1.31.2011

Play It Again, Sam

I’m A Slave for You - Britney Spears
Like Knives - The Fashion
Photograph - Air
Empire Ants - The Gorillaz
Beautiful, Dirty, Rich - Lady Gaga
Buzzin’ - Shwayze
Weekend - Smith Westerns
Whatever This Is - Ruby Coast
This Is the Life - Two Door Cinema Club
Good Girls Go Bad - Cobra Starship (feat. Leighton Meester)

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Passports and Prada for the picture.


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1.30.2011

Sunday Steals: L.A.M.B. Pilot for Pennies

My loves, to your left feast your eyes on L.A.M.B.'s ever-fabulous Pilot; to the right place your pretty peeper’s on Type Z’s sassy Strike.

While the Type Z tantalizers feature a 4" heel and 1 1/4" platform, as opposed to the 4 1/2" heel and 1 1/2" platform of the luscious L.A.M.B.'s; for a mere $65.40, in comparison to the $325.00 needed to take the lovely L.A.M.B.'s home, they are every bit as glamorous of a choice for the cheap chica – and allow one to indulge in all three fabulous shades (black, cognac, and grey)!

Which role have you decided to undertake on this sultry Sunday, kittens? Tightwad or spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zappos and 6PM for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files.

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1.29.2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Coquettish swimsuits sporting tongue-in-cheek yet très chic cutouts a la American Apparel’s Nylon Tricot Sport Chic Swimsuit. It is highly doubtful that anyone would be able to resist a glamorous gal donning this stunner, mais oui?; Sky-high ankle-tie espadrilles that perfectly complement the fast-approaching sultry spring and summer seasons - specifically Charles David’s Kini in Leopard Pony; Katy Perry for OPI’s Black Shatter - le premier way to create the purrr-fect leopard-like manicure; Vintage sunnies with a cat-eye flair like the Grace Sunglasses by Selima Optique - le preemptive way of channeling your inner saucy Screen Siren, non? Posh handbags that juxtapose between professional and oh-so playful courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff’s Cheetah Haircalf Covet Bag - etre toujours mon Coeur!; La Mer Collections’ Leopard Motor Chain Wrap Watch – a subtle (yet sassy!) way to take a walk on the wild side, oui?; Tarzan-inspired frocks with ever-so-slightly tattered hemlines and coquettishly seductive scoop backs that make one feel like a glamorous Jane of the Jungle a la Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony Lissy Boxy Swing Dress.

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


Fashionably yours!


Don't forget to enter the Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files.

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1.28.2011

Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway

Dolls, there are very few things in life that bring one as much pleasure as spending money – from the RED Valentino Tiered Ruffle Dress that we desperately needed for that impromptu Twenties Theme Party to the 3.1 Phillip Lim Liza Sunglasses that our summer would be downright incomplete without; but sometimes, as author Natalie P. McNeal is quite well-versed in, being fabulous doesn’t require one spending an arm and a leg – it happens when you’re living on a shoestring!

Surprise, surprise lovers; Café Fashionista has teamed up with EMG Promotions on behalf of Harlequin Nonfiction to bring three (3) brainy budget babes a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files - a diary of sorts wherein Natalie takes you on a no-spending spree through a year of her life during which she lived frugally – yet never sacrificed fabulosity! It’s a tome that will help you to see the light and the end of the shopping tunnel. But best of all? It’s pretty in pink and petite in size so you can toss it in your 3.1 Phillip Lim Page Handbag when you’re on the go!

To Enter the Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, February 11, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, February 11, 2011 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 between now and Friday, February 11, 2011 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick three (3) names out of a hat (who knows, one of them could be yours!), and announce the winners on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to EMG Promotions for the pictures.
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1.27.2011

Thrifty Thursday: French Connection Wendy Cotton Dress for Less

My loves, to your left you will find French Connection’s wondrous Wendy Cotton Dress; to the right allow your pretty peepers to fall upon the beauty that is C. Jace’s fabulous Frou Frou Black Dress.

While the French Connection charmer comes crafted with a banded waist and an exposed zipper along the back, two things that the C. Jace gem lacks; for just $59.00, as opposed to the $198.00 required to add Wendy to your wardrobe, it is just as capable of kicking your little black dress collection up a notch – at a price that no frugalista can refuse!

