6 Ways To Be Stylish On A Budget

In honor of my very first ever guest contributor post on Allwomenstalk.com I wanted to revamp my post I made for their site 8 Ways To Be Stylish On A Budget that I wrote in 2014. It’s been 4 years since that post and let me tell you some things have really changed. Fashion has definitely taken a turn and there are so many new styles, trends and fashion rules now. For me I follow one important rule which is BE YOURSELF. I know that sounds cliche but it’s so true. If you’re walking around in an outfit you saw online or saw a celebrity wearing but you don’t feel comfortable in it, it doesn’t matter how amazing the outfit looked on the person you saw it on first it’s not going to have the same look or feeling for you. Because it’s not your style. You want to find your style first and that will help you pick pieces you can mix and match and wear again and again and more importantly own that look and feel comfortable and KNOW you look good too.

So with that said I’m rounding up and sharing my top 6 tips to being stylish on a budget and a few of these tips are actually the same as in my first article because they’re so important and are still true to revamping your style every time:

1. Know YOUR body and Find YOUR Style

You want to find bloggers, celebs, people in magazines and even stylish people on the street that have your body shape and body type to model your style after. Wearing ill fitting clothing or patterns in a way thats not flattering for your body is the quickest way to make an outfit go from stylish to a hot mess so quick. Like me for example, I’m tall (5’8”) and most of my height is in my legs (37” inseam) so bermuda shorts are a no for me. They make my body look awkward, they usually squeeze my thighs and above my knee and I’m just uncomfortable in them all day and you can tell, lol. So I steer clear of them but I find ways around that because they are so cute when worn right. I get more of a mid-rise short with 5-7″ inseams instead (Old Navy has some great options) which is like a short length bermuda. They don’t come down as long as a regular length bermuda shorts would and they aren’t as form fitting on the legs but still give you that bermuda shorts feel. I also have a bubble butt that sits high so when I get pants sometimes they fit everywhere but the waist or everywhere but the legs. I tend to shop places that accommodate for tall women (Alloy.com or Asos.com have great tall options). So with that said, if you’re more bottom heavy or have long legs make sure you’re finding shorts, pants and jeans that aren’t cutting into your legs, butt and thighs or are too baggy and making your lower half look bigger in a bad way (we all want a nice looking bum but we have to do it right, lol.) If you’re more top heavy than find clothing like dresses and tops that fit your top half both comfortably and fits your shape the right way and that is the key. You don’t want buttons looking like they’re going to pop any second or a dress that’s cutting your body in a weird way that makes you look squatty or oddly shaped. Once you find clothing that fits you that’s when you’re able to just focus on picking pieces that you can interchange and wear different ways without having to worry about if the fit is right. Also taking your body measurements helps when shopping online because you can look at the sites size chart before choosing your sizing options which usually helps with eliminating getting things in the mail and having to send them back or take them into your local store to exchange it for something that fits right.

2. FIND THE SALES!

The best thing about online shopping and even when you’re shopping in the store is that there’s always a sale going on. Especially with highly trendworthy outfits and online boutiques. Things that are hot and in right now may very well be out in the next month or so. That’s the way the fashion industry works. So when getting on trend clothes you want to save your money here because they could be in today and out tomorrow and then you’re stuck with clothing that you spent so much money on but don’t want to wear anymore because it’s not in style. Whenever you find a new boutique or a new clothing site, take some time to google if there are coupons or if any bloggers have coupon codes for that specific site available. That way the on trend pieces you’re buying aren’t such a stressful investment when they could go out of style any minute. Also look and see if the company has their own coupons or sales. Old Navy, PRETTYLITTLETHING, FashionNova and many other clothing companies always have some sort of sale or coupons available so you’re always able to save some coin when you shop so you don’t feel so bad about your recent purchases. Save your money on the more big ticket, never going out of style pieces like a Louis Vuitton Speedy or a really nice Trenchcoat or those black pumps you’ve had your eye on from Christian Louboutin that you know will just gracefully age with time. This was an awesome way for me to always update my wardrobe without breaking the bank. Especially when I was in college and a single mom, every dime counts. ;0)

3. Buy, Sell and Trade

There are so many ways now that you can change up your wardrobe sometimes without even having to spend more money. Places like Platos Closet or a Thrift Store that buys old clothes you don’t want anymore can help you clean out your closet while getting new things right away. If you can wait a little I love selling things on Ebay.com because it’s so easy and quick. Take pictures of the clothes, post them on the site with a little description of outfit and condition, set your prices or your starting bid and sit back and watch the money roll in. That takes the pressure off of taking your clothes back and forth to different stores trying to sell everything off. For more expensive items you can use Poshmark, they are great for selling those name brand items that you don’t want to just give away or sell for $1. Hey like I said before, trends come and go so you always want to find cheaper ways of getting new things while not feeling so bad about letting go of the old.

