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Shopping + Goodies: 8.1.13 – Fancytastic for Fall Right NOW!


Shopping and Goodies is on trend with the latest scoop, gossip and a major fashion faux pas. Two of our favorite designers are making fashion headway with Lady Gaga’s costumes. Totally awesome! Guess which celebs have flashed their panties in public? Are you a shopaholic? If so, we have your newest BFF and it’s an app! Are you ready for fall with Givenchy’s bright color bags, Lanvin’s tall black boots, Valentino’s stunning coat, Isabel Marant’s scarf and Chanel’s lego bag? We’re definitely ready. I’d start ready what the trendiest fashionistas have to say. As you can tell…we’ve been busy shopping all the best places for you!

Be Voguish shares Lady Gaga’s newest costumes designed by Saint Laurent and Balenciaga.

Girls Talkin Smack has the scoop on celebs who’ve flashed their undies in public!

TheFind’s new iPad app, is a shopaholic’s best friend, with every store and every price available in search results, it is destined to become your daily shopping habit.

A Few Goody Gumdrops is getting ready for fall with Givenchy’s Antigona handbag in vibrant hues!

Shopping and Info is ever-so ready to start spending for fabulous pieces for fall!

Lilac Purple Spring Bag Trend 2013

Color is big this season and into Spring 2013. All the designers are showing bags in lots of brights from greens, yellows, reds, blues, to purples. I am loving the lilac, purple, violet spring bags trend for Spring 2013. Everything is so fresh for spring and with the floral fashion trend, it is like you are wearing a bouquet of flowers this coming season.

There are some great picks for Spring 2013 from designers like Balenciaga, Chloe, Anya Hindmarch, Oscar De La Renta, Proenza Schouler, Prada, Rebecca Minkoff, and Modcloth.

Check out some of our favorites here:

Chloe violet cross body saddle bag is on sale for 20% off. Love this bag because it is definitely one of those bags you will want to pull out of your closet all spring and summer. Think of it with a white blouse and jeans carried messenger style. This bag will hold everything and elevate your simple jean and shirt outfit to the next level so you can go right into the Per Se for lunch with no issue if you so choose.

Modcloth I like it like that bag for $54.99 can be used as a clutch or as a shoulder bag. Its flat body style and printed reptile detail on its lilac background and gold hardware makes this bag a no brainer for Spring 2013.

Balenciaga City Arena bag in Glycine with rose gold hardware is an iconic bag that can be used for school, work, play, and travel. This versatile bag is easily going to become your go to bag because it is such a great looking bag that can take a little bit of distress and still keep looking great.

Anya Hindmarch Marano Dancer LED-lit glitter-finished clutch in purple is 70% off from $795 to $238.50 and so chic for the holidays. The color is subtle but eye catching. This clutch can easily go to drinks with friends or a holiday party.

Proenza Schouler PS11 is now a classic. The hard calf leather gives the bag a sheen that sets up the very cool looking hardware on the bag. The bag can be worn crossbody or shoulder bag style. The new violet color is just so enigmatic that you will want to wear one of your coat capes with a fedora when you wear this bag.

Oscar De La Renta Small Dex bag is a perfect lady’s satchel bag with a top handle and shoulder strap. If you want classic ODLR updated in this pretty violet color look no further than the Small Dex bag. It is very chic.

Prada Vernice Tote in Purple is a great bag that comes in a durable leather that is scratch resistant. If you are a mom with young children this is the bag for you. You will be able to take this Prada bag everywhere without worrying about scuffs. You can take this bag from boardroom to homeroom with no issues.

From our friends at Shopping and Info

Spring Shopping Guide: Printed Skinny Jeans

Last summer, colored skinny jeans were the trend that took everyone by surprise—they were fun, budget-friendly, and easy to wear, not to mention the newest thing in denim in several seasons. For winter, colored jeans evolved into animal prints from snake to leopard to zebra. Now, for spring, denim designers have gone a step further with prints of all kinds. Pretty much anything is on the table—floral, ikat, lace, tie-dye—however there is definitely an art to wearing it. If you have long, thin legs, you can get away with almost anything, but for the rest of us, the key is looking for either an elongated, vertical print and/or a more subtle color scheme. Here are my top picks.

