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.

Style with a Budget -January

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It’s a new year!! My budget will stay the same at $2400 for 2017 and that includes clothes, makeup, undergarments, and shoes. I have come to realize that I love handbags in a MAJOR way so I have a created a 2 luxury handbags, 2 accessory items (wallets/mini bags) max limit per year to account for my purchases.  I work hard, tend to my family, and meet other financial obligations so splurging on a few handbags is my happy place :) Visit this post on How to Afford a Louis Vuitton Bag and since this post was so popular, I’ll have an updated one in the near future.

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Style with a Budget-December

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Hello everyone!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and holiday! We took the kids on a cruise over Christmas and had a blast spending time together visiting Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and San Juan! And of course Santa found us on the ship so the kids were just so ecstatic as they were worried he would go to our house in Georgia :)

Since December is all about giving, I didn’t buy too many things for myself but of course the deep sales lured me in for a few items! Haha! Hubby and I didn’t do presents either since we didn’t to spend it on the vacation but Santa did bring me something small :) See way below.

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Style with a Budget-November

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Hello everyone!! Hope you are stuffed to the gills with turkey and burned off those extra calories shopping at the Black Friday sales! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as we get to spend time with family and I get sooo excited about making my Mom’s asian stuffing recipe. I also made pecan pie and yes homemade is seriously better than store made! Mmmm!

Did I mention I like shoes?  Haha! #shoeaddict Well, I bought all of these things during the Black Friday madness and there’s a high chance of returning a few if they don’t fit. I have been a major internet buyer these days as it takes so much time to go from one store to another to find what I need. The details aren’t obvious at the stores so I find it easier to just order online easily hopping many websites, narrowing my target items (eg midwash skinny jeans with midrise, and 29″ or less inseam-that’s not a tall order right ;) and try on at home with my wardrobe in front of me, and return as needed.

I thought I’d post for November since technically I haven’t received most of these items, but I have a major big heart eyes for a few of them!!!

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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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Instagram Roundup

Hi everyone! I’ve been busy posting like crazy on my newly opened Instagram account and never what a hashtag really meant until I started using them! But it’s been fun to instantly show pics on a daily basis so I wanted to share them here on the blog!

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Love this light chambray on denim look and added in a cozy oatmeal sweater for a 2nd look! Mix and match fashion is what I love! So versatile!

 

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And this military olive green field jacket is so amazing and kind of edgy with the standup collar. I have used this jacket pretty frequently as the color is just so versatile when mixing with any neutral outfit! Olive is the new black! Loving my LV Mono mini Pochette as well! It holds so much for such a small accessory bag and I keep my lipstick, lipgloss, and carmex chapstick for easy reach! I’ve also been known to stuff receipts in there too :)

 

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Hello chilly fall! Pulled out these bad boys and gray suede booties. Did I mention I am obsessed with booties (similar)? They are perfect to wear with skinny jeans!! I am thinking I need a gray matching bag, oui?

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I took the kids to a baby shower in Tybee Island (near Savannah, GA) and they had a blast on the beach playing in the sand. If you haven’t noticed that these sneaks are a fav of mine and seriously I thought they were sold out but found them for only $49. Someone grab it please before it sells out!

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You know I love a bargan and especially items for free. I signed up with Madewell and I turned out to be my birthday month and they sent me a $25 credit! Woah, that’s alot! So I searched their site and been dying to get a frilly,girly, furry keychain for my purses but haven’t pulled the trigger as they are a little expensive for the nicer quality ones. Well, Madewell to the rescue and got this and some low profile socks!

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And I’m actually in Boston for a entrepreneur business program this week and prepped some styles for the week. I am obsessed with navy and black together and combined with neutral colors galore! Blue is a neutral right :)

Outfit 1: Sweater, Vest, Pants, Heels (similar)

Outfit 2: Striped shirt, Navy Blazer, Gray Legging Pants, Navy Suede Heels

Outfit 3: Navy Blouse, Similar Scarf, Denim Legging Plants

Outfit 4: Striped shirt, VestVestVest, White Legging Pants, Suede Beige Flats

 

 

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And of course due to the frenzy of a crazy week, I forgot my contacts and Apple Watch-sigh! We’ll at least I have my glasses and killer heels to cheer me up! BTW, I think I’ve gotten more comments on how people love these heels! They are slightly taller than 3″ but super comfortable at least for sitting in class all day. Love the Isabelle Heel and they make them in so many colors each season!!

Style with a Budget-October

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One: Striped Navy and White L/S 

Two: Navy Slim Fitted Blazer

Three: Gray Slip ons (these are great too!!)

Four: Navy Utility Blouse

Five:Oatmeal Tunic Sweater

Six: Black and White Striped T

Seven: White T

Eight:Black Suede Pointed Flats (similar)

Hello everyone! October has been a fun month especially since it was my birthday month :) I went to New Orleans for a conference and ate beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde and tons of cajun food. If you are in NOLA, Emeril’s restaurants (Emeril’s and Meril) were both amazing! Cooked perfectly! Also I hit up Bourbon street as an “adult” and not college student and totally different experience :) I bought lots of basics this month and it feels so good to mix and match easily!

