Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Novembeard: Show your support with style!

Hello lovelies! I'm sure by now you've all heard of, or seen, the trend where during the winter months men don't shave their beards to raise awareness for testicular cancer. At least, it started out that way, and now it's become very popular with not just men, but with accessories too. That's right, facial hair, more importantly mustaches, are popular, and have been seen in stores around the country. In honor of Octobeard, Novembeard, Decembeard, and Januhairy (Yes, those are the hairy names for the winter months when men don't shave) I have brought some of the cutest, and most wearable accessories from the web to show your support too, for cancer AND facial hair.

Pistachio has been very popular this year, but just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to put away your bright colors. There's nothing prettier than a bright pop of color against the neutral winter palettes. 

Love cuffs and bangles? Throw on this with your outfit and a small ring or two and that's all the jewelry you'll need with this statement cuff.

Want a bag with a mustache that doesn't scream Hot Topic? This bag is a great way to carry around what you need to and still look like an adult. The color a lovely way to break up the black-on-white go-to for winter months, and the gold mustache adds just the right amount of attitude.

Have a little bit more leeway at work with your wardrobe? Show off your fun and feminine side with this work-appropriate yet statement-making blouse. Since it's a bolder print, you don't need too much jewelry, and taking a cue from the model, black pants or a leather skater skirt would be a great way to wear this piece.

This ring can be that special piece that's the perfect addition to a statement dress, or the perfect add-on to a basic pants + tee combo that adds flair in a ladylike way.

Looking for a polished and tapered way to wear the mustache trend without being too obvious? These pants are work appropriate yet still fun. Wear them with statement heels and a sexy top for a date, or pair it with a fun printed blouse for a night out with the girls.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Dog Walk

Hello lovelies! I recently came across quite possibly the cutest and cuddliest collaboration in designer history: Ralph Lauren has partnered with the ASPCA and created Ralph Lauren's first ever dog fashion show. 10% of how much is sold of the accessories shown in their adorable video will go to the ASPCA. The film itself is adorable, and I'm really happy that they showed a wide variety of dog breeds: Pit Bulls, Terriers, Dachshunds, mixed breeds, so many adorable faces smiled and panted at the camera and walked by wearing gorgeous accessories we all can drool over. 

 I hope this isn't the last for Ralph Lauren or the industry. 

A few pictures from behind the scenes:

The adorable and perfectly put-together dog walk:

Monday, October 28, 2013

Last-Minute Halloween

I'm going to be honest with you, I completely forgot Halloween was this week until 2 days ago. Now with the clock ticking, it's time to get creative. 

What will I be this year? I'm leaning very heavily towards a cheesy 80's trainer. I have good workout gear, weights, and a whistle somewhere among my boxes packed in moving transition. I can get a cheap sweat headband from the Dollar Store, probably some knee-high socks too and tease my hair into all the poofy 80's glory that was. 

While my outfit isn't the funniest, I've seen a lot of original and funny ideas for costumes from all around the web. For your viewing pleasure, and maybe some last-minute costume ideas, look no further than below:

So easy and yet effective: I immediately want to start dancing.

You gotta admit, this guy is good.

Heisenberg-er, get it?

Amazing, and really easy too.

I suddenly want to find my Troll doll.

French Kiss - my friend Robbie showed me this one. One of my favorites.

And last, but never least, Google Maps!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Scatter My Ashes as Bergdorf's

For those who are a bit confused about my title, "Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's" is a documentary that takes the viewer inside the prestigious and exclusive retailer Bergdorf Goodman's from it's beginnings to the powerhouse hub of designers it is today.

If you haven't seen it yet, I recommend watching. Even if just for the glimpses of glittery dresses and perfectly manicured showrooms, it's absolutely worth it. It is entertaining and fascinating: essentially a wonderful look into the inner workings of a store on that level with that much power behind it's name in the fashion industry.

The woman behind it all today is Linda Fargo, and while she looks like Anna Wintour, it's very quickly revealed she's the polar opposite of Vogue's "Ice Queen". She comes across as easily approachable and always smiling, which almost adds more likeability to Bergdorf's, not that it needs any more of course. Aside from Linda Fargo, there is commentary from various designers that are in Bergdorf's, hopeful designers trying to get in, big names in the fashion industry commenting on their experiences with the retailer, and most importantly, people who actually for Bergdorf's. 

With all the wonderful aspects of the documentary, there was one comment that especially stood out to me: Bergdorf's is the "American Dream". I completely agree for entrepreneurs, for designers, for current and aspiring customers- there's nothing better and more prestigious than Bergdorf's. Every designer aspires to have their collection be presented there; every customer wants to shop there, every entrepreneur wants their business to end up like Bergdorf's. To create a business that millions of people flock to to see and experience, and have that last for so long and continue to thrive through recession and decades of shifting economic mindset; it's the ultimate dream for any business owner, and anyone really.

To sum it all up: Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorf's is a beautiful, glittering homage to one family's dream and a testament to the endurance of the ever-aspiring American Dream.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Fall Jewelry Trends

There are certain days that really strongly remind me why I love blogging about less expensive fashion, and today was one of those days. I read an article earlier today about the latest jewelry trends for fall, and every single piece they showed to represent each trend was well into the $150-$400 range, a few even more than that. I had a mini heart-attack with every piece they presented to represent each fall trend.

