Designer Fashion

We at Bubbly on a Budget love fashion that is inexpensive; but, as we get older, we want the items to also stand the test of time.  We want both quality and quantity.  We are clearly not the only ones and that is why different stores are linking up with high end designers to offer items at a more affordable price.  Target promotes their partnerships and usually has the collection for a few months or until its sells out.  But, there are other stores that continue to stock the collaboration and here are a few.

Kohl’s and Derek Lam

Derek Lam for Kohl’s – $54.00 (the shirt is on clearance for less than $10)

These pants are a must for the fall and great for almost every season.  The pleating is not flattering on all figures; so, be sure to try them on in the store or when they first arrive.  Kohl’s has one of the best return policies; so, don’t be afraid to shop online.  Also, be sure to check for a coupon code before ordering.  They always have great deals!  Be sure to check out their clearance section online.  You can find great finds there are as well.  Like the dress below.  They also have a skirt, tank dress, and tank top available, on clearance, in a similar print.

Vera Wang for Kohl’s
Vera Wang has a vast collection at Kohl’s ranging from clothes and sleepwear to cosmetics and shoes.  The cutout sweater and tassel smoking loafers are perfect for the fall and winter.  They would incorporate well into a work wardrobe as well as everyday. Check out a few of the Simply Vera pieces that are currently on clearance.  There were also a few pairs of great jeans for less than $25.00.
Christian Siriano for Payless

Women's Arabella Shootie

Christian Siriano – $56.99

Women's Bell Crossbody

Christian Siriano – $26.99

These wedges and bag are amazing.  I loved Christian Siriano on Project Runway and I love his collection at Payless.  I know what you’re thinking, Payless?  But, don’t count them out just yet.  The current collection has some great booties, heels, and bags for the upcoming season!

Lastly is Phillip Lim for Target.  The collection is currently preview only but is set to launch on September 15, 2013.  It is has very tailored sportswear and accessories and is described as being, “sophisticated yet effortless.”  The collection is rumored to range between $20 and $50 and is being called 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target.  And if it its anything like the past collaborations, everything will fly off the shelves and your best bet will be eBay at 4 times the cost.  If you see anything you like, be sure to be at the store or already on the Target website when it launches.

Winter, Spring, Summer, Football Season

When I was in college, we had to give a speech, in my Spanish class, about our favorite season.  Naturally, I chose. what every red-blooded American would have chosen, football season.  Nothing better than game days foods, weather, drinks, and apparel.  It wasn’t until recently that stores have realized girls love football just as much as guys.  So, here are a few different stores that are featuring your favorite team in a more feminine fashion at a reasonable price.

 
In this style, they also stock, the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, New York Giants, and Pittsburg Steelers.  Forever 21 is definitely limited in the what teams they feature but the price point is great!  Continue to check back throughout the season as I would bet they will add more to their line.

Indianapolis Colts Bling Tee

         Victoria’s Secret – $36.50

Minnesota Vikings Classic Bootcut Yoga Pant<br/> 

Victoria’s Secret is a little better at stocking the majority of the NFL teams.  They have sweatshirts, cropped shirts, boyfriend sweatpants (my favorite) that feature NFL logos and cheeky quotes.

Touch by Alyssa Milano Washington Redskins Ladies Touch Quick Pass Long Sleeve Thermal T-Shirt - Gold

Touch by Alyssa Milano Philadelphia Eagles Ladies Mix Full Zip Jacket - Midnight Green
Alyssa Milano’s brand not only features pieces for the NFL but it covers NBA, NASCAR, NHL, MLB, etc.  What to avoid, the jeans embroidered on the back pockets with your teams logo.  I am all about representin’ your team, but, there should be limits!
Nike Jacksonville Jaguars Team Dedication Women's NFL Tee Shirt
Finish Line – $9.99 (also available in NY Jets)
Women's Nike St. Louis Rams Talent Scout NFL T-Shirt
Finish Line has most styles in every team and also feature free shipping on the majority of it’s items.  The “talent scout” t-shirt is awesome and appears to have a great, close fit.  Finish Line is the perfect place to get a new pair of shoes to complete the look.  Never pass up the chance to get new shoes!
Whether rooting for your team at the stadium or from the couch, even Sunday football games are a good reason to get all dressed up!  I am counting down to the start of the 2013 season.. HAIL!

