Inside A Style Blogger’s Closet: Most Mod, Darling Halloween Costume / Retro-Inspired Outfit!

Even though my Halloween party plans did not come to fruition this weekend (stupid weather!), I put together my look since I was so looking forward to wearing it!

Typically, I dress up in my favorite party dress with some birthday-themed adornments from the local party store & attend festivities as a birthday girl. To me, Halloween is just another reason to show off the stylish part of my personality & this year, I went with being a mod 60s gal! Having scored this darling houndstooth mod dress ($17.95) @H&M just recently, I knew that it had to make its long-awaited debut for Halloween.  I’m not the blood & guts kind of trick-or-treater anyway.

The dress is the only new purchase to my wardrobe, which I plan on wearing to work on Monday, however minus the bright turquoise tights.  Since my job isn’t quite one where Halloween costumes are permitted, I’m substituting the turquoise with a deep plum opague tight, hoping to look more professional, but still polished with a fashionable belt to cinch me in.  The pictured tights come from Target from a few years ago & rarely make an appearance, but the color is just so playful & fun, I like to pair it with a plain work-appropriate LBD & some textured ballet flats.  My high heel maryjanes represent an old Payless purchase & my sweater jacket is a favorite from Old Navy.

I’m a big lover of black & white patterns, so it goes without saying that the houndstooth headband thrived in my arsenal of hair accessories for quite some time now- perhaps a purchase from Icing by Claire’s? I’m keeping this post short & sweet, so Happy Halloween!  Happy Styling!

Red Carpet Review: Menswear Inspiration from Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga, & Evan Rachel Wood!

Menswear inspiration has made quite a comeback over the last few years & it looks like it’s not going away.  We have some amazing celebrity inspiration on how to recreate these looks, embracing the androgynous trend in the most chic & elegant way.  Evan Rachel Wood made a big splash this year in a Dolce & Gabbana suit with Salvatore Ferragamo heels at the Venice Film Festival & also a white Yves Saint Laurent suit with Neil Lane jewelry at the Ides of March premiere.  Fashionista Alexa Chung showed off some color-blocking & layering with a long-sleeved sweater, a button-down shirt, with gray skinny jeans & a red quilted Chanel crossbody bags.

Supermodel Kate Moss wore all-over gray in a slouchy top & trousers with cap toe heels for a Rimmel London event.  Naomi Watts sported her own interpretation of the vest & pants look in this all-white Stella McCartney design.  Jennifer Aniston shows a sultry black version in Dolce & Gabbana for the New York premiere of Five, with a peek-a-boo bra.  In a surprise turn of fashion, Lady Gaga showed up at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in this mustard Viktor & Rolf suit with a mini tube bra & plastic square sunglasses.

To shop for some menswear pieces like blazers, vests, trousers, & button down shirts, check out New York & Company, Express, Ann Taylor LOFT, & H&M.  For accessories to complete your look like belts, necklaces, bags, & shoes, check out some of my favorite stores like Payless, DSW, ALDO, & Steve Madden.

For more on Red Carpet Review, check out the looks from last month’s Emmy Awards, the top looks from the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, & Jessica Chastain’s Summer of Style.  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: New Markdowns on H by Halston Shoes @Bakers!

If you didn’t know already, legendary designer Halston has created some super sexy styles of shoes.  The H by Halston brand can be found @Bakers.  Halston has been worn on red carpets by such celebrities as Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, & Nicole Richie.

When I was looking a the store’s website, I found some really amazing style son sale.  Although some of these prices are not necessarily in my fall budget, but if you’re looking to get your feet on the luxury footwear, take a look at the sale items, which are marked down!

I picked these four, which range in price from $29.99 – $94.99 & are perfect to add some height, thus making you look slimmer.  Check out the Alexa ($29.99, marked down from $90.00), Brodie ($49.99, marked down from $100.00), Ruby ($49.99, marked down from $110.00), & Rosalind ($94.99, marked down from $100.00), as well as other styles on the website.

The Alexa platforms are perfect to wear with a maxi dress while on vacation or even with a pencil skirt & glittery blazer.  The red snake & suede details on the Brodie peep toes would look super fierce with a structural LBD or with a metallic draped number.

