Tuesday, December 7, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

I'm browsing Love Culture's website and I must say, I'm kinda diggin' what I see. I'm not a fan of ALL of it, but there are some pieces that I could work into my wardrobe, and the prices are pretty decent as well. Their Knitted Ikat Miniskirt is super adorable. I actually like the shoes they paired with it as well, but I don't like the color too much. Maybe if they were more dark charcoal, they'd be more fitting, but the style is super cute. I would probably put these Oxford Style Pumps with the skirt instead. I really want a quilted bag as well. I know that I posted one similar to this before, but it's still on my wish list, so you get to look at yet another one. I'm not a fan of the lavender one, but I can dig the taupe, white, or black one. I would definitely loop a square scarf through one of the rings as well. There's something about this Plenty of Jewels belt that I really like. I don't like the red or black, but I really like the tan one (or is that yellow?). It's super vintage and really cute! This Plumed Rosette Hair Pin is absolutely adorable! Make sure that your top isn't too busy if you stick this in your hair, but it would be perfect with your LBD and colored (coughREDcough) pumps. Very pinup-esque!

'Tis all for tonight, I'm exhausted and my bed is sounding mighty fine right about now! Happy shopping and let me know if you pick anything up from Love Culture! :)

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Years Eve--Dresses!

It would take me forevs to post every look that I love for New Year's, so I'm going to break it down by dresses, skirts/pants, and tops. We still have a few weeks until the ball drops, so that's plenty of time to find a new outfit. Each dress will be under $50, so it won't be much of a strain on your post holiday wallet. I'm running on the assumption that you have a neutral (i.e. nude, black, or brown) heel that could be paired with these dresses, so that's one less thing you'll have to buy! Check back later for accessories and hairstyles to complete your look! Happy shopping and enjoy your holidays, whatever you celebrate! :)

1. I really love all the different textures on this Rampage Dress from Macy's ($34.99). It's almost like you're wearing two different pieces, but the colored belt ties the whole look together.

2. This Chiffon Embellished Dress from Forever 21 ($27.80) is the perfect twist on the LBD. It is a spaghetti strap dress, but the chiffon overlay adds a special touch. It's a little bit gothic, a little bit glam and I love it.

3. If you want to add a bit of shimmer without going overboard, this Glimmering Cowlneck Dress from Forever 21 ($22.80), will do the trick. I love how they added a few chunky gold and black bracelets to complete the look. It's definitely the perfect party dress for the holidays.

4. Although it's really simple, I like the cut of this One Shoulder Belted Dress from Forever 21 ($22.80). The color is adorable, and it's "festive" enough that you could pair it with black tights and heels, or you could go bare legged and pair it with embellished heels or nude pumps-your choice.

5. Oh my, I'm in love. There's something about the softness of the print of this dress that I really like, as well as the style. Check it out here (Forever 21 $27.80).

6. If you're a little more daring like I am, try this Fitted Square Sequin Dress from Charlotte Russe ($39.50). I wish it came in a different color, but you could always go a little more colorful with your shoes.

7. Feathers are super hot this season, and this Crushed Satin Tube Dress (Charlotte Russe $44.50) has the perfect touch of feathers and sparkle. I love the bow on it as well. Super cute.

8. How much more festive can you get than a giant bow? This Gift of Glam Dress (Mod Cloth $44.99) is absolutely adorable. I think I'd pair it with red heels and hit the town.

9. Need a little taste of Italy? This Navigating the Canals Dress from Mod Cloth ($47.99) will do the trick. I love the bow (again) as well as the fuller skirt. Black pumps would be all you need to pull off the outfit.

10. Teenage Dream? I guess so! I really love the sequins and the satin mix on this dress. The color combination is just dreamy as well. Pun intended.

11. I love the jewel tones of this Young At Heart dress from Lulu's ($36.50).

12. This Sultry Blue Dress from Lulu's ($47.00) totally has a movie star vibe to it. I'm loving the cutouts in the back. Very understatedly sexy!

13. You wouldn't think that white would work during the winter, but the masculine studs on this Best Revenge Cocktail Dress from Lulu's ($49.00) would look awesome against the snow.

That's all I've got for now, it's time for this mamacita to hit the hay.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Celeb Inspirations-Lauren Conrad, AGAIN!