4. DIY

DIYin is all the rage these days. You saw a cute off the shoulder graphic t-shirt a celeb was wearing but don’t want to spend the $100 price tag just go to Walmart or Five Below and grab you a few cheap band tees (both sell super cute graphic tees for $5) and watch a tutorial on how to cut a regular t-shirt into an off the shoulder shirt. It took me all of 10 mins to make a few off the shoulder tees I can wear to run errands or hang out or even around the house and still look cute for a fraction of the cost. Want some cute high waisted jean shorts but don’t have the money to get brand new ones right now? Look in your closet, a friends closet or your moms and get old jeans that you or they don’t want or even take a trip to the local Goodwill or thrift store in your area and grab some mom jeans that fit you well. Cut them into shorts, add some studs, distress them, etc and you’ve just saved $100+ on some on trend high-waisted shorts while spending all of $20 or less.

5. Borrow

Your sister, friend, mom or grandma will have something you’d love to wear. Whether it’s the beautiful vintage earrings, that designer bag you’ve had your eye on but can’t afford or that LBD you’ve had your eye on. Borrowing can help save tons of money and still have you looking fabulous without having to spend a dime. The best part is you can always wear it again so it’s like you bought it yourself, as long as you make sure that’s ok with who you borrowed it from, lol.

6. Mix and Match

My final tip is one i’ve said time and time again. Take something from one season and remix it to turn it into a fall or winter item with some layering. Turn that summer dress into a fall outfit by adding tights or leggings, add a scarf, a hat or a sweater. Turn those summer favorite high-waisted shorts into a fall outfit by tucking in a long sleeve flannel shirt, layering it with a cute cardigan and adding some fall essentials. Be creative, you don’t have to buy a whole new wardrobe for each season if you can’t afford it or even if you can. Save money by being creative with what you have. It’s what really shows your style and your ability to adapt to different seasons or trends without breaking the bank or maybe not even spending any money at all.


Jumpsuit Options (“Madison Jumpsuit” Shown is Sold Out)

I hope these top 6 tips help you with revamping your wardrobe or building a whole new one. We all love to shop, whether it be for new clothes or accessories. The best part is these tips can be used for pretty much anything. Whether you want to revamp your home with new furniture or a new look or you want to change up your decor. You can take these tips and apply them to home decor as well and still save money. I have a few tips on revamping your bedroom and your livingroom on my blog as well that I will link here Farmhouse Inspired Livingroom Revamp and here Master Bedroom Revamp so you can go check those out as well.

Outfit Details of Featured Photo:
Joah Brown Get It Pullover
Alloy Tall Jeans Options
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options

FIT TIPS:
-Jumpsuit runs TTS. I’m wearing a size Large.

Sizing Reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

I hope you loves have a beautiful Friday and I hope these tips help you to start building the wardrobe of your dreams.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

FabFitFun Fall Box

Hi Babes! So I’ve wanted to partner with FabFitFun for the longest because their boxes always looked so cool and had the most awesome items in each box. But before I jumped the gun on that I wanted to try it out for myself first to make sure it was something I’d actually use myself and that the boxes were as good as everyone makes them out to be. I never want to share anything with you babes that I wouldn’t use myself and love.

I’m a fan of subscriptions because its like getting a little gift for yourself every month and it’s always a surprise or excitement because you’re so excited to use and try out products you love or new products you will grow to love. I’ve tried many beauty type subscription services before and I’ve loved some, disliked others and got bored with some as well. But let me just say that good first impressions are definitely important and this box killed it. I am in love with my first FabFitFun box and cannot wait to get the next seasons box because the Fall box is awesome. I wanted to share everything I got in the box with you babes and show you the things you can get in your box if you decide you want to try it out for yourself.


The Original Beautyblender


Simply Whimsical Set of 2 Tea Towels


Skin&Co Roma Blue in Capri


GLAMGLOW BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask


LUNA Rica – Gluten Free Bar – Salted Caramel Nut


Vince Camuto Tote in Black


Alfred Teapot


Cylo Cobra Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds in Black


Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom


Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil Lipstick Duo in “Penny”

Total Value of this Fall Seasons Box: $285.97-$375.94! *Dependent on Selection Received*

Total Value of my Fall Box: $342.98!

