Four Trendy Outfits For Fashionistas on a Budget

Shopping for new clothes is easily one of my favorite activities. Picking out new pieces and putting together outfits is very exciting to me. What’s not exciting is having to spend lots of money on a new wardrobe. As a ~broke college student~, I always strive to find deals, sales and discount stores. Thrifting is my favorite way to shop for cheap clothes that won’t break the bank, and an added plus to thrifting is that is a sustainable way to shop. I’ve recently been trying to switch all my clothes shopping at second-hand stores, but it’s not always easy to find the specific items you’re looking for.

As I’ve been shopping a bit more for the back to school season, I’ve been collecting new items to change up my wardrobe. I put together a few outfits to wear for any occasion during the late summer months. All items in each outfit are all budget-friendly but still super cute. 

The first outfit is super easy to put together but still looks trendy. The base of the outfit is a pair of vintage Wrangler jeans [found for only $1.99!!] that I turned into shorts and a thrifted Harley Davidson tee tucked in. To spice up the outfit, I add a thrifted cheetah bandana [very trendy right now], hoop earrings, a few stacked necklaces and bracelets [I wear the same ones every day], and a mauve handbag from TJ Maxx. I top off the look with a pair of black slip-on vans and now it’s the perfect fit to wear just about anywhere. 

The next outfit is taking the same shorts from the first look [these shorts have been my go-to shorts all summer] and pairing it with an orange scarf tied as a shirt. This has been a huge trend that has been very popular recently and can be worn multiple different ways. I pair this look with the same jewelry and sometimes dress it up a bit with a pair of tan platform sandals. 

The third outfit is a lot dressier for around the same price as the past two outfits. The base of the outfit is a pair of yellow flowy pants found at the thrift store for only $2.99! For the top, I took the bandana from the first outfit and tie it on like a tube top. The colors of these two pieces look fantastic together. To top off the outfit, I put on the same tan platform sandals and also add some gold hoop earrings. 

The last outfit is perfect for any concert or a night out on the town and is so easy to put together. The base of the outfit is a pair of black high waisted skinny jeans and a black long sleeve top. Any black top works, however, I choose to go with an off the shoulder style to draw attention to my shoulders. To make the outfit pop, I add a statement belt to be the main part of the outfit. This belt has a tortoise shell circle buckle that is super in right now. For the shoes, I would either dress it up even further with a pair of black wedges or dress it down a bit with a pair of black slip-on vans.

All of these outfits are possible on a budget. I am able to reuse clothing items in different ways for multiple looks and still make it look brand new. They are super cute without hurting the bank, so that makes them a whole lot more enjoyable! Keeping an eye out on your local thrift stores and sales at all your favorite retailers is the best way to have an affordable wardrobe!

Budget-Friendly Skincare Routine

For me, skincare has always been more important and intriguing than makeup. Of course, in my “tween” days I would spend countless hours on Youtube watching my favorite beauty gurus do their makeup and I would recreate the looks [not very well, might I add] and show my mom or my friends. But that soon became boring, so I dove into the world of skincare instead. I would watch so many people’s routines and see how they varied based on their skin type, affordability and the climate around them. Soon after, I was able to tell my own skin type, what ingredients in products I should stay away from, and I began purchasing a multitude of products I thought would make my skin 10 times more beautiful and clear, but instead did the opposite. 

I was putting so many products on my face that just didn’t work together and overloaded my pores with, for lack of a better word, junk. Now that I’m well out of the phase of going to Ulta and buying every single skincare product targeted toward my type of skin [combination/dry], I can confidently say that less is more, especially when it comes to skincare. [Since I also purchase my own skincare products, it’s important that the products that I use are also budget-friendly.] 

My favorite affordable skincare brand is Mario Badescu, which is sold at Ulta and other stores like Urban Outfitters. What drew me into this brand was their facial spray that I use to set my makeup [setting makeup essentially prevents it from rubbing off on other surfaces, like your clothes, throughout the day]. The spray is made with ingredients like aloe and rosewater and feels so light and refreshing, it honestly just melts my makeup together. I also use this spray in the morning after I apply my toner, and even throughout the day if my face feels like it could use a pick-me-up. Another product I love from Mario Badescu is the drying lotion. It’s a great spot treatment for pimples and I’ve found that it makes any blemishes disappear overnight. This is a little more on the expensive side [about $17], but it lasts for a while and is well worth the price. 

