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{ Gift It } DIY Hand Warmers

Forget Valentine’s Day and remember Galentine’s Day. It’s the fictional holiday created by Amy Poehler’s character on Parks & Recreation and it’s a day to celebrate your gals. Here’s a gift idea the ladies in your life will LOVE. The tutorial linked was found via Pinterest and created by graphic designer/mommy blogger Rae Ann Kelly, but I originally got the idea over the holiday when my friend stayed with me and had a set of hand warmers that someone DIYed for her – so thoughtful!

People go nuts for DIY gifts, especially when they’re awesome and these are. They don’t stay warm quite as long as a purchased heat pack but do the trick and cost little money and time to create. They’re great cold AMs on the commute or chilly PMs on the couch.

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{ Dare To Wear } Sweatshirt + Short Skirt

It’s January so obviously I opted for a short skirt and high boots. The Dare To Wear blog series is all about showing three ways to wear one piece so it was time for this sweatshirt I’m so obsessed with to be paired with something a tad dressier than in week’s past.

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Oh hey kitty. Recognize the cat? It’s my blog photog’s and this not-very-furry feline has made a few cameos. (see past cat cameos: Christmas, Red-Coat Style) jessie-holeva-style Budget-Fashion-Expert-Jessie-Holeva Jessie-Holeva-Fashion-Blog-2

{ Style Tips }

1. Do a little tuck to adjust the fit. The sweatshirt didn’t fit quite as tight as I would have liked so I gave it a sublet tuck in the center of the back to change the way it lays.

2. Break up black by mixing textures. There’s faux leather, quilting, knitted hosiery, and a sweatshirt getting in on the mix to keep this balck from feeling anything but boring.

3. Monochromatic outfits mean the accessory options are endless. You can keep it simple with minimal jewelry, opt for a fur scarf, or go all put and intermix style accents.

{ Quilted Sweatshirt, Target ( similarplus size) | Faux-Leather Skirt, Lulu*s (similar) |Bag & Bracelet, Bling Babe | Qupid Boots (similar) | Faux Fur Scarf, Target }

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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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{ Interview } Tips On Fashion, Blogging & Dream Chasing

It’s getting to that point where people stop saying Happy New Year, but we’re not quite there so let me say it once more, Happy New Year! You may notice things look a little different around here. Sometimes I get the itch for change and nothing can stop me. When I was a kid I’d rearrange the furniture in my bedroom and pretty much every other room in the house. My parents would come home or wake up and be like, ” when did you do this?” I do this at my place now, remix my wardrobe and how I do my makeup, and so the blog sometimes also needs an impromptu upgrade. It wasn’t really impromptu. It was planned but happened sooner than scheduled.

Speaking of sooner than planned, the creation of this blog happened in a similar fashion. SkinnyAffair.com recently asked me about how the blog came about, my tips to aspiring bloggers, what’s in my bag and more. It was a lot of fun answering the interviewer’s questions as SA is the blog of Melissa Funtanilla, who recently celebrated her first year blogging at Trend Hungry!

I did the interview a little while ago so it was cool to go back and read it. It’s reminded me of two things that have been important in my journey and I’d like to be mindful of this year.

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{Dare To Wear} One Sweater, Three Ways

The title speaks the truth. Over the last few weeks this TOMs For Target Sweater (now sold out online, check your local Target) has been put to good use. It’s been belted, layered, and even tied around my shoulders to act as an impromptu shawl. All three of these looks are stylish enough to wear to a holiday happening and this knit is so cozy that it adds a little relaxation to any look.

Click the title for the full posts, including more pictures and styling tips. Happy Holidays!! – XO, Jessie

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{Dare To Wear} Holiday Dressing

Happy Holidays! Last night I shopped the new Century 21 Philadelphia store and snagged a few presents for myself. One of which is a new dress that came into my life just in time for this blog photo shoot and for holiday parties, talk about perfect timing. I love the fit, the print, the color, and I also kind of love it paired with the TOMs for Target sweater worn as a shawl.

I came home from the fruitful shopping trip, styled it, and headed across the street to my photog’s place. This shoot’s guest stars include her cat Tutty and an airy Christmas tree from Terrain.

