I really have to stop shopping! Fortunately, when I do, it is on a budget, and usually for a good reason. There was a major cold snap here and the snowing started, so I had to buy a few more essentials for my winter collection.

Now, I've never been a hater of Ugg boots. And I'll admit, a lot of the time I never fall for trends immediately, and sometimes not until years after they're popular. Once I tried my first pair of Uggs, I was forever hooked. Unfortunately my last pair did not survive Winter 2009, so I had to buy a new pair.

Imitation sheep skin "Classic Ugg" Style Boots
Value Village, $14.99
(buy the real thing here)

Now, I love these boots so much that as soon as I'd paid for these, I wished I'd bought another pair. However, I decided to wait, and that money will eventually go towards these:

Classic Crochet "Cardy Ugg" Style Boots
$25.99, Walmart
(buy the real thing here)

Though to my dismay, both Value Village and Ugg are selling silver and gold sequin boots, and they look awful. Really. They remind me of space boots.

Crocheted Fingerless Sleeved Gloves
Value Village, $4.99

Crocheted Military-Button Fingerless Sleeved Gloves
Value Village, $5.99
(mine are black, and the sleeves extend to the elbow)

I am also loving (gasp!) legwarmers. I can't remember ever being this into knits. First it was the sweaterdress, then gloves and now (and for about the last year) its legwarmers.

Knit Cord "Pom" Legwarmers
Walmart, $4.99

An assortment of legwarmers I found and love.

Rockstar & Tutu, $10.00

Leg Avenue "Spat" Legwarmers With Button Side

StraightRazorSlasher (Etsy), $34.00

Sequin Winter Knit Beret
Ardene, $9.99

I fell for the knit beret after seeing them for several years of winters on Gossip Girl. These berets have been seen on Jessica Szohr, Taylor Momsen, Fergie, Rihanna, Hilary DuffNina Dobrev, Cameron Diaz and Taylor Swift. It is worn best with loose, flowy hair or loosely pulled back hair.

Wet 'N Wild Wildshine Nail Lacquer in "Sparked"
Walmart, $2.47
(tip, this looks great layered over the Sinful Colors "Just You Wait" and worn with Hard Candy's "Roller Derby" eye pencil, both featured in this previous post).

Shiseido Fuschia Lipstick
London Drugs, $20.99
(I am still really loving the look of bright pink lips with black liquid eyeliner and a bare lid. New York Color makes a near-identical shade for a tenth of the price- but it doesn't have the staying power of the Shiseido lipstick.)

MAC, $14.50
(WANT! This color is nearly identical to the recently released "Pink 4 Friday" lipstick made for M.A.C. by Nicki Minaj, here).

Walmart, $5.99

Ardene "Tangerine" Eyeshadow
Ardene, $4.99

Ardene "Rock Star" Eyeshadow
Ardene, $4.99
(pictured is Kat Von D's Eyeshadow Duo, also called 'Rock Star')



As I mentioned in a previous post, I am absolutely loving the sweaterdress. I first fell for them in the winter of 2007 when I spotted someone wearing a white v-neck sweaterdress with nude leggings and ugg-styled boots. Sorry- but I am one of the few that actually likes boots- and I've sported a pair of uggs before- black- and I loved them very much! They weren't immediately fashion forward, but they were very comfortable, and the acceptance that, for once, comfort had a solid foothold in the fashion world, made them ever so much more alluring to me. For the record, I wish I was brave enough to wear this Gaga-inspired number, but it is a little too cutting-edge for me.

Anyway, I digress. These are some of my top picks for sweaterdresses this fall/winter.

Boston Proper; $19.99 (Reg. $109, on sale)

John Patrick Organic; Price TBA

Banjo & Matilda; $555
For the record, if you can find this style in a nice wool blend, I would definitely fight for it. Affordable fashion is something I truly believe in. Though there is merit to the convenience of "renting" brand clothes and accessories, I'd rather have a person spend that rental money on a lesser brand that is affordable. I love it when big name designers lend their talents to chain labels (i.e. Miley/Max for Wal-Mart).

hipsterchic.com; $69
I love argyle! Especially when it utilizes new shapes and bright colors!

Soundgirl and Mortimer Sweaterdress; $59
I love the delicate v detail on the neckline and the cinching waist. The detail at the neck gives the illusion of a plunging neckline with a more demure and feminine cut, and the cinched waist gives the skirt a nice pleated detail.

Victoria's Secret; $59 (Reg $78, on sale)

JimmyJazz; $39.99 (Reg. $128.00 on sale)

Banjo & Matilda; $504.00
Proceeds from the sale of this dress go towards the End Fistula Campaign.

