30 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Ashley Olsen

If this outfit can make someone as teeny as Ashley look large and frumpy, imagine what it would do to us regular folks? Here is a look that is just as casual and comfy, but much more chic, for just $99.63.

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The Savvy Stylist: Husband's Surprise Party

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Next weekend, I'm throwing my husband a surprise party for his 30th birthday. It's going to be at our home, so it's nothing too fancy, but I still want to look nice for him. I love bright color and bold prints, and since I'll be running around all night, I'd prefer to wear flats or low heels. Any suggestions?

This look is bright, comfy and festive. It rings up at just $98.29.

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5 Under $50: Tree Jewelry

Tree-inspired jewelry is so adorable, and so whimsical. It can be so affordable as well; here are five pieces under fifty bucks!

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Lindsay Lohan's Style for $97.88

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29 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Anne Hathaway

Anne usually gets it right, so I'm shocked at how terribly wrong this is. The cropped puffy jacket, the mom jeans rolled up - it's so horribly unflattering.

Here is much more flattering but still casual look for Miz Hathaway. It costs $93.29.

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The Savvy Stylist: Atlantic City Bachelorette

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In a few weeks, I'm going to a bachelorette party in Atlantic City. I'm not sure exactly what we'll be doing, but I think that we'll be doing some eating, some gambling, and possibly a bit of dancing. I hate wearing dresses in the winter and would rather wear jeans, but I'm afraid the other girls will all be really dressed up. Can you help me with a jeans outfit that won't look out of place among a bunch of girls in dresses?

This outfit may be based around a pair of jeans, but you'll definitely hold your own among the dresses. This festive look costs $96.89.

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5 Under $50: On Sale at Anthropologie

I could pretty much move into Anthro's sale section, couldn't you? Here are some of my favorite finds that are on sale at Anthropologie right now.

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Jessica Alba's Style for $85.89

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26 November 2010

Mixtape Masters 11.26.10: Black Friday




My favorite Black Friday tradition is NOT shopping - possibly NOT even leaving the house. No sale is worth the insanity that goes along with Black Friday shopping. I prefer to begin my holiday shopping from my laptop.

But here are some songs inspired by the official beginning of the holiday shopping brouhaha.

The Beatles "Baby's in Black"
Okkervil River "Black"
Yo La Tengo "Black Flowers"
Johnny Cash "Man in Black"
Wilco "Pot Kettle Black"
The Rolling Stones "Sweet Black Angel"


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25 November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy happy Thanksgiving!

I am so thankful to all of you readers, who are the reason why this blog has been going strong for almost for years. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. I for one will be taking a little bit of time off. I will be back full-swing on Monday with some more frugal favorites.

xo
Dana


24 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Shenae Grimes

Warning! Warning! Cheap joke approaching:

Shenae, Cher called from 1987. She wants her wardrobe back.

Thank you, thankyouverymuch. Anyhoodle, here is a much more appropriate and timely look for the lovely Shenae. It costs $95.40.

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The Savvy Stylist: Black Friday Shopping

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This year, my husband and I are spending Thanksgiving at his brother's place in Manhattan. On Black Friday, his sister-in-law and I are going to have a marathon shopping day. I want to look stylish enough to fit in in NYC, but I want to stay comfy and warm. I like dark colors, plaids and neutrals. Any suggestions?

This look will keep you comfortable and toasty, but you'll fit in among the throngs of Black Friday shoppers. It costs $97.20.

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5 Under $50: Snoods

I just like the word snood. I could say it all day long! And I also dig snoods themselves - they're such a good way to keep warm, and they don't drag or get in the way. Here are five of my favorite snoods.

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Paris Hilton's Style for $97.79

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23 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Ke$ha

Here's something I've come to notice in my years on this planet: If it's chilly enough that you can wear a big furry parka and boots, well, it's probably chilly enough to wear PANTS.

So here's a look that makes much more sense. It costs $99.08.

The Savvy Stylist: Seminar in D.C.

