All college girls love a great deal. Free pizza? I’m in. Even if it means attending a meeting for a club that I’m hardly a part of. I was beyond excited when Andrea from Clothes Mentor Wexford invited me to visit her store and shop around. Mention the words “J.Crew” and “Kate Spade” and “discounted” in the same sentence and I’ll try and be there as soon as I can.
Clothes Mentor focuses on buying gently used better brand-name fashions and accessories, and their selection is fantastic. Some of my favorite finds were pieces from J.Crew (shocker, right?), Kate Spade, and Banana Republic. Not to mention that everything in the store is in great condition. It’s perfect for college girls who want to incorporate trendy and high-end products into their wardrobes without having to deal with the prices that usually follow. Trends may come and go and wardrobes are always changing anyways, so why spend the full price when you can experience high-end resale?
Andrea proposed that we try a challenge: to see how many fabulous outfits we could put together for about $100 — we ended up picking out 3 ensembles (dress, shoes, & accessories) that are perfect for spring events.
Look #1: Little Black Nanette Lepore Dress
Guys, I am absolutely OBSESSED with this entire outfit. I actually ended up buying the dress and heels since it took me a little too long to stop twirling around in them. My go to trick for styling little black dresses has always been to incorporate a pop of red, usually with red lipstick and shoes. In this case I decided to switch up the pop by using a bold pattern in the same neutral color palette as the rest of the outfit with my choice of shoe.
The Betsey Johnson choker statement necklace was also a really bold move for me since I usually opt for simpler accessories with this kind of neckline. I loved how edgy and young it made the dress feel, while remaining extremely classy.
Dress : Nanette Lepore – $45
Necklace : Betsy Johnson – $35
Shoes : Nine West – $24
(bonus: Dolce & Gabbana handbag)
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Total : $104
Look #2: Blue & Yellow Eliza J
I fell in love with this dress from the second I walked into Clothes Mentor. I usually don’t opt for pieces that are incredibly bright, or yellow, but when in Rome, right? Inspired to create a look that was bold for spring, I contrasted a royal blue necklace and matching suede shoes against the lemon color (a little hard to see, sorry!) I also really loved the texture in the dress, which made it feel incredibly appropriate for spring and summer. I also fell in love with these heels, which have a navy pleather accent on the toe and felt like a modern take on a vintage design.
Dress: Eliza J – $14
Shoes: Ralph Lauren – $24
Neckace: Talbots – $10
Bracelet: Nordstrom (x2) – $6 each
(bonus: Lenvin handbag – $750
& Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses – $99)
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Look #3 – All Pink Kate Spade
My dream world is entirely Kate Spade everything. I seriously wish I had a lifestyle where I could wear their dresses everyday. I was so excited to have found this dress as it combines a few of my favorite things; Kate Spade, tweed, and the color pink. It reminds me of Elle Woods or Jackie O, and the second I tried it on I felt so chic. Adding all pink accessories, including the Kate Spade handbag made me feel like Barbie, and I loved every second of it.
Dress: Kate Spade – $85
Heels (not pictured, but here): Julianne Hough – $24
Bracelet: Talbots – $12
(bonus: Kate Spade Handbag – $40)
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I ended up leaving with the Nanette Lepore dress, two pairs of heels and two bracelets for exactly $100! I was beyond excited, and can’t wait to style these pieces with my own wardrobe for you in the future!
Which was your favorite look? Let me know in the comment section below!
Today’s post comes from Jessica of In Pursuit, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on Beezus Kiddo, where I discuss my top 3 favorite brunch spots for anyone who wants some really great Pittsburgh finds for 3 different price ranges! What college student on a budget wouldn’t want some really tasty and reasonably priced brunch?
Hello, everyone! My name is
Jess, and while I normally post over at In Pursuit, I am thrilled to be coming
to you from Pittsburgh & Pearls as part of the great Pittsburgh guest post
swap! This is my second year taking part in the event, and so much has changed
– the biggest being that I now regularly post about style and fashion, which is
how I ended up writing for a food blog last year, and a fashion blog this year!
And talk about a whirlwind
year. In the next six months, I am:
- Adopting a corgi
puppy with my fiancé
- Attending 4
- Helping to plan
two baby showers
- Releasing a
- Enjoying my
- GETTING MARRIED
- Spending a
two-week honeymoon in Germany, Austria, and Italy
But before ANY of this
happens… I’m going on my first cruise! We set sail in nine days for a week-long
cruise through the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and Mexico! While we have a turtle
farm and ancient ruins on the itinerary, the main purpose of the cruise is to
see my friend Sam and her fiancé Cam say “I Do” on the high seas!
I knew I wanted to share my
cruise attire with you, and I considered doing a styled shoot to make that
happen. But when I had to cancel on my photographer last-minute, I realized
that I actually DID want you to pack my bag with me… and so, I got together
everything I needed for the cruise, and snapped photos with my Galaxy phone.