Will French Connection tempt you into being a big spender, or will C. Jace inspire you to save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Bloomingdales and Chloe Loves Charlie for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

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1.26.2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Heritage 1981 Cable Knit Cardigan in Cream via Forever 21; Forever 21 FAB Knit Cami in Light Blue; Forever 21 Classic Skinny Jeans in Medium Denim; Sam Edelman Shalin Faux Fur Boot in Smoke Stack Grey; House of Harlow 1960 Key Cocktail Ring in Gold.

Reading: Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb. Oui, le renegade Girl Scouts are back and I love them more than ever before. Kirsten Miller, you are a genius! Cela tous est.

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI Rich in Spirit. Metallic sky blue. Swoon. Also, the new Perfect Stroke Brush is the most incroyable thing ever created – no drip! J’adore! Lips: mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Splashy – you will tomber dans l'amour with the watermelon hue; mark my words! Eyes: mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Iconic.

Listening: Fashion by Lady Gaga. Je suis absolument, 100% obsédé avec cette chanson! I am incapable of sitting still whenever I hear it. Aimer au dixième pouvoir!

Adoring: Ankle-tie platform sandals that drip coquettish seduction a la Diane von Furstenberg’s Eva Scarf Tie Platform Sandals. Etre toujours mon Coeur! Pocahontas-inspired footwear courtesy of all things Minnetonka. I’m partial to the Front Lace Knee High Boots myself; picture them, if you will, coupled with cutoff denim shorts in the summertime. Cuteness personified, mais oui? Legwear reminiscent of seventies styles – specifically Ellery’s Bloodstone Extra Wide Flare Pants in Shimmer/Cream. In the words of 5th Dimension…“This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius…”

Watching: Ratatouille. Oh, to only have the cooking skills du petit Remy - le sigh.

Desiring: Jeffrey Campbell Magdalina Painted Flower Sandals. Je meurs, je meurs, je meurs à ces chaussures! They are such a work of art, mais oui? Swoon! ALICE by Temperley Mini Gazelle Dress. One part Blair Waldorf, one part Alice in Wonderland, one part Daisy Buchanan. Conclusion? L'infinité fabuleuses de temps - gimme, gimme, gimme! American Apparel’s Nylon Tricot Sport Chic Swimsuit. Styled with American Apparel’s Wool Floppy Hat, and I am positive that I will feel as if I am sunbathing in the French Riviera – even if, in all actuality, I am merely lounging in my own backyard. Aimer l'amour!

Quoting: Jennifer Donnelly - “Be careful what you show the world. You never know when the wolf is watching.”

Awaiting: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Series # 2) by Cassandra Clare, and Killer (Pretty Little Liars Series # 6) by Sara Shepard. Oui, I am totes a bookworm. I would never survive without books in my life. Aimer l'amour!

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 Ruby Mines for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

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1.25.2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Dolce Vita Pela Crisscross Wedge Sandals for a Steal

Darlings, to your left you will spot Dolce Vita’s precious Pela Crisscross Wedge Sandals in Pink; to your right prepare to fawn over Mossimo’s perky Pilar Strappy Wedge Sandals in Pink via Target.

While the darling Dolce Vita’s are constructed out of true leather, as opposed to the faux of the Mossimo’s; for a mere $29.99, in comparison to the $170.00 needed to add Pela to your shoe collection, they are the perfect way to add a touch of pretty in pink to your look du jour - at a price that allows you to indulge in not one, not two, but all four fabulous colors (pink, brown, nude, and black)!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Target for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

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Who Do You Love?

Darlings, can you feel it flitting around your person, kissing your skin with red and pink heart-shaped sparkles? Love is officially in the air, meaning that the time has come to ask yourself…who do I love? Well, Cambria Cove wants to know the very same thing – and they’ll be giving one (1) lucky winner their choice of:

A romantic getaway to Napa for a devastatingly adorable couple

OR

A stylish getaway to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC with a bestie (and all entrants 10% off all purchases!) just for answering the timeless question as part of their Who Do You Love? Sweepstakes which ends Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Click here to enter!

Good luck, kitty cats; may Cupid be on your side!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Cambria Cove for the picture.
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1.24.2011

Play It Again, Sam

Billie Holiday - Miike Snow
Last Dance - The Raveonettes
Lets Call It Off - Drake (feat. Peter Bjorn and John)
Hold It Against Me - Britney Spears
Mission Control - The Dandy Warhols
All of the Lights - Kanye West (feat. Rihanna)
Secrets - OneRepublic
I’m Not Cool - Sohodolls
Longest Night - Howie Day
Every Time You Go - Ellie Goulding

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Passports and Prada for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).
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1.23.2011

Sunday Steals: Robert Rodriguez Tiered Lace Skirt for Less

Darlings, in the left corner we have Robert Rodriguez’s tantalizing Tiered Lace Skirt; to the right you will spot Forever 21’s luxurious Tiered Lace Skirt.

