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33 posts categorized "Fashion Girl"

January 27, 2012

Dress For Less: Skull Tees

Dress for less with skull tees!

1. Daydreamer LA Floral Skull Sweatshirt, $49,
2. Light Grey White Bling Flower Skull Tank Top, 24.50,
3. Charcoal Acid Wash Foil Skull Vest, $36,
4. Black Joystick Junkies Pirate Skull T-Shirt, $26.86,
5. Grey Wild Skull Tee, $19.50,

November 30, 2010

Fashion Girl: Styling Tips For The Season's Best Jackets

Dear Fashion Girl:

I need to go get a coat. (It's been so cold lately in L.A.!) What styles are "in" right now?


Dear Brrrrr:

Agreed. Coat weather has definitely arrived! Three of the best trends right now in outerwear are black leather, faux fur, and classic wool. I picked out some of my favs below and have some fun, fashion school-inspired styling tips. Enjoy!

Black Leather Jacket:
Create a contrast by wearing tough black leather with something super-girlie like a long frilly skirt in a soft color.

Picture 1

Faux Fur Jacket:
Fur has a way of being "insta-glam," but you can dress it down with a casual tee and your favorite jeans.

Picture 2

Classic Wool Coat:
A long wool coat in a great neutral tone can practically be an outfit itself. All you need is to wear something plain with warm tights and you're good to brave the cold!

Picture 3

I hope this helps. Would love to know what you end up getting. Have fun shopping!

-Fashion Girl

If you have a style Q for Fashion Girl, please send an email to

December 17, 2008

Fashion Girl: A-Dressing The Competition (And Liking It!)


It seems that Fashion Girl has a bit of competition in the fashion advice category!

Not to worry -- Lloyd Boston, a style guru who has appeared on Oprah and The Today Show, answers fashion questions on the Jones New York site. He's clearly aiming for the Jones New York set -- a slightly older demographic than Fashion Girl addresses.

But if you have a hankering for more, check out Lloyd's point of view. Here's one I liked:

"I would also advise you to try the one-for-one approach.

For every one area you hide, consider revealing another to balance things out.

For instance, if you are hiding your stomach, show off your shoulders and décolletage.

Hate your rear? Hide it, but show off your back if it shines."

Good advice, I think! Especially for the holidays!

You, or more likely your mom, can ask Lloyd a question here.

More style advice is good for us all!

In January, will launch JNY Style Miles hosted by Lloyd Boston, a 12-part online video series which aims to aid stylish ladies in the task of looking chic on a budget.

They'll shop in their own closets with the help of Lloyd!

Where do I sign up?--Fashion Girl

December 10, 2008

Fashion Girl Answers: Stylish Tall Boots Roomy Enough For Bigger Calves

I know, it can be almost impossible to find a boot that will zip if your calves aren't stick-figure-y. But I've discovered a couple of companies that make boots that are not only wider in the calf (some also in the foot), but are actually STYLISH!

The above Ayla Boots in Verona at $189.97 at (free shipping!) are even made to be worn over your jeans!

You can find out more about Ayla Boots here.

Brewster has 9 different pairs of extended-calf boots ranging from $129 up. I particularly like the ones above, a classic equestrian boot called Brewster, which come in black and espresso for $218 extended calf sizes.


Nordstrom's online shoe department is also a place to seek out wider calf-widths and wider shoe-widths. They have a huge selection, and often carry several widths of the same item. Above is the Naturalizer "Jadis" wide calf boot for $132.95. They have others, too.

If you thought tall boots weren't for you, now you can give winter the boot! --Fashion Girl

October 07, 2008

Fashion Girl: Transitioning Your Summer Wardrobe To Fall

I'm in California, where it's still about 85 degrees and sweltering, but the rest of the country is lucky enough to get to begin wearing Fall styles.

Instead of going out and buying a whole new wardrobe, there are fashion tricks you can use to transition your summer wardrobe into Fall.

