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{ Dare To Wear } Three Looks, One Sweatshirt

It’s not every day we remix our wardrobes. Wait, yeah it is. That’s pretty much what getting dressed is. This month one quilted sweatshirt from Target took on three different looks (and many more that just weren’t documented). Styled with a mini skirt or layered over a Canadian tuxedo,  the sweatshirt added warmth and a little athleisure to each look. Here’s the images to prove it. Full posts featuring styling tips and product links are linked below.


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Three Ways To Wear Flannel

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


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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{Invite} Trend Hungry Turns 4!!

Well hello, hello! The headline doesn’t lie. Trend Hungry is officially 4 years old this month! Woot, WOOT (not the most ladylike sound, but whatever). Time sure does fly when you’re loving what you do (reflection post coming soon). To celebrate we’re partying at one of our favorite Philadelphia boutiques that’s known for their trendy fashions on a budget, Smak Parlour.


There will be lots to do. Here are five reasons why you need to be there!

1. You’ll leave with a new hair DO. Ahem, there’s gonna be a Braid Bar. Andre Richard Salon stylists will be braiding the tresses of the trend-hungry fashionistas so come get your hair did.

2. Shop unique vintage jewelry. Remember how I always wear vintage jewelry and started selling in at a few boutiques under the name Bling Babe? Now you can see the collection of yourself and a lucky guest may win some bling!!

3. Sips and snacks. It’s like happy hour, but better.

4. Styling tips. I’ll be there on hand to share  by tips and tricks to wearing this season’s hottest trends and Smak Parlour carries the styles. Win, win!

5. Meet, mix, mingle. Bring a business card or just a smile and your fabulous self and meet fellow fashionistas in attendance, and me, the blogger-in-chief ;)

It’s going to rad and fun and cool and awesome and sweet and amazing and I hope you can make it!! Shoot an email to to RSVP.



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{Press} That Time Refinery29 Liked My Street Style

I don’t know what took me so long to post about this. Only one of my most favorite blogs posted a picture of me at the mall. Thanks Refinery29 for making me feel cool!

I guess I should break down my outfit since they thought it was snap worthy (though it does look a lot like this outfit I wore for Dare to Wear Post).

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Toggery Brand Dress, gifted // Mudd Vest, Kohl’s, gifted // Vintage Necklace, Bling Babe, now available at Smak Parlour (go get it before I change my mind and take it back, #ihaveaproblem) //Vintage Bag, Bling Babe.




{Photoshoot Styling} 2 Ways to Transition a Crop Top into Fall

Before you go out and spend on a new wardrobe for fall take a deep breath and sit back, relax, and look at what’s already in your closet. A little unique styling can save you serious dough, not to mention stand out from the crowd.

Case and point, this photoshoot. Ask me how I went about pulling the looks.

Thanks for asking! I actually headed to my own closet. We shot about a month ago and I didn’t really know if I wanted to do summer or fall style, so I opted for transitional looks perfect for making your way into the next season. I made sure to incorporate layering and dark tones, two elements that slice the amount of summery the out of the looks. The shoot was outside and with a short window of time, so the crop top acted as a useful layer for quick changes.

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Sure these two looks may not be ideal for November, but they’re meant for now. Ya know, it’s that in-between time, where one minute you’re in cutoff shorts and the next you need a jacket.

Makeup: Linda J. Marcy

Wardrobe: Jessie Holeva (that’s me!)

Photography: Frank Lanigan

Model:  Maura Cardacin

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Lulu’s Crop Top // Lulus Skirt (similar) // Merona Cardigan (similar) // Mudd Vest (similar)

Merona Chambray (similar) // I Heart Ronson Convertible Trench (similar) // I Heart Ronson Jean Shorts (similar)

Jewelry:  Stella & Dot  & Vintage

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{Dare to Wear} All Black to the Philly Style Party

All black everything, for those times you’re not quite sure of the dress code. That topic deserves a whole blog post, but that’s not this one. This post is about a Parisian-chic outfit I wore to the Philly Style Best of Style party. The theme, Midnight in Paris. What I wore, I wore again for a this blog photo shoot because I liked it that much and also I didn’t capture it very well at the party (blame it on the free drinks, food, live music, and the amazing time I was having).

