January 2013 - The Fashionably Broke

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

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

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



it's SO fun when we think about what an exciting year we had last year and we can only just imagine how much more fun we are going to have this year! we were given some amazing opportunities, had some unforgettable experiences and became more immersed than ever in a world that we love so much (the fashion world that is, duh). Erika graduated from VA Tech, we traveled, we met some new people and built some new, strong friendships. I turned a quarter century years old, we both learned a lot, took on new careers, and we achieved A LOT more than we ever could have imagined through this blog. I loved this past year... and it's a great feeling to be able to say that.


we've decided to share as much as we think you guys care about here on this blog (confession: sometimes we don't care if you care, we post it any ways [insert evil laugh here])! and after Erika and I made our style resolutions for the year, we decided to sit down and talk blog resolutions as well. we want to make this blog even better for you, so we thought the best way to do that was go straight to you and find out what you like and what you don't. so, now's your time to tell us how you really feel! what do you like about The Fashionably Broke? are you feeling that you can relate to this blog (this is something that's very, very important to us, so please be honest!)? is there something you'd like to see that you haven't yet? is our layout easy to read? one time we did a DIY, did you enjoy that? we need to know! and we really have no clue if any of you will even decide you care enough to respond, but we thought it was worth a shot. the worst that could happen? we could go back to doin' our thang. Yup, scary. ;)


so, specifically we'd love to know a) do you enjoy our personal outfit photos? is there anything beneficial we can add to them? b) do you like it when we post dual outfit posts (the two of us in one post)? c) is it boring or fun when we share photos from the events that we attend or host? d) would you like to see more photos from our personal lives? e) sometime's we get crazy and post music. do you listen? f) is it useful for you when we post outfit/shopping collages ? g) we started beauty how-to's, did you like that? we are even thinking of doing a video tutorial, what are your thoughts/feelings/emotions about that?

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when it comes to how we can improve this blog for you, those are the biggies that come to mind. but anyyyyyything you may (or may not) want to tell us, now's the time! well, you can tell us any time really, just do it here in the comments, you can email us, tweet us, write on our facebook wall, throw rocks at our window, whatever you please! but we want to make sure this year is better than the last (if that's possible) so we would love your help. in the mean time, enjoy some 2012 pictures! xx

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Jan 9, 2013

resolutions of style

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we made this to print and hang up on our inspiration board to remind us of style resolutions that we have made for ourselves this year (and just in time for NYFW shopping - eek!). as girls in our twenties, our styles are evolving - do you feel that way too? every day we wake up with either a new dream or a new pair of shoes. it's not only our life priorities, but our shopping priorities, that are ever-changing. we love having this blog to document that 'style journey' and may even use it as a way to check back in on ourselves and see how many of these resolutions we accomplish in a year. so stay tuned! what are your style resolutions? xx



T by Alexander Wang Linen & Silk Jersey Tee | Rag & Bone Pascal Jacket | Joe's Jeans Rolled Vintage | Alexander Wang Liya Ankle Strap Pumps | Betsy's Chunky Blue, Red & Turquoise Stone Mixed Shape Earrings

Jan 7, 2013