Monday, January 30, 2012

Can't Afford, Can Afford: Leopard Edition (Happy Birthday, Blog!)

 I love leopard print (fun fact, I always misspell 'leopard'). I don't love it in a Jerseylicious kind of way, but rather in a more subtle way. Ha.  Add a little animalistic flair to your outfits with these picks.

Scarves:  The Alexander McQueen leopard & skulls scarf rings in at a crazy $725! It is made from cashmere & silk, but no matter what material, it's still quite pricey for a scarf.  Zara offers theirs for under $20, here.

Clutches: The Jimmy Choo Leopard Print Calf-Hair clutch retails for over $1000 & while it's currently 50% off at The OutNet, its' $647.50 price tag takes it just outside of the realm of affordability. Sarcasm, noted, I'm sure.  Why not try Forever 21's embossed leopard clutch? It's not calf hair, but it is cut long, like the Choo and still gives you the same effect.
PS: Lauren Merkin makes a gorgeous black on black leopard clutch worth checking out.
Belts: W. Kleinberg Reversible Hair-Calf Belt - $175 vs. this leopard belt from Asos.

Smoking Loafers: How do you guys feel about smoking loafers? Do you like their androgynous feel? These Dolce Vita Nariko loafers have a lot of positive reviews, but are pricey for a trend - $165.  Steve Madden's version are $89, buy here.

Happy Birthday to my little Blog!
One year ago today, my creative project, The Fashionable ESQ was born!  I can honestly say that I'm very proud of it.  It has grown so much!  It has been a really fun time.  When I first started, I noticed that other blogs that began around the same time as TFE had so many more followers! I wondered what I was doing wrong...then one day, I let go of the numbers game, and the rest just came naturally.  I now try to improve the outfit I feature and the content with every post.

I wanted to thank everyone who has helped me - all of my followers (<3 ) and a special thank you to:
Alyson of Wardrobe Oxygen, Alicia of Cheetah is the New Black, Meli of Melificent, Teresa of Delightfully Darling, Lisa of Cocobella Ballerina, Katherine of Feather Factor, Tracy of Stella & Dot.

The BIGGEST thank you to my photographer - my boyfriend and TFE's VP!  He is responsible for most of the photos that appear on the site.  He painstakingly crouched his 6'4" frame down to get the perfect shot, all the while putting up with the constant badgering from...this girl.  Always with a smile on his face...and always telling me to "stop moving!!!" :) He encourages me and supports me in all things, no matter how fashionably frivolous they may be. Love.

Gripe: my entire post was deleted by Blogger, content & all...I had to recreate it -otherwise this would have been up this morning at 6:00 AM. :(


Taylor Olson said...

Happy Birthday to my FAVORITE blog!!!!! I love this leopard post!!!!!

Diva In Me said...

Happy Birthday to your blog and cingratulations to you for succeeding all the hard work and never giving up! Keep that spirit girl =)

I'm not really an animal print person but I tried a few times and thankful that it didn't go wrong =D I've a huge clutch with animal print too. Thanks you for visiting my blog. Hope you enjoyed the pictures =)

littlemissandrea said...

Happy birthday to your blog! Keep it up, here's to another year :)

Like you, I love the leopard print. I don't even want to admit how many scarves I have.. in different leopard print colours! I'm still looking for the perfect leopard flats & heels!

cryskay said...

great post! im dying for a mcQueen scarf tho! xx

Katherine said...

I love the McQueen leopard/skulls scarf too but the one you found looks just as nice! Happy blog birthday :)

Alyson said...

Love this concept, and all of your leopard finds!

Fashion By Alicia said...

Happy birthday to your blog!! Love your leopard finds for less!

Mae said...

Happy birthday blog! I'm obsessed with leopard and love that Zara scarf...will have to check it out. Also loving those loafers!

Enter the giveaway for my new jewelry boutique!

Bravoe Runway said...

Happy blogoversary! I can't believe it you've been blogging for a year! The leopard splurge vs steal looks amazing :) love the handbags...I'm going to check out the lauren merkin!

LyddieGal said...

that was not very nice of blogger to do on your blogs birthday!

I'm a huge leopard print lover... it's probably going to take over my closet soon!

Chic on the Cheap


omg awesome!


LC said...

Thank you for visiting LdotCdot! Leopard is my favoooorite.

Happy birthday to your blog!

xoxo, LC

Loretta Nguyen said...

great post!
love your blog!

follow me too?

Loretta xx

Samantha said...

LOVE leopard print! A gal can never have enough! And love your splurge versus steal looks!

Happy blog birthday!

xo, sam

P.S. Thanks for the sweet words on my blog! :)

*Style of Sam*

Carla Florendo said...

happy birthday to your blog! and yes, u should be proud of it cos its wonderful!

Bonnie said...

Mmmmm .... Leopard. It's one of my favorite prints right now!
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Melificent said...

Happy birthday to the blog!!!!
You have done so much in only one year!

I adore leopard and smoking loafers (I'm featuring a pair I just bought on my blog tomorrow) - especially when they are paired together! Cuteness.


Jessica said...

Happy blog birthday! I can't get enough leopard accessories. I'm not brave enough to wear leopard-print clothing, though!

simplychic said...

lol @ not loving leopard in a jerseylicious kind of way. that's funny! i have no clue how i love it, but i do. i have leopard in every category listed except the clutch....

Oh my Dior! said...

leopard print is amazing!!

Love Cardelia said...

You can't go wrong with leopard! I love it esp the flats. I gave you an award on my blog...check it out.


Annette Tang said...

great looks for less.. happy blog birthday!!!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I LOOOOOVE your blog! It's gorgeous! The kind of blog I just want to dive right into and read every post!! I've read lots today..and can't wait to read more!

I've Followed you! - no real surprise!


ylenia said...

Great idea for a post, I hope to read a similar one again soon =)
I just posted a new outfit on my blog, tell me if you like it!

Juneli said...

A very very happy birthday to The Fashionable ESQ!
And here is something for you dear:
I am excited to let you know that I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Thanks for having such a wonderful blog. Check it out the award on my blog:

Biser Sable said...

Happy birthday to your blog!^^
I'm a follower now!^^ I'd be glad if you follow me back!

xoxo from Bulgaria


Vivi said...

Happy 1st Birthday!!!

Ashley Isaacs said...

I am sooo crazy over leopard print, loving the slippers.....I am officially following you, hope you'll do the same.......xx

Veronika said...

thanks for stopping by my blog :) I love leopard print!

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