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Cardi Party: Dream On, Kid

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Cardi Party: Dream On, Kid

Hey everyone and happy Hump Day! One brand that I’ve always really liked but never explored to an extent is American Eagle Outfitters. I like their classic style, muted colors, and the fact that their clothes can definitely be viewed as appropriate for a twenty something. Despite an appreciation for the brand, their clothes are just way too expensive for my taste.

Don’t get me wrong, my frugality doesn’t exclude the knowledge that you get what you pay for. But my frugality DOES include the fact that, often times, you can find amazing brands elsewhere for a fraction of the cost. This is why I am a tried and true Maxxinista. TJMaxx is a store that I shopped at from a very young age. I can remember browsing the aisles hand in hand with my mom or grandma when I was little and thinking that it was the most fantastic place on earth – and I still do!

TJMaxx allows me to live out my rich girl fantasy by providing me with brands for purchase that I would never buy in my wildest dreams for full price. TJs dwindles down the cost of clothing, shoes, and accessories to a price that I’m fully comfortable paying. When people ask me where I get my clothes, it makes me proud to say that I get a majority of it from TJMaxx, which proves that I look sharp at a budget price. Check out my latest purchase, which happens to be an American Eagle Outfitters cardi at a TJ’s discount, and let’s discuss:

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It has been a long, long time since I stepped foot in a mall. And when I do, it’s rarely for myself, but for gift shopping during the holiday season. But, even then, I still prefer to do my shopping elsewhere. However, when I do find myself in the mall, I like to take my time, look around, guffaw at costly price tags, and take note of the things I like for when I do my bargain shopping later.

This adorable, prep school style AEO cardi cost me THIRTEEN DOLLARS, and I know for a fact that it would have been at least fifty had I bought it at the mall. Somehow, this made my new cardigan appear even cuter to me! It has been a good, long while since I bought myself a new cardi – probably back in 2014, actually, when I was still working at PacSun and got a nice employee discount.

I love the cardigans that I do have because they’re older, but I can’t help feeling like everyone and their brother will have the cardigans that are in store right now. And if there’s one thing that I hate, it’s feeling like a million other people have what I’m buying. This is why I usually shy away from purchasing a cardigan, but go for something like a cool jacket or comfy chic sweaters, instead.

However, this AEO cardigan was too cute to pass up. It features my three favorite colors – black, red, and white and it’s SO comfy. I normally don’t dress for comfort, but there’s nothing better than wrapping yourself up in a nice, cozy cardigan to combat the autumn chill. And, of course, the “Keep On Dreamin'” embroidered back made me smile.

If you must know, I was totally “sadness shopping” after a rough day full of questioning myself and just not feeling good in my skin. The sweet, inspirational surprise on the back of this cardi made me happy and it felt like a message from the shopping gods telling me that I’m going to be okay. You can’t beat finding something totally adorable, affordable, and confidence boosting on a really blah day. Needless to say, it was a total TJMaxx cardi party!

So there you have it, my recent Cardi Party: Dream On, Kid! What is a purchase that you made recently that made you smile? How do you ball on a budget? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Target Haul

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Target Haul

Hello everyone and happy Hump Day! I’ve been on a bit of a shopping hiatus these past few months thanks to my college tuition, my car, and purchasing holiday gifts. Last week, however, I finally got some fun new pieces to add into my wardrobe, compliments of Target. Take a look and then let’s discuss:

What I love the most about these pieces, starting with the button down, is that it’s a smart shirt with an added surprise. Usually I would never pick something like this out for myself (all black everything, please) but when I saw the back of it, I just had to try it on. I love anything with a peek a boo back because I like to show off my tattoos so the surprise sheerness was what made this shirt a definite contender.

I’ll admit, I was slightly nervous to try this shirt on because I didn’t want to look like a freaking goon but I was so pleased with the results! The top in itself really isn’t very edgy, which is what I like. However, I was able to alter the sweetness of the shirt with my piercings and tattoos and that turned it into a very cool and unexpected piece to add into my wardrobe. This button down will also be great to wear year round which is another bonus, in my opinion.

