Dupe for Less: J. Crew Buffalo Plaid Puffer Vest

September 23
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Cheaper versions of J crew buffalo plaid puffer vest

It’s officially autumn, the start of Han Solo season (that’s where all the girls wear vests, white shirts, and boots like Harrison Ford did in the first few Star Wars movies). J. Crew’s classic buffalo check puffer vest has always symbolized the beginning of cooler weather, but I was not about to pay $120 for a vest that doesn’t even have arms.

I found two dupes for the J. Crew vest: J. Crew factory has a version for only $49.99, but I went a step further and did even better: I found a cheap dupe for only $29.99! Not only does the cheapest dupe come in the EXACT same colors as the J. Crew version, but for that low price, I might buy both colors.

Also, I wanted to bring up that Tory Burch is having a 30% off sale sitewide with code FALL16 when you buy $250 or more. In the past, Tory Burch has tiered promotions where you have to spend more to get the best discount, but now you get a blanket 30% off if you get any of the bags or boots below:

Tory Burch fall 2016 sale

1: Dress // 2: Ankle boots // 3: Robinson tote // 4: Riding boots // 5: Embroidered blouse // 6: Phone wristlet // 7: Heeled Blossom boots

Urban Cowboy – Boston College Fashion Week

September 22
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Vintage duster robeVintage black white embroidered duster kimonoVintage floor length duster coatVintage duster robe

Duster coat: Vintage (love this floral one here or black embroidered one here) // Jeans: Abercrombie (on sale for $35) // Bag: Shein, also comes in blue! // Boots: similar here from Jessica Simpson // Lip Color: “Crush

If you read my blog, I know you liked looking at pretty clothes. This Saturday, you can come look at pretty clothes with me at Boston College Fashion Week. For $20 a ticket, you will be treated to 4 fashion runway shows and plenty of eye candy from fashion and beauty brands such as:

  • Fashion: Rebecca Minkoff
  • Footwear: Vince Camuto
  • Hair: Drybar
    • (looking forward to this one the most—they only do blowouts and no other hair services but they’re great at what they do)
  • Skincare: European Wax Center
  • Fragrance: Perfumania
  • Hosiery: Hanes + Maidenform
  • Tech Accessory: Fitbit
  • Watch: Bertha Watches
  • Nutrition Bar: KIND
    • (KIND bars are basically what I lived on this summer during my internship—do you think they’ll give out freebies? *heart eyes*)
  • Magazine: StyleWatch (with support from sister brand InStyle)
  • Nails: Essie

In between the fashion shows, guests have the opportunity to mingle, network, and interact with our various partners in the sponsor activation lounge (I’m told that the goodie bags available are worth up to $900?!?)

As well as featuring these established brands, College Fashion Week is focused on showcasing looks from female fashion entrepreneurs and designers. Talking about making fashion more fun and inclusive is my idea of a great time, so come say hi to me at the event! I can’t promise that I’ll be wearing something as crazy as the robe in this outfit post, but don’t worry, I will definitely be in something overly-fancy and impractical.

(Also, if you totally can’t afford the tickets, contact me and I’ll hook up 2 of my readers with free tickets only one ticket left–email me quick at beautyvbrains@gmail.com).

The event will take place Sept. 24th at Space 57 (located at the Revere Hotel) from 6pm-9pm, and I’ll be posting and twittering through the whole thing.

Her Campus College Fashion Week

Note: I’ve been invited to cover Boston College Fashion Week by Her Campus Media and its College Fashion Week brand partners. Thanks to them for the invite and sponsoring this post!

Snapchat Panel

September 19
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Zara basic oversized blazer and pleated dressFall French inspired outfits with navy blazer and red square flap bagOversized blazer, white pleated skirt, black flats outfitRed flap bag and Miss Fancy Pants nail polish

Blazer: Zara (similar here) // Dress: thrifted, similar here // Bag: Marshall’s, similar here from F21 // Necklace: Forever21 // Nail polish: ‘Miss Fancy Pants’ // Lip Color: ‘Mysterious Red’

A lesson I learned this weekend: You never know where your college friends will end up and what cool things they will be doing. I received a message on Saturday from my college debate partner asking if I was free to speak on a panel for a Snapchat event in Boston that afternoon. It turns out that he was now on Snapchat’s team and remembered that I was in the area! There was hardly any time to refuse the honor, so a few hours later, I was sitting on a stage talking about the need for more diversity in hiring, professions, and startups like Snapchat.

Snapchat balloons

The best part of the whole thing had to be the swap that Snapchat so kindly gifted to us afterwards, including a blanket that looks like a Snapchat filter and a tiny little plush Snapchat ghost. I was beginning to really like Instagram stories, but now I think I rediscovered my loyalties to Snapchat, especially with its attention to diversity in tech and media <3

Made to Measure – eShakti ‘Grace’ Dress Review

September 15
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Eshakti Grace dress - Review and fittingEshakti white floral navy dressBlack suede lace up sandals and gray quilted chain bag“That dress was made for you!” said a classmate when they saw my outfit. And they were right: it was! This beautiful creation is from eShakti, a site that lets you customize your dresses (hem length and sleeve style) to make a unique creation. I had partnered with eShakti last year so I knew their dresses always knock it out of the park.Eshakti grace dress customizationEshkati custom size review

For instance the dress I chose included options to tailor the dress length to my height, as well as an option to choose a different neckline if I so desired. If you’ve ever seen a dress and wished it came in a different sleeve style, you can change every eShakti base design so it can better flatter your arms or work for multiple seasons.

Although this dress was gifted to me, the original price ($60) isn’t steep either. If I were looking to customize a party dress or a nice date night dress, I could easily afford to add these customizations and walk away with something that I know will suit my body. For instance, a pink silk gown (fully customizable!) only costs $119—the same price as a pair of Lululemon leggings or something.

Eshakti white floral Grace dressAlso, pockets come with most eShakti dresses. You actually have to select an option for “no pockets” to opt out of having pockets. I seriously wish more retailers had pockets in default designs.

Another detail I loved about this particular “Grace” design is that the floral pattern continues onto the back—a sign of quality. Instead of buying a Forever21 item that only has a pattern on the front (F21 is often too cheap to continue printing the pattern on the back material), this dress stuns from every angle.Eshakti white flower mesh navy dress

Dress: eShakti (gifted to me) // Shoes: Asos // Bag: BCBG // Lip color“203 – Rose Dentelle”

Thanks to eShakti for partnering with me on this post.