Monday, September 24, 2018

Buying my whole Fall wardrobe under $250 (how I did it)

Hey ya'll! With Fall starting and all the new Fall clothes surrounding me every where I go, it's hard not to splurge and buy all the new & cute things. Just last weekend I was in the mall but I quickly got discouraged. Paying $100 for just one outfit was out of my price range! And honestly, kind of ridiculous. It doesn't have to cost "an arm and a leg" to have cute, trendy, name brand outfits. 
So today I wanted to share my tips and tricks on how I built my Fall wardrobe from scratch with less than $250!


Before I even start shopping, I like to make a list of practical items that I need and want. I like to pick out basics such as: high waisted jeans, overalls, denim skirt, and leggings. Then I go through and make a list of tops that I can mix and match with all of my basics. One thing I have learned through out the years is that MIXING AND MATCHING IS KEY to having a good wardrobe with lots of options. 
Then of course I like to throw in a few dresses onto my list because dresses are my absolute fave!
Then I list 1-2 pairs of shoes, and accessories that I have had my eye on. 


This option might not be everyone's "cup of tea". If not, that's totally ok! But I personally have found some of my very favorite items at the thrift store. I recently found out that I have a local Goodwill Outlet, and I go there pretty often to see what they have. They sell their clothing for $.99 a pound and I have found some amazing, name brand items for practically free! This is one of my favorite ways to find things on my list, and I recommend trying it out to everyone. Just don't be afraid to get dirty looking through those Goodwill bins!
Another place I like to shop is Bargain Hunt. Everything there is brand new and super discounted! I went in one day and got very lucky with Fall and Winter clothes. They were running a sale where all of the "yellow tag" merchandise was $3.00 and I got almost all of my sweaters from there! I even found the most adorable pair of cheetah print flats and knee high boots at an insanely low price. A lot of what they have comes from Target so it was like shopping at a Target discount shop. I highly recommend checking it out if you have one near you! 
This sweater and these boots are two of my bargain hunt finds.


I don't shop on Poshmark super often, but I like to look on there if I have something specific in mind. I was scrolling through the Patagonia brand on there and I came across this blue sweatshirt for only $22! I immediately bought it and it was one of the best deals I have found. I was planning on buying a brand new one, but shopping on Poshmark saved me around $100.


The next places I head to are discounted shops such as nordstrom rack, tj maxx, and marshalls. All of these stores sell name brand clothing for discounted prices. They also sell off brand "boutique" style clothing that I personally am obsessed with. I like to find a lot of my basics at these shops and I always leave with a great deal! 


I know what you're thinking. Walmart? For clothes? When a lot of people think of Wal-mart clothes, they think of tacky t-shirts, their granny, and their poor childhood. Just me?  Oh Ok. 
What I'm trying to say is that I've been there, and I have thought what you're thinking! But hear me out. 
Walmart has recently got a fairly new brand called "Time & True" that is surprisingly very cute, good quality, and affordable. I actually have a hard time resisting the clothes section every time I walk by. Shocking, right? 
I found cute tops for around $13 a piece, and their jewelry ranges from $3-10. 
They honestly have my favorite leggings and they're only $12, and their headbands fit me perfectly and they were only $3. 
Of course walmart still has tacky t-shirts and granny clothes, but finding the right pieces make great additions to any wardrobe. 
This sweatshirt, along with these leggings and shoes are from there!


The last place I looked for clothes to complete my wardrobe was online boutiques. I don't normally lean toward online boutiques for basics because I feel like I can get cheaper basics at other places. I like shopping at online boutiques for dresses and unique, trendy pieces. 

I hope you found this blog post helpful! I will be posting more videos/ pictures on how to style these items and more through out the next 2 months. 
What's your favorite way to save money when buying clothes? I would love to know! 

