Real v. Steal: Yves Saint Laurent

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Have you been seeing these gorgeous "Arty" rings everywhere like I have lately? I first saw these rings about a year ago, but when I saw the YSL price tag, I put it down and walked away slowly. At $250, I can't even afford to look :D

Recently, I became curious and looked up a look-a-like on eBay. I was astonished to find so many varieties in so many colors! They range in price from $3- $300, I guess it just depends on what you're looking for :) I myself, went with a black one for under six bucks! You can buy the YSL one at Saks, but I think I will be content with my "steal" version from eBay.






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Pocket full of Posies

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My girlfriend posted a statement on her facebook today, and just really summed up all my emotions: "Tuesday disguised as Monday is no bueno....." That's totally how I always feel after a 3 day weekend. It's almost harder to get up and go to work. But, I did in fact get up and trudge on through the day. As soon as I was up though, my mind began to race on about all the things I didn't do this weekend (and all last week).

First up on the docket, is my blog! I brainstormed a bunch of new ideas to share with you and I feel like I just can't find the time, bleh! But I am here now, and I want to share a really fun outfit I put together (2 weeks ago, whoops). This look rings in just under $40 )Arm party and all)!!
{tank}
brand: Zenana Outfitters
purchase price: $1.99
purchased from: Factory 2 U
suggested retail: not positive, but over $10

{skirt}
brand: Charlotte Russe
purchase price: $5.49
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $26.99

{tassel necklace}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: Unknown, but I LOVE it!


{arm party}
brand: the spikes are from Charlotte Russe &
the others are thrifted
purchase price: For all $17.00
purchased from: various
suggested retail: unknown
*The beaded turquoise one is Lucky Brand and retails for around $30*

{heels}
brand: unknown (maybe Urban Outfitters but I can't be sure)
purchase price: $9.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown
*Also styled here: http://www.mythriftychic.com/2012/03/green-machine.html*




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DIY Cut off Shorts + Asymmetrical Hem

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Okay, so really long title I know, but I have to share my latest discovery in cut offs with you. I was thrifting a few weeks ago, like I do, and I found a pair of cut off shorts. They looked like a homemade job and not mass marketed, but the hem is what caught my eye. It appeared that someone had cut them longer in the back than in the front. It is such a simple concept and yet I've never thought of it. I bought the beauties for a whopping $5.49 and went home to inspect them. I measured the front and back of each leg. Sure enough they were one inch longer in the back. Why is this cool? Well, I'll tell you, I am a girl with a booty. I have had childbearing hips since 6th grade and I'm not usually fond of shorts. I feel like I always have to sag my shorts or else my butt cheeks make an appearance (nobody wants that).

This novel approach to cut offs is just what I need to feel comfortable in a pair of cut offs! I will walk you through the process, which is super simple!


{DIY Cut offs + Asymmetrical Hem}

1. Start out with a pair of jeans or capris you want to shorten.

2. Get a pair of scissors, a pen & a ruler.

3. Flip the jeans inside out so if you make a mark in the wrong place it won't matter when you flip them right side out.


4. Measure the inseam to a desired length. I measured mine 3 inches because I have chunky legs and want to contain them as much as possible. If you're not sure how long you want your shorts, remember it's easier to cut more off later, but if you go too short that's a wrap.

     

5. measure the outer hem from the bottom of the waist band. I realize not every waist band is the same length on all jeans so it's better to measure under it for more uniform measurements. I measured mine at 10 inches and made mark with the pen.



6. Lay the jeans flat with the front facing up. Try to find the center of each leg and then measure (again start at the bottom of the waistband) 8-9 inches down and make a mark. Do this on both legs. On your first pair, it may be best to give yourself a little more wiggle room for errors. You may want to add a couple inches to my measurements. It will save you in case you make a mistake, or you don't like the length.



7. Flip the jeans over with the back facing up. Measure from the bottom of the waistband 10-11 inches down and make a mark. Try to mark in the center of each leg, because you are going to create an arch instead of a straight line. Your mark in the front is going to be the highest point and the mark in the back will be the lowest.

8. While the pants are still laying face down, take your ruler and match up your mark on the inseam and the mark on the outer hem. Make a line attaching both, but not going any higher or lower than your center mark. Repeat on both legs.


