I am SO THANKFUL that the weather is warming up. I am so over winter clothes. Winter seems so fussy and layers are not my deal, so this is the best time of year for me. I started breaking out my warm weather outfits, and I've been obsessing over this gray dress with my new blue pinstripe shoes lately. I love a dress with clean, chic sneakers and this dress is great because you can use it as a simple staple for whatever look you're going for. For this shoot, I added a white denim jacket to compliment my crisp shoes and added some flowers for a little bit of extra color.
You can find these adorable shoes from target and a gray dress for your staples drawer here:
I have been diving deep into this minimal street style thing, new year new you right? I love how chic neutral colors and simple pieces look together paired with a statement piece. When I was in Egypt last, I stocked up on all things Middle Easter style and picked up some super fun gold statement necklaces with some Egyptian flair.
White Crop Top:
Black 7 Jeans:
Find some like I found in EG here:
The last few years I have totally turned my wardrobe around and fell in love with fashion designers, fashion styling, and the world of upscale, high fashion. The only problem is, I’m 21 and my budget is still less than it costs to buy an issue of Vogue. But, if you’re in my boat, your taste doesn’t need to change just because you have less cash in your wallet. You might not be able to shop at Neiman Marcus every week, but you can have a high fashion wardrobe without taking out a house loan. but The only thing you have to spend more of is time.
This outfit cost me $17 total, which is crazy because the boots alone were regularly $45. The dress is from a Forever 21 dress I bought on sale for $3, and the boots were also marked down to $14 at Target. The great thing about this outfit is, I love it and it’s super cute, plus I didn’t have to compromise on trend or fashion, but it still fit my budget.
Here are my three top tips for high fashion budget shopping:
#1. Do your research, babe
If you don’t know what’s trendy and in style, it’s hard to know what to buy and where to start. Also, if you’re not up to code on what’s in this season and what’s hot this year, you might find yourself buying sale priced items only to see them being moved onto the “out of style never wear again” lists, and you won’t see them in InStyle for 15 more years when your kids are wearing them as a throwback trend. But, just because something is on sale doesn’t mean it’s out. Some good and comprehensive resources to look at in the fashion world are Vogue.com [I mean of course], InStyle magazines, Lauren Conrad’s trend predictions, Harper’s Bazaar, fashion week reports, and Elle magazine. Study up, know what’s coming in and going out, and you’ll know what to grab when it goes on sale.
#2. Don’t settle because it’s on sale
Here’s a thing I’ve done 55 times: said to myself, “I’ll buy that because it’s only $5 and I can make it work”.
Surprise, I couldn’t make it work. Buying little sale items here and there is an awesome way to curate a closet without breaking the bank, but if you buy that blue top with the ackward pattern for $5, and it’s going against all things good you know about what’s in this season, you just lost a hanger in your closet and $5 you could have saved for a piece you really loved. Don’t settle! It only makes more work for you when closet cleaning day comes around. When you shop on sale, pay attention to mark downs. Those thigh-high boots I bought were going on sale and I did my research to find out what the lowest mark-down would be, and I snagged them when there was one pair left in my size. I knew they’d be in style for at least another year and I could save myself $30+ next boot-buying season and wear my trendy boots, knowing I saved a buck.
#3. Don’t give up your own style to go strictly runway
Your style makes you who you are, so don’t give it up to wear Avant-Garde to the super market if that’s not what you love. If you’re into 5 inch heels and wearing your favorite Jimmy Choo inspired outfit to Target, then by all means you do it. That’s your style, that’s who you are. Also, we’re probably long-lost twins because that’s how I roll, and I’ve had to learn that it’s okay to tone down style to appropriately fit an occasion, but it’s not okay to make yourself miserable and try to make your style fit in with someone else’s. Wear what makes you feel like your expressing your style, from the inside out. My sister is a comfy cozy girl, but her style is still trendy and not compromised to who she is. She’s a sweater and sweat pants girl, so you’ll find her shopping for trendy adidas outfits, saving a buck, still comfy, and still really trendy. Be stylish and smart about buying, but don’t give away all of your favorites to buy a new closet of trends you aren’t into. You don’t have to go for every trend!
When you’re out shopping, do your research, keep to your budgets, know what’s in, know what’s going out, and stay true to your style. Don’t lower your taste for your budget, work hard at the extra steps to make your budget fit your high fashion style.
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we're now in the full swing of the Christmas season. The Justin Bieber Christmas Album is on repeat, and I've been digging through my closet to put together some Christmas event-going outfits. 2017 Winter fashion is simple, textured, and sleek, so I have 3 formulas for holiday fashion this year:
S E M I - F O R M A L
For more formal events, go for easy pieces that speak for themselves. The holidays are the perfect time to wear anything with sequins, and long sleeves with a short hem flatters all body types. Tights or stockings will keep you warm and classy in a piece like this sequin cocktail dress. When you wear something flashy and eye-catching, keep your jewelry to a minimum, like this Sole Society fabric wrapped cuff. Above-the-knee hems usually call for a heel closer to the floor, so these pale-pink d'Orsay flats from Gap.
