Cafe Fashionista Book Club

“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”
Paul Sweeney

Last month, for our very first Café Fashionista Book Club selection, we read Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – a tale of romance and fate! This month, I thought it would be fun to take a walk on the dark (yet still romantic!) side with Meg Cabot’s Abandon.

(As some of you long-time Café Fashionista readers may recall, Meg shared her Style Secrets with us right here back in March of 2010.)

Like last time, the rules are the same…Throughout the month, you can come back to this original posting, and Discuss the current book club selection in the Comments section, sharing your thoughts on a character you love (or love to hate), memorable quotes or scenes in the book, and the like. Everything is very informal; but I think that it will be a blast, and I hope that you will all join in!

Book Synopsis: New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away . . . especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

The title has been revealed, now it’s time to read and discuss!

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to We ♥ It and Amazon for the pictures.


Tightwad Tuesday: Isabel Marant Poppy Bow-Embellished Suede Pumps for Pennies

Dolls, to the left you will find Isabel Marant’s perfect Poppy Bow-Embellished Suede Pumps in Black Suede – the very same ones seen donned by Hilary Duff, Elle MacPherson, Kate Bosworth, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, and Lisa Snowdon; to the right you will find Steven by Steve Madden’s fabulous Fluttr in Black Suede.

Though Fluttr sports a slightly lower heel (4”) than the pretty Poppy (4 ½”); for just $83.99, as opposed to the $620.00 needed to scoop up a pair of the magical Marant’s, they allow the frugal fashionista to slip on a bit of star style – at a price that won’t make your AmEx cringe!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Isabel Marant, or be thrifty and spring for Steven by Steve Madden?

Fashionably yours!

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



As many of you may know, I am nail polish obsessed and have no less (though probably far more) than seventy-five different polishes in rotation at this very moment; thus, seeing as how it is one of my favorite Twitter days (#ManicureMonday), I thought it would be fun to share with all of you some of my latest lacquer looks!

1) This was created using one of my favorite polishes on the planet – Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Buffy the Violet Slayer. This is three coats, with one coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. Ring via Forever 21.
2) This look was created using Nicole by OPI’s One Big Happy Fame-ily, which is a color from the Spring 2012 Kardashian Kollection – available exclusively at CVS. This is four coats, with one coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat for added shine. Rhinestone Heart Ring in Peach / Gold via Forever 21.
3) This was created using another one of my all-time favorites…Essie’s Mint Candy Apple. I used three coats of Mint Candy Apple on all fingers except for the ring finger – there I used three coats of Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Kaleidoscope for a splash of sparkle. One coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat was used on all fingers. Arrow Connector Ring via Forever 21.
4) This lacquer look was created using three coats of Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Pink Forever on all nails, except for the ring finger – there I used three coats of Sinful Colors Pink Glass – again, for extra sparkle. One coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat was used on all fingers. Ring via Forever 21.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

Fashionably yours!


Sunday Steals: Karen Walker Number One for Less

Lovers, in the left corner you will find Karen Walker’s wildly-awesome Number One in Crazy Tort; in the right corner take a peek at Triple Optic’s mesmerizing Modern Thick Cat Eye Wayfarer Cross Sunglasses Edgy Retro Style Eyewear in Tortoise.

Though the tortoise color seen on the Triple Optic version is slightly darker than that of the wondrous Karen Walker’s; for a mere $9.95, in comparison to the $180.00 required to take home the spectacular Number One, they are the perfect compromise for the girl seeking chic style…on the cheap!

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

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to REVOLVEClothing and Amazon for the pictures.


Hi, I Adore You...

Cotton Candy Kisses


Splendid Baja French Terry Pullover in Posey
TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Robbie Shorts in Navy Combo
Rebecca Minkoff Beach Babe Strappy Sandals in Electric Pink
Rebecca Minkoff Neon Lizard Mini MAC Bag in Royal
DANNIJO Quinn Bracelet in Pink / Blue
Rag & Bone Keaton Sunglasses in Clear
OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips from The Holland Spring / Summer 2012 Collection

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

Fashionably yours!


From India Hicks, With Love...

As someone whose first name (Erika) is continuously spelled incorrectly by everyone from friends to foes, you would find it strange to know that I have a mild obsession with jewelry spelling out one’s name for the world to see – quite a bit like the nametag worn by a store employee. Late last year I invested in a nameplate pendant necklace featuring the name Erika splayed out in charming gold script that made me feel like Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City (and which I have literally worn to death in the past few months); but that accessory has been entirely replaced in the course of two weeks, since being gifted with an India Hicks Sterling Silver ‘E’ Love Letter Pendant Necklace.

Unlike many of the initial pendant necklaces seen in shops which merely dangle the wearer’s initial from the end of a chain, and add a birthstone or similar adornment to give it an extra splash of oomph; India Hicks gets architectural with her creations, taking a single initial, and using it four times over to create a one-of-a-kind geometric style that is every bit as artistic and avant-garde as a cleverly-crafted piece hanging in a museum.

