The Fashionably Broke


Aug 31, 2014

More Transitional Finds

Wearing: Jumpsuit c/o T.J.Maxx, Bag c/o Marshalls

Pre-fall (and fall, let's be honest) shopping is in full-force around here. One of my favorite recent finds was this designer jumpsuit from T.J.Maxx. Just like this navy, vegan leather handbag that I found at Marshalls, it's going to transition so well.

The jumpsuit specifically, I'm going to wear until it falls apart at the seams. Although, it's great quality just might be able to withstand how many times I plan on wearing it. I love wearing it with sneakers to go shopping, or heels and a blazer for a cozy, cute lunching outfit right now. Then, once it get's cooler out, it's going to be so great under jackets, like a black leather jacket paired with booties. Or, even under a sweatshirt, I plan to layer and turn it into a great pair of trousers. If you're looking for transitional items that work now and later, I recommend a jumpsuit!

Check out Erika's transitional finds here for some more outfit inspiration. And, don't forget to share your T.J.Maxx and Marshall's finds with us using #TheFBMarshallsTJMaxx!

Aug 29, 2014

Transitioning

Wearing: Leather Vest, Sweater, Booties c/o T.J.Maxx

Also Featured: Free People Necklace c/o, BLANK Shorts, Sunglasses c/o Iristocracy, French Connection Bag

As much as I love spring and summertime, I sort of live for changing seasons. It's a reason to go out and shop and add some new, great pieces to add to your wardrobe. T.J.Maxx is one of the best places you can go to find those staple items that you are in need of to properly transition into a new season, like a leather jacket, boots or a new handbag. You wouldn't want to skimp when buying these items, but that doesn't mean you have to pay full price. Erika found this really cute, leather vest and booties at T.J.'s and they're both designer and she paid way less than retail for both. T.J.Maxx is always getting in new stuff daily that's on-trend and seasonally appropriate, so I always recommend it when anyone asks me where they should shop. Can't wait to show you my designer finds!

If you're wondering where the closest T.J.Maxx or Marshalls is, be sure to check their sites for a list of locations. You can shop online now at T.J.Maxx, but I think it's always more fun in person. If you pick up some amazing finds for fall, be sure to share them with us using #TheFBMarshallsTJMaxx!

Aug 28, 2014

How To: Hairspray with Garnier

Hair spray can be a very controversial product. It's gotten a bad rep over the years, I think mostly due to the "scrunch" era, for making hair look stiff and unnatural and crunchy and no one wants that. I've recently turned a corner with hairspray though, discovering new ways to use it.

As you've probably noticed I'm a big fan of Garnier Fructis hair products. Lately, I've been using their Anti-Humidity Hairspray from their new Texture Tease and Sleek & Shine line to polish up my blow-outs and loving it.

First, I just blow dry my hair like I normally would. If you need some tips on how to do a good blow-dry, you can check out this post here. Puppy not included. :)

Next, I use the Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Hairspray to smooth out the fly-aways and give the blow-out some extra body and even a little wave. It's like a curling iron and flat iron in a bottle, really. All you have to do is twist sections of your hair away from your face and spray. I usually do 4-5 big sections, hold each twist for a few seconds, spray and then slowly let it loose.

Then, I use the hairspray as more of a "finishing" spray by lighting spraying the roots of my hair, holding the can at least 6 inches away from my head. Using my hand, I then smooth out any unwanted frizz.

I can't live with out my hairspray now post-blow out. It's just a small change in my normal routine that proves big benefits. If you try it out, let me know how it goes!

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Garnier Fructis via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Garnier Fructis.

Aug 27, 2014

Back To School (Wait, What?)

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Photos by Julien

Wearing: Sweater, Jeans, Booties c/o Sears

I'm excited to have teamed up with Sears again, this time to talk back-to-school essentials. I'm not going back to school, but it doesn't mean that I can't still join in on the excitement of a fall fashion shopping trip! First and foremost, I always have to pick up a new pair of jeans or two every fall. Sears has a huge selection of Levi's to chose from. I love the pair I went with, they're a great relaxed fit and a basic wash that will go with everything. Then, I found a stack of light sweaters with the cutest graphic prints on them. How cute is this pug? I had to have him! Plus, I'm obsessed with everything gray for fall. I also think mustard is a great color this fall, so my second pick was the Tiger. And then, last but not least, a basic, low-heeled bootie is necessary. These are so comfortable, I want to go back for the brown pair! If I was going back to school, this would so be my go-to for everyday style. What's yours? If you have any recent back-to-school finds at Sears, be sure to share them with #SearsStyleFind on social media.


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Aug 26, 2014

Green + Pink

Wearing: to be adored Dress via ANTHOM (similar print, , Zigi Soho Shoes, Phillip Lim Sunglasses c/o Iristocracy, Chanel Purse

I put this dress on for my seven year anniversary dinner and my boyfriend said to me, "perfect print mixing!" Ha! I swear this is a true story. I did sense a bit of sarcasm, but he's learned well hasn't he? I wish I could take credit for this perfect little mix of prints, but I can't because it's a dress and the work was already done for me by the designer, Bin Bin McNiven. It's such a bright and feminine dress, which sometimes isn't exactly my go-to style, but I was just so drawn to it for some reason. I love the structure and once I put it on I had to have it.

I see it more as a piece of art and totally worth the investment because Bin Bin McNiven used to work for Alexander McQueen and Marchesa. This piece is from her newest independent collection, to be adored, which she launched a few years back. Another reason why I love to shop at ANTHOM; dresses like this one. It's currently sold out, but this baby blue dress is another really special piece that I would just love to have hanging in my closet.