Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas, Fellow Fashionistas!

I can't believe another year has gone by! It's been a great time for me here at Sassy Fashionista, and I hope that all of you have enjoyed the past year as well.

Have a ridiculously amazing Christmas (or whatever you celebrate around this time of year)!

xoxo Alana

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Up & Rising: Buy the Latest Fashions Without Breaking the Bank!

Fantastic new shopping site alert! Up & Rising is an incredible new online boutique that offers up something different--fashions from the greatest emerging designers from all over the world for extremely reasonable prices.

The site does all the work for you.  They find the best new fashion designers out there and sell their most gorgeous items all in one place.  It's the perfect site for anyone who wants to always look trendy and classy, but doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars to do it.

The site has oodles of gorgeous frocks to choose from.  Here are my current faves, pictured below, from left to right:

  1. Zoe Karssen Batman Shirt ($36.53) - This sleeveless tee is adorable. First of all, who doesn't love Batman?! Secondly, I love the fact that the infamous logo is a bit girlified. It's a great top to dress up or down, and the price simply can't be beat.
  2. The Fifth Flashing Lights Dress ($48.92) - Honestly, this is the perfect little black dress. It's effortless, sexy, and is flattering on all body types.
  3. Finders Keepers Jump Then Fall Bustier ($70.63) - I've said it over a million times: leopard print never goes out of style. The black and white print is perfect and it goes with anything. The cut of the top literally couldn't be more flattering, and the sassy slit on the side adds a little extra allure to the top. Love it!

The site also carries some super pretty accessories. My top pick?  This chic Nazar Silver Arrow Bracelet ($106.56). It's classically beautiful, and has a great message: stay on the right path and reach for your goals.

Take some time to check out the site for yourself--You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My Latest Obsession: a Clutch With Some Bling!

Forever21's fabulous Abstract Sequin Beaded Clutch has practically everything I look for in a bag.

It's no secret that I love anything glitzy, so obviously this bag with bling immediately caught my attention. I love the fact that the beading tones it down a bit, but the bag is still pretty glitzy. The size is great--it's got enough room to hold any essentials you need for a night out, but it's small enough that it won't be annoying to keep with you at all times.

The gold hue is actually a nice, neutral tone, so you can wear it with just about anything. You can easily pair the clutch with a little black dress for a holiday party, or use it to dress up your fave boyfriend jeans for a fun afternoon look.

Each bag is under $25, so you can afford it on nearly any budget.  In fact, if you've left some of your holiday shopping until the last minute, this fab clutch would make a delightful gift for any fashionable lady on your list.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Look for Less: Liquid Liner

Liquid eyeliner is one of my must-have makeup staples. There's nothing more classic than simple eye makeup paired with a bold, liquid line above the top lashes. The look is flattering for all eye shapes, and adds a touch of glamour to any look.

After trying out tons of different liners, I've found that the easiest ones to apply are the marker-esque versions. If you can color with a magic marker, then trust me--you can apply liquid eyeliner in marker form with ease.

Once I figured that out, I found my very first fave liquid liner: LORAC's Front of the Line Pro Liquid Eyeliner. It applies like a dream, never dries out, and is super easy to apply. At $26, it always seemed completely worth it, since it saved me tons of time and effort. Honestly, I still love it and always have one in my makeup bag.

That said, I recently found a product that is basically identical to it for a mere $6.99! Jesse's Girl has an amazing Liquid Eyeliner that seriously seems to be almost exactly the same as its pricier competition.

I've tried both, and they really do work quite similarly, at least as far as I'm concerned.

My advice? Save the $20 and go with the drugstore liner this time around. Then you'll even have some cash left over to stock up on other fun makeup products! Win-win!

Happy shopping!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pucker Up For the Holidays!

For all you lip gloss lovers, Sephora has oodles of fabbity-fabulous lip sets just in time for the holidays.  I probably spent over an hour browsing their lip sets alone today, and of course I've added basically every product the store has to offer to my ever-growing Christmas wish list (which is totally okay for a 29-year-old woman to have).

That said, I did find one set that gave me a bit of a seizure of delight.  Soap and Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Total Kiss Up Lip Plumpers Set looks absolutely divine. I've been a huge fan of their plumpers for a while now, and this super sexy set is just calling out to my lips!