While each letter is arranged in a different type of design; the ‘E’ Pendant I received shows four E’s that create a block formation – a design that reminds me of a hieroglyph (the Greek way of saying ‘sacred carving’), which I absolutely adore. But what I personally love so much about this particular collection of jewelry, is that, while the wearer knows what the symbol represents (one’s initial), the outside world doesn’t have this knowledge, making it seem all the more special. And, let’s be honest…who doesn’t want that?

Tell me, darlings…do you love the India Hicks Love Letter Collection?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to India Hicks and Bloomingdale’s for the pictures.

*NOTE: This product was sent to me for review; however, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.*


Charge It, Please!

The Bright & The Beautiful


Patterson J. Kincaid Deanna Tunic in Bright Fuchsia
RED Valentino Skinny Cargo Jeans in Pink
Boutique 9 Detective Suede High Heel Sandals in Natural / Pink
Alexander Wang Brenda Chain Bag in Azure
Adia Kibur Silver & Neon Chain Link Necklace in Neon Pink
Diane von Furstenberg Haley Double Wrap Belt
OPI Did It On ‘Em from the Nicki Minaj Collection

Over to you, lovers; what pretties have left you with the desire to shout "Charge it please!"?

Fashionably yours!


♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Heritage 1981 Stonewash Denim Jacket in Light Denim; Forever 21 Essential Fitted Tee in Peach; Forever 21 Stretch Skinny Jeans in Indigo; Forever 21 Rhinestone Heart Ring in Peach / Gold; Ivanka Trump Kamila in Dark Natural Leather.

Reading: The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill. As essential to a stormy evening as a candy-colored pair of Hunter Boots.

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI One Big Happy Fame-ily from the Kardashian Kolors Spring 2012 Kollection. Lips: mark Juice Gems in Juicy Fig. Eyes: Maybelline New York EyeStudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner in Black.

Listening: Young Folks by The Kooks.

Adoring: Neon-colored carryalls a la Diane von Furstenberg’s Neon Mini Harper Bag, and Rebecca Minkoff’s Neon Lizard Mini MAC Bag. A bright bag is the perfect way to add just a hint of playfulness to whatever posh look you may be rocking, vous ne pensez pas? Ombre. Oui, I never thought I would fall for this look, but virtually overnight I have done just that. Currently coveting Bec & Bridge Ombre Sweater and Ombre Skinny Jeans, and Joie’s Corsica Sweater. Aimer au dixième pouvoir! Floral-print skinnies – specifically, Page Denim’s Floral Ankle Peg Skinny Jeans, and Citizens of Humanity’s Mandy Floral Roll Up Jeans. Reminiscent of the flower power craze of the late-80s / early-90s; yet reinvented for a haute 2012 style. J’adore!

Watching: Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Desiring: Jean-Michel Cazabat Zulaka Suede Wedge Espadrilles in Wolf. Sky-high, skin-toned sandals are my spring / summer essential. Even better when they feature a sassy ankle strap. These meet all of the aforementioned requirements. Moral of the story? Besoin. Maintenant. Le. Fin. TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Robbie Shorts in Pink Combo and Navy Combo. The colors remind me of freshly-spun cotton candy, frozen lemonade, and ferris wheels. In other words…a day at the fair. Swoon! Yves Saint Laurent Gold-Plated Starfish Ring. ‘Tis the epitome of nautical yumminess, mais oui?

Quoting: Sylvia Plath - “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”

Awaiting: American Apparel Large Metallic Leather Carry-All Pouch in Metallic Black. Je suis obsédé with American Apparel’s Carry-All Pouches – I want one in every size and color!

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 We ♥ It for the picture.


365 Beauty Guide: Pumped Up Pinks

Pumped Up Pinks

Searching for a subtle way to pink up your life? Take a peek at these pretty pink offerings that are sure to pump up your lacquer look!

Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Indian Pink
RGB Nail Polish in Pink
Deborah Lippmann in Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Deborah Lippmann in Pop Life
Deborah Lippmann in My Romance
butter LONDON '3 Free - Spring/Summer 2012 Collection’ Nail Lacquer in Disco Biscuit
butter LONDON '3 Free - Spring/Summer 2012 Collection’ Nail Lacquer in Trout Pout
OPI in Shorts Story
OPI in Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj Collection
Essie in Secret Stash
Essie in Pansy
Nicole by OPI in Ink A Dink Pink
dELiA*s Nail Polish in Bold Berry
China Glaze in Pink Voltage
Love & Beauty by Forever 21 Glow in the Dark Hot Pink Nail Polish in Neon Pink

Fashionably yours!


Play It Again, Sam

Papa Don't Preach - Madonna
Future This - The Big Pink
(Drop Dead) Beautiful - Britney Spears (feat. Sabi)
Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO
Young Folks - The Kooks
War in Heaven - The Raveonettes
Baby Says - The Kills
Gold on the Ceiling - The Black Keys
Up in Flames - She Wants Revenge
Car Song - Elastica

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

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.


Sunday Steals: Jimmy Choo Vamp Sandal for Less

Darlings, to the left you will spot Jimmy Choo’s ever-charming Vamp Sandal in Black Suede – the very same pair seen donned by Erin Wasson, Diane Kruger, Demi Moore, and Kyra Sedgwick; to the right plant your pretty peepers upon Nine West’s classy Krysten in Black Suede.

