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  1. The Hottest Boots This Season

    January 27, 2015 by Kayla

    Everywhere you go these days, all the girls have on one kind of boot or another. From riding boots to combat boots, and even ankle boots; there are boots for every kind of weather, every season of the year, and every occasion. Here are just a few pairs of boots I found online that I am loving this season!

    Aqua Pillar

    This shoe site has some awesome boot choices, and they are all at great prices. Here are a couple I found on there that I like, and one that’s very umm…unique!

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    I’m not sure that I can pull off these tough-girl moto boots, but I’d love to try! I especially like the black ones. In my head, I imagine them with some black leather leggings and a red leather jacket. Hot!

    FOLDOVER BOOTS

    These fold-over boots are totally in-style right now. The best part about this pair is the fabric on the inside has a bit of an Aztec feel to it, and we all know how popular Aztec print has become in the past few months!

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    I also found these wildly unique chevron boots. Yes, most of the boot is, in fact, clear. Again, I’m not sure they’re my style, but I do kind of love them.

    Target

    I might be a little bit addicted to the shoe section at Target. They usually have some of the latest trends at good prices.

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    This pair of riding boots is awesome because it has both brown and black on it, so you can easily pair it with everything in your closet! They also give you the freedom to wear black accessories, brown accessories, or both in your outfit.

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    These cute black ankle booties would make a great closet staple if you don’t already own a pair of black ankle booties. They could easily be dressed up or down depending on what you pair them with.

    Things to Look For When Buying Boots

    1. Quality – Of course, you want your boots to last you through a couple of winters if at all possible, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on them either. When buying boots on a budget, try to go middle of the road on price if possible so you can have the best of both worlds.
    2. Color – I do recommend having a couple of different colors of boots. I like brown and gray, but some people like cognac or black. I prefer gray over black because it’s not as harsh a neutral and it shows up better if you are wearing them with black leggings or jeans. It’s a personal preference, but I suggest you get two pairs in different neutral colors.
    3. Style – Again, having a well-rounded selection is a good idea. I try to pick boots than I can dress up for work and nights out, but that will also be comfortable and practical in casual situations. Yes, that’s a lot to ask for from one pair of boots, so it might make sense to have more than one pair to cover all occasions that you face in your life.

    What styles of boots are you loving this season? What do you look for when you are buying boots?


  2. One Piece 3 Ways: Chevron Skirt

    January 23, 2015 by Kayla

    You may not (yet) know I’m a big fan of only buying clothes that can be used in multiple outfits for multiple different occasions. Having a wardrobe full of one-hit wonders really limits a girl’s outfit choices, which is not good.

    Thus, I’ve been working hard to assess pieces of clothing well before I buy them. I try to always think of at least 3-4 different ways/occasions I can use a piece of clothing for before I buy it. If I can’t put a couple of outfits together in my head using pieces I already own, the new one doesn’t come home with me.

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    I personally have this chevron skirt and I LOVE it! It’s been a great piece to add to my wardrobe. I’ve worn it to work and for nights out. It’s a little harder to make this skirt casual, but I’m up for the challenge! :)

    Wear to Work

    Here’s my wear to work outfit. It features a berry colored button up with a subtle dot pattern. The berry color is so popular this winter. I also added a black velvet blazer. The velvet adds some texture to the outfit and a blazer makes the outfit look sharp enough to wear at work. I also included a cream handbag, which pulls the cream from both the skirt’s pattern and the shirt’s pattern. There are two shoe choices included in this outfit. Berry heels work well with the color of the shirt, but this outfit could also be worn with cream or black shoes as well.

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    The pieces can be found here: SkirtBlouseBlazerFlatsHeelsHandbag

    Casual

    The next outfit I put together is a casual look using the same chevron patterned skirt. I included a graphic tee to make the outfit feel more relaxed. The red moto jacket gives this outfit a little bit of edge and the chevron necklace is a great accessory that mimics the skirt’s pattern. Moto boots finish off the look and have a low heel for days that involve lots of walking or standing.

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    The pieces can be found here: Skirt, Graphic Tee, Moto Jacket, Necklace, Moto Boots

    Night Out

    The final look I put together using this versatile chevron skirt would be great for a night out on the town with your girlfriends, or on a date. I chose a light pink, loose chiffon blouse which would look amazing tucked into the skirt’s high waist. A black lace jacket gives this outfit a little more jazz, but you could easily swap it out for a less dressy jacket if you prefer. I found these adorable gator print heeled booties that I couldn’t resist showing you and a gator print clutch to hold your essentials while you’re out and about.

