Prom: Around the Corner

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Prom is around the corner, and I am finally a senior. With the new year came sentiment on my last year in high school; unfortunately, prom-dress craze arrived as well. Even though it’s EXTREMELY early in the year, girls are stressing at incredible levels about prom, so I’m going to try to help them out.

The first thing to think about when selecting a prom dress are the two C’s: Color and Screen shot 2015-01-21 at 5.41.02 PMCut

– If you want a specific color, that cuts your options by 1/10, and that’s incredibly helpful.

-If you want a leg split, an open back, or even a low V down the cleavage, you options also significantly shrink.

Now, once you now Color and Cut, you can find a price range and start looking!

If you dont want to spend more than 800 dollars, do not go on Saks or Neiman. Your best bet is to try Revolve, BCBGMAXARIA, or even Nasty Gal. I would stray from Prom Girl and Sherri Hill

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Now, it’s time to accessorize. Shoes come first. When purchasing shoes for prom, the most important thing is comfort. The easiest way to assure comfort is platformed heels. Here are a few options that could amplify your height, and keep your feet happy.

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Prada, Gucci, Jeffrey Campbell

Then comes the bag. The best way to not lose your bag, is to use a bag with a chain or strap. I recommend using a side bag that could reverse as a clutch for pictures. For example, the YSL chain bag, the Jimmy Choo clutches, or the small Chanel.

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Jewelry is very personal. But you get the point. Prom is extremely stressful if you are not prepared. Also, you dont have to splurge on bags and shoes!! These are simply example of shapes and colors that would be to your benefit.

XOXO

MJC

(promoted)

Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas is only one day away, and I know some of you are struggling to buy gifts for your loved ones! Lucky for you, I have the perfect range of inexpensive to splurgy gifts for anyone.
First, a basic colored top will always please a person. Free runs are also a popular nike shoe that could be used for running or a walk in the mall. The LV special edition key chain is perfect for any Louis Vuitton lover, and the Michael Kors Darci watch is delicate and wonderful for any woman.
Next, the Balenciaga Giant Stud bracelet is the perfect pastel, the “so Real” Christian Dior sunglasses are on the top of any fashion lovers list, the Coco Chanel perfume is a must for anyone (and men can wear the Homme version), and the Chanel boy wallet is a splurgy item that will make any woman cry tears of joy. The LV chain bag is plum is absolutely gorgeous; it is on the expensive side so this gift is for a wife or girlfriend. The Chanel espadrilles are any teens dream, every girl needs a red polish, and a fun cellphone case is a perfect stocking stuffer!Last Minute Christmas Gift Guide
XOXO
MJC

My Black Friday Experience 2014

Black Friday is a tradition for me whether it’s with a family member, a friend or alone; this year, I did all three!

My Black Friday experience began on Thursday, the day of Thanksgiving. After a wonderful meal with my family, I headed over to Aventura Mall. For those locals, you know how fantastic the mall is; and for others, let’s just say you have over 500 options of incredible stores. I arrived around 10pm, when only a couple stores were open for presale.

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Screen shot 2014-12-03 at 1.45.47 PMI was able to get some plain white tees at H&M for $2.95, and was able to browse Urban Outfitters at midnight, Unknown and Victoria Secret. I left around 1am and headed to catch some rest for the heavy day ahead,

On Friday, Black Friday, I woke up around 6am and headed back to Aventura mall. My targets were Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, Saks, Unknown, and high end stores to see what they offered.

I went straight to bloomingdales and hit the jackpot! The sales were insane, especially because i am a B Insider. High end jeans were 99-150 from 300+, the coats were 50$ off of every 100$, the sale section was an extra 40%-50% off, and much much much more. I was flustered but excited. For every 100$ spent, Bloomingdales gave you a 15$ B card. (Everything was purchased for great prices for the actual value of the item)

AT BLOOMINGDALES I WAS ABLE TO GET:

A pair of Paige distressed black jeans

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2 winter coats

Prada candy perfume

Free People Brallette

Then i proceeded to Unknown and got a large men’s floral teeshirt that i wear as a dress. I also purchased a sweater dress at Urban Outfitters.

Black Friday was fantastic and so was Cyber Monday in my case. I do think most stores lacked sales for Cyber Monday though.

Look at my follow up on Cyber Monday soon

XOXO

MJC

How to Style : Gucci Soho Bag

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Last week I picked up the new Gucci Soho bag in red! I wore it for the first time yesterday to Bal Harbor and I must say, it’s very fun to style!

Here are a couple outfit ideas that could make the bag the bold statement! I am also loving the new Givenchy pin heel in white and black, the new “the real” Christian Dior mirrored sunglasses, and the new collection Rag and Bone tee dress!

How to Style : Gucci Soho Bag

And this is how i would potentially style the bag if i wanted to keep the bag as just an accessory, not the star of the outfit

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XOXO

MJC

My Halloween Outfits of This Year – A Calvin Klein Boy and Ester The Orphan

This year, my school had homecoming precisely the week before Halloween on Friday the 31st of October. Our Wednesday theme was movie characters, and my senior grade was assigned “thrillers”. Being that I somewhat resemble a little girl with my Miley buns, so i decided the best outfit was Ester from the scary movie, The
Orphan. Here is my take on the character!

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And here is a picture of the actual character, Ester.

