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Today I’m going to be sharing one of my absolute favorite clothing pieces that will always be in style in my opinion 🙂 Graphic tees are so versatile, and I’m going to show you my top five ones plus ways to style them! One of my favorite things about graphic tees is the ability to express yourself in a fun, sometimes silly way. Fashion is such an awesome way to let the world get a feel for your personality, but graphic tees take it to a whole new level. There are band tees, vintage tees, puns, silly sayings, the options are endless! Here are my go-to tees! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Just Peachy

This peachy tee from Brandy Melville is one of my absolute faves. I bought it over the summer, so I’m not sure if it’s available anymore so I’ll definitely link a similar one below! Brandy is one of my go-to places to get sassy tees that give the world a taste of my personality 😉 I am obsessed with this coral color and the subtle wording on the chest. I paired this tee with a cardigan, dark jeans, and booties!

SOS NEED COFFEE

If you’re a coffee addict like me, then you need this shirt in your life so people know you mean no harm if you’re being a grump. This soft and sexy top is perfect for a lazy day paired with ripped jeans, some sneakers, and you’ll be ready to chug some coffee and take on your day.

No Prob-Llama

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                    No Prob-Llama|ASOS

Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I love puns way more than I should. So when I saw this shirt on the ASOS website I immediately bought it without hesitation. In fact, many of my punny tees are from ASOS because they just get my sense of humor and I love it. I decided to dress up this tee a bit by adding a leather jacket, a suede skirt, and black knee-high boots. I think the tee definitely dresses the outfit down and gives it a little somethin’ somethin’.

Coffee Please

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                Coffee Please|Forever 21

I told you guys, I’m addicted to coffee. Any article of clothing or item that has the word coffee on it I buy right away. Coffee is just so wonderful how could I not sport a tee begging for more? This comfy v-neck is from Forever 21, and it was only $8.90! Affordable, cute, coffee, what more could I ask for? This tee is perfect for a rainy day, a study session, or when you’re just feeling like having a loungey kinda day (aka me everyday). I paired this shirt with some gray sweats and Adidas and I felt so sporty and spunky.

Never Enough Shoes

As I’ve mentioned in posts before, I LOVE shoes. I have more than I can count, but I’m totally fine with it. This shirt is everything to me and explains my views to a tee (literally). This is also an American Eagle Outfitters soft and sexy tee. If you haven’t tried these shirts out, I highly recommend them. They are so insanely soft, it feels like you’re wearing pjs! My favorite part of this tee is not only the cheeky message, but also the heather detailing. Overall this shirt, along with all of American Eagle’s graphic tees, and regular tees alike get two huge thumbs up from me 🙂

The exact sold is sold out 🙁 I linked some other cute ones though!

There you have it guys! I hope you found inspiration or a new favorite tee 🙂 let me know of your favorite places to get graphic tees from, I would love to know of even more places!

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For years I’ve been guilty of spending tons of money on high-end makeup products because I thought drugstore dupes just didn’t work the same. Boy was I wrong. Of course there are definitely instances when that is the case, but for the most part dupes are just as awesome as the expensive counterparts! I’ve definitely changed my outlook on drugstore products. In fact, some of my all time FAVORITE makeup products are from the drugstore! Not only do makeup dupes save you tons of money, but they also get the job done and still make you look as fab as ever. So if you’re interested to see how to get a full face of makeup/products for only $69.96 (vs $301.50) I got you covered!

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1. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil $26 vs Sonia Kashuk Velvet Lip Crayon $7.99

Both apply smooth. Both extremely pigmented. Both have gorgeous color range. It’s a no brainer! If you’re into spending almost $30 on a lip pencil, Nars is the way to go because it really is a great product. On the other hand, if you aren’t feeling the price of the cult favorite, Sonia Kashuk’s option is just as wonderful, and less than half the price!!

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2. Beautyblender $20 vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge $6.99

An airbrushed, smooth look is something we all desire when doing our makeup, and honestly BOTH of these products can achieve that look. Beautyblenders have taken the makeup world by storm when they were released in 2002! They have been more popular and raved about by beauty gurus across the world in the past few years. Real Techniques’s attempt at recreating the fan favorite and Allure Best of Beauty Winner is totally spot on. Using both products, they both give flawless coverage, and make your makeup look so natural and beautiful. In this case, I would recommend the beautyblender since it is such a great product, but honestly it’s dupe is just as great!

