection – at a price fit for the fabulous frugalista!

Your turn loves…will you be thrifty or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zappos and JCPenney for the pictures.


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11.27.2010

Hi, I Adore You...


Adoring: Flirty frocks with corset-like bodices and accordion pleats that shimmer and sparkle like champagne a la Elizabeth and James’ Sculpted Bustier Dress; Cookies that bring a winter wonderland to your kitchen like the Mini Snowflake Cookie Gift Set from Rolling Pin Productions; Metallic boots trimmed in plush faux fur courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors Carlie Boot - ideal for helping one to channel their inner snow bunny, mais oui?; Ice blue nail lacquers – specifically Orly’s Lunar Eclipse; Pretty baubles woven into blissful bows like Betsey Johnson’s winter-infused Snow Bunny Bow Ring; Glittering carryalls a la Alice + Olivia’s sassy silver Sequin Hobo Bag; Settling in for a cold, winter’s night accompanied by John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas.

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


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11.26.2010

Fabulous on Fifth Giveaway


Mon petit coquettes, it is no surprise that behind every handbag in one’s collection is a harrowing tale of how we brought such an accessory into our lives; but just as there is a story behind every acquisition, there is also a tell-all behind every creation – just ask Marcia Sherrill.

Years ago, Marcia and her husband created Kleinberg Sherrill, a luxury handbag collection that was carried in major department stores the world over and received write-ups in every publication from Vogue and ELLE to W, The New York Times, and Women’s Wear Daily. After a torturous divorce, however, Marcia was left a penniless pauper as opposed to the pretty, pretty princess with a penchant for purses she once was.

Nevertheless, as a fashion-forward fighter, Marcia refused to take her situation lying down, vowing to reestablish herself as something bigger and better than before. And she has, in the form of two new handbag lines – Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill, “an affordable line for the preppy girl on the go,” and Sherrill Ltd., which “consists of classic silhouettes in luxurious exotic skins, which will be exclusively retailed to philanthropists and the like.”

CF: What is the inspiration behind collections such as the London Series, Fifth Avenue Series, and Palm Beach Series?

Marcia:
I am inspired by places and people, on both broad avenues and narrow alleys. People everywhere. Each series of bags is designed with women in mind, doing all sorts of things. I want to make the bags both functional and beautiful.

CF: Do you build your outfits around your handbag, or put together an outfit and then choose which handbag would look best with it?

Marcia:
I can’t help myself, I am a Bag Lady, so for me, it always starts with the bag. Right now, I have a new red bag and no one has seem me in anything but black for a year, so I am changing it up and going bright with the new bag and a fabulous new attitude! A good way to live your life!

CF: If you were to buy five things right now, what would they be?
Marcia:
An iPad, a home in Southhampton, New York (I love the serenity of the beach!), a Vespa that I could have painted with the Anabelle pineapples, an apartment next to mine for my mother, another French Bulldog - I would like a “pack.”

Now, as a way to truly introduce her new line to the world; Marcia is being so kind as to bring one (1) Café Fashionista reader the Small Deenie Bag in Black (valued at $90.00) from the Fifth Avenue Series.

To Enter the Fabulous on Fifth Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating what Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill bag is your favorite between now and Friday, December 10, 2010 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating what Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill bag is your favorite between now and Friday, December 10, 2010 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect/Twitter, and leave a comment on this post stating what Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill bag is your favorite between now and Friday, December 10, 2010 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, December 11, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

And yes, this Giveaway is open to everyone – U.S. or International residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Anabelle by Marcia Sherrill for the pictures.
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11.25.2010

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

♥Happy, Happy Thanksgiving, my loves!♥

I hope your holiday is full of pumpkin pie and hot cocoa topped with colorful mini marshmallows!



Fashionably yours!


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11.24.2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Wet Seal Destroy Crop Jean Jacket in Dark Sandblasted; Forever 21 Basic V-Neck Top in Grape; Mossimo Supply Co. Long Legging in Ebony via Target; Zodiac Panda Boot in Black; Forever 21 Antique Pendant Necklace.

Reading: Girl’s Best Friend (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery) by Leslie Margolis. Given the fact that I have always harbored a desire to be a private investigator, I am utterly incapable of resisting books that center around amateur sleuths – the fact that the main character is eleven-years-old makes no difference to me…aimer l'amour!

Glamourizing: Nails: Essie Mint Candy Apple. If you have yet to try this shade out for yourself, I command you to do so tout de suite! Lips: mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Sexy. Eyes: mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Surreal.

