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Fuschia Friday! It’s Your Carrie Bradshaw Moment

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‘Sex and the City’ re-runs do it. So does Gossip Girl. Celebs and top fashion bloggers can be even worse. I’m talking about drooling over their out-of-reach head-to-toe designer outfits. Louboutin lust and moments of ‘high-end design envy‘ happens to women every day, especially fashionistas. It’s natural to desire designer bags, $900 heels, or a $2K party dress, but it’s also a bit unrealistic for most of us. Plus, money can buy a Celine, but it doesn’t really boost self-esteem. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. icon smile

If you’re into fashion; sometimes you just want a little ‘Insert Your Favorite Designer HERE‘ to make your wardrobe complete. While I’d never advocate freezing your charge cards to look hot for a night in a Dolce and Gabbana gown; there are a few tricks to score high-end gems for less I’ll show on my sister, Jody, below…

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The Trick to Faking a Designer Look ~ Go with solids! They look clean, simple and classic compared to busy patterns. Look for quality and nothing too trendy. This fuschia pea-coat is 6-years-old but it’s doesn’t fade or gather lint. Plus, the fully lined, bright shade seems to cylce through the cold seasons year after year paired with black.

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What to Buy When You’re Ready to Splurge? ~ If you saved up to buy a designer bag, consider a clutch or wallet. They’re less expensive and will likely last much longer through seasons. Also, try vintage high-end designs or find mega deals. Jennifer at Just Add Glam is a pro at this. Check out her newest post mixing F21, TopShop and a Valentino Aphrodite handbag 50% off at Neiman Marcus. Score! 

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Missoni for Target is still Missoni ~ Sure, the crowds get crazy at designer collaborations in H&M & Target. While the quality isn’t as high; knowing you found a signature piece by a fave designer for under $20 (like this beanie) is still a good feeling. 

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Exclusive Doesn’t Mean Expensive ~ This four leaf clover bracelet by Cruciani made in Italy is very popular throughout Europe. Fashionistas want every color and design ranging from $8-$15 on average. I saw them featured blogs from Italy I follow like Lilli of Candy & Style and The Blonde Salad. Start the trend in your city by wearing them to school or in your blog! Cruciani is expanding to the US soon….

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 <DETAILS by Dale> Jacket (old) ~ New York & Co., black skinny jeans ~ Forever21, wallet ~ Chanel, beanie ~ Missoni for Target, bracelet ~ Cruciani, watch ~ Croton

So if you were Carrie Bradshaw for a day and could have any designer item you desired; who and what would you buy? Heels, a handbag or a dress?

 Have a great weekend and if you’re a SATC superfan, the ‘Carrie Diaries’ debuts Monday on the CW. ~xoDale

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  • http://www.ohtobeamuse.com Oh to Be a Muse

    I like that you went for the solid pea coat. You’re right that solid colors like this fuchsia make things look more expensive. And I love designer collaborations–it doesn’t make the piece any less designer…just less expensive. Jody looks great~

    • http://www.savvyspice.com/ Dale Janee

      Thanks Cheryl and I’m glad you agree about the designer collaborations :)

  • http://love-lindsay-wilcox.blogspot.com Lindsay

    I would have bought a white lace Valentino dress for my wedding. It’s ridiculously expensive, but the lace and the vintage style would have fit my wedding day perfectly. Love the pink coat!

    • http://www.savvyspice.com/ Dale Janee

      Thanks Lindsay and I’m sure your Valentino dress would have been gorgeous!

  • http://lilliness.blogspot.it/ Lilli

    The jacket is so cute, love the color! Kisses! xo

    • http://www.savvyspice.com/ Dale Janee

      Thanks Lilli

  • http://www.lawyerdoll.blogspot.com lawyerdoll

    I really love your sister’s whole look here!