Before I kick off my cruise
looks, I want you to know that I spent months cultivating the right looks for
this cruise. My fiancé and I haven’t gone on a vacation for longer than a long
weekend since we started dating, and DANG I want to look good and enjoy it! But
at the heart of everything I wear is comfort. If I feel uncomfortable in
something, it’s not going to look right on me. Confidence truly does make an
outfit. And so, these are the outfits I’ve put together for a comfortable
Caribbean cruise. (Oh, and don’t miss my secret to keeping completely organized
while traveling at the end of this post!
Each outfit set includes a
daytime look and a formal evening look.
Exploring Chichin Itza // Party on Deck
When it comes down to
choosing an outfit to explore ancient ruins in, I want to be cool, comfortable,
and not held back by my clothing. That’s why I chose an earthy looking tee and
shorts combo, along with some wooden jewelry. I’ll be wearing some simply
leather flip flops with this. For my formal look, I went with a dress that featured
a flowy, blinged-out top, and a bodycon skirt. Because the top of this is so
loud, I’m just going to wear this with silver illusion earrings and nude heels.
Shirt: Loft | Shorts: Loft | Necklace & earrings:
Old Navy | Bracelet: Thrifted
Dress: JCPenney | Earrings: Loft
Look 2: Turtle
Farms and Tortuga Rum Time
Everyone, it’s time that you
learn something about me: I love
bralets. There is something so carefree and boho about them, and I love adding
lace detail to any outfit. For my adventure to a turtle farm and a Tortuga rum
cake tasting, I went with some comfy capris, a sheer Army green top, and a dark
gray bralet. For my formal look, I chose a leopard print skirt with a plain
black tank and silver chain… plus some cute nautical earrings.
Capris: Old Navy | Tee: Old Navy | Bralet: Old Navy |
Skirt: Loft | Tank: Old Navy | Chain: Thrifted |
Earrings: Chloe & Isobel
Look 3: Coastal Casual
You can’t go wrong with a
really great fitting pair of jean shorts. And with so much commotion going on
over the Zika virus hopping from place to place… you can’t go wrong with a
little extra coverage. This lightweight shirt pairs with a cami is perfect for
staying cool while staying covered. For my formal look, I chose a comfy gray
floral dress that looks great on any body type.
Tank: Aerie | Shirt: Old
Navy | Shorts: Old Navy | Necklace: | Bracelet: Kate Spade
Look 4: Sailing that Ocean Blue
Confession: I hate swimming.
So it’s safe to say that I probably won’t be spending a ton of time in the
pool. But I AM excited to check out everything else the ship has to offer,
including a great view. For hanging out on deck, I chose a pair of navy shorts,
a green tank, and a lightweight scarf. For my “formal” look, I went with a
pretty casual striped jersey dress and a pineapple scarf. (I’m allergic to
pineapples, so I can only enjoy them on clothing!)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory |
Tank: Old Navy | Scarf: LOFT
Dress: Target | Scarf:
Look 5: Sun & Stars
I haven’t shopped at
American Eagle for YEARS. But when I saw this shirt, I had to have it. It’s
hard to tell from this photo, but it’s a fringed crop top, and I’m pairing it
with some high-waisted jean shorts. I LOVE the faux ivory look to the necklace
and earrings that go along with this, and I cannot wait to explore Cozumel in
this! For my formal look here, I chose scalloped black shorts and a flowy, floral
shell. Who said shorts can’t be formal?!
Look 6: Tickled Pink
I like to expand past the jean short in the
summer, so I always try to pick up some fun colors, like this salmon. I paired
it with this denim tank and peach scarf, and it’s one of my favorite looks for
the trip! I have some cute white sandals to wear with this one to the casino.
For my formal look, I have a tribal-looking maxi dress with a colorblock wooden
Tank: Old Navy | Shorts: Old
Navy | Scarf: Francescas
Dress: Kohl’s | Necklace:
Look 7: “Caribbean” is the “C” in MC Hammer
I completely love these harem
pants. Not just because they are cute and lightweight, but because I got them
for $7! For this formal look, I went with a jersey dress that is easy to dress
up or dress down. I’ve worn it with heels to a wedding and with chucks and a
denim jacket to run errands!
Tank: Similar | Pants:
Bonus Look: A Splash of Swimwear
Yes, I AM bringing swimsuits
with me. And I’m really into high-waisted bikinis at the moment. I’m a size 8,
so hardly a Victoria’s Secret super model, but this style makes me feel
on-trend AND comfortable, and you can’t ask for more. The Kenneth Cole suit is
from last year, but I just saw it for sale on Zulily in coral for a total of
$20! The nautical one is this year’s addition to my collection.
Green suit: Kenneth Cole
Reaction | Towel: J. Crew Factory
Nautical suit: Burlington
Coat Factory | Towel: J. Crew Factory
So there you have it. Seven
looks for my 7- day cruise. And how do I keep it all organized? For each day of
my trip, I put all of my clothes in an individual laundry bag – the ones used
to wash delicates or shoes. One bag will include undies, one day’s outfit, and
the formal outfit for night. After I’ve worn the clothes, I sort them back into
the laundry bags by color and just toss them in the wash when I get home.
