Saturday, September 20, 2014

Elie Tahari for Kohls Designation: Shop Early!

This month is crazy for any designer collaboration lover. I mean I'm still putting things I tried and now NEED in my shopping cart from the Altuzarra for Target collab. Fast forward to this coming week, Helmut Lang for Uniqlo will be be emptying out my pockets...and then Thursday, Sept 26, Kohl's has to play with my heart and drop it's Elie Tahari collection after all this madness.

Kohl's has some great promos for the launch of collections as always so you won't have to be paying full price, but I might actually hold out for awhile to actually purchase anything. The clothes are always waaaay overpriced, and if you wait long enough you can find most items for some amazing deals.

Most importantly, Kohl's decided to launch SOME of the collection early as a presale (limited collection, 3 days only), so you can shop NOW! Use Code: YES2FAM for 20% off! Valid 9/18-21.

Here are my picks....Of the comfortable chic nature.

1. Ombre Georgette Tunic $64 ($51.20  after coupon)
2. Mock Layer Sweater $64 (see above)
3. Taxi Georgette Top $54 ($43.20 after coupon)

A long shirt blouse is a must this season, esp with this cool graphic. Layers are easily done with this sweater blouse combo and comes in three colors. Last but not least, who doesn't love a cool theme sweatshirt?

Will you be shopping this collection? Or are you holding out for one of the many other collabs?

Come back next week, I'll be "Playing Dress Up" and reviewing Helmut Lang for Uniqlo, and Elie Tahari on Thursday!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Playing Dress Up: Altuzarra for Target

I skimmed the Altuzarra for Target collection online at midnight but I was determined to get whatever I liked in store. I had a feeling at the higher price point most of the items are at, that there would be a lot leftover. And there was, but that doesn't mean the collaboration wasn't fabulous, because I j'adored it!

Here's the line outside Target at 7:45am.
Pretty tame.

And the racks after my playing dress up and countless selfies in the dressing room.

Still pretty stocked and a lot to choose from.

And now the fun part! 
For reference I am 5'3 and tried on size 2 & XS, unless noted otherwise.

Playing Dress Up:

1.) Maxi Dress Swiss Dot. Black. $79.99

I'm crazy about this dress! Angeline Jolie meets Rachel Zoe, very boho glam! The dot print on top the sheer overlay is just beautiful. And the length, I'm petite and I can't believe I wouldn't have to tailor this dress if I bought it. This dress is off the charts.

altuzarra for target review black maxi dress

2.) Faux Fur Jacket. $69.99.

Straight up Real Housewives of New Jersey over here.
And I'm kind of loving it! :D
It's really warm and heavy too but not crazy bulky.

altuzarra for target faux fur coat

I was wearing the fur over this tuxedo dress. It had great details from the embroidery down to the gold side zipper. I believe this one was a size 4 (the only dress I tried that wasn't a 2), so I went up a size, it fits like a glove so keep that in mind. 

altuzarra for target review crane dress
  And a slit to boot.

4.) Velvet Blazer. Ruby Hill. $59.99.
5.)Velvet Tuxedo Ankle Pants. Ruby Hill. $39.99.

That 70s outfit.

altuzarra for target review velvet ruby hill blazer
I broke it up into piece by piece and also shown worn together.
Truth be told, I thought this was hideous when I saw it online and on some morning show. It doesn't read well on TV I think. But it's actually really really cute. I love a good blazer, and this is a fantastic one. Pockets are not functional though, but the velvet is very luxe and soft.
The pants are pretty cool too. I love the ankle fit. The problem is with the bunching in the crotch, it's kind of low rise too. I wish I tried on the black pair. And while it's a pretty unique outfit I can't get over the fact that I'm sort of channeling Zac Posen, right?

6.) Satin Dress Orchid Print. Purple. $49.99.

Beautiful color, nice dress in theory but this dress was a total fail. It's a non stretch material and not the same material of the long black stretchy orchid dress. It fit really odd on the top and was very tight, sizing up would not help because it gets loose in the shoulders.

