Jewelry is something that you either love or can do without. Some people love to accessorize with necklaces and rings and bracelets and the whole nine yards, while there are others who like to keep it simple. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never been into a blingy or chunky jewelry. I’m a very simple girl when it comes to accessorizing, and that is why Stargaze Jewelry has become my go-to spot when I want some new pieces. They offer trendy, simple, and very affordable jewelry that you are bound to LOVE. Today I’m sharing my favorite pieces and how I style them! I hope you enjoy this post and you check out Stargaze! πŸ™‚

Opal Belle Necklace: $28.99

Opal Soleil Necklace: $29.99

Double Horn Necklace: $28.99

Celine Ring: $8.99

Opal Luna Ring: $8.99

Tidal Wave Ring: $11.99

Estella Stack: $11.99

Gold Heart Anklet: $19.99

Another amazing thing about Stargaze is that they almost ALWAYS have killer sales going on! Make sure you subscribe to their newsletter and follow them on Instagram so you never miss a sale, restock or new release!! They are by far my favorite jewelry brand right now, and I hope they become yours too! What are some of your favorite places to get jewelry? I’d love to hear about them in the comments! Until next time, chat soon! Stay sunny πŸ™‚

This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own. If you click on any links One Broke Blonde may receive a small compensation. Thank you for all your support πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ˜‰ Here is one of my personal favorite dupes!

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

Β  Β  Β 2. Β The Outfit Test.Β 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.

Β 3. Check Nordstrom Rack.Β 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 πŸ™‚ Here are some of my faves from Nordstrom Rack!

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

Β  Β  Β  4. Go to Sale Section First!Β 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 πŸ˜‰ Here are some of my favorite places with KILLER sale sections and pricy non-sale items lolol.

Princess Polly | Urban Outfitters | Lulu’s | Showpo

Β  Β  Β  Β 5. Plan What You Need.Β 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 πŸ™‚

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Spring is FINALLY here! Which means that a lot of spring shopping is to be done πŸ™‚ I prefer to shop online because there’s just something so exciting about getting packages! I also found that there are a lot of awesome online stores that aren’t available to shop at in person! If you’re like me and love online shopping, here are a few of my fave stores that are also super affordable!! 🌷🌞🌸

Brandy Melville $3-80 : Brandy is a store that I have loved shopping at for years now. I love that their clothes are super soft and really nice quality. Every piece of clothing is so comfortable, and most of their pieces are basics so they can be paired with a bunch of different outfits! The only downside is that most of Brandy’s pieces are one size only which usually fits size X-Small/Small. I fit into the tops, but their jeans and non-stretchy bottoms are not made for girls with booties like myself.Β πŸ˜‚Β However, if you are a size 0-2 you should fit into their bottoms well! Brandy has specific locations, none of which are near me unfortunately. PacSun carries some of Brandy’s products so if you have one near you you should definitely check it out!

A’GACI $1.99-79.99: So I’ve be high-key stalking this website for weeks now. I recently discovered it and I’ve been obsessed. I haven’t purchased anything yet because there are so many cute pieces I can’t decide what I want! I will absolutely be having a shopping spree from this store very soon and when I do you can expect a haul/review! I love that A’GACI keeps up with the latest trends, but also stays at a very affordable price range! The clothes seem to be good quality and I can’t wait to order a few things!

Princess Polly $14.70-320.00: Princess Polly has made a huge splash recently. So many bloggers and YouTubers alike have been raving about this Australian boutique and I am jumping right onto that bandwagon. Princess Polly can get a little pricy, but their sale section is everything. Their new arrivals and other clothes are pretty reasonably priced, but it’s not a place I would recommend going on a huge spree unless you have the dough for it! Nevertheless the clothes are absolutely adorable and I’m so excited to get a few pieces here and there πŸ™‚

MakeMeChic $8.50-68.00: MakeMeChic is an online wholesale store that offers really affordable and trendy clothes, shoes and accessories! I have not purchased anything from this store, but they have a lot of really cute items and the prices are unbeatable!

SheIn (overall suuuuper affordable): SheIn is another wholesale website that a lot of bloggers and YouTubers rave about. I have yet to order anything from their site, but if you’re in the market for some new, trendy spring clothes this is the place to go! Everything on the site is insanely affordable, which also means that the quality may be lacking for some items so make sure you check the reviews before purchasing! πŸ™‚

I hope this post has inspired you to do some spring shopping the affordable way πŸ™‚ Also if you download Honey into your browser it automatically finds coupons and deals for the site you’re on to save you even more money! How awesome is that?? I’m so excited to do some spring shopping myself and share my findings with you guys! Until next time, happy shopping! Let me know you’re fave affordable stores in the comments! I’m always interested to learn about new places πŸ™‚

All photos used in this blog post are not mine. They belong to the clothing store listed and I do not take credit for any photographs used.