Kristen Rose 


Thursday, September 6, 2018

How I Stay Inspired & Productive

Let's be real, following the same daily routine everyday can get boring and unmotivating, which can cause you to feel uninspired and lacking productivity.  I have personally been there many times, and I'm honestly just now coming out of a rut that I was in for months. It's easy to get there but hard to get out, but today I'm sharing with you 5 tips that always keep me feeling inspired and productive! 

One of my biggest and most important tips is to get outside and get active. A body in motion stays in motion, while a body at rest stays at rest. If you want to have more energy and motivation, start moving! Join a gym, go on a hike, take a walk, or ride a bike. The opportunities are endless and i promise you won't regret it. 

Reading has always been a way for me to escape my own thoughts and see someone else's point of view about things. If it wasn't for books, I wouldn't be who I am today. I have learned so much through reading and when I find myself getting out of the habit of picking up a book, I can definitely tell a difference in my mood and mindset. I challenge you to pick up a book and commit yourself to finishing it within a week. I guarantee that you will pick up another one and start your journey of becoming a better you! 
Books I'm loving: 

Being a full time college student along with trying to juggle this blog, relationships, and everyday life, my schedule can be overwhelmingly busy at times. I like to use my time driving to listen and sermons and podcasts, and I can honestly say that it's one of my favorite parts of my day. To sit and be fed God's word as I drive and watch the sun rise, prepares me for my day and always leaves me feeling inspired. 
Some of my favorite people to listen to: 

I am personally a very visual person so changing up my surroundings to feel inspired is a must. Just something as simple as rearranging your furniture, to adding a piece of wall art makes more of a difference than you think. Also things like buying a new outfit, dying your hair, or deep cleaning your house to feel fresher and more energized is life changing. Don't be afraid to change things up a little!

Short term and long term goals are important to keep you inspired and headed in the right direction. Without goals, you are aimlessly going through life which can definitely cause you to feel depressed and unmotivated to do anything. I like to keep a journal with short term and long term goals, and I work toward them little by little every single day. It keeps me inspired to keep going, and having my "end goal" in mind helps me to work harder even on days when I want to give up. 


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

7 Things + Cute Overalls

Today I wanted to share a "7 Things" post where I share 7 random things that have been on my mind lately! Whether that's fashion related, or just about life. I love reading posts like these so I thought I  would give it a shot.

1. I have recently really been inspired by boho style! A new Alter'd State just opened up in my local mall and I. WANT. EVERYTHING.  I can't wait to buy some new Fall pieces!

2. Me and Matt are about to launch our own "adventure" Instagram page where we share things to do in our area! We post about places we love, hikes, reviews, and more. We wanted to make something helpful to give people ideas of what to do in our small town area. I have always wanted to create a page like that and it's so fun getting to do that with him.

3. I have been binge watching Shane Dawson's youtube videos! I'm not much of a TV person so Youtube is where it's at for me. Shane's documentaries on other Youtubers got me so intrigued!!! He makes the best videos and I can't wait to see how far he goes in his career.

4. I'm working on opening my own business! I can't say what it is because it's still in the works but you will be finding out soon. ;)

5. We have been trying not to eat out so much lately and have been cooking almost every meal! (which is a big deal to us). We got so addicted to fast food and it really started to take a toll on our bodies. I have really been loving cooking at home and feeding my body real, whole foods. Being down a few pounds is always a plus too. :)

6. Even though I miss my long locks at times, I love my short haircut. It's so fun to style and doesn't require as much maintenance! And if I ever want to wear my hair long, I just clip in my extensions and call it a day.

7. I just finished Cosmetology school! I'm glad it's over but at the same time, it's bittersweet. If you know me well, you would know that I love change but I struggle with it. I am a creature of habit so it's been hard to transition into a new routine.
I take my state boards soon in Atlanta soon and then I can say I'm officially a licensed Cosmetologist!

On the other hand, how cute are these overalls? I recently found them on sale at Belk! You can shop them by clicking here!