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    The pieces can be found here: Skirt, Blouse, Jacket, Booties, Clutch

    As you can see, this skirt is very versatile and can be worn for many different occasions depending on what you pair it with. You can also make great use of it in the cold by adding black tights or leggings. I have worn my skirt with black leggings and black riding boots to work on some pretty cold days. Especially if you find some high quality, thicker leggings, you can get more wear out of the skirts in your closet by wearing them year-round.

    The pieces I featured today are also all fairly cheap, which is great if you are looking for fashion on a budget!

    Which look do you like best? Why?


  3. Popular Color Combo: Coral and Mint

    January 20, 2015 by Kayla

    I’ve been thinking a lot about color combinations lately as I’ve been harassing my creative energy into some sewing and quilting projects. Although I like to play around with color and pattern combinations in my wardrobe every day, there’s something about quilting and seeing thousands of bolts of fabric to choose from that really makes me get creative at combining new colors together.

    One combination that I recently put together on a quilting project was mint and coral. I have no idea what I never thought of this combo sooner as I love both of these colors already. They look decent together, but when you add a couple of neutrals into the mix they look even better. The colors I put together on my project were gray, navy, mint, and coral, and the project turned out beautifully.

    After working with this color combo for so long, I started thinking about how I could re-create this mix using clothes I already owned. I came up with this:

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    Now that photo isn’t the best, so I’ll help you out. I put a sheer mint button-up under my coral colored linen blazer and topped it with a mint scarf that has just a hint of sparkle. I also paired it with gray slacks since I work in a business-casual office and some metallic boat shoes.

    As I was putting this post together, I couldn’t find the exact pieces I have on this outfit anymore. But I did find some alternatives. Here they are for your viewing/purchasing pleasure:

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    The 2 blazers I featured are both coral, though the bottom one looks a little more on the orange side than the top one. I like the one-button feature of the bottom on though as it feels a little “younger” than the top blazer. Both of these should be decent fabric choices. One thing I hate about my coral blazer is that it’s 100% linen, so it wrinkles VERY easily.

    I love both of these mint shirts. The top one could be worn in a dressy outfit (like with the blazer) or with the sleeves buttoned up like that gives it a more casual vibe. It also comes in a zillion colors. The bottom mint shirt is a tank with a fun little detail at the bottom. This could be worn year round by pairing it with a jacket or blazer, but it’d also be great in the summer when it’s scorching hot outside. (It is way out my normal price range, but the budget-friendly version I found was out of stock and I couldn’t resist showing you the cute cut-outs at the bottom of this one. If you’re on any budget that’s less than a movie star budget, don’t tempt yourself by clicking on the link, mmmk?)

    The other think I like about this color combo is that it strays away from the darker colors that are often associated with winter. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dark berry colors of winter, but a girl’s gotta switch it up now and then too. :)

    What color combo are you in love with right now?


  4. Why You Should NOT Wash Your Hair Everyday

    January 14, 2015 by Kayla

    39952226_f37cb5c64a_zI get complimented on my hair all the time. One of the reasons I get compliments (I think) is because I always have my hair styled when I leave the house. Because I have a short hairstyle, I also get my hair cut every 6 weeks so it never starts look frizzy or overgrown. I love getting complimented on my hair, especially on the days that I rock “dirty hair”.

    Yes, that’s right. I don’t wash my hair every day. In fact, I strive to only wash my hair 3 days each week. But don’t worry, I still shower on the days I don’t wash my hair. :)

    There are numerous benefits to be had by not washing your hair every day. Here are just a few of them.

    It Saves Money

    As you all know, I got my start in the personal finance realm of blogging, so I wouldn’t be doing my background any justice if I didn’t tell you about the money savings behind not washing your hair every day. :) By not washing your hair daily, you will be saving shampoo and conditioner each bottle will last you much longer. Plus you’ll be saving (hot) water which will cut down on your utility bills at the end of the month too.

    Another way you save money by not washing your hair every day is by not having to re-color your hair as often. Getting your hair colored professionally is very expensive. Of course, it’s cheaper if you DIY it, but even then it can be an expensive habit if you have to touch-up your color every few weeks. Luckily, hair color lasts longer if you don’t wash your hair daily. This might be enough to let you stretch your coloring appointments a few more days, which could cut out a couple of hair appointments over the course of a year.

