Summer is approaching and one of the most exciting parts is Wedding Season and the many places you will go..to weddings. Weddings all have different themes but I am going to cover a few of the most popular ones.
We all know looking your best is the move but we don’t have to splurge to do it.
Black Tie Wedding:
Traditional Indoor Wedding:
Tropical Island Wedding:
Which look is your favorite? I think mine has to be the tropical print jumpsuit!
If you haven’t decided 100% what to get your mama for Mother’s Day, look no further. I have a last minute idea that might tickle your fancy…
A Digital Photo Frame – Oh the memories that can be reminisced with this little gadget. If your mom loves pictures and has too many to go through on her phone, this might be a fun way to display them. So the way it works is an actual frame base will be delivered to her, along with cords, battery and instructions on everything so don’t fret. When she turns on the base, she can set it up to display pictures from for her phone or email! The frame is even a touch screen interface; how cool is that?
There is an app to download where you can send pictures and they appear right on the screen. The PhotoSpring Premium 10 inch frame is the only frame I have actually used and can speak for, but setting it up was pretty easy. There’s also no hidden or subscription fees, which is important. The last thing we want to do is give mom a gift she has to pay to use. It stores up to 15,000 photos! PRIME shipping and $169.
Your mom is worth it, you know she is.
If $169 is a little over your price range, let’s talk about a couple similar, more affordable options for the same functionality.
Dragon Touch Digital Picture Frame 10 inch – $129.99 with $10 eligible coupon plus PRIME shipping. Note that the only in stock color is choco brown. The white one is super cute but out of stock until the day after Mother’s Day.
I have an announcement to make that’s very important…It’s officially time to put away the snow boots and break out the warmer weather shoes! Let’s hope this last snow was the last snow.
I love this time of year – say goodbye to seasonal depression and hello to sunshine! If I’m being honest seasonal depression hit me super hard this year and I just can’t wait for it to be over.
Also, a major life event happened to me so I have been dealing with that for a while, more on that later.
For now, lets talk sneakers! Air Force 1’s are back in full swing and I need need a pair – Check out FinishLine and use code 5OFF75RMN for $5 off $75 purchase. Limited sizing so hurry on over!
If your size is sold out there, look at SSENSE. Nordstrom also usually has them but most sizes are sold out. Keep in mind, it’s one of the most popular and iconic sneakers of all time. Since those are pretty hard to find, let’s check out a similar sneaker: The Air Force 1 Sage Low in white/white found at Nordstrom but sizes are again selling out fast.
Also, if you wanted to achieve a similar look for much less then you could go with the Nike Court Vision Low in white/white – $64.95 vs. AF1 at $90-$160(depending on where you find them).
Sidenote: My dream AF1’s are this pair. Use code FIRST10 for 10% off at Net-A-Porter for first time buyers.
So what do we think about platform sneakers – yes or no? Some of my favorites are from CONVERSE and Superga
OKAY enough sneaker talk, let’s get into Designer slides. Last year, I wrote a blog post on Pink Gucci Slides and where to find them. Check it out here. This year GUCCI has a whole new vibe – meet the Barbie heel, as I refer to it. It totally looks like the shoes your barbie used to sport. The real style name is: Women’s Rubber Slide Sandal and they come in so many fun spring colors. But yeah, I’m not really looking to spend $360 on rubber barbie shoes but to each their own ya know.
R U C H E D heels – you’ve seen the bloggers wear them, are a major trend this spring and will probably fall into Summer as well. The ruched detail give the shoes such a feminine, chic vibe. I want a fun color like bright pink or might stick to a more neutral pair like these to match everything. But this wouldn’t be the Affordable Style Blog if I left yall with $320 ones from STAUD brand at Bloomingdales now would it?! Nope, let’s find the look for less. I am absolutely crushing on these AMAZING ruched heels from Dolce Vita found at Nordstrom Rack for under $60.
Another huge trend I’ve noticed is Chanel – esque shoes. Not everyone can fork out thousands for fancy shmancy Chanel shoes, but we can get the look for less with these Quilted sandals from ASOS by Public Desire. Use code ASOSNEWTREAT for 20% off $50+ purchase for new customers. These Margie Black Multi Sandals from Steve Madden also fit the bill and I am obsessed with the gold lock (add to cart please).
