Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Lusts!

I am so obsessed with holiday fashion it's not even funny. I am so ridiculously excited for Christmas Eve because I am just dying to buy this metallic pencil skirt I've had my eye on at Forever 21. I think I'm going to pair it with some black tights, my Target mary-janes, and a cute blouse. Ahhh...I love the holidays-everything is so cozy! What do you usually wear for the holidays? Are you a dress-up type of gal or someone who lounges in Christmas pj's all day? I buy my husband, my son, and myself Christmas pj's each year and that's what we wear on Christmas morning to open presents (and obviously the night before). It's only the second year of doing it, but I love starting new family traditions. Plus, I kinda like to laugh at my husband wearing the ridiculously cheesy pants I pick out for him. I'm half tempted to buy those fleece onesie ones and make us all wear them. I'm not sure he'd be too happy with that though. ;)

Anyways, here's a few of my favorite things!
1. Sequined pants
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I'm breaking my $50 max because these pants are so worth it. I mean, we're talking about the perfect holiday outfit, and these have that written all over them. They're so festive and fun, and can be easily paired with a simple white top (or black with the silver/white ones). I love them with some bright shoes to add a pop of color-maybe hot pink with the Apricot Lane ones and navy blue with the gold ones? Hot. And I guarantee you'll be the belle of the ball. 

Racetrack Leather Dress in Black & White
I am in love with the mixed media trend that's going on. [P]leather is HUGE right now, and you can find it just about anywhere. When it's paired with polyester in this instance, it is so easy to wear. This dress just oozes sexiness, and with the inserts on the side, it will definitely slim your figure! I would pair this with some cage heels (I like these) and very minimal jewelry-think some spiked stud earrings and that's it. Let the dress take center stage.

Slim Edges Dress
I love how simple this long-sleeved dress is. It can easily be paired with tights and boots, or just heels for an understated, yet sexy vibe. This could even be worn as a tunic with jeans, if you're searching for something a little bit longer-I love long tees, it's hard to find something that will cover your behind!

Women's Fair Isle Cardis
I just bought this sweater at Old navy-it's going to be purrrrfect for Thanksgiving. Cozy, cute, and easy to slip on and off when the kitchen gets too hot (and yes, I am cooking this year, but my husband is on turkey duty). I'm also thinking of wearing it for family pictures this year, but still need to find something complementary for my husband and son to wear! I love how they've paired it with the teal jeans, but I plan on pairing it with some dark denim and a crisp white tank. Easy and classically preppy. 

5. Lace-Up Boots
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I love these. So easy to wear, and they can be paired with so much. Jeans for a casual look, leggings and a slouchy sweater for a cozy look, or a skirt for an unexpected look. The ones on the left are a favorite of mine, but I could see how the brown pair could be easily worked into my wardrobe. Best part about these-they're comfortable. No sacrificing the comfort of your feetsies just for the sake of fashion. 

'Tis all for tonight, my loves. I've got some chilled Frotenac Gris (courtesy of Coyote Moon) in my glass, and am impatiently waiting for the AMA's to come on (and secretly hoping my son decides on an early bedtime tonight-not holding my breath). Only one day of classes this week-and then it's finally time for my husband to come home-so stoked!

Happy [early] Thanksgiving, and good luck on Friday if you're going to be braving the crowds! Me, I'll be shopping from the comfort of my home on Sunday morning. ;)

Happy Shoppings!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Khloe Kardashian-Inspired Style!

I am one of the few people who isn't annoyed by the Kardashian sisters. I actually love them (see this post), and think they are killer businesswomen and fashionistas. Khloe is really coming into her own and stepping out of her sister's shadow as the host of Fox's "The X Factor"-a high intensity singing competition. She has really pulled out all the stops with her on-air style, and I must say, she is becoming quite the icon! I love how simple, yet sexy her outfits are. She really pulls off that "effortless chic" look, and since she has curves, her style is for the every woman. Way to go, Khlo!

Here are my two favorite looks of hers from the show, and where you can find the looks for less!

The XFactor, november 9, 2012  

She's rockin' a deeeeeep v-neck blouse, a black pencil skirt, and shimmery nude heels. I'm going to go ahead and assume that these exact pieces would run you a total of about $500+, so let's find a cheaper alternative, shall we?


I love that this top is a bodysuit. You don't have to worry about bunching, or the top coming untucked. The pencil skirt is an absolute STEAL at $14.80, so you can get one in black and one in navy for under $30! And those shimmery gold pumps from Lulu's are just absolutely amazing. They're only $32 as well! As far as accessories go, keep your neck bare, and instead rock a stack of bracelets or a chunky cocktail ring.

The XFactor, november 14, 2012 

Here, miss K-O is wearing a supershort sequined mini paired with sky-high platforms. These dresses are everywhere now, and are really easy to find, especially on a budget!

 Qupid Dazzling-15X Glitter T-Strap Platform Sandal
sequined scalloped dress-Forever 21 | t-strap platform sandal-Urbanog

I love the monochromatic gold-on-gold look here. With so much going on with the shoes and the dress, all you need are some simple stud earrings, a fab clutch, and you're set. Let the focus be on the key pieces here, which are the shoes and the dress.

Who's your style icon?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My First Giveaway!

I finally have the opportunity to host my first giveaway! The only catch is that it is running for today only, in honor of Election Day. 

I have one of these super awesome G Wear flag t-shirts as well as a red, white, and blue Good Works Make A Difference wrap bracelets! These are the perfect way to show your patriotism as well as contribute to a good cause!

*only one size available (L), no exchanges

Both of these items can be found at Apricot Lane stores across the country, so be sure to click the link to find which stores have them in stock!

If you're looking for cute, trendy, and affordable clothes, be sure to "like" Apricot Lane Peoria on Facebook for all your fashion needs! There are new arrivals posted almost daily and the women there are fabulous to work with!

Click here to enter!
G Works Flag T-shirt (this is a size L remember, no exchanges):

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Good Works Make A Difference Wrap Bracelet:
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You get one entry for each of the following actions:
1. Liking Fashion Lust on Facebook
2. Following @fashionnlust on Twitter
3. Tweeting about the giveaway
4. Liking Apricot Lane Peoria on Facebook

That's FOUR chances to win! Don't delay, the contest ends tonight at midnight! You can enter to win each prize if you'd like as well!

This is my first giveaway, so please keep that in mind and bear with me! I'll be sure to e-mail/Facebook the winners, so keep an eye out for that! In the meantime, head on over to Fashion Lust and Apricot Lane Peoria! Thanks for entering, good luck!