Spring Markdowns Herve St. Leger Dress

Continuing with the Friends Family sale fever, Bloomingdale’s is holding their sale starting November 10th. The sale will run through the 14th. In past years, the Friends Family sale for Bloomingdale’s has been available online too, so subscribe to Women’s Fashion Examiner for updates and coupon codes for the sale.

The sale grants shoppers 20% off nearly everything, but as with all Friends Family sales, some exclusions apply. Right now we know it isn’t valid on any fragrance or cosmetics and won’t be available on items in leased areas such as Louis Vuitton. For previous sales, you have been able to take the 20% off already reduced merchandise. Bloomingdale’s has already started their markdowns for the season, so with the extra 20% off, you can save considerable dough when shopping for a holiday herve leger discount dresses or grabbing a gift for Christmas.

Update: The Bloomingdale’s Friends Family sale runs online starting November 8th14th. Use code GIFT at checkout to apply the discount to most items. The original dates noted above are for the instore Friends Family sale.

Offer excludes Women’s Apparel from bahs, Marc Jacobs, UGG Australia (excluded online only), The North Face (excluded online only) and Agent Provocateur. Offer excludes Men’s Apparel from Burberry Prorsum, Duchamp, Moncler, Polo Black Label, PS Paul Smith, The North Face, Turnbull Asser, UGG Australia and Vilebrequin. Offer excludes Kids’ Apparel from Moncler, UGG Australia and The North Face (excluded online only). Offer excludes Women’s Shoes from Burberry, bags, Dior, Fendi, Jimmy Choo, Miu Miu, Prada, UGG Australia and The North Face (excluded online only). Offer excludes bags Fashion Accessories, Handbags and Soft Leather Goods, UGG Australia Fashion Accessories and Handbags (excluded online only) and The North Face Fashion Accessories (excluded online only). Offer excludes Handbags from Dior, Fendi, Salvatore Ferragamo Leased, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Prada. Offer excludes Ippolita (excluded online only), David Yurman, Cosmetics, Fragrances, Martine’s Chocolates, Shop at Home Services, Rug Cleaning Services, Interior Design Special Orders and Gift Cards. Small Electrics and Men’s Electronics receive 10% off. Delivery charges and applicable sales taxes are additional. Offer cannot be combined with any other certificate offer. Not transferable. Not valid on prior purchases or bill payments. Not valid in Bloomingdale’s The Outlet Stores. Offer valid instore. See a sales associate for details. All employees of Bloomingdale’s and its affiliates are excluded from all Friends and Family offers. Friends and Family online codes cannot be combined for double discount.

Rihanna honored at CFDA Fashion Awards, bares it all in ultra-sheer gown

Rihanna was honored at the 2014 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York City on Monday night and stunned onlookers with a barely-there sheer gown. Although Rihanna’s outfit was encrusted with more than 200,000 Swarovski crystals, (a sponsor of the event held at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center) every inch of the 26-year-old fashionista was visible beneath her ensemble.

Rihanna’s glittering fishnet dress was “audacious, even jaw-dropping or button-pushing,” a fact proclaimed by the famed Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour, who presented Rihanna with the 2014 Fashion Icon Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, according to AOL.com. Adam Selman designed RiRi’s ultra-sheer gown with matching elbow-length gloves and shimmering headscarf that left little to the imagination. She played nipple peek-a-boo with a pink stole and accented her derriere with thong underwear. Rihanna’s “rule-breaking” earned her the CFDA Fashion Award, which she discussed during her acceptance speech.

As a child growing up in Barbados, Rihanna admitted to not having “a lot of access to fashion.” Fashion helped the singer overcome insecurities and became her “defense mechanism.”

I can compensate for all my weaknesses with my fashion. There are rules, but rules are meant to be broken.

Celebrity fashion fans of Rihanna sang her praises before and after the CFDA Fashion Awards. Designer Zac Posen said the R&B singer “takes risks, marches to her own drum and knows what she likes,” and her “great appreciation for designers is the reason people love to dress her.” And Alexander Wang, also a CFDA nominee of the evening, chimed in with his love for “RiRi. She’s fearless. She has guts. Even in sweatpants, she owns it!” Well, maybe not when Rihanna wore the doobie wrap to the 2013 AMAs, but fashion is forgiving, and as she said above, rules are meant to be broken.

Hosted by director John Waters, the CFDA Fashion Awards honored the who’s who in fashion, with a slew of stylistic celebrities in attendance, such as Lupita Nyong’o, who has received accolades for her own red carpet fashion choices. Lupita presented to Altuzzara for the womenswear award and TV twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen received the CFDA accessory award. To see all of the fashion winners, including Rihanna in her sheer gown, visit CFDA.com.

