Nordstrom Rack Comes to NYC

Posted On Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, Looking FLY on a Dime, shopping

Fashionistas, it’s here. If you’re not familiar with Nordstrom Rack, all you need to know is it’s the discounted version of the mega department store. And last week, Rack opened its doors in New York City. The outlet has designer items (shoes, apparel and accessories) at up to 70 percent off retail prices.

I stopped in and immediately made my way to the shoe department and was impressed with the prices and selections. Tons of Michael Kors, L.A.M.B. and Badgley Mischka. I don’t think I came across a shoe that was more than $199, most were in the $100-$150 range.

This store may become a serious addiction for me. I hate outlet stores that claim “brands too hot to name” and then the selection is blah. But Rack lives up to the hype.

Click more to see the rest of the goodies I found, including $150 Stuart Weitzman pumps and designer duds by Tracy Reese and Theory.

Nude Heels for Brown Girls

Posted On Monday, May 10th, 2010
Filed Under: trends for less

I had a reader request for a post on nude heels for women of color. This is a big trend for spring and a great way to elongate the leg when the shoe closely matches the color of a woman’s skin. However,  many picks for nude heels only include options in the tan/taupe spectrum and leave out darker hues.

Below are a few picks (all under $100) in a variety of shades for us brown girls who want the “nude” look.

Madden Girl Kallista Bootie, $49.95. Restricted Ashlee Patent Leather Pump, $49.95. Aldo Stierle, $80. N.Y.L.A. Farley Pump, $84.95.

Whatever style you go for, try to find a shade that matches your skin as closely as possible (kinda like applying the right foundation).

Thanks to Nekeisha for the reader question. If you have a fashion dilemma, question or challenge, hit me up!

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Spring Trend – Embellished Flats

Posted On Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Filed Under: trends for less

Who says flats have to be boring? For us stiletto loving ladies, there was a time when flats were just those pesky things you’d keep stashed in your bag in case your real showstoppers became too painful to wear. But now more than ever, there are tons of options that make a bold statement and provide total comfort.

The fly-est of the divas {Ms. Beyonce} recently displayed how lovely you can look sans heels when she stepped out in a floral Pencey dress, Chanel bag and a pair of super cute, $40 Topshop flats.

Though her Victoria Face Flat Pumps are no longer available, here are a few equally chic options, all under $60.

Rosette Gisenna Flat: Chinese Laundry, $49.95. Citrus Python Peep Toes: Chinese Laundry, $59.
Denim Ruffle Ballet Flat: Urban Original, $16.99. Zigi Soho Shaker Flat: DSW, $49.95.

How Much Are You Willing to Pay at Payless?

Posted On Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, shopping

I truly love the designer collaborations from stores like Target and Payless. But is there a limit to how much you’re willing to pay for these “designer” items? I thought about this when I cam across these Christian Siriano for Payless heels. They’re mighty fierce and certainly cheaper than anything from this signature collection. But the $80 price tag kinda made me wince. 80 bucks. At Payless? Hmm

So what say you: Would you spend $80 for a pair of shoes at Payless (even if they are a part of a designer collaboration)? Or maybe $50 for an item at Forever 21?

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TJ Maxx Shoe Haul

Posted On Monday, March 8th, 2010
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, shopping

On Saturday afternoon I magically found myself at TJ Maxx. I think I was inspired by The Budget Babe‘s recent visit.

Of course I immediately scurried to the shoe department. One of the first pairs I saw was a sparkly, sequin pair of Betsey Johnson Kanata pumps. I couldn’t believe my shoe lusting eyes. I remembered seeing these bad boys months ago in Macy’s but refused to pay $200 for them. Now…they were only $99. I snatched them up without even thinking.

I kept searching the aisles and what did my eyes see? Several pairs of Paris Hilton pumps. I’m not a Paris fan, and I’m really not sure what she’s famous for but I certainly swooned over the shoes. The deep purple. Platform. Studs. $49. I was sold. And they fit like a glove.

*sidenote: I went there to purchase a floor mat for my bathroom but I walked out with two pairs of shoes, and no mat. Sigh

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