LA Fashion Week Recap

LA Fashion week wrapped up the this years Fashion Week festivities for me and Christen. Though I wasn't able to attend NYFW in the Fall because of my huge move to LA. I was still able to live through Christen's Insta-stories and posts. Being that we attended NYFW in February I already had certain expectations of the shows, etc.

In the case of LAFW things were slightly different because I was attending Style Fashion Week events, where multiple designers were presenting their collections during three evening time slots from Thursday to Sunday. Which worked out perfectly because I work full time during the week. My friend Morgan and I, attended Friday and Saturday and we were looking forward to seeing Draya's Mint Swim line and I couldn't wait to see one of the designers from Project Runway Sonjia Williams line.

The music for the majority of the shows was on point, definitely had us dancing in our seats. The music for Mint Swim was a smooth mash up of 2007 throwback club jams as the models strutted their way up and down the runway. The suits were very sexy and unique I can tell that she wanted to go the edgier route for this seasons collection with multiple prints and abstract cuts.

I watch Project Runway every once and a while, I usually catch it in the middle of a season then I go back and binge watch from the beginning. I don't think I watched the season that Sonjia was on but I definitely enjoyed her designs. I could see myself wearing more than half of her pieces for sure.

The Pacific Design Center was beautiful, and the show was held outside which is never a problem in LA with the great weather. The only downside to the Style Fashion week shows was that they didn't start on time like the schedule stated. If I was running late then that would be the perfect situation but we were super early and even paid for meters so there were three occasions where we had to run back to the car to put more money on our meters. TWO things I hate about LA... Parking and Traffic.

All in all, LAFW was a good experience. I am looking forward to NYFW this February because it will be my only dose of Winter in addition to going home to NC for the holidays. More photos from my experience below:

Mint Swim:

Something by Sonjia:

Will you be a NYFW in February? Let us know!

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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 and follow me on Instagram @JeiMonroe.