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Style Flashback: The Good Times of Amanda Bynes

stylish times for amanda bynes

It’s a shame when it happens… and it happens more than necessary! It happened to Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, and Demi Lovato…I’m talking about celebrities that fall off the rector a little bit but eventually get back to sanity.

amanda bynes style

Right now, it’s all about Amanda Bynes. The tweets, the wig, the arrest, but worst of all-THE FASHION. Instead of dwelling on the negatives and the woulda, shoulda, couldas, let’s take a flashback at some of Ms. Bynes best style moments. (Sorry Amanda- we know you don’t want us to use old pictures, but it’s a must!)

Coffee-Break Chic


Seriously Amanda! She kills it with this look. Whether it’s grabbing coffee with a girlfriend or shopping in the city, this look is comfy, stylish and appears effortless! Are you having trouble taking your eyes off those killer heels? Thought so.

The CL by Laundry Ines Wedge Sandal is only $44.95 and gives off the same strappy look as Bynes wedge, plus has a fun tribal print on the wedge to spice things up!

Night on the Town


Cute, cute….CUTE! It’s warm outside so why not show some skin like Amanda! What’s your favorite piece from this outfit? If you said everything…you’re correct! The contrast of black, white and pastel pink is working great with this night time ensemble. The different textures on the skirt give the look more edge and the pastel pink purse balances femininity and sexiness.

Get the same look on top with an American Apparel White Nylon Spandex Micro-Mesh Tee on sale for $23.80 that breathes nicely, works well for going out but can also be transferrable to beach wear!

On the Go!

Trend Hungry needs the fashion Gods to have a word with Ms.Bynes!! This last picture is bringing us back to the good ole times. This look below encompasses that girl next door look or the I just threw this one and still look fabulous.


Denim shorts. The #1 must have for warm weather. If you don’t have a pair, make sure they’re a part of your wardrobe ASAP.  What do you think about these Charlotte Russe Crochet Trim Frayed Denim Shorts for only $12.49? Sounds like a steal to us!

Wedges, sheer shirts, denim shorts and you’re all set for the summer courtesy of Amanda!

Are you loving her classic looks or are you a total fan of new Amanda?

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Diner en Blanc: The Little White Dress Guide

diner en blanc: little white dress guide

Every year around this time white comes back into our wardrobes. We crave that crisp clean look that just happens to complement our sunkissed skin so well (spray tanned, or course!).

diner en blanc: little white dress guide

I’ve been on the hunt for white dresses lately. I just hosted a white party last week and had to run to the mall right before to find a little white dress. The next thing on my ical with a white dress code is Diner en Blanc.

What’s Diner en Blanc you ask?

It’s a white picnic that happens in major cities and this is the second year Philly will be celebrating. Myself and my blog posse Philly FABB will be attending this event in August so it’s time to start outfit planning now. The perfect white dress isn’t as easy to find as you’d think. So I’m starting now and all the items below are under $50!

For the fashionista

For the sweetheart

For the classic & chic

For the tomboy (it’s a jumpsuit!)

For the girl next door

For the romantic

For the rockstar

For the posh

So which one suits your style? Comment below!

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Step Into Spring: 5 Must-Have Shoes Under $50

5 must-have shoes for spring 2013 under $50
Must Have Spring Shoes

Your tax return should already be sitting pretty in your bank account (if not yet, then very soon!) and it’s time to upgrade those shoes! Moving forward, there’s no room for complaints anymore! Vacays, beach weather, picnics, and partying are so close we can smell it! Memorial Day will be here before you know it, so let’s jump the gun and avoid last minute shopping!

Let’s take a peek into 5 must-have shoes that will have you ready for every possible spring occasion for under $50!

Boat Shoes

Faux Patent Boat Shoes

Classic, comfy and give you the right balance of preppy. Matched with a polo and shorts or capris or a long jersey dress, boat shoes work best if you’re not quite ready to debut those toenails or are predicting lots of standing. We found a pair from Forever 21 for only $19.80 and they also come in pink! Stick with classic solid colors for a refined look or opt for bright shoes to jazz up your look!

