Category Archives: FASHION

THE LOOK FOR LESS: CHANEL

When we’re yearning for Chanel but encountering the reality of steep prices, we might be tempted to try some awesome alternatives.  We’re not advocating for knock-offs or replicas but for affordable luxuries that achieve polish and panache. Here are some classy options without cashing-in our retirement savings.

CHANEL WATCH

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Chanel Premiere Watch $895

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Joan Rivers Parisian Watch, $39.99 

CHANEL BLACK QUILTED BAG

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Chanel Matelasse Bag, $2500

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Unbranded Black Quilted Bag, $132

CHANEL BLAZER

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Chanel Double-Breasted Blazer, $1948

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Unbranded Double-Breasted Dress, $15.38

CHANEL CAP-TOE FLATS 

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Chanel Cap-Toe Flats for $395

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Ann Taylor’s Quilted Leather Ballet Flats for $88

CHANEL GOLD PLATED EARRINGS

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Chanel Medallion Earrings, $225

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Unbranded Medallion Earrings, $18

DISCLAIMER:  This blog post is not monetized nor does it contain affiliate links.  The links are simply provided as a courtesy.  No free products or gifts were received in exchange for mentioning the foregoing items.

The 10 Most Disappointing Shows of Fashion Month So Far [PHOTOS]

It’s okay to be disappointed by some of the ideas you see paraded during Fashion Month.

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Photo:  Marc Jacobs SS2016 RTW

Doesn’t mean you’re negative, pessimistic or opinionated.  Just indicates you’re a critical thinker, not being blindly led.

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Photo:  Tracy Reese SS2016 RTW

Right now we’re in the midst of Milan Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2016 offerings.  When a polished designer wants us to pay for the privilege of looking worse than we do when we awake in the morning, that’s where we should draw the line.

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Photo:  Leanne Marshall SS2016 RTW

Here are the 10 most disenchanting shows so far.

BCBG.

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Photo:  vogue.com

Nicholas K.

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Photo:  nowfashion.com

Rachel Comey.

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Photo:  elle.com

Marc Jacobs.

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Photo:  glamour.com

Ryan Lo.

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Photo:  seen.com

Ashley Williams.

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Photo:  style.com

Marques’ Almeida.

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Photo:  @plaidpanache on Instagram

Tracy Reese.

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Photo:  @trendfudge on Pinterest

A Detacher.

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Photo:  @jewelryrecipe

Faustine Steinmetz.

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Photo:  refinery29.com

Heading to Philadelphia to See the Pope? Here’s What 13 Women Wore to Meet the Pontiff

With the Pope making his first visit to the U.S. this week, I wondered how to dress when meeting him.  Since I’m a Christian but a non-Catholic, I really had no clue. This is what I found after doing some research.

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden meets the Pope

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 Queen Letitzia of Spain meets Pope Francis

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets the Pope at The Vatican

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Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain meets Pope Francis

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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy meets Pope John in 1962

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Sophia, Former Queen of Spain, meets the Pope; photo via @nickverreos

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Angelina Jolie meets Pope Francis

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Queen Mathilde of Belgium meets Pope Francis

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First Lady Nancy Reagan, President Ronald Reagan and the Pope

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Queen of Jordan and Pope Francis

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First Lady Laura Bush meets Pope Benedict XVI ; photo via @chinadaily.com.cn

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First Lady Michelle Obama meets Pope Benedict XVI

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Queen Silvia of Sweden meets Pope Francis

Traveling to London: 5 Outfits for High Tea

So you’re in London and invited to high tea.  What to wear? Never fear, five options are here.

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5 Inspirational Outfit Ideas for London Fashion Weekend

London Fashion Weekend begins now.  If you’re in need of outfit inspiration for attending the Spring/Summer 2016 shows, here are five looks you may even put together from wardrobe staples already in your closet.

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10 Bloggers Show You How to Wear the Perfect Shade of Green

What is it about the color green that elicits so many compliments when worn in one’s outfit? Whether your favorite shade is kelly, mint, teal, hunter or something in between, I urge you to find a way to incorporate it into your capsule wardrobe. Even if you wear green in something as small as a tourmaline or garnet ring, you’ll find that total strangers go out of their way to ask you about it.  Here are 10 ideas to spur your outfit creativity.

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Photo:  @nuny

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Photo:  @leticiarosso

@moniqueestyle

Photo:  @moniqueestyle

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Photo:  @omiga

@mitzi89

Photo:  @mitzi89

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Photo:  @omiga

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@salvina

Photo:  @salvina

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Photo: Paula Deiro’s Secrets

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Photo:  @tisha

You’ll find all of these looks and more at Chicisimo.com

Get Glam with These 6 Girly NFL Game-Day Outfits

The NFL season officially starts this week and while it’s still warm outside we have a chance to dress with panache before we pile on the parkas.  Not only am I checking out the shops but also creating cute combinations for each of the 32 NFL teams. Here are six outfits with more to come as the season progresses.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Polyvore

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Polyvore

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Polyvore.

ARIZONA CARDINALS.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Polyvore.

BALTIMORE RAVENS.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Polyvore.

DENVER BRONCOS.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Polyvore.

Straddle the Seasons with These 5 Black-&-White Outfits

While outdoor temps continue to fluctuate, black-and-white outfits make all kinds of sense.  Not only are both colors plentiful in your summer and fall closets, but also they save you time.  Here are some classy combinations that will garner compliments without causing confusion.

MIXING B&W FLORALS AND ANIMAL PRINTS.

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Photo:  @amybwebb on Polyvore

AN EASY, BREEZY B&W PLAID DRESS WITH WHITE HEELS.

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Photo:  Zendaya from @IGW on Pinterest.

DATE-NIGHT OUTFIT WITH POPS OF RED.

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Photo:  @itgirlwants on Pinterest.

PRIMARILY BLACK WITH A PRINT TOP AND POP OF BLUE.

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Photo:  @amybwebb on Polyvore.

A COPY-ABLE IDEA FROM VICTORIA BECKHAM.

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Photo:  @SplashMedia