Posts tagged Louis Vuitton
It’s the second week of June, school is out, and your schedule is most likely full of weekends away, barbecues, and graduation parties. While showing up and looking your best is usually enough, with graduation parties it can be tough to find the perfect gift. Here are four fabulous gift ideas for every budget.
1. The Inexpensive Yet Stylish
A colorful scarf (like this Lauren by Ralph Lauren http://bit.ly/MJwHbm) is a fun, personal gift for any grad. Whether she spends her summer celebrating, preparing for college, or job searching, the scarf will take her from dinner with the girls, to interviews, to the office. A scarf is a great way to add personality to any look without putting in a lot of effort, something every woman appreciates, no matter what her age.
2. The Moderately Stacked
Alex and Ani bracelets are not only the new version of the charm bracelet, but they have become some of the most popular and stylish stackable bangles for fashionistas. They are made completely out of recycled metals, and while helping the environment, the more you add to your collection, the better they look. Give your grad a set of bracelets with some personalized charms, like her initials, zodiac sign, or the “Path of Life” charm which is perfect to lead her into the next chapter of her life. And the best part? You can purchase one or an armful depending on your budget! www.alexandani.com
3. The Splurge
If your graduate is either going off to college or the office, a go-to carryall for her everyday needs is a must. The Louis Vuitton Neverfull tote is a classic and will bring her from one stage of her life into the next for years to come. You can also have the leather monogramed for a personal touch. Who wouldn’t love a little Louis? http://bit.ly/Lc6RkY
4. One Size Fits All Budgets
Lastly, every grad needs a new wardrobe to update her look for her new life in the “real world.” What’s better than a Second Time Around gift card to get her all the classics, staples, and on-trend pieces for the college girl or working girl’s closet? www.secondtimearound.net
Stumped as to how to be the best Santa this year? We’ve compiled a list of our stores’ best gifts, all sure to put you on the nice list for years to come. From small accessories to designer finds (new with tags, of course), all of these items have been fashioniSTA-approved and are available to purchase over the phone just in time to slip under the tree! Check out http://www.secondtimearound.net/locations.aspx for a list of all the stores and their phone numbers!
STA Stocking Stuffers
Stick any of these items into someone’s stocking and you’ll know the true meaning of holiday cheer.
It Only Looks Like You Spent A Lot…
Want the glory but none of the expense? Here are some items that will gain you ooohhh’s and aaaahhhh’s without the hefty bill that’s usually attached!
Big Spender Santa
You cannot get your mother a vacuum for Christmas and have her not take it the wrong way. Are you now without a gift to give her? Go the extra mile with these suggestions, just don’t tell her they were a third of their retail value!
To: Me, Love: Me
Whoever said it was wrong to shop for yourself during the holiday season clearly never saw these.
We all expect to see teen idols on the MTV red carpet, but this trendy event this year has brought out the fashion elite, showcasing some serious style power. Whether a teen fashion icon in training or a red carpet veteran, this year’s awards show was definitely not boring. From the best to the worst, here are the looks that caught our fashioniSTA eye.
Straddling the leopard line is always a dangerous feat. Let’s remember the golden rule: Going subtle is always best, lest you look like a Jersey Shore castoff. Tonight we saw some hints of exotic prints, on Lily Collins (right) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (center), both donning D&G, as well as the ever-stylish Reese Witherspoon (left). While Lily and Reese’s outfits are cool and understatedly sexy, Rose’s look is a little too eye of the tiger for me. Although she’s a Victoria’s Secret model, this look screamed VS catalogue rather than high fashion.
Let’s all think back to the Met Gala. Ok, now let’s rack our brains for what Kristen Stewart wore. Need some help? Try remembering the outfit that looks like your angsty friend wore it to your freshman semi formal (left). To say that her MTV look is an improvement is a clear understatement. While she’s still working within the red and black color palette, she has drastically stepped up her game in this Balmain mini (right). The detail is stunning and the easy hairstyle is the perfect complement, love it!
Rompers, Jumpsuits, Pants, Oh My!
Some of the stars opted for an alternative to a dress, going with pants and shorts. While this is a great way to break out of the cocktail dress rut, if done wrong it can be a huge miss. Elle Fanning (in D&G) and Jessica Szohr (left, in Alice + Olivia) both went for printed jumpsuits – Elle in a romper version – but both were out-shined by Hailee Steinfeld in a Louis Vuitton pantsuit (right). Her feminine version of a tux was sleek and event-appropriate, while the printed jumpsuits missed the mark. It looks like this 14-year-old fashioniSTA has a definite style instinct!
