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Since I usually post about things that are under $50, I figured I would do a post about things that are over $50.

Some popular high end brands include:

  • Coach
  • Burberry
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Gucci
  • Dolce and Gabbana
  • Max Azria (and BCBG Max Azria)
  • Miu Miu

High end stuff usually comes with a bit of prestige.  People will notice things like a Coach bag or a pair of Miu Miu flats.  Your whole outfit doesn’t have to scream “$$$!” but a statement piece will get their attention.  A powerful outfit (especially if it coordinates with said statement piece) will keep their attention.

Now be warned that my Polyvore set is going to contain some very high dollar items.  This is an unrealistic post for me, but what the heck?!  I feel like it.

High End Fashion Aug 2011
The Fashionista

As promised (and a tad bit late) here is my post on Beachy Style.

There are many places you can go on the beach.  I will explore the style elements of each.

  1. The Boardwalk.  On the boardwalk, you can wear pretty much anything, as long as you keep it casual.  No heels, please, unless you want to get stuck and fall.  Most popular were short-shorts.  I only saw three rompers, though those three girls rocked it.
  2. The Beach.  Your bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen and a cute cover-up.  In terms of cover-ups, you can wear shorts or a sundress.
  3. Restaurant: Casual.  Wear a sundress (no bathing suit under it this time) or a floral shirt.  Pair the floral shirt with denim to keep it casual, but then accessorize with some gladiators (love gladiators!) and sparkly nails.
  4. Restaurant: Fancy.  Fancy dress or a skirt.  Accessorize!  Put on makeup.  Most of the other times on the beach you don’t want to wear makeup because of the heat, it would melt and run off.  Ew!

Basically, beach style is pretty care free because, well, you’re at the beach!  You shouldn’t be worrying about your outfit.  But if you have to, use the tips above.  Enjoy your vacation!  Or, if you’re not on vacation, take the tips and just imagine you’re at the beach 🙂

Beachy Style 2011


The Fashionista

Hey.  I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much, but life has just been a little crazy lately.

I’ve spied some trends that I think are notable.

First, nail art.  I am a huge fan of this, and there are many products to help you do your own nails instead of shelling out big dollars at a salon.  OPI Shatter nail polish is super trendy.  You paint a color (any, but bright ones like pink and white work best) on your nails like usual, and then paint the shatter over it.  Watch as the nail polish shatters or cracks.  It dries matte, but if you want a shine you can paint a clear coat over top.  OPI shatter collection is available on Amazon and in some beauty stores.  Visit for more details and to find a location near you.

Second, floral.  Floral is pretty easy to wear.  Pair it with some gladiator sandals and a bright nail color, and you’re set.

Third, color blocking.  Take a bunch of bold colors and throw them together in an outfit.  For a better idea of what it is, look at the Polyvore set below.  Tie it together with a solid color belt or shoes.

June 2011 Trends
The Fashionista

So plaid was big last year.  Obviously.  Everywhere you looked, you would see it. Plaid shorts, plaid skirts, plaid tops, plaid hats.  Wow.  Here’s how to wear it.

How: A solid top or bottom (depending on where you’re wearing it).  Gladiator sandals displaying a perfect pedicure, which preferably matches the shorts.

Where: Out and about.  It’s not for fancy dinners, though.  Go for more of the shopping, gardening, grocery store type trips.

When: Spring and Summer.  It’s not for Winter.

What: Nail art (for a tutorial, go here:, shorts, shirts, bathing suits.  Anything.


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Jeans are a fashion staple.  Everyone should have at least 3 comfortable pairs of jeans.  Here is a round up of the types of jeans that are out there.

Distressed (Ripped)

I have said for a very long time that I don’t like ripped jeans.  Therefore, when I bought a pair of distressed jeans (which are very comfy) and started wearing them, people commented.

So, Fashionistas, what I’m saying is that you can change your mind about fashion.  It’s okay.

Ripped jeans are exactly what their name implies.  I think distressed jeans look best when they have a minimal amount of holes in them.  Of course, none on the rear, that’s just trashy.

Oh, and just a tip, never try and make your own.  It doesn’t work and you’ll just either hurt yourself.  They won’t look the ones in the store.


I like skinny jeans a lot, but I think it all depends on how they fit.  If they’re so tight you can’t breathe you won’t be looking confident and happy, you’ll be looking like you’re in pain (which you probably are). Skinny jeans look awesome with pretty much anything.


Bootcut jeans are the universally flattering jean.  They look best with a cozy sweater. Personally, I like dark wash, I think it looks best.  Top priority is comfort, though.  If your jeans are uncomfortable, no matter how good you look, you’ll be unhappy.

Flare/Wide Leg

Flare and wide leg jeans look best when balanced with a bold sweater on top.  They have an even wider bottom then bootcut jeans, so generally you don’t want to tuck them into boots.

Here’s real girls wearing denim (from Chictopia, made with Polyvore):

Real Girl Style: Denim

Here is another Polyvore set, this time with the different types of denim and an example:

types of jeans

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I have noticed a budding trend: Trapper Hats.  These hats are the ones with ear flaps, usually  some (faux) fur and a pom pom on top.  I love them!

Trapper Hats

Trapper Hats are usually worn with a winter coat, boots, gloves and a scarf.  I love my Trapper Hat, it’s comfy, stylish and keeps my head warm too!

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*New year, new signature!

Nora commented on a post and requested that I write a post about nail polish.  I love nail polish, so I’m very happy to be writing this post.  Thanks for the suggestion, Nora!

The current nail polish trends are glittery nail polish (think gold or silver) and teal.  I like both of those trends.  It’s fun to do your nails with a cool design, like plaid, argyle, or snowmen.  Thanks to this YouTube channel: and some good quality nail polish (I like Sephora by OPI and Revlon), I’ve been able to get pretty good at doing my nails.

nail polish
To get a basic manicure you will need:
1 solid color nail polish
1 clear top and base coat nail polish
(optional) Nail Dryer
Apply 1 coat of the clear nail polish.  If you have a nail dryer, stick your nails under there for 3 minutes on warm.  If you don’t, wait about 7-8 minutes (without touching anything!).  Then apply 2 coats of the solid color.  Dry for 5 minutes with nail dryer, 12 or so without.  The next day you can apply a top coat ( if you do it right after, it might smear things).

If you want to do detailed nail art use brushes that are very thin.  I like Five Below’s nail polish because they have a very small brush, good for detail work.  The brand is “Art Club”, and they are 3 for $5.  If you want, you could keep the brush and clean it off so you could reuse it.)

Hugs and air Kisses,

The Fashionista

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