Brocade Babes

I know you’re not supposed to give a woman’s age but after a point, it’s more of an honor than a faux pas. With that said, my grandmother is a young and vibrant 72 years old who has lived through decades of fashion eras. I say this to say, the apartment she’s lived in for almost as many decades is an arsenal of several fashion trends .
For years, looking through my grandmothers library of fashionable pieces: fur, silk and thick cashmere were signs of richness. Right up there with brocade.  And for years, regardless of it’s intricate details, thick fabrics and great prints, I skipped past the pieces made of fabrics usually reserved for curtains, pillows, throws, lamp shades or decorative duvets. You know, home decor.

In this day and age, when it’s the era of mixed prints and opulence, everyone is ready to look rich in brocade.

 

Here’s how you can become a brocade babe the cheap chic way:

$106

$62

$31

$69

$80

$97

$55

$32
Best riches!

xx Nastasia

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A Collar Makes Me Holla, Honey Boo Boo!

So, I promised fall trends and I never break promises! Of course collars have been a big thing for a while. But for the most part, the best collars have been super expensive or DIY’s.

However, these days, our fave cheap chic shops have collars for us.

 

 

 

 

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This is a trend we all know and love, right? We’re not surprised or happy to find this out. I mean that’s so 2011, right? This is true. These necklace collars are fun but they’ve been around for quite a while. Well, this trend is only growing. Now, the biggest collar trend are real embellished and statement collars. Yes, you can find fun shirts with cool collars. But what if I told you that your plain t-shirts and sweaters could join in on the fun.

Yep, detachable statement collars are new thing. You can add them on top of collared shirts for a layered look or to cover the boring collar all together. You can add them to sheath dresses, t-shirts, sweaters or turtlenecks.

The best thing about buying cheap and making it chic is finding one of a kind pieces. That’s why I love Etsy. Here are a couple of collars you won’t find anywhere else:

 

 

 

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$24

 

Keep shopping one of a kind collars on Etsy here or here.

 

xx Nastasia

Smearing Oxblood!

To my dismay, Fall is upon us! While I am not excited at the idea of cold weather, I am excited to layer my summer clothes and incorporate boots and sweaters. Also, with the Fall comes trends we’ve been waiting to wear since February. I’m going to give you a run down of the hottest, or in this weather, the coolest Fall ’12 trends.

This time, we’ll talk OXBLOOD!!

   

 

I’ve been waiting almost all year to paint my lips in a matte vampy lipstick like Selena circa the 90’s. But before I knew it, Oxblood was the color of the season and it was about wearing it in every facet; from shirts to shoes to pants to jackets. Here’s a few ways you can incorporate Oxblood into your wardrobe for under $100!

 

This shirt is awesome because the sheer allows you the chance to add colors and the embellished collar is right on trend.

 

 
$38

 

This sweater is a nice sweater for the weather. I’m really loving the crew neck, which can be embellished with collars or bib necklaces or it can be worn in it’s most organic state.

 

 

 

 

$29

 

This sweatshirt is a great way to bring this high fashion trend into super casual wear. The spikes are an incredibly fun detail that you can work into a more styled outfit or with sweatpants and Nike house shoes.

 

 

 

$38

 

This dress is fun. It can be worn super simple or dressed all the way up. The cutouts are on trend and sultry while the flowing skirt allows a bit of innocence and fun.

 

 

 

 

$55

 

These Corduroy skinnies are perfect for the season. It gives great texture, perfect fabric for the colder weather and a great shape for layering silhouettes.

 

 

 

 

$60

 

This tailored blazer makes for an amazing outfit toppers. Over a monochromatic outfit or mixed with prints, or simply over a tee and jeans, it’s perfect for this weather. And when it gets colder, you can later it over a hoodie or a jean jacket which is a new fun trend to try.

 

 

 

 

$30

 

I’m in love with parka’s… I think they are comfy, warm and along the lines of hipster chic. In this color, it’s more chic than anything else.

 

 

 

 

$73

 

Flat shoes with a pointy toe is so on trend. In this oxblood color with the gold tip, it is chic, trendy and can be worn with a variety of outfits.

 

 

 

 

$79

 

These Isabel Marant inspired sneaker-wedges are all the rage these days. And there down to $40 from $65.

 

 

 

 

$40

 

I’m a high heel girl, so I had to find a beautiful pump in this oxblood color. These are great with several outfits; the embellishment can be fun or fancy; and you can wear them with tights or socks for the colder weather. AND guess what?? It’s $40 down from it’s original $100.

 

 

 

 

$60

 

Of course you just can not forget the beauty products. Use Oxblood colors on either your nails or your lips or be a true vixen and wear it on both! I have several choices I love. These two are just one of the picks for lips and nails.

 

 

 

 

$11

 

 

 

 

 

$8

 

Or be a trailblazer like the ultimate trendsetter, Rihanna and wear the oxblood hair!

 

xx Nastasia

Good Day Columbus!

Good Day Columbus was definitely a good morning! Assisting as Columbus’ Lead Cheap Chic Stylist to the talented Fashion Stylist/ Shopping Expert Jess Zaino, was literally a whirlwind of fun and full of cheap, chic fashion finds. The most amazing of finds was the “pharmacy look” that Jess purchased from a Walgreens and CVS on Rt. 71, not only blew my mind but everyone’s in the studio!

With the perfect white tank and the most gorgeous floral printed skirt…it just screamed chic! Next time your running in for some mascara, check out the clothing! The other two looks were just as amazing.

