New Beginnings

Well hello there friends. Long time no see. First, let me apologize for dropping off the grid; it’s been a world-wind 6 months. In that time I’ve graduated college and started working full-time in NYC at a job I LOVE. Unfortunately, there’s been some other stuff pop-up with a loved one that hasn’t been so great; I won’t go into the details but lets just say I don’t think I’ll ever accept bad things happening to amazing people. However, this whole ordeal has been eye-opening. I’ve learned what I really value in life, who my real friends are, and to let go of any negative things or people in my life because aint nobody got time for that. Sometimes it takes something terrible to realize what really matters. Which is why I’m here now my fashionistas. I’ve missed writing and hearing from all your lovely faces. While I may have graduated and moved onto the working world, being thrifty is still a necessity (I recently found myself paying $15 for a sandwhich in the city; it was adequate at best). So here we go! Consider this the official re-launch of Loans and Louboutins. This will be fun…

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Positive Mind, Positive Vibes, Positive Life

These past few months have been a whirlwind of lab reports, turning 21 (!!!!!), finding motivation to study for finals and terrifyingly, becoming a second semester senior. I decided that after a crazy stressful semester, I would take a brief hiatus from writing, butttt now I’m back and feeling pretty inspired by the new year. Usually I just brush off New Years as another meaningless holiday, but after a an incredibly insightful 2014, I’ve made resolutions that I plan on sticking to in 2015. I’ve also had a lot of time to think about Loans and Louboutins and I came to the conclusion that if I’m going to make changes, then L&L is going to also! Don’t worry, I will still tell you where to get the best deals in town, but look forward to some new additions to the site such as health, fitness, beauty sections and anything else that you guys would like to see on the blog. So cheers to a new year I can’t wait to get my 2015 blog on.

2015

Cause Darling I’m A Nightmare Dressed Like A Daydream

If you guys have been following me on Instagram *wink wink hint hint:@loansandlouboutins* then you’re all well aware that I’m absolutely obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album ‘1989.’ It’s no secret that Taylor is my favorite celebrity of all time, so my opinion MIGHT be a little biased, but this may or may not be the best album ever. Girlfrand is freaking killin it on the charts and sounded amazing on Good Morning America. I’m sure you can imagine my excitement when the ‘Blank Space’ music video came out (you can ask my wonderfully patient roommates: I talked about it for two days straight). Not only does Taylor know how to poke fun at herself, but she knows how to do it while looking fabulous. Below are a few of my favorite fashion moments from the ‘Blank Space’ video. Oh, and Taylor in case you haven’t seen my continuous Tweets/Instagrams: I’m free anywhere anytime to hang out. But seriously..be my best friend?

1) Taylor Kills A Cake

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Okay, I don’t know about you, but I wear my old high school T-shirts and yoga pants with holes in them to bed. Not Tay. Everything about this look is off the charts hot. Between the all black, the sheer cardigan and the lace sleeping mask, I’m certainly inspired to amp up my sleepwear. Emulate Taylor’s look with a black bralette and her famous red lip, but maybe just leave the knife in the kitchen. Oh, and let’s not forget the special appearance by Taylor’s cat Olivia Benson. I actually don’t think she can get any cooler.

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2) Ooops I Dropped Your Phone…

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I dare you to tell me you don’t love this outfit. First off, holy crap does this girl have some long legs. At 5’3 her stature is enviable to say the least. Since I cant have her height, I can at least copy her outfit. The matching crop top and skirt combo has been a favorite look of mine for a while now. This floral pencil skirt and crop top would look amazing for a night out with killer heels and a leather jacket. Your gonna look so fab everyone’s gonna be all:

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3) Taylor Hangs Out With A Deer

Screen shot 2014-11-15 at 2.01.13 PMThis is hands down one of the best parts of the video when Taylor gets crazy eyes and goes berserk on her leading man. A leopard print dress with heels and gold jewelry a-la Taylor is a perfect date night option. Just be sure to leave your crazy at home. Also, I wouldn’t be doing this look justice if I didn’t include this gem:

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  So go watch ‘Blank Space’ for the 1000th time and check out all of these amazing style moments. The haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate about Taylor’s love life, but we all know she’s the one who’s laugh laugh laugh laughing all the way to the bank.

