Trending Tuesday: All that Sparkles isn’t Gold . . .

There’s a trend I’ve spotted that isn’t straight out of a fashion magazine. Browsing through my Bloglovin’ roll and looking at all of the great outfits styled by my favorite bloggers is how I get a lot of my inspiration for mixing things up with my own wardrobe. But there are a few details I keep noticing that I absolutely LOVE and think you might, too.

It’s a little something sparkly that can add a touch of elegance to the basic jeans and a tee combo or to full-out cocktail attire. And all that sparkles isn’t gold . . . it’s crystal.

Ann Taylor Necklace, $55.

Ann Taylor Necklace, $55.

Ann Taylor Bracelet, $55.

Ann Taylor Bracelet, $55.

I’ve been seeing this all over my favorite bloggers, so now I’m bringing it here. And I know that most Fabulous Poor Girls can’t drop $50 on a bracelet, so here are some even more budget-friendly options that are almost as good as the Ann Taylor duds.

_7532866This bib necklace from Nordstrom is 40%, making it a doable $20.

570065586_980This edgier bracelet from White House Black Market is made even better by its price – $15.

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Here’s a more affordable bracelet from Ann Taylor – $20.

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Super cute and double trend – crystal and mirrored. $5 from Dorothy Perkins.

c5e32edbc7fdd625014cc1abaafbe7abBeen meaning to try out Bauble Bar? Use these cute earrings as an excuse – $22

_7533772Last but not least, I’ll leave you with these beauties from Nordstrom – $8

Trending Tuesday: Nautical with a Twist

It’s almost June and officially summer now, so you know what that means: a flurry of nautical-inspired outfits are coming our way. I’ve always been a fan of the nautical look; the stripes, the anchors, being able to wear red, white & blue without looking like July 4th threw up on you. But why not mix it up a bit?

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Make nautical a little edgy instead of keeping it safe and filled-to-the-brim with prep. These white, buttoned shorts (Forever21, $23) are perfect for a boat get-away, or just looking like you’re on one. Add a tank with stripes that are balanced out with cool heather gray (sarahaghili.com, $27) to avoid being too cliché. Layer on a faux leather vest (Forever21, $18) and pair with some combat boots (gojane.com, $33) to add a bad-girl vibe to the normally good-girl aesthetic. Try Essie’s “Naughty Nautical” polish, and some fab jewelry from Etsy (bracelets: $8, anchor necklace: $14) for some girly details with a splash of color. Finish with a bright red cuff (Mango, $15) for an unexpected bit of va-va-voom.

Trending Tuesday: Look Electric Cool in Electric Blue

From HarpersBazaar.com.

From HarpersBazaar.com.

Taking some inspiration from the Cannes Film Festival street style, I put together a couple of outfits featuring electric blue and stark white. I love the high contrast, and it’s a more colorful alternative to graphic black and white for spring.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Keep it casual and cool with a cool blue crop top and white capri-length jeans. Add thick-soled sneakers and gold bangles to keep it edgy. Get a more girly look with a pretty, detailed top and white flares – pair with brown booties and a beaded bracelet to add a little country. Wear blue to a more formal outing with a blue bodysuit, worn with a white skater skirt over it. Add contrasting heels (with an ankle strap for bonus trendy points!) and a gold chain necklace to keep it elegant with a modern twist.

Trending Tuesday: Bikini Round-Up

It may be only May, but lots of us have only one thing on our minds – summer. Everyday it’s getting closer and – hopefully – sunnier. Soon pools will open and beaches will get crowded as heck . . . which can only mean one thing: you need a bikini wardrobe, ASAP! Luckily, there are plenty of cost-friendly pieces to choose from. Here are a few picks that are perfect for any fabulous poor girl:

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

There are so many style you can choose from when it comes to swimsuits. Go retro with a striped halter and high-waisted bottoms, or pick a sleek and modern monokini. Be spirited and fun with a very American take on the strapless bikini, or go wild and crazy with a fringe piece in a fun color. Have the best of both worlds by combining a crocheted, vintage bikini top with a sleeker, color-blocked bottom.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Need something to throw on for the ride home? Pick from these stylish cover-ups and you’ll look good all the way home. A classic white cover-up is the easiest choice, but don’t be afraid to choose an electric mesh dress if you want some ‘wow’ factor. A stylish sarong is easy and ever-so-chic; choose a retro polka dot print or a sexy animal print – whatever fits your mood! Need something that can take you to dinner on the boardwalk too? Try a simple maxi dress in black to add some sophistication to your beach style.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Want to add some more fun to your beach look? Pile on these summer-ready accessories. Long, layered necklaces make your look chic in seconds flat, and piled up rings add some necessary edge. A cool hat not only helps your look, it also keeps you safe from harmful sun rays! Throw on some über cool sunglasses (cateyes and colored aviators are huge right now) and you’re ready to go!

