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Bank Breaker V$. Bargain: White Satchel

Wow, it’s been a while since I did a Bank Breaker V$. Bargain feature. This time I chose an item that I want-a white satchel. This hand bag is a very chic no-nonsense kind of bag. I can really see it getting a lot of use this spring and into summer. I found the Alexa by Mulberry on LaGarconne.com in “petticoat white” for $1150.00! It’s our “Bank Breaker” all right. I actually like the “Bargain” bag better.

The “Bargain” bag is the Maurissa Carry-All Messanger from Melie Bianco in “bone” for $96.00. That is an insane deal compared to the bag above. If you’re a regular reader, then you know Melie Bianco is one of my new favorite hand bag designers. This one is definitely making my list.

Do you like the “Bank Breaker” or the “Bargain” handbag? 

Honor Earth Day with Recycled Jewelery

Maganda Recycled and Revamped Jewelery

Today is Earth Day, a day to appreciate and bring awareness to the Earth’s environment (although we should be doing that every day). Did you know there are so many things you can do to honor our planet?

As a fashionista there are more than enough ways to be fabulous, chic, and green. In middle school, I was taught the three R’s-Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

You can incorporate these three R’s in your every day life…fashionably of course. And if you’re like me…you should start with baby steps, like recycled jewelery. This is when items are reused or reworked into pieces of jewelery. I went on the hunt on one of my favorite sites, Etsy. They are all about handmade items. I found a few sellers below who caught my attention with beautiful and eclectic pieces of jewelery.


Which piece of recycled jewelery is your favorite?

Handbag Delight: Melie Bianco

Melie Bianco is a handbag line based out of Los Angeles and offers what they call “Affordable Luxury.” You won’t find anything over $100. I recently purchased one of their bags at the Sassy City Chicks event. It’s this amazing clutch that I’ve only used once and I can’t wait to use again. If you’re looking to add some color into your life with a handbag, just look up. Oh…and if you live in the Los Angeles area, you’ll be happy to know they are holding a sample sale on April 30th at their headquarters in Pico Rivera. Go here for details. I don’t think I’m going to be able to go, so instead I’m just going to sit here and drool over these.

All Bangled Up!

Welcome to my new obsession, wooden bangle bracelet sets. Yes, it has to be a set. My friend Ivory has really inspired me to start wearing large bangle bracelets. She always rocks them! Today, I went shopping with my mom and she bought me an early birthday gift, which included a set from Avenue. She did buy me other stuff, but you’ll have to wait and see those. If you haven’t noticed, I have to buy my bracelets at plus size stores. I have my dad to thank for my large man hands. LOL. I love the tribal feel you get from these and they pretty much go with anything. Take a look at the wide assortment below.

Which set do you love? 

1. Nordstrom $28 2. ASOS $25.10 3. Alloy $16.90 4. Nordstrom $38 5. Evans £15.00 6. Forever 21 $7.80 7. Forever 21 $6.80 8. Evans £15.00 9. Forever 21 $7.80 10. Old Navy $10.50 11.ASOS $23.31

Beyond the Rack Launches “Full-Figured and Fabulous!”

It’s all about “members-only” shopping web sites in 2011! If your a fashionista, then you must know about Beyond the Rack!  They’re also a members-only shopping site for men and who women who crave the latest designer fashion and accessories at 70% off.

I remember hearing about Beyond the Rack years ago, but unfortunately they didn’t carry anything in my size. If you’re like me, then you’ll be happy to know they are launching a plus size category on Wednesday, April 6th!

It’s called “FULL-FIGURED AND FABULOUS” (sizes will range from 16-24 and 1X-3X). You’ll be able to shop for designer casual attire like tops, dresses, jeans, and swimwear. Are you excited yet? Wednesday’s sale will include Seven7, Onyx Nite Dresses, Sharagano, Carmen Marc Valvo, Rocawear, One World, Dereon, Red Woman, Spiegel, and Baby Phat!

To join Beyond the Rack you must be invited by a member or request a membership. But, no worries…I’ve got you curvy fashionistas covered. Here’s a special invite with a $10 shopping credit! Click on the link to become a member today!

