Monday, February 28, 2011

Play It Again, Sam

Fire in Your New Shoes - Kaskade feat. Dragonette
On A Mission - The Dandelions
The Queen and I - Gym Class Heroes
Run - Vampire Weekend
Heavy Cross - The Gossip
Rich Girls - The Virgins
Your Love Is A Drug - Leighton Meester
Open Your Eyes - Snow Patrol
Ashes and Wine - A Fine Frenzy
Bored - The Shoes

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Steals: Lanvin Cap-Toe Ballerina Flat for Less

Mon chéri, in the left corner we have Lanvin’s très chic Cap-Toe Ballerina Flat; in the right corner we have GAP’s glamorous Cap Toe Patent Ballet Flats.

While the gorgeous offering from GAP is constructed out of patent leather, as opposed to the true contrasting buffalo leather of the luscious Lanvin’s; for a mere $39.99, in comparison to the $555.00 needed to add a little Lanvin love to your shoe collection, they are a fabulous way for the frugalista to channel luxury style – without breaking the bank!

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


Thanks to Neiman Marcus and GAP for the pictures.


Fashionably yours!


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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Flirty frocks in fruity flavors sporting 70s-inspired aesthetics, and swishing skirts like Rebecca Taylor’s Punched Halter Dress in Melon. Ruffles, scallops, diamonds…one simply could not ask for more elegant embellishments. Evanouissement!; Sky-high sandals adorned with saucy ankle straps capable of making le glamorous gals gams look even more gorgeous than usual a la Frye’s Kara Cork Platform Sandals in Camel; Timeless toppers for sassy sundresses – specifically Forever 21’s Vintage Denim Jacket in Light Denim; Vintage Lanvin Round Frame Sunglasses via American Apparel - le ultimate in retro eyewear, qui ne redresse pas est? Ooh, I want!; One-of-a-kind accessories with charming details like the tiny bells, Chinese coin charm, and multi-colored beads spotting JADEtribe’s Karen Stripe Clutch; Luscious lacquers in tropical shades a la OPI’s Bright Lights Big Color; Forever 21’s Floral Medallion Necklace – quite le chic conversation starter, mais oui?

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


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Let's Get Ready to Rumba Giveaway Winners

Darlings, haven’t you heard? Time is on your side. Or, at least, it will be; as three (3) of you beautiful bunnies are about to take home le fabulous Lafayette Watch in the color of your choice courtesy of RumbaTime. Congratulations to…

…Molly of how it is, Tiffanie of aNewFoundLove, and Mary Jo of Trust Your Style!

Please e-mail me at cafefashionista@yahoo.com with your mailing address and the Lafayette Watch color (Snow Patrol, Lights Out, Cotton Candy, Double Dare, Denim, Lemon Drop, or Big Apple) and size (Small, Medium, or Large) of your choosing 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, February 25, 2011

Bag the Bling Giveaway


Darlings, a woman’s handbag may be an extension of her personality, and diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but put the two together…et voilà! One is transported into a world full of très magnifique handbag accessories capable of making one shimmer, sparkle, and radiate fabulosity from head to toe courtesy of items such as chic Clipa Purse / Handbag Hooks that protect your handbag from the oh-so dirty elements found on sticky nightclub floors, and kitschy Key Finders that make locating your keys a snap (whilst adding a touch of decorative bling to your purse du jour!). And now two (2) of you beautiful, handbag-adoring bunnies, have the chance to bag the bling, courtesy of Purse Bling!

Surprise, surprise, lovers! Café Fashionista has teamed up with Purse Bling – the company which brings “FUNctional ways to add charm to your purse, and more!” - to bestow two (2) fabulous fashionistas with a $25.00 Gift Certificate good towards anything found at Purse Bling. I myself own the Carrie Bradshaw-approved Happy Hour Hang ‘em High Purse Hook and matching Happy Hour Finders Key Purse, and could not be more thrilled with them. They are the epitome of the three F’s…fabulous, fashionable, and, most importantly, functional - and soon they could be yours!

To Enter the Bag the Bling Giveaway:

Visit Purse Bling and choose your favorite item.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite Purse Bling item is between now and Friday, March 11, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating what your favorite Purse Bling item is between now and Friday, March 11, 2011 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 your favorite Purse Bling item is between now and Friday, March 11, 2011 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick two (2) names out of a hat (who knows, one of them could be yours!), and announce the winners on Saturday, March 12, 2011.
Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Purse Bling for the pictures.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: J. Crew Maritime-Stripe Blazer on a Budget

Darlings, in the left corner savor the sauciness that is J. Crew’s magnificent Maritime Stripe-Blazer; in the right feast your eyes upon Forever 21’s fabulous Striped French Terry Blazer.

