Living in New York City, it's hard to escape the world of fashion. Living in New York City, going through an "economic crisis" it's hard to afford everything that is "fashion". Like SJP said, fashion is a right and everyone should be able to express that right. Every month new issues of fashion magazines hit the stands and I'm the first to admit, it's a rush for me, flipping through the crisp pages, admiring the colors, the models, the new trends to expect next season. I LOVE it.
But who am I kidding, most of the clothes and accessories these magazines are showing us are typically out of the average girl's price range. So now what? Give up? Of course NOT! Everyday new trends pop up and everywhere you go there are places to find these new "it" trends for every budget. My number one pick to find the latest trends at a wallet friendly price.. Forever21. Honestly, most of the trends we see usually last one season. So it's a little difficult for me to spend an insane amount on a cocktail ring, that by next fall will be so last season. Just today, I bought a fabulous snake chain braided choker necklace for $7.80. Don't get me wrong, I'm all about a good splurge every now and then, but they're usually only on staple pieces for my wardrobe. Ie: the perfect LBD (little black dress) and a fabulous handbag.
After recently working for an up and coming fashion website, styling looks and working on photoshoots, I started to learn my way around of styling for all kinds of budgets. My absolute favorite way to get my hands on the trendiest pieces, aside from stores like Forever21 and sample sales, are the good ol' DIY's. I once took a pair of my mom's vintage Levi jeans and cut them into shorts and bedazzled them. I now have my initials on the back pockets of my cutoffs.
Now working for a major fashion PR firm in NYC, I worked for Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala's William Rast fashion show this past fashion week last month. The theme of the show was very Americanesque. It was all about fringe and studs. The first thing that came to my mind was 'Hey, I can make that!' With the show's staple pieces of flannel shirts (one of the hottest trends this season), I couldn't help but imagine all the different patterns of studs I could update my collection of vintage flannels with. The thought of it now even gets me excited.
With chunky jewelry being in for the past few seasons, I got involved with making my own personalized beaded charm bracelets selling them to all my friends. Not only are the fun to make by experimenting with different colors and charms, they're easy too.
Keep checking the blog for my latest finds on budget friendly stores and my newest ideas for DIY's.