Weekly Round Up – The Week That Was

11 Jun

Coral DressIt has been a busy week for Mock-off.  I’m getting back into the routine of regular updates.  I launched a brand new feature called Emily’s Picks that will be a weekly email blast of my favorite mock-offs of the moment.  Be sure to sign up for email updates in order to get Emily’s Picks delivered right to your inbox.

I’m also adding a new feature to the blog – a round of up of my favorite links from around the web.  I’ll post them weekly along with the round up. So pull up a chair and get ready to catch up on the week that was.

New on Mock-off:

– Get Pippa Middleton‘s sleek London style.

– Mock-off of the week: Quilted Black Tote

– The perfect one shoulder coral dress for any Summer fete.

– Turquoise and tassels – oh my!

– Emily’s Picks – Summer Shoe Extravaganza

Links from Around the Web:

– Shoe company Tom’s new altruistic venture – Eyewear

Some amazingly talented kids with my favorite dude

Forever 21 threatens to sue a blogger for being awesome

– Wear sad Keanu on your lips

– A silly looking, but kind of great hanger lamp

– The office pod – for when you want to get away with your work

Galibardy – Chic and Quirky Affordable Jewelry

31 May

I admit that I love playing around on StumbleUpon. As great as BlogLovin is at keeping track of my favorite blogs, Stumbleupon is great because it takes me outside of my “normal” reads.  And outside of my norm is where I usually find great treasures.

This past weekend I stumbled upon (get it?) Galibardy, a small UK online jewelry boutique.  My personal belief is that jewelry is somewhere you can let your personality shine. It’s one place to take a step out of your comfort zone and really make a statement. And that is exactly what the jewelry from Galibardy does.

Scissors, Paper, Rock – $34

Chivalry Ring – $35

Brass Guitar Case Necklace – $33

AK-47 Earrings – $27

I was immediately taken by the quirkiness of the designs. And, for me, the price is just right. Which is your favorite?

Royal Wedding Dress Knock Offs

9 May

Remember back on April 29th when Kate Middleton made jaws around the world collectively drop? Now you can share in her head-turning moment. In the week and a half since the big Royal wedding dozens of wedding dress designers have come forward with their own versions of Kate’s breathtaking Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress. Here is a round up of who’s making the knock-offs and when they will be available.

JS Collections Dutchess Wedding Dress ($698) – Available September 16th, this dress is the first knock-off to hit a mass retailer like Nordstrom. It’s $700 price point makes it  budget friendly and beautiful.

Lucie Konirova and Emile Karr – The Alterations Boutique, London – This family of dressmakers started on their replica of the royal wedding dress less than 5-hours after the ceremony.

ABS by Allen Schwarz ($900) – Designer Allen Schwarz got to work on a knock-off the morning of the wedding. His version is a wearable option for the simple elegant bride. The dress will be in stores by the end of June.

Mary Rose McGrath – London-based dress designer Mary Rose McGrath put this dress together in less than 24-hours. The replica is now on display at a shopping center in Belfast, sure to delight and inspire brides-to-be for years to come.

Jason Matlo – Even the Canadian designers are going mad for the royal wedding dress. Vancouver-based designer Jason Matlo had this dress made and ready for display less than a week after the wedding.  The dress is available at La Novia Bridal for $5000 CAN.

Would you walk down the aisle in a dress inspired by a royal?

Nail Love

21 Apr

You’d be hard pressed to see me with painted fingernails.  Sure I go in for once a month pedis like any good runner should, but I always forgo splurging on my fingers. Until now.

I’d seen Sally Hansen Salon Effects featured on multiple blogs over the past few weeks and with each post I coveted this supposed miracle product more and more. From Houndstooth to Glitter there seemed to be a style for everyone. So yesterday I splurged a little and bought the fishnet-esque design “Misbehaved”.

I. Am. In. Love!

I had no idea beautiful nails could be so easy. Just peel and stick – no polish required. I cannot wait to try the other designs like “Skinny Jeans” and “Frock Star”.

For less than $10 you can try them too. Ulta has them on special Buy 2 Get 1 Free right now (Plus save $5.00 on your order with code 19257). I highly suggest you try them.

What’s your favorite design?

Really H&M? Really?

2 Mar

I should start off this rant-ish post by pointing out that it takes a lot for me to get offended. You should hear some of the inappropriate remarks thrown around between friends during our Friday night sushi dates.  So when something effects me enough to take action I make the assumption that it bothers others too.  That being said I really would love to hear other peoples thoughts on this subject.

