I love wearing a nice, classy, J.crew-esque outfit! Here I paired a gemstone clad sweatshirt with boyfriend fit chinos. I added a sequined collar dickey (not shown) and gemstone flats to add more feminine flair! Super comfy and chic.

Embellished Crew Neck Sweatshirt: Forever 21
Embellished Flats: Forever 21
Boyfriend Fit Chinos: American Eagle


Retail: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

I am always looking to save money, especially with my horrible shopping obsessions. So, I am a regular Plato’s Closet recycler. It’s such a smart way to make money AND save money. If you haven’t ever been to Plato’s Closet, they are a retail store that recycles fashion for both guys and girls! Meaning, they buy your old clothes and accessories off of you for instant cash! They then sell these clothes for low prices that are affordable for any budget. So, here’s how you get started:

Step 1: Go through your closet and pick out anything you haven’t worn in the past 6 months to 1 year. Make sure everything is in decent quality and has no stains.

Step 2: Go through your accessories and pick out anything you haven’t used in the past 6 months to 1 year. This means all jewelry (earrings must be on its original hang tag) belts, scarves, purses, and shoes.

Step 3: Fold everything neatly in a large tote bag or shopping bag.

Step 4: Take to your nearest Plato’s Closet and get cash for your clothes and accessories on the spot!

I’ve found that they’re a little picky when it comes to shoes and dresses. However, I typically get around $20-$30 whenever I go there. I also frequently go there for quick events, like holidays, to pick up a quick dress for under $10 instead of spending $30 at the mall for something I’ll only wear once! And usually, they’ll buy it back after you’ve gotten your use out of it!

Plato’s Closet is also a great place to go shopping for quick trends you know won’t be in style for long or for anything in general! They carry tons of Forever 21, Hollister, American Eagle, Abercrombie, Juicy Couture, Charlotte Russe, and brands from Urban Outfitters. Dresses and skirts typically run $6-$10 dollars and shirts and tank tops $6-$12 depending on brand and style. Shoes are around $10-$20, same with jeans, leggings, and sweaters/blazers/sweatshirts. It’s a place that anyone can bargain shop and I promise you’ll find some great steals! If you haven’t been there yet, I definitely recommend you try it out!

Haute Halloween: Costume ideas for girls, guys, couples & friends!

Every year around the time the trees start to change color we are all faced with an epic question: “What will I be for Halloween?!” Maybe a witch? Or a ghost? Maybe just throw a scary mask and cape on? Nope, not this year! Why not be something unique, fun, and not to mention haute, all without emptying your wallet? Well, here is your guide to having a Happy Haute Halloween costume this October whether you go out solo, with your significant other, or even your closest friends! (All Polyvore’s made by yours truly)!

Just for Girls:

Broken Doll: If you’re looking to be something spooky this year, what’s creepier than a porcelain doll? How about a broken, twisted, deathly one?! Think Kerli from her music video “walking on air.” Simply wear a dress or skirt, and add a tutu underneath it. Wear a corset, bustier, or a frilly lace blouse over the dress (or with your skirt) and add funky accessories! For example, I recommend a cute headpiece like a mini top hat or enormous bow (check out Claire’s). Add striped or fishnet tights with huge platform heels like Jeffrey Campbell Lita Booties (you can find knockoffs at Charlotte Russe). You can even carry something spooky like a teddy bear with a missing eye or arm. As for hair and makeup, choose something doll-like: big pigtails, teased braids, thick false eyelashes, and exaggerated pink cheeks. Add a shock factor by using pale powder on exposed skin, black lipstick, drawing on fake scars, or even doing mismatched eye makeup! You’ll be sure to get attention wherever you go!

Big Bad Wolf: Sexiness is always a popular deciding factor when looking for costume ideas amongst girls. A simple costume idea using some basic clothing pieces is a sexy wolf. All you need is a fur vest! Wear it closed with a push up bra and some liquid leggings (or even leopard leggings if your closet is limited), slip on some stiletto heels and top it off with ears and a teased ponytail and you’re good to go! You can take it to the next level with fur leg warmers, false fangs, fake blood and red lipstick. Boys will be begging you to huff and puff and blow their house down!

Fashion Addict: Here’s a fun and simple costume for any fashionista! All you need is your own clothes, plus a Starbucks cup and optional Vogue magazine! Start by going through your closet and picking out anything extremely fashion forward or uber trendy. Then, layer it all together. The more layers, the more Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen-esque. For example, wear multiple necklaces (the sparklier the better), lace socks with open toed heels, rings on every finger, or a sequin tank under a cardigan, under a fur vest. Go all out! Then carry around a Vogue magazine, your iPhone and a Starbucks cup (which you can fill with your drink of choice if you’re of legal age)! Finish it off with red lipstick and top knot and you’ll be looking like Rachel Zoe in no time.

Chic Sushi: If you want to be some super unique and quirky, look no further! Being sushi for Halloween is much easier than it seems. Wear a white dress (or white shirt with bottoms of your choice) and attach a small pink or orange pillow to your back using a thick elastic black belt or ribbon tied around your waist. Then, glue one large green pom pom and one large pink pom pom to a headband to act as wasabi and ginger (use ribbon or bows if you cannot find pom poms) or even take it a step further by adding a bun and chopsticks to your look. Voila, a sushi costume good enough to eat!

Katniss: Celebrity costumes are always a popular choice year after year. This October, channel your inner heroine and dress as the infamous Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games. You’ll need: cargo pants, combat boots, a windbreaker, an optional backpack, and bow and arrow (which you can easily find at your local dollar store). Give yourself a simple side braid, conservative makeup, and pin on your prized golden Mockingjay pin (obtainable at party stores, Hot Topic, and even Icing, aka Claire’s Accessories stores). Now you can make your grand entrance by walking into the party shouting “I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!”

