TEXAS SUMMER FASHION

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:

 

ANYTHING BRIGHT, TO ADD A POP OF COLOR

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HIGH WASITED SHORTS

 

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FLORALS

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AND OF COURSE ANYTHING TEXAS RELATED!

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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

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.

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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.

 

Inside A Woman’s Mind At Target

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

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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

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Happy Shopping!

L

Grocery store shopping

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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.  

LIST LIST LIST. MAKE A LIST.

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. 

Be sure to check out these cool blogs too! 

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/08/27/how-to-grocery-shop/

http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2008/06/30/saving-at-the-supermarket-15-great-grocery-shopping-tips/

http://pickyeaterblog.com/five-healthy-valentines-day-desserts/

 

Happy Shopping!

L

Out with the old

Howdy,

My name is Lucia Hood. Even though I attend the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, my family is made up of Aggies. So I’m an Aggie at heart. My major is public relations. I love to cook, scuba dive, and hang out with my boyfriend and our dog Shiner— yes like the beer.

I also love to shop and I don’t care what it’s for. It could be tools for my dad, groceries, or the perfect accessory at Nordstrom. I grew up in the country, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about fashion. I’m the girl whose roommates ask to dress them or borrow my clothes, shoes and jewelry. I have been blessed a lot in life, and this is just something I love to do.

I wanted to start this blog to talk about all the great ways women can save money but still look great. How they can eat well, shop on craigslist without getting ripped off, and plan a dream wedding. I want all women to get what they want without overpaying.

Being in college is tough–trying to manage school, social life, work, and sleep. It’s also challenging to find time to squeeze in that workout every now and then. I have found a few ways to make a dollar go just a little bit further when doing any kind of shopping… Fashion first.

Okay, so every woman want a variety of clothes, but let’s be honest, how many of us wear 100% of what’s in our closet? Go through and pick out what you haven’t worn in the last 6 months or so. If it’s good quality but you’re just tired of it, try to sell it. There are resale shops that will pay you for your gently used clothes. If it’s been worn a lot, go ahead and donate it!

Also, take out ALL the clothes from high school; even if they still fit get rid of them. What we wore in high school is either no longer in style, not flattering, or too immature for our age. And that’s ok. Getting a little older doesn’t mean you have to dress like a soccer mom, a grandma or a nun.

Follow me on this journey to creating a new and better you–all while doing it affordably!

Check out these blogs too! They are my inspirations and always have good posts:

http://thecollegegirlbudget.blogspot.com

http://www.thebudgetfashionista.com/archive/budget-shopping-tip/

http://jseverydayfashion.com

http://the20somethings.com

http://www.thisconfettilife.com