Which Look is Le$$?

Have an appetite for designer styles but can’t afford to fund your expensive taste? There are ways around that, so get the look for less! Put it to the test – I bet you can barely tell the difference.

So which memorial day outfit is the knockoff? To your right is the nearly $1300 outfit consisting of a Charles Anastase dress, DVF shoes, and Helene Berman hat, while the almost identical outfit on the left costs less than $300. Save $1000? Yes, please!

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These ones are almost identical! Can your hunger for designer styles lead you in the right direction this time? On the left are Christian Louboutin heels which ring up a total of $995! On the right are heels by Jessica Simpson which can be found at http://www.jessicasimpson.com/ and cost a mere $98. When you find a match this close and are on a budget, I’d say why not go with the cheaper pair!?… Except for the fact that the other choice are Louboutins!!! (As you can see, I’m still a little torn.) But at least your wallet will thank you!

This one may be a little easier to tell which is which, but without having one next to the other you would never know. On the left is an original Bottega Veneta that would break your bank at a whopping $4,050! You can grab the one on the right from Forever 21 at forever21.com for $35… That’s over $4,000 you can save for an almost identical look! Incredible, right!?

So we’ve seen it done with clothes, bags, shoes, but you can even steal a celeb’s accessories at a fraction of the cost! On the left are Ippolita teardrop earrings that go for $515, where you can get the look-alikes from t+j Designs on their website http://www.tplusjdesigns.com/ for $12!

Now what if you could get the look for less without feeling like you betrayed your favorite designer by going with a cheaper version? That’s what Boutique on 57 is all about – bringing you real designer fashion at up to 75% off the retail price! Yes, I did say real designer styles and affordable in the same sentence. Check out our collection of top-of-the-line designer clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories at shop.boutiqueon57.com! Stop buy and get the real deal at prices so low it hurts!

Looking forward to hearing your comments and questions!

Your fashion guru,

Kasia

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The Luxurious Battle of Handbags: Valextra vs Hermes

Hermes is known for its leather and has bags for any occasion, while Valextra is an upcoming brand that is becoming increasingly popular and is getting more interest from the public eye. So which luxury brand is really most luxurious???

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Hermes bags are known for their luxurious quality. From day to evening to luggage, you can find many of the styles you’re looking for all made from premium leather.

Check out the entire collection here at http://usa.hermes.com/.

Valextra

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Valextra is a fairly new brand or is at least fairly new at being popular. Its bags are fine and appear clean-cut and very obviously luxurious. Some of its styles are similar to those of Hermes, but that still leaves the question of who does it better?

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Where I do believe that Valextra has the advantage is in its variety. Valextra has a wide selection of items within its categories of clutches, luggage, everyday bags, and more. Check out the entire collection here at http://www.valextra.it/Default.aspx.

So who won this royal battle? Why don’t I let you decide… Tell me which designer brand you like best!

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Your fashion guru,

Kasia

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You Don’t Need a Catwalk to Strut Your Stuff

With a “work it girl” attitude and the right pair of shoes, women are unstoppable. So here’s what’s hot, hot, hot this summer (besides the weather)!

1. Boat Shoes

Everyone is talking about boat shoes, and if you don’t own a pair of Sperry’s yet then you better run out and get yourself some because you’re the only one! Boat shoes, which may have been viewed in the past as just a “Dad’s shoe”, have been given a new life in the past year or so. You can really express your personality with the color and pattern you pick, too! Pair them with skinny jeans or shorts and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer look.

2. Sandals

Strappy sandals are a classic summer look. Go for the ones that are nude or slightly brown because they really compliment the seasonal colors and your tan skin! They are perfect for casual, everyday looks and can be worn well with anything – skinny jeans, sundress, shorts, etc.

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3. Booties

These booties were made for walkin’! Ankle high boots are a summer trend that continue to grow more popular each year. I finally bought myself a pair this summer! Pair them with a sundress to get a more rustic country feel or with shorts if you’re going boho chic. What’s great about these is that they can even be worn in the Fall/Spring with a pair of skinny jeans!

4. Wedges

Espadrille wedges have been around for ages but never go out of style. Strappy wedges can dress up your summer outfit, whether it’s a sundress or just jeans and a tee.

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5. Peep-Toe Pumps

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Peep-toe pumps are the perfect style shoes for a night out on the town. Whether you plan on hitting the club or just hanging at a bar with your girlfriends, the peep-toe is the summery alternative to the classic heel. Try nude color schemes or bright and bold – both are in this season!

Looking forward to hearing your questions and comments!

Your fashion guru,

Kasia

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Lessons from Roger Federer

Roger Federer taught me a valuable lesson today.

Oops he did it again.

Yesterday few girlfriends of mine came over to support our tennis friend Roger Federer at his 2012 Wimbledon final against Andy Murray. I was a nervous wreck before the match started. I kind of knew what to expect and still painted for fresh air conditioning breeze to unfold this electrifying historic day. The cameras were rolling and sticking to Roger’s face recording this enormous event. 

Roger knew the value of winning this match and making a history.  This meant reaching his 17th Grand Slam, reclaiming his number 1 status of the world’s best tennis player as well as teeing square 7th Wimbledon win with my other friend Pete Sampras. I was suspecting that Pete was throwing some spells at Roger from preventing it to happen. (ha ha) After all who doesn’t want to remain a legend and be remembered as the best ever?

Roger did confirm my suspicion and for the 7th time he grabbed his Wimbledon trophy sealing his win with a sweet kiss on the pot of gold. 

