Sunday, February 27, 2011

Window Shopping

Sometimes my sponsors really knock it out of the park - and this is one of them. At each site, the promise of spring shines with warm, golden hues. Are you wearing yellow this season?
  1. "Joey Brown" Glasses,, $39
  2. Peridot Chalcedony Drops, Wendy Mink Jewelry, $118
  3. Bay Bridge Necklace, Third Culture Jewelry, $175
  4. Matti G Headband, KM2 Shoes, $30

Friday, February 25, 2011

{ giveaway } Little L.A. Boutique Prize Package

Raquel, the proprietor of Little L.A. Boutique, is a girl after my own heart. She's a Wisconsin native (ahem) who now resides in California. Dreams of sunshine aside, there's sartorial alignment too. She's also a proponent of wallet-friendly finds - like the ones you can win above.

One lucky reader will win all of the items featured above: a statement ring in the most perfect shade of watery blue, a cocktail-ready rhinestone bracelet, and a purse hanger to keep your prized possession off of grubby restaurant floors.

  1. This giveaway is open to Style Obsession followers - new followers welcome! Sign up at the right via Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin', or by RSS. Just let me know how you follow.

  2. Visit Little L.A. Boutique and let me know what other item you love.

Note: Leave a separate comment for each additional entry for it to be eligible.
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The Fine Print: Giveaway open to U.S. and international readers. The giveaway period will run through Sunday, March 6, 2011. The winner will be announced the following day. Be sure to leave a blog URL or e-mail address so I can contact you!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'll See Your Bet

A couple of weeks ago, my New Friend Dave and I set out on a day trip with bags of candy, fully charged iPhones (with the Roadside America app) and early '90s music. We found ourselves in Dubuque, Iowa, home of ... well ... not much. There was a Gas Station Jesus, the Fenelon Place Elevator and the Diamond Joe Casino. An hour later, I lost $3 at the penny slots. He won $5.

I'm sure Lady Luck would have been on my side if I wore one of these casino-inspired charms:
  1. Spade Stud Earrings, Emily Elizabeth, $30
  2. Little Vegas Club Pendant, Alex Woo, $98
  3. Diamond Dangle Earrings, Anya, $156
  4. Heart Ring, Tina Tang, $105

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuesday Treats Under $25

I don't know about you, but I'm yearning for a seaside escape - and this Victoria's Secret bikini is the perfect motivation to hit the gym.

PSA: If you're planning to order swimwear from VS, check for online Victoria's Secret coupons. There's one at Coupon Mountain for a free beach tote with a swim purchase. Not a bad deal for schlepping sandy flip flops.
  1. Bead and Flower Chain Drops, Topshop, $18
  2. Striped Bikini, Victoria's Secret, $15/top; $14/bottoms
  3. Conch Shell Vase, Crate & Barrel, $39.95 $19.95
  4. Cosmetic Bag, Big Buddha, $25
  5. Enamel Chain Bracelet, BCBG Max Azria, $25

Monday, February 21, 2011

Currently Coveting

{ authentic Neapolitan pizza from Cafe Porta Alba }

{ romantic gestures }

{ vintage brooches }

{ day trips to historic landmarks }

Sunday, February 20, 2011

{ winner } $100 to Shopbop

Congratulations to Carrie of This Free Bird!

Thank you all for entering - your continued support and readership make these giveaways possible! And my sincerest thanks to Shopbop for sponsoring this giveaway!

I have a few other giveaways in the works - stay tuned!

If you'd like to partner with Style Obsession on a giveaway, please e-mail

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Finds Under $50

  1. Nautical Flair Bangle, Banana Republic, $39.50 $27.99
  2. Peter Pan Collar Top, Gap, $37.12
  3. Rocker Rings, Beyond Rings, $50
  4. Striped Salute Scarf, Madewell, $49.50 $34.99
  5. Utility Belt, Ann Taylor, $48

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Save or Splurge?

April showers may bring May flowers, but retailers are doing a fine job on their own with a bouquet of floral rings - the perfect accessory for your springtime cocktail parties. Test drive the trend with Forever21's Clover Ring for only $5.80 (worn here) or invest in a quality version with Kate Spade's Posy Ring for $125.

Would you save or splurge?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday Treats Under $25

  1. Surplice Abstract Dress, Forever21, $17.80
  2. Rustling Palms Scarf, Coldwater Creek, $39.95 $24.99
  3. Brown Lucite Earrings, Yochi, $25
  4. Natural Bangle, Hive & Honey, $18
  5. Ketch Pillow, CB2, $39.95 $24.95

Monday, February 14, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cocktail Hour

The origin of the word "cocktail" is unclear, but some surmise that the word is derived from the French "cocquetier," or "egg cup," a common vessel for early mixed drinks. Even though the stemware has [thankfully] changed and three martini lunches have fallen out of vogue, it's time to make cocktail hour cool again - and slip on an eye-catching ring to celebrate. Cheers!
  1. Belle Noel Resin and Pave Ring, Boutique to You, $38
  2. Veruca Crystal Bar Ring, Fallon, $125
  3. Pearl Bird Ring, TopShop, $18
  4. Ridged Stone Ring, Tophop, $25
  5. Arty Too Ring, Yves Saint Laurent, $295

