Monday, June 11, 2012

JustFab Vs. ShoeDazzle

Alright ladies and gents, here's the first go around with purchasing from each company. I got each pair of shoes at 50% off, but I will say this: I called and asked both companies for help before purchasing, and I must say, ShoeDazzle's customer service is vastly superior to JustFab. JustFab could not answer any of my questions, nor would they say anything but "well, you can find out on the web site." ShoeDazzle was very helpful and helped me with everything, including walking me through checking out. Neither site charges for shipping, so that's nice. ShoeDazzle took a little longer to arrive, but both sites had easy links to track the shoes.

The websites are both easy, but here's a defining issue for me: ShoeDazzle offers shoes in half sizes all the way to 11. JustFab offers half sizes up to 8.5, but I'm a 9.5. So that's frustrating. I opted for the 10, and the shoes are too big. I am going to need to buy some inserts for the shoes, so they don't slide around too much.

So, let's talk presentation.

So, from left to right, here's what I got. JustFab came in today. They came in a flimsy little box, so they're more easily damaged. But they did have an awesome coupon. ShoeDazzle came in a thick box with a protective bag. I definitely like ShoeDazzle's presentation more. 

Now for the actual shoes. 

The ShoeDazzle ones are very basic, but they're exactly what I need for all my navy clothing. They're cotton, basic buckle, and a little cushion in the sole.

The details on the JustFab shoes are awesome. I love the little skull charm on the top strap. But my favorite detail is on the bottom of the shoe...

There's a little sailor skull. And it's cute and fun and a little surprise.

The ShoeDazzle shoes are slightly more comfortable, but I think that's because they're wedges. I'll let everyone know how they each wear. I do have to get those inserts. Hmmmm.

Monday, June 4, 2012

SS12 Trends 9- Blushes and Nudes

Probably one of the most diverse, yet flattering trends is the use of blush and beige tones. There are several different shades of blush or beige (aka nude tones) so it can look flattering on anyone. Please note that Tim Gunn once pointed out that using the term "nude" as a color is racist, and I kind of think that he's right. But, no matter how you refer to the color, it's something that anyone can wear, and it can be used for lots of different items. For instance, my first choice in this trend is...

This is my actual purse. Yes. I bought this at Target. It's an Xhiliration, it was inexpensive. I love it. So you can do that. You can always opt for an older trend,

The beige shoe is still fun, but classy. These are also mine, and they're about 5.5 inches high. So you always have those options. But for the more daring, the truly trendy, and the fashionista, try clothing. Because you can do it 1,000 different ways: dresses, tees, jackets, pants, shorts, in which ever shade flatters you the most:

But here's some tips. Make sure it's not the same shade as your skin. You will look naked. Make sure it's not too different from your skin tone- it will wash you out. Other than that, have fun with it! It works with anything, black, white, neons, patterns, pastels, ANYTHING. That's what makes it amazing. 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

SS12 Trend #10- Neon Bags

Once again, we've moved into the area of things I love the neon bag. And to be honest, it's something that can go with anything. So, here's the deal, don't spend a lot of money on the bag, unless you make a lot of money. Go to The Gap, Target, J. Crew, Forever 21, or H&M and grab one for cheap. And here's some cute ones. I don't think we need more info than that.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

SS12 Trends #11, Baseball Caps

Sorry about the hiatus. I had to get through some things. Some very emotional things. It's been hard dealing with remaining in Denver. I feel very stagnant. And that's not something I like.

BUT! On to more important things. We are now getting into things I love. One of the things I had to have this year was a baseball cap. There's so many different kinds, and anyone can wear one. I opted for a large, flat-brimmed Yankees cap in gray. If you're not into sports, it's cool, you have options. they make blank ones, you can do your dad's favorite team, the team you grew up liking, or a classic team, like the Yankees, Giants, Clippers, Lakers, Celtics, Bruins, Red Wings, etc. They're fun and sporty, but they can be feminine.  Here's a great example.

So give it a try. find one you're comfortable in. And if you're pinching pennies, steal one from your boyfriend, dad, brother, whatever.