Thursday, September 30, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: Balmain Stretch Urban Studded Gladiators for Less

Kitty cats, to your left you will find Balmain’s blissful Stretch Urban Studded Gladitors – the very same ones seen styling the feet of Lindsay Lohan and Rihanna; to the right prepare to fall in lust with Type Z’s tantalizing Lorry.

While the luscious Lorry has an ever so slightly higher heel than the Balmain beauties; for a mere $100.00, as opposed to the $1,025.21 price tag of the Balmain’s, they are a nearly identical offering – for a fraction of the price!

What’s your stand…will you splurge, or save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to My Theresa and Zappos for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the In the Navy Giveaway for your chance to win a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Xhilaration Military Jacket in Green via Target; Forever 21 Cherish Crepe Chiffon Dress in Taupe; Pelle Moda Yaritza Platform Sandal in Cuoio; Susan Lucci Prim and Proper Round Stone and Simulated Pearl Cluster Ring in Goldtone.

Reading: Madame Pamplemousse and Her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher. Literally one of the most enchanting books I have ever laid hands on. I can’t say what is more charming…Kingfisher’s prose or the irrésistible illustrations by Sue Hellard. L'aimer!

Glamourizing: Nails: OPI Sanguine – 1/4th of the OPI Go Goth! Halloween 2010 Mini Collection. I basically need a full-size bottle of this shade - tout de suite! Utterly phenom! Lips: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Nude Lustre. Eyes: mark Twinklebelle in Gold – just as effective on one’s eyes as it is on one’s entire face and shoulders. Magnifique!

Listening: Cold Hearted by Paula Abdul. Old school Paula; oh, how j’adore you!

Adoring: Orly’s Cosmic FX Collection. Though I’ve only purchased Space Cadet and Lunar Eclipse myself, I can assure you that there is only one way to describe these luscious lacquers…out of this world. L'amour, l'amour, l'amour! The fast approach of my préféré holiday…Thanksgiving! In my dreams I shall be wearing BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Oversized Sweater Dress; and I’ll whip up the perfect Pumpkin Cheesecake in a Gingersnap Crust. As I said…in…my…dreams. Floral Knit Headbands a la Whitney Port’s Anthropologie pretty.

Watching: I Know What You Did Last Summer. Apparemment I am on some sort of 90s teen suspense/horror film kick; but in all seriousness, it’s Sarah Michelle Gellar pre-Buffy the Vampire Slayer fame…what’s not to love?

Desiring: Kenneth Cole New York ‘No Pain Grosgrain’ Satchel. In my mind this is the pièce de résistance of purses; the holy grail of handbags, if you will. I don’t believe I have ever desired any one item as much as I desire this chic carryall at this very moment - besoin, amour, convoiter…! The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season. Un petit voice within has convinced me that this show is destined to become my new obsession. James Jeans’ Twiggy 5 Pocket Legging Jeans – I mourir at the color! If only my size weren’t sold out…I would have made these beautés mine long ago!

Quoting: Coco Chanel - “The most courageous act is to think for yourself. Aloud.”

Awaiting: mark Glow Baby Glow Luxe Hook Up Lip Gloss in Sun Luxe and mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Spice and Sexy. The scorching summer heat was extrêmement unkind to my lip gloss collection, resulting in nearly every tube having to be thrown away; therefore, the replacement process has begun!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Gorgeous Glam for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the In the Navy Giveaway for your chance to win a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Giuseppe Zanotti E07031 Open Toe Bootie on a Budget

Darlings, in the left corner we have Giuseppe Zanotti’s extravagant E07031 Open Toe Bootie – the very same ones seen upon Tinsley Mortimer, Miley Cyrus, Whitney Port, Taylor Momsen, Cameron Diaz, and Mary-Kate Olsen; to the left feast your eyes upon the magnificent YESSIR by Promise.

While the YESSIR pretty is more military green than military gray a la the glamorous Giuseppe’s; for just $39.98, in comparison to the $875.00 price tag of the Zanotti marvels, they are every bit as capable of adding a splash of military chic to one’s look du jour, at a price that no frugal fashionista will be able to refuse!

