Just Another Saturday: A Pop Of Color

burberry nude color pop style guideWhile my blog feed has been flooded with shades of pink, red (and gray?) I hope you enjoy this “just another Saturday” post about regular old style. Whether you’re all hyped up for v-day or celebrating singles awareness day, I personally like to view it as any other day. I’ll just keep my commentary to myself on this one.

With that being said, I’m focusing today on adding a pop of color to your wardrobe during the cold neutral months. Nothing kicks up a drab outfit a notch more than an eye catching colored piece. There’s of course the easy route of adding a colored accessory to an all black outfit (lazy girls guide to chic, yeah?) but what about all the gray, nude, white and creams?

Tips: Adding a “pop” of color should mean that it’s a relatively small piece in proportion to the entirety of the outfit. For instance, a bright colored top with gray pants isn’t necessarily a “pop” of color (though it is a great touch so definitely  do try it) but a bold neon belt on an all gray dress is. A bright colored cardigan with black pants and a white shirt is a step in the right direction but  try doing a smaller piece like an electric blue shoe or a hot pink statement necklace to really draw the eye in. As a general rule (but by no means without exceptions) the bigger the piece is, the less captivating an effect. However, one example of an exception to that rule is a rich colored coat over neutrals. This is pretty much a must.

Here’s some inspiration to incorporating color into your minimalist style.

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Tips: Try making your elegant nude dress a little edgier by adding some neon flare to it and getting some extra wear out of it. A striking necklace or belt really makes a huge difference in changing the style of the dress entirely.

Adding color to your wardrobe can be tricky if you’re living on a budget so having small interchangeable pieces is a really great way to spice up an all neutral palette. Try adding items like these to your wardrobe to start yourself off:

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Most importantly always remember: it’s not what you wear, but how you wear it. Cliché, je sais, but true so just do you.

A Broke Girls Guide to Thrifting

thrift shop style adviceHave you ever been the victim of the “Ohmygosh I have that exact same dress! Target?!


But such is the life of mass production.

So are you just dying to know where you can get really quirky, unique pieces for dimes? (Warning: it’s a bit of work.)

Thrift stores are the best places to find really cool pieces for great prices (literally for cents at times!) and you can find truly unique pieces that you won’t find in your run-of-the-mill shopping mall. While you will find your fair share of Mossimo jeans and forever21 tops, you’re also sure to score some high-end brands for ridiculously cheap and hardly worn.

Now maybe you’ve tried thrifting and you’re thinking right now that I’m crazy because all you found was gross, dusty garbage but no! You’re just at the wrong place.

thrift1Here’s my super easy guide to thrifting to get you started on the right track.

  1. Familiarize yourself with the areas around the store. Why? Because (as a general rule) where there are wealthy people there are wealthy people’s old clothes. Where there are stylish people there are stylish people’s clothes. Go into a rich area and think “where would I take these to get rid of them?” and then proceed to scope out the thrift shops in that vicinity. Et voila!
  2. Don’t buy it because it’s cheap. Uh…look around. It’s all cheap! Buy only the things you love and can get a ton of use out of.
  3. Don’t be deceived by good fit. Just because something “fits you like a glove” does not mean you need to own it. Seriously ask yourself if you will ever wear this (other than cleaning the house in) more than once.
  4. Do a thorough inspection. Check for pills and holes and worn areas in the fabric as well as uneven hems and bad sewing.
  5. Don’t be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone. The great thing about thrift finds is that they are cheap so if you take a risk and it ends up not being a great one, you’re not losing much.
  6. Go with friends. Thrifting alone may work for some but for most it can be a tad overwhelming. Making a “thrift day” with friends is a great way to make shopping through racks of ugly to find the gold a lot more enjoyable. Plus, they can save you from making bad choices.

macklemore thrift shop style guideNow you should be ready to step out into the big bad (not so scary with these tips) thrifting world and get great pieces for pennies! Have any additional tips? Leave ’em in the comments!

Side note: Thanks for everyone who has continued to visit even though I’ve been awol for the last few weeks. My life has been seriously nonstop lately and I have not had any time to even log on to my computer. Technically I should be ridiculously busy today as well but I’m taking the day off to recuperate. Life caught up with me and knocked me on my butt. But ay, cest la vie. I’ve got another post I’ve (mostly) finished and will be posting up soon. I’m going to finish it today and schedule it to automatically post so you don’t have to worry about me keeping my word on this one. (Also, I know I normally do ‘Friday Faves’ on Fridays but since I’m a bit behind I hope you enjoy the article today.)