Reader Request

I'm going to attend a policy seminar in Washington DC the first week of January, and I have no idea what to wear. I'm from the south, so I don't really own any super warm clothes. Also, we will be going to Capitol Hill and meeting people, so I need to look professional, but cute since I'm still in college. I'm about a size 10/12 and I would prefer to wear flats or low heels since we will be walking a lot as well. Please help!

This outfit is very professional and conservative, but still allows some personality to show through. It rings up at $97.28 total.

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5 Under $50: Francesca's Collections

I don't know if I've been living under a rock, but I just recently heard about Francesca's. I can't believe what I've been missing. The whole site is chock full of fabulous and frugal pieces. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Taylor Swift's Style for $89.99

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22 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Leighton Meester

What. The. Heck. Is. THIS?

Sorry, Leighton, I'm all for edginess, but I just can't get over this "I Dream of Jeannie" meets Frederick's of Hollywood ensemble. I'm just appalled. And as much as the front view offends my eyeballs, the back view has pretty much set them aflame!

So here is something much more decent and much less insane. It costs just $92.80.

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The Savvy Stylist: Holiday Party in Chicago

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I am recently engaged and my fiancée is the National Sales Manager for an advertising company based in Chicago. We are going in mid-December for his holiday party. It will be at a fancy restaurant and I have no idea what to wear. I was raised in Miami and can't imagine being fashionable and elegant in 30 degree weather. I love playing with fashion and any color is good with me. Thank you so much!

I hear you - fancy dressing in cold weather has always been a challenge for me, too! Here is an outfit that will keep you warm and chic at the same time. Just cover up with a good coat while you're outside! It costs $98.25.

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5 Under $50: Matroyshka

Matroyshkas, Russian nesting dolls, have been showing up all over in the fashion world lately. I think they're absolutely adorable. Here are five of my favorite pieces that are inspired by these precious Russian matroyshkas.

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Kate Middleton's Style for $90.69

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21 November 2010

Sunday Splurges 11.21.10 - Neutral Handbags

Carrie Bradshaw had shoes - I have handbags. I love them, and have way too many. Unlike Carrie, I don't go crazy buying designer items I can't afford. But if I could afford them, here are the next few that I'd buy.

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20 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Dakota Fanning

Sometimes, these redemptions are relative. I mean, if Taylor Momsen showed up wearing this, I'd sing its praises from the rooftops. But Dakota... well, she usually looks adorable. This is just, well, blah. D needs some color, STAT.

Here's a much more exciting look. It costs $97.59.

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Lauren Conrad's Style for $94.80

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19 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Mischa Barton

Okay, Mischa, I'll give it to you. This is not nearly as bad as some of your recent transgressions. You do not look like someone who escaped a mental hospital in 1987. You look clean and healthy. You're smiling. These are good things!

However, you look like my mother-in-law. Who is a midwestern woman in her 60's. And she would look just fine in this. But you are a woman in her 20's who lives in one of the trendiest cities in the world. You can do better.

Here is an outfit that better suits Mischa. It rings up at $95.90.

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The Savvy Stylist: Cream Cardigan

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Ove the weekend I bought a cream colored cardigan to wear for my office job. I was thinking it would look perfect with a shirt I had back home, only to discover it didn't look so great. I do love the cardigan, and I don't want to return it, but I really have no other idea what to wear it with. Could you help? If it helps, the dress code at my job allows me to wear jeans on a daily basis, but obviously, I still have to look "polished" and presentable.

The trick to keeping this look professional is belting the cardigan with a skinny belt to keep the look streamlined. The colorful accessories keep this outfit from being too stuffy. This look rings up at $92.96.

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Jayma Mays' Style for $99.49

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5 Under $50: Brocade

I love the rich, elegant look that brocade brings to any item. Here are some frugal but fabulous brocade items.

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Mixtape Masters 11.19.10: Oh, oh, it's Magic!


You guys, prepare for extreme nerdiness today. Just saying. Because it's Harry Potter Day and I couldn't be more excited to see Deathly Hallows Part I today (twice).

So here is my list for today, inspired by Harry and friends. There are way more than five songs today. Because I'm SOOOO EXCITED.


