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Beach Chic on a Budget

I’ve definitely been craving a day at the beach. I just want to grab my favorite magazine and a book and just lounge! When I was packing for San Diego last week, I realized that my entire beach outfit cost less than $35! That’s swimsuit, sun hat, and flip flops.

Well, you must know I’m a budgeting master. And just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t look chic on the beach, right? Well, the entire look I put together (below) was only $95.83! This is definitely a look that will carry you through the entire summer.

Rest, Relaxation, and Simply Be

If I didn’t love the city of L.A. so much…I think I would move down to San Diego. We had a great bachelorette weekend. Nothing crazy…just rest and relaxation. I had the most amazing massage! I can’t stop thinking about it. It was a little overcast on the beach, but it didn’t stop us from having fun.

I was very excited for this weekend! And do you know what made it a million times better? Maybe it had something to do with the package from Simply Be I received the day we left!! What a great time to try out new clothes!! I wore the Denim Halter Maxi Dress on Saturday and the Anna Scholz Print Maxi Dress on Sunday. I am so impressed with the quality and material of the dresses.

The denim dress is very durable and of course I was cool all day. The Anna Scholz dress has the best details, especially on the neckline. Both dresses could have been a little bit longer, but other than that they were very comfortable! My #1 requirement. I know I’m going to wear these maxi dresses out this summer!

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I highly recommend checking Simply Be out! And for us US based fashionistas you’ll get to try them out as soon as this July.

**Both dresses courtesy of Simply Be.

Blogger Q&A: Cid

Cid
Long Beach, CA
Cid’s Style File

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

My jeans, if I could I would wear jeans everyday. I love them because their are so many styles of jeans that can work for everyone. You can dress them up and look sexy or be totally casual and comfy.

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I don’t really have favorite plus size designer, but over all I love Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. I love Betsey and Anna because their designs are always a fun, with a bit of edge yet still flirty and feminine. If either designer had a plus size line I would fill my closet with all their clothing.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

I would create a potion that you would put on your hair it would instantly straighten your hair. I have very curly hair & its hard to manage. As much as I would love straight, I hate to use a flatiron or dryer, so if I could just put on gel or some kind of potion I would be in heaven! I would call it curls b-gone!

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

Paris is my dream city & vacation spot. The fact that is one of the most fashionable & stylish cities I think I would grab trash bags & bring as much as I could. I wouldn’t want to be unprepared in Pairs, or I can just pack my undergarments and go on a shopping spree in the city of lights! That would be a dream come true!

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

My fashion philosophy is I wear what makes me feel good and comfortable. I like many styles of fashion and I try to incorporated as many as I can in my wardrobe (not all at once of course) Don’t want to limit my self to a certain definition of style, life’s too short not to be stylish!

Perfectly Pink Nail Color Giveaway

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One fantabulous reader will win three Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail color. I found these on a drugstore haul. The three colors are Sugar Babe, Strawberry Icing, and Party Time. Nothing like three different shades of pink to liven up the summer! It’s so easy to enter! Look below.

Contest Closed!!

Daring Fashionistas: Beth Ditto

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There’s nothing I love more than a daring fashionista! One who doesn’t care about the so-called “rules of fashion.” That’s why I admire Beth Ditto from the indie rock band Gossip! She wears what she wants and she kills it every time! Here are a couple of pics from events held in the last few months. I am head-over-heels for the black and white striped dress! I want it!

Feather Inspiration

It’s no secret that I love accessories. And when I go shopping, I have to check out what the latest jewelry trend is. The other day I went to the Grove, here in L.A., and couldn’t help but notice feather jewelry every where. Not peacock feathers, but bird feathers. I love that kind of post inspiration. Here you again my lovely bloggers…more inspiration and of course dumb ol’ shopping temptation. My apologies to your bank account.

P.S. Love that hat!!

Me and my Jeans

You know I adore a good pair of jeans. Here are a few ways I’ve worn them over the past week. A week that consisted of my best friend’s visit, Las Vegas, and the resort town of Big Bear. It went by sooo fast. I can’t believe it’s over and my bff is on a plane back to Maine. I’m kind of bummed right now and I’m trying to get back into my blogging routine. Maybe shopping will help. ;)

As you can see, the shoes and jeans are pieces you’ve seen before. They are my faves. FYI…those are the heels I walked the Vegas Strip in and probably won’t wear for a while. They killed my feet. It led to a barefoot walk through the Flamingo. Lol.

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1. Top-Mode Plus, Jeans-Old Navy, Shoes-Nine West, Earrings-F21, Necklace-H&M
2. Top-Target, Jeans-Old Navy, Sandals-Nine West
3. Top-Target, Jeans-Paper Denim & Cloth, Shoes-Nine West, Necklace-F21

Patricia Field’s Fashion Philosophy

I love Patricia Field and her outlook on style. This necklace she designed for Payless is too cute!

