Cheap & Chic, FashionThe Great Boyfriend Shirt

I’ve been on a recent quest for the perfect “boyfriend” shirt: a slouchy, oversized, airy men’s type shirt that I can sling on over sundresses or wear belted low over shorts.  I came across my perfect iteration recently at the most unlike of places, Forever 21, a store that I normally avoid for the crowds and general clothing chaos. 

After a shopping trip to Whole Foods, I decided to enter Forever 21 on a whim, and my eye was caught by the display of white boyfriend shirts, all strategically placed in the front.  Almost all were long tunic styles, varying from pinstripes to slight embroidered lattice style patterns, and all were in a light linen-cotton blend, making them light enough to be gauzy and breezy for the hot summer humidity that’s been hitting NYC so far.  In spite of their thrifty price tags (none of these shirts were more than $30), many of these shirts featured incredible detailing, such as gathering, pintucking and button tabs, all designed to subtly highlight your feminine curves underneath the shirt’s masculine feel. 

While in the store, I picked up this Pinstripe Woven Tunic, and it’s easily become one of my favorite pieces this summer.  With a 7 button placket on the front and the back, the shirt is easily convertible to go from shorter to longer, and has a great workman-like feel with its rolled up anchored shirt sleeves.  While the shirt does come across looking a little Puritan-like in this picture with its completely buttoned up collar, don’t be deceived and imagine wearing this as I do with 2-3 buttons loosely undone worn with a broken in leather belt, and denim cutoff shorts.

Accessories, JewelryBangle Up

I saw these gorgeous Rosena Sammi bangles from their Hyderabad collection in the August issue of InStyle and instantly became obsessed.  Bangles are such an easy way to add a bold, chic statement to your wardrobe – and these definitely are some of the loveliest that I’ve seen in a long while.

The bangles are offered in two finishes – wood or black resin. There are the Laxami bangles, which has a crystal chain wrapped around the bangle.  Or my favorite is the Jhansi bangle with a small splattering of drilled crystals all over.  You can get them in three sizes (small, medium or large) depending on your wrist size and preferences.  How great would these look with a silk tank and a pair of shorts?  Or you could pair it with the many sundresses and sandals in your wardrobe for the rest of this summer!

Retails for $55. To order, visit

Accessories, Beauty, Cheap & Chic, Fashion, Fragrance, JewelryCheap & Chic: July 2009

Beauty, Interviews, SkincareTDO Interview: Sara Happ

sara happ

If there’s anyone who incites inspiration to pursue a great business idea, it’s founder and creator of lip heaven, Sara Happ. A former broadcast journalism major, Sara was happily bound for a career in the male-dominated world of sports media. But at home, she clung to her girly side by whipping up batches of lip exfoliant to cure a case of persistently chapped lips. The next thing she knew, the former Bonne Bell addict had a great breakthrough, The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ, and a blueprint for what is now a small yet lucrative Redondo Beach-based beauty business.

I recently got the chance to sit down with Sara and find out how she got the nerve to create her latest offering, The Lip Slip by Sara Happ, aka “the greatest lip balm of all time.” Behold the secrets of her success: READ MORE

Fashion, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Charlotte Russe Pleated Chambray Dress

New YorkMercedes Benz Polo Opens in Bridgehampton

The 2009 Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge opened this weekend at the Blue Stars Jet Field, marking the start of the height of the Hampton’s social season. I was invited as a guest of OPTYX by Gruen, one of this season’s key sponsors (and the purveyor of of those gorgeous Cartier glasses that made my Lust List this month). Tempted by the possibility of a Nacho Figueras sighting, unlimited open bar under the VIP tent, and a reason to wear my new blue DVF dress, I quickly accepted and invited my favorite celebrity colorist and best-date-ever, Jason Backe.

The match starts every Saturday at 4pm, so Jason and I rolled out of the city around 1:30 with high hopes of making it to the Bridgehampton Polo Club in time to stomp the divots during half time, Pretty Woman style. Sadly, traffic in the LIE put us an hour behind schedule, though when you’re hanging with the best-date-ever, little details like moving at 5 miles an hour for an hour doesn’t really put a damper on your day.  Jason had packed us a little tailgate party which wins the award for best-feast-ever, complete with figs, cheese, hummus, Sofia Coppola champagne, and chocolate covered nuts.  A lot of other polo goers were jealous. READ MORE

AccessoriesTote Around Jake

Looking for a new tote? There are so many out there, but what you need is a tote that is classic and structured, yet still modern. Our pick is this lovely version by Pallie Bags. Measuring 12“W x 14”H x 1.5”D, the Jake Bag is a fabulous size for toting around your everyday needs – from magazines to your wallet.  It is offered in buttery soft leathers – citrus or black pebbled leather, silver matte leather or green embossed croc. The interior is lined in gorgeous suede and features three pockets. There’s also an exterior zip pocket for easy access – perfect for things like a metro card, iPhone, keys, loose change, etc.

Love it? It retails $365 at – but for a limited time, you can snap it up for 50% off!

FashionDrape Your Back

When the temperature heats up, you can turn the notch up on your wardrobe, too! Start with this gorgeous Drape Back Mini Dress by Only Hearts.

This dress features a scoop neck in the front and a sexy open back, with a strap strategically placed as to cover your bra strap.  It’s done in jersey, which means the fabric will let you breathe but will hug your curves. There’s something so appealing about the simplicity of this piece, but we guarantee that once worn – you’ll be turning heads all night long!

Available at in sapphire, or on sale at in black.

FashionAround the Web Snob Blogosphere: 7/17/2009

Stiletto Jungle checks out Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall‘s Bluefly line.

Michelle from All Lacquered Up reveals the nail polish collection she created with Shades by Barielle.

Allie is Wired covers Kim Kardashian‘s new Twilight look.

Bag Bliss adores Michael Kors’ Hamilton – everyday chic with a reasonable price.

Bag Snob loves the easy chic of the Easy Studded Tote from YSL!

Beauty Snob takes the Glowelle 30 day challenge!

The Daily Obsession covers Louis Vuitton’s tribute to the 40th annivesary of the Lunar Landing and looks forward to the next 40 years of space travel.

I’m Not Obsessed did a little digging and found the make for 3 of Lindsay Lohan’s favorite

The Jet Set Girls
test drive MySkins Nude Lingerie.

KRISTOPHER DUKES is wanting, wanting, and wanting Jimmyjane Ember Candles On Sale.

Second City Style took some time recently to Party With Poppy in Chicago!

Shopping and Info loves the black strapless dress worn by Angelina Jolie last week.

Vote for your favorite emerging designers at and you could win a Hayden-

shows you had to take inspiration from Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams” music video… without looking like a robot.

The Beauty Stop attacks the “toner myth.”

The Shoe Goddess chats with shoe designer extraordinaire, Ruthie Davis!

eye4style is giving away AmorePacific’s luxe Treatment Enzyme Peel.

Dining & Nightlife, Food, New YorkWeekend Brunch at Chez Lucienne

Who: Thomas Obaton

What: Chez Lucienne

When: Sat-Sun Brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: 308 Lennox Ave, West Harlem, New York

Why: Because this weekend, try classic French brunch at a restaurant you probably haven’t been to before. READ MORE

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