    Hair is Healthier

    Both your scalp and your hair will be healthier if you don’t shampoo your hair daily. Shampooing your hair everyday dries out your scalp and strips your hair of its natural oils. Think about how dry your hands get in the winter, especially if you are constantly washing them. The same concept applies to your scalp since it too is made of skin cells. I used to suffer from a dry, flaky scalp, but ever since I stopped washing my hair daily, it has gotten much better.

    It Saves Time

    I’m not a morning person at all, so if I can find a way to shave just a few minutes off my daily routine, I’m all for it. Instead of washing my hair every day, I only wash it on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (usually). This means on Tuesday, Thursday, and the weekend, I get to sleep in for a few more minutes.

    Hair Styles Better

    I haven’t done a scientific study to prove this for sure, but I do seem to get more compliments on my hair style when it’s dirty than when it’s clean. The days I like my hair style better are the “off” days when I haven’t washed my hair. It seems to have more volume and body, plus it holds curl and texture better when it’s a little dirty.

    It’s Green

    By not washing your hair every day, you are conserving more water too. Shorter showers are good for the environment, and I don’t know about you, but the majority of my shower time is usually spent washing, conditioning, and thoroughly rinsing my hair.

    Do you shampoo your hair everyday?

    Photo courtsey of: opxphile


  5. Every Girl Loves a Little Bling

    January 12, 2015 by Kayla

    I haven’t shared a lot about my personal style with you all yet, but you should just know that I LOVE some serious bling! I’m also one that doesn’t like to have the same exact style as everyone else. I tend to favor unique, but still on-trend, items when it comes to fashion and jewelry. Even though I’m nowhere near to getting engaged, I still have a “secret” Pinterest board full of engagement rings and wedding plans. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this.)

    Anyhow, as I browsing some beautiful and unique engagement rings the other day, I came across this little (actually big) beauty:

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    Now, I’m pretty sure this is out of the price range of what I’d ever spend, unless I suddenly become rich and famous that is, but that doesn’t mean some of the rings featured at this premier dealer are out of reach. Here are a few things you could try to do to get your hands on one of these gorgeous and unique rings:

    Find a Sugar Daddy

    Of course, you should always marry for love not money, but finding a true gentleman who also happens to be well-off isn’t too out of the question is it? I kid, mostly.

    Save, Save, Save

    This one is a little more realistic than finding a sugar daddy. If you prefer the finer things in life, you should make every effort possible to save up for them ahead of time. Paying for them with money you actually have is always the preferred method. Plus delayed gratification is always a good thing to practice.

    Take Advantage of Special Offers

    Along with saving up for a large purchase, you should also pay attention to prices as they may change over time. Sometimes stores may also have special sales or financing opportunities that make large purchases like this possible. Even a small percentage off on a purchase of this magnitude could save you a big chunk of money. If you do decide to use store financing for a purchase, be sure you are aware of the interest rates and how much additional money it will cost you over time with interest included.

    At the end of the day, I know that no matter what ring I get my from (imagined) future fiancé will be great. But it’d be even better if was the one up there. :)


  6. Frugal Fashion Friday: Chic and Cozy Coats

    January 9, 2015 by Kayla

    I don’t know about you, but in my part of the country winter doesn’t really roll in until after January 1st. Up to this point, we’ve been able to get away with a jacket layered over a warm long-sleeve shirt or sweater for the most part. But now winter is in full swing and I’ve been so tempted by all these chic and cozy new coats.

    I always try to get at least 2 winters out of my coats before they get too ragged looking to wear to work or for dressy occasions. Once that happens I try to be frugal by using my old coat for casual wear and I buy a new “nice” coat (or two). ;)

    Unfortunately for me, this is my off year so I won’t be buying a new coat until next year. Even so, I couldn’t resist showing you some of the coats I’m LOVING this year.

    The best part about all the coats I’m showing you today is they are all under $60. Now that’s a frugal find, especially if you make them last more than one winter! (Of course with these being at such great prices they aren’t the absolute heaviest coats out there. You’ll probably still want to wear some layers with them.)

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    Option 1: I love that this option isn’t just a flat black. It’s still a neutral, but the pattern gives it some dimmension and visual interest.

