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Mixing High and Low Fashion

Mixing High and Low Fashion

Mixing designer pieces with fast-fashion affordable items is the secret weapon of every fashionista.

I won’t spend alot on a piece unless it’s a staple I know will be timeless, stay in style for years to come and I will wear ALOT.

Handbags, shoes, jackets, coats, LBD’s and sunglasses are the pieces I’m willing to splurge on. These are staple pieces that can elevate any look and you can wear them over and over.

But how do you make your outfit seem cohesive, styled, and chic when mixing pieces from such different price-points?  Which pieces can you pair without cheapening the look?  There is definitely an ART when it comes to mixing high and low but once you get the basics down you’ll be mixing it up like a fashion influencer in no time!

Mixing high and low fashion begins with your shopping habits. First you have to determine what you want to be your investment pieces and where you place your priorities. Are you a high end shoe gal or a luxe coat collector? Whatever you want those staples to be, make sure your investments can get you some long-term mileage. You’ll be wearing these pieces repeatedly, so make sure they’re high-quality, durable, and won’t need to be replaced after a couple of wears.

Trends, ah trends. We all love them, follow them and want to rock them BUT you should NOT  invest in them.  Trends will come and go.  This is not the time to make it designer. Now if a timeless piece happens to fall into a current trend then YAY but don’t buy it just because of the trend.  For example if you are thinking of purchasing  a yellow Chanel bag yes Yellow is a trend right now BUT that Chanel bag will be timeless so go for it!  If you want to rock a certain out-of-the-box trend like a glitter jacket try looking at fast-fashion stores like H&M and TOPSHOP.  Lately I’ve been finding the most AMAZING pieces (like this skirt) at TARGET in their Who What Wear and Universal Thread Collections.  These pieces are made well and have a high quality look but also have the most pocket friendly prices EVER!

When shopping for investment pieces, make sure you shop smart. Buy at the end of the season or off-season, shop outlets and check resale websites like my secret weapon TheRealReal. Make sure you shop around to find the best deal before going all in.  Just because it’s designer doesn’t mean you have to pay full retail for it.

Look for the LUXE no matter where you are. Search for expensive-looking items when you are shopping fast fashion. Check the fabrics to make sure they won’t instantly fall apart, pill , tear or easily stain. Most fast-fashion stores still offer good-quality items if you look hard enough but they also offer poor quality fall-apart-the-first-time-you-wear-them pieces, so make sure to check EVERYTHING, and if it looks cheap at first glance, it’ll be even worse when paired with your other designer clothes later so skip it.

This is my single biggest SHOPPING RULE.  NO KNOCK OFFS! There are tons of designer dupes out there. Everything from fast fashion copies to straight up forgeries you can get in back alleys. These items stand out and will cheapen your true designer items. I won’t even get into the ethics of buying frauds I’ll just say that it’s so much better to look for unique items with personality or vintage pieces than to buy a forgery. Trust me, people will know and worst of all YOU will know!
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When mixing high and low the key is to mix and match items that coordinate and don’t stand out too much on their own which cheapens the entire look.  You want your look to flow and create a cohesive vibe.  You shouldn’t be able to tell at first glance which pieces are high and which are low because they work seamlessly together.
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
Mixing High and Low Fashion
What I’m Wearing: Chloe Blouse | Chloe Sunglasses| Donald Pliner Sandal | Donald Pliner BRIA Crossbody Bag| Universal Thread Midi Skirt | TOPSHOP Scarf | Linea Pelle Belt |
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Click to SHOP Some of my favorite luxe looking for less pieces: 
How to Mix High and Low Fashion Like an Influencer

Hunter for Target

Hunter for Target

We are just days away from one of the most anticipated collaborations of the season, Hunter for Target.

Hunter, the British heritage brand behind the famous Wellington rain boot will release more than 300 limited-edition items with Target on April 14th.

The limited edition lifestyle collection is colorful, playful and spans everything from apparel to accessories for the entire family. Think backpacks, travel-friendly outerwear, Chelsea boots, classic rain boots and pool slides. This will also be Hunter’s first foray into home and outdoor items with hammocks, sunshades and coolers.

It’s a festival goer, fashion lovers dream and the best part is that the collection is oh so pocket friendly with pieces ranging from as little as $5 and up to $80,(most items falling under $30). Making this is the perfect time to score those wellies you have dreamed about because in comparison, a regular pair of Hunter boots can cost up to $150.

“For this collaboration, we wanted to pair Hunter’s great heritage and iconic style with Target’s ‘Expect More. Pay Less.’ design capabilities,” Mark Tritton, Target’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, said in a press release. “Hunter and Target worked hand-in-hand to create a colorful assortment of all-weather wear for the entire family – one that will protect them from the elements no matter where they are or what they’re doing, all for a fantastic price.”

Here’s a peek at a few of my favorites from the collection to help get your shopping list started:

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Hunter for Target

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Hunter for target

Hunter for Target

View the entire Hunter for Target Collection at Target.com

Pantyhose Are Back

This season pantyhose are back in a big way, that’s right…. pantyhose.