While Krysten sports a heel that is ever so slightly higher than that seen on the Vamp; for a mere $99.00, in comparison to the $750.00 required to spice up your shoe collection with Jimmy Choo, she is every bit as capable of making one feel like a cover girl – at a price fit for the frugalista!

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

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Nordstrom and Nine West for the pictures.


Hi, I Adore You...

Pink + Yellow Sunrise


sass & bide Secret Place Sunburst Print Dress in Ombre
Young Fabulous & Broke Sierra Pants in Yellow
RED Valentino Jute Platform Sandals in Coral
Diane von Furstenberg Lytton Small Minaudiere
CC Skye Natalie Bracelet in Neon Pink / Neon Yellow
Belle Noel Pave Star Ring in Gold
OPI Strawberry Margarita

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

Fashionably yours!


Star Light, Star Bright D'Haute Necklace Giveaway

Darlings, it was Marilyn Monroe who proclaimed “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle.” Now, one (1) fabulous fashionista will have the ability to twinkle via personality and sparkly accessory courtesy of the Star Necklace from the D'Haute Collection!

You guessed it, lovers! As I promised two weeks ago, Café Fashionista has teamed up with the decadent D’Haute to bring one (1) lucky lady the shimmering Star Necklace (Retail Value: $55.00) – the perfect accessory for the glamourai looking to add a touch of twinkling whimsy to her look du jour!

To Enter the Star Light, Star Bright D’Haute Necklace Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite D’Haute accessory is between now and Friday, March 2, 2012 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite D’Haute accessory is between now and Friday, March 2, 2012 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect, or Twitter @cafefashionista, and leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite D’Haute accessory is between now and Friday, March 2, 2012 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick two (2) names out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winners on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to Everyone - U.S., Canadian, and International Residents!

Thanks to D’Haute Collection for the picture.


Charge It, Please!

Night Rider


Ami Dans La Rue Everyday Sweater in Caviar
Paige Denim Verdugo Leggings in Black
Ivanka Trump Kamila in Dark Natural Leather
Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair in Black
House of Harlow 1960 14KT Horseshoe Stack Ring in Yellow Gold
Elizabeth and James Small Horseshoe Pendant Necklace in Gold
OPI Wocka Wocka! from The Muppets Holiday 2011 Collection

Over to you, lovers; what pretties have left you with the desire to shout "Charge it please!"?

Fashionably yours!


♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Perforated Knit Sweater in Magenta; Forever 21 Basic Skinny Jeans in Dark Denim; Forever 21 Rhinestone Glitter Bangle in Gold; Ivanka Trump Kamila in Dark Natural Leather.

Reading: Bewitching (The Kendra Chronicles) by Alex Flinn. If you love fairytales with a twist you will absolutely adore Flinn’s work. That is all.

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam from the Kardashian Kolors Holiday 2011 Collection. Lips: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Passion Fruit Pop. Eyes: Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Colossal in Glam Black.

Listening: Cupid’s Chokehold by Gym Class Heroes.

Adoring: Alexander Wang. Specifically, his bevy of beautiful bags. The Brenda Chain Bag for daytime excursions in the city. The Kirsten Clutch for late night adventures dripping with glamour and decadence. The Rocco Duffel for early morning shopping sprees capped off with brunch and manis. Oui, I’ll take them all! Lace, lace, and more lace a la Robert Rodriguez’s Lace Shift Dress and ALICE by Temperley’s Surya Lace Romper. Lace is, and forever will be, the epitome of femininity. Plus, it harbors a very gothic vibe that makes one feel like a perfectly-coiffed heroine from a Victorian novel, j'ai raison? Ankle-strap sandals that toss out a 70s flair, and look darling coupled with cutoff denim and crossbody bags. Mon courant aime? Marc by Marc Jacobs Crisscross Wedge Sandals, K. Jacques Bikini Ankle Wrap Sandals, and Rebecca Minkoff’s Beach Babe Strappy Sandals. Adorbs, mais oui?

Watching: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To this day I still long to be Hermione Granger!

Desiring: B Brian Atwood Pavani Suede Pumps in Natural. A color that works with everything; plus a pretty metallic accent on the heel that makes you sparkle with every step that you take? Yes. Please. Alice + Olivia Constance Striped Coat. Two parts Marlo Thomas as That Girl + one part Edie Sedgwick = I need immediately, s'il vous plait! Elizabeth and James Kenzie Glasses. Le parfait way to rock the geek chic look. J’adore!

Quoting: Kate Spade - “Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.”

Awaiting: The Hunger Games. The movie. Can it be March 23, 2012 already?

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 We ♥ It for the picture.


Happy, Happy Valentine's Day!

♥ Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers! ♥

May your day be full of stuffed teddies and stolen kisses!

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Teen Vogue for the picture.


