January 2013 - The Fashionably Broke

Our friend, the weather.

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Saks Cashmere Turtleneck (old, similar), Forever21 Skirt (in love with this one), Quicksilver Jacket, JustFab Booties, Street Level Studded Convertible Clutch, Sephora Cream Lip Stain

if you live in DC, or anywhere else that it's been snowing for like the past week, you are probably wondering how and why is she wearing a skirt? I will tell you that these pictures are old but they just make me happy right now because I am freezing! isn't it funny how we let the weather dictate our style sometimes? not cool. unless it's warm and sunny, then it's totally fine!

hoping it clears up a bit this week. I'm off to New York on Tuesday for a fun project but I'm not going to lie, I'm traveling alone, which I am not really a fan of. so, follow along on our instagram and leave me some sweet notes so that I don't actually like I'm traveling alone, kay?!

Happy Monday, loves! It's a new week to try something different! xx

Jan 28, 2013

Electronic Fashion

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Between our passion for music and this blog, electronics are also a big part of our lives, and our style. my newest tech friendly accessory is the I’m Watch. I'm Watch is the first smartwatch that utilizes Bluetooth technology to connect to iPhone and Android-based smartphones to make calls and send text messages, e-mails, notifications, music, agendas, pictures and other apps directly to your wrist. It's ergonomically designed and has amazing features, like an extra-high resoluton, HD touchscreen. And it's like - best idea ever.

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If you're like us, then you're totally tech obsessed and have a mild panic attack every day around 5 PM when your iPhone dies and you still have to make it through the rest of the night. So, if you are like us, then you will love this watch. My I'm smartwatch is now my back-up phone; it's battery life lasts two days (insane). And not only is it useful, but it's fashionable too (hello!). Let's be honest for a second - we usually wear watches as an acessory (I can check the time on my phone, thank you). But this is a watch that you not only buy and wear because of your superb fashion sense, but because it's actually useful too. The design is super cute and comes in three different collections to choose from (loving the options); The Color Collection - which comes in eight different colors, the Tech Collection - a collection that includes I’m Tech Titanium and I’m Tech Carbonium, and the Jewel Collection - my favorite, which includes gold and silver and diamond detailing.

Which is your favorite? Would you wear it for work or play - or both?
Currently, we are loving it for life in general!

Want to know more about the I'm Watch? See below! Or visit their website here!


I’m, the Italian company that designed and launched the world’s first real smartwatch in 2012 premiered the launched of the new version of I’m Watch at the world’s most important event dedicated to technology, electronics, design and innovation; the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas on Tuesday January 8, 2013.

This is a sponsored post, but as always, the views expressed are all of our own.

Jan 25, 2013

Two of each, please!

black and white


1. H&M Dress 2. Alexander Wang Alla Wedge 3. Wall Art Frame 4. Kelly Wearstler Slither Sweater 5. Rag & Bone Paneled Leggings 6. A.J Morgan Retro Round Sunglasses 7. BCBG Max Azria Zip-Around Wallet 8. Topshop Katz Cut Out Strap Shoes 9. Sparkle & Fade Pencil Skirt 10. CB2 Button-Up Pillow

we can't get enough of black and white for spring 2013. as we prepare for new york fashion week (prepare = shop) in February we think back to when we saw the spring collections come down the runway in September and can't help but be drawn to all of the black and white. whether it be bold stripes, geometric shapes, or abstract prints, we want it all. two of each, that is. but this really isn't unlike our normal dressing behavior, let's be honest. please refer to here, here, here, oh, and here for examples.

I also couldn't resist including some home decor because we (my boyfriend and I) are moving soon into a beautiful, new condo that I can't wait to decorate! if you have any home decor websites that you love, please share them with me!

so, what spring trend are you most excited to fill your closet with? what would you like to see us take for a test drive? xx

Jan 24, 2013

Body Armor

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Truly Madly Deeply Shirt, La Petite Marmoset Vintage Blazer, Chevron Body Chain by Sultry Affair c/o Kate, American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans (lovely J Brand Pair), Alexander Wang 'Kim' Boots, Zara Handbag,
Stella & Dot Arrow and Fox Necklaces

I have been wanting to try out body armor ever since a saw it on... Shark Tank. Bet you didn't think I was going to say that! If you don't know, it's a show about entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to some very powerful (and wealthy) investors. But yes, I watch Shark Tank, and a while back they had two girls on (which I think were sisters, and sister business partners are always a win in my book) that created a line of body armor jewelry (which I think was one of the very first ones) and I thought that it was pure GENIUS. this chevron, body chain is such a sexy, edgy compliment to my baggy, boyfriend jeans and preppy-profesh blazer, don't you think?

my friend Kate remembered that I said I loved this one and so she sent it to me; um, hello, you're awesome! I love a thoughtful friend that pays attention to detail. so, thanks again, Kate! and anyone out there reading, feel free to send your fashionably broke sista more jewels because you know I love 'em. ;)

Jan 23, 2013


and here's a little bit of nifty info about the lipstick I was wearing in our last post:


it's called 'Moscow,' and by Radiant Cosmetics. and (swear) it was a total coincidence that I wore it to a Russian restaurant (note: I just enjoy a dark lip color when I'm wearing black and neutrals). Radiant Cosmetics is so awesome and you must know that they donate 20% of their profits to anti-trafficing organizations in an effort to end human trafficing - way cool. and as a part of National Human Trafficking Awareness Monthand, Radiant has launched their 'Kiss Slavery Goodbye Lipstick' campaign, where for every lipstick sold in January, they will donate a lipstick for outreach projects to current victims of human trafficking as well as survivors.

so learn more and shop the beautiful shades you see below here!