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

I’m pretty sure that I am the only person on the East Coast who is notttt pleased that the weather has been uncharacteristically warm. Why you might ask? Well, first, I was a winter baby so I like to think I have a natural affinity for weather of the colder persuasion. Second, I HAVE SO MANY CUTE COATS I WANT TO WEAR. See, coats always get a bad rap: They’re ugly people say, they’re bulky people pout, they cover my cute outfit they complain. So wrong. When you shop around properly and find the right coats, they can become a statement piece in their own right. Below I’ve compiled a few great coats all under $100. So prepare yourselves my friends, as they say in Game of Thrones….winter is coming.

COPE Fluffy Zip-Up Bomber Jacket- $59.99

Urban Outfitters Bomber Jacket

I’m a sucker for anything with the word ‘fluffy’ in the title. I mean it just instills an image of being comfy-cozy am I right? This jacket from Urban Outfitters is the perfect balance between functional, comfortable, and of course, fashionable. The neutral color will go with pretty much any outfit, from jeans to dresses. This jacket is perfect for a work event or dinner with the family. Be warned: people will probably ask why you haven’t taken of your jacket even though your inside. Those people can step off; you cant help it if this jacket feels like a giant hug!

Kenneth Cole New York Mixed Media Quilted Coat- $99.16

Kenneth Cole Coat

This jacket right here is going to be your best friend when it’s 40 degrees and you have to trek across campus to a 9 am statistics class (still bitter about this addition to my schedule, pun intended). This coat has down-and-feather fill, which will definitely keep you warm, as well as a removable hood for those days when snow decides to grace us with its presence.The tweedy contrast body panels give this coat a unique look, and the length is great for keeping you as warm as possible. This jacket is ideal for everyday wear this winter. See? I told you coats are fun!

AEO Vegan Leather Moto Jacket-$99.95

AE Jacket

Let’s get real here for a minute: as a college student myself we alllll know that even if it’s -50 degrees out, you will not under any circumstances where a coat to Da cLuB. You will inevitably freeze your ASSets off and curse the day you decided to live in the Northeast. Since I know you won’t wear a winter jacket for a night out, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD please at least wear a leather jacket. It adds a fun edge to your outfit and will keep you relatively warm. This one from American Eagle Outfitters is made out of vegan leather, so not only is it chic, you also wont have to worry about PETA throwing red paint at you either. Score!

Where do you guys like to buy your winter jackets? Do you have a favorite brand? Let me know! Also be sure to follow me on Pinterest and Instagram @loansandlouboutins

Game Day Style

As a born and bred New Yorker, sports have always been a big deal. I can remember one of the biggest games in elementary school involving saying Yankees, Mets, Giants, Jets whilst pointing your thumbs up or down for which team you liked. My little thumbs were always up for the Yankees and Giants. At the time those teams were my favorite because they were my Dad’s favorite (always a Daddy’s girl right hur) and now I’ve grown my own attachment to these teams (and the food and drinks that usually accompany the games). Now is the G-Men’s time to shine, so I’ve created the perfect game day outfit with a little help from Fanatics and their NFL Jerseys. GAME DAY

Fanatics New York Giants Jersey: Obviously you’ve gotta start your game day outfit with your favorite team/player’s jersey. I’ve already told you that I’ve been a Giants fan since I was a little girl, but I’ve also been a huge fan of the Manning brothers for quite some time. I always thought the idea of two brothers managing to make it big in one of the most competitive fields in the country was so inspirational. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that Eli plays for the Giants and has an arm that can throw for dayzzz. Fanatics has one of the best selections of NFL Jerseys around so you’ll be able to find your favorite player’s jersey easy peasy right here.

Red Sweater: Football season in NYC is quite chilly so layering is key. I like to layer a sweater with one of my teams colors underneath my jersey to really show off my team spirit and to keep my arms from freezing off my body at the tailgate. Fashionable and functional. Can I get a hell yeah! No? Too much? Okay…..