I'm sorry, but can this girl do no wrong? I luuuuurve her style. Srsly, she is amazeballs and this picture just solidifies her spot in the Fashion Hall of Fame (if such thing existed). Check out this pic, and let's see if we can copy it for under $100 (I'm sure we can)...

The skirt she's wearing is Herve Leger which will run you about $750, so if you can swing that, then go for it, but I'd rather eat. I found this skirt from Metropark for only $44. That may be a little more than you REALLY want to spend on a skirt, but with the metallic material, you want it to be decently made, otherwise it's going to look like pure crap. This Boyfriend Button Down (Button Up?) from Macy's Material Girl line is PERFECT for the skirt. It's on sale for $19.99 so I'd recommend snatching it up before they're gone! You can't see her shoes in the pic, but you can't go out barefoot, so throw these Suede Pumps from Charlotte Russe ($30) on, and you're set! Honestly, if you're going to wear jewelry, keep it simple and delicate i.e. a charm necklace or diamond studs.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tuesday's Jewelry Lusts!

So I'm slowly easing back into FL. I know I was gone for awhile, but it took some time to adjust to my new lifestyle. Forgive? Good, let's move on.

I was at For Love the other day, and I was looking at their necklaces and realized that I really want a necklace with a delicate charm on it. They had a really pretty four leaf clover one, but I wanted something more meaningful. I'm still not sure what I'm really looking for, but I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.

I love this Tea, Anyone? (Lulu's $12) charm necklace. It's so ladylike and unusual. I'm not a tea drinker, but I think I'd feel very prim and proper wearing this!

These Tricycle Race (Lulu's $10) necklaces are very nostalgic. I had a red and white tricycle that I used to ride up and down my driveway. There's a simple feeling of childhood that comes with this necklace that I really love.

My grandpa used to play the harmonica, so this Coin and Harmonica (F21 $3.80) reminds me of him. I think I might order this one, it looks so delicate and totally unexpected!

You can't get much more festive than this Cute Reindeer (F21 $7.80) necklace! I think it's perfect for the holidays without being overly cutesy, like a light up sweater vest. Pair it with a simple cream sweater and some buttery brown boots and you have a perfectly coordinated, comfortable, holiday outfit.

Any readers out there? I don't know about you, but I LOVE losing myself in a good book. A cold, snowy day is the perfect time to curl up with a classic novel. Or, if you're like me and don't have time to enjoy that luxury (unless your child decides to nap), you can rock this Cute Book (F21 $5.80) to show your love for the arts.

Last but not least, I found this Lace-Up Boot (F21 $4.80) which looks a bit like a combat boot. I couldn't leave out my military girls, so here you go. If you're like me and don't like rockin' the dogtags (but to each their own), this is a cute way to pay homage to your man.

That's all I've got for today. Liam is playing CONTENTLY by himself on the floor, I think I need to relish this moment a little more.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, November 29, 2010

It's holiday party season!

You've just gotten word that your husband's unit is throwing a holiday party. Tonight. He, of course, has known about it for weeks, but "forgot" to tell you until today. So you now have less than 8 hours to find something to wear. Let's hope there's a mall nearby. If not, check out these pieces, see if you have something similar in your closet, and then rock it.

There are many different types of holiday parties. Depending on the setting, you can usually get away with cocktail attire. Think business casual type clothing, but stay away from the pantsuits and button up shirts. Now is the time to show your co-workers (or your significant other's depending on whose party it is) your personal style. Remember to keep it appropriate, but it's ok to have a little fun and add some sparkle.

I'm going to break it down piece by piece, so you can build your own outfits! Happy Holidays!

Skirts:






Pants:




Dresses:










Blazers/Cardigans:






Tops:



(Macy's won't let me post a pic)




Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just an update!

Hello my lovely fashionistas!

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to take a break for a week or so and enjoy my last few days with my fam-a-lam. In case you weren't aware, my husband is deploying to Afghanistan for a year, so we're trying to spend as much time together as we can. I know you all understand how important family is! I'll be back sometime next week after I'm settled in my new place and hopefully have a computer!

Until then, happy saving!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Military looks!

Yeah, yeah, yeah...maybe I'm biased, but you've gotta admit that this is a pretty badass look. I'm not telling you to go out and buy head to toe camouflage, but mix a few pieces of the military inspired look into your wardrobe and you'll have the fellas saluting you in no time! Omg, that was so cheesy, moving on...