While the Forever 21 piece is made up primarily of polyester, whereas the J. Crew gem is constructed entirely out of heavyweight slub cotton; for a mere $22.80, as opposed to the $118.00 necessary to take its Crew cousin home, it is the ideal way for the frugalista to add a smattering of sailor style to her wardrobe – at a price that allows one to scoop up both chic color combos (Cream/Black and Navy/White)!

So mes chéris, what are you up to today? Will your AmEx take a beating with a splurge, or will you stay safe and thrifty with a frugal buy?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to J. Crew and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Leatherette Bomber Jacket in Cream; Forever 21 Essential V-Neck Cami in Grey; 5-Mock Pocket Jeggings II in Dark Denim via Forever 21; Nine West Convince Me Boot in Medium Brown; House of Harlow 1960 Key Cocktail Ring.

Reading: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I was truly unaware of just how much I missed Katniss and the crew until delving into the devilishly delicious pages of this tome. Amour!

Glamourizing: Nails: OPI Alpine Snow. Lips: mark Shine Tubes Hook Up Lip Gloss in Marshmallow. Eyes: mark Mini Mark It Stick Hook Up Stick for Eyes in Cocoa Bean.

Listening: Love Is Colder Than Death by The Virgins. Download. Listen. Repeat.

Adoring: Diane von Furstenberg Eva Scarf Tie Platform Sandals. I honestly believe that DVF is trying to bleed my bank account dry with this creation; ils sont véritablement trop magnifiques pour les mots! Mushroom, Sea Dust, Black, Citron – I will gladly accept them in any and all shades. Me les donner maintenant, s'il vous plait! Oliver Peoples Eyewear. Le darling Donyale; zippy Zaya; luscious Lainie…if you hadn’t noticed (though I’m sure that you have), Mr. Peoples is the reigning king of sassy sunnies – he can do no wrong. L'amour chronomètre l'infinité! American Apparel’s Cotton Spandex Jersey Cross-V Bodysuit. From jazzercise to shopping sprees, girls nights on the town and quiet days spent on the couch (with Carrie and the girls, of course!) this is le preemptive piece for one’s wardrobe - Je suis obsédé au dixième pouvoir!

Watching: The Virgin Suicides - yet another Sofia Coppola masterpiece. Un petit conseil...if you’ve seen the film, you must read the book by Jeffrey Eugenides; if you’ve read the book, you must see the film. And if you’ve neither read the book or seen the film you must do so tout de suite! Both are captivating, enchanting, charming, and simplement irresistible!

Desiring: Vince Sequin Top. In the words of Gossip GirlO.M.G. It is official; my entire existence is incomplete until this sassy sequin top is a part of my wardrobe. I shall pair it with winter white skinny jeans and sky-scraping wedge heels. C'est l'exemple d'exquisiteness, mais oui? Ooh, I have chills! True Religion Morgan Wide Leg Flare Jeans in Sunbleached LT. Hello, loverrrr. Where have you been all my life, darling? Torn by Ronny Kobo’s Sally Striped Dress. There is a certain je ne sais quoi to this flirty frock that makes me want to set sail (despite the fact that I get seasick, and am unable to swim – shhhh…c'est notre petit secret!). Swoon!

Quoting: Jodi Picoult - “Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”

Awaiting: Charles David Kini in Camel Suede. Though I own countless pairs of wedge sandals; these shall be mon très premièrement pair of espadrilles. I simply could not resist the sassy ankle ties and skin-toned color. Gorgeous, mais oui?

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 Clarabelle for the picture.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Stuart Weitzman Friller Pump for Pennies

Kitty cats, in the left corner steal a glance at Stuart Weitzman’s fantastical Friller Pump; in the right corner feast your eyes upon Enzo Angiolini’s sassy Sweetness Sandal.

While the ambrosial Angiolini’s proffer a slightly higher heel to the wearer (4 ½” in comparison to the 4” of the Weitzman’s), and feature a darker-colored platform; for just $98.95, as opposed to the $375.00 required to steal the stylish Stuart’s, they are the budget babe’s answer to feminine footwear – and leave one with enough cash left over to snag both the Black Patent / Leather Multi and Pink Patent / Pink Leather, in addition to the Light Natural / Patent featured here!