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The night of Halloween, I went out with some friends to a halloween party and decided to be the person i’ve always wanted, A Calvin Klein boy model. I wore the #mycalvins set of boy shorts and bra in grey, with some boy shorts, and a white ribbed crop top from TopShop. I also added a vintage Christian Dior jacket with the outfit last minute because it was somewhat chilly at night. I wore my hair in buns and a pair of adidas classics with crew socks.

Here is a quick mirror picture of my outfit of the night! I always enjoy choosing someone or something unique to be, and see the final result of the pieces i put together! (the Moschino mirror phone case was a bad choice)

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if you want more post like this, let me know! Don’t forget to tell me what you think!

XOXO

MJC

Zara Winter Collection – The Fabulous Shoes

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Zara came out with their winter collection a few months ago; when it finally launched, I was in complete shock with the shoes they created for the season. Every single pair was well crafted, with beautiful materials, but unfortunately, almost an identical imitation to a high-end designer. Zara is defined as street-wear. It’s absolutely fantastic that they are straying from their usual casualty, but originality is key. 

The shoe collection is still astonishing though, I commend them for the designs, but hopefully next season they will bring some originality into the equation!

Here are my favorite picks of the season

PS: Ill probably end up picking up the chain boots this week :)

Zara Winter Collection - The Fabulous Shoes
XOXO
MJC

High-End Designer Shoes and Their Dupes

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So, a couple years ago, I began to acknowledge the shoe brand Jeffrey Campbell for its originality and awesome, unique designs. Unfortunately, I quickly realized their designs are everything but original. Most of their designs, as well as other affordably priced brands, copy high end fashion designers.

 I’ve also recognized that there are pros and cons to these dupes.

Pros:

Nice design for affordable price

Easy access to shoes

Sold at hundreds of retailers

Cons:

 Originality of high end is diminished

Exclusivity of brand is destroyed

Most people can get their hands on the dupes, making the high end seem unworthy

Other designer just copy high-end designer’s work

 The high-end shoes can range from 500 to over 10,000 dollars. Obviously, a large amount of people will not put down that amount of money for a pair of shoes, so brands like Jeffrey allow them to have a taste of the designs.

I don’t know how I feel about it as a whole. I think these brands should learn to take inspiration from the high-end designers, but not jack their work. I also think it’s a shame to have such an excusive item duped for everyone.

Here I threw together some Fall designer shoes and their dupes.

High-End Designer Shoes and Their Dupes

If you need outfit advice, email me @ mariacandela@me.com
XOXO MJC

Fashion Forward Halloween Costumes Part 3 ( Kim and Kanye Edition) Ft. Givenchy

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Here we have the 3rd fashion forward Halloween outfits! This post is directed towards couples or friends who want to match or dress accordingly on October 31st!

This is the “Kim & Kanye”! Inspired by an entire Givenchy assemble (as seen in the image), Kim and Kanye usually match when they walk the streets of LA, Paris, and New York. They typically aim for dark leather or nude and pastel cashmere; this outfit is a bit edgy to emphasize their fashion craze!

Fashion Forward Halloween Costumes Part 3 ( Kim and Kanye Edition) Ft. Givenchy

Everything pictured is Givenchy, but the look could easily be duplicated with a generic brand as well!

The woman (left) is wearing leather joggers, with a zip up leather shirt, the famous apple red Givenchy Antigona bag, with Givenchy buckle sandals, and Givenchy vintage rectangular frames. Her lipstick is Rose Boudoir #24.

The man (right) is wearing plain black jeans with a similar Givenchy zip up top, Givenchy slip-ons, a Givenchy printed scarf, and a pair of the spring collection sunglasses. The Givenchy Rotweiler phonecase can be found on ssense.com

Here is a photo of Kim and Kanye west on the streets of New York. As you can see, the outfits pictured are quite similar to Kanye’s assemble. 

Fashion Forward Halloween Costumes Part 3 ( Kim and Kanye Edition) Ft. Givenchy by candelacouture

featuring lips makeup
XOXO
MJC

Fashion Forward Halloween Costume Part 2

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Halloween segment number two is here and totally Moschino!! Moschino just launched an array of crazy collections last spring, this summer, and this upcoming spring! From McDonald inspired cases and sweaters, to Spongebob backpacks and goofy tees, to a new Barbie inspired collection! This Barbie collection features shirts, leather bags, and coats with the matching leather skirt, a phone case, and even cute graphic tees. For most people, this collection is a bit too eccentric for a daily use, but for a fancy Halloween get-together, its absolute perfection! The collection is a bit pricey, but again, you could throw together a similar assemble with a generic store’s items!

Here are two outfits featuring Moschino’s new Collection

Fashion Forward Halloween Costume Part 2

Men outfit ideas coming tomorrow!!

xoxo

MJC

Fashion Forward Halloween Outfits

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Halloween is creeping up on us…literally!!

I’ve decided to do a series of more high fashion outfit ideas for Halloween. The older crowd usually goes out to nightclubs, nice events, or parties where it is required to wear a “costume”. Most women stray from those embarrassing elf or M&M costumes they sell as Party City, and get stuck being a naughty nurse or sexy sailor. Then men are usually stuck being their woman’s additional accessory to their costume mess. This year I am going to put together outfits for both men and women that are unique and fashion forward. Designer and miscellaneous pieces will be used, and anything can be altered, these are simply ideas!

Let me know if you have any ideas in mind you want me to throw together

Here are two common but girly outfit ideas taken to another level!

Fashion Forward Halloween Outfits

xoxo
MJC
email me @ mariacandela@me.com for any questions!
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