Frugal Fashions: 3 Easy Summer Styles

Hey everyone! I’m back with another frugal fashion post to showcase some of my recent acquisitions. I’ve really had to tighten down on a somewhat restrictive budget, and I really try to keep my finds under 10 dollars for these posts. I’ll be compiling outfits in different ranges in the future!

I’m really quite thrilled with this particular post, and I feel like the things I found really speak to me. Two of them, I need to put some accessories with and I can’t quite make up my mind, but I’ll be sharing that too in the future! These finds come from a variety of stores, mostly thrift shops like Goodwill and Valley Rescue Mission, Plato’s Closet with one item originating from Forever 21! I was playing with a couple different styles and I’m really so thrilled with how they came together, so without further ado… Let’s get started!

Style one:

This style started with the skirt and the shoes, which I came across at one of the 2 Rescue Valley Missions that we have here. The skirt for some reason gives me tennis vibes, despite the floral pattern. Speaking of the floral, it’s proven difficult to pair. I spent an entire week hunting for a perfect shirt. The original shirt was striped, which is usually a no-no, I know. I still feel like it would have been salvageable if I’d found chunkier stripes.

I ended up settling on an offwhite off-shoulder blouse from Forever 21, which I adore for their cute, trendy and affordable fashions. And, quick note off topic, they have the most adorable graphic tees and camis right now. I almost caved and bought this charming Boba Tee, but decided to be responsible.

The teal shoes are Dollhouse brand, which I’ve been looking at for years. I’m literally so excited to have some of their adorable shoes in my collection. The best thing about this outfit though is that this skirt is a Skort, and so has loads of modesty. It also has pockets, which I’m super pleased with.

This outfit will be paired with gold layered necklaces and hoop earrings. I really aim to play more into the cute vibe that’s coming from the shoes with this one. And, honestly, different shoes would also go great. Maybe some white sneakers? 

Style Two:

I haven’t shown it lately, but I love the hippie-boh aesthetic that I can never really dress for, but always wanted to. I actually thrifted this entire outfit, essentially. The shoes came from Target, and were gifted to me by the beautiful Sincerely Southern Belle, who you guys may recognize as our own Miss Jeans. 

The Festival tank and crochet vest came from Platos Closet and the skirt was liberated from Goodwill. This outfit is so free feeling and appropriately enough would be perfect for a day at the fair. I’m so excited to wear this out and about on an adventure. Looking at the lovely blues makes me feel like finding a fair on a pier, it’s a real shame there’s nothing like that here.

This is a style I really hope to lean into in the future and channel my inner Hippy. Maybe pair it with a leather headband and a necklace like this.

Style Three:

 

 

Lately, on the tails of that gorgeous bohemian style skirt, I’ve been on a boho kick. I’ve been obsessed with soft colors and that entire aesthetic. I was really going for something different with this outfit, and wasn’t expecting to fall in love with shorts. Honestly, I was aiming for another, shorter skirt but didn’t find one. I was striking out left and right on my search for another thing to add to this list, and had gotten my heart crushed by innumerable cute skirts.

Immediately, I was completely infatuated with this shirt- the soft teal and the cursive, just thrilled me. It feels like such a cheerful outfit, really. I paired this slightly rustic feeling, lace detailed shorts. Of course, I did also pair this outfit with my infamous converse. But, it would also work with some low wedges in light earthy tones. I can totally picture some pink accent jewelry with this one. Sadly, I didn’t find any that really spoke to the aesthetic. With a charming little style like this, I’d definitely accessorize with some natural stones. 

I just wanted to share some of my favorite new styles that I’ve found recently with my beautiful readers! I’ll be back with some other news and new styles in the next update to this series, until then, stay glam!

Fourth of July Mini Lookbook

Well now, isn’t this just a busy week? I figured I’d do a small lookbook to kind of introduce myself to that sort of thing- I’m still kind of finding out new things and trying to create a  steady stream of content on the post schedule I worked out (Monday and Thursday, for the curious). What better time to introduce a new avenue, than the Fourth of July? A time that practically begs for bright colors?

As it should definitely be evident by now, I’m very… budget. I like to find cute styles for very little. Partly due to financial constraints and partly due to my own frugality. My holiday fashions are no different, I aimed to get my outfits for no more than $10 or $15 and maintain that red, red and blue theme that is so recognized for this particular holiday. One or two times, I’ve gone over my self-imposed budget due to my need for footwear. But that’s a strike I’m willing to take.

The 2 days leading up to the fourth, I really tried to dress to the occasion. I had fun trying to make it as business-casual as I could, since the outfits started out as not-work-appropriate, and more suited to a day wandering around town. I want to say I did fairly well, since I didn’t get reprimanded. 

The first ensemble I sported was a simple red tee and a jean skirt, with some stylish turquoise accessories, that cost me 8 dollars total. This entire outfit was maybe 40 dollars, altogether, including the boots. I was informed by a coworker that the shirt came across as more orange-y, but I guess that’s okay, because it still got my point across. This entire outfit came from clothes mentor, here in Columbus. I may or may not have a somewhat unhealthy fixation with this place.

