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runway sunday.

dress//mark&james by badgley mischka(rent it!) heels//sam edelman (on sale!) ring//jewelmint (different color here)

Part of my lovely Valentine's Day present from my boyfriend were VIP tickets to the finale runway show of DC Fashion Week.  I was very excited to go and experience my first fashion show with him.  What better way than to spend a Sunday surrounded by beautiful clothes with your handsome boyfriend in the French Embassy?!

I rented this amazing Mark & James by Badgley Mischka dress but I don't feel the photos even do it justice.  The dress was so prefect and fun with the different colored sequins.  Because the dress was so vibrant I had to keep everything else pretty simple, so I stuck with a simple black bag and heels.  I had an awesome time, the clothes and venue were beautiful and the show just made me want to start making plans to attend NYFW in the fall.

Below you will see a few of my favorite shots I grabbed with my phone.


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plaid with a twist.

Top & necklace//j.crew factory belt & dress//h&m (similar skirt version heretights//nordstrom booties//madison harding gold link bracelt//derng(similar)

Last week was DC Fashion Week and I was super excited to attend a few of the events held.  This was what I wore on Thursday to the networking event held at Dirty Bar.  I met a ton of great people from a bunch of different company's and also made a new blogger friend, Charlotte from Winston & Willow!  All in all, it was a great night and I have to thank my sweet boyfriend for coming along with me so I wouldn't have to venture into my first networking party not knowing a soul.

I knew I would be going straight from work to the event, so I had to pick an outfit thought I thought would fit the 2.  I recently purchased this plaid button down from the j.crew factory store (I have 2 other versions of this button down and almost never take them off) and was in love with the girly-er plaid pattern and color scheme.  I wanted to wear it a different way than just with jeans and immediately thought of this H&M dress I've had sitting in my closet with the tags on it for over a year.  

I really think this outfit could just sum up my style : classic but with an unexpected twist.

On Thursday I'll post my outfit and recap of the International Couture Show at the French Embassy!

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Frugal Friday : Chloé inspired booties

chloe inspired booties

1. C-Label (on sale!)
2. Dolce Vita
3. Vince Camuto (on sale!)
4. Vince Camuto
5. Shoemint (20% off first purchase)
6.  Chloé

Mary from Happily Grey wearing #4 and Ashley from Ring My Bell wearing #6

When I saw Ashley from Ring My Bell (and also Revenge) wearing these studded flat black leather ankle booties last year I instantly fell in love with them.  Obviously, spending over $1,000 on a pair of shoes is pretty crazy, especially when you don't have an infinite supply of cash.  But luckily, many designers and brands have been inspired by these awesome boots and have created similar more affordable versions.

I included both Mary from Happily Grey and Ashley from Ring My Bell to show how the boots can be worn in different seasons.  The boots are so versitile and can easily transition from season to season.  My favorite above is #3(on sale!) and I love knowing that I could easily transition these boots from multiple layers and chilly temps to adding a little edge to my sundresses this spring.

How do you feel about these Chloé inspired booties?

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dotted holes.

top// j.crew(similarfaux leather jacket//last worn here jeans//a&f (similar cheap version here)tights//nordstrom booties//target (last worn here) necklaces//stella&dot & similar

I love the fact that distressed denim is making a comeback and the clothes hoarder in me is very happy because I can finally break out my favorite old destroyed denim I've had collecting dust since high school graduation.  
Wearing these jeans in winter is not a smart move since I have worn them into almost rags, so I had to think of a way to wear them without getting frostbite.  I then had a vision about textured/designed hosiery.  I went out and bought these dotted ones at Nordstrom and was so happy with how they look peeking out from the holes.  Plus, a thin layer under jeans makes them a bit warmer to wear in the winter.

Have you tried tights under distressed denim?  How did you like the look?

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cold leather.

top//nordstrom (similar) skirt//h&m (identical) tights//similar booties//madison harding  (similarnecklaces// h&m + nordstrom

"I have nothing to wear!!" (slash I brought nothing to wear) is what I said and this outfit is the result of a last minute mall scavenger hunt. I wore this out for a chill evening out in DC with some of my boyfriends' friends.
  I am not a person to rule out a look, but I usually stray from tight articles of clothing.
So, this tighter fitting skirt was a bit out of my element.   But the faux leather skirt ended up being super comfortable and didn't ride or stretch (the back is longer than the front!  If you can find it at your local H&M you should totally get it.)
I ended up having a great night dancing the night away and eating Jumbo Slice at 3 am.

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Sorry about the absence last week (mean purse thieves!) but you can always find me on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest  which I update pretty frequently :)

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Links à la Mode: Midi Leather.

