How To Be A Fashionista While On A Budget

Everyone secretly dreams of a wardrobe that showcases their mood every day of the year.  Unfortunately, not everyone can adopt Paris Hilton’s approach to fashion: Buying more clothes than you need and discovering that you don’t have enough days in the year to wear them all. Besides, you probably wouldn’t have enough place in your wardrobe to store it all.  As much as one can love clothes, there is indeed such a thing as too many items. There’s also another problem with such an attitude to fashion: It’s far too expensive for anyone to afford.

What you want is fashion that you can identify with, but that doesn’t break the bank, fashion that defines your identity without making you look like everyone else, fashion that looks good without being expensive. This is a challenge that you can win if you change your shopping habits. Affordable and original fashion exists; it’s up to you to make it work for your style and your budget.  If you are not willing to compromise your style while on a budget, this post is for you. 

(Look out for fashion deals)

Shop Smart Items

At the beginning of every fashion styling, there’s the need for new fashion items that can follow the high street trends.  There’s a variety of trends, so it may be difficult to pick the one that you want to follow.  You need to become a smart shopper at this stage and to maximize trends that will work for you.  The best way is to take your time so that you can see the styles develop in high street shops.  This is the best way to identify the trends that will work for more than one season.  Additionally, if you choose to follow a specific trend, let’s say the star print, try to pick an item that will not look outdated next year.  For example, picking a blouse that combines a romantic cut with star prints means that you can still wear it next year without looking ridiculous or dated.

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Look Out For Deals

Fashion is expensive; there’s no other way to put it.  That’s why you need to keep your eyes open for deals, such as the ones on DontPayFull.com.  Another great way of saving money while staying trendy is to wait for specific sales.  Best part about sales is that usually you have the choice to buy online or directly go to the shop.  It’s not uncommon for true fashionistas to get to their favorite shop at the earliest hours of the morning to make sure that they can get the best deals on all items.  If you’re not own for the 2 AM wakeup call, then you’ll find it easier to shop online.  

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Second-Hand Fashion Is Okay

There is an untold rule of fashion that forbids anybody to create a style with second-hand clothes.  Now in today’s fashion age, this is idea could not be more false, thanks to the Internet and consignment shops.   Have a look at pre-loved items from the 1940s, 1950s, and the swinging 1960s in vintage fairs and online.  For example, BlueVelvetVintage.com is an address that has a lot to offer to vintage fans.  Do make sure to compare current sizes with vintage ones, and, if you can ask for measurements instead. There’s nothing that has a better effect than wearing an original mini skirt from the 1960s or getting the real secretary geek look with a 1980s dress.

(Fashion takes you on a journey into time)

Recycle Your Favorite Items

As unbelievable as it sounds, you don’t need to buy new items to change your style.  Fashion is also about being smart and imaginative with your clothes.  You can create a new look by finding ways of repurposing items of clothing into something new.  For example, you could turn your skirt into an elegant dress with a matching top and some creative layering. Or maybe you could turn your favorite brooch into an elegant necklace. Let your imagination show the way.

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Sew Your New Fashion Items

Finally, the last point is for skilled crafters who want to take fashion to a new level.  If you are feeling confident enough, you can begin to remodel your wardrobe by creating your own clothes, or modifying existing items.  Have a look on Pinterest.com for inspiration.  From a making a floaty summer dress to changing your own shirt into a trendy top, there is plenty of ideas and step-by-step instructions for you to make the most of your fashion style.  All you need is a good sewing machine and a little talent to get started!

(Do you need-le a new dress?)

So as you can see, you can still be a fashionista without breaking the bank.  It is all about being smart and doing your research before shopping.  For the new season, I challenge you to go through your wardrobe and find different ways to wear that blouse that you bought last year.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your tips for being a fashionista while on a budget.

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Shine Like A Star

How cheesy is the title of this post?  Oh well, I haven’t uploaded a style post in ages, so this title will do. I can’t believe how long it has been since my last post.  I blame the blizzard and artic conditions that has plagued the East Coast.  Well luckily, before another cold blast hit my area, I was able to take advantage of the semi seasonal temperatures and head outside with my camera.  It was a nice change to ditch my bulky winter coat and wear one of my favorite spring outfit.

 This spring look no further than Zara to find all the latest fashion trends.  Hands down, Zara has become one of my favorite retailers because you can find some really unique pieces that embody all the hottest styles.  For example, this blouse I’m wearing doesn’t just feature one trend, but two: star print and ruffles.  Zara makes it super easy to stay in style.

So more about my top. I feel like lately, you can’t walk into a store without seeing the star print somewhere.  Remember my post a few months ago that also featured this print?  If not check it out here.  As for the ruffle detail of this top, it can be kind of difficult when it is super windy outside because the ruffles fly everywhere, but no condition will stop me from wearing this beautiful blouse.

       Day by day I am learning the art of layering.  So usually you won’t find me just wearing a shirt or dress without some sort of vest or jacket to complete the look.  An army green utility jacket, like the one I am wearing by Mudd, is the perfect transition piece.  Throw it over a long sleeve blouse when there is still a winter chill in the air or layer it over a short sleeve t-shirt when the spring weather arrives.  If you want to master layering, I highly recommend finding pieces like this versatile army green vest that will pretty much go with any clothes you have hanging in your closet.

