Refresh Your Wardrobe Part 2!

Image from letsgetdealstoday.com

A few weeks ago we shared some amazing places online that you can refresh your wardrobe without breaking your budget (Twice and Nifty Thrifty)! Today we wanted to share our latest online affordable fashion obsession: Poshmark! Like Nifty Thrifty you have to sign up to shop or sell clothes/accessories but the process is pretty painless. It sort of resembles Pinterest… but full of trendy and adorable clothes that are screaming to be in your closet!

You can shop from the main feed, go to a “party,” or shop by category. The prices are reasonable, and many people sell items that are still new with tags (NWT)! Right now we are coveting this gold & hot pink tribal necklace,

$15 NWT Gold & Hot Pink Tribal Statement Necklace – image from Poshmark

and vintage triangle rivet bracelet!

$12 Vintage Triangle Rivet Spiked Bracelet – image from Poshmark

So what’s not to love about affordable, trendy, and more sustainable fashion? We don’t know you tell us!

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Refresh Your Wardrobe Without Busting Your Budget!

Image from the Spring Fling Collection at Nifty Thrifty.

Are you swooning over all the new spring trends? Is your wardrobe screaming for a makeover? Today we’ve got two sites that can help you achieve the look you want without breaking the bank: Twice and Nifty Thrifty. Nifty Thrifty is amazing, they collect unique pieces and curate them based on the best trends. Looking to add a little floral to your wardrobe this spring, just go their floral collection. Need a great maxi, they have a collection for that too.

Twice is great for both buying and selling clothes. Twice only buys clothes in fantastic condition from top brands, and they keep prices affordable, ~$20 for a pair of pants, ~$13 for a top. It’s a great place to shop expensive designers too. The best part about Twice, free returns and exchanges. So you can shop without stressing about fit. An added bonus, buying used clothing is not just easy on your wallet, its kinder to the earth too!

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The Little Black Dress Can Be Trendy Too!

We all know that the little black dress is a wardrobe essential, and that it is usually smart to play it safe with a timeless piece. But sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little fun. So today, even though we are heading back to the basics, we wanted to share our favorite LBD’s that rock some of our favorite spring trends: cutouts, leather, and lace!

A Hint of Leather LBD – We love the way this dress juxtaposes a feminine and flirty skirt with a edgy leather top. A great scoop neckline and banded waist means this dress will flatter many shapes! And it’s a steal for $57!

Leather Playing Field Backless Black Dress – $57 from Lulu’s

Sultry Lace – This sheath dress is perfect for showing off your curves and your love of lace. It would great for a date, a wedding, or wearing to work.

Gallery Gathering Dress – $52.99 from ModCloth

Lovely & Lacey – So this dress combines has a precious peplum skirt and lacy top for a very trendy take on the LBD. It’s currently sold out on LuLus, but hopefully it will be back in stock soon.

Save the Date Black Lace Dress – $44 from LuLus

Perfectly Cute Cutouts – This LBD from ModCloth is the perfect example of putting a trendy twist on a classic! How cute is the little bow around the waist?

Classic Twist Dress – $54.99 from ModCloth

Most Comfortable Cutout? This gorgeous and affordable dress is made from a stretchy knit fabric that doesn’t make a girl compromise comfort for style.

Noir-vel to Behold Cutout Black Dress – $37.50 from Lulu’s

Which is your favorite remix of a wardrobe classic? Have a beautiful weekend!

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3 Spring Fashion Trends We Love!

Cutout on the Town Dress from ModCloth – $84.99.

It’s almost the weekend… and today we feel like obsessing over spring and summer fashion trends! We’ve got our 3 favorite spring trends and a corresponding piece that would be perfect in any wardrobe!

Cutouts – We think cutouts and cute peekaboo looks that show a tasteful amount of skin are perfect for spring and summer. One of our favorite cutout pieces for spring is the Cutout on the Town Dress from ModCloth! It has a perfectly trendy cutout midriff and hi-lo skirt! You can snag this adorable mint and pink frock for just $84.99!

Black & White – High contrast and loads of chic style in this trend! There are so many ways to incorporate black & white into your spring and summer wardrobe. A classic black and white striped blouse or skirt… or how about this knockout dress by BB Dakota? Add the chic Jamila Black & White Dress to your closet for just $78 from Lulus!

Jamila Black & White Dress by BB Dakota at Lulu’s – $78.

Embellished Palms Tunic by Free People – $148.

Beading – Intricate and feminine details are perfect in any season. But we love some of the beaded pieces that are coming out this spring. Whether on a blouse, skirt, or scarf adding some beading to your wardrobe will give you a mysterious, bohemian, world traveler look! We are particularly fond of this Embellished Palms Tunic sold exclusively by Free People for $148. It comes in 5 great colors, but we are partial to peach :).

What is your favorite spring trend?

Spring Style Inspiration: Bohemian Looks We Love!

At Y&L we are dreaming of spring (and summer for that matter) fashion. We can’t wait to get out and soak up the warmer weather in our stylish new wardrobes. But while we must wait for spring, we can at least gawk over some fantastic looks. Today we are in a bohemian mood. Loving the layers, romantic prints, and comfortable carefree looks! Enjoy the picture inspiration.

Love her hair & makeup! Image from Charlene Choi’s Tumblr page.

Romantic and fantastic hair accessory. Would be the perfect look for a bohemian bride in the spring or summer! Image from Wedding Whims Tumblr.

Love pairing printed shorts with tights! Such an adorable spring look. Image from Pinterest.

