3 Ways to Style Shift Dress

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Since you guys loved my 3 ways to Style a Fall Floral Dress post, I decided this cute camouflage shift dress would be fun to style as well!

Fall 2017 is all about camo and this cute little dress is only $14 and cotton. The cold shoulder is a little trendy for this year but what about when cold weather arrives and next year? How do you style this dress and be a classic piece?

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Recycled Luxury Goods

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Happy National Consignment Day!

In a world full of fast fashion, I truly believe that higher quality items last longer and forever classic! Clothes, shoes and bags don’t belong in landfills but rather loved and passed on to other generations. Think vintage items!! It is our responsibility to keep our planet green for our children and as they say someone’s discards is another person’s treasure!

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Manolo Blahnik Python D’Orsay Heels

You all know I am trying to stay in an annual budget for clothing. And through this journey of cultivating a classic closet, I had discovered that adding high quality luxury shoes and handbags elevate any simple outfit. #casualchic is my motto!  I am all about purchasing pre-loved luxury items to try out styles and brands to keep within my budget.

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Louis Vuitton Alma PM

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Gucci Mules

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Chanel PST

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Manolo Blahnik Lace Kitten Heels

 

Not only have I purchased pre-loved but I have also sold and consigned items that are sitting in my closet gathering dust. I’d rather let someone else enjoy the bag/shoes and use the funds towards something I love!!

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Michael Kors Bag

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Vintage Chanel Mini

 

If you have any items in your closet gathering dust, give it a new home and recycle it! Your hohums are another person’s excitement and joy! #neverthrowaway and invest in higher quality items that can stand the test of time, passed down to generations, and keep this planet more green!

 

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Fall Cravings

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Summer weather is winding down and I’m feeling a bit of cooler weather here in the deep South (wishful thinking-lol) and it makes me look forward to fall ya’ll!! Fall festivals, leaves changing, warm coffee, and a little brisk in the air! Yess!! There are so many new arrivals in stores that have gotten me excited and currently craving!!

Style with a Budget-July

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Gucci Belt | Floral Mules (similar) | White Linen Shirt | Destroyed Jeans (similar)

Well thank goodness that August is here cause I was trying to catch up for July and not spend too much to keep me on track with my budget. If you are new to my blog, click here to see how I got started seeking my fashion style. Of course it’s always evolving but for the most part, I feel at home with classic and simple styles. I figured out that I could pop my look with a fancy bag and interesting shoes!

 Orchid Kitten Heels (similar style) (similar color) | Velvet Mules  (similar)| Preloved Gucci Mules

This month, I technically bought these 3 items along with some eyeliner. AND my brother came back from Paris so course I made him bring me the LV Cles and Gucci Belt-major heart eyes. Luckily I still had my luxury accessories budget otherwise I’d be well over my annual budget.  I did a major shoe purge (10 to be exact with a few more to be sold) below to help fund some investment shoes. I am currently eyeing some Dior Slingbacks, Dior Kitten Heels, or Valentino Flats. Decisions, decisions!

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I still have the black wedge sandals (size 6.5) and silver flats (size 7)available  so let me know if you are interested :) Can you tell that I love Jcrew? Haha!

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Gingham Dress |Earrings

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I get a box of jewelry from Rocksbox and obsessed with this current order. If you haven’t heard of Rocksbox, it’s a fun styling service ($21/month) that sends you gorgeous jewelry to try on and wear. If you love and want to keep any of the items, the $21 design fee credit goes towards the item. Pieces range from $40-$90 including Kendra Scott. If you love all 3 pieces, you get an extra $10 off the whole box! If you don’t love the jewelry enough to keep, you can wear them and return the box for a new set. Shipping both ways is included. Easy peasy! It is a really neat service as I need to up my jewelry game and they have trendy pieces and classic high quality pieces as well! Use coupon code limelightlanexoxo for your 1st month for free. Cancel anytime!

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Velvet Mules (similar)

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Can you tell I like shoes? Haha. I got these pink rain boots (similar) for work as I go to construction sites and my old 12 year old boots started leaking. So of course my clients are going to love these pink babies! (probably not, but who cares-teehee) These boots don’t count towards my budget since they are for work, right?

