May 31, 2013

Look for Less: Alexander Wang Pumps


These Alexander Wang Pumps retail for more than $600. Here's a very similar look for less from ShoeDazzle for just $52 (currently on sale). They would go great for work paired with a pencil skirt and blouse or dressed down with jeans and a button-down top.

Where to Buy:
ShoeDazzle, $52
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Happy Friday!



Happy Friday my darlings! It's been raining all week in Miami, which makes me happy because I get to wear my rain boots. I feel like a little kid again jumping in the puddles. On the downside, I wish I could just crawl under my covers and watch movies all day--sigh. 

Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Yesterday, I took baby Andres Sebastian to his first mommy and me class. We had sooo much fun. We sang songs and got to play with different textures, including one where he got to play with whip cream on his feet. He loved it and it was so sweet to see his eyes light up so big.

Hope you have a great weekend! What's making you happy this week?
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May 30, 2013

Style Swap: Katie Holmes



Today's Style Swap was inspired by Katie Holmes. We love how she paired her white skinny jeans with a striped top and brown boots. I recreated her look with this top I scored at Madewell (on sale) for just $32. You can still get it online for the full price here. These white Rockstar skinny jeans have also been in constant rotation in my wardrobe, they're from Old Navy and they fit great. For those of you buying them online, they run a bit small so I would recommend getting one size up. I've been wearing this outfit a lot this summer, but had never thought about wearing them with boots. I love how it looks though, so will definitely be pulling out my old Fossil boots a lot more.
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May 29, 2013

Steal her Look: Jennifer Lopez


I'm not one to really wear jumpsuits, but this one worn by Jennifer Lopez might just have me thinking twice. She's look glamourous as always and best of all, it's from her own affordable clothing line at Kohl's. Here's where you can get her same exact jumpsuit for under $50 and the rest of her look for less.

Where to Buy:
Black Jumpsuit, Kohl's, $47 (same exact one she's wearing)
Gold Bangle Set, Lulu's, $14
Luxury Rebel Pumps, Amazon, $24


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May 28, 2013

A Quick Survey!


I'd LOVE to hear from you my lovely reader. As we continue to grow (Viva Fashion will be turning 5 years old this year!) I'm always looking to hear from my loyal readers and new readers too. It's a really short survey, just 10 questions and multiple choice. I'd really, really appreciate it.  Please take the survey real quick here. 

xx,
Carmen 
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Steal her Look: Kristin Cavallari


Kristin Cavallari looked chic in this all-white ensemble. I for one don't follow the "No White Before Memorial Day or after Labor Day" rule but for those of you that are eager to break out your whites now that Memorial Day has come and gone, this outfit is the perfect way to do so. Don't want to do head-to-toe white? Then consider pairing a pair of white jeans with a chambray shirt. It's the perfect look for the summer. Here's where you can steal her look for less:

Where to Buy:
TWO by Vince Camuto Blouse, Lord & Taylor, $34 (on sale)
Rockstar Skinny Jeans, Old Navy, $14
Leather Strap Ankle Sandal, MANGO, $129

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May 27, 2013

Sale Alert: J.Crew Factory 50% Off Everything


Boatneck Blouse; $34 (originally $75)

Hi guys...hope you're enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. It's just about to get better..J.Crew Factory is offering 50% off everything online. It's only for today, so make sure you check it out quick. They have printed shorts starting at $24 along with necklaces, bags and clothing at really great deals. Here are two of my favorite finds.

Neon Crystal Necklace, $24 (originally $49)

Dotted Chambray Shorts; $24 (originally $49)

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May 23, 2013

Steal her Look: Jessica Szohr


Jessica Szohr looked fab in this white Isabel Marant dress paired with pink pumps. Here's a similar look for less that won't break the bank.

Where to Buy:
MM Couture Long Sleeve Dress, Dillard's, $72
Poppie Jones Metallic Clutch, DSW, $26
Jessica Simpson 'Sara' Pumps, Dillard's, $31 (on clearance)
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May 22, 2013

Summer Must-Have Shoe Styles


Summer is right around the corner and I've been working on expanding my shoe collection. But lately I feel like I barely have time to hit the mall (especially with having a four-month old baby!) And that's where ShoeDazzle comes in. I'm sure most of you have probably already heard of them, but for those that haven't...you basically take a fun quiz so ShoeDazzle can get to know your style. And based on the results of the quiz, ShoeDazzle gives you your first showroom of shoes they think you'll love. I just took the quiz and here are some of the shoes they picked out for me. They were right on point. I'm in love with all the styles, especially the wedges.  Those are my go-to shoes for the summer. The prices are great too, mostly all under $40 bucks.

