Diva Must Haves

Diva Must Have: Fur Vest (Includes 30+ Vest Under $200)

It’s no secret, fur is a must have for the fall/winter season. A fur staple every woman should have in her wardrobe is a fur vest.  These days, faux fur vests are available, making them affordable for everyone. What’s great about a fur vest is that it can be worn with anything: leggings, jeans, skirts & dresses.

If you’ve been searching to find a fur vest this fall/winter season, check out these faux fur selections below.  All vest featured are under $200 and in a variety of styles and colors.

 

 

For fur vest outfit inspiration, check out these posts here and here.

 

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Diva Must Have: Black Leather Jacket

It’s hard to think about fall while temperatures are still in the 80s and 90s but before you know it the seasons will change. Now is the perfect time to start creating an inventory of key pieces you need.

One item you’ll most certainly want to have is a leather jacket; a definite must have!! If you don’t have one, I’d recommend purchasing a black one first. It’s a neutral, goes with everything and will never go out of style.

Leather jackets are great for when the weather is transitioning from summer to fall and can be worn with literally everything! They can add sophisticated edginess to classic, tailored looks or you can wear them with your favorite boyfriend jeans on a casual day.  You can transition your summer dresses to fall by wearing them with a leather jacket, scarf and booties.

Check out the looks below for inspiration on how to wear a leather jacket this fall. I’ve also included suggestions on where to purchase one. There are a plethora of jackets available in a range of price points.  I know some may be discouraged by the idea of paying more than $150 for a leather jacket, however if you’re going to purchase real leather, it’s worth it.  You’ll wear a leather jacket more than you think, meaning your cost per wear will be zero!

 

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You may not be into leather, but want the look. Check out these faux leather options:

 

Another great resource to find a leather jacket at a deep discounted price is a local thrift or consignment shop.

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Diva Must Have: Statement Necklace

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We all know accessories can take an outfit from regular to fab! One accessory every diva should own is a statement neckalce.   A statement necklace is bold, a show stopper and should be the ceneter of attention in terms of your outfit.  That doesn’t mean you have to wear all black in order for your necklace to shine;  you can absolutely wear color! Wearing statement necklaces add extra flair to an outfit.

 

Statement necklaces are available at a variety of price points making them affordable for everyone!

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Diva Must Haves: Blue Suede Pumps

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I own a pair and Net-A Porter has tweeted a few pictures over the past week.  Maybe it is a sign that indeed blue suede pumps are a diva must have!   These fabulous pumps can be worn during the spring, summer and fall and look great paired with multiple colors of apparel and accessories including coral (or orange), grey, gold (or yellow), black , ivory and brown (or tan). I rocked my Enzo peep toe slingbacks a couple weekends ago with an all black romper and pearls to the House of KAS One Year Anniversary Fashion Show. They are my new favorite shoe!

Check out some fabulous blue pumps and below:

 

 

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Diva Must Haves: Maxi Dresses

Every morning for the past 2 weeks, I have logged into my gchat account and within 5 minutes, my friend Erikka has sent me a link about a maxi dress. “Do you like this one?” “What about this one?”

Of course the next question was “you don’t have a blog about maxi dresses?” My bad for not having a blog post about one of my favorite summer wardrobe pieces! What was I thinking??

Maxi dresses are definitely a Diva Must Have. Why should every woman have one? Because they are comfortable, easy to dress up, come in a variety of colors & prints and can be worn for a variety of occasions during the summer. Can you wear them to a cookout? Yes. Running errands? Yes. To the beach or site seeing while on vacation? Yes. Date night or girls night out? Absolutely!

I know a lot of women who are petite think they can’t wear them. That is completely false!! You can look fabulous in maxi dresses too. Look for dresses with an empire waist (waistline sit higher above your natural waist). This will give the illusion that you are taller than you actually are, elongating your frame. A lot of dresses are made too long for petites. To solve this problem, visit your local tailor to have the dresses shorten.

So if you’re like Erikka and in need of some maxi dresses this season, check out the selections below:

 

 

 

 

If you’re not sure about a dress, you know I’m here to help! Shoot me an email or hit me up on twitter.

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Diva Must Haves: Bright Bags

When we think of trends, the first thing we usually think of is apparel; printed skirts or tops, bright pants or jackets. But let’s not forget, the season’s trends carry over to accessories as well.

A must have for EVERY diva is a bright bag. Clutch, satchel, tote, it doesn’t matter! A bright bag will definitely add some flair to any outfit. Bright bags are also a great option for those of you who are more conservative in your apparel color choices but still want to integrate the bright color trend in your wardrobe.  Bright bags can be found at any store and at various price points, making this an easy trend to incorporate. We are all searching for a new bag for the Spring season, so why not make it a bright one?!

