InterviewsAn Interview With Lilliana Vazquez, The Cheap Chica!

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This week we launched an exciting mini -shop curated by Lilliana Vazquez, style expert extraordinaire! As the founder of Cheapchicas.com, Lilliana has been providing fabulous, money saving fashion advice through her site as well as the many segments and interviews that she contributes to! We partnered up to give you Lilliana’s picks of summer’s hottest pieces under $100. With gorgeous maxis, pretty prints, and bright accessories, this curated collection is a one-stop-shop for savings on summer’s key pieces!

I caught up with Lilliana to chat about how she got started, why she loves LuLu*s, and what trends she is excited for this summer!

Tell us about how you got started in the fashion world. I started my career at W Magazine and quickly discovered it was not the right place for me, but my time there was the inspiration for The CheapChica’s Guide to Style. After working on a magazine where I could barely afford one thing in any given issue, I wanted to curate a space where women could find the latest trends, fashion advice and lust-worthy goods that they could actually buy!

How did you get your start as a style expert on TV? When I started, style experts on TV were either editors or celebrity stylists and while I admired their expertise, I felt that the voice of real women with real budgets and real bodies was being left out of that conversation. Luckily, the amazing team at The Nate Berkus Show agreed with me and they gave me a chance to spread the CheapChica gospel on national TV! It really struck a chord with viewers and since then I’ve been on TODAY, E! News, Access Hollywood, Katie and just finished shooting a segment with Khloe Kardashian for The Kris Jenner Show!

What is your favorite site or TV show for fashion related info? I love WhoWhatWear.com. They do an amazing job of covering industry trends along with celebrity fashion…and I’m a huge Joan Rivers fan so I don’t miss an episode of Fashion Police on E!

Are you an avid blog reader? If so, what are some of your favorite bloggers? I spend way too much time online, but it’s part of my job description so I look at it as “research”! Some of my favorite sites are fashion news blogs like Fashionista, The Cut and Refinery 29; personal style blogs like Atlantic-Pacific, Sincerely Jules and Late Afternoon; and I’m a closeted beauty junkie so Into The Gloss is a daily read!

What do you love about LuLu*s? What don’t I love?! I love the selection, the lookbooks that make me want to buy everything in them and most of all that Lulu*s makes fashion accessible to everyone, no matter what their style or budget!

What are your 3 must have trends for this Summer? Crop TopsPower Prints and Trumpet skirts!

What is your number one tip for saving money and looking great? Shop smart! That means shop for great pieces that you can remix a million different ways so that your clothes can go the distance. And if you love what you buy, you’ll love to wear it even on the 10th time!

If you could travel back to a past fashion era, which decade would you chose and why? The 70′s without question. I’d get to indulge my inner hippie at the start of the decade and then go all out glam for the Studio 54 days that followed!

For more great tips and finds from Lilliana Vazquez, be sure to check out her new book The CheapChicas’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic, available now!

FashionBlogger Roundup: Bright WHITE

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All white is one of our favorite trends for the summer. Cool, crisp, and bright, white works well when the temperature starts to climb. The easiest way to achieve this look is with a dress, one piece to set the look in a girlie and fresh direction. Then you can add accessories to play up your personal style. Whether boho inspired, vintage and cute, or drop waist and lace, our bloggers know how to rock white all summer. Take a look below for proof!

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Stephanie of Fashion Roll in our drop waist ,white lace dress.

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Mary of Happily Grey in our Live for Today Crochet Dress!

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Signe of Signeroo in our Marilyn Mon-Woah Cut Out Dress

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Cara from A Fashion Love Affair in our Billabong Short Story White Lace Dress!

What kind of white-hot looks will you be wearing this summer?

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Steffy of Steffy’s Pros and Cons

For this edition of blogger spotlight, we highlighted Steffy of Steffy’s Pros and Cons! This vintage-inspired sweetheart knows how to rock florals with confidence and always chooses the perfect accessory!  Take a look below for some of our favorite pics!

Make sure to hop over to her blog for more daily inspo!

ContestsLuLu*s X BB Dakota: Sunny Days Contest

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Summer is all about sunshine, outdoor fun and creating outfits from easy pieces that you love! We sent 4 of our favorite bloggers a BB Dakota piece from LuLu*s and had them style it for warm, sunny days! Want to find your own perfect summer piece? Don’t worry because LuLu*s and BB Dakota have partnered up to offer you a super rad giveaway! We are giving away a $100 gift card to both of our sites! All you have to do is head over to one of these bloggers sites and follow the directions on how to enter. Take a look below and click through to one of the blogs to enter to win!

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Breanne from Flattery stays cool in a beautiful strapless blue dress! This darling choice would be perfect for picnics or day trips all summer!

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Andrea from Blonde Bedhead loves bold contrast so the BB Dakota Gable Dress was a perfect choice for her. You can dress this up or down with the right accessories!

yesterdaysEmily from Yesterday’s Sweetheart is picture perfect in this mint green eyelet dress. The sweet color and fabric choice make this a perfect piece to wear to weekend lunch dates!

julieJulie of Orchid Grey knows that comfort is key but doesn’t sacrifice style with these printed, flowy, wide leg pants!

Make sure to head over to one of these lovely ladies’ blogs to enter to win $100 from LuLu*s and $100 to BB Dakota!

FashionLuLu*s White Hot American Summer: Memorial Day Sale!

LuLu*s is having an amazing Memorial Day sale, starting Thursday of this week! We partnered up with 4 lovely bloggers to create some White Hot inspired looks for your holiday! Whether you are heading to the lake, a family picnic, or a BBQ with friends, Summer’s white-on-white trends will keep you cool and pulled together! Take a look below to see how it’s done.

Veronica from Bittersweet Colours stays cool in crisp white pants and a bright white sweater. This is perfect for a lakeside look when a breezy afternoon requires you to cover up a bit!

El of Classy and Fabulous keeps it chic and simple in an all white strapless dress paired with neutral accessories. Oversized shades are a must!

Signe of Signeroo stays sweet in a white dress with fun cut-out details! A flower crown and pastel clutch give your look a bohemian touch.

Christine of Hello Fashion pairs a white hot romper with an essential floppy hat to stay cool during her outdoor fun! Strappy wedges add interest while the nod to Americana in her color-scheme is fun and retro-inspired!

What will you wear to your Memorial Day festivities?