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3. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer $36 vs Milani Prime Perfection Face Primer $9.99

Primer is key in a makeup routine to make sure it stays in place looking awesome all day long. So of course, the perfect primer is necessary to keep your looking fresh from start to finish. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer has a clear, smooth consistency blurring pores and imperfections making your makeup apply nice and smooth. The Milani primer works like a charm too, for a fraction of the price. When I use Milani’s primer, my makeup doesn’t move. Of course it wears off after a long day, but it still does its job which is all I ask 🙂

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4. Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation $46.50 vs L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation $16.99

Okay, so I’m going to go a little rave crazy for this one. I’ve been using the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion for about a month ever since I saw Jaclyn Hill talk about it on her YouTube channel and I completely fell in love. I always reach for this when I want medium to light coverage and my skin to glow. This gives off such a gorgeous glow and makes your skin look so healthy. I have not tried the Lancome Miracle Cushion myself. I’m sure it’s an extremely fantastic product, but the L’Oreal dupe is insanely awesome for wayyy less!

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5. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer $70 vs No7 Stay Perfect Blemish Cover $12

If you guys followed me on my previous blog sunflowersforthesoul, you would know that I am completely in LOVE with the brand No7. All their products are just fantastic, and for really affordable prices. It’s a win-win brand and don’t we all love those?? The No7 Stay Perfect concealer does exactly what it is made to do. No one is perfect obviously, but this concealer makes you feel confident, beautiful, and hides any imperfections you may be insecure about. Dark circles? Gone. Blemishes? Donezo. Pair this baby with the No7 Stay Perfect Foundation ($15.99) and you are set for a flawless look. Because of the price of the high end concealer, I have not personally tried it. I know that famous makeup artists swear by it, and many have deemed it the absolute best concealer on the market. I would absolutely love to give it a try, and I’m sure it is phenomenal, but unfortunately a $70 concealer is not in my price range at the moment.

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6. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronze Perfect Tan $49 vs NYX Matte Bronzer $9

I’m a very fair-skinned girl, therefore bronzer is my bff. Finding the right bronzer is essential for me to achieve a natural sun-kissed glow that doesn’t look too overdone on my pale face. The NYX Matte Bronzer is absolutely perfect for creating definition, and giving a natural glow for an extremely affordable price. It’s compatible with many different skin tones, and it has a wonderfully smooth consistency!

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7. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette $54 vs Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette $7

I am and have been an avid Urban Decay fan for years. I am in love with their eyeshadows and other products as well, but the Naked 3 palette has to be my favorite. I love love love all the pinks, creams, browns, and the romantic looks they create. When I found out that there is a palette that is so similar for only $7 I was shocked. Urban Decay will always have my heart, but Makeup Revolution hit the nail on the head with this one. All the colors in the Iconic 3 palette are basically identical to the Naked 3 colors. For a $7 palette the shadows are pigmented, last for around 10 hours or so (depending on your skin type), apply super well, and overall give the same look as the Naked 3!! I know not everyone has $54 to shell out for eyeshadow, so if you’ve been dying to try the Naked 3 palette but hesitated over the price Iconic 3 is the absolute best alternative!!

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There you have it, a full makeup look for only $70!! That’s the price of one Clé de Peau Beauté concealer! Makeup is something lots of us are guilty of splurging on. It’s so hard to resist a product with really cute packaging that has 5 stars on Sephora and every beauty guru raves about it, but we have to stay strong. Of course it’s perfectly acceptable to treat yourself whenever you can, but it’s also nice to save some cash for even bigger more important things 🙂 I hope this post helped you guys find some new favorite products! If you know of any dupes I didn’t mention, be sure to let me know by leaving them in the comments!

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Hey fashionistas!

I’m going to be real with you all. I have a bit an addiction. It is severe, but it’s not life-threatening. It’s called “I-can’t-stop-buying-shoes-itis.” Don’t worry, the only thing it hurts is my bank account, but hey…when you buy three pairs of shoes for the price of one expensive pair I say it’s totally worth it.

Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite trends for the fall…over the knee boots! They’re stylish, sexy, and add a little somethin’ somethin’ to make your outfit complete! Now there are some over the knee boots that are gorgeous, but cost way too many digits for me. If you’re not into spending $300+ on boots, then you came to the right place. I’m so excited to share my top three favorite over the knee boots with you all! 🙂

I can’t rave enough about these babies! These boots are not only gorgeous, they’re sooo affordable!! Stuart Weitzman boots look almost exactly the same, and they retail at $798. Don’t get me wrong, the Stuart Weitzman boots are stunning, and I’m sure incredible quality…but this girl does not and will not ever justify spending that much on shoes. So I went on a hunt and found a dupe for the incredibly expensive boots for about $761 less! If that doesn’t tickle your fancy I don’t know what will. These exact boots are from Charlotte Russe, but unfortunately are sold out on the site 🙁 Here is a super similar and equally inexpensive pair from Urbanog! (plus this pair comes in a bunch of colors! Bonus!)