More Ideas: Mother Nature, Glam Ghoul, Peacock, Harajuku Girl, Bambi, Dark Raven.

Just for Guys:

Slenderman: For guys, dressing scary means wearing a mask and splashing on some fake blood. Well, this Halloween creep out the party by dressing as Slenderman. This costume can be even scarier if you’re tall and skinny. Wear a suit coat and dress pants (or tux if you have your own) with a skinny black tie and white gloves. Wear a white mask or even make your own faceless mask by cutting off one leg to women’s white, sheer tights, making a small knot on one end and slipping it over your head! (PartyCity also sells a $55 tux “morph suit” that looks surprisingly realistic if you’re running low on time)!

Where’s Waldo: Here’s a very fun and effortless costume that’s sure to be the center of attention. You’ll need a red and white striped shirt, a pair of jeans, a red or white beanie and “Harry Potter” glasses (or any other glasses will do). That’s it, there’s nothing else to it! And want to know the best part? Photobombing! Jump into the background of every possible picture and when it comes time to uploading them to Facebook, name the album “Where’s Waldo.”

Classy Hobo/Like a Sir: If you’re a guy looking to save money this Halloween, look no further than your dresser. Here’s a fun and “tasteful” costume idea that will get you lots of laughs. Simply throw on 1) a blazer and dress pants, 2) jeans and an old raggedy t-shirt/plaid button down, or get the best of both worlds with 3) the tuxedo t-shirt! Using your mom’s or girlfriend’s eyeliner pencil, draw on a mustache and faux monocle. Wear a top hat and then talk all night with a snooty accent and sip your drink pinky-up.

Instagram: No app has gained more popularity than Instagram. If you’re a photo major or just plain quirky and creative, this is the costume for you. Start off with a trip to your local craft store. Purchase sheets of felt (or even ribbon) in red, yellow, green, blue and black. Also grab a half yard of brown ribbon and white fabric paint. Then stop at the Salvation Army and pick up an old record. Using a brown t-shirt and sharpie, draw a horizontal line across the chest, armpit to armpit. Then, cut out a square from the black felt and glue it to the right side of the shirt, above the sharpie line. On the left side, create a “rainbow” by cutting out strips of the colored felt and gluing it from the sharpie line to the shoulder seam. Write “insta” under the rainbow in the white fabric paint. Then, hot glue both ends of the ribbon to the record and make a “necklace” out of it to act as the lens. Wear khaki pants, and then Instagram yourself Halloween night!

Psy, aka Gangnam Style: Korean rapper, Psy, has made quite the impact in the media lately with his hilarious dance moves from his latest music video “Gangnam Style.” His outfit in the music video consists of a blue blazer, dress pants, bowtie and sunglasses. Simple enough right? Well, if you really want to make an appearance this Halloween, you need to learn the Gangnam Style dance moves! You’ll be flash mobbing everywhere this October 31st!

More Ideas: Full Body Cast, Magic Mike, Creep, Father Time, Gingerbread, Gameboy, iPhone.

Just for Couples:

Princess Bubblegum and Finn: This cute couple from Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time will make the coolest couple costume ever! For Princess Bubblegum, you can easily wear a pink dress, pink wig, and gold headband or ribbon around your head! For Finn, you just need jeans, a blue t-shirt, backpack and white beanie. Glue two cotton balls on either side of the beanie to create Finn’s look, or you can even buy a Finn hat from Hot Topic stores! Guys can take the costume even further by carrying around a sword or blue Game Boy to act as Beemo from the show! And if you’re a true Adventure Time fan, Beemo iPhone cases are easy to find online!

Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby: Nothing can be more haute than the Great Gatsby, and with the new remake hitting theaters soon, you and your significant other can be the most glamorous couple at any Halloween bash. For Daisy, simple wear any pastel dress, or shirt/skirt combo with fringe. If you don’t own anything of the sort, check out any vintage or thrift stores for flapper-inspired dresses. Wear a feather boa, an oversized floppy hat or feathered headband, and a long pearl necklace to finish of the look. As for hair and makeup, go with a smoky eye and wine stained lips, paired with soft waves. For Gatsby, try your best to wear all white or khaki. If that is not possible, any suit or blazer with dress pants will work great or even a vest with a button down and tie! Top off Gatsby’s look with slicked, polished hair, a newsboy cap, and suspenders!

More Ideas: Carrie and Big, Helga and Hey Arnold, Jack and Sally, Kate and Prince William.

Just for Friends:

Kardashian Sisters: If you and your girls are looking for a simple and sexy costume that will get you noticed, look no further than E! TV. In every girl’s wardrobe lies the body-con skirt. Pair this with any plunging neckline top, your highest heels, thick false eyelashes and long straight hair. You can even carry around a baby doll if you’re Kourtney! This group costume works best for 3 girls, but you can always take it a step further by adding Kris Jenner, Kendall and Kylie. Talk in your best Kardashian accents all night to really polish off your looks.

One Direction: Hey guys, if you want the girls to be all over you this Halloween, you MUST dress as teen heartthrobs, One Direction. Wear slim or skinny jeans (colored or white denim is best), trendy t-shirts, and high top sneakers. Style your hair and throw on a scarf, vest, or zip-up to really make it look legit. Carry around microphones and sing or talk in British accents all night!

More Ideas: The Wiggles, Men in Black, The Expendables, A [dead] Wedding Party, The Breakfast Club, Disney [Hipster] Princesses, The Duggars, Olympic Team, Zompires, Sexy Sirens.