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!

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

Here are my favorite things of 2009. Most are items I have tested and approved (love). Check out my thoughts on each gift idea below.

  1. Blu Bijoux Mixed Media Cuff – Max & Chloe $19.00 : I love this cuff. I picked up one for myself and one for my BFF at the Max & Chloe Cyber Monday sale. I can’t wait for it to come in. It is made of denim, stone, and metal and is also available in gold.
  2. Urban Expressions Zeppelin Studded Clutch – BagHaus.com $45.00 : Studs are super hot this season and I love the high shine on these metal embellishments. A wristlet is a must for going out with friends when you don’t want to have a handful of clutch all night. Yes, please!
  3. Peppermint Bark Soap – Etsy.com $5.50 : How adorable is this Peppermint Bark Shea Butter soap by Etsy.com designer sherrisscentsandsoys. This would make for a great stocking stuffer for all of the ladies on your holiday shopping list. Thanks to @designsvanessa for this fab find!
  4. Angel Wing Necklace – Bijoule.com $20.00 : Love the idea of this stylish angel wing necklace for the holidays. This would look effortlessly chic with any outfit, especially when combined with other necklaces of varying lengths.
  5. Tazo Tea Tea Sampler Gift Box – Starbucks.com $19.95 : This is the perfect gift for the tea lover on your list, which would be me! I LOVE Tazo Tea – the Chai and Awake Tea are what I order most from Starbucks. The box is beautiful and I love the assortment. I have a cup a day as my mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
  6. Ornoir Earrings – Bijoule.com $15.00 : Another fab find from Bijoule.com. I want these so bad. I am addicted to black and gold and these would go with everything in my closet, dressy or casual.
  7. Flip Ultra Camcorder – Amazon.com $89.99 : I can’t believe I found a Flip Camcorder for under $100. My husbad doesn’t leave home without his! They are so fun and come complete with a flip-out usb drive for easily uploading videos to your computer. This is perfect for anyone that wants to share videos on their blog or youtube and would go great with gift number 16 on this list.
  8. Mermaid Wine Holder – Sundog Co. $56.00 : I got this for my good friend and then had to have one for myself too, haha. I call her my drunken mermaid and she holds a bottle of champagne at all times. My house has a beach theme (vases full of large white starfish, my beach painting above the couch) and my mermaid fits right in.
  9. Black Charging Valet – Target.com $27.99 : Picked this up for my husband and it is the perfect organizer for holding all of those electronics that need charging. The best part is that it hides all of your cords because there is a hidden power strip on the inside. Love it!
  10. 6 Chocolate Covered Holiday Berries – Shari's Berries $29.99 : Check out my review of Shari’s Berries… I’m addicted. Perfect last minute, or anytime gift. Their big, red, and juicy and the chocolate is so yummy. This gift will get the creativity award from your girlfriends.
  11. Golden Ocean Peacock Cuff – Etsy.com $38.00 – I have two cuffs already from Etsy designer DirtyStory and I love them both (seen here and here). I hope to add more to my collection over time. I prefer beautiful bold cuffs vs. noisy bangles that I end up taking off when I get to work.
  12. Goldfinger-less Gloves – ModCloth.com $29.99 : I love anything and everything from ModCloth.com and these fingerless gloves are no exception. Knit from a cozy yarn woven into a decorative pattern on top, these accessories work great solo over bare forearms, or layered with a long sleeve tee.
  13. Single Bottle Club – CellarsWineClub.com starting at $19.95 : This is perfect for the aunt, uncle, mom, dad, grandma, wife, girlfriend, bff or any wine lover on your list. It’s the gift that keeps giving throughout the year. Select from single or multiple bottles per month, in addition to the duration of the gift membership.
  14. Tassi Head Wrap – BeautyNeeds.com $13.95 : Check out my glowing, gushing review of my Tassi head wrap. I wear it daily and I hope Santa puts another one in my stocking this year (in white, hint hint) :) A fun gift for any of your girlfriends and comes in a wide array of colors.
  15. Electronic Catch Phrase – Target.com $26.99 : This gift is an instant party straight out of the box and is such a great gift for any guy or gal on your list. Prepare to get loud and rowdy straight away. There is also a music edition that is out of control fun!
  16. Western Digital HD Media Player for USB Storage Devices – BestBuy.com $99.99 : I got this gift for my husband’s birthday and he loves it! Plug your flash drive (movies, TV shows, pics, and music that you have downloaded from your computer) into the player and view the media on your TV. The Flip Camcorder, gift number 7, also hooks up to the media player’s USB drive and plays your videos on the big screen. So easy!
  17. Lucky Brand Snowflake Scarf – JBAndMe.com $69.00 : This scarf may be Merry Christmas from me to me, haha. The color and the eclectic style are so on trend right now. I’d love to wear this with wide leg jeans, a long tank, and a cropped jacket. LOVE!
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