MY TIPS FOR EASIER ONLINE SHOPPING

Fashion, Shopping

Though online shopping is already much easier than trekking through the local mall, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with complications. I love the convenience of laying in bed and surfing through pages of options from stores all around the world but I’ve had my share of issues that I now know can be avoided. Some things I’ve learned are super obvious but I thought we’re worth sharing. Keep reading below for some quick tips to better your online shopping experience. And if you have any other tips, please throw them my way

UTILIZE IN-STORE PICK UP

I’ve been lucky to not have anyone steal my packages (knock on wood) but that doesn’t mean I don’t get worried when I get a delivery notification at 12 pm when I don’t get home until 6 pm. There’s no guarantee that someone won’t decide to swipe my stuff. Of course I could have the delivery company hold on to the package until the weekend, but I always find that so inconvenient. There’s usually a long waiting line and I like to have my new arrivals during the week so I’m able to shoot content for my blog and Instagram. This is why over the past year or so, I almost exclusively shop at stores that offer a free in-store pick up option. It just relieves that little anxiety I have and I love that I don’t have to pay extra for shipping. Some of these stores include: Zara, Free People, Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s, Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, and Forever 21.

SET UP AN ACCOUNT

This seems like an obvious tip but I have a feeling that many people don’t sign up with online stores they shop at, especially if they are only buying a couple of items. I try to always set up an account even for small purchases because I always find a reason to look back at past orders. It also makes your check-out faster for the next time. I hate having to enter all the basic information over and over again. I feel it’s just a good habit to start doing if you don’t already. 


SAVE FAVORITES

I’m constantly adding items to my favorites/wish list to come back to them later. Don’t just leave items in the cart because there’s a high chance that the site will have deleted them by the next time you visit the page. It takes time to search for items so you definitely don’t want to lose or forget anything. 


EMAIL ALERTS

I used to hate getting marketing emails but now I find them to be a source of inspiration and I read them daily. This way I know about upcoming sales and new arrivals to the site. However, I don’t do this for every company. There are certain brands I stalk because they are quick to sell out of new releases. Another tip is to set up a specific email address for your go-to stores if you don’t want the marketing emails to take up space in your main inbox. 


SEARCH WITH SHOPSTYLE.COM

I always use shopstyle.com when searching for a specific item. It’s basically like google for clothes and accessories. You can filter your search by brand, price, article type, etc. I find it most useful when I looking for something similar to an item that’s sold out  or too expensive. It’s also made me aware of new brands and online shops. 

If there is anything else you think I missed, leave me a comment and me me know!

DRESSING THE BABY BUMP

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If you haven’t noticed already, I took a break from blogging because I’ve been pregnant for the last six months! It’s definitely been a whirlwind of emotions and changes that I’ve learned to manage and enjoy. The biggest change has been physically getting bigger and learning how to dress for my new and growing body. It sounds like it wouldn’t be that serious, but until you’ve experienced waking up one morning to NONE of your clothes fitting anymore you wouldn’t understand how frustrating and impactful of a change it is. Getting dressed is the start of the day and when you have the unnecessary stress of wondering what to wear it can bring your whole mood down. I wasn’t going to let continue for long so with some trial and error, I decided on with a few staple pieces that are not only flattering on the growing bump but also comfortable and stylish.

Stretchy Midi Dresses:

I’ve always loved slip on midi dresses and during my pregnancy they’ve really helped me maintain my style and stay comfortable. As we get closer to summer, I see myself wearing dresses of all types pretty much every day. Maternity pants/jeans just didn’t work out for me.

Trench Coats:

These are a springtime staple for most women but I’ve found them to be so flattering on a pregnant woman’s body. Paired with a midi dress or skirt, trench coats are my daily got-to during my morning commute to work and when the weather is windy or cooler.

Cargo Pants & Track Pants:

The only pants that I’ve felt comfortable in are track pants, cargo pants, sweat, etc. because they’re baggy and look best when worn low on your hips. When you have a growing baby bump, you don’t want anything to feel constricting around your waist. It’s important to have some breathing room so you can move freely.


Jumpsuits: 

Early in my pregnancy, before my belly was the size of a basketball, I wore a lot of the jumpsuits that I have in my closet. I would highly recommend them for 1st trimester mommies who are in colder climates and can’t just thrown on a dress. They usually have some room in the midsection and will look great on growing curves.

