Modly Chic

Modly Chic: A fashion blog for the average girl who cares about looking good without spending a lot of money and without looking cheap. And while it can be fun to look at what someone else is wearing, this blog is all about providing helpful tips so everyone can be Modly Chic and Fashion Forward.

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About the Author: Katy Rose is a full-time freelance writer and editor. While a large part of her work centers around business reporting she has secretly been in love with the fashion industry for years. When she is not writing, Katy Rose is working as a local fashion consultant for teens and blogging about style.

Her fashion-related work has appeared on SparkleShelf, Helium, The SuperMelon and RelateMag. For several year she served on the board of New York City's Fashion Forum and is now an advisor to the group from a distance.

Unless otherwise stated, all the items on this blog worn or talked about have been purchased by me. Any products I have been given to review or write about will be identified in the body of the post.

Zac Posen to Design for Target (WWD)

(From WWD) Zac Posen, who has dressed stars such as Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, will be the next limited edition designer of Target’s Go International series.

Posen’s Go International collection will be available at most Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from April 25 through May 30.

Go International, which focuses on young or emerging designers, has, since 2007, featured Erin Fetherston, Jovovich-Hawk, Rogan, Richard Chai, Jonathan Saunders, Thakoon and Tracy Feith. Next month, Target will introduce Rodarte, the collection designed by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

Read rest of WWD article here.

I also store my lipsticks, lip glosses, chapsticks, etc… in an old chocolate box. This way they are all standing up so I can easily see the one I need and grab it.

I also store my lipsticks, lip glosses, chapsticks, etc… in an old chocolate box. This way they are all standing up so I can easily see the one I need and grab it.

Storing your makeup or accessories can be a real challenge at times. Makeup shouldn’t be kept in the bathroom, since it is usually the dampest room in the house, and moisture and makeup don’t mix. And when it comes to accessories, unless you can see what you have you’ll end up going with the same easy to find pieces.

That means you need to get creative with the way you store items. Think outside the box, or inside of it. Is there something you already own that could be tweaked to hold your makeup items in an attractive and easy to use way?

The boxes above store my eyeshadows, foundations, bronzers, etc… They were Christmas Card boxes that I modpodged over. Now they sit out on top of my dresser. They don’t look out of place and no one would know they are storage for my makeup.

Black Friday shopping outfit. In all honesty… this jacket was hella hot (and not in the cute sense) I thought I might die of heat-stroke, especially after getting a coffee from Starbucks. LOL. Anyway, the tights/leggings got some funny looks from the older ladies at the mall, but I liked the look with the pink under the home-made ripped leggings. (see the video here to make your own.) And yes, for your information I am sporting a Jonas Brothers Rolling Stone-cover bag.
Tip: It’s ok to not always dress your age. 
[Dress: Target, Jacket: Forever21, Leggings: H&M (destroyed at home), Footless Tights: Target, Shoes: Target, Bag: Wal-Mart (gift from my mother)]

Black Friday shopping outfit. In all honesty… this jacket was hella hot (and not in the cute sense) I thought I might die of heat-stroke, especially after getting a coffee from Starbucks. LOL. Anyway, the tights/leggings got some funny looks from the older ladies at the mall, but I liked the look with the pink under the home-made ripped leggings. (see the video here to make your own.) And yes, for your information I am sporting a Jonas Brothers Rolling Stone-cover bag.

Tip: It’s ok to not always dress your age.

[Dress: Target, Jacket: Forever21, Leggings: H&M (destroyed at home), Footless Tights: Target, Shoes: Target, Bag: Wal-Mart (gift from my mother)]

Thanksgiving Day Evening Outfit. We had a formal sit-down dinner here, complete with wine goblets and water goblets, candles, folded napkins… you get the pictures. Anyway, I was cold after sitting outside watching Kirkwood win the football game, so went with this really warm sweater dress.
Tip: Dress for the occasion.
[Dress: Ann Taylor, Pink Leggings: Target, Lace Leggings: Target, Shoes: Target]

Thanksgiving Day Evening Outfit. We had a formal sit-down dinner here, complete with wine goblets and water goblets, candles, folded napkins… you get the pictures. Anyway, I was cold after sitting outside watching Kirkwood win the football game, so went with this really warm sweater dress.