Listening: Vanity by Lady Gaga.

Adoring: American Apparel’s Chambray Henley Shirt Dress. Coupled with Club Monaco Wool Thigh-Highs; cinched with Rag & Bone’s Extra Long Skinny Belt; or styled with SPANX’s Tight End Tights and Sam Edelman’s Vancouver Lace Up Suede Booties. The possibilities are truly endless, non? Cookie swap parties complete with good company and scrummy sweets! Whispery frocks that juxtapose between sweet and seductive a la Alice + Olivia’s Fierra T Back Dress.

Watching: A Christmas Story. This is le so-called test viewing before TBS’ 24 Hours of A Christmas Story which I indulge in every single year without fail. Christmas would be incomplete without multiple viewings, mais oui?

Desiring: Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Dennis. Rumor has it that Auntie Mame is a cross between a grown-up version of Kay Thompson’s Eloise and Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland; therefore, I feel as if the time has come for me to meet her! Sam Edelman Shalin Faux Fur Boots – preferably in the Smokestack Gray shade. Dear Shalin, I have thought about you long and hard for the past 3.5 weeks and I have come to the conclusion that it may be time to welcome you into my wardrobe. Aimer l'amour! Sunbeam Cupcake Maker – a pink frosting-covered cupcake-shaped contraption with the capability of making six cupcakes in less than ten minutes. Sold! Le besoin chronomètre l'infinité!

Quoting: Faran Krentcil - “It’s like, your life is a pair of amazing, limited-edition Louboutins. You can either wear them, or just look at them.”

Awaiting: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


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11.23.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Stuart Weitzman Chokeup on the Cheap

Mon peu flirte, to your left allow your pretty peepers to rest upon the sass of Stuart Weitzman’s Chokeup - Black Suede Pump; to the right take a peek at the loveliness that is Jessica Simpson’s Tamana Pump.

While the tantalizing Tamana pair features a slightly lower heel than the 3” of the Weitzman’s; for just $68.95, as opposed to the $335.00 asking price of the originals, there is no question that they retain the ability to add a touch of kittenish femininity to one’s shoe collection, at a price that doesn’t leave your AmEx shivering in his boots!

Are you having a tightwad moment darlings, or are you plagued with a craving to splurge?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Footnotes Online and Nordstrom for the pictures.


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11.22.2010

Play It Again, Sam

Nolita Fairytale - Vanessa Carlton
Last Dance - The Raveonettes
White Sky - Vampire Weekend
Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt
Happy Ending - Mika
The Summer - Coconut Records
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams
Snowflakes - White Apple Tree
Low - Flo Rida (feat. T-Pain)
Sunday Morning - Maroon 5

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to La Petite Fashionista for the picture.


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11.21.2010

Sunday Steals: Donna Karan Lamb Shearling Wrap Collar on the Cheap

Mon chéri, in the left corner we have Donna Karan’s luscious Lamb Shearling Wrap Collar; in the right corner you will find Talbots’ fabulous Faux Fur Collar.

While the fierce Talbots piece is, of course, constructed out of faux fur, as opposed to the true lambskin shearling of the Karan creation; for a mere $49.00, in comparison to the $1,295.00 price tag of its haute couture cousin, it is the frugalista’s cure for a furry craving, that is equal parts ethical, animal, and budget friendly – it also allows the budget fashionista the ability to indulge in both haute hues (black and grey)!

Which role are you playing today, kitty cats…the frugal femme fatale or the sassy spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Talbots for the pictures.


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11.20.2010

Hi, I Adore You...


Adoring: Mad Men-esque handbags a la Kate Spade New York’s All Typed Up Clyde. Perfect for the budding journalist, non?; Romantic, bow-adorned frocks in crimson hues – specifically Winter Kate’s Lucy Dress; Shimmering jackets with a retro vibe that can be worn by vous or your cute boy du jour like American Apparel’s Unisex Satin Charmeuse Night Jacket; Patterned legwear courtesy of SPANX’s Diamond Sheer Tights which keep all eyes glued to your gorgeous gams; Sophisticated misadventures with Patrick Dennis’ enchantingly eccentric Auntie Mame; Charming accessories with purrr-fect stories to tell a la Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Fantastical Tale Strass Cat Ring; Scrummy seasonal surprises from Browniepops!

