Summer Trend: Safari-Inspired

I haven’t seen the safari trend covered much by the fashion media yet this season but it’s definitely one of my favorites. To me, this trend is the cousin of the military theme that was so hot this spring.

Right now Charlotte Russe has some really great safari pieces; khaki and olive drab garments, bold beaded jewelry and animal prints are the order of the day. I particularly love the khaki Belted Safari Dress because it’s chic and leaves endless possibilities for accessorizing. I actually think I’d wear it with the Colorblock Seed Bead necklace (below), a large black tote and some black strappy sandals.

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

Colorblock Seed Bead Necklace ($10.50, Charlotte Russe)

Rolled Sleeve Cargo Pocket Jacket ($30, Charlotte Russe)

Belted Safari Dress ($26, Charlotte Russe)

Drawstring Camo Print Cargo Shorts ($19.50, Charlotte Russe)

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Striped Bikinis

Move over,  itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini! I’m really loving the striped 2 piece swim suits this season, so cute and fun! Basically, everything that summer is supposed to be. If you’re looking for affordable bikini separates that you can mix and match, I highly recommend you check out Charlotte Russe. They have some great choices that won’t leave your wallet feeling devastated.

Mitered Stripe Bikini Top ($14.50, Charlotte Russe) Striped Halter Bikini Top ($14.50, Charlotte Russe)
Mitered Stripe Bikini Bottom ($14.50, Charlotte Russe) Striped Side Tie Bikini Bottom ($14.50, Charlotte Russe)

Mitered Stripe Bikini Top ($14.50, Charlotte Russe)

Striped Halter Bikini Top ($14.50, Charlotte Russe)

Mitered Stripe Bikini Bottom ($14.50, Charlotte Russe)

Striped Side Tie Bikini Bottom ($14.50, Charlotte Russe)

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“Best Of Inexpensive Style” List

IMG_1069As promised in our 1st year anniversary post, check out my favorite places for scoring the best deals on clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as the particular items to look out for at each:

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Forever 21: designer-inspired clothing, great heels, amazing jewelry for under $10

Item 2Overstock.com: fantastic deals on jewelry and shoes

Item 3Papaya Clothing: great for both casual and dressy clothes that have a ‘youthful,’ sassy feel

Item 4A’gaci: another top destination for designer-inspired items

Item 5H&M: great prices on basics such as t-shirts, tanks, tights and sweaters from .

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Item 6Charlotte Russe: beautiful dresses and other “going out wear”

Item 7Zara: beautiful, quality suits at reasonable prices and an awesome casual section, GORGEOUS shoes!

Item 8DSW: huge selection of shoes at discounted prices, check out also their handbag section

Item 9Zappos: shoes in every style and color you can imagine–not an exaggeration, also some fab deals on designer handbags from previous seasons

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Keep these in mind as you’re shopping or planning where you want to buy a certain outfit–chances are good that you’ll find yourself looking fabulous while spending less.

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Ashley Tisdale’s Glam Rock Style

Ashley Tisdale

Ashley Tisdale

I’ve never watched the High School Musical series. What I can tell, though, is that Ashley Tisdale’s Disney days may be coming to a close. She’s released an album, which I have to say I like! I really like “Crank It Up,” which has a sick beat.

Ashley Tisdale’s style is pretty edgy; I often see pictures of her wearing combat boots or something with studs. I really like how, in this look, she takes a really laid-back and casual combination (leather jacket, printed tee, hoodie, and ripped jeans) and gives it a touch of sleek with black peep-toe booties. Awesome!

As we all begin putting our peacoats and bomber jackets back in the closet until next year (yes!), a hoodie under a jacket is perfect for this time of year. It may be beautiful during the day right now but at night time temperatures drop really quickly and you can freeze your bum off in a minute. Hence, layers are key.

P.S. Anybody else love Ashley Tisdale as a brunette?