Sassy City Chicks L.A. Fashion Bash Event

Shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Just one of the reasons to go to the Sassy City Chicks event. My curvy gals and I were sooooo happy to see a plus size vendor on hand, Sassi Rebel! You can’t even imagine the excitement. Yesterday was my third time attending this event and I always leave with something. Last night I snatched up a yummy clutch and a shirt. Our Sassy Totes were awesome…as always.

There are tons of accessories on hand, but we were still yearning for more plus vendors and shoes…we need shoes! I did get my spa on…believe me. I got there early enough to sign up for an amazing chair massage and hand massage. We grabbed a drink from Svedka Vodka and checked out all the vendors. 365Hangers.com was even on hand. My friend found a Marc Jacobs dress…lucky girl! I snapped a few pics below.

Sassy City Chicks is coming to a city near you…San Francisco April 7, Chicago May 5, New York Jun 15 and 16.

Retro Eyes with Free People

I love sunglasses. You all know I used to work in the accessories department at Nordstrom. I always say that’s where the love affair began.

Now, that it’s officially spring, I’m in the mood to start wearing different styles and colors. Right now the love is geared towards retro style sunglasses. Like the Kelly Wayfarer (right) from Free People. Aren’t they fun?

Do you know what’s better than stylish sunglasses? Stylish sunglasses for $18. Woohoo! All of the sunglasses below are only $18 at Free People.

You are welcome…a bargainista’s work is never done.


Belts I’m loving NOW!

I’m kind of on a belt kick right now. They can change an outfit in an instant. Belts can be used as an accessory to an already simply chic outfit or to give you shape while embracing your curves. There are two skinny belts below, but for some reason I’m loving the wide chunky belts like the Equestrian belt from Torrid (#11).

1.Avenue 2.Torrid 3.Ashley Stewart 4.Forever21+ 5.Simply Be 6.Torrid 7.Simply Be 8.Torrid 9.Forever21+ 10.Forever21+ 11.Torrid

Which one is your favorite? 

Rings Take Shape

I am now just realizing that I need more rings in my life. After wearing the big sparkly one I bought at Aldo Accessories I know I need more! Call it a budding obsession with statement rings.

But, everyone should have at least one statement ring. If you don’t, then you have no idea what your outfit is missing.

In fact, while doing a little bit of ring browsing online, I came across a few rings that caught my eye. Rings that need to be on my fingers soon!

They were in various simple, yet bulky stunning shapes and angles. Most are from ASOS and Topshop and are designed to stand out. I love the minimalist designs.

The Abstract Cut Out Ring from Topshop ($20) is HOT! Which one is your favorite?

Black, White & Leopard All Over

I’m all about being inspired today. In fact, the immediate second I saw these delicious Leo Platform heels from Alloy ($46.99), I knew I had to write this post.

Leopard is always in style, but I say we venture out of our fashion comfort boxes and go a different route with black and white leopard print.

Now, if you’re already in possession of black and white leopard print, yay! for you. But, I’m not and I think these would jump start my collection.

Ok, I don’t know about a collection, but grabbing a few pieces here and there can really add some “oomph” to any blah outfit.

If these shoes don’t do it for you, I found a few accessories, tops, and shoes that might peak your interest.

What do you think? Are you feeling this black and white leopard print? What pieces do you already own?

LOVE Giveaway #4: We Love Colors

The month of “LOVE” is almost over! Can you believe it? And you know I always save the best for last around here.

We Love Colors is one of my favorite brands. Not only are the tights amazing, but their range of colors is insane!

In fact, when I think of love-one of the first colors that come to mind is red. And no tight collection is complete without a pair of red tights. Can you imagine the fashion possibilities?

Don’t own a pair of red tights?

This is your lucky day,  We Love Colors is giving one lucky reader a pair of their Nylon/Lycra Tights in Scarlet Red or Red ($15 value). It’s your choice!

It’s really simple to enter:

To enter: You MUST follow me via Google Connect (on the sidebar) and leave me a comment below telling how you would style these tights. What item in your closet would you wear them with?

*Make sure you leave a valid email address or twitter i.d. or your entry will not be counted.

For extra entries:

**You must provide separate comments stating you completed each of the extra entries or it will not count.

Rules: Only open to U.S. residents, only one entry per person unless using the three extra entries, you must be 18 years or older to enter, winner will be chosen using Random.org and the giveaway will end 2/28/11.

Giveaway closed!!