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Beauty, Celebrity, Hair, trend hungry tuesday

Jeweled Hair Accessories Pretty Enough for Oscar Night

Not sure what do with your mop of hair for Oscar night? Don’t forget,  the 86th Academy Awards is this Sunday. Here’s one thing that’s easy, your hair. Just add a hair accessory. No matter your plans, dress code, or hairstyle choice (chilling on the couch with a topknot or at a fancy affair with curls), a hair accessory will add a little sparkle and elevate your look. Drab to fab, darling!

Your hair can be down, up, braided, swept to the side, curled, straight, whatever.  At Last year’s Oscars, Selma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, and Sandra Bullock opted for jeweled hair accessories.

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Other celebs we’ve seen opt for hair bling include Zooey Deschanel, Selena Gomez, and Nicole Richie.

So where should you go to buy some hair bling on a budget? Claire’s! Accessory overload, this cheap-chic store is stuffed with affordable fashions and has slew of pretty hair accessories. It’s extra hot right now. Katy Perry has a line coming out with Claire’s and her bestie Rihanna  is a fan of the brand too. She revealed in  Vogue’s March issue that all her jewelry is fake and a lot of it is from Claire’s.  Head to the Party Hair section of their site to see the sparkly pieces. It’s BOGO – buy one, get one half off.

Scroll through to see a few of our favorites.

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Fashion, TV

{TV} New Year’s Eve Fashion Advice on FOX29

Looking for the right outfit to fit your New Year’s Eve plans? Myself and four lovely ladies visited Fox29′s Good Day Philadelphia to show you affordable fashions to fit your New Year’s Eve plans.

Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29

Here’s the outfit breakdown. (I’ll be adding the links to as many of the items that I can find online, so check back soon)

1. Casual Celebration

Romper by Ya Los Angeles, $48 at Nich Boutique.

Statement Necklace by Jack E Oh Accessories, $28 at Nich Boutique.

I ‘Heart Ronson’ Jacket, Was $72, Now $35.99 at JCPenney.

9 & Co. Heels, Was $40, Now 27.99 at JCPenney.

2. Bar Hopping

Wow Couture sweater dress, $65 at Smak Parlour.

Worthington boots, Was $49, now $33.99 at JCPenney.

Earrings, $26 at Smak Parlour.

3. Cocktail Party

Ark & Co dress, $61 at Jax Boutique.

Call It Spring purse, $30 at JCPenney.

Christian Siriano for Payless, Was $36.99, Now $24.99 at Payless.

Earrings, Was $8.99, Now $3.99 at Payless.

4. Swanky Soiree

Chaps gown, Was $120, Now $69.99 at Kohl’s.

Shawl, Was $28.00, Now $14.00 at Kohl’s.

Dana Buchman Pump, Was $69.99, Now $39.99 at Kohl’s.

Apt 9 Bangles, $15.60 at Kohl’s.

Earrings, $15.40 at Kohl’s.

Want to get styled by me for FREE? You can now by booking a personal shopping session at King of Prussia Mall.

 

Parisian Presents
Fashion, Featured, Features, Uncategorized

8 Gifts for the Parisian Princess on a Budget

Have a friend that prays for a Parisian lifestyle or are you the gal that longs for a trip to Paris? If you’re Parisian at heart or long to be, then read on. I enlisted an expert in French fashion. Her name is Chloe Johnston and she’s made Parisian style her job, with her business CJ Tours that takes tourists around Paris to shop like the locals do  - genius! Here’s Chloe’s picks for the Parisian-chic that don’t want to go broke. – Jessie
Christmas in Paris is magical. Whether you are Parisian, Parisian at heart, the holidays are the perfect time to get that special someone under the mistletoe, literally or well, you know! It is also a time to feel extra special.  These eight items put us in the mood!

1. Ambre Sultan Fragrance, $120 $58.66.

Serge Luten is one of my favorite fragrant spots in Paris. I wasn’t thrilled when they started selling them in the States (that’s my little secret). Even though they do have certain scents that can only be found in Paris in their tiny, yet beautiful atelier, there are now places here you can purchase. Ambre Sultan Fragrance is one of their top sellers, and it’s unlikely you’ll find it for a better price. It’s also unisex.

2. Petits RICHART Balsam Gourmet Chocolates, $25.00.

Chocolate from Paris is always mouthwatering goodness. There isn’t much else to say.