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Lady In Red | Affordable Formal Dress Review

Getting all dressed up is one of my favorite things, and I'm a sucker for a good deal! When AW Bridal approached me about a collaboration, I was beyond excited. I love finding businesses that offer high quality at a low price. 
AW Bridal has a wide selection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding decor and more! The bridesmaid dresses would have to be my favorite, because they could be worn for any formal event. I will personally probably wear mine for formal night on a cruise! 
 They have every style and color you can think of. The prices range is from about $90-$120. 
The quality of the dress is great! I would recommend sizing up one size if you're bigger around the bust area. Other than that, I was impressed. 
 I am wearing the Anita Halter Dress in size 6. You can check it out by clicking here!

Here's a couple more of my faves 


Monday, August 27, 2018

How I Maintain Healthy Blonde Hair

I have been blonde since I was a freshman in high school with a $7.00 box of "bleach your hair at home kit" from Walmart. Since then I have obviously learned how to take better care of my hair and leave it to the pros, but I still struggle from damage that I try to keep under control. 
The old saying "beauty is pain" really is true! The things I put my hair through just to have a bright blonde still blows my mind. But with the help of these products, I keep it pretty healthy and looking shiny and under control! 

I highly recommend a purple shampoo for every blonde (even  those that only have blonde highlights). The shampoo works to tone out the brassy and orangey tones in your hair. Using a purple shampoo also makes your color last longer which means fewer trips to the salon! 
I like to change my shampoos often, but my favorite right now is the Blonde Sexy Hair. 

After I shampoo I like to follow up with a really hydrating conditioner. This one from Joico is great because it's full of moisture and really recovers my dry hair. 

After my shower I always like to use a leave-in-conditioner. This one from Pravana is actually made for blondes and not only works as a leave in conditioner, but as a toner as well! I LOVE this stuff!

You can't forget about heat protectant! Using a heat protectant before thermally styling your hair is a must if you want to keep your hair healthy. My favorite at the moment is this thermal spray from CHI. But if you're looking for a more affordable option, Tresemme has a really good one as well! 

To keep my hair looking shiny and brass free, I tone it every 4-6  weeks. I am a Cosmetologist so I do this myself. Most people get this done at the salon but it's super simple. Would anyone be interested in a blog post on how I tone at home?

Thanks for reading! If you're a blonde like me, what's your favorite products you use to maintain your blonde? 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Striped OOTD + Thrifting Tips

You can't go wrong with a classic black & white striped dress! I recently found this one at a local Bargain Hunt and I fell in love. Maybe because it was so cute but even more so because I got it for such a good price. Does anyone else like to shop for discounted clothes? Thrifting and shopping at discount stores are one of my favorite past times ever since I was a young girl. 

Here's my tips on finding your best deal at a thrift/discounted bargain store:

1. Imagine thrifiting as a treasure hunt. The best gems aren't usually easily found but so worth it in the end! 
2. Take your time. Look through every piece and imagine how you could style it. Sometimes pieces can look strange or outdated but if it's paired with the right thing, it could be super cute. 
3. Don't be afraid to try new things! In my opinion, thrifting gives a good chance to try new things and new styles because there is such a low risk. The clothes are insanely affordable so if something doesn't work, it's not that big of a deal. 

I have found some of my favorite staple pieces at thrift stores and discounted stores and they didn't break the bank. I highly recommend trying it for yourself and I would love to see what treasures you find! 

Much love! 
xoxo, Kristen Rose 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

My Favorite DrugStore Makeup Products

If you have been reading my blog for a while now, you would know that affordability is something super important to me! Being a full time college student, purchasing a $60 setting powder isn't in the budget for me. I have been wearing makeup since I was about 14 years old and I have always used drugstore products. There are times when I will splurge on an item or two but for the most part, I keep it to shopping at Walgreens and Ulta! 
Here's a list of my go-to products. These are repeats for me that I keep going back to and would highly recommend to anyone on a budget that wants makeup that lasts and looks great!

What's your favorite drugstore product? 

Much love! 
xoxo, Kristen Rose 
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