9. Flip the jeans back over and connect the hems again on the front side and use your center mark as a guide.



10. if you are satisfied with how your markings look, then grab a good pair of scissors. Do not cut both sides at the same time! Pull apart each leg and cut the fabric one panel at a time. If you try to cut the pant leg with both front and back together, you will end up with the same length in the front and back. Repeat on both legs.




11. After you have completed cutting the jeans, turn them right side out. I would try them on to make sure you like the length and the curve of the hem. If you are satisfied with them, toss them into the washer and let the fraying happen!



Note: If you would like a more dramatic hem line feel free to make the back and front hems have a 3-4 inch difference.


Here are my end results!! The difference on this pair is not very dramatic. Trust me though, with a butt as big as mine, this technique makes a difference. If I had not added the extra inch, you'd be seeing some cheeks! It's almost as if the extra length, just makes the shorts look like they have an even hem :D I made a few other pairs with a more dramatic change too. It's fun to play with different lengths!!






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nonsense meme

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


I know you've all seen those funny pictures with even funnier text on them. If you don't know, they're called Memes (I had to google it myself) :D I am a big fan of them, I will look at them on Pinterest for hours. While driving today, I had a great idea for my own meme. Take a look and tell me what you think?

Real v. Steal: Just Cavalli


It's that time again, another installment of Real v. Steal!! Recently I have been searching online for a pair of "cat eye" sunglasses. I was surprised to see so many ridiculously expensive pairs of glasses. I just can't imagine who would spend over a hundred dollars for a pair of shades. It inspired me to find a really cute, yet very affordable pair.

One of the first pairs that caught my eye, are made by Just Cavalli, but with a price tag of $155, I wouldn't even think twice about them. Fortunately, I quickly found a similar pair at Urban Outfitters for less than $15!! I think I actually prefer the Damsel Cat-Eye pair too.

What do you think? Would you spend top dollar on a pair of shades?




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Gladiator-esque

Monday, May 21, 2012


Oh my gosh, I've been so busy this past week/weekend. I had a busy work week and then I volunteered to help my in my friend's student film. They asked me to do wardrobe for the short film, which I enthusiastically accepted! I have never worked on a film set but I learned quickly and had a blast! After two 12 hour days, I spent yesterday in the beating sun, watching my little brother get bucked off bulls (he's 13 and crazy). It was quite an eventful weekend, and I really wish this wasn't Monday morning.

I do have an outfit post for you in spite of it all ;) This look cost under $37.00!!


{dress}
brand:TCEC
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: Guesstimation $30-$50





{necklace}
brand: Unknown
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: eBay
suggested retail: unknown

Check out this necklace in my version of Splurge v.s. Steal
House of Harlow sells one for $75!!

http://www.mythriftychic.com/2012/05/real-v-steal-house-of-harlow.html


{cuffs}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $7.80/each
purchased from: Forever 21
suggested retail: $7.80/each

{rings}
brand: various
purchase price: $3.00/all
purchased from: eBay/thrifted
suggested retail: unknown

{sandals}
brand: DV by Dolce Vita
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $69.99
Also Worn Here: http://www.mythriftychic.com/2012/03/maxi-glam.html




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My week through Instagram

Thursday, May 17, 2012


Alright, I admit it. I am in fact an Instagram addict. I downloaded the app over a year ago but I never really used it as a social networking tool. A month or so ago though, I realized I have followers and people actually care about what images I snap (only a small few actually LOL). In the last few weeks though, my instagram activity has gone into hyper drive! I'm not one of those crazies who makes a whole photo shoot out of everything, but I do catalog my life through it. This week all the jewelry I bought on eBay came in the mail, and I was apparently inspired by quotes this week too!





P.S. here is a funny video called "Stuff Instagramers Say"


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Wardrobe Challenge: Granny Re-do

About a month ago, I decided I wanted to connect more with my fellow bloggers and I wanted to start hosing wardrobe challenges. This is my first wardrobe challenge and it was quite the learning experience for me. I am so glad 5 other amazing bloggers decided to take this journey with me, I can't wait to see what they put together!

When I first thought about what type of Challenge to tackle, many entered my mind. The one idea that was the most intriguing was to restyle a vintage piece and make it modern. My husband is always laughing at me for picking up pieces at the thrift store that look very "grandma-ish." I thought that would make the perfect wardrobe challenge; to re-do something your grandma would have worn!

