StyleWatch makes trends ‘charming’

Finding trendy, yet affordable pieces to add to your wardrobe year round can be a full-time job: researching, comparing prices and eventually purchasing those items can take all the joy out of finding new styles that you love. But a new collection from StyleWatch magazine is about to make staying on trend while on a budget a little bit easier.

According to InStyle, the magazine has partnered with Charming Charlie to create an accessories capsule collection that includes everything from shoes and bags to jewelry and watches.

The line offers trends in an accessible way, says InStyle, both in price and in style: nothing in the collection tops $50, and the trends incorporated into the styles often employ a subtle approach, being noticeable enough to read as a trend but soft enough to allow for versatility in your wardrobe.

Editor of StyleWatch Lisa Arbetter told InStyle of their collaboration process with Charming Charlie, saying that the collection exemplifies goals to “celebrate the fun of fashion and stand for quality at a great price.”

“Our editors collaborated closely with their design team to create the gorgeous, fashion-forward shoes, jewelry, handbags, scarves, and hats that make up the line,” Arbetter said, according to InStyle, “and we are thrilled to be able to offer so many outfit-making pieces to our readers and their shoppers.”

To shop the line and stake out your favorite pieces, head over to Charming Charlie now!

THL Favorite: The Fearless Studded Satchel. This bag could easily pass for an expensive designer number, but instead it combines the trendy studded style with the classic satchel shape for only $39. Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on this purse!


Fashion Finds: Jewelry

If you’re on the hunt for something stylish, but don’t know where to look, look no further than THL’s newest feature, Fashion Finds! Here, you’ll find overviews of cool shops that will fulfill all your fashion needs while also keeping in mind your budget. From apparel to shoes, accessories and handbags, Fashion Finds will help you find it all, and today, we’re scoping out fashion jewelry.

Good fashion jewelry can be a tricky thing to find; while you don’t want to spend a ton of money on a necklace or bracelet, you also want something that looks nice, that will withstand wear and tear and will pair easily with different outfits. You may even want something a bit trendy, but don’t want to shell out a lot of money for a fleeting style.

But THL knows that all fashion can be accessible — to your style and to your budget. So if you’re in the market for some shiny new jewelry, you’ll want to check out some of our favorite stores:

Charming Charlie: Offering affordable jewelry that ranges from trendy to classic, this store is a great starting point when searching for fashion jewelry. Charming Charlie also has frequent sales on jewelry, so you can stock up on of-the-moment statement pieces like chokers or classic styles like simple stud earrings. THL’s favorite: the gold lattice hinge bracelet, which offers a subtle classic pavé style in a bold cuff silhouette.

Forever 21: While it can be seen as a store for millennials, it does have a vast selection of fashion jewelry at highly affordable prices. Offering everything from dainty pieces to big, bold statement looks, Forever 21 will certainly have something to suit your taste out of their 1,500-plus products. THL’s favorite: the rhinestone ear pins, which provide a delicate shine coupled with a modern style.

BaubleBar: If you’re looking for something a bit more fancy and can stretch your budget, you’ll have to pay a visit to BaubleBar. The site offers only the most fashionable jewelry, keeping you and your style right on trend. One of BaubleBar’s best features is their build-your-own sets, in which you can select three styles of your choosing in either necklaces, bracelets or earrings — and, when you build a set, it’s more cost-effective than buying each piece separately, thus saving you money so you can go buy more jewelry. You can even get some items personalized, which makes a great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or graduations. THL’s favorite: the fringed hand chain, which combines a hot trend with a sleek silhouette.

J.Crew: If a classic look is more your style, then J.Crew has a selection perfectly curated for you. With designs featuring pretty crystals, floral patterns and simple chain links, J.Crew’s jewelry offers timeless styles that will easily pair with everything from a little black dress to a mid-week work look. While J.Crew’s jewelry often costs more than the previous three retailers, their elegance is certainly worth the cost. But here’s a hint — if you can’t swing the higher price tag, check out their J.Crew Factory store online, where you can find more classic styles at a fraction of the regular cost. THL’s favorite: the double gemstone clusters necklace from the factory store, which can dress up everything from a T-shirt to an evening gown.

With all of these great options to pick from, you’re sure to find some jewelry that you love that won’t hurt your wallet. Know of a store that we missed? Add it in the comments below or tweet us at @takeherlead with your suggestion along with the hashtag #FashionFinds.

Style 101: Eyelet

Looking for that perfect piece that will take you from a day at the beach to a dinner by the water? Look no further than eyelet, summer’s utility fabric that’s both lightweight and pretty — and essentially goes with everything!

Eyelet is a light fabric that has small holes scattered throughout — often in different shapes and in varying sizes — that sometimes come together to make a floral pattern. It can even be found in more geometric patterns, depending on the layout, size and shape of the holes in the fabric.