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I used to own a shirt that said, "My boyfriend is in the Army". Haha, how embarrassing, right? Once I realized that I didn't need to go around flaunting my [then] boyfriend's profession (I mean, how many t-shirts do you see that say, "My boyfriend is a Plumber"?), I started mixing in more subtle military inspired pieces. Nowadays, you can find stuff at just about any store you step in to. I was just at Target, and they had a ton of mil pieces. Pretty awesome. As always, you don't need to do this look head to toe. I'd suggest sticking with one main piece like a cardigan or cargo pants, and mixing in more feminine or basic pieces to complete the outfit. 

I love this sweater. It looks really cozy and the color goes with just about anything. I think it would look perfect with a floral print tunic underneath. Something along the lines of this Lush Bow Camisole (Nordstrom $28.00). Throw on some jeans and add some Buckle Fringe Clogs (F21- $28.80) to complete your look.

Let's try a military look on the bottom with these adorable Cargo Denim Pants (F21- $24.80). Personally, I think the shoes that they paired with are way too clunky, but that's neither here nor there. Since the bottoms are so fitted, I'd pair them with a more relaxed, slouchy-type top. This Tonal Stripes Sweater Tunic (F21- $17.80) would be perfect! To make the look more polished, add a pair of nude heels like these from F21 (they're only $23.80). A Rustic Metal Elastic Bracelet (F21- $10.80) to top everything off finishes the look.

This Perfect Fall Knit Dress is only $14.50! Seriously. It's perfect for fall, and you can always add a pair of tights when it gets a little chilly. Actually, I think I'd wear black tights with it regardless! I really want to try the "combat boot" look, but I'll admit, it is a little scary. This pair of Combat Ankle Boots (F21- $35.80) aren't so scary, and would work well with the whole monochromatic look that we've got goin' on here. I use the term "combat boots" very loosely because they look nothing like the real combat boots and that makes me giggle a little bit. Before you head out the door, throw on this Rounded Hem Blazer (Charlotte Russe- $34.50) and you're set! This Vintage Beaded Necklace (F21- $6.80) adds the perfect pop of color.

So there ya go, three looks that will help you pull off the military look.

Buuut, if you want a real military look, check this out:
Sorry, I had to. 

Alrighty, I'm done. Happy Saving, and Happy Saturday to all!



Friday, October 15, 2010

Mixing prints-it doesn't have to be scary!

Mixing prints is the hottest trend nowadays. It takes a lot of guts to pull it off, and can be a total disaster if not done properly. But...when it's done right, it can look stylish, polished, and very fashion forward. I'll admit, this is new territory for me, so bear with me and we'll learn together, mmkay? Alrighty, let's dive in.

The simplest (and least scary) way to start is to mix your accessories. Pair a geometric patterned bag with a pair of tiger print heels. Just make sure that they're in the same color family. The shoes pictured are gray with black stripes (fairly neutral), so try to find a bag that has gray in it, be it dark or light. 
Not too scary, right? Ok, now let's add the accessories...deep breaths...
This bag has only gray tones in it, so it's an easy match. I might tie a colored scarf around the handle just to add a pop of color (I tend to wear a lot of neutral colored clothes), but you don't have to.

See? That wasn't so scary now was it? Do you want to try a little more? Ok, let's go...

Another way to try this is to break up your prints. Maybe pair some patterned leggings with a solid color top, but add a playful scarf to the mix. 
I really like these Floral Print Leggings from Old Navy. They're subtle enough, but still have a nice print to them. They come in blue as well, which is what I'd buy. I have enough black leggings, that this blue shade is a nice change. Tie this scarf around your neck, and you're done. Congratulations, you're mixing prints!

(Is it weird that I'm slightly freaking out as I write this? I feel like you guys are reading a personal journal entry or something and am scared of being judged! Anyways, moving on...)

Alright, we're pulling out the big guns now. Let's try mixing a top and a skirt. You think we can pull this off? I hope so. The first top I picked isn't an all-over print, but has a pretty large floral motif on it. I really love the gray and the pink together, it's really pretty!

Pair it with this skirt:

Whattya think? I really like it! 

I seriously am freaking out right now. I have this huge pit in my stomach. I think because this is the first time I've truly taken a risk in this blog and paired things together that I know not everyone will like. Some people may look at these at think, "W.T.F.?!" and to be honest, that kinda scares me. But it's whatevs, I dig these looks and I hope you guys do too.

