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The Color of the Month, PLUS Six Ways to Wear It!

This month on Beauty and the Budget, we're going green--emerald green. Emerald green was most beautifully displayed on the runways of Elie Saab and Carolina Herrera. You can punch up your wardrobe by adding a pop of emerald green, or go all out and buy a bold dress or top in this color. Thankfully this attention-grabbing color of the moment looks fantastic on most skin tones, and it's sure to win compliments!

This green bikini is playful and fun, and it's even a mix and match from two different stores! Get the Retro Bikini Top for $34.00 at Boden, and wear it with this Tied retro brief for $39.99 at J.Crew. If you aren't quite smitten with the color, dabble a little bit in these fun accessories, like the Pieces Filigran Stud Earrings ($12.73 at Asos) or the Pieces Dolly Apple Ring ($12.73 at Asos).

For a more bold approach, try the Women's Printed Bow-Tie Chiffon Tops for $24.00 at Old Navy. The print definitely adds an extra element of flair, and it would look fantastic paired under a navy or black blazer. If you have a wedding or another fancy event to attend, I recommend investing in this classic Tuck Neck Shift Dress ($95.00 at Topshop). It's such a winner!

How do you style emerald green? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted on May 01, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

Do You Have Expensive Taste?

Sometimes, cheap chic can fool you--it might actually look like an expensive purchase! When the price tag isn't visible, find out if you really have expensive taste! There is no right or wrong answer. Just click your favorite item to view the price. If you chose the most expensive of the two, then you've got expensive taste!

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 11:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments

The Color of the Month, PLUS 6 Ways to Wear it!

Beauties, brace yourselves--cobalt blue is March's color of the month! It's a beautiful color for almost every skin tone, and it can take any ensemble to the next level. The runways of Elie Saab, Missoni, and Karen Walker played host to this beautiful color for Spring 2012, showcasing it in fabulous silhouettes and fabrics. Onto the more affordable side of the fashion spectrum, I've seen cobalt blue on display at several affordable stores like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe, and at several boutiques in my area.

This color looks great paired with your basic neutrals, like black, beige, and white. But if you're into the color block trend, cobalt blue also works well with neon yellow, orange, or teal. Add this color to your wardrobe by checking out my favorite cobalt blue pieces below.

How will you wear cobalt blue this summer? Answer in the comments!

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Posted on March 14, 2012 at 9:00AM | Permalink | 0 Comments