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8.30.2013

PHILLIP LIM FOR TARGET

Phillip Lim is coming to Target.

 Yes, Target.

And he's bringing a plethora of ultra cool, ultra chic designs with him. Most of which I'm going to grab up as soon as they're available on September 15.

Including a men's trench coat, which looks so darn "I'm a grown up, and as I grown up, this is what I wear on bad weather days," that I can't stand it. Must have item indeed.

See what else I'm crushing on from the collection.









Landing in a Target near you and online September 15.


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8.28.2013

A.L.E.

It's time to get your leather wardrobes together, ladies. And you don't have to spend big bucks to look like a million bucks. Each vegan leather piece above is priced between $20 and $179 . . . and each is a standout on its own.

Me, I'm going for the dress and blue skater skirt, natch.

What leather items, faux or real, are you adding to your closet this fall?



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8.27.2013

MY POSHMARK ADDICTIONS {+ 5 TIPS FOR BUYING DESIGNER RESALE}

Miu Miu Patent Leather Heels, via

I've never been one to shop on eBay. The thought of hovering, stalking and following an item for longer than 1 day, and then to have someone outbid you in the blink of an eye causes me major anxiety.

M A J O R.

But as for designer resale goes, I must say, Poshmark is where it's at. And, quite honestly, where the future of retail is going.

At first I wasn't sure how to use the platform, and Lord knows I didn't need another app on my phone draining the battery life. So a few weeks ago I decided to devote some hours to scouring the site and checking out the merch.

There's good stuff there, folks. Especially shoes.

Oh, the SHOES!

I'm talking Miu Miu pumps for $150-200. Vintage YSL for less than $300. Jimmy Choo peep-toes for $150. And it's super easy to filter to find items based upon your size, brand and pricing specs.

Now, it might give some of you a little sticker shock to see those prices. But here's the thing: good shoes are always worth the splurge. If there's one thing I hate, it's buying cheap shoes that look good and hurt your feet after an hour's wear, which typically end up collecting dust in your closet. My mama (and daddy, for that matter) taught me to invest in things like good shoes and handbags. You'll have them forever, and nothing's better than a fab vintage piece that you can sell for good money or hand down to a family member later in life.

Enough with the preaching. Here are some of my "likes" found on the site:

These Miu Mius WILL. BE. MINE.

Gucci Carmino Red Plum Snakeskin Pumps, via

Prada Sandal, via

Prada Patent Pumps, via

Saint Laurent Tribtoo Platform, via

Jimmy Choo Exotic Skin Pump, via

Now, before you run off with credit card in hand ready to make a purchase, here are some things to consider when buying designer/luxury resale items from Poshmark.

1. Always, always, always authenticate: Most designers will have a system in which you can determine the authenticity of their pieces. Louis Vuitton uses date codes on their bags. Saint Laurent uses an authenticity code on the insides of their shoes. Do your due diligence to educate yourself on how each label/brand authenticates its merchandise. And ask the seller if they can provide the original box with barcode (if available), receipt and dust bag.

2. Never, never, never buy "inspired" pieces: this means, in a nutshell, bootleg. And who wants to spend upwards of $100 on a fake shoe or bag? Not me.

3.  Understand European Sizing: Poshmark DOES NOT accept returns, so be clear about what size shoe you wear prior to purchase. And know that European labels often run small. For instance, I wear between a 9.5 and 10, which converts to a 39.5 and a 40 in Europe. However, I often have to purchase a size up to get the right fit, meaning I order a 40.5 (if available) or 41 (eek!). So even if the listing shows conversion in your standard "American" size, it's not a bad idea to go up a half or whole size. And to really be on the safe side, visit a higher end shoe store and try on different labels to figure it out. {Also, check out this handy shoe conversion chart on Zappos.com to see where you fall on the scale!}

4. Ask for photos. LOTS of photos: You want to be sure you know what you're getting. Having a photo of just the front of the shoe is not good enough. Have the seller take pics of the places where wear and tear hit hardest: the heel, back of the shoe and the soles. This can make the difference in your buying decision.