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


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11.19.2010

Sweet Seventy-Five Giveaway

Darlings, the holiday season is officially in full-force, which means only one thing – quite a bit of traveling is to be done; and it’s downright impossible to hit the road without a fabulous suitcase in tow! Now, thanks to CSN Stores, one (1) of you beautiful bunnies will be able to scoop up precisely that – or whatever else your heart desires – via a $75.00 Gift Certificate perfect for indulging in a bit of retail therapy – holiday style!

That’s right, dolls; Café Fashionista has teamed up with CSN Stores to bring one (1) globetrotting glamazon a $75.00 Gift Certificate good towards any product found on over two hundred CSN Store sites!

To Enter the Sweet Seventy-Five Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating what you would buy with your $75.00 CSN Stores gift certificate between now and Friday, December 3, 2010 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating what you would buy with your $75.00 CSN Stores gift certificate between now and Friday, December 3, 2010 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect/Twitter, and leave a comment on this post stating what you would buy with your $75.00 CSN Stores gift certificate between now and Friday, December 3, 2010 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, December 4, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S., Canadian, and UK Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to VANS Blog for the picture.
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11.18.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Alexander Wang Alla Leather Peep-Toe Wedge for Less

My loves, on the left we have Alexander Wang’s fierce Alla Leopard Peep-Toe Wedges, the very same ones seen countless times on Khloe Kardashian; to the right you will find Nina’s Yaneli High Wedge Shoe.

Though the hot to trot Nina’s proffer an ever so slightly lower heel height than the Wang wonders; for just $109.95, as opposed to the $650.00 price tag of their couture cousins, they are every bit as capable of helping the fashionable femme fatale that is vous take a walk on the wild side – at a price that doesn’t break the bank!

Now the question remains…will you be thrifty, or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Net-A-Porter and DNA Footwear for the pictures.


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11.17.2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Charcoal Gray Three-Quarter Sleeve Poncho Sweater Top via Forever 21; Forever 21 Cuffed Woven Shorts; Sam Edelman Naharra Piped High Heel Boots in Graphite; Susan Lucci Prim and Proper Round Stone and Simulated Pearl Cluster Ring in Hematite.

Reading: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Glamourizing: Nails: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in DWS. Lips: mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Swell. Eyes: Maybelline New York Line Works Liquid Eyeliner in Black.

Listening: Breaking Free by Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron via High School Musical. I walked into Toys ‘R’ Us to pick up a birthday present for my nephew a few weeks ago and walked out with this song in my head; it has been lodged there ever since. Très tragique, non? Secretly j’adore it!

Adoring: Coquettish frocks with Goddess-like draping a la Riller & Fount’s Athens Draped Mini Dress. Honestly, who needs to flirt when you’re accoutered in this pretty; it does all the work for you! The ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live by Joe Zee. I simply cannot stop poring over the Candace Bushnell feature - fabuleux! American Apparel’s The Disco Short. Scanty when worn with bare legs; seductive when layered over patterned tights. Ummm…hi, I adore you!

Watching: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. A Deluxe Petit Fours Assortment from Dean & DeLuca would most certainly make this viewing très magnifique, mais oui? For now I shall seek solace in the Grande Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from Starbucks sitting by my side. Aimer l'amour!

Desiring: DKNY Dolman Sleeve Sequin Sweater. Hello, lover. Is it even possible for one’s wardrobe to be complete when it is lacking a piece that could light up an entire ballroom with its shimmer? Mais non! I believe owning this may be a matter of life or death! Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The idea of quirky teenage characters meeting in Manhattan during Christmastime and embarking on a slew of misadventures amidst the holiday rush is quite the enchanting premise – I am dying to read! Opening Ceremony Racer Platform Booties in Red. The Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy had her ruby red slippers; I’ll have vampy red platform booties. There’s no place like home!

Quoting: Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

Awaiting: Nine West Convinceme in Medium Brown Leather. They haunted my every sleeping and waking moment for an entire six days; I had to adopt them! Forgive me darlings for I have shopped!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Trust Your Style for the picture.


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11.16.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Dolce Vita Marilyn Belted Boot on a Budget

My loves, to your left you will find Dolce Vita’s daring Marilyn Belted Boot – the very same ones seen giving un petit lift to Blake Lively, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kim Cattrall, and Khloe Kardashian; to your right take a gander at Charles Albert’s blissful 1769 Black Double Dip OTK High Heel Boots.

Though the ambrosial Albert’s are crafted out of vegan materials as opposed to the true suede and leather of the magnificent Marilyn’s; for a mere $58.00, in comparison to the $350.00 price tag of the Dolce Vita’s, they are every bit as head-turning as their haute couture counterparts – at a price no frugalista could possibly resist!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Dolce Vita, or be thrifty and spring for Charles Albert?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Endless and Lulu*s for the pictures.