THE OUTFIT-MAKING SHOES YOU NEED FOR FALL

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping

If there is one trend that everyone should get into this season it’s snakeskin – specifically snakeskin boots! I love them in all forms and colors paired with denim and a fur jacket. Because they’re usually neutral in color, they’re a perfect choice if you want to take a simple outfit to the next level. They make jeans and a casual sweater look like you put in more effort to be stylish. It really doesn’t get any easier than that. If you really want to make a statement, I think the knee high versions look amazing with a leather jacket or wool coat.

 

WEEKLY SHOPPING CART 11/15: THE BEST TEDDY COATS TO BUY NOW

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Outfits

It’s no secret that I do a lot of online shopping. This usually entails browsing through hundreds of web pages for weeks until I find the perfect item. Things like price, brand, retailer, style, quality and sometimes reviews are taken into account before I make a final purchase. I finally had the idea that all of my research shouldn’t go unshared. So, this new series will be a round up of the key pieces I’m coveting and the specific items in consideration for the shopping cart. Your weekly guide to the best of the best picks found online.

TEDDY COATS:

Sometimes missing out on an item that goes out of stock is a good thing. Last week I was obsessed with the oversized faux shearling (teddy) coat from And Other Stories but wasn’t able to get my hands on it before it sold out online. I then went to both of their NYC locations and was disappointed when I couldn’t find it in my size. I was still dead set on buying a teddy coat so I shopped around until I found this beauty from Mango. I have to say, the look and quality is much better than the one I intended to buy. You can tell how happy I am to have found the teddy coat of my dreams!

Unfortunately, it is also sold out online now 🙁 I guess that shows how popular these coats are. But, I did some more digging and found other great options to buy below. Don’t ever fear missing out on an item – I promise there will always be better out there.

MOOD #10: EDGY NYC GIRL UNIFORM

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Mood, Outfits

Black on black is every NYC girl’s go-to outfit in the fall. It’s sleek and easy to throw together when you’re in a rush or don’t know what to wear in the morning. You’re really doing it right if you have an almond milk latte in hand.

Here’s how I give the look an edgy twist:

FUR MOTO JACKET

 

 

HIGH WAISTED SKINNY JEANS

 

HEELED ANKLE BOOTS

 

SKINNY SUNGLASSES

 

WEEKLY SHOPPING CART 11/8: BOILER SUITS

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Outfits, Shopping

It’s no secret that I do a lot of online shopping. This usually entails browsing through hundreds of web pages for weeks until I find the perfect item. Things like price, brand, retailer, style, quality and sometimes reviews are taken into account before I make a final purchase. I finally had the idea that all of my research shouldn’t go unshared. So, this new series will be a round up of the key pieces I’m coveting and the specific items in consideration for the shopping cart. Your weekly guide to the best of the best picks found online.

BOILER SUITS (UTILITY JUMPSUITS):

Boiler suits are definitely the fall piece of the moment. They’re so easy to style and probably the most comfortable outfit you can ever wear. I can’t wait to buy more in different colors and in denim. Browse through my top picks below and choose one for yourself!

MOOD #9: HOW TO BUILD A WARDROBE YOU LOVE

Fall, Fashion, How To, Mood, Outfits

A lot of us get caught up in buying every fast fashion trend only to be left feeling like we need a whole new wardrobe come the next year. This was my issue a few years ago until I started to pay more attention to my purchases and change my shopping habits. Once I did that, I really started to define my personal style and create a collection that I’m obsessed with. If this is your struggle too, try incorporating my tips to get started on your dream closet.

Step 1: Purge

Start by donating anything that doesn’t fit or you haven’t worn in a year. There’s no sense in keeping clothes that don’t do anything for you anymore.

Step 2: Get organized

Write down and categorize all of your favorite pieces on a word document and brainstorm how many outfits you can make. This might seem a little tedious but I swear it worked for me. It will help you see what’s missing in your wardrobe and what you should buy to improve it. Maybe you have too many black shoes and it’s time to try some new colors and prints.

Step 3: Shop In Outfits

Try your best to shop with an entire outfit in mind. This will help eliminate buying one off pieces that don’t fit within your style or with the rest of your closet. Whenever I see something I like while browsing, I come up with 2-3 different ways I would style it. If I can’t think of much then that means it’s probably not worth buying.

Step 4: Accessorize

If you’re starting to feel bored of your wardrobe, it’s most likely because you are wearing the same outfits over and over again without switching anything up. New handbags, shoes and jewelry will give your go-to looks a boost. This is a good short term fix to get you out of a style rut.