D R E S S Y - C A S U A L
When you're headed to an office event or a church christmas party that's more on the dressy side but not quite to cocktail dresses and blazers, keep it simple and sweet. Take a piece you'd wear everyday like this lace-up back sweater and dress it up with a skirt. This black mini-skirt is a great versatile piece that you can wear with basically everything. If short isn't your style, then wear something in the same family like a long black maxi dress and layer a fun, textured sweater like this over it. Add some fun, flirty earrings and a bangle, and you'll be ready to eat Christmas tree shaped h'orderve platters all night long.
C A S U A L
If you're off to a casual Christmas get-together with friends, keep it Khloe Kardashian. Wear your favorite pair of high-waisted jeans with an easy black bodysuit. No muss, no fuss. Go for a neutral color palette and add metallics like these gold bangles and earrings. Top your outfit off with your best black heels and you'll be the best dressed in the white-elephant gift exchange.
Riverdale has become the trendiest and most stylish show of 2017, and winter fashion is sprinkled with all things Betty, Veronica, and Cheryl. After I watched the season one finale, I wore red lipstick everyday for like a two weeks.
Riverdale has been known for its gorgeous aesthetics and design, so put a little bit of Cheryl Blossom in your closet with a leather skirt this season. Another way to bring some River-Vixen in your wardrobe is a half-turtleneck. It's super sleek and practical practical for your winter style, and can easily been dressed up with some signature Lodge pearls. These Topshop flats are very Betty, and super comfy and easy to wear with any outfit. As long as you steer clear from red circles and black hoods, your winter wardrobe will be solid. [hold for cheesy sitcom applause]
Pantone has come out with the colors for 2017, and we have got a good hand of fresh colors to work with this year! Dig through your closet and hit the sales rack, because you do not want to miss out on this trendy new palette. Get some inspiration from our style forecast below and get these shades in your closet!
These days, there's a Christmas for everything, and you know you can't wear the same Christmas sweater to them all, trust me, I've tried. So mix it up this year with some holiday dresses! Work, Glam, Fam, I've got you covered.
A rich, holiday burgundy and some warm and cozy, lace up booties. I wore my favorite, super tiny and dainty "California" necklace and some big and shiny studs. Add matching lipstick and big bouncy curls.
Classy and simple. A little-black, leather dress with a gold bib necklace and some suede lace-up shoes. I used a neutral but shiny brown lipgloss and wore my hair in beachy waves.
Dress: Forever 21
Bib Necklace: Target
Someone always throws a glam-y holiday party, and this outfit is perfect for any sequin Christmas soiree. I wore a little off-the-shoulder top, some basic black booties, and my favorite gold sequin skirt in the world. Add red lipstick and dangly earrings.
Photography: Mason Cleveland
Holiday Party coming up? Don't sweat it! Holiday parties are the most fun because you can dig deep in your closet and resurrect all of your glitter, sequins, and red lipstick.
Go for dark and rich colors, bold eyes, and fun prints and textures like this crushed velvet top, fur vest, and sequined maroon choker. My formula for Christmas parties is One bold color, one statement piece, and one texture to match, topped off with dark, matte lipstick.
When I'm traveling and away from my home sweet home, I'm all about finding easy outfits. This little cut-out shoulder dress is perfect outfit inspo for when you hit the road and travel to catch some sunshine, but you need more than your travel t-shirt and leggings. Perfect for my warm and humid day in Orlando.
Its September! Which means everyone launching new collections and the trends will start rolling in. Vogue published their 25 lb. September edition, Fashion Week just happened, and now in Orange County, it's Style Week, so here's a little kick off.
This dress is an easy way to start switching from summer to fall in your closet. You don't have to go from bathing suits and off-the-shoulder sun dresses to breaking out your long boots and beanies, just transition with things like warmer tones, quarter sleeves, and midi dresses.
Get this one at Forever 21, for $10.90, here:
My poor California girl heart can hardly take it, the end of summer is almost here. There's only two weeks left. I think I'm the only white girl who doesn't want fall to be here. Luckily I live in southern California, so, it's pretty much summer until Christmas. Here's some outfit inspiration to help you live up some of the summer trends in your last two weeks, until fall is officially here.
Is summer really over? The not going to school part? How did that even happen, June was like last week. I moved to California in January, so my internal season changer is very confused as to why it's been summer for the last eight months. But, even though school is here again, we have a whole month of summer left. So break your rompers and off the shoulder tops out and get your paddle boards, because there's 4 more weeks to live it up!
Here's a little something to give you some live-it-up inspiration.
I really can't help it anymore, I have off the shoulder fever. It's a gift and a curse. This flowy number is from Forever 22, along with the sandals, paired with a lighter wash denim. In love, cue the googly eyes for off the shoulder.
These strappy heels definitely qualify to be buy of the week material. They were two dollars. Two buckaroos people. Thrift stores in Newport Beach are where it's at. Strappy heels are perfect for seriously any outfit. A sundress like this, a formal dress for an event, boyfriend jeans and a statement necklace, they can do it all.
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