5 Summer Dresses under $50

The middle of summer is here, and the countdown for returning back to school has begun. These 5 dresses are must-haves at low prices, perfect for the rest of summer and the beginning of fall – for class or weekends.

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1. Forever 21 Flowering Ruffle Dress w/ Belt

 

$22.80 Forever 21

2. Victoria’s Secret Rope Halter Dress

$39.50 on sale for $29.50, Victoria's Secret

3. Mimi Chica Ruffled Strapless Dress

 

$44 Nordstrom

4. ASOS Cut Out Color Block Dress

 

$34.48, ASOS

5. Francesca’s Crossroads Dress

 

$44, Francesca's

Ciao,

Chelsea

Suit Up or Cover Up? That is the Question…

Yesterday I needed to distress and unwind. Like all the Fashionistas that came before me, nothing makes me feel better faster than walking through a department store. The sights, the smells, the sales!!!!! I start on the bottom floor (or wherever the shoes are) and worked my way up. I was finally starting to feel relaxed…that is until I stumbled into the swimsuit department. I haven’t purchased a new suit in a few years and since my last suit I’ve lost some weight. Yea! I deserve a treat for my success, right? Well at that time of the month with my extra five pounds of bloat-age, I found that going to the swimsuit department was a definite mistake. With my hormone levels spiking up and down faster than the stock market, I get slightly emotional with a touch of self-loathing on the side. In other words, major melt down in front of the dressing room mirror.
I know by nature women can tear themselves down faster than the electronics sell-out of Wal-Mart on the Black Friday sale. I am pretty sure it is woven into our DNA to hate ourselves. In celebrity interviews they ask “What do you like most about yourself?” I can honestly say “nothing”. I constantly find a flaw that I cannot fix and focus on that for days. Instead of praising my long eyelashes or I fit into my skinny jeans again (and could button the top button PLUS sit down!) I focus on my bubble butt, my muffin top, or that my boobs are too big so much so that I cannot button the top button of my pea coat. Can anyone else relate?
We all know that the lighting in the dressing rooms are the LEAST flattering form of illumination ever, but with the girdle area (from mid thighs to the smallest part of waist) extra bloated, trying on half priced bikinis was bad juju! After a thirty minute melt down convincing myself the reason I am single is because of my love handles, I gather myself up, throw the bikinis into the discard pile, and continue through the store. Perhaps I should revisit the shoe department. There were some BCBG’s I didn’t try on…
As I walk through the store I begin to notice the clothing, or lack thereof. I see the short, skimpy shorts, the tight body hugging mini dresses, the low cut tops – which of course are sleeveless exposing my untoned arms (which is most definitely the reason I do not have a boyfriend). *sigh*. The short shorts and tank top season is here and I still have 15 more pounds to lose before I even attempt to squeeze into any of the afore mentioned items. I know how to pair items together to make a fantastic fashion statement. However, these styles are made for the stick thin models who are either blessed with fantastic genes or simply don’t eat. For me, my genes are not those of Heidi Klum and the not eating thing doesn’t work. So comes the universal question: suit up or cover up?
It takes a deep breath, a Starbucks frappaccino, and my mantra to clear my head and go toe to toe with the bikini department. I size myself up in the mirror and try my hardest to see myself as I truly am versus the chubby version my mind creates in the mirror. I let go of all my pre-conceived ideas and tell myself I need to take a chance on fashion. I recall the countless articles I read about “dressing for your body”. I remind myself that as a curvy girl, I am NEVER going to pull off a shapeless tunic that the Kiera Knightly’s of the world can work. I should stay away from ruffles on shirts and stick to belted dresses/tops that accentuate my waist. There are even tips for navigating through the swimsuit department! I just have to realize that I am never comfortable going half naked in public and I am never going to find a positive reflection staring back in the mirror while I am in a swimsuit. But with a few tips and tricks, I could feel better. I could suit up instead of cover up this summer because everyone knows you look thinner with a tan!

