31 January 2011

The Savvy Stylist: Valentine's Anniversary

Reader Request

My 3-year anniversary with my boyfriend is coming up in February (the day before Valentine's Day) and I want the night to be really special because it may be the last one as a non-engaged couple. Also, we celebrate Valentine's Day and our anniversary in one night. We will probably go to a nice dinner and have some drinks. I love how Lauren Conrad and Jessica Alba dress and was thinking of tights and a really pretty dress. I want to avoid red (too cliche) and I want to look classy and elegant. Can you help me?

This chic and romantic look costs $92.24 and comes from Modcloth, the Gap, Wet Seal and Target.

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Reese Witherspoon's Style for $95.14

Reader Request

Reese looks so timeless and elegant in her flirty, retro ivory dress. Get her look for less with pieces from ASOS, Topshop and Forever 21.

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28 January 2011

The Savvy Stylist: Friend's Birthday Bash

Reader Request

I am going out for friend’s birthday bash over the weekend. I want something sexy, not too revealing but semi-casual. We are going for dinner and drinks with a big group and would like something besides just the same old jeans and top but nothing really dressy. I will also be running into an ex so I need to look super cute. Please, please help me!

This outfit is casual and flirty but dressier than jeans. It comes from Delia's, Kohl's, and DSW, and costs just $97.43.

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Mixtape Masters 1.28.11: Wintry Mix



So, I've been totally slacking. January has been a crazy month.

Well, if any of you live in the northeast or have any Facebook friends who do, you'll know that we got HAMMERED with snow the other night. It's like Fargo up in here. Or it's like Hoth up in here. Or it's like some other snowy pop culture reference up in here.

So I made a snow/cold/winter-inspired mix for you today. Hope you like it!

Elliott Smith "Angel in the Snow"
Simon & Garfunkel "Hazy Shade of Winter"
Au Revoir Simone "Fallen Snow"
Kings of Convenience "Surprise Ice"
Mumford & Sons "Winter Winds"



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Kourtney Kardashian's Style for $98.88

Kim has always been known as the fashionable Kardashian sister but I think that Kourtney has been giving her a run for her money. Get her look for less with affordable items from Charlotte Russe and YesStyle.

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27 January 2011

The Savvy Stylist: Maternity Wedding Style

Reader Request

I have THREE weddings I am attending in July in the northeast. One in Vermont, one in Maine and one upstate New York. I will also be 9 months pregnant, my due date is August 2nd. The good thing is there will be no repeat guests (aside from my husband and myself) , so I might be able to pull off the same outfit for all three! Lets call it my July wedding uniform. I would prefer a short sleeve or 3/4 sleeve, even with the summer time. Think you could come up with something? I would be eternally grateful!

This look will be perfect for all three of your weddings! Consisting of chic pieces from 6pm, Kohl's, and $15 Store, it rings up at $99.30.

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Reese Witherspoon's Style for $99.25

Reader Request

Some may call basic black safe or boring, and sometimes I tend to agree. But Reese's outfit is so chic that I totally dig it! Get her look for a steal with items from Forever 21, Topshop, DSW and Piperlime.

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26 January 2011

The Savvy Stylist: Bowling Birthday

Reader Request

I'm going hosting a ribs/bowling night for my birthday and I want to look cute/sexy and also very comfy. I'm turning 31 and it's SoCal cold...so any suggestions would be great! I'm 5'3", 165 lbs and apple shaped (so anything that conceals tummy is a plus). Thank you!

This look is figure flattering, casual enough for bowling, and yet festive enough for dinner. Just keep the socks in your bag for bowling! The look costs $96.28 and comes from Forever 21, 6pm and Charlotte Russe.

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Jenny McCarthy's Style for $89.32

I love the versatility of Jenny's outfit. She wore it out to an event, but it could also work in a business-casual office. Dress like Jenny for less with pieces from 6pm, Fossil, and Urban OG.

