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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 The Cheap Chica’s Guide To Style, 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?
LV:
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?
LV:
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?
LV:
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?
LV:
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?
LV:
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?’
LV:
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?
LV:
Chanel, Balenciaga, Giambattista Valli, Lanvin.

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

motorcycle+jacket+over+the+knee+boots Lilliana Vazquez Q&A: Looking Chic On The Cheap

SP: Which trend(s) do you wish would die?
LV:
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?
LV:
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?
LV:
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?
LV:
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, Lulus.com, Target.

SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
LV:
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?
LV:
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!

nude+patent+pump Lilliana Vazquez Q&A: Looking Chic On The Cheap

SP: Can you share some figure-slimming fashion tips?
LV:
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?
LV:
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Tarte Creme Blush, NARS Catfight Lipstick, CoverGirl LashBlast and I’ve never met a lipgloss I didn’t like!

lilliana+vazquez+beauty+favorites Lilliana Vazquez Q&A: Looking Chic On The Cheap

For more style tips and tweets, follow Lilliana on Better Philly and Twitter.

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 spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. 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 jdrf.org.

Ideeli Sales This Week

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AteLier Sale
Starts Monday, November 2
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Suzi Chin Sale
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Harajuku Lovers Sale
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Premium+Denim Ideeli Sales This Week
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Starts Tuesday, November 3
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Inshuti Ideeli Sales This Week
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Lucca Ideeli Sales This Week
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Anolon Ideeli Sales This Week
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Victorinox Swiss Army Sale
Starts Wednesday, November 4
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Via Spiga Kids Sale
Starts Thursday, November 5
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Starts Thursday, November 5
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LNA Ideeli Sales This Week
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Starts Friday, November 6
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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.

E! News-worthy Interview: Giuliana Rancic Q&A

GR E! News worthy Interview: Giuliana Rancic Q&AAs you probably know, I follow celebrities like it’s my J-O-B. As such, E! News is must see TV in my house; Mr. Spoiled Pretty and I have an understanding that he is not allowed to touch the television remote between 7 and 7:30pm. So you can imagine how thrilled I when I recently got the chance to chat up Giuliana Rancic!

Giuliana has been anchor and managing editor of E! News since January 2005; and since that time, viewership has risen over 50 percent! In addition to her news anchoring duties, she often hosts red carpet events like the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. The award-winning journalist also stars in the Style Network’s real-life romantic comedy Giuliana & Bill, which follows Giuliana and her husband Bill as they juggle high-profile careers and marriage while living apart on opposite coasts.

Giuliana, quite literally, lives in makeup and designer duds – which makes her the perfect candidate for a Spoiled Pretty profile. Read on for her favorite fashion finds and how she always manages to always look so cute and camera ready…

SP: When did your fascination with fashion and beauty begin?
GR:
I have loved makeup since I was a little girl. I come from a stylish Italian family so we were allowed to wear makeup at a very young age. I would say I started wearing makeup in 7th grade and I have loved fashion since I was about 10 years old.

Giuliana+Rancic+makeup E! News worthy Interview: Giuliana Rancic Q&ASP: What is your everyday beauty routine?
GR:
I shoot every day, all year round, so I wear makeup from 8am to 10 pm at night. 14 hours straight!!! So my cleansing regimen is super important to me. In the morning, I wash my face with Patricia Wexler, MD Universal Cleansing Lotion. It is very mild and perfect for the morning. I use her moisturizer as well. It gives my skin a dewy and fresh look. At night I use DDF Blemish Cleansing Foam to wash off my makeup and keep my skin clear thanks to it’s small dose of salicylic acid. I moisturize with Patricia Wexler’s PM cream and use her eye cream as well. Then I put on ChapStick Fresh Effects before I go to bed to moisturize my lips. I am obsessed with Patricia Wexler’s products and I do not endorse her in any way. In fact, I have never met or spoken to her in my life but I would love to so I can thank her for making my skin look so darn great!

As for makeup, I start with L’Oreal True Match Foundation. I use Lorac Blush/Bronzer in Hot & Spicy for a great glow. Then I line my lips with MAC liner and use ChapStick Fresh Effects Green Tea Mint before my lipgloss as the perfect base. It tingles while it moisturizes so I love using it.