Below are the tips and tricks I have discovered for every body type. Hopefully you too can suit up and leave the cover behind…unless it is a super cute one!
 

~Boyish Shape
Celebrity Icon: Kiera Knightly, Sienna Miller
Tricks/Tips
•If you are small chested, wear tops and swimsuits with ruffles. They create the illusion of bigger bust and draw the eyes to the spot. *See Julianne Hough’s swimsuit
•If you have a flat butt, wear jeans with flap pockets. This gives your rump an extra oomph.
•Wish you had curvier hips? No problem! Just pick dresses that has details around the hips    * See  Blake Lively red Chanel dress pix
•If you want to wear a cute statement belt, make sure it is slung low on your hips versus your waist to create curves.
•For skirts, stay away from fitted, tight skirts. Instead go for the minis (you’ve got the legs!) and pick skirts with details around the hips and thighs (think ruffles, rhinestones, pockets) to create the illusion of curvier hips. •You’ve got a skinny body so show it off! Pick a feature to showcase such as your legs in a cute mini or your arms in a one shoulder or strapless top. Curves we can create, but your slim appendages we can’t. Show it off girl!
Items to Avoid:
•Fitted items. They overemphasize your slim body and lack of curves.

 

~Curvy
Celebrity Icon: Any Kardashian Sister, Christina Hendricks, Marilyn Monroe, Sofia Vergara
Tricks/Tips:
•Showing off your figure starts with under your clothes. Invest in shapewear such as spankx. They make everything from tummy control to whole body. Don’t be ashamed to wear shapewear…it does not mean you have turned into an old lady! I promise every Hollywood Celebrity is wearing shapewear under their garments at the red carpet! Go to places like JCPennys or Macys in the intimates department for various degrees of shapewear at a lower price. Also, look for coupons to save even more! (BTW, Victoria Secrets does not carry shapewear; this is dumb, I know). *See pix of hip/tummy shaper
•Stick with V-necked items. Most likely you’ve got a large bust. High necked articles can make you look frumpy or matronly. Depending on your comfort level, you can show a bit of cleavage depending on how low you want your V-neck to go.
•Stick with cap sleeves vs. sleeveless. The cap sleeve is more flattering to your arm.
•Go for boot cut jeans.
•High-waisted pants with wide legs are flattering because they highlight your slimmest parts, which are your waist and ankles.
•Use a strategically placed belt to highlight your thin waist! Cinch your waist with a belt on a tunic, dress, or long top. *See pix
•Wear fitted A-line or pencil skirts that hit just above or just below your knee.
•For swimwear, try a tankini with a tummy control element or a full coverage bikini for extra support. If you want to cover your legs, look for bottoms that have a skirt that hits below the top of your thighs.
•Remember dark colors, such as black, navy, and charcoal, are slimming. Try and use dark colors for your bottoms (and swimsuits) to make your hips look slimmer.
Items to Avoid:
•Shirts/swimsuits with ruffles…your chest will draw enough attention on its own, no need to enhance your natural assets with frills that might make you look matronly
•Embellishments on her hips including ruffles, pockets, and belts
•Shapeless tops… A big tent will enhance your figure in an unflattering way.

~Petite
Celebrity Icon: Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Bell, Reese Witherspoon
Tricks/Tips:
•Lucky you, you get an excuse to wear heels everywhere! Wedges are a perfect blend of comfort and height in the summer. To elongate your legs, try and keep the shoe the same color as your bottoms (whether that be a nude to match your bare legs or black to match your black tights/pants.)
•Stick with vertical lines versus horizontal. The vertical lines make your body look longer.
•V-necks: they make your neck look longer thus making you look taller!
•Skirts: Pencil skirts that follow your body’s lines (but not too tight!) is most flattering. If you choose to wear a mini, wear it with flats *See Reese Witherspoon pix
•Swimwear. Lucky you, you can pull off almost any style. Just be sure to avoid horizontal stripes!
Items to Avoid:
•Bulky fabrics. Opt for a cashmere sweater versus chunky cable knit sweaters.
•Mid-calf skirts
•Horizontal items: obviously avoid horizontal stripes on clothes, but also avoid wide bell bottoms and Capri’s that open wider at the bottom.

