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11 Great Style Tips For The Broke & Bougie

These style “bloggers” have some serious explaining to do. I’m all for great threads, and they look awesome, but you don’t have to break the bank to look chic. I see all these great pictures and witty quotes, but not too many posts about how get great clothes on a Ramen noodle budget. Again, I’m not trying to take anything away from these ladies and their tremendous success, but how is this helping the readers? As a blogger, I have to keep in mind that everyone who reads my material isn’t always sitting court-side at the Knicks game or vacationing in the Hamptons every other weekend. Most people can’t be at Fashion Week, and my job is to bring it to you guys *end of rant*. If you have champagne ideas but you’re on a kool-aid budget, I got you, just keep reading.


1. Eighty-six the cheap plastic buttons on your coat or blazer to make your look more chic.


2. A good embellishment can be pricey, so go for a simple bag without too much hoopla (i.e. glitter, sequins, and logos).

H&M Handbag $40


3. Kick your faux leather pumps to the curb and go for ones in faux suede, they look way more posh. 


4. Wrinkled clothes are a no-no — invest in a steamer.


5. Buy a slip! Inexpensive clothing usually isn’t lined properly, and a slip will prevent any and all wardrobe malfunctions (you never want to be that girl). It’ll also help your garments achieve a better fit and give them a more elegant flow.


6. When deciding on what pieces to buy, keep the fabric in mind. Tweed, cotton, and linen often look high-priced, even if they aren’t. Think quality.


7. Pilling knit pieces will have you looking hobo-chic (and that is not a compliment, despite what the hipster at your local Urban Outfitters tells you). A fabric shaver will take any outfit from drab to fab, and all for a measly $8 at Walmart. Go get one.


8. Find a tailor and devote your entire wardrobe to their magical genius. Sure, you’ll be ponying up more money on the front-end, but pieces that are customized to fit your body will always look more expensive.


9. Whatever it is, get it in black. It has a lovely way of concealing the telltale signs of being an inexpensive piece. Plus, everything in black always looks way more chic.

Naomi Harris in Alexander McQueen. Could she be anymore chic? *drooling*


10. Cheaper coats and dresses often come with their own belt or sashes–swap them out for better looking ones. This will hide their humble beginnings.


11. Pamper your footwear. You should take your heels to a cobbler for a good cleaning and to get the heel caps replaced, even if they’re inexpensive. Nothing looks worse than shoes that say, “All my life I had to fight…”


Stay beautiful my loves ❤

4 Must-have Pieces for the Perfect Winter Date

So you scored a date with the cutie you met at Starbucks (you go girl!) and, after your immediate feelings of jubilee, you suddenly enter a freak-out moment. What are you going to wear? Its thirty-seven degrees outside! Hey, just because its cold out doesn’t mean your clothes have to be boring or unflattering. You actually have more wardrobe options to wear during the colder months, and finding a great outfit to wear is simple when you have these four pieces:

sexy sweater

Boy’s club sweater $58, nastygal.com

1. A Sexy Sweater

When you think of sultry getups, a sweater isn’t exactly a piece that comes to mind. They’re just there to keep the cold winter winds from nipping at your neck and chest, right? Wrong! How in the world can a sweater be sexy? Easy, by having a plunging neckline or cropped hem, falling off the shoulders, or by wrapping snuggly around your waist. Go for one of these, and you’ll see just how much a sweater can sex up any outfit.

Faux leather ponte leggings, $98, anntaylor.com

Faux leather ponte leggings, $98, anntaylor.com

2. Sleek, High Quality Pants

Ladies, lay down your skinny jeans! Wearing the same style of anything can become pretty mundane, and dressing yourself should never encourage yawns. Switch it up for your next night out by opting for a waxed, faux leather, or velvet pant. A great pair of comfy leggings will also do the trick, but make sure they have some pizzaz. A pair with an elongating tuxedo stripe down the leg will make them seem ready for the real world as opposed to the nearest LA Fitness.

Leather dress, $227, asos.com

Leather dress, $227, asos.com

3. A Dress That Clings

When picking a date-night dress for the winter, the same rules apply for when picking one in the summer: the fit is everything. To look your absolutely best, wear one that flatters your figure. Not your sorority sister’s figure, not your best friend’s figure, but yours. It should hug you in all the right places. Feeling like a badass? Then go for one in leather, it’ll drive him wild.

Leather zip-pocket skirt, $200, gap.com

Leather zip-pocket skirt, $200, gap.com

4. A Skirt That Turns Heads

For the freezing winter nights, trying to pull off a mini takes a little more thought and planning. But a warm, sexy skirt is still totally do-able. Look for midcalf lengths that hug your curves, or choose a pencil skirt and wear it as a wrap. That extra bit of leg that peeks out will definitely stop the show. And if you’re a brave soul that insists on going short, keep in mind that its all about the material. Try one in leather (I like leather, ok?) or go for a quilted nylon in a nice shade or cool pattern.

There you have it ladies! I hope this opened up your mind to new possibilities and ideas for your next night out. Always remember that low temperatures don’t mean you have to look like the Abominable Snowman, he can’t dress for shit. Enjoy your night with your cutie, and don’t forget to zip up!