 

My second style choice was a more subdued look. I went with a pair of trusty blue jeans and a red-brown blouse, paired with a white undershirt. I kept with my turquoise jewelry, of course. When I got to work I was relieved when I saw that other people had the same idea and dressed more casually for our early taste of the weekend. Sadly, I couldn’t pair this with my signature converse, since tennis shoes and sneakers are generally frowned upon in a business casual environment. I feel like a nice pair of boots can dress up (almost) any outfit, so there’s that!

 

The day finally came! The fourth of July, a day known for gratuitous loud noises and delicious food. We were all primed to have guests over, but sadly… no one could make it. More food for us, I suppose. You can check the post where I shared the Very American Frappe I was trying to formulate for a little more on that! I selected a bright and decidedly not work-appropriate style for the (not so) big day!

Really want to preface this reveal with how excited I was about this outfit- we didn’t get to go to any events, which honestly bummed me out, but it was hard to be upset with this stunningly bright red (tube?) top. I was so in love with it, and definitely need to give props to Platos Closet for having just what I needed. You might recognize the crochet vest from my hippy ensemble, I thought it added a little something, to the also pre-posted light blue, lace embellished shorts.

Post-Fourth of July…

 

With that last bright outfit, my style went back to it’s regular subdued work attire. I do want to share this last outfit of the fourth of July week because I was just so hype.

The peplum style is one that speaks to my heart- since I learned what it was years ago, I fell in love. It’s so classy, charming and simple. Absolutely timeless. This last style didn’t quite get the picture it deserved, but I’ll keep trying and hopefully get one that I can share. Until then, however, this picture shows the simplicity of the style.

The week of the Fourth of July was a lot of fun for me to play with colors, and if it’s not obvious- that was a bit out of my comfort zone. Reds and whites are especially not a fixture in my wardrobe. But this week showed me one thing: maybe they should be. 

What did you sport for the Fourth? Feel free to comment or tag your Fourth of July ensembles, I’d love to see them!

 

Frugal Fashion: 3 styles under 10 dollars!

Hi, everyone! It’s time for a new angle on the fashion side of Java and Jeans, the frugal side! I will basically only ever buy things on clearance or at a reduced price so this series will focus on that. I’ll be prowling the stores, both well known and not-so-much, to find the best deals and share my spoils with you! For today’s post, I gathered 3 outfits for Under 10 dollars!

This post is going to feature Forever 21, Charlotte Russe and Plato’s Closet. Two of these stores are among my favorites for great bargains! While I enjoy Plato’s Closet, it can be a little bit of a hit or miss for me sometimes.

Disclaimer: Of course, while at Boutiques I’ll still focus on their gorgeous pieces no matter the price.

Outfit One: 

 

At Forever 21, I was lucky to find them having a huge clearance area with an additional 50% off, which made this find even more satisfying. I found this gorgeous slate grey off-shoulder dress, that is a kind of mix of cute/classy. I can see it paired with ivory pumps and pearl accessories. The perfect makeup would be a smokey eye and matte lip. This gorgeous thing was only $4.50 and the necklace I hunted down was $4. And, with this outfit totalling under 10 I’m ready for my date!

Off Shoulder Dress Under 10
This gorgeous slate off shoulder dress makes me feel like finding my long pearls- I was unsuccessful in my hunt.

 

Outfit Two:

 

I continued my search and took it to Charlotte Russe. This is one of my favorite hunting grounds for great prices and trendy styles. I’m really big on the romper craze, I just can’t get over how cute they are. Not only are they cute, they’re an extremely versatile look and I really hope that they cement their place in fashion. I found this gorgeous (somewhat) plunging velvet romper, in burgundy, at Charlotte Russe for 6 dollars. They’re a great place to find cute clothes for under 10, they have a 6.99 rack and 9.99, for my fellow bargain hunters!

For this outfit, I’m really feeling a half ponytail, gold hoops and a tassel necklace matched with a pair of strappy heels, sadly I don’t possess the dream heels for this particular style. This is a stylish night out on the town with the girls sort of look, and the makeup should match that aesthetic. I’m feeling a dark lip, like brown or burgundy with a shimmery eyeshadow. For the eyes, I really like bronze or gold shadow to pull the look together.

I did end up pairing mine a little differently than I would have liked, due to availability. With what I had, I ended up pairing this outfit with trendy black ankle boots and a large gold necklace. My makeup was red matte lip and an (attempted) smokey eye. All in all, I think I’m ready for a night out on the town. Now, where are the girls?

Velvet Romper Under 10
I enjoyed this outfit, though for the summer it’s a little hot. Not as bad as I thought it would be!

Outfit Three:
 

To round off this first foray into fashion, I couldn’t not include one of the most basic and easy outfits to work with: Capris and a Tank. We’re in the summer, and I felt like playing to the season in this last outfit. I found these comfy and light capris and gorgeous graphic tank for a combined 10 dollars at Plato’s Closet. I paired it here, with converse and some more natural makeup. 

Honestly, this style is what I’m the most at home with- it’s simple and cute, and great for the upcoming Fourth of July!

