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I have a confession to make… I am addicted to Rue La La and as far as I know, there is no known cure.

Best part of my weekend? Rue La La’s Sunday Night Styleathon Boutique. It opens at 8pm EST almost every Sunday night (as far back as I can remember!) and it features some of my favorite brands, although the brand selection and item choices are different every week.

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I’ve scored so many amazing items on, it’s ridiculous. My latest score was a pair of Born ankle booties…


They retail for $125, the cheapest I found them anywhere online for was $94.99 on

So when I saw these puppies on RueLala for only $59.90, (over 50% off!) you bet your sweet bottom I grabbed them so quick, my credit card didn’t know what hit it.

I was so excited when these arrived in the mail! They are so soft, supple, sumptuous and stylish. Now if some of this darn snow would go away so I could try them out, I’d be one happy, happy girl.

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I’m going to use the excuse that I bought these for myself for my birthday…. It’s next Sunday, so it counts, right?

Maxi Makes a Comeback for Spring

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I’m so glad that maxi skirts are here to stay for another season.  There is something so easy yet so chic about a maxi skirt.  Topped with a fitted T and a smart blazer, you can practically conquer the world in this kind of outfit.  And it goes everywhere, and looks appropriate in about 99% of the places you need to be at any given time.  Plus, if you haven’t been so diligent about your workouts this winter, a maxi skirt will hide a multitude of sins until you are back in bikini form.   I found two of my favorite maxi skirt looks while playing “If the internet were my closet” game:

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Isn’t the print stunning!  I love the 50s vibe with the high waist and the wide belt.  You could dress this down with a white T and a jean jacket and still look just as fresh and chic as paired with a silk blouse and patent pumps.

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I love the 70s boldness of this skirt.  It reminds me of an outfit that my mother used to wear.  (Too bad she was about 3 sizes smaller than me or I’d try to dig though old boxes and find it!)  This skirt too can be dressed up or down and can log a thousand fashion miles for you.

Cusp has a great selection of long skirts on their web site.  I love the bright boho prints of these two skirts.  They make me think of lazy days in a hammock under a palm tree!

Tolani Elephant Print Maxi Skirt $198 at

Free People Printed Voile Maxi $168 at


Whatever your personal style is, try incorporating a maxi skirt for Spring.  You might make a new best friend, or rekindle a love affair with a look that never lets you down!

$100 Gift Card Giveaway from Shopbop and the Shopbop Blog *CLOSED*

Who doesn’t love Shopbop? I know I haven’t met a lady who hasn’t loved their fabulous site with shopping opportunities unlike any other site! They have fabulous selection, including Gryphon jacketsEugenia Kim hats and so much more. Right now, I am drooling over the winter accessories sale because who doesn’t like snagging things at a bargain? And if you can’t get enough at Shopbop itself, there is always the Shopbop blog full of “shoptalk”.

So are you excited yet? Well, you should be. Shopbop has graciously offered one of our readers the opportunity to win $100 to their site! What did you say? That’s right, $100 to their site!

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I Want This Outfit…

I am in LOVE with everything about this look:

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The dress is perfect (both the one being worn AND the one being shown!)  The color is the most wonderful shade of rosy nude and likely compliments about a thousand different skin tones.  The moto jacket – what can I say.  Perfection.  Goes everywhere, goes with everything…goes the distance.   The booties…again…perfect (I’ve used that word too many times – let’s try awesome…)  If these booties can make a maxi dress/ball gown look this amazing, image what they will do for the rest of your wardrobe.  Even the accessories are fantastic in their simplicity.  It makes me want to go find a vintage black clutch to tuck saucily under my arm while I saunter off to the latest show at New York Fashion Week…Oh, right, back to my real life…

Even the hair, sunglasses and make up are uber cool – approachable, attainable and beautiful.

Giving credit where credit is due, here are the shopping details as reported by Refinery 29…

(Pictured) Annie Georgia Greenberg, Refinery29 Editor — Dress down a gown with a little leather jacket, wear-with-anything ankle boots, and a vintage clutch.

H&M Leather Jacket, $157.45, available at H&MYSL Pouch Shoulder Bag, $876, available at Bluefly;Miss Selfridge Gold Twist Chain Belt, $26, available at Miss SelfridgeAcne Marnay Washed-Georgette Dress, $390, available at Net-a-PorterKenneth Cole Reaction Ankle Boots, $89.99, available at Macy’s

Now back to my life as a housewife…albeit a Fashionable one…Happy Monday!

Must Have Outrageous Outfit

Call me crazy, but there is something about these sequin pants that is outrageously appealing.  Actually the whole outfit is calling my name.  I love the mix of sequins and chambray and cashmere – even the camel coat looks like it would go a thousand fashion miles.  (Camel coats usually do go a thousand miles, but this one is a long way from the one my mother wore into the ground…)

I’d love to recreate this look and take it for a spin.  I’m just wondering how many “she must be off her meds today” looks I’d get at the grocery store or in carpool line.  This is why I have to move to Paris.  People dress like this every day in the City of Lights.

Did I mention that the pants are on sale at Shopbop

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Shoes to Inspire a Transition to Spring

Here we are in the middle of the winter that isn’t, and all I can think about is my spring wardrobe.  I’m having visions of flowers and and bright prints and Missoni style zig zags.  I think I’m getting inspired by all the green things than keep popping up in my yard as we alternate sub freezing days with balmy ones with temps in the 50s.  Well, at least some things are consistent, like seasonal style transitions.  So if you want to get a jump start on your spring style, because it will officially be spring before we know it, here are some of my favorite shoes, available at

Steve Madden Kia Sandal $69.95 at DSW

I love the bright print on this platform sandal.  The red and beige colors would work with a lot of different neutrals, and would look really cute with a bright circle skirt.

Madden Girl Crafty Wedge $44.95 at DSW

I love the tropical theme of this shoe, which is just begging to be paired with a pair of white skinny jeans and a sheer black top.

Madden Girl Mellony Zig Zag $44.95 at DSW

These pumps remind me of Missoni without the designer price tag.  I’d wear these with a pair of cuffed boyfriend jeans and a grey T with an orange or navy cardigan.

All of these styles and more are available at, or head to your local DSW for a huge selection of trendy spring footwear.



Save $1,500 On Your Next Outfit

I love paying full retail price!  I want instant gratification, and if it means buying NOW rather than waiting for something to go on sale, I say go for it!  Just kidding.  I love saving money as much as the next person, but I also have a soft spot for beautiful designer duds.  I mean who doesn’t.  (Probably a lot of people, but I doubt they’re reading this blog…anyway…)  I was playing the internet is my closet game and came across the following pieces on Shop Style:

Giulietta Polka Dot Silk Crepe Tee $475 at Net-A-Porter

L'Agence perforated Leather Mini Skirt $575 at Barney's

Giuseppe Zanotti Double Platform Booties $795 at Barney's

Add that all up and you’ve got a $1,845 smashingly good-looking outfit.  So what if it’s a mortgage payment, it’s important to look good so you can feel good, right?  But wait…do my eyes deceive me:

StyleMint Rush Polka Dot Tee $29.99

Vegan Leather Skirt $148 at Free People

Michelle Suede Bootie $79.98 at ShoeMint

Almost the exact same outfit for A LOT less!  Like $1,587 LESS!  Now that’s what I call bargain shopping.  And the best part is, you can get the entire look on-line, so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your house on this cold and dreary winter day to get instant gratification!

You can also find great bargain shopping tips on The Budget Fashionista, or follow this link for tips on how to shop at trendy stores: