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Jessie’s Fashion-Blogging Advice To Philadelphia University

When the Philadelphia Inquirer fashion columnist asks you to speak to her Fashion Journalism class you say when. And that’s what happened. The lovely Elizabeth Wellington asked me to come talk to her students at Philadelphia University about fashion blogging. It was such an honor to share my story, lessons learned, and explain how starting this blog changed my life (for real, it really did, and I’m SO grateful for it!!). I spoke from the heart and the top of my head while students tweeted some of my dream-chasing nuggets. Read a few below and check out this Ellen-style selfie we took. Continue Reading

selena gomez wearing mesh stripes
Celebrity, Fashion, Steal The Style, Uncategorized

{Celeb Style Steal} Selena’s Striped Budget Buys

Che, che, check this out! Selena Gomez is just like us and wears Forever 21. The striped mesh top she recently posed in for an Instagram picture is for the budget retailer and is currently for sale for $15.80 – can’t be mad at that.
selena gomez wearing mesh stripes

You have to admit, she makes this $16 shirt look pretty darn good in her Instagram pic. Thanks MTVStyle for tipping us off on Selena’s skinny-budget style!

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 2.00.30 PM {image via @selenagomez Instagram & Forever 21}

This isn’t the only time we’ve seen her rock this trend for cheap. Check out the dress she wore last month. It’s Zara’s combination dress with hood for under $50. Notice that mesh stripe detail?

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 2.01.38 PM {image via Steal Her Style & Zara}

This post is part of Trend Hungry Tuesday, 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). 

Fashion, Featured, Features, trendy vs spendy

{Trendy vs Spendy} Heart Blouse on a Budget

This ultra-feminine print is all over Burberry and it’s making our hearts pitter patter for their $795 blouse made popular by Victoria Beckham, Claire Danes, Lily Collins (check her out rocking it in Glamour mag over the summer), and Harry Styles. Alas, a blouse for almost $800 kinda goes against our skinny-budget mantra, so we’ve scouted the stores and found a similar top for under $25. You’re welcome!

Lily Collins - covers Glamour magazine July 2013 Issue {image via}

It may not be identical, but saving $770 makes it okay, don’t ya think?

Trendy: LC Lauren Conrad Blouse$44.00 $24.99 at Kohl’s.

Spendy: Burberry, $795 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

burberry hear blouse look-alike

Other celebs that rock the heart print as of late include Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, and Zooey Deschanel.

Like this trend toned down, check out this heart-print chambray top for under $20!

Check out past Trendy vs Spendy posts. If you like what you read, check us out on Bloglovin!

This post is part of Trend Hungry Tuesday, 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). 

Fashion, Featured, trendy vs spendy, Uncategorized

Trendy vs Spendy: Marc Jacobs Dog Loafer Look-a-likes Under $20!

Don’t act like you don’t want these freakin’ adorable flats. Not only are they super cute, but the spendy, Marc by Marc Jacobs Dog Loafers are over $200 more than their trendy counterpart. Did we mention that loafers, or smoking slippers (both names work), are fab for fall. Roll up your skinny jeans & show off your dogs! trendy-vs-spendy-marc-jacobs-dog-flats




Tag: So ® flats, $39.99 $19.99 at Kohls.



Tag: Marc by Marc Jacobs Dog Loafers, at Shopbop.

Click to see past Trendy vs Spendy posts! Read Trend Hungry on your Bloglovin Feed!  

instyle essentials
DIY, event, Fashion, Featured

#InStyleEssentials: Pop-up Shop & GIVEAWAY!!

Okay, before you start reading this take a deep breath. What I’m about to tell you is ultra exciting. InStyle Magazine is visiting the King of Prussia Mall this weekend and you’re invited! Not only are you invited, but we’re giving away shirts! Before I get to how you can win (giving away 20 in total!!)  let me tell you why you’ll really, really want one.

instyle event kop

Unlike other blouses, InStyle Essentials “Perfect White Shirt Collection” uses Triofit Technology which bases size off of your bra size snd offers 30 sizes ranging from 32B – 40H.  The collection carries three styles: classic button-front, weekend tunic, and the bow blouse and cost $59.99 each at

instyle essentials

Say goodbye to that awkward hole or stretch that so often happens with blouses off the rack. These babies are meant to fit and are truly a style essential!