Talkin’ fashion with a Pittsburgh girl: Kristen S.

Pittsburgh girls know and love fashion! They know what colors look good on them, what designer looks they covet, and where to shop. Pittsburgh girls are more than just Pens jerseys and Terrible Towels, they are fashionistas! Kristen, a 28 year-old speech language pathologist from Pittsburgh gabs about her personal style and fashion!

What is one store you could spend thousands of dollars on clothes in?

White House Black Market

What is your favorite Pittsburgh mall?

Ross Park

What color do you think you look best in?

Black

What is one piece in your wardrobe you could never live without?

Black tank tops

What is your favorite cut of jeans?

Skinny or boot-cut

What is your ideal winter coat?

Sleek, kind of puffy, with fitted waist and fluffy faux fur hood.

What is your favorite kind of dress?

Little black dress! Either completely fitted or a fitted top with a flowy above the knee skirt.

What is your favorite type of footwear?

Flip flops

Money is no object, who is your favorite luxury fashion brand?

Gucci

5 adjectives to describe your style and wardrobe?

Comfortable, sporty, classic, practical, cute

Ideas for Wedding Table Linens to Match Your Style

Wedding table linens include a variety of things such as wedding tablecloths, place mats, napkins, and runners. Table linen can be made from many different fabrics and is available in variety of patterns, sizes and colors. If you are planning wedding decorations, dressing your table has a great impact on overall ambiance of the event.

Traditionally, table linens were usually made up of damask or heavy white linen. Today, market offers huge in terms of table linen options to match the decor of your home, work places as well as parties. Polyester tablecloths are usually much preferred for quality and durability. Ã, If you are planning to buy table linen for your wedding, it is advised to keep following things in mind:

  • If you are planning to buy wedding tablecloths, it is important to consider as many options as you can. You can check out various online stores to know all the available options in the market. You can choose table linen in standard white color as well as in many different dramatic hues.
  • It is also significant to measure the size of your table before you proceed to purchase wedding table cloth. The size of your table cloth and napkins will be depending upon the size of tour table.
  • You should also consider the lighting while choosing wedding table cloths. There are many things to consider such as venue of the event; indoor or outdoor, theme of the event; formal or romantic, time of the event; day or night etc. For instance, if you wish to create romantic atmosphere in dim light, you can choose gold or glittery tablecloth for truly dazzling effect. If your wedding venue is near beach front, you can prefer to buy tan or blue tablecloth or table runner.
  • Some of the most preferred colors for wedding cloths are white, black, ivory, burgundy, and chocolate. Your caterer may also provide wedding table linen. However, if you want to bring your own effect, it is better to make selection yourself. Besides, buying table linen on your own will be cost effective as well.
  • If you have appointed a wedding planner, you can consult with him for selecting the table linen colors that work well with the party hall, where even will be hosted. You can use your imagination and creativity to make it more interesting.

There are many online stores that offer an exquisite range of fine quality polyester tablecloths. It is advisable to browse reputed online stores to buy wedding table cloths at competitive prices. If you find it truly confusing, it is better to buy one wedding tablecloth, runner or napkin to make exact comparison with your venue. It will surely give you the better idea.

Beauty After Dark Fashion Show highlights

The Parliament hosted a night of luxury and fashion extravaganza. This article provides a recap for this event which was held on June 12th including the showcasing of Oliju Fashion which will be launched for Summer 2014 for bikinis and summer dresses!!!

Goodie bags were distributed from select sponsors along with live music, fashion and shopping provided by vendors. A special shout out to Oliju and L’or D’Afrique for producing such an amazing event. A wonderful job was done by all the models & MUA’s/Hairstylists involved.

Some of the participating sponsor included:

L’or D’afrique Professional Moroccan Argan Oil
eXtreme Fitness Professional Training Studio
DryV Dry Cleaning on Command
Empire Radio Magazine.com (Promotion & Entertainment On a Global Scale)
nda-Nicole Designs
Kestler Digital.com

Photography provided by Rod McGee of Chicago Imaging Solutions.com “ Let us provide all of your imaging needs”.

Dadeland style event hits the runway at Dadeland Mall on March 22

Fashionistas are invited to the Dadeland Style event, a free, dynamic celebration of style, which will hit the runway at Dadeland Mall on Saturday, March 22 from 3 – 6 p.m. throughout the mall.

Spotlighting must-have spring trends for men and women from fashionable mall retailers, Dadeland Mall is bringing the excitement of fashion to stylish shoppers in Miami. During the spring fashion show, parents will also have the chance to scope out the hottest trends for all the little ones.