Balmain has been doing printed skinny jeans for several seasons, which gives the label a head start. The print on this pair was achieved by hand with bleach and strategically placed to shape the body, hence their four-figure price tag. One of my favorite parts is the concentration of detail at the knee, giving it a knee-pad effect.

Balenciaga’s chevron jeans have a doubly flattering effect in that they layer on a naturally elongating chevron pattern in skinny stripes, further reinforcing the line. I am also a sucker for zip hems, which allow you to adjust the leg opening to your liking.

I can totally see Miu Miu’s star-print jeans on Sea of Shoes—the colors and shape seem right up her alley.  This is an example of a pair without a natural vertical line, but the scale of the print is balanced enough to still be flattering. You can tell the leg is cut well too, which helps.

More printed skinny jeans from Cheryl Shops after the jump…


Balenciaga’s Lamb Leather Jacket Rocks!

We’re loving this Balenciaga Lamb Leather Jacket. This is our current must-have for jeans and leggings paired with Azzendine Alaia’s Cut Out Wedge Boots. Oh-so cool! That’s a great head-to-toe look!  The style and detailing of this sexy black leather jacket is amazing. Balenciaga’s ultra stylish  jacket combines the look of cool and biker chic. This jacket can be worn for day or night… the more you wear it, the better it looks. We know it’s pricey but these pieces are one time investments that can be worn for seasons to come.  Go for it! Click the green link to shop Balenciaga and ALAIA. You know you’ll look ever-so funky and chic and probably never take the jacket off!

– From our friends at A Few Goody Gumdrops

Snob Worthy Links – 9.1.11 – Balenciaga + Fendi

Jewel Snob wants you to get cuffed up with Philippe Audibert’s new leather and metal collection

Shoe Snob gets fierce with fish in the Fendi Two Tone Fishbone Platform

Bag Snob talks about how Balenciaga get their groove back with the new Padlock Shoulder Bag

Balenciaga Pre-Fall 2011 Collection

I see a lot of collections, and I forget a lot of collections. This one however, most certainly stood out amongst the rest. Balenciaga’s Pre-Fall 2011 Collection was full of assertive shapes and colors, giving a strong indication that the 90s have returned – pointy shoes, cropped lengths, and silk bomber jackets, anyone?

from our friends at Fashion Pulse Daily

Snob Worthy Links 9.17.10 – Barneys Handbag Giveaway + Alice and Olivia Spring 2011 + Ruthie Davis Studded Pumps

  • posted September 17th, 2010
  • Fashion

The Bag Snob has a tip on how to win SEVEN ‘it’ bags from Barneys New York including Valextra, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Celine, Lanvin, Proenza Schouler and Nina Ricci. And yes, all seven bags will go to one lucky winner!!

The Beauty Snob is captivated by Prada’s Infusion D’Iris Eau de Toilette which is infused with Iris, one of the “it” notes of the fall season.

The Couture Snob has here eye on Alice + Olivia’s “refined yet edgy” Spring 2011 collection, read more for the full review of the collection presentation.

The Shoe Snob found this killer and on trend pair of Black Gold Studded Pumps from Ruthie Davis! “They’re the perfect balance between badass and glam”!

Balenciaga Fragrance Offers Pure Elegance – Enter to Win!

The new Fragrance” Balenciaga Paris is the latest fragrance from Balenciaga. It was introduced as the company’s first scent after establishing partnership with Coty Incorporated last October 2008.

Nicolas Ghesquiere, Balenciaga’s designer, aided in developing Balenciaga Paris and was very detailed with this particular scent. After twelve years of working with it, he believed that it was about time to release this new fragrance.

He worked along with the IFF perfumer, Olivier Polge. Together, they have created an exquisite scent that aspires for a wonderful fragrance, which is reminiscent of floral blossoms and breezes of the lovely days of spring. Charlotte Gainsbourg was launched as the image of Balenciaga Paris as she demonstrates the scent’s unique mixture of style and boldness.

Balenciaga Paris is contained in a translucent bottle that is presented with simplicity as it is covered with a stopper, which greatly reminds you of the conventional vases in the 18th century. Moreover, Balenciaga Paris features a composition of pleasant floral as violet notes are emphasized. You are not left with powdery compositions as violet brings out a scent that entertains delicate, fresh and natural hints. Aside from violets, carnation, cedar and patchouli were also integrated to bring out a wonderful fragrance that everybody would love.

