Currently Craving: Unique Sweatshirts and Sweaters for Winter

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I love kitschy sweatshirts. There is something about a sweater, or a sweatshirt being really over the top that suddenly makes it cool. At least in my book.  I am seeing more and more of these eye catching,and outlandish designs lately. Some of them remind me of things I have seen my grandma wear, but I think that is why I like them. They are unexpected.  They say something.  They shake things up. They make a statement.  And that statement is, I’m not afraid to be bold. I am not afraid to wear a parrot on my chest, or a deer, or a skull.  Plus, they are really warm, and it’s pretty cold outside.  Score. 😉
xoxoxoxo
Julie
First Row:
             2) Asos Tiger Sequined Hoodie Sweatshirt
Second Row:

50 Shades of Pink

pink Sunday 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday 2 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday 10 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday 15 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday 5 50 Shades of Pink  pink sunday 8 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday12 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday 9 50 Shades of Pinkpink sunday 3 50 Shades of PinkWell……… we went from a huge snow storm in NYC over the weekend, to 45 degrees two days later.  Gotta love this crazy weather! I celebrated the Fall-like temps  by wearing every single pink item I could find in my closet.  Overkill?  I was happy to be able to wear my leather jacket, although, after these pics were snapped, I had to put my fur vest over it. It’s warmer then usual, but it’s not Spring yet! I wore my Jeffrey Cambell Litas because they are tall enough to hover over the snow, and there is rubber on the bottom.  Believe it or not, they are as comfortable as sneakers!  My top and necklace are J Crew.  I love their long sleeve knit shirts and sweaters.  Their colors and patterns are great for layering. Speaking of which, have you seen the images of the J Crew show at NYFW? ***DROOLING***  I will be posting my fave looks from NYFW later this week. Stay warm!!!!
XOXOXO
Julie

Top: J Crew (Try this colorblock striped one HERE), Jacket: Balenciaga (Similar one HERE for lower price),***And remember to check out HG BAGS for the lowest prices on Balenciaga, and other designer items! Necklace: J Crew, Boots: Jeffrey Campbell (Love THIS PAIR also), Hat: Plush (Similar HERE on sale!), Jeans: J Brand,  Gloves: Bloomingdales, Bag: Alexander Wang

SHOP THIS LOOK BELOW! 😉

 

DYI: TWO TONE NAILS- Get the Salon look for less!!!

IMG 20120229 011011 DYI: TWO TONE NAILS  Get the Salon look for less!!!IMG 20120229 011021 DYI: TWO TONE NAILS  Get the Salon look for less!!!I know, I know…..you want that trendy, hot, chic salon look on your nails, but can’t afford to dish out $25 a pop, just to have your nails chip in a few days right?  I feel your pain!!! If you are like me, you love trying out new colors, designs, and styles on your nails, but having to constantly pay money at a salon just got way too expensive.  Well I wanted to share with you today an awesome trick I learned for doing your own two tone manicure at home…….and, the best part is, the materials cost me around $16, and I will be able to do this look over and over again at home!

For my two tone manicure, I decided to pick gold and hot pink as my colors. The great thing about this look is that the possibilites are endless, and you can chose any two colors that you like. My only guidelines are that you chose a color for the tips that will cover the base color.  (for example, doing gold over black might not work because the gold color may not fully cover the dark black polish. Experiment and use your own judgement. )

Start by painting your nails gold…………I used Orly Nail Lacquer in Luxe. (purchased in CVS for around $7.00)

011 DYI: TWO TONE NAILS  Get the Salon look for less!!!After this base coat, (which I only applied ONE COAT btw), you have to wait for it to dry completely. After it has dried, you are going to carefully place circular reinforcement labels over each nail. I bought Avery Reinforcement Labels from CVS for $2.77. You get 560 of them, so this package will last a long time!!!!

IMG 20120302 01106 DYI: TWO TONE NAILS  Get the Salon look for less!!!Now, here is the fun part, Depending on the look you want, you can place the label at a different spot on each nail. For a French Manicure look, place the label lower on the nail. For a Reverse French Manicure look, place the label high, near the top of the nail. And for the look I wanted, aim for somewhere in the middle of your nail so the two colors sort of break up the nail. The choice is yours!

015 DYI: TWO TONE NAILS  Get the Salon look for less!!!016 DYI: TWO TONE NAILS  Get the Salon look for less!!!After the labels are firmly in place, (and make sure you press them down hard), paint the tips of your nails with the second color of your choice. In my case, I chose Orly Nail Lacquer in Purple Crush.(also purchased in CVS for around $7.00) It’s ok if you get polish on the white labels, that is what they are there for. 😉 Just polish beneath the circles and cover the entire bottom of the nail.  Now, here is a very important tip……DO NOT wait for the second color to dry to remove the labels! Remove them while your nails are still wet!  Finish with a top coat of your choice, and you are done!  Million dollar nails for less! Please tell me if you plan on trying this awesome look! #twotonemanicure

xoxo ~ Julie

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Get the look for less! Leather Jacket with Fur panel

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Adrienne Landau rabbit fur vest
189 – farfetch.com

41305319 Get the look for less! Leather Jacket with Fur panel

Zara leather jacket
$159 – zara.com

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$2,189 – forwardforward.com

 

As I have said many, many times before, I LOVE deals, steals, bargains, and most importantly, getting the look for less.  When I say “getting the look for less”, I mean taking a gorgeous, high end designer piece that retails in the thousands, and finding a way to get the very same look for a fraction of the cost……….without sacrificing style or quality.

For this look, I took this incredible A.L.C. leather and fur jacket, and retails for $2189.00 here.  I have been lusting after this jacket for ages, but that price is just too steep. So, I did some research, and I found that you can get that exact same look by pairing a leather jacket, (one you already own, or you can buy this awesome Zara one), and layering with a gorgeous fur vest on top. For this example, I took a Zara leather jacket, retailing at $159, and I paired it with this luscious Adrienne Landau fur vest that retails for $295.  That is a total of $454 for the exact same look!!!  I will take this saving one step further.  I am known in many circles at the ebay queen, (LOL), and as such, I will tell you that you can score that very same Adrienne Landau rabbit fur vest on ebay, from Neiman Marcus’s Last Call store, for only $180!!! So, that is only $339 for the same fashionable, trendy, heart stopping look as the A.L.C. jacket!!! You can purchase the rabbit fur vest on ebay here. 

Guess who bought the vest???  Guess who will be modeling this look this week?  Hee Hee!!!!

Stay tuned for photos!!!! And if you decide to try this same look please share your photos with me! xoxoxoxo

Julie