May 2012 - The Fashionably Broke

outer banks vacationing

our memorial day weekend consisted of an extended stay at our favorite beach, too much a lot of carolina pork barbecue, making a dent in the book i had been dying to read, revisiting my favorite vintage store, and going out at night with messy, beach hair and no make-up.  all of which were much needed.

the outer banks, north carolina will always have a special place in our hearts (and yes, i'm going to take a quick trip down memory lane starting now).  vacationing in this east coast beach town only prepared us for what would be one of the best summers of our lives, where we lived and breathed the beach life every day for four amazing months.  as that summer sadly came to an end, erika went back to school and i stayed on the beach and it was during one of my more lonely days of winter on the beach that i decided i wanted to start writing a blog.  but when i say "lonely" you must know that it was a good kind of lonely.  i spent a lot of time at the beach, while my boyfriend was at work managing the barbecue joint (yes, our lives were that simple) reflecting on my life and what i wanted it to become.  i know that sounds like the most cliché thing you have ever heard, but honestly, there was not really much else to do living on the beach in the winter, and i loved it.
i'd being lying if i didn't say that every trip back to the outer banks since then has been bitter sweet, wondering why i was so crazy to ever leave this beautiful place.  but i know one good thing came out of moving back to the city, i sat down and actually wrote my first blog post.  one guess what it was about...

my rings are Stella & Dot and vintage | erika's nail ring is vintage |
more to come about my dress later this week! 

May 30, 2012

Fashionably Broke Bloggers: Summer Edition

from left to right

1. West Elm Paint Brush Silk Pillow CoverLindsey's pick, and a perfect way to brighten up your home during the warmer seasons. | $39

2. Espadrilles by Soludos for J.Crew: Jennifer suggests this comfy flat for summer.  They come in a slue of bright, punchy colors that will flatter any beachy ensemble. | $35

3. ASOS Oversized Retro Sunglasses: With Metal Bridge Detail:  My pick!  Just because, they resemble a chic and expensive pair of Elizabeth & James. | $21

4. GAP Watercolor Stripe Pocket T: Cathy's new favorite tee shirt for summer.  So comfy, totally affordable, and perfect to throw on for a summer day. | $23

5. Essie 'Poppy Razzi Collection': Chosen by the beauty expert herself, I can't wait to get my hands on Lindsay's pick.  From left to right, Action, Bazooka, Camera, and Lights. | $32 for the set

6. LuLu's Neon Yellow Patent Platform Wedge: Christina always finds the best shoes, and the neon craze is definitely here to stay. | $35

7. Kate Spade New York Colored Stone Stud Earrings: Another pick from yours truly!  Bright bling is a must this summer. | $38

A huge thank you to the lovely ladies who contributed to the summer edition of Fashionably Broke Bloggers and for sharing such great finds!  Happy shopping, and be sure to check out their blogs as well. xx

Incase you missed the spring edition of Fashionably Broke Bloggers, you can check out some more great finds under $50 from a few of my favorite DC bloggers here.

May 28, 2012

a DIY dress

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{do} hike up your pleated, maxi skirt.  
what does one wear to meet Bravo Andy (Cohen) at Bethesda's Front Row event?  a DIY dress, if you're me.  and no, i'm not a master seamstress, i was just apparently feeling extra creative on this joyful day of getting to meet Andy, and decided to wear a skirt as a dress.  ever since the madness began back in february, when i bought anything and everything Missoni for Target i could get my hands on, this Missoni (for Target) maxi skirt has hung in my closet, pretty much just collecting dust.  we all have those untouched pieces hanging in our closets, right?  the reason this super cute skirt hasn't had any action though is because i just don't enjoy the way it hangs as a skirt, or maybe i've just become bored of it.  either way, i decided to hike it up, and i made myself a dress.  i enjoy it's new length, it's chevron pleats, and the simplistic-chic look it creates. 

Missoni for Target Maxi Skirt | BCBG Wedges | Zara Mini Shopper | Stella & Dot Jewlery

"it's not about what you wear, it's about how you wear it"
(yes, i just quoted myself.)

May 21, 2012