Designer Kids Shoes Designed to Withstand Winter

For the little Arctic explorers, opt for a boot that shows off their personality while keeping their toes warm. If your daughter doesn’t want to sacrifice fashion for playtime, try Ralph Lauren’s “Winter Games” boot. Featuring an easy zip up front and rubber sole, she’ll be setting the trends with her choice of pink or purple nylon upper. The “Winter Games” boot is also available in boys sizes, in both arctic silver and navy blue.

Speaking of boys, for the winter warrior who values comfort above all else while battling the elements this winter, try the classic UGG Australia Kids “Ultimate Boot.” This boot was designed to withstand even the toughest playtime, with waterproof leather and a sheepskin sock liner to keep both moisture and cold at bay. It’s built to last, and can be ordered in either chocolate or chestnut to perfectly match your child’s winter wardrobe.

When the pristine powder gives way to slippery slush in late winter, be sure to have a pair of sturdy rain boots handy for some puddle jumping! Luckily, Burberry has the situation covered with their designer kids shoes. For the classic look, try the signature checkered style, available in the perfect sizes for girls and toddlers alike. For the youngster who’s really looking to make a splash into the fashion world, opt for the “Nova Hearts” rain boot, featuring a pretty pink checkered pattern with red heart embellishments, or the “Shimmer” checkered boot for style that shines as much as her personality. Regardless of style, so your daughter can choose her favorite of the collection.

Anyone who’s ever met a little boy knows that fashion is not exactly a high priority, but with rain boots in all colors and patterns, he’ll be thrilled to pick out his very own pair! Hatley Boys offer easy-on-the-wallet styles showcasing prints from alligators to firefighters and everything in between. Most styles also are equipped with rubber pull-up side handles for easy dressing.

No matter which shoe you help your little one choose this winter, remember that practicality doesn’t have to mean it can’t be fun and fashionable. With all of the fun and funky styles available, your children will want it to be winter all year!

Fashion on a Budget – Designer Handbags, Clothing and Shoes

There has been a lot of talk about the economy lately and the forecast isn’t looking too good which means it’s time to start looking at ways to tighten the budget and cut back on the things you don’t absolutely need. Though the thought about going without might seem grim at first, there is a silver lining when it comes to shopping. Just because you have less to spend on fashion doesn’t mean you have to stop trying completely, following is a list of tips that help the budget fashionista in all of us keep looking fabulous.

Clothing

I thought starting off with the most obvious wardrobe item was a good way to kick off the list especially since a lot of us have already started thinking of spring wear, plus shopping for clothing on a budget is often the easiest. Although no one likes to worry about the economy, one positive result is retailers know that consumers are holding onto their money tighter than before, so they are more willing to hold sales and make higher decreases to entice consumers to spend. Here’s a great way to take advantage of dropping prices but still come out with the stuff you want:

  • Be a savvy sale shopper: I already mentioned how you might notice more sales and promotions from retailers in an effort to boast slow profits, so as a savvy shopper it pays off to know when your favorite store is holding a ‘secret sale’ (join a mailing list or befriend the sales staff to become a VIP), end-of-season sales (household names like Banana Republic and Macy’s hold seasonal sales where items are 40% off), watch for the buy-one-get-one-half off type of coupon sales because you can buy the non-sale item you’ve been eyeing and get another item half off.
  • Shop online: Even the most experienced shopper can find it daunting to keep up with the sale schedule at their favorite stores which is why shopping online has become so popular. Gone were the days where you weren’t sure of your size or if something looked good, most online shops allow for easy returns. But it’s better to know the types of clothes you look good so you won’t have to mail back a bunch of returns. The best part about shopping online is that often times you can find the same brands at cheaper prices because an online retailer doesn’t have to pay for retail space. If you don’t believe me, I found Rachel Pally dresses at 50% off at DesignersLA.com or check out ShopBop and click on the 70% off sale section (you’ll be amazed at what you see). Plus if you sign up for your favorite e-tailers email list, you’ll get even more savings with sale announcements and coupon codes sent right to your inbox. What’s easier than that?
  • Invest in classics: Though sale shopping can result in a ton of savings, to really save money try not to buy something you won’t end up wearing just because it is on sale. Sure a designer label pink suede skirt at 80% off is a great deal but if it’s hot outside or pink suede isn’t in style when the weather cools, you’ve wasted money that could have been used toward something you’ll wear again and again. Trends are always fun but invest in a couple of classics that can take you through an entire season. I’m thinking white wide-leg pants and a yellow dress but you can pick your favorite spring staples.
  • Vintage: If the thought of secondhand shops scares you than you haven’t been shopping at the right vintage store. Vintage can be ultra-hip and you’ll be surprised to see what you find in the right vintage store. Make sure to find one that offers items in good condition and reasonable prices (some are actually expensive) and go hunting for shift dresses, capris and 50’s style blouses that have been seen in all the fashion magazines. Plus there are even some great online vintage shops (JillsConsignment and LuxuryVintage) that carry amazing stuff in awesome condition.

