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Catherine Brock

Catherine Brock

As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine,, Refinery29, and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.

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What Ever Happened to Plus-Size Line Pure Energy?

As fashionistas, we see the rise and fall of so many labels that play in the budget space. Just when we grow fond of a line we can get at Target or Walmart, it...
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Moto + Printed Sweater for Everyday; Under $75

Outfit specs: Occasion: Every day Body type: Slim, athletic build Budget: Under $75 Pieces: Faux Fur Trim Moto from Forever21, $28 Octavia Printed Sweater, $17
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For the Office Holiday Party; Under $75

Outfit specs: Occasion: Office holiday party Body type: Petite, pear-shaped Budget: Under $75 Pieces: Polka dot wrap dress from ASOS, $55 Druzy necklace from Target, $16 Add basic black pumps from your closet
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How to Face the Holiday Party Season in Style

Take a deep breath ladies, because holiday party season is almost here. Whether you celebrate with coworkers, sports moms, long-lost cousins or neighbors, the back-to-back party scene can wear you down — to the...
Women fighting over a pair of black heels

5 Black Friday Alternatives That Are Good for the Soul

I have a confession to make, and it’s a doozy. I don’t shop Black Friday. I don’t get up at 4am, I don’t wait in line anywhere, and I definitely wouldn’t fight someone for...
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The Iconic Label Born at the Family’s Kitchen Table

When you think of a Mulberry bag, you likely think of words like timeless and classic. You’re 100% correct on both counts — the storied brand is one of the world’s most iconic. Founded...
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How To Support Breast Cancer Awareness This October

It’s that time of year again — Breast Cancer Awareness Month happens every October, and it’s a reminder that we each have the capacity to help fight this terrible disease. Fortunately, the fashion and...
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How to Find Wide Calf Boots + Top Picks

Dear Budget Fashionista, I really need your help. Even though I wear a clothing size 12, I have VERY wide calves (plus size—about the size of someone who wears a size 16 to 18)....
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Mom Break! 5 Ways to Pamper Yourself When Kids Go Back to Class

Summer break is crawling its way to an end, and you’re getting antsy to shuttle the kids back to school. Whether your summer days have been spent checking junior into swim lessons, hosting play...
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Beauty Supplements: Are They Worth It?

As if we didn’t have enough lotions and serums promising all manner of beauty benefits, supplements have entered the scene as the young starlet of the industry. They offer the intriguing promise of illustrious...
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Nickel Free Jewelry on a Budget

Dear Budget Fashionista, I am very sensitive to metallic jewelry (I think it’s a nickel allergy), but I want to wear jewelry. I’m not allergic to gold, but it’s expensive and tends to be...
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Snub the Swimwear Trends with These Fun Styles

Swimwear trends have taken on their own life in recent years. Kudos to swimwear designers for getting creative with new cuts and details, but if I see another smocked-top bikini poolside, I think I...
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Read This & Love Shopping for Your Next Swimsuit

Tell us if this scenario sounds familiar – summer comes, and whether you like it or not, you head to your favorite department store to pick out a new swimsuit. You find a few...
Black High Heel Shoes

How to Get Relief for Aching Arches

We’ve all been there. You grab yourself a super cute pair of shoes online, wait two weeks for them to arrive, only to discover that they hurt your feet every time you wear them....
Contempo Casuals

What Ever Happened to Contempo Casuals?

The revival of padded shoulders, retina-burning neon hues and palazzo pants have sparked nostalgia for those halcyon days of the big-haired ‘80s. But as much fun as leg warmers are…we’ll never enjoy a full...
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Budget Shopping the Bimbo Way

This post about bimbo clothes was originally published way back in 2005! I’ve revamped it because there are so, so many more options for those of us who like to show a little skin...
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She’s NY’s Original It Girl — Steal Her Look for Less

“Simple Life” star and celeb personality Paris Hilton has always been a master of glam style. Although Paris is now in her late-30s — shocking, right? — she still has that fresh-faced, fun-loving look...
Casual summer occasion dress

The Casual Occasion Dress — 6 Stunning Picks Under $75

Welcome the sunshine and balmy temperatures with a new dress. Summer is the perfect time to introduce a casual occasion dress or two to your wardrobe and there are plenty of budget-friendly options on...
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Patriotic Looks You Can Wear All Summer

Each year, Independence Day brings its own celebratory style to the forefront. While 4th of July fashion is never out of style in the U.S., it reaches its peak of popularity right about now. And you know how it...
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If You’re Short & Style-Minded, You’ll Love These

It’s tough to be short, even if your BFF is a tailor. All those super-cute pieces the mannequins wear are designed for leggy ladies, while the petite racks are stocked with sad, frumpy seconds....
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Beauty Advice: Tips for Deep Set Eyes (Updated!)

Creating your most alluring eye with make up isn’t just about the products or colors you use. It’s about knowing your eye shape and using clever application tricks to enhance that shape. One eye...
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