Should You Wear Jenny Around the Block? Jennifer Lopez Collection from Kohl’s

Living in the same city as your mother-in-law can be taxing. Luckily for me, the only taxing part comes at the end of our shopping bill. Not sure if you’ve heard of it, but there’s a little thing known as “Christmas” currently providing us with a solid 2 month excuse to cover up our shopping frenzy. It was no different this past Friday as we landed foot in the local Kohl’s relishing in the presence of J.Lo (or her cardboard cut out) and an extra 30% off coupon. Don’t judge.

Kohl’s can sometimes be the mecca for the two wash syndrome (two washes until it’s dunzo or no longer wearable). However, they’ve recently stepped up their game. As a fan of the line Simply Vera by Vera Wang & LC Lauren Conrad, some of my favorite pieces and oddly enough most complimented have indeed come from the mega retail store. Yet, when they recently added the Jennifer Lopez Collection I couldn’t help but think back to my glory days of an embroidered J.Lo sweatsuit and GLOW perfume often worn and accompanied by braces and Kelly Clarkson highlighted hair. It’s something a girl just can’t forget, but wishes she could.

Since then, my teeth have straightened out and Jenny from the block has been around it (once or twice). This being ever so apparent by the fellow cardboard cut out and divorcee Marc Anthony smiling two aisles over.  As a skeptic, I wasn’t sure if her collection could pull off the “I look expensive feel” without coming across as “I tried to look expensive but bought this from Kohl’s.” Then again we all love J.Lo, her 9 failed relationships, and The Wedding Planner. So I thought I’d give it a shot. Let it be known here that if you can make it past the faux fur, harem pants, and bad online styling there are actually some pretty solid pieces to incorporate in your wardrobe. Examples below:

First up, the printed Chevron Shirred Tunic at $20. Uber comfy and can easily be paired with leggings!!


Second, the Waffle-Weave Cocoon Wool Cardigan which when paired with a skinny jean, boot, and tunic (above) can complete a layered look at $35.oo.

Third, the classic Shirred Crepe Blouse in the currently hot color orange at $33.60. Love this blouse!


Fourth, the Wide Leg Pants would be ideal for a working 20 something at $30. Excuse the unflattering photo below, I was amazed at how well they actually fit! Extra bonus, they’re fitting (no pun intended) for those carrying a solid Pippa on the backside.

Fifth, the Tall Boots in a chic grey which can literally be worn with everything at $54.99.

Note to fellow readers: If you haven’t noticed by now Kohl’s happens to have a sale approximately 3 out of every 4 weeks of the month. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT buy something when it’s not on sale. Trust me, it will be!

What 10 Year Old Willow Smith Can Teach a 20 Something in Life and Fashion!

Just by hearing the name Willow Smith,  automatically starts the re-run of “I Whip My Hair Back and Forth” through my head, and it won’t leave for a solid 5 hours.

Your Welcome readers!

You might be asking yourself what a 10 year old pop diva can actually teach a 20 something. Well, when you have Will and Jada Smith as your parents and your performing under Mr. JAY- Z’s label probably too much to even write about.

What 10 Year Old Willow Smith Can Teach a 20 Something

1. Act Like You’re 10

Somewhere between ages 11 and 13 you start paying attention to how people perceive you as well as starting to please others rather that just being yourself. Think back to when you were 10? What were you doing? Did you care if the things your were involved in were actually considered cool? Probably not! So remember your 10 year old self and apply it to your 20 something style. Be confident in who you are and what you wear not just what is popular, trendy, or considered cool at the time.  20 somethings might not have it figured out but 10 year olds kinda do.

2. Make Friends with the Bieber

Recently it was announced that Willow Smith will be touring with Bieber (Justin that is). While we all can’t have Usher as our manager or Beiber as our friend we can network with others. With all the social networking you would think it would be easy for us Gen Yers to actually network. The hardest part is actually doing it. So get out there and meet other 20 somethings like yourself. Tweet, Facebook, text, or do the old fashion thing and call someone up. Networking is key and the perfect time to do it is in your 20s. I’d like to call it the Willow to Bieber effect.

3. Be a Trendsetter

I’m not promoting to walk around like Lady Gaga or wear pleated pants as a 20 something then attempt to act like your setting your own rules. I am promoting figuring out your personal style and wearing it in an age appropriate manner. Check out previous Reality Chic articles for fashion tips. If you love the boho chic look find ways to bring that to a modern level, but wearing a baggy green shirt and baggy tan pants while calling yourself a bohemian trendsetter is not an excuse. It’s a crime.

4.  Follow Your Passion

One of the most important lessons we 2o somethings can gain from our pop diva 10 year old is to follow our passion. Graduating school, working as an underpaid or underemployed employee, then going home to watch American Idol is not going to make you or anyone sharing the couch with you happy. Figure out what it is you love to do and find a way to do it. It might take time, energy, and effort but will be far worth it in the long run! While going after your passion is an overused phrase actually doing it isn’t. Don’t know where to start? Check out “Never Get a Real Job” by Scott Gerber.

