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Halloween on the Lean

Oct 29 0 Comments

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Stuck with a lean budget this year?

Sick of all the stupid chicks dressed as playboy bunnies?

Been too busy to get around to costume shopping and looking for a last minute DIY?

Alas, SGABW has a solution!

If you have $12 to spare, I’ve prepared some very quick last minute costumes for a girl on the go who wants to look sassy and not [like a] ho. If you’re a reader of my blog, then I’m fairly certain you already own most of the basic components of the costume:

1) Black leggings, jeggings, or skinny jeans.

2) Black heels, boots or converse

See, this isn’t that painful so far, is it?

The next step: Purchasing a tee-shirt (or using one of your own solids!)

By using a professional screen printer, fabric pens, or just a simple sharpie, you can copy one of the ideas below.

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Even my mom made me a custom Halloween shirt when I was 7 months old!


Last but not least? For ~$15 (or less!) you can buy some basic face paint and skeletonize your smirk.


Feeling fancy? Other fun (and budget friendly items!) include:


Skull Ring




Halo Headband


Dark Kitty Headband


Fingerless Gloves


Spike Earrings



So let’s recap, what will your final outfit look like?


Happy Halloween!


Watch Out

Oct 21 0 Comments

  What’s the one accessory that transcends time itself? A watch, silly! Okay, bad fashion joke, however what’s not bad is sporting a killer timepiece that can transcend your look from average to awe-worthy. A recent study from Business Insider shows that the first (of nine) things that a person judges another person by is their handshake. And what does one notice when shaking hands? A watch! Forbes also impresses the importance of the watch in their article “5 Ways to Make a Killer First Impression,” stating that “Clothes, make-up, jewelry, watches and shoes are all types of ornamentation and people definitely take these into account when making initial judgments… For many men, they do not realize that their watch can say a lot about them. For women, purses and large earrings or jewelry *(such as watches) can also indicate a lot to a new person they are meeting. Make sure that what you are wearing…says what you want it to say to the people you are meeting for the first time.”


Watches as we know them (those worn on the body) were first invented in the late 1400’s by Peter Henlein of Germany, though many believe the origin of the word “watch” comes from England because it was used for watchmen to keep track of their shifts. The watches worn during this period were  powered by winding a mainspring which turned gears and then moved the hands, thus keeping time with a rotating wheel known as a “balance wheel.”


The 1960s was a revolutionary time as the “Quartz” watch was invented. Instead of keeping time on a balance wheel it ran on electricity and kept time with a vibrating quartz crystal. During the 1980s quartz watches took over the market from mechanical watches. Although mechanical watches still sell at the high end of the market, the vast majority of watches now have quartz movements.


Below I have compiled a wide variety of watches, some old, some new, some yellow, some blue, that are categorized into appropriation of gender and generation. Per usual, I always try to include a wide spectrum of price ranges so there is usually something affordable for every budget. As they say “time heels all wounds and time wounds all heels,” so kick up your shoes and shop for a watch!

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Jump Around!

Oct 17 0 Comments

This summer was all about romping around in rompers, so it should be of no surprise that this Fall we’re going to be jumping right into jumpsuits. Although we haven’t seen a jumpsuit revival quite like this since the 1970’s, they call them JUMPsuits for a reason. Once you have found the right one (which I am here to help you with), you can literally jump right into it and make a nearly effortless super quick jump in and out of your closet, seamlessly moving on with your day. Even my mother, Nan Ruvel, who is an always on the go interior designer, couldn’t help but boast about how absolutely in love with this trend she was *(a trend that at her age, my age, and truly any age, women can all JUMP on board with!) In fact, mom was so excited at the prospect of today’s blog subject she insisted on making her first SGABW cameo appearance in her favorite polka jumpsuit. I styled mom by adding pearls to bring out the pattern and (not pictured) she threw on a casual white denim jacket to keep warm in the cool Fall weather (although dare I say, doesn’t my mom look hot?! xo!


Even though my mother is a celebrity in my eyes (wink wink), many “real” celebrities are jaunting in jumpsuits with an enviable yet attainable panache from day to night. From supermodels like Petra Nemcova to actresses like Emma Stone, some of my favorite celebrity “jumpers” are absolutely killing it in this trend.







There are loads of great jumpsuits available on nearly every woman’s budget, however finding the perfect jumpsuit for Fall is very similar to finding the right diamond; pay close attention to cut and color. When it comes to cut, the trend for the bottom right now is a loose billowing leg or a straight cut above the ankles. On top the cut is not so much about a “trend” as it is about choosing something that is both flattering and occasion appropriate. On the subject of color, the laws of the land are pretty obvious but I will lay them out for you just in case; black is always safe, sticking to solid colors as opposed to prints generally bodes better for Fall, and please, PLEASE, don’t feel stupid if you’re looking for a solid orange jumpsuit and can’t find one (or worse yet if you do, and fail to accessorize properly)… because when someone yells “Piper Chapman!” at you, you better hightail it back to Litchfield before I send the real fashion police on you.