Leather Sandals


Love, love….LOVE!!! I have never been a fan of my feet, so my motto is “the more distracting shoe….the better!” Wide strapped leather sandals are the perfect medicine for people with the “ugly feet” syndrome because they’re easy to slip on, are attention grabbing yet not too in your face, and can be worn for work or play! These metallic flat sandals from ASOS  are only $46.55 and have an adjustable strap in the back to ensure a proper fit.

Ankle Straps 

rihanna in ankle strap sandals, look for less

Rihanna loves ankle strap heels and we have to admit- so do we! They’re simple, elegant and practically go with everything! Match a pair of Prabal Gurung for Target heels for $39.99  with rolled up boyfriend jeans and a white tank (with a matte red lip) and you’re ready for a lazy Sunday cookout or brunch!



Bright, in your face colors is a trend that’s resurfaced tremendously in shoes and bags within the past year. If you’re going to rock neon shoes, I say lean towards flats because neon in itself is…well- REALLY LOUD! Lime, yellow and pink are popular colors in this trend and I love them all together. These ballet flats from Charlotte Russe are only $17.50 and I can only imagine how cute they’d look with a solid-colored sun dress!


XOXO Shoes, Frida Wedge Sandals

Floral+Wedges= Spring. This is by far my favorite look for spring. XOXO floral wedges run for $49 and would complete a white tee and short overalls outfit or a bustier with capris look.
What do you think? What shoe can’t you live without for spring?
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Shop School: 11 Stores that Offer Discounts with College ID

madewell and other stores that offer college discounts

By Mandy

Everyone always wants the newest fashions right when they come out, but being on a college-girl budget  (or 20-something too!) makes it a little hard to keep up.  Luckily there are stores that offer student discounts when purchasing the latest style and even some sale-rack finds (even better). Show your student ID at these participating stores listed below to score a discount.

madewell and other stores that offer college discounts

  1. Target  10% (online only)

  2. Charlotte Rousse 10%

  3. Ann Taylor 20%

  4. Ann Taylor LOFT 15%

  5. Banana Republic 15%

  6. Club Monaco 20%

  7. J. Crew 15% (only regular-priced items)

  8. Juicy Couture 15%

  9. The Limited 15%

  10. Madewell 15%

  11. Steve Madden 10%

Next time you’re at the mall or shops above don’t forget to show your college ID and get great deals. It also wouldn’t hurt to ask at some of your favorite stores just to see if they offer something similar.

Know of a store we forgot about? Tell us in the comments below!

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Funky-Girl Guide: 11 Must-Have Coachella Essentials

what to pack for coachella

So, you’re one of the lucky ones that gets to go to heaven-ahem, I mean, Coachella this year. Lucky you!! Once you get over the initial excitement (ok maybe that won’t happen), you need to start planning what to bring! Usually a stressful task is now going to be 10 times easier, because I’ve complied the 11 must-have items to bring on your trip to Cali. 

SPF 30+ Sunblock Stick Super Sensitive - Fragrance Free (0.5oz.) by California Baby

1. Sunblock and hat. Seriously. Do not forget your sunblock! It is so crucial to remember to apply and re-apply block throughout the day. Your skin is your biggest and best asset, so you better protect it! Sunburn does serious and lasting damage to skin, and causes all sorts of problems including sunspots and premature aging (aka wrinkles, so please please please protect yourselves, you’ll thank me later. Start in the morning with a moisturizer with SPF in it. I love this Say Yes to Cucumbers Daily Moisturizer  because of it’s calming effects, so it will feel extra good on skin after days in the sun. Throughout the day, continue to apply a good sunblock, like California Baby Sunblock Stick. The stick form is good for high temps, it won’t run or streak! 

 If you want to look extra cute while protecting your face, get an adorable floppy sun hat like this one from Nine West! Protection from the sun never looked so good!


2. Sunglasses. The ultimate festival accessory and another key item to protect yourself. Your eyes need just as much protection from the sun as your skin, and sunglasses will be your best (and pretty much only) form of protection. Snag a few cute pairs and play around with different looks. I like these, and these, AND these! All under $5!

