Yea or Nay: Dove Commericals

Recently,  Dove released a new ad as a part of its Real Beauty Campaign. Even though, I was one of the first bloggers to give Dove props for it’s well-meaning-but-overly- simplistic Evolution ad, the current onslaught of ads (called onslaught, pun intended), make me cringed. Am I the only one who feels a bit manipulated […]

Best Bras: Bra Tips for VERY Large Chested Women

Dear Budget Fashionista: I need some serious help! I have HUGE breast (44J) and I need help finding a good bra that fits. Answer:Figure Magazine recently wrote some great tips on finding a good bra if you cup “runneth over” which included, looking for spillage, focusing on wide straps, and making sure the middle section […]

What to Buy Fall 2007: Wet Seal

For many of us, Wet Seal is much like Forever 21—great in budget theory, but in practice? Pick your problem: too young, too trendy, sketchy quality. Still, if you know what to look for, it can make sense to pick up a piece or two—just forget buying workwear or adding wardrobe staples here. Instead, think […]

Fall Trend Alert: The Big Black Belt

Credit: Ariane K. on Flickr This fall, you don’t have to be a martial arts expert to rock the power of a black belt. Vogue loves it this month, and a bevy of celebs are sporting the look. Which might not mean much, except it really is striking—and that’s why we like it. In a […]

Ankle Wallets by SCRAM, er, I mean Chanel

Noted recently around the blogosphere: ankle wallets, featured in the Spring ‘08 Chanel show and speculated to have been inspired by SCRAM ankle monitors donned in recent months by certain high-profile bad girl celebs. One wonders if Lindsey Lohan, who’s been known to buddy up with Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld, really has this much power. Perhaps […]

Fashion Advice: Plus Size Fashion in New York

Dear Budget Fashionista, Where can I find great plus size fashion in New York City on a budget? Is that even possible? A: The plus size budget pickin’ in New York City are few and far between.  You can try Century 21 (which has a so-so women’s department) and Daffy’s (which has an okay selection […]

Fall Trend Alert: Equestrian Chic

Net-a-Porter reports that “chic equestrian” is all the rage, featuring “traditional garb with a twist,” as well as hoof-and-stirrup details. Okay, so we didn’t like the jodhpurs, but the equestrian look? It’s a big—maybe. Actually, it’s a do, but only assuming you do it right. Think inspired-by, not heading-to-the-stables. Here’s how it can work—pick a […]

Ann Taylor Adds a Beauty Line

Ann Taylor is branching out, adding a beauty line to her already bountiful offerings just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy. We like Ann Taylor for her willingness to admit that real folks like good fashion, too (evidenced in her Loft division, which isn’t quite as budget as we’d love but definitely a step […]