Trendy On A Budget

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Four Eyes


I’ve been wearing glasses since the second grade. I was super excited then to go pick out my very first pair. I had an older cousin who had the coolest rose-tinted glasses. She was my idol so I was insistent on picking out a pair exactly like that. As I entered middle school, glasses were SO not cool. Naturally, I begged my parents for contacts. But it wasn’t until college when glasses were cool again. The problem is, glasses were and still are quite expensive. It was always a treat when my parents would agree to pay for a pair as a bday / Christmas gift. And since I am blind as a bat, I always opt for high index lens, setting me back at least $300 a pops. Needless to say, accessorizing with glasses was not really an option (says bank account).
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I recently did a major closet purge, sending pieces to the consignment shop or goodwill. I took inventory of what was left hanging in my closet and realized that I have amassed quite a collection of button down tops. There’s something so easy and chic about throwing on a crisp button down paired with skinnies and pumps. The latest addition to feed my addiction is this oversized top, borrowed from the boys. Not only did the pinstripe panels catch my attention but the pockets led my finger to quickly click the ‘add to bag’ button. Let’s face it, pockets make everything that much cooler.
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City Jogger


So I am a bit late to the jogger pant party, but better late than never, right? It took a $29 price tag at the Lululemon outlet to get me into a pair. Glad I did because I heart them. Lightweight, soft, loose-fitting. Perfect for a casual Saturday afternoon running (pun intended) errands. But while wearing them, I was brought back to my elementary-hammer pants-wearing days where all the running I did was away from the boys on the playground. Because let’s face it, I wasn’t down for getting cooties.
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Plaid, Burgundy & Tassels

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I really dislike ironing. I don’t mind the occasional t-shirt or dress that requires a little pressing. But when it comes to my work wardrobe, I kinda give up. I can never get that perfect pleat on my dress pants. And my dress shirts are never as crisp as when they come back from the dry cleaner. Why is that? I pretty much have given up and resorted to washing the pieces myself and dropping them off at my dry cleaner for the finishing touches. I know, hashtag lazy, hashtag waste of money.
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Just About Fall


How is it post-LDW already? With the passing of Labor Day, we bid adieu to Summer and usher in the impending Fall season. As sad as I am to see Summer go, Fall is legit my favorite season. But it’s hard to believe we are about to cross the threshold into the next season when we have been experiencing some insane hot (think 90 degrees) weather. So to ease the transition, I added a few key Fall pieces to this white tee and ripped jeans ensemble. First off, my very first Furla bag. Isn’t the rich tone to die for? It’s the perfect size; big enough to tote around my belongings, but not too big where it looks like I am ready to run away from home at any second. This crossbody is the perfect marriage of fashion and function. Lastly, Fall is all about the boots, ’bout the boots. Well, booties in this case! This ‘it’s still Summer but I’m looking forward to Fall’ outfit was the perfect OOTD for my rendezvous with the hubs in Portsmouth, NH.
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