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Budget Friendly Halloween Costumes

Halloween is around the corner which means lots of costume and themed parties. I am not a big Halloween person, but probably because instead of trick or treating I went to Hallelujah Night at the church.  The only ghost allowed in my house was the Holy Ghost, LOL. Anyway, costumes can get pretty expensive especially if you are going to multiple parties and don't want to repeat outfits. So, of course, we had to come through with some affordable costume options for our readers.  But first, let's establish some rules this Halloween. What we're not doing this year and every year after is dressing up as someone else's culture. Leave the blackface, sombreros, Native American headdresses and offensive costumes behind. Don't be that person at the party. Be that person with a dope costume that didn't cost a fortune. Here are just a few costumes all $50 and below when you use a promo code. You can always go the DIY route, but everybody ain't got time for that.

Tracee Ellis Ross x JCPenney

If you haven't already seen the JCPenney announcement, then you'll be happy to know that the one and only Tracee Ellis Ross has teamed with JcPenny to release a 45-piece holiday collection on November 12th! 

The collaboration is a frugal shoppers dream collab, for starters Tracee's personal style has always been on point. So she clearly understands that the mix and match technique is the way to go. The price range of the line is $29-$74 and will include women's apparel, accessories and home decor. Below is a sneak peak of the collection, make sure you shop the collection online and in-store on November 12!

Let us know what you think about the collaboration and what pieces you plan on snagging so far!

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What's The TREND? Leather Pants

The 80's are back. Ruffles, pleats, fringe, and leather are all 80's trends that are coming back into play. Leather pants for fall and winter are the move. They can be colored, striped, embellished, straight, flared, cropped, etc. Pair this trend with a denim jacket and sneakers or pull out your fur, favorite heels and hit the town. The best part of this trend is that any and everybody can wear them, from the most conservative to edgiest of styles. Check out some leather pants we think you should have in your closet. 

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Meet Frugal Shopaholic Jei Monroe

My name is Jei Monroe

Where are you from? 
I live in New York, but I am originally from Los Angeles.- I am a Fashion Curator and my Instagram name is simply my first and last name.

Explain your blog or Instagram name? 

I would describe my personal style as modern chic.

Describe your personal style?

My favorite places to shop are thrift stores. I am the #QueenOfThrift and teach a course on all the secrets to become a thrift-savvy fashionista.

Where are your favorite places to shop? 
My favorite places to shop are thrift stores. I am the #QueenOfThrift and teach a course on all the secrets to become a thrift-savvy fashionista.

What does being a “Frugal Shopaholic” mean to you? 
Being a "Frugal Shopaholic" to me means you can still be fab without breaking the bank.

What is a frugal shopaholic tip or trick that can share with our readers? 
One frugal shopaholic tip I can share is to always compare prices. A better deal is almost always around.

How can we keep in touch with you? 
You can keep in touch with me and sign up for my Thrift Course at JeiMonroe.com and follow me on Instagram @JeiMonroe.

The Look for Less: Balenciaga

One of the most popular shoes of the year is the Balenciaga Speed Trainer. I've seen both men and women from celebs to your average person rocking these. They are a sock-like knit sneaker with a memory sole and textured sole that come in a variety of colors (white, red, yellow, teal, etc.). 

I was recently sent a dupe from Amazon to test out, that I wore during NYFW. They were pretty comfy, but when I received them they had a logo on them which was a major con (I rubbed it off with alcohol). We do designer dupes over here not knockoffs, yes there is a difference. But anyway, it wouldn't be right if we didn't find a  dupe for one of the hottest shoes if the year. So here it is, check them out below.

Fall 2017 Must Haves

Whew! It feels like it's been a while since we did a "must haves" post but I'm going to jump right in and say in normal fashion that I am not ready for fall at all. Especially now that I am living clear across the country in Los Angeles and the top reason for my move was so that I would not have to deal with seasons. According to LA locals, September/October can be some of the hottest months which I am totally looking forward to. Enough about the weather I'm experiencing and more about the items you need in your closet this fall! See below 6 things you need this fall!

1. Neutral Plaids- Whether it be a skirt, dress or pants you can pair your neutral plaids with just about any band tee or slogan tee to make it edgier.

2. Leather- This must-have is explanatory, I always have at least 3-4 leather pieces in my wardrobe at all times. Get yourself a leather skirt and a pair of leather pants and you'll be solid for fall.

3. Fun Fur- I have seen this "Fun Fur" in Zara over the summer. Basically, colorful faux fur on the sleeves of sweatshirts and tee shirts but also a fun fur jacket wouldn't hurt.

4. Slogan Tee- One of those trends that will follow us forever. To be honest the slogans get doper each year!

5. Shearling- Shearling was a huge trend last fall and winter and here we are yet again but let's take it to another level with brighter colors as a statement piece.

6. Fringe- MORE FRINGE! Get it in your closet!
1. Plaid Mini Wrap Skirt $19 | 2. Faux Leather Pants $35Skirt w/ Studs $50 | Off-The Shoulder Faux Leather Jacket $35 | Faux Fur Crop Shirt $22 | Yellow Shearling Jacket $150 | American Retro T-shirt $26

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