Getting ready for Fashion Week- My guide to “Getting The Look For Less”

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With Fashion Week fast approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to showcase some of my favorite looks, that I seem to see every year.   Lately, every magazine, newspaper and blog is filled with images of stylish fashionistas, celebs, and designers, all decked out in high end couture head to toe.  It can be daunting to think the average girl needs to spends hundreds, even thousands of dollars to look chic and “current”.  Well, that is where the idea for this guide came from.  I picked 6 of this season’s hottest trends, and also looks I often see on and off the runway, and I paired the high end choice, with the more affordable alternative.  (Trust me, I am all for the investment piece now and then, as evidenced by my Balenciaga jackets and Celine handbags, but if I shopped “high end” all the time, I would be on the street, unable to pay my overpriced NYC rent! LOL)  So, mixing high and low end items is the only way to go! And with the things I picked out here, you could be looking like a fashionista in no time…..sans heavy credit card debt!
Top Row:
The Stuart Weitzmans are $329, (down from $650) -VS- $104.99 for the Sam Edelmans.

 

2) Celine Trapeze bag-VS -Asos Leather Bar Detail Bag
The Celine bag retails for $2800 -VS-$129.31 for the Asos bag with the same look!!

 

$2309 for the Balenciaga -VS- $116 for the Topshop jacket
(HUGE price difference! Both are leather, and the Topshop one looks amazing!)

 

Second Row:
$1409 for the Nina Ricci coat -VS- $119.99 for the J Crew coat!
Neon wool coats are great to brighten up your Winter days, but you don’t need to spend over $1000 to get the look!

 

$225 for the Robert Rodriguez -VS- $19.80 for the Forever 21 skirt
I admit, I buy tons of stuff at Forever 21! And a frilly black skirt is a staple for every fashionista! Pair it with booties, and a leather jacket to toughen the look!

 

$1,195 for the Phillip Lim -VS-$89.95 for the Free People jacket
(Honestly, they look almost the SAME! And I just picked up the Free People jacket for myself! Gorgeous! Stay tuned for photos in future blog posts)

 

Which are your favorite? Are you looking forward to Fashion Week? Tell me the comments section below!
xoxoxo
Julie

Leopard Love

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xoxoxoxo
Julie

Jacket: Balenciaga, Fur vest: Ebay find (Similar HERE), Jeans: Forever 21, Booties: Stuart Weitzman, Bag: J Crew (Similar HERE and HERE), Fur headband: Adrienne Landau (Similar HERE) T shirt: J Crew, Rings: YSL and House of Harlow, Bracelet: House of Harlow, Necklace: Fallon Jewelry, Sunglasses: Karen Walker Number One

Similar items to create this look below! icon wink Leopard Love

Indian Summer

Julie zara pants Indian SummerJulie zara pants body shot1 Indian SummerThe weather in NYC has been unseasonably warm, which is pleasant to walk around it,  but scary at the same time for those of us worried about global warming. (like me) Nevertheless….it’s a great excuse to wear my favorite burgundy Balenciaga leather jacket. Similar HERE and HERE.  Pants are Zara. I love the leopard print on them. Get similar looks HERE and HERE. I have been wearing my Pamela Love Tribal necklace almost every day since I got it.(See post HERE)   It’s the perfect statement necklace, and it’s earthy and organic at the same time…..just my style. icon wink Indian Summer Check out Pamela Love’s other designs HERE.

P.S. Isn’t it strange how much it’s raining lately? During Winter? Shouldn’t it be snowing? Sigh….

What are you favorite looks this Winter?

  xoxo

Julie

Jacket: Balenciaga (Similar HERE and HERE), Pants: Zara (similar HERE and HERE), Top: Zara: (Similar HERE for under $7!!!), Boots: Rag and Bone Newbury. They are the most comfortable boots ever. (Get other colors HERE), Necklace: Pamela Love, Ring: YSL Arty, Belt: Hermes, Bracelet: J Crew, Bag: Celine Nano (Similar HERE)

***All Photos copyright Katharine Andriotis Photography

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Black and Burgundy

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Here are some quick shots as I was running around the city today. icon wink Black and Burgundy Stopped by Barneys to see what was out for Fall, and also wanted to check out their new windows….THEY ARE GORGEOUS. I also met up with my friends Debbie and Sheree.  Burgundy is a HUGE color this season, so I was happy to finally be able to wear my burgundy Balenciaga quilted jacket.  (This was another huge investment buy.) When I saw the color I had to get it! I am actually seeing this color EVERYWHERE now. I will be doing a blog post soon on the best deals this season on bags, shoes, jackets and clothing in this deep rich color. Stay tuned for that! icon wink Black and Burgundy xoxo Julie

Jacket: Balenciaga (Similar HERE, HERE, AND HERE), Jeans: J Brand, Ring:YSL, Bag: Celine Nano (Similar HERE, AND HERE) Boots: Rag and Bone Newbury (So comfortable!!) Belt: Hermes (Similar HERE), Sunglasses: House of Harlow

Oh Sheree:

Jacket: Balencaga (Similar HERE) Bag: Celine Phantom (Similar HERE)

CHECK OUT MY PICKS FOR THE HOTTEST FALL ITEMS BELOW!!!