    I keep an eye out for a good, solid color coat, but I haven’t found one yet. I have a lovely black wool/cashmere coat I bought in Munich years ago, but it doesn’t fit now :(

    I also had an Air Force Academy dress uniform frock coat I got a a garage sale for $10, it had amazing brass buttons, and slashes inside pockets so I could get to my pants packets. Unfortunately, it got moldy in my basement *sobbing guts out* because someone, whose name shall remain “Hubby”, just got impatient and tossed a bunch of stuff down there willy-nilly. He’s lucky I love him!

    • http://www.savvyspice.com/ Dale Janee

      Oh no, that’s the worst when clothes get ruined like that. You’re a nice wife to be so forgiving. :) Thanks for sharing and sounds like you have an eye for designer pieces so I’m sure you’ll find more soon

  • http://jarrahjungle.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    I cant wait for the Carrie Diaries to come out – perfect night in with the girls!
    That jacket looks great on you, hot colour and definately a statement piece x

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thanks Michelle! What did you think of the Carrie Diaries?

  • http://www.glamdevils.com Mira

    That´s an awesome look. Esp love the jacket and the bracelet. Let´s see if I can get one too. Of course I love designer bags and clothes but I can live without them cos there are so many gorgeous less expensive things out there :-)

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Hi Mira, Yes I totally agree. There are so many gorgeous less expensive items :)

  • http://www.lisalovescoco.blogspot.com lisa

    love this post dale! your sister looks fab.. and i totally agree with all of your points!! you know i love my designer things.. but i keep them to my purses and shoes.. most of my wardrobe is from forever 21! so i totally agree with this post 110% hehehe. i lovee that fuchsia peacoat.. can’t believe you’ve had it for 6 years that’s an amazing investment! it looks brand new!! … and you KNOW i love that chanel wallet muhahaha..

    oh no!! i’m going to be in texas all feb :( i’m so sorry!! argh!! please let me know when you go back in the future i should be there the rest of this year!!

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Hey Lisa, thanks and I know you’re a mega Chanel fan from your blog hehe. How fun you’re going to Texas, can’t wait to see your posts from there

      Have a great time

  • http://www.alwaysmaylee.com Always Maylee

    I love this color, it’s so bright and fun and girly. Your hat is so cute!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  • http://yuliasi.blogspot.com/ Yulia

    you look just so cute and nice<3

    love, Yulia

  • http://www.averysweetblog.com/ Kim A Very Sweet Blog

    Dale, I would’ve never guessed that peacoat would be 6 years old. It looks brand new. I love solid colors. They do go further than a print. A peacoat is always classic. Love the accessories you added here too. It definitely makes sense.

    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thanks Kim and I think it helps that coat is so bright I don’t wear it a lot. Glad you liked the accessories too


  • http://www.glossyblonde.com Niki

    These are all fabulous tips! Your sister looks great – I love that pea coat, and it’s so true that a great solid van get us through years of wear! I have to go check out Just Add Glam – I’m dying to see her looks! Have a great day!

    xo Niki

    • http://www.glossyblonde.com Niki

      “Can” – sorry, on my iPhone :)

      • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

        Thanks Niki and I think you’ll love Just Add Glam too :)
        She’s another SF blogger I met recently

  • lucy

    You look great! I love your pics ;)))

  • http://www.daringcoco.com Sonia

    I feel like I’ve been getting too much blog envy of late! Seeing all those gorgeous Proenza Schouler bags floating around has been hard for me… The price itself is a little steep plus to buy it online from overseas I’ll still get stuck with hundreds extra on tax so it’s just not worth it :o( I have to say I love all those fabulous Target collabs with designers and hate people who dismiss it because it’s ‘Target’. It’s still the designer, designing and creating for Target but half the price!


    • http://www.savvyspice.com Dale Janeé

      Thanks Sonia and I didn’t realize they charge that much from overseas on the tax, that’s definitely way too much $. Glad you like the Target collabs too. Hehe

  • http://www.pspocketofsunshine.blogspot.com Patrícia

    So cute :)

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