Moda por Menos-the Lupita Edition!!!

We are back with the first MpM of the new year!

I have been following awards season since the beginning of January, and by far the red-carpet standout was 12 Years a Slave’s  Lupita Nyong’o!


Taking award season by storm, Miss Nyong’o has rarely a misstep on the red carpet. Sticking to a basic style formula that highlights her best assets, glowing skin and flawless makeup, Lupita’s effortless look is one of the easiest to adapt into your own wardrobe. Let’s check out some of her looks below!

The self-admitted shopping averse starlet relies on her stylist Micaela Erlanger to piece together her signature look (which NY Magazine coined “bold minimalism“), focusing on bright basics and creative remixes of classic silhouettes. First up, the sheath!


Lupita’s defined arms take the stage here. Her stylist takes a bold approach to a simple silhouette by playing with texture and color. Nyong’o sticks to primary colors to let her skin really pop.

For this take on the sheath you can experiment by trying a texture you would not normally choose, such as this Adrianna Papell Embellished Mixed Texture Sheath:


Or a bold primary color, like this KAMALIKULTURE sheath:


Both under $100 dollars!

Next, her stylist personalizes the classic V-neck:


Here Lupita’s hourglass figure is the star. The multi-lingual actress (fun fact: Nyong’o was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents and speaks fluent Spanish) lets her hips do the talking and keeps the dress simple with minimal accessories.

Be the star of your next event with this take from LuLu’s at a mere $36 dollars:


Or jazz up after-work cocktails with this desk-to-dinner frock from ASOS:


And finally, Lupita has a little fun with mixed prints!


By far the most fashion-forward of her red-carpet looks, her stylist creatively pairs prints with fun textures to give her a youthful edge.

You can add a little “pop” to your next brunch with these paisley shorts by J-Crew:


Or give structure to a colored pant with this textured blazer from Alfani:


Lupita has definitely been my girl crush for this awards season! What have your favorite looks been so far?

Moda Por Menos; The Scandal Edition!!

So I, like most other women, am on the edge of my seat for this evening’s season premier of Scandal on ABC; not just for Columbus Short (**fans self**) but for Kerry Washington’s envious style!!

Unfortunately we do not all have acces to that mega-closed full of Neiman Marcus & Jimmy Choos, so your favorite chica has broken down Olivia’s Scandalous style and made it affordable for you! So let’s get started;

One of the most important things to note about Olivia’s style is that the most attention is paid to fit and detail. There are few embellishments and she rarely shows off leg or décolletage-the emphasis is on the silhouette. The best place to start is with the proper foundation undergarments:

While Spanx® is one of my favorite lines; $32 for a pair of hosiery may not be your thing. Luckily they have a budget-friendly Assets® by Sara Blakely® line at Target! Their high-waist mid-shaper is perfect for both skirted and pant outfits and is just $16 bucks:


Next we build the silhouette with basic staples that can be layered, dressed up or stand alone. You definitely want these key staples:

A Sheath Dress: It must have enough structure to stand alone, and be fitted enough as to not bulk up your layering. I prefer to have shapers built in, like this Sheath Dress with Power-Mesh Control by Shape fx® for Spiegel:

Or if you prefer your shaping separate, this basic sheath from Liz Claiborne for JC Penney makes a perfect addition without straining your budget:

A Pencil Skirt in a Strong Fabric: You want to have a structured skirt with a hint of stretch to serve as a strong base to compliment softer tops or jackets. Olivia keeps most of her tops and jackets feminine (for example, utilizing shapes like peplum over boyfriend-y jackets) so you want a strong skirt to balance it out. I love NY & Co’s 7th Avenue Ponte Pencil Skirt:

A Straight-Leg Pant: Same idea as the skirt; strong fabric with a hint of stretch. These Worthington Pants from JC Penney give you plenty of room to accessorize-especially at $22 dollars!

Statement Bag: Olivia. Does. NOT. Do. Trendy. Her accessories and outerwear scream “timeless”. To get your Pope on, grab a statement bag in a neutral color, like this shoulder bag from Aldo:

Neutral Pump: Did you ever notice her shoes? I didn’t either; I just noticed her walk! Keep it simple and put-together with a basic pump, also from Aldo:

Traditional Pieces with Non-Traditional Shapes: The best part about Olivia’s style is she makes timeless items trendy by switching up the shape & detailing. A great remix for a traditional trench is this double-breasted cape style by NY & Company:

Another way they’ve remixed the basics is by playing with hard and soft detailing, like this tweed skirt with faux-lather piping by Liz Claiborne:

It is the perfect strong base for a feminine top like this one:

So there you have it; for less than $200 bucks you can get your own Scandalous Style!

Ladies, what were your fave looks from Scandal?

Moda Por Menos; Nicole Richie in Lanvin

Nicole Richie has been making the rounds promoting her debut line at Macy’s, and her styling choices have yet to dissapoint! Here she shows off all her hard work with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson with a form-fitting ensemble for her appearance on Watch What Happens Live:

Sometimes it is the simplest ensembles that can be the most expensive- Nicole is rocking a $993 $Lanvin Dress complemented by $850 Jimmy Choo’s Sepia Pumps!

So I popped over to one of my favorite sites, to see what they had to offer. I found an awesome pencil dress from their ‘Glamour’ line (click HERE to see for yourself):

Now the only other shoes I’ve seen like the Choo’s were from equally luxe Christian Louboutin (and that won’t work for today) so after a bit of searching I got a GREAT tip from fellow fashionista InTheirCloset about a fab line of shoes on Endless! (click HERE to ooh and ah):

I liked this combination so much that I snagged it myself – all I need is a colorful wrap and it is the perfect outfit for an end-of-summer date night! Look for a pic update soon!

Moda Por Menos; Zoe Saldana in Elie Saab

If you followed BLF before we moved to WordPress, you know I have rarely been a fan of Zoe Saldana’s style. I have always felt she dressed a bit old for her age and youthful appearance. However it seems she got a “joie de vivre” shot in the arm after splitting with her boyfriend of ten years! Here she is at yesterday’s LA premiere of “The Words” in a gorgeous Elie Saab frock from their 2012 Fall Collectiom. She kept it safe & classy by pairing it with silver satin pumps, Neil Lane jewelry and a Judith Lieber handbag.

I love the shape the dress is giving her, but I wanted to take advantage of the current high/low trend, so I found the perfect combo at Asos!

It is everything awesome about the look- sheer, neutral and with a hint of sparkle, but infused with the youthful vibe of the current high/low dress trend! I paired it with a mettalic belt:

And while I love the silver shoe I just cannot commit to silver with so much gold on, so you are on your own. But at just $68 dollars for this look at Asos, I’m sure you can splurge! Here’s to rooftop parties and indian summers!!