I am very happy to present to you some amazing pieces for your fall jewelry wardrobe that won't make you have a heart attack of any size.

Fall's Must-Have Jewelry
$50 or Less

The Collar

***Yes, this necklace is named a "bib" necklace, however, due to the it's construction, I think it works well as a collar necklace too***

The Statement Cross

The Nameplate Necklace

The Chain Link Necklace

The Bib Necklace

Bold Oversized Earrings

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Would you live a Blake Lively life?

Good evening lovelies! I just found out that Blake Lively, our very own Gossip Girl, is planning on starting her own lifestyle company. From what Blake described, it sounds slightly similar to Paltrow's GOOP website, except that her lifestyle company will have "no genre". 

Blake Lively has become iconic from her Gossip Girl days with her fun and fresh style.

Given the fact that Blake doesn't have a stylist because she's confident enough in her own choices, I'd say any lifestyle site she creates will be a major hit. Who DOESN'T want to look as effortless and chic as Blake does? You may not want her own style necessarily, but every woman should have that confidence when they're wearing, or living, what they love.

Will you follow her company when it launches?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Phillip Lim for Target

For those who haven't heard the good news, Target has released the long-awaited collaboration collection with designer Phillip Lim. 

Phillip Lim is a Los Angeles-based designer that got his start at the fashion label Development and quickly worked his way to independence, making a name for himself with his sleek silhouettes, highlighting a dressy mixed with casual combination that speaks to the modern fashionable woman. His clothes are known for being chic, and his Target collection is no different. Below are some of my favorite pieces from this wonderful collection.

Phillip Lim for Target

The best: $50 or less

The detail of the sheer sleeves on this blouse is what makes me weak in the knees, and the color is that perfect shade.

The detailing at the neck and the slight rise in the front, plus the cozy-looking cable knit is what makes this sweater absolutely necessary for my fall wardrobe. 

This dress is just perfect, from the print to the sleeves to the hemline in the back: perfect.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hair Stickers: Worth the money, or best left to the pros?

Good Morning lovelies! All the coverage of Fashion Week has left us in a dizzying and beautiful array of photos and trends and ideas for fall outfits. Articles are popping up left and right highlighting small details from each designer as well as the larger trends from model to model, but one trend has stood out to me and made me want to try, but wonder if maybe it's best left to the pros: hair stickers.

These beauties were seen on the runways from the Honor show, and it's true, on the runway they were beautiful and airy and the perfect touch to the outfits. Many companies are now offering varying versions of this fairytale accessory, enticing customers to add some dainty femininity to your hairstyle. The question is though, is it actually realistic to wear these while going for a coffee run or out a date?

These are some of the versions that are for sale across the internet:

These versions are sold for $9.99 here: Hair Stickers

And here: miabeauty.com

The price is right for the number and size of the stickers you get, and they're non-adhesive, won't ruin your hair, and add a fun touch to your updo. There are various sizes and other shapes and designs too, and to me the large crowns are so cool I'm on the verge of buying, will you try this trend or leave it for the pros?

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's that time again....

Time to pull out your beakers and bunsen burners; it's time for Breaking Bad once again! Last week the final season kicked off with Walter White threatening Hank when he realized Hank knew about him being Heisenberg. I was at the edge of my seat at that moment, and I'm dying to know how this epic series is going to end. But until we find out, I'll enjoy the amazing Breaking Bad fashion that's come out of their amazing run on tv.

Breaking Bad Couture

And if you want to buy that amazing sweatshirt for the show finale, you can find it here for only $31:


 Until the end, we'll all just be waiting in anticipation

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Kesha Rose: Worth Drooling Over

Good morning lovelies. For those who haven't heard, Kesha, the singer and songwriter best known for her wild stage ensembles and even more wild interviews, has created her own jewelry line in a collaboration with jewelry artist Charles Albert. I was a bit skeptical when I heard about it since I also recently just found out that she created a headdress with her fan's teeth. Yes, you read that correctly, her fans unwanted leftover teeth. 

I nervously clicked on the link to her site, expecting to see her selling  actual teeth and other various body part pieces, but instead her jewelry line is actually.really amazing! The pieces are very affordable, ranging from $10 all the way up to $600, and they include colorful skulls, roses, lightening bolts and even a penis or two! They of course have a hint of that Kesha "I don't care attitude" mixed with a lot of glamorous earthy drama that actually makes the pieces very wearable. Well, you can judge that for yourself, but I know what I'll be buying myself for my birthday present...

Back to school gadgets: $50 or Less

Good Morning lovelies! School is right around the corner, and as the days grow shorter and the weather starts to marginally turn colder, it means that not only do you need the best outfits, but also, some really cool accessories for your necessary classroom gadgets!

Back to School Basics

$50 or less

I wish I had this amazing little device whenever I was working in the library and suddenly had to get up and go to the bathroom. This would've saved me so much headache and hassle having to pack up and then unpack my laptop and notebooks, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

Otterbox phone cases are personally my favorite because I've dealt with them and have had my phone and seen other's phones saved by the box. I recommend it for everyone like me who is texting, stumbles, and down goes the phone right smack onto the tile floor.

This bad boy looks odd, but it's a necessary cooler for under your laptop. My laptop died from overheating, so I can not stress how important these are for extending the life and performance of one's sacred portable. Birthday present anyone?

Logitech Cooling Pad N100: $19.99