So mes chéris, what are you up to today? Will your AmEx take a beating with a splurge, or will you stay safe and thrifty with a frugal buy?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shoebox and Nordstrom for the pictures.


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Monday, February 21, 2011

Play It Again, Sam

Price Tag - Jessie J. feat. B.O.B.
Roses - Outkast
I Could Rob You - The Plasticines
Strangers - The Dirty Secrets
The Mall & Misery - Broken Bells
The Sweet Escape - Gwen Stefani feat. Akon
You Get What You Give - New Radicals
Rockstar 101 - Rihanna feat. Slash
Sophisticated Girl - Panda People
Strip Me - Natasha Bedingfield

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to We ♥ It for the picture.


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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Steals: Joie Leo Cutout Lace-Up Flat Sandals for Less

Dolls, to your left you will find Joie’s luscious Leo Cutout Lace-Up Flat Sandals; to your right allow your eyes to take in the perfection that is Steve Madden’s Paiigge.

Though the Paiigge pretties are constructed entirely out of man-made materials, whereas the Joie’s are crafted out of true leather; for just $69.95, in comparison to the $255.00 price tag of their jazzy, high-fashion counterpart, they are le perfect way for the budget babe to add a bit of boho bliss to her shoe collection – at a price that leaves one with enough spare cash to splurge on all five fabulous shades (bone, black, cognac, mustard, or teal)!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos for the pictures.


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Towering platforms in earthy tones that show off ones tantalizing tootsies a la Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent’s Jemma Wedge Sandals in Beige/Chocolate. The juxtaposition between canvas, leather, and wooden textures is incroyable, non?; Luscious lacquers that allow your fingers to do a little positive thinking via Nicole by OPI’s Respect the World; French-infused baubles that add a Parisian je ne sais quoi to one’s arsenal of accessories courtesy of Adia Kibur’s Fleur de Lis Long Ring; American Apparel’s The Sash in Mauve. Cinch it around your miniscule waist, weave it through a fabulous French braid, loop it through the handle of your handbag…it is le preemptive way of allowing your colorful personality to take a peek at your many admirers, consenti?; Sunner’s Willow Long Dress. Lacy feminine detailing? Check. Flirty, fluttering cap sleeves? Check. A blissful bouquet print, and floor-sweeping length? Check and check. ‘Tis perfect, mais oui?; Vacation-ready headwear which transports the wearer to a sandy, crystal clear beach in a tropical locale with every wear a la Melissa Odabash’s Jemima Hat; Big, bold sunglasses that allow one to see the world through lavender-colored lenses like Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Oversized Sunglasses in Olive Tortoise.

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


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Tote-ally Tubular Giveaway Winner

My loves, Mireille Guiliano may have penned the indispensable tome French Women for All Seasons; but when it comes to matters of the accessory variety, a more fitting phrase would be a tote bag for all seasons - precisely what one (1) of you tote-ally adorable divas will soon be taking home courtesy of the fabulous Funtote! Congratulations to…

…the fabulous fashionista of Twenty.Something!

Please e-mail me at cafefashionista@yahoo.com with your mailing address, and a link to the tote bag of your choosing, 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, February 18, 2011

Cruisin' with CSN Giveaway

Kitty cats, perhaps the indomitably irresistible Carrie Bradshaw said it best when she stated, “As we drive along this road called life, occasionally a gal will find herself a little lost. And when that happens, I guess she has to let go of the coulda, shoulda, woulda, buckle up and just keep going.” However, when the glamorous gal in question is laden with a little spending money and a desire to redecorate the place she hangs her hat (or, rather, her headband) with some magnificent Modern Furniture, she simply guns the engine and continues to cruise into shopping bliss. Guess what, lovers? Today, that girl is one of vous!

Café Fashionista has teamed up with CSN Stores to bring one (1) savvy shopaholic a $75.00 Gift Certificate good towards anything and everything your heart desires at the 200+ CSN websites!

To Enter the Cruisin’ with CSN Giveaway:

Visit CSN Stores and select the item you are most desiring at this very moment.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating which CSN item you are most desiring between now and Friday, March 4, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating which CSN item you are most desiring between now and Friday, March 4, 2011 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 CSN item you are most desiring between now and Friday, March 4, 2011 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, March 5, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Arturo Elena for the pictures.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Alexander Wang Trish Leather Wedge Mule for Less

My loves, in the left corner you will spot Alexander Wang’s wondrous Trish Leather Wedge Mules – the very same ones that wowed on the runways not too long ago; in the right corner you will find Forever 21’s luscious Leatherette Wedge Loafers.