The black cardigan with white crosses decorating it was obviously a no brainer. It has everything that I like on it – my favorite color, my favorite pattern, and just the right amount of rocker edge that I love. As soon as I saw the cardi, I knew that I would be purchasing it. I’m actually wearing it right now as I type this! My style is very distinctive, so when I find pieces that scream out “Lil Red”, like my new cardigan, I just have to splurge!

Currently, I’m rocking my new cardi with my snakeskin patterned black skinnies, a graphic white tank, my black cross dangle earrings, and my Michael Kors combat boots. I plan on wearing my button down with my mustard yellow suede skirt from H&M, a cool pair of heels, and a sharp little jacket for a fun take on a woman on the go outfit. I can’t wait!

I’ve been very bored with my wardrobe as of late and have fallen into the pattern of wearing the same things over and over again. I definitely needed a clothing pick me up and my new button down and cardigan were the perfect pieces to do that with. I’m looking forward to incorporating both tops into my day to day outfits to freshen things up and make my old clothes feel like new again. Thanks for the cute new clothes, Target! ❤

So there you have it, my latest Target Haul! Where is your favorite place to score some new clothes? Who has recently had a haul for themselves? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

OOTD: Cardi Party

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OOTD: Cardi Party

Whatup crew! I was really digging my outfit today, so I had to take an obligatory mirror selfie while shopping at Kohl’s this afternoon. If you aren’t aware, their winter sale that’s happening right now is fabulous! So many great deals it made my lil red head spin! 😉 Today I was rocking a fairly simple look, but I felt awesome in it and confidence is key! Here’s a pic of my Cardi Party OOTD:

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As usual here’s the breakdown of all of the items in my look:

  • Floppy hat: PacSun, Brandy Melville
  • Cardigan: PacSun, O’Neil
  • T-shirt: Zumiez, Obey
  • Jeans: Express
  • Combat boots: Journey’s, Madden Girl
  • Rosary necklace: Target

I absolutely adore this outfit. Today was a pretty lazy day, so this look was something that I just threw together to go running around in. Lil Red refuses to roam around Akron, Ohio in just jeans and a t-shirt, so of course I had to throw on some items that would make my outfit more unique. For starters I added my favorite rosary necklace that my mom got me from Target. For seconds I threw on one of my oldie but goodie cardigans from when I worked at good ol’ PacFun. (This cardi is at least three years old and it’s still fabulous!) To literally top off the look, I put on my new ten dollar on sale Brandy Melville hat from PacSun. This hat was actually the first purchase I made at Pac since I quit in September. It’s amazing how uncute their clothes got to me after not working there and not getting a discount (ha!) so I never really felt the need to buy anything after my employment. But ten dollars for an originally thirty-five dollar hat?! Hello, you’re not gonna not buy it! I really like how the mauvey gray color in the hat matches one of the colored stripes on my cardigan almost perfectly. Color coordination at its finest! 😉  I was eager to break in my new combat boots from Journey’s today, which I also bought while ballin on a budget! Twenty dollars for an originally sixty dollar boot! HOLLA. Everything about this look felt cool and effortless to me. I felt like such a diva strutting around in my floppy hat and sunglasses. I also really dug the way my boots looked with my snake skin print jeans. #blackonblackonblack Unfortunately the print doesn’t really show up on pictures because the pattern is so subtle – but I promise that they’re super cute! IN CONCLUSION: This outfit made me feel like a boho/punky/cool/chic woman on the go today. What more could you ask for in a look?

Funny shopping story: I was at Target with my mom today and I totally bought notebooks with One Direction on them for school. I’m twenty years old and I’m bringing One Direction notebooks to college….BUT THEY WERE ON SALE!!!! (And I have a major crush on all of the 1D boys – SUE ME FOR IT!!!!)

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^^^ SO CUTE! (I swear I’m twenty years old…not ten.)

Alright guys, I hope you have a fabulous night! I’m off to watch School of Rock and eat hella popcorn! What were you guys rockin today? What are you up to tonight? I’d love to hear from you so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah