Prabal Gurung for Target SS13 Designer Collection

I’m in love with this PG’s collection for Target! When the collaboration was first announced, I was hesitant on the bright neon floral colors. There were a few pieces that still intrigued me, so as soon as I was able to get back from my work trip, I headed straight for Target. I think this is definitely another huge designer success for Target, but probably none will ever outshine the Missoni collection which I missed out on. With this collection, I was 6 days late. A lot of the good clothing was already snatched up and I had to hunt them down all over state going to various Target stores to try my luck. I was fortunate to have scored all the items below last weekend:

 

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Left:
PG Short Sleeve Dress in First Date Print
Pointy Pumps in Nolita Print
I loved the look of this dress online but was weary when reviewers commented on the upper body and sleeve area being too tight. When I tried them on, I was surprised that they fit me perfectly! The dress is true to size for me, as with much of the entire collection’s sizing I find, and the sleeves are not restricting my movements at all. The overall feel is very light/breezy and would be great for spring!

Right:
PG Sleeveless Dress in Meet the Parents Print
Valentino Rockstud Pumps
The dress looked very boring from pictures online and I usually avoid these types of A-line skirts/dresses. I tried it on for fun anyways and was pleasantly surprised by how classy and romantic it felt. I like how there are 2 types of material in this dress – stretchy cotton and silky polyester.

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Left:
PG Sleeves-T in First Date Print
Dynamite Blazer Jacket
J Brand Skinny Jeans
PG Point Pumps in Nolita Print
Not really sure about this top’s print on me. It’s kinda itchy where the mesh is but the rest of the top is super soft. I ended up returning the item…

Right:
PG Long Sleeve T in Floral Crush Print
PG Wedge Sandal in Apple Red
J Brand Skinny Jeans
I really like the top which is super soft jersey-like material. I plan to wear this to bed!
The wedge sandals were another item on the top of my list to get, but I was rather disappointed that they didn’t have the black/white version. I bought these anyhow thinking that I don’t have any bright shoes for summer, but ended up returning these as well cuz the ankle strap is seriously suffocating me feet. Really uncomfortable.

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PG Tank Top in Meet the Parents Print
H&M Blazer Jacket
Danier Leather Ponte Leggings
Manolo Blahnik BBs in Titanium Black
I love this PG top! Great for work under a cardigan or jacket!

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PG Pointy Pumps in Nolita Print
I didn’t expect myself to love these either. I just tried them on for fun and they were super comfy! Might be a fun pair to wear to work. The outside is some sort of polyester fabric material and all other parts are made with man-made materials. All the shoes in this collection are also TTS for me.

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***Winning  Designer Look for Less***
PG Pleated Dress in Black and White

Manolo Blahnik BB in Titanium Black
Like I said, I wasn’t really sure on a few items. So I returned the red wedge sandals and mesh tank top cuz I don’t think I’d wear them. Instead I went on another hunt today to see if I can still get a few items before everything’s truly sold out. I am so happy to have found the last dress in the state that would fit me!!! The dress is 2 sizes larger than my other two dresses in this collection which were size 2, but I feel like this is the only item that was probably made small to begin with. Thus it’s only relatively 1 size larger. I wouldn’t say it’s huge on me, but definitely roomy enough to go on a date and still be able to EAT A LOT haha! This has gotta be my FAVORITE item from the entire collection. Black and white can never go wrong! I love the semi-revealing shoulders with this halter style without exposing yourself too much. The skirt is light and airy. The entire look is just gorgeous, definitely a winning design PG!!! I’m wearing Manolo’s black pumps to keep it more conservative, but dress it up with some strapy sandals if you want a sexier look.

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Left:
PG Ruffle-Front Blouse in Dresden Blue
Rag & Bone Hyde Leather Jeans
Hermès Belt Kit
Manolo Blahnik BB again
Love this blouse! I would definitely wear this to work in the summertime.

Right:
PG Black Lace-Front Blouse
Roland Mouret Skirt
PG Pointy Flats in Black 
This is a great blouse. I love how black makes it so understated from far away and one may just think it’s a regular black blouse. However as you take a look at the details, you notice that the entire upper body is made of lace overlay on top of chiffon-like polyester. Not only so, PG vamps it up and adds the pleather details to the collar to give it some rocker-chic vibe. Any other color, other than black would not have worked for this blouse!

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Details of the Black Lace Blouse and Pointy Flats:
The flats are something extra that I ordered online because they look like the perfect shoes for work. I need a pair of simple black shoes that I can beat up without having to worry about my designer shoes getting dirty. When I received them, I couldn’t be happier – they were exactly what I wanted! The “thermoplastic rubber,” or whatever synthetic material they call it, is again pleasantly smooth, chewy, and soft. Really comfy and I highly recommend them!

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M. Mouret, dites-moi comment vous êtes si ingénieux?!