Hello fellow fashioniSTAs! We are all in mourning over Second Time Around’s 70% off sale being over, but we have great new purchases to keep us happy until the next one! This year was extra special since we had extra time to soak in all of the deals with the extended Presidents’ Day sale, which obviously means we were able to grab up even more amazing finds. Since none of us want to keep quiet about the treasures we’ve found, we want to let you in on the secret and give you a peek of what you could be carrying out next time! We break down the sale for you and show you our greatest finds, as well as offer tips and insider secrets on the best places and ways to score big for all of you elite bargain hunters.
Best Deal: A See by Chloe top from our Thompson St. store in Soho, NYC. How did I shop there you ask, when I live in Boston?? Well, I had seen the top a few weeks prior to the sale when I was in NYC for work, but decided to pass it up since it was new with tags and a little more than I wanted to spend. When the sale rolled around, I remembered the top and called in the off chance that it was still there….AND IT WAS!! The lovely ladies at the Thompson St. store happily sold me the top (at 70% off ½ of the original retail price!!!) and put it in the mail to me that day. The next day I arrived at home after a long day of work to find the beautiful orangey-pink, royal blue and black print top waiting for me in a box on my doorstep. Fashion dreams do come true!
Favorite Sale Store: 176 Newbury St. Not only is this our largest store – but aside from the Newton location – this is our oldest store and thus, it has the highest turnover of merchandise, meaning that there is always an AMAZING selection of fabulous one-of-a-kind finds to choose from. Also, this is the store that hired me almost seven years ago, so it has a special place in my fashion heart.
Insider Tip: During the 70% off Winter Sale, I always dig through the denim racks for a pair of great, worn-in jeans that I can cut into shorts for the summer. If I spend $10 or $15 on a pair of designer denim, then I don’t care about chopping the legs off and that way, I get the great fit in the tush that only premium jeans can give.
Best Purchase: A pair of black Bvlgari sunglasses with the signature silver circles on the arms for under $30! I had been looking for a pair of black sunglasses, and these fit perfectly and are a classic shape so I’ll wear them forever. Another check on my style dream list. And with the additional 70% off, who can beat that?
Favorite Sale Store: Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill. Not only is the store spacious and well-organized, but I have found so many great pieces there. They have an amazing consignor base, and I can always find really fantastic, high-end investment pieces there, as well as trendier items.
Insider Tip: Use this opportunity to try something new. It’s great when you can find things that match the wardrobe that you already have, but this is the perfect time to try a new trend. It could turn out to look incredible on you, and become a new staple in your wardrobe, but if you decide that you only want it for a season or two, you barely spent anything on it. I found a sheer, black Barneys Co-op top for under $10 at Atrium, and this was a great buy since I was interested in trying the sheer trend, but didn’t want to drop a ton of money on it.
Best Deal: I didn’t get to buy anything on the 70% off sale that’s worth mentioning, but I did buy a Louis Vuitton speedy bag for the Presidents’ Day sale at 30% off. This luxury staple piece (which retails at over $700) was priced at $299 in the store, and I snagged it for $209 with the weekend sale!
Favorite Sale Store: 176 Newbury, not only because its my second home, but I find it to be my very own walking closet. I know every product by name price and consignor. I live, breathe and eat 176. I love all the merchandise we get from casual HM, preppy Ralph Lauren or classic pieces by Chanel. Its so good it hurts sometimes, but that’s love
Insider Tip: Regardless, sale or not, we process new merchandise everyday. It’s worth checking out each day of the sale, you’ll never know when an LV speedy comes your way!
Best Purchase: I pieced together a super-fancy outfit just in time for Valentine’s Day this year with a black Vera Wang Lavender Label dress with a bejeweled neckline and J. Crew earrings (right). I wish for the life of me I could remember what the price points were, but I’m pretty sure that I paid only about $20 for the dress. $20!!! I felt like such a glamazon and my boyfriend told me that I really looked like a woman. What a compliment!!
Favorite Sale Store: HARVARD (yeah!), but I made out like a bandit at 324 Newbury St!
Insider Tip: I do love my store (HVD), but I honestly don’t let much sit on the shelves for too long if I really want it. I have been burned too many times watching that <name the item> walk out under the arm of another customer. My shopping advice? Snag it while you can!! Give yourself enough time to really think about your purchase, especially if it’s a biggie, but if you LOVE it, don’t hesitate! Great merch moves soooo fast during these sales. Blink and that piece you’ve been coveting will be gone!