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What made a difference this time?

Have you ever wondered, as have I, what makes such a dramatic difference in people’s lives and careers? It isn’t always money or talent or hard work. It isn’t that one person wants success and the other doesn’t. You will be shocked and lit up with interest if I told you that distance to getting anything you desire is just 2 millimeters. That’s right you have heard me correctly. This minuscule correction makes your tennis or golf swing more effective, trim haircut invisible, your facelift look more neutral, because your ideal beauty is matter of millimeters, your perfect 2mm veneer smile, your Ipod as thin that fits into your jean pocket, etc. You got the idea. I like to call it 2 millimeter trance

I shared this revelation with my girlfriends as they looked captivated by the validity of my statement, and asked the obvious question?.

-What do you mean 2 millimeters correction trance?

I paused to collect my thoughts and then said.  We are all in some trance.  People are fixated about their problems and their dreams all the time. They are searching too far for the magical formulas to solve or change them.  You need to meet yourself where you already are before you can take yourself to where you want to go. And this distance is only 2  millimeter (metaphorically speaking).

– So you need to step right up?-they all yelled enthusiastically.

– This isn’t at first as obvious as it may appear. The confusion is that wonderful state right before clarity. And Roger got plenty of both during  his game. – I continued without the exhale.

The difference also lies in how attuned each person is to the spiritual forces around them and how they can tap into that power to have a more successful life.

Today Roger discovered the ability to tap into the supreme source of ultimate power, meaning, and he let it all go.  The aura around him was so visible that I felt immediately he owned it within every inch of his body. This was the most magical moment for him by raising to the level of display of outrageous tennis. He entered into the field of magic, charisma hypnotically seducing us all over again with his majestic grace.

Roger made me tick

What does this guy know that you and I can benefit from? He is one of the most down to earth people, and turns into tennis monster on the court.

We normally would do anything for those who encourage our dreams, justify our failures, allay our fears, confirm our suspicion, and help us throw the rocks at our enemies.  I was relieved no one was throwing rocks during the match (nor were there any naked runs through the court). There was a great lesson to be learned right at the front of our eyes. Roger displayed incredible tennis chemistry and encouraged me to never stop dreaming. If this guy doesn’t make you feel like you can unlock the treasure chest of success, fulfillment then you may as well forget any sort of attempt at all.

The point of this confession is that the most magical things in life -on and off the court – are often the result of the correct application of testing and finding our 2 millimeters.

Looking forward to hear about your 2 millimeters revelations.

Your fashion Guru

Kasia Bosne

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7 Common Clothing Mistakes You Want to Avoid

Dressing well is something that everyone strives for – even if you’re no fashionista. We live in a world where, even if we don’t want to admit it, we are judged based on how we look… I mean first impressions really are everything! So here is a list of no-no’s you should stay away from when picking out your outfit each morning.

1. Too Tight

Everyone wants to show off something when they’re dressing themselves, so the first and most common mistake you can make is wearing clothing that is too tight. Although we wanna show off that flat tummy or those vuluptuous curves, you don’t want to suffocate in your own wardrobe. Tight isn’t always the most flattering, so don’t try to fit into that smaller size just because you want to feel skinnier or you might end up looking like this!

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2. Too Young/Old for Your Age

Dress appropriately! I cannot stress this enough! Women in their 40s trying to dress like they are in college just look ridiculous. I’m not trying to be cruel, but it is true! You can still look hot no matter what your age is as long as your dressing appropriately for your age!

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3. Detail Overload

Overexposure of logos is never a sign of dressing well. You are not a NASCAR racecar, so you should not be covered in sponsors and logos.

4. White After Labor Day

This rule is as crucial as the laws of physics – they cannot be ignored! Not only should you not wear white after labor day simply because it’s a fashion felony, but also because you should be focusing on wearing colors that suit your skin tone. You want your features and your skin color to look great in what you wear, so don’t wear colors that do nothing for them. If your skin is paler, you shouldn’t always be picking pale colors because your skin will just look dull. Try picking a more vibrant color scheme for your wardrobe! Julianne Moore chose a softer color here and did it right by complimenting her pale complexion.

5. Shapes that Don’t Suit Your Body

Doing this is just you being a hazard to yourself. Even if you are not satisfied with your body shape, you must be aware of what that shape is and how to flatter it. If you have a pear-shaped body and you’ve got those big hips, try wearing something like a wrap dress that draws attention to the chest and waistline instead. If you’ve got a stick-like figure and want to fake some curves, wear clothing that already has its own shape like one of those form-fitting shirts that flare at the bottom or a ruffled shirt with a pencil skirt.

6. Too Busy

Wearing too many prints or buttons can be the epitome of fashion trends gone wrong. Too much of a good thing is bad! Wearing a shirt that has a mixture of different animal prints on it and buttons or such to match may look cute on a 4 year-old toddler, but on a grown woman? Not so much. Even designers get it wrong sometimes – this model is simply wearing too much print!

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7. Too Matronly

There is absolutely nothing wrong with dressing conservatively, but when your fashion choices are sacrificed because you don’t think you can flaunt what you’ve got in other ways… that is where I draw the line! You can look great without showing off too much skin, but you shouldn’t hide beneath layers of frumpy looking clothes either! Choose a look that is sophisticated yet chic like a dress with a full, flowy skirt paired with a cardigan.

So what do you think the most fatal fashion faux pas are?

Looking forward to hearing what you have to think!

 

Your fashion guru,

Kasia

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