Shop with ease

I am constantly telling you what’s in, what to buy and where to go, but there is a special way of navigating the store once you get there that can help you have a successful shopping trip and save you money.

Having a successful shopping trips means understanding certain guidelines, fashion rules and having your own personal style. Some times shopping can be frustrating, such as never finding the perfect fit or not finding your ideal outfit for an event but before hitting the mall, you need to have determination and a positive attitude. Before heading into stores, it is a good idea to have an idea of what you’re looking for, this helps you from getting over whelmed and can save you money. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your shopping trips.

In any store you like to shop in, you notice that the newest items are in front, on the mannequins and in the windows. Yet, these items are the most expensive in the store. The clothes that are kept on the sides of the store and along the walls are on sale, not clearance, but are apart of a sale. Within a few weeks, the newest clothes from the windows will make there way to the walls and end up on sale. So if you can wait a few weeks for those new summer shorts, you will probably get a better deal.

But when I walk into a store, I pass all of this. I walk straight to the back to the clearance rack, which can usually be found in the back corner of the store. I have had some major success at clearance racks, in fact, most of my closet is from the clearance rack and I’m not ashamed of it. You would be surprised of what you could find there.

Never trust pushy sales women, it is their job to follow you around the store and tell you to buy the newest items and that your butt looks good in everything. Chances are their lying; they just want the gold star next to their name for the selling the most that day. If you want a second opinion on an outfit, bring a friend; shopping is more fun in pairs.

Try to shop on weekdays and avoid the weekend crowds. This will lessen the chaos in the store and keep you calm while shopping.

Shopping should be a fun experience, not a stressful one. With these few tips, you will be navigating your favorite stores with ease.

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Get Chalked

Lately I have been very bored with my hair. It is naturally dirty blonde that I have highlighted every three months for a fresh look. I keep up with trims and try to have the trendiest cut. I always want to change it up but I’m too afraid of commitment. I have some horror stories about hair and I never want to repeat those days. For a few weeks now I have had an urge to add some color to my hair, like a hot pink or purple, just to my tips. However, pink is in the red family which fades very quick between washes and what it I never could get my blonde back which would mean I would have to cut the color off and I would lose so much length. Did I say I was afraid of commitment? Yet, I wasn’t going to give up that easy.

Over break I was determined to add variety without all the downfalls that comes with permanent dying. With some research and a little help from Pinterest, I found what I was looking for. It’s called chalking, and it is blowing up in the virtual world. Instead of using hair dye to color your ends, try using colorful artist pastels and chalk your strands. This is such an easy and temporary way to add color to your hair, not to mention you don’t have to deal with high salon costs. Follow these step-by-step directions for “dip-dying.”

What you’ll need:

Artist Oil Pastels, Towel, Curling iron, Hair clips, squirt gun or wash rag.

The Process

1.)  Start by purchasing artist oil pastels from your local craft store. The prices range depending on brand and amount of pastels, but look for a coupon to the store found in most Sunday papers.

2.)  Wet your hair. Since I only wanted color to my ends, I drenched about three inches of my hair. Use a spray bottle or soaked washrag. Wrap a towel around your shoulders to prevent color getting on your clothing.

3.)  Pick a color from your artist pallet; I wanted a tie-dye effect so I chose pink, purple and blue. Take desired color and rub the pastel vigorously against a section of wet hair. The color will appear within a few strokes. Repeat through out the other sections of hair with however many colors you want.

4.)  Let the hair dry. It is important to have the hair dry because the color needs to be set in with heat, in order to prevent damage on your locks, let your hair air dry. As the hair dries, the color fades slightly, at this time you can choose to rewet hair and rub on some more color or continue the process.

5.)  Set in with heat. I used a curling iron when my hair was completely dry. The heat sets the color into your hair and will stop it from coming off on your clothing or skin. The curling iron also adds a fun bounce to the colored tresses.

The end result is cute and fun. The chalking effect will last a day or two depending on washes. This is a great way to mix up your usual hairstyle with a temporary color.

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Spring Must Haves

March is finally here which means spring is around the corner. As the days get longer and the warm weather continues (hopefully), it’s time to pack away our winter knits and step into some new spring trends. Here are just a few popular trends to look out for in the upcoming change of seasons.

