Monday, April 13, 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: ROBERT MATTHEW'S SCARLETT TOTE

Spring is the perfect time to do a little fashion inventory to your closet. Perhaps at this point you have already done some spring cleaning around the house or are planning to in the next few weeks. Sure the trends indicate that clutch bags and satchels are two favorite styles right now. Still, who doesn't love a classic, functional tote handbag. Today we want to introduce you to the 'Scarlett' tote bag by a California based company, Robert Matthew

When we received the Scarlett tote bag in cream it was easy to see that this handbag had all the makings of a go-to option. First, we put it to the test by loading it up with as many necessary items as possible. In this case we added a wallet, makeup bag, pair of sunglasses, cell phone, keys, a kindle, a fashion magazine, a bottle of water and a pair of flats. Everything needed to get through a busy work week and it held all the items with room to spare. This tote is made of soft vegan leather, includes a gold studded detachable shoulder strap plus two handles for variety and ease of carrying. When you open the bag you will find compartments with zippers and a pinstripe interior design. This bag retails for $199.00 and certainly works for a fashionable busy lady on the go and for travelers. If you are a bit on the petite side the bag might seem slightly oversized so make sure you consider the measurements which are 15" W x 12" H x 7" D. The one minus was that although the interior pinstriped design was nice, the polyester lining felt a bit too plastic. The turn lock feature with the zipper at the top of the bag was quite welcome and gave a feel of security. So handbag lovers if you are looking for a tote bag that has style, is fashion forward and functional then consider this bag from the Robert Matthew handbag collection. Leave us your comments below and please make sure you share this post with the social buttons below. 

BONUS! Exclusive for our One Style at a Time readers a 30% OFF COUPON. This offer is available now through May 6, 2015 at Robert Matthew online. HAPPY SHOPPING! 




One Style at a Time Review: A good functional tote bag with significant storage features and on trend style.

One Style at a Time product score: Out of five style hearts we give Robert Matthew 4 golden stars. 

Disclaimer: I received the Scarlett tote bag  for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.
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Monday, April 6, 2015

SLIMSATION PANTS- PRODUCT REVIEW

When women go shopping for clothes, some key factors that are usually kept in mind is fit, quality, comfort and the classic question, "does this make me look skinny?" Lets be honest, on occasion ladies have found themselves asking a girlfriend or shopping partner that question when trying something on for the first time. Well, with spring upon us we are scouring around to find just the right products and brands that that have style and have great functionality.

Today we would like to introduce you to the Dallas based women's clothing company, SlimSation. When One Style at a Time was contacted by SlimSation regarding their products we couldn't help but quickly accept this collaboration. Can you imagine a pair of pants that offers a slimming effect with a tummy control panel and gives you a streamlined shape? Well sit back and keep on reading blog readers because you will want to hear the rest of this product review.

When I received the Spring Skinny Pant in the taupe color I couldn't wait to try them on and see the slimming results for myself. The first observation was there are no zippers, no buttons and includes a high waistband, tummy control band which has a spanx feel to it. The waistband did in fact contour the waist area. This is important if you are like me and have issues with pants that gap in the back of the pants. The material is stretchy, made of rayon, nylon and spandex and it really does move with you and its lightweight. It's comfortable and if you have an on the move job or are planning on traveling, you should certainly consider a pair of Slimsation pants because it has great shape recovery and ease of movement. I will say they are figure flattering and they are machine washable so that is a plus! Visit their website and you can find options in sizes from 2-24W including leggings, ankle length, shorts and capris (hello spring/summer options). Price ranges between $54.00 to $74.00 and shipping is free. My one reservation with the pants would be that if you are under 5'3" in height you may need to do a bit of tailoring with the length. They do not offer petite sizes at this time. When it comes to fashion separates  having the right pair of pants that you can dress up or wear casually is an important wardrobe piece. SlimSation certainly has taken note of many body types and with that said fashionistas we would love to know your thoughts. We welcome your comments, thoughts and opinions so please scroll below and drop us a note.  


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Monday, March 30, 2015

SPRING 2015: BLOCK HEEL SANDALS

Who doesn't enjoy a great pair of shoes, but when you add a comfortable heel well then you have a true winner. Stacked, chunky or blocked, however you chose to call it, this heel is no longer the outdated, matronly kind of shoe. The style has been called a trend for a few seasons now and Tory Burch, Nicole Miller, Jonathan Saunders and Giambattista Valli were just a few designers that elected to go with this heel for their models for their spring 2015 runway shows. It quickly made its way to the retail stores and now more of these styles are everywhere. 