Though, of course, there is a difference in textures – the Wang’s being constructed out of true leather, the Forever 21’s being constructed out of faux – and the color of the lower-priced version is a darker shade of brown than the Wang’s; for a mere $29.80, in comparison to the $575.00 needed to take the tantalizing Trish home, they allow the frugalista to indulge in runway-worthy refinement, at a price that allows one to indulge in both haute hues (black and camel)!

Now the question remains…will you be thrifty, or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Net-A-Porter and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Knit Sweater Top in Pink; Forever 21 Essential V-Neck Cami in White; Twill Cargo Skinny Pant in Moss via Wet Seal; Pelle Moda Yaritza Platform Sandal in Cuoio; House of Harlow 1960 Key Cocktail Ring.

Reading: The Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods, Book 4) by Melissa de la Cruz. Mon obsession littéraire actuelle. If you have yet to discover the world of Blue Bloods, I advise you to do so tout de suite. Mark my words, my loves; you will thank me. Très fab!

Glamourizing: Nails: OPI Katy Perry Collection Not Like the Movies. Lips: mark Glossblossom Ripening Lip Tint. Eyes: mark’s i-glimmer Illuminating Eye Color in Bronzed.

Listening: Price Tag by Jessie J feat. B.O.B. Ma première obsession du moment. Jessie J is utterly phenom, oui? And let us not forget le Cleopatra-esque hairstyle - cuteness personified! Salut, je vous adore!

Adoring: Sassy shoes with sky-high platforms and crisscross straps a la Sergio Rossi’s Crisscross Wedge Sandals and Schutz’s Clog Platform Sandals in Castor. Ooh, do they give you shivers up and down your spine the way they do me, darlings? Erin Fetherston for Juicy Couture – specifically the Silk Jumpsuit with Velvet Bow. Le rhinestone trim, the daringly deep crossover v-neck…the glamorous je ne sais quoi of it all makes me positively giddy. L'amour chronomètre l'infinité! Lori Bonn Jewelry. J’adore the way her designs juxtapose between minimalist and utterly mesmerizing. Ils sont magnifiques, mais oui? My current favorites are the Black Mother-of-Pearl Stacking Rings, the Scroll Heart Photo Locket Necklace, and the Birthstone Stacking Rings. Le besoin, vouloir l'infinité de temps d'amour!

Watching: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. I call dibs on the role of Daphne, dolls; I have wanted to be her for ages!

Desiring: Anya Hindmarch’s Valorie Clutch. I should someday love to be reincarnated as this very accessory. It is a conglomeration of all things moi - from the multicolored glitter to the petite size. Je meurs un million de temps sur; me le donner maintenant! Elizabeth and James’ Celeste Leather Miniskirt – the architectural aesthetic of this pretty puts it in a category all its own; it is worthy of being on display at a Museum, n'est-ce pas? American Apparel’s Sesame Street Cotton Totes. The nostalgia factor of these is through the roof. After all, it is totalment impossible to resist Oscar the Grouch, Elmo, and the rest of le SS gang, mais oui?

Quoting: J.K. Rowling - “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

Awaiting: The release of Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer by Cecily von Ziegesar. Gossip Girl meets Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho? Oui. S'il vous plait!

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 Absolutely Unique for the picture.


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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Cheap Monday Adriana Long Skirt for a Steal

Lovers, to your left savor the sauciness that is Cheap Monday’s ambrosial Adriana Long Skirt; to the right take a gander at GoJane’s glamorous Sheer Paneled Maxi Skirt.

While the gorgeous GoJane gem is ever so slightly longer than the Cheap Monday marvel, harboring a length of 41.5 inches, as opposed to the 39 inches of Adriana; for just $27.60, in comparison to the $85.00 necessary to claim Cheap Monday’s masterpiece as your own, it provides one’s wardrobe with just as much sass as its higher priced pal – without breaking the bank!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shopbop and GoJane for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Let’s Get Ready to Rumba Giveaway for your chance to win a Lafayette Watch in the design of YOUR choice from RumbaTime.

Don't forget to enter the Tote-ally Tubular Giveaway for your chance to win a tote bag in the design of YOUR choice from Funtote.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy, Happy Valentine's Day!

♥ Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day, dolls! ♥

May your day be full of candy hearts and kisses from cute boys!



Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Teen Vogue for the picture.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Steals: Chloe T-Strap Platform Cork Wedge Sandals for Less

Kitty cats, to your left you will find Chloe’s tantalizing T-Strap Platform Cork Wedge Sandals; to the right brace yourself for the beauty that is BCBGeneration’s charming Carete Platform Sandal.

Though le Carete is labeled as a Marshmellow Soft Tumbled hue, instead of the nude coloring of the Chloe; for a mere $110.00, as opposed to the $690.00 attached to their classy counterpart, they are every bit as capable of adding a beachy vibe to your look du jour - and are affordable enough to indulge in all three sultry shades (marshmellow soft tumbled, black soft tumbled, and soft gold soft tumbled.

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Endless for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Let’s Get Ready to Rumba Giveaway for your chance to win a Lafayette Watch in the design of YOUR choice from RumbaTime.

Don't forget to enter the Tote-ally Tubular Giveaway for your chance to win a tote bag in the design of YOUR choice from Funtote.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Sassy stationary in sultry shades – specifically Graphic Image’s Leather Journal with Heart Lock via Cambria Cove. Le perfect place for scribbling saucy secrets, wouldn’t you agree, lovers?; Lipstick red stilettos with haute couture construction a la Dolce Vita’s Valencia Suede Platform Pumps. As Carrie Bradshaw would say, Hello, lover!; Ruby manicures with the power to make cute boys fall head over heels dans l'amour courtesy of Nicole by OPI’s Deeply in Love; Fire engine red frocks that do the flirting for vous, like American Apparel’s Cotton Spandex Jersey Double U-Neck Dress - manger votre coeur vos hors garcons!; Crimson kissers that transform le perfect pout from fantasy to reality via mark’s Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Cha Cha. The question is…who will be on the receiving end of your pretty pucker, kitty cats?; sass & bide’s The Same Time Jacket – a preemptive way of making a true grand entrance, mais oui?; Charm bracelets with antique, Victorian aesthetics which tinkle tantalizingly with each seductive step one takes a la Extasia’s Heart Charm Locket Bracelet.

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


Don't forget to enter the Let’s Get Ready to Rumba Giveaway for your chance to win a Lafayette Watch in the design of YOUR choice from RumbaTime.

Don't forget to enter the Tote-ally Tubular Giveaway for your chance to win a tote bag in the design of YOUR choice from Funtote.

Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway Winners

Chats de chaton, you may think you have your spending under control; but that is no reason to shun savvy advice on quelling those nagging desires to spend, spend, and spend some more from an ex-shopaholic. Now you don’t have to. Thanks to EMG Promotions on behalf of Harlequin Nonfiction, three (3) of you glamourai will be taking home a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s invaluable (and laugh-out-loud funny!) The Frugalista Files. Congratulations to…

…Ivy of Ivy’s Closet, Stephanie of Eternally Fashionably Late, and Josie of with a wink and a smile.!

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, February 11, 2011

Let's Get Ready to Rumba Giveaway

Kitty cats, you may currently be lounging in the middle of nowhere, wishing that you were trotting through the gritty yet oh-so glamorous boroughs of New York City; but one need not hop a plane to JFK to experience a worldly locale full of bright lights and gorgeous residents – she need only to slip her petite wrist into a ravishing RumbaTime Watch from the Lafayette series (named after NYC's Lafayette Street) to bring the city and its charming characters to life. And now three (3) fabulous fashionistas will be taking precisely that home!

Café Fashionista has teamed up with RumbaTime to bring the Lafayette Watch (as seen on Pretty Little Liars’ Shay Mitchell) in your choice of color (Cotton Candy, Double Dare, Lights Out, Snow Patrol, Big Apple, Lemon Drop, or Denim) to three (3) gorgeous glamazons. I don a Cotton Candy version, Shay loves Snow Patrol, and Willow Smith is partial to Big Apple. Now it’s your turn to select the color that best fits your personality!

To Enter the Let’s Get Ready to Rumba Giveaway:

Visit RumbaTime and choose your favorite color from the Lafayette series.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating which Lafayette Watch color is your favorite (Cotton Candy, Double Dare, Lights Out, Snow Patrol, Big Apple, Lemon Drop, or Denim) between now and Friday, February 25, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating which Lafayette Watch color is your favorite (Cotton Candy, Double Dare, Lights Out, Snow Patrol, Big Apple, Lemon Drop, or Denim) between now and Friday, February 25, 2011 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 Lafayette Watch color is your favorite (Cotton Candy, Double Dare, Lights Out, Snow Patrol, Big Apple, Lemon Drop, or Denim) between now and Friday, February 25, 2011 at midnight PST (if you are already a Café Fashionista follower, please say so in your comment).