Also note that I got all of my key pieces on the LAST DAY of the sale — not all of the good stuff disappears on the first day! If you can’t make it on Day 1, try again! I’m a big fan of pieces that require a little “thinking outside of the box” in regards to styling options, so things that may appear picked over to one person can be a GOLD MINE for someone like me!
We’re dying to know how you all did during the extravaganza of deals, so let us know about them on Twitter (@STA_FashioniSTA) or Facebook (Second Time Around – Resale Goes Upscale), and we’ll feature you on our pages! You will also be entered to win a $50 gift card to use at any STA location!
Awards season continues! We’re taking a quick break from shopping our hearts out at the big STA sale to bring you the dish on the SAG Awards red carpet. Here we break down the top trends of the night, from the grand slams to the strikeouts (can you tell we just bought baseball tickets?). This awards show had a surprising number of impeccably dressed celebs (even Helena Bonham Carter didn’t look terrible), but since this is one of the more liberal events, there are always the few who take it to the extreme. Check out who made the cut and whose dress needs to be cut, straight from The FashioniSTAs.
No one loves wearing summer-appropriate clothing during the winter months quite like the citizens of Los Angeles. It’s almost as if they’re rubbing it in our faces that we’re cold and they’re not. That aside, some of these white gowns didn’t quite make the cut. Eva Longoria (far left) showed up in a Georges Hobeika dress with a draped, plunging neckline that almost looked like she was the victim of a Halloween TP-ing incident. Amy Adams (center right) also donned this summer shade, going with a Herve L. Leroux gown that would have been gorgeous if it had properly fit her. The worst of the bunch? Winona Ryder (center left) in an actual wedding gown by Alberta Ferretti. Self-explanatory.
However, the shining (white) light of this trend was Natalie Portman (far right) in a gorgeous crystal-trimmed, strapless Azzaro gown. Our only complaint is that the fit across her baby bump was for someone not pregnant.
Orange You Glad
I feel like everywhere I turned someone was showing up in a nude-colored dress, from basically the entire female ensemble of Glee to Kate Mara to Hilary Swank. This seemed to be the season of nude shades, but at this awards show, a few were bold enough to take it a step further and go orange. Sarah Hyland (below, left)– one of our favorite new fashionistas – looked sleek, if not a little too old, in her Max Mara knotted-waist dress. One thing that maybe didn’t work with this ensemble? The oddly mismatched arm jewelry, which kept her looking a little less put together than she did at the Golden Globes. Jayma Mays (below, right) also went with this hue, looking dewy and fresh in a Jenny Packham number. She made it look effortlessly perfect with just the right amount of metallic embellishment, and her hair color only made the outfit better.
In order to wear black on the red carpet and not get completely ignored, your dress has to have an additional wow-factor. Judging from the Malandrino plunging neckline pantsuit, Julie Bowen (far left)decided to go in a different direction with black and lose the dress part altogether. I’m not sure if she was channeling J.Lo, but she hit the red carpet in style, going sleek and modern with the most perfect makeup. Amber Riley (far right) in Anne Barge also rocked the awards show with her full-on diva look. If this is any indication of her star power, hold on to your seat. She’d give anyone a run for their money in this number – which was originally a wedding dress, although it’s so awards-show-fabulous, you’d never be able to tell. Christina Hendricks (center) also went with black in a long-sleeved, sparkly L’Wren Scott number, which at first glance looks as if it had the potential to be a great departure from the black norm. But taking a closer look, the color is too severe on her pale skin, and the shoes definitely didn’t help.
If you want to go experimental at any of the awards shows, the SAG Awards is definitely the way to go. The girls who took the print plunge definitely deserve to be in an elite fashion category, from Mila Kunis (below, left) in a perfectly-styled Alexander McQueen that solidified her as this season’s top fashionista, to Hailee Steinfeld worthy of a place in the young Hollywood hall of fame in a striped Prada. The list goes on with January Jones in an antique gold, lace-print Carolina Herrera, Julia Stiles (below, right) in a crisp, ombré Monique Lhuillier, and Claire Danes (below, center) in a belted, floral Louis Vuitton.
The FashioniSTA Verdict
Best Dressed: January Jones in Carolina Herrera (right). She was the complete package and had some serious “wow” factor. I loved the intricate gold pattern on black background and the fit – slightly loose, conservative t-shirt shape on top, fitted through the hips and thighs and then ending in a mermaid flare – was dramatic. She accented the outfit with gold Roger Vivier pumps, simple black stud earrings and an old-Hollywood style side-swept up-do. Perfection!
