Invited to a costume party this weekend and don't know what to wear? Or maybe you decided to dress up at the last minute and emrace the holiday fun? Just too busy to figure it out? Fear not - we break down our 4 favorite costumes for Halloween 2010 and the easy "in a bag" solutions to help you get the look. All costumes are available at Ricky's in NYC and online.
1) Gypsy Princess
We love this Esmeralda inspired Gypsy costume. Cute and sexy and the colors are gorg.
2) Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is definitely the it look this year. We think this outfit is both fashionable, flattering and on trend!
3) Snow White
My dog might have been Snow White this year (don't ask) but I was tempted to match her after I saw this cute costume. Disney Princess looks are always a good way to go!
4) Judy Jetson
We are living in a modern age! If you want a look that's a little more covered up, but still sexy, unique and fun then be. a. Jetson!
I, for one, am a HUGE fan of Halloween. I love dressing up - maybe its my theater background or all of those theme parties I went to in college. Either way, every year I get super into Halloween - whether I put together my own costume or buy one in a bag! I always end up going to a few Halloween parties and being multiple costumes each year.
To get you in the mood - here are some of my favorite Halloween looks from the past.
(In order of appearance: Modern Vampire featuring H&M finds, Sookie Stackhouse Costume pulled together from HBO.com Store and American Apparel, Alice in Wonderland straight from the bag, Ricky's, Hippie aka Nicole Richie pulled from my own closet)
There is no reason to not dress up and with that in mind consider BBB to have gotten "a spooky makeover" for the rest of the week. Tomorrow, we will break down our favorite last minute, easy Halloween looks and look out Sunday for what I wore this Halloween!
Oh how I love Nicole Richie's killer style. A boho queen, she is who I want to be when it comes to dressing in real life. Unique, chic without trying to hard and just effortlessly cool. We are so proud that she ditched Paris, drugs, and those scary hair extensions for a life of mommyhood and fashion superstardom.
If you are not a stranger to BBB then you know how much I also love her House of Harlow 1960 accessories line. Nicole's latest additions to the line are all awesome but our favorite, you ask? The new Tribal Drop Earrings. We see Nikki herself wearing them with a printed tunic, tights and some vintage camel riding boots from the 197os.
The Tribal Drop Earrings are 14k gold plated and dangle 3 inches in length. You can scoop 'em up at ShopBop for $100.
Let me just tell you the AWESOME-NESS that is Kara Ross. When Kara Ross, jewelry designer extradorniaire, goes on sale on Gilt Groupe, you run, not walk, to the closest computer and sign on immediately!
In a time when so many designers looks are boring, typical or tired, Kara Ross continues to design modern, unique and striking designs that can truly live up to the phrase "statement piece." Case in point? Today's super cool daily bling - a clear resin cuff with 14k yellow gold plated brass and resin detailing. Be your own wonder women in the urban jungle with this dynamite cuff that will be sure pull together any outfit and make it memorable.
Kara Ross is on Gilt now, so get of there and tell us what you scoop up!
It's not Halloween yet, but that's okay because we love skull detailing all year round. These adorable earring from Etsy caught our eyes right away, and we just knew they had to be this weekend's bling!
Boutique Pink Diamond, a designer on Etsy, created these"Cute Skull Earrings" right in time for Halloween season but we think they'd be adorable all Fall long. Featured in 16K gold plated sterling silver with purple quartz, they are fun, edgy and pretty all wrapped into one. At only $29 they are also a steal!
Check out these cute earrings and all of Boutique Pink Diamond's other fun designs at Etsy.
My new favorite statement necklace is J. Crew's Crystal Chain Link Necklace. A perfect go to for almost any outfit, I predict this particular J. Crew stunner will become an instant classic you keep reaching for as you finish an outfit (much like their long geometric gemstone necklaces were last year and the season before).
The image doesn't even do the necklace justice, in person the shine of the crystals and the ox-plated look of the metal has a vintage/edgy vibe thats very modern. In three variations, crystal, dusty rose (shown above) and black; the only issue you will have with this one is figuring out which gorgeous shade to choose! I'm partial to the dusty rose but I'm thinking I might just also have to have the black.
J. Crew's Crystal Chain Link Necklace retails for $55 and is available online and in stores.
It's been pretty hard to avoid all the buzz that Breast Cancer Awareness is getting this month. As a cause near and dear to many women (and men's) lives, we are happy to see so many of the fashion industry's finest contribute to the effort with chic and gorgeous pieces that support this important cause.
Now its time for you to do your part! And we at BBB are making it easy for you with MORE super chic, Breast Cancer Awareness supporting fashion and accessories items from our favorite designers.
This chic bracelet from one of our all time favorite jewelry designers, David Yurman, makes a fabulous gift for a breast cancer survivor or supporter. This woven pink rubber bracelet with a sterling silver engraved clasp has a signature David Yurman look - but its feminine, casual and of course perfectly pink! Created in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of this very special piece will benefit either the Breast Cancer Research Fund or a Key to the Cure (depending on location of purchase). The $275 bracelet can be purchased at David Yurman and DavidYurman.com.
We love these too cute for words rain boots by Tory Burch! First off, who wouldn't want to wear pink rain boots? Second, who doesn't adore the insta-chic effect that beloved Tory Burch logo adds to a look? And finally, who doesn't love to support a good cause? 15% of your purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The $150 rain boots are available on ToryBurch.com.
Today's Daily Bling is a fashionable find courtesy of my mom! My mom has a good eye for fashion (she was a fashion buyer in her former life, so this is not shocking) and we have enjoyed a good Saturday mall trip since I was big enough to walk (probably big enough to even take out of the house actually!)