Step 5: Don’t Stay Comfortable

Definitely try new items that are a little out of your comfort zone. For example, if you only wear skinny jeans every day, try going for straight leg jeans or flare. You would be surprised how much of an upgrade it is to switch out the styles your most comfortable with.

WEEKLY SHOPPING CART 11/2: ALEXANDER WANG STUDDED BOOTIE DUPES

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping

It’s no secret that I do a lot of online shopping. This usually entails browsing through hundreds of web pages for weeks until I find the perfect item. Things like price, brand, retailer, style, quality and sometimes reviews are taken into account before I make a final purchase. I finally had the idea that all of my research shouldn’t go unshared. So, this new series will be a round up of the key pieces I’m coveting and the specific items in consideration for the shopping cart. Your weekly guide to the best of the best picks found online.

ALEXANDER WANG STUDDED BOOTIE DUPES:

Since last year, I’ve been obsessed with the Alexander Wang Eri boots (last pair linked below) but obviously they’re a major splurge. A lot of brands have produced similar styles that are super comparable so this week I’ve been searching through the web to find good dupes that are also good quality. I’m leaning towards buying the style from Sol Sana. They look to be the closest match without feeling like a knockoff. I also like the thicker block heal, which makes them more wearable for daytime.

 

WEEKLY SHOPPING CART 10/25: BLAZERS

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping

It’s no secret that I do a lot of online shopping. This usually entails browsing through hundreds of web pages for weeks until I find the perfect item. Things like price, brand, retailer, style, quality and sometimes reviews are taken into account before I make a final purchase. I finally had the idea that all of my research shouldn’t go unshared. So, this new series will be a round up of the key pieces I’m coveting and the specific items in consideration for the shopping cart. Your weekly guide to the best of the best picks found online.

BLAZERS:

A nicely tailored and oversized blazer is my go-to whenever I don’t know what to wear in the morning but need to look good fast. This is why I can never have too many! These are the ones I’ve been eyeing to add to my cart (as well as the one pictured).

EVERYTHING I BOUGHT IN OCTOBER: & OTHER STORIES

Fall, Fashion, Outfits, Shopping

CAMEL BLAZER & WHITE TANK:

With me turning 26 this month, I’ve been into buying classic pieces that I know will last in my closet for years to come. An oversized blazer is a wardrobe staple for me and this camel color is so pretty for fall. So far, I’ve styled it so many ways with this simple layering tank top, vintage t-shirts, turtleneck knits and sneakers.

 

DENIM BUTTON UP SHIRT & STATEMENT RING:

I’m an avid wearer of the “denim on denim” look, so when I spotted this midnight blue blouse I had to buy it. I love the added ruffles on the neckline for a subtle feminine touch.

This ring though! I’ve been wearing it non stop and get so many compliments whenever someone notices it. I love simple jewelry that also make a statement.

GREY MOCK NECK SWEATER & CHEETAH PRINT MIDI SKIRT:

And Other Stories deserves an award for making this sweater. It’s perfectly fitted and slouchy at the same time. Once you experience the quality of a well crafted knit, you won’t ever go back to buying the cheaper ones. If there is one thing you should buy from this post, it’s this sweater for sure!

Yes, animal prints are very trendy this season and I’m not mad at it! I’ve been waiting for this trend to come back into the spotlight since I let it go during college. Midi skirts in general have really started to grow on me. I was never a long skirt kind of girl until I tried this one. It just looks so chic with a pair of leather boots. I also bought the asymmetrical black midi skirt in the links below.

Everything I bought from And Other Stories (plus some other favorites) is linked below. Leave me a comment and let me know what you bought this month. Happy shopping!

 

WEEKLY SHOPPING CART 10/18: FALL SHOES

Fall, Fashion, Fashion Trends, Shopping

It’s no secret that I do a lot of online shopping. This usually entails browsing through hundreds of web pages for weeks until I find the perfect item. Things like price, brand, retailer, style, quality and sometimes reviews are taken into account before I make a final purchase. I finally had the idea that all of my research shouldn’t go unshared. So, this new series will be a round up of the key pieces I’m coveting and the specific items in consideration for the shopping cart. Your weekly guide to the best of the best picks found online.