Worst Dressed: Christina Hendricks in L’Wren Scott. This dress had some potential. However, there were just too many execution issues and unfortunately the look fell short. I don’t think that the fit was great and – as a result – her curves made her look heavy instead of voluptuous. Also, the combination of the full-length sleeves, the heavy-handed eyeliner and the fact that the dress was black was way too much for her fair skin. She looked almost gothic and, to be honest, a bit scary.
Rookie of the Year: Julie Bowen in Catherine Malandrino. I was very impressed with the Modern Family actor’s sleek, modern look. She sported a well-tailored, black jumper with a plunging halter neckline. Her accessories included a simple clutch and Neil Lane diamonds and her hair was worn down – sleek and straight – to complement her attire. This was a great choice for the SAG Awards which is traditionally a more casual event and it gave her a chance to showcase her beauty and style – a distinct departure from the role of suburban mom that she plays on her award-winning show.
Best Dressed: Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta. I LOVE this whole throwback to the ‘70s, and this sleek silhouette is so much more flattering than the 800 fussy ruffles she wore to the Golden Globes. The whole look was effortlessly gorgeous with just the right amount of sparkle for a cast nominee.
Worst Dressed: Lauren Vélez from Dexter. She’s not one of the most photographed actresses, and this time that was probably a blessing for her. Not only do I not understand this whole bedazzled flower halter top (and I always understand bedazzling), but I think I had the same skirt in the 7th grade from the Gap.
On-the-Fence: Julie Bowen in Malandrino. The pantsuit was definitely a fashion risk, whether it paid off depends on if you saw it on television or in print. But what I do know is that her sleek hair and minimalist jewelry/makeup definitely pushes her more on the fashion “do” side of things.
Rookie of the Year: Ariel Winter (right) in Luisa Beccaria. This white, tea-length dress was perfect on her, the whole dress just worked between the texture, the slight ruffle at the collar and the black belt. She looked age-appropriate and fashion-forward, the great makings of a future fashionista.
Biggest Comeback: Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta. FINALLY, she looked great! We knew she had fashion potential, and now we can actually see it. The color, the texture, the hair, jewelry, makeup…it all works! *Standing ovation*
Best Dressed: Mila Kunis in Alexander McQueen Resort Collection. She looked absolutely radiant in a strapless cut. The bare shoulder flattered her wavy hair, and the splashes of red and train dazzled the already red carpet. I loved her smoky eyes, it definitely was an “all eyes on her” moment. The small thin belt accentuated her already small waist. She was a show stopper in my eyes; and I’m all about that. Kudos Kunis, kudos.
Worst Dressed: Jennifer Lawrence (right) in Oscar de la Renta. Can someone please explain to me what color pink this is? If it was a nail polish it would be named NIPP (NEVER IN PUBLIC PINK). Besides the fact that I’m not a fan of neon colors especially pink, yikes, there’s too much going on. The straps look like a bad mummy wrap. I think it’s hypocritical to have a slit all the way up your thigh then pair it up with a dainty little girl bow belt.
On-The-Fence: Nicole Kidman in Nina Ricci. A lot of people like the black lace Nina Ricci gown but I’m not sure about it. Black wasn’t a trend from what I saw nor do I think I’ve seen Nicole Kidman in a lot of black, and I see why. The black lace gown with jeweled incrusted neckline had a gothic appeal and I found it ugly, plain and simple.
Worst Dressed: Oh, where do I begin?? Let’s start with Angie Harmon in Monique Lhuillier — I have yet to see a feathered dress that doesn’t look like it belongs on the JC Penney’s 1998 Prom Rack. The two ladies who most drastically caught my eye, however, were Nicole Kidman in Nina Ricci and Kate Mara in Hervé Leger by Max Azria. Whaaaaaat was going on there? Kidman’s ensemble choice was just confusing (and where on earth did that necklace come from? What about that dress said “this neckline really needs some floral stuff”?) and Mara looked downright uncomfortable. Was that dress too small? Or did you just realize too late that you look terrible?
On-the-Fence: Hailee Steinfeld (right) in Prada — the fit was great and the colors were bold, but I’m not sure if I should congratulate you on being eye-catching or warn you against that kind of future statement. Plus, Julie Bowen in Maladrino — gutsy move on the pantsuit. It looked a little too casual for my taste, but I appreciate the confidence.
Rookie of the Year: Jayma Mays in Jenny Packham. Great cut and the shoes are fab, but it’s a rookie mistake to wear such a washout shade. I’ve got my eye on you, Mays. Also, Mindy Kaling in Tadashi Shoji looked great – hey, Kim Kardashian, THIS is how you rock a Roman look!
