Be a Collector

For me, I have found the art to buying affordable fashion pieces and making them look more luxe is to really invest the time into finding pieces that will outlast fads and on trend moments.

I like to think of myself as a collector, sort of speak, only in the way that I don’t buy a huge haul of items all at once, but instead I buy things every so often that fit into my style. This makes it easier for me in the long run, because everything magically comes together.

I think the best cure to that “I’ve been shopping all my life and have nothing to wear” feeling is to become a collector, to really think about the new pieces that you buy, to make sure that there’s something in your closet already that you can match it with, and to think about it’s longevity and how it will stand up to time.

“Be a collector, not a shopper”

Every piece of this outfit was selected at different times, even years apart. I bought this fun cactus printed romper about 2 years ago, in the sale racks at Forever21, I collected these earrings 6 months ago, and these slides about 3 months ago.

I love the way this look came together, it was the perfect combination for a hot summer day, and the pops of color were just right. I played off of the bits of yellow in the romper to make this a cohesive look. What I love even more, is that every purchase I made was inexpensive and well thought out.

The romper and earrings are no longer available in store,  I was able to find the exact romper available on Poshmark and some similar earrings to mine, in which I have listed below if you’d like to recreate this look!

 

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Found The exact same romper on Poshmark: (S-L)

 

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Slides:

Faux Leather Slides

Confidence is Key

“Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good” – Diane Von Furstenberg

My main goal with this page is to always give a woman confidence! I want her to know to know that it is not about the labels that you wear and your ability to keep up with the latest style trends that make a woman beautiful. This page is to show women that you can wear a $7 jumpsuit, which is what I’m wearing, and slay just as hard as any other woman out there!

I know that confidence is such a hard thing to come by, and it’s not easy to get to a point in your life where thinking about what others may think about you doesn’t bother you, at least in the slightest, but just know that what others think about you does NOT define you!

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that it is only when you accept everything you truly are and aren’t, that you will succeed. Our differences are what make us beautiful and unique and worth having a seat at the table. There is no one who can do what you do, how you do it….remember that!

Oddly enough, for me anyways, cutting all of my hair off gave me so much more confidence! It was like, I no longer had anything to hide behind, and was able to see me for the first time in a long time. I’d love to hear of different things that may have given you guys confidence!

 

 

 

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How to: Make Affordable Fashion Look Expensive

You know the old saying “less is more”, well sometimes it truly is. And, of course, in this scenario…I mean less by how much you spent on your clothes.

I know that sometimes there are some drawbacks to buying “Fast Fashion”, sometimes the quality can be a little less than desired, but I’ve found that a lot of these major affordable fashion houses (i.e places like H&M, Forever21, Fashion Nova) are stepping up there game when it comes to wearable pieces with longevity, and they upped the quality factor.

The key to making affordable clothes look more expensive is to find pieces that are fashionable but not too trendy. Trends are going to be to hard to have a real shelf life in your closet and will end up staying in the back of the closet. Finding pieces that fit well for your body type, so if you’re like me and you hate trying things on, this will be a pain in the butt, but it’s a definite must. Lastly, but most importantly, looking at the fabric. Some fabrics wear well on the body and look more expensive than they are, such as rayon, it’s not the most expensive, but can look like cotton depending on the piece. Velvet and satin do the same thing when incorporated into your wardrobe, when picking the right piece it can look a lot more luxe than the price tag shows.

As always I like to keep it simple, I wore this Forever21 shirt dress that I actually got on sale, and paired them with these strappy sandals, also from Forever. What I liked the most about the shirt dress is, that it’s an obvious staple that every woman should have in her closet, and that the elongated cuffs gave it an elevated look. The length makes it the perfect dress for a summer day, and the vertical stripes give me the illusion that I’m taller than I am (which is always a good thing). This one is no longer available, but I have listed a few similar shirt dress finds below, that are equally as fantastic!

