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Lilliana Vazquez Q&A: Looking Chic On The Cheap

Lilliana+Vazquez Lilliana Vazquez Q&A: Looking Chic On The CheapI’ve often said that – even if I was a multi-millionaire – I’d still be clipping coupons, scouring the Internet for promo codes and making beelines for clearance racks. Deal-hunting gives me a sense of control in a world full of chaos – and one of the best recessionista resources is , a website that shines a spotlight on high fashion at low prices.

For me, bargain shopping is more than just a hobby. It’s a way of life. And as with any endeavor, practice makes perfect. So I was thrilled to chat up the blogger behind Cheap Chicas (and fellow Philadelphian), Lilliana Vazquez, and pick her brain about how to dress luxe for less.

Read on for Lilliana’s tips on looking fabulous within the framework of your own figure, budget, and lifestyle.

SP: When did you first fall in love with fashion and beauty?
My mom says out of the womb…even when I couldn’t talk she says I had a say in what I wore!

SP: What was your first big break as a style expert?
My first time on air at FOX4 in Dallas was my biggest break early on…since then I’ve turned it into a regular gig on NBC 10 in Philadelphia where I’m their fashion and style correspondent.

SP: What is your style philosophy?
I’m all about mixing. High and low, plaids and prints, pearls and denim. I love using unexpected pairings to create a look that’s unique and interesting and NOT predictable. Oh and style has nothing to do with money or labels…you can look just as good in head to toe thrift as you can in couture.

Chanel+Jumbo+Classic+Flap+Bag Lilliana Vazquez Q&A: Looking Chic On The CheapSP: What is the most treasured item in your closet?
My Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag…it’s my most prized possession!

SP: If you could spend the day with one fashion icon (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do?
Coco Chanel and Christian Louboutin…they’re both masters. I’d have Coco edit my closet and dress me to her liking and have Louboutin personally fit my foot for a custom pair of shoes!

SP: What makes a woman ‘stylish?’
Confidence. You can wear anything if you have the attitude to pull it off…whether it’s pair of shoes from Payless or a Lanvin gown.

SP: Who are some of your favorite designers of all time?
Chanel, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Lanvin.

SP: Which trends will be big this fall/winter?
Over the knee boots, excessively chunky knits, and motorcycle jackets.

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SP: Which trend(s) do you wish would die?
I love to have fun with fashion and trends are a part of that so I’m willing to try anything once…but I won’t spend money on super trendy items and I always advise my readers not to either.

SP: Current handbag obsessions?
I rarely spend money on “it” handbags…I have two or three classic bags that are designer but the rest of my collection is comprised of bags that cost $50 or less! Trends I’m loving are cross body for day and evening, 80’s inspired shapes like the drawstring and oversized clutches are my fave!!

SP: Which celebrities would you love to style and why?
Cameron Diaz because she’s fearless and has an amazing body to dress, Nicole Richie because I love her eclectic style and she’s petite like me, and January Jones because she’s so fresh and new on the fashion/celeb scene but has incredible potential!

SP: Where are your favorite places to shop?
Zara, Forever 21 (it’s my mecca and I visit at least 3x per week!), H&M, Cherry Hill Thrift Center, Barney’s Shoe Floor, Madewell, Ebay,, Target.

SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
Make a list of your celeb style icons and watch what they’re wearing. If you keep a close eye on their fashion choices you’ll start to see a few common threads (colors, textures, cuts, styles, etc) and those are the items you purchase at budget friendly stores like Forever 21 and H&M. These items are their “signatures” and by incorporating them into the clothes you already own, you won’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe to get their star style! Oh and for the best in celeb looks for less, go to my blog!!

SP: What are three fashion accessories every woman should own?
An amazing pair of nude pumps (4″ at least and your legs will look a mile long), a big, chunky statement necklace and tons and tons bangles that can be layered together!

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SP: Can you share some figure-slimming fashion tips?
Use belts to accent your waist…especially in the Fall/Winter when you’re layering! Understand proportions and how they relate to your body…shortening a skirt by one inch or sending your blazer to a tailor to be taken in can make you look 2 sizes smaller!

SP: What products are staples in your makeup bag?
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Tarte Creme Blush, NARS Catfight Lipstick, CoverGirl LashBlast and I’ve never met a lipgloss I didn’t like!

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For more style tips and tweets, follow Lilliana on and .