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So how did I come up with this outfit? The usual, last-minute, skinny-budget way I typically do. I waited until I should have been getting ready to hit the mall and ended up buying a top from Nordstrom and nothing else. That’s a lie. I actually bought a skirt too, but left the store with ink tag on so couldn’t wear (this happens to me all too often, everywhere). Sad face.

Happy face. I paired the black top with a black skirt I got on sale last month at JCPenney, layered four vintage necklaces, and topped it off with a little vintage hat (not pictured here, but on Instagram).

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Style Tips

1. An all-black outfit can be dressed up or down. Keep it in your wardrobe arsenal.

2. Match your blacks. I actually like faded black jeans with a crisp black top, but that’s an exception. The rule, make sure the shades are the same. Many thought my outfit was a dress thanks to the matching shades.

3. Don’t get lazy on your makeup. Your face is a big part of how you look so your makeup will set the tone for the overall look, especially when wearing such a neutral outfit.

4. Make a real statement with layered jewelry. Sometimes more is more, at least for a themed fashion party.

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Vintage Jewelry // Bling Babe

Trouvé Asymmetrical Top // Nordstrom

MNG by Mango Skirt // JCPenney (similar)

Steve Madden Gladiator Heels // Lulus (℅)

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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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{Dare to Wear} Dark Lips + Fair Skin

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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{Dare to Wear} Loungewear

Hello loves! Hope you’re starting off your week in style. It’s week two of my printed-pant phase and I have a feeling I’ll be wearing this trend for a while. I wore a different pair of printed pants yesterday and a different pair just a few days before that. Do I have a problem?

No, they are just really comfy  - like really, reeaaally comfy.

For this look I wanted to keep it fun, loungewear-inspired, but still fashionista-ish (it should be a word). My style tends to have girly elements, so I added a few signature Jessie pieces to keep it from feeling too casual – pink heels (Nine West), cat-eye sunnies (Elizabeth & James), and a vintage pave necklace (Bling Babe). stylist-jessie-holeva nine-west-blog nine-west-blogger


Style Tips

1. Don’t go too baggy. Make sure clothes fit properly and aren’t oversized to keep your figure in tact.

2. Think trendy. Keep loungewear from feeling like you’re ready for bed by adding current style elements such as a pop of color or geometric prints.

3. Go glam with accessories. DON’T go overboard, but DO let accessories elevate the outfit. A cute heel will make your look feel far dressier than a flip flop.


Shop the Style

Sunglasses // Elizabeth & James (℅)  (similar)

Sweatshirt // Nich Boutique

Necklace // Bling Babe

Pants // Apt 9, Kohls

Shoes // Nine West (℅) (sold out)


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.




{News} Now Contributing to The Fashion Spot

Hey loves! This last month has been crazy busy ( I feel like I am always saying that!), but it’s busy with good things so am happy to share the news with you. I’m now writing for The Fashion Spot!! This past month I took a trip to LA, started a jewelry biz, attempted to keep up with all my other endeavors, and wrote four articles (so far) for The Fashion Spot.

Are you a fan of the site? I sure am, which is why I’m enjoying it so much. Thanks to my blogger gal pal Andrea for recommending me to TFS. I am having a blast writing and would love for you to check out my articles so far.

So want to see what I’ve written so far?

Bloggers Share Their Top Tips for Living an Eco-Chic Life


How to Incorporate Personal Branding Into Your Style


The other two haven’t gone live just yet, but you can keep up with what I’m writing for The Fashion Spot by clicking on my author page and of course follow me on Twitter. That’s where I post about all the things I’m involved in (TV segments, writing, styling, and living life, or course!).




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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!!