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Eyelet can be found in a range of pieces, including tops, shorts, skirts, pants, dresses and even shoes (like espadrilles). You can also find eyelet accessories (like handbags or eyelet-patterned jewelry) or even eyelet swimsuits. Besides the variety of forms it can inhabit, perhaps the best part about eyelet is its versatility: you can pop an eyelet top over your swimsuit with a pair of shorts to head to the beach or a Fourth of July picnic, and then later on, you can take that same top and wear it with a cute pencil skirt or dressy jeans and wedges for a night out.

So if you’re looking to start incorporating eyelet into your summer wardrobe, here are a couple of pieces to get you started:

A casual piece that will bring your from a casual Sunday morning to an exciting Friday night is the Lined Lace Cami from Hollister. Done in a semi-cropped, swing style with a mix of floral and geometric prints, this cami will perfectly pair with your cutoff shorts or your bright white jeans. Now on sale for only $9.99, this sweet little top is available in both navy and white.


Dainty eyelet makes this Hollister cami a summer wardrobe staple.

If you’re looking for something even more versatile, try the Katrina Eyelet Tank from Charming Charlie. Featuring a demure peplum hem and a tiny box eyelet pattern, this top can take you from the dressiest of occasions when paired with a slick pencil skirt or leather ankle pants to a relaxing weekend when paired with your favorite pair of jeans. For only $29, this top is a steal — and you’ll be wearing it all season long!


Pair your Katrina Eyelet Tank with a statement necklace to add some sparkle to your summer!

Once you introduce these two great eyelet pieces to your wardrobe, you’ll surely be searching for more!

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

Reese Witherspoon is as known for her on-screen acting roles as she is for her off-screen style. And this week, Witherspoon proved yet again just how fashionable she is.

According to InStyle, the actress was photographed out and about in Los Angeles, California on September 2 wearing a polka dot top from her clothing line, Draper James. She paired her classic top with casual skinny jeans and a navy satchel, while also sporting a tote from her Draper James collection. A gold chain necklace, dark sunnies and bright red pumps and lips polished off her casual, on-the-go look.

Witherspoon’s polka dot Draper James top — the Nashville shirt in Navy Pearl Dot — is certainly the object of our envy. Its original $175 price tag, however, is less than enviable. That’s why we set out to create Witherspoon’s classic southern style for less than her top’s $140 sale price. Read on for the results!

We easily found classic navy polka dot top to rival Witherspoon’s Draper James style in the form of Forever 21’s Boxy Polka Dot Top. This sweet style not only shares the same pattern and color as Witherspoon’s top, it also shares its straight cut throughout the body. For only $12.80, this shirt is sure to pass for Witherspoon’s pricey Draper James number.

The Boxy Polka Dot Top, found on

The Boxy Polka Dot Top, found on

Next on our shopping list were casual skinny jeans, and we found the perfect pair from Forever 21. Their Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in the dark denim wash not only provide the same slim silhouette throughout the leg of the jean, it also provides whiskering and rinse details at the hip and thigh reminiscent of Witherspoon’s casual denim. These jeans are the perfect base for our look-alike ensemble, and they’ll only set you back $29.90.

The Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in dark denim, found on

The Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in dark denim, found on

A red pointed-toe pump will add a much-need burst of color to our reimagined look, and the Single Sole Pointed Toe Pumps from Charlotte Russe does just that. Delivering a similar color and silhouette, these pumps will take your look to the next level for only $29.99. And what’s more — Charlotte Russe is offering 30 percent off and free shipping on these heels so you can take Witherspoon’s look for even less!

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The Single Sole Pointed Toe Pumps, found on

The Curb Chain Collar Necklace from Forever 21 is the perfect way to mimic Witherspoon’s gold chain without spending a fortune. This chain will add some shine to your look for a mere $7.90.

The Curb Chain Collar Necklace, found on

The Curb Chain Collar Necklace, found on

Last but certainly not least is a rich, navy satchel, and there is no better way to complete our recreated look than with the Nyssa Chain Satchel from Charming Charlie. Done in an equally saturated navy, this neutral bag will not only pair with our look-alike ensemble but also with all of your other favorite outfits. This satchel will look much more expensive than its $39 price tag.

The Nyssa Chain Satchel, found on

The Nyssa Chain Satchel, found on

Reese Witherspoon’s charming ‘Nashville’ top from her Draper James collection may have been on sale for $140, but our head-to-toe look for less will only set you back $119.59. Just add a bright red lip and you’ll have Witherspoon’s southern style down pat.

Happy Shopping!