I’ll be there hanging out with one of InStyle‘s editors while tweeting & offering style tips. Come by come by and say hi, get fitted for a top, and  snap a #selfie in front of the bus (yup – it’s a mobile shop!). Oh, and win a shirt! Here’s how.

Enter to Win!

1. Tweet Now! Follow & tweet @jessieholeva which shirt you’d like & why with the hashtag #InStyleEssentials – Five winners will be picked on Friday! 

- If you’re not a tweeter or want an additional chance leave a comment below with the shirt you’d like & why.

2. This weekend, snap a selfie at the bus for the chance to win another free shirt and mention @PhillyBlogLove with the hashtag #InStyleEssentials. The first 15 people to do so get a shirt!

  • Prize is an InStyle Essentials shirt valued at $59.99.
  • The giveaway is open to the public (men and women) of any age.
  • Giveaway begins Saturday, Sept. 28 at 10 am and ends the same day at 6 pm.
  • The winner will be chosen by looking at the time stamp of their Twitter feed to ensure first 15 people are chosen.
  • Participant must take a photo of the bus or with me to enter.
  • Participant must mention @PhillyBlogLove & use hashtag #InStyleEssentials to enter.

So come by and say hi! Event is all weekend, but giveaway is Saturday & I’ll be there Saturday afternoon!

Can’t wait to read what shirt you like and why! Okay, get to entering and I’ll see ya this weekend!

Xo, Jessie

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Fashion, Featured, trendy vs spendy

Trendy vs Spendy: Juicy Couture Bracelet Look-a-like

When it comes to fashion, I never forget a style, especially if it’s one I craved. I’ve spotted bracelets at boutiques that I’ve seen at Target, designer knockoffs at Forever 21, and many identical pieces marked two very different prices at different retailers. As a consumer/ frugal fashionista I’m on watch while I window shop to ensure buys at the best price. That way, I can treat myself more often.


This edition of Trendy vs Spendy may not feature a crazy-big price difference as past editions, but the way we found the steal was not the from the usual deal digging. Instead it popped up on our Instagram feed. Our budget-blogging bud, Cheapalicious shared a pic of her new Shoedazzle “Anchor’s Away” bracelet,  and it looked awfully familiar.

Juicy Couture came out with the same bracelet this past spring. I know this because I was lucky enough to receive one at the DBA gifting suite while in NYC for Fall 2013 Fashion Week. Deals are meant to be shared. So, I commented on her pic and even tagged her on my bracelet picture so she could see for herself.  Above are our Instagram pics side by side & compare for yourself (don’t mind my hairy arm on the right)!


Tag: Shoedazzle, $24.00 $18.17.



Tag: Juicy Couture, $68.00.

Unfortunately, the gold is sold out on Shoedazzle, but silver is available and under $20.

So, which one would you buy? Shoedazzle or Juicy Couture? Comment below!

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Beauty, DIY, Featured, Features, Skin, Uncategorized

Fall Beauty DIY: Pumpkin Face Mask

Put down those Pumpkin Spice lattes and prepare to be pampered by everyone’s favorite fall fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!). Fall really translates into pumpkin everything, so why not add skin-saving, gold mine to the long list of yummy uses?

I’m here to introduce you to your new favorite face mask, perfect for replenishing skin after the brutal summer sun. “The Pumpkin Pamper,” as I have so cleverly named it, contains only four ingredients and can be made in seconds. Let’s get started.


