Tag Archives: Affordable Fashion

Fashion Remix: 1 shoe; 3 ways.

Hello my loves! From now on when I wear an item more than 3 times I will be doing a poll to find out which look is your favorite based on that one item. This time I wore these ShoeMint Blush Suede “Edith” platform three times. Each look was unique with kept with the color scheme; blush tones. For the same shoe, that’s not sold out online, these Steve Madden “Viktoree” are available.

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Thanks for voting! You will definitely be seeing more of the shoe too!


Holiday Gift Guide: Men

The Holiday Gift Guide for Women has been done (check it out here), and now it’s time to get creative and find some unique and useful gifts for the men in our lives. Whether it be our fathers, brothers, or boyfriends, this gift guide will be rather extensive and hopefully will help you in finding the perfect gifts for the amazing men in your life.

1. Black Leather Flask & Cigar Set $69.95

Does your father/boyfriend love to indulge in cigars? Then this stainless steel and leather flask and cigar gift set is a great gift for them. It’s unique and for a cigar smoker, this would be a nice little accessory for their Cubans and their Jack. Get it Here.

2. Urban Outfitters “What Happened?” Bandage Kit $7

“Baby, what happened?”, him “Ninja Fight”, you look at him like “What the…”, he lifts his sleeve up and there it is. The  explanation. On a band-aid. “See…”. Yes, this will happen. I’m pretty sure my boyfriend will injure himself “jousting” while he plays Skyrim on the couch. The band aid will be the verification. This gift is funny and unique! Makes a great stocking stuffer! Get it Here.

3. MUST HAVE Video Games: Skyrim, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 & Battlefield 3 $60 each.

Skyrim: I actually LOVE this game. It’s fun to just watch my boyfriend for hours (I’m serious, HOURS) play this. The graphics are out of this world, and the story lines go off in so many directions that you will NEVER be bored playing, or watching. I highly recommend this single player RPG game.

Call of Duty: First Person & Third Person shooter game with lots of fighting and adventure.

Battlefield: Single player, or multiple online game play. They get to be a U.S and battle in various cities across the word! Woot Woot!

Trust me, he wants at least ONE of these. You’ll thank me later.

Get Skyrim here.

Get Call of Duty here.

Get Battlefield 3 here.

4. Dents Driving Gloves $75

Before you say anything, driving gloves have become so popular in menswear. I personally think they’re super hot. Not to mention, Ryan Gosling has been seen sporting them. So, if you want to give your boyfriend some Ryan Gosling sex appeal, get him these gloves. I’m already swooning. The gloves are the exact ones Ryan is wearing. Get them Here.  Also in Black.

5. Barney’s New York Silver Tie Bar $65

With the rage of all things Mad Men, tie bars have made a huge comeback. I personally love the clean and simple ones like this one. Made of silver, the man in your life will be looking dapper like Draper in no time. Get it Here.

6. Vinturi Wine Aerator $39.95

This awesome gadget allows your wine to air as you pour it so you no longer have to wait to enjoy that glass of wine! I’ve used one of these before and the taste without using this vs using this is very different. I highly recommend this and it’s quite an impressive gift to give the man in your life! I know my father and boyfriend would both love this as they’re total winos! Get it Here.

7. Ben Sherman Black Messenger Bag $99

A good messenger bag is always in style. Whether it’s for work or travel, having a bag that’s not camo or made of duty-free bags is a must. Most guys don’t think about how important it is to have a place to put your laptop, magazines and all other “stuff”. This classic and clean messenger bag from Ben Sherman is a great staple for any man’s wardrobe. It will help keep them organized while looking stylish. Besides, backpacks belong in middle school. Get it Here.

8. Thallium Cologne $24.19

This cologne has the best scent I have ever smelled. It’s sexy, clean, and just…perfect. Imagine those silly AXE commercials, that’s what it is really like with this scent (BTW, never buy AXE, that stuff smells…funny). Get it Here.

9. A Sperry Top Sider Boat Shoe $64.99

A boat shoe is a such a classic shoe in menswear. The great thing about these shoes is that they are SUPER durable and comfortable. A classic tan color is the best option. They go with denim, khakis and shorts! They also can transition from Summer weather to Fall weather in a jiffy! These are a stylish alternative to a regular sneaker. Get It Here.

10. VuPoint iPhone Photo Printer $99.99

If the men in your life aren’t super into fashion, this is a great gift that is tech-savvy and sentimental. Easy to print your photos by simply using the iPod dock and basically..pressing print! Now you can add pictures to your pictures frame with the touch of a button. With similar gadgets going for over $150, this one (at $99.99) is a steal! Get It Here.

11. Creative Recreation Cesario $68

The white soled sneaker is hot, hot, hot this season. Why not get your man on trend this Christmas? These trendy kicks from Creative Recreation are under a $100, and are on my top three white soled sneakers for men. Get It Here.

12. Phillips Norelco Vacuum Beard Trimmer $40

Are you sick of your man leaving unwanted hair all over the bathroom counter? Well with this AMAZING new trimmer with an integrated vacuum system, your father, husband, brother, or boyfriend can shave and leave the bathroom, or anywhere else they choose to shave, hair and mess free! Woo hoo! Get It Here.

13.  Herschel Ravine Duffel Bag $82

A gym that’s stylish? Yes, there is such a thing. Sure, men don’t mind sporting a Nike or Adidas gym bag, but those who want something that’s durable, looks stylish, and can be used for the gym, and travel, this is the perfect bag. The black bag with brown trim is stunning and so sharp. The understated look of this gym bag is what appeals to me! Get It Here.