~Plus Size
Celebrity Icon: Melisa McCarthy, Queen Latifah, Brooke Elliott (from Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva)
Tricks/Tips:
•Showing off your figure starts with under your clothes. Invest in shapewear such as spankx. They make everything from tummy control to whole body. Don’t be ashamed to wear shapewear…it does not mean you have turned into an old lady! I promise every Hollywood Celebrity is wearing shapewear under their garments at the red carpet! Go to places like JCPennys or Macys in the intimates department for various degrees of shapewear at a lower price. Also, look for coupons to save even more! (BTW, Victoria Secrets does not carry shapewear; this is dumb, I know). *See pix of full body shaper
•Stick with V-necked items. Most likely you’ve got a large bust. High necked articles can make you look frumpy or matronly. Depending on your comfort level, you can show a bit of cleavage depending on how low you want your V-neck to go.
•Dark colors are slimming. Try dressing in one color to look extra slim and add pops of color with awesome accessories such as belts, statement necklaces, scarves, shoes, and purses.
•Stick with tailored clothing. Fitted garments actually make you look thinner! Trying to hide under baggy make you look larger than you are. Just make sure you have the proper size. Too small doesn’t do you justice either.
•High heels. These babies will do a great deal for you! They will lift you up in all the right places and help balance you out your width.
•Posture. It is a little known fact that if a person stands up straight, you will automatically look five pounds lighter! (It also helps prevent back aches and hopefully avoids the dreaded “hump” women tend to get as they get older from osteoporosis…so take your calcium too!).
•Low Rise Pants: This style is the most flattering. It makes your butt look smaller and helps avoid the “muffin top” all women fight. Also, boot cut is the most flattering. *See Queen Latifah
•For swimwear try a tankini with a tummy control element or a full coverage one piece for extra support. If you want to cover your legs, look for bottoms that have a skirt that hits below the top of your thighs.
• Vertical lines: They slim you down and lengthen you.
Items to Avoid:
• Stretchy fabrics. They tend to cling in all the wrong places. Especially avoid silk, rayon, and jersey fabrics.
• Shirts/swimsuits with ruffles…your chest will draw enough attention on its own, no need to enhance your natural assets with frills that might make you look matronly.
• Embellishments on hips including ruffles, pockets, and belts.
• Shapeless tops. A big tent will enhance your figure in an unflattering way.
• Horizontal lines. They make you look wider.

Hope these guidelines helps you suit up and save the cover up for those cool evenings at the beach. Until next time…
XOXO
Girl in the Pink Shoes

What is HonorSociety.org? And Why I l Love it!

 

So where do I begin… I usually don’t gush about things like this but being in HonorSociety.org makes me so happy. It begins with the nomination I received a few months back, and has been a whirlwind of recognition and perks that I have received ever since.

There was no better feeling that telling my mom and dad I was inducted! All of my family was really excited and that made me feel so great!! The real reason I started to love it is when I explored all of the benefits they give their members. I immediately used the foreign language course to start learning Italian (I’m going their in August!) and– of course– redeemed the greek gear discount in order to buy a couple summer tees.  All of the discounts were legit when I used them, so I immediately knew HonorSociety.org was no scam. The credibility and reputation of HonorSociety.org, where important factors when deciding to accept the invitation.  Receiving a nomination to this exclusive organization with a solid reputation was the capstone of a great 2nd year of college, where I made dean’s list twice.

Molte Grazie HonorSociety.org!

Can’t wait to put my Italian classes to use in Rome! <3

 

 

 

 

Gleeky Fashion – Quinn Fabray

Well, you’ve tried out Rachel Berry’s cutesy and fresh style on for size. Now, it’s time to try queen bee Quinn Fabray (played by Dianna Agron)‘s demure, springy, and classy style.