While the piece of Forever 21 frippery features an elastic waistband, as opposed to the leather top band of the ravishing Robert Rodriguez; for a mere $17.80, in comparison to the $360.00 asking price of the Rodriguez, it is every bit as capable of adding a dash of romanticism to one’s wardrobe – at a price that is perfectly suitable for the budget babe!

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 Zappos and Forever 21 for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).
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1.22.2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: One-of-a-kind wedge sandals capable of making one’s summer sizzle from start to finish simply by slipping them on a la Jeffrey Campbell’s majestic Magdalina Painted Flower Sandals; Low-maintenance baubles like Shashi’s Petit Golden Nugget Adjustable Bracelet in Orange that is equal parts minimalist and magnificent; Parker’s Solid 2 Ruffle Dress in Blood Orange – a gem which juxtaposes between casual and utterly très chic; Fruity lacquers that transport one to the tropics with each and every glance – specifically Nicole by OPI’s Fresh Squeezed; Carryalls that bring out one’s inner free-spirited beatnik courtesy of DANNIJO’s Moroccan Messenger Bag – I’m partial to the Red myself…j’adore!; Saucily slouchy tops adorned with picturesque flowers like Forever 21’s Cropped Rose Graphic Top; Oversized, dangling earrings in punchy colors that simply call for a chic chignon and a decadent black tie affair a la Kenneth Jay Lane’s Three Drop Earrings in Coral/Gold.

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


Fashionably yours!


Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).
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1.21.2011

Start Your Engines Giveaway

Darlings, perhaps Billy Connelly said it best when he proclaimed, “A woman's mind is as complex as the contents of her handbag; even when you get to the bottom of it, there is always something at the bottom to surprise you!” Of course, before one can get to the bottom of anything, they must have something absolutely blissful to get to the bottom of – like a Small Balenciaga Inspired Motorcycle Satchel Bag a la Mimi Boutique’s Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey to really rev up your handbag collection; the very object that one (1) of you gorgeous glamazons will soon be taking home!

Surprise, surprise, kitty cats! Café Fashionista has teamed up with Mimi Boutique to bring one (1) ravishing reader the stunning Sebastiana – a classy carryall with gunmetal hardware, a detachable shoulder strap, zippered pockets galore, a mirror attachment perfect for adjusting our chic coiffure anywhere and everywhere, and an inner lining that is silky to the touch!

To Enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway:

Visit Mimi Boutique.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating what Mimi Boutique item is your favorite between now and Friday, February 4, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating what Mimi Boutique item is your favorite between now and Friday, February 4, 2011 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 Mimi Boutique item is your favorite between now and Friday, February 4, 2011 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, February 5, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Mimi Boutique for the picture.
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1.20.2011

Thrifty Thursday: Miu Miu Desert Suede Studded Platform Slingbacks for a Steal

Darlings, in the left corner you will find Miu Miu’s decadent Desert Suede Studded Platform Slingbacks – the very same ones seen countless times on Jessica Simpson; to the right feast your eyes on BCBGeneration’s blissful Blend Sandal.

While the platform of the BCBGeneration’s is a darker shade of wood than the blonde seen upon the magnificent Miu Miu’s; for just $110.00, as opposed to the $495.00 required to add the Miu Miu’s to your shoe collection, they are every bit as chic as their haute couture counterparts, allowing the frugal fashionista a splash of star style without breaking her budget!

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 Bluefly and Endless for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).

Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.
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1.19.2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Rib Knit Collar Bomber in Cream; Forever 21 Spaghetti Strap V-Neck Top in Purple; Forever 21 Classic Skinny Jeans in Medium Denim; Sam Edelman Shalin Faux Fur Boots in Smoke Stack Gray; Key to Love Double Ring via Forever 21.

Reading: Splendor (Luxe Series # 4) by Anna Godbersen. It is like the end of an era, coming to the last book in this series; but ohmigosh what an incroyable conclusion it is shaping up to be!