Take Her Look [For Less]

There is no fabric more versatile than denim — it can be worn in the form of jeans, jackets and shirts, and on Wednesday, Elle Fanning showed us that denim can also be worn as cute summer dress.

The actress was spotted on Wednesday in Los Angeles wearing a denim A-line dress, which she paired with a red Gucci leather shoulder bag and beige espadrille flats featuring fun burger and fries embroidery.

Fanning’s sweet denim dress is perfect for those hazy, hot and humid summer days when its way too hot to wear anything form-fitting. Although the designer of her dress is unknown, The Daily Mail reports that Fanning’s Gucci crossbody comes in at a steep $2,490, so we decided to recreate Fanning’s entire look for less, a lot less than $2,490 — we set out to replicate her look for under $200. Read on for the results!

The first order of business was to find a similar dress to Fanning’s sweet A-line number, and we immediately found a cute alternative from our friends at Lulu’s. The Rhythm Birkin Blue Chambray Skater Dress offers a similar silhouette to Fanning’s frock, while the denim comes in a similar color and wash, making it the perfect dress to duplicate Fanning’s look. This dress even has a little surprise in the back: an oval-shaped back cutout that ties into a bow! This copycat style is available for $86 on

No bag can ever compare to a Gucci purse, but we came across an equally vibrant crossbody to compete with Fanning’s. The Carmel Crossbody Wristlet from Charming Charlie delivers the same striking red as Fanning’s Gucci bag, but it’s much more versatile since it can be worn as a crossbody or as a wristlet/clutch. This purse is sure to add the necessary pop of color to our copycat look, and it’s available at Charming Charlie for only $19.

Espadrille flats complete our look for less, but in searching for a similar pair of flats, we actually found Fanning’s exact pair! Fanning is wearing Jason Polan Original Burger & Fries espadrilles from, a footwear company based in Soho, New York that specializes in espadrilles and summer footwear. Fanning’s Burger & Fries style is available in the sand color she’s sporting, as well as an appropriately named ‘mustard’ color for only $65.

Instead of shelling out $2,490 to purchase the same Gucci bag as Elle Fanning, you can recreate her whole outfit for under $200 — $170, to be exact! So if you love Fanning’s look, head over to Lulu’s, Soludos and Charming Charlie to pick up these pieces to replicate her summery look for yourself!

Happy Shopping!

Happy Fourth of July!

June flew by, and now we are already celebrating the Fourth of July! And whether you are going to a huge cookout with all of your family and friends or just hanging out on the beach, it’s important to celebrate the Fourth in style.

In thinking about what to write about Fourth of July fashion, I realized that I’ve focused a lot over the past month on what other women have been wearing and why it works, but I haven’t really talked at all about my own style. So I decided to change things up a bit today, and give you a little taste of what I will be wearing this holiday weekend; and of course, I will tell you what you can take away from my outfit so you can try a similar look for yourself!

To me, there’s nothing more American than pairing lace and chambray, so I decided to wear this fun lace muscle tank from American Eagle with one of my favorite Forever 21 purchases ever: star print chambray shorts! To bring in some red (and carry my phone!), I added a coral-red clutch from Charming Charlie and to play up the star motif, I chose to wear a white enamel star bangle (also from Charming Charlie). To complete my festive Fourth look, I decided to wear one of my favorite pairs of sandals: the Steve Madden Kammi Gladiator Sandal in gold, which I picked up from DSW.

My Fourth of July outfit!

My Fourth of July outfit!

Unfortunately, there are some pieces in my outfit that are from last summer (the shorts, clutch and bracelet), so if you love them enough to want to buy them, they are probably no longer available. But, there are some things from my outfit that you can incorporate into your Fourth of July outfit:

  1. Lace can be casual – Sometimes lace can seem like a ‘dressier’ fabric, but it can be casual too. Look for lace in more laid back cuts like a loose muscle tank (like mine from American Eagle); lace in a casual cut is the perfect combination of polished and carefree, making for a cute picnic-going outfit.
  2. All-American Chambray – Nothing says all-American girl like wearing chambray, so try incorporating a pair of chambray shorts or even a chambray shirt into your Fourth of July look. Chambray is a lightweight alternative to denim, so it’s perfect for a celebration out in the sun.
  3. Opt for stars and stripes – Star print is actually a huge trend right now, so it will be easy to find some cute star-printed shirts, shorts and accessories for the summer holiday. But if you want to be a little less literal, try either red and white stripes with subtle blue accessories or blue and white stripes with subtle red accessories. This creates not only a patriotic outfit but also a nautical look, so if you are spending your holiday out on the water this year, this would be a perfect option!

No matter how you are going to celebrate the Fourth of July, I wish you all a fun-filled day with nothing but great food, great company and great style!

Happy Fourth, my friends!