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Monday
Feb082016

Who What Wear x Target = One Winning Combo

Shopping the designer collaborations at Target can often be a stressful undertaking. MK and I decided to be at the store right when the doors opened for the unveiling of the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection in 2013. There were only a handful of other people waiting with us when we were allowed to enter, but they sprinted toward the selection like a scene from Supermarket Sweep, flinging armfuls of clothes into their carts, likely to only sell them on eBay later. And anyone who has tried to shop the collections online knows what a digital bloodbath that can be.

So I was surprised when I casually strolled into Target following a yoga class several hours after the Who What Wear collection arrived and found the racks fully stocked and painstakingly organized. Especially because while Who What Wear might not be as well known a name as Missoni (and though this is the multi-media fashion brand’s first fashion line), the clothes were all incredibly chic.

These two pieces spoke to me in particular. I love the cheerful watercolor-style polka dots on the top, and the graphic print of the skirt. The long, lean skirt also fits in with my current goal of shaking up the proportions in my wardrobe. The separates are incredibly versatile, and will totally work throughout the rest of the winter and well into spring.

Something about the fresh, graphic nature of the prints made me crave a graphic, smokey eye to accompany them. I used my trusty Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette to create this look.

Did you pick up anything from the line?

  • Shirt: Who What Wear x Target, $25 at Target.com.

  • Skirt: Who What Wear x Target, $28 at Target.com.

  • Pumps: French Connection. No longer available, but similar styles can be found here here for about $30.

- Kristen

 

Saturday
Feb062016

Five Spring Fashion Trends You Need to Try

This is a guest post by Charlotte Martin. Charlotte is a freelance writer originally from Baltimore now living in Philadelphia. Her love of fashion has been a lifelong affair begun by playing dress-up in her mom's closet. When she's not writing about the latest trends in the fashion world, she can be found catching up on reality TV and exploring the bars and restaurants in the city.

When it comes to tracking down fashion trends and adapting them to fit the budget-conscious diva’s wallet, you just have to know where to look. Just because a style is in the store window with the “brand new” price tag to match, doesn’t mean you can’t find something very similar on a sale rack or in a less expensive store.

We did the legwork for you and found some of our favorite pieces that are totally on-trend with the latest looks seen on the runways for this spring. Being fashionable and frugal can go hand-in-hand, as we try to show you, and that doesn’t stop even when it comes to runway trends.

Here are the five fashion trends from the spring 2016 runways that you can wear for less without lacking style. You’ll be surprised at the affordable fashions we found for you!

1. The Choker

The infamous grungy decade is back and trendier than ever. Celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin have embraced it, sporting chokers in this article, and you should do the same and try the accessory staple of the era. Because the style has recently picked up so much popularity, you can find chokers in just about every price range, and this lace Akira one is only $12.90.

2. Suede

There’s another decade that’s back for round two, and it’s the groovy era of disco balls and hippy dippy style. Although suede might not be your first thought for a spring fabric, think again. According to this runway report, the material was seen at Rebecca Minkoff among others. Replicate the look with this steal—a Forever 21 faux suede dress for $27, in a bright brick color perfect for the season.

3. Slip Dresses

We love the slip dress for a variety of reasons. Perhaps because it’s a little risqué, yet unique, and also extremely versatile. You can easily un-sex these “sensual” pieces, as this article describes them, with the addition of more masculine accessories like a military jacket or ankle boots. We love this peek-a-boo Nasty Gal number for just $58.

4. Victorian Romance

This season, it seems that many designers took a look to the past for inspiration (fashion and history do have the tendency to repeat themselves, after all). For spring this year, maxi dresses are much more romantic, with ruffles and lace for days. For a trend that looks mighty expensive (but isn't!), we loved finding the Club L style in this collection for only $36.

5. Mules

As far as footwear goes, the mule is all the rage for spring. The flat, simple, slip-on style will no doubt be a go-to for fashionistas everywhere. The look might be a little more masculine for the girly types, so we found this great “how-to-wear” compilation to help you out, no matter your personal style. And you can’t go wrong with a neutral Cole Haan pair on clearance for about $60.

- Charlotte

Thursday
Feb042016

The Modern LBD

As I recently mentioned, I’m interested in playing more with proportions in my wardrobe. That’s part of the reason why I snagged this little black H&M dress. While it isn’t overly exaggerated in its length, the just-below-the-knee hemline is longer than I typically go for. But because it’s so slim and slinky, it doesn’t read matronly. The racerback-style neckline also scored serious cool points with me.