I also just want to take a minute to say thanks. I'm honestly so surprised that I have twelve followers and that people are giving me shout outs on Facebook. I'm in awe that you care what I have to say. Seriously, it makes me feel like I am on the right career track and it gives me hope that I'm at least semi-good at what I'm passionate about. So thanks again for all your support, I really appreciate it.



It's FRIIIIDAY!

It's raining and a blustery 45 degrees outside today. My previous post about keeping it chic under nasty conditions got me thinking about my Winter must haves. Yeah, you can still wear a lot of your Summer clothes during the Winter as long as you layer, but when it comes to beauty products, all that changes. I don't know about you guys, but my skin is dry enough to begin with, and when that cold air hits, it gets even worse. I'm talkin' flakes and patches-it's nasty. I used to work for Benefit Cosmetics, and my counter manager introduced me to their awesome moisturizer called Dear John ($32.00). Before then, I had yet to find a good moisturizer that actually sunk into my skin and made a difference. This stuff turned my world upside down-in a good way. I also realized (very late, I knooow) that my skin not only needed moisturizing-BADLY-but also a good exfoliation. Especially during the colder months, that dead skin (nasty, I know) piles up on top of each other, and while the moisturizer hydrates, it doesn't get rid of the dead cells. Exfoliating will. I find it easiest to do it in the shower-just make sure you close your eyes tight because that stuff STINGS if it gets in your eyes! I use two products to exfoliate and cleanse. First, I use Beyond Belief Vita C+ Exfoliating Apricot Citrus Scrub (Sally Beauty Supply- $6.49), then, to cleanse, I use Olay Clarify and Cleanse Scrub to really deep clean and exfoliate. This product doesn't really "scrub" the way the Beyond Belief stuff does, so I use it more to clean out my pores. The Beyond Belief product doesn't really cleanse either, so they work pretty well together. After I'm done cleaning, I make sure to PAT DRY. Rubbing is only going to make things worse. I give my skin some time to dry, and then I moisturize. I just discovered Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream and I LOVE IT! It tingles and cools when you put it on so you can really feel it working. It's non-greasy as well, so even if your skin is more on the oily side, you can still use it. After using all three of these products, my skin is so soft. Ok, I'm done with my beauty rant for now...I just wanted to share, but I'll let the cosmetologists give you their tips instead of my "I don't know what I'm talking about, but I'll just pretend to" advice. ;)

Alright, let's talk fashion...

I WANT A LEOPARD PRINT SCARF. You would think that since animal print is huge now, that this would be an easy task. But no. Everything I find is either fleece or too wispy. I want something thicker, but not made of fleece. Is that too much to ask? My mom has this super cute velvet Ralph Lauren leopard print scarf that I'm considering yanking from her house. It's perfect, and now that I have my cream colored pea coat, I think I need it more than she does. I came across a black metallic leopard print scarf at F21, that would be cute with a dress and tights-and it's perfect for those of you who are a little wary of trying the animal print trend. Oh, and those shoes in my logo? Mine. Love them, and I think I've worn them too much because that little metal part in the heel is now sticking out causing to me constantly slip on the dance floor. My mom has already yelled at me numerous times to put a heel protector on them, but I prefer to live dangerously. I'll take my risks, and plus, after a few brewskis in me, most of my shame goes out the window anyways. Here's the link to the scarf, give it a try...F21 Metallic Blend Scarf- $8.80. For those of you that are feeling a little more risque, there's a fabulous faux fur leopard print vest with a belt included-WANT!-F21- $29.80. Just stay away from the leopard print tights. Please.

I'm going to take a little break, but I'll probably be back later. My husband claims he's going to clean the kitchen, so I should probably go supervise.

Happy Saving!

Outerwear + Accessories = Winter Chic!

The one thing I actually enjoy (and I use that term very lightly) about Minnesota winters is buying a new coat, gloves, scarves, and hats/headbands. I figure that if I've got to live in this frozen tundra, I might as well look good doing it. Coats, jackets, and other winter accessories are in no short supply in my neck of the woods, you can find them at pretty much any store. There's so many ways that you can mix and match your pieces to your mood or the occasion, your options are limitless! 

Let's start with coats and jackets. Here are some of my faves:
Ahh...how fun! I love animal prints!

