Since I moved into my new apartment last August, my accessories game has taken a turn for the worst. With the exception of a few pieces that my mom bought me for my birthday, I have not updated my accessories in forever. I have lost tons of earrings and only wear a few pairs now, because that’s all that I have left.

I had an accessory cork board before, but the way my new bedroom is setup, there isn’t enough wall space for it, and it would look awkward in any other place other than my bedroom. So I barely wear the necklaces that I do have, and when it is time to “dig in the boxes” I just get lazy and do not feel like searching. I’m not going to even talk about bracelets and rings. SMH.

I’m just not inspired by what I currently have anymore, so I’m on the search of new pieces to update my look. Accessories can make or break an outfit so I like to have multiple options. I want to do a wardrobe update for the spring (whenever it decides to show up) and new accessories are a top priority.

Here are a few pieces that I am currently scouting all under $50:

Fab Under $50 Accessories

 


Flower jewelry
$31 – newlook.com

Guess necklace
guess.com

How are you going to update your spring wardrobe?

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama

Well President Obama’s 2nd term has officially begun and what better way to end the celebration by recapping the fabulous style from the festivities. Take a look at some of the Style Highlights from the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

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First Lady Michelle Obama looked stunning in this custom made Thom Browne. Browne is typically a Menswear designer, but I’m sure that will change. He designed this one of a kind coat for the First Lady and was inspired by the print of a man’s silk tie. She wore J. Crew gloves and Reed Krakoff boots during the outside ceremony. Sasha wore Kate Spade and Malia wore J. Crew. The blues and purples reigned supreme for the first family.

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And one of my other favorite power couples, Jay-z and Beyonce looked amazing as well. Mr. Carter wore a Tom Ford suit and Mrs. Carter wore and Emilio Pucci gown as she SAAANNNGGG the National Anthem.

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And the anticipation for the President and First Lady’s entrance at the Inaugural Ball had me on the edge of my seat. I saw quite a few sketches of gowns that were designed for this special event, but I had no clue to what her choice would be. President Obama looked very dapper, but let’s face it…it was all about the First Lady. She wore a ruby Jason Wu chiffon and velvet gown. Like the saying goes…if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Jason Wu designed her gown for the 2009 Inauguration Ball and this year he did not disappoint the First Lady. She also wore Jimmy Choo shoes and a handmade diamond ring by Kimberly McDonald. Many people were shocked and some were upset that she chose to go with Jason Wu for a 2nd time. They felt she should have chosen a different designer to “spread the love.” I think she made an excellent choice. You do not know what the other dresses looked like and she went with what she felt was the best choice. Bottom line, she looked stunning!

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Alicia Keys wore a red Michael Kors gown and can we talk about Jennifer Hudson’s waist in this black gown? I’m starting my workout routine tomorrow!

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Check out Eva Longoria’s salmon colored coat and I LOVE the bow detail on Dr. Jill Biden’s coat as well. These are other photos from the weekend’s festivities.

What did you think about the style of the 57th Presidential Inauguration?

Hey my loves!

Next week Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday, and I have some amazing fashion and beauty deals for you all this year. This is the beginning of the holiday shopping season. While some people shop all year round for the holidays, majority of the people, including myself, wait until after Thanksgiving to really get things going.

Here are a few tips before you head out to your favorite shops for your favorite deals.

  1. Make a list! You have to be prepared. This is not the time to go and browse the stores casually. You need to have a plan. You will no exactly what stores to go to and what items you will purchase from the stores. So grab those newspaper circulars or print them out to create your list. You can also prioritize and figure out which stores you will attend first  and what items you will try to grab as well.
  2.  Shop with a friend. Usually I like to shop alone but shopping with a friend during this time is a necessity. You guys can split up and divide and conquer! Ok that may be a little extreme, but you can each pick up the items you need in half of the time. Also you can wait on line in shifts.
  3. Wear comfortable clothing. I would suggest something that you can maneuver in easily, so layers are perfect. Comfortable jeans and knit leggings are essentials. I would go with leggings and some flat riding boots with zippers that will be easy to take off if I need to. Also wear a cross body bag to avoid holding your purse in your hand or on your arm. Lastly oversized cardigans, scarves and anorak jackets are great too. You can tie the jacket around your waist if you get a little warm and the cardigan is great for an additional layer of warmth.
  4. Be assertive, yet friendly. You want to be pleasant to the workers because this is an extremely stressful time and you want them to be as helpful as possible. You have to be assertive when it comes to the other customers. Do not get in to a fight, but if there is a deal that is a must have go for it!
  5. Set reasonable expectations for yourself. You may have 15 items on your list that you want to purchase, but you not be able to get those items, so be realistic on what you can actually accomplish, and also remember, what you do not get on Black Friday there is always Cyber Monday.
So, whether you are shopping on line, or standing in line at your favorite store to get the best deals we have something for you so check it out!

