Versace for H&M: Gorgeous, but too good for everyday women?

After drooling over the H&M website last night, I am a little disappointed. I searched through all of the different designs of dresses, jackets, tops, vests, etc. and swooned over this leather jacket.

Versace for H&M, $299

If you’re a fan of my Facebook page, Phoebe’s Fab Fix, then you may have seen my post about it. But this morning as I’m scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came across this Huffington Post article.

“Donatella will likely not approve shooting the collection on real women.”
H&M publicist

The NY Daily News was supposed to have a shoot featuring three models, all of which are young New Yorkers. Only 1 of the 3 models got the approval. The shoot was cancelled and now the article will feature the three models in holiday cocktail attire.

The problem is, Donatella Versace specifically stated that the H&M Versace line was for the H&M consumer (likely, young, real women). Why can’t they model it? It makes me rethink whether or not I should purchase any pieces from this line. Versace is a high end fashion house, but H&M lines are supposed to make it so that something so high end can become a reality to others.

What are your thoughts?

Also, Tom Ford is rumored to be the next designer for H&M.

Phoebe xo


Woolite can do wonders

Since I have been putting my professional wardrobe to use lately, I have encountered the debatable, self question of, “How many times can I wear this before I need to make a trip to the dry cleaners?” Don’t lie. You know you’ve thought the same thing.

It was then that I realized there must be another option. Woolite Dry Cleaner’s Secret does the trick. With one cloth it “cleans, deodorizes and relaxes wrinkles in just 20 minutes.” (According to the box.) Which I found, it most certainly does.

This simple product saves you a ton of money and time. Your blazers, slacks, and delicates come out smelling fresh and feeling clean. Hang them up right away if you’re attempting to avoid ironing. This is the only downside of not making the trip to the cleaners. If it is your designer, beaded evening gown though, you may want to make that trip.

(A box of 6 cloths is about $8 and cleans up to 24 garments)

Phoebe xo

Baby at the Barn

With the weather getting a little cooler here in Florida, my mother has been begging me and the rest of the family to come out to the barn and see her horse. She has a beautiful, tall, American Saddlebred named Starbucks. My nephew, Viktor, just turned two and we thought it would be a great experience for him to come out to the barn and see all kinds of critters. He got to see the “horsies” and the “moo-moos” just as planned.

The thing that I find fascinating is that Viktor is becoming a bilingual baby. His mother, my step-sister-in-law, (that’s a mouthful!) Stefanie is from Hanover, Germany. She speaks to him in German and my stepbrother speaks to him in English. I am envious at this fact as I have always wanted to learn another language, and for him to grow up knowing two already is a gift!

He has entered his terrible-twos and when he gets excited he has a tendency to start biting. Stefanie had to start yelling “Nicht beissen, Viktor!” to him repeatedly, (no biting) and now he tells my stepfather “Nicht beissen, GraGra” (his version of Grandpa) when he is trying to behave himself in order to receive what he wants.

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1960s Makeup

Edie Sedgwick

Okay, I think it is safe to say that I have been infatuated with the ’60s lately! I wanted to try a bold makeup look, so I decided to try a 1960s look inspired by icons like Twiggy and Edie Sedgwick. It was a challenge for me, especially since I have never tried anything like it before. I needed a little help, so I watched this YouTube tutorial. This girl is great! You should definitely subscribe.

After watching, this is how it turned out for me…

I didn’t have false lashes, which really would have enhanced the look. It would be a great look if you wanted to be a 1960s icon for Halloween, or GoGo girl, Bond girl, etc. 😉 Let me know how it goes if you give the look a try!

Phoebe xo

[Edie IMG found here.]

How Do I Look?

I was on set at Daytime NBC in Tampa working as an assistant for etiquette coach, speaker and author, Patricia Rossi yesterday. We all went silent on the set as the host began to talk to someone for the next segment when I look over and it is Jeannie Mai on the screen. I was so delighted! Although I couldn’t hear the audio throughout the interview, her personality shined through. She was announcing her show “How Do I Look?” and her quest for the Worst Dressed in America. It will air on Monday, Oct. 17.

I’ve always loved watching the show on the Style Network because Jeannie really helps people find the best way to represent themselves. Not to mention, she has fabulous style herself.

Check out Jeannie’s blog for great style tips here.

Can’t wait to see the show!

Phoebe xo

Fall in Florida

The pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, all of the pumpkin goodies are back at Dunkin’ Donuts and the Tampa Bay Rays got the AL Wild Card. Fall is here and I could only be happier if it would just cool down a little here in hot and sticky Florida. I’d love to be able to slip into some skinny jeans, boots and sweaters, but unfortunately all I can bear to wear right now are shorts and sandals still. I thought I’d compile a list of things that I wish I could be wearing (or could buy now!).

I’m loving jewel tones like emerald and burgundy right now.

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Silky Smooth Skin

How often do you moisturize? For me, I do every time I shower. Immediately after drying off, I lather on the lotion all over and it makes my skin feel great, and I feel clean and serene. If I I don’t use lotion right after the shower, I go crazy. My skin feels dry, itchy and thirsty! I’ve used a variety of lotions over the years, and I thought I’d share a few with you.

There are some that smell delicious, some that are creamy and some that are great for irritable skin. I don’t know about you, but I have super sensitive skin. I get razor burn easily, and I always have to make sure I don’t leave cheap earrings in long, otherwise my ears turn red and itchy. I love to indulge with the smell good lotions, but I use sensitive skin lotions on a daily basis to keep my skin calm.


Body butters are great if you feel like you really need to quench your skin’s thirst, but they can feel very heavy.

Warm Vanilla Sugar Body Butter
Bath and Body Works $15

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