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Whether you are a wedding guest, attending an event or just want to look super dressed up for a night out, I’ve rounded up some of the best sites for inexpensive formal clothing and accessories!

1.) For Dresses: MUEE.com

To say that I am obsessed with formal dresses is the understatement of the year.  I have close to 20 hanging in my closet and honestly no where to wear them other than to weddings since I am no longer the age to attend prom or homecomings.  That being said, I continue to buy more because (let’s be real) I have a problem.  When I came across this site I was instantly in love.  MUEE is a global retailer that offers dresses for a variety of different occasions including evening dresses, wedding dresses, prom dresses, communion dresses, cocktail dresses, bridesmaid dresses and more.  The site features over 1,200 different styles, all which are customizable and incredibly affordable.  What I love about this company in particular, is that each dress is offered in almost any color imaginable.  I often find that when I’m looking for a dress elsewhere I always see cute ones that aren’t in the color that I want.  That is definitely not the case here!

Formal Dress

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Photos via MUEE.com

2.) For Shoes: DSW

I’ve gotten so many gorgeous pairs of shoes for weddings and events at DSW.  You can check out their selection of evening and wedding shoes here.  If the dress is simple I like to add some sparkle on my feet, but if my dress has a lot of embellishments I’ll choose a simpler shoe.

3.) For Jewelry: 16KT Beauty

Whether you are looking for something dainty or bold sparkling pieces, 16KT Beauty has you covered!  With prices as low as $5 it’s hard to resist buying everything.

Jewelry Collage

Photo via 16KT Instagram

4.) For Red Carpet Make-up: Camera Ready Cosmetics

This site has everything you need for a full night of glam!  Camerareadycosmetics.com carries makeup for use in professional makeup artist kits.  A.K.A. it’s likely that your favorite stars wear some of the brands that are featured here.  Some of my personal recommendations include RCMA (Ariana Grande has mentioned wearing this before on the set of Nickelodeon), Ben Nye and Cinema Secrets.  *Tip* this site also offers samples of many of the products, so you can try before you buy, which is especially helpful for getting the correct foundation color.

5.) For Hair Pieces: Etsy

This Etsy shop makes the cutest and most affordable hair pieces.  I’m particularly obsessed with this Gold Leaf Headband.

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Love,

Nicole ♡

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Coat: Target (similar) // Dress: Hollister Co. (similar) // Boots: DSW // Bag: ALDO // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Two weeks ago I attended NYFW for the first time!  I was so excited when I received an invitation to view Yuna Yang’s F/W 2017 collection.  The show took place at the Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea, Manhattan.  The clothes were absolutely stunning and it was so thrilling to be a part of the experience.  The feeling of walking down the street and seeing tons and tons of other bloggers and fashion lovers coming together in one place is indescribable.  Possibly just as beautiful as the runway ensembles were those of the attendees.  Many showed up having had their hair and makeup professionally done and the outfits were GORGEOUS.

The collection itself was titled ‘Lights in the Shadow’ and the clothes were really on point with my personal style.  There were lots of feminine pieces with lace and velvet including some printed dresses, beaded camisoles and floral bombers.  Light pieces were mixed with darker ones for a concept that “light shines brighter than darkness”.  One of my favorite looks featured a lace trench coat with matching lace pants.

You can see the full show in the video below!

 

Love,

Nicole

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There are a few fun things that I’ve wanted to share with you guys that I have been absolutely loving lately.  Between working a full-time job, blogging and trying to have a social life it’s nice to take some time to enjoy the little things.  I hope you try them and love them as much as I do!

Favorite Accessory:

These $10 Fashion Glasses

Umm yes…$10.  Need I say more?  You can see how I wore them in this Instagram post here and here.

 

Favorite Perfume:

Victoria Secret “Fabulous”

I first smelled it in the store and then ended up finding it brand new on Postmark for $15!  SCORE.  If you ever really love something, but not the price tag, make sure you search for it on Poshmark before you buy it.  You may end up getting it brand new for WAY less.

 

Favorite Jewelry:

My JORD Wood Watch (click here for a $25 e-gift code)

What I love about this watch is that it’s timeless, classic and really luxe looking.  I love pairing it with a sweater for that cozy meets couture look.  It also makes a really great Valentine’s Day gift for you or for someone special.  I’ve been wearing mine non-stop and have gotten so many compliments because the wood is so unique looking!

 

Favorite Book:

“Capture Your Style” By Aimee Song

I learned so many great Instagram tips from style blogger, Aimee Song in her new book.  Plus it looks really cute on a coffee table.  It’s normally $20.00 but it’s on sale right now for $12.00 on Amazon!