I literally couldn't stretch my arms up any higher than this picture below.
It was opposite that classic moment in the movie the  Christmas Story, "I can't put my arms down!"
I can't put my arms up!

7.) Peasant Dress w/Embroidery. Ruby Hill. $54.99.

altuzarra for target ruby hill dress
And my most favorite dress! I love the color, I love the style, I love the pockets, the tassels, the sequins, the embroidery (breath-GASP!), IT'S REALLY GOOD.

8.) Sweater w/Crane Embroidery. $49.99.

My name is Franci and I'm a sweater-holic. And my real reason for shopping Altuzarra for Target this morning you ask? This sweater.  Its fabulous as far as sweaters go, and the gold cranes are magical (I can't prove that). I really like the material and stretchy softness. The long sleeves are perfect for long arms. I'm going to treasure it.

altuzarra for target crane sweater

9.) Orchid Print Sweater. $29.99.

This sweater completely surprised me. I thought the flower print would look really cheap and stiff in person, but it's very silky smooth and looks pretty. The price is right too.

10.) Over the Knee Boot. $79.99.

After I was done shopping I went to see what shoes were left, only the boots. So naturally I tried these heart breakers on. They are actually easy to walk in and comfortable. The bad news? Well I have a lack of calves unfortunately, so I couldn't fill it out. And it bunched at the ankles. 

11.) Faux Croc Belt. $29.99.
12.) Sheer Swiss Dot Scarf. $29.99.

I love the belt, it will accent many dresses, high waisted skirts, and trench coats.
The fringe scarf is a nice dose of boho-chic.
Overall, this has to be the most impressive collaboration at Target yet. The pictures online did no justice. In person it was impressive, beautiful and quality made (real embroidery, functional details from buttons, zippers to heavy weighted material) at least as much as Target can achieve at their price point. 

A lot of the items surpassed my expectations and surprised me. Some of my favorite pieces look like they could actually be from Nordstrom or even Altuzarra's designer line, no joke.

And like any collab addict, here's my haul. :)

What did you think of the collection?

Be sure to follow me on Instagram, I posted a few pics from this morning there too--> @TheFashionPalate.

And check out my friends Altuzarra for Target review on her blog too--> Tracy's Notebook of Style*Linking up with @sincerelyjennamarie

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Falling for Designer Collabs!

September rolled in, pumpkin spice lattes and all,
 and I can't stop thinking about fall fashion. 
Designers were feeling the same because there's a handful of collaborations hitting the stores these coming months, quite a few this month actually! Ahhh I'm scared for my wallet! 

Altuzarra for Target is launching in just a few days. Mark your calendars: September 14.
This is going to be a good one. 
See my previous post--> AltuzarraxTarget Lookbook is here!

Chic, classy and work wear to party friendly you will find it hard to resist at least trying to grab something. I have my eyes on the gold embroidered crane sweater above! 

And this AltuzarraxTarget trench looks amazing on Keri Russel don't you think?

Elie Tahari for Kohls DesigNation. Launch date: September 26.

These cityscape prints and NYC street style vibe is totally on point for the season. I'm excited to see it all in person.

Helmut Lang for Uniqlo (thanks to Tracy from Tracy's Notebook of Style for the heads up! We are both obsessing over this sweater cape hoodie!). Launch Date: September 22nd.

Sweat collection for women & men! I love.

and coming soon...

Alexander Wang for H&M. Launch Date: November 6.
The style? Sportswear and norm core. Not crazy about RiRi's outfit here that Alexander Wang posted on Instagram, but I'm still excited to see the rest of the collection!

I feel like I'm going to have a ton of black and grey and white in my closet come December. 
That's cool with me, anyone else need a break from all the bright spring/summer colors?

Prabal Gurung for M.A.C Cosmetics. Launch date: November 26.

Yowza! A 14 piece collection, on the pricey side since the packaging is so luxe.

"The packaging of the products itself is inspired by the jeweled minaudieres of the 1920’s, intending to make a woman feel beautiful even before she puts the makeup on."

