Waterproof, durable, budget-friendly and low-maintenance – like each summer hour, I expect a lot from my summer beauty essentials. It’s not easy to make the cut, but those that do are note-worthy and should absolutely end up in your cabinet or purse. Ten Great Beauty Products for Summer Aveeno SPF 50. I know, I know, it sounds like an unnecessary… View Post
A Very Sad Fact: Forever21 (and other stores) trick you into thinking you look hotter in their clothes than you actually do. How do they do this? Through the clever use of tilted mirrors, which tilt towards you at the bottom and gradually tilt away from you at the top. This trick makes you appear “smaller” by gradually moving the… View Post
Of the many things forced upon women as we get older, is this belief that once you reach a certain again, you must start wearing swimsuits that look like waterproof muumuus or the worst creation since the “slanket”, the swimdress. I find this to be absurd. No one’s stopping the legions of old dudes wearing speedos and beer bellies.
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 you like and head to the fitting room. Fast forward thirty minutes. You’ve returned each and every one back to the rack, thinking that maybe you… View Post
As spurts of warm weather tantalize us with promises of summer fun in the sun, right about now is when we start daydreaming of Caribbean vacations, strawberry daiquiri’s (or shall we say several daiquiri’s?) on the beach, and checking out the hot eye candy on the beach. Conspicuously absent from our little jaunts to la-la land?
Is it just me, or am I the only one who feels like they suck at picking nail colors? I mean, my nails don’t look bad, I just often look down at my fingers and toes and think that I should have gone a shade brighter. Or darker. Or maybe I have olive skin with pink undertones and should never… View Post
What’s more terrifying than trying on swimsuits surrounded by mirrors in fluorescent lights? Paying a small fortune for a piece of body-baring Spandex. But don’t worry, we got your back (seriously, we do) and have put together this list of the cheap bathing suit brands that help you look good and save a few bucks. Rules for Searching for a… View Post
Want to carry around a sculpture on your arm? Cutout cuff bracelets can let you do that. Cuffs have been trending for a while, with cutout cuffs giving the bracelets an edgy look.
It’s probably safe to put away that winter coat right about now, but that doesn’t mean coat season is over. Iffy spring weather means keeping our options open—and the trench coat is a classic way to navigate the unpredictable rain, wind and (ohhhh, we hope not) snow that comes with the transition time.
Dear Budget Fashionista, I need help! I live in south Florida and I will be attending a wedding in October In NYC. I have no clue about fashion, can you please give me some ideas as to what I should wear? Answer: When in doubt, wear black… it’s what us New Yorkers do when we’re unsure about what to wear…. View Post
Almost as important as the swimsuit (and generally eminently more wearable) is the cover-up. We love them because they make the long walk from the beach chair to the bathhouse soooooooo much less cringe-inducing.
If your undergarments are stretched, stained, damaged or otherwise abused, throw them in the garbage . . . Now. There is nothing more valuable to your appearance than wearing proper undergarments. Undergarments have the power to completely alter an outfit. I mean, what’s the sense of wearing a fabulous Nicole Miller dress you got for $35 from Bluefly if your backside… View Post
How many times have you looked into your closet and thought, “I have nothing to wear?” If you hear yourself uttering this statement, it’s a sign you have a dysfunctional closet. In other words, your wardrobe is probably missing several key essentials that allow you to transition easily from one outfit to the next. It’s time to stop the insanity and get… View Post
There is absolutely no reason why plus size sistas can’t be fabulous at the beach. It’s taken decades for swimwear designers to catch on to the fact that, hey, full-figured women like to swim, sunbathe, and worship the sun just like their thinner counterparts. Whether you’re pear shaped, apple shaped, big bosomed, sporting a lot of junk in the trunk,… View Post
Oh, what to wear. And—oh, what *not* to wear! With fashion, it’s always a thin line between love and hate. As luck would have it, dos and don’ts of style are aplenty this summer, so if you have any questions—hopefully, you’ll find the answer here. As always, whatever you decide to assemble, make sure to wear that ensemble with confidence!
(Editor’s note: This post on the maxi dress for petite ladies was updated 1/17). Petite women have certain fashion challenges, and one of those is pulling off the maxi dress effectively. You may have heard a so-called rule that you just shouldn’t wear the maxi dress at all — but we’re here to tell you the opposite. You can look… View Post
It’s the weekend, it’s summer, and I hope you have your sights set high. As a fan of the “weekend warrior” mentality, as often as I can afford I get out of dodge on Friday night and don’t return until Sunday. Sure, it’s exhausting, but the fun, adventure, exploration and excitement make it all worth it.
I couldn’t take it anymore. With so many ladies getting in on the rainbow hair trend, stepping out in pink, purple or blue hair (or all at the same time), I had to try it myself. Admittedly, I’m more of a conservative fashionista who goes for the element of bold surprise: fluorescent nails to go along with my simple black and… View Post