July 2012

Open Knit » Dip Dye + Striped Fedora

by dietingfashion on July 11, 2012

After this Free People sweater post, my search for an affordable open knit sweater continued. I noticed this Spring and Summer the whole beach fun with the open knit wraps and shirts are picking up momentum.

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This sweater is from LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls and what a beautiful top. The dip dye look is also very trendy and I adore the color. I think this top is also available in blue. The quality is okay. It is a lot softer to the touch compared to the Free People sweater. I have noticed that some threads are knotted oddly with the strands frayed and un-tucked into the stitching. Otherwise, not much else to complain. This sweater is loose fitted just the way I like it. Great with crops and sandals, and perfect for a stroll or playing around.

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Top: LC Lauren Conrad Dip-Dye Crochet Sweater (here)
Bottoms: Current/Elliott Ditsy Print Stiletto Jeans (here)
Shoes: Loft Frances Pop Color Wedges (here)
Hat: J. Crew Striped Fedora (similar here)

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CreativeFashionGlee » Summer Fashion Style #1

by dietingfashion on July 9, 2012

My new article is up on CreativeFashionGlee.com. See what I’m loving for summer!

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Crave » The Casual Tote

by dietingfashion on July 8, 2012

It’s not always about the brand that makes a great tote. It’s not the designer or how luxurious it is. I can be happy with a $20 tote or a $200 tote. As a mom, I think totes are the most efficient bags. I cannot fit a sippy cup in my Classic 2.55 Medium handbag. I cannot fit a change of clothes for both my girls in my Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 (it does come close).

As my girls grow up, I find myself looking for a larger casual tote. One that I can upgrade from my very sturdy Coach Madison OP Art Sateen Maggie Bag.

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Hermes Garden Party
Louis Vuitton Artsy MM

Marc by Marc Jacobs Eazy Tote

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Kate Spade New York Signature Spade Jane

Tory Burch Small Sofia Tote

Pour La Victoire Lucca Overnight Tote
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Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM    
     

I know the Hermes will be a great investment and I find it in the right price range (pre-owned). Another one that I really have my eye on is the Pour La Victoire Lucca Overnight tote. This tote looks almost similar to a Longchamps Planetes Tonal tote.

Is there a tote you recommend?

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Kimono Cardigan » My New Obsession

by dietingfashion on July 6, 2012

Ever since Nicole Richie reinvented herself, her Winter Kate clothing line has inspired so many boho fashion designers. I had always wanted her drapey kimono cardigan (see here and here). The lightweight floral design seem to fit Nicole’s new persona – the easy, laidback boho mom. She’s no longer angst but chic and calm. Wandering around Kohls, I came across this LC Lauren Conrad Floral Chiffon Cardigan. For $28, I thought “Wow, a la Nicole Richie for a 1/10 the price!”

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Top: Loft Sleeveless Textured Blouse
Jacket: LC Lauren Conrad Floral Chiffon Cardigan/ Jacket (here and a lovely similar one here)
Bottoms: A/X Jeggings (very similar here at half the price)
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Leather Pumps (here)
Hat: J. Crew Striped Fedora

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4th of July » Cropped Trench Cape

by dietingfashion on July 4, 2012

Happy Fourth of July! I hope everyone is having a great time with a mid-week day off. So rare right? Rare like this Stella McCartney Trench Cape that has been on my radar for a while now. I have seen it on Anh from 9to5chic.com and now the lovely Wendy from Wendyslookbook.com.

My search ended on Ebay but not with the Stella McCartney trench cape. It’s a look a like in a different color.

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The cropped trench is very cute with a 3/4 sleeve rather than long sleeves. And it is a thin cotton trench not as high quality as the Stella McCartney trench. I do like the color and the sizing is all right. There are some thread snags already. But I get what I paid for. I just love the look of a cropped trench and the pleated back with the curved sides.

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I have found a super look a like of the Stella McCartney Trench here at a fraction of the cost. I purchased it but haven’t put together an outfit yet. It’s been too hot to even try to wear it. I rather wear the Ebay Chinese replica trench because it’s just a lot thinner and more appropriate for the Texas weather right now. People already think I’m crazy for wearing a jacket but with the rainy weather lately, my neighbors haven’t been giving me the weird eye look.

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Top: J. Crew Camp Shirt (similar here)
Jacket: Cropped Trench Cape from Ebay (here)
Bottoms: Ann Taylor Loft Modern Roll Up Denim (here)
Shoes: Ann Taylor Perfect Patent Leather Pumps (here)
Bag: Coach Madison Op Art Sateen Maggie Shoulder Bag (here)

What are you doing this Fourth of July?

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