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I love finding a new designer that rocks my fashion world. I am out here in Chicago, shopping in the burbs no less, but that is where my favorite insider fashion finds always appear!

You already know Target is a leader in recruiting great designers to create brilliant pieces at economical prices. Obviously their marketing team does a great job of letting us all know of that. Yet, what about all of the other “middle America” department stores trying to follow in their footsteps?

It is true that I have luke warm feelings at best for the shopping experience at Carson Pirie Scott…. That is until today! What the hell is going on there? And who is Victor Alfaro!?! He is my new favorite affordable (when shopping at Carson’s) designer, that’s who!

Check out this amazing outfit and other pieces just like it at the department store you forgot about….or never even heard of in the first place. Cashmere sweaters for $70? Hell yah! I love his basic designs with the opportunity for funk when styled correctly.

Please love your local department store for the hidden gems it may hold. Eyes open, wallets ready, your next great purchase is just a swipe of a credit card away!

Victor by Victor Alfaro at Carson Pirie Scott

I Hate Pleather Leggings

Seriously people. What pissed off stylist told their clients that it would be awesome to wear pleather leggings to their next luncheon meeting at the Ivy? Please save us all. I know I always talk about things that I love, but dear God, put down the fat emphasizing, ass hugging, stupidly shiny pleather legging. Barf.

And to make matters worse, this pair has decided to go stirrup style and add an open toe summer heel. This stylist should be fired and sent to a small island off the coast of some god-forbidden country I have never heard of. Have I made my point?

No matter how fabulous your thighs may be, adding a layer of pleather will not reap any compliments you may have been hoping for from your supposedly fashionable friends. If they were true friends, if they were fashionable friends, they would tell you to back away from the pleather… Don’t walk, RUN.

Where not to buy these Kova and T Oxy Leggings
$115.00…. Yea, seriously.

The Personal Side of Styling

  • by Amy Salinger
  • November 20th, 2008
  • My Style

A very reliable source (my friend and lover of blogs), said it was time to get a little more personal with my audience. I have a “vomit mouth of information” in my real life, so this shouldn’t be too difficult for me.

Why a picture of the Chicago theater you ask? I am going there way to early in the AM to go see my clients in Chicago. I love my personal clients, it is like I get to be stylish and a shrink at the same time. My friends joke that they have no idea why people love to tell me their entire personal lives. I have had my clients to randoms in bars tell me the most ridiculous things. I eat it up.

I used to live in Chicago for three years so I keep my regular clients and have picked up tons of new ones along the way. I do lots of press in Chicago. Google it yo. I have a junior stylist who works out there for me when I am not around. I get to go and hang out with my friends who still live there and make lots of money all in one fail swoop. It is like a great convertible, no overhead.

I swear I will try my best to post at least one great style tip a day, but please still love me if I slip up. I am a busy bee trying to make the benjamins…… A girl needs to pay for her shopping habit:)

Stylish Winter Coats


The weather outside may be frightful, but at least you don’t have to look it. For those of us living in the colder parts of the world, we may complain (a lot), but as far as style goes, layer on the fabulousness!

Never underestimate the power of a phenomenal winter coat. Just like an amazing bag, it is an investment piece. You will wear it repeatedly so the breakdown cost is really not that bad. Seriously people, this piece goes on OVER your entire outfit so it IS the outfit… at least while you are outside. Make it stupendous. Yes, I said stupendous.

Last year I bought the most expensive coat I have ever purchased. It was $600 and I think I threw up a little in my mouth when I bought it, but damn, was that thing worth it! I wore it all of the time as it was most warm coat and everyone from homeless people to my higher end clients raved about its obvious beauty. There is no way you are going to see me swipe my card for $600 if I don’t think the world is going to fall over backwards to tell me how awesome I look:)

This winter coat is by my favorite coat designer, Mackage. He is brilliant. He manages to combine functionality and design to perfection. Most of his coats have this higher collar which allows you to ditch the scarf. Ah, one less thing to carry. All of the designs always skim your body often having some sort of exquisite belt. His work is all in the details and definitely never has you saying, “boring!”. An investment piece? Yes. Might you regurgitate your lunch a bit when you purchase it? Probably. Is it worth it? Hell yah!!!!!!!!

P.S. A lot of times Mackage coats are also available at Loehmann’s for half the price! Search my fair shopping friends!

Mackage Silver Coat JUJU-V

$781.00

The Pencil Skirt


If you venture back in fashion time (think Marty McFly, only you’re driving a prius), you will find that the pencil skirt is a tried and true staple of the woman’s wardrobe. Anything that has stuck around since the fifties must have some merit! The simple explanation for this phenomenon is that this style skirt truly does work on most body types and creates a flattering silhouette.

As I have repeatedly said, accentuating the smaller parts of your body is a great concept… Obviously! Moderately high waisted garments are very complimentary to the “real woman’s” body. This means, don’t have the waist line just below your chest, think more like your belly button. The straight skirt hugs your curves in all of the right places accentuating your femininity. Women should have a heiny so show it off:)

There are two important factors to make this style work. First is to have it hemmed to the appropriate length. As this skirt shows, the hem should be just above your knee otherwise you are actually shortening and fattening your bottom half. Uh, not the look you are going for ladies! Second, the fabric should be a denser material, it might even have some elasticity to it. This allows the skirt to hug your curves accentuating the positive rather than showing off any possible, um, let’s be real here… cellulite. Ug, the unforgivable word!

As this particular look shows, the pencil skirt is great for day into evening and can be perfect for your next big meeting or dinner party. Throw on a bold statement necklace and look like the MILF (or MILF in training) you have always wanted to be.

Banana Republic Silvered Tweed Pencil Skirt

$175.00