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

{ trend spotting } orange & raspberry

I think Punxsutawney Phil was full of it last week when he predicted an early spring. My disgust with this ever-lasting winter has manifested itself in my wardrobe: black sweaters, black skirts, black tights ... you get the idea. But if there's one thing that can pull me out of the doldrums, it's a springtime-ready combination of orange and raspberry.
  1. Baliko Ribbon-Detail Silk Top, Twenty8Twelve, $300 $90
  2. Essex Scout, Kate Spade, $395
  3. Paperbag Waist Skirt, TopShop, $70
  4. Round Pintuck Pillow, Urban Outfitters, $32
  5. Multi Stones Drop Coral Earrings, Ben-Amun, $95

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Treats Under $25

  1. Striped Dress, Quicksilver, $48 $24
  2. Layered Glass Bead Necklace, Target, $16.99 $14.44
  3. Faceted Bangle, Forever21, $5.80 each
  4. Colorblock Canvas Bag, Forever21, $10.80
  5. Lorrie Orange Vase, Crate & Barrel, $10.95

Sunday, February 6, 2011

{ giveaway } Win $100 to Shopbop! Kiki de Montparnasse, Anyone?

Valentine's Day is one of the most indulgent times of the year - and regardless of your relationship status, I'm a proponent of treating yourself to something special., one of my favorite online boutiques, is giving a $100 gift certificate to one Style Obsession reader.

In honor of the holiday, I'd spend it on pretty little underthings like women's camisoles, Calvin Klein bras or a seductive number by Kiki de Montparnasse.

  1. This giveaway is open to Style Obsession followers - new followers welcome! Sign up at the right via Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin', or by RSS. Just let me know how you follow.

  2. Visit Shopbop and let me know how you'd use a $100 gift certificate.

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  1. Follow Style Obsession on Twitter @style_obsession.

  2. Tweet about this giveaway.

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  4. Follow Shopbop on Twitter @shopbop.
The Fine Print: Giveaway open to U.S. and international readers, excluding Pennsylvania residents. The giveaway period will run through Friday, February 18. The winner will be announced the following day. Be sure to leave a blog URL or e-mail address so I can contact you!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Friday Finds Under $50

  1. Little Hills Tank, Anthropologie, $88 $49.95
  2. Sky Boom Ring, Banana Republic, $39.50
  3. Off-Season Adventure Shorts, Modcloth, $29.99
  4. Violet Cross-Body Bag, BCBGeneration, $58 $39

Thursday, February 3, 2011

{ love the look } '70s Summer

I'm yearning for summer in the '70s this year with ankle-grazing maxi dresses, including my mom's disco dress and the Modcloth stunner above. With a bold cuff and wood heels, a retro revival is on the horizon.
  1. Silk Chiffon Maxi Dress, Diane von Furstenberg, $345
  2. Make a Dash for Dress, Modcloth, $124.99
  3. Jersey Maxi Dress, T-Bags, $220 $99
  4. Wire Thread Cuff, Cusp, $70
  5. Wide Pink Stone Cuff, Topshop, $35
  6. Two-Tone Cuff, BCBG, $28
  7. Kairu Pumps, Michael Antonio, $65
  8. Zoe Pumps, Diane von Furstenberg, $310
  9. Fanya Wedges, Calvin Klein, $128

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

{ valentine's day } Gifts for You

No guy? No problem. I'm joining the ranks of the single ladies this year and splurging on a pretty gift for myself. Why should gals in relationships have all of the fun?
  1. Long Single Crystal in Gold/Topaz, Tiger Lily, $100
  2. Driving Gloves, Modcloth, $49.99
  3. Westerly Stud Earrings, Gorjana, $35
  4. Ruffle Strap Mini Dress, Thread Social, $545 $218
  5. Chiffon Pouchette, J.Crew, $98
  6. Karolina Pumps, Kate Spade, $298
  7. Arty Ovale Ring, Yves Saint Laurent, $195
  8. Heart-Shaped Paperclips, Modcloth, $8.99

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

{ valentine's day } Gifts for Him

He'll never ask for an indulgent gift on his own, which is exactly why you should treat your man to something unexpectedly luxe this Valentine's Day. But if he doesn't go for that sort of thing - or if you just started dating - The Zombie Survival Guide is sure to make him smile. For you long-term love birds, slip a note inside the Filson duffle detailing the plans of a romantic weekend together at a campground.
  1. Wallet, Ben Minkoff, $135
  2. Fulton Leather Shoehorn, Coach, $48
  3. Leather Belt, Will Leather Goods, $125
  4. Memo Pads, Field Notes, $9.95
  5. Madras Pocket Square, J.Crew, $39.50
  6. Cuff Links, Alexander McQueen, $255 $99
  7. The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, $13.99
  8. Wool Duffle Bag, Filson, $250
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