At the beginning of each month you get new selections that fit your individual style, and as new styles get added to the site throughout the month, they continue to tailor your recommendations--pretty cool huh? Oh and it's updated monthly and curated by Rachel Zoe, LOVE her. You can take the quiz by clicking here. (it's fun to take just to see what they think your style is hehe).

What do you think of some of the shoes they picked for me? Do you see any you like?



Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by ShoeDazzle, but all opinions are 100% my own :)
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May 21, 2013

VF's Closet: Tweed

Dress: Tahari via Marshalls; Shoes: BCBG via Marshalls; Bracelets: LOFT; Earrings: Marc by Marc Jacobs Studs


I love tweed, whether it's in a dress or a skirt, there's just something so feminine and classic about this fabric. I recently bought this tweed dress at Marshalls from Tahari for just under $40. I wore it for a TV segment I had this morning on Univision's Despierta America.  Tahari really makes some great classic dresses, or what I like to call my perfect "TV" dresses (I also bought this pink Tahari dress last week for another TV segment). But I can totally see a dress like this working for any office job as well. It's the perfect length and color without seeming too "mature." Perhaps wearing it to an office meeting or business dinner by simply adding a blazer or cardigan.

Or you can even wear it to a Sunday brunch by simply swapping the nude pumps for a pair of flat sandals. I finished off the look with these uh-mazing bracelets from LOFT and stud earrings.










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May 20, 2013

Steal her Look: Jennifer Lopez



Jennifer Lopez looked stunning as always in this coral sweater paired with a white pencil skirt and Gucci strappy sandals. This look would be perfect for grabbing brunch with friends. We love how she mixes high and low priced items in this look, you can score the same exact sweater she's wearing at TopShop for just $60. Here's where you can steal the rest of her look for less.

Where to Buy:
Knitted Fluro Cropped Sweater, TopShop, $60 (same exact one she's wearing)
Linen Canvas Pencil Skirt, LOFT, $59
St. Larouse Strappy Sandal, Loehmann's, $79
Studded White Clutch, Asos, $15
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May 17, 2013

5 "Great Gatsby" Inspired Headbands for Under $50




Since the movie The Great Gatsby premiered head pieces are becoming all the rage. But they're not just for parties....you can wear them to take any outfit from boring to fab in no time. Here are 5 headpieces under $50 inspired by the movie.

Where to Buy: 
White by Vera Wang Headband, David's Bridal, $29
Pretty Embellished Headband, Dorothy Perkins, $17
Metal Floral Headband, BCBG, $40
Beaded Headband, Charlotte Russe, $3.99
Sparking Beaded Headband, Forever 21, $10
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May 16, 2013

Viva Fashion on Univision's Despierta America w/ Marshalls


Hi guys....wanted to share with you my latest TV segment on Univision's Despierta America, talking about Mother's Day gift ideas from Marshalls! Hope you like it. 


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May 15, 2013

Style Swap: Jennifer Aniston



Hi guys...it's time for another Style Swap. I absolutely love Jennifer Aniston's style. She manages to mix basics and classic pieces and make them look so chic. For example this plain grey t-shirt paired with white shorts and wedges. This look is perfect for the summer and is really easy to recreate on a budget. To recreate her look, I paired this grey t-shirt I bought at Marshalls paired with white shorts from jcpenney (worn here from 3 seasons ago).

 I also LOVE fedoras and just bought this one at Target for $10. These brown wedges are also my go-to shoes for the summer. You've probably seen me wear them on the blog time and time again. Funny story...I've actually had two huge falls wearing them. On one occasion I twisted my ankle and dropped my iPhone and broke my screen! They are now referred to as my ankle breakers. I still love them though, even though they're starting to fall apart. I bought them 3 years ago for $39 (seen here).

To check out my previous Style Swap posts click here. 
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May 14, 2013

Steal her Look: Jessica Alba



Jessica Alba looked pretty in polka-dots paired with tan heels and a purple satchel. You can recreate her look for a fraction of the cost with this polka-dot dress from Forever 21. The handbag is a bit on the pricier side, but definitely worth the splurge. This style will never go out of style and we just love the color too!


