Shopping On A Budget

A lot of us want to look fashionable and stylish even the people that act like they don’t care. We follow people on social media liking their #OOTD, #OOTN, #designer, #goingout, #nofilter, #checkmeout, and more. Yo Gotti said it perfectly

“Everybody wanna be a dope boy
Everybody wanna be a coke boy
Everybody got a chopper, everybody getting money
Everybody say they from the hood
Everybody real but they not boy
Everybody say that she’s a bad bitch
Everybody on Instagram looking like they mad rich
But they not
Everybody say they started from the bottom now they at the top”

I’m not going to lie I use some of those hashtags above and a lot of us are guilty for posting pictures of our online self and not our real life because we aren’t celebrities and we don’t do marvelous things every night. When we do post our lives online we want to look good doing those activities. I know I do!

For now lets stop thinking about the Yo Gotti song I posted above and lets talk about you as an individual. What do you think is fashionable, stylish, and what looks great on you? Do you love designer clothes? Do you love designer clothes but don’t have designer money? Well if your answer is yes then you would want to keep reading because I want to give you some tips on how to shop on a budget.

Step 1: Before you go out on your little shopping spree you have to check how much you can actually spend. Calculate how much you have left after paying your bills or your necessities. After you figure that out you’ll see how much you can actually spend.

Step 2: Now you know how much you can spend, you can figure out the stores you can afford to go to. If your spending limit is $100 then forget about Neiman Marcus because you can’t find an outfit there. You can shop at Forever21, H&M, Papaya, Charlotte Russe, thrifting, and more. Yes I said thrifting! You don’t have to be poor or in debt to shop there. Plato’s Closet and Uptown Cheapskate is considered thrifting too. You can find designer clothes at thrift stores. Some of my favorite clothing pieces came from thrift stores and no one knows it until I tell them. If you’re big on DIY projects thrift stores are great.

Step 3: After you pick out the stores you want to visit check out their website for promotions either online or in-store. Sales mean you can keep more money in your pocket. I love shopping online because you can compare prices easier and you can save money on gas if you stay at home. Why spend $70 on a dress when you can find the same dress or something similar some where else for less. If it’s something that is hard to find or you want to make sure no one else will have that same outfit at the party you’re going to tonight then spend the money.

Here are a few websites that have great deals: AMICLUBWEAR , Fashion Junkee , $10 mall , and 6pm. I absolutely love Amiclubwear great deals everyday. I have so many shoes from them. I’m their little spokeswomen and they don’t even know it.

Step 4: This is the most important step STAY ON BUDGET! You can go under budget but don’t go over. If you go over budget you might get buyers remorse and return your items. What’s the point of returning? If you think you have to return something because it’s too much then you shouldn’t of bought in the first place. If you can afford the item then you wouldn’t have to second guess yourself. Am I right?

I hope these steps help. When you put on that hot affordable outfit don’t forget to post it because “Everybody on Instagram looking like they mad rich.” Lol. Don’t forget those great hashtags you have to use. Use #aspireoneself too. I want to see the outfits you found.  You don’t have to be mad rich to look the part, you’re just looking good!

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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Building A Brand

Ten years ago it was harder to build a brand compared to now. Social media is one of the main reasons people and companies can grow so fast. Social media is a great way to get people’s attention without leaving your house, city, and/or state. Everyone wants great exposure for FREE and having social media accounts are FREE. YouTube became a business and a fun hobby to show people their talents. Instagram is a way to show off your photogenic side and to expand clips and pictures of what you are about.

Behind all the social media there is YOU. To make people listen and view your site or videos you will have to show them your personality and your confidence. Your viewers or followers will be able to relate to your content and you. At the end of the day people are just people no matter if they are the President of the United States or the so-called Tumblr Famous. These people portrayed themselves to attract people and made themselves likeable.

To build your brand you have to believe in what you are trying to do. If you believe it, so will others. Haven’t you seen an infomercial about people being so clumsy they had to buy a specific AS SEEN ON TV product to fix the problem. We know it’s not as extreme as how the actor portrayed the situation but how they expressed the need of the product it made the viewer wonder “WOW I think I need that.” The customer might not need the product at all but the way they showed the product made you drive to the store to purchase it.

The secret formula to build your brand is:


I know I want to have fun doing what I love.

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Internet vs Real Life: Business Edition

It’s 2014 and everyone including our grandparents has a social media account. If your family has an account you should already know your Employers are members of one or multiple social media accounts. The topic of this discussion is “Should you separate your internet life from your real life with your coworkers?”

When starting out at a new job we are open to new beginnings, changes, and friendships. How can you go to work everyday without building some kind of bond with your coworkers? Sometimes you even take your work friends out of the office to socialize. Years ago people would just exchange phone numbers and emails so they could continue to communicate outside of work. Today we ask for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Don’t forget we all have smartphones attached to our hips and we are constantly taking pictures and videos and uploading them to our accounts. We allow complete strangers know where, what, and who we are with at all times. We have turned into a walking GPSs. How do you decide what pictures and posts are okay for friends, family, and/or coworkers to see?

Social media sites gives us options to make profiles, posts, and pictures to become private to whom we want to view them. If you have to start monitoring who can see what then why post something inappropriate in the first place? Young people now – including myself, have the mindset of being young and it’s okay to do certain things people who came before us did the same thing. People before us didn’t have access to the internet like we do today. Image is very important because we wouldn’t want the wrong image to portray us for life. One post or picture could prevent us from getting a job, get us fired, or hurt someone’s feelings. Social media sites aren’t going away and more are being created.

Here are some tips on how to separate internet from real life:

  • Make your profiles private
  • Don’t use your real name or professional emails on social media sites. This will make it harder for certain people to find you.
  • Don’t connect your personal profile to your professional profile. You made separate profiles for a reason.
  • Ask the people you are taking pictures with if it’s okay to post their pictures on the internet. They care about their image too.
  • Don’t talk about social media sites at work if there is something inappropriate or private you wouldn’t want them to see.

If you have anymore tips or advice you would like to share please comment below.


Sincerely, Courtney Renee