Tip: Dress for the occasion.

[Dress: Ann Taylor, Pink Leggings: Target, Lace Leggings: Target, Shoes: Target]

Your Secret Beauty Weapon

On this national day of thanks giving, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the people and things that I am thankful for. That whole thing got me thinking.. the people I know who are the most beautiful (inside and out) are those who are happiest. And happiness comes, in large part, from being fully aware of all the great and amazing parts of your life.

So no matter what you are wearing today. No matter if your family dons jeans and chills in front of the TV all day or if your mother has planned a formal four-course meal. No matter if you’re going through a rough time now. No matter if you are physically with the people you love the most or far away from them… Do yourself this beauty favor and make a list of the things you are thankful for. If nothing else it will bring a smile to your face that can last the day - and as Annie says, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”

Here’s an abridged version of my list: life, family (extended and immediate), friends (especially those who bridge the distance between us with phone calls and emails), freedom (and those who fight for it), fashion, this blog and its readers, fall leaves, spring flowers, the sound of rain falling on a roof, the smell of winter in the air, the laughter of little children, a killer pair of high heels, eyes (mine and others), music, football, books, words, color, my job, technology (yeah I’m a sucker for my Blackberry, MacBook, and things like Twitter), Starbucks runs…

What are you most thankful for???

Thanksgiving!! There is so much to be grateful for today. (a post on that later) But for now, here’s outfit one of the day, there could be a number of posts since today’s festivities are varied and include a football game and formal sit-down dinner. w00t w00t.
Anyway, I decided to go with a basic outfit I wore all the time last year, the blouse and skirt and then come up with a way to spice it up a little. Hence the green tights and the yellow scarf. Overall not a bad look, and certainly something I never would have even considered trying to pull off last year.Oh and I scrunched my tall boots down and folded the top inside to make them look short.
Tip: Always try to reinvent an old classic look, to make older items in your closet look new. 
[Skirt: Ann Taylor, Blouse: H&M, Tights: Betsy Johnson, Boots: Off Broadway, Scarf: Target]

Thanksgiving!! There is so much to be grateful for today. (a post on that later) But for now, here’s outfit one of the day, there could be a number of posts since today’s festivities are varied and include a football game and formal sit-down dinner. w00t w00t.

Anyway, I decided to go with a basic outfit I wore all the time last year, the blouse and skirt and then come up with a way to spice it up a little. Hence the green tights and the yellow scarf. Overall not a bad look, and certainly something I never would have even considered trying to pull off last year.Oh and I scrunched my tall boots down and folded the top inside to make them look short.

Tip: Always try to reinvent an old classic look, to make older items in your closet look new.

[Skirt: Ann Taylor, Blouse: H&M, Tights: Betsy Johnson, Boots: Off Broadway, Scarf: Target]

Chillin’ at home this morning before hitting the gym this afternoon and starting the Thanksgiving festivities. YAY!!!
Sidenote: My sister hates it when I wear this hat. She always tells me I look bald in the pics. Which might be true in pics, but I end up getting lots of compliments from people who actually see me with it on. So I’m going to have to assume it’s one of those things that doesn’t photograph well - or at least I hope.
Tip: Wear what you like.
[Jeans: H&M, Tank: Express, Tunic: H&M, Jacket: Forever21, Shoes: Famous Footwear, Necklace: ForLove, Hat: H&M]

Chillin’ at home this morning before hitting the gym this afternoon and starting the Thanksgiving festivities. YAY!!!

Sidenote: My sister hates it when I wear this hat. She always tells me I look bald in the pics. Which might be true in pics, but I end up getting lots of compliments from people who actually see me with it on. So I’m going to have to assume it’s one of those things that doesn’t photograph well - or at least I hope.

