I am a woman who loves a good deal and free shipping, and these deals are ridiculous. I love the 2018 summer trends, and I searched far and wide to find these steals that satisfy my trendy cravings, and these are all things I've purchased.
I'm almost afraid to share them because they are that good...
NOTE: Amazon's prices can change quickly, so these prices may vary over time.
Smocked tie shoulder tank: $17.99
This top is super fun and perfect for the beach. I love this summer's trends because we ditched last summer's super minimalist look, and are still keeping it simple but spicing it up with new textures and fits.
Front tie Dress: $18.99
I love how Italian this feels and fun this dress is! It's super cute on and very feminine. In love. My rule is that if one part of your outfit is exposed, keep the other areas covered, so if you have a lot of leg, keep the girls tucked away in a higher neckline. This dress has a Tuscan flare with a tie front and low neckline, but makes up for itself with a tea-length hem.
It was actually $8.99 when I bought it about a month ago, but it's still a steal!
I love that this summer has a lot of ware that has Italian girl-style vibes. My pinterest is flooded with these neckerchieves. I love seeing people style them with their handbags, as a bracelet, and anklet accent. This is in my Amazon cart, on the way to delivery!
Shirred tube top: $2.38
I saved the very best for last:
I know what you're thinking. Shut the front door, dang it. This is probably the best fashion find I've ever found in my life. Ever.
I was nervous when I ordered mine because there were only 3 reviews, but I figured if it never comes or turns out to be a dishrag, I only wasted two bucks. But, much to my surprise, it came and it's exactly what the picture looks like. Load up your cart and buy 55.
Heart eyes, heart eyes, heart eyes.
Note: May run large so stick with a smaller size.
wearing Habibi White Tassel Earrings
Today’s the big day for the launch of the new online Boutique! It’s a project that I’ve worked so hard on and I can’t wait to share it! I’ve designed a collection called the Soraya Collection and hand made all of the pieces ♥️ 20% of every purchase you make will be donated to a faith-based non profit organization, Voice of the Refugee, that engages and assists refugees in the US. I have a million things I’m so excited to say about this launch, so read all about the passion, love, and heart that is behind this collection on the "About the Soraya Collection" page, under the Boutique tab
and come hang out for the Instagram live later today @Carlieraetice! The launch party starts at 1pm MST,
don’t miss it 😘!
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:
As always, I'm talking about how I'm obsessed with pants. I keep saying it but this time I think I mean it: these pants are my actual favorites. I'm loving yellow this spring and I love palazzo pants with a cute crop top. I paired this floral outfit with some Guess sandal heels to dress it up so you can wear this to church, brunch, and Easter dinner!
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:
This top is my favorite, and I found it at a supermarket inside of a mall in Erbil, Iraq. True story. Spring is on its way back around, so I'm gradually moving back to pinks and lively colors again. You can't go wrong with Zara, even if it's from a grocery store. This top isn't carried anymore, so get an outfit inspired by this look, 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.
Whether you work in an office, run your own business, or keep it casual, you need some classy office outfits that won't break the bank. When you think office style, you don't have to think of frumpy business suits from the 80s and dress like you were in the movie 9 to 5. Here are some staple pieces and ideas you can adapt and tweak to put together your own office style, keeping it classy, office friendly, and budget happy.
Earrings: Kohls, Lipstick: Bobbi Brown color - Pink Slipper, Dress: Forever 21
This dress is one of my favorite dresses ever. I have the same dress with a lower neckline, from Forever 21, and it's so perfect on its own, but if you add a blazer, leather moto, or denim jacket, it's perfect for the office. It has a below the knee hemline, so you don't have to pull it down or worry about a slip-slip during the staff meeting. Five out of five stars, would recommend.
I am a short woman and I don't have a lot of torso going on, so I do not feel like a boss babe when I wear traditional pant-suits, but I really love these ankle pants. They're like the older and more classy cousin of the skinny jean. You can wear them with a cute and simple blouse and still look like you're in charge and know what's up. Wear them with a stiletto or a wedge and you're golden. For a cheap buy, look at JCPenny's, Nordstrom Rack, and Kohls.
I am in love with palazzo pants. IN LOVE. They're fun and fresh but also really easy to dress up for a formal office event or meeting. Search for palazzo pants on your favorite online shop and you can find a color or pattern that fits your business style. I'm on the hunt right now for some pinstripe palazzos right now for the summer months.
If you have to adhere to a strict, no-nonsense dress code, fun jewelry is your new best friend. I love Noonday. Noonday is a fair-trade company that is making an impact in some of the world's most vulnerable communities through their business, and they have really fun and colorful artisan jewelry. When I was working in a bridal salon, my manager was extremely strict on our all neutral, no-fuss dress code, so instead of breaking the rules to keep it trendy, I would utilize my earrings and necklaces all the day long. Don't surrender your edginess, just go on a budget friendly, online shopping spree and pick out some new faves to wear with your all black and otherwise blah uniforms. If big and colorful isn't your thing, simple goes a long way, and some tiny studs and a little initial necklace can make all the difference.
If you don't have a leather jacket, get out there and get one. Leather jackets make the world go round, and they can be paired with a dress or blouse to cover up shoulders in a business meeting, or you can use it to make a semi-formal dress a little bit more low-key and office friendly. If leather jackets just aren't your style, go for a denim jacket or a colored blazer. The best place to get a leather jacket that's cute and isn't a million dollars is TJ Maxx. Be a TJ Maxx shopper and you really can't go wrong!
For more office style inspo, follow my W O R K board on pinterest, here:
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.
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!
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.
They're the coolest kids on the Christian clothing block! He>i has just one logo that they use for everything, but they really rock it. The famous "HE>i" is printed on hats, bags, shirts, and the ultimate way to be sure you're a Christian, with some vinyl car stickers. Add this to your lists people! It's a must go-to. They have store locations in Hale'iwa and Honolulu Hawaii, and one on PCH in Newport Beach. But if you can't jet set all the way to the islands, their online store carries everything.
Sone boho-outfit-inspo because you just have to mix it up sometimes. Here's the formula: crazy beach hair, lace and or something flowy, and denim.
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