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Back to School Fashion 2011 – Basics on a Budget

Students of all ages are returning to school in the next few weeks, and while books and classes are key, there’s nothing more important than the fashion! Since most students are on a tight budget, they (or their parents) can’t afford to buy a whole new wardrobe. Whether you’re rockin’ the playground or the dorm room this fall, here are three must have items which are both versatile and affordable!

Denim – Colored & Flares

Each season brings new fashion trends, but for busy and active students, jeans are a must have for back to school! If you’re a trendsetter at heart, you must own a pair of colored jeans for fall. Walk on the wild side with a pair of bold cobalt blue skinnies or royal purple jeggings, both would look great with a graphic tee, cardigan or blazer.  Go casual with a pair of sneakers or dress them up with boots for a funkier look! These lovely jeggings are just $16.50 from Kmart.com!

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If colored jeans aren’t your style, but you still want to add some new denim to your wardrobe, opt for a pair of flare jeans. Skinnies have been all the rage for the last few years, but wider legs, flares, and boot cuts have officially made a comeback. These jeans are more relaxed than their super fit counterparts, and can be worn with just about everything. For girls, go for a bohemian vibe with flare jeans and a peasant blouse. And for boys, be the epitome of casual cool with boot cut denim and a cotton tee. Check out Old Navy to stock up on jeans starting at just $10! (Use promo code THANKS on the Old Navy website to get an additional 30% off!)

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Custom Kicks

Nothing says back to school fashion than a new pair of shoes! Sneakers and tennis shoes are a must, but can you imagine making a statement in your own set of customized kicks? America’s favorite sneaker brand, Converse, gives students the opportunity to design their own sneaks on their website. Whether you prefer Chuck Taylors, All Stars, or Purcells, you can show off your creative spirit in their interactive design studio.

Design Your Own Converse

The ten step process let’s you select everything from the color of the body and lining to the laces, with 26 colors and 22 prints to choose from. With prices starting at just $45, you’ll be styling in your very own custom creation without breaking the bank! And you can rest assured that nobody else at your school will have the same pair of shoes!


All Purpose Backpack

A sturdy, all purpose backpack is essential for students of all ages. Backpacks not only hold your books and homework, but it’s also the perfect place to show off your personality with fun colors and prints. Both functional and fashionable, backpacks are a student’s permanent accessory, so you might as well invest in one that you really love. Whether you’re looking for a simple bag or one with all the bells and whistles, Zappos.com is the place to find the perfect backpack this fall. With more than 650 styles under $50, there is definitely one for everyone!

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Summer 2011 Accessory Trends – Watches

Watches have officially made a comeback for summer, not only as a timepiece, but as a style statement and essential accessory! Watches are both functional and fashionable, plus they’re the perfect accessory to show off your personality. No matter if you’re a sophisticated, sporty, or glamorous gal, there’s definitely a watch to fit your lifestyle!

For classic style setters like Reese Witherspoon, try an oversized gold watch to complement your looks day to night.  This champagne dial watch from Fossil is simple and sophisticated!

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If you love feminine accents like Natalie Portman, wear a watch in the hottest hue of the season, rose gold.  This rectangular face watch from Fossil is sweet and ladylike!

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For fashionable divas like Jennifer Lopez, add some bling to your look with a gold bracelet style watch with dazzling rhinestones.  This cuff style watch from the Jennifer Lopez Collection is stunning!

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If you’re a sexy glam gal like Beyonce, try a mixed material watch with leather and gold chains.  This double wrap watch from Guess would definitely add some spice to any outfit!

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And if you live to rock bold tones like Katy Perry and Rihanna, have some fun with the playful and colorful styles of summer!  Nixon and Swatch watches are big celeb favorites and are super affordable too!

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Spring 2011 Accessory Trends – Breastplate Necklaces

The hottest jewelry trend for spring is bold and definitely makes a statement! While long, layered chains and necklaces will still look pretty, the must have jewelry item for the sunny months ahead are breastplate necklaces. A bold combination of mixed metals and medallions, this worldly inspired look is just the right amount of bling to transform any outfit!

