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    Arm Swag!


    A little bling goes a long way! I love spicing up simple outfits with some fun jewels and these are two of my favs!

    The gold spiked bracelet is from TopShop for Nordstrom, bought on clearance for $10 and the black leather bracelet with a gold horn is by Vince Camuto, also on clearance at Nordstrom for $30.

    Simple, cheap and they make a statement, now that’s my style!

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    White Hot Mani!


    It’s mani Monday and we know what that means, time to show off this week’s manicure. Although the fashion rule is no white after Labor Day, I decided to be a rebel and commit a fashion faux paus by rocking a white, hot mani this week!

    I accessorized with a gold Michael Kors watch and Marc Jacobs skinny bangle bracelet. A fall look wouldn’t be complete without patent leather black pumps and a bright red pleather skirt!

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    Getting ‘Redy’ for Fall

    20130916-073708.jpgIt’s finally starting to feel like fall this morning in the Big Apple! While I admitted I am a summer gal, the fall opens up a window of opportunity to rock fun textures, prints and colors you simply can’t get away with on a 90 degree day in the middle of July.

    My skirt today is one of those items. While on the hunt for a black tie dress for an upcoming work event I stopped into Lord & Taylor and fell in love with this pleather, flowy skirt in red and white (I couldn’t resist buying it in both colors). As always, I never pay full price for my fashion and I scored this skirt on the clearance rack in addition to coupons. I ended up getting this skirt for $30 and its a great staple for the fall season.

    I wanted the main focus of the outfit to be the skirt so I paired it with a simple black button down top from Old Navy, Christiano for Payless pumps and one of my favorite Gucci bags with red roses painted on the front.

    I get tons of compliments on that Gucci bag and the best part is I scored that for $300 about 6 years ago at the Americana Manhasset Gucci store during an end of the season sale. It’s such a unique bag and I have yet to find one person with it.

    These pumps are also a favorite of mine. While I have a hard time finding a pair of comfortable heels, these Christian Siriano for Payless pumps have a nice platform in the front making them easy to walk in without having to forgo a sexy heel.

    Happy Monday fashion lovers!
    20130916-074023.jpgShop my OOTD:
    Top: Old Navy: $10
    Skirt: Lord & Taylor $30
    Shoes: Christian Siriano for Payless $20
    Bag: Gucci $300


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    A Mint Moment

    20130914-192157.jpgI’m feeling Minty Fresh this evening (sorry I had to use that line!) all thanks to my new mint peplum top I found at Lord & Taylor today for…$7! Yes people, this gorgeous peplum was originally $50 and I got it for $7, that’s the joy of shopping on the clearance rack!

    I’m off to a night out in the Big Apple, and since the weather is getting a little chilly this evening, I opted to dress up my favorite pair of jeans from Hollister (from when I was in high school!) with my new peplum top, a classy and simple black boyfriend blazer by LC by Lauren Conrad for Kohls, Anne Klein heels and my trustee quilted and studded Rebecca Minkoff bag!

    I truly have fallen in love with this Rebecca Minkoff bag. It’s great for a night out because for one, it looks like the classic and chic Chanel quilted flap over bag for a fraction of the price (Compare the Minkoff at $395 to the Chanel at $5,000, easy decision). I also love this bag because it has enough room for all the essentials for a night out; makeup, charger, spare shoes, wallet & perfume, what else could a girl on the go ask for!

    In addition to my love for my Rebecca Minkoff bag, I have a slight obsession with these Anne Klein heels if you hadn’t already noticed. It’s hard to find a stylish and comfortable pair of heels and these are it! I got them at the end of the summer sale at Lord & Taylor and I loved them so much I bought them in hot pink as well. They are great to wear to work or for a night out like tonight and the best part is I can walk all around Manhattan in these without a single wince or complaint, now that’s almost unheard of from a woman in heels!

    Happy Saturday fashionistas!
    Shop my OOTD:
    Peplum Top: Lord & Taylor $7
    Jeans: Hollister $20
    Blazer: LC By Lauren Conrad at Kohls $35
    Bag: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Affair’ at Saks $395
    Heels: Anne Klein $22 at Lord & Taylor


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    Denim & Lace Look

    20130911-074614.jpgThere’s nothing I love more than mixing and matching different textures and fabrics into a look that is all my own! In true Melissa style, today’s outfit is not just chic but also cheap.

    I found this lace knit top for $7 at Nordstrom Rack this past week and fell in love. It’s perfect for a casual look on the weekends with a pair of jeans or shorts as well as a great piece to pair with a simple black skirt for work.

    I’m always trying to stay fashionable yet professional at the office so I try to mix fun, trendy pieces with a classic staple that goes with everything, like this black bandage skirt from Guess.

    This skirt has lasted me since freshman year of college when I first scored it half off at Bloomingdales, and has definitely lasted the test of time. I’ve worn it to interviews, nights out with the girls and now to work!

    A wise Rachel Zoe once said to invest in the pieces that are staples…pieces that won’t fade from season to season. I think this is one of the best fashion rules of all time. A chic blazer, pencil skirt, great pair of skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

    Today’s outfit of the day mixed my black skirt, lace top and my Old Navy denim vest that is a fun item to through over any outfit to give it that fun, young vibe. It instantly transformed this outfit from cute and professional to sassy and stylish!
    Today’s OOTD:
    Top: $7 Nordstrom Rack
    Skirt: Guess $30 Bloomingdales
    Vest: $20 Old Navy
    Heels: $22 Anne Klein
    Bag: Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy


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    Mani Monday


    Nothing puts me in a better mood than an awesome Manicure!

    This week’s color…‘Cocktail Bling’ from Essie. I have a slight Essie obsession to tell you the truth. I’m just naturally attracted to their colors and an Essie polish manicure lasts me a week without chipping, beat that Shellac or Gel manicures!