Play It Again, Sam

Cupid's Chokehold - Gym Class Heroes
Lovesong - The Cure
Love Story - Taylor Swift
Such Great Heights - The Postal Service
Lovefool - The Cardigans
Kiss Kiss - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Boyfriend - Best Coast
Crush - Jennifer Paige
Bonnie & Clyde - Beyonce (feat. Jay-Z)

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

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.


Sunday Steals: Alexander McQueen Fuchsia Suede Ankle Boot on a Budget

Dolls, in the left corner you will find Alexander McQueen’s ultra-fabulous Fuchsia Suede Ankle Boot; in the right corner, prepare to swoon over Steven by Steve Madden’s mesmerizing Macki Bootie in Fuchsia Suede.

Though the Madden marvels sport a slightly lower shaft than that seen on the magnificent McQueen’s; for a mere $198.95, as opposed to the $1,075.00 needed to add a splash of the celebrity-adored McQueen to your shoe collection, they are every bit as capable as their couture cousin of commanding attention at the drop of a hat – without, luckily for you, leaving one penniless!

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

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Alexander McQueen and Nordstrom for the pictures.



Pop It: Case-Mate Pop! With Stand Review

Since investing in an iPhone, it has become a part of me. Literally. I am constantly using it to take pictures of everything from the current color I’m rocking on my nails, to my look du jour, and, not to be forgotten, my feline family. That said, sometimes getting a great angle when taking pictures can be a difficult task, as you’re using one hand to hold the camera/phone, and trying to pose with the other half of your body. It can result in a lot of necessary contortionist-type acts, as many of you already know. Thus, I was thrilled to learn about Case-Mate’s newest iPhone accessory…the Pop! With Stand Case.

I myself have been dying to try out the neon trend, but am scared to do so in large doses; so when I was offered my choice, I opted for a bright pink and yellow mix that brings to mind Body Glove wetsuits, and Saved By the Bell’s Kelly Kapowski (all things eighties/early nineties, to be sure). The color combination itself is super eye-catching, playful, and fun; being bright but not glaringly so. Colors aside, from the moment I received this case, I have been thrilled with it. The outside is a hard shell, while the interior of the case is soft and cushioned – a mix that is perfect for protection, without adding too much bulk or weight to your device. Of course, the thing that I am most obsessed about in regards to this case is the built-in kickstand.

This case is, without a doubt, one of the greatest inventions for iPhone users – especially if you use your iPhone for taking pictures often. Using the kickstand, you can position your iPhone to stand vertically or horizontally on a flat surface to take pictures (my friends and I used it recently when we wanted to take a picture of all of us at brunch, and it worked like magic); or, if you simply want to stand your phone up, as opposed to laying it down on tables and such, it’s a winner for that, as well. A built-in kickstand seems like such a small detail for an iPhone, but once you start using it, you won’t know how you ever survived without one!

♥ Gorgeous color combinations that allow you to try out different looks. I have a neon yellow/pink color combo; but I am dying to try out the White/Honeysuckle color combo (pictured above). ♥
♥ Built-in kickstand with hands-free viewing angles. ♥
♥ Co-molded glossy hard shell with soft grip and cushioned interior. ♥
♥ Impact resistant. ♥
♥ Access to all ports and functions. ♥

An essential for the girl on the go that will truly kick your iPhone experience up a notch!
5 / 5 Hearts

What do you think of the Case-Mate Pop! With Kickstand?

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Case-Mate for the picture.

*NOTE: This product was sent to me for review; however, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.*


Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Last Minute

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Last Minute

Less than one week remains until Valentine’s Day and you still haven’t snagged a prezzie for the bestie? Remain calm, dolls! Take a peek at these pretty offerings to find something unbeatable for your BFF this year!

Wildfox Brigitte Baggy Beach Jumper in Dirty White
J Brand 811 Skinny Ankle Pants in Pretty Pink
CLARISONIC Berry Mia Cleansing System
Kate Spade New York Latrice Pump in Red Satin
Kate Spade New York Bow Valley – Rosa Satchel in Ringwald Pink
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dexter Amy Round Bracelet Watch in Rose Gold
Matthew Williamson Neon Pointed Oval Sunglasses
THE NEW BLACK Floyd – Ombre Nail Shades 5-Piece Set
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Valentine’s Day Set
Anya Hindmarch Miami Heart-Studded Leather Cardholder

Don't Miss Cafe Fashionista's Previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guides:
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Under $25
Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Under $50
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Under $75
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Under $100

Fashionably yours!


Valentine's Day Style Guide: Lipstick-Colored Carryalls

Valentine's Day Style Guide: Lipstick-Colored Carryalls

On the hunt for a charming carryall that is equal parts festive and fabulous for your Valentine’s Day plans? Surprise, surprise, my loves! Your search is over – and not a second too soon! Scoop up one of these savvy styles that will set your holiday look du jour on fire. Figuratively speaking, of course.