What You’ll Need and Why:

  • 3/4 cup of 100% pumpkin puree (it’s much easier to just buy a can of this stuff, but be mindful to check the label and only buy if there are no added chemicals or ingredients). Why? Pumpkin is bursting with Vitamin A, C, and Zinc, which help replenish and heal damaged skin.
  • 1/4 cup “live” yogurt. Why? Enzymes in live cultured yogurt kill unwanted bacteria, which helps to unclog pores and treat acne.
  • 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Why? EVOO is rich in Vitamin A & E which help to soothe and smooth tired skin
  • 1 tbsp organic honey. Why? Honey is full of antioxidants, which help to reverse sun damage by eliminating free radicals caused by overexposure to the elements.

Mix all ingredients together (by hand) in a small bowl. Pumpkin is best absorbed when used on moist skin, so I recommend applying this mask right after the shower while your skin is still damp. For better results, hop out of the shower and crank the hot water to create a steamy bathroom. The humidity will open up pores, which will allow for best absorption.

Apply mask and wait 10-12 minutes. The longer it stays on the better!

beyonce level 99 jeans
Celebrity, Featured, Uncategorized

Friday Find: Beyonce’s Level 99 Jeans

Have you ever wanted to treat yourself to a really good pair of jeans? I’m talking the kind of jeans that fit your body just right, look good all year round, and make getting dressed effortless? Dare to dream! Every girl needs a pair of jeans that makes her feel like she can take on the world, and if you’re looking for a splurge that’s still within reach, then you’ve come to the right place.

Beyonce level 99 jeans

Yes, fore we too, have longed for a pair of jeans that we love, want to wear daily, and make us feel luxe minus the lofty price. And that’s why we’re thrilled to tell you that Level 99 denim is this Friday’s Find. They’re quality denim. Also, Beyonce wears the brand, as seen on her Tumblr.

The Queen B.’s pair are a little more trendy and also a little spendy, at $150. But, the whole reason this blog post even exists is because Level 99 is up there in terms of denim, but can still be bought for under $100. In fact, has Beyonce’s jeans for $74. Amazon is starting to become a Trend Hungry hot spot – seriously good deals!

Beyonce level 99 jeans

Here’s the breakdown of the denim:

42% Lyocell/33% Cotton/15% Rayon/9% Polyester/1% Spandex
Dry Clean Only
Clear Coating on surface of fabric
Fabric has a lace print
Made in US

Okay, these jeans may not be the most versatile for that price. Dry clean only, plus a print means these are a once every so often item to wear. Like we said, Level 99 makes fabulous denim in the US and you can score a versatile pair for under $100. Okay, on to our finds!



What pair suits your style?

Fashion, Featured, Features, style news

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!

celebs wearing catharine malandrino for kohl's

{Image via BWR PR}

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 Shoppers can use the coupon towards purchases of $10 or more.

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Celebrity, Designer Collaborations, Designer Deal, Fashion, Featured, style news

Fashion News: Peter Som Partners with Kohl’s DesigNation

This announcement was timed just right, with NYFW in full swing. Big-deal designer and a favorite among celebrities, Peter Som is partnering with Kohl’s DesigNation to bring to us budget babes his designs affordably. Peter Som for DesigNation will be a limited-edition collection inspired by St. Barths and is set to debut Spring 2014 at Kohl’s and


“The island of St. Barths is a favorite vacation spot of mine. Full of luxury and serenity, with chic cottages lining the harbor and colorful designer boutiques, the island has a French charm that floats throughout the city,” said Som. “I am thrilled to partner with Kohl’s to bring this DesigNation collection to life and provide women with beautiful clothing that emulates the luxe lifestyle of St. Barths at a great value.”

Unlike other diffusion lines, Kohl’s DesigNation features a different designer and collections and take inspiration from different destinations.

Do you think any of Som’s famous fans will don his DesigNation collection? Stars that have worn Som style are heavy fashion hitters including: Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Alba, Rachel McAdams, Allison Williams, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin

Diffusion Lines seem to be a continuing trend. It was just recently that Trend Hungry posted looks from 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target, and we’re counting down the days until Catherine Malandrino for Kohl’s DesigNation launches (Sept. 27!!).

What’s your take? Do you love when designers do diffusion? Comment below or tweet to @jessieholeva #trendhungry!