I challenged the other bloggers (and myself) to either find something actually from grandmother's closet or find a piece from a thrift store that someone else's grandma would have worn. I was not able to make it to my grandma's home since she lives 4 hours away, but I did find a very 50's housewife pleated skirt at the thrift store.

I went all out for this challenge, my husband and I even shot the pictures next to my neighbor's Chevy Bel Air! My wardrobe challenge "granny re-do" look cost $41.76 + $50 (for the bag)... still rings in under $100!!

P.S. be sure to scroll to the bottom and check out the other bloggers and how they approached this challenge!!



{pleated skirt}
brand: Saks Fifth Avenue (Vintage)
purchase price: $5.49
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

{necklace}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

{top}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

{two-finger ring}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $1.30
purchased from: eBay Store -fashion-jewelry-home1
suggested retail: unknown

{bangles}
brand: thrifted
purchase price: $12.00 for all
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown


{purse}
brand: melie bianco
purchase price: $50.00
purchased from: A small boutique in Chicago, IL
suggested retail: unknown
*I don't usually pay this much for a purse, but when I saw it, I had to have it! I bought it in 2007 when I first moved to Chicago. I still think it is so freakin' adorable!*


{flats}
brand: Wanted
purchase price: $12.99
purchased from: Dd's Discount
suggested retail: unknown
*Everyone I know hates these shoes, but I think they're pretty spectacular. I know they're gaudy, but I like them, hmph!! *





Meet the other Bloggers!!

Top Left: Katie from Hems For Her
www.hemsforher.com

Top Center: Christine from Dela Chic Blog
www.delachic.blogspot.com

Top Right: Kari from Style at a Steal
www.styleatastealblog.com


Bottom Left: Melissa from The Key to Chic
www.thekeytochic.com

Bottom Center: That's Me!

Bottom Right: Megan from The Frugalista Diaries
www.thefrugalistadiaries.blogspot.com





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Real v. Steal: Black Lace Shorts

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Today on "Real" v. "Steal" I have an adorable pair of black lace shorts to share with you. I have been seeing these types of shorts all over. I really wanted a cute pair for myself, and thus a mission was launched! I struggled to find a some that didn't cost over $60, and finally I discovered that Kmart carries a cute version! I was so shocked and thrilled to find a pair for under twenty bucks! Check out the major price difference between The Guess ones and these Bongo beauties!!






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Knitted Dress

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


A couple weeks ago I wrote about a lovely afternoon out with my husband. I also shared some pictures of our mini-shopping/pizza date. I have finally gotten around to styling the dress I bought that day! The dress I am wearing is from a cute little store called "Heavenly Couture" in Larchmont Village. Everything in the entire store is $15 or less!! Needless to say, I was an instant fan. My look today cost around $58.00 :)


{dress}
brand: Double Zero
purchase price: $15.00
purchased from: Heavenly Couture
suggested retail: unknown
*This dress is clearly see through, but I threw it over an old coral dress*





{cross-body bag}
brand: Etienne Aigner
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $120.00


{necklace}
brand: Charter Club
purchase price: $6.00
purchased from: a flea market
suggested retail: $34.00

{ring}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $4.80
purchased from: F21
suggested retail: $4.80

{bracelets}
brand: thrifted
purchase price: $15 for all of them
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown




{sandals}
brand: Glaze
purchase price: $14.30
purchased from: www.gojane.com
suggested retail: $50.00
Also worn here: http://www.mythriftychic.com/2012/02/party-rock.html




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Top 10 Swimsuit Trends for Summer 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Summer is just around the corner, and that means time for a new suit. There are so many trends happening in swimwear this season, that I had to put together a list of the top ten trends. I have also linked all the suits below, just in case you wanna swoop one up :)


1. Bandeau: Bandeau suits are great for small busted girls like myself :D A well endowed lady, will have some issues keeping the girls in. I like the bandeau's most because they don't leave crazy tan lines.
Roxy Bandeau Twist $44.00



2. Monotone: Monotone suits are very popular this summer. All white and all black suits virtually never go out of style. If you looking for a suit you will be able to wear for years to come, a monotone one is the way to go. White Halter Tank Suit $13.97


3. One Shoulder: One shoulder suits are new to the swimsuit platform this summer. Although they look really cute, I don't like the tan lines they may leave. Urban Outfitters One Shoulder $42.00


4. Neon: The neon trend is everywhere right now! It's safe to say anything you buy that is neon will be on trend.
Love Label Yellow Frill £10.00


