I recently had the idea to recreate a popular look I have seen on the Instagram bloggers I follow. It is a very simple look and I am going to link some look alike items as well as the originals below. I really had no idea for this post when I ordered these items but seeing them together I could not resist! It just goes to show how easy it really is to recreate your favorite looks! I think I am going to start to recreate more fun looks and celebrity look-a-like items to find for cheaper. Let me know what you think in the comments below!
This necklace, bralette, and thermal were a big trend and when I realized I have all of the pieces I wanted to recreate the look. The picture by house of sequins is the most popular and I really wanted to add my Tory Burch belt, but my top would cover it up.
The original necklace is from Bauble Bar on the Nordstrom site but it is sold out. I found a Madewell one for $34 and the one I bought is actually from Forever 21 and was only $7!
On to the bralette. While the popular one is from Free People for $38, you can use any bralette with a stringy strap or a pretty frill. Here’s a pretty one from Lulu’s and another from Aerie.
Lastly, the top I bought was the one from Dainty Hooligan. I found a similar one from Urban Outfitters that you can use to recreate your look! Honestly I would first go to Walmart if you really do not want to spend a lot and I would try to find a cheaper one there as well.
My blog has honestly come a long way since the small hobby I posted on probably once a month my freshman year of college. While I still like to call it a hobby, I don’t think people realize how much work I put into it. From planning out the post, to shooting, commenting on others blogs and constantly posting on Instagram, it’s harder than it looks. I am glad this is my hobby though and something that I get to focus on and develop. I get to look back at this and remember exactly who shot my pictures that day, where I was and how I felt. While the outfits are a big passion for me, so is the experience itself and trying to push myself to make it better and better.
I would not recommend blogging for everyone, and I really wouldn’t want everyone to have a blog either since it is kinda my thing. But there are a few important lessons I’ve learned along the way that have helped me grow as a person.
- Only compare yourself to yourself : get inspiration from others, but always strive to be better than yourself. There will always be someone “better” than you, so just cut out the negativity and focus on how you can improve yourself, no one else really matters.
- Persistence : So many bloggers stop blogging because they get busy or burnt out, I post consistently and try to keep my blog going even on the days when I don’t feel like it. I am always looking for new ideas to blog about.
- Not everyone is going to approve : I don’t can’t tell you how many “jokes” have been told to me about me having a blog, and while it used to get annoying I just brush it off now. I am doing something I like to do and filling my free time. If you don’t like it then don’t look, but at least I am doing something positive and FUN with my life.
Top : Voge Boutique (similar) // Jeans : Nordstrom // Shoes : Nordstrom // Necklace : Shira Melody Jewelry // Bag : (similar)
If you know me, Austin, Tx is one of my favorite places to travel for the day. It’s so close to me and there are so many hidden gems, there is always somewhere new to explore. I really enjoyed visiting this place called Naus Pharmacy on W. Lynn St. which had this cute store in front and a tiny diner in the back. I loved the vintage feel and the old neon signs. I really was not planning to shoot this day, I went just to enjoy but everyone started taking pictures and I could not resist.
After going here we went to the Big Top Candy Shop on S. Congress. If candy is your thing you have to go to one of these candy stores! From colorful taffy to milk chocolate balls they had it all. After eating my burger and shake an hour before I did not get any but I wish I had! Lastly we stopped at whole foods for some Mochi. I had never tried it until that day and it was great! It’s like flavored ice cream wrapped inside of a candy like substance. I obviously am the worst food describer, but I would 10/10 recommend!
Crop Sweater : Free People // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Belt : Tory Burch // Shoes : Charolette Russe
Valentine’s day is truly one of my favorite holidays because of all of the pretty pinks, rosy reds and candy hearts! Giving out personalized Valentine’s were always my favorite, and getting to enjoy all of the chocolates and teddy bears is just fun to me. For my second look for the holiday I wanted to incorporated the lovely colors and also feature a few of my favorite finds for the upcoming season.