PJs For The Cure, Plus A Giveaway!

pjs+for+the+cure+logo PJs For The Cure, Plus A Giveaway!Today, Komar, the largest sleepwear and intimate apparel manufacturer in the United States, launched PJs for the Cure to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and kick-off National Diabetes Month. In an effort to effectively support JDRF, Komar has chosen to take an active role and do what they do best— design, produce, and sell women’s and children’s pajamas to raise money to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. This program is unique in that Komar is donating 100% of every sale to JDRF to fund further research for a cure for this chronic disease that predominately strikes in childhood. The goal is to raise $1 million for JDRF by selling comfy cotton pajamas, available just in time for holiday giving.

pjs+for+the+cure+photo PJs For The Cure, Plus A Giveaway!

PJs For The Cure is offering two different designs for boys, three for girls, and three for women – including a mother-daughter matching set.

To kick off the campaign and bring awareness to this important issue (24 million Americans have diabetes, and a new case is diagnosed every 30 seconds in the U.S.), Spoiled Pretty is partnering for a giveaway.

One lucky lady will win a set of women’s pajamas (in winner’s choice of print). The pj’s feature cozy, super soft 100% cotton knit; inside pocket suitable for an insulin pump or iPod; ribbon drawstring and piping. These pajamas are great for sleeping and lounging. As I type this, I’m wearing the Grey Stripe Print jammies. They are so comfy and stylish that – for the past few days – I’ve been putting them on as soon as I get home from work. If I had the other two styles, I’d rotate them so I could could give my oversized tees and ugly sweatpants a much-needed rest.

pjs+for+the+cure+women PJs For The Cure, Plus A Giveaway!

To enter the giveaway, send an email to Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “PJs For The Cure Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Monday, November 9th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Tuesday, November 10th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.

To learn more about diabetes and the JDRF, visit

Ideeli Sales This Week

Atelier Ideeli Sales This Week
AteLier Sale
Starts Monday, November 2
Up to 78% off

Suzi+Chin Ideeli Sales This Week
Suzi Chin Sale
Starts Monday, November 2
Up to 70% off

Harajuku+Lovers+Shoe Ideeli Sales This Week
Harajuku Lovers Sale
Starts Monday, November 2
Up to 53% off

Premium+Denim Ideeli Sales This Week
Premium Denim Sale
Starts Tuesday, November 3
Up to 73% off

Inshuti Ideeli Sales This Week
Inshuti Sale
Starts Tuesday, November 3
Up to 64% off

Lucca Ideeli Sales This Week
Lucca Sale
Starts Tuesday, November 3
Up to 70% off

Anolon Ideeli Sales This Week
Anolon Sale
Starts Tuesday, November 3
Up to 64% off

Victorinox+Swiss+Army+Watch Ideeli Sales This Week
Victorinox Swiss Army Sale
Starts Wednesday, November 4
Up to 50% off

Via+Spiga+Kids Ideeli Sales This Week
Via Spiga Kids Sale
Starts Thursday, November 5
Up to 54% off

Jessica+Simpson Ideeli Sales This Week
Jessica Simpson Sale
Starts Thursday, November 5
Up to 50% off

LNA Ideeli Sales This Week
LNA Sale
Starts Friday, November 6
Up to 80% off

Ideeli membership is free…click here for an invite, courtesy of Spoiled Pretty.

Best Beret

 Best Beret

Every time it gets just a little bit chilly, I rock this knit beret. And every time it’s on my head, I get stopped by strangers – asking me where they can go buy their own.

Since I’m sharing my shopping secrets with just about everyone who crosses my path, I thought I might as well post on here too. The hat is from H&M, it comes in black and magenta, and it cost around $6.

I own about 20 berets (Mama Spoiled Pretty is a fan too, and introduced me to them at age 4) – and this one is, by far, my favorite. Its chic slouchiness instantly transforms me into a hipper version of myself.

Required Reading: People Style Watch

people+style+watch+november+2009 Required Reading: People Style WatchHave I told you lately that I love People Style Watch?

At the end of every month, I anxiously scour bookstores and newsstands in search of the latest issue. Don’t get me wrong, I love Vogue and Elle…but once in a while, I want to flip through the pages of a magazine and see some clothes that I can actually afford.

People Style Watch is, basically, a shopping guide to beauty, fashion and celebrity style. They spotlight the trends that celebrities are wearing, buying and loving right now and make it easy for readers to get the looks.

The November 2009 issue is so chock full of zippers, leopard print, grommets, chains and studs that I almost lost my damn mind. I’m seriously considering hiding my Visa card from myself, in a feeble attempt to protect my bank account.

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