How to Smell Like a Celebrity?!

I suppose I get the fascination with celebrities. They are often styled to perfection, attend glamorous parties, and have flawless make-up and/or some really good botox! It’s like a fantasy land to most everyone else. So when seeing celebrities do “normal” things such as grocery shop, stuffing their face, or laying out on the beach it brings them back to being “human like”. It’s kind of like seeing your first grade teacher for the first time outside of school and suddenly realizing not only do they have another life but also a first name.

However, there is one thing that I cannot grasp at all! That is the fascination of wanting to smell like a celebrity as if only celebrities smell good! Maybe it’s some sort of right of passage that once you cross over into the Land of Celebrity you must let your smell be known and by this I mean… come up with a super cheesy name and a scent that resembles some sort of flower or ridiculous sexual fantasy!

Which in this case we probably shouldn’t hold our breath for “Orangelicious by Snooki” or “Gym,Tan,Laundry a scent of sweat, coconut, and cotton by The Situation”. Oddly enough, I have never once woken up and thought “Today is the day I want to smell like Mariah Carey”! Yet, everyone and their publicist is getting a perfume.

It’s one thing to see a celebrity and ask them for their autograph or say something like “Hey, I’m a fan of your work”, but another to see a celebrity and suddenly say “Hey, do you mind if I smell you because I have your perfume and just want to make sure you smell exactly like it?” It might be crossing the line.

Sure I get the idea of more publicity, but aren’t there better ways? Do we really need another celebrity to smell like or a  another perfume with a cheesy adjective or noun to describe it..I think not!

I hate to be the one to break the news, but no matter how much of this junk we spray on us we aren’t going to turn into Britney Spears, Halle Berry, or a mermaid?!

So unless you’re striving to be a pure brilliantly, radiant, glowing, lovely, hot, siren, lollipop blinging, orchid smelling, voluptuous woman I suggest stopping the madness and sticking to a little deodorant and some Bath and Body Works spray!

An Addiction Ends….The Hills!

Okay ladies and gents, it’s official the end of an era is coming. While it started way back when in Laguna and even spun off to The City, The HILLS will be officially over Tuesday on MTV. And though I’m sure we’ve had better things to do with our time, somehow we always found ourselves watching last weeks episode, this weeks episode, and The Hills after show…leaving only a miracle if any studying or productivity actually happened on Tuesday nights.

What will we do without watching  Lauren, Kristin, Audrina, Brody, drunken bar scenes, Spencer controlling Heidi,  sob fests, showerless Justin Bobby, and young Hollywood acting like they go to work when we all know they absolutely don’t.  Will we actually get our own lives rather than living in scripted ones?! ………….

NAHHHH… We still have The City!

So get the girls together, dress like a casual chic girl living in Hollywood, and celebrate for Tuesday night procrastinators everywhere!
Dress like The Hills for Less!

Reality vs. Celebrity (15 Ways We’re a Little Different)

15. When real people go to jail it’s frowned upon. When celebrities go to jail it’s unfair and too harsh of a sentence.

14. Eating healthy, results in cooking something healthy. Eating healthy results in your chef cooking something healthy.

13. When people take pictures of you they’re tagged on Facebook. When people take pictures of you they’re tagged on PEOPLE.

12. When you’re an intern you do things such as get coffee, scan, and file. When you’re a celebrity intern you do things such as go to photo shoots, meet designers, and suddenly become famous.

11. Attending fashion week means your “cool” at least to your friends. Attending fashion week as a celebrity means only going if you’re in the first 3 rows.

10. If you’re wearing high-waisted pleated pants you’re probably an outdated mom. If you’re wearing high-waisted pleated pants you’re probably in style.

9. If you’re on Twitter no one really cares. If you’re on Twitter a million people care.

8. You shop Zac Posen and Eugenia Kim…at Target. You shop Zac Posen and Eugenia Kim.

7. The top 3 rumors that often spread about real people: they’re eggo is prego, they got fired from their job, or they’ve gained weight.   The top 3 rumors often spread about celebrities: they’re aliens, they’re anorexic, or they’ve just got plastic surgery.

6. Old men date old women. Old men date hot young chicks?

5. We pay a cover to get into a club. Clubs pay celebrities to get into a club.

4. If you drape yourself in Kermit the Frog your considered to be weird. If you drape yourself in Kermit the Frog it’s called art.

3. Dressing like you’re grandmother means wearing Alfred Dunner. Dressing like your grandmother means your rolling in high fashion.

2. Finding a good bar means finding quarter beers. Finding a good bar means finding a hot crowd.

1. We live in cities where shows are made about: Scranton…Indianapolis…Cleveland. They live in cities where Rich Housewives have their own shows: New York…Atlanta…Orange County.