Boyfriend Jeans: I’ve been living in my boyfriend jeans lately and they are perfect for a relaxing day watching your team kick butt. I like mine with rips in the knees for a little extra flare!

Beanie: Remember that NY cold I was telling you about? Well a beanie is a great option to help you keep warm, not to mention look pretty darn cute. Oh and hypothetically if you hadn’t washed your hair in a few days a beanie will totally cover that right up. Just saying…..

Booties: Booties are my latest obsession. They’re cute, fashionable, and comfortable. Done, done and done. They’ll help give the outfit a little more of a girly twist!

You guys know I’ll be rooting for my Giants this football season (fashionably of course). Who is your favorite team? What’s your game day style? Let me know! Also don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @loansandlouboutins to get a daily dose of fashion and craziness.

5 Pieces, 4 Outfits, 1 Happy Fashionista

Okay, I have to admit: I’m addicted to Pinterest. I love going through the fashion sections and pinning my dream wardrobe (who needs to do homework when you can create visuals of your dream life ammmiright?!). The only problem is, there is no chance in hell of me being able to afford said mentioned wardrobe. This season I decided to revamp my wardrobe with just a few key pieces to recreate some of my most envied Pinterest looks. Below you’ll see some of my favorite fall pieces, and how you can create 4 amazing looks with only 5 pieces. So put down the credit card, close that tab on Urban with $300 worth of merchandise in your checkout cart, and check out how to update your wardrobe without also updating your financial status to ‘broke betch’. 5 Pieces, 4 Outfits
                                              
Do you have any fall pieces that you love to work into multiple outfits? Where’s you’re favorite place for fall shopping. Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest and Instragram @loansandlouboutins!

DIY Lilly Pulitzer Jewelry Box

Friends! I have missed you so. First, I’m truly sorry for the delay in putting up this post; senior year has turned out to be far more hectic than I anticipated. Here are a few highlights from this past month: I almost got hustled by a monk in the city, someone pulled a tree out of the garden in my apartment complex at the first big party of the semester (yes, a tree; our landlord was THRILLED) and of course attempting, somewhat unsuccesfully, to avoid senioritis. It’s been a fun month, but I’ve missed writing for you guys dearly so I’m herby promising not to let that much time lapse between posts again! P.S. to keep up with my ridiculous life on a more daily basis be sure to follow me on Instagram @loansandlouboutins. Now, all this fun has led to this chick bringing broke betch to a whole new level (pasta all night errynight). This was particularly problematic when I was decorating my apartment so I decided to get a little crafty with my jewelry storage. Check out how I took a junky storage container and an old Lilly Pulitzer planner to create an adorable jewelry box!

Step One

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So I found this little storage container while cleaning out my room over the summer. I’m not sure when I decided to decorate this box with butterfly and shamrock stickers but lets just say it’s not so cute for a 20-year-old. I figured I would just toss it, been then I realized I needed something to keep my jewelry in at school and that’s when this idea struck me. My Lilly Pulitzer planner from last year had so many cute pages that I wanted to use for a project, and this was the perfect opportunity!

Step Two

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If you guys have read any of my previous craft posts you know I generally go into these projects thinking they’ll be super easy and end up wanting to pull my hair out 2 hours later. This project was much different ,however, the ease of it still didn’t stop me from a glass or two of wine; a crafting essential in my book. All that I really needed to do was pick which patterns from the planner I wanted to use and cut them to the measurements of the box.

Step Three:

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At this point all I had to do was tape the patterns to the box and voila! I had my very own Lilly Pulitzer jewelry box! I decided to line the drawers of the box with the patterns as well for a fun little punch of color when I pull something out to wear. The best part of this project was that it didn’t cost a thing and it had relatively no cleanup required. The lazy girl in me was pleased with how an hour of work turned this junky storage container into a designer jewelry box!

Have you guys ever done any repurposing projects? Have you used your Lilly Pulitzer planners to create anything interesting? Let me know what you think of this project!  You guys know it makes my day to hear from you 🙂