I will randomly pick three (3) names out of a hat (who knows, one of them could be yours!), and announce the winners on Saturday, February 26, 2011.
Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to RumbaTime for the pictures.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Helmut Lang Turtleneck Sweater for a Steal

Lovers, to the left you will find le haute Turtleneck Sweater from Helmut Lang; on the right you will the classy Cowlneck Pullover Sweater from MaxStudio.

Though the Lang lovely features a collar that is slightly more slouchy than the MaxStudio marvel, and is constructed out of a wool/nylon/mohair blend as opposed to the soft wool/nylon/acrylic mix of the MaxStudio; for a mere $58.00, in comparison to the $345.00 needed to take the heather gray Helmut home, it is the ideal way to add a luscious touch of winter to your wardrobe – on a cozy budget!

Now the question remains…will you be thrifty, or suckered into putting on your spendthrift cap?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Ssense and MaxStudio for the pictures.


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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Mossimo Supply Co. Sweater Jacket in Burgundy via Target; Forever 21 Basic Cotton Thermal Top in White; Mossimo Supply Co. Skinny Jean – Medium Vintage Wash via Target; Long Cuffable Scrunchable Socks in Natural via Sock Dreams; Steve Madden Maryn in Cognac; Forever 21 Antique Pendant Necklace; Rhinestone Arrow Connector Ring in Gold via Forever 21.

Reading: The Calder Game by Blue Balliett.

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI It Starts With Me. Un petit mot d'avertissement…prepare to swoon! Lips: mark Shine Tubes Hook Up Lip Gloss in Buttercream Brioche. Eyes: Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum’ Express in Glam Black.

Listening: Speeding Cars by Imogen Heap. This is my first brush with Imogen Heap and I must confess that I am utterly mesmerized. La beauté de cette chanson est juste incroyable - l'amour! Listen to it tout de suite s'il vous plait!; cross my heart you will fall in love!

Adoring: Lolita-esque footwear a la Opening Ceremony’s Chantal T Strap Platform Pumps, Pelle Moda’s Heat Suede T Strap Pumps, L.A.M.B.’s Caitlyn Suede T Strap Wedges, and BCBGeneration’s Carete. There is a certain…je ne sais quoi about le t-strap aesthetic that simply screams girly glamour, mais oui? Oliver Peoples Eyewear’s Donyale Sunglasses in Black/Grey – 2011’s answer to last year’s Chelsea Sunnies, if I do say so myself. Totalment exquis! Floor-sweeping maxi skirts – specifically What Goes Around Comes Around’s Vintage Denim Long Skirt, and Ella Moss’ Prima Donna Maxi Skirt. Swoon!

Watching: Disturbing Behavior. Vintage Katie Holmes at her finest. Je suis obsédé avec ce film!

Desiring: Parker’s Print Baby Doll Dress. In my dreams I have visions of donning this flirty frock with Chinese Laundry’s Dresden in Brown, and American Apparel’s Wool Floppy Hat in Luggage Brown. Incroyablement magnifique, mais oui? Hot Chocolate Maker by Bialetti. My thoughts? ‘Tis an invaluable kitchen utensil synonymous with having a Starbucks right in your very own humble abode. Me le donner maintenant! Juicy Couture’s Riviera Nikki Bag in Cocoa Butter. Similar to the Chanel 2.55 in regards to both size and chain strap embellishment; yet far more affordable (for the time being, of course!). J'adore au dixième pouvoir!

Quoting: Kim Cattrall as Sex and the City’s Samantha Jones - “This outfit only works if I’m standing.”

Awaiting: February 14th. A day in which gorging on candy (and cupcakes!) is an absolute requirement!

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 The Embellished Life for the picture.


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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Christian Louboutin Banana Platform Pumps for Pennies

Darlings, in the left corner we have Christian Louboutin’s bombastic Banana Platform Pumps – the exact pair seen upon the tantalizing tootsies of Anna Hathaway, Emmy Rossum, Bar Rafaeli, Keke Palmer, Jennifer Lopez, and Zoe Saldana; to the right cast your pretty peepers upon Vince Camuto’s Milesy2 in Blush Patent.