Tank and Capris under 10
My favorite outfit of the three- it’s extremely comfortable and breathable.

I had so much fun finding these outfits and I hope to share so many more with you guys! It’s totally possible to look great for a reasonable price!

Happy Hunting, everyone!

How to look glam for your graduation!

Hey, Y’all!

Graduation season is in full swing, and if you’ve been wracking your brain (and rummaging through your closet) trying to figure out what to wear, look no further! I’ve come up with three adorable graduation looks that will have you shining brighter than the flash on your mom’s camera!

Outfit One: The Classic LWD (Little White Dress).

The classic little white dress

I am OBSESSED with this dress! Nothing says summer like the color white and eyelet fabric! It’s soft, feminine, flirty, and could be a go-to date dress after graduation! Available at Charlotte Russe, this dress comes in just under 40 bucks, and you can find it here!

Comfy block heels

When it comes to shoes, personally I’d pair this dress with these nude block heeled pumps. If you aren’t a fan of that shade of nude, you could go for any neutral tone shoe such as a tan, chocolate brown, pewter, or even a matching white. I love block heeled pumps because they are much easier to walk in than a stiletto. Also, if your graduation ceremony is being held outside, you won’t have to worry about your heel sinking down into the grass. You can find the pair of pumps shown above here. When it comes accessories, I’m all about statement earring. I think this pair of dangle-ly pearls adds a “classic meets modern” touch.

timeless pearls

For hair, I would suggest a tossed waves with a center part, similar to what the model in the dress is rocking but maybe a bit more polished. As for makeup, keep it simple. Start with a BB cream or a light foundation, buff on some translucent powder, and add just a light flush of color to your cheeks with some blush. Add some highlighter to bridge of your nose and the inner corners of the eye. Swipe on some mascara, put on a natural lip gloss and boom, your ready!

Look Two: The Modern White Romper.

Simple romper

For the ladies who just aren’t that into dresses do worry, I have a look for you too! A more modern take on the classic grad dress would be a romper.

Rompers are so comfy and versatile that you’ll want to wear one all summer long! I love the simplicity of this romper available at H&M. Usually choosing more simplistic outfit gives you an excuse to go all out on your shoes an accessories.

spicy block heels

Starting with the shoes, I wanted to add a pop of color to the look so I chose these ADORABLE faux suede orange block heeled pumps. These are currently on sale at Charlotte Russe and you can find them here.

trendy tassles

As for accessories there I suggest these adorable coral tassel earrings from Francesca’s to coordinate with the shoes. If earrings aren’t your thing, and longer metallic chain necklace would accent the v-neck of the romper. Since I’d pick earrings over a necklace, I’d pair this romper with these earrings.

nyx lip cream

As for hair, I love the model’s simple straight style but feel free to add a little curl to the ends if you’d like to. As for makeup, I’d keep the face fairly simple, add some bronzer, highlighter, and make sure to wing out that liner eyeliner girlfriend! A pop of coral on those lips will really seal the deal. I love the NYX Soft Matte Lipcream in the color Manila. This liquid lipstick doesn’t dry your lips out, however, I do like add a clear gloss over the lipstick to give it a dewy shine.

Outfit Three: The “Wildcard” Two Piece.

fasion nova two piece

Ok ladies, so we’ve come to our last outfit choice which is the matching two-piece set. Two piece outfits have grown on me. When they first came back into style, I was skeptical of them because of my recent weight gain. I finally bought one, I came to the conclusion that whether your teeny-tiny, thick and curvey or in between, you can totally rock this look! I should also mention this a “sexier” outfit option, so this might be more appropriate for a college grad than a high school grad depending on your school/university’s dress code. This outfit is perfect for the grad who might be going straight from the ceremony to the after- party. Similar to the other two looks, this jumpsuit would probably become a go-to night out outfit. This jumpsuit is available on Fashion Nova’s website, you can find it here.

Sexy silver heels

For shoes, I actually like the traditional black heeled sandals that Fashion Nova chose, however, I rather pair it with a metallic heeled sandal. Like the one pictured above. These heels were found on AKIRA, you can check them out here.

Silver bangle

For accessories, lets switch it up! This time I’m going to suggest picking out a simple pair of hoops or stud earrings and pairing them with a cute bracelet, similar to what the model is wearing. I found this bracelet on Lightinthebox.com. I’ve never shopped on this website, but I really do love this cuff.

Red lips are glam

For hair, I’d keep it glamorous with some soft “Old Hollywood” waves. As for makeup, a classic red lip and a winged liner would tie in nicely with the whole glamour theme, just make sure to keep the rest of the face pretty simple. (Similar to the makeup for look two.) When it comes to red lipstick you can never go wrong with Mac’s Ruby Woo Lipstick. You can find that here.

Well, that’s all three looks ladies! I hope was able to spark some outfit ideas for y’all. If you’re graduating this year, congratulations and enjoy your special day!

Also, I’d love to hear what y’all think about the outfits, and which one was your favorite!

Until next time,

Miss Southern Belle Bottom Jean.