Monthly Archives: December 2011
My boyfriend thinks it is absolutely ridiculous how packed my room is with piles of magazines. I have a magazine rack I had to lean against my bureau to keep the extra stack of magazines sitting on top of it. I have piles littering the floor under my bed. I have stacks in the keyboard holder on my computer desk. I have stacks in my bookshelf. I have stacks in a storage room that I never even see. Anyway, now that I’m done boring you with all the miscelleaneous ways I store my addiction, I’ll explain why.
The regular magazines like NYLON, GLAMOUR, ELLE, LUCKY, HARPER’S BAZZAR and VOGUE are obvious, right? But the millions of weeklies scattered about are not there because the Kardashian gossip is too juicy to give up. They are there because I love seeing all of the celebrity looks I wish I had the money to afford.
Then there are the outfits I can make affordable. Ah, now I’ve got your attention. Ellen Pompeo was spotted wearing red Black Orchid jeggings, a striped tee and shearling jacket. Here are pieces that allow you to have this look for less!
Let’s start with the stand out piece. Red jeggings have been all over the Hollywood scene. These Calvin Klein alternatives are only $70.
A striped tee can be worn with so many looks, it’s versatile, comfy and fun. The first shirt is the most similar to Ellen’s at $65 but to be honest, I wouldn’t want to pay that much for a tee. This cheaper option at only $16 will have the same effect.
The shearling jacket is a nice neutral touch. It’s structured and on the warm side. The first option from Forever 21 is shearling lined like Ellen’s and for $30, it’s the cheapest. But this $115 Alter jacket is closer in shape and quality. Either way, you’ve got a steal.
Lastly, the hobo bag with gold chain link detail is large enough to carry a multitude of things and is easy to hold either on the shoulder, the forearm or in your hand. Not to mention, it’s trendy. This Vince Camuto option is usually $320 but is currently marked down to only $154!
And there’s a ton to do. No presents are wrapped; none of the ingredients for Christmas dinner are bought and nails need to be done for the Christmas Eve party! Oh, is that just me? I am probably the only one running around when I should be laying in bed enjoying Christmas movies! Anyway, before I run out of here, I wanted to leave you with an outfit perfect for running errands, just in case you’re with me on the last minute thing!
$550 – net-a-porter.com
$77 – lorisshoes.com
$30 – modcloth.com
$18 – peacocks.co.uk
$8 – nordstrom.com
Dorothy Perkins knitted shawl
$21 – dorothyperkins.com
All the pieces are under $100! Except the sweater which is $550.
Did you think I’d keep you hanging? Here’s a cheap chic alternative!
$23 – forever21.com
Recently, Rihanna was spotted celebrating Thanksgiving in Dublin, Ireland clad in all black everything! Even with the luxe calf length fur and dangling earrings, the sparkling Lanvin Tyrone pumps were the show-stoppers! The shoe, featuring an ankle strap and crystal embedded rosettes at the toe, are a whopping $1,688!
Never fear! Cheap Chic is here! We’re all about splurging on shoes, so if the Lanvin stunners are a must-have, treat yourself! We promise not to tell 😉 But for some, a cheaper alternative is in need and of course, you can count on us! These suede Enzo Angiolini pumps are similar with a strap around the ankle and detail at the toe. The embellishment may not be exactly the same but the feathers and chunky crystals on a suede shoe screams richness! The best part, these babies are on $120!
I am currently obsessed with St. John Knits, but for an average price tag over $200, my pining seems futile. Until now! They’re having a 60% off sale with free shipping on online orders.
I have a little holiday trend post for you today!
When Christmastime comes around, spirits are totally lifted! There’s lights and colors and tinsel and tinkling everywhere! Celebs are obviously used to the glitter of Hollywood year-round! But for us regular girls, Christmas is an awesome time to pull out all the glam stops and twinkle ourselves! Check out these sequin pieces all for under $100! Talk about cheap and chic!
This blazer is the perfect add on for a office holiday party or NYE! $28
Shorts are for the ladies who are fun and fearless who don’t care letting a little leg show! $33
Leggings are a surprising choice and I totally love these! $79
Elly Clay has some cute accessories we love! And we’re not the only ones; Hilary &Haylie Duff, Kim Kardashian and Alicia Keys are just some of the celebs spotted in Elly Clay!
This Christmas, they want to help you have a cheap chic holiday!
Elly Clay is offering you 25% off purchases untill December 23, 2011 using code EC4LIFE at checkout.
Cheap Chic plus? There’s FREE SHIPPING!
Orla Kiely’s recently opened New York flagship store is pleased to announce the Twelve Days of Christmas Holiday Giveaway!
The contest will begin Tuesday December 13th and end December 24th.
HOW TO ENTER: Bringing a new twist to The Twelve Days of Christmas participates can enter by email, telephone, or visiting the store with a description of who in their life deserves a special holiday gift. Each day winners will be picked and posted on the Orla Kiely Tumblr page. http://www.tumblr.com/orlakiely
Enter by phone at: 212.775.8340
Enter by email at: email@example.com
5 Mercer Street
New York NY 10013
Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Below is list of prizes:
December 13th 12 x Mugs
December 14th 11 x Notebooks
December 15th 10 x Room Diffusers
December 16th 9 x Aprons
December 17th 8 X Coin purses
December 18th 7 X LapTop skins
December 19th 6 x Wash Bags
December 20th 5 x Shoulder Bags
December 21st 4 x Jeanie Bag
December 22nd 3 x Pintuck Dress
December 23rd 2 x Patent Frill
December 24th 1 x Jade Rever Coat
One of the best things about going to events set in the most obscure areas of NYC is the small gems you discover! When I entered the darkly lit lounge White&Church in Tribeca for the QuÉrica trunk show, I was greeted by up and coming jewelry designer, Erica Lasan. She has been making jewelry by hand for 11 years and this night, she features her newest collection, Rox&Chains 1.0!
The collection is a mix of warm rocks and semi-precious stones and gems with cold industrial chains. They are large and small pieces that can be worn with basically anything. They have the ability to transform outfits from day to night. They can be the stand out piece or they can assist with an outfit that stands out on its own. The great thing about the collection, though is the fact that you can’t choose just one.
In the time that I’m there a customer, Vanessa, who can’t decide between two of her favorite pieces, gives up and buys them both! One of the pieces is also my favorite! The Yettie, named for the designers sister is a necklace made of chain links and two layers of rocks. The coolest part, as Erica quickly demonstrates, is that you can wear it multiple ways. The design is interchangeable and you realize with one purchase you’ve gotten about 5 pieces.
Rox&Chains 1.0 and the QuÉrica line is available at boutiques throughout NYC including Callalilai (USQ and Nolita locations)! Erica also offers custom jewelry!
But this wouldn’t be a Cheap Chic post if I didn’t give you the best part! Everything from the Rox&Chains 1.0 collection is now 50% off at QuEricaLiveRich.com until Jan. 7th!
Check out the QuÉrica brand:
You’re in luck shoppers! We’ve got the perfect cheap chic event for you!
This weekend, Lower East Side Business Improvement District’s Shop Local campaign encourages us to shop the local businesses. Tons of stores including LES favorites Earnest Sewn, Babeland, The Great Frog, Noi, By Robert James, Wendy Mink, and Occulter are offering discounts and free goodies! We already agreed everyone loves free goodies, correct?
You will be able to tour the LES area scoring awesome deals on clothing, shoes, accessories, music, books, groceries, gifts, homegoods, novelties and even health beauty and fitness services.
Click here for a full list of the shops!