I am an avid ASOS shopper. They have some of the most affordable, cutest clothes that are always on trend and speak to my style. Last year as I was scrolling through the site, I noticed these boots. I instantly fell in love with not only the boots, but the brand as well. The brand is a European one called Daisy Street. Not only is the name super cute, but they have some of the most unique and awesome shoes! I will admit they are a tad more pricey than Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe, but nothing too crazy and definitely still in the affordable range. These boots are so soft, comfy, and they dress up any outfit with ease. Since I did buy these boots last year, sadly they are not available anymore…but I did find a super similar pair on the Daisy Street site that are actually more trendy!

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So far I’ve shown you guys boots in all the essential colors; black, gray, and now tan/brown. There is something very unique about this camel color. Not only is it super trendy right now, but it also gives your outfit a sophisticated look. There is also something special about heeled over the knee boots as well. Even though I love my flat ones, adding some height makes me feel like I’m walking the runway everywhere I go. Heeled over the knee boots add a bit more sexy and a lot more shazam to an outfit! While flat over the knee boots are perfect for everyday, adding some heel to the already fab boots takes things to a whole new level (literally and figuratively). Now before you yell at me and say “Jeez, Dana. You haven’t shown us any of the exact boots you have wtf” hear me out. Although the boots I have are sold out because they are from last year also, I did find an extremely similar pair that I honestly like better! 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! There’s a blog post coming shortly on ways to style over the knee boots! So make sure you have yours so you can create the looks 🙂 Let me know of any over the knee boots you recommend! You can never have too many boots 🙂

Stay Stylin’

Dana

 

***this post is not affiliated or in collaboration with any of the stores mentioned. all opinions are my own***

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Hello everyone!

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Dana. I am a recent college grad who loves fashion, animals, and sweets. I have a lot of passions in life, I am a very impulsive person…but I think that’s a good thing. Writing has been a part of who I am and what I love to do since I was very young. I’ve always had a fascination with words. I think it’s incredible to create a story or put words on a page just from the most creative part of your mind. I was an English major so I also tend to overthink and analyze everything. But that’s not what I want to talk about today. What I want to talk about is far more interesting and exciting. For those of you who know me, you would know that I created a blog a few months ago called sunflowers for the soul. I loved that blog, but something was missing. I felt very lost, and like I had so many people to compete with. Starting out as a very small, unknown lifestyle blogger is extremely difficult. Even though I blog for fun and not just hopes to create a career out of it, I was feeling very discouraged. And it sucked. The thought of blogging made me anxious, and seeing other lifestyle bloggers put out content 5 times a week made me very jealous and stressed. I felt like I was in a hole with no way to escape. That’s not what I wanted blogging to be. That isn’t what blogging should be. Blogging is supposed to be a way for people to create content they are passionate about and share it with the world. That is the side of blogging I want to be a part of. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are ups and downs to blogging. Not everything is as perfect or fabulous as we may make it seem. I want things to be different with this blog. I want to be passionate about writing and posting again, and because of Marina De Giovanni I have that fire again.

As I was scrolling on Instagram (as one does 100 times a day), I saw an ad for a blogging webinar. I’ve seen so many of these things before, but they all costed so much money I don’t have, and to be honest I really didn’t feel like listening to what these people had to say. This time was different though. I was feeling down about my blog, the webinar was free, and Marina had a glow about her that made me feel she genuinely wanted to help. So I did it. I took the webinar and fell in love with blogging all over again. Marina gave me a sense of hope and inspiration by letting us know she too failed at first with her blog, but she redeemed herself with one of the most successful lifestyle/fashion blogs out there! Taking her class changed my life for the better. She gave me the tools, tricks, and tips I needed to kick myself in the butt and start doing what I love again.

So here we are. Starting over. Even though fashion, beauty, food, travel, etc. are all topics I love and want to talk about, this blog is going to be different…at least for right now. I am going to focus on something I know all women struggle with…finding expensive fashion trends on a college student/grad budget. Even if you’re not or never were in college, this blog is still for you. It is geared towards the fabulous, hard-working women who want to look kick-ass awesome on a salary that forbids those Stuart Weitzman boots. On this blog, I gotchu covered. Together we are going to look like a million bucks, for a fraction of the price. I’m so excited to see where this adventure takes me. I hope you’ll come along for the ride 🙂

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