SNAKESKIN ANKLE BOOTS: 

WHITE KNEE HIGH BOOTS:

 

BIKER BOOTS:

 

STATEMENT SNEAKERS:

MOOD #8: DRESSING FOR MY NEW LOOK

Fashion, Fashion Trends, Mood, News, Outfits

After struggling with transitioning my hair to natural for a couple of years, I finally decided to take the plunge and do “the big chop” this past March. It wasn’t as dramatic of an experience as I thought it would be but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Most mornings I spend a max of 5 mins on my hair and have more time to prepare for the rest of the day. With this being my new routine, I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to do this! Natural is definitely better 🙂

Though it’s been interesting learning my hair texture and what products work for me, it’s also been a great opportunity to experiment with my new look style-wise. With straight hair, I was used to being able to wear pretty much any style because it was so versatile. On any given day, I loved to dress according to my mood (hence #inafashionmood lol) and be edgy, sexy, boyish or even girly and style my hair and makeup based on the look I was trying to achieve. There’s not much I can do to my hair on a day to day basis to switch up my look and I’m fine with that. Eventually when my hair grows longer I will be able to play around with different hairstyles, which will also be an exciting change. But for now, I am sticking with my baby fro and the different clothing and accessories I’ve found go best with this look on me.

EARRINGS:

The first must have item with my new haircut is earrings. I’ve always been a huge fan of minimal gold hoop earrings for their subtle femininity and timelessness. Now, I’ve found myself buying more statement earrings and hoops in all different styles. I feel they compliment my face and balance out my lack of hair length.

V-NECKLINES:

By experimenting with my current wardrobe and a few new pieces, I’ve found that deep v-necks and even low scoop necklines look the best on me right now. Tops and blouses that shows a little more chest as opposed covering the neck area provides more of the feminine look I’m going for. It draws the attention to my upper figure and collarbone instead of closing me up and making my head/face the focal point. This was probably the biggest difference I noticed when I started to style myself with my new haircut. I didn’t enjoy the way mock necks or turtlenecks looked on me and felt that I was giving older woman vibes. Not that there is anything wrong with aging, but I still want to have a youthful feel to my outfits since I’m only 25.

FEMININE RUFFLES:

Luckily for me, ruffles on tops and dresses are very on trend these days – and I’ve been obsessed. Again, I love that they are so feminine and playful. Puffy and statement sleeves are also a similar style feature that I’m loving lately. I’m really trying to stay away from anything that is too boyish or covered. This may be more of a challenge during the winter months when all I will want to thrown on is a chunky sweater and scarf. But that’s a bridge I will cross when I get there.

SANDALS & HEELS:

Though I’ve started to get more into sneakers over the past couple of years, I’ve found that they’re no longer my go to shoes with this new look. Don’t get me wrong, I still throw on my Adidas and Nikes on the weekends when I’m being low key. However, I’d rather reach for a pair of small block sandals or heels that accentuate and lean out my legs. Even with outfits like the one in this post. I could easily wear the same outfit with a pair of chunky sneakers to match the track shorts but I’d rather keep the somewhat sporty look on the feminine side with a pair of white sandals. Once the fall/winter comes, I’ll likely transition to pumps and knee high boots.

Leave me a comment and let me know if you’ve ever changed your personal style because of a new haircut or color.

Check out the items in the shopping links below if you’re inspired.

MOST POPULAR SANDALS OF SUMMER 2018

Fashion, Fashion Trends, Outfits

When the warm weather finally came around, I started to shop for new pieces to freshen up my wardrobe. I was especially looking for a pair of go-to sandals to replace my favorites from last year that are now sad and unwearable. The variations of strappy sandals and mules caught my attention since I’m a huge fan of the 90s revival trends. The pair I’m wearing here have been sold out for weeks but I diligently checked the Mango.com website for updates on their return. One lucky day, I received an email that my size was available and I quickly purchased them before anyone else had the chance.

I have to say that these shoes are everything I hoped they would be. The mismatched straps give the style an updated and more modern feel while the structure and heel shape allow it to still have a 90s vibe. It’s been on my mind to buy shoes in colors other than black since since I can never seem to stray from it. Seriously though – my entire shoe collection is 80% black but whose isn’t?? However, I’m happy to be adding some brightness to my summer outfits as we head into the season.

GOING ON A SHOPPING FAST...

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Starting from now until April 1st, I won’t be buying any clothes, shoes, jewelry or any other fashion related items. I will only wear the items currently in my wardrobe and donate/sell anything I haven’t worn or thought about in the last 6 months.

Since deciding to take on this challenge, I thought it would be best if I write out my goals to hold myself accountable. This is a much needed cleanse as I noticed how many things I accumulated this fall that I haven’t even worn yet. It’s time for me to change my bad habits of impulse buying and unnecessary spending. My mentality has drastically evolved over the past few years, so this really isn’t as shocking for me to do as I am making it seem. I’ve done things that I never could see myself doing before so I know I have the power in me to control my spending. In 2016, I gave up meat and started a plant based diet. In 2017, I started meditating, reading and working on my physical fitness.

