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Dare to Wear, My Style, Style Tips

{ Dare To Wear } Sweatshirt + Short Skirt

It’s January so obviously I opted for a short skirt and high boots. The Dare To Wear blog series is all about showing three ways to wear one piece so it was time for this sweatshirt I’m so obsessed with to be paired with something a tad dressier than in week’s past.

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Oh hey kitty. Recognize the cat? It’s my blog photog’s and this not-very-furry feline has made a few cameos. (see past cat cameos: Christmas, Red-Coat Style) jessie-holeva-style Budget-Fashion-Expert-Jessie-Holeva Jessie-Holeva-Fashion-Blog-2

{ Style Tips }

1. Do a little tuck to adjust the fit. The sweatshirt didn’t fit quite as tight as I would have liked so I gave it a sublet tuck in the center of the back to change the way it lays.

2. Break up black by mixing textures. There’s faux leather, quilting, knitted hosiery, and a sweatshirt getting in on the mix to keep this balck from feeling anything but boring.

3. Monochromatic outfits mean the accessory options are endless. You can keep it simple with minimal jewelry, opt for a fur scarf, or go all put and intermix style accents.

{ Quilted Sweatshirt, Target ( similarplus size) | Faux-Leather Skirt, Lulu*s (similar) |Bag & Bracelet, Bling Babe | Qupid Boots (similar) | Faux Fur Scarf, Target }

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DARE TO Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

 

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Fashion, My Style, Style Tips

Luxe Activewear For Less

Yikes! Frigid temps have definitely arrived! We all know how hard it is to get up and moving when it’s chilly out.

If you’ve just committed yourself to a New Year’s resolution surrounding health, wellness, and fitness, the weather may be holding you back.

One thing that helps me is finding a good workout outfit…because who wouldn’t want to look stylish while burning calories?

Check out these all these luxe-looking activewear pieces to inspire you to keep your resolutions, get moving, and out the door. All are under $50! Continue Reading

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Celebrity, Fashion, Style Tips, trend hungry tuesday

 { Trend Hungry Tuesday } Mixing Prints

Have fun with fashion. This trend requires it. It’s mixing prints together. So plaid and polka dots is a now a fashion DO as are stripes and floral designs. This is one trend you have to try to for yourself and a few celebs are showing us how it’s done.

Gwen Stefani always looks so put together but always with a cool, rocker edge. This past weekend she rocked striped sunnies with a dotted top and plaid pants. It might would like a lot going on, but it totally worked,

Beyoncé is another who’s been into pairing prints lately and posted a few different outfit pictures on Instagram.

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Famous fashionistas that have been known to mix prints are Kourtney Kardashian and Jessica Alba.

{ Tips & Tricks To Pairing Patterns }

1. For easy pairing, try prints that are in the same color family.

2. Style a loud print with one that’s more subtle to balance the look. The subtle will act as a neutral.

3. Guess and test. It’s the only real way to find out what YOU like.

4. Go light on accessories. Let the prints do the talking.

As for snagging this trend on a budget, you can go pretty much anywhere, even your own closet. I found some stellar styles for a steal and Forever 21. They only look luxe.

There’s a Polka dot skirt for under $25,and striped top for under $10 and many more stylish finds. Scroll through the showroom and mix and match to your style preference.

Do you like to pair patterns together? Do tell in the comments below.

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{Dare To Wear} Match Your Bag To Your Beanie

Deck the halls, darling! For this photo session it was simply too freakin’ cold to shoot outside. Heck, it was too cold for tights. So we moved it indoors and I made myself comfortable at my lovely photographer’s place. She made me dark coffee with extra sugar and then snapping began, not a bad way to start the day.

Okay now, let’s get down to the outfit. If you haven’t guessed, the Dare To Wear item on repeat this month is the sweater. It’s TOMS for Target and so this gift I treated myself to also gives back. For items sold TOMs and Target are donating meals, blankets, and shoes to those in need. This blog has no affiliation with TOMs for Target, I just dig their vibes and philanthropic business model.

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{Style Tips}

1. Sweaters and leather play nice together. Knits give the cozy feel, while leather (faux in this case) adds a sleekness. United they create a balance look — not too dressed up or edgy, or too relaxed. It’s the right amount of casual comfort with holiday sparkle.

2. Match your bag to your beanie. The beanie is on the casual side, while the clutch feels more polished. By both items being in the same color, it he3. Accessories with your hosiery. This is one are you can really have fun with and turn a drag dress to fab. I have tons of tights – colors, polka dots, stars, and more. Sometimes I go nuts looking for the right pair when getting dressed (I need to give them a proper storage space) but a certain tight can really tie a look together or add an unexpected element.

