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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Reviewed: my name necklace monogram ring

I love the monogramming trend. Although it's hard to call it a trend, because it's been around forever and it's always been cool.

MyNameNecklace deals exclusively in custom name and monogrammed jewelry and I was delighted to add this Monogram Ring to my collection.

The sterling silver ring is delicate and elegant. The thin band is light weight and so easy to wear everyday, which is what I've done since it arrived at my doorstep.

While the site states that normal processing and shipping times range from two to three weeks, I had my ring in a little over one week. It came packaged in a nice giftable cardboard jewelry box.

One point worth noting is that the ring sizing does seem to run a bit small. Normally a size seven ring can fit on my right hand ring finger, but this one is too tight. Fortunately MyNameNeckalce offers half and quarter sizing on rings, so this would not be a problem for future orders.
Thankfully my left hand is smaller, and it fits perfectly there.

The price points for sterling silver and 18k gold plated jewelry are very reasonable, with most under $100; this ring retails for $60.

MyNameNeckalce is also offering 10% off your order for Chic on the Cheap readers; just use the code CHIC at the checkout.

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Sweater Banana Republic
White Coat Zara similar
Trouser Jeans TJMaxx similar
Bag Tahari c/o TJMaxx similar
Boots Madden Girl
Shine Necklace Ily Couture
Gold Nekclace The Cavernous Jewelry Box similar
Pave Link Bracelet c/o LydellNYC
 Monogram Ring c/o MyNameNecklace
Sunglasses Ralph c/o Sunglasses Shop
 Nail Color Avon Luxe Lavender & Butter London Knackered

monogram ring

MyNameNecklace provided me with this ring for the purpose of the review. My views and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Desaturated spring

I love black and white prints. Bold and striking, they can pack nearly as much punch as a bright color. Since black and white is trending this spring, here are a few of my favorites.

black and white spring

Dot Print "Networking Executive" Dress, $118 at ModCloth
Totes Striped Umbrella, $15 at Target
Lauren Conrad Two Tone Sunglasses, $18 at Kohls
Grey Contessa Necklace, $25 at JewelIQ
Chevron Clutch, $36 at LuLu's
Report Jezzica Black and White Flat, $70 at Piperlime
One Shoulder One Piece Swimsuit, $40 at Target

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Stopping traffic

Literally. I stepped out to the edge of the road and the cars stopped to let me jaywalk. I did it three times just to be sure, and one time it was a cop. I'm not sure if that counts less or more. Either way, this is by far the brightest, most neon, most traffic stopping blazer in existence and for once I'm grateful that I'm single, because I know if I had a boyfriend he'd be full of backhanded comments about looking I should be directing traffic or working on the side of the road.

No, I can revel in the obscene brightness of the blazer in peace.

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The Rundown
Graphic Print Dress c/o London Times
Neon Notch Collar Blazer JCPenney
Long Sleeve Tee Gap
Boots Madden Girl similar
Willis Bag Coach Thrifted
Bracelets Kohls, Thrifted
Earrings Market in Italy similar
Hammered Ring Thrifted similar
Sunglasses Ray-Ban Emma
Nail Color Sally Hansen Nail Strips Kitty Kitty

Monday, February 25, 2013

Skinny boy

I finally found a pair of boyfriend jeans I actually like on me, though to be fair a boyfriend skinny jean is sort of contrary to point of a boyfriend jean.

The fit on Old Navy's Boyfriend skinny is slightly more relaxed, and they have distressing and whiskering, which is of course, very masculine. 

For my curvy figure these are just what I need. They have the essence of a boyfriend cut, but don't make me appear dumpy. While a petite version of the jean is offered (which I meet the height qualifications for) I got the regular length. I figure I can always cuff them more if I want. They were also on sale and I had some rewards coupons so I only paid $15 for them.

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Boyfriend Skinny Jeans Old Navy
Window Pane Shirt J.Crew via Coco's
Leopard Coat JCPenney similar, similar
Toe Cap Pumps Me Too via TJMaxx similar
Bag Tahari c/o TJMaxx similar
Knot Necklace Thrifted similar
Gloves Antonio Murolo via TJMaxx similar
Woven Belt Thrifted similar

Friday, February 22, 2013

Brunch

This past weekend I met up with Meg and Christine for brunch and shopping, something we are trying to make a regular occurrence, because everyone knows breakfast food is the best, fellow bloggers make awesome company, and when we shop together, leaving empty handed is a rare sight.

