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Aug 12, 2011

Budget Stylista: Color Me Bad…On the Bottom!

For the last few months, I’ve seen a pair of BRIGHT blue jeans staring at me through the window of Intermix on my walk to and from Starbucks, yoga, dinner, etc. Paired with what I can only imagine is a top that costs more than my rent, I keep thinking that they are pretty C to the U-T-E. I'm always tempted to go in and try them on, but just as I’m about to, my inner dialogue goes a little something like this...

Aug 5, 2011

Budget Stylista: Majorly Crushing on Mellow Yellow

Neon yellow is great and pastel yellow is just peachy, I won’t lie to you, there isn’t a shade under the yellow sun (pun intended) that I would shun away. But put me around a marigold yellow and I’m instantly happy. And pulling out and handing over my credit card before the sales person can say “mellow yellow.”

Jul 29, 2011

Budget Stylista: Flare Jeans

Store after store is showing off flared and bell bottoms of all widths, washes and rises. And I couldn’t be happier! While skinny jeans are great and still have their place, I love having an alternative for days I feel more like Thunder Thighs and an excuse to always channel my inner Raquel Welch circa the 70s.

Budget Stylista: Animal Print Galore

Leopard print made its come back last fall and by the looks of things, it’s not going anywhere. Leopard printed heels, flats, scarves, tops, dresses, pants (Peg Bundy was SO ahead of her time!) are popping up just about everywhere. In your typical shades, in pops of colors, mixed in with other patterns, leopard prints are just an animal you can’t avoid. Pun intended.

Jul 22, 2011

The Sister You WISH You Had: College Candy Talks to Giuliana Rancic

I always wanted a sister to turn to for fashion, dating and fitness advice, and of course someone to gossip about celebs with. So even though I don’t know G, I like to think that if I had a sister, she would be a lot like her: fun, funny, someone who exudes confidence and cool while still maintaining a down to earth vibe (and a kick-ass fashion sense). Not to mention someone who helped influence my every-day vernacular to include sayings such as “could you die?!”

Jul 18, 2011

Body Blog: The Mid-Summer Slump

If you're at all like me, when it's 90 degrees outside and I have the choice to go for a run or lay by the pool, I choose the latter. Or if it's scorching hot, I choose to sit on my couch (in my underwear?!) blasting the AC, sipping on iced tea...and since we can be honest amongst friends here, these days a workout is the furthest thing from my mind.

Jul 18, 2011

Jul 15, 2011

Budget Stylista: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Heeeere!

July for me brings a different kind of excitement. An excitement in the form of warm colors in chestnuts, cognacs and browns, wools and greys… boots and coats, sweaters and scarves paired with slashed prices...well there really is no containing my excitement for all of it! For me, July is all about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Jul 8, 2011

Budget Stylista: Summer in the City and the Sale is ON!

It's July! BBQ's on the weekends, roof top cocktails, brunch outside, iced coffee, flip-flops, sunscreen and...wool sweaters in the store window displays. That's right, fall clothes are already in the stores and summer stuff is on sale!

Jul 1, 2011

Budget Stylista: 4th of July Finds

Bring on the hot dogs, the sparklers, singing Bye Bye Miss American Pie on repeat and...the tacky American flag apparel. But this year my friends, there is no need to don that over-sized American flag shirt from 1998. You can lose the red bandanna and pig tails because that looks good on no one (unless you're 5 and even then I'm wary).

Jun 20, 2011

Body Blog: Skinny Sippin'

Nothing says summer, summer, summertime quite like a refreshing cocktail (or a Will Smith song), but we all know that sippin' our calories away poolside leads to a not-so-cute looking backside (or all-around side). Many of our favorite friendly cocktails come along with a heaping helping of calories.

Jun 17, 2011

Budget Stylista: N is for Nautical

While Nautical inspired clothing is big every year around the 4th of July ( I mean we all remember owning an Old Navy $5 flag shirt at some point or another) this year, Nautical is even more in style. From stripes to cherry colored bottoms, Navy blazers to white terry zip-ups, dressing yourself in the colors of our grand ol' flag has never been easier!

Jun 9, 2011

Budget Stylista: Maxi Dresses

In this part of the country (Chicago) It's been hot in herre. Cue Nelly. And the last thing I have the energy to do when it's this hot is think about an outfit that makes me look hot, but feel cool. The Maxi Dress is always the best option for a summer wardrobe -- it has versatility, style, and a breeze drifting up the skirt! Bonus Points!

Jun 6, 2011

Body Blog: Peace Out (Food) Pyramid

Remember the good ol' food pyramid? The one that was NOT Atkins friendly with grains at the bottom and sweets at the top? The one we were taught in school that said we need 9-11 servings of grains a day- which I took to heart when ordering soup in a sourdough bread bowl and an EXTRA SOUR DOUGH ROLL on the side thinking it was healthy?