Fashionista Friday

Happy Friday, everyone!

Have the last two weeks been as busy for you as they have been for me? I feel like my social calendar, family calendar, and work schedules have all erupted into mass chaos. Thanks to my hectic agenda, my house looks like a hurricane recently passed through and I’m not entirely sure I ate breakfast this morning (that is saying something since I very rarely forget a meal).

Despite my lack of self-awareness and the explosion of mess in my kitchen, I am thrilled that today is Friday. The weekend is almost here and I am ready for some good old-fashioned R&R. I am looking forward to sleeping in past 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, making animal shaped pancakes for my cute kidlet, hitting up a yoga class, and getting my house back in order. I also plan to peruse a few of the magazines that I got in the mail over the last few weeks. After all, I can’t get behind on my Kardashian drama and Vogue cover models. First world problems, right?

Before I get to the relaxing events of the glorious weekend, I have to get through Friday. For many of us, Friday is a casual day around the office and *gasp* jeans are permitted! We all know how much I love my deconstructed denim, but my office seems to frown upon the “worn in” look. Believe me, I too am surprised by this.

In honor of my professional workplace, today’s post is all about fashionista Friday and the professional way to wear denim at the office.

My favorite look is a great structured blazer with a little interest. Check out this amazing cross-back blazer by Sam Edelman. Pair it with a great drapey top like this Vince Camuto faux wrap shirttail blouse. You want something that will peek out from below the criss-cross of the blazer. Finally, pair it with a great pair of Madewell skinny jeans and some awesome heels with a little splash of color.


Fashionably yours,

The Good Girl Who Went Broke


The Wedding Guest Dress Code

Good morning, fashionable friends!

‘Tis the season for wedding vows, champagne, and tear-soaked toasts. It seems like every weekend during the summer someone that I know somewhere is getting married. I love seeing smiling faces and beautiful pictures cloud my social media feeds but I also love the excuse to get gussied up.

Depending on the type of wedding, the bride and groom may request a certain dress code; however, most weddings keep a pretty traditional and generic expectation for guest attire (aka – do NOT match the bride).

I have put together some great dress options that look fabulous and will keep you in the bride and groom’s good graces. Best part? They are under $150!

Although the dresses below are fun and flirty, weddings are a great time to get fancy in your own way. Do you want to rock the Diane Keaton menswear look? Go for it!  Just  keep in mind the couple you are at the wedding to honor and keep your colors and cutouts appropriate. Not sure? Recruit a brutally honest friend to help you with your look.

For those of you swooning over designer garb but loathing the price tag – have you ever heard of renting a dress? Thanks to great companies like Rent the Runway, Halston Heritage and Badgley Mischka may not be totally off of your shopping list.

Finally, I thought we could all use a wedding guest etiquette refresher. Check out the ultimate guide to wedding etiquette here.

Cheers to the newlyweds!

Fashionably yours,

The Good Girl Who Went Broke


1) ASOS Wedding Bardot Floral Off Shoulder Pencil Dress ($125.41)2) Paper Crown Peach Tree Dress ($99)3) TFNC Midi Dress with Embellished Shoulders & Wrap Skirt ($85)4) Coral Tree Dress ($149)5) ASOS Wrap Drape Midi Dress ($98.53)

Savvy Summer Swimsuits (Take 2)

Good morning, fashionable friends!

Summer is in its prime and many vacations have yet to be taken. For those of us headed to beach destinations, our greatest accessory is skin tight and often a tad uncomfortable. What eases the nerves of the female beach-goer bearing it all? Cute swimwear!

In the spirit of sunshine and sand, here are five affordable swimsuits that are sure to keep you stunning while sunning.

ASOS Vintage Hawaiian Print 70s Plung Halter ($53.75)


Missguided Color Block Bikini (Starting at $27)


Wolf & Whistle High Waist Bikini (Starting at $27)


River Island Swimsuit in Leaf ($62)


Platinum L Space Strappy Bikini (Starting at $59)


Work Day Woes

Good morning, fashionable friends!

After a very long work week last week, the dawn of Monday morning was not exactly welcome. Still, I forced myself from my comfortable, cozy bed and made my way outside for an early run.