Juicy Couture Madame Daydreamer Clutch in Red Animal Print
Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter Clutch in Red
Natasha Couture Rhinestone Clutch in Red / Pink
Rebecca Minkoff Neon Lizard Mini MAC Bag in Electric Pink
Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Flap Pouchette in Fuchsia
House of Harlow 1960 Val Clutch in Red
Forever 21 Leatherette Wristlet Clutch in Hot Pink
Anya Hindmarch Marano Glitter-Finish Box Clutch
Rebecca Minkoff Fling Clutch in Fuchsia

Don't Miss Cafe Fashionista's Previous Valentine’s Day Style Guides:
Valentine’s Day Style Guide: Flirty Frocks
Valentine's Day Style Guide: Tempting Toppers
Valentine's Day Style Guide: Sweet Feet

Fashionably yours!


365 Beauty Guide: Perfect Pastel Polishes

Perfect Pastel Polishes

Looking to add a pop of pastel to your life? Take a peek at these perfect polishes that are sure to do the trick!

Essie Mint Candy Apple
Illamasqua Load
OPI Do You Lilac It?
Essie Neo Whimsical
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow
In the Spot-Light Pink
I Think in Pink
Deborah LippmannI’m Not Innocent
China GlazeFor Audrey
China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint
Chanel Le Vernis – Coco Blue
Chanel Le Vernis - May
Nicole by OPI My Lifesaver from the Justin Bieber One Less Lonely Girl Collection

Fashionably yours!


Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Under $100

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Uner $100

Your besties mean the most to you, of that I am sure; thus, shower them with pretty little luxuries this Valentine’s Day that will keep them in good spirits for all of February 2012!

Sugarhill Boutique Lips Don’t Lie Dress
Juicy Couture Velour Robe
Jessica Simpson Evannan Platform Pump in Bermuda Pink
Case-Mate Colorblock Kayla Crossbody Phone Wallet
tuleste market Rosette Bracelet in Rose Gold
Juicy Couture Go Steady Velour Zip Around Wallet in Dragonfruit
Nixon The Time Teller Watch in Rubine
Marc by Marc Jacobs Stardust Headphones in Fuchsia
Narcisco Rodriguez For Her – Musc Intense Eau de Parfum
Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 66 Boulevard De Montparnasse

Don't Miss Cafe Fashionista's Previous Valentine’s Day Gift Guides:
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Under $25
Valentine's Day Gift Guide: Under $50
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: Under $75

Fashionably yours!


Sunday Steals: Christian Louboutin Straratata 140 Suede Sandals for Less

Mon doux, to the left you will find Christian Louboutin’s beyond-sultry Straratata 140 Suede Sandals – the very same ones seen on the feet of the ever-fabulous Jennifer Love Hewitt, Khloe Kardashian, Jenna Ushkowitz, and Kellie Pickler; now, if you’ll be so kind as to plant your pretty peepers to the right, you will spot Jessica Simpson’s ethereal Evangel in Bermuda Pink Kid Suede.

Though the Simpson stunners feature slightly different shades than the luscious Louboutin’s; for a mere $98.00, in comparison to the $995.00 needed to slip on the Straratata, they are le parfait way for the frugalista to try out the colorblock trend – at a price that will keep your handbag (and your shoe collection) happy!

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 Net-A-Porter and Jessica Simpson Collection for the pictures.


Valentine's Day Style Guide: Sweet Feet

Valentine's Day Style Guide: Sweet Feet

Feel the urge to step out in style this Valentine’s Day? Steal a glance at this collection of showstopping shoes – ideal for keeping your feet looking sweet all night long!

Brian Atwood Maniac Covered Platform Pump in Fuxia
B Brian Atwood Cassiane Metal Fringe Sandals in Light Pink
Elizabeth and James Sly Platform Sandals in Cayenne
Kate Spade New York Licorice Suede Pumps in Red
Loeffler Randall Willow Pointy Flats in Terracotta
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sling Back Glitter Flats in Rose Gold
Joan & David Orlina Pump in Bacca Rose Patent
Elie Tahari Blythe Flat in Red Patent
Vera Wang Lavender Label Lara Embossed Snake Ballet Flats in Paparazzi Pink
Boutique 9 Detective Suede High Heel Sandals in Red / Natural

Don't Miss Cafe Fashionista's Previous Valentine’s Day Style Guides:
Valentine’s Day Style Guide: Flirty Frocks
Valentine's Day Style Guide: Tempting Toppers

Fashionably yours!


Love Is In The Air - Stingray Cuff Giveaway From D'Haute!

Red Stingray Leather and Rhodium Sterling Silver CZ Studded 1" Cuff - Retail Price: $450

Established jewelry design company D' Haute is giving away this gorgeous red leather cuff for Valentine's Day. It is open WORLDWIDE! Here's how you can win, you must do all three steps to be entered:

Like D' Haute on Facebook.

LIKE the photo of the cuff and leave a comment there on how you would wear it, i.e. outfit, complementary jewelry and so on.

Follow D' Haute on Twitter.

A winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Feb. 13th, 2012. Deadline for entry will be on Feb 12th, 2012 at midnight (CST). More details about the cuff.

A person may only enter the contest once.

Stay tuned, my loves! Cafe Fashionista will be hosting a D'Haute Jewelry Giveaway in two weeks!

Thanks to D'Haute for the picture.