“Don’t Pull a Heidi Montag!” Or, “3 Ways to Have a Bigger Bust.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Heidi Montag and her star crazed husband Spencer Pratt. Heidi recently was all over magazine covers for having had 10 plastic surgery precedures done at once, one being breast implants. So in the case of pulling another “Heidi Montag” with boobs the size of her head (look below), embrace your A or B- cup and find other ways beside going under to help ummm….up the volume?!


3 Ways to Enhance Your Look Not Involving Anesthesia:

1. If ya don’t got it, don’t flaunt it! This meaning if you’re concerned about being small chested don’t go around wearing clothes that show it off!

2. Find the perfect bra. It makes a huge difference! Just because you want to be a C-cup doesn’t mean you should wear a C-cup. You’ll feel and look better when finding the right size. Once you’ve found your true fit, buy a push-up bra. Cost= $45, Surgery= $0,000thousands

3. Dimension (ex: pockets), layers (ex: ruffles), and patterns (ex: florals,seams,stripes,rouching) all are ways to make the appearance of a larger bust. When dressing a certain way you can completely change your “look”.

What’s In a Celebrity’s Closet? Which One Would You Raid?!

While many are coming out…Ricky Martin style…and others are saying too much…Jesse James styleReality Chic simply wants to know what’s in a celeb’s closet! Really…just the closet (remember… the old fashioned wardrobe).

Even though Suri Cruise and Paris Hilton’s chihuahua have more involved wardrobes than most of us, it’s still not exactly the closet I’d prefer to raid due to size and collars of course. Now, Victoria Beckham’s, Lauren Conrad’s, or Rachel Bilson’s would be another story!


Is Young Hollywood Looking Old?!

Being wise beyond your years is a huge compliment…dressing beyond them is NOT! If you haven’t noticed lately, the young starlets of Hollywood have been taking on a new style. Pushing the envelope is normally the way of life in fashion for a young celeb so did they push it too far, as in 4 decades too far?? Let’s just say Betty White and the rest of the Golden Girls meets young Hollywood. Ironic to say the least when everyone is obsessed with staying young and fresh.

Pleats, non-fitted tops with bows, and lace dresses with red lipstick have all made a comeback. However, I’m not exactly buying this trend.
Needless to say I and many others want to look 20 in our 20s…right? So what’s your opinion on this new trend… HOT or NOT??

Gaga Over Gaga

Who would have thought?… Gaga isn’t Gaga after all! Come on… if you didn’t question her antics a little, you aren’t human. Anyone who wears Kermit the Frog draped all over them should be questioned. However, after watching Oprah this past Friday, I’ve gained a whole new perspective of Gaga being Lady Gaga.

In fact, unlike many celebs out there Gaga (as she said she preferred to be called) actually had some sound advice: “Be good to your parents.” “Be proud of who you are.” “Help others.” Her music and performances have a lot of effort and thought behind them. She isn’t just a starved, crazed celeb and is thankful for her fans. She actually has purpose behind those crazy tactics and outfits.

As for her fashion… it might not be my taste, but so what. Lady Gaga owns it, and that’s all that matters!

I’m going to pose a question to you all out there:

What makes you Gaga over Gaga?!!

Check out the transcript:

Oprah with Lady Gaga

Is Miley Cyrus Bringing Back the Mom Jean?

Partying in the U.S.A is one thing, but walking around in Paris wearing mom jeans is something that just can’t be ignored. If you flip to page 14 on People Magazine’s Best and Worst of 2009 Double Issue you’ll see Miley Cyrus canoodling with possible new bf Liam Hemsworth (Oooh…Awww!). However, what was simply looked over were her clothes! Let me describe… High-Waisted, White, Pleated Cropped Pants, cinched with a Skinny Belt. Miley hasn’t been the only celebrity to have been seen in these, and she probably won’t be the last. (This is me coughing) Ashley Olsen.

Needless to say I’m a little confused? This style implicates everything someone should avoid if wanting to be seen as “stylish” or well…out in public. Pleats, high-waisted, and a long droopy bottom?! I thought we had stopped this years ago…Remember the Mom Jeans?
If it wasn’t clear enough with the skit you may recall from SNL’s “Mom Jeans”; this style isn’t cool nor will it ever be! So why is it fashion gurus are claiming pleated pants as being chic and must haves?! If only I had a clue!!!
Advisory warning: Pleated pants around your stomach only accentuate your stomach more, plus leaving your (how do I put this politely) crotch area looking baggy and twice the size.
If we’ve learned anything over the past decade it’s to leave mom jeans in the past. So to step forward into the new year may I suggest we move on to better non-pleated things! It’s merely a suggestion!

Other Pics to Check Out!
Elle’s Street Chic
Refinery 29’s Pleated Pants