As this treacherous and challenging year of 2020 starts winding down, I can’t help but notice a common theme for every month : Amazon purchasing 🤭😂. Yeah, I’m aware how bad it is and will try harder to keep the Amazon shopping to a minimal in 2021 but for now, let’s discuss the best purchases of 2020.
#1: Oster Wine Opener – This is one of those items you didn’t even know was missing in your kitchen, but if you’re a wine drinker and you don’t have it, you’re missing out. By the push of a button, your wine cork starts uncorking itself slowly. Truly an amazing invention. Then when it’s uncorked you push the button again and it falls right out haha will post a video to my Instagram to demonstrate the magic.
#2: Gold Rimmed Diamond Shaped Glasses– You know those glasses that must make you feel fancy, even when you’re just hanging at your apartment in sweatpants? These are some that do just that. They are dishwasher safe and have held up great; I’ve had them about 6 months. They come in a pack of 4 so I took two out and packed two up for backup. I mainly drink wine and margaritas out of them so breaking them is a complete possibility lol. I also tend to be pretty clumsy.
#3: INSTAPOT – I feel like I am a year or two late with this one. I got one for my birthday this year (thanks mom) and def didn’t know what I was missing out on. My birthday was in November so I’ve only cooked a few things, but I think my favorite was an entire pork roast in under 3 hours. We seasoned it with Cajun seasoning and seared it before pressure cooking inside the insta pot and w o w! We had the most delicious pork that was super easy to pull, highly recommend.
#4: TYPECASE – The next thing I can’t believe I found on amazon is this amazing iPad case. I was on the hunt for a rose gold, protective case for my iPad that is adjustable. I never expected to find one that basically turns an iPad into a laptop. Seriously, this is the coolest thing ever and such a game changer for blogging. I love the convenience of bringing my laptop everywhere but hated typing on it with a stylus. This Typecase has a Bluetooth enabled keyboard but it doesn’t just attach separately – it is part of the case. I will have to do a video or reel about it because it is SO COOL! The case also has “light” and “color” features for it so the keyboard lights up a color. You get to choose the color and how bright. The screen also is adjustable and you can rotate it. Like I said, a video is coming because I can’t clearly describe how many handy features it has. I want to show you so stay tuned for that on my instagram. I will probably make it my first reel. Anyway if you’re an iPad owner, you need this. It was listed for $73 which is why I waited so long to buy it BUT there was a lightening deal and I got it for only $45. I jumped on it and wow, so glad I did! Blogging and using Procreate on my iPad is such a breeze now. Typecase has a built in stylus or Apple Pencil holder also. I think the Typecase made my laptop obsolete and kinda redundant so it was well worth the money. The case is also like really good quality – seems sturdy and completely worth the price. It’s probably even worth $73, at normal price.
#5: DASH Egg Bite maker – I think 2020 was the year of cooking for me. I discovered all kinds of fun gadgets and this egg bite maker is one of my top 10 for sure! Before work each morning I used to grab the egg bites and a coffee from Starbucks so when working from home became the normal, I searched for an alertnative. Just add your ingredients, scrambled, and heat it up for like 5-7 mins and boom the perfect egg bites are born.
#6: Stainless Steel Rotating Spice Rack – For once, I started incorporating silver into my rose gold/gold aesthetic because I moved into a place w stainless steel appliances and was like okay! I GET IT, I like it. In fact, I bought fun things to match. One is this super cool rotating spice rack. One thing I will say is that it is kinda limiting bc the little jars come labeled already, BUT really easy to remove the stickers and add your own labels (Home Edit Style).
#7: Industrial Grade Dishrack LOL wow just realized most of my favorites are kitchen appliances. Also just realized amazon has supplied almost my entire kitchen and I don’t hate it. This dish rack is completely worth the money if you are in the market for one. Super sturdy and made with stainless steel, this baby has adjustable features and special drying for shot glasses and silverware.
#8: To-Do list sheets – Although I’ve always dreamed about working from home permanently, it became hard to keep my tasks in order for both home and work. I started researching planners and was not impressed because I was looking for something specific. I wanted bullet points and then prioritized tasks. I landed on these
#9: Rose Gold Bose Bluetooth QC35 II headphones – Noise cancelling and completely on brand, these rose gold headphones check all the boxes for me. Comfortable and chic, you can’t beat it. When I say noise cancelling, these are the real deal.