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Happy March!! The fact that it’s getting closer to spring is making me soooo happy. Spring weather and spring vibes are my favorite (besides summer vibes, of course). I just love the feeling of renewal and warm spring air. The flowers start to bloom and the sun shines bright and it’s totally acceptable to drink iced coffee all the time πŸ˜‰ Since today is the beginning of a new month, that means it’s favorites time!! Today I’m going to be sharing my favorite things from the month of February from all different categories! There’s a lot to get through because I love a lot of things hehe πŸ™‚ so let’s hop on into my February loves πŸ™‚

FASHION

The month of February was an entire 28 days of feeling lazy and just wanting to be comfy. So you’ll notice that mostly all my fashion faves for the month are comfortable pieces, and also gray because I still love gray…that has not changed πŸ˜‰ The weather here in Jersey in February was pretty strange. Some days were freezing and some days were 60+!! I was kinda over wearing sweaters and jeans so I resorted to sweats, leggings, and comfy tees πŸ™‚ I promise in March I’ll step up my fashion game πŸ™‚

Sneakers have been my go-to shoe in February. They’re so easy and comfy and that to me is a perfect combination. I love how these Adidas sneakers go with everything! They look adorable with jeans and make a loungey outfit look a little more put together πŸ™‚

Bralettes are hands down my favorite thing to wear as far as intimates go. They are way much more comfortable than a regular bra, and as an added bonus you can let them peek through your shirt to add a cute little touch to your outfit πŸ™‚ I also love how many variations of bralettes there are! Some are more sexy and lacey and some are simple and chic. You can’t go wrong with any and these two have been worn to the max in February for me! I love wearing the black lacey bralette under white v-necks and having it poke out a little with some dainty necklaces; it looks sooo cute and it’s one of my fave looks at the moment πŸ™‚ The gray bralette is super adorable with the glitter band detail. I prefer to wear this one under sweatshirts, but you do you girl, you wear your bralettes how you please πŸ™‚

Hoodies and sweatshirts that are stylish and comfy are staples for me. This mint green hoodie is not only super soft and comfy but it’s so adorable. Whenever I wear this I get compliments on it πŸ™‚ It has some distressed details as well which I think add a little something extra to an otherwise basic piece. Mint green is also a huge color for the upcoming spring season, so I’m preparing early πŸ˜‰

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have a mild obsession for graphic tees πŸ™‚ I just think they are so fun and they are a great way to incorporate your personality into an outfit! I got this very cute (and very accurate) tee about a year ago so unfortunately it isn’t available anymore, but you can get a super similar one here!!

Sweatpants have been my best friend in February. Granted, I love sweats all the time no matter what the month or weather but I was feeling extra lazy this past month in particular πŸ˜‰ I think that if you find yourself a good few pairs of stylish sweats and you pair them with cute sneakers and an oversized tee or jean jacket then that is just as cute and put together as dressing up, but you’re comfy! I purchased these marled gray sweats from Charlotte Russe and they are by far the most comfortable sweatpants I have ever put on my body. I could absolutely wear them every single day if that was acceptable. They were super affordable, too! I can’t rave about them enough πŸ™‚

BEAUTY

For me, February was the month that I tried out a lot of new beauty products and found some that I am going to be using for a very long time. I ordered the Carli Bybel BH Cosmetics paletteΒ from Ulta as soon as it came back in stock (end of January, early February). I am so happy I got it because it is such a beautiful palette. The eyeshadows are so creamy and pigmented, and the highlighters make me feel like a shimmery fairy princess. It’s also insanely affordable which is what sold me on getting it! I am thoroughly impressed with this palette and will be creating some killer spring looks with it πŸ™‚ Another affordable palette I’ve been obsessed with is the Lorac California Dreaming palette! Lorac has some of the most incredible bronzers and highlighters out there, so when I found out they created a palette using my favorite products I was sold. This palette gives me the perfect beachy glow which is awesome for my pale self in the middle of winter πŸ™‚ Β As I mentioned in my Winky Lux post, I have been IN LOVE with the Diamond Complexion Powder. Like super in love. It’s so creamy and gives my face a flawless finish with a bit of glow and shine. It’s amazing and you need to get it and try it out! The Pixi by Petra Lower Lash Mascara has been another game changer for me. It makes applying lower lash mascara way easier and less messy, but it also works great as a regular mascara too! The small brush separates and lengthens lashes making your lashes look long and beautiful. I usually pair a thicker mascara on top to make my lashes stand out even more! Finally, the brush that has given me a flawless face for months now is the IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Brush #7. I received this brush a while ago actually but only recently have I fell in love with it. This brush gives my complexion the most flawless look and applies makeup so beautifully! It’s the first brush I reach for when I do my makeup and has been for the last month πŸ™‚

SKINCARE

Unfortunately only recently have I been getting into skincare products, but now that I am I haven’t looked back. Relazing that taking care of your skin is super important is incredibly crucial. If your skin is glowing and healthy not only will you look good, but you’ll feel even better. You only have one face, so take care of it and make it glow! These five products have been lifesavers for me this past month. All the products have different features, and they all work so well together to give me a fresh, clean face πŸ™‚

