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{ Dare To Wear } Dressed Fine For Valentine


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’m getting in the season of love with a little pink, red, and love-themed jewelry. This light shade of pink on the blouse is one of my favorite colors and reminds me of delicate beauty — think ballet slippers or a baby’s room. Now that I think of it, this is the color of my room back at my parent’s house. No wonder I’m so drawn to it.  Continue reading…

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 { Trend Hungry Tuesday } Tips To Mixing Prints Like Beyonce


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.

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

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{Dare to Wear} White Jeans After Labor Day


This may just be my favorite outfit posts yet! It’s been about a year since I started this Dare to Wear series and started working with my photographer Audrey (her site is linked at the bottom of this post). This blog is almost four years old and now outfit posts have been a regular fixture one of those years. I’ll save my reminiscing for another post, when I round up all the looks from the last year. For now, let’s talk white denim! Yes, it’s after Labor Day and yes it’s a DO!

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These jeans were not pricy and man do they look good. I snagged my pair a few years ago after a friend of mine told me how awesome they are for the price. Hey, cool white jeans are hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for a deal. There’s a couple rhinestones on the pockets, but they really blend in. Besides, the ripped details steal the show anyway.


 Style Tips

1. Make sure your makeup says autumn. A dark lip can really do wonders to transition a summer trend.

2. Add in texture. Fall is all about layering. Pair white jeans with a knit or flannel to play up the fall feel.

3. Dark hues are a do. Avoid looking like you’re a season behind by styling the jeans with a contrasting top. Try dark purple, midnight blue, hunter green, or oxblood red to compliment the white denim for the season.


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Abbeline Surplice Halter Cami, $78.50 $59.99 at South Moon Under.

Merona Flannel Shirt, Target two years ago, (similar).

Almost Famous Jeans,  $48.00 $16.99 at Sears.

Bangles, Bling Babe.

Necklace, South Moon Under, (similar).

Gladiator Sandals, $98.00 $29.99 at C. Wonder.


{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. The jeans are actually not the item that I’m daring to wear three times this month (though I likely will be wearing anyway). Check back next week to find out what item I’ll be wearing on repeat.
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{Steal of the Week} Deep Discounts at Nasty Gal

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Nasty Gal’s sale rack is on our must-see list for sure. Right now they’ve got some killer deals and in more than just one size. There’s a lot to choose from and it’s tough to limit yourself when the pickings are so stylish, but we tried. Pin your favorite and leave a comment sharing your stylish perspective.

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Blooming Out Top // $52.00 $26.00.

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Lash Out Cami // $38.00 $19.00.


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Pippa Lynn Game On Skirt // $68.00 $34.00.

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Nasty Gal Janelle Top // $48.00 $24.00.


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{Dare to Wear} Dark Lips + Fair Skin

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So much for faux glowing myself before snapping these outfit pictures. When I picked out this look I wasn’t planning on appearing so pale. In fact, this maxi dress looks quite nice with a tan. I may like myself more with a little color, but like in life, you gotta do your best with what you’ve got. So I threw my arms up hoping I’d at least appear taller. Did it work?

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Style Tips

1. Keep it casual with a jean vest to add a little coverage.

2. Skip lip gloss and opt for a tinted balm or stain. Gloss gets so sticky and makes outdoor enjoyments with hair down ultra annoying. I’m wearing FRESH Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 in berry. It feels like Chapstick, only better, and adds sheer color.

3. If you’re short try sheer. I’m a 5’3 so know the pain of not loving every maxi dress. That being said, we shorties can rock the style as long as the fit is right (should cinch to show figure), and a maxi with sheerness is a great way to show skin, break up the look, and also get a little breeze.

4. Make sure shoes match dress length. Flat shoes go with maxis that hit your ankle and longer maxis pair with heels or wedges with a complimentary height.

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Round Sunglasses // Call It Spring (c/o)

Jean Vest // Mudd, Kohl’s (c/o)

Maxi Dress, Peter Som for Kohls

Sandals //Mossimo, Target (last year, similar linked)

Hand chain // got it at a flea market when I was in LA

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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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{Steal of the Week} Designer Sunnies on Sale


Oh hey, shady lady. It turns out today is National Sunglasses Day. I’ll be sure to mark my calendar for next year so it doesn’t slip my mind. I’m an avid sunglass wearer and rock every season since eye and wrinkle protection is kind of important. Sunglasses are one item I don’t love splurging on, but do like to treat myself to a nice pair (deeply discounted, of course) every couple of years. Sunglasses, like a your bag or shoes can really elevate your outfit. You can rock designer sunnies with a Forever 21 outfit and somehow your outfit looks more expensive, all thanks to the sunnies.