Is today the day for you to please the big spender within; or will you play it cool and be thrifty?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Endless and Love My Shoes for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the In the Navy Giveaway for your chance to win a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Play It Again, Sam

Funny Little Frog - Belle and Sebastian
Back to Black - Amy Winehouse
Long Distance Call - Phoenix
Lights - Ellie Goulding
Your Visits Are Getting Shorter - Bloc Party
Bird Flu - M.I.A.
Song for No One - Miike Snow
Change your Mind - The Killers
Hollywood - Marina & the Diamonds
Diamonds from Sierra Leone (Remix) - Kanye West feat. Jay-Z

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the In the Navy Giveaway for your chance to win a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday Steals: Chloe Zipper and Buckle Boots on a Budget

Dolls, in the left corner we have Chloe’s ultra-covetable Zippier and Buckle Boots – the very same ones you have seen styling the tantalizing tootsies of Miley Cyrus, Mischa Barton, and The Hills’ own Stephanie Pratt; in the right corner we have Miranda by Yoki’s Strappy Buckle Booties.

While there’s no denying that the gold hardware decorating the marvelous Miranda by Yoki version creates a slightly different look than that seen upon the chic Chloe’s; for just $39.98, in comparison to the $1,175.00 required to call the magnificent Zipper and Buckle Boots your own, they are every bit as capable of bringing out your rebellious side – at a price fit for a frugalista!

Which role are you playing today, kitty cats…the frugal femme fatale or the sassy spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to The Fashion Row and Love My Shoes for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the In the Navy Giveaway for your chance to win a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

That's A Wrap!

Kitty cats, the power of the accessory is a magical thing. It can turn drab to fab; blasé to brilliant; mundane to magnificent – all in zero to sixty seconds. And when the accessory in question is that of a handmade silk scarf or shawl a la the majestic marvels found at Women Clothing Today, the mythical powers work twofold, for such an item not only contributes un dash of chic elegance to one’s look du jour; but has the capability of shrouding the wearer with the type of warmth synonymous with a hug from a cute boy.

As the queen of coquettish cosmopolitanism herself, one Miss Coco Chanel, once said, “It is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” The brains behind Women Clothing Today have taken these words to heart; handcrafting sophisticated styles – like the airy # 210166 and the brightly hued # 210161 – to keep one looking every bit the fashionable femme fatale; whilst retaining sleek savoir-faire.

Loop # 210167 through the handles of a beloved black satchel for a splash of color; toss # 210159 over your luxurious little black dress to allow your playful personality to shine through; or simply stop by the Silk Scarves Blog for a handful of other styling tips that will transform your closet.

Darlings, no matter how you wear it, a scarf is ready, willing, and able to wow your wardrobe. The question is, what scarf would you like to take home? Better yet, how will you be styling it once it arrives on your front porch?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Women Clothing Today for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the In the Navy Giveaway for your chance to win a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy from Mimi Boutique.

Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Eye Candy Giveaway Winner

My loves, your wardrobe may have just gotten a makeover courtesy of the change from the sultry summer to fabulous fall season; but there is something you forgot to update…your makeup routine. Nevertheless, one (1) of you glamorous gals will have the chance to do precisely that thanks to un peu thing called LASHEM. Congratulations to…

…Elle of ElleSees! Darling, your lashes are destined to be looking lovelier than ever now that you’re armed with this clever little cosmétique!

Please e-mail me at cafefashionista@yahoo.com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Thank you to the winner, and to everyone who entered Café Fashionista’s giveaway!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.

Friday, September 24, 2010

In the Navy Giveaway

Darlings, your handbag collection may be brimming with noir satchels, laden with shimmering metallic clutches, even harboring a few charming yet oh-so conniving ravishing rouge pieces ideal for those instances when you feel the need for a splash of poppy color, or merely desire a lady in red moment. The shade of handbag that far too few of us own, however, is navy blue; the color synonymous with midnight. Thanks to the marvel that is Mimi Boutique, that is precisely what one (1) of you coquettish temptresses will be taking home.

Café Fashionista has teamed up with Mimi Boutique to bring one (1) lucky lovely a Hermes Birkin-inspired Diana Satchel in Navy. Shrouded in faux patent croc leather, the Diana Satchel is a glamorous way to add a splash of sophistication to your look du jour - in addition to pleasing your ever-burgeoning arsenal of accessories!

To Enter the In the Navy Giveaway:

Visit Mimi Boutique.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating what Mimi Boutique item is your favorite between now and Friday, October 8, 2010 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating what Mimi Boutique item is your favorite between now and Friday, October 8, 2010 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect/Twitter, and leave a comment on this post stating what Mimi Boutique item is your favorite between now and Friday, October 8, 2010 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Mimi Boutique for the picture.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: Gucci 'Kills Platform Bootie' on a Budget

Lovers, in the left corner we have Gucci’s glamour-laden Kills Platform Bootie; to the right take a peek at Colin Stuart’s saucy Stretch Bootie.