First of all, consider inexpensive accessories such as tights and hats.

There are two sites I love for tights. One is called We Love Colors, which sells tights, leggings, and other legwear in all the colors of the rainbow. Colored_tights_main_2 You'll be amazed!


Diamond or regular fishnets look great over contrasting tights.

Tip: You can always wear nude hose under fishnet or diamond tights to get an extra layer of protection from the elements.

Another site I love for legwear is called Sock Dreams, which carries just about everything under the sun you could consider wearing on your legs or feet.

They have SO much more than the checkered over-the-knee socks shown below. And shipping is free!

You'll love browsing their site.

Tip: Consider wearing your over-the-knee socks over nude stockings or colored tights, for extra warmth.


Another versatile way to keep warm for less is with hats.
The Angelina Crocheted Beanie below is from Delias, and it's only $14.50. Bluebeanie    

A hat and a long-sleeved tee or sweater will take your summer jeans into fall.

This red top is from Forever 21 and it's a whopping $4.80!

Here's a turtleneck for even more warmth, and it's at Forever 21 for $12.90.

Tip: Wear a long-sleeved top or turtleneck under your summer dresses with tights and boots to bring them into fall.

One thing you're going to need as it starts to rain and snow are a pair of warm boots.

Why not go vegan and try these Press Black Pleather Biker Boots for $54.95? Save money while you save the planet!


If you're more of a heels girl, try these Madden Girl Singerr Black Pleather Slouch Boots for $63.95. Great with your summer skinny jeans on rainy days!


Of course, every girl wants a new coat for the winter. is currently having a sale on all outerwear -- 20% off.

Here's a fab Houndstooth Belted Coat reduced from $99.50 to $79.60, which qualifies it for FREE SHIPPING!

If you don't like that coat, don't worry because they have tons more!


And not to forget, which is also featuring 20% off all outerwear.

This Ainsley coat, for $79.50, will brighten up any gray day.


And if you don't have the money for an expensive coat, don't forget vintage shops, thrift stores, and resale boutiques when it comes to finding a good, warm winter coat.

Lots of them carry gently worn, and even super-fabulous-one-of-a-kind, coats, sweaters, and accessories. --Fashion Girl

August 25, 2008

Go Back to School with!


It's that time of year again... Back-to-School! But heading away from the beach and into the classroom doesn't have to be such a bummer. Fall into the new school year in style with!

This year's back-to-school theme is the most spectacular we've ever had! There is so much amazing content you'll be begging to sharpen those pencils and hit the ground running!

Start the school year off right with your Fashion Class Schedule! Get looks inspired by the runway for each of the classes on your schedule: homeroom, art class, metal shop, and science class. These looks will get you up to speed on the latest trends and have you looking fabulous and studious all at the same time!

Next, grab an extra special helping of our Fab Finds! There is no way that just 5 Fab Finds would cut it for back-to-school, so instead we've brought you 50! That's right, 50 fab finds under $50! We've selected 10 fab finds from each of our Fashion Class Schedule looks, plus 10 eco-friendly choices!

As if that wasn't enough, we've also got the scoop on the best Beauty Products for the Girl on the Go, and a sneak peek at Fashion Girl's Trip to Rome with the FIDM Study Tour!


Last, but certainly not least, is bringing you FIDM's FastTrack for Juniors and our best back-to-school contest ever!

If you are a Junior in High School, and ready to start planning your future, then use FIDM's FastTrack for Juniors to get a head start on your FIDM application! Why wait? Simply click here, and follow the 3 simple steps and you'll be assigned an Admissions Advisor who will help guide you through the process! It's that easy!

And finally, is bringing you the Jumpstart Your Dreams Contest! You could win one of 7 amazing prize packs designed with your future career in mind! These prize packages have everything from shopping sprees to magazine subscriptions, digital camcorders to sewing machines! The prizes are so out of this world, you've got to see them to believe them! Check out's explosive contest section for all the details!

