Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kate Spade Private Sale Starts Today!

We are very pleased to announce the Kate Spade online private sale. Your chance to purchase items at an exclusive discount perfect for all of your early holiday shoppers. Save up to 60% from November 11-14th. Be sure to act quickly, as inventory is limited.

All sales are final. Click the banner below. Happy shopping.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Luxe for Less: Affordable Elegance at Shopmamie.com

Meet the Shopmamie.com girls Megan and Amy!

What do you get when you turn your love for elegant and affordable clothes into your very own biz? Just ask Megan and Amy, co-owners of the online boutique Shopmamie.com. Every day they work to bring their customers the newest and hottest looks at truly affordable prices, and all with their own brand of style and finesse.

Megan and Amy have a great eye for what is trendy but timeless, bringing you elegant and easy to wear dresses, tops, coats and more that easily fit with your existing wardrobe pieces. Take, for instance this turtleneck dress:

Turtleneck Dress, $59.00

Pair this simple dress with tights and boots or heels for a very of-the-moment ensemble.
I also love this wool jacket:

Short Wool Jacket, $85.00

The cut gives this jacket a vintage-chic appeal, while the oversized collar gives interest to any look.

They even carry unique and affordable party and evening dresses like this beaded halter dress:

Embellished Halter Dress, $58.00

And that’s not all…they have a number of great dresses and tops (some as low as $39.00) with details that you won’t find just anywhere. And the deal gets even sweeter…

Couture in the City readers will be able to take advantage of a 10% discount for a limited time. Just use the code: COUTURE at checkout to get your exclusive deal.

So what are you waiting for? You don’t have to sacrifice fashion during an economic slump, just get smart and shopmamie !

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Kate Moss Exclusive! Enter To Win Her Latest Book By Laura Collins!

Enter our exclusive Kate Moss giveaway! And win the latest celebrity biograpghy by Laura Collins!

Couture in the City is proud to present along side Pan Macmillan publishers. The exclusive introduction and giveaway of the latest book by Laura Collins! This sensational book - titled 'Kate Moss - The Complete Picture' is an unauthorized biography of the iconic supermodel. We all know her as the spokes model of many international designers - such as Calvin Klein, Chanel, and Burberry. She has appeared on over 300 magazine covers. And is known for her tiny frame. As well as her uncommon modeling height for a fashion model (she is only 5'7)! She is also notorious for her high-profile relationships and party lifestyle! She came 2nd on the Forbes top 15 richest supermodels list, estimated to earn £9m ($18m) in one year! With a very successful modeling career, and her own fashion line for Topshop. Kate is blazing her trail which is now ready for you to read in - 'Kate Moss - The Complete Picture' by Laura Collins!

Kate Moss for her own line exclusively at Topshop! Which Laura Collins touches on in her autobiography of Kate Moss.

But though she has become one of the most recognized women in the world, she remains the least understood. By her own admission, "The more visible they make me, the less visible I become."
The book examines Kate's ever-changing career against the backdrop of the fashion industry. It also uncovers her sometimes turbulent private life, from her relationships with Johnny Depp and Jefferson Hack to the media frenzy over her time with Pete Doherty. Based on in-depth research, Laura Collins has written the first definitive biography of one of the most glamorous women of our time!

Kate Moss - Reveals her life story in Laura Collins biographical novel.

So to enter this exclusive giveaway tell us why you are a fan of Kate Moss! Send your comments and entry to jacquelineh@coutureinthecity.com. Title the email Kate Moss, and remember to leave your name and address. And the best comment will win! The winner will also be featured on Couture in the City! This fantastic giveaway will run until November 21st 2008. So enter now to win!

Pan Macmillan is also offering Couture in the City readers 20% off Kate Moss - The Complete Picture by Laura Collins! Shop here and enter KM at the check out to recieve this special discount and offer. (Postage costs £1 to the UK and £2 to all other countries) But hurry! This offer only lasts until November 30th 2008!

Source for images: Pan Macmillan, google, topshop

Article by © Jacqueline H. - Senior Writer 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

The Heat is On! Macy’s 150th Anniversary Gift Card Giveaway

We’ve received such an amazing response from our Macy’s 150th Anniversary Gift Card Giveaway that we simply have to up the ante…that’s right, the heat is on!

We are challenging you, dear readers, to let us know exactly how you would spend this fabulous prize to create the fall fashion look of your dreams. Belted floral dresses, long sweater cardigans, ankle boots…give us the works girls!

One lucky reader will be chosen and their entry will be posted on Couture in the City! So how do you enter?

1. Go to www.macys.com

2. Pick out your favorite fall fashion looks

3. Send an email to coutureinthecity@gmail.com listing your favorite Macy’s Fall Fashion looks and how you would wear them (ie- belted over jeans for a lunch date).

