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Work The Trend: A Guide To Working Oxblood Into Your Daily Wardrobe

November 15th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Undoubtedly one of the hottest trends for the fall is the color Oxblood. I personally hate the name…why can’t I just call it burgundy or plum like it’s been since the beginning of time!?!?! HA! Aside for the disdain for the name, there is no questioning its presence in this falls lineup of “must haves.”  Celebs and fashionistas have flocked to the trend rocking it in a variety of ways. This variety adds to the allure of the trend and it’s capacity to be worn with most anything and worn in almost any way.

This amazing leather skirt, priced at $925 definitely makes a fall statement in traditional McQueen fashion!


Avant Garde fashion house Alexander McQueen took this trend and fused it together with classic fall favorite, leather! This amazing leather skirt, priced at $925 definitely makes a fall statement in traditional McQueen fashion! Wear it with cable knit tights and ankle booties to complete the look!


Unlike some trends, oxblood is not limited to a particular item like military jackets or coated denim. Oxblood can be worn as a clothing item (sweater, blouse, skirt, jeans), an accessory (shoes, purse, necklace, ring, scarf, hat), or as a beauty item (nail polish, lipstick) making it an affordable option for any budget.

There really is no wrong way to wear it as I’ve seen it rocked “all oxblood everything” or as an accent piece for an outfit. Need some style inspirations? Check out these outfits that cater to any budget.





Looking for something more formal? This tuxedo blazer from Elizabeth & James $395 is also successful fusion of two hot trends.




Sequin Dress – Topshop – $130

Ring – Zara Simon Cross Gold Ring – $180  Shoes – Christian Louboutin Daf- $1,075

Clutch – Dareen Hakim Le Icon – $305

Cuff – Dorothy Perkins – $17





But what if you’re not into leather skirts, dresses or tuxedo jackets? You can still be on-trend in oxblood skinny jeans! Super skinny jeans were all the rage this past summer and they are back for the fall season in oxblood and plum! Retailers from Wet Seal $29 to Mother the Looker $196 feature them so price is no barrier to this must!



You can’t go wrong with oxblood skinnies…


Peplum Top – Chicwish – $43

Two Tone Jean Pants – Aqua – $68

Hoop Earrings – Miso – $8

Studded Black Bootie – Charlotte Russe – $39

Watch – Merona – $15

Black Boston bag – Mossimo – $30



No matter you taste, style or budget there is something this season that will woo a warm a nice plumy place in your heart this fall!  So get out there, get creative and get into the trend because it isn’t going away anytime soon!


HAUTE or NOT: When Fierce Prints Collide With Luscious Leather

November 1st, 2012 by Fashion Staff


Your favorite celebrities love it and we’re swooning over it too!  It’s the fierce, yet luscious animal biker jacket available at TopShop.  Rita Ora was seen leaving the David Letterman show’s studio in New York City in green trousers and the $360 Topshop Animal Biker jacket.  Her biker jacket features animal and floral print all over, and is made from 100% leather. According to it appears to be a lower priced interpretation of this Balmain jacket, as seen on Kim Kardashian, and Lala Anthony.





We just love when color, prints and leather textures collide!  But what do you think?  Is this is a definite fashion trend worth experimenting with?  Share your thoughts below…  

Autumn Trend Alert: Look At Me Now Leather

September 17th, 2012 by Fashion Staff

There’s no better way to celebrate a change in seasons than to mix a little color with colder temp wardrobe staples.  One of the best ways to mix up your look is by adding colorful leather to your wardrobe.  Rock Star Rita Ora knows exactly how to tease the paparazzi with her amazing looks and eclectic wardrobe. Her bright blue jacket and red leather bag make her look trendy without trying too hard. Opting for less traditional colors in leather is an instant way to be among the fashion elite. Learn the DO’s and DON’T’s on how to snag this look.


Go for the Gold- or red! Brown and Black leather clothing and accessories are the norm. If you really want to turn heads, choose a bright color that will stand out. This is not the time to play coy.


Wear this trend with too many other colors or over the top prints.  Rita perfectly paired her hot ticket leather with more subdued clothing. The result is a more balanced ensemble.


