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New York Fashion Week

I’ve been debating sharing with you all a recap of New York Fashion Week. On one hand, I mean, it is Fashion Week. On the other hand, I really don’t even want to think about the trends for Fall 2012 yet. At least not until I’ve had my summer fun.

Alas, here I am writing, mostly because unlike the forecasting for Spring 2012, there aren’t many huge revelations for this coming fall’s runway trends.

Disclaimer: Please don’t try to rock all these looks on the streets of Kentucky. You will look weird.

Florals, peter pan collars, metallics, and white after labor day continue to be popular trends for fall 2012, not changing much from what was seen on last year’s runway.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

There are some emerging trends this year, however, including shades of dark maroon and burgundy. Apparently, the world is saying for fall 2012 that “burgundy is the new black”.

Ralph Lauren

Enormous belts also adorned the runway last week. Check out the edgy, semi-Western looks below.

Herve Leger

Altazarra

Okay, so, can we talk about Spring/Summer now? A streetwear post to come!

Source: The Epoch Times

Bag Borrow or Steal

Ever wanted a designer handbag? (you: DUH) Ever wanted a designer purse but do not want to pay hundreds of dollars? (you: OBVIOUSLY!)

I have the solution! Bag Borrow or Steal lets you borrow, yes, BORROW, designer purses for anywhere from $10/week to $1600/week. There are a couple other websites out there like this, but none with as great of a selection as BBS.

So how does it work? Well, first you sign up to be a member. Then you spend a few minutes/hours browsing online for the guaranteed authentic handbag  you want and can afford. Many of them have waitlists, but don’t worry – if you have a membership, it won’t be long until you get the purse you want. Or you can browse by purses that are currently available so that it’s shipped immediately. After you’ve chosen the purse you’d like to borrow, you select your payment plan. You can borrow for a week, a month, or 3 months at a time. The longer you borrow, the cheaper the price. Your week or month begins when your item is delivered. When BBS ships you your purse, it will be clean and in good condition. And if it isn’t, you can send it back for a refund!

If you decide you want to keep your item, that may or may not be possible. BBS has a separate website called BBS Private Sale which sells designer bags for relatively cheap. Your item may be available on BBS Private Sale, but if it isn’t, you’ll just have to keep renting! It also may be possible to call customer service and try to talk them into selling you that item. If there’s not a waiting list, maybe they’ll consider it!

Now, let’s be realistic in that you’re not going to be able to borrow a Chanel or Louis Vuitton for $10/week. The $10/week items are usually Coach, Michael by Michael Kors, Furla, Tory Burch, Juicy Couture, and Kate Spade. However, if you want to treat yourself a little, you could borrow a Chanel, Valentino, Chloe or Gucci for around $70/week. Hermes bags as well as the vintage couture pieces are the ones that are going to cost hundreds – if not thousands – per week.

What’s even better is that BBS recently changed their policy so that 1. Membership is totally free 2. Shipping, both borrowing and returning, is free. 3. Insurance is included.

BBS also lets you borrow designer jewelry, sunglasses and other accessories for your special occasions.

How do I know all of this? Well, I’m a member of course! I received my first handbag yesterday. It’s a little springy, but I absolutely adore it. And at $12/week or $35/month, it’s something I can afford 🙂  So cute, right?!

Emeri Grace

In case you’ve forgotten when I spilled my guts out a couple weeks ago on family matters, I will remind you 🙂

My stepmom and Dad were expecting, and at 23 years old, I found this a bit odd, semi hilarious, and crazier than I had even expected. But, just as I predicted, when Emeri Grace was born on February 11, my heart melted into a pile of gush, even if it was 4:00 in the morning. I had  forgotten the tiniest toes and fingers could make you fall in love instantly.

So, here is a slideshow of some of the photos I took as well as the hospital’s of the newest addition to the Curella clan. I love you, Em!

P.S. I promise super personal posts won’t become a regular habit, but who doesn’t love looking at photos of a newborn!?

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Jason Wu for Target

Remember when I posted about Missoni for Target way back when? Well, since I didn’t get to jump on that bandwagon (still bitter), I am looking forward to Jason Wu’s Spring collection, which will be hitting Target stores this weekend!

While many designers (Missoni, Versace for H&M) just imitated their regular collections by substituting lower quality fabrics, Jason Wu created a completely new collection for Target. You’ve probably seen the adorable commercial with the cat by now, showing us that the line is all about fun, flirty, and even slightly mischievious pieces ranging from $19.99 to $59.99.

I got my hands on some of the lookbook images, and let me just say, Target may become my new favorite store for the next month or so. Here are some of my favorite pieces. Get them before they’re gone!