Spring 2011 Wedding Style Vineyard - The Look For Less

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I made a new bud through my blog last week, I love it when that happens! My motocross lovin reader Stephanie contacted me because she needs a dress to wear to a wedding that will hopefully make her husband’s jaw drop! She rides dirtbikes, yes motorcycles in the dirt lol, and is often seen in motorcycle gear rather than pretty dresses. She’s also a mom to a 3 year old and has little time or money to spend on herself.

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Christmas Holiday Gift Ideas Under $100 - The Look For Less

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Here are a few of my favorite things, many of which I’ll be gifting to my friends and family. Some of these gifts have been featured on my site and were so well received that I thought they’d make perfect gifts.

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If you follow me on Twitter or YouTube, then you probably already know that I am spending Christmas up north with my husband’s parents this year. I’ve lived in Florida for many years, so as you can imagine, I have a lot of warm weather wear to stock up on. Item number one on my list of “how to survive a northern Christmas” is a super warm and cozy coat, which is why I am in love with the quilted and puffer jackets that are emerging as the trend of the season. The thick insulated layer is bound to keep you warmer than a simple lined coat, no matter what the materials. I’m not a big fan of the puffer jackets that make you look like a big ol box, so I chose styles that are either cropped or cinched at the waist to give the illusion of shape amongst all those layers. Be sure to check out the links below for all of the color options available.

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Did you all see Ashley Greene, star of the Twilight sagas, at the MTV VMAs? Oh, I did a double-take. She was so beautiful and best dressed of the night in my opinion.

I am seeing these full volume skirts popping up on celebs everywhere. They are perfect for night, but so fun and unexpected during the day when paired with a simple top. They are worn a bit high on the waist, a bit on the short side, and flare out from hips to hem. Draping and pleated add such beautiful interest to these voluminous party skirts. Such a fun trend!

What do you think of this trend? The pink mesh skirt (item 5 above) is my fav! Would you wear this look?

  1. High Waisted Mesh & Pleated Satin Bow Skirt – ASOS.com $30.33
  2. Modern Floral Metallic Skirt – CharlotteRusse.com $24.50
  3. Black Pleated Bow Ruffle Skirt – ModCloth.com $59.99
  4. Ruffle Layered A-Line Skirt in Black or Magenta – Alloy $29.90
  5. Mesh Trim Full Mini Skirt in Pink or Gray – ASOS.com $43.81

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Another trend emerging this fall is military inspired everything – apparel, footwear, and accessories. Even though this trend is all-neutrals, I wouldn’t suggest wearing the head-to-toe miliatary look unless you’re headed into combat.

A few ways to wear this look – try denim jeans paired with a military top or jacket and combat boots, a military skirt with gray tights, a black top, and metallic flats, or perhaps skinny cargos with a white tee and clogs. The jewelry is slightly tarnished, as though it’s had a lot of sun exposure, and the shoes are lace up and either drab in color or completely rugged. The Make Love (Not War) Id Tag necklace is so fun!!!

Also, in case you missed it, our Manicure Monday this week was perfect for this look – Essie’s new Sew Psyched from their Fall 2010 collection is so military chic. So what do you think of this trend?

  1. Vintage Style Military Stud Earrings – ASOS.com $10.11
  2. Military Pleated Jacket – ArdenB.com $69.00
  3. Make Love ID Charm Necklace – MaxAndChloe.com – $80.00
  4. Olive You Too Top – ModCloth.com $44.99
  5. Military Leather Waist Belt – ASOS.com $37.07
  6. Skinny Cargo Pants – ArdenB.com $49.00
  7. Ronnie Flats in Gold Satin – Nine West $27.97
  8. Military Camouflage Skirt – YOOX.com $85.00
  9. Steve Madden Harllem Lace-Up Combat Boots – Endless.com $99.95

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I am so loving this trend and I want one of everything above! I will definitely add a little faux fur to my wardrobe this season and all of the above options are under $100! I love that even though celebs can afford the real, they seem to be opting for the faux instead. In fact, Rachel Zoe rarely speaks of the real deal on her show and has several faux fur options in her affordable fashion line for QVC. I hope she sticks with the faux when she starts designing her higher priced collection.

