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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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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Style with a Budget-February

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White Lace Blouse 

 

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Gucci Marmont Bag

Hello everyone! February was a very slim month for the budget. I knew that I really had to recoup from January’s budget as I overspent then so had to pull in the reigns this month (sort of). It’s been a VERY trying month for me as I’ve been working on an RFP (Request for Proposal) for a large project and had to pull together a team of other firms to pursue this major project. We’ve been working days, nights, and weekends since January and I really WISH I had time to shop.  We had our big interview with the selections committee last week and hoping for some good news this week. Pick us please-fingers crossed.  Anyway back to fashion :)

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Valentine’s Day

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Fragrance | Chanel Wallet | Tiffany Pendant

Earrings| Watch

It’s coming up on that special day in February and for me, I love Valentine’s Day as it is a reminder to love your family, your friends, your significant other, and yourself! We hustle every day to get work accomplished, kids are taken care of, dinner is served (or determined :) every night, household is in order, figure out time to exercise, and sometimes it is just darn exhausting and forget to really take care of ourselves and our relationship with our significant other!

When you are married or in a dedicated relationship, you sometimes take it for granted and don’t connect regularly with the hustle and bustle of life. This relationship is the root of YOUR family unit  and should be the MOST important thing in life because really at the end of the day, your unity is what really matters and is the foundation of support that everyone needs and makes life grand!

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Bow Flats |Pointed Flats | MB Python Heels| MB Lace Heels

My husband and I decide to plan a date night regularly (lately it’s been monthly) as we need to reconnect and love spending time together and either get together with another couple for date night or we plan a date night with just the 2 of us! We love our kids immensely, but yes I will admit that it’s nice to just to relax sometimes without jumping up constantly !  And sometimes we just giggle and want to stay at home to veg out and cook a nice “adult” meal and sit by the fire to cuddle and catch up on TV shows.

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Pink Blouse (similar) |LV Speedy B 25 | Black Leggings

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February is special so for a special occasion, we like to elevate our date to make it really special, exciting and FUN!

  1. Book a nice restaurant intown. We live in the suburbs and my hubby tends to want to go “around” the corner for convenience. But for special dates, we plan something in Buckhead or Midtown which is 30 minutes away so it truly is an event. Our fave that we recently dined for hubby’s birthday is Fogo de Chao a Brazilian steakhouse with the best salad bar on the planet!
  2. Dress up. We both work from home and I will admit that leggings and a sweatshirt and casualwear is the norm except we we both go to meetings a few times every week. I love getting dressed up so putting on heels and layering the jewelry, pulling out the fancy wallets, and dotting on some perfume is so much fun and gets me excited for the night! I make hubby put on his nice pants and dress shirt and let me tell you he is one fine looking man dressed up!
  3. Book a fun car with Turo. Have you heard of Turo? It’s like Uber for rental cars! We both have normal cars: truck and sedan so when we  head “intown” and have to valet the car, it’s fun to roll up in some fancy wheels! My friends with mini vans KNOW that feeling-ha!  So we head over to Turo and select an exciting car like a Porsche Panamera or Range Rover! These cars are owned by individuals like Uber and you can just rent for the day! Isn’t that cool! And they bring the car to YOU! Now that is seriously awesome!!
  4. Enjoy your special time.  And order appetizers AND dessert! Yes!!

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Remember to celebrate with your spouse, your family, and your friends BUT don’t forget to pamper yourself with a special something (uh, you know I am all about that) this Valentine’s Day!!

The idea of this post was given to me by Turo. All expressed opinions are my own.

Office Holiday Party

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One: Festive Red Chain Bag

Two: Pale Pink Stone Studs

Three: Black Lace Dress

Four: Velvet Neutral Heels

Five:Wool Scarf

Six: Fancy Men’s Watch

Seven: Wrinkle Free Men’s Shirt

Eight:Navy Velvet Blazer

Nine:Cotton Men’s Pants

Ten: Brown Men’s Shoes

It’s that time of the year with all of the holiday festivities gearing up!  Thanksgiving is coming up and then we’ll be in full swing with Black Friday sales, holiday parties, office holiday parties, kids holiday parties and finally Christmas and New Years! It’s such a whirlwind of events but love to spend time with family and friends to reflect on the year and give thanks!