3. Sneakers. The only reason why I am suggesting sneakers (or a closed toe shoe) is a.) They will stay on your feet and b.) they will protect your feet! Unless you plan on running around barefoot, your best bet it to get a cute pair (like these for $12.95 at h&m) to add style and functionality to your festy look. It’s no fun being in a crowd of people and getting your toes stepped on! 

Roxy Handbag, Fly Bird Backpack

4. Backpack or fanny pack. While a bag is fairly important to have with you, a purse is only going to get in your way. You’ll need a bag that stays put like a cute drawstring backpack (we LOVE this fun floral Roxy bag)or a funky fanny pack (they’re making a comeback, I swear! Look how cute this one from Urban is!

5. Dry Shampoo. We can almost guarantee that your hair is going to need serious love during Coachella. Whether or not you’ll care what it looks like is another story. To quickly put some oomph back in your tresses, spray hair evenly with dry shampoo, disperse with fingers and keep on dancin’.

We recommend: Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

6. Baby wipes. Or what I like to call miracle wipes. Since they are intended for use on a baby’s sensitive skin, they can be used on your body and face to freshen up throughout the day without causing any irritation. 

coachella dress: LC Lauren Conrad Fit & Flare Polka-Dot Bustier Dress sale $39.00 original $60.00

7. Sundress. Quick, easy, cute and comfy: recipe for the perfect go-to festival outfit! Top it off with a cute belt, some accessories, and your sunnies and you’ll be good to go! Absolutely loving this LC Lauren Conrad Chambray Fit and Flare Dress!

what to pack for coachella: Favorite short-sleeve V-neck T from gap

8. Favorite tee. Everyone has one. Your one and only. Your ultimate go-to. Your gotta have it. That one tee (tank, shirt, top, whatever) that you can’t live without, or even feel comfortable without. (Mine happens to be the favorite tee from Gap). Bring this along to wear at any point during your trip, it’ll make you feel good and keep you comfy. 

9. H2O. Never underestimate the power of hydration! Since you’ll be exposed to sun and heat all day (and doing lots of dancing), you’ll need to be drinking way more water than normal. Not only will it keep your energy levels up and body temps down, but it’ll keep your skin hydrated. 

10. Camera!! Seems like a no brainer, but make sure you remember one of these so you can capture the memories. If you’re an experienced photog and want to shoot the festival on a professional level, then by all means bring your fancy cameras. If you’re like me and have trouble keeping track of things, opt for a (few) disposable camera(s). I always think they take the best photos!

coachella: Single Ribbon Hair Ties from sephora

11. Hair Ties. These ribbon ties are cute enough to wear around your wrist, and gentle enough to tie back hair sans a a major dent. That way you can have your hair up then down again. They’re only $1.50 at Sephora!


Comment below with your favorite!

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Sexy & Sheer: Steal RiRi’s Grammy Style (Under $40!!)


If you didn’t catch the Grammys last night, you missed a night full of stellar performances, surprise wins, and of course, jaw-dropping fashion! It’s official – skin is definitely in…I mean did you see J.Lo’s dress?!?! From midriffs to cut-out dresses and plunging necklines, the stars were definitely showing off their beach-ready bodies. But our favorite look by far was the sheer. It’s practical, sexy, and gives coverage with a little bit of tease. Just make sure you don’t go sheer from head to toe – that’s a major NO NO.


What celebs stole the show in sheer? Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys and of course, Rihanna – this girl can do no wrong!
Rihanna rocked the red carpet in her long, sheer dress matched with a matte red lip. The cut and length of the dress covers all the right areas while still encompassing some playfulness and sex appeal.

Steal the look in time for Valentine’s Day! Opt for a cocktail dress with sheer details.

Our recommendation: Pins and Needles High-Neck Chiffon Dress  $109.00 $39.99 at Urban Outfitters.

