Of course, it is only April and there’s still a slight nip in the air (perhaps wearing a t-shirt and sandals to work today was a touch optimistic), so the trick is to introduce some key SS14 pieces that will freshen up your wardrobe but won’t leave you shivering at the bus stop, or with a credit card bill full of regret if we suddenly plunge back into mid-winter again.


This summers big things:








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As we all know Texas weather can get pretty hot and it becomes a challenge to dress fashionable and still stay cool. You can take all morning perfecting your make-up and it will sweat off by the end of the day. The night before heading out to work or school you rummage through your closet for the indefectible outfit you will wear for the next day, taking a chance of being the victim of, dare we say sweat stains, eww! There are many options to choose from when dressing for the Texas heat. Wearing printed or lightweight fabrics or fabrics that are know for great absorption. Here are some pointers to remember when preparing to step outside.


When it comes to picking out your clothes, you want to consider the fabric used to construct the garment. Remember that manmade fabrics such as polyester are not good for absorbency. More natural fibers like cotton and linen blends are great for warm weather. Even rayon can be worn, although it is a semi-synthetic fiber, rayon does not insulate body heat making it a great option for humid weather.


Prints are a great solution for concealing those icky sweat stains. And referring back to past post on mix and matching prints this would give you the opportunity to try out one of summer’s hottest trends.

Face value

Unless you’re going to work there really isn’t a need to apply a lot of make-up. If you feel naked without foundation, why not opt for a sun kissed glow using a bronzer and a little blush or a tinted moisturizer can also be an option. This will give the effect of a natural look. All that needs to be added is a little mascara and maybe a nude lip-gloss or to add some color a great lip stain. Covergirl has a new line of affordable lip stains that work really well.

The last thing to remember before taking your next trip outside is to always apply sunscreen. It doesn’t matter what your skin tone is, down the line you will be thankful that you took the necessary precautions to protect your skin from the sun, which can cause premature aging. Check out the slide show for some outfit and make-up inspirations.


Obviously wear what makes you comfortable, but remember it’s gonna be HOT!



Thriftin’ Away

This week is going to be all about how to find good thrift stores and what to buy and not to buy from them! So in my experience, a thrift store in the nice part of town usually has better stuff than the one in the bad part of town, and they are usually less picked over. There are always exceptions to the rule but you would rather go to Goodwill in Highland Park than in some tiny town that no ones every heard of.

There are also awesome online websites that can help you find thrift stores or resale shops in your area. Just enter the zip code on thethriftshopper.com.  and it tells you all of the stores listed in that area, complete with their hours, location and how to sign up for their mailing lists.

 Seasonal rule..When people clean out their house and give stuff away then its time to hit up the thrift stores. Just after the first of the year is a great time, too. Not only is it the deadline for making donations that you can write off on your taxes, but it’s also right after the holiday season when people have bought tons of new stuff and are shedding the old stuff to make room. When you feel the need to start cleaning your house, take a load with you and get new stuff and the thrift store.


Best day! Is there really such a thing?

So it takes a couple of days for most thrift stores to process the items dropped off. So the best days to go are usually Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.The exception to this rule (locally) is Goodwill. I go to Goodwill on Sunday because that’s when they announce the color of the tag that’s going to be discounted for the week, and that’s when all the good sale stuff first becomes available. Usually by Monday morning, most of the good stuff that was discounted is already gone and it’s just junky stuff left on sale. Go often and don’t just visit the same stores.

 Try to be open to new projects. Some things will look cheap and ugly but with a little sandpaper and paint you can make it new again.

Also don’t just think furniture. Nice business clothes can be found at these stores too! I have an interview tomorrow and I got some Ralph Lauren pumps that are going to be perfect.



Pay more for the things you know will last forever and you won’t ever grow tired of.  For everything else, pay as little as possible.

Try to think of a budget before you begin. Are you just doing 1 or 2 small projects or are you decorating a whole home?

