Tuesday, May 22, 2012

SAYESS To The Dress

It's true. Once I'm married next Spring, my name, Jess "Zay-no" will be Jess "Say-yes". I am marrying Majed Sayess. And while he is the greatest, kindest, sweetest, sexiest guy in the whole wide world, I would've married him for the awesome name upgrade alone. While I am a bride to be, with a task list a mile long, I am, in my soul, a lover of style and finding the right dress, was of course a priority. I started at the bridal emporium Kleinfeld, where Joan Rivers was in the reception area, and even gave us brides some advice. "Never give back the ring!", she exclaimed, "You can give back the CD's, the clothes, but never the jewelry" as she swung her fur cape around and promptly stormed out of the room. What a scene, Man! I tried on a few Hollywood Glam pieces, that while lovely, didn't stir up anything in me. In the same afternoon, I moved on to David's Bridal having seen a few pieces from the Vera Wang collection. I met my consultant, Jamilah, and I was in love. With her and the Vera Wang collection. I tried on four dresses that I couldn't get out of my head. Since my little sister was in town from Geneva, we expanded our search to Bridal Reflections, Amsale, the Vera Wang flagship boutique on Madison Ave. and the fabulous French atelier Cybeline, where my sis bought her dress last year. The latter has incredible designs, great prices and a customer service that is divine. All boutiques offered an amazing array of beautiful dresses. The ones with the vintage Hollywood look I wanted. But my heart kept going back to David's Bridal and the beautiful White by Vera Wang. And of course, my Cheap Chic sensibility knew it was the right choice. I want to marry to Majed in "that dress". I had just written a Cheap Chic Bridal article for The Epoch Times and gave propers to their vast selection and incredibly affordable "real girl" pricing. And I'm happy to report that I'm living proof of my Cheap Chic ethos. Buy it cheap and make it chic. After trying on nearly 50 dresses, I headed back to David's Bridal, having dreamed of "the dress" and on a sale weekend, no less, paid less than $700 for a fitted, edgy, Hollywood-y dress that I can't wait for you to see. After the wedding, of course. Stay tuned ; )

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tibi Or Not Tibi

Pricey? Yes. Amzaeballs? You betcha. Tibi's new season tropical prints are a destination dream.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Is That You Behind Those Foster Grants?

Foster Grants made sunglasses glamourous in the 1970's. Today, they make them Cheap Chic. Pick up a pair of these fab gold Aviators for $20 or less, by clicking here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Brian Atwood is one bad ass bitch. While working with Versace’s skilled artisans and high-quality factories for 9 years, Atwood fine-tuned his technical abilities and began conceiving of his own label. In 2001, he debuted the very first Brian Atwood collection. A heady mix of come-hither heels and magnetic style made his entrĂ©e immediately successful. Atwood gained notoriety not only for his exceptionally crafted footwear but also for his inventive manner of presenting them, including a memorable peep-show locale and once using back-bending contortionists as shoe models. In short, his shoes, which are available at Bloomingdales, are a celebrity favorite, and any good fashion girl's must-have.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Go For The Gold!

At last night's Met Costume Institute Gala, the ladies (and a few sexy men) showed off their fashionista connections and fulfilled their couture fantasies. The amount of metallic gold on the red carpet showed a major trend emerging. That, and peplum. Both trends which can be translated to your next main event, or even a backyard BBQ.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Derby Fashion

Are you a quirky or fabulous? I'm more of the latter, with a few of my favorite wide-brimmed looks from this year's 2012 Kentucky Derby

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Sneak A Peek At This Ankle Cleavage

In a recent article for AOL Shopping, I was quoted as referring to "ankle cleavage", for its slimming and youthful effect on an overall look. What is ankle cleavage you ask? It is the the peek-a-boo portion of the ankle exposed when wearing pants, as my stylish friend Jenn pointed out, clarifying the definition for the world, and further educating the masses on a sexy summer trend (and a coined Jess Zaino fashion term). Here are a few favorite examples:

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