Treat your leather before you first wear them. Protect your items early against water, salt, and snow. This will give you more bang for your buck and keep your items looking good year after year.

Check out a few of these colorful options to mix and match within your wardrobe starting today.  You’ll love the versatility that this pop of color  will add to the bland colors of autumn.  Which piece could you see in your closet?

Wild Shoe Wednesday – Swashbuckling Boots!

October 26th, 2011 by Christen Rochon

If you’re a fan of any of the Pirates of the Carribbean films just for the fashion, then you’re in luck!  This week’s Wild Shoe Wednesday fashions come from the exquisite Mark Charles of The Mark Charles Boot Company.  Filled with buckles, straps and distinct details that only a true fashionista would love – his collection of fashionable boots with luxury leather are perfect for any diva who walks the pavement as if it’s her runway!

Mark Charles – London based shoe designer, has come a long way to introduce his newest collection of boots including the “Camy” and “Afina” – check out his designs and find out how you can get your booties in a pair of these swashbuckling beauties!


The Camy

The Camy

This boot is made from tan brown ultra premium Italian calf leather uppers and pink sheep skin lining for maximum comfort and durability. Insole is reinforced with double dentistry memory foam cushion with extra padding at heel and ball section. Outer sole in 100% premium leather with durable high quality stitched rubber. Heel measures approximately 120mm/ 4 3/4 inches with a 25mm/ 1-inch platform. Strap buckle is solid brass with brushed finish. Also features zipper on inside leg for easy access.


According to the designer, Camy also has a unique quality that allows her to take center stage without being a total diva. Her vibrant personality is coupled with an inner confidence that naturally captivates the eye in a subtle but endearing manner. Never the shrinking violet, Camy loves to be out and about living life and looking fabulous at the same time.

The Afina

The Afina

This boot is made from black ultra premium Italian calf leather uppers and pink sheep skin lining for maximum comfort and durability. Insole is reinforced with double dentistry memory foam cushion with extra padding at heel and ball section. Outer sole in 100% premium leather with durable high quality stitched rubber. Heel measures approximately 120mm/ 4 3/4 inches with a 25mm/ 1-inch platform. Strap buckle is solid brass with brushed finish. Also features zipper on inside leg for easy access.


According to the designer, Afina is the very definition of ‘everyday luxury’ with an distinctive edge. Stylish enough to stand out from the crowd with a confident and self referential point of view, Afina is able to work well with others in order to bring out their best features. Paired with a short skirt, skinny jeans or leggings, Afina knows exactly how to pull everything together in order to create a practical but chic look for the modern woman.

These designs give automatic length & height and definitely demands attention!  Looking for where you can get your hands on a pair?  Check out

Discover The (Other) Fashionable Side Of Sleeves

August 2nd, 2011 by Christen Rochon

As the anticipation of this week’s trip to Blog Her ’11 gets closer and closer, I’ve been hearing more and more about one major fashion accessory that gets all the “OOOOOHS & AHHHHHS”.  The laptop sleeve.  I know what you’re thinking, “Isn’t BlogHer about Blogging?” Well, of course it is! But don’t forget the droves of fashionistas on site that will be checking for the flyest accessories to covet for themselves.

Check out my top Five (leather) picks that will give you the fashion flare to jazz up that cold tech piece of yours.


Designer Wool Felt/Brown Leather 13″ MacBook Air Sleeve Case

This rib & hull MacBook sleeve case is made from high quality German designer felt with a full leather front pocket. This classic design is made with thick 1/8″ 100% wool designer felt and semi-aniline brown leather that will look even better with time.

• designer felt – thickness: 3 mm – 1/8″ ; density: 0,28 gr/cm²
• full leather front pocket to hold USB drive, CDs, pen, etc.
• sturdy and slim design
• water repellent
• anti-piling

Available at





Personalized Leather Sleeve for Kindle – Nook – Galaxy Tab – eReaders

Slim leather sleeve which can be adapted for the following eReaders:
-Kindle 3
-Nook & Nook Color
-Samsung Galaxy Tab

Each sleeve is made using quality vegetable tan leather hides which are then hand rubbed & aged with dye to produce rich and vibrant finishes.  Personalize message can be place on either front or back and or both sides of the sleeve. Message can be printed using any font of your choice. Neatly fit between 1000 – 1500 characters depending on font style & font size to convey your message that will last a lifetime. Leather sleeve is available in the following colors: Antique, Black, Brown, and Tan. (If you want a different color, contact the company and they’ll customize it to fit your needs!)