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25 January 2011

The Savvy Stylist: Chicago Nightclub

Reader Request

I hope you can help me! I've had trouble finding a going-out night look that encompasses my style. I'm 21, about a size 8 or 10 and 5'3 or so. My daytime style is vintage, feminine, and a little quirky. I'd take Zooey Deschanel's wardrobe in a minute. In a week some friends from home will be coming to visit me in Chicago where I go to school and we'll be going out to a nightclub. I really want to look sexy, and maybe a little edgy, while still staying true to my style (which doesn't lend itself to a sexy clubbing outfit very well). I'm okay with any color, a little self conscious about my mid-section, and I'm sure it will be COLD. Any suggestions?

Here's a Zooey-inspired, club-appropriate look with pieces from Tulle, Urban Outfitters and Forever 21. It costs $90.09.

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Whitney Port's Style for $96.01

I love how Whitney's shocking pink shoes pop on her otherwise subdued outfit. She always puts outfits together in a way that I'd never consider, and it's amazing. Get her look for a steal with items from Kohl's, Hot Topic, and Macy's.

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24 January 2011

The Savvy Stylist: Vegas Bachelorette Party

Reader Request

I am heading to Vegas for my best friend's bachelorette party in March. I am 5'5", 135 pounds, but I just had a baby so I am not as toned as I once was, thus making dresses that are too snug or form fitting look unfortunate! I love bright colors, as I am blonde with blue eyes, but I'm still somewhat pale, so pastels and yellows or beiges don't look great on me. I am not opposed to black or metallics either. Can you help?

This look will flatter your post-baby body and will look wonderful with your coloring. It costs $92.27 and features pieces from Delia's, Target, Urban Outfitters and Aldo.

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Kristin Cavallari's Style for $98.80

Reader Request

Not many could get away with a teeny tiny sequined tube dress, but Kristin got it right by wearing simple shoes and going accessory free. Get her look for less with items from eDressMe and Forever 21.

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21 January 2011

I Need Your Feedback!

Hello to my dearest readers!

I need your help.

My life is going to be crazy for a while. I'm starting a new job. We're moving to a different state. And we're getting married!

Something's got to give. Unfortunately, that something, temporarily, is this blog. I'm not going to give it up - I love it too much for that - but I need to cut down on posting, at least until this summer.

There are usually four, sometimes five, posts per weekday. I'm going to temporarily cut it down to two per day. But here's where I need your help. Since you're the reason that I love writing this blog, I figured that I'd leave the decision up to you. What are your favorite kind of posts on Fashion Under $100, and what posts would you miss the least?

Vote below and please feel free to leave feedback in the comments.

(And remember - this is temporary!)

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Rachel Bilson's Style for $93.09

Even Rachel's most casual outfits are always adorable. Get her laid-back look for less with items from Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and YesStyle.

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20 January 2011

Jayma Mays' Style for $91.99

Reader Request

Look how beautiful that bright pink color looks with Jayma's auburn hair. It's just lovely. Dress like her for less with items from Revolve Clothing and Nine West.

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18 January 2011

17 January 2011

Cameron Diaz's Style for $90.97

Reader Request

It's been a long, long time since I've seen Cammy in a fancy look that impressed me, so I'm thrilled to see her looking fabulous and sexy in red. Get her look for less with cheap pieces from ASOS, DSW, and Target.

Light Posting this Week


I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that posting will be light this week. I've got some traveling scheduled this week, and I'm dealing with some internet connection problems on top of that. I'll be posting Celeb Styles all week, but no Savvy Stylist requests, Fashion Redemptions, or 5 Under $50 posts. But fear not, I'll be back next Monday, full-swing!

See you then!

xo
Dana


14 January 2011

Fashion Redemption: Raven-Symoné

Huh. I suppose that they were having a big sale at the Bondage Flamenco store.

Here is a still-funky but much more appropriate look for Miz Raven. It costs $94.80.

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The Savvy Stylist: First Date

Reader Request

I met a guy online and we're going on our first date in a few weeks. I'm not sure what to wear. We're keeping it pretty casual (meeting at a pub) so I'd prefer to wear jeans, but other than that, I'm stumped. I live in Southern California, so it's not too cold out. Any ideas?