I purchased this dress with evening in mind, but when paired with a denim jacket, felt hat and chunky-heeled boots, it totally works for daytime as well.

Speaking of which, if you follow Faux Fancy on Snapchat (ID: FauxFancy), you might have seen my unboxing of these bad boys. I was looking for a closed toe bootie that was dressy enough for evening and comfortable enough to go all night in. And these more than do the trick.

  • Dress: H&M. No longer available, but similar styles here, here and here for under $35.

  • Jacket: H&M. No longer available, but similar styles here and here for under $100.

  • Boots: Circus by Sam Edelman, available for $100 at Nordstrom.com.

  • Hat: H&M. Similar available here, here and here for under $25.

- Kristen

 

Tuesday
Feb022016

Romantic Valentine’s Day Makeup

I’ve been loving my matte Tartelette eyeshadow palette lately, and have been dying to try the new Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipcolor. Valentine’s Day seemed like a great excuse to put the two products together for a little tutorial. I’d totally wear this look for a romantic night out, or dinner and drinks with my girlfriends.

Check out the tutorial to find out how to get the look, and the full list of the products I used below!

  • Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, $45 at Sephora.com.

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara, $9 at Ulta.com.

  • e.l.f. Blush Palette in Dark, $6 at ElfCosmetics.com.

  • theBalm cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer, $24 at Birchbox.com.

  • Sephora Collection Nano Lip Liner in Funky Fuchsia, $5 at Sephora. No longer available, but similar here from Sephora for $6.

  • Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Matte Liquid Lipcolor in Berry Boost, $7 at Target.com.

  • e.l.f. Makeup Mist & Set, $3 at Target.com.

 

- Kristen 

Wednesday
Jan272016

Proportion Play (& Five Instagrammers Who Do it Best)

From left:
Shiona Turini (@shionat); Aimee Song (@songofstyle); Blair Eadie (@blaireadiebee)

There’s a definite trend when it comes to what I’m “liking” on Instagram lately (@FauxFancy). I’m so inspired by people who aren’t afraid to play with unexpected proportions, using extra long, cropped and unexpectedly shaped items to create a bit of drama.

Most of my current clothes play it safe, proportion-wise -- practical pieces that aren’t too short, aren’t too long. And I’m officially on a mission to change that. Playing with proportions is a great way to add instant interest to a look and elevate your #OOTD without blowing your budget.

Here are some of the looks I’m loving, the folks who put them together, and the pieces I’m looking to add to my closet.

Go Long

Counterclockwise from top left:
Krystal Bick (@krystal_bick); 2nd and 3rd photo both Blair Eadie (@blaireadiebee); Claire Marshall (@heyclaire)

Take away the ankle-dusting length of Krystal Bick’s coat, or the ultra-full sidewalk-grazing cut of Blair Eadie’s pants, for instance, and you’d still have a chic outfit. But it’s the unexpected proportions that make the look a bit more special. The same goes for Claire Marshall’s cozy weekend-perfect cardi, and the full dress-olive coat combo worn by Blair Eadie. A voluminous long-on-long look can overwhelm your frame, but because of the cut out panels on Blair’s dress, the look just works.

For Your Shopping Consideration:

Misguided Long Sleeve Maxi Duster in Grey, $60 at MisguidedUS.com.

Zara Lace Pencil Skirt, on sale for $23 at Zara.com.

Melissa Duster Cardigan, on sale for $29 at NastyGal.com.

Get Shorty

Clockwise from top left:
Shiona Turini (@shionat); Aimee Song (@songofstyle); Shiona Turini (@shionat); Aimee Song (@songofstyle)

I love how Shiona Turini and Aimee Song take something potentially incredibly revealing and scandalous – like a crop top or a mini skirt – and make it look not only appropriate, but chic. Shiona rocks an abbreviated top like no one else. By only exposing a small sliver of skin, and typically sticking to a monochrome palette, she keeps her outfits looking both fresh and interesting and somehow also timeless and classic. And while pairing thigh-high boots with a teeny-weeny skirt can initially read pre-makeover Julia Roberts in “Pretty Woman,” layering an oversized cardi on top immediately grounds the look. And combining a pair of culottes with a matching blazer actually seems right for work this spring.

For Your Shopping Consideration:

Topshop “Eraser Stripe” Crop Top and Tube Skirt, $75 Each at Nordstrom.com.

River Island Culotte with Belt, $66 at ASOS.com.

Jeffrey Campbell Cienega Boot, $190 at LorisShoes.com.

Contemporary Fringed Faux Suede Skirt in Rust, $15 at Forever21.com.

How do you play with proportions in your wardrobe?

- Kristen