    Option 2: I LOVE this berry-like color. It’s a great color for winter. This coat also comes in teal and a couple of neutrals.

    Option 3: This coat is a little edgier than the previous two. It could still be used in a business casual work environment, but it could also be easily worn for more casual occasions too.

    Option 4: This navy coat is a neutral, but again it has some subtle pattern to it. I like it, but I know the length wouldn’t work for my body type. Beware of a coat this length if you are short or very curvy.

    Option 5: This is easily the brightest colored coat on the list. I like the puffer like material without all the bulk of a puffer coat.

    Option 6: I think it’s easy to see that I’m loving patterned coats this winter. I think they take the basic winter coat up a notch and really make your style look unique.

    Which coat do you like the most?


  7. My Thoughts on Exercise

    January 6, 2015 by Kayla

    5577894196_3227956f6c_zI was reading through Face and Fitness’s past the other day and I just loved the thoughts behind this post about Kennedi’s “Lazy” Weight Loss Plan. I’d never thought of exercise like that before.

    I’ve always been a pretty active person. I’ve played sports since I was about 5 years old and I was usually enrolled in at least one sport/season all year round until I graduated high school. Then I went to college and got lazy. I also didn’t stop eating like I was burning a ton of calories playing sports, so I quickly gained my freshman 15 (and then some) and became unhappy with my body.

    This isn’t to say I’m totally depressed about my body or anything like that, but I’d certainly like to get back in to better shape and make sure I remain healthy for a long time. But I’m not one who’s generally motivated to go to a gym to workout (until I joined my current Crossfit box, but that story’s for another day).

    So in college I would force myself to go to the gym directly after work BEFORE going home so I didn’t find an excuse not to go. I went to a good college and we had a nice gym that was free for students, but it wasn’t super fancy with personal TVs hooked to the machines. They did have a few TVs, but you had to watch what everyone else was watching and to this day I’m not really sure who got to decide what it was set to. So the thought of having a personalized TV to watch on each machine is a foreign concept to me.

    Now, the most exciting part of this idea is that I’m planning on canceling my TV subscription this month because I want to put that money toward my financial goals instead of paying almost $65/month to watch only 1-2 TV episodes a week.

    My current Crossfit membership allows me to attend 3 sessions/week for a total of 12 sessions/month for $80. Yes, I know it’s expensive but it’s worth it to me. One of my co-workers does Crossfit with me and she also pays $20/month to another gym in town. I think she only does this during the winter so she can use their treadmills and/or ellipticals because of the crappy weather outside. Maybe I should find out about the TV situation at that gym so I can get more exercise on my days “off” from Crossfit, get to watch my fave TV shows (possibly), and still save $45 by canceling my personal TV subscription at home.

    What do you think? Should I look into getting a membership to that cheap gym to get more exercise, get to watch my TV shows, and still shave some money off my monthly budget?

    Image courtesy of Patricia


  8. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes!

    January 1, 2015 by Kayla

    Hey all! It’s been pretty quiet around here lately and the blog has been going through some big changes behind the scenes and is now under new ownership.

    The best part about all these changes is that I’ve been brought on by the new owner to entertain you all with my wit and charm. (Yeah right!) Actually, I’m going to be using this blog to help keep myself motivated to work out, eat healthier, and be more frugal with my beauty routine and fashion choices.

    The New Year is when everyone makes their resolutions to be healthier and spend less money, and I’m no different. I have several goals for the New Year and though I didn’t list it on my own blog, I hope to switch my workouts from after work in the evening to the 5:45 a.m. class offered at my gym. By switching to working out in the morning, I think I’ll have more “free time” in the evenings to work on my side hustle. (In case you don’t know, I’m working hard to get out of debt.)

    In addition to switching to early morning workouts, I also want to do better with my eating. I’m not going to stick to a strict “diet”, but I do want to track my food daily. I think just by being more aware of how much I’m eating I’ll be able to watch my portions and do better.

    If you’ve never heard of me before, I won’t be offended. I’m still kind of a blogging newbie, but I’m really excited to branch out and get to share some of my fashion “knowledge” with you all. I’ll also be learning a lot along the way so bear with me as I figure it all out.

    Next week I hope to get things rolling with a couple of awesome posts. But for now, I’m going to go and enjoy my New Year’s holiday with my family.