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White T, Nude Heels, Navy Blazer, Striped T, Tory Burch Robinson Bag (similar)

For tips on how I shop J.Crew, see this post!

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How to Shop J.Crew

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J.Crew Factory Schoolboy Blazers: Navy, Blue Herringbone, Wedges

Hello everyone! I love a bargain to say the least and created this blog with a budget to keep me in check. I used to buy things on “sale” or “cute” but either the shirt or pants never fit my wardrobe or that pretty $20 sweater just wasn’t worth it due to the poor quality/ poor fit and ended up in the donation pile and money down the drain. I changed my tune and decided to figure out my style that I felt most comfortable in and spend more money on quality items that were classic and lasted. (see this post on how I got started)

As time progressed, I discovered that my style was classic and fun! I wanted quality over quantity and loved saturated colors! When I stepped into J.Crew and J. Crew Factory-I felt at home with their clean classic styles and vibrant colors using high quality fabrics and material like suede and 100% cotton/silk. BUT, this comes at a high price tag! So, I figured out a way to purchase items I loved on SALE! Woohoo! Here’s how I do it.

How I shop at J.Crew online (or any other store) without breaking the bank:

  1. Preshop: Scroll through the site and add items you are thinking about. Read the details, material, reviews, how it fits -slim fit, oversized, create an account and ADD your item to the WISHLIST. Yes, it’s not on sale but be patient and EVERYTHING goes on sale at some point. Some hot items do sell out but that’s the risk I take unless I want to pay full retail (not usually :)

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I’ve been wanting this Regents Blazer as it is so flattering and such nice quality material!

2. Try it on in store: If  you don’t know how J.Crew fits, go to the store and try it on. I am usually a small or 6 in most tops/sweaters or 8 in jackets, blazers, skirts. I love my Painter shirts to have more room so anything that says “slim fit” I upsize to Medium :)

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Tipped Rhodes Blazer, Ray Ban Aviators, Tory Burch Leather iPhone6s Case (leather)

3. Wait (patience, patience) for emails to announce a good “sale” (30% is good for retail and current styles, and 40-50% under the marked down categories). Holidays are the BEST days to score anything and remember there is practically a holiday every month-Columbus Day, Labor Day, etc. Be patient as sales codes change every day or over the weekend!

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4. When the price is right, go for it!! Add the item to cart, use the sale code for the discount and boom here it comes! Sometimes J.Crew offers free shipping but more often than not, I add an item I am thinking about to fill the cart to $150+. There’s always filler items if needed under the sale tab and sort by price (lowest to highest).  I NEVER pay for shipping, period! And return anything in store that I don’t LOVE/need.  I’ve noticed that Tuesdays tend to be hot sale dates with free shipping involved for J.Crew Factory! J. Crew tends to be Mondays following sale weekends where they offer free shipping.

***note a final sale will be indicated on those items (in the sale section and they are usually steeply discounted at 50% off). Be 100% you want it as it is final sale!

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5. Returns? Dance around in joy. Fabulous!  Your items are here. Try it on with your current wardrobe. Prance around and be excited you scored a great deal. BUT if you don’t love it, doesn’t fit perfectly, doesn’t fit into your wardrobe or lifestyle, then back it goes to be RETURNED. Don’t keep anything you won’t wear or hesitate on as really it’s a waste of money and adds to the whole theory of fast fashion in landfills. It’s OK, no one will judge you at the counter and really people do it everyday!!! If you love it, then you’ve scored an amazing piece ON SALE!!! Yes!!

6. Final Sale: Speaking of final sale, look at this white linen blazer originally  $178 with sale code for 50% off, this beautiful linen blazer is only $40. WOW!!! I could use this next summer :)final-sale

*Not sponsored by J. Crew but I truly love this store!! Happy shopping!

 

 

Style with a Budget-September

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One: Oxblood Blazer (similar, similar)

Two: Tweed Jacket, (similar)

Three: Off White LS Drapey T

Four: Suede Navy Blue Heels

Five: Legging Pants

Six: Tweed Flats

Seven:Military Style Field Jacket

Eight:Navy 3/4 Sleeve Shirt

Nine: Nude Patent Pointed Toe Wedge

I should point out that I bought A LOT of things in September!! Holy cow, yes it’s true and I thought I wasn’t getting into fall yet. Funny I literally bought everything last week! I am headed to Boston for a business program-by the time you read this I’ll have been there for 3 days and I have no professional clothes! I think I ditched that look over 11 years ago when I changed jobs so I pretty much had nothing. Sooo, I went on a major haul getting blazers, more leggings pants (my staple fall/winter gear-LOVE these), and I guess I have a thing for shoes!! Haha!

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Oxblood Blazer (similar, similar) , Black Leggings, Nude Almond Flats, Louis Vuitton Favorite MM

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