Fashion Addict Part 1: Breaking the Buying Cycle


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Hi friends,

Today I am talking about something a little different. If you know me well, you know that I am a bargain shopper and try to get everything I buy for as little as possible. You also know I have a little side gig working as an on-call associate for Belk whenever they need me on the weekends.

Those two things combined with my love for clothes and shoes can be dangerous. I can find sooo many cute things at amazing prices when I work at Belk that I find myself walking out the door owing Belk more than I made that day!

I am usually very good with my money and budget things out. Recently, however, I realized I could be saving so much more if I actually wore all the clothes in my closet instead of buying something new several times a month. (Yikes!)

Because of those things, I want to force myself to wear only the things in my closet for the rest of the month and make no new fashion purchases unless it is something absolutely necessary. Honestly, this shouldn’t be anything. I have so many options I can’t think of anything that would be dire enough for me to break this pact with myself.

Each week through the month of May I will update you all on my personal challenge so I can hold myself accountable. Do any of you get caught up in the thrill of the sale and purchase unnecessary items?

3 Must-Haves for Spring!

Hi friends,

March is here, and I am so ready for warm weather! I absolutely love getting outside and being active this time of year. Another thing I love, is switching out my closet to prepare for the warmer months. Southerners know how hot it can get during the summer time, so I am going to milk these few spring months for as long as they last!

In the midst of transitioning to warm weather clothing, here are 3 of my must-haves for this Spring season:

1. Statement Flats– I am currently OBSESSED with lace up and studded flats! They started with top fashion designers like Valentino and have worked their way into more affordable options. Thank goodness!

These are perfect with skinny jeans, shorts, dresses, you name it! I’ve linked some of my favorites below.

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Steve Madden (shown)/ Halogen Studded (obsesses with these!)/ Target Lace Ups (awesome price!)

2. Neon Everything– While in the winter months I am heavily clad in a black and gray scale, Spring gives me a chance to break out of the classics and have a little fun. A pop of neon is a way to brighten your look without resembling a highlighter.

One of my favorite ways to incorporate neon is with a cute clutch or handbag. Its an easy way to sass things up!

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TopShop Saddle Bag (shown)/ Neon Pink Clutch/Neon Citron Tee

3. Bright Lips– If you know me well, you know my obsession with lipstick. I have over 40 lipsticks and am always looking for more! This spring, I see bright lips in the forecast including hot pinks, bold corals, and fuchsias.

I’ve always said a lipstick can change your mood and your look instantly. Check out the fun colors linked below.

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Maybelline in Fuschia Fever (shown)/ COLOURPOP in Scandy/ Lancome in Miss Coquelicot

What are your favorite spring items to wear? Let me know by commenting! Also, don’t forget to subscribe (left side of screen) by email so you never miss a post.

Last Minute Valentine’s Gifts for Her!

Hi friends!

Only a few days until Valentine’s Day and you may be wondering if your man took your hints on the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Or if you are a single gal, you may be thinking of getting yourself a little something special because being single doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself! 😉

So whether you are deciding what to buy yourself or you need a way to give a better hint to your significant other, read and share my list of great last minute Valentine’s gifts for her below:

If she’s a FITNESS freak: The Barbella Box is an awesome gift that you can make a one time purchase of or start a monthly subscription for her! It includes fitness gear and products that will help her strength gains and make her look better in a bikini- which is a win for her and for you!

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Another option for a fit chick is the ever popular and so worth it, Wunder Unders from Lululemon. While they are pretty pricey, these leggings are great quality and make the booty look nice!

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If she’s a FASHIONISTA: You can’t go wrong with a trip to your local Sunglass Hut or department store to pick up these bad boys. Ray-Bans are always in style and these are so classic that few women would turn them down!

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If she’s a THOUGHTFUL girl, this Pinterest inspired gift might be perfect and also ridiculously inexpensive! Purchase a mason jar, some ribbon, and paper, and place little notes inside that say all the reasons you love her. You might want to have a tissue near as well because this is sure to bring on the water works!

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And last but not least, if you are dating a BASIC chick, its safe to say a Starbucks giftcard, Uggs, or a selfie stick would probably make your lady jump for joy! I don’t know what is more basic than that.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!
XOXO,
Holly

 

 

Bling in the New Year!

Hi friends,

I can’t believe the end of 2015 is here! November through mid-January are always so busy for me because not only do I celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, I have my best friend and I’s birthday right after!

That’s a lot of celebrating. And a lot of outfits to style! Fortunately, I love pulling together festive outfits for this time of year. The holidays really allow you to bring out some fancy pieces you might not typically wear on any given day.

That’s one of the reasons I love dressing up for New Year’s Eve- the bling! If you have no clue what to wear this year, or just need a few fun ideas, check out the sassy AND affordable options I’ve posted below. SO many stores are in clearance right now, so it won’t cost you a lot to look fabulous!

  1. The Statement Skirt: Find a bold skirt that stands out and keep the rest of your outfit simple. Easy and chic.
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    This Skirt/ Fringe Skirt/ Faux Leather Skirt
  2. Faux Fur: If you really want to sass up your outfit, add a touch of faux fur. Whether its a coat, a vest, or an easy shawl, fur immediately adds a luxurious feel to your outfit.
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    This Vest/ Fur Shawl
  3. Sequins: Don’t think sequins of the ’90s prom dress variety. Think a cool blazer, leggings, or a sleek, form fitting dress if you have a dressier evening planned.
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    These pants/ Black Sequin Leggings

While you can go as dressy or casual as you like this New Year’s Eve, I hope these ideas give you some style inspiration. I plan to ring the New Year in with friends and prepare myself for my best year yet- professionally, personally, spiritually, and of course, fashionably!

PS: Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, @palmettocouture, as well as subscribe to the blog so you never miss a post!

MYTH BUSTED: Cozy can be Stylish!

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As the temperature gets cooler, we often find ourselves choosing warmth over style. I am guilty of this myself, but when I find a stylish piece of fall and winter gear that also keeps me warm, I don’t hesitate in making a purchase!

This faux fur and chunky knit wrap is going to be put on repeat the next few months! It is so warm and cozy, and I bet you won’t believe I bought it at Target! It is great quality for the price tag of about $40!

Wraps and ponchos are pieces that are easily incorporated into your closet because you can pair them with basics that you already own. Putting a fun printed wrap over a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt gives a nice layered look that will seem like you put much more effort into planning your outfit than you really did! You can always belt your wrap to accentuate your waist and have a more polished look too!

Here are a few other wraps and ponchos that I love: French Connection / Chip & Pepper / Merona

Outfit pictured- Wrap: Target/ Long sleeve shirt: Belk (Red Camel)/ Jeans: Express/ Boots: Frye/ Purse: Brahmin

And special thanks to my beautiful mother who took these pics! We are learning how to use my new dslr camera, so bear with us as we embark on this journey together.