Style Secrets: First Date

“A man snatches the first kiss, pleads for the second, demands the third, takes the fourth, accepts the fifth – and endures all the rest.”
Helen Rowland

Darlings, there’s truly no need to be ashamed. There is no rule set in stone stating that you must be an adolescent prone to breakouts to feel the strains of a first date. Whether you’re a fourteen-year-old on your way to a movie with your cute Chem partner or a forty-year-old searching for Mr. Right, first dates are nothing short of a torturous, panic-induced experience spotted with moments of hair-pulling and nail biting. Thus the reason we must look our best.

Our wardrobe and style is like a second skin which provides some semblance of normalcy, comfort, and confidence during those fledgling moments when we’re plagued by nervousness, and worried that we’ll succumb to instances marred with even the slightest awkward turn of events. Knowing that we look good ultimately makes all of this slightly less painful than it would should we think we look anything short of fabulous. The moral of the story…wear what you love – as long as it corresponds well with what you will be doing.

I know how much you are eager to impress your cute boy du jour with your beguiling good looks and wardrobe, ladies; but such efforts fall flat if you’re uncomfortable. Yes, that slinky little black dress makes you look like a million bucks, but it’s a bit over-the-top for a simple lunch at the local diner. Remember, the key is to look ravishing without appearing as if you’ve tried too hard. Sure, you may have spent four hours carefully selecting your ensemble, but he doesn’t need to know that. You are effortless, you are enchanting, and you are the true ruler of this date!

Casual Chic

My personal dating preference at the beginning of any relationship is daytime outings. Not because the look is more casual at these times – please, I adore getting dressed up! – but for the sheer fact that there always seems to be less pressure when the sun is shining. It’s a wonderful time to simply get to know one another – over coffee, on a picnic...Of course, in terms of dress it is also a bit easier because you have the option of relying on your denim besties.

It’s All in the Jeans The term “date” does not mean cast your jeans aside and search for a flirty frock or short skirt. At the beginning stages, jeans are, quite possibly, the best option. They create a sleek silhouette, and are true confidence boosters in the sense that they cover up any imperfections you may imagine you have; while at the same time accentuating your curves in the most amazing of ways. Plus, and this is just an added bit of information for you curious kittens, boys adore tight jeans – it’s common knowledge. Don’t let that petite peek inside the male mind dictate what outfits your derrière, however – that, my loves, is up to you.

When selecting your denim du jour, go with the cut that looks best on your body. I adore the way I look in skinny jeans; thus, I immediately turn to styles by Rich & Skinny, J Brand, or James Jeans. But don’t think that skinnies are the only option available. If you prefer the style of a flared jean, look no further than 7 For All Mankind, Current / Elliott, or MiH Jeans. The main thing is that you find a pair that works not only for your peace of mind, but for your body, as well. And if they play up your physique; well, that’s just an added bonus – for you and the boy in question!

Hues and You Let’s not beat around the bush here dolls, aside from being the fairer sex, females are also much more aware of their surroundings; thus, we notice every color of the rainbow, whereas boys have a tendency to recognize four colors – black, red, gray, white, and, if you’re lucky, blue. The good thing is that these colors are quite common in our wardrobes, so it’s easy to peruse them when mingling with cute boys. Pull out that fitted black sweater that’s been collecting dust in the back of your closet, and toss on a magnetizing marvel from Theodora & Callum, such as the Sari Floral Scarf. The shades are extremely bold when used alongside one another; but they’re also quite pleasing to the eyes.

A tip…due to the fact that everyone looks slimmer in dark colors, I strongly recommend ensembles that stick to blacks, navy blues, and, my new personal favorite, charcoal; then using reds or other bright colors to accessorize. Think of the darker colors as a canvas, and your accessories as the brush to truly make yourself stand-out.

Head Over Heels I know how much you want to make an impact on your date; and to do so many instantly think that heels are the go-to in terms of shoes. They’re not. Heels are miracle workers when it comes to elongation; they also leave a false impression. Boys may adore the way ones hips swing to and fro when strutting in stilettos; but if you’re not comfortable, or feel unbalanced, that seductive gait will be lost amidst clumsy moments, and clomping. The true way to a boy’s heart is to simply be yourself. Don’t allow feeling short ruin the chance to have fun. It’s a known fact that boys adore petite girls just as much as the taller ladies, so let your tiny stature shine through.

Wear embellished ballerina flats like those proffered by Sam Edelman; don conversation starting boots like Minnetonka’s 3 Layer Fringe Boots; show off kitschy menswear oxford’s like Frye’s Delia Saddle Lace Up Oxfords; and, if you feel that you desperately need a little lift, opt for a Jean-Michel Cazabat Wedge Sandal – the ideal way to add a few inches to your height without the constant worries about wobbling that so often accompanies wearing stilettos.