3. A little monochrome goes a long way. When people meet me that know me from the blog and on TV and social media, they are often surprised that I’m only 5’3.  This even happens at coffee dates with new clients. I’m actually flattered, as it’s a compliment to my styling skills. A black skirt + black tights + black boots = long lines. Elongate with this tip in any color. It even works with jeweled pantyhose.

4. Accessorize with your hosiery.  Add some fun hosiery to your style arsenal. The right tight can make the whole outfit. Don’t be afraid to try a print, color, or even bejeweled tights.

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{Details} TOMS for Target – Women’s Crewneck Sweater | Vegan Leather Skirt, ℅ Lulu*s (similar)| Hat, Old | Rings, Vintage | Giles & Brother Cuff, ℅ | Shashi Bracelet, ℅ | Mid-Calf Boots, JCPenney | Urban Expressions Crocodile Clutch, ℅ South Moon Under | Pretty Polly Black Embellished Tights, ℅

{DARE TO WEAR} a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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Dare to Wear, Fashion, My Style, Style Tips

Three Ways To Wear Flannel

I didn’t think I could love it any more than I already did, and then November happened.

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A flannel top is one style staple I can’t live without. I’ve been wearing the same one throughout the month on the blog, and even more in real life. It’s comfy, easy to wear, adds warmth, and is also crazy versatile.

See for yourself. Here are three outfits and a bonus look from Instagram. For more pics, styling tips, and outfit details, click below for full posts.

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{Dare To Wear} a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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Fashion, My Style, Style Tips

Fringe With Benefits

I’m completely falling for fringe this season. So, what are the benefits of fringe? It’s eccentric, adds detail, and infuses texture into even the most boring of outfits.

You can even wear fringe every day. Cut your hair and get a fab fringe…I’m totally pro-fringe ;).

Here are three fringe pieces under $50 and three quick tips on how to wear fringe:

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{Shop It} Missguided Ivona Black Fringed Faux Suede Jacket, $47 // Forever 21 Faux Suede Fringe Tote, $28 //

Urban Outfiters Geo-Fringe Triangle Scarf, $28

Although this trend can be super casual, fringe can go elegant as well. Case and point: Olivia Wilde wearing a vintage fringe gown at this year’s CFDA Awards.

Tip #1: Wear ONE fringe piece.

Too much of any trend is never good. Less is more! Just imagine a fringe jacket, fringe skirt, fringe scarf, and a fringe bag all in one outfit. Overload!

Tip #2: Go modern. 

Fringe can be reminicent of the flappers and old western movies. Put a modern spin on it and go for a sleek look, such as pairing a fringe jacket with black skinny jeans. Très chic.

Tip #3: Choose a fringe that matches your face shape.

This tip refers to fringe for your face, aka bangs. Different face shapes call for different fringes. Here’s a hair guide that breaks it down.

 

How do you like to wear fringe? Share your take in the comments below!

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Fashion, My Style, Style Tips, trendy vs spendy, Try the Trend

{Trendy vs Spendy} Pleather // Leather

A wardrobe full of pieces that can be styled endlessly is definitely a Trend-Hungry-girl must (have  you seen the Dare to Wear column??). Faux leather is an affordable way to look chic and indulge in this fall trend – leather skirts. When the weather cools down throw on a comfy loose-fit knit sweater. The sweater gives off a super-casual style, so you can wear this from day to night. If you’re going for a more dressed-up look, pair your skirt with opaque tights and/or simple flat boots. The key to wearing boots with this is similar to Rule #1 from the Double Denim Trend: Mix your washes. Likewise, find some boots that don’t closely match your skirt.

Leather skirts can add some flair to your wardrobe, and all the Trendy & Spendy options below are so so so fabulous. Here are three different styles to choose from. 

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1. Pleats Please!

Trendy: Lily White, Pleat Faux Leather Skirt, $14.97

Spendy: Alice + Olivia Pleated Leather Skirt, $495.00

2. The Modern Midi

Trendy: Charlotte Russe Faux Leather Full Midi Skirt, $22.99 $15.00

Spendy: Valentino Lightweight Leather Skirt, $4,990.00

3. Flirty Minis

Trendy: Topshop Faux Leather Mini Skirt, $34.97

Spendy: Sam Edelman Faux Leather Mini Skirt, $89.00

Here’s how I plan on wearing my favorite leather skirt

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You like?