 

A Prom for Punk

The Costume Institute Gala, put on by the Met each year, is one of the greatest fashion splendors to behold. If I was given the trade-off of fifteen years of my life for the ability to attend this great event even once, well, I’d have a LOT of thinking to do. While this year wasn’t as dazzling as some I’ve seen, it still looked like a heck of a lot of fun.

The theme was punk to celebrate the new exhibit “From Chaos to Couture,” which is a great theme in my opinion, although hard for a lot of celebrities to pull off. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a lot of McQueen or Jean Paul Gaultier, but there were a few looks that really hit the mark, in my opinion. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Rooney Mara – one of the very few that could actually make white look punk, especially at this event. Filled to the brim with celebrities, models, and icons, the Met Ball’s theme of punk sometimes took a backseat to the need for glamour. Glamour is good and all, and J. Law looked fabulous, but punk is more about the nitty-gritty. Here, Mara strikes the perfect balance. The white lace and frills of the dress were tethered down with the structure and zipper details. White sandals with gold accents modernized the look, but in a rock ‘n roll kind of way that still made sense. The darkness punk really comes in with Mara’s beauty look – the dark lipstick. A daring move, especially since it would be so striking against her pale skin, but it worked oh-so well. Snaps for Mara for bringing punk and glam together in perfect harmony.

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Cara Delevingne in Burberry and Genevieve Jones jewelry.

Meet this year’s toughest model – Cara Delevingne. This dress was the best at getting the modern, celebrity punk look. The look could cross over as a hip-hop look too, and was a little more mainstream than punk usually was, but it was great. Spikes all over, heavy black makeup, pointy jewelry, and a studded white bag all worked to make a ‘stay away from’ kind of look, and I’d say Delevingne got the stare down pretty well, too.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci.

All you need to get the perfect punk look is some metallic gold, some black netting, and a few shiny feathers. Add a risqué see-through spot, some big earrings, and dark pink lipstick and it’ll be even better!

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Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior.

Okay, so pastel may not be what you first think of when you think ‘punk.’ BUT mixing colors you wouldn’t think to mix and adding pops of yellow, and doing it all in an asymmetrical fashion is very, very punk. I love how Cotillard went with the cheerful, more energetic side of punk and used light colors – and then accented them with checkered, dark heels. And the little white bag? Precious!

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Michelle Williams in Saint Laurent.

Edgy hair + glittering headband + loose, black, high-low dress + t-strap platform heels + box clutch = punk queen. Her whole luck just screams effortless cool, which is what punk is all about, right?

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Mary Kate Olsen

I know, I know, don’t shoot me okay? But how can you say this coat doesn’t look like something Robert Mapplethorpe (I’m currently reading Just Kids and obsessing), or countless other punk icons, would pick up? The strappy sandals, the long necklace, the kinky, long hair – I’m loving everything about this look. I’d say this is the most fearless outfit of the evening.

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Ashley Greene in Marchesa.

The Prom Queen of this Punk Gala has arrived. Greene looked like a flawless, dark vixen in this (very) grown-up version of a big gothic prom dress. What could you even say is wrong with it? Marchesa makes royalty out of anyone who wears their dresses, and this is no different.

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Anne Hathaway in vintage Valentino.

Whoever thought Hathaway could do punk? Many are saying this is redeeming her for the Oscars dress – I agree. The hair’s great, the dress is great – the sparkles look like runs through pantyhose almost, which is perfect for a punk-themed party. The feather trim on the sleeves and the yellow nail polish add just enough unexpected party to the look, and her makeup isn’t too overdone. Props, girl.

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Miley Cyrus in Marc Jacobs.

