Don’t Have a Costume?

Halloween-Bits-1Alexander McQueen Stud and Amp Crystal Skull Clamp Bag
Nasty Gal Faux Real Ring Set
ASOS Premium Gothic Halloween Rose Flower Headband 
ASOS Halloween Lips Clutch Bag
Charlotte Olympia Fan Clutch 
Gucci/Spooki Boyfriend Tee
Nasty Gal Bare Bones Handpiece
Asos Lantern Halloween Slippers
Vampire Socks
Skeleton Leggings 
Don’t have a costume or don’t want to dress up this year?? Still want to be festive?? Check out these Halloween bits I put together, so you can look and feel like you did your part! Even though Halloween is just a couple of days away, its never too late. All of these sites have 24 hour shipping!
I usually dress up because I am a sucker for all things holiday, but as a mother, I completely understand not having time to dress yourself.  You’re spending all of your time helping your bambinos look perfectly scary.  Earlier this season I wore a simple pair of skeleton earrings and my boys loved it! If I knew they were that easy to please, I would have worn them a lot sooner and saved some serious time and money! 
I hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! 

Classically On Trend with Pearls

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 French Connection Molly Suede Knee High Boots
The Pearl Source White Fresh Water Pearl Necklace
French Connection Luxe Leather Mini Skirt 
Forever21 Marilyn Monroe Sweatshirt 
Asos Black Turban Headband
MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick
Pearls have defininitly withstood the test of time, but how we view them seems to be changing.  With all of the new pearl jewelry trends out there, pearls are no longer just for your grandma and prepsters.  Gone are the days when you only see pearls on a housewife slaving over dinner in her freshly pressed fit and flare dress or the preppy country club lady enjoying an afternoon of bridge.  They are being worn in every way!  With so many options from ear cuffs, to chokers, to oversized and all over accessories, you can play the trend up or down by staying classic or pairing them with grunge and style looks.
I styled my Chanel pearls and a smaller strand from The Pearl Source to create this retro sixties vibe.  I cannot tell you how glad I am that I have a Chanel long strand in my wardrobe. I reach for it all of the time! Even more, I am glad that I  have this classic strand from The Pearl Source, because it will always stand the test of time and can be styled so many ways.   Pearls are one of those pieces of jewelry, that when real, can be rather affordable (yay).  As you can see above, I am far from the preppy sweater vest gal adorned with a strand of grandma’s pearls. xo
“A woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls”
             - Coco Chanel 

Pashli Bag Winner


 Bravo Kaslin (you will be emailed shortly)! I wish I had a bag for everyone, but I don’t, so please stay tuned for future giveaways.  I don’t mean to brag, but The Fashion Fuse tends to have really good giveaways :).  It’s my way of showing appreciations to the readers.
Thank you to everyone for making my first year writing The Fashion Fuse such a special one.  I have learned some great lessons and have been blessed with so many opportunities. I am so grateful to say that I am doing something that makes me happy and empowers women.  I believe that as women if we look our best, we feel are best and then become our best.
In true Birthday Party style, I included one of my most glamorous looks from a shoot I did a little while back.  Here’s to a year of fabulous and affordable fashion! xo
Location: Alice Lane Home
 Makeup: Jade Baird of kissable complexions
Photography: Jordin Willey 




Going Green

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Zara Leather Effect Long Skirt
Zara Oversize Crew Neck Sweater
Calvin Klein Vivian Sandals (17 different colors)
Zara Dark Khaki Tee
Similar Chocolate Brown Chanel Bag
Simliar Chanel CC Necklace 
Mac Lipstick in Russian Red
 I shot this look in  with such an adorable, eager, fresh and bubbly photographer named Jaci Marie Smith.  She may be young, but she certainly doesn’t lack experience.  I was so impressed with how many opportunities are already coming her way.  Her talent and infectious energy are going to take her far.
 While we were shooting outside of my NYC hotel, Ben Stiller walked pass us.  He was gracious enough to take a photo with Jaci’s adorable star stuck friend who had just landed in the big city. I  found myself reflecting on being nineteen and how confidant and free you are.  The world is so exciting and anything feels possible! You don’t even recognize you felt that way, until you get older.  Which got me to thinking…..what is it now (late 20s early 30s) that I have going on, but won’t fully appreciate until later? I’d like to know so I can spend less time worrying and more time appreciating myself and what youth remains.  My guess is a body free of aches and pains….lol.  That seems so depressing to think about.  Time is an interesting concept….your body ages, but your soul grows so much bigger and brighter.  I know I am still young, but I actually look forward to the aging process, because I seem to like myself more and more every year…a worthy tradeoff.
There are my deep thoughts for the week.  Thank you for giving me a voice.  xo

People Style Watch Under $150


Calvin Klein Cable knit Turtleneck Sweater 
Express Bucket Backpack
Guess Parley Pointy Toe Bootie 
AEO Plaid Moto Jacket
Nine West Arivaderci Peep Toe Booties
French Connection Camila Crossbody Bag
GX by Gwen Stefani Statement Bag
As some of you know, this is part two of my two part People Style Watch Best of Fall Picks series.  The week before last, I shared part one of my favorite picks from all of the fantastic pieces the magazine shared with us.  Now, I am really excited to share with you my favorite picks under $150 (part two)! I have to admit, it was hard for me to share my last picks knowing these under $150 picks were waiting on the back burner, because price aside, I actually prefer the items on this list. 
Sit back and enjoy wallet friendly shopping without having to hash through the magazine yourself.  Please enjoy my People Style Watch under $150 picks.  Love and blessings to you all this week.  As always, thank you for stopping by.