I always look forward to that morning time that I reserve for myself. My morning workout is a great time to reflect and recharge. Despite my high expectations for that quiet hour on the lake, the weight of Monday morning squashed my hopes of renewal. Instead, I returned home even more desperate to crawl back into my bed and snooze for the rest of the day.

At some point between waking up the kiddo and showering, I realized that my negativity was slowly starting to take over the remainder of the day. A pity party on a Monday?! Really?! That is NO way to start a week. Immediately I began searching for ways to bail myself out of the negative mindset.

I started in the kitchen. I made myself a healthy green smoothie full of fruits and veggies bound to lift my spirits. I thought for sure I would feel better after I had eaten; however, rather than feel my “spirits lifted”, I managed to get celery seriously stuck in my teeth. Not cool, celery. Not cool.

At this point, I was running out of time and rushing around for a remedy while I also maneuvered floss through my incisors. I threw on some makeup to cover up the eye baggies and I desperately ran to the closet. That was my last chance to lift my spirits before I walked out the door…

My closet did not fail me. The first thing I saw when I opened those doors – shoes. A wonderful selection of shoes.

When nothing else seems to fit, my shoes always do. No matter how bloated, broken out, or gross I feel, I can pick up any pair of shoes in my closet and expect them to fit just as perfectly as they day that I bought them. Is this not the real reason every woman so desperately clings to her love of footwear?

Anyway, I grabbed my favorite pair of heels – sky-high, classic shape, and a touch of snake skin on the heel. With shoes like that, the outfit was easy. I grabbed my favorite blazer, black skinnies, and a white button up. I threw on a few easy accessories and bolted out the front door barely having time to smooch my family on the way out.

Thanks to my awesome shoes and the work-wear version of yoga pants, I made it to work on time and was feeling pretty damn good about myself. Over the course of the morning, my negativity faded and I slowly began to feel like myself. I was glad that I didn’t sacrifice the precious “sick day” to avoid having to face a Monday I almost felt too tired to begin.

I’m sure many of you had a similar experience. I can only hope that Monday didn’t squash your positivity and that you fought back against the exhaustion and self-loathing that often accompanies an uninvited early morning.

Cheers to a great week, fashionable friends! We got this.

Fashionably yours,

The Good Girl Who When Broke

Make Up Bag Essentials

Good morning, fashionable friends!

As previously mentioned, I am obsessed with French women and their seemingly effortless glamour. Because of my love affair with the world of French elegance, my makeup routine has become a bit minimalist. I am focused more on diligent skincare and healthy living habits than I am on camouflaging my imperfections. That doesn’t mean that I don’t occasionally glam it up with some serious blush and eyeliner, but I keep things pretty simple on a day to day basis.

In addition to the awesome products that I use, I have a great make up bag that actually fits EVERYTHING. If you are looking for an adorable, functional makeup bag that is easy to throw in your purse when you are on the go, check out the canvas bags from Sugarboo Designs. The one listed below was given to me as a gift from my boyfriend’s mother and I simply adore it.

Post any questions you might have about my skincare and makeup routines below.

Happy shopping, fashionable friends!

The Good Girl Who Went Broke


1. Sugarboo Designs Canvas Bag with Audrey Hepburn Quote ($16)

2. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 ($48)

3. Fringe Benefits Mascara ($17.50)

4. NYX Natural Eye Shadow Pallette ($7.50)

5. NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder ($6.00)

6. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29)

7. Benefit Cosmetics High Brow ($22)

8. Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain ($30)

9. Jouer Cosmetics Highlighter ($22)

10. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($26)

11. Beauty Blender Sponge ($20)

12. Sephora Collection Classic Setting Powder Brush ($11)

13. MAC Cosmetics Blender Brush 217 ($24)

14. Claudalie Beauty Elixer ($18)

15. Bobbi Brown Ink Liner ($29)



Miss USA Inspired Bikini Bling

Good morning again, fashionable friends!

In honor of the recent Miss USA 2015 competition, today’s post is all about brazenly blingy bikinis.

Wearing a sequined bikini isn’t for everyone so I’ve included some more subtle options for those of us who are, say, a bit more minimalist.

Fashionably yours,

The Good Girl Who Went Broke

Lolli Swim-Sea Bikini


Amuse Society Angie Sequin Bikini


PilyQ ‘Gypsy’ Embellished Bikini


 QUINTSOUL Wild Orchid Bikini