I use Craigslist, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I have saved tons of money and gotten some really great things from some store I can’t afford. Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren and even some nice art work I have gotten off Craigslist. Don’t let chipped paint, dated oak or ugly hardware deter you. You can always paint, stain and replace elements you don’t like. Be careful of scams, and don’t ever meet anyone alone!

Look for good deals on paint. Paint can really freshen up a room or make it look completely different. During the Spring season, Lowes and Home Depot always have cheaper prices on paint, and all DIY items. Maybe even do a bold, accent wall that will make a room pop.

As far as accessories go, look no further than Homegoods, Target, Ikea and World Market. You can get great designer things here for a price everyone can afford.

Garage Salllesss! One of my favorite past times in the spring is to get the paper, find 2-3 garage sales and hit them up on the weekend. You can turn some junky furniture into some gorgeous furniture with a little love and a sander.


The more patient you are the more money you will save. If you run out and buy everything you need that day, you’re  not going to get a good deal. Hobby Lobby, likes to have candles and candle holders on sale opposite weeks of each other. Never fails.. So if you can wait, then you can get both 1/2 off!

New lighting, This can change a gloomy dark room into something light and beautiful.Get some sheer curtains, to add in that natural light, this will also cut down on the electric bill.



Ok, this is a big one that most people don’t think about! If you don’t have money to get all new cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom, Install new door pulls and handles. This will give them a new look to a previously boring or out-of-date door pull. Same goes for your plumbing fixtures. Get a new faucet and some towels, and your bathroom is going to look brand new…unless you have that ugly pink tile that makes people cringe!

Be creative in your thinking and remember that you don’t have to go overboard in spending. Less is better, don’t clutter your home with junk you’ll never use, or things you’ll be tired of in less than a year. 


Live like no one else

I just want to start this post by giving a shout out to Altar’d State for being my new favorite store, that has Christian values and is always looking to do their part and help out. Plus, I got 5 dresses there this week for 51 dollars and saved over 370!!! wowza

New dresses!

Okay, so this week I’m going to cover how to save money in College, just a general helper for all those high school seniors, and all college girls alike!

1.Buy text books from Amazon or rent them from Cheg! You can sell them back to Amazon for a trade in price that you can put towards anything.

2. Try getting a part time job, that will help save money, especially if you’re like me and your parents put you on a budget! yuck


3. SAVE SAVE SAVE. Pick a savings plan and stick with it! There is the 5 dollar savings plan! Save every 5 dollar bill you get. Or right now my boyfriend and I are doing the year long savings where you start week 1 of January and save 1 dollar, the next week 2 dollars, and by week 52 of the year you have saved $1,378 dollars! What would you do with all that money?

4. Eat and cook at home! If you have roommates, take turns cooking dinner. Have each person buy one ingredient to contribute to the meal. If you must go out get a kids meal, most of them come with a cookie so thats plus.


5. Buy in bulk, water bottles, if your a diva like me and sink water is gross! Toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags laundry detergent. Anything you know you will use a lot of. Also take turns with your roomies on buying this stuff, it will save you tons.

6. Try to entertain yourselves in ways that don’t cost money or very little money. Make crafts or repurpose things. Do something outdoors like going to the lake or hiking. Have a Netflix movie night with someone who already has Netflix.. which is everyone It think.



7. Brands like Topshop, Madewell, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, and Juicy Couture offer student discounts of 10% or more, and don’t forget to sign up for rewards cards at grocery or drug stores—they’ll be sure to save you money.

8. Remember to have fun though and it’s okay to splurge! You will never get to be this young, and this free for the rest of your life. Don’t take it for grandted


“If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”

Dave Ramsey

Inside A Woman’s Mind At Target

This is exactly how I feel every single time I visit Target and I LOVE it.

Thought Catalog


A trip to Target is a lot like how I imagine heroin must be. There’s always a rush of excitement when you first walk inside, and most times you’re not even sure why you’re there to begin with, yet almost every time you leave with a feeling of remorse, guilt and a set of new track marks on your arms. But still in the back of your mind you already know you’ll be returning very soon… to take something back you tell yourself.