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI’s The Next CEO from the Liquid Metals Collection. Le most enchanting champagne hue you will ever lay eyes on. J’adore! Lips: mark Glow Baby Glow Luxe Hook Up Lip Gloss in Petal Luxe. Eyes: mark Mini Mark It Stick Hook Up Stick for Eyes in Shell.

Listening: Hold It Against Me by Britney Spears. Despite the fact that there are times when some of the lyrics remind me of cheesy pick-up lines, I’m un petit obsessed. J’adore!

Adoring: Chunky platforms capable of transporting one back to the time of free love, free spirits, and, my personal favorite…Woodstock, a la Forever 21’s Wooden Platform Heel, Steven’s Grifin Platform Clogs, and Xhilaration’s Teanna Heeled Sandals. Katy Perry for OPI’s Black Shatter. Literally the most amazing thing since sliced bread. Trust me. American Apparel’s Stretch Floral Lace Stirrup Legging. L'infinité incroyables de temps! These would look utterly amazing with a pair of black suede shoeties like Rosegold’s Genie Suede Platform Booties or Pelle Moda’s Kenda Suede Booties. I die!

Watching: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Original Movie. Oh, how I long to be April O’Neil. She is le coolest reporter on la planète!

Desiring: Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen. Speakeasies, flappers, the Jazz Age…swoon! The Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake from Stand in New York City. Non, it is, and never will be Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, but ooh, it makes me giddy all the same. Avoir besoin de, avoir envie de, le désir - tout de suite! ALDO’s Dukas in Taupe – it’s like the shoe version of The Addams Family’s Cousin It. L'amour, l'amour, l'amour, l'amour, l'amour! I want!

Quoting: T.H. White - “Perhaps we give the best of our hearts uncritically – to those who hardly think about us in return.”

Awaiting: The release of Candace Bushnell’s Summer and the City - le sequel to The Carrie Diaries; the very book which consumed my every waking moment for an entire 24-hours until I had devoured it from cover to cover. Don’t try to conceal the truth, kitty cats; I know I’m not the only one who finds the young Carrie Bradshaw irrésistible dans chaque quelle façon du mot. She is utterly phenom, is she not?!

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 Sequin Gown for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).

Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.
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1.18.2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Alexander Wang Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses for a Steal

Kitty cats, to the left you will find Alexander Wang’s wondrous Zoro Angular Acetate Sunglasses – the very same ones adored by the irresistible Ms. Lady Gaga; to the right take a peek at GoJane’s fabulous Futuristic Cat Eye Sunglasses.

Though the GoJane’s sport gold metallic accents in the corners, as opposed to the silver of the Wang’s, and feature a gradient lens instead of blackest black a la Zoro; for just $4.80, in comparison to the $325.00 price tag of the Wang’s, they are a sublime way of achieving star style on a shoestring budget!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Net-A-Porter and GoJane for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).

Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.
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1.17.2011

Play It Again, Sam

Infinity Guitars - Sleigh Bells
Toxic - Britney Spears
Diamond Hipster Boy - Washington Social Club
In Search Of - Miike Snow
Girlfriend - Phoenix
Let It Out - Girl Talk
The Wake Up Song - The Submarines
Paper Aeroplane - Angus & Julia Stone
Dear Employee - The Papercuts
Be Somebody - Kings of Leon

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Passports and Prada for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).

Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.
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1.16.2011

Sunday Steals: Steven Grifin Platform Clog on the Cheap

Lovers, on the left you will spot Steven’s gorgeous Grifin Platform Clog in Brown; to the right take a gander at Charlotte Russe’s stellar Studded Peeptoe Mary Jane.

Though the très chic Charlotte’s are constructed out of faux pebbled leather as opposed to real, and feature a slightly higher heel and platform than the Steven’s; for a mere $32.50, in comparison to the $170.00 needed to make Grifin your own, they are the perfect way for the frugalista to add a little boho bliss to her shoe collection – at a price that doesn’t break the bank!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).

Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.
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1.15.2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Cute carryalls sealed with a kiss like the Love Letter Clutch from Felix Rey. Black, gold…either would be a splendrous addition to my handbag collection – l'amour, l'amour, l'amour!; Sparkling nail lacquers chock full of colorful hearts a la Step 2 The Beat of My Heart from Nicole by OPI’s Justin Bieber One Less Lonely Girl Collection. Utterly adorbs, mais oui?; Diane von Furstenberg’s Meghan Leopard Scarf in Snow Leopard Pink – obvious proof that a leopard can most certainly change his spots, non?; Plum perfect footwear courtesy of Jessica Simpson’s Angie in Plum Suede; Luscious legwear in a wide array of intoxicating hues such as American Apparel’s Opaque Pantyhose in Bordeaux; Flirty, ethereal frocks that flit daintily with every step one takes, invoking visions of a true fairytale princess a la Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent’s Strapless Tuck Pleat Dress; Playful sunnies perfect for concealing your pretty peepers when peeking at cute boys in the park like Carrera’s Forever Mine Sunglasses in Crystal/Fuchsia/White.

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


Fashionably yours!


Don't forget to enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway for your chance to win Perricone MD’s Cold Plasma Body (a $95.00 value).

Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.
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1.14.2011

Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway

Mes petites coquettes, it should come as no surprise that we should forever desire to put our best face forward when meeting someone new, or merely teetering around town on our sky-high stilettos during impromptu (and well-deserved) shopping sprees. After all, as the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” But one scarcely needs a second chance, as long as they look fabulous upon the first, which is precisely what Perricone MD products ensure.

Though laden with some of the best deep wrinkle creams on the market, as the many wrinkle creams reviews proclaim; Perricone is also stocked with one of my very favorite products – Cold Plasma Body, “ an all-over body treatment formulated to help firm, tighten and tone the appearance of skin, while smoothing imperfections and hydrating for a gorgeous, radiant glow.” Now my favorite (valued at $95.00) is about to become yours.

You guessed it, lovers! Café Fashionista has teamed up with Branding Brand, on behalf of Perricone MD, to bring one (1) of you gorgeous glamazons a bottle of your very own Cold Plasma Body.

To Enter the Face Off: Best Deep Wrinkle Creams Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating which Perricone product valued at $150 or less you desperately need and can’t live without and why between now and Friday, January 28, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating which Perricone product valued at $150 or less you desperately need and can’t live without and why between now and Friday, January 28, 2011 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 Perricone product valued at $150 or less you desperately need and can’t live without and why between now and Friday, January 28, 2011 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, January 29, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Perricone MD for the picture.
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1.13.2011

Thrifty Thursday: Vince Crop Sweater for a Steal

Lovers, on the left we have Vince’s gorgeous Crop Sweater in Ivory; to the right, feast your eyes upon the glamour that is the GAP's Cable Knit Sweater in New Natural.

Though it’s obvious that the fabulous GAP piece is slightly different in the sense that it features a more boatneck-esque neckline than the original; for just $44.99, in comparison to the $285.00 price tag of the Vince marvel, it is the perfect way to add a dash of cozy to your couture on the cheap wardrobe – at a price that is simply magical for the frugalista’s wallet!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and GAP for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.

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1.12.2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Wet Seal Destroy Crop Jean Jacket in Dark Sandblasted; Forever 21 Essential V-Neck Cami in White; Forever 21 Sequin Glam Mini; Nine West Convinceme Boot in Medium Brown.

Reading: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series # 1) by Cassandra Clare. There is a très distinct possibility that this is my new favorite book series. Oh, how I long to be Clary Fray. J’adore!

Glamourizing: Nails: Essie Mink Muffs. Lips: mark Glow Baby Glow Luxe Hook Up Lip Gloss in Sun Luxe. Eyes: mark’s i-glimmer Illuminating Eye Color in Bronzed.

Listening: Don’t Trust Me by 3OH!3.

Adoring: Booties with bite – specifically, Joe’s Jeans’ Trailblazer Suede Combat Booties in Grey. Grunge + Glamour = Absolute Perfection. J'ai besoin de, j'ai besoin de, j'ai besoin de! Pretty in pink patent leather pouts a la that created by MAC Cosmetcs’ Peacocky Kissable Lipcolour in Enchantee. Ooh la la, Je pense que je suis dans l'amour! Paige Denim’s Skyline Ankle Skinny Jeans. I’m not sure what I love most about these – the fact that they are lightly deconstructed and wonderfully whiskered; or the incredibly charming moniker of the color…beachwood. Swoon!

Watching: Scooby Doo: The Movie. Regardless of what the critics said, I am kind of in love with this movie. Also…j’adore Daphne – I’m thinking of dressing as her for Halloween. Utterly adorbs, mais oui?

