Holy City Style

September 7, 2008

Abaeté, Lela Rose, and Alice+Olivia Design for Payless

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Alice+Olivia (top), Lela Rose (left), Abaeté (right)

Chalk up another low-cost fashion source deciding to bless the masses with high end style. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Payless Shoe Source’s designer collections which feature the likes of high-end designers Abaeté, Lela Rose, and Alice+Olivia.

Even cooler is that these shoes will be gracing the spring inspired runways of New York Fashion Week.

Everything I’ve spotted from these collections on Payless’ website cashes in for less than $55.


May 17, 2008

Beauty Brief

Filed under: Thrifty — carolime @ 7:04 pm

Verbena salon has re-opened in a new location, on the corner of Cannon and St. Phil. (They were formerly located on Concord Street, down by the Aquarium.) The Aveda concept salon is offering a 20% discount to all first-time clients who attend the College of Charleston. Expect to find the same laid-back, organic approach to beauty that Aveda salons are known for. Plus, the hair products smell divine. Mmmmm.

If you’re a C of C student, the benefits don’t end there. After your initial visit, each new client you refer will earn you a $10 credit towards your next appointment. Don’t be shy– brandish your student ID and save, save, save! –Bridget Herman

May 5, 2008

Attention, Skin Care Junkies!

Filed under: Thrifty — carolime @ 8:33 pm

As the body’s largest organ, your skin deserves extra TLC, especially under the harsh summer sun. Yet skin care can be expensive, and it’s difficult to know which products are worth an investment.

Enter Mario Bedescu’s fabulous (and affordable!) skin care line. The super-luxurious products are made from natural ingredients. I like the Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) and the Strawberry Tonic Mask ($18). Also, try dabbing Bedescu’s signature Drying Lotion ($17) on any blemishes and watch them disappear overnight.

The best part? They give out lots of free samples! Fill out a survey here (http://www.mariobadescu.com/questionnaire.aspx) and a satchel of complimentary products, customized to your skin type, will appear on your doorstep. –Bridget Herman

April 5, 2008

Restaurant Review : Five Guys Burgers & Fries

Filed under: Food,Thrifty — carolime @ 3:51 am
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So when your summer figure isn’t the first thing on your mind, and you don’t want to think about the amount of calories you’re consuming in one meal…Five Guys Burgers is an excellent choice.

Really, not the most glamorous restaurant in the world. You won’t find girls in chic black dresses delicately picking at their cheeseburgers. Although I suppose they might, but just not the night I was there.

You will, however, find seriously good burgers. Not the frozen and nuked stuff you get at McDonalds, nor the overgrown artery-bombs other fast food chains, like Hardees, boast.

Five Guys features a menu that’s everything a burger joint should be…simple. No variations, no combinations, just burgers (well, hot dogs, too).

A local told me to go for the little cheeseburger (the regular sized are apparently as large as my head). With everything, it includes grilled mushrooms and onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, mayo, ketchup, and mustard–no calories there, obviously. Paired with a side of barbeque sauce and cajun-seasoned fries, I was set.

First bite…heaven.

Everything you could want a burger to be. Excellent flavor, perfect texture, and superb bun to burger to toppings ratio. That is, until the burger fell apart into a heaping hunk of deliciousness on its spread out wrapper, and even then it was awesome. The fries, too, had excellent flavor and texture–and a serving for two was even too large for my date and I to finish.

Total meal price for two little cheeseburgers, one order of fries for 2, and two sodas? About $13.

Cheap date material? Definitely

Five Guys is the go-to place when you want a tasty burger (no Pulp Fiction pun intended) with no fuss. Don’t pay attention to the calories, just enjoy the food, and you can thank me later.

And for the record, I had a Diet Coke with my meal. Don’t hate.

February 27, 2008

How To : Equestrian Chic

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I adore equestrian style. There’s something incredibly chic about such a pulled together look. Usually, it’s associated with something slightly pretentious but there’s definitely room to have fun with it. So saddle up and sport this.


Cavalry Boots
Frye Boots

A good friend of mine and I were discussing Frye boots today. These are all the rage right now, and I can understand why. Speaking as the recently displaced financial princess, I can attest that they are slightly out of my college student budget. But quite stylish nonetheless.

Crowne Pro Field Boot

The true equestrian connoisseur knows Ariat boots anywhere. Again, they are a bit pricey…but if anything fun to look at. I have the zipper backed one for horseshows, but they’re quite awkward looking when worn outside the ring. I suggest a tall boot with no zipper or a side zipper if you plan on wearing this look for fun.