For spring/summer it's perfect! Of course many ladies like to elevate their options with a stiletto and the higher the better for some. On the other hand, if you are looking for an option away from a complete flat sandal then you definitely want to try a block heel sandal this season. If you follow me on Instagram ,then you saw my pair of sandals from Ann Taylor which I found at a great sale price of only $39.00 (yay! winning). The golden block heel and the snakeskin detail on the back of this shoe caught my attention and I can't say enough how comfortable they are. Needless to say these sandals will go a long way and will pair well with a white capri pant or with any spring dress. So One Style at a Time readers are you a fan of the block heel sandal? We love to hear from you so scroll down, we welcome your comments and please make sure you hit the social share buttons. 
SPRING SHOES
VIA ONE STYLE AT A TIME AT POLYVORE

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Monday, March 23, 2015

BLING JEWELRY PRODUCT REVIEW

After what felt like an eternal winter, spring is finally here fashionistas! Yes its true New Yorkers did get a few inches of snow on the very first day of spring. Nevertheless we are glad that spring fever is officially here and what better way to liven up the new season's wardrobe then with a little sparkle. Today we are very excited to introduce you to Bling Jewelry and share product reviews for three items right from their online store. This fashion jewelry company was founded in 2008 by Elena Castaneda and is currently thriving with an array of affordable styles for men, women, children and includes costume jewelry as well. When Bling Jewelry contacted One Style at a Time for a collaboration we couldn't be happier after seeing the variety online, not to mention their prices for so many pieces are very affordable. Something that did catch our attention is their Bling inspiration collections which include theme categories like Miss Timeless, Hopeless Romantic, Animal Obsessed, Modern Muse and City Chic. With all that said, lets move on to the three products we selected for this product review.

First up we have the Golden Eye Bracelet from their Spiritual collection which currently retails at $44.99. From the online image it looked like the eye design might be a bit oversized but in fact its the opposite. It was a pleasant surprise to see that the bracelet in its entirety is very light, dainty and delicate. The evil eye includes a dazzling blue and white cubic zirconia with a gold chain. The only slight negative would be the size of the bracelet which is 7 inches in length but might run a bit on the small side for those with a larger wrist size. Otherwise, the bracelet makes for a great lucky charm or gift to ward off some of the world's unwanted evil. 


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Monday, March 16, 2015

ONE STYLE AT A TIME: 4TH BLOGIVERSARY

Four years ago One Style at a Time was born with a dream to find its place in the blogosphere, grow and evolve. Today it's a source of reference and inspiration for many from New York, Russia, France, Spain, China and beyond. Milestones like today are very special for bloggers because like any anniversary its a time of reflection. You think back on all the different chapters and phases of your work, how far you have come and of course what is next.
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Monday, March 9, 2015

SPRING 2015: GINGHAM STYLE

When you think of the gingham print you can't help but think of the days of Old Hollywood or maybe even Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy Gale in the classic movie, 'The Wizard of Oz'. It certainly reminds us of that 1950s era of Lucille Ball, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Natalie Wood. Yet, this classic print made a long lasting impression during the New York fashion shows for spring/summer 2015. Michael Kors, Altuzarra and Diane von Furstenberg were just a few of the designers that showed looks that gave the gingham a reboot for today's woman. They knew exactly how to mix a bit of flair and sex appeal without losing its old school charm. Just when you thought that polka dots were the biggest throwback to make a comeback, right Fashionistas? It just might be the toughest battle of the vintage prints this season. The best part is whether you wear it as a trend or a staple it's one that will work on all shapes and sizes. Keep it chic and simple and it won't look dated. So tell us blog readers ... how much of a fan are you of the gingham print? It's always a treat to hear from you so leave your comments and if you enjoyed this post please click share on the social media buttons below.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

SPRING 2015: TRENDING HANDBAGS FOR SPRING/SUMMER

Spring accessories are popping up everywhere and its only making everyone more excited for the warmer days in the next coming weeks and months. You can't deny that handbags are usually a hot topic with the ladies every season. Sure it's always fun to get a new pair of shoes but the functionality and style of a new handbag always gets our undivided attention. Right ladies?

You can't help but notice celebrities getting photographed here, there and in every corner of the world in some of the most popular spring handbag trends. Today we are bringing you some fabulous options for spring/summer 2015. Lets begin with the classic bucket bag. Designers like Gucci, Tory Burch and Moschino all designed bucket bags for this season but if you can't afford the hundreds of dollars on these high end names, no problem! Ann Taylor has the stylish bucket bag in tan, navy and a stunning exotic python option that you will quickly want to add to your accessories bucket list. This bag has had so much longevity throughout the years and its so affordable at only $98.00. 

If satchels are more your style then you're in luck this season because this old favorite is back in a big way for spring together with bold floral prints and clutch bags. The best detail about the clutch bag is simply the fact that it's now a basic that can take you from day to night. These days clutch bags come in oversized shapes, metallics, prints, and include handle details which make carrying them easier. They usually have a chain or shoulder strap so that you can convert it from hand held to even a cross body bag in some cases. So fashionistas its time to go shopping for some fun and fresh new spring/summer bags. Its all about color, sleek style, unusual shapes and sizes. Scroll down and click away through these bags that won't break your bank. Leave your comments below and share what your favorites are. 