Desiring: 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Berry Wristlet with Studs in Lilac. The juxtaposition between pretty and punk is too great for me to resist. Besides, a girl should never be without an accessory that is flirty and fashionable yet doubles as a weapon, should the need arise. Aimer l'amour d'amour! American Apparel’s Flower Bud Crochet Lace Jumper in Nude, Black, and White - oui, I want one in all three colors. Can you imagine how saucy this will look topping a neon-colored bikini on the beach during evening bonfires accompanied by cute boys harboring sticky S’Mores come summertime? Le sigh! BB Dakota Owens Sequin Jacket. Umm…hi, I adore you. This jacket is the material version of my dreams. Seriously. Be still my heart!

Quoting: Epictetus - “Know first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”

Awaiting: Trapunto Stitched Cropped Bomber Jacket in Cognac from Arden B. Finally, after months of searching high and low for the ideal cognac-hued piece, perfection has entered my life. 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 Passports and Prada for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.

Don't forget to enter the Kiss Me Through the Phone Giveaway for your chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz’s Flirtexting: How to Text Your Way to His Heart.
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1.11.2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Pierre Hardy Laser-Cut Slingback Booties on a Budget

Lovers, on the left plant your pretty peepers on Pierre Hardy’s Laser-Cut Slingback Booties – the very same ones seen upon Blake Lively (as Serena van der Woodsen) on Gossip Girl; to the right acquaint yourself with Chinese Laundry’s haute-to-trot Hopscotch, if you will.

While the color of the chic Chinese Laundry’s is ever so slightly darker than that of the Hardy originals; for just $119.00, as opposed to the $1,000.00 required to skip home in the Hardy’s, they are every bit as perfect for adding a dash of playful to your shoe collection – at a price that would leave Ms. van der Woodsen herself green with envy!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zappos for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.

Don't forget to enter the Kiss Me Through the Phone Giveaway for your chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz’s Flirtexting: How to Text Your Way to His Heart.
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1.10.2011

Play It Again, Sam

Your Twenties - Billionaires
Dressed in Dresden - The Hundred in the Hands
Plastic Jungle - Miike Snow
Wires - Athlete
Hot Mess - Cobra Starship
Crazy - Katie Herzig
We Rule the World - Dragonette
Oh Cherie - New Young Pony Club
The Spectator - The Bravery
Lost in City Lights - The New Cities

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Passports & Prada for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.

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1.09.2011

Sunday Steals: Rebecca Taylor Bustier Combo Dress for Less

Dolls, to the left allow your eyes to graze over the beauty that is Rebecca Taylor’s Bustier Combo Dress; to the right prepare yourself to fall in love with Charlotte Russe’s sophisticated Solid Navy Dress with Chiffon Bust.

Though the charming Charlotte Russe selection lacks the fluttering cap sleeves of the tantalizing Taylor, and proffers an exposed back zipper to toughen up an otherwise feminine look; for just $34.50, in comparison to the $350.00 needed to scoop up Taylor’s tempting frock, it is the ideal way for the fashionista that is vous to add a little haute couture style to her closet – on a frugalista budget!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.

Don't forget to enter the Kiss Me Through the Phone Giveaway for your chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz’s Flirtexting: How to Text Your Way to His Heart.
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1.08.2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Studly styles that juxtapose between gritty and glamorous a la 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Berry Wristlet with Studs (I’m partial to the Lilac hue myself; luscious, mais oui?); Sky-high platforms in dusty shades of rose gray – specifically, L.A.M.B.’s Caitlyn Suede T Strap Wedges. It is doubtful that I would ever be able to walk in such a shoe; but ooh la la they are très fun to look at, are they not?; Marc by Marc Jacobs Chrissie Skinny Jeans in Indigo. Light wash denim will forever be in style - j’adore!; Chilly afternoons spent perusing the très informative pages of charming titles such as Erin Bried’s How to Sew a Button: And Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew; Candy-colored frocks that make one feel pretty in pink like Forever 21’s Ruffle Contrast Dress; Oversized cocktail rings which take on the appearance of mysterious moonstones a la Lola and George’s elegantly electrifying Electron Ring; Teenage Dream from OPI’s Katy Perry Collection. Pink. Glitter. What more could a girl possibly ask for? Swoon!

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


Fashionably yours!


Don't forget to enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La and a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.