Where to Buy:
Polka-Dot Dress, Forever 21, $19
Merona Belt, Target, $19
Oliane Sandals, GUESS, $86
Legacy 'Haley' Bag, Coach, $358  (worth the splurge)
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May 13, 2013

Where's She Get It: Julianne Hough's Floral Pants



Jessie asks: "I've been looking for these pants worn by Julianne Hough in this picture, but can't find them anywhere. Can you help?"

VF: Hi Jessie, Julianne Hough is seen here wearing a pair of skinny skinny jeans in sungarden from Madewell. And it's currently on sale for just $74.99. Here's where to get it: 

Where to Buy:
skinny skinny ankle jeans, Madewell, $74 (on sale)
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May 10, 2013

Happy Friday + Mother's Day



Happy Friday! I've been anxiously awaiting the weekend since Monday. I'll be celebrating my first Mother's Day on Sunday with this little guy and the hubby. These past four months have definitely been the most emotional and rewarding months of my life. It's crazy to even think of my life before this little guy. The other day I was talking to my husband and we both said how we feel like we've had him forever.

For all the mom's out there and moms-to-be, have a very Happy Mother's Day!

xx,
Carmen

Ps. Here's a post I did for Disney's Babble.com a few months back on "8 Things I've Learned in 8 Weeks of Being a New Mom."
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It's Happening! 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target Collaboration



Target recently announced they are collaborating with industry darling Phillip Lim for a limited-edition collection of apparel and accessories, including bags, shoes and travel accessories for women and men launching September 15th.  He's a favorite among celebs including Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Biel. I can totally see the lines in front of Target starting to form already.

According to the Target blog,  the collection will include more than 100 items, ranging in price from $19.99-$299.99 with most items under $49.99. It will also include a classic fall palette of neutral tones ranging from chiffon, real leather, and jersey.

Here's a sneak peek video of the collection and some sketches from the line.




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May 9, 2013

6 Pregnancy Staples for the Stylish Mom-to-Be



Today's guest blog post comes from a dear friend of mine, Carolina Buia. She's one of the sisters behind Chicksinaprons.com. It's a newly hatched blog offering free-range thinking on family living, eating and dwelling. All the while keeping life stylish, simple and sane.


by Carolina Buia

You’re suddenly pregnant with your first. And your beloved rack of Seven and True Religion jeans that probably sums up to half a week's paycheck still fit through the first trimester. But alas, as the weeks wear on, they get to feeling a bit too snug.

There's is no need to spend a fortune on maternity wear, but there's definitely a need to look stylish. After all, you’re eating for two—why not look twice as fabulous? We’re the Buia Chicks, bloggers at chicksinaprons.com, and between us we have six young kids. We've gone through many elasticized indigo in our day. And we've learned that you don’t need a whole new wardrobe to show off (or at times hide) your fabulous bump. So together we’ve compiled a half a dozen of our favorite pregnancy staples.




Fold-Over Yoga Pants at Anthropologie 

1. The fold-over yoga pant from Anthropologie, $78--but on sale for $39. Six kids later and this one still hangs in our closet. You can pair it with flip flops, sneakers or wedges. It flatters pregnant and non-pregnant women alike and will take most women into their third trimester. The best part is, you’ll keep it in your closet long after your baby gives up the binkie.

Floral Printed Shirt, $59 at ZARA
2. Empire waisted or tunic tops and dresses from Zara and Forever 21. No need to spend a lot of cash for some on-trend staples that can take you from work to a Shirley Temple happy hour. They're so cute, you'll want to keep them around. And this spring, flowers are definitely in bloom. 
Depending on your bump, consider buying one size up. 


Maxi Dress, $39 at Macy's

3. The maxi dress. There are so many styles and fabrics to choose from. They can be paired with a cute leather jacket for a romantic night with hubby or a jean jacket for a casual girls’ brunch. It’s a glam go-to dress for when the water breaks and you’re rushing to the hospital. Our current favorite maxi is actually from the junior's department. It's price and color flatters all wallets and skin types.


Maternity Pants, $38 at Old Navy

4. Gap and Old Navy maternity jeans/ pants. These are a must. The Sevens will be there when you return to your fighting weight. Don't stretch your budget on these stretchy necessities. 

Earth Mama Body Butter, $13 at Amazon

5. A totally vegan, natural body butter. You may want to get two bottles of this stuff! It's that good.


striped Flip Flops, $50 at Tory Burch

6. Because you will be living in flip flops this spring/summer, you may have to splurge a little. Your feet are carrying an extra wide load these days, so this is one place where we say 'splurge a little.' We're big fans of Tory's flops.

