A Girl, A Dress, and A Skirt

I have waited my entire sartorial life for this moment.

Let's also talk about these earrings from BURLINGTON #iCant

Let's also talk about these earrings from BURLINGTON #iCant

Dress + Skirt = Genius

Dress + Skirt = Genius

Dress | Skirt | Shoes (Similar) | Earrings (Similar)

I feel like I have reached my fashion peek: my whole life, I have known that the day I got to wear a dress WITH a skirt I would #slay (no need for humility here it's just the truth) and here I am doing just that. Seriously though, I had an event over the past weekend that required me to wear black and silver and while I generally don't enjoy feeling obligated to wear certain attire or colors I was really excited when I found this Calvin Klein skirt on super sale. The only problem? I didn't have a top to wear with it and my level of pickiness was not conducive with my timeline. 

Fast forward to the ninth hour and I had a lightbulb over the head moment: wear a dress you already have as a top! I'm not going to lie but I feel like I discovered the secret to crispy on the outside gooey on the inside grilled cheese sandwich (btw if you have the scoop, PLEASE tell me). It's the little things, I guess.

Kisses

Memorial Day Slay Part One

Who's cooking out this weekend and can a girl get an invite?

A fun mix of colors and prints to kick off the unofficial beginning of summer.

A fun mix of colors and prints to kick off the unofficial beginning of summer.

Being an Upstate New Yorker I wait for a glimpse of warmth from about October to May (and by warmth, I mean 60 degrees, the bar is set pretty low around here). The weather this year was particularly odd since we didn't get a real Spring and went straight from sweater weather to almost 90 degrees. 

Memorial Day being the unofficial beginning of summer I figured it would be fun to go with s super short short and long jacket to balance out all the skin. And of course, since it's summer time, I figured it was appropriate to mix different colors and prints.

Outfit Details

(everything is old so no links)

Jacket and Shorts | Marshall's Crop Top | Misguided Shoes | Asos Hair | B&HF Extensions

What are you all doing for Memorial Day weekend?

Joelle

Real Life Introvert, Internet Imposter

The best and worst thing about the internet is that you can be whoever you want to be.

Confession: I've been cat fishing you guys all this time. Okay that's a bit of exaggeration. But I have been pretending a little bit. 

The internet is an amazing place where one can have certain degree of anonymity. Most people who follow me on my Youtube Channel, Instagram, or here don't know me in real life and can only see what I choose to show. So naturally I show you guys the best: The best outfits, hair, and makeup. I seem outgoing and personable. Keyword: seem. 

Full disclosure, in real life I am the most awkward, introverted, and inwardly focused person you have ever met (says every single introverted person ever). I would much rather sit in awkward silence than start a conversation with someone I don't fully know and groups of people actually drain me. So to say that I've been pretending is fairly accurate.

That being said, my inward nature is the main reason I thrive on internet platforms. As a creative it's an amazing outlet where I can place my work without ACTUALLY interacting with people. From the comfort of my home and in my complete solitude I can reach people I normally would never talk to.

So tell me, who are you pretending to be on the internet?

My Fall 2015 Must Haves

The autumn leaves drift by my window... well not yet.

A  Perfect, early fall look.

A  Perfect, early fall look.

Details

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Pumpkin Spice Lattes are almost here. And honestly, that's only thing other than the September Issues that I like about Fall. Fall fashion is so much more fun than summer for me. While I love being scantily clad and perfectly bronzed, the deeper and earthier tones of autumn speak to my soul. Early fall is truly the best because it's still warm enough to wear shorts but it gets cool enough to layer later on in the day. This look is great for a casual date night getting drinks with your boo. 

What's you favorite season and your favorite thing to wear that season?

 

Kisses,

Joelle

Never Pay Retail Again

Natural Hair for the Holidays

One of the biggest problems with being a fashion enthusiast is the cost. When you have very specific taste, finding the things you want can be expensive and it's not easy on the wallet. At the same time, one of the greatest advantages of being a fashion student is knowing cost of production, markup percentages, and the power of a brand name.

On average, everything you buy at the mall is marked up 40% from wholesale prices. This is done so that the retailer selling the product makes a profit after buying it from the wholesaler. Knowing this, paying full price at an average retail store makes me cringe but I always know that I don't have to spend that kind of money. 

Winter Fashion Inspiration

I have been known to stalk items until they're at a price I like: returning to stores periodically to check on a particular pair of shoes may look strange to others but I think it's smart.

If you love fashion but hate paying an arm and a leg for it, read my tips for shopping on a budget.

1. Know your stores and their markdown schedule. For example, Target marks down women's apparel every Tuesday so if you have something that you've been looking at, check on a Tuesday.

2. Know your numbers. As someone who has worked retail I always know that an initial markdown is NOT the final markdown. Generally speaking, if a price ends in a 9 or an 8 it will be marked down again but a price ending in 5 or 4 is probably the final clearance price.

3. Ask yourself, "Is this a good deal?". If you're looking at a shirt and it's two dollars off a thirty dollar price tag, it's probably not a great deal.

4. Sign up for store loyalty programs. If you shop at a store religiously and you continue to turn down their requests to join their loyalty programs you are losing money! I know the emails can be annoying but the store also sends you coupons and you can receive points for every dollar spent which will eventually lead to money off future purchases.

5. Shop off price stores. I'm not a huge fan of thrifting as I can never find what I like but I love shopping off price stores like T.J. Maxx and Marshall's. The fur jacket featured in this post is a Michael Kors piece from T.J. Maxx. The original price was over three hundred dollars but I was able to purchase it for only ninety nine dollars.

jeweled top and faux leather pants

Hopefully these tips will help you guys with some bargain shopping this season. What are your favorite places to look for a deal.

Until Next Time...

Kisses,


Joelle