I have a pretty casual office environment so I love to get dressed up whenever I get a chance! My hubby likes to get dressed up too but is more casual in his picks. And an office party is the perfect time to pull out that fancy gear and celebrate! My hubby and I don’t have a regular date night since we have hectic schedules and 2 young kids so when we do, let’s say we are all giggles!!!

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Shopbop Sale

Don’t forget about the Shopbop’s Spring sale this weekend!

Spend $250+ Save 15%
Spend $500+ Save 20%
Spend $1000+ Save 25%
With Code: BIGEVENT16

You can score some great deals off major designer brands!! My picks:

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1.Nude Miller Sandals | 2. Blue Suede Flats | 3. Matte Gold Mini Pashli

 4. Blush Mini Pashli | 5. Rose Gold Aviators | 6. Spring Blue Floral Dress (on sale!)

7. Light Wash Denim Dress

Spring is just around the corner!! Can’t wait and have a great weekend!

Style with a Budget-February

Hello everyone!  I didn’t buy very much is February because I purchased quite a few things in January and didn’t need much this month.  Also, I have been obsessing over a new handbag and devised a plan to get it. I really am loving (ahem-obsessing) Louis Vuitton and been researching the brand and the options and came up with a “masterplan” of the types of bags that I want in general. I’ve been on a minimizing kick and cleaned out my closet and in the process of selling bags I no longer use (some are over 15 years old-I know right! Selling the older ones at a consignment sale and the rest down below).

 

Feb Purchase.jpg1. White button up cover up | 2. Soft Gold Glitter Flip Flops| 3. Zuzu Natural Eyeliner in Obsidian

For our upcoming cruise, I got these bathing suits which are a strapless one piece (first time getting this style) and wanted to get a button up open front cover up. It was super hard to find something that I liked but came across this white one and it was perfect! Eyeing the striped one too! And new glittery flipflops caught my eye as I was walking out of Kohl’s so got them too! It is very hard for me to impulse buy as I have to think it over forever but it was only $10 with 20% off coupon so I can handle it ;)

Lately I have been researching natural makeup as I’ve been on a quest for better food selections for myself and the family and came across the idea of makeup that is safe. Everyone knows that whole grain, no artificial colors, eating fruits and vegetables, and organic when possible is better for you. But makeup that you put on your face and skin (a huge absorbing component of your body) is just as important.  So, I thought I’d try on a natural eyeliner as I was in the market for another brand. I have used Revlon forever just for ease of application.

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Girl Crush

I admit I have a girl crush or two to be exact! I have admired them from afar but obviously have never met either one. Kristin Cavallari and Tory Burch!  Why?

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I watched Laguna Beach and the Hills when it aired back when. It was my guilty pleasure as I am not in their age bracket at all!  Kristen is indeed gorgeous with her blonde locks and California girl vibes but it’s her strong character that gets me. She knows what she wants, doesn’t put up with crap, loyal to her friends and family, and has an overall style that is so simply classic and fresh that I just love it!!

 

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Check out his lovely black ensemble with leather leggings and sweater with Chanel bag! Very sophisticated without overdoing it.

 

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Love this look! Simple white T (I need a new white T) with navy blue blazer, jeans and navy boots! And cute dog too!

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How to Afford a Louis Vuitton Bag

(UPDATED POST 3.19.17)

Head over to this post on How to Buy a Luxury Bag

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I have had a handbag obsession lately and my most coveted purchase last year is this Louis Vuitton Alma bag! Squeal! This brand has been around since 1854 (crazy isn’t it) when Louis Vuitton created the famous trunks fabricated out of the iconic Damier Ebene canvas to combat knockoffs (funny they still have to fight off the counterfeiters to this day!)

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Damier Ebene

Yes, despite what you may have thought, the material is NOT leather but a coated canvas that has been through a 100 step process to a make it pretty indestructible. Look at my beauty that is 20 years old and the canvas is impeccable! They combine the canvas with leather (on the Monogram bags a vachetta leather that patinas over time, hence the golden color on my bag).

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