This would look adorable over a mini cocktail dress. Or maybe a long, sequin tunic with tights. This coat is the perfect mix of demure (in the cream color) and badass (with the studded shoulders).

Ohmygoodness...the stripes! The buttons! The faux fur removable collar! There isn't a thing about this coat I don't love. 

This one is a little more casual, but I love all the pockets w/the zippers, and the hood is pretty awesome as well. The layers are already built in which give this jacket a very easy, nonchalant look.

Now that you've got your main piece, you can start accessorizing your look. There are really only three things you need to add here (besides your warm footwear)-a hat/headband, a scarf, and a pair of mittens or gloves. Don't expect to survive -30 windchill without ALL of those. 

We'll start at the top and work our way down...first up, hats and headbands...

I classify this as "skater chic". It's laid back enough that you could wear it with the black jacket, but still stylish and warm. Loves it!

I'm not a hat person. I love them, but I look ridiculous in them. I really love wearing headbands during the Winter because they don't mash down my hair, but they still keep my ears and forehead warm. This one is wider, which I dig, and has a cute little rosette on it. Plus, the color is bright enough to warm up any dreary day. It would look amazing with any of the jackets above, but I think it would look best with the navy blue striped one. :)

Doesn't this look so soft and snuggly? It looks big enough that it would cover your ears and forehead as well. I hate when hats are cute, but don't serve any purpose. Us Minnesota girls don't mess around with those! Wear this one with any of the jackets, especially the animal print one-it adds that perfect POP! of color. 

More hat links:

Moving downwards, to the neck...

Infinity scarves take all the guesswork out of how to properly wrap your scarf. Throw this over your head and wrap it around a few times...VOILA! Instant, perfectly wrapped, scarf. 

I like to match my headband/hat to my scarf, so that's why I chose this. I think the mustard color looks so good with the navy, but it could also go with the cream. Stay away from the black in order to avoid looking like Bumblebee from Transformers. ;)

More links for scarves:


Last but no least, the hands...
(no pics here, just links since all the awesome ones are from Target):

Cashmere gloves for under 20 bucks?! Ummm...YES PLEASE!

These are the best color ever! I think they're pretty badass and would look stellar with the cream colored jacket. 

If you're going to survive, you'll definitely need a cozy warm pair of mittens!

I'm diggin' the soft buttery color of these!


As always, remember to make it your own!
Happy Saving and Happy Fall!









Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SEQUINS!

Yes, I said it. In all caps. Which, in internet speak, meant I was yelling...
SEQUINS! SEQUINS! SEQUINS!

Ok, but seriously, how can you not love sequins? I'm not talking Liza Minnelli-esque sequined shorts, blazer, and top hat (although that was pretty fab), but something a bit more simple and easy to pull off (are you noticing a trend here?). I have this pair of gold peep toe sequin pumps that I love. Unfortunately, I don't have many places that would be appropriate to wear them. The good news is that there are plenty of pieces you can work into your every day wardrobe (yes, even for work) with sequins. 

I finally found a sequined blazer that didn't break the bank (Maria, this is the closest thing I could find!), that was inspired by a look Lauren Conrad was rockin' one night. It's a little boxy, and I wish it were a more relaxed fit, but I think this could work. You could dress it down with jeans and a white tank (with some killer heels, of course), or pair it with a sexy little mini dress and some peep toe pumps for a night out.

This cardigan is a little less "HEY! LOOK AT ME! I'M WEARING SEQUINS!" and more subdued. I'm not quite sure why they chose to button it all the way up or the elastic waist jeans they paired it with-they look like the maternity pants I used to wear-but the cardigan itself is actually pretty adorable. I would wear it with a navy blue striped tank underneath. Something about the pink and navy just seems like it would go well together.

I've always loved these beanies, but I've never been able to pull them off. I always look like an uber-douche in hats, so I avoid them all together. There are so many girls (and guys!) that can pull this off, and I'm super jealous of them! I think it's perfectly paired with a comfy white or gray tee, some skinnies, and some leather booties. 

I really love this tote bag. If you need a new way to add a little spice to your school bag, this is the way to do it! It's definitely a "notice me" bag, but I don't see any issue with that!

OH MY GOSH-I looooooooooooooove this little jacket! It's perfect, absolutely perfect. I'm not too fond of the pleather skirt and hat with this jacket either, but the it was too cute to pass up! The gray tee underneath really brings out the color of the jacket. It's that greige color I was talking about earlier. Ya dig?

