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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fashion Radar: Bow-Down

Bows are nothing like they used to be. Representing a goody-too-shoes appearance, perfectly placed in a girl's hair. This is not your childhood bow. Bows are appearing in prints, rhinestone jewelry and exaggerated looks all over the runway for Spring 2012. I love the unexpected look of a preppy bow in a vintage blouse paired with leather or a bow charm on necklaces and bags. Whether your price point is dollars or thousands, you can interpret this trend in your wardrobe.

Accessorize with a bow , charmed bangle exclusively by Ted Baker for Asos. Stack them for a great bow-ful look for $81.81

Can't get enough of accessorizing with bows? Find some left over bus fare money for this Forever 21 bow necklace for $1.50.
For an accessory splurge on the bow front, I adore this Valentino bag found at Nordstrom for around $1,200. The exaggerated bow in patent leather is so chic!

Wear this bow sweater found on PiperLime for $69. I love the lightweight look and feel of this sweater. Easily paired with skinny jeans or with layers.

Tights are always in and a staple for winter and going into spring. Bow printed tights are a great way to show this trend in a subtle, chic way. I found these tights on a great site for $15.99.
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Monday, November 28, 2011

INSIDER: Get to Know Christina Karin+Win a Dress

New to the scene is Christina Karin. A brand that will for sure make it into your closet this season! The label includes easy, wearable dresses in great solid colors that can look effortless or dressed up. Designer, Christina saw a lack of affordable fashions and really designs stuff her herself since she designs for the women client like her. Customers say the dresses bring out a sexy side of classy and the fabric you can live in! Christina says the line is inspired by experiences and the desire to make a women feel sexy. For the entire collection go to www.christinakarin.com  and for more information.

PrivyDoll is all about sharing the privy find and we don't want to just share the find we want to GIVE you the find. Win your own Christina Karin black dress with sheer back. This dress is a staple for winter. Great to wear out with a chunky necklace or pair with funky lace tights and boots. Here's how to enter:
LIKE Christina Karin on Facebook
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Follow ChristinaKarin on Twitter
Follow PrivyDoll and Tweet me @privydoll you have entered the @christinakarin contest. Contest will run from Nov 28- Dec 5. On Dec 6st the winner will be chosen at random.

Who will be the lucky Doll who will rock this dress ($175 retail value) from Privy Doll?! 

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Fashion Radar: A Pleated Party

It's a pleat party this winter. Pleats were seen on the runways in Paris for Fall/Winter 2011 from the likes of Sonia Rykiel to Jill Stuart. Wear a pleated dress or skirt to your next holiday party. Keep the length in mind. The 2011 trend is keen length or mid calf since this is a throwback look tribute to the 1940's. I love the tiny waist look paired with a skinny belt in contrast to the skirt. Ankle heels and kitten toe are a great way to complete the look. Think vintage Chanel when picking a blouse or collarless jacket to pair with the pleated skirt.

Vera Wang 2011 - Pleat trend

Check out these Privy finds to conquer this holiday look. Whether a work party or a night out, pleats are the way to go this holiday season.

This black, shorter, pleated skirt is a great way to achieve this trend for a night out. Pair it with tights and a fitted sweater for a party look. Found here from Nasty Gal for $88.

For a more conservative holiday look, I adore this gem tone green, calf length skirt from Top Shop.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Entertainment: Your 2011 Black Friday Guide

It is a shopper's national holiday. The Friday after thanksgiving is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. This is Privydoll's 2nd anniversary sharing some of the top deals for this holiday. Retailers and online stores offer ridiculous deals. But, where to go first and what are the best deals out there? Here are a few Privy Doll great finds to help you plan out your Friday. Set your alarm most stores open at midnight!

Deals to be had:

Armani Exchange is offering $50 off every $150 purchase in stores only from Thursday November 24-November 28th.

Sir Allstaur Rai is offering hourly deals on their chic scarves on Friday November 25th.
Save 25% all day long on http://www.siralistairrai.com/

Not done shopping after Friday? Shop on what they call "cyber Monday". Online deals that take place online only on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Have many holiday parties you haven't bought dresses for yet? Rent them. Rent The Runway is offering deals on Cyber Monday for all your needs for upcoming events. Receive 20% off any gift card up to $50. If you spend $50-$100 , receive a $15 gift card . Spend $100-$200 receive a $25 gift card. 
Not a member? Join free here! http://www.renttherunway.com/referral/sebastianfashion

Want to score designer deals any day? Check out new website similar to Ebay , www.stylerecovery.com. A website that is changing the way people are shopping. This is a stylish alternative to Ebay that members can 'recycle' designer products. Shop gently used high end finds or sell yours here!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Entertainment: Gift Guide 2011 For Your Man

Tis the time for shopping and showing the one you love, and a perfect time to update your man with some style help. Let's face it men will wear the same shoes and wallets until they literally fall apart, and then maybe tape them to ride them out a little longer. It is up to us to upgrade and buy them some key accessories that are also functional. Here is Privydoll's 2011 Gift Guide:

Put your money where your mouth is. Your man may need a new wallet. I love these 100% Italian leather wallets in fun colors by Hlaska out of San Francisco. For under $200 these wallets are functional, high quality and frankly cooler than what he is already carrying.
Your man dresses up whether its an every day suit and tie gig or you drag him to events. He has to wear a tie at some point. Why not make sure his tie shows some personality and edge. I love these ties from General Knot. Bow ties or regular ties these are some fun patterns to choose from. 