Somewhere along the line it spread through the stay-at-home-mom circle that Target is the best place to bring your screaming child on a Friday morning, because they are everywhere. The mothers all have that same dazed look in their eye, that look that says they are so emotionally beat down from their child’s torment all week but they are going to persevere on regardless. They’re going…

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Decorating in 24

Hey y’all, this weeks post is going to be a little bit of a change up. This past weekend I went to Galveston, Texas and had to decorate and buy everything for a house in basically 24 hours for my boss. Some of you may think ewe or I would hate that..Well for me it was pure bliss! Oh and I didn’t really have a budget, but there are only a few stores on the island. On the drive down I call and order the furniture that I want and have them deliver it to the address and fingers crossed it matches the soft beachy theme I planned in my head.

Luckily I enlisted the help of my best friend Shelby, as we enter Target with our mile long list it occurs to us that this is going to take a while.. We start with the bedrooms, comforters, pillows, rugs etc. Then we go to the bathroom section and pick out what we need.. DON’T forget the clear shower liner like we did! Some other vital things not to forget are a bottle opener, toilet paper, a tool set, light bulbs and batteries. We then got the television, dishware, coffee makes, and basically anything you could want or need in a vacation home.  8 shopping carts and 4 hours later I’m checking out at Target. 

When we finally get to the house and unload the car, the furniture and mattresses are already installed, and it’s looking great.

Now to make it not look like the house was covered in Target, we went to a few consignment stores and found some very cute nautical and beach themed art and decor that we added around the house. Also found some great pieces at Galveston Furniture and they were very helpful!

Some tips to speed things along:

  • Get some friends to help out
  • Be as organized as possible
  • Throw away your trash as you go, or you will look up and you can’t walk anywhere because of all the trash and empty boxes.
  • Stay on budget or as close to it as you can. I was given a budget and I didn’t go more than 600 dollars over budget!
  • This girl has some great tips on decorating!

Here are some photos from the house! Enjoy





Happy Shopping!


Grocery store shopping



I feel like when it comes to grocery shopping you either love it or hate it. Personally I find it rather fun and enjoyable. This blog is going to cover some ideas on how to save money, not to buy “crap” food.

 To state the obvious, never ever ever shop on an empty stomach. You will spend a lot more and you won’t buy the healthy food you intended on purchasing. Food can be kind of like clothes.. Buy during the correct season!

Unless you specifically need something try shopping around the outside perimeter of grocery store, not in the aisles. That is where they keep the junk food and processed food that isn’t good for our bodies.  


Try to shop when you’re alone, you will buy less! I know it can be fun to go with a friend or roommate, but trust me on this one. I like to bring my iPod and listen to my music.  Also shopping early in the day and earlier in the week makes it so much more enjoyable if its not crowded and you don’t have to wait an hour in line to check out.

Don’t use coupons… wait what.. Do you ever see a coupon for lettuce or oranges? NO.  Coupons may offer savings, but they’re usually for some sort of processed food. Yes, obviously if its for something you frequently buy its okay to use a coupon.

You often hear the term buy in bulk; it will save you money they said. Well that is the case in many things especially if you have a SAM’s membership. However, that’s better if you have a large family or just want to buy toilet paper and paper towels.

Cut up your own food. I cannot stress this enough, how those little containers of pre cut veggies or fruit cost so much more that buying an actual apple, orange, and grapes.   

Generic vs. organic vs. name brand… Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Which is which and which one do you need to buy. I personally buy about ½ of my fruit and veggies organic, depending on how they look in the store. All of the meat I buy is organic or grass fed beef. I don’t usually buy generic name brands, but if you don’t care you can save more money if you do.  Do your research, and buy what you feel comfortable with. Don’t buy organic just to buy it.

Shopping for groceries can be fun if you let it! So eat a good meal, grab your list and your iPod and you are ready to go. 

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Happy Shopping!