The things your mom used to bring home in weird egg-shaped packaging.  The things once worn by flight attendants, first ladies and EVERYONE in the Mad Men era are cool again!

Sitting front row at the Spring 2018 Naeem Khan Runway show Paula Abdul caused a fashion stir when she wore a pair of nude Donna Karan pantyhose.  Social media exploded with photos questioning her bold nude leg choice.

Fast forward through a few more shows and nude pantyhose became a recurring theme.  Alessandro Michele donned his models in granny stockings and nude hosiery at Gucci and Helmut Lang showcased the full monty of pantyhose complete with control tops in their Spring 2018 shows.

The rapidly growing trend has already made it’s way to the streets.

Duchess Kate is often credited with bringing back nude-nylon-covered legs and flashier stars like Miley Cyrus, Beyonce and Ariana Grande are also fans of flesh-toned hose.

You know something is officially a trend if it starts popping up on CW shows and Veronica (Camila Mendes) on Riverdale has been rockin’ some nude pantyhose all season.

“Pantyhose makes an outfit more elegant, makes a lady or a girl look more put together, and that is what Veronica is,” Riverdale’s Costume Designer Rebekka Sorensen-Kjelstrup told Vanity Fair, “It doesn’t matter what she’s doing. At all times she is put together, and pantyhose just makes that clean line from head to toe. Even if it’s just nude, there’s something about it that’s very elegant”.

Why pantyhose?  Well this once thought-of-as-antiquated accessory is like makeup for your legs.

They disguise blemishes and varicose veins, and make legs appear smoother and, depending on what shade you choose, tanner.  German hosiery brand Item M6 even makes what they call an “Invisible Tight” which actually improves your circulation while lifting and smoothing and London based hosiery brand Heist worked with 67 women over 12 months on a quest to free women from uncomfortable fitting pantyhose. The result? A nude sheer pantyhose that won’t sag, pinch, scratch or dig. Yes, that super-tight and restrictive waistband is a thing of the past.

Another PLUS for pantyhose is that they make a great seasonal transition piece.  If you don’t feel like looking as bundled up as tights they are a great way to keep a little warmth on your legs while embracing a Spring look AND they will help hide that “winter white” shade your legs became over the cold weather season!

To rock the nude pantyhose look opt for sheer coverage, where you can see your actual legs through the fabric, and try to match as closely as possible to your skin tone.  The idea is for your legs to look almost airbrushed and avoid them if you are wearing open toe shoes.

Click to SHOP some of my favorite nude pantyhose:

Charlotte Olympia An Accessory To Murder Collection

“On a dark night, two girls found themselves in the wrong place at the right time and I was about to get caught in a Spider’s web. A web of beautiful women, high heels, leopard print and murder”.

To the backdrop of a classic film noir tale, Charlotte Olympia launches the Autumn Winter 2017 collection. There’s a victim, a detective, a heroine and one serious shoe plot to unravel. And so, the case begins.

The Collection is shown in full Film Noir style in a Fashion film Directed by Sophie Edelstein.


Inspired by 40s film greats like Lauren BacallBarbara Stanwyck and Rita Hayworth, designer Charlotte Olympia’s fall line of shoes, bags and accessories is an ode to Film Noir and it’s stylish mystery and mayhem.

This Collection is everything my retro-loving fashion heart could ask for.  It’s the monotone story of femme fatale style with pops of powerful pinks and heartbreaker reds.

‘In fabulous shoes, a girl can get away with anything’ 

Nods to iconic Film Noir symbols are present throughout the collection including rotary dial telephone bags, killer leopard prints, glamorous gloves, heart motif stilettos, lace up heeled tweed and suede Oxfords, framed handbags, pearl embellished Cinderella heels and of course newsprint.

Here’s a peek at the Collection that is making headlines this season and remember fellas “Never come between a girl and her shoes”.

To Shop the Collection in Las Vegas Visit the Charlotte Olympia Boutique at the Forum Shops at Caesars.  If elsewhere visit CharlotteOlympia.com

Vans x Karl Lagerfeld

Hello September!  Exciting news this week!  

On September 7, Vans will debut a 12-piece collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld, Vans x Karl Lagerfeld,  that includes logoed hoodies, printed tees, leather skirts and Karl’s own spin on the Classic Vans check (instead of squares, Lagerfeld’s print is his iconic ponytailed  silhouette).

…and the shoes!

The Vans x KARL LAGERFELD footwear Collection includes six interpretations of Vans Classic styles, including the debut of the SK8-Hi Laceless Platform and the Old Skool Laceless platform, both outfitted in luxe leather with K-quilted stitching atop white platform soles. The offering further includes a solid black leather Classic Slip-On finished with K-quilted details. The Old Skool and Sk8-Hi Reissue receive premium leather uppers that have been outfitted with bouclé fabric quarter-panels atop a black outsole. Rounding out the assortment, Vans’ legendary black and white Checkerboard Classic Slip-On has been remastered with a Vans x KARL LAGERFELD cameo print.

Priced from $40 to $300, the collection will go on sale in Karl Lagerfeld stores, Karl.com, and Vans.com on September 7,