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October 15, 2015

Designer Collaborations: Balmain for H&M

Filed under: Uncategorized — luxebeaute @ 12:12 am

Balmainia appears to be in full effect as women get their CC’s prepped for this upcomming collab!

The limited release collaboration consists of over 100 items, all of which really do appear to be of high quality and intricately detailed. While H&M collabs with high end design houses are usually priced purposefully at a mid-range point, this one does happen to be on the pricier side. With good reason: there appear to be many delicately beaded and more intricate pieces in this range.

While I adore Balmain, many of the busier millitaryesque designs can quickly go awry on a shorter curvy gal like me so I have to be careful. With that in mind there are a few key pieces I am def planning on trying to get my hands on, specifically those below. This is the perfect op to grab some lovely staples, such as a couple of chic distinctly Balmain dresses, chic outerwear which carries over from season to season, and some great handbags!

Available in stores and online Nov 5th 2015

October 3, 2015

Winter Footwear Dejour

Filed under: Shoes — luxebeaute @ 3:14 am

I love the Winter months. Not because I enjoy cozying up on the couch listening to the rain whilst getting all introspective like, but for much more superficial reasons… All Summer, I look forward to first sign of gloomy whether so that I may breakout my jackets, scarves and boots! Yes, I am deep.

Though it is only Winter in theory, as Whether wise,  Californian Mother Nature is being quite schizophrenic. Even so, shoe designers in all price ranges have a lot to offer this Winter. Tall boots have been kept somewhat plain but I say go for whatever catches your eye and represents you. I like classic and chic but I also can’t resist an excellently embellished knee-high. Especially if its retro look, bright, or embroidered.

Somehow, designers have managed to keep overly embellished looks from coming off as cheap; and a surprising amount of companies that I typically brush off as for the under 30 crowd (Rock & Republic, Collin Stewart for VS, Guess) are designing chic looks which can easily be mistaken for their high end counterpart. Imagine my surprise when my eyes led my body (and wallet) toward a lovely platform whilst online shopping which looked like it could have been a pair of Valentino’s, but were actually Guess! These my dear readers, are the surprises I like- and I don’t do surprises.

If you do not own any yet,  this time to upgrade and invest in a pair of really good quality knee high or over the knee boots.  You will get a lot of bang for your buck, considering they are masters of disguises of sorts- they look equally great with knee length dresses. Ditto for the ankle boot, which seems to survive the test of time. These will both come back into play fashionwise at some point within the years to come- trust me I know, as this Winter is the PERFECT time for me to break out my Topnotch lace up boots by Charles David and my Dollhouse Ciru Studed ankle boots, and a pair of suede ankle Bandelinos (in which I have had for 10 yrs) from storage.

Don’t be afraid of these particular boot trends, embrace them!

Luxe Beaute Top Boot Picks:
Charlotte Olympia - Bonnie Suede Metallic Platform Knee Bootsnm bootChristian Louboutin - Leather Over-The-Knee Corset Boots

Rockstud Leather 95mm Knee Boot, NeroLanvin - Metallic Python & Leather Knee-High Boots
Charlotte Olympia Bonnie Platform ($1,195), Neiman Marcus Mira Studded Leather Boot ($489), Louboutin over the knees ($2, 595), Valentino Rockstud ($2,440), Lanvin Metallic Python ($1,194), Suzani chunky heel ($350).


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