There's so many other options of things you can buy to incorporate sequins into your wardrobe. Headbands, earrings, purses, shoes, bracelets, the list goes on and on. It's all about having an open mind and trying new things outside of your comfort zone. I mean, you can wear a black blazer, black dress pants, and a white button up shirt to work every day, but maybe next time you're out, pick up a sequined ribbon belt to add a little bit of funk to your uniform. Even if no one else can see it, at least you know it's there and that might be the pick-me-up you need to get through that last hour or two of work.

Ok, so now I'm turning the tables on you guys...I want to see your sequins!  


Celeb Inspirations-Lauren Conrad

So I've wanted to do Lauren Conrad for awhile, but since her style is similar to Kim K's, I wanted to break it up with a different look last week. The hardest part about Lauren is that she is a California girl-and in California, they don't have much of a winter. Now that it's starting to get colder for many of my readers, I doubt you guys will be wearing tank tops and sandals anymore (or much longer, depending on where you are). I managed to find one look of hers that I really liked, and even though it's pretty simple, I really like how she pulled it off. It's easy enough that you can probably collect items from your own closet, but it's still a well put together look. This look is a clean slate, so you can add pops of color and your own personal flair to it if you choose to. Or you can stick with the simple, rustic look like Lauren.

(wear a nude colored cami underneath this)

Kohl's won't let me post an image, so click the link to view it. I'm not a HUGE fan of the pockets, because I like to be able to slip my phone/keys/ID in the back, but I can get over it because I am in love with the classic blue color of the denim. It's hard to find a genuine pair of "blue jeans" nowadays, let alone find a pair that actually fits well. I am obsessed with my Levi's skinnies, and they're actually decent quality. 

I love the color of these boots. The warm, buttery brown looks so soft, and it's the perfect shade for fall. 

Your grand total is $110.80!
Just think, you got THREE key pieces that you can now incorporate into your wardrobe. These are all pretty classic pieces as well, so you'll be able to wear them for awhile. So you've got about $40 left to spend, what should we buy? Here's a few more ideas, but remember to make this look your own. Add an heirloom necklace, a fun bag, or some chunky earrings...whatever makes you feel unique!

This ring was waiting for me on Charlotte Russe's first page of jewelry. I am obsessed with turquoise jewelry, I think it's so clean and classic. The added rhinestones add the perfect amount of sparkle to the outfit.

I love the industrial/military look of this messenger bag. The fact that it's big enough to hold my phone/wallet/keys/diapers/bottles/pacifiers/etc makes it a winner in my book. And I can wear it crossbody which is even better.

Add a pop of color with these dangly earrings. I love the shade of magenta in these earrings and how 
antique-y they look. It's the perfect way to add color to such a neutral outfit without being overly flashy.

In case you didn't notice, you can buy all three of these pieces and still stay under the $150 limit!

Happy saving!






Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Greige!


Lately, I've become obsessed with this color hybrid. In case you haven't figured it out just yet, "greige" is a mix of "gray" and "beige". It is the perfect color for fall. I bought Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel in Steel Gray and I lurve it. It's an easy way to try out the trend before fully committing yourself to it. 

Celeb Inspirations-Nicole Richie

So I found this look from the soon-to-be Mrs. Joel Madden, and I fell in love. She has the boho look down to a t, and although some of her styles are a bit too extreme, I thought this was a perfect "in between" look.


Now, I tried to get this look for under $150, but I went a little over. Mostly on the shoes and the jean jacket, but I figure you will definitely wear those again, so you can splurge just a little. Plus, you may already have a pair of black leggings and a slouchy bag in your wardrobe, so if you do, you'll save like $38 right there! Here's the breakdown, and the total is at the bottom! The majority of the websites wouldn't let me C&P the images, so in order to keep a sense of "togetherness", I'm only posting the links today. Happy saving!







Your grand total for this entire outfit is $171.93!


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Celeb Fashions-ideas?

Hey ladies...
I'm going to make my "Celeb Fashions for Less" a weekly (possibly more) thing. I love doing it, and it keeps me busy during the day. Now, I know which celebrities I admire, but I'm curious to see whom everyone else likes. I know we don't all have the same style, so I'm going to take requests and go from there.

If no one responds, then I'll just keep picking celebs and hopefully ya'll like at least one outfit!

