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Splurge Vs Save

‘Spikes’ being huge this season, I couldn’t help but create a post for all my lovely readers on how to dive into the trend, with and without a budget. Being black on black, Christian Louboutin’s Lady Peep Spikes will serve to be the ideal choice for those who are a little hesitant in donning the trend. The spikes are there but rather understated. The platform is at a height of approx 2″ whereas the heel height is a good 5.9″ approx.

And for all my budget friendly divas, you’re in luck! Steve Madden’s AWWSOME pump proves to be a brilliant choice. There’s a very slight difference in the heel height where the platform height is 1″ and the heel height is 5.5″.

Happy shopping!

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Trend Alert: Spiked Out

Spiked much? Don’t think so! Spikes are the perfect touch to add edge to that rather simple outfit. You don’t need to go overboard with the whole trend. Make sure you use them as an accent to your outfit. A huge list of celebrities have been spotted sporting this trend alongwith my fellow bloggers.

My suggestion is, pair your gold (narrow) spiked bangles/bracelets/cuffs with a gold watch and neon bangles and then flaunt! Here are some of my favourite pieces representing the trend.

What do you think, perfect touch of edge or too much edge?

 

A. Christian Louboutin ‘Artemis Spikes’  bag

B. Ruthie Davis ‘Jewel’ pumps

C. House of Harlow Engraved Thorn Stud earrings

D. Ruthie Davis spiked ankle boots

E. ASOS Jewelled Spike braceket

F. ASOS Spike Stretch bracelet

G. ASOS Spike Drop Earrings

H. ASOS Skull & Dipped Spike Collar Necklace

I. Steve Madden ‘AWWSOME’ pumps

J. Christian Louboutin ‘Very Mix 150mm’ pumps

K. Steve Madden ‘KIMMMIE’ ballet flats

L. Forever 21 Spiked Bracelet set

M. ASOS Spike Clamp Bangle

N. Sam Edelman ‘Lorissa’ pumps

O. Spike Combat shades

P. ASOS Plate And Spike Detail waist Belt

Q. Christian Louboutin ‘Isolde 160mm’ heels

R. Ruthie Davis ‘Chelsea-Hot Pink’ clutch

S. House of Harlow 1960 Pyramid Wrap Cuff

T. House of Harlow 1960 Station Chevron earrings

U. Forever21 Spiked cuff

V. Forever 21 Pyramid Spike Ring set 

W. Manicure Monday with SYL AND SAM

X. ASOS Limited Edition Pastel Spike Aliceband 

Y. Forever 21 Spiked Stretchy bracelet

Z. Martine Ali ring

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Sale Alert!

Photo Credit: The Outnet

There’s an excellent sale at The Outnet with upto 70% off on labels such as Alexander Wang, BCBG MAXAZRIA, Alexander McQueen, 7 for all mankind, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Calvin Klein, Current/Elliot, D&G, DKNY, DVF, Haute Hippie, Helmut Lang, J Crew, Jil Sander, Kenneth Jay Lane, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Michael Kors, Paul & Joe, Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti, Splendid, The row, Three dots, Tibi, Vanessa Bruno, Ralph Lauren, Three Dots, Pamela Love, Oscar de la Renta, Kain and many many more!

Happy shopping!

C.A.

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Fashion Faceoff

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Selma Blair and Eva Longoria both were spotted in their striped ‘Splendid’ tops. While Selma sported a more casual look with her boyfriend jeans and blue moccasins, Eva opted for a more formal approach with white denims and what I think are YSL tributes (you can purchase them via YSL here , via Nordstrom here and via Net-A-Porter here

While I love Selma’s nautical approach with the accented red handbag and blue moccasins, I much prefer Eva’s denims since I’m a sucker for white pants. I believe they can make any ensemble crisp and utterly chic. Had Selma opted for dark blue skinnies with black patent brogues, I’d be singing a whole different tune.

You can purchase the top via Splendid here

Who do you think fared better?

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Recent Indulgence

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A very recent indulgence of mine is the Chanel Maxi Classic 2.55 flap bag in black caviar and gold hardware. I was confused between the taupe lambskin Jumbo and the black Caviar Maxi and was pretty adamant about opting for the Taupe. However, only upon viewing the black Caviar in person, there was no looking back. Trust me, the beauty and elegance of it speaks for it self.

Personally, I’ve mostly been a risk taker when it comes to bags and shoes. As safe as I am with  my clothes, I tend to use accessories as accents to the entire ensemble. I invest in accessories that I believe are different from the crowd rather than similar to the next person. One of my biggest risks in handbags (both of which were a success!) were the Louis Vuitton Kalahari GM  in Safran and Louis Vuitton Monogram Double Jeu Néo-Alma in blue (This convinced me to purchase). And they’re my favourite purchases to date. But the Chanel Classic 2.55 Maxi in Caviar took my breath away and made me rethink otherwise on indulging in classics equally.

Little was I ever aware of the history of the bag. It wasn’t until my purchase that I decided to look into the significance of its construction. I had heard a lot of stories here and there but I decided to share with you my own research on what’s behind the iconic handbag. You can view the complete ‘behind the scene’ image collection at Style Republic Magazine here. Here’s to an instantaneous love affair with all things classic. Can’t wait for the courier to arrive!

The Classic Chanel Reissue 2.55
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Coco Chanel is said to have designed this beauty in February 1955. The iconic handbag comes with a flap and the original bag was called Chanel Reissue 2.55 which contained the Mademoiselle Lock since Ms Coco Chanel never married and chain straps without the interwoven leather. It was only later in the 1980’s that the ‘CC’ lock was introduced by designer Karl Lagerfeld and the straps were incorporated with leather woven in them.

Coco Chanel grew up in an orphanage/convent and some of the detailing of the bag represent her time there. The burgundy lining represents the children’s uniforms in the orphanage/convent. The chain straps inserted through eyelets were similar to the chains that the caretakers used at the convent, dangling from their waists to hold their keys. There is an inner zipper compartment, or what I would call a secret pocket, where Coco Chanel is rumoured to have stored her love letters. The back pocket is where she stored her money. The bag’s diamond quilting is believed to have been inspired by several sources; by jockeys’ riding coats, the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, as well as by the cushions in Chanel’s Paris apartment.

Since the 1980’s many amendments have been made my Karl Lagerfeld in terms of the lock (mademoiselle vs. interlocking CC), fabric, leather, size, the chain, single flap/double flap etc.

In February 2005, Lagerfeld reissued the classic flap design with all of Coco Chanel’s original detailing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the handbag’s debut

Thus the name 2.55 refers to all flap bags which is inclusive of all variations of the original bag, Reissue 2.55. And the name ‘Classic Flap’ refers to all the bags with the flap that contains the ‘CC’ closure and the leather interwoven chain.

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