And to give you a little inspiration, here are a few fall fashion looks that I created from my favorite new dress from Macy’s:


I scrunched up my dress over jeans to create a cute tunic look and paired it with some sassy metallic accessories.

Casual Cool

Belted sweater + t-strap heels=easy!

Dinner Date

A jean jacket dresses this look down, but metallic accessories keep it looking cute.

Cubicle Sleek

Tucked into black pants with patent heels for an office chic ensemble.

Dancing Queen

Textured tights, a metallic clutch and my t-strap patent sandals create a dance floor ready look.

Make sure to get your Macy’s Fall Fashion looks in by October 28th for your chance to win. Good luck, and stay tuned to find out who our winner is!

Enter Our Fall Giveaway With Sephora - And Tell Us Why You Are A Beauty Authority!

Today we are featuring our fall giveaway with our good friends at Sephora! But today’s giveaway is a little different! We at Couture would like to hear why you feel that you are a beauty authority! Yes, we want you to tell us in a few sentences why you love the Sephora brand, and what makes you a beauty diva!

Here are today’s spectacular giveaways from Sephora!

Win this! Colorful Pearl Mono Eyeshadow

What it is: Luminous pearl eye shadow in a round compact.

What else you need to know: Each of these pocket-sized shadows glides on smooth with a sheer, luminous finish that can be layered for added intensity. Each sheer shade is perfect for layering and highlighting. Enriched with green tea to soothe the delicate eye area.

Here is what Sephora fans are saying about the product!

“I love these shadows! They apply smoothly, blend well, feel light, lasts a long time & don’t dry out the lids. Such a pretty finish!” Caroline G, Boston, MA

“I bought a lovely dark grey, and it blends so well! I love the dramatic looks I can achieve with this eye shadow.” Victoria Rae, Seattle WA

Win this! FACE Exfoliator & Mask - Normal Skin

What it is: A gentle, yet effective exfoliating face scrub and mask in one.

What it is formulated to do: Gently loosens and peels away impurities and dead skin cells while relaxing and smoothing facial contours.

What users are saying;

“I love this exfoliator and mask! At first I wasn’t sure how it could possibly work as both, but it does a fantastic job. For quick exfoliations, I rub it on and rinse it off. Then about once a week, I leave it on in the shower for 5 minutes or so and rinse. My skin has never felt better!” Sassy Red, Palm Dale, CA.

So be creative! And send us your comments on being a beauty authority! The reader who sends the most creative comment will be picked as the winner by Couture! So be sure to enter and send your comments to jacquelineh@coutureinthecity.com. And also to our Editor at angelique@coutureinthecity.com. Remember to leave us your name, email address, and where you are from. And please add this title to your email, Sephora And My Beauty Giveaway. This giveaway and contest will run until October 25th. So be sure to get your comments in! Also the winning comment will be posted on Couture in the City! So good luck my beautynistas!

Source: Sephora

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Europe’s Autumn Girl Accessories For Fall: Handbags, Shoes, Jewlery & Gloves

Yes Fall is just around the corner. Alas if we are lucky we will have a glimpse of an Indian summer breaking into September up into early October. But still as the seasons change so does our wardrobe. I always feel a tang bit sad when fall comes around. The leaves start falling, awaiting the colder months ahead. But, I do love the colors of autumn. Which are rich in bold reds, sienna browns, yellows, and greens. These are the colors we can gain inspiration from! Even lilacs and lavenders, and blues are pushing forth their awesome colors. In the jewelry and accessories department. But what has Europe got going on in the fall department? Let’s find out!


High Boots

Knee-high or over-the-knee styles are best paired with mini lengths and go great with wool mini skirts. These long boots will take lightweight dresses into winter. And the Soft suede styles in the palest of hues are the feminine choice of the season.


Baby Bags

Wheter it’s Perspex boxes, pompoms, or frilled leather purses. The more fanciful your bag, the better! Don’t reserve these handbags just for evening outings - these little gems deserve to be displayed all day!


Costume Jewelry

From chunky wooden beads, giant Deco cuffs, and bold neck pieces… Jewelry comes super-sized! As long as it makes an impact, anything goes.


Experiment with bold colors or try glossy black leather. The perfect glove length? Ending halfway up the forearm.

Source: Vogue UK

Friday, August 15, 2008

Celebrity News: Actress Michelle Yeoh Goes To Babylon AD

Michelle Yeoh - our heroine and Asian actress, gives fashion her own touch

Michelle Yeoh cannot bring us any surprises. Move over Angelina Jolie. This stellar Asian actress is one of the top action actresses out there today. She is a woman who has gained fame and fortune by starring in action films. Like leading male action hero Jackie Chan, Yeoh has been celebrated for performing her own death-defying stunts and handling her own fight scenes. Moreover, she has cultivated this reputation without compromising her femininity. Yeoh's formidable beauty, poise and winning personality are what brought her to top of her league. This ex-bond girl. (Yes she starred opposite Pierce Brosnan). Recently celebrated in the quake of her movie - The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Michelle shone in her decadent and beautiful Asian inspired costumes for this cool flick. As well as on the red carpet for the release of the movie.