This morning retailer H&M retweeted this photo of model Jessica Stam wearing a Lanvin for H&M collection dress stating “She looks great!”.


Uh. Are we seeing the same photo?

A wide variety of responses came over me.  First my lids blinked with surprise, then my nose crinkled with disgust, then my head tilted with confusion, and finally my eyes narrowed with anger.  Most prevalent of all was the nausea I felt deep in my stomach.

Without much thought, I immediately replied with the following.

I thought for sure there would be outrage, much like mine, at H&M promoting such an unhealthy lifestyle. Retweets and blog posts and angry mobs boycotting the stores.  None. Nothing but praise at “such a pretty dress”.

I accept that I may be overreacting to the matter. This is, afterall, the fashion industry. An industry in which companies use thin models like Jessica (who I swear used to look healthier!) to promote their clothing.  Its been the norm for years, so why is one tweet making me so blindingly angry? Perhaps I expect more from a brand such as H&M which positions itself as an affordable, fashion-forward option geared towards teens and young adults.  Perhaps I have finally been pushed over the edge with seeing emaciated women represent what is supposed to be the norm. Perhaps I really hate that dress. I’m not sure, but my anger is here and its not going away.

Am I being a hypocrite? Just last week I posted a collection of pictures from Fashion Week featuring similarly built models representing brands. Am I overreacting? How can we let brands know we don’t appreciate this representation? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Edited 3/2 – I asked my friends and family on Facebook what they thought and I got this response from my brother. He makes a good point. (Also, he too is someone who is not easily offended).

Ok you asked for feedback, At first I didn’t really notice how unpleasantly skinny this chick ( I have no idea who she is) really is, but after reading your rant, I looked more closely. It’s pretty disgusting. Her waist can’t be more than 16″ around, and her legs are toothpicks. Honestly though, what bothers me here is not so much her appearance, but that this was the person selected to be promote the spread of healthy water to all of the world’s children? The fashion industry in general just looses all legitimacy here.

A Photo Journey Through New York Fashion Week

23 Feb

If you are like me, last week you were glued to your screen following along with all of the New York Fashion week happenings.  While I missed out on the festivities yet again, it was a treat to follow along with the happenings on my Twitter Feed.  Just like last year, I saved my favorite Twit Pics from some of fashion media’s elite.  This Fall seems like it will be the year of the glamorous gown. What do you think?

Plaid at the Tory Burch Presentation

Plaid at the Tory Burch Presentation - @naominevitt

Final gown at Luca Luca NYFW

Final gown at Luca Luca - @mystyle

Shoes backstage at Rebecca Minkoff

Shoes backstage at Rebecca Minkoff - @mbfashionweek

Models backstage at Milly NYFW

Models backstage at Milly - @stylelist

DKNY before the show NYFW

DKNY before the show - @DKNY

Tibi Finale NYFW

Tibi Finale - @EHolmesWSJ

Katie Ermillio Presentation - NYFW

Katie Ermillio Presentation - @Fashionista_Com

Marchesa Presentation - NYFW

Marchesa Presentation - GORGE Red Sleeveless Dress - @harpersbazaarus

Carolina Hererra Backstage at her Show NYFW

Carolina Hererra Backstage at her Show - @lizuss

Emma Roberts at Jenny Packham

Emma Roberts at Jenny Packham - @MBFashionweek

Marc Jacobs NYFW Finale

The Marc Jacobs Finale - @arielfoxman

Mara Hoffman Presentation NYFW

Mara Hoffman Presentation - @bjonesstyle

Peter Som show NYFW

Peter Som show @bunnybisous

Thank you to all of these great Tweeters for sharing your experiences on Twitter – @dkny, @bunnybisous, @bjonesstyle, @arielfoxman, @MBFashionweek, @lizuss, @harpersbazzarus, @stylelist, @naominevitt, @mystyle, @EHolmesWSJ, and @Fashionista_com.

Weekly Round Up

11 Feb

Happy Friday everyone! I am packing up and heading to Seattle for the day. My favorite musician Howie Day is playing at Tractor Tavern tonight and I can’t miss it. Add on some shopping at the boutiques in Belmont and I think I have a great day ahead of me!

Here’s what you may have missed this week:

– 6 Tips for shamelessly finding the best deal

Michelle Williams bundles up in NYC

– Embrace the remainder of Winter with Mango

Lanvin inspired flats for just $40?

– A Minkoff Mock-off? You bet!

– Oscar de la Renta does Coral, but Target does it better

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

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