Summer Series: Luxury VS Fast Fashion

Ok guys, so obviously my blog is “Fashion on a Budget”, but I am going to start talking a little about luxury fashion brands.

I want to start a series. One week I will post 3 luxury brand styled outfits and the next week I will post 3 fast fashion brand styled outfits inspired by the previous week. I will be including links to every item as well as pictures of hair and makeup to wear with the outfit ( I will try and post some tutorials, if I can find good ones, of how to complete the looks in the pictures).

All outfits will be styled by me, but feel free to make it your own. Fashion is art. Let me inspire you on your fashion journey. Post your outfits on Instagram and tag me (IG: kayleeriane), I would love to see all of your recreations.

The series will start next week!!!!! Here’s a sneak peak…..


what do you think the theme is?!




This is it…

It is crazy how fast this semester has gone by. I have had many ups and downs, but I made it through yet another semester at FIT! For my final project, my group and I put together a presentation for H&M’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection. Check out our Fire&Ice themed collection launch video….

Lets talk about Boohoođź‘»

I have been obsessing over boohoo ever since I stumbled upon the website about a year ago. I am literally on there at least once a day and the shopping addiction is soooooo real. I cam across the website while I was searching for an outfit for an upcoming concert. I wanted to look really good but as many college students are, IM BROKE. After searching the internet for days, I came across boohoo.

First of all, their clothes are so damn cute. Everything on the website is up to date on all the fashion trends. They have mens, women, and kids, as well as plus size and maternity. Finding good quality, affordable and fashionable clothes are hard to find in general, but being plus size is even harder. I immediately fell in love with the brand right then and there. Seeing how on trend everything was for someone my size was hands down the best thing I had seen all year.

Again I say, I AM BROKE. But I’m a girl with a shopping addiction as well. After filling up my online cart with a bunch of things I didn’t need, I decided to check the prices…. To my surprise I was actually able to afford the countless number of dresses I had thrown into my cart (which is usually just a long list of items I can’t afford but want so I just keep them in there just incase one day I strike gold). Not only could I afford them at full price, but this website stole my heart with their constant discounts. They have discounts running all day everyday. The discount ranges anywhere from 30%-50% off your order and on some occasions even 60%. YES 60% OFF YOUR ENTIRE ORDER. That is unheard of.

In the past 6 months I am embarrassed to say that I have spent all my money on clothes from this website. But what is a shopaholic to do when you give me quality, on trend clothes for dirt cheap? I know it sounds too good to be true, so go check out the website.


Look Booksđź‘€

Look books have to be one of favorite ways to view the latest fashion trends. I am obsessed with youtube so I am constantly watching everyones latest look  book videos. These videos are a super easy way to get some fresh outfit inspiration for the upcoming season. many of them are cute little videos showing some key items that should be in your closet that season. The thing I love most about them is that it shows the functionality of the clothes. The girls are USUALLY dancing around and just having a fun time with the video. Depending on the youtuber, the price and style of the clothes in the look book vary. That’s what make it unique tho. Digital look books are so unique and fun and I enjoy watching them any chance I get. Down below are some of my favorite look books from the past few months.



Trunk Shows: Rebecca Minkoff

I personally love Rebecca Minkoff so anything that has to do with the company I am 100% down for. There have been many trunk shows in the past and tons to come for this brand. Rebecca Minkoff is closer to the luxury side of the spectrum so trunk shows are an amazing place to get the bag you’ve been eyeing for a less. Many of these trunk shows allow you to meet Rebecca herself while you shop around for her latest designs. These events are also a great place to network with other fashion lovers or even Mrs. Minkoff (if your up for the challenge). In the past some of her trunk shows request that you bring specific items or articles of clothing to donate to different foundations. I love the brand and everything that Rebecca Minkoff stands for. I will support the brand forever and I love it even more when there is a sweet little discount waiting for me at her trunk shows.

Fashion Shows: Then & Now

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In the late 1800s & early 1900s fashion shows were marketing vehicles that were used to entice companies wealthy clients into buying their latest designs. Fashion shows were extremely simplistic before the extravagant over the top productions that fashion shows are now. What used to be formal private events, have turned into high budget productions.

My favorite change has been the production.  The catwalk used to be straight forward nothing crazy, now they twist and turn, some even have stairs. The shows used to be held in small venues such as hotels. Runways are now placed in exotic places and turned into sets. Karl Lagerfeld has thought up some of my favorite shows. He has made his shows so surreal, turning them into airport terminals and supermarkets. Lagerfeld has truly blurred the line between the catwalk and everyday life. He really proved this to be true in 2007 when he turned The Great Wall of China into a runway for Fendi.


Fashion shows have been constantly changing and advancing since the very beginning. Although it is all about the clothing designs, the production has become a lot of what people look at as well. I am so excited to see how fashion shows progress in the future.


Check out the Fendi Great Wall of China show:

Michael Costello NYFW

Michael Costello’s show had to have been my favorite this year. The show itself was pretty basic, nothing crazy. The dresses on the other hand were anything but ordinary. If it were socially acceptable to wear all of his dresses out for everyday errands, I would. Every single piece was elegant yet sexy.

Although my eyes widened a little more as each model walked down the runway, there were three specific pieces that have my heart.

My first obsession was this absolutely stunning piece. There was so much movement in these dresses. Also each piece had such a sensual touch, but Costello always keeps it classy. My favorite part of this piece was the neck line. The lace was a beautiful touch to the gown, taking it from the stunning neckline all the was down to the upper thigh.


My second favorite was the mens suit he designed. Costello used Tyson Beckford to model the first piece to his recently announced menswear line. This suit was nothing but basic. This slick burgundy suit caught my eye with its eclectic pattern. Some said it was too much but I personally think it all worked perfectly together.


My final obsession of this show was this sexy red gown. Again, the movement of the dress was what caught my eye. The color red of the dress was beautiful. There was a very sensual lingerie look to this piece that made me fall in love even more.



Check out the full show here:


NYC Street Fashion….Distressed Denim

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I have been very obsessed with distressed denim lately. Ripped jeans have become a staple piece in many people wardrobes. You can keep it casual or dress it up. Above are three ways I saw distressed jeans styled this week. Each styled a different way for different occasions, but all styled to perfection. I for one love distressed denim styled with heels. Jeans used to be the go to pant for a casual look , but that is no longer the case. People are trading in their causal denim looks for high fashion, city chic style.

Below are pictures of some of your favorite celebs showing off their distressed denim looks. Also, we all know how much a good pair of jeans can go for these days. They even charge you more for ripped/distressed ones. Well how about taking your old favorite pair of jeans and turning them into a sexy new pair of distressed jeans, for free! Here’s a video of Priscilla Zhou showing you how to create your own pair of distressed jeans, as well as a few styling tips.

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