Monthly Box Cost: $49.99/Mo.

So as you can see the value is unreal and you’d be crazy not to try this box out at least once. The best part is it only comes 4 times a year so you’re paying $200 a year to receive over $1200 worth of awesome products for that year. I am in love with FabFitFun right now! Their boxes of are full of awesome beauty, wellness, fashion, fitness, and home products hand-picked by the FabFitFun team. I want you guys to try this box and love it just as much as I do so I’m giving you $10 off your first box. I promise you won’t regret it. :O) Click Here to get your first box now, we’re currently still in the Fall season so grab it while you can!

O U T F I T – D E T A I L S
T-Shirt | Leggings | Watch | Hair Extensions | Name Necklace

FIT TIPS:
-Tee is in a size Medium TTS
-Leggings are in a size Medium runs TTS

Sizing reference:
I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Have you tried Fab Fit Fun yet? Let me know how you loved it in the comments below.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Current Skincare Routine and I Finally Tried Ice Rolling! What is it for?

While face rolling is a beauty trend that’s been the talk of the beauty community for awhile now. You have the Rose Quartz and Jade rollers as well. I do have a Jade roller but I just got it so I will update on my thoughts once I’ve used it for awhile. I just started getting into face rolling and I can’t believe it took me so long. My skincare routine is pretty simple. I don’t do a lot because my skin can be so finicky with what it likes put on it. I can break out in a second if my skin isn’t loving what I use. So I’ve been trying out this Day and Night Cream by a brand called Lawrens and also using Garnier along with their Rose Water spray and another Rose water spray by. I love all of them so far and use them in rotation. But I’ve been using my Lawrens face creams more and my skin hasn’t been breaking out lately (unless it’s that time of the month) which is awesome. My first go at face rolling was with The Ice Roller. Once I ordered mine from Amazon I posted a picture on my Snapchat @lolanicolemua, and I got some questions like “What is that thing for?” Or when I put it in the freezer and my husband says “What’s this metal roll in the freezer?” Lol. Well, it’s actually easy and pretty cool. Plus it has many benefits like reducing varicose veins, smoothing out wrinkles, strengthening collagen fibers, tightening your pores and it makes your face look more lifted and rested just to name a few things. I’ve heard it’s great for sunburn and skin reactions as well to help combat puffiness and swelling or the stinging you get from your sunburn. I use it when my face gets too much sun because my face will feel hot, itchy and starts to peel pretty quick.


ESARORA Stainless Steel Ice Roller for Face & Eye

The best thing is that IT’S ONLY $11!! Which is a lot less than the other face rollers I’m looking into trying, so this is great if you want to dabble in face rolling but don’t wanna make the financial commitment to a more expensive roller.

First things first, yes it does squeak. But it doesn’t really bother me that much because I’m not spending hours rolling my face, lol. Idk if oiling it will help that but i’ve never tried because like I said it doesn’t really bother me much. I’m actually really loving the Ice Roller. It’s so cooling and refreshing and something I do when I’m trying to prepare my face for makeup or trying to unwind from my day. I will use it after I’ve washed my face and spritzed my skin with some rose water. I take it out of the freezer and roll my face while my rose water sets in my skin. I LOVE using it after my skincare routine because the cooling effect especially when taken directly out of the freezer helps close up and shrink your pores which is great before applying makeup to help conceal and control your pores. I STILL am just as obsessed with my ice roller as I was when I first got it and I still recommend it. It’s a GREAT addition to your skin care routine.

The benefits are endless I’m realizing and I’m still learning about the things my Ice roller can help with as far as my skincare goes. I will be doing a post soon on more skin care tips and face rolling as I try new things but this is the first on my list of skin care additions.