This look is very casual but will definitely catch your date's eye! It totals just $90.96.

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5 Under $50: "Stand-In" Engagement Rings

Today's 5 under $50 post is a request that comes from a reader, a nurse who is about to go spend two months in Haiti. She is engaged and doesn't feel comfortable bringing her pricey engagement ring on her trip, but she doesn't want to leave her ring finger naked while she's gone. She asked me to find some inexpensive but pretty "stand-in" engagement rings.

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Lindsay Lohan's Style for $97.46

It's nice to see Lindsay looking relatively healthy and happy. Best of all, she's wearing pants! Here is a frugal version of her outfit, featuring items from JC Penney, American Apparel, Delia's and Urban OG.

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13 January 2011

Fashion Redemption: Kendra Wilkinson

I don't really have a specific problem with this dress, although I can't say I'm crazy about it. I especially have a problem with the boob area. But what I really dislike is those clunky, chunky shoes.

Here is a look that's still sexy, but with a much cuter shoe. It costs $97.38.

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The Savvy Stylist: Bridesmaid in a Wedding

Reader Request

My best friend is getting married and I am the maid of honor. Her colors are light gray and yellow/mustard and I am looking for an amazing solid or patterned dress. I am hoping for something with an interesting cut or fabric detail. All the bridesmaids are going to mix-match so short or tea-length will be the safest. I mostly want it to be fresh and bright for the summertime but fancy-looking enough to be in wedding photos. I am fine with wild accessories. Can you help?

I hope that you and the bride love this look. It costs $98.20.

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5 Under $50: Etsy Vintage

I've showcased Etsy many times in the past, but usually I focus on the sellers who create handmade items. But Etsy has a vintage section as well, and it's fabulous. Here are five affordable vintage items from Etsy.

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Kate Walsh's Style for $98.49

Reader Request

Kate looks so young and modern in this flirty blue frock. Get her look for less from GoJane, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Kohl's.

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12 January 2011

Fashion Redemption: Jessica Simpson

Why, Jessica, WHY? Why do you insist on wearing only the most unflattering garments ever made? You have beautiful curves, why are you wearing a sweater that makes you look eight feet wide? WHYYYYYY?????

Here is look that's much more flattering and stylish. It rings up at $99.59.

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The Savvy Stylist: Miami Bachelorette

Reader Request

My friends are taking me to Miami in January for my bachelorette party! I have been instructed to wear a dress in any color BUT black. I really love Carrie Underwood and Lauren Conrad's style. I am 5"5" and weight about 120. I have a pretty lean/athletic build, and love being fancy for important events like this, but still looking classy! I really want to go all out since it's my bach party, but I am not sure what to put together ... HELP!

You'll definitely be the center of attention in this outfit. I think that LC and Carrie would approve, and I hope you do, too. This ensemble costs $97.79.

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5 Under $50: Urban Cowgirl

The trick to western-inspired fashion is to never wear more than one piece at a time; any more than that and you look like you're wearing a cowgirl costume. Here are some fun but subtle pieces that would work as well on the city streets as at a rodeo.

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Nicky Hilton's Style for $96.28

Reader Request

There's nothing more decadent than a leopard coat. Nicky's takes her outfit from simple to special. Get a similar look with pieces from Aldo, Delia's and Urban Outfitters.

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11 January 2011

Fashion Redemption: Hayden Panettiere

Oh, Hayden. Not only is this painfully sloppy, but if it's chilly enough to wear a knit hat and furry boots, it's too chilly to wear a tee with shorts. This looks absolutely ridiculous.

Here's a look that makes some sense. It costs $99.55.

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The Savvy Stylist: Long, One-Shoulder Dress

Reader Request

I am looking for a full length one-shoulder cocktail dress, something that cinches in the waist. I am large chested and dresses un-cinched tends to make me look larger and it just hangs down. This is for a trendy New Orleans wedding and I want to look super-cute.

This dress will be figure-flattering and eye-catching. This whole ensemble costs $92.85.