Heart "Magic Man"
Donovan "Season of the Witch"
The Cars "Magic"
Alexi Murdoch "Dream About Flying"
She and Him "Magic Trick"
Belle & Sebastian "We Rule the School"
Seabear "Owl Waltz"
T. Rex "By the Light of a Magical Moon"
Jeff Buckley "Witches' Rave"
Olivia Newton-John "Magic"

For more Mixtape Master madness, peep the playlists on these blogs:


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Giada De Laurentiis' Style for $96.47

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18 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Eva Longoria

What is up with all of these beautiful women dressing like they're skating in the Ice Capades? First Emma Watson, and now Eva?

Here's an ensemble that is much more appropriate for off the ice. It costs $95.80.

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The Savvy Stylist: Thanksgiving with the Family

Reader Request

My boyfriend's family invited me over to Thanksgiving dinner this year. I have met his mom and sister but it's the first time I'm going to actually be with the entire family. It's not going to be too formal but still, it's an important date and I have no idea what to wear! I really need your help on this one. My style is kind of rocker (leather, boots, etc) but feminine at the same time (meaning, I have no problem in wearing dresses with chic/rocker twist to it). I love Kristen Stewart's style as well as Emma Watson's. Hope that helps... thanks!

This look is rocker chick but perfectly appropriate for a family dinner. It costs $98.59.

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Selena Gomez's Style for $96.40

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5 Under $50: Sequined Shoes

Since the holidays are approaching, it's time to start considering our holiday party ensembles. I like to add just a bit of sparkle to make an outfit festive, so these affordable sequined shoes will be perfect!

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Sienna Miller's Style for $96.27

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17 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Jessica Alba

Okay, okay. Jess is obviously on her way home from the gym, or just running errands, or something that doesn't require a fashionable ensemble. And that's just fine. I don't expect everyone to make 100% of an effort all the time.

That said, this is both unflattering and outdated. Those grey sweatpants aren't doing her any favors, and she's wearing something that was last seen in the hippie resurgence of the early 90's - a baja, also known as a drug rug.

So here is a look that's perfect for errands or the gym, but is just bit more chic. It costs $95.10.


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The Savvy Stylist: 30th Birthday in Vegas

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I am celebrating my 30th birthday in Vegas early December. I am looking for something cute and sexy, but comfortable enough for an entire evening of dinner, a show, gambling, and dancing. I'm 5'2" and 125 pounds. Although my typical uniform is jeans and a casual shirt, but I love getting girly and pretty whenever I can. I love pink, I love black, and I love wearing dresses. Any suggestions?

I hope that this look is everything you need. It's sexy, festive and costs $97.60.

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Ashley Tisdale's Style for $99.74

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5 Under $50: Toggle Outerwear

Coats with toggle closures are my absolute favorite. The toggles add a bit of whimsy to such a classic shape. While it's usually hard to find a winter coat on a budget, I managed to find five under fifty bucks!

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Dianna Agron's Style for $96.79

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16 November 2010

Fashion Redemption: Leighton Meester

I have no idea what to make of this. Why is there a gold disc covering her boob? And why is she wearing my old hippie aunt's macramé curtains? I'm at a loss.

So here is a major improvement for Leighton. It costs just $98.40.

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The Savvy Stylist: Navy Wives' Night Out

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My husband is currently deployed overseas with the Navy, traditionally half way through deployment the wives and girlfriends go out for dinner and a night of fun to celebrate having made it to the halfway point (deployments are usually 6 months). I am looking for an outfit to wear to this ladies night out. A little about myself, I am a barely in my 30's, and a busy working mom of 2 active girls. (ages 12 and 6) I recently lost weight and am still exploring all the new options I can now wear. As for height, I am a whopping 5'0, which means I usually wear heels. As for weight, I am 110lbs. and wear a size 0-2, down from a size 10. Any help you can offer would be so wonderful!

This look is sophisticated yet fun, and it'll help show off your svelte new bod! It costs $99.29.

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Kim Kardashian's Style for $90.64

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5 Under $50: Snake Accessories

Snakes have been part of the fashion world ever since Cleopatra's time. Today, it's easy to find some cheap and fabulous pieces that are inspired by our serpentine friends. Here are some of my favorites.

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Hilary Duff's Style for $94.39

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