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Shopping and Goodies 5.14.13 Rocker Flats, Polish and Swollen Feet!
Seems that Shopping and Goodies has a foot fetish! We’re featuring everything to do with feet…studded rocker flats, gorgeous toe nail polish, swollen feet, and sock free shoes! Sob sob…poor Kimmy can’t fit into her Louboutins! We’re also scooping about Matthew Williamson’s latest collaboration with Benefit Cosmetics. Read what the hippest fashionistas have to say! We shop the latest goodies on the net, the trendy boutiques and the NYC streets for you! Click the links and start shopping!

A Few Goody Gumdrops loves Pierre Hardy’s Nail Sets for NARS.

Shopping and Info is rocking Valentino’s studded patent leather flats.

Girls Talkin Smack shares Kim’s woes….her feet are too swollen for her Louboutins!

The Fashionable Housewife features the must-have sock free shoes!

TheFind is loving the throwback 70′s vintage inspired Benefit make up set called “The Rich is Back”, created by fashion designer Matthew Williamson.

Valentino Stud Bracelets are BOSS

Valentino Stud Bracelets Valentino Stud Bracelets are BOSS If there is a stud bracelet you need this season, I say get one or two or three of these Valentino stud bracelets to make an armparty that is tough as studs.

The Valentino stud bracelets are really great look to match with your Cartier love bracelet, CC Skye bracelets, Vita Fede Bracelets.

Here are my favorite ones. Get it while its hot. Valentino stud bracelets are BOSS.

Valentino Va Va Voom Bracelet in Gold for $545

Valentino Garavani Rockstud Slim Leather Bracelet for $175

VALENTINO GARAVANI studded buckle bracelet for $231.95

Valentino Garavani Pop Rockstud Leather Bracelet for $275 in hot pink for Valentine’s Day.

From our friends at Shopping and Info

Valentino Napa Leather Shoulder Bag

Is the “Something Extra” Element of Aesthetic Overrated?
Fashionistas the globe over will swear that truly great works of fashion art — dresses that turn heads, shoes that stomp through the catwalk and into the hearts and minds of industry watchers — all must possess a certain “something extra.” A flare or ornament or odd detail that goes beyond craftsmanship, construction, edginess, and [insert your favorite fashion buzz word here].

But maybe this fashion hypothesis is overblown. Here’s why.

Look at these two bags: Marc Jacobs’ Edie calfskin leather satchel and Valentino’s Va Va Voom small Napa leather shoulder bag.

Both constitute exquisite examples of great fashion. Both take opposite stances on the “Something Extra Is Vital” hypothesis. The Valentino bag features a prominent adornment of pyramidal studs arrayed in a subtle line. This is the essence of what we talked about above — a small, quiet, irreducible embellishment that makes a fashion work stand out.

The Marc Jacobs bag, on the other hand, is simply a beautiful black leather bag. Sure, it has a somewhat uniquely leathered texture. But it’s not particularly wild or out of the ordinary. And yet it still works! Just as well as the Valentino bag. No subtle adornment (unless there is something microscopic that can’t be seen in the marketing materials). Yet it still gleaned rave reviews like this from online fans: “This bag in gorgeous. The moment I saw it in the store I could not get my eyes off it. Beautiful leather, perfect size, just beautiful.”

Hmm. So do we need embellishments or not?

Maybe we just have to agree that different bags can work for different reasons. Fashion is as much an art as it is a science. So when the scientists fail to crack the case, the visionaries must lead us somewhere. And we just need to hope they take us some place cool…

– From our friends at Shopping and Info

Cameron Diaz Red Carpet Look – Love or Hate?

  • posted February 20th, 2011
  • Fashion

Cameron Diaz recently wowed the red carpet at the L.A. premiere of the new movie The Green Hornet. She chose a bright red dress by Azzaro, which she wore with Casadei pumps and a gold necklace from Lana Jewelry. She set off the bright red with her lovely tan, which she acquired on a recent vacation to Hawaii with sweetheart Alex Rodriguez, so she was positively glowing at the movie premiere. Her arms were also remarkably toned – perhaps from kayaking on her vacation as she was photographed doing?