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11.15.2010

Play It Again, Sam

Vanity - Lady Gaga
Longtime Sunshine - Weezer
Head Over Heels - Digital Daggers
Mine - Taylor Swift
Got You (Where I Want You) - The Flys
Rock That Body - Black Eyed Peas
Everyone Gets A Star - Albert Hammond Jr.
Taxi Cab - Vampire Weekend
Flashing Lights - Kanye West feat. Dwele
I’m Not Your Toy - La Roux

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


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11.14.2010

Sunday Steals: J. Crew Merino Wool-Blend Cardigan on the Cheap

Kitty cats, to the left allow your eyes to take in the loveliness that is J. Crew's Merino Wool-Blend Cardigan; to the right take a gander at Forever 21’s Shawl Sweater Cardigan.

Though the fabulous Forever 21 piece lacks the exposed front zipper slantpockets of their haute couture cousin; for a mere $29.90, in comparison to the $135.00 price tag of the ambrosial J. Crew, it provides the same level of chic, cozy comfort at a price that is tailored for the frugalista’s budget!

What’s your stand…will you splurge, or save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Net-A-Porter and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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11.13.2010

Hi, I Adore You...


Adoring: Fuzzy wuzzy footwear that bridge the gap between cozy, chic, and utterly charming a la Sam Edelman’s Shalin Faux Fur Boots; Pretty in pink party frocks with flirty, feminine detailing like Forever 21’s Bead Trim Lace Dress; Club Monaco’s Hannah Plaid Coat – a cape-like form of outerwear that Victorian Detective Sherlock Holmes would most certainly approve of; Petal perfect nail colors – specifically American Apparel’s Nail Polish in Rose Bowl; Sparkling baubles dripping with decadence courtesy of Rachel Leigh’s Crystal Fringe Necklace; Twinkling clutches that cast a wink upon the world with every step one takes via BCBGMaxAzria’s Two-Way Sequin Oversized Clutch; Pastel-hued Petit Fours that would make Marie Antoinette swoon!

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


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11.12.2010

Think Pink Orient Automatic Watch Giveaway

Mes chers, there is no doubt that having a watch in your possession is essential for keeping track of time so as not to miss out on that much-awaited date with your cute boy du jour; but finding one that is not just functional, but fashionable and fabulous at the very same time isn’t always the easiest of tasks. Sure, the CFD0E001W is perfect for the handsome workaholic in your world, and the LUG15002B is ideal for the sporty suitor in your life; but we, darlings, are glamazons through and through, requiring something a little more flirty and feminine in our accessory drawers – and now one (1) of you will be taking home just that!

Café Fashionista has teamed up with Branding Brand on behalf of Orient Watch to bring one (1) lovely lady the pretty in pink BNQ1P001M (pictured at left) – a glorious accessory that will ensure that you always look your best (and, of course, are always on time)!

To Enter the Think Pink Orient Automatic Watch Giveaway:

Visit Orient Watch and choose your favorite piece.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating which Orient Watch is your favorite between now and Friday, November 26, 2010 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating which Orient Watch is your favorite between now and Friday, November 26, 2010 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect/Twitter, and leave a comment on this post stating which Orient Watch is your favorite between now and Friday, November 26, 2010 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, November 27, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!
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11.11.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Christian Louboutin Leopard Print Ankle Boots on a Budget

Darlings, to the left prepare to fall head over heels (no pun intended!) for Christian Louboutin’s luscious Leopard Print Ankle Boots; to the right, brace yourself for the beauty that is Charlotte Russe’s Suede Leopard Bootie.

While the Charlotte Russe charmers lack the cherry red sole of the lovely Louboutin’s, and are constructed out of faux suede as opposed to true pony hair; for a mere $35.50, in comparison to the $1,449.50 required to make the ravishing Loubies your very own, they are every bit as capable of lending the purrr-fect form of ferocity to your look du jour at a price that the frugalista simply cannot refuse!

So mes chéris, what are you up to today? Will your AmEx take a beating with a splurge, or will you stay safe and thrifty with a frugal buy?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


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11.10.2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Basic Racerback Tank in Black; Mossimo Supply Co. Denim Legging – Acid Wash via Target; Zodiac Panda Boot in Black; Forever 21 Antique Pendant Necklace; Rhinestone Panda Ring via Forever 21.

Reading: Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story by P.L. Travers. Who better to steal recipes from than Miss Mary Poppins?

