If there is one thing I am extraordinary great at; it’s shopping. I take pride in my skills of saving money, waiting for sales, and outsmarting stores by waiting for that dress I’m dying to have to get its price lowered a little. Even though I like to think of myself as an avid shopper and Queen of Steals I definitely fall into the trap of aesthetically pleasing things that I just don’t need, will never actually wear, or will promise myself I’ll use and never do. Here are the tricks I have learned throughout the years, and some tips on how to save money while shopping!

  1. Can You Dupe It? 99% of the time affordable stores like Forever 21, Windsor, Zaful, MakeMeChic, etc. feature styles that are essentially copycat of more expensive brands. If the item you’re dying to have is way out of your price range, check affordable places for similar styles, and chances are, they’ll have them! Sometimes quality is compromised when you go for cheaper alternatives, but if it’s a trendy item you probably won’t wear more then a few times then no harm, no foul ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here is one of my personal favorite dupes!

Zaful Tie-Front Bikini Set: $12.99 vs.ย Frankies Bikinis Greer Set $170

ย  ย  ย 2. ย The Outfit Test.ย This tactic has actually saved me from spending my money on A LOT of things. When I’m doing my usual daily online browsing and see something I love, I think to myself…is this something I can only wear in a certain season? Am I still going to like next year? Will I really wear it more than 5 times? If the answer is no, then I don’t buy it. If the answer is yes then I try to envision the outfit varieties I can make with the piece and really think if it’s worth it.

ย 3. Check Nordstrom Rack.ย Nordstrom Rack is basically the best store that was ever created. I can spend HOURS in there browsing all the amazing deals they have! Whenever I want something from a brand I generally can’t afford i.e. Free People, PAIGE, Wildfox, Jeffrey Campbell, etc. I always check Nordstrom Rack to see if it’s available there for a much better price! Sometimes the exact item I’m looking for isn’t available, but I always find something I like ๐Ÿ™‚ Here are some of my faves from Nordstrom Rack!

Off-The-Shoulder Top | Shorts | Maxi Dress | Jeans |

ย  ย  ย  4. Go to Sale Section First!ย I’ve mentioned this in a post before, but 99% of the time the sale section is where it’s at. It’s very hard to bypass all the beautiful newness a store has to offer, but if you are online shopping it’s much easier, trust me. The first thing I do when I online shop is I go right to the sale section, especially for stores that are more pricy. Don’t think that because it’s the sale section the items won’t be cute. Chances are they’re there in the first place because the store had the items WAY overpriced, and no one in their right mind would spend that. But you were the smartypants who waited for the item to go on sale and saved a buttload of money! Go you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here are some of my favorite places with KILLER sale sections and pricy non-sale items lolol.

Princess Polly | Urban Outfitters | Lulu’s | Showpo

ย  ย  ย  ย 5. Plan What You Need.ย If there is anyone on this planet who is guilty of impulse buys it’s this girl. Even though I am on a budget and don’t have $75 to spend on shoes…I do sometimes. But hey, we have all been there at one point or another and I’m definitely working on my problem. To avoid this happening to you though, make sure before you go shopping you know what you need and you only have eyes for that. So when you see those beautiful $200+ purses in the window, know that you DO NOT NEED IT. Unless you like really do and that’s what you went to the mall for in the first place, but you get my point. Try your hardest to only get what you went for and nothing else. It might even help if you only bring a certain amount of cash with you and no credit or debit cards, so once you’re out of money you’re out.

I hope at least one person found these tips helpful, and I could save you some time and money! Let me know if you want more posts with advice like this! I would love to do them ๐Ÿ™‚

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Happy Summer!! It feels sooo good to be blogging again ๐Ÿ™‚ My schedule the past few weeks has been crazy. I never mentioned this on my blog before, but during the school year I’m a preschool teacher and at night I’m a server, so I wasn’t able to focus on my blog as much as I would have liked. The school year is over now, which means more time for doing what I love!! It feels amazing to be able to sit here and type again <3 I’m coming at you with a post I’m really excited about ๐Ÿ™‚ So you know how people tend to stalk their favorite celebs and people on Instagram? Well I am also guilty of that…only I stalk the Instagram of little online shops. I LOVE finding online stores that offer unique pieces that also cater to my style! It’s what I live for. When I stumble upon a new store online I become so excited and I want to buy everything. But since I am One Broke Blonde that can’t happen, but a girl can dream ๐Ÿ˜‰ An online store that I am currently obsessed with is Love Street Apparel. They seriously have THE cutest things, and they are pretty affordable as well!! I recently caved and ordered some pieces from them and let me tell you, I am in love with what I got. No lie, I’ve received soooo many compliments on these shoes (and the dress as well), that I decided I had to make a post about this adorable shop! The best part? The shoes were only $25!!

