Blazing It Up For Spring

Spring time is slowly approaching here in North Carolina. Where the weather is not too hot and not too cold but you’re having trouble figuring out what to wear. One thing we all should have in our wardrobe is a blazer. A blazer is a great way to dress an outfit up and tone an outfit down. It’s also a great layering piece just in case the weather drops a little bit at night. Guys don’t think blazers are only for women, you can rock a fly sports coat and go anywhere in style too. 

Where to find blazers without breaking your pockets? 

  • Thrift store 
  • Forever 21 or H&M 
  • Your parents closets
  • Department stores

All of my blazers except for one came from a thrift store. I paid only $4.99 for the pink blazer above. Of course I have more blazers than what’s in the picture above but I wanted to show you some examples on how you can turn an outfit into something else in a matter of seconds. First picture on the left I turn a casual romper into an evening outfit with your boo. The middle picture I turn a basic black tee and royal blue pants into a night out with the girls. For the last picture on the right under that blazer is a sexy backless dress but you wouldn’t know it unless I told you and I turn it into a dress you can wear to work. It’s even knee length approved. 

Sometimes you don’t have to buy a whole outfit, all you need is great pieces to mix and match in your wardrobe. It’s much cheaper just to add a few pieces here and there verse two to three head to toe looks. 

Sincerely, Courtney Renee

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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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