Speaking of toner, my favorite toner is from Thayer’s and comes in a huge bottle for only $10. Toner is great for getting the dirt you didn’t know was on your skin, off of it. I’m always surprised by how much my toner can dig up from my skin, especially makeup build-up. I usually use my toner after my face wash [CeraVe— nothing special, just gets the job done and doesn’t irritate my skin or cause breakouts] both morning and night. The Thayer’s toner is a lot more gentle than other toners that I have used and doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils. You can also pick this product up at Ulta, and even a few drugstores. 

Doing a nice face mask is one of my favorite things in the world. It’s so relaxing and your skin feels renewed after [what could be better?]. The key to face masks is to find one that works for you and to stick with it and not use anything else. Consistency is key when it comes to skincare [I can’t stress this enough]! My favorite one is the Indian Healing Clay Mask that you can buy from many stores, including Amazon. This mask comes as a powder, and you can mix it with apple cider vinegar, water and even honey [I choose to do a combination of ACV and honey]. This mask can be kind of harsh, especially if you use it every single day [which you shouldn’t be]. I usually use this mask 1 to 2 times per week, depending on how bad my skin is. I’ve found that this mask brings my blackheads to the surface which keeps me from digging at my skin and constantly popping pimples. 

Although the products that I use work for me, it doesn’t mean they are going to work for everyone. Pay attention to the amount of oil your face produces, if you get dry anywhere, the amount of acne you have and where it’s appearing on your face, your diet, water intake, etc. because all of this affects your skin. These are just some of the products that I love and have used for a while that work for me! I think we can all agree that a solid, affordable skin-care routine is needed for any busy college student.

Influencer Spotlight: Melissa Tatti

Sustainability has become a hot topic in today’s culture due to the evident positive effects it has had on our environment. Young adults especially have started to take action in protecting and preserving our environment in various simple initiatives that already fit into our daily routines. Replacing single-use plastics with reusable ones, not consuming as many meat and dairy products [even going as far as being vegan or vegetarian] and even shopping for clothing and other material items at second-hand stores. Thrifting has become incredibly popular the past five or so years, and last summer I found myself watching various Youtube creators thrift their wardrobes and turn well-loved pieces into something fresh and trendy. 

Melissa Tatti, aka “ThreadsObsessed” on Youtube [as well as Instagram] is one of the only thrifting, fashion-based channels that I subscribe to and continually watch because she puts so much effort into what she is creating, from showing viewers when she initially thrifts the item, to transforming and styling an outfit. Melissa does “Thrift with Me” vlogs which allows viewers to see what kind of pieces she looks for in a thrift store, what older brands have a growing value in today’s fashion world, and she even puts looks together while she shops. 

Not only does Melissa thrift clothing items for herself, she also sells and transforms them on Depop, a popular [usually second-hand] retail app. Before checking out her Depop page, I didn’t expect much from it, I just thought it would be a place for her to post simple photos of what she was trying to sell from her thrifting journeys. However, Melissa beautifully and uniquely, transforms her thrifted clothing pieces into styled looks that no one else has. 

As she mentions and depicts on her Youtube channel, Melissa spends countless hours thrifting items from various thrift stores [in Canada, where she lives], transforming the pieces, and then photographing them for her Depop page. She also does all of this from her home, including packaging Depop orders. Melissa has a room dedicated to her booming Depop business and even a studio style set-up for photographing her pieces. Needless to say, Melissa is extremely hardworking and it’s inspiring to see the amount of success she’s achieved in such little time. 

Her own personal style, as showcased on her social media, has developed over the years, ranging from Nascar and Harley Davidson ‘90s style jackets, to Y2K baby blue eyeshadow and low-rise jeans type looks [the early 2000s are definitely back]. Regardless of her ever changing style, Melissa’s “girl boss” attitude remains the same, and it’s empowering to see a woman of her age as successful as she is, yet still eager to achieve more. Melissa is one of my favorite social media creators and her passion for fashion is contagious! 

Influencer Sptlight: Margot De Riemer

I’ve been watching beauty influencers on YouTube for at least 10 years. I would sit at my mom’s desk at home for hours watching Bethany Mota make DIY hair bows, Blair Fowler give a tour of her outrageous closet filled with Abercrombie graphic t-shirts, and Amanda Steele, the same age as me, giving an “everyday” makeup tutorial to her audience. I’ve continued following the beauty community, giving more attention to the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle community, because that’s what I love. I love seeing people do their makeup, show you their outfits and take you along on their day. However, the beauty community has begun to feel like a competition between beauty influencers about who has the most followers or who’s making the most money. The fame has now taken over their once creative outlets and turned it into a cycle of  never-ending brand deals, instead of what used to be influencers doing what they love for their fanbase

Recently, James Charles has been “outed” for abusing his fame, amongst other questionable actions, which garners the question, who on social media really are great role models and are in it for the right reasons? You can only tell so much from an individual’s social media presence, but I’ve always felt that I’ve had a good sense of who has good character and intentions, and who doesn’t.  With that being said, when it comes to Margot De Reimer, known as “margotlee” on YouTube, she fits my idea of an influencer with that good character and intention that we should all be looking in for who we follow.