Roland Mouret FW12 “Angel” Stretch Double Crêpe Dress in Cream and Petrol Blue

I was recently on The Purseforum and there was a thread that had asked members “If you can only wear one designer, who would it be?” Naturally, my glamourous, surreal, unpractical, and hopelessly romantic side screamed ROLAND MOURET! I am currently trying to work at buying clothing that can be dressed up or down. One of the reasons why last season’s Angel dress caught my eye was because I can see myself wearing this to work on a casual Friday, go off to a nice work/business related dinner after work, or out on a date without going home to change!

I did have a huge hassle with the first dress that was sent to me, which was defective and the black ribbon sash had torn off. I thought I’d never find my size again as NAP had sold out, but I emailed their customer service who graciously ordered me another new dress AND during the sales at 70% off!!! Sounds great right? Nope, cuz UPS messed up my shipment. After much effort of speaking to UPS customer service  that was absolutely useless and delayed my initial return by 3 weeks and all along collaborating with NAP, I was finally able to get my brand new replacement dress which was perfect. I can’t say enough Thank Yous for NAP’s patience.

Lastly I had my seamstress work her magic in altering the dress perfectly to my petite size and height. She is amazing!!!

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Modeling pix:
RM Angel dress worn with Manolo Blahnik BBs and Swarovski jewelry
Hehe, my little darling is in the background…

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RM Angel dress in other color-ways:

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^The Angel dress as seen on Jennifer Lopez who pairs it with Christian Louboutin Pigalle Strass. JLo looks fabulous, this dress really emphasizes her curves beautifully!

 

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^Jessica Biel wears the Angel dress with Jimmy Choo Anouk heels. She’s gorgeous, but I can’t help but to suggest maybe a better fitting bra for her?!?!

 

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^Picture credit: Neiman Marcus online

The Perfect Black Pumps

Manolo Blahnik SS13 “BB” 105 in Patent Black Titanium Calfskin

Woohoo! I finally got a pair of black BBs but with a spin on the classic black patent!  I was hesitant on getting them at first cuz NM online said they’re specchio which is usually like a delicate metallic sheen/coating that easily scratches, but I pre-ordered them anyhow cuz Saks swore that they’re patent. Anyhow, now that they’ve arrived, they’re truly PATENT leather – even on the box it says so!!! I can see myself wearing these to death and I don’t want to have to worry too much about keeping them clean. The Black Titanium is more gray than black to be honest. There’s also tiny flecks of metallic shimmer, not glitter mind you, and they remind me of Christian Louboutin‘s Black Grease Paint which was gorgeous back in CL’s more classy days…

Anyhoo, these shoes are just PERFECT for me: my fav shoe style + comfy height of 105 mm + I think they’ll look great with just about any outfit!

Btw, sorry for the nasty indoor pix… it was snowing really hard yesterday, so I couldn’t take pix outside under natural lighting. The last closeup pic is a true representation of the shoe color imo.

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^Outfit Reference:
Prabal Gurung for Target top
H&M blazer jacket
Danier leather leggings

Lastly a look at my Manolo Blahnik “BB” collection:

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The BB’s heel can be a little erratic… The older styles had a “curved square” heel as you can see on my Satin Lace BBs on the right. Then over the years, this has evolved to a “straight square” heel for most styles as can be seen on my Black Titanium BBs on the left. However, once in a while, you can also get a “rounded” heel with my Flesh BBs in the middle.
Which one is my favorite? Hmm… it’s really hard to say, but I think the newer straight heels look more modern. The rounded heels are more feminine. However the curved square heel is ever so classy as well. I love them all!!!

The Workable Skirt

Roland Mouret SS12 “True Blue” Skirt

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For a while now, I’ve been trying to be more stylish at work. I really need to incorporate some color into my work wardrobe, other than the typical black and gray neutrals that I own already. I consider this my “entry” skirt and I think I can make this rather fashionable skirt into a work skirt. I already own RM’s Herbert dress in a coral red/cream color from this season and I knew that I would love this skirt as well made of the same materials. I was also lucky enough to have purchased it at an amazing 75% off from retail price. The mod pix below are of the altered version cuz I had to get it hemmed. As with all RM’s clothing, they’re made for the 6 foot tall woman, that I simply cannot wear without having my dear seamstress work her magic.

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^Outfit reference:
Mango top and cardigan
Manolo Blahnik BBs in satin lace

 

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^Picture credit: Net-a-Porter Online

 

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^As seen on Januray Jones in a rather distasteful way…

I Can’t Resist a Pair of BBs on Sale – and “FREE” for Me!

Manolo Blahnik FW12 “BB” 105 in Fodera Rosé Suede

I love Neiman Marcus! I was able to snatch these up from the FW sales for only 250$ from a regular price of 600$. Not only were they a fabulous deal already, I used my NM gift card that I’ve earned from previous promotional events. So these shoes came out to be literally “FREE” for me!!! This was also one of those gorgeous colors from last season, but will fit great into my wardrobe for spring/summer. These shoes definitely need babying cuz they’d likely get dirty really easily.

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^Outfit reference:
Chinese silk top
Ann Taylor cashmere cardigan
RW & Co dress skirt
Club Monaco python belt
Tiffany, David Yurman, and Sorelli jewelry
Louis Vuitton Onatah GM bag