5. Sequins: I am on the fence with the sequin trend. I like most girls, enjoy sparkly things, but I also value comfort. Sequins tend to be itchy and get caught on things when I wear them. Even though it's popular, I don't know that I'll be running out to buy a sequin suit.
Blue Sequin Triangle Bikini $32.00


6. Prints: Printed bikini's are usually fashionable, no matter what trends are happening. This season however I think you will be seeing a lot more of them. Animal prints and florals will be big I think!
Resort Animal Print Bikini £25.00

7. Fringe: A fringe swimsuit is one of those trends I didn't see coming. We didn't see a lot of fringe this past fall so my prediction is that by August, it's going to be everywhere! I think out of all the bikini trends, I might be purchasing myself a fringe suit.
Lira Black Fringe $39.50

8. Ruffles: Ruffled suits are pretty abundant right now, keeping with the girly trends. I think ruffles are timeless and add a sweet little detail to any suit.  Hula Honey Ruffle Suit $19.98

9. Cut out Monokini: It's no surprise to me to see cut out suits this summer. There were a ton of cut out dresses this past season, so it's only natural to see the trend carried over to summer. I personally think these types of suits are hard to wear, my muffin tops would not look good in this. Keyhole Monokini $30.00

10. Retro: Retro suits are all the rage this year. I have seen a ton of 50's and 60's style suits and prints. The retro suits are great for those who are more modest, because they cover more of you body!
Gingham Print Tankini $15.00
What are your favorite swimsuit trends this year? Will you be buying a new suit? If so, what kind?
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Denim & Wedges

Thursday, May 10, 2012

If you were to ask me two years ago how I felt about wearing a denim jacket with jeans, I would have given you the most disgusted look. Yet, somehow I find myself in a denim on denim ensemble today :D It's funny how trends grow on you and you end up giving in. I still have my reservations about denim with denim, but I think my rendition today is acceptable :) The shorts I'm wearing are thrifted, as I'm fairly certain someone cut them off as a DIY; but what makes them really cool, whomever cut them did it at an angle. Meaning, the back is longer than the front. I think its a genius idea considering I usually buy long shorts to cover my booty. This way I can have somewhat daisy dukes without feeling like I'm flashing my cheeks around town. This look cost $35.93!!



{shirt}
brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $19.99

{shorts}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $11.80

{necklace}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

{sunglasses}
brand: unknown
purchase price: $0.99
purchased from: The 99 cents store
suggested retail: unknown



{belt}
brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $1.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

{handbag}
brand: Maxx New York
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $175.00

{wedges}
brand: Qupid
purchase price: $7.99
purchased from:The Goodwill
suggested retail: $29.99




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My {thrifty} Beauty Bag

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Today I want to share some of my favorite cosmetics I use. I have never been one to swoon over expensive brands, and I certainly won't buy something simply for its label. That being said, cosmetics are one of the areas I will splurge if needed. If something works for me, that's all I care about, here are the things that work for me on a daily basis!!




1. Revlon Color Stay Makeup - $11.99
I have tried A LOT of foundations in my life time! I used to use Bare Minerals and I loved it!! Problem: my skin didn't agree. For 3 years I battled a crazy onset of adult acne and I couldn't figure out why. After loathing my skin for years one doctor suggested I change makeup....duh! Why didn't I think of that? Since I stopped using Bare Mineral makeup (that helped my acne immensely) I have experimented with others, but struggled to find one that would not intensify my oily/acne prone skin. A few months ago I found Revlon's Color Stay makeup and it is one of my favorites. It has an SPF, which I always need and leaves my skin with a soft matte finish.


2. Eco Tools - $9.99
When I was struggling to figure out the cause of my acne, I decided to change the brushed I used. I switched from synthetic to organic. Best decision ever! They are not that much more expensive and they feel so much nicer on my skin!

3. Physician's Formula Mineral Makeup - $8.79
Physician's formula is one of the makeup brands I tried when I first switched from Bare Minerals. My doctor recommend it to me and I have never looked back. Since switching all my makeup 2 years ago, that painful cystic acne has ceased!!