Available online.

Wild Honey Leather Monogrammed Tablet Sleeve

This Mini Wild Honey soft as lambskin Leather Lined sleeve for iPad or other tablets as a classic gem. Magnetic snap closures with optional strap or outside slit pocket. Designer Wool Felt inside a Leather Case or Envelope – the interior is made from premium felted wool (soft as cashmere) double plush thickness, fully lined inside with moleskin and wrapped in a leather case. The laptop is recessed into the case about an inch so that you can firmly grasp the top of the sleeve without strain. This slick design slides smoothly inside your briefcase or bag or you can carry it under your arm.

Available at Chapin Leather.

Vegan Leather Macbook Air Sleeve

This stylist laptop sleeve is made with vegan material (faux leather), which is animal and eco friendly. It touches, feel, look and strong just like the real leather except its not CUT from animal.

This sleeve is special made to Fit Perfectly the Mac Air 11”.

Features & material used:
~Upholstery foam is added to ensure your device is kept safe from scratches, bumps and smudges.
~ Interior cotton liner for easy sliding and protection
~100% vegan leather
~Cotton interior liner
~Snap & rivet

Color: White Zinfandel with Black Trim

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1950s Classical Beethoven Album Patent Leather iPad Case

Handcrafted from real leather in a soft black finish and lined with the softest black fleece. Hardware is all nickel.  Fits original iPad and iPad 2 with smart cover this case can be used 1. Book Style - ipad slides in the full pouch while you’re not using it, slide it into the leather strap and corner inserts while you are using it. 2.  As a stand - To use this case as a stand, just fold the two covers backwards to form a “V”, and button the strap.

Available at Brinda Kay Design.

Saavy Shopper Moment: DVF/UGG

December 14th, 2010 by Christen Rochon

Everyone enjoys a good sale, right?  Especially if you’ve been eyeing a specific item – just waiting for it to come down off that retail sticker price.  Last week (before it got abnormally cold….) I lucked up on two fabulous finds that I just had to share with you.  

The DVP Jacket I found at the DVP sample sale (and the price was such a steal – I would’ve been crazy to walk away from it.  (It was waaaaaaaaaaaaay less expensive than what you’d find it for at Nordstrom’s) And although its too cold to wear this as a winter coat (of course) this is a jacket that you can wear all year round!

Who says UGG boots are U-G-L-Y? These UGG leather Amberlee boots are pretty darn cute (for low-heel boots) and the detailed buckles, braided zipper and wooden heel makes it hard to tell that it’s actually an UGG boot (complete with furry in-soles.)  Note:  The fuzzy in-soles make these boots so comfortable, I was able to walk the entire day NON-STOP in NYC in those bad boys.  Don’t sleep on UGGs.  Trust me.


August 13th, 2010 by Christen Rochon

Ok, I won’t lie.  Originally, I was thinking “How could I possibly top last week’s Fashion Friday Post?” Well, I decided to take a different approach on this one.  I’ve been feeling real “stealth-like” and “secret agent-like” recently, so I decided to post something that would reflect that style….PLUS THESE MANOLO BOOTS ARE FRIGGIN HOTTTTT!

(Oh, did I mention the fact that I am in countdown mode for Fall & with it…Fall Fashions?)

Check out the specs on these killer Manolo Blahnik “Gathered-Over-The-Knee” Boots available at Neiman Marcus.  (Accompanied by the “Rogue” laser-cut leather iPhone 4)

  • Ruched shaft with back drawstring closure.
  • Pointed toe.
  • Padded leather insole.
  • Leather outsole.
  • 4 3/8″ covered heel.
  • Approximately 23 1/2″H overall.
  • Made in Italy.


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