Okay I have to brag about all of the amazing finds I have bought since I have gotten to LA. I have of course done some thrift shopping here and there, but never like in California! My sorority sister who also happens to be my roommate here in LA told me about a place called Crossroads which is like an upscale plato’s closet.
I did not really want to go at first but then she took me and I saw what she meant. The idea is the same and it’s the same as a consignment store where people sell their gently used clothes but the pieces are almost all designer!
I bought a lace up body suit by Reformation (similar)
This white Free People top, a one x one teaspoon gray jean shorts, the fringe Steve Madden Bag (similar)
Platform Steve Madden sneakers
A maroon pair of TopShop pair of slacks for work
A killer red dress with a peplum bottom (similar)… AND
A new pair of nude Jimmy Choo heels (similar) all for about $300!
I also plan on going to a few of the basic places like American Vintage and Wasteland as well. There was another place on Melrose as well where I found the Jimmy Choos and there was literally racks of designers by brand! Ah so I guess moral of the story is to shop for unique designer pieces half the price along Melrose as well as that there are many photo ops along the way!
Top : Free People // Shorts : One x one teaspoon Bandits // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar) // Purse : Steve Madden
Since my time as a college student is basically over, I’m sharing a few of the places that I would shop and use my student discount. The thing about student discounts are I always forget that I have them! So even if you are a part-time student, under grad or master’s degree make sure to sign up for student discounts and utilize them! Why pay full price if you don’t have to? It’s easy to do and is so beneficial!
Asos : 10% off
Forever 21 : 10% off
Kate Spade : 15% off select stores
Levi’s : 15% off
Madewell : 15% off in store
Pretty Little Things : 30% off
Princess Polly : 25% off
TopShop : 10% off
One of the best ways to know who has student Discounts is by signing up with UniDays. Log on every time you are ready to do some online shopping and check out their page to see who is having the biggest discount. They have brands like Nasty Gal, Tobi, Urban Outfitters, Missguided, Show Me Your Mumu and more of the above! They also feature Beauty, Food, and lifestyle brands!
*Some Restrictions apply*
Kimono : Forever 21 // Shorts : Levi’s // Top : (similar) // Shoes : Steve Madden (similar)
Every once in a while you get that urge to just splurge on that item you have been eyeing! I fully support that, and that is something I do at least once every few months because everyone deserves a little pick me up sometimes! But when that item is just way over your budget, you have to find the perfect dupe to do the trick!
I added three of my favorite summer shoes to my first edition of Save or Splurge! The Chanel espadrilles are super chic and espadrilles are the cutest summer style! I love how they can be paired with almost any outfit! The neutral color of both of these pairs is even better. The colorful pom sandals are great for Spring and Summer styles! Pops of color are always a hit and these can dress up a comfy pair of jeans shorts and a white tee. Lastly, I wear my Birkenstocks to school almost daily! They are so comfortable and easy to walk in, I am sure there are tons of dupes just as great!
I hope you like the picks and definitely let me know in the comments below if you have any requests for my next edition!
Asos Jacklyn Espadrilles
Schultz Estelen Jeweled Leather Slides
Women’s Kay Slides Sandals Mossimo Supply Co.
American Eagle Double Buckle Sandals
When I found this pink one piece swim suit I totally fell in love! It was only $13 from Zaful! I knew it would be perfect to take to my trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina because when you’re in a beach town it is totally acceptable to wear swim suits wherever you go right? I mean this basically looks like a body suit anyway!
The sand was perfect and the water was cool but not too cold. Nothing like the Texas beaches we have! Definitely a great vacation spot! Summer is never complete without a beach trip and a cute suit to go with it! Half the fun of the beach is getting cute sandy pictures right before jumping in the water and messing up what little hair and makeup you have done! My beach tips? Always use sunscreen (duh) and always bring a hair tie because it helps make the perfect beach-y waves when your hair dries!
Pink Striped One Piece : Zaful
Black and White Striped One Piece : Aerie
Tommy Hilfiger Striped One Piece : Macy’s
Strappy Striped One Piece : Free People