3 Sheer Inspirations from the BCBG Winter Catalog

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 • Permalink • 

--By Kim Moshtaghi

I am not a fan of store catalogs. Not only are they a waste of paper, but because they try to address such a large audience, I also feel like I can only look at one page before I’m over it. This season’s BCBG catalog was an exception, however. I looked at every page and loved what I saw. It was innovative and eclectic, which is what this season should be all about.

I started thinking about sheer, and how a little sheer can go a long way. Covering areas that needn’t be exposed is when sheer comes in handy. Whether you don’t like your arms, want to expose your legs only so much, or want to avoid too much visible cleavage, sheer is your answer. Sheer brings an element of mystery to and changes the whole perspective on any piece of clothing.

The BCBG catalog proved to be a great gateway to sheer land. The best part was it was all in one place, meaning I didn’t have to search through countless other catalogs and put my filter in overdrive. BCBG’s clothing is beautifully designed and reasonably priced, too, which is great during a season when your wallet can really take a hit.

First up is a flawless floor gown in what they call Persian Blue. The dress is V-neck with cutouts in the waist and back. The cutouts are elegantly done and the otherwise mini dress is made floor length with the help of sheer. Unfortunately, the smaller sizes in this dress are no longer available.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Ava Cutout Gown


→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Ava Cutout Gown, $268.80 (was $448.00), at bcbg.com.


Loving This Week: Transparent Wool + Fuzzy Faux Fur

Monday, December 15, 2014 • Permalink • 

And Other Stories Top - BCBGMAXAZRIA Dress - C and C California Vest - Elizabeth and James Blazer - Rebecca Minkoff Handbag


This week’s finds feel like a study in winter white options, which is funny because I don’t wear a lot of white. But, white is definitely is an eye-catching shade, particularly in a handbag or a fuzzy faux fur vest. You know what else is eye-catching? Transparent wool, even when paired with a demure under-layer.

Check out what’s taking up space in my online shopping cart this week…

1. & Other Stories Wool Top, $75.00
This transparent wool top is a perfect layering piece. A camisole or slim-fitting long-sleeve tee would make this appropriate for work, but with a hint of edge. I love the full-coverage black bra underneath for the weekend. The clean cut and slender fit is super chic, but in a relaxed kind of way.

Loving This Week: Wear-to-Work Makeup Finds + a Slouchy Blouse

Monday, December 08, 2014 • Permalink • 

Rag and Bone Sweatshirt - And Other Stories Necklace - Pleione Blouse - Marc Jacobs Mascara - bareMinerals Eyeshadow

This week I’m highlighting a couple amazing new beauty finds I discovered via Sephora’s very generous Beauty Insider customer loyalty program. If you haven’t signed up for it yet (it’s free!), you are really missing out. I have found some of my favorite products by taking advantage of the many free samples you get with every order.

I also ran across a few new fashion finds at my favorite online haunts. No real rhyme or reason, just some fun finds. Check out what’s in my online shopping cart this week…

1. Rag & Bone Sloane Sweatshirt, $295.00
The “dressy” sweatshirt trend, which feels like it’s been going strong for at least a couple years now, has led to a whole genre of tops that feel like pajamas but look pulled together. This rayon/ poly blend quilted version gets an extra kick of fancy from its luxe winter white color. It would look just as great with trousers as it would with distressed boyfriend jeans.

Gift This: 5 Can’t Miss Fragrance Gifts for Her

Friday, December 05, 2014 • Permalink • 

Absent a letter to Santa, can a fragrance gift ever really be foolproof? Scent is a very personal choice, after all.

I think it can, and the proliferation of multi-scent gift sets is the reason why. This new trend towards offering a collection of perfumes in travel-friendly sizes, all bundled together as a set, is fabulous for gifting. Your gift recipient is sure to fall in love with at least one or two of the options, and she may even find her new signature scent.

To that end, I’ve picked five of my favorite multi-fragrance gift sets, each one of which is guaranteed to delight the recipient.

I am a big fan of Tocca, and wear Stella nearly every day. I purchased last year’s Meet the Girls assortment and take it with me when I travel. It’s a wonderful collection of Tocca’s most-loved ultra-feminine scents: Cleopatra, Stella, Florence, Giuletta, Colette, Bianca, Violette, Liliana, Margaux, and Simone.

Tocca Meet the Girls Set


→ Buy the Tocca Meet the Girls Set, $62.00, at sephora.


Sale Alert: Studio La Perla Lingerie 40% Off

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 • Permalink • 

Lingerie lovers know, La Perla is the real deal.

But, it’s not always easy to justify paying $400 for a bra, even using fashion math. Enter Studio La Perla, the more “accessible” little sister line from the Italian lingerie powerhouse.

Not only does Studio La Perla come in at a much more realistic price point generally, it can currently be found deeply discounted at Neiman Marcus Last Call. I’ve selected 10 must-buy pieces to get your shopping started…

Studio La Perla Bras, Briefs, Thongs

1. Studio La Perla Simona Lace Bandeau Bra, $33.00 (was $55.00)
4. Studio La Perla Simona Soft Lace Thong, $12.00 (was $34.00)

This bandeau style, while available in a good range of sizes, is really best suited to a more petite figure. Wear it on the weekend paired with your favorite slouchy tank top. P.S. - I promise these two pieces are officially the same color, despite what the wacky photography would lead you to believe.