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{ Dare To Wear } Colorful Is The New Black

How To Dress Up a Jean Jacket

Happy Birthday to me! I’m officially a year older today and I thought a bright outfit was in order to greet my 27th year of life. Spring is on the horizon (though there’s also a snow storm coming for Philadelphia tomorrow), so at least this look helps me think warm thoughts. I’m also thinking lots of positive thoughts too and being really reflective. Birthdays tend to do that to me, and holidays in general.

So I thought I’d share a little more about me in this post than just style tips. Here are seven random facts, since 27 seems like overkill.

1. I’m not naturally a morning person, like at all. I’ve been slowly training myself to become one but at least once a week get off track.

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2. My hair has always been really dark. I came out of the womb with this hair, though I highlight it and color my gray roots (yup!). Continue reading…

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{Press} Jessie’s Tips In ‘People StyleWatch’ Magazine


Looking to save big this holiday season?  Pick up a copy of the December/January issue of People StyleWatch Magazine and you may recognize someone. I’m so excited to finally share this news & these tips! I’m such a fan of the magazine so it’s such an honor to be in it and dishing tips in the 5 Savvy Ways To Save Big $$$ column!! Happy shopping and saving this holiday season!


Thanks for reading and for your continued support!! Look for more holiday shopping tips and gift guides coming to the blog soon!




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{Dare To Wear} Black & Flannel


Ever find yourself in an all-black ensemble?

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{Style Tips}

1. Break up boring black by adding an outer layer of flannel. It’s far more casual than a blazer, making your all-black ensemble feel more casual and day time. 

2. Keep a beanie in your bag for when the wind or a bad-hair day hits. Plus they look cool on.  and also make you look cool.

3. Boot up. Cover those legs in cool temps with a high boot over opaque tights in the same color. This will keep legs looking long while protecting from the elements.


{Shop It} Mossimo Flannel Top, Target //Selena Gomez Addidas Neo Dress (℅), similar // The Loft Boots, 1822 Boutique (old) // Beanie, borrowed from boyfriend // Jennifer Lopez Crossbody, Kohls (℅)

{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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{Steal Of The Week} Halle Berry’s Parisian Lingerie at Target


Another celebrity launching a line. Sounds so familiar. Between all the diffusion lines and brand team-ups, it’s tough to figure out which ones are worth buying into. Halle Berry’s Parisian lingerie line Scandale now available at Target is actually quite nice.

Scandale has been in the lingerie game for over 80 years so this affordable line looks well worth trying. Score a bra for as low as $16 and panties for $7 — not bad and neither are the ultra-chic designs, fit for everyday wear or a special occasion.

Take a look at our for yourself. Here are our five favorite bras from the collection.


 {Shop It}

Scandale Women’s Illusion Demi Bra in Metallic Black, $16.00 //  Scandale Women’s Lace Enhance Push Up Bra, $18.00 // Scandale Women’s Diamond Mesh Enhance Push Up Bra, $18.00 // Scandale Women’s Animal Print Enhance Push Up Bra inBlack Couture/Golden Cream, $18.00 // Scandale Women’s Lace Illusion Demi Bra in Red Lace, $16.00

Only gripes: most styles are only available online and sizes range is limited to 34A-40D.

So what do YOU think of this celebrity line? Do tell in the comments section!


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{Steal Of The Week} $20 Penny Chic Dresses


Let’s give a round of applause to our budget-blogging bud Shauna Miller of Penny Chic. This lady started her blog around the same time Trend Hungry launched (it’s about 4 years ago now!) and in that time she’s managed to put Walmart on a fashion pedestal, write a book, and design a line of dresses for Walmart – talk about impressive! This cheap-chic style maven is one of the first bloggers I ever connected with (also almost 4 years ago). Since we’re a six-hour plane ride from each other, we did a phone call instead of  a coffee date to swap blogging stories.  Then we met up a couple times at the IFB conference, stayed in touch, and I even got to model for her site while out in LA this past spring.

Okay, so now that ya know I adore her, I’ll get to the good stuff, the styles. Miss Miller has her second collection out with Walmart and you don’t have to wait for a sale to shop it. Dresses are only $20 and super versatile. I haven’t seen the styles in person yet, but can tell you that her debut line of  little black dresses were awesome  and good quality for the impeccable price point.



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There’s the Curvy Dress,  Scoop Neck Dress, Long Sleeve Wrap DressClassic Little Black Dress, and my favorite, the Sleeveless Skater Dress.

Check out the Penny Chic styles for yourself at Walmart.com and like Diane Von Furstenberg says, let every woman’s success be an inspiration!

Dare to dream big & have a wonderful weekend beauties!!

Xo, Jessie

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Eco-Chic on the Cheap: H&M’s Conscious Collection


Happy Earth Day! Showing Mother Nature love and respect is always in season, but this time of year gives us that reminder we need to celebrate our planet. Well, celebrate in style. Being eco-chic doesn’t have to break the bank, and H&M is leading the way in eco-friendly fashions with their mission for sustainable style.

H&M’s Conscious Collection first debuted in 2011 and since then has only grown. It’s fashionable, affordable, and made organic cotton, organic hemp, organic silk, and just recently came out with organic leather. Recycling is big too for this brand and turns water bottles into fabric among other recycled materials used.