 

 

I can’t wait to pull out my bright yellow Nine West bag I purchased years ago. It’s one of my favorites! icon smile Diva Must Haves: Bright Bags

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Diva Must Haves: Lauren Merkin Handbags

When I arrived in New York City, my first order of business (after checking into my hotel) was to check out the Lauren Merkin Sample Sale.  I always see tweets about designer sample sales in New York, but I never had the opportunity to check one out, so going to this sample sale was a must!

Sample sales are great opportunities to find designer bargains. Periodically a designer will have a sale for 1-3 days, selling merchandise at a DEEP discount, up to 70% off.

I arrived at the Lauren Merkin office and the room was a fashionista’s dream!  Boxes, tables and shelves full of fabulous handbags and clutches in every color imaginable.

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After taking pictures and spending 30 minutes trying to decide which bag I wanted to purchase (I gave myself a 1 item limit), I selected a fabulous burnt red bag that was discounted for more than 50% off the original ticket price!

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Ladies, I highly recommend you check out Lauren Merkin handbags!  What I love about the collection is that there is such a variety.  You can opt for a chic handbag or a printed clutch to take any look to the next level.

To learn more and check out the new Spring line, visit http://www.laurenmerkin.com.

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Diva Must Have: Nude Pumps

Nude pumps are the hottest trend of the Spring/Summer season. What I love most about nude pumps is that they go with EVERYTHING!  This means you can purchase a pair this year and not have to worry about them going out of style next year. Nude pumps are classy, sophisticated and sexy all at the same time. While they look great with all colors, nude will look extremely fabulous with navy and coral.

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•Windy City Dress. $65 modcloth.com
•Guess Footwear Hondo. $90 piperlime.gap.com
•Neutral envelope clutch. $16 dorothyperkins.com
•House of Harlow 14ct Gold Plated Medallion Earrings. $73 accessoriesonline.co.uk
•14K Gold Plated and Blue Cabochon Bracelet. $205 coggles.com

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•Mesh Tube Dress by Rare. $98 topshop.com
•Nine West Proudly. $89 ninewest.com
•Leighelena “Jigsaw” Turquoise Wide Bracelet. $105 endless.com
•Sunray Tube Necklace in Gold by Mawi. $555 trilbyphoenix.com.au
•Studio Barse Kingman Turquoise Bronze Pear-Shaped Ring at HSN.com. $40 jewelry.hsn.com

If you want to purchase a pair of nude pumps for the season, but don’t know where to shop, check out these sites!

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Steve Madden Caryssa
Vince Camuto Renees
GUESS Hondo Platform
GUESS Rapine Slingback
Nine West Proudly
G by GUESS Vianaa Platform Pump

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Diva Must Have: Coral Jacket

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When I was younger, I wasn’t a fan of color;  my wardrobe consisted of black and grey. But once I started to explore the idea of adding color to my wardrobe, coral was a must have!

I was shopping at The Limited a few weeks ago and fell in love with a coral ¾ length sleeve jacket.  Ladies I promise, you WILL NOT go wrong with a coral jacket this spring season. It will look great paired jeans, dresses, dress pants and skirts. 

Coral looks great mixed with pale pink, nude, tan, brown and turquoise too.

For ideas on how to incorporate a coral jacket into your wardrobe, check out the looks below.

For a casual look, pair your coral jacket with skinny jeans and a fabulous pair of nude pumps (another popular trend this season!)

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Step it up a notch by rocking your jacket with a pair of wide leg pants (I prefer heels with wide legs instead of flats as pictured).

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Coral will look great this season with a pattern dress. For a day look, wear your dress and jackets with flats.  For an evening look, change into heels.

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  • Aryange Nude Dress at coggles.com ($355). You can find other nude dresses at Topshop, Asos and Zara
  • Misses Signature Stretch Sateen Collection Double-Breasted Jacket at Spiegel.com ($99).
  • Steve Madden Russhh  – Nude at heels.com ($90)
  • ASOS Quilted Suedette Lock Bag at asos.com ($27)
  • Nine West Open Metal Sunglasses at ninewest.com ($38)
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Diva Must Haves: Sam Edelman Shoes

As much as I love them, I hate searching for boots. I have really narrow feet and legs, so it’s a struggle to find boots that fit my leg without all of the extra room.

I don’t even remember where I began online, but I was in need of some over-the-knee boots for the Fall/Winter season.  The plan was to purchase heeled boots, but I came across some FABULOUS Sam Edelman flat over-the-knee boots and I’ve been in love with the designer shoes ever since!  The craftsmanship of the shoes if flawless!

Due to the fabulousness of my boots, Sam Edelman is now one of my favorite designer shoes.  You can definitely expect to see me rocking some more Sam Edelman shoes in the near future. icon smile Diva Must Haves: Sam Edelman Shoes

Check out some of my favorites from the Fall 2010 Collection below!

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To purchase your own pair of fabulous Sam Edelman shoes, check out Amazon, Endless, Shoes.com, Nordstrom

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