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Look like a modern goddess in a flowing white maxi dress paired with this Grecian inspired breastplate necklace from Jennifer Elizabeth.

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The perfect complement to the boho chic peasant blouses of spring is a cool and casual necklace. For an easy look, try a gold chain medallion like this one from Fossil.

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The retro glam feel of this Sachin + Babi breastplate necklace would complete any evening look, from a soft fringe dress to a pretty blouse.

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This Chan Luu fringe necklace with rhinestones would add some serious drama to your little black dress. So simple and sexy, there’s no need for any other accessories with this statement making piece!

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The key to wearing these bold necklaces is to let them shine! Feel free to mix and match, pairing chains in mixed metals, medallions in different colors, and necklaces of all lengths. Have fun accessorizing for spring!

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Spring 2011 Accessory Trends – Envelope Handbags

The latest handbag trend for spring is super stylish and versatile, and the perfect piece to add to any fashionistas closet! The oversized hobos and satchels from last season will still be on trend, but the newest “it” bag for spring is the envelope handbag! Slim, sleek and so sophisticated, the envelope bag is like a great pair of black stiletto pumps, a classic wardrobe staple that goes with everything.

For spring, envelope bags will come in a rainbow of fun colors, from neon pink, orange and teal to more neutral tones like yellow and tan. This trendy envelope clutch from TopShop is an affordable option for those that don’t want to break the bank.

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There’s nothing more chic and classic then reptile accessories, and the Rampage Embossed Faux Leather Clutch is no exception. Popular on both shoes and handbags for spring, exotic skin accessories are items that every style savvy gal should have in her wardrobe!

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Bold, rocker inspired details will also be a big trend. Chains and chunky zippers are a fun way to add edge to your look, like on the Anderson Zipper Clutch from Handbag Heaven.

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For an unexpected pop of color, have fun with the 70’s inspired color block trend. Clutches like this one from Lipsy feature pretty color combinations, and would definitely add some spice to a date night ensemble.

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For a more casual look, opt for a cross body envelope bag with a versatile strap like the Kate Envelope Bag from Handbag Heaven. This laidback style would be perfect for everyday activities like running errands or shopping till you drop!

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No matter what your style, there is definitely an envelope bag for every fashionista! Happy shopping!

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Cool & Creative Shopping Sites

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many new shopping websites and online boutiques popping up daily. Which offer the best deals for budget minded fashionistas? And which are the easiest to navigate? For those who would rather hit the Internet instead of the mall, here are three inventive and stylish websites sure to make your life easier next time you need some serious retail therapy!



Launched in February 2010 by fellow shoe addict, Andrea Woroch, myShoes.com is a seriously smart search engine exclusively for women’s shoes. Visitors can use the Shoe Stylist to create a custom search for the exact shoe they’re lusting for. Sort by style, heel height, color, brand, details & materials, and price – within a few clicks, myShoes.com will show you the shoes and prices available from hundreds of stores and brands, from Zappos and Nordstrom’s to DSW. myShoes.com makes online shoe shopping easy and effortless, bringing you streamlined results in one location. Check out the results for this fabulous nude platform pump – it’s available at nine stores but everything you need to know is filtered on myShoes.com! You’ll never have to jump from one site to another to compare prices, shipping, coupons, or return policies – myShoes.com is truly a shoe lover’s best friend!



Launched in September 2010 by Project Runway alum, Christian Siriano, SendtheTrend.com is a monthly membership site for chic and affordable accessories. After taking a short style survey to determine your fashion needs and interests, SendtheTrend personally selects exclusive jewelry, scarves, and sunglasses that fit your style profile. Visit your gallery to view all of the accessories chosen for you, all for just $29.95 each! Choose to buy one, two, or ten, all at a set price of $29.95 each, and that includes free shipping! Your SendtheTrend membership begins after you purchase your first item. On the 1st of each month thereafter, members receive a personalized email with fresh new accessory finds, so you’ll always be on top of the latest trends! For members who don’t want to commit to a new accessory every month, or if you don’t find something you like in your gallery, just opt to “skip” by the 5th of the month. SendtheTrend.com is an easy and hassle free way to shop for the hottest fashion accessories, hand selected by some of the biggest names in the business!