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Ballerina Sequins Tee ($13.50, Wet Seal) Puffed Heart Necklace ($5.80, Forever21)
HERITAGE 1981 WOMEN Zip-up Athletic Jacket ($18.90, Forever 21) Faux Leather Hood Jacket ($42.50, Wet Seal)
Back Flap Skinny Jean ($29.50, Wet Seal) Ruffled Suede Bootie ($32, Charlotte Russe)

Ballerina Sequins Tee ($13.50, Wet Seal)

Puffed Heart Necklace ($5.80, Forever21)

HERITAGE 1981 WOMEN Zip-up Athletic Jacket ($18.90, Forever 21)

Faux Leather Hood Jacket ($42.50, Wet Seal)

Back Flap Skinny Jean ($29.50, Wet Seal)

Ruffled Suede Bootie ($32, Charlotte Russe)

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

StealThisDress! Savings Factor: 4

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Spring 2010 Trend: Turquoise

Right now, I’m in total “research spring trends” mode. I’ve had enough of winter–can you tell?! In addition to nude/tan shoes and sailor/nautical motifs, turquoise is going to be big for Spring 2010.

Turquoise is a gorgeous color that makes a major impact. Below are a few turquoise things that caught my eye.

Large Stone Drop Earrings ($34.50, Express)

Studded Ruched Top ($12.49, Charlotte Russe)Women's Faux-Leather Thong Sandals, Turquoise ($9.50, Old Navy)

Kate Landry Croco Patch Hardframe Clutch ($26.60, Dillards)

Large Stone Drop Earrings ($34.50, Express)

Studded Ruched Top ($12.49, Charlotte Russe)

Women’s Faux-Leather Thong Sandals, Turquoise ($9.50, Old Navy)

Kate Landry Croco Patch Hardframe Clutch ($26.60, Dillards)

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Inspired by…Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham–the woman who, in my mind, invented style.

Pebbled Leather Belted Platforms Classic Nautical Dress ($22.80, Forever21) Ultra City Girl Tote
Boucle Knit Jacket ($26.50, Wet Seal) F3020 Sunglasses ($5.80, Forever 21)

Pebbled Leather Belted Platforms ($26.99, Charlotte Russe)

Classic Nautical Dress ($22.80, Forever21)

Ultra City Girl Tote ($39.95, Baghaus)

Boucle Knit Jacket ($26.50, Wet Seal)

F3020 Sunglasses ($5.80, Forever 21)

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Ruffled Tops: Don’t Underestimate Them!

I’m really happy that ruffles have made a come-back. Just a few years ago they were considered a granny-like faux pas. Wear them with cardigans. You be thinking “But isn’t that even more granny?”; the answer is no. Top off the look with a belt that has some tough metallic accents and you have perfect balance. For a bolder look, I love pairing ruffled tops with a fitted leather jacket and statement jewelery. Ruffles–can’t get enough of ’em.

Belted Ruffle Blouse ($19.99, Charlotte Russe) Racerback Ruffle Trim Top ($7.80, Forever21) Silk Ribbon Pleated Shell ($69.50, Banana Republic)

Belted Ruffle Blouse ($19.99, Charlotte Russe)

Racerback Ruffle Trim Top ($7.80, Forever21)

Silk Ribbon Pleated Shell ($69.50, Banana Republic)

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Chanel-inspired Look

Chanel Spring 2010 Ready-to-wear Collection, Photo: Monica Feudi

Chanel Spring 2010 Ready-to-wear Collection, Photo: Monica Feudi

Saying that the Chanel fashion house requires no introduction would be the understatement of the century. I don’t want to repeat that which has already been said countless times and go on and on about the timeless appeal of the Coco Chanel style philosophy. My words would not do it justice. Instead, let’s dive right in and channel a look from the Chanel Spring 2010 ready-to-wear line.