 With that said, below I have compiled some of my favorite jumpsuits available online and paired them in a creative, albeit methodical, layout that I like to call the 4 S’s to Success.

The aforementioned S’s work as follows: S + S + S + S = Success

Start with the Suit

add the


add the


add the


= Success!

Still not making sense? Take a look below to see a variety of xSamples ; )


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With so much inspiration, you may very well be JUMPing out of your seat to go buy a jumpsuit. However, many of my more practical readers may find themselves wondering; Can I still transition my shorter romper into Fall? The answer: yes. The reality is that you need to be creative with it though. Work around the nature of the short hem and skimpier cuts by introducing simple yet clever pieces to your look such as wraparound skirts, leggings, and above-the-knee boots.




7 Days of CARAcatures

Oct 13 0 Comments

Love her or hate her, Cara Delevingne is undisputedly the model of the moment. Those eyebrows, that walk, her style – everything about her screams supermodel.


What I like most about Cara, and makes me believe there is more than two years of longevity in her career, is her multifaceted talents that expand beyond the catwalk. Cara is a consummate music fanatic; herself a drum player and singer (prepare yourselves for the upcoming duet of Cara and Pharell in the latest Chanel ad campaign!), as well as a contributing designer for brands such as DKNY. Whatever she does, you can tell that this saucy Brit truly walks to the beat of her own drum  (excuse the drum pun).


At 5’7, when most models are at least 5’9, Cara owns every inch of her presence when she walks into a room, almost like a modern day Kate Moss. Unlike the other girls who show up to castings in black shirts and jeans, Cara has a style so uniquely her own that she makes jaunting around Le Carrousel du Louvre look like a fashion show in and of itself.


Born into an aristocratic family in Hammersmith, London, Cara was one of three sisters (including model Poppy). Fashion and success were almost fortuitously fateful as her paternal grandfather is the renowned Condé Nast executive Nicholas Coleridge, and her maternal grandfather was executive and English Heritage chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens. Being immersed in such a high brow fashion world at an early age led Cara to her first official assignment at age eleven in an editorial shot by Bruce Weber for Vogue Italia. After a break from the modeling world, in 2009 Cara was once again discovered by Sarah Doukas of Storm Management (the scout who ironically was responsible for discovering Kate Moss). Since then Cara has walked the runways and landed the campaigns of companies such as Burberry, Chanel, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few.


So, like any stylist, I thought I would have a little fun and dress Cara up for a Chicago Fall week. Where she’s going – I have no idea, but I tried to remain true to both her own unique style as well as mine. AND, to make things just a little bit sweeter, I tried to replicate her outfits at an affordable cost. Have some fun with my CARAcatures and be sure to comment and let me know which ones are your favorites!

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SIGN up for Fall

Oct 12 1 Comments

By now, if you are a reader of my blog you invariably share at least some common interests with me, namely fashion and astrology. If you have followed my blog over the past few years, you will note that from time to time I always like to throw in a post about astrology and how the colors behind the astrological signs relate to our present lives. Since the seasons are changing and Fall is at our doorstep, I thought it befitting to provide you with a guide, sign by sign, of what you should be flaunting, favoriting, and fixating upon as you step outside this Fall.

Author Spring Liao presents us with a table that matches sign by sign your specific color for Fall 2015, as well as some other interesting tid bits about what to expect from your spirit, body, and mind these next few months.















AKIRA: Look Like A Million, Spend Under $100

Oct 07 0 Comments

Whether you’re in college or not, all of us understand that it’s just not fiscally responsible these days to buy head to toe designer pieces season after season. While I am all for buying high and low and mixing it together, sometimes it’s nice to be able to put together what looks like an Oscar de la Renta to the world but feels like a trip to the Salvation Army to your wallet. With that said, I would like to introduce you, my loyal viewers, to one of my favorite online stores, Akira.


I had the pleasure of working for Akira over a year ago in their warehouse, styling many of their online looks that are similar to those that you will see posted here today. The name Akira originates from one of the owner’s names, Erika, who decided that her name phonetically pronounced backwards (and “artistically altered” a little bit) felt like the perfect fit for a distinctly original name for the stores.


In addition to having online stores, Akira also has unique and consumer conscious boutiques all around the Chicago area. Today I am specifically focusing on what is available on the online boutique so that those of you who don’t live in this treacherously windy city can have a taste of the fun, too. I have compiled outfits from their website,, that for under $100 are meant to emulate exactly what you are seeing on the runways and red carpets. Buyers beware though; Akira’s turnover rate is EXCEPTIONALLY high so if you see something you like today, there is a very good chance it may not be there tomorrow. As Erika might say, NUF EVAH! (backwards for those of you slow catcher-oners).








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