Category Archives: Dresses

The Cruelest April Fool’s Joke! Mrs.O Will Not Have a J.Crew Line

Today I had 3 different people send me news alerts at work saying, “look this is amazing!”  Only a couple min later to follow it up with, “never mind its an April’s Fool Joke.”   Well this was certainly the cruelest of all!  It was posted on one of my favorite anti-counterfeit blogs, Counterfeit Chic:

Mrs. O has now decided to stop fighting the public fascination with the First Family and instead channel that consumer behavior for the public good.  The result will be hundreds of official Obama products, including many that take advantage of Michelle’s status as a global fashion icon.  Fans of her style will be able to buy everything from a book of paper dolls tentatively entitled, Michelle Obama: The First Hundred Outfits, to reproductions of her most popular ensembles under her own “Right to Bare Arms” label, manufactured in cooperation with J.Crew.  (No unauthorized knockoffs, though — Counterfeit Chic is pleased to learn that the First Lady is currently negotiating with Narciso Rodriguez, Maria Cornejo, Isabel Toledo, and Jason Wu, among others, to pay licensing fees for their original designs.)

A J.Crew collboration with Mrs. O! Ugh too good to be true.  Speaking of which, Mrs. O apparently made a big splash in the UK today at the G20 summit.  Check out her essemble thus far on the Obama’s first trip abroad.  This is her coming out party, and needless to say Mrs. O did it in style.  I love that Michelle Obama is staying economically-minded with her choice in J.Crew.  Its no surprise that J.Crew’s crystal constellation cardigan is already sold out.  But you can still get the dazling-dots pencil skirt!

Michelle Obama rocks price tag friendly J.Crew.  You can get the Michelle O look too!

Michelle Obama rocks price tag friendly J.Crew. You can get the Michelle O look too!

Silk crepe dresk by Isabel Toledo

Silk crepe dress by Isabel Toledo

Yellow Silk sheath dress by Jason Wu paired with Michael Kors black duster.  Perfectly cinched with her Azzedine Alaia studded belt.  The International Fashion Icon is not afriad to recycle her favorite peices.

Yellow Silk sheath dress by Jason Wu paired with Michael Kors black duster. Perfectly cinched with her Azzedine Alaia studded belt. The International Fashion Icon is not afriad to recycle her favorite peices.


I Scooped the Belted IKAT Dress on Gilt!

So I often complain how my sizes are always sold out 10 min into Gilt Groupe sales.  I don’t know how this always happens? But apparently there are thousands of other women, just my size, with just my taste, waiting until the clock strikes 12 noon so they can logon to Gilt rapidly and scoop up all the things I like! Well today it was my turn! HA, take that Gilt Groupe stalkers!  I had my eye on this dress since they announced the sale last week.  It was the item featured in their preview picture, although today they changed it to some blue tunic. Don’t like that.  I find they usually feature the best item of the collection in the preview pic.


I love this dress and cannot wait for it to come in the mail!  Its part linen, which I usually do not purchase, so I hope it doesn’t get too wrinkly. I hate that look! Its the main reason why I never wear linen.  Tracy Reese is pretty high quality, so I expect the linen is higher end. It even looks pretty thick in the photos, which means it shouldn’t wrinkle too bad. The only problem with living in Boston means this dress won’t potentially see the light of day until May, more likely June. I think I may be able to pull it off with an oatmeal cardi within the next month or so. No?

tracy-reese-fronttracy-reese-side-viewImage Source: Revolve Clothing

Cheaper than Gilt Groupe

I’ve been following W A L T E R for quite some time.  I’ve always noticed his looks on the pages of magazines like Lucky, but could never find him in store.  Mr. Walter Baker designs for the girl who needs to transition her outfit from day to night, which is perfect for the 20something girl on the go!

This past fall, I took a trip to the West Coast and paid a visit to Dillards for the very first time. This was also the first time I got to see W A L T E R up close and personal. I must say this guy is pretty hard to find.  He could really use some Search Engine Optimization!  The only major dept. that seems to carry his stuff is Dillards. If I google “WALTER” for his website, nothing comes up, and very few online boutiques pay for the keyword Walter in their online ads. Be sure to google “Walter, clothing.”

So after much searching I found his real name is Walter Baker, and his website is named after him,  The store locator on his website showed only a few boutiques outside Boston and Boston-based boutique chain Jasmine Sola. Which I might add, went out of business about a year ago due to the fact they were bought out by Lerner’s NY and it came out Jasmine’s dirty old founder harassed his young retail girls.

The largest Walter Baker supply I’ve seen thus far is on Gilt, and I’ve been pretty apprehensive to buy since I like knowing how a designer fits. And if you shop at Gilt you know its store credit only.  But I still get pretty excited when I come across his sales on Gilt.

I immediately fell in love with his yellow tiered ruffle dress at Gilt’s fall sale, but of course it sold out before I could get my hands on it.  I noticed Jessica Szohr rocking the tiered rose tank version in US Magazine last summer.

So at this point you’re probably wondering where I was able to find W A L T E R at a cheaper price than Gilt, since their website is already sample sale price.  Well none other than my favorite discount shopping haven, Filene’s Basement.    I took a trip to the Newton, MA FB with my mother in the hopes of finding some Spring deals when I came across the W A L T E R goods. Hey, not everyone can always shop at Barney’s! We’re in a recession people!

Anyway, I was eyeing a couple of his items on Gilt, but per the usual they ran out of my size 10 min into the sale. What’s up with that? Do woman immediately sign on at noon? I don’t get it! Aren’t people at work?

This afternoon I was able to get the green shirt dress I desperately wanted for more than half the price of Gilt.  The W A L T E R original is marked at $330, the Gilt price, $108, Filene’s Basement $49.99.  Oh how I love saving money.  If you have an FB near you, check it out to see if W A L T E R is in store. His stuff is really adorable and well made.  All of these items,which were listed on the Gilt site this week, were at FB for $49.99.  I’m just so glad I don’t have to wait for my green dress to come off theGilt wait list.  Just want to point out his green looks mint online, but its more Kelly green in person.

My dress:


I almost bought this on Gilt, and good thing I didn’t because it fit me funny! But I love the color!!




Really wanted this skirt, but it sold out on Gilt and it wasn’t at FB. I’m on the waiting list.


Current Cravings: Flirty Dresses

Start saying goodbye to the tweeds and wools that keep us warm in the winter and hello spring clothing!  Well us cold-city girls can hold up on that one.  As I am sure many of you Boston, NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis and Seattle ladies know that things don’t start warming up until May.  So that gives us a couple months of what I call “transition” months.  You know, its not really warm but not really cold (by cold-city standards), and there is the possibility it could snow or be above 70 any day. Well, flirty dresses w/ 3/4 sleeves make the perfect transition from winter to spring.  I’m coveting all 4 of the dress below.  I’m seriously considering the Trovata and Walter picks.

Trovata Dress

Trovata Dress

Walter Dress

Walter Dress

Blair Waldorf wears Catherine Malandrino

Blair Waldorf wears Catherine Malandrino

Catherin Malandrino faux wrap dress

Catherin Malandrino faux wrap dress