After shedding her cheerleader skin, the former “Cheerio” took on a dainty, summery style – as if she wasn’t already the most popular girl in school!

Quinn’s Babydoll Sundresses

Quinn looks polished and mature in simple sundresses – but adds feminine details to keep it young.

Anthropologie – Parading Hues Dress – $138

Free People – Parisian Bouquets Halter Dress – $128

Quinn’s Cool Hats

Spring fedoras and cloches are totally in right now. Make yours stand out in a bright color or cute details.

Forever 21 – Basketweave Cloche – $9.80

Forever 21 – Woven Flower Fedora – $12.80

Quinn’s Cardigans

Top off your cute ensemble with a girl cardigan for the chilly summer nights.

Target – Merona Artist V-Neck Cardigan Sweater: In The Navy – $24.99

Target – Mossimo Crop Cardigan: Acid Yellow

Glee returns to television on April 19th on FOX, but you can catch up on hulu.com and netflix.com if you’re a subscriber!

Video Review of HonorSociety.org

Hey Fashionistas! Back by popular demand, we’ve decided to extend our video review series and branch out to new categories like useful websites. Today’s review goes of the pros and cons of joining HonorSociety.org. In a nutshell, I think it’s an awesome service and I’m really proud to be a member. It’s totally legitimate, and they don’t spam or scam you, or anything like that. As I said in the video, please feel free to ask me any questions or comments, and I’m definitely up to answer anything!

 

 

Please ask me any questions in the comments below, and I will try to answer as soon as possible. :)

Is HonorSociety.org a Scam? No, It’s not.

Many students are rightfully worried about potential scams and rip-offs, but thankfully not everything out there is looking to scam college students. I have been asked by some of our members about honorsociety.org, and so I’m going to give me quick 2 cents about this. Yes, HonorSociety.org does cost money to join but so does every honor society out there. If an honor society does not charge, they would have no way to fund all of the privileges, scholarships, and other benefits you receive. In fact, HonorSociety.org has been recognized as the #1 Honor Society for perks and benefits by Honor Society Reviews. Some of the helpful benefits I have seen include free foreign language courses by LiveMocha.com, free grad school test prep by BenchPrep.com, 10% off all textbook rentals from BookRenter.com, and industry career guides by Vault.com. All in all, HonorSociety.org is one of the most prestigious and legitimate honor societies out there. If anyone becomes eligible to join, I would highly encourage them to take advantage of the opportunity and associated privileges.

HonorSociety.org Induction. Review: Yes, It’s Legit

This is a slight departure from our normal reviews and pieces, but I thought it might be important for other girls out there in the same place as me. Earlier this year I joined our school’s HonorSociety.org chapter, and look forward to participating at their “Reading is Fundamental” event this weekend. I wanted to address this because there is a lot of misinformation out there about certain opportunities and honor societies. For those of you fashionistas who don’t know about HonorSociety.org, here’s a brief intro– HonorSociety.org is a national honor society which helps students stand out with recognition for academic achievement, and fosters student’s growth with exclusive discounts and accesses to materials for its users. I’ve already started using the Benchprep GRE class to prepare for the GRE exam I’m taking next month. Honor Society does have dues, so it does cost money, but it’s definitely not a scam. The services that they provide you access to (career guides, job postings, test prep, foreign language classes, on and on…) are totally worth it, and the recognition has been very helpful on my resume. They do send an e-mail update about once a month I’d say, but I wouldn’t really consider it spam as it’s generally pretty helpful and has relevant stuff like scholarship postings and upcoming events. All in all I’m so happy I joined, and am proud to be a member of HonorSociety.org! Yay!! Have any of you fashionistas joined out there? Let us know your thoughts too. :)

Honor Society Induction Ceremony

 

 

Favorite Bachelorette Fashion

Mondays are not good for much. Especially after such an amazing weekend, it seems almost impossible to pull yourself out of bed to get to your summer internship knowing that you have 5 more days until the weekend. However, as soon as I remembered that tonight there’s a new episode of The Bachelorette, I had a sudden motivation to get my day going.