Go ahead! Turn over a new leaf and slide back into school with us at!

-- Alaythia

(Psst... Don't forget, you can start a FIDM Fashion Club at your High School! FIDM Fashion Club Chapter Leaders and Club Members are eligible for exclusive perks and scholarships not available to anyone else! It's fun and looks amazing on your college application! For more info, click here.)

July 29, 2008

Fashion Girl Answers: Inexpensive Jeans


While I know that wearing non-name-brand jeans can be totally dorky, a girl's gotta save a buck somewhere.

If your summer or back-to-school budget doesn't leave room for True Religion or Joe's Jeans, I have personally road-tested these bargain alternatives, and can vouch for their style, fit, and comfort:

JC Penney isn't the hippest place on earth, but I've found two styles of jeans there that are fab.

First of all there's Levi's Too Superlow Skinny Jeans, which I like in a dark wash, above. They're on sale for $29.99! They fit great, just buy them extra-tight because they stretch out a lot.

The second Penneys jean to which I want to give a personal plug are the Arizona Favorite Flare Rinse Jean, which are on sale for $24.99 to $26.99. They come in Short, Average, and Tall, as well as Plus.

They're a great-fitting low-rise jean that doesn't have the stretching-out problem we all hate so much.

Forever 21 is still selling their Lindsay Skinny Jean, and now their Fab Skinny Capris, both below, for the ridiculous price of $12.50, but you need to be lean to fit into their sizes.

I have a pair, and I can attest that they're real jeans, looks- and fit-wise! There's nothing about them that screams "I only spent $12.50!" They look perfectly fine on.



Wearing these jeans might not make you the envy of other girls, but the guys won't even notice your "no brand" jeans. They'll just think you look hot!

No need to break the bank, or invest all your allowance, in premium jeans unless you absolutely have to! --Fashion Girl

June 26, 2008

Back In Style: Dry Shampoos

In the Sixties, dry shampoos were a great new invention. I never tried them, of course, but they're back, and hopefully they're better than ever.

The product above, Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Spray, absorbs excess oil and product build-up and increases hair volume at the roots. Sephora carries this product as well as other brands.

If you have your hair blow-dried straight, a dry shampoo product could make your straight style last a couple of days longer. --Fashion Girl

June 19, 2008

Fashion Girl: How To Clean Stuff

Not so glamorous, I admit, but I hate when stains ruin my favorite tops and dresses. Here's a site that offers answers to stain dilemmas on your everyday and special occasion gear.

For instance, did you know that you can clean ballpoint ink with aerosol hairspray? Or that you can clean salad dressing from clothes with Fels Naptha soap (available in the supermarket)?

P.S. Never put a stained item in the dryer -- the heat will set the stain and you'll be unable to get it out, even with these tips. --Fashion Girl

March 20, 2008

Who Will Invent Semi-Permanent Makeup?

Last night I was browsing through West Hollywood's Beverly Center, perhaps the most up-scale mall in Los Angeles, where L'Oreal has an entire store devoted to their cosmetics, skin care products, and hair colors.

I tried on their Infallible Never Fail Lip Colour in Crimson, which is one of those long-lasting lip colors. L'Oreal claims it's supposed to stay on for 16 hours and that it won't flake out or fade out mid-lip.

That didn't happen, but I do have to say, some of it (not all) was still on today, 12 hours later, after I ate dinner and breakfast.

Which led me to wonder, this morning, as I walked onto FIDM's L.A. Campus, who will invent semi-permanent make-up -- make-up that lasts anywhere from two days to two weeks?

Something between that lip gloss that has to be reapplied incessantly to the tattooed-on kind that Michael Jackson sports?

Come on, people, is this rocket science?

Perhaps someone from FIDM's Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing program will be the genius who solves this annoying dilemma! --Fashion Girl