Victoria's Secret; $79 (Reg. $88 on sale)
I used to have a buckle-wrap sweater like this, though it was not dress-length, it was one of my favorite pieces. I eventually parted with it because I felt it was too bulky at the top and was unflattering because of its shape. But this dress is made of a much thinner fabric blend that is sleek, and the length pulls any bulk out of the garment, cinching at the waist and giving a flattering shape.

Victoria's Secret; $49 (Reg. $68 on sale)
This dress was featured on our sister site, Odds, Ends and Adornments last year. But I am still as in love with this piece as I was last year, and felt it deserved to be revisited. This is a very flirty, extremely sexy, but completely classic dress that will never go out of style.

Another trend I'm falling for is the shift dress. It's classy, it's dead sexy, but with a demure twist that is a definite tease.

Victoria's Secret; $79 (Reg. $88, on sale)

Boston Proper; $179
This piece has a peekaboo back with keyhole button detail.

Victoria's Secret; $78
I've fallen out of love with the cleavage obsession (side cleavage is the new decolletage) and in love with the bare back. The lower the back on a dress (without showing any bum) the better. Thank Kate Hudson and Hilary Swank for it.

Nordstrom; $8.98
These were spotted on Taylor Swift, also. But what I love about these is not just the lacy pattern, which is really popular, but that the pattern changes on the thigh, giving an impression of sexy thigh-highs and garters, without all the fuss!

Keep checking back for updates! Our next post? Peekaboo back details. I love 'em!



Hey everyone! As you may know, I am a big fan of window shopping. It keeps your eyes current, you get a good idea of what the trends are (but not the ones that are like wildfire and will get old, boring and cliche too soon) and where the good deals are. Today at the mall, they were putting out all the new clothes for the winter season and putting last season's clothes into clearance. I love clearance shopping- even if you are a season behind, a lot of the time last season yielded some unpopular styles that will likely be in fashion next year- finding classic pieces that are always popular are a surefire way to get great deals for next year. Also, I like to decide for myself what I like and what I don't- some trends last for years in slow growing popularity.

Anyhow- I was in Winners, and found some fabulous loot!

Steve Madden Wool Military Jacket
Winners; $79.99

I've been loving the military jacket trend for quite some time now. I think it may have been the use of military button style coats (a la Sgt Pepper) used by Coldplay and Britney Spears in recent years; though I like them less embellished than that. And I have had a growing love of pea coats since last winter, but ones that fell about mid-thigh, just above the knee and were fitted at the waist. My first had a cinching belt there, but I disliked the bisecting aspect of the belt and often didn't use it. Military pea coats look more tailored and sleek.

Statement eyes. Eyes are always my favorite thing to highlight, and I prefer the look of a nude lip most of the time- it has the allure of the morning after. However, one of the great things about a light lid and eyeliner is that it looks really great with a nude lip, or with a statement color. I'm still sort-of trapped in my matte pink phase (I'm using a great purple-pink shade from Shiseido- a huge splurge on my part, though NYC sells a similar shade for a tenth of the price). Deep to dark reds are very popular this fall, though I would reserve them for evening use- they're a little much for daytime wear.

Maybelline Eye Studio 24hr Liquid Eyeliner
Walmart; $9.99

Now, not to seem biased, but sleek hair has been in for quite some time, and while I am a huge fan of that trend (it eliminates so much of the work and somehow always looks fabulous) my fondness is waning. This is the one time I actually like sleek hair. On longer hair, lately it feels too artificial, and really is more time consuming. At the moment, I have shoulder length curly hair, though I usually keep my hair about chin length- because it is so much work. However, I am really loving curly hair right now! Here are my top picks for fall:

A la Phantom of the Opera, I have always loved Emmy Rossum's sculpted curls, especially when they were not pulled into a 'do of any kind. Sculpted, but left free and wild to roam where they may. The sculpted curls look sophisticated, while leaving them to free movement lets them look more natural and sexy.

Drew Barrymore's short do, with ringlets is exactly the kind of hair I love. Though the hair itself is sort-of big, it reminds me of the kind of style you'd see on Mad Men- cute but sexy- and I love it.

For wavy hair, I really like the tousled rocker look. I've never been a fan of bangs, but I'm really starting to fall in love with them, used right. I think it started with my Bettie Paige obsession- but the more textured and choppy the look, with more layers, the better. When you wake up in the morning, throw in a little styling mousse, and nobody will be the wiser.

The french braid! This look is almost always reserved for summer, especially with hair that is left down. But I love it in updos for fall, especially when they are used in new and interesting ways, that still look natural.

Until next time!