It’s almost spring! To celebrate, I’m sharing four pieces to buy now and wear later too. As a blogger it’s difficult to find pieces to share that are available over a period of time. By the time you buy the item, recieve it in the mail, take the photos, and share on social media it’s sold out. Luckily these four items are available now and can be worn for both spring AND summer. They are perfect to wear for spring right now and can easily transition to summer later! Watch the video at the end for inspiration!
As a fashion blogger and influencer, I have experienced the growth of fashion bloggers and influencers myself. I have been in this field for about 3 years now and the growth has been exponential! When I first started out I didn’t know what I was doing. I would share random photos of my shoes in the snow, or a photo of a dress that cropped my face off when posted on Instagram. Thank the Lord things have changed drastically since then!
TRAVEL GUIDE: What to pack for a North Carolina road trip
It’s August 2020 and we are still in the midst of residual COVID-19 restrictions and limitations on travel. But it has been 9 months since Andrew and I have done any sort of major “traveling” (3 months since the beach), and we’re dying to go somewhere. So him and I are taking a mini road trip to Asheville, North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains! Asheville is only about 3 1/2 hours away from us, but we still want to be fully prepared for the road trip no matter how small. So I created a checklist of everything I want and need to bring for the trip to make sure I don’t miss anything on the way out! I organized my checklist into categories so that I don’t mix anything up or overlook anything.
This is a guide to everything you need to know for LTK Day 2020 on July 19th. In this LTK Day 2020 guide you will find information on what LikeToKnow.it is, how to use the app, how to participate in the sale, and tons of finds from participating retailers for you to shop.
What is LikeToKnow.it?
LikeToKnow.it (LTK.it) is a completely free social media shopping app. You can use it to search for specific products and follow your favorite bloggers to see what they’re sharing. Influencers and bloggers use LikeToKnow.it to link products that they share in their posts for people to purchase. LikeToKnow.it posts can be shopped by viewing them in the app, or by going to the specific “liketk.it/” link provided in the post caption.
$200 Target Giveaway!
With everything happening lately, I wanted the opportunity to give back to someone in need. So I’ve teamed up with a couple blogger ladies on Instagram to give one lucky winner a $200 gift card to Target!* There is a PayPal option available if $200 in money would be more helpful than a gift card in the current times.
The giveaway rules are super simple. Here’s how to enter:
Oh hey. Hi there! You love to find good deals and great pieces at affordable prices, amiright? Of course… me too. Because who doesn’t?!
Finding a pretty top or cute shoes at an I’ll-take-it price is a great feeling! And that’s exactly what I’ve done here – I’ve taken all the work out for you so you don’t have to do it. They’re right here at your fingertips. Oh, and these are all from Amazon. You know… that place where you can find almost ANYTHING you’re looking for. If you haven’t already noticed, Amazon is becoming a popular, widespread retailer for inexpensive fashion finds among many other items.
Summer’s right around the corner which means swimsuits, beach bods, wavy hair, and pops of color are going to be EVERYWHERE! In a (digital) sea of striped bikinis, crop tops with shorts, and #bodygoals make yourself stand out from the crowd with a bright white smile! What’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone or look at a photo? Their features! Eyes, hair, face, SMILE. So what better way to catch someone’s attention than with your gorgeous smile. Imagine all the compliments you’ll receive and the confidence boost you’ll gain. Who WOULDN’T want that?! Right??
At the end of September, I was graciously invited to my first blogger meetup where I had the chance to meet this wonderful group of ladies and make new friends. I knew we would be taking photos for the ‘Gram, and I wanted to make a good impression on these ladies, so obviously I wanted to look good (minus my hair, because it’s always being dumb)! I felt fairly confident in the outfit I put together… at least at first.
Photo Credit (and 2 next): @ootdatlanta
I went with a super soft off white/cream top with flared sleeves, dark emerald green skinny jeans, and my ever-so-popular burgundy velvet booties with a statement necklace to bring it all together. I thought I had done a pretty decent job. I felt cute and confident, ready to meet, greet, and connect.
I was hesitant at first and almost didn’t go to the meetup, but I’m so glad that I did. Everybody was so great – we had good conversations about what each of us does, or is aspiring to do, and we all encouraged each other. And everybody had such unique, styled looks that everyone had their own distinguished style. It was so neat and inspiring meeting these ladies and seeing how they style themselves and the content they create.
I was having such a great time that I wasn’t even thinking about the 85+ degree weather and humidity and how it would make me sweat! (In my defense, I thought we would be indoors).
But as it happens to the best of us, in the hot heat and sun, that super cute off white tee grew big, noticeable sweat spots under my arms… and left outlines to make matters worse! I was so embarrassed when I noticed. I was trying to keep my arms down and my hair in front to cover them.
I had sweat spots when this was taken but the cover-up worked! 😉
After the meet up I had a few errands to run but was too embarrassed to go around wearing a shirt that had large sweat spots under the arms. I needed to get food and pick up a few things but I was so uncomfortable in the top that I was debating running to TJMaxx and buying a $6 shirt to change into. Even then I still would have had to go in wearing my gross shirt, and I needed to get food first.