Thanks for reading and check us out at chicksinaprons.com, for more tips, interviews and recipes on keeping  life simple, stylish and sane.




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May 8, 2013

Steal her Look: Emily Rossum


Emily Rossum looked lovely in this Topshop blouse and skirt paired with tan sandals. Here's where you can steal her look, plus get her same exact top and skirt.

Where to Buy:
Yellow Floral Skirt, TopShop, $96 (same one she's wearing)
Cotton Embroidered Shirt, TopShop, $46 (same one she's wearing)
Fergalicious Sandals, 6pm.com, $45
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May 7, 2013

Steal her Look: Eva Longoria



Eva Longoria looked pretty in pink in these bright pink jeans paired with a crochet sweater. She finished of her look with some embellished sunglasses and metallic wedges.

Where to Buy:
So Color Skinny Jeans, Kohl's, $17
Mink Pink Golden Rule Sweater, Piperlime, $30
Metallic Wedge, Nine West, $47
Cat Eye Sunglasses, Asos, $29
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May 6, 2013

VF's Closet: Lady in Pink + Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Dress: Tahari via Marshalls: Shoes: BCBG Generation via Marshalls 


Earlier this morning I did a segment on Univision's Despierta America sharing Mother's Day gift ideas from Marshalls. I wore this Tahari dress I scored for just $49 at Marshalls (originally $238). I finished off the look with some nude pumps for under $40 bucks.

If you haven't found the perfect gift yet, here are some great gift ideas that mom is sure to love and won't break the bank! Marshalls carries amazing on-trend, brand name designer pieces for up to 60% less than what you would pay at a department store.




For the mom that loves beauty, Marshalls has designer perfumes at great prices. I always say, if you don't know what to get mom, you can never go wrong with perfume. Spa-quality bath and body sets are also great gifts, especially for the mom on the go and doesn't have time to go to the salon or spa.



Be a hostess with style...any of these gifts would be great for the mom that loves to decorate. Stylish serving dishes are perfect for family get togethers and vintage frames and photo albums are great for bringing back great memories, simply add a picture of yourself with mom. 


For the mom that loves accessories, Marshalls has accessories to make mom look fabulous, such as designer and brand name handbags and tech accessories so she can look fashionable while being in touch with her family.
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May 3, 2013

Happy Friday!


TGIF! This week went by way to quick. Here's what's making me happy this week.....these adorable little toes and spending some quality time in the mornings reading to my little one. Can you believe he's going to turn 4 months in 3 days? It seems like just yesterday I was telling you guys I was expecting (see post here).

Anywho, what's making you happy this week? Hope you have an amazing weekend.

xx,
Carmen

ps. Here's my latest blog post for Disney's Babble.com where I share when is the right age to have a baby...thought you might enjoy!
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May 2, 2013

Viva Fashion on Telemundo's Buenos Dias: Spring Trends


Hi guys, wanted to share with you my latest TV segment on Telemundo's Buenos Dias morning show talking about the latest fashion and beauty trends, featuring the new Jergens Crema Collection and fashion from LOFT. Enjoy. 
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Steal her Look: Alessandra Ambrosio


Alessandra Ambrosio looked comfy chic in this knitted sweater paired with cutoff shorts. Best of all, you can get her same exact sweater on sale right now for only $40 and the same shorts she's wearing for $74. Here's where you can steal her rest of her look for less.

Where to Buy:
Knitted Fluro Jumper Sweater, TopShop, $40 (same one she's wearing)
Big Star Remi Cutoff Shorts, Zappos, $74 (same one she's wearing)
Arturo Chiang Ballet Flats, Lord & Taylor, $59
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May 1, 2013

The Perfect Summer Outfit


One of my go-to summer pieces is the chambray shirt. It's so versatile and can be worn so many ways. If you don't have one yet, I strongly suggest you invest in one this season. This summer I'm also all about pairing them with printed shorts. Can you believe I live in Miami and only own three pairs of shorts?! That's quickly going to change as I've been adding shorts to my wardrobe like crazy (such as these). Pair them with some brown flats like these from Madewell and some friendship bracelets and you have the perfect summer outfit.


Where to Buy: 
Chambray Shirt, G by GUESS
Resort Border Linen Shorts, LOFT, $54
Crisscross Sandals, Madewell, $59
Charm Colored Bracelets 3 pack, Aeropostale, $19
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