I Want a Pair of Smoking Slipper Flats for FALL!

The smoking slipper flat which I have personally dubbed “Hugh Hefner” is a BIG trend for fall and I think they’re SO cute! I’m the girl who can appreciate a good flat & I love the overall unisex look of the these. The versatility of pairing them with anything in your wardrobe are endless! I’d wear them with a full skirt or a pair of rolled up skinnies.  However, I think the best part is that so many brands are creating their own styles of the slippers so you don’t have to break the bank in order to wear them. I prefer a slimmer fit so Aldo, Sam Edelman, & Dolce Vita are amongst my favorites as far as shape & the designs that they have available.

Check out a few below:

Aldo: “Pratillo” in calf hair $90


 Top Shop: “Manney” $60

Dolce Vita: $159


Sam Edelman “Alvin” $130

Sam Edelman “Aden” $150


 I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”


LOOK OF THE DAY: Solange Knowles in Alexander Wang Loafers

A few days ago Solange attended the launch for her sister Beyonce’s new fragrance “Pulse”. She looked so cute wearing a Peter Pilotto digital print dress paired with Alexander Wang’s pink metallic loafers dubbed “Anais“. You guys know I’ve gushed over Solange’s style before, & with this look she continues to not disappoint. I love the dress hands down, & I’ve spotted the loafers on plenty of others during NYFW. However, I wouldve never thought to put the two together. The combination with Solange’s hair worked & she definitely WORKED IT!

P.S. Is it just me or does Solange look like the singer Corinne Bailey Rae in this photo? Maybe its the hair…..

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife” 

photo: net-a-porter.com, ceebeefabulous.tumblr.com

I’m No WWD, BUT here’s My Review of Gucci’s s/s ’12 collection!

As you know Gucci debuted its spring/summer 2012 collection on Wednesday & IDEAL streamed the entire show LIVE! Frida & her talented team put together a presentation that was simply beautiful. The models walked the runway with slicked back hair & a heavy smokey eye wearing pieces consisting of emerald greens, metallics, and a splash of print. Although I love the boy on girl look that is still trending, I felt as though Frida brought us back to a woman that is strong & confident, yet enjoys the femininity of being a woman. Therefore, she wears clothes that projects that feeling which was most apparent in the balance created between the structured, tailoring of the suits and the more flowy printed dresses & blouses.

 I also loved the detailing from the drop waist dresses with the slit open back to the gorgeous clutches & handbags with python print & tassels. I can’t wait to see who’ll wear these looks on the red carpet because I know they’ll be a HIT! In my humble opinion I envision the Gossip Gals rocking it first & probably the best.

All in all, if I could sum up this show in three words they would be: Sophisticated, Strong, & Sexy! What did you guys think?

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photos: style.com

Can Someone Ask Christopher Kane……

Why in the hell I should pay $720 for his aqua filled clutch?!?!? lol….. no SERIOUSLY!

I spotted this bag browsing through my favorite luxesite, net-a-porter & had the confused face especially when i saw the price tag. Now don’t get me wrong, I can be an avid label whore with the best of them but this right here I just can’t rationalize. If you guys can, please be my guest & explain this to me.

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photo: net-a-porter.com

So My New Favorite Blog is…..SONGOFSTYLE.COM!

IDEALISTs meet Aimee!pronounced “mommy” but without the M 🙂

She is the creator of her own stye blog songofstyle.com & I am completely obsessed with it! I was first introduced to Aimee & her blog when I attended the Independent Fashion Bloggers conference. I was immediately drawn to her because she wore THEE cutest outfit! It was this nautical navy blazer with snake print pants & she had the best set of arm candy that I had seen in a while. She complimented the outfit with a pair of black suede plaformed pumps that I just knew had to be an expensive pair of shoes by Mui Mui. However when I asked her she said they were by Steve Madden! I said to myself:

Self, Who is this girl &
#2 Where did she come from?!”

I checked out her site & stayed on for a good hour clicking on page after page of her style diary. She has a way of putting different pieces together & mixing high & low end & the outcome works EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! I’m telling you guys if you’re looking for a new style inspiration please do not hesitate to vist songofstyle.com!

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”
photo: songofstyle.com

GUCCI’s s/s 2012 Runway Show LIVE!

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IN SHUT THE FRONT DOOR NEWS: IDEAL will be STREAMING Gucci’s S/S ’12 Collection LIVE tomorrow!