Though it’s obvious that the charming Camuto’s lack the red velvet cupcake soles of the blissful Banana’s; for just $94.05, in comparison to the $795.00 needed to make their haute couture counterpart your very own, they are a preemptive way of snagging a bit of star style at a price that won’t break the bank!

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Shoes for the pictures.


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Monday, February 7, 2011

Play It Again, Sam

Speeding Cars - Imogen Heap
Lights On - The Pierces
Lover I Don’t Have to Love - Bright Eyes
Womanizer - Britney Spears
I Was Wrong - The Morning Benders
Click - Little Boots
Walking in the Streets - Mad Staring Eyes
Internet Connection (Flux Pavilion Remix) – M.I.A.
Mr. Brightside - The Killers
Rolling in the Deep - Adele

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


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Passports and Prada for the picture.


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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Steals: Rebecca Taylor Striped Sailor Tee for Less

Lovers, to your left prepare to swoon over the ravishing Rebecca Taylor Striped Sailor Tee; to the right allow your kohl-rimmed peepers to take in Talbots’ tantalizing French Fair Stripe Tee.

Though the Talbots creation lacks the ribbon-tie back of the Taylor pretty; for a mere $39.50, in comparison to the $145.00 of its haute couture counterpart, it is every bit as capable of providing the frugalista’s wardrobe with a smidgen of natty nautical-ness, at a price that gives one the chance to splurge on all three shades (Navy/Ivory, Tangerine Frost/Ivory, and Pink Sand/Ivory)!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Rebecca Taylor, or be thrifty and spring for Talbots?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Neiman Marcus and Talbots for the pictures.


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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Hi, I Adore You...

Adoring: Dainty frocks with the je ne sais quoi of a delicate, Valley of the Dolls-inspired nightie juxtaposed with the unforgettable femininity of peek-a-boo hemlines, ruffles, and saucy back-straps a la Alice + Olivia’s Lulu Polka Dot Dress; Nude-toned stilettos with crisscross applesauce aesthetics that make your legs go on for days courtesy of Boutique 9’s Juvela Suede High Heel Sandals in Medium Natural; Ostentatious baubles in candy-colored hues which conjure up memories of days spent playing Pretty, Pretty Princess like Adia Kibur’s Soft Crystal Bracelet Set in Pink; Nicole by OPI’s You’re An Angel. Le perfect moniker for a luscious lacquer that unites bubblegum pink and glitter-flecked subtle shimmer, mais oui?; Decadent desserts (made for a party-of-one, of course!) capable of making Marie Antoinette swoon a la the Pretty in Pink Cheesecake by Elegant Cheese Cakes; Sweet yet sassy swimsuits infused with girly glamour like Inca’s Lily Ruffle Bikini; Slouchy tanks in perky pink shades sporting charmingly coquettish slogans – specifically Forever 21’s Boys [Heart] Me Tank.

Tell me, my loves; what are you currently adoring?


Fashionably yours!


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Start Your Engines Giveaway Winner

Lovers, spring is officially on its way; and the only proper method for fully welcoming in a new season is with a darling handbag, that you have yet to display to the world, dangling from the crook of your arm – the very thing that one (1) of you saucy stylistas will soon be taking home via the Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Gray courtesy of Mimi Boutique. Congratulations to…

…Karina of Ramblings Of A Simple Girl!

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, February 4, 2011

Tote-ally Tubular Giveaway

Darlings, picture the scene if you will…the sun is shining brightly overhead, you have a romantic tête-à-tête planned in the park with a devastatingly cute boy, and the last thing on your agenda is to pick up a straight-from-the-oven baguette from the local bakery to share with the hungry birds. The only thing missing is, of course, a fabulous bag to carry it to your beloved in – and now one (1) of you will be taking precisely that home courtesy of Funtote!

Oui, oui, lovers! Café Fashionista has teamed up with Funtote - “The unique fun designer canvas tote bags!” - to bring one (1) of you stunning stylistas a chic carryall in the design of YOUR choice. I myself own the pretty in pink Cotton creation, and cannot rave about it enough. Functional, fabulous…and now it – or one like it – can be yours!

To Enter the Tote-ally Tubular Giveaway:

Visit Funtote and select your favorite design.

For one (1) entry, leave a comment on this post stating which Funtote design is your favorite between now and Friday, February 18, 2011 at midnight PST.

For two (2) entries, Twitter about this giveaway, and leave a comment on this post stating which Funtote design is your favorite between now and Friday, February 18, 2011 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 Funtote design is your favorite between now and Friday, February 18, 2011 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, February 19, 2011.

