Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

So you fancy, huh? But your wallet won’t let you be great? That’s not a problem at all. Here’s my brief little guide to living well on a budget.

champagne taste

Never pay full price for anything – Shop the sales rack, use coupon codes, bargain hunt and barter if you can. Sadly this summer is coming to an end so back to school deals are popping up everywhere and fall merchandise is hitting the shelves. This means SALES! Right now is the best time to stock up on end of season pieces to have in your collection for next year, and it is also a great time to pick up staple items for fall and winter.

Save, Save, Save – No matter how badly you don’t want to put a portion of your paycheck away for a raining day instead of for play, you HAVE to set aside some funds. You would be surprised how quickly cash can add up in your savings. Creating a savings will certainly help you in the long rung when there’s a big purchase you need to make or if there’s a great designer handbag you deserve. I personally recommend putting away no less than $50-$100 each paycheck. And of course, the more you can put aside, the better.

Shop in the right places – Two of my favorite stores that many may not think to shop for clothes and other goodies are Costco and Five Below. With fall approaching, I recently picked up a fleece pullover and an all-purpose fall jacket fully equipped with a hood and moisture-wicking fabric from Costco. Two quality items for a total of $40! At other retailers, the jacket alone would cost more than $40. Even Five Below has super cute kicks for $5! So be smart about where you are shopping and don’t forget unconventional places like Costco for clothing.

There are tons of ways to stay fabulous without breaking the bank. So be smart, save up, and never pay full price.

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Jumpsuit Life

If you don’t currently own any jumpsuits, add some to your wardrobe soon! Jumpsuits have become more popular over the past year and are one of those great transition pieces. A jumpsuit can easily be worn from day to night and even transition between seasons. Jumpsuits are sexy for the summer but in the fall, paired with a blazer, jumpsuits become sleek and sophisticated.

Jumper - Smiling

I found this particular jumpsuit on the sale rack at Target for only $20. Other than instantly falling in love with the price, I was drawn to its fun colors and funky design. I have heard from several people that they can’t pull off a jumpsuit, but don’t worry. You just have to find the right one for you. Jumpsuits are actually made for all shapes and sizes and can accentuate certain body parts very well – particularly legs, hips and chest.

For this particular look, I chose  a more minimalist look as far as accessories go. With such a bold pattern, I let the jumpsuit do all the talking. But slipping into these bright yellow BCBG pumps really pulled it all together with a colorful bang.

Jumper - laughing

Jumper - Back

So moral of the story, never overlook the Target sale rack and at least try on a jumpsuit. Chances are you’ll fall in love with one!

Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea 

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For Men: My Dapper Box

Dapper: (typically of a man) neat and trim in dress, appearance, or bearing. 

Give dad or the special man in your life the gift of style with Dapper Box this Father’s Day!

Dapper Box

Dapper Box is a monthly service that will keep men looking stylish and fashionably refreshed. It’s great for guys-on-the-go, male fashion lovers, men who aren’t afraid to try new styles, and most importantly, it’s great for ladies who love to gift their men with something unique.

Thanks to Dapper Box, I will be one-upping my mom this Father’s Day by gifting her boyfriend (he is like a dad!) with a box. ;) He has been a blessing in both our lives so he deserves something special. Plus, he’s all about wearing awesomely colorful socks. This Dapper Box equipped with a tie, socks, and cufflinks, is perfect to compliments his style. Spoiler Alert:

Dapper Box - What's inside


Dapper FAQs: 

  • Each box comes with 4 – 5 Dapper Items worth up to $96
  • New members ship within the same week
  • Shipping is Free within the US
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee. Cancel anytime.

I have teamed up with Dapper Box to offer you guys a coupon code for Father’s Day so you can gift dad or that special guy in your life. Use code FABDAD for 15% off your Dapper Box purchase!


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Fun in the Sun with Leonisa

The sun is shining (or at least trying to here in Michigan), the weather is getting warmer, and that means it’s time to lay by the pool, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the summer! Summer should be a time of relaxation; not having a care in the world including worrying about feeling perfect in your bikini.
Lay out
Ladies, we face challenges daily surrounding our body, and finding garments with the perfect fit can be difficult. However, I am so pleased to have discovered the gem that is Leonisa!
Thanks to the good people of Leonisa, I now have the perfect summer swimwear and the solution to being comfortable in the skin that I’m in.
standing in the pool
Leonisa offers transformational body contouring and intimate apparel and swim suits, because they understand not every body is perfect. These products flatter the figure of every woman – thin, curvy, whatever you are, Leonisa products work for ALL women. This is why I fell in love with the Sensual Halter-Top & Versatile Coverage Bottom. It hugs my curves in all the right places and is fashion-forward, flirty and fun.
leg in the pool
Right now all swimwear is 15% off so you can kick off your summer with the perfect, flattering swim suit.
Thanks again to the good people of Leonisa for hooking me up with this perfect, stylish high wasted bikini.
Photo credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea
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Tulle-ing Around

Would you agree that tulle is swoon-worthy? It’s a fun and feminine approach on fashion that I encourage every lady to try.