3. Nina’s Paris Marie Antoinette Tea, $25.00.

Even if you are not a tea drinker per say, you MUST try some of the fabulous choices that Paris has to offer. Marriages Frères and Dammann Frères are two of our favorite spots – we are currently drooling over their Noel (tea) and my absolute favorites right now are Caramel Toffee and Black Orchid…ahhhh, delish! Le Notre currently has three holiday teas created by a famous sommelier in Paris; we cannot WAIT to try them. Nina’s Teas are sold here in the States. Try and tell us what you think!
Jewelry is on every girl’s wish list. We love finding unique pieces you can’t find anywhere else and the bonus for us? Handmade! Every piece tells a story and when you can speak with the designer and get the inspiration behind the design, tres parfait! Habsa’s shop is located in the Trendy 6th arrondisment and she uses leathers and metals in a way you’d never think to combine. CJ PLUG- you can find and shop Hasba and other of your favorite designers on our shopping site (linked on the product name above).

5. CHRISTYS’ CROWN SERIES Phoebe Cloche Hat, $65.

Just like everyone else out there, I am obsessed with hats. The only difference? My love affair has been going on for years. I ALWAYS find the best hats in Paris whether they are new or vintage. My newest burgundy beauty was purchased at my favorite vintage shop in the 7th. Luckily hats are back in style and you can find some great French inspired ones perfect for any look.

6. de Buyer Crêpe Pan Kit, $39.95.

For the kitchen fanatic….Dehillerin foodies (cooker) Paradise!  All price points can be met here. You cannot find Dehillerin here in the states BUT, Williams Sonoma and Kitchen Capers can help you feel just like you are throwing that little dinner party or brunch, in your oh-so-chic little Paris flat, especially with this crepe pan!

7. PORTOLANO Black And Ivory Striped Cashmere ITouch Gloves, $90 $45.90.

French women LOVE cashmere, especially for the colder months. There are a plethora of choices for good cashmere and sweet price points, HINT…Rue la la, Gilt, Neimans. These beauties are just about half off and are 100% cashmere. Wrap in a fancy box and pretty tissue paper to make it feel extra special.

8. Diptyque Coffret-Limited Edition-2.4 oz., $84 for set of three candles.

Last but certainly not least, candles – Diptyque, Cire Trudon, Astier de Villate, and  Rigaud candles are among my favorites. French candles can be a bit pricy, but this is the time of year for a special treat or two to make you feel fabulous for the new year. This limited-edition holiday set comes with three candles, so stretch out the enjoyment and use one at a time or place in different rooms to add a touch of Paris.

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philadelphia, shopping, TV, Uncategorized

{TV} Last-Minute Gifts with ‘Good Day Philadelphia’

News flash, Christmas is less than a week away! I shared more gift ideas with my friends at Good Day Philadelphia on Fox29 and all the items are available at King of Prussia Mall.

We chatted gifts under $50 – prefect for teacher, a party host, or whoever you’re not quite sure what to get but don’t want to spend a ton.

And also tips for the guys who have yet to buy for the woman in their life  - tisk, tisk fellas. Just kidding, I didn’t shop for anyone at all yet. 
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Need more gift ideas? I also shared gifts that give back on Fox recently.

And if you’re in the King of Prussia area and want to shop with me, email kasmith@simon.com to book an appointment. The first two hours are on the house. Here’s more details on booking me as your personal shopper at King of Prussia Mall.

harry styles giving keys
Celebrity

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} The Giving Keys

If you’re a Trend Hungry regular, then The Giving Keys may sound familiar. That’s because since finding out about them I’ve been a little obsessed and featured them in a gift guide and a TV segment. And this week I thought they’d be a fabulous fit for Trend Hungry Tuesday, aka the weekly radio segment where I dish about celebrity trends for less on The Ralphie Show. That’s because these keys are fashionable, affordable, and have a celebrity following. Oh, plus the concept is pretty cool too.

celebrities and the giving keys

Okay, down to biz.

Who: Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Ryan Gosling.

What: recycled keys turned into jewelry with a word on each piece of jewelry, such as “Hope”, “Dream,” or “Create”. Prices start at $35.

When: Order by Dec. 18th to get your key for Christmas.

Where: lots of boutiques, or online at thegivingkeys.com.

Why: The Giving Keys exist to employ those transitioning out of homelessness. Wear a key and when then gift it forward to someone when you feel they need the message more.

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This post is part of Trend Hungry Tuesday, a syndicated fashion report on The Ralphie Show. Listen every Tuesday Night online or on NYC’s WPLJ,  92 PRO-FM (Providence, RI), 97 WBHT (Norheastern PA), Q105 (New London, CT).

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Accessories, brand collaborations, event, Fashion, Featured, Features, Giveaway, Uncategorized

{Giveaway} Win FREE Shoes!! #DSWShoeHookup

Yay!! I’m so excited to announce that we are GIVING AWAY DSW SHOES!!! DSW  decided to make this December extra special and partnered with 50 bloggers to give away 250 pairs of shoes and 250 copies of the New York Times best-selling book, Do You Speak Shoe Lover?.

And now it’s time for five Trend Hungry readers to win!