“Women still remember the first kiss after men have forgotten the last.”
Remy de Gourmont

Take It from the Top One of my favorite things about seduction is that all it really takes is a hint of mysteriousness. Leave something to the imagination and boys will be falling at your feet. Thus, a hint of décolletage most certainly goes a long way; but don’t go overboard. Cover the tummy, and rely on just a brief bit of cleavage to speak volumes. Tuck your crew necks into the back of your bureaus and whip out those scoop- and v-necks – these types of tops have the best effect on boys and retain the power to lengthen the neck, and make you feel bold and brash – fearless even, you might say – all at once. I think of them as quick confidence boosters. I recommend going for fitted pieces that hug your curves in neutral tones – no male could forget the allure of Splendid’s Layers Long Sleeve Tee, or the bewitching charm of Majestic’s Inside Out Top.

The Flirty Skirt Don’t feel bullied into wearing jeans just because your date takes place during the daytime hours. The next best thing in my book is a skirt. If you feel confident to bare your legs, by all means, please do – but do it in a very coquettish manner. Pass on microminis and opt for a hemline just slightly above the knee – a cut like this will save you from those “oops” moments that so often accompany barely there bottoms.

While I admit my adoration of bandage skirts, I find that casual dates are more suited to a flippier number. Something a little more carefree and fun that looks fabulous even when paired with tights during the chillier afternoons. Pieces like BB Dakota’s Kaley Pleated Skirt, and Yigal Azrouel’s Milan Skirt are great options because they don’t restrict your movements, and they have a polished sophistication to them that can be dressed up or down depending on your mood.

The ‘Do Drop that scuncii! Don’t allow the fact that you’re wearing jeans make you forget that you’re on a date, not on your way to a pep rally. Boys are known for their adoration of long, loose hair. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that most of them are sporting crew cuts or similar styles, or maybe they simply like the idea of running their fingers through luxurious locks; either way, leave your hair free-flowing. There’s something very bohemian and feisty about a girl who wears her hair wild, so do so.

Two products I love…Frederic Fekkai’s All-Day Hair Plump and Citre Shine’s Shine Miracle Anti-Frizz Serum. Fekkai’s Hair Plump repairs damaged hair with bio-conditioners while giving you amazing volume; whereas Citre Shine treats split ends and adds a pretty polish to your strands. Used in conjunction with one another and you are destined to have the most enviable hair ever – perfect for your fast-approaching date!

Au Naturel Put away the theater makeup. We are not standing in the wings awaiting our big onstage debut; therefore, it is not necessary to whip out the tools to create smoky eyes or a ravishing come-hither pout. When it comes to daytime dates, less is more. A swipe of mark’s Make It Big Lash Plumping Mascara, and a bit of Maybelline’s LineStiletto Ultimate Precision Liquid Eyeliner for a hint of smoldering, feline sensuality are really the only things you need to make your peepers pop; though I like to dab a little Make Up For Ever Glitter on my eyelids in place of eyeshadow for that extra oomph – sunlight catches the shimmer in the most amazing of ways and really makes your eyes sparkle. For lips, go nude with a sheer gloss, like Victoria ’s Secret’s Beauty Rush Lip Gloss – long-lasting high shine, and the yummiest selection of flavors!

A Formal Affair

Dolls if it’s only your first date and already you’ve been invited on a formal outing, then a round of applause is most certainly in order – you’ve obviously done something right to make some cute boy completely smitten. He’s under your spell…use it to your advantage. You’ve already caught his eye, but you want to catch his ear, as well. Meaning? You don’t want to have to spend the entire evening worrying that the boy in question likes you because you’re wearing a barely there frock with a hemline up to here, and a neckline down to there. You want to know that he likes you for you; thus, look sophisticated, chic, classy, and ambrosial, but try to avoid anything too risqué.

The Little Black Dress Audrey Hepburn may have popularized the little black dress as Holly Golightly in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but my exposure to such accoutrement was via Victoria Beckham during her days as Posh Spice. It seemed she was never without a little black dress, something that made her look impeccable at all times. Therefore, when dressing for a formal affair, your first source should always be…the LBD.

Look for something long-lasting in a cut that will never go out of style; after all, the boy may not always be a part of your life, but a good LBD will, so choose a stunner! I find that Rebecca Taylor is the Fairy Godmother of little black dresses. She manages to craft dozens, all in various cuts and styles, making it simple to find one that suits you to a T. The Eyelash Bustier Dress, with a tiered skirt is my personal favorite for a very Old Hollywood style; while the sweetheart neckline and clean lines of the Ruched Strapless Dress create a very simple, understated silhouette. Remember, you can add accessories to put your own spin on the LBD, but you can’t remove ornamentation that is already there, so try to avoid dresses that feature embellishments, as they can often clutter the true effect of the little black dress.

Tempting Trousers There is nothing in the rule book stating that you must opt for an LBD when the term “formal” springs up. As long as you’re not attending a gala at the White House or on your way to a movie premiere, it is fine to stick with trousers for evenings out. In fact, if you’re not accustomed to wearing dresses or skirts, it is quite often a better idea, as you’ll feel more comfortable and confident. Besides, a tight pair of trousers can be just as tantalizing to the male senses as flashing a little leg. The main thing is to leave your jeans at home.

Black is the go-to color for eveningwear; hence, stick with it. Alice + Olivia’s Olivia Velvet Pants with Leather Trim, and Milly’s Satin Trimmed Bow Pants are both elegant ways to retain all semblance of classiness and comfort from the start of the evening to the very end.