These are just a few of my favorite gift ideas! All stylish and all under $100!

For more daily tweets on great gift finds follow me on Twitter or on my Facebook as I post a few times a day! Until Christmas, I’ll be posting other gift ideas (some may be over $100)! You can also e-mail me if you wish to be discreet about what you’re looking for, or just say HI! LeFashionMonster@gmail.com!

Happy Holidays! I hope your shopping is too stressful this year!

Black + Gold + Red

Another day, another quickie outfit post! Sorry about the lack of creativity but with all that’s been going on the past few weeks, I haven’t had a chance to just take a moment, breathe, and then snap some outfit posts with actual scenery that’s not in a parking lot. Well, it makes for a unique image, glam in the grunge? Okay, I’ll play word twists later! In the meantime, I bought this blazer a few days ago with leather patches on the shoulder and I’m obsessed. I love little touches of leather so this jacket was right up my alley! I also purchased a pair of suedette ankle boots with gold detail that I absolutely love!

My look was simple, black base, some dark indigo denim, and a pop of color. I chose this red clutch for the color and it’s unique texture. I wore my new boots since all my jewelry is gold, and this complimented the accessory theme (yay!). I love simple, clean and tailored outfits like this because I can add some personality with trendy jewelry to make this classic look a look of my own.






BLUSH Westwood Village

Dear Readers,

As most of you may know (if you don’t, you will now) I have been the assistant buyer/PR for Blush Boutique for the past four and a half years. We have two locations; one in Encino and one in Calabasas. As of November 18th, 2011, we now have another location!

Our newest addition to the Blush family is our store in Westwood Village (UCLA). This particular store I am extremely invested in as the owner and I partnered together to create a unique boutique that is trendy and affordable. Nothing in the store is over $100 and we get about 40 new styles a week!

If you’re ever in the Westwood Village area, stop by and check the store out. If you mention you’re a Le Fashion Monster reader, you will get a special discount! Also, anything I post on my blog that is from the store, is 90% still available in our store, so if you have any inquiries about something you’ve seen on me, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me (we ship everywhere around the world): lefashionmonster@gmail.com!

Thank you all so much for you constant support and love! I wouldn’t be here without you all!

Blush Boutique (Westwood Village)

925 Westwood Blvd (In Between Le Conte & Weyburn, across from Bank of America).

Los Angeles, CA 90024

A sneak peek of the store!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend! I promise to post more soon (it’s been busy building this store and getting it open in less than a week).

Sway this way…

I am proud to announce that I am partnering up with Sway boutique! Sway in an innovative store with fabulous fashion finds at prices that chicer than chic! The assortment of clothing/accessories Sway has is definitely a plus! I love that I can find edgier pieces, classic staples, and trendy items on the online site.

Monthly, I will be doing my top picks of what I am currently lusting and getting!


1. Pink Suede-Feel Shorts $26.50

2. Brown Strappy Heel $36.95

3. Sequin Cage Top $29.95

4. Sheen Bonnie Skirt $36.00

5.  Platform Bootie (They look like lace-free Jeffrey Campbell “Lita”) $38.50

6.  Tulip Print Dress $34.50

7.  Crochet Shorts (Ivory & Black) $26.00

8. Tassle Dress $44.00

Which piece was your favorite?

You can shop the pieces here!

Be sure to check out their site as they get new stuff every week! Sway Chic!

Feeling Blue

I’m obsessed with the sheer asymmetrical skirt trend. I recently bought a black one, but haven’t worn it yet. I finally found the blue version I had been looking for! As cliché as that sounds, I had looked for cobalt blue skirt similar to this one, and I was very happy to have come across it. EVEN BETTER; I just stocked up on this skirt on my online store; Sugar & Sequins.

I styled a look for 2b stores with a skirt that is similar, and someone actually wrote; “I want to see this fashion on an actual person”, which is what prompted me to immediately wear it.

I kept it super casual with a white tee shirt but added some sparkle with a rhinestone belt and silver cuff. To make my legs look longer (the skirt is much longer in the back), I wore my go-to shoes (although played out, I still love them), my Jessica Simpson “DANY” platforms. I wore this today for work and I literally was feeling anything but blue.

Naturally, with an unexpected excitement and outfit inspiration, I had to do an impromptu photo shoot. Sorry for the poor quality of the images, I just had to immediately share my new favorite skirt! 🙂






Parisian Hip

I am so happy to have purchased a pair of awesome leatherette shorts. I’ve been on the hunt for a pair for almost four months, so I was so excited to snag a pair before they sold out. I am a lover of leather-esque pieces, and I love to mix them with different pieces to create a very unique look.

Today, I wore my leatherette shorts with a striped 3/4 sleeve top. I was feeling rather “stereotypical Parisian” with my concept for my look, but the leatherette shorts definitely added a special twist to the otherwise stereotypical black pant associated with it. I also got to wear my new studded loafers from DV by Dolce Vita. I have been salivating over studded loafers but never found the perfect pair until I came across the “Wink” by this brand. The loafers are clean suede, and the hardware is not overwhelming which maintains a classic look for the shoe.

Since I love pops of color, I decided to go for a bold red lip. I don’t usually wear red, but I was feeling confident. Also, I finally got my new prescription glasses and I love them. The one’s I’m wearing are Tom Ford, and they also come in black. I wanted a pair of “trendy” ophthalmic eye wear and these were edgy yet still very feminine due to the ombre  palette of brown.