 Keep your man's tie down in the windy city and show some personality with a unique, vintage reconstructed Tie clip.Back in style thanks to Madmen and shows a like the tie clip is a modern twist to the forever trend among mens accessories. Check out the many handmade options with a steampunk influence at www.jojoandsofia.com for under $40.

Your man is techie. He can always use a new, cool Ipad case. This one is different and found on a favorite mens site of mine, MrPorter. This Ipad case has a pillow and a stand all in one. For $150 this is a unique find.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

INSIDER INTERVIEW: La Isla Swimwear Desitination: Winter Get Away

 Everyone knows one of PrivyDoll's vices is an amazing swimsuit. When I find a new designer swimsuit I have to share it with you all. It was 30 degrees in Chicago today and only one thing on my mind: where is my next exotic vacation getaway and how soon can we book. It is days like these when I want to jump on a plane and run to an island. La Isla swimwear is that brand that embodies the palm tree driven getaway doll. I caught up with the faces behind the brand to get to know the brand better. Personally, cannot wait to rock my La Isla bikini next week when I am beach bound! The quality is great, and the patterns are fun and the fit is really incredible. Stock up now for your winter getaway at www.laislabrand.com

 PrivyDoll: What is the La Isla Girl? Who is she and where does travel to?
"The La Isla girl is a free-spirited, down-to-earth and adventurous girl who can express both her inner and outer beauty effortlessly. In her own element, the La Isla girl is able to embrace and enjoy her surrounding elements and become connected with her natural roots to the fullest extent. She is pleased by the sun and the ocean and desires the unbeatable satisfaction that being outside in nature gives her. She is confident in who she is and knows how to stay true to her individual style and unique flare.  
The La Isla girl is intrigued by adventure and fulfilled by relaxation at the same time. Wherever she is, the La Isla girl can find satisfaction in her surroundings by embracing herself and what her environment has to offer her. Whether she is soaking up the sun at a treasured secret beach spot, surfing the waves on the coast, or vacationing at a luxurious resort, the La Isla girl is sure to find pleasure, happiness and excitement."

PrivyDoll:    Swimwear is often times a hard thing for women to buy. What shopping advice would you give?
"Looking great in swimwear is all about comfort, confidence and a true appeal to the piece you are wearing. If you aren’t stunned by a piece, it’s not the right one to buy. It’s important to remember that finding the perfect piece won’t always happen instantly – there are seemingly endless options that fit just right on different body types. When shopping for swimwear, always keep your personal taste in mind, have patience, and eventually you will find the perfect piece that will leave you more than pleased. Always shop for yourself, not for others.
When shopping online, it does help to find a store with a good return policy. At www.laislabrand.com we have a 360 day return policy, which our clients really appreciate. If a suit didn’t fit you right, or you just happened to need a new size, send it back to us new with all tags and we will be more than happy to exchange the suit."

PrivyDoll :   Many people escape the blizzards in winter. What suit would you suggest for the following destination plans
·        Resort in Mexico
"Our Tribal World pieces release a natural and exotic aura, ideal for a lush vacation stay. Try mixing the print in our strapless hand crochet bandeau style with a string bottom featuring La Isla’s signature hand-embroidery. For a more fun and playful look, try mixing and matching the top with the Tribal World coconut, sea shell and wood-embellished bottoms."

·        Cruise in the Mediterranean
"Our Solid Wonders hand-embroidered one-piece suit would be a perfect, sophisticated look for a Mediterranean cruise. For a cute and youthful appearance, try the suit in our turquoise and orange cross-stitch combination. Or, for a more subtle and chic look, rock the style in our popular white and turquoise cross-stitch combination"

·        Summer home in Costa Rica:
"Our 60’s Love bikinis create a modernized yet retro feel with the combination of bright, vibrant colors that pop - perfect for either a relaxed day at the Summer home, or a long day on the beach. For a day of poolside relaxation, wear the halter-style top with the gold O-ring bottom to create a comfortable and stylish appeal. At the beach, try pairing a string bikini top and bottom for a fiercer look"

PrivyDoll:    What were the inspirations this season on prints?
"As always, our inspiration comes from our natural roots, down-to-earth style, and dedication to quality. This season, we incorporated themes from several influential eras, like the fun-loving 60’s and psychedelic 70’s. We also included several elements derived from nature’s inspiration as embellishments for our pieces. Keeping the La Isla girl in mind, our inspiration ultimately came from the natural spirit she embodies."
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