         For denim, I was going back and forth between flared jeans or my go-to distressed skinny jeans from Old Navy.  Don’t get me wrong, I like the look of flared jeans, but for this outfit I wanted more of a straight silhouette, so skinny jeans it is.  With a slight rip at the knee and the high waist fit, these Old Navy jeans are a rock star.  Now I know why they are called the “Rock Star Skinny Jean.”

         Since the weather is not warm enough to wear open toe shoes, my favorite Rocket Dog booties will just have to do.  They have gotten so much use this winter and are still going strong as we enter a new season.  A basic brown bootie is the perfect shoe to wear when you just have no clue what other shoe to pair with your outfit.

         What a shocker, I completed my look with a choker.  I chose this basic black suede chocker featuring a gem pendant from Forever 21.  Since the neck of my blouse is pretty high and the pattern is pretty dramatic, I just wanted to keep the accessories simple.  Plus, the purple gem in my choker picks up the beautiful colors in my top.

There’s nothing about this outfit that I don’t love except for the yucky snow that shows up in some of the photos.  Come on, it’s finally spring, so bring on the warm weather, because we all know that warm weather equals more style posts.  I hope everyone is enjoying the first few days of spring.  Let me know in the comments below what are some of your favorite ways to get your wardrobe spring ready.  Talk soon!

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Make A Splash With Mermaid Makeup

People seem to be obsessed with all things fantasy these days, from unicorns to mermaids.  So today’s post will feature the oh so popular mermaid makeup look trend.  Since this look is so fun and colorful, it will be perfect for the upcoming festival season.  If you want to nail the mermaid makeup look, then this is the guide for you, so keep on reading.  

Focus On A Flawless Base

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Mermaids have a flawless base, always.  Well, we don’t know that for sure, but a flawless base is still going to help you rock this look.  Make sure you start with a good primer, foundation, and then conceal under your eyes and any other blemishes.  Tip: using a wet blending sponge is a good way to get a flawless, sheer finish.

Get Your Shimmer On

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Mermaids are always beautiful and shimmery, so highlighter is huge for this look.  Give yourself a generous sweep of your favorite highlighter over your cheekbones, and down the center of your nose.  To really up your highlighter game, don’t be afraid to put a small amount of highlighter under the arch of your brow.  So flattering!

Choose The Right Colors

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It seems like a mermaid’s favorite colors are those jewel toned colors. Think like yellow, blue, pink, purple, etc.  Use colors that remind you of the sea, but don’t be afraid to get creative.  Keep it bright!  

Use An Iridescent Eyeshadow

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There are so many iridescent products out there right now, like those from Jouer cosmetics and other great companies. Iridescent eyeshadow can be swept all over the lid to create the most gorgeous mermaid effect you’ve ever seen. Tip: wet your brush or finger first to get an even more intense look!

Do Something Different With Your Lips

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Guess what?  Now, metallic, glittery,  iridescent lips are popular too!  You don’t have to follow this bold lip look if you don’t want to, but it’ll definitely help you to stand out even more for a festival or concert.

Make Your Eyebrows Stand Out

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Who says you have to have boring brown or blonde eyebrows?  Make your eyebrows stand out by making them purple, or even green.  You can contrast them with your eyeshadow to create a really fun look!

Use Glitter and Sparkle

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Use large pieces of glitter and sparkle to create an amazing mermaid look.  You can dab pieces under your eye and in the corner to get a super beautiful mermaid effect.

Get Creative With Shadows And Netting

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If you really want to take the mermaid look to the next level, you can use netting and eyeshadows of different colors to create scales on your face.  Don’t cover your entire face; simply have some near your hairline and over your forehead to give yourself just enough scales to look like a  gorgeous mermaid.

I promise, if you use these tips you’ll make a splash with your mermaid makeup.  Every once was in a while it is fun to experiment with a colorful makeup look.  What are your thoughts about the mermaid makeup trend?  Have you rocked this look?  Let me know your thoughts below.  Talk soon!

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Spring Fashion Wish List ft. Century 21

It’s that time of year again where I wake up every morning, look through my closet and realize how unsatisfied I am with my clothes.  All that jumps out is my overly worn sweaters, long sleeve blouses, scarves, and all those other winter fashion essentials.  Not only is my wardrobe uninspiring, but also every time I walk outside, I am met with a barren landscape.  I am counting down the days to when I wake up to the birds chirping outside, the grass turning greener, and the trees and flowers starting to bloom.

Until then, I can only turn to online shopping to get me excited for the warm spring weather ahead and stay up-to-date on what is trending for the spring.  One online and also brick and mortar store that has been satisfying all my spring fashion needs is Century 21 Department Store.  Whether online or visiting one of their locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida, you will find designer brands at affordable prices.  Century 21 is the perfect place to shop fashionable women, men, and children’s apparel, as well as home décor and beauty products.  Of course, when I had the chance to browse Century 21’s online store, I bookmarked a few items that I am sure to add to my spring wardrobe.  So keep on scrolling to view all the stylish items I chose to update my closet with and get pumped for spring fashion.

