Posts by: Nicole Brathwaite

Versace’s White Lace Layered Dress is pure elegance.  The opposing black and white pallet makes for a beautiful contrast that exudes nothing less than class. I’m head over heels in love with the irregular cut of the neckline here and have yet to see anything done like this before.

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We all know there’s no such thing as perfect but if there was, the Classic MARC JACOBS studs would be pure perfection. The circular earring is simply composed with a blush pink-tone and embossed with a standard Marc by Marc Jacobs logo, this easily is the epitome of “less is more”. Speaking of less— fortunately this investment won’t lead to bankruptcy, seeing as they’re reasonably valued at $48.  The effortless design, moderate price and unintended subtleness gives me all the evidence needed to determine that this fashion find is undeniably worthy of a well deserved sale. In other words, BUY IT.

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive event for CakeStyle. What is CakeStyle you ask? Only the most personalized and uber-fabulous online fashion service around. Whether you want to up the fabulosity to your wardrobe, find the perfect outfit for a wedding, discover threads that really compliment your personal shape, or just don’t have time to pick out your own clothes, CakeStyle is your go-to online fashion savior. It’s safe to say, this is the answer to your long awaited prayers.

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Louis Vuitton’s Folies Pump is the sassiest suede peep toe to grace the runway for fall/winter ’12. With a studded heel and peek-a-boo cutout accompanied by a dazzling bow atop (engraved with an LV of course) The Folies Pump is a product of fierce elegance. The amount of class this pump holds is unreal. These will surely dress up just about any old thing, which is exactly why they’re unanimously place under BUY IT. Need them, want them, love them!

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With the weather getting so brisk, many of us would really like to leave home wrapped in our cozy comforters. Although wishful thoughts are always welcome, unfortunately, they don’t always come true. So, for the time being, a little super hero inspiration will suffice to combat winter chills. The on and off “cape” trend is very similar to when ponchos were the most day to day worn style. Women of all ages resort to this over the head cover up for not only a more classy and unique look but also to hide that sinful kangaroo pouch many of us suffer from with holiday pies come at us like super villans on a war path. There’s no better season than late fall for a cape to be paired with some skinnies and flats while on the go. Take advantage of this effortless look before the temperature says it’s too late.

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Love this display of the new Emilio Pucci store on Madison Avenue.

My PlayDoh never did this when I was a kid.

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Retail therapy is meant to be just that – therapy, so who really wants to lug around a massive purse plus all of your fashion finds? Meet your new best friend: Dooney & Bourke’s saddle bag from their fall ’12 collection.

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Get your feet wet.

Less is more when it comes to fur intertwined with fashion, unless you’re Cruella de Vil or a nomad wandering Siberia – fur from head to toe just isn’t a good look, so read carefully fur lovers. A hint of fur can breathe life into a simple, monochromatic outfit adding a pop of color and texture  to your once plain Jane ensemble. The trick here is to know when an outfit is worthy of some fuzzy detail and what fur-accented piece works well with the rest of your look. I’ve seen so many fur-accented outfits that could look fabulous, that end up looking like a hot mess because of too much going on with the rest of the get up. Texture is key – since fur is highly texturized, its best to stick with materials that play down the idea of texture, for instance a fur vest with a silk blouse paired with cable-knit tights or dark skinnys and suede or cloth pumps. The fur vest is the shining star here, oozing with texture and UMPH while the silk blouse, cable-knit tights and skinnys shy away from the spotlight creating a perfect backdrop to display your fur. The same can be said with other accented fur clothing and accessories; for instance the Kenzo fall ’12 line (displayed above) mastered the idea – taking a peach colored jacket with a matte finish and adding an over-sized mink collar. Less is more people, and the proof is in the pudding – fur has never looked this good, sorry J.Lo time to put away those chinchilla jackets you got from P. Diddy.

Good things come in threes right? If that’s wrong, than BCBG just made it oh so right. In a blinged out gold finish and smooth rounded shape, three chunky gold rings connected through fine strands of curb chain are the makeup of BCBGMAXAZRIA’s Signature Trio Ring. A toned down version of brass knuckles with a touch of class – this triplet ring set can be styled with your most rugged leather jacket and black combat boots.  The amount of rings aren’t the eye catcher here as we’ve seen that done before, it’s how they’re bound together that sparked the initial attraction of love at first sight. The connecting strands of curb chain add a feeling of playfulness; while still screaming bad-ass.

Get yours HERE for $58…and add some swagger to your wardrobe.

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Puddles make exceptional mirrors.

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Hand soap. No, literally… Cleaning your hands with a set of hands?

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You might as well refer to rain as fashion suicide, so you can thank the genius known as Valentino for making your rainy days ever so fashionable with this pair of boots from his REDValentino line. Forget your standard rain boots with that waxy rubber ducky look, the exterior of these boots are muted with a matte finish, playing down the idea they’re even suited for the rain. The real eye catcher here though is the stitching; creating an illusion of leather or suede boots which in reality are made of rubber – the oversized bow and gold buckle don’t hurt either. Fashion, quality and function make these REDValentino’s worth the $195 investment for your dull rainy days. You can find them at Neiman Marcus.

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Ciaté kicks standard nail polish to the curb and brings 3D flair to your nails with their Caviar Manicure. An eye-popping array of minuscule pearls featured in rainbow, mother of pearl or black make for the perfect accessory replacement with any outfit. Loose the bracelet and dress up your nails; add fun to your casual wardrobe with rainbow caviar and stay chic with mother of pearl or black. Application is short and sweet; apply caviar manicure over wet nails and you’re done. Nail art never looked this good. Where is this magical creation hiding, might you ask? Sephora, retailing at $25.00 and we hear the bottle lasts – making this purchase worth the while.

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