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Opening Ceremony Yellow Floral Cat Eye Sunglasses // $165 $50

 Elizabeth and James Dearborn // $225 $80

House of Harlow 1960™ Krissy Sunglasses //$125 $88

Vera Wang Safira Sunglasses //  $250 $99

Vince Camuto VC567 Aviators // $65 $46 

Which pair suits your style? Do you splurge on sunglasses or like to keep it cheap and chic? Do tell in the comments below or tweet me @jessieholeva.


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{Shopping Alert} C. Wonder’s Crazy-Wonderful Sale

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Alert! Alert! There’s a MAJOR sale going on right now and it’s one you won’t want to miss, as the markdowns are seriously awesome. It’s the C. Wonder Big Wonder Sale and man, it’s good. I’m talking 50 percent off summer styles (YEAH!), 30 percent off bags, and 70 percent off final sales items.

I stumbled upon the wonderful sale this Saturday while styling a client. Wonder is a go-to shop for me to take personal shopping clients because the store is super cute and many have never been there before. The style is also appealing to many, as it’s classic and preppy with personality. Oh, and the price point isn’t bad at all for the quality and the look of luxe. That being said, the store isn’t cheap and rarely discount to this extent.

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Walk into C. Wonder if you’re lucky enough to live near one and you’ll see, nearly everything in the store is at least half off – clothes, jewelry, bags, and home accessories.  There’s more on sale in store so I highly recommend visiting a brick-and-mortar location for this sale. There’s lots to choose from, but here are a few that have had my eye.

PRINTED STRIPE MINI BAG // $78.00 $21.99



CAPTAIN STRIPE SILK PANT // $168.00 $51.99


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Modeling Peter Som for Kohl’s & Launching a New Biz!!


While in LA last week I got to meet up with my blogging bud Shauna Miller of Penny Chic. If you don’t already know about Penny Chic, then it’s a good thing you’re reading this. Like Trend Hungry, PC is all about looking good on a budget and shows ya how. Shauna styles bloggers and friends in affordable fashions and I got to be model for the day.

And guess what I got to pose in? A new diffusion line that I’m pretty pumped for, Peter Som for Kohl’s, which is currently on presale. The full line hits stores in just three days, but you can already shop a ton of the styles now, including the pineapple tank for $38.


Like my bling? It’s my own collection! As Shauna announced, I’m now selling vintage jewelry. I’ve always been a fan of vintage and would beg my grandpa to let me go in his basement (that’s where all the old jewelry boxes were stored). As a kid I’d sneak down to play dress up. My collection of vintage costume jewelry and accessories has really grown thanks to estate sales, sweet little old ladies at consignment shops, family members, and flea markets,  so I’m now selling it under that name Bling Babe! Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I just let the cat out of the bag! I’ll be selling at boutiques (starting with the Philadelphia area) and will eventually bring the bling online.


Bling Babe is super new so please follow online and give some love. Lots of updates on this will be coming soon. For now follow on Twitter & Instagram and shop the styles at Nich Boutique in Collegeville!!


Big thanks to Shauna for having me and styling, to her mom for the beautiful photos, and to my friend Kristen for being my sidekick for the day and snapping awesome behind-the-scenes shots. I’ll be posting lots of LA pics soon, promise!!

Head over to Penny Chic for outfit details and check out Shauna’s new book available for preorder!!

Dare to Wear, Fashion, My Style

{Dare to Wear} High-Waisted Jeans


Hello fabulous darling! Lately I’m all about high-waisted jeans. They make your legs look miles longer and being that I’m only 5’3, that’s a major selling point. Not gonna lie, I have asked myself “how the heck am I going to wear these?” and “do they look like mom jeans?”, but alas, I still love ‘em. So for this next Dare to Wear series, high-waisted jeans will be the highlight. This style can be a bit intimidating, but quite complimentary if styled right. So own it girl, pin a picture if you like the look, and read below for shopping details and styling tips.  style-expert philadelphia-fashion-stylist simon-malls-stylist high-waist-jeans budget-style-expert-Jessie-Holeva

Style Tips:

1. Long necklaces do wonders for creating a long, vertical line. If you’re feeling like the jeans are chopping your torso, add a long necklace to help offset it.

2.Tuck it in. The high waist draws attention to the smallest part of your midsection so show it off.

3. Got a heel with a thick strap? Keep it from getting lost by giving your jeans a quick and messy roll.

4. Holograms are the new black. Not really, but they kind of really do go with everything.



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Sunglasses // Kardashian Kollection (similar), (c/o)

Jewelry // Vintage, (my personal collection)

Top // Princess Vera (c/o)

Jeans //  Lulus (similar)

Heels // Call It Spring (c/o)

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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