Soap & Glory has been an all-time favorite brand for me for such a long time. They have the best skincare/beauty products at such affordable prices. I love love love their body butter and their shower gel smells amazing. What’s even more fantastic is their Vitamin C Facial Wash! I use this in the shower and as soon as I put it on I can feel it working. It makes my skin feel rejuvinated and energized which is perfect for the mornings. Since using this I’ve noticed a significant difference in the appearance of my skin! I after I wash my face in the shower, I use the O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel. My skin feels super soft after I use this and I love how refreshed it makes me feel as well! I try to use this as much as I can. It recommends twice a day, but sometimes I forget πŸ™‚ If I have a stubborn pimple, the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has been a godsend for me. I just put some on the pimple, go to sleep, and by morning it’s either gone or significantly reduced in size! This stuff is magic in a bottle. Face masks are treats I like to give my skin about once a week. My top pick for February has been the Global Beauty Wash Off Mud Mask! If you want healthy looking skin, this is the way to go! It’s really affordable and it works so well. It’s creamy and when I wash it off my skin glows! The final step to my skincare routine has been the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel. I apply this right before I do my makeup and instantly my skin feels and looks bright and healthy. It soothes my skin and gives such a fresh feeling. I love using this in the morning to wake up my skin, and it works so well!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found some new products to check out!! February has been a crazy month for me, but I promise I will start posting more regularly in the upcomping months πŸ™‚ I would love to know some of your favorite things! Leave them in the comments below! πŸ™‚

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Last week I introduced a new series called, “Get to Know ___” with the brand Mikasa Beauty! If you haven’t seen that post you should definitely check it out because I have a really get discount code for you guys there and I show you some really fabulous products πŸ™‚ This week I want to tell you guys about one of my new favorite brands, Winky Lux. If you receive ipsy bags then you might have gotten a sample of their Diamond Complexion Powder which is essentially the most magical thing you’ll ever put on your face, but I’ll go into that more later πŸ˜‰ I reached out to Winky Lux a few weeks ago, and they were kind enough to send me some products to review for you guys!

Before we get into the review, I want to remind you all that I never agree to talk about a product unless I truly love it and think it is worth your time and money πŸ™‚Β 

Now besides having a really freaking adorable name Winky Lux is a makeup brand that offers high-quality makeup for an affordable price. Here is an excerpt of their mantra from their website for you guys to get a better idea of the product and brand. I love the way they wrote this, so instead of paraphrasing here is the Winky Lux motto.

“Winky Lux is a line of color cosmetics made from the highest quality ingredients known to woman-kind. All of our products are cruelty free, paraban free, phthalate free,Β non-toxic and heavily pigmented. We don’t test on animals and we insist that our suppliers don’t either. They’re sustainably made and we strive to create beautiful and unusual colors toΒ stop you in your tracks. Since we sellΒ online, we’re able to pass significant savings on to our customers.Β This allows us to offer a luxury product at a drug store price.”

Now that you guys are more familiar brand let’s get into the goodies πŸ™‚

Flower Balm

When I opened this lip balm I just about fell over. This has got to me the most favorite thing I was gifted and my new favorite lip balm for the rest of forever. Not only is there a FREAKIN’ FLOWER inside this insanely smooth balm, but it smells like a tropical heaven with notes of coconut. It goes on clear, but reacts with the pH levels in your lips to create the perfect shade of pink just for you. Is this a miracle product or what? It’s only $14 which is totally amazing and an added bonus πŸ™‚

Glossy Boss: Birthday Cake

If you’re like me, then you try to avoid glosses for the fear of sticky tackiness that makes your lips look and feel like a goopy mess. With Glossy Boss though, that is not an issue whatsoever. This gloss is so smooth, and it’s infused with Vitamin E so your lips are getting some extra love and care. It’s not sticky at all and it offers a gorgeous shine. This particular scent is made with real vanilla extract for an authentic birthday cake scent, and who doesn’t love that?

Matte Lip Velour

This lipstick is hands down the smoothest, creamiest lipstick I’ve ever worn. Not only is it super hydrating and pigmented, but the colors are sooo beautiful. I absolutely hate when lipsticks make my lips feel like a desert, but this does the complete opposite. While offering an incredible color it also makes my lips look and feel refreshed and healthy. I adore this lipstick and I will absolutely be getting it in more shades!

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Diamond Complexion Powder

I honestly can’t rave about this product enough. As I mentioned before, I got a sample of this in my ipsy bag a while back and I LOVED it. It’s so silky smooth and makes my skin look and feel flawless. I’m wearing it in all the pictures above so you can see what it looks like on πŸ™‚ When I wear this my skin looks so healthy and naturally glowy. This powder is made with finely crushed diamonds to illuminate the skin. It’s velvety smooth and definitely a new essential item for me!

I hope you guys give Winky Lux a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed πŸ™‚ Make sure you check them out on Instagram as well with the tag @winky_lux! Thank you for reading and a HUGE shoutout to Winky Lux for sending me these incredible products! Let me know if you’ve ever tried Winky Lux and what your favorite product is!

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