Fashionable Fitness – Playlist Inspired

I love nothing more than building a theme around my outfits.  It gives you an idea of what you want your overall look to say and makes it easier to create!  While I love a good deal and finding good buys online and in stores, sometimes it’s just necessary to get your creative juices flowing and allow the artist within to take over.  Today’s post utilized Polyvore, a crazy cool website that allows you to build your own fashion “mood boards”, create your own looks, and shop for specific items.  It is a great resource for anyone that is into fashion. 

I decided to take 5 songs from my workout playlist, and use them as fashion inspiration.  While some of these items are more on the pricey side, I wanted to show that creativity 100% translates into fashion AND fitness!

1. No Doubt “I’m Just a Girl”

Why not take a patterned pair of leggings and use that as the base of your workout look?  The rest is simply an add-on to this very cool and very feminine look.

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Crop Top – Newlook.com $7.72, Floral Leggings – Forever21.com $11, Nike Free Twist – Nike.com $99, Gym Bag – Etsy.com $39

 

2. Beyonce “Get Me Bodied”

This look is fierce and fun.  The pop of red under the Brooklyn tank paired with dark grey leggings and leopard nikes is sure to be an attention grabber at any local gym.

 

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Tank – My-wardrobe.com $66, Nike Capris – Nike.com $60, Sports Bra – Avenue32.com $49, Nike Free Sneakers – Nike.com $150

 

3. Irene Cara – “Flashdance…What a Feeling”

For this look I wanted to go a little 80’s (for obvious reasons).  Throw in pops of neon with the headband, crop top, and sneaks and keep it classic “Flashdance” by adding the grey sweats.

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Crop Top – Newlook.com $7.72, Nike Sweats – Macys.com $40, Headband – Nelly.com $15, Nike Fly Knit – AlohaRag.com $150

 

4. Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake – “Holy Grail”

For this look I kept it clean and sleek.  I love the silver-white-rust color palette and the look is masculine, yet fun.20130814-081450.jpg

Hoodie – Adidas.com $90, Metallic Shorts – PacSun.com $21, Nike Crew Socks – Nike.com $14, Nike Free Run – MyTheresa.com $170

 

5. Survivor – “Eye of the Tiger”

This look is great for a jog on a fall afternoon.  It is vibrant and truly captures the essence of the song with the leopard, orange, and heather grey sweats.

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Trousers – NeedSupply.com $78, Nike Top – Macys.com $33, Nike Free Running Shoe – Nordstrom.com $110, Vans Backpack – office.co.uk $46

 

Who else thinks I should be a spokesperson for Nike?

Jewel Tones

I love jewel tones and lucky for me (and frankly everyone!) Pantone has picked them as the colors for Fall 2013 fashion.  Emerald to raspberry and royal purple look great on almost all skin tones and work perfectly as any piece of a wardrobe whether it be a dress, pants, or accessories.  I have decided to pick out a few pieces for the upcoming season; but, that’s too easy.  So, I have decided to pick out 5 different pieces for under $150.

Pantone Fall 2013 Fashion Colors

1. Hat

Ebay – $10.00

2. Outerwear

Forever21 – $24.80

3. Pants

Image 1 of ASOS Pants in Straight Leg with Jet Pocket

ASOS – $37.13

4. Blouse

Mossimo® Women's Woven Fashion Top - Assorted Colors Mossimo® Women's Woven Fashion Top - Assorted Colors

Target – $19.99  

5. Dress

Image 1 of ASOS Midi Dress With Ballet Wrap

ASOS – $23.63

These 5 pieces total $115 and some change.  That is less than $25 a piece and each of these will transition well into your existing wardrobe, they will go well with all neutral accessories, and will continue to be fashionable colors well past this fall.

DIY Wedding Hair (EASY, I PROMISE!)

This past weekend I was a “groomswoman” in my cousin’s wedding.  If you’ve been in a wedding before, you will know it can be a multiple night celebration, beginning with the rehearsal and a dinner following. 

