[Fashion Trends] Desk to Dinner SPLURGE or STEAL

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desk:  sweater + skirt + ring + shoes + bag
dinner:  sporty jacket (for night chills) + crop top + skirt + ring + shoes + bag

desk:  sweater + skirt + ring + shoes + bag
dinner:  sporty jacket (for night chills) + crop top + skirt + ring + shoes + bag

It's been seriously too long since my last Splurge or Steal post!  

I'm well aware it's only mid-summer, but pre-fall merchandise are already in stores-- beautifully and seductively displayed at retailers' windows.  You are probably not mentally ready to end your summers early, and that's ok.  Though, it doesn't hurt to know what's hot for pre-fall, which usually is a good forecast for what's also next for the fall/winter season.  Slouchy luxe sweaters, split skirts, sporty jackets, crop tops are all big trends coming up, so I've decided to put two outfits together based on the same trends.

These "desk to dinner" outfits are exactly as they are titled, you can mix and match for both work and play. The aesthetic of the 2 are the same.  There is one indisputable difference, the price point-- a splurge vs. steal. Can you which is which?  Remember, looks can be deceiving (especially in pictures), just look at this previous post and its comments.  

[Designers Boutiques Spotlight] The A - Z of Best Boutiques Series: Elizabeth Charles

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boutique owner Elizabeth Charles in her San Francisco location

the third store opened in Newport Beach, April 2012

New York outpost closed after 11 years in November, 2013

new arrivals!  Veronica Beard Pre-Fall 2014
new arrivals!  O'2nd Pre-Fall 2014
sale!  Vanessa Bruno tote | Mother Of Pearl scarf

It's been a while since my last boutique spotlight.  Today's alphabet would've been D, for Dressed in Santa Barbara. However, it looks like this great shop may be closing.  So let's move on to letter E-- Elizabeth Charles is a high-end multilabel boutique that carries an unparalleled selection of coveted and hard to find women's clothing and accessory designers from around the world. The ever-evolving mix of unique merchandise, originality and highly personalized service are all attributions to the boutique's loyal following.  

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