Michelle is certainly not shy when it comes to being bright in yellow and gold pumps at her red carpet premiere of The Mummy 3

Here Michelle sparkles in Gucci. Inspired by Gisele’s catwalk fashion frenzy in the chic design

From ancient china to the future with Babylon AD. Michelle's new flick also co-stars one of my favorite action actors - Vin Diesel. Yes this futuristic thriller has Michelle doing what she knows best - karate.
And looking great of course! We love you Michelle!

Michelle brings it on in her latest flick Babylon AD starring opposite her leading man Vin Diesel

Source: Google, Yahoo!, Babylon AD,

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Go West: Cowgirl Inspired Styles for Fall

Jessica Simpson (source)

Rihanna (source)

Sienna Miller (source)

Whether you are a little bit country (or a little bit rock n' roll), every fashionista will benefit from some Western-inspired pieces this fall. Okay, so cowgirl chic isn't exactly revolutioinary; many will agree that it was Sienna Miller who created a Western/Boho renaissance a few years ago. Those styles, which were typically limited to just summer wear, are now translating into fabulous fall fashions.

Ready to take the reigns? Then saddle up and add these goodies to your must-have list for your fall wardrobe:


Sam Edelman "Utah" Boots (source)

The easiest and most versatile Western-inspired piece you can buy has to be a pair of boots. The hottest ones of the season are fringy and covered in luxe suede. Pair these with anything from jeans to skirts to add instant cowgirl flair.


BDG Mandarin Plaid Button-Up (source)

While J-Simp has been embracing her love for plaid for months now, it's just now catching our attention for fall wear. Look for plaid shirt dresses and button-ups for a casual chic look. I especially love what Rihanna has done with hers, wearing it under a snug vest to give her Western wear an edgier appeal.

Also look for brown suede bags and belts with antique hardware to amplify your look. Denim vests (and any denim in general) married with gauzy white cotton tops are perfect for late summer/early fall transitions. So, whether you are looking for a way to resurrect some of your old summer favorites, or simply love the Western wear look for fall, take some cues from these cowgirl inspired styles to put a little yee-haw into your look.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Hot Looks for Fall: The New Goth

Mary Kate Olsen (source)

Leave your chain wallets and spike-studded go-go boots back in 1997…the new goth is more fabulous fierce than Marilyn Manson couture. For Fall ‘08, instead venture to the dark side with caged high-heels, dark textured tights and vintage inspired lace. Oh yeah, and a latex mini for the truly daring.
Surprised that goth has made a comeback? Don’t be…Mary Kate Olsen has been doing it since last year, and black and navy nail polish were also big back then as well. It was only a matter of time, really. While this look is not ideal for everyone (I’m more into color, thank you very much), brave fashionista’s can really take advantage of this vampy style and go all-out, or just add a few macabre elements to their current look.
If you are ready to add some dark details to your fall wardrobe, check out these must-haves for inspiration:

Caged High-Heels

Giuseppe Zanotti Patent T-Strap Caged Stilletto, $625.00

Steve Madden “Madalynn” $109.95

You can go one of two ways with the “caged” sandal look, a direct spin-off from this summer’s uber popular gladiator sandal. The more hesitant can go the vampy route and look for vintage-inspired styles like this Giuseppe Zanotti sandal. The t-strap gives it a 1940’s vixen feel, and a shoe like this will give you a lot of mileage. Fierce trendanista’s can try the chunkier look like with the Steve Madden “Madalynn.” These are really popular right now with celebs (some are even pairing them with maxi dresses, but I don’t know about that one…).

Textured Tights:

Free People Crochet Tights, $38.00

If you buy one item for your fall wardrobe, I beg you to buy some dark textured tights. Tights are an inexpensive way to add interest to anything you already have in your closet, and look extra fierce when paired with a caged sandal (see above). Go get some right now, I mean it.
Rummage through your wardrobe and pull out your black wrap dresses, billowy white shirts, vintage cardigans, pearls, cameo pendants, chunky black or white rings and leave color out of this look. Top it all off with a handbag that’s heavy on the hardware and you’ve got one smokin’ “new goth” ensemble. Try it out for yourself, unless you’re afraid of the dark, that is.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Be Your Own Style Icon & Create Your Style With Yoana Baraschi And Black Halo

Be your own style icon! And create a unique style just for you. Today we are featuring classic designer Yoana Baraschi, paired with pearls. Or get a more casual approach with a Black Halo dress and silver flats. Either way, you’re going to look good!