1.) The high low skirt – Free your legs from those tight jeans and slip into a flowing high low skirt. The new style of skirt in for spring is longer in the back than in the front, kind of like a mix between a maxi and a mini skirt. This business in the front, party in the back type of skirt will have you in the style spot like all the way through summer too.

Kirra Hi Low Skirt - Pacsun

2.) Denim everything – Denim is coming back in full force. This blue-dyed material is not only for your jeans anymore. This spring denim is appearing on all garments, shirts, vests, and my personal favorite, jacket. I snagged a cropped denim jacket from Forever 21 for under $30 and I am not ashamed to say that I wear it everyday. I pair it with a black band tee and Vans sneakers to finish the 90’s grunge look. Try for a denim long sleeve button down to start, it is super casual and can be worn with anything.

Heritage 1981 Vintage Denim Jacket for $26.90

3.) Print Pants – Graphics and prints have always been in style but seem to be getting more vibrant every year. For this spring, tribal prints, zigzags and tie dye are seen in pattern pants. They are 100 percent cotton and usually a little baggy which makes this trend super comfy. Not only is this trend coming off the runway but also from celebrities in Hollywood. These eye-popping trousers are a must buy.

Photo Credit - WhoWhatWear.com

4.) Fringe Tops – Embrace your inner hippie and spring for a fringe top this season. These tops are super breezy and can fit into any style. Fringe does not stop with a shirt, but can be seen on sweaters, pants and even bags. It can also be a great DIY project, just grab your favorite shirt and some scissors, this will make your top one of a kind and cheap. This style is usually seen on a sheer top, which is why it is perfect for warmer weather.

Target - $16.99

5.) 70’s Platforms – Give your toes a break, they have been stuck in boots and flats all winter long, it is time to show them off in a stylish shoe. For spring and summer, the platform is making a big comeback. They were most popular in the 70’s with the flower child, and then came back for a brief moment in the mid 90’s with The Spice Girls. Though it may take some getting used to, the sight and walking in for that matter, it is definitely a style to try this summer, and would look great with a high low skirt or print pants.

Lulu's $37

Spring styles and trends are emerging daily, but in order to save some money it is important to do some research and find what things you like and want to add to your wardrobe. Don’t ever feel that you need all the new items to hit the market every season. Do want you are most comfortable with but have fun, so be sure to hit the mall this spring break and explore some new spring styles.


Make a statement

Whenever I am choosing my daily outfits, I also pick out the jewelry that I am going to wear for the day as well. The accessories can make or break an outfit. Large statement pieces or conversation pieces are in for spring and summer and can dress up any outfit. Here are some suggestions on how to accessorize boldly.

Necklace: Chunky pieces are very popular right now and available in different colors, lengths and materials. They are so fun and can add spice to a boring tee shirt. I have seen big necklaces being paired with every outfit imaginable. Try wearing a solid color shirt or dress and add a thick colorful necklace. If you are feeling really bold, try wearing two necklaces at once.

Ring: I love rings; I wear at least two or three rings daily. There is much to choose from when shopping for rings, the double finger, the cocktail, color and shape of the band. I normally wear a few simple thin rings and one larger, more colorful ring. I always hear my mother telling me that gold and silver do not match, but I think they look good together. Fashion is what you make it, wear whatever you are comfortable in.

Bracelet: Arm candy is the most fun to add to an outfit; there is so much space to work with. I personally like the fabric friendship bracelets, I can tie so many on my wrist in every color. Bangles and cuffs can dress up your outfit, there is so many interesting pieces to add your arm these days. Don’t forget a watch either. Watches serve a duel purpose to women; provide the time and show style. I prefer a chain link watch, but they also come in straps and even color. Get the most bang for your buck and look for the interchangeable band.

Hair: I am so happy head bands are not only for little girls anymore. These accessories are fun and can add youth to your look. Headbands with beading, flowers, bows, feathers and embellishments can be seen on young Hollywood stars and look great. The best part is that they can be found for under 10 dollars.

Lucky for the frugal fashionista, these statement pieces are available at all of your favorite stores and range in prices, but you will not have a problem finding these bold accessories for cheap.  It is important not to over accessorize, try adding one statement piece to your outfit then finishing the look with simple touches. Do what ever you are most comfortable in.

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