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Real vs. Steal: Cuff Me

It’s no secret I loooooove me some MK&A, I mean, these girls just get it! When I saw this Elizabeth and James Delano Cuff I HAD to have it. The double gold bands with the Lapiz detailing… i die.
As much as I love this cuff… I knew there had to be steal out there, cuz let’s face it… I’d rather get a whole new outfit H2T than just one amazing piece. What I found is pretty darn close minus the gemstones, but whateves, it will still totally get the job done.

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+ Elizabeth and James Delano Cuff $295

+ FXXI Classic Double Band Cuff $7.80

So what do u think? Do you die over the real, or would you be just as stoked on the steal?

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Extra Extra… Read All About It: The Skinny Confidential Lifestyle Guide

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Soooo… my friend Lauryn of The Skinny Confidential wrote a book. Ya, like as in she’s a published author. I know, I know, I am beyond proud. I about fainted when I saw it on the shelves at Barnes & Noble… when I came to I proceeded to tell everyone in the store… “That’s my friieeennnnddd!!!” #braggingrights

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I can’t imagine what a huge undertaking it is to write a book. It’s like giving birth to a child. I know she poured her heart and soul into this and couldn’t wait to get my hands on this baby. The second I got it I whipped myself up a fresh green juice, set aside a few hours sans computer ( shocking ), and totally devoured this little gem… cover to cover.

Anyhow… If you don’t already have it, lemme tell you you’re missing out big time. Lauryn is seriously a walking, talking encyclopedia of anything and everything health, food, fashion, and fitness. Like, she’s got all that sh*t down to a science… literally.

So, what will you find in this book…? Amazing pics, healthy and EASY recipes, the low-down on juicing and cleansing, workout tips, beauty must-haves, tons of time-savers, relationship advice ( cuz nobody likes “love chub” ← ew ) , and so so so much more.

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Do yourself a fav and run to your nearest B&N. If you’re a hermit like me you can hit up amazon, or download the ebook on iBooks. I’m dying to know what you think… but I already know you’ll love it!! Oh, and don’t forget to snap an insty and tag #theskinnyconfidential for a chance to be featured on Lauryn’s blog!!

Oh, and if you are in the SD area, don’t miss out on on the book launch partaaayyy… here are the deets…

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What She Wore… Queen Delevingne

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Who doesn’t LOVE Ms. Cara Delevingne… I mean, c’mon. She takes tomboy chic to a whole new level.

One minute she is walking the runway hand in hand with Karl Lagerfeld, and the next she’s court side at the Nets game sporting some Tims & a snapback, smoking an e-cig, and making out with Michelle Rodriguez ↚ ( woah, what? ya… that happened ). That may explain why she turned down an invite to Leo DeCaprio’s hotel room ↚ ( ya… that happened too ).

Anyhooooooo, I love her IDGAF attitude, but I love her style even more. Wanna snag queen Cara’s look… here’s what she wore…

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⌦  FXXI D.A.R.E. Crop Top $10.90

So… whose style do you want to steal?!?

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Real vs. Steal: Ring Around The Rosy

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I am kind of obsessed with anything and everything floral these days. I’m usually an über-tomboy… but I think flowers are the easiest way to femme it up a little.

This floral slip dress is seriously to die. It’s so girly and feminine and I feel like I would literally wear it with everything… Docs ✓, knee-highs ✓, an oversized flannel ✓, a slouchy beanie ✓✓✓. I esp. love the lace detailing at the bottom. I was literally about to pull the trigger and finalize my “shopping cart” when I thought… lemme make SURE I can’t find a steal for this bad boy. Lo and behold… I found the perfect one. Sry… but this little number is almost identical. Plus, it’s under $20 bucks. Double score.

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+ Pins And Needles Lace-Trim Chiffon Slip Dress $59

+ FXXI Slit Floral Slip Dress $19.80

I feel like they are both totes affordable and equally adorable… so what do u guys think…? Go for it with the ‘real’… or save with the ‘steal‘?

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“Who Are You Wearing?”… TFB’s Red Carpet Rundown

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Let’s talk Oscars. Oscar Sunday is/has/always will be one of my favorite days. There’s just something in the air… the excitement, the anticipation… it feels a little bit like Christmas.

Not gonna lie though… this year I was a little underwhelmed. The show was great, Ellen is hilar, but I felt the fashion was a little… eh. Usually there is that one person that seriously hits it out of the park, and the other who needs to fire their stylist… STAT. Though there were plenty of hits and misses… none of them really blew me away.