Sunday Best: The Little Black Dress

audrey hepburn breakfast at tiffanys little black dress lbdNo, we can’t all be Audrey Hepburn, and that’s a reality I go to bed with every night and wake up to in the cruel mornings. But there are days when I’m a little bit closer to her.

Ah yes. That’s because I’ve got on my Little Black Dress.

There’s nothing quite like the LBD. It loves you for who you are, it comforts you when you’re feeling bloated and it always makes sure you’re the center of attention at any event you attend together. The best of friend in your wardrobe. It’s really a shame you don’t call upon it more after all it’s done for you, isn’t it?

Ladies, let’s pull out those LBD’s and show them our appreciation, shall we? Let’s take them out in our converse or let them come along with us to the mall, tucked snug under our cardigan. Let’s dress up for a night on the town and take them dancing. They deserve it!

Whatever your style may be, there’s a Little Black Dress for you (unless you don’t wear dresses in which I can’t help you there. You’re missing out.) Snug and formed to your body or loose and flowing. Short or long or tea length. The LBD is the all-womans dress. Embellished or plain, short sleeve or long, gaudy or simple – the ultimate of ultimates! La creme de la creme!

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Have you never known this love, this unique bond of devotion to this simple but definition of perfection that is the Little Black Dress?

Oh my. My oh my.

I can’t go to your home and drag you on the quest to find your “one” but if I were able to, I would. Yes, I feel it’s that necessary. So what I can do is assist the best I can. Here’s a few online I was able to find and I hope that you’re able to find the one that suits you and can be your companion when all else in the fashion world fails you.

Best of success my dears!

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This last one is a little bit more than the others but certainly worth the price! It’s slightly metallic and has great detail and shape.
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In addition, here are some sites that have full sections of LBD’s at decent prices:
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Buying Versatile “Wow” Pieces

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This is a great example of a versatile “wow” piece. It can be dressed down with flats and a casual jacket or dressed up with statement jewelry and tights. And as you can see, it looks great with simple accessories as well. Click the photo for source.

What is a “wow” piece exactly? Take a spin-off of the LBD (little black dress) and make it hunter green or a deep royal blue or a sexy red or maybe a hot pink for the feisty girls. Make sure it has a classic shape that goes with everything (like your LBD) but it should be something that screams out “this is me!” and has unique touches. Remember it’s for versatility so be careful of asymmetrical sleeves or huge collars and pretty much anything that’s going to limit what you can wear with it. It should be easy yet unique. This item can be a pair of pants, a skirt or dress, a top – who cares! Confused yet?

Look out for these key qualities when hunting for your “wow” piece:

  • It’s made for your body. It should fit neither too loose or too tight but just right.
  • It can be worn all year long, rain or shine, depending how you style it.
  • It can be worn with a leather jacket, a simple cardigan or a fur coat. As though the t-shirt of wow pieces it should go with nearly everything.
  • You can wear simple or statement jewelry with it. Its enough on it’s own but it’s not too much to where it has to be.
  • Flats and heels both suit it. If it looks like you’ve changed out of your heels into your flats but you haven’t then that means it doesn’t look good with flats. When you wear flats with it it should look like you meant to. When you wear heels with it it shouldn’t look forced. That’s the absolute worse. Yuck.
  • You feel like a million bucks when you wear it.

Here is one example using the very flattering shape of this turquoise dress and pairing it both for dressy and casual so you can see how the piece itself is unique and special but easily paired with other items of all varieties.

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Obviously everyone has different style and taste so I went with something fairly basic to give you an idea of how to mix things up just by changing your accessories.

Now you’re ready to find your wow piece and make it your own!

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Sunday Best: Lace is a girls best friend

lace short dress style how to wear style guide inexpensiveFemininity at it’s finest. It has the capacity to transform, to change, the person wearing it. Under her leather jacket or paired with her combat boots, she is so very evidently a woman with it peeking out from underneath. On her wedding day from head to toe, it makes her a princess. Whether she’s in her bedroom with nothing else or she’s out walking in the cold streets with a baggy jumper to cover her, keeping it as her own secret, she can’t help but feel like a woman. The luxury, the empowerment, the confidence; she is wearing lace.

I don’t know what it is but lace just brings me joy. I don’t even need to talk it up. It really speaks for itself. There’s an endless amount of stores you can find lace so I don’t think you need my help in finding any. BUT. I will say this: choose wisely. Not all lace is good lace. Tacky lace makes me cringe and it’s unfortunately something I see all too often.

