Category: Interviews

InterviewsAn Interview With Lilliana Vazquez, The Cheap Chica!

Lilliana Vazquez
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!

InterviewsModel On Duty: Lera

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InterviewsModel Profile: Meet Allie

Meet Allie, the absolutely amazing model from our new lookbook, The Girl & The Sea. She was incredibly genuine and fun to be around, plus super easy to talk to! Below we asked her a few Q’s so you could get to know her more. And, as an added bonus, we have some exclusive pics from the lookbook that you can only see on the blog! 
1. What’s your sign?
I’m a full-on LEO.
 
2. How did you get into modeling?
I started modeling as a 9 year-old, shooting catalogue for department stores. My mom sacrificed several days a week to drive me to San Francisco and sit through my shoots.
 
3. What is your favorite spring trend?
I’m into all the loud graphic prints that are recently popular. I also looove maxis. Super flattering and comfy. :)
 
4. I couldn’t live without my…
Kickboxing class! I literally look forward to it the whole week, and when the class is cancelled or there is a substitute instructor, it ruins my day.
 
5. What do you see as the next “it” thing?
I’m a big fan of cool athletic gear. I love a good track suit, and drop-crotch sweats with high-tops. Right now, most girls are afraid to dress like a guy with street style . . . but I love it, and I think it will catch on.

6. What’s your new favorite item on Lulus.com right now?
As soon as warm weather hits, I stack on the bangles. I love the “Press Play Orange Bangle Set”. Orange looks good with everything.

7.What was your favorite part/shot of the recent lookbook shoot? 
Easy! My favorite part of the shoot was towards the end of the day, when we were out on the boat, trying to get the shot on the bow . . . the whole boat was rocking back and forth like CRAZY. I was trying to stand up and look amazing, (and not look like I felt as if we were in Antarctica), while struggling to keep my balance and not fall into the water. I ended up falling down 20 times, crashing from one side to the next… but it was hilarious and I laughed the whole time. I like a challenge. ;)
 
8. What was your favorite/least favorite thing about being on The City?
Oh man… I have too many answers for this question. My favorite thing about the show was watching the edited episodes. We never had a CLUE how the scenes were actually going to end up after the editors chopped and stirred every reaction and situation. It was always a shock.  
My least favorite part would be . . . being portrayed to the world as someone I’m not. It’s annoying to be forced to act whiny, sad and upset all the time, when I was actually very happy and having fun. I remember always saying “Aw mannn do I have to act sad again?” “Do we have to fight again?”  ”Cant we do a happy, fun scene?” Then the one time I was told we were filming a “fun, girls night out” but the episode was ACTUALLY about a sad, bitter woman confronting me about being too thin. #notcool
 
9. Any advice for aspiring models?
Sure, the #1 piece of advice I will give to aspiring models is **you cannot take criticism personally. We get paid to be criticized and judged by anyone and everyone. You have to think of your image like a tool you use to make money. If your agency tells you your skin isn’t presentable- go to a dermatologist, do what you need to do to fix it. If you’re told you’re too skinny or too thick, you CAN’T let it make you depressed. Just realize your image is your tool, and you can’t let it get you down. There will ALWAYS be criticism and mean comments out there, but that’s part of the job… a BIG part of the job. xx
  

InterviewsNifty and Thrifty: How to Buy Vintage Clothing

Crowded racks full of lost fashion treasures can be fun for most, and overwhelming for some, but buying vintage has many pros! It’s budget-friendly, it’s good for the Earth (you’re recycling!), and you can find unique clothes to can call your very own!
If you’re wondering where do you start, check out my guide to achieving thrift store success!
Location! Location! Location!
Large cities are usually fashion goldmines, but if you’re a small town girl, don’t fret! Small thrift stores and antique stores are stocked full of great finds, plus, there’s less chance that someone will snatch up an item you love. 
It’s also great to be familiar with sale and stocking days. Some stores have days that are 75% off everything, and if you’re there on stocking days, you’ll be the first to scope out new items!
Wear and Tear
Finding a beautiful one-of-a-kind dress for a deal can be exciting until you come home and take a closer look. Moth holes, stains, and sometimes even mold, can plague your newly acquired clothes. 
 
While at the store, examine the garment from all angles, even turn it inside out. Check elbows, knees, backsides, cuffs, collars, hems, and armpits for excessive wear as they are the parts of clothing that endure the most stress. Holes at the seam can be mended, but other holes can be unfixable. 
 
Moths prefer darker clothing so double check dark colored items. And be sure to get the item dry cleaned and washed in hot water to prevent further damage. 
 
If you spot a stain on your clothing, you might be able to get it out if it’s recent. Stains that have been set in for a long time are nearly impossible to remove, so be sure to use your good judgment. Is the stain somewhere noticeable? If not, then you may want to snatch that item up before it’s gone!
 
What’s My Size?!
Buying an item that was made before the 1980s can have tricky sizing. A general rule of thumb is to double your current size, so if you’re a 6 in today’s sizing, you would be a size 12 in vintage sizing. But generally, sizing of the past does not correlate with today.
 
If you know your bust, waist, and hip measurements, you can always bring a measuring tape to measure the clothes, but the best thing you can do is try the item on. If an item is oversized, it can always be taken in, and if you’re not a master seamstress, make friends with your local tailor! 
Storing Your Precious New Finds
For vintage items, you want to do your best to preserve its beauty. To do this, always keep these items in a dark and cool place. Most cotton items can be hung and wrapped in muslin. For very special items, wrap them in white acid-free tissue and muslin and put them in well-ventilated boxes. Be sure to include moth balls! 
And of course, don’t forget to show off your new items! Lookin’ good!
xoxo

InterviewsOutfit Inspiration: Practical Magic


When I was a pre-teen there was nothing more in the world I wanted to be than a witch. It was so cool, you guys. Then Practical Magic came along. It was a movie about sisters and witches?! Count me in. Me and my sister were (well, still are) inseparable, and this movie is the epitome of me and my sisters’ friendship and currently a fashion inspiration. Plus its about witches!
 

For me, Gilly was always the one I favored, especially outfit wise, probably because she is such a free spirit and I thought she was like me. But let us not forget the best part of this movie, character and fashionwise: Stockard Channing and Dianne Wiest! Their love of ridciulously large hats and Stevie Nicks inspired duds, makes me strive to be like them even more. I hope to look at least 1/4 of how good they look when I’m their age! 
 
 
I am going to leave you guys with my favorite scene from this movie, which, by the way, I did recreate with my mom and sister as soon as I was legal!