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Hi, Friends!!

I’m back from my hiatus!!  Well, my blogging hiatus.  I’ve not yet taken a break from academics (though, really, can anyone ever REALLY take a break in academia?!), but rather worked quite hard on some grants, papers, and even explored some new job opportunities!  More to come on that. 😉

For now, I have some super exciting things to report!

  1. I’ve agreed to two exciting sponsorships for blog posts that will go live on my blog Thursday, Feb. 27th, and then again the first week in March.  Stay tuned for those!  I wanted to make you – my readers – aware that, although I am getting paid for these posts, and though there will – hopefully – be more paid posts in the future, I am only agreeing to work campaigns which align well with either academics (public health specifically) and/or fashion.  So…fear not!  The topics will be things you will want to hear about!  Or so I hope, haha!
  2. A super exciting collaboration with a fantastic jewelry company is in the works!!  I’ve already styled a couple of their pieces on Instagram, but will soon be able to offer you discount just for you…my readers!!  Stay tuned for that as well!  Also, remember that I post daily #ootd’s (translation: Outfit Of The Day, ‘ootd’), so you’ll get daily styling ideas for those days when you’re feeling uninspired!
  3. I have finally established a little bit of a following on Twitter, but it’s a bit lonely out in there in Twitterverse.  Do you tweet?!  If so, check out my account!  Let’s tweet together!
  4. Last, but not least, I have not forgotten about you – the reader – and your needs…your SHOPPING NEEDS!!!  As such, I have a tidbit of info to leave you with today!  C. Wonder is having a flash sale…up to 75% off on some items!!  Here are some of my picks:

Cute, right?!  But that’s not it!!!  As a final token of gratitude for your patience as I mused about staying ‘chic in academia’, I am offering one lucky reader a $15 voucher/coupon to Banana Republic!  The coupon can be used online or in-store, for your shopping pleasure and convenience. 😉  Just leave a comment below and the winner will be announced on my Instagram account on Friday, February 28th.  Email me at if you don’t have an Instagram account to check the announcement (seriously though, get an Instagram account and follow me!  It’s fun!!).

Stay chic! 💋

Steal vs. Splurge – Elizabeth and James Heels!

Bargainistas, I’ve got another Steal vs. Splurge for you!

D’orsay heels have been popular for years, though currently re-emerging as a popular heel to wear, paired with everything from skinny jeans to leather jogging pants (yes, such a thing exists!).

A few months back, I came across this pair of Elizabeth and James D’Orsay heels on Shopbop.

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Sadly, at $325 a pair, these heels would remain on my ‘covet’ list.  Since then, the heels have been discounted a bit, but the 40% discounted price ($195) is still too much for my budget to bare.




So, I was beyond excited when I came across this ‘luxe for less’ version!

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Currently sold at Forever 21, this version is selling for only $36.80!  Much more reasonable than the ‘discounted’ $200 price tag on ShopBop!  What’s more, I was ordering online and – as usual – Googled ‘Forever 21 promo code’ and came across this 10% off, plus Free Shipping code: RA9TT7.  The caveat:  Using this code makes your items FINAL SALE, so make sure you are familiar with Forever 21’s shoe sizing before ordering.



Here’s a side by side comparison:

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Pretty similar, right??  You’re welcome, again (version 3.0). 😉

P.S. – Follow me on Instagram to see how I styled the Forever 21 version of these heels with office-appropriate outfits this past month!

Steal vs. Splurge – Hermès Belt!

Reach for your wallets!!  This is a good one. 😉

Many of you may recognize this highly coveted belt by Hermès:

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Often ranging between $700-$1000 – and also usually available for purchase only in person at Hermès stores – this belt and its buckle is a ‘must have’ in most fashionista’s closets.  It has been seen on many a celebrity…

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but now can be seen on you as well!!  How you ask??  Keep reading.

You all know that I love me some fashion, and…I also love me some luxury!  That said, I ain’t no fool!!  There is no way I am dishing out nearly $1000 for a belt.  Perhaps a good, authentic used one on eBay might be an option; though the thought of paying nearly $400 for a used belt makes me cringe.  Unless…[cue drum roll please], there happened to be an amazingly similar one for a fraction of the price!

So, being the great researcher I am (wink, wink!), I searched high and low, far and wide, for something that would meet the strict requirements of my fashionably savvy, yet budget-conscious readers.  I present you with, the C. Wonder Reversible Leather Letter Belt:

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At $28 for the letter buckle and $48 for the reversible leather belt (plus a 10% in-store discount with a student ID), you too can have an Hermès-like belt in your real closet, and not just in your Pinterest closet!!  Compare the two belt buckles below:

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Pretty similar, right??  You’re welcome, again. 😉

Now, some of you may say, “Well, I feel like I’ll be buying replica”.  That’s fine!  Don’t stress.  C. Wonder carries belt buckles in every single letter of the alphabet!  In my case, it just so happens that ‘H’ stands for ‘Hidalgo’ or ‘Hungry’.  Usually the latter.

So, my chic friends, there you have it.  In my opinion, fashion should be fun and not involve a trip to bankruptcy court.  That said, I’ll also say: Let your pocketbook guide you with regard to which option suits you best!

Until next time!

-Stay ‘Chic’!

P.S. – Follow me on Instagram to see how I styled the C. Wonder version for a work-appropriate look this week!