Though Stuart’s stunners are crafted out of polyurethane, as opposed to the stretch leather construction of the killer Kills Platform Bootie; for a mere $69.00, in comparison to the $990.00 required to call the gorgeous Gucci’s your very own, they are every bit as fierce, unforgettable, and fabulous as their couture counterpart – at a price that is not only haute for the budget fashionista, but humble, as well.

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Gucci, or be thrifty and spring for Colin Stuart?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Bergdorf Goodman and Victoria’s Secret for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Fab V-Neck Sweater in Black; Mossimo Supply Co. Black Leggings via Target; Forever 21 Stunning Mid-Calf Boots in Black (these have an incredible Isabel Marant feel to them – I almost want to buy a second pair!); Alloy Veronique Pendant Necklace (for the record, this is even more magnifique than I expected. Not too long, not too short – pure perfection! If you’re looking for a new accessory, scoop this up immediately; cross my heart you will amour!); and a Chain Trim Faux Tiger Eye Ring from Forever 21.

Reading: The Debutante Divorcee by Plum Sykes. How anyone can possibly resist Plum is a mystère to me; I adore her – and this book!

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI Gossip Girl Collection Nicole…Spotted layered over Nicole by OPI Gossip Girl Collection Too Rich For You a la Scrangie’s recommendation. I die at the intergalactic/outer space vibe the combination!) Lips: mark Shimmer Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint. Eyes: Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum’ Express. I literally swear by this mascara – it is phenom; though I’d love to give Volum’ Express the Falsies a whirl très, très soon.

Listening: One Week of Danger by The Virgins. At least one time per month I develop un petit obsession with this song and play it on loop – the time, obviously, is now, my loves!

Adoring: Carine Roitfeld’s Twitter Feed. Glamorous and full of words of wisdom – really now, what more could you possibly ask for? Salted Caramel Mochas. Sweet and salty is the best combination; thus the reason I dip my fries in my chocolate milkshake at In-N-Out! Daisy Lowe. Gah! Pretty please with cherries on top can I be her? And have her hair. And, perhaps, a slice of her wardrobe. Specifically, the Louis Vuitton Bowtie Platform Heels. Fabuleux!

Watching: Cruel Intentions. Given the fact that I have only just recently completed Choderlos de Laclos’ Les Liaisons Dangereuses - of which this film is said to be loosely based upon – I felt that I had to see it. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe…I think this may be my new guilty pleasure – in my world, it ranks right up there with Chocolate Covered Gummy Bears.

Desiring: Sigerson Morrison Long Cuff Suede Over the Knee Boots. Please bear with me, darlings; I’m in the throes of a Carrie Bradshaw-inspired “Hello, lover!” moment. Never before, in the entirety of my life, have I thought that I needed a pair of red shoes; until now. I am unsure of how much longer I will survive without these gems in my wardrobe! Nubar’s Chocolate Truffles Collection. The shades may be from 2009; but ohmigosh there is truly no more perfect arsenal of hues for fall. Cherry Cordial, Chocolate Caramel, Raspberry Truffle, Milk Chocolate Crème, and Chocolate Coffee Bean…gorgeous and delicious – plus, no calories to worry about. Le besoin, le besoin, le besoin - tout de suite! Gossip Girl: The Complete Third Season - Gossip Girl on DVD is nothing short of a necessity in every glamorous gal’s life – period.

Quoting: Roy R. Gilson - “It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.”

Awaiting: Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life by Dylan Lauren. I just pre-ordered my copy; October 5 cannot come soon enough! Candy. Fashion. New York City. It’s a combination that sugar-filled dreams are made of. Pinch me, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Giuseppe Zanotti E00334 Sandal for a Steal

Kitty cats, on the left you will find Giuseppe Zanotti’s enchanting E00334 Sandal; to the right allow your pretty peepers to take in the glamorous sight of DV by Dolce Vita’s Cleo Sandal.

Though there is no question that the silver studding found upon the elegant E00334 is ever so slightly more pronounced than the blend of pewter and goldtone studding found upon the charming Cleo; for just $94.95, as opposed to the $875.00 needed to add the Zanotti beauties to your ever-burgeoning shoe collection, they are just as capable of making your many admirers stop dead in their tracks – and allow the budget babe to pick up a pair in all three colors (black, brown, and natural).

