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

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!

My Favorite BRIGHT Cold Weather Items! (Who said Winter has to be dull?)

YES, WINTER IS HERE! (I can tell by the fact that my fingers seem to go numb within 3 minutes of leaving my apt.)  I think when the weather gets this cold, and the skies becoming increasingly dark, it’s easy to get a little depressed. (lack of Vitamin D anyone?) But….fear not…..I have a way you can beat the Winter Blues.  Well……it’s more like a way to “brighten”up your gloomy days, and have an excuse to go shopping. 😉 LOL But seriously….I am loving all the neon and bright Winter items I am seeing in stores and online.  I think wearing color in Winter is fun, playful, and lifts your mood. Here are my current favorites that I am craving.  Which are your favorite?? (P.S. Added bonus…most are on SALE!!!)  . XOXOXO
Love, Julie
First row:
1) Awesome zig zag printed cardigan from Forever 21. Love the colors! Buy it HERE.
2) Neon Blue J Crew Majesty Pea coat.  Love the length! AND IT’S ON SALE!!!!! Buy it HERE.
3) J Crew Double Cloth Symphony Coat in Bright Fuchsia. (Also comes in Vibrant Flame which I love!)  I just scored this coat on sale! Get it while it’s still available! Love the color and style. Total head turner! Buy it HERE in Vibrant Fuchsia and HERE in Vibrant Flame!
4) J Crew Cashmere lined leather gloves. Super comfortable and WARM! Love the bright colors! Also on SALE! Buy them HERE!
5) Hunter Rain boots in Flame.  Love this color.  If you don’t already own a pair of these classic boots, you should! Super comfortable and durable.  Buy them HERE.
Second row:
6) Bright yellow Tucker Shawl collar coat. Love the shape and color! Would look great dressed up or down! Buy it HERE.
7) J Crew Italian Cashere wrap.  Can you tell I love the quality of J Crew? Their sweaters and scarves are so soft, and warm.  Addictive! I love this pink! Buy it HERE.
8) Markus Lupfer sequin lip sweater. Been lusting after this sweater for months.  This would definitely be an indulgence piece. Buy it HERE. Similar looks HERE and HERE.
9) PLUSH Barca slouchy hat.  I have this hat in 3 colors!  It’s SO WARM and cozy! And, my favorite thing about it is that it doesn’t flatten your hair! Added bonus! Buy it HERE! (It’s on SALE!!)
10) J Crew Cashmere Tippi Sweater.  I got this gorgeous sweater in bright Fuchsia.  (yea, I am addicted to pink!) This color is amazing. And again, these sweaters are on sale! Stock up!! Buy it HERE!
Bottom row:
11) Victoria’s Secret colorblock knit hat.  Love these colors! Great price too! Buy it HERE.
12) Forever 21 neon skirt.  You can wear this skirt now in the Winter with thick tights, and wear it later in the summer with sandals! Great buy!! Buy it HERE.
13) J Crew Cece leather ballet flats.  OMG…so comfortable! Padded inside….you can walk anywhere in them!  Love the hot pink! They come in a ton of colors! Buy them HERE.