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When DSW asked me what shoes I was craving to wear for this post thankfullly I picked boots. Good thing, it’s really snowing here in the Philadelphia area and a pair of cute heels just wouldn’t cut it in these conditions.

The Giveaway

Five (5) winners will each receive one (1) DSW electronic Bonus Card via email in the value of $50, and one (1) copy of Do You Speak Shoe Lover?.

  • Bonus cards may be spent on merchandise at dsw.com or at DSW stores. Contest open to US residents only.Limit one winner per household/per family from the 50 blogs participating in the promotion. Individuals winning more than one giveaway will receive 1 prize and the other winning entries will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be chosen.
  • Winners will receive electronic Bonus Card (via email), within 2‐3 weeks of contest completion.
  • Giveaway ends  Thursday 12/13 at 11:59pm and winner will be announced Friday 12/14.

How to Enter Enter via the form at the bottom of this post. Entries include:

  • Required: Be a DSW Rewards Member (1 entry). You’ll need to enter your DSW Rewards Program member number to enter (it can be found on your “My DSW” page & looks like this)
  • If you’re not a DSW Rewards Member, you can sign up here (it’s free!). See below for more info on the DSW Rewards Program.
  • Social media entries give you extra chances. Use form below to enter!

What is the DSW Rewards Program?

The DSW Rewards Program is a free program that once you sign up, earns you points toward reward certificates every time you shop at DSW.

Benefits include:

  • Free Membership
  • $10 Reward certificates for every 1,500 points earned
  • Free shipping on orders of $35 or more
  • Two double‐points shopping days each year
  • Advance notice of sales, clearance and upcoming opportunities for bonus point
  • Special offers, promotions and birthday certificate
  • More benefits! Click here for details.

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Want more chances to win?

Here are additional #DSWShoeHookup giveaways going on. Each blog means another chance to win, so FREE DSW SHOES ma December 10th My Own Blog ReviewAround Lucia, & Trend Hungry December 11th: Stiletto BeatsVintageorTacky, & Girl Avant Garde December 12th: Behind The SeamsFancy Things, & Dearest Lou December 13th: The Fashion PoetLet It Be Beautiful, & Mae Badiyan December 14th: Good, Bad, and FabKel and Kate, & The Frugalista December 15th: The Fashionably BrokeLittle Miss Fearless, & Modly Chic December 16th The Fashionista Next DoorStuds and Sapphires, & Britt and Whit December 17th Living In Color PrintLove Fashion Live Life, & A Mon in Red High Heels December 18th Fashionable HostessDistrict Sparkle, & Crowley Party a Rafflecopter giveaway

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DIY, Uncategorized

{Casting Contributors} Become a Trend Hungry Blogger

Yo, yo, yo. 2014 is almost here and Trend Hungry is growing, getting a site a makeover, and looking to add a couple fashion bloggers to our roster. Are you hungry for the latest fashion, beauty, and celebrity trends? Do you have a blog already and are looking to gain a new audience, or just a fashionista looking to dish about your skinny-budget style finds? If you’ve got a passion for finding the latest styles for less then put your name in the running to join the Trend Hungry team. 

What you’ll get – the opportunity to be published on TrendHungry.com, a byline, bio on the site, and hyperlinks back to your site and social media. Also, expect some product freebies sent your way and event invites if you’re in the Philadelphia or New York area. Working with Trend Hungry can be as fabulous as you make it. If you’re a go-getter looking for a creative outlet or are already a blogger and interested in joining the team,  email Jessie@trendhungry.com with CONTRIBUTOR in the subject line.

Look forward to getting more acquainted!

 

philadelphia-fashion-blogger
Dare to Wear, Fashion, Featured, Features, My Style

{Dare to Wear} Vintage Accessories for the Holidays

Happy holidays! Start planning your party looks, as this is the season of celebratory style. As a budget-fashion blogger, I know that all it takes to create a lust-worthy look is a little planning and creativity – not dropping serious cash or even shopping!
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When it came time for my most recent Dare to Wear photoshoot I was low on time to shop and style. Even though I style people all the time and am always checking out new merch,  I don’t always make the time to buy for me or even style looks in advance. I know, excuses excuses. But that’s why I tend to buy pieces that are versatile. Then I can change up vibe quick and can run out of my apartment with my outfit incomplete and accessorize on the go, perhaps with vintage accessories?

philadelphia-fashion-blogger-2 Stylist Tip: Have a makeup bag with some jewelry options in your handbag. You never know when you’ll need to swap out a scarf for a statement necklace. 

philadelphia-fashion-blogger-3 Sometimes my favorite outfits are created by being in a rush and throwing things together. That’s how this one happened. I got this Forever 21 maxi at the end of summer and knew it would be one of those pieces I can wear many different ways and would be a go-to style for those days I just don’t have time to think.

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Vintage Accessories

For this look, the tee-shirt dress takes a chic approach and is paired with a vintage gold belt (scored for maybe $3 a few years ago). To keep cozy and add a little glam, a vintage fur shawl makes for the perfect outer layer (paid around $25 for it, thanks to haggling with a few little old ladies).  philadelphia-fashion-blogger-5

The booties are Shutz. I got them at a gifting suite last year and though they are a little pricier than the items I typically feature, they’re worth it if you’re looking for a little splurge – so comfy & they get tons of compliments! philadelphia-fashion-blogger-6

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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So yay for this outfit or nay? Give your input in the comments below! Don’t forget to check back next week and see look #2 for this simple-chic maxi dress.

#DAREtoWEAR

 

selena gomez- turtleneck
Celebrity, trend hungry tuesday, Uncategorized

{Trend Hungry Tuesday} How to Style Turtlenecks

Turtlenecks have been on our must-shop list for more than a minute. This style I once donned in snowman print, penguins, hearts, and leaves (I owned different ones to match the holiday  - #embarrassing!) feels kinda 90′s, and a slew of celebrities are bringing the turtleneck back to the fashion forefront.

Though the turtleneck never really left, it’s now looking cooler than ever thanks to some A-listers and their stylists. Celebrities spotted in turtlenecks include Jennifer LopezNicole RichieSelena GomezKim KardashianKylie Jenner, and Rihanna.

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There are many, many more stars who’ve rocked the high neck, one of which is Britney Spears. She’s sported tight-hugging turtlenecks since the beginning of her career and MTVStyle just honored her 32nd birthday with this Britney Spears turtleneck GIF .

There are a ton of turtleneck styles – long sleeve, short, cutout sleeve, sleeveless, cropped, sheer …. the possibilities are endless.

Looking to try this trend on a budget? Of course you are!

Here’s a few style suggestions…

How to style a cropped turtleneck.

With a high-waisted skirt. Kim Kardashian has been owning this style and it shows a pinch of skin, just enough to add a little drama and edge to your ensemble. Less is more and this is under $10!

But this one is more versatile and can work any season.

How to style a classic turtleneck.

Anyway. Seriously. Tuck it in. Wear with jeans, a skirt, with overalls, you kinda can’t mess this up.

How to style a sleeveless turtleneck.

Sleek. this baby show your arms and clings to the chest. Add a little refinement to leather pants by pair with this top. This style looks extra sharp when tucked in.
Looking for more? All of these are under $25!

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This post is part of Trend Hungry Tuesday, a syndicated fashion report on The Ralphie Show. Listen every Tuesday Night online or on NYC’s WPLJ,  92 PRO-FM (Providence, RI), 97 WBHT (Norheastern PA), Q105 (New London, CT). 

Like this trend or not a fan? Do tell in the comments below!

gifts under $100- cwonder speedy bag
Fashion, shopping

{Cyber Monday Shopping} What To Eye & Buy

Happy Cyber Monday! This shopping day is one to celebrate from the comfort of your computer.

More holiday parties equals handing out more business cards than usual. Good thing Moo is 25% off.

C. Wonder is so cute, and much more temping with 40% off everything. with the code GIFTS40.  That takes the C. Wonder geometric speedy bag to under $60 and you can add a personal touch by opting for a monogram. The C.Wonder zipper pouches also make fabulous gifts!

gifts under $100- cwonder speedy bag

Forever 21 is a Trend Hungry obsession and right now they are offering an extra 50% off sale items, free shipping, and boots and bags are half off … among other amazing markdowns.  It’s time to seriously stock up! This menswear animal print sweater is for a trendsetting dude and it’s under $14, but take an extra 50% off now with the code EXTRA50. While you’re there, treat yourself.

affordable gifts for your guy

On to the next store. Bauble Bar! They’ve made it interactive. One whack at their Cyber Savings Smash game cored me $25 off my next purchase of $50 or more. Plus an extra 20% off with the code CYBER20. Good thing, because practically everything from their holiday gift sets is currently in my shopping cart.

bauble bar gift set

Looking for the perfect midi skirt? Look no further. It’s marked down to $25 and all sale items are an extra 40% off at Lulus.com.

perfect mermaid midi skirt

The Body Shop has the most yummy products and the chocolate love in your life will eat this up (not literally). This Chocomania bath kit is under $6 today and there are even more savings. Everything site wide is 50% off and free shipping on orders of $15 or more. Use code CYBER and stock up for stocking stuffers or grab bag gifts.

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Let’s not forget about undergarments. True & Co. has a sample sale going on and you can score some new unmentionables for as much as 70% off. Take a test to get the best fit. It takes less that two minutes.

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