Which role have you decided to undertake on this terrific Tuesday, kittens? Tightwad or spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Endless for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Play It Again, Sam

Fashion - Lady Gaga
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
Shoes - Tiga
Not Getting There - Blonde Redhead
Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson Cover) – Alien Ant Farm
Castles In the Snow - Twin Shadow
You Gave Your Love to Me Softly - Weezer
Lovesick Teenagers - Bear In Heaven
What You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani
Running with the Wolves - Cloud Cult

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Clarabelle for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Steals: Stella McCartney Falabella Small Chain-Trimmed Bag on a Budget

Dolls, to the left feast your eyes upon Stella McCartney’s fabulous Falabella Small Chain-Trimmed Bag – the very same one seen upon the arm of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Kate Walsh, Diane Kruger, and Ms. Stella McCartney herself; to the right take a gander at Spiegel’s saucy Foldover Bag with Chains.

While the Spiegel stunner harbors a snap closure, as opposed to the magnetic opening of the magnificent McCartney; for a mere $49.00, in comparison to the $995.00 price tag of the McCartney marvel, it is the perfect compromise for the frugal fashionista. And, given the fact that McCartney’s line is cruelty-free, both are constructed out of faux-leather; therefore, by snatching up the less costly of the two, you aren’t forsaking quality – rather, you are simply holding fast to an extra $946.00!

Which role have you decided to undertake on this sultry Sunday, kittens? Tightwad or spendthrift?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Net-A-Porter and Spiegel for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Smitten Saturday

Sugar & Spice…because even the sweetest of the sweet knows that there are times when a splash of sass is precisely what the doctor – er…retail therapist – ordered; and there is no better way to add just that to one’s wardrobe – in an affordable fashion, of course! – than via an ambrosial over-the-knee sock from Sweet Marcel. Bright colors mingle with feminine patterns; saucy backseams find themselves splayed upon pastel hues; and Parisian architecture is recreated in the form of charming cozy knits gracing one’s tootsies! Allow Sophia to peek out of your Regent Savoy Quilted Glossy Boots from Hunter Boots; layer Joelle or Julia over your black SPANX Tight End Tights for a bit of extra dimension; or rock the demure Victoria with your Graham & Spencer Winter Silk Blouse for a Marie Antoinette-approved look. How will you wear your girls, my loves?

The Little Black Dress, The Little Black Dress, or…The Little Black Dress…because a feisty femme fatale such as yourself knows that a closet sans little black dress is no closet at all; luckily there is 22 Ways to Say Black to reinvigorate one’s barren wardrobe. Taking place on September 20th at Philips de Pury in New York City; 22 Ways to Say Black is a glamorous charity auction featuring a total of twenty-two custom little black dresses crafted by everyone from Diane von Furstenberg to Fendi and Armani. Each piece is encrusted with shimmering Swarovski Elements; but the truly best feature is the fact that 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and France’s La Ligue Nationale Contre Le Cancer. As you already know, kitty cats; charity never goes out of style!

Once You Pop…because the glamourai that you and I both know you are is aware of the peu fact that indulging in sweets is a heavenly experience synonymous with coming into possession of front-row seats to Marc by Marc Jacobs; thus the reason that your selection of desserts must be equally as divine as you yourself – enter…Browniepops. Part lollipop, part brownie…Browniepops are a hoity-toity conglomerate of moist, chocolatey goodness packed onto a stick sucker-style; an aesthetic that is equal parts scrummy and perfect for keeping your pretty paws clean (so no worries about finding sticky fingerprints on your new Madewell Woodcut Print Blouse!). Tell me lovers, which flavor are you eager to savor…cream cheese swirl, caramel, toffee, or perhaps a seasonal hors-d'oeuvre to welcome in fall 2010?

Dressed to Kill…because the fashionable femme fatale that is vous knows that a pretty party dress or sassy special occasion frock is not a maybe, not a might, but an absolute must for one’s wondrous wardrobe; and there is no more splendrous location to pick one up than David’s Bridal. Ball gowns for the debutante; leg-baring hemlines for the coquettish flirt; leopard print for the wild child. As Coco Chanel once said, “Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress.” The question is…which dress will you be donning, darlings?

Smell the Season…because a Pumpkin Spice Latte may bring the taste of fall to the interior of your toned tummy; but sometimes it’s the scent of autumn that you crave – and Crater Lake Company’s Warm Pumpkin Bread Body Scrub is just the thing to give it to you. Made up of a blend of pumpkin flakes, pumpkin oil, pure cane sugar, shea butter, and other yummy ingredients; the Warm Pumpkin Bread Body Scrub will keep the smell of autumn lingering around you from morning to night. But be warned dolls; you may be plagued with the urge to indulge in pumpkin-based desserts while wearing!

What were you smitten with this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Dancing Branflakes for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Forward March! Giveaway for your chance to win a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag in the color of your choice from ClothesOutSale.

Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Covetable at the Cove Giveaway Winner

Lovers, there is absolutely nothing wrong with spoiling oneself from time to time. After all, the money spent on that Layers of Fall Bib Necklace by Wendy Mink or Extasia’s Winter Pale Charm Bracelet is well worth it when you calculate the way they make you feel when worn. Now, courtesy of Cambria Cove, one of you saucy shoppers will be spoiling yourself with a $250.00 shopping spree to the charming shop brimming with tantalizing treasures. Congratulations to…

…Ina of My Vogue! I hope that you’re ready for the shopping excursion of a lifetime, darling!

Please e-mail me at cafefashionista@yahoo.com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Thank you to the winner, and to everyone who entered Café Fashionista’s giveaway!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Forward March! Giveaway

Mes amours, you may be armed with a très chic camo military jacket; in possession of combat-inspired booties ideal for strutting your sassy stuff up and down the sidewalks; and clad in skinny military pants that make your legs go on for miles. Now the only thing you need to truly forward march into the fall season is a charming carryall that stays in tune with 2010’s military-themed style; which is precisely what one (1) of you glamazons will be taking home courtesy of ClothesOutSale.

Oui, oui, darlings! Café Fashionista has teamed up with ClothesOutSale to bring one (1) of you beautiful bunnies a Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag – an absolute necessity for toting your everyday essentials from here to there in style!

To Enter the Forward March! Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating which Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag color is your favorite (Black, Olive Drab, Woodland Classic, or Stonewashed Olive Drab) between now and Friday, October 1, 2010 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating which Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag color is your favorite (Black, Olive Drab, Woodland Classic, or Stonewashed Olive Drab) between now and Friday, October 1, 2010 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect/Twitter, and leave a comment on this post stating which Rothco Heavyweight Classic Messenger Bag color is your favorite (Black, Olive Drab, Woodland Classic, or Stonewashed Olive Drab) between now and Friday, October 1, 2010 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, October 2, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents! Winner will be able to choose the bag color of their choice.


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to ClothesOutSale for the picture.

Always A Bridesmaid; But I Want to Be A Bride!

Mon chers, perhaps it can be attributed, if ever so slightly, to the bombardment of television programs such as My Fair Wedding or the highly-addictive Bridezillas; but there is something quite thrilling about weddings. The planning, the romance; but, above all else, the dress. In the words of Douglas William Jerrold, “After all there is something about a wedding-gown prettier than in any other gown in the world.” Admit it, kitty cats; truer words have never been spoken – especially if the wedding dresses in question are the ones crafted by Priscilla of Boston.

The covetable creations of Parsons School of Design Graduate Tracy Uomoleale; the Priscilla of Boston Collection juxtaposes between classique aesthetics a la Style 4602 and 4613, and edgier, avant-garde looks such as the petal-adorned Style 4416. Though one thing that each and every design retains is the ability to make the wearer feel like a glamorous goddess on her big day.

Darlings, despite the fact that I am nowhere near ready to say “I do,” or scoop one of these blissful beauties up for my own using – one would need a très, très cute boy in her life (and perhaps a jaw-dropping diamond from Tiffany’s on her finger) for that to occur; I cannot help but to find myself salivating over the shimmering, floor-sweeping lovely that is Style 4508 or the bow-adorned Style 4606. Merely gazing upon these majestic marvels is enough to make one wish that her big day was fast approaching, mais non?

You know which gowns have grabbed my attention; now tell me which one you’d love to walk down the aisle in. Don’t be shy, darlings; I know that one or two has had to have caught your eye – now dish!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Priscilla of Boston for the picture.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: French Connection Fast Bonny Cotton Dress on a Budget

My loves, to the left you will find French Connection’s stunning Fast Bonny Cotton Dress – the very same one seen hugging the svelte frames of Eva Amurri and Kayla Ewell; on the right take a peek at Charlotte Russe’s sassy Single Shoulder Satin Dress.

Though the charming Charlotte Russe piece is constructed out of satin, as opposed to the cozy cotton making up the fabulous French Connection; for $36.50, in comparison to the $172.00 price tag of the French Connection pretty, it is every bit as capable of adding a splash of Old Hollywood Glamour to your wardrobe – at a price that is far more pleasing to one’s bank account!

Will French Connection tempt you into being a big spender, or will Charlotte Russe inspire you to save?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Zappos and Charlotte Russe for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Don't forget to enter the Covetable at the Cove Giveaway for your chance to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree to Cambria Cove.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Heritage 1981 Cable Knit Cardigan in Cream; Forever 21 Fab Ribbed Knit Tank in Coral; Dark wash denim shorts from Forever 21; Pelle Moda Yaritza Platform Sandals in Cuoio; Forever 21 Mixed Bangle Set in Gold; Owl Ring from Forever 21; House of Harlow 1960 Key Cocktail Ring (if you hadn’t already noticed; I wear this ring quite often).