We braved the freezing temps and ice cold wind to take outfit photos; Christine rocked an amazing pair of leopard pumps with green pants and Meg showed off her new vintage Chanel jacket.

I decided to debut my new metallic skirt from the Narciso Rodriguez/Kohls diffusion line, and try out a style tip from the pages of Lucky Mag, layering a wristlet as part of my bracelet stack.

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Blue Button Down Thrifted
Jacquard Skirt Narciso Rodriguez for Kohls
Leather Moto Jacket Express similar
Heels Adrienne Vittadini via TJMaxx similar
Sequined Clutch Gap
Wristlet Coach similar
Shine Necklace Ily Couture
Crystal Bracelet Taken for Granite similar
Blue Earrings JoJo Loves You
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade similar
Sunglasses Ray-Ban Emma

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Haircut

I'm not really one for haircuts. It's generally all I can do to get it cut twice a year.
This time I decided to go to the Paul Mitchell school and let a student cut my hair.
Even though the process took a lot longer, since the instructor needs to check the students work, answer questions and demonstrate techniques, I actually enjoyed the experience. And I had my hair cut by a guy for the first time ever, so I cajoled him into taking an instagram photo with me. Haha.
Best $6 haircut ever.

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The Rundown
Floral Button Down H&M similar
Striped Sequin Shirt The Limited similar
Skinny Jeans Kohls
Boots Madden Girl similar
Turquoise Satchel Charm and Luck similar, similar
Twisted Glamor Bracelet c/o Swarovski Elements
Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade similar
Watch c/o Caravelle by Bulova via Lucky Fabb
Blue Earrings JoJo Loves You

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Cross my heart

Want to know a secret? This outfit is actually this outfit, only with red jeans instead of a cream maxi skirt. It's one simple swap, but it completely revamps the look. I'm not even sure which I like better.

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Chiffon Blouse Gap similar
Fur Vest American Eagle similar
Red Jeans Urban Outfitters similar
Perforated Booties Chinese Laundry similar
Antler Ring House of Harlow
Arrow Necklace Banana Republic similar
Arrow Bracelet Furbish Studio similar, similar
Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Nail Color Sally Hansen Nail Strips Kitty Kitty

Have you entered to win a pair of earrings from JoJo Loves You? 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prep in my step

New to me site Tailor and Stylist offers budget friendly on trend pieces, brought to you by a husband and wife team who are of course, the Tailor and the Stylist.

They have the same mind set as I do - looking great shouldn't have to cost a small fortune, and on their site you will find gorgeous coats, cute and classy dresses and fun accessories.
I was particularly excited to find some pieces, including this adorable dress, have been made here in the USA.

The Wimbeldon in my color obsession of the moment, mint is so preppy and cute. The knit fabric makes it comfortable and easy to wear, the pleated skirt has a lot of fun movement. Can not wait to wear it in the warmer months! Now if only I played tennis...

Do go check out Tailor and Stylist, and shop worry free - they offer free shipping and exchanges!

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The Rundown
Mint Wimbeldon Dress c/o Tailor and Stylist
Houndstooth Coat Kohls similar
 Studded Oxfords G by Guess similar, similar
Willis Bag Coach Thrifted
 Signature Spade Ring Kate Spade
Monogram Necklace Amazon similar
Earrings Aldo similar

Monday, February 18, 2013

JoJo Loves You Earrings Giveaway!

My new favorite Boston based jewelry maker, JoJo Loves You, is offering one lucky Chic on the Cheap reader a pair of Bling Earrings to call their own!

The earrings, made of vintage Swarovsky crystals and set in sterling silver are handmade in Boston, MA. They come in every imaginable color, so I know it will be a challenge to only choose one!

You may have noticed I've been in love with my neon blue Blings, they are the perfect size to add a bright pop of color to any outfit.

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Giveaway is open to US residents, winner can select a pair of Bling Earrings in any color of their choosing.