Tip: Wear what you like.

[Jeans: H&M, Tank: Express, Tunic: H&M, Jacket: Forever21, Shoes: Famous Footwear, Necklace: ForLove, Hat: H&M]

A couple people asked me about the braid in my hair yesterday, since it is no where near long enough to even pull back into any kind of pony tail. Yes, it is my real hair. Yes, I braided it myself.
When your hair is short a braid is still possible. Instead of braiding in the normal french-braid way, try doing an inside-out french braid. The basic tenant for this is that the middle section is the one that does the crossing over on top instead of the end pieces. Also braid your hair wet, after applying a frizz-reducing product. (I use either an Herbal Essence Mousse or John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease smoothing creme, but use whatever works for you.)
I’ve found that an inside out allows for two things that are key for braiding short hair. One: the braid stands out a little more so it is actually visible even if it is small. Two: it is easier to bobby pin flyaways into the braid when it’s styled this way.
Don’t know how to braid? No problem. I taught myself, after a lot of practice, by using the Klutz braiding book. It gives you detailed instructions on how to do a variety of braids and it illustrates the finger placement, which is KEY when braiding.

A couple people asked me about the braid in my hair yesterday, since it is no where near long enough to even pull back into any kind of pony tail. Yes, it is my real hair. Yes, I braided it myself.

When your hair is short a braid is still possible. Instead of braiding in the normal french-braid way, try doing an inside-out french braid. The basic tenant for this is that the middle section is the one that does the crossing over on top instead of the end pieces. Also braid your hair wet, after applying a frizz-reducing product. (I use either an Herbal Essence Mousse or John Frieda’s Frizz-Ease smoothing creme, but use whatever works for you.)

I’ve found that an inside out allows for two things that are key for braiding short hair. One: the braid stands out a little more so it is actually visible even if it is small. Two: it is easier to bobby pin flyaways into the braid when it’s styled this way.

Don’t know how to braid? No problem. I taught myself, after a lot of practice, by using the Klutz braiding book. It gives you detailed instructions on how to do a variety of braids and it illustrates the finger placement, which is KEY when braiding.

Doorbusters and Black Friday Deals

When I was younger, and still lived at home with my parents, Black Friday was an event to look forward to. On Thanksgiving between a formal sit-down meal, lots of pumpkin pie and rowdy cheering at football games the aunts would sift through the sales ads that had arrived in the paper.

Once the lists were made and a general plan of attack ironed out, things got really exciting. Most Black Fridays started with a 5am run to Toys’RUs (that’s what happens when you have lots of younger siblings). A run to Kohl’s and Target or WalMart usually followed. Once the doorbuster sales were over we’d go out for a large fortifying breakfast and then off to the mall for the rest of the day. The day usually ended with a dinner out and then lounging by the fireplace at home.

Now away from all of that, my Black Friday is a little different. But I still get a kick out of sifting through the sales papers and making a wish-list. Here’s the sales papers for the big sales on Friday and the time that each store will open its doors. Good luck!

Big Box Stores:

Kohls = 4am

Target = 5am (Get $10 Gift Card with any $100 in-store purchase)

Wal-Mart = 5am The sales ad for Friday on the site even has a local in-store map to plan your route of attack. (iPod Touch 8G for $195, which includes a $50 iTunes gift card.)

Macy’s = 5am

Sears = 4am

Best Buy = 5am with tickets handed out as early as 3am for some sale items. (Free LG Chocolate phone with a new Verizon contract.)

Toys’RUs = 12am, yeah on Thanksgiving night. INSANITY

Free Swag:

New York & Co. – free watch with any apparel purchase, everything in store is 50% off

Sephora – free Kat Von D inspired tote with $25 purchase

GGP Malls - free tote filled with Martha Stewart goodies to first customers in the mall (majority of malls open at 7am.)

Tried to find deals at other retailers but not everyone has their Black Friday deals online yet. US News and World Report has the scoop on some other deals.