My post midi leather was included in this weeks  Links à la Mode: February 5th on the IFB website!  Below is the original post along with all the other awesome links included this week.  Thanks IFB!

faux leather jacket//lc by lauren conrad(similar)  dress//loft  heels//mossimo(cute flat ones)   monogram//similar  bracelet//kenneth jay lane  watch//marc by marc jacobs

So, something I haven't really shared is my love of a good bargain.  These heels?  $13.  Midi dress? $12.  This awesome faux leather jacket?  $20.  I don't know how I find some of the things I do, but I wont complain.  I've been dying to wear this lanky midi dress that I scored at the end summer, but just couldn't find a way to style it.  Then finally it came to me about pairing this jacket with it and I like the way it worked out.  Now for the temps to rise a little bit so I can sport this outfit again.

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”LALM0207″The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Edited by: Victoria of vmac+cheese Hard to believe that it’s already time for New York Fashion Week again! This week, whether you’re braving the cold streets of the Big Apple (maybe to attend #IFBCON!), or are sitting back and watching the action from the comfort of your own home, there are plenty of posts to inspire your street style and make you feel like you’re a part of the action. This week, bloggers created great content that featured looks at spring trends, interviews with models and designers, and plenty of ideas for how to mix and match items you already own into versatile, camera ready looks (perfect if you’re headed to New York and wanna pack light). Dive right in and get inspired. Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup: February 5th  
  SPONSOR: Shopbop Wedge Sandals: Isa Tapia, LK Bennett, David Szeto, Beach Riot, Dagmar, Rose Pierre, Giambatttista Valli, Satchels, Jonathan Simkhai, Lenny Niemeyer, Paul & Joe Sister   If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE where you see “Links a la mode next week’s date (official)”. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode widget on the right side of the blog, and will be published later today. ~ Jennine
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Frugal Friday Finds : Valentine's Day!

”LALM0207″I was unable to really narrow down one outfit for this weeks Frugal Friday, because it really depends what you are going to be doing for Valentine's Day!  So rather just showing you only one outfit, I've picked some of my favorite great-priced pieces to share with you.  
This way, no matter what you are doing for V-day this year, you can snag an outfit that will not break the bank.

I included some dresses, tops, pants, and skirts that may tickle your fancy.  But my real favorites are the jewelry which are great for Valentine's Day or just everyday wear!  Hope I can give you some inspiration and plus you still have time to order these gems in time for the big day! 

Dress 1 : ASOS - $45.60
Dress 2 : Pipelime - $39.90
Top 1 : Forever 21 - $17.80
Top 2 : Forever 21 - $19.80
Top 3 : Forever 21 - $27.80
Pant 1 : Forever 21 - $22.80
Pant 2 : Forever 21 - $21.80
Skirt 1 : Forever 21 - $13.80
Skirt 2 : Forever 21 - $22.80
Skirt 3 : Forever 21 - $22.80
Earrings : Net-A-Porter - $42.00
Rings : Gorjana - $50 (Use SUGAR30 and get 30% off!)
Necklace : Stella&Dot - $49.00 (also comes in silver)
Cuff Stella&Dot - $39.00
Bracelet : Stella&Dot - $59.00 (on my wishlist!)
Heels : - $49.00

 Happy Valentine's Day everyone :)
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billy jean.

jean jacket//abercrombie kids(very old; i like this one) tee//via men's dept at nordstrom (cool ones here and here) jeans//joe's jeans (sold out but similar here and here) heels//dv dolce vita (similar)

When I was working in the men's department of Nordstrom many moons ago, I spotted this shirt during a shift and I fell in love.  I actually don't think I saw Michael at fist sight but once I did, I knew this tee had to be mine.  I mean, who doesn't love Michael Jackson?!  With it being a men's shirt, it needed a little alteration to fit properly.  A pair of scissors to the collar did the trick and it has become my favorite graphic tees since.  Piecing it with my wide leg trouser jeans just makes an unbelievably comfy duo.  
Now, the weather needs to just warm up so I can ditch the bulky winter coat to really have the ultimate comfortable outfit.

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red edge.

blazer//urban (old but similar)tank//forever21 pants//target (similar)heels//sam edelman (old but similar)

I still love to throw on my red jeans from last winter and wear them in different ways.  I love this edgier look with my awesome beaded Sam Edelman booties.
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Frugal Friday : Super Bowl Sunday

frugal friday : super bowl sunday
topPiperlime pantsForever 21 bootsPiperlime cuffsMod Cloth//Piperlime earringsPiperlime

I know most of you out there probably aren't into football (I'm not much of a pro football fan), but who doesn't love a reason to drink some beer and each tons of amazing snack food?!  Since my boyfriend lives right next to Baltimore, we will be celebrating the night in Raven country, so I need to rock my supporting color.  With me being a lifelong Orioles fan, there is no question as to who I am rooting for.  So this is a great frugal Friday outfit inspired by walking around the city and hanging out in a chill bar to watch the big game.  
Happy Super Bowl weekend!

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