July 2012 - The Fashionably Broke

white coral

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a white necklace on top of white summer dress makes for a picture perfect, monochromatic beach look. both on and off the sand, the Stella & Dot coral 'Cameron Pendant' adds a touch of beach to all of my summer ensembles. it really did me well this past week though, as this was the outfit i wore during our family pictures on the beach. you know, the ones where you are all dressed in your best whites and when you go out for dinner afterwards everyone in the restaurant knows what you were up to, yet still stares at you like you are that family who just likes to match? and if you didn't believe me before, maybe now you will believe me when i say that i can't stop wearing this Billabong dress! it has become my summer go-to, from a beach cover-up, to day-time lounge wear, to family portraits, previously seen here and here. tomorrow, Erika's all-white summer outfit will be up, complete with beach-inspired jewelry and all!

Billabong White Dress Cover-Up | Stella & Dot Coral Pendant Necklace (email us to order!)

Jul 31, 2012

basic white bikini top

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{do} mix and match your bathing suit separates

the simple, yet intricate, crochet-like detail of the back of this boho meets sexy bikini top makes it one of our favorite victoria's secrete swim finds. a nice, white bathing suit top is a good essential to have, used to mix and match with your favorite bottoms. the front is really pretty too, but it seems only necessary that the back gets its own five minutes of fame. plus, the front wasn't really appropriate for the days we spent at the beach with our extended family, and body surfing the waves, so maybe it's not for here either ;) now you're dying to see it, aren't you? hehe! for more of our beach essentials, you can check out this post from last week!
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Victoria's Secret Bikini Top (similar one that we LOVE) | Cheap Monday Tee Shirt via Urban Outfitters

Jul 30, 2012

fashionably beachy

after a another week at the beach i feel overly prepared to share my list of beachy items to make sure you stay your fashionable self on any summer vacay. during this past week at the beach i realized a few key things to keep in mind when packing; pack a lot of neutrals that are easy to mix and match, prepare for 'au natural' hair styles, and wear super cute, inexpensive sunglasses that won't leave you devastated if lost in the ocean. Billabong Cover-Up Dress (that i can't stop wearing) | H&M Straw Hat | Aj Morgan Sunglasses via ASOS | American Eagle Destroyed Denim Shorts | Billabong 'Kellie' Tribal Bikini | Modcloth Beach It To You Beach Bag | Fekkai 'Summer Hair' Beach Waves Spray | Scholl Berry White Leather Gladiator Sandals we also decided that we are going to start using Polyvore more often again to round up our favorite things for you. if you have a request of anything you would like to see in our next set, please leave them in the comments below. we would love to hear from you! xo n&e

Jul 26, 2012

in summer whites and mixed prints

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how awesome was yesterday's fashion filled post featuring the Pre-Fall Runway collection from BCBGMAXAZRIA? Lubov Azria's designs for the collection were inspired by the idea of the "romantic gypsy," resulting in looks so fitting for the upcoming transition from summer to fall. for lunch with Lubov we wore BCBGMAXAZRIA pieces (naturally) and embraced their spring/summer 2012 trends, including black and white and geometric prints.

Erika went for a summer whites look in a crochet mini dress and i went for a more structured look than i typically do, in a geometric top and printed trousers.  i'm really more than pleased with our shoe choices, sprinting through the city to catch happy hour with the girls was much more pleasant in wedges and booties.

side note - today is Erika's 22nd birthday (so make sure to wish her a hbd)! happy birthday to my sister, best friend, and better half. i couldn't survive without you and i am so proud of the beautiful, smart woman you are today. i love that we get to celebrate your birthday in the outer banks this time :) love you more than the world! XO natalie

on Erika | BCBGMAXAXRIA Crochet Dress | Levity Boots | ZARA Messenger Bag With Edging |
Marc Jacobs Sunglasses |Michael Kors Watch

| Stella & Dot Olivia Necklace | Michael Kors Watch | Tobi Sunglasses | Chanel Purse

Jul 24, 2012

BCBGMAXAZRIA Pre-Fall 2012 Preview & Luncheon

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last thursday erika and i had the privilege of previewing the BCBGMAXAZRIA Pre-Fall Runway collection before it hits stores this season. a luncheon event, filled with delicious food and amazing fashion, hosted by Amanda Polk and Capitol File Magazine in the Adour restaurant at the St. Regis Hotel in DC. it was the kind of thing you wish you could do everyday.

Lubov Azria, BCBGMAXAZRIA's leading lady and the Chief Creative Officer of BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, opened the event by clarifying the meaning of the term pre-fall, which is summer styles in fall colors (also meaning you don't have to wait until fall to start purchasing!). she then described her collection as a mixture of lingerie and active wear with an emphasis on movement and how the woman looks as she walks away. she really couldn't have described it better.

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everyone admiring Cuit's studded Christian Louboutins (Cuit is the man behind the social media of BCBGMAXAZRIA) DSC_0431 DSC_0439 DSC_0433

Lacey Maffettone of A Lacey Perspective was among the many fashionable guests DSC_0470 DSC_0493 DSC_0501

quickly, the room filled with color, texture, and movement
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each look was finished off with the Suspender Waist Belt or the Fringe Waist Belt,
which i think we can all agree that these are essential to our wardrobes
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the show's finale, this moto jacket, was by far a dream piece DSC_0593

a quick shot with the amazing Lubov. we can't remember what we were laughing about here, but we just love this picture. from personality to style, she was great. we are all wearing a bit of BCBGMAXAZRIA; us a top and dress, and Lubov is wearing a gown and harness belt. more of our outfit details will be posted tomorrow!

visit our Facebook album for the rest of our snaps from the event, which includes more looks from the Pre-Fall Runway collection as well as how Lubov styles her harness.

All guests received a swag bag filled with Phyto hair care products, Temptu Retouch blush, a BCBGMAXAZRIA bunny iPhone case, eau de parfume, and scarf wrap, as well as the most recent Herve Leger lookbook and Capitol File Magazine.

see more photos from the event on A Lacey Perspective and TPWP Guide

Jul 23, 2012

printed palazzo

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a pair of palazzo pants (previously known as wide legs) are a go-to when it comes to trendy fashion statements this summer. they give you that i'm totally trying but i'm secretly so damn comfortable look, especially with such a bold attention-grabbing tribal print like these have. clearly, that's the look i go for during road trips, as i wore them the day we drove to the beach. we decided the most appropriate time to wear a palazzo pant is when you need a comfy day outfit that can easily transition straight in to a fashionable going out outfit with just a quick change of flats to heels. we also decided that we love the full length baggy look, so keep it easy-breezy and pair your baggy palazzo pants with a baggy tee or blouse. if you are in the market for a pair of cute palazzo pants, south moon under has a great selection! or, you could even try a local vintage store and get yourself a pair of real, 1970's palazzo's.

Trouve Plain White Tee (a great basic) | Gracia Palazzo Pants | Zigi Soho Braided Sandals (similar) | Zara Mini Messenger Bag | Anthropologie Wallet

Jul 11, 2012

a jumpsuit

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the day i tried on this tribal print jumpsuit at South Moon Under, my hair also looked like this; messy and beachy and just the perfect look for an outfit like this. then erika said that i looked Jessa from "Girls" and the jumpsuit officially had to be mine. do you like my head-to-toe print look? i love a jumpsuit because it's a fun alternative to a summer dress. i think my boyfriend was inspired by my jumpsuit as well, he got all artsy while taking these pictures on the myrtle beach boardwalk. he's just too cute!

Black Tribal Jumpsuit | Zigi Soho Braided Sandals (old, but love these) | Zara Mini Shopper | Stella & Dot, Jewel My Heart Bracelets | Stella & Dot 'On the Mark' Necklace

Jul 6, 2012

vintage americana

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there's nothing more american than a vintage denim levis jacket, right? so, i thought today was an appropriote day to share the rest of this shoot, my theme was 'vintage americana glam.' would love to hear what you think! i have a new respect for models, it was hard work!

also, be sure to check out the photographer's website here to see the rest of his work and more pictures from our shoot.
and if you're ever in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, visit Something Old, Something New. it's my favorite vintage store!
happy fourth, guys! xx

Vintage Levis Denim Jacket via Something Old, Something New | Element Dress | Sam Edelman Pumps |
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Photography by Alexander Darvishian
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Jul 4, 2012