#10: Oster Diamond Air Fryer – Last but not least, probably my favorite Amazon purchase is the Oster Diamond Force Air Fryer. We fry everything these days. From unexpected vegetables like bell peppers with cream cheese and breadcrumbs to normal potatoes, the air fryer literally makes everything better.
Well, that rounds it up for 2020’s best purchases on Amazon.
Would it be fun to post products that I bought that didn’t quite make the cut for best purchases? Let me know in the comments!
Tis the season for ugg boots and affordable SALES! One of the most popular items from every gal’s wishlist this season are Mini Uggs.
As you know, Ugg boots can cost a pretty penny. BUT what if I told you the same company made a similar cheaper version of the original mini but incorporated FAUX FUR?! We love a faux fur moment so let’s compare prices and answer some common questions about the sister brand koolaburra.
Now we know where to find them – what is Koolaburra?
According to the site’s About Us: “Koolaburra is designed with the modern family in mind. Rooted in quality, comfort, and craftsmanship, Koolaburra delivers effortless lifestyle essentials for the whole family. Our chic lifestyle staples are crafted with a focus on value and the ultimate attention to detail.” Also their vibe is more California and coastal. In Koolaburra line, you will find faux fur linings and other things that sets this sister brand apart from the original UGG. Jennifer Somer, VP of UGG Women’s calls the Koolaburra brand “a little more fashion forward”.
Have you joined the fashion forward Koolaburra gang?! Tis the season!
One of the biggest trends nowadays is pastel appliances for the kitchen! Have you seen it? I think Keurig started making it super popular with the mini Keruigs in an array of colors! My kitchen used to consist of blue but lately I’ve been all about blush pink! In fact, it all started with a pumpkin I found at TJ Maxx in September, blush pinik with really feminine girly details. At first, I was like ehhh but the more I walked around the store, I had to go back and get it. After that, I ordered this amazing mini keurig in pink and wow I can’t tell you how much I love looking at it every morning.
Next up is the most adorable toaster oven you’ve ever seen. It looks like something straight out of a Barbie kitchen or the 90’s gal in me just sees EASY BAKE OVEN. Let me know if you see it too…
FUNNY STORY really quick, I bought this in October right and it was only $31 shipped to my door. Now it is…wait for it 86 DOLLARS??? WHAT? The pink is the only color that is upcharged, why? I love the Dash DMTO100GBPK04 Mini Toaster Oven so much don’t get me wrong, but it only fits one bagel, one piece of toast or one teeny pizza (maybe) so it is 100% not worth $86. So more on the toaster oven drama later, I will update yall when it goes back to a reasonable price. Until then, just check out how cute it is…
Not to mention the many pink knives, spatulas, and baskets that I found at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, But the final baby pink appliance I found that I am in loooove with is this mini Fridgaire Mini Fridge. I originally bought it for skincare bc of reasons found in my previous post, but totally ended up putting sparkling water in it and keeping it beside my desk! Zoom meetings get long ya know?
Perfect for either use, but are you ready for more pink appliance drama??! I’m not sure what the heck is up 🤣 BUT y’all no joke I bought this mini fridge for $24 at Walmart, can be found here (pickup only), and its on amazon for $85.
CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHY? Thanks.
Linking some for similar price points to what I paid below:
Band Tees for all – The Doors, Nirvana and The Rolling Stones, oh my! Great for dressing up or down and so versatile to style : Pair with leggings for a comfy working from home vibe. Dress it up with our favorite boyfriend jeans and heels. Order a size or two up and wear with cute designer dupe stockings and chunky combat boots – The possibilities are endless
I ordered this The Doors one because I’m currently learning to play the keyboard part of their song 5 to 1. I was thinking this will be so fun to wear with my spanx faux leather leggings and Darielle Sam Edelman chunky boots!
More on the keyboard I splurged on later 😁 …For now, I ordered XL in the tee because work from home life. I also picked up the purple Nirvana one and the white Johnny Cash short sleeve tee.
ALL SUPER ON SALE and make really fun gifts for BFF, Cool MIL, Cool Mom or Sister!
Did you grab any during the SALE? Let me know in the comments!