ESARORA Stainless Steel Ice Roller for Face & Eye


Soo Ae Revitalizing Rose Mist
Garnier Skin Active Soothing Facial Mist
ESARORA Stainless Steel Ice Roller For Face and Eye


Garnier SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Rose Water
Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist, 4.4 fl oz


Day Cream – Collagen – Caviar Extract – 4 Oz
Night Cream – Collagen – Caviar Extract – Retinol – 4 Oz


Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist, 4.4 fl oz
Soo Ae Revitalizing Rose Mist, 6.76 Fl. Oz.
Garnier SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Moisturizer with Rose Water
Day Cream – Collagen – Caviar Extract – 4 Oz
Night Cream – Collagen – Caviar Extract – Retinol – 4 Oz

Have you tried face rolling? Ice roller, Jade or Rose quartz? What are your experiences? Do you love them or are you still on the fence? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you all have an amazing Monday!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

August Instagram Recap

I can’t believe it’s September already babes! I’m going to be so busy this month, especially since both the girls birthdays are in September and 2 days apart. Double the parties, presents and fun (for the kids at least, lol) I’m back again to round up all of my August IG Posts for y’all to make it easier to find and shop everything in one place. This will help if you happen to miss when something is posted you can find it all here for that month. I also have been posting more things in the highlights of my Instagram so if you ever have questions about an outfit or something in a picture I post you can check there or just head back to my blog on the 1st Friday of every month to get a recap. As I said in my last post, Instagram changed the algorithm once again! They make your feed based on exactly what they “think” you want to see by who and what you engage with now. So remember to keep engaging with my photos (likes and comments) and watch my stories so my posts keep showing up in your feed. ;0)

In August I finally settled on a preset for my pictures that I think will make for a great fluent and brighter feed so I’m excited about that one. I also am getting the hang of planning as you can see from my last Plan With Me post so I think I will continue to get better at being more organized and planning things out better for a much smoother running month. There was also a pretty awesome giveaway posted on my Instagram last month so if you aren’t already following me head over to my Instagram and hit that blue button so you don’t miss out on the next one coming up.


Similar Hooded Long Tee
Similar Hooded Camo Tee


Amazing Beauty Hair use Code LXLOLA for $ off


Aria Dress (Mustard)


Chantel Maxi (Currently Sold Out)
Luna Sandals (Navy)


Stella Romper (white)


Similar Maxi Options (Chantel Maxi Currently Sold Out)


Jurassic Park Tee


Teal and Grey Comforter Set (King Size Sold in Walmart Stores)
Songesand Furniture Collection
Erin Light Grey Bed
Glass Crystal Chandelier Table Lamps
Grey Tuffed Bench
Small Throw Pillows
Large Throw Pillows
Large Throw Rug


Teal and Grey Comforter Set (King Size Sold in Walmart Stores)
Songesand Furniture Collection
Erin Light Grey Bed
Glass Crystal Chandelier Table Lamps
Grey Tuffed Bench
Small Throw Pillows
Large Throw Pillows
Large Throw Rug
Coffee Mug


Joah Brown Easy Livin’ Tank/Dress


Similar Grey Blazer Option


Target A New Day Tee
Similar Brown Crossbody from Nordstrom Rack
Similar Belted Jean Short Options
DSW Camo Slide On Shoes


Similar PJ Shorts


Black Studded Mules
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black
Women’s Julisa Slide Sandals with a Bow – Mossimo Supply Co.™


Clip in Hair Extension Medium Reddish Brown #4
Hair Tutorial Blog
Youtube Tutorial: HOW TO: Clip in extensions and Big Loose Curls Tutorial


TRANSLUCENT LOOSE SETTING POWDER – GLOW
GLOW POWDER BRUSH


Graphic Tee
Time and Tru Shorts Options
Similar Gold Chain Steve Madden Purse
White and Gold Polka Dot Chuck Taylors
BEAUTY SHIELD DAILY DEFENSE MAKEUP MIST
A Simplified Life
heyday™ Wireless In-Ear Headphones


Joah Brown Get It Pullover
Alloy Tall Jeans Options
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options


Surviving Motherhood Tumbler


Graphic Tee
Women’s Julisa Slide Sandals with a Bow – Mossimo Supply Co.™
Distressed White Time and Tru Shorts
Black heyday™ Wireless In-Ear Headphones
Steve Madden Backpack Options
Cat Eye Sunglasses Options
PowerShot SX740 HS Black


PLAN WITH ME: NEW PLANNER FUN
Fueled By Caffeine & Chaos 21oz Stainless Tumbler


Charlotte and Ezra Unisex Size T-Shirt (I’m wearing a size M)


Similar Plaid Button Down
2nd Plaid Option
Black Bodysuit
Black Distressed Jean Shorts
Women’s Karoline Backless Loafer Mules – A New Day™ Black
No Boundaries Velvet Mini Backpack
Mirrored Lens Cat Eye Sunglasses
Canon – PowerShot SX740 HS 20.3-Megapixel Digital Camera
Anne Klein Elevated Crystal Round Stud Earrings


Topwholesalejewel Wedding Earrings Gold Plating Crystal Oval Shape Clip On Earrings
Mirrored Cat Eye Sunglasses
Women’s Anotoinette Woven Tassle Pointed Mules – A New Day™ Black
Similar Tall Length Alloy Flare Jeans
Similar Red Sweater Option
2nd Sweater Option
Similar Gold Chain Strap Black Crossbody Bag

I made sure to link everything underneath each photo and if it’s not able to be linked or it’s sold out I will post something similar for you to try as well. As always if you have any questions at all, please leave a comment below & I’ll get back to you ASAP! Sign up with your email here so you won’t miss a blog post from me. I hope your Friday is an amazing one!