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1.07.2011

Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway

Dolls, shoes are an important part of every girl’s life; just ask Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Claire – the stars of Karen Beaumont’s Shoe-La-La. The four precocious party-goers – charmingly illustrated by LeUyen Pham – are up in arms searching for the perfect pair of shoes for a très chic soiree – a predicament we all find ourselves in from time to time – and want vous to accompany them on their shopping spree (before allowing you to indulge in one of your very own)!

Surprise, surprise, lovers! Café Fashionista has teamed up with Scholastic to bring one (1) of you savvy stylistas a copy of Shoe-La-La - check out the book trailer here – in addition to a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Zappos.com - so that you can splurge on a fabulous pair of shoes – or whatever else your heart so desires!



To Enter the Shoe-La-La and Zappos Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, January 21, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, January 21, 2011 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 between now and Friday, January 21, 2011 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, January 22, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Big Honcho Media for the pictures.
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1.06.2011

Thrifty Thursday: Burberry Platform Peep Toe Bootie on a Budget

Mes chers, to your left you will find yourself gazing fondly upon Burberry’s magnificent Platform Peep Toe Bootie - the very same ones seen not only on the runways as part of the S/S 2009 Collection, but on the pretty paws of Emma Roberts, Ashley Tisdale, and Saoirse Ronan, as well; to your right you will spot Bumper’s bombastic Delle-04 Strappy Peep Toe Bootie.

Though the Bumper's are constructed out of a mix of lycra and leatherette materials, as opposed to the true leather construction of the Burberry's; for a mere $27.90, as opposed to the $850.00 needed to take the fabulous Burberry’s for a spin, they are every bit as capable of adding a dash of haute couture to your person – at a price that doesn’t break the bank!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Burberry, or be thrifty and spring for Bumper?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Nordstrom and UrbanOG for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Kiss Me Through the Phone Giveaway for your chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz’s Flirtexting: How to Text Your Way to His Heart.

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1.05.2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Rib Knit Collar Bomber in Black; Forever 21 Fab Striped Sweater Top in Black/Cream; Xhilaration Seamed Legging in Black via Target; Alloy Maxie Boot in Black; Owl Face Ring in Black/Silver via Forever 21.

Reading: I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. Gah! If loving books is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Seriously. Je suis dans l'amour avec ce livre! Now release the sequel tout de suite, s'il vous plait! I may die if I don’t find out what happens next!

Glamourizing: Nails: Essie Mint Candy Apple. Lips: mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Peek-A-Boo. Eyes: Maybelline New York Cover Stick Corrector Concealer in Ivory.

Listening: Stuttering by Fefe Dobson. Trois acclamations for Fefe’s comeback - aimer l'amour her music!

Adoring: American Apparel’s Nylon Spandex Stretch Lace Long Sleeve Mini Dress in Crème, Black, Pink, Dusk, or Navy. The quintessential coquettish piece for testing le art of seduction; wouldn’t you agree, mes amours? Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathons. If ever I am permitted the chance to indulge in a second life, I should like to be reincarnated as one Ms. Buffy Summers. No hero and/or heroine could ever hold a candle to le slayer herself. Amore! Ballerina-inspired accoutrements that make one long to dance and twirl like an enchanted Sugar Plum Fairy a la BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Tulle Tutu Skirt, BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Lace Dress with Draped Skirt, and Club Monaco’s Olga Tulle Skirt.

Watching: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Un petit confession, lovers…I still have my Cindy Lou Who Doll, and would not part with her for anything in le world. J’adore both her and the film itself!

Desiring: Velvet’s Dixon Ombre Sequin Cardigan. Already I am in possession of a sequin miniskirt and top; a sequin cardigan would round out my sparkly wardrobe quite well, mais oui? Pretty Little Liars Season 1 DVD Boxset. I have already read the books; now I devoir see the show! Trouve Alliance Wedge Bootie. Do I need? Non! Do I want? Oui, chronomètre l'infinité!

Quoting: Voltaire - “It is not enough to conquer; one must also know how to seduce.”

Awaiting: Alloy’s Cullen Boot in Taupe. A good over the knee boot is hard to come by, mais oui? I thought that these looked spectacular; therefore, they are now on their way to my welcoming arms. Amour!

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 Passports & Prada for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Kiss Me Through the Phone Giveaway for your chance to win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Debra Goldstein and Olivia Baniuszewicz’s Flirtexting: How to Text Your Way to His Heart.

Don't forget to enter the I Want Chocolate Giveaway for your chance to win a Front Lock Clutch in the color of YOUR choice from Chocolate Handbags.
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