Archive for December, 2011

East Coast winters have a knack for being harsh on the lips, and mine are no exception.  I spend most of the season avoiding any lipstick that isn’t high-moisture, but that doesn’t mean I want to do nude color lips all winter long.  I need options to keep the dreary days ahead nice and bright! […]


Guest Blogger, Colin, Shares His Top 15, Guy Approved Gift Ideas for This Christmas Christmas is just around the corner gals and I’m sure the men in your life have left plenty of hints for presents they’d like to see under the tree!  But just in case you need a few more, my boyfriend turned […]


Who Said Fashion-Sense was a Girl Thing??? My journey of small town American fashion continued with a search for what the guys are saying, or in this case showing.  Meet John, Jay, and Matt, three small town guys sporting the manly side of fashion. Name:  John Barnett Occupation:  Retail Assistant Manager Location:  Chocolate Avenue in […]


I’ve received some requests in the past few days to feature some men’s wear trends and budget chic ways to achieve the same look. I’m thrilled to oblige, but before I begin my hunt I want to know what my readers think, especially you guys.  Apparently, men’s fashion, suiting specifically, will be going through a […]


One Gal Shows Just How Big Small Town Fashion Can Be Barns, corn fields, and cows….lots and lots of cows.  It’s the typical image most often associated with small town America.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad image; it’s just a hugely limited one.  There’s this misconception that quiet towns like those in […]


Alice + Olivia for the Budget Chic Gal I am a firm believer that great fashion should not cost a small fortune.  What’s the fun in looking great but having nowhere to go because you spent all your hard earned money on that pricey, albeit great outfit?! There you are looking fabulously chic…in your kitchen…with […]


The other day I was scouring retailers for key pieces for my Bargain Runway weekly segment; it debuts this week so stay tuned!  My boyfriend, who willingly (I know what you’re thinking…but I did not force him!) offered to assist my hunt  was a trooper in helping me locate the perfect cream coat for my Antonio Berardi Fall […]


Attempting the cat-eye look is no easy fete.  Even for me it’s hit or miss.  And there is nothing more annoying than attempting that swooped line only to have it turn into horrible black globs around your eyes.  But I have great news! No more throwing your eyeliner brush, pencil, or liquid in frustrated defeat.  […]


Dress Up Your Hair With This Perfect Accessory I recently took the plunge and changed my usual side part into the most fabulous brow grazing bangs!  It was a battle beating my slight cowlick into submission, (fear not ladies, it is possible!) but with a couple practice blowouts and great hair taming products I have […]