Reading: TASCHEN’s New York - a volume that brings a mix of sophistication, glamour, and whimsy straight to your coffee table. I feel as if I have been sucked into the classique vortex that is the Big Apple whenever I so much as open its pages!

Glamourizing: Nails: Forever 21 Love and Beauty Pink Petals Nail Polish – this is honestly THE perfect Barbie pink – as Aqua said…“I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world…”! (This shade appears to have been discontinued; but China Glaze's Something Sweet, Forever 21's Love & Beauty in Bubble Gum, or Nubar's Hotel Baby Pink will give you a similar look). Lips: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Lip Gloss in Slice of Heaven. Eyes: mark I-Mark Custom Pick Eye Shadow in Biscotti.

Listening: Round & Round by Selena Gomez & The Scene. I could attribute my love of this song to the fact that it plays every single time I’m strolling through the aisles of Target; but I think it is more appropriate to simply admit the truth…it is incredibly catchy and addicting, therefore j’adore.

Adoring: American Apparel’s Shawl Cardigan. Since this arrived two weeks ago - courtesy of American Apparel - I have taken to wearing it nonstop despite the 90+-degree heat – it makes me feel like a cross between Patrick Dennis’ Auntie Mame and a devastating French woman who flits through her Parisian apartment and brunches on flaky croissants. ♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥ - oui, this very series; I have far too much fun putting it together each week! Sofia Coppola movie marathons – she is a genius, plain and simple.

Watching: Eloise at Christmastime. Let’s put it in simpler terms, shall we, mes amours? Kay Thompson’s beloved if not a bit precocious Eloise + New York City – specifically, The Plaza Hotel - at Christmastime + un petit romance between the fiery six-year-old and a born prince = perfection personified. Do watch it tout de suite if you have yet to, my loves!

Desiring: Deborah Lippmann’s All That Jazz Color Trio. Glitter! Need. Want. Love. The. End. Dracu-family Marzipan Figures. I honestly don’t even know what marzipan is; nevertheless, it’s Dean & DeLuca so you know they’ll be amazing. Plus…cuteness! Rebecca Taylor’s Femme Military Cardigan – I would gladly live in this cozy knit should it somehow find its way into my possession; it is like something out of a dream!

Quoting: Charla Lawhon - “It may sound odd, but I tend to identify the events in my life by the shoes I wore at the time.”

Awaiting: Alloy’s Veronique Pendant Necklace. This accessory alone will be responsible for dressing up all of my basic tees come fall - amour to the tenth power!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Don't forget to enter the Covetable at the Cove Giveaway for your chance to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree to Cambria Cove.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Balmain Studded Ankle Boot on a Budget

My loves, to the left we have Balmain’s saucy Studded Ankle Boot, the very same ones seen gracing the fabulous feet of one Ms. Rihanna; to the right feast your eyes upon ZiGiny’s glamorous JEMMA Ankle Boot.

While there is no doubt that JEMMA is slightly paler in hue, and lacks the black laces of the Balmain beauties; for just $179.95, as opposed to the $1,595.00 asking price of their haute couture counterpart, they allow the budget fashionista to indulge in a little runway style at a price that is far more friendly to one’s overused AmEx!

Are you having a tightwad moment darlings, or are you plagued with a craving to splurge?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Barneys and Endless for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Don't forget to enter the Covetable at the Cove Giveaway for your chance to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree to Cambria Cove.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Play It Again, Sam

3 - Britney Spears
Time to Pretend - MGMT
It’s Not You It’s Me - Coconut Records
One - Sky Ferreira
Midnight Lover - Kisses
You Know I’m No Good - Amy Winehouse
Turn the Dirt Over - Sea Wolf
We Used to Wait - Arcade Fire
Howlin’ For You - The Black Keys
Always Where I Need to Be - The Kooks

What song has left you with the urge to say Play It Again, Sam this week, my loves?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Candyfloss Curls, Cupcakes and Couture for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

Don't forget to enter the Covetable at the Cove Giveaway for your chance to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree to Cambria Cove.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sunday Steals: Fendi Leather Spy Bag on a Budget

Kitty cats, on the left we have Fendi’s luxurious Leather Spy Bag, an accessory that has literally overtaken the celebrity world, having been seen upon the arms of everyone from Jessica Simpson to Hilary Duff, Gwen Stefani to Ashlee Simpson, Kim Kardashian to Ashley Tisdale, and countless others; on the right we have Handbag Heaven’s Classic Secret Agent Bag.