So what do you think of this trend? I think the Peekaboo Crossbody faux fur handbag (option 1 above), available for pre-order at NineWest.com and as seen in the June/July edition of Vogue magazine, is my fav!!! It looks a lot more expensive than a “Fab Find Under $100″!

  1. Peekaboo Crossbody Faux Fur Handbag w/ Lock & Chain – NineWest.com $59.00
  2. Just Enough Puff Jacket w/ Faux Fur Detachable Collar – ModCloth.com $94.99
  3. Faux Fur Pull-Thru Scarf – Express.com $29.99
  4. Faux Fur Vests in Black or Brown – OldNavy.com $29.50
  5. Faux Fur Clutch w/ Turnlock – Urban Outfitters $38.00
  6. Black Lace Up Faux Fur Wedge Boots – AmiClubWear.com $44.99


Varsity High Platforms Saddle Bags Oversized Off Shoulder Tops Double Two Finger Rings
Pony Hair Clutch Long Skirts & Dresses Surplus Heritage Shoes Corduroy Skinny Pants

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The always forward-thinking Urban Outfitters has declared their picks for Fall 2010 trends. They have several options from each category, and the above are my favorites from each. In addition, some categories offer apparel, shoes, and accessories such as the pony hair and corduroy trends.

I decided to go with favs all under $100; however, if you have more or less in your budget than the items above, they have quite a variety of price points to choose from – see all Urban Outfitters 2010 Fall Trend Options.

PiperLime.com has so many boots for under $100 right now. Tall boots, short boots, booties and more! Above are my favorites, and most are available in several different colors. You have to check out their boots under $100 because there are so many to choose from. Get the look for less at PiperLime.com!

As you all know from my Zoe Effect, I love anything and everything Rachel Zoe delivers to my inbox in her Zoe Report (and her Zoe Project on Bravo, and her affordable fashion line on QVC, and… the list goes on).

Rachel recently posted a special edition of the Zoe Report, “The Not-So Basic Guide” to 20 wardrobe essentials. Some of her basics were affordable, some… not so much. Instead of picking up the essentials she suggested, I decided to select my own, using her guide as just that, a “guide”, and I did it all for under $100. Lucky us to get advice from “the” pro. I hope to add each piece to my wardrobe over time. I got a head start by picking up the black lace blouse last week and a biker jacket for my Zoe Effect.

  1. Dark Denim Skinny Jeans – ASOS.com $39.32
  2. Gold Menswear Inspired Watch – Amazon.com $38.00
  3. Abstract Printed Floral Scarf – AffordableScarves.com $14.49
  4. Black Sheer Detail Tee – ASOS.com $23.93
  5. Oversized Off-Shoulder Sweater – Victoria’s Secret $49.00
  6. Abstract Pleated Party Skirt – Forever 21 $19.80
  7. Black Wool Fedora Timeless Hat – Forever 21 $11.80
  8. Go-To Sunnies – Forever 21 $5.80
  9. Sorrelli Floral Cocktail Ring – MaxAndChloe.com $40.00
  10. Black Body Con Dress – ASOS.com $34.19
  11. OPI The Thrill of Brazil Red Nail Polish – Amazon.com $4.75
  12. Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket – Forever 21 $30.24
  13. Gold Standout Clutch – Baghaus.com $20.00
  14. Ruffled Military Denim Jacket – Charlotte Russe $36.99
  15. Statement Making Leopard Flats – AmiClubWear.com $16.99
  16. Dark Denim Trouser Jeans – Target.com $29.99
  17. Black Wide Leg Jersey Knit Pant – ASOS.com $34.19
  18. Black Lace Feminine Blouse – LuLus.com $40.00
  19. Open Toe Nude Platform Pumps – DSW.com $59.95
  20. Black or Brown Oversized Satchel – HandbagHeaven.com $59.95
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