Christian Siriano has had a collection for Payless in the works for awhile now – and the first few pairs are up! The platform sole, punky details, and cone shaped heel are right on trend, and I do love a colored sole. None of the original designs that he debuted have shown up yet however…maybe he had to tone down the designs? Or maybe they were deemed too similar to the Rodarte collection? Either way, I hope the blue and green tapestry pair are available at some point!

I don’t know how I feel about Rachel Zoe. I’m not doubting that her influence on the fashion world is pretty profound, but she’s not my favorite. Maybe it’s the oversized 80’s prom dresses she tends to wear in her ads for Bravo, or the fact that her catchphrase seems a little too close for comfort if she doesn’t eat a sandwich. Still I had to check out her new site, The Zoe Report to see if there are any worthwhile style tips.

The verdict? I have to admit, I was entertained, and picked up a few items to add to my shopping list as well. If, like me and unlike Zoe, you aren’t looking to drop thousands of dollars on couture pieces, she does include a “Parallel Universe” link at the bottom of every article with more afforable versions. A quick summary: I like the idea of white nail polish for fall although it probably wouldn’t flatter my skintone, I do want the Sartorialist book, pyramid stud jewelry ¬†but I prefer earrings, and the highlight for me was this Anthropologie coat – looks so cozy!

The enormous Fall issue of Lucky showed up on my doorstep this weekend, and not surprisingly ¬†fashion on a budget was a big focus. One of the trends I especially liked was bib necklaces – they can glam up a tunic for night or give your work outfit a new look, from glitzy to bohemian. If you’re interested in any of the pieces of these outfits, visit my profile at Polyvore for the details (almost everything is under $50!).

Peacock Party Outfit

This gorgeous BR necklace was what originally caught my eye in Lucky, but it’s one of the pricier versions at $150. Still, it would make an amazing piece for a night out on the town!

Punky Preppy

Arden B has a slightly punk version with interlocking chains for $28. I think this would be perfect to give a classic outfit like a pencil skirt and button-down or a sheath dress a little edge.

Bohemian Weekend

On the more bohemian side is this pretty coral necklace from Anthropologie for $38. I would wear this with jeans, a boyfriend tee and flats for a comfy weekend outfit.

Party of Opposites

If you’re into shiny things, this necklace from Forever 21 definitely has the bling factor and could dress up an otherwise plain top.

Another fashion blogger fell for with the same shoes I just bought at the Anniversary Sale, and she also pointed out that they are a close replica of the Giambattista Valli’s that Rachel Evan Wood wore a few years back, which I had totally forgotten about. I loved them then, and I love my more budget friendly version now!

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How did I not already know about The Outnet? Shoeperwoman saved my day by posting a pair of shoes from this site. Designed by the same team as Net-A-Porter, this website offers the same high end labels at discount prices. It’s a treasure trove of gorgeous things, but what caught my eye (not surprisingly) was these amazing Giueseppe Zanotti sandals – I’m a sucker for anything tortoiseshell. I also love that they show each item in a fully styled look which was one of my favorite features from Net-A-Porter. I still can’t justify these at $318 but I’ll be keeping an eye on the site for sure.

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image from dlisted

No we can’t all get away with dressing like Dita von Teese and yes I know rompers are kind of old news. But that doesn’t mean I don’t love them both anyway. There’s still lots of time left in summer for cookouts and pool parties so it’s not too late to pick one up!

romper board

from left to right: Nordstrom Urban Outfitters Nordstrom Anthropologie Armani Exchange Topshop

Since I’ve maxed out my shoe budget for awhile, I figured maybe I should focus on another equally dangerous but potentially more profitable hobby – decorating/improving our house. Fortunately (or unfortunately really) this involves a lot of free sweat equity, but there are also a few items I’m searching for, including a smallish or mini chaise lounge. Which, when you google this term, gives you a nice variety of pet beds with fringe.

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Just to give you an idea of what we’re working with, above is a view of our living/dining room from about 6 months ago. We only moved in about a year ago and I’m slightly picky so the decorating process has been slow. Although there are a few minor changes that have taken place since this photo like the picture is hung up and we’ve added a cool hanging shell lamp from West Elm. There are some pieces in the room I love – both the small tables you see are family heirlooms (one Drew’s great grandfather made, the marble top on the other was used in a family candy making business). However, we also have our dining table in this room, so it makes for a lot of tables and not a lot of comfortable seating. And I would really love a reading chair. Hence, the Great Mini Chaise Lounge Search!

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Look, it’s a mini chaise that isn’t for pets! I like the subtle damask print but the antique wood scrollwork, not to mention the $1,600 price tag are a little much for me…

I like the shape of this chaise a lot, but the damask print is not so subtle – and after our wedding I think Drew doesn’t want to look at damask for awhile. Possibly forever.

And of course I had to scope out Ikea for the bargain version. Usually I like Ikea’s products a lot (we have a lot of them in our house) but this is minimalist to the point of blah, and $299 is cheaper than the others but still seems too much for what it is.

The search continues!