5. Barter like a shrewd business woman: Some buyers will list their prices as firm, which means absolutely no wiggle room on the price. But if a listing is sitting out longer than expected (meaning no one has snatched it up since it first appeared on the site), then it might behoove you to negotiate. Example:  I recently negotiated a pair of Miu Miu pumps from $190 to $165...and she's paying for my shipping. SCORE! Plus, it SO much easier to be a hard-nosed negotiator via the Internet vs. in person.

So there you have it. If you haven't already downloaded the Poshmark app, you should seriously hop to it. And don't forget to check out my closet while you're there! Happy shopping!
#shopsmart


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8.26.2013

FLAT CHANCE

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While I go gaga over a great pair of heels, I practically live in flats. I keep a pair at my desk to kick around in at the office, and I always have a pair in my car to drive in (never drive in heels. ever.). My sister, on the other hand, owns like two pairs--total. It's always so interesting to me people who can only function in heels. 
 
I am not that girl.

Here are some cute options that are work appropriate and still cute enough to wear out on an early afternoon date. 

Enjoy!


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8.23.2013

SUMMER TO FALL: 5 TRANSITIONAL PIECES

Transitional Piece


Hurrying to switch out your summer wardrobe for fall favorites? Not so fast! Some of your best summer staples can easily incorporate into cooler weather mainstays. Here, a list of pieces you can rock into the next season!

1. Denim Vest: Yes, you threw it on with mini skirts, and maxi dresses . . . but it's still a great option for fall. Wear it with a LBD to dress down or as a layering piece paired with a heavier coat!

2. Black shorts: If you live in the south, then you're well aware of weather that doesn't always match the season. Black shorts are a lifesaver. Throw on over embellished tights and you'll stay cool (or warm) regardless of the temp.

3. Nautical Stripes: To throw on under your denim vest, of course!

4. A bold bag: color knows no season . . . and a smart-looking bag is a smart-looking bag. Year in and year out.

5. An LWD (little white dress): Forgive me purists, but I'm going to put the kibosh on no white after Labor Day rule. This color deserves year-round attention. It's crisp, clean and can make anyone look chick and put together.

What are your favorite transitional pieces? Leave a comment for me below!


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8.22.2013

HOW TO WEAR: CAMO {WORK vs. WEEKEND}

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I originally titled this post, "How to Wear: Camo {and not look like a complete idiot}." Because when it comes to camouflage as a fashion trend, it can sometimes go a bit too far. So instead of rocking a head-to-toe, full-on combat ensemble, let's ease into this look, shall we? Here, a break down of how to wear the camo trend to work and on the weekends!

Let's be clear: this is a pretty splurgy/indulgent post. And while I don't condone blowing your next paycheck to keep up with what's current in fashion today, I do think it's OK to drop a few $$ on one or two pieces that will last and can find its way into your wardrobe season in, season out.

For me, that splurge is a good denim vest and leather. . . anything! The vest above is from Rag & Bone. I'm the first to admit that when it comes to denim, I prefer quality over quantity, good stitching and sturdy hardware. Vests are great to throw over dresses and tees or layer under larger jackets, so they make a study staple for your closet. I also can't control myself when it comes to leather pants and skirts. The one above is vegan (PC fashion term for 'fake') and by 7 for All Mankind. They're super skiny, super glossy and the color is gorgeous (winning). Plus, leather finds its way onto the "it list" for major retailers every other fall/winter. So if you're not sure on whether or not to invest (vegan or real), I say go for it.

Are you planning to wear camo? The print or the color palette? Tell me how you plan to wear this look for fall/winter by leaving a comment below!


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8.21.2013

STYLE CHALLENGE WITH THE HOME DEPOT

 

I know it's been awhile since I last posted here, but things have been MIGHTY hectic 'round these parts. But I do thank you for coming to BOTO and posting your lovely comments!

One of the things that took up a bit of my time was a recent project I completed for The Home Depot. Their daily how-to blog, The Apron, featured my * Style Challenge post where The Mr. and I resurrected our horrid downstairs half bath.

To check out more photos and see what it looked like before (awful!), trot on over to The Apron! And be sure to leave a comment on what you thought of the final product!

*Style Challenge is a series of posts from guest contributors who aim to bring you fresh inspiration and ideas for your home and garden using Home Depot products as a starting point. I received a gift card, but The Home Depot provided no other compensation. The opinions and ideas expressed are my own.

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