Patricia Field, America’s Style Icon and long-time partner of Payless ShoeSource, designed a four-leaf clover charm necklace inspired by her recent work as a stylist and custom designer creating the fashion for the movie Sex and the City 2. The Patricia Field for Payless necklace is available now for $12.99, while supplies last, on Payless.com and in all Payless stores nationwide – fully supporting Payless’ idea of democratizing fashion.

Wish List: Nordstrom

It’s that time again. I’m in love with these tops from Nordstrom. I know I won’t buy them because they aren’t in my budget at the moment. So, like I always do…I will admire from afar. Also known as e-window shopping.


Blogger Q&A: Weesha


Name: Weesha
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Weesha’s World

Who is your favorite fashion designer and why?

I honestly don’t have one, I’m not crazy about labels. However, I dream of buying everything at Carmakoma.com. Their designs are feminine, trendy, edgy and very flattering for curves. Apart from them, I think the designers behind New Look, Evans, Dorothy Perkins and H & M are doing a pretty good job.

What is the one fashion accessory/item you can’t live without?

Comfortable but stylish shoes. Shoes can make or break an outfit, right? and no one looks hot when they’re in pain haha.

If you were allowed to create a beauty product, what would it be and what would you name it?

If possible, I would create something that gives you flawless skin- no acne, wrinkles, blackheads etc. How amazing would that be?! It’s name would have to have the word miracle in it somewhere I suppose.

If you only had 10 minutes to pack for a fashion extravaganza in your favorite city, what would you bring and where would it be?

My favourite destination will always be Goa. It’s where I’m from by the way but I’ve lived all my life in Dubai. It’s a state in India, it’s home and hedonism all in one sunny, adventurous package. I would pack a few gorgeous summer dresses, cute flip flops, some bohemian jewelery and killer sunglasses.

Do you live by a fashion philosophy or quote? What is it?

I strongly believe that fashion is about fun, creativity, self expression, identity and making yourself feel good, no matter what your size is.

RiRi & the Fanny Pack

Is Rihanna trying to bring back the fanny pack? This is the first thing that came to mind yesterday, as I was looking over my favorite celeb site Just Jared. Look at RiRi looking all cute eating M&M’s in Dublin, Ireland. She makes casual look chic!

I used to wear a fanny pack when I was little. They are really convenient and this D&G one is pretty hot. It say’s that it can even be worn as a cross-body bag. Hmmm??? RiRi is a fashionista and does wear pretty much whatever she wants. But do you think fellow fashionistas throughout the world will follow suit?

What are your thoughts on fanny packs…also known as waist or belt bags.

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{Rihanna Images: JustJared.com}

Hurry up Simply Be!

Will UK’s Simply Be please hurry and come to the U.S. already! I’m drooling over here! I know they will be here this summer, but this shopaholic is getting impatient.

Look at this Simply Yours swim wear! I can’t stop staring at the Panache (polka dots) Swimsuit. I am looking for a cover-up too. Something that isn’t boring and a waste of money. Why is it always so hard to find a decent swimsuit?

Have you found your summer swimsuit yet?

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  1. Panache Swimsuit
  2. Beach2Beach Swimsuit
  3. Simply Yours Bikini Set
  4. Beach2Beach Bikini Set
  5. Joe Browns Cover-Up
  6. Joe Browns Beach Dress
  7. Joe Browns Beach DRess

Make me blush!!

I must admit that I’m not the most beauty savvy gal out there. I’m still learning a lot about all the different makeup products out there.

There is one product that I am dying to try. I would love to get my hands on a Tarte cheek stain. A.K.A. blush. Especially, their natural cheek stain. It’s formulated without all the bad stuff.

Look at this pic of model Whitney Thompson, that’s what I’d imagine a cheek stain to do. It looks like a natural flush to me.

Do you use a cheek stain? If so, which one and would you recommend it?


Alicia and Kryptonite

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Radio 1's Big Weekend - Day 1

After seeing these pics of the gorgeous Alicia Keys, I started yearning for a hot pair of sunglasses. Not just any sunglasses, but a pair of square-ish shaped sunglasses. I don’t know what it is about me and this awesomely amazing accessory! This is the one item, that I don’t mind $pending money on. The pair of Coach sunglasses I have now are almost 3 years old. And they are still in great shape. I love them! I guess you can say that sunglasses are my kryptonite. Now, if only I can figure out what brand Alicia is wearing and I’ll be a happy camper. Oh…FYI…I want all of these pairs below!

What is the one thing you don’t mind spending money on?