Nonetheless… here is my recap of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Let’s start with the ugly (cuz let’s face it, that’s everyone’s favorite part).

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– Anne Hathaway in Gucci: OMG. Anne, is that you? I think it is, but I can’t see your face as I’ve been completely blinded by your obnoxious gown. Her dress was over the top x 100… and not in a good way. When she presented the first award I had to don an oversized pair of sunnies. It was soooooo sparkly and distracting that TBH… I have no idea what she was presenting for, and I may or may not have had a mini-siezure from all of the flashing lights radiating off of her chest. Sorry Anne, you’re uber talented, but this was not your best look.

– Julia Roberts in Givenchy: I love you, always have, always will. You can pretty much do no wrong, well… maybe just this once. Honestly, she is so gorgeous that she could pretty much wear a paper bag and kill it. Maybe she should have. The peplum… STOP. Peplum is probably the most unflattering trend. Ever. I was really hoping it would disappear in 2014… but sadly my hopes were dashed last night. Whatever. I still love her.

– Mindy Kaling in Salvador Perez: You are one of my favorite female comedienne, hands down… but again with the peplum. Just don’t. I beg of you. She did look super cute though, and her Neil Lane jewels were to-die. Just promise me… no more peplum.

– Jennifer Garner in Oscar De La Renta: One word. Tassels. Tassels on tassels on tassels… literally. This flapper-esque gown was just too costume-y. Guess she’s still miffed about not getting a part in Gatsby.

– Anna Kendrick in J. Mendel: When I saw the back of this gown I was in love… then she turned around. Oy. Just too much going on. Her dress had a major multiple-personality disorder thing going on. The cutouts… the mesh… the too-low slit with the fringe…the blood red detailing on the midriff… it was confused. And BTW… since when is J. Mendel designing gowns for Hot Topic?

Now onto the good…

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– Charlize Theoron in Dior: Is this girl human… I’m going with no. She is so beyond beautiful, I don’t even get it. She is the epitome of effortless Hollywood glam. The juxtaposition of the sculpted black gown and the nude straps was perfect. I love how she always keeps her accessories, hair, and makeup to a minimum… letting her gown speak for itself. Flawless.

– Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace: Wow! She seriously killed it. The white dress, the plunging neckline, and the CAPE. Ugh. She looked like freaking superwoman, in a good way. Remember when Lupita Nyong’o wore that insane Ralph Lauren red caped gown to the Golden Globes? The cape is by far my favorite new red carpet trend.

– Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture: Could she be any more likable? I think not. Exhibit A… she fell. AGAIN. She’s such a spaz, but so poised at the same time. I mean, she’s only 23 and can hang with the best of the best. This Dior gown fit her like a glove. I loved everything about this dress… the simple structure, the color, the minimal details. Also loved the drop necklace down the back. Win, win.

Naomi Watts in Calvin Klein: This gown was SO classic and different from everything else we saw. The high neckline, the capped sleeves, and the simple slit up the back = proof that you don’t have to show a ton of skin to look super sexy. Calvin Klein always kills it with their understated elegance. Her diamond studded Bulgari choker was kind of insane too. She looked beautiful.

Favorite risk-taker…

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– Pharrell Williams: He is just so stinkin’ cute. He also doesn’t age which kind of weirds me out. He’s 40… just sayin’. He ditched his Arby’s style hat and opted for some Lanvin tuxedo shorts instead. I don’t know many guys who could pull this off, but he is definitely one of them.

And the award for best dressed couple goes to…

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– Olivia Wilde in Valentino and Jason Sudeikis: Olivia and her unborn child have never looked better. This was the perfect dress to show off her baby bump. The gorgeous open back  with the black and white detailing  was spot-on. The front was simple… not too-tight, but not too drape-y. Perfection. She is honestly so gorgeous. And I’m sorry, but when did Jason Sudeikis get SO hotttt? His midnight blue Prada tux was perfectly tailored, I love the tapered pants, and he just looked smokin’. End of story. Midnight blue is by far my favorite new man-trend. I also loved Kevin Spacey in his blue duds… very dapper. And Ellen looked so cute in her deep blue, sparkly Saint Laurent ‘smoking jacket’. Blue is the new black.

So that’s my red carpet rundown. Agree? Disagree? Who made you swoon… and who made you reach for your air-sickness bag? Tell, tell!!

