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10 Luxe Items You Need That Are Worth The Splurge

Alright, we all know the economy is rough right now, and tough times call for good bargains. Because let’s be real, ain’t nobody got time (or money) for a $250 blouse.

I can’t even remember the last time I paid full price for anything, with the exception of food (bargain food freaks me out a little). I learned it all from my Momma. She taught me that name brands don’t matter—that if it’s cute, it’s cute! I’ll demolish a Forever 21 in 30 minutes and come up on some of the best finds for a price tag my teeny-tiny budget can handle. You know even some of the top-rated designer items just can’t match those $15 finds.

But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized there are just some items that never go on sale, and when I try going with the cheaper versions, they never turn out as I’d hoped. With that profound knowledge, I’ve decided to lend a hand with this handy list of 10 items worth spending a little extra on. They’re worth every cent! Keep reading »

Must Haves: Secret An Early Spring With Pretty Pastels

This winter has turned me into one of those people who complains about the weather, either aloud or on social media, on a daily basis. Hourly, even, on single digit temperature days. And I’m sick of it. Of the weather, yes (there goes today’s complaint!), but also of being so disgruntled about the weather, because it’s not changing anything. You know what might change things? A positive attitude! That’s what that stupid book The Secret says, right? There’s that old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Well, what if we tried dressing for the weather we want — warm and breezy spring! — instead of the weather we have? Okay, so putting on sandals when it’s snowing is a bit extreme, but wearing pastels — one of the hot trends for spring — is a frostbite-free way to Secret the sun out. Here are 15 pastel pieces you can scoop up now!

Must Haves: 10 Bad Ass Bucket Bags

I really, really don’t need to add another bag to my collection, but an exception may need to be made for a bucket purse. Carrying one, especially in a rich tan or burgundy color, with a crossbody strap, gives such solid Francoise Hardy vibes. Who doesn’t want that?

Must Haves: Sexy Red Dresses For Every Size

Obviously, it’s perfectly fine to wear any color you want on your Valentine’s Day date – pink, yellow, black, blue, whatever! — but sometimes, it’s fun to take your fashion cues a bit more literally. Grab one of these sexy red dresses and watch your date’s jaw drop when you make your entrance…

Must Haves: 14 Small Crossbody Bags To Hold All Your Essential Shit

On the somewhat rare occasion that I emerge from my life as a shut-in and go out to, you know, a bar or a party at night, I do everything in my power to bring as little as possible with me. In an ideal world, I would not carry a purse at all, but pockets on women’s clothes are not usually big enough to comfortably accommodate an iPhone, lipstick, keys and my debit card. Usually I’m stuck carrying a clutch, but that means I spent a not insignificant portion of my evening worrying that I’ll set it down and forget about it. Also, having a purse tucked into my armpit makes it very hard for me to gesture wildly with my arms, and when I go out and socialize, I tend to want to do that a lot. The solution? A small crossbody bag is hands-free and stays on your person, so you don’t risk losing it. Gesture away with these 14 options…

Must Haves: 10 Pairs Of Pretty D’Orsay Flats

I have a closet full of heels and wedges, a couple pairs of workout and “fashion” sneakers, boots for the colder months, and I blow through at least three pairs of J. Crew Capri flip-flops each summer. But there’s long been a gaping hole in my wardrobe when it comes to work-appropriate flats. I recently bought a super cute pair of pointy-toed black D’Orsay flats on Gilt and it’s been sort of a revelation. Because on days where I have a really cute blouse on, but don’t want to clomp around in three-inch heels, I can put these babies on and still feel just as put together and feminine. So what’s the deal with the pretentious “d’Orsay” bit? According to About.com, “d’Orsay” refers to when the sides of the shoe are cut away, revealing the arch of the foot. The arch, you see, is the new toe cleavage. Personally, I love a pair of d’Orsay flats that also reveal toe cleave, but my feet are very slutty. Click through for 10 cute pairs of d’Orsay flats that will titillate every shoe fetishist in spitting distance. (Which may not be a good thing, but whatever.)

Must Haves: 7 Pretty Popovers

The other night here in Los Angeles, where I am working for the week, I was gettin’ it on with my West Coast booty call when he encountered a little problem removing my shirt. He was undoing the buttons on what appeared to be a button-up, when they stopped halfway down. Sitting up to get a better look, a confused expression came over his face. “Oh,” I said. “It’s a popover, not a regular button-up. I’ll take it from here.” I pulled it over my head, we got back down to business, and the next morning he left, armed with a new word in his vocabulary. Speaking of popovers, here are seven pretty ones that you’ll need to teach men how to remove.

Must Haves: 20 Pairs Of Snow Boots To Conquer Any “Polar Vortex”-Like Situation

Attempting to cross the street in yesterday’s winter vortex was painful. The horizontal snowfall blinded eyes as unsteady feet slipped along the sidewalk.  I witnessed one too many close calls of women and men wearing the wrong shoes. What were these New Yorkers thinking? Even if you only experience heavy snow a few times a year, it’s worth investing in a pair of winter weather boots. A good pair of winter boots is worth more than their rubber soles. Trust me, you will thank me when the waterproof lining and insulated soles save you from frostbite.

Must Haves: 10 Plus-Size Dresses To Take You From Winter To Spring

It’s still cold as hell, but with spring (allegedly) just around the corner, who wants to buy yet another winter dress? Luckily, Modcloth has a ton of cute transitional dresses to help you solve this dilemma. Wear these dresses now with tights, boots, and cardigans, and into spring and summer with sandals and sunglasses. Perfect. Click through to check out the cutest multi-seasonal sheaths!

Must Haves: 17 Warm & Cozy Sweater Dresses

On Tuesday, the high in New York City is going to be 12 degrees. I know some of you live in the midwest and that’s all normal and good for you, but for me, 12 degrees is CRAZY INSANE COLD. Like, that ain’t right. If I could, I would wear a snowsuit all day, but I’ve found all that excess puffiness inhibits my ability to type. Instead, I shall layer a warm sweater dress over my coziest leggings and boots and pray Mother Nature gets her shit together soon.

Sweater dresses are awesome because they are all the warmth of a sweater, BUT LONGER, and all the cuteness of a dress, BUT WARMER, perfect for layering over tights or jeans/leggings. You really need one in your closet for these godawful winter months. Here are 17 to consider.

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