I must say that I am a reality TV junkie, but there are two main reasons that I watch The Bachelorette – the men and the fashion. I personally think Ashley can get a bit annoying, but her style (or her stylists style) is fantastic and JP is not too bad himself. Here are my personal favorite Bachelorette styles of the season thus far, with only bigger and better things to come in the final few episodes.

The show airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.


White Blazer from Mickey Date

Elizabeth and James ‘Emery’ Linen Blazer

$395.00, Nordstrom



The Look for Less

Two-Button Blazer

$79.99, Gap





Black Babydoll Rose Ceremony Dress

Donna Mizani Bow Dress

$475, Singer22



The Look for Less:

Rare Pleated Bandeau Chiffon Dress

$94.81, ASOS






Green racerback halter dress

Alice + Olivia T back dress

$110.88, Bloomingdales



Similar Style:

Tall Green Split Neck Halter Dress

$76.00, TopShop





Emily Maynard’s Beige Blouse

Emily Maynard’s Beige Blouse

$235.00 ShopBop



The Look For Less:

Vero Moda Very Draped Blouse With Glitter Spots

$37.93, ASOS






Looking for a Bachelorette style? Email Chelsea at pbandchellie@gmail.com





Dorm Room Essentials

One of the most exciting – yet stressful – aspects of a college girls life is the task of decorating the dorm room. We want to make our room at school feel like home, and that can be hard to do when you have so many other things to worry about. The college dorm room needs to be a place that you feel comfortable in, which is often hard to do in such a small space. Whether you’re living in a 4 bedroom apartment or sharing a tiny room with another person, your dorm room should be a place for self expression and style.

Dormify is the perfect place to make this happen. They have everything you need from bedding to closet organizers to my personal favorite – wall decals and decor.

Houndstooth Fairy Quilt Set, $89.00
“So Oval It” Quilt Set, $89.00

Chain Chandelier Decal, $40.00

Clothesline Frames Decal, $85.00

Summer Weddings: Do’s and Dont’s

August is here, and with it comes the final onslaught of summer weddings.  (I’m headed to one on the 21st!)  If you find yourself dressing for a wedding as well, here are some “classy girl guidelines” for bash-appropriate behavior on the big day.

DO consider the setting when getting dressed.  Sure, a U.K.-made fascinator with a price tag of 1,000 dollars was appropriate for The Royal Wedding, but your choices should probably stay a little closer to home.  Consider the location of the wedding when choosing your outfit; what you should wear to an indoor reception at the Plaza is quite different than what you should wear to an outdoor country-themed wedding.  Wear something classy, simple and occasion appropriate.

DON’T ignore the wishes of the bride and groom.  Even if you’re the girl who’s been daydreaming about her wedding since the womb, today is not about you.  It is about the couple and their celebration, and if they have opinions about dress/colors/anything, that should be taken into account.

DO think about comfort.  You should absolutely look nice, but you don’t want to be in a dress that’s too tight to breathe in or heels that will keep you seated for most of the night.  If you are, how are you going to dance all night with the groom’s cute cousin?  Thought so.

DON’T be afraid to branch out.  While you should avoid intruding on other’s special moments, don’t be afraid to meet new people and introduce yourself to guests from the other side of the family.  A great wedding guest is gracious to the couple and charms the pants off everyone.

DO have fun.  Even if you’re stuck in a bad bridesmaid dress or seated next to a screaming three year old, be your positive self.  Between dancing, mingling and the (hopefully) open bar, weddings are usually a pretty fun event.  Smile and enjoy yourself.  Plus, someday these people will probably have to schlep to your wedding.  And yes, then you can make them wear whatever you want.

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