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I Love This Designer

Lailia is one of my newest finds that I am completely obsessed with. I was at their showroom today trying on their fabulous designs because as you New York women know, it is sample sale time! I am also lucky enough to be borrowing some of their amazing pieces for some upcoming TV appearances I have… Of course there will be more information about that coming soon…. Well, very soon since I leave on Thursday:)

Lailia was created by two sisters who obviously have a keen eye for not only design, but fantastic style as well. Their pieces literally hugged my curves in all of the right places. Most are architecturally fabulous, meaning that the silhouettes and cuts are impecable. They are truly made to fit a woman’s body.

Although this dress is from their upcoming Spring 2009 collection, definately check out their current lines for your perfect holiday dress. They really do design a full collection that has everything from cute work garments to black tie affair gowns. The quality is head and shoulders above most designers as well.

Although these two ladies are fairly new as a design team, they are definitely established in their own right. No humor here folks, these girls are the real deal.

Lailia Collection

Chloe and Reese: 10% Off Just For You!!!

I love to be able to offer my friends, clients and loyal blog followers special insider deals because I am cool and know the right people:) So here goes folks, (discount) holiday shop until your heart is content! This line is fabulous for interesting and sophisticated basics that are truly investment pieces. LOVE their skirts. You are now officially reaping the benefits of reading my very informational, stylish, (and funny) blog:

Chloe and Reese has launched the first international custom shoppe for the modern day glamour girl.

As seen in Lucky, Marie Claire, WWD, on-line at the New York Times, Teen Vogue and Daily Candy!!!

Chloe and Reese
is sold at Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Harrod’s of London, at fine retailers around the world and now on-line at www.chloeandreese.com!!!

With this invite, receive 10% off your purchase in our exclusive online custom shoppe! Select from feminine, flirty, sophisticated and classic looks, and then customize and personalize in hundreds of lush fabrics, colors and patterns!

Use promotional code RCOO2 to receive your 10% discount!

Recession Proof Style Made Easy

Seriously, I know that there is every type of shopping website out there these days and it makes it nearly impossible to choose one that has everything you want. I am not just talking beautiful items here ladies, I am talking about sales. Sales on shoes, sales on purses, sales at Gucci, sales at the Gap…. You are getting the idea.

When I found out about Shopittome.com, I went to sale (fashion) heaven. Shopping is truly a personal experience, but shopping on-line seems to take away that very important aspect. Not at this shopping site. When you join (for free:), you create your very own personalized shopping/style profile. This includes your sizes, what your are looking for specifically, brands you love and more! All of this personalized attention is for a good reason, Shopittome.com sends you e-mails (the frequencey is also a profile choice) about when your favorite items go on sale! So you love Nanette Lapore’s dresses this season? Check your size, style and designer choice and Shopittome.com will send you an e-mail when it goes on sale! Seriously people, I told you this was heaven. At an average of 40% savings, this site will have you rocking recession proof style.

Shopittome.com

Shop this Designer at Retail Prices


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

Longer Tank Tops are your Friend


Every one of my clients owns many tank tops in neutral colors. If they didn’t own them when I got there, they certainly owned them once I left. They are one of the greatest foundation pieces any girl will ever own. You will hardly ever wear one alone, but you will layer one into your outfit almost every time!

For shorter shirts, they add length on the bottom to elongate your torso or cover up that pesky pant button. They eliminate the need for a belt to be through the loops which only adds to the probability of muffin top. Bad look. With a lace embellished tank, such as this one, you add a certain femininity to your look by having it slightly peep through. Not to mention it covers up any unnecessary cleavage!

Tank tops are the most simple way to add depth to your outfit by layering without really trying. So don’t try now ladies and go out and buy yourself a few:)

Banana Republic Lace Seamless Camisole

$34.00