Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hello Fashionistas

"Fashion is not a luxury. It's a right!" -- Sarah Jessica Parker

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.



  1. This is great. I've always wanted a bedazzler! Where can I get one? Also thanks for catering to the well dressed but light pockets of young fashionistas. (Like my sis)

  2. I think it's a great idea to give tips on where to find trendy items without spending a large amount of cash. Your site might become popular since, your timing is just right with the economic recession, people want to save money on fashion, but look good too.

  3. Cool. Now let's get to the buys on a budget already!

  4. Fashion is one of my passions, and I am glad you have picked to write about this topic. I love your blog... keep on giving great tips on how to dress for less. Godd job!

  5. Oh man, bedazzlers, I remember that from back in the day!

    Where do you buy your beads?

  6. Sounds very professional. Keep up the good work!

  7. You sound like my sister...she gets like 5 magazines a month...

    I'm lucky enough to live near a TJmaxx and a Marshalls. Sometimes all they have is crap. But if you live close by you can stop in all the time and find really awesome stuff. Good brands and nice stuff for really cheap. The best is when you find a jacket or blazer for like 30 bucks. Now I sound Jewish. Good day.

  8. That is so cool that you are trying to find ways for people to save money. It's a great idea. I also love Sarah Jessica Parker. She's got amazing clothing taste. People really need more advice on how to budget their clothes but still look trendy as well. Keep it up. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  9. With your background in fashion, I trust your judgement! I can't wait to read about other places to find good deals, Forever21 is definitely a favorite.

  10. Forever 21 is seriously one of the greatest places to find good accessories and clothing for decent prices.
    And seriously wow, way to bring back the bedazzler! Thats awesome, I completely forgot about that!

  11. I am fashionably handicapped, but you sound like you know your way around bargains and fashion trends.