 

Fashion

  • H&M is having an AMAZING Black Friday week! With items starting at $5 women can find sweaters and holiday party dresses, men can find great pants for $10, and you can find great winter jackets for your kids starting at $10. The first 100 customers in line will also have a chance to win up to $300 in scratch offs. They also have extended hours with stores opening at midnight on November 23. They also have Pre-Black Friday deals starting November 19th with items starting at $7. So make sure you check out H&M
  • Department store jc penney is a great one stop shop. With their specialty shops you have something for everyone that represents a variety of style. Their deals are from Thursday-Saturday so you can shop before you meet up with your family for Thanksgiving or even early Saturday morning to avoid the Friday rush. It starts from 6am-11pm. So get ready to stock up on great stocking stuffers like $20 Liz Claiborne gloves, $30 metallic puffer jackets, $10 cable knit sweaters, $15 jeans, $15 work pants and more! There are even amazing deals for men, children, and the household.
  • New York and Company is offering 505-705 off of everything in the store or online so stock up on your work essentials to have a killer winter wardrobe for the office
  • Express is offering 50% off of everything
  • ASOS is offering u p to 30% off knits, coats, and more but check out their outlet as well
  • Aldo is offering 50% off of all clearance merchandise
  • Lulu’s has deals on dresses, tops, bottoms and shoes!
  • One of my favorite department stores besides jc penney is Kohl’s has deals for the entire family and home
  • The Gap is offering 60% off of everything through Saturday online and Sunday in stores!
  • J. Crew is offering 25% off so try to get your hands on their awesome cashmere sweaters
  • Forever 21 not only has Black Friday Deals but Pre-Deals as well, so if you want some trendy items, now is the time to shop.
  • Macy’s will definitely be a mad house so get there early to grab all of the great deals! Check out their Black Friday Specials here
  • Score your favorite designer pieces at Lohemann’s starting with 25% off of already discounted prices
  • Nordstrom Rack is giving back to their loyal customers. For every $100 you spend you will receive a $10 card!  Also you can earn double points shopping from November 23rd- November 25th. Lastly,  look for the green dot to win a $50 gift card at your local Nordstrom Rack!

How amazing are these deals!?!

Check Makeup Artist Kim Porter’s blog for all of your beauty deals!

Happy Shopping!

So if you are on the East Coast anywhere from South Carolina to New York you have/are experiencing a taste of Hurricane Irene (I can’t believe she has a twitter). So this storm has inspired this post. Here are some must haves during the midst of a storm.

Rain Boots

  1. Kamik Women’s Heather Rain Boot $55 via DSW
  2. Steve Madden Women’s Tsunamii Rain Boot $60 via DSW
  3. Dav Fashion Vine Western Rain Boot $40 via DSW
  4. Chooka Noir Rain Boot $60 Via DSW
  5. Kate Spade New York “Randi Too” Rain Boot $150 via Nordstrom
  6. J. Crew Weatherby Rain Boots $80
  7. Bakers Matte Solid Knee-High Rain Boots $50
  8. Hunter Original Waterproof Rainboots $125 via Piperlime

I love these Missoni Rain Boots, but not the price lol ($225)

  1. Fulton London Scene Kensington  Umbrella $31
  2. Leopard Bow Walker Umbrella $40 via TopShop
  3. Floral Print Walker Umbrella $44 via TopShop
  4. Kate Spade Umbrella $75

Patagonia Women’s Larissa Jacket $100 on sale also available in Tan

Reader Chantel asked if I could create a fall appropriate look with over the knee socks. The weather has been unusally warm and so over the knee socks are great for the weather that we have been having. This is the look that I created for Chantel. 

J.Crew Pack of two cotton V-neck T-shirts, $46
Striped Cardigan, 25 GBP
Black Cupro Shorts, 32 GBP
A Leg Up Socks in Stone, $18
Black Lorraine wedge ankle boot, 36 GBP
Pilar Abril Sari Wallet, $33
Ethnic-style necklace Black, 28 GBP
Black Round Faceted Acrylic Stud Earrings – 3cm Diameter, 5 GBP
Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow, $58
Le Metier de Beaute Sheer Brilliance Lip Gloss, $32
butter LONDON ‘3 Free’ Nail Lacquer, $14

Having a wardrobe problem? Send all inquiries to Janique@hergoodybag.com