Though the Handbag Heaven pretty is constructed out of faux leather, as opposed to real; for just $42.46, in comparison to the $2,250.00 required to take the Fendi home, it is every bit as capable of bringing the frugal fashionista a splash of star style on a budget. Plus, it’s available in six colors (black, red, mustard yellow, pewter, cream, and blue) – so you can style yourself with a different one nearly every single day of the week!

Your turn loves…will you be thrifty or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Handbag Heaven for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Eye Candy Giveaway for your chance to win a tube of LASHEM lash growth serum from LASHEM.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Nothing But Pennies In My Pocket

Darlings, if you know anything at all about me, you are aware of the fact that leaving the house with nothing but pennies in my pocket would be a mortal sin in my book. After all, what is a girl to do without a half-dozen lip glosses to keep her credit cards and other essentials company while on the go? Nevertheless, I thought it would be a fun way to introduce all of you to…les contents of my handbag.

Since April 2010, I have been asked numerous times to participate in this peu activity; and finally I am – better late than never right, my loves? Let us start with le handbag itself.

The Bag
My current carryall is mark’s I’m No Slouch Bag. It was love at first sight when I spotted this bag on mark’s website; thus when mark offered to send it to me, I was thrilled. Though the bag is tres glam Online, in person it is even more so. The black and bronze tones whirl and twirl amongst one another creating the perfect shimmery shade for fall – making it versatile enough to accompany you on an afternoon shopping excursion, or chic evening out with the girls; but it was the shape which truly reeled me in. The well-constructed folds create an avant-garde, origami-inspired aesthetic; while the relaxed style creates a sassy slouch that boho belle extraordinaire, Ms. Serena van der Woodsen herself, would highly approve of. Final word on le bag? J’adore! Let’s move on, shall we kitty cats?

Inside the Bag
As they say, “The handbag is an extension of the woman’s personality”; and the contents inside say quite a bit about who she is. These are the items that you will find in my handbag from day to day.

Oliver Peoples Chelsea Sunglasses: I was quite apprehensive about ordering these in the beginning, as the frames are so large; but they are now an obsession of mine – they provide instant glamour to any look, and make me feel as if I’m off to attend Woodstock!
Mossimo Wallet: Benjamin Franklin’s quote, “A place for everything, everything in its place” is the ideal way to describe this wallet – it is perfection.
White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor Perfume: You can’t help but to sparkle when wearing this scent!
mark Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss and Shine Tubes Hook Up Lip Gloss: The hook up connector allows you to connect two different shades, so you can carry multiple colors in a more compact fashion. I’m currently toting around Peek-A-Boo, Sweet Talk, Buttercream Brioche, and Sugared Almond. They smell yummy and look gorgeous on – plus they’re long-lasting!
16GB iPod nano: In the past, whenever I have left the house without this, I end up being stuck somewhere for hours on end with nothing to do; therefore, it now goes everywhere I do.
BlackBerry Curve 8900: One of my BFFs. And no, I’m not joking. I would be lost without my BB!
Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Though a heavy addition to le bag, I never leave home without a book – it is the perfect form of company to fall afternoons spent lazing about a park bench with a Pumpkin Spice Latte close by.

NOTE: I may have accidentally forgotten to include my beloved iPod and BlackBerry in the aforementioned picture; therefore, let's just pretend that they're both camera shy and leave it at that...agreed?

There you have it, lovers; the inside scoop on the contents of Café Fashionista’s handbag! I now challenge each and every one of you to allow us all a peek inside your handbag. After all, there is no better way to get to know a glamorous gal than by gazing into the depths of her purse!


Fashionably yours!


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Back to the 101 Giveaway Winners

Mon chers, by now you are probably accoutered in seductively slouchy sweaters with just enough bulk to keep you warm whilst still retaining your beauty; now the only accessory you require – aside from the Venti Pumpkin Spice Latte currently clasped in your Essie Wicked-lacquered hands – is a fabulous book a la Cecily von Ziegesar’s Cum Laude. Now, courtesy of Hyperion Books, three (3) of you saucy scholars will be taking home precisely that. Congratulations to…

…Tasha of THE HOT SPOT, Courtney of Miss Brown-Eyes, and Bella of Bella Gets Real! I hope that you’re ready to curl up with this fierce, feisty, and fabulous piece of fiction, darlings!

Please e-mail me at cafefashionista@yahoo.com with your mailing address to claim your prize.