 

Favorite Concealer:

Makeup Forever Full Coverage Concealer

Yes I know this concealer is a little pricey, but it is the one makeup product that I continuously shell out the $$ for because it really is worth it.  It lasts all day and is the DEFINITION of full coverage.  Plus it never cakes.

 

Favorite Lip Product:

Kat Von D “Bow and Arrow”

I have been loving this shade OMG.  It is the perfect nude.  I tested it at Sephora and walked around the mall wearing it before I bought it.  I got two compliments while buying fro-yo and knew I had to go back for it.

 

Favorite Netflix Binge:

New Girl

It’s hilarious and the characters are absolutely adorable.

 

Favorite Movie:

Nerve

Was totally surprised by this one.  SO SO good.  It kept you guessing until the end.

 

Favorite Song:  

“Say You Won’t Let Go” KHS Cover Featuring Madilyn Bailey and Joshua Evans.

OMG.  I have no words.  This cover is perfect.

 

Favorite Nail Polish:

KIKO Nail Polish

Ridiculously inexpensive, lasts forever and 5-Free (a.k.a. ditches the 5 harsh chemicals found in most nail polishes) – Yep.  You need it.

 

//Giveaway Opportunity //

One lucky reader will receive $100 off any JORD watch of their choice and ALL entrants will receive an e-gift code for $25 off!  Click HERE to enter!

Love,

Nicole

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Jacket: Target // Top: Aeropastle (similar) // Jeans: Hollister Co. (similar) // Boots: Khombu (similar) // Hat: DressGal (similar) // Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters // Lipstick: MAC “Whirl”

There is one winter jacket that you need in your wardrobe and that’s this suede coat.  As you guys know, I’m no stranger to picking up an item or two in the kids section of Target (you can get some really cute and inexpensive buys there) and this piece is just that!  It’s an XL kids and under $20 right now.

If you are petite like me, it fits really well and the inside is lined with faux fur so it’s actually pretty warm.  If XL kids is not your thing, I’ve rounded up a whole bunch of adult-sized suede jackets for a similar price (this one is also $20)!

A suede jacket is warm enough to wear out, but it looks more fashionable than a basic winter coat which is why I love it.  It can be really hard to look cute when it’s cold because your outfit is always covered up under a big puffy jacket.  This is the perfect in-between.

What’s your favorite coat to wear in the winter?

Love,

Nicole

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Jeans: American Eagle (similar) // Top: Old Navy // Vest: Century 21 (similar) // Heels: ALDO (similar) // Bag: Century 21 (similar) // Lipstick: MAC “Ruby Woo”

Confession: I’ve really never met a pair of ripped jeans that I didn’t like.  Frayed denim is fun and eye-catching, and with the right pairings, can take any blah outfit from ordinary to exciting.  That’s why I’ve rounded up a few of the best style tips for wearing distressed denim.  There are no set in stone rules ever when it comes to fashion, but this is how I personally like to wear them and I hope that it gives you some ideas.  Get ready to get the most out of your not-so-basic jeans!

Tip #1: Add some contrast.

Soften the ruggedness with some feminine pieces.  In this particular look I chose to wear my pointed heels to give it that girly touch.

Tip #2: Wear a non-flowy top.

Distressed denim tends to have a slouchy look so I usually like to wear a tight top with it.  I find this makes the look appear more put together.  This one I’m wearing is actually just an inexpensive thermal from Old Navy.  They are SO cheap, look great with everything and are really warm in the winter.

Tip #3: Layer on more textures.

In this case I chose to add my faux shearling vest.  Layering different types of fabric to an already textured look gives it that instant glam factor (and is perfect for the fall and winter months).

Tip #4: Accessorize.

For even more glam add some sparkly accessories.  In this look my accessories were very minimal with simple rhinestone studs and a crossbody bag, but adding a statement necklace or some other bold pieces would really take it to the next level!

Tip #5: Don’t forget a bright lipstick!

I love to further accessorize with makeup.  Wearing a fun lipstick can add color where you are lacking (such as in this look where everything was very muted).  It’s often understandable that you don’t want to go color crazy with already crazy looking jeans (although sometimes I do).  A lipstick is a great way to add color without going overboard.

I’ve linked a whole bunch of really inexpensive distressed boyfriend jeans similar to the ones I’m wearing below like this one and this one so grab a pair for yourself!

What are your favorite style tips for distressed jeans?

Love,

Nicole