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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?

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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.

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