What do you think of the look? I think the dress is drop-dead gorgeous, and at first thought it was by Valentino due to its color. She keeps the look casual by wearing her hair down and keeping jewelry to a minimum. With an updo and a more formal choker, however, she would have had a totally different look!

Is this a look you love or hate on Ms. Diaz?

From our friends at Couture in the City

Paris Fashion Week Spring 2011: Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga

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Mention the name Valentino and it’s easy to get visions of the designer’s ultra-famous gowns, à la Julia Roberts in a black and white vintage dream at the 2001 Oscars. And while the house’s current design heads Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are hardly shy about putting models in fresh, frilly, demure minis, there were a few surprise twists and turns on the Valentino spring 2011 catwalk. For example, a handful of looks in…wait for it… denim! It was, nevertheless, the most refined-looking display of denim ever, but it was nice to see something so quotidian done with such class. Trust Valentino to take basic cotton, among many other things, and make it seem truly out of this world.

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Yves Saint Laurent

Black, white, backless jumpsuits and exposed midriffs with calf-length skirts…it was all about pushing the ends of the YSL spectrum as far as they could reach for Stefano Pilati. A somehow new and inventive trench coat appeared on the same runway as a ruched and ruffled gypsy-eque dress; a blouse fit for a pilgrim was immediately disavowed by the fact that it was completely sheer. It was as if the designer wanted the collection to be omnipresent, to meet any kind of need any woman might have in order to make her mark. Oh, marks were made alright, by Pilati himself and the YSL Spring 2011 woman, though she doesn’t even know it yet.

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While Nicolas Ghesquière used items from the house’s long history to influence his designs for Spring 2011, this wasn’t a presentation of how-well-do-you-know-your-Balenciaga — for examepl, a particular panel leaf dress inspired theshape of this season’s coats. Instead, Ghesquière had slicked and spiked models wearing minimal make-up and bring

ing a tough masculinity to each look. A smooth, almost serpentine texture on smocked blouses contrasted tailored trousers and scalloped, sleeveless, menswear-style shirts. The designer insisted he was after individuality, and he sure got it.

-Kaci Hamilton

From our friends at Fashion Pulse Daily

Snob Worthy Links: 7.7.10 – Miu Miu’s Nappa Clocquet, Valentino’s Haute Couture and Dsquared Fume Pumps

The BagSnob spotted Rachel McAdams wearing Miu Miu’s Nappa Clocquet.  Is it a Miu Miu’s version of the Proenza Schouler PS1, then the Mulberry Alexa? Let us know in comments!

The BeautySnob is layering Beauty Addicts’ Hydra SUNRays for a natural looking sheer ‘tan’ bronzer to complement an all-over tan.

The CoutureSnob reviews Valentino’s Haute Couture Fall 2010 Collection which touts many high-waisted baby doll silhouettes and is targeting a younger audience.

The ShoeSnob can’t wear these Dsquared Fume pumps without AC, but she loves the transparent look and studded details!!

Shopping + Goodies 10.21.09

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The Fashionable Housewife is giving away Crest & Scope Giftbaskets to 5 lucky winners! Each gift basket will contain toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss picks in the new Outlast flavor from Crest and Scope.

A Few Goody Gumdrops finally found at the ESPN Magazine Body Issue launching event

Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy is celebrating her birthday! Tell her your favourite post and you could win!

Couture In The City Shows us how to spice up our fall look with jewelry designer Jessie Williams

Fashion Fille ponders if Gen Y is becoming tragically inarticulate.

Fashion Hippo showcases the Best Over-the-Knee Boots in Every Heel Height

Handbag du Jour thinks life is easy for Nicky Hilton and her Valentino Maison Hard Tote.

