Spend Vs. Save

By Tamara Feingold


1. Shoes: Spend

Besides the occasional summer sandal or party heel, shed some extra cash on shoes. Don’t make the mistake of getting those tall leather boots for a too-good-to-be-true price; they’ll likely disintegrate in the rain before the season is over.  Instead, find quality boots and flats that will last multiple seasons. Choose simple colors (black or dark brown) and you’ll be able to wear them with most of your outfits.

2. Tops: Save

Add a wider variety of tops to your wardrobe by skipping over-priced trends. Buy simple tops at inexpensive stores or more daring pieces at thrift stores. Because you won’t be wearing the same tops as often as other clothes, quality isn’t as important here. Buying used tops will ensure an individual style and will save you more money for layers and statement pieces.

3. Jeans: Spend

There’s no need to shell out hundreds for those rhinestone-encrusted stitched-pocketed designer duds, but try to find jeans that will survive the fall season. Despite what you may think, people can tell those worn spots and shredded knees weren’t factory-made. Buying just a couple of pairs of semi-spendy jeans that truly fit your body will boost your confidence and lower the number you need to buy. Wash them inside-out in cold water and let them hang to dry for longer lasting denim that won’t stretch out.

4. Jewelry: Save

Despite what you’ve heard, diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend. There’s no denying that the high-value jewel is appropriate for certain special occasions, but for everyday jewelry try to pick up some vintage finds. Thrift stores, garage sales, and antique stores can all offer jewelry jackpots. The exception? Offer up a little extra cash for rings; cheap metal will turn your fingers green in no time.

5. Bags: Spend

Spending more on quality bags, especially backpacks and book bags, will save you in the long run. Inexpensive bags used often will lead to broken straps and ripped lining. Instead, find a simple purse that shows your style and carry it without worry of wearing out. It’s okay to save on clutches and crossbodies though; bags that won’t be stuffed aren’t in danger of drooping.

Save Vs. Spend Metroleta by tamfeingold featuring lucky brand bags


Frye low heels

Lucky brand bag

Teardrop jewelry


The Leather Jacket

By Tamara Feingold

With Fall right around the corner, these coats are the perfect layer to add over ensembles both casual and classy. Here are some combinations you might not have thought up, straight from a self-proclaimed leather jacket addict in the making. (Confession, I own 8.)

The Leather Jacket by Tamara Feingold

The Hood:

For those chilling, windy days of fall try adding a zip-up hooded sweatshirt under your leather jacket. Choose a casual jacket in distressed tan or dark gray and let the hood from your sweatshirt peek out. If it rains, you’ll stay dry and your leather will add some love to what could be a drab winter outfit.

The Blouse:

Leather jackets aren’t only for motorcycle mavens; they’re also the perfect match for feminine sheer blouses. A simple camel jacket over a light top in peach or mint instantly gives a preppy top some lacking edge.

The Flannel:

Plaid flannel shirts with leggings are must-haves for the dripping autumn days, so consider adding a leather jacket to spruce up last year’s apparel. Over-sized flannel shirts in red, green, or blue go great under jackets with a little embellishment (zippers, buckles, and spikes, oh my!)

The Plain White Tee:

A plain white t-shirt with boyfriend-style destroyed denim jeans offers an opportunity for leather jacket experimentation. Choose one with an off-center front zipper or a hood.

The Dress:

Leather jackets are ideal for nights out when lugging around a thick coat is less than practical. Pair yours with your short dress and heels for an ultra-rebellious night at the bars.


Rick Owens black leather jacket
$2,200 – shopmrsh.com


Jofama leather jacket
$295 – the-dressingroom.com


AllSaints biker jacket


River Island biker jacket
$280 – riverisland.com


Miss Selfridge biker jacket


Love What You Live in With PINK Campus Essentials

by Tamara Feingol

The PINK Campus Essentials line, which features yoga leggings, racerback tanks, lace bandeaus, and shorts, is thoroughly spot-on when it comes to daily campus wear. These pieces are the staples of busy university students with no time for excessively planned outfits in the morning and for those who refuse to wear tight jeans for long hours in the lecture hall.

Unlike other clothing lines preparing for the 2012 back-to-school shopping frenzy with trendy statement pieces and eye-catching accessories, this Campus Essentials like is exceedingly practical. Comfort is key and the models lounging in fleecy sweatpants and oversized boyfriend-style tees are temptingly informal compared to uptight runway walkers.

PINK has always managed to make the sloppy stylish, but this line especially achieves anti-drab looks by using bright pinks, purples, and blues in designs that are airy and relaxed without being overly pajama-like.

Check out the line when planning your back-to-school looks this year, because as much as you want to stay stylish and professional, it’s always tempting to give in to some comfy days. Especially for finals week and other times of teeming to-do lists, throw on some campus shorts with a racerback tank. The collection even includes backpacks so you can stash your supplies when rushing to catch the bus.

This year, instead of feeling guilty about repeatedly donning those inviting yoga pants, feel confident that you’ve managed an active look with your new PINK pieces and indulge in the casual.