The black & silver suede Ruby platforms are a mix of 70s & mod, perfect for a solid sheath dress or with a flowy jumpsuit.  The playful Rosalind maryjanes are a modern way of showing off a 20s flapper look, or even for a work look with wide leg trousers & a pinstripe button down shirt.

Fore more news on the latest shoe sales, check out lace peep toes inspired by Christian Louboutin, killer heels from GOjane, & Pippa Middleton’s ballet flats! Happy Styling!

Basics for a Bargain: Scarves Inspired by Zoe Saldana, Claire Danes, Rihanna, & More (Dedicated to Rosie)!

My bestie, Rosie, was asking me about scarves for the season & I thought what better way to show her & my readers the many different ways  a scarf can be worn, especially this fall!  However, when I looked at some celebrities to get some inspiration, I saw that scarves have a place among everyday pieces like jeans, sunglasses, & boots.

Zoe Saldana dresses up her black top & skinny jeans with platform heels & a leopard scarf.  January Jones covers up a tissue tee with her blue scarf, accented with a cargo jacket & ballet flats.  Nicole Richie adds a pop of color to her gray & black look with a chunky red scarf.  Kate Walsh makes her layered blazer look more chic with a taupe scarf that matches her striped cardigan.  Rihanna makes travelling look luxe with her neutral, streamlined basics but with an animal-inspired scarf.  Claire Danes plays with leather, but keeps it from looking too flashy with black jeans & a gray bundled pashmina.

Claudia Schiffer takes a 70s turn  with a printed scarf over a button down blouse & denim skirt.  If you take away the top & add a chunky knit, & replace the sandals with ankle booties worn with tights & you have a very fall-ready ensemble.  Ashley Olsen takes a walk around New York City, mixing prints with her top & floral scarf.  Model Bar Rafaeli brings an all-American flair to her court side look at the French Open back in June with mixing denim & a gray fringe scarf.

To amp up your looks just a little more, I’ve picked out a variety of scarves.  While I’m a super bargain hunter, I always recommend looking for accessories that are worth the investment b/c they last all season long! From Target, the tropical mix scarf ($16.99) in pink is perfect for an earth-tone look & the pop of pink would look very strong against dark denim.  @Payless, you can find the leopard print scarf ($9.99) to wear with a leather jacket & skinny jeans.  If you’re looking for some color with ladylike touches, check out LOFT‘s beaded dot scarf ($34.99)- especially when the store frequently has 40% off sales!

Mix a tiny floral print top & bootcut jeans with this tribal scarf ($9.50) from Charlotte Russe. Keeping with the prints, the jagged pattern scarf ($10.50) from Forever 21 is fun to wear with a graphic tee, denim jacket, & straight leg black pants for a casual day of errands.  Something a little chunkier, take a look at Bebe for the ivory open weave scarf ($29.00) that would show the luxury in your taste with a peacoat & knee boots.  A must-have scarf is the sheer lurex infinity scarf ($29.90) from Express, which comes in nine different colors.  The store is also currently having a BOGO 50% sale, so you can buy one for yourself and another for a friend without breaking the bank.  You can also take on blacks & whites with the ‘dawn’s early light’ scarf ($19.99) from Mod Cloth, which can be paired with a boyfriend blazer over a t-shirt & liquid leggings.

What are your favorite scarf styles?  Do you prefer fringe & pattern or do you go with a basic pashmina?  For more posts on Basics for a Bargain, check out Miranda Kerr in tees & leather, turtlenecks inspired by Amanda Seyfried & Selena Gomez, & The Stylish Five for more on cute cold weather accessories.  Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: Trick or Treat? BOGO 50% Off @Payless + 20% Off Coupon Code!

Trick of treat, Style Darlings!  I don’t usually post directly from my emails, but considering that there’s some bad weather out there on this Halloween Eve weekend, I know I’m staying in & may indulge in some online shopping.  For those of you who’d like to join me, check out the big BOGO sale @Payless going on right now!  It started yesterday, so there are still plenty of styles to pick from!  Also, I received an email a while back about a special 20% off coupon code, which expires 10/31, so this weekend is the weekend to jump on sale & coupon! If you shop online & have your purchased shipped to a local Payless store, it’s FREE! Happy Styling!