Thrifty and Thriving—Finding High Fashion at Low Prices

To be a college student in this day and age has many meanings: you’re young, you’re getting an education, possibly working a job, and you have the whole world at your feet. This is the time to learn about subjects you love, subjects you hate, yourself, and the people around you. And chances are, you’re also beginning to explore your independence and the slim budget that comes with it! But, have no fear! There are still many ways to keep up your Fashionista lifestyle without cringing every time you check your bank account balance.

During my first year as a college student, I fell in love with thrift shopping and clothing swaps. One of my good friends also introduced me to a Facebook page where girls in my area were reselling their fabulous clothes for dirt cheap. Finding cheap gems to add to my wardrobe is always the highlight of my day, however, I will admit that it does require some patience. There are definitely some duds that hang on the racks at some thrift shops. However, if you try hard enough, you can leave with the perfect item without burning a hole in your pocket!

In her first look, this Fashionista rocked the boho vibe in an Anthropologie top, Calvin Klein shorts, and a brown fringed backpack, all of which came from her favorite thrift store. She also sported a scrunchy on one wrist, a gold necklace, and her mom’s vintage bandana around her hair. Both her top and shorts could easily cost over $50 each at retail value, but she was able to walk away with that outfit having spent less than $25! This cute combo is a perfect everyday look, whether you’ve got a class or a coffee date!

In the second look, she used a Free People top with Calvin Klein jeans. This soft, burnt-orange top had a netted overlay and crops just above the belly-button. This was re-sold to her from a page on Facebook for only $10. Her high-waisted Calvin Klein jeans go perfectly with any top and only cost her $8. She ended up throwing on some lipstick and re-purposing her mom’s vintage bandana as a neck scarf. Her tan booties were not thrifted, but they were too cute not to mention! This look is perfect for a night out or an outdoor concert.

Buying pre-loved clothes is an amazing way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. There’s such a wide array of clothing out there that it’s easy to find what you need for any type of look!

Do you like to thrift for your clothes? Let us know in the comments!

Fun-Filled Outfits + Adventures = Unforgettable Summer

Well, my friends, summer is finally upon us! It’s time to bust out your bright colors, floral patterns, and your favorite swim apparel. If you’re like me and will still be taking those online summer classes and working throughout this break period, have no fear! There’s still plenty of time for friends, road trips, and looking fabulous while doing it all.

This week, I grabbed my best friend and drove from our home in the Bay Area down to Anaheim for some Disney fun to kick off the summer!

As avid Disneyland-goers, we were prepared for the warm weather, sweet treats, and magical attractions. Both of us packed some of our favorite floral-print tops and a comfy pair of overalls to wear as we ventured through the park. 

One of my favorite additions to any outfit at the Disneyland Parks is Disney’s signature pins! Pins come in many shapes and sizes of different characters, attractions, and items from the movies or theme parks. Whether you wear them on a cute lanyard or on your favorite piece of clothing, these pins are a great way to display a few of your favorite things!

Around our wrists, my BFF and I each wore a bracelet that represented an important piece of who we are and what we love. My friend sported her #ShineForShane bracelet as she beautifully memorialized the sudden loss of her wonderful cousin. On my wrist, I wore an engraved silver bangle given to me by a mentor at the end of my senior year of high school. I also decided to wear my floral choker, my favorite watch, and my Disney-themed Alex and Ani bangles! Adding accessories can be a great and fun way to accent your outfit, while also being a creative outlet to express who you are! My floral scrunchie is another great accent, but I really have it so that I can put my hair up on high-speed rides in order to prevent tangles! (#ProTip)

When you’re in the Disney Parks, it’s so important to embrace all of the magic that they have to offer! This, my fashionable friends, includes the unique and delectable food items they offer throughout the park. Our favorite treat is a Mickey-shaped raspberry macaron filled with fresh raspberries. I’m drooling just thinking about it! Not only do they taste amazing, but they make for an adorable photo companion!

Cute clothes, fun accessories, and yummy food is certainly vital for an amazing time at the Disney Parks; however, I believe there’s only one accessory that’s essential for your entire summer… Your BFF and that goofy smile they put on your face! Because whether you’re in your hometown, out in the city, relaxing on the beach, or at your favorite theme park, a best friend by your side will complement every look perfectly! Don’t forget: When necessary (always), have a dance party!

Let me know about your favorite summer fashion trends and road trip destinations in the comments below!