How to be A*cute During the Polar Vortex

The Polar Vortex is making the most notorious comeback since Britney Spears. But, you don’t have to let Old Man Winter steal your style. Layer up using key pieces that will take you from the office to a night out on the town in an instant.
Blanket sweaters are on trend for casual outfits, but wear yours over an LBD with patterned tights and heeled booties for a sophisticated look that will keep you warm. The key to keeping this look together is the monotone color scheme. Despite what anyone says, black will always be the new black.

Lady in Red

by Sherria

Paula Patton

At the launch of Pepsi NEXT in Los Angeles, Paula Patton showed off her red Azzedine Alaia Dress. The dress sells for about $2,000 to $3,000. However, you can find a cute red dress for less. Below are some options.

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Left to right: Red Sleeveless Skater Dress (15 GPB);  Sandro Cherry Red Dress ($195); Crimson Sighs Dress ($67.99)

Mod-Inspired Bikini

by Sherria

Beyonce on the beach in St. Barts

Unlike most celebrities, Beyonce hasn’t flaunted her abs on the cover of magazines post-baby birth. ‘Ms. Sasha Fierce’ hung out on the beach in St. Barts with her husband Jay-Z in a classy vintage-inspired black bathing suit. To get Beyonce’s vintage look, I would recommend ModCloth. The online retailer offers fashionable, retro looks that won’t go out of style.

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Bathing Beauty Two Piece in Black (, $89.99)

Bathing Beauty One Piece in Black- Plus Size (, $89.99)

Beach Blanket Bingo One Piece in Black (, $89.99)

Click here for more bathing suit options from ModCloth. Follow on Twitter @ModCloth.

Anwhere but here.

by Jackie

Beaches and barbecues are all that’s on my mind as Fourth of July weekend rolls around. Work has been incredibly stressful with two upcoming conferences and a heavy news cycle.  What’s keeping me from going crazy is occasionally daydreaming about my upcoming vacation in August with my friends. It’ll be six days of sun, fun, and laying around in the Florida Keys (BP will not stop us!).  Though I’ve been looking forward to this trip for MONTHS, I neglected to buy a bathing suit. So now, I’ve got a few weeks to order one in enough time. I’ve got a couple of old reliables that I’ll be bringing along, but I want to add something new to my tiny collection.  I’m asking you, yes YOU, to help me choose.

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I adore the 50’s pin-up style of this suit from Mod Cloth.  It’s fun, flirty, and different. The only drawback is the price.  It’s a whopping $90, which is may more than I’d ever want to pay for such little fabric.  But, it may just be cute enough to be worth it.

This sassy little number from Victoria’s Secret is right up my alley.  I love halter tops on swimsuits and the pink/brown/white color combination would look nice against my complexion. With a total price of $20, there’s not much of a drawback here.

It may sound weird, but my favorite part of my body is my shoulders. Call me old-fashioned, but I think baring shoulders is a demure way to be sexy. This tankini swim set from Target is priced at $30.

Fashionably GLEEful

by Jackie

I admit it. I wasn’t riding the Glee wave when the show’s popularity peaked last year.  After watching one episode, I just didn’t get it [ducks for cover].  At the time, I was obsessed with Nip/Tuck, and couldn’t be convinced to try anything else. Alas, my favorite show came to an end (I’m still not over it), and the countless reality shows just weren’t cutting it.

This Tuesday, I happened to watch the season premiere with a friend who never understood why I didn’t like the show. After giving it a second try, I actually liked it.  It didn’t take me long to catch up to the storyline, and the music selection was amazing. I later learned that both Nip/Tuck, also known for its stellar soundtrack, and Glee share the same creators (I know, I know).  It all suddenly made sense.

Aside from the music, I was also inspired by the cast’s wardrobe.  Rachel‘s uber prep chic, Mercedes‘s bold and creative look, and Emma‘s vintage-inspired outfits play a huge role in the show. I can’t wait to see what fun looks they’ll be wearing next week and to sing along, even if I’m off-key.

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  1. Glitter argyle sweater cardigan, Forever 21, $11
  2. Primary colors argyle cardigan, Forever 21, $11
  3. Mint argyle sweater, Target, $20
  4. Ben Sherman knit top, asos, $37

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  1. Ruched pocket cardigan, Forever 21, $20
  2. Rain boots, Target, $25
  3. Juicy Couture bag, Zappos, $260
  4. Belt, Mod Cloth, $30

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  1. Retro cardigan, Forever 21, $25
  2. Blue Epi Leather Speedy, LV, $1,795
  3. Kate Spade Star ring, Bloomingdale’s, $75
  4. Sam Edelman flats, $125
  5. Diamonds and Pearl bracelets, Forever 21, $5.80