 

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{Dare To Wear} Maxi Skirts Make Legs For Days

This may be my favorite outfit post yet (love when that happens!!) and it’s showcasing one of my favorite trends that actually can make you look longer, the maxi skirt. I know some of you shorties out there may be thinking I’m crazy, saying maxis elongate, but they really really DO! I’m only 5’3 and man do I love when my photographer makes me look tall, but it’s not just the good photography that’s adding height to my frame. I also am wearing heels and have used a couple key styling tricks to make my stems appear longer. Scroll through the pics. My style tips on how to dress yourself to a new heights are below.
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I hope you liked the pics. Now to the style tips wight he focus being how to look taller in a maxi skirt.

{Style Tips}

1. Opt for a high-waisted style. I’m a broken record with this tip, but it’s a really good one so remember it. If you’re on the short side a high-waisted skirt immediately elongates your lower half. It get’s better. It also clinches you at the waist. That’s how you prevent looking like a sack of potatoes when covered head-to-toe in flawy fabric.

2. The first tip leads to this.

2. Go monochromatic. All we short ladies (sorry to exclude my tall trendsetters) must have been told that we have to wear shirt hems to avoid looking like we’re drowning in clothes.

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 {Shop It}

Derek Lam for Kohls Top (gifted, similar) // Skirt, $38 at Nich Boutique  (can’t find it online, sorta similar)// Steve Madden Caged Gladiator Heel, $89 at Lulu’s (gifted) // Vintage Clutch, Bling Babe // Earrings, Posh Collections (gifted)

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{DARE TO WEAR} a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three weeks in a row. If you’re gonna buy it, you better be able to wear it at least three ways, right? Each month a new item is featured and will be styled three ways over three weeks. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

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Celebrity, Fashion, Steal The Style, Style Lessons, Style Tips, who wore it better?

{Celeb Style} Miranda Kerr & Kourtney Kardashian in Double Denim

Traditionally, double denim is seen as a giant fashion faux pas. But for the past three years, this trend has become more and popular.

Notice the two different ways these two famous fashionista are wearing this trend. Miranda Kerr has her top tucked in for a more polished look, while Kourtney Kardashian has hers untucked for a more casual style. Either way, their styles give off a softer look and vibe. Their simplistic choices make double denim look flawless.

This trend is super attainable with a skinny budget. We all probably have a favorite pair of jeans, so all we really need is a good top. Here’s some double-denim inspiration:

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H&M Skinny Regular Jeans (Dark), $40 | H&M Skinny Regular Jeans, $30 | Halogen Long Sleeve Chambray, $68 now $39 | Forever 21 Collared Chambray Shirt, $29

There are a few rules to this trend, such as:

1. Mix your washes

For a more contrast, pair a light chambray top with darker bottoms. A darker wash on the bottom create an elongated  leg and & slimming effect.

2. Don’t go overboard

As a stretch, think of Justin Timberlake & Britney Spear’s infamous double-denim look, circa 2001.  That’s what not to wear.

3. Create a softer look

Add strappy heels or put on a neutral statement necklace. The style this look takes on really depends on how you choose to accessorize.

4. Tuck and roll

Take a cue for Ms. Kerr by cuffing your sleeves. Or tuck in the top to show your waist.

Whose look do you prefer – Miranda Kerr or Kourtney Kardashian? 

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{Five Under $50} Summer Statement Necklaces

What exactly is considered a statement necklace? The first thing that came to my mind was something of the most utterly obvious…a necklace that makes a statement. After some thought and after looking at a bunch of celeb styles, I came to understand that a statement necklace is THE center of attention / main attraction / defining piece of your outfit.

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Miranda Kerr wore this trend in gold, as seen on her InstagramEarlier this year, statement necklaces were seen all over the Oscar’s red carpet. And, the Duchess of Cambridge seems to love this style — remember this vintage Cartier Diamond necklace Kate borrowed from the queen? 

The number one rule of wearing a statement necklace  less is more. Statement necklaces are super bold, so make sure you don’t make the wrong statement by keeping your clothes simple. Too many patterns, colors, and bling can be overwhelming. I like to wear my statement necklaces with simple jewelry (tiny studded earrings, no bracelets, and a small ring) or no other jewelry at all.  Worn the right way, statement necklaces add a dash of personality to a casual everyday look or add sparkle to evening wear.

Here are five statement necklace styles perfect for summer — all under $50:

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1. Metallic: Nasty Gal ‘Let’s Link Up’ Collar Necklace - $25 | 2. Bright & Bold: ASOS Premium Jeweled Bib Necklace$76 now $22 | 3. Flower Power: Betsey Johnson ‘Girlie Grunge’ Multi Flower Necklace – $68 now $47 | 4. Ocean Inspired: Anthropologie ‘Gahaya Links’ Bead Crochet Necklace$78 now $49 | 5. Simple Neutrals: Bauble Bar ‘Crystal Trellis’ Necklace – $46