Princess Dominique invites you to enter the YMI Dark Wash Bootcut Jeans Giveaway!

Quinta Trends shows Karina Latorre last collection

Shopping and Info has a $500 Carolina Herrera gift card giveaway. has the best Halloween Costume Ideas

Style Eyes checks out a scary collection from Paris Fashion Week in her post Giles in Paris – an Arachnophobes worst nightmare.

StyleMaven relies on Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and Calma Mask for skin care emergencies.

The Fashionable Bambinoinvites you to enter our Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy Goes Boo DVD Giveaway! TWO winners! Contest ends Friday 10/23!

The Fashionable Gal is giving away a CLARISONIC! Not only that, it’s a PINK one!! Just donate to Fashionable Gals For A Cure, and you’ll be entered to win a pink Clarisonic of your very own!

TheFind Blog is excited about the Anna Sheffield for Target jewelry collection and we can’t wait to get our hands on our favorite picks from the vintage inspired necklaces, earrings and “charm-ing” bracelets.

What’s Haute Magazine‘s beauty editor spends some time with the hair master, Frederic Fekkai.

A Few Goody Gumdrops Chats With the Director of Valentino: The Last Emperor

Last night in Boston A Few Goody Gumdrops attended the opening of the film: Valentino the last emperor. This was truly a very special premier as we met the director and producer of the film, Matt Tyrnauer.We LOVED the film! It was beyond our expectations.It was amazing and the audience was dazzled!

After watching this captivating film, Tyrnauer followed up with a question and answer session.He began by telling us that Valentino told him,"Women want to be beautiful and that is what I do." Tyrnauer was dynamic, funny and candidly honest. He entertained us with some great behind the scenes anecdotes. After all, the film took two and half years to shoot!

Matt worked for Vanity Fair in the Conde Nest Building in New York and decided to do an independent film documentary about fashion and the fashion icon Valentino. Matt opened in Boston last night to rave reviews and a very enthusiastic audience. The ninety six minute film was shortened considerably from the rough cut of seven hours.

The film is about the relationship between Valentino and his long time friend/business partner Giancarlo. Watching the film, we met Valentino's seamstresses who stitch every couture piece by hand. Matt was completely mesmerized watching the seamstresses detailed work for hours.He stated that he has such great respect for them and their craft. He felt that the head seamstress was a master herself. Many of these seamstresses and their daughters have worked for Valentino for forty five years. When they retire Valentino presents them with a silver frame with a picture of himself!

Although Matt was thrilled with his documentary, when he first showed it to Valentino and Giancarlo, they were devastated and in tears.They were not tears of joy; they simply hated the film. Eventually, the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival with sixteen hundred people to a standing ovation. Valentino and Giancarlo now loved the film!

This film is a must-see for every FASHIONISTA. You will be totally engaged from beginning to end.The couture pieces will intrigue you as well. They are gorgeous,timelessly classic and so chic.One can see why Valentino is a true fashion icon. We can not give you any more details about the film….go see it!

"A must-see for fashion lovers and pop-culture alike"-The New York Times
"Fused with wit and self-deprecating humor"-Andre Leon Talley, VOGUE
"Pure movie magic"-The New York Post

From our friends at A Few Goody Gum Drops

Runway Look of the Day: Valentino


If it’s going to be a look of the day from Valentino, you better believe it will be something in “Valentino Red!”

I held my breathe as the design transfer went from Signore Valentino
to Alessandra Facchinetti and then rapidly onto Maria Grazia Chiuri and
Pier Paolo Piccioli — what would be embraced in the designs besides the
signature red color? How would the house that Valentino built be
elavated upon, and not deviated from, by the new designers. So far, so
good, I must say, and this dress from spring 2009 is a great example,
in my opinion, if not an excellent example how the designers have
embodied the sexy, sophisticated aesthetic of the brand, while moving
it into a future-thinking model. The draping, the twists, the drama —
very Italian, and very modern.

From our friends at Fashion Pulse Daily

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