Luckily, it just so happened that I had a cute jacket in my car from the other day that I hadn’t brought inside yet. And sure enough, the colors on the jacket worked perfectly with the other colors I was wearing. So right in my car I took off the gross, sweaty shirt and put on this jacket as my top, with nothing but a bra underneath. I went into McAlister’s and TJMaxx wearing the zipped up jacket and it wasn’t as uncomfortable as I thought it would be. It was certainly better than wearing the sweaty shirt! I still ended up buying a shirt from TJMaxx to change into, but this quick fix trick was a life saver that day.
I had been meaning to bring the jacket in for a few days, but I guess God knew I would need it that day. It was definitely a new concept for me – wearing a jacket as a top – yet, it’s something I could totally do again. Plus, it made for a cute outfit shot. 😛 Who knows… maybe I’ll start a new trend for F/W 2018!
Find these wonderful ladies on IG (in no particular order): @madidaily, @rachaelcolleenblog, @soshewander, @vonschmalls, @kris_wie, @salut_atl, @jadedjuniper, @worthandwonder
What has been your most embarrassing outfit fail? Tell me in the comments below, or on the Instagram post above!
I’m sure you’ve heard the rule about picturing potential purchases with items you already own, right?! Whenever you find something you’re thinking about buying, you should always picture it with at least 3 items you currently own. Doing this allows you to gauge how often you’ll wear it, and the CPW (cost per wear) for it. If you buy a cute skirt that you can only wear with one specific shirt, how often are you really going to wear it?! Say you pay $30 for that skirt and wear it twice — that’s costing you $15 each time you wear it! If you’re a budget shopper like me, you definitely want to get the CPW as low as possible. Another way to do this is to shop with coupons, or sales only! I rarely ever pay full price for an item!!
This satin striped pajama top from Victoria’s Secret is a perfect example. I had a coupon for $20 off a $40 purchase with no idea of what I was even looking for when I went into the store. But VS and I have a very special relationship. 😉 (can I say an almost 8 year obsession?!) I’m bound to find something I love almost every time I enter the store. My only problem is sometimes I find TOO many items I want (anyone else?). This time was different though, in a good way! It took less than 3 minutes before I had decided this was the one. It’s one of those pieces you see and you know INSTANTLY that this is going to be one of your #1, best, most worn, favorite pieces of the season.
So into the fitting room I go, and the moment I tied that knot at the bottom and looked up into the mirror, it was a done deal. That shirt was going to be mine. It had to have been fate that the top was $42.50 and qualified for the coupon! At the time I bought it, I had really only known one way to wear it, but I didn’t care. I was so in love with the top that I was going to find other ways to style it, regardless of the fact that it’s a pajama top. And that’s exactly what I did. Here below are three different ways I styled this striped satin PJ top from Victoria’s Secret.
I learned long ago to add casual pieces to a look to dress down a dressy piece, and vice versa (see next look). This satin top felt very upscale and luxurious by itself, so I paired it with a black crop top, light blue denim, and cute sneakers to make it comfortably casual.
I love pastel colors – and I love mixing colors. So why not mix pastel colors?! I decided to go with these light blue jeans instead of a white to add a little color to the white and black stripes. The pastel pink shoes matched the top and added the casual feel to the look. And lastly, the quilted crossbody finished off the look with a bit of an edge, pulling out the black stipes from the top and tying everything together. Right now this purse is out of stock in black, but you can still get it in light pink here (which would still match the outfit)! For size reference for the top, I’m wearing a size Small in Millenial Pink/Ripe Apricot. They currently only have L and XL, so I’ve added a few similar styles at the end of this post. 🙂
2. Dressed Up
As I mentioned in the previous look, adding casual pieces to a look dresses down a fancy piece. But what if you actually want it to be kinda fancy?! My trick? Add a nice pair of heels to almost any look and voila! You’ve instantly dressed it up.
For this look, I wanted it to be dressy, but not too fancy. So I chose to add a leather belt and embellished heels to fanc-ify it while sticking to a flattering fitted jean to keep it from being over-the-top fancy. The nude cami underneath allows this top to show off the waistline without distracting with bare skin. This cami is actually from A New Day at Target, but I was unable to link it so I linked a very similar one for $1 less! I’m wearing a size 3R in these jeans from Celebrity Pink for reference. And I found this belt at Goodwill awhile ago, but I linked a similar, inexpensive alternative! These pretty embellished heels are still available online here!
And last but not least, why not wear this piece for what it was actually intended for? It’s lightweight, airy feel makes it super comfortable for getting a good night’s sleep. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute, too!
When it’s time for bed, all we want is to change into something loose fitting and non-restricting to be comfortable right?! The less it touches your body, the better! Unless it’s a super soft fabric. Luckily, this top is the best of both worlds! It’s soft and silky with a loose fit that’s quite comfortable and surprisingly not too warm. And if you’re not ready for bed just yet, this is the perfect top to simply chill in and still look cute as can be.
P.S. I took these three pictures all by myself using a tripod and the timer — how did I do?!
I’ve worn this top at least 5 times! The three times for these photos, plus two other times. So let’s say after taxes the top cost me $25 to purchase. After wearing it 5 times, that makes my CPW only $5! And the next time I wear it, it will make it $4.17, and then $3.57, and… you get the idea!
So always try to envision a potential purchase with a few items you have and determine the CPW you’d be paying for the number of times you wear the piece. You don’t want to regret anything later!
Here are similar (equally cute) satin tops in addition to the one I’m wearing