Friday, February 12, 2016

Being Stylish on a Budget

 When it comes to fashion, it can be easy to get discouraged by some of the astronomical price tags that come with designer items. Of course, we’d all love to be financially free enough to not think twice about dropping thousands of dollars on a handbag, but unfortunately the average woman can’t splurge like that if she wants to sleep soundly at night.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t look (and feel) like a million bucks! In fact, budget-conscious shopping can actually be fun. You get to challenge your creativity and pop into places you may not have thought of going into before. Plus, there are many pieces that look like their luxury counterparts but ring in at much more manageable prices.

If you’re a frugal fashionista looking to style on a budget, here are some of my best tips for finding fashion that won’t break the bank.

Always look for sales

There is nothing wrong with checking the sale racks. When you get to the store, the best tactic is to head straight for the back and work your way to the front. Clothing is usually arranged so that the newest and priciest pieces are placed right when you walk in, and the bargains are in the back. Loading up with cheaper pieces before you fall in love with an overpriced “brand new” jacket will help you make more reasonable buying decisions. Chances are pretty good that you’ll find something similar that’s almost half the price.

Use online shopping filters

A similar tactic to the one above is to use filtering techniques when you’re shopping online. Web-based stores have made it easy to sift through the things you can afford and eliminate the ones you can’t, making your shopping experience more streamlined and less frustrating. So next time you’re shopping online, look to the left sidebar, because there is often an option that you can personalize your search results. On this website, for example, you can browse prices with a filter as low as $0-$19.99. It helps to not be distracted by clothing you cannot afford or don’t want to splurge on.

Rent special occasion clothing

For those special occasions like weddings or fancy dinners, the urge to buy a new dress is real and evident. But before you hit the mall, consider renting your special occasion wear to get a great deal and look fantastic for much, much less. Many special occasion dresses are stunning, but the chances of you wearing them more than once are unfortunately slim. This article says renting high-end clothing instead of buying it is the way to go, and there are even options for men!

Remember consignment shops

There are stigmas that come with shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops, but there really is no need for the negativity. Sure, the clothes are “used,” but in many cases, you can find well-taken-care-of clothing in these places if you know how to look. This post offers some really great advice to help thrift store shopping go much more smoothly for you. Some of the tips include mapping out your stores to save time and wearing something that makes it easy to try on clothes, as some places don’t have dressing rooms.

How do you style on a budget? Let me know in the comments. As always, thanks for reading. XOXO!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Family Tradition- Cider Mill

Hello Dolls,

  My last post  before my return, was about taking my nephew to the Cider Mill every year. My sister Liz lives in Nashville, but she comes to town every year around Caiden's birthday. Well I am happy to update you and let you all know we have still kept up with tradition.

Update: Caiden is 4 years old and is in Pre-K. He loves cars, trains and trucks. His favorite movies are Cars 1 & 2 and Planes Fire Rescue. His favorite TT is TT Erika. LOL!!

What traditions have you created for your family? If you don't have any, what traditions would you like to create or start. Remember it's never too late to create memories for your family.

As Always, Thank for reading. XOXO!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Well Hello 2016

Hey Dolls, 

It's been a while since I've posted. Over 2 years to be exact. So much has changed. I'm going to use this site to share what is new and what's to come. The name will change and I might even change the site. It will no longer be fashion based..not solely. I'm sure I lost quite a few followers in my absence. I will share my journey over the past 2 years and what led me here today.

So stay tuned..I will share life, love and what I like to call..The other side of 30. Here's an outline what has happened since my last post.

- Ended a 15 year relationship
- career change (maybe 3 all together)
- moving back home with family at 33..hard pill to swallow
-dating and heartbreak
-Finding love
-moving to another state
-improving my relationship w/ God
-ending friendships and also starting back old ones
-seeing a therapist

So as you can see the direction of this blog will change. That's why I let "her" (yes she was my baby) go in the first place. I just didn't enjoy it and I felt it wasn't fair to me to post happy pics of me in outfits when I just wasn't happy with myself or my life. I also knew that I wanted a change with the blog I just didn't know what..So here I am.

For months people have asked me what I was going to do with this blog..would I start again? What about your book? I let all that go , because it wasn't fair to my readers, my heart wasn't in it. So now I am going to promise you this..I will share my journey what I learned in all these changes my life has encountered. What I did, what I would do differently and most importantly what I learned. Are you ready?


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cider Mill Fashion

Hello Dolls,

Last weekend I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon at Franklin Cider Mill with my family. We had so much fun. What a difference a year makes. Last year we went on Caiden's 1st birthday. This year he was able to walk around and tell us he wanted to "See ducks"!

I wanted my outfit to be comfy so I opted for comfy jeans and my converse.

Sweatshirt-Old Navy Jeans:Gap Shoes:Converse Purse:Steven Madden Necklace: Nordstrom

Top Picture 2012/Bottom Pic 2013

Style Tip: Cider Mill Fashion-Comfort is key. Make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes for walking and roomy pants for eating. Jeans, rain boots and sweaters are great for outings like this. Just think weekend wear.

As you can see this year Caiden was not in the mood to take pics. The pics on the left are our attempt to recreate last year's picture. So have you hit an apple orchard or cider mill in your area? What fashion choices to you make?

As Always, Thanks for reading XOXO!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Erika Loves..Mystic Plum

Hello Dolls,

Happy Hump Day!

When it comes to makeup, I must admit that I am a sucker for pink lipstick. I took a look at my collection and besides Mac's Rebel and Ruby Woo, all my other lipsticks are some shade of pink. Since pink IS my favorite color, (I do have pink hair) I figured it was a natural choice to always have pink lipstick.

Last month, as a Style Watch Style Hunter, I was gifted a lipstick by Mary Kay. It's called Mystic Plum. I absolutely love it. The shade is very close to Mac's Rebel but the consistency is so much smoother. It moisturizing as well as adds a nice color. The color is also perfect for fall.

Beauty Tip: For best results with wearing lipstick, apply a moisturizer before you apply the color.

So what lip color are you loving lately? As Always, thanks for reading.

*As a People Style Watch Style Hunter I was gifted this lipstick. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Erika Loves Autumn

Everyone is sad that summer is gone. I must admit Autumn is my favorite season. I love fall scented candles, wearing layers, apple cider and a good pumpkin spice latte'.

I also love wearing my favorite summer items by adding tights, boots and scarfs.  One of my favorite items for fall is my leather bomber jacket.

Thrifted 5 years ago, from Lost & Found Vintage in Royal Oak.
I also love the colors that fall represent. Here's my version of a fall ombre' manicure.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @LoveAlwaysErika

Now that fall is officially here, what items are you excited to incorporate in your closet. What's your favorite thing about fall? As Always, thanks for reading.

Emmys Favorites

Hello Dolls, 

This post is for my mother who always wonders whose dresses I liked at the award shows. I watched E!'s coverage and made notes of my favorites. So here are my favorite dresses from the 2013 Emmys.
Zooey Deschanel
Sarah Hyland
Leslie Mann
Kiernan Shipka - She's 13 years old. So cute!

Mindy Kaling

Kaley Cuoco
Tina Fey

Elizabeth Moss

Julia Louis Dreyfuss

Did you watch the Emmys? Who were your favorites? As Always, thanks for reading XOXO!