 

Loving the mint maxi paired with a crochet top. Perfect spring or summer look. Image from Stylecaster.com.

 

Stunning hair and makeup. Bangles and bracelets are the perfect boho accessory. Image from Pinterest.

 

Serious accessory love! Image from Take Me To The Sea Tumblr.

What style inspiration do you want to see next?

Fashion That Matters: Eco-Friendly Handbags by English Retreads

If you are in the market for a new purse this fall or winter consider an eco-friendly and vegan option that supports sustainable small business! English Retreads, a sustainable handbag and accessory company based in Boulder, Colorado has some amazing vegan handbag options made from recycled rubber tires and inner tubes! Founded by Heather English in 2002, English Retreads has made a serious commitment to social and environmental sustainability by not only using recycled materials to handcraft gorgeous bags, but also offsetting 100% of carbon emissions from manufacturing, shipping, and employee commuting. That is pretty awesome!

So far I’ve tried out their large “Model T Tote Luxe”which is big enough to carry a 17″ Macbook Pro, water bottle, coffee mug, makeup bag, wallet, keys, and cell phone! For $118, this bag comes with a lifetime guarantee for replacement/repair and the good feeling of spending your dollars with companies committed to doing social and environmental good. The lining comes in a variety of bright and cheery fabrics made from 100% recycled consumer plastics! I’m eyeing up their smaller “Coupe Luxe” purse and a wallet… I guess Christmas isn’t too far away :-).

The bottom line is we think these purses are rocker-chic, durable, and generally awesome. Oh and at Y&L Style Bar we love socially and environmentally sustainable business women! You can check out the line of purses here. Do you have a favorite eco-friendly or vegan handbag? If so share it with us and the readers :-)!

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Fall Footwear For Happy Feet!

 

Fall brings crisp blue skies, beautiful fall colors, pumpkin flavored goodies, and our personal favorite—fall fashion! We love wardrobe options slightly cooler weather brings, and shoes are a big part of it. Boots, pumps, oxfords, flats… but finding footwear that is stylish AND comfortable can prove tricky. Some people can power through the pain, but many women find they can’t compromise on comfort so they often give up on stylish footwear. Today we are sharing some of our favorite fall shoes that won’t have you compromising on comfort or style!

Boots:

Frye is the epitome of quality, comfort, and style. If you can save your pennies and only buy one pair of boots for the next 5 years, buy these boots! They look amazing with jeans, dresses, tights and shorts—pretty much everything!

Booties:

Sofft and Clarks have been coming out with a few pairs of adorable booties…

 

Pumps:

And pumps….

Flats:

Me too makes great affordable and comfortable flats!

 

What are your favorite fall shoes?

 

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Must-Have Scarves For Fall!

With Fall rolling around the corner we at Y&L Style Bar wanted to focus our attention on the upcoming season’s wardrobe workhorse—the scarf. Scarves are a great way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. A few great scarves are all you really need to get you through the season. And we recommend you have at least one in each of these three categories: basic neutral, accent color, and print. So today we have collected a bunch of scarves in each of these categories that we absolutely love!

Basic Neutrals:

Modcloth Rain Supreme Scarf in Grey – $24.99

Urban Outfitters Basic Neutrals Scarf in Black – $18.

Accent Colors:

Etsy Scarf Necklace – $35.

Modcloth Crinkle in Time Scarf in Rust – $15.99.

 

Prints:

Anthropologie Foliage Leopard Print Scarf – $58.

Forever21 Tasseled Ikat Scarf – $9.80.

Which is your favorite scarf? We are kind of partial to the bird print loop scarf shown above 🙂

Rock Safer Polish This Summer: Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer

One day while cruising the beauty aisles at Whole Foods—because a girl has to do more than grocery shop while running errands—I came across a new safer and cruelty-free nail polish by Mineral Fusion. Minerals on a mission. Seemed like it could be a great match for my mission to switch to safer cosmetics. After careful observation I decided to purchase the Radiant Amber color. It’s a bold orange with some gold shimmer to it—perfect for summer! The colors are bold, the lacquer goes on smooth and dries beautifully. I’m definitely taking this polish with me to the salon (I don’t do the best job painting my nails myself :)). Mineral Fusion’s nail lacquer is a great deal at $7.99 a bottle and is available at Whole Foods (it’s a fairly new product so it isn’t up on their website yet). AND If you go to their Facebook page, and like them, you can get a $3.00 coupon to try their products! What nail polish are you rocking this summer?

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Fashion That Matters: The Versalette, 1 Piece, At Least 15 Ways.

The Versalette is the brain child of two amazing friends, Kristin and Shannon that got their startup funding through a Kickstarter campaign. Determined to make minimalist and travel fashion stylish, affordable, and functional they created one piece that offers so much versatility. The multifunctional piece can be worn in an advertised 15 different ways, but really there are even more possibilities than that. It is a dress, a skirt, a shirt, a purse, a scarf, a hood, and loads more. The Versalette is being made in the USA and with 100% recycled fabrics and the colors are created from recycled cotton scraps – not harsh and resource intensive dye practices. I love the idea of having fewer items hanging in my closet, but it’s hard to do when each piece has only one function or one way to wear it. The girls behind the Versalette have finally created eco-friendly fashion that is affordable and adorable and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! Rock on Kristin and Shannon, ladies like you inspire me!

If you want to snatch up one of these great pieces you can pre-order on their website (it’s still in production and is expected to ship in July). I’ve ordered one in grey – and I can’t wait to try it out!

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