Well I guess the title of the post pretty much says it all! The iconic Italian label will be showing their Spring/ Summer 2012 collection tomorrow in Milan and IDEAL will be streaming the show LIVE along with GUCCIconnect.com! I am ELATED! A few weeks ago when I attended the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference in New York I met the digital PR director for Gucci and she was so nice! I emailed her to let her know what a pleasure it was to meet her. 1st off, she actually responded & then she offered to allow me to stream their runway show on my site! Talk about an OMG moment! I was so overwhelmed that she actually took the time out of her super busy schedule to check out my little baby and then to let me stream their show LIVE…. I don’t know if any other blogs are streaming the show too, but if so I don’t care! To have a person from the actually fashion house personally let you showcase their collection was a HUGE compliment for me!

I hope you all will support by logging onto either IDEAL or GUCCIconnect.com at 9am to watch the show. You know its’s going to be AMAZING!

I D.efine E.ver A.spect of my L.ife”
photo: marleysimoneblog.com

My Fashion Week Find: The Cambridge Satchel!

When I attended the Independent Fashion Bloggers Conference last week I spotted two young ladies carrying this bag. One had the neon pink & the other had the yellow. You couldn’t help but notice it! All I kept thinking was :

#1  Whose that bag by? &

#2 Why had I never seen it before?

Well, both of the bloggers told me that the bag was by the Cambridge Satchel Company and as soon as I was able I went to google for the deets. Sure enough the site popped right up. Its actually quite popular! The satchel is available in many different styles & colors & you can even have it engraved. I was drawn to this bag because I love the unisex shape mixed with the bright neon colors. The “Fluro” collection is my absolute favorite, I can’t wait to order mine & personalize it with my initials  “DSB” or “IDEAL”- I haven’t decided yet…..

For more information visit http://www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk/! xoXO

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photos: cambridgesatchel.co.uk

The New Rules: Winter White

Hullo lovelies! I was gone for a minute but now I’m BACK WIT DA JUMPOFF (Funky Dineva voice- check him/her out on Youtube!) I wanna start off by saying: I. LOVE. ROBYN. RIHANNA. FENTY. If there was anyone on the planet who’s shoes I’d love to walk in for a day, it would be hers. Recently Ms. Fenty-if-ya-nasty was spotted in Portofino, Italy, eating gelato by the dozen (liter? idk…) and wearing thee cutest YSL jumpsuit!

Which got me to thinkin’, and Internet shopping, and wondering: with Labor Day right around the corner, how sensible would it be for me to do a “Look for Less” with this particular outfit? I found a couple of options at my favorite e-shopping site, www.asos.com,  and decided to Google/Wikipedia search “rule of winter white”. Good news! There are no rules (almost)! Stylelist asked some of the top names in fashion and fashion merchandising about the new rules for winter white. Its a lengthy article, so I’ll summarize:

– invest in white pieces like a coat or sweater
-do white pumps (eewww!) or purses (cream is okay, white looks like you followed an 80s hair band on the road. White Snake anyone?)

-Try (gasp!) head to toe white. With the right mix of fabrics, it can be ultra chic!
-Do shiny fabrics or white hosiery of any kind. It will make you look fat. No, not P(retty) H(ot) A(nd) T(empting), but FAT.

So what do you all think, winter white, is it a go? Personally, I loved the jumpsuit idea so much I’m taking it on my Caribbean vacation! I’ll be sure to post pics of my style choices while abroad!

Documentary: GOD SAVE MY SHOES!

There’s nothing like the LOVE between a woman & her shoes! Its unconditional, POWERFUL & FINALLY someone has been able to capture that strong connection. Written & directed by Julie Benasra, the documentary “God Save My Shoes” traveled across the world interviewing die hard shoenistas to find out what is it that makes women obsess so much over shoes. It features everyone from your average woman, to IDEAL’s favorite shoe designers & superstars such as Christian Louboutin, Kelly Rowland, Fergie & Dita Von Teese.

Check out the trailer BELOW:

The film is set to be released October 4th on Canal Plus (TV France). Release dates for other areas have yet to be determined, but I can’t wait to see this in its entirety. For more information visit godsavemyshoes.com

I D.efine E.very A.spect of my L.ife”

photo: cosmopolitan.com, video: godsavemyshoes.com