Monday, November 2, 2009

a great place to find purses

This is such an awesome website for accessories!!

some of my favorite finds:

The last bag is the same bag my sorority gave me on bid day...I use it all the time! it's the perfect size for carrying around books and my laptop and at $12.36, you really cant go wrong!

-Meredith Leigh

Monday, October 26, 2009

beautiful girl

So when I was on my yahoo today, a story came up for "30 Beautiful Hollywood actresses" and I pretty much died in excitement! I have an obsession with Marilyn Monroe. So much, that for our America themed sorority date function, me date and i dressed and Marilyn and JFK!

The sexy but timeless looks of these ladies have inspired my blog today! I love how some of the classic icons always look so put together and so classy! I love this nautical inspired look worn by Ava Gardner.

ALL of these pieces are from forever 21. I LOVE the navy high wasted, bandage skirt and with that blouse tucked in, it will look super chic. I felt that a red belt was too expected and I think the navy and bronze go well together, that way you have a nautical inspired look without actually being nautical.

Who are some of your favorite women of fashion, retro or modern?

-Meredith Leigh

Thursday, October 22, 2009

crazy girl!

hey guys!

Sorry I haven't posted in nearly a week! I have been crazy busy! It's my initiation week for my sorority, among many other things.

I promise lots of good posts next week!!

love love!

Meredith Leigh

Saturday, October 17, 2009

DIY Studded Shoes

Before i start my post, i just need to throw out that I am madly in love with the John Mayer cover of "Free Fallin". I'm a huge Tom Petty fan (he's a local!) and John's sweet voice just melts me!

On a shoe hunt, i was looking through photos from fashion shows and found these awesome Balmain strappy heels. They have studs and rhinestones all over (i LOVE bling) but i couldn't figure out where to find them so I decided to make a pair of my own.

I also bought some rhinestones to decorate mine with! I would also recommend buying the shoes FIRST then the studs/ bling just to see what matches the shoe style.

To place to studs, you can either hammer them through the fabric (be careful!) and then use wires to bend the edges in OR you can buy a stud setting too for a relatively cheap price. If you find hammering to be too difficult, you can also glue. If you plan on gluing, make sure to wipe down the shoe first.

Next, you can add rhinestones for a little bling. I really like how the Balmain shoes have rhinestones as the band on the ankle strap! Now just let the glue dry and you have your very own, custom studded shoes!

I wish my camera cord was working so I could upload my creation! the key to creating awesome shoes is to pay attention to the anatomy of the shoes and to not overdo one the studs. I wanted to find platformed heels so i could add bling to the platform but no luck!

Time to get creative and don't forget, you don't have to spend a lot to look hot!

-Meredith Leigh

Thursday, October 15, 2009

sign on the dotted line

Sorry about the minimal updating this week! I'v had tests in Macro and Calc and it's homecoming week here at UF so we have events every night!

Last night my sorority had a social the gentlemen of two fraternities and the theme was "Party like a Rockstar". In the process of getting ready I was excited to use my black, faux leather bag which has just a few studs at the base of the handles and little silver chain details around.

This bag is great for everything! from days when I want to wear just jeans and a tee to sundresses (it's still summer in Florida, guys) and even when I party like a rockstar. I'm a purse whore, but I think one of the essential items every girl needs is a good, versatile bag.

With cool details or even bright colors, this investment into a versatile piece will make it your signature bag!

What are some other signature pieces of this season that you think is worth investing in?

-Meredith Leigh

PS. you should check out this contest!

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

good girls go bad-- the leather jacket

So when I was getting my daily dose of People Mag, I pretty much died with happiness to see Jessica Simpson in one of my favorite articles of clothing--a leather jacket. I bought a black faux leather bomber jacket on Black Friday of 2008 for $19 and I can say it has been one of my best purchases ever.

Leather jackets are a great way to add a hard edge to a glamorous look this fall AND you don't have to pay a lot to find the jacket that's just right for you.

leather jackets come is so many styles, from bombers to vests to trenches so it's important to try on a few styles and see what looks best on you. Try shopping in a favorite pair of jeans and a fitted tee and if your daring enough, bring a floral sundress you'd like to mix into your winter/fall wardrobe. A versatile leather jacket is something you'll love forever!

Enjoy! And remember, you don't have to spend a lot to always look hot ;)

-Meredith Leigh

Monday, October 12, 2009

DIY Headbands

As a sorority girl, it’s safe to say all of my sisters have a passion for Lily Pulitzer and/or Vera Bradley but with sundress prices averaging in the $200 and $300 (hence my hunt on ebay for NWT styles) and tote bags over $40, it’s a bit unrealistic and pricey to have a variety of these labels.

A great way to add the color flavor of these looks is headbands. You can buy basic, wide plastic headbands at any Wal-Mart, Target, or craft store.

Next you need to buy the fabric. For Vera fabric I suggested just buying the napkin in the pattern you like (I believe it is $6 at most retailers or you can find it on ebay). For Lilly, you should either search ebay for fabrics or another great place online is where you can get fabric in different shapes and sizes.

Usually you end up with more fabric than needed but these would make great gifts! To spice up the headband, you could bedazzle it (oh how I love bling), add a bow, or anything else to add personal style!

You could also do this with other fabrics you have lying around or fabrics you find in the scraps bin at your local craft store.

-Meredith Leigh