Look Like a Million Bucks Without Spending any Money: Part 1

DSC_0024DSC_0034DSC_0027DSC_0023DSC_0026DSC_0028DSC_0033DSC_0025DSC_0032DSC_0029Watch: Anne Klein similar here| Shoes: Madden Girls here| Cropped Sweater: Calvin Klein similar here| Bag: Louis Vuitton St. Jacques here, but similar here| Skirt: Ruffled Tiered similar here| Shirt: Patterned Shell similar here| High-waisted shaper: Similar here

I think one of the major misconceptions about being stylish is that you have to spend a lot of money to look trendy. Honestly speaking, most people are not out spending their days shopping and buying new clothes. For the majority of folks, new clothes are a rarity and only happens at the cost of forgoing something else. I had a friend that only shopped once a year, and when she did, she chose several things and bought them in every color. Smart!

I have also decided that I will spend the next few blog posts showing you how to reinvent your wardrobe. One thing I plan on doing is repeating several of the items I already own. I guarantee that if you don’t like shopping or can’t spend extra money on clothing, changing your look with accessories and shoes is the way to go.

In this post, I am wearing this ruffly skirt, and in an upcoming post, I will be wearing it again, but styling it a different way. The shoes I’m wearing are a prime example of what I wrote earlier. I had bought one color from Amazon, and when I went back on the website, I noticed that the other colors were deeply discounted. I quickly bought them because not only were they stylish, but they were extremely comfortable and the price was phenomenal. Also, my shirt is a colorful shell that I picked up at Ross Stores last weekend. I had seen the shirt many other times but didn’t commit to buying it. When I went into the store on this beautiful day, it was on clearance. I snagged it for only $2.49!

Over the past few years, I’ve had many people asking about where I bought different pieces of clothing. So because of that, what I did above is link what I’m wearing to either the exact item or similar, cheaper options. Take a look at them if you’d like to put together a similar outfit. As I always mention, I love to shop and get new pieces, but I don’t like to spend a lot of money doing so. I plan on always trying to link my exact item, but I will also list other items.

This past weekend was very special. My son turned 13-years-old on 9/11. I cannot believe that the time flew by so quickly. It seemed as if yesterday was the day that we brought him home from the hospital in Middletown, NY. He was the perfect baby and is now growing up to be the exact child I would have wanted.

We are normally spending his birthday week at a resort in Orlando or in NY. We opted to stay at home this year because we have some trips coming up in the near future, and we need to spend some time working on our remodeling projects. My dad had called a few weeks back to find out if we would be spending Labor Day with them in NY, but we will most likely go in October so we can see the changing of the leaves. I also want to head to the aquarium in Georgia in the next few weeks and take a detour to the mountains.

All in all though, we had an amazing weekend. The hubs lit the grill on both Saturday and Sunday, and we spent each day in the pool. We were supposed to have spent the day go-karting in Kissimmee, but because of the rain, we had a little staycation right here in our backyard. Here’s to living in Florida!

How was your weekend?

XOXO Delaine

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