4. e.l.f. Liquid Eye Liner - $1.00
I remember the first time I heard about e.l.f. makeup. I thought it was the coolest thing that almost everything they sold was a buck!! I quickly learned I did not love everything they sold, but I do love their liquid eyeliner! Liquid eye liner has been a staple in my makeup case for years, I prefer it to pencils, hands down! Quite a few people struggle to master the brush, but with my artistic background I manage just fine. The reason e.l.f. is my favorite, is because of the design of the brush. The brush is longer with soft bristles that allows the eyeliner to glide in a straight line. I have tried other brands that have felt tips and they feel more like a marker and I can never get a clean line.


5. L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara - $7.59
I think I have tried just about every brand of mascara and I keep coming back to this one! I do not curl my eyelashes and the only time I've ever worn fake ones, was on my wedding day. Needless to say, I don't like to fuss with my eyelashes much. I like them to appear long and not clumped together, those are my only parameters. I love the plastic wand on the L'Oreal one, it separates each lash and leaves them looking longer!

6. NYX Blush (peach) - $5.90
I'm a big fan a quite a few NYX products, but I especially love this blush. I used to be a bronzer only kinda gal, but I've recently started using blush as well. I love the brightness of the NYX blush, which is nice when I want to do a simple eye and bright lip :)



7.  L-Lysine Lip Ointment - $5.10
Now this one may be a completely foreign object to all of you. A little back story, I've been getting fever blisters my whole life (my mom, brother, sister and cousin also have them), when I was little they were so bad they sometimes reached my nose and down my chin. SO GROSS!! As I got older doctors had expensive creams that only helped them scab over faster, but never made me look any prettier :( I finally found out about a supplement called Lysine in my late teens. It was a pill and I could pop a few when I felt a cold sore coming on. It has been the best discovery of my life!! I now only very rarely get a cold sore and I can usually fight it off. Why does this matter to you, you may ask? Well they also make Lysine in an ointment form, you can buy it at GNC. It is the best chap stick I have ever had! Seriously, nothing beats this stuff! I also use it on any irritated skin, like when the corners of my nose are raw in the winter, it helps immensely. I love this stuff and I use it everyday!


8. Aveeno Clear Complexion Moisturizer - $13.32
Aveeno is another brand I became loyal to after the acne problems. They are more expensive than other drugstore brands, but worth the money in my opinion! I love the clear complexion moisturizer because it has a touch of salicylic acid and doesn't leave my skin greasy. Also, Equate makes a generic brand version of it for a few dollars cheaper :)


9. Victoria's Secret-Love is Heavenly - $42.00
I know this one is not a cosmetic, but I had to tell you about my new favorite perfume! I have always been a "Heavenly" girl and when Victoria Secret came out with the "Halo" and all the other nonsense I was virtually unmoved. I have tried lots of perfumes, but I am always drawn to my staple "Heavenly." I was shocked to find how much I love the new scent "Love is Heavenly," It smells so GOOD!! It is sweet and citrusy and perfect for summer!

10. Basis Face Wash -$3.97
My dermatologist told me one time it doesn't matter what brand you put on your face if you're just going to rinse it off. He told me high priced face washes were useless and just a marketing tool. I believe him to an extent. I stopped using my high priced dermalogica and switched to a relatively unknown brand called "Basis." I read about this brand in a magazine and I love the way it makes my face feel. It's a gel but doesn't leave a layer of film. It cost under $5.00 too, which is so great!

11. Maybelline Lipstick "Red Rival" - $5.77
Alright, we have reached the lip rouge segment. Lipstick is my new favorite cosmetic! I never used to be into it, but something has sparked a new interest in me. Although, I have a plethora of lipstick, I have three favorites! Red has been a staple for about a year now. I love wearing red lipstick, it makes me feel sexy ;)


12. Revlon Lipstick "Berry Haute" - $5.99
A couple weeks ago I read about the newest trend in lipstick; purple! At first I was a little scared, but very curious. I immediately went to Target and picked up two different purples to see which on I liked. I was honestly surprised they even sell purple.... who would have thought? I ended up actually really loving one of them. The "Berry Haute" is a tamer version of a fuchsia. You can tell it's purple, but it doesn't make me look like I've been suffocated :D

13. MAC Lipstick "Snob" - $14.00
My third favorite lip color this season is light pink. It has the same effect as a nude but more edgy! It's really nice if you are going for a more natural look, but still want something unexpected!


