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Faking It

Posted in Fall Trends with tags , , , on August 12, 2010 by BEA'sBrideGuide

Faking it isn’t usually considered a positive thing unless it comes to a tan or fur.  I gave up on the tan aspect a long time ago, too much work for temporary results.  Fur is something I continue to struggle with. Last year’s vegan faux fur vest from Pencey was a hit but so were the vintage rabbit fur vests I already owned.  Yesterday another bunny came hoping into my life.

June Rabbit Fur Jacket - $498 at Nordstrom

I shouldn’t love this jacket but I do.  In the past I’ve rationalized my wearing of fur by reminding myself that I didn’t single handedly kill the rabbits and they were gone long before I decided to purchase them. I recognize this thought process is more than slightly skewed especially when buying retail not vintage. I’m still struggling to find a faux replacement with a real feel. The current contenders:

Alice + Olivia Shawl Collar Faux Fur: $398

Very reminiscent of last season’s Pencey vest, the feel is more plush and less fur like. It’s still a winner though because it will fit right in with this season’s lady like looks.

Wink Leidy Faux Fur Coat: $288

The Leidy Coat looks great belted and has less polyester than other faux fur blends making it a bit more real-feeling for me.

Cynthia Steffe Ruffled Faux Fur Coat: $525

The Ruffled Faux Fur Coat is the closest thing in texture and color to the June Rabbit Jacket that set my heart a flutter.  The length makes me feel a little bit more pimp than fashionista but I think with time I could channel that feeling into more of a chic-vintage persona.

It’s difficult to think of spending $300 plus on an imitation but the lower priced faux-furs were lacking the plush feel and look of the real thing. I’ve never been one to balk at an investment piece so I think it’s time to start faking it full-time. The Easter Bunny will thank me.

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Birds of a Feather

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , on October 8, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

 

Jason Wu Spring 2010 Ready to Wear

Jason Wu Spring 2010 Ready to Wear

I’m admittedly obsessed with headbands. It probably has something to do with my love of accessories. I find it very difficult to leave the house without multiple necklaces, sequins, and embellished heels.  Headbands are just one more way to accessorize.  Luckily for me last fall feathered headbands were huge.  They were popping up everywhere from Bendels to Forever 21.  The look is dated at this point but it doesn’t mean you need to give up feathers just yet.

 

 

 

 

If you loved feathered headbands you’ll love:

 

Bebe Lace and Feather Mini: $119

Bebe Lace and Feather Mini: $119

 

Alice + Olive Francesca Feather Dress: $220 (on sale!)

Alice + Olive Francesca Feather Dress: $220 (on sale!)

Why are you taunting me People Style Watch?

Posted in Fashion with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by BEA'sBrideGuide

I love bows.  I recently took a personality quiz solely based off of shoe preference (perhaps you’ve read your October Elle) and I was a mix of romantic and edgy.  This results in many outfits that involve studs and bows. I should probably be concerned about multiple personalities.   Regardless, when I saw Plastic Island’s “Knit Bow” sweater in the October 2009 Style Watch I knew that I had a new staple for my fall wardrobe. Except you can’t find it ANYWHERE.  I am a relatively savvy googler so this is extremely frustrating. Determined to add a large bow sweater to my wardrobe here is what I’ve come up with…

 

Phoebe Couture: $330

Phoebe Couture: $330

 

 

 

Pencey: $325

Pencey: $325

 

Vintage: $320

Vintage: $320

 

 

 

 

McGinn: $195

McGinn: $195

 

Alice + Olivia: $154

Alice + Olivia: $154