Glamourizing: Nails: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark – this is one of the très few nail colors I will wear for weeks at a time. Lips: mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Peek-A-Boo. Oui, oui, my loves; the nude hue is just as playful as its coquettish moniker - j’adore! Eyes: CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner in Very Black.

Listening: Christmas Don’t Be Late by Alvin & The Chipmunks. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this song; plus, it makes me think of Almost Famous. Amour!

Adoring: Tailored shorts styled over sheer tights and paired with oversized sweaters/ponchos and knee-high boots. L'amour, l'amour, l'amour! Afternoons spent pouring over holiday-themed mail order catalogs from J. Crew, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Free People – the usual suspects, to be sure! Eugenia Kim Berets – specifically the quartet of glamorous girls known as Valentina, Madeline, Isla, and Zoe.

Watching: Elf. Un petit confession if you’ll bear with me, lovers…after seeing this film for the first time, I answered my cell phone with “Erika the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” a la Buddy himself for an entire year. Embarrassing, non?

Desiring: Mossimo Supply Co. Wrap Sweater Coat – Charcoal. Chunky, fair isle knits are my weakness; that is all. ROSEGOLD Genie Suede Platform Booties in Taupe. Swoon! The Royal Tenenbaums. I have heard far too many amazing things about this film over the years. Besoin!

Quoting: Carrie Bradshaw - “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

Awaiting: The release of Jessica Schroeder’s Recipes for Style: A Cookbook for Your Closet. I am obsédé with her blog, and just know that I will feel the same about her literary debut. April 2011 cannot come soon enough!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Dancing Branflakes for the picture.


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11.09.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Trina Turk Marl Cardigan on the Cheap

Lovers, on the left we have Trina Turk’s mesmerizing Marl Cardigan in Ecru; to the right you will find Remain’s Naomi Waffle Knit Cardigan in Oatmeal Heather.

While the Remain piece is a slightly darker shade than the tantalizing Turk version; for just $39.90, as opposed to the $198.00 required to take Marl home, it is just as much of a fall staple as its higher priced counterpart, and leaves enough cash left over to allow the frugal fashionista to take home all three fabulous fall shades (army green, charcoal heather, and oatmeal heather)!

Are you having a tightwad moment darlings, or are you plagued with a craving to splurge?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Piperlime and Nordstrom for the pictures.


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Gettin’ Jiggy with Café Fashionista on Dancing Branflakes!

Darlings, I have been a fan of Miss Tiffany Kadani’s blog Dancing Branflakes since I first laid eyes on it quite a time ago. Her daily posts involving imaginary dinner parties, thoughtful questions, and pretty pastries have always left me hungry for more; and my morning cup of coffee would be incomplete without a side of dance – therefore, when Tiffany asked to interview me I literally leapt at the chance! Twirl on over to her humble online abode to learn more about moi, and fall in love with the bliss that is Dancing Branflakes!


Fashionably yours!
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11.08.2010

Play It Again, Sam

The Widow - The Mars Volta
Come On Eileen - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
The Game of Love - Carlos Santana feat. Michelle Branch
Baby It’s Cold Outside - Jessica Simpson & Nick Lachey
We Radiate - Goldfrapp
The District Sleeps Alone Tonight - The Postal Service
The Way We Get By - Spoon
Virtual Insanity - Jamiroquai
This Christmas - Christina Aguilera
Twin Falls - Built to Spill

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


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11.07.2010

Sunday Steals: Sam Edelman Orlando Suede Boots with Fur Cuff for Less

Darlings, to your left take a gander at Sam Edelman’s feisty Orlando Suede Boots with Fur Cuff; to your right, savor the saucy style that is Charlotte Russe’s triple threat a la the 3-In-1 Furry Boot.

Though the chic Charlotte Russe offering is constructed out of faux suede, as opposed to the real suede aesthetic of the Sam Edelman; for just $40.00, in comparison to the $200.00 price tag of the Orlando, it allows the frugal fashionista to make a furry statement for fall in not one, not two, but three haute hues (black, brown, and tan) – without breaking the bank!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Sam Edelman, or be thrifty and spring for Charlotte Russe?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


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11.06.2010

Hi, I Adore You...


Adoring: Cozy, overstuffed armchairs designed for curling up with classic books and coffee a la Anthropologie’s Corrigan Chair, Linen; Flirty frocks bedecked with pretty ponies – specifically Sugarhill Boutique’s Gallop with Glamour Dress, courtesy of ModCloth; Wide, woven waist-cinchers in rustic tones, like Motif 56’s Lilly Belt in Dark Natural; Equestrian-inspired handbags courtesy of the Marc by Marc Jacobs Saddlery Sophie Tote in Tobacco; Glamourized riding boots such as Nine West’s Convinceme in Medium Brown Leather; Ski lodge-esque fireplaces; Sparkling style a la J. Crew’s Sequin Mesh Bell Skirt in Gold Dust.

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


NOTE: Click the picture to enlarge the collage, if you so desire.


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11.05.2010

The Eye of the Panther Giveaway

Darlings, you are fierce fashionistas; as such, you require an accessory that proffers the very same magnitude of ferocity as yourself – which is precisely what one (1) of you daring divas will be taking home courtesy of Shock Boutique.

Café Fashionista has teamed up with Shock Boutique to bring one (1) ravishing reader a Panther Ring quite similar to Cartier’s Panthere De Cartier Ring featured here.

To Enter The Eye of the Panther Giveaway:

Visit Shock Boutique.

Leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite Shock Boutique item is between now and Friday, November 19, 2010 at Midnight PST.

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NOTE: If you are already a follower, please say so in your comment.

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents!

Winner can choose their desired ring size (6, 7, 8, or 9).



Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shock Boutique for the picture.
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11.04.2010

Thrifty Thursday: Black Halo Classic Jackie O Dress for Less

Lovers, to the left we have Black Halo’s tres chic Classic Jackie O Dress; to the right we have ModCloth’s sassy Style Me Now Dress.

Though the Style Me Now Dress is a nautical navy hue, as opposed to the black shade of the haute Halo; for a mere $64.99, in comparison to the $345.00 needed to add the Black Halo beauty to your flirty frock collection, it allows one to add presidential style to their wardrobe – on a frugalista budget!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Black Halo, or be thrifty and spring for ModCloth?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Revolve Clothing and ModCloth for the pictures.


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11.03.2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Double Breasted Cardigan – as featured here; Forever 21 Fab Basic Knit Top in Purple; Truck Jeans Gray Stretch Skinny Jean via Alloy; Ribbed Knit Leg Warmers in Charcoal via Sock Dreams; Steven by Steve Madden Maryn Boot in Black; Susan Lucci Prim and Proper Round Stone and Simulated Pearl Cluster Ring in Hematite.

Reading: Dial Me for Murder by Amanda Matetsky. New York City + the 1950s + a journalist turned amateur sleuth = amour!

Glamourizing: Nails: OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. Lips: mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Spice. Eyes: Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum’ Express in Glam Black.

Listening: My Only Wish (This Year) by Britney Spears. Merry, Merry Christmas in November!

Adoring: Parisienne headwear a la American Apparel’s Unisex Wool Beret. B. Makowsky’s Stanton E/W Satchel in Black Stingray. I bought it, I bought it, I bought it; and I amour! It is more phenom than I ever could have imagined! Dylan’s Candy Bar. I think I may need to join their Candy Club. Seriously.

Watching: The Baby Sitters Club. During the entirety of my adolescence I desperately wanted to be Dawn – even going so far as to wear little braids in my hair as her character frequently did; but after being exposed to What Claudia Wore, ummm…yeah, I’ve decided that I want to be the ever-stylish Claudia Kishi!

Desiring: Kate Spade New York Randi. Oui, as Albert Hammond said, “It never rains in Southern California…” Nevertheless, it is always good to be prepared; thus the reason these are a necessity. The question is; which color…the Black Shiny Rubber or the Cream Shiny Rubber? Decisions, decisions…le sigh! Jeffrey Campbell Bandit Suede Wedge Booties – the color block design has a certain…je ne sais quoi that I find downright irresistible. Le besoin, le besoin, l'amour! MICHAEL Michael Kors’ Carlie Boot. Blame it on the wintry adverts that first introduced me to these boots, if you’d like; but ooh…I’m in love. Every girl deserves a little faux fur in her life, non?

Quoting: Holly Golightly - “I don't want to own anything until I find a place where me and things go together. I'm not sure where that is but I know what it is like. It's like Tiffany's.”

Awaiting: Illamasqua Nail Varnish in DWS. When Shop ‘N Chomp shared Sephora’s Friends & Family Coupon Code a couple of weeks ago; I took it as a sign that this lacquer had to be mine – I cannot wait for it to arrive!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Style ABC’s Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Joe Zee’s The ELLEments of Personal Style: 25 Modern Fashion Icons on How to Dress, Shop, and Live.

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