Jan 18, 2013

mari vanna dc


so, this wednesday was awesome.
and wow, was my hair big.
and no, we didn't coordinate our outfits.

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and then the night ended like this:


our wednesday night at Mari Vanna DC with Carlis and Katya of SpicyCandyDC was so irresponsible fun. we truly felt like we had taken a trip to Russia for a night. I kept forgetting where I was, or why, or that I had work the next morning (woof). there was escargot, Russian vodka, a crepe station, authentic decor down to every detail, an accordionist, disco balls, dancing, and champagne bottles on fire - everything a girl can ask for on a Wednesday.

Erika was wearing a cut-out dress from Forever21 (similar one here from ASOS), Wang boots (perfect for dancing) and her RVCA jacket. I was wearing Blank jeans, a Trouve blouse, with a poncho over top and JustFab boots. JustFab is like a scavenger hunt; SO fun once you figure the prize, which in this case is black ankle booties with mesh cut-outs. two words: me, ow.

Images 1,2,3,5,6,7,8 by John Robinson
Image 4 by Travis Vaughn
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a cloudy day

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my sunshine on a cloudy day (and it's been raining for like five days straight so I really need it at this point)? Erika in her tilt heel, Wang boots and a tight, high-waisted skirt. I mean, I am just so proud to be this girl's sister. I can tell you, she gets more beautiful every day. and sometimes, when going through these pictures for a post, I have to do a double take because I swear I think it's me. so, as my older sister duties permit, I would like to take some sort of credit for her beauty. I didn't really intend for her to surpass me, but as long as one of us can be a tall, lean, model-like, beauty, I can die happy. ;)

and I don't know why or how but Alexander Wang just does so much right, all the time. the 'Anouk' boot she's wearing also comes in a rose-gold outlined, tilt heel now too. who thinks of this type of amazingness?

Forever21 Tee (similar from F21) | Topshop Midi Tube Skirt via Nordstrom | DeNada Hooded Scarf
Alexander Wang 'Anouck' Boots | Street Level Bag via South Moon Under (on sale now!)

Jan 16, 2013

fashion killa

if you're a fashion killa, you will appreciate this song. this song makes me smile my giddy, shopoholic smile :)
hope you're having a beautiful day xx

speaking of Alexander Wangs, did you see my latest post?

Jan 15, 2013

shoe shopping

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I'm sure there is some mathematical formula that says if you make "x" amount of money, you probably shouldn't buy shoes over "x" dollars. and I'm pretty sure I didn't follow that equation when I bought my first pair of Wang's (and neither did Erika, but more on that in another post). but they're b e a u t i f u l and perfect and they cover two of our style resolutions; to collect black boots and to splurge on basics. so, sometimes it's necessary to break the rules. full outfit post to come when I finally get to share a fun project I've been working on with Diet Dr. Pepper!

Alexander Wang 'Kim' Boot

black & white

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have you shopped Topshop at Nordstrom yet? Erika did while in San Francisco and she came home with these pants, among a few other things. their color(s) and geometry is going to transition beautifully into spring. black and white is classic, but throw in some studs and cute puppies and you get classic Natalie and Erika. and, when in doubt, we love to let the bra show; also trending for spring 2013!

Zara Blouse | Topshop Colorblock Pants via Nordstrom | Streetlevel Bag | JustFab Boots
Gorjana Taner Necklace | Stella & Dot Bracelets

Jan 14, 2013

middle sister


what if we had a middle sister? would we be best friends with her too? would I still be the old grandma sister that can't stay up as late and always worries about the others? or maybe she would be way cooler than the both of us? doubt it. either way, I think Erika & I are glad it's just the two of us. three of us could be dangerous, right? and I clearly would have a break down if the two of them were closer to each other than they were with me. NOT happening. so, we'll just let wine be the third sister that we never had. we party with "her" all the time anyways.

and thanks so much for the feed back this week guys.
overall, it sounds like you guys just love us for us - and that's awesome :)

"just keep doing you. Readers will come and go, the good ones stay. the engaging ones stay. that's what matters."

"I really like it when you do dual outfit posts, it makes your blog unique. And yes please to more DIY's!"

"I think you keep doing your own thing and F what everyone else thinks. we love your blog because its about you 2!"

and my personal favorite:
(my best friend's mom took the time to write me the best email, full of her thoughts about my blog)

"You make me think about the unexplored possibilities that exist in all of our closets - yet untapped and jumping to get out and be worn in a new way. Keep including your friends in your shoots... Love the narrative as you talk through a look, a story (like where you got your piece from your grandmother), what it reminds you of, where you've been, how you captured the look, glamping is my new favorite word - and exactly how I feel."

isn't she the best?

have a beautiful weekend everyone!

Jan 11, 2013

a green coat

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lately I have been so inspired by and infatuated with army green coats that I have found so many that I want need to own. and don't worry - you will be addicted too now, if you aren't already are. it's a color that (surprisingly?) goes with everything. I finally found one that I loved, I bought it, and it's silly but now I find that all of my other coats aren't as appealing to me. hmm? I think it's love.

army green coats

I also decided to lay out this post in a way that things happen in my mind, from inspiration to purchase. usually, I see beauty in something somewhere, and then later, that something has influenced something I buy. I'm a very inspired shopper. the first jacket up there is the one that I currently own. it has a shearling lining (so warm) and the sleeves zip off into a vest (even better). the second one is more of a cargo styled jacket. I love it's drawstrings and oversized lapels. and the third I love for it's structure and trendy, leather sleeves; all great options.

oh, and then there's this. which makes me only want to wear white coats for the rest of my life. ah-mazing!


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Coats 1, 2, 3

Jan 10, 2013