You don’t have to spend a fortune to get spotlight-ready styles. Here are my top tips for how you can score some stage worthy looks at prices that rock🤘

Shop Specifics out of Season

Keep an eye out for those end of season sales, and use them to stock up on the right things. Do not use it as an opportunity to buy the past summer’s trendy patterned dresses…they may not be the “thing” next summer!

Pieces that are timeless and will not go out of style:

  • Leather jackets (Brown, black, gray, tan)
  • Solid color belts
  • Button up blouses
  • Black high heels
  • Little black cocktail dresses
  • Solid color purses & leather purses
  • Classic Pencil skirts (solid, neutral colors)
  • Simple, subtle jewelry in traditional gold and silver

Trend the RIGHT way

Embrace Trends, but don’t invest in them. For example, animal prints are all the rage and will still be the rage come spring time. Stock up on modestly priced blouses, tops, scarves, and maybe a couple pairs of select season shoes. DO NOT go out and buy a $200 faux snakeskin Michael Kors Purse. Chances are you are going to be carrying that purse longer than you will be wearing that cheetah print body suit… Invest in staple pieces that will stay with you for a while. Pass on expensive items that will not last longer than a season. #swerve

Online shop like a boss:

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Wish granted.

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Sign up for all of the promo BS from your favorite stores


Channel it all to your yahoo email address, or whatever you use for your junk email. Admit it, we all have one 😂

NOW: Only check it the weeks leading up to your birthday for all of your birthday promotional offers. This way, you won’t be tempted to buy from all of your favorite stores all year round.


Become more nifty than thrifty:

Nick rockin the signature faux fur coat during Macklemore. Learn about our band, Down 2 Dance by clicking the photo!

Picture this: Someone just donated their Michael Kors snakeskin purse to a local second hand boutique because they thought snakeskin was never coming back…

But then, NYFW 2018 happened, and now you know it’s back. You go in and find this purse that was originally $300 and pick it up for $50. #swerveback

Moral of the story? Thrift shops are a great way to find random trendy pieces that may be so out of style that they came back around, full orbit. Never be too cool for Goodwill or second hand boutiques. They are definitely one of my favorite places to find inspiration for fashion and all kinds of projects! Plus, this is a great way to re sell or donate your old fashions that you’re not rocking anymore.

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Let me know if you enjoyed this article by commenting below! If you have some style tips of your own that you’d like to share, let me know 🔥 Be sure to stay on the look out for my Ultimate Holiday Gift List, coming soon!

Keep shining,


Or should I say, co-lead singer! A true highlight of my week is band practice with my Down 2 Dance fam. Ever since I was a little kid I dreamed of being a singer in a band, and when that dream never stopped nagging, (even after obtaining a B.A. in classical vocal performance) I knew it was time to actually give this whole rock band thing a try. I am so glad I listened to that small voice in my head that said, “Go ahead, just try it!” instead of never allowing the opportunity to manifest in fear of judgement or ridicule (Especially from the Opera/classical world!!) If there is something you have been thinking about trying but have been putting it off, do it now. It’s amazing how a subtle interest can blossom into a passion!! Never be afraid to explore new avenues…

Four Guys…plus me!                      

Our band, Down 2 Dance, started by our other lead singer, Nick Montag. Being a Top 40 Pop/Dance cover band, we get to play all our favorite songs of the 2000’s, always including super recent songs in our set list. My favorite thing about this band–even more than the music–are the other guys!! They are all so truly talented and each have their own unique style. Nick, our other lead singer, is incredibly fashionable and equally charming. Our guitarist, Thomas, is not only capable of completely shredding on guitar, but he is also a savvy computer engineer and music producer. Steve is freaking hilarious, and his drumming is pure sorcery–you just have to see it! Our new bassist, Josh, is super chill, talented, and can carve out a baseline to 40 songs in just over a week! (Just ask him at the next show!)

I’ll never forget my first show this past March at Bub’s Irish Pub in Germantown. We had such an amazing turn out, and the energy from the crowd was so inspiring! I couldn’t believe how into it the crowd was–singing every word, dancing, drunkenly crashing into each other and spilling drinks to Kesha’s “Tick Tock”…it was invigorating. I looked out into the crowd and back to the guys on stage and thought…YUP…this is exactly where I want to be!

With each show we do and every venue we book, we make all kinds of memories together. We have so much fun at every show that at the end of the night I’m still surprised when I get handed money…oh yeah, I get paid to do this?!! It is so fun and we all have such a great time, but that doesn’t take away from the responsibilities we each have being a member of Down 2 Dance.

Not all rock stars and guitars

Being in a band is a lot of work and requires a lot of commitment. Aside from memorizing 4 hours worth of pop music, it takes time to set up all of the equipment, adjust the sound according to the space of the venue, work with the lights, sound check, break down and load up everything at the end of the night… it can get exhausting. Honestly, with all of the joy it has brought into my life, and for all the people it has brought together, it is beyond worth it. I’m sure the guys  would agree, or at least be able to say,  “THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!!”

Be sure to follow us on Instagram @down2dancemke. (Our Insta stories are hilarious!) Also, check out our website and complete list of upcoming shows at  www.down2danceband.com