SP: What are the five beauty products that you can’t live without right now?
GR:
I always have my Lorac bronzing blush for a nice glow and my ChapStick Fresh Effects. I love the tingle it gives me while it moisturizes my lips. I can’t have chapped lips on the red carpet when I’m standing 6 inches from a celebs face so I love this product because it gives me an instant beauty boost and is an amazing base for lip gloss and lipstick. I love my Patricia Wexler, MD Universal Cleansing Lotion and Moisturizer to give me great skin. I am also loving fake lashes right now. I use Andrea or Ardell from the drugstore. I have learned how to put them on perfectly so now it only takes me a few minutes and gives me amazing eyes. Fake lashes are the secret to a gorgeous eye!

Giuliana+Rancic+Makeup+Bag E! News worthy Interview: Giuliana Rancic Q&A

SP: What is your signature fragrance?
GR:
My signature scent is Quelques Fleur. I’ve worn it since I was in high school. It’s a classic scent that I have never gotten tired of. My fragrance philosophy is to look for scents that are clean. Guys don’t like anything too floral or bold. They love a girl to smell like she just walked out of the shower- clean and fresh. I spray it all over as well as my hair to make it smell great when Bill comes in for a hug.

SP: What was your most embarrassing fashion or beauty moment?
GR:
The zipper on my dress broke minutes before I was to walk out to the Oscar red carpet two years ago! Thankfully, my backup dress was in my stylist’s car on the way back to the designer, so he grabbed it and I did a quick swap.

SP: How has your look evolved over the years?
GR:
I constantly change my hair color…platinum blonde, dark brown, warm brown, honey blond…I love changing my hair color every year. It keeps things interesting.

Giuliana+Rancic+Fashion E! News worthy Interview: Giuliana Rancic Q&ASP: What fashion trends are you loving and embracing right now?
GR:
I just bought a few men’s blazers in black and navy blue. They are by MM Couture. Very affordable and super stylish. I’ve been wearing them with a simple neon or bright t-shirt over super tight LNA stretch pants and my new above the knee Balenciaga black leather boots. They are equestrian style with a four inch heel and are very fitted to the leg and tall. So hot!!! I just got two tight leather motorcycle jackets, one in black and one in turquoise from the clothing company Secret Circus out of London. Love!

SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
GR:
Shop at H&M, Forever 21 and Express. There is no reason to spend a lot of money on trendy items.

SP: What are three fashion accessories every woman should own?
GR:
Tall leather black boots, a great trench coat, and a big, long scarf.

SP: Current handbag obsession?
GR:
I love my new gray woven leather Cole Haan bag. It just came out and it’s the perfect size.

SP: If you could only use one brand of makeup for life, which would it be?
GR:
MAC. Most of my makeup is from MAC. I wear makeup for up to 14 hours a day and MAC stays on my skin the longest.

SP: What’s the best beauty tip/secret you’ve ever heard?
GR:
Moisturize! My mother is in her late 60s and looks 50! She has moisturized her entire body, especially her face, every day of her life and it shows!

Watch Giuliana Rancic on E! News, weeknights at 7 and 11:30pm. She’s also very active on Twitter…follow her tweets at twitter.com/GiulianaRancic.

Thanks for such a fun and informative interview, Giuliana. See you at 7!

Lord & Taylor Friends and Family: Take Additional 25% Off!

lord+and+taylor+friends+and+family Lord & Taylor Friends and Family: Take Additional 25% Off!

Hey, chicas! Remember the coat that I bought on Friday – and I saved $141 on it? Well, guess what? You can save MORE!

Lord & Taylor‘s Friends and Family promotion starts Wednesday in stores – but you can start saving now online! With the Friends & Family discount, the Ellen Tracy coat I paid $219 for will only cost you $187.50…plus, you’d qualify for free standard shipping! Simply enter promo code FRIENDS at checkout.

If you’d prefer to shop the good ole fashioned way, check out the printable coupon below.

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What’s Haute at Hautelook This Week

Earnest+Sewn Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Earnest Sewn sale starts Monday, October 19.

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The Priorities sale starts Monday, October 19.

Rodial Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Rodial sale starts Monday, October 19.

BCBG Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The BCBG sale starts Tuesday, October 20.

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The BCBG Handbags sale starts Tuesday, October 20.

M+Lab Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The M Lab sale starts Tuesday, October 20.

Burn+Candles Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Burn sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

Baby+Quasar Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Quasar sale starts Wednesday, October 21.

Juicy+Couture Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Juicy Couture sale starts Thursday, October 22.

Ouidad Whats Haute at Hautelook This Week
The Ouidad sale starts Friday, October 23.

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The Riller & Fount sale starts Friday, October 23.

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