I’m stating it now that 2018 is going to be the year that I get a handle on my spending habits and change my relationship to material possessions.

I know this is going to be a tough process, but in order to make those lifestyle changes I have to start now when I feel it’s affecting me the most. I’ve seeing a lot of women on social media taking on this challenge too so I know I’m not the only with a problem, lol. Do you ever think about how unhealthy (mentally and of course financially) it is to spend hundreds of dollars season after season to keep up with trends? Sometimes I get so obsessed with an item that I get distracted from more important things things in my life. I end up impulsively buying clothes and never up wear them because I forget or find out I don’t really like it as much as I thought I did.

Also, it’s a sad fact that fast fashion companies pay their workers little to nothing, while they work tirelessly in unsafe conditions and I just don’t want to be a part of this cycle anymore. It just doesn’t make me feel good thinking about what someone had to endure for me to wear a piece of clothing that has no purpose and that I will donate or get tired of eventually.

This is why I need this challenge. Not only will this be good for my soul, conscious and bank account, I’ll be able to focus on the other aspects of my life that are important to me right now. I hope to learn how to be more mindful with my purchases instead of impulsive and change the way I view my needs vs. my wants.

If you’re feeling inspired or were thinking about going on a shopping fast yourself, here are some tips to help you get started:

1.Unsubscribe

From ALL email notifications for sales and new clothing arrivals. Of course you can always resubscribe later.

2. Tailor Clothes

This a great opportunity to spend extra money on getting key pieces tailored so you’re more likely to wear them instead of buying new things.

3.Donate or sell

Old clothes to narrow down your current personal style.

4.Save Money

Set aside money in your savings account for after the challenge.

5.Log off

Log off social media as to not tempt you.

I will come back in April and share an update on this challenge. Message me on social media and let me know your thoughts and if you would ever give up shopping.

4 FASHION ITEMS TO SAVE OR SPLURGE ON

Fashion

I believe that anyone can be fashionable. It’s all about being smart with what you buy, knowing what silhouettes complement your body and picking the right pieces that fit your look and lifestyle. You don’t have to own designer labels for everything, although that would be amazing. The items that you wear consistently are definitely worth investing in and others you can find at a great price and quality.

Maybe you know that feeling when you’re looking through your closet and can’t find anything to wear. In my experience, this is a result of buying clothes that were trendy in the moment and have since gone out of style or lost their quality. Over time, you’re left with less clothes than you originally thought you had. This is the worst feeling, especially because its a severe waste of money. It took me a while to really asses my personal style and come up with a shopping strategy that makes sense for my lifestyle and budget.

I thought I would share things that I like to spend extra for and save money on while shopping. Of course, everyone has a different lifestyle so you may not agree with everything I listed. But, I hope this serves you as a guide so you can strategically shop and build a wardrobe you love.

Save: Faux Fur and Leather Jackets

Faux leather and fur jackets are a seasonal wardrobe staple for me. I bring mine out during the fall and wear them almost every day until the winter hits. Living in New York, the snow and rain can be unpredictable. I keep my budget for at $80-$100 dollars. This way if inclement weather does ruin the material, it won’t break the bank to replace it. You can find great pieces from various stores like Zara, Asos, Mango and Revolve.

Splurge: Everyday Tote Bag

Another factor I consider while living and working in New York is the daily commute. I’m usually in the City from 9am to 6pm so I need to carry my life essentials with me at all times. This means my work tote bag has to be really durable, great quality and stylish. I’ve tried to use cheaper tote bags but the handles always seem to give out after a few months. I don’t want to buy a new one every time it wears out so I go the designer route.

Save: Jewelry

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on jewelry at all. Looking back at some of the jewelry I bought, I’m so glad I never spent more than $10-20 on them. Jewelry trends go in and out in fashion SO quickly and I tend to lose them easily. The jewelry from Bauble Bar, TopShop and Urban Outfitters are good enough for my wardrobe at the moment. The only exception I have to this opinion is for watches. I definitely think investing in a designer timepiece that you can wear daily is a smart move.

Splurge: Winter Coat

This one shouldn’t come as a surprise since you can image how crazy the weather in New York is. You never know when the snow is going to hit so I keep my coats in good condition for each season. I also have made sure to have styles for multiple occasions. I have an everyday winter coat, one for work, a formal one and one that is more sporty and athletic. They range from $250-$400 each and are totally worth the investments.

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