Rehearsal Night

The rehearsal took place this past Friday night, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to wear a vibrant, maxi dress I bought (on sale for $20) at a local H&M.  I wanted to do something equally fun with my hair.  That’s when I looked at Refinery29.com for some ideas!  I found this perfect updo hairstyle that requires minimal effort.  The mohawk shape of it goes perfectly with the print of the dress.  My hair is thin, but the length made it look as similar as possible to the photograph.  20130812-141625.jpg

Funky Up-Do

Limited Edition Maxi Dress 

 

Wedding Day 

As a “groomswoman”, I was only asked to wear black.  I ended up with a classic, black dress with a gorgeous V-cut back.  It was simple and sleek and will definitely be worn again!  I wanted my hair to up to expose the shape of the back, so I was on the hunt for an EASY french twist.  After a grueling 2 minutes of searching on Pinterest, I found a perfect look.  While I was obviously going to stand out on the groom’s side, it was a subtle look that was definitely a hit with the bride and the bridesmaids!

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Easy French Twist

Crepe Woven Dress

For both updos I used bobbypins, a teasing comb, and hairspray; I also used elastics for the first updo. THAT’S IT!

TIP: I think the key in doing your own hair for special events is to lean toward the “messier” and softer looks.  I am a big fan of imperfect hair that is whispy and a little unkempt.  It allows for more mistakes unlike the typical, slicked back updos. 

Blonde vs. Brunette – Fall 2013 Boots

Fall is right around the corner and there is nothing we love more than the crisp, boot and sweater weather. Here is a peak at what we will be rockin’ this upcoming season!

THE BLONDE:

1. Work that Bootie

Sari

Shoe Dazzle – $54.95

2. Flat Road Ahead

3. Knee High to the Sky

4. Color Me Crazy

5. Wild Card

Overstock – $55.00

I love boots!! From dress shooties/booties to rainboots, fall is the perfect time to strut your stuff in a variety of styles. Be sure to spend a little more money on pairs that you will wear for a few seasons and also get boots to cover all the neutrals: tan, taupe, grey, black, and my favorite, cognac.

THE BRUNETTE
1. Thigh’s the Limit

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Delia’s – $39.90

2. Fallin’ for Fringe

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AE.com – $55.95

3. Cut it Out

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NewLook.com – $46.00

4. Wild in Wedges

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Charlotte Russe – $45.50

5. Totally 90’s, Dude

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Urban Outfitters – $120.00

When shopping for boots, try to get pairs that can be worn both casually and dressed up. You also want versatility: flats, ankle boots, thigh highs, cut-outs. Boots are typically more expensive than your other seasonal shoes, so versatility is KEY!

Mix and Match Fashion

I am a big fan of mixing and matching patterns and materials when it comes to DIY projects and making my greeting cards.  This attitude definitely transfers into my personal style as I also love combining funky patterns and uncommon materials together.  However, mixing patterns and fabrics together can be tricky when you’re creating an outfit so I’ve put together a few of my own favorite ways to keep people on their toes when it comes to my personal style!

1. SMOOTH CRIMINAL

Stripes and animal print is BOLD, to say the least.  While I would normally only wear one pattern or the other, this is a great way to stand out for a night out to celebrate your birthday.  Stick with a smaller sized animal print, shown in the picture and wider stripes; it’s more appealing to the eye!

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2. SUGAR AND SPICE

This is one of the “safer” ways to mix and match patterns.  This is a great brunch outfit or walking around a fair or carnival.  While the print of the pants is bold, the soft colors tone it down and make it sweet and girly.  However, by pairing it with a different patterned top, such as a fitted polka dot shirt, you add an element of surprise that just works!

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3. GOOD VS. EVIL 

No fashion post of mine would be complete without a dash of leather-I just can’t resist.  I love the contrast of the edgy leather with the soft crochet maxi skirt.  The shape of the cropped leather top is soft, however, so it keeps the outfit cohesive.  I’d definitely rock this at an outside, nighttime rock concert.20130808-092027.jpg

4. TOMBOY GIRLY GIRL

Again, I love the idea of mixing femininity with a masculine touch.  Why not pair a cute sneaker wedge with a body-hugging dress?  This is a fun way to be casually dressed up.  I’d wear this ensemble to a date night at the movies or a weekend shopping trip!

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