 

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Preloved Gucci Mules

 

Thoughts on what I bought:

  1. Velvet Mules (similar)–$5: I saw these Prada velvet mules last year and been drooling for them ever since. When I saw these from Cape Robbin, I jumped on them. I bought these from Ebay with $10 credit-the total was $15 and a steal!!
  2. Jcrew Dulci Heels-$42: These also came from Ebay preloved. They have very little wear on them and almost new. I loved my other kitten heels so much that I had to get the orchid ones when they popped up in my size.
  3. Gucci Mules$0: I know what you are thinking. Preloved shoes? Well we all know how many shoes we have in our closet than may have been worn once. These mules retailed for $500+ and got them for in great condition for $65 (I used some funds from my shoe sales). I am obsessed with Real, Real for preloved luxury goods. Check them out!!

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Budget Summary

Total Budget: $2400

This month: $74

Spent Year to Date: $1486

Left for the Year: $914

Luxury Handbags (2 per year): 2/2 (eek! that went fast)

Luxury Small Goods (2 per year): 2/2 (and we are done for the year)

Thanks for visiting my blog!!

xxoo, Chau

 

 

Day to Night

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Watermelon Tank | Ruffle Striped Skirt | Gucci Marmont-small (preloved size medium)

Hi lovelies! I was inspired to do a fun post today about styling from day to night! You know  I love to maximize my wardrobe! Since maintaining a budget is key to cultivating a classic timeless closet, I love the versatility of clothes for both day activities like running errands and casual work meetings or at night for a date night with my hubby or girls night out!   Simple and classic styles with a kick of color make things exciting! I truly believe in investing in shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories to really elevate an outfit and keep my clothing items more basic.

My day casual errand running outfit:

Fun Pom Pom mules | Ring | Necklace | Earrings 

And changing my top and heels for dinner out! So easy! And perfect for summer!

 

Black Linen TopNude Heels | Ring | Necklace | Earrings

Investing in 14K gold jewelry is something that I’d rather spend my money as they are timeless pieces. And what girl doesn’t love diamonds? Major heart eyes! These pieces are so gorgeous yet simple enough to wear both during the day and in the evening. I know I can pass on these pretties to my daughter as well!

Take a look at AUrate’s complete earring collection. You’re sure to find something to complement any look!

AUrate NY is offering 10% off using code: AurateExclusive10 

Hope you all had a great 4th of July!

xxoo, Chau

Style with a Budget-June

 

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Hi guys!  Looks like I have a love affair with ruffly skirts, pinks, and orange this month! Seeing it all laid out on a board like this is apparent of what I am thinking. Ha, ha! We went to the Dominican Republic for a early summer break getaway and it was fabulous!!

 

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Strapless Bathing Suit | Denim Shorts | Straw Hat | Coverup Dresses -hands down fave even when wearing out for errands (different colors) | Gold Sandals10

Vera Bradley Tote (similar)

I bought this Vera Bradley Tote from the Factory outlet store. Similar pattern but not exactly but I love VB as the fabric is so sturdy, washable and super light with plenty of pockets to store things. Perfect for traveling especially with kids!

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Style with a Budget-April

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Hello lovelies!! Last month obviously was a shoe festival, so of course I had to get back on the clothes train! As a lover of classic styles, I picked up a few items with a twist! Literally (insert laugh emoji)!!  I wanted a few breathable items for spring and summer and couldn’t resist a great sale on the tweed jacket. If you like blazers but feel weird in them as being too formal, lady jackets are your friends!!!

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Gingham Shirt | Destroyed Jeans | Speedy B 25 (preloved)

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Style with a Budget-March

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After looking at this post, I think I may have a shoe problem (#shoeaddict) ;0) I did buy a few bras too but didn’t think it would be exciting to show! Haha! Anyway, as you can see I bought a bunch of designer shoe dupes this month! I am a big fan of real leather shoes vs faux leather so I try to purchase higher quality real leather dupes if possible!

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Blush Bag| White Block Heels (similar)

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How to Buy a Luxury Bag

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It has been awhile since my first post on How to Afford a Louis Vuitton Bag and it was so popular that I decided to followup and update the post as my collection has definitely grown from my single and original 1994 Alma Bag I bought from Ebay for only $200.  I have certainly been bit by the luxury goods market and absolutely adore all of my purchases over the last few years! But, these babies costs ALOT of money and are no joke people! So, if you are considering a bag vs other necessary, definitely read my first post!  If you feel that you want to splurge on something you adore, value, and will last and become an heirloom piece that you can pass on to your daughter, then read on!

 

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Vintage LV Alma PM Monogram

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