These sandals, were a recent find at Forever21 and they are just under $30. The block heel makes them super comfortable for long wear throughout the day, and the simplicity of the straps make it easy to transform any outfit into a major wow fit! I think they will be extremely versatile in my closet and I can’t wait to style them in more ways. I would note that they look as though they are selling like hot cakes on the website, so fingers crossed for restocks, or head to your nearest F21 as quick as possible so that you can grab a pair as well!

Oh and by the way, just in case you haven’t noticed, I cut my hair!!! I have been wanting to start a new healthy hair journey, and wanted to start from scratch, so I chopped it all off! I’m so glad to have you guys with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what the future will bring (as far as my hair).

Similar Shirt Dress Styles:

F21 Brown Striped Dress, F21 Red Stripe Dress, F21 Blue Dress, Gap Blue Dress, Calvin Klien Grey stripe Dress (this one is org $129), Nordstrom Rack

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Together we Shine

Let me first start off by stating one of the best things a blogger can do is to collaborate with other bloggers! Whether they be inside or outside of your niche, I think we as bloggers need each other. By opening yourself up, you are opening up to a world of like minded people, who you may not have been visible to otherwise.

I have preached this before, but for bloggers, I think that it’s a good idea to make connections with others who understand the struggle of what you do, and the hard work that you put into your craft. Plus it doesn’t hurt to reach out to those who inspire you to dream bigger and to bounce ideas off of.

I recently teamed together with Danesha of @_sincerlytrill and Onyi of @sincerleyonyi, two amazingly talented, immensely stylish, and insanely gorgeous women. We put together this shoot, because the message of community over competition is very important to us. We wanted to show other bloggers, that it’s ok to share a little of the spotlight, and that lifting others up does not for a second dull your shine.

Now on to the clothes, like I stated, The babes are seriously stylish and like me love make affordable fashion pieces look extremely chic. Onyi is wearing the Target Line ‘A new Day’ Relaxed Trousers and Blazer set, which is currently on sale so you should basically run to the nearest target and snatch them up before they’re all gone. I am wearing all Forever21, of course, the Sheer Top is still in store and I think is the cutest summer staple to add to any wardrobe. These exact pants are no longer available in store or online, but I’ve linked a close second and to tie the entire look together I chose these bold Earrings. If you’re like me and love bold earrings, definitely check out  F21 as a contender, they have so many cute pairs and most under $6. Daneesha is wearing a romper from Ross, which I linked a few similar pieces below, fun frilly flats, and a vibrant scarf as a headwrap to tie her look together so effortlessly.

We had so much fun, discussing the different editing tools, style tips and future collab ideas that I can’t wait to do it again. I hope you guys enjoys this read and are inspired to reach out to your fellow blogging buds for future collabs!

Danesha’s Fit Options: F21 option , Charlotte Russe Option , 2020 Ave Option

(P.S. Us matching was super unintentional, but I guess the saying is right, great minds truly do think a like.)

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Best Thrift Stores In San Antonio

If you follow me on Instagram and you’ve gotten a chance to see my insta stories, you would’ve seen me score some pretty amazing thrifted items! For instance I scored not only one, but 2 vintage Dooney and Bourke purses in the same week, I also scored a Christian Dior top, and some pretty snazzy French Connection Libby Heels (pictured below).

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I have visited my fair share of different Thrift locations and have been able to find some pretty amazing pieces throughout the years, I have comprised a list of my favorite places to find the best treasures for the best deals below.

1.My number one most frequented thrift store in San Antonio has to be be the Family Thrift Center, and it’s due to there extremely low prices on the clothing. They price their items by the day rather than individually pricing each piece, which is nice considering you can find some pretty nice labels in there from time to time. Though this place is a bit unorganized, it’s definitely worth mentioning. If you choose to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday just know that it can get really packed in there, because of the stellar deals, so just prepare yourself prior to going in. This place  it’s full of great finds if you have the time to search for them. Pictured below is their daily pricing chart.

