Loehmann’s Italian Designer Preview

Posted On Monday, January 28th, 2013
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, shopping

As a blogger and writer, I’ve had tons of opportunities to see some pretty amazing designs, but this weekend really took the cake. Loehmann’s invited a select group of bloggers to tour their New Jersey warehouse {it’s normally closed to the public} and get a sneak peek at some of their Italian designs. Oh, did I mention the warehouse is 400,000 square feet. It was aisles and aisles of Valentino, Prada, Moschino and more. I felt like I walked in to my fantasy closet.
And since it’s Loehmann’s, the prices were slashed up to 65 percent off the original value.

Cheap Chic Obsession: Happy Scarf Jellies

Posted On Friday, August 24th, 2012
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, Fab Under $50, shopping, trends for less

The fashion of the 80s can be a bit scary for some but I tend to embrace the trends of yesteryear. Peplum dresses, acid wash jeans and off the shoulder shirts are still pretty hot.

And one childhood trend I really love is jelly shoes. You remember jellies. They were the plastic sandals you wore as a kid. They practically melted on your feet and left you with sweaty toes.

Well, jellies are back. Designers like Valentino and Givenchy are selling jelly sandals and flats for close to $300.

Designer Jelly shoes I would never pay that much for a pair of jellies, so I was beyond excited when the folks over a Happy Scarf sent me a pair of their jelly flats. They retail for just $24 {currently on sale for $20} and come in colors like black, pink and electric blue.

Jelly flats for summer

Look for Less: Valentino Lace Bow Pumps

Posted On Monday, December 13th, 2010
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, Looking FLY on a Dime

How gorgeous are the shoes above? The nude leather covered with black lace and bow embellishment is a perfect festive look to go with a LBD or colorful sheath dress. The 4.5 inch heel has a partially hidden platform for easy walking.

If you can’t afford the $885 price tag of the Valentino bow-embellished lace leather pumps, GoJane has a near identical version with their Peep Toe Bow Lace Heels. Though the shoe isn’t genuine leather, it’s similar in style and heel height. And you can’t beat the $26.70 price tag!

Fab Under $50: Kitten Heels

Posted On Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, trends for less

The kitten heel may be one of the most greatly debated shoe styles out there. With a heel height of just an inch or so, some fashionistas love its practicality while others think the minimal heel is pointless. As a stiletto lover, I think you know where I stand on the issue.

Whether the kitten heel is a yay or nay in your book, the styles are chicer than ever. Studs, bold colors, cut outs and more were on the fall runways. Bold styles and practical walking wear is always lovely combination.

If you can’t afford the shoe above (Valentino’s Studded Patent kitten heel, $895), check out the options below, all under $50

How do you guys feel about the kitten heel? Great alternative to stilettos or why bother?

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Trends for Less – Embellished D’Orsay Pumps

Posted On Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, shopping, trends for less

I love a great d’orsay heel. The cut out exposes the arch of the foot and the peep toe variety is oh so sexy. The d’orsay is great for summer if you don’t want to wear a classic pump. Lately a lot of high end designers have released options with jeweled embellishments.

If you can’t afford Manolo Blahnik‘s jeweled satin d’orsay ($500) or Valentino‘s crystal bow satin d’orsay ($995), check the looks below.