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The Fake Out: Crochet Vests

One of these pieces is a mere $346.00 less than the other


The Fake Out Crochet VestsThe Fake Out: Crochet Vests

I wish I knew how to crochet, some call it an old lady thing, while others rave about its relaxation merits. Either way you slice it I love a crochet vest. It’s the quintessential boho chic piece. Paired with lace for the true la vie boheme or edged up with a bright neon tank – the crochet vest is earthy but always timeless. I love the deep v neck of the one on the left, its severe black lack of color makes it the perfect canvas for maximum use of color, flirty floral dresses will cling to it. As for the piece on the right, I love how chocolatey the knit is. I can cozy into the shawl collar and cinch with a belt to exploit all of its features. Carly Simon would be proud of either of these two crochet pieces.
Which one costs more? Click the images to see if you’re right.

Cuff Me

Cuff Me

I love an interesting cuff more than most accessories because there are so many different kinds of cuffs. For the most part they’re more inventive than necklaces and I can always find a way to incorporate them into an ensemble. From thick to thin, gemstones to detail work, I love the ways a cuff takes on so many different personas. There’s almost no outfit that can’t be enhanced by a cuff, and these eight picks are phenomenal eye candy for the wrists.

From Top Left to Bottom Right:

Kara by Kara Ross – Honeycomb Cuff; $395.00, Nordstrom.com. Asymmetric Cuff – Silver; $40.00, TopShop.com. Dara Ettinger Jordana Agate Triad Cuff – Pink; $238.00, MaxandChloe.com. K. Amato Fan Cuff; $52.00, MaxandChloe.com. Rodrigo Oatzu – Yellow Moonstone Colored Stone Cuff; $425.00, CharmandChain.com. Etruscan Style Estate Cuff Bracelet Sapphire Ruby Emerald & Diamond Solid 18K Gold; $5,399.00, WestonJewelry.com. Blydesign Liza Cuff; $78.00, MaxandChloe.com. Janae’s Green Stone Intertwined Gold Wire Cuff Bracelet; $39.95, FantasyJewelryBox.com.

Pick of the Week: 04.04.11

Pick of the Week: 04.04.11

Rodarte x Opening Ceremony – Deep Pleated Skirt; $518.00, Barneys.com

I love the texture of this skirt, don’t let the crinkled stamp fool you, I’m pretty sure the pleats will still require ironing. The full skirt will most definitely bounce while I walk, it’s preppy and chic, something Blair Waldorf would wear. Not to mention it’s ultra flirty so dressing it down with something a little masculine like a leather jacket and boots will make for a fashion risk and putting on stockings and pumps with a chiffon blouse to dress it up will work really well.

Coveted Deeply

Coveted Deeply[1] This looks like a jewelry box I’d keep on my vanity or chest of drawers but it’s actually a clutch purse from Poupee Couture. I love its duality, the black box on gold lattice work is utterly gorgeous. I spied something like this in the BCBG Max Azria Fall Winter 2011 show, but this one I can have now if my heart desires.

[2] This is called a tortoise decanter, for the true wine connoisseur in me. It’s more than just that piece you pull out when company’s over, it’s the kind of piece you want to put on display because it’s so gorgeous. This Steuben creation is a work of art.

[3] I can picture Christina Hendricks wearing this Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Red Solid Sunday top on the set of Mad Men. It’s vintage sixties feel is timeless and I’d love to dress it up by mixing it with other decades and creating a modern perspective. I want to wear it as an open vest over a slouchy vintage tee, a pair of skinny jeans and canvas oxfords.

[4] The splashes of color on this Proenza Schouler mini make me all kinds of happy. I’m a color fanatic and the frilly texture paired with the green and blue decidedly non-girly colors makes it even more my cup of tea.

[5] This Rachel Roy ring is blue burnished metal enrobed by a snake, it’s ultra edgy, but what I find a little hilarious is the one red eye, one clear. The texture and dimensions of this ring make it a phenomenal covet worthy piece that I can’t get out of my head.

Outfit Anatomy: Selena Gomez at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2011

Red carpet or orange, Selena Gomez is always hitting my best dressed list, and it’s between that and the fact that she’s a bonafide sweetheart that she’s become one of my favorite young Hollywood stars. Selena would be a dream to style and her willingness to play with color is so refreshing. Although I’m still wondering if she managed to get out of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards unscathed by the signature green goop I loved everything about her outfit, except for her tootsies that were in need of a pedicure. Selena took over the orange carpet at LA’s Galen Center with her usual, fresh and beautiful presence.

Outfit Anatomy: Selena Gomez at the Kid's Choice Awards[1] Large feather print organza panelled front sleeveless blouse from Christian Cota. [2] Hot pink nails & a turquoise & amethyst ring (currently searching for something similar to this shade & the ring). [3] The new IT bag, the Lauren Merkin ‘Lucy’ Clutch & a simple purple stone bracelet. [4] Christian Cota textured circuit jacquard cuffed flat front shorts. [5] Camilla Skovgaard turquoise ankle point strap sandals.

Yummy Confection: Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery

Lilly Magilly's Cup CakeryI’ve been a fan of Georgetown cupcakes for a while, mostly because they’re a great stop on my day trips down M Street and because I love the cute fondant and the inventive flavors. Up until now, Georgetown Cupcake trumped them all, then came Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery. It’s a smaller selection in a quaint, cute little bakery in Gaithersburg so I never expected to find the moistest chocolate raspberry cupcake I’ve ever had. Held in an upside down Solo cup (the play on the word ‘cupcake’ wasn’t lost on me) with the trademark Lilly Magilly logo was a moist, delectable chocolate cake that had the perfect amount of sweetness topped with a simple fresh raspberry and yummy raspberry icing. While my sister indulged in a snicker doodle cupcake that was more for anyone with a real sweet tooth, I took my dear, sweet time tasting each of the simply delicious flavors that my new favorite DC Metro Area cup cakery put together in one little treat. The combination of chocolate and raspberry melted together in my mouth so harmoniously with a flavor jolt that shot through my veins unlike any other sugar high I’ve experienced. I have one word to describe Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery – Yum!

Cupcakes are $2.75 each, which seems to be becoming the standard price for these mini cakes these days.

Lilly Magilly’s Cup Cakery
220 Boardwalk Place
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
301-208-2828