Biggest Comeback: Tina Fey in Oscar de la Renta. I haven’t seen her look this radiant since her sexy January 2009 Vanity Fair cover.
Check back as we sound off on the Grammys in a couple weeks!
In addition to the fact that I can stuff myself and not look like a fatty, there are a lot of things that I love about Thanksgiving. The fact that I can usually come up with a good list of things I’m thankful for is also a plus. In addition to the fact that I haven’t been hit by a bus and I’ve once again avoided contracting swine flu, I have a list of fashion favorites to which I’m grateful.
Here are the things that fashioniSTAs everywhere can be thankful for:
Black Friday Sales
To fashioniSTAs, Black Friday is like Christmas came early. This is the day where shopping becomes an Olympic sport, and some of us train all year for this portion of the holiday games. Yes, I’m aware that you’re supposed to be buying gifts for your friends and family, but nothing says that you can’t browse for yourself while you’re at it and take advantage of the great deals out there. And where’s the best place to do that? At Second Time Around, of course! (Shop 7-9am for 50% off all merchandise! See details here.)
Unless you live under a fashion rock during the holiday season, you know that this is the time to break out your sparkly outfits and bring on the holiday cheer. It’s the time of the year when dressing in head-to-toe sequins is considered “festive” rather than psychotic. Personally, I’m all for dressing like this year round. From Alice + Olivia to Ann Taylor, you have a million options from sequin tanks to sparkly miniskirts to glitter pumps. And as a holiday staple, there’s always the full-sequin dress, perfect for New Years as well. All the sparkly clothing during this time of the year just makes everything a little more cheerful, no one ever got into an argument over glitter.
Don’t pretend that you’re not part of the We Love Leggings Fan Club. I haven’t met a single girl, when pushed, who won’t admit to having this obsession. Dress them up or down, daytime or night; there are few occasions where you cannot wear them. They’re perfect if you’re petite or plus-size, and you can now wear them with a variety of tunics and dresses so you can look put together without putting in almost any effort. And they are a Thanksgiving staple for those of you that actually partake in the food festivities and eat until wearing denim feels like a straightjacket for your legs.
I choose not to remember when cell phones and laptops got stuffed into bags, exposed to the elements. The technology industry finally wised up and fused fashion with function when they introduced accessories to hold all of our electronics. Think about shoving your iPhone – or iPad, for those of you ahead of the techno-curve – into your purse without a case. Horrifying. Now designers are chomping at the bit to protect our electronic valuables, with cases fromYSL (right), Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Juicy Couture. Now your personal style can be expressed through your technological necessities, what’s better than that?
I’m as big of a fan of Jersey shows as the next person. Ask anyone, if I could make a living watching Real Housewives of NJ, I would do it. But even I can admit that I’m glad Jersey style didn’t sweep the nation the way the television shows did. While I’m a fan of some of the fashion I see on the shows – depending on who’s wearing it – the bright pink lipstick, over-the-top animal prints and excessive bronzer are a little much. And when I say the bronzer is too much, that’s saying something, since I’ve been known to paint on the stuff like my skin was an easel.
Here’s hoping you all have a stylish and happy Thanksgiving!
~Ashley, fashioniSTA, Second Time Around
I recently had a once-in-a-lifetime shopping find at Second Time Around.
Last Friday after work, I dropped into the 176 Newbury Street store – known to its nearest and dearest shoppers as ‘176’. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just coming by for a good browse. As I entered the store two women were oogling something at the counter. I did my best to peek over their shoulders, but all I could catch was a flash of red.
I browsed a bit, and as the store cleared out, I cozied up to the counter. Visiting the counter at 176 is a bit of a ritual for me. It’s where they keep the high-end bags, clutches, wallets, jewelry, scarves and shoes. I like to go there after long days, be in the good company of whoever is working that shift, and just stare at the eye candy before me. Often there is nothing I need, but there is always something to admire. I like to just stand there and marvel.
Who makes those peep toe heels?
Is that from the 2007 line?
I never knew Hermes made those!
This is the kind of talk that happens at the 176 counter. It’s just friendly banter between a group of people that love fashion enough to simply admire it.
But, back to my shopping find. The aforementioned flash of red turned out to be a red Louis Vuitton Epi wallet, which is now mine. The only thing better than getting a phenomenal deal on this phenomenal wallet, were the girls at 176 who were overjoyed that it found a good home.
~Mariel, STA shopper, Second Time Around