Levi’s Desperado Patchwork 501 Cropped Jeans

This is not just your ordinary pair of relaxed fit jeans.  Instead, these Levi’s would totally revamp my spring wardrobe because of the distressed detailing and best of all the patchwork design.  Patchwork really made a statement on the spring and summer 2017 runways.  I love the unexpected blocks of colorful, patterned fabric, especially on denim.  Pair these jeans with a simple white t-shirt and your outfit is good to go.

Do + Be Amanda Off The Shoulder Top

Another trend you might have noticed on the runways is all things pink.  Whether it was shoes, purses, jewelry, dresses, or shirts, all pieces featured different hues of pink.  I am not a pink girl, so before fully jumping into this trend and wearing head to toe bright bubble gum pink, I want to start easy and incorporate lighter shades of pink into my wardrobe.  This is why I love this Do + Be Amanda Off The Shoulder Top in a light pink shade.  I think this blush color would look great paired against denim or black leggings.  Bonus style points are earned with the off the shoulder detail and exaggerated puffed out sleeves.

Honey Punch Embroidered Denim Jacket

Without a doubt, a denim jacket is the perfect layering piece when the weather starts to get warmer but still not warm enough to go without a jacket.  This is no ordinary jean jacket, but the back features one of my favorite phrases “good vibes only.”  Statement slogans, whether on jackets, sweatshirts, or t-shirts are trending this season and the perfect way to add a little funk to your look.

Free People Frieda Embroidered Woven Dress

Whenever the warm weather hits, I channel my inner boho chic style.  What better brand than Free People to embrace the bohemian style.  I am in love with this Free People embroidered dress.  You guessed it; embroidery is another huge trend for the spring and summer.  I love how this dress not only features a beautiful embroidered pattern but a flowy top and sleeves.  Pair this dress with a pair of your favorite brown, platform sandals and you will nail the boho chic vibe.

Silvian Heach Ambition Graphic Tee

Speaking of more statement making slogans, how awesome is this shirt?  I love how this basic white t-shirt features inspiring words to help add a little dose of motivation to your life or others.  For a sporty, casual look I can totally see myself wearing this tee with a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans and sneakers.

Betsey Johnson White Flo Star-Appliqué High Top Sneakers

Like I mentioned above, I love wearing sneakers with a pair of boyfriend jeans.  I hope the sporty, athleisure trend never goes out of style and when reviewing all the runway looks for this season, this trend does not look like it’s disappearing anytime soon.  I love these Betsey Johnson high top sneakers because high tops are always stylish, especially worn with cropped jeans or even a dress.  Who wouldn’t want these faux leather sneakers with metallic star embellishments in their shoe collection?

French Connection Summer White and Silver Ciara Open Toe Block Heel Sandals

You can never have enough shoes, so of course I am eyeing these French Connection open toe block heel sandals.  Whether, it is for winter or spring, the color white always seems to be trending in the fashion world.  I usually stay away from head to toe white to avoid looking like a snowman, but I would so incorporate this trend in a subtle way, like with these white open toe sandals by French Connection.  These sandals will look amazing paired with the perfect spring dress and best part of all these sandals embrace two of the hottest fashion fads, the color white and block heels.

Tretorn Gray and Black Lina Short Rain Boot April

April showers bring May flowers, right?  Well it seems like every spring tends to be wet and soggy, so I need to be prepared for the rainy weather with the right footwear.  So obviously, I have been obsessing over these short rain boots by the brand Tretorn.  I really like how these rain boots are short because who feels like trekking around in heavy rain boots when the weather is starting to get warmer.  Since these boots feature a matte and rubber material, I know these boots will keep my feet dry and outfit fashionable.

Wildfox Wood Tort Malibu Retro Round Sunglasses

As I am writing this post, the sun is nowhere to be found, but when the sun does decide to pop out and stay out, a pair of sunglasses is a must.  This season, I want to experiment with different styles of sunglasses.  So these Wildfox sunglasses caught my attention because of the oversized round shades and tinted gradient lenses.  These sunglasses will totally turn heads.

Rebecca Minkoff Rose Gold-Tone Threader Earrings

Last but certainly not least, a major jewelry trend this season is statement earrings.  This season when it comes to earrings, the bigger the better, so naturally I am obsessing over these rose-gold dangling earrings by Rebecca Minkoff.  These earrings are so cool because the long dangling chain and the triangle shape charms add tons of sparkle and glam.

After spending hours browsing Century 21’s online store, I can tell that my bank account won’t be very happy with me after I make some much needed purchases.  I mean it is only natural that when a new season hits it is time to upgrade your wardrobe.  If you are like me, looking for an excuse to shop, then head over to Century 21 and get lost in all their fashionable pieces.  Let me know in the comments below what you are obsessing over.  Let’s hope that spring arrives sooner rather than later.  Talk to you all soon!

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