Tuesday, February 23, 2010

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and I wanted to bring light to this disease, that is often glamorized- especially in the fashion industry. If you or a loved one are dealing with an eating disorder, please seek help. There are great resources available to you.

Go to www.nationaleatingdisorders.org for more information.

Spotlight On: Lena Erziak Handbags

Anyone who knows me can tell you that if there is one thing I am willing to splurge on, it's a beautiful purse. Handbags are such an integral piece in a girl's wardrobe, because they are worn every day. A company that recently caught my eye was Lena Erziak Handbags. Designed by sisters Leona and Hasna Erziak, and handmade in Florence, the collection features unusual colors and luxurious materials. As you can see, these purses are perfect for a girl on the go- easily transitioning from day to night. I am in love with the vintage inspired shapes and stand out details like tassels and chains. Sold in the trendiest stores, and made from the most sumptuous materials, these purses are sure to be the next 'it' bags. Find out where to buy at www.lenaerziak.com.

Photos courtesy of lenaerziak.com

Monday, February 22, 2010

Flirty Under 30

Hello. My name is Ilyssa and I am on a budget. With the economic climate where it is, it's hard to purchase a $300 item without feeling a little guilty. Fear not fashionistas! There is no 12 step program required to put your wallet into recovery. Old Navy has some great options for spring fashion. All three items above are under 30 dollars (the necklace is under 13)! Amazing! Now you can rock the romper trend, relax in a maxi dress, or amp up an outfit with the layered chains necklace, all while being able to afford a nice dinner. How is that for cheap and chic?

Images via oldnavy.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Grey's Anatomy

We are all well aware that neutrals are a huge trend for this spring, and with so much spring clothes in stores, it's hard to resist dressing for 80 degree weather. Because I live in LA, I have the option of dressing for spring in February, but for those of you who are in colder climates, you can easily layer spring items with winter and fall favorites to stay warm. Number 1 is aMetallic popover sweater by Vince. It's lightweight fabric is semi sheer, and will carry you into the warmer months. Number 2 on my transitional spring favorite list is the Relaxing Tee by Madigan (from Anthropologie). This slouchy Tee is perfect for a lazy day, worn with raggedy jeans and a hobo bag, or can be polished with a blazer and a fitted skirt. Numero tres is the gorgeous Dresden Moto Jacket from Mike & Chris. The snake embossing gives this jacket an edge, and more spring ready than your all black or brown jackets. Jeggings are everywhere this spring, and the pair in number 4 are perfect for warmer months. The lighter grey color will brighten up your winter wardrobe now, and will fit perfectly with your neutrals and colors for spring. The cutoff shorts featured as number 5 are by Free People. The dark wash pair can be worn with tights now, and show off your legs as it gets hotter out. I love the studded details on the side! Lastly are the only non-clothing item on this list. The Daryl Zip Wedge Sandals by Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent are a great shade of grey, than would look great with nubby tights or socks now, as well as with floaty dresses in the coming months. The gold hardware really makes these a stand out pair.

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Images from Urban Outfitters.com , Shopbop.com, and Anthropologie.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

There Are Places In The World Where People Do Not Dream

I stumbled across this through Jordan Ferney's blog- Oh Happy Day! She showcased this amazing book, which really makes you remember what life is about. I often put my dreams aside, in order to be realistic, but this book shows us that dreams are meant to be big and grand, and everything you want them to be. Although it's written for children, I think it is a perfect read for adults who need a little inspiration. To read the book, just click here!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gone Too Soon

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R.I.P. Alexander Mcqueen

Friday, February 5, 2010

When Stars Align

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My current obsession? This breathtaking ring by Nicole Richie's line, House of Harlow 1960. It is a new take on her starburst ring with black leather. I adore how bold it is, and the amazing colors. This statement piece add a lot to a basic outfit. Alright- I need to go and clean up the drool that is on my keyboard.

image source: The Trend Boutique

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Formspring Me!

Hey guys! Thought I would let you know that I just started a Formspring account. You can ask me any question anonymously! I will answer all of them!

Tremendously Transitional

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Spring is right around the corner...well, sort of. It's close enough that we can look to spring trends and layer them with our cold weather pieces. This lightweight canvas moto jacket would be perfect worn with skinny jeans and boots now, and equally cute with shorts and sandals during the warmer months. The best part? This is not a piece you need to invest a lot into! Can you believe I found this on the American Eagle website for only $69.50? Now go out and get this tremendous transitional jacket.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The Look For Less

I am a girl who loves the look of handmade bracelets. Maybe it goes back to summers at camp, making friendship bracelets with my buddies! I just can't get enough of these. However, being seen on the wrists of many celebrity darlings has increased the price of this fashionable favorite. If you decide not to do it yourself, you should certainly check out the Express version of an embellished red string bracelet. With a $10.00 price tag, you can't beat it. In comparison to the $70.00 bracelet from Shopbop.com, I would say it is truly the same look for a whole lot less.