Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Frock Yes!

Spring has sprung and summer is well on its way. 
For me, that means rounding up an assortment of easy, breezy summer dresses.
Here are a few of my favorites!

1.)  TopShop White Rose Embroidery Sundress, $75.00 (Currently out of stock)
2.)  Delias Abstract Print Tube Dress, $44.50
3.)  Delias Nautical Stripe Knit Dress, $39.50
4.)  Miss Selfridge Navy Spot & Stripe Dress£10.00
5.)  Warehouse Retro Feather Halter Dress, $72.00
6.)  Miss Selfridge White Lace Long Sleeve Dress, £40.00
7.)  Alice & Olivia Cabella Dress, $355.00
8.)  Rare Stud Tie Dress, $72.00
9.)  Motel Check Bella Dress, $96.00

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Little Bee

A couple weeks ago, when Borders was going out of business, I picked up a handful of books at a discounted price.
Little Bee, by Chris Cleave, was #2 on the Best Seller's List, but I knew nothing about it.
The back cover was of no assistance, and yet, it drew me in:

"We don't want to tell you what happens in this book.
It is a truly special story and we don't want to ruin it.
Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this.
This is a story of two women.
Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face.
Two years later, they meet again- the story starts there.
Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. 
When you do, please don't tell them what happens.
The magic is in how the story unfolds."

Here's the problem.  
While it was a solid read, Little Bee did not deliver on the promises made on its back cover.
In truth, it was a dime a dozen story about a refugee girl who escapes to London and the British family she affects.
In truth, there is no "magic" in how the story unfolds, and I probably would have liked it better if I wasn't duped into believing it had some mysterious & secretive ending.
I don't know whether to curse the author's cunning back page paragraph or praise it.
At the end of the day, this book held some brilliant ideas, but set itself up for failure by creating expectations it could not meet.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Tomboy Edge

My favorite clothing combinations usually involve mixing flirty feminine pieces like this black & white mini with a masculine edge.
Today I accomplished the look via my husband's dog tag, an oversized sweater, & my Coach for Converse sneakers.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bright Bags!

Every Spring, I look forward to the resurgence of bright colors and cheery prints.
A friend asked that I keep an eye out for affordably priced and rainbow-colored handbags.
Most items are less than $100!

1.)  Dooney & Burke Beauty Continental Clutch, $125.00
2.)  The Sak Pax Leather Shopper, $64.35
3.)  The Sak Silverlake Convertible Crossbody, $64.50
4.)  Zappos Big Buddha Bahama, $95.95
5.)  DKNY Croco Leather Medium Carryall, $85.00
6.)  Tignanello Perfect 10 Shoulder Bag, $99.95
7.)  Aldo Zembower Clutch, $45.00
8.)  ASOS Boxy Lock Bag, $44.83
9.)  Dooney & Burke Croco Large Slim Wristlet, $95.00
10.)  Dooney & Burke Petunia Mini Barrel, $88.00