Cheap, Chic, + Cheerful

I enjoy long romantic walks through the clearance section and to the bank.

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It seems like everyday I read an article or blog post about how millennials are financially doomed. Let's face it, costs of living are going up, wages are stagnant, and we're all essentially screwed, Honestly, most people my age are struggling and buying the most luxury fashions is not on the top of most people's priority list.

That being said I refuse to give up on being cute. Lately, I've been focusing on building a staple wardrobe with pieces that can be worn time and again without drawing attention and adding very few "statements" or conversation pieces. A huge help to adding fun and trendy items has been Rent the Runway Unlimited. I initially was put off by the price of the service but I have found it to be really helpful in enhancing my style and honestly it's well worth the cost and much cheaper than buying individual pieces. 

Overall, this look was less than $100 when you factor in the cost of the unlimited service and each piece can be worn in separate looks.

*all items wer bought on super clearance, in store

Coat | Sweater (similar) | Pants | Shoes 

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

Black American Princess

β€œThere is no fortune worth the loss of a true love. Some things are priceless.” -B.A.P.S.

The quintessential BAP is always dressed head to toe.

The quintessential BAP is always dressed head to toe.

Scarves are essential

Scarves are essential

Prep + Culture

Prep + Culture

Who knew a Hillary Banks wannabe in high school or college? Who actually was the Hilary Banks wannabe? There's actually no shame in that she was pretty fly and exceptionally hilarious and most importantly the epitome of a Black American Princess.

Outfit Details:

Dress (similar) | Scarf (similar) | Shoes 

Until Next Time.

Besos,

Joelle

Black and White and Styled All Over

It's about you. If you win, it's you; if you lose, it's you. Black and white. Nowhere to hide. - Greg Rudeski

Black and White Maxi Dress with High Waisted Leather Shorts

Black and White Maxi Dress with High Waisted Leather Shorts

Have you ever had something in your closet that you loved but never wore? Maybe the occasion wasn't right or you just didn't have the right pieces to make it POP. So the piece just sits and waits patiently in your wardrobe for that perfect moment. 

I have had this dress for THREE YEARS. Three years I tell you! And I finally found a way to wear it that truly encapsulated it's awesomeness. I tried wearing this dress over pants and other, shorter dresses and it never quite flowed the way I wanted it to. Finally, a few weeks ago a styled it with a simple pair of high waisted shorts and simple Calvin Klein Pumps. I think this dress looks best when styled simply and is allowed to flow. 

Kisses,

Β 

Joelle