Cyrus went all the way, and I love it. I know a lot of people hate on her short hair, but I give her credit for breaking from the Disney mold. If you’re going to do something like that, you’ve got to go all-or-nothin’, or it looks like it’s forced. Cyrus is really just letting her personality and personal style fly free now, and I dig it. The imperfect netting of the dress, the crazy, crazy hair and the bright red lips – how can you not feel joy when you see someone step out of their comfort zone and still look THIS good?

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SJP in Giles, with a Phillip Treacy hat.

I don’t know if SJP will ever not be on any of my favorites lists for red carpets – she just has too much fun with fashion, and that’s what it’s all about! The abstract print on this dress and the billowing, unusual structure may not be traditional punk, but it’s just different enough to work. Plus, her hat – please, I’m dying (in a great way).

Now, time for a couple of awards:

Best Punk Facial Expression:

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Kristen Stewart. She’s got that look DOWN (with her face – not so much the outfit).

Best Dressed Male:

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Derek Blasberg. I love this man’s sense of humor and I love that he incorporates it into fashion.

Hope you enjoyed the highlights! Happy Tuesday!

(All images: harpersbazaar.com, except for Blasberg – from his instagram.)

 

Trending Tuesday: Skulls Are for Everyone

Remember those days when skulls were only seen in Hot Topic and were only worn by punks and hard rock kids? Well, those days are long gone, thanks in part to McQueen, Gaultier, and other famous designers that helped to usher the punk aesthetic back in high fashion. This is now trickling down to the masses (us fabulous poor people), and it can be oh so chic and tough. I’m really diggin’ channeling the chill rocker girl with a skull t-shirt and spiky accessories. Take this trend out for a spin, and who knows – maybe you’ll find your inner rock diva.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

Try a skull tank out for starters – I love how it’s still a bit flirt, because it’s a tank, but hardcore and edgy because of the printed skulls. Accessories are probably the best way to ease into the trends if you’re hesitant. Try a budget-friendly take on the McQueen skull scarves, with options available at Asos and TopShop, and others! Throw on my skull-accented bangles and bracelets, rings and necklaces to add a sweet touch of gothic style.

Styled with H&M dressing room.

Styled with H&M dressing room.

Try a few of H&M’s new pieces that have an edgier feel. They have skull-printed high-low skirts and skull emblazoned dresses, and enough punk jewelry to keep any fashionista satisfied. They also have some great scarves with little skull jewels attached at the ends – the perfect, small touch of punk for the fabulous girl with a more girly style.

 

Trending Tuesday: Tomboys are Cool

Spring is still in and out (it’s so cold and windy here lately but it’s almost May!), but everyone’s still trying to stay positive and dress like the sun is shining and birds are chirping. My spring style lately has been different than I thought it’d be. Limited because I share a closet in my small dorm room, I mostly just have some transition pieces and a lot of tank tops to work with. So my style has gone towards the tomboy-ish side of things. No flowing maxi skirts for me (I left mine at home!); it’s all about cropped jeans and Keds lookalike sneakers. I’m kinda digging my more laid-back looks, so I thought I’d share some budget-friendly ways to achieve an easy-breezy, casual look.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

It all started with me vowing to wear two pairs of sneakers I had bought the spring before more often. Both are from H&M and are Keds-style – one gray and cotton, the other pair blue. I’ve found it fairly easy to incorporate them into my looks, and I can’t help but feel like that cool, casual girl that can be completely dressed down but still look chic. They’re comfortable, they go with a lot, and the best part – they’re cheap. Go for a real pair of Keds for at least $40, or pick cheaper version a la H&M or Charlotte Russe – ranging from $12-$23.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

The perfect bottoms to wear with those sneakers – a pair of cropped jeans (preferably destroyed). I have an old pair from Charlotte Russe that get more ripped every season, which I love. Uniqlo has a cool, boyfriend-shaped version for $40, and Mango has some chic options for only $25. Wear white for a nautical look, boyfriend jeans for around town, or a true-blue pair for picnics and summer events.

Styled with Polyvore.

Styled with Polyvore.

All you need to complete your look is a cute tank or tee. This is where you let your personality and style shine through. Wear a button-down tank for a more put-together and feminine look, studded or vintage tanks for cool girl vibe, and graphic tees to bring a little more edge. All of these shirts are $25 or less, and you’re sure to find countless others at these stores (especially H&M – I just scored some great tanks there on sale).

Be coo, be casual, and also be fabulous with these great pieces that’ll take you through spring, summer, and fall.