October 18, 2014

How to Prep for Less


Hey y'all!

We all have issues spending 'too much' for a piece of clothing. I am very guilty of this--I mean, $70 for a skort is a little steep--but hey, it's all for fashion, right? Well, the typical 'preppy' brands can some times rob your bank account and then some. But, what if I told you there are alternative ways to get almost the exact same look for much less?

Second hand items - I cannot stress this enough. Plenty of girls would turn their head at something just because it was gently used (or in some cases, worn once). It may take some time to weed out the good deals from the bad ones, but it can end up saving you some major cash. But, BEWARE OF FAKES. (I also recommend not buying more expensive or designer brands second hand unless you are one hundred percent certain of its authenticity.) There are plenty of great websites where you can not only purchase, but sell your items too!
Ex: Poshmark, Vinted, eBay




Clean out your closet - As mentioned above, you can actually make money selling your own clothes. Everyone has items in their closet that they haven't worn in ages or maybe even things that don't fit you anymore. Not only can you make some cash to reinvest back into your closet, but you also make room for more clothes. It's a win-win situation.
Ex: Poshmark, Vinted, eBay




Staple items - It makes sense to pay a bit more for things you will wear for years. These items are not purchases, they are investments. Personally, I am willing to spend more money on my purses and shoes rather than clothing items.
Ex: L.L. Bean Boots, Jack Rogers, Longchamp

Investment Pieces

Dupes - Every season, I swoon over J. Crew's gorgeous jewelry, but I can never justify a purchase because of the price tag. But, many stores have started to create the almost exact same pieces for more than half of the price! The best part? Some stores even have started to create dupes for popular  clothing pieces (like the Old Navy Quilted Vest).
Ex: J. Crew // Old Navy, Target, Marshall's, TJMAXX,  Forever 21

Discount websites - By now, most people have heard of discount websites that help companies sell leftover products at discounted prices. If you want to get your hands on the good stuff, setting an alarm is a must. Because girls love their sales! These websites can discount items sometimes up to 50% off the original price. 
Ex: ruelala

A few questions to ask yourself before you purchase an item:

  • Do I really need this?
  • Will it be classic in 10 years?
  • How often will I wear this piece?

October 11, 2014

Mad About Plaid

Top: Target (similar)
Jeans: Marshall's (similar
Booties: Baker's (similar
 VestOld Navy
Purse: Longchamp
Watch: Anne Klein - Burlington (similar
Bracelet: Claire's (similar
Earrings: Sam Moon (similar)

 Top: Chaps for Kohl's (similar)  
Skirt: Unknown (similar)  
Booties: George (similar
Necklace: Walmart (similar)

Hey y'all!

Every year that fall rolls around, I end up wearing plaid just about every day. It's an extremely versatile pattern because it can either be dressed up or down. My best friend, Julia, and I decided to show our different take on how we style a plaid flannel. You'll soon be seeing her a lot more on my blog because she's officially my new photographer for my posts! Plus, I'm hoping to convince her into guest posting on my blog.

What's your favorite fall style? How do you style plaid?




October 2, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Dog Treat Recipe

Hey y'all!

Not only is it officially fall, but it's also my pup's birthday! He's two years old today, and he still acts it. So in honor of the little rascal's big day, we made him some home made treats.

Beaux is my first dog I've ever owned and I was even lucky enough to adopt him as my sixteenth birthday present. Since I absolutely adore this pup, I had to spoil him with some home-made goodies! I really hope your dog enjoys these treats as much as mine sure did!

{ INGREDIENTS }
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup canned, pure pumpkin
4 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
2 eggs

{ DIRECTIONS }
1. preheat over to 350 degrees
2. whisk together flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water if necessary but dough should be stiff and dry
3. roll out dough flat and cut into desired shapes
4. bake in oven until hard (about 35 minutes)

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