Sizing reference:

I’m 5’8″. Typically wear 9-9.5 in shoes and a size 10 if they run small. M/L in tops and dresses. 6-8 in Jeans depending on make and brand.

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola

My Top Self Help Book Picks for 2018

Pullover (comes in other colors) | Similar Joggers (mine sold out) | American Apparel Knee High Socks | American Apparel Thigh High Socks | A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living (Hardcover) (Emily Ley) | Similar Phone Case Options | Bedding | Comforter | Songesand 3 Drawer Dresser | Erin Grey Bed | Similar King Throw | Assorted Throw Pillows | Leaf Mug | Similar Sweater Weather Mug

I’m obsessed with reading. I love learning new things, reworking my mind, and even just escaping in my mind somewhere else. In this blog post I’ll be sharing my Top Self Help Books with you babes. I have been on a journey to be more scheduled, organized & just all around better at adulting, lol. Also keeping your Mental Health in check is a very good thing to do and remember to check on it as much as you need too. Don’t ever feel bad for It either, we all need a refresher course in staying sane every now and again, lol.

I will make another post with my Top Fiction Book choices as well if you’d like more book recommendations. I’ve been reading on my Kindle app or using my Audible App on my iPad. Audible has been my best friend lately when it comes to catching up on reading or getting through a book even when I don’t have the time to actually sit down and read it page for page. All of my recommendations in this post can be found on the Audible App and most if not all should also be on the Kindle App app as well. I’ve loved reading since I was a kid and chose it over many activities often. It’s what I do to get away from the world for a little bit and relax from the day.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
I read this book in paperback form first. My mom had it and recommended it to me. So I borrowed it and I loved it so much that I downloaded it on my Audible app and I listened to it twice and just started it again since then. I love this book and all it’s about. It’s based on the Law of Attraction and will help you tap into a way of reworking your mind and changing your thinking so you can change your life and attract the life you want to live. I highly recommend it and that’s why it’s my number 1 choice on this list.

You Are a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
I love this book and everything in it. Jen really knows how to help you stop doubting yourself and go for what you want. I love her spunky, take not crap attitude as well. It gets in your face and in your feels to help you achieve the outcome in life you desire.

You Are a Bad Ass At Making Money by Jen Sincero
This is the second book by Jen and it dives into your real feelings about money and why you shouldn’t feel bad for wanting to make more and do more in life. There is cursing so if you aren’t into that just know that ahead of time but if you can look past that then you will learn a lot from this book.

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
I really like this book and highly recommend it to anyone who’s dating, getting married or married already. Even if you’re single you should read this book to help you learn more about your love language and what works for you as well as getting to know the other love languages for your potential partner or current significant other. The perfect book to read with your partner to learn more about each other while growing closer and getting a better understanding of each other.

She’s Still There by Chrystal Evans Hurst
This one happened to pop up in a Facebook add for Audible and I was curious about it so I downloaded it on a whim one day and I’m so glad I did. Chrystal’s story of her life and how she overcame certain battles is really encouraging and uplifting while showing you that you can do whatever you put your mind too.

Easy Way For Women to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr
This book was one of the things years ago that help me quit smoking for good. I like it mainly because it’s not some pushy book where the Author is basically telling you smoking is bad for you and you could die, etc, etc. We all know this but sometimes it’s something that takes more than just telling someone not to do something. I like this book because it basically giving you a deeper understanding of the authors technique and helps you all without you even really thinking about it.

Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
I feel like this book is the ultimate Girl Power!, I Am Woman Hear Me Roar! books. It helps you tap into your unseen potential. I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for some uplifting words of wisdom while unlocking secrets to a more successful and happy life.

Well babes, thats all the book recommendations I have for now. I hope you enjoy these book options and if you have any books you love then please leave your recommendations in the comments! Happy Reading!

Always Remember You’re Beautiful!

-Lola