Day Price per Item
Thursday $2.00
Friday $1.75
Saturday $1.50
Sunday $1.25
Monday $1.00
Tuesday $0.50
Wednesday $0.25

2. Assistance League of San Antonio – They have great prices, a pretty good selection of items, very organized and friendly staff. The only negative are the hours, as they are only open Tues-Saturday from 10am-4pm, so if you work a Monday through Friday 8am-5pm job, you’re definitely not going to get to go during the week. One of my favorite things about this organization though, is that they are heavily involved in the community and all of their locations are staffed 100% by volunteers.

3. The Texas Thrift store chain is another frequent of mine, their prices can be a little crazy at times, especially with shoes, but their website makes it easy to see what the daily colors are and how much you can save. Also it alerts you if their are any big blowout sales going on, like the half off everything in the store sale coming this Memorial Day. I frequent both the one off 35 south and on 410 near Vance Jackson quite often.

4. Thrift City is actually a sister store of Texas Thrift and much like it, very clean and organized, but I would say this one has a little better prices. The quality of clothing there is very great and I always seem to have luck finding cute pieces there.

5. Goodwill can be a little over priced, compared to these others listed, but I put them on here because they have convenience down to a science. They are located all across town, they have color tag deals every week, their shoe selection is usually pretty amazing and priced well and their organization is on point. Plus they color coordinate and size coordinate all of their items, so it just makes it easier to find something.

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6. If you are willing to make a trip up to Austin, I would definitely check out the Goodwill outlet up there, It’s one of my all time fave places to go. Everything is priced by the pound and it’s about $1.39 a lb right now. When you get there, you’ll notice a big difference from your average thrift store, everything is in these plastic blue bins that you have to sift through. The employees will periodically roll out new bins full of new product to explore, and roll away old bins, essentially giving you a brand new thrift store every 10 minutes or so. One of the best things to see, is that it does get a little crazy in there, people rushing to the new bins to be the first to get a chance to sift through them.

7. Also, while you’re there, don’t forget to check out Savers. It was one of my OG go to’s when I lived in Vegas, and when I realized that Austin had one too, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go. What I love about them is that if you donate clothes there, they’ll give you coupons for a percentage off your shopping trip. They are very well organized and have great prices as well.

So, if you’re into thrifting and looking to get the most bang for your buck, and look as happy as I am (pictured below) definitely hit up one of these places the next time you get the thrifting itch.

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Forever 21 Lookbook

I put together a lookbook recently, featuring all Forever 21 pieces for the girls who want to look and feel good, without spending a lot of money. These are all affordable pieces, some of them were on crazy sale, and some of them full price. Each one of them are items that would be easy to incorporate in numerous ways in any wardrobe, which is always a good thing.

If I’ve said it once, I’ve probably said it a million times, and y’all are tired of me already. But you do not have to spend a bunch of money to look and feel fabulous, make your budget work for you and not the other way around!

I hope you enjoy the video, and definitely tell me what you think, should I do some more of these?

 

 

How to: Thrift like a boss!

It is not wise for one to walk into a thrift store without a goal or a plan in mind, solely for the fact that everything you typically see there is going to be priced dramatically lower than if you were at the mall or online shopping. You never realize how little self control you have until you get home, and you have a bag of items that you are never really going to wear.

My strategy when going into thrift stores is asking myself a set of questions:

  1. What price am I not wiling to go over (Excluding designer finds of course!)
  2. Does this go with anything I own already?
  3. What are my intentions for this item?
  4. How and where could I see myself wearing this?
  5. Do I love it?
  6. Is this my style?

I ask myself these questions, so that I’m not overspending and needlessly spending on items just because I think their their “cute”. It’s a weird thought to say that you can overspend at the thrift store, because all of the prices are dramatically lower, but if you never wear an item even if it’s $5, then that’s $5 you could’ve have put to better use somewhere else.

Thrifting is a great way to try out the seasons major trends without spending major money, and also seeing if that particular trend “insert velvet everything trend ” is for you. Putting these tried and true questions to the test on your next thrifting adventure will definitely guarantee coming home with amazing items, and pieces that will add major value to your closet, without just taking up major clothing realty in your space.

 

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