Tastefully Trendy

A life and fashion blog by Sarah Beth

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The Simple Life

Guys, I don’t really have a ton to say about this outfit.  I just found it in my “unblogged” folder, and I liked it, despite the fact that I waited to take the pictures until all of my make-up had melted off my face (apparently).

I love how a jacket (even a casual, cropped one) can automatically amp up the “put-together” factor of an outfit.  Although at the core I’m just wearing shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops, the jacket makes it look intentional.  And the embellishments on the flip flops make me look less lazy.  Plus, I like the 3rd color they introduce into the outfit (if you can’t tell, there are still some flecks of blue and yellow in the shimmer, so it’s not TOTALLY ignoring the rest of the look).

1 - cropped jacket, flip flopsDo you have any tricks to make something easy look like you really worked at it?  Hair, make-up, clothing…let’s share some “life hacks” (which, btw, is the most annoying phrase in pop culture right now), and make all of our lives more simple and more beautiful at the same time!

P.S.  My earrings are from Rahab’s Rope.  We don’t sell that particular variety any more, but we’ve got tons of other cute stuff if you haven’t checked out the site lately!

Fashion on a Dime

If there is only one thing you ever learn from me regarding fashion on a budget, it is this:

“Good things come to those who wait.”

If you are the type of person who always has to have something as soon as it is available (cough, cough, iPhone 6 Plus users), then you’ll probably have to spend a lot on clothing…or have a small wardrobe.  Even shopping in cheaper, “fast fashion” stores, you’ll end up paying all $34.95 for those skinny overalls, when you could wait a few months and find them for $14.99.

One of the reasons I have so many clothes is because I’ve lived by this principle my whole life.  So, even now, when I get a gift card to Francesca’s for Christmas from my favorite brother, I hold onto it for 6 months.  I love Francesca’s, but my gift card was for $60.  Full-price, that would have given me probably an item of clothing, and maybe 1/3 a pair of earrings.  By waiting, though, I was able to get all the goodies you see below (okay, fine – I threw in $12 of my own money for the extra and tax).
Granted, I do go to the mall pretty often, so the odds of me hitting the sales are pretty good.  But, the point is that you can find everything you want for a price you can afford, if you can be disciplined to be patient.

Example 2: this awesome acid washed jacket.  I’ve been wanting a denim jacket for a while and haven’t found one I really like for a price I was willing to pay.  Until this weekend, when I went to Target, Cartwheel app with 20% off women’s clearance in hand, and I picked it up for $12!
1 - pineapple shortsThe shoes were a reasonably-priced-but-not-a-steal find from my beloved college shoe store, Becky’s.  Because they’re beautiful and I had been wanting some new wedges, anyway.

What do you think about my number one rule of budget fashion?  Do you adhere to this rule, or is patience not one of your particular virtues?  What are your thoughts about my new pretty things?  I’m glad to be back after a week on the road, so let’s talk!

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