I'm on the edge of my seat ladies! Which collab are you most excited to shop?

Come back to my blog and Instagram on Sept 14th as I will be covering he launch in-stores for Altuzarra at Target. My "Playing Dress Up Post" will be up that morning by noon-ish. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#SaleAlert: Labor Day Shopping List! Your Guide to Shopping all the Deals NOW through Monday!

Oh my it's that time again! Another #SaleAlert holiday weekend! Is it just me or is this year already flying by too fast?!

For your sale shopping pleasure I compiled an enormous list of all the most fashionable Labor Day deals you don't want to miss out on. And you can start shopping them today!

  • Calypso St.Barth Sale is on Sale! Take an extra 30% off luxurious things like this silk sweater poncho for $34 (Was $325!)
  • Handbags among other things are 25% off at Target with the Cartwheel App Coupon. How fab is this mini designer inspired satchel? Remind you of the Phillip Lim x Target collab? ;) It's $22.50 (Was $29.99)!
  •  50% markdowns on the statement making jewelry at Baublebar. Good quality too!

The Target sale is REALLY good FYI! Do check out the new Fall shoes, handbags and clothing arrivals, and it's in season!

Ann Taylor LOFT - take50% off new fall arrivals, extra 30% off summer sale items, tops from $10!
Anthropologie - take an extra 20% off on all sale styles, limited time only
ASOS - take an extra 10% off the up to 75% off sale w/promo code HAVE10
Banana Republic – take 40% off your purchase w/promo code BRLABEL
Baublebar - take 50% off or more on sale! Quality statement necklaces for $15!

Bloomingdale's -up to 60% off the Big Brown Bag Sale, take an extra 20% off with code BIG20

Calypso St. Barth - take an extra 30% off already reduced sale items in-store & online
Club Monaco - take an extra 40% off on all sale items and an extra 50% off on clearance
C. Wonder - take 30% off regular prices, take an addtl 50% off sale items
Express - take 40% off on your entire purchase
Forever 21 - Buy One get One Free clearance sale w/promo code BOGOFREE
GAP - take up to 40% off sitewide and in-store *no exclusions
J Crew Factory - take 40% to 60% off sitewide 

Kate Spade Outlet - take 40% off your purchase, in addition to an extra 20% off handbags
Kohls - take $10 off your a $25 purchase with coupon or code TENOFF25
The Limited - buy one, get one 50% off sitewide AND take $15 off on every $50 that you spend

Macys - take an extra 25% off w/promo code DEALS, plus free shipping over $75.
Mimi Boutique- take 50% off Handbags. One coupon per customer. W/code: Laborday. Ends Monday at 5pm pst
Nordstrom - up to 40% off Clearance Sale, in-store & online
Nordstrom Rack- clear the Rack Event! August 29-Sept 1 take an extra 25% off all red tag clearance In-Store
Old Navy - take up to 50% off everything sitewide & in-store, price as marked
Sephora - save up to 75% off on new sale items & markdowns 
Shop Ruche - take 30% off on all full-priced styles & sale items
Target- take 25% off Shoes, Handbags, Jewelry, Scarfs, and Women's Apparel! Must use coupon via Cartwheel App
Too Faced Cosmetics - take up to 71% off on brand new summer markdowns (Labor Day Sale!)
Urban Outfitters - take 40% off sale items *In-Store Only!

For sporadic shopping deals & updates see me on Instagram-->
And visit my friend's blog Tracy's Notebook of Style,  and Chic In Academia they also has a fantastic Labor Day List.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Allure Fall Beauty Box ON SALE AUG 26!

Allure Beauty Box Fall 2014 will go on sale tomorrow August 26 at exactly 12:01 pm EST!

You have to be quick if you want to score the deal. 
There are limited quantities available and will sell out in minutes. 

The box is really a great value.
Here's what you get for $44.95 (A $250 Value) Plus $10 Shipping.

The highest value product is at $17 for the Make It * Straight Salon Blowout Box 
and Redken Blonde Idol BBB Spray at $18.