Steve Madden

Steve Madden makes a very nice equestrian styled boot. Since this isn’t a real tall boot, you won’t have to worry about getting your calves squished in two.


Now, if you’re not a fan of going all out and wearing tight fitting riding pants (beware vicious panty lines!), a good pair of straight leg jeans of khaki colored pants will do the trick.

Ultra Low Skinny 521 Jean

I’m a fan of Levi’s makes some awesome skinny jeans that aren’t ridiculously priced. The fit is spot on and there’s just enough stretch to make you not curse yourself. Actually, I ride in these myself…so I can attest to their fit and comfort.


Now, if you want to fall the style to a T you must have riding coat and white button down shirt. This can get pricey, and actually…I brought my own riding coat down from Kentucky and have yet to wear it out and about.

I did however find a glorious fitted tweed jacket at Banana Republic’s super sale a few months ago. It has a spectacular fit and certainly embodies the equestrian appeal. Any fitted blazer will work wonders and bonus points if you pair it with a bright colored button down.


Saddlebred Horse Head Necklace
Zulu Moon

I don’t mean to betray the horse world, but equestrian inspired jewelry has always come off as a bit tacky to me. Use this to your benefit.

Add a quirky piece of horsey inspired jewels to make your look instantly fun. Plus, super sparkly belts are all the rage on the huntseat show circuit, rock one on the streets and revel in your sparkly style!

Putting it together…

If this comes off as a bit too pretentious, don’t let it. Have fun with the style. Pair ridiculous t-shirt under a fitted blazer, skinny jeans, and tall boots. Mmm, instant sex appeal, giddy up and go!

Sticking to the original…

More street worthy…

February 24, 2008

Thrifty Chic : Shaking the Rainy Day Fashion Blahs.

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Reflections In The Rain
compliments of soartsyithurts
You wake up fifteen minutes before your first class only to realize it’s raining outside…again…for the third day in a row. By this point you’re so disgusted with the weather that you seriously contemplate stuffing your CofC sweatpants into your rain boots, throwing on a hoodie, and calling it a day.

Oh hell no.

Apple Rows Rain Boots in Red

Rainy days are some of the best days to let your style shine. Just because the sky is cloudy and gray doesn’t mean your style should match. Start with shoes, rain boots are a no brainer and Charlestonians seem to be pros at picking out fabulously colorful rain boots. Nevertheless, if you find your wellies bit lacking, Target.com has 58 deliciously stylish rain boots all under $20.

Jeans are a popular choice to tuck into rain boots, but why not mix it up a bit and go for a pair of bright tights to compliment your boots instead. I recently stumbled upon welovecolors.com which is absolutely a mecca of brightly colored tights in every size and variety.

Tasty Orange Tights

A rainy day is the perfect day to sport a sundress, if for no reason but to remind yourself that the sun will appear again! Forever21.com has a plethora of pretty dress for a tiny price, or you could just pull one out of your closet. Top your dress with a light sweater to keep the wet chill from sinking in. Trenches are also great for rainy days, light enough that you don’t get too hot walking across campus but waterproof to keep those raindrops at bay. Pick a trench to compliment your sundress of choice and splash out in style.

H81 Stripe Sweater Dress & z.b.d. Designs Cardigan
$20 & $7
Forever21 & Walmart.com

Hair is forever a problem on rainy days. If you have long enough hair, pigtail braids look adorable and keep your hair tamed. If you are like me, though, and have short hair that refuses to do anything acceptable when the humidity spikes, work up the courage to wear a turban. Seriously, there is nothing chicer. Find a brightly colored scarf and tie those tresses up!

Light ‘n Go ‘Brella with Flashlight

Finally, top your look with an umbrella. Here, is where you might sacrifice style for function, as your very cute and dainty umbrella won’t do much good when the wrath of a Charleston thunderstorm bears down on you. Go for a sturdy umbrella that won’t back down to the wind tunnel that is Calhoun St. during a storm. Totes makes pocket umbrellas (the ones that fold down and can fit in your bag) that sell for about $22, they’re sturdy and get the job done.

So next time it rains, don’t back down. Flaunt your best and don’t forget to do a little puddle stomping in the street!

Extras for the Pros…putting it together & how to tie a turban

Gala from galadarling.com on how to tie a simple turban

A different spin on rainy day blues…

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