Accessories, Beauty, Books, Cheap & Chic, Fashion, Fragrance, ShoesCheap & Chic: May 2010

ONE. Penguin Classics designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith — Every now and then, cute little collectible versions of classic literature greats will catch my eye and beg me to open my wallet. Why? They make incredibly stylish gifts! This latest hardcover collection from the Penguin Group, with its beautifully designed, mix ‘n’ match covers, make a great choice for both book collectors and interior design lovers. Snatch up several and wrap them in ribbons for a graduation, wedding party or Father’s Day gift. (I’m already thinking I need another Picture of Dorian Gray in my collection … black and white peacock feathers? Oh my!) $20 each, available at Barnes and Noble, Anthropologie, Amazon and more. - Charli

TWO. Anthropologie Odille Blue Book Blouse — Unfortunately for me, I bought this pretty, summery blouse full price a couple of months ago. But luckily for you, it’s now on sale for $39.95 and thus fits our Cheap & Chic parameters perfectly. I love the feminine ruffles and lace detailing, and the fit makes it look practically tailored. You can wear it with jeans for a smart, casual look, or tucked into a slim pencil skirt to be a little more dressed up. Either way, cute! - Nina

THREE. GAP Leather Flip Flops –Every summer I look for a chic pair of leather flip flops to carry me through the season.  While J Crew always seems to be the default for these things, I personally find that spending $50-$80 for a pair of flip flops is a bit steep.  So I was excited to stumble across these at my local Gap store- versatile, comfy and cute leather flip flops for only $24.50. I love the metallic finish on the shoes which really help elevate the classic style to something dressier.  I wear mine with everything in the summer from jeans to an outdoor cocktail dress.  - Carolyn

FOUR. Fresh Strawberry Flowers — I like my summer scents to be light and uplifting and this fragrance fits the bill perfectly. It has citrusy notes in it (mandarin and yuzu) that are paired with florals and musk notes – and there’s even (as the name suggests) fresh mountain strawberry notes. They all combine to make this really pretty, unique fragrance that’s totally fresh and fun. It’s perfect for the hot weather – I’ve been spritzing it on almost every morning lately. It’s a limited edition Sephora exclusive and right now, the 1 ounce bottle is only $24.50 (reduced from $38). You can even travel with it easily since it’s a smaller size. Stock up now! - Stacey

FIVE. Frederick’s Of Hollywood Exxtreme Cleavage Satin & Lace Demi Bra — The spring/ summer seasons are the perfect time to add a bit of fun to your wardrobe! Adding bright colors and whimsical prints is a fabulous way to do it, but if you’re a bit more conservative, try it with lingerie (after all, it will be hidden under your clothes…for the most part!).  A perfect balance of sweet and sassy, I think I might have to start with this adorable polka dot bra made of satin and lace. At $30, you can even afford to snag a few of them! - Connie

1 Comment

  1. Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels  |  31 May 2010 at 2:36 AM

    That bra is lovely! And so is the book cover – I loooove feathers!

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