“The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman.”
Henry Louis Mencken

Top Star If you’ve decided to wear pants, you may feel slightly frumpy – don’t. Maintain femininity with balance. Your legs are covered; therefore you can show a little skin via your top of choice. Let your skin peek through cut outs around your collarbone; slip into an off the shoulder top to make your date stop in his tracks. Basically, you’re letting your skin play peek-a-boo with the world – an extremely enticing move.

Parker is one of my favorite collections for the sheer fact that their pieces are all ultra-classy with seductive decorations to make you feel sexy. Their Vintage Beaded Batwing Tunic is my favorite selection at the moment – the ideal way to finish off a pair of slinky black pants. The boudoir ambiance of Alice + Olivia’s Ballerina Bodysuit is another sassy option; as is Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony’s Jean Jacket Bustier Top. Do not be intimidated by lingerie-inspired garments; they are extremely cosmopolitan and urbane, especially when complementing modest trousers.

Foot Loose Nothing complements a little black dress or painted-on skinny pants like a metallic shoe. While pumps are perfect for job interviews and the office, I find that a nice twist on a typical heel is a strappy sandal; something that shows off your pedicure and sparkles with every step you take.

Giuseppe Zanotti is a master of such looks. His Metal Counter Sandals and Peep Toe Platform Pumps are supreme examples of the perfect sky-high strappy sandal. But you certainly don’t have to teeter to taunt. I myself was once a flats girl; thus, I stuck to the metallic palette, but in a style that was more comfortable for me – ballerinas. Luckily, the selection of ballerinas nowadays is amazing, so it’s never difficult to find a showstopping pair. I favor Tory Burch’s Reva Ballet Flat. While slightly pricey, Reva comes in a multitude of colors – including a glittering goldtone - with the power to make you feel like Cinderella!

Mane Attraction Darlings, you could drape me in diamonds or parade me around in pearls all you’d like, but I’ll tell you right now there is no accessory like the hair on my very own head. Ivana Trump said it best, “Gorgeous hair is the best revenge”; therefore, let your locks reign superior in comparison to everyone else’s.

While I am never one to complain about follicles cascading down one’s back like a feathered waterfall, even I must admit that when I’m showing a bit of skin around the vicinity of my shoulders, collarbone, and upper back, I like to draw a bit more attention to those areas by pulling my hair up into a chic chignon, or loose knot. Keep it bohemian, if you can, by allowing stray hairs to fall carelessly about your face in a wispy fashion – this can easily be achieved by going easy on the hair products. No guy wants to attempt to run his hand through your hair only to find himself at a standstill due to the fact that you went a little wild with the styling gel or hairspray. Keep it natural, keep it soft, and keep it sassy!

About Face The night is young and love is most certainly in the air, so be dramatic – at least in terms of make-up. First and foremost people notice eyes, so ensure that yours stand out. Create an intense, smoldering eye by going completely smoky. Browns and grays are your best bet as they look wonderful with all skin tones, and make an impact without appearing too harsh. I favor Smashbox’s Eyelights Palette in Smokebox, and Dior’s 5-Colour Designer All-In-One Artistry Palette – Smoky Design myself – they both include an amazing array of shades capable of creating gorgeous depth and dimension.

If you’re completely clueless about where to start in terms of achieving the perfect smoky eye, however, I recommend Bare Escentuals Tutorials – Lesson 1: Smoky Eye, which provides step-by-step instructions that make it simple to get the look that you’re striving for.

With a smoky eye nothing looks more ravishing than a nude lip. Go for baby pinks and pale glosses – products that look natural even though they’re not. Fresh’s Sugar Lip Gloss in Sugar Charm and Sugar Angel, or NARS’ Belle du Jour and Blonde Venus are phenomenal – they blend in with the natural color of your lip while adding an extra dash of something special that is undeniably irresistible.

Necessities This isn’t an afternoon of shopping with your girlfriends, so obviously you don’t need a million things with you; but make sure you have the essentials: a tube of lip gloss or any extra make-up you may need for quick touch-ups; money; and your cell phone. You never know when you’ll have to call someone to rescue you from disaster, so don’t leave home without the cellie!

For Your Listening Pleasure Nothing says romance like listening to some good, old-fashioned love songs when getting ready for your big date. Sentimental lyrics have a way of pulling at my heartstrings and empowering me with a pinch of positivity for what lies ahead when I’m dressing; so…a handful of my adored first date anthems, just for you. Apprécier!

First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes
Toothpaste Kisses - The Maccabees
Unattainable - Little Joy
I Love You But You’re Green - Babyshambles
Naïve - The Kooks
Easy Girl - Coconut Records
Baby - Devendra Banhart
Fresh Feeling - The Eels
No Buses - Arctic Monkeys
To Be With You - Sufjan Stevens

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
Ingrid Bergman

Remember darlings, first impressions are lasting impressions, so combat your coyness and be unstoppable. Have a fabulous first date, mes chéris. Don’t forget to tell me all about it – I need details!

Fashionably yours!

Thanks to Teen Vogue for the pictures.
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