Rent the Runway makes formals feasible for college students

Greetings from blog post No. 9!! It’s beginning to look a lot like… FALL! (Sorry if you were hoping for Christmas). I am so glad it is finally feeling like/looking like fall since it is already November! With that being said, fall season normally brings around semiformal on most college campuses. Mine is only a month away so it is time to start looking for the perfect dress!


A while back, I learned about a website called Rent the Runway. The company brings in thousands of designer dresses and lets people rent them for four days, or eight if you are willing or pay a little extra. Since a person is only renting them for a short period of time, the dresses only cost a fraction of what it would be to purchase the dress.

I don’t know about you guys, but I do not have a need to keep buying new formal dresses over and over again. Once I wear them, they tend to stay in my closet for good. This website allows me to find the perfect formal dress without spending too much money on something I will most likely wear once.

There are so many perks to this website.

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Another perk is that the company rents out accessories too! So maybe you already have the perfect dress but can’t seem to find the perfect glamorous jewelry to go with it. Rent the Runway has you covered.

One last thing I love, love, LOVE, about Rent the Runway is that it offers to send you a second size free of charge just in case the dress were to fit differently than expected. All you have to do is read the reviews and the size and fit notes to see if the dress tends to run small or big then pick your second size from there! This insures that you will have a dress that fits to wear for your event! AND IT’S FREE OF CHARGE.

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P.S. For all the Gossip Girl fans out there, Rent the Runway has been featured on the show! Here are a couple links to articles about how Rent the Runway ties in with Gossip Girl! (Rent the Runway blog, Scope Magazine blog)

In a comment below, tell me about your opinion on renting vs. buying! See you guys next week!

XOXO, Alex


Sassy Steals serves trendy accessory deals

Greetings from week eight of my blog post! I hope everyone reading this is having a great week thus far and will have a great weekend too! I am amidst a fairly busy week, which will only make the weekend more satisfying! This week I will be blogging about one of my favorite websites that I get accessories from!


Once upon a time I stumbled upon this website called Sassy Steals. And I fell in love. This website is all about bringing you the latest accessory trends at a reduced price. Different vendors sell through it, and most prices are under $20.

Sometimes they have jewelry inspired by big name fashion designers such as J. Crew, Kate Spade and Tory Burch but for a fraction of the cost! For example, J. Crew has a mint green and light blue jeweled necklace that is currently on sale for $34.50 (regular $49.50). Sassy Steals is offering a necklace that is eerily similar to the J. Crew necklace but is only $8.99!  Below are pictures of the necklaces (J. Crew necklace on top, Sassy Steals necklace on the bottom).

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Something that is trending right now is fleece-lined leggings. I almost bought some at a boutique back home in Chattanooga, Tenn., for $24. Anthropologie is selling them for $18 and only have them in two colors.  Sassy Steals has some right now for $8.99 in five different colors!!

Added bonus: For people who have not visited the website yet, it offers a coupon for 10% off your first purchase!

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So, would you guys buy “knock-off” items to save some $$$? Let me know in your comment! See you next week for tip no. 9!

XOXO, Alex