Of course a skirt is a go-to no matter the color. Also if you are going out to dinner a nice dress is always my fave. Here are a few links to some favorite sweaters, skirts and dresses for you to check out even if you’re just hanging out at home!
Top : Showpo // Skirt : Brandy Melville (similar) // Shoes : Nordstrom
Click on the picture below to a direct link to the site
Just a few of my picks for you, your galentine, your girlfriend, or your girlfriend. I’m asking for these exact gifts and they are all under $25 for your convenience! I actually really love these items and they would go great with something not too original like an edible arrangement and a fun date. I am so excited for the big day next week, what are some of your Valentine’s day plans?
Sigma Highlighter Brush : For the makeup girl, a sigma brush or two are sure to be her favorite gift!
Kendra Scott Nail Lacquer in Iridescent Peach : Less expensive than the jewelry pieces, I would so recommend a pretty bracelet if you’re sure on which one they want!
Mac Lipstick in Velvet Teddy : I think you can’t go wrong with a sweet lipstick! I want this color specifically and I think that this color would look great on multiple skin tones
Love and Gelato Book : I started reading this book over break and it’s so interesting! This gift is more tailored to me but a book or magazine would be a great little extra gift
Lush Hair Treatment : I live by lush! It’s my favorite and the products are great for an at home spa day!
Plush Heart Socks : You always have to have something Valentine-y in there! Something with hearts is the best idea like these cute socks
Dear Single Girl,
Valentine’s day is coming up and as a single girl for the first time in years I think it’s so important to realize that this is a very special holiday. It’s about true love; love of a significant other, a friend and more importantly yourself. Loving yourself even if you’re super single is so important. Buying yourself a gift that you really want is more fun then trying to fight off the crowds of people at the fancy restaurants. Teddy Bears and candy boxes are overrated in my opinion and FYI the dollar section of target has the cutest little gifts and decorations. Also, celebrating galentine’s day truly is fun! It’s the perfect excuse to party with your best single friends or enjoy the perfect cozy night in with some dark chocolate strawberries. But for real, really focus on yourself and that one guy will come along. Until then enjoy the times that you are just being yourself because you have your whole life to be with someone, but you will never have enough time to just love being you. If you want flowers, buy your own darn flowers! Be thankful you don’t have to deal with all of the hardships of relationships, knowing that one day you will get to enjoy the great parts of one because you will understand how to love someone since you have first loved yourself. True love is hard to find, but don’t focus on what your losing out on but what you are gaining. It’s a big hype for just one day, February 15 will come and you never know where you will be or who you may be with on February 14, 2019.
Top : Impeccable Pig // Shorts : Forever 21 // Purse : Tory Burch (similar)
I think the way you present yourself on the outside truly shows how you are on the inside. Everything is about first impressions and what you put out in the world is how people perceive you until they get to know you. With this in mind, I wanted to give a few tips on how to pick clothes that are cheaper but look like you spent a little more money on the pieces.
It’s all about the…
- Material : This is a given, but a plain chiffon blouse is going to look better than a cheaper lace top that will unravel after a few times in the washer
- Basics : Plain is powerful! Having a clean cut looking outfit looks better than adding a lot of statement pieces together.
- Neutrals : This goes with the clean cut rule. A plain navy blue blazer with good looking material says more than a bright purple sweater will even if it is expensive
- Trends : Having a bag from H&M or Forever 21 that has similar details to a trendy luxury bag is cheaper and just as cool! The only thing about this rule is I do NOT recommend using knock offs, that really makes it look cheap
- Way you Search : Look at a thrift store (blog post to come wink wink) because you never know what you will find! Places like Target and Forever 21 also have more expensive items that are still cheaper than more luxury items will be. Also scour the internet! Apps like PoshMark will have great pieces for much less than selling price!
Top : Francescas (similar) // Jeans : Lucky Brand // Necklaces : Kendra Scott and Impeccable Pig (similar) // Hat : Forever 21