Ruched Top ($17.99, Charlotte Russe) Zipper Bow Tie Headband ($3.99, Charlotte Russe)
Dotted Jacquard Skirt ($19.80, Forever21) rsvp Manda Black Patent Pumps ($20.57, www.overstock.com)

Ruched Top ($17.99, Charlotte Russe)

Zipper Bow Tie Headband ($3.99, Charlotte Russe)

Dotted Jacquard Skirt ($19.80, Forever21)

rsvp Manda Black Patent Pumps ($20.57, www.overstock.com)

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Thanksgiving Super Deals

Here are some of the best things that I found online on the best shopping day of the year:

Frosted Goldtone CZ Red-eyed Snake RingFrosted Goldtone CZ Red-eyed Snake Ring ($19.34, www.overstock.com)

Cropped Ruffle Cardigan

Cropped Ruffle Cardigan ($49.50, Express)

Striped Ruched Sweater ($24.99, Charlotte Russe)Striped Ruched Sweater ($24.99, Charlotte Russe) – Charlotte Russe is currently offering 25% off and free shipping on all orders over $65–awesome deal!

Preston & York Paisley-Block Muffler ($14.40, Dillards)

Preston & York Paisley-Block Muffler ($14.40, Dillards)

XOXO Pants, 4-Way Stretch Knit Skinny ($29.99, Macy's)XOXO Pants, 4-Way Stretch Knit Skinny ($29.99, Macy’s)

'Bonnny' Shoe ($53.97, Steve Madden)‘Bonnny’ Shoe ($53.97, Steve Madden)

Sterling Silver Crown Pendant Necklace ($11.42, www.overstock.com)Sterling Silver Crown Pendant Necklace ($11.42, www.overstock.com)

Fab Bootcut Jean ($6, Forever 21)Fab Bootcut Jean ($6, Forever 21)

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Essential Winter Clothing and Accessories

SnowflakeIt may not feel like it here on the East Coast–where we have been lucky enough to have sun and temperatures in the high 60’s during the last two days–but winter is right around the corner. With all of the holiday parties and other events going on, don’t wait til the last minute to get the winter must-haves that any fashionista should stock her closet with.

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Item 1A cozy knit sweater. Choose one in white; this traditional winter color is a great way to visually reduce the ‘bulk’ effect of chunky knits that help us stay warm.

Women's Open-Weave Sweater, Marshmallow White ($34.50, Old Navy)Women’s Open-Weave Sweater, Marshmallow White ($34.50, Old Navy)

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Tweed pants. This is a particularly wise choice for those who work in an office setting, since these stylish pants look great with dressy sweaters and blazers.

Tweed Trousers ($69.50, Gap)Tweed Trousers ($69.50, Gap)

Item 3A wool trench coat. For those of you who are put off by the word “trench”, just remember that we are essentially talking about a belted pea coat. Opt for one in traditional colors such as white, red and black or one featuring a pattern such as houndstooth or plaid if you really want to make a statement.

Wool Trench Coat ($34.99, Charlotte Russe)Wool Trench Coat ($34.99, Charlotte Russe)

Item 4A chunky scarf. Pashmina-style scarves are great but not always the best solution for really cold weather. If traditional, heavy knitted scarves give you flashback of your mother bundling you up when you were five, fear not. Wearing this accessory does not mean you must give up style. Just remember to stick with a dark, muted color palette.

Thermal Stitch Scarf ($39.50, Express)Thermal Stitch Scarf ($39.50, Express)

Item 5Solid gloves. It may be tempting to buy those thin, flimsy knitted gloves at $10 for 3 pairs, but think about the end of the season. These gloves will be dirty and coming apart at the seams, not to to mention that they rarely provide adequate protection against real cold. Invest in a suede or leather pair, which will not only look more sophisticated but also maintain its quality and appearance much longer.

Suede Gloves ($29.50, Gap)Suede Gloves ($29.50, Gap)

Item 6A beret. Wear your favorite pompom beanie for sledding or when walking to the gym, but pair dressy or work outfits with a beret. Knit Beret ($19.50, Gap)Knit Beret ($19.50, Gap)

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