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Spring Has Almost Sprung

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Woah, woah, woah… wait a minute. When did it become March? I’m pretty sure I was just stuffing the turkey and trimming the tree… and now we’re heading into Spring ( although the weather may indicate otherwise ). WTH?? Yep… Spring is exactly 20 days away.

So, what’s a girl to do…? Shop, naturally. To me, Spring means flowy dresses, floppy hats, oversized sunnies, tons of fringe, trying to incorporate a lot of little color into my wardrobe, giant bell bottoms, and floral prints for days. I’m building up my Spring wardrobe right now so that when Spring has sprung… I’m ready and waiting!

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I  Sunflower Daze Smock Dress $15.80

II  Gothic Shield Necklace $8.80

III Touch of Glam Wool Fedora $16.80

IV  Flower Patch Slit Maxi Skirt $15.80

V  Throwback Blooms Crop Top $8.80

VI  Jeffrey Campbell Everly Boot $195

VII Ecote Manzano Suede Fringe Backpack $129

VIII  MINKPINK Walk This Way Sunglasses $40

IX  Raga Boho-Print Bell Flare Pant $84

So… what are YOUR Spring-time essentials?!?

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A Little Treat For My Loves… YOU!

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You guys probably know that I’m obsessed… like obsessed with Bobbi Brown. No, not Whitney’s ex-hubs… the makeup guru. I mean, I’ve featured their products many times. Remember this one? Ya… Pale Pink, aka the best blush in the WORLD. C’mon. This is the blush Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day, and if it’s good enough for the duchess… it’s good enough for me!

Here are some of my other can’t live without Bobbi products. And because I love you guys so much… you all get 20% off of limited edition Bobbi Brown cosmetics now through Friday. Not only is this a crazy good discount… but proceeds benefit ‘Dress for Success Worldwide’, an amazing organization that empowers disadvantaged women to be their best. Discount + Do-gooding = a win win! So, hurry up and get your shop on!

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I  Illuminating bronzing powder… for that perfect pop of color

II  Glitter nail polish… the perfect nude pink

III  Brightening finishing powder… for an all over glow

IV  Skin foundation stick… for flawless skin

V  Nude eye palate… the perfect 4-pack

VI  Lip shimmer… soft, moisturizing, and sheer

So… what are your can’t live without beauty goods?!?

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Real vs. Steal: Pretty Little… Bra?

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Sry. I am kind of obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. Shhh. I can’t help it. No, I’m not 13… but I might as well be.

I love being able to get a good mystery and even better fashion all in one show.

I’ve been really into the criss-cross bra-strap thing for awhile. No, I’m not talking about the racerback, between the shoulder deal. I’m talking about the criss-cross in the front between the… well, you know. It’s like a reverse mullet… this time the party is totally in the front.

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Anyway… back to my guilty pleasure. Emily was totally wearing one of these lil numbers on last night’s epi and I fell in love all over again. I love how it just barely peeks out and makes you wonder… is that part of the top, or just a killer bra? So, I did what I do best… scoured the internet and found the real… and the steal.

+ Lonely Sabel Cutout Bra $94

+ FXXI Garden Rose Corset Bra $14.80

IDK about you… but I’m not really in the market for a hundred-dollar bra… so what do u guys think?? Splurge on the real… or save with the steal?

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TFB x LuLu*s… So This Is Love

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I’m in love, I’m in love… & I don’t care who knows it! I’m talking Meant to be, written in the stars, Romeo & Juliette kind of love [ minus the feuding families, the whole balcony situation, & the poetic, yet tragic death ]. So, who is it you may ask… well, it’s not so much of a “who” as a “what”.

The-Fashion-Bite-LuLus-Collab-Lifeguard-Tower THIS dress from LuLu*s is seriously the LOML  love of my life. I just can’t get enough of it { p.s. it’s a LuLu’s exclusive }. It was love at first site, it’s a mutual thing, and it’s growing stronger every day.

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I don’t know what it is. I’m all about putting outfits together, mixing, matching, and clashing prints. It’s fun… it’s also a lot of work. There is something about having that one, simple piece that you can throw on, feel sexy and feminine, and not have to worry about layering, accessorizing, and trying to plan the perfect look.

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This baby is kind of a one stop shop. Seriously… it’s such a gorgeous piece, which makes it easy to keep it simple stupid. On this day in particular, I decided even shoes were optional.

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I’m pretty sure this is the kind of love that lasts a lifetime… So… what’s your favorite easy, breezy piece?

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