I am all about the platform sandals. I used to rock them so hard when I was in second-fifth grade. *Fun fact: when I was around 10 I owned a pair of shoes similar to these, and decided to run around my yard in them and I ended up breaking my ankle. It’s actually not that “fun” of a fact, but it’s humorous to look back on, and I swore to myself that I will not run in these shoes or break any more bones due to fashion malfunctions. On the brighter side though, these shoes compared to the ones of my younger days are incredibly comfortable! I wore them all day long on a day full of picnics and walking around and at the end of the day my feet weren’t aching a bit. They have an awesome amount of support, and the gold rim detailing around the platform is everything. They aren’t too high that it looks like you’re trying to channel your inner disco diva, but they do add the perfect amount of lift to make your legs look long and lean. I seriously can not rave about these shoes enough! They are the perfect summer shoe and you need to get them ASAP. I believe that Love Street Apparel is currently sold out of the shoes, but if you leave your email address they’ll notify you as soon as they go back in stock! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shoes | Jumpsuit | Hat (similar) | Anklet | Bralette | Watch

I hope you’re having a fab summer so far! Make sure you subscribe and follow my social media accounts so you know when cool things are happening ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay sunny,

 

Love Street Apparel is not sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. I truly love this store ๐Ÿ™‚

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I have mentioned this many times before, but outfits that are stylish AND comfy are my life. Recently I got this adorable t-shirt from Amuse Society and I’m so in love with it. It’s super comfy, and it has a cheeky little saying which makes it extra fun ๐Ÿ˜‰ I honestly feel the most like myself when I’m wearing an outfit that’s fun and comfortable. Graphic tees have been my jam for years and I will always love them even if they go out of style one day (which I hope never happens!). Amuse Society is a little bit pricier than I normally spend on graphic tees, but I get sooo much use out of it and wear it so much! It’s so soft, I could wear it all day every day if that was acceptable. I have paired this tee so many different ways. I almost always tie it up in a cute knot and then pair it with denim shorts, a skirt, jeans, overalls, the list goes on! Here I paired it with some of the softest denim shorts in the world from American Eagle. I know American Eagle can be expensive sometimes, but right now they’re having an AMAZING sale going on!! You know your girl is all about those sales ๐Ÿ˜‰ I finished off this look with picture-perfect wedges from Luca + Grae! I personally think these were a great price for how beautifully well-made they are, and how comfy! Honestly, I have yet to come across a pair of wedges or heels that don’t kill my feet so I think it’s okay to spend a little more on shoes for that reason. I hope this outfit inspires you and gets you ready for summer which is coming sooo quickly! I have a lot of fun posts coming so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss and deals or cute outfits ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tee | Shorts | Wedges (super similar) | Rings | Choker | Sunnies | Liquid Lipstick

Thank you sooooo much for reading! I can’t wait to show you what else I have up my sleeve for the upcoming months ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure you stay tuned and stay fab.

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It’s Memorial Day which means summer is right around the corner!! Summer is my favorite season for a lot ย of reasons, and one of them is the fact that I have an obsession with buying bathing suits. It’s not really a “problem” per say, because over the years I have acquired a pretty extensive collection. Through my bikini shopping, I’ve found some that I die over and immediately buy, and then there are some that are adorable but SO FREAKING EXPENSIVE. I can understand why purses, shoes, jackets, and even sunglasses can be pricy…but something that you only wear for a few months out of the year that doesn’t contain much material I can’t wrap my mind around spending a lot on. So last summer when I saw this bathing suit online on Urban Outfitter’s website I fell in love with it, but then noticed the price. I just couldn’t let myself spend $72 on a bathing suit, especially one that I couldn’t try on beforehand and made sure I loved! So I sadly removed it from my cart, but constantly looked for a dupe everywhere. And then I found one. I found a dupe for this bathing suit I adore and it’s half the price!! It’s so cute and whether or not American Eagle meant to recreate this bathing suit they did an awesome job. I haven’t boughten it yet, but I plan on doing so and when I do you can bet I’ll post all about it ๐Ÿ™‚

Urban Outfitters Out From Under Floral Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit

Aerie Piping One-Piece Swimsuit

I told you I wasn’t kidding when I said I found a cheaper alternative ๐Ÿ˜‰ These bathing suits are so similar only one costs $72 and the other is $35!! I’m so excited to get this suit and do a review on it as well as some style tips! I hope this post gave you some inspiration and you’re as excited about this style steal as I am ๐Ÿ™‚ The Aerie suit comes in four different colors as well! I have a lot of fun summer posts planned so make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss any of the excitement (or random style steals ;))

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So the fact that it’s snowy, rainy, slushy, and freezing out doesn’t stop me from all the spring feelings I have going on. Recently I’ve been picking up a few spring items here and there just to get myself excited and ready for the upcoming warmer months. As I was online shopping (as I do almost all the time), I noticed a trend that is going to be HUGE this spring and summer. Embroidery was a big trend back in the late 90’s, early 2000’s. Honestly I’m pretty sure I had a few embroidered pieces when I was a kid and I loved them. So the fact that they are back has me sooo excited. I especially love the rose embroidery. I think it adds a very feminine, sassy touch and totally amps up an outfit. I recently got these jeans and shorts and I cannot wait to style them on a warm spring day! Once there isn’t snow on the ground and the days start to warm up a bit I will definitely do a complete How To Style post with the jeans and shorts (and maybe if I pick up some more rose embroidered pieces I’ll add them in too hehe). For now I’m just going to be sharing the pieces with you because they are far too adorable to keep to myself ๐Ÿ™‚

How cute is the booty embroidery?! I think it’s just so adorable and makes the jeans complete honestly ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you guys enjoyed this post!! You can shop all the items below! Remember to feel free to leave any requests in the comments ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you have an amazing day filled with roses and cute jeans and coffee and love and happiness. Talk to you guys soon!

Jeans | Shoes | Shorts | Ring | Furry Blanket | Nail Polishย | Top (similar)

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