Yoana Baraschi has wonderfully cut designs. And her choice of metallic grays is very eye catching. Though her designs are simple. You can still feel like a movie star in one of her garments. This dress is high fashion! I love the fit, color, and style! This will look great with pumps and into fall with a great pair of black boots! My Star suggestions who would wear her designs are Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman, Christina Applegate, and Paris Hilton.

Black Halo has some really fabulous designs. And their outfits can look great at the office or for any evening event. Now you're looking haute couture! Here are my favorite picks.

Black Halo Jackie O Dress in Black

Black Halo Bouquet Cami Dress

Black Halo One Shoulder Jackie O Dress in Coral

Black Halo Tweed Cami Dress

Beautify your whole look with double strand pearls. As you know Pearls are up there with diamonds. Hence a girls best friend.

Cultured Pearl Double Strand In 14kt

Silver Paua Shell and Pearl Double-strand

Finish your look with a pair of Kate Spade point silver flats. Or a pair of silver Jimmy Choo sandal flats in silver. The choice is yours.

Kate Spade silver pebble leather 'Devon' flats

Jimmy Choo Metallic Silver Leather Gemstone T-Strap Flats

Source: TheFind.com

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Hot Celebrity Trend: How to Wear One-Shoulder Dresses

Blake Lively (source)

Jenny McCarthy (source)

Alexis Bledel (source)

Rachel Bilson (source)

One of the most unexpected and surprisingly fresh trends of late summer seems to be the one-shoulder dress. Across the board, this vampy look is making waves with all types of celebrities. Whether they are going for an avant-garde look, or merely something youthful and fun, celebs are making this revolving trend their own again.

My favorite new twist on this hot again trend is the belted look. Blake lively turns an average blue dress into something fabulous with a simple cinch of the belt. For a more off-beat look, opt for a cap sleeve, like on Rachel Bilson. One of my favorite ways to wear the one-shoulder look is the "Grecian goddess" style, like on Jenny McCarthy. Gauzy fabrics and pleated gathers make for an ethereal yet sophisticated look on a one-shoulder dress.

Want to try this hot celebrity trend? Here's how to wear one-shoulder dresses:


Look for bright colors and flirty details, while keeping it simple all at the same time. This trend will work best with a solid color (a print will make this style look dated). I absolutely love this one from Juicy Couture...it makes me want to go dancing!

Juicy Couture (source)


Yes, a one-shoulder dress can be basic, I promise. If you are hesitant to try this trend, go for a simple sheath in black first. This is perfect paired under a shrunken tuxedo jacket for work; nix the jacket for happy hour for a great desk-to-dinner look.

Vince One-Shoulder Dress (source)

Still wondering what to do with that one-shoulder top you've been kicking around your closet since 2002? Resurrect it! If it is a solid color (black and white are going to work best), pair it with a pencil skirt in a matching or complimenting color and cinch in the middle with a belt. Voila! Instant dress! Try this trend out now while the weather is still warm, and let us know what you think of this look.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Hot Summer Trends: How to Wear Maxi Dresses

Kate Beckinsale (source)
Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (source)
Charlize Theron (source)

Ok…I’m going to be honest; this is not one of the easiest trends to pull off. Maxi dresses are all the rage right now, and you can find them everywhere from Old Navy to Target on the low end to upscale designer styles. While these flowy frocks seem like they would be the answer for all of us body conscious girls (goodbye thunder thighs!), the wrong print or cut could have your dress looking one step away from a house coat.

This being said, I love a good maxi dress; they are ethereal, bohemian and not to mention, comfy. Not only that, but they are the perfect cover up for trendanista mom’s-to-be. If you are brave enough to try this trend, here are a few tips on how to wear a maxi dress:

1) Get a good cut: if you have an ample top, make sure the girls aren’t spilling out everywhere, and that’s just for starters. Make sure your waist is still defined, whether with an empire style or with a belt, and make sure that your not going to trip over a too-long hemline.

2) Prints: beware of busy prints that induce headaches or blurry vision, because that’s a lot of fabric to deal with. If you are particularly unsure or self-conscious, go with a solid print maxi dress to start.

3) Accessorize: another reason to go with a solid colored maxi dress is that it is going to be the easiest to accessorize with. Long necklaces, scarves, and look-at-me handbags go great with a maxi dress. Still not sure what to wear those trendy gladiator sandals with? Try them with a maxi dress to double up on trends.

If you are still not sure, then get yourself an inexpensive solid colored maxi dress and wear it as a cover up to the beach or the pool and give it a test drive. If you decide that the longer style isn’t for you, cut it to just above knee length and repurpose it into a sun dress. Either way, experiment and have fun! Let us know what you think about this summer trend and if it works for you!

Source: CoutureintheCity.com


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