Handbags and Accessories

It doesn’t matter if there are tough times or not, fashionistas are constantly on the lookout for bargains on designer handbags. The good thing is that a good designer handbag has a much longer run than designer clothing because if you invest in the right designer purse or designer jewelry you can wear it for many months as opposed to changing up your clothes due to trends and weather conditions. And even though designer “it” bags cost more than ever, the average designer label handbag costs $2k, I’ve done my homework and found ways to score a hot designer bag, designer jewelry or accessory from Prada, Gucci, Tod’s, Chloe, Anya Hindmarch, Marc Jacobs, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Burberry, and even Chanel at up to 70% off retail. Don’t believe me, see for yourself:

  • Shop online: As with shopping for clothing, shopping online for designer accessories can really pay off. Unlike clothes, you don’t have to worry about how an item will fit because most reputable sites will list the exact measurements and provides photos from all angles so you can see exactly what you’re getting. Since online retailers don’t have as much overhead as say a big department store (it’s hard to find a designer handbag in a small boutique), they are able to offer substantially more savings for the exact same purse. I recently picked up an authentic Chanel handbag at for 50% off retail at eFashionHouse.com and the selection is endless. Based on my budget (and a little bit of principal) I would never pay full price for a designer handbag because I know if I wait for the “it” bag craze to die down, I’ll visit my favorite site and get the bag 40% off. You can also shop for brand new designer jewelry from Chanel, Gucci and others at more than 60% off.
  • Wait for end-of-season sales: All of the major department stores mark designer handbags off toward the end of the season an although it’s nice to carry a bag as soon as the season starts, if you can hold out, you can find what you’re looking for. But if you plan to wait for these sales, make sure you are the first to know because inventory goes fast and is usually sold out the day a sale starts (if you miss the boat, visit the discount designer handbag web sites who sell authentic bags at a discounts year round).
  • Out with the old, in with the new: If you are as much of a handbag lover as I am than you probably have a couple of designer handbags lying around that you haven’t used in a while which means you can afford to get rid of them. If you sell these unused accessories on eBay or to a consignment shop, you can have some extra money to spend on the designer handbag you really want. Try it out, it won’t hurt as much as you think.
  • Vintage: More than even clothes, vintage designer handbags, jewelry and accessories (wallets, scarves, etc.) can not only save you money but even outlast many of the trendier bags. Sites like LuxuryVintage sell authentic Chanel handbags in amazing condition (little to no wear) for as low as $400 and since Chanel handbags are timeless, this is a small price to pay for a bag you can wear for years to come.
  • Don’t be a snob: In addition to the luxury leaders like Marc Jacobs and Prada, the handbag heyday has allowed for smaller labels like Elaine Turner, Tano and Pietro Alessandro to make a name for themselves. Often made from the same high end materials as couture fashion houses, it’s easier than ever to score an ultra-soft trendy handbag, like the Elaine Turner Paige Python Frame Bag or the Alex Tote, for a fraction of the cost of an expensive designer label.
  • Cheap Chic: We usually don’t like any handbags that fall into the $15-$40 range but we have to say that lines like Melie Bianco and Murval are quickly making us change our mind. We wouldn’t recommend spending your money on a bunch of cheap, poorly made handbags but if you want the look of the moment handbag, than Melie Bianco will probably have it. Visit DesignersLA.com and be amazed at how Melie Bianco manages to make such stylish and gorgeous handbags at such unbelievable prices.