Good luck everyone!

This Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents!


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Funtote for the pictures.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: Stuart Weitzman Alex Espadrille for Less

Mes chers, in the left corner you will spot Stuart Weitzman’s sassy Alex Espadrille – the very same sandals seen donned by the glamorous Jennifer Aniston and Eva Mendes; in the right corner cast a glance upon Steve Madden’s tres fabulous Fantasik Sandals.

Though the wondrous Weitzman’s feature leather trim and an insole lined with suede, two aspects that the Madden’s are missing; for a mere $69.00, in comparison to the $365.00 of the ambrosial Alex, they are every bit as wondrous as their haute couture counterparts, and allow the frugal fashionista to indulge in a splash of star style on a budget!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Stuart Weitzman, or be thrifty and spring for Steve Madden?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Endless and Dillard’s for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files.

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

♥ Fashionably Moi! ♥

Wearing: Forever 21 Fab V-Neck Sweater in Oatmeal; 5-Mock Pocket Jeggings II in Dark Denim via Forever 21; Nine West Convinceme Boot in Medium Brown; Forever 21 Rhinestone Arrow Connector Ring.

Reading: The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Series # 1) by Suzanne Collins. Despite the fact that I’m a little late in delving into the phenomenon that is Le Hunger Games, I am thoroughly obsessed and cannot wait to get my hand on the sequel! Aimer au dixième pouvoir!

Glamourizing: Nails: Nicole by OPI’s Miss Independent from the Liquid Metals Collection. Le ultimate girly glam color - j’adore! Lips: mark Pro Gloss Hook Up Plumping Lip Shine in Spice. Eyes: mark Keep It Going Longwear Eyeliner & Shadow in Surreal.

Listening: Secrets by OneRepublic. Oui, I am in the throes of a love affair with all things OneRepublic at the moment – they are uber talented, consenti?

Adoring: Whimsical tees that proffer a touch of childlike innocence a la Sauce’s Lambs Pullover Top. Cuteness personified, oui? Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony. The sky-high platforms; the flirty frocks; the retro-inspired sunnies… Me pincer; je me sens comme si je suis mort et suis allé au ciel! Itty bitty bikinis with playful geometric prints – specifically, Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Broken Stripe Bandeau Bikini Top and matching Broken Stripe Bikini Bottoms. Watch out cute boys on the beach; you know they’ll never be able to resist!

Watching: I Know What You Did Last Summer. It is very, very possible that this will forever be one of my favorite films. C'est fantastique!

Desiring: 3.1 Phillip Lim Wide Leg Jumpsuit with Open Tie Back. Ooh, be still my heart. Simply having this pretty in one’s closet would make you feel like one of Charlie’s glamorous Angels, mais oui? I die! Ammi Sunglasses from Chloe. I am le queen of falling head over heels for devastatingly expensive sunnies – case in point, the amazing Ammi. Oh, comment je désire pour prendre ces maison à la seconde même - l'amour, l'amour, l'amour! Of Two Minds Jezebel Dress. The shimmer; the babydoll aesthetic...swoon!

Quoting: Charles W. Eliot - “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”

Awaiting: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed. In the last week alone, le nephew has made me sit through the first Scooby Doo film no less than nine times; thus, I think it is high time for us to see the sequel, non?

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 We ♥ It for the picture.


Don't forget to enter the Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files.

Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tightwad Tuesday: Herve Leger Double Strap Bandage Dress for Less

My loves, to your left feast your eyes upon Herve Leger’s daring Double Strap Bandage Dress; to your right prepare to swoon over Arden B.’s heavenly Halter Cutout Bandage Dress.

Though the Leger sports a more intricate back and is bright blue in hue (as opposed to the coral of the Arden B.); for a mere $69.00, in comparison to the $1,150.00 required to take le haute Herve home, it is every bit as luscious as the Leger, and enough of a bargain to allow the frugalista to indulge in both colors (black and coral), as well as a fabulous new pair of shoes!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Herve Leger, or be thrifty and spring for Arden B.?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Saks Fifth Avenue and Arden B. for the pictures.


Don't forget to enter the Frugal and Fabulous Giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Natalie P. McNeal’s The Frugalista Files.

Don't forget to enter the Start Your Engines Giveaway for your chance to win a Balenciaga-inspired Sebastiana Petite Satchel in Grey from Mimi Boutique.
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