Style with a Budget- September

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Hello every! Another month, another recap of what I bought. We took the kids on a California trip for their fall break (they get a week off this year from school) which we planned way back in February. I’ve been saving all of my cash back from Amex, BOA Travel Rewards, and this new Chase Rewards card to fund about 80% of the trip. We stayed with my hubby’s cousin and family for several days and hit Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Catalina Island, and the San Diego Zoo. Such a fun and active vacation and the kids had a ball of course!

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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!

 

This post is brought to you by The Real, Real. All opinions are my own.

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!

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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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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!