Yesterday, I decided to take the trip out to Long Island to meet my mom and grandmother for one of these perfect shopping Saturdays. Although we didn't buy much I did get to check out some of my favorite "mall stores" which are just too long a subway ride from my apartment on the Upper East Side of NYC. One of these? Madewell, J. Crew's chic and rebellious little sister. I ended up with an adorable mesh and jersey tee that was on sale but as I was waiting to be checked out my mom spotted this too cute, too chic for words "Gatsby" necklace. I decided to pass only because I have two many silver chains, but this one is definitely making it on my Christmas list. Everyone knows I love a good bow detail, and this would make the perfect go-to for casual, work or night-out ensembs.
The "Gatsby" Necklace is $48 and also comes in gold. You can find it at Madewell.com.
We love the dramatic flair this necklace from Lee Angel Jewelry brings to any look. It's vintage vibe, feathered leather detailing, and monochromatic black look is equal parts sexy and mysterious. ShopBop has it featured currently as one of the best accessories for a "night out" on the town and we couldn't agree more.
It could be hard to wear this leather feather look, but we think you can get away with wearing this piece and not going goth if done in the right way. Wear it with a satin strapless or one shoulder dress for a more formal affair, like a winter wedding or holiday party or channel your inner vintage vixen and go boho by pairing it with a cream or black lace cami and a pair of high-waisted jeans.
Lee Angel Jewelery's Martine Necklace is $128 at ShopBop.
It's recently occurred to me that I haven't done a post on one of my most favorite accessories in quite some time -the handbag! I am definitely a purse gal but somehow this season there haven't been too many bags to catch my eye. However, there a select few that I am just lusting after.
Below find my absolutely favorite pretty purses for the season.
1) Tory Burch Haircalf Mini Bag
We love a good crossbody bag; I mean this style has basically met the top of our lust-have list in the purse category. Why not add one of Fall's hottest trends, a little animal print, to your look with Tory Burch's chic leopord twist on the classic evening crossbody.
2) Rebecca Minkoff Quitled Kiss Bag
I love this pretty lady-like bag from Rebecca Minkoff . The quilting is classic, the studs are updated and the small size makes it a good weekend bag or evening out go-to.
3) Rebecca Minkoff Croc Morning After Mini
I gotta say, I am lovin' Rebecca Minkoff this season. My third pick in this gray luxe croc finish makes it a perfect daytime, work bag. Goes with everything and is so ultra chic!
4) Beirn Jenna Watersnake Tote
Everyone needs a good tote and I love the colorful snakeskin variations from Beirn. This is a great daytime bag and would add a pop of color to your neutral looks - from camel to black to navy and even gray!
Tell us - what new handbag will you be investing in this year?
My new favorite watch from Michael Michael Kors is the perfect addition to Fall's camel look and a classy edition for your "weekend wardrobe."
On a gorgeous Fall weekend such as this one, The Michael Michael Kors Square Watch in "Luggage" make a pretty edition to a preppy Fall look. We can just picture it with some denim skinny jeans, lace up camel boots and a fitted flannel shirt or your favorite cashmere sweater. Its a classy, updated take on the leather watch trend thats so hot right now and definitely on the top of my wish list.
Michael Michael Kors Square Leather Watch in Luggage is $160 and available at MichaelKors.com.
How 1970s ladies who lunch is this necklace from designer Kenneth Jay Lane? It may seem like something your grandma might have worn in the disco-era but we think that makes it like all the more chic. 1970s style is definitely where its at this season and we can't help loving this cool vintage-inspired piece.
The gold leaf detailing added to the graduated brown glass bead necklace make it the perfect, luxe edition to the "Camel" trend this season. We envision it on a navy blue or hunter green turtleneck sweater with wool camel pants and a floppy hat!
Kenneth Jay Lane's "Gold Leaf Beaded Long Necklace" is $400 and available at Saks.
In case you haven't heard, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nearly all of our favorite designers support a cause, and this month some of our favorites like Ralph Lauren and Gorjana have chosen to support Breast Cancer. As a woman, I think its imperative to spread the awareness and help support the cause so we can hopefully find a cure. So this October, I challenge you to not only spoil yourself with a chic piece of garb, but do so to help support Breast Cancer Awareness. Some of my favorite Breast Cancer supporting lines are below.
Lauren Pink for Lord & Taylor
Add a touch of pink to your wardrobe with Ralph Lauren's new Lauren Pink Collection in support of the Pink Pony Fund and exclusively available at Lord & Taylor. A line of comfy and cozy active pieces like cute track suits and jackets, vests, and cricket sweaters make this new collection the perfect "Sunday wear" for the Fall season. 10% of all sales of Lauren Pink will help fight cancer.
Gorjana, one of our favorite jewelry lines, is being very generous this October providing 60% of all sales from their Breast Cancer Awareness Collection to Breast Cancer Connections, an organization which helps women and their families who are suffering from the disease. Chic pieces in rose gold of course, make this collection just as stylish as it is supportive.
Full Disclosure: Lauren Pink items were gifted to me at an event for the launch.
We love the gothic and victorian look of this wrap around bracelet from one of our favorite British imports - TopShop! TopShop opened its doors in America about a year and a half go and all though its not quite as good as the orginal, it does the trick for unique, indie finds with that "Euro" sensibility.
We think this bracelet (if you call it that - its really more of a blinged out mesh wrap) would make a great addition to a dressier, evening look. It could look really nice with a simple LBD or even a blazer and jeans look. Mulit-functional, you can also use this wrap as a headband or hairtie. We'd love to see it as a bridesmaid's headband with a simple black dress.