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! We've been watching movies in our 'jamas all day, so I'm back to that. See ya on Monday!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fashion Lusts for Friday 10/1

I just have to say that I hate October. I wish I would stay away and never come back. That's all, moving on...

Today is payday. Which means that I am going to pretend I have a disposable income and go online window shopping. I really want that raspberry colored bag I posted yesterday-I'm going to ask Jason if I can buy it when he gets home. I also need some new make-up. I've been trying to figure out how to do the smoky eye look for years now and I think I've gotten enough tips that I can figure it out on my own-FINALLY. Alright, on to my lusts for the week...

1. Faux Fur Vest-Forever21 $34.80- This is so cute! It would look PERFECT with my new suede booties, or even my above the knee boots! I just need to find the perfect top to go underneath it! And seriously, for $35, anyone can afford this!

2. Mark Cosmetics- I kinda just rediscovered them and WOW! They have a whole bunch of stuff! I tried selling it back when I was 17, but I didn't know anyone who wanted to buy it. Or at least, anyone who could afford or cared enough to buy it! Now that we're all a little older, I'm thinking that maybe it's a good idea to give it another go. I feel like I have a lot more knowledge on everything after working for Benefit, and I can take my business with me wherever we PCS to in the future. We'll see...

3. Twirl by Kate Spade Fragrance- $80- Oh my gosh, this stuff smells AMAZING. I got a free sample of it at the Kate Spade shop in Cali and I fell in love. Obviously, $80 is a little pricey, but I think splurging on a good perfume that fits your personality is really important. Here are the notes, straight from the Kate Spade website (www.katespade.com):
  • pink watermelon mingles with blackberry and red currant
  • enhanced with a heart of fresh flowers including orange blossom, star jasmine, tiare flower and sweet magnolia
  • finished with luminous musks and a touch of french macaron (straight from the patisserie, of course)
LOVE.

4. Fishtail Braid- Oh man, I miss my long hair. This style is gorgeous. Yeah, it's a little summery, but I think it could easily transition into fall as well. You can always go the traditional braid route which is a bit more polished. I think braids are so chic and versatile. You can wear them down, wrap them into a bun, or add a French braid to your hairline. I think it adds more of a "personality" to your hair. 

5. Sequined Mini- Yep, I need this. 'Nuf said.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Celeb Inspirations for less!

Don't you just love seeing celebrities rocking a stellar outfit on TV or in the mags? Don't you love it even more knowing that you'll never be able to afford to spend $575 on a pair of heels or a bag? Can't you just hear the sarcasm dripping off this post? I have come to the conclusion that unless I either win the lottery or get a kickass job in the fashion industry, I will probably never own a pair of Louboutins or an authentic Chanel quilted bag. I've made peace with that, but it doesn't mean I have to start wearing mom jeans and velcro tennis shoes. There are pleeeeenty of stores out there who offer stylish, trendy clothes for those of us who actually have to pay our own bills. It really can't be that difficult to find similar styles for under $150-including the top(s), bottom, and shoes. Maybe I'll make this a once-a-week thing, so if you have any celeb looks that you like, let me know and I'll see what I can dig up! I'm going to do two looks today from Kim Kardashian who is one of my best dressed stars.

Let's start with a "dressier" look. I really think this is perfect for autumn nights out, especially in Minnesota. You don't want to have to carry around a big bulky jacket, but you also don't want to have to stand outside for an hour (I'm talking to YOU, Sneaky Pete's) freezing your buns off. So here is look #1 from Miss K:
I love how she is dressing down that dress with a simple black blazer. Then she added the leopard print clutch to add a little pizzazz. Alright, now let's see if we can get this look for less! Here's the breakdown!:
Forever21 Rosette Dress-$24.80 (not as poufy as Kim's, but it was nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find a dress like that!)




The entire look only costs $105.80!

Ok, here is the next look, which is a more casual one. I love how low key she looks, but she is still so well put together! I just love her and would give my right arm to have all the clothes in her closet. But it'd have to be everything including bags, purses, jewelry, and sunglasses-I mean, I am giving her my right arm afterall. Alright, here's the look:
Ok, so we've got a simple tan tunic, some ripped skinnies, leopard print booties, and a pair of oversized sunglasses. Easy enough. Read on...





And I added this bag from F21 just because it adds that perfect pop of color (and I'm in love with it)

The whole look is only $127.40!