Hi Lovelies! Sami from The Unexpected Type here to talk about keeping your fashion ultra-lux while on a college girl’s budget! Fashion influences the lives of many—who doesn’t want to walk around wearing the latest Dior? I’ll raise my hand to that! Budgets remain to be a questionable issue in the industry to whether it really is the key to true style. Trust me, it’s not!

So many expert fashionistas are mixing high and low, or even going low-end all around to show that true style isn’t in the price of the piece, but how you wear it. As a girl who once struggled on the impending college student budget, I learned a few tricks along the way that will keep you looking like a million bucks under $100 (seriously!)

Go Dainty
Dainty, minimalistic jewelry can get pricey, fast. The trend of simple jewelry started last year and accessorizing with minimal pieces is booming this year. You can find really simple pieces pretty much anywhere for under $5. Forever21 may be lacking in the quality of clothing, but their $3 dainty necklaces and bracelets will make up for that! I get compliments on my minimal pieces from F21 all the time—my priceless secret!

Grab a Clutch
All that hardware on your bag can make it look cheap or tacky. The hardware can wear away pretty fast, too, leaving tattered remains of a chain that once was (yikes!) Detach the extra chains and ditch the hardware for a super sleek clutch. You’ll go from “eh” in the accessories department to “Fashion Editor” with a capital F.

Upgrade Your Denim
I used to be the girl who bought a cheap piece of denim just because my favorite designer pair was getting worn way too many times only one way. Invest in a good pair of jeans! It’ll save you money, since you won’t be buying the cheapo’s every once in awhile. Try buying a pair of boyfriend or skinnies. You can cuff, roll, unroll, and tuck into many different options and lengthen the life of your denim wear.

Old Navy | The Boyfriend Skinny Ankle Jeans ($30) // American Eagle | Extreme Jegging ($50)

Get Monochromatic
All black, all white, all grey, even camel. Opt for one color in cool proportions and textures to create a super cool look everyone will be drooling over. It’s actually fun to put monochromatic looks together—it feels like a challenge! Did I mention how chic this is right now?

Asos | Tailored Sleeveless Boilersuit ($81) // Zara | Sash belt trousers with bow ($60) // H&M | Blouse with Trumpet Sleeves ($30)

Get Creative With Accessories
Your favorite silk scarf just turned into a purse accent Monday-Wednesday and a hairband Thursday and Friday. Reusing your accessories in interesting ways adds a very unexpected touch that will have people waiting to see exactly what you do next. You get more use out of your pieces and still make a style statement!

-post by sami davis

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Cool Mom. Cool Diaper Bag.

Ok, so now that I'm a mom, I'm on the hunt for a diaper bag.

Yes, it's a bit late...why? Well, you see....I've been using one of my bigger handbags as a diaper bag. I'm quickly discovering there aren't enough compartments to put everything in!  Very annoying when you're out with your baby on a long stroll & find yourself digging around your BIG handbag for a small pacifier etc.

Now after searching and searching online I've come across some great options that are not only stylish but functional. Let's face it, there are some UGLY diaper bags out there.  I just can't see myself holding a bag that feels like I'm hauling around a clown outfit.  No offense but...."Dear designers, please make nicer diaper bags."  In the meanwhile I've got a few I'd recommend - some not-so-affordable and some are.

As of right now I'm looking at #2 , a black quilted diaper bag by StorkSak. This bag is pretty cool....has all the necessary pockets & then some.

Moms, take note...this is def a cool bag!

 see more at storksak

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When it comes to storage at home, we can make it just storage or create a beautiful space to display our books, art and home decor and add a little personality to our space. There is so many stylish bookshelves on the market to chose from and when styled, they'll bring a totally new look to any living room! I personally love bright and colorful bookshelves, full of accessories, personal items and vintage finds, a statement element of the room.

Here is one you might get inspired by and some happy home decor ideas below!

/7/ Barneys /8/ Chairish /9/ Habitat /10/ Amara

- post by Monika Boruch
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Hi everyone! This is Sandra from Blasfemmes bringing you fashion inspiration for the good weather that awaits us.  I am undeniably a Pinterest enthusiast, it is probably my favorite social media outlet because I always find wonderful inspiration there. These are two of my favorite recent pins and I decided to make a post on how to get these looks. What's your favorite social media outlet for fashion inspiration?

1. Suno Eyelet Top // 2. Part Two Striped Blazer // 3. Current/Elliott White Jeans // 4. J. Crew Pavé Link Bracelet // 5. Michael Kors Pink Selma Crossbody Bag // 6. Vans Lo Pro Sneakers Image from Merricksart

1. Forever21 Blue Lace Top & Zara Top// 2. Loeffler Randall Rider Bag // 3. Current/Elliott White Jeans // 4. J. Crew Necklace // 5. J. Crew Pavé Link Bracelet // 6. Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Flats Image from StylishPetite

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The Maxi Dress

Spring time arrived in NYC - but yesterday it felt more like Summer. WOAH, it was HOT. Especially if you're walking around for a bit... 

During this time of year I jump online and hunt down the best fitting maxi dresses. Maxi dresses can start at $26 and go upwards of $300. Crazy, I know.  Two Summers ago I bought 3 maxi dresses & ended up spending about $100 each.  Now I look around & realize there are some really great fitting ones for the half the price. Go figure. 

It pays to shop around & one of my fave places to shop dresses is BooHoo.  Seriously, you cannot beat their prices!  If you scroll down you'll notice the long black (form-fitting) maxi I wore this past  weekend, it was only $26!! They have a ton of other cute options but I felt this was the best fit for me. In case you're wondering it's number 4 (below) and I'm a size 4.  

I love this style of dress...I must admit when I'm feeling lazy or don't have time to shave my legs, this dress is ideal. Ha.

So, tell me are you into maxi dresses? Which is your fave?

1. asos white frill dress  2. cami maxi asos 3. leopard print maxi via asos 4. black strappy frill maxi via boohoo 5. young fabulous & broke maxi 6. caftan maxi by young fabulous & broke 7. racer back maxi via shopbop

IVVI stroller by nuna

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Hi, Monica from Beauty Parler! So excited Spring is finally here and the sun is shining. Some of you might be planning Summer vacations already and to get you started on a few travel essentials I've chosen a few favourites. Aside from beauty blogging I also work as a flight attendant and I always carry a few beauty essentials in my carry-on.

One word that is key when traveling by plane is moisturize. From the moment you step on that airplane, the dry air sucks the moisture out of you. Aside from the obvious as drinks lots of water! You need to replenish the moisture loss.

There are many brands of water spray cans, Vichy Thermal Spa Water Spray is one of my favourites. Adds moisture but for me it's the refreshing factor. Right before landing a spritz of water on the face feels cool and awakens.

Facial wipes, disposal and easy to carry. I like the Neutrogena All-In-One Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes, not only for in-flight but as part of my skincare routine.

Hand cream is a must! I tend to carry more than one as my hands get so dry. The L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream is an old favourite and classic. Creamy and leaves hands so soft. Love the scent too!

I've lost count of how many lip balms are in my uniform pockets. However, Benefit Hydrating Lip Tints are great because they add a hint of colour which in my case is necessary under those horrible lights.

Lastly, not so much for the flight but any skincare that isn't in liquid format for travel is a smart choice. Especially if you're a carry-on only type of gal. With liquid restrictions at airports, the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant is an amazing product. It's a gentle powder exfoliate that suds when mixed with water.

-post by Monica Da Rosa

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