Get in on the fun with beauty demonstrations from your favorite brands like Georgio Armani beauty, Bobbi Brown, Aruj Salon & Spa, and OROGOLD to name a few, shopping specials and style stops that will allow savvy shoppers to revel in the fabulous stores offered at Dadeland Mall.

Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in trend talks and a fashion Q&A with Dadeland Mall’s personal stylist, Kim Rodriguez. Stop by and see the hottest fashion and accessories available at Dadeland Mall!

COST: Free and open to the community.

WHEN: Saturday, March 22

3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Dadeland Mall – mall-wide

7535 Dadeland Mall. Miami, FL 33156.

Lash Loft touches down in Deep Ellum to an “eye”-deally promising location

With just a bat of an eye, Lash Loft held its grand opening soiree and opened its doors to a fashionably savvy crowd at its Deep Ellum location on March 13, 2014. The trendy and posh location sits at the corner of Commerce and Main in an area that is experiencing tremendous growth and development and which promises much success and profitability for the future of the newly opened lash extension boutique.

Some of Dallas’ “best dressed” were in the building including popular fashion blogger, Cris Zaragoza of My Fashion Juice and race car driver cutie George Jackson. Guests indulged in precious caviar, champagne cocktails and chocolate covered strawberries while enjoying the plush interior of the newly designed loft.

The Lash Loft promises to be the leading location in the Deep Ellum district for eyelash extensions. From silk to synthetic extensions, the Lash Loft’s certified eyelash technicians are sure to make believers out of anyone who sets foot within its doors. Prices range anywhere from $250 and up for a full set, with touch-up pricing beginning at $25. Feeling diva-esque? Add an additional $50 to any service for a Lash Loft house call where you can get the same relaxing and expert lash experience without leaving the comfort of your own home.

With eyelash extensions being all the rage in the beauty industry right now, the Lash Loft is definitely going to make its mark in Dallas as one of the elite locations for eyelash extension services.

Need to know: Criquet button-downs

Back in August of 2013, readers of this column crossed paths with Austin-based Criquet shirts. This mostly happened because 2013 was the year I became obsessed with polo shirts. Back then, polos were the only thing Criquet made and I proclaimed their short-sleeve “Players” shirt as “simply brilliant.” This is why it’s a big deal that Criquet has now expanded their product line to include button-downs. The potential for these shirts to be excellent is really good.

Like the Criquet Players shirts, these classically-styled button-downs are made with 100% organic cotton. Unlike a lot of shirts of this ilk, the weave of these Oxfords is light and airy instead of densely packed and somewhat shiny, making them a bit more casual and fun rather than stuffy and dressy. This informal look has become a signature of Criquet shirts and it is something that I find completely appealing.

In addition to their signature look, these shirts feature a nice deep, pattern-matched pocket that’s big enough to accommodate actual things, and it is finished with a glossy white and chrome snap with the Criquet logo right in the middle of it. Hidden away along the bottom hem of the shirt is an interesting feature that is practically straight out of “The Official Preppy Handbook.” Criquet calls it “The Bendle Sleeve,” and it’s intent is as cute as it is functional. The Bendle Sleeve is an extra bit of cloth between the placket and hem that is meant to make it easier to crack open a twist off cap from a bottle of beer (click here to see what I’m talking about).

Check back in soon to see a review of these shirts. For more information about Criquet and their wares, click here.

Lacoste x Urban Outfitters Exclusive Collaboration

Lacoste Footwear has announced its first ever sneaker collaboration with Urban Outfitters debuting today exclusively at Urban Outfitter stores.

The women’s sneaker takes inspiration from Lacoste’s classic tennis roots and the popular preppy and court trends for the Spring/Summer 2014.

The collaboration features two styles of the Marcel Sneaker, with two essential elements of Lacoste heritage: France & Tennis.

The sneaker, which retails for $85, is currently available at www.urbanoutfitters.com

‘Downton Abbey’ season ended but costumes exhibit opens March 1 at Winterthur

How to avoid “Downton Abbey” withdrawal, now that Season 4 ended Feb. 23? No need to wait for Season 5 for your next dose.

Lady Sybil’s harem pants; Lady Mary’s engagement dress; Lady Edith’s wedding dress; tea dresses of the three sisters; tuxedos; as well as servants’ uniforms and livery from “Downton Abbey” will be shown at the 175-room manse, now Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library.

Meanwhile, back at “Downton Abbey”, will Lady Mary re-marry? If so, which of her suitors? Will Lady Edith find, and maybe marry Gregson? Will she get back their baby she gave for adoption? Did Mr. Bates avenge Anna’s rape? If so, did all the evidence go up in flames?

Fortunately, no need to wait for a “Downtown Abbey” fix. Get thee to Delaware while awaiting Downtown’s Series 5.