Fall 2013 Trend : Houndstooth

Fall 2013 Trend : Houndstooth
Advertisements

Look for Less: NYFW Street Style

Today’s LOOK FOR LESS is brought from the street styles found during New York Fashion Week. This just shows how you can easily recreate a high fashion, expensive look with more affordable pieces. The Oxblood leather is perfect for fall months, especially when paired with a sexy pair of t-strap pumps!

Look for Less: NYFW Street Style

Fall Trend: Statement Jewelry and Tights

With chilly weather right around the corner, I will definitely be strutting around in some pantyhose and tights for an extra layer.  I’ve picked some fun tights that are attention grabbers and if paired with the right jewelry, can make a whole look even better.
Fall Trend: Statement Jewelry and Tights
These tights and pieces of jewelry are BOLD, so I suggest the patterns and shape of the rest of your outfit be simple.  Stick with solid, yet bold colors when wearing these tights with a dress.  If you’re going for a more comfortable look, pair these statement tights with jean shorts and boots.  The best part of these tights is that each piece of jewelry can be worn with any of the tights.  Variety is a plus and enables you to mix and match the different pieces.

Stylish Teacher: Part 1

So it’s that time of year for back to school!  My sister is a teacher and couple of my very best friends are teachers as well so I thought it would be fun to show just how stylish teaching can be!

Although I’m not molding the minds of today’s youth, I figured there would be a few requirements for a teacher’s wardrobe:

1. Comfortable

2. Appropriate

3. Simple

4. Stylish (duh)

Stylish Teacher: Part 1
Stitch sweater / Dorothy Perkins v neck top / Wallis lightweight jacket / Izabel London black skirt / Uniqlo pants / Old Navy plus size pants / Wingtip shoes / Call it SPRING black pumps, $20 / Old Navy silver shoes / Tasha hair accessory

All 3 looks encompass all 4 major essentials when it comes to shopping for a teacher’s wardrobe.  Footwear is the most important aspect.  I suggest opting for flats or wedges on most days and since fall is right around the corner, those toes better be covered! 

The first look is definitely more of a “Casual Friday” look.  Very cozy, very chic, and very comfy.

The middle look is more classic; the midi skirt is perfect for a fall day and the wedges add some height and style without being too fussy and uncomfortable.

The last look is a cool way to wear a colored pair of pants.  The neutral flats and grey blazer keep it low key and not too flashy.

WATCH OUT FOR STYLISH TEACHER PART 2, COMING SOON! And don’t forget to show all your teacher friends!

 

Fall Trend: White on Top, Black on Bottom

Fall is right around the corner so just about every style magazine has begun jumping on the FALL 2013 Trends.  One of my favorite trends is the black and white combo: White on Top, Black on Bottom.  It can dressed up or dressed down.  Black and White NEVER go out of style so any buys you make will be long-lasting!

Look #1 : Va-Va Voom

This is daring look, perfect for a weekend party.  Pair it with a cropped leather jacket and you’re good to go!

Look #2 : Office Space

Loving the softness of the lace paired with these wide leg trousers and the pop of red is perfect.

Look #3 : Wintery Weekend

I would love this look for a chilly weekend running errands or grabbing lunch with friends.

Look #4 : Lovely in Loungewear

If I’m lounging around the house this would definitely be my cozy, go-to look.  If I needed to run an errand real quick, I’d throw on these cute sneaks.

Fall Trend: White on Top, Black on Bottom

 

WHAT WOULD YOUR “WHITE ON TOP, BLACK ON BOTTOM” ENSEMBLE LOOK LIKE?!

FIND US ON INSTAGRAM!

@alex_bubblyonabudget

@kristin_bubblyonabudget

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.

20130814-081434.jpg

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.

 

20130814-081439.jpg

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.

20130814-081444.jpg

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.

20130814-081503.jpg

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?

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!

20130812-141632.jpg

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.