BUCKET BAG

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Monday, February 23, 2015

2015 OSCARS: TOP 10 BEST DRESSED OF THE NIGHT

Welcome to the most glamorous red carpet event in Hollywood, the 87th annual Academy Awards. The Oscars is the most anticipated evening when it comes to movies, fashion and the arts. It has been a busy few months for A-listers and of course their team of stylists, hair and makeup glam squads who prep celebrities to look their best. Like any award season naturally there are some major fashion moments that deserve praise and others that sadly underwhelmed. Weeks leading up to the Oscars there is much buzz as to who is going to wear what, will it be a safe red carpet and who will take a fashion risk. 

The 2015 Oscars fashion may have been considered safe in general but still there were some incredible gowns. The most notable colors were whites, blush/nudes, red and the staple black. Lets begin with actress Zoe Saldana who just recently gave birth to twins and looked stunning showcasing her curves in a blush Atelier Versace gown. The hair and makeup were simple yet elegant and did not distract from her dress. Rosamund Pike's red laced Givenchy gown was a perfect fit for a leading lady. Then you had the Jennifer trifecta. Lopez in a princess Elie Saab gown and Aniston in a nude dazzling Versace gown that was perfection head to toe. Jennifer Hudson popped in a simple but body sculpting yellow strapless, gold belted gown. Oscar nominee Felicity Jones was a vision in her ball gown by Alexander McQueen and Margot Robbie made head turns in her black chiffon sleeved, plunging neckline Saint Laurent gown. Yet it was hard not to notice Margot's statement necklace which just so happens to be a $1.5 million dollar Van Cleef and Arpels vintage piece that was commissioned by the Duchess of Windsor back in 1938. 


So without further adieu we leave you with our top ten picks for BEST DRESSED at this year's Oscars. Tell us if your favorites are on this list or if you had other favorites not seen here. Leave us a comment and if you enjoyed this post fashion readers, make sure to hit the social share buttons below. Thanks for visiting!



ZOE SALDANA IN ATELIER VERSACE

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

NYFW: FALL 2015 PAMELLA ROLAND'S PARIS IN THE 70S INSPIRATION

PSTheWhat can you     Pamella Roland is synonymous with glamour and A-list celebrities best dressed red carpets and more, but for Fall 2015 this world renown designer took things a bit in a different direction. That is what a visionary does, think outside of the box and breaks out of the expected. The buzz before the show began and was at an all time high as everyone hustled to get to their seats anticipating the show. It was a full house of course. Once the lights dimmed and the music began it was show time! 

The models strutted down the runway in Pamella's fall designs which were inspired by bohemian Paris in the 1970s. This collection had separates as well as elegant evening wear and ended in a jaw dropping ivory bridal gown and feathered jacket. The fabrics included jacquard tweeds, striped crepe and bold oversized floral  prints. The palette was earthy and included deep navy, plums olive and camel. An autumn dream for any chic lady. This collection was about details and wearable sophistication. Pamella gave women exactly what they want for next Fall. We leave you with images from this fantastic show. 


This concludes our New York Fashion Week coverage. It was a busy week full of great collections and a bit of nostalgia. Farewell to Lincoln Center as this is the last time the tents stand tall to host this grand event. NYFW will have a new home in September and it will be interesting where it will be held. 

One Style at a Time readers, we want to hear from you! Tell us what were your favorite collections or runway pieces that caught your attention. 

Be sure to come back on Monday as we present the Oscars best dressed. 



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NYFW: FALL 2015 SALLY LAPOINTE'S MODERN LUXE SIMPLICITY

What is one of the most exciting things about New York Fashion Week? If you put aside all the fashion parties, the celebrity buzz and social media frenzy one standout would be young blooming design talent. If you have not heard of Sally Lapointe then have a seat and take note. Sally is a Massachusetts born designer who began her career studying fine art, sculpture and painting, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and in 2013 was named by Forbes' one of 30 under 30' in art and design. She has dressed celebrities such as Emily Blunt, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and others. Fast forward to fashion week and Sally has presented one of the most memorable and impressive ready to wear collections for Fall 2015. 

Her inspiration for this collection was German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch and the attribution of movement was certainly visible in all the clothes in this presentation. To quote Sally, "Pina Bausch had the ability to both shock and inspire raw, honest and a bit crude. It was an assault on all expectations". As the models walked the runway the designs included; wool capes, cash wool sweaters, wide leg trousers, a wool cocoon coat with a fox fur stole. Oversized leather clutch bags made for a woman who is on the move with more than the essentials to carry. A beautiful reptile printed sequin drape dress that shimmered and delighted. A mahogany mink sleeveless sweater and a cognac double face wool slit skirt was another favorite that moved effortlessly. It was a luxe feel with textures juxtaposed with a minimalistic feel that has simply placed Sally at the top of her game. Bravo!

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