Frugal-nomics DIY: Russian Fur Hat with Ear Flaps

06 March 2014

There’s been a whole lotta snow here in the city this winter, and everywhere I look, people –both young and old —  have been donning these Russian Fur Hats with the Ear Flaps (think they’re called Ushankas) to keep warm — me included. So, I thought it would fun to create my own. I used [...]


3 Reasons Your Closet Isn’t Living Up to It’s Potential

03 March 2014

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Have you ever been going through your closet and “found” an item you forgot you had? I mean had you remembered it…just think of all the wears you could have gotten out of it. When this happens, you’re not living up to your wardrobe’s fullest potential…and who wants that? Nobody, right? Well since we can’t always quickly identify when we’ve veered off our fashion course, I’m here to share with you 3 reasons you may not be maximizing your closet’s capabilities; and how you can kick these bad habits and get on to a more happy and fashionable you – pronto!

1. They just don’t fit. As a personal shopper and stylist, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been helping someone edit their closet and create a lookbook, and they will show me garment after garment they haven’t worn in a while — or in some cases, have never popped the tags off — because it doesn’t fit properly and needs to be taken to a tailor. To that I say, take a page out of any of your favorite celebs playbook. Most of their garments fit like they were custom made — boho chic and boyfriend looks aside — and you too can achieve this.

A little tip: Even the most affordable of garments look more expensive with a nip and tuck here and there. Yes, it’s a tiny time commitment to have clothes tailored, but when you get all those “new” garments back, you’ll be glad you made the investment.

2. Your clothes are so stuffed in your closet that you’ve forgotten what you have. Do you ever get in a fashion rut where you find yourself wearing the same few things over and over? I can completely empathize — it takes work to take inventory of what you have and create new looks. Lack of space is sometimes the culprit. I know because I live in a cozy New York apartment (yes, cozy) and I understand having to stuff clothes in every open crevice — often forgetting you own half of it because you don’t see it.

What do I do? Well, there is this great app called Netrobe that allows you to take photos of your closet, catalogue outfit options, and share it all with friends — so shopping your own closet just got easier.

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Champagne Ruffles

28 February 2014

Happy Friday everyone!  I’m so happy that we’re seeing glimpses of warm(er) weather here and there….it makes me even more anxious for Spring. Out of all my blazers (thrifted or not) this is bar far one of my favorites….that just goes to show you that you don’t have to pay full retail to get memorable [...]

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My Manilla Fashion Makeover Feature

26 February 2014

I get great joy out of sharing tips on how to shop on a budget.  I feel like a great thing to remember when you have limited funds is that, you should aim to invest in closet staples that can be worn countless times, in a variety of different ways — that way you get a lot of mileage out of each and every piece you purchase. Think of it like this….you won’t have a bunch of odds and ends that only go with one look, if when you are looking to buy something, you think to yourself “can I think of at least 3 outfits I can wear this with right now?”

So because of my love of sharing frugal style advice, I was oh so glad when the folks over at Manilla asked me to be a part of their #GetItTogether series and do a Fashion Makeover Video for a very deserving young lady named, Kate.

I’m ecstatic with how it turned out, and can’t wait for you to see it.  Want to see the one piece we got for her that was used interchangeably throughout the 3 looks?  Check out the video on Youtube here.

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