Trendsetting Tuesday: Splurge vs. Steal

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Trendsetting Tuesday brings about something that captured my attention a while back. When is it right to splurge on an item and when is it better to just get it for a cheaper price? A couple months ago I did a Splurge vs. Steal feature with a pair of Jimmy Choo bejeweled heels to see when it’s a good time to splurge or go for the steal.

Now I stumbled across Valentino studded flats and replica’s on another website. So regularly the Valentino Rockstud Patent Ballerina Flats T.05 are approximately $845. They are gorgeous, patent leather, with gold studs, pointed-toe and available in a variety of colors. They are perfection! But with a price tags like that, it’ll break my bank.

The alternative, Dollhouse Stunner studded flats for around $25-28! The difference, aside from the designer name, they are suede, not as pointy and they have a gold lining on the back of the heel. Of course there might be other differences but hey, they can’t always be exact.

So, what would you do? Splurge or Steal, or none of the above?

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Trendsetting Tuesday: Wide Brim Hat

20131203-110426.jpgBest way to cover up a messy mane, add some flare to your wardrobe or just stand out- wide brim hats!

Trending all over the fashion nation, hats have never been more in style. Back in the 70’s wide-brimmed hats were all the rage, now decades later they’ve emerged to perfect any outfit. The great thing about these hats is the way they instantly pump up any outfit from day to night.

There are so many ways to pair a wide-brimmed hat, just admire the images below.  Pair it with black trousers, a chiffon button-up blouse, outlandish statement jacket for a high fashion look. Tone it down with skinny jeans, a clean and crisp white shirt, you can add some edge with a mini skirt and leather jacket, or be date ready with a LBD and heels. 20131203-110435.jpg

They come in many colors and sizes, you can be as subtle as you want or as dramatic. Let the world know you’re ready to make a statement or just hide a bad hair day. You can snatch one for as little as $16 from Forever21 to as high as $400 from Bloomingdales. Find your right color and size and say hello to all your new admirers.

Don’t be shy, go wide or go home!

Make sure to view past Trendsetting Tuesday posts for more fashion inspiration.

Trendsetting Tuesday: The New Face of Versace

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Versace has a new face and it’s none other than Mama Monster. The ARTPOP singer is seen in a lilac gown, fair skin and long blond, Donatella like hair in the new ad.

The Italian brand tweeted, “#Versace proudly confirms @LadyGaga as the face of SS14 campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott #VersaceLovesGaga” on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Not a huge surprise for the duo teaming up as Lady Gaga paid homage to Donatella Versace in her new album with a song titled “Donatella”. Gaga expressed her excitement via twitter stating, “I’m so happy to be working w/ @Versace for the new Campaign! What do you wanna wear this Spring? #Donatella #famiglia.”

Here’s to looking at you GAGA!

Trendsetting Tuesday: Capes

20131112-135759.jpgCapes on Capes! Trendsetting Tuesday comes back in the swing of things as the weather starts to get lower and chilly. Let’s make a fashion statement with superhero style and cozy up in a fashionable cape!

Seen all over Fall 2013 Fashion Week, this trend is a great way to standout and look as if you just stepped off the runway. High fashion designers love to mix and match and go all out with the overcoat.

20131112-135807.jpgCelebs left and right have been spotted wearing their favorite version of the over-sized coat such as fashionista Lily Collins below. Capes make the wearer look elegant and make you feel like you have a small part in the fashion world. Dress them up with heels and a mini dress, dress it down with jeans and riding boots.

I recently purchased a new black and white cape which goes perfect with almost any outfit. Already a previous fan of capes, I hold a red one in my closet as well. While mine are on the shorter side, I know I need to search for the perfect waist length cape.

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Below are exaggerated yet oh-so chic versions of the best trend around right now. Fighting the fashion world with this pullover is sure to make enemies bitter and jealous. The Oscar de la Renta one underneath is to die for! Sleek and long enough to cuddle in, perfection a la Renta!

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