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{DIY Holiday Decorating} Anything Can Be An Ornament

Over the weekend I started holiday decorating and let me tell you, it puts you in the best mood. So do decorate, don’t put it off. And don’t feel like you have to spend a lot. Save your dollars for presents (though those too can be DIYed, ahem, Sharpie Mugs) and use what you got.

Here’s a few things I did over the weekend to deck the halls without even leaving home. These ideas pertain to trimming the tree. Mine happens to be a fake one of the slim variety and came with lights.

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{Cloak With Glitter}

Glitter is gold for DIY holiday decorating. I covered floral decals that attach to shoes I don’t even own any more and bam, ornaments.

{Rework Old Jewelry}

As a vintage jewelry hoarder curator I do have some unrepairable pieces, plus I randomly save pretty things that I think may be able to turn into something. An old wreath pin missing stones becomes a wintery wreath ornament thanks to some nail polish, glitter, and a pipe cleaner for the hook. A tarnished dove necklace now hangs from one  of the higher Christmas tree branches. It’s only took some silver nail polish and shortening the chain. A star charm from a necklace and twine make another easy and unique ornament.

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{Wrap It Up}

Presents under the tree instantly add the holly-jolly vibe. Since I was on a quest to fill up the bare branches and haven’t really shopped yet, I wrapped up a tiny case that earbud headphones came in and strung from the tree. (insert noise of the “That Was Easy” Button)

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{String Things}

Got garland, a costume string of pearls, or even ribbon? Wrap around the tree. Or make your own. Paint popcorn with nail polish, let dry, then thread and string with care. Or even try a pasta garland. Or add string to something you’d to have for an instant ornament. I used some thread to turn my little macaroon trinket box into a Christmas decoration.

Have a tip you’d like to share? Comment below or tweet me @JessieHoleva!

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{Dare To Wear} Fur, Knits, And Prints, Oh My!

Okay December, I’m ready for ya. The weather here in the Philadelphia area has been a little all over the place. It was in the 70s one day last week, then the next there’s snow. Yesterday we snapped these during a was weirdly-warm spell. And then we packed it in because it began to pour, and we got the shots we needed.

This post is a little more picture heavy than usual. Hope you like and feel inspired to wear some faux fur in a jewel-toned hue. It made this look and may be one of my new favorite things. But is it the Dare To Wear item of the month? You’ll have to wait until next week to find out, unless I give a sneak peek on Instagram.

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{Style Tips}

1. Is a wintery knit hiding your figure? A skinny belt does wonders for highlighting that waist of yours.

2. Position a pop of color near your face. This tip is for my ladies that are afraid of color. Position the color near your face and to draw the eye upward.

3. Wear evening accessories during the day. I absolutely love sporting little clutches that you’d normally save for an event or night out. They fit the essentials (cash, cards, phone, lip balm, extra earrings) and add femininity and glamour.

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{Details} TOMS for Target- Women’s Crewneck Sweater, Target | MSC Knit Palazzo Pant Limo Black, Target |Women’s Limited Edition Fur Texture Infinity Scarf , Target | Vintage Jewelry & Bag, Bling Babe |

 

{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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Hey Girl, What’s Your Fragrance?

The sense of smell is a powerful thing. A scent may remind you of someone or perhaps capture the attention of another. It’s also linked to memory and can bring you back to a certain time or special moment. The right fragrance, much like the perfect outfit, can even make you feel pretty or sexy when you put it on.

The sensual scent I’m spritzing these days is Viva La Juicy Gold Couture. It’s a decadent rendition of one perfume I used to be obsessed with, Viva La Juicy. If you were a Viva La Juicy fan then you’ll love this one as much as me.

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The aroma starts fruity and sweet thanks to the notes of luscious wild berries, and then really entices with a warm kiss of honeysuckle and a luxurious elixir of golden amber, melted caramel, and vanilla. How yummy does that sound? It smells even more divine and you can really pick up on all those fragrant notes. The warm caramel makes me want to keep on spraying. I wish I could spritz some right now for you to smell, but the blog isn’t capable of that just yet.

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Instead you can take a whiff of Viva La Juicy Gold Couture for yourself at Ulta. It’s truly captivating and is the icing on the cake to any outfit.

This post was sponsored by Juicy Couture through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Juicy Couture, all opinions are my own.

{Thank you for supporting collaborations on Trend Hungry. – xo, Jessie}

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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.

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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.