Below is an example of a really easy, casual way to do lace if you’re just getting into it. Like I said, lace can be done wrong so this is one way to incorporate it if you’re still unsure of how to wear it.

lace outfit pleather imitation leather style fashion ideas guide budget inexpensiveNot that you have to play it safe with how you accessorize your lace but do remember this: less is more. Lace is such an attention seeker so make sure that you’re highlighting the lace, not the idea of it. For instance pair your lace with your denim and t-shirts, not on your denim and t-shirts. This is not a rule so much as a guideline. There are always pieces that are the exception. Also look at the quality and the intricacy of the lace. Lace is special so make it feel unique. Buy pieces that are deserving of the lace on them.

lace outfit ideas style guide budget inexpensive shopping h&mI hope this article was helpful and you’re ready to show off your feminine side!

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Friday Fave: The Fur Coat

I may dress very JCrew 90% of the time but I have a deep love for all things gaudy and ostentatious. Enter the highlight of this weeks Friday Fave: the fur coat. Faux fur exclusively only because I don’t live in the arctic where I’d have any real need for an animal to die in order for me to have a coat to keep me warm in the frigid temperatures. I live in Texas where it gets to a very rare teens in it’s lowest points in which everything shuts down and we stay inside living off our canned goods. We don’t do cold here. But I digress.

furcoat1Fur! The fact that this is trending right now makes me unbelievably happy because now it means it’s accessible and I love nothing more than for things to be accessible.

Please, all, of you, wish me the best in my endeavors to convince my husband to allow me to indulge in this desire of mine.

Enough of the chitchat, though, and on to the goods! Here’s a few of my favorites and where you (or me!) can buy them.

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Avoid Logo Vomit: Show Off Your Style (Not Your Money)

The fashion industry has been quite successful in making us unpaid spokesman for their label while we shell out a small fortune and live on an all-ramen diet the remainder of the month. But why is that? Why do we cut off our right arm to have a fancy logo all over our purse or plastered on the front of a t-shirt? Is it insecurity? Is it peer pressure? Is it some sort of animalistic ritual to declare dominance among the herd? I used to find myself regularly having to tear myself from this magnetic force that pulls in droves upon droves of unsuspecting victims daily.

But that’s not style.

The trick to living on a budget is to never let it show.

Zina at fashionvibe.net is known for putting together stylish outfits from inexpensive stores like H&M and Zara as well as thrifting finds.

Style cannot be bought. Trust me, I see on a regular basis the woman with a stained nasty shirt and leopard print leggings with dirty flipflops that her heels hang off of and she’s got a Louis Vuitton purse draped on her elbow. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: money can’t buy you class. Now, that’s not to say it’s wrong to have one of these bags. It’s not. But why do you have it or want it? Is it because you want to be noticed for your money? Is it because you want to flaunt it to the world that you can afford a designer bag? Or is it actually because you genuinely love the design? Just ponder that for a minute.

Now, while I have said in the past to invest in a classic designer bag if able, I want to reiterate that classic does not necessarily mean labels. I do have a number of designer bags but I can tell you right now that, unless you’re actually looking for it, you won’t notice the designer right off the bat. Good quality is the ultimate goal in buying staples. If you can’t nor will you ever be able to buy a designer bag, find quality elsewhere and treat it with extra tlc. Don’t make yourself an unpaid spokesman. They’re not paying you. You’re paying them to advertise for them! Madness!

But listen up ladies! There has been a revolution! Fashion and Style bloggers have taken over, slowly but surely erasing those ideas of label whoring and showing us how to look effortlessly chic in clothes from Zara, ForeverXXI, H&M, thrift stores, garage sales and more! So before you get sucked in to the appeal of that splattered logo, check out some of these great items that have a lower price tag and a high amount of style:

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Vive la revolution!

In other news: I hope everyone stayed safe last night and made smart choices.

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My Friday Fave: Head-to-toe Black

all black clothing shopping style fashion blogWhether it’s a night on the town or a trip to the grocery store, one of my favorite trends (although I don’t feel “trend” is necessarily an appropriate word for this timeless look) is the chic and ever-flawless head-to-toe noir. Not only am I too often lazy when it comes to waking up early to assemble an outfit but I  rarely ever feel emotionally capable of putting one together the night before (I like to live recklessly, what can I say?) so throwing on all black is an easy way to boost my confidence about 100%. I feel effortlessly chic and in-control of life. It’s my powersuit. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love color and I wear it liberally but when I’m feeling a little insecure or having trouble making a decision about what to wear then, to me, all black is always the answer.

