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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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Spring/Summer 2018 NYFW Recap

After our first fashion week experience in February and learning the do's and dont's we were super ready for the September shows. Invitation requests went out early and we were getting everything together for the trip. But unfortunately, at the last minute, Derria wasn't able to come. So I headed up to New York from DC for the day to attend a few shows on our behalf. I arrived in NY at around 11am, stopped for a quick bite to eat then headed to Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86 to pick up my Style Fashion Week media credentials, meet up with Inspiredired by Krys and attend the first show/presentation of the day. 

Style Fashion Week hosted Romeo Hunte's SS 2018 Brooklyn Army presentation. I enjoy presentations because you get a chance to really see the collection and not just for a second down the runway.  The collection included a unique twist to outerwear for both the fall and the spring. Check out a few pieces from the collection. 

Source: Richard Magazine
After Romeo Hunte, I headed to the next show at Skylight Clarkson Square to see the Chromat SS 2018 collection. Chromat is an advocate of inclusion in the fashion industry and their runway show proved just that. The show included people of all orientations, shapes, sizes, and skin tones showcasing cutting edge swim and sportswear. View some photos and video of the show below. 


Post Chromat, I stuck around Skylight for a little bit and checked out the Reebok and Tresseme lounges and then went outside to capture some street style. After running all day, it was time for some food. Krystal and I went to El Gallo De Oro in West Village before heading back to Intrepid to see the final shows of the day. The food was so good and decently priced. I had the burrito bowl and a margarita, which was much needed after a long day.  

Once back at Intrepid, I enjoyed two more shows before heading home, Grace Moon and David Tupaz. They are both are Asian designers that incorporate their culture and See photos and videos from their collections below. 
Grace Moon

David Tupaz

After a full day of shows, it was time to head back home. Even though it was just a day trip, I enjoyed my time. Oh, how could I forget my outfit? I needed something that would be comfortable all day since I was not staying and didn't get a hotel room. Details below!
Dress: Asos
Bag: TJ Maxx
Shoes: Amazon