** Note:  I have linked all of these products to various online retailers, but most of them can also be found at any drugstore**




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What's {trending} in Thrift: Spring Whites

Monday, May 7, 2012


Sorry about lagging on postings of my "What's trending in Thrift" Section. It may be hard to believe, but I haven't actually been making it to the thrift store as often as I'd like these days. My husband's between jobs (the ebbs and flow of the entertainment business), so we've been trying to cut back. I have had to keep myself from even stepping foot inside a Goodwill, because once I do, I know I'll find something I "need" to have :D

Today however, I treated myself to a thrift store outing and found some inspiration for Spring & Summer! The color white is HUGE right now, so I set out to show you that you can still find the trendiest garments on the cheap :)



1. Steve Madden Wedges: Wedges are my favorite type of high heel and these white canvas ones would be perfect for all the outdoor events this season! They were selling for $7.99, but too bad they were 2 sizes too big for me :/

2. Liz Claiborne Shoulder Bag: I am usually a little scared off by white purses because I tend to get them dirty so quickly. But with white being one of thee colors this season, I'm going to have to pull out one of my old favorites :) I don't need another white bag, or else I might have snagged this one for only $7.99

3. Express Tank Dress: My eyes immediately spied this cute little dress when I walked through the doors. It was light weight and had really cute studs all down the front. Only one problem, it was too small for me. I'm sure someone else snagged it quick though! Another $7.99 steal!

4. Forever 21 Blazer: White blazers have been in since winter, and it doesn't seem like they're going anywhere yet. I had to pick up this F21 one for myself! At $5.99 how can you resist?

5. Rubbish Linen Pants: I have a love-hate relationship with linen. I like it much better in theory than reality. I seems like a good idea until you sit for longer than 10 minutes and then you realize wrinkles have just become part of your fashion statement. Despite my negative sentiments, linen is great for warm weather and these trousers were only $5.49

6. Old Navy Shorts: These are a new favorite in my closet! I vary rarely find a pair of shorts that I don't have to sag to cover my butt! I love this style, they're white and so absolutely perfect for the season :) I took them home for a whopping $5.49!!


I saw a two dozen more amazing garments in various shades of white, cream and ivory. White is a hue you can always find in thrift stores, it virtually never goes out of style. It's a staple! So, instead of hitting the mall to find a white dress for spring, check the thrift stores first :)


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Real v. Steal: House of Harlow

Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's time again for another installment of my "Real" v.s. "Steal" section. I first saw the necklace below while watching Fashion Star. Nicole Richie was wearing it and it immediately caught my eye.  I told myself I had to seek it out, but feel asleep and subsequently forgot about it. A few days later I was searching eBay for God knows what and I stumbled across the generic version of it! I only paid $3.99; knowing it was not the original source for Nicole Richie. I know that she always wears her own line from "House of Harlow", so I set out to find the expensive version :) After a quick google search, I found quite a few sites who carry this necklace. When I saw the price tag of $75.00, I knew I'd already found a great deal!!




 The "Real" is sold at Nordstrom and the "Steal" is from this eBay Store.




 See how I styled it below!!for more pictures, click here




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Top 10 Nail Polishes {that are HOT right now}

Saturday, May 5, 2012

If you follow me on facebook, instagram or twitter, you may be aware of my obsession with nail polish. I paint my nails at least 3 times a week and I love to experiment with new colors. Below I have complied my version of the hottest nail polishes for Spring/Summer 2012. The two biggest trends are pastels & brights, but I have a few specific ones I am loving right now!


{Opalescent}
Revlon "Sheer Pearl"



{Nude}
Essie "Sand Tropaz"




{Mint Green}
Revlon "Sheer Mint"





{Pastel Pink}
Revlon "Pink Chiffon"




{Slate Gray}
Wet n' Wild "Cement"





{Baby Blue}
Revlon "Blue Lagoon"




{Lilac/Lavender}
Revlon "Provence"


{Tangerine}
Essie "Clambake"




{Magenta}

Sinful "Cream Pink"


{Neon Yellow}

Forever 21 "Neon Yellow"




Now, when it comes to nail polish, I am not brand loyal what-so-ever! I will buy anything that has the exact color I am looking for. I am however SUPER cheap when buying nail polish. I refuse to buy ESSIE, OPI, NICOLE, CHANEL or any other ridiculously priced polish (unless they are the only one who carry the color, then maybe, but a big maybe). I know I put a couple ESSIE's above, but that's only because they are the best color examples of what I am loving right now. I buy cheap nail polish because I have never found one that doesn't chip, so why waste the money? What is your "go-to" polish this season??




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