Black is one of those fabulous colors that looks expensive no matter how much you pay for it (assuming you’ve followed my rules) and, this may be my personal opinion, but you can never really have too much black. Maybe four pairs of nearly identical boots is too much but you get the point. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall; black is always effortlessly chic and forever in style. It’s a look you don’t need jewelry with or perfectly styled hair or even makeup. Chapstick and clear skin (for some of us that’s fresh faced but for others it’s concealer or light foundation; only a few rare unicorns actually have great no-need-for-makeup skin) can actually be enough for this look and we don’t look like we’ve given up on life or gone through a bad breakup.

Now a couple variations to the all-black trend include adding a pop of color in a bag or statement piece of jewelry, a bright shoe or even just a pop of color on the lips. I’m in love with a good red lip and I think it amps up the look by about a billion or so. If you can’t find the right red lipstick or think you can’t wear it because of your skintone or it always gets on your teeth then there are solutions. Then there’s my personal favorite of the trends; the fur coat. Swoon.

Micah Gianneli_Best top Australian fashion style blog_Rihanna RiOkay, so the ultimate factor in wearing all black is this: confidence. If you’re wearing all black because you think it will disguise your hideousness, you’re in a losing battle. Genuine confidence (none of this fake confidence crap) is something that comes from feeling good about you. Not cocky or conceited or thinking you’re the most gorgeous person to walk the earth but confidence in knowing you are doing you and doing your best at it each and every day. A girl who sits on the couch crying about being overweight while eating a cheesecake by herself is not going to ever feel good about herself. A girl of the same size and complexion who’s eating healthy and trying to get into a good exercise routine is not wasting time getting comfortable with her unhappiness; she’s recognized a desire to change and she’s put it into motion. Ladies, If you want to feel good about yourself, give yourself reason to feel good. (Such sage advice, I know. That’s why it’s in bold.) I use weight for this example but really it’s for any problem we have that gets us feeling less than we are. Effort! Trying can be hard and exhausting and it is so much easier to give up and cry about it but the one problem with that solution is, oh yeah, it isn’t a solution! But really, to close this little rant off, no amount of clothing will give you confidence if you don’t have it in you to begin with. You can’t buy that. It just requires some emotional elbow grease and a lot of hard work and picking your self up again when you fall short. Never give up on trying to be a better you. (*Remember: We are all created differently. One girl might have more curves than another but that doesn’t make either of them overweight or underweight. A persons healthy body is unique to them and so when I mention someone being overweight I mean just that. There is a difference between curvy and healthy and overweight due to diet or health. Some also have medical conditions that make them underweight or overweight no matter what they eat and therefore they are not in control of that part of themselves and should not feel helpless or depressed because of something out of their control. Never would we want to put undue pressure on ourselves to be something we are not.)

And on that note (and completely disregarding this not-so-subtle segway,) start your all black wardrobe with some great inexpensive pieces like these from H&M:

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Knit Turtleneck Sweater – $29.95
Imitation Leather Pants – $24.95
Wool-blend Coat – $69.95
Monkstrap Boots – $34.95
Handbag – $39.95
Wool Hat – $29.95

(Or hunt for your own collection at thrift stores or items on sale/clearance at your favorite stores!)

X’s & O’s chickabiddies.

Equip yourself for battle: how to claim your victory while shopping

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You’re itching to go into the battlefield of your local mall and claim your spoils of victory. How, though, can you guarantee you’ll get the ripest of the spoils and not stuck with the unwanted leftovers? You must first prepare yourself mentally and physically for what lies ahead.

  • Know the plunder: Know what you need or want and don’t get distracted. Have a checklist beforehand of what items you’re looking for and certain stores you want to prioritize. You’re funds are limited and you don’t want to waste your money on items you weren’t looking for and not have the money when you finally find the item you actually did need.

  • Wear proper armor: Now is no time to look cute with lace up booties and layers of warm clothing. You must be equipped for speed. Jeans, leggings, maxidresses, sweatshirts. Forget the scarves and heavy coats! They’ll only hold you back and tire you out. Wear comfortable flats and easy clothing to maximize your endurance.

