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Doing Red Carpet Glam on a Budget…

Last weekend I got the honor of attending the 5th annual La Jolla International Film Festival with a blogger’s pass.  Sooooo very excited about this!

But when you try to live your life “classy on a budget” and are going to be surrounded by people wearing Chanel, Dior and Prada as well as one-of-a-kind designer outfits, it honestly can make you a little intimidated.

But I knew I could pull it off.  I just had to be a little bit creative.  Ok, maybe a lot of creative.  But with the compliments I received throughout the weekend, I say I rocked it.

What do you think?

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This was opening night.  I bought the jumpsuit at Ross on the Las Vegas strip for under $20.  I wanted it super flowy since I was attending a summer event so I went with a size 8P even though I’m a 0/2 (also it was the only size they had it in and I loved it!)  The shoes are Prabal Gurung for Target purchased on sale for about $30.  The handbag and belt were also Target and purchased YEARS ago.  I think I paid $20 for the belt and around the same for the purse.  The jewelry is all from the swap meet here in San Diego.  The ring and bracelets are just simply, inexpensive costume jewelry.  The earrings though are vintage from the 1950s.  I also bought them from the local swap meet but bought them from the little old lady who originally owned them.  So I think total for the outfit was under $130.

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Second day was seminars.  This is an amazing black vintage dress given to me by a good friend.  It belonged to her mom, but didn’t fit either of them anymore.  My friend knew that I would give this dress new life and so she gave it to me.  The shoes are from the local Goodwill store for $5.99.  That’s right, FIVE BUCKS!!!  That killer necklace is once again from my favorite store, Tar-jay, and I bought it on clearance for $10.  The shades are from the Dollar Tree.  Total cost of outfit?  $17 baby!!!

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Day two red carpet!  I ALWAYS get compliments on these shoes.  People always ask me if they are Valentino.  Nope.  $24.99 at Burlington Coat Factory!  The glitter shorts I got at one of the cheap, hole in the wall type stores for $10.  The ruffly shirt is from Wal-Mart.  Got it on clearance for $5.  The blazer is a White House-Black Market one, but got it at my local Goodwill for $10.  And my handbag was a gift with purchase from purchasing make-up brushes!  Jewlery from Target for about $15.  Total cost: $65

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Day three: seminars.  And I brought my little fashionista in training with me!  On me: hat-swap meet for $7, Shirt, belt, shoes, purse from Target for $20, $20, $30, $40 respectively (Prabal, Mossimo, Prabal, Mossimo respectively). Skirt is Bebe from a thrift shop in Temecula called Ritzy Rags for $25.  Cost of my outfit: $142 but the belt is the same one that I wore on day one.  I actually repeated accessories at the same event!!!!

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Final day of the event: red carpet.  The shoes which you can’t see in the photo are the same ones I wore opening night-Target for $30.  The purse was a gift.  The dress is Bebe from once again my trusty local Goodwill and I snagged it for a whopping $14.99. Total cost for outfit: $44.99.

So, how’d I do?  Not too shabby if I do say so myself.  This event really forced me to be creative and to look at my wardrobe in a completely different way.  What do you have in your closet that you can get super creative with?

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The One Hundred: #1-The A-Line Dress…

Ok, I’m going to be honest here. I’ve had the worst time with procrastination on the A-line dress. When I hear “A-line”, I immediately think of the 1960s and 1970s, a very mod, very mini-dress and that is so not my style. I am shaped like a stick, so any garment that flares out from the shoulder (as a 60s/70s A-line does) makes me look like I’m wearing a tent.

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However, not one to give up, I hit up my trusty friend Google to find out more about A-line silhouettes and to see what I could do.

Turns out, the term “A-line” was first used by Christian Dior to describe his collection from Spring of 1955 (Now we’re talking! I LOVE clothes from this decade!). That collection featured the “most wanted silhouette in Paris” which was a “finger-tip length flared jacket worn over a dress with a very full, pleated skirt” (Susan Ward). Now we’re really talking!

