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Jessie Holeva lifestyle blogger
Dare to Wear

{ Three Ways To Wear } Anorak Jacket

Fall came. It’s here and this one jacket has been serving me well as the weather + my style transitions.

Can we talk about the location of these pics for a sec? It may be my most favorite yet. The lovely Renee Patrone of Events by Renee was so gracious to let us shoot in her really cool space, Pineapple on Main (that you can rent for a gathering or workshop!). The space is the hub of some cool, creative entrepreneurs in the event, styling and decor biz. So of course there were some super-cute spots to shoot.

three ways to wear an anorak jacket

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QVC LOGO by Lori Goldstein style correspondent
Dare to Wear, Fashion

{ Dare To Wear } Happy-Hour Chic

And now, time for another edition of Dare To Wear, the blog series that keeps the fashions in rotation so that outfit remixes can be made. The more you play with your clothes the more ideas you’ll come up with (I type from experience).

This long-and-lovely tank top with a slitted skirt may not be my initial instinct, but when I want to create three different looks using the same piece it pushes me to rework the wardrobe. The result = new outfits! Can’t be mad at that. I’m especially not mad at this look and will be keeping in mind for the next time I need to look happy-hour chic. The top keeps it ladylike with a relaxed vibe, while the slit adds a splash of sexiness.

How to dress up a tank top DIY Dip Dye Tassel LOGO by Lori Goldstein tank top No Libs Style Shoot happy hour outfit idea Philly style blogger Jessie Holeva QVC LOGO by Lori Goldstein style correspondent

{ Style Tips }

1. Wear a belt. A belt is the accessory that brings things in and helps to create that hourglass shape.

2. Borrow from a friend to get the look just right. I forgot my bag of jewelry at home (couldn’t even believe it!) so borrowed the sunnies in the previous look and bracelet from my friend Kate, who also assisted on the shoot and scouted this great location.

3. Carry yourself with confidence. It really is the secret sauce to looking your best. Wear it and work it.

4. Accessorize your accessories & embrace the unexpected. The tassel (it’s a DIY coming up!) clipped onto the hat may be my favorite thing about this whole look. It’s a little detail that’s the perfect unexpected accent.

Northern Liberties style blog photoshoot

On Repeat { LOGO by Lori Goldstein Stripe Knit Tank with Drape Pockets }

 { Trouvé Faux Wrap Skirt | ADA Collection Leather Sash Wrap BeltZigo Soho Duran BootieH&M Wool Hat | My Saint My Hero Bracelet | H&M Cuff (similar) }

Philly fashion blog photoshoot

{ Special thanks to Kate Michener for assisting on this shoot. }

Dare To Wear } a blog series dedicated to “dare to wear” the same thing three ways. 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 throughout the month. Photos by Audrey Gallagher.

How to wear a kimono
Dare to Wear, Fashion

{ Dare To Wear } Kimono + Double Denim

Like my kimono? It’s from one of my favorite people. My dear friend Kristen sent it to me all the way from Hawaii. Though she and I don’t like close to each other anymore (she’s based in LA but lived a few months in Hawaii earlier this year), but we still manage to swap clothes when we do get together, though this one was meant for me to keep. It came in the mail along with a cool coral necklace she made me, a bottle of black sand, a hair product made by a friend she met while living there, and of course a thoughtful note — she’s the cutest + I absolutely LOVED the care package she sent me!! So when I wear this kimono I think of my boho babe, Kristen. Continue Reading

Blogging, Fashion

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!

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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.

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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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