Shoes

There is not a lot of advice we have on shoes because we think that most savvy shoppers (who are women at least) have this category covered but we’ll include a couple of pointers just in case you need a refresher:

  • Invest in a good pair: Shoes are quickly becoming like designer handbags in the fact that they are wildly expensive and there are now a ton of “must-have” styles. Christian Louboutin is the leader of the pack, followed closely by Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blanik but finding a pair of these beauties at a discount can be pretty tricky but not unheard of. If must have another pair of shoes (to add to the 30 you already have), than try to invest in as much shoe as you can afford. Maybe we walk a lot but we’ve found that investing in a good pair of shoes (leather upper and leather sole) can take us a long way.
  • Online: There are a ton of online sites selling only footwear and it’s sometimes hard to go through them all but the one good thing about so many choices is that there is more competition which means that price points will be lower. We haven’t found a ton of online sites that we like to shop at for shoes because we tend to shop for more high end brands (goes back to that investment thinking) and there aren’t a lot of sites that sell expensive shoes but one place I have found luck at saving money is eBay (yes, eBay). I would never purchase a designer handbag from eBay because there is no way to guarantee that you are actually getting an authentic designer handbag but shoes are less likely to be knocked off. But be prepared to search often because the selection is limited however you can find some amazing deals (brand new Lanvin flats for $200 or Prada heels for $100). So brush up on your bidding war skills because wining a pair of Manola Blanik Mary Janes is harder than actually walking in them.
  • Sales: Like clothes and designer accessories, the best and easiest way to save money is to know when your favorite shoe store is having a sale, but the early bird gets the worm in shoes sales because if there is one thing women have in common its shoes.

So although a slow economy can be a huge drain on your wallet, just remember that looking good doesn’t have to suffer a recession as well. Become an experienced (and smart) shopper and you’ll ride out tough times with the shirt on your back.

Clothes for the Haves

Dior, Versace, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Fendi, Hogan, Raffaello, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Tod’s, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Guess, Lacoste, Channel, Coach, and the list goes on and on. These are just some of the top brand names in the fashion world.

Their products that range from handbag to sunglasses, from shoes to caps, from clothes to various accessories are both known worldwide for their brands and their higher than ordinary retail price. These major brands pay a lot to create the highest quality products possible, that’s why you have to shell out a little more money to buy one of your own. Nevertheless, purchasing designer clothing and shoes should be worth every cent of it.

Designer clothes and shoes are more durable for quite obvious reason. They are made from quality raw materials and assembled using only hi-tech equipment and/or skilled workers or craftsmen. From their conception until their creation, designer apparel passed through strict and high standards of quality.

Manufacturers pay attention to every detail of their product. Every button, stitch, beads, etc. are checked and re-checked before the final product is packed for distribution to the public consumer. These major brands have a name to protect. In a world where competition is cutthroat, just a small mishap can force your consumers to go to your competition which can lead to losses amounting to millions of dollars.

With this in mind, it is only normal to be a little paranoid on the quality of your products. Meanwhile for the consumers, this level of competition is good. With every purchase, they know that they will be paying for comfort, durability, and quality as well as excellent after sales services.

However, even if comfort and quality are very enticing benefits from designer clothes and shoes, a lot of consumers still prefer buying knock-offs and imitations. At the end of the day, reality and practicality still prevails. Major brands have to accept that only a select few can afford their products. A lot of consumers are not willing to spend their hard earned cash on designer clothing and shoes.

These consumers would rather endure any itching caused by low quality cloth used for their fake designer clothes. They would repair their only pair of designer shoe knock-off and would continue to do so even pass the point that it is almost impossible to patch up. The harsh reality: designer clothes and shoes remain to be exclusive to those who have and fakes and imitations are for those who have none. Sometimes the world is indeed unfair.

Burberry Rain Boots

Burberry rain boots have been around for quite some time now, the company,Burberry was established some were in the neighborhood of 1856, and the Burberry rain boot in my honest opinion makes a very powerful fashion statement. The fact that these boots come in different styles as well as colors and design makes them very cool and also comfortable.

Burberry’s rain boot is not a cheap rain boot, not in price nor in quality, these boots are top of the line and will last you a very long time as long as you take good care of them. Imagine yourself with a pair of these boots with a Burberry shirt, scarf or hat to match or maybe even a Burberry trench coat. Whatever your preference is these boots will send your style meter into overdrive in high gear.

You can get these Burberry rain boots in just about any color and design,blue,pink,brown,plaid,nova check, you name it Burberry will have it. Even though we’re talking about rain boots you will be supervised when you see these boots for the first time because of how dressy and stylish they look, I’ve even seen people wear these boots for just about any occasion not just for the rain. Burberry knew when they came out with there boot line that they were on to something big and not just targeted to people trying to keep there feet dry either.

If you decide to buy you a pair of Burberry rain boots don’t forget to stop off at Ebay’s auction site, you can find an excellent assortment of these boots sometimes at a fraction of the price you find them at an online store or offline shoe outlet store. Just make sure you shop around and ask plenty of questions to ensure that you are buying an authentic pair of Burberry rain boots