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5 Under $50: Sunny Yellow

When the dead of grey winter hits, I start craving brights. There's no reason why we can't wear sunny colors even if the sun isn't shining - as a matter of fact, I think it's our duty to compensate for the dull winter weather by brightening up the world with our style!

Here are five bright, sunny and cheerful yellow items to help kill the winter doldrums.

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Nicole Richie's Style for $98.17

It's been such a long time since we've seen Nicole out and about. This funky, eclectic look is classic Nicole - get it for a steal with pieces from Forever 21 and more.

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10 January 2011

Fashion Redemption: Drew Barrymore

I admire Drew for taking risks, but this is just ridiculous. The heavy makeup is bad enough, but the bright orange sleeping bag is absolutely terrifying.

Here is a look that is much more flattering in style and color. It costs $93.93

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The Savvy Stylist: Winter Engagement Photos

Reader Request

I am having my engagement photos taken soon in a kind of winter wonderland feel in the snow, but we'll also be doing some indoor shots. I need some outfit ideas for the indoor shots that transition well to go under my vintage grey peacoat. I'm 5'8" 210 lbs. I love the color green like no other. Thank you so much!

This look epitomizes casual chic. It costs $90.27.

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5 Under $50: Guest Post from Kristin @ BienLiving

Today's guest post comes from someone who came up with an absolutely brilliant idea. Kristin of Bien Living Design offers Long Distance Design - she'll come up with a design concept for your home, all online! Not only does she have impeccable taste in home decor, but girlfriend can dress! Check out her picks here:

My typical "uniform" is a fitted black tee and jeans. It has been my go-to outfit for years. Lately, skinny jeans are what I turn to - they are perfect for me because they can go from day to night with little alteration. Surprisingly, my favorite pair is from Forever 21! It's important that they are a dark wash & make sure you look at the "ingredients" & get the ones with cotton, polyester and spandex. The perfect combination! From there, I like to add a metallic flat or boot and a chunky necklace. For a more complete look, I'll throw on a bold fitted jacket and I am out the door for any number of events!

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Jenna Dewan's Style for $96.75

It's difficult to wear a skin-tight red tube dress without looking a little bit trashy, but I think that Jenna just pulls it off! Get her look for less with items from Charlotte Russe, Urban OG, and Amazon.

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07 January 2011

Fashion Redemption: Snooki

This look is perfectly normal and appropriate - for a Vegas showgirl. But here is a look for those of us who don't spend our lives dancing on stage. It's still extremely festive, but much more accessible. It costs $

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The Savvy Stylist: Reunited

Reader Request

I'm looking for the perfect outfit for reuniting. I am from Ohio and dating an older man from NYC. He always compliments what I wear or my accessories, but I haven't seen him in two months and I'm going for a "wow" here. He is taking me skiing in Pennsylvania in a few weeks and I have a couple of ideas down, but I'm having trouble with an idea for dinner our first evening. We generally go to nicer restaurants, but since it is January I'm not really looking for a dress, but I don't want to wear just jeans and a shirt either. I'm about 5'9" with auburn colored hair and I really like heels, but I don't want to wear anything too high since he is a couple of inches shorter than me. Any suggestions???

Here is a pants outfit that is much more special than just jeans. It costs $97.59.

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Mixtape Masters 1.7.11 - The Truffle Shuffle



I wasn't feeling too inspired this week, so I just put the old iPod on shuffle and picked the first few songs that popped up.

Mudcrutch "Lover of the Bayou"
Strange Boys "A Walk on the Beach"
Supper Furry Animals "Receptacle for the Respectable"
Love "Love Alone Or"
Patti Smith "Kimberly"


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5 Under $50: Moccasins

As much as I love fashion, I will always choose comfort over style. I think that's why I love moccasins so much - they are super-comfy but still casually chic.

Here are five of my favorites.

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Kirsten Dunst's Style for $96.15

Get Kirsten's simple and timeless look for less with pieces from Asos, DSW, and Max & Chloe.

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