 

Neon brights

IMG 4868 1 Neon brightsI am just LOVING this weather! 70 degrees again in March! I had an amazing day today hanging at my good friend’s (and fellow awesome blogger’s) house, helping her purge her wardrobe, and get rid of things she does NOT need. God, I need to do the same thing! LOL

I threw on this new top I got from Zara, which was slightly sheer, and gave me the ideal chance to show off my neon pink bra from Victoria’s Secret. This is another great way to wear neon that isn’t too much “in your face”.  It’s a hint of color, and a great way to brighten up a plain top. I had to also take out my cobalt blue Celine luggage tote again. Now that the weather is getting warmer, I will definitely be wearing this a lot more. LOVE the cobalt blue mixed with other neons as well. How are you wearing neon this season so far?  More photos after the break. icon wink Neon brights

xoxo

Julie

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Night out in the city

IMG 36301 Night out in the cityJoin me for a gorgeous night in the city! ;-)  My boyfriend and I went to a meeting tonight to discuss a possible partnership for my blog.  I decided to snap some shots on the train heading to the city, and to also snap some in the gorgeous lobby of the hotel where our meeting was held. It was another beautiful day in NYC! 65 degrees at 7pm? I hope this amazing weather keeps up! I prefer leather jackets over down coats any day!  Winter can wait!

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As you can see, I can’t stop wearing my Balenciaga jacket.  It’s so comfortable and I love the quilting! I hope the weather stays warm like this so I have more chances to sport it! What do you think? xoxoxo

Jacket: Balenciaga, Top: Forever 21, Jeans, BDG, Boots: Steve Madden, (You can purchase them here ) Bag: Alexander Wang (You can purchase it here ) Ring: YSL (You can purchase it here ) Necklace: Vanessa Mooney

Final Hurrah for Fall Fashion

015 2 Final Hurrah for Fall FashionToday was a gorgeous Fall day in NYC! It was unseasonably warm for the end of November, and I loved it!!  Today was the perfect excuse to wear my Balenciaga leather jacket.  I am definitely a leather jacket kinda girl.  I own about 10 leather jackets that I rotate and wear as much as possible when the weather permits.  In NYC,we only get about two months of really good” leather jacket wearing” weather in the Fall, so you better believe I take advantage of a day like today when I can!! I scored this beauty at a discount off www.Hgbagsonline.com.  The owner Erica has amazing deals on everything “Balenciaga”. I had mentioned when I started this blog that I love mixing designer pieces with low priced items.  I have always loved splurging on really good shoes, jackets, and bags. ( My boots by the way are Acne Pistol Boots, and they are by far the most stylish and comfortable boots I have ever owned!….buy them here.)  I firmly believe that if you invest in high end, quality items that you will have forever, you will be able to buy everything else at a discount, but always look like a million bucks.  I plan on sharing some amazing ebay finds, and killer deals that I found online in my next blog post…..

In the meantime, enjoy my photos from today at Astoria Park! xoxoxoxoxo

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What a breathtaking day in the park today! I love Astoria park for the view, atmosphere and people.  There were weddings in the park today, kids playing, baseball games, and people with their dogs……like this adorable Husky that we met! The leaves on the ground were the perfect touch to this Fall day. 

I paired my bright red Balenciaga city bag with this neutral gray dress from Forever 21, black tights, Acne boots, and my Balenciaga leather jacket. I love how the red bag adds a pop of color. Oh, and I took out my Lady Gaga for Barney’s sunglasses for the first time! I love the yellow, I think it works in for all seasons!  What are you favorite Fall outfits and colors?  Do share! xoxoxoxo

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Dress: Forever 21, Jacket: Balenciaga, Tights: Urban Outfitters, Boots: Acne Pistol Boots, Bag: Balenciaga, Ring: Low Luv x Erin Wasson, Necklace: Vanessa Mooney, Sunglasses: Exclusive Lady Gaga for Barneys