For details on each item and to purchase a box visit

What do you think of the Allure Box this time around?
Will you be setting your alarm?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Altuzarra for Target Lookbook is here!!!

"Seductiveness and sexiness." Not what typically comes to mind when you think about your next trip to Target. This is exactly what Altuzarra is bringing to his collaboration with Target & Net-A-Porter this September. This collection is definitely more sophisticated and fine tuned than many other previous Target collabs. I'm excited to see and try it all in person.

A 50 piece collection ranging from $19-$90. Here's the link to a look book posted by Harpers Bazaar. And another that has the individual pieces, not being modeled, on Refinery 29. And the Lucky look book for all the prices.

These are the few that I'm pretty blown away by...

I'm already in love with two pieces. The fringe scarf and the sweater are my must-haves, while the others are gorgeous to look at. I mean Hellooooo boots! Impractical for what I do, which is bake, blog and extreme shop ;), so I'm probably not getting those, but holy chic are they tempting. That blouse is also pretty darn fab, so I may be holding out on a few items once they hit the sale rack.

What do you think of the look book and my picks?
Any items going on your list?
And most importantly, will you be shopping come Sept 14?

Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter as I have been shopping these collaborations for years and can update you when the launch goes live. I will be posting on Sept 14th my "Playing Dress Up" post where I try on the collection pieces and give you a detailed review on fit and quality.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Christian Louboutin Rouge

Dangerous, sexy, luxurious. What I am about to show you is not for the faint at heart. So let it be still.
Christian Louboutin just launched his latest creation and it's not shoes! 
On Wednesday at Nordstrom it was a feast for the eyes.
ROUGE Louboutin is the very first nail polish (out of 30) to be released from the coveted designer nail polish collection. And as a nail polish fanatic & a sucker for packaging, I just had to have one. It's no bargain price at $50, but I'm taking it as a sign that I received my Nordstrom note of $20 that same day of the launch. Naturally, I used it towards my purchase, making it $30, no brainer for a collectible and swoon-worthy color of the Louboutin red sole.
The product is said to take 22 weeks to complete!
"Rouge Louboutin… a timeless, vibrant red suited to any skin tone. A true objet d’art of a dramatic 8-inch height inspired by the tallest heel Christian Louboutin ever created- the Ballerina Ultima. The iconic Rouge is encased in a faceted, weighted glass bottle with an unique ombré effect. The tall slender cap, inspired by calligraphy, turns the application into a luxurious experience, inviting women to take their time. The custom-designed, patented triangular brush picks up the right amount of formula, without air bubbles, to deliver flawless, chip-resistant coverage. A highly pigmented, super glossy formula delivers in just two coats the effect of 20 layers of traditional lacquer. Enclosed in a patent leather like finish presentation box with a red reveal." (
Fascinating and faceted glass crystal.

Did you know Christian Louboutin painted his first red sole with red nail polish?!
“The red sole was born from red nail polish. I am giving back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago.”
The lacquer is a very striking red, and yes a one coat wonder. No need for a topcoat this patent leather-esque finish is just the perfect amount of shine. The handle had me worried since it is quite long, but it is surprisingly easy to work with. I enjoyed having the smaller brush, it made me take my time swiping on the polish so I was more careful, leaving a flawless look overall. No bubbles, no smudges. The texture even feels like patent leather. While there may be dupes out there (RiRi Woo by M.A.C is said to be comparable, although I haven't tried it myself) you are really paying for this extravagant bottle, it's a work of art and looks great on any vanity table. It's got some weight, made of glass and 4oz full of polish. And if you are the proud owner of your own red soled shoe, well this is the exact match to cover up scuffs.
One coat, no gloss, with a base coat. I'll update you when it chips!

Patent on Patent. 

A splurge that's worth it for any Louboutin enthusiast or fashion lover. 
It will last me forever and truly my most favorite red ever.

While I post mainly bargains, this is an exception and I got a "deal."
Sometimes with all that savings you just need to treat yo self. ;)