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Although, all of the sites I perused say that “technically”, Dior’s line was A-SHAPE and is not what is now understood to be the A-LINE dress. Yves Saint Laurent gets that honor with his “Trapeze Line” for Spring 1958 where the dresses were fitted at the shoulder and then flared out dramatically.

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So, here’s my conundrum…Dior or YSL? Aaaaaaaah! Decisions, decisions! But as Ms. Garcia stated in the opening of her book, you must alter the items in the book to “suit YOUR personal style”. So, sorry YSL, Dior is more my speed. And at coming to that conclusion, I ran to my clsoet, peered in and discovered that I in fact have TONS of A-line dresses!

In fact, almost 3/4th of my dresses are Dior-style A-line! (The remainder being fitted sheath dresses.) Not to mention a few A-line skirts as well!

For starting out this challenge dreading it (I had even asked my Magic 8 Ball if I was going to have a hard time trying to find an A-line that I liked!), this actually turned out to be a super easy one that only required me to walk to my closet.

One of my favorite ones is by Prabal Gurung and the collection he made for Target. Whenever I need a dress that I feel amazing in, this one always takes the cake! I’ve worn it to meet celebrities (met the uber-fabulous Thom Filicia in it!). I’ve gone to a swanky Chanel/Harpers Bazaar/Neiman Marcus event in Beverly Hills. And most recently I wore it to a holiday party. It’s my personal party dress!

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Check back soon, because next up is Animal Print. I’m challenging myself to 7 days in a row of something animal print!

Sonia Kashuk Goes Body On Us!!!

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As a Harper’s Bazaar Style Ambassador, I get the privilege to try all sorts of new and amazing products before everyone else (BIG perk for a beauty junkie like myself!). And nothing made me more excited than Sonia Kashuk’s new bodycare line!

For those of you who don’t know who Sonia Kashuk is, she is an absolutely AMAZING make-up artist who definitely knows her stuff, but she felt that women shouldn’t have to pay an outrageous fortune for good quality cosmetics. If you haven’t yet tried any of her products, I suggest you head to your nearest Target and go check her line out (it’s only sold at Tar-jay!) If anything, try out her brushes!

But back on topic again! 😉 Sonia has a new bodycare line debuting on November 10th. There are 24 products in the line in four simply scrumptious scents. They were created in collaboration with celebrated Robertet perfumer, Jerome Epinette. Lucky me, I was sent a body wash in the Purple Seductia scent.

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Let me start off by saying that IT SMELLS PHENOMENAL!!! My husband even loved it! This particular “flavor” has the sweet floral of rose, the darkness of patchouli, yet they add pomegranate to lighten and freshen it up a bit. At first I was a little concerned about the flavor combination as I have never seen anything combining those ingredients before, but WOW! Very seductive, very sensual, yet a little flirty as well.

In addition to the pomegranate, rose and patchouli, this body wash is packed full of all sorts of fabulous hydrators! It’s got sweet almond proteins, shea butter esters, rice oil esters, glycerin, panthenol in addition to all sorts of plant extracts. My husband tried it and thought that it was a little too heavy for him, but me? I loved how moisturized my skin felt even before putting my body lotion on! Add to it that it’s paraben and phthalate free, not tested on animals and made in the USA, you get a luxurious product with a feel-good attitude.

The packaging is also absolutely gorgeous!!! It’s all darker colors combined with stunning images of various flowers all in jewel-like tones. So many of the higher end body care lines use such bright colors and the ones that currently use more darker colors in their packaging…well…I’d never use them to even wash my pets. 🙂

Sonia’s new body care line also carries body butters, scrubs, eau de toilettes and body oils (the latter of which I can not wait to try!).

So, on November 10th, I HIGHLY recommend you stop by your nearest Target and go check these out. I know I sure will!

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