If I could shop anywhere, as in money wasn't an issue, these are my tops stores:
1. Anthropologie - for their feminine, vintage inspired dresses and tops. Even their home items, bedding and accessories like lamps and chandeliers, are to die for!
2. Pottery Barn for unique bedding, home decor and accessories.
3. Modcloth - love the vintage uniqueness of their items! All their tops, dresses and shoes are darling.
4. JCrew, I love their style. The laid-back, feminine frills but a hint of casuality and comfort is my personality to a tee.
5. BCBG-

And if I was a hollywood star who had a million black-tie events to go to, I'd wear Elie Saab! Her dresses are gorgeous.

This dress is from her Spring/Summer '09 collection. I love the rosettes, that is my favorite fashion trend of right now. The embellished and appliqued flowers, rosettes and eye-intriguing patterns are to die-for. And some of my favorite stores are selling them.


I found a few alternatives that won't cost me half my paycheck:

And Charlotte Russe (I have an outlet about 20 minutes from where I live, and they sell several varieties of this shirt for $10-$20!)

I'm kind of lame, but I'd always been a $10-tshirt kind of person. I don't like buying shirts that are over about $20. And the most I've spent on jeans was $72, that was HUGE for me. It's normally $20-$30. I am a frugal shopper, and I pride myself in such. But sadly it leaves me lusting after higher-quality BCBG and put-together outfits of anthropologie and he like. Of course I grave Oscar De La Renta, Emilio Pucci, Nina Ricci, Nicole Miller and those designer brands, but on a practical level I technically could afford Jcrew, Anthropologie and the like. I just chose to get more for my dollar. Some call is nonsense, that a couple higher quality nice pieces are better than several lower quality pieces.
I say yes and no.
I can shop at Salvation Army and Goodwill and find some of those higher quality pieces for less, I bought a Nicole Miller dress at a consignment shop a couple weeks ago for $17 - it still have the tags on it. It's made of genuine silk. I adore it and cannot wait for the spring, to wear it.
But yes, a couple higher pieced items are often worth it...but why not shop clearance racks at Macy's, Bloomies and the like? I bought a classic black suit jacket for $11 at JCPenneys the other day, it was a clearance item - and I would call that a wardrobe staple.
That will be another post, very soon.
My wardrobe staples.

Finish with some inspiring pieces:

(all outfits found on the Anthropologie website)
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