When you slip into tulle, you immediately feel fabulous! Depending on your personal style, tulle can be dressed up or down and it’s incredibly attractive for special occasions.

Tulle in a tree

I recently had a little fun with tulle and with the help of my coworker and friend, Anne Marie, we tulle-d around with a few looks. Check out how we chose to style our tulle skirts, a-la 90s girl group!

me and AMC

Looking to rock some tulle yourself? Take a look at these locations for cute tulle options:
Space 46 Boutique
Dry Goods

Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea 

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Current Obsession: Peep Toe Booties

Who doesn’t love finding a great pair of shoes? When I realized peep to booties were all the rage, I knew I had to have a pair…or two!

Peep toe booties are the perfect shoe for chilly to warm weather. Living in Michigan, it is sometimes difficult to find the right footwear to match the quickly-changing weather here. With peep toe booties, you get the coverage you need to keep your feet warm but at the same time, you get the skin exposure you crave when the weather heats up.

This black pair of peep toe booties came from H&M and are the perfect hight with a fabulous chunky heel that accentuates my legs, but doesn’t hurt my feet either. That’s all you need in a shoe, right?!


This cream pair of peep toe booties came from and are perfectly light and dainty in color but add some sexy edge with a slightly higher, chunky heel. Pair these babies with a dress or jeans and you have the perfect outfit.


Thank you shoe gods for giving us peep toe booties!



Photo Credit: Developed. Photography by Andrea *Special art direction by Anne Marie Coleman*

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Spring into Summer with JCPenney

I can’t thank fellow blogger boo, Nailah of The Moda Intersection, enough for granting me with the opportunity to be one of the four models on a Fox 2 News Detroit style segment recently! And I can’t thank you guys enough for all of the support. Many thanks to everyone who tuned in! Now here’s how it all started….

JC Penney Spring Fashions, Spring to summer style, Spring style, Spring Fashion Ideas (3 of 8)

A huge fan of JCPenney, the retailer noticed Nailah’s fabulous style via social media and invited her to take part in an opportunity of a lifetime. Nailah was selected for a JCPenney campaign called JCP Muse which included a photoshoot at Milk Studios in NYC (Gah! So amazing!), the chance to meet other fabulous real women who love JCPenney, and be part of JCP’s first-ever JCP Muse campaign with a feature in the spring lookbook.

As a spin-off of the campaign, Nailah was then invited by one of our local news stations to speak on her experience as a JCP Muse plus share her style tips. The focus of the segment was taking JC Penney garments and transitioning them from spring to summer.

As a model for the segment, I was Nailah’s muse proving that JCPenney has amazing clothing for everyone at amazing prices. I will admit, prior to working with Nailah on this project, JCPenney was not my first choice for shopping for cute, trendy clothing. However, the company recently went through a mass re-brand and now focuses on providing attractive, affordable clothing for the everyday man and woman. In such an on-the-go society, transitional pieces are a must and JCPenney realizes that, creating go-to garments.

JC Penney Spring Fashions, Spring to summer style, Spring style, Spring Fashion Ideas (6 of 8)


JC Penney Spring Fashions, Spring to summer style, Spring style, Spring Fashion Ideas (5 of 8)


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Nailah played up my fun and cutesy personal style by choosing a fun graphic tee, bold skirt to hug my curves and an amazing floral jacket for easy transition from spring to summer, or even day to night.

Outfit Details: 

iJeans by Buffilo Floral Print Jacket

Worthington Pleated Full Skirt

Mixit Floral Statement Necklace

MNG Graphic Tee – Similar

I had such a wonderful time playing in clothing at JCPenney and being on live television (crazy change of pace from being behind the camera as an intern). I want to thank both Nailah and JCPenney again for the opportunity! Check out a quick video of some behind the scenes footage of this exciting and fashionable adventure.

And don’t forget to check out Nailah’s adventures in NYC with JCP on The Moda Intersection here and watch the full Fox 2 News style segment here!

Photo credit: Nailah – The Moda Intersection