Trendy vs Spendy: Year of the Horse – Equestrian Style

Chinese New Year just passed and since it’s the year of the horse, why not celebrate in style? With horse race season coming up, equestrian looks are hitting the runway and appearing in celebrity closets. Recently, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter, Jessica Springsteen, has been named Gucci’s equestrian ambassador for their luxury line of riding clothes.

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This trend features a lot of leather, and comfy-chic blazers, blouses, belts, and boots with a modern twist. The equestrian style can be expensive, so here’s how you can add this lavish look to your closet on a skinny budget:

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TRENDY:

Dorothy Perkins Tan Buckle Satchel for $28 | Mod Cloth She’s a Lucky Gallop Scarf for $19.99 | Barneys New York D Ring Snaffle Buckle Belt for $165 now $49 | Uniqlo Rayon Bow Tie Long Sleeve Blouse for $29.90 |  Loft Marisa Pant for $59.50 now $44.99 | Forever 21 Essential Linen-Blend Blazer for $29.80 | Chinese Laundry Tremendous Boot for $38.99

 SPENDY:

SHOPBOP Loeffler Randler The Rider Bag for $495 | Stella McCartney Horse Print Scarf for $515 | Pendleton Horse-bit Hip Belt for $130 | Saint Laurent Pussy Bow Blouse for $1,271.20 | Tory Burch Ivy Super Skinny Pant for $195 now $97.50 | Rag & Bone Jett Blazer for $495 | Lauren Ralph Lauren Riding Boots – Jenny Flat for $249 now $186.75

Are you a fan of equestrian  style? Share your opinion in the comment section below.

I published this post on Trend Hungry as part of the Trendy vs. Spendy Column. Click here to view it.

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Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2014 Ready to Wear Collection was beyond street chic. She shined at New York Fashion Week. A great example for the New York city gal. It is a great for the fashion forward girl that can rock for that everyday look while looking super chic. “It’s about taking menswear-inspired silhouettes and translating them into feminine colors and silhouettes.”

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{Trendy vs Spendy} Designer-Inspired Ankle Boots

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I wrote this post for Trend Hungry. See the rest of the post here.

Ankle boots and booties are an easy to wear shoe. This transitional shoe comes in a variety of designs, so they can be worn year round. There’s a pair to suit skinnies, jeans, dresses, or a skirt.

I’ve spotted three budget-friendly pairs that are just as stunning as these designer pairs. Below are three types – everyday wear, stiletto, and peep toe.

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1. Everyday Wear

Suede booties are perfect to slip on for an everyday casual chic look. Wear under a wide-leg jean or cuff your skinnies and let the boots be a focal point.

Nine West Otilla Pull On Booties for $139 now marked down to $49.99 vs Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties for $495

2. The Stiletto

Layer with a black tight for long, sexy legs.

Michael Antonio Mains Bootie for $59 now marked down to $44.95 vs Barbara Bui Smooth Leather Ankle Bootie for $780

3. Peep Toe

Layer a fun tight for a peep of personality on a chilly day or save this style for a warmer temp.

Miss KG Black Peep Ankle Boots for $135 now marked down to $39 vs Burberry Peep Toe Booties for $750 now marked down to $525

My favorite type is the stiletto. I love to wear them with my favorite pair of skinny jeans for a night out. What’s your favorite type of ankle boot or bootie? Share how you’d style this shoe in the comments below!

xx Melissa

Polar Vortex – Snow Day Survival Style

I didn’t think the storm would be THAT bad. Boy, was I wrong! Silly me, I walked out in classic black Keds (definitely not snow appropriate)…yes, I changed to boots.

Hmmm…I wonder what Chauncey’s wearing today. Apparently, it’s 65 – 70 degrees in San Francisco. She’s sick in bed :( and I hope she feels better soon.

It has been snowing for over 10 hours, so here’s what I wore to stay toasty during  blizzard Janus (…since when did they start naming snow storms?):

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1. C.Wonder knit cable beanie with fur topper (similar C. Wonder hat here or ASOS faux fur pom beanie here)

2. Striped scarf (similar LOFT scarf here)

3. Betsey Johnson hooded wool coat with heart twisty toggles (old, similar coats here)

4.  Black Hunter Original Tall Rain Boots with Pink Welly Fleece Boot Socks (old, similar here)

Also, no snow day is complete without hot chocolate & oversized marshmallows. Mmmmmm! 

Stay warm!

xx Melissa

Trends to Die in 2013

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I wrote this post for TrendHungry.com. See it here.

2013 was full of fabulous and not so fabulous fashion trends. It’s the beginning of a new year and I’m crossing my fingers that these five trends will die out this year. Do you agree? Do tell in the comments below!

5. Overalls

How did overalls become 2013’s latest trend? Overalls remind me of playgrounds and farming. This denim piece should have stayed in the ‘90s and only come in children sizes.

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25 Incredible Photos of Kate Moss You’ve Probably Never Seen

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Melissa:

Click through the Stylecaster.com links above for a gallery honoring Kate Moss.

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Originally posted on StyleCaster:

Ladies and gentlemen, one of—if not the—most important models of all time turns 40 years old today. That’s right. Kate Moss has  made it to her fourth decade, despite years of being in the public eye, highly-publicized partying, and an overall fast-paced lifestyle that no one else in the world could keep up with.

MORE: Never-Before-Seen Photos of a ’90s Topless Kate Moss

After being discovered at the age of 14, she rapidly shot to fame and became synonymous with the super-skinny heroin chic aesthetic that changed the modeling industry forever.

As the world’s number one trendsetter, she’s also known for skyrocketing sales of items like the iconic Alexander McQueen skull scarf, Balenciaga’s motorcycle bag, skinny jeans, Minnetonka moccasin boots and, of course, UGG boots.

MORE: 20 Rare Photos of Audrey Hepburn 

Her campaigns have been outrageously successful, and her tenure with Calvin Klein is among the most famous…

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Happy 40th Birthday Kate Moss!

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Happy 40th birthday Kate Moss. People say when men age, they start looking better and when women age, their beauty begins to fade away. I have to disagree…look at Kate Moss! I had no idea she turned 40. She has aged gracefully, and hope I do the same.

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Image and more W magazine covers from HuffingtonPost here.

Kate Moss is a muse in the fashion industry. She was discovered when she was 14 in 1988 and started to become well known in the 1990’s. According to W Magazine, by 2003 she has been on 15 of their covers. Fast forward to 2013, and this super model has been on 24 of their covers.

Also, through Twitter, I found out she’s designing a line for TopShop that will be sold at Nordstroms. Her line will be debuted in April 2014! Yay!