Thank you to the winners, and to everyone who entered Café Fashionista’s giveaway!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Eye Candy Giveaway

Darlings, as the proverb says, “The eyes are the mirror of the soul”; therefore it is each and every one of our duties to ensure that our pretty peepers pop in any and all situations. With LASHEM they truly can; and now one (1) of you has the chance to take home a tube of the luscious lash growth serum – retailed at $85.00 – courtesy of Chrislie Formulations.

You’ve surmised correctly, kitty cats! Café Fashionista has teamed up with LASHEM to bring one (1) of you glamazons a 3.5 ml, 90-day applicator of LASHEM, “A revolutionary, high performance gel that promotes healthy natural lashes. A clinically tested formula that consist of patented Lipo Oligopeptide. A conditioning complex which fortifies lashes making them appear healthier and stronger.”

To Enter the Eye Candy Giveaway:

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, September 24, 2010 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, September 24, 2010 at midnight PST with your Twitter URL.

For three (3) entries, become a follower of Café Fashionista on Blogger/Google Reader/Google Friend Connect/Twitter, and leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, September 24, 2010 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick one (1) name out of a hat (who knows, it could be yours!), and announce the winner on Saturday, September 25, 2010.

Good luck everyone!

And yes, this giveaway is open to everyone – U.S. or International residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to LASHEM for the picture.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thrifty Thursday: Report Bowie Boots on a Budget

Darlings, to your left you will find Report’s blissful Bowie Boot; to the right prepare to fall in love with R2’s Bauer Bootie.

Though Bauer is constructed out of synthetic letter and proffers a suede wedge, as opposed to the true leather crafting of the Bowie; for just $49.95, in comparison to the $130.00 needed to call Bowie your own, they are a fabulous alternative for the frugalista – and allow you to take home not just the black, but the beige, as well!

What’s the verdict, lovelies…will you be thrifty or spend, spend, spend?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Piperlime and DSW for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Covetable at the Cove Giveaway for your chance to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree to Cambria Cove.

Don't forget to enter the Back to the 101 Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Cecily von Ziegesar’s Cum Laude, courtesy of Hyperion Books.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

So what is Fashionably Moi!, you ask? Café Fashionista’s new weekly series that will give you the lowdown on everything I’m currently up to – from what’s on my nails to what’s on my nightstand. Let’s begin, shall we, my loves?!

Wearing: Black floral Xhilaration dress from Target; Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Luella Zip Wedge Sandals in Black (still searching for my size in Cognac!); House of Harlow 1960 Key Cocktail Ring; Hot Pink Floral Ring from Forever 21.

Reading: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Mary Engelbreit’s Classic Library Edition, that is. The story is so much more charming with Engelbreit’s whimsical illustration on the cover!

Glamourizing: Nails: Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers layered over OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark to create what Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere has titled Poison Apple. Lips: mark’s Glow Baby Glow Hook Up Lip Gloss in Tease (sadly, this shade appears to have been discontinued) layered over mark’s Pro Glimmer Hook Up Lip Powder in Peek – perfect for creating a subtly frosted lip. Eyes: mark’s i-glimmer Illuminating Eye Color in Bronzed (another product that has tragically been discontinued!).

Listening: Baby’s Romance by Chris Garneau. I like to think of it as a lullaby for grown-ups. Listen to it immediately, si vous s'il vous plait - you will love!

Adoring: Double-finger rings. Scrangie – literally THE best nail polish blog ever; she makes me want to buy more luscious lacquers than a girl could ever possibly need! White Hot Chocolate – the name says it all.

Watching: Gossip Girl Season 2 on DVD. I’ll be honest; one Ms. Serena van der Woodsen’s diva-tude leaves much to be desired – bring back the girl I adore from Season 1!

Desiring: Hard Candy’s Just Nails with Ring in Mr. Wrong – I have searched high and low for this color and cannot find it anywhere! Belle by Sigerson Morrison Stretch Mid Thigh Wedge Boots – swoon; be still my heart! Valley of the Dolls - j’adore the book by Jacqueline Susann; therefore, it is high time to see the big screen version.

Quoting: Henry Emerson Fosdick - “I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”

Awaiting: Merona Musetta Ruffled Booties in Black. Presently I am on quite the bootie kick – no pun intended; thus, I need these in my life…luckily, they should be here any day now!

But enough about moi; let’s talk about…vous. Time to give me the lowdown on your life, lovers! What are you up to this week?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Tumblr for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Covetable at the Cove Giveaway for your chance to win a $250.00 Shopping Spree to Cambria Cove.

Don't forget to enter the Back to the 101 Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Cecily von Ziegesar’s Cum Laude, courtesy of Hyperion Books.
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