Margot has been on Youtube for years, and with the growth of social media, she has created a rather large community on Instagram, Twitter and even VSCO, a photography app. I discovered Margot’s videos when I was preparing to leave for college, as she has several videos depicting her journey to Syracuse University, where she studies. What I find most compelling about Margot is her ability to balance “real life” such as school, friends, family and even college life with her online personality.

Margot’s YouTube content ranges from makeup tutorials, featuring brands such as Glossier, known for giving you that “no makeup” look, to vlogs, and even fitness routine videos. Before attending Syracuse University, and even after, Margot made videos for her viewers like “what you should and shouldn’t bring to college,” and even a tour of her dorm room. Margot also chronicles her involvement in her sorority, Tri Delta, in her videos, which further gives us viewers an all encompassed look at her life.  As a college student myself, I love seeing how other individuals are enjoying such a pivotal time in their lives, and how different college is for every single person.

These past few months Margot has shared her study abroad experience on her social media that showcases her journey across Europe, while still dominating the fashion game. As a college student myself, I find it inspiring to share that much of your personal life with people you may never even meet, and I believe there’s something quite vulnerable in doing so. She’s giving up so much of her privacy to let us in on the moments of her life, which people often do judge and make assumptions.  

I truly think Margot is the future of the beauty community. Her work is genuine and showcases the life of a real student who does real things and lives their life, while sharing it with thousands of followers. Even though she’s only a few years older than me, I truly look to Margot as a role model and inspiration for my own social media presence.  

Spice Up Any Outfit With These Four Current Hair Trends

Transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring can be quite a hassle. You don’t know if you should dress for the 40 degree weather in the morning or the 70 degree sunshine-filled afternoon. Regardless of the outfit you choose to rock during this unpredictable season, hair trends seen on the runway or by your favorite social media influencers are sure to spice up any outfit. Check out our favorites below.

Hair Scarves

Hair scarves come in a variety of styles and can be worn in a multitude of ways. Personally, I love wearing a hair scarf while my hair is half-up and half-down, or even in a high ponytail. To add a little more zest to this timeless look, try some beachy waves in hair to create a casual and cute bohemian look. [Tip: Using hair scarves as belts can take a plain outfit and make it #fashun.]

Thick Headbands

Thick headbands can also give the bohemian vibe that currently graces those glossy, fashion magazine spreads. These headbands are not only cute, but also functional when wanting to keep your hair out of your face [they’re my go-to for any yoga flow]. I bought two of my favorite headbands on sale from Urban Outfitters a few months ago for under $10.

Scrunchies

Scrunchies have been a staple since the 1980s and 1990s and come in a variety of unique styles [My favorite is the velvet material]. You can usually find them fairly cheap on websites like Amazon. I love dressing-up a low bun with a fun-colored scrunchie, rocking another half-up and half-down hairdo or even wearing it on my wrist. Scrunchies can also be worn for both casual and dressed-up occasions. For example, scrunchies can be worn when going to class in an athleisure outfit or getting dressed-up for a dinner out on the town.  

Barrettes

I think we can all remember a time when our parents were getting us ready for school and clipped those dreaded barrettes into our hair. They were somewhat painful, but within the past few months, barrettes of all kinds have been prevalent in the fashion industry. From the runways to celebrities out and about and even on our favorite social media influencers. My favorite kind of barrettes are acrylic and have a very vintage vibe to them. I also LOVE barrettes that have text on them [they add a #quirky vibe to any outfit]. I love pulling back one side of my hair and placing multiple barrettes stacked on top of one another.  Butterfly clips also accompany barrettes in the revival of early 2000s hair trends. I also like taking one or two of these throwback hair accessories and slicking my hair back on one side, or even both sides.

We’re OBSESSED with these current hair trends [you can find at least one of the LVNG Limitless gals rocking one of these looks every day]. Show us how you use your hair to amp up your style and tag us on Instagram!