Celebrities wear H&M

Yeah, they do. Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba, & Solange Knowles all have donned H&M’s Conscious Collection. Penelope Cruz took her love for H&M eco-friendly mission and wore a custom gown by the Conscious Collection team to an Oscar after party.

Shop the collection

There are a lot of fabulous finds in this line and they’re not crazy expensive. They’re typical H&M prices and the designs are on point, but selling out. Here’s a few of my favorite. Comment below and share which one you like best?

Satin Tunic, $29.95 // Satin Pants, $29.95 // Beaded Tank Top, $19.95 //

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


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{Dare to Wear} Statement Coat


Last Dare to Wear post I took high-waisted jeans out for a spin and now I’m all about them. So here’s look #2 using the same jeans, but styled a little differently. This look had a costar, my photographer’s cat. I’m honestly not a cat person, but he looked good with my outfit and was easily bribed to model.

For this look I let the coat be the focal point and kept the rest of the outfit classic. You may recognize the white shirt I’m wearing, as I did a whole Dare to Wear series on it (links below) and I was featured on InStyle mag’s Tumblr in it. Clearly, it’s quite versatile.

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Spring temps are awesome/annoying, as they are always changing. A light jacket is a must for the season and this punchy, red jacket adds warmth and color. Bold jackets are awesome for stealing the show, so as long as you have some cute sunnies on, a nice jacket and your accessories are on point, you can be a slopfest underneath and no one will really notice. I’m being serious.


Style tips

Want to wear the coat as a part of your outfit? Roll the sleeves and get yourself comfy in it.

Don’t overdo it. If coat is a bold color keep the rest of the outfit tame to let the jacket really get attention.

Keep lines clean and structured. Wear a shirt with a stiff collar and pop it over the jacket collar. Now it really looks like outfit.

Showcase your shoes with a by rolling up your skinny jeans. I do this a ton, but usually because I’m so short.


Shop the style

Sunglasses // Olsenboye, JCPenney (similar)

Statement necklace // Jennifer Lopez, Kohl’s (c/o)

Top // InStyle (c/o)

Red Topper Coat // Daisy Fuentes, Kohl’s  (c/o)

Jeans //  Lulus (similar)

Boots // Candies (no longer available, but worn here)

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.


P.S. Here’s posts of how I styled the white shirt with shorts & studs, baggy boyfriend jeans, and with pops of color.



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Fashion Alert! Catherine Malandrino for Kohl’s Presale!!


Our heads are spinning with all the new fall fashion events, stellar style ads, and designer collaborations going on. This really is the most fashionable time of the year. You may not yet be recovered from NYFW (videos will be up today!!) or last weekend’s shopping haunt,  but there’s a new reason to shop.

Then we got an email with some pretty amazing news for us budget babes. The news: Catherine Malandrino for DesigNation is offering a presale starting today, Thursday, Sept. 19th on 21 chic items from the capsule collection.


Okay, so not only will you not have to wrestle shoppers to get the style first, but you’ll also get $10 to use on the official launch date for Catherine Malandrino for DesigNation, Sept. 27th. Pretty sweet, right?

This is the same line that a number of celebs are wearing. That’s right, the Catherine Malandrino Kohl’s collection, which hasn’t even come out yet, is being worn and adorned by some stylish famous faces. Pictured is Kristin Chenoweth and Louise Roe rocking a blouse from the line. Unfortunately, the blouse won’t be on presale, but you can use that $10 coupon for it!

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Also, check out Olivia Palmero wearing the Catherine Malandrino for DesigNation leather dress is the line’s amazing leather dress – to die for!

Take Note: Pre-sale shoppers will receive a $10 off in-store e-coupon with purchase valid only on Friday, Sept. 27th, when the full DesigNation collection launches in Kohl’s stores nationwide and Kohls.com. Shoppers can use the coupon towards purchases of $10 or more.

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Trendy vs Spendy: Leather Wrap Ankle Boots


It’s another battle of Trendy vs Spendy and this week Dolce Vita’s Java ankle boot is in the hot seat. As much as we love DV shoes, we also really love Target and their version is almost 100 bucks less.


Trendy: Women’s Mossimo Supply Co. Kiriana Ankle Boot with Leather Wrap – Brown, $34.99.

Spendy: Dolce Vita Java in Taupe, $129.00.

So what’s a girl to do? Buy the spendy and limit ourselves to less boots this fall (it is a very versatile style) or go the trendy route and be able to buy a few more pairs (such as these rocker bootie!!) ?

Which boot would you buy? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @jessieholeva #trendyVSspendy.

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Trend Hungry Tuesday: Katy Perry’s School Girl Plaid

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Plaid is one of those trends that’s always in. Whether it’s a specific color or fabric, it’s one of those classics that just never goes away… and we’re so not mad about it.

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MTV recently blogged a GIF of Katy Perry’s VMA promo. And what was she wearing? A school girl plaid skirt. It was so ’90s, which we’re all about!! We liked it so much that we found a similar skirt from Forever 21 for $15.80.


3.1 Philip Lim, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Karen Walker are just three of the big designers that showed plaid for fall 2013.

Other celeb fans of that school girl plaid include Madonna, Emma Watson, Gwen Stefani, and JLo.

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Get ready for Clueless fashion to come back in full swing. Pull up your knee socks and pick a skirt from below, all under $30!

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Trend Hungry Tuesday is 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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