“Can’t repeat the past? Why, of course you can!”
May 9th is the world premiere of The Great Gatsby movie (at 10:30 pm instead of midnight – weird, but I’ll take it!) I’ll be heading to the movies in full 1920s garb and I’m SO excited – will you? If you need some inspiration when it comes to repeating the past, take a look at the Gatsby-inspired premiere-looks below!
1. BaubleBar Teardrop Chain Bib
2. Max & Chloe Strands of Pearl and Crystal Necklace
3. Max & Chloe Gold and Twisted Pearl Strands Tie Necklace
4. Brooks Brothers The Great Gatsby Collection Straw Boater Hat
5. BaubleBar Ice Chevron Bead Cuff
6. BaubleBar Silver Button Bangle
7. Ann Taylor Sequin Fringe Dress
8. Alyce Dress 6025
9. Tommy Hilfiger Bright Stripe Bowtie
What will you be wearing?!
I have an obsession that’s been a few months in the making, and it’s time I blogged about it. The brand: Alex and Ani. The company offers tons of jewelry, but my favorites are their charm bangles. These bangles come in silver and gold, and each feature one charm (plus some mini ones that say “Made in the USA”!
The company prides itself on “elegance with an edge” and its values are rooted in positive energy. Each product has symbolism, and the charm bangles are each associated with 3 adjectives and a blurb about the symbol’s significance. They also have several bangles that support philanthropic organizations!
The coolest feature of these bangles is that their wire technology features a sliding mechanism that allows for adjustment and expansion to your wrist size – customized for the perfect fit.
Below are the Alex and Ani bracelets that I have, as well as my wish list! Are you as obsessed as I am?!
MY JEWELRY BOX
Phi Mu: Sisterhood • Tradition • Loyalty
Compass: Objective • Direction • Transition
Ladybug: Luck • Happiness • Affection
Cupcake: Sweet • Divine • Optimistic
Sea Shell: Beauty • Intuition • Luck
French Royalty: Regality • Faith • Renewal
MY WISH LIST
3. Plume Feather Wrap
4. Washington D.C.
5. NYC Subway Token
Which Alex and Ani bracelets do you have or want? Tweet a photo or Vine to me @staceyalevine!
In Washington, DC this week it has been hot, hot, hot! As in 85 degrees in April, hot. So as I sit in the sun, here are some trends I’m currently craving!
1. Calvin Klein Tank Stripe Maxi Dress, $99
2. Steve Madden Haywire Espadrille Wedge Sandals, $79
3. Kate Spade New York Ladan Wedges, $298
4. 7 For All Mankind Destroyed Denim Shirt, $198
5. BaubleBar Maya Brenner States Pendant (in the shape of NY, of course!), $130
6. BaubleBar Mini Monogram Studs, $120
What are you currently craving?
Have you heard of the new app, Vine? It’s been popularly referred to as “instagram for videos” — and it’s the new hot app, especially in the fashion world. It was acquired by Twitter and was released in late January, and my favorite thing about it is getting a real-time, 6-second glimpse into the world of your favorite brands, celebrities, and icons (and friends!)
One of my absolute favorite brands, BaubleBar, has just launched a Vine contest in honor of their new stylist guide – and you could be the winner of a $100 gift card! (Yes, to BaubleBar. Yes, #dreamcometrue.)
Check out the rules below, and if you need some inspiration, here’s my submission!
Have you started using Vine yet? Follow me @staceyalevine, and tweet at me with your username so I can follow you too!
Hello all you wonderful followers of Strategy in Stilettos! Our lovely and talented Stacey A Levine herself has let me write this little post for her blog about something that is near and dear to my heart (just like this blog!) — plus-size fashion.
Good plus-size clothes are hard to find, and harder to talk about. Being a salesgirl, in one of the lovely establishments I’m about to tell you all about, gives me a little bit of insight into things that most people don’t know much about. (For a prime example of a plus-size girl having no idea how to dress to her advantage, check out yours truly circa 2009.)
Dana’s Picks: The Top 5 Stores for Curvy Girls
- Torrid – Probably the most expensive on the list, but if you shop smart, you can definitely get some good deals. I think they tend to overstock, because their clearance section always has the good stuff from last season (not just the failed experiments and rejects). I live and die for Torrid jeans, even though they don’t go on sale much, and I tend to wait for a coupon or special deal to buy them. The quality is good though — don’t rule them out because of price, because they’ll last. Torrid sizing can be a little complicated, so definitely ask a salesgirl for help (they win the prize for friendliest employees!)
- Target – “But wait!” I hear you say, “Target isn’t a plus-size store!” Don’t rule it out! Target sizes go up to XXL in most cases, if not higher (XXL = 18/20). Target always has some fun things that tend not to break the bank. The main downside of target is the fact that is has no specific plus-size section, so it’s hit or miss if you’ll find your size, but it’s still a great option.
- Forever 21 – They have a pretty great plus-size section for all the season’s trends. I tend to be a little more conservative in my clothing choices, so sometimes what Forever 21 has is a little too much for me to pull off, but I’m sure any of you avant-garde fashion lovers will definitely find a home there. In terms of price, it’s the same extremely reasonable price range in the rest of the store. Downside: don’t try looking for any of the things you find in the main store area in the plus-size section – it’s pretty much a completely different line.
- Ashley Stewart – This store is a little more “urban” than the preppy, trendy, or soft-grungy stores before it on the list. Definitely somewhere to find something to go to the club, or to the office. While their casual clothes are seriously hit-or-miss, their party clothes and career clothes are spot on. While the quality of their jeans may not be as good as Torrid’s, they put up a good fight, and will routinely go on sale about once a month for $19.99. I’ve also heard great things about the support of their double-backed butterfly bra for the bustier ladies. PS- These girls definitely know how to do a peplum right! See my New Year’s Eve dress from them, below:
Dana is third from the left, in Ashley Stewart’s black peplum dress
- Rainbow – Another store with a decent sized plus-size section, and let me tell you, most of these prices are a steal. While the clothes are definitely less quality than some of the other stores on this list (Torrid, Ashley Stewart) it makes up for it in price (example? Torrid cami = $18.50, Rainbow cami = $7). It is definitely a good place to get cheapo, fun, casual clothes that will probably only last the season. My advice: try and get the trends that you know will die out here, and the basic classics in a little better quality elsewhere. Plus, I just got my new favorite outfit from Rainbow! Check it out:
Dress and shirt from Rainbow
Dana is a senior at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Follow her on twitter @lolzkaban, or on her hilarious tumblr, Textual Harassment. Thoughts on plus-size fashion? Leave them in the comments!