It’s SO simple and keeps my
luggage nice and organized.
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It’s no secret that I love all things beauty. I carry my Sephora VIB Rouge card proudly, and indulge in their products more frequently than I’d care to admit. I’m a huge fan of trying out new products and cult favorites alike. However, only a handful of those products end up being purchased again and again. All of the products mentioned today have worked their way into my heart (and makeup bag) and will definitely be purchased again.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask 10 Minute Fix: After hearing rave reviews of First Aid Beauty’s products, I figured that this winter would be the perfect time to try some new skincare products. I’m a huge advocate for having some down time with face masks (treat yo’self!) so this one was a no brainer. I’ve tried various oatmeal masks before, but they haven’t proven themselves to be ultra hydrating- which I need desperately. I slather this on 2-3 times a week as recommended, and the results are phenomenal. The dry dorm air is no match for the results from this product! Note: It’s usually a sin to leave your face mask on for longer than recommended, as it can significantly dry out your skin. I accidentally left this on for 45 minutes and had no problem!
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: If you didn’t realize this in the blurb above, I’m a moisturizer buff. I’ve tried so many, and I usually fall back on my trusty Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion that my mom swears by. However, after a while it begins to feel like it leaves some slight residue, and I’m definitely not about that. I use the Ultra Repair Cream twice a day, and my skin feels better every time. The key is to let it soak in before you apply your makeup, which creates a fresher and healthier appearance. Of course, it pairs phenomenally with the Instant Oatmeal Mask.
It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product: One of my favorite bloggers, Sydney of Summer Wind Blog recommended this product to her followers on Snapchat over the summer. I trust anyone with phenomenal hair, so I immediately went out and bought a bunch of the it’s a 10 products that I had seen. I have incredibly thick and fine hair, so I go through products like my boyfriend goes through cinnamon rolls (& he eats at least 4 a sitting). I’ve tried a few leave-in conditioners in the past, but I’ve found that many left a slight residue, aka the most disgusting feeling. It smells phenomenal, and leaves my hair silky and shiny- an A+++ in my book.
Prada Candy eau de parfum: My favorite perfume, hands down. I consider myself to be an innovator when it comes to perfumes; I love switching things up. My mom purchases me new perfumes for my birthday every year, and this was my absolute favorite coming into my sophomore year of college. With notes of caramel, musk, vanilla, and benzoin; it’s feminine and sophisticated without the overwhelming grandma-esque smell.
Benefit Cosmetics the POREfessional: Every girl needs a good primer. It creates a smooth base for your foundation and helps lengthen the longevity of your makeup. I’ve only tried a few, but I always come back to Benefit’s. The formula has a slight tendency to leave residue if you apply too much product, so a little goes a long way. My mom and I both swear by this product!
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette: I’ve been after an Hourglass palette for years. My sister gifted me this palette for Christmas this past year and it might’ve been my favorite present for the year. It contains 2 finishing powders, a highlight, 2 blushes and a bronzer. Don’t let the packaging fool you – the products aren’t as overwhelmingly sparkly as they appear. Each one leaves a dewy finish that lasts all day – it’s perfect to refresh your winter makeup routine!
tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette: I gifted this to my mom for Mother’s Day a year or so ago, and she absolutely loved it. She decided to buy me one last summer, knowing how much I love tarte’s Amazonian Clay products. Matte eyeshadows are the key to my hart, especially when paired with winged eyeliner. The formula is creamy and blends really easily. The packaging is very thin and durable, without taking up a lot of space (Naked palettes- I’m looking at you!) which makes it perfect for your on the go travel bag.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita: Every single YouTuber & their mother raves about this lipstick, and usually in the shade Lolita. It was sold out of my local Sephora for a long time, and I was so lucky to get a hold of it at the end of last semester. It’s a darker mauve-y nude, which makes it perfect for every day wear. I sometimes layer on other lipsticks to give it a bolder effect, although I love the product as is. It applies like a lipgloss and dries extremely matte, so make sure to exfoliate your lips to avoid them drying out or appearing flaky!
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Mascara: I’m a huge fan of Benefit’s products, and to me, purchasing this mascara was a no-brainer. I’ve been on a huge mascara binge lately, and to be honest, this product is probably one of the best I’ve tried. I always make sure to curl my eyelashes, (I couldn’t live without my eyelash curler in my makeup bag) but it promises that you can skip the product and get the same effect. I also really like the formula, it goes on smoothly, even after it has dried out a little. My lashes have never looked longer!
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Concealer: I had tried their Ultra HD Foundation over the summer and instantly fell in love. Being pale, it’s really hard for me to find foundation and concealers that match my skin tone. I really like the consistency of this concealer- it’s full coverage, so a little goes a long way. The formula is thicker, but it proves to be best when buildable without looking cakey, which is perfect for every day use. For best results, set undereye concealer with translucent or yellow powder- it’ll last all day!
What are your favorite beauty obsessions? Let me know in the comment section so I can try them out!