 If that’s not your style…

Snag a skirtThrow on some heels and elongate those legs! Red is always sexy and this leaves room for the imagination. ($26.99)

Shop the trend. Scroll through the showroom below and tell us how you’d rock the trend!

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5 Style Lessons On How To Wear Polka Dots From Taylor Swift

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By Brooke

They’re fun, flirty, and a chronic obsession for Taylor Swift! Polka Dots- a long-lived trend that has been passed down from generation to generation. Snapbacks & Tattoos put snapbacks back on the map, Nelly’s Air Force Ones reminded everyone to get their shoe game together, and Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ got ladies thinking about the summer. Fashionistas have been rockin’ polka dots dating all the way back to the ’60s (work it ladies!)

Today, this classic trend works great with beachwear, nightlife, and everyday living. If I had to make one assumption,  I’d say T Swift is completely enthralled with this trend- check her out in the latest ad for Keds!  That being said, let’s take a peek into how to successfully rock polka dots like the expert herself, Ms. Harry Styles (whoops, I mean T. Swift). Continue reading…

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Sparkle & Shine Like Taylor Swift At The American Music Awards

By Kesley

This holiday season we’re obsessed with high shine and sparkle! Stars like Taylor Swift  rocked the trend without looking like a member of the ice capades this past Sunday at the The American Music Awards. We got to see style choices of our favorites in the music industry, past and present. Of course, not  everyone’s red carpet look was fortunate enough to crack our top list.

Obviously, we were wowed by T-Swizzle’s  beautiful nude dress with gold sequin embellishments, a slicked-back bun, Continue reading…


Straw Fedoras for Under $10

Ready for the warm weather? Ditch your spirithoods and heavy hats. Fedoras are back in season and straw is on special!

Today has pretty much the perfect Sunday. Slept in till 2pm (clocks changed), had a bangin’ brunch at this place called Nudy’s, plus the weather is amazing. The brunch place feels like a place down the shore – tiny inside, always packed, and amazing food (goat cheese & veggie omelet = delicious). I’m now 100% ready for summer and a straw fedora.


I already own one and love it, but it doesn’t hurt to look, right? Also, Charlotte Russe is running some special for only $5.00! I spent more money on my coffee and toast.

Topped with Tangerine

Love this wider-braid weaving. It makes it look more pricy and the orange-red ribbon makes it fashion forward. Buy it for me?

Tag: Neon Band Straw Fedora, Was $9.50, Now $5.00 at Charlotte Russe.

Floral Fedora

Need I say more? It’s a straw fedora and it’s floral … um, how awesome is that?

Tag: Floral Fedora, Was $12.50, Now $5.00 at Charlotte Russe.

Polka-Dot Dame

Okay, this fedora is the splurge and it’s under $10.00. I want to wear this with my black bikini and a low messy bun. Would cat-eye sunnies be retro overkill?

Tag: Polka-Dot Fedora, $9.80 at Forever 21.

Time for you to type! Comment below and tell me what fedora is YOUR FAVE?


Kim K. Finale Fashion Necklaces

Everyone is buzzing about SAG fashion, but hello, did you forget about our girl Kim Kardashian?!?! It was her big night, the night where they said they’d be showing the beginning of the divorce, but instead kept cutting to commercials and focusing on Kim’s big chesticles. I was disappointed in the finale, but did take notice of that necklace laying over her breasts. Kim is always about making a statement. She may have not dished as much as usual, but she wore some signature statement necklaces.

Feather Flavor

This baby was seen on Kourtney before, but Kim was wearing it lots on the recent season finale of Kourtney & Kim Take New York. It’s a little pricey for costume jewelry, but host a Stella & Dot party for $250 worth of free merch.

Tag: Pegasus Bib Necklace, $198.00 at Stella&Dot.

Some other looks Kim K. would approve of …

The Jeweled Gem

Tag: Purple Stone Statement Necklace, $7.50 at Charlotte Russe.

Collar Chic

Pretty sure Kim owns this in gold and wears it often. Think she got this deal?

Tag: Collar Necklace, $11.00 at EDressMe.com.

Which statement do you prefer? Leave a comment below.