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Launched in September 2010 by fashion forward travelista, Renae Virata, WearevertheWeather.com is an ingenious site that helps women determine what to wear, based on the weather in a particular city. Get a “fashion forecast” for New York, London or Hong Kong by using the easy My Stylist tool. Enter a specific location, date and type of occasion, and the smart tool will show you a plethora of style options for you to choose from. Users can create tons of different outfits, save, print, and even share the looks with their friends via email, Facebook and Twitter. And of course, no shopping site would be complete without the ability to click through and purchase all the items you desire. Virata hands selects each item featured on the site, and updates the selection weekly so you’ll always be well dressed, rain or shine! WearevertheWeather.com is a fun and resourceful site that is perfect when planning for your next vacation, weekend getaway, or anytime you’re travelling and just don’t know what to pack!

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Celebrity Handbags for Less

When you flip through the pages of your favorite magazine, you’re likely to see Hollywood A-listers sporting amazing designer duds and luxe handbags. As I’m your Glam, Affordable, and Luxurious resource, I’m always on the hunt to recreate these looks for less! Thanks to fab website, Handbag Heaven, we can all tote celebrity studded bags without the hefty price tags! Here are some of their most popular styles under $70!

Chanel Quilted Handbag

The design team at Chanel created an elegant and feminine quilted handbag, popular with stars like Katy Perry, Mischa Barton, and Lauren Conrad. The combination of the black quilted leather and gold chain strap make this a classic and sophisticated purse for true fashionistas. For those who can’t afford the $1500 price tag, Handbag Heaven’s Classic Quilted Shoulder Bag is almost an exact replica, but it’s more versatile and affordable! At just $54.95, the shoulder bag is available in black, cream or red and is made of soft, quilted leatherette. The bag also features a gold/leatherette chain shoulder strap and bold hardware. The best part is that this GAL find is actually three handbags in one! Wear it as a shoulder bag with a double chain strap, or for a longer cross body look, extend the chain into a single chain strap. Finally, this beauty can also be worn as a super sized clutch, simply by tucking the chain inside the bag!

Everyone from Vanessa Hudgens, Victoria Beckham, and Lady Gaga has been spotted around Hollywood with the signature Balenciaga Satchel. The oversized compartment and sleek styling of this handbag make it popular with fashion savvy celebs. Luckily, Handbag Heaven has an exact replica for just $53.95! The Broad Ripple Satchel might as well be the long lost twin of Balenciaga’s version because the resemblance is uncanny! This must have handbag comes in six shades, and features all the bold, gold hardware and zippers that make the original such a fashion statement. If you’re on the go, grab the 5 inch wrapped handles and wear it on your wrist or over your shoulder. Or, for a more relaxed feel, attach the longer strap (included) and rock your bag in comfort, all day long.

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Hermès Birkin

The Hermes Birkin has been the most coveted handbag of the last decade. After a notable appearance on Sex and the City, and socialites such as the Hiltons and the Kardashians as fans, this “it” bag has become the most difficult fashion item to own in Hollywood! With prices ranging from $9,000 to $150,000 for this handmade, fashion treasure, it’s not surprising that a majority of us can’t even imagine toting this gem, until now! Handbag Heaven’s Gina Buckle Satchel features exotic embossed leatherette that gives the bag an edgy elegance. At $67.96, this affordable find is available in cream, navy, or black. The Gina is truly the epitome of style and a classic addition to any woman’s wardrobe.

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Fashionable Spring Scarves for $5!

Walmart is carrying a colorful array of scarves priced at $5!  Available in classic plaids, lively paisleys and romantic three-tone ombres, these incredibly chic and lightweight scarves can be worn to the beach, to the office or out on the town.  Stock up now!  Only available in stores – for locations visit www.walmart.com

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