    Have a great holiday and weekend! I hope to see you all back here next week!


  9. Running Tips for Beginners

    November 6, 2014 by admin


    Running is a fantastic way of improving cardiovascular fitness, building muscle strength and increasing your overall health. Regular running has been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer and a range of related ailments, but getting started on a regimen of regular exercise is usually the most difficult part of the entire process. By following a few simple tips, you should be able to build up your performance and fitness levels without too many problems.

    Set goals

    Staying motivated and committed to improving your health and fitness levels often requires a degree of discipline – and setting goals makes that process a great deal easier. You should be challenging yourself to run faster and cover greater distances at every opportunity. Enter a local charity run, and gradually build your strength and cardiovascular fitness with the completion of the race as your ultimate goal. An exercise tracker app will help you to record improvements, track performance and keep your goals at the forefront of your motivation.

    Choose your own style

    If you are completely new to running, you probably won’t have a clue what your optimum running style is. This can involve everything from the music you listen to whilst running to the type of running shoes you wear. Do you prefer running alone, or does running with a partner keep you focussed and occupied? Other factors to consider include the clothes you prefer running in, whether or not you like to stick to a steady pace and whether running on pavements or softer ground is more enjoyable. Of course, making these decisions from scratch requires an element of trial and error, so approach the initial stages of your new running regimen with an open mind.

    Know your physical limits

    You may feel fit and healthy now, but you may find that you have physical issues you didn’t know you had – after just one or two running sessions. Aches are a normal part of the recovery process for runners, but pain is not. If you find that you’re suffering from intense pain in your joints during or after a run, it’s probably best to ease off for a while and consult your doctor. Building up your physical strength and fitness takes time, so there is absolutely no logic in pushing yourself prematurely. Experiment with different shoes, speeds and distances during the early stages of your new running regimen – you can use an activity tracker app to monitor your achievements and slowly build your fitness levels.

    Choose the right shoes

    If you are going to make a significant investment on anything as a new runner, it should be on the right pair of running shoes. It’s important to remember that not all trainers are designed for running. The shoes you choose should have a thick sole and provide cushioning properties for the balls and heels of your feet. Some running experts recommend wearing shoes that are one size too large, as feet have a tendency to swell during long, intense runs.

    Get ready for blisters

    Dealing with blisters is inevitable for most beginners. Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to negate the risk of painful blisters forming during long and intense runs. However, by applying petroleum jelly or a specialist running lubricant to known problem areas of your feet, you can reduce the effects of friction and stop some blisters from forming before they get the chance. If you are worried that a blister is forming, you should stop running, and apply lubricant or a plaster immediately. However, resist the urge to burst them, as this can lead to infection and further problems at a later stage.

    Running is a great way of socializing, improving your fitness levels and living a healthier, longer life. By gradually building your strength and cardiovascular fitness, you can achieve your personal goals and reap all the rewards of a healthy lifestyle.

    Image Flickr / Raquel Baranow


  10. How to Save on Makeup

    October 27, 2014 by admin

    makeup Do you spend too much money on makeup?

    This is a common problem that all Shopaholics face. The lure of vibrant nail polish, better brushes, a new compact … they add up over time. Pretty soon, you have a makeup collection that overtakes your home … and you’re left wondering why your bank account is empty, while your makeup and hair product boxes are full.

    Here are a few tips to help you save on makeup.

    #1: Save money by sticking with brands you know and trust.

    Some brands just don’t work on your face — either because they trigger breakouts or because they lack staying power. Stick with the brands that you know, love and trust, instead of switching brands often because you’re chasing sales or deals. The more you stick with what you know, the less likely you are to throw away old makeup.

    #2: Save money by sticking with classic colors.

    Sure, it’s fun to get glammed up with a vibrant eyeshadow — but you’re rarely going to wear bright blue glitter on your eyelids (unless that’s your normal style.

    If you stick with a standard palatte, you’ll be able to use the same products regularly — rather than spending money on a wide array of different tones and shades.

    #3: Save money by swapping makeup with friends.

    Let’s start with a hygiene caution: Don’t share eye makeup with friends, and it’s best to avoid swapping lip glosses and lipsticks, as well. But if you and your friends all have blush or liquid foundation that you’re not using, get together and swap a few items. You’ll get the buzz of “something new” without any of the price.

     

    Photo courtesy E Gonzales / Flickr