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Worth The Splurge: Dannijo Jewelry

Designed by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder, Dannijo jewelry is a rather cool mix of sleek and boho. Necklaces made of crystal stop short of being hippie-appropriate when draped in silver chains and studs, causing us to drool just a little bit. Whether it’s a cocktail ring you want or a necklace that’ll make everyone assume the rest of your outfit is a win as well, these girls have got you covered. Is their stuff for the faint of fashion? No. Should it inspire you to be a little more bold with your style? Definitely. [$695, Dannijo] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: Alexander Wang Fall ’10 Shoes

A lot of our internet time here at The Frisky is dedicated to watching shoe porn. Call us pervs, but there’s nothing like a sleek pair of heels on a Monday morning to make the work week feel a little more bearable. At the top of our radar right now are Alexander Wang’s fall ’10 shoes. Aside from a couple foibles — like these and these — there’s not a pair of artfully deconstructed, interestingly shaped kicks we wouldn’t wear. Our favorites are the ankle boots at left with their textured toe area and rabbit fur heel detailing. They’re expensive as hell, of course, but if you find six crisp Benjamins laying in a gutter, you won’t be disappointed with these. [$578, Alexander Wang, Oak] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: House Of Harlow Jewelry

Nicole Richie has come a long way since her “Simple Life” days and, aesthetically speaking, nowhere is that more evident than her jewelry line House of Harlow. We remain skeptical about her Winter Kate clothing franchise, but Nicole’s jewelry is consistently an expert blend of vintage and modern, forcing us to lust after pretty much all of it. Sadly, at about $150 for a bracelet and as much as $250 per necklace, the stuff isn’t exactly free. If you’re in the market for an awesome piece of costume jewelry, though, give House of Harlow a look, because we pretty much guarantee you’ll find something to add to your wish list. Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: SEE Sunglasses

We have officially had enough of tacky, logo-covered designer sunglasses. Not only are they super expensive, they’re also a bit garish and we’d like to return to the days of under-stated elegance and logo-free retina protection. Is that so much to ask? SEE Selective Eyewear doesn’t think so. Their sunglasses — and regular glasses — are blessedly free of logos and insanely attractive. Shapes range from the classics in cool colors (see left) all the way to the retro and borderline bizarre. And while some of the frames are pretty pricey, around $300, special summer deals put most of them around $100 right now. Check out the styles on SEE’s website and call them up to order your shades. Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: Zimmerman’s Thorn Corset Swimsuit

I generally don’t do bikinis. And it’s for the same reason I don’t do two-pieces that I hate overtly sexy one-pieces. I just don’t like to draw attention to my body in an incredibly obvious way, whether it’s with a super-low neckline, gold bling, or cutouts all around my torso. Then, this Zimmerman swimsuit won me over. I love how the front is plain but obviously sports excellent construction with the built-in boning and real hold-the-girls-in bra cups. The corset-like back is just enough to make the design extra special. True, it might seem a bit ridiculous to spend over $200 on a bathing suit, but for one that’s so timeless and well-made, I’d happily put down, then wear it summer after summer. [$230, Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: Something Sparkly From Gryphon

Designers do different, very specific things well. Burberry, for example, knocks it out of the park with coats, yet charges almost $300 for an ill-fitting polo. When it comes to well-executed sparkles, Gryphon is queen. Yes, they sometimes overdo it — as people who are into shiny clothes are wont to do — but they frequently manage to make sequins and rhinestones look badass, not diva. My favorite is their matte silver tee with black chiffon drape for $325. Yes, that’s expensive, but before you start vomiting at the thought of it, consider its many uses: worn simply with jeans, paired with trousers, tucked into a high-waisted skirt for a cocktail party, paired with a mini for a night out. I dare your other T-shirts to do all of those things. [$325, Saks Fifth Avenue] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: Reiss

Reiss is one of those brands who walks the tenuous line between being inspired by and ripping off designer clothes. We don’t like copying, but we do like a lot of their “inspired” pieces. And in the brand’s defense, they’ve become a lot better at doing their own thing than ripping style directly from the runways. If you’re looking for a dress either for work or play, it’s almost impossible not to find something there that’s well made and will get the job done. Whether it’s a flirty little tiered skirt, a svelte cocktail dress or a business-ready shift dress, we defy you to leave totally disappointed. Between the small details — like nice buttons instead of junky ones — and the fact that almost everything’s lined and there’s very little synthetic to be found, rarely do they eff it up. Plus, if you live near an actual store, they’ve got a tailor on site and the charge for alterations is completely reasonable. [$340, Reiss] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: Willow’s Gold Lame Dress

It’s not easy to find the perfect cocktail dress that a) isn’t black and b) isn’t something you’ve seen a million times before. A guaranteed “wow” piece that will doubtless bring all eyes on you—this draped gold lamé dress by Willow. Three reasons to love: The material has a unique terracotta texture, the blousy sleeves will flatter your body, and the exposed back will bring some extra sexy. With a slight vintage vibe, the look we’re thinking of is Betty Draper goes downtown. [$680, Net-A-Porter.com] Keep reading »

Worth The (Small) Splurge: Ann Taylor Flats

Half the reason I ordered Ann Taylor‘s “Perfect Flats” was a spiteful attempt to find a way in which they are not, in fact, “Perfect.” But I needed new black flats and didn’t want to spend $500 to replace my Lanvin regulars as they became increasingly less wearable, though I assumed the $98 Ann Taylor substitutes would be nothing but a short-lived band-aid on the problem. As it turns out, I was wrong. Not only do they look good — far better, in fact, than their picture — the leather is soft, the sole padded and the toe cleavage perfectly balanced. If this is what Ann Taylor’s new designer and sleeker approach is going to look like all the time, consider us interested. [$98, Ann Taylor] Keep reading »

Worth The Splurge: VEDA Leather

If you’re going to buy a leather jacket, invest in a good one. Aside from looking junky, cheap leather has a nasty habit of cracking and wearing out long before you’d like it to. That said, you can keep the price at a relatively reasonable level and still walk away with something that looks as classy as it does badass. For something like that, check out VEDA. Keep reading »

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