Balenciaga Paris Eau De Parfum is available in 1.7 oz for $95 and 2.5 oz for $130.

How To Enter: To enter this amazing giveaway submit your info at And title your email –Balenciaga Paris Giveaway. This will run until June 2nd. So good luck!

Giveaway Disclaimer: Couture in the City and the featured product is not responsible for any errors that may occur during the giveaway. Nor for any incorrect winners information that may occur during the drawing. To be entered into the giveaway follow instructions. A winner is picked one time only.

From our friends at Couture in the City

Shopping + Goodies Memorial Day Edition

This edition of Shopping and Goodies is filled with everything! First, we want to welcome Nadia from the ever-so fabulous Child Mode Blog! She joins a group of amazing fashionistas who always have the latest scoop, the hottest items, the best giveaways, super advice and juicy interviews.

So, are you loving TheGustto shoulder bag? What did Guiliana have to say about swimwear? Who found the best white dresses? How can you win aLouis Vuitton Handbag? Can you really simplify your day? I would start reading about the latest must-haves right now and go on a shopping spree!

A Few Goody Gumdrops has her first online TV interview with Guiliana Rancic. Click the link to watch!

Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy is getting to know..John Fluevog, of the fabulous Fluevog Shoes!

Child Mode is crazy about Servane Barrau Design’s 2010 Voyage Line for kids.

Couture In The City
are you a fan of
Balenciaga? Enter to for you chance to win the new Balenciaga Paris fragrance!

Fashion Cents
gives you tips for
adding color to your wardrobe.

Fashion Hippo
presents 4
Summer Fashion Essentials to simplify your day.

Handbag du Jour
spots Halle Berry toting the
Gustto ‘Falcha’ Shoulder Bag.
is asking
“Does Africa really Need a VOGUE Africa?”

RedPoppy Fashion
is in love with
L.A.M.B.’s Roderick Casual High Heel Shoe from DNA Footwear!

Shopping and Info
found the best white dresses
by Thakoon and Riller & Fount for summer.

Simply Sample Sales wants you to check out one of their favorite sample sale sites
and enter to win a Louis Vuitton handbag!

The Well-Heeled Society
puts her best
foot forward during this Sex and The City 2 whirlwind weekend!

is giving away a
$100 gift card to spend on new summer sandals from our friends at!!

What’s Haute Magazine
has partnered with to give away a
$250 shopping spree to your favorite store on beso!

Buy it: Balenciaga Paris gift with purchase

Fact: Most high fashion houses make the bulk of their profits from leather goods and cosmetics, not from clothing sales. And this totally makes sense–a woman may not be able to afford a $4,000 Chanel suit, but she might deem a classic 2.55 bag worthy of a $2,000 investment, and she–as well as many women–can certainly afford a $30 Chanel lipstick. In other words, it’s easier to sell 150 $30 lipsticks than it is to sell one $4,000 suit. So it’s surprising that Nicolas Ghesquiere has waited this long to launch a fragrance for Balenciaga, especially considering his Gucci Group mates Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen both have several under their belts. Granted, there are several older Balenciaga scents out there, some of which have been around since the 40s and 50s, but he hasn’t introduced a new one until now. Interestingly, Balenciaga Paris isn’t quite as fashion-forward as its namesake fashion label–I would’ve pictured something more modern and unisex–and in fact it’s a pretty, slightly powdery and substantially woody scent of the kind that’s pretty popular nowadays. It doesn’t have any offensive notes (like patchouli), which makes it a great choice for work; overall, it’s a very respectable scent.

If all of this is already appealing to you, here’s something that will totally persuade you: Nordstrom is currently offering a gift with purchase: Buy the $130 2.5 eau de parfum and get a little Balenciaga zip pouch. Now, I’m sure the GWP version isn’t real leather, but a similar style retails for $295 on the Balenciaga website. This could easily be used as a clutch bag; I’m tempted to order the perfume just for the bag. You might not be able to dress like a Balenciaga woman, but, hey, there’s nothing wrong with faking it till you make it.

From our friends at Cheryl Shops

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