What I love most about their plumping gloss is that it really works (!!!), but doesn't irritate my lips, like others I've tried in the past.  The gloss is also very long-lasting, and simply feels amazing.

The colors included in this particular gift set are perfect for holiday parties, regardless of how fancy they may be, and will also work throughout the season for nearly any occasion.  The colors are Candy Gloss (champagne shimmer/vanilla flavor), Half Naked (dusty rose/buttered popcorn flavor), and Punch Bowl (hot berry pink/ raspberry chocolate flavor). You can try them individually, or mix them up to create a unique look.  Each color is somehow magically flattering on most skintones--even my ridiculously pale skin can pull off these gorgeous shades.

Each lovely set is $15--actually a great price for what you're getting--and would make a perfect gift for any gal on your Christmas list (including yourself, obviously!) The set is a new, exclusive, limited-edition product, so make sure to grab 'em while you can. I have a pretty good feeling that they're going to go quickly.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Gorgeous VS Angel Wing Necklace Set

Umm...Victoria's Secret is selling some incredible items this holiday season! Every time I check them out, I find something that I immediately lust after.

Besides their usual adorable lingerie, fragrances, and makeup products, Victoria's Secret started selling some fabulous jewelry that I'm completely head-over-heels in love with.

They've got this new pair of Swarovski Angel Wing Necklaces that are quickly making their way to the top of my Christmas list.

The two super pretty angel wing pendants have shimmering Swarovski elements and are each on a simple silvertone chain. The necklaces are classically beautiful--they have just enough bling to them to give off a fun unique sparkle, but are also small and dainty enough to be worn with nearly any outfit.

Here's a closer look:

You can easily wear the necklaces together, but I like the idea of giving one to a lovely lady in your life. They're like the grown-up version of best friends necklaces! They'd make a great gift for just about anyone on your list (including yourself, of course).

Each pair comes in a bling-tastic gift box and together cost $78.

...SO, who's going to buy me a set??!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fashion Faux Pas: Male False Advertizing...Down There

Yes, I'm completely guilty of false advertizing myself, courtesy of the lovely push-up bras that Victoria's Secret has to offer. They do make my cleavage look pretty awesome, and I don't know what I'd do without them.

That said, upon finding The Solution's Trunk in my Junk for men, I nearly passed out with horror.

Call it a double standard, but I think this product is pretty ridiculous. Basically it's a simple cup that is worn between the actual junk and undies (or mankini) that adds some extra padding to the area.

The site promises wearers oodles of second glances, and some fun comments (like "elephant trunk," "Hercules" and even the ever-coveted "OMG!!!").

The big problem I'm imagining, is what happens when a guy gets the result he's looking for: an actual hookup? Does he ditch the bonus junk pre-boning sesh, or just wait for the girl to discover the quite literal HUGE lie?

With Christmas right around the corner, this would make a crazily hilarious gag gift, and I'm seriously considering buying some for my guy friends.

At about $12 per "package", it's pretty affordable for anyone looking to get some extra attention.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Look For Less: Double Wrap Studded Bracelet

Bracelets are one of my all-time favorite accessories. I absolutely love wearing tons of bangles. They're a great way to make any outfit look unique. 

Studded bracelets are currently at the top of my accessory list. They can toughen up whatever you're wearing and look fabulous on everyone.

Pictured above are two very similar-looking trinkets. The difference? The one on the left is an Hermes bracelet and retails for $520. On the right is an almost identical wrap bracelet from Forever 21 that costs a mere $6.80.

Quite a price difference, right?! Personally, I'm never planning on spending hundreds of dollars on a bracelet. It's just not happening. Especially since the cheaper version looks so much like the ridiculously over-priced pick.

That said, both bracelets are gorgeous. The gold plated pyramid and ring detail provides just the right amount of edge for any ensemble. The simple black leather strap allows for limitless flexibility when it comes to incorporating this piece into any outfit. It's quite honestly the perfect accessory for anyone, and would make a great gift (hint, hint).

What do you think of this look for less? Would you get wrapped up in either bracelet?

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