Stay beautiful lovies ❤

30 Essential Buys For Fall ’14

If you’re like me, a hopeless Google surfing nazi, as each season approaches you feverishly scour the internet searching for what to buy. Which shoes? What skirt? Which accessories? And, again if you’re like myself, you just may be an egotistical list-making maniac (Don’t you dare judge my flaws!). This isn’t really a list of what you should get, but more a friendly guide in the right direction. Maybe it’ll reinforce the list you’ve already got going on, and hopefully give you some more ideas. You should definitely consider this the best homework assignment life has been so gracious to offer you. I mean, shopping for cute new clothes? Yes, please! So, without further adieu, here are 30 essential buys for your Fall wardrobe:

1. The Speckled Pullover

There’s a new spin on the traditional lumpy sweater that always seems to make its way into our closets every season. This particular type gives off a hand-made vibe that both high-street shops and high-end designers alike are featuring, which means they won’t be hard to find.

$98 www.freepeople.com

Free People Speckle Ribbed Pullover $98 http://www.freepeople.com

2. The Fall Parka

This is a great transitional piece because, when properly lined, it can easily become a winter parka. You can wear it with the sleeves rolled up in the beginning of fall, or with thick trousers and knits when the temperatures drop.

Long Parka Jacket $55 www.etsy.com

Long Parka Jacket $55 http://www.etsy.com

3. The Mod Boot

You probably can’t remember a time when a black ankle boot has not been in your fall rotation, right? Well, if you’re looking for an updated version of seasons past, go for ones that come with a little extra. Whether it be a contrast panel, a super high shine, or an out-of-the-ordinary color.

Modern Mirage Boot $20.99 www.modcloth.com

Modern Mirage Boot $20.99 http://www.modcloth.com

4. The Generously Sized Sweater

This has always been a favorite of mine. Make sure the sweaters in your fall wardrobe are oversized, heavy, but fitted through the shoulders. This will make it look like its yours and not something you borrowed from your dad.

Casual Wild Round Neck Cable Knit Pullover $26 wheretoget.it

Casual Wild Round Neck Cable Knit Pullover $26 http://wheretoget.it

5. The Smock Dress

Functionality is synonymous to the smock dress. Its billowy and baggy style will bring a summertime familiarity to your fall wardrobe. Pair it with tights and a great boot  for a look that keeps you both chic and warm. Ah, the best of both worlds.

Nancy Double Layer Bouquet Shift Dress $32.60 www.boohoo.com

Nancy Double Layer Bouquet Shift Dress $32.60 http://www.boohoo.com

6. The ’70s Leather Skirt

The ’80s rocker leather minis have had their fun. Now its time to ditch those puppies for a longer, warmer option for fall. These days leather skirts are getting a little longer, more boho, and coming in richer, matte materials.

ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt In Leather $114.26 us.asos.com

ASOS Pleated Midi Skirt In Leather $114.26 http://us.asos.com

7. The Simple Sneaker

Your go-to sneaker for the fall should be stripped from all extraneous bells and whistles. This means no wedges, contrast stitching, metallic panels, and unnecessary hardware. Think minimalist.

H&M Sneakers $14.95 www.hm.com

H&M Sneakers $14.95 http://www.hm.com

8. The Sexy Back Out Blouse

We are all sick and tired of the mullet skirt, its been done a hundred times over. But its high time to bring that same “business in the front, party in the back” philosophy to our blouses. This season designers are adding a surprise hint of skin to their blouses through sheer panels, deep slits, or well-placed cut-outs. Wear them with high-waisted trousers and skirts, but don’t tuck them in.

Sacadi Pleated Back Poplin & Chiffon Blouse $520 www.net-a-porter.com

Sacadi Pleated Back Poplin & Chiffon Blouse $520 http://www.net-a-porter.com

9. The Annie Hall Trouser Reloaded

If you don’t already have a pair of these, now would be a good time to go get some. The great thing about these is there are plenty of stores that carry these roomy, baggy trousers. Thrift shops always have a tone of these on hand. You can get them tailored to hit right above your ankle, or you can roll up the cuffs yourself. And you can pair them with just about anything

Front Row Shop Linen Trousers $62 www.frontrowshop.com

Front Row Shop Linen Trousers $62 http://www.frontrowshop.com

10. The Classic Belt

Adding a menswear belt to your low and mid-rise jeans is a fantastic way to modernize them. The thick leather and no-nonsense buckle makes a regular tee-and-denim ensemble look way more polished.

Classic Buckle Belt J. Crew $55 www.jcrew.com

Classic Buckle Belt J. Crew $55 http://www.jcrew.com

11. The Decorative Loafer

If your penny loafers had a mind of their own, they’d look like this season’s new batch. Complete with unconventionally appealing colors, whimsical add-ons, and bold design elements, these darlings will definitely add a dash of personality to your tootsies.

Tahari Timo Loafers $105 www.zappos.com

Tahari Timo Loafers $105 http://www.zappos.com

12. The Wicked Ticking Stripe

This isn’t your typical CEO’s button-up. This season, the classic blue-and-white pattern is being modeled in a myriad of silhouettes. Voluminous pinafore-style shirts, contorted tops, and strapless versions all achieve that button-up feeling without actually having buttons.

Isabel Marant Stripped Gathered Shirt $290.88 www.farfetch.com

Isabel Marant Stripped Gathered Shirt $290.88 http://www.farfetch.com

13. The Charming Faux Fur Accent

This season, don’t try to pretend that your fuzzy fur isn’t faux. Go for pieces in unnatural colors like mauve, pastel pink, and electric blue.

ASOS Faux Fur Multi Stripe Scarf $66.65 http://us.asos.com

ASOS Faux Fur Multi Stripe Scarf $66.65 http://us.asos.com

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