  • Don’t identify yourself: Want 800 emails a day that you never check? Then by all means continue giving out your email to everyone who asks. If you don’t, however, like an exploding inbox then embrace your rights and tell them no! It’s not a law that you give the store you rarely shop at your email address. Just. Say. No. Share that information with people who deserve it, not just because someone says “What’s your email?” Repeat with me: “No thank you. Not today.

  • Only take what you can carry: You have four navy skirts already. Honestly, you only ever find yourself wearing the one. So why do you need a fifth? You don’t! Yes, it’s “different from the others” but really, no, it’s not. Drop it and save the space for something that actually is different. Remember: don’t waste your money on items you weren’t looking for when you can spend it on something you do actually need or want.

  • Patience is a virtue: If you don’t find what you’re looking for or need then don’t claim just anything because the money is burning a hole in your pocket or you feel you need to be holding a shopping bag in your hand. If you’re dying to buy something, here’s my advice: 1) get some self-control or 2) go buy $25 worth of jewelry at ForeverXXI and don’t rob yourself. If you go into battle and there’s nothing good left, you don’t walk away with the cow manure just because you “wanted something.”

You’re all set now. You’re equipped to fight the crowds and keep your sights set on the bigger treasures while the rest struggle one another over the $11 fur coat with the hole under the arm. On to the battlefield my soldiers!

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Invest in timeless staples – go cheap for trends

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There are certain items every girl needs in her wardrobe to make it well-rounded and complete. You may be familiar with the term “wardrobe staples” but you may not be exactly sure what that means for you if you’re one of those many who thinks “why would I ever need a white button down or leopard print flats?”

It’s because, while those are classics, they aren’t necessarily staples for every girl. So what makes any piece truly a staple? It’s timeless. Years later (assuming your weight hasn’t drastically changed) you should still be able to be wearing your staple pieces and not look outdated. Whatever trend is current, your staples should effortlessly go hand-in-hand with them. Let’s begin with these basics on determining your personal staples.

  • There are of course the basic basics like t-shirts and jeans. For jeans you should find a classic fit whether it be skinny, straight leg or bootcut that fits your body proportions and, most of all, you feel confident in. Invest in one dark pair and one faded pair. Abstain from any distressing or embellishments when it comes to your staple pairs and make sure they’re a good fit that allows a little fluctuation in weight gain and loss. For your t-shirts go gray, black, and white and stay away from anything too baggy, too long or short or has sleeve embellishment. Keep it simple. Your free to buy those but not as your staples.classic white button down and alternative silk top

  • Instead of the classic white button down which many aren’t comfortable wearing, invest in a nice silk blouse or something similar to take its place. I personally love white button downs and have a few because they’re easy and crisp looking but really, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. It should be something you can throw on with everything to make it dressy or casual or office-ready. Make sure it has sleeves otherwise it may not be appropriate for some occasions.

  • Don’t underestimate the importance of good sneakers. Converse, Keds, Vans, or whatever it may be, make sure it’s a good sturdy pair (no cheapies!) that will hold up for a long time and are your style. These are all shoe brands that go in and out of being trendy but at the same time are always classics so go buy which ones you love, not which ones are currently hot. Depending on how you style them, they can be super casual or make a haute couture statement. Timeless and adaptable.

  • While I recommend buying statement jewelry that’s inexpensive and can afford to be replaced often, I put it in here as a staple because it’s something you should regularly update and always have in your possession because it can make simple jeans and a t-shirt look super fashionable. Bold accessories can go a long way in completely changing something from drab to fab and it’s super easy.black Coach purse, nude Kate Spade purse and cognac Dooney&Bourke bookbag

  • Most girls live out of their purses and when it comes to bags I have one thing to say – go designer. Whatever bags are a necessity for you, invest in a quality one. I have a dark purse and a light purse and a neutral bookbag and I don’t tire of them. I’m set for all seasons and they are sturdy and classically shaped so they never go out of style. A great bag won’t have logos splashed everywhere or a lot of bells and whistles nor will it be too slouchy (which can turn into a black abyss) but will have good shape to hold everything you need.

There are tons of staples I could suggest even still but the bottom line is when you are looking to buy an item, ask yourself this: “Will this still look good in twenty years?” If not, buy an inexpensive version of it and put the rest of your shopping budget to good use. In the end, a closet should reflect who you are and what your lifestyle is. A woman who works in an office is going to have a very different wardrobe than a woman who works in a boutique but all the articles should be easy to wear with a variety of style options and be timeless. Use these guidelines in your future shopping adventures and you’re sure to save money in the longrun. Happy shopping everyone!