Steal Rachel Bilson’s Cheap Beauty Favorites

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

rachel bilson lucky

I love Girl With a Satchel’s Erica, and I especially loved what she said about the new Lucky Magazine cover with Rachel Bilson: “…while Rachel Bilson is pretty but won’t steal your boyfriend’s attention”. I also love Rachel Bilson. With so much love, why am I cranky?

Well, most of the fashionable items that Bilson told Lucky she likes are super expensive. Of course, I’m used to that with this magazine – or magazines in general. But if you really want something that Rachel Bilson covets, what can you get? Beauty products are less expensive than the leather jacket she’s selected, so let’s look at those.

Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara in Black – $8.  Bilson tells Lucky Magazine, “I love this mascara from Neutrogena. I put it on in the morning and never have to think about.” This seems to be a very popular mascara, I’d try it for sure.  ... Read More

Examining ways to Copy the Latest Hair Styles from NY Fashion Week

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Who says you only need one writing utencil in your bun?!

Who says you only need one writing utencil in your bun?! Photo by Evil_Erin on Flickr

Jeanie Syfu is a TRESemme celebrity stylist who attended New York Fashion Week and looked at the hair trends for us. She focused on what hair styles to do and how to create the hair style with styling products. I won’t be taking ALL  of her advice, but some is fairly helpful.

You see, there is a bit of a translation you need to do when you get hair advice on TV/magazines. Those people are in a different environment, with lots of money, and they also have to plug their products most of the time. So, I listen to what they say and then translate it to apply for real life  functionality.

She says: Good hair styles include messy buns with controlled ‘front hair’. Use one big simple hair accessory. Try disheveled hair textures, ... Read More

“What Kind of Jacket Should I Wear for Fall?”

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

trench coats

Photo by ldhren on Flickr

Fall is a wonderful time, especially (in my opinion) if you live in an area where the leaves turn gorgeous colors of red and purple, you can visit apple orchards, pick your own pumpkin from a patch if you’re so inclined, and wear some cozy cardigans. The one thing that sometimes baffles me about Fall is what kind of jacket to wear. It’s waaaay too early for heavy winter jackets.

My answer to the question is the same answer to “What kind of jacket do I wear for Spring?” and that answer is: trench coats! I especially like the longer, belted trench coats. There are a surprising amount of variations, though. Even more surprising? There are plenty trench coats under $50.00, yay.

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Fun Wallets to Enjoy Like the Rockstar You Are

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

fun wallet plaid

I’ve put together a grouping of seven different fun wallets for you to peruse whilst (do I sound British?) you procrastinate about doing work, or homework, or those sorts of things that you inevitably have to do. Speaking of, I have dishes to unload from the dishwasher… Eh. But maybe I’ll just keep shopping online. It feels, somehow, much MUCH more rewarding.

From rubber, plaid, cats or owls – I’ve got you covered when it comes to the funkiest wallets under $50.00.

Item: Clubhouse Plaid Wallet from Zappos $31.00

Kiss closures at the top of wallets are my favorite kind, they’re so easy to use when I’m out shopping for more stuff. The plaid has enough pink in it to look cutsey.

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Updating your Little Black Dress for Fall and Winter Parties

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

bow belt

"What do I do with THIS?" Photo by le vent le cri on Flickr

You Asked the Style Question: I don’t want to have to buy a ton of new dresses and skirts. How can I update a black dress for Fall & Winter parties? When I add different shoes and a necklace it doesn’t feel like enough. I wanna be stylish, but I also need to save money. – Marie, Georgia

She’s Smart Answers: Ah, a common question that’s not always easy to figure out! Let’s tackle it. It’s great to actually get some wear out of your LBD (little black dress) since too often we disregard them and they stay hanging in our closet. We rationalize that we’ll wear them all the time, so we accumulate many black dresses (I admittedly have).

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Summer Dresses on Sale

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Red Crinkle Tank Dresses from T-box

"Time to shoooop?" asks cutie cat. Photo by StephenMitchell on Flickr

Since Fall is here, stores are rushing to get their summer dresses off the shelves completely. That works out in your favor. Because the only thing that’s more refreshing than cute summer dresses is cute summer dresses on sale. Obviously it’s best to avoid anything trendy, which can be tricky. If you’ve been eying something all season and it’s finally on sale you will feel a strange (okay, maybe it’s not so strange) and strong pull to pick it up now that it’s at a reduced price.

However, keep in mind that this was what you loved, and saw on other people, this season. Style Tip: Make sure to honestly ask yourself if it was a passing trend that you might not be wearing next year.

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Get the Fall 09 Trend of Ruffled Sweaters for Less

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Pair this with a cardigan. Merona® Collection Ruffle Bow Top - Honest Purple

Ruffle Neck Bandage Sweater Top : Under $20.00

I’ve been noticing a lot of ruffled sweaters, ruffled cardigans, ruffled shirts… ruffles are really taking over! And it’s not that ruffles are bad, not at all. I think they’re very cute, often romantic (cue a dreamy sigh here), and a nice way to make an otherwise boring shirt have some added flair. And really, who doesn’t like some more flair? (Occasionally some celebrities go too far with the flair… see: Bai Ling in most anything she’s ever worn.)

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Indulge your Shoe Habit with Affordable Ruffled Flats

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Wanted Frills Flat - Round-toe ballet flat

Wanted Frills Flat - Round-toe ballet flat

Okay, so ruffles are a major trend for Fall 09. I hadn’t realized it extended even to shoes, but apparently it does.  If I’ve learned anything from my sister, it’s that a serious shoe habit is hard to kick. So if you know that you’ll absolutely NEED to buy a new pair of shoes this fall, I think I’ve found the pair for you. These Ruffled Flats from PiperLime are versatile-but-special enough to fit all sorts of needs.

They’re not too ‘out there’ that you can’t wear them a lot, but you’ll definitely feel happy about them having a little bit of flair. ... Read More

WIN! $25 Gift Card to Kohl’s to Celebrate the LC Lauren Conrad Line

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

Kohl’s is so excited about the new LC Lauren Conrad line that they are letting She’s Smart give a $25.00 gift certificate to their store! Since we focus on great deals under $100 (for the real women out there!) this is a perfect match. Earlier today I told you guys some of the stuff I liked from Lauren Conrad’s line.

Right now the LC Lauren Conrad line is just apparel, but later it might include items like bags (we know Lauren loves those), jewelry and shoes. And the price range for the items? All between $20 and $60! That’s what we love to hear (my bank account likes to hear that, too).

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LC Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s : The Hits & Misses

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad has left The Hills and now she’s pursuing her dream of fashion with her LC Lauren Conrad line at Kohl’s. Even when the show was annoying me, I always could find a compliment for Lauren’s style. Those little braids in her hair? Did you never try to replicate those? Come on, now!

Anyway, I decided I’d shop at Kohl’s online and tell you guys what I think is worth buying. It’ll let you see what’s available and what you might want to avoid. My overall review of this line is that it is modern and cute with lots of great basic’s made by a gal who knows simple fashion tricks that work.

The LC Lauren Conrad Hits:

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