The Miss Tina by Tina Knowles for Walmart (yes, as in Beyonce’s Mom) collection is to die. The leopard printed top (which is something I HAVE to buy), to the dark washed denim, was sleek, sexy, and was polished off sweetly with a black ballet flat, also from Walmart.

The grand finale though was the infamous summer dress that you love so much you want to wear year round! With a cobalt blue tight, black blazer that everyone needs because of its versatility, and an ankle boot all from Target, it was spot on for the fashionable and trendy girl. Throw on some affordable jewelry, “more is more,” as Jess says, and you are a cheap, chic girl.

xx Revae

Cheap Chic Shopping Makes It Mo’ Better

This morning I had the pleasure of partaking in a Cheap Chic Shopping segment for Better TV. I had met host, Audra Lowe previously at a party, and both she and I couldn’t get enough of sharing steals and deals that we’ve found over the years, so reconnecting with her on set was a blast!

I featured three Cheap Chic Shopping looks modeled by “actual clients, “real girls” if you will, as Cheap Chic Shopping is for everyone, not just the professional models you normally see on-air. One of the models, may even be a bridesmaid of mine… who am I kidding? Meg, a hairstylist at Salon V in the  East Village, was bold and brave enough to rock the pharmacy chic look, which YES! came from the pharmacy. Including the $1 shoes, and polka-dot beer cooler I repurposed as a clutch for $2.50.

I had originally purchased Yuri’s shirt at H&M for $20 but on the way to the fitting, I found a similar dark denim button-down from a street vendor for $3!!? Of course, I negotiated that down to $2 matched with the $15 Old Navy dark denim, which topped the outfit out at $17!?

Rounding out the group of Cheap Chic cuties was Danielle. She loved her yellow, floral Summer dress so I made sure to refresh it for Fall with a fantastically rock glam leather-like jacket for $19 and tights I scored for $3 in the bargain bin. Her awesome booties, complete in trendy taupe for Fall with side fringe was $14 at my secret Soho spot. Come shopping on tour with me to find out more about that.

As for the segment, it airs next Wednesday, August 15. Click here to locate time and listings.

xo, Jess

Taxi TV Goes Cheap Chic Shopping!

Hola Cheap Chicers! Did you miss me??

I have been working some long days and sneaking in some fun! A little mix of both came to me in an opportunity to be taped while Cheap Chic Shopping for ABC.

Last week, we met at our favorite Soho haunt and found amazing outfits for our three ladies! Of course, we fished through the sales racks to find a beautiful maxi dress for Jeny and pulled the outfit together with a cheap jean jacket and perfect accessories. We were excited to find a classic outfit for Tracy in a Soho boutique. The awesome classic white denim and chambray shirt were made trendy and exciting with pops of color in the purse and belt. Lastly, we taught the women how to make any outfit instantly chic with a trip to street vendors with cool sunglasses, hats and scarves. With the addition of a colorful printed scarf and cheap aviators, our clients took their tshirts to a completely new look with $10.

The girls were so very excited and the shooting crew were impressed. Jess and I had so much fun, as usual, picking out the cheapest finds and making them chic. Check us out on Taxi TV!

xx Nastasia

Cheap Chic J.Lo

Having just turned 24 last month, I am someone who was young enough to be interested in American Idol and old to know when it became a horrible show I’d never watch again, until last season. Last season brought one special reason to tune in again:

1.Steven Tyler.

And two things kept me watching the entire season, and this one.

1. The amazing caliber of talent in the contestants across the board that American Idol has not possessed, ever.

2. Jennifer Lopez’s outfits.

Before AI, I was not blind to the fact that J. Lo has amazing style and I continuously stalked her outfits. But now, it just makes it easier. (LOL)

Anyway, Jennifer wore an amazing Day-Glo outfit to a Brazilian talk show and yours truly found the perfect cheap chic alternative to the $1,995 Michael Kors dress and $740 Casadei pumps.

You’re Welcome 😉

Topshop $140

 

Betsey Johnson $109

xoxo Nastasia

Last Night at the Bloglovin’ Awards

I had the great pleasure of co-hosting the 2012 Bloglovin’ Awards last night at the Edison Ballroom in NYC. Bloggers from around the globe, from Style Bubble to Sh*t Fashion Girls Say, descended on the award show, in style to fete the online fashion elite.  Olivia Palermo was named newcomer of the year, while theManRepeller’s Leandra Medine scooped the gong for blogger of the year. I wore a Shoshanna cocktail dress from her 2012 resort collection with a Stuart Weitzman heel and bathed in Stella and Dot accessories. Want my look for less?

Love, Jess xx

Get Pippas Fave Pieces for Our Fave Prices!

One thing I love is a lady who knows how to make the most of her wardrobe! The Middleton sisters have become known for wearing pieces more than once! Pippa, though has found numerous ways to wear her fave pieces in different settings from casual to office wear and adds fun to each outfit!

Her red flats and matching messenger bag have become a staple, get these options for cheaper and copy her looks to make them last outfit after outfit!

 

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XX Nastasia

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might Have the Wish I Wish Tonight

February of 2011, Dolce & Gabbana sent stars down the runways, not the celebrity type, but dresses filled with the print. That didn’t stop the celebrity type from gobbling it up, though. All summer, the newsstands were filled with star clad celebs posing for fashion spreads and the streets were filled with them, too.

Although it’s a brand new year and a brand new season, the star trend is easily transferable. Layer you’re look, add your own style and embrace the edgy!

Here are some choices that are fun and chic but affordable!

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Yours,

Nastasia